- Copies foe's ability.
- The wielder gets a stat boost depending on its opponent's stats.
- Raises the power of all moves by 30% if the wielder moves last.
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Porygon2 is a solid, all-purpose wall to use on a team that needs, but can't afford to run, a large defensive core. It is among some of the bulkiest Pokemon in the game, and it has an excellent ability in Trace, which allows it to switch with little fear into opponents with abilities such as Flash Fire, Water Absorb, and Volt Absorb, which are usually very powerful special attackers. Trace also allows Porygon2 to take advantage of other abilities such as Levitate, Natural Cure, Intimidate, and Poison Heal. A workable 105 base Special Attack goes a long way in preventing Porygon2 from becoming a "sitting duck", taking attacks from the likes of Gliscor, Gyarados, and Salamence, and OHKOing or 2HKOing them back.
Nonetheless, this virtual duck suffers from several drawbacks that ultimately prevent it from taking the OU environment by storm. Lack of Leftovers recovery, low Speed, and shallow movepool mean that Porygon2 is relatively easy to overwhelm with multiple fast sweepers or with pure brute force from boosted attacks. All in all, Porygon2 is a jack of all trades when it comes to walling; its Normal typing is a double-edged sword, having only one weakness (to Fighting), as well as only an immunity to Ghost and no resistances. Porygon2 is a solid wall that certainly won't discriminate when it comes to walling offensive threats.
Porygon2 should not be the main focus or the starting point of a team; it is a "glue" Pokemon that turns momentum in its team's favor, and thus it may not be suited for heavily defensive teams or teams with solid cores of specialized Pokemon.
Porygon2 is an all-purpose defensive pivot that discriminates almost purely by numerical power. Depending on the EVs, it can go toe-to-toe with, or outright defeat, many offensive threats, such as Choice Band Scizor, Tyranitar, Gyarados, Salamence, Hydreigon, and Gengar. The "BoltBeam" combo is essential to maximize offensive presence and especially to deal with threats such as Gyarados and Gliscor in a timely manner. With Trace, Heatran, Jolteon, Chandelure, and Jellicent are also walled. Porygon2's low Speed means that it should try to use Recover at any available opportunity to maximize the impact that it has on the match. The EV spread listed avoids a 2HKO from Salamence's Draco Meteor in sand as well as a 2HKO from Life Orb Cloyster's Icicle Spear, and the rest are dumped into HP and Defense to protect against the numerous physical threats in OU, surviving even Life Orb Haxorus's +1 Outrage.
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Porygon2 is one of the best Trick Room users in the game due to its consistent bulk. Its low Speed becomes an advantage for this set, giving it much more offensive and defensive prowess. Trick Room itself allows powerful but slow attackers to become "fast" and attempt to sweep much more easily.
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As mentioned before, Porygon2's movepool leaves much to be desired, though it does have a few other options. Charge Beam is a notable option for an offensive Porygon2, but there are plenty of Calm Mind users who play this role better. A Choice Specs set can incapacitate the majority of Porygon2's switch-ins with Trick, but outside of that it is literally a sitting duck and loses out on the defensive boosts from Eviolite. STAB Tri Attack is an option but has poor two-move coverage, causing Porygon2 to be walled unnecessarily. Porygon2 is also blessed with two other great abilities, Download and Analytic. The former raises Attack or Special Attack by one stage upon switching in depending on which defense stat of the opponent's is weaker, and the latter powers up moves when Porygon2 moves last. However, Trace is so crucial to its countering utility that it's almost too good to pass up.
Checks and Counters
Some threats are simply too powerful for Porygon2 to handle effectively due to sheer might on one of the offensive stats or having a powerful Fighting-type move. Lucario, Infernape, Terrakion, Virizion, and weather sweepers can overwhelm the virtual duck through sheer force. It is also a sitting duck against Conkeldurr, especially Bulk Up variants. Porygon2 is also very vulnerable to status from walls such as Chansey and Blissey; Toxic in particular shuts it down completely. However, one should be careful if using Pokemon such as Poison Heal Gliscor, as Porygon2 can find a way to switch into it and Trace Poison Heal. Remember that, in the event of a double switch, priority depends on the Pokemon who are switching out; the faster Pokemon switches out first.