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Top 5 Fighting Pokemon from Johto

There are very few Fighting-type Pokemon in Johto (Image via Tom Salazar)
There are very few Fighting-type Pokemon in Johto (Image via Tom Salazar)
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Modified 23 Mar 2021
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Fighting-type Pokemon in Generation II are largely defined by their high attack and defense stats.

With only three new Fighting-types added, Johto's Fighting diversity is nearly nonexistent. Still, even within such a slim variety, there are better Pokemon and worse Pokemon.

Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinion of the writer.


Top 5 Fighting Pokemon from Johto

#5 - Poliwrath

Poliwrath (Image via The Pokemon Company)
Poliwrath (Image via The Pokemon Company)

Poliwrath is a jack of all trades, with close to even stats across the board. Its biggest use as a member of a team in GSC is type coverage or physical damage.

Unfortunately, Poliwrath doesn't learn any overly useful Fighting-type moves. However, the Pokemon can learn Belly Drum, which lets it make up for a lack of STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) by immediately maxing its attack. It also isn't too difficult to obtain since it just requires a common Poliwhirl and a Water Stone.


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#4 - Hitmonlee

Hitmonlee (Image via The Pokemon Company)
Hitmonlee (Image via The Pokemon Company)

The faceless Fighting-type Pokemon Hitmonlee is a surprisingly bulky pick. It is used to stall special attackers by using its more-than-modest attack stat to beat the opponent into submission.

Using Rest and Sleep Talk in conjunction with one another is a popular strategy in Generation II, and Hitmonlee is an excellent example of a Pokemon that can do it. Using Rest and then spamming High Jump Kick or Body Slam through Sleep Talk makes Hitmonlee a nigh-unbeatable deliverer of pain.


#3 - Primeape

Primeape (Image via The Pokemon Company)
Primeape (Image via The Pokemon Company)
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Primeape manages to pull ahead in Generation II by being the fastest Fighting-type Pokemon in the game. It also has a decent move pool, learning moves like Cross Chop, Rock Slide, and Thrash.

However, even as the fastest Fighting-type, Primeape is still not as fast as a sizable amount of other Pokemon in the region.

Primeape works best when used in a team capable of paralyzing the opponent since the speedy ape Pokemon will basically be guaranteed to go first no matter the opponent in that scenario.


#2 - Machamp

Machamp (Image via The Pokemon Company)
Machamp (Image via The Pokemon Company)

Machamp is called the Superpower Pokemon for good reason. A devastating base attack stat of 130 means that anything hit by one of Machamp's four arms will be seeing stars for days. A mixture of Cross Chop and Rock Slide will decimate most opponents, while other moves like Earthquake or Body Same can be used for more precise scenarios.

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The biggest caveat to using a Machamp is that it is much more difficult to obtain than other Pokemon. It requires trading a Machoke with another player and then trading it back. For some, this may be as easy as booting up a second copy of the game or traveling to a neighbor's house. However, for others, this is a near-impossible task.


#1 - Heracross

Heracross (Image via The Pokemon Company)
Heracross (Image via The Pokemon Company)

Heracross is a fine example of a devastatingly powerful Pokemon. It has nearly as much base attack as Machamp, but with better type coverage and significantly better speed.

Bug and Fighting-type is certainly an interesting typing. Bug covers Fighting's weakness to Psychic with moves like Megahorn, while Fighting takes care of the Rock-types that Bug-types hate so much.

The dual-typing does sport a 4x weakness to Flying-types, but the ability to counter both the prevalent Rock-types and dangerous Psychic-types makes the quad-weakness worth it.

Heracross can easily be obtained through casual gameplay. It may take a bit of luck, but as long as the player continues headbutting trees, they are sure to find the behemoth bug.

Published 23 Mar 2021, 04:48 IST
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