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Pokémon Go Nihilego weakness, counters and moveset explained

How to catch the original Ultra Beast in Pokémon Go.

Nihilego was the first Ultra Beast to be added to Pokémon Go, released as part of Go Fest 2022.

The extradimensional Pokémon, dubbed Ultra Beasts, are part of Gen 7. Including Nihilego, there are 11 Ultra Beasts in the world of Pokémon — some of which have already been released in Pokémon Go!

As of 15th June 2023, you can now catch a shiny Nihilego in Pokémon Go!

If you want to add Nihilego to your Pokédex, then you’ll need to know Nihilego’s weaknesses and counters.

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Nihilego weaknesses and counters in Pokémon Go

Below you can find Nihilego’s weaknesses and counters, which will help you defeat it in Pokémon Go:

  • Nihilego type – Rock and poison-type
  • Nihilego is weak against – Ground (double weak), Psychic, Steel and Water-types
  • Nihilego Mega countersPrimal Groudon and Mega Swampert with Ground attacks are by far the best, but if you don’t have them, Mega Alakazam or Mega Latios with Psychic attacks are ok.
  • Nihilego non-Mega countersGroudon, Excadrill, Landrous (Therian/Cat Lando is best), Garchomp, Mamoswine and Rhyperior are your best bets.
  • Nihilego tactics – Nihilego is double weak to Ground-type attacks, so bring a Ground-type with double Ground so you can maximise STAB. Your best bet is Primal Groudon with Mud Shot and Precipice Blades, followed by five regular Groudon with the same attacks, but if you can't manage that, you're looking for Pokémon with Earthquake, Earth Power or High Horsepower.

Nihilego CP levels in Pokémon Go

Here are the CP levels for battling and attempting to catch Nihilego in Pokémon Go:

  • Nihilego Raid CP – 48,499 CP
  • CP range for catching Nihilego – 2167 to 2256 CP
  • Weather (Cloudy and Partly Cloudy) – 2709 to 2821 CP
  • Max Nihilego CP – 4465 CP

Nihilego best moveset in Pokémon Go

Since it’s release, Nihilego has been making sludge waves in Pokémon Go. Sadly, at the time of writing, Nihilego can't use Sludge Wave yet. Instead, our recommendation for Nihilego’s moveset is Acid (Fast), Sludge Bomb (Charged) and Rock Slide (Charged).


Shameless puns aside, Nihilego is actually very good, and with its stats it’s the best non-Mega Poison-type attacker in the game, making it a great choice for raids against Fairy-type Pokémon. This moveset is also the optimum choice for Ultra League and Master League, where it can go toe-to-tenacle with some of the metas’ best.

Below you can find the complete Fast and Charged moveset for Nihilego in Pokémon Go:

Fast Moves:

  • Acid (Poison)
  • Pound (Normal)
  • Poison Jab (Poison)

Charged Moves:

  • Gunk Shot (Poison)
  • Power Gen (Rock)
  • Rock Slide (Rock)
  • Sludge Bomb (Poison)

The Season of Adventures Abound is here! Currently the Out to Play event is running. You can also work on the Timed Investigation: Master Ball quest and compete in the Go Battle League. Be sure to compete in Shadow Raids, complete Routes, use Daily Adventure Incense for the chance of encountering Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres. This incense may also give you encounters with other rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

Everything else we know about Nihilego

Nihilego is an Ultra Beast – a group of extradimensional Pokémon who hail from Ultra Space. It said that the power of an Ultra Beast transcends the understanding of humans and, for that reason, it’s a good idea to not mess around with them.

The other Ultra Beasts are Pheromosa, Buzzwole, Xurikitree, Celesteela, Kartana, Guzzlord, Poipole, Naganadel, Stakataka and Blacephalon.

Nihilego first appeared in Pokémon Sun and Moon where it merged with Lusamine, the head of the Aether Foundation, in an act that probably almost killed her — there’s a reason this Ultra Beast is catgorised as the Parasite Pokémon. Maybe she should have spent more paying attention to her Pokédex and less time freezing her Pokémon...

Nihilego is notable for being the only Rock and Poison-type Pokémon. Its design was also inspired by jellyfish and possibly, due to the Alola region taking inspiration from the Hawaiian islands, an invasive species called Phyllorhiza punctata, which can be found in the waters surrounding Hawaii.

Good luck adding Nihilego to your Pokédex!

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