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What's the highest CP a Pokemon can have in Pokemon Go?

by Paul Cot
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Pokemon Go trainers can use a species' combat points (CP) to determine how strong the Pokemon is. With that said, what is the highest CP you can get in the game? 

CP is an aggregated statistic used to approximately measure how powerful a Pokemon is. While not a perfect measurement, it is the best and simplest way to know which species are strong and worth having, and which aren't.

A Pokemon's type, moveset and base stats are other factors which need to be considered when battling in the popular mobile game. At a basic level, you don't really need to look beyond CP, though. Also, CP does take into account base stats.

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Irrespective of these other factors, generally speaking a species with a much higher CP will beat one with a much lower one. So, which Pokemon have the highest CP in the game?

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1. Slaking 4,431 CP

You'd have thought one of the many legendaries in Pokemon Go would claim the accolade of highest CP but no, that honor goes to Slaking. The Lazy Pokemon can reach a massive 4,431 CP, 250 CP above second.

With that information you'd have thought Slaking would be the most wanted Pokemon on the game. Well, as we alluded to before there's more to it than just CP. Slaking performs incredibly well on this metric due to its super high attack, stamina and HP stats.

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However, defensively it is relatively weak and has a far from desirable moveset. Its only fast move is Yawn, which deals no damage. While its charge-moves included the powerful Hyper Beam and Body Slam, the energy per second (EPS) score of 8.8 for Yawn means that it not only deals zero damage but that you have to wait 8.8. seconds to use a move that can hurt the opposing Pokemon.

Nevertheless, due to its high HP and stamina stat it is frequently seen defending gyms in Pokemon Go.

Regigigas CP Pokemon Go
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Regigigas and Slaking are excellent examples as to why there's more to look at than CP...

2. Regigigas 4,346 CP

The Colossal Pokemon made its debut back in October 2019 via a one-off Special Research story event. This special event cost $7.99 to purchase but, Regigigas was also available in EX Raids in the following month.

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Similar to other Pokemon on this list, Regigigas has some impressive attacking stats. This complimented by some really good defense and stamina stats, too.

Its quick moves of either Zen Headbutt and Rock Smash, alongside the charge-move of Avalanche also means it has both powerful and varied moves at its disposal. This makes it a better battling option than Slaking because of the aforementioned Yawn move.

Mewtwo Psystrike CP
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Mewtwo is one of the best Pokemon to have in your Pokemon Go team, period.

3. Mewtwo 4,178 CP

Slaking may have been a surprise at number one, but Mewtwo at number three will shock just a few. With attack stats only bettered by Deoxys and Kyurem, the fan favorite from Kanto was always going to be high on the list.

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Its defense and stamina stats leave a little to be desired but if they had been higher than Mewtwo may have been too overpowered for the game. If you're lucky enough to have found one with Confusion and Psystrike then you'll know just how powerful Mewtwo is.

Kyogre Groudon CP
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Kyogre and Groudon have a surprisingly high max CP in Pokemon Go...

4. Kyogre and Groudon - 4,115 CP

Third is a dead heat when it comes to CP ranking in Pokemon Go. Kyogre and Groudon actually mirror each other on 4,115 CP.

Their base stats are also exactly the same. Ranked 22 and 28 respectively for their attack and defence stats, they're both a welcome addition to anyone's team.

The Gen 3 legends have been easy to obtain in Pokemon Go having featured as research breakthrough encounters on multiple occasions. Unfortunately these breakthroughs do have a CP limit though, so if you're to obtain their maximum CP then it'll cost you a lot of Stardust to do so.

Interestingly the other third of the Weather Trio, Rayquaza, has a maximum CP of 3,835. This is despite it generally being considered the most powerful Pokemon from the Hoenn region. Rayquaza has more type advantages though, and is doubly effective against grass and ground-types.

Other high CP species

The above six are the only Pokemon that can have a CP higher than 4,000 in Pokemon Go. The next 10 range between 3,991 and 3,834. The next 10 are as follows:

  • Zekrom
  • Reshiram
  • Dialga
  • Palkia
  • Arceus
  • Meloetta
  • Garchomp
  • Ho-Oh
  • Rayquaza
  • Tyranitar

Remember, if you're looking to assemble the best team possible in Pokemon Go then you don't need to look too far beyond the above. However, research into each of their best moves and what type advantages they hold are vitally important when it comes to battling.