How to take on Terrakion in Pokémon Go
Do you have what it takes to beat Terrakion?
The Swords of Justice are returning to Legendary Raids in Pokémon Go. From November 5 through 16, 2021, players will be able to catch Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion with their signature move, Sacred Sword. Fortunately, we here at iMore have everything you need to know to win this fight and add Terrakion to your roster. And be sure to check out our Best Pokémon Go accessories, so you can be fully equipped for your Pokémon Journey!
Who is Terrakion in Pokémon Go?
Like most Legendary Pokémon, Terrakion is one of a set. This particular set is known as the Swords of Justice, and they are loosely based on The Three Musketeers. Cobalion represents Athos, the oldest and de facto leader of the group, Terrakion represents Porthos, the strongest member of the group, Virizion represents Aramis, the feminine and romantic member of the group, and Keldeo represents d'Artagnan, the young new addition to the group.
In Pokémon Go, Terrakion is an excellent Rock type with a lot of uses. It could also be a great Fighting type if Niantic gave it better Fighting type moves at some point down the road.
What are the best counters for Terrakion in Pokémon Go?
As a Rock and Fighting type, Terrakion can deal Rock, Fighting, Ground, and Psychic type damage. Its weaknesses include Water, Grass, Fighting, Ground, Psychic, Steel, and Fairy, leaving room for a wide variety of counters.
Mewtwo is simply put the best of the best - even without its Mega Evolved formes. If you can manage a team of Mewtwo, you can easily beat Terrakion with two high level players. Mewtwo has been available many times, including as the most powerful Shadow Pokémon in the game, so most players have at least one or two by now. As a pure Psychic type, Mewtwo takes half damage from both Fighting and Psychic type attacks. The best move set for this Raid is Confusion and Psystrike. Psystrike is a Legacy move, so if you don't already have it, you may want to invest an Elite TM to get it; however, the charged move Psychic also works well.
A close second to Mewtwo, Mega Blastoise does incredible damage to Terrakion all alone, but if you can coordinate with your fellow Trainers, it boosts the damage of other Water types. Mega Evolution is a little expensive, but it's well worth the stat boost if you can afford it. Mega Blastoise brings no notable resistances or weaknesses to this Raid. Water Gun and Hydro Cannon are the moves you'll want your Mega Blastoise to know.
Another excellent counter for Terrakion, Metagross is much more readily available. Many players have at least one, if not a few, thanks to the Beldum Community Day and other events featuring Beldum. As a Steel and Psychic type, Metagross takes quarter damage from Psychic and half damage from Rock, but double damage from Ground. Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash is the moveset you want to bring into this fight; however, Meteor Mash is also a Legacy move. If you don't have it or the Elite TM to spare, you can opt for Psychic as well though it won't be nearly as effective.
While Mega Blastoise is the better option for a Mega boost to Water types, Mega Gyarados is a great option as well. As a Water and Dark type, it resists Psychic type damage, but takes increased damage from Fighting type, so moveset is a little more important. If you are bringing Mega Gyarados to this Raid, you'll want to make sure to coordinate with your Raid party to bring Water type counters, and you'll want Waterfall and Hydro Pump for the moveset.
In a vacuum, the Grass and Poison type starter of Gen I doesn't perform quite as well as Blastoise. However, Mega Venusaur is still an excellent choice to fight Terrakion. It takes half damage from Fighting and double from Psychic. I would give preferent to Mega Blastoise, but if your fellow Trainers have more viable Grass type counters, or if you just already have Mega Venusaur ready, it will serve you well. You'll want Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant for the moveset.
New to Pokémon Go, the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa is a great counter for this fight. This Psychic and Ghost type resists Psychic and Fighting type moves, and it has no weaknesses Terrakion can exploit. As a Mythical Pokémon, Hoopa has very limited availability, with each player being able to catch only one through the Special Research story, Misunderstood Mischief. However, if you have one, it will serve you well with Confusion and Psychic.
Another new Mythical Pokémon, Zarude is also limited to one per account through Special Research. It's a Dark and Grass type, so it resists Psychic and Ground type damage, but is weak to Fighting moves. Zarude is one of the most powerful Grass types in the game, surpassing all non-Mega Pokémon, so you'll definitely want to pair it up with Mega Venusaur. Vine Whip and Power Whip are Zarude's ideal moves.
Originally encountered in the Gen V Unova Region, Conkeldurr performs well in this raid. Its first stage, Timburr has been featured in a number of events and it benefits from Trade Evolution, leaving more Candies for powering up. As a Fighting type, it takes half damage from Rock, but double from Psychic. Counter and Dynamic Punch is the moveset you want your Conkeldurr to know.
On the plus side, Jirachi is a Mythical Pokémon obtained by completing the Special Research, A Thousand-Year Slumber, meaning every player can catch one without having to win a difficult raid or track it down in the wild. Unfortunately, this means you can only ever have one, and getting enough Candy to power it up means either walking a lot or spending a lot of Rare Candy on it. Still, a Jirachi with Confusion and Doom Desire makes a great addition to the team.
The Legendary mascot of Pokémon Sapphire, Kyogre performs very well against Terrakion. Although it is a Legendary Pokémon, it has been available multiple times in a few different ways so you probably have at least one to add to your team. As a Water type, it has no weaknesses that Terrakion can exploit and it benefits from Mega Blastoise or Mega Gyarados's boost. You'll want your Kyogre to know Waterfall and Surf, but Hydro Pump is also viable.
Another Legendary Pokémon with limited availability, Latios is a Psychic and Flying type introduced in Gen III. Latios has been featured multiple times so most players have at least one or two powered up already. It takes half damage from Fighting and Psychic, and quarter damage from Ground, meaning it will last a lot longer. You'll want your Latios to know Zen Headbutt and Psychic.
Originally encountered in Gen I's Kanto region, Alakazam is a solid choice for this Raid. Having been featured in a Community Day, as well as other events, and benefiting from Trade Evolution, not to mention being in the game since day one, virtually every player has had plenty of opportunities to catch and evolve Alakazam. It's Psychic typing gives it resistances to Psychic and Fighting type damage, with no weaknesses for Terrakion to exploit. Confusion and Psychic are the moves you'll want your Alakazam to know for this Raid.
One of many "Eeveelutions", Espeon is the last of our top counters for Terrakion. As a pure Psychic type, it resists Psychic and Fighting, while having no relevant weaknesses. It's also incredibly easy to get, with Eevee being abundant. Confusion and Psychic are the moves your Espeon should know for this Raid.
Landorus (Therian forme)
Gen V's Landorus performs very well against Terrakion, but specifically its Therian forme. Although the Therian forme hasn't seen the widespread availability as its Incarnate forme, they share the same Candy, so it's easier to power up. As a Ground and Flying type, Landorus resists Ground and Fighting type attacks, while having no weaknesses Terrakion can exploit. If you're bringing Landorus to this Raid, Mud Shot and Earthquake are the moves you're looking for.
Although most players will be able to make a team of the best counters, if you're finding a gap in your team, there are plenty of back ups who work well in larger groups. Just make sure you're dodging and any of the following could be a decent back up:
- Mega Gengar with Lick and Psychic
- Swampert with Mud Shot and Hydro Cannon
- Exeggutor with Confusion and Psychic
- Dialga with Metal Claw and Iron Head
- Empoleon with Metal Claw and Hydro Cannon
- Machamp with Counter and Dynamic Punch
- Gallade with Confusion and Psychic
- Zacian (Hero of Many Battles forme) with Metal Claw and Play Rough
- Garchomp with Mud Shot and Earth Power
- Mega Slowbro with Confusion and Psychic
- Gardevoir with Confusion and Psychic
- Landorus (Incarnate forme) with Mud Shot and Earth Power
- Breloom with Counter and Dynamic Punch
- Feraligatr with Water Gun and Hydro Cannon
- Samurott with Waterfall and Hydro Cannon
- Azelf with Confusion and Future Sight
- Kingler with Bubble and Crabhammer
- Hariyama with Counter and Dynamic Punch
- Groudon with Mud Shot and Earthquake
- Roserade with Razor Leaf and Grass Knot
- Lucario with Bullet Punch and Aura Sphere
The rebalance of Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket make them excellent glass cannons. Not only are their stats boosted, but during special events or with Elite TMs, it's possible to change their moves. If you happen to have any of the following Pokémon with the right moveset, they will work very well in this Raid:
- Shadow Mewtwo with Confusion and Psystrike
- Shadow Metagross with Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash
- Shadow Swampert with Water Gun and Hydro Cannon
- Shadow Machamp with Counter and Dynamic Punch
- Shadow Gallade with Confusion and Psychic
- Shadow Gardevoir with Confusion and Psychic
- Shadow Alakazam with Confusion and Psychic
- Shadow Exeggutor with Confusion and Psychic
- Shadow Hariyama with Counter and Dynamic Punch
- Shadow Tangrowth with Vine Whip and Power Whip
- Shadow Torterra with Razor Leaf and Frenzy Plant
- Shadow Gyarados with Waterfall and Hydro Pump
- Shadow Venusaur with Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant
Note: Shadow Mewtwo outperforms every other counter - it is a class of its own. When combined with a Mega Pokémon, the added boost to similar attacks mean that many of these will perform much better. If you are able to coordinate the use of either Mega Blastoise, Mega Gyarados, or Mega Venusaur, focusing on Water or Grass types should be your priority.
How many players does it take to beat Terrakion in Pokémon Go?
With the right counters, two top level Trainers can take on Terrakion alone. However, if you're lower level or cannot coordinate with other players, you may want to aim for at least four. Weather Conditions that could impact this Raid include:
- Sunny/Clear Weather will boost Terrakion's Ground type attack, as well as your Grass and Ground type Counters.
- Windy Weather will boost Terrakion's Psychic type attack, as well as your Psychic type counters.
- Partly Cloudy Weather will boost Terrakion's Rock type attacks.
- Cloudy Weather will boost Terrakion's Fighting type move, as well as your Fighting and Fairy type counters.
- Snow will boost your Steel type counters.
- Rain will boost your Water type counters.
Questions about taking on Terrakion in Pokémon Go?
There you have it. With these Pokémon, Terrakion should be an easy addition to your Pokédex. Do you have any questions? Drop them in the comments below and be sure to check out our Best Portable Battery Packs guide so you can keep your phone charged while you're out Raiding!