How to Beat Machamp in Pokémon Go

Lits of Machamp Counterpicks in Pokémon Go
Last updated & Improved: 20.09.2016.
Quick Move:
Wing Attack
Special Move:
Hurricane
Quick Move:
Wing Attack
Special Move:
Fire Blast
Quick Move:
Zen Headbutt
Special Move:
Psychic
Quick Move:
Zen Headbutt
Special Move:
Psychic
Quick Move:
Zen Headbutt
Special Move:
Solar Beam
Quick Move:
Confusion
Special Move:
Psychic
Quick Move:
Confusion
Special Move:
Solar Beam
Quick Move:
Confusion
Special Move:
Psychic
Quick Move:
Confusion
Special Move:
Psychic
Quick Move:
Steel Wing
Special Move:
Hurricane
Quick Move:
Ice Shard
Special Move:
Blizzard
Quick Move:
Frost Breath
Special Move:
Blizzard
Quick Move:
Water Gun
Special Move:
Psychic
Quick Move:
Psycho Cut
Special Move:
Psychic
Quick Move:
Pound
Special Move:
Moonblast



Machamp is the strongest Fighting Type Gym Defender in Pokémon Go.

Machamp is Fighting Type Pokémon with average HP and very strong Attacks.
Machamp with Karate Chop and Cross Chop Attacks combination simply destroys Normal Type Pokémon and because of that they were all excluded from Machamp counters list. The only exception to this rule is Pidgeot who is Normal / Flying Pokémon and receives 1x damage from Machamp (1.25x x 0.8x).

List of Machamp counters is filled up with Psychic Type Pokémon since they receive 0.8x from Machamp's Fighting Attacks, but their Psychic Attacks are super effective against Machamp at the same time.

* European Trainers might consider adding Mr. Mime with Zen Headbutt / Confusion as Quick Move and Psychic as Special Move to this list.
Mr. Mime receives only 0.64x dmg from Machamp's Fighting Type Attacks, and overpowers his other potential Attacks...

How Did We Select Pokémon Counterpicks?


There are 18 damage-type groups in Pokémon Go (like Water, Grass, Ice, Fire, Rock, etc...)
Every Pokémon has 1 or 2 Types.
Every Pokémon has 2 Attacks - Quick Move and Special Move.
Based on Pokémon Type and Attack Types it has - every Pokémon in Pokémon Go has it's strengths and weaknesses.

We developed ranking algorithms that create Pokémon counterpick lists based on:
1. Type(s) of Attacking Pokémon
2. Attack Types of Attacking Pokémon
3. Attacking Pokémon DPS (Damage per Second)
4. Type(s) of Defending Pokémon
5. Potential Attack Types of Defending Pokémon
6. Defending Pokémon DPS
* We have excluded legendary Pokémon (Mewtwo, Mew, Moltres, Articuno and Zapdos) from results because they are not available to all Pokémon Go players.

We spent over 2 month developing this tool (July and August 2016.)
The first algorithm we developed back in August was ok for the first version of tool but it wasn't what we really wanted...
Because of that algorithms were re-developed from scratch around September 1st 2016. and we are updating/improving counterpick lists on daily basis since then.