Best Shadow Cacturne counters in Pokémon GO

Raid Battles

This table displays a list of best Shadow Cacturne 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

          • Bug34.5%
          • Fire24.0%
          • Fighting13.0%
          • Flying12.5%
          • Fairy5.0%
          • Ice5.0%
          • Poison3.0%
          • Normal1.0%
          • Dragon0.5%
          • Ghost0.5%
          • Electric0.5%
          • Steel0.5%
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          1Mega RayquazaMega Pokémon iconMega RayquazaFlyingAir Slash FlyingDragon Ascent 93.492892.50143.5s187.0
          2PheromosaPheromosaBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 104.301364.00245.1s175.1
          3Mega PinsirMega Pokémon iconMega PinsirBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 88.392306.74147.0s170.8
          4Mega BeedrillMega Pokémon iconMega BeedrillBugBug Bite *BugX-Scissor 90.001659.15248.7s162.0
          5VolcaronaVolcaronaBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 84.432095.85149.5s161.5
          6Mega ScizorMega Pokémon iconMega ScizorBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 79.602199.90151.8s155.6
          7Shadow PinsirShadow Pokémon iconShadow PinsirBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 87.141380.06251.7s152.1
          8Shadow ScytherShadow Pokémon iconShadow ScytherBugFury Cutter BugBug Buzz *84.861494.87252.1s151.4
          9Shadow ScizorShadow Pokémon iconShadow ScizorBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 84.511477.10252.3s150.5
          10Mega BlazikenMega Pokémon iconMega BlazikenFightingCounter FireBlast Burn *75.171731.29256.2s141.6
          11YanmegaYanmegaBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 75.261682.90256.4s140.9
          12VikavoltVikavoltBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 77.291438.97256.6s139.4
          13RayquazaRayquazaFlyingAir Slash FlyingDragon Ascent 72.731761.17257.7s138.4
          14Genesect (Shock)Genesect (Shock)BugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 73.481678.76257.6s138.2
          15Genesect (Normal)Genesect (Normal)BugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 73.481678.76257.6s138.2
          16Genesect (Douse)Genesect (Douse)BugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 73.481678.76257.6s138.2
          17Genesect (Chill)Genesect (Chill)BugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 73.481678.76257.6s138.2
          18Genesect (Burn)Genesect (Burn)BugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 73.481678.76257.6s138.2
          19Mega Y CharizardMega Pokémon iconMega Y CharizardFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *71.211845.20158.4s137.4
          20PinsirPinsirBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 71.761352.94260.8s129.8
          21ScytherScytherBugFury Cutter BugBug Buzz *69.921465.62261.3s129.2
          22ScizorScizorBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 69.601447.70261.7s128.4
          23HeracrossHeracrossBugStruggle Bug BugMegahorn 65.871761.13262.8s127.9
          24EscavalierEscavalierBugBug Bite BugMegahorn 68.891474.48262.0s127.9
          25Shadow MoltresShadow Pokémon iconShadow MoltresFireFire Spin FlyingSky Attack *68.611436.27262.5s126.8
          26AccelgorAccelgorBugInfestation BugBug Buzz 72.521095.58362.8s125.4
          27Shadow BlazikenShadow Pokémon iconShadow BlazikenFightingCounter FireBlast Burn *69.051146.49364.7s121.7
          28Mega GardevoirMega Pokémon iconMega GardevoirFairyCharm FairyDazzling Gleam 65.381413.66265.2s121.6
          29GolisopodGolisopodBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 64.551480.15265.5s121.5
          30ReshiramReshiramFireFire Fang FireFusion Flare *62.261623.74266.7s120.3
          31TerrakionTerrakionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *64.941336.62266.2s119.6
          32DurantDurantBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 65.371247.92266.6s118.5
          33BuzzwoleBuzzwoleFightingCounter BugFell Stinger 58.451905.54169.1s118.2
          34LokixLokixBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 65.531217.07266.8s118.2
          35Shadow Ho-OhShadow Pokémon iconShadow Ho-OhFireIncinerate FlyingBrave Bird 60.121692.33268.4s118.0
          36YveltalYveltalFlyingGust FlyingOblivion Wing *58.591868.86169.2s118.0
          37Mega X CharizardMega Pokémon iconMega X CharizardFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *61.831485.63267.9s117.5
          38XerneasXerneasFairyGeomancy *BugMegahorn 58.751725.85269.6s116.3
          39Shadow HonchkrowShadow Pokémon iconShadow HonchkrowFlyingPeck FlyingSky Attack 66.93992.90368.3s115.3
          40ScolipedeScolipedeBugBug Bite BugMegahorn 62.691276.73268.7s115.2
          41Shadow MachampShadow Pokémon iconShadow MachampFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 64.291154.84368.5s115.1
          42Shadow MamoswineShadow Pokémon iconShadow MamoswineIcePowder Snow IceAvalanche 68.33901.42368.7s114.9
          43HeatranHeatranBugBug Bite FireMagma Storm *59.791518.88269.7s114.9
          44LeavannyLeavannyBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 63.191207.58268.9s114.6
          45KartanaKartanaFlyingAir Slash BugX-Scissor 66.27986.42368.9s114.2
          46Shadow EnteiShadow Pokémon iconShadow EnteiFireFire Fang FireOverheat 61.911284.41269.4s114.2
          47Keldeo (Ordinary)Keldeo (Ordinary)FightingLow Kick FightingSacred Sword 60.741335.94270.0s113.4
          48Shadow CharizardShadow Pokémon iconShadow CharizardFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *62.831144.30369.9s112.8
          49SneaslerSneaslerPoisonPoison Jab BugX-Scissor 58.741475.99271.0s112.6
          50Galarian ZapdosGalarian ZapdosFightingCounter FlyingBrave Bird 56.271707.92272.4s112.1
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          Shadow Cacturne type chart

          When fighting Shadow Cacturne, keep in mind the following that Grass and Dark-type Pokémon are weak to Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Poison type moves. They take reduced damage from Dark, Electric, Ghost, Grass, Ground, Water, and Psychic type moves.


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

          About the results

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

          The top-ranked Shadow Cacturne counter is Mega Rayquaza, followed by Pheromosa, Mega Pinsir, and Mega Beedrill. The table also includes Volcarona, Mega Scizor, Shadow Pinsir, and Shadow Scyther, among others. Each Pokemon's move type is indicated by an icon beside the move name.

          The most effective move-types to use against Shadow Cacturne are:

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          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.