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The Best Generation 2 Prestigers in Pokemon GO

This page represents the best prestigers now that Generation 2 has landed. Credit, where credit is due: the initial results were calculate by /u/pulsivesilver on TheSilphRoad. The page is organised by Gym Defending Pokémon.

Best Prestigers against Blissey and Snorlax

Pokémon
Quick Move
Charge Move
Machamp
Counter (FIGHTING)
Dynamic Punch (FIGHTING)
Counter (FIGHTING)
Close Combat (FIGHTING)
Primeape
Counter (FIGHTING)
Close Combat (FIGHTING)
Heracross
Counter (FIGHTING)
Close Combat (FIGHTING)
Gengar
Hex (GHOST)
Focus Blast (FIGHTING)

As Blissey and Snorlax are both tanky Normal Types, it makes most sense to fight them using either Fighting or really high DPS Pokémon. The following selection are most efficient Blissey and Snorlax counters:

Best Prestigers against Dragonite

Pokémon
Quick Move
Charge Move
Piloswine
Powder Snow (ICE)
Avalanche (ICE)
Powder Snow (ICE)
Avalanche (ICE)
Cloyster
Ice Shard (ICE)
Avalanche (ICE)
Ice Shard (ICE)
Blizzard (ICE)
Lapras
Ice Shard (ICE)
Ice Beam (ICE)
Sneasel
Ice Shard (ICE)
Avalanche (ICE)

In the past, we used to counter Dragonite with either Fairy or Ice moves. With addition of Generation 2 and the move rebalance, Ice has become a stronger option:

Best Prestigers against Gyarados

Pokémon
Quick Move
Charge Move
Lanturn
Charge Beam (ELECTRIC)
Thunderbolt (ELECTRIC)
Charge Beam (ELECTRIC)
Thunder (ELECTRIC)
Magneton
Anything
Zap Cannon (ELECTRIC)
Anything
Discharge (ELECTRIC)
Electrode
Volt Switch ELECTRIC
Thunderbolt (ELECTRIC)
Ampharos
Anything
Zap Cannon (ELECTRIC)

Gyarados has always had the same flaw, double weakness to Electric moves. For this reason, the table of counters is pretty much Electric only. Notice the lack of Jolteon:

Best Prestigers against Rhydon and Vaporeon

Pokémon
Quick Move
Charge Move
Meganium
Razor Leaf (GRASS)
Solar Beam (GRASS)
Razor Leaf (GRASS)
Petal Blizzard (GRASS)
Venusaur
Razor Leaf (GRASS)
Solar Beam (GRASS)
Victreebel
Razor Leaf (GRASS)
Solar Beam (GRASS)
Sunflora
Razor Leaf (GRASS)
Solar Beam (GRASS)

Vaporeon and Rhydon require a different treatment than your usual Defender, we’ll be needing some Grass moves (Razor Leaf is a must) and a dash of luck:

Best Prestigers against Exeggutor

Pokémon
Quick Move
Charge Move
Skarmory
Air Slash (FLYING)
Sky Attack (FLYING)
Air Slash (FLYING)
Brave Bird (FLYING)
Air Slash (FLYING)
Flash Cannon (STEEL)
Charizard
Air Slash (FLYING)
Overheat (FIRE)
Fire Spin (FIRE)
Overheat (FIRE)
Scyther
Air Slash (FLYING)
X Scissor (BUG)
Ninetales
Fire Spin (FIRE)
Overheat (FIRE)

To counter Exeggutor, we’ll be using a combination of various Pokémon and moves:

Best Prestigers against Espeon

Pokémon
Quick Move
Charge Move
Umbreon
Feint Attack (DARK)
Foul Play (DARK)
Feint Attack (DARK)
Dark Pulse (DARK)
Snarl (DARK)
Foul Play (DARK)
Snarl (DARK)
Dark Pulse (DARK)
Sneasel
Feint Attack (DARK)
Foul Play (DARK)
Tyranitar
Bite (DARK)
Crunch (DARK)
Houndoom
Snarl (DARK)
Foul Play (DARK)

To counter Espeon, we’ll be using a very simple combination of Dark type moves to break its’ Psychic typing. Something Fouls at play:

Best Prestigers against Tyranitar:

Pokémon
Quick Move
Charge Move
Machamp
Counter (FIGHTING)
Dynamic Punch (FIGHTING)
Counter (FIGHTING)
Close Combat (FIGHTING)
Poliwrath
Rock Smash (FIGHTING)
Dynamic Punch (FIGHTING)
Bubble (WATER)
Dynamic Punch (FIGHTING)
Hitmontop
Hitmonchan
Heracross
Primeape
Counter (FIGHTING)
Close Combat (FIGHTING)

“The beast” has quite a few weaknesses as it turns out. Tyranitar can be countered in a variety of ways and with a number of Pokémon, here’s some of them:

Best Prestigers against Lapras

Lapras also has some issues in this Generation:

Pokémon
Quick Move
Charge Move
Machamp
Counter (FIGHTING)
Dynamic Punch (FIGHTING)
Counter (FIGHTING)
Close Combat (FIGHTING)
Poliwrath
Rock Smash (FIGHTING)
Dynamic Punch (FIGHTING)
Lanturn
Charge Beam (ELECTRIC)
Thunderbolt (ELECTRIC)
Hitmontop
Hitmonchan
Heracross
Primeape
Counter (FIGHTING)
Close Combat (FIGHTING)