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Steven & Mega Metagross

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Analysis by Svidrigailov

Trainer

Pokemon Info

Type Steel
Weak Vs Ghost
Role Strike (Physical)
Base Potential
Gender Genderless

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Stats

HP 80
ATK 30
DEF 18
Sp. ATK 10
Sp. DEF 14
Speed 14
HP 443
ATK 460
DEF 187
Sp. ATK 125
Sp. DEF 182
Speed 222
Bulk 530

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Pokemon Analysis

Overview

Hot on the heels of Garchomp, we have another huge contender for the game’s best Single Player Striker in Metagross. But that’s not all it's got going for it; Metagross is also an immensely powerful mid-late game Co-Op Striker. Impressive self-buffing, huge (for a Striker) bulk combined with the ability to endure incoming attacks, and a good old fashioned massive attack stat make Metagross an incredibly powerful and versatile pair. Overall, the pair is a worthy investment for any player, regardless of which game modes they frequent, and a great option for players looking for one Sync Pair to main.

Strengths

Incredible Stats

Even before Mega Evolving, Metagross boasts a more than respectable Attack stat and above average bulk for a Striker. However, once it completes a very quick buffing cycle in Single Player or switches in during the mid-late game in Co-Op, it gets to mega evolve into one of the hardest hitting pairs in the game. 460 is one of the highest Attacking stats in the game, and 530 bulk is enough to rival many Support pairs. Its only underwhelming stat is Speed, but extensive testing has shown that base Speed has only a negligible effect on Gauge recovery. It’s the amount of buffs to Speed active on the pair that make a real difference in that regard. 

Impervious

Impervious is one of the most useful passives in the game, and it allows Metagross to stack up huge amounts of Stat bonuses, even in modes where Sync Moves reset buffs. A couple of strong supports combined with Metagross’ already huge base stats and Impervious gives you a near-unstoppable force capable of taking down even Legendary Event Team Break Challenges without Supereffective damage.

Weaknesses

Single-Target Only

Metagross’ lack of aoe damage means it either has to waste time and Gauge dealing with side pairs, or face status effects and other potential consequences of not doing so to focus on the boss. However, aoe damage is a fairly rare thing and isn’t essential for a Striker to do its job, so while it shouldn’t discourage players from using Metagross, it might be the thing that tips the scale in favour of Garchomp or another Striker for certain teams. 

Team Synergy

Metagross can benefit from a wide variety of Supports thanks to Impervious and its impressive bulk, but if one wants to make the most out of their Metagross, Speed, Attack, and Critical Hit Chance are the areas it appreciates buffing in the most. To this end, Supports like Oshawott, Dusclops, and Meditite make great partners for it. Alternatively, if your team would benefit from a bulkier Striker, Salamence can turn it into an extremely tanky bruiser who can take hits with the game’s bulkiest Supports.

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Moves

Type Steel
Category
Power
92 / 110
Accuracy 100
Target An opponent
Cost
Has a moderate chance of making the target flinch.
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 Steel
Category
Power
75 / 90
Accuracy 100
Target An opponent
Uses 3
No additional effect.
Unlock Requirements
Unlocked by Default
Category
Power
0 / 0
Accuracy 0
Target Self
Uses 2
Raises the user’s Defense. Ensures that the user’s next attack will be a critical hit. If Metagross has Mega Evolved, makes the user able to endure the next hit it takes.
Unlock Requirements
Unlocked by Default

Sync Move

Type Steel
Category
Power
160 / 192
Accuracy -
Target An opponent
Effect Tag -

Become Mega Metagross until the end of the battle.