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If you have a good competitive moveset for Hydreigon, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for any of its pre-evolutions can also be shared on this thread.

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Hydreigon Pokédex and learnset for reference.


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Likely tier: Overused.
sad that it got nerfed in gen 6, those darn fairies !

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Hydreigon (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
-Draco Meteor: STAB and coverage
-Flash Cannon: coverage
-Fly: coverage
-Dark Pulse: STAB

Fly generally isn't good competitively, especially with a Modest Nature. Replace your 252 Attack EVs with 252 Special Attack EVs, get rid of Fly, and put in Flamethrower or Nasty Plot, or some other special move.
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Hydreigon @ Life Orb
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Scale Shot or Dragon Dance
- Outrage
- Crunch
- Earthquake

I'd suggest using Superpower over Scale Shot, since it covers Ice types and Tyranitar
Eh, I dislike superpower, because it ruins your attack and Ttar is already killed by Equake
252+ Atk Hydreigon Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Tyranitar: 192-226 (47.5 - 55.9%) -- 20.7% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
doesn't wall you but its not an ohko either
It’s not really destroyed by Tyranitar I don’t see why that’s too big a deal

And you forgot about Ddance Dreepy
+1 252+ Atk Hydreigon Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Tyranitar: 284-336 (70.2 - 83.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
also idk either im just giving the calcs for what ssuperiority said
Tyranitar doesn't run Leftovers, it runs Boots instead. If not boots, it's Choice Band, which runs 28 HP so Hydreigon will always OHKO with +1 Earthquake after Stealth Rock
I've seen many Tyranitars with Leftovers
☆~SleepyDreepy~☆Today at 12:25 PM
Almost half run lefties according to pikalytics, as well as from personal experience most are either smooth rock or leftovers(although heavy duty boots scores about 16%) Only 10% of t tar sets don't run max hp. Anyway, this isn't a ttar thread so if you want to discuss this further we should do it somewhere else.
I avoided putting it on pizzas answer cause it would clog it up but yea
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National Dex

Hydreigon @ Darkinium Z / Dragonium Z
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature

  • Draco Meteor
  • Dark Pulse
  • Fire Blast / Earth Power / Roost
  • Nasty Plot

This is probably my favorite Hydreigon set. Draco Meteor is extremely powerful STAB, and if you opt for Dragonium Z, it becomes even stronger and ignores the SpA drop drawback. Dark Pulse is spammable STAB with a decent flinch rate that can punish some of Hydreigon's slower targets. Fire Blast hits Ice, Steel, and Bug types hard. Earth power is a safer option to use against Magearna that also shits on Heatran; you don't want to miss a Fire Blast and then see the Magearna set up Shift Gear or Calm Mind in your face (or just outright destroy you), so this fixes that issue. Roost is healing and makes Hydreigon hard to revenge-kill. Nasty Plot is the crux of this set, as it makes Hydreigon one of, if not the best wallbreakers in National Dex. Even Blissey can't stand up to the massive power of a +2 Devastating Drake / Black Hole Eclipse followed by Draco Meteor. That Clefable there trying to switch in? Not a chance. Magearna also has to be very afraid of +2 Black Hole Eclipse. Tapu Fini is Hydreigon's best switch-in, however it is vulnerable to Stealth Rock and Spikes, so even that isn't a completely safe option. Nasty Plot Hydreigon almost always requires the enemy to sacrifice a Pokemon, just so that it can be revenge-killed by something like Garchomp, Protean Greninja, Weavile... Hydreigon finds a lot of room to set up with its ability to wall and scare off many top tiers, and its immunity to Earthquake and Psychic type moves.

+2 252 SpA Hydreigon Black Hole Eclipse (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Tapu Fini: 202-238 (58.7 - 69.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock, 1 layer of Spikes, and Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Hydreigon Black Hole Eclipse (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Clefable: 276-325 (70 - 82.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Hydreigon Black Hole Eclipse (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Blissey: 390-460 (54.6 - 64.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Hydreigon Devastating Drake (195 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Blissey: 475-561 (66.5 - 78.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Hydreigon Draco Meteor vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Blissey: 318-375 (44.5 - 52.5%) -- 21.5% chance to 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Hydreigon Black Hole Eclipse (160 BP) vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Magearna: 225-264 (74.7 - 87.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock

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I’m surprised there’s not that many Focus Sash sets.

Ghidorah (Hydreigon) @ Focus Sash
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid/Modest Nature
-Dark Pulse
-Draco Meteor
-Flash Cannon / Flamethrower
-Nasty Plot

Most people would want to give their Hydreigon a Choice Scarf or a Life Orb, but I find a Focus Sash extremely useful for safe entries and free setup.
Dark Pulse is an obvious enough choice, given it's Hydreigon’s go-to STAB.
Draco Meteor is risky, due to it decreasing SpA after use. It is a good Dynamax move, however, and can be used in certain situations.
Flash Cannon is a coverage move, very useful for taking out unsuspecting Fairy types. If you’re running a Sun team, Flamethrower can work as well.
Nasty Plot is the cornerstone for this set. It will set Hydreigon up for a sweep.

You’ll want to switch in via Baton Pass or U-turn if you can after you’ve cleared hazards, or after one of your Pokémon has fainted. Use this strategy ideally on an opponent Hydreigon can outspeed. If you can’t switch in with a Substitute, this is where the Focus Sash will come in clutch. Use a Nasty Plot and your opponent will likely go for a super effective move to try to OHKO. The Focus Sash will help keep Hydreigon alive and allow it a chance to Dynamax and start sweeping with Max Darkness and Max Wyrmwind.

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National Dex Monotype (Dark)

Hydreigon @ Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Dark Pulse
- Flash Cannon / Earth Power
- Substitute
- Nasty Plot

Sub Plot set. Substitute allows you to scout and can help protect you from status conditions. Nasty Plot is to boost your Special Attack. Dark Pulse is STAB. Flash Cannon is coverage against fairy types. Earth Power can be used instead to hit most steel types super effectively.