Advice on fast tm use
Hello. First time posting, looking for a bit of advice on fast tm usage if someones feeling kind. The options are...
Dragonite 91% - steel wing/hurricane
Tyranitar 82% - iron tail/fire blast :'(
Machamp 93% - bullet punch/close combat
Rhydon 82% - rock smash/megahorn (have 4 of these, guessing it would be quite a waste using it on this)
Jolteon 87% - volt switch/discharge
Bit of background.. from new zealand now living in napoli italy with my italian wife. Just the two of us play, we dont know anyone else that plays. We're almost lvl 30 and quite lucky as we've got 2 gyms at each end of our street each 200m away, and another 4 within 10 minutes walking distance. So plenty of pokestops gyms and raids here. We go almost everywhere by foot or train. Though we don't see barely any rare/valuable pokemon here. We just started playing again about a month before the gym rework and hadn't played for a long time before that. With the event of raids i started looking into the number crunching side of the game and the movesets, before which i had no idea what the hell i was doing so i put a crazy amount of candy and stardust in the rubbish haha. For example i waited for months to evolve my favorite pokemon marowak which i then maxed out, then wondered why it was still so useless. So i googled a bit. At which point i realised a bit about how the game works and that my favorite was never going to be usable and id wasted all that dust, and unistalled the game.
Anyway, at the moment we've just started trying to duo 3 star raids, we've just beat arcanine and i got a fast tm so wondering how best to use it in regards to going at the other 3 star raids... im thinking dragonite? By the way most of these pokemon were obtained back when eggs were hatching good things, then evolved during the event which gave extra buddy candy. Normally don't see any of these pokemon here.
Anyway, pardon the rambling. Which would be best to fast tm?
I say Machamp because you will end up with counter/close combat, which is a good move set for Machamp, on a high IV mon that will be good in attacking a wide variety of other pokemon, including ones like Blissey, Snorlax and Tyranitar. The Dragonite would be OK, too. But the Machamp will be a better Machamp than the Dragonite is a Dragonite.
Lvl 23.5 . Dragonite 91% - steel wing/hurricane
Lvl 21.5 . Tyranitar 82% - iron tail/fire blast :'(
Lvl 26.5 . Machamp 93% - bullet punch/close combat
Lvl 22.5 . Rhydon 82% - rock smash/megahorn (have 4 of these, guessing it would be quite a waste using it on this)
Lvl 29 . Jolteon 87% - volt switch/discharge
I would go with either the Dragonite or the Machamp. Machamp is currently useful in this meta because it is the strongest counter to Tyranitar, which in turn is the strongest counter to the psychic legendaries.
If you're sometimes unable to finish 3 star raids, then switching the Dragonite to Dragon Tail might do the trick and make pretty much any 3 star raid easier to do, which in turn makes getting more Machamps and the raid rewards (more TMs) easier.
I wouldn't bother with using TMs on Rhydon right now. They're only optimal against electric types, all the other types a Rhydon is good against, there's a better Pokemon for. Until Raikou is released, I don't see a use for them.
Personally wouldn't TM Jolteon either. Sure you've invested dust and candies into it, but I find that dust and Eevee candies are easier to come by than TMs, so I would rather level up another Eevee that already has the optimal moveset (Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt) rather than use TMs on one with Volt Switch + Discharge, because if you're unlucky, there's no telling how many charge TMs you might use trying to get Thunderbolt.
I would go with Machamp myself...Just too many Blissey gyms out there (every single gym has a Blissey normally) and keep working on your team by doing level 3 raids daily...Try to get more Machamps and hope 2-3 other people show up for a Tyranitar raid...
At least for the next 4 days while we have them...I think they will swap out on Friday.
It'd be cool if they had Pulpitar raids and I can solo them...
Greetings from across the ditch.
My wife and I play the same as you and yours ... ie our end game is duo'ing level 3 raids. She is relatively casual, I'm a bit more keen. We've sucessfully done Machamp, Gengar, Arcanine, Vaporeon and Alakazam. The next we are aiming at is Flareon; we just need to have one hatch when we are out and about.
Because we duo, I think about our mons more as a joint team ... we generally only need four suitable mons each to complete the raid. Tyranitar, Rhydon, Golem and Dragonite are useful across the most level three raids; Vaporeon, Houndoom and a good psychic come next. It's quite easy to say "TM mon X or mon Y to get the best individual dps" but maybe the question should be "Would it better to fix my Alakazam or Donphan or Sandshrew so together you have a stronger, complementary team?"
What level three raid boss are you aiming at next ? I'd have a look what you can contribute right away, and what she can contribute, and see if some less obvious mon pops out as the right one to level up or TM. Alakazam gave us quite a bit of trouble until she leveled up a Gengar, and I changed a Scizor to double bug. But if I asked here, not too many people would say TM the Scizor.
Of course, if you think you'll find a bigger group and go after level 4 or 5 raids sooner rather than later, then this whole suggestion will carry less weight.
Hopefully you managed to get a Mr Mime as well as a wife ... Europe's been good to you !
Gday! We tried gengar a few days ago and kept timing out with him between what looked like 3%-10% hp left each time, so thinking gengar vaporeon machamp to try next. Just need to hope one pops up whilst were out and about. At the moment just about all the raids seem to be legendaries which is a bit annoying. Never seen anyone that seemed to be doing those raids either so dont like our chances of finding a group here unfortunately.
Yeah i understand what you're saying and you make a good point. We have a similar mindset. Most of the high iv mons I've evolved generally have good movesets. Except for rhydon 5 or 6 times rock smash and megahorn. My wife is the opposite she seems to get the perfect moveset every time but the problem is shes an absolute hoarder with the stardust and doesnt want to power anything up. Trying to convince her and shes slowly getting there. Shes got a lot of high iv mons i dont have. Mate i certainly have caught a few mr mimes believe it or not we seem to have a mr mime nest in our garden the last couple of weeks haha!
My first choice is Dragonite.
Both a great short and long term choice.
Short term because with the high CP, you immediatly have a strong generalist attacker, very useful in the Machamp raid.
Long term because with the high IV you can power it up.
Machamp is a good short term choice but a not so good long term choice. He will immediatly give you a good fighter. However, it does not have the best charged move. you will probably manage to get a better one with Dynamic Punch during a raid with your wife.
Tyranitar will not be a good choice because with fire blast it is really not great short term. Long term you probably can find another Tyranitar with better IV.
Thanks to all for the advice. At this point I'm torn between dragonite or waiting a while. Though ive only done about 50 raids since they started and this is my first TM so im literally burning to use it
Anyway. I thought id list a few of the better mons iv got and see what you guys think. Whats worth leveling up long term, whats worth tming etc... apart from what i listed in the original post
The mons I'm fairly sure about....
Lvl 28.5 venesaur 89% razor leaf / solar beam
Lvl 21.5 polywrath 89% rock smash / dynamic punch
Lvl 25.5 alakazam 87% psycho cut / future sight
Lvl 27 golem 82% rock throw /stone edge
Lvl 29.5 donphan 93% counter / earthquake
Lvl 29 cloyster 84% frost breath / avalanche
Lvl 27.5 exeggutor 89% extrasensory / psychic
Ones im not sure about...
Lvl 15 charizard 96% air slash / dragon claw
Lvl 20 nidoqueen 89% poison jab / sludge wave
Lvl 20 blastoise 93% bite / hydropump
Lvl 20 gengar 91% sucker punch / focus blast
Lvl 20 granbull 93% bite / crunch
Lvl 18.5 arcanine 96% fire fang / wild charge
Lvl 20 hypno 91% zen headbutt / future sight