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 Maximum CP of 4654, an Attack of 302, a Defense of 242, and a Stamina of 200. A consideration may need to be placed on these stats, as it is still possible Niantic might decided to nerf it as they have with other Legendaries over 4k CP. If this happens, it will still be highly useable, with a Max CP of 3897 with an Attack of 275, a Defense of 220, and a Stamina of 182.
Let’s put things in perspective: there is a reason this Pokemon is in charge of time itself, it is easily one of the most powerful Pokémon to grace the series, be it in the main series or Pokémon Go. Looking at Maximum CP to look at overall performance, before any potential nerfs, it is 12th among all Pokémon, along with Reshiram and Zekrom (of which Dialga shares its stats with).
As far as attack goes, one of the most important stats in Pokémon Go, it is tied for 27th with again, Reshiram and Zekrom. This then needs to be considered alongside the fact that this includes all known Pokémon, including the Mega Evolutions (which are meant to be overpowered versions of overpowered Pokémon like Mewtwo and Rayquaza) and Generation 7 Pokémon, which included the legendary-tier Ultra Beasts.
|Altered Forme||Ghost Dragon||3965||206||247||300||IV|
|Origin Forme||Ghost Dragon||4317||247||206||300||IV|
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||Dragon Claw Dragon|
|Dragon Pulse Dragon|
|Roar of Time Dragon
|Flash Cannon Steel|
Dragon Tail Dragon
|Draco Meteor Dragon|
|Iron Head Steel|
|Fire Blast Fire|
|Metal Claw Steel||Power Gem Rock|
|Ancient Power Rock|
|Rock Tomb Rock|
|Stone Edge Rock|
|Iron Tail Steel||Rock Slide Rock|
|Hyper Beam Normal|
|Hidden Power||Aerial Ace|
|Brick Break Fighting|
|Shadow Claw Ghost||Bulldoze Ground|
|Ice Beam Ice|
Dialga in the Meta
Dialga, as previously mentioned, will be one of the most powerful Pokémon to grace the game. Stat-wise it will have few parallels for generations to come, and the only limitations come about from its moveset. Matching moves Dialga can learn along with moves currently in Pokémon Go, Dialga has two ideal movesets, should it get these: Dragon Tail with Outrage and either Metal Claw or Iron Tail with Iron Head.
Dragon Tail has a higher Damage Per Second (DPS) and energy generation than Dragon Breath, and Outrage is easily the best charged Dragon type move in the game, with its closest competitor being Draco Meteor. Dialga, as you can see, does have access to all the main Dragon type moves, so it all comes down to what Niantic decides to give it. If it gets Dragon Tail and Outrage, it will easily be one of, if not the best Dragon type in the game. If it gets Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw, that title will not hold at all.
Meanwhile the Steel STAB moveset comes down to preference, Iron Tail has a higher DPS by 2.21, but Metal Claw has a vastly greater EPS (Energy Per Second) by 3.64. While Dialga will suffer from a lack of good Steel type charged moves, it is better than the likes of Metagross as it can access Iron Head instead of just Flash Cannon. A 2-bar charged move with a total bar damage of 120 versus Flash Cannon’s 100 and a higher DPS means it will easily be the best Steel type with this moveset. Although this complement is a small one at best, as it depends on two things: it actually getting these moves, and the fact that its not to great to be the best of a type that receives little to no usage at all.
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. While this does open up Dialga to get smashed by Groudon and Machamp armies, 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.
|Weather||Pros and Cons|
|Sunny||Boosts potential Fire and Ground moves||Boosts Super Effective Ground types|
|Partly Cloudy||Boosts potential Rock and Normal moves||No Cons|
|Cloudy||Boosts potential Fighting move||Boosts Super Effective Fighting moves|
|Rainy||Boosts potential Electric moves||No Cons|
|Fog||Boosts potential Ghost move||No Cons|
|Windy||Boosts potential Dragon and moves||No Cons|
|Snow||Boosts potential Steel and Ice moves||No Cons|
Dialga, with such a wide possible moveset as well as hidden power, can have a boost in almost every weather. 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.