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6 Pokémon You Should Have in Your Party

The author has played every Pokémon Generation game and is here to share her expertise with her readers.

Obviously, with the amount of Pokémon there are, you have a lot to choose from to have in your top six. Not that I'm the best Pokémon expert there is, but I have played every Generation game (not the side console games). From my experience, out of these six Pokémon, you stand a better chance if you have at least one of them in your party, but you don't need all of them to have a great team. I am also excluding legendary and pseudo-legendary Pokémon because I don't think they should be necessary to have a strong line-up.


6. Ampharos

Ampharos is a strictly electric type pokémon originally from Generation II.

Base Stats

  • HP: 90
  • Attack: 75
  • Defense: 75
  • Sp. Atk: 115
  • Sp. Def: 90
  • Speed: 55

Ampharos is a very well-rounded Pokémon. It has a good attack, good defense, and an excellent special attack. Ampharos is also only weak to one type, which is ground. Ampharos can obviously learn electric moves, but it can also learn good grass, bug, psychic, rock, and even ghost type moves just from leveling up.

Ampharos also has the ablitity Static, which means if a foe uses a contact move, they have a chance to become paralyzed. It also has the ability Plus, which when entering a double-battle, if a foe has a Minus, the attack does more damage. Because it is an electric type, its good against water and flying type Pokémon.


5. Lapras

Lapras is a water/ice type originally from Pokémon Generation I.

Base Stats

  • HP: 130
  • Attack: 85
  • Defense: 80
  • Sp. Atk: 85
  • Sp. Def: 95
  • Speed: 60

Lapras is not the strongest Pokémon, but it has a lot of health, which balances it out. It also has a decent attack and defense. Although it is weak to four types, rock, fighting, grass, and electric, it's abilities more than make up for it. Lapras can have Water Absorb, which means when hit with a water attack, it will gain HP, Shell Armor, which makes a critical hit on the Pokémon impossible, and Hydration, which cures any status ailment when its raining.

Because Lapras is a water and ice type, it's good against fire, ground, rock, dragon, flying, and grass. Plus, ice type moves are the only other attack useful against dragon type Pokémon aside from dragon attacks.


4. Bronzong

Bronzong is a steel/physic type Pokémon originally from Generation IV.

Base Stats

  • HP: 67
  • Attack: 89
  • Defense: 116
  • Sp. Atk: 79
  • Sp. Def: 116
  • Speed: 33

It may be slow, it has a decently high attack stat, plus it has high defense. This Pokémon is one of the most irritating to fight as well because it only has two weaknesses: fire and ground. These weaknesses can also be avoided if it has Levitate, which makes it immune to ground attacks, or Heatproof, which makes it immune to fire attacks.

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Along with it being weak to only two types, it is only damaged normally by six types, which is also low. Bronzong may also have the ability Heavy Metal, which makes lighter moves more effective and heavier moves less effective. Because it is steel and psychic, it has moves, which are effective against rock, ice, fighting, and poison types.


3. Arcanine

Arcanine is a strictly fire type Pokémon originally from Generation I. Arcanine is classified as a “Legendary Pokémon” in is species, but it is not a legendary pokémon.

Base Stats

  • HP: 90
  • Attack: 110
  • Defense: 80
  • Sp. Atk: 100
  • Sp. Def.: 80
  • Speed: 95

Arcanine is an all-around strong Pokémon. It has a strong attack, strong defense, and it's fast. It's only weak to ground, rock, and water plus resistant to five other types. Arcanine can learn some dragon type moves like Dragon Breath and Dragon Pulse. It can also learn Hyper Beam, one of the most powerful attacks in the Pokémon games and also other super powerful attacks like Overheat and Giga Impact.

Arcanine also has the abilities Intimidate, which cuts the foes attacks, Flash Fire, which makes it immune to fire type attacks, and Justified, which raises the users attack when hit by a Dark type move. Because Arcanine is a fire type, it is good against grass, bug, and ice type Pokémon.


2. Slaking

Slaking is a strictly normal type Pokémon originally from Generation III.

Base Stats

  • HP: 150
  • Attack: 160
  • Defense: 100
  • Sp. Atk: 95
  • Sp. Def: 65
  • Speed: 100

Slaking is another all-around strong Pokémon. It's regular defense and attack double that of some Pokémon, plus it has speed. Slaking is only weak to one type, which is fighting and immune to ghost type attacks. Slaking has the ability Truant, which means the user moves every other turn. This makes moves that take two turns to work unusable, and if a foe uses a move to change this ability, it won't work. This also means the Pokémon will always be able to attack when it wakes up from sleep. Because it is a normal type, it does not directly weaken any other types; however, it is only resister by rock and steel types.


1. Donphan

Donphan is a strictly ground type Pokémon originally from Generation II.

Base Stats

  • HP: 90
  • Attack: 120
  • Defense: 120
  • Sp. Atk: 60
  • Sp. Def: 60
  • Speed: 50

Donphan has a very high attack and a very high defense, which most Pokémon have one or the other. Donphan is weak to water, ice, and grass but resistant to poison and rock and immune to electric types. Donphan can learn two of the three fang moves, Fire Fang and Thunder Fang, by leveling up. It has the ability Sturdy, which prevents one-hit K.O.'s.

If the foes moves would have regularly caused the Pokémon to faint in one hit, it retains 1 HP. It also has the ability Sand Veil, which increases its evasion when there is a Sandstorm. Because it is a ground type, Donphan is good against electric, fire, poison, rock, and steel type Pokémon.


Krishna on March 30, 2019:

I have a team of:

1) Mega Mewtwo Y

2)Mega Gengar

3)Mega Amphorus

4)Mega Charizard Y

5) Volcarona

6)Mega Swampert

PvtMadnage on November 12, 2017:

My list always was

- Golem

- Machamp

- Alakazam

- Weezing

- Nidoking

- Gengar

Dylan on April 07, 2017:

Litten is the best cat pokemon just to say but at the same time im not trying to be rude.

Mabnok on April 14, 2014:

you shouldn't really be using bronzong it isn't rea

Ly goood at fighting and it is pretty useless skarmory would be better

Perseus on April 01, 2014:

Nice. But you also should think about Porygon Z, Chandelure, and Gardevoir. Porygon Z's special attack is through the roof. And it's a good pokémon to run Trick Room on. Chandelure is a good chaos bringer with Taunt, Embargo, Thief, Toxic, and such. And Gardevoir is a all around good pokémon with a great movepool with attacks like Psychic, Moonblast, Energy Ball, and Shadow Ball.

Dan Genesis from Brighton, Colorado on March 25, 2013:

Um, just something I noticed - for Slaking, you said that ability-swapping moves don't work. This is actually incorrect, as Skill Swap will work on Slaking and is actually a commonly used tactic - it is even used by the final boss of Pokémon Colosseum. The only Ability-altering moves that don't work on Slaking are Worry Seed, Entrainment, and Simple Beam

harliquinn (author) on July 17, 2012:

Yeah I excluded legendaries and psuedo-legendary which Tyrannatar and Salamance both fall under. But they are top choices. I wanted to go with pokémon that fit more of the average category because they can be just as strong but get easily overlooked.

Donphans specials do suck, nut his base defense is super high which is the main reason he made the cut. but I see what you mean

Hazzabanana8 from Southern Realms of England on July 17, 2012:

Fair choices - not the obvious ones which was nice.

I assume you were not including legendaries?

I would have included Tyrannatar in that list or possibly Salamance.

Wouldn't have thought of Donphan though, too weak in the Sp. catagories for my liking.

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