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.


Pokemon Grookey Sword & Shield guide: evolutions, moves, strengths & weaknesses

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:15

by Daniel Megarry


Looking to master Grookey in Pokemon Sword and Shield? We’ve got all the information you need including evolutions, best moves, strengths, and weaknesses.

Grookey made its debut alongside Sobble and Scorbunny as part of the Gen 8 starter trio in Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch. Like most starter Pokemon, it’s become incredibly popular and has gained a big following of loyal trainers.

Known as the ‘Chimp Pokemon’, Grookey is a cute grass-type creature that originates in the Galar region. Its design appears to be based on a spider monkey, and its name is a hybrid of the words ‘groove’ and ‘monkey’.

Grookey’s Pokedex entry in Sword is as follows: “When it uses its special stick to strike up a beat, the sound waves produced carry revitalizing energy to the plants and flowers in the area.”

Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield
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Grookey is one of the starter trio in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

What is Grookey weak and strong against?

Being a grass-type Pokemon, Grookey and its evolutions will take more damage from fire, flying, poison, bug, and ice-type moves. They will take less damage from ground, water, grass, and electric-type moves.

When using grass-type moves, Grookey will have an advantage against ground, rock, and water-type Pokemon. It won’t necessarily have an advantage when using non-grass-type moves against these types.

What moves can Grookey learn by leveling up?

Grookey starts out with just Scratch and Growl, but it can learn a further nine moves by leveling up.

The final move it can learn is Endeavor at level 36. After this, you’ll need to evolve Grookey to Thwackey and then Rillaboom if you want to keep learning moves through leveling up.

Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy
1 Scratch Normal Physical 40 100
1 Growl Normal Status 100
6 Branch Poke Grass Physical 40 100
8 Taunt Dark Status 100
12 Razor Leaf Grass Physical 55 95
17 Screech Normal Status 85
20 Knock Off Dark Physical 65 100
24 Slam Normal Physical 80 75
28 Uproar Normal Special 90 100
32 Wood Hammer Grass Physical 120 100
36 Endeavor Normal Physical 100

What does Grookey evolve into?

Grookey evolves into Thwackey at Level 16. Like the form before it, Thwackey is a pure grass-type Pokemon, meaning it shares the same strengths and weaknesses.

It then evolves into its final evolution Rillaboom at Level 35. Rillaboom is also a pure grass-type, so it also shares the same strengths and weaknesses as Grookey and Thwackey.

All three forms have the Overgrow ability, which boosts the power of grass-type moves by 50% when at less than or equal to 1/3 HP.

Grookey Thwackey and Rillaboom evolutions
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Grookey evolves into Thwackey and Rillaboom.

Where to find Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Grookey is one of three starter Pokemon in Sword and Shield, meaning players will have the opportunity to acquire one at the very beginning of the game. If you’re set on getting one, you should probably do this, as Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny don’t appear in the wild.

If you didn’t choose Grookey as your starter Pokemon, you’ll need to set up a trade with another trainer who has one. You can do this with friends, turn to the internet for help, or try your luck with the unpredictable Surprise Trades feature.

How to get Shiny Grookey

As you can’t find Grookey in the wild, you won’t be able to hunt for a Shiny version like you would with most other Pokemon.

What you can do, though, is breed Grookey with another Pokemon in the same egg group, which will give you a small chance of hatching a Shiny. It will take you a while, but if you’re determined, it’s the only way.

Shiny Grookey Pokemon
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Shiny Grookey is very difficult to get in Sword & Shield.

A more refined way to do this and guarantee you’ll hatch the Pokemon you’re after is to breed Grookey with Ditto. Anytime Ditto is bred with another Pokemon, the egg will hatch the species that isn’t Ditto.

You can find Ditto at the Lake of Outrage, so you’ll want to head there and catch yourself one. If you’re confused as to how breeding works in general then you can check out our nursery and breeding guide.