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Pokémon Go Deoxys formes, counters, weaknesses and moveset explained

Collect all four of Deoxys' forms!

Deoxys, the DNA Pokémon, has landed in Pokémon Go and, if you want to defeat it, you need to know Deoxys' counters and weaknesses.

There are four different formes of Deoxys to collect in Pokémon Go - Attack, Defence, Speed and Normal. Each one can use a variety of different moves and slightly different stats depending on which one it specialises in.

Like the other legendary Pokémon it shares the Hoenn region with, such as Groudon and Rayquaza, Deoxys will be available in five-star raids, so, if you want to capture one of its forms, you'll need a team of fellow Pokémon trainers.

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Deoxys counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go

Here is a list of Deoxys counters to help you add it to your Pokédex:

  • Deoxys type: Psychic
  • Deoxys is weak against: Dark, ghost and bug-type Pokémon
  • Deoxys counters: Umbreon, Tyranitar, Weavile, Darkrai, Bisharp, Hydreigon and Yveltal for dark-types. Gengar, Giratina (Origin Forme), Chandelure and Hoopa for ghost-types. Beedrill, Pinsir and Scizor for bug-types.
  • Other Deoxys notes: When building a team for fighting Deoxys, focus on strong dark and ghost-type Pokémon. Bug-types are an excellent backup if every member of your team faints, while a Mewtwo who knows Shadow Ball is a good choice.

Deoxys formes and stats in Pokémon Go explained

The most notable thing about Deoxys is that it has four different formes - Normal, Attack, Defence and Speed - and each one has its own set of stat levels.

Speed Deoxys ready for battle.

While they all share the same stamina level, each forme specialises in a different stat. The only exception is Speed Deoxys, due to how Pokémon Go doesn't have a speed stat. Instead, Speed Deoxys has a slightly higher attack stat that Defence Deoxys.

Attack Deoxys, of course, has a higher attack stat compared to its defence, while Defence Deoxys, of course, has a high defence, with a low attack stat.

Normal Deoxys, meanwhile, has a high attack stat, with a low defence stat. This defence stat is not as low as the one for Attack Deoxys though.

Here are the max set of CP and stat levels you can achieve for each Deoxys forme:

FormeMax CPAttack DefenceStamina
Normal Deoxys3573345115137
Attack Deoxys291641446137
Defence Deoxys2570144330137
Speed Deoxys3255230218137

Thank you to Bangalore from reddit for the help with these stats.

Deoxys CP and Moveset in Pokémon Go

In Pokémon Go, each Deoxys forme has its own set of CP levels - from Raid Boss CP to Catch CP - and moveset, which you can find below:

Normal Forme Deoxys.

Normal Forme Deoxys

  • Raid Boss CP - 50,271 CP
  • Catch CP - 1717 to 1806 CP
  • Weather Boost CP (Windy) - 2146 to 2257 CP
  • Fast Moves - Charge Beam (Electric), Zen Headbutt (Psychic)
  • Charged Moves - Hyper Beam (Normal), Psycho Boost (Psychic), Zap Cannon (Electric)

Attack Forme Deoxys

  • Raid Boss CP - 41,036 CP
  • Catch CP - 1372 to 1474 CP
  • Weather Boost CP (Windy) - 1716 to 1842 CP
  • Fast Moves - Poison Jab (Poison), Zen Headbutt (Psychic)
  • Charged Moves - Dark Pulse (Dark), Psycho Boost (Psychic), Zap Cannon (Electric)
Defence Forme Deoxys.

Defence Forme Deoxys

  • Raid Boss CP - 36,170 CP
  • Catch CP - 1228 to 1299 CP
  • Weather Boost CP (Windy) - 1535 to 1624 CP
  • Fast Moves - Counter (Fighting), Zen Headbutt (Psychic)
  • Charged Moves - Psycho Boost (Psychic), Rock Slide (Rock), Thunder Bolt (Electric)

Speed Forme Deoxys

  • Raid Boss CP - 45,802 CP
  • Catch CP - 1568 to 1645 CP
  • Weather Boost CP (Windy) - 1960 to 2056 CP
  • Fast Moves - Charge Beam (Electric), Zen Headbutt (Psychic)
  • Charged Moves - Psycho Boost (Psychic), Swift (Normal), Thunderbolt (Electric)

The Season of Mythical Wishes has seen Kecleon finally being released in Pokémon Go! The Crackling Voltage event is currently running and it has brought as a new Team Go Rocket quest - Shadowy Skirmishes! The team lineups for Giovanni and the Team Go Rocket Leaders has also changed. Don't forget to partake in the new Go Battle League season. Elsewhere, be sure to use Daily Adventure Incense for the chance of encountering Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres. This incense may also give you encounters with other rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go.


Everything else we know about Deoxys

Speed Forme Deoxys.

Alongside Jirachi, Deoxys is one of the two Mythical Pokémon that hail from the Hoenn region. Due to its Mythical nature, Deoxys can not be traded in Pokémon Go.

Known as the DNA Pokémon, Deoxys has the ability to change into four different formes - Normal, Attack, Defence and Speed. Due to this Deoxys resembles the shape of a chromosome, which are the molecules that contain DNA.

Deoxys also takes inspiration from aliens and, in the Pokémon universe, is believed to have been created by a mutation of a space virus.

Deoxys made its first in-game appearance during Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire as an event-exclusive Pokémon.

Good luck battling Deoxys in all its forms in Pokémon Go!

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