The Ultra League Premier Cup works a bit differently than the standard Ultra League rankings in Pokémon Go. They have similar rules in only allowing Pokémon with a maximum of 2,500 CP, but you also cannot use any legendary or mythical Pokémon. So don’t expect to encounter a Regice, Registeel, Mewtwo, or any other Pokémon you might obtain from a rare reward or a five-star raid. You’ll stick to more common Pokémon, and for some trainers, that’s just fine.
The Ultra League Premier Cup appears alongside the Ultra League, so you can choose to participate in both of them at the same time.
Jellicent is a Pokémon that was introduced during the second half of Pokémon Go’s Season 6. Players can earn it by reaching rank 20 and earning a Pokémon encounter after defeating other trainers. It’s an excellent Pokémon and a worthwhile option for anyone interested in competing in the Ultra League. Jellicent is a Water and Ghost-type Pokémon, making it weak to Dark, Electric, Ghost, and Grass-type attacks, but resistant to several others. Its primary moveset will take down Dragon, Flying, Ghost, Grass, Ground, and Psychic-type Pokémon, making it perfect for the Ultra League Premier Cup.
Mandibuzz is another strong choice for the Ultra League Premier Cup. It’s a bulky Pokémon, able to go toe-to-toe with plenty of major fighters, such as Venusaur, Gengar, Swampert, Jellicent, Gallade, and others. It’s going to be weak to Electric, Fairy, Ice, and Rock-type moves, so you’ll want to avoid sending it out at the start of a battle. It’ll be a good switch Pokémon that you throw to your opponent to throw them off, and other teammates near it can throw out reliable damage.
Umbreon is easily the best Eevee evolution in Pokémon Go. Because these evolutions are not too powerful, you want to use Umbreon in the Ultra League Premier Cup outside of raids. Arguably, you can use it in the regular Ultra League, but there are a few other choices you may want to consider before using it. Umbreon will be a good option to use against Psychic-types, but that’s a limited moveset, so you’ll want to make sure you round out the rest of your team with those that can damage a variety of Pokémon types.
Clefable is a reliable option for this Premier Cup. It’s a Fairy-type with a pretty decent moveset that makes it a reliable damage dealer in battles. You’ll be able to take out Pokémon like Machamp, Sirfetch’d, Blaziken, Gallade, Hariyama, Dragonite, and Drifblim. It’s only weak to Poison and Steel-types, so you’re fairly safe from a wide variety of Pokémon. You primarily have to worry about Magnezone, Gengar, Politoed, Toxicroak, Lapras, and several others, especially Venusaur.
Politoed recently a pretty great buff and increased its ranking in the Ultra League thanks to the fact it can now use weather ball (Water-type) alongside its mud shot and earthquake. It’s become a much bigger threat, and you can expect to see plenty of trainers using it a lot more in the Ultra League. You’ll have to be careful of Electric-type attacks, but Politoed can take out various other Pokémon types, making it a dangerous adversary.
Togekiss is a useful Pokémon for both the Ultra and Master Leagues. You’ll primarily see it in the Master League, and some could argue it’s more useful there, but it’s an effective option in the Ultra League Premier Cup. Much like Clefable, you’ll be able to take on Machamp, Sirfetch’d, Swampert, Dragonite, Heracross, and several other frequently used Pokémon. The big downside is Togekiss is weak to Electric, Ice, Poison, Rock, and Steel-type Pokémon, so you have to be careful who you pair it with to make sure you cover those weaknesses.
Scrafty is always a solid option. It’s a Dark and Fighting-type Pokémon, ideal to battle against several options. You can use it to take down Magnezone, Electivire, Lapras, Empoleon, Gengar, and a few others. It’ll be weak when battling against any Fairy-type Pokémon. It’s an ideal option to battle other Dark, Ice, Normal, Rock, or Steel-type Pokémon, so you probably want to use it to fill in any gaps in your team where you already have consistent coverage.
Ferrothorn is another great option that can dish out heavy damage and take quite a bit of it as a Steel-type. The problem is because it’s a Grass and Steel-type, it melts when battling against Fire-type Pokémon, but there are plenty of Water and Rock-type Pokémon to help protect it, so that’s not the worst thing in the world. It’s strong against various Pokémon, given its moveset, but you have to be careful of Fighting and Fire-type moves.
Granbull is similar to Clefable, but with its best moveset, you’ll be able to use Fighting and Dark-type moves, making it a better fighter. It’s slightly weaker due to its lower stats, but if you pair it up with Flygon, Sirfetch’d, Politoed, Gengar, Sceptile, or Heracross, you can have a pretty reliable team in the Premier Cup. While Clefable might be a better option, Granbull is still a solid choice in a pinch. It can beat many of the same Pokémon, such as Machamp, Sirfetch’d, Hariyama, Escavalier, and Lapras.
The last Pokémon we’ll discuss is Lapras. It’s a Water and Ice-type Pokémon, capable of battling against a variety of Pokémon. It’ll be able to endure against Ice and Water-type moves, but it can do heavy damage to Flying and Ground-type Pokémon. You’ll want to be careful of Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Rock-types. There are several specific meta choices in the Ultra League Premier Cup that Lapras will not win against, such as Sirfetch’d, Machamp, Poliwrath, Alolan Golem, Meganium, and Obstagoon. Still, it’s widespread damage to most Pokémon and a large amount of health makes it a worthwhile option. While it won’t be amazing taking out several Pokémon, it’s decent at hitting many of them, and it’s sturdy, so if you have other attackers that can be super effective against many of them, you’ll excel with Lapras.