Houndour (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
Skarmory #227: Skarmory
Pokémon
#229: Houndoom Houndoom
Houndour
Dark Pokémon
デルビル
Delvil
#228
Houndour



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Dark Fire
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Early Bird or Flash Fire Cacophony
Cacophony
Unnerve
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
120 (24.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Field
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
2'00″ 0.6 m
Houndour
0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
23.8 lbs. 10.8 kg
Houndour
0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
114
Gen. II-IV
Unknown
IV
66
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 1
Houndour
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
1
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
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HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
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Sp.Def
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Speed
Shape
Body08.png
Footprint
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Pokédex color
Black
Base friendship
35
External Links

Houndour (Japanese: デルビル Delvil) is a dual-type Dark/Fire Pokémon introduced in Generation II.

It evolves into Houndoom starting at level 24.

Biology

Houndour is a quadrupedal, canine Pokémon with short, black fur and a red underbelly and muzzle. Its ears and tail are both short and pointed. Two fangs protrude from its upper jaw, and its triangular nose is black. There are white bands on its ankles and rib-like ridges on its back. Houndour appears to have a simplistic, stylized skull on its forehead with the eye orbits creating eyebrow patterning above its actual eyes. It also has circular, red paw pads on each of its three-toed paws.

Houndour is an intelligent Pokémon that forms packs to hunt for prey and shows unparalleled teamwork. As seen in the anime, it will not abandon a pack member who is sick. It communicates using various barks and howls. Barks are used to determine the location of a pack member during a hunt, which only they can understand, while howls are used as a declaration of ownership over territory. They are known to be loyal and obedient to their Trainers. Houndour can typically be found around rough terrain.

In the anime

Main series

 
Houndour in the anime

Major appearances

Multiple Houndour debuted in Hour of the Houndour. One of them got sick, prompting the rest of its pack to steal food in order to aid it. Ultimately, Ash helped the ailing Houndour to a Pokémon Center.

In Pikachu & Pichu, a Houndour was an enemy of the Pichu Brothers. It reappeared in Trouble in Big Town, Of Meowth and Pokémon, Pichu Bros. in Party Panic, and Giratina and the Sky Warrior. It is normally seen chasing them, or anyone else that angers it, around Big Town.

In The Mystery is History, Cassidy used a Houndour equipped with power-amplifying headgear. It made further appearances in Pokémon Chronicles.

Team Flare Grunts used multiple Houndour in From A to Z!, Meeting at Terminus Cave!, and A Towering Takeover!.

In Turning Heads and Training Hard!, a Team Skull Grunt's Houndour was quickly defeated by Ilima and his Eevee. In League Offenders and Defenders!, it was defeated by Gladion's Lycanroc.

In Sobble Spies a Stealthy Strategy!, James pulled a Houndour from the Rocket Prize Master to battle Ash and Goh. However, it was defeated by Jacqueline's Inteleon. It reappeared in a flashback in Not Too Close for Comfort!.

Minor appearances

In Ariados, Amigos, Ralph brought a Houndour to the Pokémon Jujitsu Academy. It defeated Mickey's Hypno.

In Entei at Your Own Risk, two Houndour were resting in some hot springs.

In Johto Photo Finish, Tracey fed a Houndour at Professor Oak's Laboratory.

A Coordinator's Houndour appeared in Deceit and Assist.

In The Rise of Darkrai, Darkrai hit a Houndour with Dark Void.

In Genesect and the Legend Awakened, a Houndour were living in Pokémon Hills.

During the Mega Audino journal in A Race for Home!, a Houndour was fighting with a Scraggy.

Three Trainers' Houndour attended the Wela Fire Festival‎.

In A Crowning Moment of Truth!, two Trainers' Houndour appeared in The Power of Us.

In the Where Are You Going, Eevee? segment for Lillier and the Staff!, a Trainer's Houndour became annoyed by a wild Eevee eating its food and chased it away. Houndour reappeared in a flashback in We Know Where You're Going, Eevee!.

A Houndour appeared in Thank You, Alola! The Journey Continues!, under the ownership of a Team Skull Grunt.

A Trainer's Houndour appeared in A Little Rocket R & R!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP150 Houndour Ash's Pokédex Houndour, the Dark Pokémon. Houndour travel in packs and communicate through barks in order to surround their prey.

Pokémon Evolutions

In The Show, a Houndour briefly appeared under the ownership of a Trainer in Ecruteak City.

In the manga

Ash & Pikachu

A Houndour appeared in After The Missing Rucksack!!.

Pokémon Adventures

In Pokémon Adventures, Gold is attacked by and defeated by four Pokémon, including a Houndour, when he enters the Ilex Forest, and is then warned to stay out by the Masked Man in You Ain't Nothin' but a Houndour and The Ariados up There. This Houndour is later used against Lt. Surge during his battle against the Masked Man, where its howls summon a herd of wild Houndour to aid it in battle. Although their constant howling prevented Lt. Surge from moving, he is able to have multiple Electrode use Selfdestruct to knock them down, allowing Surge to flee during the confusion.

One of Carl's Houndoom was seen as a Houndour in The Escape, the round in which Green and Silver escaped from Pryce.

Pokédex entries

Manga Chapter Entry
Pokémon Adventures PS139 It communicates with fellow Houndours via a unique howl, informing them of its location. The herd will then move in together on their prey.*

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

Houndour is Grey's only known Pokémon in Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys.

A Trainer's Houndour appeared in Let's Fight For The Future!!.

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

A Houndour appeared in GDZ47, under the ownership of a thief.

A Houndour appeared in GDZ61.

Shu caught a Houndour, as seen in GDZ72.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Giovanni used a Houndour in Showdown at the Radio Tower!!.

In the TCG

Main article: Houndour (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II Johto
#209
Gold It uses different kinds of cries for communicating with others of its kind and for pursuing its prey.
Silver To corner prey, they check each other's location using barks that only they can understand.
Crystal Around dawn, its ominous howl echoes through the area to announce that this is its territory.
Stadium 2 It uses different kinds of cries for communicating with others of its kind and for pursuing its prey.
Generation III Hoenn
#—
Kanto
#—
Ruby Houndour hunt as a coordinated pack. They communicate with each other using a variety of cries to corner their prey. This Pokémon's remarkable teamwork is unparalleled.
Sapphire
Emerald Houndour communicate with each other using a variety of cries to corner their prey. This Pokémon's remarkable teamwork is simply unparalleled.
FireRed To corner prey, they check each other's location using barks that only they can understand.
LeafGreen It uses different kinds of cries for communicating with others of its kind and for pursuing its prey.
Generation IV Sinnoh
Pt: #176
Johto
#214
Diamond It conveys its feelings using different cries. It works in a pack to cleverly take down prey.
Pearl
Platinum It is smart enough to hunt in packs. It uses a variety of cries for communicating with others.
HeartGold It uses different kinds of cries for communicating with others of its kind and for pursuing its prey.
SoulSilver To corner prey, they check each other's location using barks that only they can understand.
Generation V Unova
#—
Black It is smart enough to hunt in packs. It uses a variety of cries for communicating with others.
White
Black 2 It is smart enough to hunt in packs. It uses a variety of cries for communicating with others.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Coastal #075
Hoenn
#—
X Around dawn, its ominous howl echoes through the area to announce that this is its territory.
Y To corner prey, they check each other's location using barks that only they can understand.
Omega Ruby Houndour hunt as a coordinated pack. They communicate with each other using a variety of cries to corner their prey. This Pokémon's remarkable teamwork is unparalleled.
Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII Alola
USUM: #289
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sun, Moon, Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!‎.
Ultra Sun It cooperates with others skillfully. When it becomes your partner, it's very loyal to you as its Trainer and will obey your orders.
Ultra Moon They make repeated eerie howls before dawn to call attention to their pack.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
Sinnoh
#—
Hisui
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sword, Shield, and Legends: Arceus.
Brilliant Diamond It conveys its feelings using different cries. It works in a pack to cleverly take down prey.
Shining Pearl


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver
Route 7Night
Crystal
Route 7Night
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade, Event
Emerald
Safari Zone extension
FireRed LeafGreen
Trade, Event
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Cipher Lab (Shadow)
Generation IV
Diamond
Trade
Pearl
Breed Houndoom
Platinum
Route 214, Valor Lakefront
HeartGold SoulSilver
Route 7Night
Safari Zone (Savannah with 4 Forest points)
Pal Park
Mountain
Pokéwalker
Volcano Path
Generation V
Black
Route 9 (Swarm)
White
Trade
Black 2 White 2
Trade
Dream World
Spooky Manor
Generation VI
X
Route 10
Y
Trade
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Trade
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Trade
Ultra Sun
Poké Pelago*
Ultra Moon
Trade
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl
Breed Houndoom
Legends: Arceus
Unobtainable


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Trozei!
Phobos Secret Fort: Phobosphere, Endless Level 19, Forever Level 19, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Silent Chasm (5F-7F), Howling Forest (1F-8F), Joyous Tower (25F-27F)
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Shimmer Hill (1F-17F), Final Maze (B1F-B48F)
MD Sky
Shimmer Hill (1F-17F), Final Maze (B1F-B48F)
Ranger: SoA
Cargo Ship, Oil Field Hideout
Ranger: GS
Oblivia Ruins, Fire Temple
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Lake: Sunny Seashore (Post-ending)
Rumble U
Flower Garden: Festival on Mount Moon, Magical Lake: Protect Pichu in the Forest,
Chill Battle: The Three Little Tepig
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Safari Jungle: Stage 1Th
Shuffle
Event: Pokémon Safari (Seventh release)
Rumble World
Dark Land: Chilling Graveyard (All Areas),
Legend Terrain: Tomb of Nightmares (Center Boss, Back, Special)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Dragonite Sea, Jirachi Sea, Entei Sea, Mewtwo Sea, Charizard Sea2020, Jirachi SeaFinal, Entei SeaFinal, Mewtwo SeaFinal


In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
RS Pokémon Center New York Campaign 1 Houndour English United States 5 May 15 to 22, 2004
RSEFRLG Gather More Pokémon! Sixth Campaign Houndour Japanese Japan 10 April 22 to May 8, 2006

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
45
105 - 152 200 - 294
60
58 - 123 112 - 240
30
31 - 90 58 - 174
80
76 - 145 148 - 284
50
49 - 112 94 - 218
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
Total:
330
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
4/4 ★★★★
Power
2/3 ★★
Skill
4/4 ★★★★
Stamina
3/3 ★★★
Jump
3/4 ★★★
Total
16/18 ★★★


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

Houndour is available in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Leer Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
011 Ember Fire Special 04040 100100% 25
044 Howl Normal Status 0000 —% 40
088 Smog Poison Special 03030 07070% 20
1313 Roar Normal Status 0000 —% 20
1616 Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
2020 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100100% 20
2525 Beat Up Dark Physical 0000 100100% 10
2828 Fire Fang Fire Physical 06565 09595% 15
3232 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100100% 10
3737 Flame Charge Fire Physical 05050 100100% 20
4040 Foul Play Dark Physical 09595 100100% 15
4444 Flamethrower Fire Special 09090 100100% 15
4949 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100100% 15
5252 Nasty Plot Dark Status 0000 —% 20
5656 Inferno Fire Special 100100 05050% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Houndour
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Houndour
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM05  TM05 Roar Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TM11  TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
TM12  TM12 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM17  TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM22  TM22 Solar Beam Grass Special 120120 100}}100% 10
TM23  TM23 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TM30  TM30 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TM32  TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
TM35  TM35 Flamethrower Fire Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM36  TM36 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM38  TM38 Fire Blast Fire Special 110110 085}}85% 5
TM41  TM41 Torment Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM42  TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM44  TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM45  TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM46  TM46 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM50  TM50 Overheat Fire Special 130130 090}}90% 5
TM58  TM58 Endure Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM61  TM61 Will-O-Wisp Fire Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM63  TM63 Nasty Plot Dark Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TM66  TM66 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100}}100% 10
TM78  TM78 Snarl Dark Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM79  TM79 Dark Pulse Dark Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TM82  TM82 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM85  TM85 Dream Eater Psychic Special 100100 100}}100% 15
TM87  TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM90  TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM98  TM98 Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Houndour
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Houndour
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
     Beat Up Dark Physical 100% 10
     Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
  Destiny Bond Ghost Status —% 5
      
      
Feint Normal Physical 30 100% 10
      
      
Fire Fang Fire Physical 65 95% 15
      
   
Fire Spin Fire Special 35 85% 15
      
    
Reversal Fighting Physical 100% 15
   Spite Ghost Status 100% 10
      
      
      
  
Sucker Punch Dark Physical 70 100% 5
      
      
Thunder Fang Electric Physical 65 95% 15
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Houndour in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Houndour in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Houndour
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Houndour
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Houndour
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Houndour
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Smokescreen Houndour (EX Team Rocket Returns 59)

Side game data

Pokémon Trozei!
 
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 11.4%
Friend Area: Ravaged Field
Phrases
51%-100% HP I'm good at running down prey using teamwork.
26%-50% HP My HP's been cut in half.
1%-25% HP I can't go on... I'm about to drop...
Level up Yes! I got my level up! I'll work harder!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
  Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Dark
Poké Assist:  
Dark
Field move:  
(Tackle ×1)
Browser entry R-153
It spits blobs of fire and lets loose dark pulses to attack.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Dark
Poké Assist:
(present)
 
Dark
Field move:
(present)
 
(Tackle ×2)
Poké Assist:
(past)
 
Dark
Field move:
(past)
 
(Tackle ×1)
Browser entry R-266/N-083
It releases a dark pulse around itself that makes Pokémon Tired.
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●
Defense
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 1.73 seconds Base HP: 46
Base Attack: 71 Base Defense: 45 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Dark
Attack Power: ★★★★

 

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Fire
  Attack Power: 50 - 100   5

#489
 

Mega Boost
Fills the Mega Gauge of a Pokémon of the same type.


Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 128 Base Attack: 152 Base Defense: 83
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement:   50
Fast Attacks: Feint Attack, Ember
Charged Attacks: Crunch, Flamethrower, Dark Pulse, Frustration, Return

Evolution

 
Unevolved
Houndour
 Dark  Fire 
 
Level 24
 
First evolution
Houndoom
 Dark  Fire 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VIII
HOME
   
  For other sprites and images, please see Houndour images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

Origin

Houndour seems to be based on the legends of hellhounds, black dogs, and possibly Cerberus of Greek mythology. Its skeletal adornments may be a reference to the hellhounds' and black dogs' associations with death. They may also be inspired by the grim reaper, and the bands around its ankles resemble shackles. Its build and coloration are similar to a Dobermann, and it also somewhat resembles the extinct Tasmanian wolf due to the stripe-like bony ridges on its back. Its pack-hunting behavior and eerie howling are reminiscent of wolves.

Name origin

Houndour may be a combination of hound and dour (grim, dreary, severe).

Delvil may be a corruption of devil.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese デルビル Delvil From devil
  French Malosse From mal and molosse
  Spanish Houndour Same as English name
  German Hunduster From Hund and düster
  Italian Houndour Same as English name
  Korean 델빌 Delvil Transcription of Japanese name
  Mandarin Chinese 戴魯比 / 戴鲁比 Dàilǔbǐ Transcription of Japanese name
  Cantonese Chinese 戴魯比 Daailóuhbéi Transcription of Japanese name


External links


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