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Pokemon Go Articuno counters: Weaknesses, moveset, and how to beat Articuno

Pokemon Go Articuno counters
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If you're looking for the best Pokemon Go Articuno counters then Rock and Ground-types are your best bet against this Ground/Flying type legendary. That said, Articuno has a few tricks up its sleeve in Pokemon Go that can mean that things aren't always that easy. If you want the best chance at taking them on then we can help you prepare and pick the best opponents to take into battle. So, with that in mind, here are all of the best Pokemon Go Articuno counters, along with the Articuno moveset and how to catch a shiny one.

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Pokemon Go Articuno moveset

Pokemon Go Articuno counters

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Articuno Key Info

Type: Ice/Flying
Weaknesses: Rock x2, Fire, Electric, Steel
Resistances: Ground x2, Grass, Bug
Boosted Weather: Snow/Windy
100% IVs:  1743 (L20) / 2179 (L25)

As you'd expect, Articuno's moveset is almost entirely Ice-type. As a result, you must avoid Flying, Ground, Grass, and Dragon-type Pokemon, because they will get utterly mullered. If you know you're against an Articuno with Ancient Power — the only Ground-type move in its arsenal — also avoid using Poison, Steel, Fire, and Electric-types. Rock-types are also weak to Ground-type moves, but Articuno's double weakness to Rock outweighs that, if we're honest. Here's the full moveset along with the best typing to resist these moves in parentheses, followed by the Articuno counters you can use.

Pokemon Go Articuno moveset
Fast MovesCharged Moves
Ice Shard (Steel, Fire, Water, Ice)Blizzard (Steel, Fire, Water, Ice)
Frost Breath (Steel, Fire, Water, Ice)Ice Beam (Steel, Fire, Water, Ice)
Icy Wind (Steel, Fire, Water, Ice)
Ancient Power (Flying, Bug, Grass)

Pokemon Go Articuno counters

Pokemon Go Articuno counters

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Here are the top ten Pokemon Go Articuno counters to utilise in raids, along with the best moveset to use for each one. Rock-type moves are the way to go, just cross  your fingers the Articuno you're up against doesn't know Ancient Power. Otherwise you may be cycling through Pokemon quite quickly.

Best Pokemon Go Articuno counters
PokemonFast MoveCharged Move
RampardosSmack DownRock Slide
RhyperiorSmack DownRock Wrecker
TerrakionSmack DownRock Slide
TyranitarSmack DownStone Edge
GigalithSmack DownRock Slide
OmastarRock ThrowRock Slide
Alolan GolemRock ThrowStone Edge
AggronSmack DownStone Edge
HeatranFire SpinStone Edge
AerodactylRock ThrowRock Slide

How to get shiny Articuno in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go shiny Articuno

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As is usually the case with legendary raids when the shiny variant is in the game, completion of the raid will have a 5% (1 in 20) chance of rewarding a shiny. If you're lucky enough to get one, a shiny legendary is an insta-catch — as long as you're accurate with your throw — so make sure you use a Pinap Berry to maximise the candy gains.

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Ford James

One of the resident guide writers around these parts, give me a game and I will write every "how to" I possibly can or die trying. When I'm not knee-deep in a game to write guides on, you'll find me hurtling round the track in F1, flinging balls on my phone in Pokemon Go, pretending to know what I'm doing in Football Manager, or clicking on heads in Valorant.