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 200A 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.

Comparisons

Steel Types:

Pokémon Type CP ATK DEF STA Gen
Dialga Steel Dragon 4654 302 242 200 IV
Scizor Bug Steel 2801 236 191 140 II
Metagross Steel Psychic 3637 257 247 160 III
Excadrill Ground Steel 3134 255 132 220 V
Heatran Fire Steel 3521 251 213 182 IV
Genesect Bug Steel 3056 252 199 142 V
Jirachi Steel Psychic 3090 210 210 200 III
Steelix Steel Ground 2439 148 333 150 II
Solgaleo Psychic Steel 4791 280 219 274 VII
Kartana Grass Steel 4362 355 253 118 VII

 

Dragon Types:

Pokémon Type CP ATK DEF STA Gen
Dialga Steel Dragon 4654 302 242 200 IV
Zekrom Dragon Electric 4654 302 242 200 V
Palkia Water Dragon 4559 308 247 180 IV
Reshiram Dragon Fire 4654 302 242 200 V
Kyurem Dragon Ice 4118 270 187 250 V
Giratina Altered Forme Ghost Dragon 3965 206 247 300 IV
Giratina Origin Forme Ghost Dragon 4317 247 206 300 IV
Rayquaza Dragon Flying 3645 284 170 191 III
Salamence Dragon Flying 3532 277 168 190 III
Dragonite Dragon Flying 3581 263 201 182 I
Goodra Dragon 3538 220 283 180 VI
Guzzlord Dark Dragon 2906 188 99 446 VII

Possible Movesets:

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
Outrage Dragon
Dragon Pulse Dragon
Roar of Time Dragon
Flash Cannon Steel

Dragon Tail Dragon
Draco Meteor Dragon
Iron Head Steel
Overheat Fire
Fire Blast Fire
Metal Claw Steel Power Gem Rock
Ancient Power Rock
Flamethrower Fire
Rock Tomb Rock
Stone Edge Rock
Iron Tail Steel Rock Slide Rock
Thunder Electric
Thunderbolt Electric
Hyper Beam Normal
Hidden Power Aerial Ace Flying
Brick Break Fighting
Earthquake Ground
Shadow Claw Ghost Bulldoze Ground
Blizzard Ice
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 Influences:

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 Flying 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.

Dialga Counters:

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.)

Dialga raid counters
Dialga
WEAKNESS Fighting Ground BOOSTED BY Windy Snow
Supreme Dialga raid counters
Machamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
It is a fact of life for Pokémon GO, if something is weak to fighting, Machamp will rear its head and go out swinging, boasting the highest neutral weather time to win over any other available counter to Dialga.
Excellent Dialga raid counters
Hariyama Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Fat Machamp is never far behind, with a very similar time to win but less deaths, as is the usual due to its higher bulk but -25 attack.
Breloom Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Breloom is a glass cannon, akin to Sharpedo and Gengar. If you have a good one, it is best to lead with it and deal as much damage in the beginning while Dialga charges up, otherwise a team full of these glass cannons are gonna shatter fast and leave you attempting to rejoin rather fast. Especially if it happens to have Steel moves.
Blaziken Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting
Focus Blast nerfs Blaziken a little bit in the Fighting department, however its high attack can still lend itself well in a fight against this Time God.
Groudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Good Dialga raid counters
Time to win rises considerably from here, and these Pokémon are best kept to B-teams or used when a large group is active. Like almost any boss, it sometimes comes to strong generalists like Rayquaza and Salamence, although this becomes dangerous if it has a dragon moveset.
Heracross Counter Fighting Close Combat Fighting
Rayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Salamence Dragon Tail Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon
Dragonite Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Focus Blast Fighting
Poliwrath Rock Smash Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Moltres Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Rhydon Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground

Shiny Dialga

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.
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