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 by highest Attack stat in Pokémon Go
Best Pokémon by highest Defense stat in Pokémon Go
Best Pokémon by highest HP or Stamina in Pokémon Go
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.
***There's a suggestion that Lapras and its overall CP has been nerfed with the addition of Gen 2 Pokémon. We've left it as it stands in the rankings for now, but will update when and if this is confirmed!
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's Gen 2 update? Our list of new Gen 2 Johto Pokémon can teach you where to find each one, what you need to know about new Pokémon Go Berries, Special Items to evolve Pokémon such as King's Rock, Sun Stone, Up-Grade, Dragon Scale and Metal Coat, and how to get Eevee evolutions Umbreon, Espeon, and updated Egg distances and best Pokémon charts, as well as other Pokémon Go tips, tricks, cheats and guides.
What do these 'best Pokémon' lists tell us?
- We know that Legendary Pokemon Mewtwo, Mew, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres, plus their second Generation legendary counterparts - whenever they appear - are some of the most powerful in the game, and are worth capturing if we ever get the chance.
- Right now, Tyranitar is the new most powerful overall Pokémon in Pokémon Go, so get catching those Larvitar.
- Out of the starter Pokémon in overall stats, from high to low, they rank Charizard, Venusaur and then Blastoise, with the Gen II starters ranking as Typhlosion, Feraligatr, and then Meganium. However, note that these change when looked at in order of strength in specific areas like Attack or Stamina.
- Not every Pokémon 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, and you should bear that in mind when building your squad for attacking or defending Gyms.