Pokemon Go Palkia Raid Guide: Best Counters, Weaknesses and Moveset

The legendary dragon Pokemon is back until Aug. 10.

Kevin Knezevic Former staff writer
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Dragon Pokemon Palkia

Palkia is appearing in Pokemon Go again for a limited time.


Dialga has left Pokemon Go once again, but another legendary Pokemon has taken its place. Palkia, the legendary cover monster of Pokemon Pearl, is appearing in five-star raids until Aug. 10. Not only does this give you another chance to catch one if you've previously missed it, but you may also encounter a shiny Palkia if you're lucky.

Here are some tips to help you beat and catch Palkia before it leaves raids.

Palkia Raid Hours

Palkia is appearing in five-star raid battles until 10 a.m. local time on Aug. 10. These raids will occur periodically throughout that time, but you'll have more chances to battle the legendary Pokemon on Aug. 3, during Pokemon Go's weekly Raid Hour event. Palkia raids will be occurring at more gyms from 6 to 7 p.m. local time that evening, giving you more opportunities to catch one.

Palkia weaknesses

Palkia is a dragon/water type, which makes it vulnerable to only two types: fairy and dragon. The former are especially helpful against the legendary Pokemon; not only do fairy Pokemon deal super-effective damage to Palkia, they'll resist its dragon-type attacks.

If you don't have enough fairy Pokemon on your team, other dragon Pokemon also have an advantage against Palkia. However, keep in mind that they'll likewise take super-effective damage in return from its dragon-type attacks, so they may not last as long in battle.

Best Palkia counters

Here are some recommended Pokemon and moves to use when battling against Palkia:


  • Dragonite: Dragon Tail, Draco Meteor
  • Salamence: Dragon Tail, Outrage
  • Rayquaza: Dragon Tail, Outrage
  • Garchomp: Dragon Tail, Outrage
  • Palkia: Dragon Tail, Draco Meteor
  • Reshiram: Dragon Breath, Draco Meteor
  • Zekrom: Dragon Breath, Outrage


  • Clefable: Charm, Dazzling Gleam
  • Alolan Ninetales: Charm, Dazzling Gleam
  • Granbull: Charm, Play Rough
  • Gardevoir: Charm, Dazzling Gleam
  • Togekiss: Charm, Dazzling Gleam
  • Sylveon: Charm, Moonblast
  • Primarina: Charm, Moonblast

Best moveset for Palkia

Although Palkia can learn a few water-type attacks, it'll be most effective if you teach it dragon-type moves. In particular, the legendary Pokemon will dish out the most damage if it knows the Fast Attack Dragon Tail and the Charged Attack Draco Meteor.

Pokemon Go has a variety of events lined up for August, including Community Day and a World Championships celebration. You can see everything happening in the game next month in our August events roundup.