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The Attack Stat in Pokémon
Pokémon battles juggle several factors, with status conditions, weather effects, abilities, and held items creating numerous strategic layers. But at the end of the day, you're trying to defeat your enemies, and the simplest way to do it is to deal damage.
If you attack with an indirect move, the damage is calculated with your special attack and opposing special defense (plus the move's base power). But today we'll discuss direct contact utilizing regular attack and defense—which beatsticks reign supreme? These are the 10 strongest physical sweepers in Pokémon!
Even in his base form, Rampardos (who doesn't yet have a Mega evolution) ties Mega Banette and Mega Gallade with 165 Attack—35 points higher than Mega Charizard X!
Rampardos pays the price with his other stats, bearing poor defenses and speed, but he's undeniably a ferocious powerhouse, especially since Rock is one of the best offensive types in the game. You can further increase his damage with the Sheer Force ability.
9. Ultra Necrozma
With 167 attack and special attack, Ultra Necrozma (basically a differently-named Mega Necrozma) can strike at any range with enormous power. Having two STABs (same-type attack bonuses) sweetens the deal, and Necrozma inflicts extra pain using super-effective moves thanks to his Neuroforce ability.
You can snag this menacing behemoth in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, but like other legendaries, keep in mind he's banned from most competitive tournaments.
8. Black Kyurem
Fusing Black and White legendaries Kyurem with Zekrom yields this glacial dragon. With a 700 base stat total, Black Kyurem favors attack and spreads the rest of his points pretty evenly, leaving no critical vulnerabilities.
Despite his power, Black Kyurem does have some weaknesses—many of his moves utilize his unfavored special attack, and Ice is a poor defensive type that introduces several weaknesses. But damage is damage, and few dish it out like Black Kyurem.
7. Mega Garchomp
Mega Garchomp ties Black Kyurem with 170 attack points. And you can further increase his power by causing a sandstorm; not only does Garchomp's Ground-type let him avoid its weather damage, but his Sand Force ability increases the power of Rock, Ground, and Steel moves by 30% (whether physical or special) during the sandstorm!
Ground's another strong offensive type, so if you stack a physical Ground move with Mega Garchomp's STAB and Sand Force, very few foes can survive. Plus, Ground trumps both other elements (Rock and Steel) that resist sandstorms, punishing foes who dodge its reoccurring damage.
6. Primal Groudon
Next, we have a three-way tie between legendaries packing 180 attack. Primal Groudon (basically Mega Groudon) adds Fire to his Ground-type and wields the devastating Desolate Wasteland ability. This creates an advanced version of harsh sunlight, not only boosting Fire moves but negating Water damage (skillfully compensating for Primal Groudon's double weakness to it).
Coupled with an impressive physical defense, this makes Primal Groudon a surprisingly effective tank since (ironically) only Ground moves type-trump him.
5. Mega Rayquaza
Tying with both Mega Mewtwo forms, Mega Rayquaza wields the highest base stat total (780) yet, with 180 in both attack and special attack! Like Primal Groudon, he also contains a unique-weather making ability, Delta Stream, which causes moves that would inflict super-effective damage to Flying to deal neutral damage instead.
This reduces Rayquaza's weaknesses and usually lets him last long enough to fell enemies long they defeat him.
4. Deoxys (Attack Forme)
Yet another Hoenn legendary, Deoxys can shift between four modes: Normal, Attack, Defense, and Speed. Unsurprisingly, Attack Forme wields devastating power, carrying 180 attack and special attack plus 150 speed, hitting hard and hitting fast.
That said, Attack Forme suffers pitifully low defense and special defense (both are 20), worse than even a Caterpie! Effectively, Attack Forme is the biggest glass cannon in the game, often able to one-shot foes but likely fainting himself if his target survives.
As one of the best Ultra Beasts, Kartana has strong typing despite a quad weakness to Fire plus excellent attack, defense, and solid speed. However, he possesses an alarmingly-low special defense of 31, so try to employ him against physical sweepers.
But if you can pit Kartana against a fellow physical-sweeper, he pushes foes into a corner, causing them to either contend with Kartana's physical defense, spend a turn switching out, or utilize misaligned special attacks.
2. Mega Heracross
Many Bug Pokémon were underpowered in generation one. Then Heracross came along in generation two and proved the type had competitive power, and he's stayed relevant thanks to an impressive Mega form.
Mega Heracross actually loses a little speed from his base form and doesn't improve on his terrible special attack. But this lets him devote points towards his specialty: physical power, bearing a whopping 185 attack.
1. Mega Mewtwo X
Unlike regular Mewtwo and Mega Mewtwo Y, X favors attack over special attack and adds Fighting to his typing. He ties for highest stat total yet at 780, allocating most of it to attack, special attack, and speed.
X's ability to strike from either range and utilize two STABs make him my preferred Mewtwo form and one of the best legendary Pokémon ever, even with the lackluster Steadfast ability.
Making Contact in Pokémon
When battling, you want to vary your team not only to bypass enemy tanks, but sometimes to avoid contact effects (most physical moves make contact and most special don't). For instance, abilities like Static and Poison Point can inflict status conditions on attackers, as do moves like Baneful Bunker and Beak Blast.
Knowing the stats of both your and your opponent's team is crucial to victory, and you can influence how creatures develop by picking certain natures. But for now, as we await Nintendo's next batch of physical powerhouses, vote for your favorite and I'll see you at our next Pokémon countdown!
© 2019 Jeremy Gill