Sawk

Sturdy
If the wielder is at full HP, it will survive any attack. OHKO moves will fail.
Inner Focus
Prevents flinching.
Mold Breaker
Abilities that hinder attacks are nullified.
Type Tier
Fighting NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
75
- 150 182 -
Atk
125
130 145 177 194
Def
75
85 95 127 139
SpA
30
45 50 82 90
SpD
75
85 95 127 139
Spe
85
94 105 137 150

Overview

Sawk is one among a plethora of Fighting-types introduced in BW. Though it didn't find its way into the OU tier like many of its Fighting-type counterparts, it immediately became a force to be reckoned with in the lower tiers. Boasting an excellent base 125 Attack stat and a favorable base 85 Speed, Sawk is quite the offensive menace. It finds its primary niche in the RU tier as a Choice Band and Choice Scarf user, and one of the better ones at that. Sawk is able to easily penetrate the opponent's defenses by unleashing its powerful Choice Band-boosted Close Combat on the opponent. While Sawk can dish out hits, it isn't very good at taking them, as 75 / 75 / 75 defenses aren't great. Fortunately, Sawk was gifted with the ability of Sturdy to fall back on, which works as a makeshift Focus Sash.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice

Choice Band / Choice Scarf Sturdy Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Close Combat
~ Stone Edge
~ Earthquake
~ Toxic
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Sawk is among the top users of both the Choice Band and the Choice Scarf. With a Choice Scarf, a Jolly nature and maximum Speed EVs, Sawk hits a Speed stat of 442, outspeeding every unboosted Pokemon in RU that isn't holding a Scarf itself. When equipped with a Choice Band, along with an Adamant nature and maximum Attack EVs, Sawk's Attack stat goes through the roof, allowing it to tear through even the most sturdy of walls. Sawk's outstanding coverage with Close Combat and the EdgeQuake combo makes it a great user of Choice items, allowing it to hit most of the Pokemon in RU super effectively. Close Combat is the premier move of this set and can easily rip through opposing teams, while Toxic can put one of Sawk's switch-ins on a timer, helping Sawk to break through a team.

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Other Options

Sawk doesn't have a whole lot of other options to abuse, but it can run 2 sets that could be considered viable. The first of these sets uses a Life Orb and 3 attacks, consisting of Close Combat, Stone Edge, and Earthquake, with Toxic as a support move. Sawk can also potentially run a Bulk Up set with Bulk Up and the 3 attacks mentioned in its other sets, although it isn't a great abuser of Bulk Up, as it starts out somewhat frail and isn't amazingly bulky at +1 either. In addition to this, Throh is far superior at using Bulk Up.

Checks and Counters

While Sawk is a powerhouse, it has no shortage of counters. Uxie as a Psychic-type with good defenses can tank all of Sawk's attacks and retaliate with a STAB Psychic attack. Ghost-types with good physical defense and access to Will-O-Wisp, such as Spiritomb and Misdreavus are also great counters to Sawk, being able to tank one of Sawk's attacks before burning it. Sawk is also helpless against Pokemon with great physical bulk such as Tangrowth which can tank Sawk's attacks and heal off the damage it took via Regenerator.