Xerneas (Japanese:, Zeruneasu) is a Generation VI Legendary Pokémon of the Fairy type. It serves as Pokémon X’s mascot. Along with Yveltal and Zygarde, it is Yveltal’s opposite in the Aura Trio.
Xerneas 5 Star Raid Battles
In five-star raid engagements from October 8 to October 20, 2022, Xerneas will take part.
There will also be a Raid Hour featuring this Pokémon from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm local time on the following date:
- October 12
- October 19
Release Date & Time
Starting at 10 AM local time on October 8, 2022, Xerneas will be the only five-star raid boss in Pokemon Go and will be playable up until the same time on October 20.
Best Counters for Xerneas
Xerneas is a pure Fairy-type Pokemon. This means it takes super effective damage from Steel and Poison-type attacks. Some recommended Pokemon include:
- Steel: Mega Scizor, Metagross, Scizor, Genesect
- Poison: Mega Gengar, Nihilego, Roserade
A Mega Tip: A Mega Evolved Pokemon increases the damage of all other Pokemon in the raid by 10% and increases the damage of all other Pokemon employing attacks of the same type by 30%. For more damage, coordinate those Megas with the rest of your raid. Mega Steelix will increase the damage of other Steel kinds in the raid, but due to its defensively oriented characteristics, it probably won’t provide enough damage on its own to be useful. For Xerneas raids, Mega Scizor, Gengar, Beedrill, or Aggron would be the best choices.
The shadow versions of any of the suggested Pokemon that have them can aid in your victory, so don’t be afraid of them. Shadow Pokemon deal 20% more damage than their non-shadow counterparts.
In Pokemon Go, there are also only a few strong raid attackers of the Steel and Poison types. Strong neutral attackers like Mewtwo can still be useful if you’re missing out on some of them.
How to download?
Only the Pokémon Ultra Moon or Moon editions can download Xerneas. The Fairy-type Pokémon in Pokémon Moon will start at level 60 and have the moves Geomancy, Horn Leech, Night Slash, and Moon Blast. If you select Ultra Moon, Xerneas will be downloaded with the Gold Bottle Cap and at level 100.