Arceus-Flying

Multitype
Type changes depending on the held plate. Prevents item loss.
Type Tier
Flying Uber
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
120
- 381 444 -
Atk
120
248 276 339 372
Def
120
248 276 339 372
SpA
120
248 276 339 372
SpD
120
248 276 339 372
Spe
120
248 276 339 372
  • Uber

Overview

Hark the hallowed voices that cry from The Original One as He descends from the heavenly Hall of Origin in a manner as holy as His Sky Plate. Soaring above the Spikes and Toxic Spikes bound to mortal lands below, Arceus pronounces His Judgment to be heard from the heavens. The Uber tier stands silent before Him, for none are immune and few are resistant to His STAB Flying-type attacks. Although His creations Ho-Oh, Tornadus-T, and Shaymin-S have either dual STABs and advantageous abilities, or both, with which to contest for the offensive supremacy of the sky, only He can viably use Calm Mind to reach heights beyond the limits of which can be seen. Yet, even Flying Arceus can fall from the heavens. A weakness to Stealth Rock proves a great obstacle for His overall well-being, and though He resists Bug-, Grass-, and Fighting-type attacks and heeds to no Ground-type attack, without the purity that lies within a Calm Mind, the saintly Arceus plummets like a falling star in face of common Electric-, Ice-, and Rock-type attacks. Cry not in despair, for when the time comes for the heavens to finally open, His Judgment shall come as swiftly as the tempest of a thousand gales.

Name Item Nature

Calm Mind

Sky Plate Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Judgment
~ Recover
~ Substitute / Focus Blast
96 HP / 160 SpA / 252 Spe

Like many Arceus formes, Flying Arceus's best and only viable set is one that utilizes Calm Mind. This does not mean, however, that Flying Arceus is mediocre. While Flying Arceus has a rather ordinary defensive typing, Flying-type is an extremely solid attacking STAB. This, coupled with an immunity to Spikes and Toxic Spikes, allows Him to use a very effective mono-attacking set, checkmating many stall teams that lack a powerful attacker to take Him down. Calm Mind, Judgment, and Recover are absolutely mandatory for a Calm Mind Arceus set, and this one is no exception. The last slot can be more variable. The ideal move is Substitute, as it allows Arceus to singlehandedly destroy stall teams. However, Focus Blast can be used for a more offensive approach, hitting most Pokemon that resist Judgment for neutral or super effective damage, and is especially useful for Dialga and Tyranitar.

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Other Options

Flying Arceus can run a fun little Swords Dance set with Fly, Earthquake, and ExtremeSpeed or Recover. However, since Fly is a multi-turn attack, it makes Swords Dance Flying Arceus extremely easy to play around. Flying Arceus can also run a support set for a Ground-immune Pokemon, but on the flip side, He is weak to Stealth Rock and doesn't really have the best defensive typing. Lugia also outclasses Flying Arceus in most ways in a defensive role.

Checks and Counters

Choice Scarf Zekrom is probably the most practical counter to Flying Arceus. It can switch into pretty much any attack, even an Earth Power, and OHKO with Bolt Strike. Rock Arceus in the sand is probably the next best thing. With titanic Special Defense, it can easily tank Focus Blast and Calm Mind alongside Flying Arceus. Steel and Electric Arceus check Flying Arceus, but both can be defeated if Flying Arceus wins the Speed ties and hits them both with Focus Blast or Earth Power, respectively. Calm Mind Latias is generally a very solid counter to Flying Arceus unless she is low on health. Her massive Special Defense allows her to Calm Mind up alongside Arceus and defeat Him with with Psyshock or Thunder. Specially defensive Kyogre can also Calm Mind alongside Flying Arceus and pressure Him with rain-boosted Water-type moves and Scald burns. Choice Specs Kyogre also tends to be something Flying Arceus finds difficult to handle one-on-one. Jirachi, Metagross, and Bronzong resist Judgment, but the former two must watch out for Earth Power, while all three need to watch out for Fire Blast in the sun. If Arceus is not running Focus Blast, Tyranitar laughs at Him. Magnezone 4x resists Flying-type moves and hits Arceus hard with Thunder, but will need to watch out for Focus Blast or Earth Power. If Stealth Rock is not up, Ho-Oh can deal massive damage with either Brave Bird or sun-boosted Sacred Fire. The Thundurus formes resist most attacks Flying Arceus uses apart from sun-boosted Fire Blast and deal huge amounts of damage with Thunder, or even Thunderbolt. If Flying Arceus lacks Substitute, Thundurus can also paralyze Him with Thunder Wave.

Heatran can Roar Arceus out or use Toxic on it, although it cannot defeat last Pokemon Flying Arceus with Substitute, or Arceus with Earth Power or Focus Blast. Like Heatran, Skarmory can force Flying Arceus out with Whirlwind or inflict Toxic on it, but loses to variants carrying Fire Blast, or if He is a last Pokemon with Substitute. Lugia and the Giratina formes can take a boosted Judgment and force Arceus out if they are healthy, but will also lose if Arceus is the last Pokemon and has Substitute. Choice Scarf Kyurem-B can revenge kill a weakened Flying Arceus with Fusion Bolt. Kabutops and Omastar need rain to outspeed Flying Arceus and need to watch out for Earth Power or Focus Blast, but Kabutops can revenge kill with Stone Edge, and Omastar can deal lots of damage with Hydro Pump. Beartic is another Swift Swimmer that troubles Arceus, as it can OHKO Flying Arceus after Stealth Rock damage, and Encore Arceus into Calm Mind and set up Swords Dance in His face. If sandstorm is up, Excadrill can defeat Flying Arceus one-on-one if He lacks Focus Blast or Earth Power. Finally, Choice Scarf Terrakion can also revenge kill Flying Arceus with Stone Edge.