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Is it Latias, Latios, Mega Latias or Mega Latios?

Also, is it okay to waste a mega slot for them or is giving it an item such as Life Orb better?

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HO would like Latios’s higher damage output actually.
HO? Is this a typo of LO? Because that's all I was going to contribute until I realized maybe it was a mistake.

Yeah, I would sooner use Life Orb Latios than its Mega form. The Mega Eon twins aren't terrible, there are just better options.
Mega latias is decent for sure, (amazing bulk, cm, roost, stored power, and aura sphere) Regular Latias also has the agility WP and CM/roost with stored power and aura sphere. Similar to the mega set, but with wekaness policy. Latios isnt great but specs, soul dew/lefties cm/roost and scarf are existent sets


I used mega latias on my gen 7 ou balance team, and WP lati is good on screens ho. Latios also works fine on balance teams too
Why do they use Latios than Latias, and Mega Latias than Mega Latios?
What is your current team? Is this it? https://pokemondb.net/pokebase/rmt/60106/rate-my-t-tar-m-garchomp-nat-dex-team?show=60114#a60114

Because this isn't a HO team, it's sand balance
I am just planning to build HO, or probably balanced.

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Alright, so as you know, hyper offense is all about dealing huge damage. Right? You want the 'mon that'll be dealing the most damage. Trust me, in calcs, that can make a world of a difference.

252 SpA Life Orb Latios Psychic vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Toxapex: 283-335 (93 - 110.1%) -- 62.5% chance to OHKO
252 SpA Latios-Mega Psychic vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Toxapex: 254-300 (83.5 - 98.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

With this, this can make the difference between killing toxapex, or letting it live. Thus, you should go with Latios + Life orb. If you want, I can add more calculations :).

Alright, my old answer was.....kinda crap. Sorry about that. So, I'm going to add more calcs.

252 SpA Life Orb Latios Mystical Fire vs. 252 HP / 176+ SpD Ferrothorn: 291-348 (82.6 - 98.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

252 SpA Latios-Mega Mystical Fire vs. 252 HP / 176+ SpD Ferrothorn: 264-312 (75 - 88.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

Now, this might not seem like a great calc, but 98.8% + Stealth rock chip can knock it out, but because ferro resists sr, mega latios won't kill it.

252 SpA Latios-Mega Mystical Fire vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Celesteela: 136-162 (34.1 - 40.7%) -- 54.5% chance to 3HKO after Leftovers recovery

252 SpA Life Orb Latios Mystical Fire vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Celesteela: 153-182 (38.4 - 45.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Leftovers recovery

OK, so in HO, imo, you should use Latios + Life orb. Balance is a completely different beast, however. As you know, latias is a bit bulkier than latios. Here's the thing: Latias is much more common than latios. But not just normal latias, MEGA latias. Mega latias is much better on balance because balance appreciates its ability to actually take a hit. It can rip through an entire team with the combination of aura sphere, calm mind and stored power. The defenses are amazing for it.

252+ Atk Choice Band Scizor U-turn vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Latias-Mega: 320-380 (87.9 - 104.3%) -- 25% chance to OHKO
(This is a smogon set)

252+ Atk Choice Band Scizor U-turn vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Latias: 410-486 (136.2 - 161.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Possibly surviving a u-turn from a banded scizor could make a world of difference.

252 Atk Life Orb Kartana Knock Off vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Latias-Mega: 203-239 (55.7 - 65.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Living a hit from a max attack Kartana (not adamant) is insane. However, non mega latias...ain't having that.

252 Atk Life Orb Kartana Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Latias: 385-455 (127.9 - 151.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Pain.

So, in summary, for Hyper Offense, I would go with life orb Latios, and with balance, I would go with mega latias. Hope this helps :)

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Where is the balance part? Also I don't think including just two calcs will help the OP.
"Also, is it okay to waste a mega slot for them or is giving it an item such as Life Orb better?"
Who is gonna answer this?
I just changed some stuff, tell me what else I need. Yeah I know my original answer was crap. Sorry
If this helps, could you select this as the best answer?
sorry I was... you know, inactive... Thanks btw.

However I seemed to think there are better alternatives for Mega... such as Mawile, Lopunny etc. But your answer cleared it up. Thanks!