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Top 10 Strongest Johto Pokémon

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Who are the strongest Pokémon from the second generation?

Who are the strongest Pokémon from the second generation?

The second generation of Pokémon games introduced us to 100 new species and the region of Johto. It was an exciting time for fans as they were able to experience a new adventure and battle with new Pokémon. There were new original creatures as well as new evolutions for classic favorites. The Gold and Silver games also introduced two new types in Dark and Steel.

This article will rank the strongest Pokémon from the Johto region. Which Generation II creatures were the best in battle?

Feraligatr, the "Strong Jaw" Pokémon

Feraligatr, the "Strong Jaw" Pokémon

10. Feraligatr

  • Type: Water
  • Total base stats: 530
  • Weaknesses: Grass and Electric

With a naturally high base Attack of 105 and a great ability in Sheer Force (which negates additional effects from moves), Feraligatr is a premier offensive threat in battle. It has access to a variety of great boosting moves, as well as a priority move in Aqua Jet, which allows it to perform the role of a powerful wall breaker or a sweeper. This Pokémon has good typing, bulk and plenty of opportunities to set up a sweep.

Dragon Dance turns Feraligatr into a sweeper by boosting its Attack and Speed by one stage each. Boosted by STAB, Sheer Force and Life Orb, Waterfall will be your most powerful move. Crunch is a useful coverage move that does major damage to Psychic-types, and it provides Feraligatr with neutral coverage on opposing Water-types. Ice Punch is a useful coverage move that hits the Grass- and Dragon-types that resist Waterfall.

Feraligatr's best friend is the Life Orb. When used in conjunction with Sheer Force, it boosts the power of its moves without the cost of HP. Choice Band can also be optimised for additional strength, but the synergy between Life Orb and Sheer Force permits Feraligatr to choose whichever move it needs in battle.

How to Catch Feraligatr

Feraligatr is the final evolution of the starter Pokémon Totodile. In the Generation II games, you can select Totodile and raise it to level 30. It will evolve into Croconaw along the way. Totodile is also available in other games.

  • Emerald: You can receive Totodile from Professor Birch after completing the National Pokédex.
  • Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: You can get a Totodile from Professor Birch after entering the Hall of Fame.
  • Sun and Moon: You can find the Pokémon in Seaward Cave on Mondays by using Island Scan.
  • Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: You can find Totodile in the Grand Underground after getting the National Pokédex.
Skarmory, the "Armor Bird" Pokémon

Skarmory, the "Armor Bird" Pokémon

9. Skarmory

  • Type: Steel/Flying
  • Total base stats: 465
  • Weaknesses: Fire and Electric

Skarmory is an exemplary Defog user and physical wall. With a stellar base 140 defence and Steel/Flying typing to reinforce those stats, this means it only has two weaknesses to worry about, Fire and Electric. Nevertheless, Skarmory is guaranteed to find opportunities to get rid of entry hazards, such as Stealth Rocks, against nearly any team using Defog.

Moves such as Whirlwind, Taunt, Brave Bird and Counter allow it to take on a multitude of defensive and damaging roles. Brave Bird is Skarmory's strongest STAB move with a base power of 120. This is enough to cripple some of the biggest walls. Thanks to its typing, stats and the recovery afforded by Roost, Skarmory can reliably check many prominent physical attackers who threaten itself and other members of the team. Sturdy is its recommended ability that allows you to take an otherwise fatal hit if it's at full health.

To enhance Skarmory's defence, a Rocky Hemet can be used. This inflicts damage to the attacker who scores a direct hit. Otherwise, Leftovers can work well alongside Roost to extend its presence on the field. This will allow you to stall and be more effective in your role.

How to Catch Skarmory

  • Silver and Crystal: You can find Skarmory on Route 45. In Crystal, you need to look during the morning and day.
  • Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald: Look on Route 113.
  • FireRed: This Pokémon can be found in Sevault Canyon.
  • Diamond, Pearl and Platinum: Skarmory can be caught on Route 227 and Stark Mountain.
  • SoulSilver: Search on Route 45.
  • Black 2 and White 2: Skarmory can be found in Reversal Mountain.
  • X and Y: Search in Victory Road and in the Safari Zone.
  • Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: Search on Route 113.
  • Sun and Moon: Skarmory can be found on Routes 10 and 17. It can also be found on Mount Hokulani, Vast Poni Canyon and Poké Pelago.
  • Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon: Search the same locations as above minus the Poké Pelago.
  • Sword and Shield: If you have the expansion pass, you find this Pokémon on Challenge Road and in the Max Lair.
  • Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: Look on Route 227 and Stark Mountain.
Espeon, the "Sun" Pokémon

Espeon, the "Sun" Pokémon

8. Espeon

  • Type: Psychic
  • Total base stats: 525
  • Weaknesses: Bug, Ghost and Dark

Nice coverage, decent Speed, a high Special Attack stat, and access to recovery in Morning Sun are some of the traits Espeon has to offer. This arguably makes it one of the best Eeveelutions. However, the flashiest aspect of Espeon comes from its ability Magic Bounce. This ability sends back any status moves and hazards to its user. If the opportunity becomes available, Espeon can switch in as soon as the opponent sets up entry hazards and can proceed to set up screens to ensure that the foe does significantly less damage. These screens include either Light Screen or Reflect. The former will raise the teams defence while the latter will raise their special defence.

However, caution is advised when switching Espeon in blindly. Its frail defences do not hold up well compared to bulkier Psychic-types who can perform a similar role. Baton Pass can allow you to escape the clutches of Pursuit users, as Pursuit will not hit Espeon if it uses Baton Pass beforehand. Psychic is your main STAB option, which completely eliminates Fighting and Poison-types thanks to its high Special Attack stat.

Espeon running screens are benefited from Light Clay, an item that extends the duration of these screens further. Alternatively, Life Orb is a stellar option for more offensive variations of this Pokémon. Espeon's prescience is not to be taken lightly in battle.

How to Catch Espeon

Espeon evolves from Eevee when it is leveled up with a high friendship level during the daytime. In the Generation II games, you can receive an Eevee from Bill in Goldenrod City. You can also get an Eevee from the Celadon Game Corner.

Heracross, the "Single Horn" Pokémon

Heracross, the "Single Horn" Pokémon

7. Heracross

  • Type: Bug/Fighting
  • Total base stats: 500 (600 for Mega Heracross)
  • Weaknesses: Flying, Fire, Psychic and Fairy

Heracross has outstanding power due to its high 125 base Attack, great offensive typing in Bug/Fighting and access to high-powered STAB moves and coverage options. Close Combat and Megahorn are your two best STAB moves. Each have a base power of 120. Knock Off can remove the opponent's held items. It also hits Flying- and Poison-types neutrally and Ghost-types super effectively. Stone Edge hits Flying-types super effectively; this offers great coverage for Heracross due to its quad weakness to Flying. To extend its offence even more, Swords Dance, a move which boosts its physical attack by two stages, can be used in order to bypass some walls. Moxie is an ability which boosts the attack stat of the user by one stage once it has knocked out the opposing Pokémon. It is essential for success.

Upon Mega Evolving, Mega Heracross gains the ability Skill Link, which ensures multi-hit attacks always hit the maximum number of times. As such, Rock Blast, Pin Missile and Bullet Seed are all excellent options with devastating power. They all gain 125 base power in strength. This is a strong blowback to any opposing Pokémon.

How to Catch Heracross

  • Gold, Silver and Crystal: In Gold and Silver, headbutt the trees on Routes 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 42, 43 and 44. In Crystal, headbutt trees in Azalea Town and Routes 42, 43 and 44.
  • Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald: Search in the Safari Zone.
  • FireRed and LeafGreen: Heracross can be found in Pattern Bush.
  • Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum: Look in the honey trees on Routes 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 218, 221 and 222. You could also search the honey trees in Eterna Forest, Floaroma Meadow, Fuego Ironworks and Valley Windworks.
  • HeartGold and SoulSilver: Headbutt the trees on Routes 7, 11, 16, 28, 33, 42, 44, 45, 46 and 47. You could also heabutt the trees in Azalea Town, Vermillion City, Celadon City and Mt. Silver.
  • Black and White: Heracross can be found on Route 12.
  • Black 2 and White 2: Search on Route 12 and in Lostlorn Forest.
  • X and Y: Heracross can be found in the Safari Zone. In Y, you can also find this Pokémon on Route 12.
  • Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: Look in the Safari Zone.
  • Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon: Heracross can be caught in Poni Grove.
  • Shield: If you have the expansion pass, search in the Training Lowlands.
  • Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: Look in the same locations as the original Generation IV games.
  • Legends: Arceus: Headbutt the trees in Wayward Wood and Summit Camp.
  • Scarlet and Violet: Look on Socorrat Trail.
Celebi, the "Time Travel" Pokémon

Celebi, the "Time Travel" Pokémon

6. Celebi

  • Type: Psychic/Grass
  • Total base stats: 600
  • Weaknesses: Flying, Poison, Bug, Ghost, Fire, Ice and Dark

As with most legendary Pokémon, Celebi is blessed with great base stats all around. They have 100 in each stat. It also has a good and synergetic typing in Grass/Psychic, a fantastic ability in Natural Cure that lets it act as a status absorber and a phenomenal move pool. Giga Drain is the standard STAB move that gives Celebi some recovery. It allows it to hit the Water-types for super effective damage. Psychic is also an extraordinary move that manages to help you combat Poison-types who threaten it. Nasty Plot and Leaf Storm is a deadly combination that can sweep teams once Celebi is given the opportunity to boost its stats. However, Leaf Storm does drop your Special Attack by two stages when used, so its timing should be critical in order to take advantage of the opposing team.

Since the stats on Celebi are all the same, different held items should be considered for their role in battle. For instance, to sweep the enemy, you can use the Choice Specs, which grants additional special attacking power whilst locking into one move. A Choice Scarf boosts your speed, so you won't need to worry about incoming super-effective damage.

How to Catch Celebi

As a Mythical Pokémon, Celebi has only been available through limited-time distribution events.

Suicune, the "Aurora" Pokémon

Suicune, the "Aurora" Pokémon

5. Suicune

  • Type: Water
  • Total base stats: 580
  • Weaknesses: Grass and Electric

Suicune has access to amazing natural bulk. It has 115 base in both defences and 100 in HP. This Pokémon is unquestionably a huge wall that is backed by a solid defensive typing in pure Water. Calm Mind makes Suicune a terrifying bulky setup sweeper as it boosts your Special Attack and Special Defence. Scald is a consistent STAB attack that also has a good chance to burn the opponent.

To fully utilise Suicune's defensive prowess, Rest can give you a form of instant recovery that can fully heal your HP and remove any status condition. Sleep Talk ensures that Suicune isn't useless when it's asleep. Ice Beam is also an option in the fourth move slot. It can give you coverage against Grass- and Dragon-types while also giving good neutral coverage with Scald. Suicune's defensive qualities are further augmented by Pressure, an ability that allows you to outlast a lot of Pokémon that would otherwise wall it.

Leftovers gives you a form of passive recovery, which can extend your longevity.

How to Catch Suicune

  • Gold, Silver and Crystal: In Gold and Silver, Suicune can be found roaming Johto. In Crystal, it can be found in the Tin Tower.
  • FireRed and LeafGreen: If you select Charmander as your Kanto start, you can find Suicune roaming Kanto.
  • HeartGold and SoulSilver: Suicune can be found on Route 25. If you fail there, you can find this Pokémon in the Burned Tower.
  • Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: If you have a Ho-Oh or Lugia in your party, you can find Suicune in the Trackless Forest.
  • Sword and Shield: If you have the expansion pass, look in the Max Lair during a Dynamax Adventure.
  • Brilliant Diamond: If you have the Johto Slate, you can find this Pokémon in Ramanas Park.
Scizor, the "Pincer" Pokémon

Scizor, the "Pincer" Pokémon

4. Scizor

  • Type: Bug/Steel
  • Total base stats: 500 (600 for Mega Scizor)
  • Weaknesses: Fire

Scizor's great typing of Bug/Steel, excellent bulk, variety of support moves, Technician-boosted Bullet Punch and good coverage moves such as Superpower and Quick Attack make it worthy of the number four position. Scizor also finds itself a comfortable place in every playstyle, as it can be a strong wall breaker, a devastating sweeper, a scary cleaner or a reliable Defogger. U-turn is Scizor's preferred STAB move because it allows you to take advantage of the many switches it forces by gaining momentum in the player's favour. This maximizes Scizor's potential as a pivot. Pursuit also takes advantage of the switches to potentially trap and either remove or severely weaken Pokémon. Furthermore, Scizor has good coverage moves such as Superpower and Acrobatics, allowing it to hit Pokémon that are resistant to its STAB moves. This makes the task of countering it much more difficult.

Scizor was given a Mega Evolution in X and Y. Its prowess was boosted with an additional increase to all of its stats. This Pokémon is downright terrifying with priority-boosted moves at its disposal. It can shred through teams with ease. The main way of countering Mega Scizor is to have a Fire-type on hand.

How to Catch Scizor

Scizor evolves from Scyther when it is traded while holding a Metal Coat. It can be caught in the Training Lowland and Challenge Road in the expansion pass of Sword and Shield. In Legends: Arceus, this Pokémon can be found in a space-time distortion in the Alabaster Icelands.

Tyranitar, the "Armor" Pokémon

Tyranitar, the "Armor" Pokémon

3. Tyranitar

  • Type: Rock/Dark
  • Total base stats: 600 (700 for Mega Tyranitar)
  • Weaknesses: Fighting, Ground, Bug, Steel, Water, Grass and Fairy

Tyranitar, the Pokémon equivalent to Godzilla, is the most intimidating Pokémon in Johto. This is evident in its stats and move variety. Tyranitar's high Attack stat, coupled with powerful, spammable STAB moves in Stone Edge and Crunch, makes it a fearsome wallbreaker. It will be tough for opponents to reliably counter.

Earthquake is a solid coverage option that allows you to threaten opposing Steel-types. Ice Punch can smack Ground-types hard with its incredible strength. Alternatively, Dragon Dance can provide Tyranitar with that much-needed boost to its speed—its weakest stat. This will allow you to crush any foe with powerful Rock and Dark STAB moves. Sand Stream is Tyranitar's only ability, which activates Sandstorm upon entry. This enhances the Special Defence stat of all Rock types. It also negates chip damage for all Rock-, Steel- and Ground-types.

An Assault Vest is an important item to power up your special defence whilst using only damaging moves. Otherwise, Choice Band can be used instead for additional attack, which will compliment Tyranitar's powerful move selection.

If that wasn't enough, Mega Tyranitar's power, impressive bulk, and difficulty to revenge kill makes it an effective user of Dragon Dance. It outperforms a regular Tyranitar due to its increased Speed and defences. Mega Tyranitar is destructive in more ways than one. This allows it to rank high on this list.

How to Catch Tyranitar

Tyranitar is the final form of Larvitar. It will evolve into Tyranitar at level 55 (after evolving into Pupitar along the way). You can catch a Tyranitar in the Generation V games on Route 15 in rustling grass. In Shield, you can find this Pokémon in the Dusty Bowl.

Lugia, the "Diving" Pokémon

Lugia, the "Diving" Pokémon

2. Lugia

  • Type: Psychic/Flying
  • Total base stats: 680
  • Weaknesses: Rock, Ghost, Electric, Ice and Dark

Lugia's impressive typing of Psychic/Flying, coupled with its colossal defensive bulk, allows it to play as one of the most durable walls in Johto. Unlike most walls, this flying beast is able to take both physical and special hits like a champ. It can even stall out powerful STAB hits with the help of Reflect or Light Screen. Lugia is really more defence-oriented than Ho-Oh, but it can be made into an offensive beast with the assistance of powerful moves at its disposal.

Aeroblast is a 100 base power move with the chance to score a critical hit. Toxic can be advantageous to Lugia in the long run due to its increased damage output every turn, coupled with its access to Roost for recovery. Multiscale is an essential ability to run, so long as Lugia has full health. The ability will half the damage from incoming attacks. Another option is Whirlwind, which can remove a foe from the field, letting Lugia shut down a setup sweeper that it can't stall out reliably. Whirlwind also has the benefits of phasing foes behind Substitute.

Leftovers can grant chip recovery throughout the stalling stage. Heavy Duty Boots, an item introduced in Generation VIII, negates the damage from entry hazards.

How to Catch Lugia

  • Gold, Silver and Crystal: Go to the Whirl Islands with the Silver Wing.
  • HeartGold and SoulSilver: Go to the Whirl Islands with the Tidal Bell and Silver Wing.
  • Alpha Sapphire: Lugia can be found in Sea Mauville with the Tidal Bell.
  • Ultra Moon: Lugia can be caught in the Ultra Space Wilds.
  • Shield: If you have the expansion pass, you can find this Pokémon in the Max Lair during a Dynamax Adventure:
  • Shining Pearl: Go to Ramanas Park with the Squall Slate.
Ho-Oh, the "Rainbow" Pokémon

Ho-Oh, the "Rainbow" Pokémon

1. Ho-Oh

  • Type: Fire/Flying
  • Total base stats: 680
  • Weaknesses: Rock, Water and Electric

Ho-Oh stands out in battle as both a defensive and offensive threat. It has an impressive base 154 Special Attack stat intertwined with a base 106 HP stat. Ho-Oh has enough bulk to survive most un-boosted super effective attacks. From a defensive standpoint, it has resistances to Fire, Fairy, and Steel. It is also immune to Ground. These advantages, combined with its high Special Defence, make Ho-Oh a formidable and powerful force during battle.

Brave Bird is Ho-Oh's strongest STAB move. Sacred Fire is a secondary STAB attack that lacks recoil and has the additional utility of spreading burns. Regenerator is the most important aspect of Ho-Oh's viability; after every switch, it gains a 1/3 of its total health back as recovery. This allows Ho-Oh to pivot in and out of battle quite easily in comparison to other Flying-types.

Ho-Oh can utilise a variety of held items. The most common would be Choice Scarf, which enhances your 110 speed. This places you in a position to efficiently revenge kill. Alternatively, a defensive variant should use Leftovers in combination with Regenerator to keep Ho-Oh healthy during battle.

How to Catch Ho-Oh

  • Gold, Silver and Crystal: Go to the Tin Tower with the Rainbow Wing.
  • HeartGold and SoulSilver: Go to the Bell Tower with the Clear Bell and Rainbow Wing.
  • Omega Ruby: You can find Ho-Oh in Sea Mauville if you have the Clear Bell.
  • Ultra Sun: You can catch this Pokémon in the Cliff World with the Ultra Space Wilds.
  • Sword: If you have the expansion pass, you can find Ho-Oh in the Max Lair during a Dynamax Adventure.
  • Brilliant Diamond: Go to Ramanas Park with the Rainbow Slate.

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