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Pokémon Go Great League Remix: Best Pokémon

Here’s how you build a powerful team despite all the bans
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Wake up babe, a new Great League Remix just dropped in Pokémon Go! It’s the same old rules you know and love from GO Battle League’s bread-and-butter competition, but spiced up with a large number of Pokémon bans, which change up the meta in a big way.

Great League Remix will run from January 5 to 12, 2024, featuring the regular 1,500 competition point (CP) limit on participating Pokémon. There are no type restrictions of any sort, though the 20 most popular Pokémon among trainers ranked Ace and above in the Great League have been banned in this particular ruleset. Here are the monsters you’re not allowed to use:

  • Alolan Sandslash
  • Alolan Ninetales
  • Wigglytuff
  • Noctowl
  • Lanturn
  • Azumarill
  • Umbreon
  • Pelipper
  • Sableye
  • Medicham
  • Altaria
  • Registeel
  • Deoxys (Defense Forme)
  • Bastiodon
  • Toxicroak
  • Scrafty
  • Galarian Stunfisk
  • Greninja
  • Talonflame
  • Trevenant

Show your opponents that size matters not with the best Pokémon for Great League Remix in Pokémon Go based on statistics and simulations provided by

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It's time to dive into another Great League Remix.

Great League Remix: 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. Gligar(S) (Wing Attack, Aerial Ace, Dig)
  2. Mantine (Wing Attack, Aerial Ace, Ice Beam)
  3. Mandibuzz (Snarl, Dark Pulse, Aerial Ace)
  4. Shadow Swampert (Mud Shot, Hydro Cannon, Earthquake)
  5. Vigoroth (Counter, Body Slam, Rock Slide)
  6. Guzzlord (Dragon Tail, Dragon Claw, Crunch)
  7. Pidgeot (Wing Attack, Feather Dance, Brave Bird)
  8. Skarmory (Steel Wing, Brave Bird, Sky Attack)
  9. Cresselia (Psycho Cut, Grass Knot, Future Sight)
  10. Togedemaru (Thunder Shock, Fell Stinger, Wild Charge)

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

Great League Remix: 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. Vigoroth (Counter, Body Slam, Bulldoze)
  2. Shadow Gligar (Wing Attack, Aerial Ace, Dig)
  3. Dubwool (Double Kick, Body Slam, Payback)
  4. Gligar (Wing Attack, Aerial Ace, Dig)
  5. Walrein(S) (Powder Snow, Icicle Spear, Earthquake)
  6. Greedent (Mud Shot, Body Slam, Trailblaze)
  7. Shadow Golbat (Wing Attack, Poison Fang, Shadow Ball)
  8. Mandibuzz (Snarl, Dark Pulse, Aerial Ace)
  9. Dragonair(S) (Dragon Breath, Body Slam, Aqua Tail)
  10. Lickitung(XL) (Lick, Body Slam, Power Whip)

(XL) = Pokémon requires Candy XL to reach its optimum performance level.

Great League Remix: 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. Skarmory (Steel Wing, Brave Bird, Sky Attack)
  2. Carbink(XL) (Rock Throw, Rock Slide, Moonblast)
  3. Shadow Skarmory (Steel Wing, Brave Bird, Sky Attack)
  4. Shadow Excadrill (Mud Shit, Drill Run, Rock Slide)
  5. Shadow Electivire (Thunder Shock, Ice Punch, Wild Charge)
  6. Regirock(S) (Lock On, Stone Edge, Earthquake)
  7. Froslass (Powder Snow, Avalanche, Shadow Ball)
  8. Pidgeot (Wing Attack, Feather Dance, Brave Bird)
  9. Shadow Sneasler (Shadow Claw, Close Combat, Aerial Ace)
  10. Clodsire (Mud Shot, Earthquake, Stone Edge)

Great League Remix: 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. Carbink(XL) (Rock Throw, Rock Slide, Moonblast)
  2. Mandibuzz (Snarl, Foul Play, Aerial Ace)
  3. Skarmory (Steel Wing, Brave Bird, Sky Attack)
  4. Mantine (Wing Attack, Bubble Beam, Ice Beam)
  5. Pidgeot (Wing Attack, Feather Dance, Brave Bird)
  6. Wobbuffet(XL) (Counter, Return, Mirror Coat)
  7. Guzzlord (Dargon Tail, Dragon Claw, Crunch)
  8. Shadow Skarmory (Steel Wing, Brave Bird, Sky Attack)
  9. Steelix (Dragon Tail, Breaking Swipe, Earthquake)
  10. Toxapex (Poison Jab, Brine, Sludge Wave)

We're in for another big shake-up compared to both the regular format as well as the most recent edition of Great League Remix, though overall the name we read in those lists are familiar: Carbink was already a strong force last time around, while names like Mandibuzz, Skarmory, and Pidgeot are classic ones for PvP competitors. Walrein, too, makes a comeback in this format after being gone from the top for quite a while.