Bronzong

Levitate
The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Heatproof
Reduces damage from Fire-type moves by 50%.
Heavy Metal
The wielder's weight is doubled.
Type Tier
Steel / Psychic UU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
67
- 142 174 -
Atk
89
98 109 141 155
Def
116
122 136 168 184
SpA
79
89 99 131 144
SpD
116
122 136 168 184
Spe
33
47 53 85 93

Overview

Bronzong's outstanding base 116 Defense and Special Defense stats, combined with its unique typing in the tier which grants it eight resistances and two immunities, make it an impressive tank. Bronzong takes powerful attacks from all-out attackers such as Cincinno, Flygon, and Weavile with ease, and it heavily damages them with Gyro Ball in return. Bronzong also has a handful of support moves such as Stealth Rock, Hypnosis, and Gravity. In addition, Bronzong can even play a offensive role with Trick Room because it OHKOes Pokemon such as Chandelure, Nidoking, and Raikou. Unfortunately, Bronzong's downfall is lack of reliable recovery, making it worn down by multiple attacks. Nonetheless, Bronzong is an astounding wall and can aid your team with proper support.

Name Item Ability Nature

Tank

Leftovers Levitate Relaxed
Moveset IVs
~ Stealth Rock
~ Gyro Ball
~ Toxic
~ Earthquake
0 Spe
EVs
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD

Bronzong's main job is to set up Stealth Rock. Its wonderful defensive typing allows it many opportunities to switch into battle, such as against Snorlax, Rhyperior, Flygon, Tornadus, or Shaymin. Because of its great bulk and only having one weakness, it's so difficult to KO that it can easily put Stealth Rock on the field. Gyro Ball is a staple on Bronzong, as its low Speed stat often makes Gyro Ball's Base Power 150. It allows Bronzong to 2HKO dangerous threats such as Flygon, Heracross, and Krookodile. Toxic is great for crippling walls such as Blastoise, Hitmontop, Porygon2, and Slowbro. It also prevents bulky setup Pokemon, such as Calm Mind Slowbro, from setting up on Bronzong. Thanks to Bronzong's immunity to Toxic, it can win many stall wars while taking little damage in return. Finally, Earthquake rounds off Bronzong's moveset, as it allows Bronzong to hit Fire- and Electric-types such as Arcanine, Chandelure, and Raikou for super effective damage.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Dual Screen

Light Clay Levitate Relaxed
Moveset IVs
~ Reflect
~ Light Screen
~ Gyro Ball
~ Earthquake / Stealth Rock
0 Spe
EVs
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD

This set focuses on setting up dual screens so that Bronzong's teammates can set up and sweep much more easily. Light Clay is a mandatory item for Bronzong because it allows Reflect or Light Screen to stay up an extra three turns, which can be crucial in some situations. An uninvested STAB Gyro Ball coming from Bronzong still packs quite a punch, as it can do significant damage to Flygon, Virizion, and Yanmega. Earthquake is the ideal choice in the last slot, as it hits Electric-, Fire-, and Steel-types such as Cobalion, Raikou, and Victini exceptionally hard. However, Stealth Rock can also be used in that slot if Bronzong's team lacks a Pokemon that carries it, but it is hard to find the time to set up both screens and Stealth Rock, and the lack of Earthquake means that Bronzong is defenseless against Electric-, Fire-, and Steel-type Pokemon.

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Other Options

Bronzong has quite a few other options that it could use. For example, a Calm Mind set is quite usable, but because UU is such an offensive metagame, Bronzong gets worn down too quickly to utilize this set. An offensive Trick Room set with Earthquake, Explosion, and Gyro Ball is quite appealing, as it can OHKO many offensive threats such as Chandelure, Raikou, and Nidoking. A Rain Dance support set can be used as it negates Bronzong's Fire-type weakness while assisting Swift Swim users to sweep. Trick with Lagging Tail or a Choice item can surprise your opponent and effectively hinder a Pokemon. As Bronzong has no reliable recovery, a RestTalk set could be used, but Bronzong usually won't get the chance to wake up due to threats such as Darmanitan and Victini pressuring it to switch out. Bronzong has access to Heavy Metal, but it should never be used because Bronzong's other abilities give it more defensive utility. Finally, Bronzong has other attacking moves such as Zen Headbutt, Rock Slide, and Payback. Zen Headbutt can be used to hit Fighting-types hard, but its base power is significantly lower than Gyro Ball's in most situations. Rock Slide gives Bronzong a way to damage SubRoost Zapdos, but its low base power makes its useless in most situations. Payback can be used to deal acceptable damage to Mew, but it has no further use.

Checks and Counters

Because Bronzong's main job is to set up and start walling, there are numerous Pokemon that can stop Bronzong in its tracks. Fire-types such as Victini, Chandelure, Darmanitan, and Rotom-H severely threaten Bronzong, as their STAB moves can OHKO Bronzong. Xatu's Magic Bounce bounces back Stealth Rock and Toxic, although Bronzong fortunately can't be poisoned. However, Xatu cannot do much to Bronzong outside of Night Shade and the rare Heat Wave. Crobat can prevent Bronzong from setting up Stealth Rock and dual screens and can heal Gyro Ball damage with Roost, but struggles to do much damage in return. Mew and Sableye can prohibit Bronzong from setting up Stealth Rock and cripple it with Will-O-Wisp. Furthermore, Baton Pass Mew can Taunt Bronzong and set up with Nasty Plot, Swords Dance, or Rock Polish before passing its boosts to a recipient such as Nidoking or Flygon. Swords Dance Heracross can set up in Bronzong's face, and being poisoned only increases its power. The uncommon Magnet Rise Magneton does a great job of taking out Bronzong, as long as it doesn't switch in on an Earthquake. Finally, bulky sweepers, such as Suicune, Scrafty, and Togekiss, can set up in Bronzong's face and can heal any damage dealt and any status inflicted.