Pokémon Go: Best Moveset and Counters against Shadow Onix

Guide for the best counters against Shadow Onix during Battle Raids!

Shadow Onix is a Tier 3 Shadow Raid Boss in Pokémon Go. Shadow Raids allow players to fight against Shadow Pokémon and then also present them with a chance to catch them. Onix is a snake-like Pokémon that is made out of rocks. Its body is serpentine consisting of boulders of little pebbles. It is a very difficult Shadow Raid so in this Pokémon Go guide, we are going to talk about the best ways and counters using which one can defeat Shadow Onix in the best way possible.

Shadow Onix in Pokémon Go

Shadow Onix is a dual-type Rock and Ground Pokémon with a maximum CP of 1245 at level 50. It is vulnerable to Fighting, Ground, Grass, Ice, Steel, and Water-type attacks. It also has a 2x weakness towards Grass and Water-type attacks. Shadow Pokémon are very tough to fight against as they grow more enraged as the fight progresses.

Players will need to use Shadow Shards and Purified Gems in the battle along with the absolute best counters to be to defeat it alone. If players don’t have optimal counters, they should into battle with a minimum of one other player.

Shadow Onix Movesets

Pokémon Go Onix Counters
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The best moves from the moveset of Onix are Rock Throw and Rock Slide. Both of them have a combined DPS of 51.6 and it is also the best combination of moves that can be used in both Pokémon Gyms and PvP battles. Other decent attacks from its move pool include Tackle, Stone Edge, Heavy Slam, and Iron Head amongst other options.

Best counters against Shadow Onix in Pokémon Go

Here’s the list of the best counters that one can use against Shadow Onix in order to have the best chances of winning.

  • Sceptile (Mega): Bullet Seed/Frenzy Plant
  • Swampert (Mega): Water Gun/Hydro Cannon
  • Blastoise (Mega): Water Gun/Hydro Cannon
  • Kyogre (Primal): Waterfall/Origin Pulse
  • Venusaur (Mega): Vine Whip/Frenzy Plant
  • Gyarados (Mega): Waterfall/Hydro Pump
  • Kartana: Razor Leaf/Leaf Blade
  • Kyogre: Waterfall/Origin Pulse
  • Slowbro (Mega): Water Gun/Surf
  • Groudon (Primal): Mud Shot/Solar Beam
  • Abomasnow (Mega): Leafage/Energy Ball
  • Zarude: Vine Whip/Power Whip
  • Blaziken (Mega): Counter/Focus Blast
  • Latios (Mega): Zen Headbutt/Solar Beam
  • Greninja: Water Shuriken/Hydro Cannon
  • Kingler: Bubble/Crabhammer
  • Tapu Bulu: Bullet Seed/Grass Knot
  • Swampert: Water Gun/Hydro Cannon
  • Roserade: Razor Leaf/Solar Beam
  • Tsareena: Magical Leaf/Grass Knot
  • Feraligatr: Water Gun/Hydro Cannon
  • Empoleon: Waterfall/Hydro Cannon
  • Chesnaught: Vine Whip/Solar Beam
  • Sceptile: Bullet Seed/Frenzy Plant
  • Tangrowth: Vine Whip/Solar Beam
  • Breloom: Bullet Seed/Grass Knot
  • Samurott: Fury Cutter/Hydro Cannon
  • Crawdaunt: Waterfall/Crabhammer
  • Gyarados: Waterfall/Hydro Pump
  • Exeggutor (Alola): Bullet Seed/Solar Beam
  • Celebi: Magical Leaf/Leaf Storm
  • Clawitzer: Water Gun/Crabhammer
  • Simisage: Vine Whip/Solar Beam
  • Sharpedo: Waterfall/Hydro Pump
  • Lopunny (Mega): Double Kick/Focus Blast
Pokémon Go Onix Counters
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If players want to fight against Shadow Onix all by themselves, they should look to fight in Sunny and Rainy type weathers as they boost Grass and Water type counters respectively. This will provide an additional advantage to the players against Shadow Onix.

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