What kind of pokemon should I place in the gyms? There is this gym defence tier list which has pokemon with high hp in it.

Gym defend tier list

Is that the only thing we should look for? Does DPS, attack moves, CP matter or is hp the most important thing?

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    Quick thought: Defending Pokemon attack every 1.5 second. No one has proven it to be adjusted, so it would make sense to put Pokemon with higher damage slower attacks instead of lower damage faster attacks.
    – Insane
    Commented Jul 28, 2016 at 11:05

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There are 3 main criteria: The first being high hp, for obvious reasons. The second criteria is charges that charge fast and have a high base damage to take full advantage of the 1.5 attackrate. The third one is a high Defense-DPS, explained in depth here. But to simplify it: a high base damge is generally better.

The highest Tier actually isn't simply the highest hp Pokémon - it is more of a coincidence that the high hp Pokémon also have a higher base damage.

  • So in that case is this tier list inaccurate?
    – Esqarrouth
    Commented Jul 28, 2016 at 13:20
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    Not really. I browsed the net a bit and found this reddit post with a rather accurate tier list in my opinion, so feel free to check it out. Commented Jul 28, 2016 at 13:24

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