The Pokémon franchise has been around for over 20 years now. The series has come a long way from its humble Game Boy and TCG beginnings. The saga began with a hefty 151 Pokémon to collect, but that number has exploded to 802 by 2017. With a fixed roster (of 6) and so many Pokémon to choose from, it can be a headache to choose your battle team.
To make maters worse, developers keep releasing powerful Legendary Pokémon with each generation. Some titles only saw a few, while others added an abundance to the mix. Pokémon: Sun and Moon, for example, added nine new Legendary iterations to the roster.
With 47 current Legendary Pokémon, its harder than ever to decide who deserves a spot on your team (or who deserves a coveted Master Ball). Thankfully, not all Legendary Pokémon are created equal. Some have higher stats, while others feature signature moves and abilities. There are even some with glaring issues and weaknesses.
It's for this reason that we took on the monumental task of ranking all of the current Legendary Pokémon. It's important to note that this list features only truly Legendary creatures, not Mythical ones (so no Mew, Celebi, or Victini). A lot of variables went into the creation of this list, including overall stats, move sets, and even visuals.
Where does your favorite rank? Let us know!
47 Cosmoem (Pokémon: Sun & Moon)
Cosmoem finds its way at the bottom of this list for a pretty petty reasoning. This Pokémon is the stage two evolution to Cosmog and is currently the only stage two Legendary evolution in the Pokémon franchise. Cosmoem belongs to the 400 stat group, which is 200 higher than Cosmog. It sits at the bottom of this list, below its first stage, based purely on the fact that it's not as visually appealing.
The Protostar Pokémon isn't very useful in a fight. We consider it the Metapod of Generation VII. Its moveset is tiny featuring only Teleport and Cosmic Power. Get used to swapping this Pokémon in and out during battles (or using a handy EXP share). It isn't all bad, Cosmoem gets a reprieve much later in this list.
46 Cosmog (Pokémon: Sun & Moon)
This one is a bit unfair, but we have no choice. Cosmog is a Legendary by design and it's one of the only truly Legendary Pokémon with an evolutionary line. For this reason, Cosmog is akin to Caterpie. No one wants a Caterpie, but we all catch one in hopes of raising it into a mighty Butterfree.
At its first stage, Cosmog brings absolutely nothing to the table. It belongs to the 200 stat grouping, has a useless ability, and is incapable of attacking. This Nebula Pokémon has only two moves in its arsenal. It's capable of teleporting, which is good for escaping danger, and can use Splash, which does absolutely nothing. Its saving grace is that it's absolutely adorable.
45 Regigigas (Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl)
At first glance, it's hard to imagine Regigigas sitting at the bottom of this list. On paper, this colossal Pokémon is a towering juggernaut. His base stats total 670 and his moveset is rather good. With only one true weakness (Fighting) and an immunity to Ghost types, it's hard to see why Regigagas is touted as one of the worst Legendary Pokémon to ever grace the series.
The answer lies in its crippling ability. Regigigas comes equipped with "Slow Start," an agonizing skill that puts all of his viability into question. Slow Start effectively halves Regigigas' Attack and Speed by half, during the first five turns of battle. If it's switched out at any point, it resets the timer. Without Slow Start, this titan would clean house. With it, it's nothing more than a massive paperweight.
44 Mesprit (Pokémon Diamond & Pearl)
Known as the Emotion Pokémon, Mesprit is part of the Sinnoh Lake Trio. It has a mischievous side, as seen in the Anime, and has the ability to "leave its body as will" through a spirit form. On the surface, Mesprit is a charming little Pokémon, although its appearance leaves a lot to be desired. It's cute, but nothing about it screams Legendary.
From a game standpoint, Mesprit is the "weakest" of the Sinnoh Lake Trio. It's statline is rather balanced, with a base of 105 in Attack, Defense, Sp. Attack, and Sp. Defense. It's levitate ability comes in handy against Ground Attacks and it has a decent Normal/Psychic Moveset. Those looking for team viability would have a better time with an Offensive Azelf, or Defensive Uxie.
43 Uxie (Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl)
It's hard not to place all three of the Sinnoh Lake Trio with one another. Their uninspiring visual designs and similar base stat totals have them rather close to each other on this list. We believe Azelf showcases enough to feature a bit higher up the ranks, but Uxie belongs in the same tier as Mesprit.
This Psychic legendary looks similar to its kin in design, but features a yellow color scheme and a "laid back" hairstyle. Uxie is the most defensive of the trio, featuring a 130 Defense and Sp. Defense. This is solid for mitigating damage, but its attack greatly suffers as a product. With only 75 Attack, Sp. Attack, and HP, Uxie is much better at taking hits than dishing them out. Uxie can learn Endure through normal leveling and is immune to Ground attacks via its Levitate ability.
42 Heatran (Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl)
We're starting to see a theme with Diamond & Pearl legendaries. Heatran is perhaps the most visually unappealing Legendary Pokémon to date. Touted by some players as the "Dung Pokémon," Heatran is supposed to resemble a tortoise and a ram. The finished product is a large crab/lizard-like creature that looks more like a mid-stage evolution than a Legendary.
Heatran's stats leave a lot to be desired. It features a higher base of 130 Sp. Attack, but its Speed (77) and Attack (90) aren't ideal. It does come packaged with the Flash Fire ability, which makes it a headache for Fire-Type Pokémon, and its Hidden Ability, Flame Body, is great against physical attackers. It does feature an impressive amount of resistances, but it's not enough to make it more appealing.
41 Moltres (Pokémon: Red & Blue)
This one might be a bit controversial, but Moltres is here for good reason. This Flying Flame (Chicken) Pokémon is one of the Bird Trio from the original Pokemon Red & Blue saga. A lot has changed throughout the Pokémon universe in the last 20 years, with new types, resistances, abilities, moves, and stat changers. That being said, Moltres was always a bit weaker than his Legendary counterparts, even in Generation I.
Moltres has an overall base statline of 580, with a 125 Sp. Attack and 100 Attack. Compared to other Legendaries at the time, its base stats were pretty good. Unfortunately, its ability and moveset are not. A few of Moltres' powerful attacks will have you charging up power for one turn, leaving it vulnerable to attack. Flame Body is a decent guard, but it's not enough to overcome Moltres' crippling 4x weakness to Rock-type moves.
40 Regice (Pokemon: Ruby & Sapphire)
Regice is part of the Legendary Titans of the Hoenn region. This towering iceberg stands in at 5'11'' and weighs over 350 lbs. That's pretty big in the Pokémon world. He also features some of the most impressive Sp. Defense (200) in the franchise. Sadly, his immense size makes him very slow, dropping his speed stat to 50.
Perhaps most shocking is his agonizingly low Attack stat. One would think that a Legendary Titan would hit hard, but Regice was only allotted 50 Attack. I guess all that defense had to draw from somewhere. Its Clear Body ability is useful for maintaining that impressive Sp. Defense, but Ice Body is only useful in a hailstorm. It may have a high defense, but 2x weakness to four different move types, and a resistance to only Ice, puts it further down the list.
39 Registeel (Pokémon: Ruby & Sapphire)
Much like the Sinnoh Lake Trio, Registeel finds himself close to Regice as part of the "trio" stigma. This Hoenn Titan is a bit larger in size (at 6'01'' and 451 lbs) and falls victim to the same brutally slow 50 Speed base stat. It also features Clear Body, which is nice considering it packs a solid 150 Defense and 150 Sp. Defense. Its power is a little more tolerable (than Regice) at 75.
The best part of Registeel is its resistances. It's 2x weak to Fighting, Ground, and Fire-type moves, but boasts an impressive resistance to ten different move types. Unfortunately, this isn't enough to overcome its glaring stat issues. Light Metal isn't very favorable either. The ability halves the users weight, which really only matters against specific moves.
38 Azelf (Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl)
Here we round out the Lake Sinnoh Trio, with Azelf, the Legendary Willpower Pokémon. Its design is similar to its counterparts, and like them, it posesses the Levitate ability. To be fair, Azelf isn't much different from Uxie or Mesprit, but for the sake of this list, we will scrutinize it on the smallest level possible.
In our opinion, Azelf is the most viable of the Sinnoh Lake Trio due to its higher Attack (125), Sp. Attack (125), and Speed (115). It's not entirely practical, but Azelf does gain access to Explosion (which deals heavy damage at the cost of fainting the user) when leveled up. However, all of this power comes at the cost of Defense (70), Sp Defense (70) and HP (75). There are better Legendary's out there, with much better movesets.
37 Tornadus (Pokémon: Black & White)
Much like the Sinnoh Lake Trio, fans weren't exactly enamored by Black & White's Forces of Nature. The trio of Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus, look interesting enough in Therian Form, but suffer heavily from "same sprite syndrome" when in Incarnate Form. Tornadus finds himself lower on this list due to his lackluster moveset and visuals.
Most of this Cyclone Pokémon's moves are weak, and the stronger ones (like Hurricane) suffer from a lowered accuracy. In Incarnate Form, Tornadus has a decent Attack (115) and Sp. Attack (125) but suffers from lowered defenses. His abilities leave a lot to be desired as well. Thanks to his Flying-type, he has an immunity to Ground-type moves, but is 2x weak to Electricity, Rock, and Ice.
36 Entei (Pokémon: Gold & Silver)
A lot of people like Entei. Its design is rather unique and there was something to be said about catching the incredibly elusive creature. Part of the Legendary Beasts of the Johto region, Entei was originally lost to the great fire that burned the Brass Tower. It is said that it was revived by Ho-Oh, and that it represents the flames trapped within the tower.
Entei is awesome from a visual and lore-standpoint but it leaves a lot to be desired on the battlefield. Although it has slightly better stats, many players compare it closely to Arcanine (a non-Legendary fire-type). This Volcano Pokémon suffers from the classic issue of great idea meets poor execution. There are much better fire-types out there to add to your team and they don't require Monk-like patience to catch.
35 Articuno (Pokémon: Red & Blue)
This one makes us emotional. Articuno soars above the competition in terms of visual design and overall coolness factor (pun intended). Back when Pokémon first launched, Articuno was highly sought after. Its icey move set, paired with its Legendary look, captured the hearts of many gamers. When the world of Pokémon wasn't so focused on competitive stats and EVs, Articuno had an impressive following.
Sadly, that isn't the case in the modern age. What was once beautiful, is now completely overshadowed by bigger and badder entitys. Part of the Legendary Base 580 stat group, most of Articuno's usefulness lies in its Sp. Defense (125) and Defense (100). The Snow Cloak ability can come in handy during a hail storm, but a 4x weakness to Rock-type moves leaves the Freeze Pokémon rather vulnerable.
34 Regirock (Pokémon: Ruby & Sapphire)
The Titans of Hoenn have their flaws, but a few key things make Regirock slightly better than its companions. Its Defense stat stretches out at 200, while Sp. Defense sits at 100. Unlike its counterparts, Regirock can still dish decent damage (100 Attack) and learns an array of powerful moves (although most have a low PP value). Like Regice and Registeel, this Rock Peak Pokémon has Clear Body, which keeps its stats from changing.
The Sturdy Ability (which allows it to survive a one-hit K.O.) will ensure that Regirock escapes harm or has time to deal some damage. We see his value as a Rock-type Pokémon, but it still isn't enough to warrant a spot on the team. Regirock is vulnerable to five different move types and has no immunities. He also suffers from a low Speed (50) stat.
33 Virizion (Pokémon: Black & White)
Pokémon: Black and White introduced players to the Unova region, as well as a new quartet of Legendary's known as the Swords of Justice. These warrior-spirit quadrapeds came in various fighting-type flavors, with a heavy focus on their blade-like horns. Keldeo is part of this group, but doesn't feature on this list due to being a Mythical Pokémon. Virizion is the black sheep of the group, both visually and physically.
It's hard to get passed this Grassland Pokémon's odd head shape and stylized go-go boots. It's meant to be a Grass/Fighting type, but the cloud-like "wings" and neck protrustions seem out of place. It has the highest Sp. Defense (129) of the quartet, but the lowest base Defense (72). Its real achilles heel is its 4x weakness to Flying-type moves. Its lone ability, Justified, is only useful against Dark-types.
32 Terrakion (Pokémon: Black & White)
Terrakion may look better than Virizion, but it's every bit as disappointing. The bovine-like Cavern Pokémon suffers from similar ailments, all culminating in a Legendary that feels like it's missing something. Its move set is so-so, with a lot of stat-building skills and a few decent Rock-type moves thrown in.
As the portliest member of the Swords of Justice, one would expect Terrakion to boast solid defensive power. This is not the case. The 573 lbs. legendary is heavy on the Attack (129) with a subpar 90 Defense. The glaring issue for Terrakion is its hefty weaknesses. It does tout a decent amount of resistances, but has no immunities and is 2x weak to seven different move-types. At least its head doesn't like like a hang glider.
31 Thundurus (Pokémon: Black & White)
The Forces of Nature were never poised to make it far up this list. The Therian Forms are their saving grace, although it's hard not to laugh at the bright white facial hair plastered on each creatures face. Thundurus suffers from the same issue as Tornadus, but does manage to offer a bit more viability and a decent Sp. Attack (145 in Therian Form). His Defense (70) could be a bit higher, but that's the price you pay for a hard hitter in the 580 stat grouping.
Thundurus has five resistances and is really only 2x weak to Rock and Ice-type moves. His biggest letdown is his moveset. Like Tornadus, he suffers from hard-hitting moves with low accuracy. To make things even worse, he lacks a learned Flying-type move, even though he's a Rock/Flying Legendary.
30 Ho-Oh (Pokémon: Gold & Silver)
Regarded as the Rainbow Pokémon, Ho-Oh is a large Flying/Fire-type bird with a lush backstory. According to Pokémon lore, Ho-Oh was responsible for reviving the Legendary Beasts of Johto. As a result, Entei, Raikou, and Suicune consider this majestic Guardian of the Skies to be their master. Ho-Oh is a beacon of purity and it's said that those who catch sight of this winged Legendary can expect eternal happiness.
Ho-Oh features an impressive 680 statline, with a heavy Attack (130) and stout Sp. Defense (154). Its signature move, Sacred Fire, does solid damage and has a 50% chance to burn its target. Unfortunately, Ho-Oh also features some glaring issues. While its Sp. Defense is high, it has a crippling 4x weakness to Rock-type moves.
29 Raikou (Pokémon: Gold & Silver)
Raikou is definitely the strangest of the Johto Brass Tower trio. Its look is rather eclectic, like a cross between a saber-toothed cat, a B-rate superhero, purple rainclouds, and a shooting star. Its visuals are all over the place and compared to other Legendaries, Raikou looks rather silly. It is said that the Thunder Pokémon represents the lightning strike that set the Brass Tower ablaze.
Wacky appearance aside, Raikou doesn't feel very Legendary. It's moveset is filled with so-so Lightning-type moves that are generally learned by a slew of other Pokémon. The same can be said for its abilities, Pressure and Inner Focus. There isn't much that sets Raikou apart from other Lightning-type Pokémon. Its redeeming qualities are its Sp. Attack (115) and Speed (115), as well as the fact that it's only 2x weak to Ground-type moves.
28 Tapu Bulu (Pokémon: Sun & Moon)
This bull-like Land Spirit Pokémon was introduced in Pokémon: Sun & Moon as one of the four Guardian Deities of the Alola Region. Tapu Bulu is the protector of Ula'ula Island. This less-than-menacing Legendary belongs to the 570 stat group (along with the other Tapu's). It also doesn't help that Tapu Bulu looks like a floating bull wearing a sombrero. Its ability, Grassy Surge, is useful for powering up its move set and it does feature quite a few Grass/Physical attacks that play nicely with its 130 Attack stat.
Past that, there isn't much to love about Tapu Bulu. It has access to powerful moves, but most of them come with negative side effects or recoil. This Island Guardian has six separate resistances, but is 2x weak to four move sets. It's also the only Island Diety to have a 4x weakness (Poison).
27 Suicune (Pokémon: Gold & Silver)
We finish off the Brass Tower trio with Suicune, the Aurora Pokémon. On paper, it's very similar to its counterparts. It possesses both Inner Focus and Pressure, and belongs to the same 580 stat group. Suicune does feature a better move set than the others, gaining access to both Blizzard and Hydro Pump through natural leveling.
That being said, Suicune is a bit "weaker" in comparison to Raikou. It's rather defensive with 115 Sp. Defense and Base Defense. Its Attack (75) and Speed (85) are lower than Raikou, but Suicune ends up higher on the list for one particular reason. It simply looks way better from a visual standpoint. This blue and purple quadruped oozes elegance. The massive crystal upon its head does look a bit silly, but it's easily the most beautiful of the three Brass Tower Legendaries.
26 Landorus (Pokémon: Black & White)
Landorus finds himself a few spots higher than his brothers due to his increased viability. Belonging to the 600 stat line, Landorus offers up a lot of power, specifically in Therian Form, where his Attack is 145. His Incarnate Form sacrifices a bit of this Attack, bringing it to 125, in order to increase his Sp. Attack (115) and Speed (101). From a visual standpoint, his Therian Form is arguably the best of the trio.
Although Landorus is immune to Ground and Electric-type attacks, he has a crippling 4x weakness to Ice-type moves. His moveset is so-so, featuring nothing out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, the Forces of Nature failed to grip many players and it's easy to see why, with their lackluster moves and poorly designed Incarnate Forms.
25 Cobalion (Pokémon: Black & White)
The Iron Will Pokémon is arguably the strongest of the Swords of Justice. Herald as their defacto leader, Cobalion is one part Steel, one part fighting, and eight parts angry goat. Its design is stoic, standing tall like an emissary of justice should. It's primarily defensive, with a 129 Defense and 108 Speed. As a product, its Sp. Defense suffers, topping out at only 72.
Although its Attack and Sp. Attack sit at 90, Cobalion actually features a pretty nice moveset. Sacred Sword (which all Swords of Justice members have access to) does decent Fighting/Physical damage, while Metal Burst can be fantastic against speedy attackers and hard hitters. Cobalion is 2x weak to Fire, Ground, and Fighting-types, but has eight different resistances.
24 Tapu Fini (Pokémon: Sun and Moon)
Tapu Fini is the guardian diety of Poni Island. This rather cute Water/Fairy type lives within a sword-fish shaped wooden shell. Its appearance is similar to that of a mermaid, with long wavy hair and slender arms. It is said to have the power to create a mysterious water that can purify anything it touches.
Visuals aside, Tapu Fini is very average. Like the other deities, this Land Spirit Pokémon belongs to the 570 stat group and sees most of its points placed into defensive attributes. It does boast six different resistances, but is 2x weak to three different move types. The real issue lies in its subpar moveset. Many moves feature a stab but carry weak power ratings (made worse by Tapu Fini's 75 Attack and 95 Sp. Attack).
23 Latias (Pokémon: Ruby & Sapphire)
Latias may belong to the 600 overall stat group but the Eon Pokémon leaves a lot to be desired. First appearing in Pokémon: Ruby and Sapphire, Latias is part of the Hoenn Eon Duo. She's pretty intelligent and is capable of understanding human language. She's a rather defensive Pokémon, featuring a solid 130 Sp. Defense. When she feels threatened, Latias can make use of glass-like feathers, allowing her to turn invisible for a short period of time.
Her design is a bit lazy though. Classified as a Dragon/Psychic Pokémon, Latias looks more like a sentient jet plane. She does have a signature move, Mist Ball, which can do decent damage (70 power) while lowering the opponents Sp. Attack (which works well with her high Sp. Defense).
22 Tapu Lele (Pokémon: Sun & Moon)
Tapu Lele may look like an adorable curly-haired fairy, but this Island protector packs a powerful Psychic punch. Hailed as the guardian of Akala Island, this Land Spirit Pokémon spends most of its time in its cocoon-like shell, which resembles a bug when closed. Like its brethren, Tapu Lele is firmly nestled in the 570 stat group. Most of these attribute points are jammed into Sp. Attack (130) and Sp. Defense.
This powerful Psychic/Fairy type is somewhat of a glass cannon. Its above average Power comes at a cost of Hp (70) and Defense (75), as it's weak to three different move-types and only features two different resistances. Still, if you can keep it on the field, it can unleash solid damage via its Psychic-move boosting ability and its array of Psychic attacks. It also features Moonblast (with stab) to fight off any Dragon-types.
21 Zapdos (Pokémon: Red & Blue)
This might ruffle a few feathers (pun completely intended) but Zapdos simply isn't what it used to be. When the Pokémon craze took the world by storm, the three Legendary Birds were a must have addition to any team. In the modern age, their 580 stat grouping and lackluster skill sets make them nothing more than eye candy. Zapdos is an unfortunate victim of this.
A lot of players praise Zapdos for his visual appearance, and we agree. Its jagged design and electrified look give it a Legendary appeal. From a stats standpoint, Zapdos features high Sp. Attack (125), with the rest of its attributes hovering around 90. Static is a solid Hidden Ability. Zapdos is higher on this list based purely on aesthetics and popularity, but a basic Move Set keeps a much-beloved icon from soaring through the ranks.
20 Latios (Pokémon: Ruby & Sapphire)
All this talk of jet plane-like Pokémon reminds me of Jay Jay the Jet Plane, which stirs horrible memories in my mind. I recall watching those twisted human face-wearing planes soar through the sky on numerous occasions when babysitting my nieces. It's unfortunate that Latios reminds me of this since he's quite an adorable Legendary. Sadly, though, cuteness factor isn't equivalent to usefulness.
Like his female counterpart, Latios glides in with 600 overall base stats. Most of those attribute points are pumped into Sp. Attack (130), Sp. Defense (110), and Speed (110). Like Latias, this Eon Pokémon is capable of learning a signature move. Luster Purge does damage (70 power) while lowering the opponents Sp. Defense. Although, it is important to note that Latios features a low HP pool and is weak to six different move types.
19 Necrozma (Pokémon: Sun & Moon)
Pokémon Sun and Moon added nine different Legendary Pokémon to the pool, but one rather peculiar one stands out among the rest. Necrozma doesn't seem to serve much purpose, other than simply "existing." The Prism Pokémon is a jet black and its body is comprised of a crystalline material. It is said to resemble an Ultra Beast and was discovered dwelling deep underground.
Necrozma has 600 total base stats, with 127 Sp. Atack and 107 Attack. Its Psychic typing makes it a headache for Fighting and Poison types, but its overall move set is rather disappointing. It's signature move, Prismatic Laser, does a ton of damage (base 160 power) but forces Necrozma to recharge on the next turn. It has two resistances (Fighting, Psychic) but carries a 1.5x weakness to Bug, Ghost, and Dark-type Pokémon.
18 Tapu Koko (Pokémon: Sun & Moon)
It's hard finding space to stick the Tapu crew. The guardian deities are very similar to one another, separated only by subtle attribute differences and move types. Their greatest separation comes from visuals, which is why Tapu Koko features higher than Tapu Bulu and Tapu Fini on this list. Its shell resembles a stylized bird-like mask when closed, and transforms into two handheld shields when opened.
The Melemele Island guardian isn't all looks. Tapu Koko isn't necessarily interested in helping people, but it's adamant about protecting its home. It does so with high Speed (130) and above average Attack (115). It belongs to the "weaker" 570 base total Legendary pool, but it has a solid ability (Electric Surge) that helps to power up its Electric-type attacks. Electro Ball works great with its higher Speed stat.
17 Cresselia (Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl)
To put it bluntly, Cresselia looks like the Mega Evolution of Porygon. Creators were going for a "swan-like" Pokémon, but we can't help but see everyone's favorite polygon each time she's on screen. Cresselia is part of the Lunar Duo, with Darkrai, but is classified as a Legendary (Darkrai is only Mythical).
The Snivy/Latios-like Lunar Pokémon is a Psychic-user with the Levitate ability. She belongs to the 600 stat grouping and actually has a pretty decent Psychic Move Set. Psycho Cut can deal solid damage (with increased critical rate) and Moonblast is a Dragon-killer. Unfortunately, Cresselia is geared more towards Defense, which takes away quite a bit from her array of attacks. Overall, Cresselia is simply easy to forget. She fails to make much of an impression, but we wouldn't classify her as "bottom of the barrel."
16 Lugia (Pokémon: Gold & Silver)
Lugia is the second half of the Tower Duo and a rather menacing looking Psychic/Flying type. Visually, the Diving Pokémon looks like a cross between a bird and a plesiosaur. It's also the undisputed leader of the Legendary Bird Trio of Moltres, Articuno, and Zapdos. It is said that a light swoop from its powerful wings can create winds strong enough to tear down cliffs.
While it belongs to the powerful 680 stat group, most of Lugia's points are placed into Sp. Defense (154) and Defense (130). This leaves the Guardian of the Skies with a moderately low 90 Attack and Sp. Attack. That said, thanks to Aeroblast (a signature move), Lugia is still capable of dishing out decent damage. Its resistances are helpful, but a 2x weakness to five different move-types aren't doing it any favors.
15 Lunala (Pokémon: Sun & Moon)
Pokémon: Sun & Moon introduced us to the cosmic duo, two mysterious Legendary Pokémon with beautiful galaxy-themed visuals. Lunala, the Moone Pokémon, is a bat-like creature with large skeletal-style wings featuring deep purple membranes. It's a Psychic/Ghost-type that belongs to the 680 stat group.
Lunala is offensive, featuring 137 Sp. Attack and 113 Attack. It's got a decent amount of HP (137) too. Its power is put to good use via a strong Psychic move set, which includes a powerful signature skill. Moongeist Beam has 100 base power and always attacks an opponent, regardless of any defensive abilities they may have. Lunala is beautiful and strong in the right hands, but suffers greatly from a 4x weakness to both Ghost and Dark-type moves.
14 Xerneas (Pokémon: X & Y)
Xerneas is a dragon killer. This Legendary Fairy-type can deal a punishing amount of damage to Dragon, Dark, and Fighting-type Pokémon, while its immunity to Dragon-type moves makes it especially deadly towards draconic foes. It has an impressive amount of HP (126 base stat) and is loaded with 131 Attack and 131 Sp. Attack. Pair those figures with the deadly Fairy-move, Moonblast (which also comes with stab damage), and it's easy to see why Xerneas is such a dragon slayer.
That being said, the Life Pokémon doesn't have much going for it past these qualities. Its an easy target for Poison and Steel-type moves (2x weakness) and its buff power attributes leave it lacking defensively. It also lacks many stab abilities. In fact, Moonblast is the only stab-based skill that Xerneas can learn through natural leveling.
13 Zygarde (Pokémon: X & Y)
Zygarde was first introduced in Pokemon: X & Y, but made its way to Pokemon: Sun & Moon as a continuation of its design. Its first iteration was a snake-like 50% form. A new canine-like 10% form and bipedal Complete form were introduced in Generation VII. This makes Zygarde one of the most interesting Legendary Pokémon to date, but it's important to note that one of its forms is significantly weaker than the average Legendary.
Its 10% form has 486 total base stats, while the 50% form climbs to 600. Those dedicated enough to obtain Zygarde Complete will get a Pokémon that boasts 700 total base stats. What's astonishing is that 216 of those attribute points are crammed into HP. Sadly, you'll need all that HP, since this Legendary is 4x weak to Ice-type moves. Zygarde is capable of learning four different signature moves, each with its own unique side effect.
12 Solgaleo (Pokémon: Sun & Moon)
Solgaleo is the counterpart to Lunala and is the second half of the cosmic duo of the Alola region. This stark white lion features a magnificent star-shaped mane and a "forehead" that showcases a changing starscape. The Sunne Pokémon is a truly beautiful sight to behold, but don't let its elegant looks fool you.
This kingly Legendary has a 680 base stat total with a focus on HP (137), Attack (137), and Sp. Attack (113). It's 2x weak to four different types but has an impressive array of resistances, seeing half damage from nine different sources. It's signature move, Sunsteel Strike, does damage (100 base power) while ignoring any defensive abilities. It also possesses a helpful ability, Full Metal Body, which prevents its stats from being reduced.
11 Zekrom (Pokémon: Black & White)
Zekrom is part of the Tao Trio, a powerful group of Dragons from the Unova Region. Otherwise known as the Deep Black Pokémon, Zekrom is a Dragon/Electric type that stands at an imposing height of 9'06''. His design is clean, featuring a dark gray color scheme with pitch black highlights. Zekrom looks menacing and packs a mean electric punch.
Like his counterparts, Zekrom belongs to the 680 stat group, with most of the attribute attention gravitating towards Attack (150) and Sp. Attack (120). His Defense (120) isn't too shabby either. This bruiser features a signature ability, Teravolt (which ignores other Poké abilities like Levitate), as well as a powerful signature move called Bolt Strike. Zekrom does have a bit of a downside. While its defense is high, it carries a 2x weakness to four different move types.
10 Yveltal (Pokémon: X & Y)
There is a reason it's called the Destruction Pokémon. Yveltal is a Dark/Flying doomsday machine. According to its Pokédex entry, this behemoth brings on a mini apocalypse when it nears its lifespan. In order to keep on kicking, Yveltal will absorb the life energy from every living thing around it and then cocoon itself for 1000 years. It's definitely one of the better Pokémon out there in terms of lore, and in the right hands, it can be pretty powerful.
Yveltal belongs to the 680 stat grouping and shares an identical attribute makeup with Xerneas. Unlike the Life Pokémon, Yveltal is well equipped to make use of all that power. Its Dark Aura ability powers up all Dark-type moves by 33%, and it comes equipped with a powerful signature move. Oblivion Wing is capable of dishing out solid damage while simultaneously healing Yveltal for 75% of the damage dealt.
9 Reshiram (Pokémon: Black & White)
A lot of players cried foul over Reshiram's unique design. The creation of the Vast White Pokémon marked the first time we'd seen a Legendary Dragon/Fire typing. Its stark white color pallete and wispy feathered-form received mix reviews from the Pokémon community. From a visual standpoint, Reshiram's counterpart, Zekrom, looks arguably better. That said, we believe that Reshiram is superior when it comes to battle.
Reshiram boasts a 680 base stat total, with a rather high Sp. Attack (150) attribute. This comes in handy for its array of Dragon, Fire, and Psychic-type attacks. Reshiram packs a decent Defense (100), an above average Sp. Defense (120), and is resistant to five move types. Its signature move, Blue Flare, packs 130 base power and has a 20% chance to burn the target.
8 Giratina (Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl)
As the Pokémon franchise grew, developers began fleshing out lore and historical events. Much like Ancient Greece, the world of Pokémon imagines a series of God-like creatures responsible for the creation and protection of the world. Out of this newfound story sprung a rather entertaining group of Legendaries, known as the Creation Trio. These visually impressive Dragon-types are responsible for Time and Space itself.
Giratina is the bastion of antimatter and one of the most imposing Pokémon to ever grace the series. Standing 14'09'' (22'08'' in Origin Form), the Renegade Pokémon looks like it could tear any opponent to shreds. It features two separate forms (one offensive, one defensive) and features a hard-hitting Ghost-type signature move called Shadow Force. Trainers will need to be on their toes though, as Giratina has a 2x weakness to five move types.
7 Kyurem (Pokémon: Black & White)
This Ice/Dragon type is the last remaining piece to the Unova Tao Trio. The Boundary Pokémon looks like a flying T-Rex, with elongated legs, short arms, and a massive set of icy wings. Kyurem is pretty powerful in its own right, with a 660 base stat, the Pressure ability, and some decent Ice-type moves (including Blizzard). It features nice offense with 130 Attack and Sp. Attack.
The real bread and butter is that Kyurem has two other (stronger) forms. By using a DNA splicer, players can choose to fuse Kyurem with either Reshiram or Zekrom. The end result will transform this ice-imbued dragon into White Kyurem or Black Kyurem. Each choice comes with its own unique ability, moves, and bumps Kyurem's stats up to a massive 700 base total.
6 Palkia (Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl)
Palkia is known as the Spatial Pokémon and is responsible for Space as part of the Sinnoh Creation Trio. It's similar in design to Groudon and Zekrom, featuring a bipedal stance and theropod-like features. It's classified as a Dragon/Water type and is capable of creating alternate realities and warping space. It makes its home in an alternate dimension.
The Pokémon Pearl mascot has 680 total base stats and an impressive 150 SP. Attack. Its move set is strong, featuring Hydro Pump, Aqua Tail (both with stab damage), and a strong signature move. Spacial Rend has 100 base power and has an increased critical hit ratio. Palkia has three resistances and two 2x weaknesses.
5 Dialga (Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl)
Dialga represents Time and is the last remaining component to the Sinnoh Creation Trio. The Temporal Pokémon is similar to Arceus in design, with large pieces of metallic armor. Its Dragon/Steel typing is rather unique, and it's 680 base stat total makes it a powerhouse among Legendaries.
Most of Dialga's stat points are packed into Sp. Attack (150), Attack (120), and Defense (120). It might be a bit slower (90 Speed), but it more than makes up for it with some power-heavy moves and one painfully potent signature move. Roar of Time has a bone-breaking 150 base power, but it does force Dialga to "take a break" on its next turn. Its 2x weakness to Fighting and Ground-type moves might seem like a big deal, until you see its nine resistances.
4 Groudon (Pokémon: Ruby & Sapphire)
Pokémon: Ruby and Sapphire saw the creation of the best Legendary set to date. The Weather Trio are regarded as some of the coolest Pokémon to ever grace the franchise, featuring good lore, solid visual designs, and some serious power. It's hard to rank these juggernauts, as each one offers its own special powers and abilities, but we did it anyway.
Groudon is classfied as the Continent Pokémon, featuring a Ground-typing and a 570 base stat total. Most of its points are placed into Attack (150) and Defense (140). It has a signature move called Precipice Blades that attacks all adjacent Pokémon with a base power of 120. Those seeking more power can transform this Legendary into Primal Groudon. When holding a Red Orb, it rises to a 770 base stat total, with an astonishing 180 Attack and 160 Defense.
3 Kyogre (Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire)
It would be a crime not to place Groudon and Kyogre together. These titans are two sides of the same coin. Touted as the Sea Basin Pokémon, Kyogre is 776 lbs of pure watery power. Like its counterpart, this Legendary belongs to the 570 stat group. Most of its attributes are placed into Sp. Attack (150) and Sp. Defense (140).
Kyogre possesses two abilities. Drizzle powers up Water-type moves, while Primordial Sea nullifies any Fire-type moves. Its signature skill, Origin Pulse, hits all adjacent foes with a base power of 110. Like Groudon, Kyogre is capable of ascending to a Primal Form, by holding a Blue Orb. This Mega stage brings its base stat total up to 770, bolstering Sp. Attack to 180 and Sp. Defense to 160. All of this power, paired with drizzle and Origin Pulse, makes Kyogre a terrifying opponent.
2 Mewtwo (Pokémon: Red & Blue)
Let's be honest, Mewtwo features at the top of many Legendary lists based purely on its aesthetics and origin story. The Genetic Pokémon steals second on our list due to its high stats and powerful Psychic move set. Mewtwo belongs to the elite 680 stat group and sees most of its attributes packed into Sp. Attack (154) and Speed (130).
Mewtwo isn't exempt from type advantages. It carries a 2x weakness to Bug, Ghost, and Dark-type Pokémon. It does have a couple resistances and its Unnerve Ability keeps opponents from consuming berries during battle. What makes Mewtwo truly terrifying is its dual Mega evolutions. Mega Mewtwo X and Mega Mewtwo Y. These variant forms lift its total base stats to 780 and unlock new abilities. Mega Mewtwo Y has a staggering 194 Sp. Attack.
1 Rayquaza (Pokémon: Ruby & Sapphire)
Mewtwo may be the strongest Pokémon within the franchise, but Rayquaza takes our top spot. To us, there is nothing more iconic than the Sky High Pokémon. The defacto leader of the Weather Trio, Its responsible for keeping Groudon and Kyogre in check. Classified as a Dragon/Flying-type, Rayquaza looks like a Far East-inspired Dragon, featuring an elongated body and two massive fins atop its head.
It's important to note that Rayquaza does have a 4x weakness to Ice and a 2x weakness to several other move types. Its Mega form does a lot to protect against this. The Mega ability, Delta Stream, negates any "super effective" attacks against Flying-types. In its ultimate form, Rayquaza is all offense, boasting an intense 180 Attack and 180 Sp. Attack. In its base form, it still features a rather high 150 Attack and 150 Sp. Attack.