Thundurus is a very, very niche Pokemon to use in National Dex. While it may seem appealing as a Nasty Plot sweeper, it has major flaws, being frail, easily revenged killed, and overall passive toward team styles like Sticky Web. It does have a redeeming quality in its base 111 Speed, which enables it to outspeed Pokemon such as Kartana, Garchomp, and Mega Latias and revenge kill all three. Even this advantage is diluted, however, since it's vulnerable to common priority moves like Ice Shard from Weavile and Sucker Punch from Mega Mawile. Thundurus is also harder to fit into a hyper offense team than other staples such as Volcarona and Mega Garchomp, which have superior defensive utility and are also more difficult to revenge kill than Thundurus. Most pressingly, it's near entirely outclassed by Thundurus-T, which has the exact same niche on hyper offense, especially since Sticky Web mitigates Thundurus-T's Speed disadvantage. However, Thundurus's Speed helps it on hyper offense styles without Sticky Web, like dual screens, which Thundurus-T does not work on well.
name: Nasty Plot
move 1: Nasty Plot
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Hidden Power Ice
item: Fightinium Z
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
The combination of Nasty Plot and Fightinium Z lets Thundurus potentially wreak havoc. Focus Blast is able to smack Pokemon like Kyurem, Heatran, Tyranitar, Assault Vest Melmetal, and Ferrothorn. Hidden Power Ice gives Thundurus BoltBeam coverage, allowing it to hit Ground-types like Landorus-T, Garchomp, and Gliscor, and boosted Thundurus can use All-out Pummeling to obliterate Pokemon such as Chansey, Mega Scizor, Gastrodon, and Heatran. Dual screens support from Tapu Koko or Serperior can support Thundurus's sweep. Kommo-o, Mega Scizor, Mega Gyarados, and Volcarona appreciate Thundurus removing Water-types, and the former three can break special walls like Gastrodon and Chansey for it, while the latter can remove bulky Grass-types such as Ferrothorn and Mega Venusaur. Entry hazards from Pokemon such as Landorus-T and Mew help Thundurus wear down checks like Chansey, Gastrodon, and Mega Venusaur as the game progresses, and Sticky Web from Shuckle lets it outspeed erstwhile revenge killers, like Mega Lopunny and Choice Scarf Tapu Lele. Chople Berry Body Press Ferrothorn and Tapu Lele can support Thundurus as well, since they can remove Pokemon such as Gastrodon, Mega Venusaur, Mega Lopunny, and Tapu Koko, enabling Thundurus to clean up teams.
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