Best moveset for Machamp in Pokémon Go

What are the best moves?

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There are a variety of useful Pokémon for nearly any battle you encounter in Pokémon Go. It doesn’t matter what Pokémon you have to fight against, you can usually find the ideal candidate to take them on and counter them. For those looking for a Fighting-type Pokémon to use when battling a Team Rocket member, in a raid, or to use against other trainers, you want to consider Machamp, one of the best Fighting-type Pokémon available. What’s the best moveset it can learn?

Machamp is a Fighting-type Pokémon. It’s weak to Fairy, Flying, and Psychic-type moves, but it’s resistant to Bug, Dark, and Rock-type attacks. It has a maximum CP of 3,056, an attack of 234, a defense of 159, and stamina of 207. Despite not having the highest CP in the game, it’s an incredible Fighting-type Pokémon, and many trainers have likely seen another player use them in the battle league, the game’s PvP mode.

Here are all of the moves Machamp can learn.

Fast moves

  • Bullet Punch (Steel-type) – 6 damage, 3.5 energy per turn (3 damage per turn)
  • Counter (Fighting-type) – 8 damage, 3.5 energy per turn (4 damage per turn)
  • Karate Chop (Fighting-type) – 5 damage, 3.5 energy per turn (2.5 damage per turn)

Charged moves

  • Close Combat (Fighting-type) – 100 damage, and 45 energy (Has a 100% change to lower the user’s defenses by 2.)
  • Cross Chop (Fighting-type) – 50 damage, and 35 energy
  • Dynamic Punch (Fighting-type) – 90 damage, and 50 energy
  • Heavy Slam (Steel-type) – 70 damage, and 50 energy
  • Return (Normal-type) – 130 damage, and 70 energy
  • Rock Slide (Rock-type) – 80 damage, and 45 energy
  • Stone Edge (Rock-type) – 100 damage, and 55 energy
  • Submission (Fighting-type) – 60 damage, and 50 energy

Machamp has various charged moves choices to pick from, but its best fast move option is pretty obvious. You want to go with counter, hands down. It does the most damage of all the options and provides the same amount of energy. All of Machamp’s potential options provide the same energy, so it’s all about the type of damage it can dish out, which is equally important. Counter provides the most benefits.

For charged moves, you have a few more options. But we can eliminate several of them right off the bat. You don’t want to use return, submission, close combat, heavy slam, or stone edge. There are better options available to Machamp. Several Fighting-type Pokémon can use dynamic punch, and it’s a decisive move to use. However, cross chop is an excellent choice, and you can fire it off exceptionally quickly compared to everything else. Your Machamp can use cross chop significantly faster than its other options, with no adverse effects. For a second choice, rock slide is also capable of doing top damage.

A Machamp using counter for its fast move, and then cross chop and rock slide for its charged moves will typically yield the best results. Using dynamic punch instead of rock slide is a viable alternative if you want to double down on all Fighting-type charged moves. But rock slide ensures Machamp has the ideal amount of coverage to remain a threat, even against its weakness to Flying-type opponents.