How to beat Thundurus Therian Raid in Pokemon Go: Weaknesses, counters & can it be shiny?

Ezequiel Leis
Thundurus Therian in Pokemon Go Raids

Thundurus Therian is coming back to the Pokemon Go Raid rotation, and many players are eager to get the Legendary in their Pokedex. Here’s everything you need to know to beat this Raid, including the best counters and more.

The Forces of Nature trio came back to Pokemon Go Raid rotations, meaning many players will be able to finally complete the Season of Legends Special Research once and for all. After Tornadus, it’s Thundurus Therian’s turn to headline 5-Star Raids in the mobile game, and many players are ready to team up to take down the Bolt Strike Pokemon.

If you’re wondering what’s the best strategy to tackle Thundurus Therian Raids, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know to beat Thundurus Therian Raids in Pokemon Go, including the best counters, shiny availability, and more.

How to get Thundurus Therian in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go players can get Thundurus Therian after beating it in 5-Star Raid battles between January 17 and January 24.

It’s recommended to tackle this Raid with at least three to five high-level trainers, so keep that in mind.

Thundurus Therian in Pokemon Go
The Forces of Nature headline 5-Star Raids in January 2024.

Thundurus Therian weaknesses in Pokemon Go

Thundurus Therian is a Flying/Electric-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Rock and Ice-type moves in Pokemon Go.

It’s important to note that Thundurus can resist Fighting, Flying, Bug, Steel, Grass, and Ground-type attacks in Pokemon Go, so we don’t recommend picking those counters in battle.

Best counters for Pokemon Go Thundurus Therian Raid

The overall best counter to beat Thundurus Therian in Pokemon Go Raids is Mega Diancie with Rock Throw and Rock Slide.

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Mega Diancie made its debut in Pokemon Go Fest 2023.

As you’ll need a full team of powerful Pokemon to face Thundurus in Raids, here is a list with the best counters for the 5-Star Raid:

  • Mega Diancie: The Mythical Pokemon boasts fantastic stats to face the Legendary in Raids when Mega-evolved.
  • Mega Tyranitar: The pseudo-Legendary is another great choice to take Thundurus Down since it can resist many of its attacks.
  • Rampardos: With a high DPS (Damage per Second), Rampardos is one of the best counters, as it also has a huge HP pool to stay in battle for longer.
  • Mega Aerodactyl: Like the other Rock-type Pokemon on this list, Mega Aerodactyl can inflict tons of damage on Thundurus without even flinching.
  • Rhyperior: Rhyperior’s type combination is great for this Raid since it can resist Electric-type STAB moves.
  • Galarian Darmanitan: As one of the best Ice-type attackers, Galarian Darmanitan can deal super-effective damage.
  • Baxcalibur: The sought-after pseudo-Legendary is one of the most powerful attackers in the mobile game, which makes it a great option for this Raid.
  • Mamoswine: The bulky Ground/Ice-type Pokemon can resist Electric-type moves, which makes it a very good option to take down Thundurus.

Other good Raid counters for Thundurus Therian include Terrakion, Tyrantrum, Mega Glalie, Mega Garchomp, Mega Rayquaza, Mega Abomasnow, Kyurem, and Mega Gardevoir.

It’s worth noting that Thundurus Therian can have a Fighting-type Charged Move to deal with Rock-type Pokemon. We recommend dodging as much as you can during the battle since it could easily OHKO your Pokemon with Focus Blast.

Thundurus Therian moveset in Pokemon Go

Here are all the moves that Thundurus Therian can learn in Pokemon Go:

Fast Moves

  • Bite (Dark)
  • Volt Switch (Electric)

Charged Moves

  • Thunder (Electric)
  • Thunderbolt (Electric)
  • Sludge Wave (Poison)
  • Focus Blast (Fighting)
Tornadus, Landorus, and Thundurus
Players must take a snapshot of the Forces of Nature for the Season of Legends Special Research.

Can Thundurus Therian be shiny in Pokemon Go?

Yes, shiny Thundurus Therian is available in Pokemon Go. Shiny Raid Pokemon are a guaranteed catch, so keep that in mind if you encounter one.

The chances of encountering a shiny Thundurus Therian after defeating it in 5-Star Raid Battles is 1 in 60 or a 1.67% chance.

That’s everything you need to know to beat the Thundurus Therian Raid in Pokemon Go. For more Pokemon content, check out the following articles:

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Ezequiel is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. With a great knowledge of gaming, he's focused mostly on Pokemon, Fortnite, and HoYoverse titles such as Genshin Impact and Honkai Impact. With a journalism degree, Ezequiel has worked on La Cosa and Infobae, two of the most prestigious outlets in Latin America. He joined CharlieIntel in 2023. You can reach Ezequiel at [email protected]