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If you have a good competitive moveset for Tyranitar, 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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Tyranitar Pokédex and learnset for reference.

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Tyranitar (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 Atk / 8 SDef / 248 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Dragon Dance
- Fire Punch
- Crunch
- Stone Edge
Does anyone use Mega Tyranitar? I don't see any in the Answers below.
M Tyranitar is actually pretty good. I use him a lot myself on pokemon showdown.
i only have gen 5 and below but my normal lvl 100 tyranitar with fire fang, earthquake, crunch and dragon claw, so i dont see why people go nuts over mega. after all if the regular tyranitar is unbeatable is there any point in having it mega evolve.
I am surprised no one suggested that tyranitar should hold an iron ball and know fling. He isn't really fast and iron ball + fling is really high physical damage with STAB.

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Kadath (Tyranitar) (F) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Sand Stream
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Earthquake
- Fire Punch
- Stone Edge
- Crunch

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I run D-Dance on mine and Aerial Ace for type coverage.
kadath gets what i mean. afterall ikt has fire punch (i prefur fang but nm)
@omnominglikeabaws I also run D-Dance on mine and Aerial Ace for type coverage. However, here's what I run on my Tyranitar:

Tyranitar-Mega (M) @ Tyranitarite  
Ability: Sand Stream  
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe  
Jolly Nature  
- Rock Slide  
- Aerial Ace  
- Dragon Dance  
- Earthquake/Ice Punch
It a lot better dark pulse combined with sandstorm than fire punch. Tyranitar is an offensive.
dark pulse sucks on Tyranitar since it's a Physical Attacker and not special, plus who needs to have a moveslot wasted on Sandstorm when there's the ability Sand Stream?
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Tyranitar

Item: Choice-scarf
Ability: Sand-stream
Nature: Adamant/Jolly
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 6 Hp


Stone-edge

Crunch or Pursuit

Earthquake

Thunder-punch


This set gives him enough speed to out-run Politoed and if you run Jolly Ninetales. Stone-edge is STAB. Crunch is strong STAB while Pursuit is strategic STAB too hurt a fleeing Poltoed/Ninetales. Earthquake is for coverage. Thunder-punch is coverage specifically for destroying Poltoed the arch-nemesis of Tyranitar.

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I like this learnset. :)
but if you use a move how will you use pursuit after
I don't want to only use pursuit
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Good ol' T-tar

Ability: Sand Stream

Nature: Sassy

EVs: 192 HP, 252 SpD, 64 SpA

Item: Leftovers

This is a set that I've used recently on servers and in-game.

Stealth Rock: One of the best entry hazards, helps keep certain threats at bay.

Crunch/Payback: Deals good damage of T-tar's great attack stat. Helps maul Psychic and Ghost types that stay in or try to switch out when using Pursuit.

Flamethrower/Ice Beam: Makes Steel types like Ferrothorn, Scizor and co think twice about trying to come in and set up in it, or deal with predicted Gliscor switch ins and Dragon types.

Superpower/Stone Edge: Useful for hitting Rock, Ice, Dark and Normal types or another stab to hit Flying, Bug and Fire types.

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Here's my variation of this pokemon, I call it Swagnitar.

Tyranitar @ Dread Plate (Basically, I have a S.S. Team)
Ability: Sand Stream
Nature: Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EVs: 252 Spd, 252 Atk, 4SpDef

Swagger- Basically a set-up for something unexpected.
Foul Play- A new move that uses the foes' base Atk, the move acts as if the target is attacking themselves, and thus is more powerful when the opponent has higher Attack, it is amplified by Swagger thus not making you all that threatened because of confusion, and STAB.
Equake- No reason needed. This skill is OP.
Ice Punch, Fang/Rock Slide/Aerial Ace- Ice to deal with weaknesses, Rockslide helps and has a chance of flinching or Aerial Ace a move that never misses. Your choice, as for me, I currently use Rockslide I feel lucky with that flinch.

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VGC 2020 Weakness Policy.

Tyranitar @ Weakness Policy.

EVs: 252 HP/252 att/4 spe.
Adamant nature + att - SpAtt

Protect
Rock Slide
Crunch
Superpower.

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Payback killer
Ability: Sand Stream
Item: Shell Bell
Nature: Brave (+atk -speed)
EVs attack defense sp.def

  • Earthquake
  • Payback (due to naughty slowdown, it'll be stronger, due to the likelihood of attacking second)
  • Avalanche (same strategy as Payback)
  • Stone Edge/Curse
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+ Atk, - Speed is brave nature not naughty
sorry got mixed up
What move is "Playback"?
Another mistake: it's payback, not paayback.
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Tyranitar (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 HP / 120 Atk / 136 Def
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Substitute
- Hone Claws
- DynamicPunch
- Stone Edge

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You are stupid or what. ALL tryanitars must have E-QUAKE
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My Tyranitar is a good somewhat defensive sweeper. It can take hits while it builds speed, then it can stop opponents in their tracks. It does get annoying though, because everyone keeps forfeiting. Here's what mine knows.

Tyranitar-
Adamant Nature: +Atk,-SAtk
EVs: 252Atk, 50Spd, 108Def, 100SDef
Item: Sitrus Berry (good for surviving longer, and Tyranitar's defensive stats help)
Ability: Sand Stream (ensures they don't survive with focus sash)
Moves:
-Rock Polish: raises speed 3 levels
-Rock Slide: hits 2 people in double or triple, more accurate than stone edge, and can make them flinch (works well with rock polish)
-Fire Fang: type coverage(bug, steel, grass), burn (adds with sandstorm), and can flinch
-Earthquake: because everyone needs a good power-move, but you can pick whichever else you like
p.s. One thing I've noticed is most people forget rock beats ice, but ice doesn't beat rock, so don't fear the ice types unless they know water attacks (yes, rock type attacks are still super effective on ice and water double types; no, fire fang is not). Also, tyranitar can learn ice fang and thunder fang too, so if you want more flinch moves, more status problems, or more type coverage(ice: beats ground, grass, flying; electric: beats water, flying), pick one of those.

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I use a similar set just with stone edge rock polish, then ice punch over fire fang, it can learn fire punch cant it ?
Rock Polish raises speed 2 stages, not 3.
Well if peopel are leaving then yoy might as well put in a garchomp fpr its sand ability
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My Tyranitar is a good somewhat defensive sweeper. It can take hits while it builds speed, then it can stop opponents in their tracks. It does get annoying though, because everyone keeps forfeiting. Here's what mine knows.

Tyranitar-
Adamant Nature: +Atk,-SAtk
EVs: 0Hp, 252Atk, 0Def, 0SAtk, 6SDef, 252Spd
IVs: 31 on all except for 23SAtk and 10Spd
Item: Sitrus Berry (good for surviving longer, and Tyranitar's defensive stats help)
Ability: Sand Stream (ensures they don't survive with focus sash)
Moves:
-Rock Polish: raises speed 3 levels
-Rock Slide: hits 2 people in double or triple, more accurate than stone edge, and can make them flinch (works well with rock polish)
-Ice Fang: type coverage (grass, ground, flying, dragon), may freeze, may flinch
-Earthquake: because everyone needs a good power-move, but you can pick whichever else you like

p.s. One thing I've noticed is most people forget rock beats ice, but ice doesn't beat rock, so don't fear the ice types unless they know water attacks (yes, rock type attacks are still super effective on ice and water double types; no, fire is not). Also, tyranitar can learn fire fang and thunder fang too, so if you want more flinch moves, more status problems, or more type coverage(fire: beats bug, grass, steel, ice; electric: beats water, flying), pick one of those. Also, I made an earlier post similar to this one, then I realized ice fang was better than fire fang because fire takes care of steel, bug, and grass. Earthquake covers steel and rock slide covers bug, and ice fang takes care of grass, ground, and those pesky dragon types. I hope this helps.

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I agree with everything, but i'd rather have crunch over rock polish because of STAB and even more coverage over physics (even though they can't even hurt tyranitar).But I do like the rock polish idea, but i also like the 80 power +40 from STAB and 100 accuracy. But the flinching and speed boost can be a deadly combination, So i'd go with either moveset.
I would like to point out that in your comment you mentioned you prefer Crunch over Rock Polish because crunch makes others flinch. I am sorry to say that you are mislead. Crunch does not make them flinch. I believe you are thinking of Bite: a move with a power of 60, accuracy of 100, and the ability to make opponents flinch. If you want Crunch to make them flinch, simply give Tyranitar either a King's Rock or a Razor Fang item to hold. Those items will give a small chance of flinch to any move, and a bigger chance of flinch to moves that already have a chance to flinch. I would like to point out that I have a Bug type Scizor in my team and do not worry about Psychic types. Also, most psychic types have low Def and good SDef, so Tyranitar has them overpowered.
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Tyranitar
Adamant Nature
Ability:Sand Stream
Item:Muscle Band
Moves:
Shadow Claw/Dragon Claw
Iron Tail
Crunch
Stone Edge/Earthquake

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I was able to pull together a very strategic moveset:
Tyranitar (M)
Nature: Adamant (+A,-SA)
EVs: ATTACKER!
Ability: Sand Stream
Moves:
Dragon Dance (+ 1 A, +1 S, and it corresponds with the strategy)
Ice Fang/Ice Punch (boosted by D.Dance and for type coverage)
ASSURANCE (may not sound like much, but think... boosted by D.Dance, STAB, AND with Sand Stream kicked in, there's damage caused after the first turn DOUBLING the attack power of the move the next turn. 50/2 = 25 ..... 50+25=75 (STAB) x2 (effect) = 150 base damage! Also, the D.Dance # variation will boost even further!)
Earthquake (boosted by D.Dance and more type coverage)

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For me, the best moveset is:
Tyranitar @Jolly or Adamant Nature
200 Atk, 58 Sp Def, and 252 Speed EVS.
Item: Chople Berry or Leftovers

-Dragon Dance: Raises Speed and Attack, so it'll be at a better advantage.
-Earthquake: Good move, for the most part.
-Ice Punch: Handles Flying and Grass, the two types that Earthquake won't get a hard hit on.
-Fire Punch/Aerial Ace/Crunch: The first two are for type coverage, and Crunch gives a powerful STAB move; either of those can come in handy.

I'd also recommend moves with pretty good accuracy, in general. Crazy powerful moves aren't all that good when they miss.

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What about Foul Play instead of Crunch? Doesn't it have a higher base Attack?
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Tyranitar (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 Hp / 252 SDef
Sassy Nature (+SDef, -Spd)
- Curse
- Earthquake
- Rockslide/Stone Edge
- Dragon Tail

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Ok here's my one. It's very similar to a couple mentioned before but has a slight twist.

Item: Leftovers / Shell Bell
Ability: Sand-stream
Nature: Careful
EVs: 252 SDef / 252 HP / 4 Atk

-Dragon Dance
-Fire Punch / Brick Break / Earthquake / Aerial Ace (whatever coverage you want)
-Crunch (STAB)
-Stone Edge / Rock Slide (STAB - [power or accuracy])

Shell bell is more for if you want to use your leftovers on one of your other Pokemon. Since this Ttar is going to be dishing out a lot of damage shell bell will provide a good amount of healing anyway.
There may be a better item to use than these, but since Choice items aren't good with dragon dance and focus sashes aren't needed (explained below) I havn't come up with anything better yet.
Perhaps an expert belt if you don't have anything better to use it on.

So the thinking behind this is that with all those SDef EVs + careful nature + the SDef boost from sandstorm it should easily be able to take multiple hits from special attacks so send it out against a special attacker (preferably without focus blast). They hit it, it shrugs it off and dances. The opponent has a choice then of either hitting it again (not usually a great plan) or switching to something with a bit more phys (should have done that last turn). Either way Ttar now has 2 dances up and at this point there's not much that can stand up to it.
Using this set up I've managed to survive Focus Blasts from Alakazam with over 1/4 of my HP remaining so there's not really any special attackers out there that can threaten it enough to need a focus sash.

Its main weakness is if someone switches straight out to a physical attacker with a fighting move and enough speed to beat it while dragon danced, but most people will try hitting it with at least one special attack before realising how useless that is.

Hope you like it, and if you think of a better item for it or any major flaws I'd love to hear it.

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Tyranitar
Ability- Sand Stream
Nature-Impish
Item-Left Overs
EV Spread- 252 Hp- 150 Def- 100 SpD.
Move Set
Dragon Dance/Curse (I prefer Dragon dance)
Pursuit
E-quake/Stone Edge
Fire punch/Ice punch/thunder punch

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Lead-Tank
Tyrany @Leftover
Trait: Sand Stream
*EV: 252 Hp / 128 Atk / 128 Def IV: Atk
Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)
- Stealth Rock (thats why he lead with Sand Stream)
- EarthQuake (no need to explain)
- Stone Edge (STAB of course)
- Payback (It will hit with 100 base power, having advantage Brave nature itself)

or you can switch with SandRush Excadrill ^.^

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Okay there are a million possibilities for this monster. Tyranitar can be a sweeper or a tank or a mix. I prefer the mix.

EVs: 252 defense, 128 attack, 128 sp.def
nature: impish (+def,-sp.att)
item: Tyranitite

Moveset:
dragon dance
ice punch
earthquake
rock slide

Dragon dance is absolutely amazing with mega tyranitar because mega tyranitar can practically take any physical move with ease, which allows 2 easy dragon dances. Ice punch coverage, earthquake is a must, rock slide is more accurate and I would rather not take the chance and miss in a dire situation. Please give comment and feedback I would love to know what you guys have to say.

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Tyranitar @ Assault Vest

Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SDef
Sassy Nature
- Crunch
- Pursuit
- Stone Edge
- Ice Beam / Fire Blast

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T-Tar is an awesome Pokemon. My favorite out of all the psuedos. Sorry if I misspelled that.
for this moveset your item will probably want to be a persim berry ( snaps your Pokemon right out of confusion ). Adamant nature + ATK -SP.ATK.

                                   MOVESET

Stone Edge: Tremendous power + STAB and good coverage.
E-quake: Elementary my dear Watson
Thrash/Outrage- Both awesome moves. aside from the confusion. Tyranitars attack is great so these moves would do A-LOT of damage.
Crunch/Hone claws: Crunch for STAB + if Tyranitar lowers defense, he will 6-0 sweep. Hone claws if you want to give thrash/outrage even MORE power/accuracy.

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DD Sweeper
He is bulky enough to set up one or two Dragon Dance, and I guess this is enough to lots of Damage and outspeed some annoying ones.

Tyranitar @Sitrus Berry/Lum Berry/Chople Berry
(can't use another Life Orb or Leftovers)
Sand Stream
Jolly Nature (+Spe, -SAtk)
252 Atk, 128 HP, 128 Spe
- Dragon Dance
- Stone Edge
- Crunch
- Earthquake

Vest Sweeper
This is a version with Assault Vest. With his great stats, he will be bulky enough and can use Ice Fang for more and more coverage. An option here is change the 252 Hp for 128 Hp and 128 Def.

Tyranitar @Assault Vest
Sand Sream
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
252 Atk, 252 Hp, 4 Def
- Aerial Ace (Fig, Gra, Bug) / Ice Fang (Gra, Gro) / Fire Fang (Gra, Bug, Ste)
- Stone Edge
- Crunch
- Earthquake

I know there are other opions like Stealth Rock and Bulky natures. But what about this movesets for a sweeper? If good, what is best choice?
Rock Polish instead Dragon Dance can be a good option?
What is the best Fang/Ace?

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