The third and final force of nature legendary Pokémon, Landorus, has come to Pokémon Go. You now have the opportunity to try and capture it, much like the previous other force of nature legendaries that have come to the game. Landorus is the leader of the trio and is set to be the strongest of them. Tackling it won’t be an easy task, and you can find it in new five-star raids in the game.
Landorus is a Ground and Flying-type Pokémon. Its only weaknesses consist of Water and Ice-type Pokémon, but it’s doubly weak to Ice-type attacks, so you certainly want to make sure you have plenty of them available. You want to avoid using Ground, Bug, Electric, Fighting, and Poison-type Pokémon and their moves against it as they will do considerably less damage than the other attacks. Plan your team wisely when attempting to take it down.
Pokémon to counter Landorus
To focus on Landorus’ weakness, you primarily want to have Ice-type Pokémon on your team against it. Your best bet is to use Mamoswine, Weavile, or Glaceon.
Mamoswine is an excellent Ground and Ice-type Pokémon. It’s a heavy hitter, with the downside being it does not have too many defensive capabilities, meaning you probably want to use it as your second or third choice while raiding against Landorus to ensure you have a defensive Pokémon to keep your team afloat. You can optimize Mamoswine’s best moves that consist of mud slap and avalanche or powder snow and avalanche, the latter being far better against Landorus.
An alternative choice to have on your team is Weavile, a Dark and Ice-type Pokémon. Much like Mamoswine, it’s also more of a heavy-hitter than it is a defensive Pokémon, so you want to be careful while using it. It’s a glass cannon. It’s best moves consist of snarl and avalanche or feint attack and avalanche. To truly optimize against Landorus, try using a Weavile that has ice shard and avalanche. This is not its best moveset, but it’s perfect during this encounter.
The final, best choice is Glaceon, the Ice-type Eevee evolution. Obtaining an Eevee should not be too difficult, and a Glaceon with decent enough stats to fight in this raid won’t be too tricky for most trainers. All potential movesets by Glaceon consist of Ice-type attacks, meaning nearly any three-star Glaceon has the potential to give you a distinctive edge during this encounter. Its best attacks are frost breath and avalanche, ice share and avalanche, or frost breath and ice beam.
These are superb choices against Landorus. However, if you don’t have any of these, you can always rely on Kyogre, Jynx, Lapras, Swampert, Cloyster, Feraligatr, Walrein, or Alola Ninetales. By focusing on Landorus’ double weakness for Ice-type attacks, you should do fine.
Make sure to team up with your friends to take it down. Landorus is only available for a limited-time in Pokémon Go.