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Pokemon GO Guide: The Best Gym Defenders By Tier

Tier 4

These Pokemon are niche-fillers with at least one very important advantage or favorable matchup. They are only useful in situational gym compositions or in defending against particular higher-tier attackers. Their job is always done more optimally or in a less exploitable way by a different Pokemon in a higher tier.

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Tier 4
#089 Muk
Muk
#006 Charizard
Charizard
#130 Gyarados
Gyarados
#055 Golduck
Golduck
#115 Kangaskhan
Kangaskhan
#087 Dewgong
Dewgong

Tier 5

These are Pokemon with some good match-ups and base stats but have a poor typing or moveset that leaves them easily exploited by common attackers. They are still mentioned here as being generally worthwhile and superior to unlisted Pokemon.

Tier 5
#009 Blastoise
Blastoise
#112 Rhydon
Rhydon
#076 Golem
Golem
#034 Nidoking
Nidoking
#031 Nidoqueen
Nidoqueen
#073 Tentacruel
Tentacruel

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