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Kyurem- Boundary PokΓ©mon

Kyurem is weak to the following types: Fighting, Rock, Steel, Dragon, Fairy. Generally speaking, the best counters for it are:Metagross, Lucario, and Dialga. Kyurem 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, Kyurem will be between 1957 and 2042 cp without a weather boost. In Windy weather, Kyurem will be between 2446 and 2553 when caught.

Shadows & Megas

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.
  • Shadow Machamp– Great in General simulations.
  • Shadow Tyranitar– Great in General simulations.

Less relavant Shadow and Mega Pokemon:Shadow Gardevoir, Shadow Scizor, Shadow Dragonite, Mega Charizard Y

Movesets

Sorted Easiest to Hardest.

Dragon Claw:

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

Draco Meteor:

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

Blizzard:

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

Top Raid Counters

#1 Metagross (Elite TM Moveset)

Best Moveset: Bullet Punch / Meteor Mash (Elite TM)
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†

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 2 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Blizzard
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Draco Meteor
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Ice, Dragon

#2 Lucario

Best Moveset: Counter / Aura Sphere
  • 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˜†

Riolu is an egg exclusive pokemon sadly, one of the absolute rarest and highly desired ones in fact. It was added October 2018th. It isn’t easy to power up and has a walking distance of 10k. There are increased chances of finding one in a 7k Alolan egg instead of normal 10ks. You also have better chances if you get difficult Adventure Sync eggs. if you collect your weekly adventure sync reward and have earned the 50k distance, AND have an available egg slot, you will get an egg with a skewed hatch pool. With Level 35 Lucario you need 2 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Bullet Punch
  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath / Blizzard
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Dragon Claw
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Ice, Dragon

#3 Dialga

Best Moveset: Metal Claw / Draco Meteor
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†

With Level 35 Dialga you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Dragon Breath
  • Alternative Charge Moves: Iron Head
  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Blizzard
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Dragon Claw
  • Type Interactions:
    • Negated Interaction: Ice, Dragon

#4 Conkeldurr

Best Moveset: Counter / Dynamic Punch
  • 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˜†

With Level 35 Conkeldurr you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Focus Blast
  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath / Blizzard
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Draco Meteor
  • Type Interactions:
    • No Type Interactions

#5 Palkia

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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🌐 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 its only been released once so far. With Level 35 Palkia you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Dragon Breath
  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath / Dragon Claw
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Blizzard
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon
    • Negated Interaction: Ice

#6 Reshiram

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

With Level 35 Reshiram you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Blizzard
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Blizzard
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon
    • Negated Interaction: Ice

Weather

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

Pokemon Weather Fast Move Charge Move Estimator
Metagross ❄️Snow Bullet Punch Meteor Mash 1.3
Lucario ☁️Overcast Counter Aura Sphere 1.3
Conkeldurr ☁️Overcast Counter Dynamic Punch 1.4
Dialga πŸͺWindy Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 1.5
Rhyperior ⛅️Partly Cloudy Smack Down Rock Wrecker 1.5
Machamp ☁️Overcast Counter Dynamic Punch 1.5
Dialga ❄️Snow Metal Claw Iron Head 1.5
Terrakion ⛅️Partly Cloudy Smack Down Rock Slide 1.5
Lucario ❄️Snow Bullet Punch Aura Sphere 1.5

Alternate Pokemon

#7 Rhyperior (Elite TM Moveset)

Best Moveset: Smack Down / Rock Wrecker (Elite TM)
  • 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 currently can be found in nests. With Level 35 Rhyperior you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Blizzard
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Draco Meteor
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Weak: Ice

#8 Zekrom

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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

With Level 35 Zekrom you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Draco Meteor
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Blizzard
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Weak: Ice, Dragon

#9 Genesect

Best Moveset: Metal Claw / Magnet Bomb
  • 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˜†

With Level 35 Genesect you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath / Draco Meteor
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Draco Meteor
  • Type Interactions:
    • No Type Interactions

#10 Machamp

Best Moveset: Counter / Dynamic Punch
  • 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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Machamp stands as the pokemon with the longest cumulative duration it has spent as a raid boss, being one of the very first AND most frequently returning. If you’ve been playing long enough to participate in Tier 3 raids its likely you have a Machamp or a dozen. They also have been an incredibly useful Fighting Type since the game’s inception.

It is likely soon going to be outclassed as a Fighting-Type by many Gen 5 Pokemon (assuming they get good moves). Machop currently can be found in nests. With Level 35 Machamp you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Karate Chop
  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath / Blizzard
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Draco Meteor
  • Type Interactions:
    • No Type Interactions

#11 Terrakion

Best Moveset: Smack Down / Rock Slide
  • 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˜†

Best Rock Type in terms of survivability and TDO. DPS is usually edged out by the glass cannon Rampardos With Level 35 Terrakion you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Close Combat
  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath / Blizzard
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Draco Meteor
  • Type Interactions:
    • No Type Interactions

#12 Haxorus

Best Moveset: Dragon Tail / 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˜†

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.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Counter
  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Draco Meteor
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Dragon Claw
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Weak: Ice, Dragon

#13 Excadrill

Best Moveset: Metal Claw / Iron Head
  • 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˜†

Excadrill is a new pokemon, but Drilbur are not rare at all and it is boosted in sunny weather. With Level 35 Excadrill you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Rock Slide
  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath / Blizzard
  • Best Ranking VS: Steel Wing / Draco Meteor
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Dragon
    • Negated Interaction: Ice

#14 Rampardos

Best Moveset: Smack Down / Rock Slide
  • 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˜†

Rampardos is very difficult to acquire being fairly new and only having been featured briefly in one quest as Cranidos. its the highest DPS Rock Type. With Level 35 Rampardos you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Draco Meteor
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Dragon Claw
  • Type Interactions:
    • No Type Interactions

#15 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. With Level 35 Gardevoir you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Blizzard
  • Best Ranking VS: Steel Wing / Draco Meteor
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Dragon

#16 Tyranitar (Elite TM Moveset)

Best Moveset: Smack Down (Elite TM) / Stone Edge
  • 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˜†

Accessibility will be a bit tough if you are only starting now as Larvitars do not nest and are rare. They are also in 10k eggs. Tier 4 Tyranitar Raids were a staple for quite a while, however. Larvitar can be found in ‘Make 3 Excellent Throws in a Row’ Quests. The family was last in raid bosses during Water Festival in Sept 2019. Larvitar community day (the only time you could get Smack Down) was June 2018. It isn’t the highest raw DPS Dark-Type anymore, but it has a ton of bulk on top of near optimal DPS. Weavile and Honchkrow trade with it depending on the matchup.
With Level 35 Tyranitar you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath / Blizzard
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Draco Meteor
  • Type Interactions:
    • No Type Interactions

#17 Jirachi

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

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: Charge Beam
  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Draco Meteor
  • Best Ranking VS: Steel Wing / Draco Meteor
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Ice, Dragon

#18 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. With Level 35 Latios you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath / Blizzard
  • Best Ranking VS: Steel Wing / Blizzard
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Weak: Ice, Dragon

#19 Rayquaza

Best Moveset: Dragon Tail / Outrage
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🌐 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! its got crazy neutral DPS making it often a great choice even when its not hitting super effectively! With Level 35 Rayquaza you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath / Dragon Claw
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Dragon Claw
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon
    • 2Γ— Weak: Ice

#20 Kyurem

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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

With Level 35 Kyurem you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Steel Wing
  • Alternative Charge Moves: Draco Meteor
  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath / Blizzard
  • Best Ranking VS: Steel Wing / Blizzard
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon
    • Negated Interaction: Ice

#21 Dragonite

Best Moveset: Dragon Tail / Dragon Claw
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

With Level 35 Dragonite you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Steel Wing, Dragon Breath
  • Alternative Charge Moves: Outrage, Draco Meteor
  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath / Dragon Claw
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Dragon Claw
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon
    • 2Γ— Weak: Ice

#22 Hariyama

Best Moveset: Counter / Dynamic Punch
  • 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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hariyama is cheaper to evolve up than Machamp, requiring less candy and a more common pokemon (with nearly identical practical performance) Makuhita currently can be found in nests. With Level 35 Hariyama you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Bullet Punch
  • Alternative Charge Moves: Super Power
  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Draco Meteor
  • Best Ranking VS: Dragon Breath / Draco Meteor
  • Type Interactions:
    • No Type Interactions

#23 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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Salamence Community Day was April 2019, which is when it received Outrage. Draco Meteor however is not Legacy on Salamence. its 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. With Level 35 Salamence you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Outrage
  • Best Estimator VS: Dragon Breath / Dragon Claw
  • Best Ranking VS: Steel Wing / Dragon Claw
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Weak: Dragon
    • 2Γ— Weak: Ice

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