Flygon

Levitate
This Pokémon is immune to Ground-type moves.
Type Tier
Ground / Dragon OU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
80
- 301 364 -
Atk
100
212 236 299 328
Def
80
176 196 259 284
SpA
80
176 196 259 284
SpD
80
176 196 259 284
Spe
100
212 236 299 328
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Overview

Flygon is an excellent Pokemon, being one of a meager handful of the dreaded Dragon-types left in OU. Just be sure to not use it as an inferior Dragonite. Its resistance to Stealth Rock is a major boon in comparison to Dragonite, the 25% damage upon switching in greatly hampers the flying friendly dinosaur. On top of that, Flygon has a plethora of resistances and immunities that it can take advantage of when switching in. U-turn is an awesome attack to have on Choice sets since it makes predicting switches a lot easier. It isn't the most powerful Pokemon offensively, but it is good enough to get the job done, as STAB Dragon- and Ground-type attacks are devastating even without the Attack and Special Attack stats to back them up. Overall, Flygon has a lot of perks and shouldn't be underestimated whatsoever.

Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Earthquake
~ Outrage
~ U-turn
~ Stone Edge / Fire Blast
252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Flygon's resistances and immunities give it plenty of opportunities to switch in and score some surprise kills. Earthquake and Outrage are Flygon's primary STAB options, resisted only by Levitate Bronzong, Skarmory, and Shedinja. Stone Edge allows Flygon to revenge kill +1 Gyarados, and can pick off a weakened Zapdos. Fire Blast fries Skarmory for a 2HKO and is Flygon's best option against Bronzong. U-turn is to scout for common counters and works well with entry hazards in play as Flygon can force a lot of switches.

The idea of using Choice Scarf Flygon is simple. While its goal is being a revenge killer, Flygon makes an excellent secondary scout. With U-turn, Flygon can help ease the prediction when switching and, to add, could reveal another Pokemon on the opponent's side. It is best to use U-turn often when Flygon is sent out. It isn't a bad idea to use any of Flygon's other attacks if the Pokemon facing Flygon is threatening the team though, so only use U-turn if there are no other clear options. Outrage is used as your trump card, so make sure that Flygon is not spamming this move often. If it's locked into Outrage, beware of the revenge killers such as Scizor and Mamoswine that could possibly switch in after Flygon KOes a Pokemon and, consequently, lose Flygon in the process. To sum it up in a sentence: use U-turn to help scout and ease switching while using Flygon's other attacks to keep threats at bay or KO them in the process.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Earthquake
~ Outrage
~ U-turn
~ Fire Punch / Stone Edge / Dragon Claw
252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

While Flygon is often forgotten in favor of Dragonite, the Choice Band set can pose a huge threat to a lot of teams. Thanks to its excellent Dragon / Ground typing and its ability, Levitate, Flygon has many opportunities to switch in with its unique resistances to Rock and Fire, and immunities to Electric- and Ground-type attacks.

All Choice Band users require prediction to use effectively, but this applies to Flygon more than most other Pokemon due to its risky STAB moves. A Choice-locked Earthquake is a great opportunity for the likes of Dragonite and Gyarados to switch in; allowing these dangerous free switches can be problematic. Outrage, while hitting almost everyone for good damage, forces Flygon to remain in play for two to three turns, leaving it very vulnerable to revenge kills from Mamoswine or other fast Ice attackers. Despite this, many people underestimate the power of these STAB attacks coming from an Attack stat of 492, which allows Flygon to 2HKO Vaporeon, most Swampert, and a chance to 2HKO Bold Suicune if it takes prior Stealth Rock damage. U-turn is a fantastic option on Choice Band Flygon as it can not only wear down some common "Dragon counters", but also give you the benefit of learning what your opponent's Flygon counter is as Flygon damages them. Fire Punch allows Flygon to hit Skarmory and 2HKO specially defensive variants (with Stealth Rock) and reliably 2HKOes Bronzong and OHKOes Scizor. Fire Blast is also acceptable in this slot as it 2HKOes physical Skarmory, but it is less effective in most other scenarios and has reduced accuracy. If one has Magnezone support to eliminate these Steel-types though, Stone Edge or Dragon Claw become the superior options, letting Flygon hit Flying-types and Levitators without locking itself into Outrage.

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Name Item Nature

Toxic Stall

Leftovers Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Toxic
~ Roost
~ Earthquake
~ Fire Blast
252 HP / 176 Def / 80 Spe

This set utilizes Levitate and Roost to their maximum potential in order to stall an opponent with increasing Toxic damage. 281 Speed is reached to outspeed 278 Speed Heatran, 279 Speed Lucario, and 280 Speed Pokemon in general. 364 HP and 240 Defense isn't particularly bulky, but this Flygon isn't meant to absorb physical hits. Its purpose is to minimize residual damage as much as possible and Roost to keep its health up and let Toxic to take its toll on the opponent. The reason a Dragon move is not chosen is because Earthquake and Fire Blast hit all the Pokemon who are immune to Toxic for super effective damage (besides Weezing, Gengar, and Crobat). Despite the Timid nature, Earthquake is chosen over Earth Power because it does more damage on average, and deals more damage to Heatran and Tentacruel, both of which resist Fire Blast and are immune to Toxic.

Flygon is unique in that he is the only Pokemon in the OU metagame that takes some sort of reduced damage from Fire, Electric, and Ground attacks, and this fact should be emphasized at all times when using Flygon. Its useful resistances are why Roost is such a quality move on it, as Roost allows the user to continually switch Flygon in to take Fire Blasts, Earthquakes, or Thunderbolts.

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Name Item Nature

Physical Attacker

Life Orb Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Earthquake
~ Roost
~ Dragon Claw
~ Fire Blast / Stone Edge
252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

A general attacking Flygon, except with the ability to recover Life Orb and other damage with Roost. The ability to switch attacks also makes this Flygon more potent as a sweeper. The combination of Ground, Dragon, and Fire is unresisted so it can be difficult for an opponent to play around a Life Orb Flygon.

Outrage is usable on this set, but this Flygon is designed to stay in for several turns so being locked in can be a vulnerability to it, thus Dragon Claw is the primary option. Stone Edge can be used over Fire Blast or Dragon Claw. Using it over Dragon Claw gives Flygon leverage against Pokemon such as Gyarados and still nails Dragonite; however, lack of a secondary STAB that hits neutral against Levitating Pokemon is noticeable. Without Fire Blast, Skarmory becomes more of an issue.

Maximum Attack is used to get the most power out of this set, while the Speed EVs are to Speed tie with other positive-natured base 100 Speed foes, such as Jirachi. If you opt to use Fire Blast, the Special Defense EVs may be moved into Special Attack.

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Name Item Nature

Special Attacker

Life Orb Rash / Naive
Moveset EVs
~ Draco Meteor
~ Earthquake
~ Fire Blast
~ Roost / U-turn
80 Atk / 252 SpA / 176 Spe

Unlike the physical Life Orb set, which seeks to defeat enemies through brute force, this Flygon set works as a lure. It is easy to fool many players into thinking that this Flygon is the popular Choice Scarf set, which means that the opponent will be inclined to switch in Pokemon such as Hippowdon, Gliscor, and Dragonite on an expected U-turn, and they will all be be handily defeated by Draco Meteor. Fire Blast is used for Skarmory, Forretress, and Bronzong, while Earthquake deals with other Steel-types and 2HKOes Calm Blissey with aid from residual damage. The fourth moveslot depends on your needs. Roost is invaluable against stall teams, but it is difficult to find the opportunity to use the move against offensive teams. Conversely, U-turn is useful to scout switch-ins and deal more damage on offensive teams, but has little utility against stall. With a Rash nature and the given EVs, Flygon outspeeds neutral-natured base 90 Pokemon. Naive can be used to beat neutral-natured base 100 and positive-natured base 90 Pokemon, but Flygon will often find that it needs the additional power afforded by a Rash nature.

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Name Item Nature

Screech

Life Orb Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Screech
~ U-turn / Substitute
~ Earthquake
~ Dragon Claw / Stone Edge
252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Although denied the powerful boosting moves that its Dragon-type cousins have access to, Flygon can cause mayhem through the use of Screech. With its threatening STABs and multitude of resistances, including immunities to popular Electric- and Ground-type attacks, Flygon can easily force switches and hit the incoming opponent with Screech. With their Defense slashed, even bulkier foes, whom Flygon could never dream of taking on with its other movesets, are KOed by the correct move given entry hazard support. Suicune, Gliscor, and Gyarados are just a few of the victims who would normally wall the common Flygon. This puts opponents in a sticky situation: stay in and lose a Pokemon, or switch out and allow Flygon a free turn to attack, set up a Substitute, and rack up even more residual damage.

Screech is the key to this set, allowing Flygon to KO bulkier foes and force switches, which can be taken advantage of with U-turn. U-turn also does respectable damage to bulky Grass-types, such as Celebi and Shaymin, who resist Earthquake. As Outrage's lock-in side effect counteracts the goal of this set, Earthquake is Flygon's strongest STAB move against most grounded foes. The last moveslot depends on what the rest of the team has issues with. Dragon Claw gets STAB, and hits foes like Gliscor and opposing Dragon-types, who would otherwise wall this set. On the other hand, Stone Edge gets great coverage alongside Earthquake and easily takes care of Gyarados and Zapdos, who are only 2HKOed by Dragon Claw. Substitute is an option over U-turn to more directly take advantage of switches, but with Life Orb recoil added into the mix, Flygon will lose health rather quickly. Life Orb is necessary to achieve many KOs, especially on bulky threats.

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Other Options

There isn't much else that Flygon has to exploit. Choice Specs is decent, but Flygon doesn't have the raw attacking stats to pull it off effectively. ThunderPunch is an option for Gyarados if you are concerned about it taking an Outrage and KOing Flygon with Ice Fang or Avalanche. Finally, Rest and Sleep Talk could work, as Flygon has good defensive typing, but Roost is almost always a better option.

Checks and Counters

Not many Pokemon can take repeated hits from the Choice Band set, so prediction is key. Cresselia is your best bet, not being 2HKOed by Outrage if very defensively EVed. Suicune and Vaporeon work reasonably well but both must watch out for Choice Band-boosted Outrages if they have taken residual damage. Hippowdon and Gliscor work similarly, although Ice Fang is required for them to be of an immediate threat to Flygon opposed to just a buffer. A bulky Gyarados is an excellent counter with Intimidate, although Stealth Rock can hinder its ability to switch in repeatedly. Bronzong, Skarmory, and Forretress can come in on any attack not of the Fire-type and set up something in Flygon's face. Most Steel-types can revenge kill a Flygon that's locked itself into Outrage too early into a match. Heatran and Metagross can come in relatively easy on an Outrage and OHKO with either Hidden Power Ice or Ice Punch, respectively. Many of these counters (Cresselia, Suicune, Vaporeon, Hippowdon, Gliscor) can handle hits from the Choice Scarf version very well, though the latter two should avoid catching a Draco Meteor. Porygon2 can come in on Earthquake by Tracing Levitate, and is not 2HKOed by an unboosted Outrage, whereas it OHKOes back with Ice Beam. Gardevoir can too come in on weaker Draco Meteors and Earthquake, but fears Outrage more.