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(VGC) Porygon2 - Utility (Trick Room Setter/Pivot) 2 Options
(VGC) Porygon2 - Utility (Trick Room Setter/Pivot) 2 Options
October 17 2015
Base Stats: 85 HP / 80 Attack / 90 Defense / 105 Special Attack / 95 Special Defense / 60 Speed
Weaknesses: Fighting (x2)
Immunities: Ghost (x0)
Trace: - Changes the user's main ability (Trace) into the Ability of the opponent. In Doubles, Triples, and Horde battles, Trace randomly copies the ability of one of the opposing adjacent Pokemon's ability to its use. Here are the following abilities Trace cannot copy and won't activate: Multitype, Illusion, Flower Gift, Imposter, or Stance Change. If the of of the opposing Pokemon has either of these abilities in a Double Battle, Trace will automatically copy the other opponent's ability. If this isn't the case, the Trace user will have to wait to for another Pokemon to activate the ability which isn't any of the five mentioned here.
Download: - Raises the attack or special attack by one stage of the user depending on the lowest defensive stats (defense or special defense) as it switches into the battle. Download will raise the user's attack if the opponent's defense stats is lower than special defense, or increase special attack if special defense is either lower or equal to its defense. For Double/Triple Battles, Download compares opposing Pokemons' sum of all their defense and special defense separately and follows the same formula mentioned above.
Analytic: - Boosts the power of moves by 30% when the user goes last after the opposing target went first.
In a metagame where Pocket Monsters can easily OHKO one another with either just two-pronged attacks from a mutant kangaroo and a baby Joey (or whatever you call that thing), screeching Fairies, Kamikaze birds/dragons/kangaroos, treacherous genies, cursed swords, lava turtles, flying lizards causing droughts, or anything else will result to Trainers searching for solutions to stop the onslaught. Today we turn to one Pokemon with a stone filled with the latest technological enhancements can suppress the incoming carnage. Its its up to this one Pokemon...or should we say duck: Porygon2!
Ok overly exaggerated points about Pokemon aside, Porygon2 has seen a rise in usage following the start and the current post VGC 2015 Worlds metagame partly because its ability to check some of the most common and high tiered Pokemon thanks to its Eviolite item. Introduced in Gen 5, Eviolite has turn some Not-Fully-Evolved Pokemon like Chansey and Porygon2 into incredibly bulky Pokemon by receiving a 50% boost in both defensive stats. Given how Porygon2 already has a fairly solid 85 HP / 90 Def / 90 Sp. Def defensive stats, the Evolite item turns Porygon2's overall defenses to a whopping 85 HP / 145 Def / 152 Sp. Def given after adjusting the stat totals in a damage calculator. One of Porygon2's greatest strength is having a rather flexible EV spread similar to Cresselia given how it has three somewhat viable abilities in Trace/Download/Analytic to chose from. Unlike most Trick Room setters, Porygon2 has the distinct advantage of being immune to Aegislash's Shadow Ball and tanks Flash Cannons. Other Dark types are won't be able to knock out Porygon2 without having to double target onto the slot as well.
While Porygon2 is able to setup Trick Room and function as an effective pivot, its will quickly find itself worn down after taking repeated hits from possible double targets. This is practically due to Porygon2's lack of resistances bar its sole immunity to Ghost, which no one is going to attack the duck with a Ghost type move anyways unless its switch into one. One thing to note about Porygon2 is that its not a one size fits all Pokemon, rather a strong pivot for a switch ins and/or a viable Trick Room setter who can beat Aegislash 1v1.
Ability Discussion: Trace, Download, or Analytic
Given how Porygon2 has three potentially viable abilities which can drastically change role for its team, we'll go over the abilities based on a competitive standpoint starting by order introduced. Another reason for having this additional section is all of these abilities aren't say "reliable" anyways given how each requires a condition for it to be useful like having to get a random ability from either target, whether Porygon2 gets its +1 in special attack boost, or can go last after its target has gone before.
Trace: Basically Porygon2 is hoping on a 50/50 to get a fairly useful ability like say Flash Fire from an enemy Heatran to be immune to its Fire type attacks or Parental Bond from Mega Kangaskhan to get to attack twice in one turn. Unfortunately Porygon2 will likely get an ability that is extremely situational such as Pixilate from Sylveon when it doesn't have a Normal type attack like Tri Attack to abuse from or something like Drought from Charizard Y when the sun is either up, or just activated again to boost the opposing side's Fire hits. Trace is only usable for Porygon2 sets who are either Pivots or Trick Room setters hoping to copy a defensive like Intimidate from Landorus-T, Flash Fire from Heatran, Prankster from Thundurus for fast recovery, Regenerator from Amoonguss, etc. Remember that getting either of these abilities depend on 50/50 chances often times, unless there is an Aegislash on the field so Porygon2 will automatically copy the other foes' ability.
Download: This ability is seen on offensive-oriented Porygon2 sets who after a +1 boost to its special attack can start doing modest damage to the opponent's Pokemon. The only problem is that for Porygon2 to get the special attack boost, it relies both the sum of the defense and special defense stats, adds each in its respective category (defense/special defense), and see that the combined special defense is lower or equal to the combine defense stats of the opposing side. Essentially the player has to hope that they are able to get +1 special attack raise and not a useless attack since it will make an offensive Porygon2 less viable in battle. However the only advantages that Download gets over Analytic is that the special attack raise is permanent and deals far more damage than a 30% boost. Download Porygon2 can always come back to the battle to see if it can get the special attack raise since stat modifiers changes when switching out so it can try again on a different pair. Last, though just some suggestions from myself is that just figure out that base and the real stats of every common Mega and other Pokemon used in VGC to increase your chances of knowing if Porygon2 can get a special attack raise. For instance, since Mega Salamence and Amoonguss's combine defenses are larger than its combine special defense, you can basically assure oneself that the Porygon2 can get a Download boost in SpA. I can go as far as mention someone capable of inferring someone's actual EV spreads (either physically/specially defensive oriented) of each Pokemon by using a bit of mental math, logic, and what other Pokemon's EVs/stats look like but that's stretching it when you have able 45 seconds to 2 minutes (Battle Spot/VGC) on the clock per turn.
Analytic: Honestly the only somewhat reliable ability Porygon2 gets considering the fact that its rather slow and perfect to abuse this ability consider most targets will be faster than it. I've kept saying "targets" since Porygon2 has to target the Pokemon that just attacked/moved before it can do anything. This ability is somewhat "useless" in Trick Room considering if Porygon2 gets the field condition up and with slower Pokemon going first means its going to lose out in the 30% Analytic boost. Other forms of speed control like the user's own Thunder Wave, Tailwind, Icy Wind, etc will likely negate the boost as well if Porygon2 doesn't move last at least. Lastly Download give Porygon2 a stronger damage output than the Analytic boost though not as reliable.
Trick Room Setter
Porygon2 @ Eviolite
EVs: 244 HP / 180 Def / 8 SpA / 76 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk / 30 SpA / 30 SpD / 1 Spe
- Ice Beam
- Hidden Power [Ground] / Thunderbolt / Tri Attack
- Recover / Protect
- Trick Room
-Double Edge from max attack Jolly Mega Salamence is a 3HKO.
-Gets 3HKOed by Choice Specs 252 SpA Modest Sylveon's Hyper Voice (spread damage).
-Jolly max attack Mega Kangaskhan has a 5.6% to 2HKO.
-Can KO 4 HP Naive Mega Salamence and standard Landorus-T with Ice Beam
-Can 2HKO 104 HP Heatran with just Hidden Power Ground.
-Dumped Special Defense
Notice: If the IVs aren't "suitable" (for HP Ground), just run an EV spread as shown with the lowest possible speed IV stat for Trick Room. The EV spread will have one extra point for special defense, though the same 4 leftover EVs if either speed or attack is 0 IV.
One of the main advantages Eviolite Porygon2 has over most other Trick Room setters like Mega Gardevoir, Cresselia, Dusclops, Whimsicott, Cofagrigus, Gothitelle, Jellicent, and Aromatisse is the lack of Ghost, Dark, or Steel weakness. Given that all these three attack respectively do neutral damage against Porygon2, the only way in which the opponent can stop the incoming Trick Room is by double targeting, or using either Taunt, Spore, or a phazing move. This is the main goal for Porygon2 by setuping up multiple Trick Rooms throughout the battle in order to maintain speed control for its slower team. Ice Beam is a must on nearly ever Porygon2 sets as it allows it to handle Dragon, Grass, Ground, and Flying types such as the common Landorus-T, Mega Salamence, Thundurus, Zapdos, etc. Hidden Power Ground is a tech move for Porygon2 to hopefully 2HKO most non Shuca Berry Heatrans as well as catch Aegislash off by surprise in Blade form. Porygon2 is a great lure options against these two Pokemon thinking they're safe against a Porygon2 with just Ice and Electric/Normal coverage. If you can get access to an HP Ground Porygon2, Thunderbolt is an alternative in case Water and Flying types become problematic. Tri Attack is Porygon2's STAB best attack with the chance of either causing either a burn, paralysis, or freeze. Recover allows Porygon2 to regain about 50% of its health to maintain its usefulness as a bulky Trick Room setter. Protect is an alternative for Recover while losing a replenishing option, Porygon2 can shield itself against double targeting.
Offensive - Most of the damage calculations will focus on Ice Beam and Hidden Power Ground. This is also with having any sorta stat boost on Porygon2
(All calculations were done with 8 EVs in SpA only)
Ice Beam (8 EVs in SpA only)
- 8 SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 4 HP / 0- SpD Mega Salamence: 176-208 (102.9 - 121.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
- 8 SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Mega Salamence: 156-188 (91.2 - 109.9%) -- 56.3% chance to OHKO
- 8 SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Landorus-T: 172-204 (104.2 - 123.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
- 8 SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Garchomp: 164-196 (89.6 - 107.1%) -- 43.8% chance to OHKO
- 8 SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Amoonguss: 86-102 (38.9 - 46.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
- 8 SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 252 HP / 140 SpD Zapdos: 68-80 (34.5 - 40.6%) -- guaranteed 4HKO after Sitrus Berry recovery
- 8 SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 236 HP / 128+ SpD Thundurus: 68-82 (36.9 - 44.5%) -- 26.6% chance to 3HKO after Sitrus Berry recovery
Hidden Power Ground (8 SpA EVs)
- 8 SpA Porygon2 Hidden Power Ground vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Heatran: 92-112 (55 - 67%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
- 8 SpA Porygon2 Hidden Power Ground vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Aegislash-Blade: 80-96 (47.9 - 57.4%) -- 90.2% chance to 2HKO
- 8 SpA Porygon2 Hidden Power Ground vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Bisharp: 64-76 (45.3 - 53.9%) -- 32.8% chance to 2HKO
- 8 SpA Porygon2 Hidden Power Ground vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Excadrill: 68-82 (36.5 - 44%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
Note - Offensively you can tell that this Porygon2 build isn't meant to be an all out attacker, but rather get the 2HKOs it needs for the team. The Modest/Quiet variants with Download are the most preferred for an offensive Porygon2.
Defensive - With 244 HP / 180 Def / 72 SpD Relaxed Nature Evolite and 30 IVs in Special Defense
- 252 Atk Parental Bond Mega Kangaskhan Double-Edge vs. 244 HP / 180+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 83-100 (43.4 - 52.3%) -- 5.6% chance to 2HKO
- 252 Atk Aerilate Mega Salamence Double-Edge vs. 244 HP / 180+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 79-94 (41.3 - 49.2%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
- 252 Atk Terrakion Close Combat vs. 244 HP / 180+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 114-134 (59.6 - 70.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
- 252+ Atk Landorus-T Earthquake vs. 244 HP / 180+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 42-51 (21.9 - 26.7%) -- 11.2% chance to 4HKO
- 252 Atk Parental Bond Mega Kangaskhan Low Kick (60 BP) vs. 244 HP / 180+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 58-70 (30.3 - 36.6%) -- 29.6% chance to 3HKO
- 252+ Atk Landorus-T Superpower vs. 244 HP / 180+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 90-108 (47.1 - 56.5%) -- 81.3% chance to 2HKO
- 252 Atk Tyranitar Rock Slide vs. 244 HP / 180+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 27-33 (14.1 - 17.2%) -- possible 5HKO after sandstorm damage
- 252 Atk Tough Claws Mega Metagross Iron Head vs. 244 HP / 180+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 54-64 (28.2 - 33.5%) -- 0.2% chance to 3HKO
- 252+ Atk Life Orb Iron Fist Conkeldurr Drain Punch vs. 244 HP / 180+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 133-156 (69.6 - 81.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
- 252 Atk Entei Sacred Fire vs. 244 HP / 180+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 43-52 (22.5 - 27.2%) -- 48.2% chance to 4HKO
- 252+ Atk Life Orb Bisharp Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 244 HP / 180+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 64-75 (33.5 - 39.2%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
- 252+ SpA Choice Specs Pixilate Sylveon Hyper Voice vs. 244 HP / 76 SpD Eviolite Porygon2: 70-84 (36.6 - 43.9%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
- 252 SpA Pixilate Mega Gardevoir Hyper Voice vs. 244 HP / 76 SpD Eviolite Porygon2: 58-69 (30.3 - 36.1%) -- 38.3% chance to 3HKO
- 252 SpA Life Orb Thundurus Thunderbolt vs. 244 HP / 76 SpD Eviolite Porygon2: 64-75 (33.5 - 39.2%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
- 252+ SpA Choice Specs Hydreigon Draco Meteor vs. 244 HP / 76 SpD Eviolite Porygon2: 115-136 (60.2 - 71.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
- 44+ SpA Mega Charizard Y Heat Wave vs. 244 HP / 76 SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Sun: 66-78 (34.5 - 40.8%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
- 44+ SpA Mega Charizard Y Overheat vs. 244 HP / 76 SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Sun: 121-144 (63.3 - 75.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
- 252+ SpA Aegislash-Blade Flash Cannon vs. 244 HP / 76 SpD Eviolite Porygon2: 54-64 (28.2 - 33.5%) -- 0.2% chance to 3HKO
- 252+ SpA Heatran Heat Wave vs. 244 HP / 76 SpD Eviolite Porygon2: 42-51 (21.9 - 26.7%) -- 11.2% chance to 4HKO
Note: While its isn't known for having a strong offensive presence, Porygon2 is shown for its defensive flexibility by tanking some of the strongest hits in the game.
Pivot Special Attacker
Porygon2 @ Eviolite
EVs: 244 HP / 132 Def / 120 SpA / 8 SpD / 4 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk / 30 SpA / 30 SpD
- Ice Beam
- Hidden Power [Ground] / Thunderbolt / Tri Attack
- Toxic / Thunder Wave / Foul Play
Notice: Porygon2 must have 30 IVs in both special attack and special defense in order to have Hidden Power Ground. An optimal EV spread can be the following: EVs: 244 HP / 132 Def / 116 SpA / 12 SpD / 4 Spe.
- OHKOS most Non-Assault Vest/Yache Berry Landorus-T, and Mega Salamence variants.
-Jolly Mega Kangaskhan's Return with max attack has a minuscule 0.1% to 2HKO Porygon2.
-With Download boost, can OHKO 4 HP Heatran, and deals heavy damage to Aegislash in Blade form.
-Choice Specs Sylveon with Modest max special attack is still a 3HKO.
What makes Porygon2 a viable option over an established Pokemon like Cresselia is its able to confront Pokemon like Aegislash or Heatran better with its higher special attack and potential Download boost. As mentioned in the Download section, the key is to find an opportunity to get a +1 in special attack so Porygon2 can actually start dealing significant damage to its opponents with the coverage options available. Ice Beam is a standard on most Porygon2 sets as it able to OHKO most variants of Landorus-T, Mega Salamence, and Garchomp while KOing most "bulkier" variants after a Download boost. HP Ground is much more stronger in a Download build than from Trace (unless Porygon2 gets Parental Bond) given it has the chance to OHKO 4 HP Heatran and severely damage Aegislash in blade form by doing around 87%. This is all assuming that Porygon2 is able to get the Download boost in special attack, otherwise it as to result to being a subpar special attacker. Toxic is one way to let Porygon2 break most bulkier sets like Suicune, Milotic, Cresselia, Sylveon, etc by wearing them down turn by turn. With Recover at hand, the virtual Pokemon can effectively stall its opponents enough so that Porygon2's allies can potentially net the knock outs.
Here are a couple of options for Porygon2 con run as well. Thunder Wave is a great form of speed control by quartering the opposing Pokemon's speed stat with the added 25% chance of paralyzing the opponent's Pokemon. Foul Play is another option to have on Porygon2 as it can straight up OHKO Blade form Aegislash by using is own high attack. This practically ensure that any attack setup will get punished by just using Foul Play. Thunderbolt forms a strong "bolt-beam" coverage with Ice Beam in case HP Ground isn't an option for Porygon2 as well as damage most Water and Flying type Pokemon. Tri Attack is Porygon2's strongest STAB option as it can deal the most damage against neutral opponents with the added chance of either burning, paralyzing, or freezing a target.
Offensive - All the damage calculations were done with 120 SpA with a Modest. Download boost will be included on some of the sections.
Ice Beam ( 120 SpA Modest)
- 120+ SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Mega Salamence: 192-228 (112.2 - 133.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
- 120+ SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Landorus-T: 208-248 (126 - 150.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
- +1 120+ SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 182 HP / 92 SpD Assault Vest Landorus-T: 188-224 (100.5 - 119.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
- 120+ SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 236 HP / 128+ SpD Thundurus: 84-100 (45.6 - 54.3%) -- 12.1% chance to 2HKO after Sitrus Berry recovery
- 120+ SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Zapdos: 96-114 (48.7 - 57.8%) -- 14.5% chance to 2HKO after Sitrus Berry recovery
- 120+ SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 252 HP / 92 SpD Amoonguss: 94-112 (42.5 - 50.6%) -- 1.2% chance to 2HKO
- +1 120+ SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 252 HP / 92 SpD Amoonguss: 140-166 (63.3 - 75.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Hidden Power Ground ( 120 SpA Modest)
- 120+ SpA Porygon2 Hidden Power Ground vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Heatran: 112-136 (67 - 81.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
- +1 120+ SpA Porygon2 Hidden Power Ground vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Heatran: 168-200 (100.5 - 119.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
- 120+ SpA Porygon2 Hidden Power Ground vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Aegislash-Blade: 100-118 (59.8 - 70.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
- +1 120+ SpA Porygon2 Hidden Power Ground vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Aegislash-Blade: 146-174 (87.4 - 104.1%) -- 25% chance to OHKO
- 120+ SpA Porygon2 Hidden Power Ground vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Excadrill: 82-98 (44 - 52.6%) -- 23.8% chance to 2HKO
Foul Play (Based on the opponent's own attack stat)
- +2 0- Atk Porygon2 Foul Play vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Mega Kangaskhan: 106-125 (58.5 - 69%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
- 0- Atk Porygon2 Foul Play vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Aegislash-Blade: 174-206 (104.1 - 123.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
- 0- Atk Porygon2 Foul Play vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Mega Metagross: 84-100 (53.8 - 64.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
- 0- Atk Porygon2 Foul Play vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Excadrill: 92-109 (49.4 - 58.6%) -- 98.8% chance to 2HKO
Thunderbolt (120 SpA Modest )
- 120+ SpA Porygon2 Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 52 SpD Suicune: 74-88 (35.7 - 42.5%) -- 1.5% chance to 3HKO after Sitrus Berry recovery
- 120+ SpA Porygon2 Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Milotic: 74-88 (36.6 - 43.5%) -- 99.2% chance to 3HKO after Leftovers recovery
- 120+ SpA Porygon2 Thunderbolt vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Gyarados: 176-208 (103.5 - 122.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
- 120+ SpA Porygon2 Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 20 SpD Mega Charizard Y: 78-92 (42.1 - 49.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
- 120+ SpA Porygon2 Thunderbolt vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Talonflame: 118-140 (76.6 - 90.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Defensive - With 244 HP / 132 Def / 8 SpD Modest Nature (Neutral) and 30 IVs in Special Defense
- 252 Atk Parental Bond Mega Kangaskhan Return vs. 244 HP / 132 Def Eviolite Porygon2: 81-97 (42.4 - 50.7%) -- 0.1% chance to 2HKO
- 252 Atk Aerilate Mega Salamence Double-Edge vs. 244 HP / 132 Def Eviolite Porygon2: 93-109 (48.6 - 57%) -- 90.2% chance to 2HKO
- 252+ Atk Landorus-T Earthquake vs. 244 HP / 132 Def Eviolite Porygon2: 49-58 (25.6 - 30.3%) -- guaranteed 4HKO
- 252 Atk Tyranitar Rock Slide vs. 244 HP / 132 Def Eviolite Porygon2: 31-37 (16.2 - 19.3%) -- guaranteed 5HKO after sandstorm damage
- 252 Atk Terrakion Close Combat vs. 244 HP / 132 Def Eviolite Porygon2: 132-156 (69.1 - 81.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
- 252+ Atk Landorus-T Superpower vs. 244 HP / 132 Def Eviolite Porygon2: 104-124 (54.4 - 64.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
- 252+ Atk Life Orb Bisharp Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 244 HP / 132 Def Eviolite Porygon2: 74-87 (38.7 - 45.5%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
- 252+ SpA Choice Specs Pixilate Sylveon Hyper Voice vs. 244 HP / 8 SpD Eviolite Porygon2: 76-90 (39.7 - 47.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
- 44+ SpA Mega Charizard Y Heat Wave vs. 244 HP / 8 SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Sun: 69-82 (36.1 - 42.9%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
- 252+ SpA Choice Specs Hydreigon Draco Meteor vs. 244 HP / 8 SpD Eviolite Porygon2: 123-145 (64.3 - 75.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
- 252+ SpA Heatran Heat Wave vs. 244 HP / 8 SpD Eviolite Porygon2: 46-55 (24 - 28.7%) -- 98.2% chance to 4HKO
- 252+ SpA Aegislash-Blade Flash Cannon vs. 244 HP / 8 SpD Eviolite Porygon2: 58-69 (30.3 - 36.1%) -- 38.3% chance to 3HKO
- 148+ SpA Ludicolo Scald vs. 244 HP / 8 SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Rain: 57-67 (29.8 - 35%) -- 15% chance to 3HKO
Potential Teammates include, but aren't limited to;
- Offensively-Capable Pokemon: Since Porygon2's role is to tank hits for its allies, the teammates have to be comprised of offensively capable Pokemon able to wallbreak opposing teams. Most of the major Mega Evolutions (Mega Kangaskhan, Mega Salamence, Mega Charizard Y, and Mega Gardevoir) in VGC and Battle Spot Doubles appreciate Porygon2's role as a bulky pivot switching into a would be super effective targets. Strong Trick Room Pokemon like Mega Mawile, Heatran, Rhyperior, Mega Camerupt, Mega Abomasnow, Sylveon, Escavalier, Conkeldurr, Gastrodon, Scrafty, Tyranitar, etc help initiate the offense while Porygon2 can hit key targets like the Double Genies, Aegislash, or Heatran.
- Intimidate + Other Support: Pokemon who can supply Porygon2 by spreading Intimidate, spreading Will-O-Wisp burns, screen support, Snarl users, and even Helping Hand are vital partners. Mega Mawile in its pre-Mega form can use its Intimidate ability to reduce the the damage of the physical attacker by 1 stage enough so that Porygon2 can easily wall them. Other Intimidate users like Landorus-T, Gyarados, Acranine, Salamence, Scrafty, etc can all provide similar roles for Porygon2 to do its job as a defensive pivot better. Will-O-Wisp, Scald users, and virtually anything else that can burn targets like Rotom-W, Suicune, Entei, Milotic, Arcanine, etc can provide Porygon2 enough support to stop most physical attackers. Snarl users like Raikou, Acranine, Scrafty, Entei, and Suicune can lower the damage output of special attackers so Porygon2 can deal with them easier.
- Fighting Resistances: Porygon2 doesn't enjoy confronting Fighting type Pokemon who are surely able to leave a huge dent to it HP bar so Pokemon with Fairy, Flying, Poison, Psychic or Ghost typing can surely help. Fairy types like Mega Gardevoir and Sylveon can protect Porygon2 from deadly Fighting moves while hitting with Pixilate Hyper Voice. Talonflame and Mega Salamence can provide can threaten most Fighting types with their STAB options while Porygon2 can absorb most Ice, Rock, Electric, and Dragon hits in return. Volcarona and Amoonguss can deal with fighting types by either setting up/spreading Spore or redirect targets with Rage Powder. Other Pokemon like Mega Metagross, Aegislash, Lati@s, etc hit most Fighting Pokemon for super effective damage while Porygon2 can sponge some super effective targets or even Ghost hits as it switches in.
- Knock Off: Pretty simple method to reduce Porygon2's usefulness is to remove its Evolite item with the move Knock Off. Pokemon like Scrafty, Scizor, Conkeldurr, Bisharp, Machamp Blaziken, Hariyama, etc come to mind as most have access to both Knock Off and a Fighting STAB to KO Porygon2 easily. Just revoming Porygon2's Evolite item is enough as it loses out on the 50% boost in its defenses and becomes easily open to any strong neutral attacks that follow suit.
- Fighting Types and Coverage: Most Fighting type Pokemon are able to deal with Porygon2 quite effectively given they are the only ones who can hit it for super effective damage. Some of them even carry Knock Off so they can remove Porygon's Evolite item easily and KO the following turn. Pokemon with Fighting coverage like Mega Kangaskhan, Tyranitar, Greninja, Landorus-T, Aegislash, etc can hit Porygon2 hard but it will likely live the attack but severely damage at worse.
- Double Targeting: Porygon2 might be able to take a single target attack most of the time, it will find itself wear down if the opponent aggressively double targets. Most of the time Porygon2 elect not to carry Protect leaving it open to double target attacks. The best example of this is Mega Kangaskhan or Sylveon attack at once, Tyranitar and Excadrill going for Rock Slide/Superpower, Politoed and Ludicolo going for rain boosted Scalds, Landorus-T and Thundurus attacking with their respective STAB, etc.
- Residual Damage: Will-O-Wisp, Scald burns, Spore, Poison, Toxic, Leech Seed, and Hail/Sandstorm damage can render Porygon2's walling capabilities over time as it will be force to go for protect more often and leaving it expose to double targets.
- Taunt: Having a Pokemon with either Taunt can help prevent Porygon2 from either setting up Trick Room, spread status ailments, or even recovering.
Other Notable Moves
Here are a list of notable attack in which Porygon2 can utilize well:
- Icy Wind / Electoweb - Both of these attacks have a base power of 55 with the added bonus of hitting both target with a drop in their speed stats.
- Shadow Ball - Base 80 Ghost type attack for coverage against Ghost and Psychic types like Aegislash, Gengar, and Mega Gardevoir.
- Discharge - Another speed control method in which Porygon2 has a 30% chance to paralyze either target and coverage against Water and Flying types.
- Psychic - A base 90 Psychic type attack in case Porygon2 has to battle against Fighting types.
- SolarBeam - A base 120 base power Grass move but requires a turn to recharge. Can be useful with Charizard Y Sun based teams.
- Magic Coat - A high based priority move which protects the user from any status conditions.
- Swagger - Raises the attack by 2 stages but causes confusion as well.
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