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8 Best Fighting-Type Pokémon (Non-Legendary)
The Fighting type is known for its immense offensive prowess, and this is generally reflected in most of the franchise. In the games, Fighting-type Pokémon have the highest average Attack stat of all types.
It is also the type that deals super effective damage to the most number of types at five total (tied with the Ground type). The types that receive super effective damage from Fighting are Normal, Steel, Rock, Ice, and Dark.
Moreover, most of the designs of Fighting-type Pokémon involve a thematic showcase of brute strength and force.
Although the Fighting type is generally focused on physical offense, some Pokémon can still utilize special attacks effectively. And most Fighting-types have good defenses as well.
Without further ado, here are the 8 best non-legendary Fighting-type Pokémon.
When we talk about Fighting types, one of the words that would come to our minds is “muscle.” So, what good way to start this list other than with the literal “muscular” Pokémon, Conkeldurr?
Conkeldurr being the “muscular” Pokémon is actually an understatement. If you look at its body, it basically looks like a combination of The Rock and a literal large rock!
It has extremely muscular arms and very wide shoulders, and it always carries a pair of concrete pillars, one on each arm, just because it can.
But Conkeldurr isn’t just all looks. It also has the strength to prove itself in battle. This Pokémon boasts an insane 140 base Attack stat, which allows it to dish out devastating physical attacks. Some of the moves it can learn are Focus Punch, Superpower, and Hammer Arm.
Aside from its amazing physical prowess, Conkeldurr also has decent defenses to last long in battles. It has a below-average base Special Defense stat, but its HP and Defense stats are very high.
Conkeldurr also isn’t the fastest Pokémon, but its brute strength allows it to get its job done.
I’ve mentioned that Fighting-type Pokémon are typically known for their muscular physique. But for every rule, there’s always an exception. And this is the case with the dual Psychic/Fighting-type Pokémon, Gallade.
Gallade is the counterpart of Gardevoir as Ralts final stage evolution, and it isn’t your typical humanoid Fighting-type that has the physique of a bodybuilder. Despite Gallade’s thin arms and small body, it is inarguably a fearsome fighter in battles.
Due to Gallade’s dual typing, it has a wide arsenal of moves that it can use to knock its foes out, not to mention its superb type coverage.
Some of its strongest attacks include Psycho Cut, Close Combat, Leaf Blade, and Earthquake. It can also learn Night Slash, Rock Slide, and X-Scissor. Now, that’s A LOT of strong move types.
Gallade’s movepool isn’t just filled with offensive attacks. It can also use defensive and supportive moves when needed, such as Heal Pulse, Wide Guard, and Swords Dance.
Moreover, Gallade has an awesome mega-evolution form! When it mega evolves, its base Attack stat jumps from good to insane—from 125 to 165—and its Speed gets a significant boost as well.
Next, we have our first starter evolution line Pokémon on this list: Infernape. Infernape is the final stage evolution of Chimchar and was first introduced in Gen IV (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum). It is known as the “Flame Pokémon,” which it shares with Moltres, Flareon, Charmeleon, and Charizard.
As you might infer from its physique, Infernape is a rather agile and fast Fighting Pokémon. This fire monkey mostly relies on its agility and quick movement in order to win against its foes.
But this doesn’t mean that Infernape is weak. In fact, this Pokémon can pack a punch and inflict massive damage to its foes using its arsenal of strong Fire and Fighting-type moves, such as Flare Blitz, Close Combat, and Fire Blast.
Based on its stats alone, Infernape may not seem as scary as the other Pokémon on this list. But the combination of its well-balanced stats, good offensive move pool, and useful ability via Iron First, Infernape is surely one of the best Fighting-type Pokémon in the franchise.
If you remember the Gen I dual Normal/Flying-type Pokémon, Farfetch’d, you’d probably think that there’s nothing special about it. And I’d agree with you. (Sorry Farfetch’d fans.)
Fortunately, the blandness and weakness of Kantonian Farfetch’d is nowhere to be found in its Galarian form.
Galarian Farfetch’d is arguably better than Kantonian Farfetch’d in any way you look at it (except maybe as a shiny). It’s a Fighting type instead of the aforementioned dual type, and it has a badass evolution, unlike its Kantonian counterpart.
Sirfetch’d is one of the coolest Fighting-type Pokémon out there simply because of its concept. It resembles only a white duck but with the added twist of carrying a leek as its sword and shield.
This Pokémon also has a high base Attack stat of 135, which makes it a viable physical attacker in most teams.
Although it is a bit slow and can be quite fragile, Sirfetch’d possesses a great offensive movepool. Its signature move, Meteor Assault, inflicts an insane amount of damage to its target in exchange for a short downtime for recharging.
And in case you didn’t know, Ash’s Sirfetch’d managed to go toe-to-toe against Cynthia’s Garchomp. Now, that’s impressive!
If there is any one Pokémon that could be the representative of all Fighting types, it is definitely Machamp, the “Superpower Pokémon.” This Pokémon is part of the OG 151 creatures of the Kanto region, and it is the final stage evolution of Machop.
Simply looking at Machamp will make you realize the massive strength and force that this Pokémon possesses.
Its Gen I Pokédex entry even claims that its “[o]ne arm alone can move mountains,” although that’s probably an exaggeration. Regardless, the true strength of Machamp is very evident in battles.
Machamp has a massive base Attack stat of 130, and its high defenses make it a reliable, tanky Pokémon. Its base HP, Defense, and Special Defense stats are 90, 80, and 85, respectively.
Machamp’s only shortcoming is its terrible speed, but its power and endurance more than make up for it.
Additionally, Machamp is also capable of gigantamaxing and has its own signature G-Max Move, the G-Max Chi Strike. Just look at that G-Max Machamp and tell me you aren’t terrified.
Next on this list, we have the dual Dragon/Fighting-type Pokémon, Kommo-o. Yes, you read that right—we have a Pokémon that’s both a Dragon-type and a Fighting-type!
As if Dragon-types aren’t cool enough, Game Freak decided to add Fighting to Kommo-o’s typing for maximum awesomeness. This awesome type combination is exclusive to Kommo-o’s evolution line as of Gen VIII.
Kommo-o was introduced in Gen VII and has been one of the most popular and powerful Fighting-types in the franchise.
It’s also considered a pseudo-legendary, having a total base stat of 600. This means that it’s in the same league as the overpowered Pokémon like Salamence, Tyranitar, and Hydreigon.
Moreover, Kommo-o has a signature move, Clanging Scales, which is also upgradeable to its signature Z-Move, Clangorous Soulblaze, if it’s holding Kommonium Z.
This move has a base power of 185, enough to knock out most Pokémon in one hit. Additionally, it hits all enemies on the battlefield and boosts Kommo-o’s stats upon execution.
You might think you’ve seen it all—a Fire-Fighting monkey, a Psychic/Fighting combination, a fighter duck, a terrifying superpowered Fighting Pokémon, and a cool fighter Dragon.
But you’re wrong. You still haven’t seen them all because, in the top two spot of this list, we have the Fire/Fighting chicken humanoid Pokémon, Blaziken.
As funny as that sounds, Blaziken is far from being a chicken in fights (pun intended). Its blazing attacks (another pun intended) can knock its foes out in just a few hits.
Blaziken can learn multiple strong physical attacks including Flare Blitz, Sky Uppercut, and Blaze Kick—its signature move prior to Gen IV.
Its base stats distribution shows that this Pokémon is really built for offense. It boasts good Attack and Special Attack base stats at 120 and 110, respectively.
Using the Blazikenite, Blaziken can mega evolve to Mega Blaziken, further improving its already devastating power. Its already good Attack improves from 120 to 160 and its Special Attack from 110 to 130.
Blaziken also gets a significant speed boost from 80 to 100 and obtains the ability Speed Boost.
Finally, we are now on our last Pokémon. The best Fighting-type Pokémon (in my opinion) is none other than Lucario! Lucario is a dual Fighting/Steel-type Pokémon. It is known as the Aura Pokémon and resembles a combination of a canine and features of the Egyptian god, Anubis.
I know that I’m not alone when I say that Lucario is one of the coolest Pokémon in existence, and it’s definitely a favorite among most fans of the franchise.
It even won the 2020 Pokémon of the Year as the most popular Gen IV Pokémon and ranked second overall in the same year!
Lucario is a Pokémon that excels in every media that it appears in.
It’s a popular and powerful Pokémon in the manga, it’s one of the best offensive Pokémon in competitive battling, it’s an undeniably strong Pokémon in the anime, especially as part of Ash’s team, and it’s one of the most popular mascots of the franchise!
Similar to Blaziken, Lucario’s base stats distribution leans more toward offense. It has a base Attack stat of 110 and a base Special Attack stat of 115.
Furthermore, it can mega evolve via a Lucarionate into Mega Lucario. This transformation further boosts its offensive powers to 145 base Attack stat and 150 base Special Attack stat.
The only possible problem is that Lucario can be a glass cannon at times, especially against foes that are as strong or even stronger than it and have a type advantage. However, Lucario’s immense strength is more than enough to cover up its weaknesses.
As the adage goes: “The best defense is a good offense.”