Pokémon Go Fossil Cup team recommendations, restrictions and dates explained

The Fossil Cup is the latest Special Cup to return to the world of the Go Battle League in Pokémon Go.

To ensure you’re properly challenged in this blast from the past, your team selection will need to follow a number of Fossil Cup restrictions.

Below you can find our Fossil Cup recommendations that will help you create an interesting Fossil Cup team.

Our Pokémon Go Fossil Cup recommendations, from Swampert to Kartana

As with all Go Battle League leagues or cups, there is no single “best” team for the Fossil Cup, because you will never know which Pokémon are on your opponent’s team.

However, the restriction means there is a limited pool of Pokemon you can choose from, helping you pick your team.

However, before making your selection, it’s a good idea to review the Fossil Cup restriction, so you know exactly which Pokémon are available to you.

You also want to make sure you have a selection of Pokemon types and have a Pokemon whose charged attack can build up quickly so that you force your opponent to use one of their shields early on.

Our Pokémon Go Fossil Cup recommendations in order from the National Pokédex:

Swampert Shadow

Type: Water/Ground Perfect IVs: 00/14/14 Recommended: Mud Shot (Fast), Water Cannon (Community Day Exclusive), and Earthquake (Charged) Weaknesses: Grass

Swampert is one of the most powerful starter evolutions in Pokemon Go, both in raids as Mega Swampert and in the Go Battle League on Great, Ultra, and Master League teams. This list starts with the cardinal rule of limited metas: if you’re powerful in open league, you’re probably at least good in limited meta.

It just so happens that Shadow Swampert and Swampert are pretty good at Fossil Cup (although the Shadow version does a little better).

Thanks to being a dual Water and Ground-type Pokemon, this not only decreases the number of Pokemon Swampert is also weak to, but also increases the number of Pokemon it can have an advantage over. You can expect wins against Registeel, Escavalier, Lanturn, Ferrothorn, and Lucario. Still, it’s not all advantages: you’ll lose to Golisopod, Pelipper, Araquanid, Poliwrath, and Jellicent.


Type: Water/Flying Perfect IVs: 00/12/15 Recommended: Wing Attack (Fast), Weather Ball (Water) (Charged), Hurricane (Charged) Weaknesses: Electric, Rock

Pelipper is well known for his billing in the Big League. As with open league, this is a very attractive pick for those who want something spammy and flexible that also applies a lot of shield pressure.

If this sounds like your thing, you can look forward to wins against Swampert, Escavalier, Araquanid, and Jellicent.

However, Pelipper’s strength in Big League comes from the fact that Rock-types are underrepresented, which isn’t necessarily the case here, so if you’re used to this bird crushing the competition, know that it’s possible. may you have a bit more of a fight on your hands (wings?) here. You should expect losses from Lanturn, Registeel, Alolan Sandslash, Quagsire, and Ferrothorn.


Type: Steel Perfect IVs: 02/13/14 Recommended Moves: Lock On (Fast), Focus Blast (Charged), Zap Cannon (Legacy Charged) Weaknesses: Fighting, Fire Ground

Legendaries are harder to catch than most, and unlocking a second charge move for them is very expensive, but among the many opportunities players have had to get a Registeel, Steel comes highly recommended in the Grand League thanks to its fewer meta weaknesses and staying in fights longer is worth investing in.

Thanks to its large bulk and agility, it is widely believed to be one of the best Pokémon in both the Great League and the Fossil Cup.

In terms of matchups, wins against Ferrothorn, Jellicent, Pelipper, Araquanid, and Lanturn should be expected. Swampert, however, is an annoying terrain-type, so you should expect losses there, with Escavalier, Galarian Stunfisk, and Mawile delivering similar losses.


Type: Fighting / Steel Perfect IV: 15/01/15 Recommended Moves: Counter (Fast), Power Punch (Charged), Shadow Ball (Inherited Charged) Weaknesses: Fighting, Fire, Ground

Lucario has long been a fan favorite, not only for being one of the first Mega Evolutions introduced in the main series, but also because it’s a really cool Pokemon. The fact that it’s pretty powerful doesn’t hurt, of course.

In Pokemon Go, Lucario’s moveset offers something spammy and dynamic, applying quick moves and shield pressure, gaining momentum in the process with Power-Up Punch. The only downside is that, with his stats, he is something of a glass cannon.

So how does he perform in terms of matchups? You are a favorite against Ferrothorn, Registeel, Alolan Sandslash, and Araquanid. However, you should trade or expect losses against Jellicent, Swampert, Escavalier, or Lanturn.


Type: Fighting / Steel Perfect IVs: 01/15/15 Recommended Moves: Counter (Fast), Drill (Charged), Megahorn (Charged) Weaknesses: Fire (2x)

Escavalier is a reasonable Pokemon in Go Battle League, performing decently in both Great and Ultra League.

Counter is easily the best Fighting-type fast move and one of the best fast moves in the game. Drill Run offers coverage, with Megahorn being a slightly more expensive nuke, but offering STAB.

Since its only weakness (Fire) is irrelevant in this cup, you can expect wins against Ferrothorn, Registeel Alolan Sandslash, Lucario, and Lanturn. Losses will come from Jellicent, Pelipper, Swampert, and Araquanid.


Type: Grass/Steel Perfect IVs: 00/13/13 Recommended Moves: Bullet Seed (Fast), Power Whip (Charged), Thunder (Charged) Weaknesses: Fire (2x), Fighting

In a Water-dominated meta, having access to a strong Grass-type is extremely useful, and if you don’t have access to Kartana, this is the best option.

Bullet Seed is an excellent, fast-charging move, and Power Whip is simply an all-rounder. If you run into something that isn’t weak to Grass (like Pelipper), Thunder is there for coverage.

So how does this play out in terms of matchups? You beat most of the Water-types, including Lanturn, Quagsire, Jellicent, Swampert, and Pelipper. You should expect losses from Escavalier, Registeel, Shadow Swampert, Alolan Sandslash, and Araquanid.



Type: Fighting / Steel Perfect IVs: 00/13/13 Recommended Moves: Bullet Seed (Fast), Power Whip (Charged), Thunder (Charged) Weaknesses: Fire (2x), Fighting

Kartana is usually reserved for raids, thanks to its high attack and low defense, but as long as you don’t mind a glass cannon, Kartana can quickly finish off most Water-type Pokemon in this meta.

Razor Leaf deals great damage, while Leaf Blade is a great spam move thanks to how cheap it is. Night Slash is there as cover should you need it, but it’s so cheap it’s just as spammy.

Expect wins against Swamperts, Quagsire, Lanturn, and Jellicent. Meanwhile, Registeel will quickly finish off Kartana, as will Araquanid, Ferrothorn, Pelipper, and Golisopod.

The second day of Go Fest Global sees the global release of Mega Rayquaza! Be sure to complete the Sky High Special Research mission to earn a meteor for this mega evolution. If you haven’t already, you can also complete the Fascinating Facets quest to catch Diancie. Elsewhere in Hidden Gem Season we’ve seen the release of Routes, Zygarde, and a new season of Go Battle League. Be sure to compete in Shadow Raids, use Daily Adventure Incense for a chance to run into Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos, and Galarian Moltres. This incense can also give you encounters with other rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

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