Metagross: Best Moveset and PVP Guide

Metagross: Best Moveset and PVP Guide

The world of Pokémon has been a growing phenomenon since 1996, when the first pair of video games came out in stores. There are almost 900 individual Pokémon identified by the PokéDex and in this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about one of them – Metagross. Metagross is a dual-type Steel/Psychic Pokémon introduced in Generation III of the core game series. It is the final evolution of Beldum, also a Generation III Pokémon, which first evolves into Metang and then into Metagross, starting at level 45. Metagross also has a Mega Evolution.

In this article, we are going to tell you all the information you’ll need if you want to breed an Metagross in any of the games. We’re going to focus on both the core games, as well as other popular video games based on the Pokémon franchise.

Best moveset

In the Pokémon GO videogame, the best moves for your Metagross are Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash if you’re battling Pokémon in Gyms. Namely, this moveset gives you the highest total DPS and is, likewise, the best moveset for PVP battles. The official description for Bullet Punch reveals the following: “The user strikes the target with tough punches as fast as bullets. This also raises the user’s action speed”; as for Meteor Mash, the attack is described as follows: “The target is hit with a hard punch fired like a meteor. This may also raise the user’s Attack stat.”

Other moves that Metagross can learn across other games are:

  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Metagross
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Metagross
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII

By leveling up

 Level  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP
1Hammer ArmFightingPhysical10090%10
1Metal ClawSteelPhysical5095%35
1Bullet PunchSteelPhysical40100%30
Evo.Hammer ArmFightingPhysical10090%10
6Zen HeadbuttPsychicPhysical8090%15
12Magnet RiseElectricStatus—%10
18Flash CannonSteelSpecial80100%10
26Take DownNormalPhysical9085%20
42Scary FaceNormalStatus100%10
52Meteor MashSteelPhysical9090%10
62Iron DefenseSteelStatus—%15
82Hyper BeamNormalSpecial15090%5


 TM  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
TM04Ice PunchIcePhysical75100%15
TM05Thunder PunchElectricPhysical75100%15
TM08Hyper BeamNormalSpecial15090%5
TM09Giga ImpactNormalPhysical15090%5
TM17Light ScreenPsychicStatus—%30
TM22Rock SlideRockPhysical7590%10
TM26Scary FaceNormalStatus100%10
TM27Icy WindIceSpecial5595%15
TM33Rain DanceWaterStatus—%5
TM34Sunny DayFireStatus—%5
TM43Brick BreakFightingPhysical75100%15
TM48Rock TombRockPhysical6095%15
TM69Psycho CutPsychicPhysical70100%20
TM97Brutal SwingDarkPhysical60100%20
TM98Stomping TantrumGroundPhysical75100%10
TR01Body SlamNormalPhysical85100%15
TR22Sludge BombPoisonSpecial90100%10
TR27Sleep TalkNormalStatus—%10
TR33Shadow BallGhostSpecial80100%15
TR44Cosmic PowerPsychicStatus—%20
TR46Iron DefenseSteelStatus—%15
TR52Gyro BallSteelPhysical100%5
TR69Zen HeadbuttPsychicPhysical8090%15
TR70Flash CannonSteelSpecial80100%10
TR74Iron HeadSteelPhysical80100%15
TR76Stealth RockRockStatus—%20
TR77Grass KnotGrassSpecial100%20
TR83Ally SwitchPsychicStatus—%15
TR99Body PressFightingPhysical80100%10

Metagross PVP Guide

In this section of our article, we are going to give you a detailed PVP guide for Metagross, which can be applied to all known Pokémon video games. The guide is going to include several categories which are going to help you prepare a strategy involving Metagross for your games.

Weaknesses and Counters

As a dual Steel- and Psychic-type Pokémon, Metagross is super effective against Rock-, Fairy-, Ice-, Fighting-, and Poison-type Pokémon. It is weak Ghost-, Ground-, Steel-, Fire-, and Dark-type Pokémon. It is immune to Poison-type moves. It receives normal damage from Fighting-, Bug-, Water-, and Electric-type Pokémon.

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Stats and Abilities

Metagross’ Stats, based on the most recent available data, are:

StatsBase StatsMin-MinMaxMax+Min-MinMaxMax+
Special Attack95103115147161203226289317
Special Defense9099110142156194216279306

In Pokémon GO, Metagross has a Base Stamina of 190, a Base Attack of 257, and a Base Defense of 228.

As for its abilities, they are:

  • Clear Body: Prevents other Pokémon’s moves or Abilities from lowering the Pokémon’s stats.
  • Light Metal: Halves the Pokémon’s weight. (Hidden Ability)
  • Tough Claw: Powers up moves that make direct contact. (Mega Metagross)

Metagross item guide

The best item you can give to your Metagross in the more recent games is the Metagrossite, which will allow it to evolve into Mega Metagross. Other useful items include Custap Berry (A Berry to be consumed by Pokémon. If a Pokémon holds one, it will be able to move first just once when it’s in a pinch) and Leftovers (An item to be held by a Pokémon. The holder’s HP is slowly but steadily restored throughout every battle).

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