Ho-Oh is one of the Legendary Raid Bosses in Pokemon GO. This page details best Ho-Oh counters and overall the strategy required to take it down. Ho-Oh is a fire and type and it’s not soloable. Shiny Ho-Oh is available from raids.
Ho-Oh Raid Boss CP is 48276 and it can have Max Capture CP of
- 2222 (Level 20, perfect 100% IV)
- 2778 (Level 25, perfect 100% IV Sunny and Windy weather)
|Boosted by Sunny Windy|
Ho-Oh Raid Counters Explained
Ho-Oh has mostly the same counters like Moltres, as they have the same type combination. However, Ho-Oh has access to Solar Beam, which makes it quite dangerous not to dodge with Rock and Water attackers.
Omastar used to be top dog when it came to fighting HO-Oh and Moltres, however it has been dethroned. It can still be used however, as it can counter it with great typing and great moves. Other great Rock types to use in the fight against Ho-Oh is Golem with Rock Throw / Stone Edge move set and Tyranitar with a Bite/Stone Edge move set.
Kyogre is one of the best Water type attackers in the game, so utilize it well! Just don’t take it to a Solar Beam fight.
Rayquaza is one of the top tier attackers with amazing DPS and very few deaths. It makes an amazing counter for Solar Beam Ho-Oh, as it will double resist the devastating charge move.
Please, be very careful of Solar Beam Ho-Oh! It’s completely devastating for Rock and Water types, especially to Golem (low HP) and Omastar (double weakness). Think of it in the same way you think about Hydro Pump Lugia. Scary, isn’t it? 👻
Ho-Oh can have the following moves:
- Steel Wing (quick) steel
- Extrasensory (quick) psychic
- Brave Bird (charged)
- Fire Blast (charged) fire
- Solar Beam (charged) grass
Weather Influence on Ho-Oh
Partly Cloudy weather will be your best friend, along with Rainy weather! Sunny weather might cause a few issues, and take a lot more effort to beat, with it boosting both Solar Beam (*screaming*) and Fire Blast! But enough talk, here is a chart to help you see what weather would be optimal for battling the great Ho-Oh!
|Sunny||—||Boosts its Fire Blast and Solar Beam attacks|
|Partly Cloudy||Boosts all Rock type move||—|
|Cloudy||No pros nor cons|
|Rainy||Boosts all super effective Water and Electric type moves||—|
|Windy||—||Boosts its Extrasensory and Brave Bird attack|
|Fog||No pros nor cons|
|Snow||—||Boosts its Steel Wing attack|
Additional Ho-Oh Counters
These Pokemon are weaker than the counters mentioned above, but they are still viable, especially in large raid groups. Do note that these Pokemon are often siting in your inventory forgotten, even though they can perform better than much higher CP Blissey/Snorlax/Exeggutor:
- Aerodactyl with Bite / Ancient Power
- Sudowoodo with Rock Throw/ Stone Edge
- Kabutops with Mud Shot / Ancient Power
- Magneton with Spark / Discharge
- Arcanine with Bite / Wild Charge
Considerably weaker, but still viable counters, mostly used in large groups as throw away attackers:
- Magcargo with Rock Throw/ Stone Edge
- Kingler with Bubble/ Water Pulse
- Slowbro with Water Gun/ Water Pulse
Ho-Oh Catch Chances with various throws and berries
Ho-Oh BCR is 2% as observed in the GAME_MASTER file. The following table shows various throw/berry combos.
Golden Razz Berry