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January 25, 2017

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Pokémon Analysis – Trick Room Setter 7: Porygon2!

by chaoticespeon

Our analysis of Trick Room setters has taken us from the more commonly seen Mimikyu and Oranguru to the more obscure options of Misdreavus, Comfey, Trevenant + Exeggutor and the Slow Trio. However, in our final Trick Room setter analysis, we’ll now turn our attention to THE premier dimension twister of the VGC 17 meta, Porygon2!

Porygon2 is a staple on a vast majority of VGC 17 teams, the usage chart for December lists it as the 7th most used Pokémon in the format so far and it’s already claimed some notable finishes this year, including a finals appearance at the UK International Championships, as well as wins in the San José, Dallas and Georgia regionals, but what is it which sets Porygon2 at the pinnacle of Trick Room users?

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When looking at the base stats, an important thing to remember is that Porygon2 is a NFE Pokémon, meaning that it is compatible with eviolite which boosts both its defensive stats by 50% unsurprisingly making it Porygon2’s most popular item. A stat which is criminally overlooked is P2’s Sp. Atk stat; combined with the download ability base 105 is huge and offers a big offensive presence straight from the off after setting Trick Room.

Alongside its impressive base stats, P2’s movepool is incredibly dense with great offensive and support options.

Viable Moves (Offensive)

Ice Beam
Psychic
Shadow Ball
Thunderbolt
Tri Attack

Viable Moves (Support)

Magic Coat
Rain Dance
Recover
Sunny Day
Thunder Wave
Toxic
Trick Room

When building your own sets for Porygon2, you’ll usually want two offensive moves and two support oriented moves; the offensive moves selected should reflect the coverage your team is missing. There’s no point using a BoltBeam set just because it was used by a regional champion  if your team lacks attacks to hit poison and ghost types. Being a normal type move, Tri Attack wouldn’t have a place on your set for coverage, but to take advantage of P2’s base 105 Sp Atk stat. Again, it’s pointless to include Tri Attack on your sets just because it gets STAB if you’re running little to no offensive investment on your P2.

The same applies for the support moves selected; this article is about Porygon2 as a Trick Room setter so we’ll always be selecting Trick Room. Recover is the standard go to option but, if you don’t find yourself clicking Recover too often, the other choices are perfectly acceptable. Magic Coat can protect P2 from Taunts, Rain Dance/Sunny Day can be utilised to disrupt opposing weather or increase the damage output of your Water or Fire attackers, Thunder Wave offers an alternative Speed Control whilst Toxic helps to wear down bulky opponents. Tailor the move selection to your specific team and you’ll be able to find a place for P2 no matter what team you’re building.

With that said and done, let’s go through a few spreads!

Set 1: Water off a Duck’s back!
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Porygon2 @ Eviolite
Ability: Download
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 68 SpA / 196 SpD
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Trick Room
– Recover
– Thunderbolt
– Shadow Ball

This is a tweaked version of the Porygon2 set I took to UK Internationals; if we’d had more time to build our teams, this is probably the set I would’ve gone with. The EV’s should look familiar to veterans of the format as it allows P2 to survive a combination of Z Hydro Pump and Scald in the rain from Golduck and Pelipper. I invest the rest of the EV’s into Special Attack as there wasn’t any specific physical attacks I wanted P2 to survive 100% of the time. The moves were tailored to my team, Shadow Ball to hit A-Marowak, Thunderbolt for the ‘double ducks’ and Recover for P2’s longevity. I also opted to run 31 IVs in speed without a hindering nature because I wanted to outspeed Alolan Marowak, I doubted many Marowak would be running more than 112 investment on an adamant spread.

Defensive:

252+ SpA Golduck Hydro Vortex (185 BP) vs. 244 HP / 196+ SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Rain: 109-130 (57 – 68%) — guaranteed 2HKO

252+ SpA Pelipper Scald vs. 244 HP / 196+ SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Rain: 49-58 (25.6 – 30.3%) — guaranteed 4HKO

252 SpA Choice Specs Tapu Koko Thunderbolt vs. 244 HP / 196+ SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Electric Terrain: 73-87 (38.2 – 45.5%) — guaranteed 3HKO

252+ SpA Tapu Lele Shattered Psyche (175 BP) vs. 244 HP / 196+ SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Psychic Terrain: 129-153 (67.5 – 80.1%) — guaranteed 2HKO

252+ SpA Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 244 HP / 196+ SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Psychic Terrain: 67-81 (35 – 42.4%) — guaranteed 3HKO

252+ SpA Torkoal Eruption (150 BP) vs. 244 HP / 196+ SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Sun: 61-73 (31.9 – 38.2%) — 96.9% chance to 3HKO

252+ SpA Salamence Devastating Drake (195 BP) vs. 244 HP / 196+ SpD Eviolite Porygon2: 85-102 (44.5 – 53.4%) — 28.1% chance to 2HKO

252+ Atk Hariyama Close Combat vs. 244 HP / 0 Def Eviolite Porygon2: 156-186 (81.6 – 97.3%) — guaranteed 2HKO

Offensive:

+1 68 SpA Porygon2 Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Marowak-Alola: 122-144 (73 – 86.2%) — guaranteed 2HKO

+1 68 SpA Porygon2 Shadow Ball vs. 164 HP / 0 SpD Tapu Lele: 90-108 (54.2 – 65%) — guaranteed 2HKO

68 SpA Porygon2 Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Pelipper: 204-240 (122.1 – 143.7%) — guaranteed OHKO

68 SpA Porygon2 Thunderbolt vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Golduck: 90-108 (58 – 69.6%) — guaranteed 2HKO

+1 68 SpA Porygon2 Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 28+ SpD Celesteela: 102-120 (50 – 58.8%) — 74.6% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

Set 2: San José Duck
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Porygon2 @ Eviolite
Ability: Download
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpA
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
– Recover
– Ice Beam
– Trick Room
– Thunderbolt

This was the set Gavin Michaels used to win the San José regional; the EV spread is nothing fancy but is designed to help deal with Porygon2’s only weakness – Fighting type moves. Maxing out HP and Defence ensures that the only physical moves which will be ohkoing Porygon2 will be a Z move from Pheromosa, something which is easy to scout for and play around. Other than that:

252+ Atk Life Orb Pheromosa High Jump Kick vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 172-203 (89.5 – 105.7%) — 25% chance to OHKO

252+ Atk Guts Hariyama Close Combat vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 164-194 (85.4 – 101%) — 12.5% chance to OHKO

252+ Atk Gyarados Hydro Vortex (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 76-90 (39.5 – 46.8%) — guaranteed 3HKO

252+ Atk Arcanine Inferno Overdrive (190 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 82-97 (42.7 – 50.5%) — 1.6% chance to 2HKO

252+ Atk Tapu Bulu Bloom Doom (190 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Eviolite Porygon2 in Grassy Terrain: 138-163 (71.8 – 84.8%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery

252+ Atk Thick Club Marowak-Alola Flare Blitz vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Eviolite Porygon2: 84-100 (43.7 – 52%) — 14.5% chance to 2HKO

252 SpA Life Orb Tapu Koko Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Electric Terrain: 86-101 (44.7 – 52.6%) — 17.2% chance to 2HKO

252+ SpA Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Psychic Terrain: 91-108 (47.3 – 56.2%) — 79.7% chance to 2HKO

And Offensive:

+1 4 SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Garchomp: 248-292 (134.7 – 158.6%) — guaranteed OHKO

4 SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Salamence: 172-204 (100.5 – 119.2%) — guaranteed OHKO

+1 4 SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Kartana: 125-148 (92.5 – 109.6%) — 56.3% chance to OHKO

+1 4 SpA Porygon2 Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Araquanid: 86-102 (49.1 – 58.2%) — 95.3% chance to 2HKO

+1 4 SpA Porygon2 Thunderbolt vs. 180 HP / 148+ SpD Celesteela: 84-100 (43 – 51.2%) — guaranteed 3HKO after Leftovers recovery

+1 4 SpA Porygon2 Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 44 SpD Tapu Fini: 82-98 (46.3 – 55.3%) — 66.8% chance to 2HKO

Set 3: Offensive
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Porygon2 @ Eviolite
Ability: Download
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 4 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 1 Spe
– Recover
– Trick Room
– Ice Beam / Shadow Ball
– Thunderbolt / Tri Attack

Even without defensive investment, Porygon2 is still bulky enough to avoid being ohko’d by a majority of moves in VGC 17; this spread looks to take full advantage of P2’s high Special Attack stat buffed by a Download boost. As mentioned in the intro, you’ll want to change the attacking moves based on the coverage your team needs.

+1 252+ SpA Porygon2 Shadow Ball vs. 164 HP / 0 SpD Tapu Lele: 116-138 (69.8 – 83.1%) — guaranteed 2HKO

+1 252+ SpA Porygon2 Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Marowak-Alola: 156-184 (93.4 – 110.1%) — 56.3% chance to OHKO

+1 252+ SpA Porygon2 Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Metagross: 142-168 (75.9 – 89.8%) — guaranteed 2HKO

+1 252+ SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 28 HP / 52 SpD Assault Vest Garchomp: 208-248 (111.2 – 132.6%) — guaranteed OHKO

+1 252+ SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Tapu Bulu: 152-180 (85.8 – 101.6%) — 12.5% chance to OHKO

+1 252+ SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Assault Vest Mudsdale: 112-132 (54.1 – 63.7%) — guaranteed 2HKO

+1 252+ SpA Porygon2 Thunderbolt vs. 180 HP / 148+ SpD Celesteela: 114-136 (58.4 – 69.7%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+1 252+ SpA Porygon2 Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 44+ SpD Tapu Fini: 102-122 (57.6 – 68.9%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

252+ SpA Porygon2 Thunderbolt vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Gyarados: 196-232 (115.2 – 136.4%) — guaranteed OHKO

+1 252+ SpA Porygon2 Tri Attack vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Tapu Koko: 123-145 (84.2 – 99.3%) — guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252+ SpA Porygon2 Tri Attack vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Torkoal: 171-202 (96.6 – 114.1%) — 81.3% chance to OHKO

+1 252+ SpA Porygon2 Tri Attack vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Arcanine: 115-136 (58.3 – 69%) — guaranteed 2HKO

Set 4: Till Böhmer
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Porygon2 @ Eviolite
Ability: Download
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 140 Def / 124 SpD
Sassy Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
– Trick Room
– Recover
– Tri Attack
– Shadow Ball

This was the Porygon2 which helped Till finish 12th in the UK International Championship which was designed to take a combination of Garchomp’s Z Earthquake + Thunderbolt from Life Orb Tapu Koko or Raichu’s Z Psychic and standard Psychic from Tapu Lele in Psychic Terrain. This spread shows just how much P2 can be designed to survive and the sorts of combinations you should be calculating when designing your own spread. If you want more information on this particular P2, follow this link to the report on Trainer Tower!

These four spreads provide just a brief insight into what Porygon2 is capable of and things you should keep in mind whilst building a P2 spread to fit onto your team. Because of how popular a Pokémon P2 is in this format, there will always be countless new spreads for you to try out so keep an eye on websites like Trainer Tower and Nugget Bridge for the latest ways to utilise Porygon2!

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