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Pokemon GO Guide: The Best Gym Attackers By Tier

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Below you will find the Pokemon GO best gym attackers by tier. The list takes into consideration a decent level of dodging ability by the trainer. Potentially super effective Pokemon using dodge were left out, as we aim to cater to the largest number of trainers possible.

For the best Gym Defenders check out Best Gym Defenders By Tier.


Tier 1

These Pokemon should have the highest possible priority if you are looking to invest dust to improve only your best attackers. They will tear through just about anything even if you don’t dodge at all, and have particularly strong matchups vs the most common defenders.

Tier 1
Explanation
#149 Dragonite
Dragonite
Pros:
• Very strong matchups across-the-board
• Best counter to Vaporeon
Cons:
• Weak to Lapras
Optimal Moveset
• Dragon Breath + Dragon Claw
#143 Snorlax
Snorlax
Pros:
• Has no bad matchups
Cons:
• High potion usage
Optimal Moveset
• Lick + Hyper Beam or Body Slam
#131 Lapras
Lapras
Pros:
• Generally powerful attacker
Cons:
• Inefficient vs Fire Types
• Somewhat high potion usage
Optimal Moveset
• Frost Breath + Blizzard
#103 Exeggutor
Exeggutor
Pros:
• Strong counter to Vaporeon
• Extremely efficient when dodging
Cons:
• Relatively weak vs Fire Types
Optimal Moveset
• Zen Headbutt + Psychic or Solar Beam or Seed Bomb



Tier 1.5

These Pokemon have some incredibly strong matchups, and in many ways are just as good as Pokemon in Tier 1. However, they have a notable flaw that leads them to a lowered general usability compared to Tier 1.

Tier 1.5
Explanation
#059 Arcanine
Arcanine
Pros:
• Crushes everything that doesn’t directly resist fire
• Strong attacker into Lapras
Cons:
• Many gym players keep Arcanine in mind when choosing a defender
• Very weak to Vaporeon, the most common gym defender
Optimal Moveset
• Fire Fang or Bite + Fire Blast
#134 Vaporeon
Vaporeon
Pros:
• Powerful metagame-defining attacker vs all who don’t resist water (and some who do)
Cons:
• Weakness to the big 4 grasses: Exeggutor, Venusaur, Vileplume, Victreebel
• Knowledgeable gym players focus on countering him
• Somewhat high potion usage
Optimal Moveset
• Water Gun + Hydro Pump or Aqua Tail

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