Best Pokémon in the Kanto Cup in Pokémon Go – February 2021

The Kanto Cup has returned.

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With the Tour: Kanto event coming to a close in Pokémon Go, the end of February has nearly arrived. But it’s not over yet, and one of the final events of the Season of Celebration will be the Kanto Cup. It’s a Battle League event where players will pit their best Pokémon from the Kanto region against each other.

The Pokémon participating in this event must be one of the original 150 Pokémon, and they cannot exceed a CP value of 1,500. The event will be occurring from February 22 and continue until March 1. Here are the best Pokémon to use in the Kanto Cup from the available choices. Some of these Pokémon have been confirmed to be Kanto Pokémon that use their Alolan form, so those are allowed.

Lickitung

A more common Pokémon that players would imagine, but Lickitung is at the top of this competition list. It’s a Normal-type Pokémon capable of doing serious damage against nearly any competitor it faces in these battles. What makes it a good choice is the amount of defense and health it has. It has a variety of attacks available to it, making it a versatile choice to use in multiple situations, and is capable of being a flexible Pokémon when you’re making a full team.

The best moveset to give Lickitung for this competition will be the fast move lick, and the charged moves body slam and power whip.

Snorlax

Alongside Lickitung, we have Snorlax, another Normal-type Pokémon with an absurd amount of defense and health. It’s also the February research breakthrough Pokémon, meaning plenty of trainers likely have a few Snorlax in their collection. If you haven’t been powering it up too much, a Snorlax with a maximum CP of 1,482, or roughly around here, can compete in the Kanto Cup.

The best moveset Snorlax can use in these battles will be the fast move lick, and the charged moves superpower and body slam.

Alolan Marowak

If you’re a fan of fire dancers, then you need to consider using Alolan Marowak in your roster. While not incredibly powerful, this version of Marowak is great for a competition like this. It has a particular moveset that will be great against several Pokémon in the Kanto Cup, such as Lapras, Dewgong, Alakazam, and any Poison-type Pokémon.

There are several movesets you can give Alolan Marowak, but we recommend giving it the fast move fire spin and the charged moves shadow bone and bone club.

Lapras

Lapras is another strong contender that does excellent in the Ultra League. It’s a powerful Pokémon that any trainer should add to their collection whenever they have the opportunity. In this competition, you want to use it to take out powerful choices, such as Snorlax, Lickitung, and Wigglytuff. But you want to avoid facing off against any of the Grass or Electric-type Pokémon that are bound to be regular fighters. You’ll want to make sure to have a Ground or Fire-type Pokémon alongside it to protect an otherwise vulnerable Lapras.

The best moveset it can learn is ice shard for its fast move, and then skull bash and surf for its charged moves.

Alolan Muk

A unique Pokémon with a regular appearance in raids in the past is Alolan Muk, a Dark and Poison-type Pokémon. This is more of a niche choice for the Kanto Cup, but it can be instrumental in facing off against any of the Fairy, Ghost, Grass, or Psychic-type fighters. It’s primarily weak to Ground-type attacks and Pokémon but won’t win against several Fighting-type choices, such as Machamp and Farfetch’d. If you’re worried about fighting against any of the Pokémon Alolan Muk can counter, we recommend using it.

The best moveset it can learn is snarl for its fast move, and then dark pulse and sludge bomb for its charged moves.

Dewgong

Dewgong is another good Water-type Pokémon you can use, and it’s also an Ice-type. Dewgong will be great to use as a dual-type when fighting against any Dragon, Flying, Grass, Ground, or Rock-type Pokémon. For those worried about having an Electric or Fire-type Pokémon, Dewgong can be useful to keep in the back to help counter it. Because there are so many limited Dragon-type Pokémon in the overall Kanto roster, you don’t have to worry about those as much, but having a ground for Flying, Grass, and Ground-types helps quite a bit.

The best moveset Dewgong can use in this competition will be the fast move ice shard, and then the charged moves icy wind and water pulse.

Blastoise

For those looking for a powerful Water-type Pokémon with worthwhile defenses, Blastoise is a good choice. It’s capable of being a solid attacker and is capable of being the first Pokémon for you to use in your battle. It has reasonably good defenses, and if you teach it the exclusive move, hydro cannon, you’ll be able to blow away any Fire and Rock-type Pokémon that cross your path. There are several high-level Fire-type Pokémon for Blastoise to take out, such as Ninetails, Alolan Marowak, and Charizard.

The best moveset Blastoise can use in this competition will be using the fast move water gun, and then the charged moves hydro cannon and ice bream.

Venusaur

For those looking for a Grass-type Pokémon capable of taking a few hits, Venusaur is at the top of the list. It’s a Grass and Poison-type Pokémon, so it will be weak to Fire and Psychic-type Pokémon. Still, it’ll be able to fight against the many strong Water-type Pokémon that many trainers will be using in this competition, and it can win certain battles against Snorlax and Lickitung. You need to play your shields correctly, though.

The best moveset you can give Venusaur for this competition will be vine whip for its fast move, and then frenzy plant and sludge bomb. Frenzy plant is an exclusive move, so it isn’t easy to come by a Venusaur with it.

Zapdos

The final Pokémon we want to discuss is Zapdos, the Flying and Electric-type legendary bird. For trainers who have captured one in any of the many events it’s been featured in, you likely have a few with various power levels. If you have a Zapdos that meets the under 1,500 requirement, it’d be a great asset to have in this competition. You’ll need to pair it with Pokémon capable of defeating Snorlax or almost any Rock-type Pokémon featured in the Kanto region. These choices will destroy Zapdos, but picking a strong Water-type option can fix that.

For the Kanto Cup, make sure to use a Zapdos that use the fast move thunder shock, and then the charged moves drill peck and thunderbolt.

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