Pokemon Go: Zekrom Raid guide – Counters, weaknesses, more

Published: 16/Jun/2020 20:54

by Paul Cot


The second of the Tao trio has finally made its way to Pokemon Go. Zekrom can be found in five-star Raid Battles now.

It replaces Reshiram, and like the dual dragon and fire-type, it will seemingly be available for three weeks. There have also been three Raid Hour events confirmed for the introduction of Zekrom.

  • June 17, 6pm to 7pm local time
  • June 24, 6pm to 7pm local time
  • July 1, 6pm to 7pm local time

The Vast Black Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in Raid Battles during this time. If you’re struggling to find other trainers to partner up with then this is the best time to go on the hunt.

Zekrom stronger than Reshiram?

In terms of stats, Zekrom and Reshiram are identical. Their attack, defense, stamina and even max CP are exactly the same.

  • Attack 275 – 17 of 688
  • Defence 211 – 50 of 688
  • Stamina 205 – 132 of 688

However, their difference in typing and moves mean they won’t perform the same in battle. Zekrom is a dual dragon and electric-type. This means it does have four weaknesses – dragon, fairy, ground and ice – but also has six resistances. They are electric, fire, flying, grass, steel and water – the first of which is a double resistance.

If you get hold of Zekrom make sure it has Wild Charge available!

Both of these Gen 5 legends have Dragon Breath for a Fast Move which would seemingly be favorable considering its impressive damage and energy generation. However, Zekrom has Charge Beam which while it only deals 1.66 DPT, it does generate 3.66 EPT.

Sometimes a lack of damage can be enough to not use that move. In this case though, there is definitely an argument to use it. Zekrom has both Outrage and Wild Charge which deal 110 and 100 damage respectively. The latter requires just 45 energy too, so using this alongside Charge Beam could be very annoying for trainers that come up against it!


It’s clear that Zekrom is a Pokemon you want to have on your team – especially in the Master League setting of GO Battle League. You’re going to have to defeat it first.

Interestingly, due to their dragon-type moves, both Zekrom and Reshiram are among the best counters for Zekrom. This is providing they are using their dragon-types moves, however.

While they will be weak if the Raid Boss is also using dragon-type moves, their incredible attack stat means they are ideal for Raid Battles. The same can be said for Dialga and Palkia who also boast as good attack stats and have top of the range dragon moves as well.

Alternative dragon options include Dragonite, Rayquaza and even Salamence. Zekrom is also weak to fairy, ground and ice. The best of these is Excadrill and Mamoswine. Fairy-types aren’t ideal because while the options are available do have fantastic defense stats, their attack isn’t up to the challenge of a five-star Raid Battle.


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.