Ho-Oh Raid Boss Guide: counters, weather boost, catch rate

Ho-Oh Pokémon GO Raid Boss

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 flying 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)
Ho-Oh counters, weaknesses and weather influence
Ho-Oh raid countersHo-Oh
Weakness 2xRock
Electric Water
Boosted by Sunny Windy
Best Ho-Oh counters & moves
vs. non-Solar Beam Ho-Oh
Omastar Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock
Golem Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock
Tyranitar Bite Dark Stone Edge Rock
Rhydon Mud Slap Ground Stone Edge Rock
Raikou Charge Beam Electric Wild Charge Electric
Zapdos Charge Beam Electric Thunderbolt Electric
Kyogre Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Gyarados Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
vs. Solar Beam Ho-Oh
Zapdos Charge Beam Electric Thunderbolt Electric
Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Rayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Ancient Power Rock
Jolteon Thunder Shock Electric Thunderbolt Electric
Machamp Karate Chop Fighting Stone Edge Rock
Salamence Dragon Tail Dragon Hydro Pump Water

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.

Zapdos and Raikou are also great as Ho-Oh raid counters. They offer strong DPS and utilize electric moves to be achieve advantage over Ho-Oh, but they are a bit squishy.

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) flying
  • 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!

Weather Pros Cons
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:

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.

Berry Curve Throw type
Normal Nice Great Excellent
No Berry
2.00% 2.30% 3.00% 3.70%
Curve 3.40% 3.91% 5.10% 6.29%
Razz Berry
3.00% 3.45% 4.50% 5.55%
Curve 5.10% 5.87% 6.29% 7.65%
Golden Razz Berry
5.00% 5.75% 7.50% 9.25%
Curve 8.50% 9.78% 12.75% 15.73%