Best Attackers by Type

Best Attackers by Type

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ATK per type
Bug Type: Scizor
Specialty    
Fast MoveFury Cutter
Charge MoveX-Scissor
Strength
3 / 5
Good typing and lightning-fast attacks. Though cool-looking, Scizor is somewhat fragile.
Meta-relevance
2 / 5
Bug-type isn’t highly demanded unless Celebi becomes a raid boss.
Future-proof
2 / 5
Yanmega (Gen 4), Volcarona (Gen 5) and Genesect (Gen 5) are its non-legendary 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 legendaries to come. Also a great gym sweeper.
Future-proof
4 / 5
Yveltal (Gen 6) is quite far away.
Dragon Type: Dragonite
Specialty
Fast MoveDragon Breath / Dragon Tail
Charge MoveOutrage / Dragon Claw
Strength
5 / 5
Very powerful Pokémon with strong move options.
Meta-relevance
4 / 5
Premiere generalist of the game, with few types resisting Dragon attacks.
Future-proof
1 / 5
Rayquaza is imminent. There will also be many extremely powerful Dragon-type legendaries, such as Palkia (Gen 4), Dialga (Gen 4), Giratina (Gen 4), Reshiram (Gen 5) and Zekrom (Gen 5). Depending on the accessibility of those mentioned above, Dragonite might still be the choice of the majority. It has flexible move options as well.
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-type and Flying-type in the game. Both countered types are popular in gyms and raids.
Future-proof
4 / 5
Zekrom (Gen 5) is somewhat far away but will be better than 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 usually perform better when countering Dragon-types. As for Dark and Fighting, there are better options. Overall useful but always suboptimal. Will see more use in Latios/Latias raid.
Future-proof
2 / 5
Togekiss (Gen 4) is its most imminent competitor. Sylveon (Gen 6), an Eeveelution, will be more accessible and more powerful. But Xerneas (Gen 6), the legendary Fairy-type, will beat every other 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, a popular raid boss. Fighting-type will always be very relevant as it has wide coverage.
Future-proof
3 / 5
Machamp faces more threats in the long future. The closest one is Gallade (Gen 4). Even if it survives that again, it will eventually be out-classed by Conkeldurr (Gen 5), let alone the legendary Terrakion/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-type aren’t demanded, but occasionally useful. Will see more use in the future.
Future-proof
3 / 5
Heatran (Gen 4) is their most imminent competitor. Reshiram (Gen 5) and Volcarona (Gen 5) are further but greater threats.
Flying Type: Lugia
Specialty    
Fast MoveExtrasensory
Charge MoveSky Attack
Strength
4 / 5
Very bulky and reliable Pokémon. Great counter to fighting types.
Meta-relevance
2 / 5
Fire-types and Psychic types handle its coverage better. Until Pokémon with double weakness to Flying become relevant, Flying-type sees limited use.
Future-proof
1 / 5
One word: Rayquaza.
Ghost Type: Gengar
Specialty  
Fast MoveShadow Claw
Charge MoveShadow Ball
Strength
3 / 5
The very definition of Glass Cannon.
Meta-relevance
4 / 5
Maintain the title of “Highest DPS against Psychic and Ghost”, making it one of the favorite of DPS believers.
Future-proof
3 / 5
Giratina (Gen 4), a legendary, has lower attack but 3.5x bulk. Eventually, Chandelure (Gen 5), Hoopa (Gen 6) and Lunala (Gen 7) will outclass Gengar.
Grass Type: Exeggutor
Specialty    
Fast MoveBullet Seed
Charge MoveSolar Beam
Strength
4 / 5
Good stats distribution with strong charge move.
Meta-relevance
2 / 5
With the rise of Water-type and the already strong Electric-type, Exeggutor has to seek relevance in Water + Rock/Ground matchups. See our Grass type review for more in-depth analysis.
Future-proof
3 / 5
Tangrowth (Gen 4), Shaymin (Gen 4) and Virizion (Gen 5) are its competitors, all with similar stats but lower attack. However, Tangrowth has the potential to learn Grass Knot/Power Whip, a better charge move than Solar Beam, to get close to or even surpass Exeggutor’s DPS.
Ground Type: Groudon
Specialty        
Fast MoveMud Shot
Charge MoveEarthquake
Strength
5 / 5
Extremely powerful. If un-nerfed, definitely overpowered.
Meta-relevance
2 / 5
Will be more relevant when Raikou returns. Will see more use in Regi Trio raids.
Future-proof
5 / 5
Best Ground attacker of all generations.
Ice Type: Articuno
Specialty      
Fast MoveFrost Breath
Charge MoveBlizzard / Ice Beam
Strength
4 / 5
Somewhat low stats compared to its legendary peers.
Meta-relevance
3 / 5
Will be more relevant when Rayquaza enters as a Raid Boss. See some use in Groudon raid, but doesn’t last long. Always a good choice against a Dragonite in gyms.
Future-proof
2 / 5
Mamoswine (Gen 4), a non-legendary, beats Articuno stat-wise. Eventually, Kyurem (Gen 5), a legendary, will make every other Ice-type kneel.
Normal Type: Snorlax
Specialty None
Fast MoveLick
Charge MoveHyper Beam
Strength
3 / 5
Tanky and reliable attacker for the early meta game.
Meta-relevance
1 / 5
Enjoys no type effectiveness. When exploiting the immunity to Ghost, the advantage is offset by the immunity to Normal of the counterparty. As a generalist, there are usually better options.
Future-proof
2 / 5
Porygon-Z (Gen 4), and the legendary Regigigas (Gen 4), if getting “ordinary” Normal moves, will be better. But 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 calls for Poison-type. Relevant Fairy-types often learns Psychic attacks, which Poison-type is weak to.
Future-proof
4 / 5
Nihilego (Gen 7) is the real threat, while Roserade (Gen 4) is more a Glass Cannon. Muk is very future-proof.
Psychic Type: Mewtwo
Specialty  
Fast MoveConfusion
Charge MovePsychic
Strength
5 / 5
It’s freaking Mewtwo!
Meta-relevance
3 / 5
Useful in the popular Machamp raids. Besides, a lot of Pokemon are Poison-typed, countered by Psychic. Beyond those, Psychic specialists see limited use. Note that Mewtwo has better relevance if learning Focus Blast or Shadow Ball.
Future-proof
5 / 5
Lunala/Solgaleo (Gen 7) are the only worthy competitors, both having lower attack.
Rock Type: Golem
Specialty      
Fast MoveRock Throw
Charge MoveStone Edge
Strength
4 / 5
Solid stats with a strong fast move.
Meta-relevance
2 / 5
With the birds’ departure and Water-type’s new rise, Golem has found itself more irrelevant than ever. That being said, Rock-type will definitely see use in the future as its coverage is quite wide.
Future-proof
2 / 5
Rhyperior (Gen 4) is its most imminent threat. Tyranitar and Rhydon are always waiting for a Rock-type fast move. Eventually, all will kneel before Terrakion (Gen 5) and Nihilego (Gen 7).
Steel Type: Scizor
Specialty    
Fast MoveBullet Punch
Charge MoveIron Head
Strength
3 / 5
Fragile, with Steel moves leaving much to be desired.
Meta-relevance
2 / 5
Steel attacks are most needed when dealing with strong fairy-types, i.e. Gardevoir in gyms. Beyond that it sees limited use.
Future-proof
1 / 5
Metagross is imminent. Jirachi with stupidly strong Doom Desire could come right after. Dialga (Gen 4), a legendary, is a legendary threat. Solgaleo/Kartana (Gen 7) are further but also great threats.
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
Overall, 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
Palkia (Gen 4) is a Dragon/Water-typed legendary with higher Atk than Kyogre (assuming the same 9-antic nerf). Its Dragon typing offers an extra resistance to fire, making its effective bulk greater than that of Kyogre's in those matchups. However, Palkia doesn't learn any of the Water fast moves currently in PoGo. Its remaining Water moves are Liquidation, Aqua Ring (Status Move), and Rain Dance (Status Move). Depending on the moves, Palkia has the potential to become a more-DPS-less-TDO option to Kyogre as does Moltres to Entei, in which case Kyogre will still remain the best water type.
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