Zorua

Illusion
The wielder appears as the last Pokemon in the party to the opponent.
Type Tier
Dark LC
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
40
- 221 284 -
Atk
65
149 166 229 251
Def
40
104 116 179 196
SpA
80
176 196 259 284
SpD
40
104 116 179 196
Spe
65
149 166 229 251
  • Little Cup

Overview

Zorua is one of the many unique new threats introduced in BW. With base 80 Special Attack, base 65 Speed, and subpar defenses, Zorua appears to be a canine similar to Houndour without the STAB Fire Blast and Flash Fire to worry about, making it seem underwhelming in comparison. However, looks can be very deceiving thanks to Zorua's signature ability, Illusion, which allows it to masquerade as a teammate in the user's party. Sadly, with Fighting-types such as Timburr and Mienfoo running around with strong Fighting-type priority moves, Zorua must also tread carefully to not make a fatal mistake. Despite its weaknesses, opponents must still be on their guard with this mischievous little fox now running around the ranks of Little Cup.

Name Item Nature

Mixed Attacker

Life Orb Naive
Moveset IVs
~ Dark Pulse
~ Sucker Punch
~ Hidden Power Fighting
~ Extrasensory
2 HP
EVs
200 Atk / 40 Def / 240 Spe

With the element of surprise on its side, Zorua is easily capable of taking out an unsuspecting opponent or tricking them into switching out. Dark Pulse is Zorua's second strongest STAB move on the special side next to Night Daze, but the former should be used for its flinch rate and higher accuracy. Priority in the form of STAB Sucker Punch hits like a truck against anything that does not resist it. Hidden Power Fighting hits everything that Dark Pulse does not for at least neutral damage, bar Croagunk, who is OHKOed by Extrasensory.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Naive / Hasty
Moveset EVs
~ Dark Pulse / Night Daze
~ Hidden Power Fighting / Hidden Power Fire
~ U-turn
~ Pursuit / Extrasensory
36 HP / 200 SpA / 240 Spe

Zorua is also capable of utilizing a Choice Scarf to be an effective revenge killer. Dark Pulse is used in the first slot primarily for the flinch rate, but Night Daze is still another choice for the chance to lower accuracy. Hidden Power Fighting in conjunction with Zorua's STAB Dark-type move gives him near perfect neutral coverage against everything in Little Cup that isn't named Croagunk. U-turn is used for scouting and allows Zorua to make a quick escape if the opponent switches to a potential counter. The last slot is mainly filler, but Pursuit is generally recommended to cripple fleeing Psychic-types.

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Name Item Nature

Nasty Plot

Life Orb Timid / Naive
Moveset IVs
~ Nasty Plot
~ Dark Pulse / Night Daze
~ Hidden Power Fighting
~ Extrasensory / Sucker Punch
2 HP
EVs
40 Def / 200 SpA / 240 Spe

Zorua's high Special Attack stat makes it capable of utilizing Nasty Plot. Dark Pulse is the recommended option here as its STAB move, being capable of dealing heavy damage to, if not OHKOing, any Pokemon that does not resist it after a boost. Hidden Power Fighting hits Steel- and Dark-types that Dark Pulse cannot, while Extrasensory deals with Croagunk.

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Other Options

Zorua has access to Swords Dance and Agility, but is hindered by a shallow physical movepool and low defenses. A set utilizing Work Up could be passable, but it would be inferior to the mixed set. Its movepool also includes Taunt, Torment, Memento, and Substitute, but Zorua is better off attacking.

Checks and Counters

Anything that can deal heavy damage with a priority move is a problem for Zorua, especially Timburr and Croagunk, which have a good chance of OHKOing Zorua with Mach Punch and Vacuum Wave, respectively. Scraggy can tank Hidden Power Fighting and hit back even harder with Drain Punch while restoring health. Faster enemies, specifically Diglett and Choice Scarf Mienfoo, have an easy time revenge killing Zorua after its Illusion is exposed, or even before if the opponent is not fooled. Special tanks such as Munchlax and Mantyke that have offensive power can also take advantage of Zorua's mediocre defenses and rip through the fox with a powerful STAB move.