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Is it worth it to invest 252 EV's in Dragonite's SpA to turn it into a Special Sweeper?

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asked Dec 2, 2012 by Flare

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Most people will say not really, but special sweeper Dragonite isn't all that bad. For one, Hurricane Dragonite in rain is a boss. Take this Smogon set, for example:

Dragonite @ Leftovers
Trait: Multiscale
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD
~ Hurricane
~ Thunder
~ Dragon Tail
~ Roost

Dragonite can also be a physical lure for Def Pokemon, like Skarmory or Gliscor.

This Dragonite set can take on a variety of roles for a team, including paralysis spreader, sweeper, lure, and a check to some of the top threats of the metagame. Thunder Wave allows Dragonite to support slower teammates as well as itself, which most importantly means that it gets more opportunities to use Roost, possibly reactivating Multiscale in the process, allowing it to survive an otherwise fatal hit. With Thunder Wave slowing opposing Pokemon down, Dragonite can invest all of its EVs in bulk and power, making it so Dragonite can function as an effective tank. In a similar vein with Tinkerbell Celebi, Dragonite should aim to spread paralysis early-game and fire off strong attacks later. While Dragonite's 100 base Special Attack doesn't seem like much, it is more than enough to hit a pretty decent majority of the metagame hard thanks to high-power attacks in Draco Meteor and Fire Blast. -Smogon

Dragonite @ Life Orb / Leftovers
Trait: Multiscale
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD
~ Draco Meteor
~ Fire Blast / Flamethrower
~ Thunder Wave
~ Roost

Physical Draognite isn't bad, though. Dragonite can still make an effective sweeper with moves such as Outrage and Fire Punch.

Dragonite @ Lum Berry / Leftovers
Trait: Multiscale
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
~Dragon Dance
~ Outrage
~Fire Punch
~Earthquake/Roost

And Scarf/Band make Dragonite a powerful physical sweeper, too.

All in all, it really depends on how you want Dragonite to serve it's purpose on your team. If you have a rain team, and you want a special sweeper, rain tank Dragonite will be good. If you need a physical sweeper, Scarf/Band/DD Dragonite is yours.

answered Dec 2, 2012 by Flame.
selected Dec 2, 2012 by Flare
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If you are trying to use it as a Rain abuser with Thunder and Hurricane, go ahead.
Outside of Rain, it is outclassed by the standard Physical sweeper. It really depends on what weather you're using it in.

answered Dec 2, 2012 by Mewderator
Thanks Mewderator!
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