Xerneas Pokemon GO Raid Guide: Moves, Weaknesses, Counters

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Starting Saturday, Oct. 8, Xerneas will be appearing in five-star raids until Thursday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. local time in Pokemon GO. Introduced in generation six, this legendary Pokémon can prove to be a challenge in raids, so here is a guide to maximize your chances against Xerneas. 

Trainers were able to get some practice, going up against its counterpart, Yveltal in five-star raids from Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. to Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. local time. Both of these Pokémon made their return to the game as a part of Pokémon GO’s Evolving Stars event

Xerneas Raid Guide: Moves

Despite Xerneas’ fairy typing, Xerneas' only fairy-type move is Moon Blast which is amongst the Life Pokémon’s Charged Moves. The following are the rest of Xerneas’ charged moves:

  • Megahorn
  • Close Combat
  • Giga Impact
  • Thunder

Additionally Xerneas’ fast moves include:

  • Tackle
  • Zen Headbutt

Xerneas Raid Guide: Weaknesses 

Xerneas’ pure fairy-typing renders it weak to steel and poison-type moves. When choosing your team, make sure to stack it with these types of Pokémon. With this, you will want to avoid putting a dragon-type Pokémon on your team as Xerneas is immune to its moves, and it is vulenerable to receiving super-effective damage. 

Xerneas Raid Guide: Counters

Having Xerneas’ weaknpesses in mind, here are the best Pokémon to put up against the legendary stag-like Pokémon:


  • Mega Beedrill: Poison Jab, Sludge Bomb.
  • Mega Gengar: Lick/Sludge Bomb.
  • Muk: Poison Jab, Gunk Shot.
  • Nihilego: Acid/Sludge Bomb
  • Mega Beedrill: Poison Jab, Sludge Bomb.


  • Metagross: Bullet Punch, Meteor Mash.
  • Dialga: Metal Claw, Iron Head.
  • Jirachi: Charge Beam/Doom Desire
  • Genesect: Metal Claw/Magnet Bomb
  • Zamazenta: Metal Claw, Iron Head.