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Table of Contents

How Shiny is Acquired
Raids, Research Encounter

Pokemon Ratings

PvE Attacker Rating 2 / 5
Great League PVP Rating See all 2 / 5
Ultra League PVP Rating See all 2 / 5
Master League PVP Rating See all 2.5 / 5

Pokemon Stats

55.40 kg Weight
1.70 m Height
Pokemon Max CP
3051
ATK 192
DEF 236
STA 207

PVE Movesets Grades

Show Suboptimal/Unranked Movesets

PVE Offensive Moves Explanation

  • Frost Breath is marginally better than Ice Shard, though the two are very close. 

  • Blizzard is on par with Ice Beam. Ice Beam has the advantage of being a 2-bar move, but its long animation time keeps it even with Blizzard.

  • Icy Wind's low damage and long animation time (even longer than Blizzard) prevent it from being useful.
  • Hurricane offers no synergy with Ice-type moves but has stronger DPS than Icy Wind.
  • Ancient Power has no use on Articuno. 

PVE Overview

As the much-hyped first legendary bird species to be released in Pokemon GO, Articuno is a bit disappointing. Its base stats are defensively oriented in an offense-focused metagame, and while Ice type can be absolutely fantastic in many matchups, those matchups aren't terribly common these days. On top of this, Articuno is now throughly outclassed as an Ice-Type attacker by Mamoswine, Glaceon, and Weavile, making the expense of adding it to a raid team less and less appealing in the face of easier to obtain and stronger options.

PVP Movesets Grades

Show Suboptimal/Unranked Movesets

PvP Moveset Explanation

Ice Shard + Ancient Power and Ice Beam or Blizzard

The greater energy generation from Ice Shard is much more valuable than Frost Breath's edge in damage output. 

Ancient Power is preferred for its wide meta-relevant coverage and lesser energy cost than most of Articuno's other charge moves. Ice Beam has balance of energy cost and damage output, which also benefits from STAB. Blizzard offers a possible KO option when shields are down, though it demands a lot of energy.

Why not Icy Wind? 

The lesser energy cost of Icy Wind allows Articuno to use it more frequently, but a poor 1.33 DPE (Damage Per Energy) makes it less threatening than other harder-hitting options. While it isn't the worst charge move in the world, Ice Beam threatens way more damage for only 2 extra fast move hits. 

PvP Rating Explanation

Great League: 2 / 5

Articuno doesn't hold much prominence in the Great League. It's threatened by many types, and has issues with a number of big-name Pokemon. Its stat-distribution makes it more defensive in nature, but this is betrayed by a poor defensive typing that's easy to exploit. Sadly, Articuno really doesn't have much of a claim to fame here. The new additions of Ice Shard and Ancient Power from the July 2019 move rebalance are definitely improvements to Articuno's kit, but not enough to bring it to the top of the ranks. 

Ultra League: 2 / 5

Articuno is a bit better in the Ultra League thanks to its less restricted CP and its Ice-type attacks, which hit a huge portion of the tier for Super Effective damage. However, it's generally outclassed by Pokemon such as Lapras in this capacity, and most of the problems that it faced in the Great League still hound it in this higher tier.

Master League: 2.5 / 5

The Master League continues a step farther, widening Articuno's niche a bit and giving it a slightly smaller pool of prominent Pokemon that could slay the ice bird if met on equal footing. But, again, the same issues still apply.

Fast Moves

10
More Info

Ice

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
0.90
0.30
8.89
11.11
13.89
12
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Ice

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
1.20
0.30
10.00
10.00
12.50

Charge Moves

130
More Info

Ice

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.10
1.40
0.00
1.30
41.94
52.42
54.52
90
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Ice

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.30
1.50
0.00
1.80
27.27
34.09
49.09
60
More Info

Ice

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.30
0.80
0.00
1.82
18.18
22.73
33.06
70
More Info

Rock

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.50
0.25
0.00
2.12
20.00
25.00
42.42

Legacy Charge Moves

110
More Info

Flying

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
2.70
1.20
0.00
1.10
40.74
50.93
44.81

Secondary Charge Move Unlock Cost

Candy 100
Stardust 100,000

Other

Flee Rate 10.0 %
Buddy Distance 20 km
Capture Rate3.0 %

Pokemon Type Chart

Vulnerable

160% damage
160% damage
256% damage
160% damage

Resistant

62.5% damage
62.5% damage
39.1% damage

Raid Boss Catch Rate

Flying Medal

None
Bronze
Silver
Gold

Ice Medal

None
Bronze
Silver
Gold
Normal Nice! Great! Excellent!
No Berry -
Curve
Razz Berry -
Curve
Golden Razz Berry -
Curve

Pokemon Min/Max CP Values

How to use: You need to know your Pokemon's exact level. To find exactly what level your Pokémon is, power up your Pokémon following this chart until you're certain of your level from Stardust cost changes.

A Pokémon's minimum level is 1.

Every time you power up, your Pokémon gains half a level.

StardustLevelMin CPMax CP
20013743
2001.57789
2002117135
2002.5157181
4003197227
4003.5237273
4004277319
4004.5317365
6005357411
6005.5397457
6006437503
6006.5477549
8007517595
8007.5557641
8008597688
8008.5637734
10009677780
10009.5717826
100010757872
100010.5795915
130011833959
130011.58711002
1300129081046
130012.59461090
1600139841133
160013.510221177
16001410601220
160014.510981264
19001511361308
190015.511731351
19001612111395
190016.512491438
22001712871482
220017.513251525
22001813631569
220018.514001613
25001914381656
250019.514761700
25002015141743
250020.515521787
30002115901831
300021.516281874
30002216661918
300022.517031961
35002317412005
350023.517792049
35002418172092
350024.518552136
40002518932179
400025.519312223
40002619692267
400026.520062310
45002720442354
450027.520822397
45002821202441
450028.521582485
50002921962528
500029.522342572
50003022722616
500030.522902637
60003123092659
600031.523282681
60003223472703
600032.523662725
70003323852746
700033.524042768
70003424232790
700034.524422812
80003524612833
800035.524802855
80003624992877
800036.525182899
90003725362921
900037.525552942
90003825742964
900038.525932986
100003926123008
1000039.526313030
100004026503051
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