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Zygarde Pokedex & learnset

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asked Oct 24, 2013 by MovesetBot
edited Oct 31, 2013 by Pokemaster
There is none cuz Zygarde sucks.
I have a hypothesis about Zygarde... Maybe his stats are low because he's going to get a mega evolution in Pokemon Z. That would be cool.
Zygarde is actually BL as of April 6th, 2014, (when im writing this.), surprised? im not.
Plus it has a useless ability, because it's not even in the same tier as the Pokémon it counters!

Well at least it's not a hindering ability.
I wouldn't say Weavile and Mamoswine trash this thing without risks:

252 Atk Choice Band Zygarde Extreme Speed vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Weavile: 155-183 (54.9 - 64.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Choice Band Zygarde Extreme Speed vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Mamoswine: 131-155 (36.1 - 42.8%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

Or even if this thing has a Coil or D-Dance in the boot instead of Choice Band. It can actually live an Ice Shard, which means if either of the opposing pokemon desides on Ice Shard for whatever reason, Zygarde will win the match up against Weavile, as it will then be defeated with Extremespeed. Mamoswine also takes a decent chunk of damage

15 Answers

3 votes

Zygrade @ Lum Berry
Ability: Aura Break
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Speed, 4 HP
Nature: Jolly/ Adamant
- Coil
- Earthquake
- Outrage
- Extremespeed

Zygrade seems outclassed by Xerneas and Yvetal. Relatively low base stats for a legendary at 600, and not it's one of the pixie legendaries like Mew Manaphy et al. so I don't know why its stats are that low. Still, not the end of the world, since it has access to some pretty decent moves.

Coil > D-Dance. It raises 3 stats and gives an extra boost to defence, which is already pretty decent at base 121. Outrage & Earthquake for STABs, which seem to go very well together because it bypasses the steel and fairy resistances. Additionally Extremespeed is very good, since it has a x4 weakness to Ice Shard, so it can at least have some hope to KOing Mamoswine/ Abasmow/ Weavile if it has a Coil or 2 set up.

answered Oct 24, 2013 by fondant
coil does raise 3 stats, but accuracy isn't the most useful stat change...and if you're going for a fast sweeper, dragon dance is a lot more useful.
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Zygarde @Leftovers
252 Attack, 252 Speed, 6 HP
Jolly Nature.
Outrage/Dragon Tail/Stone Edge

Most People think of Zygarde as Inferior to other OU Dragon Types. This isn't really
true; it's just that Zygarde does things differently and uniquely, and thus is outclassed by none.
If you've actually used Zygarde you will know that Coil is easy to set up thanks to Zygarde's great HP and Defense Stats, allowing it to set up against a host of physical threats. You generally will not usually be using Zygarde's weakness on the physical side unless you get STAB on them (Gliscor and Donphan say hi but Zygarde can actually still set up on them regardless) While Zygarde has priority in Extreme speed, often, Substitute tends to be a better choice. Zygarde doesn't hit very hard with E-Speed until it sets up, while Substitute protects it against status such as Will-o-wisp and can turn Pokemon such as Ferrothorn into setup fodder. After a few coils, Zygarde is very much capable of reaching a point where it's Substitutes will not break. Additionally, it can help against being revenge killed, which is the main reason as to why you might want to use E-Speed in the first place. Earthquake is Self-Explanatory, unless you want to use Land's Wrath for novelty STAB. Zygarde does not learn Dragon Claw, so Outrage is it's only powerful secondary STAB. Alternatively, you can use Dragon Tail, which will still hurt and can prevent you from being phazed. It will also let you beat out apposing boosters. Stone Edge forms the EdgeQuake combo, and has perfect accuracy after a Coil, so it's a safe bet to go on if you dislike Outrage and Dragon Tail's negative effects.

Zygarde is generally a physically bulky booster, which separates it from Garchomp. The only other "Bulky" Booster is really just Dragonite, who has a Stealth Rock Weakness, is only bulky when at full HP, and Lacks STAB Earthquake (Fun Fact: Zygarde's Earthquake will out-damage Dragonite's Dragon Claw if both run the same nature)

answered Dec 4, 2013 by 97eml1
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This thing completely passed under my radar, and for a good reason. It looked like a sick n' large Garchomp copy with fancy frills to boot. I never bothered to go into it's actual stat and movepools, but now that I have, I can safely say this:
Garchomp and Zygarde are two Pokemon with the same typing but very different roles.
Garchomp = immediate power
Zygarde can be this:
@ Lum Berry
Ability: Aura Break
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Speed, 4 HP
Nature: Jolly/ Adamant
- Dragon Dance
- Earthquake
- Outrage
- Extremespeed
The classic set everybody thinks of first (it's a good one, so why not) but here's my version of glittery medusa:
Zygrade @ Choice Band
Ability: Aura Break
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Speed, 4 HP
Nature: Jolly
- Stone Edge
- Earthquake
- Outrage
- Extremespeed

This set is meant for more power than most Garchomps (that don't have a Choice Band themselves, and that is saying something) in sacrifice for 7 units of speed, which is not really taking away a lot, quite a few OU Pokemon actually fail to cross 95 speed, and Zygarde can actually live a few super-effective hits in case one does.

But this set is more meant for a wall-breaker, it outspeeds every wall for that matter with a Jolly nature, and only failing against Skarmory and Gliscor (even Gliscor risks getting 3HKOed by Outrage). EdgeQuake combo is as good as ever, and the main perk it has over Garchomp is it's power to revenge kill like nobody's business with Extremespeed (which is saying a lot, being one of the few Pokemon to revenge kill and safely take on Talonflame).

Outrage is a strong move that can be utilized to it's fullest after the opposing team's Fairy and Steel cladding is gone, so good team options might include Fire types that can take out both Fairys and Steel types, like Heatran, Charizard, Arcanine, Ninetails and Chandelure.

answered Jun 29, 2014 by Qwerty_Zoom
1 vote

He is right, but he will be a great d dancer
Zygarde @ Sitrus Berry/ leftovers
EVs: 252 Atk/ 252 Spe/ 4 HP
Adamant Nature
- Dragon Dance
- Earthquake
- ExtremeSpeed
- Outrage/ dragon claw (if it gets it)

Just the addition of extreme speed makes all the difference. That pitiful speed is bypassed by some of the best priority in the game.

answered Oct 24, 2013 by tazzie
What level does it get Extremespeed and Outrage/ Dragon Claw? - this lists its moves. I don't think it learns Dragon Claw considering it doesn't really have arms...
Arms are overrated.
tentacles overcome arms

especially short squiggly ones
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He seems to have some potential...but not much of a moveset

Zygarde@lum berry
Trait: Aura breaker
EVs: 252 atk 252 spe 4HP
-Earthquake/Land's Wrath
-Stone Edge/Brick break

There really isn't much this guy can do other than this set. A dragon dancer set.
Well I hope you like it anyways :)

answered Oct 24, 2013 by Generekt
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Zygarde @ Leftovers
Trait: Aura Break
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk/ 8 Def
Nature Jolly
- Coil
- Earthquake
- Extremespeed
- Crunch

answered Oct 24, 2013 by Jofly
edited Oct 31, 2013 by Pokemaster
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Zygarde @ Leftovers
Impish Nature
EVs: 252 Def/196 HP/60 SDef

~Sleep Talk
~Dragon Tail

Zygarde may seem inferior to other legendaries because of its subpar stats, but this set makes use of its good defenses. Rest is for recovering HP, even more can be recovered with Leftovers as the held item. Sleep Talk can be used when you're alseep, especially when you've used Rest. Dragon Tail gets STAB and forces the opponent to switch out, which is really useful. Finally, Toxic is for poisoning the opponent and Earthquake is another reliable STAB move.

answered Oct 28, 2013 by StormBorn
edited Oct 31, 2013 by Pokemaster
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Zygarde @ Lum Berry
Ability: Aura Break
EVs: 252 HP, 252 attack, 4 sp. def
Nature: Adamant
- Dragon Dance
- Outrage
- Rest
- Extreme Speed / Stone Edge

I feel as Zygarde is a bulkier Dragonite with a worse ability. Though they both share the same 4x weakness, there's no doubt Dragonite is a better Pokémon than the Z legendary. Still, Zygarde has a lot of potential.

This exact set is a bulkier spin off of the normal Dragon Dance set. With max HP investment, Zygarde should be able to survive most attacks, along with some ice moves if they're physical. The point of this set is to set up as many Dragon Dances as possible until Zygarde gets to a low amount of HP, then Rest to get to full health, and use the Lum Berry to wake up. Lum Berry is used over Chesto Berry to cover Outrage's confusion if it happens to be used before Rest.

Extreme Speed is overall a better fourth move for this moveset, as it over-prioritizes Ice Shard and eliminates the fear of any Pokémon that hold the Choice Scarf. Stone Edge can be used if ice types are the biggest problem for you, but keep in mind that Ice Shard is probably their move of choice.

answered Nov 10, 2013 by OutragedArcanine
Without question, any Zygarde without Earthquake is one that's not going to get far in battle unless you have a really good reason why you can't fit it on the moveset, and this one doesn't.
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Soft Sand
-Land's Wrath
-Dragon Dance

answered Dec 4, 2013 by FenaFox
Hm... A set like this is completely walled by a flying type or a pokemon with levitate, so skarmory, Drifblim, Or Hydreigon could switch in and set up without Zygarde hurting them. your better off keeping one ground type move (although which one to keep is up to you) and getting rock slide or outrage and sweeping stuff with more coverage options.
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Zygarde, The guardian... Chameleon?
Item: Chople Berry, Leftovers
Ability: Aura Break
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 HP, 4 Spe
Nature: Adamant, Brave
- Camouflage
- Coil
- ExtremeSpeed
- Crunch/ Earthquake

Explanation: Zygarde has Camouflage, in Wifi battles, this turns Zygarde into a Normal type, being a Normal type, Zygarde is no longer x4 weak to ice, and is only weak to fighting. Once Zygarde is a normal type, ExtremeSpeed will gain a STAB increase, use coil to boost stats and then dish out damage. The Chople Berry is for any fighting types who would mess with Zygarde after the type switch, and the leftover would be so your Zygarde doesn't die very quickly, and the 4th move can be Crunch, for use on ghost types that would wall him. While this set is strong it has its downsides, if Zygarde is faced with an ice type while setting up, he's screwed. Also, it should be noted that Mawile and Lucario Will wall this set of play easily, as well as kill him in the following turns, so carry a fire type (preferably Chandelure, Heatran, or Talonflame) to counteract this. If you should decide to run Earthquake over Crunch in this set, keep in mind that while you have a strong STAB when not camouflaged, and a tool to obliterate mawile and lucario, a ghost type that levitataes or flies cough Drifblim and Gengar cough can easily come in and ruin your day, so carry a wash rotom, an aegislash or a bisharp to deal with them . So while Zygarde may not be as great as the other two in his trio, a little effort and some proper team building can turn him into a strong and absolutely devastating fighting force.

answered Jan 2, 2014 by Frostwarrior359
edited Apr 17, 2014 by Frostwarrior359
Earthquake, high power+ STAB
Earthquake has high power, but after camouflage, would no longer be a STAB move.
My Zygarde knows Draco Meteor.
Draco meteor? that's fine with such a high base power, but its out classed by outrage, due to outrage having a similar base power and being physical (which is Zygardes attacking method of choice.).
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Broom (Zygarde) @ Leftovers
Ability: Aura Break
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef
Adamant Nature
- Dragon Dance
- Outrage
- Earthquake
- ExtremeSpeed

1) Dragon Dance
2) Sweep

answered Mar 31, 2014 by Gʟɪɢᴜʀʀ
While this set is good (although I've seen it as an answer to this question 100 times already...) your EV spread looks more like a tank or Physical wall rather than a sweeper, better Ev spreads include: 252 HP, 252 Attack, 4 Sp Def, or: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 4 Sp Def. The Spread you put looks like something a stall Zygarde with glare and coil might have used better.
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Zygrade @ Expert Belt
Ability: Aura Break
EVs: 252 Atk / 128 Def / 128 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Earthquake
  • Outrage
  • Safeguard
  • Coil

Earthquake and Outrage are for STAB. Safeguard is to prevent confusion from Outrage and Coil is to raise its Attack, Defense, and Accuracy.

answered Apr 22, 2014 by frczen
Wait, does Safeguard really prevent you from confusing yourself? if so then a set like this could have lots of potential... but if not, safe guard would only serve to stop will o wisp and toxic, as well as support the team, which isn't bad but still...
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A rather disappointing legendary, but here's mine:

Zygarde @ Lum berry/Leftovers
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 HP, 4 Defense
Nature: +Attack, -Sp.Attack

Dragon Tail/Outrage
Dragon Dance

Dragon tail/Outrage for STAB, earthquake because powerful STAB better than his sig move, Dragon Dance for stat boosts, and crunch for another attack. Camouflage can be useful when against a SE mon, although you do lose the STAB bonuses. Personally, Crunch>Camouflage, although I had success with camouflage when against the E4.

answered May 4, 2014 by Lobster44
edited May 4, 2014 by Lobster44
Dragon Tail is 6- priority so the speed EVs is useless for that move
I'd forgotten that.
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Zegrade@Quick claw
Aura Break
IV: Sp.Def/EV: all out HP
-Land's Wrath(stab)
-Extreme Speed
-Rock Slide(coverage)

   This set is better pared with Yveltal and Xerneas. I'll post there move set as well.
answered May 27, 2014 by OriginalGamer100
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Zygarde @Quick Claw
Ability: Aura Break

-Lands Wrath/Draco Meteor
-Stone Edge
-Focus Blast

Zygarde is basically a Dragonite with a major upgrade. if you use Super Training, you can boost Zygards stats through the roof, and since he is balanced on his EV's, you can make him into whatever you choose, I chose a wall. Camouflage means moves like Sandstorm, Hail, do not affect him, quick claw means he has a good chance of going first, Stone Edge is good for those pesky Flying/Dragon types, Altaria, for example, Focus Blast for the Ice Types, if he can take a hit, which with super training he can, Lands Wrath for when he gets used in double/triple battles, though Draco Meteor is a good alternative if you prefer single battles

answered Mar 29, 2014 by SmashMaster
Ok, first off... Super training gives you Ev's it does not just boost what you want wherever you want it, thus, due to his low base special attack stat, any special moves you fire off will not do very much damage even with good investment. His "Balanced Ev's" as you called them are probably his Base stats, and they are also far from balanced anyway, Zygarde has high attack, defense, and Hp, and that's about it for his high stats. And finally, Being in a hailstorm, will NOT change Zygarde into an ice type, unless a field effect is in place such as grassy terrain or fairy terrain, Zygardes Camouflage will change him into a Normal type pokemon under normal Wi-Fi battle conditions. Instead of Focus blast and draco meteor, use extreme speed, Outrage and rockslide for huge STAB and/or coverage options. (check my set I posted, you have to first use outrage first in your case, spam it until he stops, then turn into a normal type via camouflage and extremespeed spam until zygarde faints.) While I CAN see where you where going with this set, sadly, the games mechanics just don't support this set on Zygarde.