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Pokemon of the Week RS: Metagross

by Arty2

Metagross Artwork

General info

Steel Psychic
Clear Body (Opponents’ moves which lower this POKéMON’s ability values have no effect. However this POKéMON may lower its own stats with its own moves.)
Base Stats
  • HP: 80
  • Attack: 135
  • Defense: 130
  • Special Attack: 70
  • Special Defense: 95
  • Speed: 90
Metagross is one of the best Steel type Pokémon out there and it sure deserves being an overused one it due to its stats. Most of its stats are average or above average with Attack being the top one. Its high Defense along with the defensive advantage its Steel-type has against many other types make it a nice tank. It is immune to Poison attacks and resistant to Psychic, Normal, Flying, Rock, Steel, Grass, Ice, Dragon but it is also in disadvantage against Ground and Fire, two (unfortunately) commonly used types. Its ability won’t let the opponent lower its Stats however BURN condition still lowers the Attack. Metagross is also my favourite Pokémon and has proved itself in many battles; check the stats (Load) of the one I traded from Colosseum.
Strategy against Metagross
Metagross has a low Special Defense and an even lower Speed, so a well-trained Special Sweeper (preferably one with Fire-type moves) should be able to deal with it. Pokémon like Swampert, Ludicolo and Milotic could be proved deadly against Metagross. Earthquake and Flamethrower are excellent counter-Metagross moves and are often seen in various movesets.

Metagross’ Pokédex entry

Role: Physical Sweeper

Item Held
Sprite of LeftoversLeftovers OR Sprite of Lum BerryLum Berry OR Sprite of Liechi BerryLiechi Berry
Adamant (+Attack –Sp.Attack) / Brave (+Attack –Speed)
Effort Points
252 Attack, 128 Sp.Defense, 128 HP / Defense
A Base Power of 100, STAB and Metagross’ high Attack Stat make Meteor Mash a staple move for this set. Earthquake should also take care of any Fire-type Pokémon that could threaten Metagross. Brick Break brakes defensive walls and Shadow Ball or Sludge Bomb can take care of the rest.

Role: Mixed Sweeper

Item Held
Sprite of LeftoversLeftovers OR Sprite of Lum BerryLum Berry OR Sprite of Petaya BerryPetaya Berry
Quiet (+Sp.Attack –Speed) / Mild (+Sp.Attack –Defense) / Rash (+Sp.Attack –Sp.Defense)
Effort Points
252 Attack, 128 Defense / Sp.Defense, 128 HP
Meteor Mash and Earthquake or solid staple moves again. Thunderpunch is there for those Water-type Pokémon that are resistant to Steel and Psychic gets STAB for a nice amount of damage. A nature that boosts Special Attack is a must.


Item Held
Sprite of LeftoversLeftovers OR Sprite of Lum BerryLum Berry OR Sprite of Salac BerrySalac Berry
Adamant (+Attack –Sp.Attack) / Jolly (+Speed –Sp.Attack)
Effort Points
252 Attack, 198 Speed, 60 HP
Metagross has low speed but a Speed boosting Nature and Agility can take care of that. Metagross’ Explosion should kill almost everything. And if you wonder why 252, 198 and 60 EP, it’s because we wanted a rounded boost in each of the selected Stats.


Item Held
Sprite of Yellow ScarfYellow Scarf
Bold, Impish, Lax or Relaxed
Contest Moveset

Just use Take Down and Rain Dance to gain Appeal points and Earthquake to Jam your opponents, on your last turn use Explosion and the victory would be yours.

Useful Links: If you are not familiar with game language used above, read through the
Stats & Training Guide, the Team Building Guide and the Breeding Guide. More guides shall be added soon to help you out. If you have suggestions on additional movesets for either Battles or Contests, please post them in the Comments section. I will then evaluate them and probably add some of them, giving you credit.

About the author


Heracles is an Athens-based architect and designer.
He founded LegendaryPKMN in 2001.