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Pokemon of the Week #16: Latias

Discussion in 'BW OU' started by dice, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. Nova

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    Tyranitar was a great Pokemon in BW1 with his massive stats and great movepool. He had the ability to surprise some of his usualy checks such as Ferrothorn, Skarmory, and Scizor with Fire Blast and Gliscor with Ice Beam. There were multiple sets he could run including Specially Defensive, Scarf, Band, and an uncommon but very threatening Dragon Dance set that could clean up late game. In BW2, however, I feel that Tyranitar is not as effectve due to all the fighting types running around and the vast number of Rain teams as well as Sun teams running Venasaur and Dugtrio. Personally, I prefer Hippowdon over Tyranitar as a Sandstorm summoner because he can check some of the top threats in the current metagame such as Garchomp, Terrakion, and Scizor. Hippowdon also has an easier time winning the weather war due to having recovery through Slack Off
  2. LilOuOn

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    I think that the best set for an offensive team is Banded T-tar. He is a great teammate for Scarf Keldeo because he can trap and kill 99% of his counters. Just think about it...Celebi, Latios, Latias, Jellycent, Gastrodon, Tentacruel, Starmie...but not toxicroak.

    Anyways, he has the most powerful stone edge of the game having the capability to destroy switch-ins.

    252 Atk Choice Band Tyranitar (+Atk) Stone Edge vs 0 HP/0 Def Heatran: 81.11% - 95.67% - 2 hits to KO
    252 Atk Choice Band Tyranitar (+Atk) Stone Edge vs 252 HP/0 Def Politoed: 90.62% - 107.03% - 43.75% chance to OHKO
    252 Atk Choice Band Tyranitar (+Atk) Stone Edge vs 4 HP/0 Def Venusaur: 106.62% - 125.5% - Guaranteed OHKO
    252 Atk Choice Band Tyranitar (+Atk) Stone Edge vs 40 HP/0 Def Gliscor: 75.75% - 89.04% - 2 hits to KO

    EDIT: Banded Rhyperior has the most powerful stone edge in the game.
  3. Vemane

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    I find that most sun teams in particular struggle against band tar, because once you switch it in to their ninetales/forry/whatever, they are hard pressed to find anything that can take the incoming stone edge/crunch.

    Rain teams suffer a similar fate, but not as pronounced due to ferro/jirachi/etc.
  4. Hiddenfreezer

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    Tyranitar does a wonderful job in Uber Metagame: Sand is pretty useful against anything: Raising your special defense against Kyurem/Reshiram and proving sand stream for excadrill OR against Lugia (Multiscale). I also really like to ticklewobb pursuit my enemies with it. Overall a really useful Pokemon.

    Lead Set

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    Tyranitar (F) @ Focus Sash Trait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Atk / 252 Spd
    Lonely Nature (+Atk, -Def)
    - Crunch
    - Superpower
    - Stealth Rock
    - Stone Edge




    Special Defense

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    Tyranitar (F) @ LeftoversTrait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Special Defense

    Careful Nature (+Special Defense,Special Attack)
    - Crunch
    - Stealth Rock/Roar/Rest

    - Earthquake/Roar/Sleep Talk

    - Stone Edge
    -> Movepool depends on your team, though.
  5. Dark Fallen Angel

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    I agree. There's a problem, however, when they carry Dugtrio. This alone can
    frighten Tyranitar in a way that you must be good at prediction and double switching if you don't want to lose your Tyranitar, or carry an Balloon Heatran (it can easily deal with Dugtrio, especially if it has Flame Charge). I know this because of a battle that I've fortunately managed to avoid Dugtrio until I could wear down Ninetales, and win the weather war. Other than this, it's very true that sun teams will struggle against Band Tyranitar, especially if it's paired with the aforementioned Balloon Heatran, as I don't see many sun teams carrying Fighting-types like Terrakion to patch up this problem.

    Is someone using the Scarf set? I've found it to be somewhat underwhelming in this metagame. Although it can beat Gengar, Starmie and Terrakion much more reliably than if it used Band, the bane of that set will always be Tornadus-T and Alakazam, two things that outspeed Scarf Tyranitar without a Scarf themselves (or a boost), not to mention that even with Choice Scarf, Dugtrio is still faster. Also, it fails to revenge kill Breloom and many Dragon-types. For me, the extra power of the Choice Band set is currently being of more help.
  6. Antihaxxer

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    I've been using Special Defense with some success

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    Tyranitar (F) @ Leftovers
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Special Defense

    Nature : + Special Defense - Speed
    - Pursuit : It kills every psychic and Gengar (Focus Blast hurts, but you can survive)
    - Stone Edge
    - Ice beam or Flamethrower ( Gliscor or Skarmory ?)
    - Stealth Rock
  7. Dark Fallen Angel

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    Crunch is a more accurate STAB than Stone Edge, not to mention that it destroys Psychic- and Ghost-types that would want to stay-in, something that Pursuit cannot do, and that's one of Tyranitar's main jobs. Although I think that, if your team really do not have problems with them, then maybe replacing it with Stone Edge would be a better choice to beat Flying- and Fire-types, something that Tyranitar cannot do without Stone Edge, despite being able to wall most of them.

    As for the third slot, Fire Blast should always be used instead of Flamethrower. The extra power is worth the accuracy loss, especially because some variants of Ferrothorn and Skarmory can survive Fire Blast. As for Ice Beam, I wouldn't recommend it unless your team really have a lot of problems with Gliscor, Landorus, and Garchomp, since Stone Edge already maims most (other) Dragon-types. The loss of Fire Blast really hurts when you have to defeat Ferrothorn and other Steel-types.
  8. Jets

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    tornadus t's hurricane can OHKO latios; ttar's crunch can OHKO latios, maybe he should be up for suspect guys?!
  9. LilOuOn

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    I don't see your point. Just because he can kill Latios too doesn't mean that it needs a suspect...
  10. gengarsnemisis

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    As much as I love tyranitar as a pokemon, I really dont love him in the current state of the meta. Rain is just to dominant over him, things like tornadus-t and keldeo completely laugh at this guy. Also sun has good old dugtrio to kill ttar and win the weather war. Thats why right now when I run sand I really prefer to just run sp def hippowdon, as he can win the weather war a hell of alot easier. Mons like jirachi can do alot of what ttar does, counter lati@s, take sp hits etc while also checking the biggest threat in ou right now, torn-t. I just really dont like ttar in this meta right now.
  11. LilOuOn

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    Usually, banded t-tar solves the problem as DarkFallenAngel said. You just need to death fodder something when ninetales comes in and then just kill her with pursuit on the switch out or stone edge, it is like a mind game. Here some calcs.

    252 Atk Choice Band Tyranitar (+Atk) Pursuit vs 252 HP/0 Def Ninetales: 80% - 94.29%
    2 hits to KO (with Leftovers)

    This is enough to kill ninetales after rocks damage and win the weather war (unless your opp carries sunny day heatran).
  12. gengarsnemisis

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    ^Still its a mind game that could go either way, and that's not even a 0hko :o. Spdef hippodown doesnt have to worry about duggy at all.
  13. LilOuOn

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    I agree with the Hippo thing but its not that difficult, remember that Ninetales has no way to recover hp apart from Rest and Lefties, she has rocks weakness and once she took the 25% t-tar comes and pursuit. The mind game is still there as you said, but its way too ez to predict against sun, ninetales too frail :[
  14. Dark Fallen Angel

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    Also, SpD Hippowdon has the same problems with rain as Tyranitar has. It cannot tank even rain-boosted Scald from Politoed, and cannot take Hydro Pumps, or even Hurricane from Tornadus-T. Not to mention that SpD Hippowdon doesn't even have the same offensive presence that Tyranitar has, and has a worse matchup against even Terrakion (which can 2HKO with Band sets, for example, so Hippowdon cannot switch-in, unlike would happen if it was a physically defensive variant).

    Again, as I said, pairing Tyranitar with Balloon Heatran and a Water resist like Specs/Scarf Keldeo or bulky Rotom-H (I prefer the latter, as it can tank some Hurricanes from Tornadus-T) easily helps in winning weather wars, as much as if you was using Hippowdon.
  15. Gimmick

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    Tyranitar is an interesting one. Unlike Politoed and Ninetales, it has a ton more roles than just setting up weather and spamming powerful attacks. From setting up Stealth Rock to Pursuit trapping threats, it has a lot going for it. Plus, a team with the dinosaur doesn't have to be a "sand team" per se. It just benefits from TTar. One example is a team based around CM Keldeo where the main threats are Lati@s, Celebi, and Jellicent, which TTar can take out relatively easily. Anyway, one of my favorite sets to use currently is this:

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    Tyranitar (F) @ Chople Berry
    Trait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 252 HP / 60 Def / 196 SDef
    Sassy Nature (+SDef, -Spd)
    - Stealth Rock
    - Superpower
    - Ice Beam
    - Pursuit

    It's a bit different from the common SDefensive set--but for a good reason. The EVs + item allow it to always live a 252 Atk Terrakion Close Combat and OHKO back with Superpower. Ice Beam is to take out unsuspecting Sheer Force Landorus trying to Focus Blast. And of course the staples, Pursuit and Stealth Rock, give it that classic TTar touch. It's very specific to team needs, but it's nice to have that extra insurance against Landorus and Terrakion, along with other random things like Gengar and Dragonite.

    I wonder if the possible banning of Keldeo and Tornadus-T will decrease/increase TTar's usage. On one hand, you have a solid Pursuit trapper to take care of Keldeo's checks. Does banning Keldeo reduce usage of its best partner? On the other hand, rain's usage will probably decline. Does that make sand's usage increase? I'm curious.
  16. spooky96

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    It's a bit different from the common SDefensive set--but for a good reason. The EVs + item allow it to always live a 252 Atk Terrakion Close Combat and OHKO back with Superpower. Ice Beam is to take out unsuspecting Sheer Force Landorus trying to Focus Blast

    Just saying, Ice Punch damages more than Ice Beam.
  17. spooky96

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    Oh well yeah, intimidate would really destroy Ice Punch, so yeah, I guess Ice Beam overall is better.
  18. Victini Owns

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    It's amazing how despite all this rain, fighting and steel types flooding OU, Tyranitar continues to be one of the most used pokemon. It's just that good. It can run many sets, (lost a game the other day for switching my Terrakion on T-tar using T-wave).I think the best set right now is the Choice Band set. Seriously I was surprised when I switched T-tar in on ScarfToed locked into Ice Beam and OHKO'd it when it tried to switch out with Pursuit and it can OHKO a lot of pokemon in one hit such as Jellicent, Blissey, Reuniclus, Venusaur, Ninetales (even burned) etc. The specially defensive set is also good as it's a good counter to Lati@s, Xatu, Heatran, Celebi, Espeon etc and can set up Stealth Rock pretty reliably. Has anyone tried a physically defensive T-tar? I tried one ages ago because I was bored and actually had some success with it I had it running Ice Beam, Earthquake, Pursuit, Fire Blast with Expert Belt. Man it took hits like a champ like tanking a Bullet Punch from a +2 Adamant Life Orb Technician Scizor and than knocking out Scizor with Fire Blast. It also sponged Earthquakes from Donphan while T-tar 2HKO'd with Ice Beam.
  19. Deluks917

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    If tornadus-T gets banned I wonder if DD-tar will return. Dude is easy to revenge kill but so are all the other dragon dancers (dragonite to a lesser extent). However he has tons and tons of opportunities to set up.
  20. LilOuOn

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    Sounds interesting...Once i also tried to use that but i never did :] The problem right here is that the metagame of these days is infested by Terrakions, Brelooms, Tornaduss, and other stuff with fighting attacks.

    252 Atk Terrakion Close Combat vs 252 HP/252 Def Tyranitar (+Def) : 130.69% - 154.46%
    Guaranteed OHKO
    252 Atk Life Orb Technician Breloom (+Atk) Mach Punch vs 252 HP/252 Def Tyranitar (+Def) : 95.05% - 111.39%
    62.5% chance to OHKO
    HP/252 Def Tyranitar (+Def) : 92.08% - 109.9%
    56.25% chance to OHKO
    0 Atk Life Orb Tornadus-T Superpower vs 252 HP/252 Def Tyranitar (+Def) : 75.25% - 88.12%
    2 hits to KO (with Leftovers)
  21. Alexander.

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    I wouldn't use Dragon Dance Tyranitar in the current metagame for these reasons:

    1) Tyranitar is very slow and after one Dragon Dance it can be revenge-killed by a lots of pokèmon like Choice Scarf Terrakion, Choice Scarf Keldeo and so on without any problem.

    2) It's also weak to the most common priority moves like Bullet Punch and Mach Punch (and it's so easy to find them against).
  22. Gimmick

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    Landorus-T and Gliscor don't mind uninvested Ice Punches. Ice Punch is an option, but it doesn't really hit hard what an Ice coverage move wants to hit. Dragonite and Breloom are notable, but Ice Beam does just enough.

    SDef Chople Tyranitar does want to stay in on Landorus-I if it can nab a surprise KO. None of the Sheer Force set's moves can OHKO. The set was really team specific since I had a RP Landorus problem, but it works on many other teams as well. This is assuming you know they're not physical, which happens pretty much right after they use any attack.
  23. PK Gaming

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    Tyranitar's seen better days, but there's no doubt that it's still a decent choice for any san team. Whereas in BW1, the best Tyranitar set was up in the air, in BW2 CB is unquestionably the best set for it. Nowadays, Tyranitar's best utility is functioning as a bodyguard for Keldeo(someone draw that), since it can trap & kill nearly everything that checks it.
  24. Dark Fallen Angel

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    Which was exactly the best set for Tyranitar? I don't remember very well... anyway, Tyranitar is the best partner for anything that suffers problems with Celebi, Lati@s, or Jellicent. Not only Keldeo. Although I must agree that Keldeo is probably the best partner for it.
  25. ClubbingSealCub

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    Has anyone tried any TyraniBoah variant in BW2? I don't see it being a common thing, but with the amount of switches Tyranitar forces, it should theoretically provide decent damage.

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