Palkia is a Legendary Water- and
Dragon-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region. Learn
which Pokémon will be most effective in Raid Battles against Palkia, how to
catch Palkia after winning a Raid Battle, and how best to use the Spatial Pokémon
after you’ve caught it.
As a Water- and Dragon-type Pokémon, Palkia is weak to Dragon-
and Fairy-type attacks. When choosing six Pokémon for your Palkia Raid Battle
lineup, it helps to choose Pokémon that have a Dragon- or Fairy-type Fast
Attack and Charged Attack if you want to deal as much damage as possible. A Pokémon
that shares a type with these attacks will benefit from a same-type attack
bonus, which will allow these attacks to deal an additional 20% damage.
Remember that the faster you defeat Palkia, the more Premier
Balls you’ll receive to catch it, so be sure to bring your strongest Pokémon
team and battle with as many other Trainers as you can to defeat Palkia as
quickly as possible.
After a Palkia raid, you’ll have a limited number of Premier
Balls you can use to catch Palkia, so make each one count. You can earn extra
Premier Balls for battling with friends and defeating Palkia more quickly.
In an encounter with Palkia, your chance of catching it is
greatest when 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 completely.
Palkia isn’t going to make it easy on you
by sitting still while you’re trying to catch it. Don’t waste your Premier
Balls by throwing while it’s moving around. Watch Palkia to get a
feel for its cycle of movement and the pauses in between this cycle. During one
of these pauses, wait for the target ring to reappear, and then throw as it
starts to shrink to increase your odds of making a Great Throw or an Excellent
Berries can help you catch Palkia. A Razz
Berry will make Palkia easter to catch, and a Golden Razz Berry will make it
much easier to catch. If you find yourself failing to land any throws, a Nanab
Berry will calm Palkia, making its movements less erratic and allowing you to
make precise throws more easily. If you need extra Palkia Candy, using a Silver
Pinap Berry will make Palkia easier to catch and grant you extra Candy when you
Like all Legendary
Pokémon, Palkia is tricky to catch, so don’t be discouraged if it
escapes. Get a second wind by stocking up on useful items—like Max Potions, Max
Revives, and Golden Razz Berries—and try again.
As a Water- and Dragon-type Pokémon, Palkia has a type
advantage against Fire-, Ground-, Rock-, and Dragon-type Pokémon, and also resists
Fire-, Water-, and Electric-type attacks. This makes Palkia a solid choice for Raid
Battles against Pokémon like Dragonite, Salamence, Groudon, Rhyperior, and
Garchomp. Palkia is also a valuable addition to many teams in the GO Battle
League’s Master League, where its high CP and diverse range of Charged Attacks
make it a formidable threat. Raising Palkia’s CP to its maximum requires a lot
of Palkia Candy and Stardust, so try to catch as many Palkia as possible to
help you get there faster.
Good luck with your next Raid Battle, and remember to check Pokemon.com/Strategy for more Pokémon GO, video game, and Pokémon TCG tips.