Pokémon GO Poochyena and Mightyena are the second Pokémon GO family being solely dark typed and not having a dual type in its mix. The first purely dark Pokémon was Umbreon.
Compared to its Generation 2 predecessor, Mightyena’s Max CP (1783) is significantly lower than it should be. With decent DEF (137) and STA (140), it would still require a lot of dodge to utilize Mightyena’s above average ATK (171).
Looking at numbers alone, one can tell that this Pokémon might be suited as a low end attacker. Due to its low CP, it is to assume that Mightyena is not well to defend gyms, or attack them if we’re honest. The most likely scenario is that Poochyena and Mightyena will be one of those Pokédex fillers, much like the Houndoom family is in Generation 2.
Mightyena made its television debut on the 285th episode of the Pokémon series (Advanced Generation: Episode 11) titled “A bite to remember”.
Position in the meta game
With Mightyena’s predicted stats in Pokémon GO, it would need help from its trainer in dodging opponent attacks. Its DEF and STA will make it hard to stay in the battle that long. Its attack would probably get the job done, but very slowly.
There no known further evolution for Mightyena. For now, there are only speculations and assumption about this Pokémon having its mega evolution. If that day comes, we can all assume that a Mega-Mightyena would be one to watch out for.
For now, Mightyena would likely be benched as a defender, and would like be rarely used as an attacker.
Mightyena Moves in Pokémon Go
Having a single type, Pokémon GO Mightyena doesn’t really have a wide variety of moves to choose from. Here are some possible moves it might get:
- Crunch dark
- Shadow Ball dark
- Foul Play dark
- Dark Pulse dark
- Play Rough fairy
- Hyper Beam normal
We might even see some other moves that are not yet listed as of recent.
- Assurance dark
- Thief dark
- Payback dark
- Astonish ghost
- Take Down normal
Shiny Poochyena and Mightyena variants
There is a distinct change in color between a normal Poochyena and Mightyena compared to their shiny counterparts. Normal ones have their signature dark theme of grey body and black upper fur, but the shiny ones have their yellow body and dark brown upper fur.