Saturday, August 29, 2015

VGC Mega Blatoise Analysis


Hi and welcome to a new little series on the blog. I will be covering Mega Evolutions and Pokemon that I have used and think are viable in this format. Today, I'll be talking about Mega Blastoise. Ever since Blastoise got a Mega Evolution, its viability in VGC has gone up a lot. Upon mega evolving, it gains a massive boost to its Sp. Attack, which brings up to base 135. That and the Mega Launcher ability, which powers up all aura and pulse moves, and you have a threat. It also gets some really good moves that work with its ability, including Water Pulse, Aura Sphere, Dragon Pulse, Dark Pulse, and even Heal Pulse. It's also very bulky. With 79 HP, 120 Defense, and 115 Sp. Defense, it'll be taking multiple hits with the right investment.

Notable Moves to run on Mega Blastoise

1. Water Pulse
2. Hydro Pump
3. Flash Cannon
4. Ice Beam
5. Scald
6. Protect
7. Dark Pulse
8. Aura Sphere
9. Dragon Pulse
10. Fake Out
11. Water Spout
12. Icy Wind
As you can see, Mega Blastoise has multiple moves it can effectively run. Now let's talk about some sets that have proven themselves to work

Simon Yip’s and Randy Kwa’s  2014 US Nationals set


Blastoise @ Blastoisinite
Ability: Torrent -> Mega Launcher
EVs – 4 HP, 252 Sp. Attack, 252 Speed
Modest Nature for Simon, Timid Nature for Randy
1. Water Spout
2. Aura Sphere
3. Protect
4. Ice Beam

This is probably one of the best sets I've seen from that season and the team that supported it. The supporting cast was Talonflame, Amoonguss, Salamence, Tyranitar, and Lucario. The team was solely designed to support Mega Blastoise and its use of Water Spout. Since Water Spout is a move that does less damage the weaker you are. Rage Powder support from Amoonguss helped keep it healthy while Tailwind from Talonflame kept it fast to do its job. Randy Kwa's team on the other hand, used support Dark Void Smeargle. I'm not going to go into to much detail about Randy’s team as he has made a article detailing the team.

Randy Kwa’s team report: http://nuggetbridge.com/reports/long-shot-dark-us-nationals-16th-place-report/

My Mega Blastoise spread


Blastoise @ Blastoisinite
Ability: Torrent -> Mega Launcher
EVs: 100 HP, 68 Defense, 252 Sp. Attack, 72 Sp. Defense
Modest Nature
1. Water Pulse
2. Aura Sphere
3. Ice Beam
4. Protect
This is my personal spread and I welcome you try it out for yourself as it’s a very bulky build that can also dish out huge chunks of damage. It takes Thunderbolt from the most offensive forms of Thundurus and Double Edge from Mega Kangaskhan and Mega Salamence. Aura Sphere killing Mega Kangaskhan is a roll as its not guaranteed. This spread relies on team support. I found that Cresselia and Thundurus/Zapdos are good partners. Cresselia because of Helping Hand to increase its power and help with Icy Wind support. Thundurus/Zapdos because of reliable Thunder Wave support from Thundurus and Tailwind support from Zapdos.

Overall, Mega Blastoise is a solid Mega Evolution to use and highly recommend you try it out in the future



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