The beauty of Pok\u00e9mon games is that they offer lots of ways to play: you can try to catch 'em all like the slogan says or train to become the Pok\u00e9mon champion. In the case of the latter, you're going to need some strong Pok\u00e9mon on your team. But which ones are the strongest? First, you have to determine what "strongest" means. For our list, we used HP, Attack, Special Attack, Defense, and Special Defense stats as the criteria. You can be strong both offensively and defensively, after all. This list also doesn't take into account special strategies from the competitive scene that involve specific abilities and attack patterns \u2014 we went with Pok\u00e9mon as they are, by base stat. You might be surprised at a few that made the list. Here are the top 10, in alphabetical order. Related: The top 10 best Fairy-type Pok\u00e9mon of all time, ranked Blissey Base HP: 255 \/ Base Sp. Defense: 135 Image via The Pok\u00e9mon Company There are only two standard Pok\u00e9mon on this list, and Blissey is one of them. The only Pok\u00e9mon that can match its base HP stat is Eternamax Eternatus (more on that later), which is the ultimate form of a Legendary. So yeah, Blissey is hearty. Deoxys (Attack Forme) Base Attack: 180 \/ Base Sp. Attack: 184 Image via The Pok\u00e9mon Company This Gen 3 Legendary has four different variations, and since the Speed Forme made the list of the fastest Pok\u00e9mon, it only makes sense that the Attack Forme would be included here. Defense Form doesn't quite stack up against some other contenders, but Attack Forme Deoxys is still one of the best in the Pok\u00e9dex in terms of offense. Eternamax Eternatus Base HP: 255 \/ Base Defense: 250 \/ Base Sp. Defense: 250 Image via The Pok\u00e9mon Company Here's the aforementioned Eternamax Eternatus. You face the giant poisonous dragon at the climax of Sword and Shield, when it upgrades to its massive Eternamax form. Dynamaxing is one thing, but Eternatus takes things to the next level here. No other Pok\u00e9mon even comes close to a trio of high stats like these. It's the single biggest Pok\u00e9mon in the series too. Kartana Base Attack: 181 \/ Base Defense: 131 Image via The Pok\u00e9mon Company Only one Ultra Beast from Sun and Moon ranks here, and believe it or not, it's the one that's made out of paper. Despite that seemingly flimsy structure, Kartana has a very high Attack stat and rock- (paper-?) solid Defense to boot. This thing could give the worst paper cuts in history. Mega Heracross Base Attack: 185 \/ Base Defense: 115 Image via The Pok\u00e9mon Company Mega Evolutions really shook up the meta in Pok\u00e9mon X and Y. Not only did some evolutionary lines get a fourth stage, but each new form came with a massive boost in stats \u2014 you'll see a few of them on this list. Mega Heracross has one of the highest base Attack stats in the series, putting it miles ahead of any other Bug type. Mega Mewtwo X & Y Base Attack: 190 \/ Base Sp. Attack: 154 | Base Attack: 150 \/ Base Sp. Attack: 190 Image via The Pok\u00e9mon Company These Mega Evolutions look like something Goku would fight in Dragon Ball Super, which is fitting for what is debatably the most revered Legendary in all of Pok\u00e9mon. Mega Mewtwo X gets a deadly base Attack stat and high Special Attack as a runner-up, while Mega Mewtwo Y gets the inverse. Both can absolutely wreck you. Mega Rayquaza Base Attack: 180 \/ Base Sp. Attack: 180 Image via The Pok\u00e9mon Company The last Mega Evolution on the list is Mega Rayquaza, the only dragon that can give Eternatus any competition in terms of fierce designs. Its base Attack and Special Attack stats are evenly distributed and very high, meaning it can decimate opponents no matter what type of attack it sends their way. Primal Groudon Base Attack: 180 \/ Base Defense: 160 \/ Base Sp. Attack: 150 Image via The Pok\u00e9mon Company It's not a Mega Evolution, but Primal Groudon can be invoked by letting the regular Legendary hold the Red Orb at the start of a battle. The result is a newly dual-typed Pok\u00e9mon of Ground and Fire, embodying the land and the magma that cooled to form it. In addition to some solid stats, it also happens to be one of the heaviest Pok\u00e9mon of all time when reverted to this form. Primal Kyogre Base Attack: 150 \/ Base Defense: 180 \/ Base Sp. Attack: 160 Image via The Pok\u00e9mon Company Yep, the complete Gen 3 Legendary trio is here. Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon have the same stat numbers but in different places. Kyogre is the sturdier of the two, with its base Defense being its highest one. It remains a strict Water type when reverted, but it's obviously still a force to be reckoned with. It has the might of the ocean at its disposal, after all. Shuckle Base Defense: 230 \/ Base Sp. Defense: 230 Image via The Pok\u00e9mon Company Our final Pok\u00e9mon may be a big shock, but look at those stats again: no regular Pok\u00e9mon even comes close to having Defense and Special Defense that high. Only Eternamax Eternatus beats it, and that's the ultimate form of a cataclysmic Legendary Pok\u00e9mon. The fact that little ol' Shuckle can withstand devastating attacks from basically anything in the Pok\u00e9dex is pretty astounding.