Best moveset for Cobalion in Pokémon Go

What moves should you have your Cobalion know in Pokémon Go?

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Pokémon Go has a variety of different legendary Pokémon in the game. Capturing them is difficult because you usually have to obtain them during a limited-time raid, and then they take forever to return to the game. Cobalion is one of these Pokémon. It’s a Fighting and Steel-type Pokémon, and it can know a variety of different moves, but it does have a specific moveset you want it to know.

To keep in mind, Cobalion is weak to Fighting, Fire, and Ground-type attacks. It has a max CP of 3,022, an attack of 192, a defense of 229, and stamina of 209. It has a more robust defensive build, but it still has a considerable attack range and capabilities. If you don’t raise it too high, it’s a great Pokémon to use in the Ultra league, but it falls short in the Master League. It can know the following attacks:

Fast moves

  • Metal Claw (Steel-type) – 5 damage and 3 energy per turn (2.5 damage per turn)
  • Zen Headbutt (Psychic-type) – 8 damage and 2 energy per turn (2.6 damage per turn)

Charge moves

  • Close Combat (Fighting-type) – 100 damage and 45 energy (100% chance to lower user’s defense by two ranks)
  • Iron Head (Steel-type) – 70 damage and 50 energy
  • Sacred Sword (Fighting-type) – 60 damage and 35 energy
  • Stone Edge (Rock-type) – 100 damage and 55 energy

You don’t have to think about Cobalion’s moveset too much when it comes down to its fast move. Of the two choices, metal claw is the clear victor. Not only does Cobalion gain a STAB bonus for using it, but it produces more energy per turn.

For its charge moves, hands down, you want to teach Cobalion Sacred Sword. It’s the Cobalion’s signature move, and it’s a pretty decent Fighting-type choice. The amount of energy it costs to deal that much damage is substantial. For your second option, you don’t want to use iron head. Cobalion would already have a Steel-type move, plus, close combat and stone edge can deal more damage for less energy.

Between close combat and stone edge, you likely want to lean into stone edge. Close combat forces Cobalion to lose too much of its defensive capabilities, and stone edge can deal damage to Fire-type Pokémon, a notable weakness for Cobalion.

For those who want to use Cobalion in the Ultra or Master leagues in Pokémon Go, you’ll likely do better with it in the Ultra League. To have the highest chance of success, you want to have metal claw for your fast move and then sacred sword and stone edge for Cobalion’s charge moves.