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Zekrom Raid Duo Guide

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Tier 5 Raid Boss Guides
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Difficulty:

Requires specific maxed out counters or weather boost

HP15,000 ATK229.20 DEF178.60
CP Range
Lvl 20 2217 - 2307 Lvl 25 2771 - 2884

Notable Weather

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

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Charge Beam Easy
Dragon Breath Intermediate

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Outrage Challenging
Wild Charge Challenging
Crunch Intermediate
Flash Cannon Easy

Overview

The Dragon of Ideals is not an easy raid boss to duo. While it's a bit less weather-reliant than its brother, Reshiram, it has the potential to be a much more difficult battle depending on the moveset. Movesets with Outrage in particular tend to be downright brutal, with Wild Charge not far behind. On the other hand, its least effective moveset, Charge Beam+Flash Cannon is far more forgiving than basically anything that Reshiram can throw out. Overall, it's going to be a game of matching up moveset and weather boosts, and maybe throwing in a Shadow or two for spice. A duo is possible, but the situation pretty much needs to be ideal...

Approach

Team composition

  • Very few Pokemon have the DPS needed to make this duo in neutral weather.

  • The good, old-fashioned dragons are your best friends; Rayquaza and Salamence. 

  • Be ready with weather-relevant teams!

  • Shadows

Battling strategy

  • Have a second team ready, though an ideal setup with perfect weather and some smart dodges may not need to.

  • Outrage is semi-easy to dodge and hits like a truck. Wild Charge is a bit easier, but can still hit very hard in neutral weather. Flash Cannon is the least threatening move but is not super-easy to dodge. Crunch is the hardest to dodge and hits very often. Probably best to plan on powering through it for that reason.

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

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters Viable at Lv.40 in Neutral Weather

Rayquaza Rayquaza
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Pros:

  • Highest non-shadow damage in neutral weather generally

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Breath and Outrage
  • Takes neutral damage from Charge Beam and Wild Charge despite Dragon typing
  • Frail, greatly appreciates dodging
  • Legendary species, candy can be hard to obtain
Salamence Salamence
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Pros:

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Breath and Outrage
  • Takes neutral damage from Charge Beam and Wild Charge despite Dragon typing
  • Frail, greatly appreciates dodging
  • Best moveset is Elite

Shadow Salamence

Shadow Salamence is the top counter for this raid, and can greatly help in getting ahead of the clock. If you're fortunate enough to have one, this is its time to shine.

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Pros:

  • Very stable and reliable damage-output thanks to Dragon Claw
  • Resists Charge Beam and wild Charge

Cons:

  • DPS is border-line and TDO is low. Needs proper support to be viable
  • Weak to Dragon Breath and Outrage
  • Currently considered to be a rare species
Dragonite Dragonite
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Pros:

  • Arguably the most common of the big-name dragons. Has been featured in events, its own community day, its own special research, and has been around since day 1

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Breath and Outrage
  • Takes neutral damage from Charge Beam and Wild Charge despite Dragon typing
  • DPS is extremely borderline at best, generally not viable for a Duo

Shadow Dragonite

While normal Dragonite generally can't reach duo-level DPS, Shadow Dragonite is a very viable choice for this raid. It trades a little DPS for a little TDO when compared to Shadow Salamence, but can definitely help players beat the clock. 

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Pros:

  • Outstanding performance vs. Electric Type movesets due to double resistance. Can help to anchor a solo team
  • Also resists Flash Cannon

Cons:

  • DPS generally falls just slightly short of Duo levels, needs DPS-support to be viable
  • Very moveset-specific, weak to Dragon Type movesets.
  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for

Counters Viable in Windy Weather

Garchomp Garchomp
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Pros:

  • Outstanding performance for moveset-specific matches due to triple resistance to Electric Type moves

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Breath and Outrage
  • Currently considered a fairly rare species
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Pros:

  • Resists Flash Cannon

Cons:

  • Does not resist Electric Type movesets despite Dragon typing
  • Weak to Dragon Breath and Outrage
  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
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Pros:

  • Great all-around performer. Resists Electric Type movesets and Flash Cannon, takes neutral damage from Dragon Type movesets despite being Dragon Type itself
  • Also viable in neutral weather as an anchor, but requires very high DPS support to excel in this role

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
Reshiram Reshiram
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Pros:

  • Resists Electric Type movesets and Flash Cannon

Cons:

  • Generally better utilized as a Fire Type attacker
  • Weak to Dragon Type movesets
  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
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Pros:

  • Resists Electric Type movesets

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Type movesets and Crunch
  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for

Counters Viable in Clear Weather

Landorus (Incarnate Forme) Landorus (Incarnate Forme)
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Pros:

  • Resists Electric Type movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
  • Might be wise to save candy for the strictly superior Therian forme
Excadrill Excadrill
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Pros:

  • Despite general frailty, enjoys substantial bulk thanks to a plethora of viable resistances
  • Resists Dragon Type movesets and Flash Cannon, double-resists Electric Type movesets
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Pros:

  • Double-resists Electric Type movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
Mamoswine Mamoswine
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Pros:

  • Double-resists Electric Type movesets
  • Common species in many areas that has been featured in its own Community Day

Cons:

  • Avalanche is still the move of choice despite Weather Boost
  • Weak to Flash Cannon
Garchomp Garchomp
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Pros:

  • Outstanding performance for moveset-specific matches due to triple resistance to Electric Type moves

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Breath and Outrage
  • Currently considered a fairly rare species
  • Not as potent as its Windy weather Dragon-Type moveset
Rhyperior Rhyperior
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Pros:

  • Very common species. Has been featured in several events, and its own community day. Has been available since day 1.
  • Good general bulk compounded by a double-resistance to Electric Type movesets

Cons:

  • Weak to Flash Cannon
  • DPS is borderline, needs DPS support to be truly viable

Counters Viable in Cloudy Weather

Gardevoir Gardevoir
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Pros:

  • Double-resists Dragon Type movesets
  • Good general availability. Has been featured in events and its own Community Day

Cons:

  • Non-shadow Gardevoir's DPS is borderline in Cloudy weather
  • Weak to Flash Cannon

Shadow Gardevoir

In cloudy weather, Shadow Gardevoir has power similar to what Shadow Salamence and Shadow Dragonite wield in neutral weather. It's also one of the only Pokemon truly viable Vs. Dragon Type movesets for a duo.

Counters Viable in Snowy Weather

Mamoswine Mamoswine
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Pros:

  • Double-resists Electric Type movesets
  • Common species in many areas that has been featured in its own Community Day

Cons:

  • Avalanche is still the move of choice despite Weather Boost
  • Weak to Flash Cannon
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Cons:

  • Frail, appreciates dodging
  • Weak to Flash Cannon

Shadow Weavile

Shadow Weavile has decent overall DPS that approaches Rayquaza's, but it lacks the TDO. It's frail but it hits hard.

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