How to counter Deoxys in February 2022


Deoxys, also known as Pokemon DNA, became a 5-Star Raid Boss in Pokemon GO in February.

Although Deoxys has many different forms, his normal form is the current raid boss in the game. It might seem like his stats are evenly distributed, but that’s not the case.

Deoxys’ normal form has the seventh highest attack stat in Pokemon GO, which means she’ll hit a trainer’s party hard.

However, Deoxys’ high attack stats in this form are offset by its low defense and stamina stats. This means the Pokémon is somewhat of a glass cannon, making it easier to defeat than other raid bosses in the rotation.

Countering Deoxys in Pokemon GO Raids

Mega Gengar is one of the Deoxys'  strongest counters (Image via Pokemon Trading Card Game)
Mega Gengar is one of Deoxys strongest counters (Image via The Pokemon Trading Card Game)

As a Psychic-type mono Pokémon, Deoxys is weak to Bug, Dark, and Ghost-type moves. This presents trainers with a good number of moves and Pokemon to counter it.

Since Deoxys is a 5-star raid boss, trainers can choose to use Mega Evolved Pokemon. However, the low durability of Pokemon DNA could mean that Mega Pokemon may not be exactly necessary. Either way, it’s up to the coach.

It also doesn’t hurt to bring as many fellow trainers as possible. Having multiple trainers against Deoxys at the same time should hasten his demise.

Below, Pokemon GO trainers can find a list of moves and Pokemon that work exceptionally well when countering Deoxys in its normal form:

Quick movements

  • Shadow Claw (ghost type)
  • Snarl (dark type)
  • Bite (dark type)
  • Insect bite (insect type)
  • Licking (ghost type)
  • Astonishing (ghost type)
  • Hex (ghost type)

Charged moves

  • Shadow Ball (ghost type)
  • Foul Play (Dark Type)
  • Refund (dark type)
  • Crunch (dark type)
  • X-Scissor (Bug-type)
  • Dark Pulse (dark type)
  • Bug Buzz (type of bug)


  • Mega Gengar
  • Mega Houndoom
  • Mega Absol
  • Mega Beedrill
  • Mega Gyarados
  • darkrai
  • Giratin
  • Hoopa
  • Chandelier
  • Hydraigon
  • Yveltal
  • weavile
  • Tyranitar
  • Zarude
  • Honchkrow
  • Bench
  • Trevenant
  • Yanmega
  • Bisharp
  • Crookodile

If Pokemon GO trainers don’t have the Pokemon or moves listed, they should at least try to fit the counterplay as closely as possible. This means using high CP, high stat Pokemon that use moves that Deoxys is weak against. Using such a strategy should defeat the DNA Pokémon and leave players with plenty of time to spare.

After defeating Deoxys, the trainers are left to reap the rewards and catch the Mythical Pokemon on their own.

Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh

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