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ADV OU (OverUsed) Tyranitar [Done]

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    Tyranitar [​IMG]
    Type: Rock / Dark
    Stats: 100 | 134 | 110 | 95 | 100 | 61
    Abilities: Sand Stream

    Introduction

    Tyranitar is hands down the best Pokemon in ADV 1U. Its stats grant it not only great bulk, but amazing physically offensive power backed up by solid specially offensive power. Its Speed is its only downside; however, it's still in a decent Speed tier. Its typing is not amazing defensively, but offensively, it gives it access to very useful STAB moves in Rock Slide and Pursuit. Finally, its ability is very useful for cancelling out Leftovers on both offensive and defensive teams alike. Tyranitar is versatile and dangerous; dealing with it is one of the first things to consider when building a team.

    Sets

    Dragon Dance

    Tyranitar @ Leftovers
    Trait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 80 HP / 180 Atk / 76 Def / 172 Spe
    IVs: 30 SDef / 30 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    - Dragon Dance
    - Rock Slide
    - Earthquake
    - Hidden Power [Bug] / Taunt

    Set Details

    Dragon Dance Tyranitar is the most dangerous sweeper in the tier. It can be used on many team archetypes from stall to offense. Tyranitar is one of the few Pokemon that can just win a game that otherwise seems lost all on its own. Dragon Dance allows Tyranitar to boost its attack to insane levels while simultaneously making up for its lacking Speed, allowing it to make use of Rock Slide's flinch chance. Rock Slide is its primary STAB move and one of the reasons as to why Tyranitar is so dangerous. The flinch chance can pull the user out of a very tough situation, and it forces players to carry at least one of the few reliable Rock-resistant Pokemon the tier has to offer. Earthquake has great coverage alongside Rock Slide, hitting Steel-types such as Metagross and Jirachi, as well as opposing Tyranitar. Hidden Power Bug is the best move for the last slot, as it can OHKO Celebi at +1. It also allows Tyranitar to beat Claydol if it switches in on a Dragon Dance, and it hits Flygon fairly hard. Taunt can be used to prevent Pokemon such as Skarmory from phazing Tyranitar or hitting it with Toxic.

    The Defense and HP EVs allow Tyranitar to always survive Jolly Dugtrio's Earthquake at full health. With 172 Speed investment, it can outspeed neutral base 100 Speed Pokemon at +1 Speed and the whole tier at +2 Speed. The rest is thrown into Attack to maximize power.

    Dragon Dance Tyranitar actually requires very little support to do its job and fits on a wide variety of teams. That being said, it does appreciate Spikes to help wear down bulky Water-type counters, particularly Swampert. It also appreciates Pokemon with Hidden Power Grass or Explosion to surprise Swampert. Furthermore, Tyranitar is a great recipient of Swords Dance Celebi's Baton Pass.

    Choice Band

    Tyranitar @ Choice Band
    Trait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    - Rock Slide
    - Earthquake
    - Hidden Power [Bug]
    - Focus Punch

    Set Details

    A Choice Band set can be used to give Tyranitar more immediate offensive power for wallbreaking. There is no truly safe switch-in to this set. Rock Slide is Tyranitar's primary STAB move and hits anything that doesn't resist it very hard. Earthquake provides great coverage alongside Rock Slide. Hidden Power Bug OHKOes Celebi and hits Claydol and Flygon quite hard. Finally, Focus Punch can be used on predicted switch-ins, as anything that doesn't resist it is hit extremely hard.

    The EV spread maximizes Attack and Speed. The extra bulk isn't really needed, as Tyranitar is already easily trapped by Dugtrio when locked into certain moves, and the ability to outspeed opposing Tyranitar, Metagross, Suicune, and Milotic can be very handy for this set.

    This set is again very easy to fit on a team. It hits extremely hard and always works. The main things to note are that it is quite weak to Dugtrio, so it is best not used on a team that is already vulnerable to it, and certain Pokemon such as defensive Suicune and Curse Snorlax don't appreciate Sand Stream. Generally, this set is preferred on more offensive and balanced teams as opposed to stall teams.

    Pursuit

    Tyranitar @ Leftovers
    Trait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 184 HP / 224 SpA / 100 SDef
    Modest / Quiet Nature
    - Pursuit
    - Flamethrower / Fire Blast
    - Rock Slide / Roar / Ice Beam / Hidden Power [Grass]
    - Crunch / Hidden Power [Grass]

    Set Details

    This set is more of a utility set, mainly used as a means of trapping Gengar; however, it is also a decent wallbreaker. Pursuit allows Tyranitar to get rid of Gengar for its teammates. It is also useful for dealing large damage to Choice-locked Salamence and Aerodactyl. Flamethrower and Fire Blast allow Tyranitar to hit Steel-types. The choice between the two comes down to preference; Rock Slide gives Tyranitar access to a physical STAB move that allows it to hit special walls such as Blissey, Regice, and Zapdos harder; however, it doesn't hit as hard as one might think and Tyranitar often ends up burned. Roar turns this set into a solid Shadow Ball CurseLax answer while also giving it the ability to Spikes shuffle and stop Baton Pass users. Ice Beam can be used to hit Zapdos, surprise Flygon, and OHKO Dugtrio. Hidden Power Grass can be used to surprise Swampert. In the last slot, Crunch is the preferred option, as it allows it to KO Gengar that stay in on Tyranitar predicting Pursuit. It also gives it a very strong reliable STAB move that hits a number of its switch-ins for good damage. Furthermore, the Special Defense drops can come in handy for taking on CurseLax. Hidden Power Grass can also be used in this slot, however.

    The HP EVs give it some good overall bulk and specifically allow it to survive Jolly Dugtrio's Earthquake. The Special Defense EVs allow it to survive an offensive Starmie's Hydro Pump to OHKO it with Crunch they are also very useful for taking Giga Drains from Gengar. The rest is thrown into Special Attack to maximize power. If running Rock Slide, use a Quiet nature.

    This set works well on stall teams alongside Forretress, as it allows it to spin freely. As a result, Gengar is another good teammate, as it can block opposing Rapid Spin and has good type synergy with Tyranitar. Earthquake variants of CurseLax also appreciate Gengar's removal. Finally, a secondary Gengar answer is usually a good idea alongside this set, as Tyranitar can sometimes be unreliable at getting rid of Gengar due to Hypnosis. Giga Drain Gengar can also occasionally beat Pursuit Tyranitar one-on-one with some residual damage if Tyranitar lacks Crunch.

    Defensive

    Tyranitar @ Leftovers
    Trait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    - Rock Slide
    - Earthquake
    - Roar / Toxic
    - Hidden Power [Bug] / Taunt / Protect

    Set Details

    Unlike other Tyranitar sets that focus on offense, or removing certain threats, this one purely focuses on Tyranitar's defensive capabilities. Rock Slide provides STAB and hits quite hard. Earthquake provides coverage alongside Rock Slide, hitting Steel-types super effectively. Roar allows Tyranitar to shuffle the foe over Spikes and turns it into a solid answer to Curse Snorlax. Toxic can also be used in this slot as a way to surprise bulky Water-types like Swampert. In the last slot, Hidden Power Bug is the most common option to hit Celebi, Flygon, and Claydol hard. Taunt is also an option to prevent Spikes setup as well as Pokemon such as Blissey from recovering health or hitting Tyranitar with status. It is quite effective alongside Toxic. Finally, Protect is yet another great option to use in the last slot. It's great for gaining Leftovers recovery, scouting Choice Band users, and stalling Toxic damage.

    The EV spread focuses heavily on Tyranitar's bulk, maxing out HP to give it as much defensive utility as possible. Attack is also maxed out so that Tyranitar still hits incredibly hard. This helps it in taking on CurseLax and taking advantage of Spikes. If using Taunt, it is recommended to add more Speed in order to outpace Pokemon like Skarmory. The HP stat can be dropped to 184 EVs, as this still allows Tyranitar to survive Jolly Dugtrio's Earthquake, and additional EVs can be taken out of Attack if necessary.

    This set is often found on TSS (Toxic Sand Spikes) teams that appreciate Sand Stream but don't necessarily require Tyranitar's offensive presence. It is also a great option for teams that have difficulty with CurseLax, a common problem on more defensive teams. This set is best with Spikes support, so Skarmory makes a great partner. If using Forretress, it is generally better to run a Pursuit set.

    Other Options

    Tyranitar is an extremely versatile Pokemon, and as a result, a number of other options come to mind. Both physical and special SubPunch sets can be very dangerous, particularly with Spikes on the field. Curse is an option, although it is generally inferior to Dragon Dance. Double-Edge can also be used on the Dragon Dance set as a means of hitting Flygon and Swampert harder while maintaining neutral coverage on Claydol. Toxic can be used on offensive sets to cripple a number of its main counters. Similarly, Hidden Power Grass can be used on Dragon Dance Tyranitar to get around teams that rely on Swampert to handle Tyranitar. Brick Break can be used on special Tyranitar sets, as it hits the main special walls super effectively and allows it to threaten opposing Tyranitar. Different items can find use on a few of its sets; for example, Dragon Dance Tyranitar can make use of Liechi Berry to boost its attack even further. This works particularly well in conjunction with Double-Edge. Lum Berry can be used on the Pursuit set to avoid getting put to sleep by Hypnosis. It can also be used on the Dragon Dance set so that it can get a second boost against Gengar attempting to status it.

    Checks and Counters

    Most teams require at least two ways to deal with Tyranitar. Swampert is the best option, as it resists Rock Slide, has enough physical bulk to take its other attacks, and has STAB Ground- and Water-type moves to hurt it with; however, it has to watch out for special variants particularly with Hidden Power Grass, as well as Choice Band Focus Punch. It is also easily worn down by Spikes. Flygon resists Rock, is immune to both Earthquake and Spikes, and can hit it hard with its own STAB Earthquake, but it also has to watch out for Choice Band Focus Punch as well as Ice Beam and isn't particularly bulky, so it takes a large chunk from Hidden Power Bug. Dugtrio can trap and KO it, but Jolly variants in particular usually won't OHKO, so it has to be weakened first. Claydol has trouble 2HKOing Tyranitar, but it is probably the safest switch-in to Choice Band Tyranitar and can take on non-Hidden Power Bug variants of Dragon Dance Tyranitar. Other bulky Water-types such as Suicune and Milotic have enough bulk to eat a few attacks and hit back hard with STAB Surf, though they have to be wary of their Leftovers being cancelled by sand, and they are quite vulnerable to flinches. They are the best answers to special variants of Tyranitar, however.

    Metagross can take a boosted Earthquake and nearly OHKO with Meteor Mash. Heracross outspeeds and OHKOes Tyranitar with either Brick Break or Megahorn. Jolly Choice Band Salamence can usually outspeed it at +1 and OHKO it with Brick Break.
     
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    Why?

    this looks great btw.
     
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    Thanks! Just added in an explanation for that.
     
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    mention liechi on dd, goes very well with d-e
     
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    Thanks completely forgot about that. I also mentioned Lum Berry as an option on both DD and Pursuit.
     
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    Alright I put toxic as a slash with roar and mentioned adding speed in the EV section. Also updated some of the wording to fit these changes.
     
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    Protect is also a cool option on the last set too, I think I saw BKC use it last WCOP (2015), and it pairs nicely with Taunt or Toxic.
     
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    Add Counter to OO, it has a couple of nice uses [e.g. EQ ground-types, EQ lax, hidden power jirachi, and so on]
     
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    GP WIP
    Introduction

    Tyranitar is hand's down hands down the best Pokemon in ADV OU. Its stats grant it not only great bulk, but amazing physically offensive power backed up by solid specially offensive power. Its speed Speed is the only downside, (AC) however, (AC) it's still in a decent speed tier. Its typing is not amazing defensively, (AC) however, (AC) offensively it gives it access to the very useful STAB Rock Slide and Pursuit. Finally its ability is very useful for cancelling out leftovers on both offensive and defensive teams alike. Tyranitar is versatile and dangerous. Dealing with it is one of the first things to consider when building a team.

    Sets

    Dragon Dance

    Tyranitar @ Leftovers
    Trait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 80 HP / 180 Atk / 76 Def / 172 Spe
    IVs: 30 SDef / 30 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    -Dragon Dance
    -Rock Slide
    -Earthquake
    -Hidden Power [Bug] / Taunt

    Set Details

    Dragon Dance Tyranitar is the most dangerous sweeper in the tier. It can be used on many team archetypes from stall to offense. This Tyranitar is one of the few Pokemon that can just win a game that otherwise seems lost all on its own. Dragon Dance allows Tyranitar to boost its attack to insane levels while simultaneously making up for its lackluster speed lacking Speed, allowing it to make use of Rock Slide's flinch chance. Rock Slide is its primary STAB move and one of the reasons Tyranitar is so dangerous. The flinch chance can pull the user out of a very tough situation, and it forces players to carry at least one of the few reliable rock Rock-type resists the tier has to offer. Earthquake has great coverage alongside Rock Slide, hitting steel types Steel-types such as Metagross and Jirachi as well as opposing Tyranitar, among other things. Hidden Power Bug is the best move for the last slot as it can OHKO Celebi at +1 Attack. It also allows you to beat Claydol if they switch in on a dragon dance Dragon Dance, and hits flygon Flygon fairly hard. Taunt can be used to prevent Pokemon such as Skarmory from Phazing phazing Tyranitar or hitting it with toxic Toxic.

    Defense and HP EVs allows tyranitar Tyranitar to always survive Jolly Dugtrio's Earthquake at full health. With 172 Speed it can outspeed neutral base 100s at +1 Speed and the whole tier at +2 Speed. The rest is thrown into Attack to maximize power.

    Dragon Dance Tyranitar actually requires very little support to do its job and fits in a wide variety of teams. That being said, it does appreciate spikes Spikes to help wear down bulky water type Water-type counters, particularly Swampert. It also appreciates lures with Hidden Power Grass or Explosion to take out Swampert. Furthermore it is a great recipient of Swords Dance Celebi's Baton Pass.

    Choice Band

    Tyranitar @ Choice Band
    Trait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    -Rock Slide
    -Earthquake
    -Hidden Power [Bug]
    -Focus Punch

    Set Details

    A Choice Band set can be used to give Tyranitar more immediate offensive power for wall breaking wallbreaking. There is no truly safe switch in to this set. Rock Slide is Tyranitar's primary STAB move and hits anything that doesn't resist it very hard. Earthquake provides great coverage alongside Rock Slide. Hidden Power Bug OHKOs Celebi, and hits Claydol and Flygon quite hard. Finally, (AC) Focus Punch can be used on predicted switches as anything that doesn't resist it is hit extremely hard.

    The EV spread maximizes Attack and Speed. The extra Bulk bulk isn't really needed as it is already more easily trapped by dugtrio when locked in to certain moves Dugtrio when locked into certain moves, and the ability to outspeed opposing Tyranitar, Metagross, Suicune,(AC Serial Comma)and Milotic can be very handy for this set.

    This set is again very easy to fit on a team. It hits extremely hard and always does work. The main things to note are that it is quite weak to Dugtrio so it is best not used on a team that is already vulnerable to it, and certain Pokemon such as Defensive Suicune and Curselax Curse Snorlax (more appropriate to use this instead of niche name for clarification) don't appreciate Sand Stream. Generally this set is preferred on more offensive and balanced teams as opposed to stall teams.

    Pursuit

    Tyranitar @ Leftovers
    Trait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 184 HP / 224 SpA / 100 SDef
    Modest / Quiet Nature
    -Pursuit
    -Flamethrower / Fire Blast
    -Rock Slide / Roar / Ice Beam / Hidden Power [Grass]
    -Crunch / Hidden Power [Grass]

    Set Details

    This set is more of a utility set, mainly used as a means of trapping gengar, however it is also a decent wall breaker. Pursuit is the reason to use this set, it allows Tyranitar to get rid of Gengar for its team mates. It is also useful for taking chunks out of the HPs of Choice locked Salamence and Aerodactyl. Flamethrower and Fire Blast allow Tyranitar to hit Steel Types. The choice between the two comes down to preference. Rock Slide gives Tyranitar access to a physical STAB move allowing it to hit special walls such as Blissey, Regice and Zapdos harder, however it doesn't hit as hard as one might think and this Tyranitar often ends up burned. Roar turns this set into a solid Shadow Ball Curselax answer while also giving it the ability to Spikes shuffle and stop baton pass users. Ice beam can be used to still hit Zapdos, lure flygon, and get an OHKO on dugtrio. Hidden Power Grass can be used to lure Swampert. In the last slot Crunch is the preferred option as it allows it to kill Gengar that stay in on Tyranitar predicting Pursuit. It also gives it a very strong reliable STAB move that hits a number of its switch ins for good damage. Furthermore the specs drops can come in handy for taking on Curselax. Hidden Power Grass can also be used in this slot however.

    The HP EVs give it some good overall bulk and specifically allow it to survive Jolly Dugtrio's Earthquake. The Special Defense EVs allow it to survive an offensive Starmie's Hydro Pump to OHKO it with Crunch, they are also very useful for taking Giga Drains from Gengar. The rest is thrown into Special Attack to maximize power. If running Rock Slide, use a Quiet nature.

    This set works well on stall teams alongside Forretress as it allows it to spin freely. As a result Gengar is another good team mate as it can block opposing Rapid Spin and has good type synergy with Tyranitar. Earthquake variants of Curselax also appreciate Gengar's removal. Finally, a secondary Gengar answer is usually a good idea alongside this set as Tyranitar can sometimes be unreliable at getting rid of Gengar due to Hypnosis. Giga Drain Gengar can also occasionally beat Pursuit Tyranitar one on one with some residual damage if Tyranitar lacks Crunch.

    Defensive

    Tyranitar @ Leftovers
    Trait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    -Rock Slide
    -Earthquake
    -Roar / Toxic
    -Hidden Power Bug / Taunt / Protect

    Set Details

    Unlike other Tyranitar sets that focus on offense, or removing certain threats, this one purely focuses on Tyranitar's defensive capabilities. Rock Slide provides STAB and hits quite hard. Earthquake provides coverage alongside Rock Slide, hitting Steel types super effectively. Roar is the crux of this set, allowing this Tyranitar to shuffle the opponent over Spikes, and turning it into a solid answer to Curse Snorlax. Toxic can also be used in this slot as a way to lure bulky water types like Swampert. In the last slot, Hidden Power Bug is the most common option to hit Celebi, Flygon and Claydol hard. Taunt is also an option to prevent Spikes set up as well as Pokemon such as Blissey from recovering health or hitting Tyranitar with status. It is quite effective alongside Toxic. Finally Protect is yet another great option to use in the last slot. It's great for gaining Leftovers recovery, scouting Choice Band users and of course dealing more toxic damage.

    The EV spread focuses more heavily on Tyranitar's bulk, maxing out the HP Stat to give it as much defensive utility as possible. Attack is also maxed so that Tyranitar still hits incredibly hard. This helps it in taking on Curselax, and abusing Spikes. If using Taunt it is recommended to add more speed in order to out pace things like Skarmory. The HP stat can be dropped to 184 EVs as this still allows Tyranitar to survive Jolly Dugtrio's Earthquake, and additional EVs can be taken out of attack if necessary.


    This set is often found on TSS teams that appreciate Sand Stream, but don't necessarily require Tyranitar's offensive presence. It is also a great option for teams that have difficulty with Curselax. A common problem on more defensive teams. This set is best with Spikes support so Skarmory makes a great partner. If using Forretress it is generally better to run a Pursuit set.

    Other Options

    Tyranitar is an extremely versatile pokemon and as a result a number of other options come to mind. Both physical and special Sub Punch sets can be very dangerous, particularly with spikes on the field. Curse is an option although it is generally inferior to Dragon Dance. Double Edge can also be used on the Dragon Dance set as a means of hitting Flygon and Swampert harder while maintaining neutral coverage on Claydol. Toxic can be used on offensive sets to cripple a number of its main counters. Similarly Hidden Power Grass can be used on Dragon Dance Tyranitar to get around teams that rely on Swampert to handle Tyranitar. Brick Break can be used on special Tyranitar sets as it hits the main special walls super effectively and allows it to threaten opposing Tyranitar. Different items can find use on a few of its sets, for example Dragon Dance Tyranitar can make use of Liechi Berry to boost its attack even further. This works particularly well in conjunction with Double Edge. Lum Berry can be used on the Pursuit set to avoid getting slept by Hypnosis. It can also be used on the Dragon Dance set so that it can get a second boost against Gengar attempting to status it.

    Checks and Counters

    Most teams require at least 2 ways to deal with Tyranitar. Swampert is the best option as it resists Rock Slide, has enough physical bulk to take its other attacks and STAB Ground and Water moves to hurt it with, however it has to watch out for special variants particularly with Hidden Power Grass, as well as Choice Band Focus Punch. It also is easily worn down by Spikes. Flygon resists Rock, is immune to both Earthquake and Spikes, and can hit it hard with its own STAB Earthquake, however it also has to watch out for Choice Band Focus Punch as well as Ice Beam and isn't particularly bulky so takes a large chunk from Hidden Power Bug. Dugtrio can trap and kill it however Jolly variants in particular usually won't OHKO so it has to be weakened first. Claydol has trouble 2hkoing Tyranitar however it is probably the safest switch in to Choice Band Tyranitar, and can take on non Hidden Power Bug variants of Dragon Dance Tyranitar. Other bulky waters such as Suicune and Milotic have enough bulk to eat a few attacks and hit it hard with STAB Surf however they have to contend with their leftovers being cancelled by Sand and are quite vulnerable to flinches. They are the best answers to special variants of Tyranitar however. There are also a number of checks. Metagross can take an unboosted Earthquake and OHKO with meteor mash, Heracross outspeeds and OHKOs it with either Brick Break or Megahorn and Jolly Choice Band Salamence can usually outspeed it at +1 and OHKO it with Brick Break.
     
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    Implemented.
     
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    Tyranitar [​IMG]
    Type: Rock / Dark
    Stats: 100 | 134 | 110 | 95 | 100 | 61
    Abilities: Sand Stream


    Introduction

    Tyranitar is hands down the best Pokemon in ADV OU. Its stats grant it not only great bulk, but amazing physically offensive power backed up by solid specially offensive power. Its Speed is its only downside; however, it's still in a decent Speed tier. Its typing is not amazing defensively, but offensively, it gives it access to very useful STAB moves in Rock Slide and Pursuit. Finally, its ability is very useful for cancelling out Leftovers on both offensive and defensive teams alike. Tyranitar is versatile and dangerous; dealing with it is one of the first things to consider when building a team.

    Sets

    Dragon Dance

    Tyranitar @ Leftovers
    Trait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 80 HP / 180 Atk / 76 Def / 172 Spe
    IVs: 30 SDef / 30 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    - Dragon Dance
    - Rock Slide
    - Earthquake
    - Hidden Power [Bug] / Taunt

    Set Details

    Dragon Dance Tyranitar is the most dangerous sweeper in the tier. It can be used on many team archetypes from stall to offense. Tyranitar is one of the few Pokemon that can just win a game that otherwise seems lost all on its own. Dragon Dance allows Tyranitar to boost its attack to insane levels while simultaneously making up for its lacking Speed, allowing it to make use of Rock Slide's flinch chance. Rock Slide is its primary STAB move and one of the reasons as to why Tyranitar is so dangerous. The flinch chance can pull the user out of a very tough situation, and it forces players to carry at least one of the few reliable Rock-resistant Pokemon the tier has to offer. Earthquake has great coverage alongside Rock Slide, hitting Steel-types such as Metagross and Jirachi, as well as opposing Tyranitar. Hidden Power Bug is the best move for the last slot, as it can OHKO Celebi at +1. It also allows Tyranitar to beat Claydol if it switches in on a Dragon Dance, and it hits Flygon fairly hard. Taunt can be used to prevent Pokemon such as Skarmory from phazing Tyranitar or hitting it with Toxic.

    The Defense and HP EVs allow Tyranitar to always survive Jolly Dugtrio's Earthquake at full health. With 172 Speed investment, it can outspeed neutral base 100 Speed Pokemon at +1 Speed and the whole tier at +2 Speed. The rest is thrown into Attack to maximize power.

    Dragon Dance Tyranitar actually requires very little support to do its job and fits on a wide variety of teams. That being said, it does appreciate Spikes to help wear down bulky Water-type counters, particularly Swampert. It also appreciates Pokemon with Hidden Power Grass or Explosion to surprise Swampert. Furthermore, Tyranitar is a great recipient of Swords Dance Celebi's Baton Pass.

    Choice Band

    Tyranitar @ Choice Band
    Trait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    - Rock Slide
    - Earthquake
    - Hidden Power [Bug]
    - Focus Punch

    Set Details

    A Choice Band set can be used to give Tyranitar more immediate offensive power for wallbreaking. There is no truly safe switch-in to this set. Rock Slide is Tyranitar's primary STAB move and hits anything that doesn't resist it very hard. Earthquake provides great coverage alongside Rock Slide. Hidden Power Bug OHKOes Celebi and hits Claydol and Flygon quite hard. Finally, Focus Punch can be used on predicted switch-ins, as anything that doesn't resist it is hit extremely hard.

    The EV spread maximizes Attack and Speed. The extra bulk isn't really needed, as Tyranitar is already easily trapped by Dugtrio when locked into certain moves, and the ability to outspeed opposing Tyranitar, Metagross, Suicune, and Milotic can be very handy for this set.

    This set is again very easy to fit on a team. It hits extremely hard and always works. The main things to note are that it is quite weak to Dugtrio, so it is best not used on a team that is already vulnerable to it, and certain Pokemon such as defensive Suicune and Curse Snorlax don't appreciate Sand Stream. Generally, this set is preferred on more offensive and balanced teams as opposed to stall teams.

    Pursuit

    Tyranitar @ Leftovers
    Trait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 184 HP / 224 SpA / 100 SDef
    Modest / Quiet Nature
    - Pursuit
    - Flamethrower / Fire Blast
    - Rock Slide / Roar / Ice Beam / Hidden Power [Grass]
    - Crunch / Hidden Power [Grass]

    Set Details

    This set is more of a utility set, mainly used as a means of trapping Gengar; however, it is also a decent wallbreaker. Pursuit allows Tyranitar to get rid of Gengar for its teammates. It is also useful for dealing large damage to Choice-locked Salamence and Aerodactyl. Flamethrower and Fire Blast allow Tyranitar to hit Steel-types. The choice between the two comes down to preference; Rock Slide gives Tyranitar access to a physical STAB move that allows it to hit special walls such as Blissey, Regice, and Zapdos harder; however, it doesn't hit as hard as one might think and Tyranitar often ends up burned. Roar turns this set into a solid Shadow Ball CurseLax answer while also giving it the ability to Spikes shuffle and stop Baton Pass users. Ice Beam can be used to hit Zapdos, surprise Flygon, and OHKO Dugtrio. Hidden Power Grass can be used to surprise Swampert. In the last slot, Crunch is the preferred option, as it allows it to KO Gengar that stay in on Tyranitar predicting Pursuit. It also gives it a very strong reliable STAB move that hits a number of its switch-ins for good damage. Furthermore, the Choice Specs drops can come in handy for taking on CurseLax. Hidden Power Grass can also be used in this slot, however.

    The HP EVs give it some good overall bulk and specifically allow it to survive Jolly Dugtrio's Earthquake. The Special Defense EVs allow it to survive an offensive Starmie's Hydro Pump to OHKO it with Crunchl they are also very useful for taking Giga Drains from Gengar. The rest is thrown into Special Attack to maximize power. If running Rock Slide, use a Quiet nature.

    This set works well on stall teams alongside Forretress, as it allows it to spin freely. As a result, Gengar is another good teammate, as it can block opposing Rapid Spin and has good type synergy with Tyranitar. Earthquake variants of CurseLax also appreciate Gengar's removal. Finally, a secondary Gengar answer is usually a good idea alongside this set, as Tyranitar can sometimes be unreliable at getting rid of Gengar due to Hypnosis. Giga Drain Gengar can also occasionally beat Pursuit Tyranitar one-on-one with some residual damage if Tyranitar lacks Crunch.

    Defensive

    Tyranitar @ Leftovers
    Trait: Sand Stream
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    - Rock Slide
    - Earthquake
    - Roar / Toxic
    - Hidden Power [Bug] / Taunt / Protect

    Set Details

    Unlike other Tyranitar sets that focus on offense, or removing certain threats, this one purely focuses on Tyranitar's defensive capabilities. Rock Slide provides STAB and hits quite hard. Earthquake provides coverage alongside Rock Slide, hitting Steel-types super effectively. Roar allows Tyranitar to shuffle the foe over Spikes and turns it into a solid answer to Curse Snorlax. Toxic can also be used in this slot as a way to surprise bulky Water-types like Swampert. In the last slot, Hidden Power Bug is the most common option to hit Celebi, Flygon, and Claydol hard. Taunt is also an option to prevent Spikes setup as well as Pokemon such as Blissey from recovering health or hitting Tyranitar with status. It is quite effective alongside Toxic. Finally, Protect is yet another great option to use in the last slot. It's great for gaining Leftovers recovery, scouting Choice Band users, and stalling Toxic damage.

    The EV spread focuses heavily on Tyranitar's bulk, maxing out HP to give it as much defensive utility as possible. Attack is also maxed out so that Tyranitar still hits incredibly hard. This helps it in taking on CurseLax and taking advantage of Spikes. If using Taunt, it is recommended to add more Speed in order to outpace Pokemon like Skarmory. The HP stat can be dropped to 184 EVs, as this still allows Tyranitar to survive Jolly Dugtrio's Earthquake, and additional EVs can be taken out of Attack if necessary.


    This set is often found on TSS teams that appreciate Sand Stream but don't necessarily require Tyranitar's offensive presence. It is also a great option for teams that have difficulty with CurseLax, a common problem on more defensive teams. This set is best with Spikes support, so Skarmory makes a great partner. If using Forretress, it is generally better to run a Pursuit set.

    Other Options

    Tyranitar is an extremely versatile Pokemon, and as a result, a number of other options come to mind. Both physical and special SubPunch sets can be very dangerous, particularly with Spikes on the field. Curse is an option, although it is generally inferior to Dragon Dance. Double-Edge can also be used on the Dragon Dance set as a means of hitting Flygon and Swampert harder while maintaining neutral coverage on Claydol. Toxic can be used on offensive sets to cripple a number of its main counters. Similarly, Hidden Power Grass can be used on Dragon Dance Tyranitar to get around teams that rely on Swampert to handle Tyranitar. Brick Break can be used on special Tyranitar sets, as it hits the main special walls super effectively and allows it to threaten opposing Tyranitar. Different items can find use on a few of its sets; for example, Dragon Dance Tyranitar can make use of Liechi Berry to boost its attack even further. This works particularly well in conjunction with Double-Edge. Lum Berry can be used on the Pursuit set to avoid getting put to sleep by Hypnosis. It can also be used on the Dragon Dance set so that it can get a second boost against Gengar attempting to status it.

    Checks and Counters

    Most teams require at least two ways to deal with Tyranitar. Swampert is the best option, as it resists Rock Slide, has enough physical bulk to take its other attacks, and has STAB Ground- and Water-type moves to hurt it with; however, it has to watch out for special variants particularly with Hidden Power Grass, as well as Choice Band Focus Punch. It is also easily worn down by Spikes. Flygon resists Rock, is immune to both Earthquake and Spikes, and can hit it hard with its own STAB Earthquake, but it also has to watch out for Choice Band Focus Punch as well as Ice Beam and isn't particularly bulky, so it takes a large chunk from Hidden Power Bug. Dugtrio can trap and KO it, but Jolly variants in particular usually won't OHKO, so it has to be weakened first. Claydol has trouble 2HKOing Tyranitar, but it is probably the safest switch-in to Choice Band Tyranitar and can take on non-Hidden Power Bug variants of Dragon Dance Tyranitar. Other bulky Water-types such as Suicune and Milotic have enough bulk to eat a few attacks and hit back hard with STAB Surf, though they have to be wary of their Leftovers being cancelled by sand, and they are quite vulnerable to flinches. They are the best answers to special variants of Tyranitar, however.

    Metagross can take an unboosted Earthquake and OHKO with Meteor Mash. Heracross outspeeds and OHKOes Tyranitar with either Brick Break or Megahorn. Jolly Choice Band Salamence can usually outspeed it at +1 and OHKO it with Brick Break.

    This set is often found on TSS teams that appreciate Sand Stream, but don't necessarily require Tyranitar's offensive presence.

    clarify what tss teams are

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    Went ahead and just called them Toxic Sand Spikes teams is this sufficient?
     
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    maybe write TSS and then in brackets put (Toxic Sand Spikes). Or you can use the superscript ([/SUP]) and put a 1 and then put that at the end that 1TSS means Toxic Sand Spikes, which is a common type of team etc
     
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    Alright added that in
     
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    i can still see some errors that i fixed in my check, make sure you implemented it carefully (literally just c/p it)
     
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    It should be implemented now. Can I mark this as Done? Also just noticed I had had OU in the intro. Changed it to 1U.
     
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    might be worth giving Taunt/Tox its own set like piex said v long ago;
    on DD mention the special moves like Ice Beam/HP:Grass that can be used;
    passing mention of DD Toxic would be cool too, same for DD Sub/DD Tect(altho these are rarer)

    just v minor nitpicks!
     
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    add brick break to the pursuit set.

    somewhere mention crazytar (what I call it lol): brick break ice beam hp grass fire blast. U know the set, it's like a mixmence but with a different typing and an ice move instead of dragon claw. Can be tricky to switch into, and even tear apart certain teams lol. also bkctar (rs eq hp bug focus punch leftovers)

    plus what sunny said :)
     
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    add breloom to c&c (?)
     
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