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Community POTW #099

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Time for the next Pokémon of the Week and this week we go to Sinnoh!

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It's Porygon-Z!

 

KyogreThunder

Call of Fate
Porygon-Z
Timid nature
EVs: 4 HP/252 SpAtk/252 Speed
Ability: Adaptability
@Choice Scarf/Life Orb
-Tri Attack
-Psyshock
-Thunderbolt
-Ice Beam/Dark Pulse/Trick
On a related note, should Porygon2 also be included in this POTW?
 

Mestorn

Wandering Battler
Porygon2 already had a POTW:


Porygon-Z, the Evolution to Porygon2 has the troubled history you would expect of an illegal upgrade, whose main benefit is that Porygon2 (the official upgrade) can use Eviolite. Porygon-Z has some obscene highs: its Nasty-Plot Adaptability Hyper Beams can cleave through even Blissey without issue and its Z-Conversion set was incredibly threatening, but each high comes with a catch. Base 90 Speed is fast, but still leaves it outsped by much of the competition. Base 135 Special Attack is great, but misses the mark without boosting. Porygon-Z's movepool is great, but lacks moves to answer Steel types. Oh right, Z-Conversion is no longer a thing and Porygon-Z struggles to abuse Dynamax the same way. Porygon-Z really needs a way to bolster both its Speed and Special Attack simultaneously... And/Or Flamethrower.

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Porygon-Z
Ability: Download
Item: Focus Sash/Chople Berry
-Agility
-Nasty Plot
-Ice Beam
-Thunderbolt
Nature: Modest (+SATK, -ATK) or Timid (+SPE, -ATK)
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SATK / 252 SPE

Double Dance Porygon-Z. Use Agility or Nasty Plot depending on the situation -Agility when going up against faster frailer teams, and Nasty Plot when going up against defensive tanky teams. BoltBeam is chosen for best range of Neutral+Super Effective coverage. Dynamax doesn't do much for this set as Porygon-Z can't boost while D-Maxed. EVs and Nature are to maximize damage. Item is to ensure Porygon-Z lives to boost, as it is rather frail and lacking in resistances. Since we aren't using any normal STAB, Download is the ability of choice, as the possibility of nabbing a Special Attack boost off of Download can turn Porygon-Z into a monster after Agility (Analytics doesn't work as we don't want to take a hit or go 2nd and will use a predicted Switch to setup).

This set needs team support to work at its best as Porygon-Z struggles to find moments to setup. Dual Screens, Sleep are the recommended methods of doing so.
 
MOVESET NAMEPHANTOM PROTOCOL
FORMAT TYPESINGLES
ABILITYADAPTABILITY
NATURERASH
ITEMLIFE ORB
DYNAMAX POTENTIALYES

EFFORT VALUE DISTRIBUTION
252 EVSSPECIAL ATTACK
252 EVSSPEED
4 EVSHP

MOVES
1SHADOW BALL
2TRI ATTACK
3GUARD SWAP
4CONVERSION

EXPLANATION
In this moveset, Porygon-Z makes use of a few type and stat-altering tactics to gain the upperhand over its opponents. It begins by morphing into a Ghost-type using Conversion, completely nullifying its Fighting-type weakness. From here, Porygon-Z can use Shadow Ball as its new STAB and reap the additional boost provided by Adaptability. Porygon-Z can also trade bulk with its opponent using Guard Swap. This grants Porygon-Z an opportunity to simultaneously strengthen both its offense and defense by stealing its opponent’s defense. For this reason, Porygon-Z’s Special Defense should be set low through a Rash nature so that the opponent becomes more vulnerable to special moves when Guard Swap activates. Finally, Tri Attack is incorporated in this moveset to serve as Porygon-Z’s STAB in the event that it is unfavorable to use Conversion to switch its type.

Porygon-Z requires a Life Orb as well as 252 EVs in its Special Attack and Speed stats to facilitate its special moves and outpace opponents. The rest of Porygon-Z’s EVs should go to HP because it is higher than either of Porygon-Z’s defense stats. Porygon-Z should also leave the possibility of Dynamax open because it can use Dynamax to power its STABs and utilize its enhanced bulk after Guard Swap.
 
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