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15 best Fighting-type Pokemon ever: Lucario, Blaziken & more

Published: 12/May/2021 17:05 Updated: 12/May/2021 17:07

by James Busby

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Fighting-type Pokemon feature all kinds of powerful punches and lethal kicks, but which of these Powerful Pokemon wins the champion’s belt? 

With their high offensive stats and lightning-fast jabs, Fighting-type Pokemon brings a great amount of power to any team. From Pokemon capable of tearing mountains in half to Legendary dogs that once saved humanity from destruction, there are plenty of choices when it comes to picking the perfect fighter. 

Of course, not every Fighting-type Pokemon is viable. While you may be able to get away with using any Pokemon in causal matches, you’ll often need a strong team that can give you an edge in competitive battles.

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Fortunately, these 10 Fighting-types will give you the critical blow needed to KO even the toughest foes.

15. Conkeldurr

Conkeldurr Pokemon
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Slow but deadly.

Conkeldurr may be one the slowest Fighting-type Pokemon in the game, but that won’t matter when you’re KOing your opponents in a single hit. With a whopping 140 Attack, 105 HP, and 95 Defense, Conkeldurr can be a real menace on the battlefield. In fact, taking status damage only enrages this Pokemon more. 

This is thanks to Conkeldurr’s Guts ability, which increases its Attack stat by 50% whenever any status element is inflicted. Combine this with the self-inflicted burn from Flame Orb and you have an incredibly lethal Pokemon. To capitalize on this extra damage, consider using Facade as this move’s attack is doubled when Conkeldurr is burnt, poisoned, or paralyzed. 

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While you’ll rarely get to strike first, Conkeldurr will ensure that each punch deals huge amounts of damage.

14. Mienshao

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Mienshao may not look that strong, but it can be pretty potent.

Mienshao certainly doesn’t look like your generic Fighting-type Pokemon, but looks can be rather deceiving. After all, this crafty critter has an insanely high base attack stat of 125, which makes it capable of hitting extremely hard.

Its speed stat is also decent, and while it may not be the fastest Pokemon, it’s certainly not the slowest. Moves like Fake Out can instantly flinch a high-priority Pokemon, enabling you to KO them before they pose a threat. Even if things take a turn for the worse, Mienshao can be switched out with U-Turn.

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It’s really not hard to see why this Pokemon has made its way onto our top Fighting-type tier list.

13. Lucario

Lucario
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Lucario is capable of delivering many a lethal hit.

No Fighting-type list would be complete without featuring Lucario. The dual Fighting/Steel-type has been a fan favorite ever since it first appeared in Diamond and Pearl. While it may not be the most reliable Fighting Pokemon on our list, it does have some decent stats. 

Lucario’s high Attack (110) and Special Attack (115) enable it to sweep squishy damage threats, especially when you manage to utilize Sword Dance. Its Speed stat is also fairly high (90), but even when you find yourself in a situation where Lucario isn’t the fastest ‘mon on the field, you can simply use priority moves like Bullet Punch.

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Inner Focus also gives Lucario complete immunity to any moves that would otherwise cause flinch or intimidate. While it may no longer be as viable as it once was, Lucario can still prove useful.

12. Keldeo

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Keldeo is can tear through enemy teams.

Keldeo is an excellent Special Attacker that can make short work of its opponent, especially against Dark-type Pokemon. Its Justified ability raises its Attack by one stage when damage by any Dark moves, while Moves like Focus Blast and Calm Mind give it opportunities to cut through bulky tanks. 

Taunt can also keep any status elements at bay and makes Keldeo rather difficult to deal with, particularly given its high defensive stats. Its affinity for the water element also enables players to get rid of meta Fire-type Pokemon with ease.

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11. Hawlucha

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Hawlucha’s agility makes this Pokemon capable of dishing out a lot of damage.

The dual Fighting/Flying-type is capable of sweeping even the strongest teams thanks to its well-rounded stats. Because of its potent combination of Speed and Attack, Hawlucha can often get the drop on its foes. Its agility reaches even higher heights when the Unburden ability is triggered, which doubles Hawlucha’s Speed stat whenever its held item is lost. 

The removal of Hawlucha’s item also doubles the power of Acrobatics, giving you even more chances to KO your foe. Combine this with damage buffing moves like Sword Dance and you have a recipe for success.

10. Urshifu

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Urshifu’s two different forms give it a tremendous amount of versatility.

This dual Fighting-type Legendary was introduced in Sword & Shield’s Isle of Armor expansion. Urshifu is a highly versatile fighter thanks to its two separate forms, which are obtained via the Tower of Darkness or Tower of Waters trials. The version you choose will largely depend on the kind of team you are running, giving you a number of options when it comes to countering specific Pokemon.

Like most Pokemon, both Single Strike (Fighting/Dark) and Rapid Strike (Fighting/Water) have their own strengths and weaknesses. However, a movepool consisting of Close Combat, U-Turn, Poison Jab, and Wicked Blow/Surging Strikes will enable you to pummel most Pokemon into the ground.

9. Buzzwole

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Buzzwole proves that even Bug-types can be strong.

Buzzwole can tank many a hit thanks to its great physical Defence (139), while its moves physical movepool is boosted by its high Attack stat (139). Hammer Arm will KO most squishy sweepers, while Toxic can remove bulkier threats from play. Despite its tanky appearance, Buzzwole does have fairly decent Speed (79), but this can quickly become very sluggish Hammer Arm is heavily used. 

Fortunately, Buzzwole’s dual Bug/Fighting typing does give it decent resistances to the likes of Grass, Dark, Ground, Fighting, and Bug types. If you’re after a decent physical tank that can also dish out a lot of damage, then Buzzwole is a decent pick.

8. Infernape

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Infernape may lack bulk, but it packs a fiery punch.

Infernape has long been a popular pick among Pokemon trainers that like Fire/Fighting-types. This mischievous monkey has a great mix of offensive stats, which enable it to punish squishy ‘mons and break through more stalwart opponents.

Its Speed stat (108) can be raised further with Nasty Plot, which can prove useful when your opponent has particularly speedy creatures on their team. Focus Blast also has a 10% chance to lower the enemy’s defense, making it particularly potent against defensive walls.

7. Blaziken

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Blaziken continues to wreak havoc in competitive battles.

Blaziken is no stranger to the meta spotlight – in fact, the third-gen Pokemon has continued to be a staple meta pick since its release. The dual Fire/Fighting-type has proved so potent over the years that Smogon added it to its UUBL alongside Aegislash and Gengar. While the nightmarish days of Mega Blaziken may be over, the standard version is still incredibly potent. 

Blaziken features a very high Attack (120) and a decent Special Attack (110), while its HP and Speed both share 80 points. It might not be the fastest Pokemon on the list, but Blaziken can enhance this stat thanks to its Speed Boost ability. Each full turn in battle will increase Blaziken’s Speed by one stage, making it pretty agile in combat. 

Pair this with moves like Sword Dance, Flare Blitz, Thunder Punch, and Close Combat and you have a recipe for success.

6. Pheromosa

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A truly fast and furious Fighting-type.

This elegant Ultra Beast certainly doesn’t look like a fighting Pokemon, but looks can be very deceiving. Pheromosa is capable of out speeding the majority of Pokemon it faces, thanks to its insanely high-Speed stat (158). This Pokemon doesn’t just have incredible agility, it is also capable of dishing out dizzying damage. With 137 points in both its Attack and Special Attack, Pheromosa can sweep entire teams if left unchecked. 

Unfortunately, its pitiful Defence and Special Defense (37) can lead to a quick KO if you’re not careful. As a result, moves like U-turn and the lifesaving Focus Sash item are a must if you wish to avoid any frustrating losses. By utilizing both, Pheromosa will invariably be able to take down multiple threats with Triple Axel and Poison jab before fainting.

5. Galarian Zapdos

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While it may have lost its aerial speed, Galarian Zapdos is capable of dishing out a lot of damage.

Unlike regular Zapdos, Galarian Zapdos is a Fighting/Flying-type. Not only does this Legendary bird have incredible Speed (100), it is also capable of sweeping squishy damage dealers with its high Attack stat (125). Offensive moves like Close Combat can cut through even the tankiest opponents, while U-turn enables Galarian Zapdos to safely switch out when needed.

Items like the ever-popular Choice Band also increase Zapdos’ Attack by 1.5x, which makes it capable of KOing Pokemon before they can begin dealing any real damage to your team.

4. Virizion

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Virizion’s defense stats make it hard to take down.

Virizion unique Grass-Fighting typing makes it a great choice for those looking to mix up their move coverage. While it may not be the best physical attacker on our list, its incredibly high Special Defense (129) keeps it out of harm’s way.

Being able to sponge a lethal attack and then follow up with your own deadly counter is always going to be useful. It’s this overall bulk that enables Virizion to utilize moves like Sword Dance, which raises its Attack by two. If left unchecked, Virizion can be a nightmare to deal with.

Leaf Blade’s high critical hit ratio also makes using this Legendary very satisfying, especially when you OHKO your foe’s prize Pokemon.

3. Kommo-o

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Kommo-o is a great addition to any team.

It may come as no surprise that this Psuedo Legendary has made it onto our list. Kommo-o is a dual Dragon/Fighting-type that has great offensive capabilities thanks to its high Attack (110) and Special Attack (100). This means moves like Boomburst hit incredibly hard, especially when set up with the lowered defense from Clanging Scales.

Kommo-o als o has great bulk thanks to its high Defense (125) and Special Defense (105), which means it can take a number of hits before being KOed. This is particularly important given its low Speed stat (85).

2. Marshadow

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Marshadow has one of the most unique typings in Pokemon.

Marshadow is the only Fighting/Ghost-type Pokemon and it’s this unique typing that makes it such a fantastic pick. This Mythical Pokemon may look small and not at all intimidating, but it packs a mighty punch that can send teams flying. Psychic-type Pokemon can often prove tricky to deal with, but Marshadow’s dual Ghost typing enables it to deal with any pesky threats with ease. 

Marshadow’s insanely high Speed (125) and Attack (125) stats enable you to invariably land the first punch, provided your opponent doesn’t have any priority-based attacks. The Fighting/Ghost-type can also use Spectral Thief to swing tricky fights in your favor as it enables Marshadow to steal the target’s stat boosts.

A movepool consisting of Ghost and Fighting-type moves like Close Combat, Shadow Sneak, and Bulk Up also give Marshadow plenty of opportunities to flex its might. It’s certainly not hard to see why Marshadow remains firmly in Smogon’s Uber tier.

1. Zamazenta (Crowned Shield)

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Zamazenta’s bark is just as bad as its bite.

Pokemon Sword and Shield’s very own Legendary flagship finds itself at the top of our Fighting-type list. This loyal canine has 720 base stat total, which put it just below the nightmarish Mega Mewtwo X. Not only does Zamazenta have a whopping 130 Attack, it also has decent defensive stats (115) and speed (138).

If that wasn’t enough, the Legendary dog can chew through even the tankiest Pokemon, thanks to moves like Close Combat and Psychic Fangs. Meanwhile, Zamazenta’s Dauntless Shield ability raises the Pokemon’s Defense even further when it is switched into battle. It’s certainly not hard to see why this Fighting-type takes the first-place prize.


There you have it, 10 of the best Fighting-type Pokemon you should be using. Make sure you check out our Pokemon hub for all the latest news and updates.