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[COMPLETED] Barbaracle

Discussion in 'XY Previews' started by SOMALIA, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. SOMALIA

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    [Pros]
    <ul>
    <li>It has access to one of the best boosting moves in the game;: Shell Smash.</li>
    <li>It boasts high Attack and Defense stats.</li>
    <li>Barbaracle also has a great ability in Tough Claws, as the extra boost from physical contact attacks is much-needed.</li>
    </ul>

    [Cons]
    <ul>
    <li>Barbaracle has a poor typing, leaving it weak to many common types such as Grass, Electric, Fighting, and Ground.</li>
    <li>Its low base Speed means that even after a Shell Smash boost, it fails to outpace many scarf threats holding a Choice Scarf.</li>
    <li>Unfortunately, it is reliant on mostly shaky accuracy moves.</li>
    </ul>

    [Set Recommendations]

    <p>Barbaracle @ White Herb / Lum Berry<br />
    Ability: Tough Claws<br />
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe <br />
    Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SpA)<br />
    - Shell Smash<br />
    - Stone Edge<br />
    - Razor Shell / Earthquake<br />
    - Cross Chop / Poison Jab<br /></p>

    <p>Shell Smash starts this set off, giving Barbaracle a much-needed Speed boost, allowing it to outpace scarfed neutral base 100 Pokemon. Stone Edge is the primary attack in Barbaracle's arsenal as it has a great Base Power in addition to Rock-type being a great offensive type; the added chance of a critical hit is always helpful (if you even hit, that is). Victims of this move include Gyarados, Dragonite, Noivern, Salamence, and Togekiss. Razor Shell gets a desired Attack boost from Barbaracle's ability, Tough Claws, in addition to having good coverage alongside Stone Edge. Earthquake is another option for this moveslot, allowing Barbaracle to nuke Toxicroak and Magnezone and ease prediction versus Aegishield. Cross Chop gets a boost from Tough Claws as well and demolishes Ferrothorn and Normal-types such as Kangaskhan, while Poison Jab hits Fairy-types as well as Chesnaught for super effective damage, making it a worthwhile option.</p>

    <p>The EV spread is aimed to maximizing Barbaracle's Attack and Speed, which it will be relying on to sweep after a Shell Smash boost. White Herb is a very crucial item as Barbarcle has decent defenses and would appreciate keeping them intact. Lum Berry prevents Barbaracle's potential sweep from being cut short due to status, namely a burn from Scald or paralysis. A Life Orb can be used, but the benefits of the aforementioned items are far greater than what Life Orb offers. While PickPocket might seem unusual at first, it works well once White Herb is consumed, allowing Barbaracle to nab the foe's item, such as Leftovers or Lum Berry, which can be of major use.</p>

    <p>Sticky Web is something that a slow user such as Barbaracle appreciates, and for that reason Glavantula and Smeargle are good partners; the latter is also able to set up Stealth Rock. Magnezone can trap and KO Skarmory and other Steel-types, making it that much easier for a sweep. Due to Barbaracle's typing and decent physical defense, it has the ability to set up on common threats such as Talonflame and Tyranitar.</p>


    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>While Barbaracle does possess respctable defensive stats, its horrid typing leaves it weak to many common threats. Grass-type Pokemon can take advantage of their 4x super effective STAB attacks; prime examples include Chesnaught, Gourgeist-S, and Mega Venusaur. Bulky Water-types such as Slowbro and Quagsire can take repeated hits and retaliate by either inflicting status or simply hitting back with their STAB attacks. Due to its low base Speed, even after a Shell Smash boost, Barbaracle is prone to being outsped and OHKOed by many scarfed Pokemon, such as Garchomp and Mienshao. Excradrill outpaces Barbarcle during a sandstorm and can put it down with Earthquake. Both Rotom-W and Magnezone have good natural bulk, with the former being able to live a boosted attack and hit Barbaracle with a Volt Switch while the latter can easily OHKO with Thunderbolt, but it has to watch out for Earthquake. Due to Barbaracle's typing, not many priroity users can effectively revenge kill it, but there are two Pokemon that stand out;: Breloom and Conkeldurr. They both have access to Mach Punch and boast high Attack stats, meaning that despite Barbaracle's respectable physical bulk, it will certainly not appreciate taking a hit from either of them.</p>
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2013
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    The nature on your set is jolly which is +Speed and -SpA. You have +Attack and -SpA and a jolly nature. Don't know if you were going for jolly or adamant nature which is +Attack and -SpA.
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    Yeah I meant Adamant, forgot to change it after copypasting from old thread, thanks
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    Explain what this means. It means that it can get outspeed by Choice Scarf Pokemon even after a Shell Smash boost.

    Also i wouldn't call his movepool diverse. He doesn't even get Waterfall, it's just that he has all that he needs in four moves; Stone Edge, Cross Chop, Razor Shell, and Earthquake.

    Remove Trevenant as a check, it fails to +2 Stone Edge.


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    Implemented! Thanks alexwolf and AG
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    Ready for last QC check.
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    It's Gourgeist-S :D
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    great job =o
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    Mostly irrelevant, but there's Small size Gourgeist and Super size Gourgeist - which one is Gourgeist-S referring to? And in the context it's used in, is the -S even needed?
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    In the cons section, mention that it has difficulty setting up due to its garbage typing and awful speed. Do you think you could list the Pokemon it sets up on? (Talonflame is a big one, imo) Also, can you remove mentions of irrelevant checks (Choice Scarf Helioptile, Choice Scarf Mienshao) and replace them with more relevant Pokemon? Excadrill in the sand is a more consistent check for instance.

    Don't Gourgheist & Mega Venusaur still take quite a bit of damage from +2 Stone Edge? I'd sooner mention Tangrowth as a counter over either of them. I'd also mention that one of the best ways to deal with Barbaracle is to prevent it from setting up in the first place, which isn't to difficult due to its awful speed / typing.
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    Nah PK, Gourgeist and Mega Venusaur are some of the best counters to it. Not that Tangrowth is not possibly the best but that doesn't make the other two less good at counterting Barbaracle. +2 Adamant Stone Edge vs those two:

    - +2 252+ Atk Barbaracle Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Gourgeist-S: 195-229 (52.13 - 61.22%) -- 96.09% chance to 2HKO
    - +2 252+ Atk Barbaracle Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Mega Venusaur: 193-228 (53.02 - 62.63%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
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    Oh right, I forgot that Stone Edge isn't boosted by Tough Claws.
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    Written up.
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    Wait, hold up a second. Where does the Chesnaught thing come from in the Cons? xD Fix that, please.
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    Error is still there in the last line of "Pros".

    The first line colon correction is still incorrect.

    Please double-check Governess's check and ensure you are noting what's red/blue and making the correct changes.
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    Do you mean Barbaracle? Just making sure that's supposed to be there.
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    You also misspelled "respectable" in the Checks/Counters paragraph

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