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

Pokemon Go Cresselia counters
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You've come to the right place if you're looking for Pokemon Go Cresselia counters, weaknesses, and possible movesets. This Lunar Pokemon is a tricky raid opponent  in Pokemon Go, and knowing the best counters to defeat them can make a tough fight... slightly less tough. As ever when tackling a raid, bringing some friends is vital to help things a long more smoothly. But to make things even smoother, we've also go all of the best Pokemon Go Cresselia counters, weaknesses, and possible Cresselia movesets, to help even more.

Pokemon Go Cresselia moveset

Pokemon Go Cresselia counters

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Cresselia Key Info

Type: Psychic
Weaknesses: Dark, Ghost, Bug
Resistances: Psychic, Fighting
Boosted Weather: Windy
100% IVs: 1633 (L20) / 2041 (L25)

The Cresselia moveset mainly focuses on Psychic-type moves; it is a sole Psychic-type after all. The table below shows the possible fast and charged moves Cresselia can use, along with the best typing to resist these moves in parentheses — essentially the type your Pokemon should be to take the least damage.

Fast MovesCharged Moves
Psycho Cut (Dark x2)Future Sight (Dark x2)
Confusion (Dark x2)Moon Blast (Fire, Dark, Dragon)
Aurora Beam (Water, Fire, Dragon)

Pokemon Go Cresselia counters

Pokemon Go Cresselia counters

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Below are the top ten counters to use against Pokemon Go Cresselia in raids along with the optimal moveset. The general gist of things is that Dark-type Pokemon that know Dark-type moves are the way forward, since they resist four of the five possible moves and deal double damage. Alternatively though, some Ghost and Bug-type Pokemon fit the bill.

Note that this list doesn't include Mega Pokemon, which are always worthy inclusions as long as they have a type advantage.

PokemonMoveset (Fast/Charged)
DarkraiSnarl/Dark Pulse
Giratina (Origin)Shadow Claw/Shadow Ball
WeavileSnarl/Foul Play
ChandelureHex/Shadow Ball
MewtwoPsycho Cut/Shadow Ball
VolcaronaBug Bite/Bug Buzz
GenesectFury Cutter/X-Scissor
HoundoomSnarl/Foul Play
HydreigonBite/Dark Pulse

How to get shiny Cresselia in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go shiny Cresselia

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As is the case with every legendary Pokemon in raids (provided the shiny version is in the game), each catch opportunity has a 1/20 chance of being a shiny Cresselia. These odds are massively increased from the usual 1/450 chance of a standard wild Pokemon being shiny. If you do encounter a shiny Cresselia, make sure you use a Pinap Berry! A shiny legendary has a 100% catch rate (as long as you don't miss with every ball), so you don't need to use a Razz Berry. Instead you can maximise those 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.