Pokemon Go best Ultra League team | Go Battle League Season 16

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Becoming an Ultra League champion in the Pokemon Go Battle League is no easy task, but a team made up of these best-in-class Pokemon should put you on the road straight to victory.

The Pokemon Go Battle League is Pokemon Go’s competitive PvP mode that allows Trainers around the world to go head-to-head with their best fighters and earn some great rewards along the way.

Each season, the ranks reset, so there’s always a fresh challenge to find. Currently, players can take part in Pokemon Go Battle League Season 16, before a fresh season starts later this year. 

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There are three leagues to compete in – Great League, Ultra League, and Master League – but right now we’re focusing on the Ultra League. This is Go Battle League’s mid-tier competition, where XL Candy is important and Legendaries start to emerge.

It’s not entirely without restriction, though. Pokemon must be under 2500 CP to enter, so you’ll need a team of fighters that reach their maximum potential just before that level. Let’s take a look at the best Pokemon to use in the Ultra League.

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Best team for Pokemon Go’s Ultra League

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Pokemon Go’s Ultra League has a max CP of 2500.

One of the best teams Trainers can use in Pokemon Go’s Ultra League is Registeel, Cresselia, and Swampert, as these are three of the strongest fighters in the meta and together they’ll provide a good range of coverage against common enemies.

As always, it’s impossible to say what a truly ‘best’ Ultra League team is, as it really depends on the opponents you’ll go up against. For example, Registeel may be king of the Ultra League, but it will always be weak against a powered-up Swampert.

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Having said that, there are a few Pokemon that will perform well in most situations. Many of these require XL Candy to be viable, but not all Trainers have reached that level yet so we’ve included some non-XL recommendations, too.

Best Pokemon for Pokemon Go Ultra League

Registeel (XL)

Pokemon Go Ultra League Registeel

  • Fast Move: Lock-On
  • Charged Moves: Focus Blast and Flash Cannon
  • Resistances: Poison, Normal, Flying, Rock, Bug, Steel, Grass, Psychic, Ice, Dragon, and Fairy
  • Weaknesses: Fire, Ground, and Fighting

The Legendary titan Registeel is, in our opinion, the king of the Ultra League. It has access to the best energy-generating Fast Move in the game, an incredible amount of resistances, and key wins against some of the biggest names like Cresselia and Giratina.

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That Fast Move we mentioned? It’s Lock-On, and you’ll need it. With this, you’ll be able to unleash the powerful Charged Moves Flash Cannon, which benefits from STAB, and Focus Blast, which adds some useful Fighting-type coverage.

Pidgeot (XL)

Pidgeot in the Pokemon Go Ultra League

  • Fast Move: Wing Attack
  • Charged Moves: Feather Dance and Brave Bird
  • Resistances: Bug, Ghost, Grass, and Ground
  • Weaknesses: Electric, Ice, and Rock

While the early-game birds are often dismissed in the mainline Pokemon games, Pidgeot has proven itself to be a valuable member of any trainer’s team in the Go Battle League – in fact, it currently sits at number two on the PvPoke Ultra League ranking.

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One of the best ways to use Pidgeot is with Wing Attack as a Fast Move for quick energy generation, followed by Feather Dance for a guaranteed -2 Attack debuff to your opponent. Finish things off with Brave Bird for some huge STAB damage.



  • Fast Move: Psycho Cut
  • Charged Moves: Moonblast and Grass Knot
  • Resistances: Fighting and Psychic
  • Weaknesses: Bug, Dark, and Ghost

While many Legendaries need the Master League to unleash their true power, Cresselia performs best right here in the Ultra League. With fantastic bulk and a max CP just above the cap, it’s perfectly positioned to take down big players like Giratina and Swampert.

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Cresselia has two great Fast Move options: Choose Psycho Cut for solid energy generation or Confusion for STAB damage. Moonblast is the clear winner for Charged Moves, with Grass Knot as a second choice for extra coverage if you have access to it.


Ultra League Swampert

  • Fast Move: Mud Shot
  • Charged Moves: Hydro Cannon and Earthquake
  • Resistances: Electric, Steel, Rock, Poison, and Fire
  • Weaknesses: Grass

Now for a more accessible Pokemon that doesn’t need XL Candy. Swampert is an excellent Water/Ground-type, which means it only has one weakness (Grass) and can take down powerful Steel-types like Melmetal and Registeel, as well as the Legendary Giratina.

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Mud Shot is the best Fast Move for energy generation, so choose that. Swampert excels with Hydro Cannon, which you can only get from Community Days or with an Elite Charged TM, but Earthquake is a solid backup Charged Move otherwise.


Cobalion in Pokemon Go Ultra LEague

  • Fast Move: Double Kick
  • Charged Moves: Sacred Sword and Stone Edge
  • Resistances: Bug, Dark, Dragon, Grass, Ice, Normal, Poison, Rock, and Steel
  • Weaknesses: Fighting, Fire, and Ground

The latest (unexpected) addition to our Ultra League list is Cobalion, the Legendary Pokemon which had mostly gone under the radar… until the Season of Light update gave it access to the Fast Move Double Kick, which was exactly what it needed to become a champion.

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As we just mentioned, you’ll want Double Kick as Cobalion’s Fast Move as the alternative options are just not very good. When it comes to Charged Moves, go with Sacred Sword for some brilliant STAB damage and Stone Edge for some extra Rock-type coverage.

Giratina (Altered Forme)

Giratina Altered Forme

  • Fast Move: Shadow Claw
  • Charged Moves: Dragon Claw and Shadow Sneak
  • Resistances: Normal, Fighting, Bug, Electric, Fire, Grass, Poison, and Water
  • Weaknesses: Dark, Dragon, Fairy, Ghost, and Ice

For many Trainers, the bulky and devastating Giratina (Altered Forme) is the ultimate choice in the Ultra League. It does have quite a few powerful counters, but if you can avoid them, it will have no problem taking down the majority of the Go Pokedex.

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Shadow Claw has a good balance of damage and energy gain, so opt for that as your Fast Move. Dragon Claw is the superior Charged Move, as it has STAB and can be spammed, while Shadow Sneak is a good second choice if you can afford it.


Regirock in Pokemon Go

  • Fast Move: Lock On
  • Charged Moves: Stone Edge and Focus Blast
  • Resistances: Normal, Poison, Flying, and Fire
  • Weaknesses: Steel, Ground, Fighting, Water, and Grass

It may not reach the heights of its Legendary titan sibling Registeel, but Regirock is still one of the best options for the Ultra League – and it doesn’t need XL Candy to perform, making it much more accessible.

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Just like Registeel, you’ll want the brilliant Lock On as Regirock’s Fast Move. With all the energy that move gains, you’ll be able to unleash two powerful Charged Moves: Stone Edge and Focus Blast, with the latter giving some much-needed coverage against Steel-types.

Tapu Fini

Tapu Fini in the Ultra League

  • Fast Move: Water Gun
  • Charged Moves: Surf and Moonblast
  • Resistances: Bug, Dark, Dragon, Fighting, Fire, Ice, and Water
  • Weaknesses: Electric, Grass, and Poison

One of the more recent additions to this list is Tapu Fini, the Water/Fairy-type guardian deity. It serves a similar purpose as Azumarill does in the Great League, with a brilliant typing and good bulk that helps it defeat the likes of Stunfisk, Swampert, and Giratina.

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Tapu Fini struggles with average Fast Moves, but Water Gun is the best of a bad bunch as it has STAB. Make sure you have the low-cost Surf as your primary Charged Move, then follow it up with the devastating Moonblast for huge Fairy-type damage.


Walrein in Pokemon Go's Ultra League

  • Fast Move: Powder Snow
  • Charged Moves: Icicle Spear and Earthquake
  • Resistances: Ice and Water
  • Weaknesses: Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Rock

Who could have predicted that Walrein would become an Ultra League star? Well, thanks to the January Community Day, which provided the Ice/Water-type with the moves it needed to be viable, it’s now one of the biggest threats to watch out for.

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Powder Snow is an essential Fast Move that gives Walrein quick access to its Charged Moves: Icicle Spear, which is great for spamming with low cost and decent damage output, and Earthquake, which gives it almost perfect coverage options.

Galarian Stunfisk (XL)

Ultra League Galarian Stunfisk

  • Fast Move: Mud Shot
  • Charged Moves: Rock Slide and Earthquake
  • Resistances: Poison, Rock, Electric, Fairy, Flying, Bug, Steel, Normal, Psychic, and Dragon
  • Weaknesses: Fire, Water, Ground, and Fighting

Galarian Stunfisk has become an unexpected champion in the Pokemon Go Battle League, ranking as one of the best in both the Great League and the Ultra League. When powered up with XL Candy, it can take down powerful foes like Cresselia, Melmetal, and Nidoqueen.

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Go for Mud Shot as your Fast Move, as it has really great energy generation. Then, for Charged Moves, you’ll want Rock Slide for its low cost to help you destroy your opponent’s shields, and Earthquake for some impressive STAB damage.

Trevenant (XL)


  • Fast Move: Shadow Claw
  • Charged Moves: Shadow Ball and Seed Bomb
  • Resistances: Electric, Fighting, Grass, Ground, Normal, and Water
  • Weaknesses: Dark, Fire, Flying, Ghost, Ice

Trevenant may have fallen down the rankings since it stormed to the top upon its Halloween 2021 debut, but it’s still one of the best Ultra League competitors with the ability to beat some of the biggest contenders such as Giratina (Altered Forme), Melmetal, Cresselia, and Swampert.

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When deciding Trevenant’s Fast Move, it’s an easy choice, as Shadow Claw has better damage output and faster energy generation. When it comes to Charged Moves, start with the low-cost Seed Bomb for baiting shields, then follow up with the deadly Shadow Ball for huge damage.

Talonflame (XL)

Talonflame in Pokemon Go's Ultra League

  • Fast Move: Incinerate
  • Charged Moves: Flame Charge and Brave Bird
  • Resistances: Electric, Fighting, Grass, Ground, Normal, and Water
  • Weaknesses: Dark, Fire, Flying, Ghost, Ice

There aren’t many Fire-types that appear in the top tiers of the Ultra League, but if you’re going to use one, make sure it’s Talonflame. A max CP of 2493, which is just under the league’s limit, makes it a brilliant (but admittedly very expensive) competitor.

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Incinerate is Talonflame’s optimal Fast Move, and it’s definitely worth using an Elite TM to get it. For Charged Moves, go with the low-cost Flame Charge which can be spammed and gives a guaranteed Attack buff, then follow it up with Brave Bird for big damage.


Obstagoon in the Pokemon Go Ultra League

  • Fast Move: Counter
  • Charged Moves: Night Slash and Obstruct
  • Resistances: Dark, Ghost, and Psychic
  • Weaknesses: Bug, Fairy, and Fighting

The new Community Day-exclusive Charged Move Obstruct has given Obstagoon more to play with in the Ultra League. This Dark-type attack increases its own Defense and reduces the opponent’s Defense, which can be devastating (although not quite as game-changing as we hoped).

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As always, Counter remains one of the best Fast Moves in Pokemon Go. Night Slash should still be Obstagoon’s priority Charged Move, but the addition of Obstruct as a secondary attack is what sets it apart. It’s a risky choice, but one that can pay off in the right scenarios.

Abomasnow (XL)

Abomasnow Pokemon

  • Fast Move: Powder Snow
  • Charged Moves: Weather Ball (Ice) and Energy Ball
  • Resistances: Electric, Grass, Water, and Ground
  • Weaknesses: Fire, Flying, Poison, Rock, Bug, Steel, and Fighting

Abomasnow is one of the top performers in the Ultra League when powered up with XL Candy. It does have quite a few weaknesses, but it can now reach the league’s CP cap and benefits from a fast moveset that can take down opponents before they even know what’s hit them.

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Powder Snow is the best Fast Move available thanks to its fast energy generation. Then, when it comes to Charged Moves, you’ll want a combination of Weather Ball (Ice) for its low cost and ability to be spammed, and Energy Ball for great STAB damage and extra coverage.

Scrafty (XL)

Scrafty in the Pokemon Go Great League best team

  • Fast Move: Counter
  • Charged Moves: Foul Play and Power-Up Punch
  • Resistances: Dark, Ghost, Psychic, and Rock
  • Weaknesses: Fairy, Fighting, and Flying

Scrafty is an expensive Pokemon to power up for the Ultra League, requiring plenty of XL Candy to reach the 2,500 CP limit. It’s a worthwhile investment, though, with potential wins against big players like Walrein, Galarian Stunfisk, and Swampert.

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Make sure you have the brilliant Counter as a Fast Move, then follow it up with the STAB Charged Moves Foul Play and Power-Up Punch – use the former for big damage and the latter for baiting shields and getting a potential Attack bufff.


Snorlax in Pokemon Go

  • Fast Move: Lick
  • Charged Moves: Body Slam and Earthquake
  • Resistances: Ghost
  • Weaknesses: Fighting

Snorlax might not be the best option for the Ultra League, but we’re keeping it on this list as it’s a very accessible non-Legendary Pokemon that most Trainers will have caught by now. It has incredible bulk, resistance to Ghost-type attacks, and only one weakness (Fighting) to worry about.

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Snorlax has access to two Fast Moves, but Lick is the only one you should consider. Body Slam is the superior Charged Move with a relatively low cost, so make sure you have that. If you can afford a secondary move, Earthquake is a good choice for dealing huge damage.

Pokemon Go Ultra League start & end date

The Ultra League returns to the Go Battle League on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 1PM PT / 4PM ET / 9PM BST and runs until Thursday, August 17, 2023, at 1PM PT.

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It will appear alongside the Fossil Cup in the first week of its run, the Little Jungle Cup in the second week of its run, and then the Great League and Master League in its final week.

You can see the current Pokemon Go Battle League schedule and rewards here.

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