Pokemon Go: Here are the most powerful moves in battle ranked

What are the moves that will enable you to take down any gym without much effort in Pokemon Go?

The fighting strength of the Pokemon are determined by their hidden stats, element types and other in-depth details. Their strength is also based on another major factor: their moves.

The moves of the Pokemon are dependent on their types, so their strength and weaknesses will also be based on that factor. For example, if there is a battle between a water Pokemon and a fire Pokemon, the water Pokemon’s move will do more damage.



However, The Silph Road has been able to discover much more than just the Pokemon types and moves with some thorough researching. With some impressive calculations, they have succeeded in ranking the moves of the Pokemon in Pokemon Go.

Their calculation is based on two basic things – The duration of the move and the damage window of the move. The duration of the move is the actual time a move needs to be executed, while the time frame where the move can do the damage is the damage window.


To add to this, the power of the move is also an important aspect. The strength of the move is determined by the move’s power. On the other hand, the charge moves should also be considered because they are the second moves which can do more damage to opponents.

When we add up all of these factors, we can get an average, which is the Damage Per Second (DPS) for every move in Pokemon Go. The potential of the move can be measured using DPS.
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One thing that can be frustrating for a lot of players is that each Pokemon in Pokemon Go has a pre-determined set of moves and they cannot be taught any different ones.

Here are two lists of the top 15 normal moves and 15 charge moves which are based on the DPS calculations.

Normal moves:

1. Psycho Cut (Physhic / 26.32 DPS)
Available to Kadabra and Alakazam


2. Mud Shot (Ground / 21.82 DPS)
Available to Sandshrew, Sandslash, Diglett, Dugtrio, Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Graveler, Golem, Krabby, Kingler, Goldeen, Omanyte, Kabuto, Kabutops

3. Scratch (Normal / 20 DPS)
Available to Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Sandshrew, Paras, Diglett, Meowth, Persian, Mankey, Kabuto

4. Lick (Ghost / 20 DPS)
Available to Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Likitung, Snorlax


5. Water Gun (Water / 20 DPS)
Available to Wartortle, Blastoise, Psyduck, Golduck, Slowpoke, Slowbro, Seel, Horsea, Seadra, Staryu, Starmie, Vaporeon, Omanyte, Omastar

6. Metal Claw (Steel / 19.05 DPS)
Available to Sandslash, Kingler

7.Shadow Claw (Ghost / 16.84 DPS)
Available to Haunter, Gengar


8. Wing Attack (Flying / 16 DPS)
Available to Charizard, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, Golbat

9. Pound (Normal / 14.81 DPS)
Available to Clefairy, Clefable, Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff, Drowzee, Chansey, Jynx, Ditto

10. Frost Breath (Ice / 14.81 DPS)
Available to Seel, Cloyster, Jynx, Lapras


11.Vine Whip (Grass / 15.38 DPS)
Available to Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Bellsprout, Tanglea

12. Zen Headbutt (Psychic / 14.29 DPS
Available to Clefairy, Clefable, Psyduck, Abra, Hypno, Exeggutor, Lickitung, Chansey, Mr. Mime, Tauros, Snorlax, Mewtwo

13. Poison Jab (Poison / 14.29 DPS)
Available to Beedrill, Nidoqueen, Nidorino, Nidoking, Tentacruel, Muk, Seaking


14. Bug Bite (Bug / 13.33 DPS)
Available to Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree, Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Paras, Parasect, Venonat, Venomoth

15. Dragon Breath (Dragon / 12 DPS)
Available to Seadra, Gyarados, Dratini, Dragonair, Dragonite

Charge moves:

1. Body Slam (Normal / 32.85 DPS)
Available to: Ratatta, Nidoran F, Nidoran M, Clefairy, Clefable, Vulpix, Jigglypuff, Meowth, Growlithe, Poliwhirl, Eevee, Snorlax


2. Chross Chop (Fighting / 30.94 DPS)
Available to: Psyduck, Mankey, Primeape, Machop, Machoke, Machamp

3. Dragon Claw (Dragon / 30 DPS)
Available to Charizard, Dragonite

4. Aqua Tail (Water / 21.81 DPS)
Available to Squirtle, Psyduck, Seel, Goldeen, Vaporeon, Dratini, Dragonair

5. Stone Edge (Rock / 22.18 DPS)
Available to Nidoqueen, Dugtrio, Machamp, Graveler, Golem, Onyx, Hitmonlee, Rhydon, Kabutops

6. Power Whip (Grass / 21.43 DPS)
Available to Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Lickitung, Tanglea

7. Iron Head (Steel / 20.5 DPS)
Available to Onyx, Tauros, Aerodactyl

8. Gunk Shot (Poison / 20.5 DPS)
Available to Ekans, Abrok

9. Brick Break (Fighting, 21.09 DPS)
Available to Raichu, Mankey, Machop, Machoke, Hitmonchan, Kangaskhan

10. Sludge Bomb (Poison / 19.71 DPS)
Available to Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Beedrill, Ekans, Nidoran M, Nidoran F, Nidorino, Nidorina, Zubat, Oddish, Gloom, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebel, Muk, Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Koffing, Weezing, Tanglea

11. Hurricane (Flying / 19.22 DPS)
Available to Pidgeot

12. Thunderbolt (Electric / 18.98 DPS)
Available to Pikachu, Magnemite, Voltorb, Electrode, Electabuzz, Jolteon

13. Sludge Wave (Poison / 18.09 DPS)
Available to Abrok, Nidoqueen, Nidoking, Tentacruel, Muk, Gengar

14. Psychic (Psychic / 18.3 DPS)
Available to Butterfree, Clefable, Venomoth, Golduck, Alakazam, Slowpoke, Slowbro, Drowzee, Hypno, Exeggcute, Exeggutor, Chansey, Mr. Mime

15. Leaf Blade (Grass / 18.08 DPS)
Available to Victreebel

You can read the full list with all their stats in The Silph Road’s website.