Deoxys is a Tier 5 raid boss in Pokémon GO and being a pure Psychic type, its weaknesses include strong Bug, Dark and Ghost types. Deoxys can be caught with the following CP Values:

  • 1717 – 1806 CP with no weather boost (Level 20)
  • 2146 – 2257 CP with Windy weather (Level 25)

Best Deoxys counters are strong Ghost and Dark-type attackers, such as Gengar, Houndoom, Tyranitar, Giratina and Darkrai.

Deoxys Counters in Pokémon GO

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 Deoxys are the following:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 218.39s 11.67
2. Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 273.48s 10.83
3. Snarl Dark Payback Dark 281.65s 17.33
4. Bite Dark Crunch Dark 305.56s 11.50
5. Bug Bite Bug X-Scissor Bug 319.71s 28.67
6. Wing Attack Flying Blast Burn Fire 364.16s 18.17
7. Snarl Dark Shadow Ball Ghost 381.00s 16.17
8. Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 372.23s 22.00
9. Bite Dark Hydro Cannon Water 382.20s 18.83
10. Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 411.74s 10.67
11. Astonish Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 398.85s 15.50
12. Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 390.34s 19.67
13. Bite Dark Dark Pulse Dark 420.49s 12.83
14. Astonish Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 408.73s 17.17
15. Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost 419.64s 16.83
16. Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 422.04s 16.67
17. Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 430.73s 17.17
18. Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 430.18s 15.33
19. Bite Dark Crunch Dark 455.22s 13.00
20. Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 429.77s 20.17
21. Bite Dark Dark Pulse Dark 453.70s 12.67
22. Snarl Dark Wild Charge Electric 416.49s 23.17
23. Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 450.31s 12.00
24. Wing Attack Flying Brave Bird Flying 427.84s 23.50
25. Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 448.48s 13.50
26. Snarl Dark Payback Dark 438.84s 21.25
27. Poison Jab Poison Dark Pulse Dark 375.30s 42.25
28. Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 428.46s 24.60
29. Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 462.91s 17.50
30. Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug 427.15s 30.00
31. Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant Grass 458.61s 18.60
32. Volt Switch Electric Zap Cannon Electric 483.38s 13.00
33. Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 474.61s 13.75
34. Snarl Dark Crunch Dark 492.48s 10.67
35. Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 438.63s 25.00

*denotes a legacy move

It has been confirmed that so far you will only be battling against Deoxys Normal Forme, so basically you will be dealing with a less tanky, higher damage-dealing Mewtwo. The good news is though while Mewtwo had a fantastic movepool, as it stands Deoxys is lacking, so you can bring out your glass cannon powerful Ghost and Normal types more often to deal major damage without fear of Confusion ruining your day.


Normal Forme Deoxys Move sets

Normal Forme Deoxys can learn the following moves:

Deoxys Attack Forme learns the following moves:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Charge Beam Electric
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Psycho Boost Psychic
  • Hyper Beam Normal
  • Thunderbolt Electric

Weather Effects

Weather Pro Attacker Pro Deoxys
Partly Cloudy Boosts Normal Swift
Cloudy Boosts Fighting Counter
Rainy Boosts Super Effective Bug attacks Boosts Electric Zap Cannon
Fog Boosts Super Effective Ghost and Dark Attacks
Windy Boosts Psychic Zen Headbutt and Psycho Boost


All the best, trainers!