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The 5 best Pokemon as defenders to hold gym longer

Here are the 5 best defenders in Pokemon Go. To keep gym longer and get reward, you should locate these Pokemon in your gym!
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update 23/08/2016

Here are things you should know about defending and holding gyms.

  • During gym battles, your defenders are controlled by the AI.
  • Moves should be selected based on their power and accuracy rather than DPS.

1. Dragonite

Dragonite is already famous for its higher stats in Pokemon Go, and many players bring Dragonite to challenge gyms. Also, it is one of the best defenders. Recommended fast move is Dragon Breath, and charge move is Dragon Claw.

Best move set

Move Type Category Power
Dragon Breath Dragon Fast move 6
Dragon Claw Dragon Charge move 35

2. Snorlax

Snorlax is a normal-type Pokemon but can use Zen Headbutt, Psychic-type move. It has higher power along the fast moves. Additionally, its charge move, Body Slam, has the third higher power in all the charge moves. Therefore, it is the best move for defending gyms.

Best move set

Move Type Category Power
Zen Headbutt Psychic Fast 12
Body Slam Normal Charge 40

3. Vaporen

Vaporen is used by many players for winning gym battles and also works very well as a defender. Even though its fast move, Water Gun, has its power decreased, it is still one of the most powerful fast moves.

Hydro Pump is a recommended charge move based on its higher power instead of Aqua Tail, which is usually used for gym challenges based on its DPS.

Best move set

Move Type Category Power
Water Gun Water Fast 6
Hydro Pump Water Charge 90

4. Exeqqutor

Exeqqutor is a dual-type Pokemon having Grass- and Psychic- types. The recommended fast move is Zen Headbutt which is effective against to Pokemon with Fighting- and Posion-types.

Solar Beam is the best charge move. It has 120 power and is effective against to Pokemon with Water-, Ground-, Rock-types.

Best move set

Move Type Category Power
Zen Headbutt Psychic Fast 12
Solar Beam Grass Charge 120

5. Arcanine

Arcanine is a Fire-type Pokemon. The recommended fast move is Bite which is effective against to Pokemon with Psychic- or Fairy-types.

Fire Blast is the best charge move due to its higher power and type matching with that of Arcanine.

Best move set

Move Type Category Power
Bite Dark Fast 6
Fire Blast Fire Charge 100

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hey GameA1 would flamethower be good against lapras?
i recon Mcharizard
Nidoking is now outclassed by lots of things for both defending and attacking.
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