How to get the most out of Adventure Week!

May 18, 2017
Best ways to prepare for adventure week!
Article by RyanSwag. Adventure Week info (available here)

From May 18 to May 25, item drops, rock-type spawns, and buddy candy will be temporarily increased to celebrate “Adventure Week.” This event will present trainers with the opportunity to walk out daunting evolutions, have a better chance at obtaining rare rock-types such as Aerodactyl and Larvitar, and generally increase the count on their Hiker Badge (all while wearing a new hat)! Beyond the aforementioned benefits, we here at Game Press would like to highlight some Pokemon and Movesets that may prove beneficial to you on your adventure.

Gym Attackers and Defenders
PokemonOptimal Movesets
TyranitarTyranitar Optimal Attacking Movesets
  • Bite + Stone Edge/Crunch

Optimal Defending Movesets
  • Iron Tail + Stone Edge/Crunch

Tyranitar towers over all other Pokemon of significance that you can obtain from this event. A Tier 1.5, supreme attacker, and a Tier 2.5 defender with Dragonite Tier CP and rarity, players should be keeping their eyes peeled for it and it’s pre-evolutions Larvitar and Pupitar.

As an attacker, Tyranitar can handle most Pokemon better than others. Notable match ups it dominates include Blissey, Snorlax, Lapras, and all psychic-types. Less ideal match ups include Rhydon, Donphan, Vaporeon, and Steelix. While less ideal, players can still find utility from Iron Tail and Fire Blast movesets on offense; Tyranitar is just that powerful.  

As a defender, not only does Tyranitar have the highest potential CP in the game, it is also one of few Pokemon that can cause an attacking Dragonite to switch out for a more ideal Pokemon. That said, like Rhydon and Golem, it is entirely vulnerable to water, grass, fighting, and steel-type damage (notably from Vaporeon and Machamp). If your Tyranitar ends up with Fire Blast, don’t threat too much, it will sit at the top of a gym just as easily as any Hyper Beam Dragonite does.

PokemonOptimal Movesets
RhydonRhydon Optimal Attacking Movesets
  • Mud Slap + Stone Edge/Earthquake

Optimal Defending Movesets
  • Mud Slap + Stone Edge

As an attacker, Rhydon isn’t nearly as deployable as Tyranitar or Golem, but it’s power cannot be ignored. While it won’t get the job done fast, Rhydon’s impressive bulk will allow it to handle a number of matchups well. Stone Edge has better coverage and hits faster allowing Rhydon to dodge more easily, where Earthquake hits electric-types harder (Rhydon’s most ideal matchup). While less ideal than other Pokemon, many trainers I’ve met prefer to use Rhydon to counter Blissey and Snorlax. Against Blissey and Snorlax, Rock Smash becomes as viable as Mud Slap.

As a defender, Rhydon shines more brightly, having massive CP with high base damage quick moves. While having no multi-bar charge moves is a weakness for most defenders, Stone Edge hits so fast that it takes less cautious dodgers completely unaware. Earthquake is also deployable, but is far more easily dodged. Despite Mega Horn being Rhydon’s least ideal charge move, it has as much of a warning as Stone Edge and punishes grass-types hard. As for Rhydon’s alternate quick move, u/dondon151’s Pareto Frontiers reveal that Rock Smash doesn’t have all that large of a drop in performance when compared to Mud Slap. While Rock Smash + Mega Horn appears to be a horrible moveset combination on paper, it’s drop in performance isn’t all that steep and may make it easier for your allies to prestige against, for what that’s worth.

PokemonOptimal Movesets
GolemGolem Optimal Attacking Movesets
  • Rock Throw + Stone Edge/Rock Blast

Optimal Defending Movesets
  • Mud Slap + Rock Blast/Stone Edge

If you’re using Golem as an attacker, it is likely due to its access to the rare rock-type quick move, Rock Throw. While Golem isn’t an ideal attacker, the neutral coverage it achieves through having two rock-type attacks is unique as a non-legacy Pokemon, and it has the stats to back it up well. It should be noted that while Golem’s Mud Slap movesets are comparable to Rhydon, Rhydon in general uses them better.

As a Defender, Golem is strictly worse than Rhydon and is a relatively un-ideal gym defender. That said, if Niantic implements a “species clause” in gyms, Golems CP range gives it some more value.

PokemonOptimal Movesets
SteelixSteelix Optimal Defending Movesets
  • Any + Heavy Slam

Taking a look at u/dondon151’s Pareto Frontiers again, you’ll see that Steelix is a very potent gym defender held back by it’s low CP. Compared to all other Pokemon, Steelix (as a defender) is only second to Blissey in harassing Dragonite and is likely Dragonite’s worst encounter. Given that gym offense can be reduced to just using 6 Dragonites to be “optimal,” the inclusion of Steelix in a gym could throw a small wrench into an enemy's line up, for however long Steelix can remain in the gym with it’s low CP.  

Despite not having STAB, Dragon Tail is on par with Iron Tail due to it’s increased energy gain. In addition to this, many of Steelix’s counters resist steel-type attacks, making it even more ideal than Iron Tail in these scenarios. For this reason, Crunch is also a very good charge move for Steelix, held back from the spotlight due to Steelix’s fighting-type counters. While Earthquake is a solid “middle of the road” charge move for defense, it’s high energy cost, long animation time, and late damage window makes it the least ideal option of the 3.

Optimal Prestiging Moveset
  • Any with dual STAB

For those unfamiliar with gym meta, “prestigers” are the Pokemon you utilize to attack friendly gyms to increase their level. Omanyte, Omastar, Sudowoodo, and Graveler are good candidates as attack fodder; Using u/Celandro’s simulator and presting tool, you’ll often find these four popping up as ideal prestigers against fire, flying, and ice-types. Omanyte and Omastar may also have good matchups against rock and ground-types. Graveler has good matchups against electric-types.

Conferring with prestinging expert u/Zyxwgh, they supported the above and also mentioned Magcargo is a very good, rock-type prestiger. While Magcargo is a rock-type and can be a very good prestiger, it is uncertain if it will be included in the increased rock-type spawns since it’s pre-evolution, Slugma, is a pure fire-type. That being said, if seen, Magcargo should be grabbed as well.

Optimal Buddies

First and foremost, you may walk whichever Pokemon pleases you. The aforementioned recommendations for Buddy Pokemon assume you’re invested in gyming and would like to optimize your choices for this reason. This being said, these recommendations are the same as under normal conditions, but are being heavily emphasized now due to the 4x candy gains for “Adventure Week.”

Of all candy, Chansey candy is by far the most valuable, allowing you to power up your existing Blissey or aiding you in obtaining a new one. If you are unaware or had forgotten, Blissey is currently the most powerful gym defender in the game. Period. Snorlax comes second to Blissey. If you are without a Blissey or a Chansey, Snorlax is a solid option. Following that, Dratini and Larvitar’s families are on par with each other and may have more relative value compared to Blissey and Snorlax since their final forms have higher CP caps for gyms and more relative offensive prowess, depending on your play style.

Once again, you’re not a bad player if you walk something other than these recommendations; these are just the most ideal Pokemon to walk if you participate in gyms.

Future Forecast: The Legendaries
Future Forecast: The Legendaries

While the release of Legendary Pokemon has not been announced yet, the stats of Legendary Pokemon can roughly be assumed with the known power formulas and their movesets have been datamined. This section takes into account that speculation, and suggests ways to prep for their addition. While a simple change to the Game Master could alter everything; do you want to be without their optimal counters should they surface as is?

Tyranitar and Golem stand out as all-star counters. Tyranitar, with it’s high stats combined with a dark-type STAB quick move and powerful dark and rock-type charge moves, is the first answer to Mew, Mewtwo, Celebi, and Lugia. In addition, it is still an extremely optimal counter to every other legendary in Generations 1 and 2 (even Suicune, who currently suffers with Snarl and Extrasensory as datamined quick moves).

Golem, being the only non-legacy Pokemon with stats to make use of its powerful dual rock-type STAB movesets, makes an optimal counter against Moltres, Articuno, Zapdos, Entei, and Ho-oh. Omastar also warrants mention as a counter to Moltres, Entei, and Ho-oh, but isn’t quite as potent as Golem without its legacy quick move, Rock Throw.


I hope this article helps trainers get the most out of Pokemon Go’s Adventure Week! Here’s to hoping the spawns aren’t biome based again and we can all reap the benefits of increased rock-type Pokemon spawns together!

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