Latios

Levitate
The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Type Tier
Dragon / Psychic OU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
80
- 155 187 -
Atk
90
99 110 142 156
Def
80
90 100 132 145
SpA
130
135 150 182 200
SpD
110
117 130 162 178
Spe
110
117 130 162 178

Overview

With his massive Special Attack, excellent Speed, and impeccable coverage, Latios comes with all the tools needed to be a supreme destructive force in OU. His Choice Specs Draco Meteor is unquestionably one of the most devastating attacks in the entire metagame, and when it's backed by the Defense-targeting Psyshock, Latios is more than capable of plowing through even the toughest enemies with ease. Surf, Thunder, Hidden Power, and Trick only serve to compound this offensive prowess, as those few Pokemon who resist his dual STAB can find themselves crippled or killed by Latios's coverage moves. To top it all off, his 110 base Speed gives him just enough pep to outspeed Keldeo and Terrakion, as well as many other prime threats in OU.

That said, Latios's greatest strengths also come with some nasty weaknesses. Draco Meteor may pack one hell of a punch, but after the dust clears, Latios becomes extremely prone to being revenge killed. The STAB Psyshock that makes Latios so rough to wall also brings with it a huge weakness to Pursuit, and with two excellent users in the form of Scizor and Tyranitar, Latios can be as much a liability as it is a boon. Additionally, OU is home to a number of bulky Steel-types who can make Latios's life hell, and without the right prediction, the nuke known as Draco Meteor might just turn out to be a dud. Finally, while 80/80/110 defenses are solid, Latios can still find himself falling victim to faster threats, especially opposing Choice Scarf users and the occasional Mamoswine. However, if one can steer clear of these threats and roadblocks, and use Latios more like a scalpel than a sledgehammer, then there's no end to what Latios can do in OU.

Name Item Nature

Choice Specs

Choice Specs Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Draco Meteor
~ Surf
~ Psyshock
~ Trick / Hidden Power Fire
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

This set transforms Latios into a powerful nuke capable of destroying almost everything with just Draco Meteor, as every other move in the set is there to help Latios spam it. To give you an example of Draco Meteor's power, it cleanly 2HKOs 248 HP Scizor after Stealth Rock. Less specially bulky Steel-types such as Skarmory and Forretress don't even stand a chance of surviving two Draco Meteors. Surf takes down any Steel-type in OU except for Ferrothorn and Jirachi, 2HKOes any Tyranitar bar the specially defensive variant, and gets pseudo-STAB in rain, making it a very safe move to use when Steel-types are healthy. Psyshock gets STAB and gives Latios a way to get past Blissey and Chansey, easily 2HKOing the first while having a decent chance (30.47%) to 2HKO the latter after Stealth Rock and sandstorm damage. It also allows Latios to OHKO Keldeo regardless of how many Calm Mind boosts it has accumulated. In the last slot, Trick cripples any defensive answer to Latios bar Tyranitar and makes setup sweepers such as Jirachi and Celebi much easier to handle. Trick is very useful against balanced and defensive teams, which have solid defensive cores that are difficult to break through, and by crippling one of their defensive Pokemon you have basically weakened their whole defensive core. Hidden Power Fire is the only move that can break past Ferrothorn and 2HKOes specially defensive Jirachi after Stealth Rock and one layer of Spikes, but lowers Latios's Speed by one point, resulting in Latios getting outsped by opposing Latios, Latias, and Gengar, all very popular Pokemon in OU.

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Name Item Nature

Life Orb

Life Orb Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Draco Meteor
~ Psyshock
~ Surf / Hidden Power Fire
~ Roost
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

This set is pretty similar to the Choice Specs set, but gives up the extra power in exchange for the ability to switch moves and reliable recovery. Unlike the Choice Specs set, this one prefers to use coverage moves the first time it gets in to weaken its counters, and even if Latios predicts wrong he can throw out a Draco Meteor the next turn. Basically, this set is more self-sufficient than Choice Specs Latios, as it can take care of its counters more easily, but needs better prediction. With Life Orb, Latios also becomes a great cleaner, as he has great power, coverage, and Speed. Draco Meteor is a powerful move and does severe damage even to Pokemon who resist it. With Psyshock, Latios outspeeds and OHKOes Keldeo, Terrakion in sand, and Tentacruel, all of whom are very common Pokemon and tricky to deal with, while Latios can take one hit from Keldeo and Tentacruel, making him even more adept at dealing with them. Surf gives coverage against Steel-types and Tyranitar; it 2HKOes Scizor and every Tyranitar after Stealth Rock, bar the specially defensive set. Hidden Power Fire deals 87% minimum to standard Ferrothorn, 2HKOes 252 HP Jirachi after Stealth Rock, and OHKOes Scizor, or 2HKOes after Draco Meteor, giving Latios more freedom when Scizor is around. However, Hidden Power Fire becomes ineffective in rain and causes Latios to lose the Speed tie against opposing Latios, Latias, and Gengar. Roost rounds off the set and helps Latios act as a better pivot and offsets passive damage from Life Orb, sand, and Stealth Rock.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Draco Meteor
~ Psyshock
~ Surf
~ Trick
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Thanks to his great Speed, power, and coverage, Latios becomes one of the premier revenge killers in OU. When holding a Choice Scarf, Latios outspeeds common Choice Scarf users, including Salamence, Jirachi, Keldeo, and Terrakion, and boosting sweepers such as Salac Berry Terrakion, Modest Venusaur in sun, and Shell Smash Cloyster. Draco Meteor is Latios's main revenge killing tool and OHKOes every offensive Pokemon that isn't a Steel-type and is frailer than Keldeo. The Special Attack drop is not a big deal, as after Latios KOes his target the opponent is going to bring a check in anyway. Psyshock takes care of Keldeo, Terrakion, and Venusaur, while Surf covers Heatran, Magnezone, and various other Steel-types and becomes a great cleaning tool in rain. Finally, Trick cripples walls and setup sweepers while also giving Latios the ability to switch moves if the added Speed is not needed, for example against defensive teams.

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Name Item Nature

Dragon Dance

Life Orb Naive
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Outrage
~ Earthquake
~ Draco Meteor / Hidden Power Fire
252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe

This set is very unlike your typical Latios in two aspects: the most obvious is that it is physically-based. Standard special Latios is hard walled by Heatran and Jirachi, loses to Blissey unless it predicts and uses Psyshock, and is defeated by Choice Scarf Tyranitar. These threats are all extremely common and hinder Latios's effectiveness. However, none of these Pokemon specialize in taking physical hits, and they all share one thing in common—a weakness to Earthquake. Because of this, a Latios running Earthquake can lure Heatran, Jirachi, and Tyranitar out and proceed to kill them. The issue is that Latios isn't strong enough to OHKO these Pokemon with its underwhelming base 90 Attack. The Attack boost granted by Dragon Dance remedies this and ensures pretty much nothing can revenge kill it. To get an idea of how useful the boost is, take a look at these calculations:

  • +1 Earthquake vs. 180/0 Tyranitar: 79.53 - 93.52% — guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock and 1 layer of Spikes
  • +1 Earthquake vs. 252/0 Jirachi: 81.68 - 96.53% — 93.75% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock and 2 Spikes
  • +1 Earthquake vs. 32/0 Shuca Berry Jirachi: 47.27 - 55.87% — guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock

These damage calculations demonstrate the potency of a +1 Earthquake. It even does over half to standard Shuca Berry Jirachi as it switches into Stealth Rock, which means even Jirachi can't handle Latios. Specially defensive Jirachi and Choice Band Tyranitar are OHKOed with entry hazard support or the slightest bit of prior damage. With these Pokemon gone, rain teams can often go to town.

The other differentiating aspect of this set is that it is a sweeper instead of a hole puncher. The rest of the set is conducive to this role. Outrage is stronger than Draco Meteor with an Attack boost, though the lock-in is admittedly undesirable. However, it lacks the nasty Special Attack drop of Draco Meteor, which forces standard Latios to switch out after using it, so it is not all bad. Outrage OHKOes defensive Politoed and gets the KO on 248/216+ Jellicent with Stealth Rock and 3 layers of Spikes up, which means it is more than strong enough.

The last slot is really up for grabs. Latios doesn't really have anything good left in its physical movepool, so the last slot contains one of two special attacks. Draco Meteor is the preferred option, still boasting quite a bit of power even with minimal investment. For example, it OHKOes max HP Hippowdon after Spikes damage, in addition to nailing Gyarados and Landorus-T. It boasts similar power to Outrage against threats with equal or close to equal defenses, and hits specially-weak Pokemon very hard. You can lure out Pokemon expecting to wall a physical Latios (once you've revealed your set, that is) and kill many of them with Draco Meteor. Hidden Power Fire is also an option for Ferrothorn, Skarmory, Scizor, and Forretress, though it lacks the general coverage and usefulness of Draco Meteor. Plus, a Magnezone can trap and kill these threats anyway.

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Name Item Nature

Dual Screens

Light Clay Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Reflect
~ Light Screen
~ Memento
~ Dragon Pulse
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe

Although Latios is almost always seen running an offensive set, he is also capable of utilizing a more defensively oriented support set courtesy of his respectable bulk and decent supporting movepool. Due to Latios's blazing Speed, he is able to set up Reflect and Light Screen with ease for Baton Pass, and other offensively oriented teams. Memento allows Latios to further support a teammate in setting up, as between dual screens and the Attack and Special Attack drops from Memento, a perfect opportunity to set up will have been created, rendering almost any Pokemon to no more than setup fodder for a multitude of sweepers. Dragon Pulse rounds off the set by providing the dragon with an attacking option, which can be useful when dealing with Pokemon carrying Taunt or Brick Break, which will render Latios unable to do his job.

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Name Item Nature

Calm Mind

Leftovers / Life Orb Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Dragon Pulse
~ Surf
~ Roost / Psyshock
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Instead of immediately powering through opponents, this set enables Latios to sweep through teams under the right circumstances. Similarly to Latias, this set finds a switch-in opportunity against a resisted attack and starts using Calm Mind, healing with Roost whenever necessary. However, unlike Latias, Latios can be very threatening after just one or two boosts, and this is where his strength lies. The opponent cannot no longer sacrifice a weakened Pokemon and send in his faster special attacker to KO Latios. Dragon Pulse gives typical great neutral coverage and OHKOes practically every non Steel-type offensive Pokemon after just a boost with Life Orb and Stealth Rock. Surf gives near perfect neutral coverage and picks off any Steel-type neutral to it, and by the time Latios comes in, Steel-types should have already been put into Surf's KO range. Lastly, Roost pairs well with Leftovers, giving Latios more switch-in and setup opportunities, as well as increased longevity, while Life Orb pairs nicely with Psyshock and allows Latios to OHKO Blissey after a boost, Stealth Rock, and a layer of Spikes. Psyshock also gives Latios an easier time against Tentacruel and Gastrodon, both of who can Toxic Latios and start stalling him with Protect and Recover, respectively.

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Other Options

Substitute allows Latios to avoid status, ease prediction, and avoid revenge kills, but Latios needs Life Orb to power up his coverage moves and thus cannot use Leftovers effectively, so Latios is going to lose health pretty fast. Even though Roost seems like a good idea to use with Substitute, it isn't, as it cuts Latios's coverage and leaves it walled by many Pokemon. Hidden Power Fighting is useful to OHKO Choice Scarf Tyranitar after Stealth Rock and 2HKO any other variant but has no use outside of that. Rain Dance and Water Gem is the only way that Latios can OHKO 252/252+ Tyranitar (after two Stealth Rock switch-ins or Stealth Rock and one layer of Spikes), but is a highly situational strategy focused solely on beating Tyranitar.

Checks and Counters

The only surefire Latios counters are specially defensive Tyranitar and specially defensive Jirachi, which are able to avoid the 2HKO from any of Latios's moves and either trap and kill him in Tyranitar's case or paralyze and slowly kill him in Jirachi's case. The only move they fear is Earthquake from Life Orb sets, but this move is almost never seen. Heatran in sun and Ferrothorn in rain are also able to wall any Latios variant and are very strong checks even outside of their preferred weather, fearing only Surf and Hidden Power Fire respectively. Apart from those Pokemon, Chansey, Blissey, Scizor, Bronzong, specially defensive Celebi, and Metagross are the best ways to check Latios, as they can stomach Latios's most dangerous weapon, Draco Meteor, but all fear Latios's coverage moves. Scizor and Metagross deserve a special mention, as they are able to trap and kill a Latios locked into the wrong move or after a Special Attack drop from Draco Meteor. Lastly, most faster Pokemon give Latios trouble and can revenge kill him; the the same is true for priority users. Such Pokemon include Choice Scarf Jirachi, Choice Scarf Salamence, Weavile, Tornadus, Starmie, Scizor, and Mamoswine.