Trainers recently had the opportunity to catch a trio of Legendary
Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region—Cobalion, Terrakion, and
Virizion—but still many more Legendary Pokémon hail from Unova. Starting on February 4, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST,
it will be Incarnate Forme Tornadus’s turn to appear in Pokémon GO Raid
Battles. The Cyclone Pokémon will be available only until February 25, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST,
so make sure to catch one before it’s too late.
If you aren’t sure how best to tackle Tornadus, we have some tips
to make sure you aren’t left twisting in the wind. The Premier Balls you earn
when defeating Tornadus will be the only Poké Balls you can use to catch it, so
it’s crucial to be prepared. Maximize your chances by helping your team take
over the Gym before the raid starts, battling alongside your friends, and
picking Pokémon that will perform well in battle. Be sure to learn how to train
Pokémon in Pokémon GO to get your team up to speed, and then read
on for more about Tornadus.
Take advantage of Tornadus’s weaknesses. Tornadus
is one of just a handful of known Pokémon that are purely Flying type, meaning
it’s weak to only three types of attacks: Electric, Ice, and Rock. Pokémon GO
veterans likely have plenty of Zapdos and Raikou trained up, and while these
Pokémon can put on flashy performances (as they have in the past), the Pokémon
that deal damage against Tornadus the fastest are largely not Legendary Pokémon
themselves. Rampardos, Electivire, and Magnezone, in fact, stand out as
fantastic choices for this battle. But if you caught the Legendary Pokémon Terrakion
during its recent appearance, this is a great time to try it out.
Consider the weather. If you find yourself hiking out into
the snow to battle Tornadus this winter, don’t forget to adjust your battle
party to compensate. Ice types like Weavile, Glaceon, and Mamoswine might not
match Rampardos’s or Magnezone’s damage when the weather is clear, but the
boost to Ice-type damage when the weather is snowy could tip the scales. If
it’s raining instead, focus on your Electric-type Pokémon—and when it’s partly
cloudy, your Rock types will get a boost.
You’ll earn a limited number of Premier Balls by defeating Tornadus,
and you must use these to catch it, so take careful aim to make each one count.
If you battle alongside your friends, you can earn extra Premier Balls, so be
sure to bring friends with you. Using a Golden Razz Berry before each throw
will vastly increase your chances of success. You can stock up on them
beforehand by defeating other Raid Bosses.
Your chance of catching a Pokémon is greatest when the size of the
target ring is small enough for you to score Excellent Throws. Throwing
Curveballs can improve your chances even more. But work within your
abilities—if you don’t think you can reliably make Excellent Curveball Throws,
aim for Nice Throws or Great Throws rather than risk missing the target ring
Lastly, don’t waste your Premier Balls by throwing while the
Pokémon is moving around. Wait for it to start acting up and for its target
ring to disappear, then time your throw so that the Premier Ball lands as the
target ring reappears.
Like all Legendary Pokémon, Tornadus is tricky to
catch, so don’t be discouraged if it escapes your first encounter. Get a second
wind by stocking up on useful items, like Max Potions, Max Revives, and Golden
Razz Berries, and try again later with some friends. Good luck with your next
Raid Battle, and remember to check back to Pokemon.com/Strategy
for more Pokémon GO, video game, and Pokémon TCG tips.