Since the beginning of the monthly Community Day events, trainers worldwide have speculated and wondered what the exclusive move for Community Day Pokémon would be, and until now, many trainers have found there to be no real rhyme or reason as to the moves Niantic selects for that Community Day Pokémon.

Here we will take a look at the possible moves Mareep’s evolution could obtain, and what it could mean in its performance of the Meta-game. We will filter out its possible moves until coming to a conclusion on what we can expect.

In order to figure this out, we will use the the criteria established in our former article, Community Day: How to Predict Exclusive Moves. If you would like to take a shot at predicting Mareep’s Exclusive Move, feel free to tell us what you found in the comments below!


Special (Gift) Moves

Like previously established, Special (Gift) moves appear to take a first priority when it comes to the selection of CDEM (Community Day Exclusive Moves), the only issue with this however is that Ampharos does not appear to have any Special (Gift) Move, meaning that there are no leads to go on here.

Signature Moves

Similarly as Special (Gift) Moves, Ampharos does not have a signature move, appearing to most likely take a second priority, the unavailablaity of a Signature Move forces us to analyze the last most likely move type for Ampharos, Tutor Moves.

Tutor Moves

If we take a look at Ampharos and its available tutor moves, we can see it has many options. However, how can we possibly figure out its possible CDEM if there are so many to choose from? Below is a list of available Tutor Moves as of Generation 7.

Move Typing
After You Normal
Dragon Pulse Dragon
Electroweb Electric
Fire Punch Fire
Focus Punch Fighting
Heal Bell Normal
Iron Tail Steel
Laser Focus Normal
Magnet Rise Electric
Outrage Dragon
Shock Wave Electric
Signal Beam Bug
Snore Normal
Thunder Punch Electric

Status Effects/Regeneration Moves

As of right now, there are no moves in Pokemon GO meant for the direct use of status effects or for health regeneration, thus we must remove these moves from the available tutor moves. This also includes moves that are based on effecting the order of turns in battle or moves that require status effects to be present to work (such as Snore).

Move Typing
Dragon Pulse Dragon
Electroweb Electric
Fire Punch Fire
Focus Punch Fighting
Iron Tail Steel
Outrage Dragon
Shock Wave Electric
Signal Beam Bug
Thunder Punch Electric

Generation Moves

The name may not make sense, but if we compare Mareep’s Community Day with Dratini’s and Bulbasaur’s, we can see that there is a clear connection to the its Exclusive Move and the fact that the move was available as a Tutor Move for the Pokémon ever since Generation 4 (of the main series games), meaning that most likely, Mareep’s CDEM will be a move it has been able to learn since Generation 4 until Generation 7. These are those moves which have been passed over from Generation to Generation.

Move Typing
Fire Punch Fire
Outrage Dragon
Signal Beam Bug
Thunder Punch Electric

 


Possible Communtiy Day Exclusive Moves

Now that we have been able to narrow down the selection, it is time to prioritize these moves in the order of the effectiveness towards Ampharos and its performance in the meta.

Outrage

When comparing all of the probable moves, Outrage Dragon appears to be Ampharos’s best option, causing a DPE (Total Damage per energy cycle) of 220 compared to Ampharos’s current best Charged Move, Zap Cannon Electric which only offers a DPE of 140.

In the case scenario that Ampharos does learn Outrage for its CDEM, it should truly change the way it is played in the meta, immediately becoming a top gym defender and attacker. If this occurs, we should expect to see Ampharos used as an easy go-to for many Trainers.

Fire Punch

Although Fire Punch Fire doesn’t pack as much of a punch as Outrage Dragon, it can still make Ampharos a game-changer. Fire Punch Fire has a DPE of 165, which on its own may not seem like much but when compared to Ampharos’s Zap Cannon Electric, it is still a step-up.

In comparison to Outrage Dragon and the change it could bring to Ampharos in the meta, Fire Punch Fire would be unable to do this; not like Outrage Dragon. Fire Punch is the second best move in comparison to the available CDEM for Ampharos, hwhich would turn Ampharos into a great Steel counter.

Signal Beam

Signal Beam Bug may seem like the unlikeliest contender here, but if we really pay attention to its use in the meta, it might make Ampharos a bit more useful. Signal Beam Bug has a DPE of 150 which is only slightly higher than Zap Cannon Electric which only holds a DPE of 140.

Even though many Trainers would hate the thought of a Signal Beam Bug Ampharos, stats wise, it makes sense. Using Signal Beam Bug would turn Ampharos into a great Psychic and Dark counter, being a wondeful option at your next EX Raid or to deal with Alakazam in gyms. Do not underestimate Signal Beam.

Thunder Punch

Out of all of the available moves, Thunder Punch Electric is easily the worst possible move Ampharos could learn as its CDEM. The simplest way to explain this is by comparing it to Zap Cannon Electric. Thunder Punch has a DPE of 135, meaning that when it comes to Electric Charged Moves, there is really no reason to switch from Zap Cannon Electric to Thunder Punch Electric.

Some Trainers may attempt to make the case that since Thunder Punch is a 3 bar Charged Move, it is more useful when it comes to timing in comparison to Zap Cannon which is 1 bar, however because of the still present bar-charging bug in battles, relying on Thunder Punch Electric because it is a 3 bar Charged Move is useless.


Final Notes

Although we can make an educated prediction, there are still some things we have to leave you with to consider:

  • We believe that Mareep’s Exclusive Move will be Outrage Dragon, Fire Punch Fire, Signal beam Bug, or Thunder Punch Electric
  • Ampharos’s best Charged Move is currently Zap Cannon Electric
  • The way Niantic selects Exclusive Moves is always subject to change
  • Do not forget that this is speculation, so feel free to give your opinion or your ideas!

If you would like to learn how we predicted these moves, or how you could predict your own, take a look at our article on Community Day: How to Predict Exclusive Moves, which we will be updating more as changes are made to the way Niantic selects Community Day Exclusive Moves.

What move do you expect to be Mareep’s Exclusive move this Community Day? Leave us a comment with what you would like to see!