Kartana Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips

Appearing in Raids: September 13, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to September 27, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time (Northern Hemisphere)

Kartana is a Grass- and Steel-type Ultra Beast originating from another world. Its paper-thin body is like a sharpened sword. Learn which Pokémon will be most effective in Raid Battles against Kartana, how to catch Kartana after winning a Raid Battle, and how best to use the Ultra Beast after you’ve caught it.

As a Grass- and Steel-type Ultra Beast, Kartana is vulnerable to Fire- and Fighting-type attacks. When selecting Pokémon for your Kartana Raid Battle lineup, it helps to choose Pokémon that have a Fast Attack and a Charged Attack of one of these types if you want to deal as much damage as possible. It’s not necessary to choose only Fire- or Fighting-type Pokémon, but a Pokémon that shares a type with these attacks will benefit from a same-type attack bonus, which will allow these attacks to deal an additional 20% damage.

If you have multiple Pokémon that know Fire- and Fighting-type attacks, choose the Pokémon with the highest CP and best overall stats. Fire-type attacks deal the greatest damage, and Pokémon with Fire-type Fast Attacks and Charged Attacks should be prioritized. Remember that speed of victory affects how many Premier Balls you will receive at the conclusion of a successful Raid Battle, so bring your strongest Pokémon and defeat Kartana as quickly as you can.

  • Mega Charizard Y (Fire/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Air Slash (Flying), Ember (Fire), Fire Spin (Fire), Wing Attack (Flying)

    • Charged Attack: Blast Burn (Fire), Fire Blast (Fire), Flamethrower (Fire), Overheat (Fire)

  • Arcanine / Shadow Arcanine (Fire)

    • Fast Attack: Fire Fang (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Fire Blast (Fire), Flamethrower (Fire)

  • Moltres / Shadow Moltres (Fire/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Fire Spin (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Fire Blast (Fire), Heat Wave (Fire), Overheat (Fire)

  • Typhlosion / Shadow Typhlosion (Fire)

    • Fast Attack: Ember (Fire), Incinerate (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Blast Burn (Fire), Fire Blast (Fire), Overheat (Fire)

  • Houndoom / Mega Houndoom (Dark/Fire)

    • Fast Attack: Fire Fang (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Fire Blast (Fire), Flamethrower (Fire)

  • Entei / Shadow Entei (Fire)

    • Fast Attack: Fire Fang (Fire), Fire Spin (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Flame Charge (Fire), Flamethrower (Fire), Fire Blast (Fire), Overheat (Fire)

  • Ho-Oh / Shadow Ho-Oh (Fire/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Incinerate (Fire), Steel Wing (Steel)

    • Charged Attack: Fire Blast (Fire), Sacred Fire (Fire)

  • Reshiram (Dragon/Fire)

  • Machamp / Shadow Machamp (Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting), Karate Chop (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Close Combat (Fighting), Cross Chop (Fighting), Dynamic Punch (Fighting), Submission (Fighting)

  • Hariyama / Shadow Hariyama (Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Close Combat (Fighting), Dynamic Punch (Fighting), Superpower (Fighting)

  • Mega Lopunny (Normal/Fighting)

  • Lucario (Fighting/Steel)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Aura Sphere (Fighting), Close Combat (Fighting), Power-Up Punch (Fighting)

  • Gallade (Psychic/Fighting)

  • Conkeldurr (Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Counter (Fighting)

    • Charged Attack: Dynamic Punch (Fighting), Focus Blast (Fighting)

After a successful Kartana raid, you’ll have a limited number of Premier Balls you can use to catch Kartana, so make each one count. You can earn extra Premier Balls by battling with friends and defeating Kartana more quickly.

In an encounter with Kartana, your chance of catching it is greatest when the target ring is small enough for you to score Excellent Throws. Curveball Throws can improve your chances even more. But work within your abilities—if you don’t think you can reliably make Excellent Curveball Throws, aim for Nice Throws or Great Throws rather than risk missing the target ring completely.

Kartana isn’t going to make it easy on you by sitting still while you’re trying to catch it. Don’t waste your Premier Balls by throwing while it’s moving around. Watch the Ultra Beast to get a feel for its cycle of movement and the pauses in between the cycles. During one of these pauses, wait for the target ring to reappear, and then throw as it starts to grow smaller to increase your odds of making a Great Throw or an Excellent Throw.

Berries can help you catch Kartana. A Razz Berry will make it easier to catch, and a Golden Razz Berry will make it much easier to catch. If you find yourself failing to land any throws, a Nanab Berry will calm Kartana, making its movements less erratic and allowing you to make precise throws more easily. If you need extra Kartana Candy, using a Silver Pinap Berry will make Kartana easier to catch and grant you extra Candy when you catch it.

Buddy Pokémon with a Buddy Level of Great Buddy or higher have the Catch Assist Perk. If a Pokémon—even an Ultra Beast—deflects a Poké Ball, your buddy might bounce it back for a second catch opportunity!

Like all Ultra Beasts, Kartana is tricky to catch, so don’t be discouraged if it escapes. Get a second wind by stocking up on useful items—like Max Potions, Max Revives, and Golden Razz Berries—and try again.

Kartana’s Initial CP Range: 1,556–1,632

Kartana’s Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 1,946–2,041

Available Fast Attacks: Hidden Power (Normal), Water Gun (Water)

Available Charged Attacks: Hydro Pump (Water), Ice Beam (Ice), Moonblast (Fairy), Surf (Water)

As a Grass- and Steel-type Ultra Beast, Kartana is resistant to Normal-, Water-, Grass-, Electric-, Poison-, Psychic-, Rock-, Dragon-, Steel-, and Fairy-type attacks. Kartana’s unusual dual typing and lengthy list of resistances could make Kartana an interesting addition to your next raid or GO Battle League lineup. Because Kartana has yet to establish itself in GO Battle League, it’s difficult to predict how it will perform. While Fire- and Fighting-type Pokémon are prominent within GO Battle League, it’s difficult to overlook an Ultra Beast with resistance to a whopping ten different types of attacks.

Good luck with your next Raid Battle, and remember to check Pokemon.com/Strategy for more Pokémon GO, video game, and Pokémon TCG tips.

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