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Using Flygon as a Competitive Pokémon in Pokémon X and Y

Updated on February 24, 2014
Flygon
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The Mystic Pokémon

Flygon

Type: Dragon/Ground

Stats:


HP: 80

Attack: 100

Defense: 80

Special Attack: 80

Special Defense: 80

Speed: 100


Looking at Flygon's stats, it's easy to see why he was left behind his other dragon type counterparts in Generation 5 and even now. He is outclassed in almost every way by Salamence, Dragonite, Garchomp and even Hydreigon. There are a few things that Flygon can do that no other Dragon type can, though, he has access to U-Turn, two immunities and an immunity to trapping moves and abilities. This makes Flygon an amazing scouting Pokémon, that is, a Pokémon that can effectively switch in and out of battle to get a better idea of the types of Pokémon and Movesets your opponent is using.

Flygon shouldn't be used as a sweeper or a wall breaking Pokémon like other Dragon types, his great Movepool allows you to do what you please with Flygon, from scouting to spreading Toxic and even revenge killing. The beauty of Flygon lies in his reliability, at any given moment, you know just how fast you are, how strong you are and how much damage you can take, tanks to his well balanced stats.

Flygon by Spice on Deviantart
Flygon by Spice on Deviantart | Source

Movesets to Consider

Physical Scout

EVs:


252 Attack/252 Speed/4 HP

Nature: Adamant/Jolly

Item: Choice Band/Choice Scarf

Moves:


Earthquake

U-Turn

Stone Edge/Crunch

Dragon Claw


This set is about the same regardless of the item you decide to use, but depending on the team you put Flygon on, Choice Scarf cleans up weakened threats like Gengar and Alakazam, while Choice Band ensures KO's against slower Pokémon that have taken Stealth Rock damage and lets you gain more Momentum off of U-Turn. Crunch let's you make short work of Gengar and Aegislash, however Aegislash is more easily killed by Earthquake. Stone Edge gives you an advantage over Talonflame, who otherwise does not fear Flygon. Rotom-W is a bit of a counter to this set, and can 2HKO you with Hydro Pump. A Choice Banded U-Turn can make sure that your next Pokémon gets a KO on Rotom, though.

This set works best when switching in to Choiced Pokémon using Earthquake, Thunderbolt, Stone Edge, or any other move Flygon resists or is immune to. Once they switch out and send in a counter, they'll be sending in a Pokémon to a possible Choice Band U-Turn, which can put a dent in any team's strategy. That's the key word when using this set, Strategy.


Mixed Utility

EVs:


252 Attack/252 Speed/4 SP Atk

Nature: Naïve

Item: Life Orb/leftovers

Moves:


Earthquake

Fire Blast

Toxic

Substitute/Stone Edge/Crunch


This set is more about team support and stall breaking than scouting. Flygon's two immunities mean that it can safely switch in on a good amount of moves and freely set up a substitute and even start to spread toxic. Fire Blast is good for getting rid of Scizor and Ferrothorn that are immune to Toxic and don't fear Earthquake. It also helps against Grass types who can leech seed you and stall you out. If you decide to use Substitute then leftovers are your best friend, as life orb will only shorten your lifespan on the battlefield.

You can Run U-Turn instead of FIre Blast if you still want to keep momentum while spreading status and chipping away at your opponents team before setting up a sweeper or revenge killer. Greninja can OHKO you with ice beam, as can Starmie, both of which outspeed Flygon, so watch out for them. Neither one of those Pokémon can survive switching in on a U-Turn however, so if you play correctly and conservatively you can keep them at bay.

Possible Teammates

Magnezone
Magnezone | Source
Gyarados by Xous54 on Deviantart
Gyarados by Xous54 on Deviantart | Source
Aegislash(Shield Form)
Aegislash(Shield Form) | Source

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Because of Flygon's resistances and immunities, lots of strong Pokemon with common weaknesses are great Partners for Flygon. Using more threatening Pokemon can also force a lot of switches and Flygon's U-Turn is a key component in that. You can play mind games with your opponent and easily get them to predict incorrectly, giving you the upper hand, and with lots of fast, strong sweepers on your team, it can easily spell defeat for your opponent.

Magnezone is one of the best revenge killers in the game. His Choice Scarf set is perfect for clearing out threats such as Gyarados, Scizor, Lucario(pretty much any steel type) Politoed and Starmie. His crippling weakness to Earthquake limits his abilities in the early game, and he can be walled by ground types that are immune to Thunderbolt. That's where Flygon comes in, Magnezone's Volt Switch also allows you to utilize the arguably annoying VoltTurn combination, which, when used correctly, leaves your opponent little room to set up a strategy.

Gyarados is a great Pokemon all around and even with a Stealth Rock weakness he remains at the top of the usage tiers. That alone is a testament to how good he can be. One of his main drawbacks is his 4x weakness to Electric moves, which is remedied by Flygon's immunity to them, as well as Flygon's ability to KO most if not all Electric types with STAB Earthquake. Flygon's resistance to Stone Edge is also useful and makes these two Pokemon a good offensive core.

Aegislash is easily one of, if not THE best Pokemon to come out of the sixth generation. He is nearly perfect(some would argue that he's nearly Uber) but he is easily KO'ed by Earthquake and Fire Blast, two moves that Flygon can handle quite easily. Aegislash also resists the fairy, Ice and Dragon moves that Flygon is weak to, making them work in perfect synergy with each other. Flygon can also spread Toxic to make Aegislash's sweep even easier in the late game, eliminating your need to waste an extra turn using Swords Dance.

Flygon in a Multi battle

Flygon in Action

Although the video I'm showing is Flygon being used in a Two-on-two battle, his moveset is about the same, and his performance is similar to what you can expect in singles battles.


This battle showcases Flygon's offensive power, although he's not used for very much of the battle. It's very hard to find current videos featuring Flygon, as he is a rarely used Pokemon competitively. Also the video is in German, but it's very clear what's going on the battle, so I don't think it matters so much.

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Summary

Many would say that Flygon had his peak as a scout in the Early days of Generation 4, and with the advent of team preview his niche is gone. That is only partially true, team preview may have diminished his usability as a scout, but Flygon can still perform well as a utility Pokemon as well as a counter to many current threats. He has access to a fantastic offensive movepool and his typing and ability make him a huge thorn in the side of Choice item using Pokemon. He may not have the stats of his OU bretherin, but he can still more than hold his own when used as correctly.

Offensive teams and Hyper Offense teams alike enjoy the coverage Flygon provides and the switches he can force. Overall, he works best in the hands of a careful player, one who can predict the opponents moves and get them to slip up when it matters most. Flygon is one of the trickiest Pokemon in competitive play, and those who have seen him in action back when he was just a scout, know just how scary he can be.

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      Cellirose 3 years ago

      I like that Flygon got Superpower this gen, it completely destroys mega Tyranitar AND Hydreigon without being outrage-locked

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      Danny Saya 3 years ago from Berkeley

      Support Gyarados is always great, and it's hard for Flygon to fail with a partner like Mega-Mawile lol, I like your Banded Flygon set though, that's a classic set.

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      Cellirose 3 years ago

      Here's the set I use, and it works excellently. Just not on its own.

      Flygon @ Choice Band

      Jolly Nature

      4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

      -Outrage

      -Earthquake

      -Superpower

      -U-Turn

      This set is good by itself, as it covers many threats, but it needs some support. I use this in an a bulky offensive core with these two:

      Gyarados @ Leftovers

      Adamant Nature

      248 HP / 84 Def / 176 SpDef

      -Thunder Wave

      -Dragon Dance

      -Waterfall

      -Roar

      Mawile @ Mawilite

      Careful Nature

      248 HP / 16 Atk / 56 Def / 188 SpDef

      -Swords Dance

      -Sucker Punch

      -Play Rough

      -Iron Head

      With this set, Mawile's attack stat reaches 1000 after one turn of set up. More than enough for anything, really. Both defenses reach 300, and can tank quite a lot, especially after the intimate drop. Gyarados as well becomes a huge physical wall after intimidate, and does a fine job crippling the opponent through Thunder Wave and Roar, and setting up himself. There are a few things that bother the core, however, in the name of Rotom-W. Consequently, Rotom-W makes a fine addition to the team, but even BETTER is Rotom-H, who gives us STAB Overheat do destroy Forretress and Ferrothorn, who otherwise wall this core. A cleric in the form of other of the pink blobs serves this core well. Or, if you are more offensively-minded, so does Mixed Attack Tyranitar. Fairy and Ghost are two of the best attacking partners, so Gengar makes a fantastic addition, especially if you wish to add a Pink Blob or Tyranitar. This is just some success I've had with Flygon, hope to have offered some valuable insight

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      Perseus 3 years ago

      Thanks! i recently obtained a flygon and i wasn't sure whst moveset to use with him. All i got was u-turn and Eearthquake, was't sure what the other two should be. Thanks again

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      Danny Saya 3 years ago from Berkeley

      @pokepro agreed. The Choice Scarf set outclasses the Choice Band set in most situations, unless you have sticky web and paralysis support. Even then a Scarf scout is more reliable on some teams.

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      pokepro 3 years ago

      actually flygon is far too slow without a scarf to risk a sweeping set. Hes best as a scout.

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      Danny Saya 3 years ago from Berkeley

      it's a decent set if you can get one or two punches off on a pokemon that can't really touch you, otherwise flygon isn't going to be surviving too much, but that's what U-turn is for.

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      Ninjie 3 years ago

      Does flygon retaining roost and picking up power-up punch mean anything?I'm thinking of using him exclusively in battle maison and wanna know if this moveset is worth doing.