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Nov 21, 2019: Legacy Move PvP Cheat Sheet for December Community Day

This December, PVPers across the globe can rejoice because those elusive Community Day legacy moves will return for one glorious weekend. Of particular interest are the legacy Pokémon you may or may not have, but obtained long before the idea of Great League PvP or IVs were ever a thing. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran looking to tune up your team stats, a newer player that’s been salivating over your opponent’s Last Resort Umbreon, or even just toying with the idea of getting involved with PVP, many of these featured Pokémon are absolute must haves for your collection!

So start walking those Eevees, check your backlog of common starters, and keep this infographic handy while you’re hunting to make the best of the Community Day weekend and beef up your roster for the coming year!

Essential for PVP

Venusaur (Bulbasaur)

Frenzy Plant

  • Find Bulbasaur in raids and in eggs obtained on the 14th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 562
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/14/11

Frenzy Plant is by far Venusaur’s best grass type charged move in PVP. It is a hard hitting move that charges fairly quickly and will serve you well in many metas. If you don’t evolve any other grass type Pokémon this Community Day, this should be the one you make sure to get a hold of!

Bulbasaur obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Umbreon (Eevee)

Last Resort

  • Find Eevee in raids and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 706
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/15/15

Last Resort is a normal type move and it’s one you’re definitely going to want! The normal type allows you to do neutral damage to a vast array of Pokémon and will help you win the mirror match. Umbreon continues to rise to the top of many metas and Last Resort will help you make the most of its potential.

Make sure to walk an Eevee or two in advance to make sure you have one ready to evolve!

Charizard (Charmander)

Blast Burn

  • Find Charmander in raids and eggs obtained on the 14th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 455
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/15/13

If you’re looking for a fire type move that will incinerate anything in its path then Blast Burn is the move for you! Not only will it burn through the Pokémon with a natural weakness to it, but it also causes massive amounts of damage to Pokémon that should resist it.

Charmander obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Swampert (Mudkip)

Hydro Cannon 

  • Find Mudkip in the wild and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 517
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/14/14

Shield pressure is a major strategy in competitive PVP and the king of shield pressure is arguably Swampert! Hydro Cannon is a water type move that when paired with the fast move Mud Shot charges up incredibly quickly, allowing you to spam your opponent with multiple charged moves, sometimes before they’ve even hit their first.

Mudkip obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!


Very Useful in PVP

Meganium (Chikorita)

Frenzy Plant

  • Find Chikorita in raids and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 524
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/10/15

While Meganium is not quite as powerful as Venusaur, Frenzy Plant still allows it to do good chunks of damage and is still its best grass type attack. Frenzy Plant allows Meganium to be a much more viable grass type attacker than any of it’s other moves.

Gardevoir (Ralts)

Synchronoise

  • Find Ralts in the wild and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 210
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/15/15

While Gardevoir may be a little squishy in Great Leauge PVP, Synchronoise gives her a psychic type move that costs slightly less than her ghost type move Shadowball and can allow you to bait a shield if nothing else. In the right metas Gardevoir with Synchronoise can do damage and gain some wins, but she certainly needs the right meta to shine.

Ralts obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Gallade (Ralts – Male)

Synchronoise

  • Find Ralts in the wild and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 210
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/15/15

Gallade, with identical stats to Gardevoir, is also a little squishy in Great League PVP, but Synchronoise provides him with a psychic type attack that charges a little faster than his previous move of Psychic. While a case can be made for using non-psychic type attacks on Gallade it is still a good idea to have a Synchronoise one on hand as you never know what future metas will look like.

Ralts obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Blaziken (Torchic) 

Blast Burn

  • Find Torchic in the wild and in eggs obtained on the 14th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 523
  • 100% PVP IV – 1/15/15

While an argument can be made for Blaziken’s best fire type charged move being Blaze Kick, Blast Burn is a move that does a significant amount of damage and is a good addition to the move pool.

Torchic obtained from raids or eggs may be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Tyranitar (Larvitar)

Smack Down

  • Find Larvitar in raids and in eggs obtained on the 14th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 359
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/15/15

Tyranitar is the only Pokémon to receive a fast type attack on Community Day instead of a charged type attack. Smack Down is a rock type move that generates energy faster than Tyranitar’s classic Bite and does decent damage at the same time. While Tyranitar himself is a bit squishy in Great League Smack Down is a valuable addition to him for sure.

Larvitar obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Blastoise (Squirtle)

Hydro Cannon

  • Find Squirtle in raids and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 517
  • 100% PVP IV – 1/15/15

While Blastoise is not as spammy as other water type attackers, Hydro Cannon is still a great move addition as it takes far less energy to get to than any of Blastoise’s other charged moves while still doing large amounts of damage.

Typhlosion (Cyndaquil)

Blast Burn

  • Find Cyndaquil in raids and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 455
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/15/13

While Typhlosion doesn’t pack the same punch as Charizard, Blast Burn is still a huge improvement over the previously obtainable fire type moves allotted to it. Again, it charges faster than any other move available and still does decent damage output.

Cyndaquil obtained from raids or eggs may be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Metagross (Beldum)

Meteor Mash

  • Find Beldum in raids and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 338
  • 100% PVP IV – 2/15/15

While Metagross hasn’t found much usability in Great League PVP so far Meteor Mash is still the best charged move option. It is the fastest charged move energy wise and still does almost as much damage as his other steel type move, Flash Cannon, making it by far the better option.

Beldum obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!


May Be Useful Someday

Vaporeon (Eevee)

Last Resort

  • Find Eevee in raids and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 465
  • 100% PVP IV – 1/15/15

Vaporeon hasn’t been a huge contender in PVP so far, though it did find usability in the Ferocious Cup, but it’s probably a safe bet to have one on hand just in case as it does have the power to hit many different Pokémon for neutral damage and is Vaporeon’s only non-water charged move.

Eevee obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Glaceon (Eevee) 

Last Resort

  • Find Eevee in raids and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 462
  • 100% PVP IV – 015/12

*Please note that this moveset may not be available for this Pokémon

While there is no guarantee that Eevees evolved to Glaceon will be able to obtain Last Resort, if they are it would again give Glaceon some extra neutral type coverage against a large variety of Pokémon.

Eevee obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Leafeon (Eevee) 

Last Resort

  • Find Eevee in raids and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 493
  • 100% PVP IV – 1/15/14

*Please note that this moveset may not be available for this Pokémon

While there is no guarantee that Eevees evolved to Leafeon will be able to obtain Last Resort, if they are it would again give Leafeon some extra neutral type coverage against a large variety of Pokémon.

Eevee obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Torterra (Turtwig)

Frenzy Plant

  • Find Turtwig in the wild and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 555
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/11/13

While Torterra’s biggest claim to fame is it’s Razor Leaf damage, Frenzy Plant is still it’s lowest energy cost charged move and for that reason alone is worth having in your storage. If you ever make it to a charged move it’ll do a nice chunk of damage.

Turtwig obtained from raids or eggs may be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Feraligatr (Totodile)

Hydro Cannon

  • Find Totodile in the wild and in eggs obtained on the 14th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 541
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/11/13

Hydro Cannon gives Feraligatr a lower energy water type charged move than previously available. Again, Feraligatr hasn’t been as relevant so far, but that doesn’t mean it won’t find usability in the future.

Totodile obtained from raids or eggs may be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Ampharos (Mareep)

Dragon Pulse

  • Find Mareep in raids and in eggs obtained on the 14th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 465
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/13/11

Dragon Pulse has the potential to be a great move. Unfortunately Ampharos’s fast moves are currently holding it back. However, we all know how Niantic loves to switch things up so who knows what could happen in the future? With a fast move that generates more energy Dragon Pulse could be fantastic.

Mareep obtained from raids or eggs may be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Mamoswine (Swinub)

Ancient Power

  • Find Swinub in the wild and in eggs obtained on the 14th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 282   (411 for Piloswine)
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/15/7   (0/15/10 for Piloswine)

While Piloswine is generally the preferred evolution in Great League there is something to be said for Ancient Power’s buff potential. Having one on hand might prove useful in the future.

Swinub obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Jolteon (Eevee)

Last Resort

  • Find Eevee in raids and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 503
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/12/15

With so many other electric type attackers available Jolteon really hasn’t gotten a chance to shine much in Great League PVP, but again Last Resort gives it a charged move that can hit many Pokémon for neutral damage so evolving one probably isn’t a bad idea.

Eevee obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Flygon (Trapinch)

Earth Power

  • Find Trapinch in the wild and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 663
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/15/9

With so many other dragon types on the field Flygon really hasn’t found a meta to dominate, however the debuff potential of Earth Power is a nice possibility. If you didn’t manage to evolve one on Trapinch Community Day you may want to do so now.


Probably Not, But You Never Know

Flareon (Eevee)

Last Resort

  • Find Eevee in raids and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 479
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/15/13

While Flareon will always hold a special place in our hearts, it gets dominated by most other fire type attackers. While Last Resort gives it some much needed neutral coverage it’s not really enough to redeem it. If you get a chance to evolve one great and if not, just make sure you do evolve yourself a Charizard or really any of the other fire type attackers available this Community Day.

Eevee obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Espeon (Eevee)

Last Resort

  • Find Eevee in raids and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 456
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/15/15

Espeon suffers the same fate as its sibling Flareon. With so many other psychic type attackers with better stats in Great League it really hasn’t found any usability so far. Evolve one if you can, but if you don’t manage to there are plenty of other options for you to use instead.

Eevee obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Sceptile (Treecko)

Frenzy Plant

  • Find Treecko in the wild and in eggs obtained on the 14th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 519
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/12/15

While it doesn’t hurt to have a Sceptile with Frenzy Plant it already has a pretty spammy grass type charged move available. In addition he falls short in comparison to other grass type Pokémon. Anything is possible in the future though, so evolving one to have on hand would be fine.

Treecko obtained from raids or eggs may be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Infernape (Chimchar) 

Blast Burn

  • Find Chimchar in the wild and in eggs obtained on the 15th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 479
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/13/15

Infernape just falls short in comparison to other fire type attackers. Chances are that you already have one on hand from November’s Community Day, but if not you can evolve one now.

Chimchar obtained from raids or eggs may be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Dragonite (Dratini) 

Draco Meteor

  • Find Dratini in raids and in eggs obtained on the 14th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 349   (791 for Dragonair)
  • 100% PVP IV – 3/15/14   (1/15/15 for Dragonair)

While Draco Meteor isn’t a bad move, it just takes too long to get to. Focus on finding good Dratini to evolve for PVE instead of PVP. Alternatively, find a good one to evolve for Dragonair for Great League instead.

Dratini obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Salamence (Bagon)

Outrage

  • Find Bagon in the wild and in eggs obtained on the 14th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 415   (802 for Shelgon)
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/10/14   (1/15/14 for Shelgon)

Salamence suffers from the same issue that Dragonite does, Outrage just takes too long to get to to be a viable move in PVP. His middle evolution Shelgon has found some use in cups though so look for one to evolve if possible.

Bagon obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!

Pikachu

Surf

  • Find Pikachu in raids and in eggs obtained on the 14th

Pikachu was the very first Community Day Pokémon and unfortunately he got the short end of the stick. Pikachu was given the move Surf, but he loses it when evolved to Raichu. If you are a Pikachu collector then you’ll definitely want to snag one for your collection, but if you’re trying to save storage space in your bag then feel free to leave these in the wild.

Slaking (Slakoth)

Body Slam

  • Find Slakoth in the wild and in eggs obtained on the 14th
  • Max CP to evolve for Great League – 295   (705 for Vigoroth)
  • 100% PVP IV – 0/14/15   (1/15/15 for Vigoroth)

Quite frankly Slaking is pretty much useless. Do not waste your candy evolving one unless you still need your Dex entry. You should however keep your eyes peeled for a good Slakoth to evolve to a Vigoroth.

Slakoth obtained from raids or eggs will be too high level for Great League, so try to get your hands on one in advance!


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