Not every Pokémon in Pokémon Go has proven to be an ideal choice for your list. Everything falls into Pokémon’s stats and moves. Mienshao has problems with the set of moves, especially with the fast move, and the statistics are fine. The big problem is the movement set, which may change in the future. Right now you can’t get a shiny Mienshao type, you can only capture his basic form, Mienfoo, in the Battle League and we’ve introduced the best set of moves. While Mienshao doesn’t become a heavy hitter in PvP, it’s a good choice to see some use in specific Pokémon Go teams.
Mienshao is a fighting Pokémon. It is weak for Fairy, Flying and Psychic movements, but is resistant to Bug, Dark and Rock attacks. These typifications are important to remember because Mienshao has the best set of moves. We have found that of all the moves he can learn, his fast movement, poisonous blow, is the best choice, while the best charged moves break the brick and the edge of the stone. Poison jab is a problematic fast move because it is super effective against Fairy and Grass types. The first is effective against Mienshao.
The only alternative that Mienshao offers for fast movement is a low kick, which is never a good choice, even though it is a Fighting type and for Mienshao it gets a STAB modifier. It’s stuck in this strange place where you have to use poison poisoning because there is no better alternative. Poison jab deals 6 damage and generates 3.5 energy per round, deals 3 damage per round and completes the attack in 2 turns. It’s a quick and fast move, which is great, but writing poison makes it a free choice.
Normally, as a Fighting type, you want to use Mienshao against Dark, Ice, Normal, Rock or Steel types, but you can’t use them too often against Steel types with their fast movement. While its charged moves equal it to breaking bricks, a quick move can be crucial when defeating a Pokémon. If Mienshao receives another quick move to his attack pool, it could turn out to be a big change in the game. Still, it’s an average Pokémon, even with the added buff that Niantic poisoned during the Battle League 8 season.
We don’t want to call Mienshao a bad Pokémon. It’s not terrible. But the fast movement of the Jed type brings him into a strange space. We believe it could be used in extremely specific Pokémon teams in the Battle League, so if you plan to use it, we recommend using Mienshao for specific Pokémon, such as Grass, Ice, Rock, Fire or Bug.