The DNA Pokémon, Deoxys is coming back to Legendary Raids. A Mythical Pokémon with four different formes, Deoxys can have a wide range of move types and stats depending on its forme. Fortunately, we here at iMore have everything you need to know to take on this Raid and be sure to check out our best Pokémon Go accessories so you can be fully equipped on your Pokémon Journey!
Who is Deoxys in Pokémon Go?
One of the most unusual Pokémon, Deoxys was formed by the mutation of an alien virus in space. It takes for different formes: Normal, Attack, Defense, and Speed. Each forme has a different shape and different stats, but they're all the same type and the same basic colors.
Where the formes really differ is their movesets:
- Normal Forme Deoxys can deal out Psychic, Electric, and Normal type damage.
- Attack Forme Deoxys can deal Psychic, Electric, Dark, and Poison type damage.
- Defense Forme Deoxys can deal Psychic, Electric, Fighting, and Rock type damage.
- Speed Forme Deoxys can deal Psychic, Electric, and Normal type damage.
This means you may have to tailor your counter teams a bit depending on the forme you're facing. this guide is specifically for its Normal Forme, but in case you were wondering what its other three formes look like:
What are the best counters for Normal forme Deoxys in Pokémon Go?
A pure Psychic type, Deoxys takes increased damage from Bug, Ghost, and Dark type attacks. It's capable of dealing Psychic, Normal, and Electric type damage. As there are now Mega Evolved Pokémon for each of its type weaknesses, this is a Raid you're going to want to coordinate with your fellow trainers on if you can do so safely.
Best of the best, Mega Gengar is a great choice for a Ghost based offensive in this Raid, assuming you have the Mega Energy to spare. As a Ghost and Poison type, it will take super effective damage from Deoxys's Psychic type attacks, but it resists Normal type damage. If you are bringing a Mega Gengar to this Raid, you'll want it to know Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball and remember to coordinate with your fellow trainers if you can safely do so.
If you don't have enough Mega Gengar Energy or you're better equipped for a Dark based offensive, Mega Houndoom is the best of the Dark type Mega Pokémon to bring agaisnt Deoxys. As a Dark and Fire type, it resists the Psychic type moves and has no relevant weaknesses. Snarl and Foul Play are the ideal moves for Mega Houndoom here, and again, coordinate with the rest of your Raid party if you can.
The Mythical Gen IV Pokémon, Darkrai might look like a Ghost, but it's actually a Dark type, and despite being a Mythical Pokémon, it's seen widespread availability. It resists Deoxys's Psychic type attacks and for other Formes, it resists Dark type damage and has no weaknesses Deoxys can exploit. If you're bringing Darkrai to this Raid, you'll want it to know Snarl and Shadow Ball or Dark Pulse. Dark Pulse performs better, but if paired with a Mega Pokémon, you'll want to match its type.
Another great option for a Dark based offensive is Mega Absol. This pure Dark type has no weaknesses Deoxys can take advantage of and it resists Psychic type damage. You'll want to coordinate with your raid party, if it's safe to do so, in order to make the most of the Dark type Mega Boost, and your Mega Absol should know Snarl and Dark Pulse.
Although it doesn't perform quite as well as Mega Houndoom or Mega Absol, Mega Gyarados is still a great choice to lead a Dark based offensive. As a Dark and Water type, it will take increased damage from Deoxys's Electric type moves, but resists its Psychic type moves. Bite and Crunch are the best moveset for this Raid, and if you can coordinate with the rest of the Raid party, it will boost other Dark types on the field.
Giratina (Origin forme)
A Sinnoh region Legenday, Giratina is another great counter for Deoxys, but specifically its Origin Forme. Giratina's Origin forme hasn't been available quite as often as its Altered forme, but they do use the same Candy. As a Ghost and Dragon type, it resists Electric and Normal type damage, and it has no weaknesses the DNA Pokémon can exploit. Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball are the moves you'll want your Giratina to know.
Originally encountered in the Unova region of Gen V, Chandelure performs very well against Deoxys. As a Ghost and Fire type, Chandelure has no weaknesses relevant to this fight and it resists Normal type damage. Its first stage, Litwick has been featured in several events, so most active players have at least one or two powered up already. Hex and Shadow Ball are the ideal moveset for this Raid.
The Mythical Pokémon, Hoopa makes a great counter for Deoxys in either of its formes, but the Unbound forme is the best choice for this raid. It's a Psychic and Dark type, so it takes reduced damage from Deoxys's Psychic type attacks and it has no relevant weaknesses. Unfortunately, Hoopa has had extremely limited availability of one per account and only after completing a long Special Research. Plus, it requires a whopping 50 Candy and 10,000 Stardust to change formes. However, if you have it, Astonish and Dark Pulse is the ideal moveset for this raid.
Hoopa's Confined forme also performs well in this raid if you don't have the Candy and Stardust necessary to change formes. As a Psychic and Ghost type, it resists Psychic and Normal type damage and takes normal damage from Electric type moves. Astonish and Shadow Ball are the ideal moves for Hoopa Confined in this raid.
The final evolution of Deino, Hydreigon) is a pseudo-Legendary from the Unova region. It was featured during Dragon Week, as well as other events, in eggs, and as a Pokémon Go Battle League reward encounter, so most active players have at least one or two already powered up. As a Dark and Dragon type, Deoxys's Electric and Psychic type attacks will do reduced damage,. Bite and Dark Pulse is the moveset you're looking for in this Raid.
The Legendary mascot of Pokémon Y, Yveltal is the last of the top counters, but certainly no pushover. As a Dark and Flying type, it will take increased damage if the Deoxys you're facing has the Electric type attacks, but it resists Psychic type damage and can certainly take a hit. Although the Destruction Pokémon has only had one run in Raids so far, it was fairly recent, so most active players should have at least one or two. Snarl and Dark Pulse are the moves you'll want Yveltal to know for this Raid.
Last but not least, Tyranitar perfoms well against Deoxys. This Dark and Rock type pseudo-Legendary resists Psychic and Normal type damage and has no weaknesses Deoxys can exploit. Plus, Tyranitar is super obtainable, having been in raids, Community Day, eggs, and tons of events. If you're bringing Tyranitar along, you'll want Bite for the fast move and Crunch for the charged attack.
Although most players will be able to make a team of the best counters, if you're finding a gap in your team, there are plenty of back ups who work well in larger groups. Just make sure you're dodging and any of the following could be a decent back up:
- Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Shadow Ball
- Zarude with Bite and Dark Pulse
- Gengar with Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball
- Krookodile with Snarl and Crunch
- Trevenant with Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball
- Genesect with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor
- Weavile with Snarl and Foul Play
- Bisharp with Snarl and Dark Pulse
- Banette with Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball
- Mega Blastoise with Bite and Hydro Cannon
- Mega Beedrill with Bug Bite and X-Scissor
- Absol with Snarl and Dark Pulse
- Scizor with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor
- Mismagius with Hex and Shadow Ball
- Houndoom with Snarl and Foul Play
- Reshiram with Fire Fang and Crunch
- Yanmega with Bug Bite and Bug Buzz
- Escalavier with Bug Bite and Mega Horn
- Raikou with Thunder Shock and Shadow Ball
- Zekrom with Dragon Breath and Crunch
- Gourgeist with Hex and Shadow Ball
- Pinsir with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor
The rebalance of Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket make them excellent glass cannons. Not only are their stats boosted, but during special events, it's possible to change their moves. If you happen to have any of the following Pokémon with the right moveset, they will work very well in this Raid:
- Shadow Tyranitar with Bite and Crunch
- Shadow Weavile with Snarl and Foul Play
- Shadow Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Shadow Ball
- Shadow Scizor with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor
- Shadow Mismagius with Hex and Shadow Ball
- Shadow Houndoom with Snarl and Foul Play
- Shadow Absol with Snarl and Dark Pulse
- Shadow Raikou with Thunder Shock and Shadow Ball
- Shadow Banette with Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball
- Shadow Pinsir with Bug Bite and X-Scissor
- Shadow Cacturne with Sucker Punch and Dark Pulse
- Shadow Shiftry with Snarl and Foul Play
- Shadow Honchkrow with Snarl and Dark Pulse
Note: While all of these Shadow Pokémon perform well, the Mega Pokémon they're paired with will make a big difference. If you're paired with a Mega Gengar, the Ghost type moves on this list will hit a lot harder, but Mega Houndoom, Mega Absol, or Mega Gyarados will do the same for the Dark types.
How many players does it take to defeat Deoxys in Pokémon Go?
While two top level players can technically handle this forme of Deoxys, lower level players should aim to have at least four players when challenging this forme of the DNA Pokémon.
Weather conditions that can impact this Raid include:
- Wind will boost Deoxys's Psychic type moves
- Partly Cloudy weather will boost its Normal type move
- Rain will boost Deoxys's Electric type move, as well as your Bug type counters
- Fog will boost your Dark and Ghost type counters
Questions about Deoxys in Pokémon Go?
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