Pokémon Go Thundurus counters, weaknesses and moveset explained

Thundurus, the bolt strike Pokémon, storms into Pokémon Go.

Thundurus is the second member of the Forces of Nature trio from Gen 5 to become available in Pokémon Go.

Like Tornadus, Thundurus has two different formes - an Incarnate Forme and a Therian Forme. This page focuses on how to defeat the Incarnate Forme of Thundurus in Pokémon Go.

Similar to other Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go, Thundurus appears in five-star raids. This means that if you're planning on adding Thundurus to your Pokédex, you'll need a couple of fellow trainers to assist you in battle.

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Thundurus counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go

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Here is everything you need to know about the counters and weaknesses for Thundurus in Pokémon Go:

  • Thundurus type: Electric and flying-type
  • Thundurus is weak against: Rock and ice-type
  • Thundurus counters: Tyranitar, Rampardos, Weavile, Rhyperior, Mamoswine, Glaceon, Gigialith and Terrakion
  • Other Thundurus notes: Since there is a wider selection of powerful ground-type Pokémon in Pokémon Go, compared to ice-type Pokémon, it's best to focus on using them.

Thank you to AzureSolarStorm from reddit for the help with this information.

Thundurus CP in Pokémon Go

When battling and catching Thundurus in raids, you should encounter the following CP ranges:

  • Raid Boss CP - 46,044
  • Normal CP for catching Thundurus - 1911
  • Weather Boost CP (Windy) for catching Thundurus - 2389

Pokémon Go in 2020 continues to add new features, such the arrival of the Go Battle League - which is currently highlighting the Master League - and soon, Clone Pokémon. We've also recently had the Buddy Adventure feature, which introduces a variety of perks - including finding Souvenirs - as well as a new trade evolution feature. 2019 saw the release of the first Gen 5 Pokémon, along with new regional exclusive Pokémon, Egg charts, and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Pokemon Go also sees regular events - including weekly Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus evenings, monthly Field Research rewards and Pokémon Go Community Day, plus a new Giovanni counters quest - the latest being The Shadowy Threat Grows. There is also an upcoming paid in-game event, A Drive for Discovery.


Thundurus Moveset in Pokémon Go

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Thundurus' Therian Forme.

Thundurus can use a variety of fast and charged moves in Pokémon Go, including:

Possible Fast Moves:

  • Astonish (Ghost)
  • Thunder Shock (Electric)

Possible Charged Moves:

  • Brick Break (Fighting)
  • Crunch (Dark)
  • Thunder (Electric)
  • Thunder Punch (Electric)

Everything we know about Thundurus

Thundurus is a member of the Forces of Nature, which is a trio of legendary Pokémon that also includes Tornadus and Landorus.

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Tornadus and Landorus - the other members of the Forces of Nature.

This trio of legendary Pokémon were inspired by kami - holy beings or spirits from Shinto mythology. Thundurus appears to have been inspired by Raijin, who was the kami of thunder and lighting.

This idea of divine inspiration is furthered by how each member of the Forces of Nature represents a different domain of the world. For Thundurus, this would be the transitional area between the land and the sky, which is symbolised by this Pokémon's connection to lighting.

Hailing from the Unova region, Thundurus originally made its first appearance in Pokémon Black and White, where, in Pokémon White, it roamed from route to route. This, however, was only for its Incarnate Forme.

The Therian Forme for Thundurus was released alongside Pokémon Dream Radar for the Nintendo 3DS.

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