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Support Tier 2
Analysis by Svidrigailov

Trainer

Pokemon Info

Type Dragon
Weak Vs Fairy
Role Support
Base Potential
Gender Male

Pokemon Description

Overjoyed at finally being able to fly, it flies all over the place and usually doesn’t land until it’s completely exhausted and needs to sleep.

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Stats

4★
5★
HP 102
ATK 14
DEF 14
Sp. ATK 10
Sp. DEF 13
Speed 12
HP 484
ATK 252
DEF 183
Sp. ATK 248
Sp. DEF 182
Speed 181
Bulk 541

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Pokemon Analysis

Overview

    Salamence is a powerful support with great bulk, decent mixed offenses, potential for massive team buffing, and an incredible unique move and passive. However, it is held back by its inability to increase the offenses of its teammates in a meta that revolves around powerful strikers and units that buff their attacking stats. Despite its shortcomings, Salamence is the go-to pair for any team that wants to increase its survivability.

Strengths

Great Movepool

Salamence’s “X Sp. Def All” allows it to easily boost the defenses of its team by a huge amount with no drawback, and Dragon Claw/Breath allow it to cover whatever offensive weaknesses its team might have with powerful mixed attacks. Aside from that, Salamence has some of the best unique abilities in the game: 

-”Hard To Starboard” in conjunction with “X Sp. Def All” can massively increase its teams bulk while recharging the move gauge by two full bars for its teammates to take advantage of.

-”Terrify” instantly lowers the attack of all opposing pairs when Salamence enters the field, which together with “Hard To Starboard” makes Salamence and its teammates nigh unkillable by physically offensive pairs.

Solid all-around stats:

Salamence’s above average stats in every category except for speed allow it to become incredibly bulky with its team buffs, or to become a powerful mixed attacker with buffs from other supports like Dusclops or Serperior. His one weakness in this area, his (relatively) low speed, is somewhat made up for by his ability to fill the team’s gauge with “Hard To Starboard”.

Weaknesses

Lack of offensive buffs: 

One of the most important things a support needs to do in Pokemon Masters is buff the Striker’s attacking stats so that they can quickly kill the stage boss before it can unleash its aoe sync move. Salamence’s biggest issue is his relative uselessness on this front when compared to to other supports like Dusclops and Serperior. While “Hard To Starboard” does help with this by refilling the gauge, it doesn’t come close to “Time to Energize”, “Sp. Atk All”, or “Unbreakable Bonds”. 

Team Synergy

Salamence works best when used with healers who can take advantage of the massive amount of defense he provides, and with pairs that for whatever reason want to prioritize staying alive over dealing damage (e.g other tanky supports and tech pairs with status effects). One very prominent example of the latter is Xatu, who when used with Serperior can build up a massive amount of defensive stats and Sp. Atk, and then use all the free gauge from “Hard to Starboard” and “Time to Energize” to tear apart the opposing team with “Stored Power”.

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Moves

Type Dragon
Category
Power
50 / 60
Accuracy 100
Target An opponent
Cost
No additional effect.
Category
Power
0 / 0
Accuracy 0
Target All allies
Uses 2
Sharply raises the Sp. Def of all allied sync pairs.
Category
Power
0 / 0
Accuracy 0
Target All allies
Uses 2
Increases the move gauges of all allied sync pairs by two. Sharply raises the Defense of all allied sync pairs.
Type Dragon
Category
Power
42 / 50
Accuracy 100
Target An opponent
Cost
Has a moderate chance of leaving the target paralyzed.

Sync Move

Type Dragon
Category
Power
250 / 300
Accuracy -
Target An opponent
Effect Tag -

No additional effect.

Passive Skills

Terrify 1

Lowers the Attack of all opposing sync pairs when the Pokémon enters a battle.