For Pokémon Go Fest 2021, Niantic is bringing back each Legendary Raid for just one day. On Sunday, July 18, Dialga will return to Raids, alongside dozens of other Legenday Pokémon. Luckily, at iMore, we’ve got everything you need to know to win this fight and add Dialga to your roster. And don’t forget to check out our best Pokémon Go accessories, so you can be fully equipped for your Pokémon adventure!
Who is Dialga in Pokémon Go?
The legendary mascot of Pokémon Diamond, Dialga is a member of the Creaton Trio, alongside Palkia and Giratina. All three were created simultaneously by Arceus and each was given a different dimension to control. Palkia controls space in the space world, Dialga controls time in the time world, and Giratina controls antimatter in the warp world. Although Giratina has been banished to the Warp World for her violent nature, Dialga and Palkia only remain peaceful until they see each other. Arceus had to create the Lake Trio, Azelf, Mesprit and Uxie, to control them and calm them down if they got into a fight.
In terms of Pokémon Go, Dialga has some amazing stats, but it lacks the moves to make the most of those stats. It’s always worth having, especially since it’s a dragon type that doesn’t take increased damage from dragon-type moves, but until Niantic gives it better moves, it doesn’t. will not be a major competitor.
What are the best counters for Dialga in Pokémon Go?
Dialga is a type of steel and dragon capable of dealing dragon, steel, and electricity damage. Unlike most Dragon-types, Dialga is not weak against Dragon-type moves. Instead, he’s low at Combat and Ground-type damage.
Originally encountered in the Gen IV Sinnoh region, Lucario beats all other counters, including Shadows and Megas. As a Steel and Combat type, it resists the Dragon and Steel type movements of Dialga. Unfortunately, Lucario can only be obtained by evolution and his first stage, Riolu is very hard to find, only hatched from 10k eggs, so many players don’t even have them, let alone them. candy to feed it. Still, if you have Lucario, you’ll want To counter and Aura Sphere for the moveset.
Generation V’s Conkeldurr comes in behind Lucario, but remains an excellent counter for Dialga. As a pure Combat-type, he does not bring any resistance or weakness relevant to combat. His first step, Timburr was featured a lot in Raids and Eggs and benefits from Trade Evolution, so it’s pretty easy to scale up and power up. If you bring Conkeldurr to this raid, you’ll want him to know To counter and Dynamic punch.
Generation V Excadrill is an excellent speedometer for Dialga. Ground and Steel type, it withstands all potential Dialga moves, so it will last a long time. It is also quite available; Not only was Excadrill featured in raiding, but its first stop was in a number of events, besides being a relatively common spawn. If you bring Excadrill to this fight, you’ll want to Mud-Slap and Drilling execution for his moveset.
The mascot of Ruby Pokémon, Groudon is doing well against Dialga. As a pure earth-type, he withstands Dialga’s Electric-type attack and has no weaknesses relevant to this battle. Groudon also had multiple races in raids, was featured twice as a Research Breakthrough reward encounter, and was a Pokémon Go Battle League reward encounter, so most players were lucky enough to catch multiple Groudon. Mud shot and Earthquake are the moves you’ll want your Groudon to know against Dialga.
Originally discovered in the Gen I Kanto region, Machamp is another great choice for this raid. Having been available since launch day, featured in a number of events and even the star of a community day, there’s no good reason not to have at least one or two Machamp powered up at this point. . It even benefits from Trade Evolution, leaving tons of leftover candy for power-up. As a pure Combat-type, he doesn’t resist any of Dialga’s attacks, but he also doesn’t have any relevant weaknesses. To counter and Dynamic punch are the movements that you will want your Machamp to know.
Landorus (therian form)
Legendary Pokémon with two forms, the Landorus Therian form is better equipped for this Raid, than its Incarnate form, but not too many. Both are Ground-type and Flying-type, which grants them resistance to Electric-type movements, but Therian form has better stats. Sadly, the Therian form hasn’t had as widespread availability as the Incarnate form, but since they both share the same Candy, it should still be fairly easy to power up. If you bring Landorus to this raid, you’ll want to Mud shot and Earthquake for his travels.
Landorus (embodied form)
The lesser of the two forms, Landorus Incarnate form is still a great choice for this Raid. He withstands Dialga’s electric-type attack and has no weaknesses relevant to this fight. It’s also been available a lot more often than the Therian form, so there’s a good chance you won’t have to invest a lot to fuel your own. Mud shot and Earth power are the best moves Landorus Incarnate can know to face Dialga.
Originally encountered in the Hoenn region of Gen III, Hariyama fares well against Dialga, but not as well as Conkeldurr or even Machamp. This pure type of combat is readily available, with just two stages, both of which appear quite frequently. To counter and Dynamic punch are the moves you will want your Hariyama to know.
The only Mega Evolved Pokémon to make the Top Counter list, Mega Lopunny continues to be the only Fighting-type Mega Pokémon until there. Eventually, Mega Lucario, Mega Blaziken, Mega Gallade, Mega Heracross, Mega Medicham, and Mega Mewtwo X will find their way into Pokémon Go, but for now, Mega Lopunny is. As a Normal and Combat type, Mega Lopunny has no noticeable resistance or weakness and will empower other combat types in the field. Low-blow and Focus explosion are the ideal moveset for this Raid.
Last but not least, the Sinnoh Stone evolution of Rhydon from Generation I, Rhyperior is another great counter for Dialga, as long as Dialga does not have Steel type movements. As a Ground and Rock-type, Rhyperior takes super effective damage from Steel-type moves, but resists Electric-type moves. Thanks to a number of events, including a community day, Rhyperior is also very accessible. If you bring Rhyperior to this fight, you’ll want Mud-Slap for its rapid movement and Earthquake for its charged movement.
While most players are able to make a top scorer squad, if you find a gap in your squad there are plenty of substitutes out there who work well in larger groups. Just make sure you dodge and one of the following could be a decent save:
- Breloom with counter and dynamic punch
- Garchomp with Mud Shot and Earth Power
- Regigigas with Hidden Power and Focus Blast
- Rhydon with Mud-Slap and Earthquake
- Krookodile with Mud-Slap and earthquake
- Heracross with Counter and Close Combat
- Toxicroak with Counter and Dynamic Punch
- Sirfetch’d with Counter and Close Combat
- Donphan with Mud-Slap and earthquake
- Blaziken with Counter and Focus Blast
- Mamoswine with Mud-Slap and Bulldoze
- Swampert with mud shot and earthquake
- Poliwrath with Rock Smash and Dynamic Punch
- Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Focus Blast
- Flygon with Mud Shot and Earth Power
- Gallade with Low Kick and Close Combat
The rebalancing of the Dark Pokémon saved from Team GO Rocket makes them excellent glass cannons. Not only are their stats improved, but during special events or with the TM Elite it is possible to modify their movements. If you happen to have any of the following Pokémon with the correct moveset, they will work just fine in this Raid:
- Shadow Machamp with Counter and Dynamic Punch
- Shadow Hariyama with Counter and Dynamic Punch
- Shadow Mamoswine with Mud-Slap and Bulldoze
- Shadow Swampert with Mud Shot and Earthquake
- Shadow Poliwrath with Rock Smash and Dynamic Punch
- Shadow Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Focus Blast
- Shadow Flygon with Mud Shot and Earth Power
- Shadow Gallade with Low Kick and Close Combat
Note: Shadow Machamp and Shadow Hariyama behave on a par with the other top counters.
How many players does it take to beat Dialga in Pokémon Go?
With the best counters and movesets, three top trainers can beat Dialga, but if you’re lower level or don’t have the best counters, you might need six.
Weather conditions that may impact this raid include:
- Snow will stimulate Dialga’s Steel-like movements.
- The wind will increase its Dragon-type movements.
- The rain will increase its electric type movement.
- Cloudy / overcast weather will increase your Combat type counters.
- Sunny / clear weather will increase your Sol type counters.
Questions about Dialga in Pokémon Go?
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