Pokémon Go Ultra League: Best Pokémon

Become an irresistible duelant with these creatures
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The Ultra League is one of the most popular competitions in Pokémon Go’s PvP mode, the Go Battle League. It returns into the rotation of available disciplines from June 7 to 14, 2024.

The upper limit for competition points (CP) in this format is 2,500 CP, but you won’t have to worry about any type-related restrictions: Being an open competition, you can field whichever Pokémon you like in Ultra League.

We have collected all the best Pokémon for Ultra League in Pokémon Go based on statistics and simulations provided by PvPoke.com, so you don’t have to worry about figuring out the meta.

Pokémon Go Ultra League: Best Leads

You’ll want one of these Pokémon to open up the battle on your side. Their aggressiveness puts pressure on your opponent right from the beginning, while they are tough enough to survive a bit of punishment. This gives you time to think over your next steps and might give you an advantage in a battle of attrition. Ideally, of course, you achieve a quick first knockout.

  1. Pidgeot [XL] (Wing Attack, Feather Dance, Brave Bird)
  2. Registeel [XL] (Lock On, Focus Blast, Zap Cannon)
  3. Feraligatr [S] (Shadow Claw, Hydro Cannon, Ice Beam)
  4. Poliwrath [XL] (Counter, Icy Wind, Scald)
  5. Giratina (Altered Forme) (Shadow Claw, Dragon Claw, Shadow Sneak)
  6. Shadow Pidgeot [XL] (Wing Attack, Feather Dance, Brave Bird)
  7. Zygarde (Complete Forme) (Dragon Tail, Crunch, Earthquake)
  8. Shadow Poliwrath [XL] (Counter, Icy Wind, Scald)
  9. Gliscor (Wing Attack, Night Slash, Earthquake)
  10. Talonflame [XL] (Incinerate, Fly, Flame Charge)

Pokémon marked with [XL] require Candy XL to reach their best performance levels, Pokémon marked with [S] perform comparably well in both their regular and Shadow forms.

Pokémon Go Ultra League: Best Safe Switches

Should the initial pairing be to your disadvantage, you need to consider switching out your lead monster for another Pokémon. This is where Safe Switches come into play. They are either strong leads themselves or are specialized in countering some of the more popular members of that category. In any case, a switch will preserve your original lead to fight later on in the battle and perhaps force your opponent to also adapt their strategy on the fly, equalizing the battle once again.

  1. Feraligatr [S] (Shadow Claw, Hydro Cannon, Ice Beam)
  2. Giratina (Altered Forme) (Shadow Claw, Dragon Claw, Shadow Sneak)
  3. Shadow Charizard (Wing Attack, Blast Burn, Dragon Claw)
  4. Poliwrath [S][XL] (Counter, Icy Wind, Scald)
  5. Kyurem (Dragon Breath, Glaciate, Dragon Claw)
  6. Tapu Fini (Water Gun, Surf, Nature’s Madness)
  7. Registeel [XL] (Lock On, Focus Blast, Zap Cannon)
  8. Charizard (Wing Attack, Blast Burn, Dragon Claw)
  9. Cresselia (Psycho Cut, Grass Knot, Moonblast)
  10. Pelipper [XL] (Wing Attack, Weather Ball (Water), Hurricane)

Pokémon Go Ultra League: Best Closers

Once no shields are left in play on either side, you’ll want to use one of these Pokémon. They are incredibly tough thanks to their high defense and plenty of useful resistances or can knock out an opponent in one blow with their powerful Charged Attack.

  1. Registeel [S][XL] (Lock On, Focus Blast, Zap Cannon)
  2. Regirock (Lock On, Stone Edge, Focus Blast)
  3. Shadow Raikou (Volt Switch, Wild Charge, Shadow Ball)
  4. Pidgeot [XL] (Wing Attack, Feather Dance, Brave Bird)
  5. Shadow Regirock (Lock On, Stone Edge, Focus Blast)
  6. Shadow Feraligatr (Shadow Claw, Hydro Cannon, Ice Beam)
  7. Skarmory [S][XL] (Steel Wing, Brave Bird, Sky Attack)
  8. Raikou (Volt Switch, Wild Charge, Shadow Ball)
  9. Turtonator [XL] (Incinerate, Dragon Pulse, Overheat)
  10. Shadow Electivire (Thunder Shock, Wild Charge, Ice Punch)

Pokémon Go Ultra League: Best Attackers

If you’re left without shields while facing an opponent who still has that option available, these Pokémon are your best friends. They combine important resistances and powerful 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 pull out at this stage of a match.

  1. Registeel [XL] (Lock On, Focus Blast, Zap Cannon)
  2. Tapu Fini (Water Gun, Surf, Nature's Madness)
  3. Pidgeot [XL] (Wing Attack, Feather Dance, Brave Bird)
  4. Mandibuzz [XL] (Snarl, Dark Pulse, Aerial Ace)
  5. Giratina (Altered Forme) (Shadow Claw, Dragon Claw, Shadow Sneak)
  6. Zygarde (Complete Forme) (Dragon Tail, Crunch, Earthquake)
  7. Poliwrath [XL] (Counter, Icy Wind, Scald)
  8. Cresselia (Psycho Cut, Grass Knot, Mooblast)
  9. Steelix [S][XL] (Dragon Tail, Psychic Fangs, Crunch)
  10. Virizion (Double Kick, Leaf Blade, Sacred Sword)

Tiny shifts compared to last season reshuffled the top rankings a little bit with Charizard, Giratina, and Registeel gaining places while Pidgeot, Poliwrath, and Zygarde suffered a little, but overall the Ultra League meta remains pretty much unshakeable.

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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