With the release of Generation 4 in Pokemon GO, you might be wondering which non-Legendary Sinnohan Pokémon are going to be the best and the most important additions to your battle teams.

Usability in the meta game can depend on which movesets these Pokémon get but their stats certainly suggest that they will be valuable additions to any Pokémon Trainer’s roster. So make sure you hunt these down, give them Pinap Berries and let your friends know when you find them.

Compiled and written by TomSharpe.

(The list is not in order of relevance)

Garchomp Family

Pokemon ATK DEF STA Max CP Evolves From
GarchompGround Dragon 261 198 216 3823  

Gible

Gabite

These very high stats make Garchomp one of the best in both of its types. For an in-depth overview of its place in the meta game, look out for our Garchomp Guide, coming soon.

Hippowdon Family

Pokemon ATK DEF STA Max CP Evolves From
HippowdonGround 201 212 216 3089 Hippopotas

As one of the highest max. CP ground types in the game so far, Hippowdon could make a decent team filler if it receives a ground type fast move (in the main games it can’t learn either Mud Shot or Mud Slap so unless some new ones are introduced, it may not get one). For an in-depth overview of its place in the meta game, look out for our Hippowdon Guide, coming soon.

Magnezone Family

Pokemon ATK DEF STA Max CP Evolves From
MagnezoneElectric Steel 238 214 140 2996 Magneton

Although it’s quite fragile stamina wise, Magnezone’s attack and defense stats will make it the highest max. CP non-legendary electric type so far. For an in-depth overview of its place in the meta game, please view our Magnezone Guide.

Rhyperior Family

Pokémon ATK DEF STA Max CP Evolves From
RhyperiorGround Rock 241 224 230 3869 Rhydon

Rhyperior’s very high stats make it a contender for best ground type in the game. For an in-depth overview of its place in the meta game, please view our Rhyperior Guide.

Tangrowth Family

Pokémon ATK DEF STA Max CP Evolves From
TangrowthGrass 207 219 200 3110

Tangela

Tangrowth will be one of, if not the strongest Grass type in the game. For an in-depth overview of its place in the meta game, please view our Tangrowth Guide.

Togekiss Family

Meta Pokémon ATK DEF STA Max CP Evolves From
TogekissFairy Flying 225 227 170 3171  

Togetic

Togekiss will be the strongest Fairy type in the game, especially if it gets given a Fairy type Fast move. For an in-depth overview of its place in the meta game, please view our Togekiss Guide.

Mamoswine Family

Meta Pokémon ATK DEF STA Max CP Evolves From
MamoswineGround Ice 247 157 220 3289 Piloswine

Mamoswine will be the strongest Ice type in the game with these ‘Mammoth’ Attack and Stamina stats. For an in-depth overview of its place in the meta game, please view our Mamoswine Guide.

Porygon Z Family

Meta Pokémon ATK DEF STA Max CP Evolves From
Porygon-ZNormal 264 153 170 3072 Porygon2

As a Normal type, Porygon Z should make for a very useful generalist team filler. For an in-depth overview of its place in the meta game, please view our Porygon Z Guide.

Rampardos Family

Meta Pokémon ATK DEF STA Max CP Evolves From
RampardosRock 295 114 194 3179 Cranidos

Ramparados’ huge attack stat should secure it a place in your Rock type attacking team. For an in-depth overview of its place in the meta game, look out for our Rampardos Guide, coming soon.


Others Gen IV Pokemon that May Be Useful

While the following Pokémon may not be the most powerful within their respective types, they may have some use in filling any gaps in your teams. At the very least they may be rare and should therefore still be hunted, Pinap Berried, and reported to your local communities, if only for Pokédex filling purposes.

Gen IV starters

Luxray Family

Meta Pokémon? Max CP Potentially Rare Unevolved Forms

Luxray

2668

Shinx (Gen4)

Luxio (Gen4)

Lucario Family

Meta Pokémon? Max CP Potentially Rare Unevolved Form

Lucario

2461

Riolu (Gen4)

(Lucario also gets a Mega Evolution in the future)

Electivire Family

Meta Pokémon? Max CP Fairly Rare Unevolved Forms

Electivire

2904

Elekid (Gen2)

Electabuzz (Gen1)

Magmortar Family

Meta Pokémon? Max CP Fairly Rare Unevolved Forms

Magmortar

2980

Magby (Gen2)

Magmar (Gen1)

Gallade Family

Meta Pokémon? Max CP Fairly Rare Unevolved Forms

Gallade

2964

Ralts (male) (Gen3)

Kirlia (male) (Gen3)

(Gallade also gets a Mega Evolution in the future)


A Mention for the Legendaries and the Mythicals

No guide on the most important Pokémon within a generation would be complete without a mention for the Legendary and Mythical Pokémon that could be game-changing additions to your battle teams.

Raid guides will of course be published for all of the Legendaries as they become available, with a full rundown of their meta-relevancy, although it’s clear from their Maximum CPs that (unless they get significant nerfs) many of them will most likely be the best of their types…

The Mythical Pokémon will also have information guides published before or at the time of their release as Special Research rewards.

The Gen4 Meta-Legendaries

Name and Type Max CP
DialgaSteel Dragon 4654
PalkiaWater Dragon 4559
HeatranFire Steel 3521
RegigigasNormal 4955
GiratinaGhost Dragon 3965
ArceusNormal 4598
DarkraiDark 3404

Shaymin (Sky Forme)

Grass Flying

3400

Overall, Generation 4 has a lot of potential to make the game much more diverse by filling in some gaps that were lacking meta relevancy and providing some competition for them with some new bulky defenders. Hang onto some stardust as there’s going to be a lot of powering up to be done over the next few months!