Pokemon Go Best Defenders

All Pokemon ranked from best to worst based on their individual ability to defend a gym.

Top 100 defending Pokemon in Pokemon Go. Click on a Pokemon to see the Best Counter Pokemon to its defence. See under the table for a full explanation.


Best Defenders

Pokémon Gen Type Score Weaknesses Defe HP
242 eebf2d67ebadab3d5e251fd41b500e3835829232af75ddde58dfd5fba79f8fbbBlissey
2 660
Fig
x1.25
244 416
113 095e3c94149ae531b040f5b4ac4b6f7dc22dee7bf8104828bffde6253ceacb28Chansey
1 599
Fig
x1.25
191 408
493 a2ddf0234354ef5730b504482a9c8c1861f1e557ff43d15ccf078633867d327cArceus
4 479
Fig
x1.25
277 202
143 116f67650d9e2145e307fe153ba6a8fba3bdd02606ffb0364c05e71b5a0dba4bSnorlax
1 470
Fig
x1.25
205 265
289 eb2efc79fc51dd493e9b7b23b252b31a9946bb25bda873ce8291dd57e29dc414Slaking
3 465
Fig
x1.25
216 249
486 b8431a634a9ec1f6e9d9f42d83476f61e4088a0772feeaff4228a73d6f7678f1Regigigas
4 432
Fig
x1.25
246 186
205 551d7961c6aa78b6a0b4ac8a1116ccadfc106a3934346f460d6a743509f6c66aForretress
2 420
Fir
x1.56
257 130
241 090bba4e313d608b12eec8ee2def8a2821565312e79c18936fd755988081c258Miltank
2 388
Fig
x1.25
226 162
243 f0c64d337e0a035964c69a1db302f3ad9efcb93c4eb5e0cedfd1de700e811ca6Raikou
2 386
Gro
x1.25
225 154
483 5be5a2cc5001ddfc9668ce42bb895e57555f4188a6b973a6683745248b80e39aDialga
4 385
Fig
x1.25
Gro
x1.25
257 170
463 6982ee9595395cd4945b3ec4efc984d7fc79db4a7b95570204cc282c8821403bLickilicky
4 382
Fig
x1.25
196 186
382 02c45c92e404ddb71260dbf6d2110acd96dd3870f618e3d006b4d47e8ee1778dKyogre
3 382
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
291 170
446 a1d878701f1dcb1da3bf6ac73fc8c9b658ac7a000c7356c871a25c32d98db967Munchlax
4 378
Fig
x1.25
152 226
452 124085cc8d1e309e006db9f21ade5520fbfd083e2c052854d8cb36a1f5157e60Drapion
4 370
Gro
x1.25
234 122
632 122b06aa228f08e319eb8d2290f40d1fe329cb118afad3cfb6bda5b477925f47Durant
5 369
Fir
x1.56
237 103
649 4b640c29b869797ec07c1fbf64256b08d405bfde33d411b8e39fca2a148e7a22Genesect
5 367
Fir
x1.56
214 124
260 2ffd66c02c1af9a69df1d7db62a929e3dfa8e71a3df4afa4b6df4a1f434a9c4fSwampert
3 367
Gra
x1.56
190 170
250 820f7733f223f6f93279c48ca93116213ae94a0433f0721e584349b975d14f1bHo-Oh
2 367
Roc
x1.56
Wat
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
316 180
671 e1e48561dcad978d00dd212aea6cfe62a52afbb73b2a88fe4deb8bceda0416c7Florges
6 362
Poi
x1.25
Ste
x1.25
302 135
594 8a5e15a8109390c808a50e4d1c718f7694ef4613dccb5c42e925a3c0d9d4011aAlomomola
5 361
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
163 273
626 5b005fb730fab7fd1f7b4e91d6ba9d56f405419f763603cd8ee5b9ac6caacb5cBouffalant
5 359
Fig
x1.25
197 162
423 fa2d2ef8c18fa4832cb0361745af6e998b5d46e1d556708d4ab06c40d3a6bf86Gastrodon
4 358
Gra
x1.56
164 187
115 8b03d5f245457e8b06179c59aefa148d68ba88eec8245681a5320b4485e55fa3Kangaskhan
1 358
Fig
x1.25
180 178
716 076b950a2099a77c4942ced1e9879ed1f00ba103e0e6def7ba743710c09e3324Xerneas
6 356
Poi
x1.25
Ste
x1.25
219 211
212 50dd851a200ed14de0d37342b391c4ee6a9e2a9f10d5fec3dc051534aeb4e86eScizor
2 356
Fir
x1.56
206 122
531 4a091ae8eb3d9fad6b7c1e7c1076c93c15c6b6673672bdebc7472e653896acd0Audino
5 353
Fig
x1.25
178 175
589 4ab77487aa0e06a007b258cb48528b320762516c6235df527a1f9ab9f02a13d0Escavalier
5 352
Fir
x1.56
202 122
537 db94ff563350d4291a47521b5420f7f54090feef8ce4e4a83a17477da4ecad11Seismitoad
5 350
Gra
x1.56
165 178
340 6c78fa508818d7326d885984ea33f52c0dc41965de1b5f63150e1ed7d13a19c2Whiscash
3 350
Gra
x1.56
157 186
648 683048f2e597397bb2f5cc98c799c3775880d3d56efb9f28db08b4122c895615Meloetta
5 349
Bug
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
265 170
484 9747898af471d2c3a7e149517359a45f40d559e3b21f7635ac2859f5859254a1Palkia
4 348
Dra
x1.25
Fai
x1.25
262 154
227 6dd115778fcf5974b2d098c288be64bc91195a46149d00504bfc56032b6411c3Skarmory
2 348
Fir
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
275 115
245 44bc616b649a3c5a57711c441523d3abddcaa14361574d38fa5d9cad8d4247d9Suicune
2 348
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
250 170
350 97d8c6e9d7d5766e240f16a811bb15d71b37d5a10d680daacf18763b3f9ab78bMilotic
3 347
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
257 162
181 731acc5f1ad15a26a2dc851c8bfbbf5eb7c2d5ad53f3af1cf178e980f0723997Ampharos
2 347
Gro
x1.25
187 154
379 6c3e126567550aa2b98a7d5b545d3d9fa0768e1c8a8d4acd9fc854f51764e5d6Registeel
3 346
Fig
x1.25
Gro
x1.25
Fir
x1.25
300 138
306 b6db65b3b1f6ccabb0e1efd91525a3dfe6965fd11d88ed50113bc96d5b949303Aggron
3 345
Fig
x1.56
Gro
x1.56
Wat
x1.25
329 122
233 59a42bcc1b421c14fc843555d6af4e8c5f6c06198b5bb821617f69e8760aa3b3Porygon2
2 344
Fig
x1.25
198 146
700 a92d89dbb89a5b14973fb5f2d1b99ded0827e0f66be9a6face1da2142504c850Sylveon
6 343
Poi
x1.25
Ste
x1.25
252 162
508 5a5e0a7bb859f9b0c6496476804a46b716fa05f97e5a0da4feecadd650cbaf20Stoutland
5 343
Fig
x1.25
197 146
128 2d8ec658707a370288456a65f46c779c15002ed7bae29f3123ef7003870c49a3Tauros
1 342
Fig
x1.25
212 130
208 61aa353c28ebfbffab36319e31d6825f36454dca7c715ec796b72f7d7102db51Steelix
2 342
Fig
x1.25
Gro
x1.25
Fir
x1.25
Wat
x1.25
348 130
488 956d8f33efcdb4d8eca39e35702ac1d57209001c43617ddd7cb757273746db32Cresselia
4 341
Bug
x1.25
Gho
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
278 202
134 709755b8676dcabf09ccad8a98b2af918869f8a092b27ee2ac7d25cafdbfee89Vaporeon
1 339
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
192 218
435 1f6aa89bf8eda8f897664d435c0eb153e9609fad21e7c96a3203a20a1c487a81Skuntank
4 338
Gro
x1.25
150 175
135 17a9215bd8276df8cdfc38709e956551b699188738bf628cab89a55bd384f85dJolteon
1 337
Gro
x1.25
216 115
638 35201010db8b09e1264a650ac5adf982e1fbabf263ee509e7dfda7e99a70e4e1Cobalion
5 336
Fig
x1.25
Gro
x1.25
Fir
x1.25
275 156
195 f9312525ce857cf90d18c21a223c8bfd0493751f7505a0c2ef7c2d476d26e383Quagsire
2 335
Gra
x1.56
167 162
352 ca76d392b7ed87ad4d4382714147953aa0a46d2d8cf6bf07061e4aa8f9c525fdKecleon
3 334
Fig
x1.25
227 107
295 185a4398ecff97e1f088c6938b4a64bc2b5630044048dfb82e349b72c35d6839Exploud
3 333
Fig
x1.25
157 176
383 4a29eaa120446ce65fe424ae641ff96fad9a699f88d0057767d4983a39259243Groudon
3 331
Wat
x1.25
Gra
x1.25
Ice
x1.25
291 170
428 5a5d5ba06f305ef439b2886bdd48125bf997bf420a4655372e3b903075bcf22cLopunny
4 330
Fig
x1.25
215 115
706 d99e65100128d57bac64b1612e26d66afaca4acc123e76d76e4068758c865d57Goodra
6 328
Ice
x1.25
Dra
x1.25
Fai
x1.25
298 154
676 c84f3058c323c62f409fae765bbcb79b117a6a3ea199a7bdec0377301dd4b32aFurfrou
6 327
Fig
x1.25
197 130
490 16091bb12aa1b0564175df8301f76b85c83da89dd48a34a8b55dab539d24379bManaphy
4 327
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
225 170
598 869f7ec9cd8515812adbdd0b285fe4cf9a2372b7e011a894b207a0a2a79c726eFerrothorn
5 326
Fig
x1.25
Fir
x1.56
245 129
226 4e4030c38ba4ebe740d8cd8f084d3710587947aa941d477643f33bd2e47de43eMantine
2 326
Roc
x1.25
Ele
x1.56
275 115
466 ecd00412fbfb0d8a8abf6fd63943aa82837629172189ad8f4ee705c2e121f59dElectivire
4 324
Gro
x1.25
188 130
213 f98d67517bdd7304ee6a0768e7bc2c02d3415010a0c4a161ad00130a69735906Shuckle
2 323
Roc
x1.25
Ste
x1.25
Wat
x1.25
411 43
411 5b558d7b16f0b4670d5946f3fc3edd3ad980159f3833c9ae044126a72c17722aBastiodon
4 322
Fig
x1.56
Gro
x1.56
Wat
x1.25
314 107
378 a0485f55e07f4a0715e9296861bf860d26837ee40d7031f3fe3368e404d57cc6Regice
3 322
Fig
x1.25
Roc
x1.25
Ste
x1.25
Fir
x1.25
371 138
487 3cabb5dfe194e833596ea552226c429c923664f7351159edf931f78659c94292Giratina
4 321
Gho
x1.25
Ice
x1.25
Dra
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
Fai
x1.25
262 249
720 7af308ec9b9d66a4bf9930f50a084e7bd493008d13614cf0edcb566645036d5cHoopa
6 320
Gho
x1.56
Dar
x1.56
256 138
643 c45da257df77e015ca964221066c34129268ad578eb9e288778962dd1c711bc7Reshiram
5 319
Gro
x1.25
Roc
x1.25
Dra
x1.25
257 170
604 109ef4511cb5283e03e2b4a44ec0c697723b904563a1a4fb052f178df9d8b3a9Eelektross
5 319
Gro
x1.25
167 146
472 468fee6e6b70a77b8b1e1b0a2bcbabe4a462fc0985fb2e6497f6a9c84c565a0fGliscor
4 319
Wat
x1.25
Ice
x1.56
263 130
718 ac4eb30ba4708dfaa8e1a05aad37ab7792434db0248763ad45ca6ef3a49caa5cZygarde
6 318
Ice
x1.56
Dra
x1.25
Fai
x1.25
260 183
321 6032aae8da4e82c02f48eb6f7dde23f8bd3f17ec090baa1a0e01e31ab7db5a6eWailord
3 317
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
102 281
206 04b95d3c7ba20e8bd944bebabd22e626747b77be8d18ecdf89ae751bf4ffe37bDunsparce
2 316
Fig
x1.25
146 170
249 9e4cf8a68e70df5f4894fcbe1a462d98fbf79bc6a9d6c9f5d58716056bd444afLugia
2 316
Roc
x1.25
Gho
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
Ice
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
338 180
405 37c047405d80fa40c877785fe6047cb3335ddd651eb8e1c875f639215f76befcLuxray
4 315
Gro
x1.25
171 138
89 2accd82231cf35bf9c5c393aa140831f6c1bd2844ce1eaa6bb30fcce4e2a35eeMuk
1 315
Gro
x1.25
Psy
x1.25
199 178
474 aba3ce038691ed6bdc7c7557e51d166be7eb35805eb7246f8fa3da278d2f59c8Porygon-Z
4 314
Fig
x1.25
168 146
130 113668f60e8a1211c852af22903ebbec2072a91bdb8ddd957056498bd2b8e6f2Gyarados
1 313
Roc
x1.25
Ele
x1.56
212 162
171 4a09f4e310a7d73b5b7ba27a1d5ea0251a1ed5a1942bd07f5318e2b3601c520fLanturn
2 313
Gro
x1.25
Gra
x1.25
161 210
217 9f2d4291a976258ae8d106ccef09f6f2225a48b17bc808154ba19484c350738eUrsaring
2 313
Fig
x1.25
159 154
288 bd64b434beb1236343cc8f99eb7641ef61ea7eae5ab2a6da0e18325b1208a1acVigoroth
3 312
Fig
x1.25
174 138
442 4311b00d96c7f96ad2cbc1c28712c7cf7935d6162efdf03102a4c86e90ef9ee3Spiritomb
4 311
Fai
x1.25
214 91
417 0834dcfd96b7083b1ff1f1201655e25b828245b561c2fda37c0f66d0f0a5dc7ePachirisu
4 310
Gro
x1.25
197 107
563 bd0fef2da3a9ecae6961442b7f23f6db5d1d96e8c24499bcfc730ac6b296a026Cofagrigus
5 309
Gho
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
270 103
125 447fcb0271961492e6b2633b8de47e41a7902c326d4eb40bb514e36b080fa67cElectabuzz
1 309
Gro
x1.25
188 115
202 98d0c6efba8b2019f371f1a4a2469a2233868ee5705e89343dfae7ed826e5390Wobbuffet
2 309
Bug
x1.25
Gho
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
121 313
377 05d025c0e9b665db35c595eec8dcacbcf7daecdb7f52759394e1a92849f7b0feRegirock
3 307
Fig
x1.25
Gro
x1.25
Ste
x1.25
Wat
x1.25
Gra
x1.25
371 138
101 7c4cd3e1fe1ab7170069c3302ffe9680f5c4433ff7fb9093cbb4dff7e5bc8d5aElectrode
1 307
Gro
x1.25
194 107
197 72df4ab24222b470e2d145c0c747b704a4abca4042d739e645a0e37ef7eeaf5cUmbreon
2 307
Fig
x1.25
Bug
x1.25
Fai
x1.25
265 162
485 7839de085584e8d883bf506ec99666f36baaec2f843cfb0164343e4d31cd2242Heatran
4 306
Fig
x1.25
Gro
x1.56
Wat
x1.25
228 156
476 d7aa906917d9727e81d57b715be75ef3865494ef6815db9ab65275b4a8dd212cProbopass
4 306
Fig
x1.56
Gro
x1.56
Wat
x1.25
293 107
108 690e15b2d872aac73f5efcecb44e3d5ba6e83ff4bb0c7e48a72e724bed5ce8b7Lickitung
1 306
Fig
x1.25
152 154
713 eb781f997880f66e36c1c78ba6ab0a32ecb20ee56bb6b6ece6cca63b43d5b027Avalugg
6 304
Fig
x1.25
Roc
x1.25
Ste
x1.25
Fir
x1.25
318 162
681 b5b348ed7058f47cf4bd47af5ad51a62ce6bd08d323c03734ea141da521570a4Aegislash
6 302
Gro
x1.25
Gho
x1.25
Fir
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
306 107
9 440579ff6026385631d7fe17377e5e58da3f0088531afffb527fbb8c3936dc34Blastoise
1 300
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
225 137
186 f4eb8a5b73031203f25dbe9ed92b22c9f0132a6510478bfb40cd249f323460d6Politoed
2 299
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
207 154
145 001fee7d56c08a8e3f9b76142e1051c6e640e80e3b7efc39c152c9ff53091d45Zapdos
1 298
Roc
x1.25
Ice
x1.25
203 154
160 2849e4e930dd4235afb97c9582f12c95b6cfa638b641d1ad9cccf528a8d805d7Feraligatr
2 296
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
212 146
480 412f4f971f9dacff01a58645d961c66e89866efeb9ba2f36ac24bc3e7f331273Uxie
4 295
Bug
x1.25
Gho
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
285 130
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1 295
Gro
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
Psy
x1.25
252 138
450 d8d3f6c316ca38bd7eec489d493773ff7517bd3decb0640c7ce3f66a1694accfHippowdon
4 294
Wat
x1.25
Gra
x1.25
Ice
x1.25
227 183
312 dddfa5bc9150ba03f584aa67f7b2c16d09bacc38c276b26d4c06cde565e6ac0fMinun
3 294
Gro
x1.25
182 107
110 6bcb8ef2e774c4bb9a46435d387bc21328129925113fa8304389cce2fed4377cWeezing
1 293
Gro
x1.25
Psy
x1.25
236 115
26 95fadcfe8222d6b3218cfccd431d3da14cd65ad76be6d34a84f9457d5b237e44Raichu
1 292
Gro
x1.25
180 107


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Explanation

When defending a gym, you can not currently affect the battle once your Pokemon is deployed. In contrast to attacking, you have little flexibility, and your goal is no longer to maximise damage, but to minimise it.

Regardless of which Pokemon you choose, there will always be a counter to its weaknesses, your goal is to minimise the opportunities that the attacker has to do high levels of damage.

The need to minimise damage lends itself to a function that scores pokemon highly when they have; few weaknesses, high HP and a high defence score. The above table ranks Pokemon with a score based on these stats.

Pokemon with few weaknesses can be easily identified by their type(s) with reference to the Pokemon Go Type Chart.

HP Can now be calculated with the known formula: HP = (Base Stamina + Stamina IV) * CP Multiplier. We take the CP multiplier for Pokemon at max level 40.5 and assume the Pokemon to have perfect +15 IVs.

Base defence scores for all Pokemon in Pokemon Go are now known and included in the table above.

HP and Defence score are both the base scores for these Pokemon, before IV's. HP has been calculated for max level Pokemon. This formula we've selected to calculate the final score is:

Score = (Defence + HP)/(Average Weaknesses&Resists * No. of Weaknesses^0.3)

Importantly, this table is ranking Pokemon on their individual ability to defend. It should be used with common sense to craft a diverse team of defenders with your friends. E.g. Chansey might be strong, but using 3 of them to defend a gym leaves it open to destruction by perhaps a single good Hitmonlee.The same could not be said if the gym was defended by a more diverse range of Pokemon from this list.

If you already have a great team of defenders, check out the Attacker Tier List to see the most powerful attackers in the game.

The Pokemon at the top of this list are the same Pokemon people search for thousands of times a day using the Best Attackers or Team Suggest tools. You can see which Pokemon trainers are searching the most at Tips & Misc.


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