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Aipom (Analysis)

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  1. Crux

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    [Overview]

    <p>Aipom is one of the best leads in the Little Cup metagame thanks to Fake Out and its high base Attack. While it is often overshadowed by Meowth, who functions similarly as a lead, Aipom’s higher Attack stat allows it to beat common leads such as Snover and Machop much more
    efficiently. Aipom is also bulkier than Meowth, and this additional survivability can prove to be crucial. Aipom's role as one of only three Pokémon in Little Cup who can Baton Pass Nasty Plot boosts is worth a mention too, placing it in a unique niche in the metagame.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Lead
    move 1: Fake Out
    move 2: Return
    move 3: Brick Break / Seed Bomb
    move 4: Shadow Claw / U-turn
    item: Oran Berry / Life Orb
    nature: Jolly
    ability: Pickup
    evs: 72 HP / 196 Atk / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set allows Aipom to beat many common
    leads. However, one of Aipom’s main advantages is that it can function effectively outside of the lead slot, as its high Attack and Speed allow it to function effectively late game as a revenge killer. The combination of STAB Fake Out and Return is enough to KO many Pokemon. U-turn allows Aipom to scout for threats and counters, though Aipom generally prefers a second coverage move.</p>

    <p>Fake Out is a superb priority move that Aipom can use to gain an advantage early in the match and revenge kill later. Brick Break OHKOes Houndour and
    Pawniard, and has a slim chance to OHKO Snover, while also 2HKOing Kabuto and Omanyte, which often forces them to pick between whether to attack you or to set up Stealth Rock. Seed Bomb can beat the two Rock / Water-types outright, however. Shadow Claw OHKOes Gastly and Shuppet, who are both slower than Aipom. Shadow Claw can also KO Drifloon, and 2HKOes Duskull through Oran Berry, though it doesn't do much damage to Frillish.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Brick Break is generally a better move than Seed Bomb due to better coverage. However, Seed Bomb does allow Aipom to OHKO some
    Pokemon that would only be 2HKOed if Brick Break were used instead. Using U-turn does result in a drop in type coverage, but it is a viable option. In terms of items, Oran Berry provides better survivability and improves Aipom’s effectiveness late game, whilst Life Orb gives a boost in power, allowing Aipom to hit harder. Aipom needs to run Jolly to reach the all-important 19 Speed, tying with Meowth and Misdreavus.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Baton Pass
    move 1: Nasty Plot / Work Up
    move 2: Baton Pass
    move 3: Hidden Power Fighting / Return
    move 4: Shadow Ball / Shadow Claw
    item: Oran Berry / Focus Sash
    nature: Timid
    ability: Pickup
    evs: 200 SpA / 240 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Aipom has a fairly unique niche, in that it is one of only three
    Pokemon that can Baton Pass Nasty Plot boosts. Of those three, it is the only one with enough Speed and bulk to actually utilize Baton Pass effectively. Aipom’s naturally high Speed allows it to attempt a sweep in the event that it is unable to pass the Nasty Plot boost to another Pokemon. The combination of Hidden Power Fighting and Shadow Ball allows for great neutral coverage.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Hidden Power Ice can be used to hit Gligar, whilst Swift is Aipom's only special STAB move. Work Up is a viable option, because it allows Aipom to pass to a mixed or physical
    sweeper; however, by running Work Up, Aipom loses its niche. If running Work Up, Shadow Claw and Return both become viable options. Oran Berry and Focus Sash both give Aipom greater survivability and allow it to pull off a boost or a sweep. This set has trouble with Taunt users and phazers such as Hippopotas, so make sure you can dispatch them beforehand.</p>

    [OTHER OPTIONS]

    <p> U-turn is generally not a good choice due to
    its coverage, and coverage is something that Aipom needs in order to be effective. Rain Dance could be used on the lead set due to Aipom’s good Speed and access to Fake Out, thus setting up a sweep for a teammate. Aipom could also utilize a Choice set, but it generally doesn’t have enough power to pull it off. STAB Swift could be effective on the Nasty Plot set, but it doesn't give very good coverage. Ice Punch could be used to hit Gligar, who otherwise walls Aipom.</p>

    [CHECKS AND COUNTERS]

    <p>Most bulky Choice Scarf users can effectively beat Aipom as they don’t take much damage from Fake Out. Timburr and Mienshao KO with super effective STAB attacks. The same goes for Mankey and Machop, who outspeed and OHKO it when using a Scarf. Ferroseed and Bronzor are bulky enough to set up on Aipom, while Gligar walls
    it fairly effectively unless Aipom runs Ice Punch. Duskull and Misdreavus are immune to Aipom’s STAB and can generally survive a Shadow Claw, threatening it with Will-O-Wisp.</p>

    [DREAM WORLD]

    <p>Aipom gains access to Skill Link through the Dream World. This allows Aipom to abuse STAB Fury Swipes, but is otherwise useless, and Pickup is a superior ability
    anyway, especially with the ubiquity of Oran Berry.</p>
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    I would add in Kofojuu and Dokkora, as counters, as well as Misdreavus (who is almost as bulky as Duskull) and Pururiru. Komatana can also come in and pick off weakened Aipom with Sucker Punch but that doesnt need to be included...

    Evolution Stone may give more bulk than Oran Berry btw, although I think Berry Juice is still not banned? IF either of these are false feel free to disregard -.-
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    An important thing to note is that Pickup actually does something now zomg, giving it a potential leg up on Meowth. The exact nature of Pickup's effect is still being evaluated, but be sure to mention that Aipom is no longer ability-less.
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    This is written. I didn't make any mention of Pickup, because IMO it's just too gimmicky.
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    Definitely consider running Swift or HP Ice or something on the BP set to hit phazers harder. Also I'm not sure a more offensive NP set is really all that viable but that might deserve testing (which I can maybe do at some point...)
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    I added HP Ice and Swift.

    I also tested offensive NP Aipom and it left a lot to be desired. The main reason I would run Aipom outside of the lead position is to pass boosts.

    Heysup and I did put together a mixed Cheer Up set that looked like it had some promise though (I didn't test it)
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    OC mention of Taunt? Blocks SR...and stuff.

    You should probably mention some pokemon Seed Bomb is better at killing.

    Isn't HP Water a better option than Ice? At +2, it beats Gligar anyway, and gets much better coverage with Swift or Shadow Ball.

    Should probably slash Timid with Jolly or Naive or Hasty on the BP set, since it runs physical attacks.

    EDIT: ...thought Aipom had Technician. :/
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    HP Water doesn't OHKO Standard Evo Stone Gligar, in addition to hitting Gligar it also hits stuff like Dratini.
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    This is updated (finally)
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    [Overview]

    <p>Aipom is one of the best leads in the Little Cup metagame due to access to thanks to Fake Out and its high base Attack. While it is often overshadowed by Meowth, who functions similarly as a lead, Aipom’s higher Attack stat allows it to beat common leads such as Snover and Machop much more effectively than Meowth. Aipom is also bulkier than Meowth. Additionally, Aipom is one of only three Pokémon in Little Cup who can Baton Pass Nasty Plot boosts.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Lead
    move 1: Fake Out
    move 2: Return
    move 3: Brick Break / Seed Bomb
    move 4: Shadow Claw / U-turn
    item: Oran Berry / Life Orb
    nature: Jolly
    ability: Pickup
    evs: 72 HP / 196 Atk / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set allows Aipom to beat many common leads. However, one of Aipom’s main advantages is that it can function effectively outside of the lead slot. The combination of STAB Fake Out and Return is enough to KO many Pokémon. Aipom’s high Attack and Speed also allow it to function effectively late game as a revenge killer. U-turn allows Aipom to scout for threats and counters; however, Aipom generally prefers a second coverage move.</p>

    <p>Fake Out is a superb priority move that Aipom can use to gain an advantage early in the match and revenge kill later. Brick Break OHKOes Houndour and Pawniard, and has a slim chance to OHKO Snover, while also 2HKOing Kabuto and Omanyte, which often forces them into deciding to decide whether to they should attack you or to set up Stealth Rock. Seed Bomb can beat them outright, however. Shadow Claw OHKOes Gastly and Shuppet, who are both slower than Aipom. Shadow Claw can also KO Drifloon, and it 2HKOes Duskull through Oran Berry, it does not however, though it doesn't do much damage to Frillish.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Brick Break is generally a better move than Seed Bomb due to better coverage. However, Seed Bomb does allow Aipom to OHKO some Pokémon that would only be 2HKOed if Brick Break were used instead. Using U-turn does result in a drop in type coverage, but it is a viable option. In terms of items, Oran Berry allows for better survivability and improves Aipom’s effectiveness late game, whilst Life Orb gives a boost in power, allowing Aipom to hit harder. Aipom needs to run Jolly to reach the all important 19 Speed, allowing it to tie with Meowth and Misdreavus.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Baton Pass
    move 1: Nasty Plot / Work Up
    move 2: Baton Pass
    move 3: Hidden Power Fighting / Return
    move 4: Shadow Ball / Shadow Claw
    item: Oran Berry / Focus Sash
    nature: Timid
    ability: Pickup
    evs: 200 SpA / 240 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Aipom has a fairly unique niche, in that it is one of only three Pokémon that can Baton Pass Nasty Plot boosts. Of those three, it is the only one with enough Speed and bulk to actually pull off the pass utilize Baton Pass effectively. Aipom’s naturally high Speed allows it to attempt a sweep in the event that it is unable to pass the Nasty Plot boost to another Pokémon. Hidden Power Fighting and Shadow Ball allow for great neutral coverage.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Hidden Power Ice can be used to hit Gligar, whilst Swift is Aipom's only special STAB move. Work Up is a viable option, because it allows Aipom to pass to a mixed or physical sweeper. However, by running Work Up, Aipom loses its niche. If running Work Up, Shadow Claw and Return both become viable options. Oran Berry and Focus Sash both give Aipom greater survivability and allow it to pull off a boost or a sweep. This set has trouble with Taunt users and phazers like such as Hippopotas.</p>

    [OTHER OPTIONS]

    <p>U-turn is generally not a good choice due to dropping coverage, which Aipom generally needs to be effective. Rain Dance could be used on the lead set due to Aipom’s good Speed and access to Fake Out. Aipom could also utilize a Choice set, but it generally doesn’t have enough power. STAB moves like Swift could be effective on the Nasty Plot set, but doesn't give very good coverage. Ice Punch could be used to hit Gligar, who otherwise walls Aipom.</p>

    [CHECKS AND COUNTERS]

    <p>Most bulky Choice Scarf users can effectively beat Aipom as they don’t take much damage from Fake Out. Timburr and Mienshao KO with super effective STAB attacks. The same goes for Mankey and Machop, who outspeed and OHKO it with when using a Scarf. Ferroseed and Bronzor are bulky enough to set up on Aipom, while Gligar it walls fairly effectively unless Aipom runs Ice Punch. Duskull and Misdreavus are immune to Aipom’s STAB and can generally survive a Shadow Claw, while threatening it with Will-O-Wisp.</p>

    [DREAM WORLD]

    <p>Aipom gains access to Skill Link through the Dream World. This allows Aipom to abuse STAB Fury Swipes, but is otherwise useless, and Pickup is a superior ability, especially when running with the ubiquity of Oran Berry.</p>


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    [Overview]

    <p>Aipom is one of the best leads in the Little Cup metagame thanks to Fake Out and its high base Attack. While it is often overshadowed by Meowth, who functions similarly as a lead, Aipom’s higher Attack stat allows it to beat common leads such as Snover and Machop much more effectively efficiently than Meowth. Aipom is also bulkier than Meowth, and this additional survivability can prove to be crucial. Additionally, Aipom's role as is one of only three Pokémon in Little Cup who can Baton Pass Nasty Plot boosts is worth a mention too, placing it in a unique niche in the metagame.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Lead
    move 1: Fake Out
    move 2: Return
    move 3: Brick Break / Seed Bomb
    move 4: Shadow Claw / U-turn
    item: Oran Berry / Life Orb
    nature: Jolly
    ability: Pickup
    evs: 72 HP / 196 Atk / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set allows Aipom to beat many common leads. However, one of Aipom’s main advantages is that it can function effectively outside of the lead slot, as its high Attack and Speed allow it to function effectively late game as a revenge killer. The combination of STAB Fake Out and Return is enough to KO many Pokemon. Aipom’s high Attack and Speed also allow it to function effectively late game as a revenge killer. U-turn allows Aipom to scout for threats and counters; however, counters, though Aipom generally prefers a second coverage move.</p>

    <p>Fake Out is a superb priority move that Aipom can use to gain an advantage early in the match and revenge kill later. Brick Break OHKOes Houndour and Pawniard, and has a slim chance to OHKO Snover, while also 2HKOing Kabuto and Omanyte, which often forces them to decide pick between whether to they should attack you or to set up Stealth Rock. Seed Bomb can beat them the two Rock / Water-types outright, however. Shadow Claw OHKOes Gastly and Shuppet, who are both slower than Aipom. Shadow Claw can also KO Drifloon, and 2HKOes Duskull through Oran Berry, though it doesn't do much damage to Frillish.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Brick Break is generally a better move than Seed Bomb due to better coverage. However, Seed Bomb does allow Aipom to OHKO some Pokemon that would only be 2HKOed if Brick Break were used instead. Using U-turn does result in a drop in type coverage, but it is a viable option. In terms of items, Oran Berry allows for provides better survivability and improves Aipom’s effectiveness late game, whilst Life Orb gives a boost in power, allowing Aipom to hit harder. Aipom needs to run Jolly to reach the all-important 19 Speed, allowing it to tie tying with Meowth and Misdreavus.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Baton Pass
    move 1: Nasty Plot / Work Up
    move 2: Baton Pass
    move 3: Hidden Power Fighting / Return
    move 4: Shadow Ball / Shadow Claw
    item: Oran Berry / Focus Sash
    nature: Timid
    ability: Pickup
    evs: 200 SpA / 240 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Aipom has a fairly unique niche, in that it is one of only three Pokemon that can Baton Pass Nasty Plot boosts. Of those three, it is the only one with enough Speed and bulk to actually utilize Baton Pass effectively. Aipom’s naturally high Speed allows it to attempt a sweep in the event that it is unable to pass the Nasty Plot boost to another Pokemon. The combination of Hidden Power Fighting and Shadow Ball allows for great neutral coverage.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Hidden Power Ice can be used to hit Gligar, whilst Swift is Aipom's only special STAB move. Work Up is a viable option, because it allows Aipom to pass to a mixed or physical sweeper; however, by running Work Up, Aipom loses its niche. If running Work Up, Shadow Claw and Return both become viable options. Oran Berry and Focus Sash both give Aipom greater survivability and allow it to pull off a boost or a sweep. This set has trouble with Taunt users and phazers such as Hippopotas, so make sure you can dispatch them beforehand.</p>

    [OTHER OPTIONS]

    <p> U-turn is generally not a good choice due to dropping its coverage, which Aipom generally and coverage is something that Aipom needs in order to be effective. Rain Dance could be used on the lead set due to Aipom’s good Speed and access to Fake Out, thus setting up a sweep for a teammate. Aipom could also utilize a Choice set, but it generally doesn’t have enough power to pull it off. STAB Swift could be effective on the Nasty Plot set, but it doesn't give very good coverage. Ice Punch could be used to hit Gligar, who otherwise walls Aipom.</p>

    [CHECKS AND COUNTERS]

    <p>Most bulky Choice Scarf users can effectively beat Aipom as they don’t take much damage from Fake Out. Timburr and Mienshao KO with super effective STAB attacks. The same goes for Mankey and Machop, who outspeed and OHKO it when using a Scarf. Ferroseed and Bronzor are bulky enough to set up on Aipom, while Gligar it walls it fairly effectively unless Aipom runs Ice Punch. Duskull and Misdreavus are immune to Aipom’s STAB and can generally survive a Shadow Claw, while threatening it with Will-O-Wisp.</p>

    [DREAM WORLD]

    <p>Aipom gains access to Skill Link through the Dream World. This allows Aipom to abuse STAB Fury Swipes, but is otherwise useless, and Pickup is a superior ability anyway, especially with the ubiquity of Oran Berry.</p>


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