Pokémon Go: Best Pokémon with the highest Attack, Defense, HP, Stamina, and overall stats revealed

Generation II is here at last, and with it come more than 80 new Pokmon, which of course hold their own stats, strengths, and weaknesses.

Now you’ve likely settled into the game and mastered how to find Pokmon, you’ll want to get into taking over Gyms for your chosen team, and the best way to do that is by forming a team of the best Pokmon possible.

Players have recently discovered that hidden stats mirror those of the original game, giving us insight into how Pokmon rank according to their highest Attack, Defense and HP (hit points, health or stamina). As you can imagine, rare Pokemon tend to top the list, but there are a few surprise entries throughout each one to look out for.

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This list of the best, strongest Pokmon in Pokmon Go by CP, Attack, Defense, and Stamina, along with our Pokmon Go Type Chart and our list of the best Pokmon Go moves with the highest DPS, is helpful if you want to craft a team with different strengths and weaknesses, but with these elements combined together, we also know the best overall Pokmon in Pokmon Go.

Once you have settled on which Pokmon to target, then be sure to read our Pokmon Go CP calculations guide to squeeze out the best possible stats from each capture, so you know which specific creatures to train as you go, and our Pokmon Go guide, tips and tricks page to pick up a few pointers you might not know.

Here’s the top 25 Pokmon for each stat, but you can view where all 151 Pokmon stand on The Silph Road’s research page. (Thanks to them and Serebii.net for the rankings and individual stat numbers respectively.)

Best Pokmon by highest Attack stat in Pokmon Go

Rank Pokmon Attack stat
1 Mewtwo* 330
2 Alakazam 271
3 Ho-Oh* 263
4 Dragonite 263
5 Espeon 261
6 Gengar 261
7 Zapdos* 253
8 Tyranitar 251
9 Moltres* 251
10 Flareon 246
11 Raikou* 241
12 Kingler 240
13 Pinsir 238
14 Gyarados 237
15 Scizor 236
16 Ursaring 236
17 Entei* 235
18 Heracross 234
19 Machamp 234
20 Exeggutor 233
21 Jolteon 232
22 Kadabra 232
23 Arcanine 227
24 Houndoom 224
25 Hitmonlee 224

Best Pokmon by highest Defense stat in Pokmon Go

Rank Pokmon Defense stat
1 Shuckle 396
2 Steelix 333
3 Lugia* 323
4 Cloyster 323
5 Ho-Oh* 301
6 Onix 288
7 Mantine 260
8 Skarmory 260
9 Umbreon 250
10 Articuno* 249
11 Forretress 242
12 Tentacruel 237
13 Suicune* 235
14 Mr. Mime** 233
15 Blissey 229
16 Golem 229
17 Omastar 227
18 Weezing 221
19 Hypno 215
20 Donphan 214
21 Kingler 214
22 Hitmontop 214
23 Tyranitar 212
24 Hitmonchan 212
25 Miltank 211

Best Pokmon by highest HP or Stamina in Pokmon Go

Rank Pokmon Stamina stat
1 Blissey 510
2 Chansey 500
3 Wobbuffet 380
4 Snorlax 320
5 Wigglytuff 280
6 Vaporeon 260
7 Lapras 260
8 Lanturn 250
9 Entei* 230
10 Jigglypuff 230
11 Mewtwo* 212
12 Ho-Oh* 212
13 Lugia* 212
14 Rydon 210
15 Kangaskan** 210
16 Muk 210
17 Tyranitar 200
18 Celebi* 200
19 Mew* 200
20 Suicune* 200
21 Piloswine 200
22 Noctowl 200
23 Dunsparce 200
24 Azumarill 200
25 Gyarados 190

Best Pokmon overall in Pokmon Go

Rank Pokmon Max CP
1 Mewtwo* 4760
2 Ho-Oh* 4650
3 Tyranitar 3670
4 Lugia* 3598
5 Dragonite 3581
6 Entei* 3377
7 Snorlax 3355
8 Raikou* 3349
9 Zapdos* 3330
10 Rhydon 3300
11 Gyarados 3281
12 Moltres* 3272
13 Blissey 3219
14 Vaporeon 3157
15 Celebi* 3090
16 Mew* 3090
17 Donphan 3022
18 Espeon 3000
19 Lapras 2980
20 Heracross 2938
21 Articuno* 2933
22 Golem 2916
23 Exeggutor 2916
24 Flareon 2904
25 Machamp 2889

*These are Legendary Pokmon that, while confirmed to be within Pokmon Go thanks to datamining, have yet to be discovered, likely due to their involvement with a future event or game update. However, they’re worth listing now so you can start planning ahead to create the ultimate team.

**Mr. Mime and Kangaskhan are region-exclusive Pokmon and can only be found in certain territories – unless you can hatch them from an Egg, of course.

Note that the stats here do change on a semi-frequent basis with Niantics patches to Pokmon Go but, at the time of writing, are accurate according to the datamining and formulae found by the community.

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Want to get the most out of Pokmon Go? These guides on training and catching creatures:

Pokmon Go locations – Find each Pokmon Type in the real world, including Fire, Water, Ghost Types and more
Where to discover Pokmon Types in their real-world habitats.

Pokmon Go Eevee evolution: How to evolve Eevee into Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon with new names
A hidden reference to the TV show allows you choose the way Eevee evolves.

Pokmon Go nests – Where to find nests in London, the UK and other areas
Find clusters of specific Pokmon fast with these maps and lists (up to date until late August).

Want more help with Pokmon Go? Read our Pokmon Go tips, tricks, cheats and guides for insights on how to improve your skills, how to find nearby Pokmon and when to evolve Pokmon, through to a list of the Best Pokmon, how to get XP fast, what we know about Legendary birds in Pokmon Go and other rare Pokmon.

Also, head over to Jelly Deals for the best deals on Pokemon Go accessories.

What do these ‘best Pokmon’ lists tell us?

  • We know that Legendary Pokemon Mewtwo, Mew, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres, plus their second Generation legendary counterparts – whenever they appear – are some of the most powerful in the game, and are worth capturing if we ever get the chance.
  • Right now, Tyranitar is the new most powerful overall Pokmon in Pokmon Go, so get catching those Larvitar.
  • Out of the starter Pokmon in overall stats, from high to low, they rank Charizard, Venusaur and then Blastoise, with the Gen II starters ranking as Typhlosion, Feraligatr, and then Meganium. However, note that these change when looked at in order of strength in specific areas like Attack or Stamina.
  • Not every Pokmon who ranks in high up on one stat type does so in others. Chansey, for example, has by far the highest Stamina / HP of any creature in the game, but suffers in other areas so it fails to list elsewhere, and you should bear that in mind when building your squad for attacking or defending Gyms.
Updated: February 14, 2017 — 5:01 pm

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