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GO Battle League Season 10 is currently underway in Pokémon GO, and the next format change is set to take place: Master League – the highest weight class – will take a well-deserved break at 10 p.m. local time on the 10th. January 2022. At that point, the Great League and the Sinnoh Cup will kick in. If you’re in the Great League, be sure to check out our Great League tier list.

This guide concerns the Sinnoh Cup, a limited format that only allows Pokémon with a maximum of 1,500 Competition Points (CP) to compete against each other that have a Pokédex ID between # 387 and # 493 and therefore originate from the region. eponym. If you need more Pokémon GO tips, take a look at our raid counters guide.

Pokémon GO – Sinnoh Cup: Best Pokémon

Sinnoh Cup follows Great League CP requirements, so hard-to-get XL candies are only important for a few monsters. Additionally, some of the serious contenders for this format, as well as the dynamics between the counters, will be very familiar thanks to Great League, although things are a bit more extreme in this format.

The following rankings are based on PvPoke simulations and should give you an idea of ​​which Pokémon are particularly strong in Sinnoh Cup.

Tracks

Drifblim (Hex, icy wind, shadow ball)
Lucario (Compteur, Power-Up Punch, Shadow Ball)
Pachirisu (XL) (Volt Switch, Thunder Punch, Thunderbolt)
(Ombre) Magnesone (Spark, Savage Charge, Mirror Shot)
Shadow flag (Poison Sting, Aqua Tail et Crunch)
(Ombre) Abomasnow (Snow powder, weather ball (ice), energy ball)
Gastrodon (Mud Slap, Body Slam, Earth Power)
Togekiss (Charm, Aerial Ace, Flamethrower)
Toxicros (Meter, Mud Bomb, Mud Bomb)
Ice frost (Snow powder, Avalanche, Shadow ball)

One of the meta cores of this format is a Pokémon that isn’t among the top leads, but still bends this category around itself: Bastiodon. You need to plan your roster with this powerful monster in mind, so that the bulk of the opening Pokémon is either a counter to Bastiodon (Lucario, Magnezone, Gastrodon, and Toxiquak) or a counter to one of the counters (Drifblim, Pachirisu, Abomasnow, Togekiss and Froslass).

Do you want to go even further? Shadow Drapion is neither a cons to Bastiodon, nor his counters – the poisonous scorpion acts as a counter to Bastiodon’s counters (i.e. beings like Froslass, Drifblim, and Abomasnow). Sorry if that’s a lot to take!

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(Shadow) Drapion (Poison Sting, Aqua Tail et Crunch)
Lucario (Compteur, Power-Up Punch, Shadow Ball)
elective (Thunder Shock, Wild Charge, Ice Punch)
(Ombre) Abomasnow (Snow powder, weather ball (ice), energy ball)
magnesone (Spark, Savage Charge, Mirror Shot)
Munchlax (Lick, slam the body, bulldoze)
Cresselia (Psycho Cut, Grass Knot, Moonblast)
Luxray (Spark, Savage Charge, Psychic Fangs)
Lickilicky (Licker, Body Slam, Earthquake)
(Shadow) Gallade (Confusion, Close Combat, Blade of the Leaf)

The great dynamic between Bastiodon-centric counters featured in the Leads ranking continues here and has some familiar faces. Of note are newcomers Munchlax, Luxray, Lickilicky, and Gallade as additional counters to the Tough Dinosaur Pokémon, though the quartet finds its masters among the monsters featured in the main leaderboard – they’re just part of the big dynamic around. of Bastiodon and cannot break that great cycle.

Close door

(Shadow) Electivire (Thunder Shock, Wild Charge, Ice Punch)
Shadow Gallad (Confusion, Close Combat, Blade of the Leaf)
Gastrodon (Mud Slap, Body Slam, Earth Power)
Lucario (Compteur, Power-Up Punch, Shadow Ball)
Lickilicky (Licker, Body Slam, Earthquake)
Ice frost (Snow powder, Avalanche, Shadow ball)
Bastiodon (XL) (Smack Down, Stone Edge, Lance-flammes)
Uxie (Confusion, vision future, tonnerre)
Munchlax (Lick, slam the body, bulldoze)
Cresselia (Psycho Cut, Grass Knot, Moonblast)

This list doesn’t have too many new names to offer: Bastiodon makes his first appearance in the flesh and reveals his strength, plus there’s a notable, very rare appearance of the mysterious Pokémon Uxie, which holds up surprisingly well in a shieldless scenario. on both sides due to its defensive orientation. The star of the category, however, is Shadow Electivire, who can almost take out the mighty Bastiodon despite his disadvantageous – impressive strike.

Forwards

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Bastiodon (XL) (Smack Down, Stone Edge, Lance-flammes)
Pachirisu (XL) (Volt Switch, Thunder Punch, Thunderbolt)
Gastrodon (Mud Slap, Body Slam, Earth Power)
Lucario (Compteur, Power-Up Punch, Shadow Ball)
Cresselia (Psycho Cut, Grass Knot, Moonblast)
Abomasnow (Snow powder, weather ball (ice), energy ball)
Vermadame (trash can) (XL) (Confusion, Bug Buzz, Iron Head)
Toxicros (Meter, Mud Bomb, Mud Bomb)
Togekiss (Charm, Aerial Ace, Flamethrower)
Bronze (Confusion, psychological shock, bulldoze)

As usual, huge resilience is the deciding factor for the Returning King category, and this is where Bastiodon’s true strength is revealed – this Pokémon just doesn’t need shields as it’s its own. shield.

Powerful defensive stats paired with solid attacks allow the Fossil Monster to virtually ignore enemy shields and tank enemy charge attacks as if they were nothing. If you still have a Bastiodon up your sleeve, and you’ve already knocked your opponent’s counters out of the equation in the early stages of your duel, you have a good chance of winning. This is the reason why it seems like the whole Sinnoh Cup meta surrounds it.

The Sinnoh Cup will remain accessible in the GO Battle League until January 24, 2022.

Written by Marco Wutz on behalf of GLHF.

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