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Abra (Update)

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by Furai, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. Furai

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    [Overview]

    <p>Abra's offensive stats (base 90 Speed and 105 Special Attack) are what makes it so threatening. With a wide array of moves, Abra can land a massive strike on any team that is caught off-guard. Abra hits 19 Speed with a positive nature which allows it to ouspeed the vast majority of the metagame, such as Gastly, Mienfoo and Chinchou. However, Abra's poor defensive typing and awful bulk hold it back and make it vulnerable to any physically based or super effective attack. However, the Dream World brought Abra a new ability in Magic Guard, which allows Abra to be one of the best revenge killers in Little Cup.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Special Sweeper
    move 1: Psyshock
    move 2: Hidden Power Fighting
    move 3: Shadow Ball
    move 4: Protect / Substitute
    item: Focus Sash / Life Orb
    ability: Magic Guard
    nature: Timid
    evs: 240 SpA / 200 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set takes advantage of Abra's great Special Attack and Speed. Because of Abra's ability to hit hard and fast with great coverage, this is its most dangerous set. Psyshock allows Abra to hit on the physical side and dent its so-called biggest threat in Munchlax, as it is 2HKOed by Psyshock with Stealth Rock and Life Orb. Shadow Ball and Hidden Power Fighting form an unresisted combination, and are also good in conjuction with Psyshock. Protect should be used with Focus Sash, as with Protect, Abra can defend itself from an incoming Fake Out, thus keeping Focus Sash for later. Substitute should be used with Life Orb, as due to Magic Guard, Abra takes no recoil from Life Orb, and Substitute grants momentum.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Timid nature maximizes Abra's Speed, and the listed EVs give Abra the best offensive stats it can have. Psychic is an option over Psyshock if you're not worried about Munchlax, but Shadow Ball and Hidden Power Fighting hit everything on the special side that Abra needs to hit. Hidden Power Fire is a viable option over Hidden Power Fighting if Steel-type Pokemon who are not hit harder by Hidden Power Fighting, such as Ferroseed or Bronzor, bother your team. Stealth Rock is a must for this set as it allows Abra score a 2HKO on Munchlax; Dwebble, Bronzor, and Lileep are good options for this. Clamperl and Omanyte are good partners because Abra lures in Munchlax, which counters both, and can 2HKO it with Psyshock. Mienfoo also pairs well with Abra as it can beat Munchlax, regardless if Stealth Rock is present or not, and U-turn to bring Abra in safely. Mienfoo, Croagunk, and Timburr can also beat the Dark-types that Abra is weak to. Thick Fat Makuhita is also an amazing partner as it can beat all of the Dark-types that counter Abra.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Psyshock
    move 2: Shadow Ball
    move 3: Hidden Power Fighting
    move 4: Energy Ball
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Magic Guard
    nature: Modest / Timid
    evs: 240 SpA / 200 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Abra's naturally high base Speed makes it a good Choice Scarf user. Psyshock hits hard and breaks through specially defensive walls, such as Munchlax, while Shadow Ball and Hidden Power Fighting are unresisted and break through physically defensive walls, such as Lileep. Energy Ball is for Water-types who are hit for super effective damage. For example, 116 HP Eviolite Staryu takes a minimum of 95% damage from Energy Ball, whereas Chinchou takes 91.67% on average. This means that Stealth Rock will ensure their demise if they decide to stay in.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Once again, Psychic can be used if you want to hit physically defensive walls harder, and Hidden Power Fire is a solid option if you struggle against Steel-types, who are hit harder by Hidden Power Fire, such as Bronzor. Dark-type Pokemon with Pursuit that switch into Psyshock are threats, as Abra is locked into Psyshock which Dark-type Pokemon are immune to, while they can trap Abra with Pursuit and OHKO it. Diglett is a good partner for that reason as it can trap and kill all Dark-types not named Vullaby. Fighting-type Pokemon also pair well with Abra, as they deal with those pesky Dark-types very well.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Dual Screens
    move 1: Reflect
    move 2: Light Screen
    move 3: Psychic / Psyshock
    move 4: Encore
    item: Light Clay
    ability: Inner Focus
    nature: Timid
    evs: 236 HP / 76 Def / 196 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Since Abra is very fast, it makes a good user of Reflect and Light Screen. Dual screens support Abra's teammates by halving the power of any attack used against them. The choice between Psyshock or Psychic is a choice between what would you like to hit harder; physically defensive walls, such as Shelmet, or specially defensive walls, such as Munchlax. Encore makes defensive Pokemon, such as Bronzor and Lileep, as set-up fodder; Abra Encores the Stealth Rock or Recover, sets up Reflect and Light Screen, or immediately switches out to let something else set up, and then cause a lot of damage.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Inner Focus is the preferred ability for this set, as it means Abra will never get flinched—giving Abra another turn to set up either one of the screens. Light Clay extends the turns Light Screen or Reflect last, from five turns to eight. Focus Sash is a good option if you use Abra as a lead, as it gives Abra another chance to set up either one of the screens, but said screens will last for three less turns. A Timid nature along with 196 Speed EVs allow Abra to be as fast as it can, while the HP and Defense EVs give it some bulk. Clamperl, Omanyte, Scraggy, Larvitar, Dratini, and Dwebble are all good partners, as they appreciate the effect of Reflect and Light Screen, which lets them set up more easily.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>There aren't many other options for Abra to use, as most of them cannot be used with its best ability, Magic Guard. Good examples of these are Signal Beam, Trick, and Magic Coat. Taunt is a viable option to completely shut down defensive threats, especially on the Dual Screens set. Hidden Power Ground can be used to hit both Houndour and Stunky, which counter Abra. Charge Beam can be used in order to boost Abra's Special Attack, but Abra is too frail and will not have enough time to take advantage of the boost. Energy Ball is another option if you are looking for something to hit Water-type Pokemon hard. Choice Specs can be used instead of Choice Scarf, but is usually outclassed by Life Orb.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Since Abra is very versatile, there is no safe way to counter it. However, because Abra is frail as paper, any faster Pokemon with super effective attacks will be a threat to it. Abra's base 15 Defense makes it vulnerable to any physical attack, so priority moves are good options. Any Dark-type Pokemon is a threat, especially Stunky, who is bulky enough to take repeated hits and trap Abra with Pursuit, as well as Vullaby who can also Roost its health back.</p>
  2. Furai

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    Got all 'Why this set deserves to _ on/from site?'. QCs, check those, and then I'll get to the bullet points and write-up.
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    We all agree that Magic Guard is boss, so maybe unslash Signal Beam as it's illegal with it (Gen IV Tutor)
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    Yea, beaten to the punch. As far as I know, Abra cant use Trick or Magic Coat with Magic Guard either, so those will need to be removed as well. Thats alright though, the sets are currently looking a bit too slashy anyways....

    I also think the screens set could use Inner Focus or something as the ability, Magic Guard isnt particularly helpful there, but not being flinched is
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    This looks pretty good. A few things:

    - Protect/Substitute should be moved to the last slot on the first set
    - IMO Anti-lead set should be removed, but if it gets kept, Inner Focus is way better than Magic Guard.
    - Pick one of Psyshock or Psychic and stay consistent with it unless there's a reason why one should be listed over the other on different sets.

    edit: goddamn ninjad
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    Hey would it be too much of me to ask for logs for the last two sets? I'm a little bit doubtful of them. Everything else looks cool though, but there's too many slashes on everything, like just pick one option :\
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    ya looks good

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    Energy Ball and HP Ground should definitely be included in OO at the very least.

    Other than that, Abra is a very solid Pokemon that I've used a lot (I wrote up the original; I would know ^^).

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    the choice set really should be named "Choice," because scarf isn't the only option
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    We talked about this on irc, but make sure you talk about how to use encore on the last set. Also, this is nitpicky, but if you're changing the last set to Inner Focus, then, there isn't actually an ability change like you state.
  11. Furai

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    Alright, will do.

    Completely forgot about that, will mention. Will change the 'ability change' as well.
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    This is written and good for GP checks.
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    [Overview]

    <p>Abra's offensive stats, base 90 Speed and 105 Special Attack SpA, are what makes it so threatening. Along With a wide array arsenal of moves, Abra can land a massive strike on any team that is caught off-guard. Abra hits 19 Speed with a positive naturewhich allows allowing it to ouspeed the vast majority of the metagame, such as Gastly, Mienfoo and Chinchou. However, Abra's poor defensive typing and awful bulk, (remove comma) hold it back and make him (don't use him, stick with it)vulnerable to any physically based or super effective attack. But, Dream World introduced a new ability for Abra— (emdash)Magic Guard— (emdash)[/color]which allows Abra to be a devastating revenge killer; (semicolon) and gives it its main niche in Little Cup.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Special Sweeper
    move 1: Psyshock
    move 2: Hidden Power Fighting
    move 3: Shadow Ball
    move 4: Protect / Substitute
    item: Focus Sash / Life Orb
    ability: Magic Guard
    nature: Timid
    evs: 240 SpA / 200 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set takes use of Abra's great Special Attack and Speed. Because of Abra's ability to hit hard and fast with great coverage, this is its most dangerous set Being able to hit hard and hit fast, while also having a good coverage, makes this set Abra's most devastating set. Psyshock allows Abra to hit on the physical spectrum and dent its so-called biggest worst threat in ; Munchlax, as it's 2HKOed by Psyshock with Stealth Rock down and Life Orb boost. Shadow Ball and Hidden Power Fighting form an unresisted combination, and are also good in conjuction with Psyshock. Psychic is an option over Psyshock if you're not worried about Munchlax, but Shadow Ball and Hidden Power Fighting hit everything on the special side that all what Abra needs to hit. Protect should be used with Focus Sash, as with Protect, (comma) Abra can defend itself from an incoming Fake Out, thus keep the item for later. Substitute should be used with Life Orb, because due to Magic Guard Abra takes no recoil from Life Orb, while Substitute grants it momentum to wreak havoc.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Timid nature maximizes Abra's Speed, and the listed set of EVs give Abra the best offensive stats it can have. Hidden Power Fire is a viable option over Hidden Power Fighting if Steel-type Pokemon, such as Ferroseed or Bronzor, bother your team. Stealth Rock is a must for this set as it allows Abra score a 2HKO on Munchlax. Clamperl and Omanyte are good partners, because Abra lures Munchlax, which counters both, and can 2HKO it. Mienfoo also pairs well with Abra as it can beat Munchlax, regardless if Stealth Rock is present are presence or not, and U-turn to bring Abra in safely. Mienfoo, Croagunk, and Timburr can also beat the Dark-types that Abra is weak to. Though rare, Thick Fat Makuhita is an amazing partner as it can beat all of the Dark-types that counter Abra, as well as Houndour who beats the rest Fighting-type Pokemon.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice
    move 1: Psyshock
    move 2: Shadow Ball
    move 3: Hidden Power Fighting
    move 4: Energy Ball
    item: Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
    ability: Magic Guard
    nature: Modest / Timid
    evs: 240 SpA / 200 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Abra's already high base Speed makes it an efficient Choice Scarf user, while it can also opt to use Choice Specs - but that's usually outclassed by the Special Sweeper set. Though it has the ability of running Choice Specs, the special sweeper set would be more dangerous. Psyshock hits hard and breaks through specially defensive walls, such as Munchlax, while Shadow Ball and Hidden powerFighting are unresisted and break through physically defensive walls, such as Lileep. Energy Ball is there for Water-types who are hit for super effective damage. For example, 116 HP Eviolite Staryu takes a minimum of 95% damage from 95% minimum for Energy Ball, while Chinchou takes 91.67% on average. This means that Stealth Rock will ensure their demises if they decide to stay in.DeepSeaTooth Shell Smash Clamperl is OHKOed. All calculates are assuming Choice Scarf as Abra's item.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Once again, Psychic can be used if you want to hit harder physically defensive walls harder, and Hidden Power Fire is a solid option if you struggle against Steel-types, (remove comma)such as Bronzor. Any Dark-type Pokemon with Pursuit that switches into Psyshock is an immediate threat, as Abra is locked to Psyshock who fails against the Pokemon, while it traps Abra with Pursuit and OHKOes. Diglett is a good partner for that reason as it can trap and kill all Dark-types not named Vullaby. Fighting-type Pokemon also pair well with Abra, as they deal with those pesky Dark-types very well too.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Dual Screens
    move 1: Reflect
    move 2: Light Screen
    move 3: Psychic / Psyshock
    move 4: Encore
    item: Light Clay
    ability: Inner Focus
    nature: Timid
    evs: 236 HP / 76 Def / 196 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>The point in this set is to set up Dual Screens (Light Screen and Reflect) as fast as possible and let something else sweep, with the aid of the screens. Because Abra is very fast, it makes an efficient user of this set. Dual Screens support Abra's teammates by halving any attack used at them, so that makes set-up sweepers wonderful teammates for Abra. The choice between Psyshock or Psychic is a choice between what would you like to get walled by; physically defensive walls, such as Shelmet, or specially defensive walls, such as Munchlax, for example. Encore uses Defensive Pokemon, such as Bronzor and Lileep, as set-up fodder; Abra Encores the Stealth Rock or Recover, sets up Dual Screens or immediately switches out to let something else set up, and then cause a lot of damage on the battlefield.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Inner Focus is the preferred ability for this set, as it means Abra will never get flinched—giving Abra another turn to set up either one of the screens. Light Clay extends the turns Light Screen or Reflect last in, from five turns to eight. Focus Sash is a good option if you use Abra as a lead, as it gives Abra another chance to set up either one of the screens but said screens will last for three less turns. A Timid nature along with 196 Speed EVs allow Abra to be as fast as it can, while the HP and Defense EVs give it some bulk. Clamperl, Omanyte, Scraggy, Larvitar, Dratini, and Dwebble are all good partners, because they appreciate the effect of Dual Screens, which lets them set up more easily.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>There aren't many other options for Abra to use, as most of them cannot be used with its main ability, Magic Guard. Good examples of for those are Signal Beam, Trick, and Magic Coat. Taunt is a viable option to completely shut defensive threats, especially on for the Dual Screens set. Hidden Power Ground can be used to hit hard both Houndour and Stunky, which counter Abra. Charge Beam can be used in order to boost Abra's Special Attack, but Abra is too frail and will not have enough time to take advantage of the boost. Energy Ball is another option if you look for something to hit Water-type Pokemon hard.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Since Abra is very versatile, there's no safe way to counter it. However, because Abra is as frail as paper, any faster Pokemon with super effective attacks will be an immediate threat to it. Abra's base 15 Defense makes it vulnerable to any physical attack, so priority moves are good options in order to keep Abra checked. Any Dark-type Pokemon is a threat, especially Stunky, (comma) who is bulky enough to take repeated hits and trap Abra with Pursuit, and Vullaby who can also Roost its health back.</p>

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    Implemented commathew6's check, thanks!

    Good for check number 2.
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    [Overview]

    <p>Abra's offensive stats, (base 90 Speed and 105 Special Attack), are what makes it so threatening. With a wide array of moves, Abra can land a massive strike on any team that is caught off-guard. Abra hits 19 Speed with a positive nature which allows it to ouspeed the vast majority of the metagame, such as Gastly, Mienfoo and Chinchou. However, Abra's poor defensive typing and awful bulk hold it back and make it vulnerable to any physically based or super effective attack. But, Dream World introduced a new ability for Abra—Magic Guard—which allows Abra to be a devastating revenge killer; its main niche in Little Cup. However, the Dream World brought Abra a new ability in Magic Guard, which allows Abra to be one of the best revenge killers in Little Cup.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Special Sweeper
    move 1: Psyshock
    move 2: Hidden Power Fighting
    move 3: Shadow Ball
    move 4: Protect / Substitute
    item: Focus Sash / Life Orb
    ability: Magic Guard
    nature: Timid
    evs: 240 SpA / 200 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set takes use advantage of Abra's great Special Attack and Speed. Because of Abra's ability to hit hard and fast with great coverage, this is its most dangerous set. Psyshock allows Abra to hit on the physical spectrum side and dent its so-called biggest threat in Munchlax, as it's it is 2HKOed by Psyshock with Stealth Rock down and Life Orb boost. Shadow Ball and Hidden Power Fighting form an unresisted combination, and are also good in conjuction with Psyshock. Psychic is an option over Psyshock if you're not worried about Munchlax, but Shadow Ball and Hidden Power Fighting hit everything on the special side that Abra needs to hit. Protect should be used with Focus Sash, as with Protect, Abra can defend itself from an incoming Fake Out, thus keeping Focus Sash the item for later. Substitute should be used with Life Orb, because due to Magic Guard Abra takes no recoil from Life Orb, while Substitute grants it momentum to wreak havoc.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Timid nature maximizes Abra's Speed, and the listed EVs give Abra the best offensive stats it can have.Psychic is an option over Psyshock if you're not worried about Munchlax, but Shadow Ball and Hidden Power Fighting hit everything on the special side that Abra needs to hit. Hidden Power Fire is a viable option over Hidden Power Fighting if Steel-type Pokemon who are not hit harder by Hidden Power Fighting, such as Ferroseed or Bronzor, bother your team. Stealth Rock is a must for this set as it allows Abra score a 2HKO on Munchlax. (maybe some mention of good Stealth Rock set-uppers?) Clamperl and Omanyte are good partners, because Abra lures out Munchlax, which counters both, and can 2HKO it with Psyshock. Mienfoo also pairs well with Abra as it can beat Munchlax, regardless if Stealth Rock is present or not, and U-turn to bring Abra in safely. Mienfoo, Croagunk, and Timburr can also beat the Dark-types that Abra is weak to. Though rare, Thick Fat Makuhita is an amazing partner as it can beat all of the Dark-types that counter Abra.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Psyshock
    move 2: Shadow Ball
    move 3: Hidden Power Fighting
    move 4: Energy Ball
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Magic Guard
    nature: Modest / Timid
    evs: 240 SpA / 200 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Abra's already naturally high base Speed makes it an efficient good Choice Scarf user. Though it has the ability of running Choice Specs, the Special Sweeper set would be more dangerous. Psyshock hits hard and breaks through specially defensive walls, such as Munchlax, while Shadow Ball and Hidden Power Fighting are unresisted and break through physically defensive walls, such as Lileep. Energy Ball is there for Water-types who are hit for super effective damage. For example, 116 HP Eviolite Staryu takes a minimum of 95% damage from Energy Ball, while Chinchou takes 91.67% on average. This means that Stealth Rock will ensure their demises if they decide to stay in.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Once again, Psychic can be used if you want to hit physically defensive walls harder, and Hidden Power Fire is a solid option if you struggle against Steel-types who are hit harder by Hidden Power Fire such as Bronzor. Any Dark-type Pokemon with Pursuit that switches into Psyshock is an immediate are threats, as Abra is locked into Psyshock who fails which Dark-type Pokemon are immune to against the Pokemon, while they can traps Abra with Pursuit and OHKOes it. Diglett is a good partner for that reason as it can trap and kill all Dark-types not named Vullaby. Fighting-type Pokemon also pair well with Abra, as they deal with those pesky Dark-types very well.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Dual Screens
    move 1: Reflect
    move 2: Light Screen
    move 3: Psychic / Psyshock
    move 4: Encore
    item: Light Clay
    ability: Inner Focus
    nature: Timid
    evs: 236 HP / 76 Def / 196 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>The point in this set is to set up Dual Screens (Light Screen and Reflect) as fast as possible and let something else sweep with the aid of the screens. Because Since Abra is very fast, it makes a good efficient user of this set Reflect and Light Screen. Dual screens support Abra's teammates by halving the power any attack used at against them, so that makes set-up sweepers wonderful teammates for Abra. The choice between Psyshock or Psychic is a choice between what would you like to get walled by hit harder; physically defensive walls, such as Shelmet, or specially defensive walls, such as Munchlax. Encore uses makes defensive Pokemon, such as Bronzor and Lileep, as set-up fodder; Abra Encores the Stealth Rock or Recover, sets up Dual Screens Reflect and Light Screen, or immediately switches out to let something else set up, and then cause a lot of damage on the battlefield.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Inner Focus is the preferred ability for this set, as it means Abra will never get flinched—giving Abra another turn to set up either one of the screens. Light Clay extends the turns Light Screen or Reflect last in, from five turns to eight. Focus Sash is a good option if you use Abra as a lead, as it gives Abra another chance to set up either one of the screens but said screens will last for three less turns. A Timid nature along with 196 Speed EVs allow Abra to be as fast as it can, while the HP and Defense EVs give it some bulk. Clamperl, Omanyte, Scraggy, Larvitar, Dratini, and Dwebble are all good partners, because they appreciate the effect of Dual Screens Reflect and Light Screen, which lets them set up more easily.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>There aren't many other options for Abra to use, as most of them cannot be used with its main best ability, Magic Guard. Good examples of these are Signal Beam, Trick, and Magic Coat. Taunt is a viable option to completely shut down defensive threats, especially on the Dual Screens set. Hidden Power Ground can be used to hit hard both Houndour and Stunky, which counter Abra. Charge Beam can be used in order to boost Abra's Special Attack, but Abra is too frail and will not have enough time to take advantage of the boost. Energy Ball is another option if you look for something to hit Water-type Pokemon hard. Choice Specs can be used instead of Choice Scarf, but is usually outclassed by Life Orb.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Since Abra is very versatile, there's is no safe way to counter it. However, because Abra is as frail as paper, any faster Pokemon with super effective attacks will be an immediate threat to it. Abra's base 15 Defense makes it vulnerable to any physical attack, so priority moves are good options in order to keep Abra checked. Any Dark-type Pokemon is a threat, especially Stunky, who is bulky enough to take repeated hits and trap Abra with Pursuit, and as well as Vullaby who can also Roost its health back.</p>
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