Ask different people who the most powerful Pokémon of all time is and you’d probably get completely different answers.
In the Pokémon universe, there’s a wide range of types and regions that display the might of these creatures. With its first generation back in 1996, Pokémon has been around for quite a while. Over the years, we’ve seen up to 8 generations of a diverse range of Pokémon to discover. It’s quite rare to fill a Pokedex, and it’s even harder when there are 8 generations worth of Pokémon to discover.
898 Pokémon exist in total, and there’s sure to be a power tier list somewhere. But today, we’ll address something a bit different.
We’ll focus on the most powerful Pokemon of all time. That is, the one that is sure to best any of the other Pokemon in battle. This decision is one that would normally be divisive within the large portion of the community. However, there’s a certain trait that makes this one a decisive winner in any matchup. But before we get to that, let’s identify the most powerful Pokémon of all time.
As is the tradition in the show, let’s beg the question “Who’s that Pokémon?”
First thing’s first, let’s establish Arceus. It’s a Normal-type mythical Pokémon that was originally introduced in Generation IV. Since he’s the only one of his type as a legendary Pokemon, Arceus is genderless. This character is one that is rarely shown off on the big screen. However, he’s still a force to be reckoned with. Arceus is the creator of the Pokémon regions of Sinnoh and Ransei. He’s also the oldest Pokemon even though he wasn’t introduced in the earlier generations. At 3.2 Meters tall, he’s a towering figure in comparison to his fellow Pokémon.
He’s known as “The Original One”, and serves as the master to the legendary creation trio. This trio consists of legendary Pokémon like Dialga, Palkia and Giratina. As their master, Arceus also holds a trump card that makes him a formidable force in any matchup. Yes, you guessed it. He can change his type if he’s holding a Plate or type-specific Z-Crystal. If you don’t know what those are, you’re not alone. We’ll explain. The Plate is a type of held item that was originally introduced in Gen IV.
The Plates are capable of boosting the holder’s moves for the corresponding type of plate. For example, a Fire type like Charizard holding the Flame Plate will be much stronger with flame type abilities. With Arceus though, it works a bit differently and makes him a Fire type.
Meanwhile, the Z-Crystals provide Arceus with held items of the same name at will. Essentially making Arceus able to hold an elemental item that changes his type.
In comparison to other powerful Pokemon, it’s important to see how well Arceus holds up. Especially when facing characters with totally unique and equally reality-bending techniques. We’ll match him up with other strong legendary Pokemon and explain why Arceus would take home the victory.
Giratina vs. Arceus
It is a Ghost/Dragon type Legendary Pokémon. The Pokémon Platinum Version Mascot is Giratina. It is a part of the Trinity Trio, along with Dialga and Palkia. Giratina is one of the most terrifying Pokemon in the franchise’s history, sometimes even represented as the deity of war, starvation, disease, natural calamities, and tremendous misfortune because these are prevalent causes of death for many people. Shadow Force made its debut as a Ghost-type move in Generation IV, and It’s Giratina’s trademark move.
Against Arceus though, Giratina might as well be a breeze. Arceus’ ability to switch types is the main selling point of his superiority. Therefore, it’s going to be basically impossible for Giratina to be effective against a fully plated Arceus.
Mewtwo vs. Arceus
Finally. The matchup most of you have been waiting for! There’s a lot of discussion about who the strongest Pokemon is between Arceus and Mewtwo. Mewtwo is a legendary Pokémon that possesses Psychic powers. You must be aware of Mewtwo’s strength if you are committed to understanding everything there is to know about Pokemon.
With a maximum Combat Power of 4,724, Mewtwo is the perfect Psychic-type attacker. Mewtwo is unconcerned about its opponents’ brains being manipulated or its ability to teleport. Mewtwo’s abilities are fully shown in the Detective Pikachu film, demonstrating how impressively strong this Pokémon is. It has a one-ton grasp strength and can run 100 meters in less than two seconds. Despite its little stature, its mental fortitude is impressive.
Against Arceus though even with Arceus’s max CP at 4510, Arceus would be able to land the bug, dark, and ghost-type attacks that Mewtwo is vulnerable to if he had the ability to alter types on the fly. Mewtwo might be able to land one or two hits, but Arceus’ type alterations would guarantee that Mewtwo’s attacks would always deal minimal or no damage.
Rayquaza vs. Arceus
Rayquaza is a Hoenn Legendary Pokémon that is a Dragon with a Flying type. It does not change into or out of any other Pokémon. Rayquaza’s age is thought to be in the hundreds of millions of years.
Legends are usually thown around regarding how the fight between Kyogre and Groudon ended thanks to Rayquaza. This dragon Pokémon can fly and has one of the most powerful attacks of any Pokémon, standing 23 inches tall and weighing 455 pounds.
Against Arceus, in-game Rayquaza might be taking the cake. But talking lore, where their actual powers stem from, Arceus is much, much stronger than Rayquaza. Considering that Arceus is basically a god, it’s understandable that Pokemon didn’t want to take the spotlight away from characters in promotional materials such as Rayquaza.
Lugia vs. Arceus
Lugia is a Pokémon of the psychic and flying categories. Fighting Pokemon of the flying variety are very effective against grass. Lugia has the ability to make the seas turbulent or tranquil. Aeroblast was also added as a damage-dealing Flying-type ability in Generation II. It’s Lugia’s trademark move. The might of Lugia is thought to be such that merely extending its wings may cause massive storms. Lugia likes to reside deep underwater in order to escape any potential damage.
With a lower Combat Power in comparison to Arceus, Lugia is sure to have a tough time winning against him. However, that doesn’t detract from his raw strength. With a CP of 2645 at the highest, he’s not going to be able to best Arceus both in-game and in lore.
Ho-Oh vs. Arceus
Ho-Oh is a legendary Pokémon that is both powerful and iconic. Ho-Oh, who first appeared in the second generation of games, Pokémon Gold and Silver, earns a spot on this “Most Powerful Pokémon of All Time” list because of the fantastic lore surrounding the Legendary Pokémon. Ho-Oh is the sky’s protector, and after a horrible tragedy befell three other Pokémon, Ho-Oh utilized its ability to resuscitate the dead to convert them into the game’s three other Legendary Beasts, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune.
Considering his incredible feats in lore, Ho-Oh is no joke for sure. However, Arceus is rumoured to be responsible for their entire universe’s creation. If that’s anything to go by, Arceus is sure to be a supreme choice in any matchup against Ho-Oh.
Kyogre vs. Arceus
Kyogre is a Water-type Pokémon that first appears in Generation 3. It is referred to as the Sea Basin Pokémon. Kyogre can produce massive storm clouds that cover the whole sky and cause torrential rain.
According to folklore, Kyogre is the Pokemon who increased the sea by enveloping the land with torrential rains and massive tidal surges. This Pokemon is said to have enlarged the sea by delivering severe rains. It is capable of manipulating water.
In terms of strength, Arceus is no slouch, even though he’s a normal type Pokemon. Arceus’ combat power is still higher than Kyogre’s 4652, making him an assured victory when combined with his type-changing abilities.
Reshiram and Zekrom Aren’t The Most Powerful Pokémon of All Time
Whereas Dialga and Palkia were deities beyond time and space, Zekrom and Reshiram appeared to be a step backward in terms of power. Sure, they could conjure fire and lightning like no other Pokémon in the world, but that was the extent of their abilities.
Arceus, with no other unique abilities, would be able to readily discover and exploit an opening. We’d guess he could also divert their strikes or, at the absolute least, defend against them. He wouldn’t have much of a problem with that.
Plus, there’s not much a light and dark combination can do to a Pokemon that is able to command all types. Therefore, Arceus easily takes the top spot here as well.
Arceus Is The Most Powerful Pokémon of All Time
Arceus is easily the strongest Pokemon in the known universe established in both the game and anime. His power isn’t one that’s necessarily over the top, but it is still definitive in nature. Therefore, it’s hard to see any other legendries besting him. For Arceus, it’s just a matter of getting him the Z-Crystals and Plates necessary for him to be fully useful in a fight. I think that’s the hardest part of getting Arceus to be effective in a fight.