Porygon-Z’s biggest attribute is its nice and high special attack, sitting at 135, matched with an okay 90 speed. The Pokémon isn’t overly bulky, but it can take some hits and live a surprising number of moves that you wouldn’t expect it to. These plus sides combined with one of the best abilities in the game, Adaptability which makes this Pokemon’s same-type attack bonus value X 2 instead of X 1.5 (which is crazy good), made Porygon-Z good, the Z-moves made it awesome.
By making your Porygon-Z hold the Normalium Z, you can use it together with the Pokémon’s special move, Conversion. The Z-Conversion increases ALL of Porygon-Z’s stats by 1 level and changes the Pokémon’s type from normal to the type that matches the first move on its current move set. How do we abuse this? Like so:
Hold Item: Normalium Z
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
– Shadow Ball/Thunderbolt
– Thunderbolt/Shadow Ball
– Ice Beam
This set can turn Porygon-Z into an offensive monster that is either a Ghost-type or Electric-type. Both have their own pros and cons and you can choose either one depending on what suits your team. The Ghost Porygon-Z lets you deal a lot of damage since most teams don’t tend to have a lot of Ghost resistances and take out key threats such as Aegislash and Alolan Marowak. In comparison, the Electric Porygon-Z has better power in its coverage, since the combination of Thunderbolt and Ice Beam, known as BoltBeam, allows you to hit every Pokémon in the game for at least neutral damage, and allows you to knock out other key threats like the Tapu’s and bulky Water-types like Toxapex.
Keep in mind that you will have a +1 boost to all your stats after using Z-Conversion as well. This is why there is a max investment into special attack and speed EV’s, after the boost Porygon-Z should out speed everything that could threaten it and knock them out with ease. Because of this, Porygon-Z is best suited as your finisher Pokémon. Bring it out when you need something to hit hard and basically win you the game and it probably will! (If you are confused by any of the terms used here, check out our competitive Pokémon guide and it will get you up to speed)