'Pokémon GO' Guide: How To Counter The Strongest Gym Defenders

21 September 2016, 8:00 am EDT By J Rose Mobile & Apps
There is still a chance you'll randomly meet a Snorlax on the streets, if you're lucky.  ( Josh Hallett / Flickr )

Today on our "Pokémon GO" guide, we will discuss how to counter the strongest gym defenders in the game.

As the focus shifts from collecting Pokémon to dominate gyms, it is important to know which Pokémon is more effective in taking down the toughest gym defenders.

All Pokémon have certain weaknesses, and this can be used to your advantage. Here is a list of the strongest gym defenders in "Pokémon GO" and its weaknesses.


Weaknesses: Ice, Rock, Fairy, Dragon

Recommended Counters: Clefable, Wigglytuff, Cloyster, Lapras, Dewgong, Jinx, Golem, Gyarados


Weaknesses: Rock, Electric, Grass, Fighting

Recommended Counters: Omastar, Magneton, Arcanine, Rapidash, Poliwrath, Magmar


Weaknesses: Fighting

Recommended Counters: Clefable, Golem


Weaknesses: Grass, Electric

Recommended Counters: Victreebel, Vileplume, Venusaur, Exeggutor, Tangela, Parasect


Weaknesses: Electric, Grass, Fairy, Flying, Psychic

Recommended Counters: Victreebel, Vileplume, Venusaur, Exeggutor, Tangela, Parasect, Hypno, Slowbro


Weaknesses: Electric

Recommended Counters: Magneton, Electabuzz, Raichu, Jolteon, Voltorb


Weaknesses: Fire, Ghost, Ice

Recommended Counters: Scyther, Parasect, Arcanine, Flareon, Charizard, Venomoth


Weaknesses: Bug, Electric, Grass, Ghost

Recommended Counters: Exeggutor, Tangela, Parasect

For a visual guide, check out this guide from Reddit.

Over at Youtube, Trainer Tips has a few suggestions on how to take down Vaporeon and other top tier Pokémon in "Pokémon GO." Check out the video below.

After successfully taking down the gym leader, the next step is to make sure you defend your newly acquired property accordingly.

Here are the best gym defenders in "Pokémon GO": Lapras, Dragonite, Poliwrath, and Snorlax. These Pokémon have the perfect balance in terms of offense and defense, and are the most effective when guarding gyms.

Here are the alternatives in case you don't have the above mentioned Pokémon yet: Gyarados, Slowbro, Muk, Clefable, Wigglytuff, Nidoqueen, Machamp, Nidoking, Blastoise, Venusaur, Vaporeon, Arcanine, Charizard, Victreebel, Exeggutor, Golduck, Vileplume, Dewgong, and Hypno.

Check out our "Pokémon GO" section for more tips and strategies!

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