Pokémon GO: Top 10 Gen 4 Pokémon
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Pokémon GO: Top 10 Gen 4 Pokémon

If you are still playing Pokémon GO, you may have noticed the new update. The first few Pokémon from Gen 4 have been released. While the release only include the starters and some common Pokémon like Bidoof and Starly, it is great news. Gen 4 consists of many bad-ass monsters as well as evolutions for many of the Pokémon that appear in previous generations. Furthermore, the legendaries in this generation are awesome. What do you think of Darkrai? Or Arceus, the God of all Pokémon! It will be a while before we’ll get to see those make an entrance, but we’ve made a list of the top 10 Gen 4 Pokémon which we are most excited about! For this list, we are excluding the legendaries. Everybody knows they are super powerful and awesome already.

10. Magmortar

Pokémon GO: Top 10 Gen 4 Pokémon

The evolution of everyone’s favourite fire duck. While Magmar has not been very useful in the metagame, Magmortar is set to be the fourth strongest Fire Pokémon in Pokémon GO. This does not say a lot, as fire types are not the most preferred attackers due to a couple of weaknesses. That said, there are many types which he resists, so that is good news. Besides, it is good to see that Magmar is finally removed from obscurity and thrust back into some kind of spotlight, as is the case with most of new evolutions.

Pokédex entry:

It blasts fireballs of over 3,600 degrees F from the ends of its arms. It lives in volcanic craters.

9. Electivire

Pokémon GO: Top 10 Gen 4 Pokémon

Like Magmar, Electabuzz has not received a lot of love in Pokémon GO. This is not surprising, considering the fact that he’s been pretty useless. Electivire is set to be a little less useless in the metagame. Electivire will be the second best non-legendary electric type in the game. That said, in our humble opinion, Electivire also looks slightly cooler than Magmortar. But hey, that’s just a personal preference.

Pokédex entry:

It pushes the tips of its two tails against the foe, then lets loose with over 20,000 volts of power.

8. Rhyperior

Pokémon GO: Top 10 Gen 4 Pokémon

We still have a couple of evolutions of previous generations to go on this list. Rhyperior is the evolution of Rhydon. Rhydon has proven to be quite useful in the game, although at some point Tyrannitar won popularity over him. Rhyperior is here to take back the throne. It has a dual ground/rock typing. While Groudon bests him in the ground department, Rhyperior will triumph over Tyrannitar when it comes to the rock types. Ttar has better attack stats, but Rhyperior outshines him in both stamina and defense. Sadly, it does have plenty of weaknesses of its own, but surely players will find a good use for him.

Pokédex entry:

It puts rocks in holes in its palms and uses its muscles to shoot them. GEODUDE are shot at rare times.

7. Magnezone

Pokémon GO: Top 10 Gen 4 Pokémon

Tired of the evolutions yet? Sorry, we still have a couple to go. Another great addition to the metagame is Magnezone. Yes, Electivire looks more bad-ass, but Magnezone’s dual steel and electric typing makes it a force to be reckoned with. While Raikou is still going to be the best electric type in the game, Magnezone will come a close second. It has better attack stats than Raikou and its stamina equals that of the electric tiger. That said, it is a lot frailer than Raikou, which will not make it last long in battles. Still, a good Pokémon to have on your team.

Pokédex entry:

It evolved from exposure to a special magnetic field. Three units generate magnetism.

6. Togekiss

Pokémon GO: Top 10 Gen 4 Pokémon

Togepi and Togetic were cute but basically useless. But Togekiss has come to slay the dragons. With its dual Fairy/Flying typing, and a maximum CP of 3171, Togekiss is not here to play. IfTogekiss gets a fairy-type quick move, it’s over for the dragon types. This adorable flying marshmellow will ruin them all.

Pokédex entry:

It will never appear where there is strife. Its sightings have become rare recently.

5. Lucario

Pokémon GO: Top 10 Gen 4 Pokémon

Lucario is a fan-favourite and its dual fighting/steel typing does allow it to go up against threats such as Blissey, without having to fear Dazzling Gleam. It does not outperform Magnezone in the steel category and is not the best fighting type in the game. Still, it looks like a bad-ass, which is why it is higher on our list. However, Lucario’s typing does give it plenty of resistances, which allows it to last longer in battle than Magnezone.

Pokédex entry:

It has the ability to sense the auras of all things. It understands human speech.

4. Spiritomb

Pokémon GO: Top 10 Gen 4 Pokémon

This dual ghost/dark type might not be the strongest in the game, but it has the potential to be a pain in the ass. Spiritomb’s only weakness is fairy, but apart from that, it boasts 4 resistances. Apart from that, it looks weird, but cool.

Pokédex entry:

A Pokémon that was formed by 108 spirits. It is bound to a fissure in an odd keystone.

3. Tangrowth

Pokémon GO: Top 10 Gen 4 Pokémon

Who would have thought that Tangela would ever become useful? With a max CP of 3110, it outshines even Celebi. That said, its attack stat is on the low side, but its bulk makes up for it. If Niantic gives it access to powerful grass type moves, it will definitely be the best grass type in the game. That said, it does have quite a few common weaknesses, but good trainers will find a use for this monster.

Pokédex entry

It ensnares prey by extending arms made of vines. Losing arms to predators does not trouble it.

2. Garchomp

Pokémon GO: Top 10 Gen 4 Pokémon

This landshark is one of Gen 4’s strongest Pokémon. It is a dual ground/dragon type. While Gen 4 gives us many dragon-type legendary monsters, Garchomp is a non-legendary that will outperform Dragonite. It’s bulkier than the generation 1 dragon, which adds to its durability in battle. While Rhyperior is bulkier than Garchomp, Rhydon’s evolution can’t beat Garchomp when it comes to attack stats. Groudon remains the best ground attacker, but Garchomp has more resistances, which will make it a better choice against water or grass types. It only has to watch out for Ice types to ruin his day.

Pokédex entry:

When it folds up its body and extends its wings, it looks like a jet plane. It flies at sonic speed.

1. Mamoswine

Pokémon GO: Top 10 Gen 4 Pokémon

The true king of the non-legendaries in Generation 4. While it does not have a very high defense, it’s max CP of 3289 and attack stat of 247, make it the best ice type in the game. Furthermore, Mamoswine also has a ground typing, which allows it to resist electric types. With all the great dragon types that are coming up, Mamoswine provides a great counter, as well as to strong flying types such as Lugia and Zapdos. Basically, Mamoswine is a Pokémon you should not miss out on. Start saving those Swinub candies!

Its impressive tusks are made of ice. The population thinned when it turned warm after the ice age.

 

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Ingrid is the twenty-something owner of The Sassologist, who loves everything that has to do with pop culture. While she is one of many who is in the process of writing a novel, she is also currently in denial over not being a witch. Her Hogwarts letter has yet to arrive. In the meantime she writes about pop culture and dreams about unicorns.

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