How to Beat Articuno in Pokemon Go Kanto Tour: strategy & best counters

Brad Norton
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The powerful Articuno is soon arriving in Pokemon Go’s raids and while it’s sure to be difficult, we’ve got everything you need to topple the Kanto Tour challenge.

As the festivities continue in Pokemon Go, the next leg of the 2021 event takes us to the Kanto Tour. Kicking off on February 20, players will be able to find Kanto-specific Pokemon in the wild more than ever before.

Not only that, but some of the most elusive Pokemon will also be making a splash in the game’s tougher activities. Nothing quite competes with the challenge of a raid and that’s exactly where the Articuno will be appearing throughout the event.

If you’re jumping into the Legendary raid, you’ll need to be well prepared. Here’s a complete rundown on how you can come out victorious.

How to defeat Articuno in Pokemon Go

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Articuno will be a tough challenge for everyone in Pokemon Go.

While the Articuno might be a formidable opponent, all Pokemon are the same in one regard: they all have a weakness. Naturally, you’ll want to head into this battle prepared to take advantage of their downside.

They’re a flying ice-type Pokemon which means they’re highly susceptible to rock-based attacks. Additionally, fire, steel, and electric type damage can also be extremely powerful here.

It’s not going to be a quick fight but using these traits to your advantage is your best path to success. Below is a look at some of the best counters to help you succeed.

Best counters for Articuno in Pokemon Go

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Rock-type Pokemon are your best bet in this raid.
  • Rampardos: When it comes to rock damage, Rampardos is always at the top of the pack. This Pokemon is a must-pick for the raid and using the Smack Down + Rock Slide attacks will be your key to victory.
  • Rhyperior: Another strong rock-type Pokemon, Rhyperior features many of the same attributes as Rampardos. The Smack Down + Rock Wrecker moves will deal extraordinary damage in this raid.
  • Gigalith: One of the bigger Pokemon in the game, the Gigalith will keep you sturdy throughout this challenge. Once again, using the Smack Down + Rock Slide moves are your best bet here.
  • Aggron: For a cheaper option, bringing Aggron into the raid could certainly come in handy. This Pokemon features many of the same moves as the more expensive rock-types including Smack Down + Stone Edge.

Obviously, there are plenty of ways to deal damage and take down Articuno. Though with these particular Pokemon, you’ll be cruising on your way to victory.

If your collection is thriving, you can always rely on shadow versions of certain Pokemon too. Though you can definitely get the job done with your regular allies.

Use the attacks suggested above and you’ll be well on your way to victory in one of Pokemon Go’s toughest battles yet.

About The Author

Brad Norton is the Australian Managing Editor at Dexerto. He graduated from Swinburne University with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and has been working full-time in the field for the past six years at the likes of Gamurs Group and now Dexerto. He loves all things single-player gaming (with Uncharted a personal favorite) but has a history on the competitive side having previously run Oceanic esports org Mindfreak. You can contact Brad at