Generation 6 Moves Update: PvP Winners

The Gen 6 (Kalos) movesets have finally been revealed, and ladies and gentlemen, the future looks very bright for PvP! Many Kalos Pokémon received move sets that are strong in Trainer Battles, so now let’s take a look at those Pokémon and move sets and see how they will change the PvP meta.

Note: Although these stats and move sets are currently in the Game Master, they may change before these Pokémon are released. Aegislash stats are currently not in the Game Master. Stats and Max CP listed are based on Shield Form main series stats. Yveltal’s stats in Game Master currently do not have the 9% stat debuff applied, but since it is highly unlikely that it will launched that way, we only present the weakened stats here.


Max CP at level 40: 2954
ATK 201DEF 204CV 204
Weak toStrong against
Flying Psychic Poison Ice Fairy FireWater Dark Rock Ground Steel Ice
Low kick, Down strike, Vine whipEnergy ball, super power, solar ray, rotating ball

Best Move Set: Vine Whip + Energy Ball and Superpower

With this moveset, Chesnaught will be the new best Pokémon that can break the ultimate core in Great League: Azumarill + Galarian Stunfisk. Meganium currently does a very good job breaking that core, but what would make Chesnaught that much better is that it is one of the few Pokémon that resists both Rock and Ground, which means it will be able to counter Galarian Stunfisk much more easily. He can even beat Azumarill with a shield debuff, as he’s bulky enough to tank an Ice Beam. This key Rock resistance will also give you better matchups than Meganium versus Deoxys-Defense without Psycho Boost, Melmetal, and Bastiodon. Chesnaught’s secondary fighting type also gives him a key Dark-type resistance, which means that he will be a strong counterattack to major Great League threats like Shiftry and Umbreon.


Pokemon GO DiggersbyDiggersbyNormalGround
Max CP at level 40: 1509
ATK 112DEF 155CV 198
Weak toStrong against
Water Fighting Ice GrassSteel Rock Electric Fire Poison
Mud shot, quick attackEarthquake, Hyper Beam, Fire Fist, Dig

Best Moveset: Mud Shot + Earthquake and Fire Strike or Hyper Beam

Although Normal / Ground isn’t a very good defensive guy, Diggersby is going to be a beast in the Great League. It has unbelievably high bulk not too far from Azumarill (but it loses quite a bit) and has good moves to supplement that bulk very well. STAB Earthquake hits hard against anything that doesn’t resist it. Fire Punch is fast and covers the Skarmory and Grass types, but unfortunately it still loses most of the Grass types to it and leaves Diggersby completely walled in by Altaria. This is where Hyper Beam comes in. Although it is quite slow even with Mud Shot’s energy gains, it hits Altaria very hard and brings Diggersby quite close. The only viable Great League Pokémon that resist both Ground and Normal are Skarmory and Drifblim.


Pokemon GO GoatGoatGrass
Max CP at level 40: 2798
ATK 196DEF 146HP 265
Weak toStrong against
Flying Insect Ice Poison FireWater Rock Ground
Zen Headbutt, Rock Strike, Vine WhipLeaf blade, rock slide, brick break, seed pump

Best Move Set: Vine Whip + Leaf Blade and Rock Slide

Gogoat received the best moves he could have gotten. Vine Whip + Leaf Blade is very lethal as it only takes 5 Vine Whips to reach it. Rock Slide has amazing coverage with Leaf Blade, hitting most Fire, Ice and Flying types that Gogoat is weak or super effective. This set of moves is so good that it will give Gogoat viability in both the Big League and Ultra Premier League, despite not having the best defensive stats. In Great League, he will do a very good job breaking down the almighty Azumarill + Galarian Stunfisk core. In Ultra League Premier, he’s basically a better Tangrowth.


Pokemon GO PangoroPangoroFightingDark
Max CP at level 40: 2902
ATK 226DEF 146HP 216
Weak toStrong against
Fairy Fighting FlyingSteel Dark Psychic Rock Ice Ghost
Grunt, bullet punch, low kickMelee, Night Slash, Iron Head, Rock Slide

Best Moveset: Snarl + Night Slash and Close Combat

Pangoro will be a monster in Ultra League with this move set. It’s very similar to Zangoose’s current moveset, but the big difference is that Pangoro is STAB on both Night Slash and Close Combat. This gives it much more consistency against big Ultra League threats like Giratina, Lapras, Charizard, Gyarados, Snorlax, Swampert, Articuno, and Registeel. Unfortunately, Registeel’s showdown is still very close as Pangoro is weak for Focus Blast. Pangoro’s resistance to Psychic and double resistance to Dark also gives him better matchups than Zangoose against Armored Mewtwo and Alolan Muk. However, her writing also gives Cresselia’s Charm and Moonblast a double weakness.


Pokemon GO Aegislash (Shield)Aegislash (shield)SteelGhost
Max CP at level 40: 1595
ATK 97DEF 291CV 155
Weak toStrong against
Ghost Fire DarkFairy Ghost Ice Rock Psychic
Psycho Cut, Fury CutterFlash Cannon, Gyro Ball, Shadow Ball

Best Move Set: Psycho Cut + Shadow Ball and Flash Cannon

The Aegislash-Shield form will become one of the strongest Pokémon in the Great League with this moveset. STAB Shadow Ball is powerful and is only resisted by normal and dark types. Flash Cannon has fantastic coverage with Shadow Ball and also has STAB. Hit most dark and normal guys neutrally. Psycho Cut is quite weak and lacks STAB, but it generates energy incredibly fast. Shadow Ball takes 7 turns to reach the first time and 6 the second time. Flash Cannon always takes 8 turns. On top of all of this, Aegislash-Shield has Bastiodon-level volume and a unique defensive type that makes it the only type of steel in existence that stands up to fight. However, Aegislash is not invincible, he still loses to Ground types like Galarian Stunfisk quite harshly. Even with Flash Cannon, the dark guys get over it pretty easily.


Pokémon GO HawluchaHawluchaFightingFlying
Max CP at level 40: 2410
ATK 195DEF 134HP 186
Weak toStrong against
Fairy Psychic Flying Ice ElectricGrass Ice Rock Steel Dark Fighting Insect
Wing Attack, Poison Jab, Low KickFlying Press, Sky Attack, X-Scissor, Power-Up Punch

Best Move Set: Wing Attack + Flying Press and Sky Attack

Although Hawlucha has pretty poor defensive stats, he has a fantastic offensive typing and move set that will make him a threat in Great League, Ultra League, and Ultra Premier. Flying Press is the strongest Fighting-type move in PvP, dealing 90 damage for just 40 energy. This is the Hydro Cannon equivalent with 10 more horsepower. STAB Sky Attack is powerful and has excellent coverage with Flying Press, hitting most Pokémon that resist Fighting at least neutrally. These moves combined make Hawlucha a Flying type that can counter most Steel and Rock types rather than being weak to them. Unfortunately, he doesn’t learn Counter, but Wing Attack is good enough to turn Hawlucha into a beast in PvP.


Pokémon GO DedenneDedenneElectricFairy
Max CP at level 40: 1841
ATK 164DEF 134HP 167
Weak toStrong against
Ground PoisonFighting Water Flying Dark Continue
Thunder Shock, EntranceShock, rough game, parabolic load

Best Moveset: Thunder Shock + Discharge & Play Rough

Don’t let Dedenne’s cute looks fool you, she has a set of moves and typing that threatens a large chunk of the Great League meta. Altaria, Azumarill, Umbreon, Zweilous, Mandibuzz, Skarmory, Scrafty, Mantine, Dewgong, and Medicham are all Pokémon that lose to Dedenne.


Pokémon GO TrevenantTrevenantGhostGrass
Max CP at level 40: 2559
ATK 201DEF 154CV 198
Weak toStrong against
Ghost Fire Flying Dark IceWater Ghost Psychic Rock Ground
Shadow Claw, Suction Cup PunchShadow ball, seed bomb, foul play

Best Move Set: Shadow Claw + Shadow Ball & Seed Bomb

Trevenant has a fantastic offensive typing for Great League and Ultra League. The only relevant Pokémon in the Great League that resist both Grass and Ghost are Zweilous, Mandibuzz, and Shiftry, which are not very common. In Ultra League, Alolan Muk is the only common threat that resists both. With this moveset, Trevenant will have good Great League matchups against Azumarill (2 shields and no shields if Ice Beam, no Ice Beam = easy win), Toxicroak (although he can’t afford to tank a Sludge Bomb), Galarian Stunfisk (2 shield and no shield), Meganium, Venusaur, Hypno, Shadow Machamp, Deoxys-Defense, Swampert, Whiscash, Sirfetch’d without Night Slash, Cresselia, Lanturn, Medicham, Ferrothorn, Vigoroth and Registeel. In Ultra League, Trevenant can go head-to-head with Swampert, Cresselia, Armored Mewtwo, Escavalier, Machamp, Magnezone, Venusaur, Gallade, Toxicroak, Sirfetch’d and Empoleon, in addition to going head-to-head with Giratina, Registeel and Lucario. and Lapras.


Pokemon GO YveltalYveltalDarkFlying
Max CP at level 40: 3781
ATK 250DEF 185HP 246
Weak toStrong against
Electric Ice Fairy RockFighting Ghost Psychic Grass Insect
Grunt, burst, punchDark Pulse, Hurricane, Focus Blast, Hyper Beam, Psychic

Best Move Set: Snarl + Dark Pulse & Hurricane or Focus Blast

Yveltal is going to be a real beast in Master League. Dark Pulse and Hurricane have near perfect coverage together. Snarl allows Yveltal to reach Dark Pulse in just 4 turns and Hurricane in 5 turns. Also, his sub-Flying type would make him a Dark type that takes neutral damage from Fighting-type attacks, meaning that he could counter Focus Blast Mewtwo very effectively. Yveltal also turns off Groudon, both forms Giratina and keeps Lugia on his toes. Combine this with the fact that not many Pokémon in the Master League resist Dark or Flying, and you get the strongest Dark type in the format. Focus Blast is a very viable option over Hurricane, as it would provide additional cover for the very troublesome Steel Melmetal and Dialga types. However, Yveltal still fights with them, as those matches depend on the bait.

Are you curious to see which 6th generation Pokémon will be viable in PvE? Stay tuned as that guide is in the works!

Next-Gen Move Update – PvP Winners Appeared First on Pokémon GO Hub.


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