No more rumors. Legendary Pokemon are officially coming to Pokemon GO this very weekend, first starting at Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago, and if the players there defeat them (hint: they will), they’ll be released into the wide world.

As such, it’s time to start readying yourself for battle. While Tyranitar raids are currently the hardest activity in the game, expect Legendaries to be even tougher, despite having similar CP levels. They will definitely require a good-sized group to take on, and you’re going to want to give it your best shot by using the correct type of Pokemon to counter each legendary.

To figure all this out, we have to go to the series’ famous type-matching system and cross reference it with some of the strongest Pokemon currently available in Gens 1 and 2 of GO. I’m not going to include the Legendaries themselves once they’re caught, but obviously a few of them would be good counters for each other. Send that Moltres up against an Articuno, for instance.

I’m going to go ahead and just do the full list of eleven Legendaries and Mythics from both Gens, even though I doubt they’re all going to be arriving this weekend. Early indications are that it’s probably going to be the five Legendary Birds and maybe Mewtwo that show up first, with others to come later. I’ve compiled this from a lot of different guides out there, and my own experience in the game. When I say “X moveset” you want to steer toward moves of that type, if you can given the slot, and usually the most powerful moves in that slot, ie. Avalanche, Solar Beam etc. Let’s begin:



Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres Raid Counters

LegendaryCounters
Articuno

Articuno

Golem

Golem

Rock Throw

ROCK

Stone Edge

ROCK

Tyranitar

Tyranitar

Bite

DARK

Stone Edge

ROCK

Omastar

Omastar

Rock Throw

ROCK

Rock Slide

ROCK

Flareon

Flareon

Fire Spin

FIRE

Overheat

FIRE

Arcanine

Arcanine

Fire Fang

FIRE

Fire Blast

FIRE

ScizorScizorBullet Punch

STEEL

Iron Head

STEEL

WEAKNESS 

2 x ROCK
ELECTRIC
FIRE
STEEL

Zapdos

Golem

Golem

Rock Throw

ROCK

Stone Edge

ROCK

Tyranitar

Tyranitar

Bite

DARK

Stone Edge

ROCK

Dragonite

Dragonite

Dragon Breath

DRAGON

Outrage

DRAGON

Rhydon

Rhydon

Mud Slap

GROUND

Stone Edge

ROCK

Jinx

Jinx

Frost Breath

ICE

Avalanche

ICE

Piloswine

Piloswine

Ice Shard

ICE

Avalanche

ICE

WEAKNESS

ICE
ROCK

Moltres

Moltres

Golem

Golem

Rock Throw

ROCK

Stone Edge

ROCK

Tyranitar

Tyranitar

Bite

DARK

Stone Edge

ROCK

Vaporeon

Vaporeon

Water Gun

WATER

Hydro Pump

WATER

Gyarados

Gyarados

Dragon Tail

DRAGON

Hydro Pump

WATER

Omastar

Omastar

Rock Throw

ROCK

Rock Slide

ROCK

Feraligatr

Feraligatr

Water Gun

WATER

Hydro Pump

WATER

WEAKNESS

2x ROCK
WATER
ELECTRIC



Lugia and Ho-Oh Raid Counters

LegendaryCounters
Lugia

Lugia

Tyranitar

Tyranitar

Bite

DARK

Crunch

DARK

Bite

DARK

Stone Edge

ROCK

Golem

Golem

Rock Throw

ROCK

Stone Edge

ROCK

Jolteon

Jolteon

Thunder Shock

ELECTRIC

Thunderbolt

ELECTRIC

Magneton

Magneton

Thunder Shock

ELECTRIC

Discharge

ELECTRIC

Jinx

Jinx

Frost Breath

ICE

Avalanche

ICE

Gengar

Gengar

ShadowClaw

GHOST

Shadow Ball

GHOST

WEAKNESS

DARK
ROCK
ICE
GHOST
ELECTRIC

Ho-OhHo-Oh
Golem

Golem

Rock Throw

ROCK

Stone Edge

ROCK

Tyranitar

Tyranitar

Bite

DARK

Stone Edge

ROCK

Vaporeon

Vaporeon

Water Gun

WATER

Hydro Pump

WATER

Gyarados

Gyarados

Dragon Tail

DRAGON

Hydro Pump

WATER

Omastar

Omastar

Rock Throw

ROCK

Rock Slide

ROCK

Jolteon

Jolteon

Thunder Shock

ELECTRIC

Thunderbolt

ELECTRIC

WEAKNESS

2x ROCK
ELECTRIC
WATER




Mewtwo and Mew Raid Counters

LegendaryCounters
Mewtwo

Mewtwo

Tyranitar

Tyranitar

Bite

DARK

Crunch

DARK

Bite

DARK

Stone Edge

ROCK

Gyarados

Gyarados

Bite

DARK

Crunch

DARK

Houndoom

Houndoom

Snarl

DARK

Foul Play

DARK

Scizor

Scizor

Fury Cutter

BUG

X-Scissor

BUG

Pinsir

Pinsir

Bug Bite

BUG

X-Scissor

BUG

Gengar

Gengar

Shadow Claw

GHOST

Shadow Ball

GHOST

WEAKNESS

BUG
DARK
GHOST

Mew

Mew

Tyranitar

Tyranitar

Bite

DARK

Crunch

DARK

Bite

DARK

Stone Edge

ROCK

Gengar

Gengar

Shadow Claw

GHOST

Shadow Ball

GHOST

Houndoom

Houndoom

Snarl

DARK

Foul Play

DARK

Scizor

Scizor

Fury Cutter

BUG

X-Scissor

BUG

Pinsir

Pinsir

Bug Bite

BUG

X-Scissor

BUG

Gyarados

Gyarados

Bite

DARK

Crunch

DARK

WEAKNESS

BUG
DARK
GHOST

Again, I have a hunch that at most, we will see the five legendary birds launching, but keep this page handy for reference when you want to look up counters in the future. If you type match correctly and use these specific strong Pokémon, you will greatly increase your chance of your group taking the boss down. Don’t be the person using Blissey because it has a lot of health. Strategize.

Happy hunting, stay tuned for more tips.

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