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Pokémon Go Ho-oh raid guide: Best counters and movesets


A hand holds up a phone with a Ho-oh’s stat screen Photo: James Bareham/Polygon
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Ho-oh, the rainbow Legendary bird, is one of Pokémon Go’s many raid targets. Our Pokémon Go Ho-oh raid guide has Ho-oh’s best counters, weaknesses, and moveset.

Ho-oh best counters and weaknesses

Ho-oh’s flying- and fire-typing give it a double weakness to rock-type moves. It’s also weak against water- and electric-type moves, but rock-type moves are way better to use. Ho-oh’s best counters and weaknesses include:

  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Rhyperior with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Terrakion with Smack Down and Rock Slide

Remember that weather powers up moves. Rainy weather boosts water- and electric-type moves, and partly cloudy weather boosts rock-type moves.

Ho-oh best moveset

Ho-oh isn’t a great attacker, as it falls way behind Moltres, Blaziken, and Chandelure. If you want to have the best Ho-oh possible, use Incinerate and Fire Blast.

Can Ho-oh be Shiny?

Shiny Ho-oh and its normal form Image: Niantic via Polygon

Lucky players may encounter a Shiny Ho-oh. If you do see a Shiny, you’ll catch it on the first ball you hit it with, so use a Pinap Berry to score some extra candy.