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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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I decided to go for something a bit different and I pretty much have no issues using this moveset.

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Nature: Modest (SpAtk+, Atk-)
EV's: 252SpAtk, 252Spd, 4HP

Dark Pulse: STAB, chance to flinch, Ghost and Psychic
Flamethrower: Grass, Bug, Steel, Ice and Flying
Ice Beam: Ground, Grass, Flying and Dragon
Thunderbolt: Water and Flying

I know a modest Tyranitar sounds odd, but this moveset pretty much covers most types and you have the chance to burn, freeze, paralyze your opponent....oh and make them flinch.

If not, I also have the basic physical set.

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Nature: Jolly (Spd+, SpAtk-)
EV's 252Atk, 252Spd, 4HP

Dragon Dance: Atk and Spd+1
Stone Edge: STAB, high critical hit ratio
Crunch - STAB, chance to lower foe's Def-1
Earthquake - Coverage

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Tyranitar @Leftovers
Rash Nature (+Spe D, -Spe Att)
Ability Sand Stream
108 Att, 200 Spe D, 200 D
Toxic
Protect
Iron Defense
Earthquake

This moveset is completely unexpected. Leftovers + This EV spread + Sandstorm + Toxic + Iron Defense + Protect= Awesome stalling. So, poison types and steel types aren't taken out by that strategy, right? What do steel and poison types have in common? THEY HATE EARTHQUAKES! Mwahahahahahahaha...

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Space Godzila (Tyranitar)@Tyranitarite

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EVs: 252 $pd, 252 Atk, 4 HP
Ability: Sandstream
Nature: Jolly
-Rock Polish
-Earthquake
-Stone Edge
-Outrage

After one Rock Polish, you outspeed all non-Scarfed Pokemon (and all Scarfed with base 105 and below). This means a clear sweep in most games. As an added bonus, Sandstorm will finish off Sashed and Sturdy Pokemon who aren't immune. This is OP as hell, so try it. I DEAR YOU!

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Ability: Sandstorm??
Damn, mistake. I'll go edit.
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Tank
Ability: Sandstream
Item: Leftovers/Tyranitarite
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Def, 4 Atk
Nature: Careful/Impish
Moves:
Iron Defense
Thunder wave/ Toxic
Stealth rock
Stone edge/Crunch

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I go with

Tyrant
@Tyranitarite
Trait:Sand Stream
Nature:Adamant
252 Atk 252 Def 2 Sp Def 2 Hp

Earthquake
Dragon dance
Outrage
Crunch/Rock slide/Stone edge

This guy is so dang awesome. Earthquake is earthquake. Nuff said. Dragon dance is for setting up and his bulk means you'll manage at least one. Outrage is just for destroying things once you've done some dancin. Crunch is STAB and can lower their defence, Rock slide can flinch and is STAB and Stone edge is STAB and finishes the epic EdgeQuake combo. You choose which one. Also, their aren't many Mega Tyranitars out there so you might catch your opponent off guard. Plus it grants you a buff in most necessary places.

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Well, My setup for a tyranitar is simple,
[Nature]Brave[Bonus Atk And Loss of speed] [Evs]252Atk|252Defense|6 Health
[Ability]Sand Stream: Deals with Focus sash users
[Moves]Earthquake :You'd be retarded if you don't know why I chose this.
[Moves]PayBack: Perfect set-up for slow Pokemon
[Moves]Aerial Ace: Constantly hits, Type Coverage
[Moves]Power-Up Punch: Op When Used atleast 3 Times.

If this setup is in any way Bad, Do explain to me, Thanks for your time fella's!

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tank
Tyranitar @ Leftovers
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 Def
Adamant Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Thunder Wave
- Stone Edge
- Payback

sweeper
Tyranitar-Mega @ Tyranitarite
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 152 HP / 252 Atk / 104 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Dragon Dance
- Stone Edge
- Crunch
- Ice Punch

assault vest
Tyranitar @ Assault Vest
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 Def
Adamant Nature
- Stone Edge
- Crunch
- Ice Punch
- Earthquake

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SUB-PUNCH SET
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Ability: Sand stream
EVs: 252 Hp/ 252 Atk/ 4 SpA
Jolly or Careful nature
-Substitute
-Focus Punch
-Thunderbolt/ Fire blast/ Fire Punch
-Crunch/ Earthquake

First off we have smooth rock to increase Tyranitar's Special defence and to get some chip damage for a bit longer, alternatively we have Leftovers to potentially get another use of substitute. Our ability is obviously sand stream and the EV's we are running are very important, 252 Hp makes our Tyranitar have 404 Hp this survives a Blissey seismic toss on 1 Hp so we can get our focus punch up and obliterate that Blissey or Chansey. For moves we have Substitute (Obviously) and Focus punch but the most unexpected ones are Thunderbolt, Fire Blast or Fire punch, The main reason to have fire punch is for Celesteelas but thunderbold or fire blast will deal more damage to Skarmorys so it really comes down to who you fear most. Lastly we have Crunch and Earthquake for coverage. In all this set is very niche but is very unexpected and always catches people off gaurd.

EDIT:It should be noted that Tyranitar can only learn fire punch in previous generations*

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There's really no point in using Dragon Dance normal Tyranitar, since it's just too slow at +1 to outspeed anything. If you're gonna use DD, I would suggest this moveset:

Tyranitar-Mega @ Tyranitarite --- The small speed boost that Tyranitar gets from mega evolving really helps with attempting to sweep
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Stone Edge
--- Quite frankly just the strongest move Tyranitar can use, so it should be used as the primary attack when trying to sweep. Rock Slide can be used if you're afraid of missing, but Stone Edge's extra power is usually worth the risk.
- Crunch --- Crunch is the strongest dark-type move Tyranitar has access to (Other than Payback and Foul Play, but both of those attacks are completely pointless to run on a Dragon Dance boosting set), so it should be used on all Dragon Dance variations.
- Ice Punch/Fire Punch/ Thunder Punch --- After dual STAB, you should use one of the elemental punches to knock out Pokemon like Scizor, Landorus and Gyarados at +1. Iron Head or Poison Jab are also usable If you're really scared of fairies like Clefable or Diancie.
- Dragon Dance --- Dragon Dance is one of the scariest boosting moves in all of Pokemon, since it raises your attack to break through very defensive Pokemon, and it also raises your speed to outpace everything in the metagame at +3. Rock Polish is a possible replacement for Dragon Dance, in order to outspeed almost everything in one boost, but since DD also raises your attack, it is almost always preferred.

If you want to use a Defensive Tyranitar set, this is what I suggest:

Tyranitar @ Smooth Rock/Leftovers
Ability: Sand Stream
--- You might think of using Unnerve if your team doesn't have any Pokemon to take advantage of the sand, but Sand Stream is always the better ability on Tyranitar. It breaks opposing Focus Sashes on switch-in, and boosts Tyranitar's already relatively high Special Defense even further.
EVs: 252 HP / 156 Atk / 100 SpD
Sassy Nature

- Ice Beam --- Looking at this set you might be thinking that using a special move on a Pokemon with such a high attack stat would be completely pointless, but Ice Beam is very useful on this version of Tyranitar. It hits Landorus and Garchomp VERY hard because they run physical defensive sets, and since they don't have any recovery moves, they cant stay in on you, meaning you can either Pursuit them, or use Stealth Rock.
- Stone Edge --- The strongest attack that Tyranitar has access to, when accounting for STAB, so it should always be used on all versions of Tyranitar. It knocks out Volcarona in one hit, and since your Special Defense stat is so high from Sand Stream, it can be used to stop a Volcarona sweep.
- Pursuit --- Traps a lot of Psychic-type Pokemon like Latios, Latias, and Alakazam (If they switch, Latios and Alakazam always get OHKO'd after Stealth Rock damage, and Latias gets OHKO'd after Stealth Rock and one turn of Life Orb damage). This can be switched out for Crunch if you'd rather just have an attack that will always be strong.
- Stealth Rock --- Since it's so bulky, Tyranitar will have a lot of opportunities to set up Rocks for your team.

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Tyranitar
Leftovers
MAX HP AND SP DEFENSE

Moves
Curse: Curse seems a good move increasing Tyranitar's using its decent defenses and good attack
Rock Slide/Stone Edge: Accuracy or power. You decide. (STAB)
Crunch: STAB
Earthquake Coverage

Comments
BEFORE ANY OF YOU, say that Dragon Dance on a T-Tar is better, I already know. I'm using curse to mix things up, so it won't be a boring move set.

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Tyranitar @ Tyranitarite
Ability: Sand Stream -> Sand Stream
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 SDef
Jolly Nature

Tyranitar

  • Dragon Dance
  • Stone Edge
  • Ice Punch / Thunder Punch
  • Fire Punch / Earthquake

When you mega evolve, Tyranitar's defenses are increased by quite a bit, making it one of the most bulkiest sweepers (I believe). With the help of Ninetales' Aurora Veil before sending out this beast, and Tyranitar's Sand Stream after, you can even survive a Focus Blast from a Life Orb Mewtwo. Dragon Dance is there to help with making you an absolute truck. Stone Edge is STAB with pretty good power. Ice Punch and Fire Punch are there for coverage. Thunder Punch is for those annoying water types that resist all your other moves. Earthquake is just there because it has helped me with sweeping a lot recently. This moveset doesn't have Crunch because I believe that Stone Edge can deal some massive damage, and with a 1+ by the Dragon Dance, you can even OHKO that stupid Mewtwo.

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Wow... Special Tyranitar is AMAZING!

Tyranitar @Choice Specs
Ability: Sand Stream
Evs: 252SpA 252Spe 4Def
Nature: Timid
Dark Pulse (Obligatory STAB)
Flamethrower (Pesky Grass and Steel types!)
Thunderbolt (Want sum, Starmie???)
Surf (R.I.P. Landorus)

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If you want to beat landorus, use ice beam instead of surf
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I have a interesting moveset for Tyranitar: The Assult Vest T-Tar.

Pokemon: Tyranitar
Item: Assult Vest
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 HP/4 Atk/252 Def
Impish Nature

  • Stone Edge
  • Crunch
  • Earthquake
  • Fire Punch

Everyone knows that sandstorm allows Tyranitar to take special hits with ease. And that Tyranitar has great physical defense. So I thought: Why not put on an Assult Vest? Now equipped with an Assult Vest, Tyranitar becomes one of the bulkiest Pokemon in the game. Stone Edge is for spammable STAB. Crunch is for STAB, but also has a chance to decrease defense. Earthquake hits Klefki, along with rock types. The last move is Fire Punch, and is mainly used to hit Ferrothorn and Scizor.

The EVs allow Tyranitar to be as physically bulky as possible, while having some extra damage. Tyranitar does not need any special defense EVs, thanks to Assult Vest and Sand Stream. Sand Stream is essential for the special defense boost. Assult Vest works with Sand Stream to boost special defense to insane levels. Finally, an Impish Nature is used to increase physical bulk as much as possible.

Counters:

Physical fighting types: Even fully invested, fighting types can always break through tyranitar with a CC.

Chansey: Chansey can take any hit from Tyranitar with ease, and Soft-Boiled the damage away.

Toxic: Toxic wears down T-Tar, and with no form of recovery, the ancient T-Rex will eventually fall.

Let me know if I missed anything.

Please consider using! Thanks!

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Tyranitar moveset:
252 IVS ATK, 252 IVS SPEED, and the rest on DEF
Object: Tyranitarite/leftovers (Only if you have a backup like Aerodactyl)
Ability: Sandstream
Nature: Lax
Parters: Aerodactyl/Flying type Pokemon with boost or immunity to sandstorm

1- Earthquake - Perfect with Aerodactyl’s immunity

2-Crunch- You STAB the enemy and you have a 30% chance of lowering the opponent’s defense

3-Stone Edge- A powerful move with high chances of critical hit (roughly 1/8)

4-Dragon Dance- Meanwhile Aerodactyl uses Rockslide Tyranitar uses dragon dance ‘cause there’s a chance of causing flinchin’

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Sandstorm boosts SDef, not SAtk.
True sorry i fix it
Lax reduces Sp.def. Why not use impish and reduce a useless stat?
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Tyranitar (F) W/Choice Band or Life Orb (latter preferably)
Trait: Sand Stream
EVs: 252HP / 252 Atk / 4SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Earthquake (POWER AND A MUST FOR TTAR)
- Focus Punch (Can hit harder than a STAB Crunch but needs set up W/ Sleep or Paralysis from another Pokémon if Substitute isn’t used)
- Crunch (Strong STAB+ coverage for Pesky Psychics and Ghosts)
- Stone Edge (STAB and 2x Critical Hit Ratio) + Super-effective against 4 different types

I know I probably could have put the 252 points in D or SpD instead of health, but it seemed like the right thing to do at the time. Tyranitar already has naturally low Speed so I don’t see a reason to try to compensate for it. Just try to work with his natural strengths instead!

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Here's what I'm running:
Adamant w/ Sandstream
Holding a Kings Rock/Shell Bell
252 ATK/ 252 SPD/ 8 HP
Stone Edge
Earthquake
Crunch
Stealth Rock
This is a trapper T-Tar. Her main goal is to set up stealth rock and then keep swinging til she falls. Kings Rock to maybe grab an extra flinch or 2 on the few pkmn you'll outrun. You could also run it with shell bell for a little bit of recovery. (My Togekiss already has leftovers so I cant use it twice but that could also work here)

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Where's the trapping part?
Apologies Ive always thought of hazards as traps. The "trap" here is stealth rock.
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Even though Tyranitar has always been OU (unsurprisingly, and deservingly), Tyranitar has shot up in usage in SS. It fits right into the metagame, though it does have quite a few checks. It's best used as a bulky Stealth Rock setter and support, but it can run a mean Dragon Dance set and surprise your opponent. Even the unorthodox special attacking set isn't bad, even if it is outclassed. In conclusion, Tyranitar can fit into any play style, and you won't regret using it. Just watch out for fighting types.

  1. Ubers

Tyranitar @ Leftovers
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpD
Careful Nature
- Stone Edge
- Crunch
- Thunder Wave
- Stealth Rock

The special defence investment and sandstorm help you check a lot of dangerous special attackers. Don't hesitate to switch it into Reshiram, Eternatus, Lunala, Kyurem-White and Mewtwo. Then predict their next move and attack, set up rocks or paralyse something. Just watch out for strong physical moves and Fighting-type coverage.
A special attacking set with Snarl and a Calm nature is not a bad set either.

  1. OU

Tyranitar @ Leftovers
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 100 HP / 252 Atk / 156 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Stone Edge
- Fire Punch
- Crunch

Standard set. Set up rocks if given the opportunity, then attack. This set can dent the two common defoggers (Mandibuzz and Corviknight). Just watch out for Toxic from Mandibuzz and Body Press from Corviknight. The given speed EVs let it outspeed 0 Spe Mandibuzz.

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Tyranitar @ Choice Band
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Crunch
- Stone Edge
- Earthquake / Heavy Slam
- Fire Punch

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Physical tank mega tyranitar
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Ability:sand stream—>sand stream
Nature:adamant or impish
EVs: 252 attack 252 defense 4 HP
Iron defense:his sp.defense is boosted by sandstorm, so boost his defense and he can take a lot of hits
Stealth rock:to set up hazards
Stone edge: STAB, good power
Crunch:STAB, more reliable than payback and assurance in my opinion

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EVs on Attack, defence and speed
Ability: Sand Stream
Nature: Adamant
Item: Sitrus Berry
Moveset:

        Stone Edge-STAB           
        Crunch-STAB
        Earthquake-Very Strong Move
        Fire Punch-Coverage
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How are the EVs spread?