Elite TM Tier List

Mewtwo meta analysis
Mewtwo meta analysis

A comprehensive tier list of best Pokémon and moves to use your Elite TM’s on. Includes both Elite Fast TM and Elite Charge TM.

Elite TMs

In past experiences, trainers that achieved rank 7 or higher in the GO Battle League were granted the reward of an Elite TM at the end of the season as a prize for their efforts. These special TM’s grant the user the ability to be able to choose their desired Fast or Charged move instead of having to re-roll and hope that it lands on the right move.

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This can be a nightmare when you are simply trying to teach your Pokémon a certain move as a lot of the time it can keep bouncing between undesired moves which can be frustrating.

Not only do trainers have the ability to choose a move, but the Elite TM also grants the user the ability to allow Pokémon to learn moves from previous Raid Days / Community Days (Legacy Moves) which is not possible for standard TM’s.

The burning question on many trainers minds is of course what the highest priority Pokémon would be to use this versatile item on. I’ll be breaking down my picks for the top Pokémon to choose from in the form of a tier list.

S Tier

Mewtwo (Shadow Ball + Psystrike)

Mewtwo

Coming in at our top pick is Mewtwo. This Pokemon has had 3 exclusives moves in the past which are no longer accessible to obtain. These moves are Shadow Ball Ghost, Psystrike Psychic and Hyper Beam Normal. Excluding Hyper Beam, these moves have made this already strong Pokémon into one of the strongest attacking monsters in the game.

The main issue was that Mewtwo could only know one of these powerhouse moves at a time. Shadow Ball was an original legacy move and Psystrike was an event move.

Now for the overpowered part. With an Elite TM, you are able to have a Mewtwo that can now have access to both these Charge Moves. Not only will this be good in the GO Battle League, but also for other parts of the game such as Raiding and taking out Gyms with ease.

A Tier

Dewgong (Ice Shard + Icy Wind)

Dewgong

Ice Shard Ice and Icy Wind Ice are both legacy moves on Dewgong that, when combined can turn a game upside down in the Great League. It has great bulk with a stat-lowering move that is both spammable and powerful. Icy Wind draws opponents into extended fights with its stat debuff and Ice Shard is a low energy cost Charge Move that can dish out substantial damage.

In order for Dewgong to show its true potential, it does require both of these Charge Moves. Having a Dewgong that already has one of these 2 moves will be the best way to acquire it unless you spend the hefty investment of 2 Elite TM’s on this Pokémon which you would have to wait until the end of Season 2.

Zapdos (Thunder Shock)

Zapdos

Thunder Shock Electric Zapdos was obtainable a long while back as a research breakthrough encounter. Thunder Shock is a quick energy-generating Fast Move that has a similar EPS (Energy Per Second) to moves such as Mud Shot and Psycho Cut.

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Paired with Drill Peck Flying and Thunderbolt Electric, Zapdos and its Shadow variant have dominating potential in the Great League against current meta Pokémon such as Azumaril, Registeel, Swampert, Skarmory, Toxicroak and Tropius.

B Tier

Mew

Mew

Mew is a unique Pokémon on this list due to the fact that it does not have any legacy moves or any previously unobtainable moves. The main reason why an Elite TM would be a good idea to use on Mew is that Mew can learn a whopping 25 Charge Moves which make it the most versatile Pokémon in the game.

This is great for trainers that are low on TM’s and want to obtain their ideal moveset without the hassle of going through their whole inventories worth.

The beauty about Mew is that you can set it up to work with any team composition. Some popular moveset combinations that have shown success with high-level trainers have been to run Mew with…

  • Shadow Claw + Flame Charge & Wild Charge to deal with Steel types and provides an attack increase with every Flame Charge used. It also provides coverage for Water Pokémon such as Azumaril.
  • Shadow Claw + Flame Charge & Surf to unexpectedly nuke your opponent and to deal with tanky Steel and Rock type Pokémon.
  • Shadow Claw + Psyshock & Overheat to nuke Steel types and to cause havoc early on into a fight before the stat debuff of Overheat.
  • Shadow Claw + Surf & Rock Slide to have the most spammy moves Mew has to offer and also to deal with Fire types.
  • Shadow Claw + Wild Charge & Ice Beam to have Flying type coverage and to catch common meta Pokémon off guard.

Blaziken (Stone Edge)

Blaziken

Legend tells of a flame chicken we all know and love once being able to learn Stone Edge Rock. The rarest legacy move in all the land. This move was only accessible for a short amount of time for Blaziken and surprisingly has its use in PvP. It offers versatility in Great League and even Ultra League (Premier). Surprisingly Brave Bird gives Blaziken a chance against Altaria and a strong neutral damage option against its Water type counters.

Stone Edge Blaziken has better potential in Silph Arena tournaments rather than a freestyle format. It does have the surprise factor that will throw a lot of people off guard while in a situation to shield or not.

Moltres (Sky Attack)

Moltres

Moltres is most comparable to Charizard just without the bait/spam potential. One of the main reasons you would use Moltres over Charizard in PvP is to deal with Fighting types more effectively, however, overall Charizard would be the better pick. Sky Attack is cheaper then Blast Burn and can have its benefits which can be effective in the Great League meta.

Gengar (Shadow Punch)

Gengar

Gengar is an exceptionally strong Pokémon that has access to Shadow Punch, a fast-charging strong move that has amazing bait potential. Gengar gained access to this move for Gastly community day back in July 2020. Gengar has the potential to sweep with shields with its extremely high attack stat paired with its moves.

Gengar has positive matchups against several top tier Great League picks such as Azumaril, Skarmory, Alolan Marowak, Toxicroak and Defence Deoxys.


Community Day / Shadow Pokémon Elite TM Tier List

If you’ve ever been in a situation where you have caught yourself an ideal Pokémon from past community days and always wished it had those extremely strong event moves, then your time has finally come.

This can be a great option for trainers that are into PvP and have a perfect IV Pokémon for battles but just not the correct exclusive move. Without breaking these Pokémon up into different lists, I have rated them all in the following graph from the first Community Day to the most recent.

Pokémon Move Tier
Venusaur Frenzy Plant S
Charizard Blast Burn S
Swampert Hydro Cannon S
Meganium Frenzy Plant S
Sceptile Frenzy Plant S
Metagross Meteor Mash S
Tyranitar Smack Down (fast) S
Rhyperior Rock Wrecker S
Gengar Shadow Punch S
Beedrill Drill Run S
Gyarados Aqua Tail S
Marowak (Alola) Shadow Bone S
Electivire Flamethrower A
Magmortar Thunderbolt A
Charizard Dragon Breath A
Dragonite Draco Meteor A
Blastoise Hydro Cannon A
Eevee Last Resort
(Eevee evolutions)
A
Typhlosion Blast Burn A
Feraligatr Hydro Cannon A
Blaziken Blast Burn A
Torterra Frenzy Plant A
Flygon Earth Power A
Infernape Blast Burn A
Empoleon Hydro Cannon A
Pikachu Surf B
Shiftry Bullet Seed B
Porygon-Z Tri Attack B
Ampharos Dragon Pulse B
Mamoswine Ancient Power B
Salamence Outrage B
Slaking Body Slam B
Ralts Synchronoise (both evolutions) B


A note on Shadow Pokémon

Shadow Pokémon Disclaimer: Elite TM’s can NOT remove Frustration from Shadow Pokémon, so to obtain these moves you would either need to unlock a 2nd Charged Move or have previously removed Frustration during the available window.

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As we know now, Shadow Pokémon have a 20% higher Attack than its normal form but have a 20% lowered defence making them more glassy but dealing increasingly more damage overall. Shadow Pokémon, due to this fact can be risky but with enough practice, they can be deadly in the right hands.

Something to keep in mind is that Charizard has another legacy move which can be super beneficial in PvP. This move is Wing Attack which, as of now is an extremely rare Charge Move to have on Charizard.

In certain situations, Wing Attack can override Fire Spin as a Fast Move. Against Pokémon that are resistant to Fire type moves, Wing Attack will be able to deal with solid neutral damage and has a better chance to deal with its bullies such as Whiscash and Altaria.


Moves that can be obtained via Elite TMs

Credits for formatting the data mined list go to this kind redditor.

Pokémon Moves
Alakazam Counter
Dazzling Gleam
Psychic
Ampharos Dragon Pulse
Arcanine Bite
Bull Doze
Articuno Hurricane
Beedrill Bug Bite
Drill Run
Blastoise Hydro Cannon
Blaziken Stone Edge
Blast Burn
Breloom Grass Knot
Butterfree Bug Bite
Charizard Ember
Wing Attack
Blast Burn
Flamethrower
Dragon Breath
Charmeleon Scratch
Clefable Pound
Cleffa Body Slam
Psychic
Cloyster Blizzard
Cobalion Sacred Sword
Dewgong Ice Shard
Aqua Jet
Icy Wind
Dodrio Air Cutter
Doduo Swift
Dragonite Dragon Pulse
Draco Meteor
Eevee Body Slam
Last Resort
Ekans Gunk Shot
Electrode Tackle
Elekid Thunderbolt
Electivire Flamethrower
Empoleon Hydro Cannon
Espeon Last Resort
Exeggutor Zen Headbutt
Farfetch'd Cut
Fearow Twister
Feraligatr Water Gun
Hydro Cannon
Flareon Last Resort
Heat Wave
Flygon Earth Power
Gallade Synchronoise
Gardevoir Synchronoise
Gastly Sucker Punch
Ominous Wind
Gengar Lick
Sludge Wave
Dark Pulse
Psychic
Shadow Punch
Glaceon Last Resort
Graveler Rock Slide
Golbat Ominous Wind
Gyarados Dragon Tail
Dragon Pulse
Aqua Tail
Haunter Lick
Hitmonchan Rock Smash
Brick Break
Hitmonlee Stomp
Brick Break
Hypno Psyshock
Igglybuff Body Slam
Infernape Blast Burn
Jigglypuff Body Slam
Play Rough
Jolteon Last Resort
Jynx Pound
Ice Punch
Kabutops Fury Cutter
Kangaskhan Stomp
Brick Break
Kingdra Water Gun
Kingler Mud Shot
Kirlia
Lapras Ice Shard
Ice Beam
Dragon Pulse
Leafeon Last Resort
Lickilicky Body Slam
Lickitung Body Slam
Lugia Aero Blast
Machamp Karate Chop
Submission
Stone Edge
Machoke Cross Chop
Machop Low Kick
Magby Flamethrower
Magmortar Thunderbolt
Mamoswine Ancient Power
Meganium Frenzy Plant
Meowth Body Slam
Marowak (Alola) Shadow Bone
Metagross Meteor Mash
Mewtwo Psystrike
Shadow Ball
Hyper Beam
Mewtwo (Armored) Psystrike
Moltres Sky Attack
Muk Lick
Nidoking Fury Cutter
Ninetales Ember
Flamethrower
Fire Blast
Omanyte Rock Tomb
Brine
Omastar Rock Throw
Rock Slide
Onix Rock Slide
Iron Head
Parasect Bug Bite
Persian Night Slash
Pidgeot Wing Attack
Air Cutter
Gust
Pikachu Present
Surf
Thunder (Pikachu Libre cannot learn these)
Pinsir Submission
Politoed Earthquake
Poliwhirl Scald
Poliwrath Submission
Porygon Tackle
Zen Headbutt
Signal Beam
Psybeam
Discharge
Porygon-Z Tri Attack
Primeape Karate Chop
Cross Chop
Ponyta Fire Blast
Raichu Thunder
Rapidash Ember
Rhydon Megahorn
Rhyperior Rock Wrecker
Salamence Outrage
Sandshrew Rock Tomb
Sceptile Frenzy Plant
Scyther Steel Wing
Bug Buzz
Seadra Blizzard
Seaking Poison Jab
Drill Run
Icy Wind
Seel Water Gun
Aqua Jet
Shedinja Struggle Bug
Shiftry Bullet Seed
Slaking Body Slam
Smoochum Frost Breath
Snorlax Yawn
Spearow Twister
Starmie Tackle
Suicune Hidden Power
Swampert Hydro Cannon
Tangela Power Whip
Togepi Zen Headbutt
Togetic Zen Headbutt
Steel Wing
Torterra Frenzy Plant
Typhlosion Blast Burn
Tyranitar Smack Down
Umbreon Last Resort
Vaporeon Last Resort
Venomoth Bug Bite
Venusaur Frenzy Plant
Voltorb Signal Beam
Weepinbell Razor Leaf
Zapdos Thunder Shock
Zubat Sludge Bomb

Parting Words

The choice is yours when you receive your Elite TM, of course, there will be a lot to factor in and the decision might not be easy for some trainers. Hopefully, this article will guide you into deciding what Pokémon you want to invest this item into.

If you’re after overall performance then I would highly recommend Mewtwo for its versatility, however, if you’re more into the PvP side of things then observing what team you use and what could be improved should help out in your decision.

Best of luck trainers, and remember to stay safe!

-Adam ‘Avrip’

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Writer / Editor for the Pokémon GO Hub. PvP enthusiast and tournament organizer in Perth, Western Australia. Collector and enthusiast of rare Pokémon retro memorabilia. Admin of the Pokémon GO Perth & WA Facebook page. Sold my soul to Niantic on 07/07/2016. https://twitter.com/GOHubAvrip