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[[File:Type Dark/Fire.gif|link=Dark/Fire type]]  
Species Dark Dog Pokémon
Abilities Flash Fire
Early Bird
Unnerve (Dream World)
None ← 229 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from [[Houndour]]
Evolves into None
(ヘルガー Herugaa)
[[Generation II]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
Shape Footprint

Houndoom (Japanese: ヘルガー Herugaa) is a Dark/Fire-type Pokémon introduced in Generation II.



Houndoom are a canine-like Pokémon, with a similar appearance to its pre-evolved form Houndour. Houndoom are large, black, and have a brown underbelly and muzzle. Around each of its ankles are two sets of bone-like bands. On its back are rib-like structures, appearing like an exoskeleton, that lead up to its neck. In between the two ends of the bone on its neck is a small skull emblem. Instead of having visible ears near the top of its head, Houndoom have large demon-like horn. Another notable feature is the long, skinny tail which ends in an arrow point.

Special abilities

Houndoom have the abilities Flash Fire or Early Bird. Flash Fire will power up any of its Fire-type moves if it is hit with a Fire-type move, and Early Bird will cause a quick awakening from Sleep status.


Houndoom is the evolved form of Houndour. Houndour will evolve into this Pokémon once it reaches level 24.

In the anime

In the anime, a Houndoom returned Misty's Togepi after Togepi becomes lost in the forest after being scared by Team Rocket.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Gold/Silver Evolve Houndour None
Crystal Evolve Houndour None
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Evolve Houndour None
FireRed/LeafGreen Trade None
Diamond/Pearl Route 214 and Route 215 via PokéRadar (Pearl only) Rare
Platinum Evolve Houndour None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Safari Zone Common
Black/White Evolve Houndour (Black only) None

Pokédex entries



  • No other Pokémon share the same type combination as Houndoom and its pre-evolution Houndour.
  • Despite having a pair of horns, it cannot learn Horn attack or Horn drill. This might be due to the fact that the horns curve back, making it difficult to stab with the points of the horns


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