A PvP Evaluation of GO Battle League Season 16 Reward Pokémon

Dominicus
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Good day, Pokémon trainers! A brand new season of Pokémon GO Battle League is upon us. Which suggests new strikes, rebalances, and new entrants to PvP! Loads of this has already been lined by different members over right here at GOHub, comparable to these intensive transfer rebalance analyses by JRE and the September catch priorities by Jtizzler. 

And at the moment I need to add to the dialogue by speaking concerning the usually understated a part of Pokémon GO PvP. The Pokémon obtainable as rewards for getting three in a set wins within the GO Battle League! 

Key Phrases

The primary function of this text is to present you an thought of the Pokémon obtainable as rewards within the GO Battle League, analyze their greatest use instances, And which league you should use them in. In any case, you'll be catching these Pokémon whereas taking part in PvP anyway, so why not make good use of them?

So with the thought of this being an article you may simply refer again to whereas taking part in within the GO Battle League in thoughts, I shall be describing some key components at the beginning of every Pokémon's evaluation. The important thing phrases are as follows:

Kind: The kind(s) of the Pokémon or it's evolution. Whichever one is extra viable for PvP.

Required Rank: Sure Pokémon within the GO Battle League will solely begin showing after a sure rank is reached. This denotes that rank.

Viable League: Which leagues the Pokémon is viable for. Whether or not or not it's the Nice League(1500 CP), Extremely League(2500 CP), Grasp League(Limitless). And even Little League (500 CP). 

Finest IVs: The widely accepted absolute best IVs for the Pokémon. Denoted within the format of Assault/Protection/HP. So if I say 5/13/15, I imply 5 Assault, 13 Protection, 15 HP/Stamina. 

Usability As Is: Not each Pokémon you may catch in GO Battle League has perfect IVs for PvP. It's because the GO Battle League Pokémon have a minimal IV of 10/10/10. And a number of Pokémon for the Nice League and the Extremely League want having low assault with excessive protection and stamina. As such, I shall be utilizing three phrases to elucidate usability:

  • Completely: The Pokémon's absolute best IVs may be acquired in GBL.
  • Sure: The Pokémon may be acquired with usable IVs in GBL. However not with the very best IVs.
  • No: The Pokémon requires IV spreads that may solely be acquired within the wild or by means of buying and selling.

With that out of the way in which, let's get proper into it! Beginning with:

Bisharp


Bisharp


Kind: DarkishMetal

Required Rank: 1

Viable League: None(But). Probably Grasp League sooner or later.

Finest IVs: 15/15/15 (Probably)

Usability As Is: Most likely Completely!

We're beginning off with a wierd one. You get Bisharp as a confirmed reward for profitable 3 video games in Rank 1. And it isn't an excellent Pokémon for PvP…But! Era IX launched a brand new evolution for the Bisharp line within the type of Kingambit. And contemplating its typing and strikes in the primary collection video games, it would show to be an excellent Pokémon for the Grasp League when it's added to GO!

Since we're lastly getting Paldean Pokémon this season. And contemplating the truth that you're getting a second-stage evolution with a ten/10/10 IV ground. Right here is your probability to nab one with strong IVs that shall be doubtlessly cheaper to construct up as nicely!

Marill



Marill


Kind: WaterFairy(Azumarill)

Required Rank: 1+

Viable League: Nice League

Finest IVs: 0/15/15 

Usability As Is: No

A mainstay within the Nice League. The longer term for Marill's direct evolution appears vibrant for this season. As together with the long-standing Galarian Stunfisk, Gliger and Carbink have entered this season as potential top-meta picks. What do all of those Pokémon have in frequent? They're completely allergic to Water. So whereas the favored charged assaults of selection for the blue egg so far have been Moonblast and Ice Beam, there's a level to be made for going with Hydro Pump as nicely.

Azumarill at all times had some play even after the nerf to its most well-liked quick assault Bubble. That is because of its spectacular bulk and half Fairy typing. Which permits it to threaten the likes of Medicham. As for the usability of 1 acquired from GBL. Nicely, a ten/15/14 isn't utterly ineffective because it's so naturally cumbersome, however it isn't perfect. And Marill is fairly generally discovered within the wild so no want to carry on to 1 from league rewards. Nonetheless, they're nonetheless helpful for getting these all-too-necessary XL candies.

Sneasel



Sneasel


Kind: DarkishIce(Common), CombatingPoison(Hisuian Kind)

Required Rank: 1+

Viable League: Nice League, Extremely League

Finest IVs: 0/15/15 

Usability As Is: No

Okay, so admittedly Bisharp was a little bit of a cop-out. However Sneasel or its evolution, Weavile aren't actually good for any open metas. And in contrast to Bisharp, Sneasel doesn't have something left for the foreseeable future both since its Hisuian variant is already out (we'll get to {that a} bit later). So except Sneasel will get a brand new evolution in a future technology or some sort of overhaul, I don't personally assume it has a lot going for it.

It's Hisuian cousin performs a bit higher. The CombatingPoison evolution of Hisuian Sneasel, Sneasler is a good spice choose for the Nice League and Extremely League. And has strong potential in restricted metas. However nonetheless, even Sneasler isn't precisely a top-star within the open meta and Hisuian Sneasle isn't within the pool of GBL rewards. So this one's a little bit of a waste, may as nicely switch it for some candies.

Meditite



Meditite


Kind: CombatingPsychic

Required Rank: 1+

Viable League: Nice League

Finest IVs: 5/15/15 

Usability As Is: Sure

Now we arrive at one of many huge ones. Medicham has been an uncontested top-meta Pokémon for some time, virtually to the purpose of concern. It's ranked #1 on pvpoke proper now simply to present you an instance. Whereas it bought a slight nerf to one in all its charged assaults Psychic, this does nothing to hurt it as its counters preserve getting nerfed more durable.

Medicham simply has lots going for it. Stable bulk, entry to the most effective preventing sort quick assault Counter, CombatingPsychic typing that provides it only a few weaknesses, and several other strong charged assaults. What's higher but, the very best IVs for Metacham, as it's usually referred to as, is 5/15/15. So a Meditite from GBL that has a ten/15/14 or a ten/14/15 IV unfold continues to be strong and considerably cheaper to construct as nicely. So be at liberty to Pinap Berry a Meditite should you come throughout it and test its IVs. You may simply discover the one for you!

Croagunk



Croagunk


Kind: PoisonCombating

Required Rank: 1+

Viable League: Nice League, Extremely League

Finest IVs: 1/15/15 (Nice League), 0/15/12 (Extremely League)

Usability As Is: Sure (Nice league), No (Extremely League)

Toxicroak, Croagunk's evolution is fairly just like Sneasler talked about earlier than. As they're each glass cannon PoisonCombating varieties greatest suited as spice picks or restricted metas. Although probably the most attention-grabbing differentiator between the 2 in my humble opinion, is that Toxicroak learns the quick assault Counter. In distinction to Sneasler's equally spectacular however non-stab Shadow Claw

With an enviable moveset of Counter, Mud Bomb, and Sludge Bomb, it's not like Toxicroak doesn't have something going for it. However the good is tempered considerably by its low bulk. Together with it's weaknesses to common typings comparable to PsychicFlying and Floor. Nonetheless, you are able to do lots worse than Toxicroak and a ten/15/15 IV unfold works decently sufficient for it within the Nice League. Simply keep in mind that you're giving up some bulk on an already glassy Pokémon. One which occurs to be even glassier within the Nice League.

Skwovet



Skwovet


Kind: Regular

Required Rank: 1+

Viable League: Nice League, Extremely League

Finest IVs: 1/12/14 (Nice League), 3/15/15 (Extremely League)

Usability As Is: No (Nice league), Sure (Extremely League)

We attain the ultimate Pokémon which you can doubtlessly discover in as early as two units. And I used to be fairly excited to speak about this one. I really performed Pokémon Unite as nicely across the time it simply got here out. And Greedent, Skwovet's evolution was the brand new prime canine everybody was speaking about. With its new transfer replace (Mud Shot) this season, I can't assist however really feel this huge squirrel has various potential in GO as nicely. 

In apply, it's just like different cumbersome Regular varieties comparable to Lickitung and Dubwool within the Nice League. Appearing as a really strong safe-swap as Regular varieties are susceptible to solely a single weak spot in Combating. It's a bit outclassed by the aforementioned Lickitung in sheer bulk. However it's a lot cheaper to construct (requiring no XL candies within the Nice League) and the dearth of requirement of a legacy transfer. Greedent will get Physique Slam without spending a dime, whereas it's a legacy transfer for the massive licker. If that wasn't all Greedent additionally wins towards Licki in a direct matchup because of Lick not being efficient towards it.

And this isn't even speaking concerning the Extremely League. The place the added bulk actually could as nicely make Greedent the greatest regular sort and among the best secure swaps. A ten/15/15 works nicely sufficient for the Extremely League as nicely and is significantly cheaper. Although you might want to seek out one within the wild or by means of trades for the Nice League.

Carbink



Carbink


Kind: RockFairy

Required Rank: 6+

Viable League: Nice League

Finest IVs: 5/15/15

Usability As Is: Sure (Nice league)

Okay, so we've lastly reached the Pokémon that may acquired fairly considerably after Rank 1 within the GBL. And full disclosure, I generally tend to speak about this Pokémon maybe a bit an excessive amount of. However I actually can't assist it. I like Carbink's design quite a bit. And the truth that it's among the best Pokémon proper now for the Nice League makes me very very glad. However let's get to the precise dialogue.

Carbink is an especially cumbersome RockFairy sort. So in apply, it really works equally to Bastiodon, the place it will probably work as a swap or nearer. And keep on the sector for a really very long time whereas doing respectable harm with rock throw. However in contrast to Bastiodon nevertheless, Carbink has its Fairy subtyping. Which does it wonders each defensively because it's not threatened by Combating sort assaults. And offensively, with its nuke moonblast.

For those who haven't gotten an opportunity to get a good Carbink throughout GO Fest, each 10/15/15 and 10/14/15 IV spreads work nicely sufficient. And also you may really want the decrease unfold, as it's cheaper to construct. And consider me, Carbink is a veeery costly Pokémon to construct, with its rank 1 requiring over 200 common and XL candies.

Frillish



Frillish


Kind: WaterGhost

Required Rank: 6+

Viable League: Nice League, Extremely League

Finest IVs: 1/14/14 (Nice League), 6/14/15 (Extremely League)

Usability As Is: No (Nice league), Sure (Extremely League)

This ghastly(haha) jellyfish's evolution is cumbersome. And in addition generates vitality actually actually quick. Jellicent was already a robust choose for the Extremely League and fairly strong for the Nice League as nicely after it acquired surf. And keep in mind what I mentioned about Azumarill having a vibrant future forward for the Nice League? Apply that right here for the jelly as nicely. Now I'd argue Jellicent is nearly as good for the Nice League because it had been for Extremely. As not solely does it have all the advantages Water varieties have proper now, however it additionally beats Medicham as a Ghost sort. Regardless of it working Hex, over Shadow Claw. It's Ghost typing does make it lose to Carbink although (aaand I discussed Carbink once more).

Over within the Extremely League, it will probably cope with a number of the mainstays. This consists of the likes of Charizard, Swampert, Walrein, and Cresselia, simply to call a number of. Although dropping to Giratina and any and all related Darkish varieties. Most combos of IVs you'll discover in GBL must be sufficient for the Extremely League. With a ten/14/15 I'd say, being greater than what you may want. You'll as soon as once more not discover one for the Nice League within the GBL reward pool, nevertheless.

Skarmory



Skarmory


Kind: MetalFlying

Required Rank: 11+

Viable League: Nice League

Finest IVs: 1/15/14

Usability As Is: No

I'm sorry however Skarmory is not right here, it's gone. And you'll most likely not see it in high-rank PvP or PvP in any respect this season. It was already a bit outclassed by different flyers comparable to Noctowl. However now because the Sky Assault nerf is right here, Skarmory will not be seen. Perhaps in some future replace, Skarmory will obtain new viable strikes and I'll be right here to speak about it. However for now, I believe it's secure to say goodbye to this steely chook. I'd say no must rush in direction of constructing one up for PvP proper now.

Lickitung



Lickitung


Kind: Regular

Required Rank: 11+

Viable League: Nice League

Finest IVs: 1/15/14

Usability As Is: Sure (Could as nicely be completely)

The earlier Pokémon was a little bit of a downer, so let's discuss one thing constructive. Lickitung was very prevalent in the course of the early days of Pokémon GO PvP however then went barely out of vogue. Then once more, swiftly rose to prominence after the nerf to Trevenant final season. The place it now performed the function of a pseudo Grass sort because of its entry to Energy Whip. And it has much more potential now as Noctowl is much less prevalent because of the Sky Assault nerf. 

As I've alluded to whereas speaking about Greedent, Lickitung, in my view, is greatest suited to the function of safe-swap. It's Regular typing means it's solely weak to Combating. And its quick assault lick together with Physique Slam makes it very spammy as nicely. Together with the aforementioned Energy Whip for some protection and potential super-effective harm.

When you can't discover the very best IV unfold for Lickitung in GBL. What you will discover is 10/15/14, which can as nicely be nearly as good as #1, as you'll come very near its absolute best stat product. Giving up on a little bit of HP in favor of Assault. Nonetheless, you'll want to make use of an elite TM for Physique Slam. Additionally price mentioning is that Lickitung's evolution, Lickilicky can be used for the Extremely League. However except you've a Lickitung constructed for the Nice League, I'd suggest specializing in that. As not solely will you not discover a UL-compatible Lickilicky in GBL, however it's additionally not as nice as Lickitung in GL and is outclassed by Greedent in UL.

Wobbuffet



Wobbuffet


Kind: Psychic

Required Rank: 11+

Viable League: Nice League

Finest IVs: 15/15/15

Usability As Is: Completely

You could find the most effective potential Wobbuffet within the GBL as a result of even a 15/15/15 Wobb solely reaches round 1160 CP. Now this may lead you to consider that Wobbuffet doesn't have play anyplace. In any case, it doesn't even attain near the Nice League CP cap of 1500. However keep in mind, stat product means greater than CP. And Wobbuffet has bulk for days. Reaching over 300 HP and a good above 100 in Protection, Wobb can hold round. Match that with entry to Counter, and the wobbler continues to wobble on within the Nice League.

The true drawback with Wobbuffet is that it's a mono-type with just one actual charged assault within the type of the costly Mirror Coat. So Wobb usually has a spice standing within the open league and even then you may want a purified one for at the least some protection. Whereas additionally making it cheaper. It does do higher in restricted metas nevertheless, the place it's missing movepool doesn't appear to have an effect on it an excessive amount of.

Phantump



Phantump


Kind: GhostGrass

Required Rank: 11+

Viable League: Nice League, Extremely League

Finest IVs: 0/15/15 (Nice League), 1/15/15 (Extremely League)

Usability As Is: Sure (Nice League), No (Extremely League)

Trevenant, Phantump's evolution was all over the place for some time. With its distinctive GhostGrass typing together with Shadow Claw giving it fairly a leg up towards each Medicham and Lanturn. Each Pokémon now being considerably unchallenged within the Nice League.  With Seed Bomb‘s vitality requirement being elevated final season it positively fell off. However it's nonetheless on no account a foul Pokémon. As it will probably nonetheless get the wins it was prized for earlier than its nerf. 

And even on the facet of the Extremely League, it boasts some sturdy wins. These embrace the likes of Cresselia, Giratian (Altered), and Tapu Fini, to call a number of. This time round a ten/15/15 is first rate sufficient for the Nice League, however for the Extremely League you might must look elsewhere.

Mareanie



Mareanie


Kind: PoisonWater

Required Rank: 11+

Viable League: Nice League

Finest IVs: 0/15/15 (Nice League)

Usability As Is: Sure 

Toxapex, Mareanie's evolution, feels prefer it was at all times a lesser celebrated strong choose for the Nice League. And proper now I really feel prefer it has extra potential than ever. I imply, it's virtually the anti-Carbink. With its WaterPoison typing instantly opposing Carbink's RockFairy. If my speculations are appropriate, and each Carbink and Azumarill are everlasting fixtures to this season's Nice League, that's two targets for Toxapex. Together with the ever-present Medicham and potential newcomer Mandibuzz. Nonetheless, it does have to fret about Floor varieties like Stunfisk and the brand new entrant, Gligar.

Add to that the truth that Toxapex's movepool isn't dangerous however isn't too spectacular both, I believe it's a little bit of a double-edged sword. That is perhaps part of the rationale it hasn't had a robust breakout but. As a closing thought, you received't actually discover a good IV Toxapex in GBL however it was obtainable within the wild throughout International GO Fest. So should you managed to catch one with first rate IVs, you can also make use of GBL to get extra candies for it!

Wooloo



Wooloo


Kind: PoisonWater

Required Rank: 16+

Viable League: Nice League, Extremely League

Finest IVs: 1/15/15 (Nice League), 15/15/15 (Extremely League) 

Usability As Is: No (Nice League), Completely! (Extremely League)

This cute sheep's evolution is a brand new star in PvP. After it bought entry to Double Kick, it instantly gained trainers' consideration as an incredible choose for PvP. In apply, it's just like Lickitung and Greedent, a cumbersome spammy Regular sort with Physique Slam. Not like the opposite two although, Dubwool has comparatively larger quick assault stress. It even has a selection between Wild Cost and Payback for protection.

You may get the very best Dubwool for the Extremely League in GBL, because it maxes out at round 2400 CP. For Nice League nevertheless, you'll as soon as once more need to look elsewhere.



Falinks


Kind: Combating

Required Rank: 16+

Viable League: Nice League, Extremely League

Finest IVs: 0/15/15 (Nice League), 2/15/15 (Extremely League) 

Usability As Is: Sure (Nice League), Sure (Extremely League)

Falinks is a wierd Pokémon for positive. Being a mono Combating sort with no evolutions, it may be a good spice choose for each the Nice League and the Extremely League. Together with Counter, Falinks has an choice between two fast-charging fighting-type charged assaults, and a Bug sort nuke of all issues.

You may get a ok Falinks for each the Nice League and the Extremely League by means of GBL rewards. For GL search for a ten/12/15 and 10/14/14 for UL.

Scraggy



Scraggy


Kind: DarkishCombating

Required Rank: 16+

Viable League: Nice League, Extremely League

Finest IVs: 0/8/15 (Nice League), 9/15/15 (Extremely League) 

Usability As Is: No (Nice League), Sure (Could as nicely be completely!) (Extremely League)

Scrafty is a really excellent secure swap for each the Nice League and the Extremely League. Being a DarkishCombating sort with Counter it solely has three weaknesses, is cumbersome and does strong harm. So it has lots going for it.

When you received't discover a first rate one for Nice League once more (sensing a sample?), 9/15/15 is the most effective potential UL Scrafty. So 10/15/15 may as nicely be the most effective. Different combos of low assault, excessive protection, and stamina work as nicely. So you may positively get a really excellent UL Pokémon proper from GBL should you're fortunate!

Goomy, Gabite, and Jangmo-o



Goomy




Gabite




Jangmo-o


Kind: Dragon, +Metal Hisuian Goodra, +Floor Gibble, +Combating Kommo-o

Required Rank: Ace+ (Goomy), Veteran+ (Gible), Knowledgeable+ (Jangmo-o)

Viable League: Nice League, Extremely League, Grasp League

Finest IVs: N/A

Usability As Is: Relies upon

Let's get all three high-rank required dragons out of the way in which collectively, as there isn't an excessive amount of to say. Kommo-o Jangmo-o's closing evolution is a good spice choose for all three leagues. Whereas Garchomp, Gible's closing evolution is first rate for Grasp League Premiere. However Goomy isn't price mentioning proper now. Although it does have a Hisuian variant that isn't out but. That would doubtlessly give it some use. So lastly:

Pikachu Libre



Pikachu
Libre

You'd assume it'd be only a trophy Pokémon for reaching Legend, however in some way it did have play within the Little Jungle Cup final season because of its entry to Flying Press.

Conclusion

And there you've it. A take a look at each Pokémon obtainable as rewards within the GO Battle League. For those who're into PvP in Pokémon GO, you've most likely found out by now that that you must be good about how you employ your sources and make use of any and all advantages that come your method. Because you'll be catching these Pokémon whereas taking part in GBL anyhow, may as nicely know the way to make the most effective use of them. That was the thought behind this text anyway. So I hope it has been helpful for you and glad battling!

Goodbye for now, Pokémon trainers. Priom-out!

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