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PostSubject: Landorus-T Analysis   Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:32 am

Landorus-TAbundance Pokemon
No DW ability
4x
2x
1x
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1/2x
0x
HP89288-382
Atk145265-427
Def90166-306
SpA105193-339
SpD80148-284
Spe91168-309
Intimidate
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Overview

The release of Black and White 2 brought us Landorus-T, or Landorus’ Therian form. Landorus-T is very similar to the normal Landorus, as both learn the same moves and both share the same typing. However, Landorus-T has the ability Intimidate, something that the normal Landorus does not have. Also, Landorus-T’s base attack is 20 points higher than Landorus’ base attack, but Landorus-T’s base speed and special attack stats are each 10 points lower than Landorus’ corresponding stats. Thus, Landorus-T hits like a truck, but its speed can be underwhelming.

Sets

Rock Setter
Landorus-T w/ Leftovers
Ability: Intimidate
Adamant nature
EVs: 216 Def, 196 HP, 96 Atk
-Stealth Rock
-Earthquake
-Stone Edge
-U-Turn

This Landorus-T set is mainly designed for easily setting up Stealth Rock. However, because of its ability, Intimidate, and because of its investment in physical defense, Landorus-T can survive some powerful, physical hits form Pokemon like Scizor, Dragonite, and Terrakion. Despite the minimal investment in attack, Landorus-T still has 385 attack, which still can inflict harm on the opposing side. Earthquake and Stone Edge are used as Landorus-T’s attacking moves, and they get good coverage with each other. U-Turn is used to scout the opponents’ strategies, and also can be used to use Intimidate multiple times if needed.

The EVs are actually very specific for this set. The 212 Defense and 192 HP EVs are designed to survive two of Choice Banded Terrakion’s Stone Edges, and its 96 attack EVs are made to KO Dragonite with Stone Edge with Stealth Rock on the field.

Gravity Sweeper
Landorus-T w/ Life Orb
Ability: Intimidate
Naïve nature
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Spe, 4 SpA
-Gravity
-Earthquake
-Stone Edge
-Hidden Power Ice

Landorus-T is a great user of the move Gravity. Gravity makes all Flying and levitating foes ‘grounded’, so that they can be hit by Ground moves. This means that some of Landorus-T’s counters, like Skarmory and Rotom-W, are no longer ‘safe’ from Landorus-T’s Earthquake. Also, Gravity decreases evasion of all Pokemon on the field by two levels. In other words, it increases move accuracy by 1.67 times, meaning that a move with 60 accuracy will have 100% accuracy under Gravity. This also means that Landorus-T’s Stone Edge will have perfect accuracy under Gravity. Hidden Power Ice is used to deal heavy damage to Pokemon that are not hit hard by Earthquake or Stone Edge, specifically Gliscor and Tangrowth. U-Turn can be used instead of Hidden Power Ice to scout out the opponents’ strategies. Just be sure to use a Jolly nature when using U-turn

The EVs are fairly obvious for this kind of set; 252 attack and speed maximizes Landorus-T’s sweeping abilities. A Naïve or Jolly nature is recommended, as it is helpful to outspeed foes like Lucario or Rotom-W.

Rock Polish Sweeper
Landorus-T w/ Life Orb
Ability: Intimidate
Naive nature
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Spe, 4 SpA
-Rock Polish
-Earthquake
-Stone Edge
-Hidden Power Ice

Landorus-T, with its massive attack power and decent defenses, makes a great selection for a Rock Polish sweeper, possibly doing the job better than its cousin, Landorus. Intimidate, in particular, gives it opportunities to switch into battle and sweep opposing teams. Earthquake and Stone Edge, again, make up its two main sweeping moves. Earthquake, coming from that base 145 attack stat, is very deadly, and Stone Edge gets good coverage with Earthquake, hitting many of the Pokemon who resist Earthquake for decent amounts of damage. Hidden Power Ice is mainly there for Gliscor and Tangrowth, which otherwise would laugh at Landorus-T's attacks. Superpower is another option here. While it gets redundent coverage with Earthquake most of the time, Superpower hits Ferrothorn, Air Balloon Heatran, and Hydreigon hard.

Its EVs are again fairly straightforward; 252 attack and speed EVs is the way to go. If Superpower is being used over Hidden Power Ice, then Landorus-T should have a Jolly nature instead of the Timid nature.


Counters

Landorus-T has many of the same counters as normal Landorus, mainly because they are so similar. Nevertheless, Landorus-T does have a very high attack stat, so many counters will still be taking hard hits. Skarmory is probably Landorus-T's biggest counter, as it doesn't take much damage from anything that Landorus-T has to offer, barring Earthquakes under Gravity. Rotom-W also works well against Landorus-T. Rotom-W can swiftly KO Landorus-T with a Hydro Pump or Hidden Power Ice, but Rotom-W doesn't have the power to withstand too many of Landorus-T's attacks. Slowbro also can work well against Landorus-T, as Slowbro can hit Landorus-T hard with its surf attacks, and Slowbro has the defense to withstand a few of Landorus-T's attacks. Landorus-T's big flaw is its base 91 speed; this means that many Pokemon can outspeed and KO Landorus-T. Latios, Tornadus, Thundurus, and Salamence can do well because of their Earthquake immunity, and Pokemon like Starmie, Keldeo, and Mienshao can all threaten Landorus-T as well. If all else fails, Landorus-T absolutely despies Ice Shard from Pokemon like Mamoswine and Cloyster.

Teammates

Despite the common weaknesses, Thundurus (or Thundurus-T) can work well with Landorus-T. Thundurus can swiftly dispose of the water Pokemon that can trouble Landorus-T, and both Thundurus and Landorus-T can fit well on Volt-turn teams. In terms of defensive synergy, most Water Pokemon pair well with Landorus-T. Water Pokemon typically resist the Water and Ice moves that trouble Landorus-T, and Landorus-T resists the electric moves that can trouble some Water Pokemon. Some Water-typed Pokemon that pair well with Landorus-T include Jellicent and Keldeo.


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PostSubject: Re: Landorus-T Analysis   Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:06 pm

On another similar note, not having Choice Scarf here, the most popular set, is a crime. No gravity is again a problem, swords dance needs to be mention as he can set it up much better than standard form, and a frail sweeper should never use Stealth rock unless they are named infernape and leading with a focus sash.

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