Houndoom: Best Moveset and PVP Guide

Houndoom: Best Moveset and PVP Guide

The world of Pokémon has been a growing phenomenon since 1996, when the first pair of video games came out in stores. There are almost 900 individual Pokémon identified by the PokéDex and in this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about one of them – Houndoom. Houndoom is a dual-type Fire/Dark Pokémon introduced in Generation II of the core game series. It is the final and only evolution of Houndour, also a Generation II Pokémon, which evolves into Houndoom starting at Level 24. Houndoom also has a Mega Evolution.

In this article, we are going to tell you all the information you’ll need if you want to breed an Houndoom in any of the games. We’re going to focus on both the core games, as well as other popular video games based on the Pokémon franchise.

Best moveset

Houndoom: Best Moveset and PVP Guide

In the Pokémon GO videogame, the best moves for your Houndoom are Fire Fang and Foul Play if you’re battling Pokémon in Gyms. Namely, this moveset gives you the highest total DPS and is, likewise, the best moveset for PVP battles. The official description for Fire Fang reveals the following: “The user bites with flame-cloaked fangs. This may also make the target flinch or leave it with a burn”; as for Foul Play, the attack is described as follows: “The user turns the target’s power against it. The higher the target’s Attack stat, the greater the damage it deals.”

Other moves that Houndoom can learn across other games are:

  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Houndoom
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Houndoom
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII

By leveling up

 Level  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP
1InfernoFireSpecial10050%5
1Nasty PlotDarkStatus—%20
1Thunder FangElectricPhysical6595%15
1LeerNormalStatus100%30
1EmberFireSpecial40100%25
4HowlNormalStatus—%40
8SmogPoisonSpecial3070%20
13RoarNormalStatus—%20
16BiteDarkPhysical60100%25
20TauntDarkStatus100%20
26Beat UpDarkPhysical100%10
30Fire FangFirePhysical6595%15
35PaybackDarkPhysical50100%10
41Flame ChargeFirePhysical50100%20
45Foul PlayDarkPhysical95100%15
50FlamethrowerFireSpecial90100%15
56CrunchDarkPhysical80100%15
60Nasty PlotDarkStatus—%20
65InfernoFireSpecial10050%5

By TM

 TM  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
TM05RoarNormalStatus—%20
TM11Sunny DayFireStatus—%5
TM12TauntDarkStatus100%20
TM15Hyper BeamNormalSpecial15090%5
TM17ProtectNormalStatus—%10
TM22Solar BeamGrassSpecial120100%10
TM23Iron TailSteelPhysical10075%15
TM30Shadow BallGhostSpecial80100%15
TM32Double TeamNormalStatus—%15
TM35FlamethrowerFireSpecial90100%15
TM36Sludge BombPoisonSpecial90100%10
TM38Fire BlastFireSpecial11085%5
TM41TormentDarkStatus100%15
TM42FacadeNormalPhysical70100%20
TM44RestPsychicStatus—%10
TM45AttractNormalStatus100%15
TM46ThiefDarkPhysical60100%25
TM50OverheatFireSpecial13090%5
TM58EndureNormalStatus—%10
TM61Will-O-WispFireStatus85%15
TM63Nasty PlotDarkStatus—%20
TM66PaybackDarkPhysical50100%10
TM68Giga ImpactNormalPhysical15090%5
TM78SnarlDarkSpecial5595%15
TM79Dark PulseDarkSpecial80100%15
TM82Sleep TalkNormalStatus—%10
TM85Dream EaterPsychicSpecial100100%15
TM87SwaggerNormalStatus85%15
TM90SubstituteNormalStatus—%10
TM96StrengthNormalPhysical80100%15
TM98Rock SmashFightingPhysical40100%15

Houndoom PVP Guide

In this section of our article, we are going to give you a detailed PVP guide for Houndoom, which can be applied to all known Pokémon video games. The guide is going to include several categories which are going to help you prepare a strategy involving Houndoom for your games.

Weaknesses and Counters

As a dual Dark- and Fire-type Pokémon, Houndoom is super effective against Grass-, Ice-, Steel-, Psychic-, and Ghost-type Pokémon. It is weak against Fighting-, Ground-, Rock-, and Water-type Pokémon and it is immune to Psychic-type moves completely. It receives normal damage from Normal-, Flying-, Poison-, Bug-, Electric-, Dragon-, and Fairy-type Pokémon.

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Stats and Abilities

Houndoom’s Stats, based on the most recent available data, are:

StatsBase StatsMin-MinMaxMax+Min-MinMaxMax+
HP75150182291354
Attack9099110142156194216279306
Defense506370102112122136199218
Special Attack110117130162178230256319350
Special Defense8090100132145176196259284
Speed95103115147161203226289317

In Pokémon GO, Houndoom has a Base Stamina of 181, a Base Attack of 289, and a Base Defense of 194.

As for its abilities, they are:

  • Early Bird: The Pokémon awakens from sleep twice as fast as other Pokémon. (or)
  • Flash Fire: Powers up the Pokémon’s Fire-type moves if it’s hit by one.
  • Unnerve: Unnerves opposing Pokémon and makes them unable to eat Berries. (Hidden Ability)
  • Solar Power: Boosts the Sp. Atk stat in harsh sunlight, but HP decreases every turn. (Mega Houndoom)

Houndoom item guide

The best item you can give to your Houndoom in the more recent games is the Houndominite, which will allow it to evolve into Mega Houndoom. Other useful items include Choice Band (An item to be held by a Pokémon. This curious headband boosts Attack but only allows the use of one move) and Leftovers (An item to be held by a Pokémon. The holder’s HP is slowly but steadily restored throughout every battle).