Pokemon GO Guide: The Best Gym Attackers By Tier

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Tier 2

These Pokemon are best used when sniping particular counter-matchups, or they are quality overall-attacking Pokemon that simply perform slightly worse in simulations than the higher tiered Pokemon of their type. They also may be weaker if the user does not dodge at all.

Tier 2
Explanation
#003 Venusaur
Venusaur
Pros:
• Hard counters Vaporeon and other waters
• Hard counters rock/ground types
Cons:
• Weak vs Arcanine and Dragonite
Optimal Moveset
• Vine Whip + Solar Beam or Petal Blizzard
#080 Slowbro
Slowbro
Pros:
• Strong overall attacker with coverage provided by Psychic
Cons:
• Weak vs the big grasses
Optimal Moveset
• Water Gun + Psychic
#071 Victreebel
Victreebel
Pros:
• Hard counters Vaporeon and other waters
• Incredibly efficient when dodging
Cons:
• Weak vs Arcanine and Dragonite
Optimal Moveset
• Razor Leaf + Solar Beam or Leaf Blade
#009 Blastoise
Blastoise
Pros:
• Slightly weaker version of Vaporeon
Cons:
• Slightly weaker version of Vaporeon
Optimal Moveset
• Water Gun + Hydro Pump
#130 Gyarados
Gyarados
Pros:
• If you managed to get a Dragon Breath + Dragon Pulse variant while it was available, it is a strong overall attacker as well as a decent Dragonite counter
• Bite + Hydro Pump (best currently evolvable moveset) leaves Gyarados as just another strong attacker vs Pokemon that don’t resist water
Cons:
• Electrics are good vs almost nothing except Gyarados. Don’t attack Electrics.
Optimal Moveset
• Dragon Breath or Bite + Hydro Pump OR
• Dragon Breath + Dragon Pulse
#089 Muk
Muk
Pros:
• Best available counter to Fairy Types
• Very strong counter to Grass and Bug Types
Cons:
• Weak to Ground and Psychics
Optimal Moveset
• Poison Jab + Sludge Wave or Gunk Shot
#068 Machamp
Machamp
Pros:
• One of few Pokemon that can handle Ice Pokemon like Lapras
• Able to give Snorlax a run for its money
Cons:
• Weak against Fairy, Psychic and Flying Pokemon
Optimal Moveset
• Bullet Chop + Cross Chop or Stone Edge
#031 Nidoqueen
Muk
Pros:
• Earthquake moveset very powerful vs Fire, Electric, Poison, Rock, and Ghost
• Sludge Wave moveset very powerful vs Fairy and Bug
No bad movesets
Cons:
• Weak vs Vaporeon and other waters, as well as Exeggutor and other Psychics
Optimal Moveset
• Bite + Earthquake OR
• Poison Jab + Sludge Wave
#040 Wigglytuff
Wigglytuff
Pros:
• Overall consistent matchups
• Low CP yields high prestige per win
• Battles well vs Dragonite with Dragon Breath
Cons:
• Doesn't hit quite as hard as the rest of the tier
• High potion usage
Optimal Moveset
• Pound + Hyper Beam or Play Rough
#135 Jolteon
Jolteon
Pros:
• Incredibly useful against Gyarados
Cons:
• Weak against ground pokemon like Golem or Rhydon
Optimal Moveset
• Thundershock + Thunder

Tier 3

This tier of relevant Pokemon rounds out the remainder of Pokemon that satisfy the stated requirements of this tier list. In almost every case these are Pokemon that, assuming you are investing dust specifically for attacking, should only be powered up when they are filling a niche highly specific to your local gym population, and no similarly typed higher tier Pokemon are available in your area.

Tier 3
#036 Clefable
Clefable
#073 Tentacruel
Tentacruel
#087 Dewgong
Dewgong
#034 Nidoking
Nidoking
#097 Hypno
Hypno
#062 Poliwrath
Poliwrath
#055 Golduck
Golduck
#136 Flareon
Flareon
#006 Charizard
Charizard
#076 Golem
Golem
#121 Starmie
Starmie
#139 Omastar
Omastar
#112 Rhydon
Rhydon
#045 Vileplume
Vileplume
#012 Butterfree
Butterfree

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