Flygon

Levitate
The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Levitate
The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Type Tier
Ground / Dragon UU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
80
- 155 187 -
Atk
100
108 120 152 167
Def
80
90 100 132 145
SpA
80
90 100 132 145
SpD
80
90 100 132 145
Spe
100
108 120 152 167

Overview

You might be wondering why anyone in their right mind would use Flygon in a metagame where Garchomp, Latios, Latias, and Salamence roam freely. With the exact same typing as Garchomp, it would make even more sense that Flygon should never be used. However, being the only Dragon-type that resists common spread moves such as Earthquake, Rock Slide, Discharge, and Heat Wave gives it a niche among the other Dragon-types. Although Flygon is still somewhat doomed to inferiority, it is usable thanks to its decent base stats and unique moves.

Name Item Ability Nature

Tailwind Attacker

Yache Berry Levitate Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Claw
~ Earthquake
~ Tailwind
~ Protect
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

This set is what gives Flygon a bit of originality. Dragon Claw and Earthquake as Flygon's two main STAB moves might leave much to be desired when Garchomp is an option in the tier with its much higher Attack, but Flygon can still make great use of them, hitting a wide range of threats pretty hard. However, Tailwind really gives Flygon an edge over Garchomp. With its base 100 Speed, Flygon is able to outspeed some of the most common threats and set up Tailwind to support its teammates. Unfortunately, its general frailty with base 80 HP and average defenses leaves Flygon easy to wear down. Protect is used to avoid damage for a turn, and can be used to scout for potentially dangerous moves.

Don't get your hopes up though; Flygon is, unfortunately, sorely outclassed in almost everything it does. There are various superior Dragon-type Pokemon in the tier: Salamence also has access to Tailwind, and has better offensive stats to compliment it. Garchomp hits harder and faster with the STAB moves it shares with Flygon, and is also much bulkier to tank more hits. If Garchomp and Salamence had a really unfortunate lovechild, it would be Flygon. With no new toys to play with this generation, Flygon really has gotten the short end of the stick when compared to other physical Dragon-types.

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Other Options

Flygon also has access to Feint, which can break through the opposing Pokemon's Protect and mess up your opponent's strategy. This requires some prediction and timing to pull off though, which can be risky, especially with Flygon. Outrage can be used instead of Dragon Claw, but because it hits a random opponent, it isn't always efficient. Flygon can be given a Choice Scarf and run a more offensive set, but it doesn't hit hard enough for this to be a great option either.

Checks and Counters

Almost any Ice-type can destroy Flygon decently. Weavile and Mamoswine both hit hard with their STAB Ice-type moves which are often boosted by Ice Gem, making them extremely dangerous, even when Flygon packs Yache Berry. Abomasnow also hits very hard with Blizzard and does not take much damage from any of Flygon's attacks. Flygon's frailty also makes it prone to being worn down by other attacks, including the common Surf, and even moves it resists.