Azelf Raid Counters Guide

Azelf is a member of the Lake Trio with Uxie and Mesprit, a legendary trio introduced in Generation 4. Azelf is a Psychic type, meaning it is weak to Dark, Bug, and Ghost types, while resisting Fighting and Psychic types. It is boosted by Windy weather, and leads to its capture CPs being in the following ranges:

  • 1752-1834 CP for a regular Level 20 encounter
  • 2190-2293 CP for a Windy weather boosted encounter (Level 25)

Azelf has a stat composition of 270 Attack, 151 Defense, and 181 Stamina leading to a Max CP of 3210. What this means is that, in comparison to the middle of the road Mespirit and the defense oriented Uxie, Azelf will be the easiest of the three to challenge and require the least amount of players. It can be duoed fairly easily, but otherwise we would suggest you take on Azelf in groups of 3-7, for high level players, or 8-20, for lower leveled players.

Azelf is not yet available in Pokemon GO. This guide is an early preview of the fight to help you prepare.

Azelf raid counters

Azelf Raid Counters
Supreme Azelf Raid Counters
MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball * Ghost
Fact of life, if something is weak to Ghost, then legacy Shadow Ball Mewtwo will be the default counter to go to. It can dole out just as much damage as a Gengar, with less faints overall. It is the supreme Ghost attacker, despite not even being one.
  • * Shadow Claw Ghost
  • * Lick Ghost
  • Hex Ghost
Shadow Ball Ghost
Gengar’s best moves may all be legacy, but even with Hex this Pokémon packs a punch and deals the most damage of any counter out there. *inserts obligatory mention of how it faints a lot*
Excellent Azelf Raid Counters
TyranitarTyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Tyranitar may have its competition now in Weavile, but you cannot knock this pseudo-Legendary, it can make do with relatively bad moves and dole out incredible amounts of damage, while consistently being the counter on this list that faints the least.
WeavileWeavile Feint Attack Dark Foul Play Dark
Weavile is here, and it is worth using, basically being the Dark type equivalent of Gengar. It has a nice movepool and high attack which makes it a excellent lead pick.
HonchkrowHonchkrow Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
AbsolAbsol Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Good Azelf Raid Counters
Time to win rises considerably from here, and these Pokémon are best kept to B-teams or used when a large group is active.
HoundoomHoundoom Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
MismagiusMismagius Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
BanetteBanette Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
PinsirPinsir Bug Bite Bug X-Scissor Bug
ScizorScizor Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug
AlakazamAlakazam Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost
DrifblimDrifblim Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
CacturneCacturne Sucker Punch Dark Dark Pulse Dark

*Italics indicates Legacy.

We also have the raw output from the Go Hub simulator, showing the top ten against a Azelf.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Deoxys Poison Jab Dark Pulse 406.3s 50
2. Gengar Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 509.8s 51
3. Darkrai Snarl Dark Pulse 555.0s 39
4. Tyranitar Bite Crunch 583.9s 24
5. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 620.7s 39
6. Weavile Feint Attack Foul Play 585.5s 43
7. Banette Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 581.0s 50
8. Honchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse 615.6s 45
9. Scizor Fury Cutter X Scissor 584.0s 43
10. Absol Snarl Dark Pulse 600.5s 42

Azelf Moveset

I would ask also on this list that the moveset is to be considered, as it can rapidly change the counters seen above. Azelf has access to:

  • Extrasensory Psychic and Confusion Psychic
  • Fire Blast Fire, Future Sight Psychic, and Swift Normal

This lends to those counters changing rapidly, such as Gengar dropping in usage on the dual Psychic movesets, and Houndoom rising considerably when Fire Blast is in play. Due to the sheer power of the moves, Confusion or Extrasensory mixed with Fire Blast will be the hardest moveset you come across.

Weather Effects

Windy weather will allow for a boosted raid, although it will make it a bit harder to tackle. Otherwise, your best options will be to take Azelf in the Rainy and Fog where all the chips will be stacked in favor of your team and not Azelf.

Weather Pro Con
Sunny Boosts Azelf’s Fire Blast Fire move
Windy Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost. Boosts Azelf’s Extrasensory, Confusion, and Future Sight Psychic moves
Partly Cloudy Boosts Azelf’s Swift Normal move
Rainy Boosts Bug types
Fog Boosts Dark and Ghost types

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