If you’d rather avoid battling against any of the legendary or mythical Pokémon in the Pokémon Go Battle League, we recommend you participate in the Premier Cup. It’s available only distinct times, and for Season 7 of the PvP competitions, you can only find it in the Ultra League. That means players do have a distinct cap on their choices. You will not be able to use any Pokémon that has a 2,500 CP. So long as they’re not a legendary or a mythical Pokémon, it’s fair game in this competition. There are a variety choices that you can pick from, and when you’re building a team, you want to make sure they can protect one another and cover their weaknesses.
Best Pokémon Teams for the Premier Cup Ultra League
Talonflame (XL), Chesnaught, and Venusaur
A new Pokémon that every player should consider using in the Premier Cup is Talonflame. It recently received quite a bit praise following its March Community Day where it was able to learn incinerate, increasing its overall value. It’s typically referred to as the Fire-type Skarmory. You can use it alongside Chestnaught and Venusaur to do some heavy damage, and take out plenty of players in the Premier Cup.
- Talonflame: Incinerate (fast move,) brave bird, and flame charge
- Chestnaught: Vine whip (fast move), superpower, and energy ball
- Venusaur: Vine whip (fast move), frenzy plant, and sludge bomb
Umbreon (XL), Alolan Raichu (XL), and Charizard
If you’re a player who regularly catches a lot of Eevee Pokémon, you probably have a solid stockpile of their candy and XL candy. We recommend you put all of that into creating an Umbreon, and then power it up using XL candy. You’ll have a great Dark-type Pokémon to use in the Ultra League, and it shines in the Premier Cup. We recommend pairing it with an Alolan Raichu that also has been boosted by XL candy, and a Charizard.
- Umbreon: Snarl (fast move), foul play, and last resort
- Alolan Raichu: Volt switch (fast move), wild charge, and thunder punch
- Charizard: Dragon breath (fast move), blast burn, and dragon claw
Ampharos, Gallade, and Talonflame (XL)
If you’re looking for another team to use with your Talonflame, we recommend checking out Ampharso and Gallade. Gallade is an interesting choice because it can be used in the Master League, but even at a capped CP, it’s still exceptionally good, especially against Machamp, Sirfetch’d, Swampert, Lapras, Jellicent, or even Politoed. To finalize your team, Ampharos is a good pick to assist with protecting against any of Talonflame’s counters.
- Ampharos: Volt switch (fast move), focus blast, and thunder punch
- Gallade: Confusion (fast move), close combat, and leaf blade
- Talonflame: Incinerate (fast move), brave bird, and flame charge
Politoed (XL), Togekiss, and Magnezone
Politoed received a new moveset following the second half of Season 6 for the Pokémon Go Battle League. Niantic gave it the ability to learn weather ball (Water-type), increasing its overall value in the meta, and making it a viable Pokémon trainers could try out for the Premier Cup. We recommend using it alongside Togekiss and Magnezone, both veterans of the league capable of taking out most opponents they encounter.
- Politoed: Mud shot (fast move), weather ball (Water-type), and earthquake
- Togekiss: Charm (fast move), aerial ace, and flamethrower
- Magnezone: Spark (fast move), wild charge, and mirror shot
Skarmory (XL), Gengar, and Galarian Stunfisk (XL)
The last team we want to discuss features Skarmory. It’s a Pokémon plenty of players have seen and used in the Great League, but with the addition of XL candy, you can push it past its previous limits and use it in the Ultra League. It won’t be as powerful as Talonflame, but with the correct team, you can do some real damage. We recommend using it alongside Gengar and Galarian Stunfisk, another Pokémon would see in the Great League that you can use in the Ultra League thanks to XL candy.
- Skarmory: Air slash (fast move), brave bird, and sky attack
- Gengar: Shadow claw (fast move), shadow ball, and shadow punch
- Galarian Stunfisk: Mud shot (fast move), rock slide, and earthquake