Best movesets for Pidgeot in Pokémon Go

What are the best choices?

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Every Pokémon trainer who’s ever played Pokémon Blue or Red probably remembers the first time they encountered a Pidgey. It was a small bird Pokémon that was instrumental in serving as the starting captured Pokémon for many aspiring trainers. Now, in Pokémon Go, trainers will probably start to rethink the usually overlooked Pokémon with Pidgeot receiving its Mega Evolution, Mega Pidgeot.

Additionally, those who participate in the Flying Cup and attempt to evolve their Pidgey into its final form, Pidgeot, can teach it gust, a decent fast move exclusively available for a limited time. The Flying Cup takes place on September 24 from 6 PM to 11:59 PM in your local time. You must evolve your Pidgey all the way up to a Pidgeot to have it learn gust. We know it’s a fast move, but we’ll have to wait to see how it increases Pidgeot’s overall standing when it officially releases.

Pidgeot is a Normal and Flying-type Pokémon. It has a maximum CP of 2,129, an attack of 166, a defense of 154, and a stamina of 195. Unfortunately, because of its lower CP, you probably don’t want to use it in the Ultra or Master League levels of the Battle League. But it’s a decent option for those who want to use a powerful Flying-type Pokémon in the Great League.

The fact it can become Mega Pidgeot might boost it quite a bit, though. The stats of Mega Pidgeot increases its maximum CP to 3,680, an attack of 280, a defense of 175, and a stamina of 195.

Here are all of the moves Pidgeot can learn.

Fast moves

  • Air Slash (Flying-type) – 11.6 DPS – 8.33 energy gain
  • Steel Wing (Steel-type) – 13.7 DPS – 7.5 energy gain
  • Wing Attack (Flying-type) 10 DPS – 12.7 energy gain

Charge moves

  • Aerial Ace (Flying-type) – 55 power, 33 energy
  • Air Cutter (Flying-type) – 60 power, 50 energy
  • Brave Bird (Flying-type) – 90 power, 100 energy
  • Hurricane (Flying-type) – 110 power, 100 energy

We’ll be updating this list of moves, and the best choices, once we have more information about gust.

Of the choices available, you probably want your Pidgeot to have the fast move wing attack. The attack doesn’t deal the most damage, but you gain the most energy from it. The more you use it, the more your Pidgeot can fire off its charge move, which should be hurricane. Hurricane has the highest amount of power of its charge moves. However, the big problem with having wing attack as your go-to option for its fast attack is its a legacy move, so unless you’re willing to give up an Elite Fast TM, you probably don’t have a Pidgeot that can learn it.

A good runner-up would be to use air slash and hurricane, or air slash and aerial ace. Aerial ace is the weakest. You can use it the most frequently, forcing your opponent to waste their shields. Because Pidgeot is not a top-tier option for any of the PvP Pokémon Go teams, you want to remove your opponent’s shields and force them to have none when they fight your superior choices.

Hopefully, when you unlock access to Mega Pidgeot, these choices make it shine whenever you use it in a Battle League battle, or when battle in a raid with your friends.