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How Shiny is Acquired
Evolution

Pokemon Ratings

Attacker Tier List See all Tier 2
PvE Attacker Rating 4 / 5
Great League PVP Rating See all 1 / 5
Ultra League PVP Rating See all 2 / 5
Master League PVP Rating See all 3.5 / 5

Pokemon Stats

160.00 kg Weight
1.80 m Height
Pokemon Max CP
Level 50: 4,098
Level 40: 3,625
Level 25: 2,589 (Raid + Weather)
Level 20: 2,071 (Raid)
Level 15: 1,553 (Research Tasks)
ATK 256
DEF 188
STA 211

Pokemon Family

PVE Movesets Grades

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PVE Offensive Moves Explanation

  • Bite and Dragon Breath have identical stats and both benefit from STAB. The choice between the two depends on which role Hydreigon is used for. 
  • Brutal Swing is limited in accessibility but enables Hydreigon to be one of the strongest Dark-type attackers in the game. 
  • Dark Pulse is a major downgrade for Dark-type performance. 
  • Dragon Pulse is trails narrowly behind in performance, though its slower damage window risks Hydreigon fainting before its damage can be applied. 
  • Flash Cannon doesn't have any use for offense. 

PVE Defensive Moves Explanation

  • Dragon Breath is slightly more favorable than Bite on defense due to fewer resistances.
  • Brutal Swing can be used frequently as a 3-bar move, making it more preferable for defense. 
  • Dark Pulse is an inferior option for defense. 
  • Dragon Pulse hits slightly harder on defense, but is much easier to dodge. 
  • Flash Cannon as a 1-bar move is less likely to be used before Hydreigon faints. 

PVE Overview

Hydreigon is the pseudo-Legendary Pokemon for Gen 5, and it has already faced more competition than any of its contemporaries did at their introductions. Given all movesets that are currently available, it falls short as a Dragon attacker in particular, but does stand as a decent choice for a Dark type, sporting DPS slightly higher than Tyranitar but still a leap behind the mythic Darkrai. That said; it's not exactly a huge gain over Tyranitar, and its TDO takes a slight hit as a result. In the future, Hydreigon will need a very powerful moveset to its name to overcome its somewhat lower stats, and its only real hope is on the Dark side, as it has 2 other Dragon pseudo-legendaries to contend with on the Dragon side, not to mention absurdly powerful Legendaries such as Rayquaza for DPS and Dialga for TDO. Hydreigon is a bit of an under-performer similar to Metagross at its introduction, but may see more utility in its inevitable Community Day. Speaking of: Hydreigon is known as the "Brutal Pokemon", and it can learn a dark-type move called "Brutal Swing" in the main series. While not a signature attack, it would fit Hydreigon very well thematically!

Editor's Note: The above description aged pretty well, and with good stats, Brutal Swing from the Deino Community Day enables Hydreigon to compete as one of the best Dark-type attackers in the game. Its performance surpasses even Shadow Tyranitar, which is very impressive. Hydreigon's bulk enables it to be as viable as other Shadow Pokemon like Absol and Houndoom, trailing only slightly behind them in DPS, but lasting much longer before fainting. Evolve a few Zweilous during the Deino Community Day, it's absolutely worth it! 

PVP Movesets Grades

Quick Charge ATK
A
A

PvP Moveset Explanation

Dragon Breath + Brutal Swing* and Dragon Pulse or Flash Cannon

Dragon Breath and Bite both hit hard with STAB, though the former has significantly better energy gains which makes it the superior choice. 

Brutal Swing is a move limited to Community Day events and Elite TMs, but its lesser energy cost improves Hydreigon's performance and consistency in terms of damage output and shield pressure. Dark Pulse costs noticeably more energy, and it is generally recommended to postpone evolving Zweilous until future Community Day recap events in order to obtain Brutal Swing instead. Dragon Pulse isn't as necessary mainly due to requiring more energy, though it can threaten OHKOs against opposing Dragon-types. Flash Cannon is Hydreigon's only hope at threatening Fairy-type targets in some way, but its expensive cost makes it extremely unreliable.

PvP Rating Explanation

Great League: 1 / 5

Disadvantageous typing, slow charged moves, and incredibly low bulk make Hydreigon not really worth running in the Great League. Being hardwalled by the popular Azumarill, as well as any other Fairy-type, is a major risk. 

Ultra League: 2 / 5

Hydreigon's typing is certainly less bad in Ultra League than Great, but once again it's held back by its low bulk and vulnerable weaknesses.

Master League: 3.5 / 5

Hydreigon shines best in the Master League, although it can be lackluster. Compared to other Dragon-type Pokemon, Hydreigon's stats are somewhat below average. Its Dark typing makes it a great answer to Giratina-Origin, Zarude, and Mewtwo. However, it also curses Hydreigon with a Fighting weakness and an amplified Fairy weakness. Chief abusers of these types include Melmetal, Zacian, and especially Togekiss.

Perhaps the biggest issue with Hydreigon is that it really lacks a powerful charge move to threaten its checks, especially when compared to the nuclear options that other Dragon-type Pokemon have access to. As a result, Hydreigon often cannot seize opportunities to turn bad matchups around. It is stronger in a Premier Cup format where Dragon-type competitors are scarce, although Hydreigon's Dark typing sees less targets there.

Fast Moves

6
More Info

Dark

1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
0.50
0.20
8.00
12.00
15.00
6
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Dragon

1.6x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
0.50
0.20
8.00
12.00
15.00

Charge Moves

90
More Info

Dragon

1.6x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.60
1.15
0.00
1.80
25.00
31.25
45.00
80
More Info

Dark

1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.00
0.90
0.00
1.60
26.67
33.33
42.67
100
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Steel

1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
2.70
0.90
0.00
1.00
37.04
46.30
37.04

Elite Charge Moves

65
More Info

Dark

1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
1.90
0.40
0.00
1.97
34.21
42.76
67.38

Secondary Charge Move Unlock Cost

Candy 75
Stardust 75,000

Other

Flee Rate 10.0 %
Buddy Distance 5 km
Capture Rate5.0 %

Pokemon Type Chart

Vulnerable

160% damage
160% damage
256% damage
160% damage
160% damage

Resistant

62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
39.1% damage
62.5% damage

Pokemon Min/Max CP Values

How to use: You need to know your Pokemon's exact level. To find exactly what level your Pokémon is, power up your Pokémon following this chart until you're certain of your level from Stardust cost changes.

A Pokémon's minimum level is 1.

Every time you power up, your Pokémon gains half a level.

StardustLevelMin CPMax CP
20014551
2001.593106
2002141160
2002.5189215
4003237270
4003.5285324
4004333379
4004.5381434
6005429489
6005.5477543
6006525598
6006.5573653
8007621707
8007.5669762
8008717817
8008.5765872
10009814926
10009.5862981
1000109101036
100010.59551087
13001110011139
130011.510461191
13001210921243
130012.511371295
16001311831346
160013.512281398
16001412731450
160014.513191502
19001513641553
190015.514101605
19001614551657
190016.515011709
22001715461760
220017.515921812
22001816371864
220018.516831916
25001917281968
250019.517742019
25002018192071
250020.518652123
30002119102175
300021.519562227
30002220012278
300022.520472330
35002320922382
350023.521382434
35002421832486
350024.522292537
40002522742589
400025.523202641
40002623652693
400026.524112745
45002724562796
450027.525022848
45002825472900
450028.525932952
50002926383004
500029.526843055
50003027293107
500030.527523133
60003127753159
600031.527973185
60003228203211
600032.528433237
70003328663263
700033.528883288
70003429113314
700034.529343340
80003529573366
800035.529793392
80003630023418
800036.530253444
90003730483470
900037.530703495
90003830933521
900038.531163547
100003931393573
1000039.531613599
100004031843625
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