Since Pokemon was first released back in the 90s, the legendary trios have fascinated new and old fans alike with their scarcity and power. Almost all of them are either based on myth, or considered mythical in the game. They are typically worshiped by the people of the game's regions, and often sought after by villains of the series. They come in all shapes and sizes. It doesn't hurt that they typically have their own movies to boot.
With the number of Pokemon to catch increasing with each game, it can be hard to decide who should claim the well-deserved spots on your team's roster. Should you go with the classics? Or perhaps try some that are more up to date and modern? They all come with their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Legendary Pokemon are near guaranteed to have a base stat total of at least 600. Let's face it. Their stats already put them at an advantage against other Pokemon, but what happens when its a clash of the titans? In the ever-growing world of Pokemon strategy has never been more important, or more versatile. What traits should you look for in a legendary Pokemon? Their Types range across the board. Let's narrow it down. Here are what could easily be considered eight of the best legendary Pokemon in the series, and seven of the worst.
Ah Mewtwo, the first Pokémon we laid eyes on as children in those first opening seconds of the theme song. With a base speed stat of 130 and a base special attack of 154, Mewtwo holds great one hit KO potential. His typing gives you access to powerful stab moves like Psychic and Psyshock, but make sure to save room for powerful TMs like thunder, solar beam, earthquake, and blizzard to take out opponents of all types! If you want to make use of his Pressure ability, it may be a best to go with a defensive build. You can put EVs into his defense and teach him Recover to create a wall that your opponent will seriously struggle to break through! Besides Charizard, Mewtwo is the only other Pokémon with two mega evolutions. Not to mention both of their evolutions have a base stat yield of 780! It just goes to show that generation one Pokémon can still hold their own in the ever-evolving world of Pokémon.
Virizion is one of the three “Swords of Justice” from Generation V and is the only member of the trio to have a 4x weakness. He is the only Grass-type legendary in the entire series, and there may be a reason for that. When using Virizion you need to look out for all kinds of different weaknesses. That’s a lot of ground to cover. The average legendary Pokémon has a base stat total of about 600 whereas Virizion’s stat total is 580. His defense is a mere 72, and his health only hits 91. Attack and special attack both are 90, so each stat is low for that of a rare and powerful Pokémon. Virizion comes with the ability justified increasing his attack when he is hit by a dark move, overall pretty useless.
Tied with Mega Mewtwo for the highest base stat yield in the Pokémon universe, hitting a whopping 780, Mega Rayquaza just looks like he could pack a major punch. Unlike other Pokémon, Rayquaza does not have a mega stone. He is instead able to absorb the power of falling meteors thanks to a special organ called a “Mikado.” In in the game you will need to have him learn the move Dragon Ascent to be able to unleash his full potential. He is weak to rock and ice types so Earthquake is a good move to keep handy. Rayquaza also has access to powerful stab moves like Draco Meteor and Outrage that you can use to deal with those pesky dragon-types. It would also be in the trainer's best interest to invest EVs into speed. Compared to his attack Rayquaza’s defenses are lacking, so you’ll want to make sure you’re fast enough that you can deal the first move when facing other strong legendary opponents!
Azelf is known as the “bringer of willpower,” and a member of the lake guardian trio. While he is very cute, he has made the bottom seven. His psychic typing leaves him vulnerable to x2 damage from Bug, Ghost, and Dark-type Pokémon. He has the ability Levitate, which keeps him protected from Ground-type attacks. You better take your opponent out in one hit because Azelf’s defenses are both a mere 70 at their base. 75 hp at level 50 is reasonably low for a legendary Pokémon. Azelf’s inherent moves are nothing too special either. Explosion, Last Resort, and Future Sight are all you can look forward to. Nothing special, right?
One of Sinnoh’s creation trio, Palkia is the representative of space. Palkia’s type means he is only weak to Dragon and Fairy-type Pokémon. Spatial Rend with its 100 power (not including stab) and 95% accuracy takes care of opposing Dragon-types, leaving only those pesky little fairies to deal with. Unfortunately for Palkia, he doesn’t have access to any good Steel or Poison-type moves. That’s okay though! His defenses are nothing to laugh about. Not to mention that, with a little EV training, you can lift his HP and make sure he sticks around for the long haul! Over all Palkia is a well-rounded legendary Pokémon with a great typing to match!
Regice is one of the Hoenn region’s three legendary titans, not to mention all of them are a real pain to catch. Besides having the highest special defense of any legendary Pokémon, his stats are nothing to write home about. Regice comes in with a mere 50 attack, 50 speed, and 80 HP. Add that to his x2 weakness to Fighting, Rock, Steel, and Fire, and you’ve got yourself a tough situation. The ability Ice Body will help you regain a little health, but you’re likely to take more damage than you are able to recover from. Regice's move-set isn’t too helpful either. Zap Cannon has horrible accuracy. You won’t get any stab power from Hammer Arm. Hyper Beam will leave you needing to recharge. The only real powerful stab moves you should work with are Ice Beam and Blizzard. Unless your content with sitting like a rock on the battlefield, it’s time to consider choosing a different legendary for your party.
Zekrom the Electric/Dragon powerhouse and the black yin member of Unova’s Tao trio. He has the highest stat total of any electric Pokémon. Zekrom’s typing gives him a resistance to a total of six different types, making him good for more than one occasion. His signature move Bolt Strike packs a massive 130 power, plus it’s a stab move! Not to mention other powerful stab moves like: Outrage, Thunder, and Fusion Bolt, all of which hold at LEAST 100 power. Teravolt will help make sure that all those powerful attacks hit their mark. Nice to see a Pokémon with an Electric attack move better than Thunder Punch! Letting him learn Imprison could be an interesting way to shut down opposing dragons that may try and match outrage for outrage, or maybe even dragon claw. It’s hard to deny that Zekrom is overall just a cool Pokémon. In fact, it is artist Ken Sugimori’s favorite from the black and white games!
Moltres. The fire member of Kanto’s three legendary birds, and probably one of the first legendary Pokémon most of us ever caught. Sadly, he was the only bird to not get a spot in the opening theme. He is also the only trio member to not get stab power against his fellow birds. Sorry Moltres. Rock Pokémon will deal x4 damage, so prepare yourself. You’ll also need to watch out for Water and Electric-types. Flame Body makes for a nice ability and all, but a burn won’t do much to a Water or Rock type. Sky Attack and Solar Beam will both leave you stuck storing energy for a turn. Not to mention the powerful Fire moves Moltres does have all have low pp. While Moltres may be a cool looking Pokémon, he just doesn’t hold a candle to his fellow legendary competitors.
Johto’s “Guardian of the seas” is one of the most iconic Pokémon of all time, considering its been the cover star for three different games in the series (first appearing on the cover of Pokémon Silver). Its Psychic/Flying typing leaves it vulnerable to five different types, so using Lugia successfully does take a little strategic planning. Both members of the Tower Duo hold the record for highest special defense among flying types; something that must be taken advantage of. You can pair Lugia’s high defenses with his Pressure ability, which will give you the opportunity to run your enemy down over time. Moves like Future Sight and recover only further his defensive, run down strategy. Once your enemy is starting to get run down, you can do them in with powerful stab moves like Aero Blast and Sky Attack.
Uxie, another member of the lake trio, has found his way in the bottom seven. Uxie is also dubbed the bringer of knowledge. His initial move set leaves very little to be desired. Future sight is his strongest attack. Not the best offensive move. Other than Future Sight, you are left with Extrasensory, and whatever TMs you can muster. Uxie’s base attack and special attack are only 75, hitting way under the mark compared to his fellow legendary Pokémon. In fact, his base stat total of 580 hits below the average legendary total, which is 600. He holds a x2 weakness to Bug, Dark, and Ghost-types. Uxie shares the ability Levitate with his lake guardian brothers, which also doesn’t do much for strategy building. Over all the lake guardian trio really doesn’t have much to offer compared to its competition.
“The Origin Pokémon” and possibly the creator of the Pokémon universe as we know it! The good news? He has a whopping 720 base stat total. The bad news? His stats are equally distributed. Arceus is a normal type leaving him only vulnerable to fighting Pokémon. You can give Arceus a Plate or Z Crystal to have him change types. You’ve got access to some seriously powerful stab moves in his normal form: Giga Impact, Hyper Beam, and Judgement. Judgement is the only move that will always be a stab move for Arceus, no matter what item you have him hold. There’s no end to the strategies you could choose to run with Arceus, but in his normal state, it would be smart to have him know a move like Psychic or Psyshock to keep the fighters in check.
Tornadus is one of the “forces of nature” trio. He has two forms; his incarnate form, resembling a genie, and his therian form, resembling a bird. Tornadus is the only pure Flying-type Pokémon, and the only single type legendary Pokémon in Generation V. Inherent moves like Hammer Arm, Thrash, and Dark Pulse don’t leave much room for stab. His typing allows Rock, Electric, and Ice-type Pokémon to do double damage to him. Tornadus has very low defense for a legendary Pokémon. His base defense is only 70, and special defense is 80. Those are pretty low numbers compared to his legendary counterparts. A Pokémon like Zekrom with his strong offensive electric attack, could take down Tornadus in one hit. He has the ability Prankster, which is a good ability, but doesn’t contribute much considering with such low defenses there is a high chance for another legendary to take him out before status conditions would play any real part.
A Pokémon from its own distortion world, Giratina is the third Pokémon in Sinnoh’s creation trio and represents anti-matter. It is the only Pokémon to date with the typing Ghost/Dragon, and it holds the record for highest base stats of any Ghost type. He is the only Pokémon weak to his own types! Though he does have a resistance to an impressive six different types. He is also unique in the way that he is the only legendary that can be caught in all five Generation IV games. You’ve got access to a couple good stab moves, such as Draco Meteor and Shadow Force. In his altered form, he has the ability Pressure, but keep in mind it does change to Levitate in his origin form.
Entei is one of the legendary beasts. Legend says that Entei was resurrected by Ho-oh after the Brass Tower was burned down, and that he himself is a representation of the fire that burned down the tower. His Fire typing leaves him vulnerable to double damage from Water, Rock, and Ground-type Pokémon. The Fire typing typically gives a Pokémon access to a solid amount of powerful special attack moves. Unfortunately for Entei, he has a base special attack of 90. Not the best for a legendary. His Pressure ability is best used in a drawn-out battle. Entei’s defense and special defense are both low, so it will be hard to keep Entei around for long. With a special defense stat of only 75 it wouldn’t take much from a strong enough water Pokémon to do Entei in for good.
Solgaleo is last on the list of legendary Pokémon. One of the cosmic duo, along with Lunala. They both evolve from the Pokémon Cosmoem. His typing gives him the advantage of being resistant to a stunning 9 different types! The Psychic/Steel, lion Pokémon packs a punch with a base attack of 137, and a base special attack of 113! Not bad! Solgaleo can enter his “Radiant Sun” state when using his signature move Sun Steel Strike, which has a power of 100 with 100% accuracy (not including the stab boost). Earthquake would be a smart move to keep in the arsenal to combat those Ground and Fire types your opponent is bound to switch in. It’s a good investment to do some speed EV training to out maneuver Pokémon like Groudon that are almost guaranteed to be thrown at you and could do some serious damage. The ability Full Metal Body will help guaranteed that your massive attack power is not lowered through out the battle.