Rhyperior

Lightningrod
When hit with an Electric-type move, Special Attack is boosted by one stage. All Electric-type attacks are drawn to this Pokemon.
Solid Rock
Reduces damage from super effective hits by 25%.
Reckless
Increases the power of recoil moves by 20%.
Type Tier
Ground / Rock UU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
115
- 28 31 -
Atk
140
18 20 23 25
Def
130
17 19 22 24
SpA
55
10 12 15 16
SpD
55
10 12 15 16
Spe
40
9 10 13 14

Overview

With an outstanding base 140 Attack stat and low Speed, Rhyperior is the perfect candidate for Trick Room teams in VGC 2012. It also gets STAB on the "QuakeSlide" combo, which makes it a big threat to many teams. Wonderful bulk helps it take most physical attacks with ease too. Sadly, Rhyperior's lacking Special Defense allows many special attackers to check it. Rhyperior's ability, Solid Rock, helps that weakness somewhat, though. Overall, Rhyperior's excellent HP and Defense stats are what really aid his survivability in battle.

Name Item Ability Nature

Trick Room Attacker

Ground Gem / Rock Gem Lightningrod / Solid Rock Brave
Moveset IVs
~ Earthquake
~ Rock Slide
~ Megahorn
~ Protect
0 Spe
EVs
252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD

With this set, Rhyperior is a behemoth under Trick Room, destroying anything that doesn't resist its powerful STAB combination. With just its two STAB moves in Rock Slide and Earthquake, Rhyperior achieves near-perfect coverage, hitting a wide range of threats very hard. Although its accuracy is below average, Megahorn is useful in many situations, 2HKOing Bold 252 HP/ 252 Def Cresselia and OHKOing all Latios. Protect is a necessity in VGC for prediction and scouting, and Rhyperior is no exception. When considering Rhyperior's weaknesses to common attacking types, Protect's ability to shield it from all attacks for a turn and allow its partner to take out the threatening foe makes it all the more crucial.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Rhyperior's large movepool includes some interesting alternative options such as Avalanche, the elemental punches and fangs, and Hammer Arm. In most cases, using these moves is inadvisable due to the difficulty of finding space on a set. Rhyperior already has pretty good coverage and using these moves ruins that. Rock Blast can break Substitutes, sashes, and Charti Berries, but Rock Slide is a must-have and Rhyperior is usually better off with more coverage moves instead of two Rock-type attacks. If you are using Rhyperior on a Trick Room team Rock Blast can be especially useful to stop Prankster Pokemon from stalling out your Trick Room with Substitute. Hammer Arm would fit the best if any of these moves were to be used, however, because of the additional effect. It hits Dark-types and Ferrothorn harder, and actually makes Rhyperior "faster" with each use under Trick Room. Lastly, a Lum Berry could be used to give Rhyperior an answer to Will-O-Wisp and other status conditions.

Checks and Counters

Rain teams will absolutely demolish Rhyperior, as it has no hope surviving a rain boosted Surf from common rain abusers. Bulky Ghost-types with Will-O-Wisp, such as Dusclops, can cripple all Rhyperior lacking a Lum Berry. Breloom and Virizion resist Rhyperior's STABs, and can retaliate with Spore and Giga Drain, respectively. Intimidate users such as Gyarados and Hitmontop can weaken Rhyperior's attacks and pick on his weaknesses. Without the right type-resist berry, Rhyperior is also vulnerable to a 2HKO from certain attacks, such as Garchomp's Earthquake when it isn't holding a Shuca Berry, and Metagross's Meteor Mash when it is without a Babiri Berry.

Unreleased

Rhyperior receives Reckless from the Dream World. While this may seem to be great on a powerful physical attacker like Rhyperior at first, it's almost completely useless. The only move that would benefit from this ability is Double-Edge, which Rhyperior cannot fit on any moveset. Lightningrod and Solid Rock outclass this ability completely.