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The best guide on how to play Tyranitar in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, matchups, and more!

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Tyranitar Latest Nerfs & Buffs (9/28)

Version 1.7.1.7 Patch Notes

Tyranitar Changes (September 28)
Standard Attack Image
Standard Attack
• Fixed an issue where some of all of the effects were not applied when using moves.

Standard Attack

1.7.1.7 Fixed an issue where some of all of the effects were not applied when using moves.

Dark Pulse

1.7.1.2 Damage reduced from 1564 to 1452 (-7%) initial damage and 472 to 442 (-6%) bonus damage.

Ancient Power

1.7.1.2 Shield effect weakened. Movement speed bonus decreased.

Tyrannical Rampage

1.7.1.2 Normal Attacks during the UNITE Move no longer crit.

Tyranitar Basic Info

Tyranitar
Tyranitar.jpg
Tier Rating: A Rank Icon

Role: All-Rounder
Attack Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Difficulty: Intermediate
Cost:
"Go on a rampage with this tyrannical Melee All-Rounder that’s ready to rock Aeos Island. Experience Ancient Power, and crush the competition!"

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Tyranitar Best Lanes

Top Icon.pngTop Jungle Icon.pngJungle Bot Icon.pngBottom
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Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Has execute moves.
✔︎ Deals passive area damage via Sand Stream.
✔︎ Low-cooldown moves.
✖︎ Slow scaling during the early to mid game.

Best Builds for Tyranitar

Tyranitar Builds

Dark Pulse Build

Dark Pulse Build
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Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Attack: +30
Defense: +30
Sp. Def: +30
Attack Speed: +7.50%
HP: +210
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Jungle Recommendation Yes Jungle
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
HP
Attack
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Movement Speed
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

This build is centered on improving Dark Pulse's damage and effect using Ancient Power. Remember to use Ancient Power first before Dark Pulse to trigger the additional effects.

Muscle Band increases your damage and attack speed to help you in the early game. Weakness Policy provides HP and damage, and works well with Ancient Power's shields, boosting your Attack stat as you soak damage. Focus Band boosts your static defenses and gives you a survivability tool as you charge enemies. However, you can also equip Buddy Barrier as a substitute for Focus Band.

X Speed works well with Ancient Power since it prevents you from slowing down while charging.

Your Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Brown Emblems for maximum damage and 4 White Emblems for additional HP. Equip Emblems that improve Attack or HP since you need to balance damage and durability. You can freely trade Sp. Atk and Movement Speed.

Crowd Control Build

Crowd Control Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Attack: +15
Defense: +30
Sp. Def: +30
HP: +660
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
HP
Defense
Sp. Def
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Movement Speed
Critical-Hit Rate
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

This is a defensive build focusing on providing AoE damage and crowd control during teamfights via Stone Edge, Sand Tomb, and Sand Stream.

Weakness Policy is your only damage item, increasing your Attack stat as you take damage. Focus Band and Buddy Barrier provide the durability and survivability you need as you initiate fights.

Slow Smoke gives you another crowd control tool to work with and synergizes well with your moves, allowing you to keep enemies inside Sand Tomb longer. However, you can equip Eject Button or X Speed for better mobility to set up your moves.

Your Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 4 Blue and Purple Emblems for better defenses and 2 White Emblems for a bit of HP. Equip Emblems that improve Sp. Def, Defense, or HP since you'll be initiating fights and need to be as durable as possible. You can freely trade Sp. Atk, Critical-Hit Rate, and Movement Speed.

Jungle Rampage Build

Jungle Rampage Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Attack: +30
Attack Speed: +7.50%
HP: +210
Cooldown: -4.50%
Unite Move Charge Rate: +6%
Pokemon UNITE - Jungle Recommendation Yes Jungle
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
Attack
Critical-Hit Rate
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Movement Speed
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

This is a jungle build centered on maximizing Tyranitar's attack damage during Tyrannical Rampage in the hopes of triggering its instant knockout effect. Dark Pulse and Ancient Power will act as complementary tools to aid in executing the build.

Muscle Band and Weakness Policy greatly improves your attacks during Tyrannical Rampage by boosting your Attack stat and Attack Speed. However, if you want to concentrate on critical-hits, replace Weakness Policy with Scope Lens. Energy Amplifier increases your Unite Move recharge rate, gives you a slight move cooldown reduction, and adds another layer of damage when you activate Tyrannical Rampage.

X Attack further improves your attacks through increased Attack stat and faster Attack Speed.

Your Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Brown Emblems for maximum damage and 4 White Emblems for additional HP. Equip Emblems that improve Attack or Critical-Hit Rate since you need to deal as much damage as you can with your attacks. You can freely trade Sp. Atk and Movement Speed.

Tyranitar Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Explanation
Attack Weight.pngAttack Weight Every stack of Attack Weight increases Tyranitar's Attack stat by a significant amount. Once you reach the full six (6) stacks, Tyranitar's damage will be through the roof.
Aeos Cookie.pngAeos Cookie Every stack of Aeos Cookie increases Tyranitar's HP stat by a significant amount. Once you reach the full six (6) stacks, Tyranitar's health will rival even the sturdiest of Defenders.
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier Buddy Barrier gives extra shields when Tyranitar activates its Unite move. This, together with the bonus HP, helps protect Tyranitar while it wreaks havoc during Tyrannical Rampage.
Energy Amplifier.pngEnergy Amplifier Energy Amplifier provides extra firepower for a short time after Tyranitar activates its Unite Move. It also increases its unite's move's recharge rate.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band Focus Band gives Tyranitar extra protection when it engages in combat. It also gives the Pokemon extra survivability during the early game.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band Muscle Band increases Tyranitar's damage output when it deals Standard Attacks. The extra damage piled up with each attack will be significant and works well with Tyranitar's aggressive playstyle.
Weakness Policy.pngWeakness Policy Since Tyranitar will almost always be in combat, Weakness Policy helps convert the damage it sustains into extra attack power so it can fight back.

List of Held Items

Best Battle Items

Item Explanation
Slow Smoke.pngSlow Smoke Slow Smoke gives Tyranitar extra crowd control for maintaining its distance to its target. You can also use it to get out of danger when things go awry.
Eject Button.pngEject Button Eject Button gives Tyranitar a quick and easy way to engage or disengage during combat.
X Speed.pngX Speed X Speed gives Tyranitar a more consistent way of increasing its mobility. This item makes up for Tyranitar's slow movement and lack of proper mobility moves.
Potion.pngPotion Potion makes Tyranitar even sturdier by recovering HP in an instant. This will allow the Pokemon to stay in fights longer.

List of Battle Items

Best Moveset

Move Explanation
Dark Pulse ImageDark Pulse Dark Pulse is a low-cooldown damage move that can also disable targets. It also directly improves Ancient Power's effects.
Ancient Power ImageAncient Power Ancient Power improves Tyranitar's mobility while also giving it a massive shield, making it useful in various scenarios. It also has a direct synergy with Dark Pulse.

If you want an aggressive playstyle, choose Dark Pulse and Ancient Power for a simpler and quicker combo. If you want a teamfight-oriented playstyle, learn Stone Edge and Sand Tomb for the area damage and crowd control effects.

Which Moveset Do You Think Is Best For Tyranitar?

Dark Pulse & Ancient Power 81
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Dark Pulse & Sand Tomb 43
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Stone Edge & Ancient Power 6
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Stone Edge & Sand Tomb 6
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Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Previous Poll Result

Dark Pulse & Ancient Power 102
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Dark Pulse & Sand Tomb 14
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Stone Edge & Ancient Power 14
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Stone Edge & Sand Tomb 26
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How to Play Tyranitar

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Change your Playstyle for Each Passive Ability

Ability Effect Playstyle
Guts ImageGuts Increases Attack stat when triggered. Get aggressive only while the effect lasts, disengage immediately once it expires.
Shed Skin ImageShed Skin Removes status conditions and grants a shield. Get aggressive once triggered but don't overextend.
Sand Stream ImageSand Stream Increases defenses and deals overtime damage around Tyranitar. Get aggressive once triggered and stick to your targets.

Since your passive ability changes as you evolve, you also need to change how you play for each evolution stage to make the most out of them. All of Tyranitar's moves have a unique effect and mechanic that makes them more effective. Read their descriptions thoroughly to understand their effects and mechanics so you can fully utilize them in games.

Get to Level 9 Quickly

Tyranitar's final evolution happens when you reach level 9. This will be the time that Tyranitar will get its power-spike as it will learn its next set of move upgrades, making Tyranitar a late-game Pokemon. It is important that you seek out and farm all the Wild Pokemon during the early game.

Take the Jungle

The safest and most efficient way to reach level 9 quickly is by taking the jungler role for the team, allowing you to get all exp. in the central area. However, you still do need to be careful and not be too aggressive when you rotate to lanes to help your allies. Your main priority should still be to reach level 9 as fast as possible.

Jungle Guide and Best Junglers

Secure the First Regieleki Spawn

Since you are racing towards level 9, getting the first Regieleki spawn is top priority. When captured, it will give you and your allies extra EXP to reach higher levels and puts pressure on the enemy's top lane.

Regieleki Guide: How to Steal and Buffs

Plan Ahead with Your Damaging Move

Since you will depend on Rock Polish for the whole early to mid-game, picking either Dark Pulse or Stone Edge as your move upgrade will be key in how Tyranitar will be able to act once it fully evolves. Both moves offer similar, melee-ranged damage, but have key differences that can be beneficial in certain situations.

Get More Damage with Stone Edge

Because Tryanitar stands in place when it uses the move, Stone Edge is not as versatile compared to Dark Pulse. However, once activated, you will be able to use the move an additional two times with each subsequent activation having an increased radius, giving it a higher damage potential. Combine this with Sand Stream, and you will be able to continuously trigger the sand storm as you activate Stone Edge multiple times.

Stone Edge: Tyranitar Move Effect and Cooldown

Get Stuns and Mobility with Dark Pulse

Dark Pulse offers more maneuverability since you can still control Tyranitar while the move is in effect. This also gives you a chance to increase the size of the area of effect and hit more enemies.

Like Bite, Dark Pulse can stun targets when their HP reaches a certain threshold. This gives you a bit more time to deal damage to opponents once you get in range.

Dark Pulse: Tyranitar Move Effect and Cooldown

Get More Value with Sand Stream Using Moves

Once Tyranitar fully evolves, it will have access to its premier move, Sand Stream. The passive ability allows you to generate a sand storm around Tyranitar that will deal continuous damage to all enemies within it. It will trigger every time you use a move. Fortunately, Tyranitar will also learn its next move upgrade together with Sand Stream, which allows you to get more value out of the activation with stuns and an increase in mobility.

Sand Stream: Tyranitar Passive Effect and Cooldown

Affect a Wider Area with Sand Tomb

Sand Tomb covers a large area with a sand storm. Combine this with Sand Stream, and you will get a zone that will surely give opponents a hard time getting out without a scratch. Moreover, the move allows Tyranitar to quickly jump to the targeted area, making it a great initiating move that can pressure grouped enemies.

Sand Tomb: Tyranitar Move Effect and Cooldown

Get Consistent Triggers with Ancient Power

Ancient Power gives Tyranitar more flexibility when you want to get consistent Sand Stream triggers. Note that the move's cooldown will continue as you trigger its second activation. Charging the move will allow Tyranitar to have an increase in movement speed and hindrance resistance, making it great for pushing through the enemy team and getting a good position before creating a sand storm.

Ancient Power: Tyranitar Move Effect and Cooldown

Take the Front Lines When Fully Evolved

Once Tyranitar fully evolves and learns all of its moves, it will be more capable of facing the opposing team head-on. Most of its moves will provide the Pokemon with extra defenses if chained properly, making the front lines the best place to put Tyranitar.

Effectively Defend or Attack Goal Zones

Because of Tyranitar's Sand Stream ability covering a large area, it is great for pushing lanes, especially if it is supported properly. Additionally, Sand Stream is also effective for preventing opponents from scoring thanks to Sand Stream. Once triggered, opponents will have a hard time scoring goals because of the continuous damage the sand storm deals.

Lead the Charge Against Objectives

While Tyranitar is more than capable of taking on objectives solo, it is still best to lead your team when securing objectives. Whether it's taking Regieleki or pushing lanes, staying in front and making space for your team to set up their moves should be your gameplay.

Activate Tyrannical Rampage Mid-Combat

Make sure to set up all your moves first before activating Tyrannical Rampage. This way, you can focus on spamming attacks while also having Sand Stream in effect. Note that, while Tyrannical Rampage is active, you will still be able to use your moves. Use them in conjunction with Standard Attacks to get Sand Stream triggers and maximize your damage output!

Tyrannical Rampage: Tyranitar Move Effect and Cooldown

Aim for Low HP Opponents

Tyrannical Rampage has a special effect where you can instantly knock down an opponent if their HP reaches a certain threshold. Once activated, opposing Pokemon near you will have bars in their HP that indicates the amount to trigger the move's effect. To get the best value, make sure to whittle down the enemy's HP first with moves and Sand Stream.

Tyranitar Progression and Leveling Guide

Top or Bottom Lane Guide

Level Objectives
1 - 5 • Secure as many wild Pokemon as you can to level up quickly and learn either Stone Edge or Dark Pulse
• If you are at the bottom lane, prioritize taking Indeedees for more EXP. Otherwise, make sure to secure as many extra Baltoy in the Top Lane.
• Try to get the Baltoy spawns near your lane for extra EXP. Have your lane partner defend the goal zone while you farm.
• When the first Altaria and Swablu spawn in the middle of the lane, deal the shot with an AoE Dark Pulse or Stone Edge. After that, use Rock Polish to get back to safety.
• Unless they are over-extending, do not seek out opponents to knock down as falling in the early game means that you are losing time to get EXP and reach your move upgrades.
6 - 9 • Rotate to the first Regice, Registeel, or Regirock spawn and help your allies secure it. When you do, get aggressive and knock down opponents to open up the bottom lane goal zone for you and your allies to score. Otherwise, retreat and continue farming Wild Pokemon until you fully evolve.
• If you have stacking scoring items like Attack Weight or Aeos Cookie, you can now aim at scoring quick goals to get the bonuses. Help your allies secure Regieleki if it is still present.
• Reach level 9 and get Tyrannical Rampage. Use it when the next objective spawn appears.
10+ • Once you have all your moves learned, you can now actively seek out opponents to fight. However, make sure to have a couple of allies with you for backup as you lead the charge with Sand Stream on the front lines.
• Reach at least level 13 before or when Rayquaza spawns for a fully-upgraded moveset
• During the Rayquaza fight, activate Tyrannical Rampage near Rayquaza when its HP is low. The combination of your attacks and Sand Stream will give you a better chance of securing Rayquaza.

Jungle Guide

Level Objectives
1 - 5 • Clear the first wave of jungle camps and level up to level 5. Use Rock Polish to cover more ground while also dealing damage. Then, transition to the lane that is closest to you.
• Hide in the tall grass and wait for the opposing team to over-extend. Engage the opponent with Rock Polish, then immediately follow it up with a Dark Pulse or Stone Edge, for a surprise attack. However, when the gank fails, do not chase targets towards goal zones.
• If the opportunity presents itself, score your accumulated Aeos Energy.
• Help the lane secure the Altaria and Swablu. Then, secure all the available Baltoy in the middle of the map before returning to the jungle area.
6 - 9 • Clear the second wave of jungle camps to level up more. At this point, you should aim to be at level 8 after farming.
• Help the bottom lane by securing Altaria and Swablus, getting kills, and scoring points.
• If possible, reach level 9, fully evolve, and get Tyranical Rampage before or when Regice, Registeel, or Regirock spawns. Use everything you have to help your allies secure the objective.
• Secure the Regieleki spawn after Regice, Registeel, or Regirock.
10+ • At this point, you can go back to the jungle to get more EXP or stick with your allies to hunt targets, secure objectives, and push lanes to utilize Sand Stream.
• Reach level 13 before or when Rayquaza spawns for a fully-upgraded moveset.
• Make sure you have Tyrannical Rampage available when Rayquaza spawns.
• During the Rayquaza fight, activate Tyrannical Rampage near Rayquaza when its HP is low. The combination of your attacks and Sand Stream will give you a better chance of securing Rayquaza.

Tyranitar Combos

Rock Smack Combo

Rock Smack Combo
Rock Polish IconStandard Attack Icon (Boosted Attack) ► Bite IconStandard Attack Icon ~

Rock PolishStandard Attack (Boosted Attack) ► BiteStandard Attack ~
This is Tyranitar's early game combo for bursting down over extending opponents. Start by having your boosted attack ready. Then, engage the target with a Rock Polish. Once you are close, use your boosted attack to deal increased damage. Activate Bite to stun the target in place. Proceed to bombard the target with Standard Attacks.

Upgraded Rock Smack Combo

Upgraded Rock Smack Combo
Rock Polish IconStandard Attack Icon (Boosted Attack) ► Dark Pulse IconStandard Attack Icon ~

Rock PolishStandard Attack (Boosted Attack) ► Dark PulseStandard Attack ~
This is similar to the Rock Smack combo but uses Dark Pulse to deal more damage. Start by having your boosted attack ready. Then, engage the target with a Rock Polish. Once you are close, use your boosted attack to deal increased damage. Activate Dark Pulse to stun the target in place while also keeping close. Proceed to bombard the target with Standard Attacks.

Ancient Power Charge Combo

Ancient Power Charge Combo
Ancient Power IconDark Pulse IconAncient Power IconStandard Attack Icon x3

This is an initiator combo great for singling out a target and bursting them down quickly. Start by increasing your movement speed and getting hindrance resistance with Ancient Power. Charge the move until you get close to a target. Once you do, release the charge and then activate Dark Pulse. Use Ancient Power's second activation after that. Proceed to bombard the target with Standard Attacks.

Endless Sand Stream Combo

Endless Sand Stream Combo
Ancient Power IconStone Edge IconStandard Attack Icon x2 ► Ancient Power Icon (Second Activation) ► Stone Edge Icon (Second Activation) ► Standard Attack Icon x2 ► Stone Edge Icon (Third Activation) ►Repeat

Ancient PowerStone EdgeStandard Attack x2 ► Ancient Power (Second Activation) ► Stone Edge (Second Activation) ► Standard Attack x2 ► Stone Edge (Third Activation) ►Repeat
This combo takes advantage of Sand Stream and keeps it active by continuously using moves. Start by increasing your movement speed and getting hindrance resistance with Ancient Power. Charge the move until you get close to a target. Once you do, release the charge and then activate Stone Edge the first time to keep the sand storm going. Use Ancient Power's second activation after that and deal with at least two (2) Standard Attacks. Use Stone Edge's second activation to trigger another sand storm and continue dealing damage with Standard Attacks. When Sand Stream is about to end, activate Stone Edge's third and final activation. Repeat the combo until you decimate the opponents or your health falls dangerously low.

Ultimate Tyranical Sand Storm Combo

Ultimate Tyranical Sand Storm Combo
Sand Tomb IconTyrannical Rampage IconSand Tomb IconDark Pulse Icon or Stone Edge IconStandard Attack Icon x3

This is a team fight combo that is great for securing objectives where teams usually clash. Start by jumping toward the enemy team with Sand Tomb. Then, immediately activate Tyrannical Rampage. Before attacking, use Sand Tomb's second activation to pull targets towards you and activate either Dark Pulse or Stone Edge. Proceed to attack all targets in sight with Standard Attacks.

Matchups & Counters for Tyranitar

Tyranitar Matchups

Hard Counter
CinderaceDragoniteGengarTsareena
Fair Matchup
AegislashAlolan NinetalesBlastoiseBuzzwoleCharizardCrustleDodrioDragapultGarchompGlaceonLucarioMachampMamoswineMr. MimePikachuScizorSnorlaxTalonflameTrevenantUrshifuWigglytuffZoroark
Good Matchup
AzumarillClefableDecidueyeDelphoxDuraludonEldegossEspeonGardevoirGreedentGreninjaHoopaMewSableyeSylveonVenusaur
Matchup Notes
Hard CounterHard Counter Even MatchupEven Matchup Easy MatchupEasy Matchup
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Tyranitar.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Hard Counter with Evasion and Raw Damage

Tyranitar has high endurance and damage, making it the ideal Pokemon. The only way to counter it is by outplaying it and dealing more damage.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Cinderace ImageCinderace Rating: ★★★★★
• Can kite Tyranitar from range and outdamage it.
• Can quickly reposition out of Sand Tomb or Ancient Power using Blaze Kick and Flame Charge.
• Can evade Tyranitar's initiation with Feint.
Tsareena ImageTsareena Rating: ★★★★★
• Can outsustain using Stomp or Triple Axel.
• Can quickly reposition out of Sand Tomb or Ancient Power using Trop Kick or Grassy Glide.
Dragonite ImageDragonite Rating: ★★★★
• Can deal massive burst damage using a fully-charged Hyper Beam
• Can outdamage Tyranitar in melee combat using Outrage.
• Can constantly reposition using Dragon Dance and kite it with its ranged attacks.
Gengar ImageGengar Rating: ★★★
• Can outdamage Tyranitar using any of its combos
• Converts its high burst damage into healing.

Even Matchups

These Pokemon have certain tricks to outplay Tyranitar. Utilize Tyranitar's moves and ability to prevent or avoid these tricks and get the upper hand.

Prevent Them from Triggering their Special Mechanics

Pokemon with Special Mechanics
Aegislash Image Buzzwole Image Garchomp Image Glaceon Image Lucario Image
How to Beat
• Activate Tyrannical Rampage when needed to secure a kill and prevent these enemies from gaining Boosted Attacks.
• Use Ancient Power to avoid getting hit by disables and gain a shield.
• Charge towards these enemies and take them down quickly.
• Use Ancient Power to generate a shield or fight inside Sand Tomb to mitigate damage from combos.

Utilize Ancient Power's Hindrance Resistance

Pokemon with Disabling Moves
Alolan Ninetales Image Blastoise Image Mamoswine Image Mr. Mime Image Pikachu Image Snorlax Image Trevenant Image Wigglytuff Image
How to Beat
• Use Ancient Power to avoid getting disabled and mitigate damage.
• Charge towards them using Ancient Power or Sand Tomb and quickly take them out.
• Activate Tyrannical Rampage to deal damage.

Get a Level Advantage

Pokemon with Specific Power Spike Timings
Charizard Image Dragapult Image Machamp Image Scizor Image
How to Beat
• Get to level 9 before they do.
• Avoid getting caught by their hindrance moves and use Ancient Power or Sand Tomb to stay on top of them and prevent them from kiting you.
Ancient Power also allows you to generate shields or fight inside Sand Tomb during clashes.

Bait their Moves

Slippery Pokemon
Crustle Image Dodrio Image Talonflame Image Zoroark Image
How to Beat
• Wait for them to make the first move, then evade their initiation.
• Use Ancient Power and Tyrannical Rampage to pierce through shields and knock them out quickly.
• Use Ancient Power, Eject Button, or X Speed to evade burst attacks, then retaliate once its moves are on cooldown.

Easy Matchups

With its high defenses and hard hitting moves, Tyranitar is capable of gunning down these Pokemon with ease - assuming it gets close enough. Take advantage of the mobility you get from Sand Tomb or Ancient Power to get close to them and get in constant Sand Stream hits.

Punish Slippery Targets

Attacker Pokemon
Delphox Image Greninja Image Sylveon Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon have varied playstyles that can keep maintaining their distance long enough to kite Tyranitar. However, their range is short enough that you pressure them with consistent damage from triggering Sand Stream.
• If they manage to dash their way out of your range, chase them down with the movement speed buff from charging Ancient Power.
• These Pokemon are squishy enough that they will easily fall with just a few stomps with Tyrannical Rampage.

Pressure Until They Fall

Pokemon with Recovery Moves
Azumarill Image Greedent Image Venusaur Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon rely on sustaining themselves with HP recovery moves and/or disables to get an advantage over their opponent. The best approach is to focus your moves on them and let Sand Stream negate the heals they get. Additionally, even if they disable you, the consistent damage from the sand storm will be enough to punish them from staying in the fight for long.

Cut the Range Advantage

Pokemon with Long Range
Decidueye Image Duraludon Image Espeon Image Gardevoir Image
How to Beat
• Tyranitar can take enough hits from these Pokemon that it can rush through them to get close. Take advantage of the movement speed and hindrance resistance buff you get from Ancient Power to close the distance. Otherwise, use Sand Tomb to jump towards their position and trap them.
• Once you get close enough, immediately burst them down with Stone Edge or stun them in place with Dark Pulse.
• These Pokemon are squishy enough that they will easily fall with just a few stomps with Tyrannical Rampage.

Easy Targets

Supporter Pokemon
Clefable Image Eldegoss Image Hoopa Image Sableye Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon have low offenses and rely on their allies to be effective in combat. Once you get close, they are easy to knock down.
• These Pokemon have the ability to produce shields to increase their survivability. Fortunately, Tyranitar can ignore the shields and deal direct damage by hitting them with the blast from Ancient Power and then shooting them down with a Dark Pulse.

Best Teammates for Tyranitar

Pokemon Explanation
Azumarill ImageAzumarill Pikachu ImagePikachu Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Early Game Dominance
Pokemon that scale early on or doesn't evolve can give Tyranitar space to level up and reach its power spike as fast as possible. They can apply enough pressure in lanes at the start of the game to keep opponents from gaining a significant level advantage later on and stop any momentum they have. They can also speed up Tyranitar's leveling by helping the Pokemon knock out enemies and score points. Moreover, once Tyranitar reaches level 9, they can then use moves like Volt Tackle and Sing to set up for Tyranitar's own moves, especially Tyrannical Rampage.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Snorlax ImageSnorlax Tsareena ImageTsareena Aggressive Frontliners
Pokemon with an aggressive gameplay and can accompany Tyranitar in the frontlines takes some burden off of the Pokemon. They can take some of the enemy's attention away from Tyranitar and towards them all while contributing damage and disabling moves like Confusion and Heavy Slam for the team.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir Gengar ImageGengar Urshifu ImageUrshifu Pokemon with High Burst Damage
Since Tyrannical Rampage enables Tyranitar to execute low-HP targets, Pokemon that can quickly deal huge amounts of damage will definitely help the Pokemon a lot when it uses its Unite Move. A single hit from moves like Future Sight and Wicked Blow should be enough to bring down a target's HP below the threshold or at least low enough for Tyranitar to finish it off with a few hits.
Blissey ImageBlissey Dedicated Supporter
Having a dedicated supporter for Tyranitar is benefitial for the Pokemon for the entirety of the match. Healing moves like Soft-Boiled can alleviate Tyranitar's early game burden by keeping it alive and allowing it to farm continuously. On the other hand, moves that gives buffs like Helping Hand improves Tyranitar's efficiency during Tyrannical Rampage, allowing the Pokemon to knock out targets faster.

Tyranitar Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Bite ImageBite
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 579 / 633
Deals damage to opposing Pokemon in front of the user. If an opposing Pokemon's HP is below a set percentage - or falls below that percentage as a result of this move - that Pokemon becomes unable to move for a short time.
Dark Pulse ImageDark Pulse
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 771 | bonus: 233 / 1452 | bonus: 442
Has the user exhale a mist of darkness in a horizontal sweeping motion, dealing damage to any opposing Pokemon it hits. If an opposing Pokemon's remaining HP is below a set percentage - or falls below that percentage as a result of this move for a short time. If this move hits an opposing Pokemon again within a set amount of time, it deals additional damage. If this move is used while the user's piercing strength has been increased by Ancient Power, the user can ignore opposing Pokemon's Defense and shield effects for a longer duration. Upgrade: Reduces this move's cooldown.
Stone Edge ImageStone Edge
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: Close: 1,767 (589 x3) | Far: 1,356 (452 x3) / Close: 3,507 (1169 x3) | Far: 2,700 (900 x3)
Deals damage to opposing the Pokemon in the area of effect, dealing more damage the closer the opposing Pokemon are to the user. This move can be used up to 3 times within a set amount of time, with the area of effect widening each time it's used. Upgrade: Increases the damage dealt by this move

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Rock Polish ImageRock Polish
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: 494 / 526
Has the user charge ahead in the designated direction, dealing damage to any opposing Pokemon it hits. If this move hits any opposing Pokemon. the user's Attack is increased for a short time.
Ancient Power ImageAncient Power
(Lv. 9)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Buff
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 10s
Total Damage: 370 | Second Activation: 346 / 540 | Second Activation: 498
Charges power before releasing a shock wave. The shock wave deals damage to nearby opposing Pokemon and leaves them unable to act for a short time. While the user is charging power, its movement speed increases, it gains a shield, and it becomes resistant to hindrances. If any opposing Pokemon are hit by the shock wave, the user's piercing strength increases, allowing it to ignore opposing Pokemon's Defense and shield effects for a set time. If this move hits an opposing Pokemon the user can release a second shock wave in front of itself, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon and decreasing their movement speed for a short time. If this second shock wave hits, the user is granted another shield. The strength of this shield is proportional to the number of opposing Pokemon hit by the second shock wave, reaching maximum shield strength if 3 Pokemon are hit. Upgrade: Strengthens the effect of the shields granted by this move.
Sand Tomb ImageSand Tomb
(Lv. 9)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 10s
Total Damage: 192 | Sand Damage: 56 / 291 | Sand Damage: 83
Has the user move in the designated direction in a single bound, dealing damage to any opposing Pokemon it hits while leaping and leaving them unable to act for a short time. When the user lands, the shock from landing creates a cloud of dust at the point of impact that deals damage over time and decreases the movement speed of opposing Pokemon within the area of effect. If this move is used again while the user is in the cloud of dust, opposing Pokemon in front of the user will be pulled closer to it. Furthermore, while the user is in the cloud of dust, it takes reduced damage and can ignore the Defense and shield effects of opposing Pokemon. Upgrade: Increases the length of time the cloud of dust remains at the point of impact.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Tyrannical Rampage ImageTyrannical Rampage
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Buff
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 134s
Total Damage: 821 / 1199
Has the user explode with anger and go on a rampage, increasing its movement speed for a short time. If the user is affected by a hindrance, it will return to normal faster than usual. While the user is rampaging, its basic attack pattern changes and the attacks deal increased damage. If a Pokemon on the opposing team is hit by these basic attacks when their HP is below a set percentage, it is immediately knocked out.
After using Tyrannical Rampage, the Pokemon gains the following buff(s) for a few seconds:

Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Becomes a boosted attack every 3 attacks, dealing increased damage when it hits.

Ability (Passive)

Guts ImageGuts
Larvitar IconLarvitar

When the Pokemon receives a certain amount of damage, its Attack increases for a short time. The Ability goes on cooldown after it's triggered.
Shed Skin ImageShed Skin
Pupitar IconPupitar

When the Pokemon receives a certain amount of damage, all of its status conditions are nullified and it is granted a shield. This Ability goes on cooldown after it's triggered.
Sand Stream ImageSand Stream
Tyranitar IconTyranitar

Summons a sandstorm around the Pokemon for a short time after it uses a move. This increases the Pokemon's Defense and Sp. Def and deals damage to nearby opposing Pokemon.

Tyranitar Stats & Evolutions

Tyranitar Evolutions

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Larvitar.pngLarvitar
(Lv. 1)
Larvitar.pngPupitar
(Lv. 5)
Larvitar.pngTyranitar
(Lv. 9)

Tyranitar Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3150 90 70 150
2 3224 96 74 155
3 3313 103 79 161
4 3420 111 85 168
5 3809 142 108 193
6 3964 154 117 203
7 4150 169 128 215
8 4373 187 141 229
9 5161 249 187 279
10 5482 274 206 300
11 5868 304 229 325
12 6330 340 256 355
13 6885 384 289 391
14 7551 437 328 434
15 8350 500 375 485

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

Tyranitar In-Game Stat Listings

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