Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Best Attackers in game currently

Introduction

    Choosing what to power up is the most crucial choice that any player can make in this game. EVERYONE has an opinion, every site and writer will post SOMETHING, but what proof or what validation do they actually give you that makes you believe them ? Many people know me and people who have listened to my advice know that I have really good information. But why do i have good information? On this subject it is simple, since gen two release I began playing gyms very frequently and have won over 10,000 battles in that time and ive done thousands of training matches. I also run my own damage calculations and test practical application instead of just flat numbers. Also having everything besides region locked pokemon with every attack set makes me unbiased on my opinions. This guide will only cover things I ACTUALLY use myself when im playing seriously and then a few next best choices.




   The recommendations out there from reliable sources are math based recommendations(which are a great resource and great starting point), however they don't take into account ability to dodge, lost energy, practical match-ups or even the value of a pokemon in a 6 versus 10 fight. This guide will give you a lot of useful information, numbers and reasons as to why a player with my experience and pokemon inventory is constantly picking the same pokemon. 


Pokemon actually worth the space on your team


Dragonite

   Its no secret that Dragonite is an insanely strong pokemon. But i put him first despite tyranitar being a higher CP max on purpose. EVERY dragonite is good for attacking, some are just better. However i would only say that two of Tyranitar possible attack combinations are actually good for attacking(one is acceptable). More than this, Dragonite is a very versitile pokemon, it can literally beat ANY viable pokemon if a good trainer is using it(which just means practicing with your pokemon). Hardly nothing takes extra damage from dragonite, but also NOTHING I consider viable takes reduced damage. He has an insane damage output and a range of attacks both legacy and current that have insane DPS and includes the highest bar damage spread of ANY pokemon attacks in the game. He also has the fastest spam move in the game. I mentioned hes also the second strongest pokemon in the game based purely on stats right ?

   Attack Set Ranking

Dragon breath - Dragon Claw : this is by far my favorite, fastest fast attack in game high damage and EPS combined with the fastest charge move thats a 3 bar 50 damage per bar attack. A skilled player will hardly ever get hit unless its a mistake or very unlucky timing(or a lack of trying haha)





Steelwing or dragon tail - outrage : Tail or wing depends on your opponent, tail has higher DPS and EPS but wing is faster making it easier to avoid attacks. Outrage has the highest damage per bar at a total 220 before STAB( Same Type Attack Bonus). The downside to outrage is it has a very long animation, so planning when to use charge is essential! 




Steelwing or Dragon tail - Hurricane : Tail or wing, same reasons. Hurricane is extremely fast and its the only attack thats flying on a top tier pokemon, this is by far the best choice if you want to use a flying type attack pokemon.



Dragon Breath - Dragon Pulse : This is a very good set simply because of the Dragon breath, its faster than Steel wing and way faster than tail. The trade off is pulse is less damage than Outrage but still has a long animation.





Dragon Breath, Steelwing Dragon Tail - Hyper Beam : Dragon breath is by far the best, then the toss up between tail and wing is the same as previously mentioned. Hyperbeam is the worst attack for dragonite, however its a huge damage move on one of the highest stat and attack stat pokemon in the game even if you roll a dragonite and it gets this attack set it is still useful, at least till you get a few with other attack sets :) then ide probably throw it in a gym!




Tyranitar

   Tyranitar has two really good attack sets for attacking and is a great addition to a pokemon team because he not only is the highest CP pokemon currently in the game, but he also counters a lot of top tier defenders. He also has a huge damage spread bar with Crunch!


   Attack Set Ranking

Bite- Stone Edge: this is one of my favorite attack sets, don't let the 5 power of bite or the 100 power of stone edge fool you, the damage output of this attack set is very high. Yes their are higher, but what really makes this attack set so valuable are the insanely fast animation times. Bite is a .5 second animation and stone edge is 2.3. This combination with tyranitar attack of 251 make tyranitar a high damage output machine that will never get hit being commanded by a skilled trainer(with practice this will be you). 32.61 constant dps spread(this is peak DPS, practical DPS will not be the same due too 1 bar, it can be close due to the 2.3 second animation).




Bite- Crunch:  28.71 constant dps spread(this is maintainable due to 3 bar setup), should be enough said. I rank both Bite stone edge and Bite Crunch the same, both have their advantage and their weaknesses. Bite crunch leaves you much more prone to getting hit by charge moves, which makes him a poor choice especially versus a 3 bar spam move, skilled trainers with practice can effectively handle a 2 bar like a gleam blissey(which Bite Crunch is one of my "go to" pokemon for blissey), but i wouldn't suggest trying vs a 3 bar as just one crunch will generate enough damage to possibly proc an immediate return attack.




Bite- Fire Blast: 28.59 constant DPS spread( this isn't even close to maintainable, long animation and 1 bar). The .5 second fast move Bite, and the extremely high stats of tyranitar made this attack set make it to my list( i only include it because if i didnt have a Stone Edge and Crunch i would still use this). The fact it has a fire attack doesn't make it necessarily a better choice vs grass, i say this because the strongest grass gym defender is also psychic(Exeggutor), so hes weak versus Dark and Fire. The impractical long animation 1 bar with an already inferior DPS spread make it an obvious bottom of the three. All that said, its still very strong comparatively to everything else in the game currently as an attacker, if you had a choice between a Bite Fire Blast tyranitar or any fire pokemon for instance, in the game currently Tyranitar is a clear top choice.




All other attack sets for tyranitar are just a gym topper, gym pokemon will be discussed in a different guide.


Vaporeon


   Vaporeon has been one of the strongest pokemon in the game since its release, not just as the strongest water type by far, but also comparatively to everything in the game. Vaporeon is an amazing pokemon because it doesnt have 1 great quality, it is the most well rounded pokemon in the game. It has a great balance of stats, insanely powerful attack sets, 7th highest overall CP and its a pure water type. It counters many pokemon and can beat every pokemon on a gym. Its stats and attack sets make it so it can dodge easily, DPS down Blissey even at a large pokemon level disadvantage, and it can even eat attacks and still win most matchups(dodging correctly will allow it to go through many pokemon). It counters Tyranitar and rhydon along with every fire pokemon, makes easy work of snorlax and Blissey(can eat charge moves and still come out with a victory), and can even beat pokemon with type advantages(dragonite with its much higher CP and resistance or even exeggutor with its resistance and its damage bonus, these arent however smart choices, but it can do it easily is the point). Vaporeon like Tyranitar and Dragonite make my pokemon team almost EVERY time i pick a team vs a level 10 solo! To top this off, vaporeon only has three possibly attack sets, Watergun - Hydropump, Aquatail or Waterpulse. Two out of three are arguably best attack sets depending on matchup. 


Watergun- Hydropump: This attack set is ranked highest by many sites, with a constant DPS spread of 28.56 there is good reason. This DPS isn't exactly maintainable due to the one bar nature, but at 3.3 second animation with only a .7 second delay its possible to be close.





Watergun- Auqatail: This move set isn't ranked as high as Hydropump by sites for attacking, however this is one of the fastest charge moves in the game(1.9 second animation) with 3 bars for 50 damage, this is essentially a water Dragonclaw(1.7 second animation). 24.77 DPS spread, this damage is maintainable due to the three bars and the fact its a 1.9 second animation. This attack set will do plenty of damage and will make it so a skilled trainer can avoid EVERY attack. In a practical fight hydropump will only be slightly higher constant DPS, but also Hydropump is pretty fast for a one bar move, so I rank these two attack sets equally, both are amazing each is slightly better for certain match ups.






Exeggutor


    This is probably one of the most underrated pokemon in the game, yet it finds its way into my inventory most of the times I battle. The key with this pokemon for attacking is Solarbeam. His quick moves have slight variations in strength and weakness but they are ALL viable, some are just slightly better.

Any- Solarbeam: This ranking is unique as the real advantage is Exeggutor is the strongest grass type, combined with psychic(making him have resistances too some of Blissey attacks), and an insanely high damage move in Solarbeam. This Pokemon does take skill and timing to be really effective with, but you can completely avoid charge moves if played right vs many pokemon because he does so much damage!



Team Fighting- Confusion: this is the best DPS to EPS ratio but the slowest animation(1.6), effectively used in groups teams can completely avoid charge attacks even with only a few players clearing. I still like it for solo play but its definitely a difficult to master attack set and hes left vulnerable a lot of times(many pokemon I wouldn't choose this versus). This is also a legacy, so not something attainable until trading unless you already have one.

Best rounded- Extrasensory: This is the next best EPS to DPS ratio and is tied with all other "fast" moves for animation time(1.1 seconds). This is what i would suggest powering if you dont already have a Solarbeam(or you want another). More efficient for avoiding attacks, definitely better for solo and so close for groups that you cant go wrong with it.

Bulleseed: very high EPS but DPS is just too low, i wouldnt use dust on one but when i evolve them i keep them as trainers as they are still useful, just clearly a next best move set sort of deal.

Zenheadbutt: this got nerfed, inferior EPS, DPS, and its got the same animation time as Extrasensory. Still useful if you already have them, but very clearly not a best choice. On the bright side if you have one its a legacy pokemon!


Situational Picks



    These are the picks that only make it into my inventory in certain cases and are not very frequent, as the pick would require something like 3 of the same pokemon in a row on a gym. These are pokemon if you do make one ide suggest only one and waiting for only the best attack set and a very high IV.


Jolteon

    This is a one trick pony(or in this case electric dog), I only pick Jolteon if there are several Gyarados lined up. Jolteon is only viable versus Gyarados because of a combination of double weakness to lightning(flying-water), jolteons attack stat 232 and Jolteons attack set thundershock-Thunderbolt. Every other pokemon that will be on a gym has a better counter. Jolteon is a glass cannon and without the double weakness exploit versus a Gyarados a jolteon wont go far.




Venasaur

    Venasaur I only use because the double grass moves of Exeggutor are inferior(Bulletseed is terrible in comparison to vinewhip). Vinewhip will get weakness bonus vs Vaporeon, Rhydon, Tyranitar(Exeggutors best fast attacks are psychic which Tyranitar is resistant to), so the loss in damage due to a much lower attack stat than Exeggutor is made up for a little here, but the real advantage is its a .6 animation time making him have much more ability to dodge incoming attacks. Hes a useful pokemon, but hes much harder to get than an Exeggutor(requires much more farming for an evolution 125 versus 50). So if you can get one easily or already have one its probably going to be a useful pokemon for you, but I wouldn't make it a top priority, Exeggutor is much easier to attain. But hey Venasaur is cooler in my opinion ;)





Espeon and Alakazam


    These are both glass cannons, really high attack stats and hardly no health. They are the best choices for psychic currently. They will shred most pokemon just because of their attack stats and insanely high DPS move. They just wont go very far. If several Machamps every got lined up on a gym ide use one of these for sure, but how often have you ever seen that ? Confusion is the heaviest hitting for both, if you want a fast dodging set up its Zenheadbutt for Espeon or Psychocut for Alakazam. Futuresight is the best charge move for both. I VERY VERY RARELY EVER use either!





Machamp


    Hes the best fighting type, only remotely viable with Counter-Dynamicpunch. I am only including this because so many people think hes amazing and i want to explain the practicality of him. He does have a very good damage output due to the EPS-DPS of Counter and the two bar 90 damage Dynamic punch. However he will barely beat a single blissey  of same pokemon level even if you dodge correctly, if you fail once versus any of blissey attacks he wont even beat one. I have a bunch of Machamps and keep them as trade value because the majority of the community thinks hes amazing, he mostly only finds his way into my inventory as a trainer when most of my pokemon are fainted in that CP range, or once in a blue moon if theres only a couple or 1 pokemon on a gym and im extremely rushed and want to save 5 seconds. I wouldn't recommend using dust, I have maxed one and wont ever do that again. When I evolve them i just keep them where they are  and if my other trainers are all fainted I use them as backup trainers.





Lapras


    Lapras used to be really good, got a pretty good nerf and had water attacks added, both these things made Lapras way less useful. Its still the best ice pokemon till Articuno is released though. Lapras you only want for double ice moves, I only use it if there are multiple Dragonite lined up. Any of the duel ice move combinations are great fast moves ice shard or frost breath, charge moves Blizzard or Icebeam. If its double water moves it would be something for possibly training, but vaporeon is a far better water attacker as it just has way better stats. If you make one you only need one. I have several because i had them before the re balance, but i wouldn't make anymore.





Scizor 


    Best steel also contender for best bug due to his resistances, has a ton of resistances but once again hes just really low on the food chain. I like him but hes more of a novelty "best of type". 





Flareon - Arcanine


   With the addition of Firespin and Overheat Flareon became a much stronger choice as a fire type despite its extremely low HP it now does more damage than Arcanine(before Arcanine was not only better balanced but he also had better attack sets, as firefang was far superior to ember). Arcanine is still a much more balanced pokemon because he has almost 40% more health. Having a good fire type can be advantageous if you encounter a bunch of grass on a gym, they also will work fine versus other pokemon. But still not a top priority, i rarely use either as most of what gyms are composed of has better choices to pick as a trainer. For Flareon you would want Firespin- Overheat or flame thrower (flame thrower is faster and has better ability to maintain constant dps). Arcanine Firefang - Fireblast or my preference Flamethrower(legacy moveset now).





Decent choices


    These are a few things that are pretty good and I would say are viable but I just personally dont really like using, either because I don't like the attack combinations or because something is slightly better. I include these because there are some pokemon very close in effectiveness that some people might have that would still be a good viable choice if they don't have my 4 top recommendations.


Gyarados


    This is a good pokemon to power up if you have one for multiple reasons. The main one is its something that if you replace it with a different attacker its still going to be useful as a defender! Every move Gyarados has is non STAB besides Hydropump, that being said the attacks he can get are very strong and he has a very healthy attack stat and the 5th highest CP.



Bite- Crunch: good vs psychic, but tyranitar gets resistance from psychic, although against a grass move Gyarados doesnt have weakness.

Any fast(dragon breath or dragon tail best)- outrage: Good versus a dragonite

Any fast- Hydropump: his best settup for attacking, however hes weak against rock so targeting a rhydon or tyranitar is risky. Plus a vaporeon can get double water, so with that and the weakness from gyarados being flying ide go for the vaporeon. Gyarados Hydropump will hit harder than vaporeons and his DPS even without STAB for fast moves is higher than vaporeons.

Twister and Dragonpulse: legacy moves, decent but outrage hits harder.


Rhydon


    4th highest CP in game currently, Earthquake and stone edge, Mudslap is the best choice for "fast moves. I dont like him for attacking because his 1.4 second animation for Mudslap, plus tyranitar has Stoneedge and has Bite as a fast move. I like Rhydon a lot and if you power a high IV Rhydon you have a 4th highest gym defender, something you can use as an attacker and best part, he evolves into Rhyperior in gen 4 and they have him planned to be 3869 CP.. yeah he will top EVERYTHING currently in the game. Stone edge or Earthquake are the moves you want. He can take down normal types with resistances, smash fire types, flying and he is resistant to rock and fire well exploiting tyranitar weakness in both fighting and ground type attacks. Not a bad investment ;) 





Conclusion


    I dont include some types, like normal(because they are great gym defenders and very poor attackers), or fairy(just way too insanely outclassed to even mention). I have reasons why I have included or not included things and to explain all of it would take weeks of my time and would be more than 99% of people would be interested in reading. Hope this helps you to at least know what to hunt for and save for! Remember maxing one pokemon from level 20 is equal to 2350 first stage pokemon catches! So save your dust for the best stuff, eventually you will get them and when you do you will be ready to max and use them if you save !




Additions from Q N A


Memeeaters56 reddit user : Q= Did you mention heracross? If you a lucky soul that has one with COUNTER/close combat it SHREDS harder than machamp. A= heracross isnt mentioned for many reasons, he is almost exact stats as machamp but machamp has better attacks being the main reason, dynamic punch is what really makes machamp good :). but also heracross is a regional and 95% of the community wont be able to attain him. so mentioning a second best thats unattainable for many isn't something i bothered with. But good question

Thursday, April 13, 2017

World Experience Challenge Record Holder Advice for Easter Event

Double Experience


   This is the best chance for players of all levels to make a serious push up in the levels. This is not only a GREAT  chance for players to level up, but because the event has experience eggs at half price it makes it very cheap to gain 4 x experience with the use of lucky eggs!


   My advice for this event is quite simple, buy lucky eggs in the largest quantity, since they are discounted you can get 25 for 625 coins. If you can afford it i would also recommend the incubators. The reason incubators are recommended are for multiple reasons, the first is the obvious bonus or incentive that Niantic has given by making RARE hatches appear in the lowest eggs 2KM. But I have other reasons, you will be getting 4 x experience for your hatches and extra candies, this bonus means a 10km egg will provide 4000 experience and possibly double the candies a rare hatch could give you! This will help you power up some of your strong tier Pokemon as your level goes up! But more than this, eggs provide a bonus to your stardust, with 4 x experience you're going to level up and you will need a lot of stardust to actually use the levels you're achieving with this huge bonus to experience! Now if you're on a budget go for the experience eggs, 4 X experience when youre paying half price on eggs is the largest bonus here and it is something guaranteed, egg hatching is always luck based and doesn't GUARANTEE you will get what you're wanting.

 Focus catching and evolving pokemon! Refer to my old guides on this if you need further help. Catching Pokemon and evolving them will reward you the most for your time invested!

What will the Worlds Best Experience Grinder be doing ?


 So what will I be doing during this event ? I have held the world record for experience in 24 hours since my attempt about 7 months ago, the world record stands at 1,796,665(non doubled exp), if this challenge had been done during an experience event this number would be 3,593,330( heres a link to an aritcle about my first challenge). Since I did this record spawn rates have been doubled, mass delete was added, bonuses to experience etc. Simply put a lot of ways to gain more experience have been added. I have wanted to break my record for a while, simply because I know I can do it, but with half priced eggs there's no better time than now for me to do it! I am going to put up an insane number for my 24 hour challenge, but more than this i am going to make a progression video on how much total experience I can gain in this week. I will be playing 6 of the 7 day event, how much experience do you think I can do ? What do you think the new world record will be when I complete my challenge ?
 I will have a video out going over my 24 hour challenge at the end of this week once I have time to recover and my footage is edited, look for my videos from the event on my Youtube channel, follow my channel if you enjoy my content and want to see actual game play and progression on how I achieve such insane experience gains! This will lead you to my channel and a really cool video project I made!


 Heres a quick video run over :)

Friday, April 7, 2017

EXTRA BAG SPACE AND ITEM STORAGE

 There are so many things in the game that with minor adjustments could make the game so much more user friendly and more enjoyable for people to play. However I want to cover this issue in particular because players need to stand together and demand this. They wont listen to a single player but if we all make it known hopefully they will listen.


Pokemon storage


   I am going to start here because this has been a VERY frustrating thing for me and MANY MANY players. We had access to 1000 spaces since the release of the game as time has passed players obviously collect more pokemon, especially when attack sets change and you then have legacy pokemon and new attack sets to collect. Many players before the second generation was released were already close to max or nearing close to max inventories. Then they release a whole new generation but on top of this they make TONS of old attack sets legacy, so not only do you have an entire new set of pokemon to collect but now almost all of the top tier pokemon have new attack sets to collect. Even if you only wanted one of each of these sets you're talking about HUNDREDS of new pokemon. But you cant just have one, theres ultra rare pokemon like unown has the entire alphabet to collect.. not to mention when you find multiple of a super rare pokemon .. you don't want to have to just throw it away, you want to have it to trade for something you don't have in the future, this doesn't even take into account you need TEAMS of pokemon both for attacking other teams gyms and you need entirely different sets to level them. To do this efficiently you need a whole collection that is going to make you effective versus every type of pokemon. Then add gym defenders on top of this.
 Whats the issue here ? cost for a little more storage space on their servers? BAG SPACE COSTS MONEY, THE MOMENT THEY MAKE IT AVAILABLE PEOPLE WILL BUY IT. This is something they should have prepared for knowing that they were releasing new pokemon, knowing that a lot of players have been collecting pokemon in other games, pokemon cards etc, a lot of players are here to collect! They have spent time and money, lots of them a TON, and now they have to delete their pokemon ? Or what not participate in new sets of pokemon.
   I play a lot and I come across a lot of extras of pokemon, I have even spent entire rotations collecting multiple extras of pokemon with the intention of giving them to my little brother who i grew up with playing pokemon with, hes in PA school and doesn't have time to actually go out and farm nests. Or my daughter who's favorite thing is to battle gyms but wouldn't enjoy walking in circles for 8 hours for a chance to possibly get a right attack set. Then there are countless other amazing ideas that players I know have been saving or collecting pokemon for. Like collecting pokemon for the kids at the childrens Hospital who aren't in the physical health to go to nests. Many players have worked hard, spent money and have collected pokemon with intentions for those pokemon. Every new pokemon I get I have to choose something amazing to delete. I understand that they haven't released trading because they are having issues with their server security.. but stop making people throw away their hard work and money they have invested in this game that they enjoy. I think almost every player has something they intend for another person, or something they don't want to delete that they would much rather give to someone because it would make them happy.


Item Storage


   I have already written a lot because I feel strongly about this and really want others to help get the message across to Niantic to SELL us more storage.. seriously never thought I would have to write a blog to try to help convince a company to SELL me something haha.
   Item storage is the exact same common sense thing as pokemon storage. we had 1000 spaces, they released 2 new berries and a whole set of evolution items. With more items taking up space it further limits a players ability to actually play the game. This is super detrimental to players that don't happen to live in some insane pokemon location. Many players have to drive to areas to attain items. Gyms even require far more items to battle versus as they made gyms more difficult by making pokemon on gyms attacks proc based off of damage received, not to mention they made charge moves much faster which means even highly skilled players are using way more items per gym(don't get me wrong this promotes group play and it makes gyms actually fun to play against). But with added items, needing more items to gym, etc its once again a common sense thing to allow players the ability to get more storage.



Conclusion


   For everyone who read what I had to say I appreciate it, even if you aren't in this position with your inventory please help support this, the best part about this game is the community and a lot of people in this community are dealing with this issue and I can speak from personal experience it sucks! How do you feel about this ? Do you have any ideas that you think might get Niantic to listen ? Please comment and share.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Pokemon Go Plus, how a Pokemon Master uses it

Pokemon Go Plus

   The Plus has both upsides and downside, depending on how you're using it it could either be a great benefit or it could be severely hurting your gains. In this article I will cover the upsides and the downsides and then explain strategies that will make the plus an asset to you instead of crippling your gains.


The Negatives

 The negatives and weaknesses of the plus are things that anyone with a Plus should know about, simply put, if you don't know you're going to get less experience, less stardust and miss a lot of good pokemon you probably didn't want to miss!

  1.  The biggest negative to the plus is its horrible capture rate, you never want to try capturing anything you actually want with it, because if you use the plus you're most likely not going to catch it!
  2. The plus limits the total experience you can get from a capture to 150 experience(non lucky egg), well manually catching can get you 260 experience(non lucky egg).
  3. Targets are randomly chosen and you cant cycle what its targeting.
  4. There is no way to cancel a Plus attempt, if you accidentally plus you better hope you're just lucky!
  5. It only uses pokeballs, which can suck when you have none yet you have a ton of another you wouldn't mind using your plus to throw away! This also requires you to hold pokeballs
  6. Something very annoying is it randomly turns of and its not easy to distinguish it its on or off when you're just leaving it on with your phone closed. This could easily be fixed with a play time button where you select how long you want it on for. 


The Positives

   There may be negatives but there are also a lot of great ways to utilize the Plus, if you use it right it can be a definite plus :)

  1.  The biggest advantage of the plus by far is that it can be used in a lot of situations where you might not have usually been able to manually catch pokemon or log kilometers! The Plus will work when your screen is closed or when you're doing something else on your phone!
  2. It can be used to collect stops well driving a loop.
  3. You can catch random pokemon even moving at speeds too high to actually get pokemon to pop up
  4. You can use it to catch pokemon you wouldn't normally attempt at, at the very least you will get 25 experience for them running from you, something is better than nothing!


My Strategies


Solo Drive stocking: This is a very simple thing to do. Start by going to a loop with lots of stops. Go into settings, select pogo plus, then uncheck the pokemon box and make sure the stops box is checked, then just drive your loops clicking the plus to collect items.
Ultimate Stocking Strategy: This strategy requires multiple people to be done effectively and safely.
 This Strategy is the best way to maximize your gains well farming items by far. Start by checking pokemon on your plus and turn off the stops, for both you and the person who is nice enough to drive! This is very simple you will manually turn stops well the plus will attempt to catch whatever happens to be in your path. This may sound counter intuitive to some, but here is why this works best. You can turn stops in hardly no time, well catching a pokemon is a much longer action and the plus wont target anything after you begin an attempt to catch something. However the plus can target things well you're turning stops. 
Anytime is Plus time!: This is Quite simple, there are lots of times when you cant actually manually play Pokemon Go. But at the very least you can have the plus on! Even if its just in your pocket you can get kilometers and if you happen to have something buzz you can hit the button and maybe when you can play again you will have some pokemon surprises in your inventory!
More Than you can Catch!: If you're moving through an area and there are more pokemon than you can manually catch before you pass by them, this is a good time to utilize the plus! 
Things you wouldn't normally try for: There are some pokemon that are just annoying to catch or things that players wont even bother with. If that's the case with a pokemon the plus targets, give it a click! You will at the very least get 25 experience and you will definitely catch some of the stuff you plus which is 150 experience and 100 dust. Something is better than nothing!
Ultimate Experience run: This is quite simple, well you're doing your evolution's keep moving and plus everything! You wouldn't be able to effectively do evolution's well checking everything that pops up or turning stops, so just hit the plus every time it buzzes and pick up some extra experience, items and pokemon :)


Conclusion

   The Plus definitely has its uses and can be used to increase your progress if used correctly. I am actually happy that it doesn't have some insanely high catch rate or some advantage that would actually discourage people from actually playing the game, lets be real, clicking a button isn't as much fun as actually throwing balls! 
 How do you feel about the plus ?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

PokeBallin: The Pokeball Challenge

    This challenge is purely for the shock factor and for entertainment, if you're wanting to have the highest likelihood of capturing a rare pokemon DO NOT ATTEMPT WHAT YOU SEE IN THIS VIDEO.


Each Tier of pokeball has a base chance to catch a pokemon, this base chance varies based on the difficulty of the pokemon that you're attempting to capture. For the hardest difficulty, indicated by a dark red circle, and seen on things like Dragonite, Tyranitar, or Blissey, the capture chances are as follows

Pokeball: 3%

Greatball:5%

Ultraball:6%

  As you can see the base chance of capturing an Ultra Rare pokemon with a pokeball versus an Ultraball is half as likely. This is a pretty huge difference when you consider that a pokemon like Dragonite has a 5% chance to run ever time you successfully hit it with any type of ball.

 To increase your likelihood of a capture there are many things that you can do.

   Capture Medals: Capture medals increase the likelihood that you will successfully capture a pokemon of the type that you're attempting at. If you have all gold medals you increase the likelihood of a pokeball capture by 1%, with an ultraball the increase is 2%.

    Curve Ball: This is a skill based increase, this is also the only way that I throw balls. There is a bonus 10 experience awarded which is why it is always important to use a curve ball if you care at all about your level. More than this though, a curve ball increases the likelihood of a capture with a pokeball by 3%, or by 6% with an ultraball!

   Razzberry: This item can be fed to a pokemon to increase your chance to capture a pokemon. Once again a pokeball gains a 3% increase well the ultra gains a 6% increase.


   Conclusion: The difference between using a pokeball versus a Ultraball is that you're half as likely to capture a pokemon using a pokeball. If you're using a pokeball with a pinap versus an ultra with razzberry you have roughly one third the likelihood of a capture(7% versus 20%). Although I hope you enjoy watching this video, if you actually want to capture a pokemon I highly recommend that you use your best items!

Friday, March 3, 2017

New legacy Pokemon You Should Save!

New Legacy and what they were replaced with

  With the new update we saw a massive amount of changes not only with the addition of new pokemon but also to existing pokemon, not only what attacks that they can and cant get but also all the attacks were reworked. This makes some pokemon super useful and some of these super useful pokemon unable to be attained anymore.

#1 Dragonite

   Dragonite had many moves that became legacy with this update, his fast move dragon breath was switched for Dragon Tail. Dragon tail has better DPS and EPS but its much slower animation makes him more vulnerable to attacks(dragon breath is a .5 second animation to dragon tails 1.1)

Legacy

Dragon Claw: is the king of both attacking and defending for several reasons, first off its an insanely fast animation of 1.7 seconds and secondly it got buffed from 35 damage two bars to 50 damage 3 bars.

Dragon Pulse: Dragon pulse went from is still a two bar but its damage was increased to 90 damage.

Replacements

Hurricane: 110 damage with a 2.7 second animation. This makes this the strongest flying type attacking moveset for any pokemon in the game. This will be a very useful move set if youre wanting a pokemon with flying type attacks. Dragonite with Hurricane will be the king of flying type attackers until we get Ho-oh, however since we still are get to get the legendary pokemon from generation 1 he will most likely be the king of flying types till next year. The downside to this attack is that its the lowest damage output for the bar of any of dragonites charge moves, as the closest for the bar is dragon claw or hyper beam which are 40 damage more at 150.

Outrage: 110 damage with a 3.9 second animation. This is the most damage for a bar we see 220 however it is the slowest animation that dragonite can get. since its only slightly longer than dragon pulse with a slightly higher dps, this becomes dragonites new best two bar attack.

#2 Gyarados

   Gyarados has two new charge moves and one new fast move. Dragon breath was made legacy long before so no new legacy moves for fast moves. The two moves that are now legacy are Dragon Pulse and Twister. Dragon tail was added with no fast move being deleted, since dragon tail hits harder 15 damage, it is a better move for a gym pokemon since gym pokemon are restricted to set attack times instead of spamming as quickly as a trainer can make them attack. Bite is still a far superior fast move for attacking with Gyarados.

Legacy

 Dragon pulse: Dragon pulse as previously stated was buffed to 90 damage for a two bar

 Twister: This attack got a major reworking, it went from 5 bars too 3 bars but went from 25 to 45 damage, an overall increase for the attack. more than that though its a 2.8 second animation and its fairly hard to dodge, making it a great defending move set.

Replacements

Three new moves were added depite only two being removed, this was due to an early removal of Dragon Breath with no replacement! These replacements are Crunch, Outrage and Dragon Tail

Crunch: is a harder hitting move than twister at 70 damage, however it is a slower animation at 3.2 seconds. This is a defensive move set.

Outrage: This was previously covered on dragonite, the only difference between the two is dragonite has STAB( same type attack bonus).

 Dragon Tail: This is the new king of defensive primary moves for Gyarados, although its far inferior as an offensive move.

#3 Tangela

 Tangela only had one move made legacy, power whip. This move got a massive increase in power and a tangela with power whip vine whip is one of my favorite trainers!

Legacy

 Power Whip: Power whip recieved a massive buff, going from a one bar 70 damage move to two bars 90 damage each. More than this it is only a 2.6 second animation!

Replacement

 This move becoming so powerful and becoming legacy may be pretty disappointing if you dont have several of these! However cheer up! It was replaced with Grass Knot, it is the exact same damage, bars and animation time, its just not a collectible move set!

#4 Exeggutor

 Exeggutor lost both his fast moves and kept all of his charge moves, which all got buffed. Confusion and Zen Headbutt are both now legacy for Exeggutor, which were replaced by Bullet Seed and Extrasensory.

Legacy

 Confusion: this is the best defensive move for Exeggutor and now you cant get it, this will be a very valuable legacy.

 Zen Headbutt: This move is now legacy however it went from the best attacking move for exeggutor to a useless move, because it is neither best for attacking or defending. Please hear this though, this is still a legacy move so it will be collectible, plus you never know how future updates will modify these moves so you should still hang on to these!

Replacements

 Bullet seed: This is a welcome change as it finally makes Exeggutor the king of grass types officially, before he had no grass type primary, so he was rivaled by Venasaur as a top pick for a grass type despite is severe CP disadvantage. This attack has a fairly low DPS of 9.09, but what makes this attack really viable is its huge EPS of 12.73 and a respectable animation of 1.1 seconds. Which 1.1 seconds is equal to Zen headbutt. The massively higher EPS will make the real damage that Exeggutor does over time much higher. 

 Extrasensory: This move makes Zen Headbutt obsolete as an attacking move set as its DPS is equal to Zen Headbutt and its EPS is higher at 10.91 to zen at 9.09. I will still save my legacy zen attackers i had, because they are collectable, but i would choose Extrasensory to actually use in battle, or at least until the next time they restructure attacks!

#5 Parasect

 Parasect whether you knew it or not has always been an insane training pokemon and mostly due to his bugbite solar beam combo. This is one of my favorite training pokemon and probably one of the pokemon I use most frequently when training. The only move he lost is Bug Bite which was replaced with Struggle Bug.

Legacy

 Bug Bite: this move is 12.5 DPS and has an insanely high EPS of 12, this balance for his fast attack, combined with its short animation of .5 seconds, play a huge factor in why i choose parasect to beat pokemon well over two times his combat power. Bug Bite Solar beam was an insane combination before the update, which only made solar beam even stronger. This is an extremely valuable pokemon for any player who likes to play on gyms.


Replacements

 Struggle Bug: this was the replacement attack for Bug Bite, it has the same DPS of 12.5, however it is inferior in every other way, it has an attack animation of 1.5 and a EPS of 10. This change makes parasect way less usefull! A 1.5 second animation, leaves him way more likely to be hit by attacks and the lower EPS reduces his overall damage output by a huge amount!

#6 Arcanine

 Arcanine has for a long time been the strongest fire type pokemon, with the highest CP and the best balance of stats for a fire pokemon. Arcanine has two legacy moves for charge Flame thrower and bulldose. For quick attacks he has one legacy, bite which was replaced by snarl. Arcanine's charge moves were replaced with Crunch and Wild Charge.


Legacy

 Flame Thrower: This move was already the best defending move set, also for many players it was still the move chosen for attacking(myself included), this is due to the much lower animation time leaving your pokemon less vulnerable. It recieved a major buff as its now a 70 damage two bar move with a 2.2 second animation.

 Bulldoze: this move saw a major reworking as it moved to a two bar 80 damage. Its still not great or really that useful because its a ground attack on a fire pokemon, also because of its long cd and the fact Arcanine has flame thrower, which does more damage with the STAB, its not a great choice for usefulness Although it is now collectable!

 Bite: this was the fast move that was replaced, it is inferior to Fire Fang in both DPS and EPS, however it is only a .5 second animation which makes it useful for avoiding attacks

Replacements

 Wild Charge: this was a replacement for flame thrower, the two bar that was lost. It has a high DPS considering even without STAB it does 34.62 DPS, also its decent for the fact that it would get bonus damage versus water types, however ground can be used to counter Arcanine as well, which ground types are strong versus electric attacks. So this move set would be a waste to invest in.

 Crunch: this is the replacement for a spam move, which bulldoze used to be before the update which made it a two bar.  Three bars at 70 damage, would be a good attack on a dark pokemon for defending, but with arcanine being weak to so much of the top tier and him getting no stab, this attack set wouldn't be that useful.

 Snarl: This move is superior to bite in EPS, however it has lower DPS and over twice as long of an animation 1.1 seconds to bites .5.

#7 Snorlax

 Snorlax: lost by far his best defensive move and lost his best move that will be used for future battles, Body slam. It was replaced by Heavy Slam.

Legacy

 Body Slam: This move gained a massive buff with the update, making it a three bar 50 damage move, which he gets STAB on. You might be wondering why experience players rate body slam so high, when you consider its DPS is 32.89 compared to hyper beams 49.34. The reason is very simple Hyper beam has an animation that is twice as long as Body Slam, 3.8 to 1.9. When an attack is easily dodged  you can to consider that the actually damage it will be doing is going to be this reduced amount which is 37.25. The probability that a player attacking a gym will successfully dodge every body slam with its 1.9 second animation is extremely low, unless they player is extremely skilled well also being lucky if they are using any pokemon that isn't using extremely fast animation attacks as well.

Replacement

 Heavy Slam: This is the replacement, it is a two bar 70 damage attack, it has a 2.1 second animation. This is still a pretty good defensive move set with its slightly higher dps 33.3 and only having a slightly slower animation. The real difference is that its a two bar instead of a three, so it wont spam as much as Body Slam.

#8 Gengar 

This update replaced two of Gengar's charge attacks and one of his fast moves. He lost Shadow Claw for fast moves, Sludge wave and Dark pulse for charge moves. They were replaced with Hex, Sludge Bomb and Focus Blast respectively.

Legacy

 Shadow Claw: This move is going to be valuable as it has one of the highest DPS for any fast move and it also has good EPS and a quick animation time of .7 seconds. This attack combined with even shadow ball(two attacks normal types are resistant too) is strong enough to beat blissey before the timer, even using a far lower CP... pretty OP. Too bad he is such a lower stat pokemon or he would be the top choice for attacking for many players!

 Sludge Wave: This attack is very strong 110 damage 3.2 second animation. Although Sludge bomb replaced it and is a better attack! So collectible, but not a best move set!

 Dark Pulse:  3 second cast, two bar 80 damage, strong but without the stab and a longer animation time its a far inferior attack to Sludge Bomb! Once again collectible but this move has no practical use!

Replacements

Hex: This move has a far lower DPS than the legacy move it replaced at 10.42 versus Shadow Claw at 16.07, the only upside is it has a huge advantage in EPS at 12.5 versus 8.57. What really makes Shadow claw so much better is its combination of both a much higher dps and a way shorter animation time of .7 seconds versus hexs 1.2!

 Sludge Bomb: This is a best attack set for charge moves for Gengar, both by raw numbers and intuitively. It is a two bar attack with 80 damage and it has a quick animation time of 2.3 seconds with a DPS of 43.48. 

 Focus Blast: This is a heavy hitter at 140 damage at 40 DPS. Pretty slow animation though at 3.5 and with no STAB on a pokemon with low CP its pretty useless. Gengars Huge Attack stat will make it hit pretty hard, but its definitely not a great move set for this pokemon!


Notes Please Read!!!

 I am aware of all of the Legacy moves, this guide is far from complete. I am posting this so people can get the information as I have time to add to it. I will try my best to complete this guide as i dont want trainers deleting legacy pokemon they wont be able to collect in the future other than from trading, which legacy pokemon will be very valuable to someone collecting them! So they wont come cheap! I wont have time to go back through every place I posted this, so either check back or i will post updates on my Facebook page, i will simply post that i have made additions on my comment on my page. There are a lot of Legacy pokemon with this new update, some of them are just things i wouldnt even waste inventory space holding, i will get to these last. 

 I have included the explanations about each move and their replacements because this information will help you regardless of whether or not you happen to have a specific legacy pokemon!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dealing with blissey

 Dealing with Blissey, The new King of the Gym


Blissey is by far the strongest gym pokemon since the update simply because of its massive HP and its attack combination with its Normal Pokemon type.
 I have seen it recommended that players should use Primape or Machamp, this is a terrible idea and i feel bad for players who have spent resources on these pokemon. Blissey has raw stats that are far too high for either of these pokemon to deal with especially when you consider that 1 of the 2 "fast" moves that blissey has is Zen Headbutt a psychic type attack, which fighting type pokemon are weak too. Also Blissey gets Psychic which will destroy Either of these two pokemon, in a fight where levels are equal a machamp(the better of the two) will lose versus a blissey with zen psychic, and even without either of these attacks he will barely survive if the player successfully dodges every attack. Since Blissey has so much health you cant dodge its fast attacks or you will end up timing out well fighting it with most pokemon. So if you use a fighting type pokemon, even if you successfully beat it you will go through multiple pokemon and not efficiently beat the gym unless you're at a lvl advantage, then best case scenario you will barely win.

Pokemon To use Versus Blissey

Top tier


 Top tier is comprised of pokemon I personally would choose to use, these pokemon will beat a Blissey with no problem once you use them a few times, and most of them can suffer failed dodges and still come out victorious. The whole focus of a trainer wanting to build a strong battling team, should be to have a team of 6 pokemon that can take down a lvl 10 gym by themselves. Using top tier pokemon you can beat a blissey and then still beat another pokemon. These pokemon actually carry their weight in a 6 versus 10 fight in a gym. Focus on these pokemon, if there is a nest farm it, if you see one nearby go for it. Vaporeon is the easiest to acquire, if you cant get a dragonite, tyranitar or gyarados get several vaporeon, I sometimes will use three Vaporeon when I attack a gym. In fact all of these top tier i list i would use multiple of them in my inventory versus many gym builds! These pokemon will not only be great choices for gyms now but they will be top picks for trainer battles in the not too distant future!


 Dragonite: The Best pokemon to deal with a Blissey is a Dragonite, it has fast attacks and deals insanely high amounts of damage regardless of the type of pokemon it fights against. Against a Blissey and with the new update changing Dragonites moves, any dragonite will take out a blissey if you simply dodge its charge attacks and dps when its using just its fast attacks.
 Take note that even when a dragonite fights against a blissey with Dazzling gleam he will have more life left than a machamp fighting the same blissey well both dragonite and blissey are the same lvl(this is assuming you dodge the charge moves, because no pokemon will survive eating the attacks of Blissey and successfully beat it).



 Tyranitar: this pokemon will also easily deal with a blissey, with its massive attack stat, good HP, high defense, and the fact that it will be resistant to the normal type attacks and psychic type attacks that blissey can be equipped with(pound and Hyper Beam, zenheadbutt Psychic). Tyranitar would be best attacking Blissey if it had Bite and Stone Edge(it is fast with a high DPS) or Bite Crunch(crunch has a larger raw damage output but crunch leaves Tyranitar open to attacks for larger periods of time). Bite will generate more EPS(Energy per second), do more damage, and is a fast animation so it will make dodging easy! Stone Edge Tyranitar gets STAB with and its a very fast animation. I don't even have one yet so i understand most player wont have access, but i still have to cover this pokemon.




 Gyarados: This is one of the best attackers you can use versus blissey, however only with one attack set, "Bite" "Hydro Pump". Gyarados is an excellent choice because its high damage attack sets with good EPS fast moves and STAB on its charge attack with its high attack stat. It is also a very balanced pokemon with attack:237 defense:197 Stamina:190 This is another Pokemon that may be hard for players to get unfortunately though, since it requires so many candies to evolve.



 Vaporeon: Since not all players have a dragonite and probably very few have Tyranitar at this point, my next suggestion is something that every player should have, if you don't you are able to get one guaranteed through the Easter egg hunt by naming a Eevee "Rainer"( this only works once so make sure to use it on a high IV Eevee). There are two attack sets that will efficiently take down a Blissey with a Vaporeon, either Hydro pump or aqua tail. Hydro pump hits harder for its one bar making it nice because it only has to be used one time for the single bar, Aqua Tail is an insanely good move since the update as it is only a 1.8 second animation and does 50 damage with 3 bars, this is a great attack for attacking as well because the full bar will do 150 damage and its insanely quick animation leaves little chance for a pokemon to land a large attack on you. Vaporeon would be my #1 recommendation for most players for several reasons, first off it is easy to obtain, second 2 of its 3 possible attack sets are going to make dealing with blissey easy, third it has a very high HP stat combined with good attack and defense, meaning it will not only be able to do enough damage to take down a blissey, but it will also be able to take a bunch of hits! It is still very important to dodge the large attacks! Blissey is the best defending pokemon because even when using a Top tier pokemon its gauranteed to do a good amount of damage because you have to focus on dealing damage or you wont beat it before the timer expires. So even when using a dragonite, your dragonite will suffer a lot of damage!(or any other pokemon). Vaporeon is a very balanced pokemon for a top tier pokemon attack:205 defense:177 Stamina:260. Vaporeon has been one of my favorites since the beginning and has only gotten better with the update! It is by far the strongest of the Eevee evolution's and all players should try to get a few of these!




Middle Tier

 Middle tier are pokemon that can be useful to defeat a Blissey, although they are not proficient or a best choice, they have some other factor that already makes them valuable to a trainer, so it puts them into a category where powering them up wont leave a trainer with a pokemon they invested in that inevitably they will find to be useless.

 Rhydon: He has good things going for him versus a Blissey, he is resistant to normal type attacks, hyper beam and pound. He also has massive stats and a well balanced spread of those stats. The reason why this top tier pokemon falls into the middle tier is for a few reasons. First off both his attacks are slow animations, and the one that gets a weakness bonus doesnt get STAB so the DPS and EPS isn't that great. More than this, because he has slow animations he is likely to get caught by many of the charge attacks, or he will spend lots of time not actually dishing out his mediocre DPS. Rhydon is a top tier defender, there is no contesting this with his heavy hitting primary attacks and his hard hitting and quick animation Stone Edge, just his attack combinations dont tanslate well for an attacker. I use Rhydon as a gym defender and all but 1 of my Rhydons have wins.. and I have a lot of them! More than this, most players might not know this, but Rhydon has a future evolution "Rhyperior", so when pretty much every pokemon we currently have becomes obsolete because future generations are so much stronger, Rhydon will just evolve and be right back at the top of the food chain!


 Golem: With this update Golem became way stronger and more viable as an attacker due to the increase in the strength of "rock throw". The DPS is very respectable and is actually higher than both mudslap and rocksmash for effective DPS over a Rhydon, despite Rhydon having far superior raw stats. Golem is actually a useful pokemon because he is strong versus a dragonite if he has Rock Throw and Stone edge. Also with his resistance too normal type attacks and the fast animation of both Rock Throw .9 seconds, and Stone Edge 2.3 seconds, he is actually a pokemon I would use in my personal arsenal. I enjoy using the double ground of my legacy Golem, Mud Shot + Earthquake and i now enjoy my max Rock Throw Stone Edge. This still isnt something that i would power as a priority, however it is a good pokemon to add to your arsenal with the nerf of Lapras he is a top contender for a counter to Dragonite, him being mediocre versus Blissey just adds more usefulness to him with this attack set.



 Exeggutor: This pokemon has a good attack stat and a much better HP than Alakzam or Espeon. Its highest damage output settup is Confusion and Solar beam(this is now legacy) this combination gives the highest damage output due to confusions high DPS and Solar Beams high damage. Since we had an event just before Confusion became legacy on him you may have one, however a confusion Exeggutor is a better gym defender than attacker! Luckily Exeggutors new attack sets, although they lack the DPS of confusion, they make up for it with the high EPS of their new attacks. Exeggutor makes a more legitimate choice to power up over a Machamp, because Exeggutor is good versus a wide variety of common pokemon that are on gyms, Vaporeon, Rhydon, Golem, and he would be decent versus a Tyranitar(He wont be an optimal choice versus Tyranitar because Tyranitar is a Dark type along with rock, so he will do extra damage to Exeggutor), for these reasons I once again suggest focusing on getting a Vaporeon first as its great versus Rhydon, Golem and Tyranitar and will beat a Blissey with plenty of life remaining to take out another pokemon or at least take out a large chunk.



If you dont have a top tier


 This group of pokemon are pokemon that have the attack power and attack sets to win in certain scenarios or are able to barely get the job done. This could include pokemon that will take blissey down successfully if they are a higher level or simply if the Blissey doesn't have an attack set that that pokemon is weak too.

 Espeon: This pokemon has an amazing attack stat(only about 10 less than Dragonite), this combined with a hard hitting "Confusion"15.63, and "Future Sight" 55.56 make it so that it can beat a blissey before the timer. The problem with Espeon is it has very low HP. On the Bright side its resistant to psychic attacks. This still isn't something to focus on getting, trainers should only get lower tier pokemon once they already have all the top tier they need maxed out and sufficient gym defenders.





 Alakazam: This Pokemon has an even higher attack stat than Espeon and can get Confusion and Future Sight, it however has an even lower HP stat, it will beat blissey before the time but may take 2  of them to accomplish the job. Alakazam will also be resistant to psychic. Once again this is a pokemon i do not reccomend to focus getting. I want you to focus things that will help you to beat a gym solo, not something that will require multiple pokemon or will barely get the job done!




 Machamp: Machamp is able to beat a Blissey under correct circumstances, these mainly being that the blissey doesn't have psychic. If the Blissey has Psychic and zen headbutt unless the Machamp is a much higher level he will not be able to solo the Blissey. Even best case scenario if a max Machamp fights a Max Blissey and the blissey does not have psychic he will barely win the fight assuming you don't get hit by any of his charge moves. This is a very poor decision to invest stardust in a pokemon specifically  to fight a pokemon that it can only barely beat and cant even beat it if it has a certain attack set.

Primape: This pokemons stats are so bad that it never should have been suggested as a viable counter for a top tier pokemon like Blissey. CP is an output of a pokemons overall stats, Primape maxs over 1000cp under blissey. The only way Primape wins vs a Blissey is at a severely high level advantage. This is plain and simply a waste of resources, dont ever invest in a primape unless it recieves an insane stat boost, which it never will because its not a popular pokemon, never has been and never will be.

You might be wondering why I don't have a primape here. The answer is simple, i have way too much good stuff to even clutter my inventory with even a legacy primape. They are garbage, the only reason to catch one is for experience and stardust.
Notes and Conclusion

 I am not going to go into every pokemon that can beat a Blissey well suffering many causalities, simply because you should all focus on getting the top tier instead of investing your valuable resources into things that wont be very effective! If you don't have any of the top tier focus on Vaporeon, because it is the easiest to obtain and two of its 3 attack sets will work for taking down Blissey. I also suggest focusing on Vaporeon not only because it is the easiest to obtain, but also because soon Tyranitar will be in every gym you fight against, Vaporeon is the best counter against tyranitar as well, because it has a water fast attack and water charge attacks. So Vaporeon will do extra damage to Tyranitar because of his "Rock" type" well also being resistant to his quick move "iron tail" and his fire move "Fire Blast". Also Gyarados may be more effective vs Blissey but it will be less effective vs Tyranitar because Tyranitar will be resistant to his fast move "Bite".



 Nothing will beat blissey without taking a decent amount of damage, its just not possible because over time the small hits will add up, that is why its important to use pokemon with a good balance of stats, well also having enough damage output to beat it before the timer ends. Don't be discouraged by these gym monsters, consider it a new challenge to learn how to deal with :). You will learn how to dodge its attacks and be knocking them out of gyms soon enough now that you know what to use. Also remember to use team work if you can! Pokemon go was meant to bring people together!

 You should take note that although it is possible for a machamp to beat blissey, it is simply not the best choice, it will suffer more damage even when not fighting against a blissey with psychic. Also the usefulness of machamp is very limited and he isn't a best choice against anything. A vaporeon for instance will absolutely destroy Rhydons, golems, or Tyranitar and be able to go through several of them if you're not hit by charge moves. When I invest resources into a pokemon I want it to be as useful as possible, I dont want to be investing resources in a pokemon that will barely beat one pokemon, when I could have invested in a pokemon that could go through two or three. Machamp is way better than he was before the update but he still falls far short of many other choices. Exeggutor is in the same position as vaporeon in the fact that it will beat every pokemon that machamp will and he will do it more efficiently.

 Take note, I have limited time and work on these when i find time. I have listed the most frequent choices and the best picks. If you have something you would like me to add please comment and I will add it when I have time!