Best moveset for Politoed in Pokémon Go

What are the best choices?

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Poliwag has two final evolutions in Pokémon, and you can acquire them both in Pokémon Go. You can pick between Poliwrath and Politoed. If you’re trying to figure which is the better option, we’ve already determined that Politoed is a better option, especially with the latest addition to its overall moveset. But how much does it change? Here, we’re going to break down Politoed’s moveset and why it’s a great choice for the Ultra League.

Politoed is a Water-type Pokémon. It’s weak to Electric and Grass-type moves, but it’s resistant against Fire, Ice, Steel, and Water-type attacks. It has a maximum CP of 2,449, an attack of 149, a defense of 153, and stamina of 175. Both Poliwhirl and Politoed greatly benefit in the Ultra League when it’s a shadow version. If you can get a shadow Politoed, its stats vary, with its attack increasing to 179 and its defense going down to 127. It has the same stamina. We highly recommend using a shadow version if you can.

Here are all of the moves Politoed can learn.

Fast moves

  • Bubble (Water-type) – 8 damage and 3.6 energy (2.6 damage per turn)
  • Mud Shot (Ground-type) – 3 damage and 4.5 energy (1.5 damage per turn)

Charge moves

  • Blizzard (Ice-type) – 140 damage and 75 energy
  • Earthquake (Ground-type) – 120 damage and 65 energy
  • Hydro Pump (Water-type) – 130 damage and 75 energy
  • Surf (Water-type) – 65 damage and 40 energy
  • Weather Ball (Water-type) – 60 damage and 35 energy

Politoed has several useful charge moves, and thankfully, it has an obvious fast move that is superior to the other. Of the two choices, mud shot is a far better choice than bubble. While bubble does decent damage, mud shot excels at giving Politoed plenty of energy for its charge moves, ultimately deciding the battle.

When it comes to charge moves, you can toss out several options to weigh Politoed down. You want to avoid using blizzard or hydro pump. While powerful, they require too much energy, and even if mud shot can produce 4.5 energy, these moves take too long to charge, leaving Politoed vulnerable during the battle. It would be best if you used fast choices. The Water-type version of weather ball is an obvious choice, and it’s a great option for players looking for a heavy hitter in their line-up. For the second charge move, you want to go with earthquake. While it does require quite a bit of energy, it’s a powerful Ground-type move that Politoed can use against Electric, Poison, Rock, and Steel-type Pokémon to make short work of them.

Politoed receives a pretty hefty boost by having weather ball added to its moveset. Couple it with the ability to have a shadow version of it, and you can do some serious damage. It might be difficult to pull off having a purified version, but you’ll probably be able to do some serious damage with it. Ensure your Politoed knows mud shot for its fast move, and then earthquake and weather ball for its charge moves.