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Some types have multiple contenders for top Pokemon of that type. This is usually due to a large difference in TDO or a different typing, featuring different resistances.

* represents a legacy move currently unavailable. In instances where the top non-legendary option requires an exclusive move, the next best options are also listed.

Bug

Specialty    
Fast MoveFury Cutter
Charged MoveX-Scissor

Explanation

Scizor's Steel typing provides resistances to Grass and Psychic, two of Bug's main use cases.
Specialty    
Fast MoveBug Bite or Fury Cutter *
Charged MoveX-Scissor

Explanation

Pinsir's DPS is slightly higher than Scizor's, but due to worse typing, it sometimes lags behind.

Dark

Specialty  
Fast MoveBite
Charged MoveDark Pulse

Explanation

Hydreigon's versatile combination of DPS, bulk, and resistances renders it a solid Dark attacker.
Specialty  
Fast MoveBite
Charged MoveCrunch

Explanation

Tyranitar has high bulk and decent resistances. This can prevent lobby re-entry, improving DPS.
Specialty  
Fast MoveSnarl
Charged MoveFoul Play

Explanation

Weavile is the top Dark DPS on paper. Whether that's true in practice depends on the matchup.

Dragon

Specialty
Fast Move Dragon Tail
Charged Move Outrage * or Draco Meteor

Explanation

Better than Dragonite if it has Outrage, a Community Day move. Both moves can be combined for marginal DPS gain.

Specialty
Fast MoveDragon Tail
Charged MoveOutrage or Draco Meteor *

Explanation

Dragonite remains the best non-exclusive, non-legendary option because Outrage is a two-bar charged move.
Specialty
Fast Move Dragon Tail
Charged Move Outrage

Explanation

Garchomp fits right in with Salamence and Dragonite. It's notably the bulkiest of the bunch, with different resistances.

Electric

Specialty  
Fast MoveThunder Shock
Charged MoveWild Charge

Explanation

Electivire competes with Raikou for title of the outright best Electric Pokemon, but note that it's pretty fragile.
Specialty  
Fast MoveSpark
Charged MoveWild Charge

Explanation

Magnezone gives up some DPS for more bulk and, more importantly, way more resistances than other Electrics.

Fairy

Specialty    
Fast MoveCharm
Charged MoveDazzling Gleam

Explanation

With the addition of the Fairy-type fast move Charm to GO, Gardevoir has the highest DPS of the Fairies.

Fighting

Specialty        
Fast MoveCounter
Charged MoveDynamic Punch

Explanation

Though it lacks legendary stats, Machamp is well rounded enough to serve all your Fighting needs.
Specialty        
Fast MoveCounter
Charged MoveDynamic Punch

Explanation

Breloom has the smallest of Attack leads on Machamp, but without dodging, it's worse 90% of the time.

Fire

Specialty      
Fast MoveFire Spin
Charged MoveOverheat

Explanation

Chandelure is, for now, the best Fire attacker in GO, but it's especially rare. It has cool resistances.
Specialty      
Fast MoveFire Spin
Charged MoveBlast Burn * or Blaze Kick

Explanation

Blaziken stands out with the powerful Blast Burn, reaching Moltres's level in Fire proficiency. Blaze Kick is really good, but try to wait for Blast Burn to become available.

Flying

Specialty    
Fast MovePeck
Charged MoveSky Attack

Explanation

There's lots of Flying-type Pokemon with good stats, but Honchkrow got lucky with the right moves.

Ghost

Specialty  
Fast MoveHex
Charged MoveShadow Ball

Explanation

Chandelure falls between Giratina-O and Gengar in terms of DPS and TDO. Good luck getting one.
Specialty  
Fast MoveShadow Claw * or Lick *
Charged MoveShadow Ball

Explanation

Hex and Sucker Punch are passable fast moves, though the legacy moves are much preferred.

Grass

Specialty    
Fast Move Razor Leaf
Charged MoveGrass Knot

Explanation

For now, Roserade is the clear top Grass attacker. There's no shame in rolling into battle with 6.
Specialty    
Fast Move Bullet Seed
Charged MoveFrenzy Plant

Explanation

Sceptile is strictly slightly worse than Roserade, except for when its Ground resistance matters.

Ground

Specialty        
Fast MoveMud Slap
Charged MoveDrill Run

Explanation

Excadrill claws its way to the top with Drill Run, a testament to the mediocrity of Earthquake.

Ice

Specialty      
Fast MovePowder Snow
Charged MoveAvalanche

Explanation

Mamoswine leads the Ice contingent by a wide margin in power and bulk. Nothing comes close.

Poison

Specialty  
Fast MovePoison Jab
Charged MoveSludge Bomb

Explanation

Poison-type offense has little use in the meta, though you can bust it out against like, Togetic.

Psychic

Specialty  
Fast MoveConfusion
Charged MovePsychic *

Explanation

Alakazam has always sent Machamp running for the hills, but it does little else in the meta.
Specialty  
Fast MoveConfusion
Charged MovePsychic

Explanation

Espeon trades a little Attack for more bulk, but it's functionally interchangeable with Alakazam.

Rock

Specialty      
Fast MoveSmack Down
Charged MoveRock Slide

Explanation

Don't let Rampardos's glassiness distract you from the fact that it's the best Rock attacker by far.
Specialty      
Fast MoveSmack Down *
Charged MoveStone Edge

Explanation

It must have Smack Down, a Community Day move. Tyranitar deserves mention because a good Rampardos can be hard for most players to obtain.
Specialty      
Fast MoveSmack Down
Charged MoveStone Edge

Explanation

Rhyperior's Rock moveset is always accessible and does quite well, though it's a far cry from Rampardos and also falls behind Smack Down Tyranitar.

Steel

Specialty    
Fast MoveBullet Punch
Charged MoveMeteor Mash *

Explanation

Metagross wields insane power with Meteor Mash; it's held back only by Steel's mediocre offensive coverage.
Specialty   
Fast Move Bullet Punch
Charged Move Iron Head

Explanation

Though Scizor is a nominal second best non-legendary Steel attacker, I'd recommend that you use something else.

Water

Specialty    
Fast MoveBubble
Charged MoveCrabhammer

Explanation

Hail to the Kingler! Neglected by Niantic for over 3 years, it's now prepared to smite Water-weak foes with its new Crabhammer.
Specialty    
Fast MoveWater Gun
Charged MoveHydro Cannon *

Explanation

Boasting solid all around stats, Hydro Cannon Swampert is a fantastic non-legendary Water attacker to have.

Normal

Don't even bother, you're better off using anything else.