Virizion

Justified
Raises Attack one stage when hit by a Dark-type move.
Type Tier
Grass / Fighting UU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
91
- 166 198 -
Atk
90
99 110 142 156
Def
72
82 92 124 136
SpA
90
99 110 142 156
SpD
129
134 149 181 199
Spe
108
115 128 160 176

Overview

Virizion is a huge asset to any team. Its amazing typing gives Virizion a resistance to almost every spread attack, allowing endless team options. High defenses and Speed, along with a large support and decent offensive movepool make this regal deer a top tier Pokemon in VGC.

Name Item Nature

Physical Attacker

Lum Berry / Fighting Gem Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Close Combat
~ Leaf Blade
~ Light Screen
~ Protect / Safeguard
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

This set aims to support Virizion's teammates while maintaining offensive momentum with Close Combat and Leaf Blade. These two moves are the strongest of Virizion's STAB options, and the Fighting Gem powers up Close Combat to compensate for Virizion's middling base 90 Attack. Close Combat and Leaf Blade do not have the best coverage, but they hit certain threats hard enough. For example, Jellicent's Water Spout does next to nothing after it takes a hit from Leaf Blade. Light Screen helps out against the numerous special attackers in VGC, and increases Virizion's ability to handle Discharge, Surf, and Water Spout. Safeguard stops Amoonguss cold, a great asset when considering Amoonguss's resistances to Virizion's STAB attacks.

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Name Item Nature

Special Attacker

Life Orb / Lum Berry Timid / Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Grass Knot
~ Focus Blast
~ Hidden Power Rock
~ Protect
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Virizion's special attacking set is similar to its physical set, except that with Hidden Power Rock, the deer achieves perfect neutral coverage. The given three moves hit many common Pokemon for super effective damage. Focus Blast, while risky, nets OHKOes against Pokemon with low Special Defense. Grass Knot hits Jellicent hard, and generally anything that resists Focus Blast. Chandelure, Thundurus, Tornadus, and many other threats that resist Virizion's STAB attacks are hit hard by Hidden Power Rock. Life Orb or a Modest nature make Virizion's base 90 Special Attack workable.

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Other Options

In terms of items, Coba Berry could work to weaken Acrobatics' or Air Slash's power. A bulkier spread of 252 HP / 76 Def / 180 Spe (72 Def / 184 Spe if using Hidden Power Rock) with a Careful or Calm nature increases Virizion's lifespan while outspeeding Modest Hydreigon. Dual Screens could work quite well with this more defensively oriented set. Sacred Sword has less Base Power, but it hits through the Defense boosts of (albeit rare) Bulk Up Pokemon. This is a much better option for a defensive set, as it does not lower Virizion's defenses, a severe drawback to using Close Combat.

Checks and Counters

Archeops OHKOes Virizion with Acrobatics. Chandelure and Flying-types wall the physical support set and threaten with a super effective move. Reuniclus easily handles Virizion's attacks and has Psychic to bring Virizion down. Trick Room also turns Virizion's amazing Speed into a liability.