GO Battle League Season Six In Pokémon GO: Top Great League Meta

GO Battle League Season Six is now live in Pokémon GO with a brand new format. Now, PVP seasons will match the new seasons introduced in the overall gameplay and will last for three months. Season Six, coinciding with the Season of Celebration in Pokémon GO, begins with the Great League which will run until December 14th, 2020 at 1 PM Pacific. The introduction of Candy XL, which allows Pokémon to be powered up past Level 50, has shaken up the meta quite a bit. While Level 41+ species aren't currently allowed in the Master League, they are permitted in the Great League. Here is a breakdown of the brand new top meta of the GO Battle League for this first leg of Season Six.

Pokémon GO logo. Credit: Niantic
Pokémon GO logo. Credit: Niantic

PVPoke, which calculates the GO Battle League meta in Pokémon GO based on the species stats, levels, and movesets, lists the top choices for Great League in Season Six as:

  1. Azumarill (Powered up with Candy XL): Bubble, Ice Beam, Hydro Pump
  2. Galarian Stunfisk: Mud Shot, Rock Slide, Earthquake
  3. Azumarill: Bubble, Ice Beam, Hydro Pump
  4. Medicham (Powered up with Candy XL): Counter, Ice Punch, Psychic
  5. Lickitung (Powered up with Candy XL): Lick, Body Slam, Power Whip
  6. Shadow Machamp: Counter, Cross Chop, Rock Slide
  7. Bastiodon (Powered up with Candy XL): Smack Down, Stone Edge, Flamethrower
  8. Deoxys Defense Forme: Counter, Rock Slide, Thunderbolt
  9. Shadow Abomasnow: Powder Snow, Ice-type Weather Ball, Energy Ball
  10. Swampert: Mud Shot, Hydro Cannon, Sludge Wave
  11. Shadow Swampert: Mud Shot, Hydro Cannon, Sludge Wave
  12. Sirfetch'd: Counter, Leaf Blade, Close Combat
  13. Diggersby (Powered up with Candy XL): Mud Shot, Fire Punch, Earthquake
  14. Registeel: Lock On, Flash Cannon, Focus Blast
  15. Machamp: Counter, Cross Chop, Rock Slide

That just goes to show you how fluid the meta is. Diggersby has been out for one day and already shows up and Candy XL, a mechanic introduced to the international playerbase earlier this week, has had a major impact. Your best bet is to know the meta but invest in Pokémon that you love battling with, because things change… and quick.

Happy battling, fellow trainers. We'll be back with a report on the Ultra League meta when it goes live in GO Battle League Season Six.

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