Mewtwo (Analysis)

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[Overview]

<p>With fantastic base stats, including 154 base Special Attack and 130 base Speed, and an insane movepool, Mewtwo retains its position as "god of Psychic-
types" in the new generation. Psystrike, its new signature move, allows it to break down its former checks Blissey, Ghost Arceus, and Ho-Oh, while doing massive damage to everything that doesn't resist it. With Psystrike, Mewtwo finally has a reason to use its STAB, and thus is now much more difficult to deal with. Even with all these benefits, Mewtwo has one major "flaw" in the fast-paced offensively-oriented Ubers metagame. With average base 90 Defense and Special Defense, and a weakness to Shadow Sneak, Mewtwo can be revenge killed fairly easily. Regardless of that weakness to priority (which can be easily dealt with), Mewtwo is one of the very few Pokemon that lack actual flaws, making it essentially the "perfect Pokemon".</p>

[SET]

name: Special Attacker
move 1: Psystrike
move 2: Aura Sphere
move 3: Fire Blast / Flamethrower
move 4: Calm Mind / Ice Beam
item: Life Orb
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
nature: Timid

[SET COMMENTS]


<p>While Selfdestruct allowed Mewtwo to take out Blissey in Generation 4,
its new power nerf would have severely diminished Mewtwo's ability to do so in Generation 5. However, Mewtwo now has a new option to deal with the evil pink blob, an option which does not require self-sacrifice. With the addition of Psystrike to its movepool, Mewtwo is able to destroy its former arch-nemesis without breaking a sweat. Psystrike also gives it the power to deal with Ho-Oh, Kyogre, and several Arceus formes with ease.</p>

<p>The damage output from Psystrike is insane - even an unboosted
Psystrike will 2HKO Latias and Latios, as well as Victini after Stealth Rock. These are also the few Pokemon that resist all the moves on this set. Psystrike also helps Mewtwo break down other Calm Mind users with ease. Aura Sphere destroys Tyranitar, and smacks Darkrai, Dark Arceus, and Dialga hard, getting wonderful coverage alongside Psystrike. Fire Blast destroys Steel-type Pokemon such as Scizor, Metagross, and Jirachi, that may otherwise prove to be troublesome. With a Calm Mind boost, Fire Blast has a chance to OHKO Wobbuffet after Stealth Rock damage, assuming that the weather is sunny. Flamethrower can be used for reliability, and while not as powerful as Fire Blast, it will still hit Forretress, Scizor, and Fire-weak Arceus formes very hard. Though Sturdy prevents it frombeing OHKOed at full health, Forretress can do nothing in the face of Mewtwo's follow-up attack. There are two options for the last moveslot. Calm Mind turns Mewtwo into a fearsome sweeper, while Ice Beam hits Groudon, Lugia, and Dragon-types such as Rayquaza hard, 2HKOing at worst.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]


<p>If Mewtwo's offensive power after a Calm Mind is the least of your worries, Leftovers is an option over Life Orb, as it allows Mewtwo to preserve its bulk and
makes it even tougher to revenge kill. Due to Mewtwo's high base stats and the power of its STAB Psystrike, this set generally does not require much support from teammates. However, entry hazard users, such as Deoxys and Forretress, can soften up foes, making it easier for Mewtwo to run through the opponent's team. The sunlight which Groudon provides also jacks up the power of Mewtwo's Fire-type moves, meaning no Steel-type can hope to survive a Fire Blast. Groudon can also set up Stealth Rock and switch into revenge killers such as Choice Scarf Zekrom with ease.</p>

[SET]

Name: Specially Defensive
Move 1: Light Screen
Move 2: Taunt
Move 3: Recover
Move 4: Will-O-Wisp / Psystrike
Item: Leftovers
EVs: 252 HP / 80 Def / 144 SpD / 32 Spe
Nature: Timid

[SET COMMENTS]


<p>Mewtwo may be noted for its extraordinary offensive capability due to Calm Mind, Psystrike, and its wide variety of special attacks, but its support movepool is just as extensive, allowing it to run a defensive set. With the given EVs, Mewtwo can easily neuter any
threat that comes in against it, as Light Screen and Will-O-Wisp allow it to effectively deal with both physical and special sweepers. Recover goes hand-in-hand with Light Screen and Will-O-Wisp, allowing Mewtwo to stall out the opponent's PP with Pressure and heal off any damage it might take. Taunt, in conjunction with Mewtwo's high Speed, prevents opposing Pokemon from recovering or setting up.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]


<p>Mewtwo can also set up
both Reflect and Light Screen with ease, due to its decent bulk and high Speed. However, Prankster users such as Whimsicott will then be able to completely shut down Mewtwo with a priority Taunt. Also, since this set appreciates Toxic Spikes support to stall out opponents, Will-O-Wisp might even become useless. For these reasons, Psystrike, coming from Mewtwo's high Special Attack, can prove to be very useful, providing a way to deal with otherwise unimpeded Pokemon such as Ho-Oh and Reshiram. Will-O-Wisp, however, does have its uses against physical attackers such as Groudon, Rayquaza, Zekrom, and Garchomp. Since Soul Dew is unavailable, Latios and Latias are rarely used in Ubers, meaning Mewtwo does not need too much investment in Speed. 32 Speed EVs give Mewtwo 334 Speed, allowing it to outspeed and burn Swords Dance Garchomp. Should maximum Speed Normal Arceus be of concern, the 144 Special Defense EVs can be moved to Speed, allowing Mewtwo to use Taunt or Will-O-Wisp to prevent it from setting up freely. As mentioned, this set appreciates entry hazard support much more than Mewtwo's offensive sets, since Mewtwo's decent bulk in conjunction with Pressure and its ability to neuter sweepers makes it very difficult to bring down, and two layers of Toxic Spikes will give Mewtwo the ability to stall out a large range of threats; thus, entry hazard support Pokemon such as Forretress make great teammates for Mewtwo. Dark Arceus is one Pokemon that will have this Mewtwo running scared, so support from a Fighting-type such as Fighting Arceus or Terrakion is appreciated.</p>

[Other Options]


<p>Thunder can strike Kyogre harder than everything else, with the exception of Grass Knot, which can also be used to deal with Groudon. If Mewtwo is near death, Selfdestruct is an option to deal a reasonable amount of damage to the foe. While Explosion and Selfdestruct got their power halved this generation, and as such fall short of many KOs, they still allow you to safely switch in a counter to the foe, meaning they are not completely useless
moves. This works best with Reflect and Light Screen support, as it prevents the opposing Pokemon, who is likely to survive the kamikaze attempt, from killing your switch-in. Mewtwo can also run a Bulk Up set pretty well, surprising its counters and weakening the power of Shadow Sneak. However, such a set would have to contend with the absurd power of Psystrike, and is thus outclassed by the Calm Mind set.</p>

<p>Choice Specs can work well,
but it's a shame to compromise Mewtwo's sweeping ability by locking it into a specific move; it also makes countering Mewtwo a much easier task. Choice Scarf makes Mewtwo a phenomenal revenge killer on par with Rock Polish Groudon and Scarf Shaymin-S. Trick can be used with either Choice Scarf or Choice Specs to disable a threat, such as Blissey or Lugia. For those who dislike Fire Blast and Flamethrower's reliance on sunlight, Shadow Ball can serve as a decent replacement due to the number of Uber Pokemon weak to it. Because of their typing, Giratina, Giratina-O, Wobbuffet, Mew, opposing Mewtwo, Ghost Arceus, and Psychic Arceus all get hit hard by Shadow Ball. However, without Fire Blast, Mewtwo will find it tough to take on Steel-types such as Scizor, Jirachi, and Metagross, though Jirachi and Metagross are hit neutrally by Shadow Ball.</p>

[Checks and Counters]


<p>Though almost nothing can truly counter Mewtwo, it can easily be revenge killed by Choice Scarf users such as Kyogre and Zekrom. Giratina-O can also 2HKO Mewtwo with Shadow Sneak while surviving an unboosted Psystrike with ease. Kyogre can weaken Mewtwo's Fire-type attacks with Drizzle, allowing Lugia and Wobbuffet to easily deal with Mewtwo
if it lacks Shadow Ball. Choice Scarf Victini resists Mewtwo's entire moveset and can deal massive damage with V-create under the sun. Choice Scarf Jirachi, though it takes heavy damage from Fire Blast or Flamethrower, can significantly weaken Mewtwo with U-turn, allowing Giratina-O to then finish Mewtwo off with Shadow Sneak.</p>

[Dream World]


<p>Mewtwo's Dream World ability,
Unnerve, prevents the opponent from consuming its Berry. This can help the Calm Mind set as it prevents the activation of resist Berries, meaning Pokemon such as Chople Berry Tyranitar and Chople Berry Darkrai can no longer get in the way of Mewtwo's sweep. Furthermore, Wobbuffet cannot activate its Custap Berry, meaning that at low health, Wobbuffet is hard-pressed to revenge kill Mewtwo with Destiny Bond. Pressure doesn't exactly help Mewtwo's offensive sets, either.</p>
 
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[Overview]

<p>With fantastic base stats, including 154 base Special Attack and 130 base Speed, and an insane movepool, Mewtwo retains its position as "god of Psychic-types."
Psystrike, its new signature move, allows it to break down its former checks Blissey, Ghost Arceus, and Ho-Oh, while doing massive damage to everything that doesn't resist it, including Palkia, Reshiram, and several Arceus formes. With Psystrike, Mewtwo finally has a reason to use its STAB, and is much more difficult to deal with.</p>

<p>Even with all these benefits, Mewtwo has one major "flaw" in the fast-paced offensively-oriented Ubers metagame. With average (though still respectable) base defenses of 90 Defense and Special Defense, and a weakness to Shadow Sneak, Mewtwo can be revenge killed fairly easily. Regardless of that weakness to priority (which can be fairly easily dealt with
), Mewtwo is one of the very few Pokemon who lacks actual flaws, making it essentially the "perfect Pokemon."</p>
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[SET]
name: Special Attacker
move 1:
Psystrike
move 2: Aura Sphere
move 3: Fire Blast / Flamethrower
move 4:
Calm Mind / Ice Beam
item: Life Orb
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
nature: Timid

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>While
Selfdestruct allowed Mewtwo to take out Blissey in Generation 4, its reduction in effective Base Power the nerf which it received would have severely diminished Mewtwo's ability to do so. However, Mewtwo now has a new option to deal with her, and it can do so without sacrificing itself. With the addition of Psystrike, Mewtwo destroys its former arch-nemesis after a Calm Mind without breaking a sweat. Psystrike also gives it the power to deal with Ho-Oh, Kyogre, and several Arceus formes.</p>

<p>The damage output from Psystrike is insane - even an unboosted Psycho Break will 2HKO Latias and Latios, as well as Victini after Stealth Rock. These are
also the few Pokemon that resist the Psychic/Fire/Fighting attacking combination all the moves on this set.Psystrike also helps Mewtwo break down Pokemon that already have Calm Mind boosts other Calm Mind users with ease. Aura Sphere destroys Tyranitar, and smacks Darkrai, Dark Arceus, and Dialga hard, getting wonderful coverage along with Psystrike. Fire Blast destroys Steel-type Pokemon such as Scizor, Metagross, and Jirachi, who may otherwise murder Mewtwo prove to be troublesome . With a Calm Mind boost, Fire Blast has a chance to OHKO Wobbuffet after Stealth Rock damage, assuming that the weather is sunny. Flamethrower can be used for reliability, and while not as powerful as Fire Blast, it will still hit Grass/Bug/Ice/Steel Arceus, Forretress, and Scizor, and Arceus formes weak to it very hard. Though Sturdy prevents it from losing all of its health, Forretress can do nothing in the face of Mewtwo's follow-up attack. The set's final move is taken up by Aura Sphere. With it, Mewtwo easily destroys Tyranitar, and it serves as a reliable attack to use against Dialga, Darkrai, and Dark Arceus There are two options for the last moveslot. Calm Mind turns Mewtwo into a fearsome sweeper, while Ice Beam hits Groudon, Lugia, and Dragon-types such as Rayquaza hard, 2HKOing at worst.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>If Mewtwo's offensive power after a Calm Mind is the least of your worries, Leftovers is an option over Life Orb, as it allows Mewtwo to preserve its bulk and make it even tougher to revenge kill. With Psycho Break, Calm Mind can be replaced with Ice Beam, allowing Mewtwo to hit Groudon, Lugia, Garchomp, Giratina/Giratina-O, and Rayquaza with their weakness, granting at least a 2HKO
.</p> (these two sentences belong in Set Comments)

<p>This Mewtwo set, due to the power of its STAB, as well as its stats Due to
Mewtwo's high base stats and the power of its STAB Psystrike, this set generally does not require much support from teammates. However, entry hazard users, such as Deoxys and Forretress, can make it easier to KO an opponent's Pokemon soften up foes, making it easier for Mewtwo to run through the opponent's team.</p>

<p>Because of Fire Blast/Flamethrower, the Sun boost provided by Groudon allows Mewtwo to OHKO the Steel-types who may otherwise survive
. Groudon is one of the many Pokemon that has the ability to set up Stealth Rock, and, due to its typing,caneasily come in on a Choice Scarf Zekrom's Lightning Strike, forcing it to switch out. The sunlight which Groudon provides also jacks up the power of Mewtwo's Fire-type moves, meaning no Steel-type can hope to survive a Fire Blast. Groudon can also set up Stealth Rock and switch into revenge killers such as Choice Scarf Zekrom with ease.</p>

[SET]
Name: Specially Defensive
Move 1: Light Screen
Move 2: Taunt
Move 3: Recover
Move 4: Will-O-Wisp / Psystrike
Item: Leftovers
EVs: 252 HP / 80 Def / 144 SpD / 32 Spe
Nature: Timid

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>Mewtwo may be noted for its extraordinary offensive capability due to Calm Mind, Psystrike, and its wide variety of special attacks, but its support movepool, however, is just as extensive, allowing it to run a defensive set. Light Screen and Will-O-Wisp allow Mewtwo to deal with both physical and special sweepers. With the given EVs, Mewtwo can easily neuter any threats that come in against it
, as Light Screen and Will-O-Wisp allow it to deal with both physical and special sweepers. With Mewtwo's high HP and Light Screen/Will-O-Wisp, Recover allows it to easily survive a variety of attacks, and Recover goes hand-in-hand with Light Screen and Will-O-Wisp, allowing Mewtwo to stall out the opponent's PP with Pressure and heal off any damage it might take. Taunt, when combined in conjunction with Mewtwo's high Speed, provides a way to prevents opposing Pokemon from recovering or setting up.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>If you want, Mewtwo can also set up Reflect and Light Screen with ease, due to its decent bulk and high Speed. However, Mischievous Heart Pokemon, such as Erufuun, can use their Priority Taunt to stop your support before it starts Prankster users such as Whimsicott will then completely shut down Mewtwo with a priority Taunt. Because of Defensive Mewtwo's appreciation of entry hazards, Will-O-Wisp may not be necessary, and, in fact, can become useless due to Toxic Spikes. Also, since this set appreciates Toxic Spikes support to stall out opponents, Will-O-Wisp might even become useless. For these reasons, Psystrike,
coming from Mewtwo's high Special Attack, can serve as a prove to be very useful substitute, providing a way to deal with otherwise unimpeded Pokemon such as Ho-Oh and Reshiram. Burn Will-O-Wisp, however, has its uses against Physical Sweepers physical attackers such as Groudon, Rayquaza, Arceus, Zekrom, and Garchomp.</p>

<p>With Soul Dew unavailable, and hence
Latios and Latias rare Since Soul Dew is unavailable, Latios and Latias are rarely used in Ubers, meaning Mewtwo does not need too much investment in Speed. 32 Speed EVs put it at give Mewtwo 334 Speed, allowing it to outspeed and burn Swords Dance Garchomp. Should maximum Speed Normal Arceus be of concern, the 144 Special Defense EVs can be moved to Speed, allowing Mewtwo to use Taunt or Will-O-Wisp to prevent it setting up freely.</p>

<p>Defensive Mewtwo definitely appreciates entry hazards more than the offensive set. Its bulk, when combined with Pressure and its ability to neuter sweepers
, makes killing it extremely difficult. Two layers of Toxic Spikes can make up for Mewtwo's lack of direct damage. Dark Arceus serves as an excellent counter to a defensive Mewtwo. Without a way to reliably harm it, Mewtwo is forced to switch out should Dark Arceus hit the field. As mentioned, this set appreciates entry hazard support much more than Mewtwo's offensive sets, since Mewtwo's decent bulk in conjunction with Pressure and its ability to neuter sweepers makes it very difficult to bring it down, and two layers of Toxic Spikes will give Mewtwo the ability to stall out a large range of threats. Thus, Pokemon such as Forretress make great teammates for Mewtwo. Since Dark Arceus troubles Mewtwo greatly, forcing it to switch out, Fighting-types such as Terrakion make great teammates for Mewtwo.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Thunder can strike Kyogre harder than everything else, with the
exception of Grass Knot, which can also be used for to deal with Groudon. If Mewtwo is near death, Selfdestruct is an option to deal a reasonable amount of damage to an opposing pokemon the foe. While explosion moves only have half the power they had in the previous generation, and as such fall short of many KOs, they still allow you to safely switch in a check or counter Explosion and Selfdestruct got their power halved this generation, and as such fall short of many KOs, they still allow you to safely switch in a counter to the foe, meaning they are not completely useless. This works best with Reflect and Light Screen support, as it prevents the opposing Pokemon, who is likely to survive the kamikaze attempt, from killing your switch-in.</p>

<p>
Mewtwo's Physical attack and Defense can be boosted by the use of Bulk Up. In addition to gaining the ability to sweep physically, Mewtwo can reduce Shadow Sneak's damage output. However, physical Mewtwo islargely outclassed by the Calm Mind set. Because of the absurd power of Psycho Break, Mewtwo possesses the ability to annihilate Blissey, as well as several other specially defensive Pokemon, with its STAB. Mewtwo can also a Bulk Up set pretty well, surprising its counters and weakening the power of Shadow Sneak. However, such a set would have to contend with the absurd power of Psystrike, and is thus outclassed by the Calm Mind set.</p>

<p>Choice Specs can work well, but, as Mewtwo has excellent sweeping ability, locking yourself into a specific move is generally not a good idea; it also makes countering Mewtwo a much easier task. Choice Scarf makes Mewtwo a phenomenal revenge killer of the likes of Rock Polish Groudon and Scarf Shaymin-S. Trick can also be used with either Choice Scarf or Choice Specs to disable a threat, such as Blissey or Lugia, as well.</p>

<p>For those who dislike Fire Blast and Flamethrower's reliance on sunlight, Shadow Ball can serve as a decent replacement option, due to the number of Pokemon weak to it. Because of their typing, Giratina, Giratina-O, Wobbuffet, Mew, opposing Mewtwo, Ghost Arceus, and Psychic Arceus get hit hard by Shadow Ball. If
Mewtwo's Fire-type attack is removed, however, However, without Fire Blast, Mewtwo will find it tough to take on Steel-types such as Scizor, Jirachi, and Metagross have a much easier time, though Jirachi and Metagross are hit neutrally by Shadow Ball.</p>

[Checks and Counters]

<p>Though almost nothing can truly counter Mewtwo, it can easily be revenge killed by Choice Scarf Kyogre or
Zekrom users users such as Kyogre and Zekrom. Furthermore, Giratina-O can pick it off at 50% with Shadow Sneak and Giratina's high HP allows it to survive an unboosted Psycho Break Giratina-O can also 2HKO Mewtwo with Shadow Sneak while surviving an unboosted Psystrike with ease. Kyogre can weaken Mewtwo's Fire-type attacks through with Drizzle, allowing Lugia and Wobbuffet to take care of easily deal with Mewtwo lacking Shadow Ball. Choice Scarf Victini resists Mewtwo's entire moveset and can deal massive damage with V-create if the Sun is up under the sun. Although rare, Scarf Zoroark, should it take the form of Victini, can switch in on a predicted Psystrike, then kill and KO Mewtwo with Sucker Punch or Night Burst. Choice Scarf Jirachi, though it takes heavy damage from Fire Blast or Flamethrower, can U-turn against Mewtwo and switch into Giratina-O to take the Fire-type attack. Giratina-O can then finish Mewtwo off with Shadow Sneak significantly weaken Mewtwo with U-turn, allowing Giratina-O to then finish Mewtwo off with Shadow Sneak.</p>

<p>Mewtwo's power makes Spikes support unnecessary, as Mewtwo is strong enough to sweep without them. They can, however, weaken Scarf Kyogre further, reducing the damage from Water Spout and potentially preventing a KO. On the defensive set, however, entry hazards are essential, so
either Giratina-O or Ghost Arceus can be used as a much-appreciated spinblocker.</p>
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[Dream World]

<p>Mewtwo's Dream World ability, Tension, prevents the opponent from consuming their berries its berry. This is extremely helpful for Calm Mind Mewtwo, because can help the Calm Mind set as it prevents the activation of resist berries, meaning
Pokemon such as Chople Berry Tyranitar and Chople Darkrai can no longer get in the way of its Mewtwo's sweeping rampage sweep. Furthermore, Wobbuffet cannot activate its Custap Berry, meaning that at low health, Wobbuffet is hard-pressed to revenge kill Mewtwo with Destiny Bond. Pressure isn't too helpful for this fast paced set Pressure doesn't exactly help Mewtwo's offensive sets, either. The stalling set definitely prefers Pressure, however, as it is meant to abuse it.</p>


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[Overview]

<p>With fantastic base stats, including 154 base Special Attack and 130 base Speed, and an insane movepool, Mewtwo retains its position as "god of Psychic-types" in the new generation. Psystrike, its new signature move, allows it to break down its former checks Blissey, Ghost Arceus, and Ho-Oh, while doing massive damage to everything that doesn't resist it. With Psystrike, Mewtwo finally has a reason to use its STAB, and thus is now much more difficult to deal with. Even with all these benefits, Mewtwo has one major "flaw" in the fast-paced offensively-oriented Ubers metagame. With average base 90 Defense and Special Defense, and a weakness to Shadow Sneak, Mewtwo can be revenge killed fairly easily. Regardless of that weakness to priority (which can be easily dealt with), Mewtwo is one of the very few Pokemon who lacks that lack actual flaws, making it essentially the "perfect Pokemon".</p>

[SET]
name: Special Attacker
move 1: Psystrike
move 2: Aura Sphere
move 3: Fire Blast / Flamethrower
move 4: Calm Mind / Ice Beam
item: Life Orb
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
nature: Timid

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>While Selfdestruct allowed Mewtwo to take out Blissey in Generation 4, the nerf which it received its new power nerf would have severely diminished Mewtwo's ability to do so in Generation 5. However, Mewtwo now has a new option to deal with her the evil pink blob, an option which does not require self-sacrifice and it can do so without sacrificing itself. With the addition of Psystrike to its movepool, Mewtwo destroys is able to destroy its former arch-nemesis without breaking a sweat. Psystrike also gives it the power to deal with Ho-Oh, Kyogre, and several Arceus formes with ease.</p>

<p>The damage output from Psystrike is insane - even an unboosted Psycho Break Psystrike will 2HKO Latias and Latios, as well as Victini after Stealth Rock. These are also the few Pokemon that resist all the moves on this set. Psystrike also helps Mewtwo break down other Calm Mind users with ease. Aura Sphere destroys Tyranitar, and smacks Darkrai, Dark Arceus, and Dialga hard, getting wonderful coverage along with alongside Psystrike. Fire Blast destroys Steel-type Pokemon such as Scizor, Metagross, and Jirachi, who that may otherwise prove to be troublesome. With a Calm Mind boost, Fire Blast has a chance to OHKO Wobbuffet after Stealth Rock damage, assuming that the weather is sunny. Flamethrower can be used for reliability, and while not as powerful as Fire Blast, it will still hit Forretress, Scizor, and Fire-weak Arceus formes weak to it very hard. Though Sturdy prevents it from losing all of its health being OHKOed at full health, Forretress can do nothing in the face of Mewtwo's follow-up attack. There are two options for the last moveslot. Calm Mind turns Mewtwo into a fearsome sweeper, while Ice Beam hits Groudon, Lugia, and Dragon-types such as Rayquaza hard, 2HKOing at worst.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>If Mewtwo's offensive power after a Calm Mind is the least of your worries, Leftovers is an option over Life Orb, as it allows Mewtwo to preserve its bulk and makes it even tougher to revenge kill. Due to Mewtwo's high base stats and the power of its STAB Psystrike, this set generally does not require much support from teammates. However, entry hazard users, such as Deoxys and Forretress, can soften up foes, making it easier for Mewtwo to run through the opponent's team. The sunlight which Groudon provides also jacks up the power of Mewtwo's Fire-type moves, meaning no Steel-type can hope to survive a Fire Blast. Groudon can also set up Stealth Rock and switch into revenge killers such as Choice Scarf Zekrom with ease.</p>

[SET]
Name: Specially Defensive
Move 1: Light Screen
Move 2: Taunt
Move 3: Recover
Move 4: Will-O-Wisp / Psystrike
Item: Leftovers
EVs: 252 HP / 80 Def / 144 SpD / 32 Spe
Nature: Timid

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>Mewtwo may be noted for its extraordinary offensive capability due to Calm Mind, Psystrike, and its wide variety of special attacks, but its support movepool is just as extensive, allowing it to run a defensive set. With the given EVs, Mewtwo can easily neuter any threat that comes in against it, as Light Screen and Will-O-Wisp allow it to effectively deal with both physical and special sweepers. Recover goes hand-in-hand with Light Screen and Will-O-Wisp, allowing Mewtwo to stall out the opponent's PP with Pressure and heal off any damage it might take. Taunt, in conjunction with Mewtwo's high Speed, prevents opposing Pokemon from recovering or setting up.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>Mewtwo can also set up both Reflect and Light Screen with ease, due to its decent bulk and high Speed. However, Prankster users such as Whimsicott will then be able to completely shut down Mewtwo with a priority Taunt. Also, since this set appreciates Toxic Spikes support to stall out opponents, Will-O-Wisp might even become useless. For these reasons, Psystrike, coming from Mewtwo's high Special Attack, can prove to be very useful, providing a way to deal with otherwise unimpeded Pokemon such as Ho-Oh and Reshiram. Will-O-Wisp, however, has does have its uses against physical attackers such as Groudon, Rayquaza, Zekrom, and Garchomp. Since Soul Dew is unavailable, Latios and Latias are rarely used in Ubers, meaning Mewtwo does not need too much investment in Speed. 32 Speed EVs give Mewtwo 334 Speed, allowing it to outspeed and burn Swords Dance Garchomp. Should maximum Speed Normal Arceus be of concern, the 144 Special Defense EVs can be moved to Speed, allowing Mewtwo to use Taunt or Will-O-Wisp to prevent it from setting up freely. As mentioned, this set appreciates entry hazard support much more than Mewtwo's offensive sets, since Mewtwo's decent bulk in conjunction with Pressure and its ability to neuter sweepers makes it very difficult to bring it down, and two layers of Toxic Spikes will give Mewtwo the ability to stall out a large range of threats; thus, entry hazard support Pokemon such as Forretress make great teammates for Mewtwo. Since Dark Arceus troubles Mewtwo greatly, forcing it to switch out, Fighting-types such as Terrakion make great teammates for Mewtwo. Dark Arceus is one Pokemon that will have this Mewtwo running scared, so support from a Fighting-type such as Fighting Arceus or Terrakion is appreciated.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Thunder can strike Kyogre harder than everything else, with the exception of Grass Knot, which can also be used to deal with Groudon. If Mewtwo is near death, Selfdestruct is an option to deal a reasonable amount of damage to the foe. While Explosion and Selfdestruct got their power halved this generation, and as such fall short of many KOs, they still allow you to safely switch in a counter to the foe, meaning they are not completely useless moves. This works best with Reflect and Light Screen support, as it prevents the opposing Pokemon, who is likely to survive the kamikaze attempt, from killing your switch-in. Mewtwo can also run a Bulk Up set pretty well, surprising its counters and weakening the power of Shadow Sneak. However, such a set would have to contend with the absurd power of Psystrike, and is thus outclassed by the Calm Mind set.</p>

<p>Choice Specs can work well, but, as Mewtwo has excellent sweeping ability, locking yourself into a specific move is generally not a good idea but it's a shame to compromise Mewtwo's sweeping ability by locking it into a specific move; it also makes countering Mewtwo a much easier task. Choice Scarf makes Mewtwo a phenomenal revenge killer of the likes of on par with Rock Polish Groudon and Scarf Shaymin-S. Trick can also be used with either Choice Scarf or Choice Specs to disable a threat, such as Blissey or Lugia. For those who dislike Fire Blast and Flamethrower's reliance on sunlight, Shadow Ball can serve as a decent replacement due to the number of Uber Pokemon weak to it. Because of their typing, Giratina, Giratina-O, Wobbuffet, Mew, opposing Mewtwo, Ghost Arceus, and Psychic Arceus all get hit hard by Shadow Ball. However, without Fire Blast, Mewtwo will find it tough to take on Steel-types such as Scizor, Jirachi, and Metagross, though Jirachi and Metagross are hit neutrally by Shadow Ball.</p>

[Checks and Counters]

<p>Though almost nothing can truly counter Mewtwo, it can easily be revenge killed by Choice Scarf users such as Kyogre and Zekrom. Giratina-O can also 2HKO Mewtwo with Shadow Sneak while surviving an unboosted Psystrike with ease. Kyogre can weaken Mewtwo's Fire-type attacks with Drizzle, allowing Lugia and Wobbuffet to easily deal with Mewtwo lacking if it lacks Shadow Ball. Choice Scarf Victini resists Mewtwo's entire moveset and can deal massive damage with V-create under the sun. Although rare, Scarf Zoroark, should it take the form of Victini, can switch in on a predicted Psystrike and KO Mewtwo with Sucker Punch or Night Burst. Choice Scarf Jirachi, though it takes heavy damage from Fire Blast or Flamethrower, can significantly weaken Mewtwo with U-turn, allowing Giratina-O to then finish Mewtwo off with Shadow Sneak.</p>

[Dream World]

<p>Mewtwo's Dream World ability, Tension Unnerve, prevents the opponent from consuming its Berry. This can help the Calm Mind set as it prevents the activation of resist Berries, meaning Pokemon such as Chople Berry Tyranitar and Chople Berry Darkrai can no longer get in the way of Mewtwo's sweep. Furthermore, Wobbuffet cannot activate its Custap Berry, meaning that at low health, Wobbuffet is hard-pressed to revenge kill Mewtwo with Destiny Bond. Pressure doesn't exactly help Mewtwo's offensive sets, either.</p>


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i find calm mind recover set a lot more effective as it can then last longer in battle and deal more OHKO's.
the set is pretty much the same as spcial attacker only that i use recover instead of flamethrower/fire blast as Aura sphere still covers steels like scizor and forteress.
 
Without Fire Blast, Forretress and Scizor can easily survive a +2 Aura Sphere and OHKO you(Scizor's CB U-turn), or Toxic from Forretress. Forretress can get in some layers on you.

Also you lost the ability to OHKO Ferrothorn without Fire Blast. Metagross, Jirachi and Bronzong beats you with Meteor Mash, Body Slam + Iron Head or Toxic + Gyro Ball. Now you lose to all the common Steel-types.

Psychic-types, opposing Mewtwo, Lugia, Cresselia and Deoxys-D will beat you now. Opposing Mewtwo will take you out faster with Fire Blast, while the defensive Psychic-types can Toxic or Thunder Wave. Lugia can phaze you out easily.
 

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Me and the C&C mods have been talking about this for a while, this analysis is not up to quality standards for such an IMPORTANT pokemon for Ubers. I'll be taking this over while putting my other two analyses on hold since they aren't as important as Mewtwo!
 

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