Best counters for Deoxys Attack Forme are strong Dark and Ghost Types like Tyranitar, Absol, Honchkrow, Weavile, Gengar and Shadow Ball Mewtwo. Deoxys Attack Forme is the new EX Raid boss in Pokémon GO, replacing its Normal Forme, and coming to us after December 20. Deoxys Attack Forme is a pure Psychic type, with a boss Combat Power of 41036 and 15000 stamina, meaning this forme can potentially even be soloed (even while boosted during Windy weather).

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

  • 1372 – 1474 CP with no weather boost (Level 20)
  • 1716 – 1842 CP with Windy weather (Level 25)

This guide lists the best counters, forme stats, and which moves Attack Forme 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.


Deoxys Attack Forme Counters

Attack Forme raid counters are very similar to the previously listed Normal Forme counters, so you should already have some of these powered up by the time you face this second Forme of Deoxys. A table that compares Times to Win and Death Count is available below. Deoxys Attack Forme is weak to Dark, Bug and Ghost type moves.

Deoxys Attack Forme Raid Counters
Deoxys (Attack)Deoxys (Attack)
Weakness Bug
Dark Ghost
Boosted by Windy
Supreme Counters
TyranitarTyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark
HonchkrowHonchkrow Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball* Ghost
GengarGengar
  • Shadow Claw*Ghost
  • Lick* Ghost
  • Hex Ghost
Shadow Ball Ghost
WeavileWeavile Feint Attack Dark Foul Play Dark
Other Viable Counters
AbsolAbsol Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
RaikouRaikou Thunder Shock Electric Shadow Ball Ghost
SharpedoSharpedo Bite Dark Crunch Dark
HoundoomHoundoom Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
MetagrossMetagross Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash Steel
YanmegaYanmega Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug

*Legacy or soon to be legacy move

Since the Type effectiveness changes your best bet would be to use Pokémon with Dark, Ghost and Bug type attacks. But as it’s easy to solo, you can pretty much use any good counters of the right type.


Deoxys Movesets

As of now, these are the moves that Deoxys Attack Forme has access to in the Game Master:

  • Poison Jab Poison, fast
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic, fast
  • Psycho Boost Psychic, charged
  • Dark Pulse Dark, charged
  • Zap Cannon Electric, charged

The only move you should be afraid of is Dark Pulse, as it will be super effective against your Ghost and Psychic-type Pokémon.

Here’s how Deaths and Time to Win look like when fighting a Zen Headbutt / Dark Pulse Deoxys (Attack) (output via GO Hub database):

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Tyranitar Bite Crunch 219.1s 8
2. Honchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse 213.5s 14
3. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 215.8s 14
4. Gengar Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 188.5s 20
5. Weavile Feint Attack Foul Play 228.1s 14
6. Raikou Thunder Shock Shadow Ball 253.4s 13
7. Absol Snarl Dark Pulse 231.0s 17
8. Sharpedo Bite Crunch 228.6s 19

If I had to give a recommendation: don’t be concerned over which moves this boss has. Only Dark Pulse should give your Pokémon any concern, but even then the battle should be easy for most trainers. Attack with your best team, be it a Tyranitar army, legacy Shadow Ball Mewtwo, or even some Houndoom, it’s not a terribly hard battle.

Deoxys stats in Pokémon GO

Deoxys capture CPs are based on level 20/25 10/10/10 to 15/15/15 IV ranges:

Min-CP Max-CP Min-CP (Weather) Max-CP (Weather)
Deoxys-Attack 1372 1474 1716 1842

And here are its new updated stats:

Deoxys Stats
Attack Defense Stamina Max CP
Deoxys-Attack 414 46 137 2580

Deoxys, being a pure Psychic type, will be boosted in Windy weather.

Weather Effects

Weather Pro Attacker Pro Deoxys
Sunny
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy Boosts Poison Poison Jab
Rainy Boosts Super Effective Bug attacks Boosts Electric Zap Cannon
Snow
Fog Boosts Super Effective Ghost and Dark Attacks Boosts Dark Dark Pulse
Windy Boosts Psychic Zen Headbutt and Psycho Boost

Discount Attackers

If you do not have access to any of the fine counters listed above, do not fret, for we have some other recommendations that will still be pretty good against this alien:

  • Pinsir with Bug Bite / X-Scissor
  • Shiftry with Feint Attack / Foul Play
  • Scizor with Fury Cutter / X-Scissor
  • Crawdaunt with Snarl / Night Slash
  • Banette with Shadow Claw / Shadow Ball
  • 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

Final Notes

If you have already done EX raids for Deoxys Normal Forme, this Forme should be easy and you probably already have counters for it, so your only worry should be getting that EX Raid Pass. Good luck Trainers!