Pokémon Go Cresselia counters, weaknesses and moveset explained

Can you catch the legendary Cresselia in Pokémon Go?

Cresselia, the Lunar Pokémon, has arrived with pleasant dreams in Pokémon Go.

Gather your strongest Pokémon to defeat this legendary beast and, if you're lucky, you might even find yourself catching a shiny Cresselia.

Like other Legendary Pokémon and its partner in the Lunar Duo, Darkrai, Cresselia will be available in five-star raids. This means that, if you want to defeat it, you'll need to fight alongside other trainers to defeat Cresselia.

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Cresselia counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go

Below you'll find everything you need to know about Cresselia's counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go, helping you add it to your Pokédex:

  • Cresselia type: Psychic-type
  • Cresselia is weak against: Bug, dark and ghost-type
  • Cresselia counters: Gengar, Scizor, Tyranitar, Yanmega, Weavile, Giratina, Darkrai, Chandelure and Hydreigon
  • Other Cresselia notes: Focusing on strong dark-type Pokémon, like Darkrai and Tyranitar, is a good way to begin, and win, a Cresselia raid. If you run out of dark-type Pokémon, then ghost-type Pokémon are a strong alternative.

Cresselia CP in Pokémon Go

Cresselia will have the following CP ranges when you try to battle and catch it in Pokémon Go:

  • Raid Boss CP - 33,794
  • CP range when being caught - 1555 to 1633
  • Weather boosted (Windy) CP range when being caught - 1944 to 2041

Cresselia Moveset in Pokémon Go


Cresselia can use a variety of charged and fast moves in Pokémon Go:

Possible Fast Moves:

  • Confusion (Psychic)
  • Psycho Cut (Psychic)

Possible Charged Moves:

  • Aurora Beam (Ice)
  • Future Sight (Psychic)
  • Moonblast (Fairy)

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.

Everything we know about Cresselia

Darkrai - the other member of the Lunar Duo.

As the other member of the Lunar Duo, Cresselia is the counterpart to Darkrai, replacing the nightmares it gives people with pleasant dreams.

Cresselia's home, Fullmoon Island, can be found in the Sinnoh region and is located directly opposite Newmoon Island - the home of Darkrai. This geographical detail highlights how the two Pokémon are each other's direct opposite.

Cresselia first appears in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. If you return to Canalave City after becoming the Champion of the Sinnoh League, you'll encounter Sailor Eldritch. He'll beg you to help him save his son from an endless nightmare by visiting Fullmoon Island.

When you reach the island, you'll find Cresselia awaiting you in a glade. The Legendary Pokémon will depart, leaving a Lunar Wing that you can use to heal the sailor's son.

From this point on in the game, Cresselia will become a Roaming Pokémon, making you travel to various routes in an effort to catch it, which, as we all know, is a lot of fun and not irritating at all.

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