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Pokémon Go Hoenn Cup: Best Pokémon

It’s Gen 3’s time to shine
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Running from February 23 to March 1, 2023, starting and ending at 1pm PT / 4pm ET / 9pm GMT / 10pm CET, the Hoenn Cup joins Pokémon Go’s roster of PvP competitions.

As the name implies, Hoenn Cup restricts you to use Pokémon from the Hoenn region. To be more precise, you may only field Pokémon with Pokédex numbers between #0252 and #0386. You also need to keep in mind that the Great League competition point (CP) limit is in place for this event, so only Pokémon with a maximum of 1,500 CP are allowed.

Based on statistics and simulations provided by PvPoke.com, we present you with the best Pokémon for Hoenn Cup in GO Battle League.

Altaria fighting in Pokémon Go.

It's Gen 3's time to shine: Check out the best Pokémon for Hoenn Cup.

Pokémon Go Hoenn Cup: Best Leads

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

  1. Pelipper (Wind Attack, Weather Ball (Water), Hurricane)
  2. Altaria (Dragon Breath, Sky Attack, Moonblast)
  3. Shadow Gardevoir (Charm, Synchronoise, Shadow Ball)
  4. Swampert (Mud Shot, Hydro Cannon, Earthquake)
  5. Shadow Sableye(XL) (Shadow Claw, Foul Play, Power Gem)
  6. Regice (Lock On, Thunder, Blizzard)
  7. Medicham(XL) (Counter, Power-Up Punch, Ice Punch)
  8. Regirock (Lock On, Stone Edge, Focus Blast)
  9. Tropius (Air Slash, Leaf Blade, Aerial Ace)
  10. Dusclops(XL) (Hex, Ice Punch, Poltergeist)

Pokémon marked with (XL) need to be powered up with Candy XL to reach peak performance.

Pokémon Go Hoenn Cup: Best Safe Switches

These Pokémon serve as switch options for your lead – should the opening pairing be to your disadvantage, switch in one of these monsters instead to preserve your lead Pokémon for later. According to this purpose, these are primarily Pokémon that counter some of the most popular leads or are strong leads themselves.

  1. Pelipper (Wind Attack, Weather Ball (Water), Hurricane)
  2. Sableye(S)(XL) (Shadow Claw, Foul Play, Power Gem)
  3. Zangoose (Shadow Claw, Close Combat, Night Slash)
  4. Medicham(XL) (Counter, Power-Up Punch, Ice Punch)
  5. Shadow Swampert (Mud Shot, Hydro Cannon, Earthquake)
  6. Walrein(S) (Powder Snow, Icicle Spear, Earthquake)
  7. Vigoroth (Counter, Body Slam, Bulldoze)
  8. Swampert (Mud Shot, Hydro Cannon, Earthquake)
  9. Castform (Snowy) (Powder Snow, Weather Ball (Ice), Blizzard)
  10. Dusclops(S)(XL) (Hex, Ice Punch, Poltergeist)

Pokémon marked with (S) perform on a similar level as Shadow and non-Shadow versions, so take your pick.

Pokémon Go Hoenn Cup: Best Closers

These Pokémon are especially strong when there are no shields left in play on either side – they are incredibly tough themselves or end battles with a single hit of their powerful charge attacks.

  1. Regirock (Lock On, Stone Edge, Focus Blast)
  2. Registeel(S) (Lock On, Zap Cannon, Focus Blast)
  3. Hariyama(S) (Counter, Close Combat, Heavy Slam)
  4. Sableye(S)(XL) (Shadow Claw, Foul Play, Power Gem)
  5. Dusclops(XL) (Hex, Ice Punch, Poltergeist)
  6. Deoxys (Defense Forme) (Counter, Psycho Boost, Thunderbolt)
  7. Whiscash (Mud Shot, Mud Bomb, Blizzard)
  8. Altaria (Dragon Breath, Sky Attack, Moonblast)
  9. Shadow Camerupt (Incinerate, Overheat, Earth Power)
  10. Mawile (Fairy Wind, Iron Head, Play Rough)

Pokémon Go Hoenn Cup: Best Attackers

These Pokémon perform best when fighting a trainer who still has shields, while you no longer have shields yourself – they have the ideal combination of resistances and strong fast attacks to compensate for this disadvantage. For this reason, you rarely see Shadow forms in this category – they take more damage than their regular counterparts, which is very risky at this stage of a match.

  1. Medicham(XL) (Counter, Power-Up Punch, Ice Punch)
  2. Registeel (Lock On, Zap Cannon, Focus Blast)
  3. Shadow Gardevoir (Charm, Synchronoise, Shadow Ball)
  4. Deoxys (Defense Forme) (Counter, Psycho Boost, Thunderbolt)
  5. Gardevoir (Charm, Synchronoise, Shadow Ball)
  6. Ludicolo (Razor Leaf, Ice Beam, Leaf Storm)
  7. Altaria (Dragon Breath, Sky Attack, Mooonblast)
  8. Whiscash (Mud Shot, Mud Bomb, Blizzard)
  9. Mawile (Fairy Wind, Iron Head, Play Rough)
  10. Shadow Registeel (Lock On, Zap Cannon, Focus Blast)

Gen 3 is pretty powerful in Pokémon Go, isn’t it? You can find a lot of these Pokémon among the elite monsters in regular Great League and Ultra League, so overall the Hoenn Cup meta doesn’t actually look all that different.

With Master League: Mega Edition being this week’s alternative GO Battle League mode, you’ll probably be better off trying your luck in Hoenn Cup, where you won’t have to invest a lot into Pokémon you otherwise almost never need.

Apart from GO Battle League, you should check out this month’s Raids, Field Research, and Spotlight Hours to not miss anything going on in the mobile game.