‘Pokemon Go’ CP Changes List: Which Pokemon Have Increased or Decreased CP?


‘Pokemon Go’ is available for iOS and Android devices. (Niantic)

Niantic is changing the combat power of some Pokemon in Pokemon Go.

The news of this major update came on Niantic’s website today, with the company announcing that certain Pokemon will have their maximum CP lowered and some will have it raised. The company said that they are doing this to create a “balanced and competitive battling and training experience.” Players will notice this change immediately, not having to wait until the next time they power up any given Pokemon.

Specifically, Niantic mentions that Alakazam, Rhydon, and Gengar are three Pokemon that are having their maximum CP increased. Niantic has not provided any examples of which Pokemon will have their CP decreased, but this category includes Pikachu and Porygon among many others.

Niantic also suggested that they may continue to make CP adjustments in the future and that this is not a one time change.

Based on research conducted by the Silph Road subreddit, here is a list of which Pokemon have received a boost in CP and which have received a reduction:


  • Abra
  • Aerodactyl
  • Alakazam
  • Beedrill
  • Butterfree
  • Chansey
  • Charizard
  • Cloyster
  • Diglett
  • Dodrio
  • Doduo
  • Dragonite
  • Dugtrio
  • Electabuzz
  • Electrode
  • Exeggcute
  • Fearow
  • Flareon
  • Gastly
  • Gengar
  • Geodude
  • Goldeen
  • Golem
  • Graveler
  • Gyarados
  • Haunter
  • Hitmonchan
  • Hitmonlee
  • Horsea
  • Jolteon
  • Jynx
  • Kabuto
  • Kabutops
  • Kadabra
  • Kangaskhan
  • Kingler
  • Krabby
  • Machamp
  • Machoke
  • Machop
  • Magnemite
  • Magneton
  • Mankey
  • Marowak
  • Moltres
  • Mr. Mime
  • Muk
  • Omanyte
  • Omastar
  • Onix
  • Pinsir
  • Primeape
  • Raticate
  • Rattata
  • Rhydon
  • Rhyhorn
  • Sandshrew
  • Sandslash
  • Scyther
  • Seadra
  • Shellder
  • Snorlax
  • Starmie
  • Tangela
  • Tauros
  • Tentacool
  • Tentacruel
  • Vaporeon
  • Venomoth
  • Voltorb
  • Zapdos


  • Arbok
  • Arcanine
  • Bellsprout
  • Blastoise
  • Bulbasaur
  • Caterpie
  • Charmander
  • Charmeleon
  • Clefable
  • Clefairy
  • Cubone
  • Dewgong
  • Dragonair
  • Dratini
  • Drowzee
  • Eevee
  • Ekans
  • Exeggutor
  • Farfetch’d
  • Gloom
  • Golbat
  • Golduck
  • Grimer
  • Growlithe
  • Hypno
  • Ivysaur
  • Jigglypuff
  • Kakuna
  • Koffing
  • Lickitung
  • Magikarp
  • Magmar
  • Meowth
  • Metapod
  • Nidoking
  • Nidoqueen
  • Nidoran
  • Nidorina
  • Nidorino
  • Ninetales
  • Oddish
  • Paras
  • Parasect
  • Persian
  • Pidgeot
  • Pidgeotto
  • Pidgey
  • Pikachu
  • Poliwag
  • Poliwhirl
  • Poliwrath
  • Ponyta
  • Porygon
  • Psyduck
  • Raichu
  • Seaking
  • Seel
  • Slowbro
  • Slowpoke
  • Spearow
  • Squirtle
  • Staryu
  • Venonat
  • Venusaur
  • Victreebel
  • Vileplume
  • Vulpix
  • Wartortle
  • Weedle
  • Weepinbell
  • Weezing
  • Wigglytuff
  • Zubat

And here is the full announcement of this major update from Niantic:


We have made adjustments to the CP (Combat Power) of various Pokémon. Some Pokémon, such as Alakazam, Rhydon, and Gengar will have their CP increased. Others will have their CP lowered. These changes will allow a more balanced and competitive battling and training experience in Gyms. We will continue to adjust the CP going forward to improve the game balance when necessary.

The Pokémon GO team

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Wow. Even though it is simply a game, everyone is affected. This is like real life. Donald Trump has stepped in to switch things up here and make the game more interesting. :) There’s a method to the maddness!!


I think this is unfair especially to players (like me) who expends a lot time grinding their pokemon with good CP and IV. Although in my case these changes are favorable because I have now 2600+ CP Gyarados, Vaporeon and Snorlax, Kingler is 2000+ CP and my Haunters are now 1000+ CP and my Gengars are all 1800+ CP but how about other players who experience the CP downgrade. Will it much be better to update in the sense that DR WILLOW DISCOVERED THAT SOME POKEMONS HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THEIR CP. I think it will be perceive positively knowing that you can now use other pokemons but as powerful as the regular gym defenders.


From what me and my best friend have discovered everything stayed the same except for the cp went up and down..


think the only thing we can do to make Niantic change the pokemon that got nerfed back to their original CP is just send them a Email/Gmail or any other way to contact them complaining about the ones that got nerfed dramatcally like blastoise,nidoqueen,nidoking,vileplume and ect….. and the ones that doesn’t even have very high CP like pidgeot,raichu,parasect and rest. but of course leave the ones that got buffs i know it sounds a bit much but peope can finally battle and use different pokemon they want and that they like and not leave the same 5 or 6 pokemon u see at almost every gyms i know not just one person saying this to them isn’t gonna change shit or anything but if lots of people a big community of people complaining too them over and over again almost everyday then they would realize that they need to start listening to the players n try to make this game as successful as possible in all honest i am happy with the pokemon i got my closter was about 1451 something CP but now is the strongest with 1771 but wen i saw my nidoqueen n slowbro went down from around 1800 to now around 1600 i wasn’t mad but just Disappointed investing my stardust working hard to get to then see it go to waste especially seeing how much CP they took away from blostoise one of peoples favorite starter pokemon and suppose to be one of the strongest have lower CP is a real let down and i know they wouldn’t do automatically do it fast bring back the CP pokemon they nerf but time will tell and hopefully on the next update they do so especially over the millions of people gonna keep telling them change the nerfed pokemon back the way they were everyday i mean ill try my best to do my part hope eveybody else does too


how? i mean shit ill get tired of millions of people askng the same thing about this over n over ill just be like ight here new update ight leave me alone now lol


Disappointed !!! any extra stardust or extra Pokemon level to power up after changes from Niantic. Wake up today and my overall CP is lower :(


All I can say is….make the gyms more reliable!! Often times I’ve spent an hour or more at gyms training just so I can join the higher level gyms but they either give me network error or the gym won’t let me join even after leveling up the gym. Also, the coins that you get to collect if you have mons posting at gyms after 21 hrs, they don’t always work!! Fix these problems so that players’ effort don’t get wasted….sure bothers me enough that I am writing this! Keep this up and making changes nilly willy will eventually drive players away!!


Yes you are definitely correct! I have many instances that whenever I choose the gym it always gives me a network error or just showing the background but the pokemons never shows up. I dont know if you experience it, but after 3 times of battle with a powerful gym (lets say its level 10 so it will take 5 or 6 times before it will finally goes down) the network error occurs. Disappointing that after you reduce the gym level to 1 and there is one pokemon left there to defeat………… you cannot access the fight.


I agree this is frustrating when it happens. No matter what the circumstance. In short, come back and it will work later.

More in depth:
I find it occurs when doing battle at the gym, one moves too far from the gym. Sounds simple, I think they did fix it a bit (by making the radius wider that it allows one to wonder from the gym during an active battle (not the setup area)), but making the radius wider and fixing the issue completely are different stories.

Often times, I can BARELY-ON-A-GOOD-DAY get into range of certain gyms (albeit without leaving my light truck). Which means any movement that I do such as getting out of the way for someone, the natural wondering around that occurs while the GPS is triangulating your position, or just having to re-position the vehicle; any little circumstance with fairly large movement, especially, can result in it getting too far from the gym to use. When this happens during battle, I call it locking yourself out of the gym. Everyone is inside watching the battle so nobody is around to let you back in. You are a trainer! You need back into the Gym because you are the challenger! No problem it’s just a battle. My Battle Girl badge says I’ve have won 3,726 Gym battles. The problem that you will continually get an error each time you attempt to start a new battle (at the same gym).

This is the situation I describe for getting the notorious error that ends any attempt at starting a new battle completely mute. The battle initiates, and A LOT of the time it will be an error. Again and again. Closing the app and starting it back up has been a staple of the game since its release. Doing this over and over (like you should) you will find that it generally does not help your cause here. What has always helped me was to go on to the next gym in my route, then come back after its done (doesn’t always work if the next gym is fast so I may do a couple)(Yes I have tried going to a different gym, beating it and coming back to the error gym again, still getting errors at the beginning of the first battle.). Leaving and coming back usually works, however, and is recommended. Especially if you are trying you get your slightly-more-often-than-daily 10 gyms in before they are all taken away.

One untested theory of mine is that the battle has to in a sense “play itself out” before the app knows that the battle resulted in an error. Somewhat similar to when the pocket monsters simply don’t appear after the start of the first battle, but you can still hear what’s going on and you can take massive damage without being able to battle. The difference is that this latter case, immediately closing the app means you will only take a little damage at most, and the gym still remains functional when you get the app going again. I would assume that is a common issue and it is a common fix to close the app and start it back up. But the issue of the gym locking you out by repeatedly having an error and not letting you do battle (while the app seems otherwise innocent; the game is working fine and other gyms are working), this issue will slow you down to the point that really you must leave and come back unless there are several pokes around the gym to keep you busy for a while. It’s possible lower levels can wait it out more easily, as their battles would naturally end pretty fast; this is unconfirmed, untested, and frankly, are lower levels taking down gyms in a hurry to be upset? Also this doesn’t happen as much if you get comfortably in range of the gym–to where it doesn’t toggle in and out of range. Keeping still at the gym helps even more. I do believe they made the range around the Gym, after you start battle, battle wider too. If I get out of the truck to get close enough to start the battle, then retreat a little and sit back in the truck to do the battle; lately that is no longer as risky (at risk of locking me out of the Gym with error messages) and is why I say that I believe there has been some sort of fix to it already. They let you move a bit away from the gym now while remaining in battle, which is golden. Bottom line: get nice and close the gym, and stay put so you don’t fall off the Gym and can’t get up.


i hate that they nerfed Parasect, the only reason its good with its low cp is because it completely counters Exeggutor, one of the strongest Pokemon in Go, being super vulnerable to bug moves. this is just a common trait found in Pokemon games where some type match-ups are a landslide and Niantic just screwed up.

Mike D

To those that are quick to call people cheaters or toxic or insult them, I used to be a purist in gaming just like you and quick to point out cheaters. That did no good because it chased players both legit and cheaters away when developers just blankst-nerfed things. Where did it get those games? Star Wars Galaxies is dead and Asheron’s Call is empty. Be careful what you wish for. The path you seek is a lonely one. Everyone plays different and what Niantic seems to be doing is just blanket nerfing everything without regard to players of any sort. It’s Watching a developer literally destroy their own game and expect us to still like it. The speed caps is a bad idea because GPS aren’t accurate enough to track if you’re standing still. I literally could sit still at my desk and the driving warning comes up. This is for both android and iPhone. The CP nerf just hurt the remaining player base. Stop the madness, Niantic. Niantic if you’re unhappy about a feature of a game, note it and call it a day. The product is live. Don’t go axing features at free random. You’re ruining what player base you have. Look up the history of Sony Online Entertainment. You’re following their same path and it ends in a dead game. Brand names don’t save games from bad development.


I beg your pardon!!!!! Comforting him??? I explain how it’s a game and not worth getting upset about.. and as a good parent he was then asleep in his bed as any 12yr old should be at 10.30pm on a school night!!! 😡😡


My vileplume, blastoise, arcanine and Eggecutor all got nerfed. I benefited with a boost to my dragonite, snorlax and vaporeon but I wish they left it alone. The game is all but unplayable with speed caps on pokéstops and the catch and stop bonus is crap. Not so much the catch but the stop one is. It’s a way for Niantic to give less shit for free while making you feel like you’re being rewarded. Kinda insulting.


yes gyarados is really a monster now. I have only 1 gyarados because magikarp in my area is almost impossible. My gyarados now at 2700+ CP im level 28 so before I reach level 40 this monster may reach 3,500 CP (not sure what is the max CP for gyarados)


I didn’t want it to change because I had a really bad Pokémon which had terrible stats and now it is my best

Ian Hall

Why do busted pokemon like eevee evolutions go up but diffucult to get pokemon like the starters final evolutions went down


When I login and found out some pokemon CP has changed, I though my account being hacked.


Hate it already gave a perfect dratini and I grinded him to my max cp just to see it drop now how is a 700+ pokemon being used in gyms keeping things stagnent


dratini may have gotten nerfed, but dragonite got bumped a bit so that part will be ok in the end.


When I went no to Pokémon GO today, I noticed my Gyarados having 400 additional CP, and Kingler have 600 more. I thought someone had hacked me and powered up some of my Pokémon, but I couldn’t seem to notice any stardust missing. My god was I relieved when I read this.


Did Niantic HAVE to change the CP of pokemon that we had already captured, though?!?

The night before this CP-changing happened, somebody stole my car, and gave it up 20 feet down the street (probably couldn’t drive a stick shift). Niantic’s de-valuing
so many of my favorite, ready-to-evolve poiemon left me feeling just as violated as that did. I want my 209-CP magikarp back. And my 1330-CP dragonair. And my
940-CP growlithe. Etc. Niantic can screw themselves for changing the CP of pokemon already belonging to us.


Wow, you’re complaining about your magikarp and dragonite when both gyarados and dragonite will be better than they would have been!


Yes, I’m complaining. Because the arbitrary reassignments of CP have changed the levels of good/bad for each type of pokemon. Any sense we had developed for where the transition between keep or transfer has to be learned, possibly re-learned, by trial and error. (Is our 694 eevee today better or worse than our 782 eevee was three days ago? We have to waste the cost of an evolve just to find out


Niantic made this change in CP only for one reason.
Get more money.
All evolutions of Eevy got a huge boost.
So it has become very easy for most players to take over gyms.
This results in swapping gyms from teams very often so that it will get very hard to get some coins.
Niantic hopes this will result in players spending more money to get coins.

And requests to change from team or to ban players that take over 3 gyms at the same time Niantic keeps ignoring.

Money Money Money


Does that mean that CP required to get a +1000CP when you make one of your Pokemon evolve have changed ?
For instance, to get a +1000CP Blastoise you needed a Squirtle at 442CP or a Wartortle at 715CP. Is it still the same now ?

Bliss Frazier

Why would I continue to spend my money on coins to buy pokeballs to catch more pokemon to get more stardust to power up my favorite pokemon if Niantic is going to come along and drop the cp. Maybe instead of dropping CP on people’s pokemon, they could have left the ones that were higher alone and just let users who had ones above their new levels be rewarded for their time, money, and work than steal that away from the few loyal users you have left. You don’t steal away players progress if you wish to continue to have players. They nerfed my 2 favorite Pokemon and I lost hundreds of CP on them which means I wasted resources building them the minute Niantic took the progress I payed for. I’m done giving them money and thinking I may want to be done playing the game.


I agree. Niantic im also done with you. You took my stardust and my money and thought it was cool. Its not!! And i may just be one person, but u dont have many players left to begin with. So congrats on killing what was once a great game.

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