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Join Date: Sep 2010
Strong as a Corsola
Final Submission (see post 72)
102 HP / 129 Atk / 112 Def / 119 SpA / 59 SpD / 79 Spe
Speed: So, let me start by saying that this entire spread was created with only the speed stat in mind. Originally, I had wanted to go with the lower stat of 65, but due to the requirements of the spread, I found that nearly impossible to do. However, I feel 79 covers everything we should want from the speed stat, and nothing more. The key thing I was looking for was the ability to outspeed Tornadus-T after a single speed boost. Now, anything 65 or higher can do this, but 79 is nice because it is high enough to achieve this feat without needing a positive speed nature. However, there is a lot more too this stat than that. I feel that, while the reward of beating such fast Pokemon with a boost is nice, that alone is not enough to promote Weak Armor use over the other two abilities. To do that, there also needs to be the downside of not using it. In this situation, that downside would be underspeeding base 80 and above Pokemon like Dragonite and Gyarados. Yet, at the same time, since many of these Pokemon prefer neutral speed nature, it is close enough to have a chance to outspeed should you opt for the faster nature, meaning the speed is no where near useless for sets that opt for No Guard or Illusion. The other key advantage of 79 is that it is above Heatran's 77. By typing and stats, Heatran would appear to be well suited to counter CAP4. However, since we do not want to have real counters, I feel outspeeding Heatran is necessary, so it cannot easily come in and force us out.
HP: When it came to this Pokemon's bulk, I really wanted to make sure that the gap between physical and special bulkiness was huge. I feel that this is the best way to let it function, while still providing it with what it needs to be a risky Pokemon. Now 102 HP is a decently high number, but is certainly not over the top. I feel that, by having an HP stat like this, it lets us provide the physical bulk and special frailty that we need without forcing investment for the defence to be worthwhile. At the same time, the HP is not ridiculous enough that the low SpD is made to mean less.
Def: Now, as I'm sure you can see, this spread has a lot of physical bulk. That was one of the goals that I had from the very beginning, to make sure CAP4 could have excellent physical bulk to let it take advantage of everything else we have given it. As such, the Def stat of 112 was chosen as it maximized the physical tankieness of this spread, given the HP stat. The hope I have is that, in a Cloyster like fashion this Pokemon will be able to easily take physical hits, and use the opportunities they are given from them to take advantage of Weak Armor, or a boosting move, or simply a free turn to attack.
SpD: However, once again, like Cloyster, one has to be careful when switching CAP4 into attacks, as, while it can take physical moves with impunity, special hits are made to be its bane. 102/59 Special bulk is by no means awful the way Cloyster is, but in OU, with weaknesses to a few common special moves, and few resistances to them, it will not be surviving many shots. To be specific, the point of this SpD stat was to make the Special Tankieness as low as it could go while still being legal. Now, it ended up a few points higher than that to round out the BST, but it is still low enough to be the obvious achilles heel of this CAP.
Atk: Finally we get to the offensive stats. As they are here, these were the last parts of my spread to be decided on. I have always believed that if we want this Pokemon to be have mixed offenses, then we need to give it higher attack than special attack. The fact is, people gravitate towards safe choices. That is what this concept is all about, making a Pokemon who's reward is good enough that people will forgo the safe choice. However, I think we need to take that into account within this Pokemon as well. The fact is, Special Bug/Psychic is a relatively safe choice. Sure there are a few risky moves, but they are all accurate and decently powerful enough with small chances of an extra effect. Physical does not have that guarantee. So, if we want people to go both ways on the offensive spectrum, we need to provide reward for going physical, and I see no better way to do that that with a higher Atttack stat. Now, with the low, but not pathetic speed stat of 79, there is plenty of room within the stat limits for us to give CAP4 high offenses, and so I started with an attack stat of 129. 129 is well known for being the Attack stat of OU powerhouse Terrakion. While certainly not the highest in OU, it is more than enough to power through most of the metagame, as Terrakion has shown. I definitely this that this stat will give us all the power we need to be a force in OU without going overboard. Now, it is true that Terrakion has arguably better STABs to work with, but what we have is...
SpA: ...a good special attack stat. 119, while not a true powerhouse, is more than enough to be a potent threat in the OU metagame, as many many Pokemon have shown us. The key to it though is, of course, the fact that it sits right next to such a potent attack stat. Most Pokemon that will cause problems for a physical set are frail enough on the special side for a special set to break them, and vice versa. The main thing I wanted to get across with this stat was that it is enough to let CAP4 stand alone as a good special attacker, but low enough to provide some reward for people who do decide to go physical.
Calcs: I'll edit some of these in if I get the chance.
<Destiny_Warrior> jas will you do the dramatic reading
<jas61292> I can't do anything dramatically. Not the actor type
<Kadew> type tldr prc posts dramatically, then
<Kadew> I'm sure you can manage that .
Last edited by jas61292; Oct 10th, 2012 at 12:28:36 PM.