Pokémon Silver and Gold, later remade as SoulSilver and HeartGold, have become almost legendary games in the series. Taking the action to Johto but still including the entire original Kanto area in the latter half of the game, they’re colossal entries in this long-running RPG series.
It can be a ruthless world for an aspiring Pokémon trainer, so let us help you pick out the absolute strongest Gen 2 Pokémon you can get your hands on.
As someone who always takes Totodile, this is a hard one to start with.
Whilst the other two starter Pokémon in of the second generation are brilliant and fulfil important roles, the absolute best of the three is Cyndaquil, whose final evolution Typhlosion just edges out the other two. Typhlosion is an excellent attacker with top-tier special attack and speed stats, meaning it hits fast and hits hard.
Crobat? The evolved form of Zubat?
Yep. Crobat is a surprising entry into our list of the strongest Gen 2 Pokémon, and it’s here for one reason and one reason only: its speed stat is off the charts, meaning in almost any situation it’ll be acting first. If you need to guarantee the jump on an opponent, Crobat is your choice.
Blissey excels in soaking up damage so your other Pokémon can take a break. With an astronomical special defence stat and the highest health pool you can get your hands on, Blissey is ideal for swapping in, taking some damage, healing up, then swapping out so you can carry on with the battle.
Raikou, Entei, or Suicune
The three Legendary Beasts are legendaries for good reasons. With colossal stat pools, which one you choose to include in your party depends largely on what role you want to fill. Raikou is fast and has a high special attack, Suicune can tank damage with great special and physical defence, and Entei is halfway between the two with great physical attack and high health.
Sometimes you can just tell a Pokémon is going to be strong just by looking at it, and when you see Tyranitar with its dino-inspired looks you can almost feel the power pouring off it. This Godzilla-a-like has incredibly high stats combined with a good range of resistances owing to its Rock/Dark type. It’ll soak up damage and keep on swinging in almost any situation.
Ho-Oh or Lugia
Finally, the strongest Gen 2 Pokémon are the pair of legendary birds, Ho-Oh and Lugia. Similar to the legendary beasts, which one you want to include will depend on the role you want to fill. Ho-Oh is a great attacker with top-tier physical and special attack scores, whilst Lugia is more defensively-focused with high HP, defence, special defence, and speed.
Now you should have an idea which team you want to lock in for your battle to the top, but just because these Pokémon are the best in terms of stats doesn’t mean you can’t swap in others. Which Pokémon do you love to take in Pokémon Silver and Gold? Let us know on our community forum.