- Wielder heals 1/3 of its maximum HP on switching out.
- Boosts Attack by two stages for every stat drop.
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Tornadus-T is effectively the solution to nearly every issue Tornadus ever had. Regenerator greatly mitigates its weakness to passive damage, and its fantastic base 121 Speed not only allows Tornadus-T to outspeed Pokemon which were notable threats to Tornadus, such as Choice Scarf Tyranitar and Starmie, but it also makes Tornadus-T the fastest non-Scarfed prominent threat in OU other than Jolteon. Although Tornadus-T does not have the raw power of Tornadus, it is still quite powerful, has one of the best offensive STABs in the metagame, and Regenerator gives Tornadus-T a higher degree of versatility than Tornadus. Tornadus-T can run Choice Specs with a much higher degree of safety than Tornadus, and isn't as adversely affected by Life Orb, allowing it to go mixed to great effect. Superpower helps quite a bit here, smashing Tyranitar, Blissey, and Heatran, and U-turn helps Tornadus-T retain momentum. Tornadus-T still has trouble beating some bulky Steel-types and is absolutely dependent on rain in order to function, but it is a top-class threat and should never be taken lightly.
Tornadus-T can run a Life Orb set to great effect, thanks to Hurricane's excellent neutral coverage, Regenerator, and its access to an assortment of useful moves. Hurricane is the crux of the set, since it deals a lot of damage to many Pokemon in the metagame. Fighting-type moves have historically been an excellent complement to Flying-type moves, and while Tornadus-T is not going to find Superpower useful against most Steel-types, it can be put to great effect against Blissey and Tyranitar. Focus Blast is an alternative for the ability to deal with Ferrothorn more quickly or to avoid Superpower's stat drops, but because Tornadus-T is very adept at switching out of danger, the stat drops usually will not be enough of a detriment to warrant this. U-turn maintains offensive momentum, and allows Tornadus-T to pick up Regenerator recovery while keeping up offensive pressure. The last slot is where there is the most variance; Taunt is great for shutting down the likes of Deoxys-D, Chansey, and Ferrothorn, and Tornadus-T's insane base Speed makes it a prime user of the move. Rain Dance can be used as a failsafe in case Politoed dies, or to force opposing weather inducers out, making them eat more entry hazard damage and making the weather war easier to win. Hidden Power Ground is the last option, and is used to hit Heatran and Jirachi, but the move is rather weak and limited in use.
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With a pair of Choice Specs, Tornadus-T exchanges its flexibility for the ability to utterly smash faces. Choice Specs Tornadus-T isn't quite as powerful as Choice Specs Tornadus, but it is still deadly, and suffers far less from Stealth Rock than Tornadus. Hurricane is of course the principal STAB, boasting high Base Power and excellent neutral coverage. Even Pokemon which resist the move can be taking a large risk when switching into it, as some risk a 2HKO. Most non-resistant Pokemon are put in severe danger when staring down a Specs Tornadus-T; for example, Salamence is OHKOed most of the time by Hurricane without Stealth Rock. Some examples of Choice Specs Tornadus-T's strength are listed here:
- Hurricane vs 0/0 Rotom-W: 51% - 60.2%
- Hurricane vs 248 HP Rotom-W: 40.6% - 47.9%
- Hurricane vs 248 HP Scizor: 91.3% - 107.9%
- Hurricane vs 252 HP Deoxys-D: 57.2% - 67.4%
- Hurricane vs 252/252 Careful Ferrothorn: 48% - 57.1%
- Hurricane vs 252/0 Skarmory: 52.1% - 61.7%
- Hurricane vs 252/252 Calm Gastrodon: 50% - 59.2%
- Focus Blast vs 252/252 Heatran: 62.2% - 73.6%
- Focus Blast vs 0/0 Heatran: 94.1% - 110.8%
- Focus Blast vs 252/252 Careful Ferrothorn: 64.2% - 76.1%
- Focus Blast vs 252/0 Magnezone: 101.2% - 119.2%
- Heat Wave vs 252/252 Jirachi: 52% - 61.4%
Focus Blast is Hurricane's natural complement, smacking around the likes of Heatran, Tyranitar, and Ferrothorn. U-turn does what it always does; that is, maintain offensive momentum, force would-be checks to eat hazard damage, and keep Tornadus-T healthy and out of harm's way. The lack of a Life Orb does make it much less powerful, but also is advantageous in that Tornadus-T can gain net recovery from U-turn even when Stealth Rock is present. The moves in the last slot are both handy in the case that rain cannot be kept up. Heat Wave roasts Scizor, Ferrothorn, and Jirachi. Air Slash is a fairly weak STAB move, but does give Tornadus-T something to attack with when it isn't raining, and the chance for a flinch could be game-changing in dire situations.
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Tornadus-T can also go physical using Bulk Up, Acrobatics, and a Flying Gem, but this is quite an opportunity cost given how effective Tornadus-T is at using Hurricane, and Tornadus has a niche with this set thanks to Prankster. Tornadus-T can opt to run a fair amount of bulk in order to act as a pivot and get more out of Regenerator. Substitute blocks status and can be used to scout slower opponents, but Tornadus-T really hates losing health if it can be avoided, since one of its biggest selling points is ordinarily the degree of difficulty in wearing it down. Agility lets Tornadus-T not be concerned by Choice Scarf users in the slightest, but usually requires that Tornadus-T give up a turn that it could've attacked a slower target with, and does nothing to prevent Tornadus-T from being mangled by common priority moves. Brick Break destroys screens, and that's about it. It's considerable on a Bulk Up set over Superpower, but that's really the only time to consider it. Knock Off can rob the opponent of their item, and is actually surprisingly effective against Shed Shell Heatran, Tyranitar, or Ninetales when Tornadus-T is partnered with Dugtrio. Removing a Rotom-W's Choice Scarf also makes it much easier to handle, for example. Lastly, Torment neuters Choice-locked slower Pokemon, but is extremely limited in its use.
Checks and Counters
Steel-types that are neutral to Fighting-type attacks are some of the best answers to Tornadus-T. Specially defensive Jirachi stands out as it is able to tank its hits and heal off the damage with Wish before paralyzing Tornadus-T with Body Slam or Thunder Wave. Bronzong and Metagross are two more Steel-types which can tank Hurricanes and don't fear Superpower, though they lack reliable recovery. Specially defensive Skarmory, though an uncommon version, can also tank Hurricanes, but must be wary of being shut down by Taunt. Electric-types are another good answer. Rotom-W and Thundurus-T can shrug off a Hurricane and outspeed for an OHKO if wearing a Choice Scarf. Rotom-W and Zapdos can both invest in bulk to better handle Hurricanes. Jolteon can also switch into Hurricane, and is one of the few Pokemon that can naturally outspeed Tornadus-T. Blissey fears Superpower, but can handle Choice Specs Tornadus-T without too much difficult, while Chansey can hard-wall either variant. One must always be wary of Tornadus-T's access to U-turn, though.
Another effective way to neuter Tornadus-T is to remove its rain. Hurricane is much less threatening when it can't hit with much consistency, especially in sun where its accuracy is 50%. Sandstorm also deserves mention for making it a bit easier to wear down Tornadus-T, especially Life Orb variants, though switching a Tyranitar into Tornadus-T is incredibly risky, especially when said Tornadus-T has Dugtrio support. Passive damage to Tornadus-T is mostly mitigated by Regenerator, but Stealth Rock and damaging status conditions can help to wear it down, as can a Rocky Helmet or Iron Barbs when it attempts to U-turn. While Stealth Rock by itself might not be enough to limit Tornadus-T over the course of a game, it at the least ensures that Tornadus-T enters battle with only 75% health, making it much easier to kill. Tornadus-T's bulk isn't overly impressive either, so chip damage as it switches into attacks also helps to weaken it. This lack of bulk is also one of Tornadus-T's biggest problems, because it allows Tornadus-T to be revenge killed without too much hassle by some threats. Choice Scarf users are a common method of revenge killing Tornadus. Choice Scarf users, such as Keldeo and Terrakion, can eliminate Tornadus-T easily. Priority is another way to deal with it, with special note going to Weavile and Mamoswine, since their STAB priority hits Tornadus-T for super effective damage. Weavile itself naturally outspeeds Tornadus-T, allowing it to use Ice Punch to OHKO Tornadus-T if it is running the move. Surprise attacks are also a good method of killing off Tornadus-T such as Breloom using Stone Edge on a Tornadus-T expecting to be able to switch in on Mach Punch.