'Pokémon Go' Tornadus Raids: Counters and Everything You Need to Know

The Season of Legends continues with the arrival of another Legendary Pokémon from the Unova region, Tornadus.

Tornadus will arrive in Pokémon Go starting Saturday, March 6, at 8 a.m. local time. Trainers will only be able to battle and catch this Legendary Pokémon until Thursday, March 11, at 8 a.m. local time, when it will be replaced by a different Legendary.

While Tornadus has been catchable in Pokémon Go before, its Shiny form will be making its debut. This will be the best chance to find and catch one, so be sure to gather your friends and take on as many as possible.

Until Tornadus arrives, Pokémon Go trainers will simply have to deal with Landorus, but if you're still looking to add one to your collection, you can follow our counters guide to take it on.

pokemon go tornadus raid counters


Tornadus is a pure Flying-type Pokémon, making it weak to Ice, Rock and Electric-type attacks.

In Pokémon Go, there are plenty of options to take down Tornadus as fast as possible, especially when it comes to Electric and Rock-type Pokémon. If you're inclined to take a Mega Pokémon into battle to boost your team, you have another couple of choices as well.

Here's a list of options to go up against Tornadus in Pokémon Go:

  • Mega Abomasnow with Power Snow and Weather Ball (Ice)
  • Mega Ampharos with Charge Beam and Thunder Punch
  • Mamoswine with Power Snow and Avalanche
  • Rhyperior with Smack Down and Rock Wrecker
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Abomasnow with Powder Snow and Weather Ball (Ice)
  • Raikou with Thundershock and Wild Charge
  • Weavile with Ice Shard and Avalanche
  • Galarian Darmanitan with Ice Fang and Avalanche


When Landorus appeared, the Raids in Pokémon Go shifted. It's unclear if Tornadus' arrival will change which Pokémon will appear in Raids, but we'll update this section if it does.

Niantic confirmed that Mega Raids won't change until March 16, but the Ice-type Pokémon that are currently available can help trainers take on Tornadus.

Here's the current rundown of which Pokémon can be found in which Raids in Pokémon Go:

Level 1

  • Ducklett
  • Sneasel
  • Swinub
  • Drilbur
  • Espurr

Level 3

  • Gligar
  • Donphan
  • Whiscash
  • Glalie
  • Torterra

Level 5

  • Tornadus (starting March 6)

Mega Raids

  • Mega Blastoise
  • Mega Ampharos
  • Mega Pidgeot

Which Pokémon are you taking into battle against Tornadus? Let us know in the comments section.