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Ampharos (QC 3/3) [GP 2/2]

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by -Tsunami-, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. -Tsunami-

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    [Overview]

    <p>For a Pokemon that spends all of its time in a lighthouse, Ampharos is anything but weak. Boasting a base 115 Special Attack stat, along with solid base defenses and HP, Ampharos can deal massive damage with its great coverage moves. Its low Speed is a problem, but its bulk slightly negates this weakness. Aside from access to Volt Switch, which allows it to scout switch-ins, Ampharos also has an annoying ability in Static, which can cripple sweepers that try to end its parade. Overall, Ampharos should not be underestimated, as this cute Pokemon can tear its opponent's world apart.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Agility
    move 1: Agility
    move 2: Thunderbolt
    move 3: Focus Blast
    move 4: Substitute / Hidden Power Grass / Cotton Guard
    item: Leftovers / Life Orb
    ability: Static
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 24 HP / 252 SpA / 232 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set utilizes Ampharos's superb coverage, excellent Special Attack stat, and access to Agility to sweep the opposition like no other. Thunderbolt provides Ampharos with a strong STAB move, and Focus Blast lets Ampharos destroy common special walls, such as Ferroseed. Agility is the crux of this set, boosting Ampharos's Speed to high levels and allowing it to outspeed a large part of the metagame. Substitute is the preferred option in the fourth slot, letting Ampharos block status and tank weak attacks. Hidden Power Grass is also an option, allowing Ampharos to defeat threats such as Claydol that would otherwise stop it cold. Finally, Cotton Guard boosts Ampharos's Defense by 3 stages and allows it to easily set up on Pokemon such as Honchkrow.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Timid nature is preferred since it lets Ampharos outrun Timid Choice Scarf Rotom-C, Modest Choice Scarf Rotom, all Choice Scarf Medicham, and Accelgor. A Modest nature, on the other hand, lets Ampharos hit as hard as possible; this should be used in tandem with an EV spread of 48 HP / 252 SpA / 208 Spe to let it reach 396 Speed, which outruns Aerodactyl and below. Regardless of which nature Ampharos runs, even after a boost, it will still be outrun by common Choice Scarf users such as Moltres, but Ampharos's solid bulk will let it take at least one hit; its bulk also helps with sponging priority attacks. Leftovers is the preferred item since it lets Ampharos restore its health, but Life Orb lets it hit harder. Static can be useful in certain situations, crippling sweepers that try to take out Ampharos.</p>

    <p>This set appreciates entry hazard support, as it makes Ampharos's job much easier; Pokemon such as Ferroseed are good partners for this. A cleric can be helpful, especially if Ampharos is not running Subsitute. A Pokemon with Pursuit, such as Honchkrow, can also be a good partner to take out Claydol; this is even more important if Ampharos is not running Hidden Power Grass.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Specially Defensive
    move 1: Thunderbolt / Discharge
    move 2: Heal Bell
    move 3: Toxic
    move 4: Volt Switch / Focus Blast
    item: Leftovers
    ability: Static
    nature: Calm
    evs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set uses Ampharos's solid special bulk to wall the special attackers of RU like no other. Its Electric typing and good Special Defense stat mean that it can easily take on the likes of Manectric and Rotom. While it does lack a reliable recovery move, it does have access to Heal Bell to cure status, as well as an excellent Special Attack stat, meaning it can deal a massive amount of damage to the opposition. Thunderbolt is a reliable and powerful STAB move, but Discharge can be used for its higher paralysis chance. Toxic cripples walls that try to take on Ampharos, and Volt Switch allows it to scout and preserve momentum. However, Focus Blast is also an option in the last slot, providing great coverage in tandem with Thunderbolt and allowing Ampharos to destroy otherwise dangerous threats such as Ferroseed.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The given EV spread allows Ampharos to be as specially bulky as possible, and the Calm nature just adds to its bulk. Static is a great ability, allowing Ampharos to have a chance of paralyzing dangerous sweepers that try to finish it off. Leftovers provides Ampharos with a way to restore its HP. Reflect and Light Screen are options to support both Ampharos and its team, but it doesn't have room to run both of them. Wish support is extremely useful, as it will make up for Ampharos's lack of a reliable recovery move, making Pokemon such as Alomomola solid partners. Slow, powerful attackers, such as Druddigon, are also good partners, as Ampharos will be paralyzing things left and right if it is running Discharge. Finally, Hidden Power Grass can be used in the fourth slot to hit Pokemon such as Lanturn and Claydol, but Toxic can usually do the trick anyway.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Focus Blast
    move 3: Hidden Power Grass / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Thunderbolt
    item: Choice Specs / Life Orb
    ability: Static
    nature: Modest
    evs: 208 HP / 252 SpA / 48 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Ampharos's solid bulk and high Special Attack makes it an excellent candidate for a tank set. Volt Switch is the crux of this set, letting Ampharos scout switch-ins and keep the opposition on its toes. Volt Switch becomes even more effective by the fact that this Ampharos can OHKO most of the metagame with the right move. Focus Blast lets Ampharos nail Steel-types, most notably Ferroseed and Probopass. Hidden Power Grass allows Ampharos to defeat Lanturn and Claydol, who otherwise wall this set entirely. Hidden Power Ice is also an option, however, to provide Ampharos with more neutral coverage, and to let it decimate Gligar in exchange for a much weaker hit on the likes of Rhydon and Lanturn. Finally, Thunderbolt is a solid STAB move that, unlike Volt Switch, doesn't force Ampharos to switch out.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Choice Specs is the preferred item, letting Ampharos hit as hard as possible and decimate the metagame. However, Life Orb is also an option, trading some of the power from Choice Specs for the ability to switch moves. A Modest nature and 252 Special Attack EVs allow Ampharos to hit as hard as possible. 48 Speed EVs let Ampharos outrun 4 Speed Clefable and decimate it with Focus Blast before it can cripple Ampharos; 208 HP EVs give Ampharos some extra bulk.</p>

    <p>Prediction is key with this set, especially if Ampharos is holding Choice Specs, as Ground-types such as Rhydon absorb Volt Switch and leave Ampharos a sitting duck. This set appreciates entry hazard support, as it will force switches left and right. Rapid Spin support is also helpful, because with Volt Switch, Ampharos will be switching in a lot. Almost all sweepers are good teammates, as this Ampharos can easily weaken the opposition, especially with entry hazard support. Other Electric-types, such as Galvantula, can also be good partners, as they can destroy common switch-ins, such as Claydol, who can absorb Volt Switch, through the use of their own Grass- (or in Galvantula's case, Bug-) type moves.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Sadly, Ampharos doesn't have too many other options. A SubPunch set can be used, but Pokemon such as Rhydon will still beat it easily due to Ampharos's low Attack stat; opposing Electric-types will also destroy it. Focus Blast hits harder than Focus Punch on almost the entire metagame anyway, bar Munchlax. Signal Beam is another option, but the coverage provided by Hidden Power Grass and Focus Blast makes them much more useful in general.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Claydol can wall all variants of Ampharos that lack Hidden Power Grass or Toxic; Lanturn is in the same boat, although if it runs Heal Bell, it must only watch out for Hidden Power Grass. Entry hazards can be a major problem for Ampharos, especially since it has no way to restore its health; this means that repeated attacks can finish it off as well. The Agility set can still be outsped by almost all Choice Scarf users, so Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Primeape can easily finish it off; physical attackers have to be wary of Static, however. Finally, Golurk can easily finish off Ampharos with an Earthquake, but must be wary of Hidden Power Grass.</p>
  2. Komodo

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    You're missing an overview ;)
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    x.x sorry
    forgot
    finished it now XD
  4. Omicron

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    Cotton Guard?
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    Yes
    It's surprisingly effective. It boosts Ampharos's Defense 3 stages in 1 use, allowing it to easily take ExtremeSpeeds from Entei and Drain Punches from Hitmonchan. It also works very well in tandem with Static and Ampharos's solid base Special Defense
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    golurk is immune to electric and fighting, often outspeeds, and has STAB Earthquake. It's a counter
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    Golurk is 2HKO'd by HP Grass though, so I added that to the Checks and Counters.
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    Be sure to change the EVs on the second set to SpD and not Def since it's a specially defensive set :)

    On the second set move the dual screens to AC.

    Slash Life Orb next to Choice Specs on the third set, tanking is what Ampharos has always been known for, and while the recoil sucks it allows it to switch moves which is awesome when Claydol and friends switch in. I would also slash HP Ice next to HP Grass since it provides more neutral coverage and lets Ampharos blow right through Tangrowth and other Grass-types at the cost of getting a weaker hit on Rhydon and Lanturn.

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    lol fail on my part with the Defense on the Specially Defensive set x.x
    But yeah, changes made :)
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    I've seen Agility Ampharos in action and it's definitively unique enough to have its own analysis.

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    Thanks Pearl :)
    I'll get this written up shortly.
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    Hidden Power Fire should be slashed alongside Focus Blast. Modest HP Fire deals 79,45%-94,52% to Ferroseed which is a 2hko if Ferroseed switches into Tbolt or a very likely 2hko if you have 2 layers of spikes or 1 layer of spikes + SR. It also deals greater damage than Focus Blast to Rotom-C, Tangrowth, Galvantula, Liligant and Sceptile. It also has 100% accuracy, unlike FB's sucky accuracy...
    If you decide to include HP Fire then mention that it should be used with a Modest nature to ohko Ferroseed after SR + Spikes and Galvantula after SR.
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    k I'll add it since I see nothing wrong with it tbh. It still hits Steel-types so it'll work.
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    This is now written and ready for GP checks!
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    awesome work! just remember, use Choice Scarf users instead of scarfers in your final writeup :)

    copypastable (open)
    [Overview]

    <p>For a Pokemon that spends all of its time in a lighthouse, Ampharos is anything but weak. Boasting a base 115 Special Attack stat, along with solid base defenses and HP, Ampharos can deal massive damage with its great coverage moves. Its low Speed does pose a problem, but its bulk slightly negates this weakness. Aside from access to Volt Switch, which allows it to scout switch-ins, Ampharos also has an annoying ability in Static, which can cripple sweepers that try to end its parade. Overall, Ampharos should not be underestimated, as this cute Pokemon can tear its opponent's world apart.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Agility
    move 1: Agility
    move 2: Thunderbolt
    move 3: Focus Blast
    move 4: Substitute / Hidden Power Grass / Cotton Guard
    item: Leftovers / Life Orb
    ability: Static
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 24 HP / 252 SpA / 232 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set utilizes Ampharos's superb coverage, excellent Special Attack stat, and access to Agility to sweep the opposition like no other. Thunderbolt provides Ampharos with a strong STAB move, and Focus Blast lets Ampharos destroy common special walls, such as Ferroseed. Agility is the crux of this set, boosting Ampharos's Speed to high levels and allowing it to outspeed a large part of the metagame. Substitute is the preferred option in the fourth slot, letting Ampharos block status and tank weak attacks. Hidden Power Grass is also an option, allowing Ampharos to defeat threats such as Claydol that would otherwise stop it cold. Finally, Cotton Guard boosts Ampharos's Defense by 3 stages and allows it to easily set up on Pokemon such as Honchkrow.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Timid nature is preferred since it lets Ampharos outrun Timid Choice Scarf Rotom-C, Modest Choice Scarf Rotom, all Choice Scarf Medicham, and Accelgor. A Modest nature, on the other hand, lets Ampharos hit as hard as possible; this should be used in tandem with an EV spread of 48 HP / 252 SpA / 208 Spe to let it reach 396 Speed, which would outrun Aerodactyl and below. Regardless of which nature Ampharos runs, even after a boost, it will still be outrun by common Choice Scarf users such as Moltres, but Ampharos's solid bulk will let it take at least one hit; its bulk also helps with sponging priority attacks. Leftovers is the preferred item since it lets Ampharos restore its health, but Life Orb can be used to let it hit harder. Static can be useful in certain situations, crippling sweepers that try to take out Ampharos.</p>

    <p>This set appreciates entry hazard support, as it makes Ampharos's job much easier; Pokemon such as Ferroseed are good partners for this. A cleric can be helpful, especially if Ampharos is not running Subsitute. A Pokemon with Pursuit, such as Honchkrow, can also be a good partner to take out Claydol; this is even more important if Ampharos is not running Hidden Power Grass.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Specially Defensive
    move 1: Thunderbolt / Discharge
    move 2: Heal Bell
    move 3: Toxic
    move 4: Volt Switch / Focus Blast
    item: Leftovers
    ability: Static
    nature: Calm
    evs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set uses Ampharos's solid special bulk to wall the special attackers of RU like no other. Its Electric typing and good Special Defense stat mean that it can easily take on the likes of Manectric and Rotom. While it does lack a reliable recovery move, it does have access to Heal Bell to cure status, as well as an excellent Special Attack stat, meaning it can deal a massive amount of damage to the opposition. Thunderbolt is a reliable and powerful STAB move, but Discharge can be used for its higher paralysis chance. Toxic cripples walls that try to take on Ampharos, and Volt Switch allows it to scout and preserve momentum. However, Focus Blast is also an option in the last slot, providing great coverage in tandem with Thunderbolt and allowing Ampharos to destroy otherwise dangerous threats such as Ferroseed.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The given EV spread allows Ampharos to be as specially bulky as possible, and the Calm nature just adds to its bulk. Static is a great ability, allowing Ampharos to have a chance of paralyzing dangerous sweepers that try to finish it off. Leftovers provides Ampharos with a way to restore its HP. Reflect and Light Screen are options to support both Ampharos and its team, but it doesn't have room to run both of them. Wish support is extremely useful, as it will make up for Ampharos's lack of a reliable recovery move, making Pokemon such as Alomomola solid partners. Slow, powerful attackers, such as Druddigon, are also good partners, as Ampharos will be paralyzing things left and right if it is running Discharge. Finally, Hidden Power Grass can be used in the fourth slot to hit Pokemon such as Lanturn and Claydol, but Toxic can usually do the trick anyway.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Focus Blast
    move 3: Hidden Power Grass / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Thunderbolt
    item: Choice Specs / Life Orb
    ability: Static
    nature: Modest
    evs: 208 HP / 252 SpA / 48 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Ampharos's solid bulk and high Special Attack makes it an excellent candidate for a tank set. Volt Switch is the crux of this set, letting Ampharos scout switch-ins and keep the opposition on its toes. Volt Switch becomes even more effective by the fact that this Ampharos can OHKO most of the metagame with the right move. Focus Blast lets Ampharos nail Steel-types, most notably Ferroseed and Probopass. Hidden Power Grass allows Ampharos to defeat Lanturn and Claydol, who otherwise wall this set entirely. Hidden Power Ice is also an option, however, to provide Ampharos with more neutral coverage, and to let it decimate Gligar in exchange for a much weaker hit on the likes of Rhydon and Lanturn. Finally, Thunderbolt is a solid STAB move that, unlike Volt Switch, doesn't force Ampharos to switch out.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Choice Specs is the preferred item, letting Ampharos hit as hard as possible and decimate the metagame. However, Life Orb is also an option, trading some of the power from Choice Specs for the ability to switch moves. A Modest nature with 252 Special Attack EVs allow Ampharos to hit as hard as possible. 48 Speed EVs let Ampharos outrun 4 Speed Clefable and decimate it with Focus Blast before it can cripple Ampharos; 208 HP EVs give Ampharos some extra bulk.</p>

    <p>Prediction is key with this set, especially if Ampharos is holding Choice Specs, as Ground-types such as Rhydon can absorb Volt Switch and leave Ampharos a sitting duck. This set appreciates entry hazard support, as it will force switches left and right. Rapid Spin support is also helpful, because with Volt Switch, Ampharos will be switching in a lot. Almost all sweepers are good teammates, as this Ampharos can easily weaken the opposition, especially with entry hazard support. Other Electric-types, such as Galvantula, can also be good partners, as they can destroy common switch-ins, such as Rhydon and Claydol, who can absorb Volt Switch.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Sadly, Ampharos doesn't have too many other options. A SubPunch set can be used, but Pokemon such as Rhydon will still beat it easily due to Ampharos's low Attack stat; opposing Electric-types will also destroy it. Focus Blast hits harder than Focus Blast on almost the entire metagame anyway, bar Munchlax. Signal Beam is another option, but the coverage provided by Hidden Power Grass and Focus Blast makes them much more useful in general.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Claydol can wall all variants of Ampharos that lack Hidden Power Grass or Toxic; Lanturn is in the same boat, although if it runs Heal Bell, it must only watch out for Hidden Power Grass. Entry hazards can be a major problem for Ampharos, especially since it has no way to restore its health; this means that repeated attacks can finish it off as well. The Agility set can still be outsped by almost all Choice Scarf users, so Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Primeape can easily finish it off; physical attackers have to be wary of Static, however. Finally, Golurk can easily finish off Ampharos with an Earthquake, but must be wary of Hidden Power Grass.</p>
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    done but there's a sentence that I don't like. (open)

    <p>For a Pokemon that spends all of its time in a lighthouse, Ampharos is anything but weak. Boasting a base 115 Special Attack stat, along with solid base defenses and HP, Ampharos can deal massive damage with its great coverage moves. Its low Speed is a problem, but its bulk slightly negates this weakness. Aside from access to Volt Switch, which allows it to scout switch-ins, Ampharos also has an annoying ability in Static, which can cripple sweepers that try to end its parade. Overall, Ampharos should not be underestimated, as this cute Pokemon can tear its opponent's world apart.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Agility
    move 1: Agility
    move 2: Thunderbolt
    move 3: Focus Blast
    move 4: Substitute / Hidden Power Grass / Cotton Guard
    item: Leftovers / Life Orb
    ability: Static
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 24 HP / 252 SpA / 232 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set utilizes Ampharos's superb coverage, excellent Special Attack stat, and access to Agility to sweep the opposition like no other. Thunderbolt provides Ampharos with a strong STAB move, and Focus Blast lets Ampharos destroy common special walls, such as Ferroseed. Agility is the crux of this set, boosting Ampharos's Speed to high levels, allowing it to outspeed a large part of the metagame. Substitute is the preferred option in the fourth slot, letting Ampharos block status and tank weak attacks. Hidden Power Grass is also an option, allowing Ampharos to defeat threats such as Claydol that would otherwise stop it cold. Finally, Cotton Guard boosts Ampharos's Defense by 3 stages and allows it to easily set up on Pokemon such as Honchkrow.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Timid nature is preferred since it lets Ampharos outrun Timid Choice Scarf Rotom-C, Modest Choice Scarf Rotom, all Choice Scarf Medicham, and Accelgor. A Modest nature, on the other hand, lets Ampharos hit as hard as possible; this should be used in tandem with an EV spread of 48 HP / 252 SpA / 208 Spe to let it reach 396 Speed, which outruns Aerodactyl and below. Regardless of which nature Ampharos runs, even after a boost, it will still be outrun by common Choice Scarf users such as Moltres, but Ampharos's solid bulk will let it take at least one hit; its bulk also helps with sponging priority attacks. Leftovers is the preferred item since it lets Ampharos restore its health, but Life Orb can be used to lets it hit harder. Static can be useful in certain situations, crippling sweepers that try to take out Ampharos.</p>

    <p>This set appreciates entry hazard support, as it makes Ampharos's job much easier; Pokemon such as Ferroseed are good partners for this. A cleric can be helpful, especially if Ampharos is not running Subsitute. A Pokemon with Pursuit, such as Honchkrow, can also be a good partner to take out Claydol; this is even more important if Ampharos is not running Hidden Power Grass.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Specially Defensive
    move 1: Thunderbolt / Discharge
    move 2: Heal Bell
    move 3: Toxic
    move 4: Volt Switch / Focus Blast
    item: Leftovers
    ability: Static
    nature: Calm
    evs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set uses Ampharos's solid special bulk to wall the special attackers of RU like no other. Its Electric typing and good Special Defense stat mean that it can easily take on the likes of Manectric and Rotom. While it does lack a reliable recovery move, it does have access to Heal Bell to cure status, as well as an excellent Special Attack stat, meaning it can deal a massive amount of damage to the opposition. Thunderbolt is a reliable and powerful STAB move, but Discharge can be used for its higher paralysis chance. Toxic cripples walls that try to take on Ampharos, and Volt Switch allows it to scout and preserve momentum. However, Focus Blast is also an option in the last slot, providing great coverage in tandem with Thunderbolt and allowing Ampharos to destroy otherwise dangerous threats such as Ferroseed.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The given EV spread allows Ampharos to be as specially bulky as possible, and the Calm nature just adds to its bulk. Static is a great ability, allowing Ampharos to have a chance of paralyzing dangerous sweepers that try to finish it off. Leftovers provides Ampharos with a way to restore its HP. Reflect and Light Screen are options to support both Ampharos and its team, but it doesn't have room to run both of them. Wish support is extremely useful, as it will make up for Ampharos's lack of a reliable recovery move, making Pokemon such as Alomomola solid partners. Slow, powerful attackers, such as Druddigon, are also good partners, as Ampharos will be paralyzing things left and right if it is running Discharge. Finally, Hidden Power Grass can be used in the fourth slot to hit Pokemon such as Lanturn and Claydol, but Toxic can usually do the trick anyway.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Focus Blast
    move 3: Hidden Power Grass / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Thunderbolt
    item: Choice Specs / Life Orb
    ability: Static
    nature: Modest
    evs: 208 HP / 252 SpA / 48 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Ampharos's solid bulk and high Special Attack makes it an excellent candidate for a tank set. Volt Switch is the crux of this set, letting Ampharos scout switch-ins and keep the opposition on its toes. Volt Switch becomes even more effective by the fact that this Ampharos can OHKO most of the metagame with the right move. Focus Blast lets Ampharos nail Steel-types, most notably Ferroseed and Probopass. Hidden Power Grass allows Ampharos to defeat Lanturn and Claydol, who otherwise wall this set entirely. Hidden Power Ice is also an option, however, to provide Ampharos with more neutral coverage, and to let it decimate Gligar in exchange for a much weaker hit on the likes of Rhydon and Lanturn. Finally, Thunderbolt is a solid STAB move that, unlike Volt Switch, doesn't force Ampharos to switch out.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Choice Specs is the preferred item, letting Ampharos hit as hard as possible and decimate the metagame. However, Life Orb is also an option, trading some of the power from Choice Specs for the ability to switch moves. A Modest nature and 252 Special Attack EVs allow Ampharos to hit as hard as possible. 48 Speed EVs let Ampharos outrun 4 Speed Clefable and decimate it with Focus Blast before it can cripple Ampharos; 208 HP EVs give Ampharos some extra bulk.</p>

    <p>Prediction is key with this set, especially if Ampharos is holding Choice Specs, as Ground-types such as Rhydon can absorb Volt Switch and leave Ampharos a sitting duck. This set appreciates entry hazard support, as it will force switches left and right. Rapid Spin support is also helpful, because with Volt Switch, Ampharos will be switching in a lot. Almost all sweepers are good teammates, as this Ampharos can easily weaken the opposition, especially with entry hazard support. Other Electric-types, such as Galvantula, can also be good partners, as they can destroy common switch-ins, such as Rhydon and Claydol, who can absorb Volt Switch. (Unclear. Specify how Galvantula and other electric-types beat Rhydon and Claydol.)</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Sadly, Ampharos doesn't have too many other options. A SubPunch set can be used, but Pokemon such as Rhydon will still beat it easily due to Ampharos's low Attack stat; opposing Electric-types will also destroy it. Focus Blast hits harder than Focus Punch on almost the entire metagame anyway, bar Munchlax. Signal Beam is another option, but the coverage provided by Hidden Power Grass and Focus Blast makes them much more useful in general.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Claydol can wall all variants of Ampharos that lack Hidden Power Grass or Toxic; Lanturn is in the same boat, although if it runs Heal Bell, it must only watch out for Hidden Power Grass. Entry hazards can be a major problem for Ampharos, especially since it has no way to restore its health; this means that repeated attacks can finish it off as well. The Agility set can still be outsped by almost all Choice Scarf users, so Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Primeape can easily finish it off; physical attackers have to be wary of Static, however. Finally, Golurk can easily finish off Ampharos with an Earthquake, but must be wary of Hidden Power Grass.</p>


    EDIT: Changes approved.

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