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

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Cobalion Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips

Appearing in Raids: November 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to November 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Last Appeared in Raids: July 18, 2021

Cobalion is a Legendary Steel- and Fighting-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region. According to the Pokédex, Cobalion has a body and heart of steel. Learn which Pokémon will be most effective in Raid Battles against Cobalion, how to catch Cobalion after winning a Raid Battle, and how best to utilize the Iron Will Pokémon after you’ve caught it.

Which Pokémon to Use in a Cobalion Raid in Pokémon GO

As a Steel- and Fighting-type Pokémon, Cobalion is vulnerable to Fire-, Fighting-, and Ground-type attacks. When choosing six Pokémon for your Cobalion Raid Battle lineup, it’s important to choose Pokémon that have a Fire-, Fighting-, or Ground-type Fast Attack and Charged Attack if you want to deal maximum damage as quickly 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.

If you have multiple Fire-, Fighting-, or Ground-type Pokémon, choose the Pokémon with the highest CP and best overall stats. Remember that speed of victory affects how many Premier Balls you’ll receive after a successful Raid Battle, so bring your strongest Pokémon and defeat Cobalion as quickly as possible.

It’s also worth noting that some of these recommended Pokémon, including Houndoom and Excadrill, have a potential weakness to Cobalion’s Fighting-type Charged Attack. These Pokémon are still effective against Cobalion, but they might not last as long in battle as some of the other Pokémon on this list.

Suggested Fire-type Pokémon

  • Mega Charizard X (Fire/Dragon)

    • Fast Attack: Ember (Fire), Fire Spin (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Blast Burn (Fire), Fire Blast (Fire), Flamethrower (Fire), Overheat (Fire)

  • Mega Charizard Y (Fire/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Ember (Fire), Fire Spin (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Blast Burn (Fire), Fire Blast (Fire), Flamethrower (Fire), Overheat (Fire)

  • Arcanine / Shadow Arcanine (Fire)

    • Fast Attack: Fire Fang (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Fire Blast (Fire), Flamethrower (Fire)

  • Moltres / Shadow Moltres (Fire/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Fire Spin (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Fire Blast (Fire), Heat Wave (Fire), Overheat (Fire)

  • Mega Houndoom (Dark/Fire)

    • Fast Attack: Fire Fang (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Fire Blast (Fire), Flamethrower (Fire)

  • Entei / Shadow Entei (Fire)

    • Fast Attack: Fire Fang (Fire), Fire Spin (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Fire Blast (Fire), Flame Charge (Fire), Flamethrower (Fire), Overheat (Fire)

  • Ho-Oh / Shadow Ho-Oh (Fire/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Incinerate (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Fire Blast (Fire)

  • Blaziken (Fire/Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Fire Spin (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Blast Burn (Fire), Blaze Kick (Fire), Overheat (Fire)

  • Magmortar / Shadow Magmortar (Fire)

    • Fast Attack: Fire Spin (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Fire Blast (Fire), Fire Punch (Fire)

  • Darmanitan (Fire)

    • Fast Attack: Fire Fang (Fire), Incinerate (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Overheat (Fire)

  • Chandelure (Fire/Ghost)

    • Fast Attack: Fire Spin (Fire), Incinerate (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Flame Charge (Fire), Overheat (Fire)

  • Reshiram (Dragon/Fire)

    • Fast Attack: Fire Fang (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Overheat (Fire)

Suggested Fighting-type Pokémon

  • Machamp / Shadow Machamp (Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting), Karate Chop (Fighting) (Elite TM), Bullet Punch (Steel)

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

  • 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)

  • Mega Lopunny (Normal/Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Low Kick (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Focus Blast (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

  • Excadrill (Ground/Steel)

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

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

Other Pokémon

  • Mewtwo / Shadow Mewtwo (Psychic)

    • Fast Attack: Confusion (Psychic), Psycho Cut (Psychic)

    • Charged Attack: Psychic (Psychic), Psystrike (Psychic)

Make the Most of Premier Balls and Berries

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

In an encounter with Cobalion, 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.

Cobalion 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 while it’s moving around. Watch Cobalion to get a feel for its cycle of movement and the pauses in between that cycle. During one of these pauses, wait for the target ring to reappear, and then throw as it starts to grow smaller to increase your odds of making a Great Throw or an Excellent Throw.

Berries can help you catch Cobalion. A Razz Berry will make Cobalion easier 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 Cobalion, making its movements less erratic and allowing you to make precise throws more easily. If you need extra Cobalion Candy, using a Silver Pinap Berry will make Cobalion easier to catch and grant you extra Candy when you catch it.

Like all Legendary Pokémon, Cobalion 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 Cobalion Once You’ve Caught It

Cobalion’s Initial CP Range: 1,649–1,727

Cobalion’s Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 2,248–2,590

Available Fast Attacks: Zen Headbutt (Psychic), Metal Claw (Steel)

Available Charged Attacks: Close Combat (Fighting), Sacred Sword (Fighting) (Elite TM), Stone Edge (Rock), Iron Head (Steel)

As a Steel- and Fighting-type Pokémon, Cobalion is resistant to Normal-, Grass-, Ice-, Poison-, Bug-, Rock-, Dragon-, Dark-, and Steel-type attacks. This makes Cobalion a useful Pokémon to include in your GO Battle League lineup at the Ultra League level, as it will match favorably against popular Pokémon like Venusaur and Giratina.

Cobalion’s Metal Claw Fast Attack and Sacred Sword Charged Attack are a powerful combination that benefit from a same-type attack bonus. It’s worth noting that Sacred Sword requires an Elite TM to learn, but it’s worth it given that the combination of Metal Claw and Sacred Sword are the most effective for Trainer battles in the GO Battle League. Because Fairy-type Pokémon are popular choices in the Ultra League, a second Steel-type Charged Attack could also come in handy. If you plan on using Cobalion in the GO Battle League, complete as many Cobalion Raids as possible, and be sure to use those Pinap Berries to get as much Candy as possible.

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


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