Deoxys (Attack Form)

Deoxys is a wild Pokemon, best known for squaring off against Rayquaza in “Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys,” as well as being literally an alien. It is the DNA pokemon, which is reflected in a gimmick where it genetically morphs itself between 4 forms with different stats. Here we’re just covering the Attack Form.

In Pokemon Go Deoxys was in EX Raids near exactly a year ago (September 19th), with each form lasting roughly 3 months in sequence. The Attack Form has the most insane stats of all of them. With the flat out highest Attack Stat and raw DPS in the Entire Game right now- while rocking bulk comparable to a wet tissue paper. It has a bizarre place in the meta, bringing crazy raw Glass Cannon Damage to many raid battles -but only if it can tap dance dodge like crazy. Without dodging it is nearly useless, and is THE Pokemon most severely impacted by the Dodge Glitch being fixed.

Deoxys (Attack) is weak to BugGhost andDark Types. Generally speaking, the best counters for it are Giratina (Origin Form), Shadow Ball Mewtwo, and Tyranitar.

 

Deoxys Attack can be beaten by 1 players in optimal weather, with max friendship and perfect level 40 counters or by 2 unfriended players using level 20 counters from this guide. When caught, Deoxys Attack will be between 1372 and 1474 cp without a weather boost. In Windy weather, Deoxys Attack will be between 1716 and 1842 when caught.

Release History:

  • Sep 9nd ➡️ Sep 16th 2019
  • Dec 20 ➡️ Mar 25 [Ex][2018]

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Event Info


Time for the second week of  Global Challenge Rewards!

All 4 of the Deoxys forms(Normal , Attack, Defense and Speed) will be available in public Raids for the first time! From September 9th to September 16th! There is no reason to believe they will have shiny rates at this time. No distinction between it’s moveset has been announced yet. Whether a move from it’s EX Raid period becoming legacy, or a new move for the public.

Additional Features of the event:

  • EGGS:  Regional Pokemon Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Mr.Mime and Tauros will be added
  • SHINY FORMS: The Above Regional Pokemon will also have their Shiny Forms released!
  • RAIDS: Additional Raid Bosses will be featured to help you get pokemon to take on Deoxys, many listed here likely!
  • INCUBATORS: 2x effectiveness!

Deoxys (Attack) in the Meta


 

Raid Attacker –Poison Jab/Dark Pulse

Deoxys (Attack) performance comes down to one thing, and one thing alone-how well can you dodge.  You are working with the largest Attack Stat in the game right now, you don’t need to worry about not having stab bonus. Poison Jab Dark Pulse is it’s best moveset for hitting neutral damage shockingly. Psycho Boost is so awful that Dark Pulse actually is usually a better choice if you aren’t hitting for weakness. Deoxys having a Psychic-Typing allows it to excel in situations where a raid boss can counter the pokemon that typically resist it. All of this relies on if you can dodge however. There are many situations where Deoxys goes from the number 1 highest DPS option to not even making the list-all based on if you did or didn’t dodge.

Deoxys more than any other pokemon needs to be a lead, it is almost certainly not going to be able to survive a Charge Attack. It needs to get out the most raw damage it can while it is alive.Note that our listed rankings assume no dodging, severely punishing Deoxys.

Poison-Type Raid Attackers

RANKPokemonMovesetDPS%TDO%
100%
Roserade
Poison Jab
/Sludge Bomb
100%95%0.720.652.330.780.70
87%
Toxicroak
Poison Jab
/Sludge Bomb
91%79%0.800.742.730.880.79
84%
Victreebel
Acid
/Sludge Bomb
88%76%0.860.762.750.950.85
83%
Vileplume
Acid
/Sludge Bomb
84%84%0.870.752.760.960.85
80%
Muk
Poison Jab
/Gunk Shot
77%100%0.900.792.900.990.88
80%
Skuntank
Poison Jab
/Sludge Bomb
81%81%0.900.812.871.010.90
79%
Alolan Muk
Poison Jab
/Gunk Shot
77%100%0.900.812.900.980.93
75%
Nidoking
Poison Jab
/Sludge Wave
75%74%0.970.832.951.121.00
75%
Weezing (Legacy)
Acid
/Sludge Bomb
73%77%0.960.873.021.070.96
72%
Crobat
Air Slash
/Sludge Bomb
73%84%1.090.943.461.000.69
72%
Drapion
Poison Sting
/Sludge Bomb
72%82%1.020.923.221.090.98
71%
Haunter (Legacy)
Lick
/Sludge Bomb
85%42%0.980.943.271.110.93
71%
Roselia
Poison Jab
/Sludge Bomb
79%49%0.950.923.361.090.99
69%
Nidoqueen
Poison Jab
/Sludge Wave
67%78%1.070.923.281.211.03
68%
Beedrill
Poison Jab
/Sludge Bomb
74%53%0.990.943.561.070.99
68%
Venusaur
Vine Whip
/Sludge Bomb
70%82%0.860.863.591.201.09
67%
Deoxys (Attack Forme)
Poison Jab
/Dark Pulse
86%22%1.001.023.361.181.15
65%
Weepinbell
Acid
/Sludge Bomb
76%41%1.071.003.681.181.05
64%
Arbok
Acid
/Gunk Shot
66%53%1.111.033.611.251.13
62%
Mew
Poison Jab
/Overheat
66%99%1.371.143.851.060.95
62%
Gloom
Acid
/Sludge Bomb
66%48%1.141.063.771.251.18
61%
Tangrowth
Infestation
/Sludge Bomb
66%88%1.191.093.921.121.12
61%
Seviper
Poison Jab
/Poison Fang
65%47%1.121.063.921.251.17
60%
Tentacruel
Poison Jab
/Blizzard
57%73%1.531.173.541.281.09
60%
Breloom
Counter
/Sludge Bomb
73%55%1.191.084.221.161.01
56%
Grimer
Poison Jab
/Sludge Bomb
63%38%1.291.164.121.421.29
55%
Nidorino
Poison Jab
/Sludge Bomb
62%37%1.241.184.161.421.31
55%
Alolan Grimer
Poison Jab
/Sludge Bomb
63%38%1.341.164.171.441.31
53%
Armaldo
Fury Cutter
/Cross Poison
62%65%1.321.264.651.301.30
52%
Swalot
Infestation
/Sludge Bomb
54%63%1.431.264.711.341.26
51%
Seaking (Legacy)
Poison Jab
/Ice Beam
52%49%1.721.533.891.551.37
51%
Gastly
Lick
/Sludge Bomb
74%20%1.311.454.711.431.25
51%
Oddish
Acid
/Sludge Bomb
58%29%1.401.274.591.541.39
50%
Sunflora
Bullet Seed
/Sludge Bomb
57%47%1.191.244.731.621.48
50%
Ivysaur
Vine Whip
/Sludge Bomb
56%42%1.171.254.731.611.53
50%
Tangela
Infestation
/Sludge Bomb
58%54%1.401.334.951.361.36
49%
Octillery
Water Gun
/Gunk Shot
53%46%1.491.314.041.901.77
49%
Qwilfish
Poison Sting
/Ice Beam
53%40%2.121.574.091.491.26
47%
Nidorina
Poison Sting
/Sludge Bomb
51%36%1.511.404.891.651.52
45%
Cradily
Acid
/Stone Edge
43%54%1.641.534.361.892.12
44%
Ariados
Infestation
/Cross Poison
53%39%1.561.515.751.391.45

Dark Type Raid Rankings

RANKPokemonMovesetDPS%TDO%
96%
Tyranitar
Bite
/Crunch
76%100%2.763.180.852.660.79
89%
Houndoom
Snarl
/Foul Play
76%59%2.943.260.962.950.87
88%
Gengar
Sucker Punch
/Shadow Ball
91%63%2.903.260.913.240.83
88%
Salamence (Legacy)
Bite
/Outrage
66%69%3.692.831.042.571.02
87%
Honchkrow
Snarl
/Dark Pulse
79%56%3.443.180.902.860.89
87%
Absol
Snarl
/Dark Pulse
78%46%3.013.450.933.010.93
82%
Tyranitar (Legacy)
Smack Down
/Crunch
66%87%3.183.750.993.050.92
80%
Sharpedo
Bite
/Crunch
78%36%3.303.531.023.460.94
79%
Alolan Muk
Bite
/Dark Pulse
61%70%3.413.670.973.380.98
78%
Mismagius
Sucker Punch
/Shadow Ball
74%62%3.203.701.073.750.92
77%
Shiftry
Feint Attack
/Foul Play
70%52%3.643.651.073.341.02
74%
Cacturne
Sucker Punch
/Dark Pulse
71%43%3.803.841.193.311.03
74%
Gyarados
Bite
/Crunch
61%70%3.733.861.063.501.04
74%
Crawdaunt
Snarl
/Night Slash
66%45%3.643.971.113.461.04
73%
Mew
Shadow Claw
/Dark Pulse
57%76%3.544.001.103.801.02
71%
Arcanine
Snarl
/Crunch
58%58%3.644.171.133.781.10
71%
Spiritomb
Sucker Punch
/Shadow Ball
62%50%3.614.091.113.911.12
71%
Sneasel
Feint Attack
/Foul Play
64%41%3.804.111.173.681.12
71%
Skuntank
Bite
/Crunch
59%52%3.784.221.063.741.06
70%
Drapion
Bite
/Crunch
56%56%3.804.301.093.761.14
69%
Deoxys (Attack Forme)
Poison Jab
/Dark Pulse
100%23%3.613.791.394.321.07
69%
Luxray
Snarl
/Crunch
59%52%3.814.321.153.831.10
68%
Crobat
Bite
/Shadow Ball
60%61%4.044.341.103.891.14
67%
Scizor
Fury Cutter
/Night Slash
55%50%4.073.921.314.331.09
66%
Zangoose
Shadow Claw
/Night Slash
58%38%4.084.561.233.771.23
66%
Feraligatr
Bite
/Crunch
53%57%3.924.631.243.971.18
66%
Granbull
Bite
/Crunch
56%45%4.034.581.253.881.22
64%
Muk (Legacy)
Lick
/Dark Pulse
52%59%4.064.691.184.221.20
63%
Mightyena
Bite
/Crunch
55%37%4.084.691.344.081.29

Raid Attacker –Zen Headbutt/Psych Boost [et. all]

 Deoxys (Attack) does however have a Psychic-Type set of moves as well. In situations where you dodge perfectly, you still usually don’t come out ahead of Mewtwo-but it’s close. Resistances however have much more proportional payoff for Deoxys, leading to top tier performance against  Psychic and Fighting-Type attacks. If your dodge game is on point, of course. Note that our listed rankings assume no dodging, severely punishing Deoxys.

RANKPokemonMovesetDPS%TDO%
100%
Mewtwo
Confusion
/Psychic
85%80%2.140.690.722.350.83
89%
Azelf
Confusion
/Future Sight
83%57%2.280.770.972.640.87
88%
Espeon
Confusion
/Future Sight
80%56%2.360.780.912.670.88
87%
Gallade (Legacy)
Confusion
/Synchronoise
76%61%2.440.790.822.780.94
86%
Gardevoir (Legacy)
Confusion
/Synchronoise
76%61%2.430.810.822.830.94
85%
Alakazam
Confusion
/Future Sight
82%50%2.450.820.982.750.89
83%
Latios
Zen Headbutt
/Psychic
71%69%2.620.840.892.720.99
81%
Metagross
Zen Headbutt
/Psychic
68%70%2.700.900.872.751.05
80%
Lugia
Extrasensory
/Sky Attack
59%100%2.680.861.122.731.06
79%
Mesprit
Confusion
/Future Sight
67%64%2.690.870.933.001.06
78%
Exeggutor (Legacy)
Confusion
/Psychic
67%53%2.730.920.962.931.11
74%
Jirachi
Confusion
/Psychic
61%68%3.010.990.962.981.15
73%
Latias
Zen Headbutt
/Psychic
61%68%2.960.971.023.041.17
72%
Ho-Oh
Extrasensory
/Brave Bird
56%69%3.001.001.182.981.16
70%
Armored Mewtwo
Confusion
/Future Sight
58%81%3.071.011.003.281.20
70%
Deoxys (Normal Forme)
Zen Headbutt
/Psycho Boost
80%33%2.970.991.203.281.13
69%
Jynx
Confusion
/Psyshock
69%42%3.091.051.143.341.19
67%
Regigigas
Zen Headbutt
/Avalanche
58%64%4.141.111.012.521.26
65%
Deoxys (Attack Forme)
Zen Headbutt
/Psycho Boost
100%19%3.361.231.183.391.25
64%
Mew
Pound
/Psyshock
56%63%3.391.081.253.461.33
64%
Gengar (Legacy)
Shadow Claw
/Psychic
54%31%3.471.221.003.471.36
63%
Celebi
Confusion
/Dazzling Gleam
47%53%2.950.961.384.251.14
61%
Cresselia
Confusion
/Future Sight
50%78%3.581.171.163.681.42
61%
Uxie
Confusion
/Future Sight
50%58%3.621.181.223.711.39
60%
Xatu
Air Slash
/Future Sight
52%31%3.451.131.713.541.37
60%
Honchkrow
Peck
/Psychic
54%32%3.731.201.463.481.36
60%
Slowbro
Confusion
/Psychic
52%49%3.491.111.194.161.34
60%
Slowking
Confusion
/Psychic
52%49%3.491.111.194.161.34
59%
Chimecho
Extrasensory
/Psyshock
54%41%3.501.221.354.021.37
58%
Mr. Mime
Confusion
/Psychic
54%34%3.411.181.504.071.36
58%
Bronzong
Confusion
/Psyshock
50%44%3.801.241.263.801.47
57%
Kadabra
Confusion
/Dazzling Gleam
52%19%3.401.081.544.571.27
57%
Grumpig
Extrasensory
/Psychic
49%42%3.721.291.334.091.46
56%
Lunatone
Confusion
/Psychic
52%41%3.961.291.294.101.37
56%
Solrock
Confusion
/Psychic
52%41%3.961.291.294.101.37
56%
Magmortar
Fire Spin
/Psychic
51%39%5.061.281.292.971.43
56%
Rampardos
Zen Headbutt
/Outrage
59%35%4.051.401.213.941.48
56%
Hypno
Confusion
/Future Sight
47%43%3.901.261.344.151.47
55%
Noctowl
Extrasensory
/Sky Attack
44%38%3.881.311.603.861.49
55%
Deoxys (Speed Forme)
Zen Headbutt
/Psycho Boost
54%40%3.651.281.584.281.41
55%
Girafarig
Confusion
/Psychic
53%31%3.961.321.234.211.52
54%
Gorebyss
Confusion
/Psychic
50%33%3.921.311.304.341.53
51%
Venomoth
Confusion
/Psychic
44%27%4.231.451.444.291.68
50%
Golduck
Confusion
/Psychic
47%35%4.191.401.394.841.55
49%
Snorlax
Zen Headbutt
/Hyper Beam
43%57%4.411.481.864.371.69
48%
Alolan Raichu
Spark
/Psychic
46%27%3.631.421.735.661.67
40%
Deoxys (Defense Forme)
Zen Headbutt
/Psycho Boost
35%38%5.461.771.865.582.01
35%
Blissey
Zen Headbutt
/Dazzling Gleam
29%57%4.771.512.628.451.91

 Raid Advice


  

  • Dark Pulse (2 Bar) – Instead of a Normal move, the Attack form actually is able to do quite a lot of damage to Giratina with this thing. It’s the only Deoxys with a super effect attack to hit Giratina-and it’s the pokemon with the highest attack stat. Don’t get complacent with this one.
    • Ghost-Type💥Weakness
  • Zap Cannon (1 Bar)Not resisted by most of it’s counters-but it’s still resisted by Giratina-Origin form.
  • Psycho Boost (2 Bar) An garbage move, but it does have STAB. Mostly just Gengar minds it. Dark-Types will absolutely eat it up.

Top Raid Counters


Giratina Origin

Best Moveset:Shadow Claw /Shadow Ball
Alternate Fast Move:Dragon Tail
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

This is the scariest Deoxys for Giratina, Dark Pulse actually manages to dethrone it’s spot as the universal choice.

Giratina-Origin was released April 2019. While it is legendary, it is the best Ghost-Type around and an Okay Dragon-Type, so a worthwhile investment!

With Level 35 Giratina Origin, you need 1 players.

Resists: Poison, Electric
Weak: Dark

Tyranitar

Best Moveset:Bite /Crunch
Alternate Fast Move:Smack Down
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Accessibility will be a bit tough if you are only starting now as Larvitars do not nest and are rare.  Tier 4 Tyranitar Raids were a staple for quite a while, however. Larvitar can be found in ‘Make 3 Excellent Throws in a Row’ Quests, but you won’t be able to get the legacy move this way. The family was last in raid bosses during Water Festival in Sept 2019. Larvitar community day (the only time you could get Smack Down) was June 2018.

With Level 35 Tyranitar, you need 1 players. 

2xResists: Psychic
Resists: Poison, Dark

Honchkrow

Best Moveset:Snarl /Dark Pulse
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Murkrow are very common (although less so than they used to be), but are only weather boosted in Windy and Foggy-which are generally rare. Honchkrow also requires a Sinnoh Stone to evolve, which can be acquired randomly from your first Trainer Battle each day. You can also get a Murkrow from the Special Research “A Troubling Situation”  part 1/4.

With Level 35 Honchkrow, you need 1 players.

2xResists: Psychic
Resists: Dark
Weak: Electric

Weavile

Best Moveset:Feint Attack /Foul Play
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Weavile evolves from Sneasel, which is an uncommon Pokemon (that does still nest) and is an occasional 2-star raid boss. It requires a Sinnoh Stone to evolve, which can be acquired at random from your first daily trainer battle. Sneasel has been featured in Winter Time events and Dark Events. Weavile has been a reward from “Catch 5 Poochyena or Houndour” quests. Sneasel can also spawn from Glacial Lure Modules. It’s fantastic as both a Dark and Ice-type, so don’t let its frail appearance fool you.With Level 35 Weavile, you need 1 players.

2xResists: Psychic
Resists: Dark

Mewtwo [Legacy]

Best Moveset:Psycho Cut /Shadow Ball
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐☆☆☆☆

Mewtwo is pretty inaccessible, as the useful form hasn’t been released recently. Trading for one is probably the most likely way you’d be able to get one of these, and you can use the candy you got from catching Armored Mewtwo to power it up. That said, if you weren’t lucky enough to get an Ex Raid back during its era Shadow Ball period-you can’t get it now. When Mewtwo was released from its EX shackles for a global event-that move was removed from it’s TM pool. This used to be more unfortunate, but there are quite a lot of alternative Ghost-Type options at this point so don’t sweat it too much.

With Level 35 Mewtwo, you need 1 players.

Resists: Psychic
Weak: Dark

Absol

Best Moveset:Snarl /Dark Pulse
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Absol is a Raid (and very rarely, Field Research) exclusive Pokemon. That means you can only get its candy from Raiding usually or walking it as a 5k buddy. Rare candy is an option too but a bit inefficient. The family was last in raid bosses during Sept 2019 (Tier 4). With Level 35 Absol, you need 1 players.

2xResists: Psychic
Resists: Dark

Weather Counters


The Easiest Weather to work in is Fog.

Here is a list of Pokemon that can perform similar or better than the typical #1 option (in this case, Giratina_Origin_Form) with weather bonuses:

 

Weather Table
Pokemon Weather Fast Move Charge Move Estimator @ L35
Giratina Origin Form FOG Shadow_Claw Shadow Ball 0.65
Tyranitar FOG Bite Crunch 0.67
Honchkrow FOG Snarl Dark Pulse 0.77
Giratina Origin Form NO_WEATHER Shadow_Claw Shadow Ball 0.78
Absol FOG Snarl Dark Pulse 0.78
Weavile FOG Feint_Attack Foul Play 0.78
Houndoom FOG Snarl Foul Play 0.82
Pinsir RAINY Bug_Bite X Scissor 0.83
Raikou FOG Thunder_Shock Shadow Ball 0.86
Yanmega
RAINY
Bug_Bite
Bug Buzz 0.863769
Cacturne FOG Sucker_Punch Dark Pulse 0.87
Shiftry FOG Feint_Attack Foul Play 0.87
Sharpedo FOG Bite Crunch 0.87

Houndoom

Best Moveset:Snarl /Foul Play
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It’s got the benefits of being a Dark-type that doesn’t involve a ton of extra work to evolve and find as a high level, and Houndour can be found weather boosted in the common Sunny weather. It’s also a relatively common research reward as well. With Level 35 Houndoom, you need 1 players.

2xResists: Psychic
Resists: Dark

Sharpedo

Best Moveset:Bite /Crunch
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Carvana was available in the Quest “Water Festival: Defeat a Team GO Rocket Grunt” in Sept 2019. It also had boosted spawns during Water Festival 2019. The family was last in raid bosses during Water Festival in Sept 2019. With Level 35 Sharpedo, you need 1 players.

2xResists: Psychic
Resists: Dark
Weak: Electric

Pinsir

Best Moveset:Bug Bite /X-Scissor
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pinsir is one of the most accessible pokemon, that is nonetheless top tier in it’s typing. You don’t need to evolve them, they can be found at high levels in the wild, they nest- they got a lot going for them. The Legacy Moveset while often a smidge better isn’t something to stress over. With Level 35 Pinsir, you need 2 players.

Raikou Vs.

Best Moveset:Thunder Shock /Shadow Ball
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Raikou was recently available during it’s Raid Day, so it’s actually very likely you are holding onto one right now. That said, it is a legendary pokemon, which are expensive to get candy for. But it’s the best Electric-Type in the game right now, and even an okay Ghost-Type! With Level 35 Raikou, you need 2 players.

Resists: Electric

Shiftry

Best Moveset:Feint Attack /Foul Play
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Shiftry evolves from Seedot, which is common in a variety of areas. Shiftry itself has also existed as a Tier 4 Raid Boss. It also gets weather boosted from the very common Sunny weather. With Level 35 Shiftry, you need 2 players.

2xResists: Psychic
Resists: Dark, Electric
Weak: Poison

Cacturne

Best Moveset:Sucker Punch /Dark Pulse
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cacnea can be found in the common Sunny weather-but is almost non-existent outside of it. If you somehow don’t see much sun, it will be hard to get. With Level 35 Cacturne, you need 2 players.

2xResists: Psychic
Resists: Dark, Electric
Weak: Poison

Yanmega

Best Moveset:Bug Bite /Bug Buzz
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Yanmega is a Sinnoh Stone Evolution of an uncommon Pokemon, so not the easiest thing to get your hands on from scratch. With Level 35 Yanmega, you need 2 players.

Weak: Electric

Scizor

Best Moveset:Fury Cutter /X-Scissor
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Scyther and Scizor have also been featured a couple of times recently reducing the difficulty to acquire one. You need a Metal Coat to evolve Scyther into Scizor, which can be acquired either: VERY rarely from spinning a poke stop, in a pool of other evolution items on your 7-day streak spinning Pokestop (guaranteed to get at least one item), or from the Celebi Special Research 4/8 rewards. With Level 35 Scizor, you need 2 players.

2xResists: Poison
Resists: Psychic

Muk – Alola

Best Moveset:Snarl /Dark Pulse
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

Alolan Grimer can only be acquired from 7k Alolan Eggs. You can get them if you open a Gift when you have an available Egg Slot, but it is not guaranteed. While at first rare hatch, now it is in the most common category of 7k hatches. Its candy is the same as normal Grimer. Alolan Grimer came to eggs in June 2018.

With Level 35 Muk – Alola, you need 2 players.

Resists: Poison, Dark, Psychic

Metagross [Legacy]

Best Moveset:Bullet Punch /Meteor Mash
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

Metagross is a rare pseudo-legendary and doesn’t nest. Beldum can be found in 10k eggs, however. It was made very common and given the legacy move Meteor Mash during its community day in October 2018. With Level 35 Metagross, you need 2 players.

2xResists: Poison, Psychic
Weak: Dark

Crawdaunt

Best Moveset:Snarl /Night Slash
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Crawdaunt received Crabhammer 9/2/19 making it a viable Water Type. Corphish is a nesting species. Added to 5k eggs (Sept 2019).Boosted spawns during Water Festival 2019.

Level 35 Crawdaunt, you need 2 players.

2xResists: Psychic
Resists: Dark
Weak: Electric

Garchomp

Best Moveset:Dragon Tail /Outrage
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐☆☆☆☆

Garchomp while a top tier Dragon-Type and Ground-Type,-is very difficult to acquire for now. No nests, no events, very rare, very new. Gible are a lot of people’s white whales for now. When it inevitably gets it’s community day, however, expect that to change. With Level 35 Garchomp, you need 2 players.

3xResists: Electric
Resists: Poison

Mew

Best Moveset:Shadow Claw /Dark Pulse
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Available from completing the “A Mythical Discovery” Special Research. Which might not be that easy if you are just starting the game. Requiring earning 7 candies walking your buddy, hatching 3 eggs, battling in 12 raids, being level 25, having the Gold Kanto Medal, Catching a Ditto, Evolving a Magikarp, among other trials. On the other hand, its something very accessible to anyone regardless of where you live and it’s likely many have acquired their Mew. Even so, after you get it you need to get the right moveset on it, which is a massive ordeal in itself and could take significantly more than your entire stockpile of TMs to get. No 20 TMs of each type is not nearly enough to have a high chance of this moveset. With Level 35 Mew, you need 2 players.

Resists: Psychic
Weak: Dark

Scyther

Best Moveset:Fury Cutter /X-Scissor
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Scyther are a nesting species, and have been featured as a relatively easy Tier 3 Raid boss a couple times. They also got boosted Spawns during the Bug Out event. 

ith Level 35 Scyther, you need 2 players.

Weak: Electric

Luxray

Best Moveset:Snarl /Crunch
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Luxray evolves from Shinx, which is a raid exclusive Pokemon; and always acquired at level 20 (or 25 if caught during rain). This makes it quite the pain to evolve. Even if you pinap every Shinx, it will still take 17 raids just to get enough base candy to Evolve it.  Shinx raids have become a staple however and are pretty reliably around, and are Tier 1 raids that anyone can do. Shinx as a Buddy finds a candy every 5km, which is better than legendary Pokemon but still not great.

With Level 35 Luxray, you need 2 players.

Resists: Electric

Dialga

Best Moveset:Metal Claw /Draco Meteor
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Dialga’s Steel typing gives it nice resistances usually so it comes up a lot as a hefty Steel or Dragon-Type. It’s legendary tough, so expensive to trade for and acquire candy for. It is an excellent attacker in recent Team Rocket invasions so powering one up is not the worst idea in the world. With Level 35 Dialga, you need 2 players.

2xResists: Poison
Resists: Electric, Psychic

Gyarados

Best Moveset:Bite /Crunch
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Magikarp can spawn from Glacial Lure Modules, and Catch 10 Pokemon quests. It is also currently a Tier 1 Raid Boss as of writing. Gyarados has been available for years now, but has a hefty 400 candy cost to evolve. Magikarp got boosted spawns during Water Festival 2019.

With Level 35 Gyarados, you need 2 players.

2xWeak: Electric

Skuntank

Best Moveset:Bite /Crunch
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Skuntank evolves from Stunky, which are a pretty common Pokemon. Being weather boosted in the common Cloudy weather makes this one of the easiest viable Poison Types to get. It does not nest right now however. ith Level 35 Skuntank, you need 2 players.

Resists: Poison, Dark, Psychic

Gengar [Legacy] Vs.

Best Moveset:Shadow Claw /Shadow Ball
  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆
    📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

 

Gengar is uniquly bad against Attack Deoxys due to being able to get slaughtered with Fast Attacks alone.

Gengar isn’t too difficult to acquire with Gastlys nesting and being a common night spawn, as well as being featured in the recent Go Fest global spawns. The main issue comes with Legacy Move Shadow Claw, but Lick at least was made available relatively recently in Gengar Raid Day. Gengar is still great without the legacy move, but much less likely to be optimal. 

With Level 35 Gengar, you need 2 players.

2xResists: Poison
Weak: Dark, Psychic

    Closing Thoughts


     Deoxys-Attack is a fascinatingly absurd pokemon, putting minmaxing to the absolute limits. It’s unique position leads it to have an extremely diverse web of key situations where it can be useful. But it’s always going to be a heavy amount of work, and it’s overall DPS probably has more to do with how long your phone takes to rejoin with a new team than anything else. 

    Still, if you’re someone who wants to take a challege, the damage potential has never been higher.

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