Manaphy

Manaphy is a Water type Pokémon in Pokemon GO and it will be the only mythical with the ability to bread, Phione. As a Mythical, stats wise isn’t expected much from it as a meta relevant water Pokémon. If the way of obtaining Manaphy will be through Special Research, it will be on level 15, so his MAX CP will be 1399 (1885/2332 MAX CP in raids for standard and weather boosted respectively).

Manaphy has a MAX CP of 3265, with ATK of 210, DEF of 210 and STA of 225. Those stats makes him a less bulkier Vaporeon, but with a slightly better attack.


Manaphy in the Meta

As stated before, his generic Mythical stats won’t help with it usability. As it is impossible to compete for the A tier (Kyogre, Gyarados and soon to be Palkia), Manaphy will most likely place among tier B Pokémon.

To explain this more accurately, here’s a chart with the top Water Pokémon.

Water TypeMax CPAttackDefenseStamina
Kyogre4115270228205
Palkia3991280215189
Gyarados3391237186216
Manaphy3265210210225
Vaporeon3114205161277
Milotic3005192219216
Suicune2983180235225

 

While Kyogre occupies the top spot, in can be dethroned very soon in terms of DPS by Palkia, depending on Palkia movepool. Gyarados, despite the attack gap, he can still be considered a Tier A Water Pokémon (Kingler would belong to this tier, but his movepool sucks).
Manaphy is a fairly balanced Pokémon, but that’s worthless in Pokémon Go battle mechanics. Attack is the key and with 210 ATK, Tier B, along side with Vaporeon, Swampert, Feraligatr, Empoleon and Kingler is his place.

Manaphy Expected Movepool

Fast MovesCharge Moves

Bold Indicates STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus).

Surf instead of Hydro Pump is an advantage DPS wise, but is still won’t make of Manaphy a meta relevant Pokémon in the current system. Maybe in the future there will be a place for him in the meta (with Mew and Celebi, among many others).

Weather Influence on Manaphy

As a water Pokémon he has weakness to Grass and Electric types of 140%. The best counters will be RaikouElectivire and Zapdos.

Manaphy is resistant against Fire, Ice, Steel and Water.

WeatherProsCons
SunnyBoosts super-effective Grass moves
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy
RainyBoosts its potential Water type movesBoosts super-effective Electric moves
Fog
WindyBoosts its potential Psychic type moves
Snow

 

Shiny Manaphy

Won’t be that much of a difference between Regular and Shiny Manaphy aside from a lighter blue shade on the shiny version.

Regular ManaphyShiny Manaphy

Shiny Regular Manaphy sprites come courtesy of Pokestadium, who in turn credits Pkparaiso and the Smogon Community.


Pokedex Entries and Facts

Manaphy most used pokedex entry is “It is born with a wondrous power that lets it bond with any kind of Pokémon”.

  • Its Diamond Pokedex entry states that, “Born on a cold seafloor, it will swim great distances to return to its birthplace”.
  • Its Pearl Pokedex entry states that, “Water makes up 80% of its body. This Pokémon is easily affected by its environment”.
  • It is a member of the sea guardians, with Phione.
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