Pokemon Go: Why Charizard matches the hype in GO Battle League

GO Battle League analysis: Why Charizard matches the hype

Published: 12/Jul/2020 21:21

by Paul Cot


Whether you like it or not, Charizard is one of the most infamous Pokemon in the entire series. However, its hype often doesn’t live up to its overall effectiveness in the games. Fortunately, Pokemon Go’s Battle League is one place you can rely on this polarizing fire-starter.

With a max CP of 2,889 it can be used in either Great or Ultra League but it is better in the latter. Unfortunately, its max CP means it can’t compete with the array of high-level Legendary Pokemon in Master League.


Underrated typing

We found something similar in our Metagross PvP analysis whereby its typing gave it a lot of advantages. Of course, being a dual fire and flying-type Pokemon, Charizard will have natural weaknesses to electric and water-type attacks. Unfortunately, in addition to this, it is doubly weak to rock-type attacks, so you’ll need to avoid them at all costs.

However, come up against an opponent that is using bug or grass attacks and you’ll be laughing your way to an easy victory. Both of these will only do 39.1% of their normal damage.


Elsewhere, Charizard is resistant to fairy, fighting, fire, ground, and steel-type moves. With fairy and steel being some of the more commonly used species in GO Battle League because of their general effectiveness, this is a great resistance to have.

Charizard Pokemon Go
The Pokemon Company love Charizard… Despite being more than 20 years old, it is still heavily featured throughout Pokemon.

Varied yet effective moveset

Firstly, let’s take a look at Charizard’s Fast Moves:

  • Air Slash – 3 DPT, 3 EPT
  • Ember (Elite Fast Move) – 3 DPT, 3 EPT
  • Fire Spin – 3 DPT, 3.33 EPT
  • Wing Attack (Elite Fast Move) – 2.5 DPT, 3.5 EPT

Usually, Elite Fast Moves superior to normal attacks. In this case, though, Ember certainly is not. Therefore, we can disregard it immediately as its inferior energy doesn’t compare to Fire Spin which has the damage but slightly higher EPT.


Meanwhile, Air Slash deals more damage than its flying-type counterpart Wing Attack. The latter does have better energy generation, though. Given the importance of using Charge Moves in GO Battle League, Wing Attack is preferable, but don’t waste an Elite Fast TM on it, there are better ways to use it on different Pokemon.

Charizard’s Charge Moves are as follows:

  • Blast Burn (Elite Charge Move) – 110 damage, 50 energy
  • Dragon Claw – 50 damage, 35 energy
  • Fire Blast – 140 damage, 80 energy
  • Flamethrower (Elite Charge Move) – 90 damage, 55 energy
  • Overheat – 130 damage, 55 energy

Four of these five moves are fire-types with the exception being Dragon Claw. This makes it a must pick for Charizard, especially when utilizing two Charged Moves.


Getting your opponent’s to burn through Protect Shields is vital and Dragon Claw, with a bit of baiting, can allow you to do exactly that. The question then becomes which is the best fire move to go alongside it. Obviously there is little to no point in using two fire-type moves.

The answer is either Blast Burn or Overheat. Blast Burn is an Elite Charge Move though, so unless you have it already, again, it isn’t worth wasting a precious Elite Charge TM on it. This leaves Overheat which is among the very best moves in all of Pokemon Go, at least when it comes to DPE. It is best to use Overheat when Charizard is close to fainting because using it takes away from your attack stat.



Charizard does have good all-round stats but they are distributed in a way that doesn’t favor GO Battle League. Its attack is impressive yet its stamina is relatively low.

  • Attack: 223 (106 of 688)
  • Defense: 173 (185 of 688)
  • Stamina: 186 (203 of 688)

Despite this, because of its typing and decent moveset, Charizard is a useful addition to your PvP team. With the exception of Swampert, it is arguably the best of all the starter Pokemon final evolutions.


Pokemon Go: How to defeat Cliff (October 2020)

Published: 15/Oct/2020 19:54 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 19:55

by Paul Cot


The Team GO Rocket leaders have been thrust back into the Pokemon Go spotlight. You will need to beat each of them to complete An Inter-egg-sting Development Special Research. We start with how to defeat Cliff in October 2020.

As many of you will know, Team GO Rocket leaders are tough opponents. Grunts are a walk in the park but the likes of Cliff are anything but.


However, if you come prepared you can make Cliff look like a relative amateur, too. Here’s the potential Pokemon he can use:

  • 1st Pokemon:
    • Omanyte
  • 2nd Pokemon:
    • Electivire
    • Machamp
    • Onix
  • 3rd Pokemon:
    • Swampert
    • Torterra
    • Tyranitar
Cliff October 2020
He might be a bad guy but Cliff has a fantastic PokeBall beard…


The Kanto Fossil Pokemon is weak to electric, fighting, grass, and ground-type attacks. It is grass you should focus on though, as it is doubly weak to it.


Fortunately, a couple of Cliff’s other selections are also doubly weak to grass, but that’s only if he selects them.


Electivire’s only weakness is ground-type attacks. This should make you consider using a ground-type Pokemon for Omanyte, or at least have one ready in your team.

Outside of Low Kick and Ice Punch, all of Electivire’s moves will be electric which means double resistance. Beware of Ice Punch though, pure ground-types are weak to it.


Excadrill and Rhyperior are therefore excellent options here. Rhyperior is so strong that Electivire can’t stand much of a chance.


Machamp has a very high attack stat so it can deal a lot of damage. This means that selecting the right Pokemon to face it is paramount.

It has three weaknesses: fairy, flying and psychic. Charizard or Mewtwo are two of the best Pokemon to deal with the iconic fighting-type. If using Charizard, it is important to be ultra cautious of Machamp using Rock Slide as it would likely take Charizard out in one hit.


There are also other great counters for Machamp: Both Giratina forms, Lugia and Togekiss, have double resistance to fighting-type moves, meaning each of them would win with ease.


Onix has two double weaknesses in grass and water. Due to its overlap with Omanyte’s counter, if Cliff uses Onix, the battle as a whole should be fairly straightforward.


Any of Torterra, Venusaur, Kyogre, or Empoleon will get the job done and then some. Make sure they’re utilizing a grass- or water-type Fast Move for maximum efficiency.

Torterra Cliff
If you have Torterra (or any other strong grass-type) chances are you’ll do well against Cliff…


Omanyte, Onix, and Swampert – that’s the dream. If that’s Cliff’s team then the strategy is as simple as use Razor Leaf and the match is all but over.

The difference between Omanyte and Swampert, other than the fact that Swampert is a lot stronger, is the dual ground/water-type only has one weakness: grass. We’re sure you’ve already worked it out – a grass-type Pokemon when battling Cliff is essential.


Cliff’s Torterra is a beast but luckily it has several types it is weak to. Ice attacks work best as they are doubly super effective.

Torterra is also weak to bug, fire, and flying. This means Charizard once again comes into play, all of its moves will cause Torterra a lot of trouble.


Tyranitar is a real problem on paper but is actually very tameable. Options don’t come better than Togekiss, but that’s if you can fit it in your team.

Grass is another weakness of Tyranitar which obviously works out fantastically well with Cliff’s other selections. So, Togekiss may be surplus to requirements.

Overall Cliff is actually pretty easy to defeat considering he is a Team GO Rocket leader. A grass-type Pokemon is an absolute must.

Complement that with Charizard and a ground-type and the chances are you’ll have a comfortable battle ahead of you. If you’re missing any of them then Giratina/Togekiss will work for a more rounded, bulky option.