Altaria

Natural Cure
Cures status on switching out.
Cloud Nine
Blocks the effects of weather.
Type Tier
Dragon / Flying NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
75
- 291 354 -
Atk
70
158 176 239 262
Def
90
194 216 279 306
SpA
70
158 176 239 262
SpD
105
221 246 309 339
Spe
80
176 196 259 284

Overview

Altaria seems like a great choice in a tier with few Dragon-type Pokemon. However, past its appealing defensive stats, there is little incentive to use it. Altaria has horrible weaknesses to Rock- and Ice-type attacks that curb its otherwise great bulk immensely. A Dragon Dance set with Altaria seems promising, but then you compare it to Fraxure and Dragonair, and it simply pales in comparison; Fraxure has more power, whilst Dragonair has ExtremeSpeed and isn't weak to Stealth Rock. Still, Altaria does have unique access to supportive and defensive options such as Heal Bell and Roost, as well as Leftovers (as its competition needs Eviolite to function). It's also the only specially based Dragon-type Pokemon in NU, and powerful moves such as Draco Meteor and Fire Blast make up for its poor offensive stats. Overall though, Altaria is still a rather lackluster choice.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Specs

Choice Specs Natural Cure Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Draco Meteor
~ Fire Blast
~ Dragon Pulse
~ Rest
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Generally considered to be Altaria's best set, Choice Specs allows it to fully utilize Draco Meteor's huge 140 Base Power (210 including STAB) to power through much of the tier. Altaria's good natural bulk allows it to switch in quite easily, forcing switches it can punish with a Choice-boosted attack. The lack of Steel-types in NU makes Draco Meteor the go-to move early, while Dragon Pulse's reliability makes it useful for late-game cleanup. For the few Steel-types that are around, such as Metang, Fire Blast is used. Rest, while normally odd on a Choice set, works well thanks to Natural Cure and Altaria's good bulk.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Bulky Dragon Dance

Leftovers Natural Cure Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Roost
~ Dragon Claw
~ Substitute / Heal Bell
248 HP / 196 SpD / 64 Spe

Altaria is rather outclassed at using Dragon Dance, but it still has some advantages, the most apparent being the general bulk that Altaria possesses. Furthermore, it doesn't use Eviolite, but instead uses Leftovers for a little recovery every turn, and also has access to Roost, a more reliable recovery move for when you're in a pinch. Dragon Dance boosts Altaria's low Attack and decent Speed to deadly levels, but it requires quite a lot of setup. As such, Altaria will be forced into Roosting a lot, so Dragon Claw is used rather than Outrage so that Altaria isn't locked into attacks and doesn't get confused. Substitute shields Altaria from status ailments and revenge killing, and also helps it boost more efficiently. Heal Bell also shields both Altaria and your team from status, but it leaves Altaria prone to to being revenge killed.

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Other Options

A support set looks good, but Altaria is Stealth Rock weak. Choice Band also looks good, but it is worse than Choice Specs and Outrage locks Altaria into the attack. Mixed attacking also looks viable, but Altaria's stats simply aren't good enough to spread EVs this way. Roar on bulky Dragon Dance looks decent, but Altaria is left very susceptible to status ailments. A gimmicky Draco Meteor set with Haze or Power Swap is fun to use but difficult to pull off. Cotton Guard can make Altaria incredibly physically bulky; this can work well with Dragon Dance to give Altaria many setup opportunities but still leaves its Ice Beam weakness unresolved. Agility isn't as good as Dragon Dance as Altaria doesn't have very good base offenses. Tailwind is a good support move, but Pokemon such as Braviary and Charizard are generally better Tailwind users. Similarly, other Pokemon tend to outperform Altaria as a Rain Dance or Sunny Day user. Altaria has access to Pursuit, but that is only useful against Haunter, and even then does not guarantee a kill.

Checks and Counters

Altaria's counters really depends on which set you are using. Special walls such as Lickilicky and Audino wall Choice Specs, while physical walls such as Tangela and Regirock beat the Dragon Dance set. Regice counters both sets well as it is both physically and specially bulky and swiftly OHKOes with Ice Beam. In fact, any Pokemon that commonly uses Ice-type attacks, such as Jynx and many Water- and Electric-type Pokemon, can be a check to Altaria. Rock-type Pokemon wall Altaria well, particularly Regirock, which can take a Draco Meteor and KO back with Stone Edge. Golem breaks Substitute with Rock Blast. Steel-types wall Altaria's Dragon-type moves, but Altaria's movesets tends to prepare for them so be careful. Altaria's low offensive stats can be taken advantage of easily, particularly while it is at -2 from a Draco Meteor; Musharna and Braviary are able to set up on it rather easily. Altaria is also weak to Stealth Rock, which often makes its hit-and-run strategies inadvisable.