Another Gen 5 legend is available in Pokemon Go now. Thundurus can be caught in five-star Raid Battles!
Thundurus is the second of the Forces of Nature to come to Pokemon Go following Tornadus' arrival in February. The Bolt Strike Pokemon will be available from March 2, 1pm PST (9pm GMT). It has yet to be confirmed when its availability will end.
On paper the prospect of a new legendary species added to the mobile game should be exciting. However, with so many legends now in Pokemon Go, some are relatively weak. So, other than the benefit of completing your Pokedex, they may not offer much help when battling.
Thundurus, the Bolt Strike Pokémon, has made its shocking debut in five-star raids! ⚡ It’s said that this Pokémon flies around the Unova region firing off lightning bolts from the spikes on its tail, so watch out for this Electric- and Flying-type Legendary Pokémon! pic.twitter.com/GdssBGbd0l
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) March 2, 2020
According to the stats, Thundurus is one of the weaker legends available in Pokemon Go. The likes of Zapdos, Lugia, Heatran are all more powerful on paper.
Thundurus' stats are as follows and are interestingly exactly the same as Tornadus':
- Attack 266 – 27 of 688
- Defence 164 – 224 of 688
- Stamina 188 – 197 of 688
It can be taken down with anywhere from two to six players. As five-star Raid Battles go, this is one of the easier ones to take down with a duo.
It can be caught with the following CP and is weather boosted in rainy and windy conditions:
- Normal CP: 1828 - 1911 (Level 20)
- Weather boosted CP: 2285 - 2389 (Level 25)
Counters and weaknesses
As a dual electric and flying-type it is weak to ice and rock-types. This makes determining counters for it relatively simple.
Rhyperior and Mamoswine are probably the best counters due to their resistance to electric-type moves. This is only if Thundurus' Brick Break or Crunch, though.
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Elsewhere, Rampardos is also a fantastic counter due to its rock-type moves and powerful attacking stats. Its defense doesn't match but as DPS is all important in Raid Battles Rampardos is a supreme option.
Fellow legendary Pokemon Terrakion is another option, as is Glaceon and even Tyranitar. If in doubt the dark and rock-type is always a good choice to have in your back pocket.