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

Three of the strongest Pokemon ever, Genesect, Tyranitar, and ArceusThe Pokemon Company

Having the strongest Pokemon on your team can be the difference between winning and losing in battle, so we’ve rounded up the most powerful Pokemon of every type to help you prepare.

With more than 1000 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.

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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.

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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 Miraidon 670
Ice Kyurem 660
Fighting Koraidon 670
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 Zacian 660

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.

This list has changed slightly following the release of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. Miraidon has replaced Zekrom as our best Electric-type while Koraidon has replaced Kommo-o as our best Fighting-type.

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There will always be an element of personal preference in these lists, so you might not agree with us — 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-types | Best Psychic-types | Best Electric-types | Best Legendary Pokemon | All cat Pokemon | All dog Pokemon | Creepiest ‘mon | Cutest Pokemon | The rarest and most expensive Pokemon cards | 10 best ROM hacks and fan-made gamesSteel-type weaknesses | Ice-type weaknesses | Fairy-type weaknesses

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