Golem

Pokemon GO Golem

Golem is a great Pokémon to add to your team, as it is considered the best Rock type attacker in the current metagame. It is commonly named the legendary slayer due to its awesome performance against a great variety of legendary Pokémon, including the legendary birds.

Pokémon Stats Max CP
ATK DEF STA
Golem Rock Ground 211 229 160 2916

Golem overview

Golem is a Rock and Ground type Pokémon. It is considered a meta-relevant Pokémon in the current metagame due to the fact that it performs great as a Rock type attacker.

Golem is mainly used as an attacker, as it has good offensive stats & moves and there are plenty of better options for gym defense. Geodude is a common spawn in the right biome or under the proper weather conditions. Furthermore, the Geodude family give one candy per km when walked as a buddy, which makes farming candies an easy task.

However, Golem is not a good gym defender. It has a double weakness to Water and Grass type attacks and a single weakness to Ground, Ice, Steel and Fighting type attacks. There are plenty of meta-relevant Pokémon that can take advantage of these weaknesses and thus, Golem is not a good choice when it comes to defending gyms. Furthermore, there are plenty of better options such as Blissey, Chansey or Snorlax.

Its main strengths are:

  • It is the best Rock type attacker as of now (this could change if Tyranitar or Rhydon get Smack Down as a fast move)
  • There are plenty of meta-relevant Pokémon in raids weak to Rock type moves. Back in the summer of 2017, the 3 legendary birds were properly countered by armies of Golem. Moltres, as an example, has a double weakness to rock type moves
  • It resists six different types of moves, which usually makes it last longer in battles
  • Getting a Golem is not too hard, as Geodude candy is not too difficult to obtain and catching a level 30+ weather-boosted Geodude is not too hard either

However, its main weaknesses should be mentioned too:

  • Unfortunately, it is weak to Ground, Ice, Steel and Fighting type moves, and it has a DOUBLE weakness against Water and Grass type moves. Machamp, Kyogre, Groudon and Exeggutor/Venusaur are common Pokémon to use when taking down a gym and Golem will take super effective damage from their moves
  • Its attack stat is high, but not TOP-Tier. Rhydon and Tyranitar could outclass it in the future if they have access to Smack Down
Best Golem movesets
 Role Quick move Charge move
Gym offense Rock Throw rock Stone Edge rock
Gym defense Rock Throw rock Rock Blast rock or Stone Edge Rock
PvP (speculative) Rock Throw rock Stone Edge rock

Best Golem moves in Pokémon GO

The following Table compares the cycle DPS (with STAB) of every single moveset that Golem is able to learn. Some movesets are more viable or commonly used than others.

Golem moves in Pokémon GO
Fast Move Charge Move Cycle DPS (STAB)
Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock 21.49
Rock Throw Rock Earthquake Ground 21.25
Rock Throw Rock Rock Blast Rock 20.16
Rock Throw Rock Ancient Power Rock 19.62
Mud Slap Ground Stone Edge Rock 19.33
Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 19.26
Mud Shot Ground Stone Edge Rock 18.92
Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 18.87
Mud Slap Ground Rock Blast Rock 18.40
Mud Slap Ground Ancient Power Rock 18.16
Mud Shot Ground Rock Blast Rock 17.91
Mud Shot Ground Ancient Power Rock 17.74

*Keep in mind that STAB cycle DPS calculations just compare the different movesets and they are not Pokémon-specific

  • Rock Throw and Stone Edge is its best moveset for offensive purposes. If you are planning to use Golem as your Rock type attacker, this is your go-to moveset without any doubt
  • Rock Blast is a multi-bar alternative that can be used both for offensive and defensive purposes. Stone Edge is better on offense, but if you run out of Charge TMs, it’s not that bad as an alternative
  • Ground type moves are not recommended on Golem, as there are better Ground type attackers in the game. However, if you want to use it nonetheless, Mud Slap and Earthquake is its best ground type moveset

Golem counters in Pokémon GO

Supreme Counters

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Kyogre Water Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Exeggutor Grass Psychic Bullet Seed Grass Solar Beam Grass
Venusaur Grass Poison Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant* Grass
Sceptile Grass Bullet Seed Grass Leaf Blade Grass

*Legacy move

Kyogre is the best Water type Pokémon in the game as of now. It has a massive attack stat of 270 and a great moveset to use against Golem. It is the best option to counter it, but other Water type Pokémon could do the job too. Gyarados is a great example, but it is not considered a supreme counter for this matchup as it takes super effective damage from Golem’s Rock type attacks. However, if Golem has Ground moves, Gyarados will double resist those and perform as a superme counter.

Exeggutor, Sceptile and Venusaur are its best Grass type counters. Exeggutor has a higher attack stat than Venusaur, but Venusaur’s moveset is more consistent and better overall. For an in-depth comparison of both Pokémon, check out this guide. For this specific matchup, Sceptile and Exeggutor would work a little bit better than Venusaur only if Golem has Ground type moves, as they resist them.

Other viable alternatives

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Gyarados Water Flying Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Machamp Fighting Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Hariyama Fighting Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Groudon Ground Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Rhydon Ground Rock Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Golem Rock Ground Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Scizor Bug Steel Bullet Punch Steel Iron Head Steel
Jynx Ice Flying Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice

Gyarados can be considered a supreme counter if Golem has Ground type moves. Otherwise, it’s still a pretty good counter but it will take super effective damage from Golem’s Rock type moves.

Then, the set of Pokémon that take advantage of single resistances comes next. Machamp is the best Fighting type Pokémon in the game, followed by Hariyama. From a time to win perspective, Machamp is the go-to Fighting type attacker you want to use, but Hariyama is a great alternative.

Groudon, Rhydon and Golem with Ground type moves can also be used to counter Golem. Keep in mind, though, that Rhydon and Golem take super effective damage from Ground type moves. Groudon is by far the best choice among these three.

Scizor could be used as a Golem counter with its Steel type moveset. It would not be a supreme counter, but it would deal super effective damage nonetheless.

Finally, Jynx could also be used to counter Golem ONLY if Golem does not have Rock type moves, which is rare. Jynx is a glass cannon, and being weak to Rock type moves makes it a very risky option. It’s on this list as an Ice type representative (Articuno takes double super effective damage from rock type moves), but we strongly recommend other options.

Weather influence

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny Boosts its Ground type moves Boosts super-effective Grass and Ground type moves
Partly Cloudy Boosts its Rock type moves
Cloudy Boosts super-effective Fighting type moves
Rainy Boosts super-effective Water type moves
Fog
Windy
Snow Boosts super-effective Ice and Steel type moves

Viability in raids

Golem is a very useful Pokémon to use in raids, as it is currently the best Rock type attacker in the game and a decent Ground type attacker too. It can be efficiently used in several raids, and here is a compilation of the ones in which it is a viable counter:

 Raid Boss Fast move to use Charge move to use
Arcanine Fire* Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock
Ninetales Fire* Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock
Flareon Fire* Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock
Charizard Fire Flying* Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock
Articuno Ice Flying* Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock
Zapdos Electric Flying* Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock
Moltres Fire Flying* Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock
Entei Fire* Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock
Raikou Electric* Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Ho-Oh Fire Flying* Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock
Rayquaza Dragon Flying* Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock
Regirock Rock** Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Registeel Steel** Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground

*Legacy raid boss **Potential future raid boss

Rating

 Pokémon Attacker Defender Generalist Overall Tier
Golem Rock Ground 4/5 2/5 3.5/5 3.5/5 II

Golem is the best rock type attacker in Pokémon GO as of now. There are plenty of meta-relevant Pokémon in raids weak to rock type moves, and this is when Golem comes in handy. Despite resisting six different types of moves, it has a double weakness to grass and water, and thus plenty of great counters. Unlike Rhydon, it can be used both as a rock and ground type attacker, despite having a slightly lower attack stat.