Best moveset for Tyranitar in Pokémon Go

What are the best moves?

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If you’re looking for a worthy Pokémon to use in the Ultra or Master Leagues in Pokémon Go, Tyranitar is an excellent choice. It’s a solid Pokémon with several decent stats, and it can be used in various groups, depending on what Pokémon you have available to pair alongside it. You can also expect to get some use out of Tyranitar during a decent amount of five-star raids. To optimize your Tyranitar, we’ve listed out the best moves it can learn and why they’re the top choices.

Tyranitar is a Dark and Rock-type Pokémon. It’s weak to Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, and Water-type moves, but it’s strong against Dark, Fire, Flying, Ghost, Normal, Poison, and Psychic-type attacks. It has a maximum CP of 3.834, an attack of 210, a defense of 174, and stamina of 189. Because of how many things it’s weak against, Tyranitar can be a difficult pairing, but if you’re looking for a specific counter in a Master League team, it’s a solid choice. You have to be specific about it and weigh your options.

Here are all of the moves Tyranitar can learn.

Fast moves

  • Bite (Dark-type) – 4 damage and 2 energy (4 damage per turn)
  • Iron Tail (Steel-type) – 9 damage and 2 energy (3 damage per turn)
  • Smack Down (Rock-type) – 12 damage and 2.6 energy (4 damage per turn)

Charge moves

  • Crunch (Dark-type) – 70 damage and 45 energy
  • Fire Blast (Fire-type) – 140 damage and 80 energy
  • Stone Edge (Rock-type) – 100 damage and 55 energy

Tyranitar has several weaknesses, which makes it a hard Pokémon to line up in a group. But it’s moveset is fairly clean, making it easy to narrow down. When you’re considering its fast moves, smack down is the best of the available choices. Not only does it do the most damage, but it also provides the most energy every time Tyranitar uses it, giving you more chances to use the available charge moves.

Tyranitar doesn’t have a lot of options for the three charge moves, but that’s not the worst thing in the world. Of the three, you can toss out fire blast. It requires twice as much energy as crunch does, and while it is twice the damage, you won’t be able to use it as often during a battle. You’re better off sticking with crunch and stone edge to whittle down an enemy’s Pokémon during a battle effectively. Hopefully, before you’re using Tyranitar, you’ve already removed their shields so these attacks can go straight into your opponent.

When you consider Tyranitar, you have to be careful, and if you’re not, you’re going to feel like it’s a wasted Pokémon in your line up. It takes a bit of careful planning to make it a good choice, and if you give Tyranitar its best moveset of smack down for its fast move and then crunch and stone edge for its charge moves, you’re good to go in any Master League battle.