Every year, the Pokémon GO Great League Tier List manages to change somewhat, and 2023 is no exception. Players likely won’t be shocked to find Registeel and Swampert still on here. Now that Generation VII and Generation VIII Pokémon have been trickling in, though a couple threats have been introduced to shuffle things around a bit.
Tier List for the Great League in Pokémon GO
- Galarian Stunfisk
- Shadow Walrein
Throughout all of the changes in Pokemon GO, Medicham and Galarian Stunfisk seem to always be relevant. It’s still hard to resist Medicham’s attacks, as it is to find a way to break through Galarian Stunfisk. Registeel is the other premier Steel-type in the game. Lanturn gets a shoutout here do to an immaculate typing (Water-type and Electric-Type). There also is a big race for the premiere Ice-type in the Great League: right now, Walrein is beating out Dewgong by just a bit.
Carbink is the most recent newcomer to the higher tier of Great League play, but it stays out of S Tier due to all of the Water-types in the meta. Some of those Water-types we even see here with Dewgong, Swamper, Pelipper, and Quagsire. Noctowl used to be a contender for S Tier, but struggles against common threats like Carbink and Galarian Stunfisk. Sableye is simply the safest swap in the meta, with only the popular Fairy-types around to threaten it back.
- Shadow Poliwrath
- Deoxys Defense Forme
This tier is full of Pokémon that have good matchups all around, but lose key matchups in the tiers above it. Altaria, for example, might be higher if not for all the Walrein and Dewgong in the meta. Bastiodon is a great Flying-type counter that gets outclassed by Galarian Stunfisk and Registeel. There are also lots of strong attackers in this part of the Tier List, like Scrafty, Shadow Poliwrath, and Lickitung.
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- Alolan Sandslash
It’s really easy to feel bad for some of these Pokémon. Trevenant, for example, used to be around the S Tier before a pretty gruesome nerf. Vigoroth is usually a great Normal-type, and yet it’s getting outpaced by Lickitung. Charizard is a hard Pokémon to place in particular, since it has a really high damage output, but held back by a 4x weakness to Rock. Azumarill is another Pokémon that used to be ranked way higher.
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- Shadow Golbat
- Alolan Ninetails
- Tapu Fini
- Alolan Marowak
This is certainly a big tier, but it’s also an important one. If any trainer out there wants to dig for a Pokémon below here, they really need a strong strategy to make it work. On the other hand, while those Pokémon don’t have the most even matchups, they can still fulfill important roles on teams.
Thanks to their typing, Skarmory and Jellicent are still some of the best safe swaps out there. There are also some decent fairies to pick up here in Tapu Fini, Clefable, and Alolan Ninetails. Meganium, Chesnaught, Venusaur are three bulky Grass-types, each with access to Frenzy Plant. So, it’s not like picking a Pokémon from this Tier is a bad thing, it should just be supported with some of the higher tier Pokémon.
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