Using Flygon as a Competitive Pokémon in "Pokémon X and Y"
The Mystic Pokémon
Special Attack: 80
Special Defense: 80
Looking at Flygon's stats, it's easy to see why he was left behind by 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 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.
Movesets to Consider
EVs: 252 Attack/252 Speed/4 HP
Item: Choice Band/Choice Scarf
- 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 lets 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 into Choice 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 keyword when using this set, Strategy.
EVs: 252 Attack/252 Speed/4 SP Atk
Item: Life Orb/leftovers
- Fire Blast
- 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 opponent's 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.
Powerhouse Pokémon Are Your Friends
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 Pokémon 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.
Which Pokémon Should I cover Next?
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 opponent's 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.
As always I'll have a poll, so you guys can vote on which Pokemon I should cover next! If you have any suggestions for movesets or if I missed anything, let me know in the comments below!