Pokémon GO: Know the best attacks in the game

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In Pokémon GO, the performance of a pokémon in combat is influenced by its CP (Combat Points), IV (Individual Values), climate, type, speed in the animation of the attacks and, mainly, by its moveset (combination of its moves) .

It turns out that any captured pokemon enters your supply with a completely random set of attacks, which can be a great, good, bad or even terrible combination. There is no way to control it, but there is a way to fix it.


If you want to improve your performance in PvP (Battle League) and raids, check out our complete guide to the best Pokemon GO attacks in our language and get the strongest Pokemon in the game!


Pokémon GO's Best Attacks Table by Type

Although each pokémon in the game has a specific set of attacks that make it good or bad, each type in the game (fire, water, etc) has some moves that stand out much more in PvP and raids. The attacks mentioned below are considered the best for several specific Pokemon within the same type. In cases where two scams are equally good, we differentiate the characteristics of each other for you to choose better.

Attention: "Event" attacks are attacks made available at specific in-game events, usually Community Days. Once the event ends, the move is no longer available to be learned, i.e. these are rare moves and most of the time better than average.

Check the table and read the following notes:

Market best agile attack

best charged attack



Normal

Aim (very high power generation) Hyper-beam (higher damage)
ROI

Fighter

Counter dynamic punch
Melee (higher damage)

Flying

Attack of Asa
stroke of ar

Sky Attack

Poisonous

poisoned blow Mud bomb

Earthly

Mud Shot (very high power generation) Mud Bomb (very fast)
Earthquake (higher damage)

Pedra


overthrow slide of stones
Rock Breaker (event)

Bug


Sting X scissors

Ghost

shadowy claw shadow ball

Steel

metal claw magnet pump
Meteor Crushing (event)

Fogo

Hot coal Overheating
Explosive Burn (event)

Water

water revolver

Cachoeira

Hydro Cannon (event)*
water pulse


Plant

Seed Projectile
Vine Whip
Sunbeam (higher damage)
Deadly Plant (event)

Elétrico

Thunderstorm wild attack


Psychic

Confus√£o Psychic
Psychic Strike (event)

Ice

Powder Snow Avalanche

Dragon

dragon breath Dragon's Claw
Dragon's Meteor

Fairy

To charm Dazzling glare

Dingy

Rosnado
Bite
Dirty game
dark pulse

The above attacks repeatedly appear among the best combinations in the game for many relevant Pokemon in PvP and raids. However, these movesets are not unanimous, as the total damage value depends on many other factors. Therefore, consider the attacks above as a great rule of thumb to be followed, as they unlock the pokémon's maximum damage potential, but without considering other elements.

For example: if you have a pokemon Fairy with the Enchant + Dazzling Flash moveset, this will most likely be the best possible set for that pokémon. However, if you fight a Pokemon from Plant, for example, it would be better for your Fairy pokemon to have a Fire move.

Note, therefore, that the best possible attacks always vary depending on the opponent. That's exactly why players should have several of the same pokemon, but with different attacks, each for a certain situation.

Precious tip about attacks and types

We already know that a pokémon's attacks are randomly assigned and often they have nothing to do with the pokémon's type (an Earth pokémon with a Water attack, for example). Prevent this from happening. Many players don't know but when a pokemon uses an attack of its own type (a Bulbasaur using Vine Whip), the damage is multiplied by 1.2x. In the case of Pokémon with two types, such as Charizard (Fire and Flying), the bonus will be attributed to any attack that is of one of these two types.

Check below how to change your Pokemon's attacks to get all the advantages possible!

How to change pokemon attacks

To change the moves of a pokemon, you must use the items MT agile attack e MT charged attack. Just select one of these items in your bag (depending on the move you want to trade) and choose the pokémon. This will make him unlearn the current move and learn a new one.

Unfortunately, it's not possible to choose the new move unless you use an Elite MT (more on that below). This means that as soon as you use the item, a new attack will be drawn among the possible ones for that pokémon (it is not possible to remain the same). Each pokémon has its own set of moves that can be learned, ranging, on average, from 3 to 7 moves.

For example: Terrakion has 2 possible agile attacks (Zen Headbutt and Knockdown) and 3 possible charged attacks (Earthquake, Stone Slide and Melee). Any Terrakion in the game will appear with some combination of these 5 attacks. If your Terrakion has the Knockdown + Earthquake combo and you want to switch Earthquake to Stone Slide, you will have a 50% chance to get the desired hit. In case you can't, the only way is to use another MT charged attack.

And how do I get the MT agile attack and MT charged attack items?

The only ways to get MT agile attack and MT charged attack are:

  • In rewards from some missions.
  • In raid rewards. The higher the boss level, the more chances you have to win.
  • In rewards from PvP (GO Battle League) battles.

Know that neither raids nor PvP battles guarantee that you will win the items, they only give you a chance to obtain them.

And what is MT Elite attack?

The Elite Charged/Swift MT are very powerful items that allow you to choose the new move to learn. This means that the new move will not be chosen by lottery, but by you. In addition, items allow you to choose ANY available, including event moves and even "legacy" moves (those that have already been removed from the game).

To get a MT Charged Attack or Elite Agile Attack you need to get the rank 7 until the end of the respective GO Battle League season. On the given date, if you have obtained the rank above, the item will appear as a reward for you to collect.

Best attacks table for Gyms

When it comes to Gyms, things change a bit, as the mechanics of charged attacks are different. Also, the best attacks for each Pokemon can change depending on whether you are attacking or defending a Gym.

The table below gathers the best movesets to use for both attacking and defending Gyms. We will only mention a few Pokemon relevant to this type of fights and we will exclude the Legendary ones, as they cannot be used to defend.

Pokémon Attack Defense
Venusaur Vine Whip
petal blizzard
Leaf Blade
Mud bomb
Charizard Call Hurricane
Blast of Fire
Air attack
Dragon's Claw
Blastoise water revolver
Hydro Cannon
Bite
Hydro Cannon
Arcanine Fangs of Fire
Blast of Fire
Rosnado
Blast of Fire
Alakazam Confus√£o
Future vision
Confus√£o
shadow ball
machamp Counter
dynamic punch
Counter
dynamic punch
G Rock Launch
stone edge
Rock Launch
stone edge
Slowbro Confus√£o
Psychic
Confus√£o
Freezing ray
Muk Poisoned Strike
lama attack
Poisoned Strike
lama attack
gengar Lick
shadow ball
Spell
Mud bomb
hypnosis Confus√£o
Psychic
Confus√£o
ice punch
Kingler Bubble
Crab Hammer
Bubble
Crab Hammer
exeggutor Seed Projectile
Sunbeam
Confus√£o
Seed Pump
Rhydon Limpet Lid
stone edge
lama cap
stone edge
Chansey Zen headbutt
Psychic
Zen headbutt
Dazzling glare
Mr mime Confus√£o
shadow ball
Confus√£o
Psychic
pinsir Sting
X scissors
Stone crushing
X scissors
Gyarados Cachoeira
water pulse
Cachoeira
chewed
Lapras ice breath
Blizzard
ice breath
Blizzard
Vaporeon water revolver
water pulse
water revolver
Water Tail
Joelton Thunderstorm
Lightning
Electric Exchange
Download
Flareon Call Hurricane
Overheating
Call Hurricane
Flamethrower
Omastar Rock Launch
slide of stones
Rock Launch
slide of stones
Aerodactyl Steel Wing
Hyper-ray
Steel Wing
Ancestral Power
Snorlax Lick
ROI
Zen headbutt
heavy blow
Dragonite dragon tail
Insult
dragon tail
Insult
Meganium Vine Whip
petal blizzard
Leaf Blade
petal blizzard
Typhlosion Hot coal
Overheating
Hot coal
Overheating
Feraligatr water revolver
Hydro Cannon
water revolver
Freezing ray
Amphoros Lightning Load
zap cannon
Electric Exchange
zap cannon
Espeon Confus√£o
Future vision
Confus√£o
Psychic Beam
Umbreon Rosnado
Dirty game
Rosnado
dark pulse
Slowking Confus√£o
Psychic
Confus√£o
Psychic
Steelix Iron tail
heavy blow
dragon tail
chewed
Scizor Projectile punch
Iron head
Projectile punch
Iron head
Heracross Counter
melee
Bug's Wrath
body-to-body
Ursaring Counter
Hyper-ray
Counter
Hyper-ray
Donphan Counter
Earthquake
Counter
hard juice
Blissey

Zen headbutt
Psychic

Zen headbutt
Dazzling glare
Tyranitar Bite
chewed
Iron tail
chewed
Skeptical Seed Projectile
Leaf Blade
Seed Projectile
Leaf Blade
Blaziken Call Hurricane
Blast of Fire
Call Hurricane
Overheating
swampert water revolver
Hydro Cannon
lama shot
Hydro Cannon
gardevoir To charm
Dazzling glare
To charm
shadow ball
Breeloom Counter
dynamic punch
Counter
Mud bomb
slacking Yawn
Hyper-ray
Yawn
Tough game
Hariyama Counter
dynamic punch
Counter
dynamic punch
Aggron Iron tail
heavy blow
Iron tail
heavy blow
Wailord water revolver
Surfing
Zen headbutt
Blizzard
Flygon dragon tail
Dragon's Claw
dragon tail
Dragon's Claw
Claydol Confus√£o
Psychic
Confus√£o
power of earth
Milotic Cachoeira
Surfing
dragon tail
Blizzard
Whale clean ice breath
Blizzard
ice breath
Blizzard
Salamence dragon tail
Insult
dragon tail
Dragon Meteor
metagross Projectile punch
Meteor Crushing
Zen headbutt
Meteor Crushing
torterra Razor Leaf
petal blizzard
Razor Leaf
petal blizzard
infernape Call Hurricane
Flamethrower
Stone crushing
Flamethrower
Empoleon Cachoeira
water pulse
Cachoeira
water pulse
roserade Razor Leaf
Plant node
Razor Leaf
Mud bomb
Ramps overthrow
slide of stones
Zen headbutt
Insult
mismagius To charm
shadow ball
To charm
Dazzling glare
Garchomp dragon tail
Insult
dragon tail
Insult
Lucario Counter
Empowering Punch
Counter
shadow ball
Weaville Rosnado
Dirty game
ice shard
Avalanche
magnetone Spark
wild attack
Lightning Load
wild attack
Rhyperior overthrow
stone edge
overthrow
stone edge
tangrowth Vine Whip
Sunbeam
Vine Whip
Ancestral Power
elective Thunderstorm
wild attack
Thunderstorm
wild attack
Togekiss To charm
Dazzling glare
secret power
Wings of the Ares
Yanmega Sting
Insect Buzz
Attack of Asa
Wings of the Ares
Leafeon Razor Leaf
Leaf Blade
Razor Leaf
Leaf Blade
Ice cream ice breath
Avalanche
ice shard
Avalanche
mamoswine Powder Snow
Avalanche
lama cap
Avalanche
gallade Confus√£o
Mirrored Coat
Confus√£o
Leaf Blade
probopass Spark
Lightning
Rock Launch
slide of stones
frolass Powder Snow
Avalanche
Powder Snow
Avalanche
Serperior Vine Whip
Gram's knot
Steel tail
Gram's knot
Embark trick
Focused Burst
trick
slide of stones
Samurott

Cachoeira
water pulse

Cachoeira
water pulse
excadrill lama cap
Hurricane
lama cap
Iron head
Ferrothorn Seed Projectile
Mighty Whip
Seed Projectile
Mighty Whip
Chandelure Call Hurricane
Overheating
Call Hurricane
shadow ball
golurk lama cap
power of earth
lama cap
dynamic punch
Hydreigon dragon breath
dark pulse
dragon breath
dark pulse

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  • Updated list of all Pok√©mon GO eggs - 2km, 5km, 7km, 10km and 12km
  • Pok√©mon GO: Friendship Levels, Rewards and Bonuses!
  • Discover all the slang and expressions used in Pok√©mon GO!
  • The best Pokemon of each type in Pokemon GO!
  • All about Psychic Pokemon in Pokemon GO!
  • All about Cubone!
  • Dragonite's best attacks: Raids, PVP and Gyms!
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