The Battle League has returned to Pokémon Go with Season 8. With the Great League coming to the end, the Ultra League begins, and alongside it, the Premier Ultra Leagues. You can choose to participate in both of them at the same time, depending on the type of Pokémon you’ve been catching and training to compete against other players.
There are a few differences between the regular Ultra League and the Premier Ultra League. Both leagues require players to only use Pokémon that do not exceed 2,500 CP. In the Premier Ultra League, no mythical or legendary Pokémon are allowed to compete, but XL Pokémon are completely fine. We highly recommend bringing as many XL Pokémon that do not exceed 2,500 CP to every fight. They’re going to be frequently used.
The best Pokémon teams for the Premier Ultra League
Shadow Nidoqueen, Primeape, and Umbreon
A Pokémon not many players expected to be talking about for the Premier Ultra League was Nidoqueen, and the shadow version at that. However, at the start of Season 8, several Poison-type moves were given a buff, and many of them are in Nidoqueen’s moveset. Because of that, she’s a much more serious Pokémon, and is an ideal Lead choice in this competition. To back her up, we’re going to recommend Primeape as the Switch Pokémon, and Umbreon as the robust Closer pick.
- Nidoqueen: Poison jab (fast move), earth power, and poison fang
- Primeape: Counter (fast move), night slash, and close combat
- Umbreon: Snarl (fast move), foul play, and last resort
Scrafty, Zangoose, and Skarmory
Scrafty is a solid Dark and Fighting-type Pokémon that you will see frequently used in the Premier Ultra League. It has a solid defense and attack, making it a suitable starting Pokémon. To support it, we’re going to recommend Zangoose and Skarmory. You want to keep Zangoose in the Switch slot, capable of swapping into a fight when Scrafty is looking a little rough. With Skarmory, you can reserve it until the final fight, and it’ll withstand most Pokémon.
- Scrafty: Counter (fast move), foul play, and power-up punch
- Zangoose: Shadow claw (fast move), close combat, and night slash
- Skarmory: Air slash (fast move), brave bird, and sky attack
Galarian Stunfisk, Heracross, and Drifblim
Galarian Stunfisk can be used in nearly any position in Pokémon Go’s battle league. You’re more than likely going to see it as a Lead or Closer choice, but if you wanted to catch an opponent off guard, we highly recommend using it as a Switch Pokémon. To back it up, you’re going to want to use Heracross as a Closer Pokémon, and then Drifblim as your Lead.
- Galarian Stunfisk: Mud shot (fast move), rock slide, and earthquake
- Heracross: Counter (fast move), close combat, and megahorn
- Drifblim: Hex (fast move), icy wind, and shadow ball
Shadow Abomasnow, Dragalge, and shadow Swampert
A shadow Abomasnow is a deadly Pokémon that remains quite bulky, even as a shadow version. While it does lose some defenses, its stamina keeps it going, and it makes it a suitable Lead Pokémon that can deal some heavy damage. For its partners, we’re going to recommend Dragalge, a Dragon and Poison-type that has been rising in the ranks, and then the shadow version of Swampert.
- Shadow Abomasnow: Powder snow (fast move), weather ball (Ice-type), and energy ball
- Dragalge: Dragon tail (fast move), aqua tail, and outrage
- Shadow Swampert: Mud shot (fast move), hydro cannon, and earthquake
Jellicent, Gallade, and Sirfetch’d
Jellicent is a worthwhile Pokémon that you can use as your Lead. It’s quite bulky, and it benefits from having a good amount of shield pressure with its abilities, and charged moves. It’s more of an aggressive lead Pokémon. Next to it, we’re going to recommend you use Gallade as a Switch Pokémon, with a variety of unique attacks in its movesets. For the closer Pokémon, you want to use Sirfetch’d, which is also an aggressive choice.
- Jellicent: Hex (fast move), bubble beam, and shadow ball
- Gallade: Confusion (fast move), close combat, and leaf blade
- Sirfetch’d: Counter (fast move), leaf blade, and brave bird