Best Pokémon teams to use in Flying Cup in Pokémon Go

What Pokémon teams should you make?

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Right before season 5 of the battle league starts in Pokémon Go, a final, special cup will be held called the Flying Cup. It was previously expected to happen much earlier than this, but developer Niantic pushed it back for several weeks due to certain circumstances. Now, the event will occur from November 5 at 5 PM to November 6 at 12 AM. There will be several exclusive rewards for players who participate during these leagues, such as being able to teach Pidgeot gust.

The conditions to compete in this cup is the Pokémon players want to use must be a Flying-type, and they must be 1,500 or less. These are the best teams you can create meeting those conditions. Because of how limited the pool is, you’re bound to see fairly similar combinations with minor changes.

Mantine, Aerodactyl (Shadow), and Zapdos

The first Pokémon you want to look at are Mantine, Aerodactyl (shadow), and Zapdos. Zapdos is an excellent choice, with most Flying-types being weak to Electric, attacks, and Zapdos and protect against it. Unfortunately, that still leaves the Ice-type weakness that many Flying-types suffer. Mantine can use ice beam to exploit that weakness, making it an effective Pokémon but is fragile to Electric-types, so Aerdactyl (shadow) is good protection for it and has some decent moves itself.

  • Aerodactyl (Shadow): Rock throw (fast move), rock slide, and iron head
  • Mantine: Bubble (fast move), bubble beam, and ice beam
  • Zapdos: Thundershock (fast move), thunderbolt, and drill peck

Emolga, Skarmory, Altaria

Emolga is one of the ideal Pokémon choices to use in this competition. Much like Zapdos, it is an Electric and Flying-type, but it too suffers from an Ice-type weakness. Skarmory doesn’t have this problem, but it is still weak to any Electric-type attacks. To help round it out, you can use Altaria, a Pokémon resistant to Electric-type attacks but severely weak to Ice-type moves.

  • Emolga: Thunder shock (fast move), thunderbolt, and discharge
  • Skarmory: Steel wing (fast move), brave bird, and sky attack
  • Altaria: Dragon breath (fast move), sky attack, and dragon pulse

Skarmory (Shadow), Zapdos, and Articuno (Shadow)

Skarmory (shadow) is also a solid choice. It’s similar to its original form in many ways and paired with the legendary birds Zapdos and Articuno (shadow), you’ll be off the races. However, Articuno’s shadow form is pretty rare to retrieve outside of having attended Pokémon Go Fest 2020, so the regular version works fine here.

  • Articuno (shadow): Ice shard (fast move), icy wind, and ancient power
  • Skarmory (shadow): Air slash (fast move), brave bird, and sky attack
  • Zapdos: Thunder shock (fast move), thunderbolt, and drill peck

Emolga, Pelipper, and Mantine

You can use Emolga in a different set utilizing Pelipper and Mantine. While both are heavily weak to Electric-type attacks, they both utilize Ice-type moves that, when paired with Emolga, can take down a vast majority of the Flying-type Pokémon teams.

  • Emolga: Thunder shock (fast move), thunderbolt, and discharge
  • Pelipper: Water gun (fast move), weather ball, and blizzard
  • Mantine: Bubble (fast move), bubble beam, and ice beam

Aerodactyl (Shadow), Skarmory, and Zapdos

Another combination you can use focuses on Aerodactyle (shadow). It’s a Flying and Rock-type Pokémon, making it effective against any of the Electric-type choices you might fight. Although, it’s still weak to Ice-type moves, as is Zapdos. But Skarmory doesn’t take extra damage to these attacks. It’d be a solid choice to round this team.

  • Aerodactyl (shadow): Rock throw (fast move), rock slide, and iron head
  • Skarmory: Steel wing (fast move) , brave bird, and sky attack
  • Zapdos: Thunder shock (fast move), thunderbolt, and drill peck