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Alakazam {QC 3/3} {GP 2/2} : - ]

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by PttP, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. PttP

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    [Overview]

    <p>Alakazam has had an interesting run throughout the generations, but rest assured, his place in OU this generation is as stable as his mustache is amazing. Alakazam has always had amazing Speed and Special Attack, but he received a boon with his new Dream World ability: Magic Guard. With this new ability, Alakazam has turned into one of the best revenge killers in the tier, and is a threat every team must account for. Not all is bright and peachy for Alakazam however, as the new generation did nothing to improve his pitiful bulk and shallow movepool. Despite these flaws, one thing is for sure&mdash;all male Jellicent are incredibly jealous of Alakazam's great mustache.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Destroyer of All That is Evil
    move 1: Psyshock / Psychic
    move 2: Focus Blast
    move 3: Shadow Ball
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Fire / Substitute
    item: Focus Sash / Life Orb
    ability: Magic Guard
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Alakazam only needs one set to wreak havoc, and here it is. With high Speed, impeccable coverage, and Special Attack higher than that of Latios, Alakazam is a struggle to face. The choice between Focus Sash and Life Orb is critical; while the combination of Magic Guard and Focus Sash makes Alakazam a premier revenge killer, Life Orb makes Alakazam hit like a truck without fearing recoil. Focus Sash is particularly useful, as it will always take two separate hits to take him down. It is important that you choose the item that fits your team, as the item chosen determines Alakazam's function.</p>

    <p>The eternal choice between Psyshock and Psychic comes down to personal preference. Psyshock is recommended as it is a useful way to get through special walls such as Chansey and Blissey. Psychic, on the other hand, is able to hit Pokemon such as Rotom-W and Gliscor slightly harder. However, Psychic does fail to OHKO Terrakion in sandstorm, unlike Psyshock, which OHKOes regardless of the weather. Focus Blast allows Alakazam to hit Pokemon that would otherwise wall him, such as Tyranitar. It is important to note that even while holding a Choice Scarf, Tyranitar is still slower than Alakazam and will be OHKOed by Focus Blast. Shadow Ball provides important coverage against other Psychic-type threats such as Latios and Latias. The last move comes down to personal preference. Hidden Power Ice allows Alakazam to effectively revenge kill Dragon-types while Hidden Power Fire is useful to hit Steel-types that are not weak to Focus Blast, such as Genesect and Scizor. Substitute can be used over a Hidden Power, as it eases prediction significantly and provides Alakazam a form of protection against other revenge killers. However, be warned that using Substitute in tandem with Focus Sash will make it much less useful, and the lack of extra coverage can be detrimental as a revenge killer.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EVs recommended are fairly straightforward, maximizing Alakazam's Speed and Special Attack to make it a formidable foe. While a Modest nature may be tempting, a Timid nature is recommended. It ensures that Alakazam outpaces Pokemon between 339 and 371 Speed, such as Terrakion and Choice Scarf Tyranitar, and ties opposing Alakazam and Dugtrio at worst. There is almost no reason to invest in bulk as with his pitiful defenses, Alakazam is more or less going to be brought down to his Focus Sash regardless of investment. Alakazam can use Calm Mind as his fourth move if a Hidden Power or Substitute don't suit your fancy. If you do decide to run Calm Mind, do keep in mind (heh) that you are not aiming to take a hit in order to set up, but instead you are aiming to switch into something you will scare out, and thus allow you to set up a Calm Mind.</p>

    <p>Alakazam is best suited to offensive teams requiring an offensive revenge killer. Alakazam, like all other offensive Pokemon, appreciates entry hazard support to weaken opponents. As such, Pokemon such as Deoxys-D and Skarmory are good teammates as both are capable of setting of Spikes. Alakazam will naturally draw out Pokemon such as Jirachi and Scizor, so it is important to have teammates that can capitalize on these Pokemon. Magnezone is the obvious choice, as it is able to trap both Pokemon and properly dispose of them, while Skarmory can set Spikes up on both.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Alakazam receives the always-nifty Encore, providing a chance for one of his teammates to set up. He can also use Choice Specs for greater immediate power, but Focus Sash's additional attack or Life Orb's freedom are generally superior. A Flame Orb + Trick set is usable, but you are better off just firing off attacks than relying on nonexistent bulk. Thunder Wave is a good alternative for crippling the opponent's Pokemon, and Energy Ball is useful for being able to OHKO Gastrodon and Quagsire, who would otherwise be annoying because of their bulk. Charge Beam can be used to finish off weakened foes and to get the occasional Special Attack boost, but the lack of coverage and power is a major drawback.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Alakazam's biggest enemies are those he cannot 2HKO. Pokemon such as Jirachi and Metagross can take any two attacks from Alakazam and proceed to KO him. Scizor and Genesect are good checks provided Alakazam lacks Hidden Power Fire. Multiple-hit moves, such as Icicle Spear and Rock Blast, are a good way to handle Alakazam, as those moves KO Alakazam through his Focus Sash. Tornadus-T's and Jolteon's higher Speed make Alakazam's mustache tremble in fear, as do most Choice Scarf users. Weavile not only outspeeds Alakazam, but can also trap him with Pursuit, KOing Alakazam even if he stays in. Sableye and Spiritomb are two Pokemon that can reliably beat Alakazam, due to their immunities to Alakazam's STAB and second-strongest attack, Focus Blast.</p>
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    Give Energy Ball an OO mention imo for Gastrodon, etc. Also in Checks and Counters mention Chansey and Blissey in case you don't have Psyshock.

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    Charge Beam is a good move that deserves to be mentioned in AC, imo. Charge Beam lets you kill weakened stuff and Gyarados, while also gaining a SpA boost, and then easily clean teams.
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    Does Alakazam even need a revamp? Yeah sure, you there are a few more stuff you can take on now (Keldeo and Thundurus-T), and Tornadus-T is now faster than you, but do we really need anything other than SCMS changes?

    Whatever, QC APPROVED 3/3
  6. Ojama

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    I dont know if Meloetta is released, but its double type is perfect for Alakazam. In addition, it has a great SDef and great HP.

    Also, Alakazam isn't predictable.
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    perhaps mention that Cloyster is one setup sweeper that 'Zam CANNOT revenge kill, due to multi hit moves
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    I'm going to make a quick argument for a Calm Mind set actually being outside of OO, simply because it's a lot easier to set up than it first appears.

    No, I'm not suggesting that Alakazam can actually take a hit (well without focus sash); I'm suggesting that Alakazam frequently doesn't NEED to take a hit in order to get a free turn. Alakazam is usually seen running a focus sash, so if you send it out against a pokemon that Alakazam can kill a lot of people won't bother trying to to attack it, knowing they'll probably get KO'd in return. You can use this hesitation to set up a CM and go to town. It's not like Alakazam really uses it's fourth slot for much anyway; it's at least as good an option as HP Ice or Fire (since most Pokemon weak to said types are easily OHKO'd or 2HKO'd anyway) and definitely more potent than a substitute. Can net you a lot of surprise kills when you start suddenly turning a bunch of 2HKOs into OHKOs.

    EDIT: Hell, just slash it or mention it in the AC; really, no modifications are needed to run CM and really none need to me made. It's meant to be used on a predicted switch (easy for Alakazam) and if any CM'er doesn't need multiple boosts, it's Alakazam, so a spread change or additional move changes are unnecessary. Just stick that sucker on there and nuke some stuff.
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    Calm Mind is used to destroy stallteams, and kazam easily gets a free turn against semistall/stall teams to set up : gastrodon, heatran, etc.
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    i rote this b4 i saw u post i will talk to other people about it do not worry :]

    edit: jk i didnt talk to anyone i just added it anyway

    someone gp check pls :]]
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    [OVERVIEW]

    <p>Alakazam has had an interesting run throughout the generations, but rest assured, his place in OU this generation is as stable as his mustache is amazing. Alakazam has always had amazing Speed and Special Attack, and he received a boon with his new Dream World ability, Magic Guard. With this new ability, Alakazam has turned into one of the best revenge killers in the tier, and is a threat every team must account for. Not all is bright and peachy for Alakazam however, as the new generation did nothing to improve his pitiful bulk and shallow movepool. Despite these flaws, one thing is for sure- (though,) all male Jellicents are incredibly jealous of Alakazam's great mustache.</p>

    [SET]
    (regarding the space)
    name: Offensive Attacker
    move 1: Psyshock / Psychic
    move 2: Focus Blast
    move 3: Shadow Ball
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Fire / Substitute
    item: Focus Sash / Life Orb
    ability: Magic Guard
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Alakazam only needs one set to wreak havoc, and here it is. With high speed, impeccable coverage, and Special Attack higher than that of Latios, Alakazam is a struggle to face. The choice between Focus Sash and Life Orb is critical- The combination of Magic Guard + Focus Sash make Alakazam a premier revenge killer, while Life Orb makes Alakazam hit like a truck without fearing recoil. Focus Sash is particularly useful, as it will always take two seperate attacks to take him down. (. The combination of Magic Guard + Focus Sash make Alakazam a premier revenge killer, as it will always take two separate attacks to take him down (barring multi-hit moves such as Icicle Spear). This can be a godsend for offensive teams, as Alakazam is excellent at turning momentum into the user's favor. On the other hand, Life Orb makes Alakazam hit like a truck without fearing recoil.) It is important that you choose the item that fits (for) your team, as the item chosen make Alakazam an entirely different asset.</p>

    <p>The everlasting choice between Psyshock and Psychic comes down to personal preference. Psyshock is recommended as it is a useful way to get through special walls such as Chansey and Blissey. Psychic, on the other hand, is able to hit Pokemon such as Rotom-W and Gliscor slightly harder. Psychic does however lose out on the ability to OHKO Terrakion in sandstorm, unlike Psyshock, which is a guaranteed OHKO regardless of weather. Focus Blast allows Alakazam to hit Pokemon that would otherwise wall him, such as Tyranitar. It is important to note that even with a Choice Scarf attached, Tyranitar is still slower than Alakazam and will proceed to be OHKO'd by Focus Blast. Shadow Ball provides important coverage against other Psychic-type threats such as Latios and Latias. The last move (again,) comes down to personal preference. Hidden Power Ice allows Alakazam to be an exceptional revenge killer of dragons while Hidden Power Fire is useful to hit dual-type Pokemon such as Genesect and Scizor. Substitute can be used over the Hidden Powers, as it eases prediction significantly and provides Alakazam a form of protection against other revenge killers. Be warned however, using Substitute in tandem with Focus Sash will prevent Focus Sash from working, and the lack of extra coverage can be detrimental to his role as revenge killer.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EVs recommended are fairly straightfoward, maximizing Alakazam's Speed and Special Attack make it a formidable foe. While a Modest nature may be tempting, it is highly recommended that you stick with Timid, as with (. With) a Modest nature, you fail to contend with the many Pokemon that lurk in the 106-120 Speed tiers, ranging from Terrakion all the way to Dugtrio. With a Modest nature, you also fail to outspeed Choice Scarf Tyranitar, one of the most notable Psychic-type killers. There is almost no reason to invest in bulk as with his pitiful defenses, Alakazam is more or less going to be brought down to his sash regardless of investment. Alakazam can use Calm Mind as his fourth move if the Hidden Powers and Substitute don't suit your fancy. If you do decide to run Calm Mind, do keep in mind (heh) that you are not aiming to take a hit in order to set up, but instead you are aiming to switch into something you will scare out and thus allow you an opportunity to set up a Calm Mind.</p>

    <p>Alakazam is best suited to offensive teams requiring an offensive revenge killer. Alakazam, like all other offensive Pokemon, appreciates entry hazards support to weaken opponents. As such, Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and Skarmory are good teammates as both are capable of setting of Spikes. Alakazam will naturally draw out Pokemon such as Jirachi and Scizor, so it is important to have teammates that can capitalize on these Pokemon. Magnezone is the obvious choice, as it is able to trap both Pokemon and properly dispose of them, while Skarmory can set Spikes up on both.</p>

    [OTHER OPTIONS]

    <p>Alakazam receives the always nifty Encore which allows him to to provide set up for one of his teammates. Alakazam can use Choice Specs to have immediate power but it is a generally inferior option to the extra attack Focus Sash can provide and the freedom freeness Life Orb provides. A Flame Orb + Trick set is usable but you are better off just firing attacks than relying on non-existant bulk. Thunder Wave is a good alternative for crippling the opponent's Pokemon. Energy Ball is useful for being able to OHKO Gastrodon and Quagsire, who would otherwise be annoying because of their bulk.</p>

    [CHECKS AND COUNTERS]

    <p>Alakazam's biggest enemies are those he cannot 2HKO. Pokemon such as Jirachi and Metagross can take any two attacks from Alakazam and proceed to KO him. Scizor is a good check provided Alakazam lacks Hidden Power Fire as Scizor can use priority to decimate Alakazam. Genesect is in the same boat as Scizor except it lacks the priority Scizor has. Multiple hit moves such as Icicle Spear and Rock Blast are a good way to handle Alakazam as those move bypass Focus Sash. Alakazam also fears nearly everything quicker than it, so Tornadus-T and Jolteon make Alakazam's mustache tremble (run) in fear, as do most Choice Scarf users. Weavile not only outspeeds Alakazam, but can also trap him with Pursuit, which will KO regardless of whether Alakazam switches (of Alakazam switching) out or not. Sableye and Spiritomb are two options that can reliably beat Alakazam due to their immunities to Alakazam's STAB and second strongest attack, Focus Blast.</p>
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    Ctrl + F -> no mention of Charge Beam in the OP; plz change this. It provides a free SpA boost while killing weakened mons. A special attack form of Moxie if you will.
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    charge beam sucks
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    better than any of the OO moves you listed.
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    not at all, those moves are actually useful in some way. charge beam is so pitifully weak that you cant finish anything with it. the only pokemon charge beam is ever good on is jolteon and magnezone. not to mention that with charge beam as your 4th you cant ohko pokes like gliscor or genesect depending on whichever hidden power you would have chosen. at least energy ball kos gastrodon and quagsire, two very annoying pokemon. charge beam is a shit move that should only be reserved to electric types

    edit: also implemented electrolytes edits, thank you :]

    edit2: to my cringe, i will add charge beam to oo
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    and who the fuck keeps changing my thread title
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    [OVERVIEW]

    <p>Alakazam has had an interesting run throughout the generations, but rest assured, his place in OU this generation is as stable as his mustache is amazing. Alakazam has always had amazing Speed and Special Attack, and he received a boon with his new Dream World ability, Magic Guard. With this new ability, Alakazam has turned into one of the best revenge killers in the tier, and is a threat every team must account for. Not all is bright and peachy for Alakazam however, as the new generation did nothing to improve his pitiful bulk and shallow movepool. Despite these flaws, one thing is for sure&mdash;all male Jellicents are incredibly jealous of Alakazam's great mustache.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Offensive Attacker
    move 1: Psyshock / Psychic
    move 2: Focus Blast
    move 3: Shadow Ball
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Fire / Substitute
    item: Focus Sash / Life Orb
    ability: Magic Guard
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Alakazam only needs one set to wreak havoc, and here it is. With high Speed, impeccable coverage, and Special Attack higher than that of Latios, Alakazam is a struggle to face. The choice between Focus Sash and Life Orb is critical. The combination of Magic Guard and Focus Sash makes Alakazam a premier revenge killer, while Life Orb makes Alakazam hit like a truck without fearing recoil. Focus Sash is particularly useful, as it will always take two seperate hits (just being picky due to multi-hit moves) to take him down. It is important that you choose the item that fits your team, as the item chosen determines Alakazam's function. make Alakazam an entirely different asset (unclear wording).</p>

    <p>The everlasting choice between Psyshock and Psychic comes down to personal preference. Psyshock is recommended as it is a useful way to get through special walls such as Chansey and Blissey. Psychic on the other hand, is able to hit Pokemon such as Rotom-W and Gliscor slightly harder. However, Psychic does fail to OHKO Terrakion in sandstorm, unlike Psyshock, which OHKOes regardless of weather. Psychic does however lose out on the ability to OHKO Terrakion in sandstorm, unlike Psyshock, which is a guaranteed OHKO regardless of weather. Focus Blast allows Alakazam to hit Pokemon that would otherwise wall him, such as Tyranitar. It is important to note that even with a Choice Scarf attached, Tyranitar is still slower than Alakazam and will proceed to be OHKOed by Focus Blast. Shadow Ball provides important coverage against other Psychic-type threats such as Latios and Latias. The last move comes down to personal preference. Hidden Power Ice allows Alakazam to effectively revenge kill Dragons while Hidden Power Fire is useful to hit Steels that are not weak to Focus Blast such as Genesect and Scizor. Substitute can be used over Hidden Power, as it eases prediction significantly and provides Alakazam a form of protection against other revenge killers. Be warned however, using Substitute in tandem with Focus Sash will prevent Focus Sash from working, and the lack of extra coverage can be detrimental to his role as a revenge killer.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EVs recommended are fairly straightfoward, maximizing Alakazam's Speed and Special Attack make it a formidable foe. While a Modest nature may be tempting, it is highly recommended that you stick with Timid, as with a Modest nature, you fail to contend with the many Pokemon that lurk in the 106-120 Speed tiers, ranging from Terrakion all the way to Dugtrio, including . With a Modest nature, you also fail to outspeed Choice Scarf Tyranitar, one of the most notable Psychic-type killers. There is almost no reason to invest in bulk as with his pitiful defenses, Alakazam is more or less going to be brought down to his sash regardless of investment. Alakazam can use Calm Mind as his fourth move if the Hidden Powers and Substitute don't suit your fancy. If you do decide to run Calm Mind, do keep in mind (heh) that you are not aiming to take a hit in order to set up, but instead you are aiming to switch into something you will scare out and thus allow you an opportunity to set up a Calm Mind.</p>

    <p>Alakazam is best suited to offensive teams requiring an offensive revenge killer. Alakazam, like all other offensive Pokemon, appreciates entry hazards support to weaken opponents. As such, Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and Skarmory are good teammates as both are capable of setting of Spikes. Alakazam will naturally draw out Pokemon such as Jirachi and Scizor, so it is important to have teammates that can capitalize on these Pokemon. Magnezone is the obvious choice, as it is able to trap both Pokemon and properly dispose of them, while Skarmory can set Spikes up on both.</p>

    [OTHER OPTIONS]

    <p>Alakazam receives the always nifty Encore, providing a chance for one of his teammates to set up. which allows him to to provide set up for one of his teammates. Alakazam can use Choice Specs for immediate power, but it is a generally inferior option to the extra attack Focus Sash can provide and the freedom Life Orb provides. A Flame Orb + Trick set is usable but you are better off just firing attacks than relying on nonexistent bulk. Thunder Wave is a good alternative for crippling the opponent's Pokemon. Energy Ball is useful for being able to OHKO Gastrodon and Quagsire, who would otherwise be annoying because of their bulk. Charge Beam can be used to finish off weakened foes and to get the occasional Special Attack boost, but the lack of coverage and power is a major drawback.</p>

    [CHECKS AND COUNTERS]

    <p>Alakazam's biggest enemies are those he cannot 2HKO. Pokemon such as Jirachi and Metagross can take any two attacks from Alakazam and proceed to KO him. Scizor is a good check provided Alakazam lacks Hidden Power Fire as Scizor can use priority to decimate Alakazam. Genesect is in the same boat as Scizor except it lacks the priority Scizor has. Multiple hit moves such as Icicle Spear and Rock Blast are a good way to handle Alakazam as those move bypass Focus Sash. Alakazam also fears nearly everything quicker than it, so Tornadus-T and Jolteon make Alakazam's mustache tremble in fear, as do most Choice Scarf users. Weavile not only outspeeds Alakazam, but can also trap him with Pursuit, KOing Alakazam even if he stays in. Sableye and Spiritomb are two options that can reliably beat Alakazam due to their immunities to Alakazam's STAB and second strongest attack, Focus Blast.</p>


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    I know this has already been approved, but "offensive attacker" is an appalling name for a set. Just go with Special Attacker or something.
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    implemented steven's changes, thank you sir ! :]
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    "Alakazam is best suited to offensive teams requiring an offensive revenge killer"

    Also, if you want I can do the Calm Mind Set.
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    Amateur check.

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    [Overview]

    <p>Alakazam has had an interesting run throughout the generations, but rest assured, his place in OU this generation is as stable as his moustache is amazing. Alakazam has always had amazing Speed and Special Attack, but he received a boon with his new Dream World ability: Magic Guard. With this new ability, Alakazam has turned into one of the best revenge killers in the tier, and is a threat every team must account for. Not all is bright and peachy for Alakazam however, as the new generation did nothing to improve his pitiful bulk and shallow movepool. Despite these flaws, one thing is for sure; all male Jellicent are incredibly jealous of Alakazam's great moustache.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Destroyer of All That is Evil
    move 1: Psyshock / Psychic
    move 2: Focus Blast
    move 3: Shadow Ball
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Fire / Substitute
    item: Focus Sash / Life Orb
    ability: Magic Guard
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Alakazam only needs one set to wreak havoc, and here it is. With high Speed, impeccable coverage, and Special Attack higher than that of Latios, Alakazam is a struggle to face. The choice between Focus Sash and Life Orb is critical; while the combination of Magic Guard and Focus Sash makes Alakazam a premier revenge killer, Life Orb makes Alakazam hit like a truck without fearing recoil. Focus Sash is particularly useful, as it will always take two separate hits to take him down. It is important that you choose the item that fits your team, as the item chosen determines Alakazam's function.</p>

    <p>The choice (everlasting didn't really seem like the right word here imo, feel free to put another adjective though) between Psyshock and Psychic comes down to personal preference. Psyshock is recommended as it is a useful way to get through special walls such as Chansey and Blissey. Psychic, on the other hand, is able to hit Pokemon such as Rotom-W and Gliscor slightly harder. However, Psychic does fail to OHKO Terrakion in sandstorm, unlike Psyshock, which OHKOes regardless of the weather. Focus Blast allows Alakazam to hit Pokemon that would otherwise wall him, such as Tyranitar. It is important to note that even while holding a Choice Scarf, Tyranitar is still slower than Alakazam and will be OHKOed by Focus Blast. Shadow Ball provides important coverage against other Psychic-type threats such as Latios and Latias. The last move comes down to personal preference. Hidden Power Ice allows Alakazam to effectively revenge kill Dragon-types while Hidden Power Fire is useful to hit Steel-types that are not weak to Focus Blast, such as Genesect and Scizor. Substitute can be used over a Hidden Power, as it eases prediction significantly and provides Alakazam a form of protection against other revenge killers. However, be warned that using Substitute in tandem with Focus Sash will make it much less useful, and the lack of extra coverage can be detrimental as a revenge killer.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EVs recommended are fairly straightforward, maximizing Alakazam's Speed and Special Attack to make it a formidable foe. While a Modest nature may be tempting, it is highly recommended that you stick with Timid, as with a Modest nature you fail to contend with the many Pokemon that lurk between base 108 and 120 Speed, ranging from Terrakion all the way to Dugtrio, including Choice Scarf Tyranitar, one of the most notable Psychic-type killers. There is almost no reason to invest in bulk as with his pitiful defenses, Alakazam is more or less going to be brought down to his Focus Sash regardless of investment. Alakazam can use Calm Mind as his fourth move if a Hidden Power or Substitute don't suit your fancy. If you do decide to run Calm Mind, do keep in mind (heh) that you are not aiming to take a hit in order to set up, but instead you are aiming to switch into something you will scare out, and thus allow you to set up a Calm Mind.</p>

    <p>Alakazam is best suited to offensive teams requiring an offensive revenge killer. Alakazam, like all other offensive Pokemon, appreciates entry hazard support to weaken opponents. As such, Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and Skarmory (your examples kinda contradict the first sentence in this paragraph, but OU doesn't really have any offensive Spikers; maybe Deoxys-D?) are good teammates as both are capable of setting of Spikes. Alakazam will naturally draw out Pokemon such as Jirachi and Scizor, so it is important to have teammates that can capitalize on these Pokemon. Magnezone is the obvious choice, as it is able to trap both Pokemon and properly dispose of them, while Skarmory can set Spikes up on both.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Alakazam receives the always-nifty Encore, providing a chance for one of his teammates to set up. It can also use Choice Specs for immediate power but it is a generally inferior option to the extra chance to attack Focus Sash can provide or the freedom Life Orb provides (it being recoilless adds to your point here). A Flame Orb + Trick set is usable, but you are better off just firing off attacks than relying on nonexistent bulk. Thunder Wave is a good alternative for crippling the opponent's Pokemon, and Energy Ball is useful for being able to OHKO Gastrodon and Quagsire, who would otherwise be annoying because of their bulk. Charge Beam can be used to finish off weakened foes and to get the occasional Special Attack boost, but the lack of coverage and power is a major drawback.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Alakazam's biggest enemies are those he cannot 2HKO. Pokemon such as Jirachi and Metagross can take any two attacks from Alakazam and proceed to KO him. Scizor is a good check provided Alakazam lacks Hidden Power Fire, as Scizor can use priority to decimate Alakazam. Genesect is in the same boat as Scizor, except it lacks the priority Scizor has. Multiple-hit moves such as Icicle Spear and Rock Blast are a good way to handle Alakazam, as those moves bypass Focus Sash. Alakazam also fears nearly everything quicker than it, so Tornadus-T and Jolteon make Alakazam's moustache tremble in fear, as do most Choice Scarf users. Weavile not only outspeeds Alakazam, but can also trap him with Pursuit, KOing Alakazam even if he stays in. Sableye and Spiritomb are two Pokemon that can reliably beat Alakazam, due to their immunities to Alakazam's STAB and second-strongest attack, Focus Blast.</p>
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