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Ho-Oh is available in Pokémon Go’s raid battles once again, though sadly the Gen 2 Legendary is not packing Sacred Fire as a guaranteed move this time around. Still, you may encounter the majestic bird in its even more radiant Shiny variant after defeating it in battle. Since Ho-Oh is a strong PvP Pokémon for Master League as well, there is no shortage of reasons for battling the boss.

This guide will show you all the best Pokémon to use against Ho-Oh in Pokémon Go.

Best Ho-Oh counters in Pokémon Go raids

  1. Mega Aerodactyl (Rock Throw, Rock Slide)
  2. Rampardos (Smack Down, Rock Slide)
  3. Tyrantrum (Rock Throw, Meteor Beam)
  4. Rhyperior (Smack Down, Rock Wrecker)
  5. Terrakion (Smack Down, Rock Slide)
  6. Tyranitar (Smack Down, Stone Edge)
  7. Primal Kyogre (Waterfall, Origin Pulse)
  8. Mega Aggron (Smack Down, Meteor Beam)
  9. Landorus (Incarnate Forme) (Rock Throw, Rock Slide)
  10. Aerodactyl (Rock Throw, Rock Slide)
  11. Mega Ampharos (Volt Switch, Power Gem)
  12. Aggron (Smack Down, Meteor Beam)
  13. Gigalith (Smack Down, Meteor Beam)
  14. Nihilego (Acid, Rock Slide)
  15. Aurorus (Rock Throw, Meteor Beam)

Ho-Oh is packing a fearsome 50,064 competition points (CP) as a 5-star raid boss. As usual, defeating it will give you the chance to catch a specimen for yourself. You'll also gain useful resources like Candy for completing the battle with success.

Thankfully, its Fire-Flying-typing opens it up for massive damage from Rock-type moves, which cause 2.56 times more damage than regular attacks. While Ho-Oh is also weak to Water- and Electric-type moves, you’re best served by sticking with a Rock-type team.

Mega Aerodactyl is your only option for buffing such a team up as well as being the single best attacker to field in this raid battle.

Mega Aerodactyl on the Pokémon Go Rock-type background.

Mega Aerodactyl is the best attacker against Ho-Oh.

Two players around level 40 with Pokémon of that strength should be enough to defeat Ho-Oh in the time limit, though weaker players should at least look to form trios to ensure victory.