Pokémon GO - What are the best Pokémon and best attacks?

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Summary

  • Top 25 of the best Pok√©mon by Battle Points
  • Top 20 of the best Pok√©mon by Attack
  • Top 20 of the best Pok√©mon by Defense
  • Top 20 of the best Pok√©mon by Endurance
  • The best fighting techniques
    • Top 10 quick attacks
    • Top 10 special attacks
    • The best combinations of fighting skills for Legendary Pok√©mon
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the different elemental types of Pok√©mon
    • Fire-type strengths and weaknesses
    • Water-type strengths and weaknesses
    • Plant-type strengths and weaknesses
    • Electric type strengths and weaknesses
    • Strengths and weaknesses of the normal type
    • Soil type strengths and weaknesses
    • Stone type strengths and weaknesses
    • Combat-type strengths and weaknesses
    • Ice-type strengths and weaknesses
    • Poison-type strengths and weaknesses
    • Psychological strengths and weaknesses
    • Insect-type strengths and weaknesses
    • Theft type strengths and weaknesses
    • Dragon type strengths and weaknesses
    • Fairy type strengths and weaknesses
    • Specter-type strengths and weaknesses
    • Dark type strengths and weaknesses
    • Steel type strengths and weaknesses
  • What should we remember from this ranking of the best Pok√©mon?

If you're planning on conquering Pokémon GO arenas, it's essential to choose the Pokémon you send into battle. Each Pokémon has maximum potential, which can be achieved by using candy (check out our guide to getting a Perfect Pokémon).



However, at maximum level, different Pokémon are not created equal. Each species of Pokémon has a set of basic stats: Attack, Defense, and Stamina. In addition, each Pokémon is assigned a modifying factor for these basic statistics, called the IVs (Individual Values). IVs can go up to 15 for each statistic.


Finally, the last hidden characteristic is the level of the Pokémon, which can be increased by the recharge system. Each reload allows the Pokémon to gain half of a level. However, a Pokémon's level is limited to 1,5 times that of the trainer. Thus, only a level 40 trainer will be able to train their Pokémon to the maximum level.


The basic statistics, IVs, and level of a Pokémon are not visible from the game interface. These different characteristics are summarized by the number of Battle Points of a Pokémon. So, the higher the number of Battle Points of a Pokémon, the stronger and more resistant it is. Of course, legendary Pokémon dominate the rankings, but there are also several surprises in store.

Note that basic statistics and Combat Points are not everything. The good combinations of techniques (movesets) are also essential. They determine the maximum amount of damage a Pokémon can inflict in an arena, and also influence the amount of damage it can take.

La February 2017 update, introducing 80 new Pokémon from the second generation, has dramatically changed the Pokémon hierarchy established so far. While Dracolossus once ruled the arenas, he now looks pale in the face of Leuphoria. The evolution of Leveinard is the most enduring Pokémon, and its fairy / shrink type allows it to easily triumph over Dragon-type Pokémon.

La February 2018 update and the arrival of the third generation Pokémon has also changed the meta of the game a lot. Pokémon from Hoenn are so powerful that they have dislodged most of the first and second generation Pokémon from the various rankings, including the legendary creatures. .


In April 2018, Mew was also introduced as the first Mythical Pokémon in Pokémon Go. To celebrate Pokémon Go's 2nd anniversary, Celebi will also be available soon by the end of summer 2018. In June 2018, the Alola forms of the first generation Pokémon have appeared.


The fourth generation Pokémon, introduced in October 2018, were supposed to upset the balance of the game. However, for the moment, none of the new creatures of this generation are rising in the rankings of the best Pokémon. However, it is likely that other Gen 4 monsters that will be launched later will change the established order.

The main change brought by the fourth generation is the significant drop in health points of Leuphoria and Leveinard. The other Pokémon have meanwhile benefit from an increase in life points. However, Leuphoria and Leveinard remain the two most enduring Pokémon to this day.

Top 25 of the best Pokémon by Battle Points

As you might expect, the rarest Pokémon are often the ones that can achieve the highest amount of Battle Points. However, the ranking of Pokémon by Battle Points holds some surprises. Keep in mind that the number of Max CP can only be reached by a maximum level Pokémon, with a perfect IVs of 15 in Attack, 15 in Defense and 15 in Stamina.

 

RankPokémonMax PC
1Monaflemite4431
2Mewtwo4178
3Groudon4115
4Kyogre4115
5Arceus3989
6Carchacrok3962
7Melmetal3875
8Ho-oh3863
9Rayquaza3835
10Tyranocif3834
11Latios3812
12Dracolosse3792
13Metagross3791
14Drattak3749
15Rhinastoc3733
16Lugia3703
17Electhor3527
18Latias3510
19Entei3473
20Sulfur3465
21Raikou3452
22Leviator3391
23Togekiss3332
24Mammochon3328
25Charkos3298

Now let's take a closer look at which Pokémon excel in each of the three base stats: Attack, Defense, and Stamina.



Top 20 of the best Pokémon by Attack

Attack is the damage done by the Pokémon's attacks.

RankPokémonAttack
1Deoxys - Attack414
2Deoxys ‚Äď Normal345
3Mewtwo300
4Monaflémit290
5Rayquaza284
6Drattak277
7Alakazam271
8Kyogre270
9Groudon270
10Latios268
11Poryzon-Z264
12Dracolosse263
13Mental261
14Ectoplasm261
15Metagross257
16Electhor253
17Tyranocif251
18Sulfur251
19Eligible249
20Maganon247

Top 20 of the best Pokémon by Defense

Defense determines a Pokémon's resistance to opposing attacks.

RankPokémonDefense
1Caratroc396
2Lugia310
3Regirock309
4Regice309
5Registeel285
6Steelix272
7Galeking257
8Crustabri256
9Noctunoir254
10Latias246
11Ho-oh244
12Noctali240
13Article236
14Suicune235
15Teraclope234
16Onyx232
17Kaorine229
18Metagross228
19Kyogre228
20Groudon228

Top 20 of the best Pokémon by Endurance

Stamina determines the number of health points a Pokémon has.

11Lanturn250

RankPokémonEndurance
1Leuphoria496
2Leveinard487
3Qulbutoké382
4Wailord347
5Ronflex330
6Grodrive312
7Hariyama302
8Grodoudou295
9Monaflemite284
10Lokhlass277
11Wailmer277
12Aquali277
13Lanturn268
14Rondoudou251
15Entei251
16Rhinastoc251
17242
18242
19Lugia235
20Grotadmorv233

The best fighting techniques

Each Pokémon of the same species has its own Individual Values, but also its two randomly defined combat techniques. Each of these little monsters knows a quick attack, and a special attack

Top 10 quick attacks

  1. Steel wing
  2. Draco-Queue
  3. Queue to do
  4. riposte
  5. Jet-Stones
  6. Cascade
  7. Tranc'Herbe
  8. Shadow Claw

Top 10 special attacks

  1. Anger
  2. Blade-Leaf
  3. Silver Wind
  4. Magic Shard

The best combinations of fighting skills for Legendary Pokémon

Owning a legendary Pokémon is certainly a first step towards victory, but it is also necessary that these creatures have good fighting techniques. In addition, the optimal combinations vary depending on the situation (attack or defense). Check out the best combinations of fighting skills for Pokémon Go's Legendary Pokémon, for offense, and for defense below.

PokémonAttackDefense
ArticleIce Breath + Blizzard or Ice LaserIce Breath + Blizzard or Ice Laser
ElecthorCharged Ray + ThunderCharged Ray + Thunder
SufuraFlame Dance + OverheatingFlame Dance + Overheating
MewtwoConfusion + PsychoConfusion + Shadow Ball
MewDraco-Queue
RaikouLightning bolt + Crazy lightningChange Eclair + Eclair Crazy
EnteiFlame Dance + OverheatingFlame Dance + Overheating
SuicuneExtrasenseur + HydrocanonExtrasenseur + Hydrocanon
LugiaExtrasenseur + PrescienceExtrasenseur + Prescience
Ho-ohExtrasensor + Sun LanceExtrasensor + Blast or Sun Thrower
CelebiConfusion + Ultra LaserConfusion + Magical Shard
RegirockJet-Stones + Blade of RocEclate-Roc + Focus Blast
RegiceIce Breath + BlizzardEclate-Roc + Blizzard
RegisteelSteel Claw + UltralaserEclate Roc + Ultralaser
Latias
LatiosDracosouffle + Sun SpearPsykoud'Boul + Sunlance
KyogreWaterfall + HydrocannonWaterfall + Hydrocannon
GroudonMud Shot + EarthquakeMud Shot + Sun Launcher
RayquazaDraco-Tail + AngerDraco-Tail + Anger
JirachiConfusion + CarnareketConfusion + Magical Shard
DeoxysPsykoud'Boul + ElecanonPsykoud'Boul + Elecanon

 

 

 

 

Strengths and weaknesses of the different elemental types of Pokémon

Besides the raw power of Pokémon, it's important to take into account the elemental type of each creature and each fighting technique. Each elementary type is effective against another element, and vulnerable to another.

So, before starting an arena fight, it is essential to take into account the elemental type of the best Pokémon that defend the arena. You can then build your Pokémon team according to this criterion. Here are the strengths and weaknesses of each elemental type.

Fire-type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Steel, Insect, Ice, Plant
Weak against: Stone, Water, Soil

Water-type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Fire, Ground, Stone
Weak against: Electric, Plant

Plant-type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Water, Soil, Stone
Weak against: Fire, Ice, Poison, Flight, Insect

Electric type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Water, Theft
Weak against: Soil

Strengths and weaknesses of the normal type

Effective against: None
Weak against: Combat

Soil type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Fire, Electric, Poison, Stone, Steel
Weak against: Water, Plant, Ice

Stone type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Fire, Ice, Flight, Insect
Weak Against: Water, Plant, Combat, Ground, Steel

Combat-type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Normal, Ice, Stone, Darkness, Steel
Weak against: Flight, Psychic, Fairy

Ice-type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Plant, Ground, Flight, Dragon
Weak against: Fire, Combat, Stone, Steel

Poison-type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Plant, Fairy
Weak against: Sol, Psychic

Psychological strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Combat, Poison
Weak against: Insect, Specter, Darkness

Insect-type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Plant, Psychic, Darkness
Weak against: Fire, Theft, Stone

Theft type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Plant, Combat, Insect
Weak against: Electric, Ice, Stone

Dragon type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Dragon
Weak against: Ice, Dragon, Fairy

Fairy type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Combat, Dragon, Darkness
Weak against: Poison, Steel

Specter-type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Psychic, Specter
Weak against: Specter, Darkness

Dark type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Psychic, Specter
Weak against: Fighting, Insect, Fairy

Steel type strengths and weaknesses

Effective against: Fairy, Ice, Stone
Weak against: Combat, Fire, Ground

What should we remember from this ranking of the best Pokémon?

Now you know the full list of the best, most powerful Pokémon. Now all you have to do is hunt down these species everywhere o

To summarize this ranking, let's remember that the legendary Pokémon of the different generations are generally the most powerful and are therefore ideal for attacking and conquering arenas. For the rest, the ranking is regularly subject to change based on new Pokémon additions and balances. It is therefore important to consult the ranking after each update.

Also remember that the Pokémon that arrive at the top of the ranking of one of the categories are not necessarily the most useful. For example, Blissful may be a big bag of hit points, it does not make it to any top of the other categories. Even Monaflemit who is number 1 in terms of maximum combat points is not as useful as other creators like Dragonite or Tyranitar.



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