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Porygon (Update) [GP 2/2]

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  1. comatthew6

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    [Overview]

    <p>Porygon checks into the Little Cup metagame sporting one of the highest overall base stat totals, at a whopping 395. Its Normal typing, while usually a detriment in a Fighting-dominated metagame, isn't that much of a hindrance to Porygon. In fact, it is probably the best Normal-type in the metagame, thanks to its unique ability, Trace. With this new feature, it gains access to some of the best abilities in the game. It is pretty bulky with Eviolite equipped, and can boost its Special Attack with Charge Beam. It also can heal itself with Recover, or take a more offensive approach with Agility. With the proper teammates (or enemies!), Porygon can adapt into a threat in numerous ways.</p>

    <p>However, every Pokemon has its weakness, and Porygon suffers from a pretty big one—Toxic. With no way to get rid of that status outside of Rest, which would give opposing Scraggy a free invitation to come in and set up, one would either have to use a cleric, such as Chinchou, or simply not let Porygon get poisoned—something that could ruin your momentum. In addition, despite its great niche in the metagame, it still loses to Fighting-types fairly often, and Timburr and Scraggy are at the top of its threat list. Even so, Porygon is a great Pokemon that should always be considered for a slot if you're looking for a bulky special attacker.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Bulky Attacker
    move 1: Tri Attack
    move 2: Thunder Wave / Charge Beam
    move 3: Shadow Ball
    move 4: Recover
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Trace
    nature: Bold
    evs: 236 HP / 196 Def / 76 SpA

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This bulky spread allows Porygon to act as a physical sponge, created specifically to stop Murkrow's Brave Bird and retaliate with Tri Attack, with a 20% chance of either burning, paralyzing, or freezing it (all three of which will work wonders against the ever-dangerous Murkrow). Thunder Wave is great to cripple threatening sweepers, such as Mienfoo and Choice Scarf Snover—a great move to have in this metagame. It also works in shutting down users of Shell Smash, namely Shellder and Clamperl—powerful threats if left unchecked. On the other hand, Charge Beam allows Porygon to boost its Special Attack, while also giving it useful coverage. Shadow Ball is a great attack to beat Misdreavus, especially if Porygon has a Special Attack boost under its belt. Recover is important as Porygon can now restore lost health, allowing it to switch in multiple times in a match without worrying too much about entry hazards. Finally, Trace is a very interesting ability, giving Porygon a very versatile niche in the metagame. Depending on the ability, Porygon could get Levitate, Natural Cure, Volt Absorb, Regenerator, Flame Body, or Prankster—all very common abilities used by the top Pokemon in Little Cup.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>For other moves, Ice Beam is a very viable alternative over Shadow Ball that can hit Grass-, Ground-, and Flying-types, for super effective damage—most notably Murkrow. With Charge Beam, this gives Porygon the coveted BoltBeam coverage, only missing Magnemite for neutral damage in the metagame. The EVs on this set are used to maximize Defense and HP, in order to make it as physically bulky as possible to take on Murkrow. The remaining EVs go to Special Attack in order to give a little more power to Porygon's attacks. However, to be able to handle Misdreavus more efficiently, the EVs in Defense can always be shifted to Special Defense. This will allow Porygon to be pretty much a hard counter to Misdreavus, a difficult Pokemon to play against. This will, however, prevent Porygon from beating Murkrow one-on-one because of the lack of Defense EVs invested. Porygon needs maximum Defense and HP in order to be guaranteed to stave off a 2HKO from Murkrow.</p>

    <p>With Snover as a partner for this set, Blizzard becomes a very viable option for Porygon. The additional power allows Porygon to hit much harder than it would normally be able to and will never miss, though the move does not get any important OHKOs or 2HKOs. However, this will open up the team to a pretty obvious weakness to the ever-so-common Fighting-type attacks, so good teammates to help offset this vulnerability include Larvesta, Mienfoo, and Croagunk. In addition, because being afflicted by Toxic will severely reduce the potency of this set, a cleric in Chinchou or Lickitung would be helpful in the long run. Fighting-types will appreciate Porygon's ability to handle Murkrow one-on-one, so Scraggy and Timburr are top choices in this department. Pawniard is in the same boat, since it loses to Murkrow that carry Heat Wave, despite the fact that it doesn't mind FeatherDance at all. Misdreavus is another good partner for this set, as it hates Murkrow even with Will-O-Wisp due to its Prankster ability and a its resistance to Ghost-type attacks, so having Porygon to come in and KO it is never a bad thing.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Offensive
    move 1: Tri Attack
    move 2: Shadow Ball
    move 3: Ice Beam / Blizzard
    move 4: Hidden Power Grass / Agility / Trick
    item: Life Orb / Choice Scarf
    ability: Trace
    nature: Timid
    evs: 76 HP / 236 SpA / 196 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Though Porygon is more often seen as a defensive Pokemon, that's not to say that it can't take an offensive stance, either. Porygon has one of the highest Special Attack stats in LC, clocking in at a whopping base 85. Its amazing coverage does nothing but help it, and right off the bat, Porygon can easily launch Tri Attacks. Shadow Ball is a great coverage move, allowing it to hit Misdreavus for super effective damage. It also hit Psychic-types for big damage, too. Ice Beam is very important on this set, as it allows Porygon to hit both Lileep and Murkrow for super effective damage (though it should be noted that it will not be able to land a 2HKO on the former). Hidden Power Grass gives Porygon a super effective attack against Chinchou, a common switch-in to Porygon. Agility allows Porygon to boost its mediocre Speed to incredibly high levels while Trick (with Choice Scarf) can cripple a wall such as Bronzor or Lileep, thinking they will come in and tank a Tri Attack or other attack move.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The purpose of this set is to hit as hard as possible, therefore Special Attack and Speed EVs are maximized. A Timid nature is preferred with Choice Scarf to reach the 21 Speed tier, outpacing all unboosted Pokemon in the metagame, but a Modest nature can be used with Life Orb to maximize damage output. Unfortunately, because Download is illegal with Tri Attack, Trace is the better option to use with this set.</p>

    <p>This set is completely walled by Pawniard because it resists all of Porygon's attacks and can set up on it with Swords Dance. Mienfoo once again makes for a solid partner as it can switch in, stave off a Sucker Punch, and retaliate with Hi Jump Kick or Drain Punch. Scraggy might be an even better partner, as it has a 4x resistance to Dark-type attacks, and can use Dragon Dance to boost its stats. Both should take caution if Pawniard starts launching off Iron Heads, however, as it can inflict a decent amount of damage to both Pokemon. Lileep is still a solid counter to Porygon, so Fighting-types are especially invaluable teammates in order to ward the fossil off. A handy Fire-type in Ponyta or Houndour also helps, as Bronzor is a pretty common switch-in to Porygon as well.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Though Porygon has a bunch of other options, it really cannot use most of them. Thunderbolt can be used in tandem with Ice Beam for BoltBeam coverage, but Charge Beam allows it to boost its Special Attack, and is therefore preffered. Agility can also be used, but Porygon will have to choose between the bulk granted by Eviolite, or the power by Life Orb. Thunder Wave and Toxic can be used together to shut down both offensive and defensive threats, but, if they are used with Recover, it allows Porygon space for only one attack. Lock-On, with Blizzard, Thunder, or Zap Cannon, is interesting, but will essentially give the opponent a free turn. Psychic can work to hit the Fighting-types that often switch into Porygon, but it will not help Porygon beat Scraggy. Finally, Porygon has enough Attack to run a physical set with Sharpen, Return, Aerial Ace, and Recover, but is pretty much limited to this set and lacks coverage on Rock- and Steel-type Pokemon.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>As a general rule, Fighting-types are good switch-ins in Porygon. Bulkier ones, such as Scraggy and Mienfoo, can switch in, take a Tri Attack, hope it doesn't burn (though Scraggy doesn't mind as much thanks to Shed Skin), and retaliate with Drain Punch. Lileep and Bronzor are also very good checks, as neither of them take much damage from any of Porygon's attacks and can whittle down its health with Toxic. However, both of them will be in trouble if they get Tricked a Choice Scarf. Any Pokemon with Toxic (except for Staryu, who will allow Porygon to Trace Natural Cure), will work wonders against Porygon, as it will not be able to wreak as much havoc as it normally would be able to if crippled as such. Misdreavus, if Porygon opts to not run Shadow Ball, can set up Nasty Plot in Porygon's face and strike with a super effective Hidden Power Fighting.</p>
  2. Danilo

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    Thunder Wave should be slashed on the first set. Things like Mienfoo like to switch into Porygon and crippling it with Thunder Wave is huge.
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    There are too much slashes on the first set IMO. I'd just move Blizzard to AC, mentioning it should only be used with Snover in your team.
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    I think a special defensive spread deserves a mention (turning porygon into a hard counter to misdreavus) and trick room should get a mention imo.
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    Ehh, Trick Room and Agility should be OO imo.
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    Looks good, but I would like to see more content in AC (especially in terms of teammates). Porygon works with tons of Pokemon, so make sure to highlight this. Of course, this is a problem easily remedied in the writing phase.

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    Thunder Wave before Charge Beam please. It's just too amazingly good in this metagame to pass up. Also, move Ice Beam to AC, as there's really not much to hit with it.
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    [Overview]

    <p>Porygon checks into the Little Cup metagame sporting one of the highest overall Base Stat Total, at a whopping 395. Its Normal typing, while usually a detriment in a Fighting-dominated metagame, isn't that much of a hindrance to Porygon. In fact, Porygon is probably the best Normal-type in the metagame, due to its unique ability, Trace, which lets it attain some of the best abilities in the game. It is pretty bulky with Eviolite equipped, and can boost its stats with Charge Beam. It can also heal itself with Recover, or take a more offensive approach with Agility. With the proper teammates (or enemies!), Porygon can pose a threat in numerous ways.</p>

    <p>However, every Pokemon has its weakness, and Porygon suffers from a pretty big one: Toxic. With no way to get rid of that status outside of Rest, which would give opposing Scraggy a free invitation to come in and set up, one would either have to use a cleric in Chinchou or simply not let Porygon get poisoned, which might require the sacrifice of momentum. In addition, despite its great niche in the metagame, Porygon still loses to Fighting-types fairly often—Timburr and Scraggy are at the top of its threat list. Even so, Porygon is a great Pokemon that should always be considered for a slot if looking for a bulky special attacker.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Bulky Attacker
    move 1: Tri Attack
    move 2: Thunder Wave / Charge Beam
    move 3: Shadow Ball
    move 4: Recover
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Trace
    nature: Bold
    evs: 236 HP / 196 Def / 76 SpA

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This bulky spread allows Porygon to act as a physical sponge; it was created specifically to stop Murkrow's Brave Bird and retaliate with Tri Attack. Tri Attack has a 20% chance of either burning, paralyzing, or freezing Murkrow, and any of the three will work wonders against this ever-dangerous threat. Thunder Wave is great to cripple threatening sweepers, such as Mienfoo and Choice Scarf Snover, and is a great move to have in this metagame. On the other hand, Charge Beam allows Porygon to boost its Special Attack, while also giving it coverage. It also works to shut down users of Shell Smash, namely (who?), who can pose powerful threats if left unchecked. Shadow Ball is a great attack to beat Misdreavus, especially if Porygon has a boost under its belt. Recover is important as it enables Porygon to restore lost health and switch in multiple times in a match without worrying too much about damage from entry hazards.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Trace is a very interesting ability that gives Porygon a very versatile niche in the metagame. It could help Porygon get such useful abilities as Levitate, Natural Cure, Volt Absorb, Regenerator, Flame Body, and Prankster, all of which are common abilities used by the top Pokemon in Little Cup. The EVs maximize HP and Defense and HP, which makes Porygon as physically bulky as possible and enables it to take on Murkrow, while the remaining EVs go to Special Attack for a little more power behind Porygon's attacks. The Defense EVs can be shifted into Special Defense to let Porygon better handle Misdreavus, who is a difficult Pokemon to play against. However, this will prevent Porygon from beating Murkrow one-on-one (perhaps explain why?).</p>

    <p>As for other moves, Ice Beam is a very viable alternative over Shadow Ball as it can hit Grass-, Ground-, and Flying-types, most notably Murkrow, for super effective damage. Alongside Charge Beam, this gives Porygon the coveted BoltBeam coverage, which hits the entire metagame bar Magnemite for neutral damage. Blizzard is also a very viable option if this set is paired with Snover; the additional power allows Porygon to hit much harder (does this obtain any significant KOs?). However, this will aggravate the team's weakness to the ever-so-common Fighting-type attacks, so teammates such as Larvesta, Mienfoo, and Croagunk, should be considered to patch up this vulnerability.</p>

    <p>In addition, because Toxic poison will severly reduce the potency of this set, a cleric in Chinchou or Lickitung would be helpful in the long run. Fighting-types will appreciate Porygon's ability to handle Murkrow one-on-one, so Scraggy and Timburr are top choices in this department. Pawniard is in the same boat as, even though it doesn't mind FeatherDance at all, it loses to Heat Wave Murkrow. Misdreavus is another good partner for this set as it hates Murkrow's Prankster Will-O-Wisp and resistance to Ghost-type attacks, and appreciates its removal.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Offensive
    move 1: Tri Attack
    move 2: Shadow Ball
    move 3: Ice Beam / Blizzard
    move 4: Hidden Power Grass / Agility / Trick
    item: Life Orb / Choice Scarf
    ability: Trace
    nature: Timid
    evs: 76 HP / 236 SpA / 196 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p> Although Porygon is more often seen as a defensive Pokemon, it can take an offensive stance as well. Porygon's whopping base 85 Special Attack is easily one of the highest in the tier; this is supplemented by its amazing coverage. Right off the bat, Porygon can easily launch powerful Tri Attacks. Shadow Ball is a great coverage move that allows it to hit Misdreavus and Psychic-types for super effective damage. Similarly, Ice Beam hits both Lileep and Murkrow super effectively, but note that it will not be able to even 2HKO the former. Hidden Power Grass gives Porygon a super effective attack against Chinchou, a common switch-in to Porygon, while Agility allows Porygon to boost its mediocre Speed to incredibly high levels. Finally, Trick should be used with Choice Scarf to cripple a wall such as Bronzor or Lileep, who might switch in expecting a Tri Attack.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Because the purpose of this set is to hit as hard as possible, it should run maximum Special Attack and Speed EVs. Choice Scarf variants should run a Timid nature to reach the 21 Speed tier, which outpaces all unboosted Pokemon in the metagame, but a Modest nature can be used with Life Orb to maximize damage output. Unfortunately, because Download is illegal with Tri Attack, Trace is the better option to use with this set.</p>

    <p>This set is completely walled by Pawniard because it resists all of Porygon's attacks and can set up with Swords Dance. Because of this, Mienfoo once again makes a solid partner as it can switch in, stave off a Sucker Punch (with substitute?), and retaliate with Hi Jump Kick or Drain Punch, while Scraggy packs a 4x resistance to Dark-type attacks and can use Dragon Dance to boost its stats. Both should take caution if Pawniard starts launching off Iron Heads, however, as it can inflict a decent amount of damage to targets hit neutrally. Lileep is still a solid counter to Porygon, so Fighting-types are especially invaluable teammates in order to ward the fossil off. A handy Fire-type in Ponyta or Houndour also helps, as Bronzor is a pretty common switch-in to Porygon as well.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Though Porygon has a bunch of other options, it cannot make effective use of most of them. Thunderbolt can be used in tandem with Ice Beam for BoltBeam coverage, but Charge Beam allows Porygon to boost its Special Attack (does it lose any significant KOs?). Porygon's relatively low Speed means it can make use of Trick Room to outpace faster threats, but it is really nothing more than just a gimmick. Agility is another viable option, but Porygon will have to choose between the bulk associated with Eviolite or the power boost from Life Orb. Thunder Wave and Toxic can be used together to shut down both offensive and defensive threats, but along with Recover allows Porygon only one attack. One might be tempted to use Lock-On with Blizzard, Thunder, or Zap Cannon, but this will essentially give the opponent a free turn to attack. Psychic can hit the Fighting-types that often switch into Porygon, but it still cannot beat Scraggy. Finally, Porygon has enough Attack to run a physical set with Sharpen, Return, Aerial Ace, and Recover, but is pretty much limited to this set and lacks coverage on Rock- and Steel-type Pokemon.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>As a general rule, Fighting-types are generally good switch-ins to Porygon. Bulkier ones, such as Scraggy and Mienfoo, can switch in and take a Tri Attack, then retaliate with Drain Punch; Scraggy doesn't even mind the threat of a burn due to Shed Skin. Lileep and Bronzor are also excellent checks as neither of them take much damage from any of Porygon's attacks and can whittle down its health with Toxic. However, both of them will be in trouble if they get Tricked a Choice Scarf. Any Pokemon with Toxic (except for Staryu, who will allow Porygon to Trace Natural Cure), will work wonders against Porygon, as it will not be able to wreak as much havoc once it is crippled. If Porygon opts not to run Shadow Ball, Misdreavus can set up with Nasty Plot in its face and strike with a super effective Hidden Power Fighting.</p>


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    [Overview]

    <p>Porygon checks into the Little Cup metagame sporting one of the highest overall base stat totals, at a whopping 395. Its Normal typing, while usually a detriment in a Fighting-dominated metagame, isn't that much of a hindrance to Porygon. In fact, it is probably the best Normal-type in the metagame, thanks to its unique ability, Trace. With this new feature, it gains access to some of the best abilities in the game. It is pretty bulky with Eviolite equipped, and can boost its Special Attack with Charge Beam. It also can heal itself with Recover, or take a more offensive approach with Agility. With the proper teammates (or enemies!), Porygon can adapt into a threat in numerous ways.</p>

    <p>However, every Pokemon has its weakness, and Porygon suffers from a pretty big one—Toxic. With no way to get rid of that status outside of Rest, which would give opposing Scraggy a free invitation to come in and set up, one would either have to use a cleric, such as Chinchou, or simply not let Porygon get poisoned—something that could ruin your momentum. In addition, despite its great niche in the metagame, it still loses to Fighting-types fairly often, and Timburr and Scraggy are at the top of its threat list. Even so, Porygon is a great Pokemon that should always be considered for a slot if you're looking for a bulky special attacker.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Bulky Attacker
    move 1: Tri Attack
    move 2: Thunder Wave / Charge Beam
    move 3: Shadow Ball
    move 4: Recover
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Trace
    nature: Bold
    evs: 236 HP / 196 Def / 76 SpA

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This bulky spread allows Porygon to act as a physical sponge, created specifically to stop Murkrow's Brave Bird and retaliate with Tri Attack, with a 20% chance of either burning, paralyzing, or freezing it (all three of which will work wonders against the ever-dangerous Murkrow). Thunder Wave is great to cripple threatening sweepers, such as Mienfoo and Choice Scarf Snover—a great move to have in this metagame. It also works in shutting down users of Shell Smash, namely Shellder and Clamperl—powerful threats if left unchecked. On the other hand, Charge Beam allows Porygon to boost its Special Attack, while also giving it useful coverage. Shadow Ball is a great attack to beat Misdreavus, especially if Porygon has a Special Attack boost under its belt. Recover is important as Porygon can now restore lost health, allowing it to switch in multiple times in a match without worrying too much about entry hazards. Finally, Trace is a very interesting ability, giving Porygon a very versatile niche in the metagame. Depending on the ability, Porygon could get Levitate, Natural Cure, Volt Absorb, Regenerator, Flame Body, or Prankster—all very common abilities used by the top Pokemon in Little Cup.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>For other moves, Ice Beam is a very viable alternative over Shadow Ball that can hit Grass-, Ground-, and Flying-types, for super effective damage—most notably Murkrow. With Charge Beam, this gives Porygon the coveted BoltBeam coverage, only missing Magnemite for neutral damage in the metagame. The EVs on this set are used to maximize Defense and HP, in order to make it as physically bulky as possible to take on Murkrow. The remaining EVs go to Special Attack in order to give a little more power to Porygon's attacks. However, to be able to handle Misdreavus more efficiently, the EVs in Defense can always be shifted to Special Defense. This will allow Porygon to be pretty much a hard counter to Misdreavus, a difficult Pokemon to play against. This will, however, prevent Porygon from beating Murkrow one-on-one because of the lack of Defense EVs invested. Porygon needs maximum Defense and HP in order to be guaranteed to stave off a 2HKO from Murkrow.</p>

    <p>With Snover as a partner for this set, Blizzard becomes a very viable option for Porygon. The additional power allows Porygon to hit much harder than it would normally be able to and will never miss, though the move does not get any important OHKOs or 2HKOs. However, this will open up the team to a pretty obvious weakness to the ever-so-common Fighting-type attacks, so good teammates to help offset this vulnerability include Larvesta, Mienfoo, and Croagunk. In addition, because being afflicted by Toxic will severely reduce the potency of this set, a cleric in Chinchou or Lickitung would be helpful in the long run. Fighting-types will appreciate Porygon's ability to handle Murkrow one-on-one, so Scraggy and Timburr are top choices in this department. Pawniard is in the same boat, since it loses to Murkrow that carry Heat Wave, despite the fact that it doesn't mind FeatherDance at all. Misdreavus is another good partner for this set, as it hates Murkrow even with Will-O-Wisp due to its Prankster ability and a its resistance to Ghost-type attacks, so having Porygon to come in and KO it is never a bad thing.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Offensive
    move 1: Tri Attack
    move 2: Shadow Ball
    move 3: Ice Beam / Blizzard
    move 4: Hidden Power Grass / Agility / Trick
    item: Life Orb / Choice Scarf
    ability: Trace
    nature: Timid
    evs: 76 HP / 236 SpA / 196 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Though Porygon is more often seen as a defensive Pokemon, that's not to say that it can't take an offensive stance, either. Porygon has one of the highest Special Attack stats in LC, clocking in at a whopping base 85. Its amazing coverage does nothing but help it, and right off the bat, Porygon can easily launch Tri Attacks. Shadow Ball is a great coverage move, allowing it to hit Misdreavus for super effective damage. It also hit Psychic-types for big damage, too. Ice Beam is very important on this set, as it allows Porygon to hit both Lileep and Murkrow for super effective damage (though it should be noted that it will not be able to land a 2HKO on the former). Hidden Power Grass gives Porygon a super effective attack against Chinchou, a common switch-in to Porygon. Agility allows Porygon to boost its mediocre Speed to incredibly high levels while Trick (with Choice Scarf) can cripple a wall such as Bronzor or Lileep, thinking they will come in and tank a Tri Attack or other attack move.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The purpose of this set is to hit as hard as possible, therefore Special Attack and Speed EVs are maximized. A Timid nature is preferred with Choice Scarf to reach the 21 Speed tier, outpacing all unboosted Pokemon in the metagame, but a Modest nature can be used with Life Orb to maximize damage output. Unfortunately, because Download is illegal with Tri Attack, Trace is the better option to use with this set.</p>

    <p>This set is completely walled by Pawniard because it resists all of Porygon's attacks and can set up on it with Swords Dance. Mienfoo once again makes for a solid partner as it can switch in, stave off a Sucker Punch, and retaliate with Hi Jump Kick or Drain Punch. Scraggy might be an even better partner, as it has a 4x resistance to Dark-type attacks, and can use Dragon Dance to boost its stats. Both should take caution if Pawniard starts launching off Iron Heads, however, as it can inflict a decent amount of damage to both Pokemon. Lileep is still a solid counter to Porygon, so Fighting-types are especially invaluable teammates in order to ward the fossil off. A handy Fire-type in Ponyta or Houndour also helps, as Bronzor is a pretty common switch-in to Porygon as well.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Though Porygon has a bunch of other options, it really cannot use most of them. Thunderbolt can be used in tandem with Ice Beam for BoltBeam coverage, but Charge Beam allows it to boost its Special Attack, and is therefore preffered. Agility can also be used, but Porygon will have to choose between the bulk granted by Eviolite, or the power by Life Orb. Thunder Wave and Toxic can be used together to shut down both offensive and defensive threats, but, if they are used with Recover, it allows Porygon space for only one attack. Lock-On, with Blizzard, Thunder, or Zap Cannon, is interesting, but will essentially give the opponent a free turn. Psychic can work to hit the Fighting-types that often switch into Porygon, but it will not help Porygon beat Scraggy. Finally, Porygon has enough Attack to run a physical set with Sharpen, Return, Aerial Ace, and Recover, but is pretty much limited to this set and lacks coverage on Rock- and Steel-type Pokemon.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>As a general rule, Fighting-types are good switch-ins in Porygon. Bulkier ones, such as Scraggy and Mienfoo, can switch in, take a Tri Attack, hope it doesn't burn (though Scraggy doesn't mind as much thanks to Shed Skin), and retaliate with Drain Punch. Lileep and Bronzor are also very good checks, as neither of them take much damage from any of Porygon's attacks and can whittle down its health with Toxic. However, both of them will be in trouble if they get Tricked a Choice Scarf. Any Pokemon with Toxic (except for Staryu, who will allow Porygon to Trace Natural Cure), will work wonders against Porygon, as it will not be able to wreak as much havoc as it normally would be able to if crippled as such. Misdreavus, if Porygon opts to not run Shadow Ball, can set up Nasty Plot in Porygon's face and strike with a super effective Hidden Power Fighting.</p>


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  18. blarajan

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    This is late, but why is there no mention of HP Fire in the AC of either sets? Please add those mentions in.
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