The Ultra League tier list in Pokémon Go Season 9 – October 2021

What are the best options?

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When picking your Pokémon teams for Pokémon Go’s Battle League, your choices will change based on what competition is happening and what Pokémon you have available to you. For this guide, we’re going to focus on a tier list for the Ultra League from October to November 2021, featuring Pokémon Go’s season 9 meta.

You can only pick from three Pokémon to have in your team. For the Ultra League, you can use any Pokémon, so long as they do not exceed that 2,500 CP cap. For your three Pokémon, you’ll be picking a Lead, a Switch, and a Closer for your team, each of them serving a purpose to defeat any opponent you face in the Battle League. Many of these Pokémon will need to utilize XL candy.

The Ultra League tier list

Lead tier list

The Lead Pokémon in your team will be the first one you use in a fight. They want to be a bulky option, capable of standing alone in a battle, but they might rely on a single shield to keep them up.

TierPokémon
SAbomasnow, Articuno, Galarian Stunfisk, Nidoqueen (Shadow), Pidgeot, Talonflame, and Trevenant
ACofagrigus, Drapion (Shadow), Greedent, Lapras, Mandibuzz, Steelix, Swampert, and Umbreon
BDrifblim, Forretress, Gengar, Obstagoon, Skarmory, Snorlax, Suicune, and Sylveon
CAlolan Muk, Charizard, Flygon (Shadow), Gliscor, Gourgeist, Milotic, Primeape, and Regirock
DAromatisse, Gyarados, Lucario, Machamp, Ninetales, Pangoro, Sirfetch’d, and Togekiss

These will be Pokémon choices that you want to have enough bulk to last in a fight, but they also want to have a suitable amount of attack power to knock out most Pokémon they face. The fewer weaknesses they have, the better they’ll be. Don’t be afraid to use at least one shield on them.

Switch tier list

The Switch Pokémon is the choice in your roster that you swap in when your lead Pokémon is being countered or is fighting against one of their weaknesses. You want to treat your Switch Pokémon in your team as the glass cannon, capable of defeating any Pokémon they face.

TierPokémon
SGreedent, Lapras, Mandibuzz, Politoed (Shadow), Registeel, Trevenant, Umbreon, and Zangoose
ACofagrigus, Drapion, Drifblim, Gourgeist, Perrserker, Pidgeot, Regirock, and Snorlax
BCradily, Genesect (Douse), Machamp, Magnezone (Shadow), Malamar, Regice, Steelix, and Whiscash
CClefable, Crustle, Gengar, Gyarados, Porgyon 2, Swampert, Sylveon, and Tangrowth
DBlastoise, Cloyster, Gardevoir, Giratina (Origin), Lugia, Obstagoon, Skarmory, and Venusaur

If you’re using your Switch Pokémon, they’re going to be geared to cut through any opponent they face. You can work them to become the counter to any Pokémon that would be your Lead Pokémon’s weaknesses if you prefer. You want to reserve at least one, potentially two, shields for this Pokémon.

Closer tier list

The Closer Pokémon in your roster will be the final one you use. This is because you want it to be the largest bulk and have the best defenses.

TierPokémon
SHo-Oh, Lugia, Regirock, Registeel, Steelix, Swampert, Talonflame, and Trevenant
ADeoxys (Defense), Escavalier, Hearcross, Hitmontop, Ludicolo, Skuntank, Sylveon, and Umbreon
BBanette, Drapion, Gengar, Jellicent, Malamar, Scrafty, Sirfetch’d, and Snorlax
CCharizard, Chesnaught, Clefable, Excadrill, Gliscor (Shadow), Melmetal, Primeape, and Serperior
DAltaria, Lanturn, Machamp, Obstagoon, Pelipper, Torkoal, Yveltal, and Zangoose

When you use your Closer Pokémon, you have no other options on your roster. Because it’s your final Pokémon, you want to make sure it can stand by itself without assistance from any shields or any other Pokémon in your team.