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Absol

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by November Blue, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. November Blue

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    [Overview]

    <p>Absol—AKA the Herald of Disaster—is most famous for its horrifically powerful Sucker Punch. Though it often plays second fiddle to Honchkrow in RU, Absol is in no way inferior. Its base 130 Attack stat is among the highest in the tier, and access to Swords Dance, Sucker Punch, Pursuit, and a few useful coverage moves gives Absol a powerful, defining niche. Super Luck makes its attacks even more potent, and its two high critical hit ratio moves—Night Slash and Psycho Cut—complement the ability perfectly. Absol's Speed is a little too low for sweeping, but Sucker Punch patches up this weakness fairly well. Overall, Absol is a frightening sweeper that can be very tricky to handle, and can tear through unprepared teams in the blink of an eye.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Swords Dance
    move 1: Swords Dance
    move 2: Sucker Punch
    move 3: Superpower
    move 4: Night Slash / Psycho Cut
    item: Life Orb / Lum Berry
    ability: Super Luck
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims to set up and cause as much destruction as possible. Sucker Punch handles faster threats that attempt to stop Absol, and Superpower crushes the Steel- and Dark-types that resist Absol's STAB moves. The choice for the last slot depends on how well you can use Sucker Punch; Night Slash is a reliable backup STAB move that packs devastating power and doesn't require prediction to use well, but lacks priority. Its high critical hit ratio combined with Super Luck elevates Night Slash to a 1/8 chance of scoring a critical hit. Alternatively, Psycho Cut can be used for the Fighting-types that resist Absol's STAB moves, such as Primeape and Hitmonchan. While +2 Absol is powerful, this variant does not need to set up to pose a threat; a Life Orb-boosted Night Slash from 394 Attack really packs a punch, and there's always the chance that it could score a critical hit.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is standard for a sweeper, and the Adamant nature is used for maximum power. Jolly is unnecessary because Absol doesn't outpace anything important with the extra Speed. Life Orb's power boost is excellent, but Lum Berry can be used to protect Absol from stray status moves, such as Thunder Wave from Slowking or Psycho Shift from Flame Orb Sigilyph. With Life Orb, Absol has a much better chance of OHKOing Pokemon such as Rotom-C and Cofagrigus with Stealth Rock support. Megahorn can be used in the last slot, as it is the best option for taking out Tangrowth; Megahorn nets a clean OHKO with Life Orb and a Swords Dance boost.</p>

    <p>This Absol variant can struggle with Fighting-types, so teammates such as Slowking, Tangrowth, and Sigilyph can be used to deal with them. Absol is quite good at getting rid of Psychic-types, and Fighting-type teammates of your own can take advantage of this. Toxic Spikes are Absol's worst nightmare, so a grounded Poison-type such as Qwilfish or Drapion can be used to absorb them.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Substitute + Swords Dance
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Swords Dance
    move 3: Sucker Punch
    move 4: Superpower
    item: Leftovers / Life Orb
    ability: Super Luck
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set might look similar to the Swords Dance set, but it plays quite differently. Substitute has amazing utility on this set, as it can block status and patch up Absol's Speed issues by protecting it from faster Pokemon. When behind a Substitute, Absol can use Sucker Punch without penalty, and the priority also allows it to keep an intact Substitute against faster opponents. Foes will have to attack Absol to break its Substitute and harm it, which, combined with the threat of a Sucker Punch, makes Absol quite hard to play around. If the foe chooses to refrain from attacking, Absol gets a free turn to use Swords Dance. This set requires prediction to use to the fullest, as you must be able to predict your opponent's actions and use the correct move based on what they do. In the hands of a skilled player, this set is extremely hard to deal with, and has very few safe checks. Superpower hits the Pokemon that resist Dark-type moves, such as Hitmonchan and Magneton. The Attack drops from Superpower would normally be a problem for a boosting attacker, but with all of the free turns Absol gets it has plenty of chances to use Swords Dance again.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Leftovers is really useful for this Absol variant, and will steadily restore the HP Absol loses when it uses Substitute. Life Orb is great if you want more power, but the combination of Life Ob recoil and Substitute will drain Absol's HP severely; if you opt for Life Orb, Rapid Spin and Wish support will be needed. An Adamant nature provides maximum power, and is preferred because Absol doesn't outspeed anything significant with Jolly. Night Slash is an option over Sucker Punch; by refraining from using attacking moves, some Pokemon can wall Absol by causing Sucker Punch to fail. Night Slash is a powerful alternative that has a high critical hit ratio, but Absol sorely misses the priority.</p>

    <p>Toxic Spikes absolutely ruin this set, so a grounded Poison-type, such as Qwilfish or Roselia, should be used. Fighting-types can cause problems for this Absol variant, so it's a good idea to pack teammates that can deal with them, such as Slowking, Spiritomb, and Cofagrigus. Galvantula, Scolipede, and Moltres can switch in on Superpower and threaten Absol with their powerful attacks, so teammates such as Swellow and Rock Blast Cinccino can be used to deal with these threats.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice
    move 1: Night Slash
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Pursuit
    move 4: Psycho Cut
    item: Choice Band / Choice Scarf
    ability: Super Luck
    nature: Adamant / Jolly
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This Absol variant forgoes Swords Dance and Sucker Punch to pose an immediate threat as a powerful Choice item user. Though its base 75 Speed is a little lower than that of Choice item mainstays such as Braviary and Medicham, Absol makes up for it with soul-crushing power, coverage, and useful tricks such as Super Luck + Night Slash. Wearing a Choice Scarf, Absol reaches 373 Speed with an Adamant nature, and 409 with Jolly. Adamant Absol is faster than every Pokemon in the base 120 Speed tier and lower, which includes foes such as Sceptile and Archeops. 409 Speed outruns the entire unboosted metagame bar Timid Accelgor. You should use a Jolly nature if you wish to outspeed Aerodactyl and other possible threats, such as Adamant Choice Scarf Braviary and Rock Polish Aggron. Otherwise, Adamant is more than fast enough, and gives Absol a notable power boost. Absol needs an Adamant nature to ensure a 2HKO on Claydol and Uxie with Night Slash, have a chance to OHKO Klinklang with Superpower, and 2HKO Qwilfish with Psycho Cut (without Intimidate). Pursuit is an amazing move on Choice Absol sets; it has the same Base Power as Sucker Punch against a switching opponent, and any foe that tries to flee from Absol is as good as dead. Note that Pursuit is not just a nifty move for tagging Ghost- and Psychic-types; any foe that would be KOed by Sucker Punch will be KOed by Pursuit, which makes it a powerful weapon against many Pokemon.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Stealth Rock support is amazing for Choice Absol, especially the Choice Scarf variant, as the extra damage is sometimes just enough to guarantee a KO. Fighting-types can cause trouble, so Pokemon that can deal with them, such as Spiritomb, Slowking, and Cofagrigus, are excellent teammates. Thanks to Pursuit, Absol excels at exterminating Ghost- and Psychic-types, so Fighting-types of your own, such as Gallade and Hitmonchan, can do their jobs without these foes breathing down their necks. Faster Pokemon such as Primeape and Klinklang can threaten Absol, so it's a good idea to pack teammates that can deal with them, such as Kadabra and Manectric. The Choice Band set's Pursuit has explosive potential, so teammates that can force switches, such as Wynaut and other Encore users, can team up with Absol to take down the opponent's Pokemon one by one.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Absol can successfully run various combinations of its main moves. The best example not listed is an all-out attacker using Sucker Punch, Superpower, Psycho Cut, and Night Slash. An Adamant nature and Life Orb are recommended, but Expert Belt can also be used. This set works well as a revenge killer with Sucker Punch, and can use its other moves to take out slower foes such as Magneton and Claydol. Fire Blast and Ice Beam can be used to circumvent Absol's usual checks; with just a Life Orb, Fire Blast 2HKOes Steelix and Ice Beam 2HKOes Gligar and Tangrowth. Absol also has access to Baton Pass, and can run a dedicated passer set. Using Swords Dance, Substitute, Baton Pass, and Sucker Punch, Absol can bluff the Substitute + Swords Dance set and pass a Substitute and +2 Attack boost to a teammate. Physical attackers such as Sharpedo, Klinklang, and Hitmonlee make excellent use of Absol's payload, and can potentially sweep your opponent's entire team.</p>

    <p>Absol's movepool is jam-packed full of attacks, and it has a plethora of options available. Unfortunately, its Special Attack stat is too low to make use of a special set, but it has a few other physical moves that are worth a look. Megahorn gives Tangrowth the what-for, and can OHKO the ball of vines with a Swords Dance boost and Expert Belt, guaranteed—that's an easy 2HKO for any other set. Quick Attack can have some niche use to finish off faster foes that try to evade Sucker Punch, but is really only useful on the Swords Dance set as a replacement for Night Slash. Knock Off is quite a useful move, as it can rid foes of their precious hold items. However, it is useless as an attacking move, and has somewhat situational use; you might find Knock Off to be dead weight in situations where a coverage move would be more helpful. As for Absol's support options, Taunt and Will-O-Wisp can have their uses. Taunt is great for shutting down foes that attempt to inflict status upon Absol or set up entry hazards; Pokemon such as Steelix, Cofagrigus, Qwilfish, and Tangrowth will all get a nasty shock if they think they can walk all over the Herald of Disaster. Taunt also forces the opponent to attack, which makes using Sucker Punch much easier. Finally, Will-O-Wisp is a great move for a free moveslot, and can catch physical attackers that attempt to force Absol out.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Tricking a Choice item onto Absol is one of the most effective ways to disarm it. Without the freedom to switch moves, Absol can no longer use Substitute or Swords Dance, and Sucker Punching becomes impossible. Tangrowth and Steelix both have enough physical bulk to tank Absol's attacks, and can easily break its Substitutes. Steelix can Roar Absol away, erasing any boosts it may have accumulated, and Tangrowth can put it to sleep with Sleep Powder, but cannot get past Substitute variants. Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, and Gurdurr can all threaten Absol with a powerful Mach Punch, but must switch in carefully; Adamant Life Orb Absol can almost OHKO Hitmonchan with Superpower and 2HKO Gurdurr with Psycho Cut. Cofagrigus is bulky enough to survive a Life Orb-boosted Night Slash and can inflict a burn with Will-O-Wisp, which can spell the end for Absol. Entry hazards can hinder Absol, as the damage from entry hazards, Life Orb, and Substitute can stack up quickly. Entei is a great check, as its Choice Band-boosted ExtremeSpeed OHKOes Absol and outprioritizes Sucker Punch. Absol's main attack, for all intents and purposes, is Sucker Punch; as this move is activated by damaging attacks, foes can disrupt Absol by refraining from using attacks, or even worse, using Substitute. If the foe happens to resist Superpower, Absol is in a lot of trouble. Galvantula, Scolipede, and Moltres are all good examples of foes that can abuse this strategy. SubDisable Haunter can lock Absol down and render it vulnerable to faster foes. Faster Pokemon in general can give Absol trouble, especially if they resist Dark-type moves; Hitmonlee, Klinklang, and Primeape are all good examples. Taunt users can prevent Absol from using Substitute or Swords Dance, which makes it much easier to deal with. Toxic Spikes can hamper Absol, especially Substitute variants, and Qwilfish can set them up easily thanks to its Intimidate ability.</p>
  2. Cherub Agent

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    I'd make the first set a simple SD, Sucker Punch, Superpower, Night Slash. Substitute and Psycho Cut can be AC material IMO. Superpower already crushes Fighting-types after a boost. Sucker Punch shouldn't have a slash, it's absolutely vital for absol. The item should be Life Orb, with Lum Berry perhaps in the AC as well. Substitute is quite cool, but IMO it should either be in the AC, or another set entirely.

    This doesn't make sense on the Choice set AC, seems like you copied the AC of the first set lol.

    Support set is interesting, but IMO not really worth it. Absol is too frail, and most strong physical attacks will be able to KO even after a burn. it doesn't have the best defensive typing either.
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    No for the Support set, unless you show logs of it doing something.

    You need an SD + 3 Attacks set and an OO mention of an All-Out Attacker set ( SP / Night Slash / Superpower / Psycho Cut)

    That's all.
  4. November Blue

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    Cherub, I have to disagree about Substitute. Maybe I'm just nuts about Moxie SubRoost Honchkrow, but Sub is great for extended sweeps. It's way more efficient than a non-Sub set, as it has a much easier time using Sucker Punch, and losing strength from Superpower is less of an issue when Absol can bluff for free Swords Dance turns behind the Sub.

    Heh, yeah took out the support set :D

    Pearl., I'm a little reticent to add an SD + 3 Attacks set; what does it have over Honchkrow? Granted I haven't tried it, but it seems to me that there a multitude of faster Pokemon that can hassle SD Absol and prevent it setting up and sweeping, which can be avoided with Substitute.
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    Seconding Pearl, SD / SP / SP / Night Slash is definitely the most common set and means that absol doesn't have to try to set up every time.
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    Yea, and it's not like you can't OHKO any Ghost before they try to status you (I guess except Spiritomb, who you can mention).
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    Make Leftovers the primary item on the Substitute set. Absol will die too fast with entry hazards + Substitute + Life Orb; Honchkrow can get away with it because it has access to Roost. Anyway, definitely add the SD / Superpower / Sucker Punch / Night Slash set. Also, mention how Rapid Spin support can be very helpful for the Choice set since it will be switching in and out and entry hazards are extremely prevalent in the RU metagame.
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    Changes made, thanks guys.
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    Slash Psycho Cut with Night Slash and Lum Berry with Life Orb on the SD set and make it the first set.

    When you do that:

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    Awesome stuff, thanks guys! One more!
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    4 attack lo or scope lens absol should have it's own set imo
    CHOICE shouldn't run sucker punch imo
    I don't see the need for sd sub and sd set to be separated but I don't really care
    Also mention absol's possible mixed set as he can run fire blast or ice beam for coverage.
    Without investment life orb ice beam to 252/0 gligar
    186 Atk vs 249 Def & 334 HP (95 Base Power): 268 - 316 (80.24% - 94.61%)
    252/0 tangrowth
    186 Atk vs 136 Def & 404 HP (95 Base Power): 244 - 288 (60.40% - 71.29%)
    Fire Blast 252/252 steelix
    186 Atk vs 251 Def & 354 HP (120 Base Power): 166 - 196 (46.89% - 55.37%)
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    Okay, firstly I disagree; Banded Sucker punch is actually pretty good. It has to played carefully (which I'll emphasize), but it's really useful.

    Does a four attacks set really need to be added? I'll look into it, but I'm thinking that it's really similar to the Choice and SD sets.

    Added the mixed set to other options. Thanks Upstart!
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    Seconding Upstart's point about banded sucker punch sucking. It literally only works once, and you cannot expect to reliably use it for the rest of the match. Choiced Sucker Punch is only really useful on Pokemon like Kanghaskan and Druddigon, since it comes way out of left field. You don't expect it, and you're left reeling whereas Absol is known for its strong Sucker Punches. I'd de-slash it from the choiced set and make a mention in AC.

    An all out attacker set could work, but with Gligar most likely rising to UU it uses a lot of its allure. I'd keep it in AC for now.

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    Good point. Deslashed Sucker Punch.

    Writing time!
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    Written. I'm not completely happy with this writeup, so feel free to change as much as you want when GP checking.
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    Hey, I wrote up NU Absol (Though it had 4 sets, only having to write up 3 is BS D:<)

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    [Overview]

    <p>Absol, AKA the Herald of Disaster, is most famous for its horrifically powerful Sucker Punch. Though it often plays second fiddle to Honchkrow in RU, Absol is in no way inferior. Its base 130 Attack stat is amongst the highest in the tier, and access to Swords Dance, Sucker Punch, Pursuit, and a few useful coverage moves gives Absol a powerful, defining niche. Super Luck makes its attacks even more potent, and its two high critical hit ratio moves—Night Slash and Psycho Cut—complement the ability perfectly. Absol's Speed is a little too low for sweeping, but Sucker Punch patches up this weakness fairly well. Overall, Absol is a frightening sweeper that can be very tricky to handle, and can tear through unprepared teams in the blink of an eye.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Swords Dance
    move 1: Swords Dance
    move 2: Sucker Punch
    move 3: Superpower
    move 4: Night Slash / Psycho Cut
    item: Life Orb / Lum Berry
    ability: Super Luck
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims to set up and cause as much destruction as possible. Sucker Punch handles faster threats that attempt to stop Absol, and Superpower crushes the Steel- and Dark-types that resist Absol's STAB moves. The choice for the last slot depends on how well you can use Sucker Punch; Night Slash is a reliable backup STAB move that packs devastating power and doesn't require prediction to use well, but lacks priority. The high critical hit ratio of this move combined with Super Luck elevates Night Slash to a 1/8 chance of scoring a critical hit. Alternatively, Psycho Cut can be used for the Fighting-types that resist Absol's STAB moves, such as Primeape and Hitmonchan. While +2 Absol is powerful, this variant does not need to set up to pose a threat; a Life Orb-boosted Night Slash from 394 Attack really packs a punch, and there's always the chance that it could score a critical hit. </p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is standard for a sweeper, and the Adamant nature is used for maximum power. Jolly is unnecessary because Absol doesn't outpace anything important with the extra Speed. Life Orb's power boost is excellent, but Lum Berry can be used to protect Absol from stray status moves, such as Thunder Wave from Slowking or Flame Orb + Psycho Shift Sigilyph. With Life Orb, Absol has a much better chance of OHKOing Pokemon such as Rotom-C and Cofagrigus with Stealth Rock support. Megahorn can be used in the last slot, as it is the best option for taking out Tangrowth; Megahorn nets a clean OHKO with Life Orb and a Swords Dance boost.</p>

    <p>This Absol variant can struggle with Fighting-types, so teammates such as Slowking, Tangrowth, and Sigilyph can be used to deal with them. Absol is quite good at getting rid of Psychic-types, and Fighting-type teammates of your own can take advantage of this. Toxic Spikes are Absol's worst nightmare, so a grounded Poison-type such as Qwilfish or Drapion can be used to absorb them.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Substitute + Swords Dance
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Swords Dance
    move 3: Sucker Punch
    move 4: Superpower
    item: Leftovers / Life Orb
    ability: Super Luck
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set might look similar to the Swords Dance set, but it plays quite differently. Substitute has amazing utility on this set, as it can block status and patch up Absol's Speed issues by protecting it from faster Pokemon. When behind a Substitute Absol can use Sucker Punch without penalty, and the priority also allows it to keep an intact Substitute against faster opponents. Foes will have to attack Absol to break its Substitute and harm it which, combined with the threat of a Sucker Punch, makes Absol quite hard to play around. If the foe chooses to refrain from attacking, Absol gets a free turn to use Swords Dance. This set requires prediction to use to the fullest, as you must be able to predict your opponent's actions and use the correct move based on what they do. In the hands of a skilled player this set is extremely hard to deal with, and has very few safe checks. Superpower hits the Pokemon that resist Dark-type moves, such as Hitmonchan and Magneton. The Attack drops from Superpower would normally be a problem for a boosting attacker, but with all of the free turns Absol gets it has plenty of chances to use Swords Dance again.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Leftovers is really useful for this Absol variant, and will steadily restore the HP Absol's loses when it uses Substitute. Life Orb is great if you want more power, but the combination of Life Ob recoil and Substitute will drain Absol's HP severely; if you opt for Life Orb, Rapid Spin and Wish support will be needed. An Adamant nature provides maximum power. Adamant is preferred because Absol doesn't outspeed anything significant with Jolly. Night Slash is an option over Sucker Punch; by refraining from using attacking moves, some Pokemon can wall Absol by causing PP stalling Sucker Punch to fail. Night Slash is a powerful alternative that has a high critical hit ratio, but Absol sorely misses the priority.</p>

    <p>Toxic Spikes absolutely ruin this set, so a grounded Poison-type, such as Qwilfish or Roselia, should be used. Fighting-types can cause problems for this Absol variant, so it's a good idea to pack teammates that can deal with them, such as Slowking, Spiritomb, and Cofagrigus. Galvantula, Scolipede, and Moltres can switch in on Superpower and threaten Absol with their powerful attacks, so teammates such as Swellow and Rock Blast Cinccino can be used to deal with these threats.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice
    move 1: Night Slash
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Pursuit
    move 4: Psycho Cut
    item: Choice Band / Choice Scarf
    ability: Super Luck
    nature: Adamant / Jolly
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This Absol variant eschews forgoes Swords Dance and Sucker Punch to pose an immediate threat as a powerful Choice item user. (You were right by using eschews, though imo simplier vocabulary will make it easier to understand :3) Though its base 75 Speed is a little lower than that of Choice item mainstays such as Braviary and Medicham, Absol makes up for it with soul-crushing power, coverage, and useful tricks such as Super Luck + Night Slash. Wearing Using a Choice Scarf, Absol reaches 373 Speed with an Adamant nature, and 409 with Jolly. Adamant Absol is faster than every Pokemon in the base 120 Speed tier and lower, which includes foes such as Sceptile and Archeops. 409 Speed outruns the entire unboosted metagame bar Timid Accelgor. You would should use a Jolly nature if you wish to outspeed Aerodactyl and other possible threats, such as Adamant Choice Scarf Braviary and Rock Polish Aggron. Otherwise, Adamant is more than fast enough, and gives Absol a notable power boost. Absol needs an Adamant nature to ensure a 2HKO on Claydol and Uxie with Night Slash, have a chance to OHKO Klinklang with Superpower, and 2HKO Qwilfish with Psycho Cut (without Intimidate). Pursuit is an amazing move on Choice Absol sets.; it has the same Base Power as Sucker Punch against a switching opponent, and any foe that tries to flee from Absol is as good as dead. Note that Pursuit is not just a nifty move for tagging Ghost- and Psychic-types; any foe that would be KOed by Sucker Punch will be KOed by Pursuit, which makes it a powerful weapon against many Pokemon.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Stealth Rock support is amazing for Choice Absol, especially the Choice Scarf variant, as the extra damage is sometimes just enough to guarantee a KO. Fighting-types can cause trouble, so Pokemon that can deal with them, such as Spiritomb, Slowking, and Tangrowth Cofagrigus, are excellent teammates. (Better teammate, as Tangrowth is neutral to Fighting, and most, such as Hitmonchan and Hariyama, carry Ice Punch) Thanks to Pursuit, Absol excels at exterminating Ghost- and Psychic-types, so Fighting-types of your own, such as Gallade and Hitmonchan, can do their jobs without these foes breathing down their necks. Faster Pokemon such as Primeape and Klinklang can threaten Absol, so it's a good idea to pack teammates that can deal with them, such as Kadabra and Manectric. The Choice Band set's Pursuit has explosive potential, and teammates that can force switches, such as Wynaut and other Encore users, can team up with Absol to take down the opponent's Pokemon one by one.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Absol can successfully run various combinations of its main moves. The best example not listed is an all-out attacker using Sucker Punch, Superpower, Psycho Cut, and Night Slash. An Adamant nature and Life Orb are recommended, but Expert Belt can also be used. This set works well as a revenge killer with Sucker Punch, and can use its other moves to take out slower foes such as Magneton and Claydol. Fire Blast and Ice Beam can be used to circumvent Absol's usual checks; with just a Life Orb, Fire Blast 2HKOes Steelix and Ice Beam 2HKOes Gligar and Tangrowth. Absol also has access to Baton Pass, and can run a dedicated passer set. Using Swords Dance, Substitute, Baton Pass, and Sucker Punch, Absol can bluff the Substitute + Swords Dance set and pass a Substitute and +2 Attack boost to a teammate. Physical attackers such as Sharpedo, Klinklang, and Hitmonlee make excellent use of Absol's payload, and can potentially sweep your opponent's entire team.</p>

    <p>Absol's movepool is jam-packed full of attacks, and it has a plethora of options available. Its Special Attack stat is too low to make use of a special set unfortunately, but it has a few other physical moves that are worth a look. Megahorn gives Tangrowth the what-for, and can OHKO the ball of vines with a Swords Dance boost and Expert Belt, guaranteed—that's an easy 2HKO for any other set. Quick Attack can have some niche use to finish off faster foes that try to evade Sucker Punch, but is really only useful on the Swords Dance set as a replacement for Night Slash. Knock Off is quite a useful move, as it can rid foes of their precious hold items. However, it is useless as an attacking move, and has somewhat situational use; you might find Knock Off to be dead weight in situations where a coverage move would be more helpful. As for Absol's support options, Taunt and Will-O-Wisp can have their uses. Taunt is great for shutting down foes that attempt to inflict status upon Absol or set up entry hazards; Pokemon such as Steelix, Cofagrigus, Qwilfish, and Tangrowth will all get a nasty shock if they think they can walk all over the Herald of Disaster. Also, Taunt forces the opponent to attack, making Sucker Punch easier to use. (It's true you know :D) Finally, Will-O-Wisp is a great move for a free moveslot, and can catch out physical attackers that attempt to force Absol out.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Tricking a Choice item onto Absol is one of the most effective ways to disarm it. Without the freedom to switch moves, Absol can no longer use Substitute or Swords Dance, and Sucker Punching becomes impossible to utilize properly. Tangrowth and Steelix both have enough physical bulk to tank Absol's attacks, and can easily break its Substitutes. Steelix can Roar Absol away, erasing any boosts it may have accumulated, and Tangrowth can put it to sleep with Sleep Powder, though it can't get past Substitute variants. Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, and Gurdurr can all threaten Absol with a powerful Mach Punch, but must switch in carefully; Adamant Life Orb Absol can almost OHKO Hitmonchan with Superpower, and 2HKO Gurdurr with Psycho Cut. Cofagrigus is bulky enough to survive a Life Orb-boosted Night Slash and can inflict a burn with Will-O-Wisp, which can spell the end for Absol. Entry hazards can hinder Absol, as the damage from entry hazards, Life Orb, and Substitute can stack up quickly. Entei is a great check, as its Choice Band-boosted ExtremeSpeed OHKOes Absol, and outprioritizes Sucker Punch. Absol's main attack, for all intents and purposes, is Sucker Punch. Because Since this move is activated by damaging attacks, foes can disrupt Absol by refraining from using attacks or even worse, using Substitute. If the foe happens to resist Superpower, Absol is in a lot of trouble. Galvantula, Scolipede, and Moltres are all good examples of foes that can abuse this strategy. Substitute + Disable Haunter can lock Absol down, and render it vulnerable to faster foes. Faster Pokemon in general can give Absol trouble, especially if they resist Dark-type moves. Hitmonlee, Klinklang, and Primeape are all good examples. Taunt users can prevent Absol from using Substitute or Swords Dance, which makes it much easier to deal with. Toxic Spikes can hamper Absol, especially Substitute variants, and Qwilfish can set them up easily thanks to its Intimidate ability.</p>
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    [Overview]

    <p>Absol, AKA the Herald of Disaster, is most famous for its horrifically powerful Sucker Punch. Though it often plays second fiddle to Honchkrow in RU, Absol is in no way inferior. Its base 130 Attack stat is amongst the highest in the tier, and access to Swords Dance, Sucker Punch, Pursuit, and a few useful coverage moves gives Absol a powerful, defining niche. (I realize they mean the same thing but amongst just sounded weird in this sentence imo :P) Super Luck makes its attacks even more potent, and its two high critical hit ratio moves—Night Slash and Psycho Cut—complement the ability perfectly. Absol's Speed is a little too low for sweeping, but Sucker Punch patches up this weakness fairly well. Overall, Absol is a frightening sweeper that can be very tricky to handle, and can tear through unprepared teams in the blink of an eye.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Swords Dance
    move 1: Swords Dance
    move 2: Sucker Punch
    move 3: Superpower
    move 4: Night Slash / Psycho Cut
    item: Life Orb / Lum Berry
    ability: Super Luck
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims to set up and cause as much destruction as possible. Sucker Punch handles faster threats that attempt to stop Absol, and Superpower crushes the Steel- and Dark-types that resist Absol's STAB moves. The choice for the last slot depends on how well you can use Sucker Punch; Night Slash is a reliable backup STAB move that packs devastating power and doesn't require prediction to use well, but lacks priority. TheIts high critical hit ratio of this move combined with Super Luck elevates Night Slash to a 1/8 chance of scoring a critical hit. Alternatively, Psycho Cut can be used for the Fighting-types that resist Absol's STAB moves, such as Primeape and Hitmonchan. While +2 Absol is powerful, this variant does not need to set up to pose a threat; a Life Orb-boosted Night Slash from 394 Attack really packs a punch, and there's always the chance that it could score a critical hit.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is standard for a sweeper, and the Adamant nature is used for maximum power. Jolly is unnecessary because Absol doesn't outpace anything important with the extra Speed. Life Orb's power boost is excellent, but Lum Berry can be used to protect Absol from stray status moves, such as Thunder Wave from Slowking or Flame Orb + Psycho Shift from Flame Orb Sigilyph. With Life Orb, Absol has a much better chance of OHKOing Pokemon such as Rotom-C and Cofagrigus with Stealth Rock support. Megahorn can be used in the last slot, as it is the best option for taking out Tangrowth; Megahorn nets a clean OHKO with Life Orb and a Swords Dance boost.</p>

    <p>This Absol variant can struggle with Fighting-types, so teammates such as Slowking, Tangrowth, and Sigilyph can be used to deal with them. Absol is quite good at getting rid of Psychic-types, and Fighting-type teammates of your own can take advantage of this. Toxic Spikes are Absol's worst nightmare, so a grounded Poison-type such as Qwilfish or Drapion can be used to absorb them.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Substitute + Swords Dance
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Swords Dance
    move 3: Sucker Punch
    move 4: Superpower
    item: Leftovers / Life Orb
    ability: Super Luck
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set might look similar to the Swords Dance set, but it plays quite differently. Substitute has amazing utility on this set, as it can block status and patch up Absol's Speed issues by protecting it from faster Pokemon. When behind a Substitute,(comma) Absol can use Sucker Punch without penalty, and the priority also allows it to keep an intact Substitute against faster opponents. Foes will have to attack Absol to break its Substitute and harm it,(comma) which, combined with the threat of a Sucker Punch, makes Absol quite hard to play around. If the foe chooses to refrain from attacking, Absol gets a free turn to use Swords Dance. This set requires prediction to use to the fullest, as you must be able to predict your opponent's actions and use the correct move based on what they do. In the hands of a skilled player,(comma) this set is extremely hard to deal with, and has very few safe checks. Superpower hits the Pokemon that resist Dark-type moves, such as Hitmonchan and Magneton. The Attack drops from Superpower would normally be a problem for a boosting attacker, but with all of the free turns Absol gets it has plenty of chances to use Swords Dance again.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Leftovers is really useful for this Absol variant, and will steadily restore the HP Absol's loses when it uses Substitute. Life Orb is great if you want more power, but the combination of Life Orb recoil and Substitute will drain Absol's HP severely; if you opt for Life Orb, Rapid Spin and Wish support will be needed. An Adamant nature provides maximum power. Adamant, and is preferred because Absol doesn't outspeed anything significant with Jolly. Night Slash is an option over Sucker Punch; by refraining from using attacking moves, some Pokemon can wall Absol by causing Sucker Punch to fail. Night Slash is a powerful alternative that has a high critical hit ratio, but Absol sorely misses the priority.</p>

    <p>Toxic Spikes absolutely ruin this set, so a grounded Poison-type, such as Qwilfish or Roselia, should be used. Fighting-types can cause problems for this Absol variant, so it's a good idea to pack teammates that can deal with them, such as Slowking, Spiritomb, and Cofagrigus. Galvantula, Scolipede, and Moltres can switch in on Superpower and threaten Absol with their powerful attacks, so teammates such as Swellow and Rock Blast Cinccino can be used to deal with these threats.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice
    move 1: Night Slash
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Pursuit
    move 4: Psycho Cut
    item: Choice Band / Choice Scarf
    ability: Super Luck
    nature: Adamant / Jolly
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This Absol variant forgoes Swords Dance and Sucker Punch to pose an immediate threat as a powerful Choice item user. Though its base 75 Speed is a little lower than that of Choice item mainstays such as Braviary and Medicham, Absol makes up for it with soul-crushing power, coverage, and useful tricks such as Super Luck + Night Slash. Wearing a Choice Scarf, Absol reaches 373 Speed with an Adamant nature, and 409 with Jolly. Adamant Absol is faster than every Pokemon in the base 120 Speed tier and lower, which includes foes such as Sceptile and Archeops. 409 Speed outruns the entire unboosted metagame bar Timid Accelgor. You should use a Jolly nature if you wish to outspeed Aerodactyl and other possible threats, such as Adamant Choice Scarf Braviary and Rock Polish Aggron. Otherwise, Adamant is more than fast enough, and gives Absol a notable power boost. Absol needs an Adamant nature to ensure a 2HKO on Claydol and Uxie with Night Slash, have a chance to OHKO Klinklang with Superpower, and 2HKO Qwilfish with Psycho Cut (without Intimidate). Pursuit is an amazing move on Choice Absol sets; it has the same Base Power as Sucker Punch against a switching opponent, and any foe that tries to flee from Absol is as good as dead. Note that Pursuit is not just a nifty move for tagging Ghost- and Psychic-types; any foe that would be KOed by Sucker Punch will be KOed by Pursuit, which makes it a powerful weapon against many Pokemon.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Stealth Rock support is amazing for Choice Absol, especially the Choice Scarf variant, as the extra damage is sometimes just enough to guarantee a KO. Fighting-types can cause trouble, so Pokemon that can deal with them, such as Spiritomb, Slowking, and Cofagrigus, are excellent teammates. Thanks to Pursuit, Absol excels at exterminating Ghost- and Psychic-types, so Fighting-types of your own, such as Gallade and Hitmonchan, can do their jobs without these foes breathing down their necks. Faster Pokemon such as Primeape and Klinklang can threaten Absol, so it's a good idea to pack teammates that can deal with them, such as Kadabra and Manectric. The Choice Band set's Pursuit has explosive potential, andso teammates that can force switches, such as Wynaut and other Encore users, can team up with Absol to take down the opponent's Pokemon one by one.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Absol can successfully run various combinations of its main moves. The best example not listed is an all-out attacker using Sucker Punch, Superpower, Psycho Cut, and Night Slash. An Adamant nature and Life Orb are recommended, but Expert Belt can also be used. This set works well as a revenge killer with Sucker Punch, and can use its other moves to take out slower foes such as Magneton and Claydol. Fire Blast and Ice Beam can be used to circumvent Absol's usual checks; with just a Life Orb, Fire Blast 2HKOes Steelix and Ice Beam 2HKOes Gligar and Tangrowth. Absol also has access to Baton Pass, and can run a dedicated passer set. Using Swords Dance, Substitute, Baton Pass, and Sucker Punch, Absol can bluff the Substitute + Swords Dance set and pass a Substitute and +2 Attack boost to a teammate. Physical attackers such as Sharpedo, Klinklang, and Hitmonlee make excellent use of Absol's payload, and can potentially sweep your opponent's entire team.</p>

    <p>Absol's movepool is jam-packed full of attacks, and it has a plethora of options available. IUnfortunately, its Special Attack stat is too low to make use of a special set unfortunately, but it has a few other physical moves that are worth a look. Megahorn gives Tangrowth the what-for, and can OHKO the ball of vines with a Swords Dance boost and Expert Belt, guaranteed—that's an easy 2HKO for any other set. Quick Attack can have some niche use to finish off faster foes that try to evade Sucker Punch, but is really only useful on the Swords Dance set as a replacement for Night Slash. Knock Off is quite a useful move, as it can rid foes of their precious hold items. However, it is useless as an attacking move, and has somewhat situational use; you might find Knock Off to be dead weight in situations where a coverage move would be more helpful. As for Absol's support options, Taunt and Will-O-Wisp can have their uses. Taunt is great for shutting down foes that attempt to inflict status upon Absol or set up entry hazards; Pokemon such as Steelix, Cofagrigus, Qwilfish, and Tangrowth will all get a nasty shock if they think they can walk all over the Herald of Disaster. Taunt also forces the opponent to attack, which makes using Sucker Punch much easier. Finally, Will-O-Wisp is a great move for a free moveslot, and can catch out physical attackers that attempt to force Absol out.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Tricking a Choice item onto Absol is one of the most effective ways to disarm it. Without the freedom to switch moves, Absol can no longer use Substitute or Swords Dance, and Sucker Punching becomes impossible. Tangrowth and Steelix both have enough physical bulk to tank Absol's attacks, and can easily break its Substitutes. Steelix can Roar Absol away, erasing any boosts it may have accumulated, and Tangrowth can put it to sleep with Sleep Powder, but cannot get past Substitute variants. Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, and Gurdurr can all threaten Absol with a powerful Mach Punch, but must switch in carefully; Adamant Life Orb Absol can almost OHKO Hitmonchan with Superpower,(no comma) and 2HKO Gurdurr with Psycho Cut. Cofagrigus is bulky enough to survive a Life Orb-boosted Night Slash and can inflict a burn with Will-O-Wisp, which can spell the end for Absol. Entry hazards can hinder Absol, as the damage from entry hazards, Life Orb, and Substitute can stack up quickly. Entei is a great check, as its Choice Band-boosted ExtremeSpeed OHKOes Absol,(no comma) and outprioritizes Sucker Punch. Absol's main attack, for all intents and purposes, is Sucker Punch. A;(semicolon) as this move is activated by damaging attacks, foes can disrupt Absol by refraining from using attacks or, even worse, using Substitute. If the foe happens to resist Superpower, Absol is in a lot of trouble. Galvantula, Scolipede, and Moltres are all good examples of foes that can abuse this strategy. Substitute + Disable Haunter can lock Absol down,(no comma) and render it vulnerable to faster foes. Faster Pokemon in general can give Absol trouble, especially if they resist Dark-type moves.;(semicolon) Hitmonlee, Klinklang, and Primeape are all good examples. Taunt users can prevent Absol from using Substitute or Swords Dance, which makes it much easier to deal with. Toxic Spikes can hamper Absol, especially Substitute variants, and Qwilfish can set them up easily thanks to its Intimidate ability.</p>


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    [Overview]

    <p>Absol—AKA the Herald of Disaster—is most famous for its horrifically powerful Sucker Punch. Though it often plays second fiddle to Honchkrow in RU, Absol is in no way inferior. Its base 130 Attack stat is among the highest in the tier, and access to Swords Dance, Sucker Punch, Pursuit, and a few useful coverage moves gives Absol a powerful, defining niche. Super Luck makes its attacks even more potent, and its two high critical hit ratio moves—Night Slash and Psycho Cut—complement the ability perfectly. Absol's Speed is a little too low for sweeping, but Sucker Punch patches up this weakness fairly well. Overall, Absol is a frightening sweeper that can be very tricky to handle, and can tear through unprepared teams in the blink of an eye.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Swords Dance
    move 1: Swords Dance
    move 2: Sucker Punch
    move 3: Superpower
    move 4: Night Slash / Psycho Cut
    item: Life Orb / Lum Berry
    ability: Super Luck
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims to set up and cause as much destruction as possible. Sucker Punch handles faster threats that attempt to stop Absol, and Superpower crushes the Steel- and Dark-types that resist Absol's STAB moves. The choice for the last slot depends on how well you can use Sucker Punch; Night Slash is a reliable backup STAB move that packs devastating power and doesn't require prediction to use well, but lacks priority. Its high critical hit ratio combined with Super Luck elevates Night Slash to a 1/8 chance of scoring a critical hit. Alternatively, Psycho Cut can be used for the Fighting-types that resist Absol's STAB moves, such as Primeape and Hitmonchan. While +2 Absol is powerful, this variant does not need to set up to pose a threat; a Life Orb-boosted Night Slash from 394 Attack really packs a punch, and there's always the chance that it could score a critical hit.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is standard for a sweeper, and the Adamant nature is used for maximum power. Jolly is unnecessary because Absol doesn't outpace anything important with the extra Speed. Life Orb's power boost is excellent, but Lum Berry can be used to protect Absol from stray status moves, such as Thunder Wave from Slowking or Psycho Shift from Flame Orb Sigilyph. With Life Orb, Absol has a much better chance of OHKOing Pokemon such as Rotom-C and Cofagrigus with Stealth Rock support. Megahorn can be used in the last slot, as it is the best option for taking out Tangrowth; Megahorn nets a clean OHKO with Life Orb and a Swords Dance boost.</p>

    <p>This Absol variant can struggle with Fighting-types, so teammates such as Slowking, Tangrowth, and Sigilyph can be used to deal with them. Absol is quite good at getting rid of Psychic-types, and Fighting-type teammates of your own can take advantage of this. Toxic Spikes are Absol's worst nightmare, so a grounded Poison-type such as Qwilfish or Drapion can be used to absorb them.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Substitute + Swords Dance
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Swords Dance
    move 3: Sucker Punch
    move 4: Superpower
    item: Leftovers / Life Orb
    ability: Super Luck
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set might look similar to the Swords Dance set, but it plays quite differently. Substitute has amazing utility on this set, as it can block status and patch up Absol's Speed issues by protecting it from faster Pokemon. When behind a Substitute, Absol can use Sucker Punch without penalty, and the priority also allows it to keep an intact Substitute against faster opponents. Foes will have to attack Absol to break its Substitute and harm it, which, combined with the threat of a Sucker Punch, makes Absol quite hard to play around. If the foe chooses to refrain from attacking, Absol gets a free turn to use Swords Dance. This set requires prediction to use to the fullest, as you must be able to predict your opponent's actions and use the correct move based on what they do. In the hands of a skilled player, this set is extremely hard to deal with, and has very few safe checks. Superpower hits the Pokemon that resist Dark-type moves, such as Hitmonchan and Magneton. The Attack drops from Superpower would normally be a problem for a boosting attacker, but with all of the free turns Absol gets it has plenty of chances to use Swords Dance again.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Leftovers is really useful for this Absol variant, and will steadily restore the HP Absol loses when it uses Substitute. Life Orb is great if you want more power, but the combination of Life Orb recoil and Substitute will drain Absol's HP severely; if you opt for Life Orb, Rapid Spin and Wish support will be needed. An Adamant nature provides maximum power, and is preferred because Absol doesn't outspeed anything significant with Jolly. Night Slash is an option over Sucker Punch; by refraining from using attacking moves, some Pokemon can wall Absol by causing Sucker Punch to fail. Night Slash is a powerful alternative that has a high critical hit ratio, but Absol sorely misses the priority.</p>

    <p>Toxic Spikes absolutely ruin this set, so a grounded Poison-type, such as Qwilfish or Roselia, should be used. Fighting-types can cause problems for this Absol variant, so it's a good idea to pack teammates that can deal with them, such as Slowking, Spiritomb, and Cofagrigus. Galvantula, Scolipede, and Moltres can switch in on Superpower and threaten Absol with their powerful attacks, so teammates such as Swellow and Rock Blast Cinccino can be used to deal with these threats.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice
    move 1: Night Slash
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Pursuit
    move 4: Psycho Cut
    item: Choice Band / Choice Scarf
    ability: Super Luck
    nature: Adamant / Jolly
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This Absol variant forgoes Swords Dance and Sucker Punch to pose an immediate threat as a powerful Choice item user. Though its base 75 Speed is a little lower than that of Choice item mainstays such as Braviary and Medicham, Absol makes up for it with soul-crushing power, coverage, and useful tricks such as Super Luck + Night Slash. Wearing a Choice Scarf, Absol reaches 373 Speed with an Adamant nature, and 409 with Jolly. Adamant Absol is faster than every Pokemon in the base 120 Speed tier and lower, which includes foes such as Sceptile and Archeops. 409 Speed outruns the entire unboosted metagame bar Timid Accelgor. You should use a Jolly nature if you wish to outspeed Aerodactyl and other possible threats, such as Adamant Choice Scarf Braviary and Rock Polish Aggron. Otherwise, Adamant is more than fast enough, and gives Absol a notable power boost. Absol needs an Adamant nature to ensure a 2HKO on Claydol and Uxie with Night Slash, have a chance to OHKO Klinklang with Superpower, and 2HKO Qwilfish with Psycho Cut (without Intimidate). Pursuit is an amazing move on Choice Absol sets; it has the same Base Power as Sucker Punch against a switching opponent, and any foe that tries to flee from Absol is as good as dead. Note that Pursuit is not just a nifty move for tagging Ghost- and Psychic-types; any foe that would be KOed by Sucker Punch will be KOed by Pursuit, which makes it a powerful weapon against many Pokemon.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Stealth Rock support is amazing for Choice Absol, especially the Choice Scarf variant, as the extra damage is sometimes just enough to guarantee a KO. Fighting-types can cause trouble, so Pokemon that can deal with them, such as Spiritomb, Slowking, and Cofagrigus, are excellent teammates. Thanks to Pursuit, Absol excels at exterminating Ghost- and Psychic-types, so Fighting-types of your own, such as Gallade and Hitmonchan, can do their jobs without these foes breathing down their necks. Faster Pokemon such as Primeape and Klinklang can threaten Absol, so it's a good idea to pack teammates that can deal with them, such as Kadabra and Manectric. The Choice Band set's Pursuit has explosive potential, so teammates that can force switches, such as Wynaut and other Encore users, can team up with Absol to take down the opponent's Pokemon one by one.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Absol can successfully run various combinations of its main moves. The best example not listed is an all-out attacker using Sucker Punch, Superpower, Psycho Cut, and Night Slash. An Adamant nature and Life Orb are recommended, but Expert Belt can also be used. This set works well as a revenge killer with Sucker Punch, and can use its other moves to take out slower foes such as Magneton and Claydol. Fire Blast and Ice Beam can be used to circumvent Absol's usual checks; with just a Life Orb, Fire Blast 2HKOes Steelix and Ice Beam 2HKOes Gligar and Tangrowth. Absol also has access to Baton Pass, and can run a dedicated passer set. Using Swords Dance, Substitute, Baton Pass, and Sucker Punch, Absol can bluff the Substitute + Swords Dance set and pass a Substitute and +2 Attack boost to a teammate. Physical attackers such as Sharpedo, Klinklang, and Hitmonlee make excellent use of Absol's payload, and can potentially sweep your opponent's entire team.</p>

    <p>Absol's movepool is jam-packed full of attacks, and it has a plethora of options available. Unfortunately, its Special Attack stat is too low to make use of a special set, but it has a few other physical moves that are worth a look. Megahorn gives Tangrowth the what-for, and can OHKO the ball of vines with a Swords Dance boost and Expert Belt, guaranteed—that's an easy 2HKO for any other set. Quick Attack can have some niche use to finish off faster foes that try to evade Sucker Punch, but is really only useful on the Swords Dance set as a replacement for Night Slash. Knock Off is quite a useful move, as it can rid foes of their precious hold items. However, it is useless as an attacking move, and has somewhat situational use; you might find Knock Off to be dead weight in situations where a coverage move would be more helpful. As for Absol's support options, Taunt and Will-O-Wisp can have their uses. Taunt is great for shutting down foes that attempt to inflict status upon Absol or set up entry hazards; Pokemon such as Steelix, Cofagrigus, Qwilfish, and Tangrowth will all get a nasty shock if they think they can walk all over the Herald of Disaster. Taunt also forces the opponent to attack, which makes using Sucker Punch much easier. Finally, Will-O-Wisp is a great move for a free moveslot, and can catch physical attackers that attempt to force Absol out.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Tricking a Choice item onto Absol is one of the most effective ways to disarm it. Without the freedom to switch moves, Absol can no longer use Substitute or Swords Dance, and Sucker Punching becomes impossible. Tangrowth and Steelix both have enough physical bulk to tank Absol's attacks, and can easily break its Substitutes. Steelix can Roar Absol away, erasing any boosts it may have accumulated, and Tangrowth can put it to sleep with Sleep Powder, but cannot get past Substitute variants. Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, and Gurdurr can all threaten Absol with a powerful Mach Punch, but must switch in carefully; Adamant Life Orb Absol can almost OHKO Hitmonchan with Superpower and 2HKO Gurdurr with Psycho Cut. Cofagrigus is bulky enough to survive a Life Orb-boosted Night Slash and can inflict a burn with Will-O-Wisp, which can spell the end for Absol. Entry hazards can hinder Absol, as the damage from entry hazards, Life Orb, and Substitute can stack up quickly. Entei is a great check, as its Choice Band-boosted ExtremeSpeed OHKOes Absol and outprioritizes Sucker Punch. Absol's main attack, for all intents and purposes, is Sucker Punch; as this move is activated by damaging attacks, foes can disrupt Absol by refraining from using attacks or, even worse, using Substitute. If the foe happens to resist Superpower, Absol is in a lot of trouble. Galvantula, Scolipede, and Moltres are all good examples of foes that can abuse this strategy. SubDisable Haunter can lock Absol down and render it vulnerable to faster foes. Faster Pokemon in general can give Absol trouble, especially if they resist Dark-type moves; Hitmonlee, Klinklang, and Primeape are all good examples. Taunt users can prevent Absol from using Substitute or Swords Dance, which makes it much easier to deal with. Toxic Spikes can hamper Absol, especially Substitute variants, and Qwilfish can set them up easily thanks to its Intimidate ability.</p>


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