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Best Attackers by Type

Best Attackers by Type
Attackers Attackers Defenders Gym Defenders
ATK per type crown1 ATK per type (No Legendary)

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 until Celebi becomes a raid boss. Types which Bug are effective against are better countered by attackers of other types.
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.
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
3 / 5
The merciless 9% nerf really hurt Rayquaza. It was broken, but now it is a slightly improved Dragonite. There are also many extremely powerful Dragon-type legendaries in Gen 4: Palkia, Dialga, and Giratina, all competing for the Dragon type throne.
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 usually perform better when countering Dragon types. As for Dark types and Fighting types, there are better counters as well. Overall useful but suboptimal.
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 and many other popular Raid bosses. Fighting type will always be very relevant as it has very wide coverage.
Future-proof
3 / 5
Despite being the survivor of Gen 3, Machamp will face 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. May 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 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
Rayquaza is strong; its Flying-type moves aren't. Fire types and Psychic types handle a Flying type's job better. Until Pokemon with a double weakness to Flying-type attacks become relevant, it 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 Gengar one of the favorite 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 are only optimal against an enemy with a double weakness to Grass-type attacks. 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
Will be more relevant when Raikou returns. Will see more use in Regi raids.
Future-proof
5 / 5
The best Ground type 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
With Rayquaza gone and until it returns, Articuno is most useful when countering Alolan Exeggutor and Flying Dragons in gyms.
Future-proof
2 / 5
Mamoswine (Gen 4), though not being a legendary, beats Articuno in stats. 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-type enemies, the advantage is offset by the enemy's immunity to Normal-type attacks. As a generalist, there are usually 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. 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 uses for Poison types on offense. Relevant Fairy types often learn Psychic-type 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.
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 Focus Blast or Shadow Ball.
Future-proof
5 / 5
Lunala and Solgaleo (Gen 7) are the only worthy competitors, both having lower Atk. Mewtwo will highly likely to stay the best Psychic-type attacker for all generations to come.
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 huge TDO and Rampardos (Gen 4) will have huge 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 MoveFlash Cannon
Strength
4 / 5
Very solid but with moves leaving much to be desired.
Meta-relevance
2 / 5
Steel types are most needed when dealing with strong Fairy types, i.e. Gardevoir, in gyms. Beyond that they see limited use due to disappointing raw power.
Future-proof
3 / 5
Jirachi has the stupidly strong Doom Desire, and who knows which the next legendary released will be. Nevertheless, Dialga (Gen 4) will be a legendary threat. Solgaleo and 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
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- and Water-type legendary with higher Atk (assuming the same 9-antic nerf) and greater bulk than Kyogre against Fire types. Depending on moves, Palkia has the potential to rival Kyogre. No other Water type will even come close to challenging Kyogre's raw power. See our Water type review for more in-depth analysis.
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