'Pokmon GO' tips, tricks and cheats: How to select the right Pokmon to win battles

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“Pokmon GO” enthusiasts have already logged a lot of hours playing the game since the augmented reality title was released back in July. While avid players in the United States have already gone through the initial stages of the game and are now experts at battling in Pokmon gyms, others who have just caught on to the craze are still looking for rare Pokmon to get to level 5, where players can start battling Pokmon to level up. Some who have reached that level are confused as to which Pokmon is best to use in a battle, and to help players decide, here’s a guide to help gamers choose which pocket monster should be used in battles.

There are 18 different types of Pokmon, and these are Bug, Dark, Dragon, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Ghost, Grass, Ground, Ice, Normal, Poison, Psychic, Rock, Steel, and Water. One should keep in mind that each type has their own strengths and weaknesses when pitted against other types. For instance, the starter Pokmon Charmander (Fire) beats Bulbasaur (Grass) who beats Squirtle (Water) who beats Charmander.

Players will do well to attack with a Pokmon or a move type that the opponent is weak to. For a cheat sheet on a Pokmon’s strength and weaknesses, check out the list here. Players can also refer to the Pokmon’s attack rankings to determine how well a pocket monster will do in a battle. To know the Pokmon with the highest attack rankings, check out this cheat sheet here.

The strongest Pokmon in the game are Mewtwo, Dragonite, Snorlax, Lapras, Mew, Moltres, Arcanine, and Vaporeon. This is why players will find that most gyms are protected by a Snorlax, a Dragonite, or a Lapras, as these three have the fewest weaknesses among all the pocket monsters. Give how the battle works in a game, it is best to use one’s strongest Vaporeon in gym battles against the strongest Pokmon.

Meanwhile, if players get control of a gym and they need to defend it, gamers will do well to choose Pokmon with high hit points to guard it such as Vaporeon, Chansey, and Wigglytuff.