Pokemon Go Deoxys Defense Forme Raid guide: Weaknesses, counters & 5 Star Raid tips

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Deoxys Defense Forme is finally returning to 5-Star Raids in Pokemon Go. Trainers will no doubt be excited to add this PvP star to their team, but they’ll need the right counters to win.

Niantic promised that the Season of Heritage would be an exciting event for Trainers, and they’ve stayed true to their word with some incredible ‘mon like Mega Steelix and Kyurem appearing in Raids so far.

One of the most exciting additions, though, is the return of Deoxys in its Defense Forme. This powerful Mythical creature is well-known to be one of the best fighters in both the Great League and Ultra League.

Getting your hands on a Deoxys Defense Forme won’t be easy, but we’ve put together a guide to give you the best chance at victory.


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Deoxys will appear in 5-Star Raids in July 2021.

Deoxys Defense Forme weaknesses Pokemon Go

Deoxys Defense Forme is a Psychic-type, meaning it’s weak against Bug, Dark, and Ghost-type moves. Trainers should focus on hitting Deoxys hard with their strongest Pokemon of these types.

We’ve put together some of the best counters and movesets to take advantage of these weaknesses below.

Deoxys Defense Forme counters Pokemon Go

Pokemon Fast Move Charged Move
Gengar Lick Shadow Ball
Darkrai Snarl Shadow Ball
Chandelure Hex Shadow Ball
Weavile Snarl Foul Play
Mewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball
Tyranitar Bite Crunch
Scizor Fury Cutter X-Scissor
Banette Shadow Claw Shadow Ball
Pinsir Fury Cutter X-Scissor

Deoxys Defense Forme moveset Pokemon Go

Deoxys Defense Forme is capable of performing five moves, ranging from Psychic to Fighting to Electric and Rock-type. These are listed below:

  • Zen Headbutt (Fast)
  • Counter (Fast)
  • Psycho Boost (Charged)
  • Rock Slide (Charged)
  • Thunderbolt (Charged)

How to catch Deoxys Defense Forme in Pokemon Go

Deoxys Defense Forme will be available to encounter in Pokemon Go from Tuesday, February 22, at 10AM until Friday, February 25, at 10AM local time.

The only way to catch Deoxys is to first defeat it in 5-Star Raid Battles. You’ll then be given a limited amount of Premier Balls to try and capture it.

Raid Boss details

Deoxys Defense Forme will appear exclusively in 5-Star Raids and has a Boss CP of 36,170 which means it will be a formidable opponent to defeat.

As a result, it’s recommended that you take it on with at least 4 or 5 other Trainers.

Deoxys Defense Forme CP Range

Deoxys Defense Forme can be caught with a CP between 1,228 and 1,299. With a weather boost (Windy), it can be caught with a CP between 1,535 and 1,624.

Is Shiny Deoxys in Pokemon Go?

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Shiny Deoxys Defense Forme isn’t in Pokemon Go yet.

The good news is that Shiny Deoxys Defense Forme is currently available in Pokemon Go. It made its debut on February 22, 2022.

As always, catching a Shiny variant won’t be easy, and there’s no real way to increase your chances. You’ll simply need to encounter as many as you can and hope for the best.

That’s everything you need to know about defeating and catching Deoxys Defense Forme. If you’re looking to become the ultimate Pokemon Go master, check out our guides:

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