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Pokémon Go Palkia guide – pearls of wisdom

Looking to add Palkia to your team? Master space and learn how to catch, use, and counter the mighty water dragon legendary in our full Pokémon Go Palkia guide

Pokemon Go Palkia: key art shows the space dragon Pokemon known as Palkia

There’s no shortage of great legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go, but Palkia still stands out because of its exciting water/dragon typing and outstanding design. The box art legendary for Pokémon Pearl, alongside the mighty Dialga for Pokémon Diamond, are the masters of space and time, respectively, both of which are brought into the world by the creation Pokémon Arceus, alongside Giratina, the master of the distortion world.

I always loved Pokémon as a kid, but that story right there is why Pokémon Diamond and Pearl stick in my mind so vividly, as the actual narrative behind the games has never been cooler. So you’d better believe I want to add Pokémon Go Palkia to my team, and I’m here to help you do exactly the same. Let’s tame the master of space and learn how to counter, catch, and use this legendary ‘mon.

We’ve got plenty of great Pokémon guides here at Pocket Tactics, so before we dive into this one, why not also check out our articles covering the best gen 4 Pokémon, best gen 1 Pokémon, best dragon Pokémon, best starter Pokémon, best water Pokémon, and the best games like Pokemon on Switch.

Enough time wasting, let’s travel through space to reach our Pokémon Go Palkia guide.

Pokemon Go Palkia: key art shows the space dragon Pokemon known as Palkia

What is Pokémon Go Palkia?

Known as the spatial Pokemon, Palkia is number 484 in the Pokedéx and is the box legendary for Pokémon Pearl and its remake Pokémon Shining Pearl. It also appears in the recent title Pokémon Legends: Arceus, where the new item known as the lustrous globe allows Palkia to transform into its original form. While Dialga controls time, Palkia controls space, and in conjunction they hold together the fabric of the universe.

How do I catch Pokémon Go Palkia?

As a legendary Pokémon, Palkia only appears in five-star raids. Therefore, as and when it becomes available in raids again, it’s recommended that at least four or five trainers challenge the raid together to be in with a chance. You can read our regularly updated Pokémon Go raids guide to see what Pokémon are appearing in raids soon.

Pokemon Go Palkia: key art shows the space dragon Pokemon known as Palkia

What are Pokémon Go Palkia’s stats?

Palkia’s stats Result 
Base attack 280
Base defence 215
Base stamina 189
Max CP – level 15 1710
Max CP – level 20 2280
Max CP – level 30 3421
Max CP – level 40 2991
Base capture rate 2%
Base flee rate 4%


Dragon x2
Fairy x2


Steel x0.5
Fire x0.25
Water x0.25


Palkia has no immunities

What are Pokémon Go Palkia’s moves?

Quick move

  • Dragon breath (dragon)
  • Dragon tail (dragon)

Charged move

  • Fire blast (fire)
  • Hydro pump (water)
  • Draco meteor (dragon)
  • Aqua tail (water)

Pokemon Go Palkia: key art shows the space dragon Pokemon known as Palkia

How do I use Pokémon Go Palkia?

Palkia is most effective when you use it as a brute force dragon, with the high attack of draco meteor along with the stab damage from the dragon typing being an absolute nightmare for several high-tier threats. You can also use a water-orientated move set, but with more effective counters like Kyogre out there, it’s probably best to use Palkia as a dragon slayer. Below are the Pokémon most vulnerable to Palkia.

  • Mega Charizard X
  • Giratina
  • Haxorus
  • Garchomp
  • Kyurem (White)
  • Hydreigon
  • Chandelure
  • Dragonite
  • Heatran
  • Victini

How do I counter Pokémon Go Palkia?

Because of its dragon typing, sadly, a lot of the Pokémon that Palkia poses a threat to, do exactly the same back. You have to rely on solid stats and your CP because Palkia is best used in head-to-head dragon battles, and its peers can easily outclass it. If you’re getting ready to raid and capture a Palkia, below is a list of the Pokémon who pose the biggest threat to Palkia and its water/dragon typing.

  • Kyurem (Black)
  • Rayquaza
  • Salamence
  • Mega Ampharos
  • Haxorus
  • Dialga
  • Zekrom
  • Xurkitree
  • Exeggutor (alola form)
  • Giratina
  • Tapu Bulu
  • Deoxys (attack)

Alright folks, that’s all we have for today. Good luck in your raids, and we hope you add the legendary Pokémon Palkia to your team soon. If you’re looking for even more great creatures to join your gang, be sure to read our Pokémon Go Genesect guide next.