Latios

Levitate
The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Type
Dragon / Psychic
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
80
- 155 187 -
Atk
90
99 110 142 156
Def
80
90 100 132 145
SpA
130
135 150 182 200
SpD
110
117 130 162 178
Spe
110
117 130 162 178

Overview

Latios is widely regarded as one of the best Dragon-types in BW OU, sporting an amazing Special Attack and a blistering base 110 Speed stat, allowing it to outspeed every other unboosted Dragon-type. In the DW metagame, it retains its lethal status, but due to the presence of common threats such as Choice Scarf Genesect and Choice Scarf Shadow Tag Chandelure, Latios finds itself hard-pressed to compete with its Dragon-type brethren, most notably Garchomp and Dragonite. However, Latios does have some perks over its brethren. Although its secondary Psychic typing might seem like a thorn in Latios's side due to its susceptibility to Pursuit as well as its weaknesses to Bug- and Ghost-type moves, it lets Latios easily revenge kill one of the most common and dangerous threats in the DW metagame: Keldeo. In addition, Latios has the highest Special Attack of any Dragon-type in the metagame, which allows it to pose a significant threat to common walls, such as Forretress and Skarmory. Psyshock allows it to break through not only Keldeo, but also Blissey and Chansey, something that other special attackers have difficulty doing. Despite Latios's more obvious flaws in the DW metagame, it is still a potent threat that many teams can be unprepared for.

Name Item Nature

Offensive

Life Orb Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Draco Meteor / Dragon Pulse
~ Surf
~ Psyshock / Hidden Power Fire
~ Roost
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

This is Latios's best set; it hits hard yet still has the ability to switch moves. Draco Meteor is insanely powerful, obliterating anything that doesn't resist it with the exception of Blissey and Chansey. Even some Steel-types can be 2HKOed. If the Special Attack-lowering side effect a turnoff, Latios can use Dragon Pulse over Draco Meteor, although the drop in power is quite noticeable. Surf is an excellent complementary move to Dragon Pulse or Draco Meteor, as it provides great coverage and hits threats such as Tyranitar for super effective damage. Latios can also take advantage of rain to pound the opponent with a boosted Surf. In the third moveslot, either Psyshock or Hidden Power Fire is a viable option. Psyshock is the preferred move, given the ubiquity of Keldeo in the DW metagame, as it allows Latios to OHKO Keldeo regardless of how many Calm Mind boosts it has obtained. Hidden Power Fire allows Latios to OHKO Genesect, Ferrothorn, and Forretress, though it doesn't really do much else and lowers Latios's Speed IV. Roost is used in the last slot in order to stave off some of the recoil damage from Life Orb, and it is a very useful move in general.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Nature

Choice

Choice Specs / Choice Scarf Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Draco Meteor
~ Surf
~ Hidden Power Fire / Dragon Pulse
~ Trick / Psyshock
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Choice Latios is an extremely potent threat. It can use either Choice Specs or a Choice Scarf very effectively; with the former, it can smash most of the metagame to pieces with its STAB, Choice Specs-boosted Draco Meteor, and with the latter, it outspeeds virtually every other common Choice Scarf user, including Garchomp and Genesect. Draco Meteor is Latios's most powerful move, decimating anything that doesn't resist it and even 2HKOing some Pokemon that do. Surf is a great secondary move, as it provides useful coverage. Hidden Power Fire completes that coverage by conveniently roasting Genesect and Ferrothorn should they try to come in and wall Draco Meteor, although it does come with a lowered Speed IV. If Genesect and Ferrothorn are not a problem, then Dragon Pulse can be used in place of Hidden Power Fire for a reliable STAB move that doesn't lower Latios's Special Attack. The last move is simply dependent on what your team needs covered. If your team has trouble with Keldeo, then Psyshock is the way to go, as it OHKOes even through Calm Mind boosts. However, Trick is a great move to cripple Pokemon such as Chansey and Ferrothorn that think they can switch in for free.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Nature

Calm Mind

Life Orb / Leftovers Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Dragon Pulse
~ Surf
~ Psyshock / Hidden Power Fire / Roost
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Latios has access to a great boosting move in Calm Mind. Although this set is rarely seen and somewhat less effective in the DW metagame, it can be devastating if allowed to set up. After one Calm Mind, Latios has 538 Special Attack, and with its excellent type coverage in just two or three moves, it can easily sweep mid- to late-game. Dragon Pulse is the STAB move of choice; it is reliable, decently powerful, and has great neutral coverage. Surf complements Dragon Pulse nicely and hits threats such as Tyranitar, Heatran, and several others for super effective damage. The last moveslot can vary depending on your team's needs. Psyshock is a foolproof way of dealing with any variant of Keldeo, Hidden Power Fire deals with pesky Genesect and Ferrothorn, while Roost allows Latios to heal off any damage taken, including Life Orb recoil, and gives it a much easier time setting up and more staying power. However, it is important to note that Hidden Power Fire lowers Latios's Speed IV, making it impossible to Speed tie with other base 110s, such as Gengar, Latias, and opposing Latios.

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Other Options

Latios has quite an extensive special movepool, consisting of additional coverage moves such as Thunderbolt, Ice Beam, Grass Knot, Shadow Ball, and other Hidden Power types, including Hidden Power Fighting to hit Tyranitar. However, these moves usually don't offer better coverage than the listed moves, especially on the Choice set, on which a STAB Draco Meteor hits harder than any of them. Expert Belt is an option to feign a Choice item, although the power output is rather mediocre unless the move hits the target super effectively. Although Latios is usually better off running an offensive set of some sort, it does have access to Light Screen and Reflect, as well as a fast Memento, which makes Latios a formidable and reliable dual screener. Otherwise, there aren't any "viable" options, as Dragon Dance is somewhat pointless on a special attacker with only a base 90 Attack stat.

Checks and Counters

Latios is most susceptible to Pursuit trappers such as Tyranitar and Scizor and to Shadow Tag Chandelure. Its Defense is average at best, and pounding it repeatedly with powerful physical attacks can wear it down quickly, especially if they are super effective. Latios is one of the fastest Dragon-types in the metagame, tying only with its sister, Latias, meaning that other Dragon-types are forced to equip a Choice Scarf if they want any hope of beating Latios. Excadrill in the sand can outspeed and OHKO with a +2 Return or X-Scissor, but it cannot switch into Surf or Hidden Power Fire and cannot OHKO without a Swords Dance boost. Choice Scarf Genesect is a decent check, as it can outspeed Latios unless it carries a Choice Scarf of its own and easily OHKO with a Download-boosted U-turn. Ferrothorn can easily take any attack that Latios can throw at it bar a Hidden Power Fire and either paralyze it with Thunder Wave or wear it down with Gyro Ball and Leech Seed.