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Best Obstagoon Moveset and Counters in Pokemon Go

A guide detailing the best moveset and counters for Obstagoon in Pokemon GO.

First introduced in Generation VIII, Obstagoon has become a fan-favorite. Obstagoon’s design is awesome, has good typing, and strong stats. And those traits translated into Pokemon GO, as well. It does pretty well in most PVP and PVE content, and even has a respectable presence in Great and Ultra Leagues, though it suffers in Master League. If you have an Obstagoon, you’ve got a great Pokemon on your hands. Now to understand it better by having the best Obstagoon moveset and counters in Pokemon GO.

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Pokemon Go – Best Obstagoon Moveset and Counters

Best Moveset for Obstagoon

Since Obstagoon is Dark and Normal-type, the best moveset should lean towards benefiting from STAB (same-type attack bonus). That’s as true for the main franchise as it is in Pokemon GO. In PVP and PVE content, the best moveset for Obstagoon is Lick and Hyper Beam.

Though Lick isn’t benefiting from STAB, it generates energy very quickly. That allows Obstagoon to use Hyper Beam at a much greater rate, which is one of its strongest charge moves.

However, in the Great Leagues and Ultra Leagues, Obstagoon’s best moveset changes to Counter and Obstruct. Counter is a great move to have due to how strong it is against multiple types. With Obstruct lowering your opponent’s defenses, Counter has the potential to deal even more damage.

How to Counter Obstagoon

Naturally, to best counter Obstagoon, you need to use moves that exploit Obstagoon’s weaknesses. As mentioned before, Obstagoon is Dark and Normal-type. Obstagoon’s dual-typing, at least in this case, gave it a greater weakness to Fighting-type moves. After all, both Normal-type and Dark-type have a weakness to Fighting-type.

Aside from Fighting-type, Bug and Fairy-type moves deal decent damage, although not as much as Fighting-type moves will. While dual-type Pokemon tend to have additional weaknesses, it also receives additional strengths. Avoid using Ghost and Psychic-type moves; Obstagoon is resistant to both.

Facing off against Obstagoon? Here are a few great counters to have:

  • Lucario
  • Conkeldurr
  • Breloom
  • Urshifu
  • Pheromosa
  • Machamp
  • Heracross

All of the Pokemon listed above will deal a greater degree of damage using Fighting-type moves due to STAB (same-type attack bonus).

With that said, you should have all the information you need to know about the best Obstagoon moveset and counters in Pokemon GO. If you’re new to Pokemon GO, we highly suggest the Guide Wiki to get started. As a returning player, you may be interested in the possibility of Pokemon GO getting a battle pass.


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