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National Dex Monotype Latias (Psychic) [QC 1/2]

Maple

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[SET]
name: Choice Scarf (Psychic)
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Psychic
move 3: Defog
move 4: Healing Wish
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Levitate
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
A decent defensive typing, above-average speed tier in conjunction with good offensive and defensive stats makes Latias a threat to watch out for. Despite the downside of Special Attack drop, forcing Latias to switch out more often than not, Draco Meteor acts as the strongest STAB move available for Latias, allowing it to revenge kill major threats to Psychic-type teams such as Mega Sharpedo and Blacephalon. Psychic acts as Latias's secondary STAB option, preventing it from being completely shut down by Fairy-types, while also dealing with common Poison- and Fighting-types such as Nidoking, Toxapex, and Terrakion. Defog provides hazard control, removing troublesome hazards such as Stealth Rock and Toxic Spikes, easing pressure off of other offensive teammates like Tapu Lele and Victini. Healing Wish sets apart Latias, from Latios, allowing Latias to fully heal a teammate that is severely weakened or statused. This especially benefits strong wallbreakers such as Choice Band Victini and Choice Specs Tapu Lele, giving them a second round of wallbreaking through opposing teams. 252 Special Attack EVs maximize Latias' damage output while 252 Speed EVs along with a Timid nature and Choice Scarf allows Latias to outspeed key threats such as +1 Mega Sharpedo, Scarf Blacephalon and Mega Lopunny. Levitate is Latias' only ability, providing immunity against Ground-type attacks and entry hazards such as Spikes, Toxic Spikes and Sticky Web.

Latias appreciates teammates like Mega Gallade and Victini as they help deal with troublesome Steel-types such as Ferrothorn and Celesteela while the former helps in the Dark matchup, dealing with key threats like Hydreigon and Tyranitar. Latias in return can revenge kill their threats such as Mega Lopunny, Tapu Koko and Blacephalon and also provide Healing Wish support replenishing their HP back to full. Victini also appreciates Latias running Choice Scarf, playing the role of speed control which allows Victini to utilize other sets such as Heavy-Duty Boots, Z-Celebrate, or Choice Band. Latias also benefits from teammates like Tapu Lele and Mega Gardevoir that deal with opposing Dragon-types and are capable of switching in against Dragon-type moves due to their Fairy-typing. They also help greatly in the Dark matchup, OHKOing threats like Hydreigon and Urshifu. Slowbro provides a good defensive pivot that sponges physical attacks directed at Latias and can safely bring Latias into the game thanks to Teleport. Slowbro also provides an Ice-type resistance. Steel-type teammates like Metagross and Jirachi provide resistance against common Dragon-, Ice- and Fairy-type moves directed at Latias while also providing Stealth Rock support, which allows Latias to secure some crucial OHKOs after Stealth Rock damage, against Pokemon such as Terrakion, Blacephalon, and Mega Sharpedo. Furthermore, Jirachi can cripple offensive and defensive threats to Latias such as Greninja and Mantine with Thunder Wave and Toxic, respectively. Magic Guard + Focus Sash Alakazam and Celebi can help deal with common threats like Bisharp, Mega Scizor and Mega Sharpedo that Latias struggles against.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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Latias may opt to run Trick to cripple defensive checks such as Galarian Corsola, Mantine, and Celesteela. However, it would mean Latias has to give up on one of its other moves which prove to be more beneficial in most cases. Latias may also run Thunder Wave to cripple faster threats that Latias fails to revenge kill reliably like Spectrier, Mega Aerodactyl, and Volcarona allowing other teammates like Victini to deal with them without much trouble. Soul Dew is an option on Latias which boosts its STAB moves while also allowing Latias to freely switch between Psychic and Draco Meteor without being Choice locked. However the downside is that it can no longer reliably revenge kill threats like Scarf Blacephalon, +1 Mega Sharpedo and omniboosted Porygon-Z.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Dark-types**: Dark-type Pokemon are unaffected by Psychic, therefore allowing them to freely switch in on Latias locked onto Psychic while Specially Defensive Tyranitar and Bisharp take very little damage from Draco Meteor. The former threatens to cripple Latias with Thunder Wave or Toxic while the latter can setup with Swords Dance or OHKO Latias with Knock Off.

**Pursuit Trappers**: Latias falls prey to common pursuit trappers such as Scizor, Drapion, Drapion and Alolan Muk. Latias is almost always forced to switch out against these threats, especially if locked into Draco Meteor and in OHKO'd or severely weakened as a result.

**Steel-types**: Steel-type Pokemon like Celesteela, Ferrothorn, and Heatran resists both of Latias' STAB options, allowing them to freely switch in against Latias. However, be wary of Trick sets that can easily render them useless once Tricked. On the other hand Steel-types like Mega-Scizor and Aegislash and use Latias as setup bait.

**Fairy-types**: Fairy-types like Clefable and Azumarill are immune to Draco Meteor and in return threaten to KO Latios with their super-effective Fairy STAB moves. Certain Fairy-types like Tapu Lele and Klefki resist Psychic as well, the former threatens to OHKO with Moonblast while the latter can cripple Latias with Thunder Wave.

**Status**: Toxic puts Latias on a timer, forcing it to switch out often to prevent excessive Toxic damage while Thunder Wave paralyzes Latias, halving its speed, making it easy to be revenge killed by threats like Dragonite and Hydreigon.

**Walls**: Specially defensive walls like Blissey, specially defensive Mandibuzz, and Mantine switch in against Latias with ease. However, they need to watch out for sets that utilize Trick as it easily shuts them off completely.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Maple, 473171]]
- Psychic analysis by [[Maple, 473171]]
- Quality checked by: [[Mateeus, 321991], [username2, userid2]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1]]
 
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[SET COMMENTS]
Moveset Description
- Remove the hyphen from Mega-Sharpedo and Mega-Lopunny;

Good Teammates
- I think you could separate the first sentence in two, the first listing how Mega Gallade and Victini helps Latias, and the second saying how Latias helps them in return. You have it all in one;
- Just say Tapu Lele and Mega Gardevoir help dealing with Dark-types while being able to switch into opposing Dragon-type moves for Latias. The neutrality against Dark-type attacks is more of a team-wise thing, and both are frail anyways;
- Slowbro also brings Latias into the field safely with Teleport;
- Add Celebi alongside Alakazam as ways to deal with the common threats mentioned;
- Remove the hyphen in all Mega Evolutions cited.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Psychic (add this, bolded)

- Add Soul Dew as an option that lets Latias perform its support roles better by not being locked into a sole move; however, do mention its drawbacks, mainly the unability to revenge kill.

Checks and Counters
===================

Psychic (add this, bolded)

- Add "Pursuit Trappers" as a bullet between Dark- and Steel-types;
- Remove the "Contrary to Dark-types" part in the Fairy-types bullet (it isn't an idea of opposition);
- Replace "Thunder Wave paralyzes Latias, halving ..." to simply "paralysis halves ...". There are more ways to inflict paralysis into Latias, so generalizing is ideal;
- Shorten "Specially Defensive Walls" to "Walls" as Latias can't break through even physically oriented ones.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Maple, 473171]]
- Psychic analysis by [[Maple, 473171]]
- Quality checked by: [[Mateeus, 321991], [username2, userid2]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1]]

Approved, QC 1/2! :staravia::staravia::staravia::staravia:
(you made me stay up to qc ur shit fuck you loooooooooooooool)
 

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