Altaria has been one of the most dominant options in Pokémon GO since Swablu entered the scene around four years ago. For a majority of that time, the Hoenn region Pokémon has been one of the most popular picks for the GO Battle League and PvE raids.
A lot has happened in four years though, and in the last year alone, tons of powerful picks have been added to the mobile game. With so many generations going at each other, Altaria has had more and more competition across leagues. Now more than ever, Trainers need to evaluate the Dragon and Flying-type.
Pokémon GO 2022 - Is Altaria Still Good?
In the Season of GO, a season full of new additions to the Great League and PvP, Altaria has certainly lost some sway in the mobile game. Special Cups have put the Flying-type to the test and forced it out of the meta. However, we can start with the effectiveness of Altaria in the lowest-level leagues.
Great League was always the home of the Hoenn region Pokémon, and that aspect hasn't changed. Altaria can typically be found in the top 10 of the Great League standings, but it barely makes it. There are plenty of arguments for why it's only in the top 20.
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Pokémon that Altaria has key wins against can still put up a fight, while the counters like Galarian Stunfisk or Registeel will decimate their opponent. Three of the best counters are consistently in the top five for the Great League in general. But if you were going to use the Dragon and Flying-type anywhere, it's in the 1,500 CP league.
The higher you go in the GO Battle League, the worse Altaria will be ranked. In the Ultra League, it would be lucky to crack the top 100, but even that is unlikely. You would need plenty of XL candy to even get that high. Once you reach the Master League, Altaria falls all the way down below 200.
In other words, you don't want to think about using Altaria unless it's in the Great League. Even then, you'll need a good team to support it and you need to utilize the humming Pokémon as a Switch.
For PvE, Altaria can still be great as a Dragon-type counter, but there are far better options due to the CP limitations. It's fair to say at this point that Altaria has fallen in rankings across the board, despite some strong performances that still exist in the Great League.
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