Pokemon Go best Ultra League team for Shared Skies

Niladri Sarkar
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Ultra League is a challenging Pokemon Go PvP format, and players are eager to win these matches to grab plenty of Go Battle League (GBL) rewards.

With the current Shared Skies Season meta housing several powerhouses, you must choose the right Pokemon to get the job done, so here are the best picks for the Ultra League.

Dates

The next Ultra League leg will run from July 6, 2024, until July 13, 2024. Remember that you can only use species under 2500 CP in this format.

Best Ultra League Pokemon

Registeel

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Registeel is an excellent lead as well as a closer.
  • Weaknesses: Fighting, Ground, Fire
  • Resistances: Normal, Flying, Rock, Bug, Steel, Grass, Psychic, Ice, Dragon, Fairy, Poison
  • Best moveset: Lock-On and Focus Blast / Zap Cannon

Registeel has always been a top-tier Legendary in the Ultra League. Many players consider Registeel to be the go-to pick for PvP as it is not only bulky but also has resistances against some of the top threats in this format.

Coming to the moveset, Lock-On helps Registeel quickly generate energy and get to its powerful Charged Moves like Focus Blast and/or Zap Cannon. Because of Lock-On’s tremendous energy gains, Registeel is the most feared user of the dreaded Focus Blast.

Cresselia

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Cresselia is one of the toughest Pokemon to take down in PvP.
  • Weaknesses: Bug, Dark, Ghost
  • Resistances: Ghost
  • Best moveset: Psycho Cut and Moonblast / Grass Knot

Cresselia combines excellent Defense and HP stats to turn into an unbreakable wall in PvP. Regardless of how difficult the situation is, you can count on Cresselia to tank hits consistently.

Psycho Cut gives Cresselia quick energy gains and also chips in some damage, making you ready to deliver a devastating Moonblast or an unexpected Grass Knot. Players should remember that Grass Knot can be taught to Cresselia only by using an Elite Charged TM.

Cobalion

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Cobalion became a top threat in PvP after GBL Season 12.
  • Weaknesses: Fighting, Fire, Ground
  • Resistances: Bug, Poison, Rock, Dark, Dragon, Grass, Ice, Normal, Steel
  • Best moveset: Double Kick and Sacred Sword / Stone Edge

Cobalion has a lot of positives. A solid type combination, balanced stats, many resistances, and an excellent moveset help Cobalion pack a serious punch in PvP. After Double Kick received a buff, Cobalion became one of the biggest winners of the upgrade. Sacred Sword is one of the best PvP moves to use, while Stone Edge gives Cobalion the coverage it needs against Fire and Flying types.

Virizion

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Virizion is one of the few Pokemon to resist both Ground and Rock types.
  • Weaknesses: Flying, Fairy, Fire, Ice, Poison, Psychic
  • Resistances: Dark, Electric, Grass, Ground, Rock, Water
  • Best moveset: Double Kick and Sacred Sword / Leaf Blade

Virizion may have a glaring weakness to Flying types but its great bulk and powerful moveset make it a great choice. The combination of Double Kick and Sacred Sword is formidable and helps it beat Steel types like Registeel and Galarian Stunfisk.

Leaf Blade is scary to opponents as it charges super quick and baits shields, while also threatening Swampert and Tapu Fini. This makes Virizion a perfect lead in any battle.

Regirock

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Regirock has one of the highest Defense stats in the game.
  • Weaknesses: Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, Water
  • Resistances: Fire, Flying, Normal, Poison
  • Best moveset: Lock-On and Stone Edge / Earthquake

Regirock is extremely bulky thanks to its jaw-dropping 309 Defense stat. So even if there are no shields left, it can tank an Earthquake from the opponent!

With the high energy gains of Lock-On, it can deliver Stone Edge and Earthquake quicker than most PvP players can imagine. This Legendary works best when shields are no longer available in the battle.

Poliwrath

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Poliwrath can even go toe-to-toe with Dragon Pokemon.
  • Weaknesses: Electric, Fairy, Fighting, Grass
  • Resistances: Bug, Dark, Fire, Ice, Rock, Steel, Water
  • Best moveset: Counter and Scald / Icy Wind

Poliwrath does well offensively, as it gets excellent coverage from Counter, arguably the best Fast Move in Pokemon Go, while Scald deals a neat 85 damage while also having a 50% chance of dropping the opponent’s Attack stat.

If that wasn’t great enough, Icy Wind helps it deal with Dragon types and gives a guaranteed chance to drop the opponent’s Attack stat, even when shielded. These moves can give a lot of trouble to opponents, throwing their strategies out of the window.

While Poliwrath has some concerning weaknesses, it backs it up with plenty of resistances, making it a great fit for your teams.

Swampert

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Swampert is the best ‘mud boi’ in PvP.
  • Weaknesses: Grass
  • Resistances: Electric, Fire, Poison, Rock, Steel
  • Best moveset: Mud Shot and Hydro Cannon / Earthquake

Swampert is one of the few species that is relevant in all three PvP leagues. In Ultra League, there are only a few Grass Pokemon, so Swampert has hardly any super-effective damage to be worried about.

It can deliver a lot of damage with Hydro Cannon, which it can also use to bait shields because of the excellent energy gains of Mud Shot. The powerful Earthquake is better used as a nuke move when shields are down. These moves make Swampert a reliable weapon to break any teams built around Registeel or Regirock.

Giratina (Altered)

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Giratina (Altered) has the best attacking type combination in Ultra League.
  • Weaknesses: Dark, Dragon, Fairy, Ghost, Ice
  • Resistances: Fighting, Normal, Bug, Electric, Fire, Grass, Poison, Water
  • Best moveset: Shadow Claw and Dragon Claw / Ancient Power

Giratina (Altered) was once the scariest PvP pick, but the nerf to Ancient Power somewhat hurt its ability to beat Togekiss, a common Fairy type. But this Gen 4 Legendary is still a dangerous threat because of its amazing attacking ability as well as its huge bulk.

Shadow Claw is an excellent Fast Move, and it combines very well with Dragon Claw to put shield pressure on opponents. Experienced players are aware of how a lucky stat boost from Ancient Power can make Giratina (Altered) nearly unbeatable.

Another major positive for Giratina (Altered) is its near-perfect neutral coverage against every opponent in this format so it can be used as a lead, switch-in, or closer.

Pidgeot

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Pidgeot needs to be XL and Best Buddy for best performance.
  • Weaknesses: Electric, Ice, Rock
  • Resistances: Ghost, Ground, Bug, Grass
  • Best moveset: Gust and Brave Bird / Feather Dance

Pidgeot was once unusable in any PvP format. But the addition of Gust and Feather Dance to its moveset has made it deadly in the Ultra League.

Gust gives good damage output as well as high energy gains to help Pidgeot use the powerful Brave Bird. But players should be careful in using this Charged Move because it leads to a Defense self-debuff by two stages. On the other hand, Feather Dance is a useful move to bait shields and debuff the opponent’s Attack stat by two stages. So, it takes some practice to use Pidgeot properly, but it’s all worth it.

Mandibuzz

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Mandibuzz has incredible bulk and an excellent moveset.
  • Weaknesses: Electric, Fairy, Ice, Rock
  • Resistances: Ground, Psychic, Dark, Ghost, Grass
  • Best moveset: Snarl and Foul Play / Aerial Ace

Mandibuzz is extremely bulky, capable of even taking super-effective hits and not being weak to the dreaded Counter feared by other Dark-type Pokemon. Additionally, its Snarl and Foul Play combo is super spammy, helping you burn shields from the opponent’s side and also dish out damage.

Aerial Ace is its cheapest move but is weak in terms of damage output. That said, it gets STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) and takes out Fighting types. Its resistances are impressive and, in particular, can make Ground and Psychic-type species helpless.

Walrein

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Walrein is one of the few Pokemon to receive two moves on Community Day.
  • Weaknesses: Electric, Fighting, Grass, Rock
  • Resistances: Ice, Water
  • Best moveset: Powder Snow and Icicle Spear / Earthquake

The addition of Powder Snow and Icicle Spear turned Walrein into one of the best Ice types in PvP. Along with Swampert, Walrein can also be used in all three Leagues, but it’s at its best in the UL meta.

Powder Snow boasts incredible energy gains, letting Walrein use Icicle Spear and Earthquake to take down targets like Giratina (Altered) and Registeel. Earthquake is an amazing coverage move to deal with Steel types.

Tapu Fini

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Tapu Fini is a Fairy Pokemon without the usual weakness of Steel Pokemon.
  • Weaknesses: Electric, Grass, Poison
  • Resistances: Dragon, Bug, Dark, Fighting, Fire, Ice, Water
  • Best moveset: Water Gun and Surf / Moonblast

Tapu Fini is one of the best defensive species in the game. It resists attacks from some of the best PvP heavyweights and also doesn’t take super-effective damage from the common Steel types. Offensively, Water and Surf form a great damaging pair, while Moonblast can eliminate Dark, Dragon, and Fighting types easily.

Feraligatr

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Feraligatr got Shadow Claw added to its movepool in the World of Wonders season.
  • Weaknesses: Electric, Grass
  • Resistances: Fire, Ice, Steel, Water
  • Best moveset: Shadow Claw and Hydro Cannon / Ice Beam

Shadow Claw turned Feraligatr into a dire threat, helping this fearsome starter tackle the mighty Giratina (Altered), Cresselia, and Jellicent. Hydro Cannon is its go-to move, dealing massive damage even to Steel types.

If this powerful moveset duo wasn’t scary enough already, Feraligatr also packs Ice Beam to send a chill down the spines of Dragon and Grass types in the meta.

Buzzwole

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Buzzwole can become bulkier by spamming Lunge in PvP.
  • Weaknesses: Flying, Fairy, Fire, Psychic
  • Resistances: Bug, Dark, Fighting, Grass, Ground
  • Best moveset: Counter and Superpower / Lunge

This Ultra Beast can do a great job at forcing switch-outs in the opponent’s team. Counter is already amazing and Buzzwole gets STAB damage out of it. It pairs incredibly well with Lunge, as it not only baits shields but also debuffs the opponent’s Attack stat. This can help it go unshielded against most moves if it can deliver at least two Lunge attacks.

Superpower can be devastating for the opponent if it is left unshielded. But Pokemon Go Ultra League players should be careful in using Superpower as it self-debuffs both the Attack and Defense stat of Buzzwole. So we recommend using Counter and Lunge throughout the battle and using Superpower only if the opponent no longer has shields.

Charizard

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Charizard is a great counter to Dragon and Steel Pokemon in PvP.
  • Weaknesses: Rock, Electric, Water
  • Resistances: Bug, Grass, Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Ground, Steel
  • Best moveset: Wing Attack and Blast Burn / Dragon Claw

The iconic Charizard is a fan-favorite UL monster. While Fire Spin or Dragon Breath is the common Fast Move for Charizard in PvE, it prefers to use Wing Attack in PvP. This Flying-type Fast Move gets STAB and gives this starter the best energy gains possible. With this, it can spam Dragon Claw to bait shields and deliver a powerful Blast Burn.

Charizard can pose a huge threat to powerful Pokemon like Giratina (Altered), Registeel, and Cobalion. If shields are up, it can even do well against Swampert. Note that it is best used as a switch-in during the middle of the battle.

Guzzlord

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Guzzlord has one of the highest HP stats in the game.
  • Weaknesses: Fairy, Bug, Dragon, Fighting, Ice
  • Resistances: Psychic, Dark, Electric, Fire, Ghost, Grass, Water
  • Best moveset: Dragon Tail and Dragon Claw / Brutal Swing

This terrifying Ultra Beast has become one of the most sought-after species thanks to its excellent moveset. It is currently the best user of the popular Dragon Tail and Dragon Claw combination, and it gets even better because Guzzlord can also use Brutal Swing. These three moves work very well together to dish out heavy damage figures to opponents.

Keep in mind that while Guzzlord has a massive HP stat of 440, its Defense stat is very low at 99. So, in situations where it’s taking a lot of damage, it is recommended to switch it out and save it for the end of the battle.

Best team

From the above list, the best team should include Registeel, Cresselia, and Swampert.

While this team is excellent, players should know that any of our UL entrants would be great for these tough battles. There is no ultimate team in Pokemon Go and every match can go very differently depending on your opponent’s strategies.

If you’re interested in spicing up your teams, consider using picks like Annihilape, Steelix, Greninja, and Incineroar.