Pokémon Go Great League: Best Pokémon

Top the competition with these monsters and moves
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Back to the basics! The Great League returns to Pokémon Go, running from June 1 to 7, 2024. Great League is the simplest discipline in Go Battle League, Pokémon Go’s PvP mode, and thus is the perfect ground to get started on your trainer battle journey.

There are no restrictions on what type of Pokémon you can field, though there is a maximum limit on competition points (CP) these creatures can possess. In Great League, this is set at 1,500 CP. That also means that this competition is very easy on your Stardust and Candy XL budget, as you won’t have to power up your Pokémon all too much. Again, it’s very friendly to any beginners who may want to try PvP for the first time.

We’ve put together a list of the best Pokémon for Great League to get you started on your team building process. Our choices are based on statistics and simulations provided by PvPoke.com.

Pokémon Go Great League: Best Leads

The Pokémon in this class are aggressors, able to apply pressure on your opponent right from the start of a battle. They can also drag out tough battles for a long time thanks to their bulk. This allround effectiveness makes them perfect to open a match up, enabling you to score an early knockout or set up a strong counter play.

  1. Annihilape (Counter, Night Slash, Shadow Ball)
  2. Shadow Gallade (Psycho Cut, Close Combat, Leaf Blade)
  3. Shadow Gligar (Wing Attack, Aerial Ace, Dig)
  4. Swampert [S] (Mud Shot, Hydro Cannon, Earthquake)
  5. Shadow Quagsire (Mud Shot, Aqua Tail, Stone Edge)
  6. Pelipper (Wing Attack, Weather Ball (Water), Hurricane)
  7. Cresselia (Psycho Cut, Grass Knot, Future Sight)
  8. Shadow Feraligatr (Shadow Claw, Hydro Cannon, Ice Beam)
  9. Medicham [XL] (Counter, Ice Beam, Dynamic Punch)
  10. Mantine (Wing Attack, Aerial Ace, Ice Beam)

Pokémon marked with [S] perform comparably well in both their regular and Shadow forms.

Pokémon marked with [XL] require Candy XL to reach their best performance levels.

Pokémon Go Great League: Best Safe Switches

If you’re not happy with the initial pairing, you should consider switching out your lead for another Pokémon. That’s the role of a Safe Switch. They are either strong leads themselves or are specialized in countering some of the most popular leads. Putting them in will let you score an elimination, disrupt your opponent’s game plan, or at least preserve your lead for the later stage of the match.

  1. Feraligatr [S] (Shadow Claw, Hydro Cannon, Ice Beam)
  2. Shadow Gligar (Wing Attack, Aerial Ace, Dig)
  3. Annihilape (Counter, Night Slash, Shadow Ball)
  4. Lickitung [XL] (Lick, Body Slam, Power Whip)
  5. Pelipper (Wing Attack, Weather Ball (Water), Hurricane)
  6. Cresselia (Psycho Cut, Grass Knot, Future Sight)
  7. Goodra (Dragon Breath, Aqua Tail, Power Whip)
  8. Shadow Gallade (Psycho Cut, Close Combat, Leaf Blade)
  9. Sableye [XL] (Shadow Claw, Foul Play, Return)
  10. Shadow Drapion (Poison Sting, Crunch, Aqua Tail)

Pokémon Go Great League: Best Closers

These Pokémon come in quite handy when there are no shields left in play on either side – they are incredibly tough thanks to their high bulk and many resistances or they can end battles quickly due to their access to powerful charge attacks.

  1. Registeel (Lock On, Focus Blast, Zap Cannon)
  2. Skarmory (Steel Wing, Brave Bird, Sky Attack)
  3. Shadow Excadrill (Mud Shot, Drill Run, Rock Slide)
  4. Shadow Registeel (Lock On, Focus Blast, Zap Cannon)
  5. Carbink [XL] (Rock Throw, Rock Slide, Moonblast)
  6. Shadow Electivire (Thunder Shock, Ice Punch, Wild Charge)
  7. Shadow Gallade (Psycho Cut, Close Combat, Leaf Blade)
  8. Shadow Empoleon (Steel Wing, Hydro Cannon, Drill Peck)
  9. Clodsire (Mud Shot, Earthquake, Stone Edge)
  10. Cresselia (Psycho Cut, Grass Knot, Future Sight)

Pokémon Go Great League: Best Attackers

This class is specialized in fighting an opponent who still has shields, while you no longer have any yourself. They combine strong resistances and potent fast attacks to compensate for this disadvantage. For that reason, you rarely see Shadow forms in this role – they take more damage than their regular counterparts, making them a risky card to pull out at this stage of a match.

  1. Bastiodon [XL] (Smack Down, Stone Edge, Flamethrower)
  2. Cresselia (Psycho Cut, Grass Knot, Future Sight)
  3. Carbink [XL] (Rock Throw, Rock Slide, Moonblast)
  4. Shadow Bastiodon [XL] (Smack Down, Stone Edge, Flamethrower)
  5. Registeel (Lock On, Focus Blast, Zap Cannon)
  6. Mandibuzz (Snarl, Dark Pulse, Aerial Ace)
  7. Azumarill [XL] (Bubble, Ice Beam, Play Rough)
  8. Skarmory (Steel Wing, Brave Bird, Sky Attack)
  9. Steelix (Dragon Tail, Psychic Fangs, Crunch)
  10. Woobuffet [XL] (Counter, Return, Mirror Coat)

Great League is largely unaffected by the latest balance patch, though Pokémon like Poliwrath and Lanturn have dropped in the rankings due to the recent changes. Meanwhile, Steelix is celebrating a mini-comeback after being nerfed to the ground in an earlier season: Perhaps it's time to let if back out of its cage.

For more Pokémon Go, check our overviews for the weekly Spotlight Hours and 5-Star Raids.


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Marco Wutz

MARCO WUTZ

Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining tl.net, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of tl.net as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: marco.wutz@glhf.gg