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 an excellent Pokemon in the VGC 2012 metagame. It has great STAB coverage against many common Pokemon, such as Tyranitar and Politoed. With base 108 Speed, Virizion outspeeds a large portion of the metagame, which makes it an excellent choice to attack quickly with great power. High Special Defense and decent HP stats, coupled with key resistance to Water-, Rock-, Ground-, and Electric-type moves—which are often seen in the form of spread moves—in addition to resistances to Grass- and Dark-type moves, enable Virizion to be both an effective wall and a supporting Pokemon as well. However, Virizion is limited by average offensive stats, a shallow movepool, low physical bulk, and weaknesses to Fire- and Ice-type moves. Overall, Virizion is an incredibly versatile Pokemon that can fit many roles on your team effectively if used wisely.

Name Item Nature

Physical Attacker

Life Orb Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Leaf Blade
~ Sacred Sword / Close Combat
~ Stone Edge / X-Scissor
~ Protect
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Leaf Blade is Virizion's only physical Grass-type attack, and allows it to take down many common members of rain teams, such as Politoed, Jellicent, and Gastrodon, as well as other Water-types, such as Slowbro, Suicune, and Starmie. Leaf Blade also hits many Pokemon commonly found on sand teams, such as Hippowdon, Krookodile, Tyranitar, and Rhyperior, very hard. Sacred Sword and Close Combat provide Virizion with a strong Fighting-type STAB. Close Combat hits much harder and can gain KOs that Sacred Sword would miss out on, but the Defense and Special Defense drops leave Virizion extremely vulnerable to most attacks. Thanks to its Fighting-type coverage, Virizion is able to hit Excadrill and Heatran for super effective damage, and also dent other common Pokemon, such as Metagross. Although its accuracy is shaky at best, Stone Edge provides coverage against Flying-type Pokemon, such as Togekiss, Tornadus, Thundurus, and Zapdos. If Stone Edge doesn't cut it for you, X-Scissor is another option that allows Virizion to hit Grass- and Psychic-types, such as Ludicolo, Latios, Latias, and Cresselia, for super effective damage. Protect is a vital move in VGC that enables Virizion to avoid a turn of damage while its partner takes out an imminent threat.

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Name Item Nature

Special Attacker

Life Orb Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Giga Drain
~ Focus Blast
~ Hidden Power Ice
~ Protect
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

With a Special Attack stat equal to its decent Attack stat, Virizion can also run a set that capitalizes on its specially based movepool. Giga Drain provides Virizion with a strong Grass-type STAB in addition to recovery, which is something the physical set lacks. Focus Blast is Virizion's only special Fighting-type move, and its low accuracy is a major detriment to the set. However, thanks to its 120 Base Power, Focus Blast hits very hard and makes up for Virizion's merely decent offensive stat. Hidden Power Ice provides coverage against Salamence, Garchomp, and Landorus, all of which Virizion outspeeds. Protect allows Virizion to scout for moves and protect itself from damage for a turn.

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Name Item Nature

Dedicated Support

Sitrus Berry Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Reflect
~ Light Screen
~ Giga Drain
~ Helping Hand / Protect
252 HP / 28 Def / 228 Spe

This set takes advantage of Virizion's vast support movepool. Reflect and Light Screen help lessen the damage that Virizion and its teammate might take. Virizion's Speed enables it to get these screens up before many strong slower attackers get a chance to move. Giga Drain stops Virizion from becoming Taunt bait, and also enables it to recover HP as it attacks, while Helping Hand can aid its partner in getting OHKOs it might not have been able to score without the boost, which makes Virizion a powerful ally. However, if Helping Hand isn't needed, Protect is a valuable tool to help keep Virizion safe from harm.

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Other Options

Virizion could make use of any Choice item, but the lack of versatility of these sets can be crippling, especially in fast-paced VGC matches. Virizion's shallow movepool further limits the viability of a Choice item; it will usually have to rely on Hidden Power for coverage. Virizion has access to Calm Mind, Work Up, and Swords Dance, but these moves aren't very viable in VGC and often reveal your set, which makes them mediocre options at best. In conclusion, a fairly shallow movepool leaves Virizion with little to work with outside the listed sets.

Checks and Counters

Bulky walls tend to cause trouble for Virizion, especially if they only take neutral damage from Virizion's STAB attacks. Intimidate can cripple the physical set, and special walls will be able to take Virizion's hits with relative ease. Users of Drain Punch, such as Conkeldurr, can hit Virizion hard and regain HP at the same time, and they only take neutral damage from Virizion's STAB attacks. Virizion also has trouble with Dragon-type Pokemon. Even with Hidden Power Ice, Virizion will usually be unable to OHKO common Dragon-types; Latios, Dragonite, and Salamence can thus make quick work of Virizion. Flying-type Pokemon such as Tornadus and Fire-type Pokemon such as Infernape can take down Virizion with their STAB attacks as well.