Mastering the Great League in Pokemon Go’s Battle League is harder than you might think, but a team comprising of these Pokemon should take you straight to victory.
The Go Battle League is Pokemon Go’s PvP mode that allows players to compete with trainers all around the world. Through the course of a season, players can rise through the ranks and earn some sweet rewards along the way.
It’s not as simple as taking your most powerful Pokemon into each battle, though. There are three main leagues to compete in – Great League, Ultra League, and Master League – and each one has its own rules and optimal teams.
The Great League differs from the Ultra League and Master League because of one simple rule: Only Pokemon lower than 1500 CP can enter, which rules out many of the most powerful Pokemon from the competition.
So let’s take a look at the best Pokemon to take into the Great League. This is typically the first league of each season, and it usually appears again later down the line, so there are plenty of chances to take part.
Best team for Pokemon Go Great League
One of the most common teams Trainers use in the Great League is Azumarill, Galarian Stunfisk, and Abomasnow, as these are three of the strongest fighters and will offer good coverage against most of the major Great League opponents.
It’s hard to say what a definitive ‘best’ team for the Great League looks like, though, as you’ll never know what types you’ll be up against. For example, a strong Azumarill can make light work of Bastiodon, but it will likely fall down against Venusaur.
Despite this, there are some Pokemon that are solid options in almost any situation. Choose a few different types from our recommendations below for optimal coverage, and you should be on your way to victory.
Best Pokemon for Pokemon Go Great League
- Fast Move: Mud Shot
- Charged Moves: Rock Slide and Earthquake
- Resistances: Dragon, Psychic, Normal, Steel, Bug, Flying, Fairy, Electric, Rock, and Poison
- Weaknesses: Fighting, Fire, Ground, and Water
Galarian Stunfisk is quite a difficult Pokemon to get hold of in Go, but if you’re able to get your hands on this regional variant and power it up enough, it is without a doubt one of the best options for the Great League.
A unique Ground/Steel-typing means it’s resistant to most major Great League types, and is particularly good at taking down Fairy-types. With Mud Shot as a Fast Move alongside Rock Slide and Earthquake as Charged Moves, Galarian Stunfisk is a winner.
- Fast Move: Bubble
- Charged Moves: Hydro Pump and Ice Beam
- Resistances: Bug, Fighting, Water, Ice, Fire, Dark, and Dragon
- Weaknesses: Electric, Grass, and Poison
It’s fair to say the dual Water/Fairy-type Azumarill is probably a Pokemon you wouldn’t expect to see first on this list. However, its great bulk and diverse moveset make it arguably the best option for the Great League.
Azumarill’s best Fast Move is Bubble. As for Charged Moves, Hydro Pump hits hardest while Ice Beam will help negate its weakness against Grass. Azumarill can be quite costly to power up, but it’s worth it.
- Fast Move: Lock-On
- Charged Moves: Flash Cannon and Hyper Beam
- Resistances: Dragon, Ice, Psychic, Normal, Grass, Bug, Steel, Rock, Flying, Fairy, and Poison
- Weaknesses: Fire, Ground, and Fighting
The Steel-type Legendary titan Registeel is an interesting choice for PvP. Its incredible Defense stat makes it very durable, and its type means it has an insane amount of resistances, so it can take plenty of hits.
Registeel should have Lock-On as its Fast Move, as it has a very high Energy-per-Second (EPS) of 16.67 which allows it to break out its most powerful Charged Moves: Flash Cannon and Hyper Beam.
- Fast Move: Vine Whip
- Charged Moves: Frenzy Plant and Sludge Bomb
- Resistances: Fighting, Water, Electric, Fairy, and Grass
- Weaknesses: Fire, Flying, Ice, and Psychic
If you have a Venusaur still under 1500 CP, then it’s a superb tank for the Great League. Weaknesses to Flying and Psychic-types can be dangerous, but it’s a great counter against the likes of Azumarill and Swampert.
Vine Whip is the best Fast Move here. Combined with Venusaur’s Community Day move Frenzy Plant, it easily becomes the best Grass-type in the Great League. If you don’t have that, Sludge Bomb and Solar Beam are still decent Charged Moves.
- Fast Move: Smack Down
- Charged Moves: Stone Edge and Flamethrower
- Resistances: Dragon, Ice, Psychic, Fairy, Bug, Rock, Flying, Normal, and Poison
- Weaknesses: Ground, Fighting, and Water
Even when compared to Legendaries and other powerful Pokemon, Bastiodon still has some of the best Defense stats in Pokemon Go. Its attacks pale in comparison, but it still has a place in the Great League.
Smack Down as a Fast Move hits hard, while Stone Edge is a powerful Rock-type Charged Move that takes advantage of same type attack bonus (STAB), and Flamethrower can be used against other Steel-types.
- Fast Move: Air Slash
- Charged Moves: Sky Attack and Flash Cannon
- Resistances: Ground, Dragon, Psychic, Normal, Steel, Flying, Fairy, Grass, Bug, and Poison
- Weaknesses: Fire and Electric
Skarmory is a Pokemon you’ll be seeing a lot of in Great League. It’s fairly well-rounded and its typing makes it resistant to several others. Its only real weaknesses are Electric, Fire and other Steel-types.
Air Slash is Skarmory’s preferred Fast Move, as it has better energy generation and is effective against more types. Sky Attack and Flash Cannon are clearly its best Charged Moves, as Brave Bird isn’t that great.
- Fast Move: Dragon Breath
- Charged Moves: Sky Attack and Dragon Pulse
- Resistances: Fighting, Water, Bug, Fire, Grass, and Ground
- Weaknesses: Ice, Fairy, Dragon, and Rock
It takes 400 Candy to evolve Swablu into Altaria, but it’s definitely worth the effort, as it’s got bulk and impressive damage capability. Altaria’s only major flaw here is its double weakness to Ice-type attacks.
Dragon Breath is one of the best Fast Moves in Pokemon Go, so definitely use that. As for Charged Moves, Sky Attack is relatively quick to generate and does decent damage, while Dragon Pulse benefits from STAB.
- Fast Move: Snarl
- Charged Moves: Last Resort and Dark Pulse
- Resistances: Ghost, Dark, and Psychic
- Weaknesses: Fairy, Fighting, and Bug
Umbreon doesn’t have a great selection of moves, and it has fewer resistances than other Great League recommendations, but it does make up for that with a very high Defense stat and a solid Stamina stat.
Snarl has quicker energy generation than Feint, so we’d recommend using that Fast Move. Umbreon’s best Charged Move is the Community Day special Last Resort, but if you don’t have that, both Foul Play and Dark Pulse are decent – and they have STAB.
- Fast Move: Mud Shot
- Charged Moves: Hydro Cannon and Earthquake
- Resistances: Electric, Steel, Rock, Poison, and Fire
- Weaknesses: Grass
Swampert is a well-rounded Water/Ground-type, meaning it only has one weakness and is a great counter for the Fire and Steel-types that dominate the Great League. It is doubly weak to Grass, though, which can be dangerous.
Mud Shot is the best Fast Move here, but where Swampert really excels is when it has access to Hydro Cannon, a deadly Community Day Charged Move that can quickly be charged and spammed. Earthquake is a good second choice for massive damage.
Deoxys (Defense Forme)
- Fast Move: Counter
- Charged Moves: Pyscho Boost and Rock Slide
- Resistances: Fighting and Psychic
- Weaknesses: Bug, Dark, and Ghost
The chances of you having the Mythical Deoxys (Defense) are slim, as it wasn’t available in the game for very long at all and can’t be traded. Still, it’s worth mentioning, as it has incredible bulk and isn’t weak to many of the major Great League players.
A combination of the Fast Move Counter (Fighting) and the Charged Moves Pyscho Boost (Psychic) and Rock Slide (Rock) gives Deoxys great coverage, meaning it’s capable of taking on the most popular types in the Great League.
- Fast Move: Hex
- Charged Moves: Bubble Beam and Shadow Ball
- Resistances: Bug, Fighting, Fire, Ice, Normal, Poison, Steel, and Water
- Weaknesses: Dark, Electric, Ghost, and Grass
One of Jellicent’s biggest advantages here is its ability to take down some of the biggest players in the Great League including Galarian Stunfisk and Azumarill. With good bulk and resistances, it can hold its own against most other Pokemon you’ll face, too.
Choose Hex as your Fast Move, as it has good energy gain. When it comes to Charged Moves, Bubble Beam is a low-cost choice to wear down shields, while Shadow Ball deals massive STAB damage for the ultimate takedown.
- Fast Move: Confusion
- Charged Moves: Shadow Ball and Focus Blast
- Resistances: Fighting and Poison
- Weaknesses: Bug, Dark, and Ghost
Hypno is essentially useless in the Ultra League or Master League, but in the Great League, it remains a great choice. It may be slow, but it has superb Stamina and Defense at the 1,500 cap and comes with a clear set of strengths and weaknesses.
Confusion is the must-have Fast move here, as it will benefit from STAB. When it comes to Charged moves, Shadow Ball deals an impressive 100 damage and retaliates against Ghost-types, while Focus Blast can deal with Dark-types.
- Fast Move: Mud Shot
- Charged Moves: Mud Bomb and Blizzard
- Resistances: Electric, Fire, Poison, Rock, and Steel
- Weaknesses: Grass
Whiscash is a really solid choice for the Great League, as it’s resistant to common types including Steel, Fire, and Rock, and only has one weakness: Grass. As a result, it can take down big players like Galarian Stunfisk, Altaria, and Bastiodon.
Mud Shot has incredible energy generation, so you’ll want that as your Fast Move. This will then give you access to two great Charged Moves: Mud Bomb, which is cheap and can be spammed, and Blizzard, which deals huge damage.
- Fast Move: Counter
- Charged Moves: Dynamic Punch and Close Combat
- Resistances: Bug, Rock, and Dark
- Weaknesses: Fairy, Flying, and Psychic
It’s definitely not the best Pokemon for the Great League, especially since new generations have been added to the game, but there’s still a place for Machamp on your team, and it’s a lot easier to get than others on this list.
With Counter as its Fast Move, and Dynamic Punch and Close Combat as its Charged Moves, a powered-up Machamp is a perfect choice to take down Steel-types like Registeel. Be particularly wary of its weakness to Fairy and Flying-types, though.
- Fast Move: Charm
- Charged Moves: Hyper Beam and Play Rough
- Resistances: Dragon, Bug, Dark, and Ghost
- Weaknesses: Steel and Poison
Like Machamp, Wigglytuff has been edged out of the top tier of the Great League by more recent additions to the Pokedex. However, it’s a more commonly available choice with great bulk that you can rely on when powered up to the 1500 CP cap.
As a pure Fairy-type, Wigglytuff is a well-known Dragon destroyer. A combination of the Fast Move Charm and the Charged Move Play Rough will capitalize on this, while the strong Normal-type Charged Move Hyper Beam increases coverage a little.
Pokemon Go Great League date & time
The Great League returns to the Go Battle League on Monday, October 11, 2021, at 1pm PDT and runs until Monday, October 25, 2021, at 1pm PDT. It will not be joined by the Great League Remix this time around.
Choose a varied selection of the above Pokemon, making sure you have good coverage against all types, and you’ll have a solid advantage in Go’s Great League, helping you to rack up the wins and work your way up through the Battle League ranks.
You can see the current Pokemon Go Battle League Season 9 schedule and rewards here.