National Dex Landorus-Therian [0/2]


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name: Offensive Stealth Rock
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Swords Dance
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Fly / Stone Edge
item: Flyinium Z / Rockium Z
ability: Intimidate
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Landorus-T serves as an effective Stealth Rocker while also acting as an excellent early game wallbreaker thanks to its excellent attack and access to Swords Dance. As a Stealth Rocker, it matches up well against common hazard removers like Corviknight, while it also uses its ability to force out common Pokemon like Heatran and Excadrill to either set Stealth Rock or set up a Swords Dance. Swords Dance is needed to give Landorus-T the hike in power it needs to effectively wallbreak. Fly with Flyinium Z allows Landorus-T to smash through common Defensive Pokemon like Slowbro and Tangrowth with a boosted Z-Move. Stone Edge with Rockium Z, on the other hand, gives Landorus-T an excellent matchup against common Defoggers like Zapdos and Corviknight, while also allowing it to break through Rotom-H and Rotom-W with greater efficiency. It also still has enough power to OHKO Tapu Fini at +2. Flyinium Z is generally preferred, however, as Rockium variants don't do as well against the aforementioned common threats. The Rockium Z set also faces competition from Garchomp, which sits at a significantly better speed tier that gives it the jump on Hydreigon, Mega Medicham, and the Mega Charizards, but Landorus-T's ability to get better damage rolls against Corviknight while also Intimidating it and resisting Body Press gives it a niche in this regard.

Late game cleaners are excellent partners for Landorus-T, as they greatly appreciate Landorus-T weakening or straight up removing bulkier Pokemon while also setting up hazards. Pokemon such as Ash-Greninja, Mega Lopunny, and Choice Scarf Galarian Darmanitan make for good teammates in this regard. Landorus-T appreciates VoltTurn support that can get it in safely. Rotom-H, Mega Scizor, and Teleport Slowbro are good partners as a result. Landorus-T's teammates can be tuned depending on what Z-Move it is using. Pokemon that appreciate Pokemon such as Tangrowth, Slowbro, and Hippowdon removed make for good partners for the Flyinium variant, with Ash-Greninja and Mega Lopunny working in this regard. Teammates that appreciate the removal or denting of Pokemon such as Corviknight, the Rotom formes, and Zapdos work well as partners for the Rockium Z set. This can include teammates like Galarian Darmanitan, Tornadus-T, and Kartana. Mega Metagross, in particular, stands out as a partner, as it benefits from the removal of most of Landorus-T's targets. It also benefits from Landorus-T running Stealth Rock, which allows it to run an extra coverage move.

name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Earthquake
move 2: Stone Edge
move 3: U-turn
move 4: Knock Off / Defog
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Intimidate
nature: Jolly
evs: 32 HP / 188 Atk / 80 Def / 208 Spe

Choice Scarf Landorus-T has a niche over its main competition in Galarian Darmanitan and Hydreigon thanks to its defensive typing, access to Intimidate giving it functionally higher physical bulk, and ability to fit useful moves like Knock Off, Defog, and Explosion. Stone Edge provides good coverage alongside Earthquake and allows Landorus-T to hit Pokemon such as Tornadus-T and Rotom-H. U-turn allows Landorus-T to pivot its teammates in and also threatens a lot of damage onto threats such as Mega Alakazam and Hydreigon in the process. Knock Off allows Landorus-T to cripple Pokemon such as Corviknight, Ferrothorn, Rotom-H, and Zapdos, all of which rely heavily on their item. Defog can also be used if it doesn't fit anywhere else on the team. Landorus-T also has a good matchup against Stealth Rock variants of Heatran and Mega Metagross, making it a serviceable Defogger against teams utilizing these Pokemon as their Stealth Rock setters. However, Landorus-T doesn't particularly like being locked into it, as it can give the opponent an opportunity, as Landorus-T will likely be forced out after using the move. Explosion is a decent tool as a last ditch effort attempt to remove Pokemon such as Hydreigon, Rotom-W, Kommo-o, and Gliscor from the picture, but most of its targets are not guaranteed to be OHKOed by it, and some, like Gliscor and +1 Kommo-o, need significant chip done first. 32 EVs into HP and 80 into Defense allows Landorus-T to avoid the 2HKO from Mega Metagross's Meteor Mash after the Attack drop from Intimidate, while 208 Speed EVs allows Landorus-T to outrun Mega Alakazam and +1 Kommo-o.

Knock Off and U-turn are both very good options to throw out in the early stages of the game; Knock Off is good for crippling Pokemon like Corviknight and Zapdos in the long term, while U-turn is good for keeping up the momentum and slowly wearing down Pokemon such as Rotom-H. Choice Scarf Landorus-T's moves are generally quite exploitable if Landorus-T gets locked into them. In addition, it is not an offensive check to Choice Scarf Galarian Darmanitan, unlike its competition Hydreigon. As such, a good defensive backbone is necessary. Slowbro functions quite well with Choice Scarf Landorus-T as a result, and it can use Teleport to form a Voltturn core with it. Other staples of defensive cores such as Ferrothorn, Tangrowth, and Rotom-H work well as well. Strong wallbreakers, such as Nasty Plot Hydreigon, Swords Dance Kartana, and Mega Medicham appreciate Landorus-T pivoting them in and crippling their defensive answers with Knock Off or slowly wearing them down with U-turn. Nasty Plot Hydreigon is an especially good partner, as it gives Landorus-T's teams insurance against Ash Greninja.

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