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Pokémon Go Fantasy Cup – Great League Edition: Best Pokémon

Bring your opponents back to reality with these Pokémon
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Enter a tale of wonder and fantasy in the newest Pokémon Go Battle League competition: In the Fantasy Cup – Great League Edition you must prove that the power of your imagination is greater than anyone else’s. Destroy your opponents’ dreams and bring them back to the harsh reality in which you triumph.

Fantasy Cup – Great League Edition will run from January 12 to 19, alongside the Master League.

This Go Battle League competition runs on a special ruleset limiting participating Pokémon to a maximum amount of 1,500 competition points (CP). In addition, you may only field creatures of the Dragon-, Steel-, and Fairy-types.

Give your opponents nightmares with the best Pokémon for Fantasy Cup – Great League Edition in Pokémon Go based on statistics and simulations provided by PvPoke.com.

Pokémon Go Fantasy Cup logo.

Fantasy Cup has returned, this time in the Great League Edition.

Pokémon Go Fantasy Cup: Best Leads

These Pokémon aggressively pressure your opponent right from the beginning of a duel and can survive even tough battles for quite a while – they are perfect to open a match up, enabling you to score an early knockout or set up a strong counter play.

  1. Lucario (Counter, Blaze Kick, Shadow Ball)
  2. Shadow Flygon (Mud Shot, Dragon Claw, Scorching Sands)
  3. Escavalier (Counter, Drill Run, Megahorn)
  4. Galarian Stunfisk (Mud Shot, Rock Slide, Earthquake)
  5. Azumarill(XL) (Bubble, Ice Beam, Play Rough)
  6. Registeel (Lock On, Focus Blast, Zap Cannon)
  7. Tapu Fini (Water Gun, Surf, Moonblast)
  8. Haxorus (Counter, Breaker Swipe, Surf)
  9. Skarmory (Steel Wing, Brave Bird, Sky Attack)
  10. Shadow Mawile (Fire Fang, Power-Up Punch, Play Rough)

(XL) = Pokémon requires Candy XL to reach optimal battle performance.

Pokémon Go Fantasy Cup: Best Safe Switches

If the opening pairing is to your disadvantage, you should consider switching out your lead for another Pokémon. This is where this class comes into play. They are either strong leads themselves or are specialized in countering some of the most popular leads. In any case, a switch will preserve your original opener to fight later on in the battle and perhaps force your opponent to also adapt their strategy on the fly.

  1. Galarian Stunfisk (Mud Shot, Rock Slide, Earthquake)
  2. Excadrill (Mud Shot, Rock Slide, Earthquake)
  3. Tapu Fini (Water Gun, Surf, Moonblast)
  4. Lucario (Counter, Blaze Kick, Shadow Ball)
  5. Shadow Excadrill (Mud Shot, Rock Slide, Earthquake)
  6. Azumarill(XL) (Bubble, Ice Beam, Play Rough)
  7. Shadow Flygon (Mud Shot, Dragon Claw, Scorching Sands)
  8. Shadow Skarmory (Steel Wing, Brave Bird, Sky Attack)
  9. Whimsicott (Fairy Wind, Seed Bomb, Moonblast)
  10. Registeel (Lock On, Focus Blast, Zap Cannon)

Pokémon Go Fantasy Cup: Best Closers

These Pokémon are particularly useful when there are no shields left in play on either side – they are incredibly tough themselves or end battles quickly thanks to powerful charge attacks, which can’t be deflected without a shield.

  1. Registeel(S) (Lock On, Focus Blast, Zap Cannon)
  2. Shadow Excadrill (Mud Shot, Rock Slide, Earthquake)
  3. Turtonator (Incinerate, Dragon Pulse, Overheat)
  4. Lucario (Counter, Blaze Kick, Shadow Ball)
  5. Galarian Stunfisk (Mud Shot, Rock Slide, Earthquake)
  6. Excadrill (Mud Shot, Drill Run, Rock Slide)
  7. Azumarill(XL) (Bubble, Ice Beam, Play Rough)
  8. Shadow Skarmory (Steel Wing, Brave Bird, Sky Attack)
  9. Tapu Fini (Water Gun, Surf, Moonblast)
  10. Shadow Alolan Sandlash (Shadow Claw, Ice Punch, Drill Run)

(S) = Regular form and Shadow form perform comparably.

Pokémon Go Fantasy Cup: Best Attackers

These Pokémon perform best when fighting a trainer who still has shields, while you no longer have shields yourself. They combine important resistances and strong fast attacks to compensate for this disadvantage. For this reason, you rarely see Shadow forms in this role – they take more damage than their regular counterparts, making them a risky card to put on the table.

  1. Azumarill(XL) (Bubble, Ice Beam, Play Rough)
  2. Registeel (Lock On, Focus Blast, Zap Cannon)
  3. Galarian Stunfisk (Mud Shot, Rock Slide, Earthquake)
  4. Turtonator (Incinerate, Dragon Pulse, Overheat)
  5. Bastiodon(XL) (Smack Down, Stone Edge, Flamethrower)
  6. Shadow Registeel (Lock On, Focus Blast, Zap Cannon)
  7. Skarmory(S) (Steel Wing, Brave Bird, Sky Attack)
  8. Shadow Mawile (Fire Fang, Power-Up Punch, Play Rough)
  9. Togedemaru (Thunder Shock, Fell Stinger, Wild Charge)
  10. Ferrothorn (Bullet Seed, Power Whip, Thunder)

Aren’t these some familiar faces? Old Great League greats like Azumarill, Registell, Skarmory, Galarian Stunfisk, and Bastiodon rear their heads in this limited format – which is good news, since this will allow you to make use of Pokémon you may already have built up instead of forcing you to make brand-new investments.