Vaporeon must be nerfed

Vaporeon, the old king of the Water type metagame, has seen a significant number of changes in the last months. In the early days of Pokémon GO, Vaporeon used to be the best Water type Pokémon due to several reasons.

It has great stats overall, and even though it did not have the highest attack stat in the game among the other water types, the fact that it was able to learn Water Gun and Hydro Pump or Aqua Tail (for defensive purposes) made it outshine other Pokémon such as Gyarados, Poliwrath or Kingler with worse movesets.

Furthermore, its Max CP along with its bulk made it one of the best gym defenders in the previous metagame before the gym rework took place. We analyse its best moves, how to counter Vaporeon, its viability in raids and what’s it like to own a Vaporeon these days.

Pokémon Stats Max CP
Pokemon GO VaporeonVaporeon Water 205 177 260 3157

Vaporeon overview

Vaporeon is an easy Pokémon to get, as Eevee is a relatively common spawn in Pokémon GO. Furthermore, after the introduction of the dynamic weather system in Pokémon GO, catching a weather-boosted level 30+ Eevee with good IVs is easier than ever. Vaporeon is not the best Water type attacker in the game anymore, but its bulk and good stats overall make it a viable Pokémon to add to your team nonetheless.

Gyarados, with a great base attack stat of 237 and its Waterfall/Hydro Pump dual Water moveset, is the best non-legendary Water type attacker in the game. Kyogre, a legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region, is even better. It has a massive base attack stat of 270 and the same moveset as Gyarados, with even greater bulk. A level 27 Kyogre deals as much damage as a level 40 Gyarados, just to give you an idea of how powerful Kyogre is. Vaporeon does not stand a chance against it as an attacker, but it is a better defender than Gyarados, and since Kyogre cannot be placed in gyms, it is probably one of the (if not the) best Water type defenders in the game, on par with Lapras but with a significantly higher attack stat and taking neutral damage from the most common gym-attacking type, Fighting, whereas Lapras takes super effective damage.

Its main strengths are:

  • It is still a useful Water type attacker in the game, quite easy to get and arguably one of the best non-legendary Water type alternatives to Kyogre
  • Water Gun and Hydro Pump is a Water type moveset that allows the user to dodge comfortably. Hydro Pump has a very small move damage window, which makes it easier to deal damage before fainting and more unexpected for gym attackers when facing Vaporeon. Aqua Tail is a good move for defensive purposes too, as it requires less energy to charge and will probably fire off relatively quickly
  • It has great bulk and Stamina and taking it down won’t be an easy task. There are better gym defenders, but it is still a decent choice to leave in a gym. Its Max CP is quite high, which can be helpful to contribute to the high CP gym defending strategy, consisting on building a gym with high CP Pokémon to deter rival attackers

However, its main weaknesses should be mentioned too:

  • It is weak to Electric type attacks, but also to Grass type attacks (unlike Gyarados), which makes it less viable than Gyarados against Mud Shot/Solar Beam and Mud Shot/Earthquake Groudon, mainly because it has a lower attack stat and worse attacking moveset but also because it will take more damage than Gyarados, who resists these movesets better
  • Raikou is often used as a gym sweeper… This means that Vaporeon won’t be able to last too long in the battlefield if it faces an Electric type attacker
  • Vaporeon is clearly inferior to Gyarados and Kyogre as a Water type attacker. Its attack stat is too low to fight against these two beasts
  • It has a very high Max CP, which translates into a high CP decay when placing it in a gym. There are better alternatives to put in gyms, but Vaporeon is still a decent alternative
  • Water Gun is not a good fast move for defensive purposes due to the way gym defending AI is coded in the game
Best Vaporeon movesets
 Role Quick move Charge move
Gym offense Water Gun water Hydro Pump water
Gym defense Water Gun water Aqua Tail water
PvP (speculative) Water Gun water Hydro Pump water

Best Vaporeon moves in Pokémon GO

The following Table compares the cycle DPS (with STAB) of every single moveset that Vaporeon is able to learn. Some movesets are more viable or commonly used than others. Keep in mind that some movesets might not top the DPS charts but could be good to use in certain scenarios. As an example, Aqua Tail is a decent alternative for gym defending purposes. Vaporeon is not able to learn a lot of moves, and thus the Table is not too big.

Vaporeon moves in Pokémon GO
Fast Move Charge Move Cycle DPS (STAB)
Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water 20.75
Water Gun Water Aqua Tail Water 19.15
Water Gun Water Water Pulse Water 17.56

*Keep in mind that STAB cycle DPS calculations just compare the different movesets and they are not Pokémon-specific

  • Water Gun and Hydro Pump (its Water type moveset) is the best choice for offensive purposes, but it is also a good choice for defensive ones
  • Aqua Tail can be used if you plan to put Vaporeon in gyms
  • If you evolve Eevee into Vaporeon and end up with Water Pulse as the charge move, do not hesitate to use a Charge TM as fast as you can. It is by far the worst charge move that Vaporeon can learn and it is not beneficial over the other alternatives in any situation

Vaporeon counters in Pokémon GO

Supreme Counters

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO RaikouRaikou Electric Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos Electric Flying Charge Beam Electric Thunderbolt Electric
Pokemon GO JolteonJolteon Electric Thunder Shock Electric Thunderbolt Electric
Pokemon GO VenusaurVenusaur Grass Poison Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant* Grass
Pokemon GO ExeggutorExeggutor Grass Psychic Bullet Seed Grass Solar Beam Grass

* Legacy move

Vaporeon is weak to Electric and Grass type attacks. Raikou is the best Electric type attacker in the game, followed by Zapdos. Zapdos has a slightly higher attack stat than Raikou, but Raikou’s moveset is significantly better, which puts it ahead of Zapdos. If Zapdos ever gets Thunder Shock, it will probably be on par with Raikou.

Another interesting non-legendary alternative is Jolteon. Jolteon is less bulky than the other two but it has a very high attack stat (not as high as Raikou’s or Zapdos’, but still very high). Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt is a fun moveset to use, as it allows the user to dodge the incoming attacks. Given how fragile Jolteon is, that is probably the perfect moveset for it.

Venusaur and Exeggutor are its best Grass type counters. They are great options as they also resist every single move Vaporeon is able to learn. Raikou is better from a time to win perspective, which means that will finish the job faster, but Venusaur and Exeggutor are more potion-efficient as they take will probably take less damage. Exeggutor has a higher attack stat than Venusaur, but Venusaur’s moveset is more consistent and better overall. For an in-depth comparison of both Pokémon, check out this guide.

Other viable alternatives

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO AmpharosAmpharos Electric Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Pokemon GO SceptileSceptile Grass Bullet Seed Grass Leaf Blade Grass
Pokemon GO LanturnLanturn Water Electric Charge Beam Electric Thunderbolt Electric

Ampharos is an interesting bulkier alternative. Its attack stat is not as high, but it could last a bit longer in the battle field. From a time to win perspective, though, it does not stand a chance against DPS beasts such as Raikou or Zapdos.

Sceptile is another interesting Grass type counter. If it is able to fire off many charge moves, it will probably be a very good alternative to the supreme counters listed above.

Finally, the bulkiest alternative in these lists is Lanturn. It has the lowest attack stat of all the counters listed, but its stamina and overall bulk will make it a potion-efficient alternative.

Weather influence

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny Boosts super-effective Grass type moves
Partly Cloudy
Rainy Boosts its Water type moves Boosts super-effective Electric type moves

Viability in raids

Vaporeon is not the best Water type Pokémon to use in raids. The most important metric in raids is normally time to win, and thus Gyarados and especially Kyogre are better options than Vaporeon. Keeping that in mind, here is a compilation of the raids in which it is a decent counter (or filler for your team), despite existing better options:

 Raid Boss Fast move to use Charge move to use
Pokemon GO PiloswinePiloswine Ice Ground Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water
Pokemon GO GolemGolem Rock Ground* Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water
Pokemon GO RhydonRhydon Ground Rock* Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water
Pokemon GO HoundoomHoundoom Dark Fire Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water
Pokemon GO MoltresMoltres Fire Flying* Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water
Pokemon GO EnteiEntei Fire* Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water
Pokemon GO Ho-OhHo-Oh Fire Flying Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water
Pokemon GO GroudonGroudon Ground* Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water
Pokemon GO RegirockRegirock Rock** Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water

*Legacy raid boss **Potential future raid boss


Vaporeon, the Bubble Jet Pokémon. Vaporeon is made up of molecules similar to water, which allows it to melt and vanish.


 Pokémon Attacker Defender Generalist Overall Tier
Pokemon GO VaporeonVaporeon Water 3/5 3.5/5 3/5 3/5 III

Vaporeon is still a useful water type attacker to use in Pokémon GO, quite easy to get and arguably one of the best non-legendary water type alternatives to Kyogre, but still behind Gyarados. It has great stamina and bulk and thus, it is probably one of the best water type Pokémon to put in a gym (despite existing better gym defenders out there), as taking it down won’t be an easy task.