Feraligatr

Torrent
Boosts power of Water-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Sheer Force
Increases power of moves with secondary effects by 30%, but removes the effects.
Type
Water
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
85
- 311 374 -
Atk
105
221 246 309 339
Def
100
212 236 299 328
SpA
79
174 194 257 282
SpD
83
181 202 265 291
Spe
78
172 192 255 280

Overview

Feraligatr has always lived in the shadow of mighty and majestic Gyarados. Because Gyarados sports Intimidate or Moxie, as well as higher Attack and Speed stats, one would wonder what qualities Feraligatr has over the Atrocious Pokemon. While Feraligatr used to be inferior, it has picked up a gift from the heavens in the form of its Dream World ability, Sheer Force. That, along with its superior movepool and lack of weakness to Stealth Rock, allows Feraligatr to stand out from its fellow physical Water-types.

Name Item Ability Nature

Dragon Dance

Life Orb Sheer Force Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Waterfall
~ Ice Punch
~ Superpower / Crunch
28 HP / 252 Atk / 228 Spe

Like Gyarados, Feraligatr has access to Dragon Dance to increase its Attack and Speed stats. Its decent bulk and short list of weaknesses allows it to set up fairly easily. With Sheer Force, Feraligatr becomes immensely powerful. It also removes Life Orb recoil for moves it affects, which allows Feraligatr to last longer. In the rain, Waterfall tops at a huge 234 Power, easily allowing Feraligatr to sweep even slightly weakened teams. Ice Punch is also boosted to a respectable 97.5 Power thanks to Sheer Force, which allows Feraligatr to deal with Grass-types such as Celebi, Serperior, and Virizion a lot more easily. However, the real draw to using Feraligatr is the final slot. Unlike Gyarados, Feraligatr has absolutely no problem with the ubiquitous Ferrothorn, easily OHKOing it with Superpower after one round of Spikes damage. If Ferrothorn is not a major concern, Crunch can be used to swat aside Jellicent, as well as heavily damage Slowbro.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb Sheer Force Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Waterfall
~ Crunch / Aqua Jet
~ Low Kick / Superpower
232 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 20 Spe

While the Dragon Dance set focuses on sweeping, Swords Dance Feraligatr is an unstoppable wallbreaker. There is almost no wall on a rain stall team that can stop Feraligatr from busting up the team's core. After a Swords Dance, Feraligatr is so powerful that it can OHKO defensive Dragonite with Waterfall after Stealth Rock. With Crunch, it obliterates Slowbro and Jellicent, while Low Kick easily OHKOes Ferrothorn. A rain stall team's only real chance to defeat Feraligatr is to poison it with Politoed, and then play around with resistances until it succumbs to poison damage, which by then Feraligatr will most likely have created craters in the opposing team's core.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Sheer Force Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Waterfall
~ Ice Punch
~ Superpower
~ Crunch / Rock Slide
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

Feraligatr's access to Sheer Force, reasonably high Attack stat, and usable Speed easily makes it fit as a Choice Scarf user. Reaching a Speed of 420 with a Choice Scarf, Feraligatr can revenge kill many threats. Waterfall is Feraligatr's STAB move of choice, allowing it to revenge-kill many frail threats, as well as clean up late-game. Ice Punch severely damages Dragonite and Grass-types. Rock Slide may seem redundant with Ice Punch around, but it allows Feraligatr to revenge-kill Gyarados. Crunch allows Feraligatr to revenge kill Starmie, while Superpower makes sure that Feraligatr is not walled by Ferrothorn. Beware of Chandelure when using Superpower.

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Other Options

In terms of other moves, Earthquake, Return, and Dragon Claw are available, but do not add to the coverage that the suggested moves already give. Feraligatr can run a Substitute + Dragon Dance set, but Gyarados largely does this better due its better bulk and two move coverage. Feraligatr's main attraction is its its access to multiple coverage moves and this should always be taken advantage of. A Choice Band set is also feasible, although Crawdaunt is generally better if you want to hit hard straight off the bat.

Checks and Counters

Due to its power and coverage, Feraligatr is difficult to "counter" in the strictest sense. However, as long as your team has something reasonably fast that can hit it super effectively, Feraligatr is not very threatening. Jellicent and Slowbro wall the Dragon Dance set if it lacks Crunch, while Ferrothorn stops it if it lacks Superpower. Rotom-W can take an attack from unboosted Feraligatr and destroy it with its Electric STAB of choice. Faster Pokemon with a Choice Scarf and strong Special attacks can also easily revenge kill it, such as Genesect, the aforementioned Rotom-W, Chandelure, Latios, and Hydreigon. The Swords Dance set is even harder to counter, as it is very difficult to wall. However, due to its low Speed, any Electric or Grass-type, as long as they themselves are not slow, can revenge-kill it. These include Zapdos, Celebi, Virizion, Breloom that invest in Speed, Thundurus, Raikou, and Serperior. The Choice Scarf set is relatively easy to take on due to its lack of power, anything that resists its move can switch in and take it out.