Altaria

Natural Cure
Cures status on switching out.
Type Tier
Dragon / Flying UU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
75
- 291 354 -
Atk
70
158 176 239 262
Def
90
194 216 279 306
SpA
70
158 176 239 262
SpD
105
221 246 309 339
Spe
80
176 196 259 284
Name Item Nature

Dragon Dance

Leftovers Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Hidden Power Flying
~ Earthquake
~ Rest / Fire Blast / Flamethrower
188 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Def / 24 Spe

Dragon Dance Altaria is pretty much an inferior Salamence. Its only niche is its Natural Cure ability, which allows Altaria to heal itself with Rest and hit the road when it knows it's beaten. Put in a Fire move if you want Altaria to beat Skarmory one-on-one, but sticking with Rest is recommended as Altaria maintains the option of Resting and switching out when big bad Skarmory comes in. Fortunately, Skarmory is not in the same metagame as Altaria, who is UU, and thus won't be seen much.

Checks and Counters

Pretty much anything that walls Salamence would wall Altaria; common examples are Suicune, Milotic, and Swampert. As it's weak offensively, even Snorlax and Blissey can repeatedly switch in and take next to nothing. Dragon Dance variants are stopped by Skarmory and Zapdos. Regice, Lapras and other strong Ice Beam users are more offensive ways to take care of it.