Defense Forme Deoxys Raid Guide (EX Raid)

Deoxys Defense Forme

Defense Forme Deoxys is a Tier 5 EX Raid Boss in Pokémon GO. Best Defense Form Deoxys Counters in Pokémon GO are strong Ghost and Dark-types such as Gengar, Mewtwo, Weavile, and Tyranitar. Defense Forme Dexoys is a Psychic type that has the following stats:

Deoxys (Defense) Psychic
Max CP 2274
ATK 144 DEF 330 HP 137
Weak to Strong Against
Bug Dark Ghost Fighting Poison

Defense Forme Deoxys has a Raid Boss CP of 36170, can be caught with the following CP Values:

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

The best case scenario for Defense Deoxys is a manageable trio with full teams of Lick/Shadow Ball Gengars, with Fog and Best Friend boosts. Defense Deoxys makes the Regi-Trio look easy, so do this with large groups. Ideally, use 4-9 high-level players, or 10-20 lower leveled players when fighting this raid boss.

This guide lists the best counters, forme stats, and which moves Defense Forme Deoxys can have in Pokémon GO. For more information about Deoxys’ role in the Pokémon GO metagame, read our Deoxys formes and their place in the Pokémon GO meta article.

For our Simulator’s list of counters, check here. As well, for a full IV chart, you can check here.

Defense Forme Deoxys Counters

Defense Forme Deoxys raid counters are very similar to the previously listed Formes’ counters, so you should already have some of these powered up by the time you face this Forme of Deoxys. A table that compares Times-to-Win and Death Count is available below, however, this is a formatted list to show and explain the top counters in realistic situations.

Deoxys Defense Forme raid counters
Deoxys (Defense)
Weakness Bug
Dark Ghost
Boosted by Windy
Supreme Counters
Gengar Shadow Claw/Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Gengar is your best bet if you are needing to short-man this raid. However, regardless of the group number, the glass cannon will make quick work of this bulky legendary.
Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Weavile Feint Attack Dark Foul Play Dark
Consider Weavile a not-so-frail, yet not-as-powerful, Dark-type Gengar basically. It is a great choice and the best Dark-type on the list, but it still pales to Gengar.
Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball* Ghost
For those with this legacy still in their back pocket, Mewtwo will have about the same damage output of Weavile, mixed with a low faint count that only Tyranitar can beat. Mewtwo once again proves why it is one of the best Pokémon.
Honchkrow Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Banette Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Tyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark
While its timing is not as great compared to the others on this list, it is admirable that it has the lowest faint count of any decent attacker, making it a worthwhile bulky pick.
Other Viable Counters
Deoxys (Attack) Poison Jab Poison Dark Pulse Dark
Absol Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Sharpedo Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Houndoom Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
Yanmega Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug
Pinsir Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug
Scizor Fury Cutter/Bug Bite Bug X-Scissor Bug

*Legacy move

Here’s how Deaths and Time-to-Win look like when fighting a Defense Forme Deoxys with all moves averaged out (output via GO Hub database):

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Gengar Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 1032.6s 43
2. Tyranitar Bite Crunch 1227.5s 24
3. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 1236.3s 26
4. Banette Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 1193.3s 46
5. Weavile Feint Attack Foul Play 1218.8s 41
6. Raikou Thunder Shock Shadow Ball 1368.2s 29
7. Pinsir Bug Bite X Scissor 1251.6s 42
8. Absol Snarl Dark Pulse 1248.9s 46
9. Mismagius Sucker Punch Shadow Ball 1329.6s 39
10. Scizor Fury Cutter X Scissor 1389.9s 37
11. Houndoom Snarl Foul Play 1301.2s 47
12. Yanmega Bug Bite Bug Buzz 1285.4s 53

Deoxys Movesets

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

Its 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 Deoxys itself, because the bulk of this forme is what makes it difficult.

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

Discount Attackers

If you do not have access to any of the fine counters listed above, this alien will still bow to any of these counters:

  • Shiftry with Feint Attack / Foul Play
  • Raikou with Thunder Shock / Shadow Ball
  • Crawdaunt with Snarl / Night Slash
  • Cacturne with Sucker Punch / Dark Pulse
  • Luxray with Snarl / Crunch
  • Gyarados with Bite / Crunch
  • Mismagius with Sucker Punch / Shadow Ball
  • Gardevoir with Charge Beam / Shadow Ball
  • Alakazam with Psycho Cut / Shadow Ball
  • Salamence with Bite / Draco Meteor
  • Metagross with Bullet Punch / Meteor Mash
  • Lucario with Bullet Punch / Shadow Ball

Final Notes

You will most certainly have a big group, as it is an EX Raid you are attending, so your main focuses should be enjoying the group time, and doing as much damage as possible, to get as many Premier Balls as possible, to catch Defense Deoxys.