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Pokemon Go Premier Cup – Best team guide for GO Battle League

Published: 7/Jul/2020 18:18

by Paul Cot

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Alongside Master League, Pokemon Go trainers can now participate in the Premier Cup in GO Battle League. The new competition brings a new set of rules which also changes the meta, so take note.

The Premier Cup is basically Master League without any Legendary or Mythical Pokemon. That’s right, every single one of them is ineligible.

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Naturally, Master League is dominated by these super powerful species, which doesn’t give trainers much of an opportunity to try alternative Pokemon. This is due to the higher CP Legendary and Mythical ‘mons can reach.

The Premier Cup gives trainers a chance to look at some different species. However, the new format isn’t a diverse as you’d think with a handful of Pokemon rising to the top once again.

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Like Master League, there is no limit on CP in the Premier Cup. This means Pokemon that have a high CP will understandably be favored.

Premier Cup best Pokemon

Here are the Pokemon that you’ll need to use if you’re to compete with the best trainers of the Premier Cup.

It may be expensive but to compete with the top-level trainers you’ll need your team maxed out as much as possible. In addition, two Charge Moves become imperative at the upper echelon of GO Battle League.

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Shiny Metagross Pokemon Go Premier Cup
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What’s better than Metagross? A Shiny Metagross, of course!

Metagross

We have previously analysed Metagross in GO Battle League but the Iron Leg Pokemon becomes an even better option in the Premier Cup. Its max CP of 3,791 is only bettered by a handful of non-Legendary species.

Its dual psychic and steel typing gives it a mightily impressive 10 resistances. Of course, it does have weaknesses still (four of them), but the ratio here makes it a good Pokemon to start with.

Bullet Punch is the clear choice for its Fast Move but there is a little more debate about which Charge Moves to use. Meteor Mash should be your first choice if possible due to its incredible DPE of 2. It should be noted this is an Elite Charge Move, however.

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Psychic is always a good move to have but Metagross does have Earthquake available. The latter is very useful for dealing with other steel-types, namely other Metagross you come up against. If you have a high level one with Earthquake, you know you’ll be in good stead if the mirror match up does occur.

Dragonite Pokemon Go Premier Cup
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Without the numerous Legendary dragon Pokemon competing with it, Dragonite has a place in the Premier Cup…

Dragonite

With a host of Legendary dragon-types, Dragonite gets justifiably overlooked in Master League. The Premier Cup is a different story, though.

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Unfortunately the pseudo-legendary Kanto Pokemon is weak against four key typings in Pokemon Go: dragon, fairy, ice and rock. It is doubly weak to ice-type moves, so avoid at all costs!

Its max CP of 3,792 immediately makes it an attractive option but it perhaps doesn’t live up to the hype a lot of other strategy guides rate it as. Its weaknesses are a problem.

Meanwhile, its moveset, while strong, isn’t very diverse. You can easily end up with a full dragon-type attack arsenal.

Dragon Breath is the best Fast Move and you’d be hard pushed not to have one of your Charge Moves as Dragon Claw. It only deals 50 damage but for 35 energy it allows you to burn through opponent’s Protect Shields at an enjoyable rate.

This leaves you with a choice of Draco Meteor, Hurricane, and Outrage for Dragonite’s second Charge Move. If you want an option that isn’t a dragon-type move then the flying-type attack Hurricane is the way to go. This is the most powerful flying attack in Pokemon Go.

However, ignoring Draco Meteor, which deals an additional 40 damage for the same energy in comparison to Hurricane, is hard to do. There’s not much between them due to the difference in typing and that Draco Meteor does cost you some attack stats each time it is used.

Garchomp Pokemon Go Premier Cup
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Garchomp has an excellent attack stat!

Garchomp

Minus Slaking (yawn!), Garchomp has the highest max CP of any non-Legendary Pokemon. You’ll want to make the most of its 3,962 CP potential, as in comparison to its outstanding attack stat, its defense and stamina lag behind. That doesn’t mean they are bad, though!

With a dual dragon and ground typing, it has similar weaknesses to Dragonite and they’re far from ideal. Dragon, fairy, and especially ice attacks will cut through Garchomp with ease.

However, if you can match it up appropriately, you’ll really see the benefits. It is resistant against electric, fire, poison, and rock attacks, the first of which only deals 24.4% of its original damage.

Garchomp’s moves do require a fair bit of energy so a Fast Move with good energy gains is imperative. Thankfully, the Mach Pokemon has Mud Shot! It might only deal 1.5 DPT, but has energy generation of 4.5 EPT. Making it the clear choice ahead of Dragon Tail.

Outrage is an obvious choice for one of Garchomp’s Charge Moves. Earthquake seems a sensible choice for its second one but some will include Sand Tomb. We’d stick our necks out and say Earthquake is better though, as Sand Tomb has an appalling DPE of 0.62. Some will use it to bait Protect Shields which is a strategy you can never be entirely against.

Togekiss Pokemon Go Premier Cup
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If you don’t have a Togekiss in your arsenal stop what you are doing and get one now!

Togekiss

It’s difficult to have a list discussing the best Pokemon in GO Battle League without including Togekiss. It has become an essential inclusion in anyone’s team.

Its max CP may be relatively low at just 3,332 but this shouldn’t deter you from using the Jubilee Pokemon. Now, it does have a glaring weakness against steel, so avoid Metagross, but it is the kryptonite to the abundance of dragon-type species you’ll come across.

It also has four double resistances (types of attack that deal only 39.1% of their normal damage) including bug, dragon, fighting and ground. Match Togekiss up correctly and you’re laughing!

There’s somewhat of a debate on whether to use Air Slash or Charm as Togekiss’ Fast Move. The latter is fairy-type that has insane damage. It deals 5.33 DPT but only 2 EPT. Conversely, Air Slash has the basic 3 DPT and 3 EPT. Of the two, and partly due to its fairy-typing, we’d definitely use Charm.

That does leave Togekiss relying on Charm as you won’t get many Charge Moves out of it. Nevertheless, you can use Aerial Ace or Ancient as its quicker charging Charge Move. Of the two we’d use Ancient Power as it may be weak but does increase your attack and defense stat each time it is used.

Flamethrower is the best second Charge Move as it gives you an alternative typing option. Dazzling Gleam is Togekiss’ hardest hitting move but given it takes 15 more energy than Flamethrower, we’d stick with the fire-type move.

Clear meta

If the Premier Cup was Niantic’s way of opening up GO Battle League to more Pokemon it hasn’t really worked. All of the above Pokemon will be essential picks and at the higher ranks you won’t see too many unique choices.

Maybe the eventual release of some Gen 6 ‘mons will change this. At the moment though, make sure you have a powerful Metagross and Togekiss at the ready!

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.