Monday, September 21, 2015

VGC Thundurus-Therian Analysis


Welcome to my 2nd Pokemon analysis. Last time, I talked about Mega Blastoise and everything you'll need to know about him in VGC. This time, I'll be talking about Thundurus-Therian and everything you need to know when using him in VGC. First, I'll dive in and talk about his stats.

Base Stats

79 HP – While it's not the highest, it's certainly respectable combined with its average defensive stats, this Pokemon will be taking a few hits well.
105 Attack – Amazing. While not the best attacking stat it has, it certainly means that a physically offensive set can work, thanks to the moves it can learn.
70 Defense – Only if it were higher. It's lowest stat has to be defense in a physically offensive metagame means unless supported properly, Thundurus-T will enter the field and most likely be severely weakened shortly thanks to its weakness to Rock Slide users.
145 Sp. Attack -  Exceptional. Thundurus will be dishing out a ton of damage with the good amount of coverage it can run.
80 Sp. Defense – Okay. Even though 80 is respectable, it's weakness to Ice Beam will leave it in a bad position, as long as you can get rid of those users, Thundurus will have a better time.
101 Speed – Outspeeding base 100 Pokemon like Kangaskhan and Chairzard means you can heavy damage to them before they can attack.


Abilities

Volt Absorb – While that's it's only ability, it's certainly not a bad ability, an immunity to electric type moves like Thunderbolt and Thunder Wave will help Pokemon weak to those moves like Gyarados and Charizard.

Thundurus-Therian has multiple moves it can reliably run. While some are basically needed for Thundurus-T to perform properly, some help with certain match ups. I will go in order for Bulbapedia by level up, TM, breeding, and tutor moves.


Moves

1. Dark Pulse
2. Protect
3. Thunderbolt
4. Thunder
5. Psychic
6. Sludge Bomb
7. Focus Blast
8. Volt Switch
9. Grass Knot
10. Flash Cannon
11. Hidden Power [Ice]
Now that we know more about this powerful beast, let's look into some sets that players have used, as well as my favorite of running him.

Nicholas Borghi’s Thundurus-T set


Thundurus-Therian @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Volt Absorb
Level: 50
EVs: 68 HP / 252 SpA / 188 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 30 Def
– Thunderbolt
– Hidden Power [Ice]
– Grass Knot
– Volt Switch

This is a pretty interesting set. The set is designed to outspeed Adamant Scarfed Lando-T and Mega Sceptile as well.  It also has the right amount of coverage for what he needed. Thunderbolt was its main way of damage, Volt Switch for switch initiative, Grass Knot for Mega Swampert and Gastrodon, although Grass Knot may miss the KO on the really specially defensive version, and Hidden Power [Ice] is for Landorus-Therian.


My Thundurus-T set


Thundurus-Therian @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Volt Absorb
EVs: 20 HP / 252 SpA / 236 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk/ 30 Def
– Thunderbolt
– Hidden Power [Ice]
– Grass Knot
– Focus Blast

This is my personal set and my favorite. The set is designed to hit a wide array of the meta since I value move coverage on my Pokemon when I can. The 20 HP survives Jolly Mega Tyranitar Rock Slide for any Tyranitar that decide to get cheeky and do that. The Sp. Attack investment maximizes my damage potential and the speed was left over. Thunderbolt is my stab, Hidden Power [Ice] is for Landorus-Therian, Grass Knot is for Swampert and Gastrodon, and Focus Blast is mainly for Scrafty and Kangaskhan, although it isn't the best way of handling them.


Well that's my analysis on Thundurus-Therian. Overall, what it lacks in defense, it more than makes up for in its heavy offensive stats. I hope you give him a try and I'll see you in my next post, where I cover another Pokemon in the format I think you should try.


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