Tyranitar

Sand Stream
Summons permanent sandstorm.
Unnerve
Prevents the foe from consuming its held Berry item.
Type Tier
Rock / Dark OU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
100
- 175 207 -
Atk
134
138 154 186 204
Def
110
117 130 162 178
SpA
95
103 115 147 161
SpD
100
108 120 152 167
Spe
61
72 81 113 124

Overview

As it frequently tops the OU usage lists, it is inconceivable that Tyranitar has not considered taking over the forbidden land of Ubers as well. Indeed, while the bipartisan dictatorship of Groudon and Kyogre persecute other weather effects from coming into play, the sand tyrant stands defiant, ready to introduce sandstorm to the world of Mount Olympus. Its ability, Sand Stream, allows Tyranitar to become an extremely sturdy special tank in the Uber metagame, a tier full of special attackers. It isn't indestructible by any means, however, as Tyranitar sports nasty weaknesses to the ubiquitous Aura Sphere and Earthquake. Overall, Tyranitar is an extremely versatile Pokemon, and every team that dreams of being successful should have an answer to the dinosaur.

Name Item Nature

Tank

Leftovers / Lum Berry Sassy / Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Crunch / Payback
~ Pursuit
~ Low Kick / Superpower
~ Fire Blast / Stealth Rock / Stone Edge
252 HP / 76 Atk / 180 SpD

With the boost from sandstorm, Tyranitar's Special Defense is lifted to an enormous 463, and coupled with its impressive 404 HP, this allows it to weather even the mightiest of special attacks in the Uber metagame. These include Dialga's unboosted Draco Meteor, Palkia's Spacial Rend, Reshiram's Blue Flare, and so on. Unlike special walls such as Blissey and Chansey, Tyranitar can pack a punch with its attacks instead of relying on status and Seismic Toss. Using Crunch and Pursuit, Tyranitar can checkmate Giratina-O, allowing Rapid Spin to be used much more easily. It also checks unboosted Mewtwo, as it can survive a Life Orb-boosted Aura Sphere while dealing heavy damage back with STAB Crunch. It can Pursuit Choice Scarf Palkia locked into any attack apart from Surf, Pursuit Reshiram locked into a Fire-type attack, and Pursuit Kyogre locked into any non-Water-type attack, while also taking out Dialga with Low Kick. Tyranitar's chosen Dark-type STAB and Pursuit allow it to checkmate many threats, while Low Kick gives it fantastic coverage. Crunch is generally preferred as it allows Tyranitar to deal consistent damage to Dragon Tail Giratina-O, who would otherwise make Payback a 50 Base Power move.

The last move is a toss-up between Fire Blast, Stealth Rock, and Stone Edge. Fire Blast allows Tyranitar to fry Ferrothorn and Forretress, who might try switching in to set up hazards, and keeps Scizor away. Stealth Rock can be used if the team requires Tyranitar to set it up, while Stone Edge allows Tyranitar to fully counter Ho-Oh, as it deals heavy damage to the phoenix even when Tyranitar has been burned by Sacred Fire.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Crunch / Payback
~ Pursuit
~ Stone Edge
~ Low Kick
252 HP / 64 Atk / 192 SpD

Tyranitar's high base 134 Attack and enormous Special Defense make it an excellent Choice Band user in the Uber environment. It can easily switch into many special attackers in the tier who are locked into unfavourable attacks and deal massive damage to them with Pursuit as they switch out. Such Pokemon include Choice Scarf Palkia locked into any attack apart from Surf, Giratina-O, and Reshiram locked into a Fire-type move. With these Pokemon removed, other Pokemon such as Kyogre can sweep a lot more easily. Crunch is Tyranitar's main STAB, although Payback is another option, since Tyranitar is slow. Payback will be weak against phazers such as Lugia and Giratina-O, though. Crunch's chance to lower Defense also allows Tyranitar to come out on top in certain situations. If you are lucky with the Defense drops, Tyranitar could potentially defeat Lugia one-on-one. Stone Edge is Tyranitar's most powerful attack, doing huge damage to anything that doesn't resist it. Low Kick rounds out the set, providing good coverage against Steel-types.

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Other Options

Rock Slide is a more reliable option over Stone Edge, but it is way too weak to do anything useful. Dragon Dance and Rock Polish can be used to improve Tyranitar's horrible Speed, but it would still be too slow after one boost, while it will find itself being walled way too easily. Thunder Wave can be used to cripple an Arceus forme or two, but since Tyranitar's main counter, Groudon, is immune to it, it is quite useless. Toxic can be used to cripple Groudon. Dragon Tail or Roar can be used on the tank set in conjunction with entry hazards for some decent results. Curse can be used to boost Tyranitar's Defense, giving it excellent mixed bulk, but Groudon and other counters can KO Tyranitar faster than it can boost.

Tyranitar has the option of running a mixed suicide lead set, using a Hasty nature, max Speed, max Special Attack, and Ice Beam to deal heavy damage to Groudon. A Focus Sash or Air Balloon can be used to dodge an OHKO from Earthquake. This set is most effective when sandstorm is not central to the team's overall strategy. A combination of Focus Sash and Counter can also be used to surprise Groudon, but it is generally unreliable.

Checks and Counters

Groudon completely walls Tyranitar, removes the sandstorm, and OHKOes with Earthquake or forces it out with Dragon Tail. Ground Arceus fulfills a similar role, while Fighting Arceus resists both STABs and OHKOes with 4x super effective Judgment. Steel Arceus also resists both STABs, but will not enjoying taking Low Kick. Garchomp and Gliscor can both switch into anything apart from the occasional Ice Beam and deal heavy damage with Earthquake. Kyogre can take an attack from Choice Band Tyranitar (albeit not very well) and deal huge amounts of damage with its rain-boosted STAB attacks. Terrakion and Lucario both enjoy switching into Tyranitar's Dark-type STAB for a Justified boost, although both need to watch out for Superpower, and in Lucario's case, Fire Blast. Heracross can also can switch into anything barring Choice Band Stone Edge and Fire Blast. All three of the Fighting-types listed above can OHKO with Close Combat. Similar to Heracross, Scizor only needs to watch out Fire Blast and needs to tread carefully around Choice Band-boosted Stone Edge, and it can OHKO in return with Superpower or deal huge amounts of damage with U-turn or Bullet Punch.