10 best Master League teams for Pokemon GO World of Wonders

Best teams in Pokemon GO Master League
Best teams in Pokemon GO Master League (Image via Sportskeeda/The Pokemon Company/TPC)

The best Master League teams can help you see success in this format during Pokemon GO World of Wonders. The season kicked off on March 1, 2024, and the first cycle of the Master League starts on March 15, 2024, at 1 pm PT.

Only a few people have the necessary resources to participate in the Master League, and even if they do, they might not always have the most optimized teams. If you wish to see sustained success in Pokemon GO's Master League, you will need a fantastic team of maxed-out, perfect IV legendaries. However, this is easier said than done, and you might need to spend real money on building these critters.

Here are some of the best team suggestions for the format, including one that you can build easily for free.

Note: This article is subjective and reflects the writer's opinions. Attacks marked with a * are Legacy Moves and require an Elite TMs


Best Master League teams in Pokemon GO Battle League Season 18

1) Palkia (Origin Forme), Solgaleo, and Zygarde (Complete Forme)

Palkia (Origin Forme), Solgaleo, and Zygarde (Complete Forme) (Image via TPC)
Palkia (Origin Forme), Solgaleo, and Zygarde (Complete Forme) (Image via TPC)
PokemonRoleFast AttackCharged Attacks
Palika (Origin Forme)LeadDragon BreathAqua Tail and Spacial Rend
SolgaleoSwitchFire SpinIron Head and Psychic Fangs
Zygarde (Complete Forme)CloserDragon TailEarthquake and Crunch

Origin Forme Palkia with Spacial Rend has emerged as the best Pocket Monster to use in Pokemon GO's Master League according to PvPoke. This is both owing to the sheer force of Spacial Rend and the buff to Aqua Tail in the latest season.

Combined with this, you have Solgaleo and Complete Forme Zygarde, you have a core that doesn't have any major threats. Zygarde's main enemies are Fairy and Grass-type critters, and Solgaleo is a complete wall to energy of those two types.

You can either start with Origin Forme Palkia, or close with it. Either way, if you have the resources to play this team in the Master League, you are bound to see success.


2) Landorus (Therian Forme), Dialga (Origin Forme), and Hisuian Avalugg

(Image via TPC)
(Image via TPC)

Landorus Therian Forme got access to Sandsear Storm during the Adventures Abound season. This Ground-type attack is an Icy Wind clone, which is supposed to debuff the enemy's Attack by one stage while dealing chip damage. However, when coming from a Pokemon GO Master League Therian Landorus, it even hits like a truck.

Oirgin Forme Dialga and Hisuian Avalugg have good synergy together. The former is one of the best safe-switches in the game, while Hisuian Avlugg is excellent at closing out matches thanks to its immense bulk..

This Pokemon GO Master league team has one distinct weakness: Fighting. However, by working together, you can overcome it.


3) Kyogre, Excadrill, and Metagross

(Image via TPC)
(Image via TPC)
PokemonRoleFast AttackCharged Attacks
KyogreLeadWaterfallBlizzard and Origin Pulse*
ExcadrillSwitchMudshotDrill Run and Rock Slide
MetagrossCloserBullet PunchMeteor Mash and Earthquake

Kyogre is a very alignment-dependent Pocket Monster in Pokemon GO's Master League. It is a very feast-or-famine pick as it is rendered useless against most Dragons, but can hold its own against other species.

To balance out Kyogre's weaknesses, Excadrill and Metagross' Steel sub-typing can be highly effective—especially against Dragons.


4) Zygarde (Complete Forme), Ho-Oh, and Lugia

Zygarde (Complete Forme), Ho-Oh, and Lugia (Image via TPC)
Zygarde (Complete Forme), Ho-Oh, and Lugia (Image via TPC)
PokemonRoleFast AttackCharged Attacks
Zygarde (Complete Forme)LeadDragon TailCrunch and Earthquake
Ho-OhSwitchIncinerateSacred Fire* and Brave Bird
LugiaCloserDragon TailAeorblast* and Sky Attack

Zygarde's Complete Forme in Pokemon GO might be difficult to get your hands on, but once you max out this critter, there is no looking back. It has super impressive stats, especially its bulk, that make it a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. Unless you get hard-countered with a team with multiple Ice-type Pocket Monsters, this lead will give you success more often than not.

To support Zygarde, you have the two box legendaries from Generation II of Pokemon. Ho-Oh covers Zygarde's weaknesses really well. It is yet another hard-hitting Pocket Monster that counters Ice and Fairy-type Pocket Monsters that Zygarde is weak to.

As the closer for this team, there is Lugia, which is one of the bulkiest critters in the game. Even if you must expend shields on other team members in the mid-game, Lugia can take down dangerous threats with its powerful Aeroblast attack.


5) Dragonite, Mamoswine, and Melmetal

Dragonite, Mamoswine, and Melmetal (Image via TPC)
Dragonite, Mamoswine, and Melmetal (Image via TPC)
PokemonRoleFast AttackCharged Attacks
DragoniteLeadDragon BreathDragon Claw and Superpower
MamoswineSwitchPowder SnowAvalanche and High Horsepower
MelmetalCloserThunder ShockDouble Iron Bash* and Superpower

Pokemon GO's Master League can be quite inaccessible for players not wishing to spend money since the meta is dominated by teams consisting of powerful Legendary Pocket Monsters.

However, this team consisting of Dragonite and Dratini can be accessed by players with much more ease. That said building up Melmetal up to level 50 (the recommended level for ML battles) can still be quite the ordeal.

Dragonite has good synergy Mamoswine and Melmetal as they cover for its weaknesses really well. Overall, this team can perform quite well and is easy to build without having to spend money on multiple Raid Passes.


6) Groudon, Kyurem, and Zacian (Hero)

Groudon, Kyurem, and Zacian (Hero) (Image via TPC)
Groudon, Kyurem, and Zacian (Hero) (Image via TPC)
PokemonRoleFast AttackCharged Attacks
GroudonLeadMud Shot
Precipice Blades*, Fire Punch*
KyuremSwitchDragon BreathGlaciate* and Dragon Claw
Zacian (Hero)CloserQuick Attack
Wild Charge and Play Rough

Groudon, being a pure Ground-type creature, has a really strong matchup against most of the popular leads in Pokemon GO's Master League since there are only a few Water or Ground-types. It can deal a fair amount of damage with Precipice Blades or bait-out shields to give you an advantage early on in a game.

If you are met with an Ice Beam Mewtwo or a Mamoswine with Groudon, you can switch to Kyurem, which only takes neutral damage from Ice-type attacks. In return, it can threaten the opponents with consistent chip damage and debuffs.

Zacian is one of the best closers in the format, thanks to its Fairy-typing. It double resists all Dragon-type attacks, which are abundant in the format. With Snarl, it reaches Close Combats very quickly, thereby cleaning up the endgame in no time.


7) Dragonite, Shadow Mewtwo, and Shadow Ho-Oh

Dragonite, Shadow Mewtwo, and Shadow Ho-Oh (Image via TPC)
Dragonite, Shadow Mewtwo, and Shadow Ho-Oh (Image via TPC)
PokemonRoleFast AttackCharged Attacks
DragoniteLeadDragon Breath
Dragon Claw and Superpower
Shadow MewtwoSwitchPsycho CutIce Beam and Psystrike*
Shadow Ho-OhCloserIncinerateSacred Fire, Earthquake*

Dragonite is one of the few non-legendary picks that can shine in Pokemon GO's open Master League. Thanks to its Superpower coverage, it can perform well against Dialga, a creature you will often run into.

Shadow Mewtwo and Shadow Ho-Oh are reliable hard-hitters with solid matchups into a majority of the meta. This team has a lot of neutral matches in the format, which is good because of the lowered defenses.


8) Giratina (Altered), Meloetta (Aria), and Xerneas

Giratina (Altered), Meloetta (Aria), and Xerneas (Image via TPC)
Giratina (Altered), Meloetta (Aria), and Xerneas (Image via TPC)
PokemonRoleFast AttackCharged Attacks
Giratina (Altered)LeadShadow Claw
Dragon Claw and Ancient Power
Meloetta (Aria)SwitchQuick Attack
Psyshock and Dazzling Gleam
XerneasCloserGeomancy*Close Combat and Moonblast

Giratina (Altered) is one of the bulkiest Pocket Monsters in Pokemon GO Battle League. It is able to tank super effective Fast Attacks like Dragon Breath and Shadow Claw for days and hit back consistently with Dragon Claws.

In case you run into another Giratina in the lead, you can quickly switch into Meloetta to turn the matchup heavily to your advantage, as Ancient Power damage doesn't threaten you nearly as much as you can dish out Dazzling Gleam.

Xerneas has risen to immense popularity since it got its signature attack, Geomancy. This Fast Attack is one of the best in the game to farm energy. Fairy is an overall good type, with Close Combat coverage to clutch against Steel-types.


9) Shadow Mewtwo, Reshiram, and Groudon

Shadow Mewtwo, Reshiram, and Groudon (Image via TPC)
Shadow Mewtwo, Reshiram, and Groudon (Image via TPC)
PokemonRoleFast AttackCharged Attacks
Shadow MewtwoLeadPsycho CutIce Beam and Psystrike*
ReshiramSwitchDragon Breath
Fusion Flare and Draco Meteor
GroudonCloserMud Shot
Precipice Blades*, Fire Punch*

As mentioned, Shadow Mewtwo is a good response to the current Master League Meta in Pokemon GO. Even if you run into Yveltal or Giratina, you can build up to one Ice Beam and get an early shield or health advantage before pivoting out.

Reshiram and Groudon pair up very well for the mid-game and late-game matchup since they cancel out each other's weaknesses. The low presence of Water-type attacks in the Master League makes these critters shine.


10) Xerneas, Ursaluna, and Dialga

Xerneas, Ursaluna, and Dialga (Image via TPC)
Xerneas, Ursaluna, and Dialga (Image via TPC)
PokemonRoleFast AttackCharged Attacks
XerneasLeadGeomancy*Close Combat and Moonblast
UrsalunaSwitchTackle
Ice Punch and High Horsepower*
DialgaCloserDragon BreathIron Head and Draco Meteor

Xerneas can double up as a lead, given its high shield pressure. With Geomancy, it can reach Close Combat in four turns and Moonblast in five.

Nearly no opponent wants to take a STAB Moonblast from Xerneas, so you are assured an early shield advantage if you overfarm for a turn and fully send the Fairy-type attack.

Fairies are only weak to Poison and Steel-type Pokemon, both of which are walled by the pa Ursaluna. It is highly recommended that you Elite TM this creature if you don't have one from the Community Day to use it best.

Dialga is usually a choice for the lead in GBL during Pokemon GO World of Wonders, but it can work wonders in the late game as well, thanks to its fantastic Dragon and Steel-dual typing. It is one of the best bulky attackers in the game that can perform well in the absence of shields.


Pokemon GO Master League Season 18 Schedule

The open Master League will be available during the following periods over the course of the World of Wonders season:

  • March 15 - March 22
  • March 22 - March 29
  • April 12 - April 19
  • April 19 - April 26
  • May 10 - May 17
  • May 21 - June 1

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