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

How to find out the best, most powerful Gen 1 and 2 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 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.

What's more, there's been a huge update with the coming of Gen 2. We've ensured all of those changes are included below so, with everything now up to date, let's dive in!

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, plus the work from the Silph Road community. The DPS for each move is also included (in brackets), 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)
Vine Whip (11.67)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Seed Bomb (26.19)
Power Whip (34.62)
Ivysaur Grass Razor Leaf (13)
Vine Whip (11.67)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Solar Beam (36.73)
Power Whip (34.62)
Venusaur Grass Razor Leaf (13)
Vine Whip (11.67)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Solar Beam (36.73)
Petal Blizzard (42.31)
Charmander Fire Ember (10)
Scratch (12)
Flame Burst (26.92)
Flamethrower (31.82)
Flame Charge (18.42)
Charmeleon Fire Ember (10)
Fire Fang (12.22)
Flame Burst (26.92)
Flamethrower (31.82)
Fire Punch (25)
Charizard Fire Fire Spin (12.73)
Air Slash (11.67)
Fire Blast (33.33)
Dragon Claw (29.41)
Overheat (40)
Squirtle Water Tackle (10)
Bubble (10)
Aqua Jet (17.31)
Aqual Tail (26.32)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Wartortle Water Bite (12)
Water Gun (10)
Aqua Jet (17.31)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Ice Beam (27.27)
Blastoise Water Bite (12)
Water Gun (10)
Ice Beam (27.27)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Flash Cannon (37.84)
Caterpie Bug Tackle (10)
Bug Bite (10)
Struggle (15.91)
Metapod Bug Tackle (10)
Bug Bite (10)
Struggle (15.91)
Butterfree Bug
Flying
Struggle Bug (10)
Confusion (12.5)
Psychic (35.71)
Bug Buzz (24.32)
Signal Beam (25.86)
Weedle Bug Bug Bite (10)
Poison Sting (8.33)
Struggle (15.91)
Kakuna Bug Bug Bite (10)
Poison Sting (8.33)
Struggle (15.91)
Beedrill Bug
Poison
Infestation (9.09)
Poison Jab (12.5)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
X-Scissor
Pidgey Normal
Flying
Tackle (10)
Quick Attack (10)
Twister (16.07)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Air Cutter (22.22)
Pidgeotto Normal
Flying
Wing Attack (10)
Steel Wing (13.75)
Twister (16.07)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Air Cutter (22.22)
Pidgeot Normal
Flying
Air Slash (11.67)
Steel Wing (13.75)
Hurricane (40.74)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Brave Bird (45)
Rattata Normal Tackle (10)
Quick Attack (10)
Dig (21.28)
Hyper Fang (32)
Body Slam (26.32)
Raticate Normal Bite (12)
Quick Attack (10)
Dig (21.28)
Hyper Fang (32)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Spearow Normal
Flying
Quick Attack (10)
Peck (10)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Drill Peck (26.09)
(6.67)
Sky Attack (35)
Fearow Normal
Flying
Steel Wing (13.75)
Peck (10)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Drill Run (28.57)
Sky Attack (35)
Ekans Poison Acid (11.25)
Poison Sting (8.33)
Wrap (20.69)
Poison Fang (20.59)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Arbok Poison Acid (11.25)
Bite (12)
Dark Pulse (26.67)
Sludge Wave (34.38)
Gunk Shot (41.94)
Pikachu Electric Thunder Shock (8.33)
Quick Attack (10)
Discharge (26)
Thunderbolt (32)
Wild Charge (34.62)
Raichu Electric Volt Switch (8.7)
Spark (8.57)
Brick Break (25)
Thunder Punch (25)
Wild Charge (34.62)
Sandshrew Ground Scratch (12)
Mud Shot (8.33)
Dig (21.28)
Rock Slide (29.63)
Sand Tomb (20)
Sandslash Ground Metal Claw (11.43)
Mud Shot (8.33)
Rock Tomb (21.88)
Bulldoze (22.86)
Earthquake (33.33)
Nidoran♀ Poison Poison Sting (8.33)
Bite (12)
Poison Fang (20.59)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Body Slam (26.32)
Nidorina Poison Poison Sting (8.33)
Bite (12)
Poison Fang (20.59)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Dig (21.28)
Nidoqueen Poison
Ground
Poison Jab (12.5)
Bite (12)
Stone Edge (43.48)
Sludge Wave (34.38)
Earthquake (33.33)
Nidoran♂ Poison Poison Sting (8.33)
Peck (10)
Horn Attack (21.62)
Body Slam (26.32)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Nidorino Poison Poison Jab (12.5)
Bite (12)
Horn Attack (21.62)
Dig (21.28)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Nidoking Poison
Ground
Poison Jab (12.5)
Iron Tail (13.64)
Megahorn (40.91)
Earthquake (33.33)
Sludge Wave (34.38)
Clefairy Fairy Pound (11.67)
Zen Headbutt (10.91)
Body Slam (26.32)
Disarming Voice (17.95)
Moonblast (33.33)
Clefable Fairy Charge Beam (7.27)
Zen Headbutt (10.91)
Psychic (35.71)
Dazzling Gleam (28.57)
Moonblast (33.33)
Vulpix Fire Quick Attack (10)
Ember (10)
Body Slam (26.32)
Flamethrower (31.82)
Flame Charge (18.42)
Ninetales Fire Feint Attack (11.11)
Fire Spin (12.73)
Heat Wave (31.67)
Overhead Solar Beam (36.73)
Jigglypuff Normal
Fairy
Feint Attack (11.11)
Pound (11.67)
Disarming Voice (17.95)
Gyro Ball (24.24)
Dazzling Gleam (28.57)
Wigglytuff Normal
Fairy
Feint Attack (11.11)
Pound (11.67)
Dazzling Gleam (28.57)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Play Rough (31.03)
Zubat Poison
Flying
Bite (12)
Quick Attack (10)
Poison Fang (20.59)
Air Cutter (22.22)
Swift (21.43)
Golbat Poison
Flying
Bite (12)
Wing Attack (10)
Shadow Ball (33.33)
Air Cutter (22.22)
Poison Fang (20.59)
Oddish Grass
Poison
Razor Leaf (13)
Acid (11.25)
Moonblast (33.33)
Seed Bomb (26.19)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Gloom Grass
Poison
Razor Leaf (13)
Acid (11.25)
Moonblast (33.33)
Petal Blizzard (42.31)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Vileplume Grass
Poison
Razor Leaf (13)
Acid (11.25)
Moonblast (33.33)
Petal Blizzard (42.31)
Solar Beam (36.73)
Paras Bug
Grass
Scratch (12)
Bug Bite (10)
Seed Bomb (26.19)
X-Scissor Cross Poison (26.67)
Parasect Bug
Grass
Strugle Bug Fury Cutter (7.5)
Solar Beam (36.73)
X-Scissor Cross Poison (26.67)
Venonat Bug
Poison
Bug Bite (10)
Confusion (12.5)
Poison Fang (20.59)
Psybeam (21.88)
Signal Beam (25.86)
Venomoth Bug
Poison
Infestation (9.09)
Confusion (12.5)
Silver Wind (18.92)
Psychic (35.71)
Bug Buzz (24.32)
Diglett Ground Scratch (12)
Mud Slap (10.91)
Rock Tomb (21.88)
Dig (21.28)
Mud Bomb (23.91)
Dugtrio Ground Sucker Punch (10)
Mud Slap (10.91)
Stone Edge (43.48)
Earthquake (33.33)
Mud Bomb (23.91)
Meowth Normal Scratch (12)
Bite (12)
Night Slash (22.73)
Dark Pulse (26.67)
Foul Play (35)
Persian Normal Scratch (12)
Feint Attack (11.11)
Foul Play (35)
Power Gem (27.59)
Play Rough (31.03)
Psyduck Water Zen Headbutt (10.91)
Water Gun (10)
Aqual Tail (26.32)
Cross Chop (33.33)
Psybeam (21.88)
Golduck Water Confusion (12.5)
Water Gun (10)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Ice Beam (27.27)
Psychic (35.71)
Mankey Fighting Karate Chop (10)
Scratch (12)
Cross Chop (33.33)
Low Sweep (21.05)
Brick Break (25)
Primeape Fighting Low Kick (10)
Counter (13.33)
Close Combat (43.48)
Low Sweep (21.05)
Night Slash (22.73)
Growlithe Fire Ember (10)
Bite (12)
Flame Wheel (22.22)
Body Slam (26.32)
Flamethrower (31.82)
Arcanine Fire Fire Fang (12.22)
Snarl (11.91)
Fire Blast (33.33)
Wild Charge (34.62)
Crunch (21.88)
Poliwag Water Bubble (10)
Mud Shot (8.33)
Bubble Beam (23.68)
Mud Bomb (23.91)
Body Slam (26.32)
Poliwhirl Water Bubble (10)
Mud Shot (8.33)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Mud Bomb (23.91)
Bubble Beam (23.68)
Poliwrath Water
Fighting
Bubble (10)
Rock Smash (11.54)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Dynamic Punch (33.33)
Ice Punch (26.32)
Abra Psychic Zen Headbutt (10.91)
Charge Beam (7.27)
Shadow Ball (33.33)
Signal Beam (25.86)
Psyshock (24.07)
Kadabra Psychic Confusion (12.5)
Psycho Cut (8.33)
Shadow Ball (33.33)
Dazzling Gleam (28.57)
Psybeam (21.88)
Alakazam Psychic Confusion (12.5)
Psycho Cut (8.33)
Future Sight (44.44)
Focus Blast (40)
Shadow Ball (33.33)
Machop Fighting Rock Smash (11.54)
Karate Chop (10)
Low Sweep (21.05)
Brick Break (25)
Cross Chop (33.33)
Machoke Fighting Low Kick (10)
Karate Chop (10)
Submission (27.27)
Brick Break (25)
Dynamic Punch (33.33)
Machamp Fighting Bullet Punch (10)
Counter (13.33)
Heavy Slam (33.33)
Dynamic Punch (33.33)
Close Combat (43.48)
Bellsprout Grass
Poison
Vine Whip (11.67)
Acid (11.25)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Power Whip (34.62)
Wrap (20.69)
Weepinbell Grass
Poison
Bullet Seed (5.16)
Acid (11.25)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Power Whip (34.62)
Seed Bomb (26.19)
Victreebel Grass
Poison
Razor Leaf (13)
Acid (11.25)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Leaf Blade (29.17)
Solar Beam (36.73)
Tentacool Water
Poison
Bubble (10)
Poison Sting (8.33)
Bubble Beam (23.68)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Wrap (20.69)
Tentacruel Water
Poison
Acid (11.25)
Poison Jab (12.5)
Blizzard (41.94)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Sludge Wave (34.38)
Geodude Rock
Ground
Rock Throw (13.33)
Tackle (10)
Rock Slide (29.63)
Rock Tomb (21.88)
Dig (21.28)
Graveler Rock
Ground
Rock Throw (13.33)
Mud Slap (10.91)
Dig (21.28)
Stone Edge (43.48)
Rock Blast (23.81)
Golem Rock
Ground
Rock Throw (13.33)
Mud Slap (10.91)
Stone Edge (43.48)
Rock Blast (23.81)
Earthquake (33.33)
Ponyta Fire Tackle (10)
Ember (10)
Flame Charge (18.42)
Flame Wheel (22.22)
Stomp (32.35)
Rapidash Fire Low Kick (10)
Fire Spin (12.73)
Fire Blast (33.33)
Drill Run (28.57)
Heat Wave (31.67)
Slowpoke Water
Psychic
Water Gun (10)
Confusion (12.5)
Psychic (35.71)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Psyshock (24.07)
Slowbro Water
Psychic
Water Gun (10)
Confusion (12.5)
Psychic (35.71)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Ice Beam (27.27)
Magnemite Electric
Steel
Spark (8.57)
Thunder Shock (8.33)
Discharge (26)
Magnet Bomb (25)
Thunderbolt (32)
Magneton Electric
Steel
Spark (8.57)
Charge Beam (7.27)
Zap Cannon (37.84)
Magnet Bomb (25)
Flash Cannon (37.84)
Farfetch'd Normal
Flying
Air Slash (11.67)
Fury Cutter (7.5)
Air Cutter (22.22)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Leaf Blade (29.17)
Doduo Normal
Flying
Peck (10)
Quick Attack (10)
Drill Peck (26.09)
(6.67)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Brave Bird (45)
Dodrio Normal
Flying
Steel Wing (13.75)
Feint Attack (11.11)
Drill Peck (26.09)
(6.67)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Brave Bird (45)
Seel Water Ice Shard (10)
Lick (10)
Aurora Beam (22.54)
Icy Wind (18.18)
Aqual Tail (26.32)
Dewgong Water
Ice
Frost Breath (11.11)
Iron Tail (13.64)
Aurora Beam (22.54)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Blizzard (41.94)
Grimer Poison Poison Jab (12.5)
Mud Slap (10.91)
Sludge (23.81)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Mud Bomb (23.91)
Muk Poison Infestation (9.09)
Poison Jab (12.5)
Sludge Wave (34.38)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Dark Pulse (26.67)
Shellder Water Ice Shard (10)
Tackle (10)
Icy Wind (18.18)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Bubble Beam (23.68)
Cloyster Water
Ice
Ice Shard (10)
Frost Breath (11.11)
Aurora Beam (22.54)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Avalanche (33.33)
Gastly Ghost
Poison
Lick (10)
Astonish (7.27)
Night Shade (23.08)
Dark Pulse (26.67)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Haunter Ghost
Poison
Shadow Claw (12.86)
Astonish (7.27)
Shadow Punch (23.53)
Dark Pulse (26.67)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Gengar Ghost
Poison
Sucker Punch (10)
Hex (8.33)
Shadow Ball (33.33)
Focus Blast (40)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Onix Rock
Ground
Rock Throw (13.33)
Tackle (10)
Sand Tomb (20)
Stone Edge (43.48)
Heavy Slam (33.33)
Drowzee Psychic Pound (11.67)
Confusion (12.5)
Psybeam (21.88)
Psyshock (24.07)
Psychic (35.71)
Hypno Psychic Zen Headbutt (10.91)
Confusion (12.5)
Future Sight (44.44)
Psychic (35.71)
Focus Blast (40)
Krabby Water Bubble (10)
Mud Shot (8.33)
Vice Grip (18.42)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Bubble Beam (23.68)
Kingler Water Bubble (10)
Metal Claw (11.43)
Vice Grip (18.42)
Water Pulse (21.88)
X-Scissor
Voltorb Electric Spark (8.57)
Tackle (10)
Discharge (26)
Thunderbolt (32)
Gyro Ball (24.24)
Electrode Electric Spark (8.57)
Volt Switch (8.7)
Discharge (26)
Thunderbolt (32)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Exeggcute Grass
Psychic
Confusion (12.5)
Bullet Seed (5.16)
Psychic (35.71)
Seed Bomb (26.19)
Ancient Power (20)
Exeggutor Grass
Psychic
Bullet Seed (5.16)
Extrasensory (10.91)
Psychic (35.71)
Seed Bomb (26.19)
Solar Beam (36.73)
Cubone Ground Rock Smash (11.54)
Mud Slap (10.91)
Bone Club (25)
Dig (21.28)
Bulldoze (22.86)
Marowak Ground Rock Smash (11.54)
Mud Slap (10.91)
Bone Club (25)
Dig (21.28)
Earthquake (33.33)
Hitmonlee Fighting Low Kick (10)
Rock Smash (11.54)
Close Combat (43.48)
Low Sweep (21.05)
Stone Edge (43.48)
Hitmonchan Fighting Bullet Punch (10)
Counter (13.33)
Fire Punch (25)
Ice Punch (26.32)
Thunder Punch (25)
Close Combat (43.48)
Lickitung Normal Lick (10)
Zen Headbutt (10.91)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Stomp (32.35)
Power Whip (34.62)
Koffing Poison Tackle (10)
Infestation (9.09)
Dark Pulse (26.67)
Sludge (23.81)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Weezing Poison Tackle (10)
Infestation (9.09)
Dark Pulse (26.67)
Shadow Ball (33.33)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Rhyhorn Ground
Rock
Rock Smash (11.54)
Mud Slap (10.91)
Bulldoze (22.86)
Stomp (32.35)
Horn Attack (21.62)
Rhydon Ground
Rock
Rock Smash (11.54)
Mud Slap (10.91)
Earthquake (33.33)
Stone Edge (43.48)
Megahorn (40.91)
Chansey Normal Pound (11.67)
Zen Headbutt (10.91)
Dazzling Gleam (28.57)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Psychic (35.71)
Tangela Grass Vine Whip (11.67)
Infestation (9.09)
Grass Knot (34.62)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Solar Beam (36.73)
Kangaskhan Normal Low Kick (10)
Mud Slap (10.91)
Crunch (21.88)
Earthquake (33.33)
Outrage (28.21)
Horsea Water Water Gun (10)
Bubble (10)
Bubble Beam (23.68)
Dragon Pulse (25)
Flash Cannon (37.84)
Seadra Water Water Gun (10)
Dragon Breath (12)
Aurora Beam (22.54)
Dragon Pulse (25)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Goldeen Water Mud Shot (8.33)
Peck (10)
Aqual Tail (26.32)
Horn Attack (21.62)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Seaking Water Poison Jab (12.5)
Peck (10)
Ice Beam (27.27)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Megahorn (40.91)
Staryu Water Water Gun (10)
Tackle (10)
Bubble Beam (23.68)
Power Gem (27.59)
Swift (21.43)
Starmie Water Psychic Hidden Power (10)
Water Gun (10)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Power Gem (27.59)
Psychic (35.71)
Mr. Mime Psychic
Fairy
Confusion (12.5)
Zen Headbutt (10.91)
Shadow Ball (33.33)
Psybeam (21.88)
Psychic (35.71)
Scyther Bug
Flying
Fury Cutter (7.5)
Air Slash (11.67)
Night Slash (22.73)
X-Scissor Aerial Ace (22.92)
Jynx Ice
Psychic
Frost Breath (11.11)
Confusion (12.5)
Draining Kiss (23.08)
Avalanche (33.33)
Psyshock (24.07)
Electabuzz Electric Low Kick (10)
Thunder Shock (8.33)
Thunderbolt (32)
Thunder (41.67)
Thunder Punch (25)
Magmar Fire Karate Chop (10)
Ember (10)
Fire Blast (33.33)
Flamethrower (31.82)
Fire Punch (25)
Pinsir Bug Rock Smash (11.54)
Bug Bite (10)
Vice Grip (18.42)
X-Scissor Close Combat (43.48)
Tauros Normal Tackle (10)
Zen Headbutt (10.91)
Earthquake (33.33)
Iron Head (31.58)
Horn Attack (21.62)
Magikarp Water Splash (0)
Struggle (15.91)
Gyarados Water
Flying
Bite (12)
Dragon Tail (13.64)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Crunch (21.88)
Outrage (28.21)
Lapras Water
Ice
Frost Breath (11.11)
Water Gun (10)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Ice Beam (27.27)
Blizzard (41.94)
Ditto Normal Transform (0)
Struggle (15.91)
Eevee Normal Tackle (10)
Quick Attack (10)
Dig (21.28)
Swift (21.43)
Vaporeon Water Water Gun (10)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Aqual Tail (26.32)
Jolteon Electric Thunder Shock (8.33)
Volt Switch (8.7)
Thunderbolt (32)
Discharge (26)
Thunder (41.67)
Flareon Fire Ember (10)
Fire Spin (12.73)
Fire Blast (33.33)
Flamethrower (31.82)
Overheat (40)
Porygon Normal Charge Beam (7.27)
Hidden Power (10)
Solar Beam (36.73)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Zap Cannon (37.84)
Omanyte Rock
Water
Water Gun (10)
Mud Shot (8.33)
Ancient Power (20)
Bubble Beam (23.68)
Rock Blast (23.81)
Omastar Rock
Water
Water Gun (10)
Mud Shot (8.33)
Ancient Power (20)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Rock Blast (23.81)
Kabuto Rock
Water
Scratch (12)
Mud Shot (8.33)
Aqua Jet (17.31)
Rock Tomb (21.88)
Ancient Power (20)
Kabutops Rock
Water
Rock Smash (11.54)
Mud Shot (8.33)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Stone Edge (43.48)
Ancient Power (20)
Aerodactyl Rock
Flying
Bite (12)
Steel Wing (13.75)
Iron Head (31.58)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Ancient Power (20)
Snorlax Normal Lick (10)
Zen Headbutt (10.91)
Heavy Slam (33.33)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Earthquake (33.33)
Articuno Ice
Flying
Frost Breath (11.11)
Ice Beam (27.27)
Icy Wind (18.18)
Blizzard (41.94)
Zapdos Electric Charge Beam (7.27)
Zap Cannon (37.84)
Thunderbolt (32)
Thunder (41.67)
Moltres Fire Fire Spin (12.73)
Fire Blast (33.33)
Heat Wave (31.67)
Overheat (40)
Dratini Dragon Dragon Breath (12)
Iron Tail (13.64)
Wrap (20.69)
Twister (16.07)
Aqual Tail (26.32)
Dragonair Dragon Dragon Breath (12)
Iron Tail (13.64)
Wrap (20.69)
Aqual Tail (26.32)
Dragon Pulse (25)
Dragonite Dragon
Flying
Dragon Tail (13.64)
Steel Wing (13.75)
Hurricane (40.74)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Outrage (28.21)
Mewtwo Psychic Confusion (12.5)
Psycho Cut (8.33)
Psychic (35.71)
Shadow Ball (33.33)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Focus Blast (40)
Mew Psychic Pound (11.67)
Blizzard (41.94)
Earthquake (33.33)
Focus Blast (40)
Thunder (41.67)
Fire Blast (33.33)
Solar Beam (36.73)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Chikorita Grass Vine Whip (11.67)
Tackle (10)
Energy Ball (23.08)
Grass Knot (34.62)
Body Slam (26.32)
Bayleef Grass Razor Leaf (13)
Tackle (10)
Energy Ball (23.08)
Grass Knot (34.62)
Ancient Power (20)
Meganium Grass Razor Leaf (13)
Vine Whip (11.67)
Petal Blizzard (42.31)
Solar Beam (36.73)
Earthquake (33.33)
Cyndaquil Fire Ember (10)
Tackle (10)
Flame Charge (18.42)
Swift (21.43)
Flamethrower (31.82)
Quilava Fire Ember (10)
Tackle (10)
Flame Charge (18.42)
Dig (21.28)
Flamethrower (31.82)
Typhlosion Fire Ember (10)
Shadow Claw (12.86)
Fire Blast (33.33)
Overheat (40)
Solar Beam (36.73)
Totodile Water Water Gun (10)
Scratch (12)
Crunch (21.88)
Aqua Jet (17.31)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Croconaw Water Water Gun (10)
Scratch (12)
Crunch (21.88)
Ice Punch (26.32)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Feraligatr Water Water Gun (10)
Bite (12)
Crunch (21.88)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Ice Beam (27.27)
Sentret Normal Scratch (12)
Quick Attack (10)
Dig (21.28)
Brick Break (25)
Grass Knot (34.62)
Furret Normal Quick Attack (10)
Sucker Punch (10)
Dig (21.28)
Brick Break (25)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Hoothoot Normal
Flying
Feint Attack (11.11)
Peck (10)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Sky Attack (35)
Night Shade (23.08)
Noctowl Normal
Flying
Wing Attack (10)
Extrasensory (10.91)
Psychic (35.71)
Sky Attack (35)
Night Shade (23.08)
Ledyba Bug
Flying
Tackle (10)
Bug Bite (10)
Silver Wind (18.92)
Swift (21.43)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Ledian Bug
Flying
Struggle Bug (10)
Bug Bite (10)
Bug Buzz (24.32)
Silver Wind (18.92)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Spinarak Bug
Poison
Poison Sting (8.33)
Bug Bite (10)
Night Slash (22.73)
Signal Beam (25.86)
Cross Poison (26.67)
Ariados Bug
Poison
Poison Sting (8.33)
Infestation (9.09)
Shadow Sneak (17.24)
Megahorn (40.91)
Cross Poison (26.67)
Crobat Poison
Flying
Air Slash (11.67)
Bite (12)
Shadow Ball (33.33)
Air Cutter (22.22)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Chinchou Water
Electric
Bubble (10)
Spark (8.57)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Thunderbolt (32)
Bubble Beam (23.68)
Lanturn Water
Electric
Water Gun (10)
Charge Beam (7.27)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Thunderbolt (32)
Thunder (41.67)
Pichu Electric Thunder Shock (8.33)
Thunderbolt (32)
Disarming Voice (17.95)
Thunder Punch (25)
Cleffa Fairy Pound (11.67)
Zen Headbutt (10.91)
Grass Knot (34.62)
Psyshock (24.07)
Signal Beam (25.86)
Igglybuff Normal
Fairy
Pound (11.67)
Feint Attack (11.11)
Wild Charge (34.62)
Shadow Ball (33.33)
Psychic (35.71)
Togepi Fairy Hidden Power (10)
Peck (10)
Ancient Power (20)
Psyshock (24.07)
Dazzling Gleam (28.57)
Togetic Fairy
Flying
Extrasensory (10.91)
Hidden Power (10)
Ancient Power (20)
Dazzling Gleam (28.57)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Natu Psychic
Flying
Peck (10)
Quick Attack (10)
Night Shade (23.08)
Psyshock (24.07)
Drill Peck (26.09)
(6.67)
Xatu Psychic
Flying
Air Slash (11.67)
Feint Attack (11.11)
Ominous Wind (21.74)
Futuresight Aerial Ace (22.92)
Mareep Electric Tackle (10)
Thunder Shock (8.33)
Body Slam (26.32)
Thunderbolt (32)
Discharge (26)
Flaaffy Electric Tackle (10)
Charge Beam (7.27)
Power Gem (27.59)
Thunderbolt (32)
Discharge (26)
Ampharos Electric Charge Beam (7.27)
Volt Switch (8.7)
Zap Cannon (37.84)
Focus Blast (40)
Thunder (41.67)
Bellossom Grass Razor Leaf (13)
Acid (11.25)
Leaf Blade (29.17)
Petal Blizzard (42.31)
Dazzling Gleam (28.57)
Marill Water
Fairy
Tackle (10)
Bubble (10)
Bubble Beam (23.68)
Aqual Tail (26.32)
Body Slam (26.32)
Azumarill Water
Fairy
Rock Smash (11.54)
Bubble (10)
Play Rough (31.03)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Ice Beam (27.27)
Sudowoodo Rock Rock Throw (13.33)
Counter (13.33)
Stone Edge (43.48)
Earthquake (33.33)
Rock Slide (29.63)
Politoed Water Mud Shot (8.33)
Bubble (10)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Blizzard (41.94)
Earthquake (33.33)
Hoppip Grass
Flying
Tackle (10)
Bullet Seed (5.16)
Grass Knot (34.62)
Dazzling Gleam (28.57)
Seed Bomb (26.19)
Skiploom Grass
Flying
Tackle (10)
Bullet Seed (5.16)
Grass Knot (34.62)
Dazzling Gleam (28.57)
Energy Ball (23.08)
Jumpluff Grass
Flying
Infestation (9.09)
Bullet Seed (5.16)
Energy Ball (23.08)
Dazzling Gleam (28.57)
Solar Beam (36.73)
Aipom Normal Scratch (12)
Astonish (7.27)
Low Sweep (21.05)
Swift (21.43)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Sunkern Grass Razor Leaf (13)
Cut (10)
Energy Ball (23.08)
Grass Knot (34.62)
Seed Bomb (26.19)
Sunflora Grass Razor Leaf (13)
Bullet Seed (5.16)
Solar Beam (36.73)
Petal Blizzard (42.31)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Yanma Bug
Flying
Quick Attack (10)
Wing Attack (10)
Ancient Power (20)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Silver Wind (18.92)
Wooper Water
Ground
Water Gun (10)
Mud Shot (8.33)
Mud Bomb (23.91)
Dig (21.28)
Body Slam (26.32)
Quagsire Water
Ground
Water Gun (10)
Mud Shot (8.33)
Sludge Bomb (34.78)
Earthquake (33.33)
Stone Edge (43.48)
Espeon Psychic Confusion (12.5)
Zen Headbutt (10.91)
Psybeam (21.88)
Psychic (35.71)
Futuresight
Umbreon Dark Feint Attack (11.11)
Snarl (11.91)
Dark Pulse (26.67)
Foul Play (35)
Murkrow Dark
Flying
Peck (10)
Feint Attack (11.11)
Drill Peck (26.09)
(6.67)
Foul Play (35)
Dark Pulse (26.67)
Slowking Water
Psychic
Water Gun (10)
Confusion (12.5)
Blizzard (41.94)
Psychic (35.71)
Fire Blast (33.33)
Misdreavus Ghost Astonish (7.27)
Hex (8.33)
Shadow Sneak (17.24)
Dark Pulse (26.67)
Ominous Wind (21.74)
Unown Psychic Hidden Power (10)
Struggle (15.91)
None
Wobbuffet Psychic Counter (13.33)
Splash (0)
Mirror Coat (23.08)
Girafarig Normal
Psychic
Tackle (10)
Confusion (12.5)
Psychic (35.71)
Thunderbolt (32)
Mirror Coat (23.08)
Pineco Bug Tackle (10)
Bug Bite (10)
Gyro Ball (24.24)
Rock Tomb (21.88)
Sand Tomb (20)
Forretress Bug
Steel
Bug Bite (10)
Struggle Bug (10)
Heavy Slam (33.33)
Earthquake (33.33)
Rock Tomb (21.88)
Dunsparce Normal Bite (12)
Astonish (7.27)
Dig (21.28)
Rock Slide (29.63)
Drill Run (28.57)
Gligar Ground
Flying
Fury Cutter (7.5)
Wing Attack (10)
Dig (21.28)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Night Slash (22.73)
Steelix Steek
Ground
Iron Tail (13.64)
Dragon Tail (13.64)
Earthquake (33.33)
Heavy Slam (33.33)
Crunch (21.88)
Snubbull Fairy Tackle (10)
Bite (12)
Crunch (21.88)
Dazzling Gleam (28.57)
Brick Break (25)
Granbull Fairy Bite (12)
Snarl (11.91)
Crunch (21.88)
Play Rough (31.03)
Close Combat (43.48)
Qwilfish Water
Poison
Poison Sting (8.33)
Water Gun (10)
Aqual Tail (26.32)
Ice Beam (27.27)
Sludge Wave (34.38)
Scizor Bug
Steel
Bullet Punch (10)
Fury Cutter (7.5)
x Scissor (28.13)
Iron Head (31.58)
Night Slash (22.73)
Shuckle Bug
Rock
Struggle Bug (10)
Rock Throw (13.33)
Rock Blast (23.81)
Stone Edge (43.48)
Gyro Ball (24.24)
Heracross Bug
Fight
Counter (13.33)
Struggle Bug (10)
Megahorn (40.91)
Close Combat (43.48)
Earthquake (33.33)
Sneasel Dark
Ice
Ice Shard (10)
Feint Attack (11.11)
Avalanche (33.33)
Ice Punch (26.32)
Foul Play (35)
Teddiursa Normal Scratch (12)
Lick (10)
Cross Chop (33.33)
Crunch (21.88)
Play Rough (31.03)
Ursaring Normal Metal Claw (11.43)
Counter (13.33)
Close Combat (43.48)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Play Rough (31.03)
Slugma Fire Ember (10)
Rock Throw (13.33)
Flame Burst (26.92)
Flame Charge (18.42)
Rock Slide (29.63)
Magcargo Fire
Rock
Ember (10)
Rock Throw (13.33)
Heat Wave (31.67)
Overheat (40)
Stone Edge (43.48)
Swinub Ice
Ground
Tackle (10)
Powder Snow (6)
Icy Wind (18.18)
Body Slam (26.32)
Rock Slide (29.63)
Piloswine Ice
Ground
Ice Shard (10)
Powder Snow (6)
Avalanche (33.33)
Bulldoze (22.86)
Stone Edge (43.48)
Corsola Water
Rock
Tackle (10)
Bubble (10)
Rock Blast (23.81)
Power Gem (27.59)
Bubble Beam (23.68)
Remoraid Water Water Gun (10)
Mud Shot (8.33)
Aurora Beam (22.54)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Rock Blast (23.81)
Octillery Water Water Gun (10)
Mud Shot (8.33)
Gunk Shot (41.94)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Aurora Beam (22.54)
Delibird Ice
Flying
Ice Shard (10)
Quick Attack (10)
Ice Punch (26.32)
Icy Wind (18.18)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Mantine Water
Flyingy
Bubble (10)
Wing Attack (10)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Ice Beam (27.27)
Aerial Ace (22.92)
Skarmory Steel
Flying
Steel Wing (13.75)
Air Slash (11.67)
Brave Bird (45)
Sky Attack (35)
Flash Cannon (37.84)
Houndour Dark
Fire
Feint Attack (11.11)
Ember (10)
Crunch (21.88)
Flamethrower (31.82)
Dark Pulse (26.67)
Houndoom Dark
Fire
Snarl (11.91)
Fire Fang (12.22)
Crunch (21.88)
Fire Blast (33.33)
Foul Play (35)
Kingdra Water
Dragon
Water Gun (10)
Dragon Breath (12)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Blizzard (41.94)
Outrage (28.21)
Phanpy Ground Tackle (10)
Rock Smash (11.54)
Bulldoze (22.86)
Rock Slide (29.63)
Body Slam (26.32)
Donphan Ground Tackle (10)
Counter (13.33)
Earthquake (33.33)
Heavy Slam (33.33)
Play Rough (31.03)
Porygon2 Normal Hidden Power (10)
Charge Beam (7.27)
Solar Beam (36.73)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Zap Cannon (37.84)
Stantler Normal Tackle (10)
Zen Headbutt (10.91)
Stomp (32.35)
Wild Charge (34.62)
Megahorn (40.91)
Smeargle Normal Tackle (10)
Struggle (15.91)
None
Tyrogue Fighting Rock Smash (11.54)
Tackle (10)
Brick Break (25)
Rock Slide (29.63)
Low Sweep (21.05)
Hitmontop Fighting Rock Smash (11.54)
Counter (13.33)
Close Combat (43.48)
Gyro Ball (24.24)
Stone Edge (43.48)
Smoochum Ice
Psychic
Powder Snow (6)
Pound (11.67)
Ice Beam (27.27)
Ice Punch (26.32)
Psyshock (24.07)
Elekid Electric Thunder Shock (8.33)
Low Kick (10)
Thunder Punch (25)
Brick Break (25)
Discharge (26)
Magby Fire Ember (10)
Karate Chop (10)
Brick Break (25)
Fire Punch (25)
Flame Burst (26.92)
Miltank Normal Tackle (10)
Zen Headbutt (10.91)
Stomp (32.35)
Body Slam (26.32)
Gyro Ball (24.24)
Blissey Blissey Pound (11.67)
Zen Headbutt (10.91)
Psychic (35.71)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Dazzling Gleam (28.57)
Raikou Electric Thunder Shock (8.33)
Volt Switch (8.7)
Thunder (41.67)
Thunderbolt (32)
Wild Charge (34.62)
Entei Fire Fire Spin (12.73)
Fire Fang (12.22)
Flamethrower (31.82)
Fire Blast (33.33)
Overheat (40)
Suicune Water Extrasensory (10.91)
Snarl (11.91)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Bubble Beam (23.68)
Water Pulse (21.88)
Larvitar Rock
Ground
Bite (12)
Rock Smash (11.54)
Stomp (32.35)
Crunch (21.88)
Ancient Power (20)
Pupitar Rock
Ground
Bite (12)
Rock Smash (11.54)
Dig (21.28)
Crunch (21.88)
Ancient Power (20)
Tyranitar Rock
Dark
Bite (12)
Iron Tail (13.64)
Fire Blast (33.33)
Crunch (21.88)
Stone Edge (43.48)
Lugia Psychic
Flying
Extrasensory (10.91)
Dragon Tail (13.64)
Sky Attack (35)
Hydro Pump (39.39)
Futuresight
Ho-Oh Fire
Flying
Extrasensory (10.91)
Steel Wing (13.75)
Brave Bird (45)
Fire Blast (33.33)
Solar Beam (36.73)
Celebi Psychic
Grass
Confusion (12.5)
Charge Beam (7.27)
Hyper Beam (39.47)
Psychic (35.71)
Dazzling Gleam (28.57)

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.

Note that these are continually updated by Niantic now - our tables below are up to date as of 19th May 2017.

Below are the top 20 Fast Attacks in Pokémon Go:

RankMoveTypeDamage-Per-Second (DPS)PowerAnimation Time (secs)Energy Granted
1 Steel Wing Steel 13.75 11 0.8 7.5
2 Iron Tail Steel 13.64 15 1.1 6.4
3 Dragon Tail Dragon 13.64 15 1.1 8.2
4 Rock Throw Rock 13.33 12 0.9 7.8
5 Counter Fighting 13.33 12 0.9 8.9
6 Razor Leaf Grass 13 13 1 7
7 Shadow Claw Ghost 12.86 9 0.7 8.6
8 Fire Spin Fire 12.73 14 1.1 9.1
9 Poison Jab Poison 12.5 10 0.8 8.8
10 Confusion Psychic 12.5 20 1.6 9.4
11 Fire Fang Fire 12.22 11 0.9 8.9
12 Scratch Normal 12 6 0.5 8
13 Bite Dark 12 6 0.5 8
14 Dragon Breath Dragon 12 6 0.5 8
15 Pound Normal 11.67 7 0.6 10
16 Vine Whip Grass 11.67 7 0.6 10
17 Air Slash Flying 11.67 14 1.2 8.3
18 Rock Smash Fighting 11.54 15 1.3 7.7
19 Metal Claw Steel 11.43 8 0.7 10
20 Acid Poison 11.25 9 0.8 10

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. Future Sight, for example, has one long bar, meaning it costs 100 Energy to use. Foul Play, meanwhile, has two smaller bars half the length of the full one, meaning it costs 50 Energy to use.

Foul Play and Future Sight also serve as a good example for showing why both DPS and Energy Cost play integral parts in ranking moves. Future Sight (44.44), for instance, has a slightly higher DPS than Foul Play (35), however for each 100 Energy you can use two Foul Plays - at 70 Power each - for every one Future Sight - at 120 Power each - meaning you'll do a total of 140 Power with Foul Play for every 120 that you do with Future Sight. In that case then, Foul Play actually is the more optimal move despite it's lower ranking for DPS.

Then again, DPS still affects things, because if Foul Play 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 Future Sight in the pecking order, again. It basically depends on whether you could make up that extra 20 Power between one Future Sight and two Foul Plays by using fast attacks.

Likewise, it depends on what moves you could pair with each one. A Pokémon that can learn Future Sight might also learn fast attacks capable of charging energy faster than any Pokémon can with Foul Play, so you migth still get more Future Sights out on a certain Pokémon than you would Foul Plays, and overtake it in the damage race again. It's complicated stuff!

With the 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. Bear in mind, however, that this was assembled some time ago now.

Below are the top 20 Special Attacks in Pokémon Go:

RankMoveTypeDamage-per-second (DPS)PowerEnergy CostDamage-per-100-EnergyAnimation Time (secs)Crit Chance %
1Brave BirdFlying45901009025
2Future SightPsychic44.441201001202.75
3Close CombatFighting43.481001001002.35
4Stone EdgeRock43.481001001002.350
5Petal BlizardGrass42.311101001102.65
6Gunk ShotPoison41.941301001303.15
7BlizzardIce41.941301001303.15
8ThunderElectric41.671001001002.45
9MegahornBug40.9190100902.25
10HurricaneFlying40.741101001102.75
11Focus BlastFighting401401001403.55
12OverheatFire4016010016045
13Hyper BeamNormal39.471501001503.85
14Hydro PumpWater39.391301001303.35
15Zap CannonElectric37.841401001403.75
16Flash CannonSteel37.041001001002.75
17Solar BeamGrass36.731801001804.95
18PsychicPsychic35.711001001002.85
19Foul PlayDark35705014025
20Sky AttackFlying35705014025
Pokémon Go tips and tricks UPDATE: Huge Gym revamp, Raids and how to get Legendaries explained. Pokémon Go tips and tricks

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. We also explain big the Gym rework update, Raids, Raid Battles, and Raid Bosses, how to get Legendary Pokémon, and promo codes, and there's also info on changes to how to get PokéCoins, Eevee evolutions, Egg hatching distances, the tier list and best Pokémon, the best moves and movesets and Buddy distances. Plus, you can read about the Pokémon Go Plus accessory works, and even our XP chart.

Other factors to bear in mind when choosing the best Pokémon Go moves

  • The Gen 2 Update has changed a lot - Gen 1 Pokémon's potential movesets have been altered; base damage for some moves have changed; energy costs have been capped at three bars, meanining at least 33 Energy is required for a Special Move; animation times have been altered; and there are of course new Pokémon. All of the new data is in the updated tables above!
  • Note that Pokémon recieved before the Gen 2 update will keep their current movesets, unless you evolve them in which case their moves are taken from their Gen 2 movepool. We have a Dragonite with Steel Wing and Dragon Pulse, for example, which now isn't possible to acquire post-update.
  • Same type attack bonus, or STAB, is an important factor in deciding a move's strength. A move's power is multiplied by 1.20 - so a 100 Power move is instead 120 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 Confusion - which has a decent DPS thanks to is high power and slow Animation Time - is instead a very strong move when defending, as all moves' Animation Times are effectively brought up to 2 when defending anyway.
  • Back in earlier versions of the game, some Special Attacks had such a low DPS that it's actually not even worth using them compared to your Pokémon's Fast Attacks. Icy Wind, for example, had a measly 6.58 DPS, meaning that you'd actually have dneo 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 back in the game's early days was an example of that rather unfortunate moveset in action, and those kinds of ratios may yet return.

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