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Pokémon Go Deoxys raid guide: counters and best movesets

Your chance to grab a Mythical Pokémon is here

Deoxys in Pokémon Go Niantic/The Pokémon Company

Deoxys has returned to Pokémon Go raids until Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. ET, so now is the time to grab this rare Mythical Pokémon.

Deoxys is available in four different forms: Normal, Attack, Defense, and Speed. Though the stats are different, the weaknesses for them are all the same. Deoxys is a psychic-type Pokémon meaning that it’s going to be weak against dark-, ghost-, and bug-type moves. You’ll have the most success against Deoxys with the following Pokémon:

  • Tyranitar with Bite and Crunch
  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut/Confusion and Shadow Ball
  • Gengar with Shadow Claw/Hex and Shadow Ball
  • Scizor with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor
  • Houndoom with Snarl and Foul Play

While Speed, Attack, and Normal Forme Deoxys can be taken down easily with a group of four or more people with good counters, its Defense Forme is tankier, meaning you’ll likely need around seven or more players.

Raiding-wise, none of Deoxys’ forms are particularly good. Attack and Normal Forme are both glass cannons that have extremely low defense, though they have high attacks. If you’re set on using them, Normal Forme goes best with Charge Beam and Thunderbolt and Attack Forme does best with Poison Jab and Dark Pulse. Defense Forme does best with Counter and Thunderbolt but its low attack make it not really worth using over any other fighting- or electric-type attackers. Speed Forme Deoxys is the most useful, being the most balanced of the four and does well with Zen Headbutt and Thunderbolt.