General: With great offensive stats in conjunction with powerful Electric/Dragon-type STAB moves, Zekrom is one to look out for when playing in the Ubers tier. Zekrom can devastate teams with Bolt Strike or Outrage or throw in a surprise element Draco Meteor when utilizing its above average Special Attack. Zekrom also has the Teravolt ability, which negates the opponent's ability when attacking. Zekrom also has a distinct advantage over most of the other Dragon-types within the tier, being able to hit Fairies hard with Bolt Strike, disallowing their ability to switch in freely. Although Zekrom's offensive capability is tremendous, it lacks poor defensive potential and has a slightly barren movepool. Even though Dragon/Electric resists many of the common moves in the tier, Zekrom is better off running offensive sets as it does not have reliable recovery outside of rest or the support movepool. It also shares a common weakness along with a handful of hard-hitting Ubers with its Speed stat. Zekrom's two STAB moves also come with two common types being immune to them, meaning that it has to be careful in the late-game of not spamming the moves. Although these flaws are notable, Zekrom's offensive presence is undoubtedly something to be wary of. Choice Scarf: Zekrom @ Choice Scarf Trait: Teravolt EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd Adamant / Jolly / Naughty Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Bolt Strike - Volt Switch - Outrage - Sleep Talk / Draco Meteor This is Zekrom's main set. It serves as an amazing revenge killer in the tier. Although this set doesn't contain the wall-breaking power that the Choice Band set had, Choice Scarf patches up Zekrom's base 90 Speed stat turning it into an effective revenge killer. Bolt Strike and Outrage are the two immensely powerful STAB moves that Zekrom can use, dealing great damage to anything unresisted. As this is a revenge killing set, Volt Switch is the best option for the last slot, as it allows the player to gain switch advantage while dealing damage. Sleep Talk is so that it can switch into Darkrai and use Sleep Talk to avoid being useless. Draco Meteor can be used as an alternative to nail physical walls upon switch-in. If Draco Meteor is used, be sure to switch the Nature to Naughty, to not hinder any damage output. The caveat to this is that Zekrom is often the sole check to Kyogre on offensive teams, so the -SDef Nature might hinder its capability to do so. Choice Band: Zekrom @ Choice Band Trait: Teravolt EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd Adamant / Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Bolt Strike - Dragon Claw - Outrage - Sleep Talk / Volt Switch Taking full advantage of Zekrom's incredible stats along with its powerful STAB moves is its Choice Band set. With Bolt Strike and Outrage powered up by STAB and Choice Band, Zekrom can do serious damage to anything that doesn't resist them. Dragon Claw is used so that Zekrom can deal consistent damage without being locked into Outrage and eventually revenge killed. Sleep Talk is used on this set to take advantage of the Sleep status that gets spread around in the tier, mostly by Darkrai or Smeargle. Fusion Bolt can be used if the power of Bolt Strike is not needed, but the accuracy is. Volt Switch is nice to gain momentum on opponents. Mixed: Zekrom @ Life Orb Trait: Teravolt EVs: 252 Atk / 92 SAtk / 164 Spd Naughty Nature (+Atk, -SDef) - Bolt Strike - Draco Meteor - Dragon Claw / Tailwind - Focus Blast / Tailwind Taking a different approach with Zekrom's stats, the Mixed set utilizes Zekrom's above average Special Attack stat. The EVs for this set maximizes Bolt Strike's power. The Special Attack EVs allow Zekrom to 2HKO Groudon with Draco Meteor and Ferrothorn with Focus Blast. Tailwind can be used to patch up Zekrom's middling Speed stat, ensuring that it will outspeed Choice Scarf Terrakion after the boost, with the EVs. Hone Claws: Zekrom @ Leftovers Trait: Teravolt EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Substitute - Hone Claws - Dragon Claw / Outrage - Bolt Strike To take advantage of the many walls that like to come in on Choice Zekrom, Hone Claws in combination with Substitute can make Zekrom unpredictably effective, especially with the likes of Ferrothorn; which this set uses as set-up bait. 252 HP gives Zekrom enough bulk for its Substitute to survive any hit that a common wall can dish out. Hone Claws increases Zekrom's Attack and Accuracy, making it a dangerous threat. Dragon Claw is used for a reliable Dragon-type STAB damage output. Outrage can be used as an alternative, however, one must be wary about the looming Fairy-types that go about in the tier. Bolt Strike, lastly, is used for a powerful Electric-type STAB. Because Hone Claws increases Accuracy as well as Attack, Bolt Strike will be a safe bet after one boost without having to rely on the lesser-powerful Fusion Bolt. Other Options: Even with the accuracy deficiency, Bolt Strike is still the better option over Fusion Bolt, but it is an option if one wants a move to be 100% reliable. Hidden Power can also be beneficial to run on Zekrom to lure in Landorus-T or Gliscor. With Zekrom's movepool not being as diverse as some of the other Uber Pokemon, it is hard to find other options to effectively use. Zekrom learns Thunder Wave, Toxic, Roost and both Reflect and Light Screen, so a support set can be used if one desires its Electric/Dragon typing combination. Checks and Counters: With its incredible strength and powerful STAB attacks, Zekrom is a very hard Pokemon to counter. There are ways to do it, however. With its 90 base Speed stat, Zekrom opens itself up to being revenge killed by many of the tiers Pokemon. Groudon is a reliable check to Zekrom, being immune to Bolt Strike and being able to take a few Outrage attacks and then retaliating with a strong Ground-type attack. However, it does need to be wary of the Mixed Set, as it can be taken down by a Draco Meteor. Landorus-T is in the same boat as Groudon as far as Zekrom checks go; it can Intimidate upon switch-in to lower the Attack Stat of Zekrom by one stage, but needs to watch out for the Mixed Set's powerful Special Attacking moves. Resisting both of its STAB moves, Ferrothorn can be a potent check to Zekrom. If Zekrom is Substitute + Hone Claws or the Mixed Set with Focus Blast, however, Ferrothorn will lose the one on one battle. Arceus-Ground can be a great counter to Zekrom, as it can take a hit, and outrun and OHKO with a strong Earthquake or Judgment. Thanks for reading this analysis on Zekrom. Please point out any mistakes and give some suggestions to improve the analysis.