Best Pokémon to POWER-UP in Pokémon Go!

As we move into 2024, Pokémon GO players are looking for the best Pokémon to power up using their valuable resources like Stardust and XL candies. This article, based on a comprehensive YouTube video, will guide you through the top choices for powering up your Pokémon in various categories.

Stardust and Candy Acquisition Strategies

Before diving into the specific Pokémon, it’s crucial to understand how to effectively gather Stardust and candies:

  • PvP Battles: A prime way to earn Stardust.
  • Star Pieces and Events: Utilize these during boosted Stardust events like Community Days and Go Fests.
  • Mega Evolutions: Level up the mega level of a Pokémon for candy and XL candy bonuses.

Selecting Pokémon with Good IVs

Trading during events like December Community Day is an effective strategy for acquiring high IV Pokémon.

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List of Best Pokemon To Power-Up

Rock Types (Usefulness: 5/5)

Rock type
  • Top Picks: Shadow Rhyperior, Tyranitar, Agron, Aerodactyl.
  • Budget-Friendly: Rhyperior (with exclusive move Rock Wrecker).

Water Types (Usefulness: 3/5)

water type
  • Top Picks: Swampert (Shadow and normal), Kyogre.
  • Budget-Friendly: Swampert (with exclusive move Hydro Cannon).

Steel Types (Usefulness: 4/5)

steel type
  • Top Pick: Metagross (Shadow and normal).
  • Legendary Option: Dialga.

Psychic Types (Usefulness: 3/5)

psychic type
  • Top Picks: Shadow Mewtwo, regular Mewtwo, Hoopa Unbound.
  • Budget-Friendly: Shadow Alakazam, Metagross.

Ground Types (Usefulness: 4/5)

ground type
  • Top Picks: Garchomp (Shadow and normal), Rhyperior, Mamoswine.
  • Legendary Options: Therian and Incarnate Landorus.

Ghost Types (Usefulness: 3/5)

ghost type
  • Top Picks: Chandelure, Gengar.
  • Legendary Options: Origin Form Giratina, Hoopa Unbound.

Fire Types (Usefulness: 3/5)

fire type
  • Top Shadows: Moltres, Entei, Ho-Oh, Charizard.
  • Non-Shadows: Reshiram, Entei.

Dragon Types (Usefulness: 3/5)

dragon type
  • Top Shadows: Salamence, Garchomp, Dragonite.
  • Non-Shadows: Rayquaza, Salamence, Palkia.

Dark Types (Usefulness: 4/5)

dark type
  • Top Pick: Hydreigon (with Community Day move).
  • Other Options: Shadow Tyranitar, Weavile, Yveltal.

Electric Types (Usefulness: 4/5)

Electric Type
electric type 2
  • Top Shadows: Raikou, Electivire, Zapdos.
  • Legendary Options: Zekrom, Thundurus.

Ice Types (Usefulness: 4/5)

ice type
  • Top Pick: Mamoswine.
  • Other Options: Galarian Darmanitan, Glaceon.

Fighting Types (Usefulness: 5/5)

fighting type
  • Top Picks: Terrakion, Keldeo.
  • Budget-Friendly: Lucario, Conkeldurr.

Grass Types (Usefulness: 3/5)

grass type
  • Top Picks: Zarude, Kartana.
  • Budget-Friendly: Shadow Venusaur, Tangrowth.

PvP Recommendations

  • Great and Ultra Leagues: Registeel, Galarian Stunfisk, Metacham, Trevenant, Swampert.
  • Masters League: Altered Form Giratina.

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Mega Pokémon for Raid Boss Counters

Mega Pokémon are excellent for raids but are better used for candy collection rather than raid power.


As Pokémon GO continues to evolve, so does the strategy for powering up Pokémon. The key is to focus on Pokémon that offer the best return on your investment in terms of Stardust and candies, considering both their effectiveness in raids and PvP battles. Remember to stay updated with the latest game events to make the most of your resources.

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