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Zekrom Raid Guide

June 4, 2020 - Jace
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Zekrom Raid Guide
Zekrom– Deep Black PokΓ©mon
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Zekrom is a dual-type Electric/Dragon Legendary PokΓ©mon introduced in Generation V. Zekrom is weak to the following types: Ground, Ice, Dragon, and Fairy.Β 

Generally speaking, the best counters for it are: Zekrom, Palkia, and Reshiram. Zekrom can be beaten by 2 players in optimal weather, with max friendship and perfect level 40 counters or by 4 unfriended players using level 20 counters from this guide. When caught, Zekrom will be between 2217 and 2307 cp without a weather boost. In Rainy weather, Zekrom will be between 2771 and 2884 when caught.

Release History:

  • 6/15/2020-

Movesets

  • Flash Cannon:

    • Ice-Types are hit for πŸ’₯ Weakness
    • Fairy-Types are hit for πŸ’₯ Weakness
  • Wild Charge:

    • Ground-Types are hit for πŸ›‘οΈπŸ›‘οΈ Resistance
    • Dragon-Types are hit for πŸ›‘οΈ Resistance
  • Outrage:

    • Fairy-Types are hit for πŸ›‘οΈπŸ›‘οΈ Resistance
    • Dragon-Types are hit for πŸ’₯ Weakness
  • Crunch:

    • Fairy-Types are hit for πŸ›‘οΈ Resistance

Top Raid Counters

Dialga

Best Moveset:Dragon Breath / Draco Meteor

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†

Dialga’s Steel typing gives it nice resistances usually so it comes up a lot as a hefty Steel or Dragon-Type. It’s a Dragon that isn’t even weak to Dragons, meaning it is helpful against most Dragon Raid Bosses using Dragon-Type attacks. It’s legendary though, so expensive to trade for and acquire candy for. It is an excellent attacker in recent Team Rocket invasions so powering one up is not the worst idea in the world. In practice it often ends up the highest bulky Dragon-Type attacker over Rayquaza. Dialga was last a raid boss 3/27/2019. It was last in Raids 434 days ago.
With Level 35 Dialga you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Steel, Electric

Zekrom

Best Moveset:Dragon Breath / Outrage

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

With Level 35 Zekrom you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Wild Charge
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Electric
    • 1Γ— Resists: Steel
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon

Palkia

Best Moveset:Dragon Tail / Draco Meteor

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†

It is a cut below Rayquaza in raw DPS usually, but its interesting Dragon/Water Typing leads to it often performing very well depending on the moveset. Its stats can make better use of it than Kingra. Candy will be pretty rough though as it’s only been released once so far. Palkia was last a raid boss 2/26/2019. It was last in Raids 461 days ago.
With Level 35 Palkia you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Best Ranking VS: Charge Beam/Outrage
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Steel
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon
    • Canceled Out: Electric

Reshiram

Best Moveset:Dragon Breath / Draco Meteor

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

With Level 35 Reshiram you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Wild Charge
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Steel, Electric
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon

Garchomp

Best Moveset:Dragon Tail / Outrage

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

Garchomp, while a great Dragon AND Ground-Type (and one with a resistance to Rock and triple resistance to Electric), is very difficult to acquire for now. No nests, no events, very rare, very new. Gible do hatch in 10k Eggs, but are exceedingly rare in the wild.
With Level 35 Garchomp you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Best Ranking VS: Charge Beam/Wild Charge
  • Type Interactions:
    • 3Γ— Resists: Electric
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon

Rayquaza

Best Moveset:Dragon Tail / Outrage

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β­β˜†

Rayquaza was last available (with its shiny!) August 2019. It is a Legendary Pokemon only available in limited time events. Legendary Pokemon have 20k buddy walking distance and are generally a good place to use Rare Candies. Powering them up is also a challenge just because the candy is often limited to Raiding for them. Rayquaza is a phenomenal choice though, as it is currently the highest raw DPS Dragon-Type attacker, and among the best Flying-type attackers as well! It’s got crazy neutral DPS making it often a great choice even when it’s not hitting super effectively! Rayquaza was last a raid boss 8/31/2019. It was last in Raids 276 days ago.
With Level 35 Rayquaza you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Crunch
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon
    • Canceled Out: Electric

Weather

Here is a list of Pokemon that can perform similar or better than the typical #1 option (in this case, Zekrom) with weather bonuses:

Pokemon Weather Fast Move Charge Move Estimator
Dialga
Windy
Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 2.1
Garchomp
Windy
Dragon Tail Outrage 2.2
Excadrill
Clear
Mud Slap Drill Run 2.3
Haxorus
Windy
Dragon Tail Dragon Claw 2.3
Groudon
Clear
Mud Shot Earthquake 2.3
Mamoswine
Snow
Mud Slap Avalanche 2.4
Rayquaza
Windy
Dragon Tail Outrage 2.4
Palkia
Windy
Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 2.4
Zekrom
No Weather
Dragon Breath Outrage 2.4
Landorus
Clear
Mud Shot Earth Power 2.4
Palkia
No Weather
Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 2.5
Rhyperior
Clear
Mud Slap Earthquake 2.5
Dragonite
Windy
Dragon Tail Dragon Claw 2.5
Reshiram
Overcast
Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 2.5

Alternate Pokemon

Dragonite

Best Moveset:Dragon Tail / Draco Meteor

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β­β˜†

Dratini can be acquired from the “Jump Start” Special Research part 1 (the whole Questline grants Dratini Candy and essentially hands you a Dragonite if you complete all the steps), as well as available as a Shadow Pokemon. The “Catch a Dragon-type Pokemon” quest rewards one. Dratini was also available during community day in February 2018 (and the Decenber community days since). You can likely find a friend to trade you a Dratini, if not a Dragonite, if you ask nicely! Draco Meteor is exclusive to Community Day, but Outrage is very similar in performance. Dragonite is a great Dragon-Type but not the #1 one, making it a pretty good investment as you’re building your teams. Dragonite was last a raid boss 10/5/2019. It was last in Raids 223 days ago.
With Level 35 Dragonite you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Best Ranking VS: Charge Beam/Outrage
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon
    • Canceled Out: Electric

Haxorus

Best Moveset:Dragon Tail / Dragon Claw

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

Haxorus is very new right now and has not been featured in any events, but it’s a pretty good Dragon-Type attacker.
With Level 35 Haxorus you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Flash Cannon
  • Best Ranking VS: Charge Beam/Wild Charge
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Electric
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon

Mamoswine

Best Moveset:Mud Slap / Avalanche

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β­β˜†

Swinub currently can be found in nests. Piloswine was last a raid boss 11/1/2019. It was last in Raids 213 days ago.
With Level 35 Mamoswine you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Wild Charge
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Electric
    • 1Γ— Weak: Steel

Salamence

Best Moveset:Dragon Tail / Draco Meteor

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β­β˜†

Salamence Community Day was April 2019, which is when it received Outrage. Draco Meteor however is not Legacy on Salamence. It’s not really the best at any of the things it can do, but its still a top tier Dragon with powerful off-type movesets as well. You can find Bagon in 10k eggs, but they do not nest. Bagon was last a raid boss 8/31/2019. It was last in Raids 276 days ago.
With Level 35 Salamence you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Best Ranking VS: Charge Beam/Crunch
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon
    • Canceled Out: Electric

Excadrill

Best Moveset:Mud Slap / Drill Run

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†

Excadrill is a new Pokemon, but Drilbur are not rare, and it is boosted in sunny weather! It doesn’t look it, but Excadrill is a phenomental ground-Type attacker, and its Steel duel typing ussually help it more than it hurts.
With Level 35 Excadrill you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Crunch
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Electric
    • 1Γ— Resists: Steel, Dragon

Groudon

Best Moveset:Dragon Tail / Earthquake

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Groudon was last a raid boss 7/8/2019. It was last in Raids 330 days ago.
With Level 35 Groudon you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Charge Beam/Outrage
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Electric

Latios

Best Moveset:Dragon Breath / Dragon Claw

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†

Latios was last available April 2019 in raids, and August 2019 in Research Breakthroughs. With Level 35 Latios, you need 2 players. Latios was last a raid boss 4/22/2019. It was last in Raids 408 days ago.
With Level 35 Latios you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Best Ranking VS: Charge Beam/Outrage
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Electric
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon, Dark

Landorus

Best Moveset:Mud Shot / Earth Power

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†

With Level 35 Landorus you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Wild Charge
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Electric

Rhyperior

Best Moveset:Mud Slap / Earthquake

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β­β˜†

Rhyhorn is very common and boosted in the common Sunny, but Rhyperior is a Sinnoh Stone evolution Pokemon. Rhydon is a pretty good Ground-Type as well, so if you get a good moveset on it and don’t have the candy or stone to evolve, it’s not that bad. It’s also great as a Rock-Type attacker with different moves. Rhyhorn currently can be found in nests. Rhydon was last a raid boss 11/7/2019. It was last in Raids 0 days ago.
With Level 35 Rhyperior you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Wild Charge
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Electric
    • 1Γ— Weak: Steel

Glaceon

Best Moveset:Frost Breath / Avalanche

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β­β˜†

Glaceon evolves from Eevee, which is a nesting species, who has also been featured in community day, AND in many many events. Eevee is also just a decently common Pokemon in general, with even increased spawns in Partly Cloudy weather which is fairly common. If all else fails, you can acquire a shiny Eevee from the “Jump Start” Special Research quest part 4/6. Eevee is also a quest reward for the “Evolve a Pokemon” Field Research quests. “A Ripple in Time” Special Research also rewards a normal Eevee in both part 3 and part 4. After acquiring enough Eevee candy, Glaceon can be acquired in one of two ways: either you get a Glacial Lure Module and evolve Eevee while within its boundaries, or you use a ONE TIME USE naming trick, naming your Eevee “Rea” prior to evolving. Eevee currently can be found in nests.Flareon was last a raid boss 11/4/2019. It was last in Raids 210 days ago.
With Level 35 Glaceon you need 4 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Wild Charge
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Weak: Steel

Hydreigon

Best Moveset:Dragon Breath / Dragon Pulse

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

With Level 35 Hydreigon you need 4 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Crunch
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Electric, Dark
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon

Gardevoir

Best Moveset:Charm / Dazzling Gleam

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†

Ralts nest and were featured in Aug-2019’s community day. They are a decently accessible spawn in cloudy weather and also hatch from 10k eggs. In addition Kirlia is no stranger to 2 star raids. They do not however nest. Kirlia was last a raid boss 8/31/2019. It was last in Raids 276 days ago.
With Level 35 Gardevoir you need 4 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Wild Charge
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Dragon
    • 1Γ— Weak: Steel
    • Canceled Out: Dark

Latias

Best Moveset:Dragon Breath / Outrage

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†

Latias was last available April 2019 in raids, and August 2019 in Research Breakthroughs. With Level 35 Latios, you need 2 players. Latias was last a raid boss 2/26/2019. It was last in Raids 461 days ago.
With Level 35 Latias you need 4 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Flash Cannon
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Electric
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon, Dark

Weavile

Best Moveset:Ice Shard / Avalanche

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β­β˜†

Sneasel currently can be found in nests.Sneasel was last a raid boss 11/1/2019. It was last in Raids 213 days ago.
With Level 35 Weavile you need 4 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Charge Beam/Flash Cannon
  • Best Ranking VS: Charge Beam/Crunch
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Dark
    • 1Γ— Weak: Steel

Togekiss

Best Moveset:Charm / Dazzling Gleam

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†

Togekiss is the absolute bane of Fighting-Types, with stunning tankiness to boot. They compete with Gardevoir atop the Fairy Pokemon chart since receiving Charm as a Fast Attack! While Togekiss is excellent as a Raid Attacker and (even more so) a Gym Defender, its extremely expensive. Togetics are a white whale spawn, and Togepi are a random baby hatch from eggs. Then, even if you amass the 123 candy you need to evolve it- you must have a Sinnoh Stone. Which can only be acquired at Random from either Trainer Battles or Field Research Breakthroughs.

Togekiss is an ordeal to obtain for sure. But its formidable defensive utility is no joke. Togetic was last a raid boss 10/5/2019. It was last in Raids 223 days ago.
With Level 35 Togekiss you need 4 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Charge Beam/Flash Cannon
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Dragon
    • 1Γ— Resists: Dark
    • 1Γ— Weak: Steel, Electric

Giratina_Origin_Form

Best Moveset:Dragon Tail / Dragon Pulse

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β­β˜†

With Level 35 Giratina_Origin_Form you need 4 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Charge Beam/Outrage
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Flash Cannon
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Electric
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon, Dark

Rhydon

Best Moveset:Mud Slap / Earthquake

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rhyhorn is very common and boosted in the common Sunny weather. Its evolution is better in this role, but we were already using Rhydons before Rhyperior came out. Rhyhorn currently can be found in nests. Rhydon was last a raid boss 11/7/2019. It was last in Raids 0 days ago.
With Level 35 Rhydon you need 4 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath/Flash Cannon
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath/Outrage
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Electric
    • 1Γ— Weak: Steel

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