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Pokemon Go Terrakion

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From May 19 to 26, 2020, Terrakion will return to legendary raids, with a special legendary raid hour on May 20 at 6 p.m. local time. The second of the swords of justice, Terrakion is a rock, and Combat-type Pokémon and players can challenge it for only a week. Although Terrakion is weak at seven different types, there are certainly real contenders in this fight and other Pokémon who just won’t make the cut. We are here to guide you in building the perfect team to face this legendary Pokémon!

Who is Terrakion and what are the swords of justice?

Justice Swords Pokémon

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Like most legendary Pokémon, Terrakion is part of a set. This particular set is known as the swords of justice, and they are loosely based on the three musketeers. Cobalion represents Athos, the oldest and de facto leader of the group, Terrakion represents Porthos, the strongest member of the group, Virizion represents Aramis, the female and romantic member of the group, and Keldeo represents d’Artagnan, the young newcomer the group.

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Although these four form a quartet both in the base games and in their own Pokémon movie, only the three original members have been introduced so far. Since Keldeo is a mythical Pokémon, not a legendary like the other swords of justice, it will likely be introduced in a different way later.

At the moment, Terrakion is not that impressive. Although it is a legendary Pokémon, its statistics are not remarkable. What really disadvantages Terrakion, however, is its plethora of weaknesses, especially for the psychic types. Most players will have a hard time getting out of Terrakion. However, all hope is not lost. Pokémon Go could eventually introduce the Sacred Sword movement and, if implemented properly, Terrakion could become much more useful in the future. Either way, it’s an easy addition to your Pokédex, so don’t miss your chance to catch one!

What are the best counters?

With seven different types of weaknesses, there are many good counters for Terrakion. Psychic being one of these weaknesses and Mewtwo being one of the most powerful Pokémon in the game, a team of Mewtwos with Psystrike is ideal. However, most players do not have a Psystrike Mewtwo team. Other weaknesses of Terrakion include combat, soil, steel, water, grass and fairy. All of these types do double damage, so priority should be given based on your individual Pokémon, weather conditions, and Terrakion’s set of moves. Terrakion’s current movepool includes Rock, Ground, Psychic and Fighting movements, including Smack Down, Zen Headbutt, Rock Slide, Earthquake and Close Combat.


Pokemon Mewtwo

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The best of the best, if you can manage a Mewtwo team, you can beat Terrakion with two top players. The best move defined for this raid is Confusion and Psystrike. Psystrike is a Legacy movement, so if you don’t already have it, you might want to invest in an EliteTM to get it; however, the charged Psychic movement also works well.


Pokemon Metagross

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Another great counter for Terrakion, Metagross is much more readily available. Many players have at least one, if not a few, thanks to Beldum Community Day. Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash are the set of moves you want to bring to this fight. Meteor Mash is also a Legacy movement. So if you don’t have it, you can also opt for Psychic although it isn’t as effective. Metagross is weak for ground type attacks, so you’ll have to be careful if Terrakion has an earthquake.


Pokemon 534 Conkeldurr

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Gen V Fighting type, Conkeldurr behaves well in this raid. It is resistant to Rock Smack Down and Rock Slide movements, while being weak against the Psychic Zen Headbutt type. Counter and Dynamic Punch is the set of moves you want your Conkeldurr to know.


Pokemon Espeon

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An Espeon is a good alternative for those who do not have the various Legacy movements of other large counters, and it is even resistant to Fighting and Psychic movements. Given the abundance of Eevee and the ease of controlling its evolution, it is easy to have a whole team of Espeon for this raid. Confusion and psychic are the movements that you will want your Espeon to know.


Pokemon 382 Kyogre

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The water-type mascot of Pokémon Sapphire, Kyogre works well against Terrakion. Although it is a legendary Pokémon, it has been available several times in different ways, you probably have at least one to add to your team. You will want your Kyogre to know the waterfall, and either Surf or Hydro Pump.


Pokemon Latios

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Another legendary Pokémon with limited availability, Latios is resistant to Ground, Combat and Psychic movements. It’s not as good as Mewtwo, but if you already have one powered up, it’s still a great meter. You will want your Latios to know Zen Headbutt and Psychic.


Pokemon Jirachi

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On the positive side, Jirachi is a Mythical Pokémon obtained by completing the special research, A Thousand Years’ Sleep, which means that each player can catch one without having to win a difficult raid or find it in the wild. Unfortunately, that means you can only have one, and getting enough candy to light it up means either walking a lot or spending lots of rare candies on it. Still, a Jirachi with Confusion and Doom Desire makes a great addition to the team.


Pokemon 068 Machamp

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The final evolution of Genop Machop, Machamp has been readily available from the start of the game. On top of that, with Trade Evolution, you will have even more candy to fuel your Machamps. It is weak against the psychic blow Zen Headbutt, and resistant to the movements of the Rock type of Terrakion. You will need Counter and Dynamic Punch for the moveset.


Pokémon 282 Gardevoir

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Of the Psychic and Fairy type, Gardevoir resists the movements of the Fighting and Psychic type. Speed ​​bumps are fairly common, so you probably already have a live Gardevoir or two in your list. You will need his Psychic, Confusion and Psychic movements for this raid.


Pokemon 475 Gallade

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The exclusive male evolution of Ralts, Gallade is a Psychic and Fighting type with the same resistance as Gardevoir. You will need the same moves, Confusion and Psychic for this raid.


Pokemon 448 Lucario

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A Fighting and Steel type, Lucario is the strongest Fighting type in the game. However, it takes double the damage of Combat and Ground attacks, so it is probably a glass cannon against Terrakion. However, if you have one with Counter and Aura Sphere, it will take a lot of Terrakion HP before it faints.


Pokemon Alakazam

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Another glass cannon, the pure Psychic Alakazam, can do a lot of damage before Terrakion wipes the ground with him. Enjoying a community day and an evolution of trade, you probably have at least some strong Alakazams. If you have one with the inherited psychic movement, it can be super effective. Otherwise, you may want to opt for something a little less spongy.


Pokemon 099 Kingler

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A type of pure water with a very high DPS, Kingler is another easy-to-find Gen I Pokémon. It’ll do a lot of damage with Bubble and Crabhammer, but it won’t last long in this fight. If you have a small group, you may want to pass this Pokemon on.


Pokemon 286 Breloom

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Breloom, type Gen III Grass and Fighting, can be a bit spongy. It is weak for psychic type movements, but resistant to the ground and rock. It won’t last very long, but with Counter, and either Grass Knot or Dynamic Punch, it can take a considerable bite of Terrakion’s health before it faints.


Pokemon 249 Lugia

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The last, but certainly not the least, is the legendary psychic and flying type, Lugia. Lugia is weak for Rock type movements, but resistant to the rest of Terrakion’s movepool. On top of that, Lugia has fairly massive HP. On top of that, it has been made available several times now, you probably already have a few on. If you bring Lugia to this raid, you will want him to know Extrasensory and Future Sight.


Because Terrakion has so many weaknesses, there are many other Pokémon that make good backups:

  • Azelf with confusion and vision for the future
  • Celebi with confusion and psychic
  • Exeggutor with confusion and psychic or solar beam
  • Swampert with water gun or mud projectile and Hydro Cannon
  • Garchomp with mud blast and earthquake
  • Togekiss with dazzling charm and sparkle
  • Torterra with razor leaf and frantic plant
  • Gyarados with waterfall and hydraulic pump
  • Venusaur with vine whip and frantic plant
  • Victreebel with razor leaf and leaf blade

Shadow Pokémon

The rebalancing of the Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket makes 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 have one of the following Pokémon with the correct moveet, they will work fine in this raid:

  • Shadow Metagross
  • Shadow Torture
  • Shadow Swampert
  • Shadow Gallade
  • Shadow Gardevoir
  • Shay Gyarados
  • Venus of the shadow
  • Shadow Alakazam
  • Shadow Victreebel

How many players does it take to beat Terrakion

Although Terrakion is not super useful like most players, it does mean that it is an easy-to-win Raid. Although this is a legendary raid, it is possible to beat Terrakion with only two top players. Even lower level players shouldn’t need more than five or six if they have good chips. The weather is also not a determining factor during this raid. Because Terrakion has so many weaknesses, most weather will have no appreciable impact on the battle.

Have questions about Terrakion?

Do you have questions about taking care of Terrakion? Any advice for other trainers? Send us a comment below, and be sure to check out our full Pokédex, as well as our other Pokémon Go guides, so that you too can become a Pokémon master!


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