Pokémon Go: Best Moveset and Counters for legendary Pokémon Shadow Articuno

Guide for the best counters against Shadow Articuno during Shadow Raids!

Shadow Articuno is a Tier 5 legendary Shadow Raid Boss in Pokémon Go. Shadow Raids are the newest addition to the game which provides an alternative to the players to catch Shadow Pokémon other than just from battles with the Team Go Rocket leader Giovanni. It is a bird-like Pokémon with blue feathers and as a Shadow Raid boss, it is one of the strongest opponents out there to fight against. So in this guide, we are going to talk about the best ways and counters using which one can defeat Shadow Articuno in a Shadow Raid.

Shadow Articuno in Pokémon Go

Shados Articuno is a dual-type Ice and Flying Pokémon which has a maximum CP of 3450. It is vulnerable to Electric, Fire, Steel, and Rock-type attacks. It also has 2x weakness towards Rock-type attacks. As it is a Shadow Raid Boss, it is extremely difficult to defeat it and players will need the best counters with the perfect movesets along with powered-up Pokémon and Purified Gems.

Even with all of this, high-level players will need to go in groups of at least four players or more, and lower-level players will need to go in groups of ten players or higher, and carrying Purified Gems are mandatory if they want a chance at winning.

Shadow Articuno Movesets

The best moves from the moveset of Shadow Articuno are Ice Shard and Blizzard. It is the most powerful combination that can be used by Shadow Articuno so players need to be careful about it. It is also the best combination of moves that can be used by the players if they are successful in catching it.

Pokémon Go Shadow Articuno counters
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Almost all the moves from the moveset of Shadow Articuno are very powerful some of which include the likes of Frost Breath, Ice Beam, Ancient Power, Icy Wind, and Hurricane.

Best counters against Shadow Articuno in Pokémon Go

Here’s the list of the counters which players can use against Shadow Articuno. Only these counters will be effective on it so players should be careful in choosing their Pokémon from the list as they should be powered up and very high leveled if they want to have a chance at winning.

Mega Counters

  • Aerodactyl (Mega): Rock Throw/Rock Slide
  • Blaziken (Mega): Fire Spin/Blast Burn
  • Charizard (Mega Y): Fire Spin/Blast Burn
  • Aggron (Mega): SmackDown/Meteor Beam
  • Charizard (Mega X): Fire Spin/Blast Burn
  • Manectric (Mega): Thunder Fang/Wild Charge
  • Houndoom (Mega): Fire Fang/Fire Blast
  • Ampharos (Mega): Volt Switch/Power Gem
  • Scizor (Mega): Bullet Punch/Iron Head
  • Gengar (Mega): Shadow Claw/Shadow Ball

Shadow Pokémon

  • Rhyperior (Shadow): Smack Down/Rock Wrecker
  • Tyranitar (Shadow): Smack Down/Stone Edge
  • Aggron (Shadow): SmackDown/Meteor Beam
  • Omastar (Shadow): Rock Throw/Rock Slide
  • Aerodactyl (Shadow): Rock Throw/Rock Slide
  • Golem (Shadow): Rock Throw/Stone Edge
  • Metagross (Shadow): Bullet Seed/Meteor Mash
  • Sudowoodo (Shadow): Rock Throw/Meteor Beam
  • Blaziken (Shadow): Fire Spin/Blast Burn
  • Entei (Shadow): Fire Fang/Overheat
  • Machamp (Shadow): Bullet Punch/Rock Slide
  • Hippowdon (Shadow): Thunder Fang/Weather Ball
  • Electivire (Shadow): Thunder Shock/Wild Charge
  • Moltres (Shadow): Fire Spin/Overheat
  • Magnezone (Shadow): Spark/Wild Charge
  • Raikou (Shadow): Volt Switch/Wild Charge
  • Zapdos (Shadow): Thunder Shock/Ancient Power

Non-Mega Pokémon

  • Rampardos: Smack Down/Rock Slide
  • Rhyperior: Smack Down/Rock Wrecker
  • Terrakion: Smack Down/Rock Slide
  • Gigalith: SmackDown/Meteor Beam
  • Tryantrum: Rock Throw/Meteor Beam
  • Tyranitar: Smack Down/Stone Edge
  • Aggron: SmackDown/Meteor Beam 
  • Aurorus: Rock Throw/Meteor Beam
  • Lycanroc (Dusk): Rock Throw/Stone Edge
  • Lycanroc: Rock Throw/Stone Edge
  • Omastar: Rock Throw/Rock Slide
  • Lycanroc (Midday): Rock Throw/Stone Edge
  • Aerodactyl: Rock Throw/Rock Slide
  • Lycanroc (Midnight): Rock Throw/Stone Edge
  • Golem (Alola): Rock Throw/Stone Edge
  • Landorus (Incarnate): Rock Throw/Rock Slide
  • Landorus: Rock Throw/Rock Slide
  • Arcanine (Hisuian): Fire Fang/Rock Slide
  • Darmanitan: Fire Fang/Rock Slide
  • Darmanitan (Standard): Fire Fang/Rock Slide 
  • Golem: Rock Throw/Stone Edge
  • Archeops: Steel Wing/Ancient Power 
  • Nihilego: Pound/Rock Slide
  • Reshiram: Fire Fang/Fusion Flare
  • Kleavor: Quick Attack/Rock Slide
  • Excadrill: Metal Claw/Rock Slide
  • Sudowoodo: Rock Throw/Meteor Beam
  • Xurkitree: Spark/ Discharge
  • Metagross: Bullet Punch/Meteor Mash
Pokémon Go Shadow Articuno counters
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While fighting against Shadow Articuno, winning might not be completely guaranteed but players must make sure they are completely battle ready to have the best chances at winning. They should always remember to carry Purified Gems into the match and also use their best-level Rock-type counters as Shadow Articuno has a 2x weakness towards it.

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