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GO Battle Ultra League: Top 5 Alternative Pokemon to use

Published: 16/Aug/2020 18:47

by Paul Cot


We’re in the middle of the Ultra League portion of GO Battle League Season 3, so we’ve decided to take a look at some alternative choices for your Pokemon Go team.

Ultra League is littered with the same old Pokemon and there is good reason for this: they are effective. Giratina, Charizard, Togekiss, Metagross and Swampert are just some of those popular picks.


However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t useful alternatives. Here are five Pokemon that are rarely seen that can help you in GO Battle League.



Dialga is the absolute must have Pokemon in Master League but it is far less popular in Ultra. That’s because its super high CP means you don’t get the best out of it at the 2,500 CP limit.


That has led to many trainers underestimating it. Also, the change in CP limit makes no difference to its biggest strength – its dual dragon and steel typing.

It is resistant to an astonishing 10 different types with grass and poison being doubly so. It is only weak to fighting and ground.

When you combine that with Dragon Breath for a Fast Move and any combination of Iron Head and the super-powerful Draco Meteor, then you have an excellent pick on your hands. Ideally you’ll want to let Dialga utilize both Iron Head and Draco Meteor for maximum coverage, but this will cost you an annoying 100,000 Stardust.




Hariyama is an interesting species of Pokemon whereby it has really poor defense but very high stamina. These somewhat cancel each other out and leaves the pure fighting type quite bulky (as its body would suggest).

It has three resistances and three weaknesses, although the more commonly seen types probably lie in the weakness column. The Arm Thrust Pokemon is best used against dark and ice-types.

In terms of its moves, Counter is an obvious choice as its Fast Move. It is one of the best on the game producing 4 DPT and 3.5 EPT.


Much like Dialga, Hariyama is best when you can utilize two of its Charge Moves. Close Combat is the hardest hitting but it does come at the expense of two defense stats.

Ideally this will be paired with Heavy Slam, which gives an out against fairy-types and a more spammable move choice.

Lickilicky Ultra League
Lickilicky despite being so effective in Ultra League is rarely seen…


Curiously, Lickilicky is seldomly seen in GO Battle League despite its generally accepted high tier rating from the Pokemon Go community. It certainly has the defense and stamina stat to justify this, too.

One problem with its stats is its max CP of 2,467. This means while it fits in Ultra League well, it will cost a lot of Stardust to get the most out of it.

Its normal typing makes analyzing its strengths and weaknesses the most simple on the game. It is weak to only fighting attacks and doubly resistant to ghost.

One reason Lickilicky may not be seen frequently is its rarity in Pokemon Go. Many people will have caught the Kantonian but it does cost 100 Candy to evolve. If players aren’t willing to use Rare Candy then those 100 Candies can be hard to come by.

One thing that the Licking Pokemon doesn’t have going for it is Fast Moves. One of those is Zen headbutt, which many trainers will be aware, is a terrible move. Unfortunately its alternative, Lick, isn’t much better – but with 3 DPT and 3 EPT it will suffice.

This means Lickilicky isn’t the choice if you want the ability to spam Charge Moves. However, it does have Body Slam as an Elite Charge Move which may throw trainers off. While it only requires 35 energy, it does deal a small 50 damage.

If you don’t want to use an Elite Charge Move, which let’s be honest they are super rare, then Shadow Ball is the next lowest energy move. This can be combined with any of Earthquake, Hyper Beam and Solar Beam for 50,000 Stardust. Of those we’d recommend Earthquake purely because it needs the least energy.

Obstagoon Ultra League
One of Obstagoon’s selling points is its cheap second Charge Move cost…


Obstagoon is very much overlooked in the Pokemon Go PvP scene. In fact, it’s a Pokemon we haven’t even seen once!

Its dark and normal dual typing results in weaknesses against bug, fairy, and a double weakness to fighting. It is resistant to ghost (62.5% damage), psychic (39.1% damage) and receives a minuscule 24.4% from ghost attacks. This puts it in fantastic shape against Giratina utilizing Shadow Claw and Shadow Sneak.

The Blocking Pokemon has quite a diverse moveset, too. Some will argue this is good, because well it’s diverse, but others will rightly point out moves outside of its typing will lack STAB.

Obstagoon’s Fast Move is a choice, although not much of one, between Counter and Lick. The former is better in every way, so that choice is clear.

Cross Chop and Night Slash require the same energy and produce the same damage. Cross Chop is effective against more types but is also weaker against more, also. We believe Night Slash is a superior choice, however, because of the aforementioned STAB and that it gives your attack stat +2 each time it’s used.

Unlike the other Pokemon this list, Obstagoon only requires 10,000 Stardust for a second move, making it a no-brainer to do so. This leaves a choice between Gunk Shot and Hyper Beam. Gunk Shot seems to be the better choice, despite a higher DPE for Hyper Beam, because it allows Obstagoon to overcome fairy-types in some circumstances.

Toxicroak Ultra League
The Toxicroak line is the only dual fighting/poison type in Pokemon…


You may have come across Toxicroak in Great League a little bit but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work in Ultra League as well.

Much like Dialga, Toxicroak’s biggest asset is its typing. It has the unique dual type of fighting and poison which pays dividends in terms of resistances.

The Toxic Mouth Pokemon is resistant to dark, fighting, grass, poison and rock attacks. It is also doubly resistant to bug, although this type isn’t often seen in GO Battle League.

Meanwhile, it has just three weaknesses which are flying, ground and psychic. Given its fighting and poison typing, it is doubly weak to psychic attacks, though.

Moving onto Toxicroak’s moveset, it has two decent options available as a Fast Move. The first is the aforementioned Counter which due to its impressive stats is hard to look beyond.

There is another good option though, in Poison Jab. However, it deals less damage and has fewer advantages than the fighting-type move.

The name of the game in PvP is to get your opponent to use their Protect Shields and this makes Mud Bomb the go-to Charge Move. It of course has low damage but when you combine this with a second move it at least a bluffing element.

The other moves are Dynamic Punch and Sludge Bomb which are similar. The former hits harder and has better coverage, but given you are most likely using Counter already, having the poison-type move is probably more beneficial. That second move does cost a frustrating 50,000 Stardust, it should be noted.

We’d recommend trying whichever of these out along with other species. It’s important to become familiar with them before deciding they are not for you. GO Battle Ultra League Season 3 concludes on Monday, August 24.


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.