Porygon-Z, The Virtual Pokémon. In order to create a more advanced Pokémon, an additional program was installed, but apparently it contained a defect that makes it move oddly. Its program was modified to facilitate extra-dimensional activities, but that led to noticeably strange behavior. Its behavior is noticeably unstable, which is apparently due to the incompetence of the engineer who updated its programming. A faulty update was added to its programming. Its behavior is noticeably strange, so the experiment may have been a failure.
Porygon-Z is a Pokemon that has been falling down in usage with the passage of time. The only notable thing about the virtual duck is an amazing 135 Base Special Attack, but Porygon-Z is held back by its mediocre bulk (Base 85/70/75 defenses) and an average Speed stat of 90. However, the tables turned in SM as this new generation granted Porygon-Z a way of boosting all of its stats with Z-Conversion. With a +1 boost on all stats, Porygon-Z becomes one of the most threatening Pokemon in competitive play while gaining STAB from one of its coverage moves depending on the type it transformed into. Porygon-Z also has an incredible offensive ability in Adaptability which further boosts its power. However, while Porygon-Z has the tools it needs to sweep, it is limited to the fact that it can only use its Z-Conversion boost once, resulting in a sweeper that isn't very flexible and rendered nearly useless against something that walls it when it sets up.
Adaptability: Increases the Same Type Attack Bonus from *1.5 to *2. - This is a fantastic ability the majority of the time and, when teamed with Conversion, really opens things up.
- Shadow Ball
Shadow Ball is the first move that should be listed on its moveset because it allows Porygon-Z to convert into a Ghost type, granting it an almost unresisted strong STAB that at +1 with an Adaptability boost, will decimate any Pokemon vulnerable to the move. However, the conversion makes Porygon-Z more vulnerable to Sucker Punch and Shadow Sneak users like Bisharp, Greninja and Mimikyu. Conversion is the defining move here, as it allows Porygon-Z to gain a +1 boost to all of its stats when used as a Z-move while changing its typing. Ice Beam and Thunderbolt are the preferred moves to complement Porygon-Z's Ghost STAB perfectly with unresisted coverage. Ice Beam lets it destroy Dragons such as Mega Salamence, Zygarde and Dragonite while Thunderbolt ravages Water types such as Tapu Fini, Suicune and Mantine.
Max Special Attack and Speed maximizes Porygon-Z's sweeping potential while a Timid nature allows it to outspeed Mega Alakazam and Mega Lopunny after a Z-Conversion boost. Modest is an option if you prefer more power, but Porygon-Z will fail to even outspeed Adamant Choice Scarf Landorus-T after a boost, making it easier to revenge kill. Adaptability is the best ability for this set as it grants an additional bonus to its STAB moves making its Shadow Ball much more powerful, while being a more consistent buff compared to Analytic or Download.
IMPORTANT: In order to convert Porygon-Z into a Ghost type, Shadow Ball must be ordered as the first move on Porygon-Z's movelist.
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- Nasty Plot
Nasty Plot allows Porygon-Z to raise its Special Attack to jaw dropping levels. In combination with Hyper Beam and the Adaptability boost, it grants Porygon-Z an incredibly nuclear level attack that will easily end any Pokemon that is not a Ghost type. To further illustrate its power, you can find some damage calculations below:
· +2 252 SpA Adaptability Porygon-Z Breakneck Blitz (200 BP) vs. 248 HP / 156 SpD Celesteela: 381-449 (95.9 - 113%) -- guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock and Leftovers recovery.
The fact that you can even OHKO or 2HKO bulky resists like these showcases the ridiculous amount of damage Porygon-Z can achieve after a Nasty Plot boost. However, keep in mind that once Porygon-Z uses its Z-move, it will be left with Hyper Beam which forces Porygon-Z unable to move for the next turn. Ice Beam lets it destroy Dragons such as Mega Salamence, Zygarde and Dragonite while Thunderbolt ravages Water types like Tapu Fini, Suicune and Mantine.
Max Special Attack and Speed maximizes Porygon-Z's sweeping potential while a Timid nature allows it to outspeed Pokemon like neutral Zygarde and Tapu Lele. Modest is an option for more power, however, this makes Porygon-Z incredibly slow and being outpaced by too many threats to pull out a Nasty Plot boost. Adaptability is the best ability for this set as it grants an additional bonus to its STAB, while being a more consistent buff compared to Analytic or Download.
Porygon-Z can swap Thunderbolt as the first move to transform into an Electric type when using Z-Conversion and become a potent sweeper. It's not a bad deal since Porygon-Z is only left with a weakness to Ground while gaining a +1 boost on all stats and has Ice Beam for coverage. However, this leaves it more vulnerable to Scarf Ground users like Landorus-T and Garchomp.
Checks & Counters
Blissey and Chansey stop anything that both Porygon forms can throw at them. Thanks to Natural Care, they can easily cure Thunder Wave and Toxic while their immense special bulk allows them to take on Z-Conversion sets and cripple Porygon-Z for the rest of the match. However, both can lose to Nasty Plot + Breakneck Blitz sets despite being uncommon.
Porygon2, The Virtual Pokémon. For the purposes of planetary development, Porygon was updated with the most cutting-edge technology available. Porygon was updated to a new version in readiness for planetary development. But that dream remains unrealized as yet. AI has been installed in it. It learns various things all on its own, but it even remembers things it doesn’t need to know. Even though it doesn’t die in the vacuum of space, it can’t move around very well in zero gravity.
While VGC's favorite duck reigns in Doubles formats, on Singles, Porygon2 has a few niches it can pull off: Thanks to its pre-evolution status, it gains the boosts from Eviolite. Combine this with Porygon2's 85/90/95 decent bulk and you got yourself an authentic wall capable of stopping many threats and one of the best defensive picks in Battle Spot Singles. Trace is the icing of the cake, as it allows Porygon2 to copy its foe's ability and stop Pokemon like Heatran, Gyarados, Dragonite and Salamence using their own ability against them. While Porygon2 has many excellent defensive traits, unfortunately, Porygon2 is also plagued with many weaknesses. To start with, Normal type is a very bad defensive typing and unless it traces an ability like Flash Fire or Water Absorb, Porygon2 doesn't has many resistances or immunities to switch into boosted users. Porygon2 is also heavily reliant on its Eviolite item which means that moves like Trick or Knock Off cripple it. Porygon2 is also vulnerable to Toxic making it unable to last for long if it gets poisoned. Finally, Porygon2 is a very passive Pokemon and it can be easily stopped by Taunt users such as Tapu Fini or Bisharp that Porygon2 fails to either cripple or damage heavily.
Trace: Ability becomes the same as that of the opponent. Switching this Pokémon out of battle restores its original ability. In a Double/Triple Battle, a random opponent’s ability will be copied. - A solid enough Ability. If against the right opponent, it can make Porygon2 pretty brutal
Thanks to its Eviolite boost, Porygon2 becomes an insanely strong wall capable of walling some physical and special threats because of its good mixed defenses. Recover allows Porygon2 to replenish its lost health throughout a match while extending its durability. Ice Beam is a must as it allows Porygon2 to beat 1-vs-1 Pokemon like Dragonite, Mega Salamence and Zygarde, making it an excellent check for these Pokemon. Tri Attack is a decent STAB option to hurt anything that is not vulnerable to Ice Beam. However, Foul Play deserves a special mention as it allows Porygon2 to beat set up sweepers like Mimikyu with it. Finally, the last slot is reserved for what it is preferred for your team. Toxic puts Pokemon like Tangrowth on a timer as they take very little from Porygon2's offensive moves. On the other hand, Thunder Wave allows Porygon2 to heavily cripple Pokemon like Tapu Lele while providing speed control for its teammates. Discharge can provide potential paralysis support as well while also dealing solid damage against foes such as Gyarados, avoiding Taunt in the process.
The given EV spread allows Porygon2 to avoid being 2HKO'd by Adamant Mega Salamence's Double Edge while being 3HKO'd at most by Scarf Tapu Lele’s Psychic. Bold is the preferred nature to check on physical sweepers like Landorus-T and Gyarados much better. Depending on your team preferences, you can tweak the EV spread with more Special Defense EVs with a Calm nature to take on Tapu Koko and Tapu Lele more efficiently. Trace is what allows Porygon2 to become an excellent check for Pokemon like Heatran, Volcanion, Dragonite and Landorus-T expanding Porygon2's defensive abilities. Download is worth mentioning for its ability to boost Porygon2's Special Attack to higher levels, though this can be inconsistent.
- Trick Room
A base 60 Speed makes Porygon2 decently slow enough to be a good Trick Room user. Thanks to the defensive boost provided by Eviolite, Porygon2 becomes difficult to OHKO and can set up Trick Room reliably. Ice Beam allows Porygon2 to destroy Pokemon like Zygarde and Gliscor. Tri Attack is Porygon2's main STAB move and with this set's offensive investment, it hits for decent damage. Shadow Ball is another option that allows Porygon2 to hurt Mew while preventing Porygon2 from being walled by Steel types. Thunderbolt allows it to fry Tapu Fini and Mega Gyarados while Hidden Power Fire is an option to demolish Mega Scizor and Ferrothorn, which are annoying Pokemon to face for Trick Room abusers.
252 EVs in Special Attack are dumped to boost Porygon2's damage output to decent levels. 248 HP EVs are thrown in to increase its overall bulk while gaining an extra switch-in to Stealth Rock. The rest is dumped on Defense to slightly increase its physical bulk.
Download is the preferred ability as Porygon2 gains an Special Attack boost if the opponent it switched into has a lower Special Defense than its Defense. However, many Pokemon with equal or similar defense stats, usually invest to avoid giving Porygon2 a Download boost. For this reason, Trace is a valid option to gain more switch-in opportunities against foes like Heatran or Volcanion.
Other Options & Partners
Signal Beam and Psychic are niche options to hit Tyranitar, Cresselia and Conkeldurr. However, the coverage of these attacks are generally poor and both Porygon forms prefer to stick with Ice Beam and Thunderbolt. These moves are easily overpowered by Adaptability boosted Breakneck Blitz.
VGC & Double Battle Options
The Porygon family tends to have an unusual history in Doubles formats, filling familiar roles in a unique fashion but rarely being a dominant choices in those roles. Porygon-Z is considered a niche pick at best even with Z-Conversion, as it lacks both the bulk and coverage slots to see much success and finds itself outmatched by Kommo-o as a setup Z-Move user these days. The more notable of the two is Porygon2 though, filling a very useful Trick Room role without the usual weaknesses that most setters have due to their Psychic typing. Porygon2 is one of the few viable users of Eviolite in Doubles, which gives it almost complete authority over that item slot, and it benefits greatly from the current meta providing great support for semi-room teams. Fighting-types are also not particularly common in Doubles outside of Kommo-o, which means its sole weakness can often only be exploited by non-STAB coverage moves that will struggle to ever OHKO Porygon2 without a boost. However, Porygon2 does suffer from being fairly passive and rigid in its setup, making it easily exploitable with Taunt and Knock Off. If it lacks super-effective coverage for something it struggles to deal meaningful damage as well, but on a solid Trick Room team it will very often pull its worth.
- Ice Beam
Porygon2 is fairly straightforward in its setup, as its primary role is being a bulky Trick Room setter with unique coverage. Ice Beam provides the ever-valuable coverage against Landorus-T while boasting generally good offensive coverage. Trick Room is the sole reason Porygon2 is particularly useful, as being a Normal-type with Trick Room is particularly useful in a metagame with few Fighting-types. Recover gives Porygon2 the ability to stay healthy and continue to be a bulky cornerstone to the team, as well as give it more opportunities to set up Trick Room throughout the game. Thunderbolt is a popular pick to round out coverage with Ice Beam, granting useful coverage against Tapu Fini and Milotic, though Porygon2 has several other options it can use to patch up weaker team matchups. Shadow Ball is particularly useful for getting solid damage against Mega Metagross, Tapu Lele, and Aegislash, which otherwise don't fear much of what Porygon2 can throw at them. Return can also turn otherwise useless Attack boosts from Download into an advantage, dealing decent damage against specially bulky foes such as the aforementioned Tapu Lele.
The given EV spread with a Sassy nature rounds out Porygon2's overall bulk so that it can handle foes on both the physical and special sides, while also making it as slow as possible. A Speed IV of 0 can be chosen to minimize Speed entirely but this is not usually necessary. Favor is given to the special side due to the larger amount of specially offensive foes in general, though the EV spread can be tuned to the user's needs if more or less physical bulk is desired. Eviolite is necessary to increase Porygon2's bulk as it is otherwise not very durable, and makes the most of the somewhat evenly distributed EVs. As hinted at previously, Download is the preferred ability to potentially give it a significant power boost, which makes it capable of dealing very meaningful damage with its coverage moves. Trace can be considered if the boost potential is not appealing, though this can backfire with some abilities such as the terrain abilities or weather.
Other Options & Team Ideas
- Ally Switch deserves a mention because everyone loves Ally Switch. While it can feel like a dead moveslot if you're not used to it, a well timed Ally Switch can quickly turn a bad situation into an excellent one. It can be tough to fit this on a moveset though.
Checks & Counters
Fighting-types such as Blaziken, Mega Lucario, Breloom, Mega Lopunny, Mega Heracross, and Pheromosa can threaten Porygon2 with their STAB moves. Breloom in particular can threaten Trick Room setups with Spore, while Mega Heracross can take advantage of Trick Room itself, though the others must be wary of Trick Room, since they struggle if Trick Room is set up.
Knock Off and Trick are Porygon2's worst nightmare as they remove its Eviolite rendering it into a mediocre Pokemon. Toxic users will also break down Porygon2 due to its inability to remove status. Steel-types like Mega Scizor and Ferrothorn hard wall Porygon2 and they can set up easily on it unless Porygon2 runs Hidden Power Fire to fend them off.
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