What Pokemon Competitive play becomes more accessible around the world, it is important for players to know which Pokémon to spend time training. Many times, one’s favorite Pokémon may not be the best choice for competitive battles. Adorable Pokémon can end up having low overall stats, while good-looking Pokémon can have three or four different types of weaknesses.
To be fair and interesting, Legendary Pokémon will not be considered for the “most powerful” category here. While there are many awesome and terrifying Pokémon out there, these are some of the weakest and most powerful Pokémon in the franchise.
10 Weakest: Unown
Rumored in the franchise to be what the ancient Pokémon alphabet is based on, Unown was introduced in Generation II. They were featured in Pokémon 3: The Movie as antagonists where Unown had the power to turn humans into Pokémon and grant wishes. In games, it is a completely different story.
When trapped in the wild, Unown knows only one move: Hidden Power. And that is. Unown will never learn another move. With a low base stat total and typical psychic-type weaknesses, Unown is completely useless in battle scenarios. All 28 Unown forms are fun to collect, however, and the games will reward the effort.
9 Powerful: Aegislash
Introduced in the Kalos region, Aegislash is the final evolution of Honedge. As the only Ghost / Steel-type Pokémon, it gives players a unique opportunity on how to train Aegislash and how to integrate it into a battle group. While Aegislash takes super effective damage from four types: Earth, Ghost, Fire, and Dark, it is immune and resistant to 12 out of 18 total types.
Aegislash also has the advantage of his signature ability, Stance Shift. This allows Aegislash to switch between Blade Forme and Shield Forme. The shapeshifting also changes Aegislash’s stat distribution, with Blade Forme focusing on attack stats while Shield Forme focusing on defense. Mastering the stance change makes Aegislash a flexible addition to the team, allowing the player to adapt to battle as they see fit.
8 Weakest: Luvdisc
While adorable, Luvdisc unfortunately doesn’t have much to offer when it comes to prowess in battle. Many players frantically caught Luvdisc in order to accumulate a supply of Heart Scales, originally used in the Hoenn region to give the Move Reminder.
The most important aspect against Luvdisc is the fact that it is a Water-type Pokémon with very low stats. It also doesn’t evolve, which means that Luvdisc will never experience a major stat boost. Even compared to other Water-type Pokémon that don’t evolve, a Pokémon like Relicanth swims around Luvdisc in terms of stats.
7 Powerful: Slaking
Difficult to master but worth it in the end, Slaking packs a powerful punch. With high stats on HP and Attack, Slaking is best used for physical moves. As a completely normal-type Pokémon, Slaking’s only weakness is Fighting-type moves. To get around Ghost-type Pokémon’s immunity to Normal-type moves, Slaking can learn a handful of Dark-type physical moves.
However, Slaking’s biggest drawback is its signature ability: Truant. Truant makes Slaking unable to attack every second turn he is in battle for. This mechanic provides a great learning curve for any competitive gamer who wants to try it out.
6 Weakest: Abomasnow
Despite having a really cool Mega Evolution design, Abomasnow is probably the weakest Pokemon in the Mega Evolution lineup. On its own, Abomasnow’s base stats are decent and a Grass / Ice-type Pokémon is a lot of fun to play with. However, Abomasnow’s biggest weaknesses lie in its terrible type pairing.
Abomasnow is affected by a whopping seven different move types, with Fire-type moves dealing quadruple damage due to being super effective against Grass and Ice-types. Considering the other bad guy matchups and the variety of physical and special moves within them, it’s very easy to quickly knock out Abomasnow.
5 Powerful: Garchomp
In addition to the infinite arsenal of incredible Dragon-type Pokémon, Garchomp is one of the best options among many players. Also gifted with the Mega Evolution ability, Garchomp can go from good to downright dominated. On top of that, Garchomp has an impressive design.
Trainers need to be careful around Ice-type Pokémon, as Garchomp takes quadruple damage due to being Dragon / Ground-type. But considering the relatively small number of Ice-type Pokémon, the biggest challenge to overcome would probably be against other Dragon-type or Fairy-type Pokémon.
4 Weakest: Wobuffet
Probably one of the strangest Pokémon in the series, Wobuffet sadly doesn’t have much to show for his notoriety. His highest stat is on HP, but that doesn’t mean much when all other stats are this low.
In general, there are unfortunately better options, especially considering the incredible Psychic-type Pokémon in the games. And sadly, Destiny Bond is not enough to overcome these weaknesses.
3 Powerful: Alakazam
At the other end of the Psychic-type Pokémon scale is Alakazam. As a classic Generation 1 Pokémon, Alakazam continues to maintain its position as one of the strongest Pokémon in the game. His highest stats are in Sp. Atk. and Speed, making it a great option to outmaneuver opponents for quick hits.
With the new generations, Alakazam’s potential moveset opens up to include the ability to learn electrical, fire, ice, and even grass-type moves. Alakazam is a fun Pokémon to play and great for wowing even the most experienced Pokémon players.
two Weakest: Cricket
It is a common fact among Pokémon fans that the Bug type is known to be the weakest type of Pokémon. Although all Bug-type Pokémon have comparatively low stats, the lowest of the lowest is probably Kricketune.
Introduced in Generation IV, Kricketune takes visual cues from a symphonic conductor and, as the name suggests, from crickets. While it can learn some cool Bug-type moves and is best used for physical attacks, Kricketune has the lowest total stat of all evolved Pokémon. The only rival for this title is Shedinja, but Shedinja has a bit of an advantage over Kricketune, considering he only has 1 HP.
1 Powerful: Metagross
Large, intimidating, and seemingly based on the older analog computer, Metagross is one of the best offensive and defensive Pokémon to use in battle. Introduced with the Hoenn region, Metagross retains its place as an absolute tank. His high Attack and Defense lends himself well to face and receive physical attacks, although he may have trouble recovering from special attacks.
As a steel / psychic type, Metagross takes double damage from earth, ghost, fire, and dark moves. However, it is completely immune to Poison-type moves and can be a huge advantage when facing Fairy-type Pokémon.
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