'Pokémon Go' Raid Update: Best Deoxys Counters and Complete List of Bosses

Pokémon Go players are enjoying the goodies of the Ultra Bonus Week 2 event, and one change they may have noticed comes in its Raid Battles.

The bosses of Raids have all changed in Pokémon Go, but a certain Mythical Pokémon has returned. Deoxys, the mysterious Pokémon from the Hoenn region, will be catchable through Raid Battles. However, it won't just be Deoxys in his regular form. All four forms of the Pokémon will appear in Raid Battles.

If you want to take advantage of this special event, here's everything you need to know about the latest Raid Boss update in Pokémon Go.

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All forms of Deoxys are pure Psychic-type, making them weak to Ghost, Bug and Dark-type attacks. They also resist Psychic and Fighting-type attacks so don't think of bringing too many Pokémon with those types of moves.

There are plenty of good Ghost and Dark-type Pokémon in Pokémon Go already so you shouldn't have trouble compiling a team of six to take on this Mythical.

Here's a rundown of Pokémon that will do well against all forms of Deoxys:

  • Giratina
  • Gengar with Lick and Shadow Ball
  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Shadow Ball
  • Tyranitar with Bite and Crunch
  • Banette with Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball
  • Absol with Snarl and Dark Pulse
  • Weavile with Feint Attack and Foul Play
  • Honchkrow with Snarl and Dark Pulse
  • Rayquaza with Dragon Tail and Outrage
  • Pinsir with Bug Bite and X-Scissor
  • Scizor with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor

Other Pokémon like Houndoom, Yanmega and various Bug, Ghost and Dark-type Pokémon will also work well.


With the arrival of the Deoxys Forms in Raid Battles, the other levels of Raids have changed as well. The Pokémon occupying these raids are mostly of the type that can help trainers take down Deoxys.

Players will see more Ghost, Bug and Dark-type Pokémon as Raid Bosses. Here's the latest Raid Boss list:

Level 1

  • Shinx (Shiny chance)
  • Duskull (Shiny chance)
  • Shuppet (Shiny chance)
  • Murkrow (Shiny chance)

Level 2

  • Feebas (Shiny chance)
  • Mawile (Shiny chance)
  • Alolan Exeggutor (Shiny chance)
  • Misdreavus (Shiny chance)
  • Sneasel (Shiny chance)

Level 3

  • Alolan Raichu (Shiny chance)
  • Machamp
  • Gengar
  • Scyther (Shiny chance)
  • Sharpedo

Level 4

  • Alolan Marowak (Shiny chance)
  • Absol (Shiny chance)
  • Shiftry
  • Tyranitar
  • Houndoom

Level 5

  • Deoxys
  • Deoxys (Defense Form)
  • Deoxys (Attack Form)
  • Deoxys (Speed Form) - EX Raid

What team of Pokémon are you looking to bring into battle with Deoxys? Let us know in the comments section below.