Competitive Information for Rayquaza [Black/White]

Competitive Pokemon Black/White Movesets and Strategies for Rayquaza rayquaza
Base Stats for Rayquaza

Dragon / Flying

Abilities:
Air LockAir Lock: While this Pokemon is active, the effects of weather conditions are disabled.


Evolutions / Family:
Rayquaza

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Rayquaza? 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.


Rayquaza is an awesome Dragon and Flying-typed Pokemon. It's almost common to see Rayquaza show up as a Black/White opponent. Rayquaza is weak to Dragon, Ice, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Rayquaza
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Air Lock
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Outrage / Dragon Claw
- V-create
- Double-Edge / Return
- Earthquake

Physical Sweeper Rayquaza (Air Lock)

Rayquaza is a legendary Physical Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Rayquaza's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Air Lock, while Rayquaza 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 Rayquaza afterwards).
Dragon Claw is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Dragon-type move that deals a large amount of damage.
V-create is a physical 180-base power Fire-type move (lowers your Rayquaza's defense, special defense, speed by 1 stage).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
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; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).




Species: Rayquaza
Item: Life Orb / White Herb
Ability: Air Lock
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Draco Meteor / Dragon Pulse
- Overheat
- Air Slash
- Surf

Special Sweeper Rayquaza (Air Lock)

Rayquaza is a legendary Special Sweeper. It is meant to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Rayquaza's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Air Lock, while Rayquaza is active the effects of weather conditions are disabled.

Draco Meteor is a special STAB-boosted 140-base power Dragon-type move (lowers your Rayquaza's special attack by 2 stages).
Dragon Pulse is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Dragon-type move that deals a nice amount of damage.
Overheat is a special 140-base power Fire-type move (lowers your Rayquaza's special attack by 2 stages).
Air Slash is a special STAB-boosted 75-base power Flying-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Surf is a special 95-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Rayquaza? 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: Rayquaza
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Air Lock
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Outrage
- V-create
- Earthquake
- Rock Slide

Doubles Physical Sweeper Rayquaza (Air Lock)

Rayquaza is a legendary 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 Rayquaza's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Air Lock, while Rayquaza 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 Rayquaza afterwards).
V-create is a physical 180-base power Fire-type move (lowers your Rayquaza's defense, special defense, speed by 1 stage).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).




Species: Rayquaza
Item: Life Orb / White Herb
Ability: Air Lock
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Draco Meteor / Dragon Pulse
- Hyper Voice
- Surf
- Overheat

Doubles Special Sweeper Rayquaza (Air Lock)

Rayquaza is a legendary Special Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Rayquaza's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Air Lock, while Rayquaza is active the effects of weather conditions are disabled.

Draco Meteor is a special STAB-boosted 140-base power Dragon-type move (lowers your Rayquaza'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.
Hyper Voice is a special 90-base power Normal-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).
Surf is a special 95-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Overheat is a special 140-base power Fire-type move (lowers your Rayquaza's special attack by 2 stages).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Rayquaza 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 Slash
75
95%
20
30% chance to flinch the target.
Ancient Power
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Blizzard
120
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s). Can't miss in hail.
Draco Meteor
140
90%
5
Lowers the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Dragon Pulse
90
100%
10
No additional effect.
Earth Power
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Echoed Voice
40
100%
15
Power increases when used on consecutive turns.
Energy Ball
80
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Fire Blast
120
85%
5
10% chance to burn the target.
Flamethrower
95
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Focus Blast
120
70%
5
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
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.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Incinerate
30
100%
15
Destroys the foe(s) Berry.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Overheat
140
90%
5
Lowers the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Shock Wave
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
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.
Surf
95
100%
15
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dive.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Thunder
120
70%
10
30% chance to paralyze. Can't miss in rain.
Thunderbolt
95
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Twister
40
100%
20
20% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Uproar
90
100%
10
Lasts 3 turns. Active Pokemon cannot fall asleep.
Water Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Whirlpool
35
85%
15
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Aqua Tail
90
90%
10
No additional effect.
Avalanche
60
100%
10
Power doubles if user is damaged by the target.
Bind
15
85%
20
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Bulldoze
60
100%
20
100% chance lower adjacent Pkmn Speed by 1.
Crunch
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Dive
80
100%
10
Dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Dragon Claw
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Dragon Tail
60
90%
10
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dig.
Extreme Speed
80
100%
5
Nearly always goes first.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Fly
90
95%
15
Flies up on first turn, then strikes the next turn.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Cutter
20
95%
20
Power doubles with each hit, up to 160.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Gyro Ball
--
100%
5
More power the slower the user than the target.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Iron Head
80
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
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.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Rock Tomb
50
80%
10
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% chance acc -1)
Shadow Claw
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Sky Drop
60
100%
10
User and foe fly up turn 1. Damages on turn 2.
Stone Edge
100
80%
5
High critical hit ratio.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
V-create
180
95%
5
Lowers the user's Defense, Sp. Def, Speed by 1.
Waterfall
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Bulk Up
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
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.
Hone Claws
--
--
15
Raises the user's Attack and accuracy by 1.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
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.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Roar
--
100%
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
Scary Face
--
100%
10
Lowers the target's Speed by 2.
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.
Swords Dance
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Tailwind
--
--
30
For 4 turns, allies' Speed is doubled.
Thunder Wave
--
100%
20
Paralyzes the target.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Rayquaza 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 Rayquaza

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