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[Final] Porygon

Discussion in 'Gen 5 NU Analyses' started by Alfalfa, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. Alfalfa

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    ==General==
    Getting the Japanese childrens' approvals of Porygon is hard; he gave so many of them seizures! Anyways, not only is Porygon a threat to our eyesight, but it is both an offensive and defensive threat in NU. Eviolite boosts his 60/70/75 defenses to passable 60/113/121 bulk, despite being plagued with low HP, and he has access to Recover to boot. He also has three abilities he can use well in Trace, Download, and Analytic, which can give him some good power or utility. Combine this with a good movepool, such as BoltBeam coverage and STAB Tri Attack, and Porygon is a decent offensive and defensive threat.

    However, the electric soldier has some flaws. He lacks resistances, and he has low 60 base HP, which really hampers his ability to tank hits. Despite only having one weakness to Fighting-type moves, they are common in BW2, which is a huge blow. As a result, Porygon can prove to be a bit of a liability when using him, causing him to be ignored by players. However, Porygon should not be dismissed as not a threat, as he can do damage to the opponent if played right.

    ==Bulky Attacker==
    {{set
    |name=Bulky Attacker
    |pkmn=Porygon
    |item=Eviolite
    |ability=Download|ability2=Analytic
    |ev= 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA
    |nature=Modest|nature2=Quiet
    |move1=Tri Attack
    |move2=Discharge|move21= Thunderbolt
    |move3 =Ice Beam
    |move4 =Recover}}

    Thanks to Eviolite, Recover, Download/Analytic, and Porygon's good offensive movepool, it can prove to be a decent bulky attacker. STAB Tri Attack is something not many normal types have, which allows Porygon to hit non-resisting pokemon hard with. BoltBeam coverage is great to have, so Porygon can literally hit everything in the tier bar Shedinja. With Discharge, Download and Modest should be used as the ability for the paralysis chance. Analytic should be used with Thunderbolt and Quiet Nature to avoid the higher paralysis chance. However, Porygon's HP can still be a little low, so that should be addressed with a bit of caution. However, Porygon can still function on Balanced and Bulky Offensive teams as a bulky attacker.

    ===Synergy===
    Fighting types are a pain in the neck, so bulky Psychics and Ghosts come of use. {{5gnu|Misdreavus}}, {{5gnu|Mesprit}}, and {{5gnu|Musharna}} can handle {{5gnu|Sawk}} and {{5gnu|Primeape}}. Musharna is also one of the most reliable paralysis spreaders in NU due to her amazing bulk. {{5gnu|Roselia}} and {{5gnu|Garbodor}} resist Fighting type moves, and can lay down Spikes to help wear down opposing pokemon. {{5gnu|Regirock}} and {{5gnu|Golem}} can lay down Stealth Rock, and {{5gnu|Wartortle}}, {{5gnu|Armaldo}}, and {{5gnu|Torkoal}} can Rapid Spin to preserve Porygon's low HP, despite its access to Recover. Sawk and Primeape are great Choice Scarf users that can pummel {{5gnu|Regice}} and {{5gnu|Lickilicky}}, two common special walls, and Primeape can even absorb sleep, which makes a good asset to have on Porygon's team. In return, Porygon can use its coverage to wear down the opponent a bit, despite its lack of immediate, crushing power.

    ==Defensive Pivot==
    {{set
    |name=Support
    |pkmn=Porygon
    |item=Eviolite
    |ability=Trace
    |ev= 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
    |nature=Calm
    |move1=Toxic
    |move2=Discharge|move21= Thunder Wave
    |move3 =Ice Beam
    |move4 =Recover}}

    Porygon can also take a defensive role and spread status for its teammates. With access to Discharge/Thunder Wave, Toxic and Recover, the entire opposing team can be statused. Discharge overrides Taunt, but Thunder Wave always paralyzes the opponent. Ice Beam has good coverage with Discharge, and a potential Freeze can really ruin an opponent. Toxic wears down walls for faster teammates to sweep. Since Porygon cannot shrug off a Close Combat or two with ease, EVs are invested into Special Bulk, as a Fire Blast or Thunderbolt does less damage than a Close Combat to it.

    ===Synergy===
    This set works best on balanced teams needing Paralysis support to slow down the opposing team. Poison is added to wear down walls like {{5gnu|Tangela}} and Regirock. Entry hazard support is a good idea to have for any team, so Regirock, {{5gnu|Probopass}}, and Roselia are good partners as a result. Musharna and Misdreavus are a big pain due to Heal Bell, and one of them has Synchronize. {{5gnu|Skuntank}} can handle them both. Lickilicky and Audino are also common Heal Bell users, so Primeape and Sawk can dispose of them. A Musharna or Misdreavus of Porygon's own can help to check Fighting types like Sawk and Primeape that would try to annihilate Porygon. Wartortle can Rapid Spin away entry hazards that would wear down Porygon; same with Torkoal and Armaldo.

    ==Other options==
    Porygon has a decent movepool of cool options. The most godly is Sharpen; in fact, Sharpen is so godly, it is viable in OU, and can take out the likes of {{5gou|Skarmory}}, {{5gou|Ferrothorn}}, and {{5gou|Forretress}} in less than 10 rounds! On a more serious note, Charge Beam can be used to bring a potential boost to the bulky attacker set. Despite the weak power at first, additional boosts compiling can prove to be troublesome for the opponent. Gravity seems gimmicky at first, but it brings Zap Cannon and Blizzard to 83.3 and 100% accuracy. Agility can be used to attempt a sweep, but Porygon lacks power, even after a Download boost. Trick Room is in a similar boat. Psychic can be used to nail Fighting types, and Shadow Ball against Ghosts like Misdreavus, but the BoltBeam coverage is generally better. Finally, Porygon can use Trick with a Choice item, but that is better left to other pokemon, like Rotom formes and Musharna.

    ==Checks and Counters==
    Countering it is easy; we already did it by banning the only anime episode it appears in! Competitively, dedicated special walls, like Lickilicky, can wall attacking Porygon to death; same thing as bulky Misdreavus, as she is immune to Tri Attack. Musharna is also a problem, especially when using a defensive set, as Synchronize will reflect the status back to our cubic friend. Regirock and Probopass can either break down Porygon with Drain Punch, or just wall it to death, respectively. Finally, Fighting types like Gurdurr and Sawk are an easy way to check a purely normal type.
     
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  2. Incon

    Incon I feel incapable of seeing the end.

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    I understand this is a Skeleton, but please expand on your descriptions of the sets and synergies. Also, Other Options should be before Checks and Counters. I cannot approve before you do this.

    With that said, I would say remove the Agility set and add it into OO. Both other sets outclass it and I don't think it's too viable (albeit Porygon isn't viable in the first place). OO is a good place for it. Also in OO, Twave and Toxic can be used on bulkier sets to hinder offensive sets or defensive sets respectively. Psychic can be used to hit Fighting-Types that come in on it. Shadow Ball can be used to hit Ghost-Types aka Misdreavus harder. Trick can be used on Choice Sets.
     
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  5. The Real Elmo

    The Real Elmo Caterpie hungers...

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    Good writeup!
    Gravity could have a mention in OO, but that's about it

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  6. Spoovo The Pirate

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    {{Header}}
    {{Tier|BW2 NU}}

    {{Overview|Getting the Japanese childrens' approvals of Porygon is hard; he gave so many of them seizures!

    Anyways, not only is Porygon a threat to our eyesight, but it is both an offensive and defensive threat in NU. Eviolite boosts its 60/70/75 defenses to passable 60/113/121 bulk, despite being plagued with low HP, and it has access to Recover to boot, not to mention boasting three abilities it can use well in Trace, Download, and Analytic, which can give it some good power or utility. Combine this with a good movepool, such as BoltBeam coverage and STAB Tri Attack, and Porygon is a decent threat, both offensively and defensively.

    However, the electric soldier has some flaws. It lacks resistances, and has a low 60 base HP, which really hampers its ability to tank hits. Despite only having one weakness to Fighting-type moves, they are common in BW2, which is a huge blow. As a result, Porygon can prove to be a bit of a liability when using it, causing it to be ignored by players. However, Porygon should not be dismissed as not a threat, as he can do damage to the opponent if played right.}}

    {{Set|Bulky Attacker|
    Porygon @ Eviolite
    Trait: Download / Analytic
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SAtk
    Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) / Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd)
    - Tri Attack
    - Discharge / Thunderbolt
    - Ice Beam
    - Recover}}

    {{Comments|Thanks to Eviolite, Recover, Download/Analytic, and Porygon's good offensive movepool, it can prove to be a decent bulky attacker. STAB Tri Attack is something not many normal types have, which allows Porygon to hit non-resisting pokemon hard with. BoltBeam coverage is great to have, so Porygon can literally hit everything in the tier bar the never seen Shedinja. With Discharge, Download and Modest should be used as the ability for the paralysis chance. Analytic should be used with Thunderbolt and Quiet Nature to avoid the higher paralysis chance. However, Porygon's HP can still be a little low, so that should be addressed with a bit of caution. However, Porygon can still function on Balanced and Bulky Offensive teams as a bulky attacker.}}

    {{Set|Defensive Pivot|
    Porygon @ Eviolite
    Trait: Trace
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SDef
    Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
    - Toxic
    - Discharge / Thunder Wave
    - Ice Beam
    - Recover}}

    {{Comments|Porygon can also take a defensive role and spread status for its teammates. With access to Discharge/Thunder Wave, Toxic and Recover, the entire opposing team can be statused. Discharge overrides Taunt, but Thunder Wave always paralyzes the opponent. Ice Beam has good coverage with Discharge, and a potential Freeze can really ruin an opponent. Toxic wears down walls for faster teammates to sweep. Since Porygon cannot shrug off a Close Combat or two with ease, EVs are invested into Special Bulk, as a Fire Blast or Thunderbolt does less damage than a Close Combat to it.}}

    {{Synergy|This set works best on balanced teams needing Paralysis support to slow down the opposing team. Poison is added to wear down walls like Tangela and Regirock. Entry hazard support is a good idea to have for any team, so Regirock, Probopass, and Roselia are good partners as a result. Musharna and Misdreavus are a big pain due to Heal Bell, and one of them has Synchronize. Skuntank can handle them both. Lickilicky and Audino are also common Heal Bell users, so Primeape and Sawk can dispose of them. A Musharna or Misdreavus of Porygon's own can help to check Fighting types like Sawk and Primeape that would try to annihilate Porygon. Wartortle can Rapid Spin away entry hazards that would wear down Porygon; same with Torkoal and Armaldo.}}

    {{Options|Porygon has a decent movepool of cool options. The most godly is its signature move Sharpen; in fact, Sharpen is so godly, it is viable in OU, and can take out the likes of Skarmory, Ferrothorn, and Forretress in less than ten rounds!

    On a more serious note, Charge Beam can be used to bring a potential boost to the bulky attacker set. Despite the low power at first, additional boosts compiling can prove to be troublesome for the opponent. Gravity seems gimmicky at first, but it brings Zap Cannon and Blizzard to 83.3 and 100% accuracy, respectively, which is far more reliable. Agility can be used to attempt a sweep, but Porygon lacks power, even after a Download boost.

    Trick Room is in a similar boat. Psychic can be used to nail Fighting types, and Shadow Ball against Ghosts like Misdreavus, but the BoltBeam coverage is generally better. Finally, Porygon can use Trick with a Choice item, but that is better left to other pokemon, like Rotom formes and Mesprit.}}

    {{Checks|Countering it is easy; we already did it by banning the only anime episode it appears in!

    Competitively, dedicated special walls, like Lickilicky, can wall attacking Porygon to death; bulky Misdreavus tells a similar story, as it is immune to Tri Attack. Musharna is also a problem, especially when using a defensive set, as Synchronize will reflect the status back to our cubic friend. Regirock and Probopass can either break down Porygon with Drain Punch, or just wall it to death, respectively. Finally, Fighting-types like Gurdurr and Sawk are an easy way to check a purely normal type.}}

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