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Pokemon GO: Best Master League & Classic Team - GO Battle League August 2021

By Sam Woods

August 9, 2021

We’re now fast approaching the end of the eighth season of the incredibly popular Pokemon GO GO Battle League.

The PVP mode has risen to prominence over the last year or so and adds a competitive edge to the game, while also allowing players to flex with their best Pokemon.

The league is in its penultimate rotation, with the Master League and Master League Classic and the Ultra League Premier Cup, around for players to get involved in.

So, with this in mind, here are the best Pokemon and best team selections for the Master League and Master League Classic in the GO Battle League Season 8.

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Top 30 Pokemon – Master League

According to the ranking website PVPoke, the following Pokemon are the top 30(ish) you can choose in the Master League. Take note that you’ll need to power up your choices with XL Candies to get maximum efficiency.

  • Lugia – Dragon Tail/Sky Attack/Aeroblast
  • Melmetal – Thunder Shock/Superpower/Rock Slide
  • Dialga – Dragon Breath/Iron Head/Draco Meteor
  • Yveltal – Snarl/Dark Pulse/Focus Blast
  • Ho-Oh – Incinerate/Brave Bird/Earthquake
  • Zekrom – Dragon Breath/Crunch/Wild Charge
  • Mewtwo – Psycho Cut/Psystrike/Focus Blast
  • Togekiss – Charm/Ancient Power/Flamethrower
  • Reshiram – Dragon Breath/Crunch/Overheat
  • Mamoswine (Shadow) – Powder Snow/Avalanche/Bulldoze
  • Landorus (Incarnate) – Mud Shot/Rock Slide/Earth Power
  • Excadrill – Mud Shot/Drill Run/Rock Slide
  • Landorus (Therian) – Mud Shot/Superpower/Stone Edge
  • Snorlax (Shadow) – Lick/Body Slam/Superpower
  • Zapdos (Shadow) – Thunder Shock/Drill Peck/Thunderbolt
  • Giratina (Altered) – Shadow Claw/Dragon Claw/Shadow Sneak
  • Groudon – Mud Shot/Fire Punch/Earthquake
  • Metagross – Bullet Punch/Meteor Mash/Earthquake
  • Palkia – Dragon Tail/Aqua Tail/Draco Meteor
  • Dragonite – Dragon Breath/Dragon Claw/Hurricane
  • Gyarados (Shadow) – Dragon Breath/Aqua Tail/Crunch
  • Giratina (Origin) – Shadow Claw/Shadow Ball/Ominous Wind
  • Regirock – Lock On/Stone Edge/Focus Blast
  • Raikou (Shadow) – Volt Switch/Wild Charge/Shadow Ball
  • Kyogre – Waterfall/Surf/Blizzard
  • Gardevoir (Shadow) – Charm/Synchronoise/Shadow Ball
  • Garchomp – Mud Shot/Outrage/Earthquake
  • Magnezone (Shadow ) – Spark/Wild Charge/Mirror Shot
  • Articuno (Shadow) – Icy Shard, Icy Wind, Hurricane
  • Swampert (Shadow) – Mud Shot/Hydro Cannon/Earthquake
  • Genesect – Fury Cutter/X-Scissor/Techno Blast
  • Sylveon – Charm/Moonblast/Last Resort

Best Master League Team Choices – August 2021

  • Togekiss/Excadrill/Mamoswine – the Legendary killers
  • Lugia/Mewtwo/Melmetal
  • Dialga/Yveltal/Reshiram
  • Swampert/Landorus (Incarnate)/Groudon
  • Ho-Oh/Sylveon/Zekrom
  • Kyogre/Snorlax/Magnezone

Although there is no specific “best team” because it all depends on your opponent, I feel these are some of the best.

They’re not guaranteed to win every match, but they are designed in a way to cover a variety of types, to limit weaknesses and to hit hard against some of the Master League’s best Pokemon.

As long as you use a range of the above Pokemon and put your team together using a similar theory, you should go far!

Top 30 Pokemon – Master League Classic

The Master League meta varies from the standard Master League, simply due to the fact that Pokemon can’t be powered up by XL Candies. You can see the top 30 below:

  • Groudon – Mud Shot/Fire Punch/Earthquake
  • Melmetal – Thunder Shock/Superpower/Rock Slide
  • Yveltal – Snarl/Dark Pulse/Focus Blast
  • Lugia – Dragon Tail/Sky Attack/Aeroblast
  • Garchomp – Mud Shot/Outrage/Earthquake
  • Dialga – Dragon Breath/Iron Head/Draco Meteor
  • Ho-Oh – Incinerate/Brave Bird/Earthquake
  • Mewtwo – Psycho Cut/Psystrike/Focus Blast
  • Zekrom – Dragon Breath/Crunch/Wild Charge
  • Snorlax (Shadow) – Lick/Body Slam/Superpower
  • Giratina (Altered) – Shadow Claw/Dragon Claw/Shadow Sneak
  • Dragonite – Dragon Breath/Dragon Claw/Hurricane
  • Mamoswine (Shadow) – Powder Snow/Avalanche/Bulldoze
  • Palkia – Dragon Tail/Aqua Tail/Draco Meteor
  • Meloetta – Confusion/Psyshock/Dazzling Gleam
  • Landorus (Incarnate) – Mud Shot/Rock Slide/Earth Power
  • Reshiram – Dragon Breath/Crunch/Overheat
  • Giratina (Altered) – Shadow Claw/Dragon Claw/Shadow Sneak
  • Togekiss – Charm/Ancient Power/Flamethrower
  • Zapdos (Shadow) – Thunder Shock/Drill Peck/Thunderbolt
  • Ho-Oh – Incinerate/Brave Bird/Earthquake
  • Landorus (Therian) – Mud Shot/Superpower/Stone Edge
  • Metagross – Bullet Punch/Meteor Mash/Earthquake
  • Gyarados (Shadow) – Dragon Breath/Aqua Tail/Crunch
  • Swampert – Mud Shot/Hydro Cannon/Earthquake
  • Regirock – Lock On/Stone Edge/Focus Blast
  • Raikou (Shadow) – Volt Switch/Wild Charge/Shadow Ball
  • Kyogre – Waterfall/Surf/Blizzard
  • Excadrill – Mud Shot/Drill Run/Rock Slide
  • Mew – Shadow Claw/Psyshock/Focus Blast
  • Gardevoir (Shadow) – Charm/Synchronoise/Shadow Ball
  • Sylveon – Charm/Moonblast/Last Resort

Best Master League Classic Team Choices – August 2021

Using the same principles as above, here are some teams that we think should work well in this upcoming rotation:

  • Dialga/Groudon/Ho-Oh
  • Lugia/Mewtwo/Melmetal
  • Zapdos/Landorus/Reshiram
  • Swampert/Giratina (Altered)/Metagross
  • Garchomp/Yveltal/Togekiss
  • Mamoswine/Zekrom/Mew
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Sam Woods
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Sam is the Managing Editor at DualShockers. He's been playing video games for as long as he can remember and you can regularly find him on his Nintendo Switch. When he's not playing games, he'll no doubt be suffering watching his beloved Ipswich Town.

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