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Mega Blaziken has a great Attack stat and the access to Speed Boost, enabling it to outpace Pokemon like Mega Metagross and Mega Lopunny. Thanks to its Fire / Fighting typing, it can take care of many Steel- and Grass-types like Magearna, Genesect, Heatran, and Serperior and bulky Pokemon like Porygon2 and Type: Null with High Jump Kick. However, Mega Blaziken struggles with walls like Mega Slowbro and Clefable, which are able to tank it's hits thanks to their massive bulk. Mega Blaziken also suffers against bulky Water- and Ground-types like Tapu Fini, Mega Gyarados, Landorus-T, Garchomp, and Zygarde-C because they can survive Mega Blaziken's attacks and OHKO it with their super effective moves. Mega Blaziken has to rely on Protect to get a Speed boost. This allows Substitute users like Torrent Greninja to play mind games and use Substitute on the Protect turn to win the matchup.
name: Speed Boost
move 1: Protect
move 2: Flare Blitz
move 3: High Jump Kick
move 4: Bulk Up / Will-O-Wisp
evs: 252 HP / 24 Atk / 92 SpD / 140 Spe
Protect allows Mega Blaziken to safely get a Speed boost and also can be used to scout the set the foe is using to see if setting up with Bulk Up or using Will-O-Wisp is better than attacking. Flare Blitz allows Mega Blaziken to take care of Steel- and Grass-types like Genesect, Ferrothorn, and Serperior. High Jump Kick enables it to combat Normal-, Rock-, and Dark-types such as Mega Lopunny, Porygon2, and Mega Tyranitar. Bulk Up allows Mega Blaziken to take care of bulky Pokemon like Mega Metagross and Mega Sableye more easily. Will-O-Wisp enables it to beat Mega Metagross and Mega Mawile, as well as Sturdy users like Aggron and FEAR Pokemon like Aron, breaking their respective strategies. Substitute combined with Protect can be used to play mind games with foes that normally threaten to OHKO Mega Blaziken that have negative repercussions with their main STAB moves, and it can help deal with Zeraora and Naganadel.
252 HP EVs and 92 Special Defense EVs allow Mega Blaziken to be able to tank Mega Charizard X's Outrage, Mega Charizard Y's Air Slash, and Magearna's Twinkle Tackle. 40 Speed EVs allow Mega Blaziken to outspeed Mega Lopunny after one Speed boost. The rest of the EVs go into Attack to make Mega Blaziken able to beat maximum HP Mega Charizard X and bulky Mega Charizard Y. Using Blaze as base Blaziken's base ability allows it to not give Speed Boost to Trace users like Mega Gardevoir. An alternative spread of 252 HP / 36 Atk / 176 SpD / 44 Spe with a Jolly nature allows Mega Blaziken to tank Naganadel's Draco Meteor and helps with Mega Gardevoir as after Mega Blaziken uses Protect and Bulk up, it can tank Psyshock from Mega Gardevoir and OHKO it with Flare Blitz.
Pick Mega Blaziken when you are certain that the opponent is going to pick a Pokemon weak to Fire- or Fighting-type moves, like Genesect, Mega Lopunny, or Jumpluff. Mega Blaziken can also 2HKO Zeraora and OHKO Protean Greninja after it becomes faster through Speed Boost. Mega Blaziken can be picked against either Mega Charizard X or Y. Use High Jump Kick on the first turn, as neither forme can OHKO Mega Blaziken. Against Mega Charizard X, use High Jump Kick again to finish it off. Be wary of Dragon Dance Mega Charizard X, as it will potentially be able to outplay Mega Blaziken if it boosts while Mega Blaziken uses Protect. If Mega Charizard X uses Flame Charge against Mega Blaziken, use Protect the next turn, giving it another Speed boost and making sure it avoids being KOed by a faster Outrage before Mega Blaziken follows up with High Jump Kick. However, against Mega Charizard Y, Flare Blitz will do more damage in the sun, so use it to take care of Mega Charizard Y. Against Magearna, use High Jump Kick to be sure that Mega Blaziken can tank the Twinkle Tackle and then KO it with Flare Blitz. Against Mega Mawile, be sure to use Bulk Up or Will-O-Wisp first because of the Attack drop from Intimidate. However, if Mawile has are Hyper Cutter, feel free to use Flare Blitz immediately. If Mega Blaziken has Will-O-Wisp, and faces Aggron, be sure to use Will-O-Wisp on the first turn and then use High Jump Kick to finish it off. Make sure not to send Mega Blaziken against Multiscale and certain Sturdy users like Dragonite, Golem, and Crustle because Mega Blaziken will not be able to OHKO them, even with the help of Will-O-Wisp, while they can OHKO Mega Blaziken back easily. Do not send Mega Blaziken against bulky Water-types like Tapu Fini and Mega Slowbro, as they can tank any of Mega Blaziken's attacks and take care of it. Use Bulk Up against bulky Pokemon like Mega Metagross and Porygon2, as after one Bulk Up boost, Flare Blitz or High Jump Kick will OHKO them. If using Substitute, be sure to use it on Naganadel after Protect in order to beat it; the move can also help you play mind games with Pokemon like offensive Zeraora. If running the alternative spread of 252 HP / 36 Atk / 176 SpD / 44 Spe and facing Mega Gardevoir, Mega Evolve and use Protect on the first turn. On turn two, use Bulk Up so Mega Blaziken does not get OHKOed by Psyshock. Against Naganadel, use Protect first turn and then use High Jump Kick twice to finish it off.
Mega Blaziken appreciates Pokemon that can take care of Water-types like Tapu Fini and Mega Slowbro, so Electric- and Grass-types like Magnezone, Zeraora, Mega Venusaur, and Tapu Bulu are geat partners. In return, Mega Blaziken can threaten Pokemon like Mega Charizard X and Y, opposing Mega Venusaur, and Mega Metagross for them. Mega Blaziken struggles against Dragon-types like Dragonite and Garchomp, so Pokemon that can threaten them like Greninja, Tapu Fini, and Choice Scarf Tapu Lele make for good partners. In return, Mega Blaziken can take care of Steel-types like Choice Scarf Genesect and Magearna. Multiscale and Sturdy users like Dragonite and Magnezone pair well with Mega Blaziken because of their ability to take on Meloetta and Victini. In return, Mega Blaziken can take care of troublesome Pokemon like Mega Charizard X and Mega Metagross. Wallbreakers like Kommo-o, Porygon-Z, and Magearna can defeat Pokemon like Zygarde-C and Mega Gyarados. In return, Mega Blaziken can threaten Mega Metagross for them. Walls like Mega Slowbro and Mega Sableye help with Dragon-, Ground-, and Steel-types like Choice Scarf Haxorus, Naganadel, Landorus-T, and Garchomp. In return, Mega Blaziken can take care of wallbreakers like Normalium Z Porygon-Z and bulky Zeraora.
Thunder Punch can be run with Bulk Up to give Mega Blaziken the chance to beat Mega Gyarados, as most Gyarados will not Mega Evolve out of fear of High Jump Kick. An offensive set with High Jump Kick, Flare Blitz, Bulk Up, and Protect with maximum Attack and Speed investment can be run to outspeed Pokemon like Choice Scarf Porygon-Z and other Choice Scarf users like Haxorus after one turn of Speed Boost. However, Mega Blaziken will no longer have the bulk to tank Outrage from Mega Charizard X. A Substitute + Reversal set can be used to take down Pokemon like offensive Zeraora and Mega Metagross more easily.
Checks and Counters
**Super Effective STAB**: Water-, Ground-, and Flying-types like Mega Gyarados, Mega Slowbro, Tapu Fini, Primanina, Togekiss, Landorus-T, Zygarde-C, and Garchomp avoid the OHKO from Mega Blaziken and can defeat it with their STAB attacks.
**Sturdy and Multiscale Users**: Pokemon with Sturdy and Multiscale such as Golem, Donphan, Mega Aggron, and Dragonite can survive a hit from Mega Blaziken and take care of it with a move like Tectonic Rage, Metal Burst, or Supersonic Skystrike.
**Walls**: Walls like Mega Slowbro, Clefable, and Charm or Sleep Powder Mega Venusaur give Mega Blaziken trouble because of their massive bulk that enables them to slowly chip away at Mega Blaziken and eventually take defeat it.
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