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When to evolve Pokemon to keep them within the Ultra League CP limit

Published: 1/Apr/2020 11:52 Updated: 1/Apr/2020 11:55

by Paul Cot


Trainers are currently participating in the Ultra League section of GO Battle League, which means no Pokemon over 2,500 CP. Prior to the actual battling, players will need to build a team of species within the confines of the Ultra League limit. To do so you’ll need to know when to evolve certain Pokemon to keep them under 2,500 CP. Here’s a list of the more commonly seen species and their evolution limits.

Adhering to the limit seems simple enough but when you do not know what CP a Pokemon will become when evolving it, it can become tricky. You’ll need to know the maximum CP a particular Pokemon can be before evolving it.


One mistake and you may have a Pokemon that isn’t eligible. Even worse, it’s more than likely that Pokemon will be too weak to compete in Master League, too.

Giratina GO Battle
Both forms of Giratina are popular picks for GO Battle Ultra League. You don’t need to worry about evolving them though…

Experienced Pokemon Go trainer will know that species increase CP at different rates. For example, evoling Caterpie into Metapod won’t increase its CP by much. Conversely, evolving Feebas into Milotic sees a drastic CP increase.


Fortunately there are Pokemon Go evolution calculators out there. Any Pokemon at any given CP can have a wide range of IVs, which means a definitive CP it will evolve into can’t be shared. Therefore these calculators provide a range of the CP that it can evolve into.

Ultra League evolve CP limit

Now, there’s a balance between getting as close to the 2,500 CP limit and going past it. Ideally, you don’t want to have to use too much precious Stardust to power it up to that limit.

On the other hand, going past it is disastrous. As such it is always better to evolve the Pokemon before powering it up. This way you get to see its moveset too. We’ve also made a list for the Great League CP evolution limits, too.


Courtesy of PokeAssistant, here are the CP ranges you should be looking for for some of the most frequently seen Pokemon in Ultra League:

  • Charmander 807CP – Charmeleon 1399 – Charizard 2379 < 2500 > 2659
  • Chikorita 925CP – Bayleef 1475 – Meganium 2384 < 2500 > 2647
  • Cleffa 641CP – Clefairy 1143 – Clefable 2328 < 2500 > 2736
  • Cyndaquil 807CP – Quilava 1399 – Typhlosion 2379 < 2500 > 2659
  • Magikarp 168CP – Gyarados 2079 < 2507 > 3257
  • Munchlax 1434CP – Snorlax 2444 < 2500 > 2567
  • Mudkip 908CP – Marshtomp 1463 – Swampert 2394 < 2500 > 2635
  • Onix 1093CP – Steelix 2396 < 2500 > 2634
  • Scraggy 1470CP – Scrafty 2446 < 2500 > 2569
  • Squirtle 914CP – Wartortle 1475 – Blastoise 2383 < 2499 > 2648
  • Togepi 452CP – Togetic 1247 – Togekiss 2292 < 2498 > 2777

Here are a selection of effective but slightly less popular Pokemon for Ultra League:

  • Barboach 939CP – Whiscash 2379 < 2499 > 2660
  • Bulbasaur 984CP – Ivysaur 1532 – Venusaur 2400 < 2501 > 2626
  • Croagunk 912CP – Toxicroak  2383 < 2500 > 2647
  • Dratini 625CP – Dragonair 1142 – Dragonite 2361 < 2501 > 2681
  • Gible 665CP – Gabite 1151 – Garchomp 2369 < 2501 > 2670
  • Igglypuff 629CP – Jigglypuff 875 – Wigglytuff 2264 < 2499 > 2852
  • Machop 1005CP – Machoke 1636 – Machamp 2403 < 2500 > 2622
  • Ralts 396CP – Kirlia 740 – Gallade/Gardevoir 2272 < 2499 > 2822
  • Torchic 919CP – Combusken 1420 – Blaziken 2395 < 2500 > 2634

To be clear these are ranges, so if you want to guarantee you won’t break the 2,500 CP limit you’ll need to evolve them at lower CP than listed. Getting your Pokemon right on the Ultra League limit will no doubt cost you a lot of hard-earned Stardust, so try not to make any mistakes!


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.