Best movesets for Articuno in Pokémon Go

What are the best attacks?

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Articuno is one of the three legendary birds from the first generation of Pokémon from the original games, and you can capture it for a limited time in Pokémon Go. You can usually find it available during special events or in five-star raids. The five-star raids require you and several friends to take it down and capture it. However, you have multiple chances to catch several versions of Articuno while it remains in the rotation. What are the best moves it can know, so you can use the best one in battle?

Articuno is an Ice and Flying-type Pokémon. It’s weak to Electric, Fire, and Steel-type attacks, and it’s incredibly vulnerable to Rock-type moves. You want to use it against Ground, Bug, and Grass-type Pokémon. It has a maximum CP of 3,051, an attack of 192, a defense of 236, and stamina of 207.

These are all of the moves Articuno can learn:

Fast moves

  • Frost Breath – (Ice-type) 7 Damage, 2.5 energy per turn
  • Ice Shard – (Ice-type) 9 Damage, 3.3 energy per turn

Charge moves

  • Ancient Power – (Rock-type) 45 damage, 45 energy
  • Blizzard – (Ice-type) 140 damage, 75 energy
  • Hurricane – (Flying-type) 110 damage, 65 energy
  • Ice Beam – (Ice-type) 90 damage, 55 energy
  • Icy Wind – (Ice-type) 60 damage, 45 energy

The best choice you have for Articuno’s fast moves is ice shard. Frost breath doesn’t come close to it, so it’s better to avoid it in general. Make sure yours doesn’t have it as much as you can.

For your charge move, you have a few more options. The best one is hurricane, although many won’t have an Articuno with that attack as it is a legacy move. If you can willingly use an Elite Charge TM, you’re good to go and want to make sure you unlock it. Alternatively, icy wind or blizzard are decent options for your next choices. Those are the best options available to you, given their kit.

An Articuno with ice shard for its fast move, and then hurricane and icy wind is a deadly adversary.