Palkia Raid Guide: best Palkia counters in Pokemon GO

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Palkia is a Tier 5 Legendary Raid Boss in Pokemon GO (50019 Combat Power). Best Palkia counters are strong Dragon types like Rayquaza, another Palkia, Dragonite and Salamence. Palkia is weak to Dragon and Fairy moves. Palkia is a

Palkia can have the following CP values when caught in a post-raid encounter:

  • 2190 – 2280 CP in normal weather conditions
  • 2737 – 2850 CP  in Windy and Rainy weather for weather boosts.

Palkia could theoretically be duoed by extremely lucky, level 40 teams of Rayquaza and Dragonite with Windy weather and best friend boosts, or similar scenarios with extremely lucky Ultra Friends. There is the possibility of other Pokemon like Palkia, Salamence, and Latios being able to duo, but that highly depends on Palkia’s moveset, weather and friendship level. Beyond that, realistically 3-5 high level players can tackle a Palkia, and 6-20 lower level players can handle one.


Palkia Counters

The following Pokemon are considered to be best Palkia raid counters in Pokemon GO.

Palkia raid counters
Palkia
WEAKNESS Dragon Fairy BOOSTED BY Windy Rainy
Supreme Palkia raid counters
Rayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Rayquaza is going to be the best counter bar none. It was boosted due in the recent Pokemon GO Stat Rework, and can now survive much longer, to dole out even higher amounts of damage than the already insane amount it used to.
Excellent Palkia raid counters
Dragonite Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Dragonite is about the only other counter you could have on your team to duo a Palkia in nearly any environment. Bust out that shiny and get to hitting it!
Palkia Dragon Tail Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon
Palkia is essentially a better Salamence with it’s moveset and attacking power. It will be a fantastic choice against itself, in all instances except for when Palkia has Draco Meteor, then it drops down the list extremely. In those cases of Fire Blast and Hydro Pump though, it can compete with, and even outdo Rayquaza in terms of Time to Win.
Salamence Dragon Tail Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon
Salamence is a decent enough choice, being hindered by low defenses and the single bar Draco Meteor, but it is a good choice that can dole out some damage.
Dialga Dragon Tail Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon
Dialga gets a particular mention, especially against the Draco Meteor sets, as it is a Dragon capable of dishing out STAB moves, while not taking any Super Effective damage from Palkia’s Dragon Moves. It might have a terrible movepool, but that is made up by its resistances and no SE damage from Dragon moves.
Latios Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon
Good Palkia raid counters
Time to win rises considerably from here, and these Pokémon are best kept to B-teams or used when a large group is active. Italics indicates Legacy.
Latias Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon
Gardevoir Confusion Psychic Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Exeggutor (Alola) Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Pulse Dragon
Gyarados Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon
Groudon Dragon Tail Dragon Solar Beam Grass
Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost
Flygon Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon
Kingdra Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon
Giratina Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon

Palkia moves analysis

Palkia’s move pool consists of different two Dragon type fast moves and three differently typed charge moves:

Fast Charge
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Draco Meteor Dragon
  • Fire Blast Fire
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Draco Meteor is Palkia’s hardest move set. DM is super effective against all Dragon typed counters and makes the whole fight much harder (like 30% harder). Be very careful against this move, it will wipe you if you’re not careful
  • Hydro Pump is almost as dangerous as Draco Meteor. It deals a lot of damage, has STAB and it’s a great move in general, especially when used by a raid boss. Luckily, most counters take neutral or reduced damage from Water attacks
  • Fire Blast is Palkia’s easiest charge move, as it deals significantly less damage than Hydro Pump and Draco Meteor, plus it doesn’t have STAB effect.

Weather Effects

Palkia will be boosted by Rainy and Windy weather, while being more vulnerable in Windy and Cloudy weather.

Weather Pro Con
Sunny Boosts Palkia’s Fire Blast
Windy Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost. Boosts Dragon attackers Boosts Palkia’s Dragon Breath, Dragon Tail, and Draco Meteor
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy Boosts Fairy attackers
Snow
Rainy Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost. Boosts Palkias’s Hydro Pump
Fog

Raid data

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Outrage 627.8s 33
2. Dragonite Dragon Tail Outrage 677.3s 31
3. Salamence Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 687.3s 36
4. Palkia Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 696.0s 29
5. Garchomp Dragon Tail Outrage 693.4s 28
6. Latios Dragon Breath Dragon Claw 726.0s 35
7. Dialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 730.0s 43
8. Rampardos Zen Headbutt Outrage 898.1s 53
9. Deoxys Poison Jab Dark Pulse 706.4s 61
10. Latias Dragon Breath Outrage 836.1s 34
11. Exeggutor Dragon Tail Dragon Pulse 890.5s 61
12. Giratina Dragon Breath Dragon Claw 851.5s 31
13. Alakazam Psycho Cut Dazzling Gleam 885.9s 55
14. Flygon Dragon Tail Dragon Claw 891.7s 52
15. Gyarados Dragon Breath Outrage 899.4s 36
16. Kingdra Dragon Breath Outrage 919.4s 40
17. Gardevoir Charge Beam Dazzling Gleam 982.1s 56
18. Togekiss Air Slash Dazzling Gleam 972.8s 47
19. Gengar Lick Shadow Ball 920.4s 56
20. Arceus Shadow Claw Outrage 866.5s 30
21. Roserade Poison Jab Dazzling Gleam 933.3s 58
22. Groudon Dragon Tail Solar Beam 930.3s 45
23. Mewtwo Confusion Shadow Ball 972.3s 62
24. Ursaring Counter Play Rough 997.0s 67
25. Banette Shadow Claw Dazzling Gleam 988.3s 59
26. Breloom Counter Dynamic Punch 941.1s 59
27. Granbull Snarl Play Rough 1013.0s 57
28. Electivire Thunder Shock Wild Charge 1001.7s 59
29. Mamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche 1014.1s 64
30. Machamp Counter Dynamic Punch 1010.5s 67
31. Cacturne Sucker Punch Grass Knot 996.9s 58
32. Raikou Thunder Shock Wild Charge 1033.0s 60
33. Darkrai Feint Attack Dark Pulse 1022.1s 66
34. Weavile Feint Attack Avalanche 1022.1s 63
35. Azelf Extrasensory Futuresight 1006.9s 67
36. Jirachi Confusion Dazzling Gleam 1080.9s 39

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