Ho-Oh Counters Pokemon GO: How to Beat the Legendary Bird

Ho-Oh counters in Pokemon GO have resurfaced this month after the legendary's return to raids.
Ho-Oh counters in Pokemon GO have resurfaced this month after the legendary's return to raids. / Niantic Labs

Ho-Oh counters in Pokemon GO have resurfaced this month after the legendary's return to raids.

Niantic Labs announced that Ho-Oh will be appearing in five-star raids this month, January 2021, from Friday, Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. ET to Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. local time. This Kanto condor first became popular with the airing of the Pokemon anime, first broadcasted in the United States on Sept. 8, 1998. The very first episode depicts Ho-Oh flying overhead with the main protagonist, Ash Ketchum, finding one of its feathers.

Ho-oh Counters Pokemon GO

Ho-Oh is a fire and flying-type, meaning it has a double weakness to rock-type moves. During raids, it could have a CP as high as 50,000. Once caught, however, its CP ceiling shrinks to 3,863 at the highest. Its attack stat is 239, defense is 244, stamina is 214, and possible hit point total is 180. Trainers looking to use Ho-Oh in battle should prioritize the quick move Incinerate and the charged move Brave Bird.

The best counters include Rampardos, Rhyperior, Tyranitar, Therian Landorus, and Terrakion—though Rampardos tops these charts. Trainers should pick Pokemon with the quick moves Smack Down and Rock Throw alongside the charged moves Rock Slide, Rock Wrecker, and Stone Edge.

Additionally, trainers should be aware that Ho-Oh is appearing with a shiny chance this time around. The chance of encountering a shiny is 450:1 or approximately 0.22%.

Heatran, Genesect with a Burned Drive, Kyogre, Groudon, and a mysterious unnamed Pokemon will be joining the five-star pool with Ho-Oh as well.

More information about the events coming in January is available on Niantic's Pokemon GO news blog.