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Best Attackers by Type

This list is a comprehensive index of the overall best attackers for each and every type in Pokemon Go at the time of its current edition. If you're looking for a Pokemon to fill a niche within a specific type, then this resource is sure to lead you in the right direction.

How This List is Calculated

The Pokemon on this page are listed by type in descending order of power. The primary metric used to decide their placement is DPS^3*TDO. This metric puts a heavy emphasis on DPS, but also takes into consideration TDO in order to attempt to discover the strongest overall performance of a given Pokemon when compared to others. Because of the way that this metric works, the Pokemon here are not always ordered according to which has the highest DPS. It's entirely possible that the highest DPS option may show up 2nd or 3rd within a type if its bulk is low enough. That said, our list is also manually ordered to a certain degree in order to highlight the Pokemon highlighted in roughly the order of actual utility. It's also possible that Pokemon not listed on this page could potentially find niche utility in future raids, but rest assured that the Pokemon near the top of these lists are exemplary candidates for their given types.

If you'd like to see how these Pokemon rank yourself, we recommend that you take a look at the DPS/TDO Spreadsheet, which is what we've used to make these calculations.

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Bug Type

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One of the weakest types in Pokemon Go, Bug tends to be a low-priority when it comes to raiding teams. Its main problem is the fact that it competes with a few extremely powerful types, leaving it outclassed when it doesn't have 2x effectiveness. 

Typing
Fast Move Bug Bite
Charged Move Bug Buzz

 

 

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Fast Move Fury Cutter
Charged Move X-Scissor

 

 

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Fast Move Bug Bite
Charged Move X-Scissor

 

 

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Fast Move Bug Bite
Charged Move X-Scissor

 

 

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Fast Move Fury Cutter
Charged Move X-Scissor

 

 

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Fast Move Fury Cutter
Charged Move X-Scissor

 

 

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Fast Move Bug Bite
Charged Move X-Scissor

 

 

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Fast Move Bug Bite
Charged Move Bug Buzz

 

 

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Fast Move Fury Cutter
Charged Move X-Scissor

 

 

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Fast Move Bug Bite
Charged Move X-Scissor

 

 

Dark Type

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Dark Type has the advantage of dealing Super Effective damage to two of the most powerful types in the game, making it a great choice for many raid teams. However, Dark Types tend to be substantially weaker to Ghost Types, which are Super Effective against the same two types. The main draw of Dark Types tends to be the fact that they have a better set of resistances, making them generally the more defensive options in raids where they deal Super Effective damage.

Typing
Fast Move Snarl
Charged Move Foul Play

 

 

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Fast Move Bite
Charged Move Crunch

 

 

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Fast Move Bite
Charged Move Brutal Swing

 

 

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Fast Move Bite
Charged Move Crunch

 

 

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Fast Move Snarl
Charged Move Foul Play

 

 

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Fast Move Snarl
Charged Move Dark Pulse

 

 

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Fast Move Snarl
Charged Move Dark Pulse

 

 

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Fast Move Sucker Punch
Charged Move Dark Pulse

 

 

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Fast Move Snarl
Charged Move Dark Pulse

 

 

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Fast Move Snarl
Charged Move Dark Pulse

 

 

Dragon Type

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Dragon is among the most potent types in the game, and the go-to type when it comes to slaying other dragons. Every raid team should have a full set of powerful dragons ready to go, as literally every generation beyond Generation 2 has at least one Legendary Dragon, with many sporting multiple. They compete with Ice and Fairy which take neutral damage from and double-resist incoming Dragon Type attacks respectively, but neither can keep up with the tremendous DPS that Dragon Types can leverage against their own kind.

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Fast Move Dragon Tail
Charged Move Outrage

 

 

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Fast Move Dragon Breath
Charged Move Dragon Claw

 

 

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Fast Move Dragon Tail
Charged Move Outrage

 

 

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Fast Move Dragon Breath
Charged Move Outrage

 

 

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Fast Move Dragon Breath
Charged Move Dragon Claw

 

 

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Fast Move Dragon Tail
Charged Move Outrage

 

 

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Fast Move Dragon Tail
Charged Move Draco Meteor

 

 

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Fast Move Dragon Tail
Charged Move Outrage

 

 

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Fast Move Dragon Tail
Charged Move Outrage

 

 

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Fast Move Dragon Breath
Charged Move Draco Meteor

 

 

Electric Type

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Electric is a bit limited on paper, hitting only two types in the game for Super Effective damage. However, these two types combined represent a tremendous number of Pokemon, so an investment in Electric Type damage will definitely pay off. Electric may not reach the numbers of some other types, but in general they're well on the high end of the spectrum, and tend to remain very competitive with or outright dominant over their competition.

Typing
Fast Move Thunder Shock
Charged Move Wild Charge

 

 

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Fast Move Thunder Fang
Charged Move Wild Charge

 

 

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Fast Move Thunder Shock
Charged Move Discharge

 

 

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Fast Move Thunder Shock
Charged Move Wild Charge

 

 

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Fast Move Thunder Shock
Charged Move Thunderbolt

 

 

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Fast Move Charge Beam
Charged Move Wild Charge

 

 

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Fast Move Spark
Charged Move Wild Charge

 

 

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Fast Move Volt Switch
Charged Move Zap Cannon

 

 

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Fast Move Spark
Charged Move Wild Charge

 

 

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Fast Move Volt Switch
Charged Move Thunderbolt

 

 

Fairy Type

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Fairy tends to be the "tank" type when it's Super Effective, using their unique resistances to survive heavy hits where other types would fall quickly. However, their DPS tends to be pretty far behind their competition, making this a less important type to go for, especially considering just how rare Pokemon that are 2x weak to it are in raids.

Typing
Fast Move Charm
Charged Move Dazzling Gleam

 

 

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Fast Move Charm
Charged Move Play Rough

 

 

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Fast Move Charm
Charged Move Dazzling Gleam

 

 

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Fast Move Charm
Charged Move Dazzling Gleam

 

 

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Fast Move Charm
Charged Move Mooblast

 

 

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Fast Move Charm
Charged Move Play Rough

 

 

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Fast Move Charm
Charged Move Dazzling Gleam

 

 

Fighting Type

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Fighting is one of the premier types of Pokemon Go, hitting a lot of Pokemon for Super Effective damage while staying high on the general DPS list. In general, Fighting Types are a good starting point for building a raid team just to how pervasive and powerful they tend to be.

Typing
Fast Move Double Kick
Charged Move Sacred Sword

 

 

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Fast Move Counter
Charged Move Dynamic Punch

 

 

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Fast Move Counter
Charged Move Dynamic Punch

 

 

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Fast Move Double kick
Charged Move Focus Blast

 

 

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Fast Move Counter
Charged Move Aura Sphere

 

 

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Fast Move Counter
Charged Move Dynamic Punch

 

 

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Fast Move Counter
Charged Move Dynamic Punch

 

 

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Fast Move Counter
Charged Move Focus Blast

 

 

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Fast Move Double kick
Charged Move Sacred Sword

 

 

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Fast Move Low Kick
Charged Move Focus Blast

 

 

Fire Type

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Fire is easily among the strongest types in the game, with the top Fire Type Mega Evolutions in particular frequently beating out just about everything else in the game when called for. It has a bit of competition, but it's definitely a priority for any raid team.

Typing
Fast Move Fire Spin
Charged Move Blast Burn

 

 

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Fast Move Fire Spin
Charged Move Blast Burn

 

 

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Fast Move Fire Spin
Charged Move Overheat

 

 

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Fast Move Fire Fang
Charged Move Overheat

 

 

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Fast Move Incinerate
Charged Move Sacred Fire+
  • NOTE: Apex Shadow Ho-oh is virtually always superior to purified Ho-oh with Sacred Fire++

 

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Fast Move Fire Fang
Charged Move Overheat

 

 

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Fast Move Fire Fang
Charged Move Flamethrower

 

 

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Fast Move Fire Spin
Charged Move Blast Burn

 

 

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Fast Move Incinerate
Charged Move Sacred Fire
  • NOTE: Apex Shadow Ho-oh is virtually always superior to purified Ho-oh with Sacred Fire++

 

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Fast Move Incinerate
Charged Move Blast Burn

 

 

Flying Type

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Flying is a bit of a mixed-bag type. The best Flying Types tend to be outstanding in raids, but they're often overlooked in favor of other types. This is in part because of the fact that many Flying Types will sport secondary typings that remove a key resistance, making them a bit awkward to use. Still, Flying Types are great, and several common Flying Types are surprisingly powerful, making this a type that's not incredibly hard to make a budget team for.

Typing
Fast Move Wing Attack
Charged Move Sky Attack

 

 

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Fast Move Gust
Charged Move Brave Bird

 

 

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Fast Move Hidden Power (Flying)
Charged Move Brave Bird

 

 

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Fast Move Peck
Charged Move Sky Attack

 

 

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Fast Move Gust
Charged Move Brave Bird

 

 

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Fast Move Wing Attack
Charged Move Sky Attack

 

 

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Fast Move Hidden Power (Flying)
Charged Move Brave Bird

 

 

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Fast Move Air Slash
Charged Move Hurricane

 

 

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Fast Move Gust
Charged Move Hurricane

 

 

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Fast Move Peck
Charged Move Sky Attack

 

 

Ghost Type

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The top Ghost types tend to be absolute monsters that top the DPS charts handily. In particular, Mega Gengar is an oppressively powerful force that overshadows everything that seeks to rival it, and it's definitely not alone. When something is weak to Ghosts, then Ghosts tend to be the best answer, even if they come into the battle with a weakness of their own.

Typing
Fast Move Lick
Charged Move Shadow Ball

 

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Fast Move Hex
Charged Move Shadow Ball

 

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Fast Move Shadow Claw
Charged Move Shadow Ball

 

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Fast Move Lick
Charged Move Shadow Ball

 

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Fast Move Shadow Claw
Charged Move Shadow Ball

 

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Fast Move Hex
Charged Move Shadow Ball

 

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Fast Move Astonish
Charged Move Shadow Ball

 

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Fast Move Astonish
Charged Move Shadow Ball

 

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Fast Move Shadow Claw
Charged Move Shadow Ball

 

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Fast Move Shadow Claw
Charged Move Shadow Ball

 

Grass Type

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Grass Types have a fair bit of utility, as they cover potentially important types while tending to resist many common coverage moves. They're reliable and solid, though they also tend to be a bit on the weaker side with at least one obvious exception. Grass may not be the most important type, but it definitely has its utility!

Typing
Fast Move Razor Leaf
Charged Move Leaf Blade

 

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Fast Move Razor Leaf
Charged Move Frenzy Plant

 

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Fast Move Vine Whip
Charged Move Power Whip

 

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Fast Move Razor Leaf
Charged Move Frenzy Plant

 

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Fast Move Vine Whip
Charged Move Power Whip

 

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Fast Move Hidden Power (Grass)
Charged Move Grass Knot

 

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Fast Move Bullet Seed
Charged Move Solar Beam

 

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Fast Move Bullet Seed
Charged Move Grass Knot

 

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Fast Move Bullet Seed
Charged Move Solar Beam

 

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Fast Move Razor Leaf
Charged Move Leaf Blade

 

Ground Type

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Ground is another very pervasive type that hits a lot of other types for Super Effective damage, with its most note-worthy advantage being the fact that it's the only type that Electric is weak to. It tends to be a strong type, but it also tends to be a little short of many of its rival types at the same time. 

Typing
Fast Move Mud Shot
Charged Move Earth Power

 

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Fast Move Mud Shot
Charged Move Earthquake

 

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Fast Move Mud Shot
Charged Move Earthquake

 

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Fast Move Mud Slap
Charged Move Bulldoze

 

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Fast Move Mud Slap
Charged Move Earthquake

 

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Fast Move Mud Shot
Charged Move Earth Power

 

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Fast Move Mud Slapp
Charged Move Drill Run, Earth Power

 

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Fast Move Mud Slap
Charged Move Earthquake

 

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Fast Move Mud Shot
Charged Move Earthquake

 

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Fast Move Mud Shot
Charged Move Earth Power

 

Ice Type

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Ice is a bit of a strategic type. It's usually not the absolute best outside of 2x effective stages, but that's the key; a lot of Pokemon are 2x weak to Ice. Picking up an Ice Type team is a definite priority for any raider, as it's a pervasive type that can work its magic in a lot of different raids.

Typing
Fast Move Powder Snow
Charged Move Avalanche

 

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Fast Move Ice Shard
Charged Move Avalanche

 

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Fast Move Ice Fang
Charged Move Avalanche

 

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Fast Move Powder Snow
Charged Move Avalanche

 

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Fast Move Ice Shard
Charged Move Avalanche

 

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Fast Move Frost Breath
Charged Move Avalanche

 

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Fast Move Powder Snow
Charged Move Weather Ball (Ice)

 

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Fast Move Hidden Power (Ice)
Charged Move Blizzard

 

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Fast Move Frost Breath
Charged Move Avalanche

 

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Fast Move Powder Snow
Charged Move Weather Ball (Ice)

 

Poison Type

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Sadly, Poison is probably the single weakest type in the game when it comes to raids. It's only effective against two types, and a pairing of those types to create a double weakness is very rare. On top of that, Poison Types tend to be very lackluster, Unless you already have the other types done and don't mind potentially flushing your Stardust down the toilet, it's best to not worry about making a Poison team.

Typing
Fast Move Lick
Charged Move Sludge Bomb

 

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Fast Move Poison Jab
Charged Move Sludge Bomb

 

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Fast Move Acid
Charged Move Sludge Bomb

 

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Fast Move Poison Jab
Charged Move Sludge Bomb

 

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Fast Move Acid
Charged Move Sludge Bomb

 

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Fast Move Poison Jab
Charged Move Sludge Bomb

 

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Fast Move Poison Jab
Charged Move Sludge Bomb

 

Psychic Type

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Psychic is probably the single strongest type in all of Pokemon Go. Despite the fact that only two types are actually weak to Psychic, its sheer power makes it super-dominant  to the point of frequently being a viable type even if the target is 2x weak to another type. 

Typing    
Fast Move Confusion
Charged Move Psystrike

 

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Fast Move Confusion
Charged Move Psychic

 

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Fast Move Zen Headbutt
Charged Move Psychic

 

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Fast Move Confusion
Charged Move Psystrike

 

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Fast Move Zen Headbutt
Charged Move Psychic

 

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Fast Move Confusion
Charged Move Psychic

 

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Fast Move Confusion
Charged Move Psychic

 

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Fast Move Zen Headbutt
Charged Move Psychic

 

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Fast Move Confusion
Charged Move Psychic

 

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Fast Move Confusion
Charged Move Psychic

 

Rock Type

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Despite the fact that anything with a weakness to rock that isn't a double weakness is virtually guaranteed to have other types that can rival it, Rock's high average power and important coverage keeps it extremely valuable, to the point that Rock should be one of the first types that a player starts building for when starting their Raid team.

Typing    
Fast Move Rock Throw
Charged Move Rockslide

 

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Fast Move Smack Down
Charged Move Rockslide

 

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Fast Move Smack Down
Charged Move Stone Edge

 

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Fast Move Smack Down
Charged Move Rock Wrecker

 

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Fast Move Smack Down
Charged Move Rockslide

 

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Fast Move Rock Throw
Charged Move Rockslide

 

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Fast Move Smack Down
Charged Move Meteor Beam

 

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Fast Move Smack Down
Charged Move Stone Edge

 

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Fast Move Rock Throw
Charged Move Rockslide

 

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Fast Move Rock Throw
Charged Move Stone Edge

 

Steel Type

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While the need for Steel Types isn't terribly common, the top Steel Types manage to stay very competitive, and tend to rule their matchups. Steel Type coverage isn't super-important until suddenly it is.

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Fast Move Bullet Punch
Charged Move Meteor Mash

 

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Fast Move Bullet Punch
Charged Move Meteor Mash

 

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Fast Move Metal Claw
Charged Move Iron Head

 

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Fast Move Bullet Punch
Charged Move Iron Head

 

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Fast Move Iron Tail
Charged Move Heavy Slam

 

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Fast Move Steel Wing
Charged Move Iron Head

 

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Fast Move Metal Claw
Charged Move Magnet Bomb
  • NOTE: All Genesect formes count for this entry.
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Fast Move Bullet Punch
Charged Move Iron Head

 

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Fast Move Metal Claw
Charged Move Iron Head

 

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Fast Move Iron Tail
Charged Move Heavy Slam

 

Water Type

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A straight-forward type, Water doesn't have many interactions to worry about, which means that it tends to be a great all-around choice whenever it's effective. Water Types tend to be a bit middle-of-the-road in terms of power, but they tend to compete well with other types.

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Fast Move Water Gun
Charged Move Hydro Cannon

 

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Fast Move Watergun
Charged Move Hydro Cannon

 

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Fast Move Waterfall
Charged Move Hydropump

 

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Fast Move Water Gun
Charged Move Hydro Cannon

 

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Fast Move Waterfall
Charged Move Surf

 

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Fast Move Waterfall
Charged Move Hydropump

 

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Fast Move Watergun
Charged Move Hydro Cannon

 

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Fast Move Bubble
Charged Move Crabhammer

 

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Fast Move Water Gun
Charged Move Hydro Cannon

 

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Fast Move Waterfall
Charged Move Hydro Cannon

 

Normal Type

Super Effective Against: None
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Not Very Effective Against:
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Primary Rival Types: All Types

For all intents and purposes, Normal is not actually a type when it comes to building a raid team. Outside of very specific scenarios or just having fun, Normal Type moves should be TMed away, and Normal Types lacking other useful types and/or enough power to make other move types work for them should be left on the bench.

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Fast Move Lock-On
Charged Move Tri-Attack

 

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Fast Move Pound
Charged Move Hyper Beam

 

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Fast Move Lock-On
Charged Move Tri-Attack

 

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Fast Move Quick Attack
Charged Move Hyper Beam

 

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Fast Move (Any)
Charged Move Giga Impact