Is Dusknoir Good in Pokemon GO & What's Its Best Moveset?

By Sam Woods

October 9, 2021

It’s spooky season in Pokemon GO with the yearly Halloween extravaganza now just a few short days away.

Before we get there though, there’s the small matter of the October Community Day, which features another spooky Pokemon – Duskull and its evolutions, Dusclops and Dusknoir.

It’s bound to be an exciting day with tons of exciting bonuses and activities and of course, a special Community Day move.

But, does its new move make Dusknoir good in Pokemon GO and if so, what is its best moveset? Let’s take a look.

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What Is The Special Community Day Move This Month?

This month, during the Duskull Community Day, Dusknoir can learn Shadow Ball, a move that’s a staple for many other Ghost-type Pokemon.

It’s a powerful Ghost-type move that deals 100 damage and has a cost of 50 energy.

Is Dusknoir Good in Pokemon GO?

It’s safe to say the answer is a pretty solid no. There are already tons of solid Ghost-type Pokemon that dominate the meta and there are still plenty more to come further down the line.

Dusknoir is eligible to compete in the Great League, however, PVPoke ranks it as the 295th best Pokemon in the division, which is far lower than Dusclops, which it evolves from. As an example of just how bad it is, it even performs worse than Pokemon like Drifloon and Misdreavus.

Things aren’t much brighter in the Ultra League, where it’s ranked in 216th place. Yes, it can beat the likes of Cresselia, Melmetal and Origin Giratina, but aside from that, it struggles!

Once again, Dusknoir doesn’t make an impact in the Master League and in fact, it will only beat a small handful of the top 150 Pokemon, none of which are Mythical, Legendary or Psuedo-Legendary.

Overall, it certainly doesn’t make good reading for the “Gripper Pokemon”.

Whats The Best Dusknoir Moveset in Pokemon GO?

If you’re a glutton for punishment and are looking to take a Dusknoir into battle, the following is the best moveset that you can choose for it:

  • Fast Move – Hex
  • Charged Move – Dark Pulse
  • Charged Move – Shadow Ball

So as you can see, Dusknoir’s best moveset does now include the Shadow Ball Community Day move, however, it still isn’t great.

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Sam Woods

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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