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[OVERVIEW]
- Mega Altaria is one of the best pokemon in the Gen 6 1v1 Scene.
- With access to a fantastic Dragon / Fairy typing, Pixilate, a balanced stat spread and a plethora of move options, it's easily one of the best picks for a fairy type at the moment.
- Its Dragon / Fairy Typing allows it to complete Two-Thirds of the common Steel / Dragon / Fairy core, as well as resist strong Fire-types, Fighting-types and Dragon-types such as Mega Charizard X / Y, Sawk and Garchomp.
- Pixilate allows it to turn powerful normal moves such as Hyper Voice, Hyper Beam or Giga Impact into STAB Fairy-type moves that can KO pokemon such as Kyurem-B or Dragonite.
- Its 75 / 110 / 110 / 110 / 105 / 80 stat spread allows it to go physical, special or defensive based on a team's wishes, and Mega Altaria's large movepool including Cotton Guard, Dragon Dance, Roost or Fire / Ground moves complement whatever choice Altaria makes.

[SET]

Special / Stall (Altaria-Mega) @ Altarianite
Ability: Pixilate
EVs: 248 HP / 32 SpA / 212 SpD / 16 Spe
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Cotton Guard
- Roost
- Hyper Voice
- Confide / Fire Blast

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
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- Cotton Guard boosts your defense by three stages and is used to win matchups versus physical attackers such as Victini or Mega Charizard X.
- Roost helps with keeping Mega Altaria alive and recovering health lost from before cotton guarding, helping you continue to stall out pokemon such as Dragonite or Mega Heracross.
- Hyper Voice is your main STAB move and allows Mega Altaria to further pressure offensive pokemon, and stops it from being baited and instead beat Taunt users like Mega Gyarados, Mega Tyranitar and Mega Sableye. It also allows Mega Altaria to get past substitute users who would otherwise beat you, such as Torrent Greninja or Whimsicott.
- Confide lowers the special attack of other pokemon, allowing you to get matchups such as Mega Charizard Y or Scarfed Porygon-Z, making M-Alt a premier Anti-Charizard pick.
- Fire Blast can be used over Confide for matchups versus steel types such as Genesect, or earning the KO on Specs Ice Beam Greninja.

EVs
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- 248 HP / 212 SpD with a Calm Nature let's you bulk Choice Specs Greninja's ice beam and 32 Special Attack allows you to kill back with Hyper Beam. 16 Speed EVs allows you outspeed Base 50 Speed pokemon with 252 EVs but no boosting nature.
- Alternative EVs of 252 HP / 72 Def / 168 SpD / 16 Spe with a Calm Nature can be used to let non-Mega evolved Altaria live up to 3 Sludge Bombs from uninvested Mega Venusaur, while the Defense investment gives it the best chance to beat Pokemon like Mega Charizard X, Dragonite, and Victini. The 16 Speed EVs are to outspeed 252 Speed EVs invested base 50s such as Donphan.
- Alternate EVs of 248 HP / 112 Def / 148 SpD with a Bold Nature can be used to instead bulk for Poison Jab from Sawk, two earthquakes from Band Landorus, or Archeops.

Strategy & Support
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- Against physical attackers, always start with Cotton Guard. And then, use Roost if Mega Altaria is at 60 percent or less. If not, it's your choice whether to attack or Cotton Guard again, depending on matchup.
- Against Ice-type move carrying Steel-types like Ice Punch Mega Metagross or Ice Beam Genesect, you'll have to predict in the first turn whether they're gonna use the Ice-type attack or the Steel-type attack, as this will make or break your matchup.

[SET]

Physical (Altaria-Mega) @ Altarianite
Ability: Natural Cure
EVs: 252 HP / 28 Atk / 36 Def / 184 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Cotton Guard
- Roost
- Body Slam
- Earthquake


[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========
- Cotton Guard boosts your defense by three stages and is used to win matchups versus physical attackers such as Victini or Mega Charizard X.
- Roost helps with keeping Mega Altaria alive and recovering health lost from before cotton guarding.
- Body Slam helps you spread paralysis and win matchups you may otherwise not, such as versus Mega Charizard Y. It also breaks Heatran's Air Balloon.
- Earthquake helps you against Steel-types and is primarily used to beat Heatran.

EVs
========
- 252 HP / 184 SpD is bulked to live any hit from Heatran, whilst 36 defense is used to help you on the defensive side. 28 attack EVs and an adamant nature helps your Body Slam / Earthquakes hit even harder.

Strategy & Support
========
- Against physical attackers, always start with Cotton Guard. And then, use Roost if Mega Altaria is at 60 percent or less. If not, it's your choice whether to attack or Cotton Guard again, depending on matchup.
- Against Ice-type move carrying Steel-types like Ice Punch Mega Metagross or Ice Beam Genesect, you'll have to predict in the first turn whether they're gonna use the Ice-type attack or the Steel-type attack, as this will make or break your matchup.
- When versus pokemon you may have a shaky matchup against, try to use Body Slam as much as possible, allowing you to earn wins through paralysis.


[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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- A physical set with Dragon Dance, Earthquake, Frustration / Body Slam / Giga Impact, and Roost can also be used to lure some Pokemon like Meloetta and Manaphy. If running the first moves, you'll also be able to grab a kill on Air Balloon Heatran.
- Hyper Beam can be used on the special set to always nail the OHKO on specs greninja.
- Fire-type moves like Fire Blast or Flamethrower can also be used to have better chances against Ice-type Protean Greninja, and Steel-types like Mega Mawile, Mega Metagross.
- Slotting Toxic over Confide on the Stall set can work as a way to put further pressure and defeat other pokemon such as Victini, Mega Charizard X, Non-Rest Mega Slowbro

Checks and Counters
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**Strong Special Attackers**: Since Mega Altaria's more situated towards physical defence, Strong special attackers such as Porygon-Z, Mega Charizard-Y and Manaphy are able to break it down and stop it in its tracks.

**Fairy-types**: Togekiss, Mega Gardevoir and Sylveon pose a direct threat to Mega Altaria, nuking Mega Altaria with their main STAB moves.

**Steel-Types**: Steel-types such as Mega Mawile, Genesect and Mega Meagross are able to get around Mega Altaria with their own offensive counterplay and defeating you with their main STAB moves.

**Stall Pokemon**: Other stall pokemon such as bulky Mega Venusaur, rest Mega Slowbro or Registeel can stall out and out pp Mega Altaria, thereby defeating it.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[om, 241400]]
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