Shadow Houndour Raid Guide

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Houndour (Shadow)

Shadow Houndour is available from Tier 3 Shadow Raids. Shadow Raids can only be participated in using in-person raid passes. Shadow Houndour cannot be shiny from Shadow raids.

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

  • 615 – 705 CP (no weather boost, 100% Houndour at Level 20)
  • 769 – 881 CP (Fog or Sunny weather, 100% IV Houndour at Level 25)

Shadow Houndour is a dual DarkFire type and is weak to Fighting, Ground, Rock and Water type attacks. Shadow Houndour is an immensely difficult tier 3 raid due to the Shadow Raid mechanism. You will need to be well prepared with top counters, correct movesets, powered-up Pokémon, and most importantly, Purified Gems.

We would suggest that if you intend to solo this raid, you keep an eye on the weather. Utilise weather that boosts your Fighting, Rock or Water types, Cloudy, Partly Cloudy and Rainy weather respectively, and ensure that you are using top-tier counters. These are much more difficult raids than your usual tier 3 raid. If you are lower level or without ideal counters, you will definitely need to bring a friend, or two!

Shadow Houndour is one of the slightly easier tier 3 Shadow raids, but still trickier than you may be expecting.

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Best Shadow Houndour Counters

Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.

The best raid counters according to our GO Hub battle simulator for Shadow Houndour are:

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Kyogre (Primal) Waterfall Water Origin Pulse Water 1 66s
2. Groudon (Primal) Mud Shot Ground Precipice Blades Ground 1 67s
3. Garchomp (Mega) Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 1 75s
4. Swampert (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 1 75s
5. Blaziken (Mega) Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 2 75s
6. Diancie (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 2 75s
7. Terrakion Double Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 1 78s
8. Tyranitar (Mega) Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 1 84s
9. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Ascent Flying 2 81s
10. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 2 81s
11. Gyarados (Mega) Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water 1 86s
12. Keldeo (Ordinary) Low Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 1 84s
13. Kyogre Waterfall Water Origin Pulse Water 2 87s
14. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 2 86s
15. Groudon Mud Shot Ground Precipice Blades Ground 2 88s
16. Rhyperior Mud-Slap Ground Rock Wrecker Rock 2 92s
17. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 3 89s
18. Lucario Counter Fighting Aura Sphere Fighting 4 89s
19. Conkeldurr Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 2 91s
20. Lopunny (Mega) Double Kick Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 2 91s
21. Greninja Water Shuriken Water Hydro Cannon Water 2 91s
22. Garchomp Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 2 96s
23. Alakazam (Mega) Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 4 92s
24. Tyrantrum Rock Throw Rock Meteor Beam Rock 2 96s
25. Machamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 3 96s
26. Excadrill Mud-Slap Ground Scorching Sands Ground 4 95s
27. Kingler Bubble Water Crabhammer Water 3 95s
28. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 3 97s
29. Tyranitar Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 2 103s
30. Swampert Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 2 99s

Shadow Houndour Stats and Max CP

Houndour (Shadow) Fire
Max CP at Level 40 1234 | Max CP at Level 50 1395
ATK 152 DEF 83 HP 128
Weak To: Resistances:
Fighting Ground Rock Water Psychic Dark Fire Ghost Grass Ice Steel

Shadow Houndour Move Sets

Houndour can have the following moves as a raid boss:

Fast moves Charged moves
  • Ember Fire
  • Feint Attack Dark
  • Dark Pulse Dark
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Crunch Dark

Shadow Houndour’s best moveset in Pokémon GO is Feint Attack and Flamethrower, with 12.05 damage per second, and it can deal 97.6 damage before Shadow Houndour faints. This is true when battling in neutral weather.

Weather Effects

Weather Pro Attacker Pro Shadow Houndour
Sunny/Sunny Boosts Super Effective Ground type attacks Boosts Fire type moves
Partly Cloudy Boosts Super Effective Rock type attacks
Cloudy Boosts Super Effective Fighting type attacks
Rainy Boosts Super Effective Water type attacks
Fog Boosts Dark type moves
Sunny or Sunny weather will boost your counters but also has a chance of boosting Shadow Houndours Fire type moves. It is best to do these raids in Partly Cloudy, Cloudy or Rainy to boost your counters without also boosting Shadow Houndour. It is not recommended to try this raid during Fog unless you have a bigger raid group to be able to quickly subdue the boss.

Shadow Raid Information & Advice

As a shadow raid, Houndour will hit harder than ever before, so make sure your counters are powered up, have the right moveset, and aren’t weak to the raid bosses moves. These tier 3 raids are a tricky solo 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 Houndour 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 from 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 Houndour raid, as without them you won’t be able to return it to its normal, non-enraged state.

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 defense 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!

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