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Pokemon Go: 5 annoyingly overpowered Pokemon in GO Battle League

Published: 8/Jun/2020 12:46

by Paul Cot

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Those who have played Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League will know some species are more effective than others. There are some powerful choices, though, that just don’t make sense.

Giratina being arguably the strongest Ultra League Pokemon makes sense. To a lesser extent, Dialga being the go to Pokemon for Master League makes sense.

However, there are some surprising species that are part of the GBL meta. If you hadn’t played the game before there’s no chance you’d think they’re among the very strongest Pokemon.

Here are five annoyingly overpowered Pokemon which just don’t make sense.

Altaria Overpowered GBL
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Altaria is a must-have option for GO Battle Great League…

5. Altaria

Altaria is by no means weak but its status as perhaps the best Great League Pokemon is questionable. That’s not questionable as to whether it’s true or not – it is – but whether it’s deserved.

Its dual dragon and flying type meaning it’s resistant to an array of frequently seen Pokemon. This coupled with its high defense stat within the confines of Great League can make Swablu’s evolution a nightmare to deal with.

Fortunately, it isn’t easy to obtain due to the 400 Candies you’ll need to evolve it. Nevertheless, trainers who haven’t played the competitive Pokemon Go mode may be surprised at how difficult it to beat.

Togekiss Overpowered GBL
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Struggling to deal with Giratina? Just match Togekiss against it.

4. Togekiss

There is a litany of powerful dragon-types you’ll come across in GO Battle League. While their resistances may not be that great, they do come with some powerful and more importantly fast charging moves.

This can make them hard to deal with, especially considering a lot of them are Legendary. However, there’s no Pokemon better equipped to deal with them than the relatively little Togekiss.

The dual fairy and flying-type has double resistance to dragon-types and will decimate them in a one on one battle. It’s good that these legends can be overcome but having one answer for all of them seems a little bit too easy.

Other than Gardevoir there isn’t a fairy-type that comes close to matching Togekiss’ CP. Xerneas’ eventual release into Pokemon Go may change that, though.

Swampert Overpowered GBL
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Swampert is a regular appearances across all leagues in Pokemon Go’s PvP…

3. Swampert

It’s great to see the starter Pokemon final evolutions aren’t totally ineffective. There are only three per generation and it’s important each of them have a place when it comes to competitive battling.

Swampert standing head and shoulders above the rest (with the exception of Charizard) seems a bit ridiculous, though. It isn’t because Mudkip’s final form is more powerful than the likes of Blastoise, Sceptile and company, but because it has a superior moveset, perfect for GBL.

Mud Shot generates energy like few other moves, so when you combine that with Surf and Earthquake you have a formidable Pokemon on your hands. It also helps that the water type Hoenn starter also has a ground-typing. This means while it’s doubly weak to grass, it has no other vulnerabilities.

Skarmory Overpowered GBL
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Skarmory will be seen a lot in Great League but not Ultra or Master League…

2. Skarmory

Skarmory is a relatively common spawn in Pokemon Go and has no evolution. So why should it be so effective in GBL?

The answer to that is simple. It has a very high defense stat that can be utilized at the Great League level due to its max CP of 2,108.

Its typing also comes into play. Skarmory is both flying and steel-type which means it is weak to only electric and fire attacks.

Meanwhile, it is resistant to a massive 10 different types. Among them is bug, grass, and poison which Skarmory has double resistance to. Opening a GO Battle League match with Skarmory is therefore a wise choice.

Azumarill Overpowered GBL
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Azumarill may not look like a tough Pokemon but when it comes to Great League underestimate it at your peril…

1. Azumarill

Azumarill – who would have thought this innocent looking Pokemon would be so effective? Sure, that effectiveness is limited to the Great League, but nevertheless, it is a meta changing species.

The Aqua Rabbit Pokemon may seem average on appearance but it has a few key factors in its favor. Firstly, while its max CP is 1,588, this does mean you can get a close to peak Azumarill at the Great League limit. Getting it to 1,500 CP can be costly, though, as there are some barriers to get there.

Similar to other Pokemon on this list, Azumarill has a dual typing in fairy and water that results in it having few weaknesses and a lot of resistance. Again, it’s another species with a double resistance to dragon attacks.

Finally, it has excellent moves. Ice Beam and Play Rough are both powerful and diverse. With the Fast Move Bubble providing fast energy gains you’ll be able to make the most of them, too.


It’s good to a degree that some random Pokemon make up the GO Battle League meta but a few others to keep the game fresh would be great. It seems a bit silly when the likes of Zapdos and Virizion don’t have a place at the top of PvP but Skarmory and Azumarill do.

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Complete First-Edition PSA10 Pokemon card set could sell for over $700K

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:19

by Michael Gwilliam

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An incredible, complete set of 1999 first-edition Pokemon cards is available for auction – and it’s looking like it could sell for more than half a million dollars when it’s all said and done.

The complete set is made up entirely of PSA 10s, the best possible grade one can give to a card, meaning these are in tip-top condition.

According to Goldin Auctions, who is hosting the bid, the collection includes four extremely sought-after Charizard cards. For many, Charizard is considered the holy grail of Pokemon cards.

So far, five people have put in the funds necessary to bid on the collection in two weeks. If you want to join in, you’re going to need some deep pockets – the minimum bid starts at $125,000.

Screenshot of Charizard Pokemon Trading Card Game 1999.
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Charizard is one of the rarest Pokemon cards.

The fact that there are four Charizards alone in the collection is nothing to scoff at, and could very well be the cherry on top of the pristine PSA 10 collection.

Just back in October of 2020, rapper Logic purchased the 1st Edition card for just over $226,000. But that was then, and this is now.

Goldin Auctions states they “just sold an SGC Gold Label Pristine 10 ‘1 of 1’ example of the Charizard for nearly $400,000 in their December Holiday Auction.”

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Booster boxes can sell for hundreds of thousands.

While the card alone can sell for a ridiculous amount, booster box prices have also seen their value rise.

As the TGC community has continued to grow, plenty of YouTubers and Twitch stars have started spending a lot of money on booster boxes from the 90s. The end result is that costs have skyrocketed.

Earlier in December, a booster box from Heritage Auctions sold for a whopping $408,000.

Given the insanity of the current lot and just how many perfect condition cards are included, we could be seeing a brand new Pokemon record once the bidding wraps up. The only question is: Will it ever reach the million-dollar mark? We’ll have to see what 2021 has in store.