Zweilous

Hustle
Physical moves do 50% more damage at the cost of 20% accuracy. Increases wild encounter rate with higher level Pokemon.
Type Tier
Dark / Dragon NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
72
- 285 348 -
Atk
85
185 206 269 295
Def
70
158 176 239 262
SpA
65
149 166 229 251
SpD
70
158 176 239 262
Spe
58
136 152 215 236

Overview

Despite its NFE status, Zweilous is worth considering due to its unique Dark / Dragon typing. Thanks to this, it gets six resistances, including ones to Water and Fire, as well as a Psychic immunity, meaning that it often resists everything that the ever-popular Slowking carries. Hustle also ensures that it will hit hard regardless of whether it has a boosting item. Finally, despite its limited movepool, Zweilous obtains perfect coverage, and a Dragon-type STAB is very nice to have in a tier where Steel-types are somewhat rare. In spite of this, Zweilous has a rather poor Speed stat that results in it being outpaced rather often, and Hustle can be irritating at times due to the fact that it drops accuracy and can cause Zweilous to miss at a crucial moment. In addition, despite all its resistances, Zweilous still has weaknesses to some common types such as Fighting and Bug.

Name Item Nature

Bulky Attacker

Eviolite Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Outrage
~ Crunch
~ Superpower
~ Substitute / Toxic
180 HP / 252 Atk / 76 Spe

With the ability to hold an Eviolite and a unique typing, Zweilous can be an effective bulky attacker, hitting hard while taking advantage of its numerous resistances. Although it might initially seem a bit weak without a boosting item, Hustle raises its Attack to high levels to make up for it. Outrage is a powerful STAB move that hits hard against the majority of the tier and is difficult for teams to wall without one of the tier's few Steel-types. Crunch gets the job done against Slowking and other Psychic-types, and it is a solid alternative in the case that Zweilous doesn't want to be locked into Outrage. Superpower is Zweilous's best move against most Steel-type Pokemon, hitting Aggron especially hard.

Zweilous's extremely limited movepool almost forces it to run a non-attacking move in the last moveslot, but that doesn't mean each move doesn't have its distinct advantages. Substitute is the preferred option, as it blocks status moves, which can otherwise render Zweilous useless. More importantly, however, it gives Zweilous a barrier in case it were to miss a move due to Hustle, and because Zweilous forces out quite a few Pokemon and can take resisted hits, it is not very hard to set up. However, Toxic can be used as an alternative to cripple physical walls, such as Tangrowth, that Zweilous cannot hit very hard.

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Other Options

Zweilous doesn't even get Dragon Claw despite its claws and Dragon typing, which is already a bad sign. Considering how strong Zweilous can be thanks to Hustle, it is extremely tempting to use a Choice Band to attempt to absolutely rip things apart. However, Druddigon is ultimately more reliable, as it won't miss, isn't all that much weaker, and has a wider movepool to utilize. Zweilous can bump up its Speed with a Choice Scarf, but even with that item, it is a bit slow though it does outspeed Archeops, and furthermore, it is an unreliable revenge killer due to Hustle. Zweilous has access to Taunt, but a Substitute still prevents status moves from affecting it while simultaneously giving it a barrier for a Hustle miss. Zweilous has access to both Dragon Tail and Roar to phaze opponents, but the prevalence of Rapid Spin makes racking up entry hazard damage rather difficult, and Dragon Tail has a horrid accuracy due to Hustle. Head Smash is extremely tempting to outright destroy Moltres, but it's not worth all the recoil; even if it were worth the recoil, it's less accurate than even Focus Blast due to Hustle. Finally, Work Up can boost Zweilous's Attack stat, but its low Speed and accuracy rule out the idea of a sweep.

Checks and Counters

Arguably the best check to Zweilous is Escavalier. Outside of Fire Fang, there is not much Zweilous can do back to it, and Escavalier can easily OHKO with Megahorn. Durant is a similar case thanks to its typing. It's not as bulky, but it is at least faster than Zweilous, meaning it can land a KO before Zweilous can do anything back to it. Crustle and Rhydon have high enough Defense to sponge hits, and they can use X-Scissor and Megahorn, respectively, to dispatch of Zweilous. Although Ferroseed cannot do much back directly, it can set up many hazards while Zweilous gets hurt touching it. However, it must be careful about Superpower and the rare Fire Fang. Tangrowth can almost outright wall Zweilous but must carry something that can hit it for at least neutral damage, such as Focus Blast, in order to do damage back to it. All Fighting-types must beware of Outrage, but many of them can take a Crunch and then OHKO, such as Emboar and Hariyama. Finally, provided that Zweilous is not behind a Substitute, many Pokemon that carry a super effective STAB, such as Accelgor, Jynx, and Galvantula, can revenge kill it.