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Pokémon Go Tornadus raid guide: best counters and movesets

The first Force of Nature has come to Pokémon Go

A Torandus has its arms crossed and looks at the viewer closely Image: The Pokémon Company via Bulbapedia

Tornadus has stormed into Pokémon Go’s tier five Legendary raid rotation.

Tornadus actually has two forms: the human-like Incarnate Forme and the bird-like Therian Forme. Both forms have the same typing, but with different stats, so this guide will work on Tornadus no matter what form its in.

Since Tornadus is a pure flying-type, it’s weak against rock-, electric-, and ice-type moves. Consider using any of the following Pokémon when taking it on:

  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Electivire with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
  • Mamoswine with Powder Snow and Avalanche
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge

You can also utilize weather boosts to give you an edge in your hunt. Snow will boost ice-type moves, rain will boost electric-type moves, and partly cloudy weather will boost rock-type moves.

If you’re lucky, you can find Tornadus Shiny. If you do find it Shiny, you will catch it guaranteed, as long as you land a Poké Ball. Utilize Pinap Berries to increase your candy count if you manage to find a Shiny one.

Shiny Tornadus with its regular form. Shiny Tornadus has blue spots and tails instead of purple. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

The best moveset for Tornadus is Air Slash paired with Hurricane, though even with this moveset, it’s not a great flying-type attacker. Therian Forme Tornadus will need Gust and Hurricane, but again, it’s not a great attacker. The best flying-type attacker is Moltres with Wing Attack and Sky Attack, though if you missed your chance for the Legendary bird, Honchkrow with Peck and Sky Attack will get the job done.

For more information on raids, check out our guide here.