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Porygon2's Eviolite-boosted bulk allows it to withstand attacks from Pokemon like Mega Metagross, Garchomp, and Landorus-T. It also has a good movepool and a great ability in Analytic. This allows it to take care of faster Dragon- and Steel-types like non-Choice Band Haxorus and Celesteela. However, Porygon2 can be taken down by Pokemon like Sawk and Mega Lopunny because of their high Attack stats and super effective STAB moves. It also has a hard time against strong special attackers with boosting moves like Mega Gardevoir and Magearna, as they are able to tank Porygon2's attacks and OHKO it with their STAB moves after setting up. Furthermore, Porygon2 struggles against Taunt users like Tapu Fini, Mew, and Deoxys-S, as they cut off its recovery, making it easier to knock out or outlast. Porygon2 also has trouble with bulky Pokemon like Mega Venusaur and Mega Sableye because of their immunity to Toxic and ability to outstall it.
move 1: Recover
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Ice Beam
move 4: Foul Play / Toxic
evs: 252 HP / 168 Def / 88 SpD
ivs: 0 Spe
Recover helps Porygon2 keep itself healthy against Pokemon like mixed Zeraora, Mega Gyarados, Naganadel, and Togekiss. Thunderbolt is good to use against Water-types like Mega Gyarados. Ice Beam allows Porygon2 to take care of Ground- and Dragon-types like Landorus-T, Dragonite, and Zygarde. Foul Play is a great way to deal with Pokemon with high Attack like Mega Metagross and Jirachi along with setup sweepers like Mega Charizard X and Mega Pinsir. Toxic can be used over Foul Play to deal with bulky Pokemon like non-Rest Mega Slowbro, Z-Thunder Wave Togekiss, and Kyurem.
Maximum HP investment and 168 EVs in Defense coupled with a Bold nature help Porygon2 take Z-Moves such as Dragonite's Outrage-based Devastating Drake. This also helps Porygon2 take physical attacks from the likes of Mega Metagross, Victini, Garchomp, and mixed Zeraora. A Bold nature is used over Relaxed in order to outpace Encore Primarina and Taunt Mega Mawile. 88 Special Defense EVs allow Porygon2 to avoid the 2HKO from Naganadel's Sludge Wave and Dragonite's Draco Meteor-based Devastating Drake. Its ability Analytic goes well with its low Speed, making its to make Ice Beam and Thunderbolt hit Pokemon like Landorus-T, Porygon-Z, and Celesteela harder.
Send Porygon2 out against physical attackers like Mega Metagross, Mega Pinsir, and Jirachi, as Foul Play will 3HKO bulky Mega Metagross and 2HKO Mega Pinsir and Jirachi. You can use it against common Dragon- and Flying-types like Dragonite, Garchomp, and Landorus-T, as Ice Beam will OHKO them. It performs well against special attackers like Togekiss, Naganadel, and Rotom-H, thanks to its access to Recover, Ice Beam, and Thunderbolt. Porygon2 has a solid matchup against common Choice Scarf users like Haxorus and non-Trick Porygon-Z, as it can tank their attacks and finish them off with Ice Beam. You should also send it out against Carracosta, as Thunderbolt will 2HKO it. If running Toxic, Porygon2 can even take care of non-Rest Mega Slowbro. Avoid sending Porygon2 out against bulky physical Dark-types with setup moves like Mega Tyranitar and Incineroar, as they resist Foul Play and can take care of Porygon2 with Taunt and Bulk Up-boosted attacks, respectively. Moreover, try not to send Porygon2 out against walls like Ferrothorn and Chansey, as Ferrothorn is too difficult to knock out due to Leech Seed its access to and its immunity to Toxic, and Chansey will win by using its own Toxic and outdamaging Porygon2 with Seismic Toss. Be sure to avoid using Porygon2 around Taunt users that it cannot quickly KO like Guardian of Alola Tapu Fini, Mega Tyranitar, Deoxys-S, and Kee Berry Mew, as this will prohibit the use of Recover and make it unable to take care of them. Do not send it out against Fighting-types like Mega Lopunny, Terrakion, Kommo-o, and Pheromosa, as their STAB attacks will knock out Porygon2 before it can do anything back. Be careful around Calm Mind users like Tapu Lele and Waterium Z Tapu Fini, as Porygon2's attacks will be unable to finish them off.
Fairy-types like Tapu Fini and Tapu Lele make for great partners for Porygon2, as they are able to take on Fighting-types like Mega Lopunny and Kommo-o and pressure the opponent to not send them out. In return, Porygon2 can take on Steel-types like Jirachi and Mega Metagross for them. Dragon-types like Haxorus, Garchomp, and Mega Charizard X can set up on them or take care of walls like Ferrothorn with their STAB attacks, while Porygon2 can take on Landorus-T, Zygarde, and Mega Gyarados for them. Fire-types like Mega Charizard Y, and Heatran make for good partners for Porygon2, as they help with troubling Steel-types like Magearna and Genesect. In return, Porygon2 can take on Landorus-T and mixed Zeraora. Mega Sableye is a good partner for Porygon2, as it can shut down walls with Prankster Taunt and take on Fighting-types bar Kommo-o, as well as Deoxys-S, while Porygon2 can help with Mega Charizard X and Dragonite. Electric-types like Zeraora and Magnezone are able to hit Taunt users like Tapu Fini with their powerful attacks. Zeraora can also take care of non-Ground-type Sturdy Pokemon like Magnezone, while Metal Sound Magnezone can take care of walls like Chansey and Mega Venusaur. In return, Porygon2 can take on Ground-types like Zygarde, Garchomp, and Landorus-T.
Trace can be used to copy abilities like Volt Absorb from Zeraora, Flash Fire from Heatran, and Intimidate from Pokemon like Incineroar; however, Analytic's power boost is generally more useful. Hidden Power Fire can be used to help beat Steel-types like Ferrothorn, but Porygon2 will have to give up either its BoltBeam coverage or Toxic. A moveset consisting of Curse / Conversion / Recover / Return can be used in order for Porygon2 to have a better chance against physical attackers like Incineroar, as well as being able to convert into a Ghost-type to deliver the Ghost-type version of Curse after Porygon2 has set up with the regular version of Curse. Psywave can be used to hit Special Defense-boosting Pokemon like Tapu Fini, Clefable, Audino, and Ferrothorn harder. Charge Beam can be used over Thunderbolt to enable Porygon2 to take on Amnesia users like Mega Slowbro; however, Porygon2 will be unable to take on other Water-types like Mega Gyarados.
Checks and Counters
**Fighting-types**: Fighting-types like Sawk, Terrakion, Kommo-o, Mega Medicham, Mega Lucario, and Mega Lopunny give Porygon2 trouble, as all of these Pokemon outpace it and can either OHKO or 2HKO it. Pokemon with Fighting-type coverage moves like Hoopa-U and Bulk Up Close Combat Zeraora also can 2HKO it.
**Steel-types**: Steel-types like Magearna, Magnezone, Genesect, Taunt Heatran, Ferrothorn, and Kartana give Porygon2 trouble, as they all either hit it too hard, set up and OHKO it, shut it down with Taunt, or stall it out.
**Wallbreakers**: Powerful special attackers like Mega Gardevoir can either OHKO or 2HKO Porygon2. Moreover, Z-Move users like Meloetta and offensive Tapu Lele can set up and OHKO Porygon2 before it has a chance to take care of them.
**Bulky Pokemon**: Pokemon like Mega Venusaur and Mega Sableye give Porygon2 trouble, as they and can take Porygon2's attacks and are immune to Toxic.
**Taunt Users**: Taunt users like Tapu Fini, Deoxys-S, and Mew can make Porygon2 unable to recover damage from Guardian of Alola from the former and Toxic from the latter two, slowly stalling it out of HP.
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