The Retro Cup is returning to the Pokemon Go Battle League! With a unique set of rules and restrictions, our best team recommendations will help you secure the win.
Alongside the traditional Great League, Ultra League, and Master League, the Pokemon Go Battle League regularly features themed cups with unusual rules and restrictions to give trainers a fresh challenge.
The latest to arrive in Season 11 of the Go Battle League is the Retro Cup, which only allows types from the first-generation games. This means no Dark, Steel, or Fairy-type Pokemon are allowed to enter.
If you’re struggling to figure out the best team to take into battle, we’ve featured seven of the best Pokemon for the Retro Cup below, as well as their optimal movesets.
- Best team for the Retro Cup
- Best Pokemon for the Retro Cup
- Retro Cup rules & restrictions
- Retro Cup start & end date
One of the best teams you can use for the Retro Cup in Pokemon Go is Lickitung, Trevenant, and Walrein, as these are three of the strongest eligible competitors that cover a wide range of types.
Of course, it’s hard to say what the ‘ultimate’ team looks like as it really depends on your opponents. For example, Lickitung will beat most Pokemon in the Retro Cup, but it will almost always lose to Machamp.
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Having said that, there are several Pokemon who rise to the top of the ranks with the ability to perform well in most scenarios, which you can see below. Even better, most of them don’t need XL Candy.
- Fast Move: Lick
- Charged Move: Body Slam and Power Whip
- Resistances: Ghost
- Weaknesses: Fighting
Lickitung is the one to beat in the Retro Cup. You’ll need XL Candy and a Legacy Move (or an Elite Charged TM) to make it viable, but it’s definitely worth it, with key wins against most of the big players here.
As we mentioned, you’ll need access to the Charged Move Body Slam to make Lickitung work. Pair that with Lick as the optimal Fast Move and Power Whip as a secondary Charged Move for extra coverage.
- Fast Move: Powder Snow
- Charged Moves: Icicle Spear and Earthquake
- Resistances: Fighting, Water, Electric, Fairy, and Grass
- Weaknesses: Fire, Flying, Ice, and Psychic
Since it received a Community Day-exclusive Fast Move and Charged Move, Walrein has rocketed to the top of the ranks in loads of leagues and cups in the Go Battle League, including the Retro Cup.
You’ll need those exclusive moves to make it viable, though, so make sure you have Powder Snow as a Fast Move and Icicle Spear as a Charged Move, with Earthquake as a powerful secondary attack.
- Fast Move: Shadow Claw
- Charged Moves: Seed Bomb and Shadow Ball
- Resistances: Electric, Fighting, Grass, Ground, Normal, and Water
- Weaknesses: Dark, Fire, Flying, Ghost, Ice
Trevenant really shook up the Pokemon Go Battle League meta when it arrived in 2021’s Halloween event, so it’s no surprise to see it appear as one of the best Pokemon to use right here in the Retro Cup.
Shadow Claw is one of the best Fast Moves in the game, so you’ll want to use that. When it comes to Charged Moves, go with Seed Bomb for baiting shields and Shadow Ball as a powerful finisher.
- Fast move: Dragon Breath
- Charged moves: Sky Attack and Dragon Pulse
- Resistances: Bug, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Ground, and Water
- Weaknesses: Dragon, Fairy, Ice, and Rock
Altaria is probably the most difficult Pokemon to obtain on our list, purely because it costs a ridiculous 400 Candy to evolve from Swablu, but if you’ve got one under the 1,500 CP limit it’s a huge contender.
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Dragon Breath is a brilliant Fast Move, so make sure you have that in Altaria’s moveset. As for Charged Moves, you’ll want Sky Attack for quick hits and Dragon Pulse for devastating STAB damage.
- Fast move: Psycho Cut
- Charged moves: Grass Knot and Moonblasdt
- Resistances: Fighting and Psychic
- Weaknesses: Bug, Dark, and Ghost
One of the few Legendaries that can realistically compete in the Retro Cup is the Psychic-type Cresselia, which has the ability to take down almost all Fighting-types as well as Walrein, Mew, and Deoxys.
Psycho Cut is the best Fast Move at Cresselia’s disposal, giving quicker access to its Charged Moves – the cheap Legacy Move Grass Knot for spamming and Moonblast for dealing huge STAB damage.
- Fast Move: Counter
- Charged Move: Ice Punch and Psychic
- Resistances: Fighting and Rock
- Weaknesses: Fairy, Flying, and Ghost
Medicham is another Pokemon that needs XL Candy to be viable in the Retro Cup, but it’s worth the time and resources as it’s got viability in loads of other competitions like the Great League and the Love Cup too.
Counter is one of the best Fast Moves in Pokemon Go, with STAB damage and good energy generation. Combine this with the Charged Moves Ice Punch and Psychic, and you’ve got some great coverage options.
- Fast Move: Lock On
- Charged Move: Stone Edge and Focus Blast
- Strengths: Fire, Flying, Normal, and Poison
- Weaknesses: Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, and Water
The second Legendary on this list is the Hoenn titan Regirock. With Registeel banned in the Retro Cup, Regirock fulfills a similar role of being able to take out the likes of Froslass, Abomasnow, and Altaria.
Lock On is an excellent Fast Move, so make sure it’s in your moveset. Then, for Charged Moves, go with Stone Edge for huge power and low cost, with Focus Blast as a devastating secondary attack.
The main rule of the Retro Cup is that only the old-school types are allowed to compete, which means Dark, Fairy, and Steel-type Pokemon aren’t allowed to enter.
That’s not the only restriction, either, as any Pokemon you want on your team must be below the max 1,500 CP limit.
The Retro Cup will kick off in the Pokemon Go Battle League on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at 1pm PST / 6pm EST / 9pm BST and run until Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 1pm PT.
It will appear alongside the Great League, and we’ve got a best team guide for that right here.