Combat in Pokemon Go centers around the gym, especially when there’s an opposing team controlling it. Sometimes it can be a huge challenge to defend gyms, and if you find yourself losing gym control frequently, you may need a new strategy. Of course part of the best gym defense is to pick the best gym defend Pokemon.

The Pokemon on our list can help you defend any gym and lock down any location. The best gym defend Pokemon will have a high Stamina rating or statistic. Much like our Pokemon CP level up guide, our gym defend Pokemon countdown is broken into groups.

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Keep losing control of your local gym? Use our gym defend Pokemon guide to place the best possible Pokemon in your gym to defend it. Because the attacking player will have six Pokemon at their disposal, you want Pokemon with the most Hit Points.

Ranking the best gym defend Pokemon

A Class – Chansey, Wigglytuff, Lapras, Vaporeon, Snorlax

Chances are you’ve seen several gyms with one of these heavyweights defending them. Or maybe you’ve tried to attack a gym, and failed miserably. When you see one of these heavy hitters defending their team’s Pokemon Go gym, you need to the most offensive Pokemon in the game.

Like many other of our Pokemon Go lists, you’ll notice that the more powerful the Pokemon, the more rare it is. Some of the rarest Pokemon in the game have yet to be discovered, which makes them even more tantalizing.

B Class – Gyarados, Slowbro, Muk, Rhydon, Clefable, Exeggutor, Kangaskhan, Dragonite

The next class of gym defend Pokemon features some that can be upgraded and are fairly upgradeable. Choices like Rhydon and Exeggutor are great gym defense Pokemon. Make sure to check our evolution guides on how to get the best Pokemon to defend your gym.

C Class – Arcanine, Dewgong, Lickitung, Machamp, Nidoqueen, Poliwrath, Hypno, Victreebell, Aerodactyl, Blastoise, Charizard, Nidoking, Venusaur, Tentacruel, Golem, Pidgeot, Vileplume, Flareon, Ninetales, Tauros, Venomoth, Scyther, Omastar.

The gym defend Pokemon that make up the C class can be very capable defenders of any gym. When properly leveled up, these Pokemon will have enough Hit Points to withstand the onslaught and hold down the fort.

D Class – Golbat, Sandslash, Golduck, Seaking, Electabuzz, Fearow, Jolteon, Jynx, Magmar, Persian, Pinsir, Porygon, Primeape, Rapidash, Weezing, Arbok, Dodrio, Electrode, Gengar, Kabutops, Marowak, Parasect, Raichu, Starmie

When calculating some of the gym defend Pokemon in Group D, there’s an interesting mix. Although many of these Pokemon have enough Hit Points when leveled up, they won’t stack up well against fierce competition. Of course depending on the type of Pokemon involved in battle, these gym defend Pokemon can hold their own. Reference our complete guide to Pokemon special attacks to see which gym defend Pokemon is best.

F Class – Alakazam, Kingler, Raticate, Seadra, Cloyster, Farfetch’d, Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, Magneton, Mr. Mime, Onix, Tangela, Butterfree, Beedrill, Dugtrio.

Gym defend Pokemon in the last class may have enough attack power to battle, but shouldn’t defend a gym. Without enough Hit Points, it’s only a matter of time before you lose the gym using these Pokemon.

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  1. How is chansey the best gym defender? She seems to go down pretty fast. Her defense Stat is pretty low so the hp doesn’t amount to much.

  2. Chansey defense may be ranked low, but given the amount of Stamina the mon has makes it one of the best defenders for outlasting the competition. I’ve seen quite a few Chanseys hold up quite well defending gyms

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