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Houndoom Duo Raid Guide

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Tier 4 Raid Boss Guides
Houndoom Duo Raid Guide
Difficulty:

Requires specific high level counters or weather boost

HP9,000 ATK188.81 DEF137.46
CP Range
Lvl 20 1432 - 1505 Lvl 25 1790 - 1882

Notable Weather

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

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Snarl Intermediate
Fire Fang Challenging

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Crunch Intermediate
Fire Blast Challenging
Foul Play Intermediate

Overview

Houndoom can be somewhat difficult without a proper counter set. However, it's countered fairly hard by a number of top-tier Pokemon such as Rampardos and Kyogre, which can make it a fairly easy duo, especially in positive weather and/or with friendship boosts. That said, it does sport some highly damaging moves,  and very few of its counters have a blanket-resistance

Approach

Team composition

  • Front-load with heavy hitters like Rampardos and Kingler

  • Fill in with powerful all-around counters like Kyogre and Machamp

  • If prioritizing frailer counters, close out the team with one or two Tyranitar to anchor

  • Various weather conditions allow for inclusion of other viable counters

Dodging strategy

  • Rampardos and Kingler should prioritize dodging in order to keep up their high DPS for as long as possible

  • If relying mostly on Machamp, dodge 1-3 Foul Play and 4-6 Fire Blast

  • The more Kyogre used on a team, the less needed dodging becomes

Counters

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

Video Guide

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable at level 35
Rampardos Rampardos
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Highest damage counter, stands head and shoulders above all others
  • Resists Fire Type movesets

Cons:

  • Fairly frail, benefits from dodging
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros: 

  • High DPS, good for getting ahead of the clock
  • Resists all Fire Type movesets

Cons:

  • Fairly frail, benefits from dodging
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Highest overall performance, hits hard and stays active for a fairly long time.
  • Resists Fire Type movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary status makes candy harder to obtain
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • High overall performance, a fantastic generall choice
  • Resists Dark Type movesets
  • Very obtainable Pokemon, has been one of the most common Tier 3 Raid Bosses since the system's release
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros: 

  • Third highest DPS, good for getting ahead of the clock
  • Resists Dark Type movesets

Cons:

  • Frail, needs dodging to be effective
  • Weak to Fire Type movesets, in general should only be used against Dark Type moves.
Tyranitar Tyranitar
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Highest Total Damage Output among all counters, fantastic for staying in the battle while not sacrificing much DPS
  • Resists all of Houndoom's movesets
  • Fairly common species, was featured in its own Community Day

Cons:

  • Requires its Community Day move to be effective
Swampert Swampert
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Good overall performance
  • Common species that has been featured in Community Day

Cons:

  • Requires its Community Day move to be effective
Counters viable at level 40
Blaziken Blaziken
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Despite low bulk, it resists all of Houndoom's moves, which artificially boosts its performance
  • Common species that has been featured in its own Community Day
Hariyama Hariyama
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Dark Type movesets
Feraligatr Feraligatr
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Fire Type movesets
  • Common species, previously featured in its own Community Day

Cons:

  • Requires Community Day move to be effective
Gyarados Gyarados
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Common species that has been around since the beginning of the game
  • Resists Fire Type movesets

Cons:

  • Requires 400 candy to evolve
Crawdaunt Crawdaunt
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Good DPS overall
  • Semi-common species
  • Resists all of Houndoom's movesets

Cons:

  • Very frail, needs to utilize dodging to be effective despite its resistances
Excadrill Excadrill
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Cons:

  • Weak to Fire Type movesets
Sharpedo Sharpedo
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists all of Houndoom's movesets
  • Common species due to being featured as a common Tier 3 Raid Boss

Cons:

  • Very frail despite resistances, requires dodging to be effective
Rhyperior Rhyperior
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Fire Type movesets

Cons:

  • Mediocre overall performance

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