Ho-Oh Raid Guide

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Ho-Oh

The big Fire bird is returning to raids for the Johto Tour event February 2022 (read more here Johto Tour Announcement | Pokémon GO Hub (pokemongohub.net)) so it is time to have a look and see what is needed to take it down…

With a double weakness to Rock these will be your key to victory in almost any weather conditions and particularly in Partly Cloudy. Shiny Ho-Oh is available from raids and in the right conditions can be duo’d with a strong selection of Rock pokémon but if you don’t have optimal counters a group of 4+ will be able to tackle it.

Ho-Oh Raid Boss CP is 50,064 and it can have Max Capture CP:

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

Ho-Oh Counters

Shadow Pokémon have been excluded due to their high cost but if you have a shadow version of any of these powered up then feel free to use it.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw
Rock
Rock Slide
Rock
342.10s 10.38
2. Rampardos Smack Down
Rock
Rock Slide
Rock
454.64s 22.19
3. Rhyperior Smack Down
Rock
Rock Wrecker
Rock
513.68s 18.44
4. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun
Water
Hydro Cannon
Water
516.18s 17.00
5. Terrakion Smack Down
Rock
Rock Slide
Rock
515.36s 19.94
6. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang
Electric
Wild Charge
Electric
514.47s 19.81
7. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch
Electric
Power Gem
Rock
548.61s 13.13
8. Tyranitar Smack Down
Rock
Stone Edge
Rock
552.96s 15.06
9. Gyarados (Mega) WaterfallWater
Hydro Pump
Water
564.65s 14.25
10. Landorus (Therian) Rock Throw
Rock
Rock Slide
Rock
582.89s 20.06
11. Landorus Rock Throw
Rock
Rock Slide
Rock
581.50s 20.13
12. Aerodactyl Rock Throw
Rock
Rock Slide
Rock
589.20s 20.94
13. Gigalith Smack Down Rock Rock Slide
Rock
616.67s 22.00
14. Omastar Rock Throw
Rock
Rock Slide
Rock
634.56s 21.25
15. Golem (Alolan) Rock Throw
Rock
Stone Edge
Rock
636.45s 20.31
16. Golem Rock Throw
Rock
Stone Edge
Rock
632.71s 22.69
17. Archeops Wing Attack
Flying
Ancient Power
Rock
641.45s 26.25
18. Aggron Smack Down
Rock
Stone Edge
Rock
689.57s 16.94
19. Gengar (Mega) Lick
Ghost
Shadow Ball
Ghost
668.94s 24.19
20. Crustle Smack Down
Rock
Rock Slide
Rock
692.00s 25.44
21. Regirock Rock Throw
Rock
Stone Edge
Rock
731.82s 15.13
22. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Wild Charge
Electric
738.91s 16.38
23. Lunatone Rock Throw
Rock
Rock Slide
Rock
725.29s 26.75
24. Solrock Rock Throw
Rock
Rock Slide
Rock
725.01s 26.31
25. Thunderus (Therian) Volt Switch
Electric
Thunderbolt
Electric
728.29s 24.75
26. Rayquaza Dragon Tail
Dragon
Ancient Power
Rock
750.67s 20.06
27. Melmetal Thunder Shock
Electric
Rock Slide
Rock
765.22s 18.94
28. Carracosta Rock Throw
Rock
Ancient Power
Rock
763.98s 18.46
29. Darmanitan Tackle
Normal
Rock Slide
Rock
748.01s 26.81
30. Darmanitan Tackle
Normal
Rock Slide
Rock
748.10s 25.73
31. Clawitzer Smack Down
Rock
Crabhammer
Water
744.40s 29.50
32. Hippowdon Thunder Fang
Electric
Weather Ball
Rock
771.61s 24.93
33. Excadrill Mud Shot
Ground
Rock Slide Rock 772.71s 26.42
34. Zapdos Thunder Shock
Electric
Ancient Power Rock
784.59s 22.38
35. Sudowoodo Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 772.45s 25.57

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 and will be a OHKO for the majority of counters if boosted by Sunny weather.

Mega Aerodactyl has only recently pipped other long-running Rock kings and queens to the top of the counter list such as CD-exclusives like Rhyperior and Tyranitar. If you do not have the mega energy needed then these will serve you well in its place.

Weather Influence on 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

 

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