Pokémon Go‘s battle league is broken up into three divisions. There’s the Great League, the Ultra League, and the Masters League. They’re similar, but a little different when it comes to the rules of what Pokémon they allow you to use to fight. For the Ultra League, you can only use Pokémon that are at, or below, a max CP of 2,500. If you have any Pokémon above this limit, you are not able to use them. You have to think about your team a little bit more when you want to compete.
You have a variety of choices to pick from, and a big problem is knowing what the place together. Mostly, you won’t know what you’re up against until you face another trainer in the PvP mode. We created a handful of potential teams of the best Pokémon for you to pick and their best moves. You may want to become familiar with battle league terms to help you climb through the ranks of each league.
Some of these Pokémon vary in how expensive they are to unlock their second charge move using stardust and candies. Think about picking and choosing your team based on your limited resources. You may want to mix and match these choices to better fit what you’ve been facing in the Ultra League.
Giratina (Altered), Deoxys (Defense), Mew
Giratina (Altered) is a Ghost and Dragon-type Pokémon capable of dealing out extensive amounts of damage with its shadow claw, dragon claw, and ancient power moves. However, it’s weak to Dark, Dragon, Fairy, Ghost, and Ice-type Pokémon, meaning you need to cover these potential contenders with your other Pokémon. Deoxys (defense) is a great Pokémon to open up with that can lash out against most opponents using counter, psycho boost, and rock slide. However, if you have one, Mew is a great back-pocket Pokémon being a pure Psychic-type with shadow claw, overheat, and psyshock.
Swampert, Venasaur, Gallade
Swampert is an excellent choice to start a fight with given it only has one true weakness as a Water and Ground-type, which is grass. You want a Swampert that can use mud shot, hydro cannon, and earthquake. You can cover that Grass-type weakness with a heavy Venasaur, a Grass, and Poison-type Pokémon capable of dishing out its powerful damage, but you may find it’s lacking when facing off against a Giratina. You want it to use vine whip, frenzy plant (if you have it), and razor leaf. Don’t be afraid to use your Gallade, a Fighting and Psychic-type Pokémon with it using confusion, leaf blade, and close combat.
Giratina (Altered), Venasaur, Registeel
Many have figured out that Giratina is going to be the main fighter in the Ultra League for Pokémon Go. To counter it, trainers are likely going to use a Steelix, Melmetal, or a Scizor, to name a few. With Girantina in your team, you want to cover these potential counters by using a Venasaur, who can stand up to many of these Pokémon. You want to rely on Venasuar’s Grass-type moves to fight them. An excellent Pokémon to use to bring about a suitable victory is Registeel, a Steel-type capable of using lock-on, flash cannon, and focus blast.
Togekiss, Scrafty, Regirock
Togekiss is another notable Pokémon for the Ultra League. It’s a heavy performer with the ability to counter Gigantina, but it can quickly be taken down by a sturdy Steel-type with charm, ancient power, and flamethrower. You want to use Scrafty to help cover those gaps, capable of dishing out some severe damage, and having some suitable defenses. You want the Dark and Fighting-type Scrafty that knows counter and power-up punch to handle those pesky Steel-types. When push comes to shove, though, having a Regirock to help out should serve you well. You want your Regirock to know lock-on, stone edge, and focus blast. Scrafty is a new Pokémon to the game, so you may not have immediate access to it.
Poliwrath, Snorlax, Muk (Alola)
Poliwrath is a reliable Water and Fighting-type Pokémon, but unfortunately, it has plenty of weaknesses in Electric, Fairy, Flying, Grass, and Psychic-type attacks. Because of these notable weaknesses, you want to be careful when bringing it into a fight. You want it to know bubble, power-up punch, and ice punch to deal a significant amount of damage. To protect it, you can always switch to a formidable Snorlax, a Normal-type Pokémon only weak to Fighting-types. Snorlax can learn a variety of moves, but you want to use one that knows lick, body slam, and earthquake. Alternatively, switching out earthquake for superpower or outrage works too. For your final choice, Muk (Alola) is a reliable third option, and you want one to know snarl, dark pulse, and sludge wave, but you can switch that one out for acid spray.