Celesteela Pokémon GO Raid Guide: Counters, Weakness, Dates

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Celesteela is coming to Pokémon GO for the first time! This generation seven Pokémon entered the game on Sept. 13, in light of the Test Your Mettle Event. Only catchable in the Southern Hemisphere, Celesteela will appear in five-star raids until Sept. 27. With only a limited time to get your hands on the Ultra Beast Pokémon, it's best to prepare before going into battle.

Celesteela, also known as the Launch Pokémon, can prove to be a real challenge if trainers go in blind. Its moveset includes the Air Slash and Smack Down as its fast attacks with Iron Head, Body Slam, Heavy Slam, and Bulldoze as its charged attacks. When defeated, trainers are given the chance to catch the five-star raid Pokémon at a CP between 1694 and 1772, which increases to 2117 to 2216 when boosted by snow and wind. For the opportunity to catch Celesteela, gather three to five of your most skilled friends and follow this guide below.

Celesteela Pokémon GO Raid Guide: Weakness

Celesteela is a steel- and flying-typed Pokémon which makes it vulnerable to fire- and electric-type attacks. These moves deal 160% damage to the dual-typed Pokémon. Celesteela, however, has an overwhelming amount of resistances, so its best to avoid using Pokémon of the types below, on your team, in battle:

  • Bug (Double Resistant)
  • Grass (Double Resistant)
  • Poison (Double Resistant)
  • Dragon
  • Fairy
  • Flying
  • Ground 
  • Normal
  • Psychic
  • Steel

Celesteela Pokémon GO Raid Guide: Counters

Having these weaknesses in mind, using these Pokémon below can maximize your chances in battle:

  • Mega Charizard: Fire Spin and Blast Burn
  • Therian Forme Thundurs: Volt Switch and Thunderbolt
  • Zekrom: Charge Beam and WIld Charge
  • Xurkitree: Spark and Discharge
  • Reshiram: Fire Spin and Overheat
  • Raikou: Volt Switch