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Pokemon Go Mega Houndoom raid counters you need to know to defeat It

Pokemon Go Mega Houndoom Raid Counters
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These Pokemon Go Mega Houndoom counters will help when the legendary dog returns to raids. The Dark and Fire-type from the Johto region will return in Pokemon Go Raids and give trainers access to its Mega Energy to add this powerful ‘mon to their teams. While this Pokemon won’t do well against the returning Regirock, its Steel-type brother Registeel - which will arrive a week after - will not do well against Mega Houndoom.

Aside from Registeel, Mega Houndoom will do well against many of the Legendaries in the game especially those of the Psychic variety. Starting on Tuesday, February 1 at 10 a.m. local time until Tuesday, February 15 at the same time, Mega Houndoom will appear in Raids.

To defeat Mega Houndoom and earn its Mega Energy, here is a handy guide on which Pokemon are the best to counter it in Pokemon Go as well as everything else you need to know about it. 

Pokemon GO Mega Houndoom Counters

Pokemon Go Mega Houndoom counters

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Mega Houndoom is a Fire and Dark-type, which makes it weak to Water, Rock, Ground and Fighting-type attacks. Luckily for trainers, there are a lot of powerful Pokemon that use the above attacks especially a couple of Mega Pokemon. 

Mega Blastoise and Gyarados are the best Mega Pokemon to use against Mega Houndoom. Bringing them into these Raids will boost the Water-type attacks of all Pokemon that use them on your team and other trainers’ teams. Swampert and Kyogre are also great Water-type options. Mega Slowbro is another Water-type Mega Pokemon that you can theoretically use, but its damage output isn’t nearly as high as the other options. 

Trainers who want to use Fighting types on their team will want to bring Mega Lopunny into battle. Not only will its Fighting-type attacks deal super effective damage against Mega Hounoom, but its own Fighting typing will resist the Pokemon’s Dark-type moves. 

The aforementioned Mega Aerodactyl gives trainers its first Rock-type Mega. Trainers using a Rock team will want Mega Aerodactyl to deal massive damage as well as resist Mega Houndoom’s Fire-type moves. Pair Mega Aerodactyl with Rhyperior, Tyranitar and Rampardos to take down Mega Houndoom.

Here are our list of the best counters for Mega Houndoom in Pokemon Go including what moves to use for each: 

Mega Houndoom Raid Counters
PokemonMoveset
Mega BlastoiseWater Gun and Hydro Cannon
Mega GyaradosWaterfall and Hydro Pump
Mega LopunnyLow Kick and Focus Blast
Mega AerodactylRock Throw and Rock Slide
SwampertWater Gun and Hydro Cannon
RhyperiorMud Slap and Rock Wrecker
TyranitarSmack Down and Stone Edge
RampardosSmack Down and Rock Slide
ConkeldurrCounter and Dynamic Punch
KyogreWaterfall and Surf

Pokemon GO Mega Houndoom Moveset

Mega Houndoom’s move set isn’t as varied as other Mega Pokemon, but that could prove useful for trainers going into battle against it. The Dark and Fire-type will only use Dark and Fire-type attacks. What combination of moves it uses is random, but this information can help trainers prepare better. 

Rock and Water types resist Mega Houndoom’s Fire-type moves. Mega Blastoise, Mega Aerodactyl, Swampert, Rhyperior and Rampardos will last longer against Mega Houdnoom who only use Fire-type attacks. 

Fighting types like Mega Lopunny will resist Mega Houndoom’s Dark-type moves, giving Pokemon like Machamp and Conkeldurr an advantage and lasting power. 

However, there are a couple of Pokemon that will resist all of Mega Houndoom’s attacks. Mega Gyarados’ Water and Dark typing, and Tyranitar’s Rock and Dark typing resists all Fire and Dark-type moves used by Mega Houndoom. If there are any Pokemon you will want to use these two. 

Here is every Fast and Charged attack Mega Houndoom could use in Raids in Pokemon Go:

Mega Houndoom Moveset
Fast AttackCharged Attack
SnarlFlamethrower
Fire FangFire Blast
Foul Play
Crunch

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