Snorlax: Zen Headbutt and Earthquake
Of course we’re gonna kick things off with one of the biggest Pokemon around. Snorlax’s presence just oozes power, so it’s no surprise that it happens to be one of the strongest monsters in Pokemon GO. With its powerful Earthquake special attack and a crushing Zen Headbutt to keep opponents at bay. The healthy supply of HP isn’t too shabby either.
Alakazam: Psycho Cut and Psychic
Fortunately enough, you don’t have to trade a Kadabra to get yourself an Alakazam in Pokemon GO, although you still have to catch an Abra which is no small feat. Still, the headache of locating one is worth it so you can hit your opponents with powerful Psychic attacks.
Dragonite: Steel Wing and Dragon Pulse
Dragons are awesome no matter what game you’re playing. This remains true in Pokemon GO with Dragonite, the final form of the ever elusive Dratini. Steel Wing alone will help deal with most challengers, but the Dragon Pulse special will wipe away those tougher nuisances. With a healthy pool of HP, and not many major weaknesses, Dragonite is in it for the long haul.
Lapras: Frost Breath and Ice Beam
Lapras is not only one of the best Pokemon to have when challenging a Gym, but also one of the best to leave defending one. With a huge amount of HP and one of the most powerful special attacks in Pokemon GO Lapras stands among the best. It also helps that this particular Pokemon is strong against dragon-types, such as the previously mentioned Dragonite.
Slowbro: Confusion and Ice Beam
Just as was the case in the anime and original games, many people tend to pass up on Slowbro, as well as the basic Slowpoke, due to its appearance. A pink, kind of silly looking pink Pokemon with a Shellder stuck on its tail. Turns out that you should probably give it a second look. It shares the same special attack as Lapras, and usually has higher HP than its peers.
Vaporeon: Water Gun and Aqua Tail
Eevee’s water evolution happens to be one of the best Pokemon in the game, edging out both its fire and electric counterparts. It only has two weaknesses – grass and electric – but can hold its own against pretty much everything else. It’s speed and sizable pool of HP make it the evolution to seek.
Flareon Ember and Flamethrower
Flareon may have been edged out by its water sibling, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t without its uses. Flamethrower has proven to be one seriously effective special during gym battles. It is weak to ground, rock, and water, with that last one being fairly common in the grand scheme of things, but it more than makes up for that with decent attack speed and the ability to burn everything else to the ground.
Exeggutor: Zen Headbut Psychic
Exeggutor is a grass/psychic type Pokemon, which in and of itself is pretty unique. That does present it with quite a few weakness, which would normally keep a Pokemon in Pokemon GO off of this list, but it makes up for that with brute strength, solid defense, and a whole lot of resistances. It’s resistant to fighting, ground, water, grass, electric, and other psychic Pokemon. Not too shabby.
Victreebel: Razor Leaf Solar Beam
You’ve probably caught and hatched quite a few Bellsprouts by now, so it’s time to evolve them up to a Victreebel, a powerful grass/poison type. Now we’ll be frank with you, Victreebel is definitely lacking in the defense department in Pokemon GO, but if you start off with one of these in your team you’re going to do a lot of damage to anyone you challenge. Razor Leaf keeps a constant stream of damage going while Solar Beam can decimate most foes.
Arcanine: Fire Fang and Flamethrower
When it comes to attacking, Arcanine is definitely top tier thanks to speed and the ferocious Fire Fang which keeps enemies at bay. Flamethrower, one of Arcanine’s potential special attacks, can clear out most threats with ease (provided they aren’t resistant), helping you clear out any obstacles on your quest to be the very best.
Ninetales: Ember and Flamethrower
Ninetales is easily one of the most beautiful creatures in Pokemon GO, but it’s also one of the best you can have. You’ll have to evolve from a Vulpix, but once you do you’ll have a solid offensive and defensive Pokemon. Flamethrower is a potent special attack while either Ember or Feint Attack as primary moves will help keep you in the fight for the long haul.
Vileplume: Razor Leaf and Petal Blizzard
Vileplume, like Victreebel, is not one you bring along in Pokemon GO if you’re looking to survive a fight. Thanks to an abundance of weaknesses it will most likely be eliminated early on, but it will most definitely take a few others down with it. Petal Blizzard can wipe out nearly any Pokemon with comparable CP, and razor leaf is more than enough to chip away at an opponent, leaving them open to die against the competiton.
Clefable: Zen Headbutt and Psychic
Clefable is more of a defensive member of a roster than an offensive one, but it doesn’t shy away from fulfilling either role. Zen Headbut is a powerful attack that not many Pokemon are resistant against, while Psychic can clean up most messes. A sizable HP pool helps out quite a bit with keeping you in contention as well.
Weezing: Tackle and Dark Pulse
Like Clefable, Weezing is mostly built for tiring out another Pokemon. During Pokemon GO’s gym battles, the longer you can sit there and chip away at a strong opponent’s health, the better, and that’s exactly what this Pokemon is good for. It can still deal with weaker Pokemon with ease, but if you’re up against someone around your level you’ll have a difficult time putting them down, but they’ll have to think twice if they think they’re just going to brush you aside.
Chansey: Zen Headbutt and Psychic
Chansey is not a scary Pokemon, so you shouldn’t expect it to be an offensive monster in Pokemon GO. It is still useful for its size and HP pool, though. It can also share a moveset with Clefable, one that isn’t to be scoffed at, so don’t sleep on this one.
CHANSEY IS TERRIFYING<< lmao.
Hypno : Zen Headbutt and Psychic
Drowzee, Hypno’s base form, is a pretty stupid looking Pokemon. We won’t deny that, but we wouldn’t dare say that in this evolved form’s face. This one is downright creepy looking, and its defensive capabilities mean you’ll stare at it a bit longer than others when fighting. Thankfully, you’ll only face them when someone is looking for a more defense oriented team, as they aren’t the best offensively, but they can still take you down if you underestimate their abilities and forget to dodge.
Blastoise: Water Gun and Flash Cannon
Come on, it’s Blastoise. It’s a walking turtle-tank. Of course this is going to be one of the strongest Pokemon in Pokemon GO, particularly when it comes to defense. It has it’s weaknesses, defintely avoid any Jolteon’s, but with a large pool of HP and crushing attacks you can’t go wrong.
Venusaur: Razor Leaf and Petal Blizzard
What Venusaur lacks in Blastoise’s defense, it more than makes up for in raw power. Grass types tend to be a bit easier to take down, but not many are so adept at removing foes from the board as Venusaur is. If you see Petal Blizzard get activated, you may as well start planning what to do with your next Pokemon.
Charizard: Wing Attack and Ancient Power
Charizard is easily recognized thanks to video game covers and the fact that we all remember it disrespecting Ash. Thankfully, it can be remembered for being one of Pokemon GO’s stronger Pokemon as well. Surprisingly enough, Charizard isn’t actually a dragon type, so it isn’t as useful as… say, Dragonite. But, if you’re lucky enough to roll Ancient Power as a special attack, you’ll be sitting pretty as you fly in the sky avoiding most attacks.
Poliwrath : Bubble and Ice Punch
Poliwrath is actually considered a tadpole pokemon, which is just a baby frog, for some reason. But this is no baby, and you don’t want it to punch you, especially if it has the Ice Punch special attack. It can also withstand quite a bit of punishment when out in battle, so it’s one to want.
Aerodactyl: Steel Wing and Ancient Power
Aerodactyl isn’t impossible to bring down thanks to an abundance of weaknesses, but it’s resistances help it out quite a bit. Pokemon GO’s most common Pokemon tend to fall under normal, flying, bug, and poison, all things that this Pokemon is resistant too. When you throw in the Ancient Power special attack, you have a potent gym defender on your hands.
Tauros: Zen Headbutt and Earthquake
You mess with the bull, you get the horns. Tauros is a living embodiment of that mantra, and a powerful defensive Pokemon to have in your Pokemon GO roster. Headbut, as would be expected, is a powerful move, and Earthquake helps to keep things in your favor when things get a bit too rough.
Starmie: Water Gun and Power Gem
Starmie is a well-balanced Pokemon capable of going on the offensive if need be while also being pretty darn good at staying alive. Thanks to some worthwhile resistances and manageable weaknesses you’ll be able to put that Power Gem special attack to good use.
Kadabra: Psycho Cut and Pysbeam
It’s not often when you see two forms for the exact same Pokemon in contention for the strongest around, but Kadabra pulls its own weight quite well, especially in the defense department. Again, you’re going to have to find an Abra first, but the rarity pays off when you finally get to evolve it. Have fun with Kadabra for a while, knowing it is among the best and then, when you’re ready, evolve it to Alakazam and keep the pressure on your opponents.
Dewgong: Bubble and Aqua Tail
We’ll get this off our chests first, Dewgong is adorable. Just look at it, it’s how a seal Pokemon should look, not like that creepy Popplio clown thing. It’s probably because of this cuteness that many forget that this thing will bite your head off if given the chance. With solid defense and the potential for potent attacks like Aqua Tail, Dewgong is one of the best in Pokemon GO.
Golduck: Confusion and Ice Beam
Psyduck is a favorite of many. That puzzled look and bright yellow appearance are hard to resist. But we shouldn’t forget that Psyduck’s final form, Golduck, is one seriously powerful psychic duck, plus it’s blue. It has one of the best defenses in the game, capable of withstanding a lot of punishment, even when up against its weaknesses. The fact that it’s also good at putting others down, especially if it has the Ice Beam special, is just icing on the cake.