This Pokémon GO Ultra League Tier List will give you a peak into the metas so that trainers are one step ahead in the CP-capped league. Some have fallen out of grace while others are new introductions in the list.
The arrival of Paldean Pokémon meant massive changes in the meta-system. Shadow Gardevoir and Greninja are considered ‘broken’ and for good reason.
Pokémon GO Ultra League Tier List: Understanding The Tiers
Before we begin with the Pokémon GO Ultra League tier list, here is a description of all tiers from the best (S-tier) to the below-average ones (C-tier).
- S-tier: Best of the lot. They are guaranteed to make you scale the Ultra League with a series of wins.
- A-tier: Slightly less effective than S-tier units due to their type weaknesses or durability.
- B-tier: Pokémon that can be used situationally.
- C-tier: Outdated metas.
- Greninja: Hydro Cannon Charged Move can be obtained via Elite TM or as a Community Day bonus. Pair with Water Shuriken to get the best sweeper in the Pokemon GO Ultra League tier list.
- Shadow Gardevoir: Charm combined with the extra shadow boost damage can defeat even the bulkiest Pokèmon in the Ultra League. It’s a long process though: catching a Shadow Ralts from a Team GO member, evolving it, and upgrading it.
- Swampert: Although less fast than Greninja, Swampert’s access to Mud Shot and Surf gives it solid coverage. It has been the meta for years.
- Shadow Charizard/Charizard: Shadow Charizard is the G.O.A.T in the Pokémon GO Ultra League tier list. It needs a lot of investment to get its CP around the 2500 mark (along with access to Blast Burn).
- Registeel: A mono-steel type, Registeel has limited weaknesses and a varied Charged Move moveset that can counter almost every type.
- Pidgeot: Pidgey became almost non-existent in the last seasons. Fortunately, the current season has revived the hype for the bird. Pair Wing Attack and Feather Dance, which guarantees a -2 ATK debuff, and leave your opponents scratching their heads.
- Cresselia: One of the most commonly used starters for Ultra League, Cresselia’s decent bulk and mono-Psychic type make it fairly resistant. It can also deal a lot of damage with Confusion and Psychic STAB combo.
- Giratina (Altered Forme): The best Ghost-type that has access to Dragon Breath for quick Charges and Shadow Sneak for damaging Charges.
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- Gardevoir: A normal Psychic/Fairy Gardevoir lacks the bonus Fast attack damage compared to the Shadow variant. Thus, it can fall prey to other Charm users or a strong Steel type.
- Armored Mewto: Possessing only three weaknesses, Armored Mewto has a high damage output combo of Confusion and Psytrike.
- Clefable: Access to Charm and a Steel-type attack Meteor Mash makes the Fairy type a good Ultra League addition.
- Venusaur: The best Grass-type in the Pokémon GO Ultra League tier list.
- Skeledirge: Skeledirge’s Incinerate Fast Move takes a lot of time but has a good EPS. It also has Fairy-type and Dark-type Charged Moves in its set.
- Walrein: Powder Snow and Icicle Spear gives STAB bonus. Unfortunately, the dual Water/Ice type is defeated easily by Fighting and Electric types.
- Galarian Stunfisk: Although it can hard counter Cresselia, Melmetal, and various other metas, G-Stun is weak to Water and Fighting attacks. These types of attacks are common in the arsenal of opponents.
- Vikavolt: The EPS increase to Volt Switch Fast Move has made Vikavolt into a meta. Nonetheless, it has a below-average bulk.
- Heatran: Access to Magma Storm can hard counter Steel types but Fire Spin Fast Move has an average energy-per-second in a highly competitive EPS-based league.
- Melmetal: Thunder Shock and Double Iron Bash give a good damage output but Melmetal’s weakness to Fire and Fighting can be accessed easily.
- Snorlax: Snorlax’s tankiness makes it a part of the Pokémon GO Ultra League tier list. However, due to low EPS moves, it can be countered by most types that possess a damaging Fast Move.
- Meowscarada: The worst Paldean starter, Meowscarada pales in comparison to other Grass-types like Venusaur and even Roserade. Her Leaf/Dark typing also means more type weaknesses rather than advantages.
- Obstagoon: Despite its bulk and ability to spam Dark-type moves, Obstagoon is outmatched by Fairy-types. His Charged Moves also deal fairly low damage, with Obstruct being used to lure Shields but experienced players rarely fall for it.
- Scrafty: Scrafty is another fighting type that has fallen out of favor due to the constantly changing metas. Once considered the MVP, it can now be manhandled by Skeledirge, any Fairy type with Charm, and even Hitmontop.
- Trevenant: Possessing a unique dual Leaf/Ghost typing, Trevenant is chaos incarnate for Fairy types. However, the omnipresent Dark-type attacks in almost every meta make it a challenge to defend the tree Pokémon.
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