The Pokemon Go Twinkling Fantasy event introduces Mega Salamence and brings back the Zekrom Raid.
From January 10th to January 16th, the Twinkling Fantasy event will take place in Pokemon Go; during the event, Fairy and Dragon-type Pokemon will spawn in abundance.
Zekrom will be in Legendary raids until January 18th. The return of the Zekrom raid is slightly overshadowed due to the debut of Mega Salamence. Zekrom returns with a new charged move, Fusion Bolt.
After taking down the Zekrom Raid and the Mega Salamence raid, trainers will have the opportunity to catch Zekrom and Salamence; lucky trainers will have the chance to encounter shiny variations of Salamence and Zekrom.
Now let’s dive into the best Zekrom raid counters.
Best Zekrom raid counters in Pokemon Go
Zekrom Raid Stats
- Zekrom is a Dragon, Electric-type Pokemon.
- It is weak to Dragon, Fairy, Ground, and Ice-type moves.
- The Zekrom Raid CP is 53,394
- Zekrom’s Base HP is 205
- Its Attack is 275 and its Defense is 211
- The Base catch CP is between 2,217 – 2,307
- The Boosted Catch CP is between 2,771 to 2,884
- It is Weather Boosted by windy or rainy weather
- Its Fast moves can be Charge Beam or Dragon Breath
- Its Charged moves can be Wild Charge, Flash Cannon, Outrage, or Crunch
- Will know Fusion Bolt
Zekrom Raid Counters
Going into the Zekrom raid, trainers will need a team of Pokemon with type effective moves, well-rounded Pokemon, or high defensive stats. Overall, Zekrom is a heavy hitting Legendary Pokemon. Thankfully it is easy to take down due to its vulnerabilities and low HP stats.
The raid can be easily completed by a team of 3 to 5 trainers; a team of 6 to 10 trainers can take it down quicker and a team of 8 to 20 trainers can burn through it making a better completionist bonus.
Using Mega Pokemon such as Mega Latios, Mega Latias, Mega Steelix, or Mega Glalie will make the battle a lot easier for most trainers. Ultimately, you will want to use Dragon, Ground, Fairy, Ice-type Pokemon. Be careful, because the raid can be difficult if using Flying, Steel, Fire, Water, Grass, and Electric-type Pokemon.
Here are the best counters to overcoming the raid. Some of these recommendations can be substituted out for Pokemon with type advantage or a better move set.
Primary Dragon Types:
- Mega Latios – Dragon Breath & Dragon Claw
- Kyurem – Dragon Tail & Outrage
- Dialga – Dragon Breath & Draco Meteor
- Rayquazza – Dragon Tail & Outrage
- Haxorus – Dragon Tail & Dragon Claw
- Palkia – Dragon Tail & Draco Meteor
Alternate Dragon Types:
- Mega Latias – Dragon Breath & Outrage
- Dragonite – Dragon Tail & Draco Meteor
- Salamence – Dragon Tail & Draco Meteor
- Garchomp – Dragon Rail & Outrage
- Zekrom – Dragon Breath & Outrage
- Reshiram – Dragon Breath & Draco Meteor
Primary Ground Types:
- Mega Steelix – Iron Tail & Earthquake
- Excadrill – Mud-Slap & Drill Run
- Landorus (Therian) – Mud Shot & Earthquake
- Rhyperior – Mud-Slap & Earthquake
- Garchomp – Mud Shot & Earth Power
- Groudon – Mud Shot & Earthquake
Primary Ice Types:
- Mega Glalie – Frost Breath & Avalanche
- Mamoswine – Powder Snow & Avalanche
- Weaville – Ice Shard & Avalanche
- Glaceon – Frost Breath & Avalanche
- Galarian Darmanitan – Ice Fang & Ice Punch
- Jinx – Frost Breath & Avalanche
Remember Shadow Bonuses
Remember, Shadow versions of some of these Pokemon can be more efficient.
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Make sure to get your shiny Reshiram and Steelix while you can. Reshiram leaves on January 10th and is replaced by Zekrom & Mega Salamence. Trainers can catch some Fairy and Dragon-type Pokemon to make the raids a bit easier.
Which of these two will you shiny hunt?
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