Thundurus-T

Volt Absorb
Heals 25% HP when hit by an Electric-type attack.
Defiant
Boosts Attack by two stages for every stat drop.
Type Tier
Electric / Flying OU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
79
- 24 27 -
Atk
105
15 17 20 22
Def
70
11 13 16 17
SpA
145
18 21 24 26
SpD
80
12 14 17 18
Spe
101
14 16 19 20

Overview

Although not at the level of its Incarnate form, mainly due to the drop in Speed, Thundurus-T is not to be underestimated. Its base 145 Special Attack is nothing to scoff at, considering it's the highest among all Electric-types and one of the highest in the entire game. It also has an amazing ability in the form of Volt Absorb, which means that your opponent must think twice before using an Electric-type attack, lest they give you a free switch and potentially regained health. Rain being the dominant weather is good news for Thundurus-T too, as it can use the more powerful Thunder without issues.

However, every Pokemon has its flaws, and Thundurus-T is no exception. Base 101 Speed is quite good and better than the majority of the metagame, but it does allow Thundurus-T to get outpaced by several faster threats in the metagame, with Pokemon such as Terrakion, Keldeo, Garchomp, and Latios. Thundurus-T is also quite frail, meaning it cannot switch in on many attacks, and is Stealth Rock weak. However, with access to several boosting moves, a sky-high Special Attack stat and the potential to rip just about any defensive Pokemon to shreds, Thundurus-T is a worthy consideration for any offensive team.

Name Item Nature

Double Booster

Leftovers Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Agility
~ Nasty Plot
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Ice
128 HP / 252 SpA / 128 Spe

While Thundurus-T may not sport the most impressive defensive stats, it can take a surprising amount of hits when it has investment in bulk. This allows it an extra turn to do what it needs to do, and most teams cannot afford to give something as dangerous as Thundurus-T any more free turns than necessary. Agility allows you to outrun just about everything, while Nasty Plot jacks Thundurus-T's Special Attack up to an impressive 854. This set's surprising bulk is what really makes it fearsome; against defensive teams it can often survive weaker attacks to boost its Special Attack even further, while against offensive teams it can use Agility to outrun everything and tank a hit from something like Choice Scarf Jirachi's Ice Punch to Nasty Plot again and OHKO everything. On the occasion that it gets both boosts, it is often "gg" right then and there.

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Name Item Nature

Agility

Life Orb Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Agility
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Ice
~ Grass Knot / Focus Blast
4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

This Thundurus-T variant eschews bulk in favor of added coverage and power. It has a harder time setting up and is more vulnerable to being worn down but it has the advantage of being able to kill some of the double booster's usual checks with its added coverage and has more power behind its attacks as a whole; Life Orb-boosted base 145 Special Attack (a 427 stat with maximum investment and a positive nature) is nothing to laugh at. While this set is more hard-pressed to set up and sweep due to its comparative lack of bulk, it can kill a lot of its usual checks with relative ease. Gastrodon, Hippowdon, Tyranitar, and Mamoswine all fall to Grass Knot, although the latter must be hit on the switch; Focus Blast guarantees an OHKO against Tyranitar while still beating Mamoswine switch-ins and also hitting Heatran, Ferrothorn, and Kyurem-B hard.

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Name Item Nature

Expert Belt

Expert Belt Naive
Moveset EVs
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Ice
~ Superpower / Grass Knot
~ U-turn
4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

This set eschews boosting for pure, all-out wallbreaking efficiency. Several of Thundurus-T's usual checks or counters can be dispatched with this set, especially with a potential Choice item bluff. For example, if Celebi switches in on a Thunderbolt, it will unexpectedly be destroyed by the following U-turn, which also takes advantage of Latias or Latios switch-ins. Chansey, normally a relatively safe counter to most Thundurus-T sets, is surprised by Superpower, especially if it has switched into Stealth Rock and an attack prior. Grass Knot, as always, is effective to surprise Gastrodon and Hippowdon while also hitting Tyranitar. Stall teams in particular have trouble dealing with this set. However, without Agility to boost its Speed, Thundurus-T, although not exactly slow, will be revenge killed by several faster Pokemon found on offensive teams, such as Terrakion, Keldeo, and Garchomp. Because it offers very little defensive utility, it is advised to have a strong backbone so you are not run over by these quicker powerhouses.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Naive / Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Flying
~ Focus Blast
~ U-turn / Volt Switch
4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Thundurus-T is a unique Choice Scarf user. It outruns two Pokemon more commonly used for the role, Jirachi and Salamence; by extension, it revenge kills just about everything they do, namely Dragon Dancers such as Dragonite and Haxorus, and in general fast Pokemon such as Keldeo and Terrakion. Another perk it has is the ability to keep momentum in its team's favor by using U-turn or Volt Switch on a predicted switch. Volt Switch has STAB, but U-turn is usually the better option because it isn't blocked by Ground-types, as well as getting nice damage against some of Thundurus-T's usual switch-ins, Celebi and Latias. Hidden Power Flying is a neat secondary STAB option but Thundurus-T loses the ability to get secured OHKOs on the quad-weak Dragons that it normally has no trouble revenge killing.

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Name Item Nature

Nasty Plot

Life Orb / Lum Berry / Leftovers Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Ice
~ Focus Blast / Grass Knot / Substitute
~ Nasty Plot
4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

This set is similar to the Agility in the vein that it eschews bulk for coverage and extra power, except this set uses Nasty Plot as its boost of choice. It isn't as effective in a metagame filled with faster offensive Pokemon, but against slower teams it is absolutely devastating. Nasty Plot in conjunction with Life Orb jacks its Special Attack up to frightening levels capable of killing everything in the game. Lum Berry gets rid of status, most notably specially defensive Jirachi's Body Slam paralysis, while allowing room in Thundurus-T's moveset for Focus Blast or Grass Knot. Leftovers allows Thundurus-T to stick around longer than it usually would, especially if it's using Substitute, which is used to block revenge killers, status, and Leech Seed.

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Other Options

There really isn't much else that hasn't already been mentioned. A Choice Specs set is immediately threatening but it is generally outclassed by Jolteon; the loss in power is made up for by the extra Speed and lack of a Stealth Rock weakness. Taunt is viable to stop stall teams' defensive Pokemon from recovering after taking a hit but you're usually better off using Nasty Plot and outright killing them.

Checks and Counters

Specially defensively-oriented Pokemon are generally the best defensive measures against Thundurus-T. Gastrodon and Hippowdon in particular are generally solid choices against any set lacking Grass Knot. Latias can take almost any attack, really only fearing U-turn, and either hit Thundurus-T with a Draco Meteor or set up with Calm Mind. However, Thundurus-T possesses the tools to blow past any of its more defensive counters, so it is often more advisable to beat it offensively. It is outsped by a lot of faster offensive Pokemon and doesn't have the bulk or typing to switch in on too many attacks. Terrakion, Keldeo, Garchomp, Latios and most Choice Scarf Pokemon do a good job at stopping Thundurus-T's assault.