Pokemon GO Mountain Cup
The Mountain Cup: Great League Edition has returned to the Battle League. (Image Via Niantic)

The Pokemon GO Mountain Cup: Great League Edition started on March 22, 2023, at 1:00 PM and will run till March 29, 2023, at 1:00 PM Pacific Time. After the successful Psychic Cup Battle League, the meta introduced another battle roster, surprising Pokemon GO players. As expected, the developers changed Cup PvP rules to keep the league interesting and challenging. 

Unfortunately, only 1500 CP or below monsters can participate in Pokemon GO’s Mountain Cup. Further, the league eligibility limits players to using Ice, Ground, Steel, and Rock-type monsters. Swampert is restricted from use for now, but several powerful options exist. Despite the ban, Ground and Water-types are extremely important in the metagame.

This guide recommends five of the best Pocket Monsters to make the best Pokemon GO Mountain Cup team.

Shadow Gliscor and Lucario, with 3 other monsters for the Pokemon GO Mountain Cup 2023

The Great League in Pokemon GO has returned, commencing the Mountain Cup, which will last for a week this March 2023. However, players may have difficulties deciding on certain Pokemon types to overcome victory. This article will help them choose the best lead, safe switches, battle closer, and best Attacker.

Here is the list of the five best Pokemon for Mountain Cup: Great League Edition –

1) Shadow Gliscor

Shadow Gliscor in Pokemon GO
Shadow Gliscor is one of the top contenders in the Mountain Cup. (Image via Niantic)

Shadow Gliscor is a dual Flying and Ground-type monster and is considered a strong choice for PvP battles. With a maximum CP of 3048, this dual-type fighter boasts 185 Attack Power, 222 Defense Power, and 181 Stamina Power. Although the monster is weak to Ice and Water-type moves, it resists Ground, Electric, Fighting, Bug, and Poison-type attacks fairly.

The attack and defense stats of Shadow Gliscor is impressive. Despite the reduction in defense, it can deal significant damage and take some in return. The monster possesses a powerful Fast Move Wing Attack and a combination of the two powerful Charged Moves, Night Slash and Earthquake.

2) Shadow Marshtomp

Marshtomp in Pokemon GO
Marshtomp’s evolution Swampert is banned from the Mountain Cup. (Image via Niantic)

While Marshtomp’s evolution Swampert is banned in the current meta, it doesn’t mean its initial evolutions are also prohibited. Players can bring Marshtomp to participate in the Cup even with its final evolution banned. The Shadow variant is a dual Water/Ground-type wreaking havoc in Pokemon GO. The monster has a maximum CP of 4008 and powerful stats of 156 Attack Power, 133 Defense Power, and 172 Stamina Power. 

Discovered in the Hoenn Region (Gen 3), Shadow Marshtomp’s only weakness is Grass-type moves, but it easily resists Electric, Poison, Fire, Rock, and Steel-type attacks. That being said, its attacks are dynamic and spammy. Although Fast move Mug Shot isn’t very effective when dealing damage, the two Charged Attacks: Mud Bomb and Surf, will finish the job. Its best attacking moveset in Pokemon GO combines Water Gun and Surf (9.75 DPS).

3) Whiscash

Wishcash in Pokemon GO
Whiscash is an absolute powerhouse in the Mountain Cup. (Image via Niantic)

Whiscash is a dual-type with Ground and Water attributes in Pokemon GO. It has a maximum CP of 2346, with a stat composition of 151 Attack Power and 242 Stamina. This critter’s weakness is Grass-type moves and can resist attacks of Electric, Steel, Rock, Poison, and Fire-type moves. This monster was originally discovered in the Hoenn region (Gen 3).

Whiscash’s size is huge and looks similar to Marshtomp with one key difference – the Charged Attack, Blizzard. It is especially disastrous to other Ground-types. Similarly, the Pokemon also possesses Mud Shot as a fast-charging Fast Move with STAB potential and the powerful Charged Attack, Blizzard.

4) Lucario

Lucario in Pokemon GO Mountain Cup
Lucario can fight fiercely with its powerful moveset in the Mountain Cup. (Image via Niantic)

Lucario is a dual Fighting/Steel-type Pocket Monster that evolved from Riolu. This fighter has a max CP of 2703 in Pokemon GO, and its stats comprises 236 Attack Power, 144 Defense, and 172 Stamina Power. It is weak to Fighting, Ground, and Fire types of moves, but resistant to Bug, Poison, Dark, Rock, Dragon, Grass, Ice, Normal, and Steel-types attacks. 

Lucario’s most effective Fast and Charged Attacks are Counter and Aura Sphere, respectively. The combined DPS of these moves is 17.07, which is useful while attacking Gyms or PvP battles. That said, Steel-type moves benefit players as they have STAB potential and deal extra damage to the enemies.

5) Abomasnow

Abomasnow in Pokemon GO Mountain Cup
Sinnoh region’s Abomasnow has immensely powerful stats in the game. (Image via Niantic)

Abomasnow, also known as the Abominable GO-man, is a formidable contender in Pokemon GO. It was originally discovered in the Sinnoh region (4th Gen). Having a maximum CP of 2670, with powerful stats of 178 Attack Power, 158 Defense Power, and 207 Stamina Power, it’s a well-known fighter for competitive play.

Additionally, the monster has resistance against Electric, Grass, Water, and Ground-type moves, but is weak to Bug, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Rock, Poison, and Steel-type attacks. 

Players can use Abomasnow in the Great League, Ultra League, and other Cups, although its CP falls short for Master League PvP battles. Its best moves in Pokemon GO are Fast move Razor Leaf and Charged attack Weather Ball, with a combined DPS of 11.22.

That’s all for the best Mountain Cup: Great League Edition team this March 2023. Seize the opportunity to catch ’em all. Are you prepared for the latest season, Season 10: Rising Heroes?

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