Garchomp is a dual typed Dragon and Ground type Pokémon in Pokemon GO, and is the final stage of one of the strongest species from Gen IV. It evolves from Gabite (which evolves from Gible) and there’s no item required to do so. Garchomp is the Generation IV equivalent of Dragonite, and should be considered better than its Generation I predecessor.

Garchomp has a MAX CP of 3823, with ATK of 261, DEF of 198 and STA of 216. Those stats makes him a much bulkier Dragonite at +34 Stamina with only -2 attack and -3 defense.

Updated on 10/8/2018 to include shiny sprite comparisons, accurate potential moves, and an updated review. 

Garchomp in the Meta

Dragon speaking, it’s hard to compete with Rayquaza, since it is the best generalist in the game and the strongest Dragon type attacker, when it comes to DPS. The real problem begins when the Gen IV Legendaries become available, because, even if Dialga and Palkia get the usual 9% Niantic nerf to Pokémon that initially have CP over 4k, they will easily outperform Rayquaza in combat. They might have less attack with the nerf, but the better typings and defense stats will make them almost undoubtedly superior. So that makes cutting out a niche for something like Garchomp a hard sell, when its own generation brings stiff competition. It will however almost assuredly outclass Dragonite, and take its spot, if given the same moves it can indeed learn of Dragon Tail and Outrage.

Ground speaking, Groudon will still be the Continent Pokemon, but it might not continue to be the Ground god of the meta game. Garchomp has greater access to Ground type moves like Dig that will increase its DPS over the standard Mud Shot or Mud-Slap/Earthquake set almost all Ground types have. Not to mention, the primary usage for Ground types is that they have a immunity tier resistance to Electric while also being its only counters. And then in come Garchomp, taking only 36% damage from Electric attacks (due to having Ground immunity combined with Dragon resistance) and you have a recipe to ensure a Ground king for the ages when it comes to strictly Electric attackers. Anyway, in both cases, Dragon and Electric, Garchomp will be able to make it to the top tiers with the correct moves, but it will not be number 1, save the potential for greatness as a Ground attacker with Mud Shot / Dig or Earthquake. That said, it will be a stardust worthy Pokémon to most of the players, while being candy efficient due to it not being a Legendary.

In the next few charts, we will look at its viability as a Dragon and Ground type Pokémon and how it sizes up to some of the other popular from both types in the game.

Dragon Type Max CP Attack Defense Stamina
Dialga 4654 302 242 200
Palkia 4559 308 247 180
Giratina 3965 206 247 300
Garchomp 3823 261 198 216
Rayquaza 3645 284 170 191
Latios 3644 268 228 160
Dragonite 3581 263 201 182

The Dragon type roster it’s already incredible, but with Gen IV it gets a lot better. Overall, Garchomp it’s a bulkier version of Dragonite and highly serviceable, but still not the greatest option in DPS. Dialga and Palkia are monsters, even with it being very likely that they get nerfed.

Ground Type Max CP Attack Defense Stamina
Groudon 4074 270 251 182
Rhyperior 3869 241 224 230
Garchomp 3823 261 198 216
Rhydon 3300 222 206 210
Mamoswine 3289 247 157 220
Hippowdon 3089 201 212 216
Donphan 3022 214 214 180

As Ground type, it has the potential to be one of the best options available. Groudon is currently the best attacker, but not for long with what Garchomp brings to the table in resistances, movepool, and advantageous typing.

Garchomp Expected Movepool

Though there is no way to know for sure what moves Garchomp will have, we can look at its main series movepool, as well as the moves inside Pokémon GO, and we can compile a list of possible movesets for it:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Dragon Breath
  • Iron Tail
  • Mud Shot
  • Poison Jab
  • Fire Fang
  • Metal Claw
  • Tackle
  • Take Down
  • Cut
  • Hidden Power
  • Shadow Claw
  • Dragon Tail
  • Rock Smash
  • Earthquake
  • Stone Edge
  • Outrage
  • Flamethrower
  • Dragon Claw
  • Dig
  • Crunch
  • Aerial Ace
  • Twister
  • Draco Meteor
  • Body Slam
  • Iron Head
  • Surf
  • Hyper Beam
  • Brick Break
  • Flamethrower
  • Fire Blast
  • Rock Tomb
  • Bulldoze
  • Rock Slide

Bold Indicates STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus).

More than a good stab combination, we hope that, somehow, the Ground type moves get a well deserved buff, as we have already stated in this article. Garchomp can benefit over Groudon in the move department, as it has access to Dig in the main series. Dig being a move that is surprisingly better than Earthquake, being a two-bar of 100 damage versus Earthquake at 120 and a one-bar. Dig takes longer, at a 4.7s cast vs Earthquakes 3.6, but it still has higher DPS and would make Garchomp an improvement over Groudon.

Weather Influence on Garchomp

The double typing can be a problem, but the specific combination of Garchomp types, will only be a huge problem against Ice type Pokémon. In other way around, being a Dragon will invalidate his Ground weakness against Water and Grass type Pokémon’s in return for a weakness against Fairy and Dragon type Pokémon – this is something interesting, since Garchomp will be the first meta-relevant Ground Pokémon without weakness against Water and Grass types.

Generally speaking, Garchomp won’t have that much as a problem as a defender, since Snow weather isn’t that common and because there isn’t any great Fairy type opponent in the game, thanks to the Fairy movepool. Dragon type can be a problem, but Dragon type pokémon will always be a problem against Dragon type pokémon – feels like a paradox, but it’s the reality.

As an attacker, despite it won’t be easy to enjoy his full potencial as a Dragon attacker since it’s a busy market, as a Ground type, Garchomp can be very promising. The chart below will help you visualize what weather is beneficial or harmful for Garchomp.

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny Boost its potential Ground and Fire type moves

Boosts it as a Raid Boss (Ground typing)

Partly Cloudy Boost its potencial Rock and Normal type moves
Cloudy Boosts its potential Fighting and Poison type moves Boosts super-effective Fairy moves
Rainy Boosts its potential Water type moves
Fog Boosts its potential Ghost and Dark type moves
Windy Boosts its potential Dragon and Flying type moves

Boosts it as a Raid Boss (Dragon typing)

Boosts super-effective Dragon type moves
Snow Boosts its potential Steel type moves Boosts hyper-effective Ice type moves

Shiny Garchomp

As its previous evolutions, Shiny Garchomp won’t be available that soon, since it’s one of the Gen 4 greats, being the pseudo-Legendary of the generation à la Dragonite, Tyranitar, and Metagross. Niantic could save that for a Community Day in future far, far away. So don’t get your hopes up. In any case, Garchomp is one of those disappointing shinies that looks just about the same as its regular form. At least that is a blessing, because when and if we can see Mega Evolutions, Mega Garchomp went even further off-track and went all pink.

Regular Garchomp Shiny Garchomp
Regular Mega Garchomp Shiny Mega Garchomp

Shiny Regular Garchomp and Mega Garchomp sprites come courtesy of Pokestadium, who in turn credits Pkparaiso and the Smogon Community.

Pokedex Entries and Facts

Garchomp pokedex entry is “It flies at speeds equal to a jet fighter plane. It never allows its prey to escape.”.

  • Its Moon Pokedex entry states that, “The protuberances on its head serve as sensors. It can even detect distant prey”
  • Meanwhile recent dex entries show that it has to fight Salamence for food, “It flies at the speed of sound while searching for prey, and it has midair battles with Salamence as the two compete for food.”
  • Unlike other, more straightforward named Pokémon like Ninetails, Garchomp has no clear references in its name. The chomp part is obvious on chomping down, but Gar could easily refer to several things, including: a Gargoyle that it might resemble, gargantuan in that it’s big, a corruption of gore, in describing its share pointed fins, or the similar looking garfish.