Best moveset for Shadow Ho-Oh in Pokemon Go & is it any good?

Cassidy Stephenson
Shadow Ho-Oh in Pokemon Go

For one weekend in January 2024, Pokemon Go will feature Ho-Oh in Shadow Raids meaning you can get hold of one. If you do, here are what moves you should teach it and whether it’s any good in battle.

During the weekend of January 27, 2024, Ho-Oh will appear instead of Moltres in the available Shadow Raids. However, for those still wanting the firey bird, Moltres will still be featured in Shadow Raids during the remaining weekends of January 2024.

Nevertheless, if you’re looking to add the Legendary Ho-Oh to your Pokemon Go collection, we’ve got everything you need to know, including the best moveset, all its available moves, and whether it’s any good in a battle.


Shadow Ho-Oh’s best moveset in Pokemon Go

Screenshot of Ho-oh event in Pokemon Go.

The best moves that Ho-Oh can be taught are Incinerate as a Fast Move and Brave Bird as a Charged Move. This combination will deal the biggest damage in battle due to STAB. The moves can also be boosted by Sunny or Windy weather.

You can also replace Incinerate with Steel Wing if you wish to do so.

All moves Ho-Oh can learn in Pokemon Go

Here’s a look at all the moves that Ho-Oh can be taught in Pokemon Go:

Ho-Oh Fast Moves

  • Steel Wing
  • Extrasensory
  • Hidden Power
  • Incinerate

Ho-Oh Charged Moves

  • Fire Blast
  • Solar Beam
  • Brave Bird
  • Earthquake (Elite TM)
  • Sacred Fire (Elite TM)
  • Frustration (Shadow)
  • Return (Purified)

Is Shadow Ho-Oh any good in Pokemon Go?

Despite Sacred Fire’s STAB bonus, Ho-Oh falls short compared to the other available Fire Legendaries. At the time of writing, Shadow Ho-Oh ranks #125 in the Ultra League and #477 in the Great League, according to PvPoke. It also ranks #12 in the Master League.

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About The Author

Cassidy graduated from Concordia University Chicago in 2021 with a Bachelor's Degree in Media Communication. She's an expert in all things Pokemon, and her favorite games include Pokémon Crystal, Genshin Impact, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses. You can contact her at