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Community POTW #29

Discussion in 'POTW Collaboration' started by Serebii, Jul 17, 2011.

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  1. Serebii

    Serebii And, as if by magic, the webmaster appeared... Staff Member Admin

    Reno's busy writing the last one so here's the next one


    This week we'll be doing Zekrom, the cover Pokémon of the game Pokémon White


    Zekrom has a great movepool and typing and can be quite decent.

    Go nuts and think outside the box
  2. TimmahX

    TimmahX Well-Known Member


    The Physical alternative to Reshiram, Zekrom is a pure beast when it comes to pile-driving through opponents. Like Reshiram, it has Mold Breaker as an ability, which gives it leeway to hit through Lightningrod and Motor Drive on pokemon like Electrivire, as opposed to Reshiram going through Hetran Flash Fire. Zekrom has a lot of big power moves, but not too much variety in its physical arsenal. This proves to be quite a thorn in it's side, but it's four crucial moves catch a large number of Super Effective hits in Uber Tier.


    Teravolt: A glorified Mold Breaker, which lets Zekrom hit through Lightningrod, Motor Drive, Wonder Guard and Multi-Scale. Well those are the real relevant abilities that Zekrom will be ignoring thanks to it.

    Ride the Lightning
    Item: Choice Scarf / Band
    Ability: Teravolt
    Nature and EVs: Lonely / Naughty. 128 Attack, 128 Special Attack, 252 Speed
    - Bolt Strike
    - Outrage / Dragon Claw
    - Stone Edge
    - Volt Switch

    Zekrom is a dominating force when it comes to Physical Sweeping, but it's Speed unfortunately matches a lot of threats in the Uber tier. Choice Scarf presents a very valid way to get around that problem, but Choice Band could be used to just send it's Attack through the roof or with Trick Room support. Bolt Strike is Zekrom's best attack, with huge power and a nice 20% chance of Paralysis. Outrage offers huge STAB damage and can demolish most of the Uber tier in one or two hits. Dragon Claw is a weaker alternative that doesn't leave you wide open however. Stone Edge. This is where Zekrom's awful movepool begins to shine, as you get no real coverage with this move that you don't already have. Anything in Ubers that's weak to Stone Edge, is likely to be weak to Dragon attacks. This is mainly for OU tier, should Zekrom ever venture down there or should opposition from OU venture up into Ubers. Finally, Volt Switch offers a nice scouting option.

    Mixed Storms
    Item: Life Orb
    Ability: Teravolt
    Nature and EVs: Lonely / Naughty. 128 Attack, 128 Special Attack, 252 Speed
    - Bolt Strike / Thunder
    - Outrage / Dragon Claw / Draco Meteor
    - Focus Blast
    - Volt Switch

    Bolt Strike is the strongest and abuses Zekrom's huge attack, Thunder gets perfect Accuracy in the rain and has a higher Paralysis rate. Outrage is an awesome physical attack that leaves you vulnerable, Dragon Claw offers stability, and Draco Meteor destroys everything, but lowers your Special Attack. Focus Blast stops Dialga, Heatran and Normal Arceus. Volt Switch offers scouting.

    Other Options

    - Fusion Bolt: Has more accuracy than Bolt Strike, but no Paralysis and less power.
    - Hone Claws: An okay boost move to use with Bolt Strike and Stone Edge, but it's not that great.
    - Thunder Wave: Paralysis can be nice in Uber tier, especially since in most non-choice sets, Zekrom can spare a slot due to it's shallow move pool.

    Partners and Double / Triple Battles

    Kyogre, Manaphy, Lugia... you want to stop Special Attacks, Earthquake and other Dragon Types. These guys pretty much cover it. Zekrom really doesn't offer much in the way of help in Double & Triple battles though, it's more of a flying solo Dragon.

    Countering Zekrom

    Groudon ruins Zekrom. Zekrom can't do anything about Groundon without a Hidden Power, and even then, Groundon will just obliterate it with Earthquake. Like Reshiram, revenge killing it works really well. All of the faster Dragon types work for this. Landorous also fairs pretty well against Zekrom.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2011
  3. The Joker.

    The Joker. Gone.

    i spend 2 hours waiting for this to come up hopefully to be the first commenter, go for a shower and come back and im pipped by 2 minutes anyway enough about my sad life so..

    Sets for...

    ZEKROM! The god of THUNDER!

    Item:choice band/life orb
    -Fusion bolt/Stone edge
    -Dragon claw
    -Bolt strike

    Outrage is your main move here and you should be able to land decent damage on most of the uber tier but because it locks
    you into it you can be easily revenge killed, use dragon claw for a softer more reliable and easy to use move. If choice
    band is used then be careful not use electric moves as you can be walled by groudon and garchomp. Bolt strike is more
    powerful than outrage but again you have to be careful with CB. Stone edge for coverage.

    Item:choice scarf
    EV's:252ATK,252SPE,4HP (EV's may need adjusting to accomodate SpAtk with volt change).
    -Volt switch
    -Bolt strike
    -Dragon claw

    Volt switch makes CS a viable option but needs good prediction. The outrage/bolt strike combo should provide very decent
    coverage indeed. Dragon claw is used so you dont have the drawback of being locked into outrage.

    Item:Life orb/?
    -Draco Meteor
    -Bolt strike/fusion bolt
    -Focus blast
    -Volt switch/Dragon claw

    Draco meteor is a devastating move that can do some serious damge ven though SpAtk is his secondary option. Bolt strike
    is a good move in general and can deal with some major threats.Focus blast is for good coverage and the ability to land
    some SE hits on some pokes.Volt switch lets you switch and deal some good damage with SpAtk investment giving you the
    ability to switch in a counter to one of Z's enemies. Dragon claw incase you want a more reliable but softer draco meteor
    but physical.

    Skarmory can defend against garchomp and dugtrio (both could assassinate the big Z)
    Kyogre can defend agaist ground types which would give Z hassle.
    Any pokemon that can set up entry hazards
    Groudon can defend against Excadrill (who is resistant to Z's Dragon STAB and immune to his Electric STAB)

    Excadrill can (for reasons above) take Zekroms hits and dish out a SE STAB earthquake
    Wobbufett can stop zekrom from running and OHKO him.
    It should be mentioned Ferrothorn resists zekroms stabs aswell but cannot do much
    Groudon is immune to one STAB but can be 2HKO by outrage but if he survives he can deal a STAB Earthquake

    Zekrom is much cooler than Reshiram but not as good IMO. He lacks a wide movepool which many Uber pokemon have to
    work with which make them so awsome. Also his weaknesses are very common moves in the Uber envrionment(Ground,
    Ice and Dragon).His base 90 speed makes him slow by comparison in ubers. Zekrom is a good pokemon but limited by his
    type and his movepool and also a tiny bit by his stats (But 150 ATK is not something you want to be on the end of.).
    Zekrom is definitely a contender.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2011
  4. Warmenx

    Warmenx New Member

    I have been waiting for Zekrom to be revealed.

    Zekrom is a great Physical Attacker. The only down side is that there are not enough good attacks that could benefit its ability.

    Fusion Bolt/ Bolt Strike
    Dragon Claw
    Zen Headbutt

    Item: Life Orb or Muscle Band
  5. Lucario At Service

    Lucario At Service Calm Trainer

    Here is my set for Zekrom,


    Ability: Teravolt
    Hold Item: Life Orb / Choice Band / Choice Scarf

    Nature: Adament/Jolly
    EVs: 4 HP/ 252 Atk/ 252 Spd

    - Hone Claws
    - Bolt Strike
    - Outrage
    - Crunch/Shadow Claw/Stone Edge

    A pure physical set for Zekrom.

    "Hone Claws" is the only stat boosting move Zekrom gets, but as it is a physical inclined pokemon it really benefits from it.

    Also its more powerful signature move "Bolt Strike" benefits from "Hone Claws" because it increases the moves accuracy.

    Outrage is really wonderful because of its power.

    The last slot is the filler slot, "Crunch" has almost similar coverage that of "Shadow Claw" but the difference in those two moves is that "Shadow Claw" won't do any damage against Arceus in its basic form (and 'Meloetta' in both her forms when it is released).

    Where as "Stone Edge" gives some minor coverage in the Uber Tier, but Zekrom have both STAB Electic & Dragon moves which makes it kind of useless to be used since most on the Uber pokemon who are weak to Rock moves are also weak to either Electric or Dragon type moves except a few like Shaymin (Sky Forme), Entei, Regice, Thundurus and Uber pokemons similar to them.

    The only problem "Zekrom" has in this set is that it doesn't learn any good physical Fighting type moves. And thats why this set has no good counters for pokemons like Tyranitar, Dialga & Heatran.


    Ability: Teravolt
    Hold Item: Life Orb / Choice Specs / Choice Scarf

    Nature: Modest/Timid
    EVs: 16 Atk/ 240 SAtk/ 252 Spd

    - Draco Meteor/Outrage
    - Thunder/Thunderbolt
    - Focus Blast
    - Crunch/Shadow Claw/Stone Edge

    Even though this set is more special inclined, but still this set can easily be used as a mixed set.

    The main point of this set is "Focus Blast" which it can use to counter pokemons like Tyranitar, Dialga & Heatran.


    Ability: Teravolt
    Hold Item: Life Orb / Leftovers / Expert Belt

    Nature: Quiet
    EVs: 4 HP/ 252 Atk/ 252 SAtk

    - Payback
    - Fusion Bolt
    - Draco Meteor/Outrage
    - Focus Blast

    This is also a mixed set, but this set makes Zekrom slower and hence the use of Payback.

    Here Zekrom's weaker signature attack "Fusion Bolt" is used instead of "Bolt Strike" because of the loss of accuracy BS has over FB and since this set doesn't have "Hone Claws", the loss of accuracy can be troublesome.


    Weakness: Because "Zekrom" can't learn any physical Ground, Fire or Ice moves (in special its only options is "Hidden Power"), it is a bit difficult for it to counter pokemons like Groudon & Metagross.

    Other Option (for attacking):

    - Dragon Claw: An physical alternate to Outrage, low on power but doesn't have the confusion side-effect.
    - Dragon Tail: A weak physical attack, but can be used to mess-up the opponents strategy.
    - Volt Switch: A weak special attack option, but can be used to escape from difficult situation.
    - Charge Beam: A weak special attack, but it is the only move which boost Zekrom's special stat.
    - Shadow Ball: A special attack option for taking down the Psychic & Ghost types.
    - Ancient Power: A Rock type special attack option with low attack power but has the chance of boosting all the stats.
    - Hyper Voice: A special attack option which would do normal damage to most of the Uber Tier pokemons (except for Steel & Ghost types).
    - Hidden Power: The useful types for HP which Zekrom can use are - Ground, Fire, Ice.
  6. TM0verlord

    TM0verlord PSN ID is on sig

    Zekrom Has some great physical power and a good special attack power

    Mixed Zekrom
    Zekrom@Life Orb
    EVs: 252 Speed/200 Attack/56 Sp. Attack
    -Fusion Bolt/Thunder
    -Outrage/Draco Meteor
    -Stone Edge

    Fusion Bolt is one Zekrom's physical STAB moves. It's its most reliable electric STAB move(Bolt Strike could be used for its stronger power, but its unreliable.). Thunder should only be used if you have a Kyogre in your team. Outrage is a 130 physical base power 2-3 turn STAB attack that confuses you after it ends. It pack quite a punch coming off a 150 base attack stat. Draco Meteor is a 140 base power special STAB move and lowers your special attack stat by 2 stages. It hurts any physical wall hard. Crunch is there for the many Psychic types in Ubers. Stone Edge is there to hit Ho-oh for X4 super effective damage.

    Making Choices
    Zekrom@Choice Band/Scarf
    Ability: Teravolt
    Nature: Jolly/Adamant
    EVs: 252 Attack/252 Speed/6 HP
    -Fusion Bolt/Bolt Strike
    -Stone Edge/Volt Switch

    Use a Choice band if you're running Jolly and Choice scarf if you're running Adamant. Fusion Bolt/Bolt Strike your one of your STAB moves and they pack quite a punch when using a choice band. Outrage is your other STAB move. Crunch is there for the Psychics and Stone Edge is there to hit Ho-oh very hard. Volt switch could be used to damage the foe and switch out at the same time.

    Other Options
    Psychic: Just a special move that lowers the foe's special defense
    Shadow Ball: See Psychic (Expect it hits psychic types and ghost types for super effective damage. A special crunch.)
    Dual Screens: Zekrom could run dual screens with its natural bulk.
    Thunder Wave: Paralyzes the foe and is another support move.
    Dragon Tail: Only useful if you want to phaze the foe.
    Focus Blast: A Special fighting type move that has unreliable accuracy.
    Hone Claws: It's Zekrom's only way to raise its attack. A set could work with the following moves: Hone Claws/Bolt Strike/Stone Edge/Dragon Claw.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2011
  7. ryan9696

    ryan9696 New Member


    Overview: Zekrom is an all around beastly legendary bringing something totally new to the uber tier. with a decent movepool and being one of the few amazing ubers to not have pressure, Zekrom is a strong contender. the physical aspect is useful against many of the common ubers such as mewtwo and kyogre, although leave it with a limited moveset. Its main downfall though is an inability to recatch it in the game, forcing you to end up with a poor nature unless you took the time to somehow fill all your boxes.

    Zekrom: all out attack mode
    Item:choice band/life orb/perism berry
    Nature: Jolly
    Ability: Teravolt
    *Bolt Strike
    *Stone edge

    Outrage being the dragon powerhouse move. the confusion from outrage can be cured with a perism berry if you so choose, but this strategy only works if you anticipate your opponent not having a choice killer. bolt strike is Zekroms signature move dealing massive loads of damage especially with STAB, although accuracy is an issue. Stone edge is Zekrom's next strongest move which is good against his counterpart Reshiram. Fly would allow you to escape from moves that take more than one turn, and crunch is good against ubers like cresselia and Mewtwo. Choice band to increase attack, life orb for all damage, pretty basic.

    Speedy Zekrom:
    Item:choice scarf
    Nature: Jolly
    Ability: Teravolt
    *Bolt Strike
    *volt switch

    Same idea as before, but choice scarf to speed it up. this ones designed to hit hard, then avoid attacks using fly or flee using volt switch. not my recommended set, but good for a jam

    Other options?
    *Dragon claw for avoiding outrages annoying confusion and continuos usage
    *shadow claw to take out ghost and psychic, but not as good as crunch
    *draco meteor to do sp. attack damage, but may require reworking stats/evs
    *Zen Headbutt for a psychic attack, but not totally practical with little in the ubers being weak against psychic. fly would take out fighting and theres other pokemon you could use

    anything that can cover ice or ground, being the most common types Zekrom has troubles countering. kyogre with ice beam and surf works well, and skamoray has some good moves against figthing, as well as resisting garchomp, a major enemy

    choice garchomp outspeeds you and can take you out if your not careful
    exadrill resist Zekrom and has earthquake to match
    groudon resists Zekrom and has ground STAB
    Kyogre has ice beam which could be useful, as i've seen it often OHKO Zekrom, but its easily stopped by bolt strike

    I like Zekrom, but not being able to catch it at a good time really can be a thorn in its side
  8. daveshan

    daveshan My little friend

    And now for Something Completely Different
    Item: Life orb
    Nature: Adamant
    EV's:/252 Attack, 252 Speed, 4 HP
    -Thunder Wave/Rock Tomb
    -Hone Claw
    -Bolt Strike
    -Outrage/Dragon claw

    Bring this thing out against something it'll scare away and use T-Wave or Rock Tomb on the switch. From there, use Hone Claw if you think it's safe and proceed to demolish your foe.

    Rock Tomb may be used as another (very powerful) attack after Hone Claw is used. Also, if someone sees their speed has dropped, but not permanently, they may switch out. The order of Hone Claw and which ever speed-crippling move you want to use may also be switched depending on how gutsy you're feeling
  9. Haru Glory

    Haru Glory 3DS: 1864-9474-4763

    Scratching Zekrom

    Zekrom @ Life Orb
    Ability: Teravolt
    Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
    EVs: 4 HP/252 Atk/252 Spe
    - Hone Claws
    - Bolt Strike
    - Outrage
    - Crunch

    HC for Attack and Accuracy boost, useful for BS.
    BS and Outrage as HUGE STAB moves.
    Crunch for coverage.
  10. im not a fan of legendaries but here i GOOOOOOOOOOO!


    Zkrom@Light Clay
    252 Def 252 Hp 130 Spdef
    Light screen
    Thunder wave/Swagger
    Fusion bolt/Bolt strike

    All out physical attacker

    Zkrom@Life orb/Expert belt/Choice band/scarf
    252 Att 252 Spd 4 Hp
    Fusion bolt/Bolt strike
    Dragon claw/Outrage
    Crunch/Zen headbutt/Dragon tail
    Rock slide/Stone edge

    All out Special attacker

    Zkrom@Life orb/Expert belt/Choice specs/scarf
    252 Spatt 252 Spd 4 Hp
    Focus blast/Psychic/Shadow ball
    Draco meteor
    Volt switch

    Mixed NUFF SAID

    Zkrom@life orb/Expert belt
    128 Att 128 Spatt 252 Spd
    Bolt strike/Thunder
    Outrage/Draco meteor
    Focus blast

    This is a set up! :p

    Zkrom@Life orb/Expert belt
    252 Att 252 Spd 4 HP
    Hone claws
    Bolt strike
    Stone edge

    so.... yeah tell me what you think about my sets
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2011
  11. jr0904

    jr0904 Beginning Trainer

    Mixed set. Can also work in doubles.

    Nature: Naive/Hasty
    Item: Life Orb/Leftovers

    Bolt Strike
    Hidden Power ( Ice/Grass )
    Draco Metor
    Fusion Bolt / Focus Blast

    Bolt Strike for STAB

    Hidden Power Ice to remove dragon types and ground types , especially the overused Garchomp & Hidden Power Grass is for hitting Groudon hard

    Draco Metor is your main special STAB for oppents that dont resist dragon moves.

    Focus Blast is mainly for taking out Tyranitar and Blissey.

    His Signature move Fusion Bolt is also an option for a 2nd electric STAB since the Ubers are filled with opponents with Pressure will drain Bolt Strike preety quickly in a stalled battle, though it's primary use is in double battles to get the power boost from Reshiram's Fusion Flare.

    Life Orb is for power and Leftovers is mainly for partial recovery in dragged out battles &, basically recovery from Fusion Flare damage
  12. ReshiramF

    ReshiramF New Member

    Bolt Strike/Fusion Bolt
    Outrage/Dragon Claw
    Stone Edge/Crunch/Shadow Claw/Return/Hone Claws
    Stone Edge/Crunch/Shadow Claw/Return/Hone Claws
    Item Attached:Choise Band/Choise Scarf/Life Orb/Leftovers
    EVs and Natures:4 HP/252 Atk/252 Spd
    Adamant Nature(+Atk,-SAtk)/Jolly Nature(+Spd,-SAtk)

    Bolt Strike is same as Blue Flare, its only Electric type, physical and can paralyze. Fusion Bolt is with Reshiram the best. Outrage is Powerful, but there is the confusion, thats why there is Dragon Claw. Stone Edge is mostly for Ice, Crunch is for Ghosts and Psychics, Shadow Claw is a little weaker than Crunch, but has high critical-hit ratio. Return is for neutral hitting. Hone Claws boost you Attack and accuracy. The accurasy boost is only for Bolt Strike and Stone Edge.

    Partners:Kyogre and Palkia for removing Groudon

    Contering Zekrom:Biggest counter is Excadriil. Resisting everything Zekrom throws at it and whipe it out with STAB Earthquake.
  13. spentendo

    spentendo One with my dragons

    Counters: Zekrom has no way of hitting steels super effectively. It has STAB electric attacks, but there are decent steels that resist it. Aside from Bolt Strike, Zekrom cannot touch steels. If you dare to use them in ubers, Ferrothorn, Steelix, Excadrill and Magnezone The former two have a buttload of defense and Zekrom can't do a thing to them. Groudon can come in on just about anything Zekrom has and wall it into oblivion while hitting back with STAB Earthquake.
  14. frogofdoom555

    frogofdoom555 (>:O) FFFFFFUUUUUU

    Hmm. Well, Zekrom should deserve a lot of good physical moves, but sadly, that's not the case. So here's my move set.

    Ability: Terravoltage
    Nature: Modest
    EVs: 252 Sp. Attack/ 58 Defense/ 58 Sp. Def.

    Draco Meteor
    Focus Blast

    Thunderbolt and Draco Meteor are for
    STAB, while Draco Meteor covers Dragon Types. Flamethrower covers Ice Types, while Focus Blast covers Ground Types. Focus Sash makes sure SASHROM stays in the game.

    It's amazing what you can do with Zekrom. This is my way. Hopefully you'll find your own way. Bye!


  15. Jeggyg

    Jeggyg Veteran Nerd

    Item: Light Clay
    Nature: Jolly
    Ability: Teravolt
    Light Screen
    Volt Switch
    Bolt Strike
    EV's 252 Spd, 128 Hp, 128 Atk.
    Ok, the idea is to set up screens, then switch out, or use bolt strike to Smoooosh!

    Item: White Herb
    Nature: Timid
    Ability: Teravolt
    Draco Meteor
    Bolt Strike/Thunder
    Thunder Wave
    EV's 252 SpAtk, 252 Spd, 4 Hp
    Ok, so draco meteor lowers your special attack, but it's his strongest move. Period. So it works, when you have Haze it removes the special attack drop, and any buffs the opponent has, perfect for baton passing teams... which the Uber tier is so full of...
    Bolt Strike is for some physical OOMPH, but if you wish you can use Thunder on account of a max investment in special attack.
    Thunder Wave is just to provide some status to throw around.

    Item: Choice Band
    Nature: Adamant
    Ability: Teravolt
    Bolt Strike
    Stone Edge
    Shadow Claw/ Crunch/ Zen Headbut
    EV's 252 Atk, 252 Spd, 4 Hp.
  16. 10speed12

    10speed12 Member

    Black dragon of DOOM.
    EV's:252 Attack, 252 Speed, leftovers in Hp.

    Bolt Stirke
    Outrage/Dragon Claw
    Hone Claws
    Stone Edge/Shadow Claw/Return

    Item:Muscle Band/Life Orb

    Blot Strike gets a STAB plus HUGE offensive capabilites and better accuracy then Thunder. Outrage also gets a STAB and has high destructive cappabilities. Dragon claw is for people who don't like the confusion side affect. Hone claws makes all attacks more reliable and effcient. Stone edge has high damage powers, Shadow claw hurts ghosts, and Return has high powers at max happiness and hit almost anything without worrying about types.
  17. asterat

    asterat Banned

    Zekrom has a disgustingly huge attackstat and disgustingly powerful stab moves to add to it.
    Zekrom@ choice band
    -bolt strike
    -shadow claw
    -stone edge
    PLWER! this set let's zekrom kil everything and everything! Power!
  18. TM0verlord

    TM0verlord PSN ID is on sig

  19. epicgarchomp24

    epicgarchomp24 The Garchomp Master

    Aaaah. I've been waiting for this for a long time. The gigantic dragon/electric uber with a stupidly powerful base 150 attack stat. Yeah, this is a force to be reckoned with.

    Crank up the Voltage:
    Nature: Adamant
    Item: Life Orb/Magnet
    -Bolt Strike
    -Zen Headbutt/Crunch/Dragon Tail
    -Stone Edge/Volt Switch

    Ok lets talk options. Bolt Strike has 130 base power with a base 150 attack and STAB. Add a magnet/ life orb and you have more power. Who doesn't like that? Outrage is gonna hit for your other STAB move with base 120 power which is all fine and dandy. Run persim or lum berry if you hate the confusion. Stone Edge is also very powerful but provides coverage against those annoying ice types. The accuracy is low however. Volt Switch is ther if you want to run and gain switch advantage. Magnet powers it up a bit. Zen Headbutt is cool as it can get flinches and Crunch can get Defense drops making Zekrom ever more dangerous. They are both for coverage. Dragon Tail gets STAB but has negative priority but you can remove sweepers and erase stat changes.
  20. Sceptile Leaf Blade

    Sceptile Leaf Blade Well-Known Member

    Zekrom is cool. Like Reshiram, it doesn't find much use for moves that aren't boosted by STAB. Unlike Reshiram, it doesn't get a weather boost, but in return it gets Hone Claws as a stat boosting move, while Reshiram gets no stat boosting moves at all (apart from Hone Claws which is useless on special pokémon).

    Simple, and straightforward

    Zekrom @ Life Orb
    Jolly nature
    252 Atk, 252 Speed, 4 HP
    -Hone Claws
    -Bolt Strike
    -Dragon Claw / Thunder Wave / Toxic / Substitute / Dragon Tail / Reflect / Light Screen / Safeguard / Special STAB move

    Zekroms lack of movepool is pretty obvious here. Even though Zekrom is a dragon, it doesn't get Dragon Dance, Swords Dance, or Bulk Up. So it has to do with Hone Claws. It also doesn't get Dragon Rush for some reason, no idea why, but it lacks it. In my opinion Rayquaza is a better physical offensive dragon, since it gets Dragon Dance, Swords Dance, Bulk Up, as well as some other toys like Extremespeed and Ray is also faster. I think Groudon is also a better physical powerhouse. Same base Atk and speed, but Groudon gets Swords Dance and has a better ability.

    Anyway, Hone Claws is Zekroms way of getting power. After a hone claws it hits hard, and the accuracy boost makes Bolt Strike 100% accurate. Bolt Strike is Zekroms signature move. It's powerful, deadly, evil, and gets plenty of super effective hits. This move is Kyogres worst nightmare, although Ho-oh and Lugia also don't like being hit with this move on their weaker defensive stat. Outrage is outrage. Powerful, and hits the dragons that resist Bolt Strike for Super effective damage. The final move is basically a filler. Dragon Claw is an option (why don't you get Dragon Rush??) for a reliable dragon attack if you still want to be able to switch out at any time, Thunder Wave cripples sweepers, Toxic cripples defensive pokémon like Deoxys defence form, Substitute provides a defensive buffer, Dragon tail is shuffling support, defensive screens have their usual merits, Safeguard prevents status, and a special move can be used for physical walls.

    The main reason why I don't add one of Zekroms non-STAB physical moves here is because they don't really help out Zekrom that much. For Stone Edge, Flying types are already hit hard by Bolt Strike, it only hits Ho-oh very slightly harder than Bolt Strike does (390 base power vs 400 base power), Rayquaza is hit harder with Outrage, and there aren't really any bugs, ice, or fire types in Ubers that it would be useful against (Reshiram is also hit harder by Outrage). Crunch is even worse off. Even though it catches lots of super effective hits, a neutrally hitting Outrage or Bolt Strike hits harder than a super effective Crunch. Also, apart from Shedinja there is truly nothing in the entire game that is hit harder by Crunch than by STAB Outrage. Zekrom doesn't even need Bolt Strike to make Crunch useless.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2011
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