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LC Axew

Discussion in 'Preliminary Pokedex' started by Professor Birch, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. Professor Birch

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    Overview
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    Like all Dragon-types, Axew has suffered from the introduction of the Fairy-type this generation. Fairy-types are now another obstacle that the once mighty Dragon-types will have to deal with, but that does not mean they are no longer viable. With a great Attack, decent Speed, and access to Dragon Dance, Axew has all the necessary tools needed to sweep through teams.

    Despite this, Axew does have some notable downsides. First, our little dragon suffers from subpar defenses, even with the Eviolite boost. Second, unlike its older brother Haxorus, Axew does not have access to Earthquake to reliably take down Steel-types, another obstacle in the life of a Dragon-type. With all advantages and disadvantages taken into account, Axew is still a fearsome threat when given the chance to set up.

    Dragon Dance
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    name: Dragon Dance
    move 1: Dragon Dance
    move 2: Outrage / Dragon Claw
    move 3: Iron Tail / Poison Jab
    move 4: Superpower
    ability: Mold Breaker
    item: Eviolite
    EVs: 68 HP / 220 Atk / 220 Spe
    nature: Adamant / Jolly

    Moves
    ========
    As this set's main selling point is Dragon Dance, it will obviously take the first move slot. After a boost or two, Axew becomes a strong sweeper that can be hard to take down. Outrage is the ideal powerful Dragon-type STAB; even when unboosted, the damage output is quite strong. The downside to Outrage would be the confusion afterwards. Due to this, Dragon Claw becomes a feasible alternative as it has no drawbacks. Although Axew does not have Earthquake to deal with all Steel-types, it does have a way to get rid of troublesome Fairy-types thanks to Poison Jab and Iron Tail. If Cottonee has been problematic, run Poison Jab as it will be a clean OHKO. Otherwise, stick with Iron Tail for dealing with other Fairy-types. The last slot must be saved for Superpower as it functions as a reliable way to deal with many Steel-types that would otherwise wall Axew.

    Set Details
    ========
    Due to Axew's mediocre defenses, Eviolite is pretty much a necessity in order to increase its bulk as well as the possibility of a sweep. The EV spread speaks for itself here as it is quite standard for a sweeper of this sort. Maximum Speed and Attack will allow Axew to make the most out of its power, and after a Dragon Dance, this power will just be further increased. While the Adamant nature gives Axew some added power and lets it reach 22 Speed at +1, it will make Axew vulnerable to some crucial threats that a +1 Jolly Axew would be able to outspeed, namely Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Chinchou, Mienfoo, and Magnemite.

    Usage Tips
    ========
    As a setup sweeper, Axew is usually saved until later in the match or at least until its checks and counters are out of the way. Also, be wary when using Superpower, as using it too early can stop the chances of sweeping due to the Attack and Defense drops. Do not get greedy when setting up; Dragon Dance should only be used when there is an extremely high chance Axew will be able to survive a hit, or as a last resort attempt. If a risky choice is made and it goes in favor of the opponent, it could cost the win. In addition, you do not want Axew to be locked into Outrage when there is a Steel-type on the other team as it wastes turns and will end up confusing Axew anyway without much damage being done. On the other hand, Fairy-types will just block Outrage, allowing Axew to use Poison Jab after Outrage is nullified.

    Team Options
    ========
    Due to Axew's lack of bulk, bulky teammates that are able to sponge super effective hits for Axew are recommended. A few examples of these Pokemon are Chinchou to take Ice-type moves and Trubbish to take Fairy-type moves. Axew also benefits from having teammates that can take care of these checks and counters. Drilbur is a good example of a Pokemon that can take care of these by being able to defeat Steel-types with Earthquake and Fairy-types with Poison Jab. As with all sweepers, Axew benefits from having teammates with Knock Off. This will make Axew's job easier when it comes to sweeping as Eviolite will be out of the way. Another thing that Axew benefits from is having entry hazards out. This will mean that Axew needs to deal less damage in order to secure a KO and will increase the possibility of a sweep.

    Choice
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    name: Choice
    move 1: Dragon Claw
    move 2: Outrage
    move 3: Superpower
    move 4: Iron Tail / Poison Jab
    ability: Mold Breaker
    item: Choice Scarf / Choice Band
    EVs: 68 HP / 220 Atk / 220 Spe
    nature: Jolly

    Moves
    ========
    This set is identical to the last except that Dragon Claw is in the first slot. Dragon Claw is more of a necessity on this set as opposed to an option because Axew, by virtue of holding a choice item, will be locked into Outrage even after the first round. Dragon Claw is spammable on a Choice set without the confusion drawback that Outrage comes with. Outrage does still get its own slot, however, as it is more powerful and can secure a late-game sweep. Superpower is once again used as a coverage move to hit Steel- and Ice-types super effectively, while Iron Tail and Poison Jab are the coverage move for Fairy-types. The warning does still exist for Superpower, though, as using it too early could cost you and ruin the sweep.

    Set Details
    ========
    A Choice Scarf will make Axew a fast sweeper and revenge killer, while a Choice Band will give Axew some more power. Generally, Choice Scarf is the better option for Axew as it can outspeed other Choice Scarf threats and OHKO them. Some of these include Snover and Amaura, but be careful of priority Ice Shard. The same spread from the last set applies to this set. A Jolly nature will give Axew the chance to outspeed certain Pokemon. For example, Jolly Choice Scarf Axew can outspeed +1 Tirtuoga and OHKOes the standard Shell Smash set when at -1 Defense.

    Usage Tips
    ========
    A lot from the last set applies to this one. Firstly, Axew functions better when its checks and counters are out of the picture. Secondly, using Superpower too early can prevent a sweep from happening, and the same goes for Outrage, thus the option of Dragon Claw early on. Remember, Choice Scarf Axew will outspeed Pokemon that it normally would not, so pay attention to what it can and cannot outspeed if using Choice Scarf. Lastly, when the end-game comes around, go for that win with Outrage!

    Team Options
    ========
    Once again, many of the same concepts from the Dragon Dance set can be used here since they are both sweeper-oriented sets. As with all sweepers, Pokemon that clear threats or obstacles that could stop a sweep need to be taken care of. In Axew's case, Drilbur can deal with Steel-types, and Pawniard can take care of Fairy-types as well as Ice-types. Since this set will be switching more often than the Dragon Dance set, Rapid Spin users are more useful here as Axew can be worn down from just switching in and out. In addition, having hazards on the opponent's side of the field makes sweeping and cleaning up easier. Once again, teammates with Knock Off make life easier for Axew since Berry Juice and Eviolite will be out of the way.

    Other Options
    ########
    Night Slash can be used in order to deal with Misdreavus, but since it will not be a OHKO, this is not advisable, especially since Misdreavus can retaliate with Dazzling Gleam or Will-O-Wisp. Life Orb can be used to add some extra power, but this makes Axew easier to be taken down since the Eviolite bulk is quite important. Substitute is also an option to avoid Will-O-Wisp, Spore, and Sucker Punch. All of these hinder sweeping potential, so preventing them from happening can be useful. Lastly, Axew has the option of utilizing Dual Chop with Choice Scarf to break opposing Substitutes and Focus Sashes.

    Checks & Counters
    ########
    **Fairy-types**: Fairy-types are immune to Axew's STAB Dragon-type moves and can survive an unboosted Poison Jab, sometimes even Iron Tail. Snubbull even carries Intimidate to weaken Axew. Most Fairy-type STAB attacks will OHKO Axew as well.

    **Steel-types**: Steel-types resist Axew's STAB Dragon-type moves and are really only wary of Superpower. A Pokemon like Honedge is also immune to Superpower, rendering Axew useless against it. Also, since dealing with Steel-types requires the use of Superpower, Axew will be weakened afterwards due to its Attack and Defense drops.

    **Ice-type Moves**: Since many Pokemon with Ice-type moves are not necessarily Ice-type, Axew cannot simply use Superpower. Bulky Water-types like Chinchou can be problematic with Ice Beam, and Protean Froakie is another example of a non Ice-type getting an Ice-type move.

    **Faster Chioce Scarf Users**: Since Axew does miss out on extra bulk on the Choice set, faster Choice Scarf users do pose a threat to Axew and can usually take it out with ease.

    **Priority**: Axew does have to watch for Prankster status moves so it will not be crippled, and it also takes good damage from strong Sucker Punch users, so they can be problematic.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2014
  2. Professor Birch

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    I am going to read through this and make some changes that I find appropriate. Please hold off on GP for now. Thank you.
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    Bumping as I have fully written this! Could a QC member give this a look again since I did not have the skeleton to work off of. I just want to make sure that I am not over stressing or under stressing certain points. After that, this is ready for GP!
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    Superpower is non-negotiable on this set. Slash Dragon Claw with Outrage and leave Superpower by itself as the fourth move. Edit your written parts accordingly to include why Dragon Claw is an option over Outrage.

    Let me know when you've done these things and I'll give it the final overlook. :)
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  5. Professor Birch

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    Done I think. Going to read over the entire thing once again.
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    This looks okay content-wise and is ready to go!

    You may now move into GP. Good work. :)
  7. Professor Birch

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    Thank you very much! Do your stuff GP!
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    Hey there, I will be working off of Vacate's check, so make sure you implement his changes before coming to mine. Do note that this GP check will have all of Vacate's changes already edited in. Also, I'm using a weird different format because I messed up early in my check and decided to just roll with it, although I have organised it into little sections, and at the top of each quote box, it tells you which line to edit :)

    Overview
    Dragon Dance Moves
    Dragon Dance Set Details
    Dragon Dance Usage Tips
    Dragon Dance Team Options
    Choice Moves
    Choice Set Details
    Choice Usage Tips
    Choice Team Options
    ? Yes it can. Even if you're referring to Outrage, remember that the first set uses it too :o I would highly consider rewording or outright removing this.

    Other Options
    This should be in Set Details.
    Checks & Counters
    Checks & Counters is a section to advise the opponent on how to deal with Axew, so I would reword this sentence to: "Most Fairy-type STAB attacks will OHKO Axew."
    Sorry for being a bit disorganized in this check, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me by VM, PM, or IRC. Aside from that, good job to both Vacate and Pokemasta77 ^.^

    GP Approved 1/2
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    Thank you both very much! Grammar is the bane of my existence and I appreciate you bearing with me.
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    Overview
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    Like all Dragon-types, Axew suffers from the introduction of the Fairy-type this generation. Fairy-types are now another obstacle that the once mighty Dragon-types will have to deal with, but that does not mean they are no longer viable. With a great Attack, decent Speed, and access to Dragon Dance, Axew has all the necessary tools needed to sweep through teams.

    Despite this, Axew does have some notable downsides. First, our little dragon suffers from less than average defenses, even with the Eviolite boost. Second, unlike its older brother Haxorus, Axew does not have access to Earthquake,(AC) which is a major move needed to take down Steel-types, another obstacle in the life of a Dragon-type. With all advantages and disadvantages taken into account, Axew is still a fearsome threat when given the chance to set up.

    Dragon Dance
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    name: Dragon Dance
    move 1: Dragon Dance
    move 2: Outrage / Dragon Claw
    move 3: Poison Jab
    move 4: Superpower
    ability: Mold Breaker
    item: Eviolite
    EVs: 68 HP / 220 Atk / 220 Spe
    nature: Adamant / Jolly

    Moves
    ========
    As this set's main selling point is Dragon Dance, it will obviously take the first move slot. After a boost or two, Axew becomes a strong sweeper that can be hard to take down. Needing a strong Dragon-type STAB, Outrage answers the call and even unboosted, the damage output is quite strong. The downside to Outrage would be the confusion afterwards. Due to this, Dragon Claw becomes a feasible alternative as it has no drawbacks. Although Axew does not have Earthquake to deal with all Steel-types, it does have a way to get rid of Fairy-types that are in the way thanks to Poison Jab. After one boost, Adamant Axew has a 50% chance of OHKO'ing defensive Spritzee with Stealth Rock taken into account.(+1 220+ Atk Axew Poison Jab vs. 212 HP / 196+ Def Eviolite Spritzee: 14-18 (51.8 - 66.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock [No it doesn't. If you really want, you could simply change it to say that it 2HKO's it, though]) The last slot must be saved for Superpower as it functions as a reliable way to deal with many Steel-types that would otherwise wall Axew(Maybe mention a few of these Steel-types).

    Set Details
    ========
    Due to Axew's mediocre defenses, Eviolite is pretty much a necessity in order to increase bulk as well as the possibility of a sweep. The EV spread speaks for itself here as it is quite standard for a sweeper of this sort. Maximum Speed and Attack EVs will allow Axew to make the most out of its power,(AC) and after a Dragon Dance, this power will just be further increased. While the Adamant nature gives Axew some added power and lets it reach 22 Speed at +1, it will make Axew miss out on some crucial threats Speed that a +1 Jolly Axew would be able to outspeed, namely Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Chinchou, Mienfoo, and Magnemite.

    Usage Tips
    ========
    As a setup sweeper, Axew is usually saved until later in the match or at least until its checks and counters are out of the way. Also, be wary when using Superpower, as using it too early can stop the chances of sweeping due to the Attack and Defense drops. Do not get greedy with setting up; Dragon Dance should only be used when there is an extremely high chance Axew will be able to survive a hit, or to be a last resort attempt. If a risky choice is made and it goes in favor of the opponent, it could cost the win. In addition, you do not want Axew to be locked in Outrage when there is a Steel-type on the other team as it wastes turns and will just bring Axew into confusion without much damage being done. On the other hand, Fairy-types will just block Outrage, allowing Axew to use Poison Jab after Outrage is cancelled.

    Team Options
    ========
    Due to the lack of bulk Axew has, bulky teammates that are able to take or resist hits that would normally be super effective on Axew are nice. A few examples of these Pokemon are Chinchou to take Ice-type moves and Trubbish to take Fairy-type moves. Axew also benefits from having teammates that can take care of these checks and counters, not just resist moves. Drilbur is a good example of a Pokemon that can take care of these by being able to defeat Steel-types with Earthquake and Fairy-types with Poison Jab. As with all sweepers, Axew benefits from having teammates with Knock Off. This will make Axew's job easier when it comes to sweeping as Eviolite will be out of the way. Another thing that Axew benefits from is having entry hazards out. This will mean that Axew needs to deal less damage in order to secure a KO and will increase the possibility of a sweep.

    Choice
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    name: Choice
    move 1: Dragon Claw
    move 2: Outrage
    move 3: Superpower
    move 4: Poison Jab
    ability: Mold Breaker
    item: Choice Scarf / Choice Band
    EVs: 68 HP / 220 Atk / 220 Spe
    nature: Jolly

    Moves
    ========
    This set is identical to the last except that Dragon Claw is in the first slot.(I know what you mean, but choice sets play differently enough from sets with any other item that this could be false. Also, it seems a bit unnecessary to me) Dragon Claw is more of a necessity in this set as opposed to an option since as Axew Outrage will still be locked into Outrage after the first round of attacks ends due to Axew it holding a Choice item. Dragon Claw is spammable on a Choice set without the confusion drawback that Outrage comes with. Outrage does still get its own slot, however, as it is more powerful and can secure a late-game sweep. Superpower is once again used as a coverage move to hit Steel and Ice-types super effectively, while Poison Jab is the coverage move for Fairy-types. The warning does still exist for Superpower, though, as using it too early could cost you and ruin the sweep.

    Set Details
    ========
    Choice Scarf will make Axew a fast sweeper and revenge killer, while the Choice Band will give Axew some more power. Generally, Choice Scarf is the better option for Axew as it can outspeed other Choice Scarf threats and OHKO them. Some of these include Snover and Amaura, but be careful of the priority Ice Shard. The same spread from the last set applies to this set. A Jolly nature will give Axew the chance to outspeed certain Pokemon. For example, Jolly Choice Scarf Axew can outspeed +1 Tirtouoga and OHKOes the standard Shell Smash set when at the latter is at -1 Defense.

    Usage Tips
    ========
    A lot from the last set applies to this one. Firstly, Axew functions better when its checks and counters are out of the picture. Secondly, using Superpower too early can prevent a sweep from happening, and the same goes for Outrage, thus the option of Dragon Claw early on. Remember, Choice Scarf Axew will outspeed Pokemon that it normally would not, so pay attention to what it can and cannot outspeed if using Choice Scarf. Lastly, when the end-game comes around, go for that win with Outrage!

    Team Options
    ========
    Once again, many of the same concepts from the Dragon Dance set can be used here since they are both sweeper-oriented sets. As with all sweepers, Pokemon that clear threats or obstacles that could stop a sweep need to be taken care of(Maybe reword this bit; I'm assuming that you mean that obstacles need to be taken care of, and Pokemon that clear threats and obstacles are good teammates, but maybe make this a bit clearer). In Axew's cars(I'm assuming that this is what you meant, but I might be wrong)e, Drilbur can deal with Steel-types, and Pawniard can take care of Fairy-types as well as Ice-types. Since As this set will be switching more often than the Dragon Dance set, Rapid Spin or Defog users are more useful here as Axew can be worn down from just switching in and out. In addition, having hazards on the opponent's side of the field makes sweeping and cleaning up easier. Once again, teammates with Knock Off make life easier for Axew since because Berry Juice and Eviolite will be out of the way.

    Other Options
    ########
    Night Slash can be used in order to deal with Misdreavus, but since because ist will not be a OHKO, this is usually not done, especially since because Misdreavus can retaliate with Dazzling Gleam or Will-O-Wisp. Life Orb can be used to add some extra power, but this makes Axew easier to be taken down since because the bulk granted by Eviolite bulk is quite important. Substitute is also an option to avoid Will-O-Wisp, Spore, and Sucker Punch. All of these hinder sweeping potential so preventing them from happening can be useful. Iron Tail can be used, but it is unreliable and does not deal with any threats that Axew does not already cover with Superpower or Poison Jab. Lastly, Axew has the option of utilizing Dual Chop with Choice Scarf to break opposing Substitutes and Focus Sashes.

    Checks & Counters
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    **Fairy-types**: Fairy-types are immune to Axew's STAB Dragon-type moves and can survive an unboosted Poison Jab. Snubbull even carries Intimidate to weaken Axew. In addition,(AC) mMost Fairy-type STAB attacks will OHKO Axew,(AC) so watch out for that.

    **Steel-types**: Steel-types resist Axew's STAB Dragon-type moves and are really only wary of Superpower. A Pokemon like Honedge is also immune to Superpower, rendering Axew useless against it. Also, since because dealing with Steel-types requires the use of Superpower, Axew will be weakened afterwards due to its Attack and Defense drops.

    **Ice-type Moves**: Since As many Pokemon with Ice-type moves are not necessarily Ice-types, Axew cannot simply use Superpower to deal with them. Bulky Water-types like such as Chinchou can be problematic with Ice Beam, and Protean Froakie is another example of a non Ice-type getting an Ice-type move, although it will become an Ice-type after using Ice Beam.

    **Faster Chioice Scarf Users**: Since Because Axew does misses out on the extra bulk granted by Eviolite on the Choice set, faster Choice Scarf users do pose a threat to Axew when using a Choice item, and can usually take it out with ease.

    **Priority**: Axew does haves to watch for Prankster status moves so it will not be crippled, and Axew it does takes good damage from strong priority moves such as Sucker Punch and Ice Shard(Sucker Punch isn't the only priority move that can take out Axew) users, so they users of these moves can be a problem.
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    I would enlarge the text saying "taken over from orphic" he needs more of a mention for all his work ;)

    Seriously, thanks for doing this I would have hated to see all my work go to waste just because of a situation at home.
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    It was a good way to transition into writing some LC analyses, so I was happy to take over!
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    The "introduction of Fairy-Types" is a singular, past event, so the adjoining verb should be past tense.

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    Overview
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    Like all Dragon-types, Axew has suffered from the introduction of the Fairy-type this generation. Fairy-types are now another obstacle that the once mighty Dragon-types will have to deal with, but that does not mean they are no longer viable. With a great Attack, decent Speed, and access to Dragon Dance, Axew has all the necessary tools needed to sweep through teams.

    Despite this, Axew does have some notable downsides. First, our little dragon suffers from less than average subpar defenses, even with the Eviolite boost. Second, unlike its older brother Haxorus, Axew does not have access to Earthquake which is a major move needed to reliably take down Steel-types, another obstacle in the life of a Dragon-type. With all advantages and disadvantages taken into account, Axew is still a fearsome threat when given the chance to set up.

    Dragon Dance
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    name: Dragon Dance
    move 1: Dragon Dance
    move 2: Outrage / Dragon Claw
    move 3: Poison Jab
    move 4: Superpower
    ability: Mold Breaker
    item: Eviolite
    EVs: 68 HP / 220 Atk / 220 Spe
    nature: Adamant / Jolly

    Moves
    ========
    As this set's main selling point is Dragon Dance, it will obviously take the first move slot. After a boost or two, Axew becomes a strong sweeper that can be hard to take down. Needing a strong Dragon-type STAB, Outrage answers the call and Outrage is the ideal powerful Dragon STAB; even when unboosted, the damage output is quite strong. The downside to Outrage would be the confusion afterwards. Due to this, Dragon Claw becomes a feasible alternative as it has no drawbacks. Although Axew does not have Earthquake to deal with all Steel-types, it does have a way to get rid of troublesome Fairy-types that are in the way thanks to Poison Jab. After one boost, Adamant Axew has a 50% chance of OHKOing defensive Spritzee with Stealth Rock taken into account. The last slot must be saved for Superpower as it functions as a reliable way to deal with many Steel-types that would otherwise wall Axew.

    Set Details
    ========
    Due to Axew's mediocre defenses, Eviolite is pretty much a necessity in order to increase its bulk as well as the possibility of a sweep. The EV spread speaks for itself here as it is quite standard for a sweeper of this sort. Maximum Speed and Attack will allow Axew to make the most out of its power, (add comma) and after a Dragon Dance, this power will just be further increased. While the Adamant nature gives Axew some added power and lets it reach 22 Speed at +1, it will make Axew miss out on vulnerable to some crucial Speed threats that a +1 Jolly Axew would be able to outspeed, namely Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Chinchou, Mienfoo, and Magnemite.

    Usage Tips
    ========
    As a setup sweeper, Axew is usually saved until later in the match or at least until its checks and counters are out of the way. Also, be wary when using Superpower, as using it too early can stop the chances of sweeping due to the Attack and Defense drops. Do not get greedy with when setting up; Dragon Dance should only be used when there is an extremely high chance Axew will be able to survive a hit, or to be as a last resort attempt. If a risky choice is made and it goes in favor of the opponent, it could cost the win. In addition, you do not want Axew to be locked into Outrage when there is a Steel-type on the other team as it wastes turns and will just bring Axew into confusion end up confusing Axew without much damage being done. On the other hand, Fairy-types will just block Outrage, allowing Axew to use Poison Jab after Outrage is cancelled nullified.

    Team Options
    ========
    Due to the lack of bulk Axew has Axew's lack of bulk, bulky teammates that are able to take or resist hits that would normally be super effective on Axew sponge super effective hits for Axew are nice recommended. A few examples of these Pokemon are Chinchou to take Ice-type moves and Trubbish to take Fairy-type moves. Axew also benefits from having teammates that can take care of these checks and counters, not just resist moves. Drilbur is a good example of a Pokemon that can take care of these by being able to defeat Steel-types with Earthquake and Fairy-types with Poison Jab. As with all sweepers, Axew benefits from having teammates with Knock Off. This will make Axew's job easier when it comes to sweeping as Eviolite will be out of the way. Another thing that Axew benefits from is having entry hazards out. This will mean that Axew needs to deal less damage in order to secure a KO and will increase the possibility of a sweep.

    Choice
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    name: Choice
    move 1: Dragon Claw
    move 2: Outrage
    move 3: Superpower
    move 4: Poison Jab
    ability: Mold Breaker
    item: Choice Scarf / Choice Band
    EVs: 68 HP / 220 Atk / 220 Spe
    nature: Jolly

    Moves
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    This set is identical to the last except that Dragon Claw is in the first slot. Dragon Claw is more of a necessity on this set as opposed to an option since Outrage will still be locked after the first round due to Axew holding a Choice item because Axew, by virture of holding a Choice item, will be locked into Outrage even after the first round. Dragon Claw is spammable on a Choice set without the confusion drawback that Outrage comes with. Outrage does still get its own slot, however, as it is more powerful and can secure a late-game sweep. Superpower is once again used as a coverage move to hit Steel- and Ice-types super effectively, while Poison Jab is the coverage move for Fairy-types. The warning does still exist for Superpower, though, as using it too early could cost you and ruin the sweep.

    Set Details
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    A Choice Scarf will make Axew a fast sweeper and revenge killer, while the a Choice Band will give Axew some more power. Generally, Choice Scarf is the better option for Axew as it can outspeed other Choice Scarf threats and OHKO them. Some of these include Snover and Amaura, but be careful of the priority Ice Shard. The same spread from the last set applies to this set. A Jolly nature will give Axew the chance to outspeed certain Pokemon. For example, Jolly Choice Scarf Axew can outspeed +1 Tirtuoga and OHKOes the standard Shell Smash set when at -1 Defense.

    Usage Tips
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    A lot from the last set applies to this one. Firstly, Axew functions better when its checks and counters are out of the picture. Secondly, using Superpower too early can prevent a sweep from happening, and the same goes for Outrage, thus the option of Dragon Claw early on. Remember, Choice Scarf Axew will outspeed Pokemon that it normally would not, so pay attention to what it can and cannot outspeed if using Choice Scarf. Lastly, when the end-game comes around, go for that win with Outrage!

    Team Options
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    Once again, many of the same concepts from the Dragon Dance set can be used here since they are both sweeper-oriented sets. As with all sweepers, Pokemon that clear threats or obstacles that could stop a sweep need to be taken care of. In Axew's case, Drilbur can deal with Steel-types, and Pawniard can take care of Fairy-types as well as Ice-types. Since this set will be switching more often than the Dragon Dance set, Rapid Spin users are more useful here as Axew can be worn down from just switching in and out. In addition, having hazards on the opponent's side of the field makes sweeping and cleaning up easier. Once again, teammates with Knock Off make life easier for Axew since Berry Juice and Eviolite will be out of the way.

    Other Options
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    Night Slash can be used in order to deal with Misdreavus, but since it will not be a OHKO, this is usually not done not advisable, especially since Misdreavus can retaliate with Dazzling Gleam or Will-O-Wisp. Life Orb can be used to add some extra power, but this makes Axew easier to be taken down since the Eviolite bulk is quite important. Substitute is also an option to avoid Will-O-Wisp, Spore, and Sucker Punch. All of these hinder sweeping potential, (add comma) so preventing them from happening can be useful. Iron Tail can be used, but it is unreliable and does not deal with any threats that Axew does not already cover with Superpower or Poison Jab. Lastly, Axew has the option of utilizing Dual Chop with Choice Scarf to break opposing Substitutes and Focus Sashes.

    Checks & Counters
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    **Fairy-types**: Fairy-types are immune to Axew's STAB Dragon-type moves and can survive an unboosted Poison Jab. Snubbull even carries Intimidate to weaken Axew. Most Fairy-type STAB attacks will OHKO Axew so watch out for that as well. (iirc you write C&C from the perspective of checking the Pokemon: in this case, Axew)

    **Steel-types**: Steel-types resist Axew's STAB Dragon-type moves and are really only wary of Superpower. A Pokemon like Honedge is also immune to Superpower, rendering Axew useless against it. Also, since dealing with Steel-types requires the use of Superpower, Axew will be weakened afterwards due to its Attack and Defense drops.

    **Ice-type Moves**: Since many Pokemon with Ice-type moves are not necessarily Ice-type, Axew cannot simply use Superpower. Bulky Water-types like Chinchou can be problematic with Ice Beam, and Protean Froakie is another example of a non Ice-type getting an Ice-type move.

    **Faster Chioce Scarf Users**: Since Axew does miss out on extra bulk on the Choice set, faster Choice Scarf users do pose a threat to Axew, (remove comma) and can usually take it out with ease.

    **Priority**: Axew does have to watch for Prankster status moves so it will not be crippled, and Axew does it also takes good damage from strong Sucker Punch users, so they can be a problem.


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  16. Professor Birch

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    Thank you very much!
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    Going to reread to make sure I did not make errors fixing it. Otherwise, DONE!
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    "After one boost, Adamant Axew has a 50% chance of OHKOing defensive Spritzee with Stealth Rock taken into account."

    +1 252+ Atk Mold Breaker Axew Poison Jab vs. 212 HP / 196+ Def Eviolite Spritzee: 14-18 (51.8 - 66.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock
    +1 252+ Atk Mold Breaker Axew Poison Jab vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Eviolite Spritzee: 18-22 (75 - 91.6%) -- 6.3% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock

    You probably did the calc without an eviolite.
    +1 252+ Atk Mold Breaker Axew Poison Jab vs. 212 HP / 196+ Def Spritzee: 22-26 (81.4 - 96.2%) -- 50% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock


    I know this analysis is completed and that I'm not QC, but you should really change poison jab to Iron Tail.

    Iron tail, unlike Poison Jab, can 2HKO on the switch, without Stealth Rock.
    252+ Atk Mold Breaker Axew Poison Jab vs. 212 HP / 196+ Def Eviolite Spritzee: 10-14 (37 - 51.8%) -- 0.4% chance to 2HKO
    252+ Atk Mold Breaker Axew Iron Tail vs. 212 HP / 196+ Def Eviolite Spritzee: 12-16 (44.4 - 59.2%) -- 68.4% chance to 2HKO

    Plus, it does higher damage than Poison Jab on average, so you have a higher chance of KOing spritzee with some residual damage.
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    this still needs 1 more qc check right
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    Oh yes I forgot. And on Iron Tail, the calc I took was done by Orphic. I really shouldve checked that over first. Is it really worth having Iron Tail with the 75% accuracy?
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    Ok im going to bump for QC input about whether or not Poison Jab should be switched with Iron Tail. That one line will definitely be fixed either way.
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    Poison Jab/Iron Tail has two targets: Spritzee and Cottonee. We already have the Spritzee calcs that show Iron Tail is superior, so here are the calcs on Cottonee:

    220+ Atk Mold Breaker Axew Poison Jab vs. 116 HP / 196+ Def Eviolite Cottonee: 20-28 (90.9 - 127.2%) -- 93.8% chance to OHKO
    220+ Atk Mold Breaker Axew Iron Tail vs. 116 HP / 196+ Def Eviolite Cottonee: 12-16 (54.5 - 72.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
    +1 220+ Atk Mold Breaker Axew Iron Tail vs. 116 HP / 196+ Def Eviolite Cottonee: 18-22 (81.8 - 100%) -- 6.3% chance to OHKO

    Trying to boost against Cottonee is a horrible idea so I doubt you will be at +1, meaning your best bet for preventing Cottonee from priority paralyzing you is using Poison Jab on the predicted switch.

    As a result, I believe it is a good idea to slash both with Iron Tail listed first, mentioning somewhere that Iron Tail is for Spritzee and Poison Jab is for Cottonee.
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  23. Professor Birch

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    Makes sense, I'll make the change.
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    macle you goofed, bri already did the post-writeup check

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