Arceus (Dark) Counters in Pokémon GO

Raid Battles

This guide displays a list of best Arceus (Dark) 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 Arceus (Dark) Pokémon GO counters are Mega Gardevoir, Terrakion, Mega Rayquaza, Mega Blaziken, Keldeo (Ordinary Forme), Keldeo, and Mega Alakazam. These Pokémon perform best with the moves outlined below. We suggest a minimum group size of 2 - 5 Trainers to defeat Arceus (Dark) in a 3-Star Raid.

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          Best counter 👑

          Mega Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Mega GardevoirMega Gardevoir
          Charm / Dazzling Gleam
          #1
          Official artwork of TerrakionTerrakion
          Double Kick / Sacred Sword
          #2
          Mega Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Mega RayquazaMega Rayquaza
          Dragon Tail / Dragon Ascent
          #3
          Mega Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Mega BlazikenMega Blaziken
          Counter / Focus Blast
          #4
          Official artwork of Keldeo (Ordinary Forme)Keldeo (Ordinary Forme)
          Low Kick / Sacred Sword
          #5
          Official artwork of KeldeoKeldeo
          Low Kick / Sacred Sword
          #6
          Mega Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Mega AlakazamMega Alakazam
          Counter / Dazzling Gleam
          #7
          #
          Name
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          DPS
          TDO
          Faints
          TTW
          Score
          1.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega GardevoirMega Pokémon iconMega GardevoirFairyCharm FairyDazzling Gleam 28.06689.55150s53.6
          2.Thumbnail image of TerrakionTerrakionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *28.49560.16153s52.0
          3.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega RayquazaMega Pokémon iconMega RayquazaDragonDragon Tail FlyingDragon Ascent 27.40614.95155s51.4
          4.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega BlazikenMega Pokémon iconMega BlazikenFightingCounter FightingFocus Blast 28.97462.57156s50.7
          5.Thumbnail image of Keldeo (Ordinary Forme)Keldeo (Ordinary Forme)FightingLow Kick FightingSacred Sword 27.19534.56160s49.6
          6.Thumbnail image of KeldeoKeldeoFightingLow Kick FightingSacred Sword 27.19534.56160s49.6
          7.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega AlakazamMega Pokémon iconMega AlakazamFightingCounter *FairyDazzling Gleam *27.41489.47161s49.0
          8.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow MachampShadow MachampFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 28.96385.79162s48.8
          9.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow HariyamaShadow HariyamaFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 27.98396.89165s47.8
          10.Thumbnail image of LucarioLucarioFightingCounter FightingAura Sphere 26.28489.27167s47.4
          11.Thumbnail image of PheromosaPheromosaBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 30.58240.814178s46.3
          12.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega PinsirMega Pokémon iconMega PinsirBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 25.04516.46172s46.1
          13.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow GardevoirShadow GardevoirFairyCharm FairyDazzling Gleam 25.49456.07173s45.6
          14.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega ScizorMega Pokémon iconMega ScizorBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 22.22769.94181s45.5
          15.Thumbnail image of Incarnate Forme EnamorusIncarnate Forme EnamorusFairyFairy Wind FairyDazzling Gleam 25.31454.37174s45.3
          16.Thumbnail image of ConkeldurrConkeldurrFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 24.74437.08179s44.2
          17.Thumbnail image of VolcaronaVolcaronaBugBug Bite BugBug Buzz 23.60506.57181s43.8
          18.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow ScizorShadow ScizorBugFury Cutter BugX-Scissor 23.33512.37183s43.5
          19.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega BeedrillMega Pokémon iconMega BeedrillBugBug Bite *BugX-Scissor 26.11312.511184s43.1
          20.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow ToxicroakShadow ToxicroakFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 27.71244.014189s42.9
          21.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow BlazikenShadow BlazikenFightingCounter FightingFocus Blast 26.05298.112187s42.6
          22.Thumbnail image of XurkitreeXurkitreeElectricThunder Shock FairyDazzling Gleam 23.99399.19187s42.3
          23.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega LopunnyMega Pokémon iconMega LopunnyFightingDouble Kick FightingFocus Blast 23.70410.78187s42.1
          24.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow AlakazamShadow AlakazamFightingCounter *FairyDazzling Gleam *25.33313.311189s42.1
          25.Thumbnail image of CobalionCobalionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *20.65692.25196s42.0
          26.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow GranbullShadow GranbullFairyCharm FairyPlay Rough 24.52350.210188s41.9
          27.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow PinsirShadow PinsirBugBug Bite BugX-Scissor 24.59343.610189s41.9
          28.Thumbnail image of Therian Forme EnamorusTherian Forme EnamorusFairyFairy Wind FairyDazzling Gleam 22.41486.97191s41.7
          29.Thumbnail image of MachampMachampFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 23.75377.79190s41.5
          30.Thumbnail image of XerneasXerneasFairyGeomancy *FairyMoonblast 21.19575.56195s41.3
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          You need at least 2 Trainers to defeat a Arceus (Dark) in a 3-Star Raid.

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          • Minimum group size: 2 Trainers
          • Optimal group size: 3 - 5 Trainers
          • Very easy with: 6+ Trainers
          • Probably impossible with less than 2 Trainers

          Arceus (Dark) CP range from Raids

          Arceus (Dark) can be caught with the following Combat Power after being defeated in Raids:

          • From 2190 CP to 2279 CP, with no weather boost
          • From 2738 CP to 2850 CP with Fog weather boost

          Arceus (Dark) weaknesses

          Arceus (Dark) type chart

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

          Takes increased damage
          BugBug160.0%
          FairyFairy160.0%
          FightingFighting160.0%
          Takes decreased damage
          PsychicPsychic39.1%
          DarkDark62.5%
          GhostGhost62.5%

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

          Best move-types and weather for Arceus (Dark) Raids

          Move-typeUsage (%)Weather
          Fighting166.0%
          • cloudyCloudy
          Bug86.0%
          • rainRain
          Fairy68.0%
          • cloudyCloudy
          Dragon18.0%
          • windyWindy
          Ground12.0%
          • sunnySunny
          Water12.0%
          • rainRain
          Normal8.0%
          • partlyCloudyPartly Cloudy
          Grass6.0%
          • sunnySunny
          Steel6.0%
          • snowSnow
          Flying4.0%
          • windyWindy
          Fire4.0%
          • sunnySunny
          Ghost4.0%
          • fogFog
          Electric2.0%
          • rainRain
          Rock2.0%
          • partlyCloudyPartly Cloudy
          Psychic2.0%
          • windyWindy

          About our ranking methodology

          Our guide provides detailed information on recommended Pokémon and moves that are most effective against Arceus (Dark) in Raid Battles. Whether you're looking for the best counters to take Arceus (Dark) 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.