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Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto – How to Beat GO Tour Challengers

And what Pokémon do they have in their team lineup

by Kyle Hanson

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Many challenges during the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event center around the GO Tour Challengers. These foes appear at Poké Stops the same way Team GO Rocket grunts and leaders do. But the fight is a bit more friendly and offers lots of unique rewards for players. But to get them you have to win the battle. Here’s how to beat GO Tour Challengers during the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event.

How to Beat GO Tour Challengers

Before we get to the individual GO Tour Challenger’s team lineups and counters against them there’s some quick tips for how to beat them that are universal. First, switching Pokémon will cause them to pause their attacks for a couple of seconds. Maximize the benefit of this by putting your first Pokémon in the second or third spot in your team then immediately switch to them to get some free attacks in. And since these guys won’t use their shields you should focus on hitting them with as many charged attacks as you can, which will also pause their attacks. Using these two methods you can beat them quickly by chaining attacks together.

Each fight with a GO Tour Challenger can be unique, depending on which you encounter. In total there are 8 different Challengers, each with their own team lineup of Pokémon. You’ll know which they have based on their names, so we have broken them down below, along with some counters to use against them. Unfortunately, unlike with Team GO Rocket Grunts, beating the Challengers does not let you catch their Pokémon.

GO Tour Challenger CashmereFeline

  • Persian
    • Counters: Lucario, Conkeldurr, Machamp, or other Fighting
  • Dragonair
    • Counters: Rayquaza, Salamence, Palkia, or other Dragon
  • Ninetales
    • Counters: Rampardos, Kyogre, Terrakion, or other Water/Rock

GO Tour Challenger DieCurryWurst

  • Charmander
    • Counters: Rampardos, Terrakion, Tyranitar, or other Rock
  • Charmeleon
    • Counters: See above
  • Charizard
    • Counters: See above

GO Tour Challenger enjoyryde

  • Snorlax
    • Counters: Lucario, Conkeldurr, Machamp, or other Fighting
  • Clefable
    • Counters: Metagross, Dialga, Roserade, or other Poison/Steel
  • Wigglytuff
    • Counters: Metagross, Dialga, Roserade, or other Poison/Steel

GO Tour Challenger Juanevoli

  • Flying Pikachu
    • Counters: Excadrill, Garchomp, Groudon, or other Ground
  • Pikachu
    • Counters: See above
  • Mimikyu Costume Pikachu
    • Counters: See above

GO Tour Challenger LenTao9

  • Geodude
    • Counters: Kyogre, Kingler, Swampert, or other Water
  • Graveler
    • Counters: See above
  • Onix
    • Counters: See above

GO Tour Challenger MalibuLeo

  • Gloom
    • Counters: Mewtwo, Reshiram, Chandelure, or other Psychic/Fire
  • Butterfree
    • Counters: Rampardos, Terrakion, Tyranitar, or other Rock
  • Victreebel
    • Counters: Mewtwo, Reshiram, Chandelure, or other Psychic/Fire

GO Tour Challenger oneslapguy

  • Nidoran (male)
    • Counters: Mewtwo, Alakazam, Espeon, or other Psychic
  • Koffing
    • Counters: See above
  • Gengar
    • Counters: See Above

GO Tour Challenger Telli997

  • Flareon
    • Counters: Rampardos, Kyogre, Terrakion, or other Water/Rock
  • Vaporeon
    • Counters: Zekrom, Raikou, Roserade, or other Electric/Grass
  • Jolteon
    • Counters: Excadrill, Groudon, Rhyperior, or other Ground

And that’s how to beat GO Tour Challengers during the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event. Just look at their team lineup based on the phrase they say before combat begins then choose a team of the best counters you have. They shouldn’t be the toughest foes so don’t stress too much and just try to mix it up if you have any trouble.

- This article was updated on:February 19th, 2021

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