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. What’s more, Metagross has some excellent stats that boost it even further. In PvP, it 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. Metagross also has a shadow version, but it’s not as effective as the original.

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)

The best fast attack to give Metagross is bullet punch. It’s better than zen headbutt. While zen headbutt does have greater overall damage, in damage per turn, it fails, and even worse, it provides Metagross with less energy. The more energy Metagross receives, the more charged moves it can fire off, doing even more damage to an enemy.

With Metagross’ fast move out of the way, the charged moves are up next. You have four choices, with the best being meteor mash. It’s a Steel-type move, meaning Metagross receives a same type attack bonus (STAB) modifier, increasing the damage. Unfortunately, it’s Metagross’ exclusive move, so you’ll have to teach it to them during special occasions or when you receive an Elite Charged TM. For the second choice, it’s a toss up between earthquake and psychic. Both are reliable options for Metagross. Although, psychic is less useful than earthquake. With earthquake, Metagross can take on Melmetal, Dialga, Mamoswine, Kyurem, Latios, Dragonite, Lugia, Palkia, and several others notably used in the Master League.

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. Make sure your Metagross learns bullet punch for its fast move, and then earthquake and meteor mash for its charged moves.