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Mine is EV trained in Sp. Attack. It knows:

Air Cutter: STAB, good chance for critical hit.

Dragon Pulse: STAB, good power, high accuracy, used to deal with Dragon types.

Flamethrower: Good power, high accuracy, chance to burn, used to deal with Ice types.

Dragon Dance: Good stat move.

Altaria learnset

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Can anyone do updated moveset for Altaria? 5th Gen one please. Lets do a tank moveset.
I sort of agree this time. Altaria has potential as a tank/wall with it's good defenses.
Altaria (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Natural Cure
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Def / 252 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
- Cotton Guard
- Toxic
- Roost
- Heal Bell
Well it can learn Draco Meteor by the move tutor but.....

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I would use roost instead of dragon dance because you don't have any moves that are physical so you would not benefit from dragon dance. roost restores health which is always nice.

6 votes

dragon pulse

Dragon dance is useless on yours, it has all special attacks!


It's true! Wow Trach, you really got screwed over on that, huh?
6 votes

Toxic is a good choice for Altaria as it has excellent defense. Dragon Pulse is a MUST for STAB. Flamethrower is excellent too. As DT said, dragon dance is useless. Air cutter is good if he has higher special attack. Fly is waay to predictable.

Swampert, be careful. If you get more points than Pokemaster he might just get angry and make you have zero points.
3 votes

You should go with toxic for sure. You obviously need dragon pulse. Roost might be good, but I don't like losing flying type. Safegaurd is good if you are fast, if not refresh is better. Air cutter would be great and flamethrower is a must have.

Flamethrower is not neccesarily a must have.
3 votes

This mega is so fun.

Altaria @ Altarianite
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Ability: Natural Cure --> Pixilate
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 Spdef
Adamant Nature
- Frustration/Return/Façade
- Dragon Dance
- Roost
- Earthquake/Heal Bell/Substitute

This thing is deadly after it sets up a Dragon Dance, which it can easily do with great defenses and typing that gives a lot of resistances with the handy Dragon immunity. Not too many things out there can take a +1 Pixilated Return or Frustration, much less at +2. Roost is to heal off damage with your surprisingly good bulk despite being uninvested. Earthquake is excellent coverage that hits what Return can't (especially Heatran), but Heal Bell or Subsitute can be used if you hate status.

(99% sure that ORAS is out. I'm going to assume it's safe to post movesets now.)

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I think if you max out S.Def and split Atk and S.Atk with the remaining 4 going into Spd, you can get great coverage as well as great defense. Change dragon dance to cotton gaurd, and earthqauke to flamethrower, and you have boosted return, w/ flamethrower for coverage, and a tank that can defend against phys. And non-phys. Attacks while healing itself. Plus no damge from dragon-type attacks
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Gen V

Altaria (F) @ Leftovers

Trait: Cloud Nine

EVs: 84 HP / 108 Atk / 64 Def / 252 SDef

Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)

  • Cotton Guard
  • Roost
  • Toxic
  • Earthquake
What about Skarmory ? Toxic - no effect e-quake - no effect .... All you can do now is heal and get more defensive..... You'll have to switch Altaria out.
1 vote

Dragon Dance: This time Altaria will make use of it.

Roost: Heals Altaria.

Outrage: Massive power especially after Dragon Dancing.

Earthquake: An incredible move as always.

A special set is also a possibility as Altaria has Draco Meteor, Flamethrower, and HP Ground. It also has some use as a tricky Sleep counter by just running Sleep Talk, making any phazing attempts useless.

If in Gen.5, Cotton Guard is an awesome new stat move to have.
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Altaria-Mega @ Altarianite
Ability: Natural Cure
EVs: 164 HP / 252 Atk / 92 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Hone Claws
- Dragon Rush
- Return / Double Edge
- Iron Tail

Wait! I have a reason for using this! Hone Claws can be deadly with Dragon Rush, as Dragon Rush now is a 100 Power 99% Accuracy move (with a slight chance of flinching of course). Why not have Double-Edge for a Power 156 Fairy move with 100% Accuracy and Iron Tail for coverage too?

This is a unique set! Upvoted
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Sweeping Tank Altaria
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA, 252 Spe, and 4 Def/HP
Ability: Natural Cure
Item: Leftovers/Expert Belt/Life Orb
- Dragon Pulse
- Flamethrower/Fire Blast/Heat Wave
- Cotton Guard/Roost
- Ice Beam/Solarbeam

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what are you going to do with those last four EVs
my bad I forgot I'll add it now
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Altaria (F) @ Leftovers

Trait: Natural Cure

EVs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 SpD

Impish Nature (+Def, -SpA)

  • Dragon Dance
  • Roost
  • Dragon Claw
  • Earthquake

248 HP EVs allow Altaria to switch into Stealth Rock 4 times without fainting, but it also helps a little even if it only does it once. A spinner is recommended though.
Physical bulk is invested in so Altaria has best overall bulk since it's SpD is higher than Def.
Dragon Dance is used to boost Speed and Attack, making it more powerful, and faster. Easily gets away with it having Roost as reliable recovery.
Dragon Claw is STAB and has good neutral coverage, Earthquake complements it nicely by hitting Steel types that resists Dragon Claw.

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The bulkiest Dragon in NU is a beast with the right set. And his cursed 4x weakness to Ice is hard on him, but he can usually take it like a baws.

Altaria @ Leftovers
Natural Cure
252 HP/ 4 Def/ 252 SpD

Cotton Guard
Dragon Pulse

One Cotton Guard can make this guy a beast. Adn two makes him BAWS. Roost removes that 4x weakness and heals him. Dragon Pulse prevents him from becoming Taunt bait. Toxic is also useful to force switches because of the quicklt dwindling HP.

Ice Beam still does a huge chunk.
I'll try this...
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[email protected] Berry. Natural Cure
Cotton Guard: Raise Altaria's already great defense
Draco Meteor: 210 damage including stab. Lowers Sp. Attack, which is good for next attack
Power Swap: That -2 special attack? Give it to the opponent
Roost: For hp


[email protected] Natural Cure. (give many special defence EVs)
Dragon Pulse: 100 accuracy and 80 damage+stab
Flamethrower: Mostly for Steel Type Pokemon
Cotton Guard: Turn Altaria into a Physical wall with +3 defense
Roost: Simply to heal

I hope this helps! -Jellohamster

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Ability: Natural Cure

Held item: Yache Berry (weakens ice type attacks)

Cotton Guard or Dragon Dance - your choice

Dragon Pulse - Covers dragon type Pokemon and nice power and accuracy.

Iron Tail - Covers rock and ice type Pokemon. Even though it has lower accuracy, I recommend that over Flamethrower.

Ice Beam - Covers Dragonites or other dragon/flying types, ground, grass. Good power and accuracy.

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Offensive Moveset

Altaria (F) @ Metal Coat

Trait: Cloud Nine
Nature: Adamant/Impish/Jolly/Careful (I prefer Adamant)
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Speed / 4 HP

Steel Wing: Covers 3/4 weaknesses (Rock, Ice, and Fairy).
Dragon Dance: Power up!
Cotton Guard: Use twice, and poof. Cotton goes poof, and your defense is now as high as @$&!
Dragon Claw: Sure it covers Dragon weakness, but... How does this thing even learn Dragon Claw??!
Stalling Moveset

Altaria (F) @ Leftovers

Trait: Cloud Nine
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 HP / 126 SpDef / 126 Def

Cotton Guard: Raise your def and take them hits!
Roost: Heal up after waiting for...
Toxic: Everyone's favorite stalling move, except when it's used against them.
Steel Wing: If you're just waiting for toxic to finish the job, throw in a steel wing or two. Also here to cover weaknesses (Ice, Rock, and Fairy... Which is a nice 3/4 weaknesses covered with one move.).

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name: Agility
move 1: Agility
move 2: Hyper Voice
move 3: Fire Blast
move 4: Roost
ability: Natural Cure
item: Altarianite
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
ivs: 0 Atk
nature: Modest

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Altaria (F) @ Altarianite
Ability: Cloud Nine ---> Pixilate
252 HP, 252 Sp.Atk, 6 Sp.Def
Nature: Modest (+Sp.Atk,Atk)
- Hyper Voice
- Fire Blast
- HP Rock/HP Ground
- Roost/Ice Beam

Hyper Voice is STAB and is boosted by Pixilate. Fire Blast and the HP of your choice provides coverage. Roost can be recovery, while Ice Beam could be useful somehow. IDK.

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"Le Bulky Swablu Set"

I thought I'd post a Swablu set here in case anyone would like to use an Altaria-like Pokémon in lower tiers (NU/PU). I haven't seen one here so have fun trolling people with little Swablu.

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Swablu @ Eviolite
Ability: Natural Cure
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Atk / 252 SpD
Careful / Calm Nature

- Return / Hyper Voice
- Cotton Guard / Feather Dance
- Toxic
- Roost

Okay so this little set is all about stall, stall, stall! Some details about the stats, abilities and item. A Swablu with Eviolite and Max. Special Defence has a whopping 409 Special Defence! Now that straight away just makes you a complete tank. And with 248 HP, this little Swablu is going to be sponging up special hits for days. Careful is if you wanna go Return, Calm is if you wanna go Hyper Voice (don't forget to fix the attack stat accordingly). Natural Cure is in case someone tries to Toxic-stall you; just switch out of there!
As for the moveset.. The set is really about Toxic stalling and healing yourself up. Literally just Toxic them, Roost if you get low on health, Cotton Guard / Feather Dance in fear of physical attackers and Return / Hyper Voice to do some solid damage if need be.

Have fun with this set and enjoy trollin'.


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Cloud Nine--------->Pixilate
252 Atk/252 Spd/4 HP

Dragon Claw (STAB and reliable)
Return (102 base power at full happiness + boost from Pixilate)
Roost (Recover HP to last long)
Earthquake (For those Steel and Poisons)

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Altaria @ Altarianite

Ability: Natural Cure to Pixilate

Nature: Naughty (+Sp Atk, -Sp Def).

EVs: 252 Sp Atk, 252 Spd, 4 Atk.

-Dragon Pulse: Coverage/STAB
-Fly/Sky Attack/Roost: Fly for convenience in your party, Sky Attack for STAB and the chance of flinching, Roost so you can heal.
-Moonblast: Coverage/Lowering Special Attack against your opponent down 1 stage.
-Cotton Guard/Earthquake: Defence against Steel, Poison, Fairy, and Ice types, Earthquake for more type coverage.

This set is meant to give your Altaria a good movepool to defend against a bunch of types. For your flying type move, you have three options. Fly for convenience, Sky Attack for flinching and stab, and Roost, to heal. For your fourth move, you can choose a defensive move, Cotton Guard, to up your defence drastically. Or you can have an attack to give your Altaria a wider movepool. Whatever you feel is best whether it's an attack or a defence. I hoped this helped, and gave you an idea for a good set for your Altaria. Thanks for reading.

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Cotton guard
Dragon pulse
Aerial ace