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- Tangela is a premier Grass-type tank in ZU thanks to its staggering physical bulk when coupled with Eviolite, its access to Regenerator, and its decent base Special Attack.
- It can successfully check a multitude of physically biased offensive threats such as Electivire, Golem, and Silvally formes.
- In addition to its stellar bulk, Tangela comes complete with a decent offensive movepool to complement its Special Attack.
- Moreover, it has access to moves that boost its capabilities as a physical tank such as Sleep Powder, Leech Seed, and Synthesis.
- Unfortunately, Tangela's extremely lackluster Special Defense stat means it must rely on its Eviolite to an extent.
- Having solely a Grass-typing, Tangela is susceptible to several common typings in ZU such as Ice, Flying, Fire, and Bug.
- Tangela faces heavy competition as a physical wall from Gourgiest-XL
move 1: Leaf Storm
move 2: Giga Drain
move 3: Sleep Powder
move 4: Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ice
evs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 Spe
- Leaf Storm is Tangela's most powerful STAB move, that allows it to heavily damage switch-ins that Giga Drain and Hidden Power Fire don't such as Swanna, specially defensive Komala, and Rotom-Fan.
- Giga Drain provides Tangela with a more reliable STAB move that, while weaker than Leaf Storm, doesn't make Tangela any more exploitable or easier to pivot around.
- Sleep Powder is used to cripple opposing Pokemon, successfully resulting in a momentum drain from the other team.
- Hidden Power Fire allows Tangela to damage opposing Grass- and Steel-types that would otherwise wall Tangela like Gourgeist-XL, Abomasnow, and Mawile.
- Alternatively, Hidden Power Ice is another option if Tangela wants to hit Pokemon such as Altaria, Gabite, and Rotom-Fan.
- In order to maximize Tangela's bulk while still leaving room for offensive potency, 252 HP and 252 Special Attack EVs are required along with a Modest Nature.
- Regenerator provides Tangela with a reliable form of recovery allowing it multiple opportunities to switch in.
- Tangela should be brought into Pokemon it walls such as Golem, Silvally-Fighting, and Sawsbuck.
- Tangela should utilize its ability Regenerator by pivoting around.
- Due to Tangela's lackluster Special Defense, it should refrain from switching into special attacks.
- Tangela should be wary of status as it greatly reduces its ability to be a Physical Tank.
- Tangela is incredibly reliant on its Eviolite so it's important that moves like Knock Off, Trick, and Switcheroo aren't used. Trick and Switcheroo users such as Floatzel, Rotom-Fan, and Mr. Mime all threaten Tangela.
- Leaf Storm should be used to heavily damage or chip Pokemon such as Silvally formes, Beheeyem, and Electivire as opposed to Giga Drain which should be used when Tangela wants to avoid the Special Attack Drop.
- Hidden Power Fire should be used to KO Abomasnow on the switch, however, this requires a bit of prediction.
- Like the prior, Hidden Power Ice should be used to KO Altaria and Rotom-Fan on the switch.
- Tangela pairs well with Pokemon that lack physical Defense but excel in Special Defense such as Komala, Muk, and Kecleon. Muk, in particular, forms a potent balanced core with Tangela due to Tangela's ability to check common physical threats that threaten Muk such as Golem, Komala, Gabite, Bouffalant, and Pawniard. In return, Muk is able to tank Special attacks and absorb Toxic Spikes and Status for Tangela.
- Pokemon that can deal with Fire-types for Tangela such as Silvally-Water, Mareanie, and Altaria all make for good partners.
- Pokemon that can switch into Knock Off such as Silvally formes, and Z-Move users' like Combusken, defensive Granbull, and Pinsir all pair well with Tangela.
- Fire-types such as Combusken, Rapidash, and Simisear all appreciate Tangela's ability to check Rock, and Ground-types such as Golem, Gabite, Crustle, and Sandslash.
- Wallbreakers such as Komala, Granbull, Beheeyem, and Combusken all appreciate Tangela's ability to act as a defensive pivot.
- Tangela is able to form a solid Regenerator core with Mareanie that is able to perform especially well in matchups against stall.
move 1: Giga Drain
move 2: Sleep Powder
move 3: Synthesis
move 4: Knock Off /Hidden Power Fire / Leech Seed
evs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe
- Knock Off allows Tangela to punish opposing Switch-ins such as common Eviolite users like Bronzor, Mareanie, and Dusclops.
- Alternatively, Leech Seed can be used to pressure switch-ins and provide Tangela with a less reliable form of recovery.
- Tangela maximizes its physical bulk with a full investment in Defense and a Bold nature.
- Finally, Regenerator increases Tangela's longevity and makes it much harder to wear down throughout the match.
- Tangela should utilize its ability Regenerator by constantly pivoting so it can maintain its bulk.
- Tangela functions as a physically defensive wall so it should come in on Pokemon it walls such as Golem, Raticate, and Choice Band Granbull.
- Tangela can come in and chip physical attackers it walls with Knock Off and Giga Drain such as Golem, Lycanroc-Midnight, and Physical Floatzel.
- Due to its heavy reliance on Eviolite, Tangela should beware of moves that remove its Eviolite such as Knock Off, Trick, and Switcheroo from Pokemon such as Rotom-Fan, Mr.Mime, and Machoke.
- Tangela should beware status moves such as that could cripple its ability to wall physical Pokemon. A common example is Toxic from defensive Silvally formes.
- Hidden Power Fire should be utilized to weaken or KO Grass-types that would otherwise wall Tangela such as Abomasnow, Leafeon, Gourgeist-XL, and Sawsbuck
- Balance oriented teams appreciate Tangela's stellar bulk and access to Regenerator.
- Because of its lackluster special defensive stat, Tangela appreciates Pokemon that can handle specially defensive attacks such as Lickilicky, Muk, and Komala. Muk is able to absorb status and special attacks for Tangela while Tangela is able to check physical Pokemon that threaten Muk such as Gabite, Golem, and Granbull.
- Pokemon that can deal with Fire-types tend to pair well with Tangela such as Altaria, Silvally-Water, and Mareanie.
- Tangela appreciates Pokemon that can switch into Knock Off users such as Silvally formes, and Z-move users such as Combusken, Pinsir, and defensive Granbull.
- Fire-types that such as Combusken, Rapidash, and Simisear all appreciate Tangela's ability to check Rock, and Ground-types. Alternatively, Tangela appreciates their ability to check Ice-types.
- Mareanie and Tangela form a potent Regenerator core that has a good matchup against most balanced and defensive builds.
- Sludge Bomb can be used to for coverage on its offensive set, but it's primarily used as a stronger option against Grass-types and its chance to Poison other Pokemon.
- Status moves other than Sleep Powder such as Stun Spore and Toxic can be used to cripple switch-ins
- A specially defensive set can be used to better check Water-types such as Floatzel, Silvally-Water, and Simipour.
**Fire-types**: Fire-type Pokemon such as Rapidash, Simisear, and Combusken all threaten Tangela with their super effective STAB moves. Combusken is worth mentioning because it can use Tangela as set-up fodder. However, these Pokemon should be wary of Sleep Powder.
**Flying-types**: Pokemon such as Swanna, Chatot, Rotom-Fan, and Toucannon take little to no damage from Tangela's moves unless it's running Hidden Power Ice. Despite this, Tangela is unable to threaten these Pokemon. Sleep Powder is the only concern Flying-types generally face.
**Pokemon with Sap Sipper**: Bouffalant, Zebstrika, and Sawsbuck can all give Tangela trouble with their ability Sap Sipper. Zebstrika, in particular, is worth noting because of its access to Overheat which OHKO's Tangela. In addition, both Bouffalant and Sawsbuck can use Tangela as set-up fodder.
**Special Attackers**: Prominent special attackers such as Swanna, Abomasnow, Kadabra, and Beheeyem all threaten Tangela with their strong STAB attacks. Abomasnow is worth noting because of its Grass-, and Ice-typing resisting Tangela's STAB. However, Abomasnow must be careful switching in due to the possibility of Hidden Power Fire.
**Poison-types**: Poison-type Pokemon such as Silvally-Poison, Arbok, and Muk all threaten Tangela with their STAB moves and their resistance to Tangela's STAB attacks. Muk is a good counter due to its high Special Defense stat and the usual set consisting of Sleep Talk.
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