What does lock on do in Pokémon Go?

Here’s what you need to know.

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It’s essential to consider your Pokémon’s fast and charge moves before using them in a raid or a trainer battle in Pokémon Go. They have different speeds, damage outputs, and generate energy based on every use, at least for the fast attack. A charge move requires you to earn a specific amount of energy before using it. A Pokémon cannot learn every attack in the game, narrowing their choices and forcing you to contemplate how to best use them. The lock on fast move has several trainers scratching their heads on how to use it. Let’s break it down.

Lock on is a Normal-type fast move that does 1 damage to its opponent and produces 5 energy every turn. That’s all there is to it, but that’s the main appeal of the attack, primarily with how much energy the move uses. It produces the most energy per turn in the game, although the lack of damage is exceptionally offsetting. The main reason you want to use lock on for your Pokémon is to optimize its charge moves.

So, because lock on will be your Pokémon’s main attack, you want to optimize the charge moves available to it. You also want to give it additional choices, which means unlocking the second charge move using Stardust. The amount you need to open the second charge move varies, from 20,000 all the way to 100,000. For those looking to learn how to use lock on for your Porygon-Z, we have that available for you.

Only a handful of Pokémon can learn lock on. You won’t have to worry about it too much, and those who want to use it, make sure to consider all of your charge moves. Those basically become your bread and butter for any raid or trainer battle in Pokémon Go.