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Read this Pokemon GO guide on the recommended & best Pokemon to power using Stardust & Candy. Know which to power up for legendary raids, gym battles and defense, & more!

Pokemon GO Best Pokemon To Power Up: Guide & List
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Priority In Powering Up

[NOTE] Power Up Pokemon Until PL 30

Pokemon GO Best Pokemon To Power Up: Guide & List

It's recommended to power up Pokemon only until Pokemon Level 30. Doing so after this level doesn't make any noticeable change in its statistics so it's best to use your resources on other Pokemon instead.

Pokemon Is Level 30 After Stardust Needed Is 5000

Pokemon GO Best Pokemon To Power Up: Guide & List

You can figure out the Pokemon's Level by the amount of Stardust required to power it up. When the Stardust needed reaches 5,000, when you power up the Pokemon twice after, it's already at PL 30.

Check Out Ways To Earn Stardust!

Prioritize Powering Up Pokemon Frequently Used

The first few Pokemon you should power up are those that you use in gym and raid battles. Since Stardust is a precious & hard-to-get commodity, power up the Pokemon that are used more often.

Pokemon Used In Legendary Raids

More stars means higher priority to power up.

Pokemon
Priority
[[Normal Attack / Charge Attack]
Effective In This Raid
Kyogre IconKyogre
★ ★ ★
[Waterfall / Hydro Pump]
Groudon
Roserade IconRoserade
★ ★ ★
[Razor Leaf / Solar Beam]
Kyogre
Electivire IconElectivire
★ ★ ★
[Thunder Shock / Wild Charge]
Kyogre
Tyranitar IconTyranitar
★ ★ ★
[Bite / Crunch]
Deoxys
Raikou IconRaikou
★ ★
[Thunder Shock / Wild Charge]
Kyogre
Zapdos IconZapdos
★ ★
[Thunder Shock / Zap Cannon]
Kyogre
Gyarados IconGyarados
★ ★
[Waterfall / Hydro Pump]
Groudon
Venusaur IconVenusaur
★ ★
[Vine Whip / Frenzy Plant]
Kyogre
Weavile IconWeavile
[Feint Attack / Foul Play]
Deoxys
Scizor IconScizor
[Fury Cutter / X-Scissor]
Deoxys
Check Out Legendary Raid & EX Raid Guide!

Pokemon Used In Lower Level Raids

More stars means higher priority to power up.

Pokemon
Priority
[[Normal Attack / Charge Attack]
Effective In This Raid
Machamp IconMachamp
★ ★ ★
[Counter / Dynamic Punch]
・Absol
・Aggron
Kyogre IconKyogre
★ ★ ★
[Waterfall / Hydro Pump]
・Aggron
・Solrock
・Lunatone
・Claydol
Groudon IconGroudon
★ ★ ★
[Mud Shot / Earthquake]
・Aggron
・Solrock
・Lunatone
・Claydol
Moltres IconMoltres
★ ★ ★
[Fire Spin / Overheat]
・Metagross
・Shiftry
Flareon IconFlareon
★ ★
[Fire Spin / Overheat]
・Metagross
・Shiftry
Entei IconEntei
★ ★
[Fire Spin / Overheat]
・Metagross
・Shiftry
Roserade IconRoserade
★ ★
[Razor Leaf / Solar Beam]
・Claydol
・Crawdaunt
Gyarados IconGyarados
★ ★
[Waterfall / Hydro Pump]
・Claydol
・Solrock
・Lunatone
Breloom IconBreloom
[Counter / Dynamic Punch]
・Absol

[Bullet Seed / Grass Knot]
・Sharpedo
Raikou IconRaikou
[Thunder Shock / Wild Charge]
・Sharpedo
・Crawdaunt
Electivire IconElectivire
[Thunder Shock / Wild Charge]
・Sharpedo
・Crawdaunt
Zapdos IconZapdos
[Thunder Shock / Zap Cannon]
・Sharpedo
・Crawdaunt
Check Out Raid Battle Guide Here!

Pokemon For Gym Battle & Defense

More stars means higher priority to power up.

Pokemon
Priority
[[Normal Attack / Charge Attack]
Criteria For Recommendation
Machamp IconMachamp
★ ★ ★
[Counter / Dynamic Punch]
・Fighting Type moves are very powerful
・Can easily take down high HP Blissey defending the gym
Blissey IconBlissey
★ ★ ★
[Zen Headbutt / Dazzling Gleam]
・Best suited for defending a gym
・Has high HP that can make it last in the gym longer
Metagross IconMetagross
★ ★ ★
[Bullet Punch / Meteor Mash]
・Has high attack that can take down Pokemon
・Can be used against a variety of Types
・Meteor Mash is a Legacy Move, making it difficult to obtain
Moltres IconMoltres
★ ★ ★
[Fire Spin / Overheat]
・Has very high attack stats
・Has one of the strongest Fire Type moves
・Can easily take down a Metagross guarding a gym
Kyogre IconKyogre
★ ★
[Waterfall / Hydro Pump]
・Kyogre's base stats are very high overall
・Can fight against many different Pokemon
Groudon IconGroudon
★ ★
[Mud Shot / Earthquake]
・Has powerful attack base stats
・Can be used to counter Metagross
Raikou IconRaikou
★ ★
[Thunder Shock / Wild Charge]
・Overall base stats are top tier
・Moves are easy to use & charge gauges fast
Snorlax IconSnorlax
★ ★
[Zen Headbutt / Hyper Beam]
・Highest defense next to Blissey
・Can protect the gym longer with its powerful moves
・Best suited to defend gyms
Dragonite IconDragonite
★ ★
[Dragon Tail / Outrage]
・Has top-tier attack power
・It's Dragon Type moves are hard to counter
・Dragonite is best used to attack gyms
Tyranitar IconTyranitar
★ ★
[Bite / Crunch]
・Is strong with high HP, attack, & defense
・Moves are easy to use & charge gauge quickly
・Has dual weaknesses so it's not suited for gym defense
Lapras IconLapras
[Frost Breath / Petal Blizzard]
・Has high durability
・Can be used to attack or defend gyms
Vaporeon IconVaporeon
[Water Gun / Hydro Pump]
・Has enough durability to defend gym well
・Moves are strong and excellent in battle
Jolteon IconJolteon
[Thunder Shock / Thunderbolt]
・One of the strongest Electric Type Pokemon
・Can be an alternative to Raikou
Check Out The Gym Battle Guide Here!

Power Up Pokemon With High CP

High CP Pokemon Can Save You Stardust Cost

Catching a Pokemon with already high CP will save you a lot of Stardust. It's best to decide using the Pokemon's CP whether or not you will power it up. Try to power up Pokemon with IV of 90% and above, too!

Catch During Weather Boost To Get High CP

Pokemon GO Best Pokemon To Power Up: Guide & List

Pokemon with a weather boost also appear with a higher CP. They spawn more often and can have a maximum Pokemon Level (PL) of 30, so try to capture as many as you can to get high stat Pokemon.

Check Out Weather System Here!

Power Up Pokemon With Good Moves

Choose Pokemon With Powerful, Flexible Moves

Pokemon GO Best Pokemon To Power Up: Guide & List

Even if a Pokemon's CP or IV is low, it's best to prioritize powering up Pokemon with strong, flexible moves you can use in battle. Moves are crucial in combat, determining the damage depending on its Type & effectiveness.

Check Out Type & Effectiveness Chart!

Moves Can Be Changed Via TM

How To Get & Use Technical Machines (TM)

You can sometimes receive a TM when defeating a raid battle. These can be used to change the moves of your Pokemon. A Pokemon with high IV but ineffective moves can be bred for battle simply by using a TM on it.

Check Out TM Details Here!

High IV Pokemon

Power Up High IVs When Raiding With Small Group

What Is Individual Value (IV) Guide Tips

In battle, high IV Pokemon aren't that important. The IVs come into play when you are fighting a high-level raid boss with only a few people. This is when high IV Pokemon have an advantage.

Check Out What Is Individual Value!

IVs Cannot Be Changed

A Pokemon's IV cannot be changed once it is caught. As these values are already set, players should keep catching Pokemon for higher chances of getting a high IV Pokemon.

Hatch Eggs Or Defeat Raid Bosses

Hatching eggs or defeating then capturing raid bosses will give you higher chance of getting high IV Pokemon. If you're looking for Pokemon with higher Individual Values, this is the way to go.

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