Houndoom Raid Counters Guide

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Houndoom is a Tier 3 raid boss with a Combat Power of 18082. Houndoom is boosted under Fog and Sunny weather.

As of the release of Mega Pokemon in Pokemon GO and the removal of Tier 4 eggs, Houndoom is expected to be soloable. However, Mega Houndoom is expected to be released after the September 2020 Mega Battle Event, so the likelihood of Houndoom showing up in tier 3 raids is akin to that of the Kanto starters after the release of their Mega forms.

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Capturing Houndoom

Upon capture Houndoom can have the following values:

Level 20: 1450-1505

Level 25: 1813-1882 (weather boosted)


Houndoom Raid Counters

Houndoom is a Dark and Fire type, with weaknesses to Fighting, Rock, Ground, and Water-type moves. The fight is not difficult and can easily be countered by appropriate Level 30 counters.

Here are the top 10:

Best Houndoom Raid Counters
#1 Pokemon GO Blastoise (Mega)Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun
Water
Hydro Cannon
Water
#2 Pokemon GO PalkiaPalkia Dragon Tail
Dragon
Hydro Pump
Water
#3 Pokemon GO GarchompGarchomp Dragon Tail
Dragon
Earthquake
Ground
#4 Pokemon GO ConkeldurrConkeldurr Counter
Fighting
Dynamic Punch
Fighting
#5 Pokemon GO KyogreKyogre Waterfall
Water
Hydro Pump
Water
#6 Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Counter
Fighting
Aura Sphere
Fighting
#7 Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Smack Down
Rock
Rock Wrecker
Rock
#8 Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Mud Shot
Ground
Hydro Cannon
Water
#9 Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Water Gun
Water
Hydro Cannon
Water
#10 Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Mud Slap
Ground
Earthquake
Ground

Houndoom’s movepool consists of the following:

Fast Moves Charged Moves
  • Snarl Dark
  • Fire Fang Fire
  • Foul Play Dark
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Crunch Dark
  • Fire Blast Fire

The majority of the moves above can be countered with the optimal moveset for each of the top 4 counters, and all of the top 10 resist at least one of these moves’ types each, so the battle should not be difficult with optimal counters Level 30 or above.

Additional Counters

In addition to the Pokémon highlighted above, the following Pokémon have proved to be worthy in Houndoom Raid battles:

Pokemon GO GroudonGroudon

The strongest Ground type in Pokemon GO is also an excellent option versus Houndoom. Always roll a double Ground-type move set in this fight: Mud Shot + Earthquake.

Pokemon GO RhydonRhydon

Rhyperior’s little sibling, Rhydon’s lack of a fast Rock type move has always been one of its major drawbacks, since it only has one full-STAB moveset, which is Mud-Slap and Earthquake. None of them are great moves in Pokémon GO and thus, other options are way better against Houndoom. However, it can still be used as it will deal super effective damage.

Pokemon GO SharpedoSharpedo

Sharpedo is a good example of a glass cannon. It has a high attack stat of 243, but its ridiculously low defense and below-average stamina stats make it very vulnerable in the battle field. Even though it resists every single move Houndoom knows, it is a very fragile counter.

Pokemon GO BreloomBreloom

Breloom is the Fighting type Pokémon that currently has the highest attack stat in the game, 241. It resists Dark type moves but it takes super effective damage from Fire type moves, which Houndoom knows. Furthermore, Breloom is also a fragile Pokémon to use in battle. Consider using it only if Houndoom has a double Dark type moveset, but keep in mind that it might not last too long in battle.

Pokemon GO VaporeonVaporeon

Vaporeon with Water Gun and Hydro Pump used to be the Water type king in the game. However, now that Gyarados is able to learn a Water type fast move, Waterfall, and especially after Kyogre was released, its viability has decreased a lot. Its attack stat of 205 is too low to compete with Kyogre’s massive attack stat of 270.

 

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