Players have recently discovered that hidden stats mirror those of the original game, giving us insight into how Pokmon 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, along with our Pokmon Go Type Chart and our list of the best Pokmon 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 Pokmon in Pokmon Go.
Once you have settled on which Pokmon to target, then be sure to read our Pokmon 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 Pokmon Go guide, tips and tricks page to pick up a few pointers you might not know.
Here’s the top 15 Pokmon for each stat, but you can view where all 151 Pokmon stand on The Silph Road’s research page. (Thanks to them and Serebii.net for the rankings and individual stat numbers respectively.)
Best Pokmon by highest Attack stat in Pokmon Go
Best Pokmon by highest Defense stat in Pokmon Go
Best Pokmon by highest HP in Pokmon Go
Best Pokmon overall in Pokmon Go
*These are Legendary Pokmon that, while confirmed to be within Pokmon 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.
Want to get the most out of Pokmon Go? These guides on training and catching creatures:
Pokmon Go locations – Where each Pokmon Type spawns in the real world
Where to discover Pokmon Types in their real-world habitats.
Pokmon Go Eevee evolution: How to evolve Eevee into Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon with new names
A hidden reference to the TV show allows you choose the way Eevee evolves.
Pokmon Go nest locations – Where to find nests in London, the UK and other areas
Find clusters of specific Pokmon fast with these maps and lists (up to date until late August).
Want more Pokmon Go strategies? Read our Pokmon Go tips, tricks, cheats and guides page for things you didn’t know about the game, and how to find nearby Pokmon, throw the perfect Curveball, when to evolve Pokmon and much more.
Also, head over to Jelly Deals for the best deals on Pokemon Go accessories.
What do these ‘best Pokmon’ lists tell us?
- We know that Legendary Pokemon Mewtwo, Mew, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres – whenever they appear – are some of the most powerful in the game, and are worth capturing if you get the chance.
- Right now, Dragonite is the most powerful overall Pokmon in Pokmon Go, so get catching those Dratinis.
Out of the starter Pokmon in overall stats, they rank Blastoise, Venusaur and then Charizard. However, Charizard ranks highest in raw attack power.
- Not every Pokmon who ranks in high up on one stat type does so in others. Chansey, for example, has by far the highest Stamina / HP of any creature in the game, but suffers in other areas so it fails to list elsewhere.