Name: Thundurus-Therian Type: Electric/Flying Ability: Volt Absorb; Defiant (Hidden Ability) Base Stats: 79/105/70/145/80/101 Notable Moves (STAB's are bolded, setup moves are italicized): Thunderbolt Nasty Plot Agility Hidden Power (Ice) Focus Blast U-turn Discharge Volt Switch Dark Pulse Grass Knot Psychic Substitute General Overview: With its Incarnate sibling returning to OU once again, Thundurus-T finds himself in a difficult situation, as with its return, Thundurus-I almost completely overshadowes his brother due to its sheer utility it can bring to the battlefield. Despite being eclipsed by the Zeus ripoff of Pokemon, Thundurus-T can still make a name for itself in the tier for many reasons. One of these is being the most powerful specially offensive non-Mega Electric Pokemon ever, outdamaging it's brother by a good amount. With this, Thundurus-T can sweep with more offensive effectiveness than Thundurus-I, with Agility, Nasty Plot, or a Double Boosting set. In addition, it doesn't have to focus on shutting down offensive or defensive Pokemon, allowing it to take them down instead with a Choice Scarf or Choice Specs set, if set-up sweepers aren't exactly up your alley. With the power it wields, Thundurus-T can strike down many Pokemon that can threaten or stall out teammates like Gyarados, Azumarill or Landorus-T in the blink of an eye. Also, Thundurus-T gains a relatively useful ability in Volt Absorb, giving it more switch-in opportunities than it did before against opposing Electric-types. However, it's not all kittens and rainbows for this thundercloud of pure rage in Generation VI's metagame. Due to it losing Prankster in the exchange, Thundurus-T loses a lot of utility that Thundurus-I has to offer such as the ever-useful Prankster Taunt and Prankster T-Wave. Also, it loses a very valuable Speed tier of 111 to an above-average 101, letting get outsped and taken advantage of by threats it could deal with before such as Gengar, Garchomp, Terrakion, and Keldeo. To add more salt to the wounds of its lowered Speed, Thundurus-T's frailty is a bit more looked upon than its brother, as now that it is slower, the demigod's frailty is easily noticeable. Regardless, if you think Thundurus-T shouldn't be used over its brother, think again. With the offensive prowess it struts, Thundurus-T is a force to be reckoned with, and tread lightly if you aren't prepared for it. Possible Movesets: Double Boosting-POWA Moves: Nasty Plot Agility Thunderbolt Hidden Power (Ice) Ev's: 252 SpA/128 HP/128 Spe Item: Leftovers Nature: Modest With the power it brings to the field, and the offensive pressure it exudes, Thundurus-T can find a lot of opportunities to set up, despite the fact that double boosting sets are difficult to pull off. With 128 Speed EV's and an Agility boost under its belt, Thundurus-T can outspeed the entire unboosted metagame, in addition to many popular Choice Scarfers like Garchomp. Also, if you manage to get off a Nasty Plot as well, there is little your opponent can do but watch as you desolate their team with pretty good psuedo-BoltBeam coverage. Despite Hidden Power's nerf to base 60 BP, Thundurus-T's stellar Special Attack and a Nasty Plot boost should take care of that in a jiffy, murdering many 4x Ice-weak Pokemon in the tier, with even a 75% chance to kill Dragonite through Multiscale! With all that said and done, the 252 SpA EV's are to get the most power you can get out of it due to lack of a boosting item (Life Orb cuts your longevity). The remaining 128 Ev's are bolstered to HP, increasing Thundy's longevity significantly, and can switch in a bit more often than without no bulk investment. Agility Moves: Agility Thunderbolt Hidden Power (Ice) Focus Blast EV's: 128 Spe/252 SpA/128 HP Item: Life Orb Nature: Modest A major factor Thundurus-T has over its brother is the ability to run Agility effectively. With just 1 boost despite the neutral nature and 128 Speed EV's, it can outspeed the entire unboosted metagame and attempt a more effective late-game sweep than its counterpart, Nasty Plot, which aims for a early/mid-game sweep. BoltBeam is pretty obvious at this point, and assists Thundurus-T with cleaning up many targets that manage to stay around the match like bulky Waters or late-game Dragon sweepers. Focus Blast lets Thundy pick off weakened Tyranitar, Kyurem-B, and one of Thundurus-T's most popular checks, Mamoswine, and can afford to run the extra moveslot unlike Thundurus-I's utility sets. The EV spread was explained earlier, and can help Thundurus-T sweep late-game more efficiently. However, the main difference between the double boosting set and this is Life Orb, which helps give the demigod just the amount of juice it needs to completely steamroll weakened teams. Nasty Plot Moves: Nasty Plot Thunderbolt Hidden Power (Ice) Focus Blast EV's: 252 Spe/252 SpA/4 Def Item: Life Orb Nature: Timid Unlike the Double boosting set, a singular boosting move like Nasty Plot makes Thundurus-T's priamry goal to attempt a sweep at almost any point in the game, and backed up with a Life Orb, Thundurus-T can rip through weakened or non-weakened teams alike. With the aforementioned BoltBeam coverage, Thundurus-T can hit a multitude of the metagame for SE damage, and if set up, will ravage Pokemon like Garchomp, Gliscor, Landorus-T and Gyarados. Now, with the extra moveslot freed up, Focus Blast will usually destroy Tyranitar, a previous detriment to the double booster, will get reduced to dust after a +2 Focus Blast. Grass Knot was a previous option, as it hits Specially Defensive Hippowdown like a truck, but it doesn't hit Water-types as hard enough as it did before, and barely scratches Rotom-W. But, keep in mind that Thundurus-T is not as bulky as other sweepers without investment, and Life Orb shortens its longevity. Timid is used over Modest, as Thundurus-T's Speed is not mitigated from Agility unlike the previous set. Choice Scarf Moves: Thunderbolt Hidden Power (Ice) Focus Blast U-turn/Volt Switch Ev's: 252 Spe/252 SpA/4 Atk (4 Def if not using U-turn) Item: Choice Scarf Nature: Naive/Timid Choice Scarf lets Thundurus-T move up to a whole new level of revenge killing, trolling base 100's since 2012. BoltBeam has already been explained, giving Thundy valuable coverage, and can let him revenge kill a lot of Dragon-types in the tier. Focus Blast breaks through Tyranitar and other Fighting-weak Pokemon that BoltBeam cannot deal with alone. Now, Thundurus-T has the ability to gain momentum with U-turn and Volt Switch, which not many offensive Pokemon can boast having 2 of them. The choice between the 2 is basically a personal preference on what works best with your team. U-turn does considerable damage to Defensive Latias, including Latios, while outright destroying Celebi and Malamar. But, the biggest attraction to U-turn is you do not lose momentum to Ground-types. However, Volt Switch can be used as a denting tool while gaining momentum at the same time, despite getting blocked by Ground-types. If using U-turn, go Naive. If Volt Switch, Timid should be used instead.