How to train up for the Weakness Cup Online Competition in Pokémon Sun and Moon

The next Pokémon Global Link Online Competition is the Weakness Cup in Pokémon Sun and Moon, where Pokémon with five or more weaknesses will duke it out. On top of Pokémon with too few weaknesses, some Legendary and all Mythical Pokémon will be prohibited from play. Your Pokémon will only be able to hold the Weakness Policy item and Berries that lessen the damage of supereffective attacks, such as Occa Berry and Babiri Berry. If you haven’t spent much time collecting Berries on Poni Island, it’s time to get started!

Registration for the Weakness Cup opens on July 20, at midnight UTC. All Trainers who participate in at least three battles will be eligible to receive the Ampharosite, Altarianite, Latiosite, and Latiasite Mega Stones after the results of the competition are announced. Battles will start on July 28, at midnight UTC, and last until 23:59 UTC on July 30, so make sure your team is ready by then.

The group of Pokémon and items available in this competition are a little eccentric, so building your team will be tricky. If your brainstorming isn’t effective, don’t worry, we have some Pokémon and tips to help your strategies be super effective.

Sizing Up the Field

Only Pokémon with five or more weaknesses are permitted in the Weakness Cup, leading to some lopsided representation among types. Grass-, Rock-, and Ice-type Pokémon have more weaknesses than most other types, so most are Weakness Cup material. But your battles won’t feature many Normal-, Electric-, Ghost-, Steel-, or Fairy-type Pokémon because they have relatively few weaknesses.

Keep this distribution in mind when you construct your team. Tyranitar, for example, gains an edge because two of its many weaknesses are against Fairy- and Steel-type attacks, both of which aren’t likely to be major factors in the Weakness Cup. Meanwhile, Golem’s weaknesses to Grass- and Ice-type attacks will be challenging, and its immunity to Electric-type attacks won’t come into play often, either.

Exploit these trends. For instance, Fire- and Rock-type attacks are super effective against many of the Pokémon permitted in the Weakness Cup, so you might want to try hard to include them in your team. This logic works defensively, too—try to make sure your team is comfortable against the many Grass-, Rock-, and Ice-type Pokémon you’ll probably encounter.

Irregular Items

Only a few held items are permitted in the Weakness Cup, and all of them are tricky to activate. It’s easy for your distribution of held items to become a weakness if you allocate them recklessly.

Each of your Pokémon will have a wide assortment of weaknesses, but you can turn those weaknesses into windfalls with the Weakness Policy held item. The Pokémon holding it gains two stages of Attack and Special Attack when it’s hit by a supereffective attack—an extremely common occurrence for the Pokémon permitted in this competition. Try to give your Weakness Policy to a Pokémon sturdy enough to stick around on the field for a while. It can only activate once per battle, so if your Pokémon must exit the battle, it’s gone.

Your other Pokémon may each hold a Berry that reduces the damage of one supereffective attack. Each Pokémon in this competition has many weaknesses, so it can be tricky to pick a Berry that will activate in many battles. We suggest selecting Berries that reduce the damage of types that are likely to be common in this competition, such as Grass, Ice, Ground, and Rock.

Make sure the Berry you give your Pokémon will be enough to help it last through attacks. A Butterfree holding a Charti Berry will take half damage from a Rhyperior’s Rock Slide instead of quadruple damage, but it’s still likely to be knocked out. So, you’d probably be better off giving it an Occa or Yache Berry to hold instead. We suggest staying away from Berries that reduce the damage of attacks that both of your dual-type Pokémon’s types are weak against unless the Pokémon is particularly stout.

Top Contenders

Battling against Tyranitar can sometimes feel like a boss battle, and the Armor Pokémon could be even stronger than usual in the Weakness Cup. Its Sand Stream Ability reduces the damage it takes from special attacks, which helps mitigate its weakness to many Grass-, Water-, and Bug-type attacks. Plus, it can learn powerful attacks from a bunch of different types to take advantage of its opponents’ many weaknesses. Look for Breloom, Virizion, and Terrakion to be key performers in this competition as Trainers try to topple Tyranitar.

The Intimidate Ability is key in Double Battles, especially for teams with lots of weaknesses. But almost every Pokémon that may have Intimidate has too few weaknesses to be permitted in the Weakness Cup, leaving Trainers with few options. The only answer to this conundrum is Krookodile, so expect it to appear on many teams almost by default—creating even more opportunity for Grass- and Fighting-type Pokémon.

Trainers looking to defend their Krookodile will probably turn to Togekiss. Not only is it one of the few Pokémon available that can learn Follow Me, but it’s also one of the few Fairy-type Pokémon permitted in the competition. Togekiss can redirect Grass- and Fighting-type attacks away from Krookodile with ease, and as a Flying-type Pokémon it won’t take any damage from Krookodile’s Earthquake attack.

There are several powerful, fast, and relatively frail Pokémon permitted in this competition. Latios, and the stouter Latias, can quickly dish out a barrage of Psychic- or Dragon-type damage while outpacing most opponents. Greninja can deal massive damage of almost any type if it has the Protean Ability, and Starmie’s move arsenal is just as potent. Weavile’s Ice-type attacks can deal big chunks of damage to many Pokémon eligible for the Weakness Cup, and as one of the only Pokémon available that can learn Fake Out, it’s extremely valuable.

Tapu Bulu can’t make much use of its Fairy-type offensively, but an immunity to Dragon-type attacks is a serious boon in this competition. It’s one of the hardiest Grass-type Pokémon available, and its Grassy Surge Ability makes it one of the most powerful, too. The Grassy Terrain it creates can help Breloom and Virizion deal big damage with their Grass-type attacks, too, so expect some Trainers to build a menagerie of Grass-type Pokémon for this competition.

Almost every Pokémon we’ve mentioned so far is weak against one of Mamoswine’s key attacks, so be particularly careful against the Twin Tusk Pokémon in the Weakness Cup. It isn’t as speedy as most of the other top-flight Pokémon, but if it’s able to attack, it can rack up knockouts in a hurry.

The Trouble with Trick Room

Trick Room is a major factor in most Double Battle competitions, but Trainers may have a more challenging time perfecting the popular strategy in the Weakness Cup. Exeggutor, Slowbro, Slowking, and Chandelure are all intriguing potential users of the move Trick Room, but their shared weakness to Dark- and Ghost-type attacks is exploitable by opponents who don’t want the dimensions twisted. A Kasib or Colbur Berry will improve their odds, but you’ll probably want to pair these Pokémon with a Pokémon like Weavile (Fake Out), Togekiss (Follow Me), or Parasect (Rage Powder) as well.

If you do manage to set up Trick Room, the Pokémon available to take advantage of it in this competition are tempting. Chandelure can dish out plenty of damage on its own, and Rhyperior and Abomasnow are both plenty capable of annihilating teams during Trick Room’s five turns. With many Trainers likely to focus their Pokémon’s training on Speed, even slower builds of Tapu Bulu and Tyranitar will outpace most opponents during Trick Room.

We’ve touched on a PC Box full of great Pokémon, and that’s without mentioning Hydreigon, Jumpluff, Yanmega, Aurorus, Regirock, or Guzzlord. The competition is wide open in the Weakness Cup, so you’ll have to bring your best—and maybe your most outlandish—strategies to win. Registration for the Weakness Cup starts on July 20, so don’t forget to sign up! Check back to the Pokémon Global Link for more information on Online Competitions and Global Missions, and remember to check out for Pokémon TCG and video game tips and tournament analysis.

Source: Pokémon Global Link


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