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
242Blissey
2 658
Fig
x1.4
244 411
113Chansey
1 597
Fig
x1.4
191 404
493Arceus
4 479
Fig
x1.4
277 200
143Snorlax
1 469
Fig
x1.4
205 262
289Slaking
3 465
Fig
x1.4
216 247
205Forretress
2 434
Fir
x1.96
257 129
486Regigigas
4 432
Fig
x1.4
246 184
483Dialga
4 400
Fig
x1.4
Gro
x1.4
257 168
241Miltank
2 387
Fig
x1.4
226 160
243Raikou
2 387
Gro
x1.4
225 153
632Durant
5 381
Fir
x1.96
237 102
463Lickilicky
4 381
Fig
x1.4
196 184
382Kyogre
3 380
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
291 168
649Genesect
5 379
Fir
x1.96
214 123
452Drapion
4 376
Gro
x1.4
234 121
446Munchlax
4 376
Fig
x1.4
152 223
227Skarmory
2 370
Fir
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
275 113
250Ho-Oh
2 368
Roc
x1.96
Wat
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
316 178
212Scizor
2 368
Fir
x1.96
206 121
260Swampert
3 367
Gra
x1.96
190 168
671Florges
6 365
Poi
x1.4
Ste
x1.4
302 134
589Escavalier
5 363
Fir
x1.96
202 121
716Xerneas
6 358
Poi
x1.4
Ste
x1.4
219 209
626Bouffalant
5 358
Fig
x1.4
197 160
594Alomomola
5 358
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
163 270
423Gastrodon
4 358
Gra
x1.96
164 185
115Kangaskhan
1 357
Fig
x1.4
180 176
379Registeel
3 356
Fig
x1.4
Gro
x1.4
Fir
x1.4
300 137
208Steelix
2 354
Fig
x1.4
Gro
x1.4
Fir
x1.4
Wat
x1.4
348 129
531Audino
5 352
Fig
x1.4
178 173
537Seismitoad
5 350
Gra
x1.96
165 176
340Whiscash
3 350
Gra
x1.96
157 184
181Ampharos
2 348
Gro
x1.4
187 153
648Meloetta
5 347
Bug
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
265 168
638Cobalion
5 346
Fig
x1.4
Gro
x1.4
Fir
x1.4
275 154
484Palkia
4 346
Dra
x1.4
Fai
x1.4
262 153
245Suicune
2 346
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
250 168
700Sylveon
6 345
Poi
x1.4
Ste
x1.4
252 160
350Milotic
3 345
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
257 160
233Porygon2
2 344
Fig
x1.4
198 145
508Stoutland
5 343
Fig
x1.4
197 145
435Skuntank
4 342
Gro
x1.4
150 173
306Aggron
3 342
Fig
x1.96
Gro
x1.96
Wat
x1.4
329 121
128Tauros
1 342
Fig
x1.4
212 129
135Jolteon
1 337
Gro
x1.4
216 113
134Vaporeon
1 337
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
192 215
195Quagsire
2 335
Gra
x1.96
167 160
598Ferrothorn
5 333
Fig
x1.4
Fir
x1.96
245 127
352Kecleon
3 333
Fig
x1.4
227 105
488Cresselia
4 332
Bug
x1.4
Gho
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
278 200
295Exploud
3 332
Fig
x1.4
157 174
428Lopunny
4 329
Fig
x1.4
215 113
676Furfrou
6 327
Fig
x1.4
197 129
383Groudon
3 327
Wat
x1.4
Gra
x1.4
Ice
x1.4
291 168
487Giratina
4 326
Gho
x1.4
Ice
x1.4
Dra
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
Fai
x1.4
262 247
490Manaphy
4 325
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
225 168
466Electivire
4 325
Gro
x1.4
188 129
226Mantine
2 325
Roc
x1.4
Ele
x1.96
275 113
442Spiritomb
4 324
Fai
x1.4
214 90
706Goodra
6 323
Ice
x1.4
Dra
x1.4
Fai
x1.4
298 153
472Gliscor
4 323
Wat
x1.4
Ice
x1.96
263 129
604Eelektross
5 320
Gro
x1.4
167 145
681Aegislash
6 319
Gro
x1.4
Gho
x1.4
Fir
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
306 105
411Bastiodon
4 319
Fig
x1.96
Gro
x1.96
Wat
x1.4
314 105
643Reshiram
5 316
Gro
x1.4
Roc
x1.4
Dra
x1.4
257 168
405Luxray
4 316
Gro
x1.4
171 137
720Hoopa
6 315
Gho
x1.96
Dar
x1.96
256 137
563Cofagrigus
5 315
Gho
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
270 102
485Heatran
4 315
Fig
x1.4
Gro
x1.96
Wat
x1.4
228 154
89Muk
1 315
Gro
x1.4
Psy
x1.4
199 176
206Dunsparce
2 315
Fig
x1.4
146 168
213Shuckle
2 315
Roc
x1.4
Ste
x1.4
Wat
x1.4
411 43
474Porygon-Z
4 314
Fig
x1.4
168 145
321Wailord
3 314
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
102 278
171Lanturn
2 313
Gro
x1.4
Gra
x1.4
161 207
217Ursaring
2 313
Fig
x1.4
159 153
718Zygarde
6 312
Ice
x1.96
Dra
x1.4
Fai
x1.4
260 181
378Regice
3 312
Fig
x1.4
Roc
x1.4
Ste
x1.4
Fir
x1.4
371 137
288Vigoroth
3 312
Fig
x1.4
174 137
130Gyarados
1 311
Roc
x1.4
Ele
x1.96
212 160
249Lugia
2 310
Roc
x1.4
Gho
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
Ice
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
338 178
417Pachirisu
4 309
Gro
x1.4
197 105
125Electabuzz
1 308
Gro
x1.4
188 113
101Electrode
1 306
Gro
x1.4
194 105
108Lickitung
1 306
Fig
x1.4
152 153
145Zapdos
1 304
Roc
x1.4
Ice
x1.4
203 153
476Probopass
4 303
Fig
x1.96
Gro
x1.96
Wat
x1.4
293 105
197Umbreon
2 303
Fig
x1.4
Bug
x1.4
Fai
x1.4
265 160
377Regirock
3 299
Fig
x1.4
Gro
x1.4
Ste
x1.4
Wat
x1.4
Gra
x1.4
371 137
9Blastoise
1 298
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
225 135
186Politoed
2 298
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
207 153
202Wobbuffet
2 298
Bug
x1.4
Gho
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
121 309
477Dusknoir
4 297
Gho
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
269 82
73Tentacruel
1 297
Gro
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
Psy
x1.4
252 137
160Feraligatr
2 295
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
212 145
395Empoleon
4 294
Fig
x1.4
Gro
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
208 143
312Minun
3 294
Gro
x1.4
182 105
713Avalugg
6 293
Fig
x1.4
Roc
x1.4
Ste
x1.4
Fir
x1.4
318 160
110Weezing
1 293
Gro
x1.4
Psy
x1.4
236 113
26Raichu
1 292
Gro
x1.4
180 105


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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 39 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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