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

The Ultra League brings out more Pokémon Go player versus player battles

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It’s time to see who is the best of the best in the Ultra League. Pokémon Go players now have the opportunity to try out their stronger Pokémon in a competition made to test their skills. The Pokémon in this league may not exceed a maximum CP of 2,500. So long as you meet these conditions, you’re good to go. What are some great teams for players to try out and use in the competition? We also list out their best movesets.

Registeel, Swampert, and Togekiss

First up, Registeel is a powerful choice, one of the more powerful of the Regi Pokémon you can acquire in Pokémon Go. It’s making a return, along with the other two, in December, so it’s a good time to try it out. Swampert and Togekiss are excellent choices, both widely used in the Ultra League to round out your picks here.

  • Registeel: Lock on (fast move), focus blast, and flash cannon
  • Swampert: Mud shot (fast move), hydro cannon, and earthquake
  • Togekiss: Charm (fast move), ancient power, and flamethrower

Cresselia, Abomasnow, and Sirfetch’d

Cresselia has shown up a few times this year, giving trainers plenty of chances to acquire multiple candies for this Psychic-type Pokémon and level it up. If you want to try it, pair it up with Abomasnow and Sirfetch’d. Abomasnow has likely been a favorite for many these past few weeks, given its new Mega Evolution, but we recommend the shadow version for the best results if you want to to use it.

  • Cresselia: Psycho cut (fast move), future sight, and moonblast
  • Abomasnow: Powder snow (fast move), weather ball (ice), and energy ball
  • Sirfetch’d: Counter (fast move), close combat, and leaf blade

Giratina (Altered), Cobalion, and Gyarados

For those with multiple legendary Pokémon, Giratina (Altered) and Cobalion make a great team. Both were seen in the past few months, so any trainer keen on testing them out now have the opportunity. To round out the combination, add Gyarados to the equation, and you have a powerful Ultra League team.

  • Giratina (Altered): Shadow claw (fast move), dragon claw, and shadow sneak
  • Cobalion: Metal claw (fast move), sacred sword, and stone edge
  • Gyarados: Dragon breath (fast move), aqua tail, and crunch

Machamp, Drifblim, and Lapras

Machamp is an excellent Pokémon to use in the Ultra League. With its recent boost of having received the new Dark-type move payback, it’s even more powerful. You want to team it up alongside Drifblim and Lapras, all Pokémon capable of doing some heavy damage to Pokémon like Cresselia, Swampert, Articuno, Gengar, and Lugia.

  • Machamp: Counter (fast move), payback, and cross chop
  • Drifblim: Hex (fast move), shadow ball, and icy wind
  • Lapras: Ice shard (fast move), surf, and ice beam

Umbreon, Sirfetch’d, and Mewtwo (Armored)

If you want to change things up to use a bulky team, taking Umbreon out is a great option. It’s even better if you start leveling it up past 40 and give it XL candy to give it more strength, making it a powerhouse in the Ultra League. You’ll want to use Sirfetch’d and Mewtwo (Armored) to protect it. The biggest threats you have to worry about include Dragonite, Gardevoir, Charizard, Venusaur, and Genesect with a burn drive.

  • Umbreon: Snarl (fast move), foul play, and last resort
  • Sirfetch’d: Counter (fast move), close combat, and leaf blade
  • Mewtwo (Armored): Confusion (fast move), psystrike, and dynamic punch