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
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.
|Fast Moves||Charged 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
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.
|Pokemon||Fast Move||Charged Move|
|Rampardos||Smack Down||Rock Slide|
|Rhyperior||Smack Down||Rock Wrecker|
|Terrakion||Smack Down||Rock Slide|
|Tyranitar||Smack Down||Stone Edge|
|Gigalith||Smack Down||Rock Slide|
|Omastar||Rock Throw||Rock Slide|
|Alolan Golem||Rock Throw||Stone Edge|
|Aggron||Smack Down||Stone Edge|
|Heatran||Fire Spin||Stone Edge|
|Aerodactyl||Rock Throw||Rock Slide|
How to get shiny Articuno in Pokemon Go
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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