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10 Best Pokémon

Which Pokémon should be in your team?

There may be 493 but not all of them are necessarily helpful when it comes to taking part in battles against other trainers. That's why, with HeartGold/SoulSilver kicking Pokémon off all over again, we're giving you our list of the 10 Pokémon you should be trying to catch.

Not only that, we'll be telling you how you can get hold of them and which moves they should be learning.

A couple of disclaimers: 1) We know we could have just listed all the Legendary Pokémon here but that would have been cheap. 2) This is only our opinion! There are millions of possibilities; these are just the 10 we recommend. Onward!

Typhlosion
Typhlosion
Typhlosion

When choosing your starter Pokémon, Cyndaquil is the one to go for if you're looking for an easy ride through the first few gyms. It learns a lot of different types of moves as it grows and gets even stronger by the time it's evolved to Typhlosion at level 36. When it hits level 57 it'll also learn Eruption, which does loads of damage if its energy is high. You'll certainly find better Pokémon later in your journey, but Cyndaquil will be one of your favourites in your first 15 or 20 hours of play.

How to get it

The easiest of the lot to recruit, Cyndaquil is available as one of the starter Pokémon.

Dragonite
Dragonite
Dragonite

It's handy to get a Dratini in the early stages of the game

(if you get it using the method described below) because as a Dragon-type Pokémon it's resistant to many common types such as Fire, Water, Grass and Electric. It's also only really vulnerable against Ice and other Dragon type Pokémon, both of which are very rare to come across at the start of the game. After a while (a long while) it becomes the awesome Dragonite, one of the strongest non-legendary Pokémon featured in the game.

How to get it

Win 2,100 coins playing Voltorb Flip in the Goldenrod City Game Corner and buy yourself a Dratini. It will evolve at Level 55.

Dunsparce
Dunsparce
Dunsparce

The best Pokémon to annoy opponents. At level 14 it learns Glare, which paralyses them. Teach it TM34 (Swagger) to confuse them too. Learn Mud-Slap from the Move Tutor at Frontier Front to lower their accuracy. Teach it TM80 (Rock Slide) to have a good chance of making the opponent flinch. For the finishing touch, make it hold Bright Powder to raise evasiveness. If your opponent somehow manages to attack despite paralysis, confusion and threat of flinching, there's a good chance that its low accuracy and your high evasion will mean it'll miss you anyway.

How to get it

Dunsparce can only be found by chance if it appears when you use Rock Smash on a boulder.

Slaking
Slaking
Slaking

Slaking has the third-highest attack stat of any Pokémon in the game, and that includes legendary Pokémon. Slaking is a little annoying because it has the Truant ability, which means it misses every second turn. However, give it the hugely powerful TM15 (Hyper Beam), which makes your Pokémon miss a turn anyway, and combined with his fearsome attack stat you've got a move that can finish off a lot of enemies in one shot, especially once it's up to level 100. Its huge HP means it'll take a long time to beat too.

How to get it

After beating the Johto League and getting the National Dex, headbutt trees on Route 25 until you get Slakoth. It evolves to Slaking at level 36.

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  1. TheConch Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 07:57

    If Dunsparce gets a mention for being annoying what about Bronzong? Only fire is at all effective against it, it has Levitate as an ability and has that most annoying of all moves: Confuse Ray. Then you could of course teach it a few more infuriating TMs if you wanted to be a real asshole. Grrrr.

  2. dirge71 Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 08:02

    I agree on most of these. My top ten are (i rotate a bit):
    Dragonite lv95 :D
    Ho-oh lv75
    Entei lv73
    Mewtwo lv70
    Lugia lv70
    Gyarados lv68 (red)
    Ampharos lv67
    Kadabra lv66
    Snorlax lv62
    Zapdos lv50

    I am also training a Seadra lv36 and Pidgeot lv43.
    I have Taillow and Lapras in daycare.

  3. Shigeru Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 08:08

    I've tried this line-up in my Copy of SoulSilver, and it does work. I took a few liberties with the movesets such as giving Dragonite Hyperbeam, and not giving Steelix the Curse-Subsitute combo, but it still worked rather well.

  4. shadow.x Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 08:14

    Im actually training five of those ten at the moment, its been my dream team from the days of blue

  5. mario kart Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 09:06

    I didn't see Lucario on the list, so it can't be correct :(

  6. superewan Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 09:19

    me dragonair evolved this morning!!! XD

  7. microhenry Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 09:29

    Starmie should be on the list.

    -natural cure
    -excellent speed
    -awesome special move pool
    -good special attack
    -nice STAB for water and psychic


    That said though, he's vulnerable to the ever common u turn.

  8. PsychoPikmin Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 09:56

    Lanturn should be on here.

    -Massive HP
    -Teach Rain Dance and Thunder
    -It has Volt absorb
    -Ground is its only weakness

    And so should Quagsire.

    -Learns Earthquake at just Lv36
    -It has Water Absorb
    -Grass is its only weakness
    -Large HP, attack and defence

  9. Redfish20 Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 09:58

    Altaria
    It's one of if not the easiest dragon to train yet is still really powerful. Also it can learn ice beam :wink:

  10. GoombaInDisguise Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 10:32

    Not alot of Psuedo-Legendaries there.

    Dragonite and Metagross are the only ones.
    Tyranitar, Garchomp and Salamence should be there. They're all stupidly powerful and the Dragons only have 1 real Weakness (I'm ignoring the Dragon Beats Dragon thing, that was dumb), which is Ice, and Tyranitar's a real Wall in the Defense department.

  11. adam-ell Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 10:41

    My Team is:

    Bayleaf lv 93
    Lugia lv 87
    Rayquaza (had him since ruby) lv 100
    Salamence lv 100 (shiny XD)
    Dragonite lv 85
    Blissey lv 100 (over 700 hp XD)

    any suggestions?

  12. TecnicolourM Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 10:48

    Cyndaquil, Dratini and Nidoran were my first 3 'mon.
    The only problem is judging when to evolve my Nidorino...

  13. TecnicolourM Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 10:54

    Lanturn should be on here.

    -Massive HP
    -Teach Rain Dance and Thunder
    -It has Volt absorb
    -Ground is its only weakness

    I tried Lanturn on my Platinum. The problem is that it's one of those Pokémon that only really work in theory. It's HP is huge, but it can't really do much in terms of attacking (even with Thunder) unless you do some serious EV training.

    Starmie should be on the list.

    -natural cure
    -excellent speed
    -awesome special move pool
    -good special attack
    -nice STAB for water and psychic


    That said though, he's vulnerable to the ever common u turn.

    I'm using him too.

    The Pokéwalker is ridiculously useful for catching water 'mon etc. that aren't really available at the beginning.

  14. mailtoad Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 11:16

    I'm currently hanging out at the Training Area near the Battle Frontier using this team:

    Flygon Lv100
    Garchomp Lv49
    Rapidash Lv78
    Metagross Lv53
    Swellow Lv51
    Alakazam Lv47

    I love my Flygon, but in terms of usefulness, Alakazam does a great job. When battling online, my opponent knocked out all of my Pokemon apart from Alakazam. Then my little beastie managed to wipe out all six of my opponents with OHKOs. (Yeah, it has IVs of 31 in every stat but Defence).

  15. jaydoxx Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 11:41

    Glad to see you didn't just pick the traditional sweepers ad status pokemon:P

    GO DUNSPARCE:D

  16. Nik1245 Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 12:14

    Only Noobs who can't train Pokemon keep Legendary Pokemon in their team.
    Which is why most Legendary types are banned from the Battle Frontier.
    They're just too cheap. Not to mention embarrassingly countered.
    And also, most of them are found at a stupidly high level! To me, it just takes the point away from the game.
    In other words;
    "Why Train when we got these guys ready for you?"

    I'm gonna get a lot of flame for this, but it's my opinion, and an opinion most people agree with.
    Now if ya don't mind...
    *goes back to training Dewgong*

  17. blublur101 Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 12:21

    good list, but where's sableye? c'mon, i caught it in saphire and i was never stuck again. plus, it has NO WEAKNESSES!!!!! BEST POKEMON EVA!!!!!!!!!

  18. giantchuchu Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 12:45

    latias and latios should be on there, they're much better tan dunsparce.

  19. andymck07 Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 13:28

    Curselax FTW

  20. Pii Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 13:33

    Eurgh, Slaking? It's horrible, its skip a turn ability makes him totally unusable imo, even with hyper beam.

    Tyranitar should be there, it's totally awesome.

  21. chocfang Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 13:44

    Flygon for me! He's so easy to use and I easily win every battle on-line and off-line level 100 flygon!

  22. J.V Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 13:58

    tbh i think a good vileplume needs to be in there :P
    with a briliant grass setlist even if it is weak to several types its defense can be a killer to deal with especially if it knows substitute (TM90) and sludge bomb oh and even one of the different spore moves like sleep powder and stun spore just for more certainty :L
    also a lefeon is good for a team but it suffers from a weak moveset because its a eeveelution :L
    but teach it sword dance leaf blade sythesis and smn else (i use sunny day because its part of my sunny day team :P) EV up its attack and speed and its a brilliant physical sweeper :D

  23. J.V Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 13:58

    tbh i think a good vileplume needs to be in there :P
    with a briliant grass setlist even if it is weak to several types its defense can be a killer to deal with especially if it knows substitute (TM90) and sludge bomb oh and even one of the different spore moves like sleep powder and stun spore just for more certainty :L
    also a lefeon is good for a team but it suffers from a weak moveset because its a eeveelution :L
    but teach it sword dance leaf blade sythesis and smn else (i use sunny day because its part of my sunny day team :P) EV up its attack and speed and its a brilliant physical sweeper :D

  24. olimariscool Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 13:59

    What about Weedle?

  25. SonicFanGirlNo1 Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 14:29

    I have a shiny Steelix in HeartGold. He's awesome, certainly one of my best team members.

  26. AbeyancesPhoneix Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 14:42

    You don't want to use Hyper Beam on Slaking, because Hyper Beam is a special move, and comes off the Special Attack stat (except in 3rd Gen).

    Teach it Return instead. With max happiness, you get 102 base power, and 100 accuracy.

  27. microhenry Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 14:44

    Eurgh, Slaking? It's horrible, its skip a turn ability makes him totally unusable imo, even with hyper beam.

    I hear you. Use protect every other turn and slaking is f'ed in the a.

  28. rimz790 Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 14:46

    Which is the better of the 2 to have in your team...water or ice pokemon? and which pokemon is recommended to catch and use from either type?

    I just got the game and i am going to start off with Cyndaquil, but was wondering what the other types of pokemon i should have in my team to be able to complete the game properly?

  29. Cinaclov Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 14:47

    See, I don't mind you copy and pasting stuff straight from the mag, but you could at least update it. Seeing as Arceus is not yet to come to the UK, he's been and gone. :wink:

  30. hyperkarate Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 14:56

    most of you ppl only care about how cool a pokemon is or stuff like that not if its good though.... BUT! im not saying that awesome pokemon like lucario, weavile and ambipom aren't good!

  31. KyogreDude Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 15:49

    I mean Dunsparce? Pfft.

    If you want a pain in the backside Pokémon, go for Blissey or any 'mon that utilises paralysis/confusion in their movelist.

    Personally I can't be bothered with IV breeding; I don't enjoy maths. I do attempt to EV train though.

  32. MrCareca Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 16:25

    Just last week I started playing HeartGold, I'm on Lance, Poke League, and my personal top is:
    Typhlosion; Ambipom; Mamoswine; Tangrowth; Quagsire; Togetic
    and Sentret, and Geodude Goldeen order to use HMs

  33. Oxo64 Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 16:48

    Good point. I hate using the legendaries, I just get them for the collection side of things. Puting Mewtwo and Arceus in list seems a bit of a cop-out to me guys... :lol:
    You can't really go wrong with Kadabra / Alakazam in my opinion - fast & awsome special attack. In the absence of Kadabra / Alakazam, Gardevoir gets the job done just as well.

  34. Dhillz Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 17:16

    you need to update the info about arceus,
    you could have got him in the uk event and through the various events around the world =P

  35. Nintendo Boy Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 17:19

    How the hell could you forget Blastoise, ONM?

  36. nintendorama Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 17:39

    PsycoPikmin aren't you forgeting grass? :lol:
    Anyway Togekiss should definitely be on there it's got great special stats and it's low attack doesn't matter because it doesn't really need attack moves. it also learns the ultimate aura sphere :D togekiss was my best 'mon in platinum i raised it from the little togepi egg cynthia gave me. :cry: oh the memories :)

  37. yamiiguy Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 18:15

    I disagree with Mewtwo & Arceus, I'd be thinking Gallade and Mightyena or something to that effect.

  38. lawrencer5 Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 19:09

    In my opinion you only need a typhlosion lv 100 and then 5 of any thing else, any level any type.
    moveset
    flamethrower
    earthquake
    double edge
    shadow claw

    awesome

  39. Hellb3nt12347 Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 19:43

    if you wanted to be a real asshole. Grrrr.

    c'mon... you should know the rules by now..

  40. giantchuchu Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 19:50

    ALL LEGENDS ARE WORTHLESS APART FROM 1 CRUCIAL THING:


    THEY HAVE TONS BETTER STATS!!!!!!!!!

  41. MJW 1999 Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 20:09

    Are you SURE Ho-Oh and Lugia would'nt be effective Pokemon in your team? Or have you just not got that far yet? I have SoulSilver and I thought Lugia was great. I so can't wait for Arceus!

  42. TheLastYoshi Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 20:30

    Typhlosion? Nooo! Fearligatr is the way to go, you can pretty much go through the whole game without needing any other pokemon (excluding the need of HMs) An ice type move can cover it's lack of effectiveness against dragon and grass types. WATER STARTERS FTW.

  43. Nick McRae Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 20:37

    you need to update the info about arceus,
    you could have got him in the uk event and through the various events around the world =P

    I'm glad you've noticed that too, I noticed it when I read the magazine! It's articles like that that made me have a very large gap from buying the magazine, I can wait a few weeks if it means saving Ł4, might just start to wait again...

  44. ShadowofPain Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 21:29

    Typhlosion: Not a bad choice to be honest. It's pretty easy to get and it's probably the most common choice since there are so few decent Fire types in the game (Water you got Gyarados which is one of the best Pokemon imo and Grass is a type that can be quite easily subbed for by Electric).
    Dragonite: Though ti does kick ass I will say, it's still in the shadow of say Salamence and Garchomp. That said though, it is the easiest Dragon to get in HG/SS.
    Dunsparce: Are you kidding me? It's stats are all poor except HP and although it has a nice ability (Serene Grace) it has very few things going for it. There are definately FAR better Normal types out there.
    Slaking: Could be a fantastic Pokemon, if it wasn't for the fact that its ability hinders it greatly. It's extremely predictable. Oh yeah and Hyper Beam is catagorised as a Special attack in HG/SS not a Physical Attack.
    Arceus: Though he is techinacally the most powerful and one of the most versitile Pokemon in the game, Arceus has very limited accessiblity. The majority of people can't get one. And besides,it's more fun and challenging not using the legendaries to beat the game ;)
    Mewtwo: I agree with you here ONM. Mewtwo is AWESOME. Though again, it's mroe fun to beat the game without legendaries.
    Steelix: It may be able to take Physical attacks like a mountain, but when it comes to Special attacks it falls flat on its face. This isn't helped by it's poor speed and rather common weaknessess. Still it's a decent Pokemon though.
    Nidoking: Honestly I think this Pokemon is really overrated. Although it is pretty versitile and not too hard to get it excels in nothing and has rather average stats. Again a decent Pokemon, but there are far better ones out there.
    Metagross: I do actually agree here. Metagross is a fantastic Pokemon. Good typing, great stats, good movepool, though it is quite hard to get. If you do get one though it should definately be a main offense in any team.
    Gengar: Another great Pokemon. A staple of the Pokemon games right from generation one. It's fast, it hits hard and it's just really cool.

  45. Kirby8 Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 21:49

    you need to update the info about arceus,
    you could have got him in the uk event and through the various events around the world =P

    I'm glad you've noticed that too, I noticed it when I read the magazine! It's articles like that that made me have a very large gap from buying the magazine, I can wait a few weeks if it means saving Ł4, might just start to wait again...

    Yeah, I noticed that too. I went to the event and got it for all 3 games.

  46. Toad Rules Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 21:54

    What about Weedle?



    what about magikarp... lol 8)

  47. Kirby8 Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 22:01

    Only Noobs who can't train Pokemon keep Legendary Pokemon in their team.
    Which is why most Legendary types are banned from the Battle Frontier.
    They're just too cheap. Not to mention embarrassingly countered.
    And also, most of them are found at a stupidly high level! To me, it just takes the point away from the game.
    In other words;
    "Why Train when we got these guys ready for you?"

    I'm gonna get a lot of flame for this, but it's my opinion, and an opinion most people agree with.
    Now if ya don't mind...
    *goes back to training Dewgong*

    True, I get what you mean, but most people out there will have a legendary or two in there team, and it'll be hard to beat some of them. For example, when I went to the darkrai event I met one of those "master trainer" people (the people in charge of the event and such) and I only got to see two of his pokemon out of 3 (we were playing a doubles) and they were both legendary pokemon, because they can do some crazy stuff, such as kyogre. With kyogre, he does drizzle and you can boost his attack power further with some item, he wouldn't tell me what, and it was ridiculously strong.

    I do have two legendaries on my team, Mewtwo and Giratina, but it's not because I can't be bothered to train pokemon and it's not because I'm like "I'm gonna win". It was because I like them and because I needed moves to counter others that mewtwo could provide. I may change him, but I don't have time right now. A level exam revision is getting to me. To be honest, I have outsourced most of mewtwo's moves, so I can probably remove him.

    The rest of my team is:
    Charizard
    Swampert
    Torterra
    Umbreon

    All at lv 100. BTW, to everyone, this list is a bit lame because it doesn't have a water/ground type, which (although they double weakness to grass) are sooo good. Plus, in doubles, I use both swampert and charizard together, which is good, because I can use earthquake without harming Chari and can fly when I want to use surf.

  48. Take Saturday 24th Apr 2010 at 23:19

    Teach slaking hyper beam? Don't you mean Giga impact?

  49. Cuber Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 07:12

    you need to update the info about arceus,
    you could have got him in the uk event and through the various events around the world =P


    Wasn't the event like, last month?

    It confuses me that they seem to have forgot this.. as this was only posted yesterday. :?

  50. ShadowofPain Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 09:04

    you need to update the info about arceus,
    you could have got him in the uk event and through the various events around the world =P


    Wasn't the event like, last month?

    It confuses me that they seem to have forgot this.. as this was only posted yesterday. :?

    This top 10 Pokemon thing was actually in last month's (or maybe 2 months ago's) mag. Maybe the Arceus event hadn't happened yet?

  51. carnivine chaos Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 09:48

    Breloom

    Spore (shroomish at lvl 45)
    substitute
    leech seed
    focus punch

    Make sure it has the poison heal ability and give it a toxic orb. Start with spore, do substitute, do leech seed, then keep focus punching.

    If u EV train it in speed then you've got a very good chance of winning every match.

  52. layton lover Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 10:47

    I have a Lvl 62 Dragonite on SS cuz i got a Dratini via Voltorb flip. I am about to do the 3rd gym in Kanto, my Dragonite is easily my best Pokemon.

    It's good to catch a Spearow, evolve it in to a Fearow and teach it Roost and Aeriel Ace. Roost recovers HP.

    I also have a low Level Dunsparce.

  53. codcam2 Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 10:50

    My team:
    Tyrtanitar Lv. 100
    Typhlosion Lv. 97
    Ampharos Lv. 61
    Charizard Lv. 63
    Swampert Lv. 51
    Dragonite Lv. 56

  54. codcam2 Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 10:58

    Typhlosion? Nooo! Fearligatr is the way to go, you can pretty much go through the whole game without needing any other pokemon (excluding the need of HMs) An ice type move can cover it's lack of effectiveness against dragon and grass types. WATER STARTERS FTW.

    I take it you liek mudkipz

  55. WaterMaster230 Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 11:10

    dratini was a real effort to get but worth the effort : P

    i'm still quite early on in the game so my team should get better soon.

  56. Fii Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 11:48

    Wobbuffet/Wynaut are among the most under-rated Pokemon ever. If you have one that knows Encore, Counter, Mirror Coat and Safeguard with Shadow Tag as a special ability you're pretty much unbeatable - use Safeguard to protect it from status effects and use Encore to have the opponent repeat their last move, then you can Counter or Mirror Coat them down.

  57. Strangeworld Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 11:48

    What was the point in including Arceus? You could of but a better pokemon in ONM...

  58. Metr01d Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 11:55

    Breloom

    Spore (shroomish at lvl 45)
    substitute
    leech seed
    focus punch

    Make sure it has the poison heal ability and give it a toxic orb. Start with spore, do substitute, do leech seed, then keep focus punching.

    People like you that abuse sporeloom are what's wrong with competitive pokemon ._.

    God I hate that thing almost as much as Haxkiss/Rachi.

  59. Dooby Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 13:41

    A lot of them are good choices, Mewtwo, Metagross, Nidoking and Gengar definately.

    I'd say Entei is a better Pokemon than Typhlosion and Snorlax better than Slaking. I also think that some other good members to have in your team would be Celebi, Darkrai, Hitmonlee and Porygon.

    I don't see why people have a problem with legendaries, they're fun to catch as they are a challenge and are great to use in battle, because you have earned them. They can be beaten, it's satisfying when you do.

  60. GamerWolf Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 13:42

    Kyogre Lv 100
    Tyranitar Lv 100
    Darkrai Lv 100
    Deoxys Lv 100
    Mew Lv 100
    Dragonite Lv 100

    My current team.

    Why isn't Mew on the list? It can learn EVERY move, the ultimate Pokemon right?

  61. yoshifan24 Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 14:07

    my team is:
    feraligatr lv66
    lugia lv71
    maganium lv70
    moltres lv100
    ho-oh lv 62
    mewtwo lv72

    so,hu shud i get? :D

  62. Locarii Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 14:52

    Breloom

    Spore (shroomish at lvl 45)
    substitute
    leech seed
    focus punch

    Make sure it has the poison heal ability and give it a toxic orb. Start with spore, do substitute, do leech seed, then keep focus punching.

    People like you that abuse sporeloom are what's wrong with competitive pokemon ._.

    God I hate that thing almost as much as Haxkiss/Rachi.

    i despise Sporeloom. SUCH a pain to beat.

  63. Locarii Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 15:17

    Wobbuffet/Wynaut are among the most under-rated Pokemon ever. If you have one that knows Encore, Counter, Mirror Coat and Safeguard with Shadow Tag as a special ability you're pretty much unbeatable - use Safeguard to protect it from status effects and use Encore to have the opponent repeat their last move, then you can Counter or Mirror Coat them down.

    They aren't underated at all. They're Uber, even Wynaut XD

  64. hqmanpoke Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 18:39

    I agree with few of these, Metagross, Typlosion, Dragonite. Slaking is good with 'skill swap' i think it is, then it doesnt fall asleep. My top 10 has to be:
    Swampert
    Tyranitar
    Dragonite
    Heracross
    Raichu with fly
    Charizard
    Blaziken
    Rhyperior and finally hitmonlee
    there are my favorite 'mon

  65. smitty618 Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 20:00

    My team is pretty balenced, it's not the best team I could of made for HGSS, but it's functional. The levels are current to the point of where I am up to in the game, I have got all 16 badges but I have yet to face Red or beat the Elite Four for a second time.

    Typhlosion "Chuck"
    Fire
    Lv. 62
    - Eruption (Fire)
    - Flamethrower (Fire)
    - Sunny Day (Fire)
    - Solar Beam (Grass)
    I like Typhlosion, so I was happy to see it included in your top 10. I have taking advantage of his high SP. ATK. Sunny Day and Solar Beam combo is handy at times.

    Dragonite "Meta"
    Dragon/Flying
    Lv. 58
    - Dragon Rush (Dragon)
    - Dragon Claw (Dragon)
    - Waterfall (Water)
    - Earthquake (Ground)
    Dragonite has an amazing ATTACK stat, so that's my mine focus. Probably my best team member, in which I'm also happy it also has a place in your top 10.

    Ampheros "Amp"
    Electric
    Lv. 58
    - Thunder (Electric)
    - Discharge (Electric)
    - Thunder Wave (Electric)
    - Rain Dance (Water)
    Everyone uses Ampheros, it's simple, they are good pokemon. I do find them a bit difficult to use though, as they don't have very good type coverage, it's pretty much screwed in a battle against a ground type, it learns no other GOOD moves to speak of. It still has a decent SP. ATK though.

    Crobat "Blade"
    Poison/Flying
    Lv. 56
    - Cross Poison (Poison)
    - Fly (Flying)
    - Steel Wing (Steel)
    - Sky Attack (Flying) (I plan to get this, though I don't have it yet)
    Crobat is effective against Fighting or Grass, it will pretty much always attack first, it's a favourite of mine.

    Heracross "Rocko"
    Bug/Fighting
    Lv. 56
    - Megahorn (Bug)
    - Brick Break (Fighting)
    - Aerial Ace (Flying)
    - Shadow Claw (Ghost)
    Very versatile pokemon, though may not be the most suited move set, they are all physical moves that take advantage of his great ATTACK stat. He does have a 4x weakness to flying, but he is unstoppable with Megahorn.

    Politoed "Frog"
    Water
    Lv. 56
    - Surf (Water)
    - Hypnosis (Psychic)
    - Ice Beam (Ice)
    - Blizzard (Ice)
    I only recently trained up a Politoed but I think it's a very statiscally all-round pokemon.

    I'm not in full agreement of your top 10 (Arceaus?), but it's not the worst. Why do so many people feature Lucario as one of the best pokemon, yes it's good, but it still has weaknesses as much as any other pokemon, I can one shot Lucario's with my Typhlosion.

  66. JRush Sunday 25th Apr 2010 at 20:42

    LOL! I have none of them. i completed the game with all three starter pokemon on the originals when i was younger but i wanted chikorita. so now my party (I am just in Kanto) Bayleef evolution(i forget its name), red gyarados, furret, lugia, entei and raikou. probably not the best team but they owned the elite four even when their levels were bad :)

  67. dirge71 Monday 26th Apr 2010 at 06:13

    Do not dis the dragonite
    it will outrage you

    mew = TERRIBLE
    mewtwo = alakazam but BETTER

    and finally,
    RAYQUAZA IS AWESOME!!!!
    why not on list if Arceus is??

  68. omegoku Monday 26th Apr 2010 at 09:04

    Top 10?

    Scyther - Fast and Strong, give it U turn if you see a Fire, Rock or Electric type coming at you!
    Miltank - This is the sole reason I was able to take down Lance. Able to dish it out with Body Slam, and take serious abuse with its high Defences and Milk Drink it is fast becoming a firm favourite.
    Alakazam - Huge Special Attack and Speed, it can take down teams by itself without a scratch.
    Gyarados - Big attack power and really cool! Just avoid Electric attacks!
    Crobat - Nasty attack and can be very annoying with confuse ray!
    Slaking - Can be annoying to use with his silly ability, but he is tough enough to pull it off.
    Flygon - Ground Dragon with Levitate? Nice. Beware the ice types!
    Rotom - Ghostly electric type that is immune to ground attacks. And can change form to cover an opening in your team! Go Lawnmower!
    Dragonite - Takes forever to evolve, but is able to take out anything but ice types!
    Blastoise - Super tough and able to take down nearly anything with Earthquake, Surf, Ice Beam and Bite. My Favourite!

  69. NoGamesMachine Monday 26th Apr 2010 at 09:54

    Cyndaquil is the one to go for if you're looking for an easy ride through the first few gyms. It learns a lot of different types of moves...

    Hyper beam on Slaking

    You know nothing about Pokémon, do you?

  70. Buffoonary Monday 26th Apr 2010 at 16:39

    Legendaries and ubers=cheating

    You can't exactly use Mewtwo and Arceus in a competitive match, and they're just overpowered.

    Personally, I actually I disagree with all those pokemon, except Gengar. I find EV'ing pokemon I like is much better, and more fun than using an uber team to kill those in your path.

  71. DSVIP Monday 26th Apr 2010 at 16:59

    I always thought that typhlosion is one of the worst starters, for the opposite reason as what was stated; it doenst learn good moves, or a good variety of moves. And for Slaking, why teach it hyper beam if you can teach it giga impact? Slaking has like double the attack (mine has just over 400 atk but just over 200 sp atk. You do the math). And for mewtwo, I wouldnt teach it earthquake because it is physical. Also, dunsparce is incredibly rubbish, and those moves dont take advantage of its serene grace effect. Its stats are so rubbish, its not even funny. Mine has Flamethrower, Thunderbolt and Ice beam, all of which do take advantage of serene grace (except mine has runaway, because I didnt know it can have SG :() Even if it did, it would be really rubbish still.

  72. Colgax Monday 26th Apr 2010 at 17:57

    This is all nonsense!!!!!

    Don't get me wrong, but when choosing your team, you should pick the ones you like and agree with your battle style, not the ones that someone told you to pick because they're strong.

    Please, don't get mad at me. This is just my opinion. :D

  73. Retro Returns Monday 26th Apr 2010 at 18:09

    A couple of things that made me cringe:


    Truant ability, which means it misses every second turn. However, give it the hugely powerful TM15 (Hyper Beam), which makes your Pokémon miss a turn anyway, and combined with his fearsome attack stat you've got a move that can finish off a lot of enemies in one shot, especially once it's up to level 100.

    If it has high attack you want to teach it giga impact, not hyper beam! It has awful special attack!

    1) We know we could have just listed all the Legendary Pokémon here but that would have been cheap.

    Arceus

    :|

    Other than that, I mostly agree, although dunsparce seems a little strange. All the same, Dragonite, Gengar, Mewtwo and Metagross are awesome.

    While I'm at it I thought I might point out what is in my mind a flaw in your latest guide. On pg 116 (for the record, I had to look that up) of the latest (May) ONM you say there aren't any rock type pokemon available near the start of the game, yet I know two which can be found very easily. Geodudes can be found on the root just north of the first one, and a geodude was infact the first pokemon I caught just after getting my first pokeballs. Onix can be found in the dark cave east of Violet City and you don't even need flash, just wander round the entrance; they're really rather common. On the other hand bellsprouts are really hard to find as they are incredably rare with only the few routes available near the start of the game.

  74. IG-42 Monday 26th Apr 2010 at 18:32

    If Dunsparce gets a mention for being annoying what about Bronzong? Only fire is at all effective against it, it has Levitate as an ability and has that most annoying of all moves: Confuse Ray. Then you could of course teach it a few more infuriating TMs if you wanted to be a real asshole. Grrrr.

    aye bronzong is annoying especially when i played platinum i only had one fire move on my whole team and the accuracy was dodgy

  75. Chocolate king Monday 26th Apr 2010 at 19:07

    Dunsparce? Pah! :x

    Where was Groudon? The one I have is amazing! Its solarbeam activates immediately because of Groudons drought ability, eruption is a devastating move and it has a high defence!

    On a seperate note, did ONM ever review Pokemon battle revolution for the Wii? Just wondering.

  76. Chocolate king Monday 26th Apr 2010 at 19:09

    I agree with few of these, Metagross, Typlosion, Dragonite. Slaking is good with 'skill swap' i think it is, then it doesnt fall asleep. My top 10 has to be:
    Swampert
    Tyranitar
    Dragonite
    Heracross
    Raichu with fly
    Charizard
    Blaziken
    Rhyperior and finally hitmonlee
    there are my favorite 'mon

    Raichu with fly? How can u do that without hacking?

  77. ZeldaMario9 Monday 26th Apr 2010 at 20:41

    I must admit, I think Dunsparce's are utter rubbish.
    Here's my top 10 (By the way, I don't like using legendaries)

    Porygon-Z
    Ampharos
    Crobat
    Froslass
    Sceptile
    Glalie
    Polywrath
    Medicham
    Wobbuffet
    Vespiquen.

  78. ZeldaMario9 Monday 26th Apr 2010 at 20:44

    I have a Lvl 62 Dragonite on SS cuz i got a Dratini via Voltorb flip. I am about to do the 3rd gym in Kanto, my Dragonite is easily my best Pokemon.

    It's good to catch a Spearow, evolve it in to a Fearow and teach it Roost and Aeriel Ace. Roost recovers HP.

    I also have a low Level Dunsparce.

    I didn't get my Dratini in Voltorb flip, the easier way is to find them in the Dragon's Den, but they're kinda rare :? .

  79. ZeldaMario9 Monday 26th Apr 2010 at 20:50

    Which is the better of the 2 to have in your team...water or ice pokemon? and which pokemon is recommended to catch and use from either type?

    I just got the game and i am going to start off with Cyndaquil, but was wondering what the other types of pokemon i should have in my team to be able to complete the game properly?

    Tbh, I prefer ice pokemon, though I would go with water, as Ice has 4 weaknesses: Fire, Fighting, Rock and Steel. Where as water just has grass and electric.
    You should use your cyndaquil or if you evolve it a Typhlosion to catch an ice type, and a grass or electric type for a water one.

    Good grief! My 3rd post in a row! :?

  80. wildlifepro Monday 26th Apr 2010 at 21:39

    you need to update the info about arceus,
    you could have got him in the uk event and through the various events around the world =P


    Wasn't the event like, last month?

    It confuses me that they seem to have forgot this.. as this was only posted yesterday. :?

    This top 10 Pokemon thing was actually in last month's (or maybe 2 months ago's) mag. Maybe the Arceus event hadn't happened yet?


    It was last months, the events hadn't happened, but they had been announced. Anyway, they should of updated it before putting it on the website, and they shouldn't of put arceus in the game, you can't catch it.

  81. NoGamesMachine Tuesday 27th Apr 2010 at 08:15

    I must admit, I think Dunsparce's are utter rubbish.

    He's not totally useless. If he has Serene grace, Give him a Razor fang, and commence headbutting.

  82. piccadillio Tuesday 27th Apr 2010 at 09:59

    I love Gengar, I've had one in my final team every generation, he's absolutely brilliant with the right moves. I totally agree with Metagross, too. But I'd go with Garchomp or Salamence over Dragonite. Staraptor has become my favourite Pokemon since it was introduced, I know it's pretty basic, but it's cool and hard as nails.

    I always feel guilty about letting my starter pokemon get out of rotation, but until R/S/E they were not all that useful type-wise. Marshtomp changed that, he's got one of the most useful double-types in the game. I've put my Cyndaquil out to stud. There's just no room for a single type with a lot of weaknesses.

    I haven't played SS since I got my PSP, but this has got me back into the mood. I still use my Pokewalker every day. Over 27000 steps yesterday!

  83. Greenalink Tuesday 27th Apr 2010 at 10:03

    Raichu with fly? How can u do that without hacking?

    Get a Pikachu* from the Yellow Forest Pokéwalker course, transfer it to the game and use a Thunderstone to evolve it.

    * A Pikachu that knows Fly via Pokéwalker is Very rare and requires at least 10,000 steps overall to capture one.

    On a seperate note, did ONM ever review Pokemon battle revolution for the Wii? Just wondering.

    For some unknown reason they haven't review the game.


    You can't exactly use Mewtwo and Arceus in a competitive match, and they're just overpowered.

    (Non In-game)
    Only if the match was purely based on Top tier legendaries, Garchomp, and Wobbuffet/Wynaut. It would be overpowering if they were used against lower tiered Pkmn like Butterfree, Raticate & Arbok. However some of the lower tiered Pkmn can do really well against legendaries like Toxicroak in Rain (Kyogre) and Water Absorb Quagsire.

  84. EveA Tuesday 27th Apr 2010 at 11:22

    In my team are:

    -Feraligatr
    -Eevee
    -Dunsparce
    -Nidorino (male)
    -Golbat
    -Kadabra

    No fire or grass types, but i'm looking for those and waiting for Eevee to evolve.

  85. supersmashercall Tuesday 27th Apr 2010 at 12:37

    Raichu with fly

    HAXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX!

  86. Ai64 Tuesday 27th Apr 2010 at 14:59

    My team in soulsilver are:

    Typhlosion
    Groudon
    Mewtwo
    charizard
    Ho-oh
    Sceptile

    Although most in my team are weak to water types, there still powerful.

  87. Kd King Tuesday 27th Apr 2010 at 15:53

    Anyone with a legendary in their team is a fugging noober.

  88. pokelong Tuesday 27th Apr 2010 at 16:34

    I've got Typhlosion and Mewtwo in HeartGold can actually catch it yourself.

  89. jk1497 Tuesday 27th Apr 2010 at 17:23

    Training Dratini and Dragonair is such a drag, but its worth it for Dragonite! :D

    also crobats pretty good and what about spiritomb! :twisted:

    and probably my strongest and by far most valuble is my lv 83 Alakazam! it knows Physcic, Shadow Ball, Charge Beam and Focus Blast!! 8)

  90. pompeyuni12 Wednesday 28th Apr 2010 at 08:27

    I only have one OU in my in-game team:
    Meganium
    Pidgeot
    Lanturn
    Golem
    Latias
    Arcanine.

    Working on a mixed weather team as well.
    But I think the list is rubbish, sure they are powerful, but require no skill, my team aint great, but it got me through ok.

  91. supapikmin Monday 3rd May 2010 at 12:38

    Empoleon is a good choice if you ask me. I usaully get 1 hit KOs with hydro pump Using my level 98 Empoleon.

  92. oracion666 Monday 3rd May 2010 at 17:05

    Arceus can be good :/ But frankly, I think it's TOO powerful to be on a well-balanced team.

    I think spiritomb or sableye should be on there, no weakness can be handy in battle, and ghost and dark type moves can wreak havoc on opponents pokemon :P

  93. Angry Goomba Thursday 13th May 2010 at 13:18

    Magnezone should be on this list. Mewtwo and Arceus are too powerful for the list. Also Lucario should be on the list.

  94. 00jelwes Saturday 22nd May 2010 at 09:54

    Venasaur lv 100
    Charazard lv 100
    Pidgeiot lv 65
    Alakzam lv 55
    Gengar lv 55
    Machamp lv 60

  95. Larks Wednesday 26th May 2010 at 15:32

    My top 10:
    Swampert-had a level 86 on emerald which owned the elite four every time

    Garchomp- level 79

    Sableye- had on on sapphire that i used against the psychic gym, the lunatone couldn't hit me

    Togekiss- level 92

    Luiga- level 100 on original silver and i will get SS soon

    Metagross had it in my team for the battle frontier in every game

    Tyranitar- it just rules

    Dragonite- same as above

    Crobat- had one on emerald which was one of my best

    Ampharos- had it on silver

  96. Dragonite97 Wednesday 26th May 2010 at 20:01

    Only Noobs who can't train Pokemon keep Legendary Pokemon in their team.
    Which is why most Legendary types are banned from the Battle Frontier.
    They're just too cheap. Not to mention embarrassingly countered.
    And also, most of them are found at a stupidly high level! To me, it just takes the point away from the game.
    In other words;
    "Why Train when we got these guys ready for you?"

    I'm gonna get a lot of flame for this, but it's my opinion, and an opinion most people agree with.
    Now if ya don't mind...
    *goes back to training Dewgong*

    You can't be more right. Oh yes, you can. Event Pokemon are even more stupid because it completeley takes away the possibility of completing the pokedex by yourself if you didn't take the event pokemon.

  97. evanid Friday 18th Jun 2010 at 15:32

    I'm currently training many of these already i don't train legendaries since i find battling with legendaries take less skill.

    I have huge amount of lvl 100 pokemon from all my old games since i trade em all over when i get a new game. And some of them are beasts. I don't think you can have a top ten pokemon list that isn't based on opinion because there is such a variety to pokemon and styles of play but your list is good :wink:

  98. ZeldaKing Wednesday 4th Aug 2010 at 22:40

    Top Ten :
    Swampert
    Magmar
    Steelix
    Dodrio
    Nidoking
    Pachirisu
    Toterra
    Scyther
    Mantine
    MAGIKARP (just for the lolz)

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