Zekrom Raid Guide

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Zekrom is a Tier 5 raid boss in Pokémon GO. Its counters are strong Dragon, Ground, Ice, and Fairy types such as Rayquaza, Salamence, Garchomp, Palkia, Dialga, Reshiram, Dragonite, Excadrill, Groudon, Mamoswine and Gardevoir.

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-leveled players when going up against this raid boss.

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.

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

Zekrom counters

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Zekrom Dragon Breath Outrage 631.88s 19.88
2. Reshiram Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 642.55s 22.00
3. Garchomp Dragon Tail Outrage 652.21s 20.50
4. Dialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 655.17s 21.13
5. Palkia Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 631.88s 25.50
6. Haxorus Dragon Tail Dragon Claw 640.71s 25.33
7. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Outrage 610.15s 29.88
8. Dragonite Dragon Breath Outrage 643.33s 26.25
9. Salamence Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 626.41s 30.50
10. Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake 700.37s 19.50
11. Mamoswine Mud-Slap Avalanche 672.02s 25.25
12. Latios Dragon Breath Dragon Claw 668.31s 27.00
13. Excadrill Mud-Slap Earthquake 717.42s 22.00
14. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Avalanche 638.81s 33.17
15. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Earthquake 697.14s 27.00
16. Kyurem Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 701.76s 27.50
17. Rhyperior Mud-Slap Earthquake 744.52s 21.75
18. Zacian Snarl Play Rough 772.13s 19.25
19. Zacian (Hero) Snarl Play Rough 773.66s 22.50
20. Togekiss Charm Dazzling Gleam 790.21s 21.33
21. Landorus (Incarnate) Mud Shot Earth Power 735.26s 28.00
22. Gardevoir Charm Dazzling Gleam 761.56s 26.83
23. Landorus Mud Shot Earth Power 738.33s 28.00
24. Latias Dragon Breath Outrage 743.22s 27.63
25. Hydreigon Dragon Breath Dragon Pulse 749.58s 27.13
26. Giratina (Origin) Dragon Tail Dragon Pulse 802.41s 20.75
27. Weavile Ice Shard Avalanche 735.04s 32.20
28. Flygon Dragon Tail Earthquake 819.26s 16.00
29. Krookodile Mud-Slap Earthquake 795.23s 21.20
30. Golurk Mud-Slap Earth Power 793.49s 21.50
31. Donphan Mud-Slap Earthquake 830.09s 20.25
32. Exeggutor (Alola) Dragon Tail Dragon Pulse 799.69s 21.00
33. Glaceon Frost Breath Avalanche 748.23s 34.00
34. Sylveon Charm Dazzling Gleam 862.47s 17.00
35. Goodra Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 829.94s 21.80

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.

Other than that, 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 4038
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

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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