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Get yourself some sunscreen and pack some cream that helps against burns for your opponents, because Pokémon Go Summer Cup – Ultra League Edition is coming up. If last week’s Great League Edition wasn’t heated enough for you, then this heavyweight version of the competition should tickle your fancy. This edition of the Summer Cup will run from June 8 to 15, 2023.

This Go Battle League competition runs on a special ruleset limiting participating Pokémon to a maximum amount of 2,500 competition points (CP). In addition, you may only field Pokémon of the Normal-, Fire-, Water-, Grass-, Electric-, and Bug-types.

Show your opponents that you deserve your place in the sun with the best Pokémon for Summer Cup – Ultra League Edition in Pokémon Go based on statistics and simulations provided by PvPoke.com.

Summer Cup – Ultra League Edition: 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. Pidgeot(XL) (Wing Attack, Feather Dance, Brave Bird)
  2. Shadow Luxray (Spark, Wild Charge, Psychic Fangs)
  3. Togedemaru(XL) (Thunder Shock, Fell Stinger, Wild Charge)
  4. Shadow Zapdos (Thunder Shock, Drill Peck, Thunderbolt)
  5. Magnezone(S) (Spark, Wild Charge, Mirror Shot)
  6. Shadow Charizard (Wing Attack, Blast Burn, Dragon Claw)
  7. Alolan Golem (Volt Switch, Rock Blast, Stone Edge)
  8. Roserade (Poison Jab, Weather Ball (Fire), Leaf Storm)
  9. Buzzwole (Counter, Superpower, Lunge)
  10. Virizion (Double Kick, Sacred Sword, Stone Edge)

(XL) = Pokémon required Candy XL to reach its optimal performance level; (S) = Pokémon performs comparably well in its regular and Shadow variants.

Summer Cup – Ultra League Edition: 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. Shadow Charizard (Wing Attack, Blast Burn, Dragon Claw)
  2. Roserade (Poison Jab, Weather Ball (Fire), Leaf Storm)
  3. Galvantula(S)(XL) (Volt Switch, Discharge, Lunge)
  4. Dubwool(XL) (Double Kick, Body Slam, Payback)
  5. Shadow Zapdos (Thunder Shock, Drill Peck, Thunderbolt)
  6. Crustle(XL) (Fury Cutter, Rock Slide, X-Scissor)
  7. Miltank(XL) (Rollout, Body Slam, Thunderbolt)
  8. Charizard (Wing Attack, Blast Burn, Dragon Claw)
  9. Porygon2 (Lock On, Tri Attack, Zap Cannon)
  10. Virizion (Double Kick, Sacred Sword, Stone Edge)

Summer Cup – Ultra League Edition: 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. Shadow Staraptor (Wing Attack, Brave Bird, Close Combat)
  2. Zekrom (Dragon Breath, Crunch, Wild Charge)
  3. Victini (Quick Attack, V-Create, Overheat)
  4. Kingdra (Dragon Breath, Outrage, Octazooka)
  5. Staraptor (Wing Attack, Brave Bird, Close Combat)
  6. Shadow Electivire (Thunder Shock, Ice Punch, Wild Charge)
  7. Shadow Raikou (Thunder Shock, Wild Charge, Shadow Ball)
  8. Buzzwole (Counter, Superpower, Lunge)
  9. Oranguru(XL) (Confusion, Foul Play, Future Sight)
  10. Tentacruel(XL) (Poison Jab, Scald, Sludge Wave)

Summer Cup – Ultra League Edition: 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. Razor Leaf users, as seen below, are a bit of an exception to this rule, as the immense attack speed of the move makes the usage of glass cannons a worthwhile risk.

  1. Pidgeot(XL) (Wing Attack, Feather Dance, Brave Bird)
  2. Mantine(XL) (Wing Attack, Bubble Beam, Ice Beam)
  3. Virizion (Double Kick, Sacred Sword, Stone Edge)
  4. Buzzwole (Counter, Superpower, Lunge)
  5. Miltank(XL) (Rollout, Body Slam, Thunderbolt)
  6. Tentacruel(XL) (Poison Jab, Scald, Sludge Wave)
  7. Lanturn(XL) (Spark, Surf, Thunderbolt)
  8. Forretress(XL) (Bug Bite, Earthquake, Mirror Shot)
  9. Ninetales(XL) (Fire Spin, Weather Ball (Fire), Overheat)
  10. Abomasnow(XL) (Powder Snow, Weather Beall (Ice), Energy Ball)

There is even less of an effect from the recent balance patch to be noted in Summer Cup’s Ultra League Edition than in the Great League Edition. The format sees some Ultra League regulars in top position, but offers space for some less familiar faces to do well, such as Oranguru.