Zebstrika

Lightningrod
When hit with an Electric-type move, Special Attack is boosted by one stage. All Electric-type attacks are drawn to this Pokemon.
Motor Drive
Grants immunity to Electric-type moves and boosts Speed by 1 stage when hit by an Electric-type move.
Sap Sipper
Grants immunity to Grass-type moves and boosts Attack by 1 stage when hit by a Grass-type move.
Type Tier
Electric NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
75
- 150 182 -
Atk
100
108 120 152 167
Def
63
74 83 115 126
SpA
80
90 100 132 145
SpD
63
74 83 115 126
Spe
116
122 136 168 184

Overview

Zebstrika has the potential to be a formidable threat. This is made all the better by the fact that it is the closest thing to a 100% counter to Thundurus. Its ability, Lightningrod, raises its modest Special Attack stat to an acceptable level after the first boost, making it a powerful attacker and supporter. However, its terrible defenses often hold it back; even powerful neutral attacks are usually enough to take it down. Furthermore, without a Lightningrod boost, even Zebstrika's super effective attacks will often fail to KO the opposition, greatly impeding his clout. While it has subpar stats bar Speed, after a Lightningrod boost, Zebstrika can still easily stampede through teams.

Name Item Ability Nature

Thundurus's Partner

Life Orb / Focus Sash Lightningrod Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Ice
~ Overheat
~ Protect
52 HP / 252 SpA / 204 Spe

Zebstrika makes a great partner alongside Pokemon weak to Electric-type attacks because of its ability, Lightningrod, which draws all Electric attacks towards Zebstrika and raises its Special Attack. Discharge users such as Thundurus also make wonderful partners due to their ability to boost Zebstrika while damaging the opponent. Overheat OHKOes most Steel-types. When holding a Life Orb, the combined damage of Thundurus's Electric Gem-boosted Discharge and Zebstrika's Lightningrod boosted Overheat will OHKO standard Amoonguss roughly 98% of the time. Life Orb is the preferred item, guaranteeing an OHKO on non-Yache Berry Landorus and Tornadus with Hidden Power Ice and Thunderbolt, respectively. Because of how frail Zebstrika and Thundurus are, a random Choice Scarf user can put the hurt on both of them; leading off with this combo may not be the best idea, however. Bringing in the duo later can be a much safer option, so as to not lose Zebstrika or Thundurus on the first turn to Choice Scarf users.

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Other Options

For such a fast Pokemon, it's a shame Zebstrika didn't get more support moves. Light Screen and Thunder Wave are probably its best options. Zebstrika is one of the best users of Me First, being able to OHKO unsuspecting Pokemon such as Hydreigon and Terrakion with their own STAB moves. However, Me First becomes easy to play around once your opponent sees it. Quick Attack can be used to pick off weakened Pokemon and gives you one last attack before being picked off by other priority users. Although it has higher Attack than Special Attack, a physical set is not nearly as effective due to Zebstrika's poor physical movepool and Lightningrod's ability to boost Zebstrika's Special Attack. Wild Charge, however, is more powerful than Thunderbolt initially, and can OHKO Jellicent. Motor Drive is almost always inferior to Lightningrod; even if you were to use a physical set, Zebstrika is usually the second fastest Pokemon on the field when used in combination with Thundurus. Lightningrod is more useful since it protects your teammates from Electric-type attacks regardless.

Checks and Counters

Trick Room in general is a good counter to Zebstrika due to Zebstrika and Thundurus being unable to KO common Trick Room starters. With its pitiful defenses, Zebstrika won't be taking many, if any, hits without Focus Sash after Trick Room is set up. Due to Zebstrika's mediocre Special Attack, most bulky Pokemon can take a hit and cause serious damage with a strong neutral attack. Seismitoad takes little damage from Hidden Power Ice and can OHKO with Earthquake. Besides Overheat, Amoonguss can sponge any of Zebstrika's hits pretty well.