The 30 BEST Lairon Counters (Updated February 2024)

Raid Battles

This guide 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. Each Pokemon's move type is indicated by an icon beside the move name.

Best Lairon Pokémon GO counters are Primal Groudon, Mega Garchomp, Shadow Excadrill, Mega Blaziken, Terrakion, Shadow Garchomp, and Keldeo (Ordinary Forme). These Pokémon perform best with the moves outlined below. We suggest a minimum group size of 1 - 3 Trainers to defeat Lairon in a 3-Star Raid.

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          Official artwork of Primal GroudonPrimal Groudon
          Mud Shot / Precipice Blades
          #1
          Mega Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Mega GarchompMega Garchomp
          Mud Shot / Earth Power
          #2
          Shadow Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Shadow ExcadrillShadow Excadrill
          Mud-Slap / Scorching Sands
          #3
          Mega Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Mega BlazikenMega Blaziken
          Counter / Focus Blast
          #4
          Official artwork of TerrakionTerrakion
          Double Kick / Sacred Sword
          #5
          Shadow Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Shadow GarchompShadow Garchomp
          Mud Shot / Earth Power
          #6
          Official artwork of Keldeo (Ordinary Forme)Keldeo (Ordinary Forme)
          Low Kick / Sacred Sword
          #7
          #
          Name
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          DPS
          TDO
          Faints
          TTW
          Score
          1.Thumbnail image of Primal GroudonPrimal GroudonGroundMud Shot GroundPrecipice Blades *58.083103.0167s129.9
          2.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega GarchompMega Pokémon iconMega GarchompGroundMud Shot GroundEarth Power *51.482526.6176s113.2
          3.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow ExcadrillShadow ExcadrillGroundMud-Slap GroundScorching Sands 51.072086.2178s108.1
          4.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega BlazikenMega Pokémon iconMega BlazikenFightingCounter FightingFocus Blast 53.701689.0276s107.8
          5.Thumbnail image of TerrakionTerrakionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *50.931607.8280s102.3
          6.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow GarchompShadow GarchompGroundMud Shot GroundEarth Power *49.171803.7182s101.9
          7.Thumbnail image of Keldeo (Ordinary Forme)Keldeo (Ordinary Forme)FightingLow Kick FightingSacred Sword 46.352145.4185s100.7
          8.Thumbnail image of KeldeoKeldeoFightingLow Kick FightingSacred Sword 46.352145.4185s100.7
          9.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow MachampShadow MachampFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 50.621371.1282s98.6
          10.Thumbnail image of LucarioLucarioFightingCounter FightingAura Sphere 46.681800.0286s97.7
          11.Thumbnail image of GroudonGroudonGroundMud Shot GroundPrecipice Blades *45.331972.0187s97.2
          12.Thumbnail image of Therian Forme LandorusTherian Forme LandorusGroundMud Shot GroundSandsear Storm *48.101456.1285s95.8
          13.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow RhyperiorShadow RhyperiorGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 46.951467.7287s94.1
          14.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega AlakazamMega Pokémon iconMega AlakazamFightingCounter *FightingFocus Blast 49.021232.6286s94.0
          15.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega SwampertMega Pokémon iconMega SwampertGroundMud Shot GroundEarthquake 41.712303.5193s93.9
          16.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow MamoswineShadow MamoswineGroundMud-Slap GroundHigh Horsepower 51.231024.1385s93.8
          17.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow HariyamaShadow HariyamaFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 47.341375.4287s93.5
          18.Thumbnail image of ExcadrillExcadrillGroundMud-Slap GroundScorching Sands 42.262044.6193s92.6
          19.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega LopunnyMega Pokémon iconMega LopunnyFightingDouble Kick FightingFocus Blast 44.501483.0291s90.4
          20.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow BlazikenShadow BlazikenFightingCounter FightingFocus Blast 48.061093.9389s90.3
          21.Thumbnail image of ConkeldurrConkeldurrFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 43.481554.4293s89.6
          22.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow GolurkShadow GolurkGroundMud-Slap GroundEarth Power 44.391311.9293s88.0
          23.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow Sirfetch'dShadow Sirfetch'dFightingCounter FightingClose Combat 46.491072.0391s87.6
          24.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow UrsalunaShadow UrsalunaFightingRock Smash GroundHigh Horsepower *41.411651.5296s87.3
          25.Thumbnail image of GarchompGarchompGroundMud Shot GroundEarth Power *40.641768.0297s87.2
          26.Thumbnail image of CobalionCobalionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *36.992507.51104s86.9
          27.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow ToxicroakShadow ToxicroakFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 46.461020.2392s86.7
          28.Thumbnail image of MachampMachampFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 41.841346.5297s84.4
          29.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow RhydonShadow RhydonGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 43.441153.9396s84.3
          30.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow DonphanShadow DonphanGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 41.451280.8299s82.9
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          Group size

          You need at least 1 Trainers to defeat a Lairon in a 3-Star Raid.

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          • Minimum group size: 1 Trainers
          • Optimal group size: 2 - 3 Trainers
          • Very easy with: 4+ Trainers

          Lairon CP range from Raids

          Lairon can be caught with the following Combat Power after being defeated in Raids:

          • From 1110 CP to 1174 CP, with no weather boost
          • From 1388 CP to 1468 CP with Snow and Partly Cloudy weather boost

          Lairon weaknesses

          Lairon type chart

          When fighting Lairon, keep in mind the 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.

          Takes increased damage
          FightingFighting256.0%
          GroundGround256.0%
          WaterWater160.0%
          Takes decreased damage
          PoisonPoison24.4%
          FlyingFlying39.1%
          NormalNormal39.1%
          BugBug62.5%
          DragonDragon62.5%
          FairyFairy62.5%
          IceIce62.5%
          PsychicPsychic62.5%
          RockRock62.5%

          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
          Fighting232.0%
          • cloudyCloudy
          Ground142.0%
          • sunnySunny
          Water14.0%
          • rainRain
          Psychic4.0%
          • windyWindy
          Electric2.0%
          • rainRain
          Ghost2.0%
          • fogFog
          Fire2.0%
          • sunnySunny
          Steel2.0%
          • snowSnow

          About our ranking methodology

          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.

          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 attacks, 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. Reddit

          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.