A typical choice many players are likely to see in the Pokémon Go Ultra and Master League is Swampert. The Pokémon features a powerful overall moveset, great stats, and only weak to one type of move. This ideal combination makes it a worthwhile choice when battling other trainers, and if you can get your hands on one with ideal IVs, you can see some serious success. The next thing you need to do is figure out the best moveset.
Swampert is a Ground and Water-type Pokémon. It’s only weak to Grass-type moves, and it’s resistant to Electric, Fire, Poison, Rock, and Steel-type attacks. It has a maximum CP of 2,974, an attack of 176, a defense of 150, and stamina of 189. While it doesn’t have the highest stats, they run more right in the middle, and only having one weakness means the opposing team has to specialize against it.
These are all of the moves Swampert can learn.
- Mud Shot (Ground-type) – 3 damage and 4.5 energy (1.5 damage per turn)
- Water Gun (Water-type) – 3 damage and 3 energy per turn (3 damage per turn)
- Earthquake (Ground-type) – 120 damage and 65 energy
- Hydro Cannon (Water-type) – 80 damage and 40 energy
- Muddy Water (Water-type) – 35 damage and 35 energy (30% chance to lower an opponent’s attack by one rank)
- Sludge Wave (Poison-type) – 110 damage and 65 energy
- Surf (Water-type) – 65 damage and 40 energy
Swampert’s fast move choices are pretty safe. Of the two, you want to go with mud shot. It’ll generate more energy for each attack, allowing you to use Swampert’s charge moves far more often, which is where the real damage happens.
To capitalize on Swampert’s charge move power, you want to make sure you pick the best options. You have some really critical choices to make, and it may even change based on your overall team composition. For example, earthquake and sludge wave are fairly similar, but if you have another Pokémon with a diverse use of Ground-type attacks, and you need a Poison-type, picking a Swampert with sludge wave is better. But if you want better, raw damage, earthquake is the way to go. Although, of the choices, muddy water is probably not one you want to use unless you plan on using Swampert to burn an enemy’s shields, which it can do with this ability. But you’re better off using another Pokémon who can generate a lot of energy.
Hydro cannon, though, will be Swampert’s bread and butter. It’s a powerful move that doesn’t cost too much, and Swampert receives a STAB modifier for it, so even better. However, it’s a Community Day move, so unless you want to use an Elite Charge TM for it or capture one during that exclusive day, you’re a bit out of luck. You’ll probably want to go with surf, over that one.
Swampert is a tough topic. It’s a mighty Pokémon, and if you build your team correctly, you can protect it and use its sheer strength to handle some of the toughest opponents. But you might falter on picking the best moveset. For Swampert’s fast move, you always want to go with mud shot. It provides the most energy. When it comes to choosing a charge move, hydro cannon is a huge must, and if you can’t get it, then go with surf. For raw power, you want to go with earthquake for its second choice.