Flygon, The Mystic Pokémon. The flapping of its wings sounds something like singing. Those lured by the sound are enveloped in a sandstorm, becoming Flygon’s prey. This Pokémon hides in the heart of sandstorms it creates and seldom appears where people can see it.
Flygon is the embodiment of power creep and its effect on some Pokémon. Flygon was a powerful threat and wallbreaker for the generation 3 and 4, boosting solid offensive stats, but has slowly fallen from grace since 5th gen. However, Flygon is a powerful threat in tier, even getting new support in this gen with Dragon Dance.Positives
Levitate - Gain immunity to Ground moves - Flygon's only ability, but is still a good ability, giving Flygon an immunity helping it get in for free
With access to Dragon Dance, Flygon becomes a powerful sweeper, giving it a new role. With its good speed tier and Attack stat, Flygon can pressure a lot of threats at +1, using Earthquake as its main stab move, hitting a lot of threats hard. Outrage becomes the secondary stab and acts as the strongest possible Dragon move for Dragonium Z, but Dragon Claw can be used if you opt for the Groundium Z. Lastly, Iron Tail can be used to break through Fairies(Togekiss) or Fire Punch for Steels(Bronzong).
An old set, Flygon has a lot of tools making it a solid Choice Scarf user, solid speed tier and U-Turn. This makes Flygon a revenge killer or pressure maintainer with its solid coverage. Earthquake is the safest stab move as you don't get locked into like Outrage, which should be used as your Dragon stab for power. Fire Blast tends to be the last option but Fire Punch can be used to maintain bulk or Iron Tail to hurt Fairy switch ins.
With its access to U-Turn, Flygon can act as a pivot for the team, similar to Hydreigon in UU. Defog also is a solid option as Flygon resist Stealth Rocks and immunity to Spikes and Toxic Spikes. Earthquake is your Ground stab for its power while Draco Meteor or Outrage are the Dragon Stab, Draco Meteor hurting Physical walls while Outrage is just solid. Iron Tail and Fire Blast can be used for coverage as well to maintain pressure on threats, making Life Orb a solid option, otherwise Dragonium Z or Groundium Z are the best.
Life Orb - Life Orb can be used to add power to Dragon Dance sets instead of a Z-crystals but you lose longevity and the one use power move so its personal preference.
Rotom Heat - Rotom Heat works well with Flygon being a second half to a Volt-Turn combo, resisting Fairies that Flygon brings in. Outside U-turn, Rotom Heat can create a switch in for Flygon or cripple a wall with Trick and/or Will-O-Wisp.
VGC, Double, & Triple Battle Options
This fan-favorite dragon is not commonly found in VGC and doubles formats, but Sun and Moon have given it some new gifts to play with. Just like in singles, Flygon faces major competition from Garchomp, as well as other ground types. Flygon is inferior to Garchomp in stats, but unlike Garchomp, it is immune to Earthquake and Tectonic Rage. Speaking of which, z moves have helped Flygon become more viable, but unfortunately Garchomp and other ground-types like Landorus-T (where it is legal) also have access to them too, and are overall better options. Fortunately for Flygon, generation 7 gave it access to Dragon Dance, and this setup move gives Flygon the power to separate itself from the competition.
Flygon may not quite be on Garchomp’s level, but its access to Dragon Dance lets it perform similarly to Gyarados and Salamence in VGC 2017 to get to +1 in attack and speed before firing off a powerful z move. Maximum attack is necessary to get as much out of Flygon’s base 100 attack as possible, while maximum speed helps it attack first. Depending on the nature you choose, a bit less speed can be run, especially if you can use Dragon Dance safely. For example, 220 EVs in speed outrun Tapu Lele and Arcanine with similar natures. The rest can be invested in HP for a bit of bulk if desired. 4 EVs are put into special defense on the 252/252 spread in order to give opposing Download Porygon2 an attack boost. Groundium Z is the item of choice to give Flygon a powerful attack in Tectonic Rage. Levitate is the only ability, but a good way where Earthquake is so powerful, and can let Flygon wall some sets of opposing Garchomp.
Earthquake is very strong in doubles, and gives Flygon access to Tectonic Rage. Rock Slide gives coverage against Pokemon immune to ground attacks, but Dragon Claw is strong as another STAB move. Dragon Dance gives Flygon boosts to make it formidable, but Protect is necessary on this set to allow a teammate to take out a threat like Alolan Ninetales, or stall out an opponent’s speed control.
Other Options & Team Ideas
-Choice Scarf is an option to fix Flygon’s only “decent” speed. Special variants are often seen on this set, and Flygon is able to outspeed and OHKO Tapu Koko, Garchomp, and Kartana
Bronzong - Bronzong is one of the best answers to Flygon, having Levitate to negate Flygon's Ground stab and resisting its Dragon stab. Bronzong then can pressure Flygon with Gyro Ball or Hidden Power Ice offensively, or status moves, having access to both Toxic and Will-O-Wisp.
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