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Xerneas Raid Guide for Pokemon GO: Best Counters & Weaknesses

If you want to defeat and catch Xerneas in a Pokemon GO Raid, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know to beat Xerneas, as well as the best Pokemon to counter it!

Pokemon GO Raids can be very challenging, but you’ll have to do them if you want to catch rare Pokemon.

The only way to catch Xerneas in Pokemon GO is by defeating it in a Raid battle. Therefore, if you want to add this Legendary to your Pokedex, you’ll need to beat it first.

Here’s a full rundown of Xerneas’ type, weaknesses, resistances, and the best Pokemon to beat it. This will make battling it a breeze!

Xerneas Woods Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO Xerneas Raid Guide

Xerneas Type

Xerneas is a pure Fairy-type Pokemon. This means it has 2 weaknesses and 4 resistances you need to consider when fighting it.

Before you jump into a Raid, find out the top tips for winning Raids in Pokemon GO!

Xerneas Weaknesses

  • Poison
  • Steel

Both Poison and Steel-type attacks deal 160% damage to Xerneas! Therefore, you’ll want to fill your battle team with Poison and Steel-type Pokemon.

Xerneas Resistances

  • Dragon (Double Resistant)
  • Bug
  • Dark
  • Fighting

Bug, Dark, and Fighting-type attacks deal 63% damage to Xerneas. Meanwhile, its double resistance to Dragon means that attacks of that type only deal 39% damage.

Read More: How to Get Raid Passes in Pokemon GO

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Best Pokemon to Counter Xerneas in Raids

The best Pokemon to counter Xerneas in Raids are Mega Gengar, Mega Beedrill, and Metagross. Therefore, you’ll want to know how to Mega Evolve Pokemon in Pokemon GO before you go into battle.

There are other great Pokemon to use in Xerneas Raids too. Here are the top 10 picks:

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
Mega GengarPokemon GO Mega GengarLickSludge Bomb
MetagrossMetagross Pokemon GOBullet PunchMeteor Mash
Mega BeedrillPokemon GO Mega BeedrillPoison JabSludge Bomb
NihilegoNihilego Pokemon GOAcidSludge Bomb
Mega ScizorMega Scizor Pokemon GOBullet PunchIron Head
DialgaDialga Pokemon GOMetal ClawIron Head
ExcadrillExcadrill Pokemon GOMetal ClawIron Head
RoseradeRoserade Pokemon GOPoison JabSludge Bomb
GenesectGenesect Pokemon GOMetal ClawMagnet Bomb
OverqwilOverqwil Pokemon GOPoison JabSludge Bomb

To make sure your Pokemon have the best attacks, find out how to get Elite Fast and Charged TMs in Pokemon GO.

Also, you’ll want to boost how much Candy you earn in Pokemon GO. More Candy means you can power up your Pokemon more.

Is There a Shiny Xerneas in Pokemon GO?

There is a shiny form of Xerneas in Pokemon GO that has a white body instead of a black body.

After you defeat it in a Raid, there is a chance that the Xerneas you encounter will be shiny.

Find out the exact chances of catching shiny Legendaries in Pokemon GO here.

Shiny Xerneas Pokedex

If you come across a shiny Xerneas, you definitely won’t want it to escape. Check out our Pokemon GO Berries guide to find out the exact boosts for each Berry!

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