Best Xerneas Raid Counters in 2022

Xerneas Raid Counters

Everyone’s favorite Rainbow Horned Pokemon is returning to Pokemon Go in a majestic raid; in preparation for its return, we have prepared the best Xerneas raid counters to date in 2022.

Starting on October 5th, the Evolving Stars event will start in Pokemon Go. The Evolving Stars event will run until October 11th, at 8 P.M. During the event, Cosmoem will make its Pokemon Go debut. Additionally, Mega Gyarados will have a special raid day on October 8th.

During the Evolving Stars event, Mega Manectric and Xerneas will appear in raids. Both raids will run from October 8th to October 20th. Manectric and Xerneas’ shiny variations will be available as a possible reward for taking down the raid.

Now let’s dive into the best Xerneas raid counters.


Xerneas Raid Stats

  • Xerneas is a Fairy-type Pokemon.
  • It is weak to Poison, Steel-type moves.
  • The Xerneas Raid CP is 45899
  • Xerneas’ Base HP is 246
  • Its Attack is 250 and its Defense is 185
  • The Base catch CP is between 2,073 to 2,160
  • The Boosted Catch CP is between 2,591 to 2.701
  • It is Weather Boosted by Sunny or Cloudy weather
  • Its Fast moves can be Tackle & Zenn Headbutt
  • Its Charged moves can be Moon Blast, Megahorn, Giga Impact, Thunder, or Close Combat

Xerneas Raid Counters

Going into the Xerneas raid, trainers will need a heavy-hitting team of Pokemon with type-effective moves or high defensive stats. Overall, Xerneas is a decently strong Legendary Pokemon. Thankfully it is easy to take down due to its vulnerabilities and low defense Stat.

The raid can be easily completed by a team of 3 to 5 trainers; a team of 5 to 9 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 Gengar, Mega Beedrill, Mega Venusaur, or Mega Aggron will make the battle a lot easier for most trainers. Ultimately, you will want to use Poison or Steel-type Pokemon. Be careful, because the raid can be difficult if using Fighting, Bug, Dragon, or Dark-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.


  • Mega Gengar – Lick & Sludge Bomb
  • Roserade – Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb
  • Victreebel – Acid & Sludge Bomb
  • Nihilego – Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb
  • Vileplume – Acid & Sludge Bomb
  • Roserade – Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb

Alternative Steel–Types

  • Metagross  – Bullet Punch & Meteor Mash
  • Dialga – Metal Claw & Iron Head
  • Exadrill – Metal Claw & Iron Head
  • Genesect – Metal Claw & Magnet Bomb
  • Jirachi – Charge Beam & Doom Desire
  • Scizor – Bullet Punch & Iron Head
  • Mega Aggron – Iron Tail & Heavy Slam
  • Mega Steelix – Iron Tail & Heavy Slam
  • Bisharp – Metal Claw & Iron Head
  • Machamp – Bullet Punch & Heavy Slam
  • Lucario – Bullet Punch & Flash Cannon

 Alternative Poison-Types

  • Venusaur – Vine Whip & Sludge Bomb
  • Beedrill – Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb
  • Deoxys – Poison Jab & Zap Cannon
  • Overqwil – Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb
  • Toxicroak – Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb
  • Scolipede – Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb

Remember Shadow Bonuses

Remember, Shadow versions of some of these Pokemon can be more efficient.

Let Us Know!

Will you try to grind out the Mega Lopunny and Yveltal Raids one last time? Both the legendary and mega raids will change on October 8th. Xereas raids will run until October 20th. Will you participate in the Xerneas raids or will you focus on Mega Gyarados and Mega Manectric?

For additional Pokemon Go news or raid guides, check out our Pokemon Go section.

If you want to add me on Pokemon Go, my trainer code is 3979-2857-6892. If you want to be invited to a raid throughout the month, follow me on Twitter at KillerKDemons.

Let us know if this information is helpful to you and look out for any raid invites from us in the future. Remember to follow the NicheGamer Twitter for a variety of Pop Culture news

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