‘Pokemon Go’ Updated Move Guide: List of Best Moves for Each Species

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A new website,, gives players information about every single move in Pokemon Go. (

With the latest update to Pokemon Go, there are some key changes not just with the new creatures, but with the old ones as well, as several of the game’s moves were removed entirely and others are now more powerful than they were before.

When determining what makes a good move, there are a few factors to take into consideration, namely how much power the move has, how long it takes to perform, and for how much time it does damage to the enemy Pokemon. Luckily, players have put together some valuable resources you can have handy during gameplay.

A website called calculates exactly how much effective damage per second every single move in the game deals out and, for each Pokemon, determines the most effective moveset for offense and the move effective moveset for defense.

For more information about the DPS for every move, head over to the website, but we’ve compiled their data into a handy list below:

NOTE: This list has been updated to reflect the most recent changes in the game as of March 13th:

Pokemon Best Offensive Moveset Best Defensive Moveset
Bulbasaur Vine Whip & Power Whip Vine Whip & Sludge Bomb
Ivysaur Vine Whip & Solar Beam Razor Leaf & Solar Beam
Venusaur Vine Whip & Solar Beam Razor Leaf & Solar Beam
Charmander Ember & Flamethrower Ember & Flame Charge
Charmeleon Fire Fang & Flamethrower Ember & Fire Punch
Charizard Fire Spin & Overheat Fire Spin & Overheat
Squirtle Bubble & Aqua Tail Bubble & Aqua Tail
Wartortle Water Gun & Hydro Pump Water Gun & Ice Beam
Blastoise Water Gun & Hydro Pump Water Gun & Ice Beam
Caterpie Bug Bite & Struggle Bug Bite & Struggle
Metapod Bug Bite & Struggle Bug Bite & Struggle
Butterfree Struggle Bug & Bug Buzz Confusion & Bug Buzz
Weedle Bug Bite & Struggle Bug Bite & Struggle
Kakuna Bug Bite & Struggle Bug Bite & Struggle
Beedrill Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb Infestation & Sludge Bomb
Pidgey Quick Attack & Aerial Ace Quick Attack & Aerial Ace
Pidgeotto Wing Attack & Aerial Ace Wing Attack & Aerial Ace
Pidgeot Air Slash & Hurricane Air Slash & Aerial Ace
Rattata Quick Attack & Hyper Fang Quick Attack & Hyper Fang
Raticate Quick Attack & Hyper Beam Quick Attack & Hyper Beam
Spearow Quick Attack & Sky Attack Peck & Drill Peck
Fearow Peck & Sky Attack Peck & Aerial Ace
Ekans Acid & Sludge Bomb Acid & Sludge Bomb
Arbok Acid & Gunk Shot Acid & Gunk Shot
Pikachu Thunder Shock & Wild Charge Quick Attack & Wild Charge
Raichu Mud Shot & Wild Charge Mud Shot & Wild Charge
Sandshrew Mud Shot & Dig Mud Shot & Dig
Sandslash Metal Claw & Earthquake Metal Claw & Bulldoze
Nidoran (Female) Poison Sting & Sludge Bomb Poison Sting & Sludge Bomb
Nidorina Poison Sting & Sludge Bomb Poison Sting & Sludge Bomb
Nidoqueen Poison Jab & Earthquake Poison Jab & Earthquake
Nidoran (Male) Poison Sting & Sludge Bomb Peck & Sludge Bomb
Nidorino Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb
Nidoking Poison Jab & Earthquake Iron Tail & Earthquake
Clefairy Pound & Moonblast Zen Headbutt & Disarming Voice
Clefable Charge Beam & Dazzling Gleam Charge Beam & Dazzling Gleam
Vulpix Ember & Flamethrower Ember & Flame Charge
Ninetales Fire Spin & Overheat Fire Spin & Overheat
Jigglypuff Pound & Dazzling Gleam Feint Attack & Dazzling Gleam
Wigglytuff Pound & Hyper Bem Feint Attack & Play Rough
Zubat Quick Attack & Air Cutter Quick Attack & Air Cutter
Golbat Wing Attack & Shadow Ball Wing Attack & Shadow Ball
Oddish Razor Leaf & Sludge Bomb Razor Leaf & Sludge Bomb
Gloom Razor Leaf & Sludge Bomb Razor Leaf & Sludge Bomb
Vileplume Acid & Solar Beam Razor Leaf & Solar Beam
Paras Bug Bite & Seed Bomb Bug Bite & Seed Bomb
Parasect Fury Cutter Bug & Solar Beam Struggle Bug & Solar Beam
Venonat Bug Bite & Signal Beam Confusion & Signal Beam
Venomoth Infestation & Bug Buzz Confusion & Bug Buzz
Diglett Scratch & Dig Mud Slap & Dig
Dugtrio Mud Slap & Earthquake Mud Slap & Earthquake
Meowth Scratch & Foul Play Scratch & Night Slash
Persian Scratch & Play Rough Feint Attack & Play Rough
Psyduck Water Gun & Aqua Tail Zen Headbutt & Aqua Tail
Golduck Water Gun & Hydro Pump Confusion & Hydro Pump
Mankey Karate Chop & Cross Chop Karate Chop & Cross Chop
Primeape Counter & Close Combat Counter & Close Combat
Growlithe Ember & Flamethrower Ember & Flamethrower
Arcanine Fire Fang & Fire Blast Snarl & Fire Blast
Poliwag Bubble & Bubble Beam Bubble & Bubble Beam
Poliwhirl Bubble & Bubble Beam Bubble & Water Pulse
Poliwrath Bubble & Dynamic Punch Bubble & Dynamic Punch
Abra Zen Headbutt & Shadow Ball Charge Beam & Psyshock
Kadabra Confusion & Shadow Ball Confusion & Shadow Ball
Alakazam Confusion & Future Sight Confusion & Shadow Ball
Machop Karate Chop & Cross Chop Rock Smash & Cross Chop
Machoke Karate Chop & Dynamic Punch Karate Chop & Dynamic Punch
Machamp Counter & Dynamic Punch Counter & Dynamic Punch
Bellsprout Vine Whip & Power Whip Acid & Power Whip
Weepinbell Acid & Power Whip Bullet Seed & Power Whip
Victreebel Acid & Solar Beam Razor Leaf & Solar Beam
Tentacool Bubble & Bubble Beam Bubble & Water Pulse
Tentacruel Poison Jab & Hydro Pump Poison Jab & Hydro Pump
Geodude Rock Throw & Rock Slide Rock Throw & Dig
Graveler Rock Throw & Stone Edge Rock Throw & Rock Slide
Golem Rock Throw & Stone Edge Mud Slap & Dig
Ponyta Ember & Flame Charge Ember & Flame Charge
Rapidash Fire Spin & Fire Blast Fire Spin & Fire Blast
Slowpoke Confusion & Psychock Confusion & Psychock
Slowbro Confusion & Psychic Confusion & Ice Beam
Magnemite Thunder Shock & Thunder Bolt Spark & Magnet Bomb
Magneton Spark & Zap Cannon Charge Beam & Magnet Bomb
Farfetch’d Air Slash & Leaf Blade Air Slash & Leaf Blade
Doduo Quick Attack & Brave Bird Peck & Drill Peck
Dodrio Steel Wing & Drill Peck Feint Attack & Drill Peck
Seel Lick & Aqua Tail Ice Shard & Aqua Tail
Dewgong Frost Breath & Blizzard Iron Tail & & Blizzard
Grimer Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb Mud Slap & Sludge Bomb
Muk Poison Jab & Gunk Shot Infestation & Gunk Shot
Shellder Tackle & Water Pulse Ice Shard & Water Pulse
Cloyster Frost Breath & Avalanche Ice Shard & Avalanche
Gastly Lick & Sludge Bomb Astonish & Sludge Bomb
Haunter Shadow Claw & Sludge Bomb Astonish & Sludge Bomb
Gengar Hex & Shadow Ball Hex & Shadow Ball
Onix Rock Throw & Stone Edge Rock Throw & Sand Tomb
Drowzee Confusion & Psychic Confusion & Psyshock
Hypno Confusion & Future Sight Confusion & Future Sight
Krabby Bubble & Bubble Beam Bubble & Water Pulse
Kingler Bubble & Water Pulse Bubble & Water Pulse
Voltorb Spark & Thunderbolt Spark & Discharge
Electrode Spark & Thunderbolt Volt Switch & Thunderbolt
Exeggcute Confusion & Psychic Confusion & Seed Bomb
Exeggutor Extrasensory & Solar Beam Extrasensory & Solar Beam
Cubone Mud Slap & Dig Mud Slap & Dig
Marowak Mud Slap & Earthquake Mud Slap & Dig
Hitmonlee Rock Smash & Close Combat Rock Smash & Close Combat
Hitmonchan Counter & Close Combat Counter & Close Combat
Lickitung Lick & Hyper Beam Zen Headbutt & Power Whip
Koffing Infestation & Sludge Bomb Infestation & Sludge Bomb
Weezing Infestation & Sludge Bomb Infestation & Sludge Bomb
Rhyhorn Mud Slap & Bulldoze Mud Slap & Bulldoze
Rhydon Mud Slap & Earthquake Mud Slap & Earthquake
Chansey Pound & Hyper Beam Zen Headbutt & Dazzling Gleam
Tangela Vine Whip & Solar Beam Infestation & Solar Beam
Kangaskhan Mud Slap & Outrage Mud Slap & Outrage
Horsea Bubble & Bubble Beam Bubble & Dragon Pulse
Seadra Water Gun & Hydro Pump Water Gun & Dragon Pulse
Goldeen Peck & Aqua Tail Peck & Aqua Tail
Seaking Poison Jab & Ice Beam Peck & Ice Beam
Staryu Water Gun & Bubble Beam Water Gun & Bubble Beam
Starmie Water Gun & Hydro Pump Hidden Power & Hydro Pump
Mr. Mime Confusion & Psychic Confusion & Shadow Ball
Scyther Air Slash & X-Scissor Air Slash & Aerial Ace
Jynx Confusion & Avalanche Confusion & Avalanche
Electabuzz Thunder Shock & Thunderbolt Thunder Shock & Thunderbolt
Magmar Ember & Fire Blast Ember & Fire Blast
Pinsir Bug Bite & X-Scissor Rock Smash & X-Scissor
Tauros Tackle & Earthquake Zen Headbutt & Horn Attack
Magikarp Splash & Struggle Splash & Struggle
Gyarados Dragon Tail & Hydro Pump Dragon Tail & Outrage
Lapras Water Gun & Blizzard Frost Breath & Ice Beam
Eevee Quick Attack & Swift Quick Attack & Dig
Vaporeon Water Gun & Hydro Pump Water Gun & Aqua Tail
Jolteon Thunder Shock & Thunderbolt Volt Switch & Thunderbolt
Flareon Fire Spin & Overheat Fire Spin & Overheat
Porygon Hidden Power & Hyper Beam Hidden Power & Hyper Beam
Omanyte Water Gun & Ancient Power Mud Shot & Ancient Power
Omastar Water Gun & Ancient Power Mud Shot & Ancient Power
Kabuto Scratch & Ancient Power Mud Shot & Ancient Power
Kabutops Rock Smash & Stone Edge Rock Smash & Ancient Power
Aerodactyl Steel Wing & Hyper Beam Steel Wing & Ancient Power
Snorlax Lick & Hyper Beam Zen Headbutt & Hyper Beam
Dratini Dragon Breath & Aqua Tail Iron Tail & Wrap
Dragonair Dragon Breath & Dragon Pulse Iron Tail & Dragon Pulse
Dragonite Steel Wing & Outrage Dragon Tail & Outrage

In terms of overall best quick moves in the game, regardless of Pokemon, here are the top 10, with #1 being the move that deals the most possible damage per second.

  1. Steel Wing
  2. Dragon Tail
  3. Iron Tail
  4. Rock Throw
  5. Counter
  6. Struggle
  7. Razor Leaf
  8. Shadow Claw
  9. Fire Spin
  10. Poison Jab

Next, here are the best main moves in the game, with #1 being the best:

  1. Future Sight
  2. Blizzard
  3. Gunk Shot
  4. Brave Bird
  5. Stone Edge
  6. Close Combat
  7. Overheat
  8. Petal Blizzard
  9. Focus Blast
  10. Hyper Beam

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  1. I think they JUST NOW changed the move numbers..A LOT. Hard to tell what exactly gets buffed and nerfed except that it seems like a definite buff to one charge special moves like Earthquake and Fire Blast, which NOW have base power 100.

    Thanks so much for the research, though!

  2. All of this data is wrong, they redid the attacks in the last few hours Friday Night, water gun and aqua tail were some of the attacks nerfed, Hydro Pump, Fire Blast, Solarbeam, Hyper Beam, Earthquake, and other attacks were buffed.

  3. SMH, how can it be that the Pokemon with the best possible attack is Dragonite when it’s best possible attacks are Dragon Breath/Dragon Claw, Dragon Breath not even cracking the top 10 of their own list, and the Claw at #2, while Snorlax is not in their top 10 but has best possible attacks of Lick/Body Slam, BOTH #3 in their respective places????????

    Is someone a little biased?

    • It’s because of the STA (same type attack) bonus. Dragon Pokemon with Dragon attack (or any X Pokemon with X type attack, except Normal) gets 1.25x damage on every attack, no matter what. So the DPS goes way up.

  4. Tony – pokemon’s attack power is another factor to moves. Every pokemon has base attack stats, which dragonite having the highest attack value (of the obtainable pokemon). It’s unclear to what extent the attack power affects the moves damage, but with two pokemon which have the same move, the one with the highest attack stats will do more damage.

    It looks like Niantic did a stealth update last night updating the damage of most of the moves. They’ve updated the damage and dps on the site, but some of the values in this article are now not up to date.

  5. This list is inaccurate. I have a Raticate with Hyperbeam 120. Also Earthquake should have been on top 10.

  6. this website is a scam phishing website. Author is a moron for not having any tech skills whatsoever to clearly point out the obvious. He mustve been blinded by the thought of traffic and cheating. Horrible journalist and author.

  7. I have a Nidoran(female) CP463 HP71. Attacks Bite 6 Sludge Bomb 55, which is higher than my Nidoran(female) that has Body Slam at 40

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  10. Say for a Nidoking, Earthquake is said to be the best but what about stone edge or megahorn, both which made the list of top 10?

    • Nidoking is a poison and ground type. So he gets a STAB bonus for Earthquake where stone edge is a rock type move and megahorn is a bug type. Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as jamming the most powerful moves in the game on every pokemon you can.

  11. Love the list.. Although would like to see if it has changed since the latest CP changes. As I have been using this list to update my Pokédex. Thanks.

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