Pokémon GO Houndoom

USER GUIDE | Submitted by JovJov14 on March 17 2017

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Who let the houndoom out?

It’s not easy utilizing a Fire type Pokémon in Pokémon GO. We often have to be strategic when it comes to using a Fire type. Personally, I find myself benching them. Despite having incredible power, they are not my first choice for my team. That changed when I evolved my Houndour into a Houndoom.

Houndour don’t really appear in the wild as often as Pidgey or Sentret here in my area (Although now I wish it would). Since the Second Generation was only released recently, it was not easy to collect a lot of Houndour candies. Luckily, there’s the Pinap Berry that makes it less difficult.

I’ve used the First Generation Fire types like Charizard, Arcanine, and Rapidash. They were impressive, but not as impressive as Houndoom. Here’s some things you trainers should remember:

  • Houndoom is both Fire and Dark type.
  • It can have a CP as high as 2529.
  • There are only 5 other Fire type Pokémon introduced in the Second Generation. Those are: Houndour, Slugma, Magcargo, Typhlosion, Quilava, and Cyndaquil.
  • Houndoom has the highest ATK among the Second Generation Pokémon. It also has the highest CP.
  • Even if we include the First Generation Pokémon, Houndoom still has higher ATK than most.
  • Houndoom is strong against Bug, Steel, Grass, Ice, Ghost, and Psychic type Pokémon. In addition, It would receive significantly reduced damage from these types of move.
  • It is weak against Rock, Fire, Water, Fighting, and Fairy type Pokémon.
  • It would received more damage than usual if it gets hit by Rock, Water, Fighting, and Fairy type moves.
  • Houndoom can get Snarl (Dark type) or Fire Fang (Fire type) as it’s fast move.
  • It can get Crunch (Dark type), Foul Play (Dark type), or Fire Blast (Fire type) as it’s charge move.

Houndoom howls for battle!

Houndoom is now part of my attack team. Its awesome damage is best used with its trainer behind it. Unfortunately, every battle has its wins and losses. Here are some advantages and disadvantages you should keep in mind if you decide in putting Houndoom in your team:

  • Houndoom has a very impressive ATK, but its DEF is not that high. In fact, it has the lowest DEF amongst all other Fire type Pokémon. This means if you get hit with a Water type attack, it might take your Houndoom out quite swiftly.
  • It can take out Exeggutor, Lapras, Rhydon,and Steelix with ease.
  • Most trainers would still choose Tyranitar, Snorlax, and Blissey as their defenders. It’s not that Houndoom can’t take them out, it would take a while and it would probably lower Houndoom’s HP to almost zero, but it will get the job done.
  • Houndoom has a quick reaction time. It move very smooth evading attacks. During battles, I was able to simultaneously dodge and attack. With Houndoom’s Fire Fang, I was even able to sneak in 2-3 attacks, and still dodge the opponent’s incoming attack.
  • My Houndoom got Crunch as it’s charge move. It’s awesome. It’s very quick to fill up with the help of Fire Gang’s fast execution, and both moves delivers great damage.
  • The biggest problem I had with Houndoom was when we battled against Water and Rock type Pokémon. Houndoom took a lot of damage whenever their attacks hit.
  • It was easier to dodge Rock type attacks because they tend to be slow when the opponent execute them. Water type attacks on the other hand are quite fast and they often hit. So, make your Houndoom take a knee whenever you’re going to face a water type opponent.

Houndoom I choose you!

If you’re still looking for a Fire type Pokémon for your team, I encourage you to take Houndoom into consideration. Put your Houndoom in your attack team and go dominate over gyms. I guarantee that Houndoom will help you conquer gyms.

I can’t stress this enough, do not put your Houndoom as a defender. Use it to demolish high level gyms. It won’t do much as defender.

Best of luck, trainers!