How to Beat Poliwrath

If you are looking for the best ways to defeat Poliwrath in Pokemon Go, you've come to the right place! This guide will teach you how to successfully win battles against Poliwrath by exploiting its Type weakness(es).

In addition, it is equally as important to choose the optimal Pokemon and Movesets to take advantage of those weaknesses. This will allow you to to deal maximum damage during battle and defeat Poliwrath quickly and easily.
How to Beat Poliwrath
To defeat Poliwrath in Pokemon Go you must take advantage of its Type Weakness(es). Being a Water/Fighting Type, Poliwrath is vulnerable against Electric, Grass, Fairy, Flying and Psychic Type Moves.

This guide lists the best Pokemon and best Movesets you should use in order to defeat Poliwrath as effectively and as efficiently as possible.
Before we get into the details of this guide, please see below. The following is a simple step by step guide/checklist on how to defeat Poliwrath. If you would like more information surrounding terminology, specific Pokemon, Movesets, DPS, etc. feel free to check out the rest of this guide.
5 Simple Tips to Defeat Poliwrath
Tip #1. CP (Combat Power) Advantage
Choose Pokemon with equal or higher CP than that of the Poliwrath you are battling. If your CP advantage is high enough, the next steps will not be as important in battle. Poliwrath can have up to a maximum of 2441 CP.
Tip #2. Use Move Types Poliwrath is Weak Against
Taking advantage of the Type Weakness(es) of Poliwrath will allow you to deal more damage during battle. Poliwrath is weak against the following Types:

Tip #3. Use Pokemon & Moves of the Same Type for Additional Damage
For example, Bulbasaur using a Grass Move, Charmander using a Fire Move or Squirtle using a Water Move will deal 25% more damage simply because the Pokemon is the same Type as the Move it is using. You can find out more about damage mechanics at the end of this page.
Tip #4. Choose the Best Type(s) of Pokemon
Dealing additional damage, while taking reduced damage is important in defeating Poliwrath. Avoid using Types of Pokemon Poliwrath Moves are Super Effective against, instead try to use Types of Pokemon of which Poliwrath Moves are Not Very Effective against.
MoveXPoliwrath Moves are Super Effective Against

Mud Shot

Hydro Pump

Ice Punch


MovePoliwrath Moves Not Very Effective Against

Mud Shot

Hydro Pump

Ice Punch


Tip #5. Use High DPS Movesets for Max Damage
Taking advantage of the Type Weakness(es) of Poliwrath and the STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) of your own Pokemon will allow you to deal a great amount of damage during battle. Poliwrath will go down quickly if the optimal Pokemon & Movesets are used.

You can learn more about high damage Movesets at the end of this guide: Section IV. Best Pokemon & Movesets to use against Poliwrath in battle.
Thank you for reading. If you would like further or more detailed information on how to defeat Poliwrath please continue reading the rest of this guide. If you have questions, comments, or tips of your own, feel free to leave a message in the comment section at the end of this guide!
I. Poliwrath Type Weaknesses
To defeat Poliwrath you must first learn its Type weaknesses. Using specific Types of Moves that Poliwrath is weak against will result in those Moves dealing Super Effective damage (25% damage bonus). 
Poliwrath is a Water/Fighting Type Pokemon, which means it is weak against the following Move Type(s) and will be vulnerable to the following damage multipliers:
II. Utilizing Benefit of Super Effective Moves
Next we must identify Moves of the above Types. This is important as Moves that are Super Effective deal 25% additional damage. If a Pokemon has a double weakness, the Move will deal 56% additional damage.
In order to defeat Poliwrath you will want to choose a Pokemon with Move Types Poliwrath is vulnerable against. The moves of these types are shown below:
Move NameFast/
DischargeCharge Electric352.50-3314.00
SparkFast Electric70.70410.00
ThunderCharge Electric1004.30-10023.26
Thunder PunchCharge Electric402.40-3316.67
Thunder ShockFast Electric50.6078.33
ThunderboltCharge Electric552.70-5020.37
Move NameFast/
Leaf BladeCharge Grass552.80-5019.64
Petal BlizzardCharge Grass653.20-5020.31
Power WhipCharge Grass702.80-10025.00
Razor LeafFast Grass151.45710.34
Seed BombCharge Grass402.40-3316.67
Solar BeamCharge Grass1204.90-10024.49
Vine WhipFast Grass70.65710.77
Move NameFast/
Dazzling GleamCharge Fairy554.20-3313.10
Disarming VoiceCharge Fairy253.90-206.41
Draining KissCharge Fairy252.80-208.93
MoonblastCharge Fairy854.10-10020.73
Play RoughCharge Fairy552.90-5018.97
Move NameFast/
Aerial AceCharge Flying302.90-2510.34
Air CutterCharge Flying303.30-259.09
Drill PeckCharge Flying402.70-3314.81
HurricaneCharge Flying803.20-10025.00
PeckFast Flying101.15108.70
Wing AttackFast Flying90.75712.00
Move NameFast/
ConfusionFast Psychic151.5179.93
PsybeamCharge Psychic403.80-2510.53
PsychicCharge Psychic552.80-5019.64
Psycho CutFast Psychic70.57712.28
PsyshockCharge Psychic402.70-3314.81
Zen HeadbuttFast Psychic121.05411.43
III. Pokemon Weakness(es) vs. Poliwrath
Before we go any further, please take a minute to consider the following. Most of this guide is focused on dealing high amounts of damage in a short period of time, in order to beat Poliwrath as quickly as possible.

However, it is important to note that defensive Type weaknesses play an important role in Pokemon Go battles as well.
First off, Poliwrath can deal a great amount of damage using Bubble and Hydro Pump. This is especially true if you are using Pokemon that are weak against these Move Type(s). The damage per second and ranking of this moveset is shown below.
High DPS Moveset for Poliwrath:
Move:BubbleHydro Pump
Move Type:WaterWater
Category:Fast Charge 
Rank (DPS):#54#38
DPS (w/ STAB):13.629.6
Rank (w/ STAB):#20#13
Poliwrath is capable of using the following Moves:
Poliwrath Fast Moves:Poliwrath Charge Moves:
BubbleMud ShotHydro PumpIce PunchSubmission


Sec:2.3 sec0.55 secSec:3.8 sec3.5 sec2.1 sec
While Bubble and Hydro Pump is a strong Moveset, most of Poliwrath's Moves will deal additional damage if used against certain Types of Pokemon as they will take increased damage from Poliwrath. Depending on the particular Moveset of the Poliwrath you are battling against, you will want to try and avoid using Pokemon of the following Types.
MoveXPoliwrath Moves are Super Effective Against

Mud Shot

Hydro Pump

Ice Punch


On the other hand, there are certain Types of Pokemon in Pokemon Go, that will take less damage from the Moves of Poliwrath. Therefore, to survive longer during Gym battles you will want to try and use Pokemon of the below Types when battling against Poliwrath.
MovePoliwrath Moves are Not Very Effective Against

Mud Shot

Hydro Pump

Ice Punch


It is important to note that this is not the only factor in choosing the optimal Pokemon to defeat Poliwrath. If you have a Pokemon with much higher CP and a high damage Moveset vs. Poliwrath you will obviously want to use that Pokemon. You will be able to win the battle quickly before your opponent has even had a chance to deal much damage.

However, if you are using a Pokemon with average CP and an average moveset, choosing the right Type of Pokemon becomes much more important.
IV. Benefits of Type Weakness & STAB Damage
Getting back to the offensive side of battling, the next step is to identify which Pokemon have the capability of using Super Effective Moves against Poliwrath.

Furthermore, we must identify Pokemon that are the same Type as the Moves they are using. This will result in an added 25% additional damage bonus, commonly referred to as STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus).
If you are new to Pokemon Go or to the damage mechanics in general, be sure to review the chart below before making your way to Section V. (Best Pokemon Movesets vs. Poliwrath). It explains how Pokemon Go DB determines the best damage Moveset/Pokemon to beat Poliwrath.
The following chart explains the terms used in this guide:
Battle Mechanics Terminology (Quick Reference Guide)
DPSDPS stands for Damage per Second. The DPS of each Move is calculated by taking the Power of a Move and dividing it by the time (seconds) it takes to actually perform the move (also known as a cooldown). 
STABSTAB stands for Same Type Attack Bonus. When a Pokemon uses a Move that is the same Type as itself that Move will deal additional bonus damage. For example, if a Water Type Pokemon uses a Water Type Move it will deal 25% more damage.
Best Fast MoveThe Best Fast Move is calculated by taking the highest DPS Fast Move a Pokemon is capable of using. This includes the 25% STAB bonus. Generally every Pokemon in Pokemon Go will have one of two possible Fast Moves.
Best Charge MoveThe Best Charge Move is calculated by taking the highest DPS Charge Move a Pokemon is capable of using. This includes the 25% STAB bonus. Generally every Pokemon in Pokemon Go will have one of three possible Charge Moves. 
Best Fast Move DPS vs. PoliwrathBest Fast Move DPS vs. Poliwrath is calculated by taking the Best Fast Move DPS w/ STAB and multiplying that DPS by 1.25 if Poliwrath has a single weakness to that Type or multiplying that DPS by 1.56 if Poliwrath has a double weakness to that Type.
Best Charge Move DPS vs. PoliwrathBest Charge Move DPS vs. Poliwrath is calculated by taking the Best Charge Move DPS w/ STAB and multiplying that DPS by 1.25 if Poliwrath has a single weakness to that Type or multiplying that DPS by 1.56 if Poliwrath has a double weakness to that Type.
Average DPSAverage DPS is simply the average of the Best Fast Move DPS vs. Poliwrath and the Best Charge Move DPS vs. Poliwrath. The chart is then sorted by highest Average DPS to lowest.
V. Best Pokemon & Movesets to use against Poliwrath in battle.
The following chart lists the top Pokemon/Moveset against Poliwrath. The list is sorted by highest Average Damage per Second to lowest. Type Effectiveness and STAB play a big role in increasing the damage that is done to Poliwrath. If you follow every step in this guide, you will have a much easier time defeating Poliwrath. Good Luck!
Best Pokemon Movesets vs. Poliwrath
PicNameBest Fast MoveBest Charge MoveFast Move TypeCharge Move TypeBest Fast Move DPS vs. PoliwrathBest Charge Move DPS vs. PoliwrathAverage DPS

PidgeotWing AttackHurricaneFlyingFlying18.839.128.9

IvysaurVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass16.839.127.9

BellsproutVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass16.839.127.9

TangelaVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass16.839.127.9

WeepinbellRazor LeafPower WhipGrassGrass16.239.127.6

VenusaurVine WhipSolar BeamGrassGrass16.838.327.5

VileplumeRazor LeafSolar BeamGrassGrass16.238.327.2

VictreebelRazor LeafSolar BeamGrassGrass16.238.327.2

ExeggutorZen HeadbuttSolar BeamPsychicGrass14.338.326.3

ParasectBug BiteSolar BeamBugGrass13.938.326.1


MankeyScratchCross ChopNormalFighting12.037.524.8

PikachuThunder ShockThunderElectricElectric13.036.324.7

ElectabuzzThunder ShockThunderElectricElectric13.036.324.7

JolteonThunder ShockThunderElectricElectric13.036.324.7

ZapdosThunder ShockThunderElectricElectric13.036.324.7

CharizardWing AttackFire BlastFlyingFire18.830.524.6

JigglypuffPoundBody SlamNormalNormal16.232.124.1

PrimeapeLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0

MachopLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0

MachokeLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0

GloomRazor LeafPetal BlizzardGrassGrass16.231.724.0




MeowthScratchBody SlamNormalNormal15.032.123.5

MachampKarate ChopCross ChopFightingFighting9.437.523.4

WigglytuffPoundHyper BeamNormalNormal16.230.023.1

ChanseyPoundHyper BeamNormalNormal16.230.023.1

GravelerMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.932.323.1

GolemMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.932.323.1

RhydonMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.932.323.1

DewgongFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0

CloysterFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0

LaprasFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0

ArticunoFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0

RattataTackleBody SlamNormalNormal13.632.122.8

EeveeTackleBody SlamNormalNormal13.632.122.8

ArcanineFire FangFire BlastFireFire14.930.522.7



PsyduckWater GunCross ChopWaterFighting15.030.022.5

WartortleWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

BlastoiseWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

GolduckWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

SeadraWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

StarmieWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

VaporeonWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

OmastarWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

NidoqueenPoison JabEarthquakePoisonGround14.329.822.0

NidokingPoison JabEarthquakePoisonGround14.329.822.0

TentacruelPoison JabHydro PumpPoisonWater14.329.621.9

DugtrioMud SlapEarthquakeGroundGround13.929.821.8

MarowakMud SlapEarthquakeGroundGround13.929.821.8

SnorlaxZen HeadbuttBody SlamPsychicNormal11.432.121.7

SandslashMud ShotEarthquakeGroundGround13.629.821.7

OnixRock ThrowStone EdgeRockRock11.032.321.6

PoliwrathBubbleHydro PumpWaterWater13.629.621.6

KabutopsMud ShotStone EdgeGroundRock10.932.321.6

LickitungZen HeadbuttPower WhipPsychicGrass11.431.321.3

OddishRazor LeafSludge BombGrassPoison16.226.421.3

NinetalesEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

PonytaEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

RapidashEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

MagmarEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

FlareonEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

MoltresEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

DragoniteDragon BreathDragon ClawDragonDragon15.027.321.2

RaticateBiteHyper BeamDarkNormal12.030.021.0

GyaradosBiteHydro PumpDarkWater12.029.620.8

MukPoison JabGunk ShotPoisonPoison14.327.120.7

HaunterShadow ClawSludge BombGhostPoison14.526.420.5

GengarShadow ClawSludge BombGhostPoison14.526.420.5

BeedrillPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4

NidorinoPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4

GrimerPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4

EkansPoison StingGunk ShotPoisonPoison12.927.120.0

ParasBug BiteSeed BombBugGrass13.926.020.0

AlakazamPsycho CutPsychicPsychicPsychic15.424.620.0

MewtwoPsycho CutPsychicPsychicPsychic15.424.620.0

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