The best Pokémon teams for the Ultra League in Pokémon Go Season 9 – September 2021

The Ultra League has returned.

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The Ultra League has arrived for the first rotation during Pokémon Go’s Battle League Season 9. There were not too many changes between seasons 8 and 9, so plenty of players will likely be using many of the previous teams they were already using for 2021. We have a few standout choices that are continual favorites from players whenever a new Ultra League rolls around. These are some of the best teams we’re going to recommend players give a try during the September 2021 competitions.

The best Pokémon teams for the Ultra League

Talonflame, Lapras, and Steelix

When you’re looking to start off fighting with a Pokémon that can do plenty of damage, Talonflame is a superb choice. It has the capacity to have plenty of shield pressure and has excellent momentum, making it a solid Lead choice. For your switch, we’re going to recommend you use Lapras, which is pretty bulky for a Pokémon that can also do a lot of damage and can spam its fast and charged moves. When it comes to a Closer Pokémon, Steelix will be difficult to put down.

  • Talonflame: Incinerate (fast move), brave bird, and flame charge
  • Lapras: Ice shard (fast move), surf, and ice beam
  • Steelix: Dragon tail (fast move), crunch, and earthquake

Galarian Stunfisk, Drapion (shadow), and Hitmontop

There are only a handful of Pokémon that you can use in the Ultra League that are better than Galarian Stunfisk, but this is an outstanding choice for nearly any team. Not only is it a powerful Pokémon the Great League, but with XL candy, Galarian Stunfisk dominates as a Lead Pokémon in the Ultra League. You can have Drapion as a shadow Pokémon in the Switch role, capable of spamming its attacks and applying plenty of shield pressure. For your Closer, we’re going to recommend Hitmontop, which is capable of being a flexible option with plenty of fast move and shield pressure.

  • Galarian Stunfisk: Mud shot (fast move), rock slide, and earthquake
  • Drapion (shadow): Poison sting (fast move), crunch, and aqua tail
  • Hitmontop: Counter (fast move), close combat, and stone edge

Nidoqueen (shadow), Swampert, and Registeel

For those enjoying the changes that came to Season 8 with the adjustments to Poison-types, having Nidoqueen, a shadow version, as your Lead Pokémon is a solid choice. It’s capable of having very spammy attacks, it has a decent amount of defenses, and it can be used in multiple roles. While acting as a Lead Pokémon, we recommend having Swampert in the Switch role and then Registeel in the Closer position.

  • Nidoqueen (shadow): Poison jab (fast move), poison fang, and earth power
  • Swampert: Mud shot (fast move), hydro cannon, and earthquake
  • Registeel: Lock on (fast move), flash cannon, and focus blast

Abomasnow, Politoed (shadow), and Lugia

Another bulky Lead Pokémon option many trainers like to use in the Ultra League is Abomasnow. While it is quite vulnerable to Fire-type moves, it can pack a punch and has swift attacks. We recommend using Politoed, the shadow version, in the Switch role, and Lugia as a Closer to counter that Fire-type types.

  • Abomasnow: Powder snow (fast move), weather ball (Ice-type), and energy ball
  • Politoed (shadow): Mud shot (fast move), weather ball (Water-type), and blizzard
  • Lugia: Dragon tail (fast move), sky attack, and aeroblast

Deoxys (Defense), Muk (shadow), and Blastoise

The final team we’re going to recommend you try using in the Ultra League features Deoxys Defense Forme in the Lead Role. This is a very robust Pokémon with a lot of heavy defenses. You may want to swap out your Switch choice, Muk, the shadow version, a little bit earlier if you’re having trouble eliminating a certain opponent. For your Closer, Blastoise is a solid choice that can do plenty of damage and remains a bulky option.

  • Deoxys (Defense): Counter (fast move), psycho boost, and rock slide
  • Muk (shadow): Poison jab (fast move), dark pulse, and thunder punch
  • Blastoise: Water gun (fast move), hydro cannon, and ice beam