Master League Tier List

Best Pokémon to use in the Master League

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Master League is the highest PvP league in which you can currently participate in Pokémon GO. It has no CP limitations, so strong Legendaries, Pseudo-Legendaries and Mythicals are all common picks in this league. With the no CP limitations, Pokémon powered up to level 50 is basically a must, which is very costly in terms of candy and stardust. Trainers may join with Pokémon not fully maxed out to their XL potential, but probably won’t make it far in rankings.

There is also the Master League Premier Classic, which does not allow the use of legendary or mythical Pokémon, which creates an entirely different meta. In both cases, it is best to max out your selected team of Pokémon to level 50. Remember that you want to have as close to 100% IVs as possible and that lucky Pokémon have highly reduced stardust costs.

The purpose of this article is to provide full details about the strongest Master League Pokémon and their best movesets in order for trainers to create a viable Master League team and prioritize resource spending on those that perform best. At the time of this article update (last updated September 29, 2022 by 3kkoIogy), we are currently in Go Battle League is in Season 12.

Master League Tier list

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. It is also important to keep Pokémon types in mind when creating teams.

The current meta favors Water, Dragon, Ground, Fairy and Flying 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. This guide will focus on the top 10 Pokémon in each category but know that there are plenty of honorable mentions or “wild” picks that could be used, but it is unlikely for newer players to have a lot of options when it comes to level 50 Pokémon.

Best Master League Pokémon

All Pokémon listed are ranked at their level 50 or XL stats. If you have a shadow version of any Pokémon listed, use it over the normal one, but most people will not have Shadow Pokémon powered up to level 50.

Lead Pokémon

Pokémon Best Fast Move Best Charge Moves
Dragonite Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Superpower Fighting
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
Groudon Mud Shot Ground
  • Fire Punch* Fire
  • Earthquake Ground
Giratina (Altered) Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
  • Ancient Power Rock
Palkia Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Aqua Tail Water
  • Draco Meteor Dragon
Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Ominous Wind Ghost
Lugia Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Sky Attack Flying
  • Aeroblast* Flying
Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic
  • Shadow Ball* Ghost
  • Psystrike* Psychic
Yveltal Snarl Dark
  • Focus Blast Fighting
  • Dark Pulse Dark
Gyarados Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Aqua Tail* Water
  • Crunch Dark
Meloetta Quick Attack Normal
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Psyshock Psychic

*Legacy Move

Switch Pokémon

Pokémon Best Fast Move Best Charge Moves
Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic
  • Shadow Ball* Ghost
  • Psystrike* Psychic
Lugia Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Sky Attack Flying
  • Aeroblast* Flying
Giratina (Altered) Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
  • Ancient Power Rock
Zacian Quick Attack Normal
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Play Rough Fairy
Gyarados Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Aqua Tail Water
  • Crunch Dark
Meloetta Quick Attack Normal
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Psyshock Psychic
Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Ominous Wind Ghost
Groudon Mud Shot Ground
  • Fire Punch* Fire
  • Earthquake Ground
Landorus (Incarnate) Mud Shot Ground
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Earth Power Ground
Palkia Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Aqua Tail Water
  • Draco Meteor Dragon

*Legacy Move

Closer Pokémon

Pokémon Best Fast Move Best Charge Moves
Xerneas Tackle Normal
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Close Combat Fighting
Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Ominous Wind Ghost
Reshiram Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Crunch Dark
  • Overheat Fire
Zekrom Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Crunch Dark
  • Wild Charge Electric
Groudon Mud Shot Ground
  • Fire Punch* Fire
  • Earthquake Ground
Ho-Oh Incinerate Fire
  • Brave Bird Flying
  • Sacred Fire* Fire
Lugia Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Sky Attack Flying
  • Aeroblast* Flying
Yveltal Snarl Dark
  • Focus Blast Fighting
  • Dark Pulse Dark
Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Ground
  • Stone Edge Rock
  • Superpower Fighting
Dialga Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Iron Head Steel
  • Draco Meteor Dragon

*Legacy Move

Best Master League: Premier Classic Pokémon

All Pokémon listed are ranked at their level 50 or XL stats. If you have a shadow version of any Pokémon listed, use it over the normal one, but most people will not have Shadow Pokémon powered up to level 50.

Lead Pokémon

Pokémon Best Fast Move Best Charge Moves
Dragonite Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Superpower Fighting
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
Florges Fairy Wind Fairy
  • Disarming Voice Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
Sneasler Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • X-scissor Bug
Gyarados Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Aqua Tail* Water
  • Crunch Dark
Kommo-o Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
Magnezone Spark Electric
  • Mirror Shot Steel
  • Wild Charge Electric
Snorlax Lick Ghost
  • Superpower Fighting
  • Body Slam Normal
Excadrill Mud Shot Ground
  • Drill Run Ground
  • Rock Slide Rock
Togekiss Charm Fairy
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Ancient Power Rock
Avalugg Ice Fang Ice
  • Avalanche Ice
  • Body Slam Normal

*Legacy Move

Switch Pokémon

Pokémon Best Fast Move Best Charge Moves
Gyarados Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Aqua Tail Water
  • Crunch Dark
Mamoswine Powder Snow Ice
  • Avalanche Ice
  • Bulldoze Ground
Sneasler Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • X-scissor Bug
Electivire Thunder Shock Electric
  • Ice Punch Ice
  • Wild Charge Electric
Roserade Poison Jab Poison
  • Weather Ball Fire
  • Leaf Storm Grass
Dragonite Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Superpower Fighting
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
Metagross Bullet Punch Steel
  • Meteor Mash* Steel
Excadrill Mud Shot Ground
  • Drill Run Ground
  • Rock Slide Rock
Florges Fairy Wind Fairy
  • Disarming Voice Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
Garchomp Mud Shot Ground
  • Outrage Dragon
  • Earth Power* Ground

*Legacy Move

Closer Pokémon

Pokémon Best Fast Move Best Charge Moves
Garchomp Mud Shot Ground
  • Outrage Dragon
  • Earth Power* Ground
Metagross Bullet Punch Steel
  • Meteor Mash* Steel
Mamoswine Powder Snow Ice
  • Avalanche Ice
  • Bulldoze Ground
Florges Fairy Wind Fairy
  • Disarming Voice Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
Dragonite Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Superpower Fighting
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
Conkeldurr Counter Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
  • Stone Edge Rock
Gyarados Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Aqua Tail Water
  • Crunch Dark
Sneasler Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • X-scissor Bug
Kommo-o Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
Goodra Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Power Whip Grass
  • Draco Meteor Dragon

*Legacy Move

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 Master League. For a lot of trainers, maxing CP will be the main focus before battling in the Master League. Use this guide to choose Pokémon who are guaranteed to perform well in this season (and most likely in future seasons).

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 “wild” picks or other honorable mentions to potentially throw off players. Check out our Pokémon PvP Spotlights for in depth 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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