Houndoom () is a Dark/Fire type Pokémon. It evolves starting at level 24 from Houndour. It is the only Pokémon with the dual Fire/Dark typing (besides its pre-evolved form Houndour).
Houndoom generally plays only small roles in the animé (except for the episode it debuted in, Houndoom's Special Delivery). In this episode, a Houndoom was carrying a packet to a Mareep farmer and found Misty's Togepi after it wandered off. It carried the baby Pokemon back to the Mareep farmer where Ash and co. came and took Togepi back, saying goodbye and thank you to Houndoom.
It has been introduced in Generation II at the NationalDex number 229. According to legend, it is said that Houndoom's fire attacks are so severe that if someone gets burnt by an attack, they can never recover. Also, Houndoom's Howl was claimed to be the call of the Grim Reaper.
Houndoom has a similar appearance to its pre-evolution, Houndour, but with a taller and slimmer build. It retains the same color as Houndour and has characteristics of a doberman pinscher. Houndoom has two bands around each ankle and three rib-like bands on its back. Its tail is skinny and long, with an arrow-like shape at the end. It has a pair of curved horns on its head but no visible ears. Houndoom has a bone-like collar with a skull pendant around its neck. It has three claws on each foot, and its iris is red.Its shiny form makes all the coloring that is black on it blue, and its eyes are brown instead of red.
A female Houndoom's horns are slightly smaller than a male's.
Houndoom resides in the Rarelyused (RU) tier of competitive battling. It is a great offensive threat that performs well against offensive and defensive teams alike. With a boosting move in Nasty Plot, Houndoom can tear apart teams with its power and rips apart common defensive cores that are in place. Its STAB combination is very good, hitting the majority of the tier for solid damage while it can cover something that can tank its hits, like Diancie or Emboar, with Hidden Power coverage. However, Houndoom is let down by its bad bulk, which makes it hard for it to set up unless it switches into weak resisted attacks. It also has certain checks that are very prevalent on teams, such as Flygon and Diancie, making it hard for it to rip teams apart with ease.
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