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

The Pokémon GO Fossil Cup is available in the GO Battle League. Here are the rules and best picks to win.
Pokémon GO Fossil Cup - Best Picks, Rules, And More

The Season of GO is in full swing after GO fest 2022 came to an end, and the Fossil Cup marks one of the first major themed cups on Pokémon GO this season. Like most themed cups in the GO Battle League though, there are rules that make the playing field unique.

The Fossil Cup comes right off the heels of Adventure Week, which allowed trainers to catch Fossil and Rock-type Pokémon from nearly every generation. Tyrunt and Amaura made their mobile debuts in the process. While these Pokémon are at the center of the new cup, there is a wide array to choose from in three different type classes.

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

Fossil Cup
The Fossil Cup is technically a Great League event. (Picture: Niantic)

Considering the Fossil Cup is a follow-up theme to the Adventure Week in Pokémon GO, it only makes sense that the cup would follow some of the same typing rules. In order to take part in the Fossil Cup, you can only use Pokémon that have Rock, Steel, or Water-typing.

Having one of three types required for use obviously limits the total pool of Pokémon, but it goes beyond just those three when dual types are taken into account. As long as a Pokémon has one of those three, it can have a second typing as well. For example, you can utilize options like Escavalier, Jellicent, or Lucario.

The other rule is that your chosen Pokémon can't exceed 1,500 CP. This places the Fossil Cup in the realm of the Great League, which is typically the most competitive due to balancing. Some Pokémon will get an advantage through XL candy, but most players will be on an even playing field. 

Adventure Week also gave everyone a great opportunity to get some strong variety for their team in the new Cup. But with so many dual types, there are some fantastic options outside the Fossil and Rock-type Pokémon.

The best picks for the Fossil Cup in Pokémon GO

Fossil Cup Types
Three types are required in the new cup. (Picture: Niantic)

Compared to the normal Great League, there is a good amount of Pokémon that would have landed in the top 10 picks outside the Fossil Cup as well. You'll likely be used to them and may even have many of them battle-ready. Below you'll find a handful of the best Pokemon for Fossil cup and some of their moves.

  • Registeel - Lock On (Fast) with Zap Cannon and Focus Blast (Charged)
  • Ferrothorn - Bullet Seed (Fast) with Power Whip and Thunder (Charged)
  • Araquanid - Bug Bite (Fast) with Bug Buzz and Bubble Beam (Charged)
  • Escavalier - Counter (Fast) with Megahorn and Drill Run (Charged)
  • Lucario - Counter (Fast) with Power-Up Punch and Shadow Ball (Charged)
  • Pelipper - Wing Attack (Fast) with Water Weather Ball and Hurricane
  • Ludicolo - Razor Leaf (Fast) with Leaf Storm and Ice Beam (Charged)
  • Swampert - Mud Shot (Fast) with Hydro Cannon and Earthquake (Charged)

There are far more picks that can be considered meta within the Fossil Cup, but the eight listed above are a great starting point for your own team. Sticking to Pokémon with a dual-type that negates their flaws is the best best, especially in a league with much more strict requirements compared to the normal Great League.

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Featured image courtesy of Niantic.