Porygon-Z

Adaptability
The wielder's STAB modifier becomes 2x.
Download
The wielder gets a stat boost depending on its opponent's stats.
Analytic
Raises the power of all moves by 30% if the wielder moves last.
Type Tier
Normal UU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
85
- 160 192 -
Atk
80
90 100 132 145
Def
70
81 90 122 134
SpA
135
139 155 187 205
SpD
75
85 95 127 139
Spe
90
99 110 142 156

Overview

Porygon-Z remains much the same as it was in BW, as it received nothing new in the transition to BW2. Unlike its younger brother Porygon2, Porygon-Z is made for sweeping, as its above-average offensive stats tower over its meager defensive stats. However, Porygon-Z is still overlooked for more powerful or faster sweepers such as Chandelure or Raikou despite having everything it needs to be a top-tier threat. With access to Agility, Nasty Plot, and two very useful abilities in Adaptability and Download, Porygon-Z is one of the underrated threats in the Underused tier, and should always be considered when building a team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Agility

Life Orb Download Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Agility
~ Tri Attack
~ Dark Pulse
~ Hidden Power Fighting
96 HP / 252 SpA / 160 Spe

Porygon-Z is a great user of Agility, as it allows it to patch up its shanty base 90 Speed stat. With the given EVs a single Agility enables Porygon-Z to outspeed Choice Scarf Mienshao, the fastest Pokemon in the Underused tier. Potentially empowered by a Special Attack boost courtesy of Download, Porygon-Z can become a menace with only a single turn of setup. Tri Attack functions as STAB and carries a handy chance to cause three different types of status: burn, paralysis, and freeze. Dark Pulse is used to hit the Ghost-type Pokemon found throughout the Underused tier such as Mismagius and Cofagrigus for super effective damage, while Hidden Power Fighting rounds off Porygon-Z's coverage, giving a solid super effective hit against Steel-type opponents such as Empoleon and Cobalion. It's all about setting up at the right time with Agility Porygon-Z: it's quite frail, it needs to find a time to set up, and it often needs to get a Download boost to sweep teams if they're not sufficiently weakened. However, once it is properly setup, it is a complete monster.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Adaptability Timid / Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Tri Attack
~ Dark Pulse
~ Hidden Power Fighting
~ Trick
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Much like the Agility set, a Choice Scarf may be used to patch up Porygon-Z's Speed, turning it into an adept revenge killer. However, this set does not sacrifice power as much as the Agility set does, as Adaptability turns Tri Attack into a menacing 160 Base Power move when factoring in STAB. This enables Porygon-Z to muscle its way past just about anything that doesn't resist the powerhouse of a move. Dark Pulse provides coverage against Ghost-types such as Cofagrigus and Froslass, that might attempt to switch in on Tri Attack and begin their setup. Hidden Power Fighting prevents Steel-type Pokemon, such as Registeel and Bisharp, from flat-out walling Porygon-Z. Trick is a sneaky move that cripples slower setup Pokemon such as Bronzong and Gligar, rendering them next to useless throughout the remainder of the match. Because of the sheer power in an Adaptability-boosted Tri Attack, this Porygon-Z variant has the potential to beat its common switch-ins, Porygon2 and Snorlax.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Specs

Choice Specs Adaptability Modest / Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Tri Attack
~ Dark Pulse
~ Hidden Power Fighting
~ Trick
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Sacrificing Speed for immediate power, Choice Specs Porygon-Z functions as one of the tier's best wallbreakers, capable of plowing through the two premier special walls in the tier, Snorlax and Porygon2. With Adaptability, Tri Attack becomes a very powerful move. To show exactly how powerful it is, here's how it fares against some of the specially defensive Pokemon in the Underused tier:

  • Tri Attack vs. 252/80 Porygon2 50.8%-59.89%
  • Tri Attack vs. 208/176+ Snorlax 41.33%-48.73%
  • Tri Attack vs. 252/252+ Umbreon 45.17%-53.29%
  • Tri Attack vs. 248/236+ Zapdos 60.57%-71.54%
  • Tri Attack vs. 252/136+ Roserade 69.75%-82.71%
  • Tri Attack vs. 248/176+ Slowking 53.94%-63.61%

This means that Porygon2, Zapdos, Roserade, and Slowking are all 2HKOed no matter what, and Umbreon is 2HKOed with Stealth Rock on the field. This leaves very few safe switch-ins to Porygon-Z. Dark Pulse annihilates any Ghost-type Pokemon that is gutsy enough to step in front of a Tri Attack, such as Cofagrigus or Sableye, and Hidden Power Fighting rounds off the coverage, reducing Steel-type Pokemon such as Empoleon or Bisharp to dust. Trick is a nasty move that cripples setup sweepers and walls, making them easier for your team to plow through.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Nasty Plot

Life Orb Adaptability Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Nasty Plot
~ Tri Attack
~ Dark Pulse
~ Hidden Power Fighting
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

When Porygon-Z uses Nasty Plot, it brings its Special Attack to levels that even startle Pokemon in the Uber tier, making it one of the most fearsome Pokemon in the Underused tier. Backed by a Nasty Plot boost and Adaptability, Tri Attack performs as a scary-strong STAB move capable of swiftly 2HKOing both Porygon2 and Snorlax. It also provides an easy to spam move, 2HKOing or OHKOing the majority of the Underused tier. Dark Pulse and Hidden Power Fighting provide excellent coverage and dispatch the Ghost- and Steel-type Pokemon such as Cofagrigus or Registeel that would normally scoff at Tri Attack. With them out of the way, Porygon-Z is free to spam Tri Attack and reduce the opposing team to mere ashes.

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Other Options

Porygon-Z has a fairly wide movepool, containing moves such as Psychic, Signal Beam, Thunderbolt, and Shadow Ball, but none of these add any useful coverage, as an Adaptability Tri Attack will be hitting as hard, if not harder, than these four options would in a super effective scenario. Analytic can be used, as Porygon-Z sits at a Speed tier that allows for a decently-sized portion of the tier to outspeed it, but its other abilities Download and Adaptability are usually much better and Porygon-Z lacks the bulk to be attacking last.

Checks and Counters

Beating a set-up Porygon-Z can be rather difficult, as nothing can repeatedly switch in on its barrage of Tri Attacks and coverage moves. One way of beating Porygon-Z is by outspeeding it; Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Mienshao and Choice Scarf Darmanitan outspeed all variants except if it is at +2 Speed and threaten back with Hi Jump Kick and Flare Blitz respectively. Spiritomb functions as a niche counter for Porygon-Z, taking damage from only Dark Pulse or Shadow Ball while threatening back with Pursuit or Sucker Punch. Bisharp resists both Tri Attack and Dark Pulse and can threaten Porygon-Z with a powerful STAB Sucker Punch, but fears Hidden Power Fighting. Snorlax and Porygon2 are capable of stomaching hits from the Agility set, and can even take hits from other sets, but must be wary of Choice Specs or Nasty Plot variants, as they hold the power to 2HKO the specially defensive titans. Umbreon and specially defensive Rhyperior function as decent checks to Porygon-Z, but will eventually fall from the onslaught of attacks if they cannot KO Porygon-Z fast enough.