The best Pokémon teams in the Flying Cup in Pokémon Go – May 2022

Fly off in the Flying Cup.

Image via Niantic

The Flying Cup is making a return during Pokémon Go’s interlude season. You’ll have to select some of your favorite Flying-type Pokémon to use in this competition, and some powerful choices can sweep the competition. You’ll want to make sure you create an ideal team for this cup if you’re going to score several victories. In this guide, we cover the best Pokémon teams for the Flying Cup in Pokémon Go.

Best Pokémon teams in the Flying Cup

Mantine, Aerodactyl (Shadow), and Altaria

The first Pokémon you want to look at are Mantine, Aerodactyl (shadow), and Altaria. For your closer, Altaria is an excellent choice, with most Flying-types being weak to Electric, attacks, and Altaria and protect against it. Unfortunately, that still leaves the Ice-type weakness that many Flying-types suffer. Mantine can use ice beam to exploit that weakness, making it an effective Pokémon but it is fragile to Electric-types, so Aerdactyl (shadow) is good protection for it and has some decent moves itself.

  • Aerodactyl (Shadow): Rock throw (fast move), rock slide, and iron head
  • Mantine: Bubble (fast move), bubble beam, and ice beam
  • Altaria: Dragon breath (fast move), sky attack, and moonblast

Emolga, Skarmory, Articuno

Emolga is one of the ideal Pokémon choices to use in this competition. It is an Electric and Flying-type, but it too suffers from an Ice-type weakness. Skarmory doesn’t have this problem, but it is still weak to any Electric-type attacks. For a bit more bulk, we recommend using Articuno to help boost your team up, but it does suffer from being weak to Electric-type attacks.

  • Emolga: Thunder shock (fast move), thunderbolt, and discharge
  • Skarmory: Steel wing (fast move), brave bird, and sky attack
  • Articuno: Icy shard (fast move), icy wind, and ancient power

Mandibuzz, Zapdos, and Drifblim

Mandibuzz is a strong Dark and Flying-type Pokémon with some heavy bulk that makes it a suitable lead Pokémon. However, it does have minor fast move pressure, and you can make up with that using Zapdos and Drifblim. Zapdos is a powerful Pokémon that can use its Electric-type attacks to counter nearly any Flying-type, as can Drifblim with its Ice-type attacks.

  • Mandibuzz: Snarl (fast move), foul play, and shadow ball
  • Zapdos: Thunder shock (fast move), drill peck, and thunder
  • Drifblim: Hex (fast move), icy wind, and shadow ball

Gyarados, Togekiss, and Gligar

Gyarados is a powerful Water and Flying-type Pokémon, but we don’t see it too often in the small competitions. It’s far more suitable for the Master League, but it can do some work here, given the correct team. However, you’ll want Gligar as the Closer to make sure to swap out should any Electric-types come into play, and Togekiss is a solid Pokémon to use as your Switch.

  • Gyarados: Waterfall (fast move), aqua tail, and crunch
  • Togekiss: Charm (fast move), ancient power, and flamethrower
  • Gligar: Wing attack (fast move), night slash, and aerial ace

Pelipper, Aerodactyl, and Emolga

There are not too many choices for this competition, so we will have to repeat some options we’ve already mentioned. We recommend using a team featuring Emolga and Aerodactyl, with Pelipper, to switch things up.

  • Pelipper: Water gun (fast move), weather ball (Water-type), and blizzard
  • Aerodactyl: Rock throw (fast move), rock slide, and ancient power
  • Emolga: Thunder shock (fast move), thunderbolt, and discharge.