Pokemon Go best attackers ranked: Rayquaza, Mewtwo, more

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There are many powerful species available in Pokemon Go but players want to separate the best from the rest. They are eager to use them to build strong teams for battles. So, here’s a guide that lists the best attackers in Pokemon Go.

After the release of Scarlet & Violet, the Pokemon universe now has more than 1000 species and many of them are available in Pokemon Go. And just like the Main Series Games, players want to catch the strongest Pokemon and use them in battles. But this is easier said than done as every Pokemon has a fixed set of stats and a type that influences how it will perform in battles.

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Many fan favorites like Pikachu and Charizard are not ideal for battles in Pokemon Go and even their Shadow variants cannot compete with some standard Pokemon. So, players want to find out which are the best species to receive valuable in-game resources like Stardust and evolution items.

Here is our list of the best attackers in Pokemon Go that are certainly worth your investment.

10 best attackers in Pokemon Go & their best moveset

We’ve come up with 10 of the best Pokemon Go attackers that lead the charge when it comes to battles.

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The list also considers the availability of Pokemon. We have not included Mega Evolutions because they stay in this form for a limited time. In addition, we have also kept Shadow Pokemon out of the list as they are extremely difficult to power up to high levels.

10. Hydreigon

Hydreigon was just a decent attacker when it was introduced in Pokemon Go but the Deino Community Day changed its fortunes. By gaining access to the powerful Brutal Swing, Hydreigon became the overall best Dark-type in the game and is now the go-to counter for Psychic and Ghost Raid Bosses. It also helps that this Pseudo Legendary Pokemon resists Psychic and Ghost-type attacks so that it not only deals a lot of damage but can also take hits in return.

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Hydreigon is the leading Dark Pokemon for PvE and can do well in the Master League.

The best moveset for Hydreigon in Pokemon Go: Bite (Fast Move) and Brutal Swing (Charged Move).

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Hydreigon is one of the best counters for Mewtwo.

9. Terrakion

Just like Hydreigon, even Terrakion was decent at best during its debut in Pokemon Go. But after move updates gave it Double Kick as well as Sacred Sword, this Legendary Pokemon rose to the top of the meta. Terrakion dishes out the highest Fighting-type DPS (Damage Per Second), beating out the likes of Lucario, Conkeldurr, and Machamp. In addition, Terrakion can also be used as a good Rock-type attacker with Smack Down and Rock Slide. We recommend building Terrakion as a Fighting Pokemon.

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Terrakion can be used in both PvE and PvP, though it particularly excels in Raid Battles.

The best moveset for Terrakion in Pokemon Go: Double Kick (Fast Move) and Sacred Sword (Charged Move).

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Terrakion gets excellent type coverage in battles.

8. Kartana

This Ultra Beast has a jaw-dropping Attack stat of 323, helping it deal more damage than many Shadow Pokemon. During sunny weather in Pokemon Go, Kartana’s raw DPS can even go higher than Mewtwo. If all this wasn’t enough already, Kartana’s Grass/Steel gives it 10 resistances, including the Grass, Dragon, Electric, Fairy, Normal, Poison, Psychic, Rock, Steel, and Water types.

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Kartana may not be bulky enough for PvP but it is one of the strongest Pokemon for any PvE battle.

The best moveset for Kartana in Pokemon Go: Razor Leaf (Fast Move) and Leaf Blade (Charged Move).

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Kartana is weak only to the Fire and Fighting types.

7. Metagross

Metagross has been the top Steel-type after it got Meteor Mash on its Community Day. Since then, Metagross has not looked back and is currently one of the most dominating attackers in Pokemon Go. While most Steel Pokemon are defenders, Kartana and Metagross are a few of the exceptions as they have high Attack stats and excellent moves for offense. Players would be glad to know that Metagross will remain the best Steel-type attacker for a long time as there are no Gen 8 or Gen 9 Pokemon to challenge it.

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Metagross is one of the best switch-ins in the Master League and is also amazing for PvE battles.

The best moveset for Metagross in Pokemon Go: Bullet Punch (Fast Move) and Meteor Mash (Charged Move).

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Metagross is the go-to Pokemon to beat Fairy-types in PvP and PvE.

6. Rampardos

Rampardos is one of the best Rock-type Pokemon in Pokemon Go with 219 Stamina and a whopping 295 attack. It is weak against Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, and Water-type attacks but can easily outshine Fire, Flying, Normal, and Poison-type moves. Its attacking powers are so strong, that it beats many Mega Evolved species in the game.

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Rampardos might not yield the best results during PvP battles in the Go Battle league, but you can always rely on it for Raids and Gyms.

The best moveset for Rampardos in Pokemon Go: Smack Down (Fast Move) and Rock Slide (Charged Move).

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Rampardos has the highest Attack stat of all base Fossil Pokemon.

5. Reshiram

Reshiram is a Legendary Dragon and Fire-type Pokemon and yes, it is as intimidating as it sounds. It is great against Steel and Dragon-type Pokemon that usually dominate the Master League in Pokemon Go.

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Reshiram’s stats are the same as Dialga and it performs really well against some Raid bosses like Mega Beedrill, Scizor, Registeel, Mega Abomasnow, and Zekrom. If you lack a strong Fire-type to carry you in battles, this Legendary creature should be on your radar.

You can use Reshiram as your leading Fire-type in PvE and a good addition to your Master League teams.

The best moveset for Dialga in Pokemon Go: Fire Fang (Fast Move) and Fusion Flare (Charged Move)

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Reshiram is one of the few Dragon Pokemon that’s not weak to Fairy-type attacks.

4. Kyogre

Kyogre focuses on dealing incredible damage figures with Waterfall and its signature move Origin Pulse. Though Origin Pulse takes some time to charge, Kyogre can take out chunks of HP from a Raid Boss by using Waterfall alone. While Kyogre is also excellent species in the Master League, you would prefer Surf over Origin Pulse as it is cheaper to use in PvP.

Kyogre is the top pick if you’re looking for a Water Pokemon in PvE or PvE.

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The best moveset for Kyogre in Pokemon Go: Waterfall (Fast Move) and Origin Pulse (Charged Move).

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Kyogre can beat many Pokemon with only its Fast Move Waterfall.

3. Groudon

The Ground type is one of the best for offensive coverage in the game and Groudon excels in this department. Unlike Kyogre, Groudon can generate energy for its Charged Moves quickly by using Mud Shot. Though this Legendary Pokemon has many Charged Moves, there’s none better than its signature move, Precipice Blades. Groudon can use this powerful move in both PvE and PvE, dealing mind-blowing damage to its opponents.

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Groudon is fantastic for both Raid Battles and the Master League.

The best moveset for Groudon in Pokemon Go: Mud Shot (Fast Move) and Precipice Blades (Charged Move).

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Groudon focuses on charging up its moves super fast.

2. Rayquaza

Rayquaza has been the strongest attacker in several Pokemon games, and Pokemon Go is no exception. With its 284 ATK, you can expect lethal damage from its STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) moves. It was already a top-notch attacker but it got even better with its new move, Breaking Swipe.

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Rayquaza is a Dragon/Flying-type Pokemon that largely struggles against Ice-types. However, it compensates for this by resisting damage from Grass, Ground, Bug, Fighting, Fire, and Water-type attacks.

Rayquaza can learn Dragon and Flying-type moves that naturally add to its viability in PvP and PvE battles.

The best moveset for Rayquaza in Pokemon Go: Dragon Tail (Fast Move) and Breaking Swipe (Charged Move).

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Breaking Swipe helped Rayquaza become a major threat in the Master League

1. Mewtwo

Even after years, we haven’t found a better attacker than Mewtwo in Pokemon Go. It has been the best attacker since its release and is dominating the Go Battle League, Raids, and Gym battles till now. Mewtwo is a Legendary Psychic beast that only struggles against Dark, Bug, and Ghost-type attacks, and is one of the toughest Pokemon to beat in both PvE and PvP.

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Mewtwo has a massive attack stat of 300 and it can learn a wide range of Charged Moves. Every resource that you invest in this Pokemon will definitely yield good results. If you haven’t caught it yet, check out this guide on how to get Mewtwo in Pokemon Go.

Mewtwo is deadly in both PvE and PvP battles, and you should definitely focus on building a level 50 Mewtwo in the game.

The best moveset for Mewtwo in Pokemon Go: Psycho Cut (Fast Move) and Psystrike (Charged Move).

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Mewtwo’s moves can counter any Pokemon.

List of best attackers in Pokemon Go with type, weakness, strength & stats

This chart will list the type of the best attackers in Pokemon Go, their stats, strengths, and weaknesses:

PokemonTypeWeak against Strong against (depends on moves)AttackDefenseStaminaMax CP
Hydreigon Dark/DragonFairy, Bug, Dragon, Fighting, IceDragon, Ghost, Psychic2561882114098
TerrakionRock/FightingFairy, Fighting, Grass, Ground, Psychic, Steel, WaterBug, Dark, Fire, Flying, Ice, Normal, Rock, Steel
KartanaGrass/SteelFire, FightingGround Fairy, Ice, Rock, Water3231821394156
MetagrossSteel/PsychicDark, Fire, Ghost, GroundGround, Rock, Fire2572281904286
RampardosRock Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, WaterFairy, Fighting, Fire, Ice, Poison, Rock2951092193728
ReshiramFire/DragonDragon, Ground, RockBug, Dragon, Grass, Ice, Steel2752112054565
KyogreWaterElectric, GrassFire, Ground, Rock2702282054652
GroudonGroundGrass, Ice, WaterElectric, Fire, Poison, Rock, Steel2702282054652
RayquazaDragon/FlyingIce, Dragon, Fairy, RockBug, Dragon, Fighting, Grass2841702134336
MewtwoPsychicBug, Dark, GhostFighting, Poison3001822144724

And there you have it! These are all the best attackers in Pokemon Go and you can use them to build powerful teams for PvE and PvP battles. For more Pokemon Go content, be sure to check out our other guides:

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