#376 – Metagross
Japanese: メタグロス (Metagoros)
Classification: Iron Leg Pokémon
Weight: 1212.5 lbs
Gender Ratios: Genderless
Base Stats: HP 80 / Atk 135 / Def 130 / SpAtk 95 / SpDef 90 / Spd 70
Metagross. That’s Meta-gross, which rhymes with cross, and will stomp you down like a flippin’ boss. This heavy-hitting, bulky Pokemon has some pretty awesome typing and has earned a strong place in the OU metagame, and it definitely deserves that place. I don’t see this Pokémon used much at my local league, or even in matches I’ve played online, so depending on the climate in your local gaming community, Metagross could just be the come-from-behind champion you need to really turn a match around.
Metagross is similar to the last Pokémon I discussed. Like Cloyster, Metagross can do one of two things very well. It can become a strong Physical wall, or it can become a devastating Physical Sweeper. With it typing, either is going to work out well. Steel/Psychic is a fantastic dual-type, giving Metagross very few weaknesses. It’ll take double damage from Fire and Ground. That’s it. Two weaknesses. With the terribly common Earthquake out there, its weakness to Ground can be a little daunting, but played smartly, this weakness is a complete nonissue. Its resistances are stellar. Metagross resists Normal, Ice, Grass, Flying, Rock, Dragon, Steel, Psychic, and is completely immune to Poison. This makes it a fantastic Pokémon to switch in on an opponent, even if you haven’t gone the Wall route.
Its base stats are nothing to sneeze at. With no base stats under 70, it is truly a force to be reckoned with. Metagross may never be a speedy Pokémon, but that isn’t an issue with defenses like that. My suggestion would be to pump up its physical attack as much as possible, choosing a nature that will lower Speed or Special Attack. There’s really no reason to plan on Metagross ever outspeeding an opponent. If you plan to take a couple of hits, you’ll be much more satisfied with Metagross’s performance.
Metagross has two abilities to choose from – one that has some potential use, and one that is almost too situational to ever get any use out of. Its standard ability is Clear Body. This prevents an opponent from lowering Metagross’s stats (though it still can lower its own stats). Its DreamWorld ability (which is legally available if you’d really like to go that route) is Light Metal, which halves Metagross’s weight. Unless you’re routinely facing opponents using moves like Grass Knot and Low Kick, there’s no reason to go through the headache of getting a DreamWorld ability onto a genderless Pokémon. For me, it was an easy choice. Clear Body all the way.
Time to talk movesets! Leveling up, Metagross gets some pretty good stuff, which was a nice change from some of the other Pokémon I’ve worked with (like Manectric, poor Manectric). Bullet Punch gives you a Priority Steel attack, which is fantastic if you anticipate him needing to do a little revenge killing. Pursuit can also be fun if you’re good at predicting when your opponent is going to switch out. Hammer Arm is awesome, especially if you haven’t sunk any EVs into Speed for Metagross. (I told you not planning on outspeeding opponents would come in handy. Who cares if your speed is lowered if you don’t need the speed in the first place?) Then there are the almost obligatory Meteor Mash and Zen Headbutt – two extremely powerful STAB options for Metagross.
Being a genderless Pokémon, Metagross has no Egg moves to worry over. XD
TMs have few options for Metagross, especially if you’ve gone the Physical Sweeper route. Some you might consider are TM26 – Earthquake, TM31 – Brick Break, and TM40 – Aerial Ace. If you’ve gone the Hammer Arm route, TM74 – Gyro Ball could be a fun option. And there’s always TM64 – Explosion for some laughs when Metagross’s HP have hit the red.
With all of this in mind, you can pull some really interesting stunts with the slow-moving Metagross. Give it a try, and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.