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Week 3 of Go Battle League's Season 13 sees the return of a traditional format to the rotation: PvP fans in Pokémon Go get to show off their skills in the Ultra League Premier Classic starting December 15, 2022, at 1 p.m. PDT. The tournament will remain available for one week.

Pokémon with a maximum strength of 2,500 competition points (CP) that do not belong to the Legendary, Mythical, or Ultra Beast class and are not upgraded with Candy XL are allowed to participate in this format.

This guide will show you the best Pokémon for the Ultra League Premier Classic in Pokémon Go based on statistics and simulations provided by PvPoke.com.

Pokémon Go Ultra League Premier Classic: Best Leads

These Pokémon exert pressure on your opponent right from the start and can survive long battles – they are ideal pocket monsters for opening a duel. Please note that any creatures marked with (S) throughout this guide perform about equally well as a Shadow Pokémon and as a regular Pokémon, leaving the choice up to you based on preference or availability.

  1. Charizard(S) (Wing Attack, Blast Burn, Dragon Claw)
  2. Gliscor(S) (Wing Attack, Night Slash, Earthquake)
  3. Sneasler (Shadow Claw, X-Scissor, Close Combat)
  4. Luxray(S) (Spark, Wild Charge, Psychic Fangs)
  5. Trevenant (Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball, Seed Bomb)
  6. Dragonite(S) (Dragon Breath, Dragon Claw, Superpower)
  7. Swampert(S) (Mud Shot, Hydro Cannon, Earthquake)
  8. Kommo-o (Dragon Breath, Dragon Claw, Close Combat)
  9. Magnezone(S) (Spark, Wild Charge, Mirror Shot)
  10. Shadow Machamp (Counter, Cross Chop, Rock Slide)

Pokémon Go Ultra League Premier Classic: Best Safe Switches

These Pokémon serve as switching options for your lead – if the opening pairing is to your disadvantage, switch to one of these monsters. Accordingly, these are mainly Pokémon that counter some of the most popular leads or are popular leads themselves.

  1. Charizard(S) (Wing Attack, Blast Burn, Dragon Claw)
  2. Trevenant (Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball, Seed Bomb)
  3. Sirfetch’d (Counter, Leaf Blade, Brave Bird)
  4. Gyarados(S) (Dragon Breath, Aqua Tail, Crunch)
  5. Gallade(S) (Confusion, Close Combat, Leaf Blade)
  6. Lucario (Counter, Power-Up Punch, Shadow Ball)
  7. Shadow Walrein (Powder Snow, Icicle Spear, Earthquake)
  8. Gengar (Shadow Claw, Shadow Punch, Sludge Bomb)
  9. Overqwil (Poison Jab, Aqua Tail, Shadow Ball
  10. Bewear (Shadow Claw, Superpower, Stomp)

Pokémon Go Ultra League Premier Classic: Best Closers

These Pokémon are especially strong when there are no shields left in play – they are incredibly tough on the defense or deal mighty damage on the offensive, overwhelming the enemy quickly.

  1. Staraptor(S) (Wing Attack, Brave Bird, Close Combat)
  2. Shadow Electivire (Thunder Shock, Ice Punch, Wild Charge)
  3. Charizard(S) (Wing Attack, Blast Burn, Dragon Claw)
  4. Kommo-o (Dragon Breath, Dragon Claw, Close Combat)
  5. Trevenant (Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball, Seed Bomb)
  6. Escavalier (Counter, Drill Run, Megahorn)
  7. Honchkrow(S) (Snarl, Brave Bird, Sky Attack)
  8. Shadow Magnezone (Spark, Wild Charge, Mirror Shot)
  9. Kingdra (Dragon Breath, Outrage, Octazooka)
  10. Gliscor(S) (Wing Attack, Night Slash, Earthquake)

Pokémon Go Ultra League Premier Classic: Best Attackers

These Pokémon perform best when fighting against a trainer that still has shields, while you no longer have shields yourself – they have the ideal combination of resilience and quick Fast Attacks to compensate for this disadvantage. For this reason, you'll rarely see Shadow forms in this category – they take more damage, which is very risky at that stage of a match.

  1. Steelix (Dragon Tail, Psychic Fangs, Crunch)
  2. Gliscor(S) (Wing Attack, Night Slash, Earthquake)
  3. Togekiss (Charm, Ancient Power, Flamethrower)
  4. Charizard (Wing Attack, Blast Burn, Dragon Claw)
  5. Clefable (Charm, Moonblast, Meteor Mash)
  6. Swampert (Mud Shot, Hydro Cannon, Earthquake)
  7. Kommo-o (Dragon Breath, Dragon Claw, Close Combat)
  8. Trevenant (Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball, Seed Bomb)
  9. Shadow Granbull (Charm, Close Combat, Crunch)
  10. Aromatisse (Charm, Moonblast, Psychic)