VGC '16 Pokemon Spotlight #7: Rayquaza

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Hi everybody. Welcome to Pokemon Spotlight, where we shine a spotlight on a Pokemon each time and try to do our best with what we can do. Today, the spotlight is going to be on Rayquaza. Rayquaza has some amazing things it can do, as well as being a mini-boss in Super Smash Bros. Brawl during the Subspace Emissary, which is great. Without further ado, this is Pokemon Spotlight #7: Rayquaza. Let's start with base stats.

105 HP           150 Sp. Attack
150 Attack       90 Sp. Defense
90 Defense       95 Speed

Rayquaza has some pretty simple stats. For its defenses 105/90/90 are pretty frail which means that your Rayquaza will have to accept its fraility. 150/150 for offenses are really great since you can either go physical, special, or mixed as an attacker and still do well. 95 speed is awkward since why you outspeed the Primals, you Speed tie with Kyurem and are outspeed by Xerneas which means Speed control is very important for Rayquaza to do its job.

Mega Rayquaza
105 HP            180 Sp. Defense
180 Attack       100 Sp. Defense
100 Defense     115 Speed

After Mega Evolving, Rayquaza gets some strong stat increases. 105/100/100 for defenses are amazing. It also has the same defense stats as Mega Kangaskhan, but it uses them in different ways. 180/180 for offensive stats are just amazing since like normal Rayquaza, you can go mixed or physical since your forced into having Dragon Ascent in your moveset, but the move still hits hard. Overall, Rayquaza has some strong stats for a strong offensive presence to match with some good bulk. Now, here's some Generation Showdown top 10 moves and items for Rayquaza. But first, I wanna talk about the abilities Rayquaza has access to in normal form and after Mega Evolution.
  1. Air Lock - Air Lock is a fantastic ability for Rayquaza. Being able to switch into P-Kyogre and P-Groudon to take away their weather as long as your on the field is great. It does what those Golduck did at the very beginning of this meta, but a lot better as well. It also means that you can essentially control the weather since if you decide to Mega Evolve your Rayquaza if that's an option, then you can control the weather war.
  2. Delta Stream - After Mega Evolving, Rayquaza drops Air Lock as an ability to gain the amazing Delta Stream ability. Being able to totally take away the weaknesses that Flying types have from those Flying types on the field is great since it makes Pokemon like Togekiss and the genies a lot more threatening when it's harder to take them out. It also feels like you can reliably follow the Jon Hu method where you cover up those 3 flying types with Delta Stream. It also makes Rayquaza a lot bulkier and better.
Top 10 moves from Generation Showdown

  1. Dragon Ascent -- 99.3%
  2. Extreme Speed -- 83.2%
  3. Protect -- 50.3%
  4. Earthquake -- 27.3%
  5. Draco Meteor -- 25%
  6. Dragon Dance -- 24.3%
  7. Dragon Claw -- 21.4%
  8. V-create -- 12.1% (Only obtainable from a Gen 5 event)
  9. Waterfall -- 11.4% 
  10. Outrage -- 8.7%
  11. Other Moves -- 36.8%
  12. None -- .2% 
  13. Other Options: Earth Power, Fire Blast, Water Pulse, Tailwind, Swords Dance
Top 10 Items from Generation Showdown
  1. Life Orb -- 53.3%
  2. Focus Sash -- 12.1%
  3. Lum Berry -- 11.3%
  4. Choice Band -- 6.6%
  5. Weakness Policy -- 3.2%
  6. White Herb -- 2.3%
  7. Assault Vest -- 2%
  8. Choice Scarf -- 1.7%
  9. Haban Berry -- 1.5%
  10. Yache Berry -- 1.2%
  11. Other Items -- 4.8%
  12. None -- .1%
As you can see Rayquaza will generally run Dragon Ascent to Mega Evolve, Extreme Speed for priority, a powerful dragon move, set-up, and/or a coverage move for the team. The item is heavily dependent on the way you wanna use your Rayquaza. Now, instead of a moveset video, I wanna try to add a sample set. The meta has developed enough to allow this. I will also make a new blog post to document some sample sets for the past Pokemon that we did a Spotlight for.

John Hu's Rayquaza
Rayquaza-Mega @ Life Orb
Ability: Delta Stream
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Naive Nature
- Dragon Ascent
- Draco Meteor
- Earth Power 
- Protect

This is the Rayquaza that Jon Hu used to win a Brooklyn Premier Challenge that had more than 10 people who competed at Worlds at one point in time or more. Since I got this set from the team analysis video he did with Aaron Zheng, who he beat in the finals. It's a pretty simple Rayquaza set that is designed to hit hard and do it well. Something that Jon noted that is very cool is that when using Mega Rayquaza that's holding a Life Orb, it's a good idea to have a 29 HP IV to reduce the amount of recoil damage from your Life Orb. Draco Meteor is his special Dragon move to take advantage of that 180 Sp. Attack. Earth Power was here as an answer for taking out P-Groudon that lack bulk. He also mentions that a Hasty nature would be more preferred on this Rayquaza since Rayquaza can take special Ice and Fairy moves a little better.

Partners for Rayquaza
  1. proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.cclefairy.pngTogekiss and Clefairy can use Follow Me to help Rayquaza set up and make it a bigger threat. Other Follow Me and redirection users are also lumped into this spot, but Togekiss and Clefairy are the 2 most notable Pokemon.
  2. proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.teammagma.netproxy? It pulls a nice double-weather team combo that is hard to stop once it starts. I'm honestly not sure about this one so any help on why this is a popular idea, that would really be awesome.
  3. proxy? They can take advantage of the lack of a flying weakness to make them a bigger threat. Actually, now that I think about it, Tornadus under Delta Stream has no weaknesses, so this spot can technically be any flying type.

How to beat Rayquaza
  1. proxy? If you can survive an Dragon Ascent, then 1 Ice Beam will put Rayquaza to sleep.
  2. proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokestadium.c Same as Kyogre, survive a Dragon Ascent and either a Dazzling Gleam or Moonblast will work.

Now the spotlight that we've shined one Rayquaza is done. I hoped you enjoyed it. I'll see you next time when we shine the Spotlight on another Pokemon and use that time the best we can. Bye.


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