Best Defense Form Deoxys Raid counters in 2022

Defense Form Deoxys Raid

Best Defense Form Deoxys Raid counters in 2022

Welcome to the Season of Light Pokemon Trainers. The first event of the Season of Light welcomes back a popular Psychic event to Pokemon Go, the Psychic Spectacular. During the event, Psychic Pokemon will spawn in abundance. Beyond the addition of  Mega Alakazam, Niantic will host a raid day featuring Deoxys. All variations of Deoxys will spawn from September 1st to September 13th. 

The Deoxys raid day will take place on September 11th, 2022; it will feature all variations of Deoxys raids (Normal, Attack, Defense, and Speed). Keep an eye out, because you might encounter a shiny Deoxys if you take down the raid. Earlier today, we revisited the best Mega Alakazam raid counters in Pokemon Go, now let’s discuss the different Deoxys raid counters. Up second is the Defense Form Deoxys Raid.


Defense Form Deoxys Raid Stats

  • Defense Form Deoxys is a Psychic-type Pokemon.
  • It is weak to Bug, Ghost, or Dark-type moves.
  • Defense Form Deoxys’ Raid CP is 36,170
  • Defense Form Deoxys’ Base HP is 137
  • Its Attack is 144 and Defense is 330
  • The Base catch CP is between 1,228 to 1299
  • The Boosted Catch CP is between 1,535 to 1,624
  • It is Weather Boosted by Windy weather 
  • Its Fast moves can be Zen Headbutt or Counter
  • Its Charged moves can be Thunderbolt, Rock Slide, or Psycho Boost

Defense Form Deoxys Raid Counters

Going into the Defense Form Deoxys Raid, trainers will need Pokemon with type effective moves or high attack stats. Overall, Defense Form Deoxys is a bit of a tank; it has a high defensive stat making it a bit of a grind. Thankfully it is easy to take down due to its vulnerabilities.

The raid can be easily completed by a team of 4 to 6 trainers; a team of 6 to 10 trainers can take it down quicker and a team of 8 to 20 trainers can burn through it making a better completionist bonus.

Using Mega Pokemon such as Mega Gengar, Mega Gyarados, Mega Absol, Mega Houndoom, and Mega Beedrill will make the battle a lot easier for most trainers. Ultimately, you will want to use Bug, Ghost, and Dark-type Pokemon. Be careful, because the raid can be difficult if using Fighting and Psychic-type Pokemon.

Here are the best counters to overcoming the raid. Some of these recommendations can be substituted out for Pokemon with type advantage or a better move set.


  • Darkrai – Snarl & Shadow Ball
  • Mewtwo – Psycho Cut & Shadow Ball
  • Chandelure – Hex & Shadow Ball
  • Giratina (Origin) – Shadow Claw & Shadow Ball
  • Mega Houndoom – Snarl & Foul Play
  • Hydreigon – Bite & Dark Pulse/Brutal Swing


  • Mega Beedrill – Infestation & Fell Stinger
  • Haunter – Shadow Claw & Shadow Ball
  • Mega Gyarados – Bite & Crunch
  • Banette – Shadow Claw & Shadow Ball
  • Tyranitar – Bite & Crunch
  • Pheromosa – Bug Bite & Bug Buzz
  • Deoxys (Attack) – Poison Jab & Dark Pulse
  • Zacian – Snarl & Play Rough
  • Honchkrow – Snarl & Dark Pulse
  • Vikavolt – Bug Bite & X-Scissor
  • Mega Gengar – Lick & Shadow Ball
  • Zoroark – Snarl & Foul Play
  • Weavile – Snarl/Feint Attack & Foul Play
  • Luxray – Snarl & Wild Charge
  • Mega Absol – Snarl & Payback
  • Pheromosa – Bug Bite & Bug Buzz
  • Hoopa – Astonish & Shadow Ball
  • Bisharp – Snarl & Dark Pulse
  • Genesect – Fury Cutter & X-Scissor
  • Escavalier – Bug Bite & Megahorn
  • Zarude – Bite & Dark Pulse
  • Pinsir – Bug Bite & X-Scissor
  • Sharpedo – Bite & Crunch
  • Yveltal – Snarl & Dark Pulse
  • Incineroar – Snarl & Dark Pulse
  • Obstagoon – Lick & Night Slash
  • Mismagius – Hex & Shadow Ball
  • Thundurus (Therian Forme) – Bite & Crunch
  • Yanmega – Bug Bite & Bug Buzz
  • Krookodile – Snarl & Crunch
  • Mega Scizor – Fury Cutter & X-Scissor

Remember Shadow Bonuses

Remember, Shadow versions of some of these Pokemon can be more efficient.

Let Us Know!

Will you take part in the Deoxys raid day on September 11th or focus more on Mega Alakazam raids? Which Deoxys form will you choose to battle? Do you think the Defense Form Deoxys raid will be your go-to raid? For additional Pokemon Go news or raid guides, check out our Pokemon Go section.

If you want to add me on Pokemon Go, my trainer code is 3979-2857-6892. If you want to be invited to a raid throughout July, follow me on Twitter at KillerKDemons.

Let us know if this information is helpful to you and look out for any raid invites from us in the future. Remember to follow the NicheGamer Twitter for a variety of Pop Culture news

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