These are some troubling times for Pokémon GO and Niantic. The game is losing millions of players every single week, people are constantly complaining about the lack of new content, and all Niantic seems to care about is posting useless “how to” videos on their Facebook page.
But despite all the negativity surrounding Pokémon GO at the moment, we’re still excited. Excited for trading, excited for battling, excited for legendary Pokémon, and perhaps most of all, we’re excited for Gen 2.
Now, we don’t know when they’re coming (and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying), but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about how they’ll impact the game when they do arrive. You see, thanks to khrawn over at Reddit, we know roughly how strong each Pokémon from Gen 2 will be.
I won’t bore you with the details, but basically, khrawn has gone ahead and converted each Pokémon’s stats from the main series of games over to Pokémon GO. Assuming Niantic don’t change how Pokémon’s stats are calculated, this is an accurate translation of how strong each Pokémon will be when added to Pokémon GO.
Some are weak, some are strong, and some are downright pathetic. But among all the rabble, a few Pokémon stand out from the pack as the elite. The top dogs. These are the 10 best Pokémon from Gen 2, based entirely on their combined base stats and maximum base CP (assuming IVs of 0, and not taking into consideration Legendary Pokémon):
Base Stats: 183 ATK, 218 DEF, 160 STA, 2131 MAX CP
Meganium is the final evolution of Chikorita, the grass starter Pokémon from Johto, and the first entry in the list. Since Meganium is a grass type, it may prove useful against the army of Vaporeons currently plaguing gyms. Then again, as a third stage evolution of a starter Pokémon, it’s not going to be easy to obtain a Meganium in the first place.
Base Stats: 223 ATK, 163 DEF, 150 STA, 2183 MAX CP
Octillery is a water type Pokémon, and is the evolved form of Remoraid. With low defense and stamina stats, Octillery probably won’t be suited for defending in gyms. However, with its high attack stats, if you’re able to time your dodges correctly you’ll be able to take out fire type Pokémon with ease!
Base Stats: 211 ATK, 183 DEF, 156 STA, 2227 MAX CP
Typhlosion is the final evolution of Cyndaquil, the fire starter Pokémon from Johto. With decently high attack and defense stats, Typhlosion is going to be an awesome Pokémon to use against grass types such as Venusaur, Meganium, and Exeggutor.
Base Stats: 184 ATK, 199 DEF, 190 STA, 2232 MAX CP
Slowking is the alternative final evolution of Slowpoke, and is only obtainable in the main games by evolving a Slowpoke that’s holding a “King’s Rock”. Since he’s a dual psychic and water type Pokémon with decent all-round stats, he’ll make a good gym defender and attacker when going up against fire and fighting type Pokémon.
Base Stats: 212 ATK, 165 DEF, 180 STA, 2282 MAX CP
Ursaring is the final evolution of Teddiursa, and is a normal type Pokémon. Decent defensive and offensive capabilities means that Ursaring will probably be used for both gym defending and gym attacking once he comes to Pokémon GO.
Base Stats: 199 ATK, 200 DEF, 170 STA, 2290 MAX CP
Porygon2 is the second stage evolution of Porygon, and is a normal type. It’s the second Pokémon on this list to have an evolution that’s introduced in Gen 2, and in the main games is obtained by evolving a Porygon that’s holding the “Up-Grade” item. Despite the high attack and defense stats, Porygon is a very rare Pokémon in Pokémon GO, so we might not see very many Porygon2s defending gyms.
Base Stats: 200 ATK, 200 DEF, 170 STA, 2298 MAX CP
Feraligatr is the final evolution of Totodile, the water type starter Pokémon from Johto. It’s the strongest fully evolved Johto starter Pokémon with awesome stats, and will make a great defender for gyms or attacker for wiping out fire type Pokémon.
Base Stats: 208 ATK, 208 DEF, 150 STA, 2300 MAX CP
Kingdra is the final evolution of Horsea, and is the third Pokémon on this list to receive an evolution with the introduction of Gen 2. In the main games, you needed to level up a Seadra that was holding a “Dragon Scale” to obtain Kingdra. With such high attack and defense stats, Kingdra will probably replace Vaporeon as the go-to water type Pokémon to place in gyms.
Base Stats: 200 ATK, 190 DEF, 180 STA, 2313 MAX CP
Ampharos is the final evolution of Mareep, and is an electric type Pokémon. What’s amazing about Ampharos is that it doesn’t seem to have been hit with the electric type nerf that Jolteon and the other Gen 1 electric type Pokémon have. Ampharos has killer stats, and will bring a world of pain to the Vaporeon meta once Gen 2 arrives.
Base Stats: 240 ATK, 225 DEF, 200 STA, 3196 MAX CP
Tyranitar is the final evolution of Larvitar, and is a dual dark and rock type Pokémon. As you can clearly see by its max CP, Tyranitar is one hell of a powerful Pokémon. To put things in perspective, the only Pokémon that have higher stats than Tyranitar in Gen 1 and 2 are Mewtwo and Ho-Oh.
Tyranitar has better stats than every other legendary Pokémon, as well as the strongest non-legendary Pokémon from Gen 1, Dragonite. Yep, sorry Draggy, but there’s a new king in town, and his name is Tyranitar.
For a full list of all Gen 2 Pokémon and their respective stats, click here to access the spreadsheet created by khrawn.