Here are some tips to help you beat and catch Reshiram.

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Reshiram and Zekrom are back in Pokemon Go until Dec. 16. Niantic

Reshiram is back in Pokemon Go for a limited time. The legendary dragon Pokemon is appearing in five-star raid battles alongside Zekrom until Dec. 16, and this time around, you’ll have your first chance to catch a Shiny Reshiram in the mobile game. Here are some tips to help you beat and capture the legendary Pokemon before it leaves raids again.

Reshiram weaknesses

Reshiram is a dragon/fire type, which gives it only three weaknesses: ground, rock, and other dragon Pokemon. Fortunately, there are plenty of strong Pokemon of each of those types in Pokemon Go, so there are a lot of options to use against Reshiram. 

Although they won’t deal super-effective damage against it, fairy Pokemon resist Reshiram’s dragon-type attacks, while water Pokemon will resist its fire-type moves, making them good defensive monsters to use if you don’t have enough ground, rock or dragon Pokemon to round out your team.

Best Reshiram counters

Any Pokemon that has a type advantage against Reshiram will be helpful when battling it, but here are some recommended monsters and moves to use when you challenge the legendary Pokemon:

Ground

  • Groudon: Mud Shot, Earthquake
  • Garchomp: Mud Shot, Earth Power
  • Golurk: Mud-Slap, Earth Power
  • Landorus: Mud Shot, Earth Power

Rock

  • Tyranitar: Smack Down, Stone Edge
  • Rhyperior: Smack Down, Rock Wrecker
  • Rampardos: Smack Down, Rock Slide
  • Terrakion: Smack Down, Rock Slide

Dragon

  • Dragonite: Dragon Tail, Draco Meteor
  • Salamence: Dragon Tail, Outrage
  • Rayquaza: Dragon Tail, Outrage
  • Garchomp: Dragon Tail, Outrage
  • Palkia: Dragon Tail, Draco Meteor

Best moves

If you want to leverage Reshiram’s fire typing, which gives it an advantage over bug, grass, steel and ice Pokemon, you’ll want to teach it the Fast Attack Fire Fang and the Charged Attack Overheat. You can also teach the legendary Pokemon the dragon-type moves Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor to use it as a counter against other dragon Pokemon. However, keep in mind that it will take super-effective damage in return if the opposing Pokemon also knows dragon attacks.

Reshiram and Zekrom are appearing in raid battles until Dec. 16, when they’ll be replaced by Kyurem. You can catch up on everything else happening in the game this month in our Pokemon Go December events roundup.

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