How to beat Stakataka in Pokemon GO, weaknesses & counters

How to beat Stakataka in Pokemon GO, weaknesses & counters
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Written by 

Daniel Megarry


23rd May 2024 11:01

Stakataka has finally made its Pokemon GO debut, but you'll need to know its weaknesses and the best counters to use if you want to have a chance of taking it down.

This powerful Rock/Steel-type Ultra Beast first appeared in Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon on the Nintendo 3DS, and now it's arrived in Pokemon GO as part of the Ultra Space Wonders event. It's a fearsome opponent, so here's everything you need to defeat it.

Stakataka's weaknesses

Stakataka is weak to Fighting, Ground, and Water-type attacks. It's especially vulnerable to Fighting and Ground-type moves, so focus on those where possible as they'll deal extra damage.

On the other hand, Stakataka is resistant to Bug, Dragon, Fairy, Flying, Ice, Normal, Poison, Psychic, and Rock-type attacks. It will take reduced damage from all of these moves.

Best counters for Stakataka

Here are some of the best Stakataka counters alongside their optimal movesets:

Pokemon Moveset Sprite
Primal Groudon Mud Shot & Precipice Blades
Primal Groudon
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Mega Heracross Counter & Close Combat
Mega Heracross
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Mega Garchomp Mud Shot & Earth Power
Mega Garchomp
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Terrakion Double Kick & Sacred Sword
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Lucario Counter & Aura Sphere
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Conkeldurr Counter & Dynamic Punch
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Excadrill Mud-Slap & Scorching Sands
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Machamp Counter & Dynamic Punch
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Hariyama Counter & Dynamic Punch
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Rhyperior Mud-Slap & Earthquake
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If you don't have any of these counters, simply focus on your strongest Fighting and Ground-type Pokemon and make sure they're powered up to a high level. You'll also need moves that match their typing.

I'd recommend taking on Stakataka with at least eight other Trainers if you want to win. It might be possible to take it down with fewer Trainers, but every participant will need optimal counters to do this.

Can Stakataka be Shiny?

Unfortunately, Shiny Stakataka is currently unavailable to encounter in Pokemon GO.

As with most Legendaries and Ultra Beasts, rare Shiny variations are usually held back for future events to give Trainers a reason to battle them all over again. Fingers crossed the wait won't be too long!

How to find Stakataka

Stakataka is a region-exclusive Pokemon that will only appear in the Eastern Hemisphere. You can see a map of this region here, but as a general rule, this area includes most of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

If you're in the Western Hemisphere, you can join a Raid Battle that's taking place in the Eastern Hemisphere by purchasing a Remote Raid Pass. You can use Leek Duck's Raid NOW website to help you find Raid Battles.

Stakataka will appear in 5-Star Raids from May 23 to May 28, 2024. After this date, there might be a long wait until you can encounter it again - although previous Ultra Beasts have returned to Raids fairly often.

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That's everything you need to know about Stakataka! Make sure you visit our Pokemon homepage for the latest guides, including the Spotlight Hour schedule, the current Raid Bosses, and the latest promo codes.

Daniel Megarry
About the author
Daniel Megarry
Daniel is GGRecon’s Deputy Guides Editor. He graduated from university with a degree in Journalism & English Language before covering video games and LGBTQ+ culture at publications including Gay Times and Dexerto. His favourite games include Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, Resident Evil, and anything Nintendo. You can reach him on [email protected].
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