'Pokémon Go' Mega Houndoom Raid: Counters and Everything You Need to Know

Mega Houndoom is the next Mega Evolution to come to Pokémon Go and trainers will have the chance to battle this powerful Pokémon when it starts appearing in Raids this week.

Starting Tuesday, September 29, at 4 p.m. EDT, Mega Houndoom will join Venusaur, Charizard (X and Y), Blastoise and Pidgeot in Mega Raids. Trainers can battle and capture a normal Houndoom by defeating this Johto region Pokémon.

Defeating Mega Houndoom in Raids will earn trainers Mega Energy for the Dark and Fire-type Pokémon, which you can use to battle in other Raids, and against Team Go Rocket.

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Being a Dark and Fire-type Pokémon gives Mega Houndoom some common attack weaknesses.

It's weak to Water, Ground, Rock and Fighting-type attacks, which gives trainers plenty of options for Pokémon to bring into battle. Although it has a few weaknesses, Mega Houndoom also has a number of resistances that trainers should avoid.

Mega Houndoom is resistant to Fire, Dark, Grass, Steel, Psychic and Ghost-type attacks, so try not to take Pokémon with these attacks into battle against it.

As for bringing your own Mega Pokémon into battle against Mega Houndoom, there's one choice that will benefit trainers. Mega Blastoise's Water typing and attacks will come in handy against the Fire-type Houndoom. Bringing in Mega Blastoise will also increase the Water-type attacks of other Trainers' Pokémon that join you in the Raid.

Aside from Mega Blastoise, using powerful Rock-type Pokémon will be the key. These Pokémon usually have plenty of fast and powerful Rock-type attacks, so Mega Houndoom will be knocked out quickly.

Here's a few Pokémon in Pokémon Go to consider bringing into battle against Mega Houndoom:

  • Mega Blastoise with Water Gun and Hydro Cannon
  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Rhyperior with Smack Down and Rock Wrecker
  • Terrakion with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Conkeldurr with Counter and Dynamic Punch

As a reminder, Niantic recently changed the requirements for Mega Evolution in Pokémon Go. Mega Pidgeot needs 100 Mega Energy to Mega Evolve the first time, so trainers can expect the same for Mega Houndoom.


Until Mega Houndoom starts to appear in Pokémon Go, we won't know if the rest of the Raids have been shifted.

We do know who is in Level 5 and Mega Raids, as Niantic announced Zapdos has returned, as well as Mega Evolutions not switching out.

Below are all the Pokémon found in Raids in Pokémon Go that we know so far. We'll update this section once Mega Houndoom appears on Tuesday.

Level 5

  • Zapdos

Mega Raids

  • Mega Venusaur
  • Mega Charizard X
  • Mega Charizard Y
  • Mega Blastoise
  • Mega Pidgeot

What do you think of Mega Houndoom's inclusion in Pokémon Go? Which Pokémon are you looking to take into battle against it? Let us know in the comments section.