Pokemon Go Cresselia raids: Best counters, weaknesses and moves

The legendary psychic Pokemon is appearing in five-star raids until Dec. 1.

Kevin Knezevic Former staff writer
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Kevin Knezevic
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The lunar Pokemon Cresselia has returned to raids in Pokemon Go.


Cresselia is back in  Pokemon Go for a limited time. The legendary lunar Pokemon is appearing in five-star raid battles until Wednesday, Dec. 1. Not only does this mark another opportunity to catch the legendary Pokemon if you've previously missed it, but there's also a chance you'll encounter a Shiny Cresselia while it's in raids. Here are some tips to help you beat and catch Cresselia before it leaves Pokemon Go next month.

Cresselia weaknesses

Cresselia is a pure psychic-type Pokemon, which means it's vulnerable to bug, dark and ghost types. Dark Pokemon are especially helpful against it; they resist Cresselia's psychic-type attacks and dish out super-effective damage in return. 

Other Pokemon to consider are steel types. Although they don't deal super-effective damage to Cresselia, steel types also resist Cresselia's psychic attacks, making them good defensive Pokemon to use if you need to round out your team.

Best Cresselia counters

Any Pokemon that has a type advantage over Cresselia will be helpful when challenging it in raids, but you can see some recommended Pokemon and moves to use below.


  • Mega Beedrill: Bug Bite, X-Scissor
  • Pinsir: Bug Bite, X-Scissor
  • Scizor: Fury Cutter, X-Scissor
  • Escavalier: Bug Bite, Megahorn
  • Genesect: Fury Cutter, X-Scissor


  • Houndoom: Snarl, Crunch
  • Tyranitar: Bite, Crunch
  • Absol: Snarl, Dark Pulse
  • Weavile: Snarl, Avalanche
  • Bisharp: Snarl, Dark Pulse
  • Darkrai: Snarl, Dark Pulse
  • Zoroark: Snarl, Foul Play


  • Gengar: Lick, Shadow Ball
  • Banette: Hex, Shadow Ball
  • Origin Forme Giratina: Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball
  • Chandelure: Hex, Shadow Ball

Best moves

Cresselia's stats are more defense-oriented that other legendary psychic Pokemon, but it can still be an effective attacker. If you're planning on using it in gym battles, you'll want to teach it the Fast Attack Confusion and the Charged Attack Future Sight.

Cresselia is leaving raids again at 10 a.m. local time on Dec. 1. You can catch up on everything else happening in the game this month in our Pokemon Go November events roundup.