Pokémon GO – Yveltal counters and raid guide

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With the Luminous Legends Y event debuting around the world in Pokémon GO arrives when the new legendary raid boss Yveltal arrives. The counterpart to Xerneas, which debuted a few weeks ago, this Dark and Flying type enemy will be a challenge for any player. But we're here to help with this raid guide, giving you the best Yveltal counters in Pokémon GO.



The best counters of Yveltal in May 2022

The chart below shows you the best counters against Yveltal in all of Pokémon GO in May 2022. You'll be using plenty of strong Electric-type attackers, if you have any available. But Rock is also a solid choice. Keep reading to find out if there is another Shadow or Mega Pokemon you can use on your team.

Pokémon fast attack Charged Attack
Zekrom charging beam Wild Charge
Thundurus (Therian) Volt switch Thunder clap
Rhyperior Smack down Wrecker de roche
Ramps Smack down Landslide
magnetone Spark Wild Charge
Raikou Volt switch Wild Charge
Zapdos thunder clap Thunder clap
Electivire thunder clap Wild Charge
Terracion Smack down Landslide

For your Mega evolution, if you have the energy to spare, we recommend Mega Manectric with Charge Beam and Wild Charge, with Mega Abomasnow using Powder Snow and Weather Ball (Ice) as potential alternatives. When it comes to shadow pokemon energized and frustration free. In addition to all of those listed above in Shadow form, you can use Shadow Mamoswine with Powder Snow and Avalanche, Shadow Gardevoir with Charm and Dazzling Gleam, or Shadow Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge.



And now, to cover all your other questions on how to beat Yveltal, we have a complete raid guide.

Yvelatal Raid Guide

Let's start by answering the most important questions. To defeat this legendary enemy, you need to know when it will be around.

When do Yveltal raids start and end?

Yveltal will make its Pokémon GO raid debut on Tuesday, May 18 at 10 a.m. in your local time zone. Although it may return at a later date, it will only be available for 2 weeks. The Yveltal Raids will depart June 1 at 10 a.m. local time.

How many players to beat Yveltal

If you have a few best friends in Pokémon GO and you all have teams made up of the characters above, you might be able to take down Yveltal with just 3 players total. However, weather and other factors can work against you, and trying to win with 3 will be quite difficult. Instead, we recommend teams of 5 or more players just to be on the safe side.


What weather to watch

Here's what to watch out for when it comes to weather when raiding Yveltal.

  • Fog – Boosts Yveltal
  • Rainy – Boosts your electric meters
  • Partly Cloudy – Increases your Rock counters

Can Yveltal be shiny, how to catch Yveltal shiny

Much like Xerneas before him, Yveltal cannot be shiny when captured in May 2022 in Pokémon GO. This is the first release of the game and, as with most of these legendary debuts, Shiny Yveltal will not be included. However, there will be an event or other change in the future that will see Shiny Yveltal released, so be patient and you'll catch one someday.


And that's our raid guide for the best Yveltal counters in Pokémon GO.


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