Arceus-Ground

Multitype
Type changes depending on the held plate. Prevents item loss.
Type Tier
Ground Uber
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
120
- 195 227 -
Atk
120
126 140 172 189
Def
120
126 140 172 189
SpA
120
126 140 172 189
SpD
120
126 140 172 189
Spe
120
126 140 172 189
  • Uber

Overview

Arceus is one of the most potent threats in this new generation. Despite the introduction of newer and stronger Dragon-types into the Uber tier, none can challenge the might of the divine Arceus. With His excellent base 120 Attack, 120 Special Attack, and 120 Speed, Arceus can become a deadly setup sweeper capable of tearing gaping holes in unprepared teams. Defensively, Arceus is no slouch either, possessing base 120 / 120 / 120 defenses. When equipped with an Earth Plate, Arceus gains the Ground typing and a coveted resistance to Stealth Rock, as well as a useful immunity to Electric-type moves. This makes Ground Arceus the premier counter to Zekrom, a dangerous physical sweeper introduced in this generation. Arceus has more overall bulk than Groudon, who is considered to be the epitome of walling in the Uber tier; Arceus also outclasses Groudon in that He has a reliable recovery move in the form of Recover.

Ground is an excellent neutral STAB, and Arceus possesses two nifty 100 Base Power Ground-type moves up His sleeve: Judgment and Earthquake. This allows Ground Arceus to run either a physical set or a special set, providing Him with a versatility that makes Him utterly deadly. However, Arceus is not without His flaws; Ground Arceus possesses debilitating weaknesses to Water-, Ice-, and Grass-type moves, which really hinders Arceus's effectiveness considering the popularity of Kyogre. Nevertheless, one must never underestimate the prowess of Ground Arceus, as He is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Name Item Nature

Calm Mind

Earth Plate Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Judgment
~ Recover
~ Ice Beam
252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 Spe

With its great natural bulk and access to Recover, Arceus can function as an excellent Calm Mind sweeper. After 2 Calm Minds, Arceus's Special Attack reaches an impressive 554 whiles its Special Defense sits at an excellent 552. Arceus will almost always be able to set up over 2 Calm Minds thanks to its bulk and access to recovery. Once Arceus has properly set up, it can proceed to wreak havoc on the opponent's team. Judgment is the main STAB move of choice and its Ground typing possesses great neutral coverage. The coverage is well-rounded off by Ice Beam, and with these two moves Arceus hits most of the Uber tier super effectively; notable mentions include Reshiram, Zekrom, Giratina, Shaymin, Groudon, Lugia, Rayquaza, and Garchomp. Bronzong is the only semi-common Pokemon who resists Ground Arceus's Ground and Ice combo. A fully set-up Arceus is almost impossible to switch into, and the only way to take it down is through either super effective attacks or a critical hit. Access to Recover increases Arceus's longevity and effectively doubles its bulk, allowing it to set up more Calm Minds.

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Name Item Nature

Swords Dance

Earth Plate Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Recover
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge
252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spe

Ground Arceus can run a physical set with as much grace and ease as a special set. Recover allows Arceus to use its great bulk, particularly as a Zekrom counter, while Swords Dance enables Arceus to boost its already great Attack stat to astronomical levels. The two also work in tandem: Arceus's great natural bulk and 120 / 120 / 120 defenses ensure that it will almost always be able to notch up a Swords Dance. Access to reliable recovery is something Groudon would die for, and it is a major reason to consider Ground Arceus over Groudon. After a single Swords Dance, Arceus reaches a mammoth 744 Attack; combined with the awesome coverage provided by its attacks, Arceus becomes very hard to switch into. Most of the Uber tier is OHKOed or 2HKOed by either Earthquake or Stone Edge. After a single Swords Dance, standard Rock Polish Groudon takes 81.6% - 96.2% from an Adamant Ground Arceus's Earthquake. The only Pokemon who resist the EdgeQuake combo are Bronzong, Breloom, and Virizion, all of whom are rarely seen in Ubers. Maximum investment in Speed makes sure that Arceus outspeeds most of the Uber tier and ties with other positive-natured Arceus.

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Name Item Nature

Support

Earth Plate Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Recover
~ Will-O-Wisp
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge
252 HP / 96 Def / 160 Spe

Ground Arceus's fantastic natural bulk and access to reliable recovery in the form of Recover allows it to pull off a pure support set. This set aims to utilize Arceus's 120 / 120 / 120 defenses to provide essential team support. Arceus's huge support movepool and near-perfect coverage provided by Earthquake and Stone Edge make sure that nothing can bring Arceus to a grinding halt. Will-O-Wisp is the bread and butter of this set and cripples physical attackers, such as Groudon, Scizor, Rayquaza, Garchomp, and most notably, Extreme Killer Arceus. Recover grants Arceus more longevity and makes tanking hits even easier.

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Other Options

If Gravity support can be provided, Arceus can run a mono-attacking Swords Dance set with Earthquake, Recover, and Substitute thanks to Earthquake's great neutral coverage. Under Gravity, Earthquake is only resisted by Grass-types, so this allows Arceus to tear through the opponent's team with a powerful neutral attack.

Checks and Counters

Most variants of Kyogre threaten Ground Arceus. The most dangerous of them is the Choice Scarf variant, because it can outspeed Arceus and revenge kill it. However, Kyogre must be wary of locking itself into Water Spout as it is 2HKOed by ExtremeSpeed, and after a +2 ExtremeSpeed, Water Spout is incapable of OHKOing Arceus.

Swords Dance Arceus can be countered by burning it. Once inflicted with a burn, Arceus becomes dead weight for the rest of the match. Pokemon such as Giratina and Mewtwo can both burn Arceus. Additionally, Darkrai can outspeed Arceus and put it to sleep using Dark Void. Shaymin-S, Grass Arceus, Skarmory, Giratina-O, and Bronzong are all good counters to Swords Dance Ground Arceus; Bronzong however needs to carry Toxic to be able to effectively damage Arceus. Skarmory and Bronzong must also be careful of Gravity as it makes them vulnerable to Ground Arceus's STAB Earthquake. Pokemon such as Blissey, Chansey, and Ho-Oh are all good counters to the Calm Mind set.