Pancham Pokemon Go Raid guide: Weaknesses, counters & how to evolve

David Purcell
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Pancham is finally debuting in Pokemon Go for a limited-time event in May, added to wild encounters and in Raids. Luckily for you, we’ve got everything you need to know to find one and cross it off your Pokedex. 

New Pokemon have been making their debuts throughout the month, thanks to the Luminous Legends X and Y events hosted in-game.

These events will see the introduction of very popular Pokemon, including Legendary Xerneas, Sylveon, and more! Next up for Raids, however, is the cute panda Pokemon, which evolves into Pangoro – which potentially has a future place in the Go meta.

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If you would like to get yourself one in Pokemon Go, we’ve got you covered.


How to catch Pancham Pokemon Go

Pancham Pokemon Go release date

Pancham is available in Pokemon Go between May 11 to May 17, 2021. 

The Pokemon will be available in Raid Battles and can only be caught with Premier Balls. After that, it will be available in Strange Eggs.

Raid Boss details

In Pokemon Go, Pancham is a 1-star Raid Boss, so it should be pretty easy to defeat it in battle.

How to evolve Pancham in Pokemon Go

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Pangoro is the powerful, evolved form.

Pancham evolves into Pangoro with just a few simple steps:

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  1. Load up Pokemon Go.
  2. Set Pancham as your Buddy Pokemon.
  3. Encounter and catch 32 Dark-type Pokemon.
  4. Collect 50 Pancham Candy in Pokemon Go.
  5. Evolve your Pokemon into Pangoro!

Is Shiny Pancham in Pokemon Go?

Shiny Pancham will not be available in Pokemon Go for its debut, just the normal version. This may change in the future, and we await more details from Niantic. 

Pancham Moveset Pokemon Go

Pancham is capable of five moves, ranging from Normal-type, Fighting-type, and Dark-type. These are listed below.

  • Tackle
  • Low Kick
  • Body Slam
  • Crunch
  • Low Sweep

Pancham Pokemon Go weaknesses

As a pure fighting-type Pokemon, it has a few obvious weaknesses you will wish to exploit for the Pokemon Go Raids it features in.

Fairy-type, Flying-type, and Psychic-type moves will perform best against it. The monster is a Tier 1 Raid Boss as well, meaning beating it shouldn’t be too difficult, even as a solo.

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Mewtwo is one of many Pokemon that offer perfect counters.

The Pokemon also has a number of perfect counters you could exploit in Pokemon Go.

  • Mewtwo – Confusion and Psystrike
  • Gengar (Mega) – Lick and Psychic
  • Moltres – Wing Attack and Sky Attack
  • Gardevoir – Confusion and Psychic
  • Rayquaza – Air Slash and Hurricane
  • Lugia – Extrasensory and Aeroblast
  • Espeon – Confusion and Psychic
  • Togekiss – Charm and Dazzling Gleam
  • Ho-Oh – Extrasensory and Brave Bird
  • Charizard (Mega Y) – Air Slash and Blast Burn

Fairy Challenge

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The Pokemon was added as a result of players completing the worldwide Fairy challenge in-game.

Niantic added Pancham to the action in Pokemon Go following the completion of the Fairy Challenge, which tasked players to work as a team to catch 500 million Fairy-type Pokemon.

On May 11, that was completed. Full breakdown of rewards and how to claim them here.

CP Range

Catching one in Pokemon Go is not so difficult and the CP range is not exactly off-putting, either. At Level 20, you can find the Pokemon between 796- 850 CP, and at Level 25, with a Cloudy weather boost, it can spawn between 995- 1063 CP. 

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Pancham in Strange Eggs?

Pokemon Go trainers can snag themselves a Pancham in Strange Eggs, too. If you would like to know more about how to get them, hatch rates and more – check out our Strange Eggs guide.

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