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Pokémon GO Attackers Tier List

Though cute, you won't see Pikachu on this list
Though cute, you won't see Pikachu on this list / Photo courtesy of Niantic

Pokémon GO Attackers Tier List

Unbound by the franchise's traditional turn based attack style of play, Pokémon GO still requires a bit of know-how if you're looking to be the very best. Here's our Pokémon GO attackers tier list, with the Pokémon on which you should focus your candies, stardust, and TMs if you want some strong Pokémon in your arsenal.

Pokémon GO Attackers Tier List

There are a lot of Pokémon to cover, and many of them are viable options in a wide range of circumstances. From top to bottom, each tier in this list will have the best of the tier down to the worst before we move onto the next tier.

1. S-Tier

  • Shadow Mewtwo
  • Shadow Machamp
  • Shadow Metagross
  • Shadow Salamance
  • Shadow Mamoswine
  • Shadow Raikou
  • Shadow Dragonite

From top to bottom, these S-Tier Pokémon don't really have to rely upon Super Effective stats to increase their viability. They're just pure powerhouses on offense, and Shadow Mewtwo is really something else entirely. Machamp has always been a top-tier choice, and the addition of Shadow Pokémon gave his new form even more strength and viability.

2. A-Tier (Alpha)

  • Lucario
  • Rampardos
  • Zekrom
  • Rhyperior
  • Reshiram
  • Shadow Swampert
  • Shadow Tyranitar
  • Shadow Moltres
  • Shadow Weavile

This group is a little harder to separate because more or less they all have a strength or weakness to several Pokémon in this tier and the S-Tier, but generally speaking they're all crazy strong. Weavile might be the most defensively weak in this tier, but a Shadow Weavile has some crazy strength to back it up. Ice-Type Pokémon are usually powerhouses on offense.

3. A-Tier (Beta)

  • Mewtwo
  • Salamance
  • Kyogre
  • Rayquaza
  • Darkrai
  • Origin Form Giratina
  • Conkeldurr
  • Chandelure
  • Shadow Zapdos
  • Machamp
  • Shadow Magnezone
  • Shadow Electivire
  • Shadow Aerodactyl

Not quite weak enough to be put into a B-Tier, but not as strong as the A-Tier Alpha, this list of Pokémon still includes some of the strongest out there. They can be included on any roster without question, but these are more circumstantial attackers to use.

4. B-Tier (Alpha)

  • Gengar
  • Raikou
  • Metagross
  • Palkia
  • Shadow Gyarados
  • Garchomp
  • Mamoswine
  • Galarian Darmanitan
  • Shadow Venusaur
  • Shadow Torterra
  • Shadow Entei

By now, you've probably noticed that there are many choices to choose from on each list. Pokémon GO allows you to bring up to six Pokémon at a time for any Raid, meaning you have plenty of options when it comes to who can appear on your team. These B-Tier Alphas pack some substantial heat, but their power levels are not as high as the A-Tier (Beta).

5. B-Tier (Beta)

  • Zapdos
  • Entei
  • Blaziken
  • Groudon
  • Weavile
  • Excadrill
  • Hydreigon
  • Shadow Scizor
  • Shadow Gardevoir
  • Shadow Pinsir
  • Feraligatr
  • Tyranitar

Finally, the last section on our list includes these B-Tier Betas. They are only here because they are outclassed by Pokémon in a higher tier, but other than that they are some great options.

Investing time and resources to build a team with the best of the best Pokémon GO attackers can be a commitment. Hopefully, you've found some guidance here in what you should be focusing your candies, stardust, and TMs on as you move forward in building your strongest team ever.