Porygon

Trace
Copies foe's ability.
Download
User gets a stat boost depending on its opponent's stats.
Type Tier
Normal LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 23 26 -
Atk
60
10 12 15 16
Def
70
11 13 16 17
SpA
85
13 15 18 19
SpD
75
12 14 17 18
Spe
40
9 10 13 14
  • Little Cup

Overview

With its excellent stat distribution and wide movepool, Porygon can serve a multitude of roles, such as a pseudo-wall/supporter, a cleaner, or even a straight-out sweeper. Although Porygon can perform these roles well, Pokemon such as Munchlax have made the metagame revolve around Fighting-type attacks, making it hard for Porygon to set up.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice

Choice Specs / Choice Scarf Trace Modest / Calm / Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Trick
~ Tri Attack
~ Shadow Ball
~ Ice Beam / Thunderbolt / Recover
236 HP / 36 Def / 236 SpA

Porygon with Choice Specs is nothing to scoff at. Its already-impressive Special Attack, combined with its superb bulk, allow it to easily deal with a variety of threats. Choice Scarf increases its mediocre Speed to the 21 threshold, allowing it to outpace all unboosted Pokemon in Little Cup. Trace enables it to switch into certain Pokemon's STAB moves for free, like those of Chinchou, Mantyke, and Houndour. From there, Porygon can either immediately threaten with any of its three attacks; Shadow Ball is usually a safe bet to hit the incoming Ghost and KO it easily. From there, Tri Attack and Shadow Ball will 2HKO anything that does not resist it, allowing Porygon to deal with virtually any threat. Porygon is also unique in that it can very easily cripple Wynaut by tricking it a Choice item and then switching out, as Trace allows it to copy Shadow Tag.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Agility

Oran Berry / Life Orb Trace Modest / Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Agility
~ Tri Attack
~ Shadow Ball / Ice Beam
~ Thunderbolt / Hidden Power Ground
76 HP / 236 SpA / 196 Spe

One of Porygon's most dangerous sets, Agility rectifies Porygon's only subpar stat: Speed. With a Modest nature and 196 Speed EVs, Porygon hits 13 Speed and 19 Special Attack, enough to outspeed most of the notable Scarfers in the metagame after an Agility boost. Mankey and Houndour cap at 25 and Machop caps at 21. The only Choice Scarf Pokemon that are faster than this are Gligar and Diglett, both of whom are typically used in other ways. Gastly can also outspeed with a Choice Scarf; though formerly its most common set, Scarf Gastly has become rare as of late, so it isn't a particularly noteworthy threat to this Porygon variant.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Trick Room Support

Oran Berry / Life Orb Trace Quiet
Moveset EVs
~ Trick Room
~ Tri Attack
~ Thunderbolt
~ Shadow Ball / Recover
236 HP / 36 Def / 236 SpA

Porygon is also among the most effective users of Trick Room. With its good stats and movepool, Porygon can begin attacking as soon as it has set up Trick Room, underspeeding all but the slowest Pokemon in the metagame. Porygon is able to support the team from an offensive standpoint effectively with its excellent type coverage, and if it opts for Recover, it can even set up Trick Room several times, a quality that nearly no other Trick Room user can boast.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Trick Room Mixed Attacker

Oran Berry / Life Orb Download Quiet
Moveset EVs
~ Return
~ Thunderbolt / Hidden Power Fighting / Hidden Power Ground
~ Ice Beam
~ Shadow Ball / Trick Room
196 Atk / 36 Def / 236 SpA

This set is a variation on the above, mainly used when your team has enough Trick Room support. By running Return over Tri Attack, Porygon is able to 2HKO Munchlax without a Download boost. Porygon is then able to plow through other threats with the classic BoltBeam combination and its sky-high Special Attack stat. The equally-revered Fighting/Ghost combination is also usable, albeit with a good deal less Base Power in exchange for totally unresisted coverage. If another coverage attack does not appeal to you, you can use Trick Room so that Porygon can start its own party.

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Other Options

Porygon can make use of its secondary trait, Download, only rarely. This is because, due to its genderlessness, it cannot have its level-up moves because Download is a Gen 4 Ability while the Pomeg Glitch is Gen 3 only. Magic Coat can be of use against Paras, which is certain to use Spore against Porygon. If you want to go for a status move, Porygon can use Discharge or even Thunder Wave to cripple opposing Pokemon. Porygon also has access to Rain Dance, Thunder, and the aforementioned Recover, allowing it to set it up again and again. It can also set up sun and use SolarBeam and Hidden Power Fire. On a hail team, Porygon's good defenses combined with access to Recover, Blizzard, and Hail makes it an excellent choice.

Porygon can also use Gravity in conjunction with its secondary trait, Download, along with 100% accurate Blizzard and Thunder, both of which are of equal Base Power to STAB Tri Attack (albeit with better coverage). It can also use Swift alongside Download, which can become stronger than Tri Attack if Porygon nets itself a Special Attack boost. Porygon's EVs vary greatly from set to set. On Agility sets, maximum Speed is necessary to hit any notable Speed value at all. Whether you max Special Attack or HP depends on whether or not you plan to be boosting your Porygon's Special Attack. For Trick Room sets, the EVs normally used for Speed can instead be allotted to Attack or HP, allowing Porygon to go mixed to beat Munchlax or to generally take more hits.

Checks and Counters

Porygon, despite its excellent attacking prowess, has a number of Pokemon that give it a bit of trouble. Magnemite stops Porygon cold if it doesn’t have a super effective Hidden Power. Munchlax stops non-mixed Porygon with its mammoth HP and Special Defense stats. Scarf Gastly can easily switch in on Tri Attack and hammer Porygon with a STAB Sludge Bomb, outpacing Modest Agility variants if Gastly itself is Timid. Croagunk's Vacuum Wave is a 2HKO, as is Magby's Mach Punch, both doing roughly 70% damage to Porygon. Barring the use of Hidden Power Ground, Porygon cannot OHKO either, allowing them to easily revenge kill it. Houndour's Sucker Punch also works in a similar vein, though it is technically possible to stall it out of Sucker Punch PP and then kill it with Tri Attack.