Best teams for the Premier Cup Ultra League in Pokémon Go – January 2021

What choices do you have?

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If you want to rank up in Pokémon Go’s PvP system, you have to be willing to battle trainers through various challenges and meet certain conditions. There are numerous leagues and cups in the PvP league, giving trainers the chance to use various Pokémon, rather than continually using a certain team in every battle. That’s the case for the Premier Cup for the Ultra League, where players have to use Pokémon that do not need to exceed the maximum CP of 2,500, and trainers cannot use any mythical or legendary Pokémon. What are the best choices for teams you can use?

Jellicent, Alolan Ninetales, and Flygon

For those who want to test out a new Pokémon, Jellicent is an excellent choice. It’s a Ghost and Water-type Pokémon that you can only earn by reaching rank 20 in the Pokémon Go league. Despite it being added during the second half of Pokémon Go’s Battle League Season 6, it’s a strong choice, but it has a few weaknesses. You want to use Alolan Ninetales and Flygon to protect against those, and you’ll be able to take advantage of Jellicent’s unique typing.

  • Jellicent: Bubble (fast move), bubble beam, and shadow ball
  • Alolan Ninetales: Powder snow (fast move), weather ball (Ice-type), and psyshock
  • Flygon: Mud shot (fast move), dragon claw, and stone edge

Galarian Stunfisk, Drifblim, and Sirfetch’d

A notable Pokémon that is consistently used in the Great and Ultra Leagues is Galarian Stunfisk. It’s a Ground and Steel-type Pokémon, making it a tough Pokémon that only a handful of adversaries can takedown. You’ll have to protect against Machamp, Escavalier, Venusaur, Swampert, Blazkien, and several others. To protect against those counters, Drifblim and Sirfetch’d are excellent choices, with Sirfetch’d being one of the stronger Ultra League Pokémon you can bring into a battle.

  • Galarian Stunfisk: Mud shot (fast move), rock slide, and earthquake
  • Drifblim: Hex (fast move), icy wind, and shadow ball
  • Sirfetch’d: Counter (fast move), close combat, and leaf blade

Abomasnow, Togekiss, and Hariyama

A notable Pokémon that has been a fairly common staple in the Ultra League is Abomasnow, and it continues to reign in the Premier Cup. Abomasnow is a Grass and Ice-type Pokémon that can take out notable fighters like Venusaur, Electivire, Politoed, and Jellicent. Other meta choices can take it down, so you’ll want to bring the heavy fighter, Togekiss, to protect it. Hariyama is another useful option that you can partner with Abomasnow.

  • Abomasnow: Powder snow (fast move), weather ball (Ice-type), and energy ball
  • Togekiss: Charm (fast move), flamethrower, and aerial ace
  • Hariyama: Counter (fast move), close combat, and heavy slam

Swampert (Shadow), Gallade, and Magnezone

Another Pokémon you want to consider adding to your roster is Swampert. It’s a formidable fighter that is difficult to surpass, especially because it only has one weakness. You’ll want to partner it with specific Pokémon to help protect that weakness, and a good option is Gallade and Magnezone. These two are also difficult to counter, and your opponents will have to react quickly to overcome them.

  • Swampert (Shadow): Mud shot (fast move), sludge wave, and hydro cannon
  • Gallade: Confusion (fast move), leaf blade, and close combat
  • Magnezone: Spark (fast move), wild charge, and mirror shot

Machamp (Shadow), Dragonite, and Alolan Muk

A powerful Pokémon to add to your team is Machamp, and if you can get a shadow version, you’re going to do even better. It’s a strong Pokémon, capable of taking out Gengar, Gallade, Jellicent, Swampert, and several others. You’ll want to partner it up with Dragonite to protect against any other Fighting or Psychic-types, and Alolan Muk can do some heavy damage against Fairy, Grass, and Psychic-type Pokémon.

  • Machamp (Shadow): Counter (fast move), rock slide, and cross chop
  • Dragonite: Dragon breath (fast move), hurricane, and dragon claw
  • Alolan Muk: Snarl (fast move), dark pulse, and sludge wave