Pokemon Go: What are the most powerful Pokemon?

Published: 20/May/2020 14:03 Updated: 20/May/2020 14:14

by Paul Cot


There are a lot of species to capture in Pokemon Go – over 600. Which are the most powerful, though?

With so many Pokemon available to catch it’s no wonder that many trainers don’t which are the most powerful. Are Mew and Mewtwo up there, what about the ever menacing Charizard or is it the king of the Distortion World, Giratina?

Due to the sheer numbers of Pokemon and all the other important details that determine a Pokemon’s power, trainers can be forgiven for not knowing which are the most effective. We try and shed some light on it here.

Pokemon Go DeoxysDeoxys and its various forms are arguably the most powerful in the game…

Ranked by CP

CP (combat power) is an aggregated statistic that gives a rough idea as to how powerful they are. It is based on IV scores and that Pokemon’s current level.

Movesets aside, this is the best way to determine a Pokemon’s battling prowess. While it doesn’t tell you directly how powerful their attack, defense or stamina is – it is a good, quick and easy way to see the potential of a particular Pokemon.

Based on CP, the Pokemon with the best potential are as follows:

  • Slaking – 4,431
  • Mewtwo – 4,178
  • Groudon – 4,115
  • Kyogre – 4,115
  • Dialga – 4,038
  • Reshiram – 4,038
  • Zekrom – 4,038

It should be noted getting them to this CP (their respective max CP) is a costly process. It can set you back well over 250,000 Stardust to Power Up a Pokemon to Level 40.

The best attacker

We can look at a Pokemon’s power by looking at their individual stats, though. One of these stats is their attack which is naturally an important attribute to Pokemon Go trainers as this determines how much damage a Pokemon can inflict.

It should be noted that this doesn’t take into account moveset and is purely based on attack stats. Nevertheless, the Pokemon with the best attack stats are:

  • Deoxys Attack Forme – 414
  • Deoxys – 345
  • Mewtwo – 300
  • Rampardos – 295
  • Slaking – 290
  • Regigigas – 287
  • Darkrai – 285

Slaking is an excellent example of the above whereby it has superb attack stats but its moveset means its DPS (damage per second) is actually less than a Pokemon that isn’t on the list, such as Gengar. Meanwhile, Deoxys isn’t the force it seems because, somewhat shockingly, the Mythical Pokemon is essentially useless when battling due to its terrible defense.

Slaking has excellent stats but its moveset makes it not as powerful as it appears…

The best defender

Conversely, the best defense stats show which Pokemon are the best at receiving damage. Those Pokemon are as follows:

  • Shuckle – 396
  • Deoxys Defense Forme – 330
  • Lugia – 310
  • Regice – 309
  • Regirock – 309
  • Bastiodon – 286
  • Registeel – 285

Invariably these Pokemon tend to be good options in GO Battle League. This is because a high defense stat prevents opposing Pokemon taking you out with just one or two Charge Moves.

This is why the top PvP ranked Pokemon all have high defense. Conversely, Pokemon effective in Raid Battles will all have high attack. Naturally both stats are required to some degree otherwise you’ll end up with a Deoxys situation, whereby its attack might be incredible but it is useless in battle.

The best stamina

The stamina stat is essentially HP in Pokemon Go, which equates to the level of health, or hit points, a Pokemon can have. The defense stat naturally plays a big part in determining how long a Pokemon can last in battle – so not just one should be looked at.

  • Blissey – 496
  • Chansey – 487
  • Wobbuffet – 382
  • Wailord – 347
  • Alomomola – 338
  • Snorlax – 330
  • Drifblim – 312

Of all these stats, CP is probably the best indicator of a Pokemon’s potential but it is good to dive deeper and know which species are strong at what.

Movesets also play a critical role in determining how effective a Pokemon is. Two of the same species can have wildly different results in battles just by the moves they have available.


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.