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"Pokémon GO" Palkia Raid Guide

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Sigbog is an avid Level 40 "Pokémon GO" player and raider with lots of knowledge and experience to draw from.

Palkia Raid Guide

Palkia Raid Guide


An Dragon and Water type with 50019 combat power, Palkia is a monster. However, there are some solid Dragon types to use against Palkia making him not necessarily an overly tough raid, just expect to use a lot of potions as you'll have to counter yourself using a Dragon type due to few solid Fairy options. You can expect it to take three to five trainers to take him down, potentially two in the right circumstances and if they've got incredible teams.

In any scenario, you're going to want to lock Palkia down and get a strong one for yourself!

Preparing for a Raid

Seasoned raiders can skip this section, but if you're new to raiding you may want to check out these points.

I'll go over building a team of ideal counters next, but before that you need to prep a handful of things to set yourself up properly. You can skip this if you're a regular raider.

  1. Check your local Pokémon GO group, discord, Facebook, etc. to see who wants to join the raid. Unless you're rocking 6 phones plus 6 high-level accounts by yourself and know how to tap with your toes. When you find enough people, set a time, and how lenient you can be with how late people are. 'Hard start' refers to starting at the stated time no matter what.
  2. If you can, take gym control over to your color before the start of the raid. This will give you two extra balls to use against Palkia after you complete the raid.
  3. Bring your friends! Bringing high-level friends into raids will grant you extra attack damage to Palkia and extra balls at the end of the raid.
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Building an Ideal Counter Team

Palkia is a Dragon and Water type. Due to the way type effectiveness works (guide here) this leaves you with only Fairy and Dragon types to use against him. Unfortunately, there aren't many powerful Fairy options. But fortunately, Dragon types are something a lot of us are chasing after so odds are you have at least a few built up.

Your best options are:

  • Rayquaza with Dragon Tail & Outrage
  • Palkia with Dragon Tail & Draco Meteor (ironic . . . )
  • Dragonite with Dragon Tail & Outrage
  • Salamence with Dragon Tail & Drago Meteor
  • Latios with Dragon Breath & Dragon Claw
  • Gyarados with Dragon Tail & Outrage
  • Alolan Exeggutor with Dragon Tail & Dragon Pulse

If you're desperate, a few acceptable Fairy options are:

  • Clefable with Pound & Dazzling Gleam
  • Ursaring with Counter & Play Rough
  • Alakazam with Psycho Cut & Dazzling Gleam
  • Granbull with Snarl & Play Rough
  • Togekiss with Hidden Power & Dazzling Gleam
  • Gardevoir with Confusion & Dazzling Gleam

If you've been playing long enough to have participated in the Dratini Community Day, this should be no problem for you. However, it otherwise may be difficult to build a team and you may want to assume you'll need an extra person or two to take Palkia down.

Catching Palkia

As per usual, adhere to the standard best practices for catching raid bosses.

  • Align a colored circle you believe you can easily hit
  • Take your finger away from the screen (readjust if Palkia jumps or moves)
  • Wait until Palkia attacks
  • Throw during the attack animation such that your ball will hit inside the colored circle when the animation finishes. (Be sure to use a curve throw to add an extra 1.7x catch chance multiplier)

Also, don't forget to use a Golden Razz Berry to lock down an extra 2.5x catch chance multiplier. And if you're really looking to optimize, remember that Palkia is a Dragon/Water type so make sure to push for a Gold Medal Dragon/Water type to land an extra 1.3x catch chance multiplier! For extra details on catching, check out my catch guide.

Palkia can come with the following Fast moves.

  • Dragon Breath
  • Dragon Tail

Palkia can come with the following Charge moves.

  • Draco Meteor
  • Fire Blast
  • Hydro Pump

Evaluating Palkia

Before opening up the appraisal menu, an IV calculator, or even an on-screen IV evaluating tool you can just look at your Palkia's catch CP. The catch CP will correlate with the IVs it has.

  • Max catch CP for non-boosted weather is 2280
  • Max catch CP for boosted weather (Rainy & Windy) is 2850

For reference, check the chart below on appraisals to get a clearer understanding of what appraisals mean in Pokémon GO or check out my guide.

IV Evaluation Chart

IV Evaluation Chart

Final Thoughts

Palkia has great stats and is one of the most powerful Dragon types. Odds are Palkia may be a good option in raids moving forward but often times Dragon types tend to be just good options instead of the best option. Although, Palkia is one of the best against Palkia. It is definitely worth grinding to get a high IV version.