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Pokémon GO Flying Cup - Best Picks, Rules, And More

Find out what the rules are and what the best picks can be as you battle within the Pokémon GO Flying Cup this month.
Pokémon GO Flying Cup - Best Picks, Rules, And More

The Season of GO has had a few different Leagues to participate in so far, and the latest addition to that list is the Flying Cup in Pokémon GO. Niantic has been giving the GO Battle League more options for limited-time Cups, and as the new name suggests, you're going to need some top-tier Flying-types.

Every limited Cup that gets released in Pokémon GO has its own set of rules that can either shake up the general meta or bring an entirely new roster into the fold. The best part is that these Cups all still count towards your GO Battle League XP and rankings. Now you'll have a full week to put your Flying-types to the test.

What are the rules of the Flying Cup in Pokémon GO?

Season 11
Type-based Cups are in rotation for Season 11. (Picture: Niantic)

Nearly all of the limited Cups like the Flying Cup in the Pokémon GO Battle League will have similar rules or guidelines. Most of the time, the Cups are given a 1,500 CP limit because it's considered the most competitive. Some Cups will go down to a 500 CP limit, but most are in the higher range.

The 1,500 CP limit is applied to the Flying Cup as well and that technically makes it a Great League series. This range of CP has the highest range of available Pokémon aside from some of the higher rank Legendary Pokémon. That also means more players can take part in the fun.

Another rule for the new Cup is based on typing, and all picks need to be Flying-types. Dual-type Pokémon will still count in the Pokémon GO Battle League, so that still leaves plenty of options. But having that Flying-type is a bare minimum.

Of course, this shakes up which Pokémon are going to dominate. Some of the picks that work well in the Great League will still work in this new Cup, but the list is different overall.

The best picks for the Pokémon GO Flying Cup

Flying Cup
The Flying Cup is full of versatile picks. (Picture: Niantic)

So far, the amount of viable picks in the Flying Cup is fairly diverse. Below you will find eight options that can make a huge difference on your team. Keep in mind though that this Cup is new and it may take some time to get a definitive meta. The moves you select will also make a huge difference, but they will all be listed with the best picks.

  • Skarmory - Steel Wing (Fast) and Brave Bird / Sky Attack (Charged)
  • Zapdos - Thunder Shock (Fast) and Drill Peck / Thunder (Charged)
  • Mandibuzz - Snarl (Fast) and Foul Play / Shadow Ball (Charged)
  • Aerodactyl - Rock Throw (Fast) and Rock Slide / Ancient Power (Charged)
  • Altaria - Dragon Breath (Fast) and Sky Attack / Moonblast (Charged)
  • Mantine - Bubble (Fast) and Bubble Beam / Ice Beam (Charged)
  • Emolga - Thunder Shock (Fast) and Discharge / Thunderbolt (Charged)
  • Articuno - Ice Shard (Fast) and Icy Wind / Ancient Power (Charged)

Zapdos will still have a couple more days in the Raid rotation with a Raid Hour coming up on July 13, 2022. That gives Trainers a perfect opportunity to get one of the best Flying Cup picks on the team. But an Elite Fast TM is needed to capitalize on its full potential.

Otherwise, make the best of what you have, and don't hesitate to utilize picks such as Gyarados, Lugia, or others that aren't listed. The Cup will run from July 13 to July 20, so best of luck in a week of Flying-types.

And that's all. For more awesome content, check out our section dedicated to Pokémon GO news, guides, updates, and more!


Featured image courtesy of Niantic.