Competitive Information for Altaria [Black/White]

Competitive Pokemon Black/White Movesets and Strategies for Altaria altaria
Base Stats for Altaria

Dragon / Flying

Abilities:
Natural CureNatural Cure: This Pokemon has its major status condition cured when it switches out.
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Cloud NineCloud Nine: While this Pokemon is active, the effects of weather conditions are disabled.


Evolutions / Family:
Swablu
Altaria

Weakness Chart for Dragon/Flying-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
0.5x
  
2x
  
0.5x
0.5x
  
  
0.25x
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0x
4x
  
  
  
2x
  
0.5x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x

Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Altaria? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Black/White Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Black/White generation metagame.


Altaria is a phenomenal Dragon and Flying-typed Pokemon. Altaria are common Pokemon to see in the BW metagame. Altaria is weak to Dragon, Ice, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Altaria
Item: Life Orb / Dragon Fang
Ability: Cloud Nine
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Outrage / Dragon Claw
- Double-Edge / Frustration
- Earthquake / Bulldoze
- Sky Attack / Pluck

Physical Sweeper Altaria (Cloud Nine)

Altaria is pretty popular Physical Sweeper. It attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Altaria's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Cloud Nine, while Altaria is active the effects of weather conditions are disabled.

Outrage is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Dragon-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Altaria afterwards).
Dragon Claw is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Dragon-type move that deals a large amount of damage.
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Frustration is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at minimum happiness).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon).
Bulldoze is a physical 60-base power Ground-type move (100% chance lower adjacent pkmn speed by 1 stage).
Sky Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 140-base power Flying-type move (charges, then hits turn 2. 30% flinch. high crit).
Pluck is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Flying-type move (Altaria steals and eats the target's berry).



Species: Altaria
Item: Life Orb / Dragon Fang
Ability: Cloud Nine
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Draco Meteor / Dragon Pulse
- Flamethrower / Heat Wave
- Ice Beam
- Solar Beam / Hyper Voice

Special Sweeper Altaria (Cloud Nine)

Altaria is an interesting Special Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. White Herb will reset Altaria's negative stat changes once (specifically for when it uses Draco Meteor). Life Orb boosts the power of Altaria's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Cloud Nine, while Altaria is active the effects of weather conditions are disabled. Solar Beam was added to provide additional threat coverage.

Draco Meteor is a special STAB-boosted 140-base power Dragon-type move (lowers your Altaria's special attack by 2 stages).
Dragon Pulse is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Dragon-type move that deals a hefty amount of damage.
Flamethrower is a special 95-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
Heat Wave is a special 100-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the foes).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Solar Beam is a special 120-base power Grass-type move (charges turn 1. hits turn 2. no charge in sunlight).
Hyper Voice is a special 90-base power Normal-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).



Species: Altaria
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Natural Cure
Nature: Calm (+SpD, -Atk)
EVs: 248 Hp / 8 Def / 252 SpD
Moveset:
- Cotton Guard
- Roost
- Heal Bell
- Toxic

Altaria Special Wall (Nimbus Defender)

Altaria is a pretty decent Special Wall. It attempts to take a considerable amount of hits from special attacks while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Altaria last longer regaining it's stamina every turn. With Natural Cure, Altaria has its major status condition cured when it switches out.

Cotton Guard is a status move (raises your Altaria's defense by 3).
Roost is a status move (heals 50% hp. flying-type removed until turn ends).
Heal Bell is a status move (cures your Altaria's party of all status conditions).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).

Note: This moveset is considered Taunt bait! It is highly recommended you typically have atleast one move that does actual damage!



Species: Altaria
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Natural Cure
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 64 Hp / 192 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Roost
- Dragon Dance
- Return
- Earthquake

Altaria Physical Sweeper (Heavens Dance)

Altaria is a wonderful Physical Sweeper. It's meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Altaria's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Natural Cure, Altaria has its major status condition cured when it switches out. Return will become a nasty physical fairy type move if you decide to mega evolve it

Roost is a status move (heals 50% hp. flying-type removed until turn ends).
Dragon Dance is a status move (raises your Altaria's attack and speed by 1 stage).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon).


Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Altaria? These builds have been optimized for Black/White Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Black/White generation metagame.


Species: Altaria
Item: Life Orb / Dragon Fang
Ability: Cloud Nine
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Outrage / Dragon Claw
- Earthquake / Bulldoze
- Double-Edge / Frustration
- Sky Attack / Pluck

Doubles Physical Sweeper Altaria (Cloud Nine)

Altaria is a stupendous Physical Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Altaria's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Cloud Nine, while Altaria is active the effects of weather conditions are disabled.

Outrage is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Dragon-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Altaria afterwards).
Dragon Claw is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Dragon-type move that deals a mighty amount of damage.
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon).
Bulldoze is a physical 60-base power Ground-type move (100% chance lower adjacent pkmn speed by 1 stage).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Frustration is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at minimum happiness).
Sky Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 140-base power Flying-type move (charges, then hits turn 2. 30% flinch. high crit).
Pluck is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Flying-type move (Altaria steals and eats the target's berry).



Species: Altaria
Item: Life Orb / Dragon Fang
Ability: Cloud Nine
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Draco Meteor / Dragon Pulse
- Ice Beam / Hyper Voice
- Heat Wave / Flamethrower
- Air Cutter

Doubles Special Sweeper Altaria (Cloud Nine)

Altaria is a remarkable Special Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. White Herb will reset Altaria's negative stat changes once (specifically for when it uses Draco Meteor). Life Orb boosts the power of Altaria's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Cloud Nine, while Altaria is active the effects of weather conditions are disabled. Ice Beam was added to provide additional threat coverage.

Draco Meteor is a special STAB-boosted 140-base power Dragon-type move (lowers your Altaria's special attack by 2 stages).
Dragon Pulse is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Dragon-type move that deals a decent amount of damage.
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Hyper Voice is a special 90-base power Normal-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).
Heat Wave is a special 100-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the foes).
Flamethrower is a special 95-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
Air Cutter is a special STAB-boosted 55-base power Flying-type move (high critical hit ratio. hits adjacent foes).


Movepool


Wondering what moves can Altaria learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Air Cutter
55
95%
25
High critical hit ratio. Hits adjacent foes.
Draco Meteor
140
90%
5
Lowers the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Dragon Breath
60
100%
20
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Dragon Pulse
90
100%
10
No additional effect.
Dream Eater
100
100%
15
User gains 1/2 HP inflicted. Sleeping target only.
Echoed Voice
40
100%
15
Power increases when used on consecutive turns.
Fire Blast
120
85%
5
10% chance to burn the target.
Flamethrower
95
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Heat Wave
100
90%
10
10% chance to burn the foe(s).
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Hyper Voice
90
100%
10
No additional effect. Hits adjacent foes.
Ice Beam
95
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Incinerate
30
100%
15
Destroys the foe(s) Berry.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Ominous Wind
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Solar Beam
120
100%
10
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2. No charge in sunlight.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Twister
40
100%
20
20% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Uproar
90
100%
10
Lasts 3 turns. Active Pokemon cannot fall asleep.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Astonish
30
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Bulldoze
60
100%
20
100% chance lower adjacent Pkmn Speed by 1.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Dragon Claw
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Dragon Rush
100
75%
10
20% chance to flinch the target.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dig.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
False Swipe
40
100%
40
Always leaves the target with at least 1 HP.
Fly
90
95%
15
Flies up on first turn, then strikes the next turn.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Attack
15
85%
20
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Outrage
120
100%
10
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Peck
35
100%
35
No additional effect.
Pluck
60
100%
20
User steals and eats the target's Berry.
Pursuit
40
100%
20
Power doubles if a foe is switching out.
Rage
20
100%
20
Raises the user's Attack by 1 if hit during use.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% chance acc -1)
Sky Attack
140
90%
5
Charges, then hits turn 2. 30% flinch. High crit.
Steel Wing
70
90%
25
10% chance to raise the user's Defense by 1.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Thief
40
100%
10
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Cotton Guard
--
--
10
Raises the user's Defense by 3.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Dragon Dance
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack and Speed by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Feather Dance
--
100%
15
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Growl
--
100%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Attack by 1.
Haze
--
--
30
Eliminates all stat changes.
Heal Bell
--
--
5
Cures the user's party of all status conditions.
Hone Claws
--
--
15
Raises the user's Attack and accuracy by 1.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Mirror Move
--
--
20
User uses the target's last used move against it.
Mist
--
--
30
For 5 turns, protects user's party from stat drops.
Perish Song
--
--
5
All active Pokemon will faint in 3 turns.
Power Swap
--
--
10
Swaps Attack and Sp. Atk stat stages with target.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Psych Up
--
--
10
Copies the target's current stat stages.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Refresh
--
--
20
User cures its burn, poison, or paralysis.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Roar
--
100%
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Roost
--
--
10
Heals 50% HP. Flying-type removed 'til turn ends.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
Sing
--
55%
15
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Tailwind
--
--
30
For 4 turns, allies' Speed is doubled.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Wonder Room
--
--
10
For 5 turns, all Defense and Sp. Def stats switch.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Altaria can perform in Black/White. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive BW Move and Ability Combos for Altaria

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