It doesn’t matter if it’s in the main series game or Pokemon GO, Salamence is always a force to be reckoned with in any format.
As for Pokemon GO, its offensive abilities are surpassed by the most respected legendary Dragons roaming the Ultra League and Master League. With 277 Attack, Salamence is stronger than even Dragonite, another dominant dragon-type Pokemon. Not only is he strong, but 221 Stamina will allow him to receive a decent amount of hits without serious loss of health. Any coach with Salamence and this move moves towards more PvP victories.
Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinion of the writer.
What should this Pokemon use to dominate PvP?
Dragon Tail, probably the best dragon guy in the game, should be the main thing for any Salamence. Very few other moves will match the output damage of 15 plus STAB. It is also decently fast (1100ms), which is not typical of other fast moves with great damage in the game. In addition, it charges 8.2 energies.
Salamence’s best move is Outrage, but it requires EliteTM. Outrage is a phenomenal move, because it has 110 base powers, it only needs 50 energy to use it and is located in the moving pools of many strong dragon-type Pokemon like Salamence. Given that his other charging moves are Fire Blast, Hydro Pump and Draco Meteor, Outrage is the only inexpensive option in terms of energy.
Of course, not every coach is on hand for EliteTM. In this case, Draco Meteor is a nice replacement. Despite the cost of energy, it is still an incredibly punishing attack. If trainers are seriously using Salamence to go far in PvP, it might be worth waiting to get an EliteTM. Salamence becomes more and more powerful with Indignation.
The other move that Salamence really wants is Fire Blast. It’s not the best option, but it allows Salamence to deal with it Steel-type Pokemon, which are a common safe substitute for Salamence’s Dragon attacks. This move could provide Salamence with favorable matches against Pokemon Metagross and Magnezone.