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PVE Movesets Grades
PVE Offensive Moves Explanation
Counter is Machamp’s optimal fast move.
Karate Chop’s lower power but higher energy gain keep it competitive when paired with Dynamic Punch.
Dynamic Punch is the superior Fighting-type charge move by a sizable margin.
Close Combat is viable, but if you need the extra DPS, roll for Dynamic Punch.
Cross Chop and Submission are basically inferior versions of Dynamic Punch.
Bullet Punch, Stone Edge, and Heavy Slam are almost never ideal on an offensive Machamp.
PVE Defensive Moves Explanation
Bullet Punch and Counter are similar on defense, as Machamp’s counters often resist Counter.
Dynamic Punch and Heavy Slam end up doing similar damage to most of Machamp’s counters.
Cross Chop, though weak, has 2 bars and a fast damage window that is hard to dodge.
Stone Edge can catch Flying-types off-guard, but its 1 bar doesn’t work with Machamp's fragility.
- Close Combat is poor because of its 1 bar, while Submission is both weak and easy to dodge.
In the beginnings of Pokemon GO, Machamp was made toothless with an unfavorable base stat conversion formula and the horrific quality of Fighting-type moves. Subsequent changes to game mechanics have transformed it into a hulking offensive powerhouse. Machamp remains the best Fighting-type Pokemon currently available, and the Fighting type has an important role in the metagame.
Machamp has survived up to the beginning of Gen 5 as the Fighting Type king, but it's time in the spotlight is finally about to end. Dataminers show that Conkeldurr, who has better stats than Machamp, is going to receive the coveted Counter/Dynamic punch combo, meaning it will outclass the Champ if no changes are made. On top of this, the move Sacred Sword has also been found by dataminers, meaning the legendary Pokemon Terrakion may also outclass it soon. That said; even if not the top pick, Machamp will continue to be a fantastic pick for Fighting type damage moving forward, and will still get the job done!