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. Darkrai Snarl Dark Shadow Ball Ghost 983.74s 21.00
2. Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 1048.73s 15.00
3. Hoopa (Unbound) Astonish Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 1044.36s 19.83
4. Hoopa (Confined) Astonish Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 1038.77s 22.33
5. Chandelure Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 1006.05s 32.00
6. Gengar Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 992.65s 38.33
7. Hydreigon Bite Dark Dark Pulse Dark 1123.78s 18.33
8. Zarude Bite Dark Dark Pulse Dark 1153.54s 15.00
9. Weavile Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 1098.94s 28.60
10. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost 1161.20s 21.67
11. Yveltal Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 1148.18s 24.50
12. Honchkrow Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 1163.61s 17.50
13. Tyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark 1180.71s 20.33
14. Genesect (Douse) Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug 1155.00s 25.00
15. Genesect (Normal) Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug 1155.98s 24.83
16. Genesect (Burn) Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug 1155.60s 25.00
17. Absol Snarl Dark Payback Dark 1162.50s 22.00
18. Escavalier Bug Bite Bug Megahorn Bug 1175.94s 24.25
19. Yanmega Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug 1155.03s 26.00
20. Bisharp Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 1218.59s 16.33
21. Trevenant Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 1193.66s 26.50
22. Houndoom Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 1200.65s 17.50
23. Deoxys (Attack) Poison Jab Poison Dark Pulse Dark 986.99s 64.25
24. Scizor Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug 1207.16s 24.00
25. Krookodile Snarl Dark Crunch Dark 1271.53s 19.00
26. Haunter Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 1107.50s 49.00

*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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