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Top 10 Strongest Hoenn Pokémon

Which Pokémon from Hoenn are the best?

Which Pokémon from Hoenn are the best?

The third generation of Pokémon games introduced us to the Hoenn region. 135 new creatures debuted in Ruby and Sapphire. Many of these new monsters quickly became fan favorites for their cool designs and for their skills in battle. There are many powerful Hoenn Pokémon, but who are the best of the best? This article will examine the strongest Pokémon to come out of Generation III.

Gardevoir, the Embrace Pokémon.

Gardevoir, the Embrace Pokémon.

10. Gardevoir

  • Type: Psychic/Fairy (Psychic prior to Generation VI)
  • Total base stats: 518 (618 for Mega Gardevoir)
  • Weaknesses: Poison, Ghost and Steel

Gardevoir has always been regarded as somewhat weak and feable, but with the introduction of the Fairy type, this Pokémon became a dual-type with Psychic Fairy. This made it more effective for battle since it was now only weak to three types.

Gardevoir's superb Special Attack stat, in combination with its fantastic offensive typing, leaves it as a ferocious offensive combatant. Moonblast is a solid STAB attack that can easily defeat Dark-types, and it has a chance to drop the opponent's special defence by one stage. Calm Mind boosts Gardevoir's Special Attack and Special Defence stats, allowing it to tear through slower teams while becoming quite bulky. You can use Psyshock to heavily damage Pokémon that rely on their high Special Defence. Substitute lets Gardevoir dodge status effects from moves like Will-O-Wisp and Thunder Wave. It's a fantastic move against stall teams since they probably lack the offensive power to break Gardevoir's Substitute. Focus Blast obliterates Steel-type Pokémon. Alternatively, Shadow Ball allows Gardevoir to deal heavy damage to Ghost- and Psychic-types. Trace is useful for copying the opponent's ability or for scouting out the ability before it has been activated.

Upon Mega Evolution, this Pokémon gains a brand new ability called Pixilate. This makes Normal-type moves into Fairy-type moves. It also gives those moves a power boost.

How to Catch Gardevoir

Gardevoir is the final evolution of Ralts. In the Hoenn region, you can catch a Ralts on Route 102. It evolves into Kirlia at level 20. Kirlia evolves into Gardevoir at level 30. In Sword and Shield, this Pokémon can be found in various locations in the Wild Area. In Legends: Arceus, an Alpha Gardevoir can be found at Heart's Crag.

Milotic, the Tender Pokémon.

Milotic, the Tender Pokémon.

9. Milotic

  • Type: Water
  • Total base stats: 540
  • Weaknesses: Grass and Electric

In order to get a Milotic, the player must catch a Feebas and raise its Beautiful condition. It took me a long while, but it was so worth it seeing this majesty on my GBA screen. Milotic is a good defensive Water-type because it has an amazing matchup against bulky offensive teams. This is because, unlike other bulky Water-types, Milotic isn't thwarted by status conditions thanks to Refresh. This move's high PP, along with the move Recover, allows you to stall Pokémon that rely on status conditions to deal damage. In addition to its defensive prowess, Milotic possesses decent offensive presence for a bulkier Pokémon. It has a fairly high Special Attack stat of 100 and a Speed stat of 81.

Scald serves as a consistent Water-type STAB attack with a high chance to burn the foe, aiding Milotic in taking on physical attackers. Ice Beam is a good coverage move that is super effective against Dragon-types and Grass-types. Recover provides instant recovery and more longevity, allowing this Pokémon to stay in battle with HP. Marvel Scale is an ability that allows Milotic to gain a Defense boost in case it is afflicted by a status condition, which can make it harder to take down.

How to Catch Milotic

You will need to evolve a Feebas to obtain a Milotic. Feebas can be caught by fishing on Route 119 in the Hoenn region. Keep in mind that it will only appear in six spots. You must then raise its Beautiful condition to 170 points. This is usually done by feeding it Pokéblocks or Poffins. Once you raise its Beauty enough, level up your Feebas to evolve it.

After Generation V, you can also evolve a Feebas by using a Prism Scale. In the Generation V games, Milotic can be caught by fishing in rippling water on Route 1.

Breloom, the Mushroom Pokémon.

Breloom, the Mushroom Pokémon.

8. Breloom

  • Type: Grass/Fighting
  • Total base stats: 460
  • Weaknesses: Flying, Poison, Fire, Psychic, Ice, and Fairy

While Breloom was once a mediocre Pokémon, it has shone through in recent generations with a variety of buffs. It boasts two impressive abilities in Poison Heal and Technician. The former allows the Pokémon to heal if it is poisoned while the latter raises the strength of moves with a power of 60 or less.

Bullet Seed with Technician has the potential to be the strongest attack for a Grass-type. Each consecutive hit raises power by 50%, so there is potential to hit with a whopping power of 187.5. Using Low Sweep with the Technician ability gives Breloom a potential second attack against faster opponents switching in. Combine this with Swords Dance to make Breloom is a serious force to be reckoned with. And for those with a touch of nostalgia, this Pokémon is still as threatening as ever with Poison Heal. Spore provides excellent utility in putting foes to sleep, and it boasts perfect accuracy. Mach Punch is a priority move that is boosted by Technician, allowing Breloom to deal with faster threats

Breloom works well with two hold items: Life Orb and Choice Band. Life Orb powers up attacks. It makes Mach Punch especially formidable against quad weak targets, such as Tyranitar. Choice Band boosts power at the expense of locking you into one move. Breloom is a perfect example of a legend in the making.

How to Catch Breloom

Breloom evolves from Shroomish at level 23. In the Hoenn region, you can find Shroomish in Petalburg Woods.You can catch a wild Breloom in certain games.

  • HeartGold and SoulSilver: You can find Breloom in the Safari Zone. It will be in the Wasteland with 42 Forest points.
  • Black 2 and White 2: You can find this Pokémon in the Pinwheel Forest, specifically in the Hidden Grotto.
  • X and Y: You can catch this Pokémon in the Friend Safari in a Fighting-type safari.
Shiftry, the Wicked Pokémon.

Shiftry, the Wicked Pokémon.

7. Shiftry

  • Type: Grass/Dark
  • Total base stats: 480
  • Weaknesses: Fighting, Flying, Poison, Bug, Fire, Ice and Fairy

Shiftry is exclusively used as a sweeper that is capable of breaking through most teams. It can do this with its fantastic coverage and ability to run a mixed set thanks to the move Growth boosting both of its offensive stats by two stages. Shiftry has a terrific offensive typing and mixed stats, which allow it to threaten many bulky Pokémon in battle. It also has a powerful offensive movepool that contains strong STAB attacks such as Knock Off and Leaf Storm. It also has numerous coverage options such as Extrasensory, Explosion, and Focus Blast.

Access to Sucker Punch lets Shiftry circumvent its rather average Speed. These qualities make this Pokémon a fearsome offensive force, especially if it's backed by the Chlorophyll ability with harsh sunlight. Shiftry even makes for a good offensive Defog user because it is able to threaten and force out the opponent with its powerful STAB moves. One of the major flaws for this Pokémon is that its average Speed makes it more reliant on Sucker Punch than it would like to be.

Life Orb gives all of Shiftry's moves a bit more power at the cost of some of its health for every attack. Black Glasses is an alternative that doesn't deal recoil damage to Shiftry and still boosts the power of Knock Off and Sucker Punch. However, it doesn't give Seed Bomb a boost in power.

How to Catch Shiftry

Shiftry is the final form of Seedot. In Ruby and Sapphire, you can find Seedot on Route 102. It can also be found on Route 114 in Ruby. In Sapphire, it can be found on Route 117 and Route 119 during a swarm. For the Generation III remakes, Seedot is exclusive to Omega Ruby. It can be found on Route 102 and Route 114 in a Horde Encounter. Seedot evolves into Nuzleaf at level 14. Nuzleaf will evolve into Shiftry when you use a Leaf Stone.

You can catch a wild Shiftry in Black 2 and White 2. It can be found in rustling grass in the Nature Preserve. It can also be found in the Dappled Grove in Sword.

Manectric, the Discharge Pokémon.

Manectric, the Discharge Pokémon.

6. Manectric

  • Type: Electric
  • Total base stats: 475 (575 for Mega Manectric)
  • Weaknesses: Ground

Sporting great coverage with solid Special Attack and Speed stats, Manectric is able to threaten defensive and offensive teams alike. Thunderbolt is Manectric's strongest reliable STAB move. It deals solid neutral damage as well as super-effective damage to Water- and Flying-types. Volt Switch allows you to pivot out against Pokémon it cannot adequately deal with, gaining momentum in the process. Overheat hits the Grass-types that resist Electric-type attacks. A Grass-powered Hidden Power can hit Water- and Ground-types that you normally wouldn't be able to touch. Lightning Rod should always be used as it grants Manectric an immunity to all Electric-type moves, including Thunder Wave. The resulting Special Attack boost can even aid in a possible late-game sweep.

Mega Manectric exploits its speed and offense even further with the addition of Intimidate. This allows you to extend its longevity against physical attackers.

How to Catch Manectric

Manectric evolves from Electrike at level 26. You can find wild Manectric in certain games.

  • Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald: You can find wild Manectric in Route 118.
  • HeartGold and SoulSilver: You can find this Pokémon in various locations within the Safari Zone.
  • Black 2 and White 2: Look in a Hidden Grotto on Route 3.
  • X and Y: Manectric can be caught in the Safari Zone in an Electric-type safari.
  • Ultra Moon: Look on Route 12.
  • Sword and Shield: You can find this Pokémon in many locations within the Wild Area.
Swampert, the Mud Fish Pokémon.

Swampert, the Mud Fish Pokémon.

5. Swampert

  • Type: Water/Ground
  • Total base stats: 535 (635 for Mega Swampert)
  • Weaknesses: Grass

Swampert has reasonable bulk with stats of 100 HP, 90 Defense and 90 Special Defense. This makes it an ideal defensive wall alongside its unique Water/Ground typing, which gives it just one weakness in Grass. It sports several resistances and is immune to Electric. In addition, it can hit a wide variety of foes thanks to its access to Ground- and Water-type STAB moves, the most prominent being Earthquake and Scald. You have Ice-type coverage in Ice Punch to target your only weakness. Stealth Rock and Toxic are both great options to wear the opponent down and to prevent a multitude of switches. This will allow Swampert to punish opponents with its astounding 110 base Attack. Swampert also has a respectable 95 base Special Attack. Superpower can hit like a truck. The only downside will be the attack and defence drop, but that amount of power is often required to take down the biggest physical walls, like Snorlax, during battle. All these offensive moves can work well alongside Choice Band, which gives a much-appreciated boost. 110 in Attack is certainly good, but it's not the best.

Just like the other Hoenn starters, Swampert was granted a Mega Evolution. It has an exceptional new ability in Swift Swim, which will double your speed in the rain and increase the power of your Water-type attacks. However, playing around with the duration of rain can be difficult. It can last for five to eight turns depending on how the rainy conditions were created. Nevertheless, that buffed 150 base Attack stat alone, coupled with Swift Swim, allows Swampert to dominate in battle.

How to Catch Swampert

Swampert is the final form of the starter Pokémon Mudkip. A Mudkip will evolve into Marshtomp at level 16. A Marshtomp will evolve into Swampert at level 36. Mudkip can be selected as a start in the Hoenn games. One can be received from Steven Stone in HeartGold and SoulSilver. You can also find Mudkip in the Grand Underground in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Flygon, the Mystic Pokémon.

Flygon, the Mystic Pokémon.

4. Flygon

  • Type: Ground/Dragon
  • Total base stats: 520
  • Weaknesses: Ice, Dragon and Fairy

Flygon is a decent Pokémon thanks to its offensive and defensive traits. It has the incredible typing of Dragon/Ground, and its ability Levitate provides an immunity to Ground-type moves. Levitate will also make you unaffected by things like Arena Trap, Spikes, and Toxic Spikes.

Flygon has pretty good offense. Earthquake is a hard-hitting Ground-type move. Outrage is an important secondary STAB move due to its ability to crush Flying-types, Grass-types and Levitate users that attempt to switch into Earthquake. U-turn gets valuable chip damage on checks and counters to Flygon while also building momentum for its team. Since Flygon has most of its bases covered in just three moves, Dragon Claw can be your last move for a reliable Dragon-type STAB move. This offensive prowess is furthered by very good base 100 Speed. A Choice Band is required so that Flygon is capable of breaking down bulky foes with its powerful STAB moves and U-turn.

How to Catch Flygon

Flygon is the final form of Trapinch. In the Hoenn region, you can find Trapinch on Route 111. Trapinch will evolve into Vibrava at level 35. Vibrava will evolve into Flygon at level 45. In Sword and Shield, you can catch a Flygon in the Wild Area.

Salamence, the Dragon Pokémon.

Salamence, the Dragon Pokémon.

3. Salamence

  • Type: Dragon/Flying
  • Total base stats: 600 (700 for Mega Salamence)
  • Weaknesses: Rock, Ice, Dragon and Fairy

Salamence is, without a doubt in my mind, one of the strongest Dragon-types (excluding legendaries). Its Attack and Speed stats are exponentially strong in tandem with Outrage, a 120 base power move that ploughs through opponents with ease. Earthquake is an essential move to combat Rock-types. Dragon Claw and Fire Blast provide additional coverage in battle. The Intimidate ability is required to drop the attack of the opponent when switched in. There is also the Moxie ability that boosts your Attack stat by one stage every time an opponent is defeated. With Salamence's incredible 130 base Attack stat and 100 Speed stat, combined with Moxie, it can be difficult to defeat once it gets into the swing of things. A Choice Scarf supports Outrage and Moxie to increase Salamence's Attack by at least three stages.

Mega Salamence gains croissant-shaped swings. It also gets a boost in Speed and Attack. Aerilate is a rare ability that turns all Normal-type moves into Flying-types. In addition to boosting their power by 1.2x, this and Double Edge push Salamence's destruction to new heights.

How to Catch Salamence

Salamence is the final form of Bagon. A Bagon will evolve into Shelgon at level 30. Shelgon will evolve into Salamence at level 50. You can catch a Salamence in the Generation VII games on Route 3 in an SOS battle. If you have the expansion pass for Sword, you can find wild Salamence at the Tunnel to the Top.

Metagross, the Iron Leg Pokémon.

Metagross, the Iron Leg Pokémon.

2. Metagross

  • Type: Steel/Psychic
  • Total base stats: 600 (700 for Mega Metagross)
  • Weaknesses: Ground, Ghost, Fire and Dark

Metagross, the greatest pseudo-legendary from Hoenn and long-time companion to Steven, is a devastatingly powerful threat in battle. With an enormous 135 base Attack stat and 130 base Defence stat (alongside its good typing in Steel/Psychic), very few Pokémon can penetrate its defence. As such, Metagross can sweep teams without much thought.

Metagross has the option of slugging an opponent with the bone-crushing power of Meteor Mash. In addition to being its STAB move of choice, the chance of raising Attack is always a boon for something with such a high Attack stat. In order to complement its bulk, Pursuit and Earthquake are added in the other move slots. Bullet Punch is a priority move that Metagross can put to good use since this Pokémon is on the slow side. Clear Body is an ability that prevents your stats from being lowered by the opponent. In order to retain as much bulk as possible, Leftovers is really the only item to consider. This Pokémon is meant to lay down Stealth Rock when needed thanks to its handy resistances and excellent bulk. There are other choices to survive a super effective hit. An Occa Berry lessens the damage from super effective Fire-type attacks.

Mega Metagross sees an increased Speed stat of 110. This allows it to finally outspeed dangerous Fire-types like Charizard in battle.

How to Catch Metagross

Metagross is the final form of Beldum. A Beldum will evolve into Metang at level 20. Metang will evolve into Metagross at level 45. In the Generation V games, wild Metagross can be found in rustling grass in the Giant Chasm.

Blaziken, the Blaze Pokémon.

Blaziken, the Blaze Pokémon.

1. Blaziken

  • Type: Fire/Fighting
  • Total base stats: 530 (630 for Mega Blaziken)
  • Weaknesses: Flying, Ground, Water and Psychic

With the advent of the fifth generation, Blaziken became the first starter in history to achieve a place in the Ubers tier, which is the highest position in the Smogon community. Blaziken can dominate with the Speed Boost ability. Using the move Protect allows you to increase your Speed stat without taking damage or status effects. Flare Blitz is one of your main STAB moves, and it can take out almost every Pokémon that doesn't resist it within two hits. While the recoil does wear down Blaziken, it is still a necessity. Swords Dance can be used to hit harder, but it is hard to set up and utilize. Low Kick is Blaziken's main sweeping move. After using Swords Dance, Low Kick will defeat common Pokémon in one hit. High Jump Kick is insanely strong against everything that doesn't resist it, but it is risky when the opponent has a Ghost-type or a Protect user.

Mega Blaziken is the strongest Mega there is, with the exception of Mega Rayquaza. This additional stage is essentially an enhanced Blaziken that can take on powerful legendaries with a Swords Dance boost.

How to Catch Blaziken

Blaziken is the final form of the starter Pokémon Torchic. A Torchic will evolve into Combusken at level 16. Combusken will evolve into Blakizen at level 36. Torchic can be selected as a starter in the Hoenn games. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, you can get one from Steven Stone. Torchic can also appear in the Grand Underground in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

© 2020 Lewis Usher


rishi on August 19, 2020:

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