Top 10 Strongest Pokémon Attacks (Based Solely on Power)

Updated on July 16, 2020
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In between Pokémon journeys, Jeremy enjoys working as a pharmaceutical chemist and campus manager.

What Are the Strongest Pokémon Moves?

Pokémon attacks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, some play for the long haul by raising stats or inflicting status conditions, others delve right into damage. Choosing the right moveset is crucial in competitive battles, forcing you to pick the four best options for each combatant.

Remember that damage is impacted by the user's attack, the target's defense, and whether you have STAB (same-type attack bonus). But which moves inflict the most pain? In terms of raw strength, these are the 10 strongest Pokémon attacks (as of generation 7)!

Searing Sunraze Smash
Searing Sunraze Smash

10. Searing Sunraze Smash

  • Type: Steel
  • Power: 200
  • Accuracy:

The Z-move form of Solgaleo's Sunsteel Strike, Searing Sunraze Smash hits with perfect accuracy and monstrous 200 power. It also ignores abilities that could affect its success; for example, it prevents the damage-halving of Fur Coat.

A powerful attack for one of the franchise's best legendaries, but Steel isn't a great offensive element, so you'll rarely type-trump Sunraze's target.

Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom
Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom

9. Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom

  • Type: Ghost
  • Power: 200
  • Accuracy:

Moonraze is to Lunala and Dawn Wings Necrozma what Sunraze is to Solgaleo, spending your Z-attack to slam foes with 200 damage while ignoring abilities. The only differences being Moonraze's Ghost-type (a superior offensive element) and that it is an indirect move. This means you don't have to worry about contact-related hindrances (Moonraze prevents damage-reducing abilities, but not ones that punish physical attackers, like Static or Poison Point).

Light That Burns the Sky
Light That Burns the Sky

8. Light That Burns the Sky

  • Type: Psychic
  • Power: 200
  • Accuracy:

Like previous moves, Ultra Necrozma's brutal Z-attack (an upgraded form of Photon Geyser) scores 200 damage with perfect accuracy while ignoring abilities that would hinder it. However, this time you get the added benefit of utilizing either attack or special attack (whichever is higher), making the blow difficult to weaken with stat-lowering effects.

Since these Z-moves all correspond with their user's type, remember that they'll trigger STAB and inflict that much more damage.

Self-Destruct
Self-Destruct

7. Self-Destruct

  • Type: Normal
  • Power: 200
  • Accuracy: 100

Self-Destruct doesn't take up your Z-move slot, but it's a double-edged sword, fainting the user. However, it might be worthwhile if you're low on HP anyway, dealing a massive blow with near-perfect accuracy.

The move was even better in generations 1-4, where it also halved the target's defense stat, essentially striking with 400 power!

Sky Attack
Sky Attack

6. Sky Attack

  • Type: Flying
  • Power: 200
  • Accuracy: 90

With a recent buff in the Let's Go! games, Sky Attack is now Flying's strongest move despite not being a Z-attack. Once again, you'll net 200 damage, but now you only have 90 accuracy and must spend a turn charging.

However, in addition to its formidable damage, Sky Attack also has an increased critical hit ratio and 30% chance to flinch its target, giving a decent chance to halt if not outright defeat foes.

Solar Beam
Solar Beam

5. Solar Beam

  • Type: Grass
  • Power: 200
  • Accuracy: 100

Like Sky Attack, Solar Beam enjoyed a recent buff, now wielding a fierce 200 power. You still have to charge energy for a turn, and you don't have the flinching or critical hit benefits. However, Solar Beam has full accuracy and doesn't need charge time in the harsh sunlight weather, letting Grass-types immediately access their best move if Sunny Day is active.

Catastropika
Catastropika

4. Catastropika

  • Type: Electric
  • Power: 210
  • Accuracy:

Upping the ante to 210, Catastropika is Pikachu's signature Z-attack and a transformed version of Volt Tackle. While the move has no secondary effects, it generates lethal damage with perfect accuracy, and unlike Volt Tackle, you won't suffer any recoil damage.

The move is also physical, helpfully utilizing Pikachu and Partner Pikachu's best offensive attribute.

Pulverizing Pancake
Pulverizing Pancake

3. Pulverizing Pancake

  • Type: Normal
  • Power: 210
  • Accuracy:

Like Pikachu, Snorlax gains a signature Z-attack (the upgraded form of Giga Impact) that crushes foes for 210 damage. Again, no secondary effects, but you've got lethal damage and accuracy, especially when factoring in Snorlax's impressive attack stat (110) and Normal-type STAB.

Explosion
Explosion

2. Explosion

  • Type: Normal
  • Power: 250
  • Accuracy: 100

Explosion isn't a Z-move, but it's essentially the upgraded version of Self-Destruct, fainting yourself in order to fuel a monstrous 250-power technique. Available as a TM in most generations, a surprising number of Pokémon can learn the attack, and it previously halved the target's defense, granting a whopping 500 power in generations 1-4!

In terms of listed damage, Explosion reigns supreme even against Z-moves, but isn't actually the strongest attack when compared against...

Horn Drill
Horn Drill

1. One-Hit KOs

  • Type: Varies
  • Power: Faints opponent
  • Accuracy: 30

These insta-kills automatically faint their target regardless of their current HP—but they only have 30% accuracy, making them high-risk high-reward. The accuracy slightly increases against lower-level Pokemon and decreases against higher-level, although this shouldn't matter in equal-level competitive clashes.

It also isn't affected by accuracy and evasion stages, so you can still potentially hit foes even if they've been using Double Team. Note that Ice-types are immune to Sheer Cold, and if a non-Ice Pokemon uses the move, the accuracy drops to 20%, so it's best reserved for frigid allies.

You can also vanquish opponents with Perish Song and Destiny Bond, but these depend on fulfilling certain conditions. And watch out for adversaries with the Sturdy ability, which shields them against one-hit knockouts.

One-Hit Knockout Moves

Move
Type
Doesn't Affect
Horn Drill
Normal
Ghost
Guillotine
Normal
Ghost
Fissure
Ground
Flying
Sheer Cold
Ice
Ice
List of one-hit KO Pokémon moves

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With new moves introduced each generation and power adjustments for old, we'll undoubtedly see more devastating attacks in future releases. When choosing movesets, remember to factor in secondary effects and coverage in addition to damage, letting you type-trump multiple elements.

Armed with the right tools and attack/special attack stats, you'll wield powerful "sweepers" capable of one-shotting foes in ideal matchups. But for now, as we eagerly await Nintendo's next expansion of Pokémon moves, vote for your favorite technique and I'll see you at our next gaming countdown!

© 2019 Jeremy Gill

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