What is the strongest Pokemon ever? Most powerful Pokemon by type

Daniel Megarry
Three of the strongest Pokemon ever, Genesect, Tyranitar, and Arceus
The Pokemon Company

Having the strongest Pokemon on your team can help turn the tide of battle, but you’ll need to know the most powerful species of every type to really get the most out of your team.

With almost 900 Pokemon available to catch and train across various games, it can be hard to keep track of which species are worth sending out in battle and which ones are just too weak to include on your team.

To try and provide an answer to the age-old question, ‘What is the strongest Pokemon ever?’, we’ve looked at the top-performing species in each elemental type by taking into account stats, moves, and a bit of lore too.

Although powered-up forms and Mega Evolutions are usually the absolute strongest Pokemon, they’re only available in a few games, so we’re examining the base forms of each Pokemon here to keep things fair.

What is the strongest Pokemon ever?

The strongest Pokemon Arceus

The strongest Pokemon of all time is Arceus. Known as the creator of the universe, this Mythical creature is essentially God in the world of Pokemon, and it backs this lore up with incredible battle performance.

Arceus has a huge 720 total base stats that are spread evenly across every category, so it has no major flaws, and the ability to change type when holding a Plate or Z-Crystal makes it a versatile fighter.

While Arceus may be the strongest overall Pokemon, it’s not available in every game and there may be better options if you need a specific type, so we’ve outlined the strongest Pokemon of every type below.

Strongest Pokemon of every type

Here are the strongest Pokemon of each elemental type alongside their total base stats:

Type Pokemon Total Base Stats
Normal Arceus 720
Fire Reshiram 680
Water Palkia 680
Grass Zarude 600
Electric Zekrom 680
Ice Kyurem 660
Fighting Kommo-o 600
Poison Eternatus 690
Ground Groudon 670
Flying Rayquaza 680
Psychic Mewtwo 680
Bug Genesect 600
Rock Tyranitar 600
Ghost Giratina 680
Dark Yveltal 680
Dragon Eternatus 690
Steel Dialga 680
Fairy Xerneas 680

As we mentioned before, all of the Pokemon featured above have been chosen based on their total base stats as well as their moves and performance in battle. Megas and alternate forms aren’t included.

There will always be an element of personal preference in these lists, so you might not agree — and that’s okay! But if you need a strong Pokemon of a specific type, then our suggestions should serve you well.


Now that you know the strongest Pokemon of every type, check out some other guides below:

Best Fairy-types | Best Water-types | Best Grass-types | Best Fighting-typesBest Psychic-types | Best Electric-types | Best Legendary Pokemon | All cat Pokemon | All dog Pokemon | Creepiest Pokemon ever Best Ghost-types | Best Dragon-types | Best Dark-types | The most expensive Pokemon cards

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