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Axew (BW2 Revamp) [QC: 3/3] [GP: 2/2]

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by Icicle Fissh, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. Icicle Fissh

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    Primary QC: 2/2 (iss and blarajan)
    Secondary QC: 1/1 (Hawkstar)
    GP: 2/2 (GatoDelFuego and Oglemi)

    [Overview]

    <p>One glance at its fearsome tusks and red irises will tell you that Axew is one fearsome little dragon. There was once a time when Axew was outclassed by other Dragon Dance users such as Dratini and Scraggy, but that time is long in the past, as Black and White 2 bestowed upon it gifts from the move tutors: Aqua Tail and Superpower. This means that coverage issues can no longer restrain this majestic beast. Base 87 Attack is what makes Axew truly formidable, as it is able to reach dizzying power levels when paired with Dragon Dance, which also boosts its less impressive base 57 Speed to respectable levels.</p>

    <p>Alas, even mighty warriors like Axew have weaknesses. 46 / 60 / 40 defenses are far from impressive, though Eviolite can mitigate this somewhat. Its typing, though a blessing offensively, leaves it vulnerable to Ice and the dreaded priority Ice Shard. Furthermore, despite the new toys it received from the move tutors, Axew finds itself walled by some Steel-types, especially if it lacks Superpower. Bulky Fighting-types also lurk in the shadows with the potential to ruin Axew's day with their ability to take hits and retaliate with powerful attacks. Its flaws, however, are blown out of the water by its fantastic sweeping capabilities; it can ravage unprepared teams in the blink of an eye.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Dragon Dance
    move 1: Dragon Dance
    move 2: Outrage
    move 3: Aqua Tail
    move 4: Dragon Claw / Superpower
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Mold Breaker
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 68 HP / 220 Atk / 220 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Dragon Dance is a move that Axew utilizes superbly. The goal of this set is simple: switch in after a teammate has been felled or on a resisted attack, then Dragon Dance to turn Axew into into a killing machine. After a Dragon Dance, Axew reaches a bone-crushing Attack of 27, and its Speed reaches a relatively nimble 24, meaning it can outspeed the entirety of the unboosted metagame. Once boosted, there is little that can face up to the wrath of Axew; it is both faster and more powerful, stat-wise, than Dratini and Scraggy.</p>

    <p>Outrage serves as the obligatory Dragon-type STAB. It boasts a monstrous 120 Base Power, meaning it will demolish enemies that do not resist it even before a boost. Aqua Tail provides fantastic coverage for Axew, hitting threats like Hippopotas for super effective damage and allowing Axew to attack without locking itself into Outrage. The move used in the last slot can vary depending on user preference. Dragon Claw is to negate the side effect of Outrage in exchange for less power. Superpower can be used to scout a potential switch-in, paving the way for Axew to ravage the opponent's team later in the game. However, the subsequent Attack drop can often be detrimental to Axew's sweep, and, to a lesser extent, so can the fall in Defense.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Eviolite is the preferred item for Axew, as it provides a much needed buff to bulk to ease setup and take priority hits with more conviction once it has done so. However, Life Orb could also be used if one wants to obliterate foes with awe-inspiring power, though Life Orb Axew often finds its sweeps cut short by priority. The EV spread provides maximum speed and power while the rest is invested into HP to improve bulk. Jolly is used so Axew can get the jump on Magnemite, Scraggy, and Dratini, three threats that have the potential to prevent Axew's sweep before it has even begun. Other options for the last slot include Taunt and Protect. Taunt provides a setup opportunity and a means to avoid getting blighted by status, something Axew must avoid. Protect is to fend off the omnipresent Fake Out.</p>

    <p>However mighty Axew seems, it is always helpful to have team support backing its sweep. Entry hazards from Dwebble or Omanyte can turn many 2HKOs into OHKOs, which Axew greatly appreciates. If it lacks Superpower, Axew finds itself walled by Steel-types, so Magnemite makes a great partner, as not only can it trap Steel-types and eliminate them with a swift Hidden Power Fire, but it can also take Ice- and Dragon-type attacks aimed at Axew, and Axew can switch in on Fire-type attacks aimed at Magnemite and use them as setup opportunities. Bronzor is in a similar boat to Magnemite, but can also set up Stealth Rock and screens to aid Axew's sweep. Another Dragon Dance user that can capitalize on the holes that Axew punches in the opponent's team and vice versa is a good idea. Scraggy in particular has the ability to clean up the mess that Axew leaves behind. This set hates Toxic Spikes, so a Rapid Spin user or grounded Poison-type is appreciated. Tentacool fits both of these roles quite well, while also providing decent synergy with Axew and the ability to set up Toxic Spikes of its own.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Dragon Claw
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Aqua Tail
    move 4: Outrage
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Mold Breaker
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 68 HP / 220 Atk / 220 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Choice Scarf turns Axew from a deadly sweeper into a just-as-deadly revenge killer, able to come in after a teammate has perished and avenge its fallen ally. A Speed stat of 24 is nothing to scoff at, and along with Axew's Attack stat of 18, picking off weakened foes becomes child's play. Dragon Claw is the preference of STAB this time, as a Choice set likes being locked into Outrage even less than the Dragon Dance variant. Superpower allows Axew to deal with many Pokemon that would otherwise give it trouble, such as Lileep and Ferroseed, scoring a nice super effective hit on them. Aqua Tail hits Hippopotas slightly harder than its Dragon-type STAB attacks, as well as scoring a super effective hit on the many Fire-types that plague the tier such as Houndour and Larvesta. Outrage, Axew's most powerful option, can be used when there is nothing left on the opponent's team to take a hit or outspeed Axew, allowing it to also function as a competent late-game cleaner or to smash a bulky check as it comes in so that Axew can pave the way for a sweep for a teammate.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread maximizes Speed and power with the rest put into HP to provide a buffer for some weaker hits. Jolly is favorable over Adamant, as it means Axew can outspeed Choice Scarf Magnemite and other boosted threats, like +1 Scraggy. It should be noted that this Axew is much more frail than its Dragon Dancing counterpart, as it does not have Eviolite to increase its bulk. This Axew relies on hitting fast and hard to avoid taking hits. X-Scissor could be used to get a super effective hit on Lileep without the negative side effect of Superpower, as well as getting a super effective hit on other Grass-types like Shroomish, but it is generally an inferior option, as the coverage or power provided by the other moves on the set make better choices. Dual Chop has some advantages over Dragon Claw. For example, it is able to break Substitutes of Misdreavus and Murkrow then follow up with damage. It can also break the Focus Sash of Pokemon like Abra, but the 10% accuracy drop can lead to Axew's demise, so use this move with caution.</p>

    <p>Teammates that can take hits for Axew are appreciated. Magnemite and Bronzor are notable for their bulk and resistances to both of Axew's weaknesses. The latter is particularly helpful for its ability to set up Stealth Rock. This Axew also appreciates Rapid Spin support, as it will be switching in and out more often than the Dragon Dance set. Staryu is a notable spinner, as Axew synergies with Staryu quite well, resisting both of its weaknesses. Tentacool is in a similar boat, but is also able to set up Toxic Spikes, which can help break down some bulkier walls for Axew to smash through.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Stick to what you do best is an applicable saying when considering other options for Axew. Night Slash scores a super effective hit on Misdreavus and other bulky Ghost-types that can give Axew trouble, though a STAB Outrage will often do similar damage and Night Slash has poor coverage alongside Axew's Dragon-type STAB. A more bulky Dragon Dance set could be used to accumulate more than one boost, but this is somewhat outclassed by Dratini, which can use Rest for recovery to less detrimental effect due to Shed Skin and Marvel Scale. Life Orb or Choice Band give Axew more immediate power, but the bulk provided by Eviolite is normally a superior option, as it gives Axew an easier time setting up and allows it to take priority easier once it has done so. Swords Dance seems like a good option at first, but Axew's slightly disappointing Speed and lack of priority means that Axew will hardly ever sweep. A double dance set with could be used to help Axew overcome some normal counters, though it will not usually find the time to set up twice. Rivalry is an interesting option, as many Pokemon that Axew could not break through before could be beaten if that Pokemon is the same gender. However, this could also work conversely, meaning Axew will often just miss out on a kill that it would otherwise achieve, and thus it is usually not worth the risk. Unnerve would have been good in Generation 4, but Generation 5 introduced Eviolite, so Oran Berry, a previous staple on Little Cup teams, has been shunned somewhat.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Bronzor is the best counter to Axew, as it resists its Dragon-type STAB and has a neutrality Superpower thanks to its secondary Psychic typing. A +1 Aqua Tail only does 32-40%, while Bronzor can use Toxic, putting a timer on Axew's sweep. Other Steel-types such as Magnemite and Pawniard can wall Axew locked into Outrage or that lack Superpower and retaliate with powerful STABs, or, in the case of the latter, set up Swords Dance to become a very dangerous threat. Some Fighting-types like bulky Mienfoo and Riolu act as decent checks, as they can both just about take a +1 Outrage. Mienfoo can Fake Out and then Drain Punch, scoring good damage on Axew, then switch out to recover some of the damage done. If Axew last used Outrage, Riolu can use Copycat, which, due to Prankster, allows it to move before Axew and hit it for 72-90%, picking it off if it has taken some prior damage. Timburr can also take a +1 Outrage and heavily damage Axew with a combination of Drain Punch and then priority Mach Punch. Other priority users can really hinder Axew, despite the defense boost provided by Eviolite. A Sucker Punch coming from a Life Orb Murkrow does 54-72%, and an Ice Shard from Choice Scarf Snover does 36-54%, both have the potential to KO Axew if it has been weakened. Finally, faster users of Choice Scarf, such as Mienfoo and Abra, can outspeed Axew and crush it with their powerful STAB attacks.</p>


    Any feedback would be really helpful, thanks! :)
  2. Rowan

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    I think Dual Chop deserves a mention on the Scarf set maybe even a slash with Dragon Claw as it breaks Misdreavus' and Murkrow's substitute in 1 hit. The only disadvantage is that 10% miss rate but it's worth it for random Subs in my opinion.
  3. iss

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    Yeah, this is good. Dual Chop in AC of Scarf though.

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  4. Icicle Fissh

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    Sure thing guys, done, thanks both of you
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    More checks and counters:

    More Steels
    Riolu if Axew is locked in Outrage
    Bulky Mienfoo
    etc

    Also you said Hippowdon in the first set, it's Hippopotas...but that's so minor I don't really care

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  6. Icicle Fissh

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    Great, thanks Blarajan, added. Also amended that stupid mistake, good spot.
    Should have this fully written up this time tomorrow.
  7. tehy

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    Just going to leave this here:

    Aqua Tail hits Hippowdon harder than it's Dragon-type STAB attacks

    Starmie is notable, as Axew synergies quite well, resisting both of Starmie's weaknesses. Tentacool is in a similar boat, but is also able to set up Toxic Spikes.

    This is kind of unnecessary but I'd hate for it to get into the write-up.
  8. Icicle Fissh

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    Thanks Tehy, I've been playing too much OU recently it seems, good spot. :)
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    'as it resits its Dragon-type STAB and Superpower thanks to its Psychic secondary typing'

    dunno if this is gonna be the way you write up but it makes it sound like Bronzor resists superpower which it doesn't.
    Also SE Aqua Tail is the same as STAB outrage so aqua tail doesn't really hit ground types harder. but it's still good 'cos outrage locks you in
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    +1 220 Atk Axew Aqua Tail vs. 132 HP / 212+ Def Eviolite Hippopotas: 14-18 (56 - 72%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
    (14, 14, 14, 14, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 18)

    +1 220 Atk Axew Outrage vs. 132 HP / 212+ Def Eviolite Hippopotas: 13-16 (52 - 64%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
    (13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 16)


    +1 220 Atk Axew Aqua Tail vs. 76 HP / 156 Def Eviolite Larvesta: 18-22 (78.26 - 95.65%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
    (18, 18, 18, 18, 18, 18, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 22)

    +1 220 Atk Axew Outrage vs. 76 HP / 156 Def Eviolite Larvesta: 16-21 (69.56 - 91.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
    (16, 18, 18, 18, 18, 18, 18, 18, 19, 19, 19, 19, 19, 19, 19, 21)

    aqua tail is actually slightly stronger than outrage when super effective due to the odd damage formula in little cup (except against 36 HP drilbur where outrage is stronger for whatever reason).
  11. Icicle Fissh

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    Thanks Mikel and Corkscrew, that bit is now re-worded to make it a bit clearer.

    In other news, this is now written up and ready for 1 final QC check. Thanks all!
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    Very nice! iss and blara got pretty much everything so this is ready for GP now.

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    Just beware of Scarf Snover and Sash Smash Clamperl when Ice Beam when using the DD set, and using Axew's Superpower on something like Magnemite will give Misdreavus a free Nasty Plot if it comes in after the KO... Hope this helps even if only a little! ^_^
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    [Overview]

    <p>One glance at its fearsome tusks and red irises will tell you that Axew is one fearsome little dragon: and you would not be wrong. There was once a time when Axew was outclassed by other Dragon Dance users like such as Dratini and Scraggy, but that time is long in the past, as Black and White 2 bestowed upon it gifts from the move tutors: Aqua Tail and Superpower. This gifts means that coverage issues can no longer restrain this majestic beast. Pure Dragon typing means that its Electric, Fire, Water, Grass and Fire-type brethren will be unable to fell Axew with their STAB attacks. Base 87 Attack is what makes Axew this beast truly formidable, as it is able to reach dizzying power levels heights when paired with Dragon Dance, which also boosts its less impressive base 57 Speed to respectable levels.</p>

    <p>Alas, even mighty warriors like Axew have weaknesses. 46 / 60 / 40 defenses are far from impressive, though Eviolite can mitigate this somewhat. Its typing, though a blessing offensively, leaves it vulnerable to Ice, (RC) and hence the dreaded priority Ice Shard. Furthermore, despite the new toys it received from the move tutors, Axew finds itself walled by some Steel-types, especially if it lacks Superpower. Bulky Figting-types also lurk in the shadows with the potential to ruin Axew's day with their ability to take hits and retaliate with powerful attacks. Its flaws, however, are blown out of the water by its fantastic sweeping capabilities; it can ravage unprepared teams in the blink of an eye.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Dragon Dance
    move 1: Dragon Dance
    move 2: Outrage
    move 3: Aqua Tail
    move 4: Dragon Claw / Superpower
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Mold Breaker
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 68 HP / 220 Atk / 220 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Dragon Dance is a move that Axew utilizes superbly. The goal of this set is simple: switch in after a teammate has been felled or on a resisted attack, then Dragon Dance to turn Axew into into a killing machine. After a Dragon Dance, Axew reaches a bone-crushing Attack stat of 27, and its Speed reaches a relatively nimble 24, meaning it can outspeed the entirety of the unboosted metagame. Once boosted, there is little that can face up to the wrath of Axew our little tusked friend; it is both faster and more powerful, stat-wise, than its direct competition in Dratini and Scraggy.</p>

    <p>Outrage serves as the obligatory Dragon-type STAB. It boasts a monstrous 120 Base power, meaning it will demolish enemies that do not resist it even before a boost. Aqua Tail provides fantastic coverage for Axew, hitting threats like Hippopotas for super effective damage, (RC) and meaning allowing Axew to attack without does not have to locking itself into Outrage. The move used in the last slot can vary depending on user preference. Dragon Claw is to negate the side effect of Outrage in exchange for less power. Superpower can be used to scout a potential switch-in, hitting them hard as they do so, paving the way for Axew to ravage the opponent's team later in the game. However, the subsequent Attack drop can often be detrimental to Axew's sweep, and, to a lesser extent, so can the fall in Defense.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Eviolite is the preferred item for Axew, as it provides it with a much needed buff to bulk so as to ease setup and take priority hits with more conviction once it has done so. Life Orb, however, could also be used if one wants to obliterate foes with the awe-inspiring power that this item provides, though Life Orb Axew often finds its sweeps cut short by priority. The EV spread provides maximum speed and power, and while the rest is invested into HP to improve bulk. Jolly is used over Adamant, as, (RC) before a boost, (RC) Axew gets the jump on Magnemite, Scraggy, (AC) and Dratini, 3 three threats that have the potential to prevent Axew's sweep before it has even begun. Other options for the last slot include Taunt and Protect. Taunt provides a setup opportunity and a means to avoid getting blighted by status, something Axew must do its utmost to avoid. Protect is to fend off the omnipresent Fake Out.</p>

    <p>However mighty Axew seems, it is always helpful to have team support backing its sweep. and malevolent one is, it always a bonus to have help from teammates to aid oneself. Entry hazards from Dwebble or Omanyte can turn many 2HKOs into OHKOs, which Axew greatly appreciates. If it lacks Superpower, Axew finds itself walled by Steel-types, so Magnemite makes a great partner, as not only can it trap Steel-types and eliminate them with a swift Hidden Power Fire, but it can also take Ice- and Dragon-type attacks aimed at Axew, and Axew switch in on Fire-type attacks aimed at Magnemite and use them as setup opportunities. Bronzor is in a similar boat to Magnemite, but can also set up Stealth Rocks and screens to aid Axew's sweep. Another Dragon Dance user that can capitalize on holes that Axew punches in the opponent's team and vice versa is a good idea. Scraggy in particular can clean up the mess that Axew leaves behind, while also tearing holes in the opponent's team for Axew to capitalize on. This set hates Toxic Spikes, so a Rapid Spin user or grounded Poison-type is appreciated. Tentacool fits both of these roles quite well, while also providing decent synergy with Axew, (RC) and the ability to set up Toxic Spikes of its own to slowly whittle away at the opponent's team's health is appreciated.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Dragon Claw
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Aqua Tail
    move 4: Outrage
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Mold Breaker
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 68 HP / 220 Atk / 220 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Choice Scarf turns Axew from a deadly sweeper into a just-as-deadly revenge killer, able to come in after a teammate has perished and avenge its fallen ally. A Speed stat of what's its Speed :| is nothing to scoff at, and along with Axew's Attack stat of 18, picking off weakened foes becomes child's play. Dragon Claw is the preference of STAB this time, as a Choice set likes being locked into Outrage even less than the Dragon Dance variant. Superpower allows Axew to deal with many Pokemon that would otherwise give it trouble, like such as Lileep and Ferroseed, scoring a nice super effective hit on them. Aqua Tail hits Hippowdon Hippowdon is not a LC pokemon lol slightly harder than its Dragon-type STAB attacks, as well as scoring a super effective hit on the many Fire-types that plague the tier, such as Houndour and Larvesta. Outrage, Axew's most powerful option, can be used when there is nothing left on the opponent's team to take a hit or outspeed Axew, allowing it to also function as a competent late-game cleaner, (RC) or to smash a bulky check as it comes in, (RC) so that Axew can pave the way for a sweep for a teammate.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is much the same as that of the Dragon Dance set: maximize Speed and power, (RC) with the rest put into HP to provide a buffer for some weaker hits. Jolly is again favorable over Adamant, as it means Axew can outspeed scarfed Choice Scarf Magnemite, (RC) and other boosted threats, like +1 Scraggy. It should be noted that this Axew is much more frail than its Dragon Dancing counterpart, as it does not have Eviolite to increase its bulk. This Axew relies on hitting fast and hard to avoid taking hits. X-Scissor could be used to get a super effective hit on Lileep, (RC) without the negative side effect of Superpower, as well as getting a super effective hit on other Grass-types like Shroomish, but it is generally an inferior option, as the coverage or power provided by the other moves on the set make better choices. Dual Chop has some advantages over Dragon Claw. For example, it is able to break Substitutes of the likes of Misdreavus and Murkrow, (RC) then follow up with damage. It can also break the Focus Sash of Pokemon like Abra, but the 10% miss rate may accuracy drop can lead to Axew's demise, so use this move with caution.</p>

    <p>Teammates that can take hits for Axew are appreciated. Magnemite and Bronzor are notable for their bulk, (RC) and resistances to both of Axew's weaknesses. The latter is particularly helpful for its ability to set up Stealth Rock, something Axew greatly appreciates. , and the latter for its ability to set up Stealth Rock, something this set appreciates to turn 2 or 3HKOs into 1 or 2HKOs. This Axew also appreciates Rapid Spin support, as it will be switching in and out more often than the Dragon Dance set. Staryu is a notable provider of said service spinner, as Axew synergies with Staryu quite well, resisting both of its weaknesses. Tentacool is in a similar boat, but is also able to set up Toxic Spikes, which can help break down some bulkier walls for Axew to smash through.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Stick to what you do best is an applicable saying when considering other options for Axew. Night Slash scores a super effective hit on Misdreavus and other bulky Ghost-types that can give Axew trouble, though a STAB Outrage will often do similar damage, (RC) and Night Slash doesn't hit too many other threats and has poor coverage alongside Axew's Dragon-type STAB. A more bulky Dragon Dance set could be used to accumulate more than one boost, alas, but this is somewhat outclassed by Dratini, who which can use Rest for recovery to less detrimental effect, (RC) due to Shed Skin and Marvel Scale. Life Orb or Choice Band give Axew more immediate power, but the bulk provided by Eviolite is normally a superior option, as it gives Axew an easier time when setting up and allows it to take priority easier once it has done so. Swords Dance seems like a good option at first, but Axew's slightly disappointing Speed and lack of priority, (RC) means that this Axew will hardly ever sweep. A double dance set with Swords Dance and Dragon Dance could be used to help Axew overcome some normal counters, thought it will not usually find the time to set up twice. Rivalry is an interesting option, as many Pokemon that it Axew could not break through before could be beaten broken through if that Pokemon is the opposite same gender. However, this could also work conversely, meaning Axew could will often just miss out on a kill that it would otherwise achieve, and thus hence, (RC) it is usually not worth the risk. Unnerve would have been good in Generation 4, but Generation 5 introduced Eviolite, so Oran Berry, previously a previous staple on Little Cup teams, has been shunned somewhat, hence Unnerve's utility has somewhat diminished.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Bronzor is the best counter to Axew, as it resits its Dragon-type STAB and has a neutrality Superpower thanks to its secondary typing of Psychic. A +1 Aqua Tail only does 32-40%, while Bronzor can use Toxic, putting a timer on Axew's sweep. Other Steel-types like such as Magnemite and Pawniard can wall Axew locked into Outrage or that lack Superpower, (RC) and retaliate with powerful STABs, or, in the case of the latter, set up Swords Dance to become a very dangerous threat. Some Fighting types like bulky Mienfoo and Riolu act as decent checks, as they can both just about take a +1 Outrage. Mienfoo can Fake Out and then Drain Punch, scoring good damage on Axew, then switch out to recover some of the damage done. If Axew last used Outrage, Riolu can use Copycat, which, due to its Prankster ability, allows it to move before Axew, (RC) and hit it for 72-90%, picking it off if it has taken some prior damage. Timburr can also take a +1 Outrage, (RC) and heavily damage Axew with a combination of Drain Punch and then priority Mach Punch. Other priority users can really hinder Axew, despite the defense boost provided by Eviolite. A Sucker Punch coming from a Life Orb Murkrow does 54-72%, and an Ice Shard from Choice Scarf Snover does 36-54%, both have the potential to KO Axew if it has been weakened slightly. Finally, faster users of Choice Scarf, such as Mienfoo and Abra, can outspeed Axew and crush it with their powerful STAB attacks.</p>


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  15. Icicle Fissh

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    Thanks so much, GatoDelFuego, implemented! :)
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    Why is LO in DD's AC and OO?

    Also, if snover's ice shard does half of its life max... it's more than slightly weakened, no?

    Dratini can't have both abilities

    The first OO sentence is kinda clunky and a little pointless too, even though it's true

    Edit: Shouldn't it be OR?
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    But both of dratini's abilities make rest viable, so it's correct to say it like that.

    The OO sentence is a bit wordy but there's not really a problem with it.

    Ice Shard does require a bit more than just "slightly weakened", so be sure to address that.
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    I removed the "slightly," before weakened. Thanks for the spot, Tehy and GatoDelFuego.
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    [Overview]

    <p>One glance at its fearsome tusks and red irises will tell you that Axew is one fearsome little dragon. There was once a time when Axew was outclassed by other Dragon Dance users such as Dratini and Scraggy, but that time is long in the past as Black and White 2 bestowed upon it gifts from the move tutors: Aqua Tail and Superpower. This means that coverage issues can no longer restrain this majestic beast. Base 87 Attack is what makes Axew truly formidable, as it is able to reach dizzying power levels when paired with Dragon Dance, which also boosts its less impressive base 57 Speed to respectable levels.</p>

    <p>Alas, even mighty warriors like Axew have weaknesses. 46 / 60 / 40 defenses are far from impressive, though Eviolite can mitigate this somewhat. Its typing, though a blessing offensively, leaves it vulnerable to Ice and the dreaded priority Ice Shard. Furthermore, despite the new toys it received from the move tutors, Axew finds itself walled by some Steel-types, especially if it lacks Superpower. Bulky Fighting-types also lurk in the shadows with the potential to ruin Axew's day with their ability to take hits and retaliate with powerful attacks. Its flaws, however, are blown out of the water by its fantastic sweeping capabilities; it can ravage unprepared teams in the blink of an eye.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Dragon Dance
    move 1: Dragon Dance
    move 2: Outrage
    move 3: Aqua Tail
    move 4: Dragon Claw / Superpower
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Mold Breaker
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 68 HP / 220 Atk / 220 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Dragon Dance is a move that Axew utilizes superbly. The goal of this set is simple: switch in after a teammate has been felled or on a resisted attack, then Dragon Dance to turn Axew into into a killing machine. After a Dragon Dance, Axew reaches a bone-crushing Attack of 27, and its Speed reaches a relatively nimble 24, meaning it can outspeed the entirety of the unboosted metagame. Once boosted, there is little that can face up to the wrath of Axew; it is both faster and more powerful, stat-wise, than Dratini and Scraggy.</p>

    <p>Outrage serves as the obligatory Dragon-type STAB. It boasts a monstrous 120 Base Power, meaning it will demolish enemies that do not resist it even before a boost. Aqua Tail provides fantastic coverage for Axew, hitting threats like Hippopotas for super effective damage and allowing Axew to attack without locking itself into Outrage. The move used in the last slot can vary depending on user preference. Dragon Claw is to negate the side effect of Outrage in exchange for less power. Superpower can be used to scout a potential switch-in, paving the way for Axew to ravage the opponent's team later in the game. However, the subsequent Attack drop can often be detrimental to Axew's sweep, and, to a lesser extent, so can the fall in Defense.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Eviolite is the preferred item for Axew, as it provides a much needed buff to bulk to ease setup and take priority hits with more conviction once it has done so. However, Life Orb could also be used if one wants to obliterate foes with awe-inspiring power, though Life Orb Axew often finds its sweeps cut short by priority. The EV spread provides maximum speed and power while the rest is invested into HP to improve bulk. Jolly is used over Adamant, as before a boost Axew gets so Axew can get the jump on Magnemite, Scraggy, and Dratini, three threats that have the potential to prevent Axew's sweep before it has even begun. Other options for the last slot include Taunt and Protect. Taunt provides a setup opportunity and a means to avoid getting blighted by status, something Axew must avoid. Protect is to fend off the omnipresent Fake Out.</p>

    <p>However mighty Axew seems, it is always helpful to have team support backing its sweep. Entry hazards from Dwebble or Omanyte can turn many 2HKOs into OHKOs, which Axew greatly appreciates. If it lacks Superpower, Axew finds itself walled by Steel-types, so Magnemite makes a great partner, as not only can it trap Steel-types and eliminate them with a swift Hidden Power Fire, but it can also take Ice- and Dragon-type attacks aimed at Axew, and Axew can switch in on Fire-type attacks aimed at Magnemite and use them as setup opportunities. Bronzor is in a similar boat to Magnemite, but can also set up Stealth Rock and screens to aid Axew's sweep. Another Dragon Dance user that can capitalize on the holes that Axew punches in the opponent's team and vice versa is a good idea. Scraggy in particular can clean up the mess that Axew leaves behind. This set hates Toxic Spikes, so a Rapid Spin user or grounded Poison-type is appreciated. Tentacool fits both of these roles quite well, while also providing decent synergy with Axew and the ability to set up Toxic Spikes of its own.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Dragon Claw
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Aqua Tail
    move 4: Outrage
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Mold Breaker
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 68 HP / 220 Atk / 220 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Choice Scarf turns Axew from a deadly sweeper into a just-as-deadly revenge killer, able to come in after a teammate has perished and avenge its fallen ally. A Speed stat of 24 is nothing to scoff at, and along with Axew's Attack stat of 18, picking off weakened foes becomes child's play. Dragon Claw is the preference of STAB this time, as a Choice set likes being locked into Outrage even less than the Dragon Dance variant. Superpower allows Axew to deal with many Pokemon that would otherwise give it trouble, such as Lileep and Ferroseed, scoring a nice super effective hit on them. Aqua Tail hits Hippopotas slightly harder than its Dragon-type STAB attacks, as well as scoring a super effective hit on the many Fire-types that plague the tier such as Houndour and Larvesta. Outrage, Axew's most powerful option, can be used when there is nothing left on the opponent's team to take a hit or outspeed Axew, allowing it to also function as a competent late-game cleaner or to smash a bulky check as it comes in so that Axew can pave the way for a sweep for a teammate.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is much the same as that of the Dragon Dance set: maximizes Speed and power with the rest put into HP to provide a buffer for some weaker hits. Jolly is again favorable over Adamant, as it means Axew can outspeed Choice Scarf Magnemite and other boosted threats, like +1 Scraggy. It should be noted that this Axew is much more frail than its Dragon Dancing counterpart, as it does not have Eviolite to increase its bulk. This Axew relies on hitting fast and hard to avoid taking hits. X-Scissor could be used to get a super effective hit on Lileep without the negative side effect of Superpower, as well as getting a super effective hit on other Grass-types like Shroomish, but it is generally an inferior option, as the coverage or power provided by the other moves on the set make better choices. Dual Chop has some advantages over Dragon Claw. For example, it is able to break Substitutes of Misdreavus and Murkrow then follow up with damage. It can also break the Focus Sash of Pokemon like Abra, but the 10% accuracy drop can lead to Axew's demise, so use this move with caution.</p>

    <p>Teammates that can take hits for Axew are appreciated. Magnemite and Bronzor are notable for their bulk and resistances to both of Axew's weaknesses. The latter is particularly helpful for its ability to set up Stealth Rock, something Axew greatly appreciates. This Axew also appreciates Rapid Spin support, as it will be switching in and out more often than the Dragon Dance set. Staryu is a notable spinner, as Axew synergies with Staryu quite well, resisting both of its weaknesses. Tentacool is in a similar boat, but is also able to set up Toxic Spikes, which can help break down some bulkier walls for Axew to smash through.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Stick to what you do best is an applicable saying when considering other options for Axew. Night Slash scores a super effective hit on Misdreavus and other bulky Ghost-types that can give Axew trouble, though a STAB Outrage will often do similar damage and Night Slash has poor coverage alongside Axew's Dragon-type STAB. A more bulky Dragon Dance set could be used to accumulate more than one boost, but this is somewhat outclassed by Dratini, which can use Rest for recovery to less detrimental effect due to Shed Skin and Marvel Scale. Life Orb or Choice Band give Axew more immediate power, but the bulk provided by Eviolite is normally a superior option, as it gives Axew an easier time setting up and allows it to take priority easier once it has done so. Swords Dance seems like a good option at first, but Axew's slightly disappointing Speed and lack of priority means that Axew will hardly ever sweep. A double dance set with could be used to help Axew overcome some normal counters, though it will not usually find the time to set up twice. Rivalry is an interesting option, as many Pokemon that Axew could not break through before could be beaten if that Pokemon is the same gender. However, this could also work conversely, meaning Axew will often just miss out on a kill that it would otherwise achieve, and thus it is usually not worth the risk. Unnerve would have been good in Generation 4, but Generation 5 introduced Eviolite, so Oran Berry, a previous staple on Little Cup teams, has been shunned somewhat.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Bronzor is the best counter to Axew, as it resists its Dragon-type STAB and has a neutrality Superpower thanks to its secondary Psychic typing. A +1 Aqua Tail only does 32-40%, while Bronzor can use Toxic, putting a timer on Axew's sweep. Other Steel-types such as Magnemite and Pawniard can wall Axew locked into Outrage or that lack Superpower and retaliate with powerful STABs, or, in the case of the latter, set up Swords Dance to become a very dangerous threat. Some Fighting-types like bulky Mienfoo and Riolu act as decent checks, as they can both just about take a +1 Outrage. Mienfoo can Fake Out and then Drain Punch, scoring good damage on Axew, then switch out to recover some of the damage done. If Axew last used Outrage, Riolu can use Copycat, which, due to Prankster, allows it to move before Axew and hit it for 72-90%, picking it off if it has taken some prior damage. Timburr can also take a +1 Outrage and heavily damage Axew with a combination of Drain Punch and then priority Mach Punch. Other priority users can really hinder Axew, despite the defense boost provided by Eviolite. A Sucker Punch coming from a Life Orb Murkrow does 54-72%, and an Ice Shard from Choice Scarf Snover does 36-54%, both have the potential to KO Axew if it has been weakened. Finally, faster users of Choice Scarf, such as Mienfoo and Abra, can outspeed Axew and crush it with their powerful STAB attacks.</p>


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  20. Icicle Fissh

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    Thanks for the check, Oglemi, I'll implement it when I get back later today!

    Edit: Done! Just doing one final check, then is this ready to go onsite? :)
  21. Elevator Music

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