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The Best Pokemon in Pokemon Go – Strategies and Battle Type Chart

Find out which Pokemon are the very best and how to combat each type of Pokemon.
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In this article, we’ll cover the best Pokemon in Pokemon Go and offer a chart of various Pokemon types and their weaknesses. While the battle type chart covers even the most recent release of Pokemon Sun and Moon, it also works well for those still playing Pokemon Go, even though Go isn’t exactly like the mainline games, and the Pokemon types don’t matter quite as much. In addition, a “super effective” attack in Pokemon Go will only net you 1.25x the damage, while an attack that’s “not very effective” reduce damage by 0.8. Couple all of this with the fact that CP levels changed based on your trainer level when a Pokemon is caught and the best Pokemon will vary a bit for each player.

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The strongest Pokemon in the game based on their CP increase per level are Slaking, Eternatus, Mewtwo, Groudon, Kyogre, Lunala, Solgaleo, and Zekrom. However, given how the battle types work in Pokemon Go, most people have had great success by using their strongest Vaporeon, so find an Eevee and evolve from there. In addition, if you’re defending a gym you want Pokemon like Blissey, Wailord, Mewtwo, Dusknoir, Ferrothron, and Gliscor.

It may take some time to find and evolve these Pokemon. While you’re searching for the strongest Pokemon, hold onto the following Pokemon that may not be the strongest, but they can still hold their own in a gym battle. This includes Gyarados, Zapdos, Muk, Exeggutor, Articuno, Weezing, and Flareon. For defending a gym you’re looking at Gyarados, Dragonite, Kangaskhan, Muk, Slowbro, Rhydon, Clefable, and Exeggutor as the second tier of strong Pokemon.

When it comes to battling a gym, use the chart below to determine the best type of Pokemon to use. You should also check out our Pokemon Go guide hub for more great tips and strategies! If you’re here because you’re playing Pokemon Sun and Moon, be sure to check out our coverage of the latest Pokemon release as well.

Pokemon TypeStrong AgainstWeak AgainstOther
BugDark, Grass, PsychicFire, Flying, RockN/A
DarkGhost, PsychicBug, Fairy, FightImmune to Psychic
DragonDragonDragon, Fairy, IceNot Effective Against Fairy
ElectricFlying, WaterGroundNot Effective Against Ground
FairyDark, Dragon, FightPoison, SteelImmune to Dragon
FightingDark, Ice, Normal, Rock, SteelFairly, Flying, PsychicNot Effective Against Ghost
FireBug, Grass, Ice, SteelGround, Rock, WaterN/A
FlyingBug, Fight, GrassElectric, Ice, RockImmune to Ground
GhostGhost, PsychicDark, GhostImmune to Fight, Normal; Not Effective Against Normal
GrassGround, Rock, WaterBug, Fire, Flying, Ice, PoisonN/A
GroundElectric, Fire, Poison, Rock, SteelGrass, Ice, WaterImmune to Electric; Not Effective Against Flying
IceDragon, Flying, Grass, GroundFight, Fire, Rock, SteelN/A
NormalNoneFightImmune to Ghost; Not Effective Against Ghost
PoisonFairy, GrassGround, PsychicNot Effective Against Steel
PsychicFight, PoisonBug, Dark, GhostNot Effective Against Dark
RockBug, Fire, Flying, IceFight, Grass, Ground, Steel, WaterN/A
SteelFairy, Ice, RockFight, Fire, GroundImmune to Poison
WaterFire, Ground, RockElectric, GrassN/A

Now that you know which Pokemon are the best, you should have little trouble taking over Gyms in the game.

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Aidan O'Brien
Aidan has been playing games for over three decades and has been writing about them for about five years. When not getting stomped on by the creations of Hidetaka Miyazaki he enjoys spending too much time in Warframe, Destiny 2, and any ARPG with a solid grind. When not writing, he is doing inexplicable behind-the-scenes magic.