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

Trainers that achieve rank 7 or higher in GO Battle League will be rewarded with an Elite TM at the end of the season as a prize for their efforts. These never before seen TM’s grant the user the ability to finally be able to choose their desired move instead of having to re-roll and hope that it lands on the right move.

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 will trainers have the ability to choose a move, but the Elite TM will also grant the user the ability to allow Pokémon to learn moves from previous Raid Days / Community Days 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)

Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo

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)

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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)

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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.

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

B Tier


Pokemon GO MewMew

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 + Psyshock & Grass Knot to deal with Water types and provide solid neutral damage.
  • Shadow Claw + Psyshock & Focus Blast to unexpectedly nuke your opponent down 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)

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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 gives Blaziken a chance against Altaria and a 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)

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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.

Politoed (Earthquake)

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Politoed has unexpected power in the Great League. it is a lesser-used mud boi primarily due to the fact that not many trainers have access to one with Earthquake. It has the potential to beat Azumaril and Registeel comfortably and can handle other top tier picks such as Alolan Marowak and Haunter.

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
Pokemon GO VenusaurVenusaur Frenzy Plant S
Pokemon GO CharizardCharizard Blast Burn S
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Hydro Cannon S
Pokemon GO MeganiumMeganium Frenzy Plant S
Pokemon GO SceptileSceptile Frenzy Plant S
Pokemon GO MetagrossMetagross Meteor Mash S
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Smack Down (fast) S
Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Rock Wrecker S
Pokemon GO DragoniteDragonite Draco Meteor A
Pokemon GO BlastoiseBlastoise Hydro Cannon A
Pokemon GO EeveeEevee Last Resort
(Eevee evolutions)
Pokemon GO TyphlosionTyphlosion Blast Burn A
Pokemon GO FeraligatrFeraligatr Hydro Cannon A
Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken Blast Burn A
Pokemon GO TorterraTorterra Frenzy Plant A
Pokemon GO FlygonFlygon Earth Power A
Pokemon GO InfernapeInfernape Blast Burn A
Pokemon GO EmpoleonEmpoleon Hydro Cannon A
Pokemon GO PikachuPikachu Surf B
Pokemon GO AmpharosAmpharos Dragon Pulse B
Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine Ancient Power B
Pokemon GO SalamenceSalamence Outrage B
Pokemon GO SlakingSlaking Body Slam B
Pokemon GO RaltsRalts Synchronoise (both evolutions) B

A note on Shadow Pokémon

Shadow Pokémon Disclaimer: Elite TM’s may not be able to 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.

Shadow Pokémon will now also have access to these moves. 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
Pokemon GO AlakazamAlakazam Counter
Dazzling Gleam
Pokemon GO AmpharosAmpharos Dragon Pulse
Pokemon GO ArcanineArcanine Bite
Bull Doze
Pokemon GO ArticunoArticuno Hurricane
Pokemon GO BeedrillBeedrill Bug Bite
Pokemon GO BlastoiseBlastoise Hydro Cannon
Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken Stone Edge
Blast Burn
Pokemon GO BreloomBreloom Grass Knot
Pokemon GO ButterfreeButterfree Bug Bite
Pokemon GO CharizardCharizard Ember
Wing Attack
Blast Burn
Pokemon GO CharmeleonCharmeleon Scratch
Pokemon GO ClefableClefable Pound
Pokemon GO CleffaCleffa Body Slam
Pokemon GO CloysterCloyster Blizzard
Pokemon GO CobalionCobalion Sacred Sword
Pokemon GO DewgongDewgong Ice Shard
Aqua Jet
Icy Wind
Pokemon GO DodrioDodrio Air Cutter
Pokemon GO DoduoDoduo Swift
Pokemon GO DragoniteDragonite Dragon Pulse
Draco Meteor
Pokemon GO EeveeEevee Body Slam
Last Resort
Pokemon GO EkansEkans Gunk Shot
Pokemon GO ElectrodeElectrode Tackle
Pokemon GO ElekidElekid Thunderbolt
Pokemon GO EmpoleonEmpoleon Hydro Cannon
Pokemon GO EspeonEspeon Last Resort
Pokemon GO ExeggutorExeggutor Zen Headbutt
Pokemon GO Farfetch’dFarfetch’d Cut
Pokemon GO FearowFearow Twister
Pokemon GO FeraligatrFeraligatr Water Gun
Hydro Cannon
Pokemon GO FlareonFlareon Last Resort
Heat Wave
Pokemon GO FlygonFlygon Earth Power
Pokemon GO GalladeGallade Synchronoise
Pokemon GO GardevoirGardevoir Synchronoise
Pokemon GO GastlyGastly Sucker Punch
Ominous Wind
Pokemon GO GengarGengar Lick
Sludge Wave
Dark Pulse
Pokemon GO GlaceonGlaceon Last Resort
Pokemon GO GravelerGraveler Rock Slide
Pokemon GO GolbatGolbat Ominous Wind
Pokemon GO GyaradosGyarados Dragon Tail
Dragon Pulse
Pokemon GO HaunterHaunter Lick
Pokemon GO HitmonchanHitmonchan Rock Smash
Brick Break
Pokemon GO HitmonleeHitmonlee Stomp
Brick Break
Pokemon GO HypnoHypno Psyshock
Pokemon GO IgglybuffIgglybuff Body Slam
Pokemon GO InfernapeInfernape Blast Burn
Pokemon GO JigglypuffJigglypuff Body Slam
Play Rough
Pokemon GO JolteonJolteon Last Resort
Pokemon GO JynxJynx Pound
Ice Punch
Pokemon GO KabutopsKabutops Fury Cutter
Pokemon GO KangaskhanKangaskhan Stomp
Brick Break
Pokemon GO KingdraKingdra Water Gun
Pokemon GO KinglerKingler Mud Shot
Pokemon GO LaprasLapras Ice Shard
Ice Beam
Dragon Pulse
Pokemon GO LeafeonLeafeon Last Resort
Pokemon GO LickilickyLickilicky Body Slam
Pokemon GO LickitungLickitung Body Slam
Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Karate Chop
Stone Edge
Pokemon GO MachokeMachoke Cross Chop
Pokemon GO MachopMachop Low Kick
Pokemon GO MagbyMagby Flamethrower
Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine Ancient Power
Pokemon GO MeganiumMeganium Frenzy Plant
Pokemon GO MeowthMeowth Body Slam
Pokemon GO MetagrossMetagross Meteor Mash
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psystrike
Shadow Ball
Hyper Beam
Pokemon GO Mewtwo (Armored)Mewtwo (Armored) Psystrike
Pokemon GO MoltresMoltres Sky Attack
Pokemon GO MukMuk Lick
Pokemon GO NidokingNidoking Fury Cutter
Pokemon GO NinetalesNinetales Ember
Fire Blast
Pokemon GO OmanyteOmanyte Rock Tomb
Pokemon GO OmastarOmastar Rock Throw
Rock Slide
Pokemon GO OnixOnix Rock Slide
Iron Head
Pokemon GO ParasectParasect Bug Bite
Pokemon GO PersianPersian Night Slash
Pokemon GO PidgeotPidgeot Wing Attack
Air Cutter
Pokemon GO PikachuPikachu Present
Thunder (Pikachu Libre cannot learn these)
Pokemon GO PinsirPinsir Submission
Pokemon GO PolitoedPolitoed Earthquake
Pokemon GO PoliwhirlPoliwhirl Scald
Pokemon GO PoliwrathPoliwrath Submission
Pokemon GO PorygonPorygon Tackle
Zen Headbutt
Signal Beam
Pokemon GO PrimeapePrimeape Karate Chop
Cross Chop
Pokemon GO PonytaPonyta Fire Blast
Pokemon GO RaichuRaichu Thunder
Pokemon GO RapidashRapidash Ember
Pokemon GO RhydonRhydon Megahorn
Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Rock Wrecker
Pokemon GO SalamenceSalamence Outrage
Pokemon GO SandshrewSandshrew Rock Tomb
Pokemon GO SceptileSceptile Frenzy Plant
Pokemon GO ScytherScyther Steel Wing
Bug Buzz
Pokemon GO SeadraSeadra Blizzard
Pokemon GO SeakingSeaking Poison Jab
Drill Run
Icy Wind
Pokemon GO SeelSeel Water Gun
Aqua Jet
Pokemon GO ShedinjaShedinja Struggle Bug
Pokemon GO SlakingSlaking Body Slam
Pokemon GO SmoochumSmoochum Frost Breath
Pokemon GO SnorlaxSnorlax Yawn
Pokemon GO SpearowSpearow Twister
Pokemon GO StarmieStarmie Tackle
Pokemon GO SuicuneSuicune Hidden Power
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Hydro Cannon
Pokemon GO TangelaTangela Power Whip
Pokemon GO TogepiTogepi Zen Headbutt
Pokemon GO TogeticTogetic Zen Headbutt
Steel Wing
Pokemon GO TorterraTorterra Frenzy Plant
Pokemon GO TyphlosionTyphlosion Blast Burn
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Smack Down
Pokemon GO UmbreonUmbreon Last Resort
Pokemon GO VaporeonVaporeon Last Resort
Pokemon GO VenomothVenomoth Bug Bite
Pokemon GO VenusaurVenusaur Frenzy Plant
Pokemon GO VoltorbVoltorb Signal Beam
Pokemon GO WeepinbellWeepinbell Razor Leaf
Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos Thunder Shock
Pokemon GO ZubatZubat 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’

Avrip // Level 40 (Valor) - PvP 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