Pokémon GO Holidays 2020 event

Holiday Cup is a special Winter themed PvP cup that takes place from Monday, December 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, January 4, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

The Holiday Cup is held in the Great League format, and it allows only Pokémon 1500 CP and under. The Holiday Cup limits Trainers to use only only Normal, Grass, Electric, Ice, Flying, and Ghost typed Pokémon.

During the event, you’ll earn twice the Stardust for winning battles and completing battle sets.


The Holiday Cup meta

Reminder, here are the rules for the Holiday Cup:

  • Great League, 1500 CP Limit
  • Only Electric, Flying, Ghost, Grass, Ice, and Normal type Pokémon are allowed.
  • No other restrictions. Legendaries, Mythicals, Shadows are all a-okay!

The Holiday Cup meta is essentially a trimmed down version of the Great League metagame, with some of the top contenders removed due to type limitations. For example, don’t expect to see Azumarill, Swampert or Galarian Stunfisk in the Holiday Cup.

Even outside of Holiday Pokémon, a metric ton of eligible Pokémon are commonly found in the top of Great League ranking charts. Here’s a list of best 40 Pokémon to use in the Holiday Cup, as ranked by PvPoke.

Holiday Cup Meta Explained

My PVP Academia has a great video that quickly explains the entire Holiday Cup metagame. Worth a watch, for sure!

Top 40 Pokémon to use in the Holiday Cup

Pokémon Type 1 Type 2 Fast Charge 1 Charge 2
Mantine Water Flying Bubble Bubble Beam Ice Beam
Altaria Dragon Flying Dragon Breath Sky Attack Dragon Pulse
Skarmory Steel Flying Air Slash Brave Bird Sky Attack
Venusaur Grass Poison Vine Whip Frenzy Plant Sludge Bomb
Tropius Grass Flying Razor Leaf Leaf Blade Aerial Ace
Vigoroth Normal Counter Body Slam Bulldoze
Galvantula Bug Electric Volt Switch Discharge Lunge
Castform (Snowy) Ice Powder Snow Weather Ball (Ice) Blizzard
Ferrothorn Grass Steel Bullet Seed Power Whip Thunder
Obstagoon Dark Normal Counter Night Slash Gunk Shot
Pelipper Water Flying Wing Attack Weather Ball (Water) Hurricane
Shiftry Grass Dark Snarl Leaf Blade Foul Play
Gliscor Ground Flying Fury Cutter Earthquake Night Slash
Zapdos Electric Flying Thunder Shock Drill Peck Thunder
Wigglytuff Normal Fairy Charm Ice Beam Play Rough
Snorlax Normal Lick Body Slam Superpower
Bellossom Grass Bullet Seed Leaf Blade Return
Grotle Grass Razor Leaf Body Slam Energy Ball
Magnezone Electric Steel Spark Wild Charge Mirror Shot
Marowak (Alola) Fire Ghost Fire Spin Shadow Bone Bone Club
Lapras Water Ice Ice Shard Surf Skull Bash
Whimsicott Grass Fairy Charm Grass Knot Moonblast
Ludicolo Water Grass Bubble Energy Ball Ice Beam
Noctowl Normal Flying Wing Attack Sky Attack Psychic
Munchlax Normal Lick Body Slam Bulldoze
Cradily Rock Grass Bullet Seed Stone Edge Grass Knot
Zangoose Normal Shadow Claw Close Combat Night Slash
Sableye Dark Ghost Shadow Claw Foul Play Return
Lugia Psychic Flying Extrasensory Sky Attack Aeroblast
Gengar Ghost Poison Shadow Claw Shadow Ball Shadow Punch
Stunfisk Ground Electric Thunder Shock Mud Bomb Discharge
Haunter Ghost Poison Shadow Claw Shadow Punch Shadow Ball
Sceptile Grass Bullet Seed Leaf Blade Earthquake
Zebstrika Electric Spark Wild Charge Flame Charge

Our go-to team for Holiday Cup

Altaria Marowak (Alola) Obstagoon

With two additional Pokémon for coverage purposes:

Vigoroth Wigglytuff

Altaria is a beast in this format and provides coverage against Counter users, Alolan Marowak, Vigoroth, Magnezone, Diggersby and Snorlax. Grass types are also easily defeated. Altaria does lose to Wigglytuff and Alolan Sandslash, but both can be managed by other members of this team.


Alolan Marowak is one of our favorite Great League Pokémon, and it’s a perfect partner for Altaria. A-Marowak provides coverage against Wigglytuff, Alolan Sandslash, Abomasnow, Whimsicott and most other Ice types that can defeat Altaria. Lanturn, Obstagoon and Diggersby are A-Marowak’s most common counters in this format.

Obstagoon is a relatively fresh addition to the GL meta, but it proves excellent against A-Marowak and – more importantly – against Ice types. Obstagoon has access to Counter, which makes well suited to counter Froslass, Drifblim, but also Diggersby, Magnezone and Alolan Graveler.

Wigglytuff is a monster, with Charm dealing a stupendous amount of neutral damage to most opponents in this Cup.

Vigoroth is always a good idea in GL, so we tend to use it here if Obstagoon is not available. Counter leads the offense.