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
2 663
Fig
x1.4
244 416
113Chansey
1 602
Fig
x1.4
191 408
493Arceus
4 481
Fig
x1.4
277 202
143Snorlax
1 472
Fig
x1.4
205 265
289Slaking
3 467
Fig
x1.4
216 249
205Forretress
2 436
Fir
x1.96
257 130
486Regigigas
4 434
Fig
x1.4
246 186
483Dialga
4 401
Fig
x1.4
Gro
x1.4
257 170
241Miltank
2 389
Fig
x1.4
226 162
243Raikou
2 388
Gro
x1.4
225 154
632Durant
5 383
Fir
x1.96
237 103
463Lickilicky
4 383
Fig
x1.4
196 186
382Kyogre
3 381
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
291 170
649Genesect
5 380
Fir
x1.96
214 124
446Munchlax
4 379
Fig
x1.4
152 226
452Drapion
4 377
Gro
x1.4
234 122
227Skarmory
2 372
Fir
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
275 115
250Ho-Oh
2 370
Roc
x1.96
Wat
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
316 180
260Swampert
3 369
Gra
x1.96
190 170
212Scizor
2 369
Fir
x1.96
206 122
671Florges
6 366
Poi
x1.4
Ste
x1.4
302 135
589Escavalier
5 365
Fir
x1.96
202 122
594Alomomola
5 361
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
163 273
716Xerneas
6 360
Poi
x1.4
Ste
x1.4
219 211
626Bouffalant
5 360
Fig
x1.4
197 162
423Gastrodon
4 360
Gra
x1.96
164 187
115Kangaskhan
1 359
Fig
x1.4
180 178
379Registeel
3 357
Fig
x1.4
Gro
x1.4
Fir
x1.4
300 138
208Steelix
2 355
Fig
x1.4
Gro
x1.4
Fir
x1.4
Wat
x1.4
348 130
531Audino
5 354
Fig
x1.4
178 175
537Seismitoad
5 352
Gra
x1.96
165 178
340Whiscash
3 352
Gra
x1.96
157 186
181Ampharos
2 349
Gro
x1.4
187 154
648Meloetta
5 348
Bug
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
265 170
638Cobalion
5 348
Fig
x1.4
Gro
x1.4
Fir
x1.4
275 156
245Suicune
2 347
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
250 170
700Sylveon
6 346
Poi
x1.4
Ste
x1.4
252 162
484Palkia
4 346
Dra
x1.4
Fai
x1.4
262 154
350Milotic
3 346
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
257 162
233Porygon2
2 345
Fig
x1.4
198 146
508Stoutland
5 344
Fig
x1.4
197 146
435Skuntank
4 344
Gro
x1.4
150 175
306Aggron
3 343
Fig
x1.96
Gro
x1.96
Wat
x1.4
329 122
128Tauros
1 343
Fig
x1.4
212 130
134Vaporeon
1 339
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
192 218
135Jolteon
1 339
Gro
x1.4
216 115
195Quagsire
2 337
Gra
x1.96
167 162
598Ferrothorn
5 335
Fig
x1.4
Fir
x1.96
245 129
352Kecleon
3 335
Fig
x1.4
227 107
295Exploud
3 334
Fig
x1.4
157 176
488Cresselia
4 333
Bug
x1.4
Gho
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
278 202
428Lopunny
4 331
Fig
x1.4
215 115
383Groudon
3 329
Wat
x1.4
Gra
x1.4
Ice
x1.4
291 170
676Furfrou
6 328
Fig
x1.4
197 130
490Manaphy
4 327
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
225 170
487Giratina
4 327
Gho
x1.4
Ice
x1.4
Dra
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
Fai
x1.4
262 249
466Electivire
4 326
Gro
x1.4
188 130
226Mantine
2 326
Roc
x1.4
Ele
x1.96
275 115
442Spiritomb
4 325
Fai
x1.4
214 91
706Goodra
6 324
Ice
x1.4
Dra
x1.4
Fai
x1.4
298 154
472Gliscor
4 324
Wat
x1.4
Ice
x1.96
263 130
681Aegislash
6 321
Gro
x1.4
Gho
x1.4
Fir
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
306 107
604Eelektross
5 321
Gro
x1.4
167 146
411Bastiodon
4 320
Fig
x1.96
Gro
x1.96
Wat
x1.4
314 107
643Reshiram
5 318
Gro
x1.4
Roc
x1.4
Dra
x1.4
257 170
485Heatran
4 317
Fig
x1.4
Gro
x1.96
Wat
x1.4
228 156
405Luxray
4 317
Gro
x1.4
171 138
321Wailord
3 317
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
102 281
89Muk
1 317
Gro
x1.4
Psy
x1.4
199 178
206Dunsparce
2 317
Fig
x1.4
146 170
720Hoopa
6 316
Gho
x1.96
Dar
x1.96
256 138
563Cofagrigus
5 316
Gho
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
270 103
474Porygon-Z
4 315
Fig
x1.4
168 146
171Lanturn
2 315
Gro
x1.4
Gra
x1.4
161 210
213Shuckle
2 315
Roc
x1.4
Ste
x1.4
Wat
x1.4
411 43
217Ursaring
2 314
Fig
x1.4
159 154
718Zygarde
6 313
Ice
x1.96
Dra
x1.4
Fai
x1.4
260 183
288Vigoroth
3 313
Fig
x1.4
174 138
130Gyarados
1 313
Roc
x1.4
Ele
x1.96
212 162
378Regice
3 312
Fig
x1.4
Roc
x1.4
Ste
x1.4
Fir
x1.4
371 138
417Pachirisu
4 311
Gro
x1.4
197 107
249Lugia
2 311
Roc
x1.4
Gho
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
Ice
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
338 180
125Electabuzz
1 310
Gro
x1.4
188 115
101Electrode
1 308
Gro
x1.4
194 107
108Lickitung
1 307
Fig
x1.4
152 154
145Zapdos
1 305
Roc
x1.4
Ice
x1.4
203 154
476Probopass
4 304
Fig
x1.96
Gro
x1.96
Wat
x1.4
293 107
197Umbreon
2 304
Fig
x1.4
Bug
x1.4
Fai
x1.4
265 162
202Wobbuffet
2 301
Bug
x1.4
Gho
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
121 313
377Regirock
3 299
Fig
x1.4
Gro
x1.4
Ste
x1.4
Wat
x1.4
Gra
x1.4
371 138
9Blastoise
1 299
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
225 137
477Dusknoir
4 298
Gho
x1.4
Dar
x1.4
269 83
73Tentacruel
1 298
Gro
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
Psy
x1.4
252 138
186Politoed
2 298
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
207 154
312Minun
3 296
Gro
x1.4
182 107
160Feraligatr
2 296
Gra
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
212 146
713Avalugg
6 295
Fig
x1.4
Roc
x1.4
Ste
x1.4
Fir
x1.4
318 162
395Empoleon
4 295
Fig
x1.4
Gro
x1.4
Ele
x1.4
208 145
110Weezing
1 295
Gro
x1.4
Psy
x1.4
236 115
26Raichu
1 294
Gro
x1.4
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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