Best Prestigers for Generation 2

Pokemon GO Gen 2

Trainers,

this page represents the best prestigers now that Generation 2 has landed. Credit, where credit is due: the initial results were calculate by /u/pulsivesilver on TheSilphRoad. The page is organised by Gym Defending Pokémon.

Best Prestigers against Blissey and Snorlax

As Blissey and Snorlax are both tanky Normal Types, it makes most sense to fight them using either Fighting or really high DPS Pokémon. The following selection are most efficient Blissey and Snorlax counters:

Pokémon Quick Move Charge Move
Machamp Counter FIGHTING Dynamic Punch FIGHTING
Counter FIGHTING Close Combat FIGHTING
Primeape Counter FIGHTING Close Combat FIGHTING
Heracross Counter FIGHTING Close Combat FIGHTING
Gengar Hex GHOST Focus Blast FIGHTING

Best Prestigers against Dragonite

In the past, we used to counter Dragonite with either Fairy or Ice moves. With addition of Generation 2 and the move rebalance, Ice has become a stronger option:

Pokémon Quick Move Charge Move
Piloswine Powder Snow ICE Avalanche ICE
Powder Snow ICE Avalanche ICE
Cloyster Ice Shard ICE Avalanche ICE
Ice Shard ICE Blizzard ICE
Lapras Ice Shard ICE Ice Beam ICE
Sneasel Ice Shard ICE Avalanche ICE

Best Prestigers against Gyarados

Gyarados has always had the same flaw, double weakness to Electric moves. For this reason, the table of counters is pretty much Electric only. Notice the lack of Jolteon:

Pokémon Quick Move Charge Move
Lanturn Charge Beam ELECTRIC Thunderbolt ELECTRIC
Charge Beam ELECTRIC Thunder ELECTRIC
Magneton Anything Zap Cannon ELECTRIC
Anything Discharge ELECTRIC
Electrode Volt Switch ELECTRIC Thunderbolt ELECTRIC
Ampharos Anything Zap Cannon ELECTRIC

Best Prestigers against Rhydon and Vaporeon

Vaporeon and Rhydon require a different treatment than your usual Defender, we’ll be needing some Grass moves (Razor Leaf is a must) and a dash of luck:

Pokémon Quick Move Charge Move
Meganium Razor Leaf GRASS Solar Beam GRASS
Razor Leaf GRASS Petal Blizzard GRASS
Venusaur Razor Leaf GRASS Solar Beam GRASS
Victreebel Razor Leaf GRASS Solar Beam GRASS
Sunflora Razor Leaf GRASS Solar Beam GRASS

Best Prestigers against Exeggutor

To counter Exeggutor, we’ll be using a combination of various Pokémon and moves:

Pokémon Quick Move Charge Move
Skarmory Air Slash FLYING Sky Attack FLYING
Air Slash FLYING Brave Bird FLYING
Air Slash FLYING Flash Cannon STEEL
Charizard Air Slash FLYING Overheat FIRE
Fire Spin FIRE Overheat FIRE
Scyther Air Slash FLYING X Scissor BUG
Ninetales Fire Spin FIRE Overheat FIRE

Best Prestigers against Espeon

To counter Espeon, we’ll be using a very simple combination of Dark type moves to break its’ Psychic typing. Something Foul is at play:

Pokémon Quick Move Charge Move
Umbreon Feint Attack DARK Foul Play DARK
Feint Attack DARK Dark Pulse DARK
Snarl DARK Foul Play DARK
Snarl DARK Dark Pulse DARK
Sneasel Feint Attack DARK Foul Play DARK
Tyranitar Bite DARK Crunch DARK
Houndoom Snarl DARK Foul Play DARK

Best Prestigers against Tyranitar

“The beast” has quite a few weaknesses as it turns out. Tyranitar can be countered in a variety of ways and with a number of Pokémon, here’s some of them:

Pokémon Quick Move Charge Move
Machamp Counter FIGHTING Dynamic Punch FIGHTING
Counter FIGHTING Close Combat FIGHTING
Poliwrath Rock Smash FIGHTING Dynamic Punch FIGHTING
Bubble WATER Dynamic Punch FIGHTING
Hitmontop
Hitmonchan
Heracross
Primeape
Counter FIGHTING Close Combat FIGHTING

Best Prestigers against Lapras

Lapras also has some issues in this Generation:

Pokémon Quick Move Charge Move
Machamp Counter FIGHTING Dynamic Punch FIGHTING
Counter FIGHTING Close Combat FIGHTING
Poliwrath Rock Smash FIGHTING Dynamic Punch FIGHTING
Lanturn Charge Beam ELECTRIC Thunderbolt ELECTRIC
Hitmontop
Hitmonchan
Heracross
Primeape
Counter FIGHTING Close Combat FIGHTING