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Dialga is one of the great Pokémon to use in Ubers. Its typing leaves it only vulnerable to ground and fighting type attacks. It also has great stats all around, which leads to it having a wide variety of uses. The first set we will explore is the Choice Scarf set.


Dialga

Dialga@Choice Scarf
Timid Nature
EVs: 252 Special Attack, 252 Speed, 6 HP
Dragon Pulse/Draco Meteor
Thunder
Flamethrower/Ice Beam
Aura Sphere


This set focuses on having the maximum possible speed and hits for a load. Dragon Pulse is a better choice if you are trying to ko multiple Pokémon without switching in a lot. Draco Meteor is used if you are using it more as a revenge killer simply becuase its power is very high. Thunder is a good option to have to do large damage to Kyogre. Flamethrower is good if you need something to get rid of Scizor and Forretress. Ice Beam is if you wanted extra damage against Groudon. It can be beneficial against Garchomp as well since Garchomp runs Haban Berry quite often. Aura Sphere will help deal with nonscarfed Darkrai and other Dialga.


Dialga

Dialga@Choice Scarf
Jolly Nature
EVs: 252 Speed, 252 Attack, 6 HP
Outrage
Earthquake
Iron Head
Stone Edge/Draco Meteor


While a physical scarf set on Dialga is possible, it isn't the best choice for most teams. You would need to have a team that focuses more on special attacks than physical ones for this to be the most effective. Outrage is always is good move on Dialga. It packs lots of power and even gets stab. The only drawback is the confusion that will result when the attack is done. Earthquake is fairly popular and is helpful against foe Dialga. Iron Head tries to take advantage of the high Attack stat paired with flinch to get rid of some otherwise tricky opponents. Stone Edge is part of the quakeslide combo that is unresisted by virtually every Pokémon. Draco Meteor can be helpful in a pinch and will still score large hits despite the nature.


Dialga

Dialga@Choice Specs
Modest Nature
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Special Attack, 6 Defense
Dragon Pulse/Draco Meteor
Thunder
Aura Sphere
Flamethrower/Overheat


Dialga makes a powerful Choice Specs user. Dragon Pulse is damaging enough on its own, but Draco Meteors are just unsurvivable by most Pokémon that don't resist them. After using Draco Meteor twice, you will want to switch out so you can do large damage again. Thunder hits Kyogre for a ohko and still does good damage to Palkia. Aura Sphere is helpful against Darkrai if one of your Pokémon is already asleep. It does well against foe Dialga as well. Flamethrower can be helpful for taking out the Pokémon that resist your dragon type attacks. Overheat provides quite a bit more power, but it does cut your Special Attack in half so you need to be weary of using it. HP evs were invested in this case instead of Speed because Dialga doesn't have the Speed necessary to outrun a lot of Pokémon. This makes it mroe bulky so you will still get off a few shots bedore going down.


Dialga

Dialga@Leftovers/Life Orb
Adamant nature
Evs:252 HP, 200 Special Defense, 58 Attack
Bulk Up
Outrage
Rest
Sleep Talk


Bulky Dialga can become a sweeper on the right team. With its high HP and pretty good Special Defense given by this spread, it can become quite difficult to ko. Even Darkrai using Dark Void isn't safe since this version has Sleep Talk. After getting a Bulk Up off, you will survive a Groudon Earthquake that is powered by Life Orb. Outrage is the most obvious attack choice since it has very high power and is only resisted by a few Pokémon. Rest will make sure it stays around to continue to be a threat. Leftovers can be used to keep it around longer still while Life Orb could be used if you want some extra power since you have recovery anyway. This set perform very well on sand teams because that will wear the opponent down while not hurting you at all. This is definitely one of the better options for sets to run on Dialga.


Dialga

Lead Dialga@Leftovers
Bold Nature
EVs:252 HP, 252 Special Attack, 6 Defense
Stealth Rock
Dragon Pulse
Toxic/Flamethrower
Thunderbolt


This set is suppposed to set up Stealth Rock like any standard lead. With the amount of evs invested in HP, you should survive most Pokémon attacks so a Focus Sash isn't needed and it makes it reliable. Dragon Pulse hits nearly everything for at least neutral damage making a a good choice especially since it gets stab. Toxic can be useful if you have a stall team and so it works wonderfully. If you are not much of a stall team user, you could opt for Flamethrower which covers those few Pokémon that resist Dragon Pulse. Thunderbolt hits Kyogre hard. If you are up against a lead that can use Taunt, you must think carefully about if you want to try and set up Stealth Rock and hope they don't Taunt, or go with Dragon Pulse to try and destroy them before they can set up too many entry hazards.


While Trick Room may have trouble getting the move in place, it works well in Ubers since many teams use speedy Pokémon. You need to find a way to pull off the Trick Room attack without being kod since it has a negative priority. One such Pokémon that can set this up reasonably well is Dialga. WIth its very high defenses and good HP, it can be able to set the move up. Now lets explore a Trick Room set for Dialga.


Dialga

Dialga@Leftovers
Modest Nature
EVs: 252 HP, 160 Special Defense, 98 Special Attack
Trick Room
Rest
stealth Rock/Sleep Talk
Dragon Pulse


Being able to pull off Trick Room can be tricky with the amount of Deoxys leads around as they will often use Taunt. It should still be used even if you predict a Taunt most of the time just in case they don't use it. Using Dragon Pulse could be a safe option first turn against a Deoxys lead since you will ko it the following turn without giving away your strategy. Its ultimately up to you which you decide to use against a Taunt lead. Rest is there to help you be able to use it throughout the battle so it will always be in your favor. Stealth Rock is a great follow up to Trick Room since you will likely be first. Dragon Pulse is your damaging attack since only a handful of Pokémon resist it.


Dialga is one of the most versatile Pokeacute;mon and can be used in a whole ton of ways. It is a Pokeacute;mon that can find its way onto almost any team and provide support or whatever else is needed. Dialga can work amazingly well with Sand Teams with its larger than average defenses and HP. Residual damage can really pile up. Make sure you choose a set that benefits your team the most. If you are very active on the Forums, you may be rewarded by gaining insight on a top secret ev spread and move set compiled by ProfDe. The secret set is probably a better set all around than almost any set you could use off of here on the right team. It also has a bunch of damage calculations that were done for your benefit.


Like all Pokémon, Dialga has its list of counters. Some of these are common, where as others are more dependant on what set you are running. All versions of Dialga will have trouble with Groudon because a Life Orb Earthquake ohkos it with any of these sets. Groudon also happens to be faster than it so a scarf would have to be used to move first. You would need Draco Meteor to have a chance of ohko'ing Groudon. Deoxys leads will ruin the versions that aren't carrying a choice item since it will often Taunt you. You can esily get around this by doing Dragon Pulse though so their move was wasted. Darkrai can be a problem for any set not using Sleep Talk. It also can use Focus Blast for quite a bit of damage. Garchomp, though rare, is a hard Pokémon for Dialga to deal with as well.




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