Porygon2

Trace
Copies foe's ability.
Download
User gets a stat boost depending on its opponent's stats.
Type Tier
Normal NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
85
- 311 374 -
Atk
80
176 196 259 284
Def
90
194 216 279 306
SpA
105
221 246 309 339
SpD
95
203 226 289 317
Spe
60
140 156 219 240
  • Underused

Overview

Porygon2 is a quirky Pokemon, both aesthetically and competitively. The bizarre Internet duck is one of the most versatile Pokemon available. Two great abilities, Trace and Download, allow it to become a good tailor-made counter to just about any bothersome Pokemon your team may be having trouble with. Not only that, but it also has an expansive movepool, good defenses, and a decent Special Attack stat. However, it's not all sunshine and daisies for this mallard. Porygon2's Speed is troubling and its Normal typing, without a giant HP and Special Defense stat to back it up like Chansey has, is just OK defensively. Also, if you tailor Porygon2 to counter a specific threat and your opponent doesn't even have that Pokemon on their team, then it essentially becomes dead weight. Porygon2 can really mess with teams in the right hands, but most times it will be too specialized to warrant a team slot, especially when there are better general answers to UU's top threats.

Name Item Nature

Defensive Duck

Leftovers Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Discharge / Thunderbolt
~ Ice Beam
~ Recover
~ Toxic / Thunder Wave
252 HP / 40 SpA / 216 SpD

This is Porygon2's best defensive set for covering the wide variety of threats that reside in UU. Discharge and Ice Beam are the main choices as they form the BoltBeam combo that nails every Pokemon in UU for at least neutral damage, with the exceptions of Lanturn, Magneton, and Shedinja. Discharge is the recommended move over Thunderbolt for the raised paralysis chance, which can help Porygon2 not only to get the jump on opponents, but also to support its teammates. However, Thunderbolt can be chosen if you find the damage output from Discharge disappointing. Recover lets Porygon2 keep itself healthy and allows it to become a general nuisance to your opponent. Finally, Toxic is chosen for the last slot to whittle down bulky foes, such as Regirock, Miltank, Uxie, and Spiritomb. If you find Toxic to be conflicting with Discharge's paralysis too much, then Thunder Wave can be chosen for the last slot to ensure that Porygon2 spreads paralysis on faster threats, such as Mismagius, Absol, and Kangaskhan.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

Offensive Trick Room

Life Orb Download Quiet
Moveset IVs
~ Trick Room
~ Ice Beam
~ Thunderbolt
~ Tri Attack / Recover / Hidden Power Fighting
0 Spe
EVs
252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD

This set capitalizes on Porygon2's ability to be a self-supporting Trick Room sweeper. After setting up Trick Room, Porygon2 can begin its BoltBeam-backed assault, hitting everything but Lanturn, Magneton, and Shedinja for at least neutral damage in UU. The fourth moveslot comes down to how you would like to play Porygon2. Tri Attack is another useful attack Porygon2 has at its disposal, hitting Lanturn for neutral damage and adding a STAB attack to its arsenal. Recover is the more defensive option, allowing Porygon2 to attempt multiple sweeps and shrug off any damage it may take upon switching in. Be wary of using Recover in Trick Room, however; Trick Room only lasts for five turns, during which Porygon2 needs to be focused on sweeping. Finally, Hidden Power Fighting is a reliable option to hit Steel- and Dark-types harder and for making a larger dent in Chansey as she switches in. Note that Porygon2 can't KO her, however.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

Life Orb Duck

Life Orb Download Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Tri Attack
~ Thunderbolt / Hidden Power Fighting
~ Ice Beam / Substitute
~ Recover
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

When equipped with Life Orb, Porygon2 becomes both an effective all-out attacker and a good tank. Tri Attack is a must on this set, as it gives Porygon2 an effective STAB move to work with and nails a majority of UU for neutral damage. Ice Beam and Thunderbolt are the recommended choices for the next two slots to form the BoltBeam combo, which, when paired with Tri Attack, gives Porygon2 neutral coverage on all Pokemon in UU, with the exceptions of Magneton and Shedinja. Hidden Power Fighting can be used over Thunderbolt to nail Registeel, Clefable, and Chansey for super effective damage, and even has a chance to 2HKO Registeel after Stealth Rock. If using Hidden Power Fighting, Substitute is the recommended choice for the third slot as it gives Porygon2 protection against status and allows it to scout the opponent's switch-in. Recover is placed in the last slot to allow Porygon2 to offset any entry hazard and Life Orb damage.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Nature

Charge Beam

Leftovers Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Charge Beam
~ Ice Beam
~ Tri Attack / Substitute
~ Recover
252 HP / 160 SpA / 96 Spe

With Charge Beam, excellent coverage alongside Ice Beam, and Recover, Porygon2 becomes a great boosting tank. The idea is to come in on a Pokemon that poses little threat to Porygon2, such as Milotic, and start blasting away with Charge Beam. The more boosts Porygon2 gets, the more offensively threatening it becomes. Ice Beam is for coverage and creates the BoltBeam combo alongside Charge Beam. Tri Attack rounds off the coverage and is a nice STAB move with which to nail Pokemon neutral to the BoltBeam combo, such as Uxie, Lanturn, and Clefable. If coverage is not a problem, Substitute can be used in its place to turn Porygon2 into an effective SubCharge user. When using Substitute, its best to use it first to scout your opponent's switch-in and also to protect Porygon2 from status, particularly Toxic. Recover provides Porygon2 with consistent recovery and allows it to set up on on Chansey that lack Toxic, beating it with +6 Tri Attack one-on-one.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Nature

Offensive Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Thunderbolt
~ Ice Beam
~ Tri Attack
~ Trick / Psychic
52 HP / 252 SpA / 204 Spe

This set capitalizes on the fact that most Pokemon in UU are more specially vulnerable, and equips Porygon2 with a Choice Scarf to turn it into a revenge killer that can easily sweep late-game if given the opportunity. Ice Beam and Thunderbolt form the BoltBeam combo, and, alongside Tri Attack, grant Porygon2 perfect neutral coverage in UU with the exceptions of Magneton and Shedinja. The last slot comes down to personal preference. Trick is the recommended choice as it allows Porygon2 to potentially cripple its counters, such as Registeel, Chansey, and Clefable, since none of them can make use of Choice Scarf. Psychic can be selected over Trick for additional type coverage, as it hits the ever-present Fighting- and Poison-types of UU for super effective damage and allows Porygon2 to effectively revenge kill Blaziken and Toxicroak.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Porygon2's movepool is exceptional, so there are lots of options and sets it can perform that are not listed above. A Choice Specs set can be run using the same moves as the Choice Scarf set; however, the lack of Speed is quite terrible and leaves Porygon2 utterly exposed to faster threats and Fighting-types. A Gravity support set of Gravity, Thunder, Blizzard, and Recover with Leftovers and a defensive EV spread can be run, but most Gravity teams are gimmicky and Porygon2 is better off utilizing Trick Room. Pain Split can be used as an alternative healing option to Recover, but it is unreliable and Porygon2's HP is too high to make much use of it. Porygon2 can also make a great weather supporter with Rain Dance or Sunny Day.

Porygon2's signature moves Conversion, Conversion2, and Sharpen can all be used, but they are gimmicky at best and Porygon2's physical movepool and stats are anything but flattering. Magic Coat is a neat little trick that can reflect Leech Seed and status back onto the opponent, but there isn't any room for it on the sets listed. Shadow Ball is a nice move to nail Ghost-types for super effective damage, but Porygon2 is better off using the BoltBeam combo alongside Tri Attack. Finally, Psych Up is available, but is far too situational to see any use.

Checks and Counters

Specially bulky Fighting-types, such as Hitmonlee and Hariyama, make the best possible counters to Porygon2, as they are able to smash right through its defenses with their STAB attacks, are immune to or don't mind paralysis, and also don't provide Porygon2 with a Special Attack boost should it be running Download. Azumarill, Absol, and Ursaring also easily break Porygon2 with Superpower (in the case of the former two) or Close Combat (in the case of the latter). Rhyperior easily switches into Porygon2 without fear for the most part and tears it to shreds with either Stone Edge or Earthquake. Finally, Chansey, Clefable, and Registeel wall Charge Beam-less Porygon2 thanks to their high Special Defense.