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Discussion in 'Global Battle Union' started by Jibaku, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Jibaku

    Jibaku Who let all these plants survive??
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    Dec 13, 2005
    HP: 100
    Atk: 134
    Def: 110
    SpA: 95
    SpD: 100
    Spe: 61
    Background info:
    Tyranitar is just that one Pokemon whose usefulness extends far beyond the OU metagame. In GBU, this is certainly no exception - Tyranitar's incredibly massive movepool, Sand Stream ability, and combination of power and bulk allow it to perform many roles. Its excellent stats and SpDef boost from Sandstorm allow it to be extremely flexible with its EVs (which in turn makes it tough to point out a standard). I won't list out Tyranitar's movepool here (go click the link if you need it), because it's so big.

    Singles Sets

    Supporting Sasher
    Tyranitar @ Focus Sash
    Trait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
    Hasty Nature (+Spd, -Def)
    - Thunder Wave
    - Ice Beam
    - Fire Blast / Flamethrower
    - Crunch

    This particular Tyranitar set is often seen with Substitute Garchomp, and it's not hard to see why. With Sandstorm + paralysis from Thunder Wave, Garchomp can set up Substitutes and Swords Dances with relative impunity, allowing it to ravage the opposing team. Ice Beam is excellent for taking out Ground types as they otherwise absorb the Thunder Wave, and also takes out Salamence and Dragonite. The fire move is for Steels who resist this entire moveset otherwise, and Crunch lets it threaten Lati@s, Gengar, and so on. Tyranitar is an amazing Sasher due to the fact that Sandstream can potentially eat away at opposing Focus Sashes, and also due to its large number of weaknesses.

    Offensive Sasher
    Tyranitar @ Focus Sash
    EVs: Use Your Imagination
    Lonely Nature (+Atk, -Def)
    - Crunch
    - Superpower
    - Fire Blast
    - Stone Edge / Ice Beam

    This is what I'm currently using since I don't need the TWave support that badly. This particular TTar set focuses more on coverage. The EVs can be tweaked in however many ways you like it to be. In my case, I gave it enough bulk to survive 2 Specs Draco Meteors from Latios while having enough offense to actually hurt stuff. Some Speed is nice too.

    Choice Band
    Tyranitar @ Choice Band
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SDef
    Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk(
    - Crunch
    - Pursuit
    - Stone Edge
    - Superpower

    Same deal as your usual OU set really. You can invest in SDef for extra bulk. Also, most CBTars I've seen are faster than this so you may want to speed creep. Pursuit is the crux of the set here-guaranteeing a knockout on 1/3 of your opponent's team can be very devastating, but keep in mind that if you don't play this carefully, your opponent can take advantage of the choiced Pursuit and set up.

    Doubles Sets:


    Tyranitar @ Chople Berry / Iron Ball
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SDef
    Adamant Nature / Brave Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) / (+Atk, -Spd)
    - Crunch / Fling / Payback
    - Rock Slide
    - Low Kick
    - Protect
    I don't know what else to say for this. In doubles, Tyranitar appears to use less of its wonderful movepool. Chople Berry helps it survive weaker fighting moves...yeah I didn't need to explain this I suppose. Iron Ball is useful if you need to make it as slow as possible to guarantee the Sandstorm, and can be flung for massive damage, but Crunch is generally more reliable. Air Balloon is a lesser alternative - it helps TTar avoid Earthquakes from partner Excadrill/Garchomp/Landorus, but can be popped rather easily, so watch out.
  2. muffinhead

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    Mar 6, 2010
    try iron ball + brave 0 speed for weather support in doubles / triples. almost guarantees sand set-up and gives payback ridiculous power o 3o
  3. Solace

    Solace cheap thrills
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    Nov 4, 2009
    i agree with muffinhead's suggestion, Tyranitar greatly benefits with Payback from going slower, and the added benefit of getting your weather up makes it well worth the reduced speed throughout the rest of the battle.
  4. Baz Anderson

    Baz Anderson

    Jun 25, 2011
    I used to see quite a few Scarfed Tyrannitars... maybe not so much now though.
  5. cosmicexplorer

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    May 25, 2010
    Lum Berry is an excellent choice on the doubles set, as TTar's sandstorm nullifies any sash Smeargle might hold, allowing Tyranitar to just Rock Slide for the KO, taking out both Sash and Scarf versions. In addition, Earthquake deserves mention over Low Kick. While Low Kick hits Scrafty and Rhyperior harder, Earthquake hits slightly harder on Metagross, which commonly is used to check Tyranitar, and 2HKOes 4 HP versions. It's also a spread attack, which is always useful.
  6. Joel


    May 15, 2009
    Tyraniboah seems relevant for singles. I've been having success with it. Even had a couple of rage quits. Only thing different from the regular Smogon analysis is that I run mine with a Sitrus Berry.


    Here is an example of my Tyraniboah in action (along side a Rotm-Cut lead)...

    Video #: 99-85554-09926 (8 turn battle)

    and here's what my full set looks like...

    Tyranitar @ Sitrus Berry
    Nature: Quiet
    IVs: 0 Speed
    Ability: Sand Stream
    EVs: 252 HP/52 Atk/206 SpAtk
    -Focus Punch
    -Dark Pulse
    -Ice Beam/Thunderbolt

    Mine is running Ice Beam, but Thunderbolt works just as well.
  7. cosmicexplorer

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    May 25, 2010
    In Doubles/Triples, Tyranitar can use Ice Beam along with 148 Special Attack EVs to guarantee an OHKO on Garchomp (or a 2HKO if it's running Yache), which it can't do with an all-physical set. Ice Beam with the given EVs also 2HKOes 252 HP Hippowdon, which would otherwise take down Tyranitar easily. I've tested it, and it definitely seems worth mentioning.
  8. Progeusz


    Nov 17, 2009
    How about mixed http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=82790 without SR? (Sandstorm is enough vs most sashers and entry hazards aren't that important in offensive 3 vs 3) Works great for me, I love taking less than 50% from SE attacks and 2/ohko-ing in return.
    I think I'll try Sitrus Berry, it would allow me to use Lefties on Scizor/Chomp/whatever I'll use in future because I want to try something else.
  9. LUST

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    Jul 14, 2011
    A Choice Specs Tyranitar can also become a major threat to some of the teams which come unprepared for it. Absorbing Will-o-Wisps and hitting them hard. Here's the set:

    Choice Specs
    Tyranitar @ Choice Specs
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 SAtk / 4 SDef
    Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk(
    - Dark Pulse
    - Fire Blast
    - Ice Beam
    - Focus Blast

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