Pokemon Go best Pokemon: Best attackers & defenders for gyms, raids, battles

Published: 23/Feb/2021 12:39

by Daniel Megarry


The hunt for the best Pokemon in Pokemon Go is always on for trainers, whether it’s for attacking or defending in Gyms, Raids, and Battles.

Niantic’s free-to-play mobile app Pokemon Go launched in 2016 and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. While it’s not as popular as it once was, there’s still a loyal base of players who drop in every day to get their fix.

The game may seem simple enough at first glance, as you walk around and catch Pokemon to fill up your Pokedex, but there’s actually plenty of depth hidden beneath the surface. Nowhere does that show more than when heading into battle.

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Trainers should think carefully about the Pokemon they send into raids and gyms.

Whether you’re looking for the best attackers or the best defenders for your team, we’ve got you covered.

Here are our picks of the best based on everything from stats, max CP potential, weaknesses, our own experiences with the game, and how well they’ll actually perform in battle.

While these are all solid choices, the basics still remain. You’ll need to make sure your Pokemon has decent Attack, Defense, and Stamina IV stats by getting it appraised, and spend some time powering it up for maximum potential before letting it loose on the world.

Pokemon Go best attackers

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Mewtwo is the most powerful Psychic-type in the game.

Historically, Dragon-type Pokemon have been prioritized as attackers, and that remains the same to this day. There are plenty of them here, from Rayquaza to Dragonite, as well as some Legendaries including Mewtwo and Reshiram.

Our picks for the best attackers in Pokemon Go are as follows:


As expected, the OG Legendary creature Mewtwo remains the top choice for attacking in Pokemon Go. Using a combination of legacy moves Confusion and Psystrike, it’s a powerhouse, especially with a CP that reaches over 4,000. Get a Shadow Mewtwo, and it will deal 20% more damage.


While its Defense and Stamina are very poor, this incredibly rare Mythical Pokemon earns its place on the list for having the highest Attack stats of any creature in the game: 345 in its Normal Forme, and an astonishing 414 in its Attack Forme. The moves Zen Headbutt and Hyper Beam reign supreme.


As far as Dragons go, you won’t get much better than Rayquaza. Dragon-type moves are rarely resisted, making it a great all-round attacker with Dragon Tail and Outrage, and it can also be utilized as a great Flying-type attacker if needed thanks to its dual typing.


It may have slightly less Attack power than another popular Dragon-type alternate, Salamence, but Garchomp edges the competition out with higher max CP, Defense, and Stamina stats. It’s also strong against a number of popular types: Fire, Electric, Rock, Poison, and Steel.


It may not be quite as imposing as the Legendaries featured on this list, but Machamp can still pack a punch in Pokemon Go. Many of the best defenders are Normal-type, and their weakness to Fighting-type attacks leaves Machamp in a prime position to take them down with Counter and Dynamic Punch.


If you’re looking for a Fire-type attacker, Reshiram is the way to go. With Fire Fang and Overheat in your move set, you won’t get much better when going up against Bug, Grass, Steel, or Ice-type opponents who will be sent out in a blaze of glory thanks to their weakness to Fire-types attacks.


As in most Pokemon games, the Legendary Kyogre is the best Water-type attacker you’ll find here, with Waterfall and Hydro Pump dealing some serious damage, especially towards Rock and Ground-types which are often used as defenders. It has a high Attack and enough bulk to stand its ground even against the strongest opponents.


If Machamp isn’t your vibe, go for Lucario. The wildly popular Pokemon has a lower max CP than its fellow Fighting-type, but it’s still a force to be reckoned with when using the move set Counter and Aura Sphere, the latter of which is a better Fighting-type charge move than any of Machamp’s options.


The Dragon-type Rampardos is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to Attack stats, having the highest of any non-Legendary Pokemon in the game (295). Its Defense is poor and its Stamina isn’t the best either, so it won’t last long – but the attacks it does manage to land will be devastating.


Yet another Dragon on our best attackers list, Dragonite is a dual Dragon/Flying-type that can also double as a defender, as you’ll find out later on. It’s strong against most types, has a high bulk, and is easier to find than most on this list. Use the move set Dragon Tail and Outrage.

As always, you’ll want to take typing into consideration. The Legendary Water-type Kyogre may feature on our list, for example, but it will always be impacted when going against a strong Electric-type or Grass-type opponent.

Pokemon Go best defenders

Blissey Pokemon anime
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Blissey is the best tank in the game by far.

If you want a Pokemon to leave at a gym in order to earn your daily coins, or you need a bulky option to send out first in battle and wear your opponents down, then get one of these defenders on your team.

Ultimately, you’ll be looking for a good combination of Defense and Stamina, the latter of which decides how much HP a Pokemon has and how long it will be able to stay in a gym before needing to rest.

Our picks for the best defenders in Pokemon Go are as follows:


As far as defenders go, Blissey remains the best choice for any trainer. It has a ridiculous amount of Stamina (496) and a decent Defense stat (169), making it the perfect Pokemon to leave in gyms as it will simply sponge damage. You won’t find much use for it outside of this scenario, though.


If you don’t have a Blissey or Chansey, get yourself a Snorlax, the OG tank. It’s almost as bulky and should defend its place in a gym with ease. While Normal-type Pokemon often seem bland and have no type advantages, they do benefit from having only one vulnerability, which is Fighting.


Rounding out our top three is another Normal-type, Slaking. It has the highest max CP in the game with the potential to reach a whopping 5010 CP. Its Defense stat may not be as good as Blissey or Snorlax, but its high CP, Stamina, and Attack stats should help ward off potential attackers.


Steel/Psychic-type Metagross will do a brilliant job of defending gyms from Fighting-type attackers. It has great stats and a whopping 10 type resistances. With the charge move Meteor Mash under its belt, it will also deal some serious damage, extending its use beyond just being a defender.


Blissey’s previous form, Chansey, obviously isn’t quite as good as its evolution, but it’s still an incredibly solid choice if you don’t have Blissey yet, with only slightly less Stamina (487). It falls short when it comes to Defense (128), but don’t let that put you off as it can still take a huge beating.


This Water-type is a bulky choice for gyms and will go great with many lineups thanks to its lack of weaknesses. Only Grass and Electric-types do major damage to it, and they aren’t often used as attackers. With the fast move Dragon Tail, it can also take on common Dragon-type attackers.


It suffers from double weakness to Ice-type moves, but a combination of strong bulk and good Attack stats make Dragonite a worthy investment for any trainer. Being part Flying-type, it will be able to ward off Fighting-types like Machamp easily.


It’s far from the best when it comes to pure stats, but as a bulky Fairy/Flying-type, Togekiss is a great choice to defend against the many Dragon-types that are commonly used as attackers. The move set Charm and Dazzling Gleam will help to take them out.


As well as defending gyms, Gyarados is very effective when used in the Go Battle League or raids. It is very weak against Electric-types, although they’re not often used as attackers. Pair Gyarados with one or two Electric-resistant Pokemon, and you’ll be good to go.

Unlike many of the best attackers we featured, the best defenders in Pokemon Go often aren’t Legendary. This means you should find it easier to catch one with decent stats and level them up to a high CP.

The list should be a good reference point, and ideally you will have at least one of them on your team for all situations. But if you don’t, then it’s a case of choosing a Pokemon that has high CP, Defense, and Stamina.

For more guides and tips like this, check out our dedicated Pokemon Go hub.


Pokemon community goes nuts after possible Let’s Go Sinnoh hint

Published: 24/Feb/2021 0:46

by Brent Koepp


A viral tweet from The Pokemon Company sent fans of the Game Freak RPG into a frenzy after some believed it was a hint about the long-rumored Diamond & Pearl remakes. Is the Sinnoh reimagining a Let’s Go sequel?

Over the last two years, rumors about a Diamond & Pearl remake have been inescapable. As we inch closer to Pokemon Day on February 27, the hype surrounding the 2006 titles has never been greater, as many believe the project to be a foregone conclusion.

A social media post from The Pokemon Company’s official Twitter account, however, had fans worried that the Gen IV reimagining would be a Let’s Go release instead. The panic became such a frenzy that Sinnoh began trending on Twitter worldwide.

Screenshot of shocked Pikachu from Pokemon Lets Go Eevee & Pikachu.
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Pokemon fans were shocked when an official tweet used Let’s Go and Sinnoh in the same sentence.

Sinnoh tweet sparks panic from Pokemon fans

In 2018, Game Freak reimagined the Kanto region in the form of Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee. The Nintendo Switch titles removed Wild Area battles and put a greater emphasis on catch mechanics. The RPG was meant to draw in Pokemon Go players to the mainline series. The project has been divisive as some fans argue its difficulty was too easy.

The community was shocked then when the official Pokemon Twitter account tweeted out a 25th-anniversary countdown message on February 23 that referred to both Diamond & Pearl and Let’s Go in the same sentence. “Let’s go, Sinnoh! Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup are preparing for #PokemonDay—it’s only 4 days away!”

While the social media post could have been purely coincidental, the phrasing of “Let’s go” immediately caught the eye of fans who believed it to be a reference to the 2018 Gen I remakes. As a result, #Sinnoh immediately began to trend on the platform as the tweet quickly went viral.

“Please don’t be let’s go. Please don’t be let’s go. Please don’t be let’s go,” a player wrote in reaction. “That doesn’t sound like remakes it sounds like a gen 4 let’s go oh no,” another user jokingly replied. Other fans panicked over the social media post. “NO, you WILL NOT. Listen here, if you guys decide to turn this game into a let’s go remake instead of a true remaster I WILL CRY PLEASE NO,” someone else said. One follower even exclaimed, “This remake better not be a sh**ty let’s go game. If it’s a let’s go game, you just wasted this remake.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fans in a frenzy over Pokemon Sinnoh Lets Go tweet.

Adding fuel to the fire, it was also discovered on February 23 that Nintendo had gotten a new certificate for the Poke Ball Plus peripheral released for the Let’s Go titles in 2018. While it’s not uncommon for companies to update recertification, user ‘Pixelpar’ pointed out that it also had testing done for the controller. “Periodic testing needs to be done (at a minimum) once per year. If a material change is made then the production batch needs retesting. This means it’s either a reprint or a new version,” they explained.

Popular rumor account Centro Pokemon commented on the frenzy, stating that they still expect a traditional Diamond & Pearl remake. “It’s funny to see the Pokémon community panic, however, our expectations remain the same; we don’t expect DP remakes to be a ‘Let’s Go’ game.” The publication then wrote, “However, Let’s Go is not dead. It will likely come back in the future, maybe in a much different way than you’re expecting.”

So what’s to make of all this? We know that in January, Nintendo created a Diamond & Pearl subdomain, and set it live for a few minutes before disabling it after fans discovered it. On February 22, there was a leak claiming a Let’s Go sequel was going to be announced alongside a Gen IV remake. Although updated reports claimed to debunk that. All signs point towards some form of a Sinnoh title in the works.

The new murmurings of Let’s Go can not be ignored, however. At the end of the day, fans should just drop expectations. In fact, expect nothing at all – that way, there is no disappointment. The 25th anniversary is only a few days away at this point, so we will soon find out what Game Freak is actually working on. The rumors and hype have gotten so out of control that it’s best to take everything with a grain of salt until we get an official announcement

One thing is for certain though – many in the community do not want Diamond & Pearl to be a Let’s Go release. While the 2018 switch titles were divisive, to say the least, it appears a lot of fans would rather have a mainline RPG similar to Sword & Shield rather than the catch-oriented projects. Just the slight mention of its title next to Sinnoh was enough to cause panic. Pokemon Day is going to be one heck of a ride, that is for sure