Pokemon Go Yveltal counters, weaknesses, movesets, and how to beat it in raids

Pokemon Go Yveltal counters
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The best Pokemon Go Yveltal counters will be helpful to know when Yveltal returns to Raids in September, and gives trainers another chance at adding the Kalos region Legendary to their collections as well as its Shiny variant. The embodiment of death in the Pokemon universe will appear in Five-Star Raids starting Tuesday, September 27 until Saturday, October 8. For nearly two weeks, trainers will be able to battle and catch as many Yveltal as possible. Of course, that’s easier said than done in Pokemon Go as Yveltal is a powerful attacker, but with the right strategy trainers can take it down easily. That’s where this guide comes in. We’ll dive deep into Yveltal’s weaknesses, which Pokemon are the best Yveltal counters to take it on, and much more.

Pokemon Go Yveltal counters

Pokemon Go Yveltal counters

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Yveltal Key Info

Type: Dark/Flying
Weaknesses: Electric, Fairy, Rock, Ice
Resistances: Grass, Flying, Ghost, Dark
Boosted Weather: Fog, Windy
100% IVs: 2160 (L20) / 2701 (L25)

Yveltal is a Dark and Flying type Pokemon, making it weak to Electric, Rock, Ice and Fairy-type attacks. The best way to battle Yveltal really depends on the team you bring to the Raid. And if you’re going in with friends, which type of Pokemon they will use will also determine which Pokemon to use. Trainers who want to use an Electric-type team will have their choice of either Mega Manectric or Mega Ampharos.

Both Megas will power up the Electric moves of your team as well as the attacks of any trainer who joins you in the Raid. To round out the team, we recommend a pair of Legendary Pokemon/Ultra Beast. Zekrom, Therian Forme Thundurus and Xurkitree unleash tremendous power.

If it’s a Rock team you want to bring, anchoring it with Mega Aerodactyl would prove useful. Bringing Pokemon like Rhyperior or Gigalith with their high attack and defensive stats would prove useful.

There isn’t any viable Mega Pokemon who is an Ice-type, yet, so we do recommend going with the other types when taking on Yveltal. Mega Abomasnow is weak to Yveltal’s Flying moves so it won’t do too much against it. If you are inclined to bring an Ice team, Pokemon like Weavile and Galarian Darmanitan work well alongside it.

And then we have the Fairy-type. Mega Altaria is the only, current, Mega who has that typing and while it isn’t the best it does offer that big boost in attack to your Fairy team. Bring Pokemon like Togekiss, especially if they have Charm, into battle alongside it.

Here are 10 viable options to counter Yvelatl in Pokemon Go Raids.

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Pokemon Go Yveltal Counters
Mega ManectricThunder Fang and Wild charge
Mega AmpharosCharge Beam and Zap Cannon
Mega AerodactylRock Throw and Rock Slide
Mega AltariaDragon Breath and Moonblast/Dazzling Gleam
XurkitreeThunder Shock and Discharge
Thundurus (Therian)Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt
ZekromCharge Beam and Wild Charge
RhyperiorSmackdown and Rock Wrecker
WeavileIce Shard and Avalanche
TogekissCharm and Dazzling Gleam

Pokemon Go Yveltal moveset

Pokemon Go Yveltal counters

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Yveltal has a large movepool, but most of them are either Dark or Flying-type attacks. That’s a good reason to bring in a Fairy team as they resist all of Yveltal’s Dark-type attacks, especially Sucker Punch and Snarl which the Kalos Legendary uses as its main Fast Attacks. It also has Gust, which Electric and Rock types resist so those types, again, are great options against Yveltal.

As for its Charged Attacks, Dark Pulse and Hurricane take advantage of Yveltal’s STAB. Focus Blast is a Fighting-type move that can spell trouble against Ice and Rock types that you can bring in. Hyper Beam is a Normal attack that Rock types can actually resist, while Psychic isn’t resisted by any of the four types that we recommend against Yveltal.

However, Steel, Dark and Psychic-type Pokemon resist Psychic so Pokemon like Magnezone that is an Electric and Steel-type can be another great option against Yveltal.

Here are all the moves Yveltal can use in Pokemon Go.

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Pokemon Go Yveltal moveset
Fast AttackCharged Attack
Sucker PunchDark Pulse
GustFocus Blast
Row 3 - Cell 0 Hyper Beam
Row 4 - Cell 0 Psychic
Phillip Martinez

I'm currently a GamesRadar guide contributor with a specialty in everything Pokemon GO. If you've wanted to know the best way to take down a Rayquaza, there's a good chance you read one of my guides. I previously have written for IBT Media, Newsweek and Screen Rant. I'm a huge fighting game fan and everything Pokemon, but I've grown to love RPGs.