Shadow Ho-Oh Raid Guide

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Ho-Oh (Shadow)

Shadow Ho-Oh is available from Tier 5 legendary Shadow Raids. Shadow Raids can only be completed using in-person raid passes. Shiny Shadow Ho-Oh ✨ is available from Raids starting January 27, 2024, 10:00 am local time.

Shadow Ho-Oh can be caught with the following CP values, with an IV floor of 6/6/6:

  • 2050 – 2207 CP (no weather boost, 100% Ho-Oh at Level 20)
  • 2563 – 2759 CP (Sunny and Windy weather, 100% IV Ho-Oh at Level 25)

Shadow Ho-Oh is a Fire and Flying type and is weak to Rock, Electric and Water type attacks. Shadow Ho-Oh is an immensely difficult tier 5 raid due to the Shadow Raid mechanism. You will need to be well prepared with top counters, correct move-sets, powered-up Pokémon, and most importantly, Purified Gems.

Communication will be key for this raid! You will want to plan not only your Mega Pokémon team positions, and counters, but also your use of Purified Gems, so be sure you communicate with your fellow trainers.

We would suggest groups of 4+ for trainers with top counters that are maxed out, and armed with Purified Gems, or 8-10+ for lower-level trainers and those without ideal counters. Purified Gems are a must.

As these raids are in person only, you can make use of the Party Power raid bonus through Party Play! The Party Power is a Raid bonus that fills up as members of your Party attack the Raid Boss. Once the Party Power bonus is full, your next Charge Attack will receive a special boost. You can see the Party Power button and your progress towards achieving the bonus in the bottom left corner of your Raid Battle.

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Best Shadow Ho-Oh Counters Raid icon

Here are the best Pokémon to use against a Ho-Oh raid boss. Being weak to three different types, Ho-Oh’s counters table is diverse and shows the strongest Pokémon to use against the raid boss. Try to pick from the top end of this list, and ensure they have the necessary move-sets, and are powered up.

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Diancie (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 36 559s
2. Tyranitar (Mega) Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 21 586s
3. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 25 582s
4. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 46 618s
5. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 32 630s
6. Tyrantrum Rock Throw Rock Meteor Beam Rock 32 669s
7. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 38 676s
8. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Ancient Power Rock 25 695s
9. Kyogre (Primal) Waterfall Water Origin Pulse Water 28 721s
10. Gigalith Smack Down Rock Meteor Beam Rock 38 716s
11. Tyranitar Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 34 731s
12. Aurorus Rock Throw Rock Meteor Beam Rock 44 770s
13. Swampert (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 38 771s
14. Aerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 42 772s
15. Archeops Wing Attack Flying Ancient Power Rock 48 783s
16. Landorus (Incarnate) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 43 783s
17. Landorus Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 43 783s
18. Aggron (Mega) Smack Down Rock Meteor Beam Rock 37 789s
19. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Power Gem Rock 35 790s
20. Nihilego Acid Poison Rock Slide Rock 38 799s
21. Aggron Smack Down Rock Meteor Beam Rock 43 826s
22. Omastar Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 50 844s
23. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 40 846s
24. Arcanine (Hisuian) Snarl Dark Rock Slide Rock 46 858s
25. Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock 51 881s
26. Avalugg (Hisuian) Powder Snow Ice Rock Slide Rock 46 906s
27. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Ancient Power Rock 41 917s
28. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Fusion Bolt Electric 40 924s
29. Melmetal Thunder Shock Electric Rock Slide Rock 47 924s
30. Kleavor Quick Attack Normal Rock Slide Rock 58 858s

While Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up, these are the top Shadow Pokémon you can use against Shadow Ho-Oh. Ensure you no longer have Frustration on these Pokémon before considering adding them to your team. If you have any of these as an option, while they may take more damage than non-shadow Pokémon, they will also deal more.

We would highly recommend the use of Mega Pokémon in Shadow Ho-Oh raids. They provide not only greater damage output, but also boost Pokémon of the same typing in the raid. We would suggest discussing your counter choices with your fellow trainers, and plan Mega Pokémon, and their position in your team accordingly.

If you have a group of 6, for example, one person should have their mega in slot 1, the next slot 2, the next slot 3, etc., you can try to keep the mega boost going throughout the raid.

Shadow Ho-Oh Overview General icon

Ho-Oh (Shadow) FireFlying
Max CP at Level 40 3863 | Max CP at Level 50 4367
ATK 239 DEF 244 HP 214
Weak To: Strong Against:
Rock Electric Water Bug Grass Fairy Fighting Fire Ground Steel

Ho-Oh Move Sets Raid icon

Ho-Oh can have the following moves as a raid boss:

Fast moves Charged moves
  • Steel Wing Steel
  • Extrasensory Psychic
  • Hidden Power Normal
  • Incinerate Fire
  • Fire Blast Fire
  • Solar Beam Grass
  • Brave Bird Flying

Weather Effects

Weather Pro Attacker Pro Shadow Ho-Oh
Sunny/Sunny Boosts Fire and Grass type moves
Partly Cloudy Boosts Super Effective Rock type attacks Boosts Normal type moves
Rainy Boosts Super Effective Electric and Water type attacks Snow Boosts Steel type moves
Windy Boosts Psychic and Flying type moves

The top 8 attackers are making use of Rock type moves which will be boosted by Partly Cloudy weather, however keep in mind Shadow Ho-Oh has access to the Normal type quick attack Hidden Power which will also be boosted in this weather. If luck is in your favour Ho-Oh will not be using Hidden Power, as Partly Cloudy weather seems your best bet for enhancing your attacks. If this fails, it looks like you should be hoping for Rainy weather – you might just have to take your waterproofs!

Shiny Shadow Ho-Oh Shiny icon

Shiny Shadow Ho-Oh is available from defeating Ho-Oh in Shadow Raids. Shiny shadow Ho-Oh has been verified as activated on Reddit. Good luck Trainers!

Shadow Raid Information & Advice

As a shadow raid, Ho-Oh will hit harder than ever before, so make sure your counters are powered up, have the right move-set, and aren’t weak to the raid boss’ moves. These raids are a tricky group task for even the most prepared trainers, and you will need Purified Gems to defeat them. Shadow Raid Bosses will grow enraged as you battle them, boosting their attack and defence.

You will need to subdue Shadow Ho-Oh using Purified Gems, a new item that can be assembled from Shadow Shards.

Shadow Shards are mysterious gem pieces that may be dropped by Team GO Rocket grunts, leaders, and Shadow Raids. You will need to gather enough shards to use Professor Willow’s newly invented Shard Refiner, and in return, you’ll be rewarded with a Purified Gem. Be sure to have collected as many as you can before you attempt a Shadow Ho-Oh raid, as without them you won’t be able to return it to its normal, non-enraged state. You can hold up to 10 Purified Gems in your inventory at a time.

There are multiple ways Purified Gems can assist your battle against enraged Shadow Raid Bosses:

  • When you use a Purified Gem during a Shadow Raid, the enraged Shadow Raid Boss’s attack and defence will be lowered temporarily. This can give you the opening you need to take them down.
  • You and your fellow Trainers can use more than one Purified Gem during a Shadow Raid. If used at the same time, their effects will stack.
  • If enough Purified Gems are used, the enraged Shadow Raid Boss will be subdued—returned to its non-enraged state—which might give you the edge you need to defeat it!

Purified Gems will show in the bottom left corner of the raid battle when you are able to use them, so be sure to communicate with your raid group to stack their effects!

Notes 💡

The raid lasts 300 seconds. You get 3 guaranteed XL candy. It counts towards Battle Legend medal. It does not count towards the Ultra Hero medal. Shiny shadow Ho-Oh has been enabled. IV floor appears to be 6. It appears it is 8 gems needed to subdue Ho-Oh, like the T3 shadow raids.

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