Pokémon Go Deoxys – raids, forms, and how to counter

The devious DNA Pokémon is one of the best legendaries you can find, so add one to your team or figure out how to catch it with our Pokémon Go Deoxys guide

Pokemon Go Deoxys: key art shows the red and blue space Pokemon based on DNA, known as Deoxys

Nintendo originally introduced this legendary in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the DNA Pokémon known as Deoxys is still one of the coolest legendaries in the series, as well as one of the most versatile. With four distinct forms and some absolutely monstrous stats for each of them, you can use Pokémon Go Deoxys however it best suits you.

In our Pokémon Go Deoxys guide, we explain where you can find it, go over the raid schedule, how best to counter and catch one, as well as go through each of its unique forms. It’s a tricky one to beat, so get your team buffed up and ready to go, and make sure you have plenty of pals on your raid team to boot. Grab some ghost and dark-types, then get training.

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No need to head to space. Our guide to Pokémon Go Deoxys is right here.

Pokémon Go Deoxys

Pokemon Go Deoxys: key art shows the red and blue space Pokemon based on DNA, known as Deoxys

What is Pokémon Go Deoxys?

Known as the DNA Pokémon, Deoxys is a psychic-type Pokémon initially from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, and it sits at number 386 in the Pokédex. With an alien-like form and hints of it being from outer space, many believe Deoxys arrived on a meteor. It also has four distinct forms, which are normal, attack, defence, and speed. These each drastically change Deoxys appearance and stats, as it takes on a size and shape that befits its new abilities.

Pokemon Go Deoxys: key art shows the red and blue space Pokemon based on DNA, known as Deoxys

How do I encounter Pokémon Go Deoxys?

Currently, the only way to encounter Deoxys in Pokémon Go is through five-star raids.

Pokémon Go Deoxys raid schedule

All of Deoxys’ four forms are available in five-star Pokémon Go raids from September 1, 2022, through to September 13, 2022.

Pokemon Go Deoxys: key art shows the red and blue space Pokemon based on DNA, known as Deoxys

How to counter and catch Pokémon Go Deoxys

All four forms of Deoxys share the same type, which happens to be psychic. As a result, Deoxys is vulnerable to ghost, dark, and bug Pokémon. Because of this, here are some of the best counters to use in five-star raids. Remember your weaknesses as well, so while Buzzwole looks like a big beefy boy ready for the task, as a fighting-type, it’s at a disadvantage.

  • Mega Gengar
  • Tyranitar
  • Obstagoon
  • Hoopa
  • Darkrai
  • Chandelure
  • Mega Houndoom
  • Weavile
  • Hydreigon
  • Yanmega
  • Mewtwo (Shadow Ball)
  • Genesect
  • Mega Scizor

How do I change Pokémon Go Deoxys form?

Sadly, in Pokémon Go, it’s not possible to change Deoxys’ form like in previous entries. If you want to catch one of the specific forms, you need to find a raid with that form.

Pokemon Go Deoxys: key art shows the red and blue space Pokemon based on DNA, known as Deoxys

How do I get Pokémon Go Deoxys shiny?

In Pokémon Go Deoxys isn’t shiny locked, meaning you can find a shiny version if you’re very lucky. The shiny odds are the same as any other raid – the average rate of a shiny is one in 500. However, if you encounter the featured Pokémon in a raid on a specific raid day, the odds increase to around one in 25. It’s still not ideal (you’d better get saving coins), but it’s a bit easier.

That’s all we have today, and we hope this Pokémon Go Deoxys guide helps you to catch the meteoric mythical ‘mon. If you want to keep up to date, be sure to read our guide to the Pokémon Go events next.