Palkia

Pressure
Enemy attacks lose one extra PP. Increases wild encounter rate.
Telepathy
Does not take damage from allies' attacks.
Type Tier
Water / Dragon Uber
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
90
- 165 197 -
Atk
120
126 140 172 189
Def
100
108 120 152 167
SpA
150
153 170 202 222
SpD
120
126 140 172 189
Spe
100
108 120 152 167
  • Uber

Overview

Palkia is an incredibly dangerous and versatile threat in the Uber tier. Its great Dragon / Water typing and decent special bulk allow it to serve as one of the game's premiere offensive Kyogre counters, while its high base 100 Speed allows it to revenge kill a majority of the metagame's top sweepers, including Dragon Dance Rayquaza and Mewtwo. Between its crushing offensive stats, nearly unresisted STAB typing, and brilliant movepool, it can glue many teams together, and tear just as many apart. Do not expect your team to get far if you lack a solid plan for Palkia.

Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Hasty / Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Spacial Rend / Draco Meteor
~ Surf
~ Thunder
~ Outrage / Fire Blast / Draco Meteor
4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Palkia's trademark set returns for another round in the treacherous Uber tier. With a Choice Scarf attached it reaches 492 Speed and becomes one of the game's premiere revenge killers, able to reliably take out threats such as Dragon Dance Rayquaza, Haxorus, Darkrai, Latias, Latios, and Flame Charge Reshiram. Palkia can fit into virtually any team lacking a revenge killer, reliable Kyogre switch-in, or just a fast, hard-hitting attacker.

Spacial Rend is your most consistent STAB option, dealing solid damage to anything that doesn't resist it, but Draco Meteor can replace it if your team needs the extra power to OHKO threats such as Darkrai outside of rain, or physically defensive Giratina after Stealth Rock. It should be noted, however, that the Special Attack drop from Draco Meteor makes Palkia setup bait for several sweepers that it cannot revenge kill after a boost, such as Rock Polish Groudon and Extreme Killer Arceus, so make sure you have these threats well covered if Palkia forgoes Spacial Rend. Surf is Palkia's secondary STAB of choice and is easily the most powerful move on the set under the rain, able to 2HKO even Wobbuffet, who normally scoffs at Choice Scarf users. Thunder is a must for dealing with Kyogre and Tail Glow Manaphy, though it is also Palkia's best option for hurting Lugia, and the 30% paralysis rate can really come in handy.

The last slot depends on what you need Palkia to do; Outrage allows Palkia to be a respectable physical threat and can help in dealing with Calm Mind users and Latias, while Fire Blast lets it take out Steel-types that come in to wall Spacial Rend or Draco Meteor, and also receives a pseudo-STAB boost in the sun. Again, Draco Meteor is an option if you do not need the extra coverage or mixed capability, but often find yourself needing a bit more power.

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Name Item Nature

Specially Based Mix

Lustrous Orb / Haban Berry / Life Orb Hasty
Moveset EVs
~ Surf
~ Spacial Rend
~ Aqua Tail / Outrage
~ Thunder / Fire Blast
4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

With Kyogre support, Palkia can be a formidable mixed attacker. In the rain, STAB Surf becomes absurdly powerful, especially when further boosted by Lustrous Orb. Spacial Rend complements Surf well, hitting everything commonly seen bar Ferrothorn for at least neutral damage, and easily 3HKOing any Groudon coming in to remove Palkia's rain. Aqua Tail always 2HKOes Bold 4 HP Eviolite Chansey after Stealth Rock, provided the rain is up, but Outrage is a solid replacement that lessens this Palkia's dependence on weather, and lets it beat Ho-Oh in the sun. Running Thunder in the last slot lets Palkia check Kyogre and pairs well with Aqua Tail, but Fire Blast grants it great sweeping coverage rain or shine, and is generally the better option when using Outrage. So long as Palkia is holding Lustrous Orb, Outrage provides a way of 2HKOing even max HP Kyogre after Stealth Rock, while Fire Blast can deal with common Steel-types such as Forretress and Ferrothorn.

The item choice is key in determining how this set will be used. Lustrous Orb is usually the most consistent option, boosting Palkia's STAB Water- and Dragon-type attacks by 20% with no drawbacks. Haban Berry removes Palkia's lone Dragon-type weakness for a turn, and can quickly turn the tides on would-be revenge killers, including opposing Choice Scarf Palkia, Latias, Latios, and Garchomp, as it keeps their Dragon Claw, Dragon Pulse, and Spacial Rend well out of OHKO range. Lastly, Life Orb boosts all of Palkia's moves—as opposed to just its STAB attacks—by a factor of 1.3, but without the ability to bluff a Choice item or thwart potential revenge killers, the set is better used as a wallbreaker or late-game cleaner.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Specs

Choice Specs Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Draco Meteor
~ Hydro Pump / Surf
~ Spacial Rend
~ Thunder / Fire Blast
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

With Choice Specs equipped Palkia's Special Attack soars to a massive 598, letting its powerful boosted Draco Meteor and Hydro Pump plow through some of its usual checks. Though Dialga and Reshiram may come to mind first when thinking of Dragon-type candidates for running Choice Specs, it is important to note that Palkia has better STAB attacks to work with than Dialga, lacks Reshiram's Stealth Rock weakness, and possesses much higher Speed than both of them.

Choice Specs-boosted Draco Meteor is every bit as powerful as it sounds, and not many things can avoid the 2HKO. With Kyogre support STAB Hydro Pump gets a huge boost in power and the type coverage complements Draco Meteor fairly well. Spacial Rend is a must for consistency, and the bite it packs alone can be surprising; specially defensive Groudon, Max HP Kyogre, offensive Ho-Oh, and Wobbuffet are all 2HKOed by it with Stealth Rock damage alone. The last slot depends on what you need Palkia to cover; Thunder maims Kyogre and Lugia, but Fire Blast takes out Steel-types, most notably Ferrothorn. Surf can replace Hydro Pump if you are concerned about accuracy, but the power drop can let you down at times.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Nature

Blissey Boxer

Leftovers / Expert Belt Hasty
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Focus Punch
~ Spacial Rend
~ Thunder / Fire Blast / Surf
100 Atk / 156 SpA / 252 Spe

Considering the many switches Palkia tends to cause, it has plenty of opportunities to set up a Substitute and proceed to wreak havoc. Chansey and Ferrothorn, Palkia's greatest enemies, are 2HKOed by Focus Punch with the given EVs, while Spacial Rend takes a bite out of nearly everything else. Thunder is generally the best choice for the last slot for the purpose of dealing with Kyogre and Lugia, but both Fire Blast and Surf are viable with the right weather support.

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Name Item Nature

Physically Based Mix

Lustrous Orb / Life Orb Hasty
Moveset EVs
~ Aqua Tail
~ Outrage
~ Spacial Rend / Draco Meteor
~ Fire Blast / Thunder
252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe

This is another take on mixed Palkia, taking advantage of Palkia's physical options to overcome some of its usual counters. Aqua Tail now snags an assured 2HKO on 4 HP / 252 Def Bold Eviolite Chansey under the rain, as well as max HP Tyranitar in sandstorm, which Surf cannot accomplish. With a physical spread and Lustrous Orb backing it, Outrage will 2HKO even the bulkiest Kyogre, meaning Palkia can still reliably check it. Spacial Rend is still preferred for consistency, but Draco Meteor can be used to blast a hole in walls such as Groudon and Giratina. As a plus, the Special Attack drop is not as bothersome as it is on other sets due to this set's physical gearing. Lastly, Fire Blast takes out Steel-types, while Thunder hurts Kyogre without resorting to Outrage, and is also your best option against Lugia and the rare Flying Arceus.

Lustrous Orb is again the preferred option to boost Palkia's already deadly STAB moves without suffering recoil damage, though Life Orb is an option if you want more power.

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Other Options

Palkia can run a Choice Band set, but it is largely outclassed by Garchomp who has higher Attack and Speed. A Bulk Up set with Outrage and Aqua Tail is possible, but Dialga makes a better defensive booster and Garchomp again competes with it in the offensive sweeper role. Palkia has access to Dragon Tail but generally has better things to do. Fire Blast can replace Surf on any set if your team favors sunny weather. If Ho-Oh is a major concern, Power Gem can be used to OHKO it, but it serves little purpose elsewhere; in the same vein, Aura Sphere is always an option to 2HKO Extreme Killer Arceus, but the coverage from the moves listed is better.

Checks and Counters

Palkia is far too versatile to have a strict counter, as it can almost always beat its checks with the right move. That being said, there are a few Pokemon that typically can take it on. Ferrothorn and Chansey are the biggest thorns in Palkia's side as they can take almost anything it has to offer, though the former must be wary of Fire Blast, and Choice Specs and rain-boosted Hydro Pump can threaten both of them with prior damage and hazards. Under the sun, Ho-Oh can take any of Palkia's special attacks and stall it out with Roost or Recover, though Outrage will certainly dent it. Bulky Steel-types such as Scizor, Jirachi, and Steel Arceus can tank Palkia's Spacial Rend and Outrage, and retaliate with U-turn or status. A specially defensive Groudon serves as a great check to any physically inclined set thanks to Drought. Lugia can be a good switch-in, but hates Thunder and does not like paralysis at all. Choice Scarf Garchomp can revenge kill any Palkia not holding a Haban Berry with Outrage. Non-Choice Scarf Palkia is vulnerable to slower Dragon-types wielding a Choice Scarf, such as Zekrom and Reshiram. Dialga is a shaky check, as Palkia cannot OHKO it without the use of Choice Specs, while Dialga can OHKO back with Draco Meteor. In the rain, Kingdra can outspeed any variant of Palkia and KO it with Outrage or Draco Meteor. As with most Choice users, Wobbuffet can trap and revenge kill Palkia with either Counter or Mirror Coat.