Gym Attackers Tier List

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Niantic’s February 2017 update to Pokemon GO not only introduced over 80 new generation 2 Pokemon species, but also substantially rebalanced move data. On top of that, many old generation 1 species received completely new movepools, expanding the variety of offensive selections. The game currently abounds with viable offensive options, and this iteration of the tier list reflects that.

Matchup data obtained from creating the defender tier list was also used to create this attacker tier list. In general, there are 4 rough categories of attacker:

  • Generalists (which are good against most defenders)
  • Specialists (which are optimal against specific common defenders)
  • Tanks (which win matchups handily but are slow)
  • Glass cannons (which have high DPS but are frail)

A species may not fit squarely into a single category, but these categories illustrate the priorities taken into account when creating this list. Some trainers may value time and therefore would never use a Blissey to attack, while other trainers may be bad at dodging (or be at the mercy of lesser hardware or the dodging bug) and therefore prefer not to use an Alakazam to attack. We hope that you consider your personal priorities in order to make best use of this attacker tier list.

Gym Attackers Tier List

Tier 1

These Pokemon are by far the most optimal attackers depending on what parameters the trainer values. They are fantastic choices in almost every matchup and can plow through several consecutive defenders.

Tier 1Rating Explanation
Dragonite Dragonite Pros:
  • By far the best generalist attacker, featuring a narrowly resisted attack type and high DPS movesets.
  • Strong vs. Vaporeon and speedily defeats most other species.

Cons:
  • Has difficulty vs. Lapras and Steelix.

Optimal Moveset
  • Dragon Tail + Outrage OR Dragon Breath + Dragon Claw
BlisseyBlissey Pros:
  • In terms of overall power, Blissey tanks her way through every matchup without difficulty.
  • Most efficient recipient of Max Potions and Max Revives.
  • Useful in versions of the game with the dodging bug.

Cons:
  • Very time-inefficient - if you value time, don’t attack with Blissey.
  • Potion-inefficient if player lacks Max Potions.

Optimal Moveset
  • Pound + Hyper Beam
Tier 1.5

These Pokemon have some incredibly strong matchups, and in many ways are just as good as Pokemon in tier 1. However, they have notable flaws that render them less generally usable compared to tier 1.

Tier 1.5Rating Explanation
TyranitarTyranitar Pros:
  • Good generalist attacker with elite stats, hampered slightly by sub-optimal moves.
  • Strong vs. Snorlax and Espeon.

Cons:
  • Should stay away from some matchups due to bad defensive typing.

Optimal Moveset
  • Bite + Stone Edge or Crunch
VaporeonVaporeon Pros:
  • Good generalist attacker with ample survivability and favorable matchups across the board.
  • Strong vs. Tyranitar and Rhydon.

Cons:
  • Somewhat time-inefficient outside of good matchups.

Optimal Moveset
  • Water Gun + Hydro Pump
Machamp Machamp Pros:
  • Strong vs. Tyranitar and Lapras.
  • Defeats Snorlax and Blissey in the shortest amount of time.

Cons:
  • Somewhat of a glass cannon outside of good matchups.

Optimal Moveset
  • Counter + Dynamic Punch
Tier 2

Many of the Pokemon in this tier are valuable in specific counter-matchups, but are still fairly good outside of those matchups.

Tier 2Rating Explanation
SnorlaxSnorlax Pros:
  • Similar to Blissey, Snorlax tanks its way through matchups without difficulty.
  • Efficient recipient of Max Potions and Max Revives.

Cons:
  • Time-inefficient - there is usually a faster option than Snorlax.
  • Potion-inefficient if player lacks Max Potions.

Optimal Moveset
  • Lick + Hyper Beam
Heracross Heracross Pros:
  • Has similar matchups to Machamp, just slightly worse.

Optimal Moveset
  • Counter + Close Combat
ExeggutorExeggutor Pros:
  • Can serve as a generalist attacker, featuring a narrowly resisted attack type and high DPS movesets.
  • Strong vs. Vaporeon and Donphan.

Optimal Moveset
  • Extrasensory + Solar Beam
Jolteon Jolteon Pros:
  • Optimal attacker vs. Gyarados; good vs. Vaporeon as well.

Optimal Moveset
  • Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt
LaprasLapras Pros:
  • Optimal attacker vs. Dragonite; tanky generalist otherwise.

Optimal Moveset
  • Frost Breath + Blizzard or Ice Beam
Tier 2.5

"Glass cannon" is a fairly accurate description for this tier. The value of frail, high DPS attackers is substantially lessened by the existence of Dragonite, and many common defenders have a massive weakness that is preyed upon by a different attacker. These attackers require dodging to truly shine, but the sporadic presence of the dodging bug in some game versions make them less desirable options.

Tier 2.5Rating Explanation
EspeonEspeon Pros:
  • High DPS, narrowly resisted generalist attacker.

Optimal Moveset
  • Confusion or Zen Headbutt + Future Sight
FlareonFlareon Pros:
  • Strong vs. Exeggutor and Steelix.

Optimal Moveset
  • Fire Spin + Overheat
AlakazamAlakazam Pros:
  • High DPS, narrowly resisted generalist attacker.

Optimal Moveset
  • Psycho Cut or Confusion + Future Sight
CharizardCharizard Pros:
  • Strong vs. Exeggutor and Steelix.

Optimal Moveset
  • Fire Spin + Overheat
GengarGengar Pros:
  • High DPS, narrowly resisted generalist attacker.

Optimal Moveset
  • Shadow Claw + Shadow Ball
Tier 3+

This tier consists of a number of species who are similar to Pokemon in higher tiers, but are slightly worse. Many of them are good in specific counter-matchups. This tier is not strictly exhaustive; rather, beyond this point, Pokemon perform pretty similarly.

Tier 3+
Tangela
Tangela
Cloyster
Cloyster
Jynx
Jynx
Venusaur
Venusaur
Feraligatr
Feraligatr
Gyarados
Gyarados
Rhydon
Rhydon
Golem
Golem
Scizor
Scizor
Magneton
Magneton
Ampharos
Ampharos
Ursaring
Ursaring
Arcanine
Arcanine
Houndoom
Houndoom
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