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Best Pokémon Go movesets as of August 2020

Pokemon Go makes some small but significant changes to its battle system. Combat Power (CP) or stats (IV) are the most important factors in Pokemon Go and movesets play an important role as well. The movesets are the combination of the quick move and charge move that your Pokemon uses in Gym and Raid Battles and movesets are determined at random.

Best Pokémon Go Movesets for Attack

You can evolve a Slaking, Tryanitar, Dragonite, Gyarados, Blissey, and many more or catch a Boss after a Gym Raid. They are determined by a roll of the dice the moment you hit the evolve button or as soon as the Premiere Ball stops bouncing. Your perfect IV Shelgon can become a less-than-ideal Salamence with just one tick of the server.

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Several Pokemon are able to pair fast and charge attacks of the same types such as Aerodactyl with Rock-type attacks and Moltres with Flying-type attacks. Some Pokemon are able to learn moves that they cannot do before. Some moves in Pokemon GO for the first time including the first Fairy-type Fast Attack and Skull Bash. Below is the full list:

Alolan Raichu learn Grass Knot
Vileplume learn Sludge Bomb
Hypno learn Fire Punch, Ice Punch, Thunder Punch
Electrode learn Foul Play
Aerodactyl learn Rock Throw
Articuno learn Ancient Power, Ice Shard
Zapdos learn Ancient Power, Drill Peck
Moltres learn Ancient Power, Wing Attack
Sceptile learn Dragon Claw
Aggron learn Smack Down
Claydol learn Mud-Slap
Bronzong learn Bulldoze, Psyshock
Electivire learn Ice Punch
Charm Fairy-type Fast Attack available to Raichu, Clefable, Wigglytuff, Wobbuffet, Granbull, Donphan, Gardevoir, Delcatty, Latias, Togekiss, and Gallade
Skull Bash Normal-type Charged Attack and Defense buff available to Blastoise, Raichu, Lapras, Snorlax, and Rhyperior

If you do not have the best movesets

  • Some Pokemon has upwards of six or more moveset combinations.
  • While some amazingly well and others are terrible.
  • If you have an ideal moveset then it is great.
  • You can do the most damage in the least amount of time while maintaining the best ability to dodge.
  • If you do not have an ideal moveset then all are not lost.
  • You can still have the same type of moves, only less damaging or slower.

For instance, Machamp with Counter and Dynamic Punch is one of the best attackers in the game. Machamp with Counter and Close Combat is a fairly close second. Dragon Tail Outrage is the best for Dragonite but Dragon Tail Hurricane is not far behind.

About secondary Charge Moves

Battles are secondary Charge Moves with PvP Trainer. You can purchase them with Stardust and Candy. If the best Charge Move is a full bar, get a secondary which is multi-bar or vice-versa.

Top Pokemon Go Movesets for attack

If you are looking to attack Gyms or battle in Raids, below are your go-to movesets:

Machamp or Hariyama with Counter + Dynamic Punch
Rayquaza or Dragonite with Dragon Tail + Outrage
Tyranitar with Bite + Crunch
Kyogre or Gyarados with Waterfall + Hydro Pump
Mewtwo with Confusion + Shadowball
Raikou with Thundershock + Wild Charge
Groudon with Solar Beam + Mud Slap
Entei or Moltres with Fire Spin + Overheat
Exeggutor with Bullet Seed + Solar Beam
Golem with Rock Throw + Stone Edge

Best Pokemon Go movesets for defense

Pokemon Go movesets for defense

If you are looking to build a Gym that lasts as long as the new system makes possible, below are the movesets that you require:

Blissey with Zen Headbutt + Dazzling Gleam
Chansey with Zen Headbutt + Dazzling Gleam
Snorlax with Zen Headbutt + Heavy Slam
Slaking with Yawn + Play Rough
Dragonite with Dragon Tail + Outrage
Lapras with Blizzard or Hydro Pump + Frost Breath
Gardevoir with Confusion + Dazzling Gleam
Milotic with Waterfall + Surf
Donphan with Counter + Play Rough
Steelix with Dragon Tail + Heavy Slam

Best moveset for Cresselia

Best moveset for Cresselia

Cresselia is a pure Psychic-type Pokemon in Pokemon Go. Cresselia is better looking than it is meta-effective. The best Movesets is Confusion + Futuresight.

Counter :

Mewtwo with Confusion  + Shadow Ball
Gengar with Shadow Claw + Shadow Ball
Tyranitar with Bite + Crunch

Best moveset for Giratina (Altered Frome)
moveset for Giratina (Altered Frome)

  • Giratina is a Dragon and Ghost-type with two forms.
  • Altered is the first one available in Pokemon Go.
  • Giratina is perfect for Halloween.
  • It is not the powerhouse of its other form.
  • The best Movesets is Shadow Claw + Dragon Claw, one claw for each type.

Counter:

Mewtwo with Confusion  + Shadow Ball
Gengar with Shadow Claw + Shadow Ball
Tyranitar with Bite + Crunch

Best moveset for Regirock

  • Regirock is a Rock-type Pokemon and the third of the Legendary Titans of Hoenn introduced into Pokemon Go.
  • It has a high defense stat that makes it tough in Raid battles.
  • Legendary Pokemon cannot place in Gyms in Pokemon Go and not very useful beyond the PokeDex entry.
  • The best Movesets is Rock Throw + Stone Edge.

Counter:

Kyogre with Waterfall + Hydro Pump
Fighter-type with Counter + Dynamic Punch
Venusaur with Vine Whip + Frenzy Plant

Best moveset for Registeel

  • Registeel is a Steel-type Pokemon and the second of the Legendary Titans of Hoenn introduced into Pokemon Go.
  • It has a high defense stat that makes it tough in Raid battles.
  • Legendary Pokemon cannot place in Gyms in Pokemon Go, not very useful beyond the PokeDex entry.
  • The best movesets are Metal Claw + Flash Cannon.

Counter:

Any big Fire-type with Fire Spin + Overheat
Fighter-type with Counter + Dynamic Punch
Groudon with Mud-Slap Earthquake

Best moveset for Celebi
moveset for Celebi

  • Celebi is a Psychic Grass-type Pokemon which have tons of potential but lacks the moveset pool to really make a dent.
  • The confusion which gets STAB (same type attack bonus) is better than the charge beam as a fast move.
  • The Dazzling Gleam is a Fairy-type move that outscores both Psychic and the plodding cannon which is Hyper Beam even with Psychic’s STAB.
  • Celebi is currently lack of any Grass-type fast or charge moves.
  • It does not provide as a Grass attacker at the moment and that can change any time Pokemon Go wants it to.
  • The best Moveset is Confusion + Dazzling Gleam.

Best Pokemon Go movesets for Regice

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  • Regice is the first of the legendary titans of Hoenn to enter Pokemon Go because its strength is in its defense not offense.
  • You still cannot put Legendary in Gyms.
  • Regice is not as compelling as other Tier 5 Raid Bosses.
  • The best Movesets is Frost Breath + Blizzard.

Counter:

Any big Fire-type with Fire Spin + Overheat
Fighter-type with Counter + Dynamic Punch

If you lack that Metagross with Bullet Punch, Flash cannon will do.

Best Pokémon Go movesets for Mew

Pokémon Go movesets for Mew

  • Mew can learn fast and charge moves of all types and makes to pick the best moveset equal parts math and feels.
  • Mew is not topping any attacker or defenders’ charts.
  • You should go for what the numbers say which is best or your personal favorites.
  • The only exception to this is that it cannot learn a fast psychic move.
  • The best Moveset is Dragon Tail + Solar Beam.

 Best Pokemon Go movesets for Latios

  • Latios is one half of the Eon Duo, Legendary Pokemon of Drago and Psychic types.
  • In a vacuum, Latios is a fine Pokemon.
  • The top 5 Legendary Dragon can assist round-out any attacking team.
  • The best Movesets is Dragon Breath + Dragon Claw.

Counter:

Any big Dragon with big Dragon movesets

In a pinch:

Tyranitar with Bite + Crunch

Best Pokemon Go movesets for Rayquaza

  • Rayquaza is the last of the Weather Trio to enter the Pokemon Go arena.
  • It cannot reach as high a CP as either Groudon or Kyogre.
  • It is more than high enough to make Rayquaza the best Dragon-types in the game and the best Flying-type.
  • The best Movesets is Dragon Tail + Outrage, the new best Dragon-type in the game

Counter:

Articuno with  Blizzard or Ice Beam + Frost Breath

Unless the Raquaza has Ancient Power. If that is so, use

Raikou with Thunder Shock + Wild Charge

Best Pokemon Go movesets for Kyogre

Pokemon Go movesets for Kyogre

  • Kyogre is the Weather Trio and can reach one of the highest CP in the current Pokemon Go lineup along with Groudon.
  • While Kyogre can also learn Blizzard as a Charge Move.
  • It does not have a Quick Move or typing to match.
  • So, you can leave the cold to Articuno and Lapras.
  • The best Movesets is Waterfall + Hydro Pump, the new best Water-type in the game.

Counter:

Raikou with Thunder Shock + Wild Charge

Best Pokemon Go movesets for Raikou

Pokemon Go movesets for Raikou

  • Raikou is a Legendary that actually lives up to the name.
  • The Legendary Electric Beast Raikou has a CP that can reach 3349.
  • It can also do one thing no other Electric-type currently in the game can match as learn Wild Charge.
  • If you combine Raikou’s stats with its moveset, it catapults past Zapdos to become the best pure Electric-type attacker in Pokemon Go.
  • The best Movesets is Thundershock + Wild Charge.

Counter:

Groudon or Rhydon with Earthquake

Best Pokemon Go movesets for Articuno

Pokemon Go moveset for Articuno

  • Articuno is like Lapras on Hulk serum.
  • Articuno only has access to Ice-type movesets, not to water-types that makes Frost Breath its only Quick Move and winner by default.
  • Blizzard packs more power for Charge Moves but takes longer to deliver it.
  • Ice Beam can spam over and over again.
  • The best Movesets is Frost Breath + Blizzard or Ice Beam.
  • Blizzard hits harder but Ice Beam hits more often.

Counter:

Tyranitar with Bite + Stone Edge

The best Pokemon Go movesets for Moltres

Pokemon Go movesets for Moltres

  • Moltres is a Flying or Fire type just like Charizard but with a CP that can reach over 3000.
  • It currently does not have any Flying-type movesets assigned to it.
  • It has Fire Spin + Overheat which are the best Fire-type moveset in the game that makes Moltres, a super-Charizard.
  • You can use it to burn Bugs Grass-types down to ash.
  • The best Movesets is Fire Spin + Overheat.
  • It is not fast but it hits like the inferno.

Counter:

Golem with Rock Throw + Stone Edge
Tyranitar with Bite + Stone Edge

Best Pokemon Go movesets for Zapdos

Pokemon Go moveset for Zapdos

  • Zapdos is a mixed blessing as it has better stats than any previous Electric-type in the game.
  • It does not have access to movesets that really push it over the top.
  • Zapdos is Flying or Electric and has a CP that can soar about 3300.
  • All Zapdos has access to Charge Beam for a fast move.
  • Zap Cannon and Thunder for Charge Move but also Thunderbolt.
  • The best Movesets is Charge Beam + Zap Cannon.

Counter:

Golem with Rock Throw + Stone Edge
Tyranitar with Bite + Stone Edge

Best Pokemon Go movesets for Dragonite

Pokemon Go movesets for Dragonite

  • A 2999 Dragonite or lower Dragonite can fill a Gym slot.
  • Its loss of position and its double weakness to Ice moves push it into an attacking role.
  • It remains the best generalist in the game.
  • Ice is a Dragonite’s worst enemy.

Attack:

  • Dragon Tail with Outrage.
  • Dragon Tail does a lot of damage fast.
  • Outrage just does a lot of damage.
  • Dragon Tail with Hurricane against Machamp.

Defense:

  • Dragon Tail with Outrage.
  • Dragon Tail does a lot of damage fast.
  • Outrage just does a lot of damage.
  • Dragon Tail with Hurricane against Machamp.

Counter:

Lapras or Articuno with Frost Breath and Blizzard

Best Pokémon Go movesets for Machamp

Machamp is the Blissey-breaker, the Snorlax-crusher, the Tyranitar’s Bane.

Attack:

Counter with Dynamic Punch. It hurts many of the big defenders that include Snorlax and Lapras and devastates Tyranitar.

Defense:

Counter with Dynamic Punch but you should not be defending with Machamp anyway.

Counter:

Espeon, Alakazam, or Exeggutor, also Dragon Tail + Hurricane Dragonite.

The best Pokemon Go movesets for Slacking

  • Slaking has a CP that soared over 5000 but Pokemon Go nerfed it hard before releasing it as part of Gen 3.
  • Slaking climbs to the top of the Empire State Building and swats at the puny biplanes of every other Pokemon in the game with a new maximum of 4548 CP.
  • Pokemon Go has given Slaking the zero-damage Yawn as its one and only quick move.
  • While Slaking looks impressive, it cannot really attack and cannot really defend.
  • Therefore, the biggest mon of them all is relegated to showpiece status in the current game.

Attack: Yawn with Hyper Beam.

Defense: Yawn with Play Rough. It has a slightly higher chance of being charged up and set off before Slaking goes down hard.

Counter:

Hariyama or Machamp With Counter + Dynamic Punch

Best Pokemon Go movesets for Tyranitar

Pokemon Go moveset for Tyranitar

  • Tyranitar once soars to the top of Gyms even higher than Dragonite basis on its matchless CP.
  • Any CP over 3000 is actively punished in Gyms, Tyranitar.
  • Its severe weakness to Fighting moves makes it less of a defender and more of an attacker.
  • You can still put a 2999 or lower CP Tyranitar in a Gym.
  • You need to max out double Dark Tyranitar to take out Psychics in Raid Battles including one day, Mew and Mewtwo.

Attack:

  • Bite with Crunch.
  • STAB (Same type attack bonus) and super-effective against Psychics provide Crunch the double-dark win.
  • Bite with Stone Edge against Fire, Electric, and Poison types.

Defense:

Iron Tail with Crunch. The Outputs more damage, more quickly even in bad matchups.

Counter:

Hariyama or Machamp with Counter + Dynamic Punch

The best Pokemon Go movesets for Armored Mewtwo

Pokemon Go movesets for Armored Mewtwo

  • Armored Mewtwo arrives in raids.
  • It is a bulky defender on its own but a fairly weak attacker when it joins your party.
  • This hampers its utilization as you cannot leave legendaries to defend gyms.
  • It is not of much use as a Gym clearer unless it’s just the highest CP thing you have sitting around.
  • It takes some work to bring it out of the Raid and into your party.

Attack:

  • Confusion + Future Sight.
  • This pairing is the only way you can get STAB damage from Mewtwo with its Psychic powers.
  • If you want to use it against Psychic-types, you can replace Future Sight with Dynamic Punch.

Counter:

Tyranitar with Bite and Crunch or Weavile with Feint Attack and Foul Play.

All above- mentioned movesets are the best Pokemon Go movesets as of August 2020. Several Pokemon are able to pair fast and charge attacks of the same types. While some Pokemon are able to learn moves that they cannot do before.

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