Houndoom Raid Counters Guide


Houndoom is a Tier IV raid boss in Pokémon GO with Raid Boss CP of 28590. Houndoom is boosted under Fog and Sunny weather. Houndoom raids require a minimum of 2 to 3 players to complete under the right weather conditions and with the proper counters. Raiding it under Cloudy, Partly Cloudy or Rainy weather is advisable, especially if you’re short on numbers.

Best Houndoom counters are strong Water and Fighting type Pokemon like Kyogre and Machamp (and others).

Houndoom Raid
Raid CP 28590
Capture CP Level 20: 1432 – 1505 CP
Level 25: 1790 – 1882 CP
Minimal raid size 2
Suggested raid size 3
Boosted by Fog, Sunny
Best counter types Water, Fighting, Rock

Houndoom Raid Counters

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

Best Houndoom Raid Counters
#1 Pokemon GO KyogreKyogre Waterfall
Hydro Pump
#2 Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Counter
Dynamic Punch
#3 Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Smack Down
Stone Edge
#4 Pokemon GO RampardosRampardos Smack Down
Rock Slide
#5 Pokemon GO FeraligatrFeraligatr Water Gun
Hydro Cannon
#6 Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken Counter
Focus Blast
#7 Pokemon GO HariyamaHariyama Counter
Dynamic Punch
#8 Pokemon GO PalkiaPalkia Dragon Tail
Hydro Pump
#9 Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Smack Down
Stone Edge
#10 Pokemon GO GyaradosGyarados Waterfall
Hydro Pump

Houndoom’s movepool is just comprised of Fire and Dark type moves. Some Pokémon, such as Blaziken, resist both Fire and Dark type moves, whereas other good counters such as Machamp or Kyogre just resist some attacks. Thus, Houndoom’s moveset will be relevant in order to determine which lineup is the most optimal one for the given conditions. However, some counters such as Machamp itself or Kyogre stand out from a time to win perspective due to their high DPS, which is what normally matters the most in a raid battle. These two Pokémon will always be great options but keep in mind that other counters might take less damage in battle depending on Houndoom’s moveset.

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

Rhydon used to be the best Ground type attacker in the game before Groudon was released. Its 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 against Houndoom.

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 SwampertSwampert

Swampert has a low attack stat (208) in comparison to other viable counters.It resists Fire type moves from Houndoom but it won’t be the best choice from a time to win perspective. Its versatility relies on dealing super effective damage both with its Water and Ground type attacks.

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.

Simulator Output

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Kyogre Waterfall Hydro Pump 311.0s 9
2. Machamp Counter Dynamic Punch 310.8s 12
3. Tyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge 349.2s 9
4. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 286.1s 15
5. Feraligatr Water Gun Hydro Cannon 325.3s 13
6. Blaziken Counter Focus Blast 326.7s 12
7. Hariyama Counter Dynamic Punch 330.4s 12
8. Palkia Dragon Tail Hydro Pump 357.6s 10
9. Rhyperior Smack Down Stone Edge 362.9s 11
10. Gyarados Waterfall Hydro Pump 353.8s 12
11. Garchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 374.3s 12
12. Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake 372.1s 13
13. Breloom Counter Dynamic Punch 306.0s 20
14. Vaporeon Water Gun Hydro Pump 390.4s 12
15. Swampert Water Gun Surf 383.6s 14
16. Omastar Rock Throw Rock Slide 393.2s 13
17. Blastoise Water Gun Hydro Cannon 385.4s 14
18. Toxicroak Counter Dynamic Punch 350.0s 17
19. Golem Rock Throw Stone Edge 392.3s 14
20. Poliwrath Bubble Dynamic Punch 412.9s 12
21. Golem Rock Throw Stone Edge 393.8s 15
22. Milotic Waterfall Surf 418.0s 12
23. Kabutops Waterfall Stone Edge 398.9s 15
24. Salamence Dragon Tail Hydro Pump 401.2s 15
25. Heracross Counter Close Combat 363.4s 17
26. Empoleon Waterfall Hydro Pump 391.5s 17
27. Gallade Low Kick Close Combat 385.6s 18
28. Regirock Rock Throw Stone Edge 451.1s 11
29. Infernape Rock Smash Close Combat 417.7s 15
30. Floatzel Waterfall Hydro Pump 373.1s 20