Pokemon GO Xerneas Weakness, Counters & Best Moveset

Knowing what the Xerneas weakness, counters and best moveset in Pokemon GO are is going to be paramount if you’re planning on fighting it in Raids. In fact, Xerneas is going to feature in five-star Raids from October 8th to October 20th, with two Raids Hours on the 12 and 19th. So, if you’re gonna go toe to toe with the legendary stag, you better come prepared. We are here to help you out.

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pokemon go xerneas weakness counters & best moveset
Pokemon GO Xerneas Weakness, Counters & Best Moveset

Pokemon GO Xerneas Weakness & Counters

The best counters for Xerneas in Pokemon GO exploit its weakness, of course. Well, two weaknesses, actually. This particular Raid boss is weak against Steel and Poison attacks, from which it takes 160% damage. Avoid using Fighting, Dark and Bug attacks (63% damage) and especially Dragon attacks (a measly 39% damage). With that in mind, here’s a list of some of the Pokemon that should do really well against Xerneas.

  • Metagross (Shadow or regular) with Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash
  • Dialga with Metal Claw and Iron Head
  • Zacian with Metal Claw and Iron Head
  • Nihilego with Acid and Sludge Bomb
  • Genesect (any version) with Metal Claw and Magnet Bomb
  • Roserade with Poison Jab and Sludge Bomb
  • Excadrill with Metal Claw and Iron Head
  • Mega Beedrill with Poison Jab and Sludge Bomb
  • Mega Aggron with Iron Tail and Heavy Slam
  • Overquil Poison Jab and Sludge Bomb
  • Toxicroak with Poison Jab and Sludge Bomb
  • Mega Scizor (or Shadow) with Bullet Punch and Iron Head

Pokemon GO Xerneas Best Moveset

With the Pokemon GO Xerneas weakness and counters out of the way, let’s dive into what its best moveset is. You’ve put in so much effort into catching this creature, might as well make the most of it. Now, even though Xerneas is a Fairy-type, the best build for it is actually Tackle (Normal) as the Quick Attack and Giga Impact (Normal) as the Charged Attack. Alternatively, you can go for Zen Headbutt (Psychic) instead of Tackle.

That said, Xerneas has several other Charged Attacks you can pick between. They include Close Combat (Fighting), Thunder (Electric), Moonblast (Fairy) and Megahorn (Bug). So, feel free to go with whatever works best for you. And before you ask, yes, Xerneas can be shiny in Pokemon GO.

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