If you are a bit too fast-paced to look through this article, take a look at this graphic on the go so you can find your TOP Master League Pokémon, made by yours truly.
Before delving into the deep end, I should first explain this tactic/technique and the purpose behind it. The basic goal here is to find which Pokémon of each type will cause the highest amounts of damage to a counter they are super effective against. Although I can show you which are the “best” PVP Pokémon in Master League, please note that this is only one way for you to prepare for PVP, and there very well may be better or more advanced tactics than what is shown here.
That being said, if you are like me and are at a loss as to what Pokémon you should be trying to obtain for PVP battles, this is for you, use this as a basis for future additions/changes you want to make later on.
The requirements are the following for this Master League analysis:
Move Types – The Pokémon must have access to both a fast and charged move of the typing they represent
Primary and Secondary Typings – As long as a Pokémon can comply with the previous rule, the Pokémon can represent either of their dual typings
MAX CP – Since Master league has no CP limit, the Pokémon included are determined based on their MAX CP amount
Damage Output – The Pokémon will be determined based on the amount of damage they can output before they faint
Besides this, I will also be presenting what I believe to be the best Secondary Charged Move you can add to each of these PVP Pokémon, please note that the primary basis for what Charged Moves I selected are based on smaller energy cost. Considering PVP is a fast-paced game, fast-paced moves make for better use.
The Master League Analysis
The Master League is highest league available to participate in; in Pokémon GO. There are no CP limits as to what you can use, and is easily one of the more predictable leagues you can participate in considering that most Trainers tend to use the same counters, however, let’s see if that changes here.
Tauros – Use Horn Attack for low energy cost, pair with Earthquake for high damage output and for a hard attack for your opponent to counter
Snorlax – Use Hyper Beam for high damage output, pair with Body Slam for low energy cost (If Body Slam is unavailable, use Heavy Slam)
Lopunny – Use Hyper Beam for high damage output, pair with Fire Punch for low energy cost and a hard attack for your opponent to counter
Note – With the already lacking variety in normal types, I made an exception when it came to Snorlax and took into account its Ghost type fast move, which ended up giving it second place in comparison to other normal types
Kyogre – Use Hydro Pump for high damage output, pair with Blizzard if Hydro Pump is not very effective against your opponent
Gyarados – Use Hydro Pump for high damage output, pair with Crunch for low energy cost and a hard attack for your opponent to counter
Vaporeon – Use Hydro Pump for high damage output, pair with Aqua Tail for low energy cost
With interest decaying in PVP and Trainers pretty much only playing for Sinnoh Stones and the occasional bragging rights, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Niantic making changes to it in the future. However, if type effectiveness stays the same, the list above will only grow in usefulness. Keep your eyes out for future articles where we cover more advanced PVP techniques, but in the mean-time this is more than plenty as a starter pack to get you on the top of PVP matches.
Have fun, and stay safe, Trainers!
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