The Ultra League Premier Cup tier list in Pokémon Go Battle League Season 8 – August 2021

What’s a good Pokémon you can use?

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When it comes to picking out Pokémon for the Ultra League, you have a variety of choices in Pokémon Go. You have even more choices in the Premier Cup version of this. The Premier Cup works similar to the regular Ultra League competition where any Pokémon you use cannot exceed 2,500. However, the big difference is you cannot use any mythical or legendary Pokémon. Every other Pokémon is fair game, though. The Ultra League Premier Cup will go from August 9 to 23. In this guide, we’re going to detail a tier list for the best Pokémon for you to consider using in the Ultra League Premier Cup in Pokémon Go.

We also have a guide detailing the best Pokémon teams for the Ultra League Premier Cup.

Premier Cup Ultra League tier list

Lead tier list

The Lead Pokémon in your team will be the first Pokémon in your roster that you throw into battle. You want to make sure they’re a bulky option. They’re capable of putting some heavy pressure against them.

TierPokémon
SAbomasnow, Dragalge, Jellicent, Nidoqueen (Shadow), Primeape, Scrafty, Stunfisk (Galarian), and Swampert
ADrifblim, Lucario, Machamp (Shadow), Magnezone, Meganium, Sirfetch’d, Skarmory, and Talonflame
BDragonite (Shadow), Escavalier, Ferrothorn, Gallade, Mantine, Ninetales (Alolan), Politoed (Shadow), and Toxicroak
CAltaria, Bellossom, Drapion, Gallade (Shadow), Gengar, Granbull (Shadow), Seisimitoad, and Serperior
DCrobat (Shadow), Flygon (Shadow), Gliscor, Lapras (Shadow), Pelipper, Steelix, Umbreon, and Zangoose

The Lead Pokémon will be capable of battling for a good chunk of the fight. The more bulk it has, and even a fast attack that it can spam makes it much more desirable. You want to reserve using at last one shield on it.

Switch tier list

The Switch Pokémon in your team will be the choice you use to deal a massive amount to an opponent in a short amount of time. They want to be a glass cannon capable of punching through nearly any opponent.

TierPokémon
SBouffalant, Drapion (Shadow), Gallade, Goodra, Nidoqueen (Shadow), Roserade, Stunfisk (Galarian), and Zangoose
ADragalge, Gengar, Gyarados (Shadow), Jellicent, Pelipper, Politoed (Shadow), Snorlax (Shadow), and Venusaur
BLucario, Meganium, Muk (Shadow), Ninetales (Alolan), Seaking, Sirfetch’d, Skuntank, and Umbreon
CCrobat (Shadow), Flygon (Shadow), Froslass, Galvantula, Obstagoon, Rapidash (Galarian), Tangrowth, and Whiscash
DBlaziken, Gliscor (Shadow), Hypno, Mantine, Perrserker, Pinsir (Shadow), Scolipede, and Vigoroth

The Switch Pokémon in your roster needs to be one with the most attack power. You want to use it to counter any of your Lead Pokémon’s weaknesses. You want to use one shield to protect it, and potentially use both of them.

Closer tier list

The Closer Pokémon is the bulkiest Pokémon in your team. It’s capable of taking the most damage and doing a decent amount back. It’s not the most powerful, but its defenses are superb.

TierPokémon
SElectivire (Shadow), Hariyama (Shadow), Heracross, Hitmontop, Magnezone (Shadow), Skarmory (Shadow), Stunfisk (Galarian), and Venusaur (Shadow)
AAbomasnow (Shadow), Ludicolo, Roserade, Sirfetch’d, Staraptor, Steelix, Swampert (Shadow), and Talonflame
BAlomomola, Banette (Shadow), Cradily, Gallade (Shadow), Lanturn, Manectric (Shadow), Muk (Alolan), and Ninetales (Alolan)
CBlastoise, Excadrill, Goodra, Honchkrow, Politoed, Raichu, Scrafty, and Slowbro (Galarian)
DAmpharos, Clefable, Drifblim, Empoleon, Froslass, Kingdra (Shadow), Lucario, and Zebstrika

You want to choose between a defensive Pokémon or one that’s capable of overpowering any other opponent. You don’t want to reserve any of your shields for this Pokémon, instead, using it on your Switch or Lead choices.