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This is a strategy guide for using Tyranitar in competitive play. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV builds, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Tyranitar, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Tyranitar

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Rock Type Dark Type
Abilities
Sand Stream The Pokemon summons a sandstorm in battle.
Unnerve (Hidden) Makes the foe nervous and unable to eat Berries.

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
100 125 100 55 85 35

Best Nature for Tyranitar

Best Natures
Adamant
+Atk, -SpAtk
Jolly
+Spd, -SpAtk

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Strategies for Tyranitar

Weakness Policy Build

Nature Adamant
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk. 204 / Def. 20 / Sp.Def. 20 / Spd. 12
Ability Sand Stream
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Stone Edge
Crunch
Iron Head
Rock Blast

Reasoning behind the EV spread

With 252 EVs in HP and 20 in Defense, Tyranitar can definitively withstand Earthquake from Excadrill, and with 20 EVs in Special Defense, it can definitively withstand Hydro Pump from Wash Rotom. We've arranged the EVs keeping these facts in mind.

Also, the Attack boost from 252 Attack EVs and its Adamant Nature would result in a calculation of 204.6 Attack, which would be rounded down to 204 Attack. To avoid the wasted 0.6 Attack points, we recommend placing 204 EVs in Attack, resulting in a solid 198 Attack stat. Also, with 12 EVs in Speed, it's able to easily outspeed Pokemon in the 60 Base Speed range with no Speed EVs.

Other Viable Moves

Superpower A choice for handling other Tyranitar or Ferrothorn. Be careful of the Attack drop after using.
Fire Punch A choice for handling Ferrothorn or Excadrill, but don't expect incredible results given its middling power.

Choice Band Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Ability Sand Stream
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Stone Edge
Crunch
Iron Head
Rock Blast

A build to take advantage of Tyranitar's mountainous attack. The moveset is the same of that in the Weakness Policy Build, but with the combination of Choice Band and higher Attack IVs, Tyranitar can wreak havoc with this setup.

Other Viable Moves

Superpower A choice for handling other Tyranitar or Ferrothorn. Be careful of the Attack drop after using.
Fire Punch A choice for handling Ferrothorn or Excadrill, but don't expect incredible results given its middling power.

How to Use Tyranitar Effectively

A physical attacker that can take its share of blows

Tyranitar is no glass cannon - with its HP, Defense, and Special Defense stats all high, it's a highly-defensive attacker. The Weakness Policy Build and Tyranitar's low speed can take advantage of its defensiveness to allow Tyranitar to take a hit, power up from Weakness Policy, and deliver a crushing blow.

The central Pokemon of a Sandstorm team

With its ability Sand Stream, Tyranitar can change the Weather to a Sandstorm, and together with an Excadrill with the ability Sand Rush, it can form the crux of a Sandstorm Team.

In Sandstorm weather, Rock-type Pokemon's Special Defense is increased by 50%, and Pokemon which are not Rock, Ground or Steel-type will receive damage equal to 1/16 their max HP every turn. This means that Rock-type Pokemon like Tyranitar reap huge benefits from this weather condition.

Counters for Tyranitar

Aim for a one-hit KO with a Fighting move

Tyranitar has a gaping 4x weakness to Fighting-type moves. Despite its massive defense, a 4x weakness to an attack with STAB is difficult to weather for any Pokemon. When countering Tyranitar, aim for one big punch with a Fighting move to take down this goliath.

However, if Tyranitar gets Dynamaxed, even an Aegislash with full Attack EVs using Close Combat can't take it down in one hit, so watch out for it Dynamaxing to survive a strong attack.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Lucario ImageLucario Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can definitively 1HKO with STAB Close Combat
・Low chance of 1HKO for Dynamaxed Tyranitar
Aegislash ImageAegislash Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can definitively 1HKO with Close Combat
Cannot get 1HKO on Dynamaxed Tyranitar
Best Ranked Battle Build for Aegislash

Aim for a Burn

As Tyranitar relies heavily on Physical moves, its effectiveness can be impeded when inflicted with the Burn status to half its Attack stat. Having moves like Scald and Will-o-Wisp on deck will come in handy when facing Tyranitar.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Toxapex ImageToxapex Ranking: ★★★★★
・Use Scald to try for a Burn
・Can withstand heavy hits with its high Defense
Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Use Will-o-Wisp to try for a Burn
・Can deal super-effective damage with Hydro Pump
Best Ranked Battle Build for Wash Rotom

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1 Anonymous10 days

Rock blast on ttar....?

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