Deoxys Defense
Deoxys (Defense)

Defense Forme Deoxys is a five-star raid boss in Pokémon GO with 36170 CP. Best Defense Deoxys counters in Pokémon GO are strong Ghost and Dark-types such as Mega Gengar, Darkrai, Yveltal, Tyranitar, etc.

Defense Forme Deoxys can be caught with the following CP Values:

  • 1228 CP to 1299 CP with no weather boost (Level 20)
  • 1535 CP to 1624 CP with Windy weather (Level 25)

Minimum players – the minimum number of players to defeat a Defense Deoxys is around 6 Trainers. 4 Trainers is the minimum number of players we’d attempt it at, and anything above 6 should be pretty safe.


This guide lists the best counters, forme stats, and which moves Defense Forme 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 Forme Deoxys Counters

The following Pokémon are the recommended counters against a Defense Forme Deoxys (DD). Be aware that DD is weak to Ghost, Dark and Bug moves. Always bring recommended counters to a DD raid.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Gengar (Mega) Lick Shadow Ball 711.48s 21.50
2. Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Foul Play 913.98s 21.67
3. Gyarados (Mega) Bite Crunch 1006.95s 16.83
4. Darkrai Snarl Shadow Ball 979.65s 20.83
5. Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 1049.96s 15.17
6. Chandelure Hex Shadow Ball 1006.13s 31.83
7. Hydreigon Bite Dark Pulse 1123.45s 18.00
8. Gengar Lick Shadow Ball 996.57s 38.17
9. Beedrill (Mega) Bug Bite X-Scissor 991.37s 41.83
10. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 1157.91s 21.50
11. Yveltal Snarl Dark Pulse 1149.65s 24.50
12. Genesect (Normal) Fury Cutter X-Scissor 1154.64s 24.83
13. Tyranitar Bite Crunch 1180.77s 20.50
14. Weavile Snarl Foul Play 1103.32s 32.33
15. Escavalier Bug Bite Megahorn 1180.79s 26.67
16. Krookodile Snarl Crunch 1273.12s 17.67
17. Scizor Fury Cutter X-Scissor 1204.60s 28.33
18. Honchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse 1161.70s 38.60
19. Bisharp Snarl Dark Pulse 1227.53s 27.00
20. Deoxys (Attack) Poison Jab Dark Pulse 988.84s 66.20
21. Raikou Thunder Shock Shadow Ball 1287.40s 24.33
22. Blastoise (Mega) Bite Hydro Cannon 1266.47s 27.67
23. Salamence Bite Draco Meteor 1232.31s 32.17
24. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Blast Burn 1211.92s 37.00
25. Houndoom Snarl Foul Play 1207.17s 35.33
26. Absol Snarl Payback 1179.06s 39.33
27. Mismagius Hex Shadow Ball 1243.29s 33.17
28. Pinsir Fury Cutter X-Scissor 1214.09s 37.33
29. Manectric (Mega) Snarl Wild Charge 1261.89s 30.67
30. Banette Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 1172.86s 43.00
31. Heracross Struggle Bug Megahorn 1295.66s 35.40
32. Shiftry Snarl Foul Play 1287.23s 30.17
33. Zekrom Dragon Breath Crunch 1353.15s 22.83
34. Durant Bug Bite X-Scissor 1289.74s 32.00
35. Sharpedo Bite Crunch 1198.49s 47.80

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.

Available moves

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

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