The Top 5 Best Pokemon by Type - Ranked

If you want to add the best Pokemon by type to your team, look no further! These are each type's top 5 strongest non-legendary Pokemon with some of the best stats, move pools & abilities in the game which allow them to thrive in competitive battling and general game-play.

If you're looking for a longer list of the best non-legendary Pokemon of each type, check out the links below:

Top 10 non-legendary Pokemon by type

bug | dark | dragon | electric | fairy | fighting | fire | flying | ghost | grass | ground | ice | normal | poison | psychic | rock | steel | water


5. Aranquanid

Araquanid delivers headbutts with the water bubble on its head. Small Pokémon get sucked into the bubble, where they drown.

Good attacks for Aranquanid: liquidation, leech life, poison jab, toxic, sticky web

Pro tip: use Araquanid's 'water bubble' ability to double the power of water type moves before STAB. This ability also prevents burn.

4. Scolipede

Scolipede clasps its prey with the claws on its neck until it stops moving. Then it finishes it off with deadly poison.

Good attacks for Scolipede: megahorn, aquatail, earthquake, rock slide, swords dance

Pro tip: use Scolipede's 'speed boost' ability to increase its speed by one stage each turn. This ability works great with the 'baton pass' attack to pass Scolipede's speed boost to another powerful Pokemon.

Read more: The top 10 best non-legendary bug type Pokemon ever - ranked

3. Heracross

Heracross charges in a straight line at its foe, slips beneath the foe's grasp, and then scoops up and hurls the opponent with its mighty horn. It even has enough power to topple a massive tree.

Good attacks for Heracross: close combat, bullet seed, pin missle, rock blast, facade, knock off, swords dance

Pro tip: use Heracross' hidden ability, 'moxie', to increase Heracross' attack power by one stage when it knocks out another Pokemon.

2. Scizor

Scizor has a body with the hardness of steel. It is not easily fazed by ordinary sorts of attacks. Scizor flaps its wings to regulate its body temperature.

Good attacks for Scizor: bullet punch, superpower, knock off, U-turn, swords dance, roost

Read more: The best legendary bug type Pokemon ever - ranked

1. Volcarona

A sea of fire engulfs the surroundings of their battles, since Volcarona use their six wings to scatter their ember scales.

Good attacks for Volcarona: flamethrower, bug buzz, fiery dance, overheat, fire blast, quiver dance, roost

Pro tip: use Volcarona's 'quiver dance' move to boost its special attack, special defense and speed by one stage. It's one of the best boosting moves in the game.


5. Weavile

Weavile lives in snowy regions. It carves patterns in trees with its claws as a signal to others. They attack their quarry in packs. Large prey easily fall to the teamwork of a group of Weavile.

Good attacks for Weavile: knock off, icicle crash, ice shard, pursuit

4. Alolan Muk

From Muk's body seeps a foul fluid that gives off a nose-bendingly horrible stench. Just one drop of its body fluid can turn a pool stagnant and rancid.

Good attacks for Alolan Muk: knock off, fire punch, poison jab, gunk shot, pursuit, explosion

Read more: The top 10 best non-legendary dark type Pokemon ever - ranked

3. Hydreigon

The heads on Hydreigon's arms do not have brains. It use all three heads to consume and destroy everything.

Good attacks for Hydreigon: draco meteor, dark pulse, U-turn, fire blast, roost, defog

2. Tyranitar

Tyranitar is so overwhelmingly powerful, it can bring down a whole mountain to make its nest. It wanders about in mountains seeking new opponents to fight.

Good attacks for Tyranitar: stone edge, pursuit, fire punch, earthquake, crunch, ice punch, dragon dance, stealth rocks

Read more: The best legendary dark type Pokemon ever - ranked

1. Greninja

Greninja creates throwing stars out of compressed water. When it spins them and throws them at high speed, these stars can split metal in two.

Good attacks for Greninja: hydro pump, surf, dark pulse, water shuriken, dig, ice beam, gunk shot, U-turn, spikes

Pro tip: use Greninja's 'protean' ability to increase it's attacking damage!


5. Salamence

Salamence came about as a result of a strong, long-held dream of growing wings. It is said that this powerful desire triggered a sudden mutation in its cells, causing it to sprout its magnificent wings.

Good attacks for Salamence: earthquake, fly, dragon claw, stone edge, fire fang, substitute, dragon dance, roost, defog

4. Dragonite

Dragonite is capable of circling the globe in just 16 hours. It is a kindhearted Pokémon that leads lost ships in a storm to the safety of land.

Good attacks for Dragonite: earthquake, fly, extreme speed, outrage, fire punch, dragon dance

Pro tip: use Dragonite's 'multiscale' ability to half the damage taken from an attack when your Dragonite is at full HP.

Read more: The top 10 best non-legendary dragon type Pokemon ever - ranked

3. Kommo-O

When it spots enemies, Kommo-o threatens them by jingling the scales on its tail. Weak opponents will crack and flee in panic.

Good attacks for Kommo-o: clanging scales, close combat, poison jab, drain punch, thunder punch, belly drum, toxic, stealth rocks

2. Dragapult

When it isn't battling, Dragapult keeps Dreepy in the holes on its horns. Once a fight starts, it launches the Dreepy like supersonic missiles. Apparently the Dreepy inside Dragapult's horns eagerly look forward to being launched out at Mach speeds!

Good attacks for Dragapult: hex, draco meteor, shadow ball, fire blast, thunder bolt, U-turn, will-O-wisp, thunder wave

Read more: The best legendary dragon type Pokemon ever - ranked

1. Garchomp

When Garchomp folds up its body and extends its wings, it looks like a jet plane. It flies at sonic speed.

Good attacks for Garchomp: earthquake, stone edge, draco meteor, fire blast, swords dance, stealth rocks, toxic


5. Magneton

Magneton emits a powerful magnetic force that is fatal to mechanical devices. As a result, large cities sound sirens to warn citizens of large-scale outbreaks of Magneton.

Good attacks for Magneton: thunderbolt, flash cannon, volt switch, zap cannon, toxic, thunder wave

4. Rotom H

Research continues on Rotom, which could be the power source of a unique motor.

Good attacks for Rotom-Heat: volt switch, overheat, will-O-wisp, defog, toxic, pain split

Read more: The top 10 best non-legendary electric type Pokemon ever - ranked

3. Alolan Golem

Golem live up on mountains. If there is a large earthquake, they will come rolling down off the mountains en masse to the foothills below.

Good attacks for Alolan Golem: wild charge, earthquake, fire punch, stone edge, explosion, stealth rock

2. Rotom W

Research continues on Rotom, which could be the power source of a unique motor.

Good attacks for Rotom-Wash: hydro pump, volt switch, thunder, pain split, will-O-wisp, defog

Read more: The best legendary electric type Pokemon ever - ranked

1. Magnezone

Sometimes the magnetism emitted by Magnezone is too strong, making them attract each other so they cannot move.

Good attacks for Magnezone: thunderbolt, flash cannon, volt switch, substitute, thunder wave, toxic


5. Hatterene