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Pokémon GO Yveltal: how to get, shiny, counters, and more

Here’s how to catch Yveltal in Pokémon GO, including its prized shiny variant, as well as all the best moves to use.

Yveltal flies in front of dark grey storm clouds

The launch of Yveltal in Pokémon GO was a big one. While we prefer Xerneas’ tree-inspired design, Yveltal is clearly the better option in Pokémon GO, based on its typing, the meta, and the sheer number of Psychic-type legendary Pokémon.

While Xerneas can handle the dragons without breaking a sweat, Yveltal matches up well with the likes of Mewtwo – which seems to always be rotating back into raids – and Giratina, which is a mainstay in the Master League. Is Yveltal one of the best Pokémon in Pokémon GO? It’s hard to say for sure, but it’s certainly a nice anti-meta pick. Yveltal was released on May 18, 2021, in Pokémon GO and appeared in five-star raids during the Luminous Legends Y event. Now readily available, here’s everything you need to know.

Best Yveltal counters in Pokémon GO

The best Yveltal counters in Pokémon GO are Fairy, Electric, Ice, and Rock-type Pokémon. Rock-types are weak if Yveltal is carrying Focus Blast, however, so Electric-types are safest. As such, we’re building a party of Togekiss, Thundurus, Zekrom, and Mega Manectric to take on the Dark and Flying-type legendary.

You’ll want to try to get an Yveltal with 100% IVs for taking down raid bosses and tackling the Master League alike. In raids, keep an eye out for max CP Yveltal as it will have maxed-out stats to boot. If it’s windy or foggy weather in-game, however, Yveltal will benefit from a weather boost, raising the CP bar even further.

You should only need three trainers to take down Yveltal.

Pokémon GO Yveltal: Shiny Yveltal in front of a pale blue background.

Yveltal shiny

Yveltal’s shiny form in Pokémon GO is only available through raid battles. This means you can’t find it in the wild or through Special Research tasks.

If you’re having no luck, remember just how low the odds of getting a shiny really are. You’ve only got a 1 in 20 chance of bagging a shiny Yveltal, so expect to have to beat quite a few raid battles.

Yveltal best moveset in Pokémon GO

Yveltal can reach an impressive CP rating, making it a reasonable choice for GO Battle League and for taking on raid bosses. Its Dark typing will take on opposing Mewtwo and Giratina in Master League, so hunting for those perfect IVs might be worthwhile.

When it comes to moves, Snarl will charge up energy quickly, and Dark Pulse would be our go-to charge move. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that Hurricane could be a nice tech option, but only if you can afford a second move slot.

That’s everything you need to know about Pokémon GO’s Yveltal, including how to get it, it’s incredibly rare shiny variant, and all the best moves to use.