To be the best Pokémon trainer, you need to know the best moves to teach them. According to the Bulbapedia, there are about 728 moves for you to choose from, and a single Pokémon can only learn four moves from that huge pool! Luckily though, their type can greatly divide the amount of moves they can learn. But what are the most powerful moves you can teach them?
On this list, we are going to list the most powerful moves you can teach your Pokémon. That means some obviously powerful moves are not going to be listed, because some are only for legendaries and cannot be learned.
If you want the strongest move that deals Normal-Type damage, this is it. The move has been around since the first generation. Strong Pokémon that can naturally learn this move by leveling up include Golem, Forretress, Drifblim, Turtonator, Ferrothorn, and Claydol. As a TM though, it can be learned by other Pokémon such as Gengar, Steelix, Metagross, and Camerupt.
While the move does kill the user, it deals a ton of damage to those around it. Just do not try it on any Ghost-Type's though! It won't affect them!
This popular move deals Ground-Type damage to any Pokémon as long as its not Flying-Type or has the ability Levitate. It has also been around since the first generation games. Like Explosion, part of what makes Earthquake so good is that is affects every Pokémon on the field. Unlike Explosion, the user also does not take any damage. This move is especially good if the enemy Pokémon uses Dig.
Pokémon that can naturally learn this move by leveling up include Mudsdale, Golurk, Krookodile, Mamoswine, and Flygon. As a TM, a lot more Pokémon can learn the move such as Charizard, Blissey, Wailord, Salamence, Gallade, and more.
This Eletric-Type move is the Flying-Type killer. It has also been around since the first games. Not only does it deal a ton of damage, but it has a chance of paralyzing the opponent. The PP is only ten but it can easily be increased with a PP up. A major weakness this move has is that it can easily miss. So if your accuracy goes down, then Thunder can be very difficult to use.
Pokémon that can learn this move by leveling up include Pikachu, Ampharos, Jolteon, and more. As a TM, it can be taught to Lapras, Dragonite, Aggron, and others.
Boomburst, like Explosion, is a Normal-Type move that deals a ton of damage to everyone around it. Since it is Normal-Type, it won't affect Ghost-Types. The only other Pokémon immune to the move is ones that have the ability Soundproof since it is a sound-based move.
Out of the moves on this list, this one has the fewest that can learn it. No TM of it exists yet. Those that can learn it by leveling up are only Exploud, Vibrava, and Noivern. If you are a talented breeder though, you can breed Chatot, Pikipek, and Taillow to learn the move. The reason so few can learn this move may partly be due to the fact that this move has only existed since Pokémon X and Y.
6 Hydro Cannon
This move has become known as the most powerful Water-Type move. It was introduced in generation three and can only be learned by fully evolved Water-Type Pokémon. While it deals a ton of damage, it does have the setback of having to skip your next turn. Many players however, find the skipped turn worth the damage output.
What sets this move apart from many others is that it has yet to ever to learned naturally. For trainers to teach their Pokémon this move, they need to find a Move Tutor. He also will only teach this move to fully evolved Water-Type starters such as Primarina, Blastoise, Feraligatr, Swampert, and others.
5 Foul Play
Foul Play was introduced in Pokémon Black and White and became known as one of the best Dark-Type moves. The Pokémon that can naturally learn this move are mostly Dark-Types such as Zoroark, Houndoom, Honchkrow, and others. The only ones that are not Dark-Type can can learn it by leveling are Klefki and Oranguru.
Through a TM or Move Tutor though, a lot more Pokémon can learn Foul Play that are not Dark-Type.
4 Focus Punch
Introduced in the third generation of games, Focus Punch is known to be one of the strongest Fighting-Type moves. What makes using the move a bit tricky though is that your Pokémon has to give up a turn to focus.
If your Pokémon is hit while it focuses, it loses focus and cannot use Focus Punch. Trainers have figured out how to avoid that from happening though with moves that make the opponent sleep or get paralyzed and so on.
What a lot of trainers love about this move is that it is Water-Type, but there's a 30 percent chance that it can inflict burn on its target. But it is important note that if your target is frozen Scald will thaw them free.
Scald was introduced in Pokémon Black and White and can be learned by practically every Water-Type Pokémon there is. Even better, it is a Water-Type move that some Fire-Type Pokémon can learn.
This Fairy-Type move was introduced the same time Fairy-Types came to be in Pokémon X and Y. Like Boomburst, players were mind-blown on how powerful the new move was. Not only does it deal a lot of damage, but it has a 30 percent chance of lowering the opponents' Special Attack stat by one stage.
While it can naturally be learned by a lot of Fairy-Types, other types can naturally learn it such as Gloom, Noctowl, Altaria, and Lunatone.
1 Sky Attack
Around since generation one, Sky Attack is one of those powerful moves that take up two turns. Besides dealing a great amount of damage, it has a 30 percent chance to make your opponent flinch. It even more powerful in the Lets Go Pikachu and Eevee games, boosting its power from 140 to 200!
Pokémon that can naturally learn these moves include Togekiss, Fearow, Noctowl, and some other Flying-Types.