How to beat Articuno in Pokémon Go – Weaknesses, counters, strategies

How do you take down Articuno in Pokémon Go?

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One of the three legendary birds, Articuno is from the first generation of Pokémon, and you can capture them in Pokémon Go by participating in five-star raids. These raids are ones that you want to group up with several reliable trainers and work together to take them down. It’s not an easy fight, and knowing how to best counter Articuno ensures you can complete the raid in a timely fashion.

Articuno weaknesses

Articuno is a Flying and Ice-type Pokémon. It’s weak to Fire, Electric, and Steel-type attacks, and takes the most damage from Rock-type moves. You want to focus on having a Rock-type Pokémon, and you have plenty of choices to pick from.

Pokémon counters to Articuno

The best Pokémon you can use to counter Articuno include Rhyperior, Tyranitar, and Terrakion.

Rhyperior is Rock and Ground-type Pokémon. Because of the way it’s built, it has excellent defenses, but it also has a variety of ideal Rock-type attacks you can use against Articuno. You primarily want to focus on these attacks, limiting your options when using it during the raid. It has a maximum CP of 3,733, an attack of 241, a defense of 190, and stamina of 251. The best moves you can use are smack down for its fast move and stone edge or rock wrecker. Of the two charge moves, rock wrecker is a legacy move, so most trainers will need to use stone edge against Articuno.

Your next choice is Tyranitar, the Dark and Rock-type Pokémon. It’s a strong alternative to use in your line up, and you can expect decent results with it. It’s a favorite among many to use in many of the Pokémon Go raids, and Articuno is no different. It has a maximum CP of 3,834, an attack of 251, a defense of 207, and stamina of 225. While it has a variety of weaknesses, Articuno should not be able to exploit them. The best attacks it can know for this raid include smack down and stone edge. Unfortunately, smack down is a legacy fast move, so more trainers might want to rely on iron tail as it provides more damage and energy per turn than Tyranitar’s other attack choice.

The final choice is Terrakion, the legendary Rock and Fighting-type Pokémon. Terrakion is among the harder to find Pokémon because of how brief it was available as a five-star raid. Despite that, it’s an excellent choice to down Articuno. It has a maximum CP of 3,698, an attack of 260, a defense of 192, and a stamina of 209. Much like Tyranitar, it has a variety of weaknesses, but Articuno should not take advantage of them. You want yours to know smack down for its fast move and rock slide for its charge attack.

If you don’t have these options, there are several other choices available to you. There’s Rampardos, Gigalith, Omastar, Alola Golem, Heatran, Aggron, Darmanitan, Excadrill, Metagross, Golem, Regirock, Lunatone, and Solrock.