Pokemon GO Gym Defenders Tier List: Best Pokemon to Protect Gyms

Make sure that you've got these Pokemon ready to defend your gym in Pokemon GO!

by Shaun Cichacki


If you’re looking to get your hands on some free Pokecoins in the world of Pokemon GO, one of the best ways to do that is by defending a gym, where you can earn up to 50 coins per gym, once your Pokemon are returned to you.

If you’re looking to keep a gym long enough to start raking in those Pokecoins, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve got a monster that can stand tall and properly defend it, as well as survive an onslaught of attacks from people trying to take it over for their team. Make sure that you’ve got some of these Pokemon on your team if you’re looking to keep your hands on a gym for as long as possible!

Best Defenders In Pokemon GO

You’ll want to make sure that you’ve got different monsters with a High Defensive StatGreat Stamina, as well as a powerful attack to make sure that you’ll be able to survive the oncoming storm of opponents trying to get you out of the gym. Power up any of these in our list to make sure that you’re ready to keep earning Pokecoins quickly and easily.

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Pokemon Attack/Defense/Stamina Fast/Charged Attack
Blissey 129/169/496 Zen Headbutt/Dazzling Gleam
Slaking 290/166/284 Yawn/Play Rough
Metagross 257/228/190 Zen Headbutt/Meteor Mash
Snorlax 290/269/330 Zen Headbutt/Body Slam
Drifblim 180/102/312 Hex/Shadow Ball
Togekiss 225/217/198 Charm/Flamethrower
Milotic 192/219/216 Dragon Tail/Surf
Garchomp 261/193/239 Mud Shot/Outrage

Having any of these Pokemon guarding a gym can guarantee that you’ll hold onto it for a good period. If you have any friends that play Pokemon GO, and are on your same team, pairing any of these Pokemon together will help make sure that a gym stays in your control longer than ever. With Pokemon such as Blissy, you’ll find that their stamina stat makes up for their general lack of power, but pairing it with the right attacker to help you out can ensure a victory is won every time.

If your Pokemon do succumb to their injuries and fall, you’ll need to make sure that you have plenty of potions, revives, and more. Spinning Pokestops can make sure that you’ve always got the items you need, so having a few different accessories to help you out with that task can help you take your Pokemon GO game to the next level. Check out our thoughts on some must-have accessories if you’re an avid fan of the game, to make sure that you’re always prepared for the next raid or battle that you’re going to participate in. Also, make sure you’ve got everything ready for Pokemon GO Fest, and find out how you’ll be able to get your hands on a Shaymin during the event!

Pokemon GO is available now on mobile devices.

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