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
2 660
Fig
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244 416
113Chansey
1 599
Fig
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191 408
493Arceus
4 479
Fig
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277 202
143Snorlax
1 470
Fig
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205 265
289Slaking
3 465
Fig
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216 249
486Regigigas
4 432
Fig
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246 186
205Forretress
2 420
Fir
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257 130
241Miltank
2 388
Fig
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226 162
243Raikou
2 386
Gro
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225 154
483Dialga
4 385
Fig
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Gro
x1.25
257 170
463Lickilicky
4 382
Fig
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196 186
382Kyogre
3 382
Gra
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Ele
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291 170
446Munchlax
4 378
Fig
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152 226
452Drapion
4 370
Gro
x1.25
234 122
632Durant
5 369
Fir
x1.56
237 103
649Genesect
5 367
Fir
x1.56
214 124
260Swampert
3 367
Gra
x1.56
190 170
250Ho-Oh
2 367
Roc
x1.56
Wat
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Ele
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316 180
671Florges
6 362
Poi
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Ste
x1.25
302 135
594Alomomola
5 361
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
163 273
626Bouffalant
5 359
Fig
x1.25
197 162
423Gastrodon
4 358
Gra
x1.56
164 187
115Kangaskhan
1 358
Fig
x1.25
180 178
716Xerneas
6 356
Poi
x1.25
Ste
x1.25
219 211
212Scizor
2 356
Fir
x1.56
206 122
531Audino
5 353
Fig
x1.25
178 175
589Escavalier
5 352
Fir
x1.56
202 122
537Seismitoad
5 350
Gra
x1.56
165 178
340Whiscash
3 350
Gra
x1.56
157 186
648Meloetta
5 349
Bug
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
265 170
484Palkia
4 348
Dra
x1.25
Fai
x1.25
262 154
227Skarmory
2 348
Fir
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
275 115
245Suicune
2 348
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
250 170
350Milotic
3 347
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
257 162
181Ampharos
2 347
Gro
x1.25
187 154
379Registeel
3 346
Fig
x1.25
Gro
x1.25
Fir
x1.25
300 138
306Aggron
3 345
Fig
x1.56
Gro
x1.56
Wat
x1.25
329 122
233Porygon2
2 344
Fig
x1.25
198 146
700Sylveon
6 343
Poi
x1.25
Ste
x1.25
252 162
508Stoutland
5 343
Fig
x1.25
197 146
128Tauros
1 342
Fig
x1.25
212 130
208Steelix
2 342
Fig
x1.25
Gro
x1.25
Fir
x1.25
Wat
x1.25
348 130
488Cresselia
4 341
Bug
x1.25
Gho
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
278 202
134Vaporeon
1 339
Gra
x1.25
Ele
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192 218
435Skuntank
4 338
Gro
x1.25
150 175
135Jolteon
1 337
Gro
x1.25
216 115
638Cobalion
5 336
Fig
x1.25
Gro
x1.25
Fir
x1.25
275 156
195Quagsire
2 335
Gra
x1.56
167 162
352Kecleon
3 334
Fig
x1.25
227 107
295Exploud
3 333
Fig
x1.25
157 176
383Groudon
3 331
Wat
x1.25
Gra
x1.25
Ice
x1.25
291 170
428Lopunny
4 330
Fig
x1.25
215 115
706Goodra
6 328
Ice
x1.25
Dra
x1.25
Fai
x1.25
298 154
676Furfrou
6 327
Fig
x1.25
197 130
490Manaphy
4 327
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
225 170
598Ferrothorn
5 326
Fig
x1.25
Fir
x1.56
245 129
226Mantine
2 326
Roc
x1.25
Ele
x1.56
275 115
466Electivire
4 324
Gro
x1.25
188 130
213Shuckle
2 323
Roc
x1.25
Ste
x1.25
Wat
x1.25
411 43
411Bastiodon
4 322
Fig
x1.56
Gro
x1.56
Wat
x1.25
314 107
378Regice
3 322
Fig
x1.25
Roc
x1.25
Ste
x1.25
Fir
x1.25
371 138
487Giratina
4 321
Gho
x1.25
Ice
x1.25
Dra
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
Fai
x1.25
262 249
720Hoopa
6 320
Gho
x1.56
Dar
x1.56
256 138
643Reshiram
5 319
Gro
x1.25
Roc
x1.25
Dra
x1.25
257 170
604Eelektross
5 319
Gro
x1.25
167 146
472Gliscor
4 319
Wat
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Ice
x1.56
263 130
718Zygarde
6 318
Ice
x1.56
Dra
x1.25
Fai
x1.25
260 183
321Wailord
3 317
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
102 281
206Dunsparce
2 316
Fig
x1.25
146 170
249Lugia
2 316
Roc
x1.25
Gho
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
Ice
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
338 180
405Luxray
4 315
Gro
x1.25
171 138
89Muk
1 315
Gro
x1.25
Psy
x1.25
199 178
474Porygon-Z
4 314
Fig
x1.25
168 146
130Gyarados
1 313
Roc
x1.25
Ele
x1.56
212 162
171Lanturn
2 313
Gro
x1.25
Gra
x1.25
161 210
217Ursaring
2 313
Fig
x1.25
159 154
288Vigoroth
3 312
Fig
x1.25
174 138
442Spiritomb
4 311
Fai
x1.25
214 91
417Pachirisu
4 310
Gro
x1.25
197 107
563Cofagrigus
5 309
Gho
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
270 103
125Electabuzz
1 309
Gro
x1.25
188 115
202Wobbuffet
2 309
Bug
x1.25
Gho
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
121 313
377Regirock
3 307
Fig
x1.25
Gro
x1.25
Ste
x1.25
Wat
x1.25
Gra
x1.25
371 138
101Electrode
1 307
Gro
x1.25
194 107
197Umbreon
2 307
Fig
x1.25
Bug
x1.25
Fai
x1.25
265 162
485Heatran
4 306
Fig
x1.25
Gro
x1.56
Wat
x1.25
228 156
476Probopass
4 306
Fig
x1.56
Gro
x1.56
Wat
x1.25
293 107
108Lickitung
1 306
Fig
x1.25
152 154
713Avalugg
6 304
Fig
x1.25
Roc
x1.25
Ste
x1.25
Fir
x1.25
318 162
681Aegislash
6 302
Gro
x1.25
Gho
x1.25
Fir
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
306 107
9Blastoise
1 300
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
225 137
186Politoed
2 299
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
207 154
145Zapdos
1 298
Roc
x1.25
Ice
x1.25
203 154
160Feraligatr
2 296
Gra
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
212 146
480Uxie
4 295
Bug
x1.25
Gho
x1.25
Dar
x1.25
285 130
73Tentacruel
1 295
Gro
x1.25
Ele
x1.25
Psy
x1.25
252 138
450Hippowdon
4 294
Wat
x1.25
Gra
x1.25
Ice
x1.25
227 183
312Minun
3 294
Gro
x1.25
182 107
110Weezing
1 293
Gro
x1.25
Psy
x1.25
236 115
26Raichu
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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