Technical Machines are a fairly fairly rare Raid drop, making them very precious and important. We created a list of Pokemon that benefit the most when you re-roll their moves via a Fast or Charged TM.
Do note that some of these entries contain Legacy Moves, for example the hated Twister Gyarados. We’ve included a short explanation how we built this list and why some Pokemon are not included (example: Golem) after the chart.TIPS: bold marks a preferred move in a scenario where multiple move outcomes are possible. ⚠️ marks a move that should be replaced again, as it’s considered sub-optimal.
|Pokemon||Move to replace||Type||Potential new moves|
|Tyranitar||Fire Blast fire||Charge||Crunch dark Stone Edge rock|
|Dragonite||Hyper Beam normal||Charge||Outrage dragon Hurricane|
|Snorlax||Earthquake ground||Charge||Hyper Beam normal Heavy Slam steel|
|Rhydon||Megahorn bug||Charge||Stone Edge rock Earthquake ground|
|Gyarados||Twister dragon||Charge||Hydro Pump water Outrage dragon Crunch dark|
|Donphan||Tackle normal||Fast||Counter fighting|
|Machamp||Bullet Punch steel||Fast||Counter fighting|
|Heavy Slam steel||Charge||Close Combat fighting Dynamic Punch fighting|
|Stone Edge rock||Close Combat fighting Dynamic Punch fighting ⚠️ Heavy Slam steel|
|Alakazam||Focus Blast fighting||Charge||Futuresight psychic Shadow Ball ghost|
|Dazzling Gleam fairy||Futuresight psychic Shadow Ball ghost ⚠️ Focus Blast fighting|
|Scizor||Night Slash dark||Charge||X Scissor bug Iron Head steel|
|Omastar||Mud Shot ground||Fast||Water Gun water|
|Gengar||Focus Blast fighting||Charge||Shadow Ball ghost Sludge Bomb poison|
|Lapras||Dragon Pulse dragon||Charge||Ice Beam ice Blizzard ice Hydro Pump water|
|Poliwrath||Ice Punch ice||Charge||Dynamic Punch fighting Hydro Pump water|
Discussion and more information
As you have probably observed, several high tier Pokemon are missing from the list, namely Golem, Espeon, Blissey and Exeggutor. The reasoning behind their removal is simple: their worst movesets do not benefit from TM usage as much as Pokemon listed above.
Any Pokemon you have can be improved with TMs, depending on the way you want to use it and it’s moveset, but that’s not an excuse to use a Charge TM on a Rock Blast Golem instead of using it on a Heavy Slam / Stone Edge Machamp. You will gain roughly 5% more damage on your Golem, but your Machamp could gain more than 25% more damage.
As far as other missing entries go, their moves are close enough in performance that we do not recommend using TMs on them (Espeon, Exeggutor) or their stats play a much bigger role than their moves (Blissey).
Why are there no Fire Types in the list?
Honestly, fire Pokemon have been constantly disappointing us ever since the game launched, both in term of availability and performance. There are almost no scenarios where we would recommend “fixing” your Fire Pokemon, mostly due to the following:
- At this point in time, we expect almost every Pokemon GO player to have a half decent Flareon, which is the optimal fire type to use in Raids and Gym offense. Flareon can no longer obtain his worst charge move (Heat Wave) and you won’t gain a lot by fixing other moves.
- Hybrids like Houndoom are good enough to replace all non-Flareon fire Pokemon.
No parting words. Fix your Gyarados.