Articuno Raid Guide

Articuno raid guide

Articuno is a legendary Pokemon from the Kanto region. Articuno is known as the Freeze Pokemon and according to Pokemon GO “Articuno is a legendary Pokemon that can control ice. The flapping of its wings chills the air. As a result, it is said that when this Pokemon flies, snow will fall”

Articuno is part of the trio of legendary birds from Kanto along with Zapdos and Moltres

A shiny form of Articuno IS available

It has:

HP 207

Defence 236

Attack 192

Articuno is number 144 in the Pokedex. It is a Dual Ice and Flying type Pokemon. It has several weaknesses. These are Rock (2x weakness), Steel, Fire and Electric.

Its Raid boss CP is 40,165

Its catch CP ranges are:

  • 1665-1743
  • Weather boosted: 2082-2179

Articuno is weather boosted by Snowy and Windy weather

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Moveset for Articuno

Articuno has 2 fast moves and 5 charge moves

Its fast moves are:

  • Ice Shard (Ice)
  • Frost Breath (Ice)

Its charge moves are:

  • Ice Beam (Ice)
  • Blizzard (Ice)
  • Icy Wind (Ice)
  • Hurricane (Flying) – legacy move
  • Ancient Power (Rock)
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Counters to Articuno

Rock (2x weakness), Electric, Fire and Steel are the types that Articuno is weak too therefore anything possessing this typing/move sets will be effective.

Here are some of the most effective counters and the movesets to go with:


  • Smack Down (fast move)
  • Rock Slide (Charge move)


  • Smack Down (Fast move) – legacy move
  • Stone edge (Charge move)


  • Smack Down (Fast move)
  • Rock Wrecker (Charge move) – legacy move


  • Smack Down (Fast move)
  • Rock Slide (Charge move)


  • Smack Down (Fast move)
  • Rock Slide (Charge move)


  • Rock Throw (Fast move)
  • Rock Slide (Charge move)

Other effective counters would include Stonjourner, Landorus (Therian), Omastar, Golem and Golem (Alola Form)

Articuno is the bulkiest of the three legendary birds. In the PvE unfortunately it doesn’t uite match the effectiveness of especially Moltres. It gets outclassed as an Ice type by a number of other Pokemon

In PvP Articuno does particularly well in the Ultra league. It leaves a lot to be desired in the great league and the master league but is a very viable pick in the Ultra league.

Setting it up with Ice Shard (fast move) and Icy wind (charge move) combined with one of Hurricane or Ancient Power (charge moves) will offer its best move set options although Hurricane is the legacy move so will cost you an elite charged TM if you don’t have it from an event giving that move.

As it’s a Legendary Pokemon, to give it a second charge move costs 100 candies and 100,000 Stardust. It requires 20KM as a buddy to earn a candy walking.

How many Articuno will you be raiding?!

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