Machop

Guts
Attack is increased by 50% when afflicted with status.
No Guard
All attacks used by and used on the wielder will never miss.
Steadfast
Speed is boosted one stage when flinched.
Type Tier
Fighting LC
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
70
- 145 177 -
Atk
80
90 100 132 145
Def
50
63 70 102 112
SpA
35
49 55 87 95
SpD
35
49 55 87 95
Spe
35
49 55 87 95
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Overview

In a tier where competition in Mienfoo, Scraggy, and even Timburr is prominent and checks such as Murkrow and Misdreavus are common, it's hard for Machop to stand out. Machop doesn't have any outstanding stats other than its Attack, which still isn't all that high and is overshadowed by its relatively low Speed and Special Defense. However, its ability and movepool let it fill a unique niche that makes it both powerful and hard to take down. Its magnificent ability in No Guard and access to DynamicPunch makes it a destructive offensive force—not only hitting much of the metagame for massive amounts of damage but also confusing the foe in the process. Also, despite its low Special Defense, Machop is still no defensive slouch—it has good Defense when compared to most other LC Pokemon, letting it tank a few hits if needed, boosting its longevity and the amount of overall damage it can inflict. It is lacking in the Speed department, but it is also in no way slow, hitting the magical 14 Speed which lets it outspeed every non-boosted opponent when equipped with a Choice Scarf. Despite its downsides and its competition, Machop is worth a slot on many offensive teams with its outstanding Attack, a unique and destructive niche, quite a lot of bulk, and just good enough Speed.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf No Guard Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ DynamicPunch
~ Payback
~ Ice Punch
~ ThunderPunch / Rock Slide
36 HP / 196 Atk / 36 Def / 236 Spe

Machop doesn't lack power or bulk, although it does lack Speed. This can be made up for with a Choice Scarf, turning Machop into a quick, destructive attacker that is great at wallbreaking. Because it hits the coveted 14 Speed, Machop can outpace every non-boosted opponent and spam its powerful DynamicPunch with relatively few drawbacks because of No Guard, which makes all of its moves hit with perfect accuracy. Machop's access to a perfectly accurate DynamicPunch makes it hard to counter because it hits like a truck and confuses its opponents, making it tough for them to be able to hit back without taking a ton of damage in the process. DynamicPunch is all Machop really needs to deal damage, so the rest of the moves are used for coverage purposes. Payback hits Ghost- and Psychic-types fairly hard, and even though its power is halved because Machop always goes first, Machop always gets two shots to hit its opponent anyway, so the end result is still the same. Ice Punch hits Flying-types such as Natu and Murkrow, Bug-types such as Joltik, and Grass-types such as Foongus harder than Payback. ThunderPunch is used to hit Water- and Flying-types such as Mantyke or Ducklett for a lot of damage. Rock Slide can also be used in the last slot to hit Bug- and Flying-type Pokemon, such as Larvesta and Shelmet, eliminating them as checks.

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Other Options

Machop can also run an effective Guts set, but this is outclassed by Timburr thanks to its superior bulk. A Bulk Up set could also work, but this too is outclassed by Timburr, which is bulkier, just as powerful, and has the ability to recover health with Drain Punch or hit hard with STAB priority. Machop can also use an effective SubPunch set, as Focus Punch is immensely powerful, making Machop an even scarier threat, while Substitute also lets Machop defeat faster Ghost and Psychic-types, giving it a free turn to hit them with Payback. Machop also gets Encore, which can give it opportunities to set up or force a switch and smack something hard with DynamicPunch or Close Combat.

Checks and Counters

DynamicPunch's power and side effect of confusion makes Machop quite hard to take down initially, as anything that switches in that is not immune to DynamicPunch will find a sizeable portion of its HP taken off and become confused in process. Despite this, Machop's low Speed and Special Defense make it fairly easy to revenge kill. Also, Machop's reliance on its Fighting-type STAB to really hit hard makes it easy for Ghost-types and other Pokemon that resist Fighting to take Machop down. Ghost-types such as Misdreavus or Frillish excel at countering Machop for this reason. Misdreavus is a good counter to Machop because it doesn't have anything to fear from DynamicPunch's confusion shenanigans, can 2HKO with Shadow Ball, and sponge one Payback if at high enough health. Frillish is another good counter as it moves after Machop, so it doesn't fear Payback and is immune to its Fighting-type STAB. As a plus, it can burn Machop with a perfectly accurate Will-O-Wisp due to No Guard. Psychic-types, such as Natu or Slowpoke, are great counters too. Natu is a notable one, as it can not only hit Machop's weaker Special Defense with Hidden Power Flying, but it can also use FeatherDance to lower Machop's Attack and make it too weak to deal any damage. Additionally, it can Roost off any damage sustained by Payback. Poison-types are also great counters, as they resist Machop's Fighting-type STAB and are usually not hit very hard by any of its other moves. Croagunk can wall Machop all day, but it has to watch out for DynamicPunch confusion. Foongus also walls Machop, as it can recover off any confusion damage with Regenerator and put Machop to sleep with Spore. Bug-types are nice checks as well; Larvesta resists Machop's Fighting-type STAB and can hit Machop hard with Flare Blitz. Furthermore, it can burn Machop with Will-O-Wisp.