- Boosts power of Bug-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
- Attack is increased by 50% when afflicted with status.
- Boosts Attack by one stage if the wielder knocks out another Pokemon.
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Heracross has a solid Attack stat, and is famous for its dual 120 Base Power STAB moves in Close Combat and Megahorn, allowing it to hit a wide range of types very hard. It also has few weaknesses to common attacking types in Ubers, while possessing resistances to Dark-, Fighting-, and Ground-type moves. Due to these resistances and its super effective STAB, Heracross is also a picture-perfect Darkrai counter, while retaining usability outside of that role. Its STAB Megahorn hits the many Psychic-types of the Uber metagame for super effective damage, allowing Heracross to become a reliable revenge killer when given a Choice Scarf. However, due to the high Speed and defenses of the Pokemon in the Uber metagame, Heracross tends to have to run a Choice set to perform well.
A Choice Scarf allows Heracross to outspeed almost all Pokemon in Ubers outside of other Scarf users, while dealing excellent damage with its dual 120 Base Power STAB attacks. Megahorn OHKOes Psychic-types such as Mewtwo and Latios, while Close Combat does excellent neutral damage to many Dragon-types, and hits Steel-types quite hard, especially with a Guts boost, making Heracross a good check to Steel Arceus as well. Stone Edge maims the many Flying-types that resist Heracross's STAB moves, and allows it to serve as an effective check to Ho-Oh. Sleep Talk allows Heracross to easily switch into Darkrai's Dark Void and eliminate it with a Guts boost.
This set makes one of the best switch-ins to Darkrai available. Heracross can easily take any move Darkrai commonly uses, and can outspeed and OHKO it with its STAB attacks. Heracross's excellent ability in Guts even gives it an Attack boost from Dark Void, allowing Heracross to do even more damage while absorbing sleep. Choice Scarf Heracross is also one of the few Pokemon that can put an immediate stop to Calm Mind Mewtwo, easily OHKOing it with its STAB Megahorn.
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A Choice Band allows Heracross to hit extremely hard, especially after a Guts boost, OHKOing many frailer Pokemon in the Uber metagame with its dual 120 Base Power STAB moves. Sleep Talk means Choice Band Heracross can switch into Darkrai just as freely as the Choice Scarf set, and deal heavy damage with a Guts boost from Dark Void, OHKOing it even with Stone Edge if an Adamant nature is used. Heracross can also take a Will-O-Wisp from Giratina or physically defensive Mewtwo, and punish them with Night Slash or Megahorn. Stone Edge hits Flying-types very hard, allowing Heracross to OHKO Lugia with a Guts boost. However, Heracross is slow and susceptible to many strong attacks in the Uber tier, so it might be forced to switch out after taking down a wall, or risk getting KOed.
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Heracross generally has few options outside of those listed, as it doesn't receive many moves that cover the gaps in its dual STAB coverage. Heracross can use a Life Orb instead of a Choice Band to retain the ability to switch attacks, but it doesn't allow it to hit hard enough to do significant damage. A Flame Orb or Toxic Orb can be used instead of a Choice Band, but Heracross won't like the extra damage each turn, especially with its only middling bulk by Ubers standards. Swords Dance can be used to sharply boost Heracross's Attack, but with its low Speed and only reasonable defenses, Heracross will likely be forced to switch out after KOing something, reducing such a set's effectiveness.
Heracross receives Moxie from the Dream World, which raises its Attack one stage after KOing a Pokemon. On a Choice Band set, this is near useless, as Guts is a far more dependable boost, and Heracross is generally too slow to take advantage of the Attack boost. However, a Choice Scarf set can use it to great effect, maintaining its ability to KO Darkrai and Psychic-types while also being an excellent late-game cleaner with its excellent Speed and consecutive Attack boosts. It does mean Heracross loses a possible Guts boost from Dark Void or another status condition, but after one KO, Heracross's Attack will be what it would be with a Guts boost, and only increases with subsequent kills, making it quite difficult to stop it from sweeping a weakened team.
Checks and Counters
Unfortunately, Heracross has a very long list of counters, and this can be taken advantage of with its need to run a Choice set, allowing something to set up on a weak or ineffective move. Giratina can easily take both of Heracross's STAB moves, but must beware of a Guts-boosted Night Slash, which will 2HKO it. Giratina-O can also take Heracross's STAB moves, but takes much more damage from Night Slash. Flying-types resist Heracross's STAB attacks, but Lugia is neutral to Megahorn, and is OHKOed by a Choice Band Stone Edge or Megahorn with a Guts boost after Stealth Rock damage. Ho-Oh walls both of Heracross's STAB attacks, but has to watch out for Stone Edge. Fire-types such as Reshiram resist Megahorn and can switch in on it easily and threaten Heracross with their STAB attacks, or set up. Heracross can't survive many strong neutral attacks without significant EV investment, which is difficult to do without sacrificing Heracross's power or good Speed, so it's susceptible to attacks from strong sweepers that can take a Megahorn or Close Combat, or fast sweepers that outspeed it.