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(VGC) Metagross - Physical Attacker Movesets - Black117 - Dec 31, 2016

(VGC) Metagross - Physical Attacker Movesets
 

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Metagross has certainly had its up and downs over the years though this VGC 17 format seems promising to make it return to its former glory. While being rather slow, Metagross is one of the most bulky offensive Pokemon  with a defensive BST of 80 HP, 130 Defense, 90 Special Defense, and an Attack stat of 135. With its Steel/Psychic pairing, Metagross has nine overall resistances and one immunity to poison making it capable of checking certain threats on the field. Coverage-wise,  Metgross can still pack a punch against opposing Pokemon with the combination of Steel-, Psychic-, Ground-, and Fighting type moves to hit most relevant Pokemon with at least neutrally. With the Clear Body ability, Pokemon with the Intimidate ability can't drop Metagross rather high base 135 attack stat and will always hit rather for notable damage. Though most Metagross sets encompass the same movesets at times, they all function unique and independent usually taking advantage of Metagross offensive potential or bulk. 

What makes Metagross threatening in this format compared to previous years is the introduction to a new partner: Tapu Lele. Thanks to the Psychic Terrain, Metagross receives a 50% increase to all its Psychic-based attacks and can threaten opposing targets for heavy damage. In return, Metagross serves as an excellent partner to Tapu Lele for handling opposing Fairy-types or the Tapus who attempt to gain Terrain advantage. The damage output from both Zen Headbutt and the potential Shatter Psyche makes Metagross an incredible threat to consider when facing one in Psychic Terrain. Keep in mind Metagross is rather slow enough to abuse a potential Trick Room option to allow it to "outspeed" faster threats and potentially overwhelm the opposing side. 

Even with most of these traits, Metagross has some notable flaws going against it. Since Gen 6, Metagross received two extra weaknesses in Dark-, and Ghost-type alongside the rather common Ground- and Fire-types making it more easier to target down with super effective attacks. Recall Metagross is a rather slow Pokemon with a base 70 speed so chances are it will get hit first before it can retaliate. Though not considerably a weakness, most of Metagross main attacks such as Meteor Mash, Zen Headbutt, or Hammer Arm are all 90% accurate making its rather inconsistent when it comes to connecting attacks. Even so, Metagross is definite a strong Steel type to consider in battle and can carry the weight of its teammates in battle.

 
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Metagross

Type:
Steel Psychic
Base Stats: 80 HP / 135 Attack / 130 Defense /  95 Special Attack / 90 Special Defense / 70 Speed
Weaknesses:    Fire x2  Ground  x2 Dark x2   Ghost x2
Resistances: Psychic  x0.25  Dragon  x0.5 Fairy  x0.5  Steel  x0.5 Ice  x0.5 Rock  x0.5  Normal x0.5 Grass x0.5  Flying x0.5
Immunities: Poison 
Abilities:  Clear Body - Prevents Stat Changes except from the User
Hidden Ability: Light Metal - Halves the User's Weight 

 

 
Psychium Z
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Metagross @ Psychium Z  
Ability: Clear Body  
Level: 50  
EVs: 252 HP / 116 Atk / 36 Def / 12 SpD / 92 Spe  
Adamant Nature  
- Meteor Mash  
- Zen Headbutt  
- Earthquake / Hammer Arm
- Protect

Milestones:
- Z-Move Shattered Psyche under Psychic Terrain can OHKO many common threats if used sucessfully.
 
Here we have the Psychium Z Metagross set with a standard three attacks options. In retrospects, Metagross is a rather simple Pokemon to use in terms of movepool, though most of the attacks listed do have specific intentions. STAB Meteor Mash allows Metagross to hit opposing Fairy-, Rock-, and Ice-type Pokemon such as Alolan Ninetales, Gigalith, Tapu Lele, etc for heavy damage with the chance to rais the attack stat by one stage. Zen Headbutt is another STAB option that's now potentially "stronger" in due part of the presense of Tapu Lele's ability to summon Psychic Terrain. Under the field condition, Zen Headbutt hits a 120 Base Power which can do some a considerable damage against opposing Pokemon, though not enough for the OHKO. The last two slots are between Earthquake or Hammer Arm which both have their merits. Earthquake allows Metagross to his opposing Electric-, Fire-, and Steel-types for super effective damage meanwhile Hammer Arm hits opposing Normal-types like Snorlax and Porygon2 hard. 

One of Metagross's best selling points is to use the Psychium Z item in conjunction with Clear Body and the Psychic Terrain. Under the field condition, Z-Zen Headbutt, or Shattered Psyche reaches a base power of 240 before STAB, making this one of the strongest Z-attacks in the format. Given how Metagross has a base attack of 130 and an ability which prevent stat drops, a Shattered Psyche from this Pokemon will hurt even the bulkiest of walls. In order to achieve this feat, make sure to pair Metagross with Tapu Lele to summon the Psychic Terrain. Even so, Tapu Lele is a great partner to pair with Metagross as it covers it Dark type weakness while form part of a Steel-Dragon-Fairy core. The speed investment listed allows Metagross to outspeed neutral base 80s, though more can be added if chosen.

Offensive Calcs



116+ Atk Meteor Mash

116+ Atk Metagross Meteor Mash vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Bulu: 140-168 (79 - 94.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
116+ Atk Metagross Meteor Mash vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Lele: 200-236 (112.9 - 133.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Meteor Mash vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Gigalith: 128-152 (66.6 - 79.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
116+ Atk Metagross Meteor Mash vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Nihilego: 284-336 (153.5 - 181.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Meteor Mash vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Mimikyu: 188-224 (116 - 138.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO


116+ Atk Zen Headbutt 

116+ Atk Metagross Zen Headbutt vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Salazzle: 212-252 (147.2 - 175%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Zen Headbutt vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Gengar: 212-252 (157 - 186.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Zen Headbutt vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Hariyama: 212-252 (84.4 - 100.3%) -- 6.3% chance to OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Zen Headbutt vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Pheromosa: 296-350 (202.7 - 239.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Zen Headbutt vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Nihilego: 254-300 (137.2 - 162.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO


116+ Atk Shattered Psyche in Psychic Terrain

116+ Atk Metagross Shattered Psyche (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 156 Def Eviolite Porygon2 in Psychic Terrain: 130-154 (67.7 - 80.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
116+ Atk Metagross Shattered Psyche (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Politoed in Psychic Terrain: 183-216 (92.8 - 109.6%) -- 56.3% chance to OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Shattered Psyche (160 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Garchomp in Psychic Terrain: 220-261 (120.2 - 142.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Shattered Psyche (160 BP) vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Tapu Koko in Psychic Terrain: 241-285 (165 - 195.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Shattered Psyche (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Mudsdale in Psychic Terrain: 211-249 (101.9 - 120.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Shattered Psyche (160 BP) vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Salamence in Psychic Terrain: 253-298 (147.9 - 174.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Shattered Psyche (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Fini in Psychic Terrain: 186-220 (105 - 124.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Shattered Psyche (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Araquanid in Psychic Terrain: 225-265 (128.5 - 151.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Shattered Psyche (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Arcanine in Psychic Terrain: 253-298 (128.4 - 151.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Shattered Psyche (160 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Gyarados in Psychic Terrain: 255-301 (150 - 177%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Shattered Psyche (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Marowak-Alola in Psychic Terrain: 195-229 (116.7 - 137.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO


116+ Atk Earthquake / Hammer Arm 

116+ Atk Metagross Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Raichu-Alola: 150-178 (110.2 - 130.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Arcanine: 106-126 (53.8 - 63.9%) -- 5.5% chance to 2HKO after Sitrus Berry recovery
116+ Atk Metagross Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Nihilego: 316-372 (170.8 - 201%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Metagross Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Tapu Koko in Electric Terrain: 102-120 (69.8 - 82.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
116+ Atk Metagross Hammer Arm vs. 252 HP / 156 Def Eviolite Porygon2: 74-88 (38.5 - 45.8%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
116+ Atk Metagross Hammer Arm vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Snorlax: 166-196 (62.1 - 73.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO


Defensive Calcs



Physical Defense

252 Atk Garchomp Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 36 Def Metagross: 102-120 (54.5 - 64.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Gyarados Hydro Vortex (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 36 Def Metagross: 114-135 (60.9 - 72.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Arcanine Flare Blitz vs. 252 HP / 36 Def Metagross: 156-186 (83.4 - 99.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Mimikyu Never-Ending Nightmare (140 BP) vs. 252 HP / 36 Def Metagross: 158-188 (84.4 - 100.5%) -- 6.3% chance to OHKO
252 Atk Kartana Night Slash vs. 252 HP / 36 Def Metagross: 80-96 (42.7 - 51.3%) -- 5.1% chance to 2HKO
252+ Atk Meadow Plate Tapu Bulu Wood Hammer vs. 252 HP / 36 Def Metagross in Grassy Terrain: 78-93 (41.7 - 49.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery


Special Defense


252 SpA Salazzle Flamethrower vs. 252 HP / 12 SpD Metagross: 150-176 (80.2 - 94.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Gengar Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 12 SpD Metagross: 150-176 (80.2 - 94.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Life Orb Tapu Koko Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 12 SpD Metagross in Electric Terrain: 130-153 (69.5 - 81.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Tapu Lele Shattered Psyche (175 BP) vs. 252 HP / 12 SpD Metagross in Psychic Terrain: 66-78 (35.2 - 41.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252+ SpA Choice Specs Tapu Fini Scald vs. 252 HP / 12 SpD Metagross: 97-115 (51.8 - 61.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Pelipper Scald vs. 252 HP / 12 SpD Metagross in Rain: 99-117 (52.9 - 62.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO


 

 
Assault Vest 

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Metagross @ Assault Vest  
Ability: Clear Body  
Level: 50  
EVs: 252 HP / 116 Atk / 36 Def / 92 SpD / 12 Spe  
Adamant Nature  
- Meteor Mash  
- Zen Headbutt  
- Earthquake  
- Bullet Punch

Milestones:
-Same Offensive Achievements
-AV to take Special Attacks Better

This Metagross set is built towards takes more specially-based hits while dish out damage against the opposing side. One of the most common and threatening special attackers in the VGC 17 format is Tapu Lele thanks to its Psychic Terrain-boosted STABs which can 2HKO, or potentially OHKO any target. With the Assault Vest and the double resistance to Psychic STAB, Assault Vest Metagross makes for one of the best Tapu Lele responses. In addition, Metagross can survive a number of specially-based Z move attacks such as the Hydro Vortex in the Rain from Duck, an Eruption from Drought Torkoal, 2 Thunderbolts from Tapu Koko in Electric Terrain, and a host of other attacks. In terms of movepool, most of Metagross's attacks are largely unchange from the first set, except Bullet Punch is opted for priority. For a list of damage calculations with the Assault Vest, refer down below:



Offensive Calcs:


Same as Above


Defensive Calcs




Physical Defense

Same as Above

Special Defense (With Assault Vest) 

252+ SpA Golduck Hydro Vortex (185 BP) vs. 252 HP / 92 SpD Assault Vest Metagross: 93-109 (49.7 - 58.2%) -- 98.4% chance to 2HKO
252+ SpA Torkoal Eruption (150 BP) vs. 252 HP / 92 SpD Assault Vest Metagross in Sun: 158-188 (84.4 - 100.5%) -- 6.3% chance to OHKO
252+ SpA Choice Specs Tapu Fini Hydro Pump vs. 252 HP / 92 SpD Assault Vest Metagross: 82-97 (43.8 - 51.8%) -- 13.3% chance to 2HKO
252 SpA Life Orb Tapu Koko Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 92 SpD Assault Vest Metagross in Electric Terrain: 79-95 (42.2 - 50.8%) -- 3.5% chance to 2HKO
252+ SpA Xurkitree Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 92 SpD Assault Vest Metagross: 69-82 (36.8 - 43.8%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252+ SpA Xurkitree Gigavolt Havoc (175 BP) vs. 252 HP / 92 SpD Assault Vest Metagross: 133-157 (71.1 - 83.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Arcanine Burn Up vs. 252 HP / 92 SpD Assault Vest Metagross: 134-162 (71.6 - 86.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Salamence Flamethrower vs. 252 HP / 92 SpD Assault Vest Metagross: 62-74 (33.1 - 39.5%) -- 99.8% chance to 3HKO
+2 188+ SpA Milotic Scald vs. 252 HP / 92 SpD Assault Vest Metagross: 78-93 (41.7 - 49.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

 

 
Choice Band
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Metagross @ Choice Band  
Ability: Clear Body  
Level: 50  
EVs: 220 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 4 SpD / 28 Spe  
Adamant Nature  
- Meteor Mash  
- Zen Headbutt  
- Earthquake  
- Bullet Punch / Hammer Arm
 
Milestones:
-Guaranteed OHKO against "frail" Tapu Koko, Alolan Raichu, and Xurkitree with CB Earthquake
- With Psychic Terrain, has a 15/16th chance to OHKO Garchomp with Zen Headbutt
-Can 2HKO most Pokemon with approriate attack.
 
With the base 135 attack stat, Metagross makes for a great Choice Band user who can essentially hit many targets its STAB and coverage options listed down. Choice Band Meteor Mash has essentially OHKO most Fairy-types in the format bar Tapu Fini, not to mention has a 20% chance to raise Metagross Attack further. As mentioned before, if Psychic Terrain is up, Zen Headbutt will deal further damage, and pairing it with the Choice Band can net some rather crazy OHKOs. Some examples of these offensive feats include Choice Band Psychic Terrain Zen Headbutt OHKOing Gyarados, Arcanine Salamence, and even 2HKOing most non fully defensive Porygon2. Unlike the previous two sets, Choice Band Earthquake is able net the OHKOs against many frail Electric, Poison, and some Fire-type Pokemon while dealing a decent chunk against opposing Steel-types. The last moveslot is Bullet Punch so Metagross can use to priority purposes, though remember that Psychic Terrain will render it useless, so use with caution. Hammer Arm can be used to hit opposing Normal-, Dark-, and Steel-types like Porygon2, Snorlax, Kartana, and etc. 

The idea of using Choice Band Metagross is essentially to hit as hard as possible while maintain offensive pressure. One, if not Metagross best partners to pair is Tapu Lele as both receive an increase in STAB Psychic-type moves and can make a "Psychic Spam" team. If anyone does any of the damage calculations for Choice Band Zen Headbutt under Psychic Terrain, most are either 2HKOs dealing about least ~60% damage to almost, if not straight up OHKOs most of the neutral format. Note the Clear Body ability prevents any imposed stat changes, so any "Intimidate" shuffling won't work against Metagross, which will only hit just as consistently hard. The only notable thing to address with this Choice Band Metagross is to definitely consider what move it will "choice lock" itself into until Metagross either switches, gets the Choice Band removed, or faints. 

The EV Spread listed on this set allows Metagross to hit as hard as possible with the Choice Band while outspeed neutral base 70s and potential speed creep mons. Some of the best partners to pair with Choice Band Metagross are predominately offensive Pokemon (Tapu Lele, Pelipper, Golduck, etc) or Trick Room setters (Porygon2, Mimikyum Oranguru, etc) to maintain offensive pressure and speed control prespectively. 

Offensive Calcs:



Choice Band Meteor Mash

252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Meteor Mash vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Bulu: 230-272 (129.9 - 153.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Meteor Mash vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Tapu Koko: 148-175 (101.3 - 119.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Meteor Mash vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Lele: 324-384 (183 - 216.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Meteor Mash vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Fini: 115-136 (64.9 - 76.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Meteor Mash vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Eviolite Clefairy: 188-224 (106.2 - 126.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Meteor Mash vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Gigalith: 210-248 (109.3 - 129.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Meteor Mash vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Ninetales-Alola: 652-772 (437.5 - 518.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO 
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Meteor Mash vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Garchomp: 135-160 (73.7 - 87.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO


Choice Band Zen Headbutt in Psychic Terrain 

252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Zen Headbutt vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Garchomp in Psychic Terrain: 180-213 (98.3 - 116.3%) -- 93.8% chance to OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Zen Headbutt vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Araquanid in Psychic Terrain: 184-217 (105.1 - 124%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Zen Headbutt vs. 244 HP / 108+ Def Gastrodon in Psychic Terrain: 186-220 (85.7 - 101.3%) -- 12.5% chance to OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Zen Headbutt vs. 252 HP / 36 Def Arcanine in Psychic Terrain: 198-234 (100.5 - 118.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Zen Headbutt vs. 52 HP / 76 Def Gyarados in Psychic Terrain: 192-226 (108.4 - 127.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Zen Headbutt vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Marowak-Alola in Psychic Terrain: 160-189 (95.8 - 113.1%) -- 75% chance to OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Zen Headbutt vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Milotic in Psychic Terrain: 145-172 (71.7 - 85.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Zen Headbutt vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Fini in Psychic Terrain: 153-181 (86.4 - 102.2%) -- 18.8% chance to OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Zen Headbutt vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Salamence in Psychic Terrain: 210-247 (122.8 - 144.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Zen Headbutt vs. 252 HP / 156 Def Eviolite Porygon2 in Psychic Terrain: 108-127 (56.2 - 66.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO


Choice Band Earthquake

252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Tapu Koko in Electric Terrain: 164-194 (112.3 - 132.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Xurkitree: 190-224 (119.4 - 140.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Raichu-Alola: 246-290 (180.8 - 213.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 36 Def Arcanine: 164-194 (83.2 - 98.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Sitrus Berry recovery
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Nihilego: 516-608 (278.9 - 328.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Magnezone: 256-304 (144.6 - 171.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Metagross: 116-138 (62 - 73.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO


Choice Band Hammer Arm

252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Hammer Arm vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Incineroar: 208-246 (102.9 - 121.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Hammer Arm vs. 252 HP / 156 Def Eviolite Porygon2: 120-142 (62.5 - 73.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Metagross Hammer Arm vs. 68 HP / 252 Def Snorlax: 198-234 (81.1 - 95.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO




Potential Teammates include, but aren't limited to:
  • Water Types - Two of Metagross's notable weakness as of late have been both the Fire- and Ground-types and can chunk, if not OHKO Metagross with their STAB moves. Water-type Pokemon not only threaten both of these types, but exclusive rain-based teams can reduce the Fire-type damage output. (Ex. Pelipper, Milotic, Politoed, Aranaquid, Gastrodon, Gyrados, etc ). 
  • Fairy-Types  - With the recent introduction and prevalence of Poison-types and respective coverage moves, Metagross takes no damage and can threaten them with a STAB Psychic STAB. In turn, Fairy-type Pokemon can deal with opposing Dark-types who can check Metagross. (Ex. Tapus, Mimikyu)
  • Dragon-Types - Some Dragon-type Pokemon such as Salamence or Garchomp offer Metagross unique defensive synergy against some neutral types while cover for Fairy-types. (EX. Salamence, Garchomp, Goodra, Dragonite, etc)
  • Intimidate Support - Helps with Metagross's Defensive bulk and do offer some unique  defensive type synergy. (Ex. Salamence, Arcanine, Krookodile, Gyarados, Granbull, etc )
  • Tapu Lele - Exclusive partner to Metagross who can boost the power of STAB Psychic moves by 50% while Metagross can take opposing Steel- and Poison-types.
Threats include, but aren't limited to:
  • Fire-types - Arcanine, Alolan Marowak, Salazzle, Incineroar, Talonflame, etc
  • Ground-types - Garchomp, Krookodile, Mudsdale, Gastrodon, etc
  • Ghost-types - Gengar, Dhelmise, Sableye, Mimikyu, etc
  • Dark-types - Alolan Muk, Krookodile, Incineroar, Alolan Persian, etc. 
  • Powerful Special hits if not Assault Vest.
  • Burn Status
Other Notable Options 
  • Type-Reducing Berries are useful to cover against Metagross weakness ( Occa, Shuca, Colbur, and Kasib Berry)
  • Weakness Policy can increase Metagross attack stats by +2 if hit by a super effective attack. 
  • Air Balloon can give Metagross a Pseudo Ground-type immunity. 
 


Might be the last Pokemon Analysis of this year on my end (literally is), though there will be many... many more to follow in the future so stay tune. Either way, have a great day!


RE: (VGC) Metagross - Physical Attacker Movesets - Gvng - Dec 31, 2016

Great guide @Black117 will definetly try one of these Metagross sets, we all know how that milotic set went in the Tournament so im excited to see what these can do!


RE: (VGC) Metagross - Physical Attacker Movesets - Feax - Dec 31, 2016

thanks for making the afford, was looking for smth that does decent dmg to porygon 2 and i think i will go with the assault vest Hammer Arm set in the future.

really pumped to see the your Tournament team!!!


RE: (VGC) Metagross - Physical Attacker Movesets - Elly - Jan 1, 2017

Hmm Psychiun Z will be interesting to try. Good job on the build!


RE: (VGC) Metagross - Physical Attacker Movesets - big bird - Jan 1, 2017

Awesome guide. CB is really fun to spam EQ with :p


RE: (VGC) Metagross - Physical Attacker Movesets - Black117 - Jan 1, 2017

Thanks everyone for the reply! Definitely Metagross is a strong bulky offensive mon to use in this format now that pretty much it has a partner to be paired with. Did mention Tapu Lele multiple times in this write-up, but that's just its best pairing given how Metagross can take punishing hits with its above average defensive stats, while can hit back hard. Honestly Choice Band Metagross hits like a truck, especially when its given the Psychic Terrain boost the power of Zen Headbutt. Yeah with the Choice Band, Earthquake can easily OHKO Tapu Koko that aren't even fully invested so that's an scenario to consider.