Which Pokémon to use in a Dialga Raid in Pokémon GO, how to make the most of Premier Balls and Berries, and what to do with Dialga once you’ve caught it

Dialga is now available in Pokémon GO. Read on below to learn more:

Dialga Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips

Appearing in Raids: July 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to August 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Last Appeared in Raids: July 18, 2021

Dialga is a Legendary Steel- and Dragon-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region. Learn which Pokémon will be most effective in Raid Battles against Dialga, how to catch Dialga after winning a Raid Battle, and how best to use the Temporal Pokémon after you’ve caught it.

Which Pokémon to Use in a Dialga Raid in Pokémon GO

As a Steel- and Dragon-type Pokémon, Dialga is weak to Fighting- and Ground-type attacks. When choosing six Pokémon for your Dialga Raid Battle lineup, it helps to choose Pokémon that have a Fighting- or Ground-type Fast Attack and Charged Attack if you want to deal as much damage as possible. A Pokémon that shares a type with these attacks will benefit from a same-type attack bonus, which will allow these attacks to deal an additional 20% damage.

Remember that the faster you defeat Dialga, the more Premier Balls you’ll receive to catch it, so be sure to bring your strongest Pokémon team and battle with as many other Trainers as you can to defeat Dialga as quickly as possible.

Suggested Fighting-type Pokémon

  • Poliwrath / Shadow Poliwrath (Water/Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground), Rock Smash (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Dynamic Punch (Fighting), Power-Up Punch (Fighting), Submission (Fighting)

  • Machamp / Shadow Machamp (Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting), Karate Chop (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Close Combat (Fighting), Cross Chop (Fighting), Dynamic Punch (Fighting), Submission (Fighting)

  • Breloom (Grass/Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Dynamic Punch (Fighting)

  • Hariyama / Shadow Hariyama (Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Close Combat (Fighting), Dynamic Punch (Fighting), Superpower (Fighting)

  • Lucario (Fighting/Steel)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Aura Sphere (Fighting), Close Combat (Fighting), Power-Up Punch (Fighting)

  • Conkeldurr (Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Dynamic Punch (Fighting), Focus Blast (Fighting)

Suggested Ground-type Pokémon

  • Groudon (Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earthquake (Ground)

  • Garchomp (Dragon/Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earth Power (Ground), Earthquake (Ground), Sand Tomb (Ground)

  • Rhyperior (Ground/Rock)

    • Fast Attack: Mud-Slap (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earthquake (Ground), Superpower (Fighting)

  • Mamoswine / Shadow Mamoswine (Ice/Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Mud-Slap (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Bulldoze (Ground)

  • Excadrill (Ground/Steel)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground), Mud-Slap (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Drill Run (Ground), Earthquake (Ground)

  • Therian Forme Landorus (Ground/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Bulldoze (Ground), Earth Power (Ground), Earthquake (Ground), Focus Blast (Fighting), Superpower (Fighting)

  • Incarnate Forme Landorus (Ground/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earth Power (Ground), Focus Blast (Fighting)

Make the Most of Premier Balls and Berries

After a Dialga raid, you’ll have a limited number of Premier Balls you can use to catch Dialga, so make each one count. You can earn extra Premier Balls for battling with friends and defeating Dialga more quickly.

In an encounter with Dialga, your chance of catching it is greatest when the target ring is small enough for you to score Excellent throws. Throwing Curveballs can improve your chances even more. But work within your abilities—if you don’t think you can reliably make Excellent Curveball Throws, aim for Nice Throws or Great Throws rather than risk missing the target ring completely.

Dialga isn’t going to make it easy on you by sitting still while you’re trying to catch it. Don’t waste your Premier Balls by throwing them while it’s moving around. Watch Dialga to get a feel for its cycle of movement and the pauses in between this cycle. During one of these pauses, wait for the target ring to reappear, and then throw as it starts to shrink to increase your odds of making a Great Throw or an Excellent Throw.

Berries can help you catch Dialga. A Razz Berry will make Dialga easter to catch, and a Golden Razz Berry will make it much easier to catch. If you find yourself failing to land any throws, a Nanab Berry will calm Dialga, making its movements less erratic and allowing you to make precise throws more easily. If you need extra Dialga Candy, using a Silver Pinap Berry will make Dialga easier to catch and grant you extra Candy when you catch it.

Like all Legendary Pokémon, Dialga is tricky to catch, so don’t be discouraged if it escapes. Get a second wind by stocking up on useful items—like Max Potions, Max Revives, and Golden Razz Berries—and try again.

What to Do with Dialga Once You’ve Caught It

Dialga’s Initial CP Range: 2,217–2,307

Dialga’s Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 2,771–2,884

Available Fast Attacks: Dragon Breath (Dragon), Metal Claw (Steel)

Available Charged Attacks: Draco Meteor (Dragon), Iron Head (Steel), Thunder (Electric)

As a Steel- and Dragon-type Pokémon, Dialga has a type advantage against other Dragon-type Pokémon as well as Rock- and Ice-type Pokémon. This makes Dialga a solid choice for five-star Raid Battles against Pokémon like Exeggutor, Dragonite, Tyranitar, Salamence, Latios, and Latias. Dialga is also a valuable addition to any GO Battle League team, where its high CP and diverse range of Charged Attacks make it a formidable threat. Raising Dialga’s CP to its maximum requires a lot of Dialga Candy and Stardust, so try to catch as many Dialga as possible to help you get there faster.

Good luck with your next Raid Battle, and remember to check Pokemon.com/Strategy for more Pokémon GO, video game, and Pokémon TCG tips.

Source: Pokemon.com

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