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Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem are coming to five star raids in Pokémon Go

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The second of the legendary Tao trio, Zekrom arrives on Pokémon Go. From June 16, 2020, players will have three weeks to challenge this type of dragon and electric, including three hours of legendary raid during which practically all gymnasiums will be taken supported by Zekrom raids throughout the hour. It will be one of the most difficult legendary raids to date, but further complicated by social distancing measures and orders to stay at home. Fortunately, the introduction of Remote Raid Passes and the raid invitations that will be published soon may well make this raid a possibility, and we here at iMore have everything you need to know to undertake this raid!

Who is Zekrom and what is the Tao Trio?

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One of the Tao Trio in the Unova region, Zekrom is a Legendary Dragon and Electric Pokémon. The Tao Trio is based on the concepts of Yin, Yang and Wuji. Zekrom represents Yin with its electrical typing, while Reshiram represents Yang with its Fire typing, and Kyurem, with its Ice typing, represents Wuji, which is the absence of Yin and Yang. Zekrom is also the mascot of White Pokemon.

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Zekrom has a huge CP cap – we’re talking about over 53k in raids! – and the potential to be the best electric type in the game. On top of that, his moveset is quite threatening. Zekrom has two possible quick moves, Dragon Breath and Charge Beam. His possible loaded moves include, Outrage, Savage Charge, Flash Cannon and Crunch.

What are the best counters?

As a Dragon and electric Pokémon, Zekrom is weak for Ground, Ice, Dragon and Fairy. While it is an incredibly powerful Pokémon overall, it is the new best electric type in the game, outclassing both Raikou and Electivire. Its Dragon type movement game and its electric type movement game make Raid extremely difficult. However, there are stronger types of dragon, as well as soil, ice and even fairy types that make good counters.

Rayquaza

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Always the king of dragon types, the Dragon and Flying Rayquaza type is the best when it comes to taking Zekrom. This brings no resistance to the battle, but the only weakness Zekrom can exploit is the Dragon-type moves. You’ll want to use dodge, and being a legendary with limited availability, you might not have more than one fully powered up. If you have Rayquaza to contribute to this fight, Dragon Tail and Outrage are the perfect move.

Salamence

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Another type of dragon and flight, Salamence brings the same strengths and weaknesses to this battle as Rayquaza, but is much easier to grasp and power up. Having been the star of their own community day, most players have at least one really powerful Salamence. You’ll still want to use dodge, but it has a DPS comparable to Rayquaza and only beaten by Shadow Pokémon. Dragon Tail and Outrage or Draco Meteor are the movements you are looking for.

Palkia

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The Legendary Water and Dragon type, Palkia brings resistance to Zekrom’s Steel type flash cannon in combat. There has been no widespread availability limited to legendary raids, so you might not have one fully powered up. If you are bringing Palkia to this raid, Dragon Tail and Draco Meteor are the moves you are looking for.

Haxorus

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As a pure Dragon type, Haxorus is resistant to Zekrom’s electric type attacks, and therefore an excellent choice for this Raid. It won’t work as well as Rayquaza or Salamence against Zekrom’s Dragon type movements, but against its electric type movements, Haxorus is the best. Axew is still pretty hard to find, but if you have a fully powered Haxorus, you’ll want him to know Dragon Tail and Dragon Claw.

Dragonite

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The original Generation I pseudo-legend, Dragonite has been treated for Community Day, has been featured in special events and research, and is even available as a Shadow Pokémon. There is simply no good excuse for not having at least one or two energized at this point. Dragon Tail and Outrage are the perfect move for Dragonite in this battle, but Draco Meteor can also work. As a Dragon and Flying type, it does not bring any useful resistance to this fight and it is weak for Dragon type movements, but it is still an excellent counter that most players have.

Zekrom

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As is the case with any type of dragon, Zekrom himself makes an excellent counter if he knows Dragon Tail and Outrage. Ideally, you will want your Zekrom to know its electric type movements for general use, but if you have one that still knows its Dragon type movements, it will work well in this fight. It suffers a quarter of damage from electrical movements and half from steel, so it will last longer than many other counters.

Garchomp

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Another pseudo-legendary, the Garchomp of type Dragon and Ground is an excellent choice for this Raid. After being presented at a community day, you probably have at least one fully energized. Garchomp has two sets of moves that work well: Dragon Tail and Outrage, or Mud Shot and Earthquake. Its striking also makes it super resistant to electric type movements.

Landorus

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A legendary type on the ground and in flight, Landorus is super resistant to electric type movements, and is the first on the list which is not weak to Zekrom’s Dragon type movements. While Landorus is relatively new to Pokémon Go, it has been featured in raids and as a Pokémon Go Battle League reward encounter. Mud Shot and Earth Power are the moves you want your Landorus to experience for this raid.

Mamoswine

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Ice and Ground type Pokémon, Mamoswine is super resistant to Electric type movements, but weak against Steel. Although Mamoswine requires a Sinnoh stone to evolve, it was presented on a community day, as well as in events, so you probably already have at least one or two under tension. It has two sets of moves that work well: Mud Slap and Bulldoze, or Powder Snow and Avalanche.

Excadrill

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Like Groud and Steel, Excadrill brings with it resistance to most of Zekrom’s movements. It has normal resistance to Steel and Dragon type movements, and super resistance to Electric types. Its first step, Drillbur is not super common, but it only requires 50 candies to evolve, so it’s much easier to power up than the legendaries and pseudo-legends who make up most of this list. If you bring Excadrill to this raid, Mud Slap and Drill Run is the movement game you want.

Dialga

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A legendary Steel and Dragon type, Dialga is quite the tank. It resists electric and steel movements, while taking only normal damage of the Dragon and Dark types. It was not widely available, so you could not have one fully powered; however, if you can bring one into battle, it will last. Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor is the set of moves you are looking for.

Groudon

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Yet another legendary, Groudon has been more readily available than some of the others on this list. As a pure ground type, it is super resistant to electric type attacks and takes normal damage from other Zekrom attacks, making it a great counter. Either Mud Shot or Dragon Tail work well in this Raid and Earthquake is the loaded attack of choice.

Rhyperior

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The final evolution of soil and rock type of Rhyhorn Gen I, Rhyperior is super resistant to electric type movements, but weak in steel. Although it requires a Sinnoh stone to evolve, Rhyhorn Community Day combined with a Generation I Pokémon means that most players have more than enough Candie to evolve and fully fuel at least a few Rhyperior. Mud Slap and Earthquake is the set of moves you want your Rhyperior to know.

Backups?

With a list of mostly legendary and pseudo-legendary Pokémon, many players will find it difficult to build a team or two of the best counters. While using these saves will mean needing more players, there are many other Pokémon that do well enough in this raid to be considered. If you don’t have the best meters, consider the following:

  • Reshiram with Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor
  • Latios with dragon breath and dragon claw
  • Gardevoir with dazzling charm and radiance
  • Hydreigon with Dragon Breath and Dragon Pulse
  • Weaville with ice flake and avalanche
  • Glaceon with breath of frost and avalanche
  • Galarian darmanitan with ice fang and avalanche
  • Togekiss with dazzling charm and sparkle
  • Latias with dragon breath and indignation
  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Ice Beam
  • Granbull with charm and rough play
  • Beartic with powder and ice
  • Alakazam with Psycho Cut and Dazzling Gleam
  • Donphan with Mud Slap and Play Rough
  • Alolan Exeggutor with Dragon Tail and Dragon Pulse
  • Jynx with breath of frost and avalanche
  • Golem with slap of mud and earthquake
  • Flygon with Dragon Tail and Earth Power or Dragon Claw
  • Golurk with Mud Slap and Earth Power
  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Outrage
  • Giratina Origin Forme with Dragon Tail and Dragon Pulse

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:

  • Salamence of the Shadow with Dragon Tail and Outrage
  • Shadow dragonite with dragon tail and dragon claw
  • Shadow Weaville with burst of ice and avalanche
  • Ombre Gardevoir Charm and dazzling glow
  • Shadow flygon with dragon tail and dragon claw
  • Shadow Swampert with mud blast and earthquake
  • Shadow Porygon Z with Hidden Power and Blizzard

Shadow Salamence and Shadow Dragonite behave considerably better than their normal versions, with Shadow Salamence even better than Rayquaza. Shadow Pokémon are expensive to feed, but in this Raid, they can be used as a duo.

How many players does it take to beat Zekrom?

With perfect weather, the right moveet, the best friend’s bonus damage and the best possible markers, it is possible for two players to face Zekrom alone. However, there are a lot of pieces that need to fall into place. If you are playing with top players, four should be able to handle this raid. For lower level players, you will want to aim for at least six. Adding raid invitations should make a huge difference.

Weather conditions can make or break this raid. You will want to be especially careful in rainy weather, which stimulates Zekrom’s potential electrical movements that so few of its counters resist. Windy weather will stimulate its Dragon type movements, but it will also stimulate the Dragon type movements of many counters. If you are fighting in sunny / clear weather, this will stimulate your ground type movements and make this raid feasible for two top players. Cloudy weather will stimulate fairy types, if you are thinking of taking Gardevoir or Togekiss.

Do you have questions about Zekrom?

Do you have questions about taking the Legendary Zekrom? Do you have advice for your fellow trainers? Drop them in the comments below, and be sure to check out our full Pokédex, as well as our many Pokémon Go guides so that you too can become a Pokémon master!

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