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5 moves that are as good as cheating in Pokemon Go

Published: 4/Jul/2020 13:42

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Go has its fair share of ultra-powerful moves, and some of them are so good they’re almost cheating. So, which are the five most over-powered moves in the mobile game?

Ok, cheating is an overstatement – after all they are legitimate moves. However, some are head and shoulders above others.

In the competitive format of GO Battle League you’ll come across these moves time and time again. The reason for this is obvious: they are super-effective (pun intended).

5. Charm

Charm is the second-hardest hitting Fast Move in all of Pokemon Go. It is only bettered by Razor Leaf which deals 5.5 damage per turn compared to 5.33.

The Fairy-type move comes out on top though, because it is that – a Fairy-type move. The Grass-type Razor Leaf is weak against seven different types whereas Charm is super effective against three (and weak against three). The three it is strong against include key types in Dark and Dragon, which are frequently seen in PvP and high-tier Raid Battles.

If you start a battle with the likes of Darkrai, Giratina, or Palkia and your opponent has Charm, get it out of there quickly! It won’t last long at all.

Draco Meteor Pokemon Go
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Draco Meteor is reserved for the most powerful dragon-type Pokemon: Kyurem, Dialga, Reshiram, Palkia, Dragonite and Salamence…

4. Draco Meteor

When it comes to damage per energy Draco Meteor is only surpassed by Overheat (more on that below). The Dragon-type move is only one of six Charge Moves in Pokemon Go that deals 150 damage.

The others require energy of 75 or 80. When you compare this to the 65 Draco Meteor needs then it becomes obvious why it has made this list.

We’re looking at moves only here and not taking into account the Pokemon themselves. However, with dragon-types being a regular sighting in PvP due to their impressive stats, when you add Draco Meteor into the equation there are many trainers on the opposing side that will quickly get frustrated with it.

Trainers often ask which is better out of Draco Meteor and Outrage. Well the latter may require 5 less energy but deals 40 damage less at 110. Unlike Draco Meteor though, using the move doesn’t have any negative effect on your stats. Some would argue this is next to irrelevant though, as it is often difficult to get two or more Charge Moves off in a competitive scenario.

3. Counter

Counter is the only Fast Move with more than 3.5 DPT then generates more than 3 energy per turn (EPT). This alone should tell you how effective it is.

Being a Fighting-type move, it is unsurprisingly found mostly among Fighting Pokemon. It was recently included as a Community Day Exclusive Move for Alakazam when Abra headlined.

As a Fighting-type Fast Move it is unrivalled, so if your Pokemon has it, do not change it. We can’t think of a single example of a Fighting-type Pokemon having it where you should change it, but then again with stats like that, why would you?

Overheat Pokemon Go
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Plenty of Pokemon can learn Overheat but the two it is most effective with is Reshiram and Chandelure…

2. Overheat

Overheat has the best damage per energy of all moves in Pokemon Go. It requires only 55 energy yet it will cause a massive 130 damage. That’s a DPE of 2.36!

Interestingly there is one Fire-type move that does hit harder – Fire Blast. However, this requires 25 more energy at 80. So of the two, Overheat is certainly preferable.

It should be noted that it does significantly reduce your attack stat upon using it. This makes no difference if you’re using it when your Pokemon is close to fainting, though.

The 130 damage it offers is so large that you don’t even need to worry about type effectiveness. Even against Dragon, Fire, Rock and Water-types it will still hit for 93 damage.

1. Rock Wrecker

Rock Wrecker is only usable by one Pokemon – Rhyperior. It’s a good job too as the rock-type move does 110 damage for just 50 energy!

Unsurprisingly it is by far the most powerful rock-type Charge Move. Fortunately it is only available as a Community Day Exclusive Move, but no doubt it will return somewhere at some point.

Other moves worthy of an honorable mention are Flying Press, Frenzy Plant and Blast Burn.

These didn’t quite make the top 5 because Flying Press is only usable by Pikachu Libre, Frenzy Plant has a lot of types it’s weak against, and Blast Burn can be considered similar to Overheat. Some would argue Blast Burn is superior because it doesn’t lessen any stats, though.


How to get Calyrex and Glastrier/Spectrier in the Crown Tundra DLC

Published: 23/Oct/2020 9:35

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s the Crown Tundra DLC is finally available which means trainers can get their hands on the region’s featured Legendary Pokemon, Calyrex.

Calyrex ruled all of Galar throughout ancient times, so it’s safe to say the King Pokemon will be a fantastic addition to your Pokedex. It may not appear strong at just 1.1 meters tall and 7.7kg in weight but it is highly intelligent.

In fact, it is so clever that it’s said to see every past, present, and future event. Let’s break down how to encounter Calyrex in the Crown Tundra.

Calyrex Shiny Lock
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Calyrex is the featured Legendary Pokemon of the new Crown Tundra DLC…

Calyrex location

Finding The King Pokemon is a several step process. Firstly, you’ll need to get to the point of the Crown Tundra story where you obtain the Legendary Clues in Peony’s house. This is located in Freezington.

From there pick up the Wooden Crown which can be found in his living room. By sheer coincidence (or not), there is a statue just outside where the aforementioned Crown fits like a glove. This is a statue of Calyrex (without its crown) sitting on what is either Glastrier or Spectrier. Put the crown on this statue.

This will cause Calyrex to appear which will result in a battle. The dual grass and psychic-type is relatively easy to defeat.

Following this, it will want you to interact with various NPCs in Freezington to find out whether members of the community remember it for its plentiful harvest.

Calyrex will share more about its history telling you about its loyal steed – Glastrier or Spectrier (more on that below). As part of the story, you’re required to buy some Carrot Seeds.

Again, coincidentally, a NPC is selling them right by the previous NPCs. This will cost 8 Dynite Ore.

To have this amount you will have needed to have successfully won your first Dynamax Adventure. If you haven’t, you’ll need to go back and do so.

Calyrex will then want you to choose between two locations to grow the carrots. One of them is a plot of land by gravestones and the other is in a field of “pristine snow”.

Glastrier and Spectrier

This is where the other Legendary Pokemon from the Crown Tundra come into play. Spectrier and Glastrier are Horse Pokemon with different typings.

The former is a ghost-type while the latter is ice. Therefore, it will come as no surprise Calyrex summons Spectrier when you plant the Carrot Seeds by the gravestones and Glastrier when planted by the pristine snow.

Whichever one you choose will result in you battling it back in Freezington. When you defeat it, you will obtain a tuft of Mane Hair.

This will then be used to construct the Reins of Unity. To do that you’ll need to talk to Calyrex (again) – at this point, you’re getting to know each other well – and it will give you the Radiant Petal. Take both of these to the Mayor’s House and Peony will give you the Reins of Unity.

Now you can make your way to the Crown Shrine which is located at the top of the Crown Tundra. Calyrex will be waiting for you.

Place the Carrot in the Shrine and either Spectrier or Glastrier will come for it. Calyrex will take this opportunity to jump on it. After seemingly taming it, the two fuse together to create the Shadow Rider or Ice Rider fusion forms.

Calyrex Glastrier
Calyrex fuses with Glastrier/Spectrier when it jumps on it and tames it…

Reins of Unity

Now Calyrex’s fusion form is waiting for you to battle it (and capture). Although you can battle it as many times as you want, it’s probably wise to save it beforehand to avoid having to get all the way back up to the Crown Shrine.

It can be difficult to capture, so make sure you have a relatively strong team and a lot of PokeBalls. Unfortunately, Calyrex is one of the few Pokemon that are Shiny locked in the Crown Tundra, so don’t waste your time soft resetting, a Shiny isn’t going to happen!

When you do capture Calyrex’s in its Shadow or Ice Rider form, you can actually use the Reins of Unity to separate the two Pokemon. This results in two Pokedex entries!

For those asking whether you can catch both Glastrier and Spectrier, no you can’t, at least not on the same save file. The process of capturing Calyrex sounds long-winded, but it’s actually pretty simple and is naturally achieved by going through the story.