Kartana Pokémon GO Raid Guide: Counters, Weakness, Dates

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It’s time to stock up on Potions and Revives; Kartana is debuting in Pokémon GO! This generation seven Pokémon began appearing in five-star raids in the Northern Hemisphere on Sept. 13. Coinciding with the Test Your Mettle Event, Kartana will be catchable until Sept. 27. With less than two weeks to challenge this Ultra Beast, it’s best to come prepared going into Raid Battles.

For a difficult fight, Kartana is a worthwhile addition to any team. Its fast moves include Air Slash and Razor Leaf while its charge moves are Leaf Blade, X Scissor, Night Slash, and Aerial Ace. If defeated players will get the chance to catch the Drawn Sword in the wild for a CP between 2010 and 2101. This can increase to 2512 and 2626 when boosted by sun and snow. Below is a guide for maximizing your chances when encountering this limited-time, event-exclusive Pokémon.

Kartana Pokémon GO Raid Guide: Weakness

Kartana has a unique grass- and steel-typing, rendering it weak to fire- and fighting-type attacks. These types of moves deal an additional 20% damage to the Ultra Beast Pokémon. On the other hand, this Pokémon has a lot of resistances. It's best to the avoid adding following types to your team before going into battle:

  • Grass
  • Dragon
  • Electric
  • Fairy
  • Normal
  • Poison
  • Psychic
  • Rock
  • Steel
  • Water

Kartana Pokémon GO Raid Guide: Counters

The best Pokémon to combat Kartana due to their typing and moveset are the following:

  • Mega Charizard: Fire Spin and Blast Burn
  • Reshiram: Fire Fang and Overheat
  • Darmanitan: Fire Fang and Overheat
  • Moltres: Fire Spin and Overheat
  • Blaziken: Fire Spin and Blast Burn
  • Entei: Fire Fang and Overheat