Pokemon Go’s Ultra League Remix is a brand new take on a familiar challenge in the Go Battle League, meaning Trainers will have to rethink their usual strategy in order to rise to the top of the ranks.
As the Ultra League comes back into rotation in Season 9 of the Pokemon Go Battle League, it once again brings the Ultra League Remix along for the ride. With this, it’s not just the 2,500 CP cap you’ll have to worry about.
The biggest rule of the Ultra League Remix is that the 10 most used Pokemon among Ace-rank Trainers and above in the traditional Ultra League will not be allowed. This eliminates many popular choices like Togekiss and Cresselia.
With so many restrictions in place, even the most experienced Trainers might struggle to figure out which Pokemon to take into battle, so we’ve put together a ‘best team’ and a list of recommendations for you to try out.
Best team for the Ultra League Remix
For the best chance at success in the Ultra League Remix, we’d recommend a team consisting of Galarian Stunfisk, Jellicent, and Gengar, as this will give you great coverage against some of the most common opponents you’ll face.
As with any league or cup in the Go Battle League, it’s pretty much impossible to say what the absolute ‘best’ team is as this can change depending on the Pokemon you’re up against, and you’ll never know that until you begin a battle.
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Still, there are a few standouts who can perform well in most situations. Many of these require XL Candy to reach their full potential, but not everyone has reached that point yet, so we’ve included a mix of the best XL and non-XL Pokemon below.
Best Pokemon for the Ultra League Remix
- Fast Move: Lock-On
- Charged Moves: Focus Blast and Flash Cannon
- Resistances: Poison, Normal, Flying, Rock, Bug, Steel, Grass, Psychic, Ice, Dragon, and Fairy
- Weaknesses: Fire, Ground, and Fighting
In a surprising move, Registeel has now been un-banned from the Ultra League Remix in Go Battle League Season 9. It’s good news, though, as this Legendary titan is the undisputed king of the Ultra League meta when leveled up with XL Candy.
Despite dealing low damage, Lock On has the energy generation of any move in Go, so you’ll want that as a Fast Move. Flash Cannon is a priority Charged Move, as it deals great STAB damage, while Focus Blast is a useful secondary choice for Fighting-type coverage.
Galarian Stunfisk (XL)
- Fast Move: Mud Shot
- Charged Moves: Rock Slide and Earthquake
- Resistances: Poison, Rock, Electric, Fairy, Flying, Bug, Steel, Normal, Psychic, and Dragon
- Weaknesses: Fire, Water, Ground, and Fighting
Galarian Stunfisk has always been a standout in the Great League meta, and now it gets a chance to shine in the Ultra League Remix, too. With the assistance of XL Candy, it can reach 2445 CP, which is just under the cap required to enter.
Mud Shot is the best Fast Move to use with Galarian Stunfisk, as its fast energy gain will help you save up for some powerful Charged Moves: Rock Slide provides some extra coverage while Earthquake deals massive damage.
Deoxys Defense Forme (XL)
- Fast Move: Counter
- Charged Moves: Psycho Boost and Rock Slide
- Resistances: Fighting and Psychic
- Weaknesses: Bug, Dark, and Ghost
Deoxys Defense Forme recently returned to Raids after a two-year absence, making it a lot more accessible than it once was. Now, the Ultra League Remix is the perfect time to put the Mythical Pokemon to good use if you have enough XL Candy.
You’ll want the powerful Counter as your Fast Move, then Psycho Boost and Rock Slide as your Charged Moves. This combination gives Deoxys three attack types, including a Fighting-type move without the weaknesses of being a fighter.
- Fast Move: Hex
- Charged Moves: Bubble Beam and Shadow Ball
- Resistances: Normal, Fighting, Poison, Bug, Steel, Water, Fire, and Ice
- Weaknesses: Grass, Dark, Ghost, and Electric
One of Jellicent’s biggest strengths is its ability to take down Galarian Stunfisk, which is arguably the biggest competitor in the Ultra League Remix. It can also put up a good fight against other favorites like Mewtwo, Machamp, and Giratina.
Hex has faster energy gain than Bubble, so go with that for your Fast Move. Then, for Charged Moves, Bubble Beam is a low-cost choice to wear your opponent’s shields down before dealing massive STAB damage with Shadow Ball.
- Fast Move: Lock On
- Charged Moves: Stone Edge and Focus Blast
- Resistances: Normal, Poison, Flying, and Fire
- Weaknesses: Steel, Ground, Fighting, Water, and Grass
Now for a Pokemon that doesn’t need XL Candy: the Legendary titan Regirock. While its performance in the Ultra League meta is inferior to its titan sibling Registeel, it’s still a very powerful addition to your team and far less difficult to power up.
Lock On has incredible energy generation, so that’s the best choice for a Fast Move. With all that energy, you’ll be able to unleash two powerful Charged Moves: Stone Edge and Focus Blast, with the latter giving you coverage against Steel-types like Steelix.
- Fast Move: Shadow Claw
- Charged Moves: Shadow Punch and Shadow Ball
- Resistances: Fighting, Normal, Poison, Bug, Grass, and Fairy
- Weaknesses: Dark, Ground, Ghost, and Psychic
As far as Ghost-types go, Gengar is arguably the supreme in the Ultra League Remix. It can take down fellow high-tier ghosts Giratina, Jellicent, and Drifblim, and has a huge resistance to Fighting-types like Machamp. Just watch out for Galarian Stunfisk and Mewtwo.
When it comes to Gengar’s moveset, you’ll want Shadow Ball as a Fast Move for high damage and energy gain. The low-cost Shadow Punch is the ideal Charged Move, but if you don’t have an Elite TM to get that then Shadow Ball and Focus Blast will suffice.
- Fast Move: Counter
- Charged Moves: Cross Chop and Rock Slide
- Resistances: Bug, Rock, and Dark
- Weaknesses: Fairy, Flying, and Psychic
One of the most accessible Pokemon for the Ultra League Remix is Machamp, which is the best non-XL Fighting-type you’ll find. Shadow is preferable, but a standard Machamp will also perform very well here.
As we mentioned before, Counter is one of the best Fast Moves in Go, so choose that. Cross Chop is a Charged Move that has STAB and can be spammed, while Rock Slide gives coverage against one of Machamp’s weaknesses, Flying-types.
Pokemon Go Ultra League Remix ban list
The following 10 Pokemon cannot be used in the Ultra League Remix:
- Alolan Muk
- Altered Forme Giratina
The ban list changed with the arrival of Go Battle League Season 9, as previously the top 20 most popular Ultra League choices were banned. This means the likes of Charizard and Articuno are now back in play.
Some of the most powerful Pokemon have been banned, so Trainers are going to have to think outside the box for the Ultra League Remix. Take a look at our suggestions above, though, and you should have a good shot at victory.
Pokemon Go Ultra League Remix date & time
The Pokemon Go Battle League’s Ultra League Remix will begin on Monday, September 13, at 1PM PDT (4PM EST/ 9PM BST/ 10PM CEST) and run until Monday, September 27, at 1PM PDT.
That’s it for our Ultra League Remix recommendations. Good luck in those battles, Trainers! To prepare for the next big challenge, check out the Pokemon Go Battle League Season 9 schedule here.