Pokémon Go Kartana counters: How to defeat the raid boss

Find the best Pokémon to deal with Kartana
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Kartana returns to Pokémon Go on April 4, 2024, as a boss in 5-Star Raids and can appear as a Shiny for the first time on this occasion – as usual, though, it’s only going to be available in raids happening in the Northern Hemisphere, since it’s a regional Pokémon.

If you want to get a shot at catching Shiny Kartana from outside the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll need to land yourself a remote raid invitation from someone in an eligible region. Note that moves aren’t as effective when participating in a raid remotely, so be sure to prepare extra carefully.

Kartana is a Grass- and Steel-type Pokémon, which obviously makes Fire-type moves its bane – these provide a 2.56x damage modifier. Your second-best option will be Fighting-type attacks for their solid 1.6x damage modifier.

Find the best Pokémon Go Kartana counters below to make choosing your team even simpler.

Pokémon Go Kartana counters: best Pokémon to beat the boss

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

  1. Reshiram (Fire Fang, Fusion Flare)
  2. Heatran (Fire Spin, Magma Storm)
  3. Ho-Oh (Incinerate, Sacred Fire++)
  4. Darmanitan (Fire Fang, Overheat)
  5. Volcarona (Fire Spin, Overheat)
  6. Moltres (Fire Spin, Overheat)
  7. Entei (Fire Fang, Overheat)
  8. Chandelure (Fire Spin, Overheat)
  9. Blaziken (Fire Spin, Blast Burn)
  10. Incineroar (Fire Fang, Blast Burn)
  11. Volcanion (Incinerate, Overheat)
  12. Delphox (Fire Spin, Blast Burn)
  13. Emboar (Ember, Blast Burn)
  14. Charizard (Fire Spin, Blast Burn)
  15. Hisuian Arcanine (Fire Fang, Flamethrower)

Pokémon Go Kartana counters: best Mega Evolutions to support

Here are the best Mega Evolutions to use against Kartana for both their attack power and their passive damage boost, as stated above.

  1. Mega Charizard Y (Fire Spin, Blast Burn)
  2. Mega Blaziken (Fire Spin, Blast Burn)
  3. Mega Charizard X (Fire Spin, Blast Burn)
  4. Mega Houndoom (Fire Fang, Flamethrower)
  5. Primal Groudon (Mud Shot, Fire Punch)

Make sure to coordinate with your team so as to field your Mega Evolutions one at a time – this will make sure that the party-wide damage boost they provide isn’t wasted.

Marco Wutz


Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining tl.net, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of tl.net as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: marco.wutz@glhf.gg