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Tanks And You: Defensive Pairs Across The Formats

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Preface And Defining Tanks

Right lads it’s Svidrigailov here to give you the lowdown on all of Pokemon Masters’ best tanks and how to use them. If you’re just browsing without a specific pair in mind the reviews of tank classes as a whole should act as a great TL;DR for you. Before we start getting into what tanks you should use and when, let’s come up with a definition of “tank”. For the purposes of this guide, I’m going to be considering any Sync Pair whose primary raison d’etre is absorbing opposing Attacks. This means that offensive Supports like Alakazam and Samurott who mainly serve as enablers for Strikers that require additional buffs won’t count. Now, there are four categories that most of Pokemon Masters’ tanks fall into: Bulk tanks, Healing tanks, Debuff tanks, and Evasiveness tanks. I’ll be reviewing all of the major pairs (in no particular order) of each category, as well as the categories themselves across all game modes. Before we get started, note that some pairs fit multiple of these categories and will be placed in the category that most of their utility stems from. Here we go!

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Evasiveness Tanks

Evasiveness tanks use boosts to the Evasiveness stat to reduce Damage by reducing the amount of Attacks that hit them in the first place. Most of these pairs tend to take a fair amount of time to build up these buffs through Passives like Look Alive and Fortuitous and don’t rely on Trainer Moves. These qualities make Evasive tanks generally excellent for the protracted siege of Battle Villa, but less than ideal for Events and Legendary Arena where every blow could OhKo as well as Co-op where switching out strips away stat bonuses.