As part of the Tricky Pokemon event, Stunfisk has been introduced to the Pokemon Go world. On appearance it may look relatively ineffective, but it actually has a place in the Great League portion of GO Battle League.
The Trap Pokemon can be found in 5km eggs, field research task rewards and on occasion in the wild. Following the conclusion of the event on April 7, the Unova native will no longer be available in 5km eggs, though.
A lot of new species added to Pokemon Go have no place in the meta. After all, not all Pokemon can be effective otherwise they would simply cancel each other out.
Stunfisk in GO Battle League
With that said, Stunfisk could have a role to play. It is the only dual electric and ground-type Pokemon in the entire National Pokedex.
While this is an interesting combination of types, it doesn’t really offer too much other than its uniqueness. In a way its electric typing is diminished due to its weakness to water attacks.
With a max CP of 2,162, it is ruled out of having any chance of being a viable option in Ultra League. Elsewhere, Master League is an obvious write off.
There is a place for it in Great League, though. It has impressive stamina stats which is complimented by some decent defense. Unsurprisingly, its attack is poor which does limit it somewhat.
Both its Fast Moves – Mud Shot and Thundershock – are statistically identical. Both offer poor damage of 1.5 per turn but do have good energy generation at 4.5.
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This is what gives Stunfisk a place in Great League, the ability to spam Charge Moves. The choice between the two is a toss up but it’s worth noting Mud Shot is super effective against more types.
There are three Charge Moves you can utilize – Discharge, Mud Bomb and Muddy Water. The latter is the weakest of three and doesn’t have the advantage of same-type attack bonus (STAB).
There are other two moves, Discharge and Mud Bomb, do have STAB. Both are similar in terms of damage although Discharge has slightly better damage per energy.
As a result it becomes another close call if only selecting one. We’d recommend running one electric and one ground-type move for each, if you’re not going to add a second Charge Move.
Raid Battles and Gym defender
While there might be a place in PvP for Stunfisk, there definitely isn’t in PvE. Its poor attack and low power Charge Moves means it is useless in Raid Battles.
There are obviously better gym defenders too, but it’s limited CP seals its status as having no use outside of GO Battle League.