Pokémon Go will have a busy month in March for those who are after some hefty legendary Pokémon. Not only will trainers have the chance to capture Thundurus, but they can catch Cobalion, for a limited time. Developer Niantic has placed aside a special weekend for Darkrai, Lugia, Giratina (Altered Forme), and Cobalion. If you capture it during this time, it will come with the special move sacred sword, which is a Fighting-type move that deals a great deal of damage, ignoring any speed or evasion stat effects.
Cobalion’s weekend takes place from March 17 at 8am to March 23 at 10pm in your local timezone.
Cobalion is a Steel and Fighting-type Pokémon, making it weak to Fighting, Fire, and Ground-type attacks. You have a handful of choices to pick from when attempting to take it down. Cobalion is a reasonably robust Pokémon, meaning you may want to focus on hurting its defenses as much as possible. It has a variety of resistances, making it a tough fight. You want to avoid using Dark, Dragon, Grass, Ice, Normal, and Steel-type moves, and you especially want to avoid using any Bug, Poison, or Rock-type attacks against it.
Pokémon to counter Cobalion
Because of Cobalion’s exclusive weaknesses, and a variety of resistances, your prime choices include Entei, Excadrill, and Chandelure.
Entei is one of three legendary beasts in Pokémon, and it’s a Fire-type. It’s a powerful Pokémon, but rare, so many trainers may not have this Pokémon in their roster. For those that do and plan to use it, it doesn’t have the best defense but is a superb attacker. You want it to know fire fang and flamethrower, or to use fire fang and overheat. Alternatively, Entei can know fire spin as its quick move, but you may not find that it has the best results.
Rather than going with a Fire-type, you could go with the reliable Steel and Ground-type option of Excadrill. While Excadrill lacks a great deal of defense, it features a robust attack you can use against Cobalion. To capitalize on Cobalion’s Ground-type defense, you want Excadrill to know mud slap and drill run or mud slap and rock slide. The former is far superior to the latter. You want to avoid using any Steel-type moves, with Cobalion also being a Steel-type.
Another choice you could bring in is Chandelure, a Ghost and Fire-type Pokémon. For those looking for a unique fire type to throw at Cobalion, Chandelure is an excellent choice. It’s also resistant to Fighting and Steel-type attacks, meaning Cobalion will have a lot of trouble using any STAB attacks against it. You ideally want a Chandelure that knows fire sping and overheat, but if you have to settle for fire spin and shadow ball, that’s okay too.
These Pokémon are not your only options against this formidable fight. You can also use Groudon, Garchomp, Heatran, Moltres, Blaziken, Flareon, Machamp, Rhyperior, Typhlosion, Hariyama, Arcanine, and many others. Several Fire-type favorites are missing from this, but almost any Pokémon with Fire-type moves available to it will deal severe damage to the member of the Swords of Justice.
The Cobalion special raid weekend takes place from March 17 at 8am to March 23 at 10pm in your local timezone in Pokémon Go. Make sure you check it out as one of the special five-star raids.