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Best Attackers by Type

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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
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. Machamp and Fighting type as a whole will always be very relevant as it has high DPS and very wide coverage.
Future-proof
3 / 5
Machamp was the "survivor of Gen 3". It is now the "survivor of Gen 4", too. The next threats to its Fighting-type Crone include Conkeldurr (Gen 5), Terrakion (Gen 5), Keldeo (Gen 5), and Buzzwole (Gen 7).

Fire Type: Moltres

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

Flying Type: Honchkrow

Specialty    
Fast MovePeck
Charge MoveSky Attack
Strength
4 / 5
Meta-relevance
3 / 5
Future-proof
4 / 5
A lesser Pokemon that has usurped the title by virtue of having a better move set.

Ghost Type: Giratina (Origin Forme)

Specialty  
Fast MoveShadow Claw
Charge MoveShadow Ball
Strength
5 / 5
Highly reliable attacker with decent damaging power and amazing bulk.
Meta-relevance
4 / 5
Highly relevant for many Psychic-type Tier 5 bosses.
Future-proof
4 / 5
Chandelure (Gen 5), Hoopa (Gen 6), and Lunala (Gen 7) are the Legendary threats.

Grass Type: Roserade

Specialty    
Fast MoveRazor Leaf
Charge MoveGrass Knot
Strength
4 / 5
Pairing the powerful Grass Knot with solid Attack stat makes Roserade the best Grass type.
Meta-relevance
3 / 5
Future-proof
3 / 5
Shaymin Sky Forme (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: Mamoswine

Specialty      
Fast MovePowder Snow
Charge MoveAvalanche
Strength
4 / 5
Powerful moves and good stats.
Meta-relevance
3 / 5
Until Rayquaza returns, Ice-types see limited use.
Future-proof
4 / 5
Mamoswine's only possible competitor across all generations are Kyurem, an Ice-type Legendary in Gen 5. Even then, given its projected stats, Kyurem needs new Ice-type moves to overpower Mamoswine. Therefore, Mamoswine is quite the Ice-type you are looking for.

Normal Type: Mew

Specialty None
Fast MovePound
Charge MoveHyper Beam
Strength
3 / 5
Decent stats with decent moves.
Meta-relevance
1 / 5
Normal-type attackers enjoy no type effectiveness and is resisted by some common types.
Future-proof
2 / 5
It depends on when and how Niantic releases Arceus, the God of Pokemon.

Poison Type: Roserade

Specialty  
Fast MovePoison Jab
Charge MoveSludge Bomb
Strength
3 / 5
Solid stats and good moves.
Meta-relevance
3 / 5
Fairy-types are taken care of by the Iron King Metagross. In neutral weather, Grass-types are best countered by Moltres/Entei. In cloudy weather, however, Roserade will out perform Fire-types and become optimal.
Future-proof
4 / 5
Investment in Roserade as Poison attacker is quite safe. Nihilego (Gen 7) will be the real threat.

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: Rampardos

Specialty      
Fast MoveSmack Down
Charge MoveRock Slide
Strength
3 / 5
Ultra high base Attack (295) with good moves. Rampardos is still glassy, though.
Meta-relevance
4 / 5
Rampardos brings the Rock DPS to the level of Rayquaza, something that can't be overlooked.
Future-proof
4 / 5
There will be overall stronger Rock-type Legendary Pokemon such as Terrakion (Gen 5) and Nihilego (Gen 7) in the future, but Rampardos is likely to maintain the title of top Rock DPS. 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
With no Water-type fast move for Palkia, Kyogre will 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.