Japanese Name: フライゴン (Furaigon)
Classification: Mystic Pokémon
Weight: 180.8 lbs
Gender Ratios: Male 50% – Female 50%
Base Stats: HP 80 / Atk 100 / Def 80 / SpAtk 80 / SpDef 80 / Spd 100
Flygon is a really interesting Pokemon for a number of reasons, typing and ability being the foremost reasons to have one. Its unique immunities due to Ground and Levitate make it impervious to all damage-dealing Ground and Electric attacks, and its Ground/Dragon typing make its only weaknesses the Dragon and Ice types. To this end, Flygon, with its impressive base 100 Speed, makes for an amazing scout or switch-in for a partner on your team. Scouting is Flygon’s specialty, in my opinion, due to its high Speed and access to U-Turn. Its base 80 defenses mean it won’t take too many consecutive, powerful hits, but its access to a base 100 Attack stat and moves like Earthquake, Stone Edge, Dragon Claw, Crunch, Rock Slide, and even Aerial Ace give it a great deal of flexibility and, with U-Turn, gives one many opportunities to see this versatile Pokemon aid them in a fight and pull off critical knockouts in a pinch. Flygon is also fast enough to fool people into believing it carries a Choice Scarf, tricking them into switching in on what they believe will be an ineffective attack.
While Flygon does have some impressive stats going for it, being a decent all-around supporter, it also suffers from mediocrity. Depending on which tier system you use (Smogon or Pokemon Online), you will not see them rate this epic dragonfly in the OU tiers because of the overwhelming superiority that a Multiscale Dragonite and Salamence have over it, though none can quite fill Flygon’s niche role as scouter. A held item to extend Flygon’s lifespan, such as the Yache Berry to stave off deadly Ice attacks, or a Life Orb to boost its damage output to OHKO levels, is highly recommended. If you don’t have the ability to access the Dreamworld or you haven’t earned the BP for a Choice Item or Life Orb, then a Gem such as the Dragon Gem or the Ground Gem work well, as does the Wide Lens to increase the accuracy of some of Flygon’s riskier moves like Rock Slide.
One of Flygon’s stats that has generally been overlooked has been its Special Attack stat. While its Special Attack is only a base 80 stat, Flygon also has a plethera of Special moves, such as Fire Blast, Signal Beam, Draco Meteor and the brand-new egg move Earth Power, which can transform it into a surprise Special Attacker. It may not have the raw power of a Physical Attacker set, but it does come as a significant shock to one who would switch in a physically-bulky Pokemon to absorb a hit. Unfortunately, Flygon lost the ability to learn moves like Fire Punch and Outrage and Roost in 5th Gen, and if you so desire one, you will have to go back to 4th Gen, breed a Trapinch there, and teach it those moves before transferring it to 5th.
As stated above, when playing a Flygon, keep in mind that, while they have much in the form of neutrality and resistance, they do not take many brutal hits well, and you have to be cautious about Dragons and Ice attacks, in particular the devastating Ice Beam or ever-annoying Ice Shard priority attack. Stealth Rock is less of an issue, and indeed Flygon is one of the only Dragons that can safely switch into Stealth Rock without taking 25% HP loss instantly. Because of the sheer variability that Flygon has, you will be pressed to find a counter you can safely use against one. Bulky Water and Psychic types are usually the best bet, as none of Flygon’s attacks, short of the rarely-carried Solarbeam and Crunch, will do serious damage to them. Any Pokemon of serious physical bulk, such as Chansey and Slowbro, also work to slow the march of Flygon, if it is not carrying a Choice Band. If planning on switching in an Ice type, beware of the tricky Flamethrower or Fire Blast, and without Outrage locking it into a move for two to three turns, be cautious about sending Steel-types in to wall Flygon, even if you have a good idea of the skill set they run.