Best Houndstone counters in Pokémon GO

Raid Battles

This table displays a list of best Houndstone counters in Pokémon GO with their Fast Attacks, Charged Attacks, DPS (damage per second), TDO (total damage output), faints, TTW (time to win), and score. The list is sorted by the score, which is calculated based on the DPS and TDO.

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          Best performing move types

          • Dark41.5%
          • Ghost29.5%
          • Psychic6.0%
          • Dragon5.5%
          • Water3.5%
          • Electric3.0%
          • Fire3.0%
          • Flying2.5%
          • Ground1.5%
          • Grass1.0%
          • Steel1.0%
          • Rock1.0%
          • Bug0.5%
          • Ice0.5%
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          1Mega TyranitarMega Pokémon iconMega TyranitarDarkBite DarkBrutal Swing 33.901771.692114.3s75.5
          2Shadow TyranitarShadow Pokémon iconShadow TyranitarDarkBite DarkBrutal Swing 34.411188.943116.7s70.4
          3Mega GengarMega Pokémon iconMega GengarGhostLick *GhostShadow Ball 40.57596.836112.9s69.8
          4Mega RayquazaMega Pokémon iconMega RayquazaDragonDragon Tail FlyingDragon Ascent 31.111235.832127.4s65.5
          5Mega BanetteMega Pokémon iconMega BanetteGhostShadow Claw GhostShadow Ball 36.53557.086124.4s63.3
          6Mega HoundoomMega Pokémon iconMega HoundoomDarkSnarl DarkFoul Play 30.71970.213132.1s61.7
          7Shadow MewtwoShadow Pokémon iconShadow MewtwoPsychicPsycho Cut GhostShadow Ball *33.73668.815128.3s61.6
          8HydreigonHydreigonDarkBite DarkBrutal Swing *28.821226.612136.7s61.5
          9Shadow WeavileShadow Pokémon iconShadow WeavileDarkSnarl DarkFoul Play 31.34861.474131.6s61.2
          10Mega GyaradosMega Pokémon iconMega GyaradosDarkBite DarkCrunch 26.961474.612143.3s60.6
          11TyranitarTyranitarDarkBite DarkBrutal Swing 28.531166.873138.5s60.4
          12DarkraiDarkraiDarkSnarl GhostShadow Ball 28.581051.613139.6s59.2
          13Shadow CursolaShadow Pokémon iconShadow CursolaGhostHex GhostShadow Ball 34.73478.457133.8s58.9
          14Mega AbsolMega Pokémon iconMega AbsolDarkSnarl DarkDark Pulse 30.79757.114135.9s58.8
          15Mega AlakazamMega Pokémon iconMega AlakazamPsychicPsycho Cut GhostShadow Ball 32.38601.455135.1s58.4
          16Shadow HonchkrowShadow Pokémon iconShadow HonchkrowDarkSnarl DarkDark Pulse 29.49861.384138.8s58.3
          17YveltalYveltalDarkSnarl DarkDark Pulse 24.661501.662155.6s56.7
          18Giratina (Origin Forme)Giratina (Origin Forme)GhostShadow Claw GhostShadow Force *28.22833.954144.8s55.9
          19Shadow HoundoomShadow Pokémon iconShadow HoundoomDarkSnarl DarkFoul Play 29.70612.355144.7s54.7
          20Shadow AbsolShadow Pokémon iconShadow AbsolDarkSnarl DarkDark Pulse 29.68574.906146.3s54.0
          21Hoopa (Unbound)Hoopa (Unbound)GhostAstonish GhostShadow Ball 27.24799.434150.2s53.9
          22ZarudeZarudeDarkBite DarkDark Pulse 23.541404.572163.2s53.9
          23GholdengoGholdengoGhostHex GhostShadow Ball 28.98604.745148.0s53.5
          24Mega GardevoirMega Pokémon iconMega GardevoirPsychicConfusion GhostShadow Ball 27.94663.645150.5s53.0
          25ChandelureChandelureGhostHex GhostShadow Ball 30.74456.067148.7s53.0
          26GuzzlordGuzzlordDarkSnarl DarkBrutal Swing 23.941200.082162.4s52.9
          27WeavileWeavileDarkSnarl DarkFoul Play 26.05847.314155.2s52.7
          28Shadow BanetteShadow Pokémon iconShadow BanetteGhostShadow Claw GhostShadow Ball 32.76340.1010152.2s52.5
          29MewtwoMewtwoPsychicPsycho Cut GhostShadow Ball *27.71653.785151.9s52.5
          30Shadow ShiftryShadow Pokémon iconShadow ShiftryDarkSnarl DarkFoul Play 26.62744.634154.6s52.2
          31GengarGengarGhostLick *GhostShadow Ball 31.86362.719152.7s52.0
          32Mega AmpharosMega Pokémon iconMega AmpharosElectricVolt Switch DarkBrutal Swing 26.66715.795155.2s51.8
          33LunalaLunalaPsychicConfusion GhostShadow Ball 27.85601.435153.2s51.8
          34Mega SalamenceMega Pokémon iconMega SalamenceDarkBite DragonDraco Meteor 23.661045.433165.9s50.9
          35ZoroarkZoroarkDarkSnarl DarkFoul Play 26.94620.375156.8s50.7
          36Shadow AlakazamShadow Pokémon iconShadow AlakazamPsychicPsycho Cut GhostShadow Ball 30.19390.099156.1s50.6
          37Shadow RaikouShadow Pokémon iconShadow RaikouElectricThunder Shock GhostShadow Ball 27.14591.926157.0s50.6
          38Shadow DrifblimShadow Pokémon iconShadow DrifblimGhostHex GhostShadow Ball 28.14505.737156.4s50.4
          39Hoopa (Confined)Hoopa (Confined)GhostAstonish GhostShadow Ball 29.47420.858156.4s50.4
          40Primal KyogrePrimal KyogreWaterWaterfall WaterOrigin Pulse *23.77968.623166.3s50.3
          41HonchkrowHonchkrowDarkSnarl DarkDark Pulse 24.45847.154164.2s50.1
          42Shadow MismagiusShadow Pokémon iconShadow MismagiusGhostHex GhostShadow Ball 29.31413.658157.6s50.0
          43Primal GroudonPrimal GroudonGroundMud Shot GroundPrecipice Blades *24.15868.394165.7s49.8
          44Shadow SalamenceShadow Pokémon iconShadow SalamenceDarkBite DragonDraco Meteor 25.60675.275162.0s49.6
          45Shadow CacturneShadow Pokémon iconShadow CacturneDarkSucker Punch DarkDark Pulse 26.02587.586162.9s48.8
          46Giratina (Altered Forme)Giratina (Altered Forme)GhostShadow Claw GhostShadow Force *23.74825.834169.1s48.6
          47RayquazaRayquazaDragonDragon Tail FlyingDragon Ascent 24.17754.514168.0s48.4
          48Deoxys (Attack)Deoxys (Attack)PsychicZen Headbutt DarkDark Pulse 34.11171.3321189.6s47.2
          49HoundoomHoundoomDarkSnarl DarkFoul Play 24.61602.885170.1s47.0
          50Muk (Alola Shadow)Shadow Pokémon iconMuk (Alola Shadow)DarkSnarl DarkDark Pulse 23.66676.325173.5s46.6
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          About the results

          Our guide provides detailed information on recommended Pokémon and moves that are most effective against Houndstone in Raid Battles. Whether you're looking for the best counters to take Houndstone down quickly with high DPS, or the tankiest counters that can withstand its attacks, our guide has something for every trainer.

          The top-ranked Houndstone counter is Mega Tyranitar, followed by Shadow Tyranitar, Mega Gengar, and Mega Rayquaza. The table also includes Mega Banette, Mega Houndoom, Shadow Mewtwo, and Hydreigon, among others. Each Pokemon's move type is indicated by an icon beside the move name.

          Houndstone type chart

          When fighting Houndstone, keep in mind the following that Ghost-type Pokémon are weak to Dark, and Ghost type moves. They take reduced damage from Bug, Poison, Fighting, and Normal type moves.


          Type chart shows the percentage (%) of damage taken from an incoming attack of a particular type.

          Best move-types and weather for Houndstone Raids

          Move-typeUsage (%)Weather
          • fogFog
          • fogFog
          • windyWindy
          • windyWindy
          • rainRainy
          • rainRainy
          • sunnySunny
          • windyWindy
          • sunnySunny
          • sunnySunny
          • snowSnow
          • partlyCloudyPartly Cloudy
          • rainRainy
          • snowSnow

          About our ranking methodology

          When calculating the best counters for any Pokémon, our simulator takes into account various factors, such as the defender's typing and average DPS against each attacker, the weather's influence, energy left over from using charge moves, Shadow Pokémon attack and defense stat changes, and more. During the initial phase of simulations, we calculate DPS and TDO for each attacker that is currently available in the game, and then we continue to rank them.

          We use a ranking method developed by a Reddit user named /u/Elastic_Space, which is described in detail in this Reddit post. It is a fairly complicated, but very well thought-out mathematical model for predicting simulation results without actually running the simulations. It also correlates with field data almost too well not to be used.

          Our Time to Win (TTW) and Faint numbers are also estimated, and should be taken with a grain of salt. Since we do not account for factors like Friendship and Mega damage boost, they will differ from actual experience in the field.