All about Articuno and how to capture it

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Of all the legendary that are available in the Niantic mobile game, in this article about this species we are going to show you everything you need to know about this legendary Pokémon, one of three members of the first generation trio of legendary birds. We will tell you when it is available for capture and what they are the best alternatives you can use to defeat him.

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Everything we know about Articuno

Articuno, along with Zapdos and Moltres, was one of the first legendary Pokémon in the franchise, making up the trio of legendary birds. Legendary birds it is called the trio of birds that make up Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres. The former controls the power of ice, Zapdos controls the power of electricity, and Moltres controls the power of fire. They are also known as the legendary Kanto trio although they appear in other generations.

It is considered a huge bluish-colored bird, with a darker crest in the head area, the same color as its long tail in the shape of a shiny ribbon. A series of icy crystals that sparkle with a beautiful bluish glow are released from its body. It is based on a Quetzal, a very common and beautiful bird that comes from Guatemala (in Central America), although being ice-type, its plumage varies with respect to the original and typical colors of the quetzal, greenish with a red breast.

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Their status as a legendary first trio has set the standard for what we can expect from legendary trios (or even quartets). They share a type (Flying), a similar design, each one reflects characteristics of its main type and they have a teacher, which in the case of birds is Lugia.

It is a creature that is usually considered one of the most difficult Pokémon to capture in the originals (Red, Blue and Yellow) due to its location in the Foam Islands. Players not only have to get their Pokémon ready for battle by traversing a multi-story dungeon, but they have to solve various puzzles. If you manage to get through the islands, you can accidentally skip the place where this legendary ice-type hides.

Despite being legendary, Articuno has characteristics common to those of the rest of the species. These aspects refer to the physical dimensions of the Pokémon, as well as the chances of both capture and escape. In addition, this legendary can be used as a companion, something very positive to take advantage of it more, especially if you are fond of this ice and flying type.

  • Weight: 55.4 kg.
  • Height: 1.7 m.
  • Capture: 3 %.
  • Flight: 10%.
  • Co-worker: 20 km to earn candies.
  • Shiny: Yes, it has a variocolor version.

Can this legendary be captured at any time?

We already know that it is a legendary that is part of the first generation of Pokémon, in the Kanto region, and also in Pokémon GO it is the icon of Team Wisdom, led by the character of Blanche. You should know that, due to its legendary status, Articuno is only available to capture in-game for a limited time.

What do we mean by this? Well, Articuno is not a normal and ordinary species, you will never find it in the wild when walking down the street. Actually, you should focus your efforts on weaken it in raids or in earn it as a reward by meeting certain milestones, as long as Niantic added it again.

Counters and weak points of this legendary Pokémon

As all the fans of the saga know and as we have already remembered previously, it is a legendary Pokémon of the ice / flying type, Zapdos is a legendary of the electric / flying type and Moltres is another legendary of the fire / flying type, all three were introduced in the first generation. These legendary specimens are quite powerful, therefore, if we want to defeat them it will be important to take into account their weaknesses and the best counters.

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Precisely all of this we will talk to you about. If you want to defeat Articuno in Pokémon GO, you will have to know its counters and weak points: we have commented that it is Ice and Flying type, so its main weaknesses and resistances are the following:

  • Weak against: the types Rock, Fire, Electric and Steel.
  • Resistant to: the types Bug, Plant and Earth.

Of course, we recommend avoiding confronting him with creatures he is resistant to. If you want make sure you catch of Articuno when it appears in the Pokémon game, you should choose to use any of the following creatures and moves that we present below, because these are the best counters to defeat him in a raid:

  • Tyranitar: Anti-aircraft + Sharpened Rock.
  • Rampardos: Anti-aircraft + Sharpened Rock.
  • Omastar: Rock thrower + Avalanche.
  • Rhyperior: Anti-aircraft + Sharpened Rock.
  • Flareon: Spin Fire + Suffocation.
  • Arcanine: Fiery Fang + Flare.
  • Entei: Spin Fire + Suffocation.
  • Typhlosion: Embers + Suffocation.
  • Machamp: Bullet Punch + Avalanche.
  • Blissey: Destroyer + Hyper Beam.
  • Heatran: Fire Spin + Sharp Rock.
  • Other details to keep in mind: Even if you are tempted to start a Fire-type Pokémon, it is better to use Rock-type, since being a dual Flying type, these types of movements will be more effective.

How many Combat Points you have in Pokémon GO

Below you will find the CP ranks you can expect when you encounter Articuno in five-star Raids. We already know that CP stands for Combat Points and determines the combat power of a specific creature at that exact moment. They can be increased using Candy and Stardust. It allows us to have a rough idea of ​​how powerful a creature is.

  • Raid Boss PC: 40,165 pcs
  • PC when capturing: 1665 – 1,743 pcs
  • CP when shooting with atmospheric bonus (Snow): 2,179 pcs

List of movements to combat

It is quite a versatile Pokémon, as it can use various Rapid and Charged Attacks in Niantic’s game. As you are going to see below, it gives few options to find out which is the best attack for Articuno in ‘Pokémon GO’. Blizzard has a power of 130 with a DPS (Damage Per Second) of 41.9 points, much higher than the other attacks. So if you have a specimen, with Blizzard you have a real weakening machine:

Quick Attacks:

  • Icy Mist (Ice): Power 10; DPS 11.1
  • Icy Song (Ice): Power 12; DPS 10

Quick Attacks:

  • Past Power (Rock): Power 70; DPS 20
  • Blizzard (Ice): Power 130; DPS 41.9
  • Ice Beam (Ice): Power 90; DPS 27.3
  • Ice Wind (Ice): Power 60; DPS 18.2