25 Best Legendary Pokemon Ranked by Strength (2023 Updated)

the best legendary pokemon

It should not really come as a surprise that Pokemon is one of the most prolific games that we can talk about.

To the point that almost all of us grew up playing this game in one form or another, and while many might not like the game or many might not be playing the game anymore, it simply cannot be said that it did not make a mark on the world as one of the best games ever.

With that said, if you have been wondering about the best legendary Pokemon, you are at the right place as we are going to help you with a guide that is handy and gets almost all the bases covered. The purpose here is rather simple, to be honest.

We are going to explore all the amazing legendary Pokemons, considering how a lot of them are so much better than the others. Let’s not waste time and have a look.

Best Legendary Pokemon of All Time

Now, we all know that finding the right legendary Pokemon is no rocket science, but determining which one is the best one is more important than anything else, and that is what we are going to focus on in this post.

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#1- Arceus

The first one that we are looking at is Arceus, a generation IV Alpha Pokemon that has managed to make a name for itself. Now, for those who do not know, Arceus will not evolve; however, it will change the type based on the Plate or Z-Crystal that it is holding.

Image of Arceus

Arceus also manages to be one of the strongest Pokemons on the list and is absolutely dominating in the field. That being said, there is also no major weakness, so you are getting something that is going to deliver a fantastic experience.

#2- Mewtwo

I still remember the Mewtwo reveal that took place in Pokemon anime, and while at that time, I did not pay much attention, I was stunned, to say the least. Needless to say, Mewtwo is definitely one of the most powerful Pokemons that you can go for with a lot of power, as well.

Mewtwo

This Pokemon not only boasts some impressive stats but also delivers one of the best overall performances, too. So, for those who have been looking to play and have fun, this is the best way you can go as you would not be disappointed.

#3- Rayquaza

While one cannot call Rayquaza the fastest Pokemon out there, but considering all the other stats that you get access to, it certainly is one of the strongest ones with some really nice stats and abilities.

Rayquaza

The Pokemon is also able to mega-evolve without the use of an item, making the Pokemon even stronger and more compelling to go with. Needless to say, Rayquaza is an excellent addition to the roster.

#4- Giratina

Next up, we have Giratina; when this Pokemon is in the Origin or Altered form, you are looking at an impressive base stat, and the best part is that it is actually one of 10 Pokemons to boast some of the most amazing stats.

Giratina

Aside from looking like a formidable force to reckon with, you are also looking at a Pokemon that is versatile when it comes to battle. Whether you are looking at attack or defense, you are not going to be let down with how good this Pokemon is.

#5- Palkia

A lot of people are not aware of the fact, but Palkia is a dual-type Pokemon, allowing for far more versatility than some might imagine.

Palkia

Aside from being a water Pokemon, you are also looking at a dragon type and what’s even better is that this Pokemon, in general, is pretty imposing and looks like someone who can deliver a tough beating.

Needless to say, if you have been looking for an excellent legendary Pokemon, Palkia is an excellent choice.

#6- Dialga

Much like Palkia, Dialga is also one of the most terrifying and powerful Pokemon that you can think about, and much like Palkia, you are also looking at two different types. You get a steel type as well as the dragon type.

Dialga

You are also getting access to special attack-based moves, which makes Dialga one of the most popular and powerful Pokemon that you can get your hands on. Sure, you might want to look and explore, but this right here is one amazing legendary Pokemon.

#7- Lugia

I still remember the episode where Ash runs into Lugia for the first time, and I was terrified, to be honest. The entire episode leading up to the reveal was amazing, and at that time, Lugia was shown as a Pokemon that you should be terrified of one.

Lugia

It is one of the rarest Pokemon that you can find with excellent psychic and flying-type moves but can also delve into the water and ice-type attacks going forward.

With that said, the reason Lugia is so amazing is that the Pokemon has some of the best defensive stats, so you really do not have to worry.

#8- Kyogre

If you have been watching or reading Pokemon, it is safe to say that you are aware of Kyogre, another excellent Pokemon that can be yours. Kyogre is undoubtedly one of the strongest water-type Pokemon, and the best part is that Kyogre also has the ability to fly.

Kyogre

If you have been looking for an absolute powerful Pokemon known for delivering some earth-shattering attacks, then it is more than safe to assume that this Pokemon should be your choice.

#9- Groudon

If you are aware of Kyogre, then it is safe to say that you know about Groudon. Both of these Pokemons have been fighting each other since the inception, and along with Rayquaza, all three of these Pokemons have been considered to be amazing in almost every regard.

Groudon

For those wondering, Groudon is the ruler of the land and has rare ground-type powers. The Pokemon has excellent attack and defense and a lot of amazing abilities that you can use. Needless to say, if you are looking to dominate the battlefield, this is a good way to do so.

#10- Zekrom

Another excellent Pokemon that I can tell you is Zekrom, an excellent Pokemon that you can go with. Not only does Zekrom looks compelling with sleek black looks, but you are also looking at a Pokemon that has both dragon and electric abilities. Which more than makes up for an excellent Pokemon.

Zekrom

Zekrom is excellent in terms of the statistics, too, allowing you to have a much better experience overall and dominate the battlefield, too. So, if you have been looking for something excellent, this is the way to go.

#11- Kyurem

If you start reading about the Pokemon lore, you will come to realize that Kyurem is essentially an empty shell that was left behind when Reshiram and Zekrom were split, but even then, Kyurem is still considered a Pokemon, and while Reshiram and Zekrom are represented as yin and yang, Kyurem relies on the concept of “wuji,” which means the absence of yin and yang.

Kyurem

Needless to say, I would suggest that Kyurem is one of the coolest ones because of its ability to fuse with either Zekrom or Reshiram with ease.

#12- Reshiram

We are all aware of the fact that Pokemon lore is filled with dragon-type Legendary Pokemons, but when you are looking at Reshiram from generation 5, you could say that the competition was wiped away.

Reshiram

Despite being a long, long time, Reshiram is still one of the coolest Pokemon, and when you compare it with the rest two such as Kyurem and Zekrom, it only starts making sense that you are looking at one of the finest Pokemon to have existed and well, the experience alone speaks a lot.

#13- Ho-Oh

A lot of people are not aware, but Ho-Oh is one of the original Pokemons that came around when most of them were kits.

HO OH

The Pokemon is an excellent tank because of a higher defense, but thankfully, it also boasts some really good attacks and special attack powers, so you are not really going to run into any issues.

For those wondering, the reason why Ho-Oh is so important as a legendary Pokemon is that it is considered to be the first legendary that appeared in the anime.

#14- Yveltal

Although the name might be a tongue twister, when you are looking at Yveltal as a Pokemon that is excellent in almost every aspect, you would not be wrong.

Yveltal

It used to be the only dark-type legendary in the series, and while it was not as useful, you would be looking at one of the most powerful Pokemon that you could go for.

Another thing is that you are looking at the key stats being higher than some of the competing Pokemons, so if you have been looking for something solid and worth your time, this is the way to go.

#15- Xerneas

Not a lot of people are familiar with Xerneas, considering how you are looking at a rather recent addition to the series. Additionally, the series also does not have a lot of Fairy-type Pokemon. Still, Xerneas is an incredible offering and was also the mascot for Pokemon X and Y.

Xerneas

Considering how we are looking at a legendary Pokemon, Xerneas is known for having some of the best defense, with attack and specials being not bad, either. Considering how it is a fairy-type, the Pokemon is completely immune to dragon-type attacks.

#16- Cresselia

If you have been looking at something that is both ethereal and powerful at the same time, then you would be happy to know that Cresselia is one of those Pokemon to begin with.

Cresselia

Much like some of the other Pokemon from this type, you are looking at an overall defensive Pokemon but with some really good defense and nice attack and special, too.

If you are looking for a Pokemon that looks out of the world more than normal, you would be happy to know that this is something that you should be good with.

#17- Legendary Birds (Galarian version)

If you have been a fan of Pokemon for some time, then it is safe to say that you are aware of the three legendary birds, Zapdos, Articuno, and Moltres.

The Three Legendary Birds Galarian version

However, what you do not know is that these birds have Galarian variants, too, which makes them even more powerful, and, honestly, among the coolest looking Pokemon out there.

Sure, some people might have their preferences, but if you have been going for something that is good all around, then these three birds are what you should be interested in because you will not be let down in any case.

#18- Latios

For anyone who has been through Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, it is safe to say that you are aware of both Latios and Latias.

Latios

While there is nothing to write home about as far as the overall looks go, these Pokemon certainly manage to hold up really well when compared to some of the other options that are available.

Latios is much better in defense as compared to Latias, but do not worry; if you are looking for solid performance, you are going to be happy knowing that both of these can perform equally.

#19- Latias

Moving further, we are looking at Latias, and this time around, the Pokemon is the antithesis of Latios, and this time around, you are looking at a much more offensive Pokemon in general with decent defense at the same time.

Latias

Now, you might be stuck choosing between both of these, but honestly, after playing for some time, I have come to realize that you can actually go ahead and interchange both Pokemon with ease.

#20- Jirachi

There is no doubt that whenever you are looking for legendary Pokemon, Jirachi is one name that will appear a lot of times.

Jirachi

Sure, this seemingly small and friendly-looking Pokemon might give an impression of being cute and not so dangerous, but the truth is that Jirachi is a force to be reckoned with and one of the most formidable Pokemon that you can look at and delivers exceptional stats, as well. Needless to say, Jirachi is one amazing Pokemon that you can go for.

#21- Eternatus

If you have been searching for an incredibly powerful Pokemon with great looks and design, Eternatus is something that you should be going for. Not only is it one of the strongest, but it can actually get a higher level without any special items, either.

Eternatus

I remember facing Eternatus, and yes, it is as overwhelming as it might look, and sometimes, you wonder if you really want to meddle with this Pokemon to begin with.

#22- Zamazenta

Another excellent Pokemon that you can go for is Zamazenta, and although it starts by not being one of the most powerful.

Zamazenta

If you do go ahead and hand a powerful item to this Pokemon, you would be happy to know that this is one of the best offerings that you can go for, and you will not be disappointed by this Pokemon.

Zamazenta is excellent in almost every aspect, and well, you are looking at one amazing friend.

#23- Zacian

Moving onto Zacian, we are looking at another excellent Pokemon that might be a little weaker, but when you are handing them over some powerful items, you are looking at one formidable Pokemon that is not going to slow you down or make you regret your choice, for that matter.

Zacian

I have come to realize that Zacian is actually a great Pokemon for those who know how to use it and can easily become one of the greatest allies one can have to begin with.

#24- Solgaleo

Solgaleo has first introduced in the generation 7 games and happened to be a psychic and steel-type legendary. You are looking at a Pokemon that brings a high attack and special attack stat and can even fuse with Necrozma.

Solgaleo

However, even when you are looking at unfused Solgaleo, you are looking at an incredibly strong and excellent-looking Pokemon that can easily dominate the playing field and deliver great victories.

#25- Lunala

The last Pokemon is among my favorite simply because of the name and the type. For those wondering, Lunala is a psychic/ghost legendary Pokemon that literally looks like a celestial and looks to be one of the best-looking Pokemon that you can go for.

Lunala

Not just that, Lunala happens to be extremely powerful with various attacks, and while the leveling rate is on the slower side, you are looking at one of the best allies that you can have.

Here Are Some Tips for Catching Legendary Pokémon

Now that we are done looking at all the amazing legendary Pokemon that you can find in various games, the next step is to start focusing on how to catch them.

It is safe to say that catching these Pokemon is not as easy as one might think, and therefore, it is better that you are fully prepared, as well.

Still, we are going to have a look at how you can capture legendary Pokemon with ease. Do not worry, as this is not going to be difficult at all, and you would be able to get things done in no time.

  • Stock Up: You have to remember that you cannot just go ahead and capture a legendary Pokemon just because you feel like it. You should stock up on all the important items you need and make sure that you have plenty of them.
  • Prepare Your Pokemon: Before you even think of picking up a legendary Pokemon, you first have to be sure that you are prepared in terms of your actual Pokemon. They need to be strong enough and have the level to match the legendary Pokemon, or everything will fold like a tent.
  • Pokeballs are Important: Pokemon games will introduce you to a variety of Pokeballs, with the Master Ball being the best option as it never really fails to catch whatever Pokemon, but you have to understand is that Master Ball are incredibly rare and, in some cases, rarer than the legendary Pokemons. This means that if you do have one or a couple, you will have to be sure how you are going to use them.

The Conclusion:

I fully understand the complexity that comes with legendary Pokemons, but it is safe to say that if you are looking into something that is excellent and rich, the Pokemon lore has plenty that you can go for.

Again, not everyone is going to be comfortable with this whole aspect, but for anyone who is looking to experience an excellent lore filled with fantasy, fun, humor, and a lot more, this is a great way to go around.

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Furqan Shahid
Reader, writer, and gamer. I started my gaming journey with NES and back then, it was the greatest thing that I had ever put my hands on. For me, it was the best thing in the world. However, as I progressed into the world of gaming, it soon dawned on me how this rabbit hole is a never-ending one and soon gaming turned from my passion to my profession. I have been gaming for 24 years and have extensive knowledge about not just platforms, but building computers as well.

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