Author Update 10/16/2018: This will be changing rapidly, with the advent of moves being available now in the Game Master, as well as the CP re-balance being announced and implemented.
Pokemon GO Dialga is a legendary Dragon Steel type Pokémon that is introduced in Generation 4 as part of the Creation Trio, along with Palkia and Giratina. Dialga has top-tier stats, sporting a post-nerf Maximum CP of 4038, an Attack of 275, a Defense of 211, and a Stamina of 205.
|(Assuming Nerf and Current Changes)||Dragon Electric||4038||275||211||205||V|
|(Assuming Nerf and Current Changes)||Dragon Fire||4038||275||211||205||V|
|Altered Forme||Ghost Dragon||3379||187||225||284||IV|
|Origin Forme||Ghost Dragon||3683||225||187||284||IV|
As of 10/16/2018 at approximately 8AM PDT, Dialga was updated into the Game Master to have: Dragon Breath and Metal Claw for Fast Moves, and Draco Meteor, Iron Head, and Thunder for Charge Moves.
Based on main game level-up and TM moves that Dialga has available, that are also available in Pokémon Go, save for Roar of Time, its exclusive move, which is worth a mention as there are in-code exclusive moves like Origin Pulse and Precipice Blades. Bold indicates Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB).
|Fast Moves||Charge Moves|
|Dragon Breath Dragon [Chosen]||Dragon Claw Dragon|
|Dragon Pulse Dragon|
|Roar of Time Dragon
|Flash Cannon Steel|
Dragon Tail Dragon
|Draco Meteor Dragon [Chosen]|
|Iron Head Steel [Chosen]|
|Fire Blast Fire|
|Metal Claw Steel [Chosen]||Power Gem Rock|
|Ancient Power Rock|
|Rock Tomb Rock|
|Stone Edge Rock|
|Iron Tail Steel||Rock Slide Rock|
|Thunder Electric [Chosen]|
|Hyper Beam Normal|
|Hidden Power||Aerial Ace|
|Brick Break Fighting|
|Shadow Claw Ghost||Bulldoze Ground|
|Ice Beam Ice|
Dialga in the Meta
Being able to see Dialga after its stat rework and 9% nerf is certainly disheartening. While it may have the resistances of Steel typing to make it somewhat prominent, the lack of a good move pool and the nerf really drop it from its expected usage.
Now seeing what Dialga has, it is almost as bad as it could have been. Draco Meteor is somewhat serviceable, being comparable to Outrage, but being worse on the aspect of a single bar charge move that opens up chances for lost energy. Meanwhile Dragon Breath is a straight out nerf, it is worse than Dragon Tail in every way, so the ‘mons with Dragon Tail have a default leg up on the Time God. Palkia with Dragon Tail and Draco Meteor, as well as Garchomp with the glorious Dragon Tail and Outrage it has, will almost certainly do better.
Meanwhile its Steel usage is pretty nice to be honest. As predicted, it has the high energy gain Metal Claw, as well as the nice Iron Head to make for a decent charge move. This will easily place it among the top Steel types. However, it will most certainly not be the best, as Metagross with Meteor Mash, although stats are indeed unknown for it, will almost certainly eclipse Dialga. After all, they are going to have similar stats after Metagross gets the rework, and depending on how Meteor Mash is, it can make up for the lacking stats it has behind Dialga.
Finally, it needs to be said that the Steel typing in combination with Dragon of Dialga makes is a resistant powerhouse. It is only weak to two types, Fighting and Ground, while boasting 10 resistances, with 2 double resistances to Grass and Poison, as well as being a Dragon not weak to Dragon. While this does open up Dialga to get smashed by Groudon and Machamp armies in raid, it also allows it in gym battling to be almost unrivaled, boasting huge power and a wide number of resistances to tackle any potential gym defender. Not to mention it is a Dragon that is not weak to dragons, making it extremely viable in raids.
That being said, a Tl;Dr for this day can be that unless they decide to change Dialga around before its eventual release, Dialga is going to play second fiddle due to bad Dragon moves and Metagross getting Meteor Mash.
|Weather||Pros and Cons|
|Sunny||No Pros||Boosts Super Effective Ground types|
|Partly Cloudy||No Pros||No Cons|
|Cloudy||No Pros||Boosts Super Effective Fighting moves|
|Rainy||Boosts Thunder Electric moves||No Cons|
|Fog||No Pros||No Cons|
|Windy||Boosts Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor Dragon moves
Boosts Raid Boss
|Snow||Boosts Iron Head and Metal Claw Steel moves
Boosts Raid Boss
The biggest weather to look out for is Windy and Snow weather where Dialga as a raid boss gets boosted, while also looking to fight one in either Sunny or Cloudy where Groudon and Machamp will walk all over it.
We will, at the time of its release write our usual raid guides, however we can look to see what will be the best time wise to attack a Dialga, via our Go Hub Simulator and general knowledge on its two counters: Fighting and Ground. (Also Pokebattler, as partway through writing this guide, they added Gen 4 Legendaries to the database of raid simulations. Definitely check them out.)
|WEAKNESS Fighting Ground||BOOSTED BY Windy Snow|
Shiny Dialga will most likely not be available at launch, but it is reasonable to assume it will be in the game at some point. Basically Shiny Dialga just gets a little more green tinted all over.
|Regular Dialga||Shiny Dialga|
Dialga Pokédex Entires
- Diamond Entry: It has the power to control time. It appears in Sinnoh-region myths as an ancient deity.
- HeartGold and SoulSilver Entry: This Pokémon completely controls the flow of time. It uses its power to travel at will through the past and future.
- It was created, alongside the other two in the Creation Trio and the Lake Guardians, by what is thought to be the creator of everything: Arceus.
- Its typing is unique, there are no other Steel Dragon type Pokémon in the series thus far.