Defense Forme Deoxys Raid Guide (EX Raid)

Defense Forme Deoxys is a Tier 5 EX Raid Boss in Pokémon GO. Best Defense Form Deoxys Counters in Pokémon GO are strong Ghost and Dark-types such as Gengar, Mewtwo, Weavile, and Tyranitar. Defense Forme Dexoys is a Psychic type that has the following stats:

Deoxys (Defense)Deoxys (Defense)Psychic
Max CP 2274
ATK 144DEF 330HP 137
Weak toStrong Against
Bug Dark GhostFighting Poison

Defense Forme Deoxys has a Raid Boss CP of 36170, can be caught with the following CP Values:

  • 1228 – 1299 CP with no weather boost (Level 20)
  • 1535 – 1624 CP with Windy weather (Level 25)

The best case scenario for Defense Deoxys is a manageable trio with full teams of Lick/Shadow Ball Gengars, with Fog and Best Friend boosts. Defense Deoxys makes the Regi-Trio look easy, so do this with large groups. Ideally, use 4-9 high-level players, or 10-20 lower leveled players when fighting this raid boss.

This guide lists the best counters, forme stats, and which moves Defense Forme Deoxys can have in Pokémon GO. For more information about Deoxys’ role in the Pokémon GO metagame, read our Deoxys formes and their place in the Pokémon GO meta article.

For our Simulator’s list of counters, check here. As well, for a full IV chart, you can check here.


Defense Forme Deoxys Counters

Defense Forme Deoxys raid counters are very similar to the previously listed Formes’ counters, so you should already have some of these powered up by the time you face this Forme of Deoxys. A table that compares Times-to-Win and Death Count is available below, however, this is a formatted list to show and explain the top counters in realistic situations.

Deoxys Defense Forme raid counters
Deoxys (Defense)Deoxys (Defense)
Weakness Bug
Dark Ghost
Boosted by Windy
Supreme Counters
GengarGengarShadow Claw/Lick GhostShadow Ball Ghost
Gengar is your best bet if you are needing to short-man this raid. However, regardless of the group number, the glass cannon will make quick work of this bulky legendary.
WeavileWeavileFeint Attack DarkFoul Play Dark
Consider Weavile a not-so-frail, yet not-as-powerful, Dark-type Gengar basically. It is a great choice and the best Dark-type on the list, but it still pales to Gengar.
MewtwoMewtwoPsycho Cut PsychicShadow Ball* Ghost
For those with this legacy still in their back pocket, Mewtwo will have about the same damage output of Weavile, mixed with a low faint count that only Tyranitar can beat. Mewtwo once again proves why it is one of the best Pokémon.
HonchkrowHonchkrowSnarl DarkDark Pulse Dark
BanetteBanetteShadow Claw GhostShadow Ball Ghost
TyranitarTyranitarBite DarkCrunch Dark
While its timing is not as great compared to the others on this list, it is admirable that it has the lowest faint count of any decent attacker, making it a worthwhile bulky pick.
Other Viable Counters
Deoxys (Attack)Deoxys (Attack)Poison Jab PoisonDark Pulse Dark
AbsolAbsolSnarl DarkDark Pulse Dark
SharpedoSharpedoBite DarkCrunch Dark
HoundoomHoundoomSnarl DarkFoul Play Dark
YanmegaYanmegaBug Bite BugBug Buzz Bug
PinsirPinsirFury Cutter BugX-Scissor Bug
ScizorScizorFury Cutter/Bug Bite BugX-Scissor Bug

*Legacy move


Here’s how Deaths and Time-to-Win look like when fighting a Defense Forme Deoxys with all moves averaged out (output via GO Hub database):

#PokemonFast MoveCharge MoveTime to winDeaths
1.GengarShadow ClawShadow Ball1032.6s43
2.TyranitarBiteCrunch1227.5s24
3.MewtwoPsycho CutShadow Ball1236.3s26
4.BanetteShadow ClawShadow Ball1193.3s46
5.WeavileFeint AttackFoul Play1218.8s41
6.RaikouThunder ShockShadow Ball1368.2s29
7.PinsirBug BiteX Scissor1251.6s42
8.AbsolSnarlDark Pulse1248.9s46
9.MismagiusSucker PunchShadow Ball1329.6s39
10.ScizorFury CutterX Scissor1389.9s37
11.HoundoomSnarlFoul Play1301.2s47
12.YanmegaBug BiteBug Buzz1285.4s53

Deoxys Movesets

Fast MovesCharge Moves
  • Counter Fighting
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Psycho Boost Psychic
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Thunderbolt Electric

Its moves are rather lackluster and will not do serious immediate damage to your Pokémon. Mainly, be on the lookout for Psycho Boost, as that will destroy any Gengar you have on the scene. This is a battle against time, not against Deoxys itself, because the bulk of this forme is what makes it difficult.

Weather Effects

WeatherPro AttackerPro Deoxys
Sunny
Partly CloudyBoosts Rock Rock Slide
CloudyBoosts Fighting Counter
RainyBoosts Super Effective Bug attacksBoosts Electric Thunderbolt
Snow
FogBoosts Super Effective Ghost and Dark Attacks
WindyBoosts Psychic Zen Headbutt and Psycho Boost

Discount Attackers

If you do not have access to any of the fine counters listed above, this alien will still bow to any of these counters:

  • Shiftry with Feint Attack / Foul Play
  • Raikou with Thunder Shock / Shadow Ball
  • Crawdaunt with Snarl / Night Slash
  • Cacturne with Sucker Punch / Dark Pulse
  • Luxray with Snarl / Crunch
  • Gyarados with Bite / Crunch
  • Mismagius with Sucker Punch / Shadow Ball
  • Gardevoir with Charge Beam / Shadow Ball
  • Alakazam with Psycho Cut / Shadow Ball
  • Salamence with Bite / Draco Meteor
  • Metagross with Bullet Punch / Meteor Mash
  • Lucario with Bullet Punch / Shadow Ball

Final Notes

You will most certainly have a big group, as it is an EX Raid you are attending, so your main focuses should be enjoying the group time, and doing as much damage as possible, to get as many Premier Balls as possible, to catch Defense Deoxys.

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