A quick guide on the best Pokémon you can use in the Ultra League. This guide covers tiers of Pokémon best in the Ultra League, with a focus on All Pokémon in the traditional Ultra League and the best Pokémon for the Premier Cup. At the time of this article update, Go Battle League is in Season 9.

💡 Please note that this guide will not cover every single Pokémon available to use in the Ultra League. Therefore, you can still be surprised when battling other Trainers, but at least you will know which battlers to look out for!

It is important to note that these are the Top Tier Pokémon based on rankings from PvPoke and from investigation and research. What team you choose to use is entirely up to you and it is our hope that this guide will help you make the best choices for your playstyle. You can mix the teams however you want, but bringing any of these top Pokémon will easily boost your performance!

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Ultra League: Premier Cup Tier List

Premier Ball Pokémon GO

Premier Cup

For anyone not familiar with Premier Cup in Go Battle League, this introduces some restrictions on the available Pokémon you can choose from. This game type eliminates legendary and mythical Pokémon from the meta. Removing legendary Pokémon allows other Pokémon to shine and changes the typing meta.

How to use

Choose a “Lead”, a “Switch, and a “Closer” for you team from the list below for a viable team in the Ultra League. In most cases, the shadow versions of listed Pokémon will slightly out rank the regular versions. If you do not have shadow versions powered up, the regular versions are good too. Some Pokémon may be listed multiple times if they are viable in multiple categories and top ranked.

The current meta favors Water, Ghost, Poison, Fairy and Fighting types. Premier Cup allows for a much more diverse meta and opens up your options, which makes this game type very popular among battlers. Most battlers will likely choose this game type over regular Ultra League to avoid costly and difficult legendary Pokémon.

Best Premier Cup Pokémon

Lead Pokémon

Switch Pokémon

Closer Pokémon

Ultra League All Pokémon Tier List

This is the classic Ultra League game mode, which does not restrict any Pokémon for use in battle. In this mode, legendary Pokémon dominate the meta. The current meta favors Water, Ghost, Grass, Psychic and Steel types. However, there are some variations since the introduction of XL Pokémon.

Choose a “Lead”, a “Switch, and a “Closer” for you team from the list below for a viable team in the Ultra League. In all cases, the XL version of indicated Pokémon should be used if possible. In this league, shadow versions are typically less ideal than the regular counterparts. Some Pokémon may be listed multiple times if they are viable in multiple categories and top ranked.

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Best Ultra League Pokémon

Lead Pokémon

Switch Pokémon

Closer Pokémon

Parting Words

When choosing a team, make sure you are covering your type weaknesses and creating a well balanced team. The lead, switch, and closer positions are important for the current meta and game play, but you can potentially pick outside of these parameters. This is intended to be a general guide to equip you with the necessary knowledge to build a basic team that will perform well in the Ultra League.

It’s up to you to choose whichever team you want and create teams, but this guide is intended to make those decisions a little easier. This guide is not exhaustive and does not touch on potential movesets which can be somewhat subjective. Check out our Pokémon PvP Spotlights for in depth move analyses. Now, do your best to create a fun and worthy team. If you find a team that works really well for you, please comment it below!


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