VGC '16 Pokemon Spotlight #4: Dialga


Happy New Years everyone. Hope you enjoyed your 2015 and I hope you have an awesome 2016. Now, our first article on this blog will be an analysis on Dialga. Dialga was a very powerful Pokemon back in the 2010 season as a Trick Room setter and will certainly be doing that this season. Now, let's start by looking at the base stats to see the make-up of this Pokemon


100 HP          150 Sp. Attack
120 Attack     100 Sp. Defense
120 Defense     90 Speed

On the surface, Dialga has some nice stats. 100/120/100 is really solid since you can take some good hits without to much defense investment and focus more on your offenses, which are one of it's main selling points. While 120 Attack may be solid, the lack of strong physical moves makes this stat pretty irrelevant, but still not the worst. The 150 Sp. Attack is your best bet with strong special moves to use to get the most out of your Dialga. 90 Speed is pretty solid. With access to Trick Room and the possibility to do some serious work on a Trick Room team, Dialga will be picking up some major KO's with it's move selection. Overall, Dialga has some nice stats. Now, I wanna show off the abilities that Dialga has access to.

Pressure - As your standard ability, this is the ability that most Dialga you'll face will be using. Personally, theirs nothing wrong with this ability since you can make sure each move your opponent use cost 2 PP instead of 1, slowly killing your opponent's options in battle.

Telepathy - The only way to use this in the 6th Generation is through the Japanese event Dialga. Keep in mind that this Dialga's nature is locked to Modest and in order for it to pass a hack check if it happens, it must have the special ribbon that came with it. But Telepathy is still a good ability. Being able to dodge an Earthquake from your partner comes in really handy with moves like Earthquake and Surf. Keep in mind though if your opponent realizes you don't have Pressure, they might be able to realize you have Telepathy. Now, I wanna show off the stats of moves and items that were used on Dialga in the Generation Showdown tournament.

Move Percentage of Usage

  1. Flash Cannon - 77.8%
  2. Draco Meteor - 48.3%
  3. Trick Room - 47.8%
  4. Dragon Pulse - 42.2%
  5. Earth Power - 40.6%
  6. Protect - 28.9%
  7. Thunder - 22.8%
  8. Roar of Time - 16.1%
  9. Aura Sphere - 13.3%
  10. Fire Blast - 11.7%
  11. Other Moves - 50.6%
Item Percentage of Usage
  1. Adamant Orb - 13.9%
  2. Shuca Berry - 13.3%
  3. Choice Specs - 11.7%
  4. Assault Vest - 11.1%
  5. Lum Berry - 8.9%
  6. Sitrus Berry - 7.2%
  7. Life Orb - 6.7%
  8. Air Balloon - 4.4%
  9. Chople Berry - 3.3%
  10. Weakness Policy - 2.8%
  11. Other Items - 16.7%
As you can see from these items and moves percentage, no item is 100% confirmed and moves aren't 100% confirmed since it seems to me like the way Dialga was run was probably dependent on the team that was backing Dialga, which is probably how Dialga should be built. For moves, Flash Cannon and Draco Meteor seems like a must and the item seems like a toss-up. Now, time for a Dialga VGC2016 moveset video. Hope you enjoy it,

Great Partners for Dialga
  1. Redirection/Fake Out - Mostly for the Trick Room variant, redirection and Fake Out users will help Dialga set up Trick Room for the team
  2. Primal Groudon - Under Trick Room, a slow Primal Groudon can use Eruption to sweep teams, while Dialga handles the other Pokemon
How to beat Dialga
  1. Primal Groudon - While it can be a great partner, P-Groudon  can also beat you since it can use strong Ground move like Precipice Blades and Earth Power to take you down. 
  2. Fighting and Ground types - As a steel type, Dialga has a weakness to these 2 types. So naturally, this a way to beat Dialga and a good way to beat him.
I hoped you enjoyed this analysis on Dialga. If you have any suggestions on how to improve it, let me know as I'll read it and reply to it as well. Follow me on Twitter @KurokyuneVGC for updates on the blog and check out my older content. That'll be really cool. I'll see you next time everyone. Bye.


  1. Pokemon is a start game going on for years. I rememeber when I was young I used to collect all teh pokemon cards, Nowadays kids collect games. Well time changes, loved teh analysis.

  2. Well, it’s a nice one, I have been looking for. Thanks for sharing such informative stuff.

  3. Well, it’s a nice one, I have been looking for. Thanks for sharing such informative stuff.