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Pokemon Go Deoxys Update: New Moves, Stats, and Counters

A new Pokemon Go Deoxys update has been confirmed. It was announced a little while ago that Deoxys would be coming to EX Raids in Pokemon Go in the near future. However, new leaks suggest that there have already been changes made to the Mythical Pokemon ahead of its release. This guide will break down the Pokemon Go Deoxys update, focusing on the new moves and stats for all four Formes of the powerful “DNA Pokemon.”

Pokemon Go Deoxys Update: New Moves and Stats

Pokemon Go Hub has reported leaks from Pokemon Go‘s Game Master file which include changes to all four Deoxys forms. The new move pools and stats for all Deoxys Formes are as follows:

Pokemon Go Deoxys Update: Deoxys Normal Forme

Fast moves:

  • Zen Headbutt (Psychic-type)
  • Charge Beam (Electric-type)

Charge Moves:

  • Psycho Boost (Psychic-type)
  • Thunderbolt (Electric-type)
  • Hyper Beam (Normal-type)

Stats:

  • Max CP: 2749
  • Attack: 345
  • Defense: 115
  • Stamina: 100

Pokemon Go Deoxys Update: Deoxys Speed Forme

Fast moves:

  • Zen Headbutt (Psychic-type)
  • Charge Beam (Electric-type)

Charge Moves:

  • Psycho Boost (Psychic-type)
  • Zap Cannon (Electric-type)
  • Swift (Normal-type)

Stats:

  • Max CP: 2504
  • Attack: 230
  • Defense: 218
  • Stamina: 100

Pokemon Go Deoxys Update: Deoxys Attack Forme

Fast moves:

  • Zen Headbutt (Psychic-type)
  • Poison Jab (Poison-type)

Charge Moves:

  • Psycho Boost (Psychic-type)
  • Zap Cannon (Electric-type)
  • Dark Pulse (Dark-type)

Stats:

  • Max CP: 2254
  • Attack: 414
  • Defense: 46
  • Stamina: 100

Pokemon Go Deoxys Update: Deoxys Defense Forme

Fast moves:

  • Zen Headbutt (Psychic-type)
  • Counter (Fighting-type)

Charge Moves:

  • Psycho Boost (Psychic-type)
  • Zap Cannon (Electric-type)
  • Rock Slide (Rock-type)

Stats:

  • Max CP: 1978
  • Attack: 144
  • Defense: 330
  • Stamina: 100

Pokemon Go Deoxys Update: Deoxys Counters

The following list will have a quick rundown of Deoxys counters, using the concise guide provided by u/josechelon over at r/TheSilphRoad. All four types are resistant to Fighting-type and Psychic-type moves, and are weak to Bug-type, Ghost-type, and Dark-type moves. The reason the counters are different is because of a) the different stats between Formes, and b) the different movesets between Formes.

Pokemon Go Deoxys Update: Counters for Deoxys Normal

Deoxys’ Normal Forme has the highest max CP and most balanced stats of all four Formes. Good counters for Deoxys Normal are:

  • Tyranitar
  • Gengar
  • Mewtwo
  • Dragonite
  • Houndoom
  • Rayquaza

Pokemon Go Deoxys Update: Counters for Deoxys Speed

Deoxys Speed doesn’t hit very hard, but it’s still pretty balanced, and it’s the second strongest Forme. Good counters for this fight are:

  • Mewtwo
  • Tyranitar
  • Gengar
  • Houndoom
  • Pinsir
  • Rayquaza

Pokemon Go Deoxys Update: Counters for Deoxys Attack

Deoxys Attack is the easiest Deoxys to beat, despite the fact that Deoxys Defense has a lower Max CP. It’s a glass cannon, and can be easily bested with the following counters:

  • Tyranitar
  • Mewtwo
  • Latios
  • Mew
  • Muk-Alola
  • Houndoom

Pokemon Go Deoxys Update: Counters for Deoxys Defense

The lowest Max CP and a laughable Attack stat compared to the other Formes make Deoxys Defense easy to underestimate. This is the hardest Forme to beat, and even with seven players this could be a lost fight. Be sure to bring along all of these counters of possible:

  • Mewtwo
  • Tyranitar
  • Gengar
  • Rayquaza
  • Scizor
  • Houndoom

Overall, for all four Formes, Mewtwo, Tyranitar, Houndoom, and Gengar are by far the strongest counters. Of these four, Deoxys only carries super-effective moves against Gengar, who is much faster than three of Deoxys’ Formes. A strong Mewtwo and Tyranitar combination is almost essential to taking down Deoxys. If you follow this guide closely, though, you should have little to no problems nabbing yourself a Deoxys… if the catch rate is on your side.

Pokemon Go Deoxys Update: Deoxys Catch Rate

So, all of the changes to Deoxys’ move pool and stats for all four Formes are listed above, as well as counters for each one. However, Deoxys’ catch rate has also been revealed. At a 6% catch rate, it sits in the same bracket as Mewtwo, who is currently doing the rounds as a Tier 5 Raid Boss. Deoxys may be coming down the line, but if you want to net yourself a Mewtwo in the meantime, check out this guide for Mewtwo counters and how to catch Mewtwo.