This Pokemon is banned from XY UU HP: 80 Attack: 80 Defense: 90 Sp.Atk: 110 Sp.Def: 130 Speed: 110 =General= Latias is a Pokemon with great stats all around, with Special Attack, Special Defense and Speed being the ones that stand out. It has a unique type combination, however it doesn’t it anything too special. Its speed tier is also very solid for the tier, only being outsped by Weavile, Alakazam, Crobat, etc. Its speed stat makes it fit nicely on hyper offense teams that need a fast defogger that can also take special hits pretty well and dish out solid damage. Its special defense and typing also make it a great answer to Electric types in the tier barring Mega Ampharos and Galvantula. It has access to good moves such as Defog, Roost, Calm Mind, Healing Wish, etc, and also has the ability Levitate which gives it a nice Ground immunity. Unfortunately it’s weak too common attacking types in the tier which include Bug, Dragon, Dark, and Ice. =Offensive Defog= Latias (F) @ Life Orb Trait: Levitate EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Draco Meteor - Psyshock - Defog - Roost / Healing Wish This set is more geared towards offensive teams. Latias hits very hard with Life Orb, OHKOing things like Thundurus-T, Terrakion, Darmanitan, etc. On top of this, its great Speed stat and amazing special bulk make it so Latias will almost always get a Defog off. However it does lose to a couple of Stealth Rockers such as Jirachi and Rhyperior. Draco Meteor and Psyshock are its STABs. Psyshock is used to dent special walls such as Florges and Snorlax, and also OHKOes most Fighting/Poison types in the tier, while Draco Meteor just hits really hard, OHKOing decently bulky things like Chandelure and Nidoking. Roost provides recovery, making it able to take on things like Thundurus-T and Mega Manectric better and generally increasing its survivability. Roost can be swapped out for Healing Wish, which can be useful in restoring a teammates sash, for example. =Fast Wall= Latias (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Levitate EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Dragon Pulse - Psyshock - Calm Mind / Defog - Roost With the addition of max HP investment and Leftovers, survivability is noticeably increased. Latias is able to take hits much better, no longer being 2HKOed by Alakazam’s Shadow Ball for example. Since this set leans more defensive, Dragon Pulse is chosen over Draco Meteor because the stat drops are unfavorable for more defensive variants. Roost is pretty much required on this as it ensures that Latias can take repeated hits. Psyshock is used as its second STAB, hitting special walls like Florges and Snorlax for good damage. The fourth option is entirely up to what your team needs. Defog makes Latias a very reliable hazard remover, while Calm Mind can attempt to set up a sweep and even beat other Calm Mind users such as Crocune. It also boosts its Special Defense to insane levels. With one Calm Mind, Latias takes a pathetic 35% from Florges’ Moonblast and turns an assumed counter into set-up fodder. Note that things like Weavile can easily revenge kill Latias, so it’s advised that Pokemon such as Weavile be removed before setting up. =Choice= Latias (F) @ Choice Scarf / Choice Specs Trait: Levitate EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Draco Meteor - Psyshock - Healing Wish - Trick Latias has the ability to viably run both Choice Scarf and Specs. With Scarf, Latias hits 525 Speed, making it the fastest Scarfer in UU barring lesser used Pokemon such as Raikou. It also has solid Special Attack even without Specs or LO, which lets it successfully revenge kill things such as Crobat, Salamence, Zygarde, Heracross, etc. Since this set is more offensive, your first STAB should be Draco Meteor. Dragon Pulse just doesn’t hit hard enough, and misses out on OHKOing things like Salamence and Zygarde. Psyshock is the second STAB, OHKOing Nidoking, Heracross, and doing nice damage to special walls in general. Healing Wish is an excellent choice for a third slot option. Latias is bound to outspeed pretty much everything in this tier, so something that fast with access to restore any teammates HP back to full is always good. Trick is very good as a last slot option as it cripples walls easily. Crocune, Florges, Umbreon, Slowbro, etc. are borderline useless when given a Choice item. In contrast to this,we have Specs Latias. This is if you prefer to hit ridiculously hard right off the bat. With Specs equipped, Latias hits a very respectable 478 in Special Attack. This combined with Draco Meteor means huge damage on anything. Even mammoths of special walls like Umbreon take around half from Draco. Psyshock also destroys things like Snorlax, doing a solid 52% to specially defensive variants. Both these sets still fears the likes of Weavile, so be wary of of just clicking Psyshock if a Weavile is present on the opposing side. =Other Options= Latias has a pretty expansive movepool so you have a good amount of options to play with. Latias has access to Roar which can be helpful if you have hazards on your opponent’s side of the field. It’s also very good at phazing out set-up sweepers like CroCune and Thundurus-T. Tailwind can be useful, especially for offensive teams to help out late game when in a tight spot. Thunder Wave is an alternate choice, as it speed-wise cripples the Pokemon Latias paralyses but it won't affect the rest of the opponent's team. It also gets access to Wish, and with its decent HP it can act as a reliable Wish passer. This would probably be used on more defensive variants however. In terms of coverage moves, Lati has the movepool to cater to whatever suits your team’s needs. Energy Ball, Thunderbolt, Surf, Shadow Ball, and Hidden Power and just some of the options you have at your disposal. These are fairly niche options, but if your team has troubles with Forretress for example, Hidden Power Fire is not a bad choice as it OHKOes Forretress. Charge Beam is decent, but gimmicky, as Calm Mind will almost always be the superior choice. Latias also gets Refresh, which would work best on a Calm Mind variant to avoid getting stalled out by Toxic users such as Porygon2 or Umbreon. Dual Screens are an option, but Latias is outclassed by the likes of Klefki who even gets priority on it. Specially Defensive and Physically Defensive are both viable options. Specially Defensive Latias can take on things like Mega Manectric much better, only taking a pathetic 25% from HP Ice. Physically Defensive can serve as a very solid Mega Medicham counter if they lack Ice Punch, but this role is played better by Mew who also has access to Will-o-Wisp and lacks the Ice Punch weakness. And finally, a Sub CM set is fairly viable with Sub/Roost/CM and either Pyshock or Dragon Pulse, but you will end up getting shut down either by Fairys or Dark types, so if you choose to run this set it’s recommended you have something to take care of either so Lati’s chances at a sweep will substantially increase. =Checks & Counters= Steel types usually can take on Latias due to Dragon/Psychic not being the best coverage, Escavalier is best at countering Latias as it doesn't fear anything barring the uncommon Hidden Power Fire and can trap it with Pursuit. Umbreon, Florges and Porygon2 can take any hit, however they lose against the Calm Mind variants if they lack Toxic, and they won't appreciate a Trick. Snorlax can live any hit and retaliate with Return/Body Slam or trap it with Pursuit, however it doesn't take Psyshock too well. Weavile is faster unless Latias carries a Choice Scarf and can trap it with Pursuit or take it out with Knock Off. Any Pokemon with a powerful super-effective hit can check Latias, and finally, most Pokemon with U-Turn can deal a good amount of damage to Latias.