Japanese Name: バンギラス (Bangirasu)
Classification: Armor Pokémon
Weight: 445.3 lbs
Gender Ratios: Male 50% – Female 50%
Base Stats: HP 100 / Atk 134 / Def 110 / SpAtk 95 / SpDef 100 / Spd 61
Despite his quadruple weakness to the increasingly common Fighting type, Tyranitar is without a doubt a serious force in the metagame. As one of only two species that can get the ability Sand Stream (the other being Hippowdon), the summoning of permanent Sandstorm weather conditions usually falls on Tyranitar due to his incredible base Attack of 134, his 100/110/100 defensive stats, and his Rock typing giving him both immunity to his own weather summoning and the 50% bonus to Special Defense in the sand, pushing his Special Defense stat to supreme levels. Tyranitar is also slow enough that he is almost guarenteed to ensure Sand Stream activates last in a speed check between other weather summoners, notably Politoed (base 70), Ninetales (base 100), Kyogre (base 90) and Groudon (base 90). The slow speed Tyranitar has makes him prone to quick kills, though, so one must practice caution when using him as either a lead, a summoner, or cleanup.
Tyranitar is an incredibly bulky Pokemon, with base 100 HP, base 110 Defense, and base 100 Special Defense. This is offset by many weaknesses that his Rock/Dark typing carries, notably Fighting, Steel, Ground, Bug, Grass and Water, all common typings for attacks. Tyranitar can quite easily be KOd by STAB Earthquake or Superpower, so taking caution and preparing with the right items and counters in the form of teammates is crucial. On the special side, though, Tyranitar has little to fear from attacks like Focus Blast. With Sandstorm boosting his Special Defense 50%, Tyranitar can reach very nearly 500 SpDef with a positive nature, and a specially defensive Tyranitar will not be one-shotted by special Fighting attacks like Focus Blast or Aura Sphere. Tyranitar’s typing also gives it a resistance to Dark and an immunity to Psychic, permitting it to come in and act as a wall on a well-reasoned prediction.
While Tyranitar has a great defense going for it, it also has phenomenal attack power. Base 134 Attack radically improves the striking power of common Tyranitar moves like Stone Edge, Earthquake, Crunch and Pursuit, even on sets that are defensive in nature. He also has access to moves like the three elemental fang attacks, Outrage, Payback, Shadow Claw, Brick Break, and Dragon Claw. Tyranitar also has access to some useful special attacks via his usable base 95 Special Attack, including Ice Beam, Fire Blast and Thunderbolt, making a mixed set quite possible. Tyranitar also has access to Dragon Dance, providing an answer to Tyranitar’s sub-par Speed and boosting his outrageous attack, making it quite hard to counter a set with a variety of attacks to fire off. He also has access to the coveted Stealth Rock as an egg move, making a special wall lead even more dangerous, throwing stones on a switch and running for cover immediately afterwards. Curse is a fine move to boost Tyranitar’s Attack and Defense at the cost of his rather unimportant Speed, but typically Pokemon can deal it damage faster than it can Curse up, and is a riskier option.
As stated earlier, Tyranitar’s main selling point is Sand Stream, the ability to summon permanent Sandstorm, allowing Tyranitar and all Rock types to gain a 50% SpDef boost, whittle away the HP of opponents who are not Steel, Rock or Ground, and provide benefits to Sandstorm abusers like Excadrill, Garchomp and Stoutland. With his low base Speed, Tyranitar is outpaced by nearly every single permanent weather summoner out there, ensuring that Sandstorm overwrites Rain and Sun in a speed check. The only weather summoner that Tyranitar does not become outpaced by is Abomasnow, who sits at base 60 Speed, and promptly changes Sandstorm to Hail. Sending an Abomasnow in on a Tyranitar is a very risky option, though, as Abomasnow really only has Wood Hammer and Earthquake to strike Tyranitar with, and with Tyranitar outpacing it, it can reply with a STAB Stone Edge or Fire Fang, both of which do terrible damage to Abomasnow. It should also be noted that Tyranitar’s Dreamworld ability is Unnerve, which in and of itself appears entirely useless, given the enormous practicality of Sand Stream and the benefits it has for teammates and Sandstorm teams in general. Still, the Unnerve ability permits Tyranitar to be used without summoning a Sandstorm, which can have situational uses in its own right.
Tyranitar is an amazingly versatile Pokemon, capable of team support, defensive walling, physical and mixed offense, and entry hazard setup, just to name a few roles. With a little creativity, Tyranitar can easilly be molded into whatever you need him to be for your team’s chemistry, and you will reap the benefits, without a doubt. Tyranitar has his Achilles’ Heels, but with proper team setup and support for his weaknesses, Tyranitar can provide nice umbrella coverage and support for his partners.