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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 *
Charge 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 MoveCrunch

Explanation

Tyranitar has high bulk and better resistances. This can prevent lobby re-entry, improving DPS.
Specialty  
Fast MoveFeint Attack
Charge MoveFoul Play

Explanation

Weavile out-DPSes Tyranitar 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 or Dragon Breath *
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.
Specialty    
Fast MoveCharm
Charged MoveDazzling Gleam

Explanation

In most applications, Togekiss is a worse and much rarer version of Gardevoir. It's a little less fragile.

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 MoveBlast Burn * or Blaze Kick

Explanation

Blaziken stands out with the powerful Blast Burn, nearly reaching Moltres's level in Fire proficiency.
Specialty      
Fast MoveFire Spin
Charged MoveBlast Burn *

Explanation

It must have Blast Burn, a Community Day move. Charizard has great TDO vs. Bug and Grass types.

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 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 Shot
Charged MoveEarthquake

Explanation

Garchomp is nearly as good as Groudon, but most players can't or don't want to evolve one right now.
Specialty        
Fast MoveMud Slap
Charged MoveEarthquake

Explanation

For the vast majority of the player base, Rhyperior is the non-legendary Ground attacker of choice.

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 MoveFuture Sight

Explanation

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

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 *
Charge 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 MoveWater Gun
Charged MoveHydro Cannon *

Explanation

Boasting great all around stats, Hydro Cannon Swampert is the non-legendary Water attacker to have.
Specialty    
Fast MoveWaterfall
Charge MoveHydro Cannon *

Explanation

It must have Hydro Cannon, a Community Day move. It's inferior to Swampert in almost every way.
Specialty    
Fast MoveWaterfall
Charged MoveHydro Pump
Gyarados remains the best unrestricted Water-type. It matches up well vs. Ground and Grass moves.

Normal

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