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.
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
Best Pokmon by highest Defense stat in Pokmon Go
Best Pokmon by highest HP or Stamina in Pokmon Go
Best Pokmon overall in Pokmon Go
*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.
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.
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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.