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Table of Contents

How Shiny is Acquired
Raids, Research Encounter

Pokemon Ratings

PvE Attacker Rating 3 / 5
Great League PVP Rating See all 1 / 5
Ultra League PVP Rating See all 2 / 5
Master League PVP Rating See all 2 / 5

Pokemon Stats

199.00 kg Weight
3.81 m Height
Pokemon Max CP
3863
ATK 239
DEF 244
STA 214

PVE Movesets Grades

Show Suboptimal/Unranked Movesets

PVE Offensive Moves Explanation

  • Extrasensory pairs with Brave Bird for effectiveness vs. Fighting-types, but Steel Wing is slightly superior in neutral matchups.

  • Fire Blast has a distinct advantage over Brave Bird against Grass and Bug-type Pokemon.

  • Solar Beam is the charged move of choice against Water, Ground, and Rock-type Pokemon, including those with a secondary Ice-typing.

  • Hidden Power is Ho-Oh's strongest specialist quick move... sometimes. It should only be used if you're lucky enough to have a version that synergizes with one of Ho-Oh's charged moves. Hidden Power Fire can make Ho-Oh a bulky but slow fire attacker, Hidden Power Flying leaves Ho-Oh still painfully in the dust as a flying-type attacker but out-damaging Extrasensory in relevant raids, while Hidden Power Grass puts Ho-Oh just a bit behind Groudon as a pseudo-grass attacker.

PVE Overview

Lacking a STAB fast move(Except Hidden Power) and having two of the worst iterations of its STAB charged moves, Ho-Oh isn’t making big waves in the meta. In spite of this, in any fight where Ho-Oh has resistances and deals super effective damage, it can work as a bulky counter with its legendary stats. Ho-Oh will never rule Grass, Steel, and Bug-types like Moltres, nor take down Fighting-types like Lugia, nor be a bulky pseudo Grass attacker like Groudon, but it is disappointingly adequate at doing them all.

Even with Hidden Power Fire, Ho-Oh's DPS doesn't top Flareon, and Hidden Power Flying even puts it behind Yanmega. In short; the switch from the main series to Go has not been kind to the Rainbow Pokemon.

One fact of note is that Ho-Oh may see some hope in the future if it ever sees the release of its exclusive move, Sacred Fire. However, this move does not yet exist in the game data, so time will tell how it fares.

PVP Movesets Grades

Show Suboptimal/Unranked Movesets

PvP Moveset Explanation

Extrasensory+Brave Bird and Fire Blast

Extrasensory has 2.66 DPT (Damage Per Turn) and 3.33 EPT (Energy Per Turn), making it Ho-Oh's fastest charging quick move and its preferred choice outside of an appropriately typed Hidden PowerBrave Bird (90 Power/55 Energy) is a decent move in PVP that charges semi-quickly, making it the generally preferred move for closing the deal against opponents. Fire Blast (140 Power/80 Energy) takes a small forever to charge up, but that much power coming off of a good attack stat like Ho-Oh's plus STAB is going to sting. You just need to make sure that A: you can charge it up before dying, and B: the opponent has no shields left!

Extrasensory+Brave Bird and Solar Beam

This is virtually the same set as above, but it switches out Fire Blast's advantages and gains better counter-coverage with the grass-type nuke, Solar Beam (150 Power/80 Energy).

Special Note: Hidden Power

Hidden Power has 3 DPT (Damage Per Turn) and 2.66 EPT (Energy Per Turn). It's not a great attack in PVP, but it can have some utility on Ho-Oh if given the proper typing. According to the simulators on PvPoke, the best Hidden Power types for Ho-Oh are, in order of simulator effectiveness: Fire, Ground, Electric, Fighting, and Bug.

PvP Rating Explanation

Great League: 1/5

Ho-Oh can join the Great League by virtue of its release as a research breakthrough reward, but it really shouldn't. being at such a low CP causes this Pokemon, who already has largely meek performance, to just be horribly out-classed.

Ultra League: 2/5

Ho-Oh has slightly better performance in the Ultra League, where it starts to wield the only real advantage afforded to it; a good stat-spread. Here, it acts primarily as a closer, using its powerful but slow charged moves to finish off opponents lacking shields. It also has good matchups against tier-relevant pokemon such as Lucario, Venusaur, and Steelix. However, that's about where its advantages end. Its moveset still holds it back, it's slow to do anything meaningful, and it falls like a deck of cards to semi-common Rock type coverage moves. But what really seals Ho-Oh's fate here is the fact that it's easily handled by Giratina-Altered Forme, the king of the tier. 

Master League: 2/5

Ho-Oh fairs slightly better here than in the Ultra League. All of the previous points stand, but it also has good matchups against several good and anti-meta Pokemon such as Groudon, Metagross, and the aforementioned Lucario. However, as the depth of its niche deepens, its breath narrows. Ho-Oh has even more trouble here against many of the tier's monstrous threats, such as Dialga, both forms of Giratina, and Tyranitar. Ho-Oh shines brightest here, but its glow is still very dim. Consider the opportunity cost before adding it to your team.

Fast Moves

12
More Info

Psychic

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
1.10
0.20
10.91
10.91
13.64
11
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Steel

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
0.80
0.30
7.50
13.75
17.19
15
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Normal

.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
1.50
0.30
10.00
10.00
12.50

Charge Moves

90
More Info

Flying

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
2.00
0.60
0.00
0.90
45.00
56.25
40.50
140
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Fire

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
4.20
0.80
0.00
1.40
33.33
41.67
46.67
180
More Info

Grass

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
4.90
2.00
0.00
1.80
36.73
45.92
66.12

Secondary Charge Move Unlock Cost

Candy 100
Stardust 100,000

Other

Flee Rate 4.0 %
Buddy Distance 20 km
Capture Rate2.0 %

Pokemon Type Chart

Vulnerable

160% damage
256% damage
160% damage

Resistant

39.1% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
39.1% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage

Raid Boss Catch Rate

Fire Medal

None
Bronze
Silver
Gold

Flying Medal

None
Bronze
Silver
Gold
Normal Nice! Great! Excellent!
No Berry -
Curve
Razz Berry -
Curve
Golden Razz Berry -
Curve

Pokemon Min/Max CP Values

How to use: You need to know your Pokemon's exact level. To find exactly what level your Pokémon is, power up your Pokémon following this chart until you're certain of your level from Stardust cost changes.

A Pokémon's minimum level is 1.

Every time you power up, your Pokémon gains half a level.

StardustLevelMin CPMax CP
20014854
2001.599112
2002151171
2002.5202229
4003254287
4003.5305346
4004357404
4004.5408462
6005460521
6005.5511579
6006563637
6006.5614696
8007666754
8007.5717812
8008768870
8008.5820929
10009871987
10009.59231045
1000109741104
100010.510231159
13001110721214
130011.511211269
13001211691324
130012.512181380
16001312671435
160013.513151490
16001413641545
160014.514131600
19001514611655
190015.515101711
19001615591766
190016.516081821
22001716561876
220017.517051931
22001817541986
220018.518022042
25001918512097
250019.519002152
25002019492207
250020.519972262
30002120462318
300021.520952373
30002221442428
300022.521922483
35002322412538
350023.522902594
35002423392649
350024.523872704
40002524362759
400025.524852814
40002625332870
400026.525822925
45002726312980
450027.526803035
45002827283090
450028.527773146
50002928263201
500029.528753256
50003029233311
500030.529483339
60003129723367
600031.529963394
60003230213422
600032.530453449
70003330703477
700033.530943504
70003431183532
700034.531433560
80003531673587
800035.531913615
80003632163642
800036.532403670
90003732643698
900037.532893725
90003833133753
900038.533373780
100003933623808
1000039.533863835
100004034113863
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