Zekrom Raid 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.

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

# Pokémon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 433.39s 16.50
2. Latias (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon 472.15s 16.75
3. Swampert (Mega) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 524.83s 14.38
4. Charizard (Mega X) Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 525.40s 19.50
5. Sceptile (Mega) Fury Cutter Bug Dragon Claw Dragon 529.20s 19.33
6. Glalie (Mega) Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice 540.21s 27.38
7. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball Ice 577.73s 22.63
8. Ampharos (Mega) Charge Beam Electric Dragon Pulse Dragon 611.98s 19.13
9. Alakazam (Mega) Confusion Psychic Dazzling Gleam Fairy 578.11s 30.00
10. Altaria (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Dazzling Gleam Fairy 629.79s 19.75
11. Zekrom Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon 633.10s 19.88
12. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 599.22s 30.88
13. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 603.77s 29.88
14. Reshiram Dragon Breath Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon 643.04s 21.88
15. Garchomp Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 651.01s 20.25
16. Palkia Dragon Tail Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon 632.70s 25.63
17. Gyarados (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 652.52s 22.38
18. Dialga Dragon Breath Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon 658.26s 21.50
19. Haxorus Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 640.53s 25.67
20. Salamence Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 628.61s 30.63
21. Dragonite Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon 645.42s 26.25
22. Banette (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Dazzling Gleam Fairy 624.53s 33.75
23. Charizard (Mega Y) Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 649.33s 28.25
24. Mamoswine Mud-Slap Ground Avalanche Ice 670.63s 25.50
25. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 639.81s 34.00
26. Groudon Dragon Tail Dragon Earthquake Ground 701.52s 19.50
27. Latios Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 669.21s 27.00
28. Blaziken (Mega) Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 671.44s 28.75
29. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 692.38s 25.29
30. Steelix (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Earthquake Ground 746.78s 13.38
31. Excadrill Mud-Slap Ground Drill Run Ground 716.17s 21.63
32. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Earth Power Ground 685.00s 30.50
33. Lopunny (Mega) Pound Normal Hyper Beam Normal 753.05s 18.50
34. Kyurem Dragon Breath Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon 702.89s 27.75
35. Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 752.27s 18.67

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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