Feraligatr

Torrent
Boosts power of Water-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Sheer Force
Increases power of moves with secondary effects by 30%, but removes the effects.
Type Tier
Water RU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
85
- 311 374 -
Atk
105
221 246 309 339
Def
100
212 236 299 328
SpA
79
174 194 257 282
SpD
83
181 202 265 291
Spe
78
172 192 255 280

Overview

Feraligatr, one of the top physical sweepers of DPP UU, returns in BW UU to wreak havoc on a whole new metagame. With access to physical sweeping options in Dragon Dance and Swords Dance, as well as a decent offensive movepool, it can make use of its 105 base Attack and decent Speed to destroy opposing teams. Feraligatr's solid typing and decent bulk complement these features well, affording it many opportunities to sweep. Unfortunately for the gator, it struggles to actually OHKO a majority of the top UU defensive threats without major entry hazard support, and is easily OHKOed by a tickle from any special Grass- or Electric-type move.

Name Item Ability Nature

Dragon Dance

Life Orb Torrent Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Waterfall
~ Ice Punch
~ Earthquake / Low Kick
28 HP / 252 Atk / 228 Spe

With its bread-and-butter offensive set, Feraligatr can use Dragon Dance to boost its Attack and Speed in a fashion akin to Gyarados. Waterfall is Feraligatr's main STAB move; it deals consistent damage, has a useful flinch chance, and receives a large boost in power should Feraligatr activate its Torrent ability. Ice Punch allows Feraligatr to hit the Grass- and Dragon-types that resist Waterfall for super effective damage. In the third slot, Earthquake grants Feraligatr neutral coverage on the myriad Water-types in UU, as well as super effective coverage on Registeel. Alternatively, Low Kick can OHKO Registeel but deals much less damage to most Water-types. The EVs for this set allow Feraligatr to outrun positive-natured base 120 Speed Pokemon such as Sceptile after one boost.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb Torrent Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Waterfall
~ Return
~ Aqua Jet
148 HP / 252 Atk / 108 Spe

Feraligatr can use Swords Dance instead of Dragon Dance, forgoing a Speed boost to gain immense power. After a Swords Dance, Feraligatr hits a monstrous 678 Attack, which may be further boosted should it be put into Torrent range. Waterfall and Return grant it perfect neutral coverage against everything in UU bar Empoleon and the rare Ferroseed, while Aqua Jet allows Feraligatr to dispatch faster, frail Pokemon which would otherwise easily revenge kill Feraligatr. For an example of the sheer power of this set, Feraligatr 2HKOes Slowbro, the premier physical wall of UU, after one Swords Dance. Waterfall also 2HKOes Empoleon after a Swords Dance, so practically nothing can wall Feraligatr after it has managed to grab a boost.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Substitute + Dragon Dance

Leftovers Torrent Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Dragon Dance
~ Waterfall
~ Return
144 HP / 252 Atk / 112 Spe

While the previous sets are all severely crippled by status, whether it be burn or paralysis, this set remedies that with Substitute, which allows Feraligatr to set up on slower Pokemon that rely on status to counter it, such as Weezing and Slowbro. This also prevents Milotic and Slowking from phazing it with Dragon Tail and foils Poliwrath's attempts to Circle Throw it out. Additionally, Substitute shields Feraligatr from priority and Grass- and Electric-type attacks that would end its sweep. Electric-types in particular can no longer revenge kill Feraligatr with Volt Switch, as they will be forced to switch out. Substitute is also useful to push Feraligatr into Torrent range to significantly power up Waterfall. At +2 with Torrent activated, Feraligatr 2HKOes even the bulkiest Registeel. Since Feraligatr has decent physical bulk, it finds plenty of opportunities to set up. The EVs for this set allow Feraligatr to outspeed positive-natured foes with base 100 Speed after one Dragon Dance; the rest of the EVs max out Feraligatr's attacking power and then add to its bulk to afford it more setup opportunities.

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Other Options

Feraligatr gets Rest and Sleep Talk along with defenses on par with Blastoise's; however it can't Rapid Spin and is generally outclassed in a defensive role by other bulky Waters. Feraligatr can also run a Substitute + Focus Punch set, but this is done better by Poliwrath, who gets Encore and STAB Focus Punch. Feraligatr can use Superpower to break through Ferroseed, but it will lower Feraligatr's Attack and Defense and therefore hinder its sweep. Lastly, Feraligatr has a decent special movepool, but sadly lacks the stats to use it.

Checks and Counters

Tangrowth and Slowbro can both switch in, take any of Feraligatr's attacks, and threaten it with Power Whip or cripple it with status; however, they have to be wary of Substitute variants. Hazers like Milotic and Weezing can easily come in and negate Feraligatr's boosts, while fast Scarfers with Grass- or Electric-type moves can easily revenge Feraligatr.

Unreleased

Feraligatr gets Sheer Force from the Dream World. This ability will be very helpful, increasing the power of Waterfall and Ice Punch, as well as negating Life Orb recoil. Unfortunately, Feraligatr will likely have to forgo Dragon Dance with Sheer Force.