Pokémon Go is out and if you haven’t heard of it by now, you most likely live under a rock or are actively trying to avoid it. It’s the number one app of all time, and goes to show just how much people are willing to realize their childhoods (or try something new) and get behind the world of Pokemon.
In the game, the mechanics are quite simple. You catch the Pokemon that you find by walking around via your GPS. Then, by catching more of the same type, you can make them stronger or evolve them. Then once you get strong enough Pokemon, you can challenge local gyms to get PokeCoins and become a gym leader yourself. All the while you walk by PokeStops to get a consistent refill of PokeBalls, eggs, potions, and more.
When it comes to battling in gyms, that’s where the game gets really cutthroat. Each Pokemon has CP (Combat Power) that determines how strong they will be. That can range anywhere from 10 all the way up into the thousands. If you don’t have any Pokemon with high CP, you won’t get very far.
Naturally, many are seeking the Pokemon with the highest CP to be able to hold or take over gyms for themselves. Luckily, dataminers have gone into the game and figured out which Pokemon have the highest max CP potential: it doesn’t get any more powerful than these guys. Here are the top 15 highest CP capable Pokemon in Pokemon Go.
It seems fitting that we’d get at least one starter evolution on this list. Charizard is one of the most popular Pokemon of all time, and has made many appearances in other games such as Pokken Tournament and Super Smash Bros. The flames he emits are hot enough to melt boulders, and he has enough attitude to make anyone hesitate before deciding to train one. In Pokemon Go, Charizard has a max CP potential of 2602.2, and how could that surprise anyone? Charizard is one of the strongest Pokemon to ever exist, with or without Mega Evolutions. While that’s impressive, it’s unfortunate that Charizard is a difficult Pokemon to obtain in Pokemon Go. You either have to find a ridiculous amount of Charmanders to get all of the necessary candy needed, or you could just look for a Charizard itself; however, I don’t recommend that. Charmanders themselves are hard enough to find (I personally have never even gotten one to appear in the “nearby space”), let alone its final evolution. Regardless of how you decide to raise your very own fire-breathing dragon, it will most likely end up being worth it in the end.
Who knew that this big lovable ball of sludge could end up being so powerful? While some people like to give Muk a lot of hate for its design, but personally, I think it’s quite unique and adorable. Unfortunately for people that love this Pokemon, it is apparently so toxic that not only does it kill every plant that it touches, but you can accumulate all kinds of poisoning just by getting close enough to it. Its pre-evolution Grimer are known to appear only when there are huge amounts of pollution or toxicity, it’s a Pokemon you’ll definitely want to take the time to get in Pokemon Go. It’s the only pure poison type you can get in the game currently, and will only get stronger as you increase its power and eventually evolve it into a dangerous Muk. In Pokemon Go, Muk has a max CP value of 2602.9. It just barely beats out a Charizard, but it’s close enough that you could pit them against each other and it would still be a fair fight. If you’re building a diverse Pokemon team for a gym, this is one I would recommend getting. His unique typing along with his power are too good to pass up.
The fact that Flareon happens to be on this list makes me quite happy. It is not hard at all to get a Flareon, considering how easily you can find and evolve an Eevee. Pretty much all of the Eeveelutions are pretty strong and are great recommendations for anybody starting out with the game, but Flareon is one to consider getting. Many of the Pokemon Gyms you’ll see around are bound to have a Flareon at their disposal because they’re that good. It has a max CP potential of 2643.43, so stockpiling on Eevees throughout your time with the game is always a good idea. You’ll want the candy and the Stardust to make sure your Flareon is raring to go once you get it.
It makes absolute sense that one of the hardest Pokemon to obtain in Pokemon Go would naturally be one of the strongest. In the actual mainstream Pokemon games (such as X, Y, Omega Ruby, etc), Gyarados isn’t quite as powerful as you’d think. He can be used in the metagame but many times is dropped in favor of better Pokemon. In Pokemon Go, it’s a bit of a different story. The max CP potential for this serpent is 2688.89. Couple that with its possibility of having a dragon type move, and you’ve got one heck of an attacker for that gym you can’t seem to take from Team Instinct. Gyarados is a beast, and once anybody sees that in your possession, they’ll think twice before challenging your gym. The only drawback is just how difficult they are to come by. If you don’t want to spend the rest of your life trying to hunt for one, you can always catch a ton of Magikarp (and I mean a ton) to get the appropriate candies to evolve it. How many candies does it take to evolve Magikarp? While most Pokemon range from 50-100, evolving a Magikarp requires a total of 400 candies. You would have to catch at least 100 Magikarp and transfer all of them in order to get that many.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better to keep plenty of Eevee around for the candies, Vaporeon comes in at an even higher potential than Flareon. Vaporeon’s CP can go all the way up to 2816.25, beating out its evolutionary brother as well as the famed Gyarados. Vaporeon is probably the most unique of the Eeveelutions in terms of design, and should be a staple of anybody’s Pokemon Go roster. Apart from Flareon, this is another Pokemon you’ll see tons of when going by your local gyms. Again, it’s simply that good of a Pokemon, and it’s easy to get. If you want to evolve your Eevee into a Vaporeon without having to keep trying over and over, you just have to name it Rainer, and the game should do the rest for you. Vaporeon itself also has some cool abilities (not in Pokemon Go), like being able to completely disappear while going underwater because its body is composed of water molecules, so it simply dissolves. This also enables to control the water however it sees fit.
Exeggutor has always been one of those Pokemon that never made a whole lot of sense to me. First off, it’s pre-evolved form Exeggcute just confuses me. It’s a combination of multiple little eggs. They’re not connected or attached in any way shape or form. So why on Earth would only a group of them together be labeled a Pokemon? Confusing Pokemon anatomy aside, it seems that catching a bunch of these confusing little eggs is worth it in the long run. Exeggutor has a max CP of 2955.18 and packs a powerful punch. It is a grass and psychic, so the capabilities for its moveset are as strong as they are unique. Unfortunately with Exeggutor, what confuses me even more is that if any of the many heads of it fall off, that becomes an Exeggcute. Somebody please explain that to me. How does one head fall off and spontaneously turn into multiple little eggs that then become their own Pokemon? Whatever. At least catching them in Pokemon Go isn’t very complicated, and the time spent with them is more than worth the mental trouble. Don’t forget to raise its CP after you evolve it.
The existence of any legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go has always been a topic of heated debate. It’s a lot like the old tales of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. There are people that swear up and down that they’ve seen them, but there’s never quite enough actual evidence to completely sell you on the matter. Whether or not the legendary Articuno is currently in Pokemon Go or not, it will be coming at some point; and you won’t want to miss out on it either. Articuno is in the game’s data and has a max CP value of 2978.16. Those of you for Team Mystic will definitely have a Pokemon to get behind once you find it. Articuno will be a brutal fighter and will mean trouble for anyone that has a Dragon, Grass, or Flying type at their gym. It is unclear if Articuno will be released through some event or will just be really hard to find, but I recommend you get it however you can. It is one of the most beautiful Pokemon in existence as well as one of the strongest in Pokemon Go. Even if you don’t like Team Mystic, you can agree with that.
The strongest water type in Pokemon Go goes to Lapras. Since its debut in the anime, Lapras has always been portrayed as a gentle, peaceful, little water dinosaur. In fact, it’s mostly known for giving people rides on the back of its hard shell, and was even the main source of transportation for the protagonist of the anime throughout the second season. In Pokemon Go, however, Lapras is a brutal fighter. With a max CP of 2980.73, I would hate to stand on the receiving end of this Pokemon’s power. Lapras may look sweet and lovable, but if it’s defending a gym, it will be a tough battle no doubt (assuming the battle doesn’t crash and you end up losing anyway). Currently, it’s quite difficult to find a Lapras, especially if you live a far distance from any recognizable sources of water. Have no fear though, you still have the possibility of getting one out of a 10 km egg, after you hatch it a week later. A little fun fact about Lapras is that in the games, it is very close to extinction due to being hunted by nasty poachers.
Arcanine has been one of the most confusing Pokemon for beginning players. Its description labels it as the “Legendary Pokemon”, so people automatically assume that it is a legend. As a matter of fact, in China (in the Pokemon world), Arcanine is heralded as legendary because of its regal appearance, blazing fast speed, and gorgeous mane. However, as all Pokemon fans worth their salt know, this fire breathing dog is not an official legendary. However, that doesn’t mean Arcanine is no laughing matter. It is one of the strongest fire types in the Pokemon world, and sits as one of the best forms of transportation in that universe. In Pokemon Go, there are also plenty of reasons to catch this beautiful creature, the biggest one being that its max CP potential sits at 2983.9, making it the second most powerful fire type in the entire game. If you really want one though, be prepared to work for it. Fire-type Pokemon in general are a bit tougher to find, but if you can catch enough Growlithe or are lucky enough to find an Arcanine itself, get those candies ready, because you’ll be able to take on a gym soon after.
Snorlax is a Pokemon I commonly associate with Magikarp. People normally see a standout trait of it and choose not to put in the time or effort to see what the Pokemon is truly capable of. Magikarp evolves into the mighty Gyarados as well now, but what can Snorlax do? After all, it’s a Pokemon known for being quite good at sleeping . That actually works to its advantage. Snorlax is slow, heavy, and strong. It won’t hit very fast, but it deals quite a bit of damage. On top of that, Snorlax comes with a massive amount of defense and HP. Snorlax is one of those Pokemon that everyone should get if they have any intention of getting better at Pokemon Go, and the reason for that is that it’s perfect when it comes to defending a gym. Topped with a max CP of 3112.85, Snorlax is very difficult to take down. Your opponent would need a very strong fighting type, and even then, there’s no guarantee that will give them a win. If you keep your Snorlax’s level up, you could remain a gym leader for quite some time. Then if you beef up the gym with more than just a Snorlax, you’re going to throw all challengers in for a loop.
Zapdos is the mascot for Team Instinct as well as the second of the three legendary birds that are rumored to be in the game. In the Pokemon universe, Zapdos is responsible for many of the storms seen throughout the world. With just a flap of its shining wings, it can cause severe thunderstorms and send massive bolts of lightning down to the ground. It is also known to gain power when struck by electricity. That feature probably won’t make into Pokemon Go, but isn’t that the kind of Pokemon you’d love to have on your roster? There’s no doubt that Zapdos is a heavy hitter (assuming you ever find one of course), but the jury is still out on how exactly Zapdos will play. Regardless, with a CP potential of 3114.38, it’s almost too good to pass up. Many people are going to want a Zapdos on their team, but if it ends up only available to those that run with Team Instinct, at least they’ll have a solid Pokemon to get themselves behind, as well as bragging rights against Team Mystic. Just make sure you have plenty of ultra balls handy if you end up having to catch this thing.
Team Valor fans rejoice. Your mascot has the highest max CP potential out of the three mascots. Granted, it doesn’t beat out Zapdos by a whole lot, but it’s still a small victory nonetheless. Like Articuno and Zapdos, Moltres also has the ability to control its own element: this time it’s fire. As it flies through the sky, a mere flap of its blazing wings will send a flare through the heavens that can even brighten up the night sky. While its design isn’t quite as impressive as the other two, its beauty still holds true. If Moltres ever becomes injured, it’s said that it goes for a quick bath of volcanic magma. Moltres is and always has been one of the strongest Pokemon to ever exist, and in Pokemon Go that seems to be no exception. A max CP of 3240.47 means that based on level, there are only three other Pokemon that can contend with it. If you ever find yourself in possession of a Moltres, my advice to you is find the nearest gym, take it over, and set that bird as your last line of defense.
To be completely honest, I was surprised that code for Mew even existed in the game. Having the original 150 Pokemon, Pokemon Go takes much of its inspiration from Red and Blue. In those games, Mew could only be obtained through a glitch and there was no real way to catch it until events became a thing much farther down the road. Mew, as far as the actual Pokemon games go, is arguably the strongest Pokemon to exist. It is said to have the DNA of every Pokemon within it and as a result, can learn practically any move in the entire game. However, it is understandable why it wouldn’t be the strongest in Pokemon Go, as that game functions just a bit differently than some of the mainstream titles. Mew is a cutesy, pink, fun-loving little guy. Make no mistake though, boasting a max CP of 3299.17, Mew is as powerful as it is adorable. With strong psychic attacks backing it up, Mew will be a must-have for any good Pokemon collector, and will mostly be a good offensive hitter. If you need more convincing as to why Mew is a good Pokemon, go watch the first Pokemon movie, and then you’ll be all set.
Dragonite is so difficult to obtain in Pokemon Go that I’ve only seen it once, at a gym, where it handed my butt to me. Dragonite is the first dragon type Pokemon ever made and it is a strong one. Don’t let its appearance fool you; Dragonite has incredibly powerful attacks at its disposal such as Draco Meteor and Hyper Beam. Despite its tiny wings, Dragonite also flies fast enough that it can fully circle the globe in just 16 hours. It’s an impressive and rare Pokemon that many will deem necessary as they conquer all of their local gyms. Dragonite has a max CP of 3500.06, so if you can manage to get one at that level, you won’t be losing your gym any time soon. Personally I’ve never even found a Dratini, but if you’re lucky enough to actually find plenty of those (or Dragonair), you’ll be locked, loaded, and ready for a tough battle. If you’re having trouble finding a Dratini, my best piece of advice is to ask someone who has caught one and go where they went. Pokemon tend to spawn in the same place more than once, so it’s a safe bet that you could find yours there, too.
Was there ever a doubt in your mind? It is so fitting that a clone of Mew that was designed to be the world’s strongest Pokemon would have the highest CP potential in Pokemon Go. Mewtwo is strong, but he is also unstable. Born without a proper heart, he is savage, and will do as he pleases to achieve any goal he desires. Don’t like it? How exactly would you stop him? He can bring down any Pokemon you may throw at him, leaving you helpless and afraid. Mewtwo’s max CP sits at a whopping 4144.75, so if you see one at that level, you’ll have a hard time beating it at a gym. My advice is to run in the other direction. However, this is a Pokemon you will undoubtedly want to catch, so I recommend you fight fire with fire and send your Mewtwo on it. Hopefully, when Mewtwo is released in Pokemon Go, it won’t be as incredibly overpowered as it seems, because then everybody that doesn’t have a Mewtwo will be at a severe disadvantage. Then, those that have a Mewtwo but weren’t lucky enough to get it at such a high level will also be at a disadvantage.
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