A PvP Area Information to NYC GO Fest 2023: What to Catch, Raid, and Analysis

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Pokémon GOFest continues this weekend in New York Metropolis! There are many fascinating Pokémon in raids, analysis, and within the wild, so right now I'm publishing a brand new PvP Area GuideGOFest for the occasion. Not all of chances are you'll want it, however some actually WILL be in search of one thing akin to this, so right here you go: JRE's opinions on what GOFesters ought to prioritize searching down this weekend whilst you have the prospect!

The majority of this evaluation will likely be what's new, largely Legendaries and Mythicals (some with new strikes). However I'll have a fast “rating” of untamed spawns from the varied habitats on the finish, with a couple of highlighted particularly. And I will likely be borrowing liberally from the information I printed for Osaka and London GOFests, as some might discover. It's not plagiarism when you're “stealing” from your personal previous writings, proper?




So not all that way back, I did an evaluation on Breaking Swipe Rayquaza and was lauding the sudden potential the large man lastly had in PvP. Significantly in Grasp League, the place it went from this all the way in which up to this. The issue nonetheless remained, nonetheless, of what second cost transfer to run. Hurricane is mostly thought of one of the best due to the protection it could present (with out it, RayRay is totally walled by issues that resist Dragon harm) and the closing energy, however Outrage had some play too (and even one thing like Ancient Power).

With all these choices, chances are you'll not suppose Rayquaza can be in search of one other transfer much more costly than all of these, however right here comes Dragon Ascent, a 70-energy Flying transfer (5 extra vitality than Hurricane) that offers a whopping 150 harm (40 extra harm than Hurricane!), second in Flying-type strikes solely to the wonderful Aeroblast that's unique to Lugia. Sure, it's much more costly on a comparatively flimsy Dragon that generates solely the common 3.0 Vitality Per Flip with its most well-liked quick transfer (Dragon Tail), however contemplate this: with Dragon Tail being a three-turn transfer, every one really generates 9 vitality (3.0 Vitality Per Flip x3), so after seven Tails, you're sitting at 63 vitality, 2 wanting firing off Hurricane. Including on yet one more Tail will get you over the 65 vitality wanted… nevertheless it's ALSO sufficient to fireplace off 70-energy Dragon Ascent anyway. Equally, after baiting with a 35-energy Breaking Swipe, seven extra Dragon Tails will get you to solely 64 vitality, once more simply wanting what's wanted for Hurricane, and once more it takes one further Tail to get to the vitality crucial for Hurricane OR Dragon Ascent. In brief: with the way in which Dragon Tail generates vitality, most often you gained't even discover that Dragon Ascent is dearer than Hurricane, as they'll fairly often each change into charged on the identical flip anyway.

“Yeah yeah, that's nice, JRE. However what does that MEAN?” Put merely, within the widespread 1-1 shielding eventualities, either of the Flying closing moves makes beating Zacian (minus Play Tough) doable (not surprisingly, Outrage can't do that, and Dragon Ascent permits RayRay to beat Xerneas! Effectively… assuming you efficiently defend the Moonblast. Aaaaaaaaaand solely until Xerneas gets Geomancy as a substitute of the Sort out it's caught with now.

In brief, it's no worse than Hurricane, however not appreciably higher both. The place you'll see it pop a bit is with shields down, the place Dragon Ascent has the facility to knock out Sylveon and Zacian (even WITH Play Tough now!) whereas Hurricane falls brief. With that in thoughts, sure, it's honest to name Dragon Ascent a slight improve total. Not a drastic enchancment, however very a lot viable and doubtless preferrable to Hurricane (and Ray's different non-Breaking Swipe strikes) going ahead. For these going to Osaka or London: get it whilst you can. However for many who aren't… you're not lacking out on TOO a lot by ready. Win-win?




I already did a PvP evaluation on CARBINK which I extremely suggest testing, however in brief… it's very, superb in Nice League. However ONLY in Nice League, with a CP that maxes out at 1658 (and solely 1467 at Degree 40, so this factor requires XLs it doesn't matter what). Use the truth that it's in raids to grind for the sweet and XL Sweet it requires, and hope to land like a 14-15-15, which is simply pretty much as good as a better rank IV one and MUCH cheaper to construct (solely have to get to Degree 42.5). Good luck!

However the star of the present at this yr's GOFests (as indicated by “The Season of Hidden Gems” and the plain gem theme of GOFest itself) is one other Fairy/Rock sort: the Legendary (and lengthy-awaited) DIANCIE.



In MSG, Diancie is “a sudden transformation of Carbink”, and so it's not an enormous shock that (on the time of this writing, at the least) they share the very same strikes. Which means that in Nice League, the place Carbink has the fourth highest stat product of ALL PokémonCarbink excels, whereas Diancie, with a stat product ranked round #230 (roughly the identical as issues like Dragalge, Grotle, Drapion, and the mighty Spoink), struggles in Great League. Whereas Diancie can beat most massive title Fireplace, Ice, Darkish, Flying, and/or Dragon varieties (as you'd anticipate of a Fairy/Rock), Carbink goes on from there to ALSO beat many Fighters (Medicham and Scrafty, most notably) and quasi-Fighters (issues like Vigoroth and Obstagoon), notable Ghosts and Ghost harm sellers (Jellicent, Sableye, Cofagrigus, Alolan Sandslash), and different spectacular wins like Lickitung, Lanturn, and Drapion. Carbink does all that, and Diancie simply can't.

What Diancie CAN do is play in larger Leagues, and it seems to be far more fascinating in that context. Ultra League Diancie is okay, nonetheless scuffling with Fighters, however properly clobbering the massive variety of Dragon, Darkish, Flying, Ice, and Fireplace varieties within the UL meta, in addition to bonuses like Snorlax, Dubwool, Golisopod, Greedent, and Charmers like Granbull, Sylveon, and Clefable. I believe it undoubtedly has a job to play, and Extremely League is THE League I believe I'd wish to prep one for…

…as a result of it's held back in Master League. Not as a result of it doesn't have typing and strikes to compete, however as a result of it tops out at a barely-over-3000 CP. I think about Mega Diancie might get away in Mega Grasp League (at any time when that returns), and as my buddy and colleague u/Teban54 recently wrote about, there may be actually knowledge in powering Diancie up for PvE use. However strictly when it comes to PvP, I'd get one constructed for Extremely League and cease there. It's one of the best bang to your buck.






Should you're in search of Grasp League influence and are disenchanted by Diancie, keep in mind that YVELTAL and XERNEAS will likely be in raids for GOFest ticketholders, and they'll have their new strikes as nicely! I wrote a longer evaluation on each earlier this week, however so that you don't have to leap round an excessive amount of, right here's a shorter abstract of their professionals and cons.

Each Yvette and Xernie have been already adequate to make use of in Grasp League with none transfer tweaks, however sure, each are actually higher with these new strikes. Yveltal with new Oblivion Wing has a better time within the mirror match and, like Rayquaza with Dragon Ascent, can blow previous Xerneas (those who nonetheless have quick transfer Sort out, that's), although it does lose to Lugia with out Darkish Pulse. And getting cute with Oblivion Wing/Dark Pulse causes different issues, as massive Focus Blast is vital to have a shot at taking down Ursaluna, Excadrill, and Dialga, which is not any bueno. I believe Oblivion Wing/Focus Blast will probably be the usual going ahead, although present Darkish Pulse variants will nonetheless have a spot too.

As for Xerneas, the development it'll see with Geomancy — lastly giving it the Fairy quick transfer gamers have been begging for since its preliminary launch over two years in the past — can't be understated. SEVEN new wins change into doable. Some, like Yveltal (even with Oblivion Wing), Garchomp, and each Giratinas (in addition to unlisted-in-that-sim Dragon Ascent Rayquaza, which beats Xerneas with Sort out), are relatively apparent. Others like Lugia are much less apparent however make sense, with Sort out producing solely 3.0 Vitality Per Flip, however Geomancy hitting the sport with 4.33 EPT and thus spamming Xernie's massive cost strikes for match-flipping harm. And nonetheless others are nice surprises, like Melmetal and Excadrill, thanks once more to the superior vitality of Geomancy resulting in extra Shut Fights that Steels hate. On this approach, it could beat Diagla in ALL even shield scenarios. Or when you don't wish to go the self-nerfing route, you may follow straight Moonblast and nonetheless win with shields down and 1v1 shielding, which is fairly nifty! Should you already constructed a Xerneas and don't really feel like making that grind once more, I DO suppose Geomancy is price an Elite TM, however when you're nonetheless engaged on constructing one up, bye-bye Sort out… Geomancy Xernie is clearly THE option to go from right here on out.


Time to get to the wild spawns throughout these occasions. As with different current GOFests, these are largely tied to sure habitats, and beneath I'll cowl every of these habitats and briefly discuss in regards to the precedence targets from every (once more, strictly from a PvP perspective). However there may be one spawn that's price speaking about that will likely be obtainable in ALL habitats… and no, I don't imply Unown or Amethyst Crown Pikachu. 😝 I'm speaking in regards to the first probability many can have at touchdown themselves SIGILYPH.

Usually, the odd “Avianoid Pokémon” is accessible solely in a comparatively small space of the world that primarily consists of Egypt, Israel, and Greece, so this can be a nice alternative to flesh out your Pokédex. However sadly, I believe its usefulness ends there, because it's simply not superb in PvP, be it Great League or Ultra League. A part of that is subpar bulk, half is a typing mixture that has extra vulnerabilities than resistances, however the best half is simply boring strikes. Air Slash is its solely viable quick transfer, and its greatest cost strikes (Bug-type Sign Beam and Rock-type Historic Energy) lack STAB harm and cohesion. Simply what are you anticipating to beat with a hodgepodge of Flying, Bug, and Rock harm? Grasses, positive, however not a lot else. Now it DOES study some okay-ish strikes in MSG that would assist it, however not very much. Not each new addition could be a star, and I believe Sigilyph will stay only a ‘dex filler (albeit a really uncommon one that's WELL price scooping up for buying and selling to your area people while you get again dwelling!).

Now for the remainder of the spawns. Observe that almost all are the bottom type that you just wish to evolve up for PvP. There may be an infographic within the works to summarize all these, although it is probably not prepared till Thursday, so examine for that later. However for now, I'll use the next key as a fast reference.


A pair fast notes of markings I'll be including to Pokémon all through:

– Shadow consideration. Not all Shadows are higher, however most are viable alternate options, so examine and see you probably have de-Pissed off candidates to construct up too!

– Purified consideration. Some issues are simply higher, or at the least equally viable, with Return.

🏋 – Legacy/Unique Transfer Required. On the time of this writing, we're not anticipating something caught through the occasion (apart from Rayquaza) will likely be coming with any strikes exterior of their regular movepool, so these would require Elite TMs to get their wanted Legacy strikes. I'll spell out any such transfer(s) particularly per Pokémon.

– Excessive XL Funding. Clearly something in Grasp League requires all 296 XL Sweet to max, however that is extra to indicate issues that require deep XL funding to work greatest in Extremely and even Nice League. Even you probably have specimen or two of those species already, chances are you'll want extra XLs to complete them off, so that is your grinding alternative!

And to make it EVEN simpler, with a fast visible reference whilst you're out grinding, right here's every habitat with the precedence spawns to grind out for every one! Observe the emoji by every habitat, as I will likely be utilizing these as I am going into element on a few of these spawns beneath the desk.

Habitat Precedence Spawns (in tough order)
Prehistoric Volcano  Dratini, Shieldon, Axew, Slugma, Darumaka, Kangaskhan
Poison Swamp  Pawniard, Zubat, Skorupi, Tentacool, Skrelp, Venipede
Cursed Treaures  Sableye, Yamask, Gastly, Snorlax, Nosepass, Eevee
Athletic Area  Lucario, Hitmonchan, Zangoose, Voltorb, Hitmontop, Baltoy

All that out of the way in which… let's see what we've started working with!


These Pokémon must be your highest precedence to search out when you nonetheless lack them in your PvP arsenal. Should you pursue nothing else throughout GOFest, lock up one (or a number of) of every of those!




Little League Precedence: MODERATE (Dratini)

Nice League Precedence: HIGH (Dragonair, Dragonite)

Extremely League Precedence: HIGH (Dragonite)

Grasp League Precedence: VERY HIGH (Dragonite)

There are a pair different Pokemon I'd rank larger when it comes to total PvP utility, however the Dratini/Dragonair/Dragonite line nonetheless has that in spades, AND is much rarer exterior of occasions than most the whole lot else listed beneath. I in all probability don't have to extol the well-known virtues of Master League Dragonite (to incorporate the Shadow version), particularly because it acquired Superpower a couple of months again, nevertheless it additionally has potential in Great League (particularly in sure Cup codecs) and Ultra League as nicely. If there's any of these ranges the place you lack one, this can be a GREAT probability to treatment that. Additionally don't neglect underrated Great League Dragonair and Little League Dratini too, ideally each in Shadow type however that's not strictly crucial. If nothing else, grind sweet and XLs!




Little League Precedence: HIGH (Pawniard)

Nice League Precedence: MODERATE (Bisharp)

Extremely League Precedence: MODERATE (Bisharp)

Grasp League Precedence: n/a

A really distinctive alternative to get Pawniard beneath 500 CP for Little League, the place it's actually quite good, beating many massive names like Deino, Swinub, Vullaby, Igglybuff, Onix, Chansey, A-Shrew, Stunky, and the nice evil generally known as Bronzor, amongst others. Even a Analysis degree Pawnie is just too massive to squeeze into Little League, so use this distinctive probability to land one for you personal squad!

As for Bisharp, if I'm being trustworthy, it's actually a spice choice at greatest, in each Great and Ultra League. There have been a pair metas the place it has kinda-sorta labored on the fitting staff, however I don't see it ever transferring past fringe. Nonetheless, Little League Pawniard make this a worthy goal.




Little League Precedence: MODERATE

Nice League Precedence: VERY HIGH

Extremely League Precedence: n/a

Grasp League Precedence: n/a

I imply, do you want me to extol the virtues of Sableye at this level? It has stood tall on the most important phases in PvP, like being the seventh commonest Pokémon of the High 32 Groups on the earth (at this previous weekend's Pokemon World Championships… credit score Dracoviz and my outdated buddy u/PolymersUp for that data). It's not that it posts probably the most eye-popping numbers total, as a result of even with #1 IVs, it really really doesn't. However the place it's good, it's REALLY good, and that features towards among the hardest and commonest picks in all of Nice League. That is completely one you need the very best specimen of, so when you want a greater one — or simply XL Sweet for a hopefully-Purified-with-Return Sable you're already engaged on — this can be a golden alternative to capitalize and by far one of the best goal within the Cursed Treasures habitat.




Little League Precedence: HIGH

Nice League Precedence: HIGH

Extremely League Precedence: MODERATE

Grasp League Precedence: LOW

I nonetheless suggest getting your Great League (and even Ultra League, if you need one) Lucario through an already-second-moved Riolu, because you'll save 65,000 mud that approach. However both approach, Luc is one thing it's best to undoubtedly have in your arsenal when you play any Cup codecs, because it excels in a number of. That is additionally an excellent uncommon alternative to get a Little League Lucario, and it has sneaky good potential there if ever allowed in Little Cups.




Little League Precedence: LOW-MODERATE (Shieldon)

Nice League Precedence: HIGH (Bastiodon)

Extremely League Precedence: n/a

Grasp League Precedence: n/a

One other one which in all probability wants little clarification: Shieldon rocks in Little League! No, after all, I'm really speaking about Bastiodon, the Huge Dangerous of Nice League. Ol' Pancake Face doesn't present up a lot in massive tournaments (as a result of that condensed meta tends to have groups stocked with direct counters to it), nevertheless it's nonetheless a typical encounter in GBL and sure all the time will likely be with its nigh-legendary bulk. Number 1 IVs goes all the way in which to Degree 50, so if nothing else, grind these XL Candies! Bastie must be on each PvPer's bench.




Little League Precedence: HIGH (Zubat)

Nice League Precedence: HIGH (Golbat)

Extremely League Precedence: MODERATE (Crobat)

Grasp League Precedence: n/a

All three are good of their respective Leagues: Zubat in Little League, long-time price range hero Golbat in Great League, and Crobat in Ultra. All took a slight hit with the eventual Poison Fang nerf (nicely, not likely Golbat since Wing Assault was ultimately buffed to compensate), however all are nonetheless stars in sure Restricted metas and viable in Open play on the fitting staff, too. Shadow variations of all three are comparable, as are Zubat and Golbat with Return when you purify them (instead of Sludge Bomb for Zubat — a Legacy transfer, BTW — or Shadow Ball for Golbat). These should not uncommon spawns exterior of occasions, however when you're there anyway, might as nicely scoop some up at GOFest with the boosted shiny odds, proper?




Little League Precedence: MODERATE

Nice League Precedence: VERY HIGH

Extremely League Precedence: n/a

Grasp League Precedence: n/a

Take the whole lot about Sableye and rinse and repeat for Cofagrigus, with some variations. Sableye takes the cake in resistances and vulnerabilities with its Darkish/Ghost typing, being weak to ONLY Fairy and having 4 resistances. Cofagrigus, as a mono-Ghost, comes with extra customary resistances, although it IS additionally bulkier. In the long run, Sableye is healthier, however Cofag remains to be a good one to have on hand in Great League as nicely and may do some issues even Sable can't, like beating Azumarill, Swampert, Walrein, Alolan Ninetales, Venusaur, and even Registeel. (However Sable can as a substitute take out issues like G-Fisk, Trevenant, Scrafty, A-Slash, Jellicent, Lanturn, Froslass, Drapion… and Cofag itself.) The one massive benefit Cofag has shouldn't be being restricted to Nice League… it does good work in Ultra League as nicely, although requires a mountain of XL Sweet. You recognize what to do with THAT info, proper?




Little League Precedence: MODERATE

Nice League Precedence: HIGH

Extremely League Precedence: n/a

Grasp League Precedence: n/a

Hitmontop will get all of the press (and I suppose is price a gentle grind in the identical habitat), however to me, Hitmonchan all the time has been the best Hitmon when used correctly… which is to say, when used as primarily a mono-Combating Medicham, with the identical Ice Punch and massive closing transfer (Shut Fight, on this case) and above common (for a Fighter, anyway!) bulk… making it a contact higher than, say, Primeape with the same moves. There have been a number of metas the place it has completely wrecked, and don't neglect that it comes with an array of different Elemental Punches, Energy-Up Punch while you need it, and a Shadow version too. (Combining a number of of these can lead to some BIG butt-kicking. Clearly Shadow gained't be obtainable throughout GOFest (that we all know of), however that is nonetheless a good time to search for a shiny one to your assortment… and alternative for a Little League Chan too.

Others Of Observe

  • Prehistoric Volcano 🌋: Presumably you've a good Haxorus after its Neighborhood Day, but when not, keep in mind that Axew is within the wild…. Slugma stays good in Little League, and Magcargo is a standout in a number of Cup codecs…. Kangaskhan is extra a collector's prize than a PvP device in the here and now, however just a little transfer tweak or two may make it much more interesting in the future!
  • Poison Swamp ☣Skorupi for Little LeagueDrapion for Great and Ultra Leagues. Any questions?…. Equally, Skrelp for Little LeagueDragalge for elsewhere…. Form of lackluster in Nice League now, however folks neglect how wonderful Tentacruel is in Extremely as of late.
  • Cursed Treaures ☠Gastly and its evolutions are oft-forget in right now's metas, however you realize what? Haunter and Gengar are nonetheless among the easiest generalists within the sport and approach underrated, IMO…. Eevee can be utilized for every kind of issues, however one of the best stay Umbreon and Sylveon, each of which require a number of XLs for his or her higher limits… Umbreon in Ultra, and Sylvie in Master, although each are nicely price having in all decrease Leagues as nicely. Grind these XLs although!
  • Athletic Area 🏟Zangoose could also be extraordinarily uncommon relying on the place you usually are on the earth, and it's just spicy enough to price having for Cups if nothing else…. Voltorb is fairly uncommon anymore, and Electrode remains to be a standout in Kanto Cup and different Restricted metas…. Clearly a favourite of some developer over at Niantic, few issues have acquired extra transfer updates over time than Claydol (Baltoy's evolution). It stays an odd hodgepodge, nevertheless it at the least had a brilliant shining second within the solar with Psychic Cup, and maybe its time will come once more. Price having one when you're missing, although what an odd habitat for it to be in, no?


Within the curiosity of time, I'm going to simply refer again to the desk above once more for what else I contemplate worthy targets to grind… or maybe extra helpfully, I'm excited to disclose a useful infographic from ThePokeGOHunter, supposed as a helpful, fast reference on what to anticipate because the habitats rotate and allow you to maximize your searching time. Thanks once more for the collab, my buddy!

Most ‘mons I didn't already speak about are stable in Restricted/Cup codecs on the very least, they usually (and their evolutions) are all good ones to have available! Simply wished to spotlight above what I personally contemplate those to go after the hardest.

Good luck on the market, people! Right here's hoping the climate is nice, the lag is minimal, and the spawns are plentiful!

Till subsequent time, you may all the time discover me on Twitter (“X” isn't actual in my actuality… viva la Twitter!) or Threads (@JRESeawolf for each) for normal evaluation nuggets, or Patreon.

Good searching, and catch you subsequent time, Pokéfriends!

P.S. – I will likely be at NYC GOFest myself Saturday morning, and hope to be within the park Friday aftermoon and Saturday afternoon too. I'd LOVE to fulfill all of you… it's my most important cause for going! Should you'd like to fulfill up, right here is my deliberate meet and greet schedule, however I'll be everywhere in the park on Saturday too. Hope to see you there! 🤝

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