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Pokémon Go Moves - movesets, move list, and highest DPS attacks

How to find out the best, most powerful moveset for your Pokémon.

Pokémon moves have been an integral part of the franchise since its inception, from the damage counters of the Trading Card Game through to the upcoming bombastic Z-Moves of Pokémon Sun and Moon. Pokémon Go moves, of course, continue the trend, and whilst battling isn't yet taking centre stage in the mobile game, much of the playerbase are now at the point where there's an interest in maximising CP for the strongest team, along with catching the best Pokémon in Pokémon Go and, of course, figuring out their strongest moves.

Despite the relative simplicity on the surface, a Pokémon's moveset can make a pretty remarkable difference to its success in taking down gyms. Movesets play a central part in how the most serious players choose when to Power Up and evolve their Pokémon precisely because a fully-evolved, maxed-out Dragonite could still get taken down by something weaker if the moveset isn't right.

So, which are the strongest, highest damage-per-second (DPS) moves in Pokémon Go, and which Pokémon can learn them?

Pokémon Go moves list

Below are the full movesets for every Pokémon in Pokémon Go so far, based on info that we've gathered from Serebii.net, the Silph Road, and Redditor Professor_Kukui's calculations. The moves are also ranked in order of DPS, which is shown in brackets next to each one, so that you can quickly make a decision on what's best for your Pokémon at a glance.

Keep scrolling beyond this rather hefty table for our ranking of the best Fast Attacks and Charge Attacks in Pokémon Go, and don't forget you can use Ctrl+F to skip to a specific Pokémon, type, or move if you so wish!

PokémonPokémon TypeFast Attacks (DPS)Charge Attacks (DPS)
Bulbasaur Grass Tackle (10.91)
Vine Whip (10.77)
Power Whip (25)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Seed Bomb (16.67)
Ivysaur Grass Vine Whip (10.77)
Razor Leaf (10.34)
Power Whip (25)
Solar Beam (24.49)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Venusaur Grass Vine Whip (10.77)
Razor Leaf (10.34)
Solar Beam (24.49)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Petal Blizzard (20.37)
Charmander Fire Scratch (12)
Ember (9.52)
Flamethrower (18.97)
Flame Burst (14.29)
Flame Charge (8.06)
Charmeleon Fire Scratch (12)
Ember (9.52)
Flamethrower (18.97)
Flame Burst (14.29)
Fire Punch (14.29)
Charizard Fire Wing Attack (12)
Ember (9.52)
Fire Blast (24.39)
Dragon Claw (23.33)
Flamethrower (18.97)
Squirtle Water Tackle (10.91)
Bubble (10.87)
Aqua Tail (19.15)
Aqua Jet (10.64)
Water Pulse (10.61)
Wartortle Water Bite (12)
Water Gun (12)
Hydro Pump (23.68)
Ice Beam (17.81)
Aqua Jet (10.64)
Blastoise Water Bite (12)
Water Gun (12)
Hydro Pump (23.68)
Ice Beam (17.81)
Flash Cannon (15.38)
Caterpie Bug Bug Bite (11.11)
Tackle (10.91)
Struggle (8.85)
Metapod Bug Bug Bite (11.11)
Tackle (10.91)
Struggle (8.85)
Butterfree Bug
Flying
Bug Bite (11.11)
Confusion (9.93)
Psychic (19.64)
Bug Buzz (17.65)
Signal Beam (14.52)
Weedle Bug Bug Bite (11.11)
Poison Sting (10.43)
Struggle (8.85)
Kakuna Bug Bug Bite (11.11)
Poison Sting (10.43)
Struggle (8.85)
Beedrill Bug
Poison
Poison Jab (11.43)
Bug Bite (11.11)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
X Scissor (16.67)
Aerial Ace (10.34)
Pidgey Normal
Flying
Tackle (10.91)
Quick Attack (7.52)
Aerial Ace (10.34)
Twister (9.26)
Air Cutter (9.09)
Pidgeotto Normal
Flying
Wing Attack (12)
Steel Wing (11.28)
Aerial Ace (10.34)
Twister (9.26)
Air Cutter (9.09)
Pidgeot Normal
Flying
Wing Attack (12)
Steel Wing (11.28)
Hurricane (25)
Aerial Ace (10.34)
Air Cutter (9.09)
Rattata Normal Tackle (10.91)
Quick Attack (7.52)
Body Slam (25.64)
Hyper Fang (16.67)
Dig (12.07)
Raticate Normal Bite (12)
Quick Attack (7.52)
Hyper Beam (24)
Hyper Fang (16.67)
Dig (12.07)
Spearow Normal
Flying
Peck (8.7)
Quick Attack (7.52)
Drill Peck (14.81)
Aerial Ace (10.34)
Twister (9.26)
Fearow Normal
Flying
Steel Wing (11.28)
Peck (8.7)
Drill Run (14.71)
Aerial Ace (10.34)
Twister (9.26)
Ekans Poison Poison Sting (10.43)
Acid (9.52)
Gunk Shot (21.67)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Wrap (6.25)
Arbok Poison Bite (12)
Acid (9.52)
Gunk Shot (21.67)
Sludge Wave (20.59)
Dark Pulse (12.86)
Pikachu Electric Thunder Shock (8.33)
Quick Attack (7.52)
Thunder (23.26)
Thunderbolt (20.37)
Discharge (14)
Raichu Electric Spark (10)
Thunder Shock (8.33)
Thunder (23.26)
Brick Break (18.75)
Thunder Punch (16.67)
Sandshrew Ground Scratch (12)
Mud Shot (10.91)
Rock Slide (15.63)
Dig (12.07)
Rock Tomb (8.82)
Sandslash Ground Metal Claw (12.7)
Mud Shot (10.91)
Earthquake (23.81)
Bulldoze (10.29)
Rock Tomb (8.82)
Nidoran (f) Poison Bite (12)
Poison Sting (10.43)
Body Slam (25.64)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Poison Fang (10.42)
Nidorina Poison Bite (12)
Poison Sting (10.43)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Dig (12.07)
Poison Fang (10.42)
Nidoqueen Poison
Ground
Bite (12)
Poison Jab (11.43)
Stone Edge (25.81)
Earthquake (23.81)
Sludge Wave (20.59)
Nidoran (m) Poison Poison Sting (10.43)
Peck (8.7)
Body Slam (25.64)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Horn Attack (11.36)
Nidorino Poison Bite (12)
Poison Jab (11.43)
Sludge Bomb (21.59)
Dig (12.07)
Horn Attack(11.36)
Nidoking Poison
Ground
Poison Jab (11.43)
Fury Cutter (7.5)
Megahorn (25)
Earthquake (23.81)
Sludge Wave (20.59)
Clefairy Fairy Pound (12.96)
Zen Headbutt (11.43)
Body Slam (25.64)
Moonblast (20.73)
Disarming Voice (6.41)
Clefable Fairy Pound (12.96)
Zen Headbutt (11.43)
Moonblast (20.73)
Psychic (19.64)
Dazzling Gleam (13.1)
Vulpix Fire Ember (9.52)
Quick Attack (7.52)
Body Slam (25.64)
Flamethrower (18.97)
Flame Charge(8.06)
Ninetails Fire Feint Attack (11.54)
Ember (9.52)
Fire Blast (24.39)
Heat Wave (21.05)
Flamethrower (18.97)
Jigglypuff Normal
Fairy
Pound (12.96)
Feint Attack (11.54)
Body Slam (25.64)
Play Rough (18.97)
Disarming Voice (6.41)
Wigglytuff Normal
Fairy
Pound (12.96)
Feint Attack (11.54)
Hyper Beam (24)
Play Rough (18.97)
Dazzling Gleam (13.1)
Zubat Poison
Flying
Bite (12)
Quick Attack (7.52)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Poison Fang (10.42)
Air Cutter (9.09)
Golbat Poison
Flying
Wing Attack (12)
Bite (12)
Poison Fang (10.42)
Ominous Wind (9.68)
Air Cutter (9.09)
Oddish Grass
Poison
Razor Leaf (10.34)
Acid (9.52)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Moonblast (20.73)
Seed Bomb (16.67)
Gloom Grass
Poison
Razor Leaf (10.34)
Acid (9.52)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Moonblast (20.73)
Petal Blizzard (20.31)
Vileplume Grass
Poison
Razor Leaf (10.34)
Acid (9.52)
Solar Beam (24.49)
Moonblast (20.73)
Petal Blizzard (20.31)
Paras Bug
Grass
Scratch (12)
Bug Bite (11.11)
Seed Bomb (16.67)
Cross Poison (16.67)
X Scissor (16.67)
Parasect Bug
Grass
Bug Bite (11.11)
Fury Cutter (7.5)
Solar Beam (24.49)
Cross Poison (16.67)
X Scissor (16.67)
Venonat Bug
Poison
Bug Bite (11.11)
Confusion (9.93)
Signal Beam (14.52)
Psybeam (10.53)
Poison Fang (10.42)
Venomoth Bug
Poison
Bug Bite (11.11)
Confusion (9.93)
Psychic (19.64)
Bug Buzz (17.65)
Poison Fang (10.42)
Diglett Ground Scratch (12)
Mud Slap (11.11)
Dig (12.07)
Mud Bomb (11.54)
Rock Tomb (8.82)
Dugtrio Ground Mud Slap (11.11)
Sucker Punch (10)
Stone Edge (25.81)
Earthquake (23.81)
Mud Bomb (11.54)
Meowth Normal Scratch (12)
Bite (12)
Body Slam (25.64)
Dark Pulse (12.86)
Night Slash (11.11)
Persian Normal Scratch (12)
Feint Attack (11.54)
Play Rough (18.97)
Power Gem (13.79)
Night Slash (11.11)
Psyduck Water Water Gun (12)
Zen Headbutt (11.43)
Cross Chop (30)
Aqua Tail (19.15)
Psybeam (10.53)
Golduck Water Water Gun (12)
Confusion (9.93)
Hydro Pump (23.68)
Psychic (19.64)
Ice Beam (17.81)
Mankey Fighting Scratch (12)
Karate Chop (7.5)
Cross Chop (30)
Brick Break (18.75)
Low Sweep (13.33)
Primape Fighting Low Kick (8.33)
Karate Chop (7.5)
Cross Chop (30)
Low Sweep (13.33)
Night Slash (11.11)
Growlithe Fire Bite (12)
Ember (9.52)
Body Slam (25.64)
Flamethrower (18.97)
Flame Wheel (8.7)
Arcanine Fire Bite (12)
Fire Fang (11.9)
Fire Blast (24.39)
Flamethrower (18.97)
Bulldoze (10.29)
Poliwag Water Mud Shot (10.91)
Bubble (10.87)
Body Slam (25.64)
Mud Bomb (11.54)
Bubble Beam (10.34)
Poliwhirl Water Mud Shot (10.91)
Bubble (10.87)
Scald (13.75)
Mud Bomb (11.54)
Bubble Beam (10.34)
Poliwrath Water
Fighting
Mud Shot (10.91)
Bubble (10.87)
Hydro Pump (23.68)
Submission (14.29)
Ice Punch (12.86)
Abra Psychic Zen Headbutt (11.43) Psyshock (14.81)
Shadow Ball (14.61)
Signal Beam (14.52)
Kadabra Psychic Psycho Cut (12.28)
Confusion (9.93)
Shadow Ball (14.61)
Dazzling Gleam (13.1)
Psybeam (10.53)
Alakazam Psychic Psycho Cut (12.28)
Confusion (9.93)
Psychic (19.64)
Shadow Ball (14.61)
Dazzling Gleam (13.1)
Machop Fighting Low Kick (8.33)
Karate Chop (7.5)
Cross Chop (30)
Brick Break (18.75)
Low Sweep (13.33)
Machoke Fighting Low Kick (8.33)
Karate Chop (7.5)
Cross Chop (30)
Brick Break (18.75)
Submission (14.29)
Machamp Fighting Bullet Punch (8.33)
Karate Chop (7.5)
Cross Chop (30)
Stone Edge (25.81)
Submission (14.29)
Bellsprout Grass
Poison
Vine Whip (10.77)
Acid (9.52)
Power Whip (25)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Wrap (6.25)
Weepinbell Grass
Poison
Razor Leaf (10.34)
Acid (9.52)
Power Whip (25)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Seed Bomb (16.67)
Victreebel Grass
Poison
Razor Leaf (10.34)
Acid (9.52)
Solar Beam (24.49)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Leaf Blade (19.64)
Tentacool Water
Poison
Bubble (10.87)
Poison Sting (10.43)
Water Pulse (10.61)
Bubble Beam (10.34)
Wrap (6.25)
Tentacruel Water
Poison
Poison Jab (11.43)
Acid (9.52)
Blizzard (25.64)
Hydro Pump (23.68)
Sludge Wave (20.59)
Geodude Rock
Ground
Tackle (10.91)
Rock Throw (8.82)
Rock Slide (15.63)
Dig (12.07)
Rock Tomb (8.82)
Graveler Rock
Ground
Mud Slap (11.11)
Rock Throw (8.82)
Stone Edge (25.81)
Rock Slide (15.63)
Dig (12.07)
Golem Rock
Ground
Mud Slap (11.11)
Rock Throw (8.82)
Stone Edge (25.81)
Earthquake (23.81)
Ancient Power (9.72)
Ponyta Fire Tackle (10.91)
Ember (9.52)
Fire Blast (24.39)
Flame Wheel (8.7)
Flame Charge (8.06)
Rapidash Fire Ember (9.52)
Low Kick (8.33)
Fire Blast (24.39)
Heat Wave (21.05)
Drill Run (14.71)
Slowpoke Water
Psychic
Water Gun (12)
Confusion (9.93)
Psychic (19.64)
Psyshock (14.81)
Water Pulse (10.61)
Slowbro Water
Psychic
Water Gun (12)
Confusion (9.93)
Psychic (19.64)
Ice Beam (17.81)
Water Pulse (10.61)
Magnemite Electric
Steel
Spark (10)
Thunder Shock (8.33)
Thunderbolt (20.37)
Discharge (14)
Magnet Bomb (10.71
Magneton Electric
Steel
Spark (10)
Thunder Shock (8.33)
Flash Cannon (15.38)
Discharge (14)
Magnet Bomb (10.71)
Farfetch'd Normal
Flying
Cut (10.62)
Fury Cutter (7.5)
Leaf Blade (19.64)
Aerial Ace (10.34)
Air Cutter (9.09)
Doduo Normal
Flying
Peck (8.7)
Quick Attack (7.52)
Drill Peck (14.81)
Aerial Ace (10.34)
Swift (10)
Dodrio Normal
Flying
Feint Attack (11.54)
Steel Wing (11.28)
Drill Peck (14.81)
Aerial Ace (10.34)
Air Cutter (9.09)
Seel Water Ice Shard (10.71)
Lick (10)
Aqua Tail (19.15)
Aqua Jet (10.64)
Icy Wind (6.58)
Dewgong Water
Ice
Frost Breath (11.11)
Ice Shard (10.71)
Blizzard (25.64)
Aqua Jet (10.64)
Icy Wind (6.58)
Grimer Poison Mud Slap (11.11)
Acid (9.52)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Sludge (11.54)
Mud Bomb (11.54)
Muk Poison Poison Jab (11.43)
Lick (10)
Sludge Wave (20.59)
Dark Pulse (12.86)
Sludge Bomb (11.54)
Shellder Water Tackle (10.91)
Ice Shard (10.71)
Water Pulse (10.61)
Bubble Beam (10.34)
Icy Wind (6.58)
Cloyster Water
Ice
Frost Breath (11.11)
Ice Shard (10.71)
Blizzard (25.64)
Hydro Pump (23.68)
Icy Wind (6.58)
Gastly Ghost
Poison
Lick (10)
Sucker Punch (10)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Dark Pulse (12.86)
Ominous Wind (9.68)
Haunter Ghost
Poison
Shadow Claw (11.58)
Lick (10)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Shadow Ball (14.61)
Dark Pulse (12.86)
Gengar Ghost
Poison
Shadow Claw (11.58)
Sucker Punch (10)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Shadow Ball (14.61)
Dark Pulse (12.86)
Onix Rock
Ground
Tackle (10.91)
Rock Throw (8.82)
Stone Edge (25.81)
Rock Slide (15.63)
Iron Head (15)
Drowzee Psychic Pound (12.96)
Confusion (9.93)
Psychic (19.64)
Psyshock (14.81)
Psybeam (10.53)
Hypno Psychic Zen Headbutt (11.43)
Confusion (9.93)
Psychic (19.64)
Psyshock (14.81)
Shadow Ball (14.61)
Krabby Water Mud Shot (10.91)
Bubble (10.87)
Vice Grip (11.9)
Water Pulse (10.61)
Bubble Beam (10.34)
Kingler Water Metal Claw (12.7)
Mud Shot (10.91)
X Scissor (16.67)
Vice Grip (11.9)
Water Pulse (10.61)
Voltorb Electric Tackle (10.91)
Spark (10)
Thunderbolt (20.37)
Signal Beam (14.52)
Discharge (14)
Electrode Electric Tackle (10.91)
Spark (10)
Hyper Beam (24)
Thunderbolt (20.37)
Discharge (14)
Exeggcute Grass
Psychic
Confusion (9.93) Psychic (19.64)
Seed Bomb (16.67)
Ancient Power (9.72)
Exeggutor Grass
Psychic
Zen Headbutt (11.43)
Confusion (9.93)
Solar Beam (24.49)
Psychic (19.64)
Seed Bomb (16.67)
Cubone Ground Mud Slap (11.11)
Rock Smash (10.64)
Bone Club (15.63)
Dig (12.07)
Bulldoze (10.29)
Marowak Ground Mud Slap (11.11)
Rock Smash (10.64)
Earthquake (23.81)
Bone Club (15.63)
Dig (12.07)
Hitmonlee Fighting Rock Smash (10.64)
Low Kick (8.33)
Stone Edge (25.81)
Brick Break (18.75)
Low Sweep (13.33)
Hitmonchan Fighting Rock Smash (10.64)
Bullet Punch (8.33)
Brick Break (18.75)
Thunder Punch (16.67)
Fire Punch (14.29)
Ice Punch (12.86)
Lickitung Normal Zen Headbutt (11.43)
Lick (10)
Power Whip (25)
Hyper Beam (24)
Stomp (14.29)
Koffing Poison Tackle (10.91) Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Dark Pulse (12.86)
Sludge (11.54)
Weezing Poison Tackle (10.91) Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Shadow Ball (14.61)
Dark Pulse (12.86)
Rhyhorn Ground
Rock
Mud Slap (11.11)
Rock Smash (10.64)
Stomp (14.29)
Horn Attack (11.36)
Bulldoze (10.29)
Rhydon Ground
Rock
Mud Slap (11.11)
Rock Smash (10.64)
Stone Edge (25.81)
Megahorn (25)
Earthquake (23.81)
Chansey Normal Pound (12.96)
Zen Headbutt (11.43)
Hyper Beam (24)
Psychic (19.64)
Dazzling Gleam (13.1)
Tangela Grass Vine Whip (10.77) Power Whip (25)
Solar Beam (24.49)
Sludge Bomb (21.15)
Kangaskhan Normal Mud Slap (11.11)
Low Kick (8.33)
Earthquake (23.81)
Brick Break (18.75)
Stomp (14.29)
Horsea Water Water Gun (12)
Bubble (10.87)
Dragon Pulse (10.08)
Flash Cannon (15.38)
Bubble Beam (10.34)
Seadra Water Water Gun (12)
Dragon Breath (12)
Blizzard (25.64)
Hydro Pump (23.68)
Dragon Pulse (18.06)
Goldeen Water Mud Shot (10.91)
Peck (8.7)
Aqua Tail (19.15)
Horn Attack (11.36)
Water Pulse (10.61)
Seaking Water Poison Jab (11.43)
Peck (8.7)
Megahorn (25)
Drill Run (14.71)
Icy Wind (6.58)
Staryu Water Water Gun (12)
Tackle (10.91)
Power Gem (13.79)
Bubble Beam (10.34)
Swift (10)
Starmie Water
Psychic
Water Gun (12)
Tackle (10.91)
Hydro Pump (23.69)
Psychic (19.64)
Power Gem (13.79)
Mr. Mime Psychic
Fairy
Zen Headbutt (11.43)
Confusion (9.93)
Psychic (19.64)
Shadow Ball (14.61)
Psybeam (10.53)
Scyther Bug
Flying
Steel Wing (11.28)
Fury Cutter (7.5)
Bug Buzz (17.65)
X Scissor (16.67)
Night Slash (11.11)
Jynx Ice
Psychic
Pound (12.96)
Frost Breath (11.11)
Psyshock (14.81)
Ice Punch (12.86)
Draining Kiss (8.93)
Electabuzz Electric Thunder Shock (8.33)
Low Kick (8.33)
Thunder (23.26)
Thunderbolt (20.37)
Thunder Punch (16.67)
Magmar Fire Ember (9.52)
Karate Chop (7.5)
Fire Blast (24.39)
Flamethrower (18.97)
Fire Punch (14.29)
Pinsir Bug Rock Smash (10.64)
Fury Cutter (7.5)
X Scissor (16.67)
Submission (14.29)
Vice Grip (11.9)
Tauros Normal Zen Headbutt (11.43)
Tackle (10.91)
Earthquake (23.81)
Iron Head (15)
Horn Attack (11.36)
Magikarp Water Splash (0) Struggle (8.85)
Gyarados Water
Flying
Bite (12) Hydro Pump (23.68)
Dragon Pulse (18.06)
Twister (9.26)
Lapras Water
Ice
Frost Breath (11.11)
Ice Shard (10.71)
Blizzard (25.64)
Dragon Pulse (18.06)
Ice Beam (17.81)
Ditto Normal Transform (N/A) Struggle (8.85)
Eevee Normal Tackle (10.91)
Quick Attack (7.52)
Body Slam (25.64)
Dig (12.07)
Swift (10)
Vaporeon Water Water Gun (12) Hydro Pump (23.68)
Aqua Tail (19.15)
Water Pulse (10.61
Jolteon Electric Thunder Shock (8.33) Thunder (23.26)
Thunderbolt (20.37)
Discharge (14)
Flareon Fire Ember (9.52 Fire Blast (24.39)
Heat Wave (21.05)
Flamethrower (18.97)
Porygon Normal Tackle (10.91)
Zen Headbutt (11.43)
Signal Beam (14.52)
Discharge (14)
Psybeam (10.53)
Omanyte Rock
Water
Water Gun (12)
Mud Shot (10.91)
Brine (10.42)
Ancient Power (9.72)
Rock Tomb (8.82)
Omastar Rock
Water
Water Gun (12)
Mud Shot (10.91)
Hydro Pump (23.68)
Rock Slide (15.63)
Ancient Power (9.72)
Kabuto Rock
Water
Scratch (12)
Mud Shot (10.91)
Aqua Jet (10.64)
Ancient Power (9.72)
Rock Tomb (8.82)
Kabutops Rock
Water
Mud Shot (10.91)
Fury Cutter (7.5)
Stone Edge (25.81)
Water Pulse (10.61)
Ancient Power (9.72)
Aerodactyl Rock
Flying
Bite (12)
Steel Wing (11.28)
Hyper Beam (24)
Iron Head (15)
Ancient Power (9.72)
Snorlax Normal Zen Headbutt (11.43)
Lick (10)
Body Slam (25.64)
Hyper Beam (24)
Earthquake (23.81)
Articuno Ice
Flying
Frost Breath Blizzard (25.64)
Ice Beam (17.81)
Icy Wind (6.58)
Zapdos Electric Thunder Shock (8.33) Thunder (23.26)
Thunderbolt (20.37)
Discharge (14)
Moltres Fire Ember (9.52) Fire Blast (24.39)
Heat Wave (21.05)
Flamethrower (18.97)
Dratini Dragon Dragon Breath (12) Aqua Tail (19.15)
Twister (9.26)
Wrap (6.25)
Dragonair Dragon Dragon Breath (12) Dragon Pulse (18.06)
Aqua Tail (19.15)
Wrap (6.25)
Dragonite Dragon
Flying
Dragon Breath (12)
Steel Wing (11.28)
Hyper Beam (24)
Dragon Claw (23.33)
Dragon Pulse (18.06)
Mewtwo Psychic Psycho Cut (12.28)
Confusion (9.93)
Hyper Beam (24)
Psychic (19.64)
Shadow Ball (14.61)
Mew Psychic Pound (12.96) Hurricane (25)
Solar Beam (24.49)
Fire Blast (24.39)
Hyper Beam (24)
Earthquake (23.81)
Thunder (23.26)
Moonblast (20.73)
Psychic (19.64)
Dragon Pulse (18.06)
Pichu Electric Thunder Shock (8.33)
Quick Attack (7.52)
Thunderbolt (20.37)
Thunder Punch (16.67)
Disarming Voice (6.41)
Cleffa Fairy Pound (12.96)
Zen Headbutt (11.43)
Psychic (19.64)
Signal Beam (14.52)
Igglybuff Normal
Fairy
Pound (12.96)
Feint Attack (11.54)
Body Slam (25.64)
Psychic (19.64)
Shadow Ball (14.61)
Togepi Fairy Zen Headbutt (11.43)
Peck (8.7)
Psyshock (14.81)
Dazzling Gleam (13.1)
Ancient Power (9.72)
Togetic Fairy
Flying
Zen Headbutt (11.43)
Steel Wing (11.28)

Dazzling Gleam (13.1)
Aerial Ace (10.34)
Ancient Power (9.72)
Smoochum Ice
Psychic
Pound (12.96)
Frost Breath (11.11)
Ice Beam (17.81)
Psyshock (14.81)
Ice Punch (12.86)
Elekid Electric Thunder Shock (8.33)
Low Kick (8.33)
hunderbolt (20.37)
Thunder Punch (16.67)
Discharge (14)
Magby Fire Ember (9.52)
Karate Chop (7.5)
Flamethrower (18.97)
Brick Break (18.75)
Fire Punch (14.29)

Pokémon Go best moves - Fast Attacks

Fast Attacks in Pokémon Go revolve around two key factors: the damage dealt per second (DPS) and the amount of Energy generated from each attack.

That's largely because the main factor which determines how often you can use the move is the amount of time it takes for the attack animation to complete. Fast Attacks don't have any other resources which govern their use, so it's simply a case of finding out how many seconds it takes to complete the attack before you can immediately use it again. With that in mind, the DPS is how we've ranked this list.

The other factor worth noting in assessing the strength of Fast Attacks is the Energy generated. Because the more powerful Special Attacks rely on energy to be used, and as such you'll want to balance your Fast Attacks' damage with generating as much energy as possible, depending on how often you want to use your Special Attack. Since the most recent patch however, you'll essentially want to use Special Attacks as often as possible, so it's well worth keeping an eye on the Energy column as you way up your options here.

Below are the top 20 Fast Attacks in Pokémon Go:

RankMoveTypeDamage-Per-SecondAnimation Time (seconds)PowerEnergy Granted
1 Pound Normal 12.96 0.54 7 7
2 Metal Claw Steel 12.7 0.63 8 7
3 Psycho Cut Psychic 12.28 0.57 7 7
4 Scratch Normal 12 0.5 6 7
5 Water Gun Water 12 0.5 6 7
6 Wing Attack Flying 12 0.75 9 7
7 Bite Dark 12 0.5 6 7
8 Dragon Breath Dragon 12 0.5 6 7
9 Fire Fang Fire 11.9 0.84 10 8
10 Shadow Claw Ghost 11.58 0.95 11 8
11 Feint Attack 11.54 Dark 1.04 11.54 10
12 Poison Jab Poison 11.43 1.05 12 10
13 Zen Headbutt Psychic 11.43 1.05 12 9
14 Steel Wing Steel 11.28 1.33 15 12
15 Frost Breath Ice 11.11 0.81 9 7
16 Bug Bite Bug 11.11 0.45 5 7
17 Mud Slap Ground 11.11 1.35 15 12
18 Tackle Normal 10.91 1.1 12 10
19 Mud Shot Ground 10.91 0.55 6 7
20 Bubble Water 10.87 2.3 25 25

Pokémon Go best moves - Special Attacks

Deciding on the strongest, most efficient Special Attacks in Pokémon Go is no easy feat. Whilst DPS plays a part - and we've kept that as our means of ranking them for now - it's less central to a Special Attack's effectiveness as it is for Fast Attacks.

That's because Special Attacks aren't really governed by how quickly you can start the next attack animation, but by how much Energy they cost, and how quickly you can charge that energy up.

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Magikarp has some cracking moves.

As you look at your Pokémon's Special Attacks, you'll see that sometimes the blue Energy bar is a single, long strip, and sometimes it's split into several smaller bars. The full length of that meter is always 100 Energy, but the smaller bars mean that, for that particular move, you can use it whenever a single one of those smaller bars are filled. Hyper Beam, for example, has one long bar, meaning it costs 100 Energy to use. Body Slam, meanwhile, has two smaller bars half the length of the full one, meaning it costs 50 Energy to use.

Body Slam and Hyper Beam also serve as a good example for showing why both DPS and Energy Cost play integral parts in ranking moves. Body Slam, for instance, has a marginally higher DPS than Hyper Beam, however for each 100 Energy you can use just two Body Slams - at 40 Power - for every one Hyper Beam - at 120 Power - meaning you'll do a total of 80 Power with Body Slam for every 120 that you do with Hyper Beam. In that case then, Hyper Beam is the more optimal move despite it's lower ranking for DPS.

Then again, DPS still affects things, because if Hyper Beam were even slower than it already is - in terms of literal seconds to finish the attack animation - then an excessively low DPS would drop it down below Body Slam in the pecking order, again. It basically depends on whether you could make up that extra 40 Power between two Body Slams and one Hyper Beam, with the extra Fast Attacks you'd be able to use in the additional time you'd have from not charging your extra slow Hyper Beam.

With that in mind, the balancing of overall Power, DPS, Animation Time and Energy Cost is an important skill in deciding the best Special Attack for your Pokémon. We've included a "Damage-Per-100 Energy" column in the table below, so that you can compare those factors a little more easily yourselves, and save the effort of working it out for each move comparison like the Hyper Beam example above.

If all this still hasn't put you off and your thirst for never ending Pokémon depth has yet to be quenched, then Redditor Professor_Kukui has compiled a highly detailed, if intimidating, spreadsheet ranking the exact efficiency of all Pokémon and their relative movesets, including some other extra factors not featured here.

Below are the top 20 Special Attacks in Pokémon Go:

RankMoveTypeDamage-Per-SecondAnimation Time (seconds)PowerEnergy RequiredDamage-Per-100 Energy
1Cross ChopFighting3026010060
2Stone EdgeRock25.813.18010080
3BlizzardIce25.64100100100
4Body SlamNormal25.641.56405080
5Power WhipGrass252.87010070
6HurricaneFlying253.28010080
7MegahornBug253.28010080
8Solar BeamGrass24.494.9120100120
9Fire BlastFire24.394.1100100100
10Hyper BeamNormal245120100120
11EarthquakeGround23.814.2100100100
12Hydro PumpWater23.683.89010090
13Dragon ClawDragon23.331.5355070
14ThunderElectric23.264.3100100100
15Gunk ShotPoison21.6736510065
16Sludge BombPoison21.152.65550110
17Heat WaveFire21.053.88010080
18MoonblastFairy20.734.18510085
19Sludge WavePoison20.593.47010070
20ThunderboltElectric20.372.75550110
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Other factors to bear in mind when choosing the best Pokémon Go moves

  • Same type attack bonus, or STAB, is an important factor in deciding a move's strength. A move's power is multiplied by 1.25 - so a 100 Power move is instead 125 Power - when the Pokémon using it is the same type as the move, so it's well worth adding that to your thoughts on how to kit out your squad. We also have a full Pokémon Go Type Chart for your ease of use, alongside details on how to catch Pokémon according to their Type locations, too.
  • Your Pokémon's Attack stat does of course modify the strength of a move by a considerable amount, so it's worth checking out our list of the best, most powerful Pokémon in Pokémon Go where we rank them according to Attack, Defense, and a combination of all stats if you're building a team from scratch. The exact formula for how Attack affects the damage dealt is still unknown at this point, however.
  • Some moves are better for defending Gyms than attacking, as Gym defense is automated. The AI will automatically use a Fast Attack every two seconds when defending, and no faster, whilst it will use Special Attacks as soon as they're available, regardless of their strength. That means the likes of Bubble - which has a fairly average DPS thanks to it's slow Animation Time - is a very strong move when defending, as all moves' Animation Times are effectively brought up to 2 when defending anyway.
  • Some Special Attacks have such a low DPS that it's actually not even worth using them compared to your Pokémon's Fast Attacks. Icy Wind, for example, has a measly 6.58 DPS, meaning that you'll actually do better chipping away with your Articuno's Frost Breath than you would be using it's Special. That controversial, free Articuno handed out and then revoked recently is an example of that rather unfortunate moveset in action.

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