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Pokémon Go Azelf counters: How to defeat the raid boss

Find the best Pokémon to deal with Azelf’s 5-Star Raid
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Azelf is a Pokémon Go 5-Star Raid Boss and an esteemed member of the Lake Guardians, a mysterious trio of Legendary Pokémon. In the popular mobile game, Azelf is also a regional Pokémon, which means that only Gyms in certain parts of the globe will feature battles with the creature – Azelf only appears in the Americas. As such, you’ll need to get yourself an invite to an Azelf raid through a friend, a chat group, or an app, and take part in the action remotely, if you’re outside the area.

A Raid Hour featuring Azelf will take place on February 21, 2024, from 6 to 7pm local time and will have the Shiny version of the monster activated.

Pokémon Azelf on Psychic-type background.

Azelf is the Lake Guardian exclusive to the Americas.

Azelf is a Psychic-type Pokémon, which means you’ll need to call on your arsenal of Bug-, Dark-, and Ghost-types to battle it effectively. This is pretty straightforward, even with the handicap of the Remote Raid damage reduction.

We’ve collected the best Pokémon Go Azelf counters below to ensure you’re on the right track.

Pokémon Go Azelf counters: best Pokémon to beat the boss

This list of the best Pokémon Go Azelf counters won’t feature Shadow Pokémon, as they are less widely available and more difficult to build than regular forms. For the Mega Evolutions best suited to support your team against Azelf, we recommend you to take a look at the extra list below, which details those.

  1. Tyranitar (Bite, Brutal Swing)
  2. Hydreigon (Bite, Brutal Swing)
  3. Darkrai (Snarl, Shadow Ball)
  4. Giratina (Origin Forme) (Shadow Claw, Shadow Force)
  5. Hoopa (Unbound Forme) (Astonish, Shadow Ball)
  6. Chandelure (Hex, Shadow Ball)
  7. Volcarona (Bug Bite, Bug Buzz)
  8. Hoopa (Confined Forme) (Astonish, Shadow Ball)
  9. Gholdengo (Hex, Shadow Ball)
  10. Yveltal (Snarl, Dark Pulse)
  11. Guzzlord (Snarl, Brutal Swing)
  12. Hisuian Typhlosion (Hex, Shadow Ball)
  13. Mewtwo (Psycho Cut, Shadow Ball)
  14. Lunala (Air Slash, Shadow Ball)
  15. Giratina (Altered Forme) (Shadow Claw, Shadow Force)

Pokémon Go Azelf counters: best Mega Evolutions to support

Here are the best Mega Evolutions to use against Azelf, as stated above.

  1. Mega Tyranitar (Bite, Brutal Swing)
  2. Mega Gengar (Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball)
  3. Mega Houndoom (Snarl, Foul Play)
  4. Mega Banette (Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball)
  5. Mega Gyarados (Bite, Crunch)

For a schedule of upcoming raids, check out our overview for the current Pokémon Go 5-Star Raid Battles.