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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 (08/15)

Version 1.11.1.8 Patch Notes

Tyranitar Changes (August 15)
Stat Buff • HP increased from 3150 ~ 8350 to 3150 ~ 8800 (Level 1 ~ 15)
Tyrannical Rampage Image
Tyrannical Rampage
• Amount of energy required reduced by about 17%.

Tyranitar Stat Increases

Lvl HP
5 3809 → 3868
(+1.5%)
10 5482 → 5685
(+3.7%)
15 8350 → 8800
(+5.4%)

Stat Updates

1.11.1.8 HP increased from 3150 ~ 8350 to 3150 ~ 8800 (Level 1 ~ 15)

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.
1.9.1.2 Daamge decreased by around 10%.

Ancient Power

1.7.1.2 Shield effect weakened. Movement speed bonus decreased.
1.9.1.2 Cooldown increased from 10s to 11s.

Stone Edge

1.9.1.2 Damage increased by 10%.

Tyrannical Rampage

1.7.1.2 Normal Attacks during the UNITE Move no longer crit.
1.11.1.8 Amount of energy required reduced by about 17%.

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
3 Stars.png
5 Stars.png
4 Stars.png

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
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Ancient Power Build

Ancient Power Build
Pokemon UNITE - Best Build Icon
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
Defense
Sp. Def
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

Ancient Power Build Explanation

This build is centered on charging targets with Ancient Power and utilizing its effects, then stunning them using Dark Pulse.

  • Muscle Band improves Tyranitar's attacks through increased attack damage and speed, which works perfectly during Tyrannical Rampage.
  • Weakness Policy suits Tyranitar's frontline gameplay, increasing its damage as the Pokemon takes hits from opponents.
  • Focus Band gives Tyranitar durability through increased defenses and acts as a survivability tool.
  • Attack Weight can be a replacement for Muscle Band, providing Tyranitar with a large damage boost for its moves and attacks.
  • Full Heal protects Tyranitar from stuns and disables, especially while attacking during Tyrannical Rampage.
  • Eject Button or X Speed can also work for the build to give Tyranitar more mobility on top of Ancient Power.
  • The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Brown Emblems for more damage and 6 White Emblems additional HP. This can be achieved by having at least two (2) Emblems that are both Brown and White.
  • Equip Emblems that improve Attack or HP to balance out Tyranitar's offense and defense.
  • Sp. Atk., Sp. Def., and Defense can be freely traded for the other stats.

Ancient Power Build Damage Test

Items
(@Lvl 30)
Ancient Power
(Initial)
(@ Lvl 15)
Ancient Power
(Shock Wave)
(@ Lvl 15)
Dark Pulse
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
608
566
1456

Since the build is centered on Dark Pulse and Acient Power, equipping items that will maximize their damage is the ideal item combination. Focus Band is a core item for the build, leaving only two (2) items for consideration.

Out of all the item combinations, Muscle Band and Weakness Policy will be the best for the build. Although the item combination did not generate the highest damage results, Tyranitar will benefit from Muscle Band's attack damage and speed increase, and Weakness Policy's effects in the long run.

As for alternatives, replacing Muscle Band with Attack Weight would be the ideal choice. The item combination produced the best damage results, but it does require Tyranitar to fully stack Attack Weight first to maximize its damage output.


The damage tests are conducted using the Training Dummy in Practice Mode. The results are taken from the Total Damage data.

Note:
The numbers in bold are the highest result for a specific test.
Items
(@Lvl 30)
Ancient Power
(Initial)
(@ Lvl 15)
Ancient Power
(Shock Wave)
(@ Lvl 15)
Dark Pulse
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
563
521
1356
Muscle Band
+
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
618
576
1479
Muscle Band
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
608
566
1456
Razor Claw
+
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
618
576
1479
Razor Claw
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
608
566
1456
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
670
628
1594

The tests above does not use any Emblems yet so it will scale higher if equipped.

Sand Tomb Build

Sand Tomb Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Attack: +33
Defense: +30
Sp. Def: +30
HP: +210
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
Attack
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Defense
Sp. Def
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

Sand Tomb Build Explanation

This build focuses on providing AoE damage and crowd control during teamfights via Stone Edge, Sand Tomb, and Sand Stream.

  • Attack Weight provides Tyranitar with a large Attack stat boost, increasing its overall damage output.
  • Weakness Policy works great with Sand Tomb's reduced damage effect, increasing Tyranitar's damage output as it tanks damage.
  • Focus Band improves Tyranitar's durability and survivability, which pairs well with Sand Tomb's effects.
  • Muscle Band can be a replacement for Attack Weight, improving Tyranitar's attacks via increased damage and attack speed.
  • Aeos Cookie can also be a replacement for Weakness Policy, giving Tyranitar a large HP boost. However, it should always be paired with Attack Weight.
  • Full Heal protects Tyranitar from stuns and disables, especially while inside Sand Tomb.
  • Eject Button or X Speed can also work for the build to give Tyranitar more mobility.
  • The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Brown Emblems for more damage and 6 White Emblems additional HP. This can be achieved by having at least two (2) Emblems that are both Brown and White.
  • Equip Emblems that improve Attack or HP to balance out Tyranitar's offense and defense.
  • Sp. Atk., Sp. Def., and Defense can be freely traded for the other stats.

Sand Tomb Build Damage Test

Items
(@Lvl 30)
Sand Tomb
(DPS)
(@ Lvl 15)
Stone Edge
(Total)
(@ Lvl 15)
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
105 4692

Since the build is centered on Sand Tomb and Stone Edge, equipping items that will maximize their damage is the ideal item combination. Focus Band is a core item for the build, leaving only two (2) items for consideration.

As the results show, Weakness Policy and Attack Weight will be the best for the build. The item combination produced the highest damage results. However, Tyranitar needs to fully stack Attack Weight first to gain the full damage bonus.

As for alternatives, replacing Attack Weight with Muscle Band would be the best option. Muscle Band's effects helps Tyranitar brawl opponents while inside Sand Tomb and/or during Tyrannical Rampage.


The damage tests are conducted using the Training Dummy in Practice Mode. The results are taken from the Total Damage data.

Note:
The numbers in bold are the highest result for a specific test.
Items
(@Lvl 30)
Sand Tomb
(DPS)
(@ Lvl 15)
Stone Edge
(Total)
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
86 3990
Muscle Band
+
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
96 4353
Muscle Band
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
94 4284
Razor Claw
+
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
96 4353
Razor Claw
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
94 4284
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
105 4692

The tests above does not use any Emblems yet so it will scale higher if equipped.

Tyranitar Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Explanation
Attack Weight.pngAttack Weight Attack Weight provides Tyranitar with a large Attack stat boost, improving its damage output significantly.
Aeos Cookie.pngAeos Cookie Aeos Cookie gives Tyranitar a massive HP boost, improving the Pokemon's durability.
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 Weakness Policy perfectly suits Tyranitar's frontline gameplay, making the Pokemon stronger as it takes hits.

List of Held Items

Best Battle Items

Item Explanation
Full Heal.pngFull Heal Full Heal allows Tyranitar to continue attacking opponents by removing stuns and debuffs from the Pokemon.
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.

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.

This moveset ramps up Tyranitar's aggression, which better suits the Pokemon's frontline gameplay. Ancient Power allows Tyranitar to charge targets with increasing speed and a shield. It also stuns targets around the Pokemon and gives Tyranitar the ability to ignore opposing Pokemon's Defense and shield effects for a set time. Dark Pulse naturally goes well with Ancient Power since the move can prolong Ancient Power's effects.

Dark Pulse and Stone Edge are Tyranitar's primary damage moves. Dark Pulse deals lesser damage compared to Stone Edge but can stun targets and is simpler to use. Stone Edge, on the other hand, deals significantly more damage but is harder to use. It also doesn't stun targets.

Ancient Power and Sand Tomb are Tyranitar's utility moves. Both moves give Tyranitar the ability to ignore the Defense and shield effects of opposing Pokemon but differs in other aspects. Ancient Power also gives Tyranitar mobility and shielding. Meanwhile, Sand Tomb is a great crowd control move that slows targets and deals significantly more damage compared to Ancient Power.

Which Moveset Do You Think Is Best For Tyranitar?

Dark Pulse & Ancient Power 81
Votes
Dark Pulse & Sand Tomb 43
Votes
Stone Edge & Ancient Power 6
Votes
Stone Edge & Sand Tomb 6
Votes

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Previous Poll Result

Dark Pulse & Ancient Power 102
Votes
Dark Pulse & Sand Tomb 14
Votes
Stone Edge & Ancient Power 14
Votes
Stone Edge & Sand Tomb 26
Votes

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

Ancient PowerDark PulseAncient PowerStandard Attack 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

Sand TombTyrannical RampageSand TombDark Pulse or Stone Edge x3 ► Standard Attack 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
MamoswineMr. MimeSlowbroSnorlaxTrevenant
Fair Matchup
AbsolAegislashAlolan NinetalesAzumarillBlastoiseBuzzwoleCharizardCinderaceCrustleDodrioDragapultDragoniteGarchompGengarGlaceonGoodraGreedentGreninjaGyaradosInteleonLaprasLeafeonLucarioMachampMega Mewtwo XMega Mewtwo YMeowscaradaMetagrossMimikyuPikachuScizorSnorlaxTalonflameTsareenaUmbreonUrshifuVenusaurZacianZeraoraZoroark
Good Matchup
BlisseyChandelureClefableComfeyCramorantDecidueyeDelphoxDuraludonEldegossEspeonGardevoirHoopaMewSableyeSylveonWigglytuff
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 Disables

Tyranitar has high endurance and damage, making it a well-balanced Pokemon. Pokemon that can tank its damage and disrupt its attacks or moves are the ideal counters for Tyranitar.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Rating: ★★★★★
• Can disrupt Tyranitar's attacks or moves using Surf, Telekinesis, and Slowbeam.
• Can slow Tyranitar while also deal considerable damage using Scald.
• Can tank a lot of Tyranitar's damage with the help of Amnesia.
Mamoswine ImageMamoswine Rating: ★★★★★
• Can disrupt Tyranitar's attacks or moves using any of its moves and Boosted Attack.
• Can tank a lot of Tyranitar's damage thanks to Thick Fat.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Rating: ★★★★
• Can disrupt Tyranitar's attacks or moves using any of its moves and Boosted Attacks.
• Can weaken and slow Tyranitar while healing itself using Power Swap.

Even Matchups for Tyranitar

Tyranitar can get the upper hand against these Pokemon as long as it can stay on top of them and hit them with its moves, attacks, and Sand Stream.

Close the Gap

Ranged, Fragile Pokemon with High Damage
Cinderace Image Dragapult Image Glaceon Image Greninja Image Inteleon Image Mega Mewtwo Y Image Pikachu Image Venusaur Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon prefer to keep their distance from opponents when fighting. They also have high damage potential that can be dangerous for Tyranitar. However, they are fragile and can get knocked out by Tyranitar fast once it gets close.
• When using Ancient Power, just head straight for them but make sure to hit them with the stun, then follow up with Dark Pulse or Stone Edge and attacks to finish them off.
• When using Sand Tomb, use it to leap towards their location and slow them, then utilize the move's second activation to keep them inside the cloud of dust. Tyranitar can also follow up with Dark Pulse or Stone Edge after leaping.
• If needed, use Tyrannical Rampage to quickly take them out with powerful attacks.

Use Tyrannical Rampage

All-Rounders
Aegislash Image Azumarill Image Buzzwole Image Charizard Image Garchomp Image Gyarados Image Lucario Image Machamp Image Mega Mewtwo X Image Metagross Image Mimikyu Image Scizor Image Tsareena Image Urshifu Image Zacian Image
How to Beat
• Much like Tyranitar, these Pokemon excel in close combat and rely mostly on their attacks or combos to deal damage. They are also durable enough to tank Tyranitar's damage. However, Tyranitar can overpower them with the help of Tyrannical Rampage.
• Once they're committed to fighting, activate Tyrannical Rampage and pummel them down with attacks.
• Use Ancient Power or Sand Tomb and Dark Pulse or Stone Edge to quickly deplete their HP to a point where Tyrannical Rampage's execute mechanic can trigger and instantly knock them out.

Catch Them With Ancient Power or Sand Tomb

High-mobility Pokemon with Burst Damage
Absol Image Dodrio Image Gengar Image Leafeon Image Meowscarada Image Talonflame Image Zeraora Image Zeraora Image Zoroark Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are incredibly agile and deal high burst damage. However, they can easily fall to Tyranitar if it catches them with its moves.
• Use Ancient Power or Sand Tomb to catch them as they go in for their burst damage, then follow up with Dark Pulse or Stone Edge and attacks to finish them off.

Group Up with Allies

Highly Durable Pokemon
Blastoise Image Crustle Image Goodra Image Greedent Image Lapras Image Umbreon Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are extremely durable, making it difficult for Tyranitar to take them down alone. With that, it's best to group up with allies to bring them down with the help of Tyranitar.
• When using Ancient Power, just head straight for them but make sure to hit them with the stun, then follow up with Dark Pulse or Stone Edge and attacks to deplete their HP.
• When using Sand Tomb, use it to leap towards their location and slow them, then utilize the move's second activation to keep them inside the cloud of dust. Tyranitar can also follow up with Dark Pulse or Stone Edge after leaping.

Easy Matchups for Tyranitar

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

Close the Gap

Ranged, Fragile Pokemon with High Damage
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How to Beat
• These Pokemon prefer to keep their distance from opponents when fighting. They also have high damage potential that can be dangerous for Tyranitar. However, they are fragile and can get knocked out by Tyranitar fast once it gets close.
• When using Ancient Power, just head straight for them but make sure to hit them with the stun, then follow up with Dark Pulse or Stone Edge and attacks to finish them off.
• When using Sand Tomb, use it to leap towards their location and slow them, then utilize the move's second activation to keep them inside the cloud of dust. Tyranitar can also follow up with Dark Pulse or Stone Edge after leaping.
• If needed, use Tyrannical Rampage to quickly take them out with powerful attacks.

Take Them Out First

Supporters
Blissey Image Clefable Image Comfey Image Eldegoss Image Hoopa Image Sableye Image Wigglytuff Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon usually stick with their allies and rarely venture alone. Although they themselves pose no threat to Tyranitar, their support capabilities makes them valuable during fights. It's best to take them out first to remove their team's support.
• When using Ancient Power, just head straight for them but make sure to hit them with the stun, then follow up with Dark Pulse or Stone Edge and attacks to finish them off.
• When using Sand Tomb, use it to leap towards their location and slow them, then utilize the move's second activation to keep them inside the cloud of dust. Tyranitar can also follow up with Dark Pulse or Stone Edge after leaping.
• If needed, use Tyrannical Rampage to quickly take them out with powerful attacks.

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
Starting Damage: 579
Final Damage: 662
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
Starting Damage: 698
Bonus damage: 209
Final Damage: 1307
Bonus damage: 393
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- that Pokemon becomes unable to 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
Starting Damage: 1959
Damage per instance (Short range): 653, Damage per instance (Long range): 502, Number of instances: 3
Final Damage: 3842
Damage per instance (Short range): 1281, Damage per instance (Long range): 986, Number of instances: 3
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
Starting Damage: 494
Final Damage: 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: 11s
Starting Damage: 716
Initial damage: 370, Second Shock wave damage: 346
Final Damage: 1036
Initial damage: 540, Second Shock wave damage: 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
Starting Damage: 192
Leap damage: 192, Damage per instance: 56, Number of instances: 12
Final Damage: 291
Leap damage: 291, Damage per instance: 83, Number of instances: 12
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: 112s
Starting Damage: 821
Final Damage: 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.

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

1st Evolution 2nd Evolution Final Evolution
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 3231 96 74 155
3 3328 103 79 161
4 3445 111 85 168
5 3868 142 108 193
6 4036 154 117 203
7 4238 169 128 215
8 4480 187 141 229
9 5336 249 187 279
10 5685 274 206 300
11 6104 304 229 325
12 6606 340 256 355
13 7209 384 289 391
14 7932 437 328 434
15 8800 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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Tyranitar Skins (Holowear)

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Dark Pulse Achievement

Dark Pulse
Pokemon Move
Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Dark Pulse ImageDark Pulse
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