Best Pokémon teams for the Master League Classic in Pokémon Go – December 2020

Time for the Master League competitions to begin.

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The Master League Classic cup in Pokémon Go pits some of the best trainers against others who also have some of the best Pokémon in the game. It’s a brutal fight with no CP limit, and the only limitation in it is that players will not be able to use any Pokémon that have received an XL candy. You can only use XL candy on a Pokémon after you go beyond level 40 and start making your way towards reaching level 50, thereby making your Pokémon even stronger. Other than the no XL candy rules, the Master League Classic works normally.

Here are some of the best teams you should consider when competing in this mode.

Best Pokémon Teams for the Master League Classic

Groudon, Togekiss, and Regirock

The first choice we have is Groudon, one of the most powerful Ground-type Pokémon in the game. It’s a legendary Pokémon, and it can cause even more damage with the fire punch charge move in its arsenal. It has plenty of counters, though, so you’ll want to use it alongside Regirock and Togekiss. Regirock recently returned to five-star raids for a limited time not too long ago, so you can expect plenty of trainers had the chance to capture them.

  • Groudon: Mud shot (fast move), earthquake, and fire punch
  • Togekiss: Charm (fast move), ancient power, and flamethrower
  • Regirock: Lock on (fast move), stone edge, and focus blast

Melmetal, Girtina (Origin), and Gyarados

If you have the rare opportunity to add Melmetal to your Pokémon Go roster, you’ll be surprised to learn how powerful it is in terms of PvP. It’s capable of being a tough foe, and if you use it with Giratina (Origin) and Gyarados, you can compete against several teams. You’ll want to be careful with Gyarados, and you have to choose wisely when to best use it as a counter.

  • Melmetal: Thunder shock (fast move), superpower, and rock slide
  • Giratina (Origin): Shadow claw (fast move), shadow ball, and ominous wind
  • Gyarados: Dragon breath (fast move), aqua tail, and crunch

Snorlax (Shadow), Palkia, and Regice

For those who may not consider Snorlax a threat, you may not have tried using them in their shadow form. It’s a hearty Pokémon that’s capable of taking quite a bit of damage, and it can dish out plenty of its own. Alongside it, you’ll want to use Palkia and Regice, the latter of the two which recently returned to five-star raids, so plenty of trainers should have one available.

  • Snorlax (Shadow): Lick (fast move), body slam, and superpower
  • Palkia: Dragon breath (fast move), aqua tail, and draco meteor
  • Regice: Lock on (fast move), blizzard, and earthquake

Mewtwo, Giratina (Origin), and Togekiss

For those who have been waiting to use Mewtwo, now is the time to toss it out against other trainers. You can expect plenty of others are ready to take it down, so you’ll want to bring Giratina (Origin) and Togekiss to back it up. This trio should prove a handful for plenty of players, although a Mewtwo will be hard-pressed to capture.

  • Mewtwo: Psycho cut (fast move), psystrike, and focus blast
  • Giratina (Origin): Shadow claw (fast move), shadow ball, and ominous wind
  • Togekiss: Charm (fast move), ancient power, and flamethrower

Zekrom, Lugia, and Groudon

You can also throw another excellent team at your opponent features Zekrom, alongside other legendary Pokémon, Lugia and Groudon. These three should be able to cover each other’s weaknesses, and they can counter multiple adversaries. Given how much power Lugia’s new charge move, aeroblast, can do, you may want to reserve them for the final option because it requires a lot of energy to use.

  • Zekrom: Dragon breath (fast move), wild charge, and crunch
  • Lugia: Dragon tail (fast move), aeroblast, and sky attack
  • Groudon: Mud shot (fast move), earthquake and fire punch