Can Landorus be Shiny in Pokémon GO?

Can you catch this Shiny Legendary?

If you're lucky, Generation 5 Legendary Pokémon Landorus will sometimes appear in the Pokémon GO 5-Star Raid rotation, giving you a chance at encountering and catching it. And if you're even luckier, you may encounter a Shiny version. Here's everything you need to know about Shiny Landorus in Pokémon GO.

How to get Shiny Landorus in Pokémon GO

In order to catch a Shiny Landorus in Pokémon GO, it needs to appear in the 5-Star Raid schedule. Because it is a Legendary Pokémon, you won't find it in Eggs or in the wild. 5-Star Raids are currently the only way to obtain it without trading, though Niantic could add other methods in the future, such as in special Research Breakthroughs or as part of an event.

This is the same for both its Incarnate and Therian Formes.

How often does Shiny Landorus return to Pokémon GO?

Shiny Landorus has been available to catch in Pokémon GO twice at the time of writing: in March 2021 and in April 2023. Based on this, it's estimated that it will appear in the 5-Star Raid rotation every two years, though there has been no official confirmation from Niantic or The Pokémon Company on this.

What are the odds of getting a Shiny Landorus in Pokémon GO?

Unlike regular Pokémon, Mythical and Legendary Raid Pokémon have a 5% chance of being Shiny in Pokémon GO, including Landorus.

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This means that you're looking at a one-in-20 encounter rate, though it's not guaranteed after fighting 20—it could take more or less to appear; your mileage may vary.

Landorus 5-Star Raid counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go

When facing Landorus in a 5-Star Raid, you need to come prepared because not only is its CP stacked, but it also has some powerful attacks that can knock you flying if you don't have the proper counters.

Landorus counters

The best counters for Landorus are:

  • Mamoswine
    • Fast Attack: Powder Snow
    • Charged Attack: Avalanche
  • Weavile
    • Fast Attack: Ice Shard
    • Charged Attack: Avalanche
  • Articuno
    • Fast Attack: Frost Breath
    • Charged Attack: Blizzard
  • Mewtwo
    • Fast Attack: Psycho Cut
    • Charged Attack: Ice Beam
  • Jynx
    • Fast Attack: Frost Breath
    • Charged Attack: Avalanche
  • Glaceon
    • Fast Attack: Frost Breath
    • Charged Attack: Avalanche

Landorus weaknesses

Both Incarnate and Therian Forme Landorus are Ground/Flying-type, meaning Ice and Water counters are your best bet at reigning victorious in battle and getting the chance to encounter and catch its Shiny form.

Is Landorus worth using in Pokémon GO Raids?

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Landorus, in both its Incarnate and Therian Formes, is an absolute beast in Pokémon GO Raids because of its high damage output and large Max CP cap of 3,588. It is best used against Fire types, where it can absolutely devastate.

Best moves for Landorus

Though both Incarnate and Therian Forme Landorus can learn a handful of Fast and Charged Attacks, there are two that outdo the rest by a large margin in terms of pure attack damage and widespread coverage:

  • Fast Attack: Mud Shot
  • Charged Attack: Earth Power

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About the Author

Brent Koepp is a freelance games journalist based out of California and has been a Contributing Writer at Pro Game Guides since October 2022. An avid Pokemon fan for over 25 years, he has spent his career reporting on the popular Nintendo franchise. He also dabbles in Destiny 2 and JRPGs. You can follow him on Twitter @brentrkoepp.

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