The ball has started to roll for Pokémon Go’s Battle League, and it’s Season 7. The first in the series of competitions will be the Great League, and the meta has changed a bit since the start of 2021. Players have discovered what Pokémon are standout choices that everyone should be using, and Niantic included a few adjustments of their own during the middle of Season 6. Those changes have carried over.
The first Great League competition for Battle League Season 7 starts on March 1 and continues until March 15. You can use any Pokémon in these competitions, so long as they do not exceed 1,500 CP.
The Great League is always a sure sign to signal how the rest of the season will turn out. We’ve listed out our favorite Pokémon everyone trainer should consider using in these battles.
Best Pokémon in the Great League
Abomasnow has been a staple in the Great League for quite some time. It’s risen to even higher ranks due to its ability to achieve its mega evolution, and it’s even stronger in the Ultra League. However, because of how useful it is in the Great League, we recommend trainers use it in these battles.
The best moveset Abomasnow can use is powder snow for its fast move, weather ball (Ice-type), and energy ball for its charged moves.
Azumarill is a common sight in nearly every Great League battles since the first season. It’s hard to not recommend this Pokémon because of how easy it can be to get this Pokémon’s candies and make it even stronger. However, because of how widely used it is, players regularly bring Electric, Grass, and Poison-type Pokémon to battle it, so we recommend using Fire, Ground, or Psychic-types alongside Azumarill.
The best moveset Azumarill can use is bubble for its fast move, and then ice beam and hydro pump for its charged moves.
Bastiodon is a rare Pokémon that we highly recommend for any trainer who can potentially use it. It’s a Rock and Steel-type Pokémon, giving it a huge advantage against various Pokémon in the Great League. It’s heavily weak to Fighting, Ground, and Water-type moves, so you have to be extra careful about those, but with the correct team chosen for it, Bastiodon can rise in the ranks.
The best moveset Bastiodon can learn is smack down for its fast move, and then stone edge and flamethrower for its charged moves.
Galarian Stunfisk is one of the top ranked Pokémon in the Great League, for good reason. It’s a Ground and Steel-type Pokémon, similar to Bastiodon, with nearly identical weaknesses except for Fire-type moves. It’s also weak to Fire-type attacks, so we recommend teaming it up with a Rock or Water-type Pokémon. Galarian Stunfisk is hard to match, and most Pokémon fail when attempting to beat it, so try to use it on your team.
The best moveset Galarian Stunfisk can learn is mud shot for its fast move, and then rock slide and earthquake for its charged moves.
For players who were able to capture a Frillish during the back half of Season 6, you might have been able to evolve it into a Jellicent. It’s a Water and Ghost-type Pokémon, and while it is new, it’s more than capable of rumbling against some of the top Great League competitors. It has decent stats but an even better moveset that makes it a good choice for your team.
The best moveset Jellicent can use is the fast move bubble and then bubble beam and shadow ball for its charged moves.
For those looking for a worthwhile Steel-type Pokémon, Skarmory is a good choice. It’s still weak to Electric-type moves and Fire, but those are the only weaknesses you need to be concerned about. That leaves you free to focus on protecting those weaknesses and then using Skarmory as a final Pokémon. Some players have chosen to use Skarmory as the first choice and then swap it out for the last one to close out the fight. How you use it is up to you. We recommend using it as the lead Pokémon.
The best moveset Skarmory can use in the Great League is air slash for its fast move and then brave bird and sky attack for its charged moves.
For those looking for a Water and Ground-type Pokémon, Swampert is the primary Pokémon everyone thinks about using. It’s only weak to Grass-types, so if you have a Bug, Fire, or Flying-type Pokémon with Swampert, you can battle against that one weakness and use this Pokémon to dominate the Great League. Almost every trainer is trying to build a team to fight against Water-types, so we can’t recommend having a counter to them, especially when you use a Water-type Pokémon on your team.
The best moveset Swampert can learn is mud shot for its fast move, and then hydro cannon and sludge wave for its charged moves.
The final Pokémon we want to recommend to trainers is Venusaur. It’s a Grass and Poison-type Pokémon, which means it will be weak against Fire, Flying, Ice, and Psychic-type moves. Being weak to Ice and Psychic is not the best because you can see plenty of useful choices in the Great League that utilize these attacks. However, Venusaur is a fairly sturdy Pokémon, with a high defensive stat, making it a Pokémon you want to pick to lead with or use as your final one. We recommend using it as the closer Pokémon, as it’s capable of granting you a victory when it’s backed into a corner.
The best moveset Venusaur can use in the Great League is vine whip for its fast move, and then frenzy plant and sludge bomb for its charged moves.
Top Great League Pokémon
These are other Pokémon we highly recommend every trainer to also consider for their Great League team if they’re looking for additional choices for the March 2021 battles.
- Alolan Marowak
- Alolan Ninetales