With the introduction of 0.67.1 update, we’ve seen two major changes to Pokemon GO damage mechanics, which subsequently lead to a huge shakeup in the gym meta game:
|2x Super Effective||156.25%||196%|
|Not Very Effective||80%||71.4%|
|2x Not Very Effective||64%||51%|
Evidently, STAB was nerfed in order to make Pokemon with varied movesets more appealing, and Type Effectiveness was brought back into line with main series games to promote Pokemon’s typical “rock-paper-scissor” type of battle.
With this in mind, it’s important to know which Pokemon won and which Pokemon lost with this change. This page documents the biggest shake ups below.
Let’s get started!
Biggest losers: double weakness is a double problem
Some of the previous top Gym defenders have now become trivial to counter, due to their double weaknesses to specific types. If you multiply the bonuses in your head, a Pokemon that benefits from STAB and attacks with a 2x Super Effective move, deals 235.2% more damage. Get your Jolteon ready!
|Pokemon||2x weak to||Counters|
|Omastar & Kabutops||grass|
The new Top 6 defenders
And now for the biggest winners of this shake up. In terms of Gym defense, some things have changed, bringing things more inline. Blissey and Snorlax are still top defenders, as they don’t suffer a lot from these changes, but the other 4 places are quite surprising.
Steelix, Umbreon (!), Lapras and Vaporeon have now taken the remaining top places due to their high stamina/defense, lack of double weakness and interesting movesets. We consider them to be the biggest overall winners in this shake up, at least in terms of Gym defense.
|Tier||Name||Fast Move||Charge Move|
|1||Blissey||Zen Headbutt||Dazzling Gleam|
|2||Snorlax||Zen Headbutt||Body Slam|
|2.5||Steelix||Iron Tail||Heavy Slam|
|2.5||Lapras||Ice Shard||Ice Beam|
|2.5||Vaporeon||Water Gun||Hydro Pump|
More Pokemon have ascended the higher ranks also, making the gym defense meta very interesting. Finally, that 100% IV Tentacruel is not completely useless!
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Credits to deurbell