Best moveset for Salamence in Pokemon GO & is it any good?

Best moveset for Salamence in Pokemon GO & is it any good?
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Written by 

Daniel Megarry


5th Apr 2024 17:30

Whether you've just evolved your first Salamence or you've had one gathering dust in your collection for months now, you'll be glad to know it's an excellent Raid attacker that everyone should have in Pokemon GO.

While it's not as popular as other pseudo-Legendaries like Tyranitar and Dragonite, Salamence still has a place in the mobile game's meta - but you'll need to know its best moveset if you want to get the most out of it.

Best moveset for Salamence

The best moveset to teach Salamence in Pokemon GO is Dragon Tail as a Fast Move and Outrage as a Charged Move.

This is because Salamence is best positioned as a Dragon-type attacker in Raid Battles, so capitalising on this with two powerful Dragon-type attacks that benefit from Same Type Attack Boost is the best thing you can do.

It's generally agreed upon that Salamence isn't worth using in any league or cup across the Pokemon GO Battle League, but if you do want to try it out, go with the moves Dragon Tail, Draco Meteor, and Fire Blast.

Salamence in Pokemon GO
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All moves Salamence can learn

Salamence can learn three Fast Moves and four Charged Moves in Pokemon GO:

Fast Moves

  • Bite (Dark)
  • Dragon Tail (Dragon)
  • Fire Fang (Fire)

Charged Moves

  • Draco Meteor (Dragon)
  • Dire Blast (Fire)
  • Hydro Pump (Water)
  • Outrage (Dragon)

All of these moves can be learned with Fast TMs or Charged TMs, except for the featured attack Outrage which can only be learned with an Elite Charged TM or during special events.

Is Salamence good in Pokemon GO?

Salamence is one of the best Dragon-type Raid attackers in Pokemon GO, even managing to keep up with Legendaries like Rayquaza, Dialga, and Reshiram. This is thanks to its massive Attack stat and a solid moveset that lets it take down other Dragon-types with ease.

Even better, Salamence has a Mega-Evolution that boosts its Attack stat even higher, so it's worth evolving a good one and setting it up with the right attacks ready for when Mega Salamence rotates back into Raids and you can start stocking up on its Mega Energy.

As I mentioned earlier, it's not worth using Salamence in the Pokemon GO Battle League, as it doesn't put in a good enough performance in any of the cups or leagues. As a quick reference, it currently sits 173rd in PvPoke's Master League rankings.

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Daniel Megarry
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Daniel Megarry
Daniel is GGRecon’s Deputy Guides Editor. He graduated from university with a degree in Journalism & English Language before covering video games and LGBTQ+ culture at publications including Gay Times and Dexerto. His favourite games include Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, Resident Evil, and anything Nintendo. You can reach him on [email protected].
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