Best Attackers by Type

Rankings

Bug Type: Scizor

Specialty    
Fast MoveFury Cutter
Charge MoveX-Scissor
Strength
3 / 5
Good typing and lightning-fast moves. Though cool-looking, Scizor is somewhat fragile.
Meta-relevance
2 / 5
Bug type isn’t highly demanded. Other stronger types usually do Bug-type's job better, unless the target is doubly weak against Bug-type attacks.
Future-proof
2 / 5
Yanmega (Gen 4), Volcarona, and Genesect (Gen 5) are its competitors, all of which have better stats.

Dark Type: Tyranitar

Specialty  
Fast MoveBite
Charge MoveCrunch
Strength
5 / 5
Very powerful Pokémon.
Meta-relevance
4 / 5
Best answer to Mewtwo and many Psychic-type Legendary Pokemon to come. Also a great gym sweeper.
Future-proof
4 / 5
The Dark-type legendary Pokemon, Yveltal (Gen 6), is quite far away. Darkrai in Gen 4 will very likely out-DPS Tyranitar, but given its Mythical status, it could be limited to one per player like Mew, in which case you would still need multiple Dark Tyranitar for a raid full line-up.

Dragon Type: Rayquaza

Specialty
Fast MoveDragon Tail
Charge MoveOutrage
Strength
5 / 5
Behold, Rayquaza of the House Dragon, First of its name, the Unburnt, King of the Dragon types and Flying types, the Protector of the sky, Breaker of meta, and Master of the weather trio.
Meta-relevance
4 / 5
Premier generalist of the game, with few types resisting Dragon-type attacks. Currently holds the highest neutral DPS in the game.
Future-proof
4 / 5
Rayquaza will keep impressing us with its Sky-high Dragon DPS.

Electric Type: Raikou

Specialty  
Fast MoveThunder Shock
Charge MoveWild Charge
Strength
4 / 5
Very powerful Pokémon with strong move options.
Meta-relevance
5 / 5
Optimal DPS counter to Water types and Flying types, both of which are popular.
Future-proof
4 / 5
Zekrom (Gen 5), a Dragon- and Electric-type Legendary Pokemon is somewhat far away; but it will outclass Raikou if having satisfactory moves.

Fairy Type: Gardevoir

Specialty    
Fast MoveConfusion
Charge MoveDazzling Gleam
Strength
3 / 5
Overall strong, but somewhat fragile. Lacking a Fairy-type fast move is its (and every Fairy type’s) major downside.
Meta-relevance
3 / 5
Ice types and Dragon types usually perform better in countering Dragon types. As for countering Dark types and Fighting types, there are also better options. Overall, Fair-type is useful but always sub-optimal.
Future-proof
3 / 5
Togekiss (Gen 4) is its most imminent competitor. Sylveon (Gen 6), an Eeveelution, will be more accessible and more powerful. Xerneas (Gen 6), the Fairy-type Legendary Pokemon, will eventually take the throne of Fairy-type.

Fighting Type: Machamp

Specialty        
Fast MoveCounter
Charge MoveDynamic Punch
Strength
4 / 5
Solid stats paired with wonderful moves.
Meta-relevance
5 / 5
Definite answer to most common gym defenders. Optimal counter to Tyranitar and many other popular Raid bosses. Fighting type will always be very relevant as it has high DPS and very wide coverage.
Future-proof
3 / 5
Despite being the survivor of Gen 3, Machamp faces many threats in the future. The closest one is Gallade (Gen 4). Even if it survives that again, it will eventually be outclassed by Conkeldurr (Gen 5), let alone the Legendary Pokemon Terrakion (Gen 5), Keldeo (Gen 5), and Buzzwole (Gen 7).

Fire Type: Moltres & Entei

Specialty      
Fast MoveFire Spin
Charge MoveOverheat
Specialty      
Fast MoveFire Spin
Charge MoveOverheat / Flamethrower
Strength
4 / 5
Both have solid stats paired with wonderful moves.
Meta-relevance
2 / 5
Fire types aren’t demanded, but occasionally useful.
Future-proof
3 / 5
Heatran (Gen 4) is their most imminent competitor. Reshiram (Gen 5) and Volcarona (Gen 5) are more distant but greater threats.

Flying Type: Rayquaza

Specialty    
Fast MoveAir Slash
Charge MoveAerial Ace
Strength
5 / 5
Behold, Rayquaza of the House Dragon, First of its name, the Unburnt, King of the Dragon types and Flying types, the Protector of the sky, Breaker of meta, and Master of the weather trio.
Meta-relevance
2 / 5
Dragon Rayquaza is strong; Flying Rayquaza isn't. Fire types and Psychic types handle its job better. Until Pokemon with a double weakness to Flying-type attacks becomes relevant, Flying Rayquaza will see limited use.
Future-proof
4 / 5
Rayquaza will continue to be the best Flying type for a long time, thanks to its legendary stats. However, a lesser Pokemon may usurp the title by virtue of having a better moveset.

Ghost Type: Gengar

Specialty  
Fast MoveShadow Claw
Charge MoveShadow Ball
Strength
3 / 5
The very definition of glass cannon.
Meta-relevance
4 / 5
Monstrous DPS makes legacy Gengar one of the most wanted trades of many players.
Future-proof
3 / 5
Giratina (Gen 4), a Ghost- and Dragon-type Legendary Pokemon, has lower base Atk but way more bulk. Eventually, Chandelure (Gen 5), Hoopa (Gen 6), and Lunala (Gen 7) will outclass Gengar.

Grass Type: Venusaur

Specialty    
Fast MoveVine Whip
Charge MoveFrenzy Plant
Strength
4 / 5
Powerful Frenzy Plant paired with good fast moves; despite mediocre stats, Venusaur has earned the title of the best Grass-type.
Meta-relevance
2 / 5
With the rise of Water types and the already strong Electric types, Grass-types find limited use. See our Grass type review for more in-depth analysis.
Future-proof
3 / 5
Tangrowth (Gen 4), Roserade (Gen 4), Shaymin (Gen 4), and Virizion (Gen 5) are its competitors.

Ground Type: Groudon

Specialty        
Fast MoveMud Shot
Charge MoveEarthquake
Strength
5 / 5
Extremely powerful. If un-nerfed, definitely overpowered.
Meta-relevance
2 / 5
Due to the lacklustre DPS, Groudon doesn't find much use despite the wide coverage of Ground-type attacks. That said, it will be the center of raid meta when Raikou or Heatran becomes the theme Raid Boss.
Future-proof
5 / 5
The best Ground type of all generations.

Ice Type: Mewtwo

Specialty      
Fast MoveConfusion / Psycho Cut
Charge MoveIce Beam
Strength
4 / 5
Huge attack stats make Mewtwo with Ice Beam the overall best Ice-type attacker. Visit our Mewtwo's New Moves Analysis for more in-depth look on this topic.
Meta-relevance
3 / 5
Until Rayquaza returns, Ice-types see limited use.
Future-proof
2 / 5
Mamoswine (Gen 4), though not being a legendary, beats Articuno and Mewtwo in DPS and TDO.

Normal Type: Mew

Specialty None
Fast MovePound
Charge MoveHyper Beam
Strength
3 / 5
Meta-relevance
1 / 5
Normal-type attackers enjoy no type effectiveness. As generalist, there are better options.
Future-proof
2 / 5
Porygon-Z and the Normal-type legendary Regigigas (Gen 4), if getting “ordinary” Normal-type moves, will be better. Finally, everything kneels in front of the God – Arceus (Gen 4).

Poison Type: Muk

Specialty  
Fast MovePoison Jab
Charge MoveGunk Shot
Strength
3 / 5
Solid stats and good moves.
Meta-relevance
1 / 5
Very limited uses for Poison types on offense. Relevant Fairy types often learn Psychic-type attacks which Poison types are weak to.
Future-proof
4 / 5
Nihilego (Gen 7) is the real threat, while Roserade (Gen 4) is more a glass cannon.

Psychic Type: Mewtwo

Specialty  
Fast MoveConfusion
Charge MovePsychic
Strength
5 / 5
It’s freaking Mewtwo!
Meta-relevance
3 / 5
Useful in the popular Machamp raid. Besides, Poison types are common. Beyond those, Psychic specialists see limited use. Note that Mewtwo has better relevance with some other charge moves such as Shadow Ball.
Future-proof
5 / 5
Lunala and Solgaleo (Gen 7) are the only worthy competitors, both having lower Attack. Deoxys-A does out-DPS Mewtwo, but it is too fragile to be feasible. After all assessment, Mewtwo will likely to stay the best Psychic-type attacker for generations to come. The only thing you should worry about is Mewtwo itself getting a better exclusive charge move in the future.

Rock Type: Tyranitar

Specialty      
Fast MoveSmack Down
Charge MoveStone Edge
Strength
5 / 5
Legendary stats with a strong fast move.
Meta-relevance
4 / 5
Rock-type will always see use as its coverage is quite wide. With the Pseudo Legendary Tyranitar joining the Rock Family, the strength of Rock-type attacks will be raised to a new height.
Future-proof
3 / 5
If getting Smack Down, Rhyperior (Gen 4) will have higher TDO and Rampardos (Gen 4) will have higher DPS. There will also be Legendary threats: Terrakion (Gen 5) and Nihilego (Gen 7). Visit our Rock-types Review for more in-depth analysis.

Steel Type: Metagross

Specialty    
Fast MoveBullet Punch
Charge MoveMeteor Mash
Strength
5 / 5
Legendary stats with Legendary moves.
Meta-relevance
4 / 5
Top DPS counter to Fairy, Ice and Rock-types, with many resistances.
Future-proof
5 / 5
Meteor Mash is so powerful that it makes Dialga, the Gen 4 Steel-type cover Legendary, look bad. The next Steel-type Pokemon who can compete with Metagross are the Ultra beasts, far away in Gen 7. Other possible threats include Lucario with Meteor Mash, but the latter has lower attack and lower projected DPS. Metagross is quite safe as in investment in Steel-type specialist.

Water Type: Kyogre

Specialty    
Fast MoveWaterfall
Charge MoveHydro Pump
Strength
5 / 5
A Pokemon that can summon storms that cause the sea levels to rise.
Meta-relevance
4 / 5
An extremely powerful specialist AND a top generalist who brought the meta back to where the game first started: Water-centric.
Future-proof
5 / 5
The recent APK mine reveals that there will be no Water-type fast move for Palkia yet, hence Kyogre will very likely to stay the best Water-type. No other Water type will even come close to challenging Kyogre's raw power. See our Water type review for more in-depth analysis.