Approved by KokolokoUU Counter This Threat Introduction Hello everyone, I am Zaon, I am hosting the thread "Counter This Threat". Each Sunday, I will post a threat and we will discuss about how deal with this threat, we will find counters, checks and other ways to deal with this threat. It will be a major threat so they will be few counters. You can post all you want, from classic sets to customized sets and EV's spread but all posts will require some explanations especialy for new movesets and EV's spread. In the end, I will post best solutions in this post and also best counters if it lacks of it. Mission The purpose of this project is to help players to find counters, checks and strategies to deal with a major threat, it will help newer players. Also, it will to make discover underrated Pokemon and movesets, it will allow diversity in the metagame. Lastly, it will create a discussion of the big threat, ways to deal with it and new movesets, all of this will increase the sharing of new movesets and Pokemon. Threat Threat 1 : Raikou (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Threat 1 : Raikou (open) Threat 1 : Raikou (close) Raikou Base Stats : 90/85/75/115/100/115 Ability : Pressure Notable moves : - Thunderbolt - Hidden Power Ice - Volt Switch - Calm Mind - Extrasensory - Substitute - Aura Sphere - Hidden Power Grass Since its release in GS, Raikou has always been a great Pokemon. It is one of the most threatening Pokemon in the metagame for good reasons. Its Special Attack is great and can be boost by Calm Mind and then Raikou will be really hard to stop. Its movepool, while not great has some interresting options like Calm Mind, Aura Sphere and Extrasensory. For a sweeper, it is really bulky especialy on the special side with 90/75/100 defenses and can set-up Calm Mind easily. Ways To Deal with Counters Snorlax @ Choice Band Trait: Thick Fat EVs: 80 HP / 252 Atk / 172 SDef / 4 Spd Adamant Nature - Return - Pursuit - Earthquake - Crunch OR Snorlax @ Leftovers Trait: Thick Fat EVs: 208 HP / 124 Def / 176 SDef Careful Nature - Body Slam - Sleep Talk - Rest - Whirlwind Snorlax is probably the best counter to Raikou, able to take comfortably all its hits bar a rare Spec Aura Sphere and then do massive damages with Earthquake or Body Slam. Camerupt @ Leftovers Ability: Solid Rock 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD Sassy Nature - Earthquake - Fire Blast - Stealth Rock - Will-O-Wisp Camerupt is one of the most solid answer to Raikou. It can take its all its hits easily except a Specs Extrasensory and can OHKO it with Earthquake or setup Stealth Rock. Piloswine @ Eviolite Trait: Thick Fat EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SDef Adamant Nature - Icicle Spear / Icicle Crash - Earthquake - Ice Shard - Stealth Rock / Stone Edge Piloswine is one of the best counters to Raikou. The CM can't do something outside of HP Grass and can be OHKOed by Earthquake or an opportunity to setup SR while the LO and Specs versions will rely on HP Grass or the rare Aura Sphere to do real damages even if these two moves are taken quite well. Checks Swampert @ Leftovers EVs: 240 HP / 16 Atk / 252 SpD Sassy nature - Earthquake - Scald - Stealth Rock - Roar / Toxic SpD Swampert is one of the best solutions against Raikou. It is able to take well all hits except HP Grass which isn't even a OHKO at +1 and can then setup Stealth Rock or hit it with Earthquake. Rhyperior @ Leftovers Ability: Solid Rock EVs: 248 HP / 16 Atk / 244 SDef Adamant Nature - Stealth Rock - Earthquake - Rock Blast / Stone Edge - Dragon Tail / Megahorn / Ice Punch Rhyperior is without a doubt one of the best check to Raikou. It can take well all hits except HP Grass and Aura Sphere and can OHKO it with Earthquake or setup Stealth Rock Porygon2 @ Eviolite Trait: Trace EVs: 252 HP / 12 SAtk / 244 SDef Quiet Nature IVs: 0 Spd / 0 Atk - Psyshock - Ice Beam - Trick Room - Recover This original Porygon2 is a great answer against Raikou, taking well all hits except Aura Sphere. The boost in Special Defense from Calm Mind isn't a problem thanks to Psyshock. It can take hits and then support teammates with Trick Room. Credit to Cassel for the set. Lanturn @ Leftovers EVs: 52 HP / 84 Atk / 168 Def / 204 SpD Sassy nature - Waterfall - Volt Switch - Scald / Ice Beam - Heal Bell / Toxic Lanturn is a nice check to Raikou especialy the CM version thanks to its ability, typing and nice bulk. It can also support teammates thanks to its good support movepool and break Raikou's Sub with Waterfall. Revenge killers Pretty much all scarfers can revenge kill Raikou if it isn't behind a Sub. Mienshao, Flygon, Darmanitan, Victini, Krookodile and Heracross are all great revenge killers to Raikou even if they all need that Raikou isn't behind a Substitute. Threat 2 : Kingdra Kingdra Base Stats : 75/95/95/95/95/85 Ability : Swift Swim / Sniper / Damp Notable move : - Dragon Dance - Outrage - Waterfall - Substitute - Rain Dance - Hydro Pump - Draco Meteor - Dragon Pulse - Surf - Rest - Hidden Power Electric Kingdra is easily one of the most dangerous Pokemon in the metagame. Its unique typing in the tier is excellent offensively, giving it a nearly perfect coverage only resisted by Empoleon and the rare Ferroseed and great defensively with double resistances to fire and water and a resistance to Steel. Its movepool, while being shallow has both Dragon Dance and Rain Dance, two interristing options for Kingdra. Its defenses are great and allow it to setup Rain Dance and Dragon Dance easily.