Pokemon Go Cobalion Raid guide: Weaknesses & best counters

Daniel Megarry

Cobalion is returning to 5-Star Raids in Pokemon Go, so we’ve got the best counters to target this Legendary’s weaknesses and defeat it in no time at all.

Pokemon Go has brought back the Swords of Justice in the mobile game’s 5-star Raids. Virizion has already, with Terrakion and Cobalion following closely behind it.

Cobalion is a unique Steel/Fighting-type inspired by stags and goats. It’s said to have a calm and composed personality but previously fought against humans who tried to hurt the Unova region’s Pokemon.

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Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about Cobalion, including its weaknesses and a roundup of the best counters you can take into battle to defeat this powerful Pokemon and (hopefully!) catch it.


Cobalion in Pokemon GoNiantic
The Legendary creature Cobalion is back in Pokemon Go.

Cobalion counters in Pokemon Go

These are some of the best counters to defeat Cobalion in Pokemon Go:

Pokemon Fast Move Charged Move
Reshiram Fire Fang Fusion Flare
Primal Groudon Mud Shot Precipice Blades
Shadow Excadrill Mud-Slap Scorching Sands
Terrakion Double Kick Sacred Sword
Shadow Chandelure Fire Spin Overheat
Mega Charizard  Fire Spin Blast Burn
Mega Garchomp Mud Shot Earth Power
Shadow Machamp Counter Dynamic Punch
Mega Blaziken Counter Blast Burn

Cobalion weaknesses in Pokemon Go

Cobalion is a dual Steel/Fighting-type, which means it’s weak against Fire, Ground, and Fighting-type moves. We’ve listed some of the best counters of these types (as well as their optimal movesets) above.

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When it comes to Cobalion’s resistances and strengths, you’ll want to avoid taking Fairy, Ice, Rock, Normal, Dark, and Steel-types into battle, as they won’t stand much of a chance against this Legendary.

Cobalion moveset in Pokemon Go

Cobalion has three potential Fast Moves and four potential Charged Moves as a Raid Boss, which we’ve listed below:

  • Zen Headbutt (Psychic)
  • Metal Claw (Steel)
  • Sacred Sword (Fighting)
  • Close Combat (Fighting)
  • Iron Head (Steel)
  • Stone Edge (Rock)
  • Double Kick (Fighting)

The biggest threat here is the Rock-type Charged Move Stone Edge, which is super-effective against any Fire-type counters you bring into battle. If Cobalion has this move, it might be best to avoid using them.

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Elsewhere, Zen Headbutt will be super-effective against Fighting-type counters, but as Cobalion has a relatively low Attack stat and lacks a Psychic-type Charged Move to back it up, it’s not too concerning.

Cobalion in the Pokemon animeThe Pokemon Company
Cobalion is believed to be the leader of the Swords of Justice.

How to catch Cobalion in Pokemon Go

As with all Legendaries, if you want to catch Cobalion you’ll first need to defeat it in a 5-Star Raid Battle. Then, you’ll be given a limited amount of Premier Balls to throw in an attempt to secure it.

Cobalion will be appearing in 5-Star Raids from November 16 at 10 a.m. until November 23 at 10 a.m. local time. Pokemon Go will feature the creature in a Raid Hour at from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time on November 22. 

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As for its CP range, Cobalion can be caught with a CP between 1649 to 1727. With a weather boost (Snow or Cloud), it can be caught with a CP between 2061 to 2159.

Can Cobalion be Shiny in Pokemon Go?

The good news is that Shiny Cobalion is currently available in Pokemon Go. It debuted in March 2020 and is still available to encounter in the game’s Raid Battles today.

It won’t be easy to find, though, and Shiny encounters happen entirely at random, so it’s simply a case of taking part in as many Cobalion Raid Battles as possible until you find one.

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That’s everything you need to know about defeating Cobalion in 5-Star Raids! For more tips and guides to becoming the ultimate Trainer, check out the rest of our Pokemon Go guides below:

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About The Author

Daniel graduated from university with a degree in Journalism and English Language, before spending five years at GAY TIMES covering LGBTQ+ news and entertainment. He then made the switch to video game journalism where he produces news, features, and guides for Pokemon, Fortnite, Nintendo, and PlayStation games. Daniel also has a passion for any games with queer representation.