Rayquaza, The Sky High Pokémon. It flies in the ozone layer, way up high in the sky. Until recently, no one had ever seen it. It lived for hundreds of millions of years in the earth's ozone layer, never descending to the ground. It appears to feed on water and particles in the atmosphere. It is said it would descend to the ground if Kyogre and Groudon were to fight.
Rayquaza is a powerhouse. No other way to describe it, really. It looks cool, and it hits hard. It isn't defensive; it is there for offense only. It hits hard. It has a huge movepool and amazing stats. It hits hard.
Air Lock: useful in ubers, due to the popularity of Kyogre and Groudon. Makes their abilities useless, basically.
- Swords Dance
Swords Dance boosts Rayquaza's already ridiculous Attack to obscene levels. Outrage is a murderous attack that hits most of the uber tier for neutral damage. It has amazing power, with the downside of confusion and being locked into the attack. That is why Dragon Claw is an option. Overheat is for Forretress and other Steels trying to absorb the Outrage, but Earthquake is an option as well. Extremespeed bypasses Rayquaza's average Speed and hits pretty hard with Swords Dance.
- Dragon Dance
Dragon Dance boosts Rayquaza's amazing Attack and average Speed to awesome amounts. Outrage is Rayquaza's most powerful physical attack, but don't abuse it. Earthquake murders Dialga and other Steels, whereas Overheat is there to take out Forretress and Scizor.
Outrage is your standard powerhouse attack. Earthquake murders any Steels, with Overheat picking any of the other Steels up. Extremespeed works great with Choice Band as it requires no set up time and bypasses Rayquaza's Speed. Choice Band is only really worth it if you want immediate power rather than a turn set up time.
- Draco Meteor
Draco Meteor is a powerhouse of an attack, with a massive 140 base power. Fire Blast is there to murder any Steel types, and Dragon Pulse cleans up with a reliable Attack and high accuracy. Earth Power hits Heatran and Dialga for high damage, which is the main reason for it being on the set.
Choice Specs gives massive power with the only side effect being unable to change move. Life Orb lets you mix up the attacks at the cost of 10% health recoil, so pick your poison.
- Draco Meteor
Mixed Rayquaza has the advantage of… being mixed. It means it can handle a lot more of the uber tier without risky prediction. Draco Meteor is your standard powerhouse attack. Fire Blast murders most Steel types. Outrage destroys any special walls that think you are pure special, and Extremespeed is a great priority move.
EVs and Nature:
Bulk Up, Thunder, Air Slash, Choice Scarf
Bulk Up is another option of raising Rayquaza's Attack, but making it bulky at the same time.
Thunder is an option to take down Kyogre.
Air Slash is an option on the Choice Specs set for STAB and neutrality.
Choice Scarf can be used to make Rayquaza into a revenge killer, but Extremespeed has that covered anyway.
Rayquaza hits obscenely hard, so countering it is tough. However, depending on the set, it can be handled. Any Special set is handled by Blissey, who is the boss of taking special hits. Physical sets hate Steel types like Dialga, Scizor, and Forretress. They just have to avoid Earthquake and Overheat. Rayquaza's Speed isn't ideal, so outspeeding it is easy, and then finishing it off with an Ice Beam or Dragon attack. Latios, Latias, Mewtwo and Darkrai can all revenge kill it well. Heatran can switch into most of Rayquaza's attacks, and hurt it with Dragon Pulse.
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