Zekrom Raid Counters Guide


Zekrom is a Tier 5 raid boss in Pokémon GO. Its counters are strong Dragon, Ground, Ice, and Fairy types. Zekrom can be safely duoed with a full team of powered up Dragons with Windy weather and Best Friend boosts. Ideally, use 3-5 high-level players or 6-10 lower-level players when going up against this raid boss.

Zekrom can be caught with the following Combat Power values:

  • 2217 – 2307 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 2771 – 2884 CP at Level 25 with Rainy or Windy weather boost

In this guide we will cover the strongest Zekrom counters, the best strategy on how to defeat it, and what CPs you can get when catching a strong Zekrom. Shiny Zekrom is available in Pokémon GO.

Best Zekrom counters

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Groudon (Primal) Mud Shot Ground Precipice Blades Ground 13 511s
2. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 24 499s
3. Garchomp (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 16 532s
4. Garchomp (Shadow) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 23 577s
5. Salamence (Shadow) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 39 585s
6. Salamence (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 26 600s
7. Excadrill (Shadow) Mud-Slap Ground Scorching Sands Ground 25 605s
8. Dragonite (Shadow) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 37 611s
9. Mamoswine (Shadow) Mud-Slap Ground Avalanche Ice 30 609s
10. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 27 610s
11. Gardevoir (Mega) Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy 30 623s
12. Latios (Shadow) Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 37 644s
13. Latias (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon 25 655s
14. Groudon Mud Shot Ground Precipice Blades Ground 21 671s
15. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 39 673s
16. Zekrom Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon 25 678s
17. Garchomp Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 24 683s
18. Rhyperior (Shadow) Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 27 682s
19. Salamence Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 40 687s
20. Kyurem Dragon Breath Dragon Glaciate Ice 33 688s
21. Dialga Dragon Breath Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon 26 701s
22. Haxorus Dragon Tail Dragon Breaking Swipe Dragon 39 696s
23. Latias (Shadow) Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon 36 701s
24. Excadrill Mud-Slap Ground Scorching Sands Ground 26 717s
25. Sceptile (Mega) Fury Cutter Bug Dragon Claw Dragon 35 710s
26. Reshiram Dragon Breath Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon 30 716s
27. Baxcalibur Dragon Breath Dragon Avalanche Ice 37 716s
28. Dragonite Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 38 717s
29. Mamoswine Mud-Slap Ground Avalanche Ice 31 721s
30. Swampert (Mega) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 24 733s

When picking your battle parties to fight Zekrom, it is important to know how many players are in your group and what moveset Zekrom has. If you have a large group then it is usually safe to use high TDO options like Dialga or Excadrill to save revives and potions. If your group only consists of 3-5 players you might want to bring out your dragons to make sure you can take down Zekrom. If you’re up against an Outrage variant then it is a good idea to use Gardevoir or Excadrill instead of Dragon types.

Outside of those listed above, Togekiss, Groudon and Weavile are decent options. Togekiss is slower but bulkier than Gardevoir and I only recommend using it against Outrage or Crunch. Groudon is significantly slower than Excadrill, and because it doesn’t have the part Steel typing its TDO ends up being lower most of the time. Weavile has about the same DPS as Mamoswine but is more glassy and should only be used against Crunch.

Zekrom stats

Zekrom is a Dragon Electric type that has the following stats:

Zekrom DragonElectric
Max CP  at lvl 40 4038 | MAX CP AT LEVEL 50 4565
ATK 275 DEF 211 HP 205
Weak to Strong Against
Dragon Fairy Ground Ice Water Flying Dragon

Zekrom Moveset Analysis

Zekrom can have the following moves in a raid battle and when captured:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Charge Beam Electric
  • Outrage Dragon
  • Wild Charge Electric
  • Crunch Dark
  • Flash Cannon Steel
  • Fusion Bolt* Electric

*Marks a Legacy Move, only available via Elite TM.

As previously mentioned, the charge move that Zekrom has in a raid will be the main indicator of what counters you should pick. Outrage is the most threatening move, as it does insane damage to everything besides Excadrill and Fairy types and completely rules out dragons as viable counters except Dialga. Rayquaza, Salamence, Palkia and Dragonite will take heavy damage from Wild Charge so Garchomp will be the best option against that followed by Dialga, Latios, Mamoswine and Excadrill. Crunch doesn’t do much damage to any of Zekrom’s counters except Latios but it is a three bar move, so Zekrom can potentially overwhelm them with consecutive uses of Crunch. Flash Cannon threatens Mamoswine, Gardevoir, Weavile and Togekiss but is otherwise Zekrom’s weakest charge move, as it only has 100 power and is a one bar move.

Crunch and Flash Cannon are the safest moves to attempt a Zekrom duo with dragons. The best scenario is Windy weather with Best Friend boosts as they boost the already high power of dragons to insane levels. The duo is still possible without any weather boost using a full team of maxed out Rayquaza or Outrage Salamence against Crunch, or with a fully maxed out Palkia team against Flash Cannon, although it will be a really close battle and both scenarios still require the Best Friend boosts.

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