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October 5, 2020 - Jace
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Houndoom (Mega) Raid Guide

Houndoom (Mega)-


Houndoom (Mega) is weak to the following types: Fighting, Ground, Rock, Water.
Generally speaking, the best counters for it are:
Kyogre, Rhyperior, and Conkeldurr.
Houndoom (Mega) can be beaten by 2 players in optimal weather, with max friendship and perfect level 40 counters or by 4 unfriended players using level 20 counters from this guide. When caught, Houndoom (Mega) will be between 1432 and 1505 cp without a weather boost. In Clear weather, Houndoom (Mega) will be between 1790 and 1882 when caught.

Release History:

  • 12/18/2018 for 28 days

Movesets

Sorted Easiest to Hardest.

  • Crunch:

    • Fighting-Types are hit for πŸ›‘οΈ Resistance
  • Foul Play:

    • Fighting-Types are hit for πŸ›‘οΈ Resistance
  • Flamethrower:

    • Water-Types are hit for πŸ›‘οΈ Resistance
    • Rock-Types are hit for πŸ›‘οΈ Resistance
  • Fire Blast:

    • Water-Types are hit for πŸ›‘οΈ Resistance
    • Rock-Types are hit for πŸ›‘οΈ Resistance

Top Raid Counters

Kyogre

Best Moveset: Waterfall / Surf

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†

Kyogre was first available January 2018. It is the premier Water-Type attacker and an incredibly powerful attacker. Someday it will likely be outclassed by itself if Niantic gives it the move Origin Pulse. With Level 35 Kyogre you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Hydro Pump
  • Best Estimator VS: Snarl / Foul Play
  • Best Ranking VS: Snarl / Flamethrower
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire

Conkeldurr

Best Moveset: Counter / Dynamic Punch

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†

With Level 35 Conkeldurr you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Fire Fang / Fire Blast
  • Best Ranking VS: Fire Fang / Foul Play
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Dark

Rampardos

Best Moveset: Smack Down / Rock Slide

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

Rampardos is very difficult to acquire being fairly new and only having been featured briefly in one quest as Cranidos. its the highest DPS Rock Type. With Level 35 Rampardos you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Snarl / Foul Play
  • Best Ranking VS: Fire Fang / Flamethrower
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire

Rhyperior (Elite TM Moveset)

Best Moveset: Mud Slap / Rock Wrecker (Elite TM)

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β­β˜†

Rhyhorn currently can be found in nests. With Level 35 Rhyperior you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Smack Down
  • Alternative Charge Moves: Earthquake
  • Best Estimator VS: Snarl / Foul Play
  • Best Ranking VS: Fire Fang / Fire Blast
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire

Terrakion

Best Moveset: Smack Down / Rock Slide

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β­β˜†

Best Rock Type in terms of survivability and TDO. DPS is usually edged out by the glass cannon Rampardos With Level 35 Terrakion you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Earthquake
    Close Combat
  • Best Estimator VS: Snarl / Fire Blast
  • Best Ranking VS: Fire Fang / Foul Play
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire, Dark

Lucario

Best Moveset: Counter / Aura Sphere

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

Riolu is an egg exclusive pokemon sadly, one of the absolute rarest and highly desired ones in fact. It was added October 2018th. It isn’t easy to power up and has a walking distance of 10k. There are increased chances of finding one in a 7k Alolan egg instead of normal 10ks. You also have better chances if you get difficult Adventure Sync eggs. if you collect your weekly adventure sync reward and have earned the 50k distance, AND have an available egg slot, you will get an egg with a skewed hatch pool. With Level 35 Lucario you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Snarl / Fire Blast
  • Best Ranking VS: Snarl / Foul Play
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Dark
    • 1Γ— Weak: Fire

Weather

Here is a list of Pokemon that can perform similar or better than the typical #1 option (in this case, Kyogre) with weather bonuses:

Pokemon Weather Fast Move Charge Move Estimator
Conkeldurr ☁️Overcast Counter Dynamic Punch 2
Kyogre β˜”οΈRainy Waterfall Surf 2
Rampardos ⛅️Partly Cloudy Smack Down Rock Slide 2
Rhyperior ⛅️Partly Cloudy Smack Down Rock Wrecker 2.1
Terrakion ⛅️Partly Cloudy Smack Down Rock Slide 2.1
Swampert β˜”οΈRainy Water Gun Hydro Cannon 2.2
Machamp ☁️Overcast Counter Dynamic Punch 2.2
Kingler β˜”οΈRainy Bubble Crabhammer 2.2
Tyranitar ⛅️Partly Cloudy Smack Down Stone Edge 2.2
Lucario ☁️Overcast Counter Aura Sphere 2.3
Empoleon β˜”οΈRainy Waterfall Hydro Cannon 2.3
Feraligatr β˜”οΈRainy Water Gun Hydro Cannon 2.3
Hariyama ☁️Overcast Counter Dynamic Punch 2.3
Rhyperior β˜€οΈClear Mud Slap Rock Wrecker 2.3
Crawdaunt β˜”οΈRainy Waterfall Crabhammer 2.3
Garchomp β˜€οΈClear Mud Shot Earthquake 2.4

Alternate Pokemon

Kingler

Best Moveset: Bubble / Crabhammer

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Kingler received Crabhammer 9/2/19 making it a monster Water Type. Quests where its been a reward: “Water Festival: Catch 5 Water-type Pokemon.” Boosted spawns of Krabby during Water Festival 2019. With Level 35 Kingler you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Mud Shot
  • Best Estimator VS: Fire Fang / Foul Play
  • Best Ranking VS: Fire Fang / Fire Blast
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire

Machamp

Best Moveset: Counter / Dynamic Punch

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Machamp stands as the pokemon with the longest cumulative duration it has spent as a raid boss, being one of the very first AND most frequently returning. If you’ve been playing long enough to participate in Tier 3 raids its likely you have a Machamp or a dozen. They also have been an incredibly useful Fighting Type since the game’s inception.

It is likely soon going to be outclassed as a Fighting-Type by many Gen 5 Pokemon (assuming they get good moves). Machop currently can be found in nests. With Level 35 Machamp you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Karate Chop
  • Best Estimator VS: Snarl / Fire Blast
  • Best Ranking VS: Snarl / Foul Play
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Dark

Haxorus

Best Moveset: Counter / Surf

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†

With Level 35 Haxorus you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Earthquake
  • Best Estimator VS: Fire Fang / Foul Play
  • Best Ranking VS: Fire Fang / Fire Blast
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire

Feraligatr (Elite TM Moveset)

Best Moveset: Waterfall / Hydro Cannon (Elite TM)

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†

Hydro Cannon is currently Legacy if you didn’t evolve during community day. Non-Legacy Totodiles got boosted spawns during Water Festival 2019. Totodile currently can be found in nests. With Level 35 Feraligatr you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Water Gun
  • Best Estimator VS: Snarl / Crunch
  • Best Ranking VS: Fire Fang / Flamethrower
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire

Swampert (Elite TM Moveset)

Best Moveset: Mud Shot / Hydro Cannon (Elite TM)

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†

Mudkip Community day way July 2019, which is when Swampert got the Legacy Move: Hydro Cannon. You cannot acquire a Hydro Cannon Swampert outside of that event unless someone trades you one. Non-legacy Swampert is still available, however. Mudkip got boosted spawns during Water Festival 2019. Mudkip currently can be found in nests. With Level 35 Swampert you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Water Gun
  • Best Estimator VS: Fire Fang / Fire Blast
  • Best Ranking VS: Snarl / Flamethrower
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire

Garchomp

Best Moveset: Mud Shot / Earthquake

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

Garchomp, while a great Dragon AND Ground-Type attacker (and one with resistance to Rock and triple resistance to Electric) is very difficult to acquire for now. No nests, no events, very rare, very new. Gible are exceedingly rare in the wild. It’s likely he will someday get a community day however. With Level 35 Garchomp you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Fire Fang / Foul Play
  • Best Ranking VS: Fire Fang / Fire Blast
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire

Tyranitar (Elite TM Moveset)

Best Moveset: Smack Down (Elite TM) / Stone Edge

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†

Accessibility will be a bit tough if you are only starting now as Larvitars do not nest and are rare. They are also in 10k eggs. Tier 4 Tyranitar Raids were a staple for quite a while, however. Larvitar can be found in ‘Make 3 Excellent Throws in a Row’ Quests. The family was last in raid bosses during Water Festival in Sept 2019. Larvitar community day (the only time you could get Smack Down) was June 2018. It isn’t the highest raw DPS Dark-Type anymore, but it has a ton of bulk on top of near optimal DPS. Weavile and Honchkrow trade with it depending on the matchup.
With Level 35 Tyranitar you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Snarl / Crunch
  • Best Ranking VS: Snarl / Fire Blast
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire, Dark

Groudon

Best Moveset: Mud Shot / Earthquake

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†

Groudon is a Legendary Pokemon and thus can only be gotten in time limited ways, by being featured in Event Raids or Field Research Breakthroughs. They are the a pretty safe investment to power up, but might get Precipital Blade someday. Mud-shot and Earthquake got buffed December 2019. With Level 35 Groudon you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Fire Fang / Fire Blast
  • Best Ranking VS: Fire Fang / Foul Play
  • Type Interactions:
    • No Type Interactions

Empoleon (Elite TM Moveset)

Best Moveset: Waterfall / Hydro Cannon (Elite TM)

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†

Piplup currently can be found in nests. With Level 35 Empoleon you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Fire Fang / Fire Blast
  • Best Ranking VS: Snarl / Flamethrower
  • Type Interactions:
    • Canceled Out: Fire

Landorus

Best Moveset: Mud Shot / Earth Power

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†

With Level 35 Landorus you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Rock Throw
  • Best Estimator VS: Fire Fang / Fire Blast
  • Best Ranking VS: Snarl / Fire Blast
  • Type Interactions:
    • No Type Interactions

Blaziken

Best Moveset: Counter / Focus Blast

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β­β˜†

Blaziken was featured in Community Day May 2019! In terms of Raids, the most common member of the Family is Combuskin. Who was last a Tier 2 raid in March 2019. Torchic currently can be found in nests. With Level 35 Blaziken you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Stone Edge
  • Best Estimator VS: Snarl / Fire Blast
  • Best Ranking VS: Fire Fang / Foul Play
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire, Dark

Crawdaunt

Best Moveset: Waterfall / Crabhammer

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β­β˜†

Corphish currently can be found in nests. With Level 35 Crawdaunt you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Fire Fang / Fire Blast
  • Best Ranking VS: Snarl / Fire Blast
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire, Dark

Hariyama

Best Moveset: Counter / Dynamic Punch

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hariyama is cheaper to evolve up than Machamp, requiring less candy and a more common pokemon (with nearly identical practical performance) Makuhita currently can be found in nests. With Level 35 Hariyama you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Snarl / Fire Blast
  • Best Ranking VS: Snarl / Foul Play
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Dark

Palkia

Best Moveset: Dragon Tail / Aqua Tail

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†

With Level 35 Palkia you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Dragon Breath
  • Alternative Charge Moves: Hydro Pump
  • Best Estimator VS: Snarl / Foul Play
  • Best Ranking VS: Snarl / Fire Blast
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Fire

Gyarados

Best Moveset: Waterfall / Hydro Pump

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Magikarp can spawn from Glacial Lure Modules, and Catch 10 Pokemon quests. Gyarados has been available for years now, but has a hefty 400 candy cost to evolve. Magikarp got boosted spawns during Water Festival 2019. Magikarp currently can be found in nests. With Level 35 Gyarados you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Aqua Tail
  • Best Estimator VS: Snarl / Foul Play
  • Best Ranking VS: Snarl / Flamethrower
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire

Gigalith

Best Moveset: Smack Down / Rock Slide

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†

With Level 35 Gigalith you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Mud Slap
  • Best Estimator VS: Snarl / Foul Play
  • Best Ranking VS: Fire Fang / Fire Blast
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire

Sirfetch’d

Best Moveset: Counter / Close Combat

  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†

With Level 35 Sirfetch’d you need 4 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Fire Fang / Foul Play
  • Best Ranking VS: Snarl / Foul Play
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Dark

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