'Pokémon Go' Flying Cup: Best Options for New Battle Format

It's time for a re-do. Niantic will hold its Flying Cup battle format this week after recently postponing it.

This new battle format will give trainers a fun and unique way to fight in Pokémon Go. As the name suggests, only Flying-type Pokémon will be eligible to battle for a limited time.

And while many of the same Flying-type Pokémon we highlighted back in September will still be viable for the rescheduled Flying Cup, some new options have come into play.

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The Flying Cup in Pokémon Go will begin Thursday, November 5, at 6 p.m. local time and ends Friday, November 6, at 12 a.m. local time.


The only thing changed when the Flying Cup was rescheduled was the timing, which means the exclusive move for Pidgeot will still be available for those who participate in this special event.

Trainers who evolve Pidgeotto (the evolved form of Pidgey) during the event will get a Pidgeot that learns the fast attack Gust. This special Flying-type attack will give Pidgeot its best Flying-type fast attack option.


In the Flying Cup format, only Flying-type Pokémon will be allowed, with the CP limit for Pokémon set to 1,500, which is similar to the Great Ball League.

The number of battles that trainers can participate in will be increased from five to 20 sets. This allows trainers to battle up to 100 times in this format. Along the way, trainers will earn twice the Stardust for winning battles, completing sets of battles and ranking up in the Go Battle League during the event window.

Viable options for the Flying Cup are plentiful, but trainers who want to excel in this battle format will need to remember which attacks are super effective against Flying types.

Flying-type Pokémon are weak to Electric, Ice and Rock-type attacks, so bringing in Pokémon that know those moves will be beneficial, since your opponent's team will only have Flying types.

There are some great options to take into battle, especially Mandibuzz, who was introduced in Strange Eggs in October. The Dark and Flying-type Pokémon was a great option for the recent Halloween Cup and is now an option trainers will want to consider.

Although its typing and pool of attack options isn't necessarily the best for this format, its high defense and HP could make it see use on Thursday.

We recommend taking these Pokémon into battle:

  • Emolga with Thunder Shock and Discharge/Thunderbolt
  • Aerodactyl with Rock Throw and Ancient Power/Rock Slide
  • Articuno with Frost Breath and Icy Wind/Ancient Power
  • Skarmory with Steel Wing and Brave Bird/Sky Attack
  • Mantine with Bubble and Bubble Beam/Ice Beam
  • Togekiss with Charm and Ancient Power/Air Slash
  • Gyarados with Dragon Breath and Aqua Tail/Crunch
  • Dragonite with Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw/Outrage
  • Altaria with Dragon Breath and Dragon Pulse/Sky Attack
  • Mandibuzz with Air Slash and Foul Play/Aerial Ace

Are you excited for the Flying Cup in Pokémon Go? What team of Pokémon are you bringing in? Let us know in the comments section.