Pokémon Go: Best Moveset and Counters for legendary Pokémon Xerneas

Guide for the best counters against Xerneas during Battle Raids!

Xerneas is a Tier 5 legendary raid boss which is a quadrupedal Pokémon that has a stag-like appearance and is blue and black. It has multicolored spots on its back which glow when it is in battle. Its antlers are yellow and resemble the roots of a tree. They also shine with all of the seven different colors of the spectrum. It has pointed hooves and also a long blue and black tail. When not in battle its antlers stop shining and turn cyan blue. Being a legendary boss, Xerneas is a tough opponent and players will need the right counters to defeat it. So in this Pokémon Go guide, we are going to talk about the best ways and counters with which one can defeat Xerneas.

Xerneas in Pokémon Go 

Xerneas is a Fairy-type legendary Pokémon and has a maximum CP of 4275. It is boosted by cloudy weather and can be countered using Steel and Poison type attacks. It is a strong opponent and even seasoned players will need to go in teams of 5 or 7 trainers to have a chance of defeating it. New players first need to better their game and upgrade their Pokémons before they think about going into battle with this legendary raid boss.

Xerneas Movesets

Pokémon Go Xerneas Counters
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The best moves from the moveset of Xerneas are Tackle and Giga Impact. Both of them have a combined DPS of 52.6. It is also the best combination of moves that can be used in Pokémon Gyms and PvP battles. Some other strong attacks from its moveset are Zen Headbutt, Moonblast, Megahorn, and Thunder among a few more.

Best counters against Xerneas in Pokémon Go 

Here is the list of the best counters that one can use against Xerneas and guarantee a win.

  • Metagross: Bullet Punch/Meteor Mash
  • Nihilego: Acid/Sludge Bomb 
  • Dialga: Metal Claw/Iron Head
  • Zacian: Metal Claw/Iron Head
  • Genesect (Burn): Metal Claw/Magnet Bomb
  • Genesect (Normal): Metal Claw/Magnet Bomb
  • Genesect (Douse): Metal Claw/Magnet Bomb
  • Excadrill: Metal Claw/Iron Head 
  • Roserade: Poison Jab/Sludge Bomb 
  • Gengar: Lick/Sludge Bomb 
  • Jirachi: Charge Beam/Doom Desire
  • Deoxys (Attack): Poison Jab/Zap Cannon 
  • Overqwil: Poison Jab/Sludge Bomb 
  • Mewtwo: Confusion/Psystrike 
  • Toxicroak: Poison Jab/Sludge Bomb 
  • Victreebel: Acid/Sludge Bomb 
  • Bisharp: Metal Claw/Iron Head
  • Darkrai: Snarl/Sludge Bomb 
  • Scizor: Bullet Punch/Iron Head
  • Ho-Oh: Steel Wing/Brave Bird 
  • Hoopa (Unbound): Confusion/Psychic 
  • Scolipede: Poison Jab/Sludge Bomb 
  • Salazzle: Poison Jab/Sludge Wave 
  • Aggron: Iron Tail/Heavy Slam
  • Heatran: Fire Spin/Iron Head
  • Hunter: Lick/Sludge Bomb 

Mega Counters

  • Gengar (Mega): Lick/Sludge Bomb 
  • Beedrill (Mega): Poison Jab/Sludge Bomb 
  • Scizor (Mega): Bullet Punch/Iron Head 
  • Charizard (Mega Y): Fire Spin/Blast Burn 
  • Steelix (Mega): Iron Tail/Heavy Slam 
  • Venusaur (Mega): Vine Whip/Sludge Bomb 
  • Latios (Mega): Zen Headbutt/Psychic 
  • Pidgeot (Mega): Steel Wing/Brave Bird 
  • Aerodactyl (Mega): Steel Wing/Iron Head 
  • Blastoise (Mega): Water Gun/Hydro Cannon 
Pokémon Go Xerneas Counters
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To defeat Xerneas, players will need to use strong Pokémon like Metgross, Dilaga, and Roserade and Mega evolutions like Mega Gengar and Mega Beedrill in their team. Having them increases the chances of the player winning as they have the right counters along with being hard-hitting Pokémon who deal in heavy damage at the same time.

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