Pokemon Face-Off: IGN Readers Have Chosen Which Pocket Monster Is the Very Best


In celebration of Pokemon’s 25th anniversary, we asked YOU to help us decide which of the 200 most popular Pokemon is the very best. After thousands and thousands of 1v1 battles with matchups like Squirtle vs. Charmander and Pikachu vs. Mewtwo, the ultimate winner has been chosen.So, who claimed the top spot in the battle for the greatest Pokemon ever? Drumroll please…

With a 86.3% win percentage, Charizard claimed the victory in 39,444 of the 45,726 battles it was in.

With Charizard being a mighty fire-breathing, dragon-looking Pokemon that evolves from Charmander – the starter Pokemon many began their journey with back in 1997’s Pokemon Red and Blue – it’s no wonder it took the top spot.

Furthermore, certain variations of Charizard Pokemon Trading Cards are some of the rarest and most valuable of them all, adding to its legendary status.

Mewtwo earned second place with a 86.0% win percentage, while Blastoise rose the ranks to third place with an 83.2% win percentage. Rounding out the top 10 were Dragonite, Lugia, Mew, Rayquaza, Gengar, Lucario, and Gyarados.

Seven of the top ten are from Pokemon Red and Blue, while Pokemon Diamond and Pearl’s Lugia and Lucario and Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire’s Rayquaza were the only Pokemon to breakthrough the everlasting popularity of the Kanto region.

Taking last place, with a win percentage of only 12.4%, was Pyukumuku. It just narrowly beat out the aptly named Trubbish for the last spot by 0.4 percentage points.

Rounding out the bottom were Alcremie, Snom, Bidoof, Whisicott, Tsareena, Lilligant, Appletun, and Goomy.

The bottom 10 were comprised of five generations, with Pokemon Sword and Shield and Pokemon Black and White accounting for three each. These least popular Pokemon include a goofy beaver, a Pokemon made of whipped cream, and a dragon-type that looks like an Apple Pie. Oh, and of course the previously mentioned Trubbish that that looks like… well… a trash bag.

Are you wondering where your favorite Pokemon landed, like maybe Pikachu? (It took spot #30!) For all the rankings, you can check out the full list of where all 200 Pokemon who competed in this Face-Off ended up.

For more on Pokemon and its 25th Anniversary, check out the announcements of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and the open-world Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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