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Top 20 Best Snake Pokemon

Top 20 Best Snake Pokemon

It’s time for Snake Pokemon to get the spotlight! A lot of cute Pokemon are fan favorites and reign supreme in most lists. However, this time we’re giving our serpentine friends the love they deserve.

In this list, we’ve gathered, weighed, and decided which snake Pokemon are the best of the best. We judged their snaky details and overall serpentine aesthetics.

We also considered their type and how it plays into their snakiness. Here’s a good trivia we noticed while making this list: Ground type is the most common type for these snakes!

A lot of them are ferocious, but some of them are cute, like the first one on our list. Let’s slither them in, shall we? Here is a list of the top 20 best snake Pokemon, ranked.

20. Snivy

Snivy looking unimpressed
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 5
  • Category: Grass Snake Pokemon
  • Type: Grass

With its slender body and tail, Snivy looks more like a lizard than a snake. It also has limbs, so I won’t blame you if you won’t immediately think of it as snake-like.

However, it is categorized as a Grass Snake Pokemon. In addition, its evolutions do show more snake-like features.

Snivy also moves swiftly like a snake, thanks to its ability to photosynthesize and store energy using its tail.

Snivy ranks the lowest due to looking a lot less snake-like, but our list has to start somewhere. It’s just like how the Snivy evolution line starts with it.

19. Servine

Servine open mouth
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 5
  • Category: Grass Snake Pokemon
  • Type: Grass

The next evolution to Snivy, Servine definitely shows more serpentine characteristics than its former form. Its limbs are now shorter, and its body is now longer and more slender.

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This green snake Pokemon smartly hides in thick foliage. From the shadows, it dodges attacks and whips its opponents with vines.

This is why people say to watch your step while hiking since you might step on a snake!

18. Dunsparce

Dunsparce eyes closed
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 2
  • Category: Land Snake Pokemon
  • Type: Normal

Despite being called a Land Snake Pokemon, Dunsparce has insectoid features. Its prongs and striped body give it a bug-like look. It also has two tiny wings that it uses to slightly hover above the ground.

It is said that in ancient times, Dunsparce used to fly with its wings. Whatever happened over the years, it now likes to wriggle on the ground and burrow down with Digletts.

Its character design seems to be inspired by the snake-like yokai Tsuchinoko. Dunsparce has one colorful past and origin!

17. Onix

Onix in battle
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 1
  • Category: Rock Snake Pokemon
  • Type: Rock/Ground

Onix is one of the most uniquely designed Pokemon in the series.

As a Rock and Ground type Pokemon, it is designed to look like a bunch of boulders linked together. This makes its title, Rock Snake Pokemon, very apt.

Real-life snakes like to burrow underground, and this gigantic rock snake is no different. Onix are known to make tunnels under the ground. They cause tremors and earthquakes as a result!

16. Steelix

Steelix in battle
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 2
  • Category: Iron Snake Pokemon
  • Type: Steel/Ground

You got your Rock Snake Pokemon, but how about a Steel one?

An Onix evolves into a Steelix when you trade it while holding a Metal Coat. This steel snake looks even more enormous and menacing than its rock pre-evolution.

Steelix is one snake you don’t want to mess with when it comes to burrowing. It can burrow six-tenths of a mile and can even dig to the Earth’s core! Terrifying.

15. Mega Steelix

Mega Steelix in battle
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 6
  • Category: Iron Snake Pokemon
  • Type: Steel/Ground

Mega Steelix is an even cooler form of Steelix. It has crystals growing out of its steel body and rocks floating around it.

This Mega form also floats above the ground, unlike its regular form where it’s rooted to the surface.

This Iron Snake also has the highest base defense stat for Steel type (tied with Mega Aggron) and Ground type. Suffice to say, this is one mighty snake Pokemon.

14. Zygarde 50% Forme

Zygarde 50% Forme artwork
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 6
  • Category: Order Pokemon
  • Type: Dragon/Ground

Zygarde is one unique Legendary Pokemon due to its different forms. These forms are found in different games, spanning from X and Y to Sun and Moon.

On its own, a Zygarde Core looks like a green blob, with one eye and a curved tail. To get to 50%, Zygarde needs half of its Cells and Cores together.

What you get is a Legendary Pokemon with serpentine features. It has black frills or protrusions on its back. It also has hexagons on its eyes, as well as hexagonal shapes all over it. Pretty cool concept, overall!

13. Dratini

Dratini with trainer's arm round
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 1
  • Category: Dragon Pokemon
  • Type: Dragon

If you’re fond of the cuter and elegant snake varieties, we’ve got you covered with Dratini. Although a Dragon type, Dratini definitely has water snake Pokemon elements.

Since it continues to grow and lengthen throughout its life, it will keep on shedding its skin, just like a snake.

Dratinis are quite reserved and do this behind a waterfall. It even lives a quiet underwater life far from people.

12. Dragonair

Dragonair grey sky background
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 1
  • Category: Dragon Pokemon
  • Type: Dragon

As Dratini’s evolution, Dragonair has the same physical features but with even more majestic and elegant elements.

It has wings at the sides of its head, and a tiny horn on its forehead. In addition, you can also see orbs on its neck and tail.

It lives in pristine waters like lakes and seas and can be seen gliding in it like a blue snake Pokemon. But since it’s a Pokemon that lives far from people, this is a rare sight to witness.

11. Milotic

Milotic swimming
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 3
  • Category: Tender Pokemon
  • Type: Water

Here’s another water snake Pokemon on our list. Milotic is a Water type Pokemon that evolves from Feebas.

You can probably argue that Milotic is a fish, but its slender body actually shows aquatic serpentine features.

As a water snake Pokemon, its lower body and tail have prism-like scales. Don’t get intimidated by its intense snake glare. Milotic is actually known as the Tender Pokemon because it tends to calm the hearts of angry people.

This is why some people say it’s the most beautiful Pokemon in the world. What a caring and lovely snake!

10. Giratina (Origin Forme)

Giratina Origin Forme artwork
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 4
  • Category: Renegade Pokemon
  • Type: Ghost/Dragon

Next on our list is one of Gen IV’s Legendary Pokemon, the mighty Giratina!

Giratina is considered the strongest snake Pokemon due to its excellent Ghost/Dragon typing and impressive defensive stats.

In its Altered Forme, Giratina doesn’t look snake-like at all. But after giving it a Griseous Orb, using a Griseous Core, or letting it transform in its home, it will show its serpentine Origin Forme.

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In this form, Giratina can move and slither through different dimensions at ease. It is also said that it can get really territorial and aggressive when protecting its home.

Quite a tough dragon-snake we have here!

9. Rayquaza

Rayquaza attacking
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 3
  • Category: Sky High Pokemon
  • Type: Dragon/Flying

We’re featuring another Legendary Pokemon in our best snake list. Earning the 9th spot, we have Rayquaza!

As one of the Legendaries introduced in Gen III and part of the Super-ancient Pokemon trio, Rayquaza is impressive. This seemingly dragon and green snake Pokemon has dominion of the atmosphere.

If you observe closely, its long serpentine-like body actually looks like a missile!

Rayquaza’s wings have red tips and look like rudders. Its tail also has fins that make it look like a missile tail.

This is one snake you don’t want to see flying towards you.

8. Mega Rayquaza

Mega Rayquaza in battle
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 6
  • Category: Sky High Pokemon
  • Type: Dragon/Flying

As if regular Rayquaza isn’t cool already, Nintendo went and made him a hundred times more rad and ferocious with Mega Rayquaza.

This dragon and green snake Pokemon gets upgrades. It now has tendrils and orbs that glow and look like magma. Its eye area gets shichishito marks, and it gets more rudders and additional horns.

Mega Rayquaza is mega cool, alright.

7. Seviper

Two Sevipers together
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 3
  • Category: Fang Snake Pokemon
  • Type: Poison

For a snake that can strike fear into the hearts of anyone who glances at it, Seviper gets our vote. It’s covered in black scales, with two very long red fangs protruding from its mouth. Its menacing eyes also glow red.

Seviper is based on a real-life viper called a habu or a pitviper. It’s quite venomous, which explains Seviper’s Poison type.

This snake Pokemon also has a long-standing feud with Zangoose. This is because, in real life, habu snakes and mongooses were pitted against each other in roadside shows before. Thankfully, that practice has stopped now.

6. Sandaconda

Sandaconda coiled
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 8
  • Category: Sand Snake Pokemon
  • Type: Ground

Snake fans definitely rejoiced when Gen VIII introduced new snakes. One of these snakes is Sandaconda.

Sandaconda is one unique snake Pokemon due to how it’s always coiled around its own body. By doing this, it’s actually protecting its head. The black and brown pattern also helps it camouflage into cracked ground.

You can immediately tell that its name comes from anaconda and sand, but it’s also based on a few real-life snakes.

Ball pythons are known to hide their heads by curling into a ball. Desert-dwelling snakes, like the sidewinder, also coil in themselves and slither through sandy dunes.

You’re one interesting snake, Sandaconda.

5. Gigantamax Sandaconda

Gigantamax Sandaconda artwork
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 8
  • Category: Sand Snake Pokemon
  • Type: Ground

In its Gigantamax form, Sandaconda becomes a towering tornado of a snake!

Now standing on its tail to mimic a cobra, it now covers its head and neck with its coiled body and swirling sand.

It attacks by spinning itself, making the sands around it swirl and hit you. Sandaconda’s the only Pokemon known to use Sandblast.

I wouldn’t mess with a snake swirling as fast as a hurricane! You deserve the fifth spot, Gigantamax Sandaconda, sir.

4. Silicobra

Silicobra tongue out
Source: Pokemon TCG art by Hitoshi Ariga via Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 8
  • Category: Sand Snake Pokemon
  • Type: Ground

Another Gen 8 snake joins our list. Silicobra is anything but silly, and its sour demeanor shows it means business.

The sand pouch around its neck is used to store sand that can be used to blind its enemies. Silicobra swallows the sand and shoots it out of its nostrils! Once its enemy’s eyes are blinded by the sand, Silicobra makes its exit by burrowing in the ground.

Silicobra is one sneaky snake!

3. Arbok

Arbok in battle
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 1
  • Category: Cobra Pokemon
  • Type: Poison

Gen I snake fans, let me see your hands up! Coiling down at number three is one of the OG snakes, Arbok.

With its powerful coils, it can wrap its body around its enemies and crush them that way.

The hood below its head has patterns that can mesmerize and stun anyone who stares at it. You can find more than 20 variations of this pattern, making Arboks pretty unique from each other.

Aside from squeezing the lights out of you, Arbok is also quite venomous. As a Poison type Pokemon, it excels with moves like Poison Sting and Gunk Shot.

Oh, and yes, Arbok is cobra with a k spelled backward! We’re on to your naming ways, Gamefreaks.

2. Ekans

Ekand screaming
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 1
  • Category: Snake Pokemon
  • Type: Poison

A best snake Pokemon list won’t be complete without Ekans! From its name alone, Ekans deserves the second spot on our list. And yes, it’s snake spelled backward.

This purple snake Pokemon uses its tongue to detect danger and scent of other Pokemon. It also has a yellow rattle at the tip of its tail, making it look like a rattlesnake.

Ekans was heavily featured in the anime by being one of Jessie’s most trusted Pokemon. She got it as a gift as a little girl. Ekans became one of her most loyal Pokemon and it eventually evolved into Arbok.

1. Serperior

Serperior artwork
Source: Bulbapedia
  • Generation: Gen 5
  • Category: Regal Pokemon
  • Type: Grass

And the snake that takes the crown in our list issss… Serperior!

If the best snake Pokemon is defined by what’s most ‘snakey’ then Serperior is number one!

True to its category, Serperior is regal in a lot of ways. Its leafy collar and expression give a majestic vibe to its overall character design. It is also known to stop opponents with just a glare from its noble eyes.

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It also retained the Snivy evolution line’s color scheme. Most importantly, it totally shed off its limbs and is now a proper green snake Pokemon. It will slither around while absorbing solar energy to power itself.

We started with Snivy and ended up with the beautiful and elegant Serperior. Based on its snake features, it’s truly the superior snake Pokemon out of the bunch.