Trainers can look forward to several five-Star Raids, starting with the legendary Dragon/Water-type, Palkia. This guide will explore how you can find and catch this Pokémon and the best counters, moves, and stats to use in Pokémon GO.
How to find and catch Palkia in Pokémon GO?
This legendary Dragon/Water-type Pokémon is part of a “creation trio” known as Sinnoh, representing space. Introduced in Pokémon Pearl and Diamond, this Pokémon will make its presence known in an upcoming limited-time 5-Star Raid, starting on 31st July 2022, before it ends on 10th August 2022.
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These Legendary Pokémon will be making their return to five-star raids in August!
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All Raid battles will start and end at 10 am local time, but all Trainers will be notified of any changes to the Raid rotations. Trainers also stand a chance of finding the Pokémon’s Shiny form during Raids in August, as they’ll need to be ready for the tricky encounter by knowing the best counters to use against it.
Best Palkia Counters in Pokémon GO
With Paika returning to battle, which kick-starts a new month of Raid Hours in Pokémon GO, Trainers need to be well-prepared to tackle the vicious Raid Boss. Akin to most Dragon-type Pokémon, it has a dual type, so you need to know which Pokémon type Palkia is most vulnerable.
Being a Dragon/Water-type Pokémon, Palkia is weak to other Dragon-type Pokémon and Fairy types. Therefore, selecting the best Pokémon for your Raid line-up should feature Fast and Charged Attacks that can inflict maximum damage and bonus attack bonuses to defeat it as quickly as possible.
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Below we have suggested the best Dragon and Fairy-type counters that you should use in Raid Battles against Palkia:
- Dragonite/Shadow Dragonite: Dragon Breath or Dragon Tail; Draco Meteor, Dragon Claw, Dragon Pulse, or, Outrage
- Salamence/Shadow Salamence: Dragon Tail; Draco Meteor or Outrage
- Latios: Dragon Breath; Dragon Claw
- Rayquaza: Dragon Tail; Outrage
- Dialga: Dragon Breath; Draco Meteor
- Gardevoir / Shadow Gardevoir: Charm; Dazzling Gleam
- Togekiss: Charm; Dazzling Gleam
- Sylveon: Charm; Dazzling Gleam, Draining Kiss or Moonblast
Other equally powerful non-Dragon and Fairy Pokémon Trainers can also utilize the Water/Dark-type Gyrados and its Mega Evolution form, Mega Gyrados. The Psychic-type Mewtwo and its Shadow form is another strong Pokémon that can benefit from heavy Psychic-based attacks.
Best Moveset and Stats for Palkia in Pokémon GO
Once Trainers have successfully defeated Palkia and added its entry into the Pokédex, they can utilize its dual-type attacks and stats to progress through various events and challenges, including Raid Battles and Leagues.
By understanding its base stats, you can determine which events and challenges would be most effective and which moves would be best used in combat. Below, we’ve listed Palkia’s base stats, including its attack and Combat Power (CP):
- ATK: 280
- DEF: 215
- STA: 189
- Combat Power range: 2,190–2,280
- Combat Power range with Weather Boost: 2,737–2,850
Palkia has a solid moveset quite similar to most Dragon Pokémon; however, the Dragon Breath or Dragon Tail Fast Attack and the Draco Meteor or Fire Blast Charged Attack is the best moveset for Palkia. In addition, they are highly viable, allowing them to either bait shields or inflict more damage consistently.
Its Fire Blast Charged Attack could damage most Pokémon types, while the Draco Meteor Attack works best against Steel types and is ineffective against Fairy types. Paika will do well in the Master League as its dual type is resistant to most movesets but attacks extremely hard and deals massive damage, making it a solid choice.
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