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GO Battle League analysis: Why Metagross is underrated

Published: 28/Jun/2020 19:28

by Paul Cot


Metagross is one of the most powerful non-Legendary/Mythical Pokemon in all of Pokemon Go, yet it doesn’t really get the respect it deserves in GO Battle League.

Its maximum CP of 3,791 means it is almost by default considered a good pick for Master League but the general consensus is that the Iron Leg Pokemon can be looked over for Ultra League. We think that’s a little shortsighted and here’s why.


Incredible typing

Metagross is a dual psychic and steel-type. This means it matches up well with a lot of species.

It is only weak to dark, fire, ghost and ground-type attacks. Metagross’ resistances far outweigh its weaknesses, though. It has resistance to dragon, fairy, flying, grass, ice, normal, rock and fellow steel-types. In addition to this long list it also has double resistance to poison and psychic attacks.


This means that in your an average match up Metagross is coming out on top. Be careful of the likes of Excadrill and Heatran who will decimate the pseudo-legend.

Metagross Pokemon Go
Metagross is also a reward encounter in GO Battle League…

A needed counter to fairy-types

Anyone who has played a lot of GO Battle League will know that fairy-type Pokemon are popular picks. They are the perfect counter to the infuriatingly strong Giratina and other various other frequently used dragon-types.

They are seen so often that you need a plan in place to counter their counter. At the top of the list is Togekiss, the fairy-type that can reach the highest CP. That isn’t the only one you’ll come across, though. Clefable, Gardevoir and even Alolan Ninetales will all invariably defeat the likes of Giratina and the other various dragon legends such as Dragonite, Palkia and Rayquaza.


Fortunately, Metagross will handle all of these with ease. So, so far we have a Pokemon that is not only resistant to a lot of types but is the resolution to all those pesky fairy-types, too.


Metagross’ moves are arguably its most appealing asset. There’s little question that Bullet Punch is the best steel-type Fast Move.

It generates 3 damage per turn and 3.5 energy per turn. This makes it the best energy generating move among steel-types and second, only behind Steel Wing, for damage.


It’s a move that many Pokemon aren’t capable of learning either. In fact, the only other steel-type Pokemon capable of it is Lucario, but many players prefer to use Counter as its Fast Move.

Metagross also has some devastating Charge Moves it can learn. The best of them is the Elite Charge Move Meteor Mash. It is a steel-type move that hits for 100 damage while only requiring 50 energy.


Of course, Elite Charge moves are hard to come by and will cost you a precious Elite Charged TM. Earthquake, Flash Cannon and Psychic are Metagross’ alternative options. Of those Psychic requires the least energy at 55 which probably makes it the best bet considering the importance of being able to quickly use Charge Moves in Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League.

Earthquake and Flash Cannon shouldn’t be disregarded though, as they provide 120 and 110 damage respectively, both for 65 energy. Having two Charged Attacks here is ideal but will set you back a massive 75,000 Stardust. Besides if you’re going to have two Charge Moves then you may as well make one of them Meteor Mash if possible.

There you have it, we’ve seen other analyses that somewhat demeans Metagross’ potential. Due to the above, we can’t see why anyone wouldn’t consider the steel-type ‘mon – as it has everything you could want from a Pokemon!


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.