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Articuno Raid Duo Guide

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Tier 5 Raid Boss Guides
ArtiDuo
Difficulty:

Easy at trainer level 30 with optimized counters or weather boost

HP15,000 ATK163.53 DEF208.56
CP Range
Lvl 20 1665 - 1743 Lvl 25 2082 - 2179

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Snow, Partly Cloudy Snow, Sunny / Clear, Rain, Partly Cloudy

Fast Move Difficulty

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Blizzard Intermediate
Ice Beam Challenging
Icy Wind Easy
Ancient Power Easy

Overview

Articuno has very solid defense, but it suffers from one of the semi-common flaws that Pokemon with good defensive stats tend to have: an Ice typing. Ice alone puts Articuno in range of a few big-name attackers, and adding Flying to it just makes things that much worse for everyone's Team Mystic mascot. A duo is very viable with a bit of careful dodging, and is even easier partly cloudy weather

Approach

Team composition

  • Charizard's two formes are the only currently viable Mega Evolutions for the raid, though boosting Fire Type still doesn't put it on a par with most things that are just tossing rocks.

  • Rampardos, Shadow Tyranitar, Rhyperior, Terrakion, and Shadow Omastar are the true VIPs of this fight

  • Many other Pokemon are viable, but keep in mind that even non-STAB/weak rock moves tend to be stronger here than 1x super effective, strong STAB moves.

Battling strategy

  • Given the right team comp, DPS is not an issue at all. A bit of dodging is needed to make the duo work in general.

Note: "Good" movesets are not necessarily viable at the level indicated.

Best Raid Boss Counters

Mega Evolution Counters
Mega Charizard Y Mega Charizard Y
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Pros:

  • Top DPS Mega Evolution Vs. Articuno currently

  • Makes Fire Types more viable in this fight

Cons:

  • Mega Evolution, Mega Energy is limited and can be difficult to replenish
  • Despite its boost to Fire Types, still can't make Fire as viable as Rock outside of clear weather
  • Double weak to Ancient Power
  • Best moveset is Elite
Mega Charizard X Mega Charizard X
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Pros:

  • Second best DPS Mega Evolution Vs. Articuno currently

  • Makes Fire Types more viable in this fight

Cons:

  • Mega Evolution, Mega Energy is limited and can be difficult to replenish
  • Despite its boost to Fire Types, still can't make Fire as viable as Rock outside of clear weather
  • Weak to Ancient Power
  • Best moveset is Elite
Counters viable at Lv.30
Rampardos Rampardos
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Pros:

  • Absolute highest DPS of all potential Articuno counters

Cons:

  • Somewhat frail, appreciates dodging.

ShadowTyranitar Shadow Tyranitar
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Pros:

  • Great overall performer, sporting a high mix of DPS and TDO

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to remove Frustration
  • Best moveset is Elite
Rhyperior Rhyperior
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Pros:

  • Good availability. Species has been featured in several events, its own Community Day, and has been around since day one.
  • Resists Ancient Power

Cons:

  • Weak to Ice Type movesets

  • Best moveset is Elite

Terrakion Terrakion
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Pros:

  • Resists Ancient Power

Cons:

  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain
ShadowOmastar Shadow Omastar
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Pros:

  • Resists Ice Type movesets

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to remove Frustration

  • Best moveset is double Elite

Counters Viable at Lv.35
Tyranitar Tyranitar
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Pros:

  • Good overall accessibility. Has been featured in several events and has been a common raid boss since the feature's inception.

Cons:

  • Best moveset is Elite

Gigalith Gigalith
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No real advantages or disadvantages. Just a solid overall counter.

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Pros:

  • Resists Ice Type movesets

Cons:

  • Best moveset is double Elite

ShadowMetagross Shadow Metagross
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Cons:

  • The top non-Rock counter

  • Resists Ice Type movesets

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to remove Frustration

  • Best moveset is double Elite

Darmanitan Darmanitan
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Pros:

  • Resists Ice Type movesets
  • Has great synergy Charizard's two Mega Evolutions

Cons:

  • Weak to Ancient Power
aGo Alolan Golem
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No real pros or cons. A solid overall counter with the bonus of outstanding facial hair.

Counters Viable at Lv.40
Aerodactyl Aerodactyl
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Pros:

  • Solid DPS option

Cons:

  • VERY frail in this fight. Weak to Articuno's entire moveset.
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Pros:

  • The original Articuno counter; many older players have at least one
  • Resists Ancient Power

Cons:

  • Weak to Ice Type movesets
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Pros:

  • Very bulky option, can help to stay in the raid
  • Resists Ice Type movesets

Cons:

  • DPS is too low for the Duo, needs higher DPS support to be viable
  • Your friends may attempt to slap you if they see you bring an Aggron to this fight
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Pros:

  • Highest TDO option in most neutral scenarios
  • Double resists Ice Type movesets

Cons:

  • DPS is too low for the Duo, needs higher DPS support to be viable
  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain
Melmetal Melmetal
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Pros:

  • Decent TDO option
  • Resists Ice Type movesets

Cons:

  • DPS is too low for the Duo, needs higher DPS support to be viable
  • Mythical Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain

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