Best moveset for Garchomp in Pokémon Go

Garchomp is powerful Pokémon.

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When trying to make a suitable Pokémon Go team, you want to consider using some of the best Pokémon in the game. One of those is Garchomp. It’s a Dragon-type Pokémon, so you know it means business and is capable of throwing its weight around. While it has some incredible stats, it truly excels when using its best moveset in battles.

Garchomp is a Dragon and Ground-type Pokémon. It will be weak against Dragon, Fairy, and Ice-type moves, but it’s resistant to Electric, Fire, Poison, and Rock-type attacks. For PvP, Garchomp has a maximum CP of 3,962, an attack of 218, a defense of 164, and a stamina of 200. In PvE for raids, Garchomp has an attack of 261, a defense of 193, and a stamina of 239. In both PvP and PvE, Garchomp has excellent stats. Because of its higher CP value, you only want to use it in the Master League. If it were to compete in the Ultra League, it would greatly underperform because of all of its stats being capped.

Here are all of the moves Garchomp can learn.

Fast moves

  • Dragon tail (Dragon-type) – 9 damage and 3.3 energy (3 damage per turn)
  • Mud shot (Ground-type) – 3 damage and 4.5 energy (1.5 damage per turn)

Charged moves

  • Earthquake (Ground-type) – 120 damage and 65 energy
  • Fire Blast (Fire-type) – 140 damage and 80 energy
  • Outrage (Dragon-type) – 110 damage and 60 energy
  • Sand Tomb (Ground-type) – 25 damage and 40 energy (100% chance to lower opponent’s defenses by one rank)

You don’t have a wide diversity of moves to pick from for Garchomp. The choices you do have are extremely nice, though. For Garchomp’s fast move, we recommend mud shot. It does quite a bit less damage than dragon tail, but the amount of energy it generates for each attack is extremely appealing. Even though dragon tail is useful against Dragon-type Pokémon, you can’t ignore the amount of energy Garchomp receives from mud shot. It’s why the many Ground-type Pokémon use this move in every level of the Battle League.

Next, we have Garchomp’s charged moves. These are the attacks that do the most damage to your opponent, and the less energy they use, the more useful they are. Take sand tomb, for example. While it only does 25 damage, you can use it for 40 energy, and it’ll lower the defense of the opponent every time it hits. This move is a great way for an opponent to waste a shield on Garchomp, leaving them exposed.

For your second charged moves, we highly recommend outrage. Of the three choices left, outrage uses the least amount of energy and does the most damage. That combination makes it a superior choice to earthquake and fire blast.

When it comes to using Garchomp, you’ll find that it is on the top of the list for the Master League meta almost every time. It’s difficult to defeat and even better at eliminating opponents. The best moveset you can give your Garchomp will be mud shot for its fast move, followed by sand tomb and outrage for its charged moves.