Pokemon catching is one of the main draws of Pokemon GO, but most of the game?s competitive nature relies on players and the three teams battling over all the gyms in an area. Skills and a Pokemon?s overall power is the deciding factor in gym battles, but getting to know what Pokemon can defeat a specific defending Pokemon could be key in getting the upper hand.
Redditor conspire_pokemon_go recently shared a list of the commonly used Pokemon when defending a gym in Pokemon GO. Aside from that, their suggested counters are also indicated, so it?s a very good help to those gym hunters out there. The list is as follows:
? Dragonite ? Cloyster, Lapras, Dewgong, Jynx, Omaster, Golem, Wigglypuff, Clefable, Gyarados
? Lapras ? Omastar, Magneton, Arcanine, Rapidash, Poliwrath, Magmar
? Snorlax ? Clefable, Golem
? Vaporeon ? Victreebell, Vileplum, Venusaur, Exeggutor. Tangela, Parasect
? Poliwrath ? Victreebell, Vileplum, Venusaur, Exeggutor, Tangela, Slowbro, Hypno
? Gyarados ?- Magneton, Electabuzz, Raichu, Jolteon, Electrode
? Exeggutor- Scyther, Parasect, Arcanine, Flareon, Charizard, Venomoth
? Slowbro ? Exeggutor, Tangela, Parasect
? Venusaur/Victreebell, Vileplum- Arcanine, Flareon, Charizard, Pidgeotto, Golbat, Venomoth
Looking at the image below, we can see that it?s not enough to just have the specific Pokemon attack when one of the commonly used defenders is in a gym. Players need to consider the moveset also. For example, a Dragonite can be easily overcome by a Cloyster with two Ice attacks, while a Vaporeon can be defeated with a Victreebell with two Grass attacks.
There?s still a lot to consider including the Pokemon?s IV and CP when attacking a gym. Some may argue that an excellent moveset beats a Pokemon with high IV, so this is another factor to consider in Pokemon GO. This chart will still be of big help though since attacks and movesets do matter in a battle against a Pokemon with a good CP.