How to beat and capture Kyurem in Pokémon Go, weaknesses and counters

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You can never expect an easy fight when it comes to trying to take down a legendary Pokémon, and Pokémon Go is no exception. A majority of the time, you’re only able to encounter them in five-star raids. These raids crop up every so often, but they rotate out what legendary Pokémon is available in them. For Kyurem, it’ll be a tough fight. While you can use these tactics to help secure victory, you still need to have around three to five trainers attempting to fight it simultaneously.

Developer Niantic has been known to sometimes rotate out the battle league random encounter rewards for legendary, which is another way you can earn Kyurem. But these rewards rarely show up, and Niantic does let players know when it does it.

Kyurem Weaknesses

Kyurem is an Ice and Dragon-type Pokémon. It is weak to other Dragon-types, along with Fairy, Fighting, Rock, and Steel-type. It has a handful of weaknesses you can attempt to exploit to try and take it down more efficiently, and many of them work well together. It is resistant to Electric, Grass, and Water-types, so make sure to avoid using these during the battle.

Pokémon Counters to Kyurem

Some of the best Pokémon you can use to counter Kyurem include Metagross, Excadrill, and Conkelduur. These are not your only choices, but they are some of the best.

Metagross is a Psychic and Steel-type Pokémon. You primarily wanted to lean on Metagross’ Steal-type moves, though. At its highest level, it is both an attacker and defensive Pokémon, making it excellent for raid battle. You want to use one that knows bullet punch and meteor mash, or bullet punch and flash cannon. All of them are same type attack bonuses (STAB) moves, meaning they do extra damage to Kyurem.

Your next choice is Excadrill, which is a Ground and Steel-type Pokémon. It is far more attack-based than it is defensive, so you don’t want to rely on this Pokémon to last long against Kyurem. It will do some serious damage to Kyurem, though, especially if you can have it do as many Steel-based attacks against it as possible. You want to use one that knows metal claw and iron head, although if it knew metal claw and drill run, that would also work well.

The final optimal choice you want to use during the Kyurem raid is Conkeldurr, a Fighting-type Pokémon. It’s one of the stronger Fighting-types available in the game, making it an ideal choice to take with you against this hefty beast. You want it to know counter and focus blast, or counter and dynamic punch. It’s other move choices are not optimal choices, meaning you have to be extremely specific with this Pokémon.

If you do not have access to any of these Pokémon, you can try having these in your line-up when facing Kyurem. Your other choices include Lucario, Dialga, Rhyperior, Tyranitar, Dragonite, Machamp, Rampardos, Hariyama, Gallade, Aggron, Steelix, or Bastiodon.

After you complete the five-star raid and you are successful, you will have a chance to try and catch Kyurem. You will only have a few premier balls available to you, and you can receive more by performing well during the raid, by having the Gym be for your team and working together with other trainers on your friend’s list to take it down.