Normal form Deoxys is a new EX Raid boss in Pokemon GO, replacing Mewtwo after more than 12 months. Deoxys is a pure Psychic type, with a boss combat power of 45891 and 15000 stamina. This guide lists best Deoxys counters, Deoxys EX Raid counters, form stats and which moves Deoxys can have in Pokemon GO. For more information about Deoxys’ role in the Pokemon GO meta game, read our Deoxys, Deoxys forms and their place in the Pokemon GO meta article.

Table of contents
Deoxys counters in Pokemon GO
Deoxys moves and move sets
Stats for all Deoxys forms
Weather influence
Parting words

Updated on 10-1-2018 to include new Deoxys counters for Normal Forme only. 

Deoxys Counters in Pokemon GO

A list of the best Deoxys counters based on typing and competitive viability. Deoxys raids are very similar to Mewtwo, so you should already have some of these powered up by the time you face Deoxys. A table that compares Times to Win and Death count is available below. Deoxys is weak to Dark, Bug and Ghost type attacks.

Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move
  • Psycho Cut Psychic
  • Confusion Psychic
Shadow Ball * Ghost
Tyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark
  • Shadow Claw*Ghost
  • Hex Ghost
Shadow Ball Ghost
Absol Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Banette Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Other Viable Counters
Pinsir Bug Bite Bug X-Scissor Bug
Sharpedo Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Houndoom Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
Scizor Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug

*Legacy or soon to be 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 Gengars more often to deal major damage without fear of Confusion ruining your day. As well, we have these recommendations and explanations below:

  • Shadow Ball Mewtwo will be your top tier counter in this fight, boasting the lowest Time to Win (TTW) and even one of the lowest faint counts among all counters, save for Tyranitar.
  • Shadow Claw Gengar still does its job fantastically, being a glass cannon pick that deals the damage fast.
  • In order of best TTW in most cases, Tyranitar, Absol, Banette, Houndoom, and Pinsir are the most viable options, having decent survivability and damage output.
  • If needed, a Bite / Crunch Sharpedo can be a good choice, although it is even more fragile than Gengar, so tread carefully with this fragile shark.
  • Good Generalists are a better substitute than some other picks, and certainly better than the default game recommendations, so if nothing above is up to the task, consider throwing in high level dragons like Rayquaza, Dragonite, or Salamence.

Deoxys Move sets

As of now, these are the moves that Deoxys Normal has access to in the code:

  • Charge Beam Electric, fast
  • Zen Headbutt, Psychic, fast
  • Psycho Boost Psychic, charged
  • Thunderbolt Electric, charged
  • Hyper Beam Normal, charged

There really is nothing to fear moveset wise from Deoxys. When your worst case scenario for Time to Win is it using Zen Headbutt and Hyper Beam, you have nothing to be concerned over.

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

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Deoxys (Attack) Poison Jab Dark Pulse 321.8s 44
2. Tyranitar Bite Crunch 465.8s 26
3. Gengar Sucker Punch Shadow Ball 422.4s 39
4. Absol Snarl Dark Pulse 449.9s 36
5. Sharpedo Bite Crunch 454.4s 38
6. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 468.4s 40
7. Cacturne Sucker Punch Dark Pulse 487.3s 38
8. Banette Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 468.6s 45
9. Pinsir Bug Bite X Scissor 480.0s 43
10. Houndoom Snarl Foul Play 497.1s 41
11. Alakazam Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 500.1s 41

If I had to give a recommendation: don’t be concerned over which moves Deoxys has. When attacking it, it simply has nothing hard hitting to give your Pokémon concern. 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 Pokemon GO

Deoxys capture CPs are based on level 20/25 10/10/10 to 15/15/15 IV ranges on each forme, however this is no guarantee that this will actually be possible as we do not know how they will be implemented:

Min-CP Max-CP Min-CP (Weather) Max-CP (Weather)
Deoxys-Attack 1187 1282 1484 1603
Deoxys-Normal 1485 1570 1857 1963
Deoxys-Defense 1062 1130 1328 1412
Deoxys-Speed 1356 1431 1695 1789

We do have each forme’s stat composition, for the curious readers:

Deoxys Stats
Attack Defense Stamina Max CP
Deoxys-Attack 414 46 100 2244
Deoxys-Normal 345 115 100 2749
Deoxys-Defense 144 330 100 1978
Deoxys-Speed 230 218 100 2504

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

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

Windy weather is what you want to get a boosted Deoxys, but not what you want if you end up having to cut corners to short-man this raid. Fog weather is the supreme counter weather, boosting both Ghost and Dark moves, making your Gengars, Shadow Ball Mewtwo, and Tyranitars even more beastly. This is a rare weather in most parts of the world, especially during raiding hours, so a good substitute is to fight in the Rainy weather, where it boosts the likes of even Pinsir and Scizor to surpass all other counters in TTW, for certain movesets like Counter/Psycho Boost.

Discount Attackers

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

  • Cacturne with Sucker Punch / Dark Pulse
  • Alakazam with Psycho Cut / Shadow Ball (Think discount Mewtwo)
  • Other good Generalists like Sky Attack Moltres, Kyogre, and Raikou.
  • Shiftry with Feint Attack / Foul Play
  • Crawdaunt with Snarl / Night Slash

Final Notes

Though very superficial, we can expect prepping for Deoxys to be easy. We had to prepare for Mewtwo, who has been discovered to be more tanky than before and possess tier 6 stats of Stamina, so a less-tanky, worse moveset alien will be no contest when new EX Raids come out. Happy training, good luck getting an EX pass!