Haxorus

Rivalry
Move power depends on gender of the opponent.
Mold Breaker
Abilities that hinder attacks are nullified.
Unnerve
Prevents the foe from consuming its held Berry item.
Type Tier
Dragon OU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
76
- 293 356 -
Atk
147
297 330 393 432
Def
90
194 216 279 306
SpA
60
140 156 219 240
SpD
70
158 176 239 262
Spe
97
207 230 293 322

Overview

Haxorus is blessed with the highest Attack stat in VGC and an amazing pure Dragon typing, but it must work around its middling Speed backed by only slightly above average bulk. The axe-face dragon learns many noteworthy spread moves in addition to powerful STAB moves. Haxorus's powerful attacks are backed by a great ability in Mold Breaker. This ability is all the more fantastic in VGC, as it allows Haxorus to hit Pokemon with the Levitate ability with Earthquake.

Name Item Ability Nature

Physical Attacker

Haban Berry Mold Breaker Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Protect
~ Dragon Claw
~ Earthquake
~ Rock Slide
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

This is Haxorus's most effective set thanks to its flawless coverage and monstrous Attack. Protect stops Fake Out and scouts the opponent's strategy. Dragon Claw is a solid STAB choice, especially due to the rarity of Steel-types in VGC. Rock Slide provides good coverage and breaks Focus Sashes while ignoring Rage Powder. Haxorus is just fast enough to benefit from Rock Slide's flinch rate. Bisharp and other Steel-types resist Rock Slide and Dragon Claw, but take tremendous damage from Earthquake.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Dragon Dance

Life Orb / Haban Berry Mold Breaker Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Dragon Claw
~ Earthquake
~ Rock Slide / Protect
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

The premise of this set is to grab one boost and attack. Haxorus sits at base 97 Speed, which is below the genies, Hydreigon, and many notable Pokemon. A single Dragon Dance allows Haxorus to outpace these major threats and boost its already monstrous attack to astronomical levels. This combination of enhanced power and speed, combined with excellent coverage and passable bulk, makes Haxorus a very threatening sweeper. Earthquake is the best choice for a spread attack, and hits the few Steel-types that resist Dragon Claw and Rock Slide. Rock Slide is Haxorus's most powerful attack against the genies, Volcarona, and Archeops.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice

Choice Scarf / Choice Band Mold Breaker Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Claw
~ Earthquake
~ Rock Slide
~ Outrage / Dual Chop / X-Scissor
36 HP / 252 Atk / 220 Spe

With a Choice Scarf equipped, Haxorus outspeeds every unboosted Pokemon in VGC. This strategy forgoes a turn of set up at the cost of being locked into one move. Choice Scarf allows Haxorus to outspeed and KO many of its checks, such as the genies, Hydreigon, Vanilluxe, and Terrakion. Choice Band is also viable, and helps Haxorus to muscle through basically every Pokemon. Rock Slide can 2HKO the genies and occasionally nabs valuable flinches. Earthquake is not a move one should use recklessly, as its effectiveness requires one to consider the presence of Flying-types on both teams. However, the ability to hit Levitate users with Earthquake still makes Mold Breaker the preferred ability.

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Other Options

An Adamant nature can be used to further increase Haxorus's power. HP EVs should be modified when using an Adamant nature to survive any specific attack that troubles Haxorus's team.

Checks and Counters

Bulky Pokemon that cannot be OHKOed by Haxorus, such as Musharna, Cofagrigus, and Amoonguss, can set up Trick Room in its face. Golurk has a lot of bulk and resists Rock Slide. Defensive Scrafty can take anything Haxorus throws at it bar Swords Dance or Choice Band Outrage, and hit back with a super effective Ice Punch. Although rare, Choice Scarf Vanilluxe does a lot of damage with its STAB Ice-type attacks.