If you’re serious about Pokémon Go, you’ll want to assemble a team of the best Pokémon to help take over Gyms for your chosen team.
Players have discovered that hidden stats mirror those of the games – including the recently added Gen 2 – giving us insight into how Pokémon rank according to their highest Attack, Defense and HP (hit points, health or stamina). As you can imagine, rare Pokemon tend to top the list, but there are a few surprise entries throughout each one to look out for.
This list of the best, strongest Pokémon in Pokémon Go by CP, Attack, Defense, and Stamina, along with our Pokémon Go Type Chart and our list of the best Pokémon Go moves with the highest DPS, is helpful if you want to craft a team with different strengths and weaknesses, but with these elements combined together, we also know the best overall Pokémon in Pokémon Go.
Once you have settled on which Pokémon to target, then be sure to read our Pokémon Go CP calculations guide to squeeze out the best possible stats from each capture, so you know which specific creatures to train as you go, and our Pokémon Go guide, tips and tricks page to pick up a few pointers you might not know.
Here’s the top 25 Pokémon for each stat, but you can view where all 151 Pokémon stand on The Silph Road’s research page. (Thanks to them and Serebii.net for the rankings and individual stat numbers respectively.)
Best Pokémon overall in Pokémon Go
*These are Legendary Pokémon that, while confirmed to be within Pokémon Go thanks to datamining, have yet to be discovered, likely due to their involvement with a future event or game update. However, they’re worth listing now so you can start planning ahead to create the ultimate team.
**Mr. Mime and Kangaskhan are region-exclusive Pokémon and can only be found in certain territories – unless you can hatch them from an Egg, of course.
Note that the stats here do change on a semi-frequent basis with Niantic’s patches to Pokémon Go but, at the time of writing, are accurate according to the datamining and formulae found by the community.
Want more help with Pokémon Go? As well as our Pokémon Go tips, tricks and guides page, you can look up the Gen 2 Pokédex on how to catch the most recent creatures, using Special Items such as the Dragon Scale and other methods. The update also introduced changes to Eevee evolutions, Egg hatching distances, best Pokémon, moves and Buddy distances. Elsewhere, you can read about how Gyms, promo codes and the Pokémon Go Plus accessory works, and the many ways of earning experience with our XP chart.