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From: "Wesley Hawkins"
Subject: "Tanking" Latias

I don't know if you're a moveset expert, but if you are I need some help.

First off, I trying out a Latias with a Lax nature (+ DEF, - SP. DEF). Yeah, I know it hurts SP. DEF, which sucks, but like I said, I'm just trying her out. She's currently LV. 41 with maxed out effort values in both DEF and SP. DEF with the following Movest and Stats:

Moveset:
Dragon Claw
Reflect
Double Team

Wish (Soon to be replaced with Recover when learned)

Stats:
HP: 121
ATK: 73
DEF: 121
SP. ATK: 98
SP. DEF: 127
SPD: 95

Her stats fit pretty good and so does her attack set. As a LV. 28 (Yes, I used cheats to get her) she managed to defeat a LV. 48 Arbok and Raticate with the above moveset. I'm satisfied with everything except one thing. Steel types will own this Latias because Dragon Claw is ineffective against them. I want an attack that can take advantage of her SP. ATK stat, but also dish out enough power against ANY pokemon. So my question to you is, what would be a good attack to have in place of Dragon Claw that would take advantage of her SP. ATK and would also be useful to an extent against any pokemon? If there isn't an attack that would, is Dragon Claw the best I can work with?

Thanks for taking time to read this. I hope you can help.

 

-- Wesley


If you're going to cheat for Latias, do it correctly; cheat for 31 IVs in all stats and give it a nice, Modest nature. If in standard play, Dragon Claw is your best bet; a handy dandy Magneton can blast Skarmory and Forretress out of the sky (assuming Forretress doesn't Earthquake Magneton), and a bulky water such as Suicune and Milotic takes out Steelix and Metagross. If in ubers, just ditch Dragon Claw and use Thunderbolt and Ice Beam for neutral damage on at least every Pokemon and super-effective damage on other ubers like Kyogre and Groudon.

Although Latias is more tankish than Latios, you're better off using it as an attacker with a Calm Mind set.

Don't use Double Team, it's way too luck-based and just ruins the game.

In summary, I would change Latias's moveset to the following:

Latias (F) @ Soul Dew
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 16 HP / 176 Spd / 252 SAtk / 64 SDef
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Calm Mind
- Dragon Claw
- Substitute/Light Screen (if you need the protection)
- Recover

OR

Latias (F) @ Soul Dew
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 16 HP / 176 Spd / 252 SAtk / 64 SDef
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Calm Mind
- Thunderbolt
- Ice Beam
- Recover

I hope this helps!
 


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