Dialga

Pressure
Enemy attacks lose one extra PP. Increases wild encounter rate.
Telepathy
Does not take damage from allies' attacks.
Type Tier
Steel / Dragon Uber
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
100
- 341 404 -
Atk
120
248 276 339 372
Def
120
248 276 339 372
SpA
150
302 336 399 438
SpD
100
212 236 299 328
Spe
90
194 216 279 306
  • Uber

Overview

Dialga's unique typing and well-distributed stats allow it to fit into most teams. On the offensive side, Dialga has stunning base 120 Attack and base 150 Special Attack stats that are backed by the ever-dominant Dragon-type STAB. Defensively, Dialga's typing offers it nine resistances and an immunity, as well as a lack of weaknesses to Ice- and Dragon-type moves. With its stellar base defenses combined with its resistances and excellent support movepool, it is no wonder that Dialga is widely regarded as one of the most versatile Pokemon in Ubers.

Name Item Ability Nature

Defensive

Leftovers Pressure Modest / Quiet
Moveset EVs
~ Stealth Rock
~ Draco Meteor / Dragon Pulse
~ Fire Blast
~ Roar / Dragon Tail / Thunder
252 HP / 56 SpA / 200 SpD

Dialga is one of the very few Dragon-types that can take a support route; it is especially useful as a bulky all-around pivot. As very few Pokemon can outright OHKO Dialga, it can easily switch into an opposing Pokemon and set up Stealth Rock or just start dishing out damage. Draco Meteor packs a strong immediate punch, but if you prefer PP and consistency, Dragon Pulse is an excellent alternative STAB move. Notably, Draco Meteor allows Dialga to severely damage Groudon, as well as OHKO Reshiram and Palkia without Stealth Rock. Fire Blast rounds out the coverage; in particular, it 2HKOes most Groudon in the sun and Ferrothorn in the rain. Roar lets Dialga force switches, but if you want Dialga to phaze through Taunt instead of Substitute, Dragon Tail is a fine alternative. Thunder works best alongside Kyogre, as its Drizzle ability remedies Thunder's poor accuracy.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Special Attacker

Choice Specs / Life Orb Pressure Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Draco Meteor
~ Thunder
~ Fire Blast / Aura Sphere
~ Dragon Pulse / Stealth Rock
252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 Spe

Dialga's typing and enormous base 150 Special Attack just scream for the user to slap Choice Specs on it and click Draco Meteor whenever possible. Indeed, with its excellent bulk and typing, Dialga is the cream of the crop when it comes to the many Draco Meteor-spamming Dragon-types in the game. Draco Meteor is easily Dialga's best STAB move, and it completely decimates anything that doesn't resist it. To illustrate, it deals at least 85% to defensive Dialga. Thunder easily OHKOes Kyogre that do not invest in Special Defense, while both Fire Blast and Aura Sphere help Dialga swat aside Steel-types. Fire Blast has a chance to OHKO Ferrothorn after Stealth Rock damage even in rain, while Aura Sphere allows Dialga to 2HKO Heatran and OHKO Tyranitar after Stealth Rock. Dragon Pulse rounds out the set as a reliable STAB move.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Mixed

Life Orb / Expert Belt Pressure Mild / Quiet
Moveset EVs
~ Draco Meteor
~ Outrage / Brick Break
~ Fire Blast
~ Thunder / Bulk Up
252 Atk / 252 SpA / 4 Spe

Dialga's monstrous Special Attack often eclipses its deceptively dangerous base 120 Attack. With significant EV investment in both Attack and Special Attack, as well as ridiculously powerful coverage moves, it is no wonder that Dialga is one of the most difficult Pokemon to wall in the entire game. With a Life Orb equipped, Draco Meteor from 438 Special Attack will quickly crush all but pink blobs and specially defensive Steel-types. The former Pokemon can easily be defeated by Dialga's physical move of choice; both Outrage and Brick Break can 2HKO most Blissey and Chansey after Stealth Rock damage. Outrage is preferred due to its superior power and coverage, but Brick Break can be used if you do not like locking Dialga in; it also boasts the ability to hit Heatran for super effective damage. Fire Blast absolutely annihilates most Steel-types, but it does come at the price of being nerfed in rain.

Thunder can be used in the final slot to hit Steel-types and is extremely useful in the rain to smash down Kyogre. However, Bulk Up opens up many opportunities for Dialga; not only does it allow Dialga to become progressively more dangerous, but it can also be used to lure in certain threats, such as Groudon, which is the best counter to defensive Bulk Up Dialga. Groudon will readily switch into Dialga after it uses Bulk Up, only to be met with a Life Orb-boosted Draco Meteor, which will OHKO any Groudon that don't significantly invest in Special Defense and severely cripple even those that do. Bulk Up also allows Dialga to comfortably tank an unboosted Garchomp's Earthquake and OHKO in return with its Dragon-type STAB attack.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Bulk Up + RestTalk

Leftovers Pressure Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
~ Bulk Up
~ Outrage / Dragon Claw
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

This set takes advantage of Dialga's numerous resistances, well-distributed defensive stats, great neutral STAB coverage, and access to Bulk Up. By boosting its Attack and Defense, Dialga can power up its attacks while increasing its physical bulk. After Dialga manages to set up Bulk Up, it can be almost impenetrable on the physical side. For example, it can easily survive a Choice Band Close Combat from Terrakion and OHKO with +1 Outrage. Rest lets a weakened Dialga heal itself, while Sleep Talk enables it to remain threatening. The RestTalk combination also allows Dialga to absorb Dark Void from Darkrai. Outrage gives Dialga more power but locks Dialga in when it is used, except when selected by Sleep Talk; alternatively, Dragon Claw can be used if you want reliability instead of more PP and power.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Pressure Modest / Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Draco Meteor
~ Thunder
~ Fire Blast / Aura Sphere
~ Dragon Pulse
52 HP / 252 SpA / 204 Spe

Dialga's lackluster Speed can be fixed with a Choice Scarf, which allows it to reach 400 Speed. While faster Dragon-types such as Palkia and Salamence exist, Dialga's main attraction is its typing. Its resistance to ExtremeSpeed allows it to check Swords Dance Rayquaza and weakened Extreme Killer Arceus, though keep in mind that Draco Meteor cannot KO a healthy Arceus, and if Arceus has Recover, Dialga loses. It is also one of the revenge killers to Tail Glow Manaphy; offensive sets are OHKOed by Thunder, while bulkier ones fail to OHKO Dialga in return. Draco Meteor is the primary attack, as with Stealth Rock in play, it easily OHKOes Darkrai, Reshiram, Zekrom, Rayquaza, Dragon Arceus, Garchomp, and unboosted Mewtwo. Thunder 2HKOes Lugia and Ho-Oh after Stealth Rock and inflicts severe damage on Kyogre. Fire Blast prevents Steel-types from switching in freely, while Aura Sphere nails Heatran and Tyranitar for super effective damage. Lastly, Dragon Pulse gives Dialga a way of dealing consistent damage.

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Other Options

Dialga has a wide movepool and hence a variety of other options. Psych Up allows Dialga to copy stat boosts from Calm Mind Kyogre and Arceus. Flash Cannon is a decent auxiliary STAB attack, but Steel is a poor offensive type. Choice Specs Ice Beam allows Dialga to OHKO Groudon without resorting to Draco Meteor or Overheat, but it is otherwise a generally poor choice. Iron Head can surprise Tyranitar and Calm Mind Rock Arceus but is rather useless otherwise. A Choice Band set could work, but it is outclassed by Zekrom, which has STAB Electric-type attacks at its disposal to break through Lugia. Dialga's typing gives it a niche as a Choice Band user, though.

Magnet Rise can be a good option on some Dialga sets, as it can foil Dialga's arch-enemy, Groudon. If you opt to run Bulk Up alongside Magnet Rise, then use an EV spread of 116 HP / 252 Atk / 140 Spe; this allows Dialga to use Bulk Up as Groudon switches in, use Magnet Rise before most Groudon can move, and then either hit the next switch-in hard with Outrage or Earthquake or use Bulk Up again. However, this is not recommended, as Groudon can use Dragon Tail to force Dialga out. Air Balloon keeps Dialga safe from Ground-type moves for a turn and lets it avoid Spikes; it might be viable on the mixed set. The power loss is significant, though.

Fully defensive EV spreads are usable, but other Pokemon outclass Dialga as walls. Groudon, Skarmory, Wallceus, and Lugia outclass it as physical walls, while Blissey and Chansey are better special walls. Dialga's main strength lies its ability to take a hit or two and strike back hard, not to sponge attacks.

Checks and Counters

Dialga is ridiculously hard to counter in the strictest sense due to its versatility, wide coverage, and enormous offensive stats. Calm Mind Rock Arceus in the sand is probably the best counter to offensive Dialga; it can sponge special attacks relatively easily while racking up Calm Mind boosts and can use Will-O-Wisp to cripple mixed variants. However, it is rather useless against defensive variants. The Bulk Up + RestTalk set can easily boost up, Rest off damage, and take out Rock Arceus with Outrage, while support Dialga that carry Toxic can simply cripple Rock Arceus unless it has Refresh. Calm Mind Steel Arceus also counters Dialga in rain fairly well, but it needs to watch out for Choice Specs-boosted Aura Sphere, which is an easy 2HKO. Blissey and Chansey can take on all purely special attacking variants. Tyranitar can take on most special attacking Dialga, provided they don't carry Aura Sphere. In the sun, Ho-Oh can take most attacks from Dialga and roast it with Sacred Fire. It does need to watch out for Outrage, though. While Lugia cannot do much to Dialga, Dialga cannot hurt Lugia much in return if it lacks Thunder.

In general, specially bulky Steel-types are good checks to Dialga. If rain is up, Jirachi can take most attacks that Dialga dishes out, with the exception of Choice Specs Fire Blast or the rare Earth Power or Earthquake on the mixed set. In the sun, Heatran defeats all variants of Dialga that lack Aura Sphere, Brick Break, Earth Power, or Earthquake, as it can either 3HKO with Flamethrower or use Taunt to shut down Bulk Up variants.

Outside of the listed Pokemon, prediction and preying on its low Speed are the main ways to defeat Dialga. As bulky as Dialga is, it cannot stand up to powerful super effective STAB attacks, including Earthquake from Groudon, Garchomp, Ground Arceus, and Excadrill, Close Combat from Terrakion and Lucario, and Judgment from Ground and Fighting Arceus. Be aware, however, that all of these attackers—with the exception of Groudon—require a boosting item to OHKO Dialga that invest in bulk. Apart from Garchomp, all of them have the ability to take on Bulk Up RestTalk Dialga as well. Offensive Groudon and Ground Arceus can either use Swords Dance and Earthquake to decimate Dialga or simply wear it down with repeated Earthquakes. Excadrill and Lucario boast a resistance to Outrage and can use Swords Dance and then their respective STAB attacks to defeat Dialga. Terrakion requires Sacred Sword to be able to take down Bulk Up Dialga. In the sun, Choice Specs Reshiram will always be able to OHKO Dialga with Blue Flare, although it cannot switch into Dialga easily.