12 Best Pokemon of All Time, Ranked

Gotta beat them all!

Amirul Annuar
Amirul Annuar - Writer
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When traveling worldwide, you’re bound to meet all sorts of Pokemon. From the harmless Magikarp to the spooky Mimikyu, there’s almost an infinite number of them for you to befriend or battle.

If you’re looking for the best of them, be it for gym challenges, dangerous explorations, or companionship, these are the twelve best Pokemon that you need to have throughout your journeys.



Region: Kanto
Category: Generation I
Type: Dragon, Flying

The benevolent Dragonite is one of the most sought-after Pokemon worldwide. They’re friendly, empathetic, and also fearsome when fighting.

Many noteworthy trainers, such as Kanto’s champion, Lance, have their own dependable Dragonites to call upon for support whenever, wherever.



Region: Hoen
Category: Generation III
Type: Dragon, Flying

Salamences are extremely tough to beat, both in the wild and during Pokemon battles. They’re difficult to train too, requiring a lot of patience and perseverance to evolve them from either a Bagon or Shelgon.

Regardless, once mastered, you’re assured of a magnificent Pokemon to protect you during your adventures. They’re always ready to fly you around as well, especially since they’ve been longing for the ability to do so since birth.



Region: Alola
Category: Generation VII
Type: Bug, Water

Similar to many crab Pokemon, Golisopods are durable and strong, particularly due to their unbreakable exoskeleton. Despite their seemingly scary appearance, they are relatively peaceful, preferring to hide away in deep oceans or underwater caves.

Not many Golisopods have been caught by trainers before, so you can be among the exclusive ones to have one inside your party. It might not be easy, but it’s worth it.



Region: Kalos
Category: Generation VI
Type: Steel, Ghost

Mainly found in Kalos, Aegislash is another coveted Pokemon renowned for his impeccable fighting prowess. Aegislashes have two distinct forms, each being the Blade Forme and Shield Forme.

Because of their Ghost type, Aegislashes can’t be harmed by Normal and Fightning-type attacks. This makes them even more prized, besides looking incredibly cool.



Region: Paldea
Category: Generation IX
Type: Dragon, Ice

Considered pseudo-legendary Pokemon, Baxcaliburs are intimidating partners to have by your side. This works in your favor as you traverse dangerous paths throughout the Paldea region.

Their Dragon-and-Ice typing makes them unique, strengthening their bodies against many basic elemental moves used by opposing Pokemon during battles.



Region: Kalos
Category: Generation VI
Type: Fairy

Sylveons might appear weak, but they are actually one of Eevee’s most powerful evolutions. They can read their trainers’ feelings by wrapping their feelers around them, making them beloved Pokemon companions.

Sylveons can learn destructive Fairy-type moves too, such as Misty Explosion. One of the more popular trainers to own one is the Pokemon coordinator, Serena.



Region: Sinnoh
Category: Generation IV
Type: Fighting, Steel

After his initial appearance in 2005, many believed Lucario to be a legendary Pokemon. However, more were eventually seen in other parts of the world, disproving this theory.

Undyingly loyal, many Lucarios serve their masters throughout their entire lifetime, protecting and helping them whenever needed.



Region: Unova
Category: Generation V
Type: Dark, Dragon

A destructive Dragon Pokemon, Hydreigon is ruthless and menacing when angered. Only the bravest and most seasoned trainers are worthy of being their masters, making them an esteemed catch.

Hydreigons usually share the same habitats as the bat Pokemon, Noivern, whom they’re mainly afraid of due to their heightened senses in the dark.



Region: Johto
Category: Generation II
Type: Bug, Steel

Considered an amazing jungler in Pokemon UNITE, Scizor makes for an awesome friend and ally to have by your side. They’re non-existent in the wild because they’re known to only evolve from a Scyther that’s traded while holding a Metal Coat.

They’re a sign of strength and might, and are mainly used for Pokemon tournaments or league participation. By having one on your team, your chances of winning them increase exponentially.



Region: Kanto
Category: Generation I
Type: Water, Flying

Gyaradoses are universal Water/ Flying-type Pokemon that are great for almost every circumstance. They’re vicious during battles, helpful for crossing vast water distances, and keen on ensuring your safety as much as possible.

Nevertheless, Gyaradoses are known to go on a rampage when pushed to their limits; a far cry from their pre-evolution, the benign Magikarp.



Region: Kalos
Category: Generation VI
Type: Water, Dark

Graceful and agile, Greninjas are incredible Water-type Pokemon that are calm and collected, always observing their surroundings to evaluate their options better. This proves their combat smarts and effectiveness, meaning you’ll likely have a good night’s sleep in the wild while a Greninja guards you steadfastly.

Greninjas are endemic to the Kalos region, though a few have recently been discovered in Alola’s Poni Island. Influential Greninja trainers include Ash Ketchum and the Ninja Village chief, Ippei.



Region: Kanto
Category: Generation I
Type: Fire, Flying

Many would agree that Charizards are fearless Pokemon, never backing down from fights regardless of the odds. This trait might explain why they’re highly compatible with advanced transformations, each being mega evolutions (Mega Charizard X, Mega Charizard Y) and Gigantamax (Gigantamax Charizard).

Fun fact; the burning embers on the tails of all Pokemon in the Charizard family (Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard) signify their health, meaning an extinguished one might indicate sickness or worse.


These are the best Pokemon you should consider bringing on your adventures throughout the Pokemon world. With more than one thousand Pokemon to choose from, you’re bound to have your own favorites too, which might not have made it onto this list.

If so, make sure to share them in the comment section below. Your opinion might just help other Pokemon trainers out there as well!

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By Amirul Annuar Writer
Amirul is a proud gamer, always busy writing articles, scripts, and guides when he’s not with family or connected in-game.Extremely friendly, chill, and laid back, Amirul always looks towards the positive side of things when the going gets tough.
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