Tyranitar

Pokemon GO Tyranitar

It is said that Tyranitar can move mountains and that may be true in other Pokémon games. In Pokémon GO, there are a few mountains that even the mighty Tyranitar can not move. In this entry of the battledex, Tyranitar will be analysed in-depth. Its main advantages and weaknesses will be discussed, as well as its best movesets, counters and its viability in raids.

Pokémon Stats Max CP
ATK DEF STA
Tyranitar Rock Dark 251 212 200 3670

Tyranitar overview

Tyranitar is one of the TOP Pokémon when it comes to base stats and Max CP. Discussing whether or not its best movesets live up to the expectations for a TOP Pokémon such as Tyranitar is what this battledex entry is all about.

Its main strengths are:

  • Tyranitar is one of the best (if not the best) Dark type attacker in the game as of now, despite having a mediocre Dark type moveset
  • Tyranitar is also the best Rock type attacker with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • It is probably the best overall attacker for Mewtwo raids (provided Mewtwo does not have Focus Blast as its charge move)
  • Despite not being a good gym defender, it resists up to 7 different types
  • It is (and has been) a good counter to pick in many raids against raid bosses such as Gengar, Alakazam (legacy) or the Eon Duo (Latios and Latias), despite not being the best choice from a time to win perspective but offering an interesting bulk and set of resistances

However, its main weaknesses should be mentioned too:

  • It has a double weakness to Fighting type attacks and it has plenty of single weaknesses: Water, Grass, Bug, Fairy, Ground and Steel. Machamp is the most common gym sweeper as of now, and even a level 40 Tyranitar can only last a few seconds against Machamp if it has the energy bar filled up and is ready to fire off a couple of dynamic punches
  • Bite and Crunch is not the Dark type moveset that a Pokémon like Tyranitar deserves. Snarl and Foul Play would make Tyranitar a beast in offense
  • Although it could learn Smack Down during Community Day, its regular, non-exclusive movepool lacks a Rock type fast move to pair up with Stone Edge. Iron Tail is a bad fast move for TTar, but it is better than Bite just for gym defending purposes due to how the AI for gym defenders is coded. However, try to follow the next tip: Do not use Tyranitar as a gym defender
  • It has a very high Max CP, which translates into a high CP decay when placing it in a gym
Best Tyranitar movesets
 Role Quick move Charge move
Gym offense
  • Bite dark
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Crunch Dark
  • Stone edge rock
Gym defense Iron Tail steel Crunch dark
PvP (speculative)
  • Bite dark
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Crunch Dark
  • Stone Edge rock

Best Tyranitar moves in Pokémon GO

The following Table compares the cycle DPS (with STAB) of every single moveset that Tyranitar is able to learn. Some movesets are more viable or commonly used than others. Keep in mind that some movesets might not top the DPS charts but could be good to use in certain scenarios!

Tyranitar moves in Pokémon GO
Fast Move Charge Move Cycle DPS (STAB)
Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 20.81
Bite Dark Stone Edge Rock 20.27
Smack Down Rock Crunch Dark 20.02
Smack Down Rock Fire Blast Fire 19.79
Bite Dark Crunch Dark 19.58
Bite Dark Fire Blast Fire 19.16
Iron Tail Steel Stone Edge Rock 18.56
Iron Tail Steel Crunch Dark 18.45
Iron Tail Steel Fire Blast Fire 17.79

*Keep in mind that STAB cycle DPS calculations just compare the different movesets and they are not Pokémon-specific

  • Smack Down and Stone Edge is the ultimate Rock move set currently available in Pokemon GO, ranking 15% above Golem in common match ups (Ho-Oh)
  • Bite and Stone Edge is a decent mixed moveset (fast and charge moves do not share the same typing). However, mixed attackers (more or less the opposite to specialists) are not commonly used
  • Bite and Crunch is its best Dark type moveset. It is strongly suggested to use this one in Mewtwo raids or in any raid where the raid boss is weak to Dark type moves, therefore using Tyranitar as a specialist
  • Bite / Smack Down are better moves for offensive purposes. However, the way the AI for gym defending is coded makes Iron Tail a better fast move for gym defending purposes. As we said at the beginning of the article, it is strongly recommended to not use Tyranitar as a gym defender, there are plenty of better choices. Both Crunch and Stone Edge are pretty difficult to dodge due to their tight move damage window
  • If you evolve a Pupitar into Tyranitar and get Fire Blast as its charge move, go to your inventory and do not hesitate to use your charge TMs as fast as possible!

Tyranitar counters in Pokémon GO

Supreme Counters

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Machamp Fighting Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Hariyama Fighting Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Blaziken Fire Fighting Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting
Kyogre Water Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Groudon Ground Mud Shot Ground Solar Beam Grass

* Legacy move

Machamp is the #1 choice when it comes to fighting Tyranitar, followed by Hariyama. The main difference between these two Pokémon is that Machamp will finish the job faster than Hariyama (since it has a higher attack stat) but Hariyama will probably have higher HP due to its greater bulk. From a time to win perspective, Machamp wins, but Hariyama is a very good alternative that costs less candies to evolve.

Blaziken has a high attack stat as well, but Focus Blast (even though it is a heavy-hitting charge move) is not as consistent and efficient as Dynamic Punch. Focus Blast is a full-bar charge move, whereas Dynamic Punch is a 2-bar charge move. Multi-bar charge moves are normally better than full-bar charge moves when attacking gyms due to the fact that (almost) no energy is lost and there will be plenty of situations where Blaziken could faint before firing off its charge move for the last time.

To be honest, using something different than Fighting type attackers against Tyranitar is losing efficiency and missing out on its greatest weakness. However, if you do not want to use fighting type attackers, you could use Groudon or Kyogre.

Other viable alternatives

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Breloom Grass Fighting Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Heracross Bug Fighting Counter Fighting Close Combat Fighting
Mewtwo Psychic Psycho Cut Psychic Focus Blast Fighting
Gyarados Water Flying Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water

* Legacy move

Breloom has a high attack stat, but it is a glass cannon. It is a good choice from a time to win perspective but not from a potion-efficient one. Furthermore, if Tyranitar has Fire Blast as its charge move, Breloom will faint in one shot. Heracross is a good counter but Close Combat is not as good of a charge move as Dynamic Punch, and it suffers from the same weakness to Fire Blast as Breloom.

Mewtwo is able to learn Focus Blast, which paired up with its massive attack stat can wreck Tyranitar. However, both of its fast moves are psychic type moves, and Tyranitar is able to double resist those. Furthermore, Mewtwo will take super effective damage it Tyranitar knows any dark type moves. Use it at your own risk.

Other generalists such as Rayquaza or Dragonite could be used, but those will only deal neutral damage against Tyranitar and there are better choices.

Weather influence

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny Boosts its Fire type moves Boosts super-effective Ground and Grass type moves
Partly Cloudy Boosts its Rock type moves
Cloudy Boosts super-effective Fighting and Fairy type moves
Rainy Boosts super-effective Bug and Water type moves
Fog Boosts its Dark type moves
Windy
Snow Boosts its Steel type moves Boosts super-effective Steel type moves

Viability in raids

Tyranitar is a very useful Pokémon to use in raids. It can be efficiently used in several raids, and here is a compilation of the ones in which it is a viable counter:

 Raid Boss Fast move to use Charge move to use
Ho-Oh FireFlying Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock
Moltres FireFlying Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock
Duskull Ghost Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Shuppet Ghost Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Snorunt Ice Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock
Sneasel Dark Ice Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock
Misdreavus Ghost Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Exeggutor Grass Psychic Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Jynx Ice Psychic Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Gengar Ghost Poison Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Alakazam Psychic* Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Mewtwo Psychic Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Latios Dragon Psychic Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Latias Dragon Psychic Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Articuno Ice Flying* Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock
Zapdos Electric Flying* Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock
Moltres Fire Flying* Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock
Ho-Oh Fire Flying* Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock

*Legacy raid boss

Since Tyranitar is not a great generalist, it is strongly recommended to use it only in raids where it deals super effective damage. However, mostly due to its great base stats, it will probably offer a decent performance out of this kind of scenario as well.

Rating

Pokémon Tyranitar Rock Dark
Attacker 4.5
Defender 2
Generalist 4
Overall 4
Tier I

Tyranitar is a TOP-Tier Pokémon to use in Pokémon GO. It is one of the best dark type attackers in the game as of now and probably the best overall attacker for Mewtwo raids (provided Mewtwo does not have Focus Blast as its charge move). It is also a viable counter in plenty of other raids and its great stats and bulk make it a great Pokémon to add to your team. Although it could learn Smack Down during Community Day, its regular, non-exclusive movepool lacks a Rock type fast move to pair up with Stone Edge, and Bite and Crunch is not as good of a moveset as Snarl and Foul Play.