Deoxys (Defense Form) Raid Guide

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Deoxys (Defense)

Defense Form Deoxys is a Tier 5 raid boss in Pokémon GO and is a monster to take down due to its gargantuan DEF stat. It is a high-value Pokémon for the Great League and is the most coveted among the various Deoxys formes. Being a pure Psychic type, its weaknesses include strong Bug, Dark and Ghost types.

Minimum players – the minimum number of players to defeat a Defense Deoxys is around 4 Trainers. 4 Trainers is the minimum number of players we’d attempt it at, and anything above that should be pretty safe.

This guide lists the best counters, forme stats, and which moves Defense Form Deoxys can have in Pokémon GO. For more information about Defense Deoxys’ role in the Pokémon GO metagame, read our A PvP Analysis on Defense Form Deoxys article.

Defense Form Deoxys Counters

Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.

The best counters for Defense Form Deoxys are the following:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 763.7s 26.12
2. Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 949.9s 26.57
3. Hydreigon Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 1014.9s 18.54
4. Absol (Mega) Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 976.7s 35.02
5. Darkrai Snarl Dark Shadow Ball Ghost 1013.3s 24.38
6. Pheromosa Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug 957.6s 54.50
7. Gyarados (Mega) Bite Dark Crunch Dark 1042.4s 19.53
8. Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 1082.6s 17.36
9. Hoopa (Confined) Astonish Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 1068.0s 25.92
10. Hoopa (Unbound) Astonish Ghost Dark Pulse Dark 1076.9s 23.32
11. Chandelure Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 1049.8s 37.74
12. Beedrill (Mega) Bug Bite Bug X-Scissor Bug 1043.8s 48.96
13. Gengar Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 1061.8s 46.33
14. Scizor (Mega) Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug 1130.1s 22.76
15. Yveltal Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 1159.0s 28.94
16. Weavile Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 1146.7s 39.39
17. Zarude Bite Dark Dark Pulse Dark 1199.7s 17.73
18. Genesect Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug 1202.6s 29.33
19. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost 1203.8s 26.37
20. Tyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark 1213.7s 23.80
21. Bisharp Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 1240.5s 31.20
22. Escavalier Bug Bite Bug Megahorn Bug 1248.0s 32.38
23. Honchkrow Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 1209.0s 49.89
24. Trevenant Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 1238.2s 32.47
25. Scizor Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug 1252.6s 33.54
26. Vikavolt Bug Bite Bug X-Scissor Bug 1225.0s 39.32
27. Deoxys (Attack) Poison Jab Poison Dark Pulse Dark 1128.4s 88.49
28. Krookodile Snarl Dark Crunch Dark 1292.2s 20.51
29. Absol Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 1227.0s 47.27
30. Houndoom Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 1257.8s 42.53

*denotes a legacy move

Notes from other players:

  • This raid is incredibly, incredibly difficult. Because of how T5 raid boss stats are calculated (keeps the mon’s defense, has a set HP), Deo-D is arguably the single most difficult raid boss in the entire game. Please prepare a team in advance. Please don’t use recommended counters. Please don’t let anyone you’re raiding with use recommended counters. If you’re not raiding with a group of 6 people, you’re actually risking your ability to clear.
  • Defense Deoxys moves are rather lackluster, and will not do serious immediate damage to your Pokémon. Mainly, be on the lookout for Psycho Boost, as that will destroy any Gengar you have on the scene. This is a battle against time, not against DDeoxys itself, because the bulk of this forme is what makes it difficult.

Defense Forme Deoxys

Defense Forme Deoxys is a GO Battle League powerhouse, dominating in the Great League and the Ultra League. Its impressive bulk and wide range of attack types make it a serious contender against a wide range of Pokémon commonly used in the GO Battle League.

  • Initial CP Range: 1,228–1,299
  • Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 1,535–1,624
  • Available Fast Attacks: Counter (Fighting), Zen Headbutt (Psychic)
  • Available Charged Attacks: Psycho Boost (Psychic), Rock Slide (Rock), Thunderbolt (Electric)

Available moves overview

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Counter Fighting
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Psycho Boost Psychic
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Thunderbolt Electric

Defense Forme Deoxys’s Fighting-type Fast Attack Counter is highly effective against Dark-type Pokémon, which Deoxys is vulnerable to. This Pokémon also offers a reasonable range of Charged Attack types, so it is wise to teach it a second Charged Attack.

While the Charged Attack Psycho Boost does benefit from a same-type attack bonus, it has the downside of reducing Deoxys’s Attack stat.

Both the Rock-type Charged Attack Rock Slide and Electric-type Charged Attack Thunderbolt are popular choices, increasing the range of types Defense Forme Deoxys can contend with.

For example, a Defense Forme Deoxys that knows the Fast Attack Counter, Charged Attack Thunderbolt, and Charged Attack Rock Slide would be effective against Normal-, Fire-, Water-, Ice-, Flying-, Bug-, Rock-, Dark-, and Steel-type Pokémon.

Weather Effects

Weather Pro Attacker Pro Deoxys
Partly Cloudy Boosts Rock Rock Slide
Cloudy Boosts Fighting Counter
Rainy Boosts Super Effective Bug attacks Boosts Electric Thunderbolt
Fog Boosts Super Effective Ghost and Dark Attacks
Windy Boosts Psychic Zen Headbutt and Psycho Boost


All the best, trainers!

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