Pokemon GO Top Attacker Tier List

Fire Spin or Fire Fang + OverheatAs Pokemon GO progress, Niantic has been continuing making changes to the game. As of now, the rotation of the three Legendary beasts is still on-going. On top of that, the Legendary Mewtwo started to appear in EX raid battle frequently. These new additions to Pokemon have created some major changes to the attacker rankings.

Thanks to Gamepress who simulated the whole game and released the new and updated list of top attackers in Pokemon GO. This tier list combines the best mathematical understanding of gym defense and Raid Boss AI, simulated match-ups, and real-world metagame analysis.

Top Attacker Tier List

S Tier

So far, these are the Pokemon that are superior attackers in the current meta of the game. They include numerous favorable raid matchups and tend to be near optimal in those matchups.

  • Mewtwo – Psycho Cut or Confusion + Shadow Ball or Psycho Cut + Focus Blast
    • Best Raid Matchups:Superior in every match
  • Tyranitar – Bite + Crunch or Stone Edge
    • Best Raid Matchups: Arcanine, Alakazam, Gengar, Charizard, Mewtwo and Entei
  • Dragonite – Dragon Tail or Dragon Breath + Outrage or Dragon Tail or Dragon Breath + Hurricane or Dragon Claw
    • Best Raid Matchups: Alakazam, Machamp, Gengar, Jolteon, Venusaur, Snorlax, Mewtwo, Raikou, Entei and Suicune

A+ Tier

This tier is weaker compared to the S tier. However, they are still good investments for some optimal matchups. Some of them are needed to battle against the S tier Pokemon.

  • Raikou – Thunder Shock + Wild Charge
    • Best Raid Matchups: Vaporeon, Charizard, Blastoise, Lapras, Snorlax and Suicune
  • Rhydon – Mud Slap + Stone Edge or Earthquake
    • Best Raid Matchups: Arcanine, Gengar, Raikou and Entie
  • Golem – Mud Slap + Stone Edge or Earthquake or Mud Slap or Mud Shot + Earthquake
    • Best Raid Matchups: Arcanine, Flareon, Charizard, Raikou and Entei
  • Exeggutor – Confusion, Extrasensory or Bullet Seed + Solar Beam or Confusion or Extrasensory + Psychic
    • Best Raid Matchups: Machamp, Vaporeon, Venusaur, Blastoise, Rhydon, Raikou and Suicune
  • Machamp – Counter or Karate Chop + Dynamic Punch or Counter + Close Combat or Cross Chop
    • Best Raid Matchups: Lapras, Snorlax and Tyranitar

A- Tier

These attackers in A- Tier are great in their own right, but they are still separated by small gaps from the A+ Tier.

  • Zapdos – Charge Beam + Thunderbolt
    • Best Raid Matchups: Vaporeon, Charizard, Blastoise, Lapras and Suicune
  • Vaporeon – Water Gun + Hydro Pump or Aqua Tail
    • Best Raid Matchups: Arcanine, Charizard, Rhydon and Entei
  • Espeon – Confusion or Zen Headbutt + Future Sight or Confusion + Psybeam
    • Best Raid Matchups: Machamp, Gengar and Venusaur
  • Alakazam – Confusion or Psycho Cut + Future Sight or Confusion or Psycho Cut + Shadow Ball
    • Best Raid Matchups: Machamp, Gengar and Venusaur
  • Omastar – Rock Throw + Rock Slide or Hydro Pump
    • Best Raid Matchups: Arcanine, Charizard, Lapras and Entei

B Tier

The list of Pokemon in this tier have a limited number of roles, but they can perform well in those roles.

  • Lugia – Extrasensory + Future Sight or Extrasensory + Sky Attack
    • Best Raid Matchups: Machamp, Gengar and Venusaur
  • Jolteon – Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt or Thunder Shock + Discharge
    • Best Raid Matchups: Vaporeon, Charizard, Blastoise, Lapras and Suicune
  • Gengar – Shadow Claw + Shadow Ball or Hex + Shadow Ball
    • Best Raid Matchups: Alakazam, Machamp, Gengar, Mewtwo
  • Houndoom – Snarl + Foul Play or Snarl + Crunch
    • Best Raid Matchups: Alakazam, Gengar and Mewtwo

C Tier

This tier are list of top attackers but are very limited by their roles and performance. However, they are still superior to some raid matchups.

  • Entei – Fire Spin or Fire Fang + Overheat or Fire Spin or Fire Fang + Flamethrower
    • Best Raid Matchups: Venusaur and Snorlax
  • Gyarados – Bite + Hydro Pump or Crunch
    • Best Raid Matchups: Gengar, Rhydon, Mewtwo and Entei
  • Moltres – Fire Spin + Overheat or Fire Spin + Flamethrower
    • Best Raid Matchups: Venusaur and Snorlax
  • Heracross – Counter + Close Combat
    • Best Raid Matchups: Lapras, Snorlax and Tyranitar
  • Scizor – Fury Cutter + X-Scissor
    • Best Raid Matchups: Alakazam and Mewtwo
  • Pinsir – Bug Bite + X-Scissor
    • Best Raid Matchups: Alakazam and Mewtwo
  • Venusaur – Vine Whip or Razor Leaf + Solar Beam or Vine Whip or Razor Leaf + Petal Blizzard
    • Best Raid Matchups: Vaporeon, Blastoise, Rhydon and Suicune
  • Victreebel – Razor Leaf + Solar Beam or Leaf Blade
    • Best Raid Matchups: Vaporeon, Blastoise, Rhydon and Suicune

 


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