Best PvE Pokemon in Pokemon GO (2023)

Who reigns supreme? And why do they all have the same moves?

If there’s one thing Pokemon GO has a lot of, it’s events. There is no shortage of opportunities to let your Pokemon shine, whether it be against Team GO Rocket grunts and bosses or Raid Pokemon. But what Pokemon will offer the best DPS? Here are the best PvE Pokemon in Pokemon GO.

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Best PvE Pokemon in Pokemon GO (2023)

There is no perfect metric to measure the effectiveness of all Pokemon. There are simply too many variables. But one way to make sure you get some bang for your buck is through damage per second. These Pokemon, divided by typing, are some of the hardest hitters in the game. And while some of them are glass cannons, if you can keep them up, they’ll have the best bet to bring down a Raid Pokemon or Team Go Rocket Leader. Much of this was compiled thanks to Twitter user @MyFeetAreMankey.

As not all Trainers will have access to Mega or Shadow Pokemon, the best ordinary Pokemon in each category will also be included.

The Best PvE Bug Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Mega Beedrill with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor. DPS of 32.56.
  • Shadow Pinsir with Bug Bite and X-Scissor. DPS of 31.10.
  • Phermosa with Bug Bite and Bug Buzz. DPS of 37.87.

The Best PvE Dark Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Mega Houndoom with Snarl and Foul Play. DPS of 34.19.
  • Shadow Weavile with Snarl and Foul Play. DPS of 35.34.
  • Hydregion with Bite and Brutal Swing. DPS of 32.19.

The Best PvE Dragon Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Shadow Salamence with Dragon Tail and Outrage. DPS of 41.22.
  • Mega Latios with Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw. DPS of 36.02.
  • Raqyuaza with Dragon Tail and Outrage. DPS of 34.7

The Best PvE Electric Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Shadow Raikou with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge. DPS of 36.05.
  • Mega Manectric with Thunder Fang and Wild Charge. DPS of 35.88.
  • Xurkitree with Thunder Shock and Discharge. DPS of 36.81.

The Best PvE Fairy Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Mega Gardevoir with Charm and Dazzling Gleam. DPS of 37.05.
  • Shadow Gardevoir with Charm and Dazzling Gleam. DPS of 33.51.
  • Togekiss with Charm and Dazzling Gleam. DPS of 26.34.

The Best PvE Fighting Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Mega Blaziken with Counter and Focus Blast. DPS of 38.12.
  • Shadow Machamp with Counter and Dynamic Punch. DPS of 36.42.
  • Terrakion with Double Kick and Sacred Sword. DPS of 36.01.

The Best PvE Fire Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Mega Blaziken with Fire Spin and Blast Burn. DPS of 42.51.
  • Shadow Moltres with Fires Spin and Overheat. DPS of 36.23.
  • Reshiram with Fire Fang and Fusion Flare. DPS of 35.7.

The Best PvE Flying Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Shadow Honchkrow with Peck and Sky Attack. DPS of 38.11.
  • Mega Pidgeot with Gust and Brave Bird. DPS of 34.68.
  • Rayquaza with Air Slash and Hurricane. DPS of 29.17.

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The Best PvE Ghost Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Mega Gengar with Lick and Shadow Ball. DPS of 43.05.
  • Shadow Metwo with Psycho Cut and Shadow Ball. DPS of 32.21.
  • Chandelure with Hex and Shadowball. DPS of 33.07.

The Best PvE Grass Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Mega Sceptile with Bullet Seed and Frenzy Plant. DPS of 39.83.
  • Shadow Venusaur with Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant. DPS of 32.94.
  • Kartana with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade. DPS of 37.80.

The Best PvE Ground Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Primal Groudon with Mud Shot and Earthquake. DPS of 34.04.
  • Shadow Mamoswine with Mud Slap and High Horsepower. DPS of 35.94.
  • Landorus (Therian) with Mud Shot and Earthquake. DPS of 30.14.

The Best PvE Ice Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Shadow Mamoswine with Powder Snow and Avalanche. DPS of 36.22.
  • Mega Glalie with Frost Breath and Avalanche. DPS of 29.93.
  • Galarian Darmantitan with Ice Fang and Avalanche. DPS of 32.42.

The Best PvE Normal Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Shadow Ursaluna with Tackle and Return. DPS of 18.40.
  • Mega Lopunny with Pound and Hyper Beam. DPS of 17.53.
  • Porygon-Z with Lock-On and Return. DPS of 15.83.

The Best PvE Poison Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Mega Beedrill with Poison Jab and Sludge Bomb. DPS of 36.48.
  • Shadow Victreebel with Acid and Sludge Bomb. DPS of 31.23.
  • Nihilego with Poison Jab and Sludge Bomb. DPS of 30.09.

The Best PvE Psychic Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Shadow Mewtwo with Confusion and Psystrike. DPS of 47.28.
  • Mega Alakazam with Confusion and Psychic. DPS of 43.11.
  • Mewtwo with Confusion and Psystrike. DPS of 38.90.

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The Best PvE Rock Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Mega Aerodactyl with Rock Throw and Rock Slide. DPS of 33.06.
  • Shadow Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge. DPS of 32.06.
  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide. DPS of 34.17.

The Best PvE Steel Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Shadow Metagross with Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash. DPS of 40.37.
  • Mega Scizor with Bullet Punch and Iron Head. DPS of 28.41.
  • Metagross with Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash. DPS of 33.30.

The Best PvE Water Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Mega Swampert with Water Gun and Hydro Cannon. DPS of 37.24.
  • Shadow Swampert with Water Gun and Hydro Cannon. DPS of 34.75.
  • Kyogre with Waterfall and Surf. DPS of 30.44.

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