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

It’s a tough Pokémon to defeat.

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The raid Pokémon in Pokémon Go change pretty frequently. They normally swap out with the new three-month events, and the weekly events that happen within the game. You can expect to see a variety of Pokémon coming and go through this manner. That means you need to have a variety of Pokémon at your disposal to battle nearly any type, especially if you’re keen on adding one to your collection. For players attempting to take down Magneton, you might find some difficulties with beating it. Magneton is one of the Pokémon with the smallest amount of weaknesses, and that limits the Pokémon you can use on your team. We also recommend you bring a friend or two to take it down, if you are attempting one of the raids.

All of Magneton’s weaknesses.

Magneton is an Electric and Steel-type Pokémon. It is only weak to Fighting, Fire, and Ground-type moves, but is resistant to Flying, Poison, Steel, Bug, Dragon, Electric, Fairy, Grass Ice, Normal, Psychic, and Rock-type attacks. Because of how many resistances it has, you need to be narrow with your Pokémon choices.

Best Pokémon to counter Magneton

The best Pokémon to counter Magneton in raids, or any type of battle will be Excadrill, Landorus (Incarnate), and Rhyperior.

Excadrill is a Ground and Steel-type Pokémon. It’s one of the more powerful Ground-type Pokémon in Pokémon Go, and if you participate in the Master League, you’ve likely seen it used by plenty of trainers. It has a variety of Ground-type moves that it can use against Magneton, and because of its typing, it should be able to withstand most of Magneton’s attacks. Unfortunately, it’s primarily an attacker rather than a defensive Pokémon, so you want to make sure to bring a durable Pokémon with you.

Speaking of durable Pokémon, Landorus (Incarnate) is an excellent Pokémon to use against Magneton. It’s a Ground and Flying-type Pokémon, and while it is a Flying-type, it’s resistant to Electric-type attacks because it’s also a Ground-type. This gives Landorus a distinct advantage when battling Magneton. With Landorus appearing at the start of the Season of Legends in March 2021, more trainers should have access to this Pokémon, making it an appealing choice.

The final Pokémon we recommend to counter Magneton is Rhyperior, a Ground and Rock-type. Of the three we’ve recommended, Rhyperior has the highest defense, making it a superb Pokémon to withstand Magneton’s heavy attacks. It has a healthy blend of Ground and Rock-types, making it a great choice when battling this Pokémon.

Top Pokémon to counter Magneton

The three Pokémon we’ve listed are some of the best choices to take down Magneton. But you may not have all of them in your collection. Luckily, there are several other choices we’re going to recommend to you that you can use to counter Magneton in Pokémon Go.

  • Chandelure
  • Flygon
  • Garchomp
  • Golem
  • Groudon
  • Hippowdon
  • Mamoswine
  • Nidoking
  • Seismitoad
  • Swampert

Once you’ve defeated Magneton in the raid, you’ll have the chance to capture it at the end of the battle. You can evolve it into a Magnezone if you have enough Magnemite candy and a Magnetic Lure in your inventory to use on a PokéStop.