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Pokemon Go Ultra League best team: The Battle League

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It’s that time again. The Pokemon Go Ultra League is about to begin, giving trainers a different format from the Great League to allow for different Pokemon to get their time to shine in PVP battles.

The Ultra League format allows only Pokemon with 2500 CP or lower. The Pokemon Go meta for the Ultra League constantly changes as more Pokemon and attacks are introduced to the popular mobile game. Since the last time the Ultra League has come around, Pokemon Go has introduced Galarian Slowking and a pair of Ghostly Pokemon from the Kalos region. But are they strong enough to crack the Ultra League meta? 

It’s too early to tell, but don’t be surprised if trainers figure out the best way to use them in this format or the next time the Ultra League format returns. 

In the meantime, trainers will have the Ultra League to prepare for. Beginning Monday, October 25 until November 8 trainers can bring their strongest ‘mon, under 2500 CP, into battle. While the Great League allows for some unusual Pokemon to be used more often, the Ultra League does see some great options that are of the non-Legendary variety. 

Here are some of the best Pokemon to use in the Ultra League complete with optimal movesets.

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It can be tempting to just throw your highest rated Pokemon into the Pokemon Go Ultra League because after all, the higher CP must mean they're the strongest, right? Unfortunately that's not the case. You need to take into account their IV stats, move selection, type advantages, and other factors that determine just how effective a Pokemon is in the Ultra League meta.

So without further ado, here are some of the best Pokemon to use in the Ultra League, from those you want to open with, the ones who can tank charged attacks, and the insane damage dealers.

Best Pokemon Go Ultra League Pokemon

 Talonflame 

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Type: Fire/Flying
Weakness: Rock, Water, Electric

Talonflame is one of the premier Fire types in the Ultra League meta. Not only does it have access to some powerful moves, but it can gain energy fast to pummel opponents with Charged attacks.

Incinerate is a move trainers will want to invest in for Talonflame’s Fast attack. This Fire-type move is powerful, dealing 15 points of damage, and gaining 20 energy in just two seconds. While Incinerate is a Community Day exclusive move, trainers can use an Elite Fast TM to get this essential attack.

As for Talonflame’s Charged attacks, Flame Charge is a must. It deals a little bit of damage, but it doesn’t take a lot of energy to use and will increase the attack stat of Talonflame after use even if it’s blocked. Trainers can easily steamroll opponents after a couple of Flame Charges. 

If you’d want a second Charged attack, choosing either Brave Bird or Hurricane is the way to go. While Brave Bird deals more damage and requires less energy, it has the big drawback of lowering Talonflame’s defense by three stages. 

Not only is Talonflame’s attacks powerful, but its Fire typing will also handle Fairy, Grass and Steel types with relative ease. 

 Obstagoon 

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Type: Dark/Normal
Weakness: Fighting, Bug, Fairy

This Pokemon from the Galar region may seem like a surprise pick for the Ultra League, but its various attack types make it a great choice to go up against just about any Pokemon you may come across.

Counter is an amazing Fast attack and gives Obstagoon an option to take on Steel, Rock and other Dark types. Facing a Registeel or Melmetal? Obstagoon with Counter can help you take it out. 

As for its Charged attack, trainers will want to invest in two moves with the first being Night Slash. Not only does it give Obstagoon a move with STAB, but it raises the attack of the Pokemon using it by one stage after use even if it’s blocked. Trainers can do round out their moveset with either Gunk Shot to take on Fairy types or Hyper Beam to deliver maximum damage. If you choose Hyper Beam, know that it takes a bit to gather the energy needed to use it but it’ll be worth it...as long as you don’t use it against Rock, Steel or Ghost types. 

Registeel

Pokemon Go Ultra League Registeel

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Type: Steel
Weakness: Fire, Ground, Fighting

While Registeel is a popular choice in Great League, its max CP of 2449 makes it a fantastic choice in Ultra League too. The best move combination for Registeel is Lock On (fast) and Flash Cannon (charged) and since it's a Steel-type Pokemon, it can withstand most other popular Ultra League choices easily. Unfortunately though, it is a legendary Pokemon, so finding enough candy to power it up or even getting one in the first place is tricky if you don't have one already.

Giratina (Origin or Altered)

Pokemon Go Ultra League Giratina

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Type: Ghost/Dragon
Weakness: Ghost, Dragon, Dark, Ice, Fairy

Giratina has two forms – Origin and Altered – and both are excellent choices for use in Ultra League. Altered tends to be the more popular choice, but since both are Dragon/Ghost-type, both forms of Giratina are equally viable. It will see off most opposing Pokemon as long as there isn't a direct counter to it and honestly, if you don't have a Giratina in your team, you'll struggle to progress in Ultra League. The best fast move is either Shadow Claw or Dragon Claw, followed by Dragon Breath or Ancient Power for the charged move.

Cresselia

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Type: Psychic
Weakness: Bug, Dark, Ghost

Cresselia is one of the bulkiest Legendaries in all of Pokemon Go, which makes it a perfect choice to deal with other Legendaries in the Ultra League. Its Psychic typing is only weak to Bug, Dark and Ghost types. However, Giratina is the only real threat to Cresslia, but the Psychic-type has a way to counter it.

Psycho Cut is the best fast attack for Cresselia to build up energy the fastest, while Aurora Beam is an Ice-type attack that allows it to hit Dragon types. Moonblast is also a powerful attack that can hurt Dragon types and any Dark types the opposing team might be using. 

Armored Mewtwo

Pokemon Go Ultra League Armored Mewtwo

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Type: Psychic
Weakness: Bug, Dark, Ghost

A classic choice here, standard Mewtwo can deal high damage, but its defence stats aren't quite good enough to compete. Armored Mewtwo on the other hand is an absolute tank and if you have Rock Slide as one of its charged moves, you can bait shields due to its quick charge time. On the other hand, Earthquake is a slower charging move that deals more damage, or Psystrike – available exclusively with Armored Mewtwos obtained during the launch of Mewtwo Strikes Back in February 2020 – is a high-damage Psychic-type move. For the fast attack, Confusion is by far the best option.

Swampert

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Type: Water/Ground
Weakness: Grass

Swampert is one of the most used Pokemon in the Ultra League thanks to its incredible typing and moveset. Since Swampert is the best Pokemon to use in Ultra League that isn't a Legendary, you'll be coming up against it frequently and would be foolish to not include it unless you have the three legendaries mentioned above. Mud Shot isn't a particularly damaging fast attack but it is the quickest energy generator making it the optimal choice. If you got Hydro Cannon during the Mudkip Community Day or used an Elite Charged TM it’s the best choice for the charged move, otherwise, go with Earthquake. Sludge Wave can also be considered to counter Grass-type Pokemon, which are Swampert’s only weakness.

Snorlax

Pokemon Go Ultra League Snorlax

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Type: Normal
Weakness: Fighting

Normal-type Pokemon usually aren't a great choice because they're not strong against much and are extremely weak to Fighting-types, but the current Ultra League meta thankfully doesn't have any Fighting-type Pokemon in. As you'd expect from Snorlax due to just how damn large it is, it has high defensive stats, and there's one key element that makes it a great choice for Ultra League; Outrage. If you have the Outrage charge move, it is one of the most viable Giratina counters you can use. Combine that with Lick for its fast attack and you've got yourself a beast. If you've got two charge moves, either pick Earthquake or Body Slam for the second.

Togekiss

Pokemon Go Ultra League Togekiss

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Type: Fairy/Flying
Weakness: Rock, Steel, Ice, Electric, Poison

Like Snorlax, Togekiss will rarely face off against a Pokemon strong against it thanks to the current Ultra League meta. Steel types give Togekiss the biggest problems in the Ultra League, but trainers only have to worry about Registeel or Melmetal to counter it. Poison types can also put a stop to Togekiss, but they aren’t used often in this format. 

Togekiss’ Charm fast attack is the best option against Dragon types like Giratina while Ancient Power, Flamethrower, or both, are Togekiss’ optimal charged attacks.

Charizard

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Type: Fire/Flying
Weakness: Water, Electric, Rock

Charizard may be a fan favourite Pokemon worldwide, but it hasn't seen too much use in PvP until now. Long time players should have so much Charmander candy they don't know what to do with it all, so spend that on getting the Fire Spin fast move and Overheat charged move. Unless you have Blast Burn from community day that is, because Blast Burn is by far the best option.

Alolan Muk

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Type: Poison/Dark
Weakness: Ground

Somewhat of an unexpected choice here, Alolan Muk is another great Giratina counter. The only caveat is that it's strongly recommended you obtain the Dark Pulse charged move, because it's the strongest Dark-type charged move in the game and the only non-Poison-type charged move Alolan Muk can learn. Go for Snarl as your fast move and you'll get some serious energy gains.

Gyarados

Pokemon Go Ultra League Gyarados

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Type: Water/Flying
Weakness: Electric, Rock

Magikarp may take 400 candy to evolve but thankfully they're everywhere, so if you're one of the few without a Gyarados, it shouldn't take you long. Gyarados is an excellent choice for Ultra League because you will very rarely come up against any Electric-type moves, and Gyarados has a wide array of charge type moves to choose from. Crunch is the quickest charging move and is Dark-type, Outrage is Dragon-type and is excellent against Giratina (but don't run Snorlax with Outrage too!), while Hydro Pump is the most powerful and takes longest to charge, but the Water-type move will see off the likes of Charizard. Dragon Breath is the way forward when it comes to the fast attack.

Venusaur

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Type: Grass/Poison
Weakness: Fire, Flying, Ice, Psychic

Venusaur is a popular option in the Ultra League as its bulk and typing could help trainers deal with Togekiss and Swampert. It has quite a few weaknesses you may come up against, most notably Fire and Psychic, but is an excellent tech choice to use against Swampert. Vine Whip should be your first choice for the fast attack because it can do serious damage to Water-types quickly, while you have the pick of Frenzy Plant (a Community Day/Elite Charged TM exclusive), Petal Blizzard, or Sludge Bomb for the charged attack. The two former moves are both Grass-types, whereas Sludge Bomb will give Venusaur an attack option against Fairy types and other Grass types. 

Pokemon Go Battle League Ultra League Remix

The Ultra League Remix offers trainers another way to battle in this format. However, the top 10 Pokemon used in the last season by Trainers Ace rank and up will not be allowed in the Ultra League Remix. 

If you’re still looking for Pokemon to bring into the Ultra League, take a look at these 10 Pokemon. These are the most popular picks and can help you in battle:

  • Clefable
  • Alolan Muk
  • Swampert
  • Empoleon
  • Togekiss
  • Giratina
  • Cresselia
  • Talonflame
  • Melmetal
  • Obstagoon

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