Cresselia Counters in the Great League

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Cresselia is a powerful contender in Great League PvP. Its high Defense and Stamina stats allow it to take significant damage. Although the minimum CP for Raid obtained Cresselia is 1555, trading can bring Cresselia‘s CP down to 1419, allowing it to just squeeze under the Great Leauge threshold.

Having only three weaknesses, there are a limited number of counters. Both Ghost and Bug deal increased damage, but take neutral damage; while Dark both deals increased damage and double resists Psychic moves. Cresselia, however, has a trick up its sleeve – Moonblast.

Moonblast is the strongest Fairy Charge Move in PvP, plus Fairy moves deal increased damage to Dark Pokémon. Therefore, the key is to use Steel or Fire Pokémon, as counters, especially if they have dark moves.

Cresselia Psychic
Effective Stats at Level 20 (IV 2/15/13)
ATK 152 DEF 258 HP 260
Weak to Strong against
Ghost Dark Bug Fighting Psychic
Best PvP move set for Cresselia
Psycho Cut Psychic Futuresight Psychic Moonblast Fairy
Super Effective versus
Poison Fighting Poison Fighting Fighting Dragon Dark
Move Stats
  • Power 9
  • Energy 3
  • Duration 1
  • DPT 9
  • EPT 3
  • Power 120
  • Energy 65
  • DPE 1.85
  • Power 130
  • Energy 70
  • DPE 1.86
  • Dust cost 100000
  • Candy cost 100

Guaranteed Winners
These counters will beat Cresselia in every shield count situation. The downside is they will not do so in a timely fashion.
Marowak (Alola) Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Steelix Dragon Tail Dragon Crunch Dark
Bastiodon Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock
Will Win with a 1 Shield Disadvantage
These counters will beat Cresselia when your opponent has one more Shield than you do.
Houndoom Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
Scizor Fury Cutter Bug Night Slash Dark
Typhlosion Shadow Claw Ghost Blast Burn Fire
Bronzong Feint Attack Dark Heavy Slam Steel
Forretress Bug Bite Bug Heavy Slam Steel
Will Win with Even Shield Counts
These counters will beat Cresselia when you and your opponent have the same Shield count. A few of these matchups result in a close call in 0 v 0 Shield situations.
Sneasel Feint Attack Dark Foul Play Dark
Weavile Ice Shard Ice Foul Play Dark
Sneasel and Weavile perform nearly identical against Cresselia in Great League battles. Sneasel takes the advantage due to its lower resource cost. These two perform well across the board, as long as you have equal or more Shields left and aren’t totally out of shields.
Sharpedo Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Tyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Raticate (Alola) Bite Dark Crunch Dark
This trio of Bite/Crunch Dark Pokémon creates an interesting counter scenario. As long as you have one Shield, you will come out on top. The interesting part is they all underperform Sneasel/Weavile if Cresselia has zero Shields left, but if Cresselia has any Shields left Bite alone will dispense of Cresselia with incredible speed.
Umbreon Feint Attack Dark Foul Play Dark
Metagross Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash Steel
Kricketune Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug
Scyther Fury Cutter Bug Night Slash Dark
Crawdaunt Snarl Dark Night Slash Dark
Will Win with a 1 Shield Advantage
These counters will beat Cresselia when you have one more Shield than your opponent.
Sableye Shadow Claw Ghost Foul Play Dark
Spiritomb Feint Attack Dark Shadow Ball Ghost
Spiritomb performs very well, if and only if, Cresselia has NO Shields left. Its TTW significantly decreases if Cresselia has even one Shield left. Spirtomb will not win in any situation where Shield count is tied.

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