Is Cyclizar a Good Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet?

Cyclizar from Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Cyclizar is a Dragon/Normal type Pokemon introduced in the Generation 9 Nintendo Switch games, Scarlet and Violet. While it appears to be a pre-evolution of the box legendaries Koraidon and Miraidon, thanks to its similar design and use in the open world as a mount, that hasn’t been confirmed as of this writing. What Cyclizar is most definitely, however, is a legendary Pokemon, one that isn’t simply a trophy like most Legendary Pokemon have been through the series’ history. As an incredible evolution of Sword and Shield’s excellent Rotom Bike, Cyclizar may actually be a good Pokemon in battle, too.

We see evidence that Cyclizar is a good Pokemon for competitive battling right away in the competitive gameplay trailer that was released on August 21, 2022. Its signature move, Shed Tail, is exactly the moves Substitute and Baton Pass rolled into one. This means that Cyclizar uses a chunk of its HP to create a Substitute then switches out immediately so you can switch into another Pokemon in your party, bringing the Substitute along with it, just as with Baton Pass. This allows you to use Cyclizar as a scouting lead, then gives you the chance to bring out a Pokemon that has super-effective moves or a good defensive match-up against the opponent. Of course, the opponent could then switch, as well, but Shed Tail gives its trainer the upper hand.

According to the official Pokemon website, Cyclizar also has the very useful Ability Shed Skin. This means that at the end of each turn, Cyclizar will have a one-in-three chance of curing burn, freeze, paralysis, poison, or sleep status conditions. So, not only can Cyclizar scout for you, but it can switch in with a prediction of the opponent using a status move. (Also, Cyclizar is roughly the same size as this article’s author: five-foot-three and around 140 lbs, which is rather amusing to me).

In lore, Cyclizar is a Pokemon that has lived in many of the Paldea region’s households since ancient times. So, this means we have a Pokemon that is as common to see as a mount as Generation 8’s Rotom Bike in the Galar region. However, while the Rotom Bike allowed you to move fairly quickly, especially when boosted, and even across water, Cyclizar is an actual party Pokemon.

Also in lore, people and Cyclizar actually have a symbiotic relationship with its riders. After all, Cyclizar is a cold-blooded reptile, so having a warm-blooded rider helps the Dragon keep warm during colder months of the year. It’s also very notable that Cyclizar’s top speed is around 70 MPH, blowing away the top speed of a Rotom bike, for certain!

IGN’s guide on this new Pokemon notes that from a typing standpoint, Cyclizar is the only Dragon/Normal Pokemon in the series so far besides Drampa. Despite its neat and mythical design, Sun and Moon’s Drampa never did much competitively, despite its extremely high 135 base Special Attack stat. That’s even with its Berserk ability, which boosted its Special Attack an additional stage when it reaches one-half or less of its HP.

However, although we don’t yet know the base stats of Cyclizar, we know for certain that it will have same-type attack bonuses of fifty percent for both its Dragon-type and Normal-type moves. It’s possible that its best attacking moves will be a Dragon-type move, a Normal-type move, with an additional type coverage move, and of course, Shed Tail. It would be especially neat if Cyclizar could learn Roost as a recovery move, too.

Defensively, the Normal typing affords Cyclizar a weakness to Fighting-type moves, but also an immunity to Ghost-type moves. Otherwise, it’s your typical Dragon, having a one-half resistance to Fire, Water, Electric, and Grass moves, with a 2x weakness to Ice, Dragon, and Fairy type moves. Thanks to having Shed Tail, Cyclizar will be able to easily swap out if there’s a Pokemon with a Fighting-type move that can threaten it.

A couple of things we can speculate about Cyclizar’s moveset has to do with the mention of using “its extremely hard head and thick, lithe tail” as being effective means of attack during battle. This likely means it will learn moves such as Headbutt (a common, but useful Normal-type physical attacking move) and Dragon Tail, an OK and slightly inaccurate physical attacking move. This would lead this author to believe Cyclizar is going to lean towards the physical side and not the Special attacking side like Drampa.

From what we know of Dragon type moves, Cyclizar will likely learn Dragon Claw as its premier Dragon-type STAB move. On the Normal-side, Extreme Speed makes a ton of sense for Cyclizar, as it fits with lore, and is also a good competitive move that hits fast and hard. It’s also possible that the third move slot will be Dragon Dance, which raises both attack and speed. A Cyclizar running Dragon Claw, Extreme Speed, Dragon Dance, and Shed Tail seems pretty competitive to me.

(Of course, we will update this article as more details are released!)

All in all, whether Cyclizar evolves into the box legendary Pokemon or not, we have a Pokemon that is going to be an invaluable team member in the open world adventures of Scarlet and Violet. As a mount you can make part of your team – a feature that a small handful of Pokemon offered even in the Let’s Go games – Cyclizar is going to be extremely popular.

Plus, as the Pokemon Company has already suggested, Cyclizar is going to be a good competitive lead, too. Will Cyclizar prove actually powerful in the higher tiers of the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet metagame? We’ll answer those questions once we have the full stat lines and move sets.

Updated 8/24/2022

Photo credit: the Pokemon Company

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Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.
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