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
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 JN054, James pulled a Houndour from the Rocket Prize Master to battle Ash and Goh. However, it was defeated by Jacqueline's Inteleon.
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!.
|| Ash's Pokédex
|| Houndour, the Dark Pokémon. Houndour travel in packs and communicate through barks in order to surround their prey.
In the manga
In the Ash & Pikachu manga
A Houndour appeared in After The Missing Rucksack!!.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
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.
| Pokémon Adventures
|| It communicates with fellow Houndours via a unique howl, informing them of its location. The herd will then move in together on their prey.*
In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga
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!!.
In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga
A Houndour appeared in GDZ47, under the ownership of a thief.
A Houndour appeared in GDZ61.
Shu caught a Houndour, as seen in GDZ72.
In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga
Giovanni used a Houndour in Showdown at the Radio Tower!!.
In the TCG
Houndour seems to be based on the legends of hellhounds, black dogs, and possibly Cerberus of Greek mythology. Its skeletal adornments may 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.
Houndour may be a combination of hound and dour (grim, dreary, severe).
Delvil may be a corruption of devil.
In other languages