Best teams for the Great League in Pokémon Go Battle League Season 9 – October 2021

The Pokémon Great League has returned for the second half of Season 9.

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A new series of Great League battles are about to take place through the second half of October in Pokémon Go. So far, there are have been no mid-season adjustments for Season 9, which is unexpected. However, it could mean that Niantic is gearing up for even more changes for 2022, especially with the announcement of larger tournaments taking place. The choices you made for teams during the first half of Season 9 are still going to be worthwhile, but we will make any updates if adjustments are made the day of the event.

These rounds of Great League battles will take place from October 11 to 25.

Pidgeot, Politoed, and Bastiodon

If you’ve been waiting since Season 8 to try out Pidgeot, the Pokémon team has now made it possible for all trainers to use it. We recommend giving it a try in the Lead role. You want to bring Politoed in the Switch role and then Bastiodon in the Closer role for backup.

  • Pidgeot: Gust (fast move), feather dance, and brave bird
  • Politoed: Mud shot (fast move), weather ball (Water), and earthquake
  • Bastiodon: Smack down (fast move), stone edge, and flamethrower

Medicham, Sableye, and Azumarill

Medicham is a solid Lead Pokémon that is difficult to beat in the Great League. Unfortunately, things have not changed too much yet, and we cannot recommend this Pokémon enough. In the Switch role, you want to give it to Sableye and then have Azumarill in the Closer role as the final Pokémon on your team.

  • Medicham: Counter (fast move), ice punch, and psychic
  • Sableye: Shadow claw (fast move), foul play, and return
  • Azumarill: Bubble (fast move), ice beam, and hydro pump

Ninetales (Alolan), Stunfusk (Galarian), and Altaria

We’re going to be featuring the Alolan form of Ninetales, a quick fighter that can spam its abilities for this team. It’s also a flexible choice, but we’re going to place it in the Lead role for this team. For the Switch role, we recommend Galarian Stunfisk, a powerful Pokémon that players always use in the Great League, and in the Closer role, you want to use Altaria.

  • Ninetales (Alolan): Powder snow (fast move), weather ball (Ice), and dazzling gleam
  • Stunfisk (Galarian): Mud shot (fast move), rock slide, and earthquake
  • Altaria: Dragon breath (fast move), sky attack, and moonblast

Swampert (Shadow), Galvantula, and Skarmory (Shadow)

Swampert is another Pokémon that most players use throughout any of the given Pokémon Go Battle League competitions. Niantic typically has to ban it from being used for players not to use it. It’s a suitable Pokémon to place in the Lead role, alongside Galvantula in the Switch role and the shadow form of Skarmory as the Closer.

  • Swampert (Shadow): Mud shot (fast move), hydro cannon, and sludge wave
  • Galvantula: Volt switch (fast move),
  • Skarmory (Shadow): Air slash (fast move), brave bird, and sky attack

Jellicent, Vigoroth, and Regice

The last team we want to recommend features Jellicent, the Ghost and Water-type Pokémon, in the Lead role. It’s one of the best attackers in this competition, and it’s a bulky choice, making it hard to defeat. In the Switch role, you want to use the Normal-type Vigoroth, and then the legendary Ice-type Pokémon, Regice, as the Closer.

  • Jellicent: Hex (fast move), bubble beam, and shadow ball
  • Vigoroth: Counter (fast move), body slam, and bulldoze
  • Regice: Lock on (fast move), blizzard, and earthquake