30 Best Legendary Pokémon Ranked by Strength

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Legendary Pokémon are a group of extremely rare and usually, although it doesn’t necessarily have to be so, very powerful Pokémon, generally featured prominently in the legends and myths of the Pokémon world. These Pokémon are usually unique and appear only once in the whole franchise. Legendary Pokémon are present in all the different regions of the world of Pokémon.

There are no explicit criteria that define what makes a Pokémon a Legendary Pokémon. As far as we know, the only way to determine whether a Pokémon is Legendary or not is to follow the franchise’s official material and releases, which confirm or deny this status.

This article is, as you’ve presumed, going to focus on Legendary Pokémon, as we’re going to bring you a list of the strongest Legendary Pokémon in the franchise.

Best Legendary Pokémon

Our list is going to contain the 30 best Legendary Pokémon, ranked by their strength. The Pokémon are going to be ordered from 30th to 1st place and will show just how diverse the world of Pokémon is.

30. Solgaleo

Generation: VII
Types: Psychic / Steel

Solgaleo is a Legendary Pokémon and is an integral part of the Alola myths. It has been venerated there since ancient times as an emissary of the sun and is only described in the legends as the “beast that devours the sun”.

Solgaleo’s body holds vast amounts of energy and glows radiantly when it is active. It turns the darkest night into day. The Legendary Pokémon also has a flowing mane that bears a striking resemblance to the sun.

HP:137Attack:137Defense:107Sp. Attack:113Sp. Defense:89Speed:97TOTAL:680

29. Lunala

Generation: VII
Types: Psychic / Ghost

Lunala is a Legendary Pokémon and is an integral part of the Alola myths. It has been venerated there since prehistoric times as an emissary of the moon and is only described in the legends as the “beast that calls the moon”. Lunala continuously absorbs all light from its surroundings with its outstretched wings and converts it into energy.

It ensures darkness in broad daylight. Meanwhile, this Legendary Pokémon glitters like a crescent moon and vaguely resembles the night sky. It is unclear whether there is a distinction between sunlight and moonlight.

HP:137Attack:137Defense:89Sp. Attack:113Sp. Defense:107Speed:97TOTAL:680

28. Dusk Mane Necrozma / Dawn Wings Necrozma

Generation: VII
Types: Psychic / Steel (Dusk Mane) | Psychic / Ghost (Dawn Wings)

When the greed for light in Necrozma reaches a certain limit, it is even able to absorb the light energy of the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala and bring these two Pokémon completely under its control.

It absorbs such a large amount of energy that it can change its form. With the absorption of Solgaleo, it takes the Dusk Mane shape, and with the absorption of Lunala it takes the Dawn Wings shape.

Dusk ManeDawn WingsHP:9797Attack:157113Defense:127109Sp. Attack:113157Sp. Defense:109127Speed:7777TOTAL:680680

27. Yveltal

Generation: VI
Types: Dark / Flying

Yveltal is a Legendary Pokémon that is a central part of the mythology of Kalos. There it is passed down as the Pokémon that takes life.

It is considered to be the personified calamity and the messenger of death and destruction. The natives of Kalos treat him with great dislike and deep fear. Apparently, this Pokémon is draining energy from everything and everyone.

HP:126Attack:131Defense:95Sp. Attack:131Sp. Defense:98Speed:99TOTAL:680

26. Xerneas

Generation: VI
Types: Fairy

Xerneas is a Legendary Pokémon and a central part of the mythology of Kalos. It is described as the Pokémon that gives life, thus being the opposite of its rival, Yveltal. This Pokémon seems to control a tremendous amount of Energy.

It transfers life energy to other Pokémon as well as plants and fills them with vitality. It is said that it can give eternal life as soon as its antlers light up in seven colors. Xerneas is also able to breathe new life back into dried-up plants. It appears especially after periods of drought or natural disasters and restores the natural order.

HP:126Attack:131Defense:95Sp. Attack:131Sp. Defense:98Speed:99TOTAL:680

25. Zekrom

Generation: V
Types: Dragon / Electric

As a legendary Pokémon, it knows how to handle its element perfectly. Since Zekrom controls electricity, it can use the Thunder and Thunderbolt attacks. With lightning and thunderous thunder, Zekrom has two powerful electronic attacks all to himself. It uses a thundering battle roar to let its opponents feel its power.

Zekrom also has dragon attacks in his arsenal. With Dragon Claw, he can literally tear the enemy apart in midair. From a distance, it is able to attack with fire. It can also attack with its teeth, as demonstrated by attacks such as gnashes or thunder teeth.

His unique Teravoltage ability ensures that Zekrom’s attacks always hit, no matter what skills other Pokémon have.

HP:100Attack:150Defense:120Sp. Attack:120Sp. Defense:100Speed:90TOTAL:680

24. Reshiram

Generation: V
Types: Dragon / Fire

Reshiram, the white dragon, strived for a new reality and a new world in which it would lead mankind to clarity and happiness. In Reshiram, therefore, truth, reality, and clarity have been materialized. This makes it the counterpart to the black dragon Zekrom, which in turn, is the embodiment of desire, dream, and fiction.

Reshiram has the power to incinerate the world with its flames by stirring up a fire with its tail. If the fire flares up in its tail, the heat stirs the earth’s atmosphere, and the world climate changes. It is intended to help everyone who strives for a world of reality.

HP:100Attack:120Defense:100Sp. Attack:150Sp. Defense:120Speed:90TOTAL:680

23. Giratina

Generation: IV
Types: Ghost / Dragon

Giratina is a Legendary Pokémon that plays a central role in the creation story of the Pokémon world. In the myths of Sinnoh, unlike Dialga and Palkia, it does not appear as a deity, but its existence has long been concealed. In this trio it is referred to as the “rebel” and lives in the mirror world of our world.

It can travel back and forth between the two worlds to a limited extent. When Giratina enters the real world, its shape inevitably changes or it can only manifest itself as a shadow. It is said to open portals from time to time and appear in old cemeteries. Opening such a portal for too long would, however, result in the two worlds merging and thus plunging into chaos.

Altered FormeOrigin FormeHP:150150Attack:100120Defense:120100Sp. Attack:100120Sp. Defense:120100Speed:9090TOTAL:680680

22. Palkia

Generation: IV
Types: Water / Dragon

Palkia is a Legendary Pokémon that plays a central role in the creation story of the Pokémon world. In the myths of Sinnoh, it even appears as a deity. Palkia has the power to curve the space and can freely manipulate the structure of the space in order to travel to remote places or dimensions.

This creates floating cracks in the space. It is said that there is a gap in a parallel dimension. The universe is supposed to become more stable with the breath of Palkia.

At the highest point of the crater mountain now known as the Spear Pillar, Arceus created two eggs. From these eggs, the first two Pokémon after Arceus hatched into this world: Dialga, the master of time, and Palkia, the master of dimensions and space.

HP:90Attack:120Defense:100Sp. Attack:150Sp. Defense:120Speed:100TOTAL:680

21. Dialga

Generation: IV
Types: Steel / Dragon

Dialga is a Legendary Pokémon that plays a central role in the creation story of the Pokémon world. In the myths of Sinnoh, it even appears as a deity. Dialga has the power to control time. It is said that when it was born, time began to live.

If Dialga’s heart beats, time runs normally. It can also freely manipulate the flow of time and thus travel the past as well as the future. How it is related to Celebi is unclear. At the highest point of the crater mountain now known as the Spear Pillar, Arceus created two eggs.

From these eggs, the first two Pokémon after Arceus hatched into this world: Dialga, the master of time, and Palkia, the master of dimensions and space.

HP:100Attack:120Defense:120Sp. Attak:150Sp. Defense:100Speed:90TOTAL:680

20. Ho-Oh

Generation: II
Types: Fire / Flying

Ho-Oh has a close connection to the Johto region and forms a duo with Lugia. In the local mythology, Lugia represents the guardian of the sea, while Ho-Oh is revered as the patron saint of heaven. It is popularly famous for its plumage, which shines in all seven colors of the rainbow, and also for the fact that it pulls a rainbow behind it when it flies.

HP:106Attack:130Defense:90Sp. Atrack:110Sp. Defense:154Speed:90TOTAL:680

19. Lugia

Generation: II
Types: Psychic / Flying

Lugia has a close connection to the Johto region and forms a duo with Ho-Oh. In the local mythology, Lugia represents the guardian of the sea, while Ho-Oh is revered as the guardian of the sky.

It is popularly known for the fact that it always appears in the heart of a storm and that its wings beat can spark a storm that lasts for 40 days. Since it is aware of its destructive powers, it is said to have decided to live on the seafloor in order to be able to keep its powers in check.

HP:106Attack:90Defense:130Sp. Attack:90Sp. Defense:154Speed:110TOTAL:680

18. Rayquaza

Generation: III
Types: Dragon / Flying

Rayquaza is a Dragon- and Flying-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation III. Together with Kyogre and Groudon, Rayquaza forms the Weather Trio of Legendary Pokémon.

Rayquaza has been living for hundreds of millions of years above the clouds in the ozone layer. If you stand on the floor of the earth’s surface, you cannot see the Pokémon, and since it seldom descended to earth, its existence was an unknown fact for a long time. In primeval times, the planet flowed through almost limitless reserves of natural energy.

In the early days, when Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre fought over dominance of the planet, Rayquaza descended from the skies and stopped the two Pokémon despite their Primal Forms, thus restoring peace to the planet. From then on, the residents of Hoenn celebrated Rayquaza as their “world saver”.

HP:105Attack:150Defense:90Sp. Attack:150Sp. Defense:90Speed:95TOTAL:680

17. Mewtwo

Generation: I
Types: Psychic

As a Legendary Pokémon, Mewtwo does not have a special habitat. Nevertheless, it can be found in most of the games in the Cerulean Cave. In general, there is a tendency for it to appear primarily in caves.

This withdrawn way of life can be traced back to the emergence of Mewtwo, in which it was endowed without a compassionate heart and thus has no problems with cold, secluded places. This is the result of a series of inhumane experiments through which Mewtwo was actually created.

HP:106Attack:110Defense:90Sp. Attack:154Sp. Defense:90Speed:130TOTAL:680

16. Eternatus

Generation: VIII
Types: Poison / Dragon

Eternatus is likely based mostly on concepts such as death and destruction. In his names in different languages, there are repeated references to infinity or immortality. It could also be based on Thanatos, the Greek personification of death, and the Midgard serpent, which heralds the end of the Nordic world, Ragnarök.

In terms of appearance, it is reminiscent of a dragon’s skeleton, with its rib cage being a cannon. In its Eternamax form, it is reminiscent of a tornado and a hand. The fingers of the hand resemble the heads of a Greek hydra, which caused a lot of destruction and whose central head was immortal.

The resemblance to a UFO could also allude to its extraterrestrial origins.

HP:140Attack:85Defense:95Sp. Attack:145Sp. Defense:95Speed:130TOTAL:690

15. White Kyurem

Generation: V
Types: Dragon / Ice

White Kyurem is a fusion of Reshiram and Kyurem that shares characteristics of both Pokémon in their physique. In this form, it stands upright without any problems. Unlike the normal form, here Kyurem has pupils within its eyes.

It only has four teeth and a white-colored nose. On the left half of the head, there is a tuft of fur that protrudes backwards. The left arm of Kyurem is equipped with a long wing, which can also be heated, whereby the outer half of the wing turns red. The right one is completely frozen and much shorter. His legs are decorated here with a vertical strip of ice and an ice claw.

The huge tail resembles a torch head. A gray-colored grid surrounds the inside of the tail, which is connected to the tubes and glows red inside. A large, bushy, white-colored fur tail protrudes to the rear, which contains red-colored lines in the overdrive form.

HP:125Attack:120Defense:90Sp. Attack:170Sp. Defense:100Speed:95TOTAL:700

14. Black Kyurem

Generation: V
Types: Dragon / Ice

Black Kyurem is a fusion of Zekrom and Kyurem that also shares body features of both Pokémon and also stands upright. Comparable to White Kyurem, the black one has a black horn on the left side with a shining blue tip. Here, too, one of the arms is icy.

In contrast to White Kyurem, though, there is a wing with an icy arm, which is also icy. The other arm is black and looks very strong. Here the arms are significantly longer and hang just above the ground and are also equipped with larger claws.

The tail itself is black, as are the two rings around it. The inner part takes on a light blue color in the overdrive form and is charged with electricity. There are some spikes on the top ring.

HP:125Attack:170Defense:100Sp. Attack:120Sp. Defense:90Speed:95TOTAL:700

13. Mega Latios

Generation: III
Types: Dragon / Psychic

Latios is a Legendary Pokémon that appears in the sagas of the Hoenn region. It is a quiet Pokémon, hates fights, and always tries to avoid conflicts. Latios is also very intelligent and is, therefore, able to understand human language, use telepathy to perceive the whereabouts and emotions of others, and to project what has been seen into the head of his enemies.

This Pokémon can also fly faster than an airplane by folding its front legs, reducing drag. Like most legendary Pokémon, Latios is stronger than average. His speed and offensive abilities, which come into their own with special attacks, are particularly outstanding.

HP:80Attack:130Defense:100Sp. Attack:160Sp. Defense:120Speed:110TOTAL:700

12. Mega Latias

Generation: III
Types: Dragon / Psychic

Latias is a Legendary Pokémon that appears in the sagas of the Hoenn region. It is a peace-loving Pokémon that abhors hostility. This is shown by the fact that even when it notices a hint of these negative feelings, it utters high-pitched screams and ruffles its feathers.

It is very sensitive to human emotions and, thanks to its outstanding intelligence, is even able to understand their language and communicate with them through telepathy. With its glass down, the Pokémon is able to break light, change its shape and make itself invisible.

Like most legendary Pokémon, Latias is stronger than average. His speed and his ability to fend off special attacks are particularly outstanding, but in addition to the defensive talent, the offensive is also very remarkable.

HP:80Attack:100Defense:120Sp. Attack:140Sp. Defense:150Speed:110TOTAL:700

11. Zygarde (Complete Forme)

Generation: VI
Types: Dragon / Ground

Zygarde is a Dragon/Ground Legendary Pokémon that debuted in Generation VI. Zygarde doesn’t really evolve into any other Pokémon, but it has the following three Formes: Zygarde 10% Forme, one of the Formes introduced in Sun and Moon; Zygarde 50% Forme, the Forme introduced in X and Y; and Zygarde Complete Forme, one of the Formes introduced in Sun and Moon.

Zygarde actually consists of two basic components, which are combined to create the above-described forms. They are the Zygarde Cores, which act as the brains of Zygarde, and the Zygarde Cells, which compose Zygarde’s Formes and cannot think.

The two components are immobile and, individually, they’re basically useless. They are stored inside the Zygarde Cube, from which they are further combined.

HP:216Attack:100Defense:121Sp. Attack:91Sp. Defense:95Speed:85TOTAL:708

10. Zamazenta (Crowned Shield)

Generation: VIII
Types: Fighting / Steel

Zamazenta is a Legendary Pokémon that appeared in the eighth generation of the franchise. It is a large, blue-furred world and is a Fighting-type Pokémon. It is a member of the so-called Hero duo along with Zacian, who is a very similar-looking Pokémon.

Zamazenta doesn’t evolve and it appears in its base, Hero of Many Battles, form. However, with the help of the Rusted Shield, it can change its form to Crowned Shield, in which it becomes significantly stronger.

Its appearance doesn’t change much, but parts of its body change to form a large shield-like structure on the front of its body.

HP:92Attack:130Defense:145Sp. Attack:80Sp. Defense:145Speed:128TOTAL:720

9. Zacian (Crowned Sword)

Generation: VIII
Types: Fairy / Steel

In its Crowned Sword form, Zacian’s fur fringes on its back to transform into a wing-like armor, and its braids transform into long ribbons. In addition, its head receives a golden helmet and it carries a golden sword decorated with the colors of Zacian.

The sword it holds in its mouth can cut through anything with a sharp edge that can damage even the thick scales of Dragon-type Pokémon as if they were paper. When Zacian slashes its opponents, he moves faster than the blinking eye of a human, which means that those who end up being sliced by his sword feel nothing until they fall down dead.

HP:92Attack:170Defense:115Sp. Attack:80Sp. Defense:115Speed:148TOTAL:720

8. Arceus

Generation: IV
Types: Normal

Arceus is the god of the Pokémon world, the first Pokémon ever, and quite possibly the last one to ever exist. Arceus is a Normal-type Pokémon with no known evolutions, but with the ability to change shape and type. It is omnipotent and omniscient, although the full extent of its powers was never revealed.

It inhabits a special world of its own (known as Arceus’ World) and is usually credited as the creator of the whole Pokémon universe, along with some other Legendary Pokémon. It is credited with creating both the Creation Trio and the Lake Guardians.

HP:120Attack:120Defense:120Sp. Attack:120Sp. Defense:120Speed:120TOTAL:720

7. Ultra Necrozma

Generation: VII
Types: Psychic / Dragon

Necrozma is a Psychic-type Legendary Pokémon that is well known for having three other forms: Dusk Mane Necrozma, Psychic/Steel, a fusion with Solgaleo using the N-Solarizer; Dawn Wings Necrozma, Psychic/Ghost, a fusion with Lunala using the N-Lunarizer, and; Ultra Necrozma, Psychic/Dragon, a form obtainable when either Dusk Mane Necrozma or Dawn Wings Necrozma uses Ultra Burst. Necrozma is a member of the Light trio along with Solgaleo and Lunala.

If Necrozma absorbs enough light, it can undergo a process known as Ultra Burst to reclaim its true form: Ultra Necrozma.

Ultra Necrozma is actually a colossal dragon of pure light energy. Its impressive size makes it the tallest Psychic-type Pokémon of all. The various pieces of Necrozma’s more common crystalline body are readjusted as a sort of “skeleton” that forms the rest of Ultra Necrozma’s body.

HP:97Attack:167Defense:97Sp. Attack:167Sp. Defense:97Speed:129TOTAL:754

6. Primal Groudon

Generation: III
Types: Ground / Fire

According to legends, Groudon is the creator of the landmasses with his fire. It has the power to dispel rain clouds with light and heat, to intensify solar radiation, and to allow water to evaporate. In some legends, this Pokémon even appears as a personification of the land.

It is said that with this power, it would have saved the lives of people in the past who suffered from terrible floods. The Pokémon is able to control the ground and fire and is in constant conflict with Kyogre.

The trigger for these conflicts is the natural energy of the Hoenn region, which both legendary Pokémon can store in their bodies and thus expand their control over their element.

This excessive absorption of energy leads to a change of form, the so-called Primal Reversion, and both take on their true, Primal forms, which they can only maintain with sufficient energy.

HP:100Attack:180Defense:160Sp. Attack:150Sp. Defense:90Speed:90TOTAL:770

5. Primal Kyogre

Generation: III
Types: Water

In Hoenn’s legends, Kyogre is the creator of the sea. Due to its ability to create huge rain clouds that cover the entire sky and cause torrential precipitation, the sea would have filled and got bigger and bigger. In some legends, this Pokémon even appears as a personification of the sea.

It is said that with this force it would have saved people’s lives in the past when there was a drought. The Pokémon is able to control water and is in constant conflict with Groudon.

The trigger for these conflicts is the natural energy of the Hoenn region, which both legendary Pokémon can store in their bodies and thus expand their control over their element.

This excessive absorption of energy leads to a change of form, the so-called Primal Reversion, and both take on their true, Primal forms, which they can only maintain with sufficient energy.

HP:105Attack:180Defense:100Sp. Attack:180Sp. Defense:100Speed:115TOTAL:780

4. Mega Rayquaza

Generation: III
Types: Dragon / Flying

Rayquaza is a Legendary Pokémon that, together with Kyogre and Groudon, the famous Weather Trio. Since Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it has been able to mega-evolve into Mega Rayquaza.

After years of peace, a meteorite threatened to destroy Earth and Amalia opted to conjure Rayquaza, who in its Mega developed form smashes the gigantic meteorite. There was a Deoxys in the core of this meteorite and the two creatures immediately clashed.

Mega Rayquaza used the atmospheric particles and weather to his advantage and managed to fend off Deoxys, saving the planet once again.

HP:105Attack:180Defense:100Sp. Attack:180Sp. Defense:100Speed:115TOTAL:780

3. Mega Mewtwo X

Generation: I
Types: Fighting / Psychic

Mewtwo is the result of years of unscrupulous gene experimentation. In the anime, a team of researchers, financed by Giovanni, found an ancient stone slab in the Amazon jungle on which a Mew is depicted.

On closer examination, it turned out that the eyebrow of a real Mew has been worked into this stone slab, from which the DNA of Mew was then isolated and decoded in the research institute on New Island. This would eventually result in the creation of Mewtwo.

As a Mega Mewtwo X, his limbs are clearly reinforced with muscle cords and the suction cups on his body disappear. His legs in particular are now specially designed for jumps and kicks. A collar of muscles now appears on the shoulders, making it look even more massive.

The previously long tail is now significantly shorter and more compact and is rolled up by the tip. His body becomes much more aerodynamic.

HP:106Attack:190Defense:100Sp. Attack:154Sp. Defense:100Speed:130TOTAL:780

2. Mega Mewtwo Y

Generation: I
Types: Psychic

Mewtwo is the end result of years of unscrupulous gene experimentation and is thus a replica of Mew, in a way. In the anime, a team of researchers financed by Team Rocket’s Giovanni found an ancient stone slab in the Amazon jungle on which a Mew is depicted.

Upon closer inspection, it turned out that the eyebrow of a real Mew has been put into this stone slab, from which the DNA of Mew was then isolated and decoded in the research institute on New Island. This DNA was used in the creation of Mewtwo.

As Mega Mewtwo Y, Mewtwo loses its imposing looks and is now significantly smaller and lighter. Its head looks significantly larger compared to the body and its tail is located on the back of the head, similar to a shooting star.

His hands and feet are much smaller than before, but now they have huge, tentacle-like fingers and toes.

HP:106Attack:150Defense:70Sp. Attack:194Sp. Defense:120Speed:140TOTAL:780

1. Eternamax Eternatus

Generation: VIII
Types: Poison / Dragon

Eternatus is a dual-type Poison/Dragon Legendary Pokémon that turns into a powered-up form known as Eternamax Eternatus during the climax of Pokémon Sword and Shield video games.

This form is also briefly seen when it uses its signature move, Eternabeam, but cannot be acquired legitimately in-game. Eternamax Eternatus is both the strongest Dragon-type Pokémon and the strongest Pokémon of all that is currently known, based on pure stats.

And now, as a conclusion, let us examine the stats for Eternamax Eternatus, which will precisely explain why this Pokémon is on the top of this list:

HP:255Attack:115Defense:250Sp. Attack:125Sp. Defense:250Speed:130TOTAL:1125

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