[Guide] Zacian raid counters and best skillsets in Pokemon GO

▲ Source: Niantic

 

With Zacian, the first legendary raid Pokemon from Gen 8 has come to Pokemon GO. Zacian is one of the few Fairy-type legendary Pokemon. Its max CP reaches 3,829 at Lv. 40 and 4,329 at Lv. 50 — the highest among all Fairy-type Pokemon that are currently existing. 

Best counters for Zacian raids

By type, Zacian is strong against all Dragon, Fighting, and Dark-type Pokemon. To counter Zacian, you’ll need to prepare Poison or Steel-type Pokemon. Therefore, the best Pokemon to use in Zacian raids are Mega Gengar, Metagross, Dialga, or Roserade. Just about any Poison or Steel-type Pokemon will be super effective. As Zacian also has Steel-type attacks, Zacian is also a good counter against itself.

 

Pokemon

Type

Fast Move

Charged Move

Mega Gengar

Ghost/Poison

Lick (Elite TM)

Sludge Bomb

Metagross

Steel/Psychic

Bullet Punch

Meteor Mash (Elite TM)

Dialga

Dragon/Steel

Metal Claw

Iron Head

Roserade

Grass/Poison

Poison Jab

Sludge Bomb

Zacian

Fairy

Metal Claw

Iron Head

 

Best moves and skills for Zacian

As Fairy-type Pokemon are designed to counter Dragons, Zacian is extremely strong against all Dragon-types. Unfortunately, Zacian doesn’t have a Fairy-type Fast Move — the four Fast Moves that Zacian can learn are Metal Claw (Steel), Snarl (Dark), Quick Attack (Normal), and Fire Fang (Fire). The move with the highest DPS is Fire Fang, but Metal Claw and Snarl are decent moves as well. It’ll depend on which type of Pokemon you want to counter.

 

Fast Move

Type

Damage

DPS

Strong Against

Quick Attack

Normal

8

10

-

Fire Fang

Fire

12

13.3

Grass, Ice, Bug, Steel

Snarl

Dark

12

10.9

Psychic, Ghost

Metal Claw

Steel

8

11.4

Ice, Rock, Fairy

 

Zacian’s Charged Moves seem somewhat better than the Fast Move choices. For one thing, it has a Fairy-type Charged Move — Play Rough. For those who expected Moonblast, it’s tough, but it still works great against Dragons. You can include Play Rough for one of your two charged moves. The other available moves are Iron Head (Steel), Wild Charge (Electric), and Close Combat (Fighting). The most recommended Charged Move is Close Combat, as it has the highest Damage/DPS and can counter the most types.

 

Charged Move

Type

Damage

DPS

Strong Against

Play Rough

Fairy

90

31

Fighting, Dragon, Dark

Iron Head

Steel

60

31.6

Rock, Ice, Fairy

Wild Charge

Electric

90

34.6

Flying, Water

Close Combat

Fighting

100

43.5

Normal, Rock, Steel, Ice, Dark

 

So, how are your raids going? Hope you catch enough Zacians for all the dragon raids to come!

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