Best movesets for Obstagoon in Pokémon Go

Obstagoon is available in Pokémon Go.

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Obstagoon makes its debut during the Pokémon Go Champion Throwback Challenge. All trainers have the chance to capture one by attempting to hatch it through 7-kilometer eggs. It starts as a Galarian Zigzagoon and then requires additional candies to evolve it. Those lucky enough to evolve it to its final form, Obstagoon, will want to figure out what type of moves are available.

Obstagoon is a Dark and Normal-type Pokémon. It has a maximum CP of 2,652, an attack of 180, a defense of 194, and stamina of 212. It is weak to Bug, Fairy, and Fighting-types. However, it is resistant to Dark, Psychic, and Ghost-types. With a decent CP that reaches above 2,500, it can be viable in the Ultra League, but you’ll need to pair it with specific choices.

Here are all of the moves Obstagoon can learn.

Fast moves

  • Counter (Fighting-type) – 8 damage, and 3.5 energy per turn (4 damage per turn)
  • Lick (Ghost-type) – 3 damage, and 3 energy per turn (3 damage per turn)

Charge moves

  • Cross Chop (Fighting-type) – 50 damage and 35 energy
  • Gunk shot (Poison-type) – 130 damage and 75 energy
  • Hyper Beam (Normal-type) – 150 damage and 80 energy
  • Night Slash (Dark-type) – 50 damage and 35 energy (12.5% chance to increase user’s attack by two ranks)

There are some pretty obvious choices for a good Obstagoon moveset in both categories. For its fast attack, you want to pick counter every single time. Counter beats out lick in overall damage and energy, making it the number one choice for anyone who wants to use Obstagoon in your roster.

For the next options, you want to remove hyper beam. Hyper beam won’t do you any favors, even if it has the greatest damage. It costs too much energy to be effective. Your first charge should be night slash, it has some decent damage, and it’s fairly low energy cost, making it an optimal choice.

The final charge move, you typically want to go with gunk shot. While it has twice as much energy as both cross chop and night slash, its damage is excellent, and is extremely type-specific, making it a great option for players who want to hit Fairy or Grass-type. However, you can exchange it for cross chop, but you probably want to build a specific team with Obstagoon to prepare for it to be a bit squishy since it’ll have two Fighting-type attacks.

Overall, Obstagoon is a specific choice. It’s good in the Great league but falls short in the Ultra unless you build a team around it. The best fast move it can learn is counter, and the best charge moves are gunk shot and night slash.