Best moveset for Magmortar in Pokémon Go

What are the best moves?

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Magmortar can be a good Pokémon, and if you plan to use it in Pokémon Go, you need to build your team around to use it against other players. With it being purely a Fire-type Pokémon, you can expect to counter any Water or Rock-types you face. But it’s receiving a new move that it can use following Magmar’s Community Day, and it changes the overall moveset up a bit. Although, not by much.

Magmortar is a Fire-type Pokémon. It’s weak to Ground, Rock, and Water-type moves, but it’s resistant to Bug, Fairy, Fire, Grass, Ice, and Steel-type attacks. It has a maximum CP of 3,152, an attack of 247, a defense of 172, and stamina of 181.

These are all of the moves Magmortar can learn.

Fast moves

  • Fire Spin (Fire-type) – 9 damage, 3.3 energy per turn (3 damage per turn)
  • Karate Chop (Fighting-type) – 5 damage, 3.5 energy (2.5 damage per turn)

Charge moves

  • Brick Break (Fighting-type) – 40 damage and 35 energy
  • Fire Blast (Fire-type) – 140 damage and 80 energy
  • Fire Punch (Fire-type) – 55 damage and 40 energy
  • Psychic (Psychic-type) – 90 damage and 55 energy (10% chance to lower an opponent’s defense by one rank)
  • Thunderbolt (Electric-type) – 90 damage and 55 energy

For Magmortar’s fast move choices, there’s really only one, and that’s fire spin. Karate chop won’t be able to do as much damage overall compared to fire spin, and fire spin will be the best way for Magmortar to optimize their STAB, giving them an edge whenever they land a hit with the attack.

When it comes to the charge moves, though, you have a bit more diversity. Although, you want to toss out fire blast and psychic. Those won’t do too well compared to the other three options, and they give Magmortar far more damage capabilities.

When it comes down to it, you want a Magmortar that knows thunderbolt. It will be able to do heavy damage to any Water-type Pokémon it fights, but it works as well against any Ground or Rock-types, Magmortar’s other weaknesses. But it does help against water attacks, giving it a slight edge. You want to decide if you want to double down on Magmortar’s STAB effect to give it fire punch, or if you want to use all different attack types for each move and use brick break. Both are good, worthy options.

When it comes down to it, thunderbolt will be helping Magmortar quite a bit, but it doesn’t change that much. You’ll still need to build your Pokémon roster around Magmortar. When you want to use one with the best moveset, make sure it knows fire spin for its fast move and then thunderbolt for its charge move. For its second charge move, you can choose between fire punch of brick break.