Best Iron Thorns counters in Pokémon GO

Raid Battles

This table displays a list of best Iron Thorns 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

          • Ground52.5%
          • Fighting18.0%
          • Water8.5%
          • Grass8.0%
          • Bug2.5%
          • Ice1.5%
          • Rock1.5%
          • Dark1.5%
          • Normal1.5%
          • Steel1.0%
          • Ghost1.0%
          • Psychic1.0%
          • Fire0.5%
          • Electric0.5%
          • Dragon0.5%
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          1Primal GroudonPrimal GroudonGroundMud Shot GroundPrecipice Blades *57.094816.76066.0s140.3
          2Shadow RhyperiorShadow Pokémon iconShadow RhyperiorGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 45.544253.11082.4s114.2
          3Shadow GarchompShadow Pokémon iconShadow GarchompGroundMud Shot GroundEarth Power *47.322791.62181.2s108.0
          4Shadow GolurkShadow Pokémon iconShadow GolurkGroundMud-Slap GroundEarth Power 42.084138.32089.0s106.7
          5Shadow MamoswineShadow Pokémon iconShadow MamoswineGroundMud-Slap GroundHigh Horsepower 48.882297.21179.9s106.5
          6GroudonGroudonGroundMud Shot GroundPrecipice Blades *44.553098.65185.4s105.2
          7Shadow RhydonShadow Pokémon iconShadow RhydonGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 42.183367.57189.6s102.5
          8ExcadrillExcadrillGroundMud-Slap GroundScorching Sands 41.093181.70192.1s99.2
          9RhyperiorRhyperiorGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 37.984163.34098.2s98.5
          10Mega SwampertMega Pokémon iconMega SwampertGroundMud Shot GroundEarthquake 41.183008.67192.2s98.2
          11Shadow GolemShadow Pokémon iconShadow GolemGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 40.022979.73194.8s95.8
          12Landorus (Therian)Landorus (Therian)GroundMud Shot GroundEarthquake 41.942377.44191.9s95.0
          13GarchompGarchompGroundMud Shot GroundEarth Power *39.302741.23196.9s92.9
          14MamoswineMamoswineGroundMud-Slap GroundHigh Horsepower 40.662266.63194.9s91.8
          15GolurkGolurkGroundMud-Slap GroundEarth Power 35.064021.770106.3s91.7
          16Shadow DonphanShadow Pokémon iconShadow DonphanGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 40.802028.59195.3s89.9
          17Landorus (Incarnate)Landorus (Incarnate)GroundMud Shot GroundEarth Power 39.282258.03198.0s89.2
          18Primal KyogrePrimal KyogreWaterWaterfall WaterOrigin Pulse *36.073043.611104.5s88.6
          19RhydonRhydonGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 35.193303.511106.7s88.4
          20Shadow SwampertShadow Pokémon iconShadow SwampertGroundMud Shot GroundEarthquake 37.291910.931104.1s82.7
          21GolemGolemGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 33.422918.411112.6s82.7
          22Shadow FlygonShadow Pokémon iconShadow FlygonGroundMud Shot GroundScorching Sands 38.581630.752102.1s82.3
          23KrookodileKrookodileGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 36.331945.901106.5s81.3
          24TerrakionTerrakionFightingDouble Kick GroundEarthquake 31.152899.161120.5s78.1
          25DonphanDonphanGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 34.042002.301112.9s77.7
          26Mega KangaskhanMega Pokémon iconMega KangaskhanGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 32.432372.061117.1s77.4
          27Shadow MagmortarShadow Pokémon iconShadow MagmortarFightingKarate Chop GroundScorching Sands 36.431502.282108.4s77.3
          28Mega SceptileMega Pokémon iconMega SceptileBugFury Cutter GroundEarthquake 34.751729.702111.9s76.6
          29Shadow UrsalunaShadow Pokémon iconShadow UrsalunaFightingRock Smash GroundHigh Horsepower *32.492085.541117.7s75.5
          30Shadow MetagrossShadow Pokémon iconShadow MetagrossSteelBullet Punch GroundEarthquake 30.712566.911122.8s75.3
          31Shadow NidokingShadow Pokémon iconShadow NidokingFightingDouble Kick GroundEarth Power 35.441412.722111.8s74.7
          32Shadow HippowdonShadow Pokémon iconShadow HippowdonIceIce Fang GroundScorching Sands 32.731913.801117.5s74.6
          33Mega BlazikenMega Pokémon iconMega BlazikenFightingCounter FightingFocus Blast 33.471675.442116.2s73.9
          34Mega AerodactylMega Pokémon iconMega AerodactylRockRock Throw GroundEarth Power 29.512700.931127.3s73.7
          35Shadow SandslashShadow Pokémon iconShadow SandslashGroundMud Shot GroundScorching Sands 34.551446.192114.1s73.5
          36KartanaKartanaGrassRazor Leaf GrassLeaf Blade 31.711943.871120.9s73.0
          37SwampertSwampertGroundMud Shot GroundEarthquake 31.201893.151123.0s71.7
          38FlygonFlygonGroundMud Shot GroundScorching Sands 32.071605.592121.2s70.8
          39HeatranHeatranBugBug Bite GroundEarth Power 27.712803.231135.0s70.7
          40Shadow KinglerShadow Pokémon iconShadow KinglerGroundMud Shot *WaterCrabhammer 34.221211.152117.1s70.4
          41Mega BlastoiseMega Pokémon iconMega BlastoiseWaterWater Gun WaterHydro Cannon *29.961986.641127.4s70.1
          42Shadow ArcanineShadow Pokémon iconShadow ArcanineDarkSnarl GroundScorching Sands 31.951447.462122.6s69.1
          43Shadow RegirockShadow Pokémon iconShadow RegirockNormalLock-On GroundEarthquake *26.782858.801139.5s69.0
          44HaxorusHaxorusFightingCounter GroundEarthquake 31.071532.752125.2s68.4
          45Mega BeedrillMega Pokémon iconMega BeedrillBugBug Bite *GroundDrill Run *32.271260.142123.0s67.7
          46Mega GengarMega Pokémon iconMega GengarGhostLick *FightingFocus Blast 26.222817.571142.4s67.7
          47Mega AlakazamMega Pokémon iconMega AlakazamFightingCounter *FightingFocus Blast 30.751442.722127.0s67.0
          48Shadow TorterraShadow Pokémon iconShadow TorterraGrassRazor Leaf GroundEarthquake 30.051576.602128.9s67.0
          49Mega GyaradosMega Pokémon iconMega GyaradosWaterWaterfall WaterHydro Pump 27.642158.751136.9s66.8
          50KyogreKyogreWaterWaterfall WaterOrigin Pulse *28.131956.481135.3s66.4
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          Iron Thorns type chart

          When fighting Iron Thorns, keep in mind the following that Rock and Electric-type Pokémon are weak to Ground, Fighting, Grass, and Water type moves. They take reduced damage from Electric, Fire, Normal, Poison, and Flying 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 Iron Thorns in Raid Battles. Whether you're looking for the best counters to take Iron Thorns down quickly with high DPS, or the tankiest counters that can withstand its attacks, our guide has something for every trainer.

          The top-ranked Iron Thorns counter is Primal Groudon, followed by Shadow Rhyperior, Shadow Garchomp, and Shadow Golurk. The table also includes Shadow Mamoswine, Groudon, Shadow Rhydon, and Excadrill, among others. Each Pokemon's move type is indicated by an icon beside the move name.

          The most effective move-types to use against Iron Thorns are:

          TypingUsage %

          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.