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Pokémon Go Articuno raid guide: best counters and movesets

Grab the Legendary ice-type bird

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Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Articuno, the ice-type Legendary bird Pokémon, is one of Pokémon Go’s rotating five-star raid targets.

The ice-type bird Pokémon appears in raids every now and then and it’s definitely worth collecting.

To take on Articuno, we recommend using rock-type Pokémon. Consider bringing any of the following counters:

  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Rhyperior with Smack Down and Rock Wrecker
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Darmanitan with Fire Fang and Rock Slide

Articuno is also weak against fire- and electric-type moves, though rock-types will do four times the usual damage. If you have Mega Evolutions of Charizard or Amphardos, you should definitely take them. Fire-type starter Pokémon with their Community Day move, Blast Burn, will also help deal some good damage to Articuno.

If you’re lucky, you may find it Shiny. Remember that if you find a Shiny Pokémon in a raid, you will catch it guaranteed, so use a Pinap Berry on it rather than a Razz Berry.

Shiny Articuno with its normal version. Shiny Articuno is a much lighter blue. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

Articuno unfortunately isn’t super good for raiding, but if you still want to set it up with some good moves, give it Frost Breath and Blizzard.

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

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