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Braviary (GP 2/2)

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  1. Endorfins

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    Braviary

    Pretty obvious that this is a WIP

    [Overview]

    <p>Sleek, lithe, and powerful, Braviary is the epitome of physical attacking. Sporting a base 123 Attack stat and high Base Power moves, Braviary's damage output is greater than almost any other Pokemon in the tier. When further augmented with boosting items such as Life Orb and the Choice items, it appears that almost nothing would be able to stop Braviary. With a Choice Scarf, Braviary becomes a devastating revenge killer, being able to outspeed and take down all but the fastest sweepers. With a Choice Band equipped, Braviary reveals its true self—the power boost turning it into a complete powerhouse—allowing it to crush most walls and turn frail sweepers into dust, scattered away by the beating of Braviary's mighty wings. Despite Braviary's overawing Attack stat and power, its Speed is lackluster, being outsped by a whole host of RU threats who can hit it first. However, Braviary has decent overall bulk, especially for a sweeper, to offset this fact. Braviary, like most birds, also has access to Roost which provides reliable recovery, restoring health lost from residual damage such as Life Orb, Stealth Rock, and Brave Bird recoil. With its variety of sets and raw attacking power, Braviary should be considered by every team builder, both on their own team and on the opposing side.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Brave Bird
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Return
    move 4: U-turn
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Defiant
    nature: Adamant / Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>A Choice Scarf patches up Braviary's Speed, turning it into a powerful revenge killer and late-game sweeper. Unlike other Choice Scarf holders, Braviary is still extremely powerful without a boosting item thanks to its excellent Attack stat and high Base Power moves. Brave Bird is Braviary's staple attack; its 120 Base Power and 100% accuracy means that it is a reliable, high-powered move, annihilating most of the metagame. Superpower crushes common Flying-type counters such as Klinklang and Kabutops, 2HKOing both. However, bulky walls such as Steelix and Rhydon can take two Superpowers and retaliate with Gyro Ball and Stone Edge, respectively. Return is a secondary STAB move that has less power, but no recoil or stat drops. If Braviary needs to avoid recoil, then Return is the best option; it also hits Electric-types, such as Electivire, harder than any of Braviary's other moves. Lastly, U-turn, a common move on Choice Scarf holders, is used to scout Braviary's counters and gain momentum for your team. However, if Stealth Rock is on the field, then using U-turn repeatedly is not a good idea.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>252 EVs in Speed ensures Braviary can outspeed dangerous sweepers and Speed tie with other Choice Scarf-wielding base 80 Pokemon such as Gallade and Medicham. 252 Attack EVs gives Braviary as much power as possible. The choice between an Adamant and Jolly nature depends on whether you want Braviary to attempt a late-game sweep or ensure that Braviary can revenge kill as many threats as possible. A Jolly nature lets Braviary outspeed Modest Gorebyss and Omastar after a Shell Smash, while an Adamant nature secures OHKOs on Typhlosion and Klinklang among others after Stealth Rock. Defiant is Braviary's most useful ability and turns Intimidate from opponents into an Attack boost. As Braviary will be switching a lot with U-turn and being Choice-locked, Stealth Rock will quickly take its toll. A Rapid Spin user, such as Cryogonal or Kabutops, can remove Stealth Rock from the field. Although Choice Scarf Braviary is a great revenge killer, it is also an excellent late-game sweeper, being able to clean up weakened teams with Brave Bird. However, Steelix and Rhydon are two Pokemon which can stop Braviary in its tracks. Therefore, a Pokemon that can take down Rock- and Steel-types, such as Slowking, is a good teammate.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Band
    move 1: Brave Bird
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Return
    move 4: U-turn
    item: Choice Band
    ability: Defiant
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>The power of Choice Band Braviary sends shivers down the spines of its enemies. Walls crumble against its perfect neutral coverage while frailer teams will be broken by Brave Bird alone. Brave Bird is so powerful that Braviary can 2HKO offensive Kabutops and even defensive Lanturn. Superpower crushes the bulky Rock- and Steel-types that resist Brave Bird such as Steelix and Rhydon. Return takes advantage of Braviary's other STAB; it is not as powerful as Brave Bird but does not have recoil. Unfortunately, it provides little coverage compared to Brave Bird and is completely walled by Ghost-types who are immune to it. However, the lack of recoil and any other drawbacks mean that it is a good move to use when Braviary is on low health and doesn't want to sacrifice its own HP. Lastly, U-turn lets Braviary scout your opponent as they flee from its immense power. It also lets Braviary gain momentum for your team while dealing sizable damage to most opponents despite its relatively low Base Power. If your prediction skills are spot on, then Braviary is probably the strongest wallbreaker in the tier, removing any physical wall for your teammates to sweep.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A standard offensive EV spread of 252 Attack and 252 Speed is used to give Braviary as much power and speed as possible. The remaining 4 EVs are placed in Defense instead of HP to ensure that Braviary takes less damage from Stealth Rock. However, an alternative EV spread of 88 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 164 Spe along with a Jolly nature ensures that Braviary can still outspeed Adamant Kabutops and Gallade. This EV spread also gives Braviary more bulk, especially, in HP which helps to minimize Brave Bird recoils' impact on Braviary. However, the lesser Speed investment means that Braviary will be unable to outspeed dangerous threats such as Jolly Gallade, Timid Mesprit, and Timid Entei. Out of all of Braviary's abilities, Defiant is the only one that merits usage. Defiant makes Intimidate an Attack boost, rather than a drop, and any stray stat drops such as a Special Defense drop from Psychic will boost Braviary's Attack by two stages.</p>

    <p>As Braviary can remove almost every physical wall in the tier, physical sweepers such as Klinklang and Sceptile are great teammates to clean up the opposing team afterwards. As Braviary is weak to Stealth Rock and will be switching often, a Rapid Spin user, such as Kabutops or Cryogonal, is also a good choice. On the other hand, entry hazards on the opponent's side of the field will help Braviary in wallbreaking. Support Pokemon, such as Crustle and Smeargle, can both set up Stealth Rock and Spikes.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Roost + 3 Attacks
    move 1: Brave Bird
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Return / Substitute / U-turn
    move 4: Roost
    item: Life Orb / Leftovers
    ability: Defiant
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Although Braviary is normally seen with a Choice item equipped, the gallant bird of prey can also run an effective 3 attacks set. Without the restriction of being Choice-locked, Braviary can use Roost to heal off Brave Bird recoil and residual damage. Brave Bird is still Braviary's most powerful move and hits like a missile with a Life Orb boost. However, the recoil can quickly take its toll, as Braviary often does large amounts of damage to the opponent. This, combined with potential Life Orb recoil, means that Braviary will have to Roost often or risk being KOed. Superpower destroys Rock- and Steel-types hoping to switch in on Brave Bird; without a Choice item, Braviary doesn't need to rely as heavily on prediction and can destroy slower resists, such as Kabutops and Klinklang, after they switch in. Return is a STAB attack with no side effects, but since it provides no extra coverage, Braviary can instead use Substitute or U-turn. The former eases prediction and acts as a buffer to status while the latter scouts Braviary's checks and gains momentum for your team.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Although the standard EV spread with a Jolly nature is recommended, Braviary can choose to invest further in its decent bulk with an EV spread of 88 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 164 Spe which still outspeeds Adamant Kabutops and Gallade while giving Braviary more bulk and just as much attacking power. 4 EVs are placed in Defense so Stealth Rock damage is rounded down. Life Orb is the main item as Braviary greatly appreciates the boost in power; however, Leftovers is still viable to help cushion Braviary from recoil. Leftovers is best used alongside Substitute as otherwise Braviary will lose health too fast and be forced to Roost much more often. Defiant is useful against Pokemon such as Qwilfish and Stoutland which rely on Intimidate to take hits. Roost can be removed so Braviary has four attacks but, with the lack of recovery, Braviary is better off with a Choice item.</p>

    <p>As the damage from Stealth Rock, Life Orb, and Brave Bird recoil adds up quickly, support from its teammates is necessary to protect Braviary from residual damage it can avoid. A Rapid Spin user, such as Kabutops, Cryogonal, or Sandslash, can remove Stealth Rock from your side of the field. Each of the above also has some sort of defensive synergy with Braviary. Steelix and Rhydon are troublesome as both can avoid being 2HKOed by Superpower and can defeat Braviary with Gyro Ball and Rock Blast respectively, especially after the Defense drops associated with using Superpower. Pokemon that can deal with Rhydon and Steelix, such as Torterra and Tangrowth, are thus good teammates. Even though Braviary has Roost, a teammate with Wish is appreciated, as Braviary often loses health too fast for Roost to keep up with. Alomomola and Clefable both have access to Wish and high HP stats, making them ideal for this.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Although Braviary's movepool isn't tiny, most of Braviary's other options are outclassed by its main attacks. Braviary can use Bulk Up along with its already decent bulk to become a deadly tank. However, common revenge killers such as Rotom-C and Galvantula can hit Braviary super effectively and put it out of commission. Braviary can also use Rock Slide in tandem with its alternative ability, Sheer Force. Although Rock Slide doesn't give Braviary any extra coverage, it lets Braviary hit Pokemon such as Moltres and Aerodactyl harder than any of its other moves.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Due to Braviary's astounding mix of power and perfect coverage, there are almost no Pokemon that can successfully wall it. Anything that is hit neutrally by Brave Bird is 2HKOed at worst, leaving only the sturdiest Steel- and Rock-types to face Braviary. Steelix, the tier's strongest physical wall has a chance to be 2HKOed by Choice Band Superpower after Stealth Rock, as does the standard Eviolite Rhydon set. The only Pokemon in the tier that can guarantee its own survival after any two of Braviary's attacks and Stealth Rock damage is Metang; however, it cannot do much back to Braviary itself, and is easily set up on by a wide variety of Pokemon. Aside from these Steel- and Rock-types, everything else is comfortably 2HKOed by Braviary. While Braviary has a huge Attack stat and powerful moves, it can still be easily outsped by most sweepers. Its base 80 Speed leaves it beaten by Pokemon such as Electivire, Magmortar, and Sceptile which can defeat a weakened Braviary if they can enter the field safely. Choice Scarf holders, such as Manectric, Galvantula, and Rotom-C, can outspeed even Choice Scarf Braviary and zap it with their STAB Electric-type attacks. Anything that can take a hit from Braviary and cripple it in return are decent checks; Misdreavus, Spiritomb, and Rotom can all take at least one of Braviary's attacks and cripple it with Will-O-Wisp, while Lanturn can paralyze Braviary with Thunder Wave. Keep in mind though, that all of the above can be 2HKOed upon switching in and will be heavily damaged even after just one attack. Priority attacks such as Kabutops's Aqua Jet and Absol's Sucker Punch can finish off a weakened Braviary. However, Sucker Punch users can be taken advantage of if Braviary runs Roost or Substitute.</p>
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    Defensive Rotom makes a pretty good check actually because it outspeeds Adamant CB and never gets 2hkoed by Jolly CB.

    Klinklang can set up a Gear Shift on Braviary locked into anything but Superpower

    Regirock does pretty well

    Substitute + Roost set with Life Orb and an EV spread of 88 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 164 Spe and a Jolly nature is a good set. In fact you can probably list this as an optional EV spread for all of the attacking sets + CB. 164 Spe beats Adamant Kabutops and Gallade which is cool, and 88 HP adds to Braviary's considerable bulk. 88 HP and 4 Def > 92 HP because then you can come into SR 4 times
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    Sry for nitpicking but Jolly CB Braviary 2hkoes Rotom 5.47% of the time w/o SR, and iirc it 2hkoes guaranteed after SR.
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    I'd prob make Choice Scarf the first set. Then Choice Band/Offensive, then SubRoost. SubRoost:

    [SET]
    name: SubRoost
    move 1: Substitute / Bulk Up
    move 2: Roost
    move 3: Brave Bird
    move 4: Superpower / Return
    item: Leftovers / Sharp Beak
    ability: Defiant
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    Not sure, maybe slash Bulk Up in move 2 or move 4. Can't really think right now lol. You can play around with it. Just a suggestion~
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    Just noting that you have Defensive Intimidate Luxray in the list of checks/counters, when it isn't at all. (Defiant says hi.)
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    [Overview]
    • Be sure not to say that "with the advent of BW2, Braviary gained Roost" or something along those lines. Just makes it easier for GP x)
    • Good :P

    [Choice Scarf]
    • Superpower actually does a decent chunk to Steelix and Rhydon
    • Rock Slide in AC
    • Spinners in AC

    [Choice Band]
    • Mention that Braviary likes hazards in AC

    [Offensive]
    • Mention that Leftovers works well w/ Substitute

    [Other Options]
    • Good

    [Checks and Counters]
    • Bulky Rotom does well vs Braviary

    Good job

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    Slash Adamant with Jolly on the Choice Scarf set. Literally the only two things you outrun with Jolly Scarf that you don't with Adamant Scarf is Timid Scarf Magneton, which is pretty uncommon, and +1 Jolly DD Feraligatr, which isn't even that good...because of this, make Adamant the main slash.

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    This was written up pretty quickly so please forgive any obvious errors
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    Braviary

    Pretty obvious that this is a WIP

    [Overview]

    <p>Sleek, lithe, and powerful, Braviary is the epitome of physical attacking. Sporting a base 123 Attack stat and high base powered moves, Braviary can out-power almost every other Pokemon in RU. Add upgrades such as Life Orb and the Choice items, and it appears that almost nothing would be able to stop Braviary. With a Choice Scarf, Braviary becomes a devastating revenge killer, being able to outspeed and take down all but the fastest sweepers. With a Choice Band equipped, Braviary reveals its true self, harnessing the power boost of Choice Band turning it into a complete powerhouse, able to crush most walls and turn frail sweepers into dust, scattered away by the beating of Braviary's mighty wings. However, despite Braviary overawing Attack stat and power, its Speed is lackluster, being outsped by a whole host of RU threats. To offset this, Braviary has decent overall bulk, especially for a sweeper. Braviary, like most birds, also has access to Roost which provides reliable recovery for the bird of prey, restoring health lost from residual damage such as Life Orb, Stealth Rock, and Brave Bird recoil. With its variety of sets and raw attacking power, Braviary should be considered by every team builder, both on their own team and on the opposing side.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Brave Bird
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Return
    move 4: U-turn
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Defiant
    nature: Adamant / Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>A Choice Scarf patches up Braviary's Speed to decent levels, turning it into a powerful revenge killer and late-game sweeper. Unlike other Choice Scarf holders, Braviary is still extremely powerful without a boosting item thanks to its excellent Attack stat and high base power moves. Brave Bird is Braviary's staple attack, its 120 base power and 100% accuracy meaning that it is a reliable high-powered move that can be spammed repeatedly, annihilating most of the metagame. Superpower crushes common Flying-type counters such as Klinklang and Kabutops, 2HKOing both. However, bulky walls such as Steelix and Rhydon can take two Superpowers and retaliate. Return is a secondary STAB move that has less power, but no recoil or stat drops. If Braviary is on low health and needs to stay alive then Return is the best option; it also hits Electric-types such as Electivire harder than any of Braviary's other moves. Lastly, U-turn, a common move on Choice Scarf holders, is used to scout Braviary's counters and gain momentum for your team. However, if Stealth Rock is on the field, then using U-turn repeatedly is not a good idea.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>252 EVs in Speed ensures Braviary can outspeed dangerous sweepers and speed tie with other Choice Scarf wielding base 80 Pokemon such as Gallade and Medicham. 252 Attack EVs gives Braviary as much power as possible. The choice between an Adamant and Jolly nature depends on whether you want Braviary to sweep lategame or ensure that Braviary can revenge kill as many threats as possible. A Jolly nature lets Braviary outspeed Modest Gorebyss and Omastar after a Shell Smash, while an Adamant nature secures OHKOs on Typhlosion and Klinklang among others after Stealth Rock. Defiant is Braviary's most useful ability and turns Intimidate from opponents in to an Attack boost. As Braviary will be switching a lot with U-turn and being choice-locked, Stealth Rock will quickly take its toll on Braviary's health. A Rapid Spin user such as Cryogonal or Kabutops can remove Stealth Rock from the field and also have decent synergy with Braviary. Although Choice Scarf Braviary is a great revenge killer, it is also an excellent late-game sweeper, being able to clean up with Brave Bird. However, Steelix and Rhydon are two Pokemon who can stop it in its tracks. Therefore, a Pokemon such as Slowking is a good teammate that can easily take down Rock- and Steel-types.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Band
    move 1: Brave Bird
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Return
    move 4: U-turn
    item: Choice Band
    ability: Defiant
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>The power of Choice Band Braviary sends shivers down the spines of its enemies. Walls crumble against its perfect neutral coverage while more frail teams will be broken by Brave Bird alone. Brave Bird alone merits Braviary's use and demolishes anything that doesn't resist it. Indeed, it is so powerful that Braviary can 2HKO Lanturn, offensive Kabutops, and defensive Lanturn. One of the tier's strongest physical walls, Cofagrigus, is also 2HKOed by Brave Bird's immense power. Superpower crushes the bulky Rock- and Steel-types that resist Brave Bird, such as Steelix and Rhydon. Return is an alternative STAB move that hits almost as hard as Brave Bird but without the recoil. Unfortunately, it provides little coverage compared to Brave Bird and is completely walled by Ghost-types. However, the lack of recoil and any other drawbacks mean that it is a good move to use when Braviary is on low health and doesn't want to sacrifice its own HP. Lastly, U-turn lets Braviary scout your opponent as they flee from its immense power. It also lets Braviary gain momentum for your team while dealing sizeable damage to most opponents despite its relatively low base power. If your prediction skills are spot on, then Braviary is probably the strongest wall breaker in the tier, removing any physical wall for your teammates to sweep.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A standard offensive EV spread of 252 Attack and 252 Speed is used to give Braviary as much power and speed as possible. The remaining 4 EVs are placed in Defense instead of HP to ensure that Braviary takes less damage from Stealth Rock. However, an alternative EV spread of 88 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 164 Spe along with a Jolly nature ensures that Braviary can still outspeed Adamant Kabutops and Gallade. This EV spread also gives Braviary more bulk, especially in HP which helps to minimize Brave Bird recoil. However, the lesser Speed investment means that Braviary will be unable to outspeed dangerous threats such as Jolly Gallade, Timid Mesprit, and Timid Entei; all of whom are dangerous threats in the RU metagame. Out of all of Braviary's abilities, Defiant is the only one that merits usage. Defiant turns the abilities of Intimidate users such as Qwilfish into Attack boosts, and any stray stat drops such as a Special Defense drop from Psychic will also turn Braviary into a killing machine.</p>

    <p>As Braviary can remove almost every physical wall in the tier from the battle, physical sweepers such as Klinklang and Sceptile are great teammates who can clean up opposing teams afterwards. As Braviary is weak to Stealth Rock and will be switching often, a Rapid Spin user such as Kabutops or Cryogonal are also good choices. On the other hand, entry hazards on the opponent's side of the field will help Braviary in wall-breaking. Pokemon such as Rhydon can set up Stealth Rock while Smeargle can lay down multiple layers of Spikes.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Offensive
    move 1: Brave Bird
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Return / Substitute / U-turn
    move 4: Roost
    item: Life Orb / Leftovers
    ability: Defiant
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Although Braviary is normally seen with a Choice item equipped, the gallant bird of prey can also run an effective 3 attacks set. With the restriction of being Choice-locked lifted, Braviary can use Roost to heal off Brave Bird recoil and residual damage. Brave Bird is still Braviary's most powerful move and can still hit like a missile with a Life Orb boost. However, it has the drawback of recoil which can quickly take its toll as Braviary often does large amounts of damage to the opponent. This, combined with potential Life Orb recoil, means that Braviary will have to Roost often. Superpower destroys Rock- and Steel-types hoping to switch in on Brave Bird, and without a choice item, Braviary doesn't need to rely as heavily on prediction and can destroy Pokemon such as Kabutops and Klinklang after they switch in. Return is a no frills STAB attack with no side effects, but since it provides no extra coverage, Braviary can instead use Substitute or U-turn. The former eases prediction and acts as a buffer to status while the latter scouts Braviary's checks and gains momentum for your team. Lastly, Roost restores Braviary's health which is otherwise quickly depleted due to Life Orb, Substitute, and Brave Bird recoil.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Although the standard EV spread with a Jolly nature is recommended, Braviary can choose to invest further in its decent bulk with an EV spread of 88 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 164 Spe which still outspeeds Adamant Kabutops and Gallade while giving Braviary more bulk and just as much attacking power. 4 EVs are placed in Defense so Stealth Rock damage is rounded down. Life Orb is the main item as otherwise Braviary cannot hit as hard, however Leftovers is still viable to help cushion Braviary from recoil. Leftovers is best used alongside Leftovers as otherwise Braviary will lose health too fast and will be forced to Roost much more often. Defiant is useful against Pokemon such as Qwilfish and Stoutland who rely on Intimidate to take hits. Roost can be removed so Braviary has four attacks but, with the lack of recovery, Braviary is better off with a Choice item.</p>

    Do not understand what you were trying to say with "Leftovers is best used alongside Leftovers as otherwise..." - perhaps you meant Life Orb is best used alongside Roost (just a guess)?

    <p>As the damage from Stealth Rock, Life Orb, and Brave Bird recoil adds up quickly, support from its teammates is necessary to keep Braviary alive for longer. A Rapid Spin user such as Kabutops, Cryogonal, or Sandslash can remove Stealth Rock from your side of the field. Each has some sort of defensive synergy with Braviary as well. Steelix and Rhydon are also troublesome as both can avoid being 2HKOed by Superpower and can defeat Braviary with Gyro Ball and Rock Blast respectively, especially after the Defense drops associated with using Superpower. Pokemon such as Torterra and Tangrowth are thus good teammates as they can reliably switch into and defeat Rhydon and Steelix. Even though Braviary has Roost, a teammate with Wish is appreciated as Braviary often loses health too fast for it to consistently replenish with the recovery move. A Pokemon such as Clefable or Alomomola can pass large Wishes to Braviary.</p>


    [Other Options]

    <p>Although Braviary's movepool isn't tiny, most of Braviary's other options are outclassed by its main attacks. Braviary can use Bulk Up along with its already decent bulk to become a deadly tank. However, Braviary is easily revenge killed by common revenge killers such as Rotom-C and Galvantula who can hit Braviary super effectively. Braviary can also use Rock Slide along with its alternative ability sheer force. Although Rock Slide doesn't give Braviary any extra coverage, it lets Braviary hit Pokemon such as Moltres and Aerodactyl harder then any of its other moves.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Due to Braviary's astounding mix of power and perfect coverage, there are almost no Pokemon that can successfully wall it. Anything that is hit neutrally by Brave Bird is 2HKOed at worst, leaving only the sturdiest Steel- and Rock-types to face Braviary. Steelix, the tier's strongest physical wall has a chance to be 2HKOed by Choice Band Superpower after Stealth Rock, as does the standard Eviolite Rhydon set. The Pokemon in the tier that can guarantee survival after two of Braviary's attacks and Stealth Rock is Metang, though it cannot do much back to Braviary itself, and can be easily set up on by the rest of Braviary's team. Aside from these Steel- and Rock-types, everything else is comfortably 2HKOed by Braviary. While Braviary has a huge Attack stat and powerful moves, it can still be easily outsped by most sweepers. Its base 80 Speed leaves it beaten by Pokemon such as Electivire, Magmortar, and Sceptile who can defeat a weakened Braviary if they can enter the field safely. Choice Scarf holders such as Manectric, Galvantula, and Rotom-C can outspeed even Choice Scarf Braviary and zap it with their Electric-type STAB attacks. Anything that can take a hit from Braviary and cripple it in return are decent checks; Cofagrigus, Spiritomb, and Rotom can all take one of Braviary's attacks and retaliate with Will-o-Wisp, while Lanturn can paralyze Braviary with Thunder Wave. Keep in mind though, that all of the above can be 2HKOed upon switching in and will be heavily damaged even after just one attack. Priority attacks such as Kabutop's Aqua Jet and Absol's Sucker Punch can finish off a weakened Braviary, although Sucker Punch users can be taken advantage of if Braviary runs Roost.</p>
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    Stamping Intergalactic's post with a few changes

    First Set Comments
    • Brave Bird is Braviary's staple attack, it is ; (semi) its 120 bBase pPower and 100% accuracy meanings that it is a reliable, <comma> high-powered move that can be spammed used repeatedly, annihilating most of the metagame.

    First Set Additional Comments
    • 252 EVs in Speed ensures Braviary can outspeed dangerous sweepers and sSpeed tie with other Choice Scarf wielding base 80 Pokemon such as Gallade and Medicham.
    • The choice between an Adamant and Jolly nature depends on whether you want Braviary to sweep late-game or ensure that Braviary can revenge kill as many threats as possible.
    • As Braviary will be switching a lot with U-turn and being cChoice-locked, Stealth Rock will quickly take its toll on Braviary's health.

    Second Set Comments
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    • Indeed, it is so powerful that Braviary can 2HKO Lanturn, offensive Kabutops, <remove> and even defensive Lanturn
    • This EV spread also gives Braviary more bulk, especially in HP, <comma> which helps to minimize Brave Bird recoil.

    Second Set Additional Comments
    • On the other hand, entry hazards on the opponent's side of the field will help Braviary in wall-breaking
    • Superpower destroys Rock- and Steel-types hoping to switch in on Brave Bird; without a cChoice item, Braviary doesn't need to rely as heavily on prediction and can destroy Pokemon such as Kabutops and Klinklang after they switch in

    Checks and Counters
    • Priority attacks such as Kabutops's Aqua Jet and Absol's Sucker Punch can finish off a weakened Braviary, although Sucker Punch users can be taken advantage of if Braviary runs Roost.

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    I have a small nitpick

    Can we please find a better name for the third set? "Offensive" implies there's such a thing as defensive Braviary (there is, but not in this analysis for some reason) or that all its other sets are not offensive, so how about "Roost" or "Roost + 3 Attacks" or something?

    Sorry for posting after this was passed by QC and you wrote it up, but since this doesn't change the actual writeup, it should be fine.
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    [Overview]

    <p>Sleek, lithe, and powerful, Braviary is the epitome of physical attacking. Sporting a base 123 Attack stat and high Base Power moves, Braviary's damage output is greater than almost any other Pokemon in the tier. When further augmented with boosting items such as Life Orb and the Choice items, it appears that almost nothing would be able to stop Braviary. With a Choice Scarf Braviary becomes a devastating revenge killer, being able to outspeed and take down all but the fastest sweepers. With a Choice Band equipped Braviary reveals its true self—the power boost turning it into a complete powerhouse—allowing it to crush most walls and turn frail sweepers into dust, scattered away by the beating of Braviary's mighty wings. However, Despite Braviary's overawing Attack stat and power, its Speed is lackluster, being outsped by a whole host of RU threats who can hit it first. However, Braviary has decent overall bulk, especially for a sweeper, to offset this fact. Braviary, like most birds, also has access to Roost which provides reliable recovery for the bird of prey, restoring health lost from residual damage such as Life Orb, Stealth Rock, and Brave Bird recoil. With its variety of sets and raw attacking power, Braviary should be considered by every team builder, both on their own team and on the opposing side.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Brave Bird
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Return
    move 4: U-turn
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Defiant
    nature: Adamant / Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>A Choice Scarf patches up Braviary's Speed, turning it into a powerful revenge killer and late-game sweeper. Unlike other Choice Scarf holders, Braviary is still extremely powerful without a boosting item thanks to its excellent Attack stat and high Base Power moves. Brave Bird is Braviary's staple attack; its 120 Base Power and 100% accuracy means that it is a reliable, high-powered move, annihilating most of the metagame. Superpower crushes common Flying-type counters such as Klinklang and Kabutops, 2HKOing both. However, bulky walls such as Steelix and Rhydon can take two Superpowers and retaliate with Gyro Ball and Stone Edge, respectively. Return is a secondary STAB move that has less power, but no recoil or stat drops. If Braviary needs to avoid recoil, then Return is the best option; it also hits Electric-types, such as Electivire, harder than any of Braviary's other moves. Lastly, U-turn, a common move on Choice Scarf holders, is used to scout Braviary's counters and gain momentum for your team. However, if Stealth Rock is on the field, then using U-turn repeatedly is not a good idea.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>252 EVs in Speed ensures Braviary can outspeed dangerous sweepers and Speed tie with other Choice Scarf-wielding base 80 Pokemon such as Gallade and Medicham. 252 Attack EVs gives Braviary as much power as possible. The choice between an Adamant and Jolly nature depends on whether you want Braviary to attempt a late-game sweep or ensure that Braviary can revenge kill as many threats as possible. A Jolly nature lets Braviary outspeed Modest Gorebyss and Omastar after a Shell Smash, while an Adamant nature secures OHKOs on Typhlosion and Klinklang among others after Stealth Rock. Defiant is Braviary's most useful ability and turns Intimidate from opponents into an Attack boost. As Braviary will be switching a lot with U-turn and being Choice-locked, Stealth Rock will quickly take its toll. A Rapid Spin user, such as Cryogonal or Kabutops, can remove Stealth Rock from the field. Although Choice Scarf Braviary is a great revenge killer, it is also an excellent late-game sweeper, being able to clean up weakened teams with Brave Bird. However, Steelix and Rhydon are two Pokemon which can stop Braviary in its tracks. Therefore, a Pokemon that can take down Rock- and Steel-types, such as Slowking, is a good teammate.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Band
    move 1: Brave Bird
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Return
    move 4: U-turn
    item: Choice Band
    ability: Defiant
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>The power of Choice Band Braviary sends shivers down the spines of its enemies. Walls crumble against its perfect neutral coverage while frailer teams will be broken by Brave Bird alone. Brave Bird is so powerful that Braviary can 2HKO offensive Kabutops and even defensive Lanturn. One of the tier's strongest physical walls, Cofagrigus, is also 2HKOed by Brave Bird's immense power. Superpower crushes the bulky Rock- and Steel-types that resist Brave Bird such as Steelix and Rhydon. Return takes advantage of Braviary's other STAB; it is not as powerful as Brave Bird but does not have recoil. Unfortunately, it provides little coverage compared to Brave Bird and is completely walled by Ghost-types who are immune to it. However, the lack of recoil and any other drawbacks mean that it is a good move to use when Braviary is on low health and doesn't want to sacrifice its own HP. Lastly, U-turn lets Braviary scout your opponent as they flee from its immense power. It also lets Braviary gain momentum for your team while dealing sizable damage to most opponents despite its relatively low Base Power. If your prediction skills are spot on, then Braviary is probably the strongest wallbreaker in the tier, removing any physical wall for your teammates to sweep.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A standard offensive EV spread of 252 Attack and 252 Speed is used to give Braviary as much power and speed as possible. The remaining 4 EVs are placed in Defense instead of HP to ensure that Braviary takes less damage from Stealth Rock. However, an alternative EV spread of 88 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 164 Spe along with a Jolly nature ensures that Braviary can still outspeed Adamant Kabutops and Gallade. This EV spread also gives Braviary more bulk, especially, in HP which helps to minimize Brave Bird recoils' impact on Braviary. However, the lesser Speed investment means that Braviary will be unable to outspeed dangerous threats such as Jolly Gallade, Timid Mesprit, and Timid Entei; all of which are dangerous threats in the RU metagame. Out of all of Braviary's abilities, Defiant is the only one that merits usage. Defiant makes Intimidate an Attack boost, rather than a drop, and any stray stat drops such as a Special Defense drop from Psychic will boost Braviary's Attack by two stages.</p>

    <p>As Braviary can remove almost every physical wall in the tier, physical sweepers such as Klinklang and Sceptile are great teammates to clean up the opposing team afterwards. As Braviary is weak to Stealth Rock and will be switching often, a Rapid Spin user, such as Kabutops or Cryogonal, is also a good choice. On the other hand, entry hazards on the opponent's side of the field will help Braviary in wallbreaking. Support Pokemon, such as Crustle and Smeargle, can both set up Stealth Rock and Spikes.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Roost + 3 Attacks
    move 1: Brave Bird
    move 2: Superpower
    move 3: Return / Substitute / U-turn
    move 4: Roost
    item: Life Orb / Leftovers
    ability: Defiant
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Although Braviary is normally seen with a Choice item equipped, the gallant bird of prey can also run an effective 3 attacks set. Without the restriction of being Choice-locked, Braviary can use Roost to heal off Brave Bird recoil and residual damage. Brave Bird is still Braviary's most powerful move and hits like a missile with a Life Orb boost. However, the recoil can quickly take its toll, as Braviary often does large amounts of damage to the opponent. This, combined with potential Life Orb recoil, means that Braviary will have to Roost often or risk being KOed. Superpower destroys Rock- and Steel-types hoping to switch in on Brave Bird; without a Choice item, Braviary doesn't need to rely as heavily on prediction and can destroy slower resists, such as Kabutops and Klinklang, after they switch in. Return is a STAB attack with no side effects, but since it provides no extra coverage, Braviary can instead use Substitute or U-turn. The former eases prediction and acts as a buffer to status while the latter scouts Braviary's checks and gains momentum for your team. Lastly, Roost restores Braviary's health which is otherwise quickly depleted due to Life Orb, Substitute, and Brave Bird recoil.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Although the standard EV spread with a Jolly nature is recommended, Braviary can choose to invest further in its decent bulk with an EV spread of 88 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 164 Spe which still outspeeds Adamant Kabutops and Gallade while giving Braviary more bulk and just as much attacking power. 4 EVs are placed in Defense so Stealth Rock damage is rounded down. Life Orb is the main item as Braviary greatly appreciates the boost in power; however, Leftovers is still viable to help cushion Braviary from recoil. Leftovers is best used alongside Substitute as otherwise Braviary will lose health too fast and be forced to Roost much more often. Defiant is useful against Pokemon such as Qwilfish and Stoutland which rely on Intimidate to take hits. Roost can be removed so Braviary has four attacks but, with the lack of recovery, Braviary is better off with a Choice item.</p>

    <p>As the damage from Stealth Rock, Life Orb, and Brave Bird recoil adds up quickly, support from its teammates is necessary to protect Braviary from residual damage it can avoid. A Rapid Spin user, such as Kabutops, Cryogonal, or Sandslash, can remove Stealth Rock from your side of the field. Each of the above also has some sort of defensive synergy with Braviary. Steelix and Rhydon are troublesome as both can avoid being 2HKOed by Superpower and can defeat Braviary with Gyro Ball and Rock Blast respectively, especially after the Defense drops associated with using Superpower. Pokemon that can deal with Rhydon and Steelix, such as Torterra and Tangrowth, are thus good teammates. Even though Braviary has Roost, a teammate with Wish is appreciated, as Braviary often loses health too fast for Roost to keep up with. Alomomola and Clefable both have access to Wish and high HP stats, making them ideal for this.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Although Braviary's movepool isn't tiny, most of Braviary's other options are outclassed by its main attacks. Braviary can use Bulk Up along with its already decent bulk to become a deadly tank. However, common revenge killers such as Rotom-C and Galvantula can hit Braviary super effectively and put it out of commission. Braviary can also use Rock Slide in tandem with its alternative ability, Sheer Force. Although Rock Slide doesn't give Braviary any extra coverage, it lets Braviary hit Pokemon such as Moltres and Aerodactyl harder than any of its other moves.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Due to Braviary's astounding mix of power and perfect coverage, there are almost no Pokemon that can successfully wall it. Anything that is hit neutrally by Brave Bird is 2HKOed at worst, leaving only the sturdiest Steel- and Rock-types to face Braviary. Steelix, the tier's strongest physical wall has a chance to be 2HKOed by Choice Band Superpower after Stealth Rock, as does the standard Eviolite Rhydon set. The only Pokemon in the tier that can guarantee its own survival after any two of Braviary's attacks and Stealth Rock damage is Metang; however, it cannot do much back to Braviary itself, and is easily set up on by a wide variety of Pokemon. Aside from these Steel- and Rock-types, everything else is comfortably 2HKOed by Braviary. While Braviary has a huge Attack stat and powerful moves, it can still be easily outsped by most sweepers. Its base 80 Speed leaves it beaten by Pokemon such as Electivire, Magmortar, and Sceptile which can defeat a weakened Braviary if they can enter the field safely. Choice Scarf holders, such as Manectric, Galvantula, and Rotom-C, can outspeed even Choice Scarf Braviary and zap it with their STAB Electric-type attacks. Anything that can take a hit from Braviary and cripple it in return are decent checks; Cofagrigus Misdreavus, Spiritomb, and Rotom can all take at least one of Braviary's attacks and cripple it with Will-O-Wisp, while Lanturn can paralyze Braviary with Thunder Wave. Keep in mind though, that all of the above can be 2HKOed upon switching in and will be heavily damaged even after just one attack. Priority attacks such as Kabutops's Aqua Jet and Absol's Sucker Punch can finish off a weakened Braviary. However, Sucker Punch users can be taken advantage of if Braviary runs Roost or Substitute.</p>


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