Best teams for Pokemon Go PvP: Great, Ultra, & Master League guide

Aakrit Sharma
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PvP players in Pokemon Go can beat even the toughest Go Battle League opponents by building strong teams. So here are the best Pokemon to create top-notch PvP teams and win more battles in the Great, Ultra, and Master Leagues of Pokemon Go.

The Go Battle League is an excellent platform for Pokemon Go players to participate in PvP battles as they face challenging opponents and their Pokemon.

To ensure more victories in these battles that can earn players the best rewards, they need to build teams with the strongest species in the game. In the highly competitive meta of the Adventures Abound season, it is crucial to pick the right team that not only attacks but also defends efficiently.

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So, if you’re looking to make progress in the Great, Ultra, or Master league, this guide is all you need to become a top-notch PvP expert in Pokemon Go.

The lists below will reveal five of the strongest Pokemon for every PvP League in Pokemon Go.

Strongest Pokemon for Great League in Pokemon Go

You can bring species with up to 1500 CP (Combat Power) in the Great League of Pokemon Go. This might sound easy, but the CP limit often compels players to rule out their strongest companions in this Go Battle League format.

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These are the best Pokemon for you to use in the Great League:

Galarian Stunfisk

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Ground and Steel is the perfect combination of offense and defense.
  • Type: Ground and Steel
  • Fast Moves: Mud Shot and Metal Claw.
  • Charged Moves: Earthquake, Flash Cannon, Rock Slide, Muddy Water.
  • Best moveset: Mud Shot and Earthquake / Rock Slide
  • Weak against: Fighting, Ground, Fire, Water
  • Resists damage from these types: Normal, Bug, Flying, Steel, Psychic, Dragon, Fairy, Rock, Electric, Poison.

The number of types that aren’t effective against Galarian Stunfisk should be enough to explain why this Pokemon has been dominating the Great League in Pokemon Go. The unique combination of Ground and Steel allows it to not only have a great moveset but also to resist damage from the strongest types.

Azumarill

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Azumarill is an extremely strong lead as well as a closer in PvP.
  • Type: Water and Fairy
  • Fast Moves: Bubble and Rock Smash
  • Charged Moves: Ice Beam, Play Rough, and Hydro Pump
  • Best moveset: Bubble and Play Rough / Ice Beam
  • Weak against: Poison, Grass, and Electric.
  • Resists damage from these types: Fighting, Bug, Fire, Water, Ice, Dark, and Dragon

You might not have expected a cute Pokemon like Azumarill on this list, but its stats and type advantages make it a prominent choice in Pokemon Go’s Great League. The Fairy and Water species Azumarill has a diverse moveset and is resistant to some of the strongest types such as Dragon, Fire, and Ice.

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Bastiodon

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Bastiodon has one of the highest Defense stat in PvP.
  • Type: Rock and Steel
  • Fast Moves: Iron Tail and Smack Down
  • Charged Moves: Flamethrower, Stone Edge, Flash Cannon
  • Best moveset: Smack Down and Stone Edge / Flamethrower
  • Weak against: Fighting, Ground, and Water
  • Resists damage from these types: Rock, Bug, Psychic, Dragon, Ice, Fairy, Normal, Flying, Poison

Avoid using Bastiodon against Fighting and Ground Pokemon and it’ll successfully demolish any other opponent. Its offense might not be the best, but its defense stats overshadow even some Legendary Pokemon and accordingly, it’s an outstanding option for the Great League.

Moreover, Bastiodon can learn a wide range of moves that solidify its place as one of the most used Pokemon in the Great League.

Whiscash

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Whiscash is one of the famous “mud bois” in Pokemon Go.
  • Type: Water and Ground
  • Fast Moves: Mud Shot and Water Gun
  • Charged Moves: Blizzard, Mud Bomb, and Water Pulse
  • Best moveset: Mud Shot and Mud Bomb / Blizzard
  • Weak against: Grass (deals double super-effective damage)
  • Resists damage from these types: Electric, Poison, Rock, Steel, Fire

Steel types like Galarian Stunfisk and Bastiodon are dominant in the Great League, and Whiscash happens to be the perfect counter to them. Mud Shot and Mud Bomb form one of the best move sets in Pokemon Go that you can use to spam attacks and waste your opponents’ shields.

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Whiscash is primarily used as the lead Pokemon in the team. In most situations, it can give players an ideal start by compelling the opponents to use their shields or take consistent damage from Mud Bomb.

Medicham

medicham in pokemon goMedicham can use Power-Up Punch to increase its Attack stat continuously.
  • Type: Fighting and Psychic
  • Fast Moves: Psycho and Counter Cut
  • Charged Moves: Ice Punch, Psychic, Dynamic Punch, and Power-Up Punch
  • Best moveset: Counter and Power-Up Punch / Ice Punch
  • Weak against: Flying, Ghost, and Fairy
  • Resists damage from these types: Fighting and Rock

Medicham is an aggressive Fighting-type Pokemon that is tailor-made for the Great League. Being Psychic-type helps in defense while its Fighting-type moves can take down some of the most intimidating Steel-type Pokemon that have already made this list.

Having said that, we don’t recommend using Medicham anywhere outside the Great League as its max CP is 1431, which is way too low for Ultra League and Master League competition.

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Best team to use in Pokemon Go Great League

Based on the current meta, this is the strongest team to use in Pokemon Go’s Great League:

  • Galarian Stunfisk
  • Azumarril
  • Whishcash

If you don’t have one or more of these Pokemon, try adding Bastiodon, Skarmory, Machamp, or Altaria to the roster.

This is not to say that you’ll win with these teams every time because such a thing cannot be guaranteed in PvP modes. However, we can promise that with the right move sets and strategy, you’ll be able to increase your win rate.

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Strongest Pokemon for Ultra League in Pokemon Go

The Ultra League in Pokemon Go allows players to use Pokemon with CP below 2500. Accordingly, a bunch of new options become available in this category.

Here are the best Pokemon that you should use in the Ultra League:

Trevenant

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Trevenant can deal unresisted damage to the entire meta.
  • Type: Ghost and Grass
  • Fast Moves: Sucker Punch and Shadow Claw
  • Charged Moves: Seed Bomb, Shadow Ball, Foul Play
  • Best moveset: Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball / Seed Bomb
  • Weak against: Flying, Ghost, Fire, Ice, Dark
  • Resists damage from these types: Ground, Water, Grass, Electric, Normal, Fighting

Trevenant has ascended to the top of the Ultra League in Pokemon Go within just two years of release. It has a fair share of weaknesses but stands out due to its great offense and moves.

This spooky Pokemon performs well in the Great League but if you power it up with XL candies, you’ll be able to outshine opponents in the Ultra League too. It avoids damage from many types because of its association with Grass but you should focus on dealing Ghost-type damage through its attacks.

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Snorlax

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Snorlax is one of the best Pokemon to deal with Ghost-types in PvP.
  • Type: Normal
  • Fast Moves: Lick, Zen Headbutt, and Yawn (with Elite TM)
  • Charged Moves: Hyper Beam, Earthquake, Heavy Slam, Outrage, Skull Bash, Body Slam, Superpower, Frustration, Return
  • Best moveset: Lick and Body Slam / Earthquake
  • Weak against: Fighting
  • Resists damage from these types: Ghost

It isn’t a surprise that one of the biggest Pokemon ever has made this list. Snorlax belongs to the infamous Normal type, but its tanky defense is always a bone of contention for opponents. It can take down prevalent Ghost-type Pokemon like Giratina and Trevenant with ease.

On top of everything, Snorlax is easier to catch than Legendaries/Mythical Pokemon which only appear in Raids.

Swampert

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Swampert is one of the few Pokemon that can be used in all three PvP leagues.
  • Type: Water and Ground
  • Fast Moves: Mud Shot and Water Gun
  • Charged Moves: Earthquake, Sludge Wave, Surf, Muddy Water, Hydro Cannon
  • Best moveset: Mud Shot and Hydro Cannon / Earthquake
  • Weak against: Grass (double weakness)
  • Resists damage from these types: Electric, Poison, Rock, Steel, and Fire

Just save Swampert from Grass-type opponents, and it’ll absolutely demolish the competition in the Ultra League. A Fast Move like Mud Shot and Charged Moves such as Earthquake, Sludge Wave, and Hydro Cannon make Swampert a great lead in any team.

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Swampert’s impact on the Ultra League has been so massive that many players choose Venusaur as their starter to just counter it.

Giratina (Altered Forme)

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Giratina Altered Forme has a 10% chance to boost all its stats with Ancient Power.
  • Type: Ghost and Dragon
  • Fast Moves: Dragon Breath and Shadow Claw
  • Charged Moves: Ancient Power, Shadow Sneak, and Dragon Claw
  • Best moveset: Shadow Claw and Dragon Claw / Shadow Sneak
  • Weak against: Ghost, Ice, Dragon, Dark, and Fairy
  • Resists damage from these types: Poison, Bug, Fire, Water, Grass, Electric, Normal, and Fighting

This one shouldn’t need a lot of explanation, but we’ll still give you some reasons why Giratina in its Altered state is arguably the strongest Pokemon for the Ultra League. It has access to the strongest movements in both Ghost and Dragon types and its attack, defense, and stamina stats are perfectly balanced.

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Giratina is an ideal lead if your team has Pokemon that can take down Fairy and Ice-type opponents. With them out of the way, the Legendary Pokemon will make light work of the rest of the competition.

Machamp

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Though it’s a Fighting-type, Machamp can beat Flying-types with Rock Slide.
  • Type: Fighting
  • Fast Moves: Bullet Punch, Counter, and Karate Chop
  • Charged Moves: Cross Chop, Rock Slide, Close Combat, Dynamic Punch, Heavy Slam
  • Best moveset: Counter and Cross Chop / Rock Slide
  • Weak against: Flying, Psychic, and Fairy
  • Resists damage from these types: Rock, Bug, and Dark

Machamp is one of the most commonly found Pokemon on this list and it can help you defeat some of the most prominent Ultra League species in Pokemon Go such as Registeel, Walrein, Snorlax, and Galarian Stunfisk.

Machamp’s increased availability also makes it easier for players to power up its Shadow version which is even stronger for the Ultra League.

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Best team to use in Pokemon Go Ultra League

The best Ultra League team in Pokemon Go consists of these Pokemon:

  • Swampert
  • Giratina (Altered Forme)
  • Trevenant

It is important to reiterate that this team can fail on certain occasions but the overall results will most likely be positive.

We avoided including the likes of Registeel and Regirock because of their rarity. Similarly, Abomasnow and Walrein reach their true potential with XL candies that are largely used by end-game players.

The Pokemon on this list will provide you with great results with the least amount of effort.

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Strongest Pokemon for Master League in Pokemon Go

Unsurprisingly, Master League is the most competitive league in Pokemon Go. It is filled with the strongest Legendaries and Mythical Pokemon because there’s literally no CP limit.

These are the Pokemon that can easily carry you through battles in Master League:

Dialga

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Dialga has the highest number of type resistances among Dragon-types.
  • Type: Steel and Dragon
  • Fast Moves: Dragon Breath and Metal Claw
  • Charged Moves: Iron Head, Thunder, and Draco Meteor
  • Best moveset: Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor / Iron Head
  • Weak against: Fighting and Ground
  • Resists damage from these types: Normal, Rock, Flying, Bug, Steel, Water, Electric, Psychic, Poison, and Grass.

Dialga is the most obvious choice if you want to win battles in the Master League. Dragon-type Pokemon dominate this league, and Dialga’s association with Steel makes Dragon-type and Fairy-type opponents ineffective.

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Alongside great type advantages, Dialga boasts some of the best stats in the game due to which it can single-handedly take down multiple opponents. Dragon-type moves such as Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor work like icing on the cake.

Dragonite

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With Superpower, Dragonite is one of the few Dragon Pokemon that can beat Steel-types.
  • Type: Dragon and Flying
  • Fast Moves: Steel Wing, Dragon Tale, and Dragon Breath
  • Charged Moves: Hyper Beam, Hurricane, Outrage, Dragon Pulse, Dragon Claw, Superpower
  • Best moveset: Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw / Superpower
  • Weak against: Ice, Rock, Dragon, Fairy
  • Resists damage from these types: Fighting, Bug, Fire, Water, Ground, Grass

One of the best non-Legendary Dragon-type Pokemon that can survive the Master League is Dragonite. This tanky Pokemon has really impressive stats and with the right moves, you’ll be able to take down some Legendaries too.

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We’ve also included Dragonite because it’s far more accessible than the Legendaries that are common in the Master League. If you get your hands on its Shadow version, powering it up will be certainly worth the effort.

Mewtwo

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Mewtwo has one of the widest movepools in Pokemon Go.
  • Type: Psychic
  • Fast Moves: Psycho Cut and Confusion
  • Charged Moves: Flamethrower, Ice Beam, Thunderbolt, Hyper Beam, Psychic, Focus Blast, Psystrike, Shadow Ball
  • Best moveset: Psycho Cut and Psystrike / Shadow Ball
  • Weak against: Bug, Ghost, and Dark
  • Resists damage from these types: Fighting and Psychic

The one-and-only Mewtwo deserves a spot on this list more than any Pokemon. With an Attack stat of 300, Mewtwo is a nightmare for any opponent and its diverse move set is equally dangerous.

Ideally, use Mewtwo with one Psychic-type Charge move for STAB (Same-type attack bonus) and another Charged Move that can act as a counter in peculiar situations.

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Togekiss

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Togekiss is one of the most popular leads in PvP.
  • Type: Fairy and Flying
  • Fast Moves: Air Slash, Hidden Power, and Charm
  • Charged Moves: Aerial Ace, Ancient Power, Aura Sphere, Dazzling Gleam, Flamethrower
  • Best moveset: Charm and Ancient Power / Flamethrower
  • Weak against: Poison, Rock, Steel, Electric, and Ice
  • Resists damage from these types: Grass, Dark, Fighting, Ground, Bug, Dragon

It is evident that Dragon-type Pokemon pose the most formidable challenge in Pokemon Go and Togekiss is the perfect counter to them. We’ve selected Togekiss over Zacian primarily due to its accessibility.

While Charm should be a permanent Fast Move option, you can use Dazzling Gleam for STAB or use Flamethrower and Ancient Power as a backup.

Groudon

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Groudon is the ultimate counter to Steel-types in Pokemon Go.
  • Type: Ground
  • Fast Moves: Mud Shot and Dragon Tail
  • Charged Moves: Precipice Blades, Earthquake, Fire Blast, Solar Beam, and Fire Punch
  • Best moveset: Mud Shot and Fire Punch / Precipice Blades
  • Weak against: Water, Grass, and Ice
  • Resists damage from these types: Poison, Rock, and Electric

If you don’t want Steel types like Dialga and Melmetal ruining your experience in Pokemon Go’s Master League, just add Groudon with fire moves to your team. With Mud Shot, you’ll deal quick damage and the energy generation will let you access powerful Charged Moves like Precipice Blades and Fire Punch in no time.

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Groudon’s stats make him excellent for offense as well as defense and to say the least, you won’t regret investing in this Legendary Pokemon.

Best team to use in Pokemon Go Master League

The best team for Master League in Pokemon Go should include these Pokemon:

  • Mewtwo
  • Dialga
  • Groudon

Mewtwo and Dialga can take out any Dragon-type opponent with ease while Groudon will take care of your opponent’s Steel-type counters.

Yet again, we can’t guarantee invincibility with any team in Pokemon Go but relying on these three Pokemon appears to be the safest bet. Some alternatives that are commonly used in the Master League include Giratina (Origin Forme), Lugia, Zekrom, and Kyogre.

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Those were everything the best Pokemon for PvP battles in Pokemon Go Great, Ultra, and Master Leagues. For more Pokemon Go content, be sure to check out our other guides:

How to connect Pokemon Go to Pokemon Scarlet & Violet | How to heal Pokemon in Pokemon Go | How many Pokemon are there? | How to get revives in Pokemon Go | How to get the Master Ball in Pokemon Go | How to get different Vivillion patterns in Pokemon Go & Scarlet and Violet

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