name: Dragon Dance (Dark)
move 1: Dragon Dance
move 2: Stone Edge
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Heavy Slam / Fire Punch / Substitute
item: Lum Berry / Leftovers
ability: Sand Stream
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Tyranitar can become a powerful setup sweeper for Dark teams thanks to its access to Dragon Dance and amazing coverage options, allowing it to threaten types such as Fire, Electric, and Poison. Stone Edge breaks past Pokemon such as Blissey, Pelipper, and Mandibuzz. Earthquake is mainly used for Toxapex and Steel-types like Aegislash, Heatproof Bronzong, and Klefki. Heavy Slam deals with Fairy-types like Hatterene and Galarian Weezing, while Fire Punch is particularly useful to hit Ferrothorn reliably. Substitute is also an option to set up more easily on weaker Pokemon like Torkoal, Toxapex, and Galarian Weezing, and Leftovers is used along with it to gain passive recovery. Lum Berry prevents Tyranitar from being crippled by the likes of Toxapex, Slowking, and Salazzle. Tyranitar should use its good bulk paired with Sand Stream to set up easily on special attackers like Dragalge and Rotom-H as well as passive Pokemon like Amoonguss. Maximum Speed investment with a Jolly nature allows it to outspeed Alolan Ninetales and Choice Specs Gengar after a Dragon Dance boost.
Dragon Dance Tyranitar primarily fits on hyper offense teams and can take on threats like Togekiss and Volcarona, which its teammates appreciate. Krookodile is the premier option for setting Stealth Rock while also providing utility in Knock Off and Taunt to dismantle threats like Porygon2, Gastrodon, and Corviknight. Taunt can also prevent entry hazards from slower leads such as Skarmory, which helps Tyranitar stay healthy. Hydreigon can weaken physically defensive Pokemon like Bewear, Corviknight, and Hippowdon for Tyranitar, making it an important wallbreaker. Mandibuzz can use Defog to get rid of hazards like Sticky Web and Toxic Spikes, which would otherwise make Tyranitar easier to revenge kill. It also deals with Fighting- and Ground-types like Choice Scarf Cobalion, Excadrill, and Hawlucha while providing U-turn support. Urshifu-S can threaten Steel teams for Tyranitar with its powerful STAB move combination and pick off faster threats such as Barraskewda and Choice Scarf Jirachi with Sucker Punch. Grimmsnarl provides useful dual screens for Tyranitar, which allows it to set up on Pokemon like Charizard and Kyurem more safely throughout the match. Drapion and Bisharp are able to help against problematic Fairy-types like Primarina, Grimmsnarl, Galarian Weezing, and Mimikyu so Tyranitar can forego Heavy Slam. Additionally, Drapion can spread status with Toxic Spikes, which is useful for preventing Electric teams from switching in freely.
- Written by: [[RottenInfernape, 491896]]
- Dark analysis by: [[RottenInfernape, 491896]]
- Quality checked by: [[Decem, 362454]], [[Harpp, 320110]]
- Grammar checked by: [[The Dutch Plumberjack, 232216]]