Donphan is a Pokémon that you may encounter in Pokémon Go as the raid boss. He is a strong fighter who, with the proper team, you can defeat on your own. Although having a friend or two to help you is never bad. But make sure you know that Donphan's weaknesses are essential. Here's what you need to know about all of Donphan's weaknesses and the best Pokémon to counter him in Pokémon Go.
All Donphan's weaknesses
Donphan is a Ground type Pokémon. It will be weak against Grass, Ice, and Water-type moves, but is resistant to Electric, Poison, and Rock-type attacks. We recommend that you focus on Grass and Water-type moves to beat him.
The best Pokémon to fight Donphan
The best Pokémon you can use to counter Donphan include Kingler, Swampert, and Gyarados.
Kingler is a Water-type Pokémon. While it's not a choice you usually see in the Battle League or many PvP-related circumstances, it has far more usefulness in raids. Playing Kingler against Donphan is a solid choice. The best move set to give Kingler is the fast moving mud shot and the crabhammer and x-scissor charged moves.
Next, we have Swampert, a Water and Ground-type Pokémon. Swampert is a Pokémon that you will see all the time in Pokémon Go, both in raids and in PvP battles. Given its attacking power, we can't praise this choice enough with a sizable defense. The best move set to give Swampert is the fast moving mud blast and the charged moving hydrocannon and earthquake.
The last option, Gyarados, is a Flying and Water-type Pokémon. Like Swampert, Gyarados is a fit Pokémon that can deal massive damage against anything super effective, especially with a balanced move set. It has even more attack power than Swampert and you can use the Mega version of this Pokémon. The best moveset for Gyarados to use is the fast moving dragon tail and the water tail and outrage charged moves.
You will need to use a full team of six Pokémon to defeat Donphan. These are other options you might consider adding to your list.
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After fighting Donphan, you will have a chance to catch one to add to your collection. Unfortunately, you don't have a chance to grab a brilliant version.