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Second Charge Move Recommendation List

12-17-2018
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10,000 Stardust / 25 Candy Pokemon

Explanations

Potential Use:

  • Great League, Ultra League

Recommended Set:

  • Frenzy Plant + Sludge Bomb

A major threat in both lower leagues, Venusaur can make great use of an extra move. Sludge Bomb punishes common fellow Grass-types as well as Fairies looking to neutralize Dragons.

Potential Use:

  • Great League, Ultra League

Recommended Set:

  • Hydro Cannon + Ice Beam

Blastoise can finally be relevant too! Hydro Cannon has busted stats and Ice Beam offers coverage against the Grass-types counters as well as Dragon and Flying, two frequently seen types especially in Ultra league.

Potential Use:

  • Ultra League

Recommended Set:

  • Blast Burn + Solar Beam

Typhlosion can make use of its wide movepool in PvP. Shadow Claw is dangerous for Psychic and Ghost pokemon, while Blast Burn and Solar Beam are great moves with even better synergy, offering coverage against 7 different types.

Potential Use:

  • Great League, Ultra League

Recommended Set:

  • Frenzy Plant + Earthquake

The most overlooked starter has grown into quite the beast in PvP, and the option of having Earthquake with coverage against 5 more types only makes it stronger.

Potential Use:

  • Ultra League

Recommended Set:

  • Blast Burn + Dragon Claw

Like Blast Burn, Dragon Claw is a fantastic move for PvP, being so quick to charge and hitting powerful Dragon-types like Latias and Giratina for super effective damage.

Potential Use:

  • Great League, Ultra League

Recommended Set:

  • Leaf Blade + Aerial Ace or Earthquake

Sceptile is an alternative to Venusaur and Meganium, that beats the latter in 1v1 thanks to Fury Cutter and Aerial Ace, but lacks the powerful CD exclusive move (at least for now). Leaf Blade is still one of the best non-legacy charged moves in the game.

Potential Use:

  • Ultra League, Raids

Recommended Set:

  • Hydro Pump or Outrage + Crunch

Gyarados is one of the most powerful pokemon with a low-cost second charged move. You can use it in raids to compensate Hydro Pump’s slow charging time with the 3-bar Crunch, or in PvP to maybe experiment with Outrage.

Potential Use:

  • Great League

Recommended Set:

  • Sky Attack + Dragon Pulse or Dazzling Gleam

Altaria is a valuable addition to Great League teams, as an answer to Grass with the Dragon typing giving it many key resistances. Unlocking the extra charged move is cheap, and both Dragon Pulse and Dazzling Gleam offer wide neutral coverage.

50,000 Stardust / 50 Candy Pokemon

Potential Use:

  • Raids

Recommended Set:

  • Stone Edge + Earthquake

Despite not being that useful in PvP due to its poor typing, Rhyperior is still a strong attacker in raids with both Rock and Ground movesets. Having both at once is even better!

Potential Use:

  • Ultra League, Raids

Recommended Set:

  • Foul Play + Avalanche

Much like Rhyperior and Roserade, having two charged moves is convenient for Weavile because it fills two attacking roles, and it does both very well.

Potential Use:

  • Great League

Recommended Set:

  • Play Rough + Ice Beam

Always an underrated prestiger and gym defender, Azumarill could now become a staple of the lowest PvP league. If you like to play there, getting both Play Rough and Ice Beam on it for maximum coverage could be worth the 50k price tag.

75,000 Stardust / 75 Candy Pokemon

Explanations

Potential Use:

  • Ultra League, Master League

Recommended Set:

  • Meteor Mash + Earthquake

Meteor Mash is a fantastic move in PvP, keeping Metagross relevant in the higher leagues. Earthquake is its best coverage move, useful against Fire-types.

Potential Use:

  • Ultra League, Master League, Raids

Recommended Set:

  • Crunch + Stone Edge

While the option of using one last Crunch instead of fainting with a half-charged Stone Edge is sure convenient, the fact that you can’t pick between Smack Down and Bite (as one is legacy) means that your Rock and Dark T-tar armies for raids will still need to be separate.

100,000 Stardust / 100 Candy Pokemon

Explanations

Potential Use:

  • Ultra League, Master League

Recommended Set:

  • Dragon Claw + Ancient Power or Shadow Sneak

One of the worst legendaries to use in raids has now risen from the darkness to become a PvP monster. Few things in Ultra and Master league can deal with its sheer bulk and Dragon Claw spam, while Ancient Power and Shadow Sneak make it even more of a threat with their wide counter coverage.

Potential Use:

  • Ultra League, Master League, Raids

Recommended Set:

  • Dragon Claw + Solar Beam

Latios is one of the most versatile raid attackers as well as a top choice for PvP with its powerful movepool and strong typing. Dragon Claw can eat through your opponent’s Protect shields, and Solar Beam one-shots basically anything that doesn’t resist it.

Potential Use:

  • Ultra League, Master League, Raids

Recommended Set:

  • Earthquake + Solar Beam or Fire Blast

Having Mud Shot, the highest EPS fast move in PvP, balances the fact that all of Groudon’s moves have high energy costs. Earthquake and Solar Beam are best for Master league and in raids, while Fire Blast can be useful in Ultra league where Grass-types are common.

Potential Use:

  • Master League, Raids

Recommended Set:

  • Shadow Ball + Ice Beam or Focus Blast or Thunderbolt

Now that it can also learn any other charged move - apart from Hyper Beam - Shadow Ball Mewtwo will be strictly superior to the non-legacy version. You can pick the second move based on what you want to counter, in PvP or raids: Focus Blast is a (shieldable) threat for its Dark-type counters, Ice Beam has the widest coverage for Dragons, Lugia and Groudon, while Thunderbolt takes care of Kyogre and only costs 45 energy.

Potential Use:

  • Ultra League, Master League

Recommended Set:

  • Sky Attack + Hydro Pump

Lugia’s tankiness allows it to finally shine in the high PvP leagues. Pairing Sky Attack with Hydro Pump makes it capable of hitting pretty much everything for at least neutral damage.

Potential Use:

  • Great League, Ultra League

Recommended Set:

  • Moonblast + Aurora Beam or Future Sight

It has all the right credentials to be a staple of the lower leagues’ meta. If you’re willing to invest the hefty price for that purpose, get Moonblast and Aurora Beam to have a bulky Dragonslayer that can also threaten common Dark, Grass, and Flying-types.

Potential Use:

  • Master League, Raids

Recommended Set:

  • Sky Attack + Overheat

With an extra charged move Moltres can now become the ultimate Fire attacker, choosing between Overheat and Sky Attack based on the situation. The former is better for Steel and Ice-types like the Regis, while you want the legacy Flying move against Grass and Bug-types.

Potential Use:

  • Raids

Recommended Set:

  • Outrage + Aerial Ace or Ancient Power

It may be outshined by other fellow Dragons in PvP, but Rayquaza’s other charged moves are still very valuable in raids. With Outrage and Aerial Ace in particular, you can have the best Dragon and Flying attacker in the game at once.

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Explanations

Potential Use:

  • Ultra League, Raids

Recommended Set:

  • Solar Beam + Sludge Bomb

If you happened to hatch a good Budew already, you want to unlock the second charged move before evolving to Roserade and powering it up. As both a top Grass and Poison attacker, being able to have both options at its disposal might come in handy.

Potential Use:

  • Ultra League, Raids

Recommended Set:

  • Dazzling Gleam + Aerial Ace or Ancient Power

If you’re yet to spend a Sinnoh Stone to get Togekiss, you may as well save 40k stardust by unlocking its second charged move while it’s still at its baby stage.

Potential Use:

  • Great League, Ultra League

Recommended Set:

  • Close Combat + Shadow Ball

Lucario doesn’t seem essential for either PvP or raids right now, but saving 65k stardust seems like a wise choice anyway.

Potential Use:

  • Raids

Recommended Set:

  • Avalanche + Psyshock

While Jynx is more known for its (now outclassed) Ice attacker role, it can also be decent as a Psychic-type if you lack better options. Unlocking after evolving would cost 75k stardust.

Potential Use:

  • Great League

Recommended Set:

  • Hitmonlee: Close Combat + Stone Edge
  • Hitmonchan: Close Combat + Fire Punch or Thunder Punch or Ice Punch
  • Hitmontop: Close Combat + Stone Edge

The Hitmons, especially Hitmonchan with its unpredictable coverage moves, might be half decent options if you need a Fighting-type in Great league. They’ll all be right below 1500 CP at level 20, and unlocking after evolving would cost 75k stardust.

Potential Use:

  • Ultra League

Recommended Set:

  • Fire Punch + Brick Break

Brick Break sure doesn’t make Magmortar a better raid attacker, but it could be fun in PvP with two very low energy charged moves. Unlocking after evolving would cost 75k stardust.

Potential Use:

  • Ultra League

Recommended Set:

  • Wild Charge + Thunderbolt or Thunder Punch

Electivire only learns Electric-type charged moves, so a second one doesn’t bring much more to the table. Unlocking after evolving would cost 75k stardust.

Potential Use:

  • Great League

Recommended Set:

  • Play Rough + Ice Beam

See Azumarill above. NOTE: Evolving a level 35 Marill and paying 50,000 for the second charged move is cheaper than paying 10,000 on Azurill and powering it up all the way from level 20.