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GO Battle League analysis: The psuedo-legend of Tyranitar

Published: 11/Aug/2020 12:10

by Paul Cot


Tyranitar is one of the most notorious and respected Pokemon in the entire franchise. How does it stack up in Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League, though?

With a massive maximum CP of 3,834 and excellent stats to compliment it, Tyranitar, on paper, should be a ferocious option. In reality however, it isn’t.


Typing not as good as it sounds

The Johto pesudo-legend has a dual dark and rock typing. Sounds good, right? Not exactly.

Dark and rock-type moves have many useful advantages. However, when you combine them for a type of Pokemon, there are not only plenty of resistances but vulnerabilities, too.


This means while you can match up well, it is also easy to be on the receiving end. Its weaknesses include bug, fairy, grass, ground, steel and water. Additionally, Tyranitar has a double weakness to fighting-type moves.

Conversely, it is resistant to dark, fire, flying, ghost, normal and poison. It does have one double resistance though – to truly even them both out – which is psychic attacks.

Tyranitar is the only pseudo-legend from the Johto region…

Lacking purpose

When you look at the likes of Togekiss, it has an obvious use case – to defeat the ultra-powerful Giratina. Similarly, Metagross is the perfect foil for Togekiss. Nothing stands out for Tyranitar, though.


It’s most advantageous strengths come against commonly used ghost and psychic-type species. However, firstly, there aren’t that many commonly used Pokemon of these types.

The ones that come to mind are Mewtwo, Metagross, Lugia and both Giratina forms. While Tyranitar is perfect for Mewtwo, elsewhere there are better counters.

You could argue there are Pokemon down the max CP scale that may tell a different story but Tyranitar, with a high max CP itself, is best suited to Master League. This makes it strangely redundant – at least in the Pokemon Go PvP scene.


Moveset – lacking energy

In addition to lacking a clear purpose in GO Battle League, its moveset doesn’t help at all. Tyranitar has three Fast Moves available:

  • Bite – 4 DPT, 2 EPT
  • Iron Tail – 3 DPT, 2 EPT
  • Smack Down (Elite) – 4 DPT, 2.66 EPT

None of these are particularly exciting and make Tyranitar more dependent on its Fast Move than a lot of trainers would like. This problem is exacerbated by the importance of Charge Moves in GO Battle League. You could utilize Smack Down but given its place in Pokemon Go, we’d recommend not wasting an Elite Fast TM on it.


The Armor Pokemon has three Charge Moves available as well:

    • Crunch – 70 damage, 45 energy
  • Fire Blast – 140 damage, 80 energy
  • Stone Edge 100 damage, 55 energy

With such low energy gains from its Fast Move, Crunch is the obvious choice. Fire Blast and Stone Edge while decent moves will take too long to generate and with the risk of Protect Shields still being in play this is far from ideal.

This leaves most Tyranitar’s relying on dark-type moves. This is fine against ghost and psychic-types but as discussed above there are better alternatives such as Darkrai and Hydreigon. It also makes it predictable for your opponent.

The likes of Metagross may be underrated but unfortunately Tyranitar falls into the overrated category – at least for those who aren’t experienced in GO Battle League. Who knows though, Niantic may decide to give Tyranitar a much needed buff in the future.


Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot


In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.


Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.


From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

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Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.


Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.


Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.


Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.