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Xerneas Counters

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Caught CP Range:2073 -2160

The best Pokemon Go Xerneas counters are Shadow Metagross, Mega Gengar, Metagross, Mega Beedrill, Dialga & Shadow Scizor. Login to see your custom results!

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Xerneas– Life Pokémon

Xerneas is weak to the following types: x1 Poison, x1 Steel. Generally speaking, the best counters for it are:Metagross, Dialga and Genesect. Xerneas 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, Xerneas will be between 2073 and 2160 cp without a weather boost. In Overcast weather, Xerneas will be between 2591 and 2701 when caught.

Raid – Zen Headbutt / Moonblast

There aren’t many Fairies, and with Xerneus’ base stats it’s going to be a tanky Fairy Type attacker. But lacking Charm hurts it a lot. It will likely get it’s signiture move Geomancy at some point.
There are a couple classes of unique pokemon that are more difficult to use than others, they have been filtered out here to not clog up the counters too much. These pokemon are much more resource expensive than other options.
 • Shadow Metagross– Best in General simulations.
 • Mega Gengar– Great in General simulations.
 • Mega Beedrill– Great in General simulations.
 • Shadow Mewtwo– Great in General simulations.
Less relavant Shadow and Mega Pokemon:Shadow Scizor, Shadow Victreebel, Shadow Vileplume, Shadow Muk, Mega Charizard Y, Mega Pidgeot, Mega Venusaur, Shadow Skuntank, Shadow Dragonite, Shadow Nidoking, Shadow Venusaur, Shadow Moltres, Shadow Magnezone, Shadow Entei, Shadow Machamp, Shadow Tyranitar, Shadow Raikou, Shadow Magneton, Mega Blastoise, Shadow Nidoqueen
Sorted Hardest to Easiest.Tackle and Zen Headbutt both have about average DPS and EPS for the boss, But Zen Headbutt is super effective against Poison Type counters, while Steel resists both.

Giga Impact:

  • Steel-Types are hit for 🛡️ Resistance

Megahorn:

  • Steel-Types are hit for 🛡️ Resistance
  • Poison-Types are hit for 🛡️ Resistance

Moonblast:

  • Steel-Types are hit for 🛡️ Resistance
  • Poison-Types are hit for 🛡️ Resistance

Thunder:

  •No Interaction

Close Combat:

  • Steel-Types are hit for 💥 Weakness
  • Poison-Types are hit for 🛡️ Resistance
Here is a list of Pokemon that can perform similar or better than the typical #1 option with weather bonuses:
PokemonNameWeatherFast MoveCharge MoveEstimator
Shadow Metagross❄️SnowBullet PunchMeteor Mash1.3
Mega Gengar☁️OvercastLickSludge Bomb1.5
Metagross❄️SnowBullet PunchMeteor Mash1.6
Mega Beedrill☁️OvercastPoison JabSludge Bomb1.6
Dialga❄️SnowMetal ClawIron Head1.8
Shadow Mewtwo🪁WindyConfusionPsystrike1.8
Shadow Scizor❄️SnowBullet PunchIron Head1.8
#1 Metagross
Bullet Punch
Meteor Mash
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐
its Legacy Moveset (Meteor Mash) was made very available during its community day in October 2018. Trading is the only way to acquire it right now. Non-Legacy Metagross can still be obtained however. Hopefully it will come back during a December Community Day event. With Level 35 Metagross you need 3 players.

Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Thunder
Best Ranking VS: Tackle / Giga Impact
Type Interactions:
• 1× Resists: Fairy, Normal
#2 Dialga
Metal Claw
Iron Head
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐
Dialga was first in raids March 2019, and hasn’t returned since. its a top tier Steel-Type Attacker who isn’t weak to Fire. With Level 35 Dialga you need 3 players.

Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Close Combat
Best Ranking VS: Tackle / Giga Impact
Type Interactions:
• 1× Resists: Bug, Electric, Normal
• 1× Weak: Fighting
#3 Genesect
Metal Claw
Magnet Bomb
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
Genesect was first only available from a paid special research event. It was briefly in EX Raids, and has had only brief availability in raids. Genesect has Scizor’s fantastic typing, leaving it only weak to Fire-but doubly weak. With Level 35 Genesect you need 3 players.

Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Giga Impact
Best Ranking VS: Tackle / Moonblast
Type Interactions:
• 1× Resists: Bug, Fairy, Normal
#4 Genesect (Burn)
Metal Claw
Magnet Bomb
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
With Level 35 Genesect (Burn) you need 3 players.

Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Giga Impact
Best Ranking VS: Tackle / Moonblast
Type Interactions:
• 1× Resists: Bug, Fairy, Normal
#5 Excadrill
Metal Claw
Iron Head
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐
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 it’s Steel duel typing ussually help it more than it hurts. With Level 35 Excadrill you need 3 players.

Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Giga Impact
Best Ranking VS: Tackle / Moonblast
Type Interactions:
• 2× Resists: Electric
• 1× Resists: Bug, Fairy, Normal
• 1× Weak: Fighting
#6 Roserade
Poison Jab
Sludge Bomb
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
With Level 35 Roserade you need 3 players.

Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Giga Impact
Best Ranking VS: Zen Headbutt / Close Combat
Type Interactions:
• 1× Resists: Electric, Fairy, Fighting
#2 Gengar
Lick
Sludge Bomb
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
With Level 35 Gengar you need 3 players.

Alternative Fast Moves: Shadow Claw, Hex
Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Thunder
Best Ranking VS: Tackle / Megahorn
Type Interactions:
• 3× Resists: Fighting
• 2× Resists: Bug, Normal
• 1× Resists: Fairy
#8 Jirachi
Charge Beam
Doom Desire
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Jirachi can be obtained from the “A Thousand-Year Slumber” Special Research. Among other things, this entails: catching 3 Whismur, evolving a Feebas, getting the Gold Hoenn Medal, catching 50 psychic/steel Pokemon, winning 5 raids, and spinning Pokestops 7 days in a row. Jirachi is a top tier Steel-Type attacker, but NOTE, it is also fantastic in PVP. If you power up your one Jirachi above 1500 cp, it will become ineligible for Great League. With Level 35 Jirachi you need 3 players.

Alternative Fast Moves: Confusion
Best Estimator VS: Zen Headbutt / Moonblast
Best Ranking VS: Tackle / Giga Impact
Type Interactions:
• 1× Resists: Fairy, Normal
#9 Regigigas
Hidden Power Steel
Giga Impact
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
With Level 35 Regigigas you need 3 players.

Alternative Fast Moves: Hidden Power Poison
Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Close Combat
Best Ranking VS: Zen Headbutt / Megahorn
Type Interactions:
• 1× Weak: Fighting
#10 Scizor
Bullet Punch
Iron Head
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Scyther and Scizor have been featured a couple of times reducing the difficulty to acquire one. You need a Metal Coat to evolve Scyther into Scizor, which can be acquired either: VERY rarely from spinning a pokestop, in a pool of other evolution items on your 7-day streak spinning Pokestop (guaranteed to get at least one item), or from the Celebi Special Research 4/8 rewards. Scyther nest and are a 5k hatch. With Level 35 Scizor you need 3 players.

Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Giga Impact
Best Ranking VS: Tackle / Moonblast
Type Interactions:
• 1× Resists: Bug, Fairy, Normal
#11 Mewtwo
Confusion
Psystrike
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐
Psystrike was only available when it was a raid boss in September 2019, making it incredibly limited. Psychic is only a little bit below it however! With Level 35 Mewtwo you need 3 players.

Alternative Fast Moves: Psycho Cut
Alternative Charge Moves: Psychic
Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Moonblast
Best Ranking VS: Zen Headbutt / Thunder
Type Interactions:
• 1× Resists: Fighting
• 1× Weak: Bug
#12 Ho-Oh
Steel Wing
Brave Bird
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
With Level 35 Ho-Oh you need 3 players.

Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Giga Impact
Best Ranking VS: Zen Headbutt / Megahorn
Type Interactions:
• 2× Resists: Bug
• 1× Resists: Fairy, Fighting
• 1× Weak: Electric
#13 Victreebel
Acid
Sludge Bomb
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
With Level 35 Victreebel you need 3 players.

Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Moonblast
Best Ranking VS: Zen Headbutt / Moonblast
Type Interactions:
• 1× Resists: Electric, Fairy, Fighting
#14 Attack Deoxys
Poison Jab
Zap Cannon
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
With Level 35 Attack Deoxys you need 3 players.

Alternative Charge Moves: Dark Pulse
Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Close Combat
Best Ranking VS: Zen Headbutt / Giga Impact
Type Interactions:
• 1× Resists: Fighting
• 1× Weak: Bug
#15 Vileplume
Acid
Sludge Bomb
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
With Level 35 Vileplume you need 3 players.

Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Giga Impact
Best Ranking VS: Zen Headbutt / Close Combat
Type Interactions:
• 1× Resists: Electric, Fairy, Fighting
#16 Bisharp
Metal Claw
Iron Head
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
With Level 35 Bisharp you need 3 players.

Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Thunder
Best Ranking VS: Tackle / Giga Impact
Type Interactions:
• 1× Resists: Normal
• 2× Weak: Fighting
#17 Heatran
Fire Spin
Iron Head
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐
With Level 35 Heatran you need 3 players.

Best Estimator VS: Zen Headbutt / Close Combat
Best Ranking VS: Tackle / Giga Impact
Type Interactions:
• 2× Resists: Bug, Fairy
• 1× Resists: Normal
• 1× Weak: Fighting
#18 Toxicroak
Poison Jab
Sludge Bomb
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
With Level 35 Toxicroak you need 3 players.

Best Estimator VS: Zen Headbutt / Moonblast
Best Ranking VS: Tackle / Moonblast
Type Interactions:
• 2× Resists: Bug
• 1× Resists: Fighting
#19 Scolipede
Poison Jab
Sludge Bomb
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
With Level 35 Scolipede you need 3 players.

Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Thunder
Best Ranking VS: Zen Headbutt / Close Combat
Type Interactions:
• 2× Resists: Fighting
• 1× Resists: Bug, Fairy
#20 Aggron
Iron Tail
Heavy Slam
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
With Level 35 Aggron you need 3 players.

Best Estimator VS: Zen Headbutt / Close Combat
Best Ranking VS: Tackle / Giga Impact
Type Interactions:
• 2× Resists: Normal
• 1× Resists: Bug, Fairy
• 2× Weak: Fighting
#21 Dragonite
Steel Wing
Hurricane
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
With Level 35 Dragonite you need 4 players.

Alternative Charge Moves: Hyper Beam
Best Estimator VS: Tackle / Moonblast
Best Ranking VS: Zen Headbutt / Thunder
Type Interactions:
• 1× Resists: Bug, Fighting
• 1× Weak: Fairy
#22 Durant
Metal Claw
Iron Head
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
With Level 35 Durant you need 4 players.

Best Estimator VS: Zen Headbutt / Thunder
Best Ranking VS: Zen Headbutt / Giga Impact
Type Interactions:
• 1× Resists: Bug, Fairy, Normal
#23 Skuntank
Poison Jab
Sludge Bomb
⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐
🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐
📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐
🌐 Accessibility:
With Level 35 Skuntank you need 4 players.

Best Estimator VS: Zen Headbutt / Giga Impact
Best Ranking VS: Tackle / Giga Impact
Type Interactions:
For more high density information, here is a heatmap of how counters perform against Xerneas on average, as their levels increase: If you just want to know the approximate level where a counter becomes viable to finish the raid with a certain # of players:

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