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Ho-Oh Duo Raid Guide

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Tier 5 Raid Boss Guides
HoohDuo
Difficulty:

Requires specific high level counters or weather boost

HP15,000 ATK200.66 DEF228.31
CP Range
Lvl 20 2119 - 2207 Lvl 25 2649 - 2759

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Snow, Sunny / Clear, Windy, Cloudy Rain, Partly Cloudy

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Extrasensory Easy
Steel Wing Intermediate
Hidden Power Intermediate
Incinerate Challenging

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Brave Bird Easy
Fire Blast Easy
Solar Beam Challenging

Overview

Despite its high defense, the sheer power of Ho-oh's best counters and its double-weakness to the highly pervasive Rock Type make it a manageable duo. It's not going to be easy, as it's going to take a team or two of powerful counters, but it's definitely doable, especially in Partly Cloudy weather. Prioritize Rock Types, and be aware of the fact that Solar Beam in particular is a huge threat.

Approach

Team composition

  • Rampardos can help get ahead of the clock due to its sky-high DPS

  • Shadow Tyranitar is the strongest overall choice, sporting high DPS and TDO.

  • Rock Wrecker Rhyperior is another fantastic overall choice, and it's basically a somewhat weaker Shadow Tyranitar in this raid.

  • When facing Incinerate movesets, it is important to have resistances due to the move's high power.

Note on Hidden Power

Current discoveries by the community suggest that Hidden Power is always Fighting Type when used by a raid boss. This makes life fairly difficult for many of Ho-oh's counters.

Battling strategy

  • Re-entering is necessary; Solar Beam sets may need an extra re-entry

Note: "Good" movesets are not necessarily viable at the level indicated.

Best Raid Boss Counters

Mega Evolution Counters
Mega Blastoise Mega Blastoise
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Pros:

  • Mega Evolution, boosts the team's overall damage and Water Type attacks
  • Resists Fire Type movesets

Cons:

  • Weak to Solar Beam
  • Even in the rain and with the boosts provided by Mega Evolutions, Water Types still aren't quite up to par with the top Rock Types
  • Mega Evolution, costs energy to use
Counters Viable at Lv.35
Rampardos Rampardos
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Pros:

  • Top DPS among Ho-oh's counters, great for getting ahead of the clock
  • Decent availability, has been featured in several events to date
  • Resists Brave Bird and Fire Type movesets

Cons:

  • Weak to Steel Wing and Hidden Power (Fighting)
  • Basically deleted by Solar Beam
  • Frail, needs to dodge charged moves to keep up its high DPS.
ShadowTyranitar Shadow Tyranitar
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Pros:

  • The strongest overall choice for this raid. It may not have the DPS of Rampardos, but its higher TDO makes it a very solid choice overall.

  • Resists Fire Type movesets and Brave Bird, double-resists Extrasensory

Cons:

  • Weak to Steel Wing and Solar Beam, double-weak to Hidden Power (Fighting)

  • Needs Smack Down, an Elite Move, to excel.

  • Shadow Pokemon, needs an event to remove Frustration, is expensive to raise, and tends to have low average IVs

Rhyperior Rhyperior
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Pros:

  • Great DPS with very high TDO makes Rhyperior a superior choice for this raid
  • Resists Brave Bird and Fire Type movesets
  • Good overall availability; has been available in numerous events, has had its own Community Day, and has been available since day 1

Cons:

  • Requires Rock Wrecker, an Elite Move, to be genuinely effective
  • Weak to Steel Wing and Hidden Power (Fighting), double-weak to Solar Beam
Terrakion Terrakion
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Pros:

  • Resists Fire Type movesets

Cons:

  • Weak to Steel Wing, Hidden Power (Fighting), and Solar Beam
  • Legendary Species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
Tyranitar Tyranitar
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Pros:

  • Good overall availability. Species has been available in several events and research lines, has had its own community day, and has been featured as a raid boss since the system's inception

  • Resists Fire Type movesets and Brave Bird, double-resists Extrasensory

Cons:

  • Definitively worse vs. Solar Beam

  • Weak to Steel Wing and Solar Beam, double-weak to Hidden Power (Fighting)

  • Needs Smack Down, an Elite Move, to excel.

ShadowOmastar Shadow Omastar
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Pros:

  • Double-resists Fire Type movesets, resists Brave Bird

Cons:

  • Needs Rock Throw, an Elite Move

  • Weak to Hidden Power (Fighting) and double-weak to Solar Beam

  • Shadow Pokemon, needs an event to remove Frustration, is expensive to raise, and tends to have low average IVs

Gigalith Gigalith
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Pros:

  • Resists Fire Type movesets and Brave Bird

Cons:

  • Weak to Steel Wing, Hidden Power (Fighting), and Solar Beam
Aerodactyl Aerodactyl
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Pros:

  • One of the only genuinely viable counters not weak to Solar Beam
  • Resists Fire Type movesets and Brave Bird

Cons:

  • Weak to Steel Wing
  • Acceptable DPS, but low TDO. Appreciates dodging
Landorus (Incarnate Forme) Landorus (Incarnate Forme)
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Pros:

  • One of the only genuinely viable counters not weak to Solar Beam
  • Resists Hidden Power (Fighting)

Cons:

  • Legendary Species, can be difficult to obtain candy for

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