General: This beast made history last generation being the first starter to ever be banned to Ubers. Thanks to Speed Boost, Blaziken had and still has the potential to destroy the majority of the tier, if played correctly. With the addition of Blazikenite in generation 6, Blaziken gets yet another boost to it's already great profile. With access to powerful dual STABs in High Jump Kick and Flare Blitz, which can further be boosted by Swords Dance, Blaziken is certainly one to prepare for. Swords Dance: Blaziken (M) @ Blazikenite Trait: Speed Boost EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd Adamant / Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Low Kick / High Jump Kick - Flare Blitz - Swords Dance - Protect / Knock Off This is Blaziken's most recognizable and most dangerous set. With Blazikenite, Blaziken can get more power and speed, and not have to be whittled down by Life Orb. Low Kick and Flare Blitz are Mega Blaziken's main attacks. With Flare Blitz's great base power and Low Kick's amazing potential in a tier full of heavy giants, they are very effective in helping Blaziken fulfill its role. Swords Dance is used to gain +2 attack, essentially doubling the effectiveness of the two STAB moves. Lastly, Protect is used to gain Speed Boosts, which allows Mega Blaziken to outspeed most of the unboosted-tier after one boost. The only common Pokemon who can take a +2 hit comfortably from either of Mega Blaziken's STABs is Giratina. Knock Off can be used as an alternative to Protect to deal serious damage to Giratina. Other Options: Although the Swords Dance/Speed Boost set is the most common and threatening set, Blaziken has the ability to use Baton Pass. That means, with Speed Boost and/or Swords Dance, Blaziken can easily pass its stats to something else. Stone Edge can also act as an alternative for Flare Blitz in the Swords Dance set, to catch opponents off guard when they send in Ho-Oh. There is also the added bonus of no recoil damage from Flare Blitz. Although a bit irrelevant due to Blaziken's new Mega Evolution, the non-Mega Blaziken can be viable attached with a Life Orb with the same STAB moves listed in the Mega set. Counters and Checks: Giratina is the only counter to Blaziken who can take all of its hits and phaze it out. Ho-Oh resists both its STABs, however, it still takes a hefty chunk from a boosted hit. Landorus-T is also an amazing check to Blaziken; coming in on any move and taking minimal damage thanks to Intimidate with the ability to KO back. Lugia and various defensive Arceus forms can potentially take a hit from Blaziken and phaze it out, but that can lead them to being killed off by other threats. With Speed Boost, Blaziken is very hard to revenge kill. Since you're most likely not going to beat it in the speed stat, priority can be crucial to finish off Blaziken. If Blaziken is weakened down enough, an Extreme Speed from an Arceus-Normal or Rayquaza may be able to finish it off. Lugia can also come in and phase out Blaziken or KO it with Aeroblast. Even though Kyogre does not counter Blaziken, the rain it brings hinders Blaziken's ability to sweep as it weakens the power of Flare Blitz.