[2024] Garchomp Weaknesses, Resistances, and Best Counters

Simon Crawford | Feb 28, 2024 4 min read

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In Pokémon Go games like Legends Arceus, Brilliant Diamonds, and Shining Pearl, you are required to beat Garchomp to progress. 

But when your attacks start working on Garchomp, you may realize you don't know its weaknesses. So, how do you beat this creature quickly and with the least effort? Garchomp has three weaknesses you can exploit to beat it. Read on to see more about them.

Garchomp’s Profile

Shinny Ditto


Garchomp is a dual Dragon/Ground-type Pokémon originally appearing in the Diamond & Pearl Sinnoh region. This pseudo-legendary creature evolves from Gabite at Level 48 and is known as the Mach Pokémon in the Pokedex. Garchomp can fly at jet speed and is incredibly frustrating to beat, especially in Diamond & Pearl, where it’s part of Cynthia's team. It lives in mountainous regions and is rarely seen in the wild.

Name Garchomp
Height 1.9 m
Weight 95 kg
Category Mach
Gender 50% Male, 50% Female
Abilities Sand Veil, Rough Skin (Hidden ability)
Evolves from Gabite
Main moves Dragon Claw, Dragon Rush, Stone Edge, Dig, Sand Tomb and Earthquake
Type Dragon/ Ground
Similar Pokemon Flygon, Vibrava, Zygarde, Gabite

3 Garchomp Weaknesses


  • Watch out for Garchomp's powerful moves and high Attack stat since it can one-shot weaker Pokémon.
  • Garchomp is 4x weak to Ice-type attacks, so you should concentrate on these whenever possible. Ensure the Ice-type Pokémon you use has solid defensive stats since Garchomp can dish out effective damage.
  • Sometimes, it can take two Pokémon to defeat Garchomp.
  • Garchomp has counters to all its weaknesses, so you must be strategic when facing it. These counters are a Yache Berry for Ice-type moves, a Dragon Claw to damage Dragons super-effectively, and a Poison Jab to hit Fairies.

4 Garchomp Resistances

Since Garchomp is a Dragon/Ground type Pokémon, it is resistant to the following attack:

  • Fire
  • Electric
  • Rock
  • Poison

Best Counters for Garchomp

The table below shows the ideal counters to use when fighting Garchomp.

Pokémon Best Attacks
Abomasnow Powder Snow and Weather Ball
Cloyster Frost Breath and Avalanche
Dialga Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor
Froslass Powder Snow and Avalanche
Glaceon Frost Breath and Avalanche
Glalie Ice Shard and Avalanche
Mamoswine Powder Snow and Avalanche
Palkia Dragon Tail and Draco Meteor
Weavile Ice Shard and Avalanche

Except for Dialga and Palkia, all the recommended Pokémon in this list are Ice-type Pokémon. This is because they can effectively take advantage of Garchomp's 4x weakness to Ice-type attacks. However, you can also attempt to mount an attack using Fairy-type Pokémon like Togekiss and Gardevoir. 

Example: Using Mamoswine to Beat Garchomp

Trainers can use Mamoswine's Ice Shard to deal with Garchomp. This move always goes first despite having only a 40-base power. However, since Garchomp has a Yache Berry for Ice-type attacks, you should make it burn away the Berry before using the Ice Shard. 

To do this, take a hit with a different ice move, such as Avalanche, Ice Fang, etc. Once the Yache Berry is out of the way, you can use the Ice Shard to knockout Garchomp. 


Garchomp is one of the strongest and hardest-to-beat Pokémon, so you should only step up to face it if you have the right counters. But, after reading this article, you are now aware of Garchomp's weaknesses, resistances, and the best counters to use. This should give you an upper hand when battling the creature. But remember, this won't be challenging, so ensure you are adequately prepared. 

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