YouTube vowed to increase security after the attack — but that’s a tough task on tech campuses

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The problem is that these campuses are generally designed to be fun, welcoming places.

YouTube says that it will improve its security at its worksites after a gunman shot three others and herself — but that’s going to be a tough task on Silicon Valley’s giant, open campuses.

The video company said that Nasim Aghdam, who authorities have identified as the killer, was able to enter the San Bruno campus through its parking garage and then access YouTube’s outside courtyard. She did not enter the actual corporate building.

The company is committing itself to better protect its employees.

“We are revisiting this incident in detail and will be increasing the security we have at all of our offices worldwide to make them more secure not only in the near term, but long-term” YouTube said in a statement late Wednesday.

The company and its parent Google did not respond to requests for details on what security precautions were taken Wednesday to secure their campuses.

The problem, though, is that these campuses are generally designed to be fun, welcoming places more reminiscent of an open college campus than a secured facility. Buildings are spread out and interlopers can wander between them with little notice. Visitors aren’t uncommon, and some are even implicitly welcomed with tourist-friendly photo spots like Facebook’s welcome sign featuring a ‘Like’ button or Google’s Android statuettes.

There’s likely to be a new debate in Silicon Valley about how these campuses are protected — much like we saw a debate over public spaces such as movie theaters after the shooting in Aurora in 2012 and a debate over schools after deadly incidents at Sandy Hook and more recently in Parkland.

Police say that they believe Aghdam parked her car near a neighboring business and then walked over, Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun in tow.

Authorities believe that Aghdam was frustrated by YouTube’s policies, including a recent push toward what she felt were algorithm changes that made it difficult for her to monetize her content on the platform. In one post, she called YouTube a “dictatorship.”

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Trump took to Twitter to attack Amazon, which he accused of paying “little or no taxes.” His tweet sent Amazon’s stock down about 4 percent, but it rebounded within a few hours, as it always does after a Trump tweet makes it fall. [Michael Sheetz / CNBC]

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Facebook’s bad month keeps getting worse — this time because of a leaked internal memo by one of the company’s top executives that suggests, among other things, that Facebook’s mission to connect people is more important than user safety. Yesterday, Facebook outlined a more detailed plan to fight election interference in the 2018 midterms. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Snap is undergoing its third round of layoffs this year, cutting around 100 more people, most of them in sales. The company, which went public just over a year ago, restructured its content teams in January and laid off around 120 engineers earlier this month. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

What do Donald Trump, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and the owner of the National Enquirer have to do with each other? [New York Times]

The subject of the “Serial” podcast, Adnan Syed, has been granted a new trial in the case of the murder of his high school classmate Hae Min Lee. Syed was convicted in 2000 and has been in prison for 19 years; his case attracted international attention in 2014 when it was featured on the groundbreaking podcast. [Kevin Rector and Justin Fenton / The Baltimore Sun]

If the timeline Waymo rolled out this week is correct, autonomous vehicles will transform urban life by 2020. That’s the company’s way of saying, “Get ready, this is really happening.” This is autonomous driving at scale, and not in five years or 10 years or 50 years, but in two years or less. Meanwhile, carmakers Daimler and BMW are combining their car-sharing businesses into a joint venture to better compete with Silicon Valley companies out to upend the traditional automotive industry. [Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic]

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China looked at investing in SoftBank’s $ 100 billion tech fund.

The Vision Fund has ratcheted back some of its ambitions in China due to political considerations.

Tim Cook’s advice to his younger self: “The joy is in the journey.”

“Our purpose is to serve humanity.”

What this Silicon Valley VC learned on the “Rust Belt Safari.”

There are plenty of ways for tech to play in the “comeback cities” of the U.S. heartland.

What will we do without Lauren Goode?

For her final Recode podcast as co-host, Goode counts down her favorite episodes of Too Embarrassed to Ask.

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Boeing production plant hit with WannaCry ransomware attack

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A Boeing production plant in Charleston, South Carolina was hit by the WannaCry ransomwear cyberattack on Wednesday, according to a report from the Seattle Times. Mike VanderWel, the chief engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane production engineering, sent out a company-wide memo calling for “all hands on deck.”

“It is metastasizing rapidly out of North Charleston and I just heard 777 (automated spar assembly tools) may have gone down,” reads VanderWel’s memo, according to the Seattle Times. The company worries the virus may hit equipment used in functional airplane tests, which could lead to it spreading to airplane software.

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Sailors Use Xbox Controllers to Operate Part of the Navy’s Newest Attack Sub

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You know that $ 30 Xbox controller you have in your living room? The same thing now directs the Navy’s new $ 2.7-billion attack submarine.

For more than a century, a periscope was the only way for those within a submarine to take a look at the world above. Sailors used them to help determine the sub’s position and even direct torpedoes in the days before advanced sonar.

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However, periscopes had their shortcomings. Only one person could look through the device at a time, and their size placed limitations of the submarine’s design.

In 2004, the Navy began commissioning submarines with photonics masts, devices equipped with sensors that function like digital periscopes, but takes up less space. Operators typically control these masts from the control room using a joystick, but not everyone was happy with that.

“The Navy got together and they asked a bunch of J.O.s and junior guys, ‘What can we do to make your life better?’” Kyle Leonard, a Lieutenant (junior grade) and the assistant weapons officer aboard the USS John Warner, told The Virginia Pilot in September. “And one of the things that came out is the controls for the scope. It’s kind of clunky in your hand; it’s real heavy.”

To alleviate that problem, the Navy began experimenting with using an Xbox controller instead.

Xbox controller
Lt. Anthony Matus using an Xbox controller to maneuver the photonic mast aboard the USS Colorado. Image Credit: U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey M. Richardson

Yes, the sailors are more comfortable with the lighter, more versatile controller, Reed Koepp, the Colorado’s commanding officer, told the Associated Press. It’s also more natural for them to use — because many of the young sailors who report to the submarine have probably played games on Xbox before enlisting, they won’t need as much training.

Plus, it saves the Navy a ton of money. Just one of the custom-built photonics mast joysticks costs roughly $ 38,000, according to The Virginia Pilot. An Xbox 360 controller runs about $ 30.

The USS Colorado, in service at Connecticut’s Naval Submarine Base as of Saturday, is the first submarine to use Xbox controllers from the very beginning of its service. But if the controller ends up working as well as its engineers anticipate, it might not be the last.

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How GitHub braved the world’s largest DDoS attack

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On February 28, GitHub found its code hosting platform hit by what’s believed to be the largest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack ever recorded – and lived to tell the tale. A DDoS attack is one of the most common methods employed by hackers to take websites down: it involves bombarding sites with more traffic than they can handle, so as to overwhelm their servers and cause enough crashes to take the site offline temporarily. In this case, GitHub faced a whopping 1.35 terabits per second of traffic, which caused its service to go down for a total of…

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A phishing attack scored credentials for more than 50,000 Snapchat users

In late July, Snap’s director of engineering emailed the company’s team in response to an unfolding privacy threat. A government official from Dorset in the United Kingdom had provided Snap with information about a recent attack on the company’s users: a publicly available list, embedded in a phishing website named klkviral.org, that listed 55,851 Snapchat accounts, along with their usernames and passwords.

The attack appeared to be connected to a previous incident that the company believed to have been coordinated from the Dominican Republic, according to emails obtained by The Verge. Not all of the account credentials were valid, and Snap had reset the majority of the accounts following the initial attack. But for some period of time,…

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Out Now: ‘Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition’, ‘Dandara’, ‘Dig Dog – Treasure Hunter’, ‘Grand Summoners’, ‘Light a Way’, ‘Bluebird of Happiness’, ‘Ninja Attack!’, ‘StrikeMaster Bowling’, ‘The X-Files Deep State’ and More

Ok, so, a little game called Final Fantasy (maybe you’ve heard of it?) decided to release its latest mobile version a little earlier than planned, so Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is kind of dominating this week’s list of new releases arriving one day earlier than its previously announced February 9th release date. It’s free to try though, so try it out! But don’t let it overshadow some of the other excellent releases this week like Dandara, which we loved in our review, the quirky roguelite digger Dig Dog from Rusty Moyher, or even the over the top new bowling game StrikeMasters Bowling from the folks who brought us the Great Little War Game series. THAT’S unexpected. Anyway, check out the full list of this week’s new games below and let us know which ones you’ll be checking out.


 

Bluebird of Happiness

iTunes Description

Your brother finds a stuffed bluebird while the two of you visit a festival. Later that night you have a dream that takes place inside of a strange forest with a man having the head of a bird

Try to escape the dream by collecting items and solving puzzles.

Can you save your brother?

Forum Thread: Bluebird of Happiness (by Daigo Sato)


Caravan War

iTunes Description

Take complete control of an epic empire and defend it at all costs in the medieval fantasy tower defense strategy game, Caravan War. Collect a variety of resources to build and expand your empire by establishing friendly caravan trades or launch colossal raids to seize all kinds of goods from other caravans. Battle with others worldwide via online multiplayer or fight solo in an offline campaign mode. Can you build the best kingdom of all time?

Forum Thread: Caravan War (by Hiker Games Joint Studio)


Dandara

iTunes Description

The world of Salt hangs on the brink of collapse. The citizens, once free spirits, now stand oppressed and isolated. But not all is lost, for out of this aether of fear arises a heroine, a ray of hope. Her name is Dandara.

Welcome to a unique 2D metroidvania platformer full of mystical creatures and boundless exploration. Defy gravity as you jump across floors, walls, and ceilings alike. Discover the mysteries and secrets hidden throughout the world of Salt and its diverse array of characters. Empower Dandara for combat and survival against enemies bent on oppression.

Awaken, Dandara, to bring freedom and balance to this directionless world.

Forum Thread: Dandara (by Raw Fury)


Dawn Break: The Flaming Emperor

iTunes Description

When the Day of Eclipses arrived, a dark shadow appeared, and from the sky, a mysterious lady descended… Join Haley, Anis and Luke in an epic journey and unravel their destiny!

-Explore the world of DawnBreak with familiar voices from Rie Tanaka, Ryohei Kimura, Hikaru Midorikawa, and other fan favorite voice actors and actresses!
-Release your full potential with a well-timed “Ultimate” to turn the tide of combat and annihilate everything in your way!
-Meet a lovely cast of fairy companions who fight and scavenge items for you!
-Gather your friends to conquer legendary monsters in a real-time co-op- daily challenges await you!
-Prove your strength in a 4-player battle royale arena, where you will have the chance to play as epic bosses to destroy other players!

Forum Thread: Dawn Break:The Flaming Emperor (by Our Game Entertainment Limited)


Defender Heroes:Castle Defense

iTunes Description

The war broke out and dark monsters are back to attack your castle. Not only orcs, but also goblins, witch, spirits, devils and other monsters are trying to destroy your kingdom! Use the power of the bow and crossbow to defend the realm and the kingdom from attacking enemies. Equip the castle with a bow, arrows and defeat all the demon and zombies that are coming to your castle.

You are not alone in this battle. Choose your legendary warriors and fight together with the legendary heroes. Summon the ancient gods will lead your army and defend your precious kingdom.

Forum Thread: Defender Heroes:Castle Defense (by Unimob)


Dere Exe

iTunes Description

You find a strange message from a relatively unknown app developer and a mysterious mobile game called ‘Dere Exe’. Like other platformer games, it has challenging levels, nostalgic pixel art graphics, retro music, but it has horror elements as well.

‘Dere Exe’ is an immersive narrative thriller using the interface of a normal platformer game. This game is not for the faint of heart. You were warned.

Forum Thread: Dere Exe (by Darius Immanuel Guerrero)


Dig Dog – Treasure Hunter

iTunes Description

Dig Dog is an action roguelike platformer. Dig to discover treasure, adventure and bones! Jump, dash, stomp and dig your way through a strange world inhabited by stranger creatures. Simple, expressive control scheme – Run, dig, drop, jump or dash using only three buttons! Also supports game controllers.

Play both Game Modes:
Bone Hunt – The roguelike treasure hunt. Dig for bones across four worlds of increasing difficulty. Battles enemies above perilous cliffs. Die a lot.
Free Dig – An endless digging experience. Dig through an infinite set of levels with minor challenge and no game overs. Progress is saved.

Includes an original retro soundtrack from 8bitmatt!

Forum Thread: Dig Dog – Treasure Hunter (BY Rusty Moyher)


[Exception]

iTunes Description

Exception is a game about AI programming. During the game, the player is required to assist the unit to defeat it’s enemy in the virtual world. However the player need to control the units by programming instead of control them directly.

This is a challenging single player game need to go through in chapter sequence. In each chapter, the player is demanded to think about the strategy and realize it by programming the units. The player need to program for different types of units to achieve cooperation between them and pass the chapter in the end.

Forum Thread: Exception (By Kunpo)


Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition

iTunes Description

“Explore the world of FINAL FANTASY XV
with a cast of cute and cool characters! “

Now you can enjoy the FINAL FANTASY XV story across 10 exciting chapters

Tap to move, tap to talk, and tap to fight
Easy for anyone to pick up and play!

Forum Thread: Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition (by SQUARE ENIX)


Grand Summoners

iTunes Description

This is a story of memories and bonds. Raktehelm, a land where Gods and Demons once fought for supremacy. Hundreds of years have passed since the end of the Great War and humans lived in peace. However, these days of peace will come to an abrupt end when the once sealed Demons return…

– Characters that Bring the Story to Life – Summon ancient heroes and head on an adventure! Create your very own all-star team to bring peace to the world!
– Exhilarating Battles – Original and intuitive battle system for action-packed combat!
– Multiplayer with Up to 4 Players – Play with friends to make battles even more exciting! Fight against strong bosses together with fellow adventurers!
– Intricately Detailed Graphics – Units, bosses, backgrounds are all drawn with the highest quality! We are proud to present RPG fans with state-of-the-art pixel graphics!

Forum Thread: Grand Summoners (by GOOD SMILE COMPANY)


Ink or Swim

iTunes Description

Time your taps to stay afloat, dodging killer coral and salty sea-enemies!
Power up with the super starfish and turn the tables on your foes!
Collect over 30 underwater worlds from Captain’s Cove to Rockabilly Bay
Simple to learn yet hard to master, Ink or Swim is a squidstastic time for all!

Forum Thread: Ink or Swim (by Valorian Games)


Inochi

iTunes Description

The awesome 3D turn-based battle game Inochi is here. Battle your way through dynamic worlds, defeat the Rust King’s hordes and free your AniMech heroes.

The AniMech’s world, Shine Planet, is under attack from the enigmatic Rust King and his massing army of Rust infected slaves. Inochi brings you a quirky universe of Robot Animals called AniMechs, each with their own special moves and abilities.

Unlock awesome new parts to customise and upgrade your AniMech with crazy cross over creations; there are millions of different combinations so you can make your Hero as unique as you are! Master an expanding arsenal of powerful moves and abilities.

Forum Thread: Inochi (by KISS Publishing)


Island Golf

iTunes Description

If you were stuck on a desert island and could only take one app with you, which app would you take? Yeah, probably some sort of “come and rescue me” app. But while you waited for help to arrive, you could use an app like Island Golf to help pass the time!

Island Golf is a simple, easy-to-play arcade game where you play a quick round of golf with fairways on little lonely islands. There’s no complex system of club types, swing meters or wind direction here. You just tap, drag, and release to take a shot.

Every day a new course appears. See if you can beat par on each hole, and how low you can score through all 18. If you do well, you may even make the high score board for that day. If not, there’s always tomorrow.

Forum Thread: Island Golf (by CleverMedia)


Just Ski and Snowboard

iTunes Description

Just Ski and Snowboard is the „premium“ combination of Just Snowboarding and Just Freeskiing. The game is a highly authentic snowboard and freeski simulation with sheer endless possibilities to tweak (3D Touch), style and combine realistic tricks! The numerous Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Big-Air, Jibbing (Rails, Boxes) and Backcountry challenge locations are covering a huge variety of freeskiing and snowboarding.

The game features a powerful yet simple steering technology with supportive in-game tutorials and simple buttons for beginners and advanced possibilities (2x taps, swipes, etc.) for Pro’s. Summarized, the aim of the game is to beat the world’s best scores and to master given challenges in order to improve your overall skiing and snowboarding skills.

Forum Thread: Just Ski and Snowboard (by Randerline GmbH)


Just Slide

iTunes Description

You can’t run, can’t flip, can’t even jump, all you can do is Just Slide!

Do you like casual, one-tap and one-finger controls in games?
Bad news, we don’t have it. Why? Because it’s boring and not even close to challenging.

Imagine blob, cat, doge, rabbit, ghost or even santa. Now put them on oiled, very slippery and rotating platform. And finally drop tons of deadly traps, spikes, bombs, arrows and black holes. Perfect. Now you have to save them without losing your mind. Welcome to ‘Just Slide’.

Forum Thread: Just Slide (by FunnyStoryHa)


Landslide Ninja

iTunes Description

How high will you be able to climb the avalanche?

Landslide Ninja is an endless climbing adventure through amazing worlds and planets with exciting landscapes. Avoid getting smashed by the falling blocks while you race against the rising waters! Earn FIVE unique ninja belts ranging from the magma belt to the crystal belt. Level up to earn awesome powers to make your climb easier. Can you climb the highest? There’s only one way to know.

Forum Thread: Landslide Ninja (by Eternal Studio)


Light a Way

iTunes Description

Darkness has enveloped the sun and from within it, emerge the dark beings with a sole purpose to consume all beings of Light. It is now up to you, the Guardian. Gifted with the magical Staff of Flare, you must set on a path to restore the Light back to the world and rid the darkness that has tainted the very lands that you step on.

Bring the Light back to the world as you channel the powers of Light. Tap to radiate flare onto your enemies, empower yourself with magical artifacts, and befriend cute glowing Lumis as you battle the forces of the abyss and restore Light to the world.

Forum Thread: Light A Way (by AppXplore)


Nest Quest

iTunes Description

Evade obstacles and stomp baddies to help Mildred through her quest to find a safe place for her egg to nest in this light-hearted, 2D side-scrolling game.

Highlights
• Levels are easy to complete, but hard to master
• Flexible design that enables you to play for a minute, or for an hour
• One hand play using tap (to flap) and swipe (to change direction and stomp)
• Quick, simple tutorial to help you learn the controls
• Each level is hand designed to maximize the fun

Forum Thread: Nest Quest (by Moltow)


Ninja Attack!

iTunes Description

The year: 1984. The place: Brooklyn, New York Dojo Number 7. The time: of no real consequence.

“Ninja Attack!” is the result of a bizarre thesis statement: If Hunter S. Thompson was head of the art department at the Sega Corporation Ltd. in the early 80s, what would the bonus round in Shinobi look like?

Forum Thread: Ninja Attack! (by The Frosty Pop Corps)


Reporter 2

iTunes Description

The continuation of the popular action-horror game – “Reporter” from “AGaming+” studio, will shock you to the core! Turn off the lights, connect headphones and be careful, because only the attentive and cautious person can finally unravel this dark history!

You somehow miraculously survived in the hospital! Do you think it is over? And what about that strange call about 7 days? The time is running out! Carefree dreams are left behind: now you are hostage of nightmares and wake up in a cold sweat every morning. And nightmares are becoming more realistic and eerie every day. That’s why you are trying to find out something about that mysterious girl, who is following you in nightmares. One of your friends found out something interesting and you need to start your action, immediately! It’s time to go!

Forum Thread: Reporter 2 (By Igor Migun)


RPG Dragon Lapis

iTunes Description

The dawn of a new hero!

A thousand years ago, a great battle ensued between two dragons, one gold and the other silver, where they were sealed away. However, the real tale begins many centuries later after the Silver Dragon reawakens, and launches an assault on a frontier village in the far north.

There, a royal knight by the name of Lucas serves as a guard after being relegated to the rural and much isolated location by the King. Yet, little does he know he is, in fact, a descendant of the hero, Alaric, who once sealed the Gold and Silver Dragons in human form. Nonetheless, when tragedy strikes, he soon finds his place, and after teaming up with a band of unlikely companions, sets out on an adventure to save the world.

Forum Thread: RPG Dragon Lapis (by KEMCO)[+Free]


Side Jumper: Cube Brick Smash

iTunes Description

You are that orange cube which is running around the 5×5 board made of squares. Tap on the screen to jump with your orange cube on blocks from one side to another and try to destroy and demolish them all. The higher the number in the numbered squares – the more strength they have. Your player also has a jumping power. It reduces the power of board tiles by that number, or if it’s higher – smashes the cube completely. Try to clear the board, collect cubes with plus sign to level up and increase your player’s smashing power. Collect bombs to destroy the nearby squares. Try to score as many points as possible and compete with others in worldwide leaderboard.

Forum Thread: Side Jumper: Cube Brick Smash (by Eduardas Klenauskis)


Stickman Disc Golf Battle

iTunes Description

Stickman Disc Golf Battle is a PVP game all about disc golfing and builds on the successful multiplayer formula of Stickman Skate Battle and Stickman Cross Golf Battle. Use various realistic discs (Fader, Curver, Ranger, etc.) combined with players with different abilities to beat your opponents in spectacular landscapes. There are tons of cool stuff to unlock like golfers and discs and various challenges like daily, weekly and monthly live events and tournaments with realistic physics. This and more makes Stickman Disc Golf Battle the ultimate disc golfing multiplayer game.

Forum Thread: Stickman Disc Golf Battle (by Djinnworks)


StrikeMaster Bowling

iTunes Description

• ONE SWIPE BOWLING – gets you bowling Strikes in no time, but lets you develop skills to master the lanes

• DESIGN YOUR BOWLER – select face type, hair, eye color, clothes and more to create your unique bowling character

• MULTIPLAYER ACTION – take on the best, or your pals in online or local multiplayer matches and tournaments

• SKILL SHOT CHALLENGES – 40+ hand-crafted special shots with pins in lines, pinball-style poppers, ramps and more

• CHOOSE YOUR LEAGUE to play in Rookie, Amateur, Pro or Elite categories

• 11 TOURNAMENT MODES to play, including Free Roll, Small is Beautiful, Strike Master Challenge and Risky Rumble

Forum Thread: StrikeMaster Bowling (by Rubicon Development)


Tabletopia

iTunes Description

Tabletopia is a digital online platform for playing board games just like in real life. There is no AI to enforce the rules. Read the rulebook, choose a seat at the virtual table, and let the game begin!

Or easily create digital versions of your own board games to promote, playtest, and demonstrate them!

Mobile (Beta) features:
• Solo or Pass & Play modes on iOS tablets (Online Multiplayer mode coming soon)
• Six games are already available with many more on the way

Forum Thread: Tabletopia (by TableTopia, Inc.)


True Legacy

iTunes Description

True Legacy is a text-driven puzzle adventure game. Investigate a politically sensitive murder in a dystopian, 21st century metropolis, riven by rampant economic and genetic inequality. Both your ethics, and puzzle solving skills will be tested in this sci-fi noir thriller.

Taking the role of investigator Claire Thornhill, players navigate the world of True Legacy via interactive text, immersive 3D scenes and forensic puzzle gameplay. The branching narrative pushes you to express your ethics in a harsh world transformed by unregulated technological advances.

Developed in partnership with Failbetter Games and the Wellcome Trust, True Legacy is a plausible glimpse into the future. Researched with the help of various UK universities and experts working at the cutting edge of robotics, AI, and genetics, the noir thriller plot presents the player with very realistic dilemmas around the ethics of labour market automation, population surveillance and genetic engineering.

Forum Thread: True Legacy (by Blindfire Limited)


Weapon Shop Fantasy

iTunes Description

Weapon Shop Fantasy is a shop simulator with a whole lot of RPG elements.

Or maybe it’s an RPG with a whole lot of shop simulation…
You decide.

Anyway.

Craft mighty weapons!!!!

Enchant them with magic!!!!

Forum Thread: Weapon Shop Fantasy (by Digdog Studios Ltd.)[+Lite]


The X-Files: Deep State

iTunes Description

The Truth Is Out There – do you have what it takes to find it?

Delve into the unknown, investigate mysterious cases of the paranormal and unravel an international conspiracy in a thrilling, story-driven hidden object X-Files adventure game.

Welcome to The X-Files, Special Agent. The following intel is classified Top Secret / For Your Eyes Only. You and Agent Dale have been selected to investigate mysterious crime scenes that defy explanation.

Forum Thread: The X-Files: Deep State (by Creative Mobile)


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Best Pokémon Go movesets for attack and defense — February 2018

What are the best movesets for Mewtwo, Rayquaza, Kyogre, Groudon, Slaking, Ho-Oh, Raikou, Zapdos, Moltres, Lugia, Tyranitar, Dragonite, Snorlax, Rhydon, Gyarados, Blissey, Vapereon, Machamp, and other high-powered Pokémon? Here’s your updated list!

While it may seem like Combat Power (CP) or stats (IV) are the most important factors in Pokémon Go, movesets play a critically important role as well. Movesets are the combination of the quick move and charge move your Pokémon uses in Gym and Raid Battles.

The wonderful, terrible thing about movesets is that they’re determined at random. If you catch or hatch a Snorlax, you get whatever you get. But if you evolve a Slaking, Tryanitar, Dragonite, Gyarados, Blissey, etc. or catch a Boss after a Gym Raid, they’re determined by a roll of the dice the moment you hit the evolve button or as soon as the Premiere Ball stops bouncing. That means your perfect IV Shelgon can become a less-than-ideal Salamence with just one tick or tock of the server.

The good news is that, with the introduction of Technical Machines (TMs), you can now re-roll your old, terrible movesets and try for new, great ones.

How do you change movesets in Pokémon Go? With Technical Machines (TM)!

But how do you know which movesets will help your Pokémon decimate Gyms and Raids and which will make a fight simply unwinnable? Here’s the newly updated list!

What are the best Pokémon Go movesets cheat sheet

If all you want is a quick reference for the absolute best moveset for the most powerful Pokémon (CP) in their most efficient roles (Attack/Defense) in Pokémon Go as the game stands today, here it is. (For more details and alternate movesets, keep reading below).

Note: I’m including defensive movesets even for Legendary Pokémon. While Legendaries can’t currently be put in Gyms, that might change, or Player vs. Player or other mechanics might be introduced in the future that make it relevant.

For the Legendary and Mythical Pokémon:

Legendary Attack Defense
Articuno Frost Breath + Blizzard or Ice Beam Frost Breath + Blizzard or Ice Beam
Zapdos Charge Beam + Thunder Bolt Charge Beam + Thunder Bolt
Moltres Fire Spin + Overheat Fire Spin + Overheat
Mewtwo Confusion + Psychic Confusion + Shadow Ball
Mew Pound + Solar Beam or Focus Blast Pound + Solar Beam
Raikou Thunder Shock + Wild Charge Volt Switch + Wild Charge
Entei Fire Spin + Overheat Fire Spin + Overheat
Sicune Extrasensory + Hydro Pump Extrasensory + Hydro Pump
Lugia Extrasensory + Future Sight Extrasensory + Future Sight
Ho-Oh Extrasensory + Solar Beam Extrasensory + Fire Blast or Solar Beam
Celebi Confusion + Hyper Beam Confusion + Dazzling Gleam
Regirock Rock Throw + Stone Edge Rock Smash + Focus Blast
Regice Frost Breath + Blizzard Rock Smash + Blizzard
Registeel Metal Claw + Hyper Beam Rock Smash + Hyper Beam
Latias Dragon Breath + Dragon Claw Dragon Breath + Dragon Claw
Latio Dragon Breath + Solar Beam Zen Headbutt + Solar Beam
Kyogre Waterfall + Hydro Pump Waterfall + Hydro Pump
Groudon Mud Shot + Earthquake Mud Shot + Solar Beam
Rayquaza Dragon Tail + Outrage Dragon Tail + Outrage
Jirachi Confusion + Doom Desire Confusion + Dazzling Gleam
Deoxys Zen Headbutt + Zap Cannon Zen Heabutt + Zap Cannon

And for the non-Legendary Pokémon:

Pokémon Attack Defense
Slaking Yawn + Hyper Beam Yawn + Play Rough
Tyranitar Bite + Crunch Iron Tail + Crunch
Metagross Bullet Punch + Flash Cannon Zen Headbutt + Flash Canon
Dragonite Dragon Tail + Outrage Dragon Tail + Outrage
Salamence Dragon Tail + Draco Meteor Dragon Tail + Draco Meteor
Snorlax Zen Headbutt + Hyper Beam Zen Headbutt + Hyper Beam
(Zen Headbutt + Body Slam)
Rhydon Mud Slap + Stone Edge Mud Slap + Stone Edge
Gyarados Waterfall + Hydro Pump or Outrage Waterfall + Hydro Pump
Blissey Zen Headbutt + Hyper Beam Pound + Dazzling Gleam
Vaporeon Water Gun + Hydro Pump Water Gun + Aqua Tail
Donphan Counter + Earthquake Counter + Rough Play
Aggron Iron Tail + Heavy Slam Iron Tail + Heavy Slam
Espeon Confusion + Future Sight Confusion or Zen Headbutt + Psybeam
Milotic Waterfall + Surf Waterfall + Surf
Gardevoir Confusion + Dazzling Gleam
Heracross Counter + Close Combat Struggle Bug + Close Combat
Golem Rock Throw + Stone Edge Rock Throw + Stone Edge
Exeggutor Extrasensory + Solar Beam Extrasensory + Solar Beam
Flareon Fire Spin + Overheat Fire Spin + Flame Thrower
Machamp Counter + Dynamic Punch Counter + Dynamic Punch
Alakazam Confusion + Future Sight Confusion + Shadow Ball
(Dazzling Gleam)
Arcanine Fire Fang + Fire Blast Snarl + Fire Blast
Swampert Water Gun + Surf Water Gun + Surf
Scizor Bullet Punch + Iron Head Bullet Punch + Iron Head
Pinser Bug Bite + X-Scissor Rock Smash + Scissor
Hariyama Counter + Dynamic Punch Counter + Dynamic Punch
Usaring Counter + Hyper Beam Counter + Hyper Beam
Jolteon Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt Volt Switch + Discharge or Thunderbolt
Feraligatr Water Gun + Hydro Pump Water Gun + Ice Beam
Muk Poison Jab + Gunk Shot Poison Jab + Gunk Shot
Amphoros Charge Beam + Zap Cannon Volt Switch + Zap Cannon
Kingler Bubble + Water Pulse Bubble + Water Pulse
Charizard Fire Sping + Overheat Fire Sping + Overheat
Typhlosion Ember + Overheat Ember + Overheat
Omastar Water Gun + Rock Blast
(Rock Throw + Rock Slide)
Water Gun + Rock Blast
(Rock Throw + Rock Slide)
Armaldo Fury Cutter + Rock Blast Struggle Bug + Rock Blast
Blaziken Counter + Overheat Firespin + Overheat
Gengar Hex + Shadowball
(Shadow Claw + Shadow Ball)
Hex + Sludge Bomb
(Shadow Claw + Sludge Bomb)
Aerodactyl Steel Wing + Hyper Beam Steel Wing + Ancient Power
Walrein Frost Breath + Blizzard Frost Breath + Blizzard
Lapras Frost Breath + Blizzard Frost Breath + Blizzard
Sceptile Bullet Seed + Leaf Blade Bullet Seed + Leaf Blade
Venusaur Vine Whip + Solar Beam Razor Leaf + Solar Beam

Again, many Pokémon have several ideal movesets, so keep reading for more!

What if you don’t have the best movesets?

Movesets are like the lottery. Whether you catch, hatch, or evolve, you never know what you’re going to get. Some Pokémon have upwards of six or more moveset combinations, some amazingly good, others terrible.

If you have an ideal moveset, it’s great. You’ll do the most damage in the least amount of time while maintaining the best ability to dodge. If you don’t, not all is lost. You could still have the same type of moves, only less damaging or slower.

For example, Machamp with Counter and Dynamic Punch is one of the best attackers in the game. Machamp with Counter and Close Combat, though, is a fairly close second. Dragon Tail Outrage is the best for Dragonite, but Dragon Tail Hurricane isn’t far behind.

Conversely, Machamp with Bullet Punch and Heavy Slam or Dragonite with Steel Wing and Hyper Beam… nowhere close.

New with the June 2017 Raid Battle system, you can even get Technical Machines to change your movesets. Two of the possible rewards for beating Raid Bosses are Quick TM and Fast TM, which can be used to change Quick Moves and Charge Moves respectively.

How do you change movesets in Pokémon Go? With Technical Machines (TM)!

What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Rayquaza?

Rayquaza is the last of the Weather Trio to enter the Pokémon Go arena. It can’t reach as high a CP as either Groudon or Kyogre, but it’s still more than high enough to make Rayquaza the best Dragon-types in the game. And the best Flying-type. It’s the Dragon part you want to focus on though — Dragon Tail and Outrage, specifically.

  • Best Movesets: Dragon Tail + Outrage. The new best Dragon-type in the game

  • Counter: Articuno with Frost Breath + Blizzard or Ice Beam.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Kyogre?

Kyogre is one of the Weather Trio and, along with Groudon, can reach one of the highest CP in the current Pokémon Go lineup — 4074. Combined with its elite stats, it replaces Vaporeon and the newly Waterfall’d Gyarados as the most powerful Water-type in the game. Sadly, it lost it’s Dragon Tail Quick Move before it even came out, but when you have Waterfall and Hydro Pump, it’s hard to argue.

While Kyogre can also learned Blizzard as a Charge Move, it doesn’t have a Quick Move — or typing — to match. So leave the cold to Articuno and Lapras. Likewise, Thunder is a Charge Move option, but not a good one. Let water be water.

  • Best Movesets: Waterfall + Hydro Pump. The new best Water-type in the game

  • Counter: Raikou with Thunder Shock + Wild Charge.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Groudon?

Groudon is one of the Weather Trio and can reach one of the highest CP in the current Pokémon Go lineup — 4074. Combined with its elite stats, it replaces Rhydon as the most powerful Ground-type in the game. Sadly, it can’t learn the more damaging Mud Slap, but it can get Mud Shot + Earthquake, which is going to be what every purist wants — and every Electric-type fears. Groudon can also learn the incredibly punishing Dragon Tail and Solar Beam, and some might want to go with those moves as well. There are other Pokémon that can learn Solar Beam, though, so do it if you don’t have those options. Otherwise, let Groudon be Groudon.

  • Best Movesets: Mud Shot + Earthquake. Like Ryhdon, only Legendary.

  • Secondary Movesets: Mud Shot + Solar Beam. Because Solar Beam.

  • Counter: Gyarados or Vaporeon with Hydro Pump.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Ho-Oh?

Ho-Oh is to the Legendary Beasts what Lugia is to the Legendary Birds — their leader. Where Lugia is cool and calm, Ho-Oh is fiery hot. Sadly, where Lugia also had movesets that made sense, Ho-Oh’s are all over the map, and what really holds it back is the complete lack of Overheat. Sadness. It really makes everything else a toss up and dependant on what, if anything, you want to do with Ho-Oh. Extrasensory + Solar Beam is probably your best bet, unless you want to go Machamp Raiding with Brave Bird, or go after the big bugs with Fire Blast. Ugh, Pokémon Go. Just. Ugh.

  • Best Movesets: Extrasensory + Solar Beam. Because, Solar Beam.

  • Secondary Movesets: Brave Bird against Fighters, Fire Blast against Bugs, but ugh.

  • Counter: Tyranitar or Golem with Stone Edge, Raikou with Wild Charge or Zapdos with Thunderbolt.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Suicune?

Due to the way Pokémon Go translates stats over from the Nintendo Pokémon games, the Legendary Water Beast, Suicune, ends up with the short end of the stick. So short, you can barely see it. The result is a Legendary Pokémon that’s not nearly as good at its Water-type specialty than the incredibly common Vaporeon and the newly rejuvenated Gyarados. It can’t even get to 3000 CP. Previously, Suicune could at least get Hidden Power Water or Hidden Power Rock, if you were really, really lucky. Now, if Suicune makes a comeback or you somehow TM yourself into a corner, all you can get is Snarl or Extrasensory.

  • Best Movesets: Anything and Hydro Pump. Sigh.

  • Secondary Movesets: Sigh.

  • Counter: Raikou with Wild Charge or Zapdos with Thunderbolt. Anything with Solar Beam.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Entei?

Entei is the Legendary Fire Beast and a powerhouse of a Pokémon. Because Moltres, Flareon, and Charizard can also learn Entei’s best moveset — Fire Spin + Overheat — it’s not quite as glorious as it could be. But, for pure Fire-type Pokémon, Entei is still FIRE. Especially when you count in its CP: Entei can reach 3377, much higher even than Moltres. You can play around Flamethrower if you’re a fan of 2-bar charge moves. Otherwise, just take Overheat and wreck with it.

  • Best Movesets: Fire Spin + Overheat. So. Much. Burn.

  • Secondary Movesets: Fire Spin + Flamethrower if you really want to shoot fast and dodge more.

  • Counter: Gyarados or Vaporeon with Hydro Pump.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Raikou?

Raikou is a Legendary that really lives up to the name. The Legendary Electric Beast, Raikou not only has a CP that can reach 3349, it can do one thing no other Electric-type currently in the game can match: learn Wild Charge. When you combine Raikou’s stats with its moveset, it catapults past Zapdos to become the best — and certainly the best pure — Electric-type attacker in Pokémon Go. We’ll see how that holds up as future Electrics get introduced. For now, though, Raikou is the real zapper.

  • Best Movesets: Thundershock + Wild Charge. Literally lightning in a bottle. That it throws as a weapon.

  • Secondary Movesets: Why? Just use Thundershock + Wild Charge

  • Counter: Groudon or Rhydon with Earthquake.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Lugia?

Lugia is one of the most powerful Legendary Pokémon in the game. It can easily reach a CP over 3000, it’s got stats that put it up there with the best, and movesets that pack a punch. Specifically, Lugia is Psychic/Flying type and has Psychic movesets available to it that can destroy Fighting-types like Machamp. Dragon Tail with Sky Attack and Hydro Pump are powerful as well, can make Lugia a good general attacker, like Dragonite. and can put a hurt on a range of other Pokémon, but when you have a Psychic destroyer of this stature, let it be a Psychic destroyer.

  • Best Movesets: Extrasensory + Future Sight. Picture an Alakazam with the bulk of a Snorlax. Now, Machamp knows fear.

  • Secondary Movesets: Dragon Tail with Sky Attack. Still packs a wallop, even without same type attack bonus (STAB) on the fast move.

  • Counter: Tyrantiar with Bite + Crunch or Stone Edge.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Articuno?

With a potential CP almost but not quite reaching the 3000s, Articuno is like Lapras on Hulk serum. OK, more Hulk serum. Unlike Lapras, though, Articuno only has access to Ice type movesets. No Water types. That makes Frost Breath its only Quick Move and, so, winner by default. For Charge Moves, Blizzard packs more power but takes longer to deliver it. Ice Beam can be spammed over and over again.

  • Best Movesets: Frost Breath + Blizzard or Ice Beam. Blizzard hits harder but Ice Beam hits more often.

  • Counter: Tyrantiar with Bite + Stone Edge.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Moltres?

Moltres is a Flying/Fire type, just like Charizard, but with a CP that can reach over 3000. It currently doesn’t have any Flying-type movesets assigned to it, but it has Fire Spin + Overheat, which is the best Fire-type moveset in the game. That makes Moltres, essentially, a super-Charizard. Use it to burn Bugs Grass-types down to ash.

  • Best Movesets: Fire Spin + Overheat. It’s not fast but it hits like the inferno.

  • Counter: Golem with Rock Throw + Stone Edge or Tyranitar with Bite + Stone Edge.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Zapdos?

Zapdos is a mixed blessing. It has better stats than any previous Electric-type in the game… but it doesn’t have access to movesets that would really push it over the top. As it is, Zapdos is Flying/Electric and has a CP that can soar about 3300. For Fast move, all Zapdos has access to is Charge Beam. For Charge Move, Zap Cannon and Thunder, but also Thunderbolt. It’s not Wild Charge, but it’ll do.

  • Best Movesets: Charge Beam + Zap Cannon. It’l still light up water types.

  • Counter: Golem with Rock Throw + Stone Edge or Tyranitar with Bite + Stone Edge.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Slacking?

Slaking would have had a CP that soared over 5000 — Five. Thousand. — but Pokémon Go nerfed it hard before releasing it as part of Gen 3. Still, with a new maximum of 4548 CP, Slaking climbs to the top of the Empire State Building and swats at the puny biplanes of every other Pokémon in the game. To balance things out, though, Pokémon Go have given Slaking the zero-damage Yawn as its one and only quick move. And that means that while Slaking looks impressive, it can’t really attack and can’t really defend. Thus, the biggest mon of them all is relegated to showpiece status in the current game.

  • Attack: Yawn with Hyper Beam. If you can dodge long enough to actually charge it up and get it off. And it’s a big “if”.
  • Defense: Yawn with Play Rough. Because it has a slightly higher chance of being charged up and set off before Slaking goes down hard.

  • Counter: Machamp or Hariyama with Counter + Dynamic Punch.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Tyranitar?

Tyranitar once soared to the top of Gyms, even higher than Dragonite, based on its matchless CP. Now that any CP over 3000 is actively punished in Gyms, Tyranitar and it’s severe weakness to Fighting moves has made it less of a defender and more of an attacker. You can still put a 2999 or lower CP Tyranitar in a Gym, but you really want to max out double Dark Tyranitar to take out Psychics in Raid Battles. Including, one day, Mew and Mewtwo.

  • Attack: Bite with Crunch. Same type attack bonus (STAB) and super-effective against Psychics gives Crunch the double-dark win. Also, Bite with Stone Edge against Fire, Electric, and Poison types.
  • Defense: Iron Tail with Crunch. Outputs more damage, more quickly, even in bad matchups.

  • Counter: Machamp or Hariyama with Counter + Dynamic Punch. Goes through Tyranitar like Bruce Lee through a wooden board.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Dragonite?

High CP now hurts Dragonite on Gym defense, thanks to the new system that punishes anything over 3000. A 2999 Dragonite or lower Dragonite can still fill a Gym slot but its loss of position and its double weakness to Ice moves has pushed it into an attacking role where it remains the best generalist in the game.

  • Attack: Dragon Tail with Outrage. Tail does a lot of damage fast, Outrage just does a lot of damage. Also, Dragon Tail with Hurricane against Machamp.
  • Defense: Dragon Tail with Outrage. Same as above. Damage. Damage. Damage.

  • Counter: Lapras or Articuno with Frost Breath and Blizzard. Ice is a Dragonite’s worst enemy.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Snorlax?

Snorlax isn’t just a tank. It’s mega-tank and that hasn’t changed with the update. For defense, though, you now need Snorlax under 3000 CP or you can literally see them draining away. Even CP-hobbled, Snorlax can take a beating while dishing out damage and that means anyone who goes up against one is in for a tough battle.

  • Attack: Zen Headbutt with Hyper Beam. Not fast but punishing, especially againt it’s main counter, Machamp.
  • Defense: Zen Headbutt with Hyper Beam. Super tough combo. (Legacy: Zen Headbutt with Body Slam, which is harder to dodge.)

  • Counter: Machamp or Hariyama with Counter and Dynamic Punch. Or anything that can do a ton of damage, including Solar Beam, Overheat, or Stone Edge.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Rhydon?

Rhydon received a significant boost in late 2016, with Pokémon Go’s updated formula boosting its potential up above 3000 CP. And now that’s come back to bite it in the horn with the mid-2016 update that punishes high CP in Gyms. Especially given Rhydon’s glass snout against Water and Grass moves. It can still sit in Gyms, sure, but now the primary use for a maxed out Rhydon is as an attacker against Fire and even Lightning Raid Bosses. With Gen 3, it can learn Surf… but why?

  • Attack: Mud Slap with Earthquake. Not the fastest but useful against Fire, Electric, and Poison. Also Mud Slap with Stone Edge against the Flying Fire types.
  • Defense: Mud Slap with Stone Edge. Still not the fastest but lots of damage, especially against those who don’t dodge.

  • Counter: Gyarados or Vaporeon with Hydro Pump or Exeggutor with anything and Solar Beam. They’re plentiful and powerful.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Gyarados?

Gyarados has been reborn! Sure, its first-year launched its CP up above 3000 and gave it a place in the old Gym system. Then it became the first evolved Shiny. But under the new Gym system, it was little more that a bright red bragging right and occasional Bite + Crunch fallback for Tyranitar when facing Focus Blast equipped Raid Bosses.

Pokémon Go is nothing if not constant change, though, and now Gyarados finally has what it’s always needed the most: A water-based quick move with Waterfall. Lightning is still its double kryptonite, but now it’s made up for with the best water attack in the game.

  • Attack: Waterfall with Hydro Pump. King of the water-types, finally! (Also Bite + Crunch as a backup against Lugia, Mewtwo, or other psychic Raid Bosses with Focus Blast.)
  • Defense: Water Fall with Hydro Pump.

  • Counter: Zapdos, Raikou, or Jolteon. Take water, add a spark, watch it sizzle.


What are the best Pokémon Go moveset for Blissey?

Blissey is a tank’s tank. A mega-tank. With MASSIVE amounts of HP. Thanks to the new Gym system, you no longer have Blissey running out the timer to look forward to/worry about, but its sheer defensive capability means if you have one under 3000 CP, it’s still the best Pokémon to fill a Gym slot. (Just get in first because you can only have one per Gym now.) On offense, Blissey can likewise last, but that can mean running out of time against a Raid Boss.

  • Attack: Pound with Hyper Beam. It can take a while but you’ll get through anything.
  • Defense: Zen Headbutt or Pound with Dazzling Gleam. Dazzling Gleam is harder to dodge than Hyper Beam, making Blissey even more frustrating. But really, any Blissey moveset works on defense.

  • Counter: Machamp or Hariyama with Counter and Dynamic Punch. Or anything that can do a ton of damage, including Solar Beam, Overheat, or Stone Edge.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Vaporeon?

Eevee are so common in some areas that almost everyone has access to a high-level Vaporeon or several. Since it can only barely get to 3000 CP, there’s even a chance your maxed out Vape is still viable in the new system. While it’s still double weak against Grass, it also still got a lot of power behind it. That’s even more true on attack, where it can hurt the Fire type Raid Bosses and blast into Tyranitar.

  • Attack: Water Gun with Hydro Pump. Fast jab, devastating uppercut. Especially good against Rhydon and Tyranitar.
  • Defense: Water Gun with Aqua Tail. Also fast and frequent enough it can force more dodging — or damage.

  • Counter: Exeggutor with Extrasensory (Legacy: Zen Headbutt) and Solar Beam. (I also like Zapdos, Raikou, and Jolteon because they multitask against Gyarados.)


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Machamp?

Machamp is the Blissey-breaker. The Snorlax-crusher. Tyranitar’s Bane. With one early 2017 update, Pokémon Go plucked Machamp out of the also-rans and gave it a moveset that redefined the meta. With the new, sub-3000 Gym reality, you can use Machamp on defense. But it’d be a waste. Not only does an attack Machamp do serious damage to Snorlax, Blissey, and even Lapras, it does devastating damage to Tyranitar… if it has the right moveset:

  • Attack: Counter with Dynamic Punch. It hurts many of the big defenders, including Snorlax and Lapras, and devastates Tyranitar.
  • Defense: Counter with Dynamic Punch. But you shouldn’t be defending with Machamp anyway.

  • Counter: Espeon, Alakazam, or Exeggutor — anything Psychic and tough, really. Also Dragon Tail + Hurricane Dragonite.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Lapras?

Lapras… what a life! The late 2016 update skyrocketed other Pokémon ahead of it on the CP charts, and the early 2017 update sent Lapras tumbling down. Now, the mid-2017 update has made under 3000 CP the new sweet-spot for Lapras, and it’s back in the game. Of course, Lapras still one thing best — knocks out Dragonites… if it has the right moves.

  • Attack: Frost Breath with Blizzard. You get STAB and you get to shred Dragonite.
  • Defense: Frost Breath with Blizzard or Hydro Pump. The former annoys Dragonite, the latter surprises people not expecting a Vaporeon-style defender. Once. (Legacy: Ice Shard with Blizzard or Ice Beam.)

  • Counter: Machamp. Very few things can take Dynamic Punch hurt. Also, Jolteon or Magneton with Electric movesets.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Golem?

Golem has become relevant again, thanks not only to the new Gym system but the new Raid Battles as well. Given that Gyms can only have one of each Pokémon in it, and Pokémon are punished for being over 3000 CP, Golem at just below 3000 is a fine choice as a defender. It’s like a mini-Rhydon without as many weaknesses. Better, though, thanks to its resistance, Golem is now really good for Raids against Fire and Electric types. And yes, that includes the Legendary Birds and Beasts. You just need the right movesets.

  • Attack: Rock Smash with Stone Edge. Not the fastest but useful againt Charizard, Arcanine, Flareon, and Jolteon.
  • Defense: Rock Smash with Stone Edge.

  • Counter: Gyarados or Vaporeon with Hydro Pump or Exeggutor with anything and Solar Beam. They’re plentiful and powerful.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Alakazam?

Alakazam was once the more most brutal, if glass-jawed, Pokémon in the game. Then the great moveset rebalance with the launch of Gen 2 depowered (nerfed) him hard. Alakazam may not be what it once was, but thanks to the new Gym system, at least its CP no longer holds it back as a defender. And given some Raid Bosses weakness to psychic moves, and Alakazam’s still respectable ability to deal damage, it’s regained its place as an attacker — and it’s one of the few things that can’t really hurt the big fighters, like Machamp.

  • Attack: Confusion + Futuresight. Lots of damage and little ability to resist it. Especially against Machamp.
  • Defense: Confusion + Futuresight. Same.

  • Counter: Tyranitar with Bite + Crunch. Dark STAB and super effective is devastating.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Flareon?

Flareon was all but forgotten thanks to the big Fire-type depowering (nerfing) of late 2016. With the advent of Blissey, though, Flareon’s powerful Overheat move began to make a comeback. Now, with the new Gym system, Flareon’s CP is no longer a deal breaker and Overheat has become a Grass-type burner against several of the Raid Bosses, including Venosaur and Exeggutor. It’s overshadowed by Moltres and Entei, but also plentiful enough that it can still fill Gyms or round-out teams.

  • Attack: Fire Spin + Overheat. It takes a while to charge but it’s a blast furnace when unleashed against Venusaur and it’s Grassy kind.
  • Defense: Fire Spin + Flamethrower. Double charge move can be used more often than single.

  • Counter: Golem with Rock Throw + Stone Edge. Rock beats fire.

What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Jolteon?

Thanks to the new, sub-3000 Gym system, Jolteon can be used in defense if you really want to. Where Jolteon still excels, though, is on attack. Against Water types, including Raid Bosses. It may note be as critically important in an era where Gyarados, which it best counters, don’t sit aplenty in every Gyms, but it’ll still help take out water-types in a Raid. Sure, Zapdos and Raikou are the new top shockers in town, but Jolteon can fill a Gym slot or round out a team if and when needed.

  • Attack: Thundershock and Thunderbolt. It absolutely electrocutes Gyarados and short-circuits Lapras, Blastoise, and Vaporeon.
  • Defense: Volt Switch with Thunderbolt or Discharge.

  • Counter: Groudon or Rhydon with Earthquake. They’re not just monsters, but monsters that take advantage of Jolteon’s weakness to Ground-types.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Exeggutor?

Exeggutor is back, baby! Knocked out of Gyms by the CP rebalance at the end of 2016, the new CP cap in mid-2017 has given its defense game new life. On top of that, its combination of Solar Beam and toughness make for a lethal attacker against many of the toughest defenders in Gyms, even Blissey. But wait, there’s more: It’ll hurt any Raid Boss that’s weak against Grass, including Rhydon and Blastoise, and those weak against Psychic, including Machamp.

  • Attack: Extra Sensory (legacy: Confusion or Zen Headbutt) and Solar Beam. Solar Beam. It brings down the power of the sun.
  • Defense: Extra Sensory with Solar Beam (legacy: Confusion with Seed Bomb). But the CP just isn’t there for it to be a real defender.

  • Counter: Dragonite with Dragon Tail and Outrage. Also, anything with Fire Spin and Overheat.


How about that cheat sheet again?

For the Legendary and Mythical Pokémon:

Legendary Attack Defense
Articuno Frost Breath + Blizzard or Ice Beam Frost Breath + Blizzard or Ice Beam
Zapdos Charge Beam + Thunder Bolt Charge Beam + Thunder Bolt
Moltres Fire Spin + Overheat Fire Spin + Overheat
Mewtwo Confusion + Psychic Confusion + Shadow Ball
Mew Pound + Solar Beam or Focus Blast Pound + Solar Beam
Raikou Thunder Shock + Wild Charge Volt Switch + Wild Charge
Entei Fire Spin + Overheat Fire Spin + Overheat
Sicune Extrasensory + Hydro Pump Extrasensory + Hydro Pump
Lugia Extrasensory + Future Sight Extrasensory + Future Sight
Ho-Oh Extrasensory + Solar Beam Extrasensory + Fire Blast or Solar Beam
Celebi Confusion + Hyper Beam Confusion + Dazzling Gleam
Regirock Rock Throw + Stone Edge Rock Smash + Focus Blast
Regice Frost Breath + Blizzard Rock Smash + Blizzard
Registeel Metal Claw + Hyper Beam Rock Smash + Hyper Beam
Latias Dragon Breath + Dragon Claw Dragon Breath + Dragon Claw
Latio Dragon Breath + Solar Beam Zen Headbutt + Solar Beam
Kyogre Waterfall + Hydro Pump Waterfall + Hydro Pump
Groudon Mud Shot + Earthquake Mud Shot + Solar Beam
Rayquaza Dragon Tail + Outrage Dragon Tail + Outrage
Jirachi Confusion + Doom Desire Confusion + Dazzling Gleam
Deoxys Zen Headbutt + Zap Cannon Zen Heabutt + Zap Cannon

And for the non-Legendary Pokémon:

Pokémon Attack Defense
Slaking Yawn + Hyper Beam Yawn + Play Rough
Tyranitar Bite + Crunch Iron Tail + Crunch
Metagross Bullet Punch + Flash Cannon Zen Headbutt + Flash Canon
Dragonite Dragon Tail + Outrage Dragon Tail + Outrage
Salamence Dragon Tail + Draco Meteor Dragon Tail + Draco Meteor
Snorlax Zen Headbutt + Hyper Beam Zen Headbutt + Hyper Beam
(Zen Headbutt + Body Slam)
Rhydon Mud Slap + Stone Edge Mud Slap + Stone Edge
Gyarados Waterfall + Hydro Pump or Outrage Waterfall + Hydro Pump
Blissey Zen Headbutt + Hyper Beam Pound + Dazzling Gleam
Vaporeon Water Gun + Hydro Pump Water Gun + Aqua Tail
Donphan Counter + Earthquake Counter + Rough Play
Aggron Iron Tail + Heavy Slam Iron Tail + Heavy Slam
Espeon Confusion + Future Sight Confusion or Zen Headbutt + Psybeam
Milotic Waterfall + Surf Waterfall + Surf
Gardevoir Confusion + Dazzling Gleam
Heracross Counter + Close Combat Struggle Bug + Close Combat
Golem Rock Throw + Stone Edge Rock Throw + Stone Edge
Exeggutor Extrasensory + Solar Beam Extrasensory + Solar Beam
Flareon Fire Spin + Overheat Fire Spin + Flame Thrower
Machamp Counter + Dynamic Punch Counter + Dynamic Punch
Alakazam Confusion + Future Sight Confusion + Shadow Ball
(Dazzling Gleam)
Arcanine Fire Fang + Fire Blast Snarl + Fire Blast
Swampert Water Gun + Surf Water Gun + Surf
Scizor Bullet Punch + Iron Head Bullet Punch + Iron Head
Pinser Bug Bite + X-Scissor Rock Smash + Scissor
Hariyama Counter + Dynamic Punch Counter + Dynamic Punch
Usaring Counter + Hyper Beam Counter + Hyper Beam
Jolteon Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt Volt Switch + Discharge or Thunderbolt
Feraligatr Water Gun + Hydro Pump Water Gun + Ice Beam
Muk Poison Jab + Gunk Shot Poison Jab + Gunk Shot
Amphoros Charge Beam + Zap Cannon Volt Switch + Zap Cannon
Kingler Bubble + Water Pulse Bubble + Water Pulse
Charizard Fire Sping + Overheat Fire Sping + Overheat
Typhlosion Ember + Overheat Ember + Overheat
Omastar Water Gun + Rock Blast
(Rock Throw + Rock Slide)
Water Gun + Rock Blast
(Rock Throw + Rock Slide)
Armaldo Fury Cutter + Rock Blast Struggle Bug + Rock Blast
Blaziken Counter + Overheat Firespin + Overheat
Gengar Hex + Shadowball
(Shadow Claw + Shadow Ball)
Hex + Sludge Bomb
(Shadow Claw + Sludge Bomb)
Aerodactyl Steel Wing + Hyper Beam Steel Wing + Ancient Power
Walrein Frost Breath + Blizzard Frost Breath + Blizzard
Lapras Frost Breath + Blizzard Frost Breath + Blizzard
Sceptile Bullet Seed + Leaf Blade Bullet Seed + Leaf Blade
Venusaur Vine Whip + Solar Beam Razor Leaf + Solar Beam

Your best Pokémon Go movesets?

These are the best Pokémon Go movesets I’ve seen for the toughest Pokémon and best counters currently in the game. If you have a favorite, then let me know what it is and what moveset you is best for it!

Updated June 2017 Pokémon Go has changed the way Gyms work, added Raid Battels and Raid Bosses, and introduced Technical Machines (TM) that let you re-roll movesets. Yeah, it’s a whole new game and the list has been updated to reflect it!

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