Machamp

Machamp Raid Boss

Machamp is without a doubt one of the most useful and versatile Pokémon in the current metagame due to several reasons. The fact that the answer to the famous question: “What should I power up?” is Machamp most of the time speaks for itself.

With a high attack stat (although not off the charts), average bulk and a great fighting type moveset, Machamp is your go-to attacker in plenty of raid battles and especially in gyms, where the normal types are still dominant.

Pokémon Stats Max CP
ATK DEF STA
Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Fighting 234 162 180 2889

Machamp overview

Several Fighting types have been introduced in the game, and some of them have even greater offensive stats than Machamp. However, Machamp is still the Fighting type king of the metagame and it is without a doubt one of the most useful Pokémon in the game as of now.

Its main strengths are:

  • It is still the BEST Fighting type Pokémon in the game, and that does not seem likely to change in the near future. True, it doesn’t have the highest attack stat, but its moveset paired up with its great attack stat is more than enough to be considered as the Fighting type king
  • Normal type gym defenders are still dominant in the current metagame. Blissey, Snorlax, Chansey, Slaking, and many others are generally used as gym defenders, and guess what… Machamp deals super effective damage against all of them
  • If that wasn’t enough, Machamp is usually topping the Raid Boss counter charts. Planning to 2-man Tyranitar? Machamp is the best option. Want to take down the Regis? Machamp is a wonderful option. Want to duo Aggron? If there’s a slight chance of succeeding, Machamp is the only Pokémon capable of doing it
  • With the great variety of events where Machop had boosted spawn rates, you probably already have plenty of Machop candies. Furthermore, Machamp has always been a Tier 3 Raid Boss until now, and Machop is not a rare egg hatch either and has been a field research reward too

However, its main weaknesses should be mentioned too:

  • Plenty of Normal type gym defenders are able to learn Zen Headbutt (Psychic) as a fast move and some of them Play Rough or Dazzling Gleam as charge moves (Fairy), to which Machamp is weak against. Don’t panic, that’s not too bad, but definitely something to keep in mind
  • Machamp is not the tankiest Pokémon as you probably have seen after checking its stats. Don’t worry, it’s not exactly a glass cannon, but it could be a bit more tanky. It’s not a great gym defender either, but that isn’t its main purpose in this game
  • It has a high attack stat, but several Pokémon will outclass its attack stat in the future. However, outclassing Machamp’s attack stat DOES NOT mean that they will outclass it as a Fighting type attacker. A high attack stat without a good moveset means nothing, and Counter/Dynamic Punch is a difficult moveset to outperform. Until at least Generation 5, when Conkeldurr and Keldeo will be released, Machamp seems to be a very safe investment. And even then, it will still depend on the moveset they end up getting.

Best Machamp movesets

 Role Quick move Charge move
Gym offense Counter or Karate Chop* Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Gym defense Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
PvP (speculative) Counter or Karate Chop* Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting

* Legacy move

Best Machamp moves in Pokémon GO

Machamp has a massive legacy movepool. Before Generation 2 was released, it used to be an average attacker, due to the lack of a great moveset. Then, it gained access to Counter and Dynamic Punch, a great moveset that finally allowed Machamp to shine. The following Table compares the cycle DPS (with STAB) of every single moveset that Machamp has been able to learn.

Machamp moves in Pokemon GO
Fast Move Charge Move Cycle DPS (STAB)
Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 23.78
Karate Chop Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 23.28
Counter Fighting Close Combat Fighting 22.14
Bullet Punch Steel Dynamic Punch Fighting 21.25
Counter Fighting Cross Chop Fighting 21.05
Karate Chop Fighting Close Combat Fighting 20.97
Counter Fighting Heavy Slam Steel 20.71
Counter Fighting Submission Fighting 20.70
Counter Fighting Stone Edge Rock 20.66
Karate Chop Fighting Cross Chop Fighting 19.64
Karate Chop Fighting Submission Fighting 19.35
Karate Chop Fighting Heavy Slam Steel 19.34
Karate Chop Fighting Stone Edge Rock 19.03
Bullet Punch Steel Close Combat Fighting 18.58
Bullet Punch Steel Cross Chop Fighting 17.50
Bullet Punch Steel Submission Fighting 17.46
Bullet Punch Steel Heavy Slam Steel 17.42
Bullet Punch Steel Stone Edge Rock 16.81

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

  • Counter and Dynamic Punch is Machamp’s best moveset. If you have a legacy Karate Chop Machamp and want to pair it up with Dynamic Punch, its performance will be pretty similar. Karate Chop offers slightly less DPS but higher energy gain towards firing off a Dynamic Punch, and it’s a legacy move.
  • Close Combat is not as good as Dynamic Punch. If you don’t want to use a Charge TM because you don’t have many in your inventory, just don’t use it, but keep in mind that there will be plenty of times where you won’t be able to fire off your charge move and thus Dynamic Punch is a better option with less energy waste and better performance overall.
  • The only reason why you wouldn’t want to TM a Machamp without Counter or Karate Chop as its fast move and Dynamic Punch as its charge move is because you’re a legacy hoarder, a collector or if you don’t have enough TMs.
  • Some combinations might not possible as of now due to the timings associated to move reworks and GAME_MASTER changes, but might be available in the future.

Machamp Counters in Pokémon GO

Supreme Counters

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psychic Confusion or Psycho Cut Psychic Psychic Psychic
Pokemon GO AlakazamAlakazam Psychic Confusion or Psycho Cut Psychic Futuresight Psychic
Pokemon GO EspeonEspeon Psychic Confusion Psychic Futuresight Psychic
Pokemon GO GardevoirGardevoir Psychic Fairy Confusion Psychic Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Pokemon GO RayquazaRayquaza Dragon Flying Air Slash Flying Aerial Ace Flying
Pokemon GO LugiaLugia Psychic Flying Extrasensory Psychic Sky Attack Flying

 

Mewtwo is the best Psychic type attacker in the game. It has a massive 300 attack stat and despite not being able to learn Futuresight (the best Psychic type move in the game), it is still the number one option from a time to win perspective. Furthermore, it will single resist Machamp’s fighting type moves due to its Psychic typing.

Alakazam and Espeon are great options, but still a little bit behind Mewtwo. They have access to Futuresight as a charge move, which helps them “reduce” the existing difference in attack stat between them and Mewtwo. Keep in mind, though, that they are glass cannons and generally don’t last too long in battle.

Gardevoir is another amazing option against Machamp. Although its attack stat is not as high as the one of the three options mentioned until now, its Psychic and Fairy typing makes it DOUBLE resistant to Machamp’s Fighting type moves (but watch out for Steel type moves!). Despite dealing less DPS than the others, its TDO will be higher if Machamp has fighting type moves due to its wonderful typing for this matchup.

Rayquaza is an interesting case. It has one of the highest attack stats in the game (284), and a good typing for this matchup, but it’s generally used as a Dragon type attacker rather than a Flying type one. Furthermore, Air Slash and Aerial Ace isn’t the best moveset out there. Don’t get us wrong, Rayquaza is a wonderful option and its TTW is just below the first 3 psychic type attackers (and it also resists fighting type moves), but there are other specialist options that fit the purpose a little better and don’t require the use of TMs for this specific matchup.

Lugia is probably a “controversial” supreme counter. Its attack stat is very low if compared to the one of the other attackers on the list. However, its typing (and bulk) make it the greatest tank and worst matchup that Machamp can ever face (provided it has a double fighting moveset). Lugia is a Psychic and Flying type Pokémon, and it is thus double resistant to Fighting type moves. On top of that, Lugia’s defense stat (323) is monstrous. DPS-wise, Lugia is NOT a TOP-Tier option by any means, but its TDO against a double fighting Machamp is just off the charts.

Other viable alternatives

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO DragoniteDragonite Dragon Flying Dragon Tail Dragon Hurricane Flying
Pokemon GO LatiosLatios Dragon Psychic Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic
Pokemon GO ExeggutorExeggutor Grass Psychic Confusion* Psychic Psychic Psychic
Pokemon GO MetagrossMetagross Steel Psychic Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic
Pokemon GO Ho-OhHo-Oh Fire Flying Extrasensory Psychic Brave Bird Flying
Pokemon GO CelebiCelebi Psychic Grass Confusion Psychic Dazzling Gleam Fairy

* Legacy move

Dragonite is a worse option than Rayquaza for this specific matchup, as Dragon Tail won’t deal super effective damage against Machamp, but Hurricane will. You can use it as a “generalist” option, but in this case it will deal super effective damage with its charge move. Not the best option from a TTW/DPS perspective, though, so keep that in mind.

Latios is also an interesting option, and performs better than Dragonite for this specific matchup with its double Psychic type moveset. If you want to use it, it’s a solid option but there are better Pokémon to use.

Exeggutor needs Confusion to be somehow good for this matchup, and it’s a legacy move. Psychic is an average (or below average) charge move, and Exeggutor is better used as a grass type attacker, but if you want to use your legacy Eggy against Machamp, it’s not a bad option.

Metagross is an interesting option. Psychic type, double psychic type moveset and great attack stat, what can go wrong? Well, its psychic type moveset is a bit weak, as Confusion is a better fast move than Zen Headbutt and Futuresight is better than Psychic. Furthermore, its Steel typing makes it take neutral damage from Fighting type moves (but resist Steel type moves). Metagross is tankier than other options, but there are better options to use. Still a solid option nonetheless.

Ho-Oh is also a solid option for this matchup, but not the best either. Its moveset is not exactly great and it doesn’t have the highest attack stat out there, but its bulk will make it a resource-efficient option for this matchup, and it resists BOTH fighting and steel type moves that Machamp might have.

Celebi has also been included in the list as an interesting pick. It has access to Confusion and Dazzling Gleam, and it is also able to single resist incoming fighting type moves. Despite not benefiting from the STAB bonus with Dazzling Gleam and not having a massive attack stat, it’s still a solid option. Did you power up your recently caught Celebi at GO Fest? Well, you can try it out against Machamp! 😉

Weather influence

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny
Partly Cloudy Boosts its Rock type moves
Cloudy Boosts its Fighting type moves Boosts super-effective Fairy type moves
Rainy
Fog
Windy Boosts super-effective Psychic and Flying type moves
Snow Boosts its Steel type moves

Viability in raids

Machamp is a very useful Pokémon to use in raids. It can be efficiently used in several raids, but here is a compilation of the ones in which it is one of the top counters:

 Raid Boss Fast move to use Charge move to use
Pokemon GO AbsolAbsol Dark Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Rock Dark Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Pokemon GO AggronAggron Steel Rock Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Pokemon GO SnorlaxSnorlax Normal* Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Pokemon GO LaprasLapras Water Ice* Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Pokemon GO WalreinWalrein Water Ice* Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Pokemon GO RegiceRegice Ice* Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Pokemon GO RegirockRegirock Rock** Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Pokemon GO RegisteelRegisteel Steel Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting

* Legacy raid boss ** Potential future raid boss

Rating

 Pokémon Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Fighting
Attacker 4.5
Defender 2.5
Generalist 3.5
Overall 4
Tier I

Machamp is a TOP-Tier Pokémon in Pokémon GO. Perhaps it doesn’t have the highest attack stat in the game, but it has access to a good Fighting type moveset that makes it the fighting type king in the current metagame. With the abundance of normal type gym defenders out there, Machamp is your go-to option to wreck gyms.

Furthermore, it is a very useful Pokémon to use against high Tier Raid Bosses. If you don’t have one already powered up, what are you waiting for? Machamp is probably one of the most useful and versatile options out there to improve your attacking lineup.