Best Azelf counters in Pokémon GO

Raid Battles

This table displays a list of best Azelf 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

          • Dark33.5%
          • Ghost27.5%
          • Bug18.5%
          • Dragon5.0%
          • Psychic2.5%
          • Water2.5%
          • Fire2.5%
          • Flying2.0%
          • Electric2.0%
          • Grass1.5%
          • Ground1.0%
          • Steel1.0%
          • Poison0.5%
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          1Mega TyranitarMega Pokémon iconMega TyranitarDarkBite DarkBrutal Swing 39.142364.856408.6s89.8
          2Shadow TyranitarShadow Pokémon iconShadow TyranitarDarkBite DarkBrutal Swing 39.621570.469416.8s83.4
          3Mega GengarMega Pokémon iconMega GengarGhostLick *GhostShadow Ball 47.88625.0023409.3s80.4
          4Mega BanetteMega Pokémon iconMega BanetteGhostShadow Claw GhostShadow Ball 42.57658.0622443.6s73.9
          5Mega RayquazaMega Pokémon iconMega RayquazaDragonDragon Tail FlyingDragon Ascent 37.69997.7715458.1s73.0
          6Mega HoundoomMega Pokémon iconMega HoundoomDarkSnarl DarkFoul Play 35.801155.7212470.9s72.3
          7TyranitarTyranitarDarkBite DarkBrutal Swing 32.861545.859495.3s71.6
          8HydreigonHydreigonDarkBite DarkBrutal Swing *33.891227.1112491.5s70.0
          9Shadow CursolaShadow Pokémon iconShadow CursolaGhostHex GhostShadow Ball 40.53565.5826476.2s69.0
          10Mega GyaradosMega Pokémon iconMega GyaradosDarkBite DarkCrunch 31.571484.4110515.6s68.8
          11Shadow MewtwoShadow Pokémon iconShadow MewtwoPsychicPsycho Cut GhostShadow Ball *37.00795.9518480.8s68.7
          12Shadow WeavileShadow Pokémon iconShadow WeavileDarkSnarl DarkFoul Play 37.72624.2124493.8s66.4
          13Giratina (Origin Forme)Giratina (Origin Forme)GhostShadow Claw GhostShadow Force *32.611082.1813515.4s66.2
          14DarkraiDarkraiDarkSnarl GhostShadow Ball 33.76919.1216509.6s65.8
          15Mega AbsolMega Pokémon iconMega AbsolDarkSnarl DarkDark Pulse 36.54654.8922502.2s65.4
          16Mega AlakazamMega Pokémon iconMega AlakazamPsychicPsycho Cut GhostShadow Ball 35.36715.2020508.1s64.9
          17PheromosaPheromosaBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 45.48261.6057559.2s64.7
          18Shadow HoundoomShadow Pokémon iconShadow HoundoomDarkSnarl DarkFoul Play 34.62723.3720516.2s63.9
          19GholdengoGholdengoGhostHex GhostShadow Ball 33.32830.2618522.4s63.8
          20ChandelureChandelureGhostHex GhostShadow Ball 35.30650.1023517.2s63.5
          21Shadow HonchkrowShadow Pokémon iconShadow HonchkrowDarkSnarl DarkDark Pulse 35.97596.1325517.6s63.4
          22Hoopa (Unbound)Hoopa (Unbound)GhostAstonish GhostShadow Ball 31.72965.5115535.0s63.3
          23Mega PinsirMega Pokémon iconMega PinsirBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 35.27602.2224524.9s62.5
          24Hoopa (Confined)Hoopa (Confined)GhostAstonish GhostShadow Ball 32.66809.9218533.4s62.5
          25Mega GardevoirMega Pokémon iconMega GardevoirGrassMagical Leaf GhostShadow Ball 32.19814.4218539.7s61.8
          26Shadow BanetteShadow Pokémon iconShadow BanetteGhostShadow Claw GhostShadow Ball 38.17400.0637543.0s61.3
          27YveltalYveltalDarkSnarl DarkDark Pulse 29.431053.1714566.7s60.7
          28GuzzlordGuzzlordDarkSnarl DarkBrutal Swing 28.461193.6812577.3s60.6
          29VolcaronaVolcaronaBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 33.17642.7323545.6s60.3
          30Shadow AbsolShadow Pokémon iconShadow AbsolDarkSnarl DarkDark Pulse 35.38495.8130545.0s60.2
          31GengarGengarGhostLick *GhostShadow Ball 37.68379.2839556.2s60.0
          32Mega AmpharosMega Pokémon iconMega AmpharosElectricVolt Switch DarkBrutal Swing 31.55743.2020556.2s59.7
          33Shadow DrifblimShadow Pokémon iconShadow DrifblimGhostHex GhostShadow Ball 33.55541.0327557.9s58.8
          34Mega BeedrillMega Pokémon iconMega BeedrillBugBug Bite *BugX-Scissor 37.82331.8345577.4s58.6
          35Shadow MismagiusShadow Pokémon iconShadow MismagiusGhostHex GhostShadow Ball 34.19488.9030561.4s58.5
          36MewtwoMewtwoPsychicPsycho Cut GhostShadow Ball *30.32777.8719571.8s58.4
          37Mega ScizorMega Pokémon iconMega ScizorBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 31.73643.7623566.0s58.2
          38LunalaLunalaFlyingAir Slash GhostShadow Ball 27.941047.7914594.1s58.1
          39Shadow RaikouShadow Pokémon iconShadow RaikouElectricThunder Shock GhostShadow Ball 32.51565.7126567.5s57.8
          40Giratina (Altered Forme)Giratina (Altered Forme)GhostShadow Claw GhostShadow Force *27.411073.2413603.1s57.6
          41Shadow PinsirShadow Pokémon iconShadow PinsirBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 34.88401.7137579.5s57.1
          42WeavileWeavileDarkSnarl DarkFoul Play 31.17615.3224578.7s56.9
          43ZarudeZarudeDarkBite DarkDark Pulse 28.17904.2116598.8s56.8
          44Shadow ScizorShadow Pokémon iconShadow ScizorBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 34.00431.3234580.3s56.7
          45Primal GroudonPrimal GroudonGroundMud Shot GroundPrecipice Blades *28.14893.7516600.1s56.6
          46ZoroarkZoroarkDarkSnarl DarkFoul Play 31.97536.4027581.0s56.5
          47Shadow AlakazamShadow Pokémon iconShadow AlakazamPsychicPsycho Cut GhostShadow Ball 33.07463.2132583.2s56.3
          48Shadow ShiftryShadow Pokémon iconShadow ShiftryDarkSnarl DarkFoul Play 32.80474.9531583.7s56.2
          49Primal KyogrePrimal KyogreWaterWaterfall WaterOrigin Pulse *27.95887.4516604.4s56.2
          50Shadow ScytherShadow Pokémon iconShadow ScytherBugFury Cutter BugBug Buzz *34.22389.3238592.5s55.8
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          About the results

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

          The top-ranked Azelf counter is Mega Tyranitar, followed by Shadow Tyranitar, Mega Gengar, and Mega Banette. The table also includes Mega Rayquaza, Mega Houndoom, Tyranitar, and Hydreigon, among others. Each Pokemon's move type is indicated by an icon beside the move name.

          Azelf type chart

          When fighting Azelf, keep in mind the following that Psychic-type Pokémon are weak to Bug, Dark, and Ghost type moves. They take reduced damage from Fighting, and Psychic type moves.


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

          Best move-types and weather for Azelf Raids

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

          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.