VGC19 Sun Series – Yveltal

Yveltal premiered alongside Xerneas in Pokémon X&Y as our cover legendaries. In its one other legal format, Yveltal performed adequately. It won the German National Championships under the direction of Arash Ommati, paired alongside Primal Groudon and Jumpluff. Unlike Xerneas, it did not have strong Worlds finishes outside of Sam Pandelis of Australia finishing in the Top 16 with it. Yveltal was often times seen in Regionals Top Cuts and Nationals day 2 teams, proving it was not a bad Pokémon by any means.

It is back in 2018 with new partners. Yveltal’s unique ability Dark Aura functions exactly like Xerneas’ Fairy Aura when Yveltal is on the field any dark type move is boosted with a 1.33x multiplier. It’s typing, Dark/Flying, allows for immunity to ground type attacks, something that ticks off Groudon in both formats the two have shared. Its 99 base speed is decent, allowing it to outspeed many common restricted Pokémon.

Yveltal is typically run one of two ways: bulky offensive support and aggressive dark pressure. The former is seen with an Assault Vest or Terrain Seed. These bulk assisting items allow Yveltal to take super effective attacks (typically from Xerneas) and cripple teams with moves like Snarl and Knock Off. Seed variants can also carry tailwind to support the user’s team more directly. Yveltal is also no stranger to being a high octane offensive weapon. With dual 131 attack stats, the combination of a boosting item (black glasses or life orb), dark aura, and the same type attack bonus makes invested knockoffs chunk and cripple any Pokémon. It won the first 2018 Regional under the toolage of Justin Burns so we are looking forward to how far it can be taken in Sun series.

Sample Sets

Yveltal @ Assault Vest
Ability: Dark Aura
EVs: 252 HP / 12 Atk / 4 Def / 212 SpD / 28 Spe
Adamant Nature
– Sucker Punch
– Snarl
– Knock Off
– Oblivion Wing

Yveltal @ Dread Plate
Ability: Dark Aura
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
– Knock Off
– Protect
– Sucker Punch
– Tailwind

Common Partners

: Yveltal appreciates any Pokémon that can deal with Xerneas. Stakataka can OHKO Xerneas with a max power gyro ball or set up trick room in its face. It can also wide guard away fast, powerful attacks like water spouts.

: Like with Stakataka, anything to shut down Xerneas is appreciated. Solgaleo can outspeed and OHKO most Xerneas with a Sunsteel Strike.

: If Yveltal is to hold a Seed, it is typically a Psychic Seed. Tapu Lele provides this terrain support for Yveltal. Tapu Lele also has a positive matchup against Tapu Koko and Amoonguss, two Pokémon that can be annoying for Yveltal if not dealt with correctly.

: The power of Kyogre can create openings for Yveltal to fire off its strong attacks or support. Yveltal’s ability to deal with Groudon and Ludicolo also assists Kyogre greatly.

Common Threats

: The bane of Yveltal’s existence is Xerneas. Xerneas can drop a non-bulky Yveltal with a Moonblast and any Yveltal after a Geomancy. Yveltal’s inability to chunk Xernea makes this matchup unwinnable without proper support from Yveltal’s partners.

: While not as common, Tapu Koko poses a huge threat to Yveltal. Resisting both of its STABs and being able to hit it with Super Effective Electric and Fairy type attacks makes this matchup very difficult for Yveltal.

: What gives some Yveltal its seed, can blowback most with a Super Effective Moonblast. Yveltal also does not appreciate its Sucker Punch potential being lowered by the Psychic Terrain.

: Tapu Fini’s bulk makes it difficult for Yveltal to remove. While it can be snarled and sometimes doesn’t carry Moonblast, this is still an unfavorable matchup for Yveltal.

Credit to dekus for the featured image.

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