Best Pokémon for the Great League in Pokémon Go (2021)

The best Pokémon to use in the Great League.

You can make numerous Pokémon choices in Pokémon Go’s Great League to use to battle other trainers. The more victories you earn, the more rewards you receive from a given set, which means you are rising in the player ranks. But when deciding what Pokémon to use in the Great League, what are the best choices?

If you’re looking for the best Great Leagues teams to use in Pokémon Go, we have that listed out elsewhere.

Best Pokémon to use in the Great League


Since the first season of the Great League, Azumarill has been the top choice for any team. It’s a powerful Pokémon that’s under the 1,500 CP cap, and plenty of players have been able to use it to claim victory. It’s a common standard for any Pokémon trainer interested in battling. If you don’t have an Azumarill in your line-up, you’re better off preparing to counter it. It’s best moveset is bubble, ice beam, and hydro pump.

Galarian Stunfisk

The Galarian version of Stunfisk is a powerful choice. The standard Stunfisk is a Ground and Electric-type, but the Galarian Stunfisk is a Ground and Steel-type. That small difference is enough to make it a powerful choice for the Great League, along with its powerful moveset. Although, of the potential choices, it’s the toughest to secure as Galarian Stunfisk have only appeared at specific times or were available in certain eggs. You might find it hard to find, but it’s well worth your time. Galarian Stunfisk’s best moveset is mud shot for its fast attack, and rock slide and earthquake for its charge moves.


For those looking for another solid choice, Medicham has been a highlight for quite a long time, much like Azumaril. It can battle and take on several of the other notable meta choices in the Great League, and its coverage-wide moveset makes it a suitable choice to fight in multiple battles. It doesn’t do well against specific choices, but those Pokémon are a bit more difficult to acquire. Medicham’s best moveset is counter for its fast move, and then ice punch and psychic for its charge moves. We recommend you use the shadow Pokémon version if you can.


Machamp is another powerful Pokémon to use in the Great League, and it can be used in a variety of leagues. Not only does it excel here, but you can also expect to see it in the Ultra and Master League, depending on a trainer’s roster. It’s excellent at taking down Galarian Stunfisk, Bastiodan, or Altaria. However, it does lose to Azumarill. Overall, Machamp has a variety of uses, so having one in your back pocket never hurts. The best moveset for Machamp to use is counter for its fast move, and then cross chop and rock slide for its charge moves.


Much like Machamp, Swampert is another active Pokémon you’ll find throughout the Pokémon Go league. It’s used in both the Great, Ultra, and Master league, depending on what a trainer uses. In the Great League, it’ll be excellent to use against Alolan Marowak, Skarmory, and Galarian Stunfisk, but it fails to fight well against Azumarill, Altaria, or Meganium. You have to be a bit more careful about how you use Swampert. The best moveset it can use is mud shot for its fast move, and then hydro cannon and sludge wave for its charge moves.


Arguably, Diggerby was the weakest Pokémon to arrive from the Kalos region. However, because of how durable it is and a maximum CP of 1,509, it’s perfect for the Great League. It excels at battling of variety of Pokémon because it’s a Normal and Ground-type Pokémon. You can use it against Galarian Stunfisk, Skarmory, or even Deoxys (defense). If you could capture a perfect IV Diggersby, the Great League is an excellent place to use it. The best moveset it can learn is mud shot for its fast attack, and then fire punch and earthquake for its charge moves.


Altaria is an interesting Pokémon. It’s a Dragon and Flying-type that you can receive after securing enough candy for it, which can take quite a bit of time. But if you really want to use it in the Great League, that candy grind is a worthwhile endeavor. It’s capable of taking down powerful Great League contenders and protect some of your weaker Pokémon. The best moveset Altaria can learn is dragon breath for its fast move, and then sky attack and dragon pulse for its charge moves.


Sableye is an underdog choice that works with specific Pokémon. You want to use it against Hypno, Alolan Marowak, Deoxys (Defense), and Scrafty. It’s not one you want to use in every Great League Pokémon battle, but its overall consistency is extremely nice because so many players use it. The type coverage of its attacks are lacking, and you need to make up for that with your other Pokémon members. Sableye’s best moveset consists of shadow claw for its fast move, and then foul play and return for its charge moves.


Sirfetch’d is another extraordinary Pokémon that you want to use in specific situations. While a great offensive Pokémon, it lacks certain defenses to stay up forever. You want to use it against trainers who use Galarian Stunfisk, Whiscash, and Umbreon. It might be difficult for you to capture, but it’s a worthwhile Pokémon to have, and it’s also good in the Ultra League. The best moveset Sirfetch’d can learn is counter for its fast attack, and then leaf blade and close combat for its charge moves.


The final Pokémon we’re going to recommend trainers use in the Great League is Mantine, the Water and Flying-type Pokémon. While extremely weak to Electric-type attacks, its moveset is ideal for battling Pokémon like Skarmory, Altaria, and Alolan Marowak. This Pokémon has a chance to be a bit more common than others on this list, but it’s still a bit difficult to capture. The best moveset Mantine can have will be bubble for its fast move, and then bubble beam and ice beam for its charge moves.