Best moveset for Alakazam in Pokémon Go

What are the best moves?

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There are several Psychic-type Pokémon, and a notable one you can acquire in Pokémon Go is Alakazam. It was among the first generation to appear in the series, and its iconic long facial hair and bending spoon technique has made it a highly sought after Pokémon. But when you want to use it in battle against other trainers, or in raids, what are the best movesets you can teach it?

Alakazam is a Psychic-type Pokémon. It’s weak to Bug, Dark, and Ghost-type moves, but it is resistant to Fighting and Psychic-type attacks. It has a maximum CP of 3,057, an attack of 226, a defense of 143, and a stamina of 127. While Alakazam has an excellent attack, its lower defensive and health capabilities make it a glass cannon, so you have to be careful when using it.

These are all of the moves Alakazam can learn.

Fast moves

  • Confusion (Psychic-type) – 16 damage and 3 energy (4 damage per turn)
  • Counter (Fighting-type) – 8 damage and 3.5 energy (4 damage per turn)
  • Psycho Cut (Psychic-type) – 3 damage and 4.5 energy (1.5 damage per turn)

Charge moves

  • Dazzling Gleam (Fairy-type) – 110 damage and 70 energy
  • Fire Punch (Fire-type) – 55 damage and 40 energy
  • Focus Blast (Fighting-type) – 140 damage and 75 energy
  • Future Sight (Psychic-type) – 120 damage and 65 energy
  • Shadow Ball (Ghost-type) – 100 damage and 55 energy

Alakazam has several choices in both its fast and charge moves. For its fast moves, you want to go with counter. While the overall damage is lower than confusion, its central damage is the same, and produces more energy. Psycho cut does generate the most energy of the three, but it lacks damage to back it up.

For the charge moves, we can tell you don’t want to use dazzling gleam or focus blast. These ones cost far too much energy to be useful, and you’re better of making a decision for another one. Future sight has the same problem too. The only real choices are shadow ball and fire punch, and those are pretty weird to have on Alakazam, but given its pool of charge moves, it’s the best choices you have.

The real downside to Alakazam is how little defense and health it has. You won’t be able to use it for long, so it’s a good Pokémon to finish off an opponent, or deal heavy damage, but don’t expect it to stick around for long. Make sure it has the fast move counter, and it has the charge moves fire punch and shadow ball.