January Generation 5 Wave Pokémon in Raid and Trainer Battles Meta

Hello trainers!  Exciting news! A large wave of brand new Generation 5 Pokémon has been spotted in Pokémon Go! Now you might be wondering where all these new Pokémon fit into the PvE and the PvP meta. Well fear not, here is a quick look at all of the meta relevant Pokémon that were released in this new wave!

In terms of usefulness, Conkeldurr is the clear winner of this recent wave. The second best fighting type in the game in terms of DPS, it has more bulk than Lucario and can outperform the king of the fighting types in some situations. After that, we have a bit of a drop off to Haxorus and Gigalith which are good, but not great options.

Archeops is an interesting Pokémon, in that it has an amazing attack stat and awful moves.  So, it could be one to keep an eye on.  If you get a good Archen, keep it stashed away (and don’t evolve it) and hope that Niantic graces it with better moves later on.  Maybe it will get its own raid day or a field research day?

Escavalier has some use in PVP but isn’t very relevant otherwise.

The rest are all Pokémon that are not meta relevant, in either PvE or PvP.  So, they’ll just end up being dex entries.  Unless they are one of your favourite Pokémon, in which case they will be special and relevant for you!

So let’s take a closer look at the Pokémon that have at least a small impact on the Meta, and could end up being useful.

* All PVP Stats provided by PvPoke, PvE stats via GO Hub Database.

Conkeldurr

Pokemon GO ConkeldurrConkeldurrFighting
Evolution Line
Pokemon GO TimburrTimburr Pokemon GO GurdurrGurdurr Pokemon GO ConkeldurrConkeldurr
PvE
Counter

Fighting

Dynamic Punch

Fighting

Conkeldurr is the 2nd best Fighting DPS in the game right now behind Lucario. Conkeldurr’s DPS is almost a full point lower than Lucario, but it’s much much bulkier so in certain situations it will outperform Lucario.
PvP
Counter

Fighting

Dynamic Punch

Fighting

  Stone Edge

Rock

Conkeldurr comes in as the 21st overall option in Master league and the #1 ranked fighting type. Its downfall is it doesn’t have access to Power-Up Punch, however, its bulk and its strength make up for it if you’re in the market for a fighting type for Master League.
Great League Ultra League Master League
#129 Overall #52 Overall #21 Overall
#8 Fighting Type #3 Fighting Type #1 Fighting Type

Haxorus

Pokemon GO HaxorusHaxorusDragon
Evolution Line
Pokemon GO AxewAxew Pokemon GO FraxureFraxure Pokemon GO HaxorusHaxorus
PvE
Dragon Tail

Dragon

Dragon Claw

Dragon

Haxorus is the 3rd best Dragon DPS in the game right now behind Rayquaza and Salamence. It has DPS slightly higher than Dragonite, but is far squishier, so realistically you should slot Haxorus behind Dragonite. With better moves, Haxorus would be a stronger performer.
PvP
Counter

Fighting

Dragon Claw

Dragon

  Night Slash

Dark

Great League Ultra League Master League
#127 Overall #136 Overall #39 Overall
#8 Dragon Type #6 Dragon Type #6 Dragon Type

Gigalith

Pokemon GO GigalithGigalithRock
Evolution Line
Pokemon GO RoggenrolaRoggenrola Pokemon GO BoldoreBoldore Pokemon GO GigalithGigalith
PvE
Smack Down

Rock

Rock Slide

Rock

Gigalith is the 5th best Rock DPS in the game right now. That being said, you have to be aware that it’s a full 4.09 DPS behind Rampardos. It barely out DPSes Aerodactyl and it’s far behind Tyranitar in terms of bulk.
PvP
Smack Down

Rock

Super Power

Fighting

  Rock Slide

Rock

Great League Ultra League Master League
#255 Overall #134 Overall #59 Overall
#3 Rock Type #4 Rock Type

Archeops

Pokemon GO ArcheopsArcheopsRock Flying
Evolution Line
Pokemon GO ArchenArchen Pokemon GO ArcheopsArcheops
PvE
Wing Attack

Flying

Dragon Claw

Dragon

Archeops is the 4th best Rock and 6th best Flying DPS in the game right now. Archeops actually has a very impressive attack stat but is hampered by the lack of a Flying Charge move and a less than stellar Rock charge move. Archeops is the one Pokemon that could be improved in the future, because it could be a real powerhouse if it ever gets access to some better moves.
PvP
Wing Attack

Flying

Dragon Claw

Dragon

  Ancient Power

Rock

Great League Ultra League Master League
#296 Overall #218 Overall #106 Overall

Escavalier

Pokemon GO EscavalierEscavalierBug Steel
Evolution Line
Pokemon GO KarrablastKarrablast Pokemon GO EscavalierEscavalier
PvE
Bug Bite

Bug

X-Scissor

Bug

Escavalier is the 5th highest Bug DPS in the game, but it’s still worse than Scizor. Scizor is a “baseline” Bug type in our heads, and we’re pretty sad to see Escavalier perform lower than Scizor in PvE. PvP is another story.
PvP
Counter

Fighting

Megahorn

Bug

 Bug Bite

Bug

Drill Run

Ground

Coming in as #32 overall and the #2 bug type in the Ultra League, PvP is where Escavalier’s real value is.  With the #1 bug type being the regional Herracross, so if you’re into Ultra League and don’t have access to a PvP worthy Herracross, Escavalier could be the answer. There are better options in the Great League and Master League.
Great League Ultra League Master League
#88 Overall #32 Overall #66 Overall

What’s your favourite Pokémon in this new wave?  Let me know in the comments! I’ve been waiting for Conkeldurr since Gen 5 was announced, so I am very excited to go get myself a bunch!

Thanks for reading, and as always, stay safe out there!

I've been playing Pokemon Go since the game launched way back in 2016, I am a loyal Valor player and also a content creator on YouTube going by the name Professor Glaw.