In Pokemon Go, each Pokemon has an attack and secondary attack that have a variety of different attack power. For the longest time, the highest I've seen was 60; so I assumed that was the highest. Today I evolved a Raticate that had a 70 Hyperbeam.

What is the strongest attack a Pokemon can have?

  • Considering Hyper Beam is basically the strongest attack in main-series games (barring Explosion etc.), it might be safe to assume that 70 is the highest attack power. – Niet the Dark Absol Jul 27 '16 at 16:52
  • Just waiting for someone to catch Mewtwo and see Psychic in action(youtube) ^_^ – ABcDexter Jul 27 '16 at 17:10
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    Note that strongest in terms of raw damage may not be strongest in terms of Damage / Second. – Kaz Wolfe Jul 27 '16 at 17:17
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    @ABcDexter Psycho Cut is stronger in terms of DPS and faster, I'd like to see Mewto use that :) – Sync Jul 27 '16 at 17:27

In terms of the damage of a single attack the highest are: Solarbeam and Hyperbeam both at 120. However remember that this damage does not mean it is the best move because both are special attacks that require 100 energy and they have very high delay on the attacks.

If you want to see the moves with the highest DPS (damage per second) checkout this Google Spreadsheet. DPS is a better measure on which attack is the best. Note that after Niantic's huge damage update, most of the moves are relatively close in terms of DPS, so types matter more than just pure DPS. Also, after this update the special attacks were buffed a lot so they are definitely worth using instead of spamming the standard attack.

The best moves for attacking are:

  • Pound for Standard Attack at 13 DPS with attack speed of 540 ms
  • Stone Edge for Special Attack at 32 DPS with attack speed of 3100 ms

The best moves for defending are:

  • Bubble for Standard Attack at 6 DPS
  • Stone Edge for Special Attack at 20 DPS

Credits for the spreadsheet goes to this Reddit Post.

UPDATE: This post has been updated after Niantic's huge update to the DPS of moves (July 29, 2016).

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    That's weird, I've got a Flareon with Heat Wave 80. Is Heat wave different? – Andrew Li Jul 29 '16 at 23:27
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    The move powers have been updated. Latest Google Spreadsheet - More details - Reddit – Shaunak D Jul 30 '16 at 17:28
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    @ShaunakD is correct. My brother just caught a Ponyta with a 100 powered Fire Blast. The current spreadsheet lists Fire Blast as 60 power – Wondercricket Jul 30 '16 at 21:29
  • @Wondercricket Niantic recently had a huge update to the damage of almost all moves. Thanks for pointing it out, I'll update this post. – Sync Aug 2 '16 at 14:21

Psystrike has 70 power as well as Hyperbeam. Both are currently the strongest single target attacks in the game.
Runner ups are Thunder & Solar Beam with 65 power each.

PS: There are 11 attack moves with 60 power.

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