Pokemon GO: Deoxys - Best Moveset, Max CP and Meta Relevance

By Sam Woods

July 2, 2021

For the first time in a while, Defense Forme Deoxys has returned as a Pokemon GO Raid Boss.

The Pokemon, which first appeared in EX Raids (remember those?) will be gracing Five-Star Raids until right before this year’s GO Fest kicks off.

With it being a while since the Pokemon last appeared in raids, players have lots of questions about it.

So, here is everything you need to know about Defense Forme Deoxys including its best moveset, max CP and if it’s actually good.

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What’s The Best Moveset For Deoxys in Pokemon GO?

This one is interesting, simply as (according to PVPoke) Defense Forme Deoxys’ best moveset differs depending on which PVP division you’re using it in.

It’s undisputed, regardless of league, that Counter is Deoxys’ best possible fast move.

Psycho Boost is also one of Deoxys’ must-use Charge Moves, mainly because it takes advantage of STAB damage. However, it’s the second Charge Move that needs to be switched up.

If you’re planning on using Deoxys in the Great League, you’re going to want to head in with Thunderbolt, however, if you’re rocking it in the Ultra or Master League, Rock Slide is the better option.

You can see the moveset below:

  • Fast Move – Counter
  • Charge Move – Psycho Boost
  • Charge Move – Thunderbolt (Great League) Rock Slide (Ultra/Master League)

Defense Forme Deoxys’ Max CP

Considering it’s such a powerful Legendary Pokemon, Defense Forme Deoxys’ max CP could be considered underwhelming.

At level 40, it has a Max CP of 2274 and, if powered up with XL Candies to level 50, will have a Max CP of 2570. Although, it should be noted, that while Defense Forme Deoxys has a low Max CP, its defence stat more than makes up for it.

Is it Good? Deoxys Meta Relevance

Defense Forme Deoxys low Max CP all but rules it out of the Master League.

However, while it’s absent from there, it certainly makes a splash in the other two divisions.

If you’ve played the Great League, you’ve likely encountered Deoxys at some point. Again, according to PVPoke, Defense Forme Deoxys is the 14th best Pokemon in the division.

It picks up big wins against the likes of Galarian Stunfisk, Medicham, Skarmory and Bastiodon.

Deoxys ranks slightly lower in the Ultra League but still comes in at a respectable 26th place again, picking up some big wins against Swampert, Melmetal, Togekiss and Articuno.

If you’re looking to build a solid team for the first two divisions, you can’t go far wrong with Deoxys.

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Sam Woods

Sam is the Managing Editor at DualShockers. He's been playing video games for as long as he can remember and you can regularly find him on his Nintendo Switch. When he's not playing games, he'll no doubt be suffering watching his beloved Ipswich Town.

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