i'll get this written up asap; slap me on irc if i don't Blarajan loves this thing [Overview] <p>On the surface, Archen looks as though it would dominate Little Cup. It has the second highest base Attack stat in the metagame, accompanied by high Special Attack and Speed. Its typing also allows it to check Murkrow—one of few with reliable recovery—and it also has a powerful STAB attack in Stone Edge. Access to Stealth Rock via a move tutor and decent bulk (even greater under sand) make it a solid offensive pivot. However, Archen has one of the worst abilities in the game, halving its Attack and Special Attack when under 50% HP; although this is somewhat mitigated by Roost, it is also weak to Stealth Rock, somewhat frail without Eviolite, and is vulnerable to powerful priority attacks that can knock it into Defeatist range before it can attack. Overall, Archen fits a niche in Little Cup as a reasonably bulky pivot and powerful attacker, but must be wary of the powerful attackers in the metagame.</p> [SET] name: Eviolite move 1: Rock Slide / Stone Edge move 2: Roost move 3: Acrobatics move 4: U-turn / Stealth Rock item: Eviolite nature: Adamant evs: 236 HP / 100 Atk / 76 Def / 76 SpD [SET COMMENTS] <p>Upon gaining access to Roost in BW2, Archen's viability shot up; its crippling ability, Defeatist, can now be mitigated with reliable recovery, and it can utilize this to be able to check the powerful Flying-types in the metagame repeatedly. It is never 2HKOed by Murkrow's Brave Bird after Stealth Rock and hail, meaning it can Roost out of danger and KO with Rock Slide. Stone Edge is a considerably more powerful STAB, but Archen is then easily PP stalled by SubRoost Murkrow. Acrobatics is a secondary STAB attack, which lets Archen hit Fighting- and Grass-types super effectively, and if Eviolite is removed via Knock Off, will always OHKO Impish Mienfoo, as well as Quiet Croagunk and Jolly Scraggy. Pluck can be used here, but the only Pokemon which use Berries are Bronzor and Dwebble, both of which beat Archen anyway. U-turn allows Archen to seize momentum gained by forcing out Murkrow and other Flying-types; however, Archen can also use these forced switches to set up Stealth Rock.</p> [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] <p>The listed EV spread gives Archen enough bulk to avoid the 2HKO from Murkrow, with the remaining EVs invested in its great Attack and decent Special Defense. The last slot is mostly a filler and can be filled with many other moves: Crunch hits Misdreavus far more reliably than Stone Edge; Knock Off cripples Choice Scarf users and Pokemon that rely on Eviolite, such as Mienfoo; finally, Earthquake can be used to make the EdgeQuake combo, hitting the entire metagame bar Bronzor and Baltoy neutrally and hitting specific threats including Magnemite and Chinchou super effectively.</p> <p>The best teammates for Archen are those that are threatened by Flying-types; Mienfoo and Croagunk benefit massively from having Archen there to cushion attacks from Murkrow and Drifloon and can take on Rock-type attacks for it. As Archen is severely hindered by Stealth Rock, spinners, such as Drilbur—which can cushion Rock- and Electric-type attacks—and Staryu, make excellent teammates. Conversely, having entry hazards set up by Ferroseed or Dwebble make Archen less reliant on 2HKOs and the poor accuracy of Stone Edge. It's also walled by bulky Steel-types, including Magnemite, Bronzor, and Pawniard; Houndour is a great offensive check to them, while your own Magnemite can trap and set up on both Bronzor and slower Pawniard.</p> [SET] name: Acrobatics move 1: Acrobatics move 2: Stone Edge / Rock Slide move 3: Earthquake move 4: U-turn / Roost item: Flying Gem / Oran Berry nature: Jolly evs: 76 HP / 180 Atk / 196 Spe [SET COMMENTS] <p>Archen makes a superb dedicated attacker in its own right. With Acrobatics coming off 20 Attack, along with STAB and Flying Gem, it has one of the most powerful attacks in the metagame, often OHKOing even Eviolite Misdreavus after Stealth Rock. Stone Edge is a powerful secondary STAB attack, providing good neutral coverage and allowing Archen to check Murkrow in a pinch, KOing after Stealth Rock with Defeatist activated. Earthquake completes Archen's coverage, KOing Magnemite effortlessly and hitting Chinchou for good damage. The final slot is somewhat of a filler: U-turn lets Archen scout its checks, while Roost gives it more longevity. Flying Gem boosts Acrobatics tremendously, although Oran Berry gives Archen a second chance by taking it out of Defeatist range once.</p> [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] <p>The EV spread listed maximizes Attack and Speed, and places the remaining EVs in HP. Acrobatics is Archen's most reliable and powerful attack by a long way, and should be used over Earthquake wherever possible, unless the target resists Flying. Acrobatics Archen detests Stealth Rock, as it makes it even more vulnerable to priority; as such, Rapid Spin users make great teammates. Steel-types check Archen easily, as non-STAB Earthquake is not overly powerful, and Pokemon such as Pawniard can easily KO in return with Iron Head. Ponyta and Magnemite can easily switch into Steel-types, while Houndour can easily force them out if it gets the chance to switch in. Teammates that can counter priority users, including Croagunk, Tirtouga, and Murkrow, are necessary to let Archen sweep. Fighting-types are useful as they can check Rock- and Steel-types that can take an attack from Archen and KO back.</p> [Other Options] <p>Head Smash is a superlatively strong STAB attack—roughly as strong as Flying Gem-boosted Acrobatics—but the 50% recoil drags Archen into Defeatist range almost immediately. A Choice Scarf set has merit in that it would outspeed +1 Scraggy and Snover, but Archen is already very weak to Stealth Rock and it appreciates being able to switch moves. It has a high Special Attack stat, and it might be able to use a Hidden Power for super effective coverage, if desired, but Archen's Attack is just so much higher and it has a considerably better physical movepool. On top of its superlative attacking stats, it also has boosting moves, including Agility and Hone Claws; however, with its miserable bulk without Eviolite, it's easily knocked into Defeatist range. The same applies for support moves such as Taunt and Tailwind. The Eviolite set can be used with more offensive EVs if you don't mind Archen losing the ability to perfectly counter Murkrow.</p> [Checks and Counters] <p>The top counter to Archen is Bronzor, which takes a pittance from any attack and can damage it in return with Flash Cannon. Other than Bronzor, nothing can reliably counter Archen—taking one attack from it is hard enough. Any of Lileep, Tirtouga, and Shellder can take a hit from it and KO in return. Ferroseed, Porygon, Slowpoke, and Frillish are able to cripple Archen through status or directly attacking to push it into Defeatist range. Magnemite can wall Archen that lack Earthquake, but is easily KOed if the latter does run it.</p> <p>Archen has considerably more checks than counters; Staryu, Elekid, Drilbur, Misdreavus, and Dwebble can outspeed and KO Archen after Stealth Rock. Misdreavus can also burn it, making it essentially dead-weight. Choice Scarf users, including Snover and Chinchou, are able to easily outpace and KO Archen. A few Pokemon, namely Timburr, Scraggy, Foongus, and Shroomish, can take any hit other than Flying Gem-boosted Acrobatics and cripple Archen. Its main weakness is Defeatist, and anything, particularly powerful priority and Stealth Rock, which hastens lowering its HP, will help to mitigate it as a threat.</p> Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide [Overview] Has Base 112 Attack and Base 75 Speed Has a really, really bad ability; Defeatist Weak to Stealth Rock Frail without Eviolite Got Roost and Stealth Rock in BW2 Only Flying-resist that gets a Recovery move (besides Rest) Good check to Murkrow Priority bait [SET] Name: Eviolite Move 1: Stone Edge Move 2: Roost Move 3: Acrobatics Move 4: U-turn/Stealth Rock Item: Eviolite Ability: Defeatist Nature: Adamant EV's: 76 HP/ 180 Atk/ 196 Spe [SET COMMENTS] Makes use of Roost. Roost helps if Archen gets knocked down into Defeatist range Stone Edge hurts a lot. Acrobatics does basically as much damage as Pluck If Eviolite gets Knocked Off, Acrobatics is more powerful U-turn gives you switch advantage Stealth Rock is a good move in general. Archen gets them up fast. [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] Spread gives Archen 22 Attack, and 16 Speed 16 speed outspeeds Jolly Scraggy, and most Mienfoo With Eviolite, Archen gets 23/16/16 16 Speed isn't essential, so you can drop it for more defense Last slot is basically filler, so a lot of stuff could go there Crunch hits Misdreavus more reliably Knock Off screws up some Pokemon real bad (like Choice Scarfers) Rock Slide can be used over Stone Edge for more accuracy and flinch chance Earthquake can be used for reliable damage, and hits Chinchou and Magnemite. Stone Edge + Earthquake hits a lot of Pokemon Pokemon that hate Fighting Types (like Mienfoo and Croagunk) work well with Archen Archen hates Stealth Rock, so spinners like Staryu and Drilbur help it out. Pokemon that set up entry hazards like Dwebble and Ferroseed help Archen KO Pokemon easier Houndour and Magnemite help out killing Steel-Types that stop Archen cold. [SET] Name: Acrobatics Move 1: Acrobatics Move 2: Stone Edge/Rock Slide Move 3: Earthquake Move 4: U-turn/Roost Item: Flying Gem/Oran Berry Ability: Defeatist Nature: Jolly EV's: 76 HP/ 180 Atk/ 196 Spe [SET COMMENTS] Acrobatics hurts a lot coming from STAB and 22 Attack Stone Edge is a good alternative STAB Rock Slide has more accuracy and a chance to flinch, but there's a significant power drop. Earthquake hurts things that resist Acrobatics, like Chinchou and Magnemite U-turn is good for scouting Roost helps for continual switches into Stealth Rock, and if you don't have Oran Berry. Flying Gem makes Acrobatics even more powerful Oran Berry gives you instant recovery, as opposed to Roost, which you need a turn to heal [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] The spread gives it 20 Attack, and 17 Speed Acrobatics basically hurts more than any other non-STAB Super-Effective move, assuming the Pokemon doesn't resist Flying. Archen hates Stealth Rock even more, so Rapid Spinners like Staryu and Drilbur are great. Pokemon like Ferroseed and Dwebble help get hazards up, and makes it easier for Archen to OHKO, or 2KO. Steel-Types killers like Houndour, Magnemite and Ponyta help out Archen. Fighting-types also help out Archen, as they kill Rock-Types and do some damage to Steel-Types. Archen is priority-bait, so having team mates to kill off priority users like Croagunk, Tirtouga, and Murkrow helps Archen sweep. [Other Options] Head Smash is powerful, but it puts Archen into Defeatist way to quickly It can run a Choice Scarf, but it's kind of useless. Archen's special move pool isn't “bad”, but it's physical move pool is bigger, better and has a lot more Attack than Special Attack. It can try to pull of a boosting set, with like Agility or Hone Claws, but it has trouble finding time to set up, it's way too frail and then it just becomes more priority-bait. It has moves like Taunt and Tailwind, which you could use, but it doesn't fit Archen. Archen can run a more bulky spread with some other moves like Knock Off and Stealth Rock, if your not using Archen for offensive purposes. [Checks and Counters] Staryu, Elekid, and Diglett outspeed and kill it (idk bout Diglett /w Rock Slide, but it does a lot) Misdreavus outspeeds and majorly damages it with Shadow Ball or Thunderbolt Choice Scarfers really mess Archen up Magnemite destroys Archen if it doesn't have Earthquake Dwebble outspeeds Archen, and can kill it with a Rock Blast Will-o-Wisp makes it garbage without even being knocked into Defeatist Stealth Rock eat into it like breakfast Priority hurts it a lot. Aqua Jets, Mach Punches, and Sucker Punches deal a lot of damage to it, which Archen can't do much about, since it's move pool consists of mainly attacking moves. Lileep is bulky enough to take a hit and hurt it majorly with Ancientpower Tirtouga destroys it with Aqua Jet after a Shell Smash. Shellder can also Shell Smash and destroy it with Icicle Spear. Pokemon that can ensure they can live a hit can either hurt it majorly, or set-up on it, like Focus Sash Abra, or Shell Smash Dwebble. Slowpoke and Frillish have enough defence to live a hit and kill with Scald. Porygon can take anything and hurt Archen with Ice Beam Timburr can take anything but a Flying Gem Acro, and hurt it with Drain Punch + Mach Punch Ferroseed can live a hit and paralyse it. Foongus or Shroomish can live anything from Eviolite, and Spore/Stun Spore Archen. Scraggy can take anything but an Acrobatics, and set up on it. Drilbur can be a problem, if it gets a Swords Dance up Bronzor walls it forever. Basically if it's brought down to Defeatist, and it can not recover it's health, it does not pose as a threat in any way.