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Olivia & Lycanroc (Midnight Form)

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Strike (Physical) Tier 1
Analysis by Svidrigailov

Trainer

Pokemon Info

Type Rock
Weak Vs Grass
Role Strike (Physical)
Base Potential
Gender Male

Pokemon Description

It has no problem ignoring orders it doesn’t like. It doesn’t seem to mind getting hurt at all—as long as it can finish off its opponent.

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Stats

HP 97
ATK 25
DEF 10
Sp. ATK 8
Sp. DEF 10
Speed 15
HP 472
ATK 357
DEF 130
Sp. ATK 72
Sp. DEF 130
Speed 216
Bulk 431

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Pokemon Analysis

Overview

Lycanroc-Midnight is currently the most powerful single-target Physical Striker in the game, with only Mega Pinsir coming even close to its level of damage (both per move and per second). Lycanroc’s already ludicrous damage without needing to Mega Evolve, especially with its 100% Critical Hit rate Stone Edge (after only one move of setup), makes it a powerful threat right out of the gate. It can even keep up with its Mega Evolving peers as the game goes on thanks to its incredible Passive Amped Up 1, which allows it to easily build up the Speed it needs to sustain its devastating Stone Edge spam. Put all of this together and you have an excellent choice for any team in need of single target damage, especially considering that Lycanroc already has all the buffs it needs to work on its own, and as such can work with any support. 

Strengths

 Great Stats

Lycanroc possesses the highest base Attack stat of any non Mega Evolved Sync Pair in the game, and above average Speed that when combined with the pair’s incredible passive quickly becomes some of the best in the game. Even Lycanroc's bulk is above average, which lets it tank Sync Moves from stage bosses much more effectively than most other Strikers.

Insane Moveset

Lycanroc’s unique move, “Hard As Diamonds!”, has the potential to become the single best boosting move in the game in combination with Stone Edge. As one of the only moves in the game that raises Critical Hit rate by two stages, it allows Lycanroc to reach 100% crit chance on Stone Edge while also patching up its poor Accuracy. Throw its passive, Amped Up 1, into the fray, and you have massive damage, blazing Speed, and perfect Accuracy after only one boosting move and with no support from teammates.

Weaknesses

Lack of AoE

Lycanroc’s one big weakness is its complete lack of area of effect damage. Where other powerful Strikers like Houndoom, Pidgeot, and Alolan Raichu can use their powerful AoE moves to end games in seconds, Lycanroc has to be content with dealing its incredible amounts of damage to one target at a time.

Team Synergy

Lycanroc’s ability to give itself all the buffs it needs to function without a support allows it to perform well on a wide range of teams, but it works best when combined with Support Sync Pairs who can allow it to get the ball rolling on its passive faster by replenishing the Move Gauge (e.g Serperior and Salamence) or raise its Attack and/or Speed (e.g Oshawott and Dusclops).

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Moves

Type Rock
Category
Power
23 / 27
Accuracy 90
Target An opponent
Cost
No additional effect.
Unlock Requirements
Unlocked by Default
Category
Power
0 / 0
Accuracy 0
Target Self
Uses 2
Sharply raises the user’s Attack.
Unlock Requirements
Unlocked by Default
Type Rock
Category
Power
100 / 120
Accuracy 80
Target An opponent
Cost
Critical hits land more easily.
Move Unlock Requirements
Category
Power
0 / 0
Accuracy 0
Target Self
Uses 2
Sharply raises the user’s accuracy and critical-hit rate. Sharply lowers the user’s Sp. Def.

Sync Move

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

No additional effect.

Passive Skills

Amped Up 1

Raises the Pokémon’s Speed when it lands a critical hit.