How to get Poliwrath in Pokemon Go: PvP & PvE performance, best moveset & can it be shiny?

poliwrath pokemon go battling a pikachu in the animeThe Pokemon Company

Poliwrath has caught the attention of Pokemon Go players after Poliwag Community Day. With a brand new exclusive move in the mix, players want to find out how Poliwrath performs in PvP & PvE, and if its shiny is available. Here’s everything you need to know.

Pokemon Go hosted a successful Poliwag Community Day and drove players into a frenzy to secure Poliwrath in the game. Players have fond memories of using Poliwrath in the Gen 1 games and now, they are eager to do the same in Pokemon Go.

With lots of hype surrounding the Tadpole Pokemon, players are curious about Poliwrath’s performance in PvP and PvE, and the best moveset for these battles. In addition, they also want to know if shiny Poliwrath is available in the game.

So, here are all the details about Poliwrath in Pokemon Go.

How to get Poliwrath in Pokemon Go

Players can get Poliwrath in Pokemon Go by catching a Poliwag and evolving it into Poliwhirl with 25 Candy. Poliwhirl can then be evolved into Poliwrath with 100 Candy.

We recommend using Pinap Berries to earn bonus Candy from each catch so that you can stock them up and get Poliwrath quickly.

poliwrath pokemon go in its typical pose from the animeThe Pokemon Company
Poliwrath’s body is 100% muscle and 0% fat.

Is shiny Poliwrath available in Pokemon Go?

Yes, shiny Poliwrath is available in Pokemon Go. Lucky players can obtain a shiny Poliwrath by catching a shiny Poliwag and evolving it all the way to Poliwrath.

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Shiny Pokemon are rare in the game. Players should know that the odds of encountering a shiny Poliwag is 1 in 500 or a 0.2% chance.

Is Poliwrath good in Pokemon Go PvP?

Yes, Poliwrath is excellent in Pokemon Go PvP. In particular, it is useful in the Ultra League.

As a Water/Fighting-type Pokemon, it can deal with the several Steel and Dark Pokemon in the Ultra League. In addition, it can resist all Lapras’ moves and dish out super-effective damage in return. Poliwrath’s ability to tackle so many powerful Pokemon in PvP makes it easy to fit into teams.

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Best Poliwrath Pokemon Go PvP moveset

The best Pokemon Go PvP moveset for Poliwrath is Counter as a Fast Move paired with Dynamic Punch and Ice Punch as Charged Moves.

Counter and Dynamic Punch form a phenomenal duo of Fighting-type attacks. Poliwrath not only gets STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) but it is also able to damage many Pokemon types in PvP. Ice Punch is a great coverage move that lets Poliwrath deal with Dragon and Flying Pokemon. In addition, you can also use Ice Punch to bait shields.

Players will need to note that Poliwrath will be able to learn Counter only by using an Elite Fast TM.

Is Poliwrath good in Pokemon Go PvE?

Yes, Poliwrath is good in Pokemon Go PvE. While its Attack stat is lower than other Water and Fighting Pokemon, it makes up with its solid bulk and many resistances.

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We recommend using Poliwrath as a Fighting-type in 1-Star and 3-Star Raid Battles. You can also use Poliwrath in Legendary Raid battles as long as the lobby has many players.

Best Poliwrath Pokemon Go PvE moveset

The best Pokemon Go PvE moveset for Poliwrath is Counter as a Fast Move combined with Dynamic Punch as a Charged Move.

Counter and Dynamic Punch form a fantastic Fighting-type set with huge damage output. This combination is so good that Poliwrath can take advantage of its bulk to deliver a high TDO (Total Damage Output).

All Poliwrath Pokemon Go moves

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Poliwrath is known for using several ‘punch’ moves.

Here’s the complete Poliwrath Pokemon Go moveset:

Fast Moves

  • Counter
  • Bubble
  • Mud Shot
  • Rock Smash

Charged Moves

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