Cresselia Raid Guide: best Cresselia counters in Pokemon GO

Cresselia Raid Guide: best Cresselia counters in Pokemon GO

Cresselia is a Tier 5 Legendary Raid Boss in Pokemon GO (30849 Combat Power). Best Cresselia counters are strong Ghost and Dark type users like Gengar, Mewtwo, Tyranitar, but also strong Bug types like Scizor and Pinsir. Cresselia is weak to Bug, Dark and Ghost moves. Cresselia is available in Pokemon GO from November 20 to December 18 2018 (1:00 PM PST).

Cresselia can have the following CP values when caught in the post-raid capture encounter:

  • 1555 – 1633 CP in normal weather conditions
  • 1944 – 2041 CP  in Windy weather

Cresselia could theoretically be duoed by extremely lucky, level 40 teams of SC Gengars with Fog weather and best friend boosts. Realistically 3-5 high level players can tackle a Cresselia with proper counters, and 6-20 lower level players can handle one.

Cresselia counters

The following Pokemon are considered to be best Cresselia raid counters in Pokemon GO.

Cresselia raid counters
Supreme Cresselia raid counters
Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost
Our all-time favorite is back with a vengeance, as Mewtwo reigns supreme in Cresselia match ups. Faster than a Tyranitar, but a lot more potion conservative than a Gengar, Mewtwo is simply the perfect mix of DPS and TDO in Cresselia raids.
Tyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Tyranitar is a beast versus every Psychic Pokemon, Cresselia included. Your sturdy companion will bite through Cresselia with ease, saving potions and performing equally well as a SB Mewtwo. What a champ!
Gengar Shadow Claw/Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Gengar is the fastest and highest DPS Cresselia counter, but it is incredibly fragile and will faint more than twice the number of times either Mewtwo or Tyranitar faint. On the other hand, with almost 120 seconds less in Time To Win, Gengar will be a favorite option for players who want to do the raid as quickly as possibly.
Excellent Cresselia raid counters
Scizor Fury Cutter Bug X Scissor Bug
Scizor can definitely hold it’s versus Cresselia, regardless of the move set you face it against.
Houndoom Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
Your demon dog raises once more to defeat a pesky Psychic types, a mere mortal that stands before him. Houndoom is a solid option, worse than a Tyranitar, but more reliable than a Weavile.
Pinsir Fury Cutter Bug X Scissor Bug
It’s a worse Scizor, which means it’s good, but not that good.
Weavile Feint Attack Dark Foul Play Dark
Weavile is another glass cannon option versus Cresselia, and although strictly worse than Tyranitar, it performs well against most move sets.
Good Cresselia raid counters
Honchkrow Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Absol Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Sharpedo Bite Dark Crunch Dark

Cresselia moves analysis

Fast Charge
  • Psycho Cut Psychic
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Futuresight Psychic
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Aurora Beam Ice
  • Futuresight is a scary move, but not against Dark types. Tyranitar performs marvelously against Cresselia’s Futuresight, shedding off its attacks with ease. A respectable move, completely destroys Gengar.
  • Moonblast is a strong Fairy type move that deals increased damage to Tyranitar, but nothing ground breaking, but still hard hitting
  • Aurora Beam can be confusing, but fear not, as it doesn’t deal increased damage to Mewtwo, Tyranitar, Gengar, Scizor nor Weavile. One of, if not the, easiest move set to fight against.

Weather Effects

Cresselia is boosted by Windy weather, while being more vulnerable in Fog and Rainy weather.

Weather Pro Con
Windy Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost. Boosts Cresselia’s Fast moves and Futuresight
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy Boosts Cresselia’s Moonblast
Snow Boosts Cresselia’s Aurora Beam
Rainy Boosts Bug counters
Fog Boosts Dark and Ghost counters

Raid data

Averaged raid data across all move combinations. Includes unreleased Pokemon.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Gengar Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 782.4s 41
2. Darkrai Feint Attack Shadow Ball 850.3s 29
3. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 914.1s 28
4. Weavile Feint Attack Foul Play 927.0s 27
5. Tyranitar Bite Crunch 962.7s 24
6. Deoxys Poison Jab Dark Pulse 778.9s 80
7. Scizor Fury Cutter X Scissor 977.8s 29
8. Houndoom Snarl Foul Play 989.5s 32
9. Pinsir Fury Cutter X Scissor 984.6s 41
10. Palkia Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 1020.8s 33
11. Honchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse 981.8s 52
12. Absol Snarl Dark Pulse 997.0s 50
13. Sharpedo Bite Crunch 1000.3s 52
14. Banette Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 1001.0s 57
15. Alakazam Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 1032.1s 48
16. Mismagius Hex Shadow Ball 1042.4s 45
17. Dialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 1089.2s 32
18. Metagross Bullet Punch Meteor Mash 1123.6s 25
19. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1114.9s 28
20. Yanmega Bug Bite Bug Buzz 1036.7s 52
21. Heatran Bug Bite Fire Blast 1149.0s 21
22. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Outrage 1038.6s 55
23. Giratina Shadow Claw Dragon Claw 1105.8s 37
24. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1141.0s 29
25. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 1066.0s 52
26. Typhlosion Shadow Claw Overheat 1122.2s 37
27. Moltres Fire Spin Sky Attack 1128.9s 39
28. Shiftry Feint Attack Foul Play 1082.0s 54
29. Crawdaunt Snarl Night Slash 1132.1s 40
30. Kyogre Waterfall Hydro Pump 1187.2s 27
31. Cacturne Sucker Punch Dark Pulse 1076.3s 61
32. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1203.6s 24
33. Arceus Shadow Claw Outrage 1163.3s 36
34. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1208.2s 24
35. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1210.4s 24
36. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1203.6s 26
37. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1218.9s 23
38. Muk Bite Dark Pulse 1177.5s 36
39. Magnezone Spark Wild Charge 1192.8s 33
40. Flareon Fire Spin Overheat 1171.1s 40
41. Lucario Bullet Punch Shadow Ball 1152.2s 46
42. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1215.1s 28

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