Volcarona < Cobalion > Terrakion
Iron Will Pokémon
Steel.gif Fighting.gif
6'11" (2.1m)
551.1 lbs (250kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: Genderless
Female: Genderless
Evolves From
Evolves Into
Egg Group
Catch Rate
EV Yield

Cobalion (コバルオン) is the 144th Pokémon in the Unova Pokédex. It is a Steel/Fighting type, and it is known as the Iron Will Pokémon.

Cobalion is only the second Pokémon to have the type combination of Steel and Fighting. The first Pokémon to have this cobination is Lucario in Generation IV.

Cobalion uses the Justified Ability. With this Ability, whenever a Dark-Type attack hits Cobalion, its Attack Statistic increases by one stage.

Cobalion doesn't evolve and doesn't have a pre-evolved form.

Cobalion is a Legendary Pokémon and, as a result, cannot breed. It takes Cobalion 1,250,000 Experience Points to reach Level 100.




Cobalion takes the appearance of a legendary horse.

Gender Differences

Cobalion is genderless.

Game Information

Original Games

Cobalion can be found at the back of Mistralton Cave in Pokémon Black and White. There is only one, and it is at Level 42. In Black 2 and White 2, Cobalion appears on Route 13; if defeated on this encounter it will appear a second time in the same location after defeating the Elite Four, but at a higher level.

Spin-off Games

Cobalion will appear in any and all caves in Pokémon Rumble Blast after completing the game, then defeating Terrakion and Virizion.

Trading Card Game

Cobalion is in the Black/White Promo set, and is listed as a Rare Card in the Emerging Powers and Noble Victories sets. A second Cobalion is listed as an Ultra Rare Card in the Noble Victories set.

Anime/Manga Information


Cobalion has not made an appearance in the Anime.


Cobalion is set to appear in the upcoming film Kyurem VS The Sacred Swordsmen.


Cobalion's Manga Information is unknown as of writing.

Pokémon Information

Competitive Battling

Cobalion is a part of the Underused (UU) tier of competitive battling. With good versatility, Cobalion is capable of running many different sets due to well-balanced stats that allow for it to either support a team or become a set-up sweeper. Having a STAB move to super effectively hit Fairy-types allows for Cobalion to stand out in comparison to other Fighting-types. Cobalion's resistance to Dark, great Defense stat, and Justified to gain an Attack boost from Dark attacks allow for it to be a great Knock Off absorber. Cobalion's typing also gives it a x4 resistance to Stealth Rock and immunity to Toxic Spikes, meaning that it is not hampered by entry hazards too easily. Cobalion's best set is an offensive pivot set with Stealth Rock support while acting as a decently strong physical attacking force and having Volt Switch to gain momentum for a team. A Swords Dance set boosts Cobalion's Attack stat to high levels and gives Cobalion a means to sweep, and its base 108 Speed allows it to outspeed a good portion of the tier while not being as easy to revenge kill. Lastly, Cobalion can opt for a Calm Mind set that can pull some surprises on supposed checks like Doublade. Despite all these great traits, Cobalion is not flawless, as it suffers from lacking immediate power due to average 90/90 offenses that can be underwhelming without a boost. Cobalion also has a low base 72 Special Defense and common weaknesses to Ground, Fighting, and Fire attacks.

Cobalion is also usable in the Overused (OU) tier of competitive battling. Similar to its role in UU, Cobalion can run an offensive pivot set that can check threats like Bisharp and Mega Gardevoir while being able to gain momentum for a team with Volt Switch and supporting the team with Stealth Rock. A high Defense stat and good typing allows for it to get switch in opportunities to set up Stealth Rock or grab momentum. However, Cobalion's lackluster offensive stats make it hard for it to dish out significant damage to a good chunk of the tier. It also has some very common weaknesses to Fire, Fighting, and Ground attacks, which can be very troublesome for Cobalion.

Area Location

Game Rarity Location
Black/White Only One Mistralton Cave: Guidance Chamber
Black2/White2 Only One Route 13

Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
V Black This legendary Pokémon battled against humans to protect Pokémon. Its personality is calm and composed.
White It has a body and heart of steel. Its glare is sufficient to make even an unruly Pokémon obey it.
Black 2 It has a body and heart of steel. It worked with its allies to punish people when they hurt Pokémon.
White 2 It has a body and heart of steel. It worked with its allies to punish people when they hurt Pokémon.
VI X It has a body and heart of steel. Its glare is sufficient to make even an unruly Pokémon obey it.
Y It has a body and heart of steel. It worked with its allies to punish people when they hurt Pokémon.
Omega Ruby It has a body and heart of steel. Its glare is sufficient to make even an unruly Pokémon obey it.
Alpha Sapphire It has a body and heart of steel. It worked with its allies to punish people when they hurt Pokémon.


Base Stats Min- Min Max Max+
. 292 386 .
166 185 279 306
236 263 357 392
Sp. Atk
166 185 279 306
Sp. Def
134 149 243 267
198 221 315 346


Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Quick Attack Normal.gif 40 100 Physical.png
Start Leer Normal.gif N/A 100 Other.png
7 Double Kick Fighting.gif 30 100 Physical.png
13 Metal Claw Steel.gif 50 95 Physical.png
19 Take Down Normal.gif 90 85 Physical.png
25 Helping Hand Normal.gif N/A N/A Other.png
31 Retaliate Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
37 Iron Head Steel.gif 80 100 Physical.png
42 Sacred Sword Fighting.gif 90 100 Physical.png
49 Swords Dance Normal.gif N/A N/A Other.png
55 Quick Guard Fighting.gif N/A N/A Other.png
61 Work Up Normal.gif N/A N/A Other.png
67 Metal Burst Steel.gif ?? 100 Physical.png
73 Close Combat Fighting.gif 120 100 Physical.png


TM/HM - Gen 6
TM/HM No. Move Type Power Accuracy Class
TM01 Hone Claws Dark.gif -- -- Other.png
TM04 Calm Mind Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM05 Roar Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM06 Toxic Poison.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM10 Hidden Power Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM12 Taunt Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal.gif 150 90 Special.png
TM17 Protect Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM20 Safeguard Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM21 Frustration Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM27 Return Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM32 Double Team Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM33 Reflect Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM37 Sandstorm Rock.gif -- -- Other.png
TM40 Aerial Ace Flying.gif 60 -- Physical.png
TM42 Facade Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM44 Rest Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM48 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM52 Focus Blast Fighting.gif 120 70 Special.png
TM54 False Swipe Normal.gif 40 100 Physical.png
TM67 Retaliate Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM68 Giga Impact Normal.gif 150 90 Physical.png
TM69 Rock Polish Rock.gif -- -- Other.png
TM71 Stone Edge Rock.gif 100 80 Physical.png
TM72 Volt Switch Electric.gif 70 100 Special.png
TM73 Thunder Wave Electric.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM75 Swords Dance Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM77 Psych Up Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM81 X-Scissor Bug.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM83 Infestation Bug.gif 20 100 Special.png
TM84 Poison Jab Poison.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM87 Swagger Normal.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM90 Substitute Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM91 Flash Cannon Steel.gif 80 100 Special.png
HM01 Cut Normal.gif 50 95 Physical.png
HM04 Strength Normal.gif 80 100 Physical.png

Via Breeding

Cobalion cannot breed.

Via Move Tutor (Black 2/White 2)

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Block Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Bounce Flying.gif 85 85 Physical.png
Helping Hand Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Iron Defense Steel.gif -- -- Other.png
Iron Head Steel.gif 80 100 Physical.png
Magnet Rise Electric.gif -- -- Other.png
Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Snore Normal.gif 40 100 Special.png
Stealth Rock Rock.gif -- -- Other.png
Superpower Fighting.gif 120 100 Physical.png
Zen Headbutt Psychic.gif 80 90 Physical.png

Evolution Line


Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages

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