Pokemon GO: Tornadus Therian Raid Guide

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Posted on April 22, 2021

Among one of the most legendary raid bosses in Pokemon GO is the ever-difficult Tornadus Therian form. Armed with a powerful Windy type, this flying Pokemon will give you a complex type unless you have a strong Electric, Ice, and Rock types lineup. It will take you three high-level trainers under ideal conditions to beat it. Looking to fight it solo? There’s no way to do so. So, if you’re ready to know more about the fight, be sure to read more below.

Why Capturing Tornadus is Hard (without Proper Counters)

Tornadus Therian only came out last March 30, 2021, and has been a massive chase within the community. Ever since its debut, it has become the most sought-after raid boss right next to Mewtwo. Whether it’s just because of the hype or because it’s one of the unique monsters around, the Tornadus Therian heavily demands that you have specified the correct number of requirements to take him on.

It’s not that he’s hard to fight because of the stats; he’s hard to resist because there are so many prerequisites before you can even have a shot against him. First of all, you need to power up a Shadow-type Pokemon so hard to the point where it will take you hours before getting ready. I’m talking about removing Frustration using a Charge TM. However, while a Shadow type may be unnecessary, it makes fights a lot faster to finish and gives you a higher probability of capturing a Tornadus.

Tornadus Captured

Speaking of capturing Tornadus, you need a CP of 1756 to 1837 at Level 20, given that you do not use a weather boost. Alternatively, you would also need 2196 to 2296 CP if you are at Level 25 with a Windy weather boost.

We haven’t even gotten to the fight itself yet. The Gust alone are cheese-types that chip off a massive chunk of your HP. Oh, and Focus Blast is such a cheap move. If you have a Rock or Ice-type fighting Tornadus, consider them one-hit KO’d. Unless, of course, you have a high dodge for that attack. Thankfully, the Astonish is nothing but bull. Even an ant bite would feel more painful.

Why Capturing Tornadus is Easy (with the Right Counters)

Oppositely, Tornadus can be an easy target, too, given that you have the right counter picks to him. Specifically, you will need an Electric and Rock-type to deal with him – IF you have the right ones. If you’re a whale type of player, then I reckon you already have a Rampardos and Zekrom in your team.

Rampardos has the ultimate SmackDown attack, which chucks up significant damage to an enemy and the Rock Slide. Zekrom is definitely on the top list as the best Electric-type thanks to his Charge Beam, and Wild Charge moves. If you have them together, then Tornadus should be a cakewalk.

However, there are a few other counters that can clear off the raid quickly as well. Farmanitan Galarian, Abomasnow Mega, and Mamoswine are good choices if you prefer to fight using Ice. Keep in mind that the Powder Snow attack can only do so much damage, though. As for Darmanitan’s Ice Fang, it should hit Tornadus with good damage. Suppose you can cast Avalanche, the better.

For Electric, there are a handful of other choices as well. Electivire, Raikou, Zapdos, Magnezone, and Luxray would be the perfect options for this fight. Whether you choose to cast Thundershock or Spark, the damage is good enough to weaken Tornadus. Suppose you can manage to activate Wild Charge; that makes everything better. Zapdos’ Thunderbolt is just okay, though, in my opinion.

Rock, Rhyperior, Terrakion, and Tyranitar would be ideal, thanks to the Smack Downcast alone. Stone Edge is good if you have it ready, but the Rock Slide is the best action for the raid.

Raiding with Friends

You WILL need friends to fight him, though, since if you plan on going in solo, the raid encounter will take you hours before you can capture it – given that you don’t whale for energy. Make sure to hit up your friends or ask a Discord group to help you out.

Getting Tornadus


Is Tornadus Worth It?

According to the GO elitists, the capture is polarizing. On one side, the community says no because Tornadus isn’t even meta at all – or any other Flying-type Pokemon that was released since last year. On the other hand, the community says yes because the Focus Blast is OP and having Tornadus is worth collecting.

Ultimately, it all boils down to you whether or not you will want to spend significant resources to get this Flying-type Pokemon. Oh, and you can now play Pokemon GO for free on PC today.

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