Quality Control Tyranitar (QC 0/2)

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[SET]
name: Standard
move 1: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
move 2: Iron Head
move 3: Crunch / Earthquake
move 4: Fire Blast / Crunch
item: Weakness Policy / Assault Vest
ability: Sand Stream
nature: Brave
evs: 244 HP / 52 Atk / 212 Def

[SET COMMENTS]

Tyranitar excels in winning individual matchups due to its absurd stats across the board. Stone Edge is Tyranitar's strongest STAB move and while it can be swapped for other Rock-type STAB moves like Rock Blast, its Rock-type STAB cannot be dropped for because Tyranitar's ability to KO metagame-defining threats such as Togekiss and Gyarados is crucial. Max Rockfall also resets Sandstorm, disrupting opposing weather and making sure that Tyranitar keeps its Special Defense boost from Sandstorm. Iron Head allows Tyranitar to KO Mimikyu with Max Steelspike, and the boost in physical defense makes Tyranitar that much harder to KO, with or without the doubled HP from Dynamax. Crunch and Earthquake are other physical options that round out Tyranitar's coverage options: Crunch notably hits Dragapult, but Earthquake is Tyranitar's best option against Toxapex. Finally, Fire Blast generally sees usage on the last slot in order to punish Corviknight switch-ins, though it is possible to go fully physical.

Tyranitar has plenty of weaknesses, but it is bulky enough to take boosted super effective hits with Dynamax, activate its Weakness Policy, and either serve as a stop to dangerous Dynamax sweepers such as Togekiss, or preserve its HP to sweep through several Pokemon itself. Weakness Policy has the ability to boost Tyranitar's mixed offenses to unparalleled heights, and is standard for a good reason. Assault Vest Tyranitar often plays rather differently from Weakness Policy Tyranitar, as the item allows Tyranitar a lot more wiggle room to take on dangerous attackers as Nasty Plot Togekiss, and lets it to be a more functional switch-in to special attackers like Special Dragapult and makes Tyranitar a lot less dependent on Dynamaxing to be an effective Pokemon. However, the move options on both sets are quite consistent. The EV spread allows Tyraniar to avoid a 2HKO with Dynamax Tyranitar against Life Orb +2 Mimikyu. If Assault Vest, it is worth considering addition Special Defense investment: 252 HP / 76 SpD Assault Vest Tyranitar, for instance, can avoid a OHKO from +2 Max Starfall Togekiss without using Dynamax. These are only 2 of many possible ways to EV Tyranitar - depending on its role on the team, it is worth doing some calculations to make custom EV spreads for a Pokemon as diverse as Tyranitar.

Despite everything going for Tyranitar, it has a pretty defined list of strong checks. Fighting-type coverage from the likes of Darmanitan-G, Aegislash, and Corviknight can put a heavy dent on Tyranitar, while Focus Sash Excadrill can rack up enough damage on top of stalling out its Dynamax turns. None of them can actually nab a clean KO, but it does enough damage to the point that many neutral follow-up attack will KO, and thus let the opponent trade a single Pokemon for Tyranitar and its Dynamax - often an unsurmountable disadvantage. Pokemon like Conkeldurr and Quagsire have enough physical defenses to safely switch into Tyranitar without immediately exploding, but defensive checks to Tyranitar are few and far between. Thus, It is important to keep Tyranitar on the back foot through offensive pressure - this can be accomplished with a prepared team, but often the pressure applied on the opponent often forces certain leads, and can be exploited by its teammates. Common teammates include Fairy- and Ghost-types like Togekiss, Mimikyu, and Dragapult to provide type synergy. Togekiss provides a special attacker that exploits the few Pokemon capable of taking on Tyranitar, while Mimikyu and Dragapult can provide cleanup and thrive against the offensive teams that Tyranitar struggles against.

[SET]
name: Focus Sash
move 1: Rock Tomb
move 2: Foul Play
move 3: Stealth Rock
move 4: Superpower / Thunder Wave / Taunt
item: Focus Sash
ability: Sand Stream
nature: Jolly
evs: 84 HP / 140 Atk / 28 Def / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

This set focuses on being a good Lead Pokemon, setting Stealth Rock and providing Speed control from the lead slot. Rock Tomb allows Tyranitar to break Focus Sash, slow down the opponent, and give Tyranitar an extra turn to set up Stealth Rock. Foul Play, on the other hand, is a strong Dark-type STAB against physical attackers, OHKOing +2 Mimikyu. Final slot can be very flexible. Superpower allows Tyranitar to KO opposing Tyranitar, but Thunder Wave is an option that cripples certain strong attackers like Dragapult and provides a steeper Speed decrease that helps out vs faster Pokemon such as Scarf Dracovish. Finally, Taunt is an option to deny opposing Stealth Rock and status moves.

Focus Sash allows Tyranitar to get its moves off, which is quite important as a lead. Tyranitar has many weaknesses, and it often cannot survive those super effective hits from the likes of Aegislash and Darmanitan-G without Dynamaxing. Thus, the Focus Sash allows Tyranitar to lead without a fear of anything OHKOing it. The spread allows Tyranitar to survive Life Orb Mimikyu Play Rough + Shadow Sneak, and maximizes Speed to effectively use Rock Tomb and because the set does not particularly benefit from additional defense or attack investment due to Focus Sash as well as Rock Tomb and Foul Play being its primary attacks. Max speed also lets Tyranitar outspeed neutral max Speed Corviknight and other Pokemon that creep it. This Tyranitar is a supportive lead set, and generally wants to be paired with strong Dynamax sweepers. It is frequently paired with Excadrill for its Sand Stream, but also paired with Togekiss and Gyarados - both are highly threatening with a free turn, and Tyranitar often lures in these Ground-type and Fighting-type attackers with the threat of Dynamaxing. Do note that Tyranitar does not have to lead to provide value - it is capable of stopping a Dynamax sweep as with most Sash Pokemon, especially if it is using Thunder Wave on the final slot.

[SET]
name: Lure
move 1: Dark Pulse
move 2: Fire Blast
move 3: Stone Edge
move 4: Ice Beam / Thunderbolt
item: Weakness Policy / Life Orb
ability: Sand Stream
nature: Modest / Timid
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Tyranitar has a ton of coverage options that let it surprise its opponents. Dark Pulse is one such move, because it takes advantage of physically defensive walls like Quagsire, dealing tons of damage and dropping their Special Defense. Dark-type STAB provides great neutral coverage, and the Special Defense drop often sets up for potential OHKOs even against specially bulky Pokemon. Combined with the fact that Max Darkness masks the fact that Tyranitar is special, this Tyranitar set becomes even harder to play around without completely dismissing the possibility of the significantly more popular physical set. It also completely bypasses Burn, which is often one of the best ways to neuter Tyranitar without hitting it super effectively. Tyranitar can now safely capitalize on weak Scalds, and Tyranitar will deal irreparable damage to likes of bulky Rotom-W as it wastes a turn going for Will-O-Wisp. Fire Blast is a great move for hitting Corviknight and Ferrothorn, and also sets Sun which can help against Water-type attackers. Even though this Tyranitar has no Attack investment, Stone Edge will hit hard with a Weakness Policy or Life Orb boost, and provides a strong STAB move against the omnipresent Togekiss, On the last slot, Thunderbolt threatens Water-types, doing tons of damage to Toxapex, and OHKO Gyarados through Dynamax with Life Orb, but Ice Beam also hits Hippowdon, and most notably Hydreigon that the set otherwise struggles against.

Weakness Policy provides Tyranitar with ridiculous offensive boosts, but can be played around. Life Orb detracts from Tyranitar's stellar bulk, but always adds strong extra damage which suits the spirit of the set. Notably, Life Orb gives Modest Tyranitar a clean OHKO against physically defensive Corviknight and non-Wacan Dynamax Gyarados with the appropriate attack. The spread with max Speed allows Tyranitar to get the jump on common defensive Pokemon, including Corviknight which often uses Speed EVs. Of course, defensive investment can be used as appropriate at the cost of Speed. It is notable that going Timid will lost Tyranitar a lot of damage output, but allows Tyranitar to outspeed likes of Adamant max Speed Corviknight. This Tyranitar is best paired with physical cleaners like Mimikyu, Excadrill and Darmanitan-G. Stacking these Pokemon often baits in physically defensive walls looking for a free win (or in case of Darmanitan-G, avoiding an instant loss), which can be abused as Tyranitar is capable of quickly taking them out.


[SET]
name: Dragon Dance
move 1: Dragon Dance
move 2: Stone Edge
move 3: Fire Punch / Fire Blast
move 4: Iron Head / Earthquake
item: Lum Berry / Weakness Policy
ability: Sand Stream
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Dragon Dance Tyranitar allows it to alleviate one of its biggest weakness: low speed. As Tyranitar boosts its Speed, it can outspeed many of its offensive checks and OHKO them before they get to attack Tyranitar. Stone Edge is an obligatory attack for Tyranitar as a good STAB move with great neutral coverage. Fire Punch, or even Fire Blast, is necessary to hit opposing Steel-types such as Corviknight. Finally Iron Head provides a defensive boost with Max Steelspike and handles Fairy-types such as Mimikyu, but Earthquake provides good coverage in conjunction with Stone Edge.

Lum Berry is an option that allows Tyranitar to set up on Yawn users such as Sylveon and avoid being crippled by Will-O-Wisp. However, Weakness Policy is always an option on Tyranitar due to its numerous weakneses and mixed offense. The set is capable of outspeeding Durant after a single Dragon Dance, which also allows Tyranitar to outspeed Charizard, Hydreigon, Aegislash, and other common, slower Pokemon that either Tyranitar enjoys switching into, or needs to outspeed to avoid super effective Coverage. Unfortunately, this is still quite slow, and High Jump Kick Cinderace, Scarf Dracovish, Scarf Darmanitan-G, among others, are capable of dealing large amounts of damage to Tyranitar. The set also is not capable of investing too much into its defenses because it needs to invest in Speed instead, but the Speed boost can be a big surprise factor in teams looking to handle Tyranitar with slow, offensive Pokemon capable of dealing tons of damage to Tyranitar.
 
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[SET]
name: Standard
move 1: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
move 2: Iron Head
move 3: Crunch / Earthquake
move 4: Fire Blast / Crunch
item: Weakness Policy / Assault Vest
ability: Sand Stream
nature: Brave
evs: 244 HP / 52 Atk / 212 Def

[SET COMMENTS]

Tyranitar excels in winning individual matchups due to its absurd stats across the board. Stone Edge is Tyranitar's strongest STAB move and while it can be swapped for other Rock-type STAB moves like Rock Blast, its Rock-type STAB cannot be dropped for because Tyranitar's ability to KO metagame-defining threats such as Togekiss and Gyarados is crucial. Max Rockfall also resets Sandstorm, disrupting opposing weather and making sure that Tyranitar keeps its Special Defense boost from Sandstorm. Iron Head allows Tyranitar to KO Mimikyu with Max Steelspike, and the boost in physical defense makes Tyranitar that much harder to KO, with or without the doubled HP from Dynamax. Crunch and Earthquake are other physical options that round out Tyranitar's coverage options: Crunch notably hits Dragapult, but Earthquake is Tyranitar's best option against Toxapex. Finally, Fire Blast generally sees usage on the last slot in order to punish Corviknight switch-ins, though it is possible to go fully physical.

Tyranitar has plenty of weaknesses, but Tyranitar is bulky enough to take boosted super effective hits with Dynamax, activate its Weakness Policy, and either serve as a stop to dangerous Dynamax sweepers such as Togekiss, or preserve its HP to sweep through several Pokemon itself. Assault Vest is also a common item on Tyranitar, allowing Tyranitar to be a more functional switch-in to special attackers like Special Dragapult, and making Tyranitar a lot less dependent on Dynamaxing to be an effective Pokemon. However, Weakness Policy has the ability to boost Tyranitar's mixed offenses to unparalleled heights. Tyranitar's ability to efficiently boost its defenses further through Max Steelspike and stay bulky after Dynamax adds another layer of threat. Switching around Dynamax Tyranitar is difficult due to the sheer number of options it gets - Tyranitar has room to use techs to surprise its common checks, and scouting for them not only lets it spread damage, but also boost its defenses and denies attempts to stall out Dynamax and KO it with a Super Effective move after Dynamax ends. The threat of coverage techs or the threat of boosting its defenses to unbreakable levels are both very real, and makes Tyranitar's threat multidimensional, even though it is indeed a fairly straightforward Pokemon otherwise.

Something important I'd mention for Assault Vest is that when Dynamaxed, it actually isn't 2HKOed by +2 Togekiss Max Starfall. This makes it a much better Togekiss check than usual!

Just a small note: it's probably better to call techs techniques, we try to avoid abreviated stuff in analyses. Also, I don't think you need all of that paragraph to sell Tyranitar, you can cut down on just which item to choose if you want.


Despite everything going for Tyranitar, Tyranitar has a pretty defined list of strong checks. Fighting-type coverage from the likes of Darmanitan-G, Aegislash, and Corviknight can put a heavy dent on Tyranitar, while Focus Sash Excadrill can rack up enough damage on top of stalling out its Dynamax turns. None of them can actually nab a clean KO, but it does enough damage to the point that many neutral follow-up attack will KO, and thus let the opponent trade a single Pokemon for Tyranitar and its Dynamax - often an unsurmountable disadvantage. Pokemon like Conkeldurr and Quagsire have enough physical defenses to safely switch into Tyranitar without immediately exploding, but defensive checks to Tyranitar are few and far between. Thus, It is important to keep Tyranitar on the back foot through offensive pressure - this can be accomplished with a prepared team, but often the pressure applied on the opponent often forces certain leads, and can be exploited by its teammates. Common teammates include Fairy- and Ghost-types like Togekiss, Mimikyu, and Dragapult to provide type synergy. Togekiss provides a special attacker that exploits the few Pokemon capable of taking on Tyranitar, while Mimikyu and Dragapult can provide cleanup and thrive against the offensive teams that Tyranitar struggles against.

[SET]
name: Focus Sash
move 1: Rock Tomb
move 2: Foul Play
move 3: Stealth Rock
move 4: Superpower / Thunder Wave / Taunt
item: Focus Sash
ability: Sand Stream
nature: Jolly
evs: 84 HP / 140 Atk / 28 Def / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

I think Taunt is worth slashing in, it prevents Stealth Rock, set up, and totally shuts down support stuff like Umbreon.

[SET COMMENTS]

This set focuses on being a good Lead Pokemon, setting Stealth Rock and providing Speed control from the lead slot. Rock Tomb allows Tyranitar to break Focus Sash, slow down the opponent, and give Tyranitar an extra turn to set up Stealth Rock. Foul Play, on the other hand, is a strong Dark-type STAB against physical attackers, OHKOing +2 Mimikyu. Final slot can be very flexible. Superpower allows Tyranitar to KO opposing Tyranitar, but Thunder Wave is an option that cripples certain strong attackers like Dragapult and provides a steeper Speed decrease. I think it'd be better to mention a different mon than Dragapult, unless its a Dynamax Steel Wing one, they're very rarely going to stay in on Tyranitar.

Focus Sash allows Tyranitar to get its moves off, which is quite important as a lead. Tyranitar has many weaknesses, and it often cannot survive those super effective hits from the likes of Aegislash and Darmanitan-G without Dynamaxing. Thus, the Focus Sash allows Tyranitar to lead without a fear of anything OHKOing it. The spread allows Tyranitar to survive Life Orb Mimikyu Play Rough + Shadow Sneak. This Tyranitar is a supportive lead set, and generally wants to be paired with strong Dynamax sweepers. It is frequently paired with Excadrill for its Sand Stream, but also paired with Togekiss and Gyarados - both are highly threatening with a free turn, and Tyranitar often lures in these Ground-type and Fighting-type attackers with the threat of Dynamaxing. Do note that Tyranitar does not have to lead to provide value - it is capable of stopping a Dynamax sweep as with most Sash Pokemon, especially if it is using Thunder Wave on the final slot.

I think it might be worth mentioning why this is Jolly and Max Speed as well (basically, screw you fast Corviknight lol)

[SET]
name: Lure
move 1: Dark Pulse
move 2: Fire Blast
move 3: Thunderbolt / Thunder
move 4: Stone Edge / Ice Beam
item: Weakness Policy / Life Orb
ability: Sand Stream
nature: Modest / Timid
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Tyranitar has a ton of coverage options that let it surprise its opponents. Dark Pulse is one such move, because it takes advantage of physically defensive walls - dealing tons of damage, and dropping their Special Defense. Dark-type STAB provides great neutral coverage, and the Special Defense drop often sets up for potential OHKOs even against specially bulky Pokemon, making Tyranitar even harder to play around. It also completely bypasses Burn, which is often one of the best ways to neuter Tyranitar without hitting it super effectively. By using special attacks, Tyranitar will deal irreparable damage to likes of bulky Rotom-W as it wastes a turn going for Will-O-Wisp. Fire Blast is a great move for hitting Corviknight and Ferrothorn, and also sets Sun which can help against Water-type attackers. Thunderbolt threatens Water-types, doing tons of damage to Toxapex, and OHKO Gyarados through Dynamax with Life Orb. Even though this Tyranitar has no Attack investment, Stone Edge will hit hard with a Weakness Policy or Life Orb boost, and provides a strong STAB move against the omnipresent Togekiss. I'd mention why Ice Beam is slashed in (basically it hits Hippowdon lol).

Weakness Policy provides Tyranitar with ridiculous offensive boosts, but can be played around. Life Orb detracts from Tyranitar's stellar bulk, but always adds strong extra damage which suits the spirit of the set. Notably, Life Orb gives Modest Tyranitar a clean OHKO against physically defensive Corviknight and non-Wacan Dynamax Gyarados with the appropriate attack. The spread with max Speed allows Tyranitar to get the jump on common defensive Pokemon, including Corviknight which often uses Speed EVs. Of course, defensive investment can be used as appropriate at the cost of Speed. It is notable that going Timid will lost Tyranitar a lot of damage output, but allows Tyranitar to outspeed likes of Adamant max Speed Corviknight. This Tyranitar is best paired with physical cleaners like Mimikyu, Excadrill and Darmanitan-G. Stacking these Pokemon often baits in physically defensive walls looking for a free win (or in case of Darmanitan-G, avoiding an instant loss), which can be abused as Tyranitar is capable of quickly taking them out.


[SET]
name: Dragon Dance
move 1: Dragon Dance
move 2: Stone Edge
move 3: Crunch / Iron Head
move 4: Earthquake / Fire Punch
item: Lum Berry / Weakness Policy
ability: Sand Stream
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]

I'm not sure if this is any good. I just posted it because someone else said it was good. Wanted QC feedback but no-one responded, so hopefully posting this will make it more visible.
As for Dragon Dance, I think it's worth a set mostly because the speed boost can make it a surprise cleaner, and it punishes more passive ways of dealing with Tyranitar (especially if using Lum, it can really ruin a Rotom-H's day this way rofl).
 

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