Pokemon of the Week 12: Tyranitar, the Armor Pokemon

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Welcome to Pokemon of the Week, the twelfth installment in a recurring series that looks at the impact of some of our favorite Pokemon on the anime, TCG and VGC. Taking a trip down memory lane to see the impact these Pokemon have had on the series and our lives is what makes Pokemon the magical thing it is.

Tyranitar has been around since the second generation and has been a fixture in the fandom ever since. The Armor Pokemon was the pseudo-Legendary Pokemon of its generation and has ascended to legendary status over the course of time. The only ever Rock- and Dark-type Pokemon it has set itself apart from the rest for more than two decades.

Tyranitar is the slowest of all the pseudo-Legendary Pokemon but the Mega comes with a different combination of numbers. Mega Tyranitar has the highest Attack and Defense of all Dark-type Pokemon. Furthermore, it has the highest base stat total of all Dark-type Pokemon and is tied with Mega Diancie for highest base stat total for all Rock-types.

For all the popular and dominant Pokemon that have appeared on this list so far most have crossed over to other forms of media or gaming. So far, however, this monstrosity has only appeared as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. That being said the Armor Pokemon has more than made up for this lack of appearances elsewhere by making repeated impacts throughout the Pokemon universe. As the original bringer of the sandstorm to the world it makes sense that it should have that level of impact.

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