Pokémon GO Porygon-Z

Pokémon GO Porygon-Z is a Normal type Pokémon and it is the final stage of the Porygon family. It evolves from Porygon2, released in Generation 2, when exposed to a Dubious Disc and is expected to be a very strong generalist (264 ATK!) once released.

Porygon-Z has a Max CP of 3072, and its base stats for ATK, DEF and STA are 264, 153 and 170 respectively. Besides Legendary and Mythical Pokémon, Porygon-Z will be the Normal type Pokémon with the highest attack stat and DPS, which makes it a very interesting Pokémon to look out for.

Porygon-Z evolution

The Dubious Disc is not yet in the game, but it will probably be an evolution item that will be implemented when Generation 4 is released, similar to the Upgrade needed to evolve Porygon into Porygon2. It will probably require 100 candies to evolve, but it is still too early to tell whether or not that will be the final case. Three-stage evolutions require 125 candies in total, but since Porygon-Z is not in the game as of now, evolving Porygon into Porygon2 requires 50 candies.

Porygon-Z in the Meta

Normal type Pokémon are commonly used as gym defenders, as they only have one single weakness, Fighting. From an offensive point of view, just Ursaring (with Counter and Hyper Beam) and maybe Snorlax (with Lick/Zen Headbutt and Hyper Beam) make the cut as decent Normal type attackers, and they don’t even have a dual Normal type move set.

Porygon-Z could take advantage of its great attack stat if it gets a double normal type moveset, but even then, it will never benefit from the super effective damage bonus as there is no type weak to normal.

In this chart, we will look at its viability as a Normal type Pokémon and how it sizes up to some of the other popular Normal types in the game.

Normal Type Max CP Attack Defense Stamina
Slaking 4548 290 183 273
Snorlax 3355 190 190 320
Blissey 3219 129 229 510
Porygon-Z 3072 264 153 170
Ursaring 2760 236 144 180

Most of the Pokémon listed are mainly good for gym defending purposes. Offensivewise, Ursaring would probably be the only decent choice aside from Porygon-Z. Porygon-Z does not have the required bulk to be a good gym defender, but it does have a great attack stat. Thus, it will probably be used for offensive purposes.

Dragon types are commonly used as generalists in Pokémon GO. They are only super effective against Dragon types and only Steel and Fairy types resist their moves. Furthermore, they tend to have great attack stats. Porygon-Z could also be used as a generalist due to the fact that it has a great attack stat and only Ghost, Steel and Rock types resist its normal type moves. If Porygon-Z gets access to non-STAB moves, it could also serve the purpose in a different manner. As an example, Groudon (whose attack stat is 270) deals lots of damage when using Solar Beam and it does not even benefit from STAB.

Porygon-Z could perform a similar job if it gets access to powerful non-STAB moves. However, if it gets Hyper Beam as a charge move, it will be the second best Hyper Beam user in the game, just behind Slaking, and this time it well benefit from STAB. Since Slaking is not a good choice for offensive purposes due to the fact that its only fast move, Yawn, deals almost no damage, Porygon-Z will arguably be the best Normal type attacker in the game when it is introduced, provided it gets Hyper Beam as a charge move. For specialist purposes, there will probably be better choices from other types that deal more damage and are more efficient in most scenarios.

Porygon-Z’s best moves and sets (expected)

Even though it is not possible to know for certain what moves Porygon-Z will have when it is released, we can take a look at the moves that it is able to learn in the main series games, as well as the moves its previous evolutions already have access to, in order to compile a list of possible movesets for it:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Tackle Normal
  • Charge Beam Electric
  • Hidden Power Normal
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Hyper Beam Normal
  • Solar Beam Grass
  • Zap Cannon Electric
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Psychic Psychic

Tackle and Hyper Beam seems to be the only possible Normal type moveset, but some other alternatives such as Charge Beam and Solar Beam to counter Water types could be more or less viable.

Weather Influence on Porygon-Z

With just one single weakness, Porygon-Z does not need to take a lot of factors into consideration while looking at the weather. It is advisable to use Porygon-Z in Partly Cloudy weather to boost its potential Normal type moves, but consider using it under other circumstances if the current weather boosts Porygon-Z’s moves. Keep in mind that Porygon-Z is not a very good defender due to its average bulk and it will probably suffer under Cloudy weather if the enemy knows any Fighting type moves.

The chart below will help you visualize what weather is beneficial or harmful for Porygon-Z.

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny Boosts its potential Grass type moves
Partly Cloudy Boosts its potential Normal type moves
Cloudy Boosts super-effective Fighting type moves
Rainy Boosts its potential Electric type moves
Fog Boosts its potential Ghost type moves
Windy Boosts its potential Psychic type moves

Shiny Porygon-Z

Shiny Porygon-Z will probably not be available as soon as the regular form is released, as shiny Porygon is not yet available in the game. Its head color switches from red to electric blue, and the color of its extremities switches from a lighter blue to beige. A sprite comparison can be found in the Table below.

Normal Shiny

Pokedex Entries and Facts

Porygon-Z’s pokedex entries from various games are quite interesting. Apparently, its programming was modified to enable work in alien dimensions, but it did not work as planned.

  • According to Pokémon Sun’s Pokédex entry, “in order to create a more advanced Pokémon, an additional program was installed, but apparently it contained a defect that made Porygon-Z move oddly”.
  • Funnily enough, Pokémon Ultra Sun’s Pokédex entry states that its unstable behavior is apparently due to the incompetence of the engineer who updated its programming.