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Pokemon Go Tornadus counters - how to defeat Tornadus in raids

Pokemon Go Tornadus counters
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These Pokemon Go Tornadus counters will help a lot if you're trying to take on the  Gen 4 legendary in raids right now. There two you might encounter - an Incarnate forme and a Therian forme - and if you're fighting one as part of Pokemon GO fest 2021 you'll only have to worry about the Therian forme, or TF. In Pokemon Go, and obviously Pokemon generally, Tornadus is one of three Pokemon known as the Forces of Nature, and pretty tough. While we can help you with everything you need to know about Tornadus, including the best Pokemon Go Tornadus counters, weaknesses, and movesets, don't go try taking it down alone.

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Pokemon Go Tornadus counters

Pokemon Go Tornadus counters

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Tornadus Key Info

Type: Flying
Weaknesses: Rock/Ice/Electric
Resistances: Grass/Fighting/Bug
Boosted Weather: Windy
100% IVs (Incarnate): 1911 (L20) / 2389 (L25)
100% IVs (Therian): 1837 (L20) / 2296 (L25)

Tornadus is the only sole Flying-type legendary Pokemon in the series (so far, we can't guarantee Gen 9 won't have one), which means the best counters are actually quite simple. It's still a tricky Pokemon to take down in raids because of how powerful it is, but as long as you enlist the help of three or four fellow trainers, you should take it down without any problems. Here are the best Tornadus counters for raids in Pokemon Go, along with the best moveset for each Pokemon.

PokemonFast MoveCharge Move
RaikouThunder ShockWild Charge
RampardosSmack DownRock Slide
MagnezoneSparkWild Charge
ZapdosThunder ShockThunderbolt
ElectivireThunder ShockWild Charge
TerrakionSmack DownRock Slide
MamoswinePowder SnowAvalanche
TyranitarSmack DownStone Edge
GlaceonFrost BreathAvalanche
WeavileIce ShardAvalanche
LuxraySparkWild Charge
ZekromCharge BeamWild Charge
RhyperiorSmack DownRock Wrecker
Mega AbomasnowPowder SnowWeather Ball
ThundurusThunder ShockThunder

Pokemon Go Tornadus moveset

Pokemon Go Tornadus counters

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Fast MoveCharge Move
Air SlashHurricane
BiteHyper Beam
Grass Knot
Dark Pulse

Tornadus' moveset isn't particularly worrying for your counters, with one outlier; Grass Knot. Grass-type moves are super effective against any of your Rock-type counters like Rhyperior and Tyranitar, so if you know the Tornadus you're battling has Grass Knot, perhaps opt for using Ice and Electric-type counters only.

How to catch a shiny Tornadus

Pokemon Go Tornadus counters

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Shiny Tornadus will be available in both Incarnate and Therian raids and the odds will be 1 in 20, or 5%. This doesn't guarantee you'll get a shiny after 20 raids, but it does make it more likely. If you do stumble upon a shiny Tornadus, the catch chance is 100%, so make sure you use a Pinap Berry for maximum candy.

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