Ho-Oh Raid Counters Guide

Ho-Oh Pokémon GO Raid Boss
Ho-Oh Pokémon GO Raid Boss

Best Ho-Oh counters are strong Rock type attackers that utilize Ho-Oh’s double weakness to Rock moves. Ho-Oh raid boss is a Tier 5 Legendary Raid Boss in Pokémon GO, with 50064 CP. Shiny Ho-Oh is available from raids. Ho-Oh is an easy fight that can even be (theoretically) duoed with a strong selection of Smack Down Tyranitars.

Ho-Oh Raid Boss CP is 45702 and it can have Max Capture CP:

  • 2119 – 2207 CP (Level 20, perfect 100% IV)
  • 2649 – 2759 CP (Level 25, perfect 100% IV Sunny and Windy weather)

Smack Down Tyranitar and Smack Down Tyrantiar are the best Ho-Oh counter, even in cases when Ho-Oh has Solar Beam.

Ho-Oh Counters

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Pokemon GO RampardosRampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 494.7s 29
2. Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge 624.8s 22
3. Pokemon GO TerrakionTerrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 587.4s 30
4. Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Smack Down Stone Edge 642.2s 24
5. Pokemon GO AggronAggron Smack Down Stone Edge 755.3s 20
6. Pokemon GO AerodactylAerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Slide 650.7s 30
7. Pokemon GO OmastarOmastar Rock Throw Rock Slide 684.1s 27
8. Pokemon GO Golem (Alola)Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Stone Edge 721.2s 27
9. Pokemon GO RegirockRegirock Rock Throw Stone Edge 800.8s 23
10. Pokemon GO GolemGolem Rock Throw Stone Edge 718.7s 31
11. Pokemon GO RayquazaRayquaza Dragon Tail Ancient Power 818.3s 27
12. Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos Thunder Shock Ancient Power 841.5s 28
13. Pokemon GO RaikouRaikou Thunder Shock Wild Charge 844.1s 28
14. Pokemon GO LunatoneLunatone Rock Throw Rock Slide 780.4s 33
15. Pokemon GO SolrockSolrock Rock Throw Rock Slide 781.8s 33
16. Pokemon GO MoltresMoltres Wing Attack Ancient Power 907.3s 28
17. Pokemon GO MagnezoneMagnezone Spark Wild Charge 898.7s 28
18. Pokemon GO SudowoodoSudowoodo Rock Throw Rock Slide 847.5s 37
19. Pokemon GO KyogreKyogre Waterfall Hydro Pump 902.7s 34
20. Pokemon GO ProbopassProbopass Rock Throw Rock Slide 1004.2s 26
21. Pokemon GO KabutopsKabutops Waterfall Ancient Power 897.7s 37
22. Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Thunderbolt 937.9s 35
23. Pokemon GO KinglerKingler Bubble Crabhammer 852.5s 43
24. Pokemon GO PalkiaPalkia Dragon Tail Hydro Pump 977.4s 31
25. Pokemon GO GyaradosGyarados Waterfall Hydro Pump 969.1s 33
26. Pokemon GO AmpharosAmpharos Charge Beam Power Gem 932.5s 37
27. Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Water Gun Hydro Cannon 918.9s 38
28. Pokemon GO ElectivireElectivire Thunder Shock Wild Charge 879.4s 43
29. Pokemon GO EmboarEmboar Low Kick Rock Slide 900.3s 41
30. Pokemon GO ArmaldoArmaldo Fury Cutter Rock Blast 886.2s 45

As always we also have this infographic for you from CoupleOfGaming!

Ho-Oh Raid Counters Explained

Ho-Oh has mostly the same counters like Moltres, as they have the same type combination. However, Ho-Oh has access to Solar Beam, which makes it quite dangerous to Rock and Water attackers, especially if they are combination types like non-Alolan Golem and Omastar.

Simply put, with the advent of Smack Down Tyranitar from Larvitar Community Day, Tyranitar is hands down the best counter, and even if Ho-Oh has Solar Beam, Tyranitar still has the best time to win by far. Use Smack Down Tyranitar, it is that simple for the easy wins against this Legendary. No Aggron, or Hydro Pump Lugia, or other Ho-Oh, Tyranitar with Smack Down brings the pain.

Golem, as listed above, is good in both its Alolan form and its regular form, although the Alolan form outperforms the regular due to it being a Rock Electric, instead of a Rock Ground. In other words, Solar Beam will not destroy it entirely, every single time, A-Golem might survive one possibly. A consideration to have is if you know Ho-Oh has Solar Beam, and for some reason you are not fighting will a full team of Tyranitar, perhaps use Rock Blast as the charged move instead of Stone Edge. The logic being at least with Rock Blast (50 Damage each) you are almost guaranteed to fire off two of them, whereas with Stone Edge (100 Damage each), you might get lucky and fire one before Solar Beam knocks you out of existence, and even then you might not manage the one.

Zapdos and Raikou are also great as Ho-Oh raid counters. They offer strong DPS and utilize electric moves to be achieve advantage over Ho-Oh, but they are a bit squishy.


Kyogre is one of the best Water type attackers in the game, so utilize it well! It is relatively tanky, so even against Solar Beam Ho-Oh it is a good one to take in.

Rayquaza is one of the top tier attackers with amazing DPS and very few deaths. It makes an amazing counter for Solar Beam Ho-Oh, as it will double resist the devastating charge move.

Please, be very careful of Solar Beam Ho-Oh! It’s completely devastating for Rock and Water types, especially to Golem (low HP) and Omastar (double weakness). Think of it in the same way you think about Hydro Pump Lugia, Groudon, and non-Thunder Kyogre. Scary, isn’t it? 👻

Ho-Oh can have the following moves:

  • Steel Wing (quick) steel
  • Extrasensory (quick) psychic
  • Brave Bird (charged) flying
  • Fire Blast (charged) fire
  • Solar Beam (charged) grass

Weather Influence on Ho-Oh

Partly Cloudy weather will be your best friend, along with Rainy weather! Sunny weather might cause a few issues, and take a lot more effort to beat, with it boosting both Solar Beam (*screaming*) and Fire Blast! But enough talk, here is a chart to help you see what weather would be optimal for battling the great Ho-Oh!

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny Boosts its Fire Blast and Solar Beam attacks
Partly Cloudy Boosts all Rock type move
Cloudy No pros nor cons
Rainy Boosts all super effective Water and Electric type moves
Windy Boosts its Extrasensory and Brave Bird attack
Fog No pros nor cons
Snow Boosts its Steel Wing attack

Additional Ho-Oh Counters

These Pokemon are weaker than the counters mentioned above, but they are still viable, especially in large raid groups. Do note that these Pokemon are often siting in your inventory forgotten, even though they can perform better than much higher CP Aggron or Ho-Oh:

  • Zapdos with Thunder Shock / Thunderbolt
  • Salamence with Dragon Tail / Hydro Pump (for both Solar Beam and non-SB variants)
  • Gyarados with Waterfall / Hydro Pump
  • Sudowoodo with Rock Throw / Rock Slide
  • Mew with Charge Beam / Rock Slide
  • Armaldo with Fury Cutter / Rock Blast

Considerably weaker, but still viable counters, mostly used in large groups as throw away attackers:

  • Vaporeon with Water Gun / Hydro Pump
  • Jolteon with Thunder Shock / Thunderbolt
  • Mewtwo with Confusion  / Shadow Ball
  • Aerodactyl with Bite / Ancient Power
  • Starmie with Hidden Power / Power Gem
  • Sharpedo with Waterfall / Surf
  • Swampert with Water Gun / Surf

Ho-Oh Catch Chances with various throws and berries

Ho-Oh BCR is 2% as observed in the GAME_MASTER file. The following table shows various throw/berry combos.

Berry Curve Throw type
Normal Nice Great Excellent
No Berry
2.00% 2.30% 3.00% 3.70%
Curve 3.40% 3.91% 5.10% 6.29%
Razz Berry
3.00% 3.45% 4.50% 5.55%
Curve 5.10% 5.87% 6.29% 7.65%
Golden Razz Berry
5.00% 5.75% 7.50% 9.25%
Curve 8.50% 9.78% 12.75% 15.73%