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1v1 Metagame Guide

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  1. Badal

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    1v1 Metagame


    Guide





    + Intro


    - What is 1v1?

    1v1 is exactly what you think it is: each player only brings one Pokémon into the battle. This offers quick, entertaining and interesting matches with a whole new outlook on Pokémon.

    - How 1v1 is different from the Standard metagame :

    Since your Pokemon are not able to switch out, there is literally no point in setting up entry hazards such as Toxic Spikes, Stealth Rock. Whirlwind and Roar fail to activate, so those moves would be useless on a Pokémon. Due to the fast pace of the metagame, Choice items are exceedingly common as the aim of the or game is to hit hard and fast and Choice items help in doing so.

    In the 1v1 metagame, most standard sets are not viable. This is because the standard Pokemon used in 1v1 are completely different from those used in standard OU, necessitating the use of very different sets.

    You also need to have good coverage. In the standard OU metagame, you can switch out to a counter if your Pokemon has an inferior match-up, but this is impossible in 1v1. So what you are looking for is a Pokémon that is very versatile. In this metagame, most Pokémon used usually have variations of the standard sets that are present in the standard OU metagame.

    In 1v1 it is important to have a strategy in mind and stick to it; it is also advisable to have a Pokémon that has various functions so that it can adapt to the given situation. Some common and effective strategies for the 1v1 metagame are outlined below.

    - History of 1v1:

    The first implementation of this metagame at a large scale was seen on Smogon with user Ditto's "Close Combat Tournament" over Wi-Fi. This idea was taken from YouTube user MtGXerxe's Pokémon Charity Event. This metagame was an instant hit at Smogon, with around 84 people signing up for the eventual 64-man tournament; on this occasion, user Ferrouswheel was the ultimate winner.

    All of this led to an increase of activity in the 1v1 metagame thread, with the users themselves developing numerous new strategies periodically. Soon after, battle simulator Pokémon Online recognized this metagame and added it to their client. This has helped the popularity of the metagame grow and now we find ourselves here in this guide trying to understand what 1v1 really is.


    +Overview of Rules:

    Here are the basic rules of 1v1:

    1 vs 1: Each player will only bring one Pokémon into the battle.
    Hax Items Clause: BrightPowder, Focus Band, Quick Claw, Lax Incense, King's Rock, Razor Fang, Scope Lens and Razor Claw cannot be held by your Pokémon.
    Soul Dew Clause: Soul Dew cannot be held by your Pokémon.
    Evasion Clause: A Pokémon may not use Double Team or Minimize.
    Accuracy Clause: A Pokémon may not use Flash, Kinesis, Sand-Attack, or SmokeScreen.
    OHKO Clause: A Pokémon may not use Horn Drill, Sheer Cold, Guillotine, or Fissure.
    Self-KO Clause: A Pokémon may not use Destiny Bond, Explosion, Perish Song, or Selfdestruct.
    Uber Clause: Players cannot use Arceus, Darkrai, Deoxys (All Formes), Dialga, Garchomp, Giratina, Giratina-O, Groudon, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Latias, Latios, Lugia, Manaphy, Mew, Mewtwo, Palkia, Rayquaza, Salamence, Shaymin-S, Wobbuffet and Wynaut.




    + Common Strategies:

    -F.E.A.R:

    Although initially banned, the item
    Focus Sash has been allowed to the metagame after a suspect test. As there are no entry hazards in 1v1, the advantages of Focus Sash here is considerably higher than in OU. However, Focus Sash is normally not a strategy in itself, but something that is added on to complement other strategies. The only specific Focus Sash strategy would be FEAR, where you take a hit, go down to 1 HP, use Endeavor to get the opponent down to 1 HP as well and then hit them with a priority move for the KO. Aside from Endeavor, the CounterCoating strategies are one of the more popular ways of combining two ideas into a coherent whole. Another common strategy is to combine Focus Sash with one of the heavy-hitting sweepers with frail defenses to ensure that they can survive a hit. There is no real difference in use of Focus Sash between 1v1 and OU aside from the lack of entry hazards, so it can be more easily used on any Pokémon that needs to survive a hit.

    This strategy also has its weaknesses, namely priority moves. It should also be noted that this strategy is namely weak to Counter Coating Focus Sash users along with other Pokémon running F.E.A.R. If your opponent is made to fall asleep, then then whether the opponent has a Focus Sash or not is irrelevant.Sometimes it's possible to Trick the other Pokémon's Focus Sash away and take advantage of it, in addition to crippling the opponent. Pokémon that don't depend on OHKOing the opponent also tend to excel against Focus Sash holders.

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    Smeargle @ Focus Sash
    Ability: Own Tempo
    Nature: Brave
    EVs: 252 Atk

    - Bullet Punch
    - Endeavor
    - Spore
    -
    Substitute

    Explanation: The main idea of this set is to either Spore the opponent into falling asleep the first turn, or take a hit, survive through Focus Sash and use Endeavor and then Bullet Punch for the KO. Substitute can be used against another Pokémon using the FEAR strategy.

    - CounterCoat:

    Protect, Counter and Mirror Coat work miracles in 1v1. This is mostly due to the large number of Pokémon being all-out attackers. This strategy utilizes bulky Pokémon and their ability to shrug off a hit and bounce the attack back at the opponent for double the damage, most likely KOing them in the process.

    This strategy is often countered by very powerful attackers that can OHKO you and also by using weak attacks to chip away at your Pokémon's health and then using a strong attack for the finishing blow. Most CounterCoat Pokémon are slow and bulky; the most commonly-seen versions of these are Swampert and Blissey. This strategy also has Toxic stalling variants in which the Pokémon uses Toxic against the opponent and semi-stalls their way to victory, but this can be a hassle due to Steel-types being very common in the metagame.

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    Swampert @ Rindo Berry
    Nature: Relaxed
    EVs: 252 HP / 108 Atk / 84 Def / 64 SpD
    - Counter
    - Mirror Coat
    - Earthquake
    -
    Protect

    Explanation: Similarly to Blissey, this Swampert set uses Protect first to see what move the opponent is using, then uses Counter/Mirror Coat as appropriate. Earthquake is a powerful attack that makes sure Swampert isn't Taunt bait. Rindo Berry lets Swampert survive unSTABed Grass-type attacks such as Infernape's Grass Knot. Swampert should otherwise be able to survive all attacks outside of STAB Grass-type attacks and Choice Specs Porygon-Z's Hyper Beam. The Defense EVs let it survive a Jolly Life Orb Breloom's Seed Bomb if it chooses to attack instead of Sporing first. Protect helps it beat potential mixed attackers and Slaking, whose Giga Impact may also KO Swampert. The only problems to this set are sleep abusers, Grass-types, stat-uppers and also physical Ghost-types such as Shedinja that Counter can't hit. Specially-based Dark-types tend to not be a problem.

    -Sash CounterCoat:

    This strategy uses the item Focus Sash to its advantage assuming that it is allowed under the rules you are playing. The idea behind this strategy is to allow the opponent to break your Focus Sash and then either use Counter or Mirror Coat depending on the move. Instead of taking a risk, the move Protect could also be used in order to scout the opponent's move. This way you would know whether to Counter or Mirror Coat. Since these two moves return double the damage, having no Defense and Special Defense EVs on the Pokémon will allow the Focus Sash to be activated, leaving the user with 1 HP and knocking out the opponent's Pokémon by returning double the damage.


    External weather effects along with moves that have a fixed damage amount easily counter this strategy. A sandstorm could cause the user to be buffeted by it and thus lose the 1 HP that it had left, thus causing a tie.An example of this is Tyranitar and its ability Sand Stream,which summons a sandstorm. Moves that don't do a lot of damage or fixed amounts of damage could prevent the Focus Sash from being activated and thus making the strategy useless. Conditions such as sleep, burn and poison could also ruin the strategy since if the opponent statuses the CounterCoating Pokémon, then the Pokémon will lose a certain amount of health or not be able to move, thus allowing the opponent to prevent the activation of Focus Sash (in the case of burn and poison) or not let them move and in turn 2HKO them (in the case of freeze and sleep)

    - Trick:

    The move Trick can be really useful in this metagame, especially against Pokémon that Protect on the first turn. This way, you can lock them into Protect on the second turn, leaving them helpless for the rest of the match as you proceed to KO them.

    This strategy is quite viable unless you're facing a powerful attacker in which case Tricking them will just help them KO you faster. This strategy also counters common sleep/Toxic and FEAR strategies. It's not seen very often however, since only a few Pokémon can use this strategy well; similar to the standard OU metagame, this is mostly seen on Jirachi that like to run Choice Scarf/ChoiceSpecs and Trick.

    - All-out Attackers:

    These are the most used and one of the most effective strategies in 1v1. Choice Band or Choice Specs Pokémon are an example of this. Slaking with Choice Band is very effective due to its base 160 Attack. It can KO most Pokémon in one turn and thus not have to face a second turn of Truant.

    Powerful attackers come in two variants - bulky and non-bulky. The bulky ones, such as Metagross, are similar to the ones in the standard OU metagame. They can take a hit or two and proceed to OHKO or 2HKO their opponent in return and can usually be paired up with either a Choice Band or a Choice Specs to bolster their damage output. The non-bulky ones strive to KO their opponent using their good base Speed and attacking stats and can usually hold a Choice Scarf to boost their Speed even further. However, the Choice items are mostly interchangeable and can be equipped as you see fit.

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    Machamp @ Lum Berry
    Ability: No Guard
    Nature: Jolly
    EVs: 244 HP / 252 Atk / 12 SpD
    - DynamicPunch
    - Payback
    - Bullet Punch
    -
    Ice Punch

    Explanation: This set is extremely similar to the standard lead Machamp used in OU. The basic idea is to always DynamicPunch on the first turn, except against Ghost-types, to confuse the opponent and bring their chances of successfully attacking down to a coin toss. After that, Machamp can use the most damaging move depending on what the opposing Pokémon is. Payback is there for Ghosts that are immune to DynamicPunch. Bullet Punch off weakened enemies (usually Focus Sash Pokémon), while Ice Punch covers Flying-types. Lum Berry is the preferred item to make sleep moves useless the first turn as you confuse the opponent with DynamicPunch. finishes

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    Po
    rygon-Z @ Choice Scarf
    Ability: Adaptability
    Nature: Modest

    EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
    - Dark Pulse
    - Hyper Beam
    - Ice Beam
    -
    Thunderbolt

    Explanation: This set abuses Porygon-Z's base 135 Special Attack to KO several threats. The wide array of moves grant it amazing type coverage and with a Choice Scarf enhancing its above-average Speed , it is able to outspeed most Pokémon.

    - Stat Changing Pokémon
    :

    Using stat-boosting moves such as Calm Mind can be an effective strategy in 1v1. Because there is no phazing in 1v1, the only way a Pokémon can lose its stat boosts is if the opposing Pokémon has Haze, which is a rare scenario. This means that any stat boosts the Pokémon receives are virtually permanent. Another benefit to using stat-boosting moves is the ability to set up on the Mirror Coat and Counter users that are popular in the 1v1 metagame. Using stat-boosting moves in tandem with recovery moves allows some Pokémon to become extremely powerful. One example of this strategy is CroCune, or Suicune with Calm Mind / Rest / Sleep Talk / Surf. With Suicune's natural bulk combined with a few Calm Mind boosts, it becomes an extremely powerful force both offensively and defensively. Add in the ability to Rest and recover any damage and we get a force to be reckoned with in the 1v1 metagame.

    However, while stat-boosting moves are great, they face their downfall against Taunt users that can prevent any form of stat boosting from happening. Aside from this weakness, stat-boosting moves are a great strategy to consider when choosing your Pokémon for 1v1.

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    Suicune @
    Leftovers / Lum Berry
    Bold
    252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
    ~Calm Mind
    ~Rest
    ~Sleep Talk
    ~Surf

    Explanation:
    Calm Mind up while your HP is slowly cut down and then use Rest to regain that health and then Sleep Talk and win. This strategy is very useful, unless facing something that is an all-out attacker, such as Slaking or Porygon-Z.

    - Toxic Stalling:

    Using
    Toxic on a Pokémon and then using protect or a recovery move every turn is an effective way to secure a win. A Pokemon can Toxic on turn one and then proceed to alternate between Protect and a recovery move as the opponent's health drains away.

    This strategy is countered by Steel-types and also by fast attackers. Lum Berry on the opponent can be devastating too, as you will effectively waste your first turn whereas they can attack twice in a row and effectively KO you; making Toxic stalling not the most reliable strategy around. Opposing sleep inducers can also ruin this strategy. Supporting this strategy with actual attacks is a good idea, as then your Toxic staller now has an option to fall back on should things go wrong. Aside from this the rare case of taunt can also absolutely counter this style of play.



    - Flinch:

    Another strategy in the 1v1 metagame is to rely on the RNG to flinch your opponent for the win. Serene Grace users such as Jirachi and Togekiss, combined with their respective flinching moves, Iron Head and Air Slash, have a 60% chance to flinch the enemy with each attack. While a 60% flinch rate alone is a force to be reckoned with, by combining this with paralysis moves such as Body Slam and Thunder Wave, you can further abuse the RNG to your advantage. When a 60% flinch rate move attacks a paralyzed Pokémon, your opponent only has a 30% chance of successfully completing an attack because of the 25% chance for full paralysis. Paralysis also reduces the Pokémon's Speed to 25%, which ensures that the flincher can outspeed the opposing Pokémon and hax it to death. Serene Grace users can also abuse this flinch rate by using Choice Scarf in lieu of a paralysis move to ensure that they outspeed their opponents so that they can flinch their way to victory. Fake out is also a highly effective strategy, since this way you can use Fake Out's priority along with the ability to flinch, to your advantage in being able to make the opponent loose some health and thus breaking Focus Sash strategies.


    While using a flincher may seem "cheap", it is simply a strategy that relies on probability to win and is definitely a viable strategy.

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    Jirachi @ Choice Scarf
    Nature: Jolly
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
    - Iron Head
    - Zen Headbutt
    - ThunderPunch
    - Ice Punch

    Explanation: The main strategy behind Choice Scarf Jirachi is to outspeed the opposing Pokémon and flinch it to death with either Iron Head or Zen Headbutt, depending on what the opposing Pokémon is. Thanks to Serene Grace, Jirachi has a 40% flinch rate with both moves, allowing it to hax its way to victory. The other moves are there for coverage in case the opposing Pokémon resists both of Jirachi's STAB flinching moves. Fire Punch can be used over one of the elemental punches so that Jirachi can hit Steels for super effective damage.

    It should probably be noted that Heatran completely counters this set, but as Heatran isn't extremely common in the 1v1 metagame it isn't too big of a worry.

    - Sleepers
    :

    Using sleep-inducing moves can be extremely effective in 1v1. Disabling your opponent with sleep for 2-5 turns is invaluable as it allows you to bombard your opponent with attacks while remaining unharmed. Some of the common moves for this strategy are Spore, Sleep Powder, Hypnosis and Yawn. Spore is probably the most commonly used sleep move due to its 100% accuracy and the fact that it is used on Breloom, which can take full advantage of the sleep turns to set up a Substitute and begin using Focus Punch. As Spore is only found on a select few Pokémon, Sleep Powder and Hypnosis are used as well. However, these moves are risky due to their lower accuracy. Yawn is almost always used in conjunction with Protect to let the sleep take effect while avoiding damage. A FEAR Smeargle can also be an example of this strategy, using Spore to send the opponent to sleep, followed by Endeavor and a Bullet Punch for the KO.

    Yawn and Protect can be a deadly combination if used correctly. This strategy is highly effective in 1v1 as sleep allows you to get a couple of free hits. Yawn sends at the end of the next turn, while Protect renders you invulnerable for that turn, effectively sleeping the opponent without fear of retaliation. It is important for the user to be bulky since it will usually have to take at least one hit as it uses Yawn. This style is highly effective as its almost guaranteed sleep, the game can then usually be quickly finished with a hard hitting attacking move or two. your opponent to sleep to send the opponent to

    While sleep is certainly a very good strategy, it does have its weaknesses. Some Pokémon, such as Machamp, will run Lum Berry just to counter the sleep move and then OHKO the sleep user. Although uncommon in 1v1, some Pokémon have abilities such as Insomnia to prevent sleep or Early Bird to limit its effectiveness. Also, many of the sleep users are frail and can easily be taken out by a faster Pokémon.

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    Breloom @ Toxic Orb
    Ability: Poison Heal
    Nature: Jolly
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
    - Focus Punch
    - Seed Bomb
    - Spore
    -
    Substitute
    Explanation:
    This strategy uses substitute and Spore to its advantage making sure that the opponent is asleep, the Breloom can Substitute and then use Focus Punch or Seed Bomb depending on the opponent.

    +Common items in 1v1:


    Status Berries
    :

    Lum Berry and Chesto Berry are common on Pokémon in this metagame, seeing as sleep-inducers can have a free sweep if a Pokémon goes off to sleep. These berries prevent the user from falling asleep and this helps to counter opposing sleep-inducers, especially for those Pokemon most at risk. This strategy is very effective against Pokémon that use Yawn/Protect since they waste 1 turn with Yawn and give you a free hit until they realize that you have a Lum Berry and that you get another free hit at them. These berries are mostly seen on all-out attackers such as Machamp.

    Choice Items:


    Choice Items are plentiful in this metagame, ranging from Choice Scarf to Choice Specs and Choice Band. Choice Specs and Band are usually seen on attackers that tend to aim for the OHKO if not a 2HKO. These items boost previously high stats of these attacking Pokémon and thus increase the chances of a win. A Choice Band for instance would be a good item choice on a Slaking due to Slaking having a very high base Attack stat, which combined with Attack EVs and a Choice Band sends Slaking's power through the roof.

    Mail

    The item Mail is a very peculiar choice to put on a Pokemon. It seemingly has no benefits, as it does nothing inside of battle. It does, in fact, have one benefit, since it cannot be Tricked away from the holder. While this may not seem useful, it has merits on some Pokemon, namely on those who are dependent on changing moves but have little use for an item.

    The most prominent example of this is Blissey. The idea behind it is to
    use Counter against Pokemon using physical attacks and wear down Pokemon using special attacks with Toxic and a recovery move. The problem is, a Pokemon with Trick ruins this strategy by Tricking Blissey a Choice item. This prevents it from healing and limits it to one move, which is fatal. Mail cannot be Tricked away and is a nasty surprise for a Pokemon using Trick, only to get locked into a useless move while its HP is whittled down by Toxic. This strategy was popularized by Ferrouswheel, when he won the Close Combat tournament using this Pokemon:

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    Blissey@ Heart Mail
    Bold
    Natural Cure
    252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe
    -Toxic
    -Counter
    -Rest
    -Protect

    Focus Sash:

    This item serves 1 main purpose: To prevent OHKOs and give the user another chance to make an attack. The item Focus Sash is mostly paired with the F.E.A.R. strategy.Focus Sash can also be used with weak Pokémon that carry Counter/Mirror Coat, so the Focus Sash can serve as a medium to give the user a definite KO if Counter/Mirror Coat is used.


    + Final words
    :

    1v1 is a fast-paced metagame where the Pokémon you choose can mean everything. This metagame has a lot of luck involved and that's what makes it exciting, as you don't know what is coming next. I hope this guide has helped you get a better understanding of what the metagame is like and if fast-paced and fun is what you're looking for, then the 1v1 metagame is for you.

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    WildEep
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  2. eric the espeon

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    Notes on what you've added: A few paragraphs describing each strategy is what I had in mind, followed by a couple of choice examples of sets which use that strategy. No need to credit each set, people who helped will be listed in the article credits at the top. Just list them all together in the post somewhere.

    I would replace "Choice Attackers" with Trick, since the powerful attack part of it comes under powerful attackers. Few Pokemon use choice items without Trick, and those that do are almost without exception straight out attackers. Not sure about stall as you have it defined, could you give me some examples of what would fall under that and is popular/effective?
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    Though personally I hate the strategy, the endure, boosting berry, pinch ability, elemental hyper beam desirves a mention. The strategy has a few of huge drawbacks. The strategy is destroyed by priority, the one hit can sometimes fail to ko, and status can also beat it. A standard moveset might look like:
    Infernape @ pyteya berry
    Naive
    64 attack/252 sp attack/192 speed
    -endure
    -blast burn
    -close combat
    -grass knot

    Explanation:
    It's pretty simple: endure while they attack you, then hit with a plus 1 blaze boosted flare blast. Grass knot is there for coverage; close combat is there for a good stab and Blissey choosing mail over chople berry. The set can be picked off after priority, and is beat by 2hkos that don't bring Infernape under 25%. Pokemon can "feint" and choose a move that is resisted with the intention of wasting the endure turn, then KOing Infernape.

    For sleepers, a wonderful moveset is
    Kingdra @ lum berry/ haban berry
    adament
    252 hp/252 attack/6 sp def
    -yawn
    -protect
    -dragon dance
    -outrage

    Explanation:
    The strategy of the set is to take a hit with Kingdra's alright natural bulk and yawn. Kingdra also has the advantage of one weakness and the haban berry can counter that if you fear dragonite. Turn 2 you protect and watch them fall asleep. While they are snoozing, power up with dragon dance then wipe the floor with outrage. Steels are troublesome, but some matchups are winnable of enough dragon dances are reached. The basic strategy technically is applicable to anyone with yawn, a setup move, and some bulk.
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    I had a talk with eric the espeon and he said that we must explain the strategy and maybe add a set with it as an example, so providing sets won't necessarily help
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    Oh I saw the sets in the guide and thought you might want more. I'm really sorry this is my first time helping with articles.
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    Added a few more, details to it regarding each style of play
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    perhaps adding counters to each strategy is a good idea.
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    A few common sets which are brilliant examples of each strategy would be helpful, but I'm not sure we want to try and include more than, say, 10-20 sets total. The point should not be to give people a load of sets and have the use those, but to give them an idea of what works and how to make sets. And yes coolking, that was something I suggested to badal.

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    [17:30] <ete> hm. i'll give you a hand
    [17:30] <ete> by talking you through writing one section
    [17:30] <ete> Sleep can be a boon in 1v1. Usually sending your opponent to sleep turn one can help immensely as you can set up substitute and/or leech seed and then proceed to KO it. This is usually walled by Lum Berry, as this can allow your opponent to get atleast one if not 2 hits at you and then prevent you from setting up a substitute. This strategy is probably one of the most ones used in the...
    [17:30] <ete> ...metagame due to its effectiveness.
    [17:30] <ete> first sentence is a bit odd
    [17:30] <Badal> ok
    [17:31] <ete> effective or work well
    [17:31] <ete> or something like that
    [17:31] <ete> actually make sense
    [17:31] <ete> can be a boon is iffy
    [17:31] <ete> Usually sending your opponent to sleep turn one can help immensely as you can set up substitute and/or leech seed and then proceed to KO it.
    [17:31] <ete> why do you mention leech seed
    [17:31] <ete> why sub
    [17:31] <ete> most sleepers don't use those
    [17:31] <ete> say what SLEEP does
    [17:32] <ete> not talk about breloom
    [17:32] <Badal> ok
    [17:32] <ete> "Sleep incapacitates the foe for 2-5 turns, usually long enough to KO them."
    [17:32] <ete> something like that
    [17:32] <ete> but better
    [17:33] <ete> Talk about what beats sleep
    [17:33] <Badal> ok
    [17:33] <ete> lum berry is annoying, but sleepers can sometimes win through
    [17:33] <ete> insomnia/vital spirit pokemon
    [17:33] <ete> hell, bulky sleep talk
    [17:33] <ete> or faster flinching
    [17:34] <ete> or faster pokemon which straight out OHKO
    [17:34] <ete> or faster trick Pokemon!
    [17:34] <ete> each of these needs to be explained
    [17:35] <ete> You could note sub as a precautionary tactic, if they wake up soon you get another chance to put them back to sleep.
    [17:35] <Badal> Sleep talk is not used
    [17:35] <ete> a few things can use it
    [17:35] <Badal> flinchers usually don't carry any sleeping moves
    [17:35] <ete> rest+setup
    [17:35] <Badal> I'm talking about the 1v1 metagame, not the standard one
    [17:35] <ete> no, flinchers beat sleepers
    [17:35] <ete> not flinch+sleep
    [17:36] <Badal> they beat sleepers yes
    [17:36] <Badal> oh thats what you meant ok
    [17:36] <Badal> yeah
    [17:36] <ete> explain how they can
    [17:36] <ete> explain what the sleeper can do to avoid these tactics
    [17:36] <ete> Magic Coat!
    [17:36] <ete> Magic Coat is awesome on some Pokemon
    [17:36] <ete> I used Magic Coat Espeon on ladder
    [17:37] <ete> won more than lost, though not enough
    [17:37] <ete> the ideas I have just come up with are off the top of my head
    [17:37] <Badal> ok
    [17:37] <ete> there are probably 3-5 more things you need to cover just for sleep
    [17:37] <Badal> mhmm
    [17:38] <Badal> I'm adding some stuff as we speak
    [17:38] <ete> and every single section needs that kind of detail
    [17:38] <ete> you and the other 1v1 players need to talk through it
    [17:38] <Badal> yeah
    [17:39] <Badal> LinIsKorean has been helping me quite a bit
    [17:39] <ete> cool
    [17:40] <Badal> the only problem is covering all the strategies
    [17:40] <Badal> since there are millions but not all of them are viable
    [17:40] <ete> There are only a dozen or so decent strategies
    [17:40] <Badal> mhmm
    [17:40] <ete> most sets fall into a few categories of strategy
    [17:41] <ete> PZ is a Trick+Powerful Attacker
    [17:41] <ete> Jirachi is flinch+trick
    [17:41] <Badal> yeah
    [17:41] <ete> dragonite is all out attacker
    [17:41] <ete> and so on
    [17:42] <ete> actually, maybe split attackers into two
    [17:42] <ete> or just make a clear distinction between bulky and slow ones
    [17:42] <Badal> ok
    [17:42] <ete> and fast powerful ones
    [17:42] <ete> some aim to OHKO off the bat
    [17:42] <Badal> yeah
    [17:42] <ete> some aim to take a hit or two
    [17:43] <ete> and win


    And like I've said a few times before, add custap! If you don't know what to say about it, get someone else to write that bit.
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    Updated with detailed descriptions of many strategies.
    I'll work on the rest when I get back from school tommorow
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    I think there needs to be a mention of how the sets differ. To clarify: moves/evs/natures on a pokemon are likely to change when the pokemon is adapted to 1v1, and that should be explained.
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    As ete mentioned, its not about the sets, its about the explanation. All the given sets are just an example and their moves and evs are that adapted to the 1v1 metagame.
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    No, he means you need a general "how 1v1 sets are different from normal play" section. Good suggestion imo.
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    Updated with more information on each strategy. More suggestions are gladly welcome. I still need help with concluding the article
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    I'm pretty happy with it, maybe few gramatical errors, but I can't spot them, since I'm not the best at english.
    Rip it up GP!
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    Doubts were raised in #grammar as to whether this guide has been properly content-checked. However, I have GPed this anyway in the hopes of making it much easier for any subsequent GP checkers. Don't count this as an official GP check just yet.

    Deletions
    Additions (with comments in brackets)

    - A lot of your prose was awkward so I had to effectively rewrite those sections.
    - Please include the names of the Pokemon in the set, not just their sprite.
    - A lot of words need to be capitalised, such as Pokemon, Focus Sash, Spore and many others.
    - Too many disjointed sentences, they can be remedied by rewording sentences or even just using a semicolon.
    - I appreciate that your English isn't the best but for God's sake after this check I've pretty much co-authored this guide with you.
    - Implement these changes ASAP please. Even if this still needs to be content checked it will make the guide much much more easier to read.

    EDIT: I guess I can stamp this

    GP Check 1

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    So many stupid errors!
    Thanks so much Fatecrashers. Edited OP
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    1v1 Metagame
    Guide

    (are the colors appropriate for such a guide? even though this is making me worried, i'm going to leave it alone.)

    + Intro
    (space)
    - What is 1v1?
    (space)
    1v1 is exactly as it sounds like: (colon) each player only brings one
    Pokémon into the battle. This offers quick, entertaining, and interesting matches with a whole new outlook on Pokémon.

    (i'm changing it to "
    Pokémon" because it seems you already use it a little in the article. edit: err, darn, too late but i already did the sweep. i should have changed those Pokémon to Pokemon, but i guess this is okay anyways...)
    - Why 1v1?
    (space)
    This is an interesting question (removed comma) because most of us we all play 6v6 (removed period) whether it be Ubers, OU, UU, (comma) or NU. But in the world of 1v1, games are quicker and a lot more luck-based. Any chance of predictability is gone through the window due to the myriad of possibilities that prevent you from out-predicting your opponent.

    (there are the VGC players as well, which is a 4v4 doubles format.)


    -(space this)History of 1v1:
    (space)
    The first implementation of this metagame at a large scale was seen on Smogon with user Ditto's "Close Combat Tournament" over Wi-Fi. This idea was taken from YouTube user MtGXerxe's Pokémon Charity Event. This metagame was an instant hit at Smogon, with around 84 people signing up for the eventual 64-man tournament; on this occasion, user Ferrouswheel was the ultimate winner.

    (backspace this.)

    All of this led to an increase of activity in the 1v1 metagame thread, with the users themselves developing numerous new strategies periodically. Soon after, battle simulator Pokémon Online recognized this metagame and added it to their client. This has helped the popularity of the metagame grow and now we find ourselves here in this guide (removed comma) trying to understand what 1v1 really is.


    +Overview of rules:
    (space)
    -Here are the basic rules of 1v1:
    Rules
    1 vs 1: Each player will only bring one Pokémon into the battle.
    Hax Items Clause: BrightPowder, Focus Band, Quick Claw, Lax Incense, King's Rock, Razor Fang, Scope Lens, and Razor Claw cannot be held by your Pokémon.
    Soul Dew Clause: Soul Dew cannot be held by your Pokémon.
    Focus Sash Clause: Focus Sash cannot be held by your Pokémon.
    Evasion Clause: A Pokémon may not use Double Team or Minimize.
    Accuracy Clause: A Pokémon may not use Flash, Kinesis, Sand-Attack, or SmokeScreen.
    OHKO Clause: A Pokémon may not use Horn Drill, Sheer Cold, Guillotine, (comma) or Fissure.
    Self-KO Clause: A Pokémon may not use Destiny Bond, Explosion, Perish Song, or Selfdestruct.
    Uber Clause: Players cannot use Arceus, Darkrai, Deoxys (All Formes), Dialga, Garchomp, Giratina, Giratina-O, Groudon, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Latias, Latios, Lugia, Manaphy, Mew, Mewtwo, Palkia, Rayquaza, Salamence, Shaymin-S, Wobbuffet, (comma) and Wynaut.

    + How are 1v1 sets different from Standard sets
    (space)
    In the 1v1 metagame, most standard sets are not viable. This is due to the need for a set which is able to counter most of the 1v1 Pokémon.

    You also need to have a good coverage. In the standard 6v6 metagame, you can switch out to a
    Pokémon with a super effective attack counter against your opponent, but this is impossible in 1v1. So what you are looking for is a Pokémon that is very versatile. In this metagame, most Pokémon used usually have variations of the standard sets that are present in the standard 6v6 metagame.

    In 1v1 it is important to have a strategy in mind and stick to it; it is also advisable to have a
    Pokémon that has various functions so that it can adapt to the given situation. Some common and effective strategies for the 1v1 metagame are outlined below.

    + Common Strategies:
    (backspaced)
    -Focus Sash:
    Not to be posted until suspect results are in

    Although initially banned, at the time of this (is this supposed to be bolded?)
    article Focus Sash is undergoing suspect testing. As there are no entry hazards in 1v1, the advantages of Focus Sash here is considerably higher than in 6v6. However, Focus Sash is normally not a strategy in of itself, but something that is added on to complement other strategies. The only specific Focus Sash strategy would be FEAR, where you take a hit, go down to 1 HP, use Endeavor to get the opponent down to 1 HP as well, and then hit them with a priority move for the KO. Aside from Endeavor, (comma) the CounterCoating strategies mentioned earlier are one of the more popular ways of combining two ideas into a coherent whole. Another common strategy is to combine Focus Sash with one of the heavy-hitting sweepers with frail defenses to ensure that they can survive a hit. There is no real difference in use of Focus Sash between 1v1 and 6v6, aside from with the lack of entry hazards, so it can be more easily used on any Pokémon that needs to survive a hit.

    This strategy also has its
    weaknesses, (comma) namely, priority moves. (period) However, It should also be noted that unless you also have a Focus Sash, the Focus Sash is unlikely to help you when facing an opposing CounterCoat Focus Sash user. Also, if you sleep the opponent, then it probably doesn't matter if it's holding a Focus Sash. Sometimes it's possible to Trick the other Pokémon's Focus Sash away and take advantage of it, in addition to crippling the opponent.(space)Pokémon that don't depend on OHKOing the opponent also tend to excel against Focus Sash holders.
    [​IMG]

    Smeargle(space)@ Focus Sash
    Ability:Own Tempo
    Nature: Brave
    EVs: 252 Atk
    (backspace)
    - Bullet Punch
    - Endeavor
    - Spore
    - Substitute

    (i'm sorry about changing the ~ to - but they got so strange to me. if you don't want to change them, you don't have to.)

    Explanation
    : The main idea of this set is to either Spore the opponent into falling asleep the first turn, or take a hit, survive through Focus Sash, and use Endeavor and then Bullet Punch for the KO. Substitute can be used against another Pokémon using the FEAR strategy.

    - Protect/Counter/Mirror Coat:
    (space)
    Protect, Counter, (comma) and Mirror Coat work miracles in 1v1. This is mostly due to the large number of Pokémon being all-out attackers.(space)This strategy takes advantage of utilizes bulky Pokémon in order and their ability to shrug off a hit and then bounce the attack back at the opponent for double the damage, most likely KOing them in the process.

    This strategy is often countered by very powerful attackers
    that can OHKO you, and also by using weak attacks to chip away at your Pokémon's health and then using a strong attack for the finishing blow. Most CounterCoat Pokémon are slow and bulky; the most commonly-seen versions of these are Swampert and Blissey. This strategy also has Toxic stalling variants in which the Pokémon uses Toxic against the opponent and semi-stalls their way to victory, but this can be a hassle due to Steel-types being very common in the metagame.

    (stay consistent. if you're using "that/which", keep using it instead of "who".)

    [​IMG]Blissey @ Heart Mail / Chople Berry
    Ability: Natural Cure
    Nature: Bold
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe
    - Toxic
    - Counter
    - Rest / Softboiled
    - Protect / Seismic Toss

    Explanation(backspaced): This set uses Protect to scout
    before using either Counter to deal serious damage to physical attackers or Toxic for the special attackers. Blissey's great base 135 Special Defense will almost guarantee that your opponent will try to hit it with physical attacks. Another route that can be taken is one of Alternatively, (comma) using Toxic on the opponent's Pokémon and then alternating switching between Protect and your recovery move of choice to can stall them out of health.

    (no discussion on why to use chople berry or heart mail? add them in and also the use of seismic toss.)

    [​IMG]Swampert
    @ Rindo Berry
    Nature: Relaxed
    EVs: 252 HP / 108 Atk /
    84 Def / 64 SpD
    - Counter
    - Mirror Coat
    - Earthquake
    - Protect
    (spaced)
    Explanation(backspaced): Similar to Blissey, this Swampert set uses Protect first to see what move they the opponent is using would
    use, then uses Counter/Mirror Coat as appropriate. Earthquake is an overall powerful attack that makes sure that you Swampert isn't Taunt bait, and is an overall powerful attack. Rindo Berry lets you Swampert survive unSTABed Grass-type attacks such as Infernape's Grass Knot. Swampert should otherwise be able to survive all attacks outside of STAB Grass-type attacks and Choice Specs Porygon-Z's Hyper Beam. The Defense EVs let it survive a Jolly Life Orb Breloom's Seed Bomb if it chooses to attack instead of Sporing first. Protect helps it beat potential mixed-attackers and Slaking, whose Giga Impact may also KO Swampert. The only problems to this set are sleep abusers, Grass-types, stat-uppers, and also physical Ghost-types such as Shedinja that Counter can't hit. (period)Specially-based Dark-types tend to not to be a problem.
    (spaced)
    - Trick:

    The move Trick can be really useful in this metagame, especially against
    Pokémon that Protect on the first turn. This way, you can lock them into Protect on the second turn, leaving them helpless for the rest of the match as you proceed to KO them.

    This strategy is quite viable unless you're facing a powerful attacker in which case
    Tricking them will just help them KO you faster. This strategy also counters common sleep/Toxic and FEAR strategies. It's not seen very often however, since only a few Pokémon can use this strategy well; similar to the standard 6v6 metagame, this is mostly seen on Jirachi (removed comma) that like to run Choice Scarf/Specs and Trick. (deleted extra period.)

    - Powerful Attackers:
    (space)
    These are the most used and one of the most effective strategies in 1v1hit hard. Choice Banded or Choice Speced Pokémon are an example of this. Slaking with Choice Band is very effective due to its base 160 Attack. (period) It can KO most Pokémon in one turn and thus not have to face a second turn of Truant.

    ("merged" those two parts together plus spaces.)

    Powerful attackers come in
    two variantsbulky and non-bulky. The bulky ones, such as Metagross, are similar to the ones in the standard 6v6 metagame. They can take a hit or two and proceed to OHKO or 2HKO their opponent in return, and can usually be paired up with either a Choice Band or a Choice Specs to bolster their damage output. The non-bulky ones are ones that strive to KO their opponent using their good base Speed and attacking stats, and can usually hold a Choice Scarf to boost their Speed even further. However, the Choice items are mostly interchangeable however, and can be equipped as you see fit.


    [​IMG] Machamp
    @ Lum Berry
    Ability(backspaced): No Guard
    Nature: Jolly
    EVs: 244 HP / 252 Atk / 12 SpD
    - DynamicPunch
    - Payback
    - Bullet Punch
    - Ice Punch

    Explanation: This set is extremely similar to the standard lead Machamp used in OU
    6v6. The basic idea is to always DynamicPunch on the first turn except against Ghost-types in order to confuse the opponent and bring their chances of successfully attacking down to a coin toss. After that, you Machamp can proceed to use the most damaging move depending on what the opposing Pokémon is. Payback is obviously there for Ghosts that are immune to DynamicPunch. Bullet Punch is there to finishes off weakened enemies (usually Focus Sash Pokémon), while Ice Punch is there for coverage against covers Flying-types. Lum Berry is the preferred item to make sleep moves useless the first turn as you confuse the opponent with DynamicPunch.
    [​IMG]
    Porygon-Z@ Choice Scarf (backspaced)
    Ability:
    (space)Adaptability
    Nature: Modest
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    - Dark Pulse

    - Hyper Beam
    - Ice Beam
    - Thunderbolt

    Explanation: This set abuses
    Porygon-Z's base 135 Special Attack to KO several threats. (period) The wide array of moves grant it amazing type coverage, and with a Choice Scarf enhancing its above-average Speed, it is able to outspeed most Pokémon.

    - Boosting Pokémon
    :
    (space)
    Using (not bold?)
    stat-boosting moves such as Calm Mind can be an effective strategy in 1v1. Because there is no phazing in 1v1, the only way you a Pokémon can lose your its stat boosts is if the opposing Pokémon has Haze, which is a rare scenario indeed. This means that any stat boosts you the Pokémonreceives are virtually permanent. Another benefit to using stat-boosting moves is the ability to set up on Mirror Coat and Counter users (removed comma) that are popular in the 1v1 metagame. Using stat-boosting moves in tandem with recovery moves allows for some Pokémon to become extremely powerful. One example of this strategy is CroCune, or Suicune with Calm Mind / Rest / Sleep Talk / Surf. With Suicune's natural bulk combined with a few Calm Mind boosts, it becomes an extremely powerful force both offensively and defensively. Add in to that the ability to Rest and recover any damage and we get a force that is to be reckoned with in the 1v1 metagame.

    However, while
    stat-boosting moves are great, they face their downfall against Taunt users (removed comma) that can prevent any form of stat boosting from happening. Aside from this weakness, stat-boosting moves are a great strategy to consider when choosing your Pokémon for 1v1.
    (space)
    - Toxic Stalling:

    Using
    Toxic on a Pokémon and Protecting/recovering every turn is an effective way to secure a win. You A Pokemon can Toxic on turn one, and then proceed to alternate between Protect and a recovery move as your the opponent's health drains away.

    This strategy is countered by
    Steel-types and also by fast attackers. Lum Berry on the opponent can be devastating too, as you will effectively waste your first turn whereas they can attack twice in a row and effectively KO you; making Toxic stalling not the most reliable strategy around. Opposing sleep inducers can also ruin this strategy. Supporting this strategy with actual damaging attacks is a good idea, as then your Toxic staller now has an option to fall back on should things go wrong.
    (backspaced)
    - Flinch(backspaced):
    (space)
    Another strategy in the 1v1 metagame is to rely on the RNG to flinch your opponent for the win. Serene Grace users such as Jirachi and Togekiss, combined with their respective flinching moves, Iron Head and Air Slash, have a 60% percent chance to flinch the enemy with each attack. While a 60% flinch rate alone is a force to be reckoned with, by combining this with paralysis moves such as Body Slam and Thunder Wave, you can further abuse the RNG to your advantage. When a 60% flinch rate move attacks a paralyzed
    Pokémon, your opponent only has a 30% chance of successfully completing an attack because of the 25% chance for full paralysis. Paralysis also reduces the Pokémon's Speed to 25%, which ensures that the flincher can outspeed the opposing Pokémon and hax it to death. Serene Grace users can also abuse this flinch rate by using Choice Scarf in lieu of a paralysis move to ensure that they outspeed their opponents so that they can flinch their way to victory.
    (space)
    While using a flincher may seem "cheap", it is simply a strategy that relies on probability to win and is definitely a viable strategy


    [​IMG]
    Jirachi(space)@(space)Choice Scarf

    Nature: Jolly

    EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
    - Iron Head
    - Zen Headbutt
    - ThunderPunch
    - Ice Punch

    Explanation(backspaced)
    :(space)The main strategy behind Choice Scarf Jirachi is to outspeed the opposing Pokémon and proceed to flinch it to death with either Iron Head or Zen Headbutt, depending on what the opposing Pokémon is. Thanks to Serene Grace, Jirachi has a 60% flinch rate with both moves, (comma) allowing it to hax its way to victory. The other moves are there for coverage in case the opposing Pokémon resists both of Jirachi's STAB flinching moves. Fire Punch can be used over one of the elemental punches so that Jirachi can hit Steels for super effective damage.

    It should probably be noted that Heatran completely counters this set, but as Heatran isn't extremely common in the 1v1 metagame it isn't too big of a worry.


    - Sleepers:
    (space)
    Using sleep-inducing moves can be extremely effective in 1v1. Disabling your opponent with sleep for 2-5 turns is invaluable as it allows you to bombard your opponent with attacks while remaining unharmed. Some of the common moves for this strategy are Spore, Sleep Powder, Hypnosis, and Yawn. Spore is probably the most commonly used sleep move due to its 100% accuracy and the fact that it is used on Breloom, which can take full advantage of the sleep turns to set up a Substitute and begin using Focus Punch. As Spore is only found on a select few Pokémon, Sleep Powder and Hypnosis are used as well. However, these moves are risky due to their lower accuracy. Yawn is almost always used in conjunction with Protect to let the sleep take effect while avoiding damage. A FEAR Smeargle can also be an example of this strategy, using Spore to send the opponent to sleep, followed by Endeavor and a Bullet Punch for the KO.

    While sleep is certainly a very good strategy, it does have its weaknesses. Some
    Pokémon, such as Machamp, will run Lum Berry just to counter the sleep move and then proceed to OHKO the sleep user. Although uncommon in 1v1, some Pokémon have abilities such as Insomnia to prevent sleep or Early Bird to limit its effectiveness. Also, many of the sleep users are frail and can easily be taken out by a faster Pokémon.


    [​IMG]Breloom
    @(space)Toxic Orb
    Ability:(space)Poison Heal
    Nature: Jolly
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
    - Focus Punch
    - Seed Bomb
    - Spore
    - Substitute




    + Final words:

    1v1 is a
    fast-paced metagame where the Pokémon you choose can mean everything. This metagame has a lot of luck involved and that's what makes it exciting as you don't know what is coming next. I hope this guide has helped you get a better understanding of what the metagame is like, and if something fast-paced and fun is what you're looking for, then the 1v1 metagame is for you.


    This is kinda messy and inconsistent so I'm requesting a third GP check here to clean this up.

    The Focus Sash part also doesn't looks finished due to waiting on Focus Sash's ban. Possibly the third GPer can wait until the justification over Focus Sash is finished so that part is added in.

    I also did some minor "atheistic" changes in the below such as no underlines under colons and putting the "pokemon @ item" thing under the Pokemon. I think there are some spacing problems with the above part for some odd reason (hate how it keeps happening) but I fixed (hopefully most/all of them) here.

    Copy/Paste version (open)
    1v1 Metagame
    Guide


    + Intro

    - What is 1v1?

    1v1 is exactly as it sounds like
    : each player only brings one Pokémon into the battle. This offers quick, entertaining, and interesting matches with a whole new outlook on Pokémon.

    - Why 1v1?

    This is an interesting question because most of us play 6v6 whether it be Ubers, OU, UU, or NU. But in the world of 1v1, games are quicker and a lot more luck-based. Any chance of predictability is gone through the window due to the myriad of possibilities that prevent you from out-predicting your opponent.

    - History of 1v1:

    The first implementation of this metagame at a large scale was seen on Smogon with user Ditto's "Close Combat Tournament" over Wi-Fi. This idea was taken from YouTube user MtGXerxe's Pokémon Charity Event. This metagame was an instant hit at Smogon, with around 84 people signing up for the eventual 64-man tournament; on this occasion, user Ferrouswheel was the ultimate winner.

    All of this led to an increase of activity in the 1v1 metagame thread, with the users themselves developing numerous new strategies periodically. Soon after, battle simulator Pokémon Online recognized this metagame and added it to their client. This has helped the popularity of the metagame grow and now we find ourselves here in this guide trying to understand what 1v1 really is.


    + Overview of Rules:

    Here are the basic rules of 1v1:

    1 vs 1: Each player will only bring
    one Pokémon into the battle.
    Hax Items Clause:
    BrightPowder, Focus Band, Quick Claw, Lax Incense, King's Rock, Razor Fang, Scope Lens, and Razor Claw cannot be held by your Pokémon.
    Soul Dew Clause: Soul Dew cannot be held by your Pokémon.
    Focus Sash Clause: Focus Sash cannot be held by your Pokémon.
    Evasion Clause: A Pokémon may not use Double Team or Minimize.
    Accuracy Clause: A Pokémon may not use Flash, Kinesis, Sand-Attack, or Smoke
    Screen.
    OHKO Clause: A Pokémon may not use Horn Drill, Sheer Cold, Guillotine
    , or Fissure.
    Self-KO Clause: A Pokémon may not use Destiny Bond, Explosion, Perish Song, or Selfdestruct.
    Uber Clause: Players cannot use Arceus, Darkrai, Deoxys (All Formes), Dialga, Garchomp, Giratina, Giratina-O, Groudon, Ho-
    Oh, Kyogre, Latias, Latios, Lugia, Manaphy, Mew, Mewtwo, Palkia, Rayquaza, Salamence, Shaymin-S, Wobbuffet, and Wynaut.

    + How are 1v1 sets different from Standard sets:

    In the 1v1 metagame, most standard sets are not viable. This is due to the need for a set which is able to counter most of the 1v1 Pokémon.

    You also need to have good coverage. In the standard 6v6 metagame, you can switch out to a
    counter against your opponent, but this is impossible in 1v1. So what you are looking for is a Pokémon that is very versatile. In this metagame, most Pokémon used usually have variations of the standard sets that are present in the standard 6v6 metagame.

    In 1v1 it is important to have a strategy in mind and stick to it; it is also advisable to have a
    Pokémon that has various functions so that it can adapt to the given situation. Some common and effective strategies for the 1v1 metagame are outlined below.

    + Common Strategies:

    -Focus Sash:
    Not to be posted until suspect results are in

    Although initially banned, at the time of this article Focus Sash is undergoing suspect testing. As there are no entry hazards in 1v1, the advantages of Focus Sash here is considerably higher than in 6v6. However, Focus Sash is normally not a strategy in of itself, but something that is added on to complement other strategies. The only specific Focus Sash strategy would be FEAR, where you take a hit, go down to 1 HP, use Endeavor to get the opponent down to 1 HP as well, and then hit them with a priority move for the KO. Aside from Endeavor, the CounterCoating strategies are one of the more popular ways of combining two ideas into a coherent whole. Another common strategy is to combine Focus Sash with one of the heavy-hitting sweepers with frail defenses to ensure that they can survive a hit. There is no real difference in use of Focus Sash between 1v1 and 6v6, aside from with the lack of entry hazards, so it can be more easily used on any Pokémon that needs to survive a hit.

    This strategy also has its
    weaknesses, namely, priority moves. It should also be noted that unless you also have a Focus Sash, the Focus Sash is unlikely to help you when facing an opposing CounterCoat Focus Sash user. Also, if you sleep the opponent, then it probably doesn't matter if it's holding a Focus Sash. Sometimes it's possible to Trick the other Pokémon's Focus Sash away and take advantage of it, in addition to crippling the opponent. Pokémon that don't depend on OHKOing the opponent also tend to excel against Focus Sash holders.

    [​IMG]

    Smeargle @ Focus Sash
    Ability: Own Tempo
    Nature: Brave
    EVs: 252 Atk
    - Bullet Punch
    - Endeavor
    - Spore
    - Substitute

    Explanation
    : The main idea of this set is to either Spore the opponent into falling asleep the first turn, or take a hit, survive through Focus Sash, and use Endeavor and then Bullet Punch for the KO. Substitute can be used against another Pokémon using the FEAR strategy.

    - Protect/Counter/Mirror Coat:

    Protect, Counter, and Mirror Coat work miracles in 1v1. This is mostly due to the large number of Pokémon being all-out attackers. This strategy utilizes bulky Pokémon and their ability to shrug off a hit and bounce the attack back at the opponent for double the damage, most likely KOing them in the process.

    This strategy is often countered by very powerful attackers
    that can OHKO you, and also by using weak attacks to chip away at your Pokémon's health and then using a strong attack for the finishing blow. Most CounterCoat Pokémon are slow and bulky; the most commonly-seen versions of these are Swampert and Blissey. This strategy also has Toxic stalling variants in which the Pokémon uses Toxic against the opponent and semi-stalls their way to victory, but this can be a hassle due to Steel-types being very common in the metagame.

    [​IMG]
    Blissey
    @ Heart Mail / Chople Berry
    Ability: Natural Cure
    Nature: Bold
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe
    - Toxic
    - Counter
    - Rest / Softboiled
    - Protect / Seismic Toss

    Explanation: This set uses Protect to scout
    before using either Counter to deal serious damage to physical attackers or Toxic for the special attackers. Blissey's great base 135 Special Defense will almost guarantee that your opponent will try to hit it with physical attacks. Alternatively, using Toxic on the opponent's Pokémon and then switching between Protect and your recovery move of choice can stall them out of health.

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    Swampert
    @ Rindo Berry
    Nature: Relaxed
    EVs: 252 HP / 108 Atk / 84 Def / 64 SpD
    - Counter
    - Mirror Coat
    - Earthquake
    - Protect

    Explanation:
    Similar to Blissey, this Swampert set uses Protect first to see what move the opponent is using, then uses Counter/Mirror Coat as appropriate. Earthquake is an overall powerful attack that makes sure Swampert isn't Taunt bait. Rindo Berry lets Swampert survive unSTABed Grass-type attacks such as Infernape's Grass Knot. Swampert should otherwise be able to survive all attacks outside of STAB Grass-type attacks and Choice Specs Porygon-Z's Hyper Beam. The Defense EVs let it survive a Jolly Life Orb Breloom's Seed Bomb if it chooses to attack instead of Sporing first. Protect helps it beat potential mixed-attackers and Slaking, whose Giga Impact may also KO Swampert. The only problems to this set are sleep abusers, Grass-types, stat-uppers, and also physical Ghost-types such as Shedinja that Counter can't hit. Specially-based Dark-types tend to not be a problem.

    - Trick:

    The move Trick can be really useful in this metagame, especially against
    Pokémon that Protect on the first turn. This way, you can lock them into Protect on the second turn, leaving them helpless for the rest of the match as you proceed to KO them.

    This strategy is quite viable unless you're facing a powerful attacker in which case
    Tricking them will just help them KO you faster. This strategy also counters common sleep/Toxic and FEAR strategies. It's not seen very often however, since only a few Pokémon can use this strategy well; similar to the standard 6v6 metagame, this is mostly seen on Jirachi that like to run Choice Scarf/Specs and Trick.

    - Powerful Attackers:

    These are the most used and one of the most effective strategies in 1v1hit hard. Choice Banded or Choice Speced Pokémon are an example of this. Slaking with Choice Band is very effective due to its base 160 Attack. It can KO most Pokémon in one turn and thus not have to face a second turn of Truant.

    Powerful attackers come in
    two variantsbulky and non-bulky. The bulky ones, such as Metagross, are similar to the ones in the standard 6v6 metagame. They can take a hit or two and proceed to OHKO or 2HKO their opponent in return, and can usually be paired up with either a Choice Band or a Choice Specs to bolster their damage output. The non-bulky ones strive to KO their opponent using their good base Speed and attacking stats, and can usually hold a Choice Scarf to boost their Speed even further. However, the Choice items are mostly interchangeable, and can be equipped as you see fit.


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    Machamp
    @ Lum Berry
    Ability: No Guard
    Nature: Jolly
    EVs: 244 HP / 252 Atk / 12 SpD
    - DynamicPunch
    - Payback
    - Bullet Punch
    - Ice Punch

    Explanation: This set is extremely similar to the standard lead Machamp used in OU
    6v6. The basic idea is to always DynamicPunchon the first turn except against Ghost-types to confuse the opponent and bring their chances of successfully attacking down to a coin toss. After that, Machamp can use the most damaging move depending on what the opposing Pokémon is. Payback is there for Ghosts that are immune to DynamicPunch. Bullet Punch finishes off weakened enemies (usually Focus Sash Pokémon), while Ice Punch covers Flying-types. Lum Berry is the preferred item to make sleep moves useless the first turn as you confuse the opponent with DynamicPunch.

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    Porygon-Z @ Choice Scarf
    Ability: Adaptability

    Nature: Modest
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
    - Dark Pulse
    - Hyper Beam
    - Ice Beam
    - Thunderbolt

    Explanation: This set
    abuses Porygon-Z's base 135 Special Attack to KO several threats. The wide array of moves grant it amazing type coverage, and with a Choice Scarf enhancing its above-average Speed, it is able to outspeed most Pokémon.

    - Boosting Pokémon
    :

    Using stat-boosting moves such as Calm Mind can be an effective strategy in 1v1. Because there is no phazing in 1v1, the only way a Pokémon can lose its stat boosts is if the opposing Pokémon has Haze, which is a rare scenario. This means that any stat boosts the Pokémon receives are virtually permanent. Another benefit to using stat-boosting moves is the ability to set up on Mirror Coat and Counter users that are popular in the 1v1 metagame. Using stat-boosting moves in tandem with recovery moves allows some Pokémon to become extremely powerful. One example of this strategy is CroCune, or Suicune with Calm Mind / Rest / Sleep Talk / Surf. With Suicune's natural bulk combined with a few Calm Mind boosts, it becomes an extremely powerful force both offensively and defensively. Add in the ability to Rest and recover any damage and we get a force that is to be reckoned with in the 1v1 metagame.

    However, while
    stat-boosting moves are great, they face their downfall against Taunt users that can prevent any form of stat boosting from happening. Aside from this weakness, stat-boosting moves are a great strategy to consider when choosing your Pokémon for 1v1.

    - Toxic Stalling:

    Using
    Toxic on a Pokémon and Protecting/recovering every turn is an effective way to secure a win. A Pokemon can Toxic on turn one, and then proceed to alternate between Protect and a recovery move as the opponent's health drains away.

    This strategy is countered by
    Steel-types and also by fast attackers. Lum Berry on the opponent can be devastating too, as you will effectively waste your first turn whereas they can attack twice in a row and effectively KO you; making Toxic stalling not the most reliable strategy around. Opposing sleep inducers can also ruin this strategy. Supporting this strategy with actual attacks is a good idea, as then your Toxic staller now has an option to fall back on should things go wrong.

    - Flinch:

    Another strategy in the 1v1 metagame is to rely on
    the RNG to flinch your opponent for the win. Serene Grace users such as Jirachi and Togekiss, combined with their respective flinching moves, Iron Head and Air Slash, have a 60% chance to flinch the enemy with each attack. While a 60% flinch rate alone is a force to be reckoned with, by combining this with paralysis moves such as Body Slam and Thunder Wave, you can further abuse the RNG to your advantage. When a 60% flinch rate move attacks a paralyzed Pokémon, your opponent only has a 30% chance of successfully completing an attack because of the 25% chance for full paralysis. Paralysis also reduces the Pokémon's Speed to 25%, which ensures that the flincher can outspeed the opposing Pokémon and hax it to death. Serene Grace users can also abuse this flinch rate by using Choice Scarf in lieu of a paralysis move to ensure that they outspeed their opponents so that they can flinch their way to victory.

    While using a flincher may seem "cheap", it is simply a strategy that relies on probability to win and is definitely a viable strategy.

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    Jirachi @ Choice Scarf
    Nature: Jolly
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
    - Iron Head
    - Zen Headbutt
    - ThunderPunch
    - Ice Punch

    Explanation
    : The main strategy behind Choice Scarf Jirachi is to outspeed the opposing Pokémon and flinch it to death with either Iron Head or Zen Headbutt, depending on what the opposing Pokémon is. Thanks to Serene Grace, Jirachi has a 60% flinch rate with both moves, allowing it to hax its way to victory. The other moves are there for coverage in case the opposing Pokémon resists both of Jirachi's STAB flinching moves. Fire Punch can be used over one of the elemental punches so that Jirachi can hit Steels for super effective damage.

    It should probably be noted that Heatran completely counters this set, but as Heatran isn't extremely common in the 1v1 metagame it isn't too big of a worry.


    - Sleepers
    :

    Using sleep-inducing moves can be extremely effective in 1v1. Disabling your opponent with sleep for 2-5 turns is invaluable as it allows you to bombard your opponent with attacks while remaining unharmed. Some of the common moves for this strategy are Spore, Sleep Powder, Hypnosis, and Yawn. Spore is probably the most commonly used sleep move due to its 100% accuracy and the fact that it is used on Breloom, which can take full advantage of the sleep turns to set up a Substitute and begin using Focus Punch. As Spore is only found on a select few Pokémon, Sleep Powder and Hypnosis are used as well. However, these moves are risky due to their lower accuracy. Yawn is almost always used in conjunction with Protect to let the sleep take effect while avoiding damage. A FEAR Smeargle can also be an example of this strategy, using Spore to send the opponent to sleep, followed by Endeavor and a Bullet Punch for the KO.

    While sleep is certainly a very good strategy, it does have its weaknesses. Some
    Pokémon, such as Machamp, will run Lum Berry just to counter the sleep move and then OHKO the sleep user. Although uncommon in 1v1, some Pokémon have abilities such as Insomnia to prevent sleep or Early Bird to limit its effectiveness. Also, many of the sleep users are frail and can easily be taken out by a faster Pokémon.

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    Breloom
    @ Toxic Orb
    Ability: Poison Heal
    Nature: Jolly
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
    - Focus Punch
    - Seed Bomb
    - Spore
    -Substitute

    + Final words
    :

    1v1 is a
    fast-paced metagame where the Pokémon you choose can mean everything. This metagame has a lot of luck involved and that's what makes it exciting as you don't know what is coming next. I hope this guide has helped you get a better understanding of what the metagame is like, and if fast-paced and fun is what you're looking for, then the 1v1 metagame is for you.


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    The item Mail is a very peculiar choice to put on a pokemon. It seemingly has no benefits, as it does nothing inside of battle. It does, in fact, have one benifit, it being that it cannot be tricked away from the holder. While this may not seems useful, it has merits on some pokemon, namely on pokemon who are dependent on changing moves but have little use for an item.

    The most prominent example of this is like a defensive pokemon, such as Blissey. The idea behind it is to counter pokemon using physical attacks, and wear down pokemon using special attacks with toxic and a recovery move. The problem is, a pokemon with trick ruins this strategy by tricking Blissey a choice item. This doesn’t let it heal and limits it to one move, which is fetal. Mail doesn’t allow itself to be tricked away and is a nasty surprise for a pokemon using trick, only to get locked into a useless move while its HP whittles away. This strategy was popularized by FerrousWheel, when he won the Close Combat tournament using this Pokemon:
    Blissey - Heart Mail
    Bold - Natural Cure - 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe
    Toxic
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    GP check on request - aah this was long

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    You had quite a few problems with capitalisation and awkward sentence structure - I got everything I could but I'm going to withold on stamping this until you implement these changes, as I found quite a few incorrect statements and things that needed further explanation that I want cleaned up before I stamp it.

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    1v1 Metagame Guide (open)
    1v1 Metagame


    Guide





    + Intro


    - What is 1v1?

    1v1 is exactly as it sounds like what you think it is: each player only brings one Pokémon into the battle. This offers quick, entertaining, and interesting matches with a whole new outlook on Pokémon.

    - How 1v1 is different from the Standard metagame :

    Due to there not being pokemon to Since your Pokemon are not able to switch out,(comma) there remains no point anymore is literally no point in setting up entry hazards such as toxic spikes Toxic Spikes or stealth rocks Stealth Rock. There is no more need to whirlwind or roar Whirlwind and Roar fail to activate, so those moves would be useless on a Pokémon. Due to the fast pace of the metagame, the number of Choice items are high Choice items are exceedingly common as the aim of the Pokémon becomes game is to hit hard and fast,(comma) and choice Choice items help in doing so.

    In the 1v1 metagame, most standard sets are not viable. This is due to the need for a set which is able to counter most of the 1v1 Pokémon because the standard Pokemon used in 1v1 are completely different from those used in standard OU, necessitating the use of very different sets.

    You also need to have good coverage. In the standard 6v6 OU metagame, you can switch out to a counter against your opponent if your Pokemon has an inferior match-up, but this is impossible in 1v1. So what you are looking for is a Pokémon that is very versatile. In this metagame, most Pokémon used usually have variations of the standard sets that are present in the standard 6v6 OU metagame.

    In 1v1 it is important to have a strategy in mind and stick to it; it is also advisable to have a Pokémon that has various functions so that it can adapt to the given situation. Some common and effective strategies for the 1v1 metagame are outlined below.

    - History of 1v1:

    The first implementation of this metagame at a large scale was seen on Smogon with user Ditto's "Close Combat Tournament" over Wi-Fi. This idea was taken from YouTube user MtGXerxe's Pokémon Charity Event. This metagame was an instant hit at Smogon, with around 84 people signing up for the eventual 64-man tournament; on this occasion, user Ferrouswheel was the ultimate winner.

    All of this led to an increase of activity in the 1v1 metagame thread, with the users themselves developing numerous new strategies periodically. Soon after, battle simulator Pokémon Online recognized this metagame and added it to their client. This has helped the popularity of the metagame grow and now we find ourselves here in this guide trying to understand what 1v1 really is.


    + Overview of Rules:

    Here are the basic rules of 1v1:

    1 vs 1: Each player will only bring one Pokémon into the battle.
    Hax Items Clause: BrightPowder, Focus Band, Quick Claw, Lax Incense, King's Rock, Razor Fang, Scope Lens, and Razor Claw cannot be held by your Pokémon.
    Soul Dew Clause: Soul Dew cannot be held by your Pokémon.
    Evasion Clause: A Pokémon may not use Double Team or Minimize.
    Accuracy Clause: A Pokémon may not use Flash, Kinesis, Sand-Attack, or SmokeScreen.
    OHKO Clause: A Pokémon may not use Horn Drill, Sheer Cold, Guillotine, or Fissure.
    Self-KO Clause: A Pokémon may not use Destiny Bond, Explosion, Perish Song, or Selfdestruct.
    Uber Clause: Players cannot use Arceus, Darkrai, Deoxys (All Formes), Dialga, Garchomp, Giratina, Giratina-O, Groudon, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Latias, Latios, Lugia, Manaphy, Mew, Mewtwo, Palkia, Rayquaza, Salamence, Shaymin-S, Wobbuffet, and Wynaut.

    [Can I just ask, what's the point of Soul Dew Clause when Lati@s are banned anyway?]


    + Common Strategies:

    -F.E.A.R:

    Although initially banned, the item focus sash Focus Sash has been allowed to the metagame after a suspect test. As there are no entry hazards in 1v1, the advantages of Focus Sash here is considerably higher than in 6v6 OU. However, Focus Sash is normally not a strategy in of itself, but something that is added on to complement other strategies. The only specific Focus Sash strategy would be FEAR, where you take a hit, go down to 1 HP, use Endeavor to get the opponent down to 1 HP as well, and then hit them with a priority move for the KO. Aside from Endeavor, the CounterCoating strategies are one of the more popular ways of combining two ideas into a coherent whole. Another common strategy is to combine Focus Sash with one of the heavy-hitting sweepers with frail defenses to ensure that they can survive a hit. There is no real difference in use of Focus Sash between 1v1 and 6v6 OU, aside from with the lack of entry hazards, so it can be more easily used on any Pokémon that needs to survive a hit.

    This strategy also has its weaknesses, namely,(remove) priority moves. It should also be noted that unless you also have a Focus Sash, the Focus Sash is unlikely to help you when facing an opposing CounterCoat Focus Sash user. [I have literally no idea what you're trying to say here. Please reword it or explain it to me.] Also, if you sleep the opponent, then it probably doesn't matter if it's holding a Focus Sash. Sometimes it's possible to Trick the other Pokémon's Focus Sash away and take advantage of it, in addition to crippling the opponent. Pokémon that don't depend on OHKOing the opponent also tend to excel against Focus Sash holders.

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    Smeargle @ Focus Sash
    Ability: Own Tempo
    Nature: Brave
    EVs: 252 Atk
    - Bullet Punch
    - Endeavor
    - Spore
    - Substitute

    Explanation: The main idea of this set is to either Spore the opponent into falling asleep the first turn, or take a hit, survive through Focus Sash, and use Endeavor and then Bullet Punch for the KO. Substitute can be used against another Pokémon using the FEAR strategy.

    - CounterCoat:

    Protect, Counter, and Mirror Coat work miracles in 1v1. This is mostly due to the large number of Pokémon being all-out attackers. This strategy utilizes bulky Pokémon and their ability to shrug off a hit and bounce the attack back at the opponent for double the damage, most likely KOing them in the process.

    This strategy is often countered by very powerful attackers that can OHKO you [Surely you would have a Focus Sash?], and also by using weak attacks to chip away at your Pokémon's health and then using a strong attack for the finishing blow. Most CounterCoat Pokémon are slow and bulky; the most commonly-seen versions of these are Swampert and Blissey. This strategy also has Toxic stalling variants in which the Pokémon uses Toxic against the opponent and semi-stalls their way to victory, but this can be a hassle due to Steel-types being very common in the metagame.

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    Swampert @ Rindo Berry
    Nature: Relaxed
    EVs: 252 HP / 108 Atk / 84 Def / 64 SpD
    - Counter
    - Mirror Coat
    - Earthquake
    - Protect

    Explanation: Similar Similarly to Blissey, this Swampert set uses Protect first to see what move the opponent is using, then uses Counter/Mirror Coat as appropriate. Earthquake is an overall a powerful attack that makes sure Swampert isn't Taunt bait. Rindo Berry lets Swampert survive unSTABed Grass-type attacks such as Infernape's Grass Knot. Swampert should otherwise be able to survive all attacks outside of STAB Grass-type attacks and Choice Specs Porygon-Z's Hyper Beam [I expect this is a silly question but... why not Focus Sash?]. The Defense EVs let it survive a Jolly Life Orb Breloom's Seed Bomb if it chooses to attack instead of Sporing first. Protect helps it beat potential mixed attackers and Slaking, whose Giga Impact may also KO Swampert. The only problems to this set are sleep abusers, Grass-types, stat-uppers, and also physical Ghost-types such as Shedinja that Counter can't hit. Specially-based Dark-types tend to not be a problem.

    -Sash CounterCoat:

    This strategy uses the idea of no focus sash ban, the item Focus Sashto its advantage, assuming that it is allowed under the rules you are playing. The idea behind this strategy is to allow the focus sash opponent to break your Focus Sash to be activated and then either use Counter or Mirror Coat depending on the move. Instead of taking a risk, the move Protect could also be used in order to scout the opponent's move. This way you would know whether to Counter or Mirror Coat. [Protection against Fake Out?] Since these two moves return double the damage, having no Defense and Special defense Defense evs EVs on the Pokémon will allow the Focus sash Sash to be activated, leaving the user with one HP 1 HP and knocking out the opponent's Pokémon by returning double the damage- (99*2=198%).

    [WAIT WAIT WAIT, that's not how Counter and Mirror Coat work at all. The damage done to the opponent is double the HP lost from the opponent's previous attack, so if Swampert had 404 HP, and the Focus Sash is broken, the opponent would take (403*2)=806 HP damage (which is more than any Pokemon in the game has so it's an OHKO regardless).]

    External Weather weather effects along with moves that have a fixed damage amount easily counter this strategy. A sandstorm could cause the user to be buffeted by it and thus lose the one HP 1 HP that it had left, thus causing a tie.(full stop) this could be seen with Pokémon such as An example of this is Tyranitar and its ability Sand Stream, creating which summons a sandstorm. Moves that do fixed amounts of damage could prevent the focus sash Focus Sash from being activated and thus making the strategy useless [What are these fixed-damage moves? I think you are referring to SonicBoom and Dragon Rage, but both of these moves seem pretty useless, even in 1v1. How on earth do they counter Focus Sash?]. Conditions such as sleep, burn, and poison,(remove) could also ruin the strategy since if the opponent statuses the countercoating Pokémon, then the Pokémon will loose lose a certain amount of health or not be able to move, thus allowing the opponent to not let Focus Sash activate prevent the activation of Focus Sash (in the case of burn and poison) or not let them move and in turn 2HKO them (in the case of Freeze and Sleep freeze and sleep)

    - Trick:

    The move Trick can be really useful in this metagame, especially against Pokémon that Protect on the first turn. This way, you can lock them into Protect on the second turn, leaving them helpless for the rest of the match as you proceed to KO them.

    This strategy is quite viable unless you're facing a powerful attacker,(comma) in which case Tricking them will just help them KO you faster. This strategy also counters common sleep/Toxic and FEAR strategies. It's not seen very often however, since only a few Pokémon can use this strategy well; similar to the standard 6v6 OU metagame, this is mostly seen on Jirachi that like to run Choice Scarf/Choice Specs and Trick.

    - All-out Attackers:

    These are the most used and one of the most effective strategies in 1v1 hit hard. Choice Banded Band or Choice Speced Specs Pokémon are an example of this. Slaking with Choice Band is very effective due to its base 160 Attack. It can KO most Pokémon in one turn and thus not have to face a second turn of Truant.

    Powerful attackers come in two variants - bulky and non-bulky. The bulky ones, such as Metagross, are similar to the ones in the standard 6v6 OU metagame. They can take a hit or two and proceed to OHKO or 2HKO their opponent in return, and can usually be paired up with either a Choice Band or a Choice Specs to bolster their damage output. The non-bulky ones strive to KO their opponent using their good base Speed and attacking stats, and can usually hold a Choice Scarf to boost their Speed even further. However, the Choice items are mostly interchangeable, and can be equipped as you see fit.

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    Machamp @ Lum Berry
    Ability: No Guard
    Nature: Jolly
    EVs: 244 HP / 252 Atk / 12 SpD
    - DynamicPunch
    - Payback
    - Bullet Punch
    - Ice Punch

    Explanation: This set is extremely similar to the standard lead Machamp used in OU 6v6. The basic idea is to always DynamicPunch on the first turn,(comma) except against Ghost-types,(comma) to confuse the opponent and bring their chances of successfully attacking down to a coin toss. After that, Machamp can use the most damaging move depending on what the opposing Pokémon is. Payback is there for Ghosts that are immune to DynamicPunch. Bullet Punch finishes off weakened enemies (usually Focus Sash Pokémon), while Ice Punch covers Flying-types. Lum Berry is the preferred item to make sleep moves useless the first turn as you confuse the opponent with DynamicPunch.

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    Porygon-Z @ Choice Scarf
    Ability: Adaptability
    Nature: Modest
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
    - Dark Pulse
    - Hyper Beam
    - Ice Beam
    - Thunderbolt

    Explanation: This set abuses Porygon-Z's base 135 Special Attack to KO several threats. The wide array of moves grant it amazing type coverage, and with a Choice Scarf enhancing its above-average Speed [I thought base 100 was the 'average' benchmark? So surely, Porygon-Z has below-average Speed?], it is able to outspeed most Pokémon.

    - Stat Changing Pokémon:

    Using stat-boosting moves such as Calm Mind can be an effective strategy in 1v1. Because there is no phazing in 1v1, the only way a Pokémon can lose its stat boosts is if the opposing Pokémon has Haze, which is a rare scenario. This means that any stat boosts the Pokémon receives are virtually permanent. Another benefit to using stat-boosting moves is the ability to set up on the Mirror Coat and Counter users that are popular in the 1v1 metagame. Using stat-boosting moves in tandem with recovery moves allows some Pokémon to become extremely powerful. One example of this strategy is CroCune, or Suicune with Calm Mind / Rest / Sleep Talk / Surf. With Suicune's natural bulk combined with a few Calm Mind boosts, it becomes an extremely powerful force both offensively and defensively. Add in the ability to Rest and recover any damage and we get a forcethat is to be reckoned with in the 1v1 metagame.

    However, while stat-boosting moves are great, they face their downfall against Taunt users that can prevent any form of stat boosting from happening. Aside from this weakness, stat-boosting moves are a great strategy to consider when choosing your Pokémon for 1v1.

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    Suicune @ Leftovers / Lum Berry
    Bold
    252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
    ~Calm Mind
    ~Rest
    ~Sleep Talk
    ~Surf

    Explanation: Calm Mind up while your HP is slowly cut down and then use rest Rest to regain that health and then Sleep Talk and win. This strategy is very useful, unless facing something that is an all-out attacker, such as slaking Slaking or Porygon-z Porygon-Z.

    - Toxic Stalling:

    Using
    Toxic on a Pokémon and Protecting/recovering then using Protect or a recovery move every turn is an effective way to secure a win. A Pokemon can Toxic on turn one, and then proceed to alternate between Protect and a recovery move as the opponent's health drains away.

    This strategy is countered by Steel-types and also by fast attackers. Lum Berry on the opponent can be devastating too, as you will effectively waste your first turn whereas they can attack twice in a row and effectively KO you; making Toxic stalling not the most reliable strategy around. Opposing sleep inducers can also ruin this strategy. Supporting this strategy with actual attacks is a good idea, as then your Toxic staller now has an option to fall back on should things go wrong.

    [Mention Taunt?]

    - Flinch:

    Another strategy in the 1v1 metagame is to rely on the RNG to flinch your opponent for the win. Serene Grace users such as Jirachi and Togekiss, combined with their respective flinching moves, Iron Head and Air Slash, have a 60% chance to flinch the enemy with each attack. While a 60% flinch rate alone is a force to be reckoned with, by combining this with paralysis moves such as Body Slam and Thunder Wave, you can further abuse the RNG to your advantage. When a 60% flinch rate move attacks a paralyzed Pokémon, your opponent only has a 30% chance of successfully completing an attack because of the 25% chance for full paralysis. Paralysis also reduces the Pokémon's Speed to 25%, which ensures that the flincher can outspeed the opposing Pokémon and hax it to death. Serene Grace users can also abuse this flinch rate by using Choice Scarf in lieu of a paralysis move to ensure that they outspeed their opponents so that they can flinch their way to victory.

    [Nothing about Fake Out?]

    While using a flincher may seem "cheap", it is simply a strategy that relies on probability to win and is definitely a viable strategy.

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    Jirachi @ Choice Scarf
    Nature: Jolly
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
    - Iron Head
    - Zen Headbutt
    - ThunderPunch
    - Ice Punch

    Explanation: The main strategy behind Choice Scarf Jirachi is to outspeed the opposing Pokémon and flinch it to death with either Iron Head or Zen Headbutt, depending on what the opposing Pokémon is. Thanks to Serene Grace, Jirachi has a 60% flinch rate with both moves [ERROR ERROR INCORRECT - Zen Headbutt only has a 40% chance to flinch the target factoring in Serene Grace], allowing it to hax its way to victory. The other moves are there for coverage in case the opposing Pokémon resists both of Jirachi's STAB flinching moves. Fire Punch can be used over one of the elemental punches so that Jirachi can hit Steels for super effective damage.

    It should probably be noted that Heatran completely counters this set, but as Heatran isn't extremely common in the 1v1 metagame it isn't too big of a worry.

    - Sleepers:

    Using sleep-inducing moves can be extremely effective in 1v1. Disabling your opponent with sleep for 2-5 turns is invaluable as it allows you to bombard your opponent with attacks while remaining unharmed. Some of the common moves for this strategy are Spore, Sleep Powder, Hypnosis, and Yawn. Spore is probably the most commonly used sleep move due to its 100% accuracy and the fact that it is used on Breloom, which can take full advantage of the sleep turns to set up a Substitute and begin using Focus Punch. As Spore is only found on a select few Pokémon, Sleep Powder and Hypnosis are used as well. However, these moves are risky due to their lower accuracy. Yawn is almost always used in conjunction with Protect to let the sleep take effect while avoiding damage. A FEAR Smeargle can also be an example of this strategy, using Spore to send the opponent to sleep, followed by Endeavor and a Bullet Punch for the KO.

    While sleep is certainly a very good strategy, it does have its weaknesses. Some Pokémon, such as Machamp, will run Lum Berry just to counter the sleep move and then OHKO the sleep user. Although uncommon in 1v1, some Pokémon have abilities such as Insomnia to prevent sleep or Early Bird to limit its effectiveness. Also, many of the sleep users are frail and can easily be taken out by a faster Pokémon.

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    Breloom @ Toxic Orb
    Ability: Poison Heal
    Nature: Jolly
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
    - Focus Punch
    - Seed Bomb
    - Spore
    - Substitute

    [No explanations?]

    +Common items in 1v1:

    Status Berries:

    Lum berry Berry and Chesto Berry are common on Pokémon in this metagame, seeing as Sleepers sleep-inducers can have a free sweep if a Pokémon goes off to sleep. These berries Berries prevent the user from falling asleep and this helps to counter opposing sleep-inducers, especially for those Pokemon most at risk. This strategy is very effective against Pokémon that use Yawn/Protect since they waste 1 turn yawning with Yawn and giving give you a free hit until they realize that you have a Lum Berry and that you get another free hit at them. These berries Berries are mostly seen on all-out attackers such as Machamp.

    Choice Items:

    Choice Items are plentiful in this metagame, ranging from Choice Scarf to Choice Specs and Choice Band. Choice Specs and Band are usually seen on attackers that tend to aim for the OHKO if not a 2HKO. These items boost previously high stats of these attacking Pokémon and thus increase the chances of a win. A Choice Band for instance would be seen a good item choice on a Slaking very often due to Slaking having a very high base attack Attack stat, which combined added with attack evs Attack EVs and a choice band Choice Band sends Slaking's power becomes one to recon through the roof.

    Mail

    The item Mail is a very peculiar choice to put on a pokemon Pokemon. It seemingly has no benefits, as it does nothing inside of battle. It does, in fact, have one benefit,it being that since it cannot be tricked Tricked away from the holder. While this may not seems seem useful, it has merits on some Pokemon, namely on Pokemon those who are dependent on changing moves but have little use for an item.

    The most prominent example of this is like a defensive Pokemon, such as Blissey. The idea behind it is to counter use Counter against Pokemon using physical attacks, and wear down Pokemon using special attacks with Toxic and a recovery move. The problem is, a Pokemon with Trick ruins this strategy by Tricking Blissey a choice Choice item. This doesn’t let it heal prevents it from healing and limits it to one move, which is fatal. Mail cannot be tricked Tricked away and is a nasty surprise for a Pokemon using Trick, only to get locked into a useless move while its HP is whittled down by Toxic. Blissey away. This strategy was popularized by Ferrouswheel, when he won the Close Combat tournament using this Pokemon:

    [​IMG]
    Blissey@ Heart Mail
    Bold
    Natural Cure
    252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe
    -Toxic
    -Counter
    -Rest
    -Protect

    Focus Sash:

    This item serves 1 main purpose: To prevent Prevent OHKOs and give the user another chance to make an attack. The item Focus sash Focus Sash is mostly paired with the F.E.A.R. strategy. Focus sash Focus Sash can also be used with weak Pokémon that carry Counter/Mirror Coat and maybe protect, so the Focus Sash can serve as a medium to give the user a definite KO if Counter/Mirror Coat is used.


    + Final words:

    1v1 is a fast-paced metagame where the Pokémon you choose can mean everything. This metagame has a lot of luck involved and that's what makes it exciting,(comma) as you don't know what is coming next. I hope this guide has helped you get a better understanding of what the metagame is like, and if fast-paced and fun is what you're looking for, then the 1v1 metagame is for you.

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    Credit:
    LinIsKorean- [Information] [Moveset]
    Ditto- [Tips]
    Ferrouswheel- [Moveset][Information]
    coolking49- [Moveset][Information]
    WildEep- [Moveset]
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  24. Badal

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    The clauses that were written up originally were copied from the standard one with a few modifications, so that stayed.
    Since, then it would be a Sashed Counter Coater. This has its own items such as Rindo berry which can win games for you if you are running a Swampert, since this prevents a OHKO from a grass move in some cases
    Thats what it does.

    Yes, they are useless, but they can easily counter a Focus Sash user. I forgot to add, which I did, moves that do less than 50% Which will also be effective.



    And thanks a lot.
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    Just posting to say, as regards Counter and Mirror Coat, I understand that you know how they work, and you explained it perfectly in the analysis; the only point I took objection to, however, was when you said:

    This is because you are not necessarily doing 198% to the opponent, which is what your calculation implied. Obviously the percentage damage done to the opponent would differ if you were against an Infernape or a Vaporeon, say. For that reason I thought it best that you take out the calculation, nothing more.

    Oh, and you seem to have left quite a few bits of blue text in the guide from when you made the changes, so perhaps you should go through and correct those. After you've done that, I'll stamp it.

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