Is Palkia the new must have Pokemon in GO Battle Master League? - Dexerto

Is Palkia the new must have Pokemon in GO Battle Master League?

Published: 30/Apr/2020 16:03

by Paul Cot


Niantic have made some big changes to GO Battle League and one of them gives Palkia a big boost. Trainers want to know if it is now on the same level as the generally considered Master League Pokemon, Dialga.

The change made is a simple one: Palkia has been given Aqua Tail as one of its Charge Moves.

This might not seem a big deal, as Aqua Tail is by no means a powerful move, but Palkia was in great need of a fast charging Charge Move – and that’s exactly what Aqua Tail is. Beforehand the Spatial Pokemon’s lowest energy requirement move was Draco Meteor at 65. Aqua Tail is only 35.

Palkia Master League GO Battle
Palkia is a new contender when it comes to the Master League meta in GO Battle League…

This removes Palkia’s one weakness in the PvP format – only having high energy requirement Charge Moves. So, with this change how does it compare to Dialga?

Palkia vs Dialga in Master League


Dialga has it all – high max CP, excellent moves and most notably an incredibly effective dual typing in dragon and steel. It is the latter that is its greatest advantage, making it resistant to a total of 10 types, two of which in grass and poison, are doubly resistant. It is only weak to fire and ground.

Palkia, on the other hand, is a dual dragon and water type, which is nowhere near as effective. It is only weak to two types in dragon and fairy, just like Dialga, but is resistant to three types. Among those though, is double resistance to fire and water.

Dialga Master League GO Battle
It’s going to take a lot for a Pokemon to knock Dialga off its Master League perch…


That’s a clear round one to Dialga but the moves now sway in a different direction. Both have Dragon Breath available as a Fast Move, which is better than Dragon Tail and Metal Claw – so the Fast Move is about even.

When it comes to Charge Moves both also have Draco Meteor. This dragon-type move is the second best in the entirety of Pokemon Go when it comes to damage per energy – this makes it an obvious selection.

Its 65 energy requirement though, is too high to be considered a ‘spam’ Charge Move. Dialga relies on Iron Head for this but even that requires 50 energy. Meanwhile, the aforementioned Aqua Tail only needs 35, making Palkia an excellent Pokemon to break through Protect Shields.

There is a still an argument that Dialga is superior here, however. Iron Head is super effective against more awkward types in fairy, ice and rock whereas Aqua Tail is effective against fire, rock and ground.

So, it becomes a decision between faster charge time or effective coverage against more awkward types. At least now it’s a close run thing between two of the three members of the Creation Trio. We’ll give this round ever so slightly to Palkia.

Giratina Creation Trio
Of course, both forms of Giratina are also popular options in GO Battle League…

Max CP and stats

The Temporal Pokemon has a small edge when it comes to max CP – 4,038 compared to 3,991. In the grand scheme of PvP this is pretty much negligible.

Their stats are also similar in terms of super high attacking prowess. Palkia edges it here and actually does when it comes to defense as well. However, Dialga’s 16 more stat points make it more bulky than Palkia.

With durability being the key to GO Battle League, Dialga has to take the third and final round. Given this, most trainers will still consider Dialga the best option but with this change, we shouldn’t see every team have Dialga like before.

The Gen 4 legends will now both be highly sought after when Master League comes around again in Season 2.


Where to find new Regi-Pokemon, Regieleki Regidrago, in the Crown Tundra

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:47 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:57

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC has brought an array of new and returning Legendary Pokemon with some brand new Regi-Pokemon among them. Here’s where you can find Regieleki and Regidrago.

The original Regis were introduced all the way back in the Hoenn region. Since then, there hasn’t been any new ones released, so the addition of Regieleki and Regidrago will certainly be welcomed.

They are only available in the Crown Tundra portion of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Fortunately you can get them almost immediately, which is in contrast to the story driven process of catching Calyrex.

The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away

Before we can get these exciting new Regi ‘mons though, we’ll need to catch the originals. They can be found in temples throughout the Crown Tundra, and unlike in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, they are easy to encounter.

Here’s Regirock, Regice and Registeel’s temple locations:

  • Regirock: Northeast of Dyna Tree Hill
  • Regice: Snowslide Slope
  • Registeel: West of Giant’s Bed
Regirock Regice Registeel Crown Tundra
Pokemon Company
Regirock, Regice and Registeel are actually pretty easy to get hold of in the Crown Tundra…

Catch Regirock, Regice and Registeel first

When you reach any of the above locations, you will be given a small puzzle to solve. Don’t worry, as we said before you don’t need to be a Pokemon master to solve these.

When opening Regirock’s temple in Dyna Tree Hill you’ll be greeted with the message: “Let the first Pokemon hold a never-changing stone.” Sounds complicated, right? Wrong.

Simply give the first Pokemon in your party an Everstone and you’ll be granted access to the temple.

Meanwhile, Regice’s temple asks you to “Walk together with a living crystal of snow.” So, to open the temple, you’ll need to make a Cryogonal your Buddy Pokemon.

By sheer coincidence (not so much), there’ll be one outside in the closest patch of grass. Buddy up with one and you’ll be encountering Regice in no time.

Lastly, there is the formidable Registeel. This is even easier than the first two as the message, “Let ring the piercing note that will wake the giant of steel,” requires nothing more than a whistle.

That seems an overly simplistic way to awaken one of the strongest Legendary Pokemon, but we’re not complaining. Each temple has a pattern of Regi dots on the floor. To begin the encounter of each Regi, light up all of these by walking across them – it really is that simple!

Regieleki OR Regidrago

Unsurprisingly finding Regieleki and Regidrago isn’t as easy. Firstly head over to the Giant’s Foot within the Crown Tundra.

Eventually, you’ll come to a tunnel overlooking a lake, these are the Roaring-Sea Caves. Jump on your aquatic bike and make your way down there.

This will take you to an area called the Frigid Sea. You’ll need to jump back in the water very quickly, making your way to the land opening to your right. Try to avoid the Avaluggs which are disguised as icebergs!

Keep making your way round to find the temple where Regieleki and Regidrago reside. Unfortunately, you cannot get both of these Pokemon, at least within the same save file. So, you’ll need to make a tough choice between the electric or dragon-type Regi.

Regieleki Regidrago Pattern
Use the pattern on the left to encounter Regieleki, and the one on the right for Regidrago…

The temple – Split-Decision Ruins

As you approach the temple, there is a Pokeball on either side. The one on the left contains the TM Thunder and the one on the right Outrage – their sides indicate which of Regieleki and Regidrago you’ll encounter.

To enter you’ll need to have all three of the original Regis in your party. This of course shouldn’t be a problem, given we have just caught all of them. At this point, we’d recommend saving just in case you change your mind on anything.

Upon entering the Split-Decision Ruins you’ll notice you’re shown two patterns. Remember these, as the left one will result in encountering Regieleki and the right Regidrago.

Using the circles on the ground, walk across them to make one of these two patterns. Walk over to the statue and you’ll be able to encounter the Regi-Pokemon you chose via the pattern.

Both of these will be at Level 70, just like other Legendary ‘mons. It’s a shame you can’t get both of them, which makes your decision all the more important.

One other very exciting thing about these Regis, and the originals, is they can all be found in Shiny form, unlike a lot of other Legendaries that are Shiny locked. It may take you a lot of soft resets, but if you’re patient enough, you could have four Regi-shinies by the time you complete The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away chapter.