Kartana Raid Duo Guide

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Tier 3 Raid Boss Guides

Easy at trainer level 30 with proper counters

HP3,600 ATK225.27 DEF143.83
CP Range
Lvl 20 2010 - 2101 Lvl 25 2512 - 2626

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Sunny / Clear, Fog, Rain, Windy Sunny / Clear, Cloudy

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Air Slash Intermediate
Razor Leaf Easy

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Night Slash Challenging
Aerial Ace Challenging
X-Scissor Easy
Leaf Blade Intermediate


Kartana is a highly valuable Pokemon, so most players will definitely want to add it to their team. Well, it's actually not terribly hard to do so, as this is a Pokemon with lower base Defense and a double-weakness to one of the game's more potent types; Fire. This is going to be a fairly easy duo for most players, and even a reasonable Solo if the weather is Sunny. In fact, many of the top Pokemon on this list are actually solo-viable should you face Kartana under clear weather.

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Team composition

  • A combination of any of the top Fire Types can borderline trivialize this fight.
  • Two players sporting a team consisting of nothing but Mega Charizard Y or Mega Blaziken and a bunch of Max Revives should be able to burn this origami razer to ash in no time.

Dodging strategy

  • Kartana is fully loaded with 3-bar moves, so expect a torrent of charged moves that starts early in the game. Most of these moves are hard to dodge too, so it's probably best to just power through.

Best Raid Boss Counters

Supreme Mega Evolution Counters

Mega Blaziken Mega Blaziken
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When it comes down to sheer DPS, nothing on this list can quite match Mega Blaziken. It sports a great mix of DPS and TDO that can make this raid borderline trivial.

Mega Charizard Y Mega Charizard Y
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Despite not having quite the same DPS of Mega Blaziken, Mega Charizard Y is still very much an optimal counter, especially against Grass movesets which it double-resists. In general, Mega Charizard Y will stay a bit behind Mega Blaziken, but its TDO will tend to be substantially higher.

Good Mega Evolution Counters

Mega Charizard X Mega Charizard X
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No, you mis-tapped. De-Mega your Charizard, then go back and tap the button that says "Mega Charizard Y".

Primal Groudon Primal Groudon
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While Primal Groudon has the potential to dwarf every other Fire Type in the game, its moveset holds it back. So why is it on this list, especially with a neutral-damage fast move? Because its presence on your team automatically boosts the rest of the team, meaning it's a great option if you're not planning on bringing any other Mega Evolutions along to actually fight.

Mega Houndoom Mega Houndoom
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Despite not being anywhere near as strong as Mega Charizard Y or Mega Blaziken, Mega Houndoom is a solid budget-Mega with good overall performance. It also has the advantage of resisting Night Slash, which is pretty rare among Kartana's top counters. Prioritize the two big-names, but Mega Houndoom is a fine backup.

Supreme Counters

ShadowMoltres Shadow Moltres
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The shadow-variant of one of the original Legendary Pokemon, Shadow Moltres continues to remain relevant despite its heavy competition. With the highest average performance among non-Mega Pokemon, Shadow Moltres is definitely worth a raid spot!

Reshiram Reshiram
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Finally leaving the Shadow Realm for a moment, Reshiram is the dragon of Truth, and it truly does pack a punch. Its high power, great moveset, and outstanding typing means that it's easily one of the absolute best options for this raid, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the top Shadows due to its sheer fiery fury.

Shadow_Blaziken Shadow Blaziken
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While definitely on the frail side, Shadow Blaziken still manages to hit very hard and earns itself a place on this list.

ShadowCharizard Shadow Charizard
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Even when not Mega Evolved, Charizard finds a way. While less powerful than Shadow Moltres, Shadow Charizard sports a very similar overall performance, and is a great option in-and-of itself.

ShadowEntei Shadow Entei
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The age-old debate of Moltres Vs. Entei seems to have finally ended, but Entei still rises at any opportunity to lite the world ablaze. In particular, Shadow Entei can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with pretty much any of the above counters, though this is one time that its mono-Fire typing comes at a cost, as it doesn't have a double resistance to Grass Type attacks.

Shadow-Ho-oh Shadow Ho-Oh
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While it can't quite hit as hard as Shadow Moltres, Shadow Ho-oh has huge survivabilty that can see it through duo runs easily. Apex Shadow Ho-oh with Sacred Fire+ is the ideal choice here, but the vanilla flavor with normal Sacred Fire is still outstanding.

Please don't purity your Apex Shadow Ho-oh!

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Heatran counters Kartana hard. It resists all of the origami Ultra Beast's moves, and even double-resists the majority of its moveset. On top of that, it hits really hard thanks to Magma Storm, making it an outstanding counter for this raid.

Shadow Typhlosion Shadow Typhlosion
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That's right, Shadow Typhlosion breaks into our Supreme Counters! While a bit less powerful than the above, it still has all of the power that it needs to burn Kartana to a crisp.

Good Counters

Volcarona Volcarona
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The Solar Moth itself, Volcarona counters Kartana's Grass Type movesets hard, but doesn't really appreciate its Flying Type moveset. Regardless, it's still a great option!

Shadow Magmortar Shadow Magmortar
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ShadowArcanine Shadow Arcanine
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Often overlooked, but still a perfectly fine pick here!

Darmanitan Darmanitan
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Yet another vanilla Fire Type, and still very viable for the Duo.

ShadowHoundoom Shadow Houndoom
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A bit frail, but the resistance to Night Slash can be handy.

Blaziken Blaziken
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Watch out for Flying Type movesets!

Chandelure Chandelure
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Doesn't care for Night Slash.

Shadow Salamence Shadow Salamence
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Even going off-type with an objectively bad Charged Move, Shadow Salamence still has the raw power to be good here.

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See also: Blaziken.

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Sure, Sacred Fire++ is objectively an amazing move, but if you have that then that means that you purified your Apex Shadow Ho-oh.... please tell me that you didn't purify your Apex Shadow Ho-oh.

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Infernape Infernape
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Monkey no like Flying Type movesets.

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It's honestly getting hard to say anything useful about mono-Fire types at this point.

Charizard Charizard
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バクフーン Typhlosion
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Delphox does not appreciate Kartana's Bug or Dark Type moves.

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Yes, Kartana is so weak to Fire that even Flareon gets invited.

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