Optimal Movesets and Dominant Attackers in Pokemon GO

With Pokemon Go playing host to a multitude of Pokemon and the list ever-growing, making a choice on which Pokemon to strengthen could prove challenging. This guide is intended to present you with a comprehensive understanding of which Pokemon you should devote your resources to for gym and raid purposes.


The rank of most potent Pokemon in the game is a volatile one. This volatility can be attributed to the continual influx of new Pokemon into the game. For instance, the powerful Kyogre might enjoy being on top of the leaderboard for a period, but it’s only a matter of time before another water-type usurps the position. This scenario, however, doesn’t diminish the value of Kyogre as an investment; it remains resilient and potent, though not necessarily the strongest. We’ve put together a list of consistently relevant Pokemon and other attributes of Pokemon that make them ideal for training.

For the ardent trainers incessantly in pursuit of a regularly updated guide on the crème de la crème of Pokemon, GamePress offers a comprehensively updated and neatly arranged list. Our guide also integrates information from this list. We have, however, refrained from listing Mega Evolved Pokemon, considering that you can only possess one at any given moment, and they all exhibit a potent presence in their respective types.

Although our list includes a plethora of powerful Pokemon, owning them is not a strict necessity. Persistence in battles could topple gyms even without these top-tier Pokemon. Likewise, the significance of your Pokemon in raids may dwindle if you’re part of a sizeable raid group.

Below, we present a selection of Pokemon and archetypes worth considering when investing in attackers:


The first nine Pokemon presented in a region’s Pokedex are classified as starter Pokemon, typically handed out at the onset of the game. Although not all of these Pokemon are impressively powerful, they typically feature in Community Day events, acquiring a particularly formidable move as a result. For instance, grass-type starter Pokemon are capable of learning Frenzy Plant, fire-type starter Pokemon can learn Blast Burn, and water-type starter Pokemon may learn Hydro Cannon. Equipped with these moves, starter Pokemon evolve into formidable attackers.

The following Pokemon exemplify this category:

Swampert, boasting Water Gun and Hydro Cannon Blaziken, equipped with Fire Spin and Blast Burn Feraligatr, demonstrating Waterfall and Hydro Cannon Venusaur, wielding Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant Charizard, brandishing Fire Spin and Blast Burn


Each region is home to a Pokemon or two that, while not technically legendary, boast stats so impressive they rival those of their legendary counterparts. These pseudo-legendary Pokémon are powerhouses worth strengthening. The accumulation of these Pokémon, each equipped with their Community Day moves, makes for a formidable team. All pseudo-legendary Pokémon eventually feature in a Community Day, so even the rarest among them will have their day of mass spawning.

Examples of these powerful Pokémon include:

  • Dragonite, brandishing Dragon Tail and Outrage
  • Tyranitar, either equipped with Smack Down and Stone Edge or Bite and Crunch
  • Metagross, flaunting Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash
  • Salamence, demonstrating Dragon Tail and Outrage
  • Garchomp, showcasing Dragon Tail and Outrage or Mud Shot and Earth Power
  • Hydreigon, mastering Bite and Dark Pulse
  • Goodra, performing Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor
  • Kommo-o (yet to be introduced in the game)
  • Dragapult (also not yet featured in the game)


Legendary Pokémon, while only obtainable through raids or unique events, are generally worth the resources required to power them up. However, it’s important to note that not all of them are equally potent. Strengthening a Legendary Pokémon demands a substantial amount of candy, suggesting that you’ll need to participate in numerous raids or expend a lot of Rare Candy. Hence, resource allocation becomes crucial.

Some of the most formidable Legendary Pokémon include:

  • Mewtwo, equipped with Confusion and Psystrike
  • Rayquaza, demonstrating Dragon Tail and Outrage
  • Darkrai, mastering Snarl and Shadow Ball or Dark Pulse
  • Kyogre, showcasing Waterfall and Surf
  • Origin Forme Giratina, flaunting Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball
  • Zekrom, with Charge Beam and Wild Charge
  • Reshiram, mastering Fire Fang and Overheat


While casual players might want to avoid investing in Shadow Pokémon due to their increased Stardust demands, these dark versions of Pokémon are significantly stronger than their standard counterparts. A Shadow version of any of the Pokémon listed above would essentially rank among the top tier.

While not all Legendary Pokémon can become Shadow Pokémon, even those Legendary Pokémon not known for their high damage can rise through the ranks if you have their Shadow version.

Shadow Pokémon can only be caught by overcoming Team Go Rocket members and Giovanni.

Examples of these powerful Shadow Pokémon include:

  • Shadow Mewtwo, equipped with Confusion and Psystrike or Psycho Cut and Shadow Ball
  • Shadow Metagross, mastering Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash
  • Shadow Machamp, showcasing Counter and Karate Chop or Dynamic Punch
  • Shadow Salamence, flaunting Dragon Tail and Outrage
  • Shadow Raikou, demonstrating Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
  • Shadow Moltres, brandishing Fire Spin and Overheat or Wing Attack and Sky Attack

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