The Fighting Cup tier list in Pokémon Go – August 17, 2022

Bring your best Fighting-types.

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It’s time to show off your best fighting styles in Pokémon Go with your preferred Fighting-type team. This is the Fighting Cup, and you will need to think up some creative compositions if you want to come out on top. You will have the opportunity to participate in this competition for a limited time, alongside the Great League. This guide covers the tier list for the best Pokémon in the Fighting Cup in Pokémon Go.

Fighting Cup tier list

The Fighting Cup will be a battle where you can only use Fighting-type Pokémon of any kind. However, you will not be permitted to use a Psychic-type Pokémon, even if they are considered a Fighting-type.

Related: The best Pokémon Teams for the Fighting Cup in Pokémon Go

Lead tier list

Your Lead Pokémon is the first choice you use in every battle. You want it to have a healthy balance of attack power and defenses. If it has too much attack power, it will faint too early, or you won’t have enough time to swap it out for one of your two other choices. We usually recommend you use at least one of your shields on this choice.

TierPokémon
SGalarian Farfetch’d, Hitmonchan, Machoke, and Poliwrath
AHakamo-o, Machamp, Sirfetch’d, and Toxicroak
BBuzzwole, Heracross, Kommo-o, and Throh
CCombusken, Primeape, Sawk, and Sneasler
DChestnaught, Falinks, Galarian Zapdos, and Scrafty

Switch tier list

The Switch Pokémon is the one you typically swap out for your first choice, especially if your Lead Pokémon is fighting against something it is weak against. Your Switch Pokémon will have the highest attack power, capable of taking down several foes before falling itself. Therefore, we recommend reserving at least one, sometimes two, shields for it when battling an opponent.

TierPokémon
SBuzzwole, Hakamo-o, Hitmonchan, and Toxicroak
AGalarian Farfetch’d, Hisuian Sneasel, Machamp, and Sirfetch’d
BBlaziken, Kommo-o, Primeape, and Sneasler
CHeracross, Hitmontop, Poliwrath, and Sawk
DFalinks, Gurdurr, Haryiama, and Machoke

Closer tier list

The Closer Pokémon is the final Pokémon you use in your roster. It typically has the highest defenses of any Pokémon in your roster and is suitable to hold the line against the last Pokémon your opponent is using. We don’t recommend reserving any shields for this Pokémon, but that may vary based on your battle.

TierPokémon
SHakamo-o, Poliwrath, Sirfetch’d, and Sneasler
ABewear, Chesnaught, Machamp, and Sawk
BBuzzwole, Galarian Farfetch’d, Pangoro, and Toxicroak
CGalarian Zapdos, Hisuian Sneasel, Machoke, and Mienshao
DBlaziken, Heracross, Hitmonchan, and Primeape