Hydreigon

Levitate
The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Type Tier
Dark / Dragon OU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
92
- 25 28 -
Atk
105
15 17 20 22
Def
90
13 15 18 19
SpA
125
17 19 22 24
SpD
90
13 15 18 19
Spe
98
14 16 19 20

Overview

Hydreigon is one of the few Dragon-types that, although very capable of going mixed, will more often than not run a special attacking set. Its unique Dark / Dragon typing, in conjunction with Levitate, gives it numerous opportunities to switch in and do some damage. Hydreigon is also one of two Dragon-types that can learn U-turn, giving it a niche as a Choice Scarf user. Its average Speed will usually be its bane considering a good amount of things in Ubers will be able to revenge kill Hydreigon. In the Uber tier, it has to compete with a long list of extremely powerful Dragon-types such as Rayquaza and Palkia. However, Hydreigon's unique typing, Levitate, and good movepool give it the ability to function as a decent revenge killer even in the Uber tier. STAB Dark Pulse and Draco Meteor are wonderful weapons to have in Ubers where so many Psychic- and Dragon-types roam. It is also noteworthy for its ability to ignore Wobbuffet thanks to its Dark typing which grants it immunity to Mirror Coat. Overall, Hydreigon is a dangerous threat which should not be ignored when building a team.

Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Timid / Naive
Moveset EVs
~ Draco Meteor
~ Fire Blast
~ U-turn
~ Surf / Dark Pulse / Head Smash
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Hydreigon's decent Speed, great Special Attack, and the auspicious Dragon-type STAB make it a very efficient user of Choice Scarf. Dragon / Dark gives it a good amount of resistances to common Fire-, Water-, and Electric-type attacks, as well as an immunity to Psychic- and Ground-type moves. It also grants Hydreigon a very important Dark resistance, which means it won't have a weakness to Pursuit that troubles the majority of Choice users. The Dark-type resistance also allows Hydreigon to come in on Darkrai's Dark Pulse and OHKO it with Draco Meteor after Stealth Rock damage. Being a Dark-type means Hydreigon has nothing to fear from Wobbuffet because it is immune to Mirror Coat. Hydreigon is the only Choice Scarf user who can switch into Mewtwo's Psystrike without fear. Hydreigon also resists Shadow Ball and Fire Blast as well, but Aura Sphere and Ice Beam will probably end Hydreigon's life. U-turn is one of the greatest moves to have on a Choice user in order to keep momentum on your side of the field. U-turn is also one of the main reasons you should be using Hydreigon over other Ubers Scarfers such as Palkia and Dialga. Levitate allows Hydreigon to ignore Toxic Spikes and Spikes, which is another advantage over most Scarf users commonly seen in Ubers. Surf works decently if you are using Kyogre on your team. With Surf, Hydreigon can act as a check to Ground Arceus. Dark Pulse smacks Ghost- and Psychic-types hard and 2HKOes all of them bar Lugia or Giratina, who possess titanic defenses. Hydreigon can 2HKO Giratina with Draco Meteor, but should never come in directly on Giratina due to the fear of Dragon Tail or possibly an Outrage. Head Smash seems like a poor option but it can be used to take care of Ho-Oh who otherwise laughs at the set. Eliminating Ho-Oh in one shot is something other specially offensive Scarf users can only dream of.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Work Up can be used on a mixed set, but it rarely will do anything as Hydreigon's biggest problem is its average Speed. A mixed set in Ubers is largely outclassed by Rayquaza who possesses much higher offenses and more bulk. You can run an alternative spread with a Hasty Nature and an EV spread of 28 Atk / 252 SpA / 232 Spe to give Hydreigon a slightly stronger U-turn, and also let it outspeed Rayquaza, but it is not recommended since the extra Attack doesn't do anything significant. A Choice Specs set can be used but it is outclassed by Dialga and Palkia who have higher offenses, and either bulk or Speed.

Checks and Counters

Due to its average Speed, Hydreigon will more often than not get revenge killed, opposed to something switching in on an attack and instantly threatening to KO. Fighting-types such as Terrakion are Hydreigon's bane, since most of them will easily OHKO the hydra. Heracross has powerful STAB attacks to OHKO Hydreigon with. Lucario can come in on Dark Pulse or a weakened Draco Meteor and threaten to OHKO with Close Combat. Lucario and Heracross do not like taking a Fire Blast to the face, though, while Terrakion absolutely hates Draco Meteor or Surf. Scizor can switch in on Hydreigon (watch out for a Fire-type move), and then threaten to KO with a powerful U-turn or Superpower. Ferrothorn and Skarmory also fear nothing except Fire-type moves, and if they switch in on the right move they can set up on Hydreigon.

Faster Dragon-types such as Garchomp and Palkia can switch in on anything Hydreigon uses except for a Dragon-type move. Palkia can survive a Dragon Pulse and OHKO with Spacial Rend or Draco Meteor. Heatran can take on anything Hydreigon commonly uses, but it has to be cautious of Earth Power or Surf in the rain. Dialga can survive any attack and finish off Hydreigon with its own Draco Meteor. Lugia isn't 2HKOed by anything and can stall out Hydreigon with Toxic and Roost, or Ice Beam it to death. Ho-Oh fears nothing but Head Smash, and can easily 2HKO with Brave Bird. Defensive Arceus walls Hydreigon easily and can KO it with Ice Beam or Return. Fighting Arceus can easily dispatch Hydreigon with a simple Judgment. Bug Arceus can take any attack not named Fire Blast in the sun, and KO Hydreigon with Judgment. Chansey and Blissey laugh at whatever Hydreigon throws at them, and can reply with status.