Articuno (Japanese: フリーザー Furiizaa) is an Ice/Flying-type legendary introduced in the Red and Blue versions. Articuno is one of the three legendary birds along with Zapdos and Moltres, the original legendary trio. As with the other two birds, its role is primarily defensive, which it does in a very effective manner. High Base defences and a nice HP combine with a excellent supporting movepool to create a Pokémon which can be very versatile in the support it offers its teammates. Although rarely seen in the standard metagame, it makes for an excellent phazer (a Pokémon using Roar or Whirlwind), as well as being able to provide plenty of support with attacks like Toxic, Heal Bell and Reflect. The addition of Roost to its movepool in Diamond and Pearl transformed Articuno into something with incredible staying power, and its ability Pressure works wonders at whittling away your opponent's PP.
Articuno is a large bird Pokemon. Its plumage is a sky blue colour though, its plumage on its belly is white with a slight tinge of blue. Articuno has three dark blue crest feathers on its head that may represent icicles. It has a pair of wings that may also represent icicles. Articunos eyes sit beneath its crest, its iris colour is red. Articuno has a small blunt beak that is grey, its long slim legs are the same colour. It has large feet and small sharp talons. Articuno is a long streamer-like tail which is a similar colour to its crest.
Articuno is a genderless Pokemon.
Articuno is in the PU tier of competitive battling. With great bulk and power, Articuno can function as a very good offensive threat that can use its nice bulk to switch into a number of threats. It has a great offensive typing that allows for it to hammer the majority of the tier with its STAB attacks in Ice Beam, Hurricane, and Freeze-Dry. With the ability Pressure, Articuno can PP stall foes with a Substitute + Roost set, which is the best way to use Articuno in PU. Another way to utilize Articuno is an Agility set with a Life Orb that maximizes sweeping capabilities and power over anything and has its select advantages over Rock Polish Regice such as a superior Speed stat and STAB Hurricane. However, Articuno is massively hindered by its x4 weakness to Stealth Rock, which can make it difficult to fit on certain teams, especially considering that it does not have the best synergy with PU's entry hazard removers.
Articuno is a viable option in the Neverused (NU) tier of competitive battling. With a good offensive typing, Articuno can hit the majority of the tier barring Steel-types hard with its STAB attacks. It has access to Freeze-Dry, which allows for it to plow through Water-types like Gastrodon and Lanturn. With great natural special bulk and access to Roost, Articuno makes for a decent pivot that can force out many Pokémon. Its best set is an offensive set with a Life Orb or Choice Specs that uses Articuno's STAB combination in Freeze-Dry, Hurricane, and Ice Beam to do some significant damage to those that do not resist its attacks. Articuno's typing does have its downsides, though, as it is very poor defensively, leaving it x4 weak to Stealth Rock and susceptible to common attacking types. It also does not have the best Speed stat for an offensive Pokémon, which leads to it being outsped by certain faster threats.
Articuno is also viable in the Rarelyused (RU) tier of competitive battling. Thanks to Freeze-Dry, Articuno can find a niche as something that can blast through the bulky Water-types in the tier such as Alomomola and Slowking. Its Speed stat is good enough for it to outspeed some key threats like Venusaur and non-Choice Scarf Medicham. With Roost, Articuno can ensure itself that it can stay healthy throughout the match and take some powerful neutral attacks in the process. The best Articuno set is a Life Orb offensive set that puts its good STAB combination to good use. Another set is a specially defensive set that has incredible special bulk when invested and has nice utility moves in Heal Bell and Haze. Articuno does have some glaring flaws, though, as it has a massive Stealth Rock weakness that hinders its longevity immensely and in a tier with not too many great entry hazard removers, that can be highly troublesome. Articuno also has a bad defensive typing that undermines its overall good bulk, and it matches up poorly against the common Steel-types in the tier, such as Registeel, Magneton, and Escavalier.
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