Top 10 Best Pokemon Moves

The Top Ten Best Pokemon Moves

1 Roar of Time

This move is so powerful! A 150 base power and 95% accuracy! The only drawback is you can't do anything on the next turn, but Dialga, being a Dragon/Steel type pokemon, is so tanky that your opponent won't be able to do much against you(although fly or dig might ruin you)! It can do super effective damage(eat your heart out, Hyper Beam! ). Some may say it sucks because you have to rest the next turn, but nothing is going to take out a Dialga in one hit. Roar of Time is my favorite move, and by far the most powerful( well, V-Create has 180 base power, but your not going to have a pokemon that knows it). - Avalancheuuu6

A dragon version of hyper beam. Slightly better because of its dragon typing so it can at least do super effective damage, but other than that its as bad as hyper beam

Has anyone ever heard of v create its 180 power and only lowers stats

Sure Dialga learns this with its boosted STAB, special attack and adamant orb, but the actual move isn't all that great. Just a dragon version of the sorry move hyper beam

2 Aura Sphere

Simply an amazing move that never misses and does quite a reasonable amount of damage

Fairly strong Fighting Type attack that never misses, doesn't activate contact related abilities like Effect Spore and messes up those Double Team/Minimize spamming NPC opponents. What's not to like?

Great movie because it is fairly powerful, never misses, has great PP for its power and is a Fighting-type move (Fighting-types can do super-effective damage to 5 types, most of which are common). - KalloFox34

Has a base power of 80 rather than 60 like most never miss moves so its pretty good

That is why I hate moves like Swift, Shock Wave, and Magical Leaf. - Goatworlds

3 Stealth Rock

Stealth rock is one of if not the best set up move for your team.

Destroys sash, flying types, bug types, fire types and a lot of other stuff. Magic Guard and Rapid Spin may ignore/remove it, but those are the only ways to not take damage.

A very potent hazard which is used by most teams in competitive

This is how you kill charizard and volcarona

4 Earthquake

Bra this move saved me from every gyrados attack I've encounter

Can destroy opponents pokemon with stab.

Best STAB and cover move for Rock types.

Earthquake is a amazing attack especially when your opponent is in his dig stage plus even if it is not in its dig stage, it still is one of the most powerful moves

5 Shell Smash

Why does everyone always talk about Shell Smash + White Herb? People, people...! Focus Sash. Although, White Herb Sturdy Shell Smash Crustle is terrifying to deal with, even if it isn't an amazing pokemon.

Along with stealth rock, this is the only move in this top 10 worthy of being here. - brichards719

Especially with a White Herb, this move gives you a great stat boost and is one of the few moves on this list that is here due to strategy instead of raw power.

This is a +4 attack. Lowers your defense and Special Defense, sure. But, in sharply raises your attack, special attack and speed. On Pokemon like Cloyster, Crustle, Omastar and Torkoal, it's deadly.

6 Extreme Speed

Arceus running this thing along with substitute, shadow claw, and swords dance is known as Extreme Killer. (aka making everyone cries)

Faster than quick attack. Noob: Endeavor Quick attack! NOPE! Extreme speed. Bye-bye.

Arceus, swords dance, extreme speed. Spammers awareness

This move is very fast and better and faster than quick attack. nearly no-one can dodge this powerful move

7 Flame Thrower

The classic go-to-move for any Fire type or strong special attacking Pokemon, also Charizard's former signature move! - VioletParr89

Flame thrower is a marijuana strain not a pokemon move idiots it's Flamethrower durr

The original fire attack, dodge is a mission and stay alive is another

This is basically one of my favourite fire type moves to use and is easy to get on Chimchar!

8 Sticky Web

Well, in-game it might be rubbish, but competitively it's kinda neat.

Pretty decent in certain competitive matchups

Buff it all you want, Nintendo. It will always be sidebar.

No need for scarf! specs or band for more damage!

9 Toxic Spikes

This is such a fun move, as long as your opponent can't absorb the spikes.

My absol had Magic bounce and bounced them right back at my friend. LOL!

"No Patrick mayonnaise is not an instrument"

Toxic Spikes Stack => Swap Pokemon => Snorlax => Rest

10 Sheer Cold

Sorry accuracy, even you can't stop this monstrosity when mind reader is in play. Add some other moves to add some punch

Sheer Cold is a huge thing to deal with. Not only does it affect every time (the only instant kill move to do so), you can actually increase the accuracy of it by widening the gap between your level and your opponents with yours being higher. - WonkeyDude98

Obliterates your opponent in one hit. Awesome. The thing is, if it's accuracy was 100%, Arceus was gonna lay in front of Vanilluxe saying "I surrender! " And stuff. I just wonder why wasn't Avalanche was up here. Avalanche was just as good as Sheer Cold. The Japanese of Sheer Cold was Absolute Zero, which was so cool too!

Mind reader then sheer cold your dead

The Contenders

11 Boomburst

Seriously, a 140 damage dealing move that has NO drawbacks to it, like recharging? This is a REALLY good move.

Boomburst is arguably the most powerful move in the game. All of the moves that have more than 140 power have a significant drawback. Like Hyper Beam's recharge, Overheat's special attack reduction ( Overheat is actually only 140 power), Eruption's variable damage, and the suicidal Explosion. Boomburst's only drawback is that it is not super-effective against anything. It's area-of-effect ability is actually advantageous if your partner Pokemon are either Ghost-types, or their abilities are either Soundproof or Telepathy.

Boomburst is by far the most powerful move for a Pokemon to use. Only drawback is that, as a Normal-Type move, it can't be supereffective against anything (Although you can obtain STAB damage if you train Exploud to use it). Plus, I believe the reason it isn't higher on this list is 1) it's not widely known and 2) Only 5 Pokemon can be taught how to use this move

I agree, Boomburst is far better than Hyper Beam. The only downside is it hits your allies in Double and Triple Battles.

12 Blast Burn

Just a fire-type version of Hyper Beam! Along with Roar of Time and Hyper Beam, this should be in the bottom barrel of the listing!

Never ever use this (unless you want to nuke the last Pokemon you're facing), same goes for other bad signature moves with the same effect (Hydro Cannon (Water Variant), Frenzy Plant (Grass Variant), Prismatic Laser (Psychic Variant which is 160 Base power and only Necrozma can learn it) and then of course Roar of Time (Dragon Variant and only Diagla can learn it).

Never use moves with horrible side effects, they will kill you. - VioletParr89

How the hell is this not higher a fire type move that is CLEARLY the exact SAME as hydro cannon personally I love fire types but when only starters can learn this move it makes my Emboar even more special.

In the show blast burn is an earthquake with fire. Actually effective against water types despite it being a fire type move. Definitely should be higher on the list

Fire types are my favorite since gen 1 and since gen 3 I've always choose fire types

13 Draco Meteor

This pokemon move is awesome it definitely should be the best

I got a zekrom and will teach Draco meteor to him because than he will be powerful

The second strongest move after Roar of Time

My Zekrom crushes everything with this move - letdot52

14 Ice Beam

Not that great of a move on its own. However, add the fact that this is super effective against grass types to the fact that so many water types use it, and you have the answer to why water type is so overpowered.

I find this move a bit annoying when I'm fighting and some one uses it against me as the Pokemon I like are not strong against Ice type moves

Ice beam is good against ground, grass, dragon, flying, has a power of 100, I believe an accuracy of 100, it's an overall great move

Great move against dragon and grass and is effective + deals good damage

15 Hydro Cannon

I hate hyper beam. It is not that strong being normal type, in competitive play and also makes you charge a turn which basically makes it useless practically. Hydro cannon isn't that good either.

Its good for a early game for blastoise it will be really good move especially against fire types

This move isn't that great to be honest but it is quite powerful

Isn't hydro cannon technically the same as hydro pump?

16 Thunder

Strongest electric type move (way stronger then thunder bolt)

Don't waste your Pikachu on Thunder, use the Agility + Electro Ball combo since he is very fast anyway. Also, for a Pokemon like Pikachu Thunderbolt is good enough... It's more useful for a Pokemon like Magneton who can learn Lock-On, and can take better hits than Pikachu can.

Pair this up with a Pokemon that has Drizzle (Kyorge, especially Primal Kyorge), Compound Eyes (Galvantula) or No Guard and your accuracy problems will disappear!

Same with Hurricane, Blizzard (if you're using Snow Warning), Fire Blast (don't use it with Drizzle) and Focus Blast! - VioletParr89

It's great, Pikachu wins battles with this beauty

17 Metronome

I LOVE This Move! Sure there are chances of Self-Destruct, Explosion and Memento, But Metronome still has chances to Become a Legendary's Signature Move! Had Happened to me Twice, My Togepi completely Owned Morty's Gengar When Metronome Suddenly Became Psycho Boost (Sorry if I'm wrong with the name)!

Metronome is random and maybe OP, good PP and can use MANY MANY strong moves in the game and five pokemon can use as of gen 7. Mew, Munchlax (if kept when evolves to snorlax), and Aipom (if kept when evolves)

Sure, its risky, but this move is the best because...when I am writing this, hyper beam is #1 on this list. The thing is, metronome can even use better moves than that. I prefer Solar Beam over Hyper Beam, but it holds the same truth, metronome is the best because it can use all the moves on this list and more.

I love the unpredictable part of it all, you never know what move you're going to use, the only part where it's disappointing is if you get a completely worthless move and your Pokemon is about to faint.

18 Hyper Beam

How is this second? Hyper beam is a poor move, it appeals to people because it has a big attack power but if you try using this competitively online you'll get destroyed. There's no chance of it being super effective and you have to recharge after it's used, so you're leaving your opponent free to use focus punch or switch in to a Pokemon that is strong against yours, knowing full well you aren't going to be able to punish the switch with an attack. Using a power 80 move twice is a better choice since that's 160 in total compared to the 150 you get every 2 turns for hyper beam and you don't get to advertise a free turn to your opponent.

This move is actually horrible. First of all the recharge has it having the same base power as a 75 power move. Second it's a normal type move which is super effective against nothing. Third it has a chance to miss making it as useful as a 67.5 base power move. Fourth most pokemon who get STAB on this move are physical attackers there are litterly some pokemon who are better off using tackle than this. Lastly because of the recharge the opponent can do a sething up and you will get destroyed. So my message is don't use this move. You'll get destroyed.

Hyper Beam is much better than Roar of Time. Hyper Beam covers three types. It is a normal type move, but it can become ice or fairy type because of the abilities Refrigerate and Pixilate. The result is that Hyper Beam is a valuable STAB move. Moreover, a variety of Pokemon can learn Hyper Beam whereas only one Pokemon can learn Roar of Time. Finally, Roar of Time is simply a dragon type version of hyper beam.

Why does everyone hate Hyper Beam so much? It's not that bad at all! I mean, it's no Roar of Time or Aura Sphere, but it's not all that bad!
Sure, it's no effective against some Pokemon, but it's better than it's given credit for!

It does practically no damage and you have to recharge, what is the point of it? - fwed

19 Flare Blitz

This move is awesome. Pokemon with high attack and STAB like Blaziken will kill you, even though there is recoil.

20 Giga Impact

Lol notice how much better people think hyper beam is when they are practically the same attack!

The only difference is that Giga Impact is physical and Hyper Beam is special - Goatworlds

Back in the old days hyper beam was a physical attack, so giga impact was made to replace hyper beam after it became a special attack.

No offense to giga impact but whenever I use it with ma mega venusaur it doesn't even do up to a QUARTER of damage!

Wow your lucky when I use DEOXYS ATTACK FORME in showdown I'm lucky to get even an 1/8 of their health - fwed


21 Blaze Kick

Should be in the Top Ten easily!

Also should be a move tutor move (just imagine getting a Shiny Lucario the move without having to breed it until you get another Shiny with the right nature and IVs). - VioletParr89

Many Pokemon have that power and let me tell you it is wonderful

I love Blaziken so much and I can't believe it's number 18! It should be higher in my opinion (even though it isn't THAT good) but other people might disagree, so I'm glad it's so high!

Blaze kick is great I tried it and it can kick some butt with that blaze it should be higher but its still one of the most best moves

22 Thunderbolt

There are too many noobs on this list. Some of these moves aren't even viable-- Hyper Beam makes you waste a turn, Fissure's accuracy is garbage, and Aerial Ace is weak as piss-- and the reasoning for putting these moves on the list are horrible. Thunderbolt is by far the best move of my favorite type, as it's quite powerful and hits almost all the time. Thunderbolt never disapponts (unless you're facing a Ground-type).

Why take how much you like the type into account? Also, could you state the reason for why it "never disappoints" instead of saying it without any evidence to back it up? - DootToot

Fair enough. 100% accuracy, great Water coverage, 90 base damage and is fairly easily obtainable and learnable.

This move truly is one of the best! It hardly ever misses, and it's powerful - beatles5

Do not like to give you this gorgeous power

23 Scald

One of the only Water type moves that Emboar can learn and it should be far higher on the list, you have a 30% chance of burning your foes!

Speaking of Emboar, give it the Waternium Z Crystal and watch hilarity unfold right before you! - VioletParr89

Scald is actually just the best move; there doesn't need to be a top 10, top 5, there just needs to be a top 1.

Best attack in the current meta, Scald gets a lot of power when used by the likes of keldeo. The fact that it burns is the icing on the cake since a lot of physical attackers are prominent in the meta as of now. Knock Off and Thunder Wave give this move competition though

Great attack, can be used well with bulky water types for STAB bonus, and also has a chance to debilitate physical attackers with burn.

24 Blizzard

Best user is Abomasnow (it has Snow Warning and even retains it upon Mega Evolving! ) - VioletParr89

I guess a Regice with Lock On, Blizzard, Amnesia, and Thunder would pull something off. It's pretty good for an Articuno too...

Strongest ice type move (besides sheer cold)

Pokemon red/green blizzard 120p/90acc with a 30% chance to freeze (gen 1 freeze = death)

25 Solar Beam

Grass type with Sleep Powder or Spore and this attack = better combo than Sunny Day and this attack...


Sunny Day gives you instant Solar Beam every turn (which is what you're going to need if you're running this attack), putting a Pokemon to sleep is very very risky move as you are burning two turns to charge and attack, same goes for Focus Punch. - VioletParr89

It's the one of most powerful grass move.

This move is underrated

I put this on my torterra and its super lit

26 Hydro Pump

Most powerful water move, shame you can only use it 5 times...

Strongest water type move

Really good water move, one of the bests instead of surf :(

Greninja with hydro pump is the beest

27 Dark Pulse

Can sometimes cause opponent pokemon to flinch skipping there turn

Pretty good dark move


28 Dragon Pulse

Did you my Zweilous wanted to learn this but is was a physical attacker so I denied it. However, when it evolved I learned that Hydreigon was a special attacker and I had to get a heart scale to teach it the move :(

P.S. I know you can teach Hydreigon Draco Meteor but if you're using it for your post-adventure it gets annoying because it becomes difficult to use Draco Meteor and then other special moves without switching if you have a special set.

Dragon pulse is amazing!

If you have a dragon type with a very high special attack stat then this is a move for you

Come on guys this is the number one go to move for all dragons.

29 Fire Blast

Cool move I think it is better than flame thrower but is used only 5 times but some how it is not good

Hmm... Have you heard of accuracy or that bliss eye holds a item as well? Not to mention, a lot of power ups. That'll take a while. One at a time... What about... Something like toxic! Now that provides stalling and draining.

Just give it tons of po ups and special attack boost and Blisseys will be easy.

When charizard uses it. It is so powerful and 99.9 % burns the opponent

30 Diamond Storm

This move is amazing.
It has 100 power, nearly always hits.
It has a 1 in 2 chance of raising users physical defense by 2 STAGES!

I personally love this move, it should be higher

Best move known by diancie

Amazing Move

31 Surf

This move is better than all the ones before it on this list. High damage, high accuracy, high amounts of use, easily obtained, wide variety of Pokemon can use it.

Surf is a needy Pokemon move and plus in the Pokemon tower defense 2 you need it or you have to find the hm witch is annoying

I love this move not only does it it hurt pokemon but outside of battle it ables you to go in to the water with that pokemon

And also this move is basically Waterfall but weaker but Surf hurts everyone in battle

32 Psycho Cut


33 Toxic

Toxic can really help if your dealing with a very defensive pokemon like snorlax just wait until toxic starts to get worse (it gets worse every turn)

Use a crobat, which has 130 base speed, meaning you'll almost always get this off before being hit. Use toxic, which always hits with poison types, and spam roost to keep yourself alive, as the opposition steadily approaches death. I've beaten entire teams of legendaries doing this.

Nice poison move poisons the enemy and hurts them more and more every Attacking turn

Everything can learn it for some reason - Goatworlds

34 Psychic

Easy go classic. It was the most Op move in gen 1. And most psychics know it!

It's the go to move for a physic type Pokemon, and it deals a good amount of damage.

This move is just a basic Psychic move and is pretty powerful.

Great move, and able to flinch your target is extra great

35 Frenzy Plant

Most powerful grass type move but leaf storm just behind!

I hate it when you have to recharge when using this move.

Over powered

Strongest grass type move

36 Earth Power

Underrated move has chance of lowering special defense even if you are a mixed attacking ground type use this over earthquake

Great move but just another variation of Psychic...

Great ground type move

37 Megahorn

A great move for any pokemon that can get it and a must-have for Nidoking to help fend off psychic types

Yep, the move that gave Bug-types a fighting chance has to be high on the list.


38 Outrage

Outrage is much better then draco meteor. The confusion doesn't matter because you've already beat the trainer by the time the confusion kicks in. It does massive damage, and if used by a good dragon type, like Dragonite or Garchomp, then almost everything will get one-shotted. This is my all time favorite dragon type move, if not out of every move

Outrage was so OP. 120 damage that lasts for 2-3 turns! It causes confusion though, but I mean like this is already TOO OP AND ZEKROM USED IT THEN EVERYONE EXPLODES BEFORE ZEKROM DIES

Why does it make you use it twice or thrice with fatigue? Dude's right, Draco meteor is ten times better

Sorry, but outrage is a unreliable, and not so great move. Fairy type Pokemon counter this move as they are locked in, and confusion. Plus, Draco meteor is better. Try something else.

39 Sacred Fire

While Sacred Fire is exclusive to Ho-Oh and Entei, it is an extremely powerful move with 130 damage and a whopping 50% chance to burn the target. While it does only have 90% accuracy, Fire Blast has less accuracy, less damage, and less chance to burn, and they both have the same PP. Sacred Fire is overall the better move and in my opinion one of the best moves in the series.

It is a flash of light in different colors depends on the Pokemon that gets you a shot and let you asleep

40 Sacred Sword

This yeets the idea of Zamazenta being useful out of the window

An Move that isn't effected by calm minds, curse, amnesia, etc. This move can be really helpful against tanks that use these stats boosts such as clefable. This should be in top 10 in my opinion -From Smogon Univestity

This is the boss move that can beat virtually everything!

The legendary virizion uses it it is the best thing ever

41 Aerial Ace

Guys, calm down. It doesn't matter if its weak. It's weak for a reason. It is for when starting a journey, ya know? I mean like it would make sense if you start a journey and get a pokemon that knows this move. But, it wouldn't make sense if a pokemon you caught while starting your journey like a Burmy knew something like Leaf Tornado or whatever

One word: Technician.

Buffs it from a 60 base power move to a 90 base power, and a good portion of the Pokemon who have Technician as their ability can learn Aerial Ace and it's variants! (though not all of them can have it at once). - VioletParr89

It's good on Scyther and Scizor, the Technician boost gives it 90 power, and Scyther gets a STAB boost from it. - noo7na7

Actually I am watching Ash's Ash Greninja it is cool. Also it can not miss with the acceptance of dig,fly, sky drop and a few others.

You must be watching Ash's Staraptor... It's basically a Wing Attack with lower PP and somewhat higher accuracy...

42 Focus Blast


sorry for screaming, heres a potato🥔

43 Moonblast

Moonblast Mega Gardevoir OP!

Would be better if psychic type move but I suppose fairy types do need strong attacks as well...

My blaziken has that move its to powerful that the roar of time

I like how the Pokemon uses the moon to start up it's attack.

44 Shadow Ball


45 Magikarp Revenge

Magikarp makes me uwu

Magikarp's revenge is the best move ever! It so deserves a higher rank than 46! It should be only second to the roar of time!

What's this move? I just want to know what is it nothing else.

The best move of all time. I also love Splash and Constrict. - henry_danger_is_great

46 Crunch

This is Bite but more powerful and learned in the later stages

Can 1hit KO some types of Pokemon.

47 Splash

Only OHKO move with %100 accuracy. Magikarp must be holding a Float Stone, however. Simply set up Rain Dance and Magikarp can sweep entire Uber teams with ease.

Just use this on a team with Primal Kyogre. Once it sets up the rain send in the Magikarp with a float stone so u don’t take drown damage then begin splashing till all their Pokémon die from drown, storm, and the attacks actual damage. Also I should have Swift Swim

Splash only works properly on a shiny magikarp that is at least level 85

How just how did this move get on this list next to JUDGEMENT a move that is used by the god Pokemon.

48 Skull Bash

130 base damage raises defense at start of turn and uses at end.

Bang skull Bash is the best move my Blastoise knows”

49 Bug Buzz

Most powerful bug type move

50 U-Turn

This Bug move is really awesome it takes high damage and you get to change your Pokemon

Powerful move (one hit ko sometimes) and lets you change Pokemon to turn the tables.

Pretty good1

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