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Pokemon Go Best Attackers

Published: 5/Feb/2019 15:32 Updated: 5/Feb/2019 15:52

by Paul Cot

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Gone are the days when Pokemon Go was only about catching Pokemon. Fast forward nearly two and a half years and there are deeper levels to Pokemon Go. Reward complexities, raid bosses, the new pvp battle system and ever changing events mean the game requires thought out strategy.

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Building an astute team of Pokemon, perhaps even several, is now an important part of Pokemon Go. The two battling modes, raid battles and trainer battles, require a team of powerful and yet balanced Pokemon.

Then, you have to throw into the equation that both of these modes work differently. In raid battles your entire team can faint at which point you can either heal, pick another team or simply wait for other participants to try and defeat the raid boss.

As a result, the most important Pokemon metric when battling raid bosses is damage per second (DPS). How long your Pokemon can fight before it faints also needs to be taken into account.

This is in contrast to trainer battles where you need to be more concerned about your Pokemon’s defensive prowess. Here are the best attacking Pokemon in Pokemon Go.

Top 20 Best Attackers in Pokemon Go

  1. Deoxys (Attack), Psychic – 414
  2. Deoxys, Psychic – 345
  3. Mewtwo, Psychic – 300
  4. Rampardos, Rock – 295
  5. Slaking, Normal – 290
  6. Rayquaza, Dragon/Flying – 284
  7. Palkia, Water/Dragon – 280
  8. Salamence, Dragon/Flying – 277
  9. Alakazam, Psychic – 271
  10. Kyogre, Water – 270
  11. Groudon, Ground – 270
  12. Latios, Dragon/Psychic – 268
  13. Porygon-Z, Normal – 264
  14. Dragonite, Dragon/Flying – 263
  15. Gengar, Ghost/Poison – 261
  16. Espeon, Psychic – 261
  17. Metagross, Steel/Psychic – 257
  18. Zapdos, Electric/Flying – 253
  19. Moltress, Fire/Flying – 251
  20. Tyranitar, Rock/Dark – 251

Deoxys has the best attack stats in Pokemon Go…

These are purely the 20 best Pokemon in terms of attacking stats only. Hetaran also has attacking stats of 251. Pokemon such as Electivire, Magmortar and Flareon are only just behind.

This attack stat essentially determines how much damage a Pokemon can inflict. This is a base stat however, and will vary depending on a Pokemon’s level. Nevertheless, the above list paints a great picture as to who are the best Pokemon to deal damage.

The beauty of Pokemon Go is that additional factors need to be considered. A Pokemon’s type plays arguably the most important role in any battle. Consequently, on top of bulking out your team’s stats, your team needs to have an array of types.

On top of this the power of a specific move needs to be considered. Just when Pokemon trainers thought they were discovering the Pokemon Go meta, Niantic threw a spanner in the works and re-balanced all the moves. They also added various moves to make previously less appealing Pokemon, more viable to use in battle.

Read More: Pokemon Go Moves Re-balanced

Best Attackers to Catch

It’s all very well stating which Pokemon are the best attackers but a lot of them are legendary which are hard to obtain. Several of the Pokemon higher up on the list are focused around special events.

This means if you didn’t get them when they were a featured raid battle or part of a special event the you might struggle to get them now.

The Eevee evolutions (eeveelutions) are a good way to go if you can’t find the others. Palkia is also a good Pokemon to go for at the moment as it is a raid boss until the end of February.

Read More: Pokemon Go – Palkia Joins Raid Battles

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Pokemon Sword & Shield players furious after ranked battle Legendary ban lifted

Published: 22/Jan/2021 18:59

by Brent Koepp

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The Pokemon Sword & Shield community was left divided over Game Freak’s decision to allow powerful restricted Legendaries such as Mewtwo and Kyogre into ranked online battles. 

For years, most Legendary Pokemon have been restricted from ranked battles each generation. Their immense power not only breaks the game’s meta, but risks every Trainer using the same lineup due to their dominating stats.

On January 22, Game Freak shocked Sword & Shield players when they announced traditionally-banned Legendaries would now be allowed into the Gen 8 title’s competitive mode, breaking years of precedent. 

Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield Legendary Zacian attacking.
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Sword & Shield Legendary Zacian can now be used in ranked online battles.

Legendary Pokemon in Sword & Shield ranked mode

Legendary Pokemon are tricky as their powers and gimmick-y movesets are often designed around a story element. The ‘mon are insanely powerful due to the game’s narrative, and that doesn’t exactly translate into competitive battles.

Despite banning certain ‘mon, Sword & Shield’s Series 8 Rules seems to reverse that – with a twist. According to the new ruleset, each Trainer will be allowed to use ONE previously restricted Legendary in their team.

Compete in Ranked Battles Series 8 with a powerful Legendary Pokemon at your side,” the developer announced in the Home app. Below we will list the banned Legendaries now allowed into the competitive mode.

Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield series 8 rules.
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The new rule lets previously-restricted Legendaries in Sword & Shield ranked battles.

Banned Pokemon Legendaries now allowed:

  • Mewtwo
  • Lugia
  • Ho-Oh
  • Kyogre
  • Groudon
  • Rayquaza
  • Dialga
  • Palkia
  • Giratina
  • Reshiram
  • Zekrom
  • Kyurem
  • Xerneas
  • Yveltal
  • Cosmog
  • Cosmoem
  • Solgaleo
  • Lunala
  • Necrozma
  • Zacian
  • Zamazenta
  • Eternatus
  • Calyrex

The decision quickly angered some Sword & Shield players who felt the decision would change ranked meta substantially. “What the hell is this. This is actually going to ruin ranked,” one person wrote on Twitter. “Oof…This’ll be a disaster,” someone else said. Another player said, “Every team will have a Zacian now, gotcha. Pass.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fans angry over Legendary Pokemon allowed in ranked Sword & Shield.

While the Gen 8 community was divided when Game Freak issued massive bans to powerful ‘mon in 2020, some players now wish it would return after the latest VGC rules. “So they didn’t learn from their mistakes last time they allowed those. Series 5 or 6 where they banned top Pokemon was the best thing ever,” another Trainer replied.

Screenshot of Pokemon player reacting to Sword & Shield Series 8 rules.

While this isn’t the first time Game Freak has lifted restrictions, the Series 8 rules mark a major change in allowing certain Legendaries who have been banned from the mode for years. It also gets complicated, as some Legendaries have been allowed in Sword & Shield in the past.

However, perhaps the “you can only choose one” rule will balance things out. Things have already become interesting as it’s forcing hardcore Trainers to have to pick their ‘mon wisely due to counters.