Pokémon Go: Landorus Raid Guide

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The legendary generation V Pokémon, Landorus arrives on Pokémon Go. Starting Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST, Landorus will resume the Five Star raids. It will also be available as a Pokémon Go Battle League Limited Reward encounter, but for those who fight Landorus in raids, we have everything you need to know to beat it!

Who is Landorus and what are the forces of nature?

Pokemon Forces of Nature

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Introduced in Gen V games Pokemon Black and White Pokemon, the Forces of Nature are a legendary trio. Fans also called them the legendary geniuses, the Kami Trio and the Cloud Trio. They include Tornadus: the Cyclone Pokémon, Thundurus: the Bolt Strike Pokémon and Landorus: the Abundance Pokémon. Landorus, the strongest of the three, is said to have prevented the other two from causing destruction in the Unova region. More recently, the Mythical Pokémon, Meloetta managed to calm the three Forces of Nature to save the region of Unova from their destructive powers.


Pokemon Forces of Nature

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The Forces of Nature are also among the Pokémon selected with several Shapes. Normally seen in their embodied forms where they look like geniuses, they can also take a thermal form where they look like a bird, a dragon and a big cat. Currently, only the embodied forms of the Forces of Nature trio have been introduced in Pokémon Go.

What are the best counters?

Landorus has only two weaknesses: ice and water. However, it has a double weakness for ice types, so this is what you will want to focus on for this raid. Fortunately, we have the choice between very good types of ice, as well as many Pokémon that can learn ice-like movements. However, many Landorus markers are weak in the face of its Combat, Focus Blast movement. His other movements include Mud Shot, Rock Throw, Earth Power, Outrage and Rock Slide.


Pokemon 473 Mamoswine

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The best Pokémon to face Landorus is the Ground and Ice type, Mamoswine. Mamoswine is a tank that can take a lot of damage while dealing super effective damage with its set of ice: Powder Snow and Avalanche. Although Mamoswine requires a Sinnoh stone to evolve, because Swinub has had the Community Day treatment, most players have a few Mamoswine and lots of candy to power them. You will have to watch out for Landorus’ charged movement, but focus explosion, as Mamoswine is weak against combat-type movements.


Pokemon 461 Weavile

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Another excellent cons for Landorus, Weavile also requires a Sinnoh stone to evolve. You probably don’t have a whole team from this Pokémon, but if you bring Weavile into battle, you’ll want them to know Ice Shard and Avalanche. Keep in mind, although Weavile deals super effective damage to Landorus, it has double weakness for Combat moves and is also weak against Rock moves. If your Landorus has Sol or Dragon type movements, Weavile will work very well.

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Pokemon 471 Glaceon

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The type of Eeveelution ice, Glaceon makes an excellent counter for Landorus. Although Glaceon can only evolve with a Glacial Lure mod, given the abundance of Eevee, as well as having been presented on several community days, you probably have more than enough candy to fully fuel this Pokemon. You’ll want your Glaceon to know Frost Breath and Avalanche, but keep in mind that it’s weak for Fighting and Rock moves.


Pokemon 150 Mewtwo

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The best Pokémon that is neither Ice nor Water type on the list, Mewtwo can learn the charged movement, Ice Beam. Even better, Mewtwo has resistance to Combat movements. While Ice Beam isn’t normally the best move for Mewtwo and has been fairly limited in its availability, if you can spare one or two, it will serve you well against Landorus.


Pokemon 124 Jynx

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Of the Psychic and Ice type, Jynx will work well against Landorus. It is weak against Rock type movements, but can handle the rest of Landorus movement sets well. It is also a generation I Pokémon that has been available in spawning grounds for a long time and in its baby form, Smoochum from Eggs for a long time, so you probably have more than enough candy to power it up. You will want your Jynx to know Frost Breath and Avalanche.


Pokemon 382 Kyogre

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The legendary mascot of Sapphire Pokémon, Kyogre is a type of pure water that works well in this raid. He takes normal damage from all possible Landorus moves and can learn the powerful Blizzard Charged Move. With this and its Fast Move stunt, Kyogre can pack a serious punch. It is also a tank, capable of supporting a lot of damage itself. Kyogre has been available in raids and as a revolutionary reward, so most players have at least one or two on their list.


Maybe you don’t have a full team of the best meters fully energized and knowing the best moves. If you run out of candy or MT to make a team of the best counters, there are still a lot of good backups to choose from. Consider one of the following:

  • Porygon-Z with Lock On and Blizzard
  • Swampert with water pistol and hydraulic cannon
  • Regice with Frost Breath and Blizzard
  • Articuno with breath of frost and bundle of ice
  • Feraligatr with Ice Fang and Hydro Cannon
  • Cloyster with breath of frost and avalanche
  • Empoleon with waterfall and Hydro Cannon
  • Lapras with breath of frost and bundle of ice
  • Froslass with powder snow and avalanche
  • Sandslash (Alolan) with powder snow and blizzard
  • Walrein with Frost Breath and Blizzard
  • Suicune with Ice Fang and Ice Beam
  • Glalie with burst of ice and avalanche
  • Samurott with Fury Cutter and Blizzard
  • Ninetales (Alolan) with powder snow and ice beam

The latest changes to the rescued Shadow Pokémon from Team GO Rocket make them excellent glass cannons. Not only are their statistics improved, but during special events, it is possible to change their movements with TMs. If you happen to have Shadow versions of the following Pokémon with the right moveet, they will work just fine in this Raid:

  • Weavile shadow with ice flake and avalanche
  • Articuno of shade with breath of frost and bundle of ice
  • Shadow Porygon-Z with Hidden Power and Blizzard
  • Shadow Swampert with water pistol and hydraulic cannon
  • Shadow Lapras with Frost Breath and Blizzard
  • Shadow gyarados with waterfall and hydraulic pump
  • Abomasnow shadow with powder snow and blizzard
  • Shadow Golduck with water pistol and ice bundle
  • Shadow Blastoise with water gun and Hydro Cannon
  • Salamence of shadows with dragon tail and hydraulic pump

How many players does it take to beat Landorus?

With the right weather conditions, the best counters and the best players, it is technically possible for two coaches to beat Landorus. However, lower level players without good weather or better counters might need eight players. If you can find snow at this time of year, it will stimulate your ice-like movements, while rainy weather will stimulate your water-like movements. On the other hand, the clear weather will stimulate the terrestrial type movements of Landorus, the partly cloudy weather will stimulate its rock type movements, the windy weather will stimulate its dragon type movement and the cloudy weather will stimulate its combat type movement. If you’re targeting a weather-boosted Landorus, make sure you have a few more players.

Questions about Landorus?

Do you have questions about how to beat Landorus? Any advice for your fellow trainers? Send us a comment below, and be sure to check out our full Pokédex, as well as our many Pokémon Go guides so you too can become a Pokémon master!


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