Stats for unreleased Mega Evolutions are speculative. Don't invest any resources until they're officially released.
The best Pokemon overall across multiple roles. They have the typing, moves, and stats to succeed as top contenders.
The best Pokemon with no shields in play. Bulk or hard-hitting moves allow them to close out matchups.
The best Pokemon with shields in play. Capable of applying pressure or winning extended fights, they're ideal leads in battle.
The best Pokemon against shielded opponents, while unshielded. Their natural bulk, resistances, and strong attacks allow them to power through a disadvantage.
The best Pokemon to switch to from an unfavorable lead. These Pokemon have safe matchups and can pressure shields or deal heavy damage even in their losses.
The best Pokemon with an energy advantage. Fast energy gain or powerful moves make them dangerous after building up energy.
These Pokemon perform the most dependably. They provide consistent damage and rely less on baiting shields than other Pokemon. Shorter Fast Moves also help improve consistency.
The Pokemon with the highest overall stats. They have the staying power to outlast their opponents in battle and potentially overcome type disadvantage.
The Pokemon with the highest Attack stat. They deal more damage and win Charged Move priority (CMP) against Pokemon with lower Attack stats. Stats can vary ~0-3 points depending on IV's.
The Pokemon with the highest Defense stat. They take less damage from attacks.
The Pokemon with the highest Stamina stat. They have more HP and can absorb more damage than other Pokemon. Stamina-based bulk is more resilient to Fast Move damage.
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How do you know which Pokemon are the best for Trainer Battles? That question has countless answers, and below we'll go over how we arrived at ours, and how you can make the most of the rankings here.
As we improve our simulator and ranking algorithms, please note that exact rankings may change. They aren't set-in-stone fact, but a best guess at which Pokemon might or might not be good for Trainer Battles. Ultimately we hope the rankings here are a helpful resource in their own way, and help you build toward succcess.
Using the Pokemon Rankings
In the top-level rankings, you'll see a score for each Pokemon. This score is an overall performance number from 0 to 100, where 100 is the best Pokemon in that league and category. It is derived from simulating every possible matchup, with each Pokemon's most used moveset (these may be manually adjusted). Use this score to compare overall performance between Pokemon; for example, the difference between the #1 and #50 Pokemon may not be the same as the difference between the #50 and #100 Pokemon. This score also allows you to see the parity in different leagues and categories.
Trainer Battles feature a wide variety of scenarios, especially involving shields. In order to give a fuller picture, our overall rankings are derived from additional sets of rankings, where battles are simulated with different roles in mind. You can explore rankings for each of the following categories:
- Overall - Derived from a Pokemon's score in all other categories. Moves are ranked based on calculations across all opponents. Key Counters and Top Matchups, however, are taken from the Leads category.
- Leads - Ranking battles simulated with 2 shields vs. 2 shields.
- Closers - Ranking battles simulated with no shields vs. no shields.
- Switches - Ranking battles simulated with 6 turns of energy advantage and scored to favor safe matches.
- Chargers - Ranking battles simulated with 6 turns of energy advantage.
- Attackers - Ranking battles simulated with no shields vs. 2 shields.
- Consistency - Rating of how dependent Pokemon are at baiting shields.
Different Pokemon may succeed in different scenarios, so use these categories to help determine when a particular Pokemon would be the most valuable.
Within each ranking, you'll see four separate detail sections:
- Fast Moves - Which Fast Moves the Pokemon uses most in the league and category.
- Charged Moves - Which Charged Moves the Pokemon uses most in the league and category.
- Key Wins - Which battles the Pokemon performs best in, weighed by the opponent's overall score.
- Key Counters - Which significant opponents perform best against the Pokemon.
Use these to see even more information about a Pokemon, which matchups it might be useful in, and what you can use to counter it.
Using the Move Rankings
Each Pokemon has a pool of Fast Moves and a pool of Charged Moves. Some moves might be better in one battle, and other moves might be better in another. For Trainer Battles, you'll want know which moves will be the best ones to have in the most matchups. You might also want to know which Pokemon are the best candidates for a second Charged Move. The move details within each Pokemon ranking can help you determine that.
Moves are ranked using calculations primarily based on their damage and energy cost. Stat changes are also factored in. These calculations are run for each matchup, and then totaled across the format. Matchup weighting affects these numbers as well, so moves that would be used against significant meta targets will rank higher.
When looking at potential moves, keep an eye out for Pokemon that have a strong tendency toward a single Fast Move and a single Charged Move. These Pokemon will have their optimal moveset in the most matchups. On the other hand, some Pokemon see more balanced usage in their Charged Moves. This is where having a second Charged Move comes into play.
If you're investing in a second Charged Move, you want a pair that would be optimal in the most number of matchups. Two moves that would be used in 90% of matchups are better than two moves that would be used in 60% of matchups. You also want a move that adds the most value to those matchups. A second Charged Move that is used in 40% of matchups will give you more value than one that's used in 5% of matchups.
However, not all matchups are equal. When your opponent switches in a Pokemon, it isn't just random; they're likely to send out something that's strong against you. Because of this, a Charged Move that counters your counters might be more valuable than the rankings indicate. Blastoise, for example, doesn't use Ice Beam often in simulated head-to-head matchups (premier Grass-types like Meganium and Venusaur will knock it out before it can). However, Ice Beam can still be valuable when your opponent sends out these Pokemon while Blastoise has Ice Beam near or fully charged, or if you have shields while they don't.
As an exercise, select any one Pokemon in the Team Builder tool and compare its battle histograms when it has one Charged Move and when it has two. If a second Charged Move improves its matchups, it might be one worth investing in.
Rankings are generated using the following steps:
- For each category:
- Simulate every possible matchup and assign a Battle Rating for each Pokemon.
- Calculate each Pokemon's average Battle Rating across all matchups.
- Iterate through the matchups again and weigh each individual Battle Rating by the opponent's average, calculating averages again each time. Iterate through this process multiple times. Only do this if matchups are even (same shields).
- Calculate a Pokemon's category score as a percentage of its average weighted Battle Rating to the #1 Pokemon.
- For each Pokemon, calculate the geometric mean of its scores in every category for the overall score.
Battle Rating is at the core of the ranking algorithm. It tells us if a Pokemon wins in battle, and by how much. Averaging all of these tells us which Pokemon perform the best against the most other Pokemon.
Comparing averages alone isn't always best, though; you aren't equally likely to face every Pokemon, and numerous weak Pokemon of a certain type could skew the results in favor of their counters. So, the algorithm iterates through every matchup again and weighs each Battle Rating by the opponent's average. Now a good Battle Rating against a powerful Pokemon has more value than a good Battle Rating against a weak one. This process is recursive; a Pokemon that has a low original average might have a better weighted average, affecting all of the Pokemon who rate well against it, so this process runs a number of times to allow the top Pokemon and those that beat them to filter upward in the rankings.
The overall scores are calculated through a geometric mean (root of A x B x C) as opposed to a regular mean (quotient of A + B + C). This is because the category scores are percentages; adding these percentages doesn't produce a tangible value, so a geometric mean is more applicable. Geometric mean also favors well-rounded Pokemon over Pokemon who rank highly in one category but low in others.
Each Pokemon is given its optimal moveset for every matchup. Note that this can cause Pokemon with broad movesets like Mew or Suicune with Hidden Power to rank more highly than they practically should; this is already adjusted for in the overall rankings, but may appear in the Team Builder.
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PvP Rating Explanation
With a max CP of 1496, Delcatty unfortunately needs to be fully powered up to level 40 to reach its full potential, which makes this cat rather expensive to use for PvP.
Most Great League Medicham will want at least 138.6 Def and 140 HP. In general, these stats will enable Medicham to have a performance that's consistent with the Rank 1 (5/15/15) Medicham.
As far as battles go, Medicham is a meta darling in Pokemon GO's Great League PvP format. This is thanks to its quality offensive and defensive stats, assorted moveset, as well as its ability to synergize with other meta picks like Galarian Stunfisk.Is Meowstic good in PvP? ›
PvP Rating Explanation
Best to leave this cat on the bench; it gets some points for being able to fulfill a Psychic-type role if given a typing advantage, but isn't impressive by any means.
Best counters for Fairy-type Pokemon
Some of the best counters to use against Fairy-type Pokemon are powerful Steel-types like Metagross, Melmetal, and Dialga. Paired with Steel-type moves, they'll make light work of Fairy-types.
Medicham can be used in the Great League from level 40 to level 50. Medicham's best Great League IVs are 5 / 15 / 15 at level 50.Is Medicham worth it? ›
Conclusion. Medicham is an expensive investment, but every ounce of stardust and rare candies that you will need to pump into your Medicham will be well worth it.What is Medicham best ability? ›
Telepathy is the best ability pre-Mega Evolution because it prevents ability thieves such as Ditto from abusing Pure Power before Medicham Mega Evolves.Is rank 20 good in Pokemon Go? ›
If you reach rank 20, you're also guaranteed an encounter with the legendary Pokémon which is in five-star raids at the time you reach the Pokémon encounter reward. Guaranteed Pokémon encounters will always occur, even if you don't earn enough wins on that encounter specific rank.Can you lose rank in Pokemon Go PvP? ›
Trainers who participate in GO Battle League are assigned a rank, a measure of how many matches you've played and/or how many matches you've won. Once you attain a new rank, you cannot drop below it for the rest of the season.
Having a Pokemon with an XS or XL next to their height or weight doesn't really mean anything remarkable. Simply put, XS indicates that a Pokemon's weight or height is unusually low compared to the species' average individual. As you might have imagined, XL stands for extra big for the same purpose.What is the best core in Great League? ›
One of the most popular cores in the Great League is running Swampert with Skarmory as these 2 can deal with almost every other meta Pokémon in the game.Why is Mega Medicham so good? ›
In the main series, Mega Medicham is a powerful Pokemon due to the fact that it has an ability that literally doubles its Attack stat. In Pokemon Go it does not have that ability, which is very bad considering the fact that it's competing in what are literally the two most powerful Mega Evolution types in the future.What team is most popular Pokemon Go? ›
More than 43 percent of players are choosing Team Mystic, according to Adobe Digital Index analysis of mentions on social media since the game's release. Team Valor has 32 percent of mentions and Team Instinct has just 25 percent.What Pokemon should I use in PvP? ›
The best moves for Lycanroc (Midnight) are Rock Throw and Stone Edge when attacking Pokémon in Gyms. This move combination has the highest total DPS and is also the best moveset for PVP battles.What is the strongest dual type Fairy Pokémon? ›
Shadow Gardevoir is by far the best Fairy-type in Pokemon GO, thanks not only to its huge damage potential but also its dual typing.Are Fairy Pokémon overpowered? ›
Although Fairy-type was initially meant to act as a counter to Dragon-type and further balance the games, it has actually surpassed Dragon in strength and become the most overpowered type in all of Pokémon.What Fairy Pokémon has the highest CP? ›
While many of the Fairy-type Pokémon in the game are attackers, Clefable stands out because it is optimized to be a defender. Its max CP is 2,755 with a base stat allocation focusing on health. Clefable is also one of the only Fairy-type Pokémon to boast access to a legacy move.What is the highest IVs Pokemon? ›
Unlike EVs, there is no cap for the IV total; it is theoretically possible to have a Pokemon with 31 in every IV. Statistically, the best you can hope to achieve is 31 in three of the six stats, with the remaining three being left up to chance.
Rank 10: Win ten additional Battles. Rank 11: Complete five additional Battles. Rank 12: Win 12 additional Battles. Rank 13: Win 13 additional Battles.What is the best grass Pokemon for GBL? ›
Venusaur. Niantic / The Pokemon Company Venusaur is the best Grass-type for Great League. If you have a Venusaur still under 1500 CP, then it's a superb tank for the Great League.Why is Mega Medicham banned? ›
It has Pure Power, that doubles it Atk stats. This ability is too overpowered, so Smogon banned Mega-Medicham in some format. But MegaKhan is better than Mega-Medicham.Can Medicham be shiny? ›
Does Medicham have a shiny form that can be obtained in the game? Fortunately, the answer is yes. Medicham can appear in its shiny form during any encounter, whether in the wild, as part of a research reward, or at the end of a raid.How much money is Meditite worth? ›
The average sale price for "meditite" is $1.42. The lowest current price is $0.99. The highest current price is $2.70.Which is better Gallade or Medicham? ›
Gallade isn't as versatile as Medicham, but with an attack like his, who would give him too many special attacks? So, yeah, Gallade is better than Medicham.Is Medicham with pure power good? ›
Pure Power boosts Medicham's Attack stat to stellar levels and is essential for its wallbreaking capabilities. Life Orb further boosts the power of Medicham's moves and turns a lot of rolls into guaranteed OHKOs or 2HKOs.What is the best Moveset for Medicham? ›
Best moveset for Medicham
The best moves for Medicham are Counter and Dynamic Punch when attacking Pokémon in Gyms. This move combination has the highest total DPS and is also the best moveset for PVP battles.
Yes, I got a shiny Moltres once from GBL.What is the point of level 50 in Pokemon go? ›
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Yes, absolutely, without question. If you have two of the same Pokémon with identical movesets and the same or nearly the same CP, but one has perfect IVs, while the other has next to nothing IVs, the one with better IVs will last longer and do more damage in PVP and Raids.Does Pokémon size matter in PVP? ›
The appearance of your Pokémon may also change slightly depending on their size. But despite size being used to track various stats in your Pokédex, weight and height don't seem to have any impact on combat.Why are XXL Pokemon better? ›
Unlike regular XS and XL Pokemon, these companions have a size difference that is actually visible when that Pokemon is set as your Buddy. What is this? XXS and XXL Pokemon will also have unique encounter animations, to help trainers tell that the creature they're about to catch is special.Are shiny Pokemon stronger? ›
It's easy to think that a super rare variant of a Pokémon would be much stronger than its normal counterparts, but the reality is, unless you're playing in Pokémon Gold, Silver, or Crystal, the answer is a definite no, Shiny Pokémon are not any stronger or weaker than normal Pokémon! Period. It's purely cosmetic.Are XL or XS Pokemon better? ›
As was explored in this question, it appears that higher weight leads to higher health for two Pokémon of the same CP value. From this, one can conclude that a Pokémon with XL tags for height and weight is generally going to be a better choice than the same Pokémon with XS tags.Is CP 1500 allowed in Great League? ›
Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.What CP is too low for Great League? ›
The Great League only allows Pokémon with a CP (Combat Power) of 1,500 or lower to participate.How important is IV in Great League? ›
The main thing to understand about IVs in Great League is that you do not necessarily want a perfect IV Pokemon. The attack IV greatly influences your CP so you want a Pokemon with high defense and HP IVs. This is so you can reach a higher HP breakpoint for your Great League Pokemon.Why is Mega Garchomp weaker? ›
Generation VI gave Garchomp a Mega Evolution it didn't need. In doing so, it dropped Garchomp's Speed by ten points, leaving it prone to threats regular Garchomp could usually take on. While Mega Garchomp has better offenses and bulk, its Sand Force ability isn't worth trading Rough Skin.
Garchomp is a Sweeper with good attack and decent speed. Mega Garchomp swaps it's Speed for bulk. This makes it weak to fast moving sweepers as well as just plain slow, hence more people use standard Garchomp.Is it possible to solo Mega Medicham? ›
If you're just a bit above level 40 and have Pokémon of corresponding strength, you can actually solo this battle with ease, as Mega Medicham really doesn't have the tools to resist you.What is the 1 Pokemon number? ›
The first Pokémon, Bulbasaur, is number 001 and the last, Mew, is number 151.Who is the number 1 Pokemon of all time? ›
1. Arceus. Arceus is, without a doubt, the most powerful Legendary Pokémon. This Normal type Mythical Pokémon is the creator of the universe and thus the closest that the Pokémon world has to a god.Which Lycanroc is better for PvP? ›
Lycanroc Midnight can be a solid damage dealer in PvP, but Lycanroc Midday is practically irrelevant. This really all comes down to their movesets. Lycanroc Midnight has access to Counter, which is one of the best fast moves in the game. Lycanroc Midday, on the other hand, has access to Sucker Punch.Is Salamence good at PvP? ›
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Salamence is one of the top contenders in Pokemon GO's PVP scene. It is a dual Dragon and Flying-type Pokemon making it weak to Ice, Fairy, Dragon, and Rock-type moves. Meanwhile, it also resists Fighting, Water, Bug, Fire, Grass, and Ground-type moves.
The best moves for Conkeldurr are Counter and Dynamic Punch when attacking Pokémon in Gyms. This move combination has the highest total DPS and is also the best moveset for PVP battles.Is A Delcatty a good Pokemon? ›
Because of its bad stats, little movepool, and mediocre ability, Delcatty is simply outclassed by Normal-types like Kangaskhan.Is Midday or Midnight Lycanroc better? ›
What is the Best Rockruff Evolution in Pokemon Go? Both the Midday Lycanroc and Midnight Lycanroc Evolutions of Rockruff are viable. Between the two Rockruff Evolutions, Midnight Lycanroc is widely considered the better Evolution, as it has both a higher Defense Stat and Stamina Stat.Is Midnight Lycanroc better than dusk? ›
Both forms of Lycanroc have similar stats, and they're both pure Rock-types, but Midnight Lycanroc is the better option if you only have enough Candy to evolve one Rockruff right now.
Due to only evolving at sunset, the Dusk Form is considered the rarest of the three forms. The Dusk Form of Lycanroc is rather difficult to train due to its temperamental nature. Because of this, Dusk Form Lycanroc is considered the most troublesome of its three forms.Why is Salamence banned? ›
Though Salamence was a blessing for many playstyles, it caused massive headaches both in teambuilding and in play. In the end, limited counterplay to its offensive sets in addition to the excessively offensive nature of the metagame warranted Salamence's ban from the tier.
Dragonite, due to its Tankiness, still lives longer than Salamence and therefore deals about 3% more damage before it faints. On defense, Dragonite has the superior damage output for the same reason, it is more durable. And in combination with a higher max CP, Dragonite will also sit higher in gyms.Is Garchomp or Salamence better? ›
Salamence is a good choice because it has a higher attack stat, Dragon Dance for a speed boost, and Moxie. Garchomp is another choice because it has higher stats in Bulk and HP, and access to Sword Dance plus Rough Skin.Is Toxicroak good in PvP? ›
PvP Rating Explanation
Difficulties with popular Flying-types, Psychic-types, and "mud bois" makes Toxicroak somewhat challenging to use, in addition to Fairy-types when shields are available. Overall Toxicroak is still a very solid Pokemon in the meta, and largely demands player skill and experience to perform well.
PvP Rating Explanation
Its access to coverage against various Flying-types, in addition to not being weak to most of them and also not being weak to most Water-type coverage attacks, gives Ferrothorn a lot of play in a role that's already heavily contested.
PvP Rating Explanation
A relatively high ATK stat however, limits Heatmor's overall bulk due to the Great League CP cap, and weaknesses to common typings makes it a risky pick.
Although Skitty was always a relatively rare Pokémon to find, even only having a 2% encounter rate in its first appearance, it only made rare appearances once the Pokémon games moved beyond Hoenn.Can Delcatty be male? ›
While Delcatty is more popular among female trainers, Delcatty itself has a 25/75% male to female gender ratio. This means that any Delcatty you encounter has a 25% chance to be male and a 75% chance to be female.Is Skitty a rare shiny? ›
Shiny Skitty Guide Pokémon GO: Rarity
Normally, Shiny Pokémon are encountered roughly once every 450 spawns. During events like The Throwback Challenge, that rate could go down to once every 130 encounters. Just keep looking, and you should eventually find a Shiny Skitty.