Best moveset for Metagross in Pokémon Go

What are the best choices?

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Metagross is one of the better Pokémon you can obtain in Pokémon Go. It has great attack power, defenses, and an even better moveset that reflects its use in combat. But you can easily mess up Metagross’ moveset by picking the incorrect fast attack or choosing the weaker charged moves that make it obsolete when battling against specific Pokémon. It can be tricky to pick them out, but we’ve listed out all the options and cut the fat out to make it easier.

Metagross is a Psychic and Steel-type Pokémon. It will be weak to Dark, Fire, Ghost, and Ground-type attacks, but it’s resistant to Dragon, Fairy, Flying, Grass, Ice, Normal, Poison, Psychic, Rock, and Steel-type moves. With so many resistances, it’s clear why plenty of trainers use it in the Master League.

Metagross’ stats also set it apart in being a powerful Pokémon in PvP and PvE. In PvP, Metagross has a maximum CP of 3,791, an attack of 214, a defense of 192, and a stamina of 162. For PvE, it has an attack of 257, a defense of 228, and a stamina of 190.

These are all of the moves Metagross can learn.

Fast moves

  • Bullet Punch (Steel-type) – 6 damage and 3.5 energy (3 damage per turn)
  • Zen Headbutt (Psychic-type) – 8 damage and 2 energy (2.66 damage per turn)

Charged moves

  • Earthquake (Ground-type) – 120 damage and 65 energy
  • Flash Cannon (Steel-type) – 110 damage and 70 energy
  • Meteor Mash (Steel-type) – 100 damage and 50 energy
  • Psychic (Psychic-type) – 90 damage and 55 energy (10% chance for the attack to lower the opponent’s defense rank by 1)

Metagross has two choices for its fast attack. Of the two, we highly recommend you go with bullet punch. It may not have the best overall damage compared to zen headbutt, it provides nearly twice as much energy, which Metagross can use to fire off its more powerful charged moves. The damage difference between these two is made up by the amount of energy bullet punch generates.

For the charged move, you want to consider the type of Pokémon Metagross will be battling, and the how much energy its fast move is going to generate. Luckily, this Pokémon has an attack that generates energy at a quick pace, meaning it can use its charged attacks far more often. Of the choices, your first pick should be meteor mash, Metagross’ exclusive move it can only learn during specific times in Pokémon Go, or by you using an Elite Charged TM item.

The second choice is a toss-up between psychic and earthquake. Of the two choices, we recommend earthquake given the amount of power it has behind the attack, compared to the energy. However, some trainers, especially in the Master League, have had success with a Metagross that also knows psychic in its charged moves, so it’s a worthwhile option to consider based on the team you want to use alongside your Metagross. However, we’re going to recommend earthquake on Metagross for most players.

Overall, Metagross is an excellent Pokémon, and it’s relatively easy for trainers to come across its first form, Beldum. You can typically find it in the wild or battle against Arlo to acquire one. While it might be the shadow version, you can always purify it or exchange it for more candy.

The best moveset for Metagross to learn is bullet punch for its fast move and earthquake and meteor mash for its charged moves.