One of the best combatants for battling Poison-, Dark-, Ghost-, Psychic-, or Dragon-type pocket monsters in Pokémon GO is the Rock- and Dark-type Tyranitar. This Godzilla-esque Pokémon is the third and final form in the Larvitar family, requiring a total of 125 Candy for both evolutions. Tyranitar can use the basic Dark-type Bite and Crunch for its Fast and Charge Moves. However, it is also capable of learning Steel-type Iron Tail or Rock-type Smack Down, which requires an Elite TM in Pokémon GO. Furthermore, Trainers can equip Tyranitar with Charge Moves like the Fire-type Fire Blast and the Normal-type Return.
How to Build the Best Moveset for Tyranitar in Pokémon GO
If Trainers are looking for a DPS-focused build for battling opponents weak to Rock in Pokémon GO, Tyranitar will excellently perform if equipped with Smack Down as its Fast Move and Stone Edge as its Charge Move. However, these two can be swapped with Bite and Crunch when facing foes weak to Dark-type Moves.
Those competing in the higher-CP Leagues are encouraged to equip Tyranitar with both Crunch and Stone Edge Charge Moves, enabling the dino pocket monster to deal with multiple types of enemies. According to Pokebattler, if players use Bite instead of Smack Down, Tyranitar’s Moveset in Pokémon GO serves as a much better defensive option to absorb damage from foes. However, there are foes that Tyranitar should always avoid fighting, such as Hariyama, Hitmonchan, Obstagoon, or Machamp.
Next is an index displaying which pocket monsters are perfect matchups for Tyranitar and its optimal Moveset in PvP or PvE battles in Pokémon GO:
|Best Matchups for Tyranitar||Elemental Type|
|Alola Muk||Poison and Dark|
|Skuntank||Poison and Dark|
|Drapion||Poison and Dark|
|Dialga||Dragon and Steel|
|Giratina||Dragon and Ghost|
|Kingdra||Dragon and Water|
|Guzzlord||Dragon and Dark|
|Tentacruel||Poison and Water|
Of course, there are many more pocket monsters that Tyranitar is capable of countering, but this list reveals a list of which Pokémon types Trainers are encouraged to use Tyranitar against. For instance, dual-Poison and dual-Dragon types appear to share a common weakness against Tyranitar. Accordingly, players should make sure to have this large dino in their party whenever expecting to go up against such opponents.
Pokémon GO is available on iOS and Android.