Pokémon Go Ho-Oh Raid Boss Guide: How to Counter and Catch


One of Johto's most iconic Pokémon has returned to Pokémon Go.

Ho-Oh was added to the game on Dec. 12, 2017 and was one of a few legendary Pokémon released at the time. The news sent trainers into action as they frantically searched for Legendary Raids that housed this powerful Pokémon. Now, Ho-Oh is back and can only be found in level five raid battles at various gyms throughout Pokémon Go.

Finding Ho-Oh is pretty simply, but battling it is incredibly difficult. Here are some tips to help you take down this legendary Pokémon.

Battling Ho-Oh

Before getting into the fight, it's vital to find other trainers who can help you on your quest. A large number of fellow trainers participating in raid battles increases your chance of successfully defeating a legendary Pokémon.

Niantic recommends that at least 15 trainers team up to take on a legendary Pokémon, and for good reason—anything less will prove challenging, unless everyone in your group is basically a max-level Pokémon Go trainer.

Ho-Oh can learn powerful moves like Fire Blast, Solar Beam, and Brave Bird, so it's hard to really prepare for a fight until you get into a battle and see what it knows. You should try to create a varied team based on Ho-Oh's weaknesses—Rock, Water, and Electric-type Pokémon—to give you an advantage.

Having a lineup of Pokémon that have at least 2,000 or more Combat Points (CP) will keep you in the raid for a longer time. But if you faint, you can automatically rejoin with a new team as long as the timer hasn't expired. Some of the best Pokémon you can take into battle against Ho-Oh include Tyranitar, Golem, Rhydon, Zapdos, Raikou, Jolteon, Ampharos, Kyogre, Omastar, and Gyarados.

The fight won't be easy, but it can be done. By doing everything above, you can significantly increase your odds of defeating Ho-oh. After defeating it, however, you'll need to try to catch it.

Catching Ho-Oh

After completing a raid, each trainer that participated in the fight will be given individual in-game items as rewards. Trainers will also receive a certain number of Pokéballs to try to catch a weaker version of the raid boss.

It's incredibly difficult to capture a legendary Pokémon, so we strongly recommend using Golden Razz Berries to boost your chances of catching it. These berries greatly increase the odds of catching any Pokémon, but don't guarantee a capture. Getting an excellent throw will also slightly increase your chances.

If you fail to catch the legendary beast, you'll need to find another Legendary Raid in a different location, battle the Pokémon again, and pray that this time you can successfully capture it.

Ho-Oh will be available in Pokémon Go until June 7—so get out there and try to catch one.

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