'Pokémon Go' Raid Update: Tornadus Counters & Every New Change

Niantic laid out its February updates to Pokémon Go, and Tornadus, a Legendary Pokémon from the Unova region, is part of the mobile game's roadmap.

Tornadus will appear in Level 5 Raids in Pokémon Go until Tuesday, February 25 at 4 p.m. EST, and with it the other Raids have changed as well. Continue reading to learn more about Tornadus, its weaknesses and how to combat it.

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Tornadus is the first pure Flying-type Pokémon in the popular mobile game and that gives it the following weaknesses: Electric, Rock, and Ice.

Luckily for many Pokémon Go players, there are a ton of powerful Electric and Rock-type Pokémon that can take advantage of Tornadus' weaknesses. This includes more than one Legendary Pokémon that was available through previous Raids or in the Research Breakthrough.

Tornadus' typing makes it resistant to the following attacks, so avoid Pokémon that use them: Ground, Fighting, Grass, Bug.

Your choice in Pokémon team against Tornadus might also depend on other factors like the weather. If the weather is rainy it's best to select an Electric-type Pokémon. Partly Cloudy boosts Rock-type attacks and Snowy boosts Ice-type moves, so make sure to check what Pokémon Go says the weather will be before heading into battle.

Tornadus may also unleash a variety of attacks that can take out your Pokémon. The most common threat would be Grass Knot's effectiveness against Rock type. The Recommended screen when you first enter a Raid offers big hints about which attacks Tornadus has going in. If it doesn't recommend Rock types, then there's a good chance it has a move that can counter them.

Hre are the best Pokémon and move combinations to head into battle with against Tornadus.

  • Raikou with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
  • Magnezone with Spark and Wild Charge
  • Zapdos with Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt
  • Terrakion with Smackdown and Rock Slide
  • Mamoswine with Power Snow and Avalanche
  • Electivire with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge

Other options include the following Pokémon:

  • Tyranitar with Smackdown and Stone Edge
  • Rhyperior with Smackdown and Stone Edge
  • Luxray with Spark and Wild Charge
  • Rampardos with Smackdown and Rock Slide
  • Gigalith with Smackdown and Rock Slide
  • Alolan Golem with Volt Switch and Wild Charge
  • Glaceon with Frost Breath and Avalanche
  • Weavile with Ice Shard and Avalanche


The next Raid Boss update brings a ton of Pokémon that can help trainers take down Tornadus.

Here's the list of Pokémon in Raids.

Level 1

  • Shinx
  • Blitzle
  • Roggenrola
  • Timburr
  • Klink
  • Cubchoo

Level 2

  • Magneton
  • Alolan Exeggutor
  • Electabuzz
  • Sneasel
  • Manectric

Level 3

  • Alolan Raichu
  • Arcanine
  • Aerodactyl
  • Flaaffy
  • Piloswine

Level 4

  • Alolan Marowak
  • Galarian Weezing
  • Tyranitar
  • Excadrill

Level 5

  • Tornadus
  • Regigigas (EX Raid)

What do you think of Tornadus in Pokémon Go? Which Pokémon are you taking into battle against it? Let us know in the comments section.