Pokemon Go Kyurem Raid Guide: Weaknesses, Best Counters, And Raid Hours

The Legendary Dragon/Ice Pokemon has arrived in Raid Battles; here are some tips to help you battle and catch it.


A new Legendary Gen 5 Pokemon has arrived in Pokemon Go. Kyurem, the Legendary Dragon/Ice type from the Unova region in Pokemon Black and White, is now appearing in Raid Battles around the world, making this your first chance to capture it in Niantic's hit mobile game. If you're hoping to add one to your collection, we've put together some tips and other details you need to know to help you battle and catch Kyurem.

Kyurem Raid Hours

Kyurem will appear in Gyms around the world as a five-star Raid boss beginning at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET on July 7. As usual, Kyurem Raids won't follow a set schedule, so they can happen at any time, but you'll receive a notification in the game when one is about to begin nearby.

For a guaranteed chance to face the new Legendary, Niantic will host a Kyurem Raid Hour event every Wednesday evening while the Pokemon is in the game. During these Raid Hours, nearly every Gym in your vicinity will host a Kyurem Raid from 6 to 7 PM local time, all but ensuring you'll be able to challenge the Legendary Pokemon. The next Kyurem Raid Hour will take place this Wednesday, July 22, and we'll update this guide with the rest of the Raid Hour schedule when Niantic confirms other dates.

Kyurem Weaknesses And Counters

As a Dragon/Ice type, Kyurem has a handful of different weaknesses you can exploit, but your best bet is to use Fairy Pokemon. Togekiss, Granbull, Gardevoir, and other Fairy types will be especially effective in battle against Kyurem, although keep in mind that Togekiss will take super-effective damage from Kyurem's Ice attacks. Similarly, Dragon Pokemon like Salamence, Rayquaza, and the departing Zekrom also have an advantage, but they'll likewise take super-effective damage in return.

Kyurem's Ice typing also opens up weaknesses to Rock and Fighting Pokemon, making those great alternatives. The Legendary Terrakion fills both niches, but there are some other good choices, like Rhyperior, Gigalith, Tyranitar, Conkeldurr, Lucario, and Machamp. Steel types like Cobalion, and Metagross dish out super-effective damage as well, giving you no shortage of options to use when battling Kyurem.

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