Zekrom Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips

Appearing in Raids: December 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to December 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Last Appeared in Raids: July 18, 2021

Zekrom is a Legendary Dragon- and Electric-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region. According to the Pokédex, Zekrom can scorch the world with its lightning. Learn which Pokémon will be most effective in Raid Battles against Zekrom, how to catch Zekrom after winning a Raid Battle, and how best to use the Deep Black Pokémon after you've caught it.

Which Pokémon to Use in a Zekrom Raid in Pokémon GO

As a Dragon- and Electric-type Pokémon, Zekrom is vulnerable to Ground-, Ice-, Dragon-, and Fairy-type attacks. When choosing six Pokémon for your Zekrom Raid Battle lineup, it's important to choose Pokémon that have a Ground-, Ice-, Dragon-, or Fairy-type Fast Attack and Charged Attack if you want to deal as much damage as possible. A Pokémon that shares a type with these attacks will benefit from a same-type attack bonus, which will allow these attacks to deal an additional 20% damage. Note that Dragon-type Pokémon will be vulnerable to Zekrom's Dragon-type attacks.

If you have multiple Pokémon that know Ground-, Ice-, Dragon-, or Fairy-type attacks, choose Pokémon with the highest CP and best overall stats. Remember that speed of victory affects how many Premier Balls you will receive after of a successful Raid Battle, so bring your strongest Pokémon and defeat Zekrom as quickly as possible.

Suggested Ground-type Pokémon

  • Groudon (Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Tail (Dragon), Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earthquake (Ground)

  • Garchomp (Dragon/Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Tail (Dragon), Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earth Power (Ground) (Elite Charged TM), Earthquake (Ground), Outrage (Dragon), Sand Tomb (Ground)

  • Excadrill (Ground/Steel)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground), Mud-Slap (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Drill Run (Ground), Earthquake (Ground)

  • Therian Forme Landorus (Ground/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Bulldoze (Ground), Earth Power (Ground) (Elite Charged TM), Earthquake (Ground)

Suggested Ice-type Pokémon

  • Mamoswine / Shadow Mamoswine (Ice/Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Mud-Slap (Ground), Powder Snow (Ice)

    • Charged Attack: Avalanche (Ice), Bulldoze (Ground)

  • Weavile / Shadow Weavile (Dark/Ice)

    • Fast Attack: Ice Shard (Ice)

    • Charged Attack: Avalanche (Ice)

  • Galarian Darmanitan (Ice)

    • Fast Attack: Ice Fang (Ice)

    • Charged Attack: Avalanche (Ice), Ice Punch (Ice)

Suggested Dragon-type Pokémon

  • Dragonite / Shadow Dragonite (Dragon/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Breath (Dragon), Dragon Tail (Dragon)

    • Charged Attack: Draco Meteor (Dragon) (Elite Charged TM), Draco Pulse (Dragon), Dragon Claw (Dragon), Outrage (Dragon)

  • Salamence / Shadow Salamence (Dragon/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Tail (Dragon)

    • Charged Attack: Draco Meteor (Dragon), Outrage (Dragon) (Elite Charged TM)

  • Dialga (Steel/Dragon)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Breath (Dragon)

    • Charged Attack: Draco Meteor (Dragon)

  • Palkia (Water/Dragon)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Breath (Dragon), Dragon Tail (Dragon)

    • Charged Attack: Draco Meteor (Dragon)

  • Reshiram (Dragon/Fire)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Breath (Dragon)

    • Charged Attack: Draco Meteor (Dragon)

  • Zekrom (Dragon/Electric)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Breath (Dragon)

    • Charged Attack: Outrage (Dragon)

Suggested Fairy-type Pokémon

  • Granbull / Shadow Granbull (Fairy)

    • Fast Attack: Charm (Fairy)

    • Charged Attack: Play Rough (Fairy)

  • Gardevoir / Shadow Gardevoir (Psychic/Fairy)

    • Fast Attack: Charm (Fairy)

    • Charged Attack: Dazzling Gleam (Fairy)

  • Zacian (Fairy)

    • Fast Attack: Snarl (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Play Rough (Fairy)

Other Pokémon

  • Mewtwo / Shadow Mewtwo

    • Fast Attack: Confusion (Psychic), Psycho Cut (Psychic)

    • Charged Attack: Ice Beam (Ice)

Make the Most of Premier Balls and Berries

After a Zekrom raid, you'll have a limited number of Premier Balls you can use to catch Zekrom, so make each one count. You can earn extra Premier Balls by battling with friends and defeating Zekrom more quickly.

In an encounter with Zekrom, your chance of catching it is greatest when the target ring is small enough for you to score Excellent throws. Throwing Curveballs can improve your chances even more. But work within your abilities—if you don't think you can reliably make Excellent Curveball Throws, aim for Nice Throws or Great Throws rather than risk missing the target ring completely.

Zekrom isn't going to make it easy on you by sitting still while you're trying to catch it. Don't waste your Premier Balls by throwing while it's moving around. Watch Zekrom to get a feel for its cycle of movement and the pauses in between the cycles. During one of these pauses, wait for the target ring to reappear, and then throw as it starts to grow smaller to increase your odds of making a Great Throw or an Excellent Throw.

Berries can help you catch Zekrom. A Razz Berry will make Zekrom easier to catch, and a Golden Razz Berry will make it much easier to catch. If you find yourself failing to land any throws, a Nanab Berry will calm Zekrom, making its movements less erratic and allowing you to make precise throws more easily. If you need extra Zekrom Candy, using a Silver Pinap Berry will make Zekrom easier to catch and grant you extra Candy when you catch it.

Like all Legendary Pokémon, Zekrom is tricky to catch, so don't be discouraged if it escapes. Get a second wind by stocking up on useful items—like Max Potions, Max Revives, and Golden Razz Berries—and try again.

What to Do with Zekrom Once You've Caught It

Zekrom's Initial CP Range: 2,217–2,307

Zekrom's Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 2,771–2,884

Available Fast Attacks: Charge Beam (Electric), Dragon Breath (Dragon)

Available Charged Attacks: Crunch (Dark), Flash Cannon (Electric), Outrage (Dragon), Wild Charge (Electric)

As a Dragon- and Electric-type Pokémon, Zekrom has a type advantage against Fire-, Grass-, Water-, Electric-, Flying-, and Steel-type Pokémon. Boasting a high max CP and an impressive dual typing, Zekrom is powerful in both Raid Battles and the GO Battle League's Master League. Zekrom is useful against many powerful Raid Bosses, including Mega Charizard, Mega Blastoise, Suicune, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, and Palkia.

Zekrom is an excellent choice for Master League teams. Zekrom is also one of the strongest Electric-type Pokémon, and its access to powerful Dragon-type attacks gives it an added edge. Zekrom is a solid counter to several Pokémon commonly used in the Master League, including Kyogre and the Steel-type Pokémon many Trainers use to counter Fairy-type Pokémon, such as Metagross and Melmetal. And while Zekrom is vulnerable to Fairy-type Pokémon, its Electric-type attacks help its matchup against the popular Togekiss.

Whether you choose to use Zekrom in Raid Battles or the GO Battle League, you're going to need a lot of Candy to power it up and teach it a second Charged Attack, as much of its utility stems from its access to Electric- and Dragon-type Charged Attacks. To do this, you'll want to participate in as many Zekrom Raid Battles as possible to earn the Zekrom Candy you need—and don't forget those Pinap Berries!

Good luck with your next Raid Battle, and remember to check back to Pokemon.com/Strategy for more Pokémon GO, video game, and Pokémon TCG tips.

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