The Best Pokémon to Have in Pokémon GO

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Over the past two years, Pokémon GO has seen a lot of changes. One thing that remains is that there are certain Pokémon you want to have readily available for gym attacking, defending, and raid battles. Here are the best Pokémon to have on your roster in Pokémon GO.


The Best Pokémon to Have in Pokémon GO
GolemTL;DR Games • Fair Use

Golem is a Ground and Rock-type Pokémon that is mainly used for attacking gyms and raid battles. This Pokémon not only has strong attacks that will punish Legendary Pokémon, but it also has a high defense as well. Golem is best used against Electric, Fire, and Flying-type Pokémon. The moves best suited to have are Rock Throw and Stone Edge, making Golem one of the best Pokémon in Pokémon GO.


The Best Pokémon to Have in Pokémon GO
BlisseyTL;DR Games • Fair Use

The Normal-type Pokémon evolution of Chansey is a pure defender when it comes to the world of Pokémon GO. Even after the big gym change, Blissey still dominates as a top defender due to its high defensive and stamina stat. With the ability to know Fairy and Psychic-type moves, this Pokémon is a formidable opponent against its counters of Dragonite, Machamp, and Tyranitar. The moves you want Blissey to have are Zen Headbutt and Dazzling Gleam.


The Best Pokémon to Have in Pokémon GO
TyranitarTL;DR Games • Fair Use

The Dark and Ground-type Pokémon has well-rounded stats and is best suited as an attacker. This dual type Pokémon is lethal against any Psychic type with a move set of Bite and Crunch. Tyranitar is one of the few Pokémon you want to have to face off against Mewtwo. A double Ground move Tyranitar is also good to have. If you were able to evolve a Larvitar all the way to a Tyranitar, you were graced with the move Smack Down. Pair Smack Down with Stone Edge and team up with Golem, and you have a lethal team.


The Best Pokémon to Have in Pokémon GO
SnorlaxTL;DR Games • Fair Use

Continuing with another pure defender, the Normal-type Pokémon Snorlax was King of the Gyms alongside Chansey when Pokémon GO first came out. Snorlax can still defend gyms just as good as Blissey due to its high defense and stamina. Snorlax has great counter moves to use against Pokémon like Machamp and Tyranitar, who are used most to face off against Snorlax. You’ll want Snorlax to have Zen Headbutt and Heavy Slam, making it one of the best Pokémon in Pokémon GO.


The Best Pokémon to Have in Pokémon GO
DragoniteTL;DR Games • Fair Use

With not many strong Dragon-types in Pokémon GO, Dragonite is the best of them all. Even with Dragonite being a dual Dragon and Flying type, it a force to be reckoned with. You’ll want Dragonite mainly as an attacker over a defender due to its damage output. While Dragonite is a decent defender, it lacks the stamina it needs to use charged moves. Dragonite’s only redeeming quality on defense is that it can resist Fighting and Fire-types, which are popular choices for attacking gyms.  Dragonite is best used against any type of Pokémon but be careful since Dragon and Ice types are its weakness. You’ll want to have Dragon Tail and Outrage for Dragonite’s move set for maximum damage.

These five Pokémon are the best Pokémon to have for gym attacking, defending, and raid battles. Remember that you can use more than one of these Pokémon when attacking to ensure you’re doing the most damage.

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