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Alakazam (update) [GP 2/2]

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  1. Crystal_

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    [Overview]

    <p>While often overshadowed by bulkier and more versatile special sweepers in the newer generations, Alakazam fulfills a very important role in RBY, working as an effective special wall with Recover while being able to put pressure on its opponents with its limited but powerful special offense. Access to Thunder Wave coupled with high Speed and its ability to force plays with a powerful STAB Psychic makes Alakazam one of the best paralysis spreaders in the game. In addition to coming from a 368 Special stat, Psychic also makes great use of Alakazam's high critical hit rate, which, along with Psychic's 30% chance to lower the Special stat of your opponent, makes Alakazam very difficult and tricky to deal with at times; this often forces predictable and defensive plays that the user may be able to capitalize on. At the very least, Psychic's ability to force opponents out, even the number one special wall, Chansey, should let Alakazam keep spreading the ever dominant paralysis as long as what switches in has not already been paralyzed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Standard
    move 1: Psychic
    move 2: Recover
    move 3: Thunder Wave
    move 4: Reflect / Seismic Toss

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Alakazam is kind of a "jack of all trades" Pokemon. Often, it's used in the lead position with the mere objective to take sleep. In part, because common sleepers have no other way around Alakazam; in part, due to its ability to wake up late in the game in some scenarios. While others would argue about Chansey instead, Alakazam is actually the Pokemon that most gears RBY towards stall. While it doesn't accomplish much against opposing Alakazam, Chansey, or Starmie, they can't do much back either apart from a freeze from Starmie or Chansey. Thunder Wave, however, often acts as a deterrent for Starmie, who due to its different defensive uses, generally hates getting paralyzed much more than Alakazam does. In addition, Psychic's ability to force Chansey out after a couple of Special drops may let Alakazam paralyze or hurt whatever switches in, or at least give the user the possibility to change momentum by going on the offensive with a physical sweeper such as Rhydon or Snorlax against a weakened Chansey. However, Psychic's low PP means that Alakazam will risk running out of Psychics if abusing this strategy. Nonetheless, Alakazam is still capable of stalling Chansey out of PP one-on-one, assuming that Alakazam hasn't used much of its own PP beforehand. For this reason, Alakazam often works as a backup defensive alternative to your own Chansey when it comes to taking on opposing Chansey.</p>

    <p>Alakazam shares with Chansey some of its walling capabilities. Alakazam works as a great wall to Exeggutor, and while not as effective as Chansey, Alakazam also makes for a good answer to other specially based Pokemon such as Lapras and Jynx, thanks to its great Special and Speed stats. Alakazam is also a great Gengar counter due to Psychic's ability to 2HKO it, and maybe even OHKO with a critical hit, and Alakazam is one of the few Pokemon able to outspeed Gengar. Alakazam's main advantage over Chansey comes from its powerful STAB Psychic, which will at least 3HKO any physical sweeper brave enough to switch into or take on Alakazam.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A common fourth move for Alakazam is Reflect. Due to its extremely low physical defensive prowess, your opponent can capitalize on a paralyzed Alakazam by switching into a predicted Recover or even Seismic Toss. Unless Alakazam is totally healthy, Snorlax and Tauros can both threaten it with a KO from Hyper Beam, and Rhydon and Golem can also switch into a Thunder Wave and hit Alakazam for around 70% damage with Earthquake. When Alakazam uses Reflect, these Pokemon become reliant on critical hits or Selfdestruct/Explosion to faint it. Of course, Reflect won't be up when you are switching Alakazam in and your opponent predicts on that turn, but it's great when you are in stall wars against Chansey, who can paralyze Alakazam and set up a physical sweeper switch-in. In this sense, Reflect not only works defensively, but also offensively, as it limits the ways your opponent has to deal with Alakazam, forcing him or her to deal with it by using stall tactics and stall Pokemon. Thanks to Psychic, forcing these kind of plays may let the user spread more paralysis or set up offensive switches into enemy Chansey. Reflect can also halve the damage of Explosion, and although they will still almost OHKO Alakazam, the ability to survive Exeggutor's Explosion is noteworthy, as Exeggutor has generally no other way around Alakazam.</p>

    <p>The other common option for the last slot is Seismic Toss. It exposes Alakazam's weak defense, consequently limiting its effectiveness on stall match-ups in the long run as explained above, but has some advantages nonetheless. While Alakazam and Starmie can both easily switch in and deal with non-Seismic Toss Alakazam, especially if they are packing Seismic Toss and Surf, respectively, Seismic Toss on your own Alakazam makes doing this a very risky proposition for your opponent. Seismic Toss almost 3HKOes opposing Alakazam, making the KO possible after two or three turns of full paralysis. A bit of luck is required to pull off the kill, but Seismic Toss is often just enough to annoy an opposing Alakazam and make it switch out, and the same can generally be said against Starmie unless Thunder Wave alone scares it before. Slowbro will have a much harder time setting up against an Alakazam packing Seismic Toss, which is a 4HKO. Psychic will do almost no damage once Slowbro has started raising its Special stat with Amnesia unless Alakazam scores a critical hit. In this sense, Seismic Toss on Alakazam limits its possible switch-ins initially to pretty much only Chansey, because even if Alakazam's Defense is unboosted, nobody is going to switch a physical attacker from the get-go into a likely Psychic. In addition, the usual Psychic-resistant switches your opponent may make to reset Chansey's Special or avoid being stalled out are significantly damaged by Seismic Toss. Lastly, Seismic Toss could also come in handy on a lead Alakazam, hitting common sleepers such as Exeggutor and Jynx slightly harder before they put Alakazam to sleep.</p>

    <p>Due to Alakazam's low Defense, it's especially recommended to use some backup physically bulky Pokemon to switch into physical attackers, or at least temporarily. A combination of Golem or Rhydon and one of Exeggutor, Lapras, Slowbro, or Cloyster provides pretty good defense against Snorlax, although you could just get away with only using one of them if you keep it healthy, especially with Cloyster. It should be noted, however, that Golem and Rhydon alone won't do well against Snorlax packing Surf, and Exeggutor sometimes gets worn down in the early game. Exeggutor and Starmie work well against Golem and Rhydon's assaults, although you will have to be careful and keep them free from paralysis, especially Starmie. Tauros is much harder to deal with, but it won't generally switch into Alakazam unless it is in a position to revenge kill it with Body Slam. The bulky Water-types mentioned above might have a couple of switches into it, though. Having a plan against Slowbro is also a good idea. Fast Thunderbolt users such as Starmie, Gengar, Zapdos, Jolteon, and possibly Lapras work well due to their high chance of scoring a critical hit, which will ignore its Amnesia boosts. Explosions are safer bets as long as you don't get outpredicted, but involve sacrificing at least one Pokemon. Examples include the aforementioned Exeggutor, Golem, and Cloyster as well as Snorlax.</p>

    <p>The combination of Alakazam and Chansey is known for being able to handle every specially-based Pokemon other than Slowbro. Alakazam is generally sent against Pokemon with threatening sleep or exploding moves such as Exeggutor and Gengar, while Chansey generally switches into more "pure" special sweepers such as Starmie and Lapras, scaring them out with Thunderbolt and Thunder Wave. Alakazam and Chansey together can also handle opposing Alakazam pretty well, and both Chansey and Alakazam serve as answers to opposing Chansey. On the other hand, Alakazam can also be useful on more offensive teams lacking Chansey as it can help cover the threats that Chansey would otherwise cover while possibly spreading more paralysis to support your sweepers, despite not working as well defensively.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Alakazam has a very limited movepool and it's advised to stick to the options above. Kinesis is mostly useful for dealing with Chansey. It could make it easier to switch in a physical sweeper after some accuracy drops, and can even work as a way to reduce Chansey's chances of scoring a freeze. Accuracy drops will disappear by just switching out, however, but this switch may let Alakazam paralyze something else. Kinesis could be useful in some last Pokemon scenarios as well. Counter could sometimes be useful, but Psychic will still hit pretty hard against what Counter is meant to hit anyway; counter can work against Seismic Toss from another Alakazam too, however. Mimic could give you an Ice-type move from Chansey or Starmie with some luck, but that's really about it. All in all, neither Counter or Mimic are generally worth wasting a moveslot for.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Chansey, Alakazam, and Starmie are all able to easily sponge Alakazam's Psychics initially and shrug them off with Recover or Softboiled. However, Alakazam and Starmie should watch out for Seismic Toss. Chansey and Starmie also have the possibility to go for the freeze via Ice Beam or Blizzard. All three are obviously susceptible to being paralyzed, so, in this sense, Chansey is usually the best choice, as it doesn't care much about paralysis. Chansey isn't scared of Seismic Toss either thanks to its stellar HP.</p>

    <p>However, resorting to only one of them tends to not be enough. Because of Psychic's ability to score a Special drop, they may eventually not be able to shrug off Psychics well. After two Special drops, even Chansey is 3HKOed by Psychic, which means that a single full paralysis could put Chansey at risk of being KOed. For this reason, having another backup Pokemon that can take a Psychic well is recommended. These include any of the Psychic-types, such as Exeggutor, Slowbro, or Jynx, apart from the aforementioned Starmie and Alakazam. In addition, these Pokemon don't care about paralysis as much as physical sweepers such as Snorlax or Tauros do. Slowbro's ability to set up Amnesia against Alakazam is noteworthy. Unless Alakazam is packing Seismic Toss, it will almost always be forced to switch out, if not always, thus giving Slowbro a free turn to set up its Amnesia or Thunder Wave.</p>

    <p>Alakazam has, after Jynx, the lowest defensive prowess in OU. A STAB Body Slam from Snorlax or Tauros will usually 2HKO it, while Rhydon and Golem's Earthquake and Persian's Slash will do around 70%. The problem is, however, that Alakazam can outspeed and 3HKO all of these Pokemon with Psychic, even having a chance to OHKO Golem, Rhydon, and Persian and almost OHKO Tauros with a critical hit. You will have to paralyze Alakazam in order to apply this strategy. A predicted Recover could be the best moment to switch in a physical attacker, although Rhydon and Golem can also switch into Thunder Wave. If Alakazam is behind Reflect, however, it's extremely risky to go in offensively, because you will pretty much always need a critical hit to succeed. Switching the physical sweeper into the predicted Alakazam switch-in is required to deal with Reflect Alakazam this way.</p>

    <p>Lastly, if Alakazam is becoming really tough to deal with, you can also try to Explode on it. Even if Alakazam is behind Reflect, all Explosions (except from Gengar) will generally hit Alakazam hard enough to lower it to the point where any STAB non-Psychic-type attack will finish it off. You will have to watch out for Alakazam switching out after the Explosion and recovering damage later on against Chansey or a Psychic-type, though. Lowering Alakazam first to around 60% or 70% is the safest route to ensure the kill.</p>
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    Seismic toss should definitely be included in the main set.
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    I always thought Reflect was superior tbh. It is kinda what lets zam do what it is meant to do. Reflect forces opponents to go defensively with Chansey which is what zam wants imo, to be able to spread more para or set up a physical switch. With Seismic Toss this is much riskier because a switch-in to a physical attacker from your opponent if zam is paralyzed (when he is recovering or even tossing or twaving if you go to rhydon/golem) pretty much means that he just got a free Slam/EQ.

    So I think that ST has three main advantages: Countering Reflect Alakazams (most of the times at least), being able to out PP Chansey's Softboiled, and hit Exeggutor/Jynx harder on average when they are going to put you to sleep. I still felt that ST didn't deserve a slash in the main set, but okay' i'll slash it, I think that's what most people will do anyway...

    But I feel that "countering Alakazam" could even be kinda misleading. In this regard, what STZam is intended to prevent is having to resort to Chansey to take on opposing alakazam. However, if your Alakazam is continually using ST or Recover that could easily lead to your opponent capitalizing with something like Snorlax or Rhydon/golem or something which is what reflect is trying to prevent...
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    I'd say ST is more useful for conserving Psychics against Psychic resists in general than it is about the extra damage. Psychic's 16 PP is Alakazam's greatest downfall, after all. When the damage is helpful, it's in forcing opposing Zam to switch out and consistently making it harder for Slowbro to capitalize.
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    Oh yeah Slowbro, how did I forget about him!?
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    Looks good, all the main concepts behind Alakazam use are covered. APPROVED. Just one thing:

    Alakazam doesn't quite share Chansey's ability to handle opposing Recover users. Chansey abuses the Freeze chance and, unlike Alakazam, isn't vulnerable to the not-unheard-of Seismic Tosses and Starmie Surfs. This also means that the whole "they can't do much back" thing in the preceding paragraph isn't entirely true for more reasons than just the Freeze chance.

    Also, is it legal to bisect the Set Comments section with an AC section like that?
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    Well, I didn't really wanted to mean that Alakazam can deal with recoverers prefectly, just that it often ends up being the go-to Pokemon against other recoveres and works kinda well. If you are paralyzed, they won't do anything unless they pack SToss or STAB Surf/Hydro Pump. Even if you are not para'd and Chansey wants to go for the freeze, Alakazam could easily be the best mon to go if your Chansey is not paralyzed and your opponent's Chansey is (or if you dont even have Chansey). Starmie would probably be scared out by Twave anyway, and it usually packs Blizzard, so the chance of freezing is much smaller (and he will probably want to save a few Blizzards as well, or had already used a few, or whatever).
    Oh yea, I don't know... But I felt like moving to AC part of the explanation of each last move was the best idea (rather than moving only ST for example)
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    You can put under parentheses that a 2HKO means that Gengar risks an OHKO from a highly probable CH Psychic.

    And yea, you cannot bisect Set Comments and AC like that... I'd simply make the last 3 paragraphs AC, but if you have a better idea, Crystal, than go for it.

    Solid analysis as always, Crystal!

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    okay, I made the last 3 paragraphs AC
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    Ok:
    I think this would be confusing for someone new to RBY. It would be nice if you could find some way to explicitly state how it is limited..

    I dont really like this line. You use the phrase "force plays" several times in this article, but at this point it isnt really clear what you mean.
    I think you use it much better the next time when you say:
    "often forcing predictable and defensive plays that the user may be able to capitalize on." Though I get this isnt really exactly the same thing you were saying in the first line, it could be better to get rid of that first one, and make the second one cover both.. Just with more detail about what "force plays" means.

    Redundant.

    This is a really confusing line..

    Just say couple. It is vague enough.

    *is likely to
    or something.

    What do you mean by maybe? Does it or doesnt it?

    Also, you have seismic toss in the main set but not in the main comments. Also, if smogon was going to recommend one particular set, I would prefer it be seismic toss. You've really given a one-sided view here.. But if you havent used seismic toss and want some advantages here goes:
    Saves psychic PP while causing damage. Vital in stall wars against Alakazams and Starmies. Also in a stall war, your opponent cant pp waste you by switching between two pokemon as easily.
    Good damage against sleeping pokemon: well over half of the time the pokemon that gets put to sleep is some kind of psychic type.
    Makes it much harder for Slowbro to set up.

    To me the difference can be summed up as: Reflect can force a stall war, Seismic Toss can win a stall war.
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    okay, after some thinking:

    Lets consider a situation where you are forced or want to switch out against alakazam. It doesn't matter if zam packs reflect or not, if it's up or not, you are not switching a physical attacker into a Psychic. So in this situation, ST is better; if you pack ST, neither another zam or starmie can really switch into you (well they can, but they will be in a mismatch unless the other zam also stosses, and switching ST zam could still be risky). So that leaves us with only Chansey being a good switch-in here.
    However, if zam reflects instead, all of chasney/zam/starm can switch into zam without taking risks and enter a stall war. And should zam stosses or starmie surfs they have the upper hand on reflectzam at least in theory. Not to mention Slowbro can also switch more easily into reflect and capitalize on zam.

    HOWEVER, now lets consider chansey is what ends up switching into zam. SToss zam will be taking a lot of risks if it goes for the stall war, because chansey can para zam, tbolt it and set up a physical switchin into the predicted recover, or even into ST, or Twave if Rhydon/golem. So the advantage zam could have on stoss' extra pp and the ability to PP stall chansey/softboiled out will only be useful IF chansey stays in, if chansey is forced to stay in. I don't think ST zam accomplishes that in general if your opponent is packing Snorlax/Golem/Rhydon/even Tauros (as long as they are not dead).

    So I'd say, ST zam forces Chansey wars, Reflect not always, but if it does, it's safer/better at them.

    If ST happens to be better it's mostly due to what i said in the first paragraph. Anyway, i'll modify the analysis so that it becomes more impartial, but that's going to happen sometime next week as i'm busy for now. Oh,, and I thought I'd mentioned stoss ability to wear down psychics like egg/jynx faster and without wasting psychics but for some reason i didn't... Going to add it too.

    EDIT: team options to come as well
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    just some grammar and spelling changes...sorry if I missed something
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    I'll be back on this again tomorrow or on Thursday. I hadn't forgotten about this, it's just that I've been really busy. Going to rewrite some things and add a team comments paragraph as well.

    EDIT: I lied. Done this already! Maybe a bit too quickly though. I'm probably giving it a last read tomorrow, but feel free to comment it/give it a GP check already. Consider it QC 0 / 2+Hip again.
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    You still haven't fixed this error.
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    Edited the OP with DarXidE's check (despite being a check of the previous version). I guess this is ready for GP checks now if the other approvals still count.
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    I need a chance to go over this again. I havent gone through it since my last check.

    At a glance I still dont like the fact you are playing favourite with reflect.. "Arguably" is a weasel word and shouldnt be used.
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    i don't think i said that it's better or anything, just that it's more common (and it actually is imo). but sure, i'll give you time to give this a check.
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    This next paragraph I would do like this:
    Because it is never easy to switch a physical pokemon into alakazam. If you do this enough it will crit psychic you, or paralyse your tauros..

    The line about being offensive because it forces stall is just confusing.. And to be honest, I would argue that seismic toss forces offensive by making stalling zam all but impossible as much as reflect forces stalling.
    Uhh, this should be "after Jynx" or something, "along with" suggests they have equally bad defensive prowess.
    And neither a snorlax nor tauros is guaranteed to 2hko alakazam.
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    okay let me know what you think now.
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    This should just be "difficult" or "tricky" they mean the same thing.

    Take out:
    This is not true. If it is true its only a current trend.. It also implies reflect is better than seismic toss which I really dont think is a recommendation we should make.

    This also carries the implication that Reflect is the more generally useful move and seismic toss is just something to try in special circumstances.

    Find another way to introduce these two moves.

    Neither of these are guaranteed, "will" implies certainty use "can" or "may" or "will usually".
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    last changes in blue
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    Looks good.
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    okay finally ready for GP checks
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    [Overview]

    <p>While often overshadowed by bulkier and more versatile special sweepers in the newer generations, Alakazam fulfills a very important role in RBY, working as an effective special wall with Recover, (remove comma) while being able to put pressure on its opponents with its limited but powerful special offense. Access to Thunder Wave, (remove comma) coupled with high speed and its ability to force switches I think this is what you mean? with a powerful STAB Psychic makes Alakazam one of the best paralysis spreaders in the game. In addition to coming from a 368 Special stat, Psychic also makes great use of Alakazam’s high Critical Hit rate, which along with Psychic’s 30% chance to lower the Special stat of your opponent, makes Alakazam very difficult and tricky to deal with at times, often forcing predictable and defensive plays that the user may be able to capitalize on. At the very least, Psychic’s ability to force opponents out, even the number one special wall Chansey, should let Alakazam keep spreading the ever dominant paralysis…as long as what switches in has not already been paralyzed.</p>

    [SET]

    name: Standard
    move 1: Psychic
    move 2: Recover
    move 3: Thunder Wave
    move 4: Reflect / Seismic Toss

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Alakazam is kind of a "jack of all trades" Pokemon. Often, it's used in the lead position with the mere objective to take the Sleep. In part, because common sleepers have no other way around Alakazam; in part, due to its ability to wake up late in the game in some scenarios. While others would argue about Chansey instead, Alakazam is actually the Pokemon that most gears RBY towards stall. While it doesn't accomplish much against opposing Alakazam, Chansey, (add comma) or Starmie, they can't do much back either, apart from a freeze from Starmie or Chansey. Thunder Wave, however, often acts as a deterrent for Starmie, who due to its different defensive uses, generally hates getting paralyzed much more than Alakazam does. In additon, Psychic's ability to force Chansey out after a couple of special drops, (remove comma) may let Alakazam paralyze or hurt whatever switches in, or at least give the user the possibility to change momentum by going to the offensive with a physical sweeper like Rhydon or Snorlax against a weakened Chansey. However, Psychic's low PP means that Alakazam will risk running out of Psychics if abusing this strategy. Nonetheless, Alakazam is still capable of stalling Chansey out of PP one-on-one, (add comma) assuming that Alakazam hasn't used much of its PP beforehand. For this reason, Alakazam often works as a backup defensive alternative to your own Chansey when it comes to taking on opposing Chansey.</p>

    <p>Alakazam shares with Chansey some of its walling capabilities. Alakazam works as a great Exeggutor wall, and while not as effective as Chansey, Alakazam also makes a good answer to other specially based Pokemon such as Lapras and Jynx, thanks to its great Special and Speed stats. Alakazam is also a great Gengar counter due to Psychic's ability to 2HKO it, and even OHKO with a Critical Hit, and Alakazam is one of the few Pokemon able to outspeed Gengar. Alakazam's main advantage over Chansey comes from its powerful STAB Psychic, which will at least 3HKO or better any physical sweeper brave enough to switch into or take on Alakazam.</p>

    <p>A common fourth move for Alakazam is Reflect. Due to its extremely low physical defensive prowess, your opponent can capitalize on a paralyzed Alakazam by switching into a predicted Recover, (remove comma) or even Seismic Toss if Alakazam is packing it. Unless Alakazam is totally healthy, Snorlax and Tauros can both threaten it with a KO from Hyper Beam, and Rhydon and Golem can also switch into a Thunder Wave and hit Alakazam for around 70% damage with Earthquake. When Alakazam uses Reflect, these pokemon become reliant on Critcal Hits or Selfdestruct/Explosion to faint it. Of course, Reflect won't be up when you are switching Alakazam in and your opponent predicts you on that turn, but it's great when you are into stall wars against Chansey, who can paralyze Alakazam and set up a physical sweeper switch-in. Reflect can also halve the damage of Explosion, and although they will still almost OHKO you, the ability to survive Exeggutor's Explosion is noteworthy, as Exeggutor has generally no other way around Alakazam.</p>

    <p>In this sense, Reflect not only works defensively, but also offensively, as it limits the ways your opponent has to deal with Alakazam, forcing him or her to deal with it using stall tactics and stall Pokemon. Thanks to Psychic, forcing these kind of plays may let the user spread more paralysis or set up offensive swithes into enemy Chansey. Alakazam can become really dangerous as the match goes on and your opponent starts lacking viable Pokemon to switch into Alakazam when he or she needs to reset Chansey's Special stat. It should be noted, however, that Chansey along with a Psychic-type tends to be plenty enough to neutralize Alakazam's offense.</p>

    <p>The other common option for the last slot is Seismic Toss. It exposes Alakazam's weak defense, consequently limiting its effectiveness on stall matchups in the long run as explained above, but has some advantages nonetheless. While Alakazam and Starmie can both easily switch in and deal with non-Seismic Toss Alakazam, especially if they are packing Seismic Toss and Surf respectively, Seismic Toss on your own Alakazam makes doing this a very risky proposition for your opponent. Seismic Toss almost 3HKOes opposing Alakazam, (add comma) making the KO possible after two or three turns of full paralysis. A bit of luck is required to pull off the kill, but Seismic Toss is often enough to annoy an opposing Alakazam and make it switch out, and the same can generally be said against Starmie unless Thunder Wave alone scares it before. In this sense, Seismic Toss on Alakazam limits its possible switch-ins initially to pretty much only Chansey, because even if Alakazam's defense is unboosted nobody is going to switch a physical attacker from the get-go into a likely Psychic. In addition, the usual Psychic-resistant switches your opponent may make to reset Chansey's Special or avoid being stalled out, (remove comma) are significantly damaged by Seismic Toss.</p>

    <p>Slowbro will have a much harder time setting up against a Alakazam packing Seismic Toss, which is a 4HKO. Psychic will do almost no damage once Slowbro has started raising its Special Stat with Amnesia unless Alakazam scores a Critical Hit. Apart from Slowbro, Seismic Toss can also be useful against other Psychic-types, (add comma) such as Exeggutor and Jynx, as it can wear them down faster and without wasting Psychic's precious PP. Seismic Toss could also come in handy on a lead Alakazam for this reason, hitting these two sleepers slightly harder before they put Alakazam to sleep. However, unless you manage to hit them more than once, the damage difference tends not to be pretty irrelevant, especially considering Psychic's chance of scoring a Critical Hit or causing a Special drop. Lastly, thanks to Seismic Toss' 32 PP, Alakazam not only does not lose its ability to PP stall Chansey out, but it also usually gains the ability to force Chansey's Softboiled out of PP when Seismic Tosses are combined with some Psychics.</p>

    [ADITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Due to Alakazam's low Defense, it's especially recommended to use some backup physically bulky Pokemon to switch into physical atatckers, (add comma) or at least temporally. A combiantion of Golem or Rhydon and one of Exeggutor, Lapras, Slowbro, (add comma) or Cloyster provides pretty good defense against Snorlax, although you could just get away with only using one of them if you keep it healthy, especially with Cloyster. It should be noted, (add comma) however, that Golem and Rhydon alone won't do well against Snorlax packing Surf and that Exeggutor sometimes gets worn down in the early game. Exeggutor and Starmie work well against Golem and Rhydon's assaults, although you will have to be careful and keep them free from paralysis, especially Starmie. Tauros is much harder to deal with, but it won't generally switch into Alakazam unless it is in a position to revenge kill it with Body Slam. The bulky Water-types mentioned above might have a couple of switches into it, (add comma) though. Having a plan against Slowbro is also a good idea. Fast Thunderbolt users such as Starmie, Gengar, Zapdos, Jolteon, (add comma) and possibly Lapras work well due to their high chance of scoring a Critical Hit, which will ignore its Amnesia boosts. Explosions are safer bets as long as you don't get outpredicted, but involve sacrificing (at least) one Pokemon. Examples include aforementioned Exeggutor, Golem, (add comma) and Cloyster as well as Snorlax. Golem's Explosion is more predictable due to dying to one Surf, however.</p>

    <p>The combination of Alakazam and Chansey is known for being able to handle every specially-based Pokemon other than Slowbro. Alakazam is generally sent against Pokemon with threatening sleep or exploding moves such as Exeggutor and Gengar while Chansey generally swicthes into more "pure" special sweepers such as Starmie and Lapras, (add comma) scaring them out with Thunderbolt and Thunder Wave. Alakazam and Chansey together can also handle opposing Alakazam pretty well, and both Chansey and Alakazam serve as answers to opposing Chansey. On the other hand, Alakazam can also be useful into more offensive teams lacking Chansey as it can help covering the threats Chansey would otherwise cover while possibly spreading more paralysis to support your sweepers, despite not working as well defnsively.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Alakazam has a very limited movepool and it's advised to stick to the options above. Kinesis is mostly useful for dealing with Chansey. It could make it easier to switch in a physical sweeper after some accuracy drops, and can even work as a way to reduce Chansey's chances of scoring a freeze. Accuracy drops will disappear by just switching out, however, but this switch out may let Alakazam paralyze something else. Kinesis could be useful in some last Pokemon scenarios as well. Counter could sometimes be useful, but Psychic will still hit pretty hard what Counter is meant to hit anyway. Counter can work against Seismic Toss from another Alakazam too, however. Mimic could give you an Ice-type move from Chansey or Starmie with some luck but that's really about it. All in all, neither Counter or Mimic are generally worth wasting a moveslot for.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Chansey, Alakazam, (add comma) and Starmie are all able to easily sponge Alakazam's Psychics initially and shrug them off with Recover or Softboiled. However, Alakazam and Starmie should watch out for Seismic Toss. Chansey and Starmie also have the possibility to go for the freeze via Ice Beam or Blizzard. All three are obviously susceptible to being paralyzed, so, in this sense, Chansey is usually the best choice, as it usually doesn't care much about paralysis. Chansey isn't scared of Seismic Toss either, thanks to its stellar HP.</p>

    <p>However, resorting to only one of them tends to not be enough. Because of Alakazam's Psychic's ability to score a Special drop, they may eventually not be able to shrug off Psychics well. After two Special drops, even Chansey is 3HKOed by Psychic, which means that a single full
    paralysis could put Chansey at in the risk of being KOed. For this reason, having another backup Pokemon that can take a Psychic well is recommended. These include any of the Psychic-types, such as Exeggutor, Slowbro, (add comma) or Jynx, apart from the aforementioned Starmie and Alakazam. In addition, these Pokemon don't care about paralysis as much as physical sweepers such as Snorlax or Tauros do. Slowbro's ability to set up Amnesia against into Alakazam's face is noteworthy. Unless Alakazam is packing Seismic Toss, it will almost always be forced to switch out, if not always, thus giving Slowbro a free turn to set up its Amnesia or Thunder Wave away.</p>

    <p>Alakazam has, after Jynx, the lowest defensive prowess in OU. A STAB Body Slam from Snorlax or Tauros will usually 2HKO it, while Rhydon and Golem's Earthquake and Persian's Slash will do around 70%. The problem is, however, that Alakazam can outspeed and 3HKO all of these with Psychic, even having a chance to OHKO Golem, Rhydon and Persian and almost OHKO Tauros with a Critical Hit. You will have to paralyze Alakazam in order to apply this strategy. A predicted Recover could be the best moment to switch in a physical attacker, although Rhydon and Golem can also switch in into Thunder Wave. If Alakazam is behind Reflect, however, it's extremely risky to go in offensively, because you will pretty much always need a Critical Hit to succeed. Switching in the physical sweeper into the Alakazam predicted switch-in is required to deal with Reflect Alakazam this way. (This doesn't make any sense. Were you trying to say "double switch"?)</p>

    <p>Lastly, if Alakazam is becoming really tough to deal with, you can also try to explode on it. Even if Alakazam is behind Reflect, all Explosions (except from Gengar) will generally hit Alakazam hard enough to lower it to the point where any STAB non-Psychic-type attack will finish it off. You will have to watch out from Alakazam switching out after the explosion and recovering damage later on against Chansey or a Psychic-type, though. Lowering Alakazam first to around 60% or 70% is the safest route to ensure the kill.</p>
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