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While you're free to build out your pokemon team with whichever pokemon you wish in Pokemon GO, there are some better ways to do it than others. With over 300 pokmeon to choose from though, it can all be a little daunting, which is why we've put together this Pokemon GO Best Pokemon Guide. We'll list the very best pokemeon that Pokemon GO has to offer, and list some of their stats and best moves. We'll break it down into best attackers, defenders and general, so that you know where in your team to place them as well.
With Pokemon GO being as complex as it is, there’s plenty more to learn. To see all of the info, tips and guides we have on the game, head over to our Pokemon GO Guides hub. There’s details on everything you need to be the ultimate pokemon master, like how to make the most of Research tasks, where to find region exclusive pokemon, and a constantly updated source for new features that come to the game.
Of course, given the wide breadth of pokemon on offer in Pokemon GO, there's no one best pokemon for all situations. Depending on which pokemon you're facing, what the weather conditions are like, and what bonuses are active that day, you may want to go into battle with a different group of pokemon entirely. There are some pokemon that are a lot better than others though, and these are the pokemon we'll be focusing on today.
No great pokemon party would be without a powerful attacking pokemon. And while the best attack pokemon does vary with which Raid Bosses are active, there are some that seem to consistently remain on top in terms of sheer attacking power. Here are the best attacking pokemon in Pokemon GO.
If you want to make sure your pokemon defends a Gym for as long as possible (and why wouldn’t you?), you’ll need a team of defensive tank pokemon. This is an area that has stayed mostly stagnant in recent months, with the same names consistently cropping up in terms of most useful defenders in Pokemon GO. Here’s which defenders you’ll want to look out for in Pokemon GO.
If you’re interested in which pokemon has the highest Max CP value, we’ve got you covered too. It’s worth noting that CP value, while important in the past, is definitely becoming less and less so as time goes on. Still, pokemon like Slaking prove that a high CP stat can do a lot of good in the right situation, so here’s the best pokemon in Pokemon GO rated via Highest Max CP stat.
Stamina is a good measure for determining which pokemon to use as Gym Defenders. With that in mind, here are the highest Stamina values in Pokemon GO.
Now that you know what the pokemon with the highest CP stat values are in the game, you'll need to learn how to max them out for each of your pokemon. It's not immediately apparent how to do so, se we've collected all of the info you need in the following list:
To work out which one of your pokemon has the best IV stats, you'll need to use the Appraisal System. To appraise a pokemon, just head to its info page, hit the menu button in the bottom right corner, then select "Appraisal", from there, just use the following info to work out how good your pokemon's stats are:
Use this info to determine which of your pokemon has the best stats, you should then focus on powering it up.
We mentioned before that while there is a set of superior pokemon in Pokemon GO, it does depend a lot on what pokemon you're planning to go up against. To help you specialize, we've included some detailed Pokemon GO Raid Boss Guides for you to look over below. They'll give you an idea on pokemon weaknesses, and help you plan your team ahead of any big fights.
That’s everything you need to know about the absolute best pokemon in Pokemon GO. The lists presented in this guide are subject to change as new pokemon are added in, and as the meta changes. We’ll be sure to update accordingly. For more on the game, check out our Guide on how to evolve Eevee in Pokemon GO, our Pokemon GO Research Guide, and our tips on How to Catch Ditto in Pokemon GO.
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