Pokémon GO Fest Thunder Hour: Xerneas Raid Guide Mini

The road to GO Fest 2021 has begun. On Sunday, July 18th, 2021, the second day of GO Fest in Pokémon GO, every Legendary Pokémon that has ever been in raids will return for a block of battles during the day. As we count down the days until the event launches, Bleeding Cool will host a series of mini raid guides that offers the top 10 overall counters and then the top 10 non-Shadow and non-Mega counters. In addition to this, these guides will point out species with shared weaknesses so that you can create raid squads with multiple uses. Finally, each guide ends with a breakdown of the raid schedule for GO Fest 2021: Day Two. This guide will focus on Thunder Hour: Xerneas.

Xerneas in Pokémon GO. Credit: Niantic
Xerneas in Pokémon GO. Credit: Niantic

Top 10 Counters

Overall:

  1. Shadow Metagross: Bullet Punch, Meteor Mash
  2. Mega Gengar: Lick, Sludge Bomb
  3. Metagross: Bullet Punch, Meteor Mash
  4. Mega Beedrill: Poison Jab, Sludge Bomb
  5. Dialga: Metal Claw, Draco Meteor
  6. Shadow Mewtwo: Confusion, Psystrike
  7. Shadow Scizor: Bullet Punch, Iron Head
  8. Burn Drive Genesect: Metal Claw, Magnet Bomb
  9. Genesect: Metal Claw, Magnet Bomb
  10. Excadrill: Metal Claw, Iron Head

Non-Shadow & non-Mega:

  1. Metagross: Bullet Punch, Meteor Mash
  2. Dialga: Metal Claw, Draco Meteor
  3. Burn Drive Genesect: Metal Claw, Magnet Bomb
  4. Genesect: Metal Claw, Magnet Bomb
  5. Excadrill: Metal Claw, Iron Head
  6. Roserage: Poison Jab, Sludge Bomb
  7. Gengar: Lick, Sludge Bomb
  8. Jirachi: Charge Beam, Doom Desire
  9. Mewtwo: Confusion, Psystrike
  10. Regigigas: Steel-type Hidden Power, Giga Impact

Minimum number of trainers needed: Three

Other Legendary Pokémon with shared weaknesses

Steel-type counters can be used against:

  • Kyurem
  • Regice

Complete GO Fest 2021 raid schedule in Pokémon GO

During Wind Hour, occurring from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. local time, Mewtwo, Ho-Oh, Latias, Latios, Regigigas, Altered Forme Giratina, Cresselia, Virizion, and Therian Forme Tornadus will be appearing in five-star raids.

During Lava Hour, occurring from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time, Moltres, Entei, Regirock, Groudon, Heatran, Reshiram, Terrakion, Therian Forme Landorus, and Yveltal will be appearing in five-star raids.

During Frost Hour, occurring from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time, Articuno, Suicune, Lugia, Regice, Kyogre, Palkia, and Kyurem will be appearing in five-star raids. Plus, Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf will be appearing in five-star raids in the regions that they normally appear in!

During Thunder Hour, occurring from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time, Zapdos, Raikou, Registeel, Rayquaza, Dialga, Cobalion, Therian Forme Thundurus, Zekrom, and Xerneas will be appearing in five-star raids.

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