Best Lairon counters in Pokémon GO

Raid Battles

This table displays a list of best Lairon counters in Pokémon GO with their Fast Attacks, Charged Attacks, DPS (damage per second), TDO (total damage output), faints, TTW (time to win), and score. The list is sorted by the score, which is calculated based on the DPS and TDO.

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          Best performing move types

          • Fighting58.0%
          • Ground35.0%
          • Water2.5%
          • Electric1.5%
          • Steel1.0%
          • Ghost0.5%
          • Psychic0.5%
          • Fire0.5%
          • Bug0.5%
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          1Primal GroudonPrimal GroudonGroundMud Shot GroundPrecipice Blades *58.083102.99166.6s129.9
          2Mega BlazikenMega Pokémon iconMega BlazikenFightingCounter FightingFocus Blast 53.701688.99275.6s107.8
          3TerrakionTerrakionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *50.931607.78279.6s102.3
          4Shadow GarchompShadow Pokémon iconShadow GarchompGroundMud Shot GroundEarth Power *49.171803.69181.2s101.9
          5Keldeo (Ordinary)Keldeo (Ordinary)FightingLow Kick FightingSacred Sword 46.352145.42184.4s100.7
          6Shadow MachampShadow Pokémon iconShadow MachampFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 50.621371.14281.6s98.6
          7LucarioLucarioFightingCounter FightingAura Sphere 46.681799.99285.1s97.7
          8GroudonGroudonGroundMud Shot GroundPrecipice Blades *45.331972.03186.7s97.2
          9Shadow RhyperiorShadow Pokémon iconShadow RhyperiorGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 46.951467.68286.5s94.1
          10Mega AlakazamMega Pokémon iconMega AlakazamFightingCounter *FightingFocus Blast 49.021232.63285.1s94.0
          11Mega SwampertMega Pokémon iconMega SwampertGroundMud Shot GroundEarthquake 41.712303.54192.6s93.9
          12Shadow MamoswineShadow Pokémon iconShadow MamoswineGroundMud-Slap GroundHigh Horsepower 51.231024.11384.3s93.8
          13Shadow HariyamaShadow Pokémon iconShadow HariyamaFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 47.341375.39286.5s93.5
          14ExcadrillExcadrillGroundMud-Slap GroundScorching Sands 42.262044.64192.2s92.6
          15Mega LopunnyMega Pokémon iconMega LopunnyFightingDouble Kick FightingFocus Blast 44.501482.97290.6s90.4
          16Shadow BlazikenShadow Pokémon iconShadow BlazikenFightingCounter FightingFocus Blast 48.061093.92388.1s90.3
          17ConkeldurrConkeldurrFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 43.481554.43292.1s89.6
          18Shadow GolurkShadow Pokémon iconShadow GolurkGroundMud-Slap GroundEarth Power 44.391311.91292.1s88.0
          19Shadow Sirfetch'dShadow Pokémon iconShadow Sirfetch'dFightingCounter FightingClose Combat 46.491071.98390.9s87.6
          20Shadow UrsalunaShadow Pokémon iconShadow UrsalunaFightingRock Smash GroundHigh Horsepower *41.411651.45295.6s87.3
          21GarchompGarchompGroundMud Shot GroundEarth Power *40.641767.97296.7s87.2
          22CobalionCobalionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *36.992507.471103.1s86.9
          23Landorus (Therian)Landorus (Therian)GroundMud Shot GroundEarthquake 42.691292.32295.5s85.0
          24MachampMachampFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 41.841346.46296.7s84.4
          25Shadow RhydonShadow Pokémon iconShadow RhydonGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 43.441153.88395.4s84.3
          26Shadow DonphanShadow Pokémon iconShadow DonphanGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 41.451280.84298.1s82.9
          27Primal KyogrePrimal KyogreWaterWaterfall WaterOrigin Pulse *36.741962.991105.3s82.2
          28Shadow PoliwrathShadow Pokémon iconShadow PoliwrathFightingCounter *FightingDynamic Punch 39.431474.282101.1s82.0
          29Landorus (Incarnate)Landorus (Incarnate)GroundMud Shot GroundEarth Power 41.041260.51299.1s82.0
          30VirizionVirizionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *37.711676.502104.1s81.2
          31RhyperiorRhyperiorGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 39.041450.182102.2s81.1
          32Meloetta (Pirouette)Meloetta (Pirouette)FightingLow Kick FightingClose Combat 38.191534.792103.6s80.6
          33Galarian ZapdosGalarian ZapdosFightingCounter FightingClose Combat 39.991280.862101.3s80.6
          34PheromosaPheromosaFightingLow Kick FightingFocus Blast 47.39653.43598.0s80.4
          35MamoswineMamoswineGroundMud-Slap GroundHigh Horsepower 42.371009.96399.2s80.4
          36BreloomBreloomFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 42.80968.72399.0s80.3
          37BuzzwoleBuzzwoleFightingCounter FightingSuperpower 39.131346.142102.7s80.0
          38Shadow SawkShadow Pokémon iconShadow SawkFightingLow Kick FightingFocus Blast 42.33979.07399.8s79.8
          39HariyamaHariyamaFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 38.921346.632103.2s79.7
          40Shadow SwampertShadow Pokémon iconShadow SwampertGroundMud Shot GroundEarthquake 37.811463.772105.0s79.2
          41Shadow AlakazamShadow Pokémon iconShadow AlakazamFightingCounter *FightingFocus Blast 44.07772.864100.3s78.5
          42HawluchaHawluchaFightingLow Kick FightingFlying Press 41.20994.433101.9s78.4
          43Shadow GolemShadow Pokémon iconShadow GolemGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 40.781018.873102.4s78.1
          44BlazikenBlazikenFightingCounter FightingFocus Blast 40.111085.623103.0s78.1
          45Shadow GalladeShadow Pokémon iconShadow GalladeFightingLow Kick FightingClose Combat 40.111075.533103.1s77.9
          46Shadow MagmortarShadow Pokémon iconShadow MagmortarFightingKarate Chop GroundScorching Sands 42.35860.534101.7s77.8
          47Shadow FlygonShadow Pokémon iconShadow FlygonGroundMud Shot GroundScorching Sands 40.111052.493103.4s77.6
          48Shadow NidokingShadow Pokémon iconShadow NidokingFightingDouble Kick GroundEarth Power 39.88986.043104.9s76.2
          49PassimianPassimianFightingCounter FightingSuperpower 37.071296.432108.2s76.0
          50Sirfetch'dSirfetch'dFightingCounter FightingClose Combat 38.841062.913106.2s75.8
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          About the results

          Our guide provides detailed information on recommended Pokémon and moves that are most effective against Lairon in Raid Battles. Whether you're looking for the best counters to take Lairon down quickly with high DPS, or the tankiest counters that can withstand its attacks, our guide has something for every trainer.

          The top-ranked Lairon counter is Primal Groudon, followed by Mega Blaziken, Terrakion, and Shadow Garchomp. The table also includes Keldeo (Ordinary), Shadow Machamp, Lucario, and Groudon, among others. Each Pokemon's move type is indicated by an icon beside the move name.

          Lairon type chart

          When fighting Lairon, keep in mind the following that Steel and Rock-type Pokémon are weak to Fighting, Ground, and Water type moves. They take reduced damage from Bug, Dragon, Fairy, Ice, Psychic, Rock, Flying, Normal, and Poison type moves.


          Type chart shows the percentage (%) of damage taken from an incoming attack of a particular type.

          Best move-types and weather for Lairon Raids

          Move-typeUsage (%)Weather
          • cloudyCloudy
          • sunnySunny
          • rainRainy
          • rainRainy
          • snowSnow
          • fogFog
          • windyWindy
          • sunnySunny
          • rainRainy

          About our ranking methodology

          When calculating the best counters for any Pokémon, our simulator takes into account various factors, such as the defender's typing and average DPS against each attacker, the weather's influence, energy left over from using charge moves, Shadow Pokémon attack and defense stat changes, and more. During the initial phase of simulations, we calculate DPS and TDO for each attacker that is currently available in the game, and then we continue to rank them.

          We use a ranking method developed by a Reddit user named /u/Elastic_Space, which is described in detail in this Reddit post. It is a fairly complicated, but very well thought-out mathematical model for predicting simulation results without actually running the simulations. It also correlates with field data almost too well not to be used.

          Our Time to Win (TTW) and Faint numbers are also estimated, and should be taken with a grain of salt. Since we do not account for factors like Friendship and Mega damage boost, they will differ from actual experience in the field.