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Copyediting Aurorus [QC 3/3][GP 0/2]

Discussion in 'NU Analyses' started by Colonel M, Jul 27, 2017.

  1. Colonel M

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    [OVERVIEW]

    Aurorus is a very effective offensive lead in the NU tier that has access to a variety of tools to help set up Stealth Rock and keep it on the opponent's side of the field. STAB Blizzard and Freeze-Dry are great in a tier with few solid Ice-type resists while also preventing Xatu and Golbat from keeping Stealth Rock off of their side of the field. Snow Warning is a great ability to prevent Focus Sash and Sturdy on leads such as Omastar and Steelix. Finally, Encore is a great support move that makes it easier for Aurorus's team as it prevents Aurorus from being setup bait. Though having many outstanding qualities Aurorus does suffer from being rather slow with a poor defensive typing combination that leaves it vulnerable to Hitmonlee. Outside of being a lead Vanilluxe is superior to Aurorus as Vanilluxe has a higher Special Attack and Speed stat while still boasting 100% accurate Blizzard and STAB Freeze-Dry.

    [SET]
    name: Lead
    move 1: Stealth Rock
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Freeze-Dry
    move 4: Encore / Rock Tomb
    item: Focus Sash
    ability: Snow Warning
    nature: Timid / Hasty
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    Moves
    ========

    Stealth Rock is one of the biggest reasons to use Aurorus as a lead. With access to Snow Warning it prevents Focus Sash and Sturdy from working properly on opposing Pokemon. Thanks to the combination of Stealth Rock and hail the opposing Pokemon can take quite a bit of indirect damage each time they switch into Aurorus. Blizzard is Aurorus's strongest Ice-type attack that has perfect accuracy in hail. This prevents Defog Pokemon such as Golbat and Shiftry from being able to switch-in and remove Stealth Rock while also preventing Xatu from freely switching into Aurorus to block Stealth Rock with Magic Guard. Freeze-Dry is Aurorus's best attack for Water-type switch-ins such as Slowbro, Seismitoad, and Jellicent. Encore completes the set to prevent Pokemon such as Delphox or Houndoom from freely setting up on Aurorus while also locking other suicide leads such as Shuckle or Omastar onto one hazard type. Optionally, Rock Tomb can be used over Encore as an option to 2HKO Froslass, Cryogonal, Delphox, and Houndoom while also being a great utility move thanks to the Speed drop. The Speed drop allows Cryogonal to become slower than Aurorus and make it more difficult for it to clear away Stealth Rock reliably against Aurorus.

    Set Details
    ========

    Max Speed with a Timid nature allows Aurorus to outspeed Omastar, Rhydon, and Golbat while also being able to outspeed Adamant Barbaracle by one point. Hasty should only be used if using Rock Tomb as Rock Tomb is great for Aurorus to check special Ice-type attackers such as Vanilluxe and Cryogonal. Maximum Special Attack is necessary for Aurorus to deal maximum damage with Blizzard and Freeze-Dry. Snow Warning is the only ability to consider with Aurorus as it helps against Focus Sash and Sturdy while also providing indirect damage every turn for five turns against common Aurorus switch-ins such as Fire-types and Steel-types. Focus Sash is the best item to reliably set up Stealth Rock. Thanks to Aurorus's typing it is immune to damaging weather such as hail and sand.

    Usage Tips
    ========

    Aurorus is best used on offensive teams as a lead as it has some perks over other leads such as Omastar and Garbodor. The biggest thing with Aurorus is to not be afraid to keep it alive throughout the course of the match. Some teams prefer having Aurorus around as long as possible to act as a check against Ice-types while also punishing Golbat when it attempts to Defog Stealth Rock from the field. In the case of a setup move or an attack Aurorus's teammates should attempt to switch in and take advantage of these scenarios either by setting up alongside the Pokemon or forcing them out. Don't forget to capitalize on hail removing Focus Sash from Omastar as Freeze-Dry and hail will only allow Omastar to set up one entry hazard at best against Aurorus one-on-one.

    Team Options
    ========

    Setup sweepers such as Barbaracle and Vivilion are great partners to pair with Aurorus. Aurorus can heavily pressure Water-types such as Slowbro and Seismitoad for Barbaracle while Barbaracle can take advantage of some of the Fire-types - especially some such as Choice Scarf Emboar locked into Flare Blitz. Vivillion often takes advantage of the Choice locked Fighting-type attacks as well as slower Fighting-types such as Machamp, Hitmonlee, and Hariyama. As Steel-types are natural predators for Aurorus Virizion and Turtonator are great partners alongside Aurorus as they can easily threaten them out with their respective STABs or set up with Swords Dance or Shell Smash, respectively. Garbodor or Qwilfish can be paired alongside Aurorus as they can take on many of the Fighting-types without too many issues while laying Spikes or Toxic Spikes alongside Aurorus's Stealth Rock.

    [STRATEGY COMMENTS]
    Other Options
    =============

    Choice Specs Aurorus does have Earth Power to obtain perfect coverage alongside its Ice-type STABs, Ancientpower to thwart Cryogonal switch-ins, and the option to use Refrigerate Hyper Voice to bypass Substitute; however, in most scenarios offensive Aurorus sets face severe competition from Vanilluxe. Frost Breath has the benefit of bypassing Special Defense boosts of various Pokemon such as Calm Mind Sigilyph, but has little use outside of very niche scenarios.

    Checks and Counters
    ===================

    **Steel-types**: Steel-types, especially those that resist Ice-type attacks, don't have many issues with Aurorus. Probopass and Togedemaru can withstand a Blizzard or two and retaliate with their respective STABs. Klinklang has STAB Gear Grind to bypass Focus Sash.

    **Cryogonal and Hitmonlee**: Both of these Pokemon are capable of surviving Aurorus's STAB Ice-type attacks while using Rapid Spin to clear Stealth Rock from the field. Cryogonal can use Toxic and Recover to wear down Aurorus and repeatedly check it while Hitmonlee immediately threatens Aurorus with access to its STAB Fighting-type attacks.

    **Taunt**: Froslass and Houndoom are rather annoying for Aurorus they resist Ice-type attacks and only fear Rock Tomb. Froslass and Houndoom can prevent Stealth Rock with Taunt while setting up Spikes or Nasty Plot, respectively.

    **Thick Fat**: With Thick Fat Hariyama and Piloswine are great counters to Aurorus. Hariyama can respond with STAB Fighting-type attacks and close out Aurorus with Bullet Punch while Piloswine threatens with STAB Earthquake.

    **Bulky Fire-types**: Incineroar and Magmortar can stomach a couple of STAB Blizzards while responding with their corresponding Fire-type attacks. Magmortar must tread carefully if Aurorus successfully lays Stealth Rock before Magmortar switches in.

    **Faster Pokemon**: In general, Aurorus is rather prone to faster Pokemon with super effective coverage moves. Such examples include but are not limited to any Pokemon with a Fighting-type or Steel-type attack from various threats such as Emboar, Sawk, or Vanilluxe, powerful Grass-type attacks from Sceptile and Rotom-C, and powerful Water-type attacks from Samurott, Ludicolo, and Kabutops. Faster Fire-types such as Delphox and Houndoom don't enjoy taking Rock Tomb; however, they can tank Blizzard and Freeze-Dry and respond with either Grass Knot or STAB Fire Blast. Both of these Pokemon must be very careful if Stealth Rock is on the field.
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    Kind of bare bones, but it's a suicide lead.

    Ready for QC.
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    steelix isnt really a counter

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    It is when you consider that Steelix can invest heavily in Special Defense, carry an Assault Vest, and sit behind Aurora Veil.
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    mention how the combination of stealth rock + blizzard is useful over other rockers since it makes xatu less keen to switch-in under moves section

    give barbaracle a specific mention in team options for setup sweepers since it also benefits from slowbro and vaporeon being chipped, while also being the premier shell smasher in general right now

    cryogonal should be mentioned in c&c since it eats blizzard from aurorus easily, can toxic, recover, and spin, but it needs to be wary of rock tomb. on topic of rock tomb and cryogonal, in moves section mention rock tomb is also useful for cryogonal since it 2hko's and allows aurorus to outspeed cryogonal, so aurorus can more effectively setup rocks against cryogonal teams.

    hitmonlee should also be mentioned in c&c since aurorus can't OHKO with blizzard and if aurorus tries to setup rocks they just get spun away (unless paired with mismagius), and hitmonlee can also pressure sandslash-alola from setting up veil with mach punch

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    My bad by the way. Last couple weeks have had ups and really bad downs.

    I'd actually like to ask QC on the direction of the writeup of this mainly due to the recent discussion of Aurora Veil. Obviously Aurorus is still a solid lead and still worthy of being within here, but I wanted to know if I should continue with mentioning Aurora Veil or just mention teammates outside of that playstyle.
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    Made the implementation of meeps QC change.

    Per Hootie I have written the analysis with mentioning Aurora Veil for now. Please note that it is mentioned a bit heavily in this, but that's also because Aurora Veil is the best playstyle alongside Aurorus; however, in the event that Aurora Veil is axed I will remove the mentions of it from this analysis.

    Else, ready for 3/3. If it isn't done until after the Aurora Veil suspect I completely understand.

    Edit: I forgot to mention Rock Tomb helps against Vanilluxe too since it lets Aurorus act as an emergency Ice-type resist. Speaking of, I would like to know if I should backslash Rock Tomb and a Hasty nature alongside the set.
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    Unfortunately Raseri shattered my dreams of Curse Steelix behind Double Screens.

    I have updated this by removing any Drapion and Aurora Veil mentions (Machamp too IIRC). I did add Togedemaru in the Checks and Counters too since it resists both Blizzard and Freeze-Dry and Earth Power is extremely rare.
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    add taunt users in c&c. Houndoom/Froslass both beat out Aurorus with Taunt and resist Ice almost entirely invalidating the set.

    Also add Froslass as a target for Rock Tomb

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    [OVERVIEW]

    Aurorus is a very effective offensive lead in the NU tier that has access to a variety of tools to help set up Stealth Rock and keep it on the opponent's side of the field. STAB Blizzard and Freeze-Dry are great in a tier with few solid Ice-type resists ("Ice-resistant Pokemon; Ice-type checks / counters / switch-ins", whichever works) while also preventing and notably help prevent Xatu and Golbat from keeping Stealth Rock off of their side of the field. Snow Warning is a great ability to prevent break Focus Sash and Sturdy on leads such as Omastar and Steelix. Finally, Encore is a great support move that makes it easier for Aurorus's team as it prevents helps prevent Aurorus from being setup bait. Though having Despite its many outstanding qualities, (AC) Aurorus does suffer from being rather slow with a poor defensive typing combination that leaves it vulnerable to Hitmonlee. Outside of being a lead, (AC) Vanilluxe is superior to Aurorus, (AC) as Vanilluxe has a higher Special Attack and Speed stat while still boasting 100% accurate Blizzard and STAB Freeze-Dry.

    [SET]
    name: Lead
    move 1: Stealth Rock
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Freeze-Dry
    move 4: Encore / Rock Tomb
    item: Focus Sash
    ability: Snow Warning
    nature: Timid / Hasty
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    Moves
    ========

    Stealth Rock is one of the biggest reasons to use Aurorus as a lead. With Access to Snow Warning it prevents Focus Sash and Sturdy from working properly on opposing Pokemon. Thanks to the combination of Stealth Rock and hail the opposing Pokemon can take quite a bit of indirect damage each time they switch into Aurorus. Blizzard is Aurorus's strongest Ice-type attack that and has perfect accuracy in hail. This prevents Defog Pokemon such as Golbat and Shiftry from being able to switch in (RH) and remove Stealth Rock while also preventing Xatu from freely switching into Aurorus to block Stealth Rock with Magic Guard Bounce. Freeze-Dry is Aurorus's best attack for Water-type switch-ins such as Slowbro, Seismitoad, and Jellicent. Encore completes the set to prevent Pokemon such as Delphox or Houndoom from freely setting up on Aurorus while also locking other suicide leads such as Shuckle or Omastar onto into one hazard type. Optionally, Rock Tomb can be used over Encore as an option to 2HKO Froslass, Cryogonal, Delphox, and Houndoom while also being a great utility move thanks to the Speed drop. The Speed drop allows Cryogonal to become slower than Aurorus and makes it more difficult for it to clear away Stealth Rock reliably against Aurorus.

    Set Details
    ========

    Maximum Speed with a Timid nature allows Aurorus to outspeed Omastar, Rhydon, and Golbat while also being able to outspeed Adamant Barbaracle by one point. Hasty should only be used if using Rock Tomb [as Rock Tomb is great for Aurorus to check special Ice-type attackers such as Vanilluxe and Cryogonal] (this is repeated from moves; either kill it or reword it to something like "to preserve its power and allow Aurorus to efficiently check x y and z"). Maximum Special Attack is necessary for Aurorus to deal maximum damage with Blizzard and Freeze-Dry. Snow Warning is the only ability to consider with Aurorus, (AC) as it (gives Blizzard perfect accuracy too I reckon?) helps against Focus Sash and Sturdy while also providing indirect damage every turn for five turns against common Aurorus switch-ins such as Fire-types and Steel-types. Focus Sash is the best item to reliably set up Stealth Rock, (comma) Thanks to and Aurorus's typing it is immune to prevents damaging weather such as hail and sand from breaking it.

    Usage Tips
    ========

    Aurorus is best used on offensive teams as a lead, (AC) as it has some perks over other leads such as Omastar and Garbodor. The biggest thing with Aurorus is to not be afraid to keep it alive throughout the course of the match. Some teams prefer having Aurorus around as long as possible to act as a check against Ice-types while also punishing Golbat when it attempts to Defog Stealth Rock from the field. In the case of a setup move or an attack (weirdly worded, "if an opposing Pokemon sets up on Aurorus or attacks it"?) Aurorus's teammates should attempt to switch in and take advantage of these scenarios either by setting up alongside the Pokemon or by forcing them it out. Don't forget to capitalize on hail removing Focus Sash from Omastar, (AC) as the combination of Freeze-Dry and hail will only allow Omastar to set up one entry hazard at best against Aurorus one-on-one.

    Team Options
    ========

    Setup sweepers such as Barbaracle and Vivilion Vivillon are great partners to pair with Aurorus. Aurorus can heavily pressure Water-types such as Slowbro and Seismitoad for Barbaracle, (AC) while Barbaracle can take advantage of some of the Fire-types, (comma) especially some such as the likes of Choice Scarf Emboar locked into Flare Blitz. Vivillion Vivillon often takes advantage of the Choice-locked (AH) Fighting-type attacks as well as slower Fighting-types such as Machamp, Hitmonlee, and Hariyama. As Steel-types are natural predators for Aurorus, (AC) Virizion and Turtonator are great partners alongside Aurorus it, (AC) as they can easily threaten them out with their respective STAB attacks or set up with Swords Dance or Shell Smash, respectively. Garbodor or Qwilfish can be paired alongside Aurorus, (AC) as they can take on many of the tier's Fighting-types without too many issues while laying Spikes or Toxic Spikes alongside Aurorus's Stealth Rock.

    [STRATEGY COMMENTS]
    Other Options
    =============

    Choice Specs Aurorus does have has Earth Power to obtain perfect coverage alongside its Ice-type STAB attacks, Ancientpower to thwart Cryogonal switch-ins, and the option to use Refrigerate Hyper Voice to bypass Substitute; however, in most scenarios, (AC) offensive Aurorus sets face severe competition from Vanilluxe. Frost Breath has the benefit of bypassing Special Defense boosts of various Pokemon such as Calm Mind Sigilyph, but it has little use outside of very niche scenarios.

    Checks and Counters
    ===================

    **Steel-types**: Steel-types, especially those that resist Ice-type attacks, don't have many issues with Aurorus. Probopass and Togedemaru can withstand a Blizzard or two and retaliate with their respective STAB attacks, (AC) and Klinklang has STAB Gear Grind to bypass Focus Sash.

    **Cryogonal and Hitmonlee**: Both of these Pokemon are capable of surviving Aurorus's STAB Ice-type attacks while using Rapid Spin to clear Stealth Rock from the field. Cryogonal can use Toxic and Recover to wear down Aurorus and repeatedly check it while Hitmonlee immediately threatens Aurorus with access to its STAB Fighting-type attacks.

    **Taunt**: Froslass and Houndoom are rather annoying to face for Aurorus, (AC) as they resist Ice-type attacks and only fear Rock Tomb. Froslass and Houndoom They also can prevent Stealth Rock with Taunt while setting up Spikes or Nasty Plot, respectively.

    **Thick Fat**: With Thick Fat, (AC) Hariyama and Piloswine are great counters to Aurorus. Hariyama can respond with STAB Fighting-type attacks and close out Aurorus with Bullet Punch, (AC) while Piloswine threatens it with STAB Earthquake.

    **Bulky Fire-types**: Incineroar and Magmortar can stomach a couple of STAB Blizzards while responding with their corresponding Fire-type attacks. Magmortar must tread carefully if Aurorus successfully lays Stealth Rock before Magmortar switches in, though.

    **Faster Pokemon**: In general, Aurorus is rather prone vulnerable to faster Pokemon with super effective coverage moves. Such examples include but are not limited to any Pokemon with a Fighting-type or Steel-type attack from various threats such as Emboar, Sawk, or Vanilluxe, powerful Grass-type attacks from Sceptile and Rotom-C, and powerful Water-type attacks from Samurott, Ludicolo, and Kabutops. Faster Fire-types such as Delphox and Houndoom don't enjoy taking Rock Tomb; however, they can tank Blizzard and Freeze-Dry and respond with either Grass Knot or STAB Fire Blast. Both of these Pokemon must be very careful if Stealth Rock is on the field, though.
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