The Sinister Cup
October 1st - 31st
Announcing October's Global Cup: The Sinister Cup!
Resources & Guides
Time to study up! Conquering this meta requires preparation and practice. Review this collection of guides and resources from Arena contributors and community content creators to help you on your way to victory:
Nifty Or Thrifty: Sinister Cup
The Nifty Or Thrifty article series from Season 1 returns! Each month, we'll take an early look at the meta for the new Cup, particularly from the perspective of which ones are likely worth the cost...
Beginner's Team-Building Guide from Palamon
Guide to building your Sinister team from Palamon.
Copy and paste this string into the Pokemon GO search filter to see all of your eligible Pokemon! Learn how to copy and paste into Pokemon GO with this guide for iOS and Android.
Simplified Meta from GamePress
Infographic from GamePress boiling the Sinister meta down to its core.
Sinister Cup Meta Simplified: Overview from BattleHero
A look at the Sinister Cup meta in video overview form.
Sinister Cup Simplified from RyanSwag
RyanSwag describes the components that make up the Sinister meta
Sinister Cup Types Cheat Sheet
A handy "cheat sheet" quick-reference which shows type weaknesses and resistances for common Sinister Cup species.
Charge Move Energy Reference
An illustration of the number of fast moves required to access charge moves for common Sinister Cup species
Slowbro Strategy in Sinister Cup
Toshi9227 describes how to use Slowbro on a Sinister team after successfully using it to grab second place in a 100+ person tournament.
"Safe Switching" in the Sinister Cup Meta
Tangent444 explains what "safe switching" is and how to use the strategy in the Sinister Cup meta.
Under The Lights: Alolan Sandslash (Sinister Cup... and beyond)
A deeper dive into a Pokémon that may deserve a little more attention in The Silph Arena's current Cup (and beyond!).
Under The Lights: Generation 5 in Sinister Cup
A look at how Gen 5 Pokemon like Excadrill, Golurk, Klang, Ferrothorn, and Jellicent will perform in the Sinister Cup meta.
Deep Dive: Marowak vs Ghosts
A deeper look into Alolan Marowak's Fast move and how it affects it's matchups with ghost-types in Sinister Cup.
Alolan Marowak in Sinister - A GO Stadium Meta Guide
A comprehensive look at Alolan Marowak, detailing moveset trade-offs, breakpoints, and bulkpoints to help optimize IVs. A guide from GO Stadium.
ULTIMATE TEAM BUILDING GUIDE FOR SINISTER CUP
A beginner-friendly step-by-step guide on how to build your team for the Sinister Cup.
Live Cup Data
As you plan your battle team, consider the species which appear most frequently in this meta: