Cryogonal (QC 3/3) [GP 2/2]

#1

Cryogonal

[Overview]

<p>Cryogonal is an extremely versatile Pokemon with a move that plays a very important role in RU: Rapid Spin. Ghost-types paired with entry hazards are extremely common in the tier, and it is tough to play around these teams. Cryogonal's unique stat distribution and movepool allow it to beat every Ghost-type Pokemon in the tier bar all-out attacking Spiritomb and Dusknoir. Cryogonal's main niche is spinning, but it can perform its role in a few different ways thanks to its distinctive traits. First and foremost, its massive base 135 Special Defense stat, one of the highest in the tier, allows it to check almost all of the special attackers in RU except for Fire-types. Thanks to its decent base 95 Special Attack and superb base 105 Speed, Cryogonal can run an offensive set that can either sweep or spin right before the opponent's eyes. Additionally, Cryogonal can run a dual screens set to further boost its defenses and help it spin more reliably. To top it all off, Cryogonal has one of the best recovery moves, Recover, which grants it multiple opportunities to spin and tank hits throughout the match. In addition to a great support movepool, Cryogonal has one of the best abilities in the game: Levitate. In particular, this grants the snowflake an immunity to both Spikes and Toxic Spikes, an ideal trait for a spinner.</p>

<p>However, every rose has its thorns. Cryogonal's base 30 Defense leaves it prone to almost all neutral physical attacks and makes it much harder for Cryogonal to switch in. Its Ice typing doesn't help either, as it leaves Cryogonal weak to common Fire- and Fighting-type attacks, as well as Stealth Rock. Still, Cryogonal's utilities outweigh its drawbacks, so one should never forget about Cryogonal when looking for a solid, reliable team supporter and spinner.</p>

[SET]
name: Specially Defensive
move 1: Rapid Spin
move 2: Ice Beam
move 3: Recover
move 4: Haze / Toxic
item: Leftovers
nature: Calm
evs: 248 HP / 8 SpA / 252 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>This set takes full advantage of Cryogonal's outstanding Special Defense to let it beat nearly every special attacker in the tier except for Fire-types and Psyshock users, such as Typhlosion and Slowking, respectively. Because of its great walling capabilities as well as its high Speed, Cryogonal has many opportunities to use Rapid Spin. Furthermore, Cryogonal is immune to Spikes and Toxic Spikes due to Levitate, and it can beat Roselia, the most common setter of these entry hazards. Cryogonal's STAB Ice Beam hits hard and ensures that Ghost-types such as Rotom and Cofagrigus cannot block Rapid Spin; they will lose too large a chunk of HP to Ice Beam. Recover is a godsend for Cryogonal, as it will be tanking many special hits and will need to recover damage taken from Stealth Rock. Cryogonal's good base 95 Speed also makes it easy to heal before the next attack. Haze is a great move for defeating setup sweepers such as Trick Room Cofagrigus, which will switch in to block Rapid Spin. It also gets rid of Cosmic Power Sigilyph's and Quiver Dance Lilligant's boosts, which can be useful. However, if these Pokemon are not a problem, Cryogonal can use Toxic to cripple opposing walls, including Slowking, Cryogonal, Cofagrigus, Mandibuzz, Lanturn, Rhydon, and Uxie.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>248 HP EVs minimize the damage that Cryogonal takes from Stealth Rock upon switching in, 252 Special Defense EVs and a Calm nature make Cryogonal as specially bulky as possible, and the remaining EVs are put into Special Attack to boost the power of Cryogonal's STAB Ice Beam. An alternative EV spread of 248 HP / 168 Def / 92 SpD with a Calm nature allows Cryogonal to always survive Choice Band Spiritomb's Sucker Punch so that it can come in later to spin. A fully physically defensive EV spread enables Cryogonal to take on physical attackers such as Choice Band Drapion and the aforementioned Spiritomb. Cryogonal's main goal is to rid its field of hazards, so the ability to take on Pursuit users is quite handy. In terms of alternative moves, Reflect can be used in the last moveslot to help Cryogonal take on physical attackers, as its horrible Defense will leave it susceptible to physical attacks and thus unable to spin. Hidden Power Rock is another great option, as it allows Cryogonal to severely dent Moltres and Typhlosion, the two most common special attackers that it cannot beat. It also helps Cryogonal defeat Entei, a common switch-in.</p>

<p>While Cryogonal does fairly well on its own, its low Defense and weakness to Fire- and Fighting-type attacks mean that it requires good team support to succeed. Slowking is a good teammate in particular because it resists these attacks and forms a solid specially defensive core with Cryogonal. Cryogonal also needs partners that compensate for its terrible Defense stat, so strong physically defensive Pokemon, such as Poliwrath and Cofagrigus, are great teammates. Poliwrath resists Rock- and Fire-type attacks and thus counters Aggron and Entei, two common switch-ins to Cryogonal. Cofagrigus is immune to Fighting-type attacks, so it can take on the Hitmonchan and Hariyama that switch into Cryogonal. In addition, because it is easy for Cryogonal to spin, Pokemon that appreciate the removal of entry hazards—namely Fire- and Flying-type Pokemon such as Entei and Mandibuzz, respectively—love Cryogonal's support. Finally, Pokemon with the move Psyshock, mainly Slowking and Uxie, will take advantage of Cryogonal's low Defense and set up on it. Thus, teammates that can deal with these Pokemon, such as Drapion and Spiritomb, are also solid choices.</p>

[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Ice Beam
move 2: Rapid Spin
move 3: Hidden Power Ground / Hidden Power Rock
move 4: Recover
item: Life Orb
nature: Timid
evs: 64 HP / 252 SpA / 192 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>Boasting a high base 105 Speed, Cryogonal is surprisingly fast for a snowflake; its base 95 Special Attack should not be laughed at either. With a Life Orb, Cryogonal can 2HKO Choice Band Spiritomb and Trick Room Cofagrigus, which makes spinning much easier. This set is a great addition to offensive teams, which always appreciate Rapid Spin support. Hidden Power Ground destroys Fire-types such as Entei and Steel-types such as Klinklang, Aggron, and Magneton, and also hits Kabutops, Drapion, Qwilfish, and Lanturn super effectively. Hidden Power Rock is another good option; it still maintains super effective coverage on Fire-types, but it also hits Moltres, Jynx, Scyther, and opposing Cryogonal. Recover rounds out the set by healing Life Orb and Stealth Rock damage and allowing Cryogonal to continue to attack and spin.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>252 Special Attack EVs enable Cryogonal to hit as hard as possible, while 192 Speed EVs let it outspeed all Sigilyph and Drapion and hit them before they use Psyshock or Pursuit, respectively. Note that an extra 4 Speed EVs are necessary if Cryogonal is using Hidden Power Rock, as it lowers Cryogonal's Speed IV by one point. The remaining EVs are put into HP in order to make Cryogonal a bit bulkier. 252 Speed EVs can be used to Speed tie with Scyther and Manectric that lack Choice Scarf, but these two Pokemon are quite rare. A Modest nature is usable for more power, but it makes Cryogonal slower than Drapion and Typhlosion. As for items, an Icicle Plate can be used instead of a Life Orb if the latter's recoil is too much; Ice Beam can possibly still 2HKO Choice Band Spiritomb. Leftovers can also be used for more longevity, but Cryogonal will miss out on 2HKOing Choice Band Spiritomb and Cofagrigus.</p>

<p>Good teammates include those that appreciate the removal of entry hazards; Moltres is good in particular, as it also provides a strong offensive presence. Pokemon that can take priority attacks, mainly Sucker Punch, are good teammates, as trappers such as Spiritomb and Skuntank will attempt to KO Cryogonal with a combination of Pursuit and Sucker Punch; Mandibuzz is a solid partner for this reason. Note that because this set lacks Special Defense investment, it cannot freely switch in on special attackers; Pokemon such as Sceptile and Manectric will do a ton of damage.</p>

[SET]
name: Dual Screens
move 1: Ice Beam
move 2: Reflect
move 3: Light Screen
move 4: Recover
item: Light Clay
nature: Calm
evs: 248 HP / 68 SpD / 192 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>This set takes advantage of Cryogonal's high Speed to set up screens for a teammate to sweep. Ice Beam is Cryogonal's obligatory STAB move, and it ensures that this set won't be shut down by Taunt. Due to its amazing base 135 Special Defense, Cryogonal can set up on the majority of special attackers in the tier, even with minimal investment. Note that Reflect should usually be set up first, as it will allow Cryogonal to tank hits from physical attackers such as Spiritomb. Recover is a boon for any dual screens user, as it allows Cryogonal to repeatedly set up throughout the match.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>248 HP EVs minimize Stealth Rock damage, while 192 Speed EVs allow Cryogonal to set up screens before all base 97 Pokemon and below, such as Sigilyph and Drapion, can hit it. The rest of the EVs are put into Special Defense so Cryogonal can set up more easily on special attackers. Alternatively, a physically defensive EV spread would allow Cryogonal to take physical hits much more easily and let it set up screens on the likes of Spiritomb, Drapion, and Feraligatr. Light Clay extends the duration of both screens to eight turns, which gives a teammate plenty of time to set up and sweep. Rapid Spin is, as always, a good option for Cryogonal and can be used over Recover if Cryogonal does not need to stick around for long. This is particularly useful for clearing the field of Toxic Spikes, which hinder just about all setup sweepers.</p>

<p>Setup sweepers such as Shell Smash Omastar, Linoone, Klinklang, and Lilligant all greatly appreciate screens, as they all become deadly once they have a boost or two under their belt. Pokemon with Taunt, such as Drapion and Qwilfish, will prevent Cryogonal from setting up, so setup sweepers that can deal with these Pokemon are even better teammates. Sigilyph is good for dealing with Qwilfish, while Sandslash can set up Swords Dance on Drapion.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Surprisingly, Cryogonal has a few other support options that it can use. The best unlisted move it can use is Rain Dance; it can provide rain sweepers with both Rain Dance and dual screens support and can even stop opposing rain sweepers such as Ludicolo. Cryogonal can use Frost Breath to break through opposing Calm Mind sweepers, most notably Spiritomb and Sigilyph; however, Haze is usually the better choice. Cryogonal can also run a Substitute + Toxic set due to its high Speed and access to Recover, but it usually has better moves to use instead of Substitute. Acid Armor can patch up Cryogonal's horrible Defense, but a physically defensive partner is more effective in doing this.</p>

[Checks and Counters]

<p>Due to Cryogonal's horrible base 30 Defense, almost every physical attacker will melt this snowflake. Physical attackers such as Aggron, Klinklang, and Entei are all great counters, as they resist Ice Beam and can OHKO with a super effective STAB move. However, they must all watch out for Hidden Power Ground from the offensive set. Fighting-types annihilate Cryogonal; those with Mach Punch, such as Hitmonchan, are particularly dangerous. Hariyama deserves a special mention because Thick Fat lets it take next to nothing from Ice Beam. Munchlax, which also has Thick Fat, fully counters any Cryogonal set. Fire-types such as Moltres and the aforementioned Entei are great counters, as Cryogonal cannot take special STAB Fire-type attacks even with its great Special Defense.</p>

<p>Pokemon that resist Ice Beam, specifically Feraligatr, Poliwrath, and Qwilfish, are good checks. Pokemon with Psyshock, such as Slowking and Uxie, can take advantage of Cryogonal's bad Defense and KO it without taking much damage from Ice Beam. Pursuit users, such as Spiritomb and Drapion, will trap and defeat Cryogonal and prevent it from spinning later on in the match. Finally, the only Ghost-type Pokemon that can reliably spinblock against Cryogonal is Dusknoir. It is not 2HKOed by Life Orb Ice Beam, and it can 2HKO uninvested Cryogonal with Shadow Punch. Spiritomb is a somewhat reliable Ghost-type check to Cryogonal, but it needs to rely on prediction to win.</p>
 

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Looks good. For reference, this is what I got him to change:

  • Pure physically defensive spread in AC of specially defensive to take on pursuit users; like, vs Choice Band Drapion, physically defensive Cryogonal takes 70% max from Pursuit on the switch, which allows Cryo to come in later to spin away Stealth Rock.
  • Leftovers mention in AC of Life Orb for a bulkier option.
  • Dusknoir mention in C&C because it's like the only spinblocker that can actually beat Cryogonal lol.



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Man, choosing between Haze and Toxic is always such a tough choice when I play Cryo. I almost always end up going with Toxic though since imo it just has more utility, especially against mons like Dusknoir (who coincidentally beats you), and the mons you listed. IDK, NP Cofag is a big enough deal to run Haze, but I've never needed it. So, I guess this ramble would be I would consider slashing Toxic before Haze, but I guess Haze is a rarer commodity, so I can see the appeal in slashing it first. But w/e, ultimately a tiny detail.

Go forth and prosper.
 
#5
Shouldn't the Dual Screen set run a lot more speed?

Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the point of running that set is setting up screens, with that spreed you are going to wall a good portion of the special attackers (Like Defensive Cryo already does...) but your chances of setting up screens against offensive teams are very slim.

The minimum speed I would run in that set is Timid Nature with 136 Spe EVs, which is enough to outspeed Moltres, allowing Cryogonal to set up Light Screen before getting OHKOed by Fire Blast

252 SpAtk Life Orb Moltres Fire Blast vs 248 HP/124 SpDef Cryogonal: 51.6% - 61.22%
2 hits to KO

but personally I would just run max speed or near max speed, for even more chances of setting up screens, because for this kind of sets Setting up > Survivability.
 
#6
Hm that makes sense. I think I'll change it to the offensive set's Speed EVs because most Pokemon that it would outspeed with 252 Spe EVs usually hold a Choice Scarf. Thanks for the input!
 
#8
[Overview]

<p>Cryogonal is an extremely versatile Pokemon with a move whichthat plays a very important role in RU: Rapid Spin. Ghost-types paired with entry hazards are extremely common in the tier, and it is tough to play around these teams. Cryogonal's unique stat distribution and moves allow it to beat every Ghost-type Pokemon in the tier bar Athe all-Oout Aattackering Spiritomb and Dusknoir. Cryogonal's main niche is spinning, but it can perform its role in a few different ways thanks to its distinctive traits. Cryogonal boasts aFirst and foremost, its massive base 135 Special Defense stat, one of the highest Special Defense stats in the tier, which allows it to check almost all of the special attackers in the tier, except for Fire-types. Thanks to its decent base 95 Special Attack and superb base 105 Speed, Cryogonal can run an offensive set that can either sweep or spin right before the opponent's eyes. If that is not satisfying enoughAdditionally, Cryogonal can run a set with dual screens set to further boosts its defenses and help it spin more reliably. To top it all off, Cryogonal has one of the best recovery moves, Recover, which grants it multiple opportunities to spin and tank hits throughout the match. Aside from having a great support movepool, Cryogonal has one of the best abilities in the game: Levitate. This isIn particularly convenient for Cryogonal, as it, this grants the snowflake an immunity to both Spikes and Toxic Spikes, and ideal perk to havetrait for a spinner.</p>

<p>However, every rose has its thorns. Cryogonal's base 30 Defense leaves it prone to almost all neutral physical attacks, thus making and makes it much harder for Cryogonal to switch in. Its Ice typing doesn't help either, as it leaves Cryogonal weak to common Fire- and Fighting-type attacks, as well as Stealth Rock. Still, Cryogonal's utilities outweigh its drawbacks, so one should never forget about Cryogonal when looking for a solid, reliable team supporter and spinner.</p>

[SET]
name: Specially Defensive
move 1: Rapid Spin
move 2: Ice Beam
move 3: Recover
move 4: Haze / Toxic
item: Leftovers
nature: Calm
evs: 248 HP / 8 SpA / 252 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>This set fully takes full advantage of Cryogonal's outstanding Special Defense, as Cryogonal is able to to let it beat nearly every special attacker in the tier, except for Fire-types and Pokemon with Psyshock users, such as Slowking(give an example of a fire-type) and Slowking, respectively. Because of its great walling capabilities as well as its high Speed, Cryogonal has many opportunities to use Rapid Spin. Furthermore, Cryogonal is immune to Spikes and Toxic Spikes due to Levitate, and can beat Roselia, the most common setter of these entry hazards. Cryogonal's STAB Ice Beam hits hard, and ensures that Ghost-types such as Rotom and Cofagrigus cannot block Rapid Spin as; they will be losinge a large chunk of HP fromto Ice Beam. Recover is a godsend for Cryogonal, as it will be tanking many special hits and alsowill needs to recover the damage dealt bytaken from Stealth Rock. ItCryogonal's good base 95 Speed also makes it easy to heal before the next attack. Haze is a great move for defeating setup sweepers such as Trick Room Cofagrigus, who will switch in to block Rapid Spin. It also gets rid of Cosmic Power Sigilyph's and Quiver Dance Lilligant's boosts, which can be useful. However, if these Pokemon are not a problem, Toxic can be used in order to cripple opposing walls, including Slowking, Cryogonal, Cofagrigus, Mandibuzz, Lanturn, Rhydon, and Uxie.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>248 HP EVs are used in order to minimize the damage that Cryogonal takes from Stealth Rock upon switching in., 252 Special Defense EVs make Cryogonal as specially bulky as possible, whileand the remaining EVs are put into Special Attack to boost the power of Cryogonal's STAB Ice Beam. An alternate EV spread of 248 HP / 168 Def / 92 SpD with a Calm nature allows Cryogonal to always survive Choice Band Spiritomb's Sucker Punch, so for Cryogonal canto come in later to spin. A fully physically defensive EV spread can also be usedenables Cryogonal to take on physical attackers such as Choice Band Drapion and the aforementioned Spiritomb. Cryogonal's main goal is to rid its field of hazards, so being ablethe ability to take on Pursuit users is quite handy.</p>

<p>Cryogonal has a few other moves that it can use that aid it in its jobs.
In terms of alternative moves, Reflect can be used in the last moveslot in order to help Cryogonal take on physical attackers, as its horrible Defense will leave it susceptible to physical attacks and thus unable to spin. Hidden Power Rock is another great option, as it allows Cryogonal to hiseverely dent Moltres and Typhlosion, the two most common special attackers that it cannot beat, extremely hard. It also helps toCryogonal defeat Entei, a common switch-in to Cryogonal.</p>

<p>While Cryogonal does fairly well on its own, its low Defense and weakness to Fire- and Fighting-type attacks means that Cryogonal requires good team support to succeed. Slowking is a good teammate in particular because it resists these attacks and forms a solid specially defensive core with Cryogonal. Cryogonal also needs partners that compensate for its terrible Defense stat, so strong physically defensive Pokemon, such as Poliwrath and Cofagrigus, are great teammates. Poliwrath resists Rock- and Fire-type attacks and thus counters Aggron and Entei, two common switch-ins to Cryogonal. Cofagrigus is immune to Fighting-type attacks, so he can take on the Hitmonchan and Hariyama that switch into Cryogonal. AlsoIn addition, because it is easy for Cryogonal to spin, Pokemon that appreciate the removal of entry hazards, namely Fire- and Flying-type Pokemon such as Entei and Mandibuzz, respectively, love Cryogonal's support. Finally, Pokemon with the move Psyshock, mainly Slowking and Uxie, will take advantage of Cryogonal's low Defense and set up on it; t. Thus, teammates that can deal with these Pokemon, such as Drapion and Spiritomb, are also solid teammates.</p>

[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Ice Beam
move 2: Rapid Spin
move 3: Hidden Power Ground / Hidden Power Rock
move 4: Recover
item: Life Orb
nature: Timid
evs: 64 HP / 252 SpA / 192 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>Boasting a high base 105 Speed, Cryogonal is surprisingly fast for a snowflake, boasting a high base 105 Speed. I; its base 95 Special Attack should not be laughed at either. With a Life Orb, Cryogonal can 2HKO Choice Band Spiritomb and Trick Room Cofagrigus, which makes spinning much easier. Rapid Spin support is always appreciated on offensive teams, so this set is a great addition to any offensive team. Hidden Power Ground destroys Fire-type Pokemons such as Entei and Steel-type Pokemons such as Klinklang, Aggron, and Magneton, and also hits Kabutops, Drapion, Qwilfish, and Lanturn super effectively. However, Hidden Power Rock is another good option; it still maintains super effective damage on Fire-types, but can also hit Moltres, Jynx, Scyther, and opposing Cryogonal. Recover rounds out the set by healing Life Orb and Stealth Rock damage and allowing Cryogonal to continue to attack and spin.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>252 Special Attack EVs are used soenable Cryogonal canto hit as hard as possible., while 192 Speed EVs are used solet Cryogonal can outspeed Timid max Speed Sigilyph and Jolly max Speed Drapionall Sigilyph and Drapion and hit them before they use Psyshock or Pursuit Cryogonal, respectively. Note that an extra 4 Speed EVs are necessary if Cryogonal is using Hidden Power Rock, as it lowers Cryogonal's Speed IV by one point. The remaining EVs are put into HP in order to make Cryogonal a bit bulkier. Additionally, 252 Speed EVs can be used to sSpeed tie with Scyther and Manectric without athat lack Choice Scarf, but these two Pokemon are quite rare. Also, a Modest nature can be used for more power, but Cryogonal will be slower than Drapion and Typhlosion. As for items, an Icicle Plate can be used instead of a Life Orb if the Life Orblatter's recoil is too much; Ice Beam will still have a chance tocan possibly still 2HKO Choice Band Spiritomb. Leftovers can also be used for more longevity, thoughbut Cryogonal will miss out on 2HKOing Choice Band Spiritomb and Cofagrigus.</p>

<p>Good teammates include those who appreciate the removal of entry hazards.; Moltres is good in particular as it also provides a strong offensive presence. Pokemon that can take priority attacks, mainly Sucker Punch, are good teammates, as trappers such as Spiritomb and Skuntank will attempt to KO Cryogonal with a combination of Pursuit and Sucker Punch; Mandibuzz is a solid partner for this reason. BNote that because this set has nolacks Special Defense investment, it cannot come in on the special attackers it normally does.; Pokemon such as Sceptile and Manectric will do a ton of damage.</p>

[SET]
name: Dual Screens
move 1: Ice Beam
move 2: Reflect
move 3: Light Screen
move 4: Recover
item: Light Clay
nature: Calm
evs: 248 HP / 68 SpD / 192 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>This set takes advantage of Cryogonal's high Speed to set up screens for a teammate to sweep. Ice Beam is Cryogonal's obligatory STAB move, and ensures that this set won't be shut down by Taunt. Due to its amazing base 135 Special Defense, Cryogonal can set up Reflect and Light Screen on the majority of special attackers in the tier, even with minimal investment. Note that Reflect should usually be set up first, as it will allow Cryogonal to tank hits from physical attackers such as Spiritomb. Recover is a boon for any Pokemon with dual screens user, as it allows Cryogonal to repeat settingedly set up throughout the match. Light Clay makes it so screens are present for eight turns, giving a teammate plenty of time to set up and sweep.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>248 HP EVs are used in order to minimize the damage that Cryogonal takes from Stealth Rock on each switch in.
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[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>248 HP EVs minimize Stealth Rock damage, while
192 Speed EVs allow Cryogonal to set up screens before max Speedall base 97 Pokemon and below, such as (examples), can hit it. The rest of the EVs are put into Special Defense so Cryogonal can set up more easily on special attackers. Alternatively, a physically defensive EV spread with 252 Defense EVs can be used, as Cryogonal will hit 318 Defense after Reflect. This would allow Cryogonal to take physical hits much better, and can thus set up screens in other situations.</p>

<p>Rapid Spin is still
ould allow Cryogonal to take physical hits much more easily, and let it set up screens on the likes of (who?). Light Clay extends the duration of both screens to eight turns, which gives a teammate plenty of time to set up and sweep. Rapid Spin is, as always, a good option for Cryogonal, and can be used over Recover if Cryogonal idoes not needed to stayick around for long. This will alsois particularly useful for clearing the field of Toxic Spikes for a setup sweeper, allowing for an easier sweep, which just about all setup sweepers appreciate.</p>

<p>Setup sweepers such as Shell Smash Omastar, Linoone, Klinklang, and Lilligant all greatly appreciate screens, as they all become deadly once they have a boost or two under their belt. Pokemon with Taunt, such as Drapion and Qwilfish, will prevent Cryogonal from setting up, so a setup sweeper that can deal with these Pokemon are even better teammates. Sigilyph is good for dealing with Qwilfish, while Sandslash can set up a Swords Dance on Drapion.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Surprisingly, Cryogonal has a few other support options that it can use. The best additionalunlisted move that it can use is Rain Dance. I; it can provide rain sweepers support wiwith both Rain Dance and dual screens, and will even put a support, and can even stop to opposing rain sweepers such as Ludicolo. Frost Breath can be used to get critical hits on opposing Pokemon with Calm Mind such asbreak through opposing Calm Mind sweepers, most notably Spiritomb and Sigilyph, although; however, Haze is usually the better choice. Cryogonal can also run a Substitute + Toxic set due to its high Speed and access to Recover, but Cryogonal will usually find ait usually has better moves to use instead of Substitute. Acid Armor can be used to aidpatch up Cryogonal's horrible Defense, but a physically defensive partner is more effective in doing this.</p>

[Checks and Counters]

<p>Due to Cryogonal's horrible base 30 Defense, almost every physical attacker will melt this snowflake. Physical attackers such as Aggron, Klinklang, and Entei are all great counters, as they resist Ice Beam and can OHKO with a super effective STAB move. However, they must all watch out for Hidden Power Ground from the Ooffensive set. Fighting-types, specifically annihilate Cryogonal; those with Mach Punch, such as Hitmonchan, annihilate Cryogonalre particularly dangerous. Hariyama deserves a special mention because it gets Thick Fat, so Ice Beam does close to nothing. Munchlax is another Pokemon with lets it take next to nothing from Ice Beam. Munchlax, who also has Thick Fat, and fully counters any Cryogonal set. Fire-types such as Moltres and the aforementioned Entei are great counters, ands Cryogonal can not take special STAB Fire-type attacks even with its great Special Defense.</p>

<p>Pokemon that resist Ice Beam, specifically Feraligatr, Poliwrath, and Qwilfish, are good checks. Pokemon with Psyshock, such as Slowking and Uxie will, can take advantage of Cryogonal's bad Defense and KO it without taking much damage from Ice Beam. Pursuit users, such as Spiritomb and Drapion, will trap and defeat Cryogonal, and preventing it from spinning later on in the match. Finally, the only Ghost-type Pokemon that can reliably spinblock against Cryogonal's Rapid Spin is Dusknoir. It is not 2HKOed by a Life Orb Ice Beam, and can 2HKO an uninvested Cryogonal with Shadow Punch. Spiritomb is a somewhat reliable Ghost-type check to Cryogonal, but it needs to rely on prediction to win.</p>
[Overview]

<p>Cryogonal is an extremely versatile Pokemon with a move that plays a very important role in RU: Rapid Spin. Ghost-types paired with entry hazards are extremely common in the tier, and it is tough to play around these teams. Cryogonal's unique stat distribution and moves allow it to beat every Ghost-type Pokemon in the tier bar the all-out attacking Spiritomb and Dusknoir. Cryogonal's main niche is spinning, but it can perform its role in a few different ways thanks to its distinctive traits. First and foremost, its massive base 135 Special Defense stat, one of the highest in the tier, allows it to check almost all of the special attackers in the tier, except for Fire-types. Thanks to its decent base 95 Special Attack and superb base 105 Speed, Cryogonal can run an offensive set that can either sweep or spin right before the opponent's eyes. Additionally, Cryogonal can run a dual screens set to further boosts its defenses and help it spin more reliably. To top it all off, Cryogonal has one of the best recovery moves, Recover, which grants it multiple opportunities to spin and tank hits throughout the match. Aside from having a great support movepool, Cryogonal has one of the best abilities in the game: Levitate. In particular, this grants the snowflake an immunity to both Spikes and Toxic Spikes, an ideal trait for a spinner.</p>

<p>However, every rose has its thorns. Cryogonal's base 30 Defense leaves it prone to almost all neutral physical attacks and makes it much harder for Cryogonal to switch in. Its Ice typing doesn't help either, as it leaves Cryogonal weak to common Fire- and Fighting-type attacks, as well as Stealth Rock. Still, Cryogonal's utilities outweigh its drawbacks, so one should never forget about Cryogonal when looking for a solid, reliable team supporter and spinner.</p>

[SET]
name: Specially Defensive
move 1: Rapid Spin
move 2: Ice Beam
move 3: Recover
move 4: Haze / Toxic
item: Leftovers
nature: Calm
evs: 248 HP / 8 SpA / 252 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>This set takes full advantage of Cryogonal's outstanding Special Defense to let it beat nearly every special attacker in the tier, except for Fire-types and Psyshock users, such as (give an example of a fire-type) and Slowking, respectively. Because of its great walling capabilities as well as its high Speed, Cryogonal has many opportunities to use Rapid Spin. Furthermore, Cryogonal is immune to Spikes and Toxic Spikes due to Levitate, and can beat Roselia, the most common setter of these entry hazards. Cryogonal's STAB Ice Beam hits hard and ensures that Ghost-types such as Rotom and Cofagrigus cannot block Rapid Spin; they will lose a large chunk of HP to Ice Beam. Recover is a godsend for Cryogonal, as it will be tanking many special hits and will need to recover damage taken from Stealth Rock. Cryogonal's good base 95 Speed also makes it easy to heal before the next attack. Haze is a great move for defeating setup sweepers such as Trick Room Cofagrigus, who will switch in to block Rapid Spin. It also gets rid of Cosmic Power Sigilyph's and Quiver Dance Lilligant's boosts, which can be useful. However, if these Pokemon are not a problem, Toxic can be used in order to cripple opposing walls, including Slowking, Cryogonal, Cofagrigus, Mandibuzz, Lanturn, Rhydon, and Uxie.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>248 HP EVs minimize the damage that Cryogonal takes from Stealth Rock upon switching in, 252 Special Defense EVs make Cryogonal as specially bulky as possible, and the remaining EVs are put into Special Attack to boost the power of Cryogonal's STAB Ice Beam. An alternate EV spread of 248 HP / 168 Def / 92 SpD with a Calm nature allows Cryogonal to always survive Choice Band Spiritomb's Sucker Punch for Cryogonal to come in later to spin. A fully physically defensive EV spread enables Cryogonal to take on physical attackers such as Choice Band Drapion and the aforementioned Spiritomb. Cryogonal's main goal is to rid its field of hazards, so the ability to take on Pursuit users is quite handy. In terms of alternative moves, Reflect can be used in the last moveslot to help Cryogonal take on physical attackers, as its horrible Defense will leave it susceptible to physical attacks and thus unable to spin. Hidden Power Rock is another great option as it allows Cryogonal to severely dent Moltres and Typhlosion, the two most common special attackers that it cannot beat. It also helps Cryogonal defeat Entei, a common switch-in.</p>

<p>While Cryogonal does fairly well on its own, its low Defense and weakness to Fire- and Fighting-type attacks means that Cryogonal requires good team support to succeed. Slowking is a good teammate in particular because it resists these attacks and forms a solid specially defensive core with Cryogonal. Cryogonal also needs partners that compensate for its terrible Defense stat, so strong physically defensive Pokemon, such as Poliwrath and Cofagrigus, are great teammates. Poliwrath resists Rock- and Fire-type attacks and thus counters Aggron and Entei, two common switch-ins to Cryogonal. Cofagrigus is immune to Fighting-type attacks, so he can take on the Hitmonchan and Hariyama that switch into Cryogonal. In addition, because it is easy for Cryogonal to spin, Pokemon that appreciate the removal of entry hazards—namely Fire- and Flying-type Pokemon such as Entei and Mandibuzz, respectively—love Cryogonal's support. Finally, Pokemon with the move Psyshock, mainly Slowking and Uxie, will take advantage of Cryogonal's low Defense and set up on it. Thus, teammates that can deal with these Pokemon, such as Drapion and Spiritomb, are also solid teammates.</p>

[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Ice Beam
move 2: Rapid Spin
move 3: Hidden Power Ground / Hidden Power Rock
move 4: Recover
item: Life Orb
nature: Timid
evs: 64 HP / 252 SpA / 192 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>Boasting a high base 105 Speed, Cryogonal is surprisingly fast for a snowflake; its base 95 Special Attack should not be laughed at either. With a Life Orb, Cryogonal can 2HKO Choice Band Spiritomb and Trick Room Cofagrigus, which makes spinning much easier. Rapid Spin support is always appreciated on offensive teams, so this set is a great addition to any offensive team. Hidden Power Ground destroys Fire-types such as Entei and Steel-types such as Klinklang, Aggron, and Magneton, and also hits Kabutops, Drapion, Qwilfish, and Lanturn super effectively. Hidden Power Rock is another good option; it still maintains super effective damage on Fire-types, but can also hit Moltres, Jynx, Scyther, and opposing Cryogonal. Recover rounds out the set by healing Life Orb and Stealth Rock damage and allowing Cryogonal to continue to attack and spin.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>252 Special Attack EVs enable Cryogonal to hit as hard as possible, while 192 Speed EVs let Cryogonal outspeed all Sigilyph and Drapion and hit them before they use Psyshock or Pursuit, respectively. Note that an extra 4 Speed EVs are necessary if Cryogonal is using Hidden Power Rock, as it lowers Cryogonal's Speed IV by one point. The remaining EVs are put into HP in order to make Cryogonal a bit bulkier. 252 Speed EVs can be used to Speed tie with Scyther and Manectric that lack Choice Scarf, but these two Pokemon are quite rare. A Modest nature can be used for more power, but Cryogonal will be slower than Drapion and Typhlosion. As for items, an Icicle Plate can be used instead of a Life Orb if the latter's recoil is too much; Ice Beam can possibly still 2HKO Choice Band Spiritomb. Leftovers can also be used for more longevity, but Cryogonal will miss out on 2HKOing Choice Band Spiritomb and Cofagrigus.</p>

<p>Good teammates include those who appreciate the removal of entry hazards; Moltres is good in particular as it also provides a strong offensive presence. Pokemon that can take priority attacks, mainly Sucker Punch, are good teammates, as trappers such as Spiritomb and Skuntank will attempt to KO Cryogonal with a combination of Pursuit and Sucker Punch; Mandibuzz is a solid partner for this reason. Note that because this set lacks Special Defense investment, it cannot come in on the special attackers it normally does; Pokemon such as Sceptile and Manectric will do a ton of damage.</p>

[SET]
name: Dual Screens
move 1: Ice Beam
move 2: Reflect
move 3: Light Screen
move 4: Recover
item: Light Clay
nature: Calm
evs: 248 HP / 68 SpD / 192 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>This set takes advantage of Cryogonal's high Speed to set up screens for a teammate to sweep. Ice Beam is Cryogonal's obligatory STAB move, and ensures that this set won't be shut down by Taunt. Due to its amazing base 135 Special Defense, Cryogonal can set up on the majority of special attackers in the tier, even with minimal investment. Note that Reflect should usually be set up first, as it will allow Cryogonal to tank hits from physical attackers such as Spiritomb. Recover is a boon for any dual screens user, as it allows Cryogonal to repeatedly set up throughout the match.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>248 HP EVs minimize Stealth Rock damage, while 192 Speed EVs allow Cryogonal to set up screens before all base 97 Pokemon and below, such as (examples), can hit it. The rest of the EVs are put into Special Defense so Cryogonal can set up more easily on special attackers. Alternatively, a physically defensive EV spread would allow Cryogonal to take physical hits much more easily, and let it set up screens on the likes of (who?). Light Clay extends the duration of both screens to eight turns, which gives a teammate plenty of time to set up and sweep. Rapid Spin is, as always, a good option for Cryogonal, and can be used over Recover if Cryogonal does not need to stick around for long. This is particularly useful for clearing the field of Toxic Spikes, which just about all setup sweepers appreciate.</p>

<p>Setup sweepers such as Shell Smash Omastar, Linoone, Klinklang, and Lilligant all greatly appreciate screens, as they all become deadly once they have a boost or two under their belt. Pokemon with Taunt, such as Drapion and Qwilfish, will prevent Cryogonal from setting up, so a setup sweeper that can deal with these Pokemon are even better teammates. Sigilyph is good for dealing with Qwilfish, while Sandslash can set up Swords Dance on Drapion.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Surprisingly, Cryogonal has a few other support options that it can use. The best unlisted move it can use is Rain Dance; it can provide rain sweepers with both Rain Dance and dual screens support, and can even stop opposing rain sweepers such as Ludicolo. Frost Breath can be used to break through opposing Calm Mind sweepers, most notably Spiritomb and Sigilyph; however, Haze is usually the better choice. Cryogonal can also run a Substitute + Toxic set due to its high Speed and access to Recover, but it usually has better moves to use instead of Substitute. Acid Armor can patch up Cryogonal's horrible Defense, but a physically defensive partner is more effective in doing this.</p>

[Checks and Counters]

<p>Due to Cryogonal's horrible base 30 Defense, almost every physical attacker will melt this snowflake. Physical attackers such as Aggron, Klinklang, and Entei are all great counters, as they resist Ice Beam and can OHKO with a super effective STAB move. However, they must all watch out for Hidden Power Ground from the offensive set. Fighting-types annihilate Cryogonal; those with Mach Punch, such as Hitmonchan, are particularly dangerous. Hariyama deserves a special mention because Thick Fat lets it take next to nothing from Ice Beam. Munchlax, who also has Thick Fat, fully counters any Cryogonal set. Fire-types such as Moltres and the aforementioned Entei are great counters, as Cryogonal cannot take special STAB Fire-type attacks even with its great Special Defense.</p>

<p>Pokemon that resist Ice Beam, specifically Feraligatr, Poliwrath, and Qwilfish, are good checks. Pokemon with Psyshock, such as Slowking and Uxie, can take advantage of Cryogonal's bad Defense and KO it without taking much damage from Ice Beam. Pursuit users, such as Spiritomb and Drapion, will trap and defeat Cryogonal and prevent it from spinning later on in the match. Finally, the only Ghost-type Pokemon that can reliably spinblock against Cryogonal is Dusknoir. It is not 2HKOed by Life Orb Ice Beam, and can 2HKO uninvested Cryogonal with Shadow Punch. Spiritomb is a somewhat reliable Ghost-type check to Cryogonal, but it needs to rely on prediction to win.</p>


 
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[Overview]

<p>Cryogonal is an extremely versatile Pokemon with a move that plays a very important role in RU: Rapid Spin. Ghost-types paired with entry hazards are extremely common in the tier, and it is tough to play around these teams. Cryogonal's unique stat distribution and movespool allow it to beat every Ghost-type Pokemon in the tier bar the all-out attacking Spiritomb and Dusknoir. Cryogonal's main niche is spinning, but it can perform its role in a few different ways thanks to its distinctive traits. First and foremost, its massive base 135 Special Defense stat, one of the highest in the tier, allows it to check almost all of the special attackers in the tier,RU except for Fire-types. Thanks to its decent base 95 Special Attack and superb base 105 Speed, Cryogonal can run an offensive set that can either sweep or spin right before the opponent's eyes. Additionally, Cryogonal can run a dual screens set to further boosts its defenses and help it spin more reliably. To top it all off, Cryogonal has one of the best recovery moves, Recover, which grants it multiple opportunities to spin and tank hits throughout the match. Aside from havingIn addition to a great support movepool, Cryogonal has one of the best abilities in the game: Levitate. In particular, this grants the snowflake an immunity to both Spikes and Toxic Spikes, an ideal trait for a spinner.</p>

<p>However, every rose has its thorns. Cryogonal's base 30 Defense leaves it prone to almost all neutral physical attacks and makes it much harder for Cryogonal to switch in. Its Ice typing doesn't help either, as it leaves Cryogonal weak to common Fire- and Fighting-type attacks, as well as Stealth Rock. Still, Cryogonal's utilities outweigh its drawbacks, so one should never forget about Cryogonal when looking for a solid, reliable team supporter and spinner.</p>

[SET]
name: Specially Defensive
move 1: Rapid Spin
move 2: Ice Beam
move 3: Recover
move 4: Haze / Toxic
item: Leftovers
nature: Calm
evs: 248 HP / 8 SpA / 252 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>This set takes full advantage of Cryogonal's outstanding Special Defense to let it beat nearly every special attacker in the tier,(remove comma) except for Fire-types and Psyshock users, such as Typhlosion and Slowking, respectively. Because of its great walling capabilities as well as its high Speed, Cryogonal has many opportunities to use Rapid Spin. Furthermore, Cryogonal is immune to Spikes and Toxic Spikes due to Levitate, and it can beat Roselia, the most common setter of these entry hazards. Cryogonal's STAB Ice Beam hits hard and ensures that Ghost-types such as Rotom and Cofagrigus cannot block Rapid Spin; they will lose a large chunk of HP to Ice Beam. Recover is a godsend for Cryogonal, as it will be tanking many special hits and will need to recover damage taken from Stealth Rock. Cryogonal's good base 95 Speed also makes it easy to heal before the next attack. Haze is a great move for defeating setup sweepers such as Trick Room Cofagrigus, whoich will switch in to block Rapid Spin. It also gets rid of Cosmic Power Sigilyph's and Quiver Dance Lilligant's boosts, which can be useful. However, if these Pokemon are not a problem, Toxic can be used in orderCryogonal can use Toxic to cripple opposing walls, including Slowking, Cryogonal, Cofagrigus, Mandibuzz, Lanturn, Rhydon, and Uxie.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>248 HP EVs minimize the damage that Cryogonal takes from Stealth Rock upon switching in, 252 Special Defense EVs and a Calm nature make Cryogonal as specially bulky as possible, and the remaining EVs are put into Special Attack to boost the power of Cryogonal's STAB Ice Beam. An alternative EV spread of 248 HP / 168 Def / 92 SpD with a Calm nature allows Cryogonal to always survive Choice Band Spiritomb's Sucker Punch for Cryogonal toso that it can come in later to spin. A fully physically defensive EV spread enables Cryogonal to take on physical attackers such as Choice Band Drapion and the aforementioned Spiritomb. Cryogonal's main goal is to rid its field of hazards, so the ability to take on Pursuit users is quite handy. In terms of alternative moves, Reflect can be used in the last moveslot to help Cryogonal take on physical attackers, as its horrible Defense will leave it susceptible to physical attacks and thus unable to spin. Hidden Power Rock is another great option,(comma) as it allows Cryogonal to severely dent Moltres and Typhlosion, the two most common special attackers that it cannot beat. It also helps Cryogonal defeat Entei, a common switch-in.</p>

<p>While Cryogonal does fairly well on its own, its low Defense and weakness to Fire- and Fighting-type attacks means that Cryogonalit requires good team support to succeed. Slowking is a good teammate in particular because it resists these attacks and forms a solid specially defensive core with Cryogonal. Cryogonal also needs partners that compensate for its terrible Defense stat, so strong physically defensive Pokemon, such as Poliwrath and Cofagrigus, are great teammates. Poliwrath resists Rock- and Fire-type attacks and thus counters Aggron and Entei, two common switch-ins to Cryogonal. Cofagrigus is immune to Fighting-type attacks, so heit can take on the Hitmonchan and Hariyama that switch into Cryogonal. In addition, because it is easy for Cryogonal to spin, Pokemon that appreciate the removal of entry hazards—namely Fire- and Flying-type Pokemon such as Entei and Mandibuzz, respectively—love Cryogonal's support. Finally, Pokemon with the move Psyshock, mainly Slowking and Uxie, will take advantage of Cryogonal's low Defense and set up on it. Thus, teammates that can deal with these Pokemon, such as Drapion and Spiritomb, are also solid teammatchoices.</p> ("teammates" repetition)

[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Ice Beam
move 2: Rapid Spin
move 3: Hidden Power Ground / Hidden Power Rock
move 4: Recover
item: Life Orb
nature: Timid
evs: 64 HP / 252 SpA / 192 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>Boasting a high base 105 Speed, Cryogonal is surprisingly fast for a snowflake; its base 95 Special Attack should not be laughed at either. With a Life Orb, Cryogonal can 2HKO Choice Band Spiritomb and Trick Room Cofagrigus, which makes spinning much easier. Rapid Spin support is always appreciated on offensive teams, so this set is a great addition to any offensive teamThis set is a great addition to offensive teams, which always appreciate Rapid Spin support. Hidden Power Ground destroys Fire-types such as Entei and Steel-types such as Klinklang, Aggron, and Magneton, and also hits Kabutops, Drapion, Qwilfish, and Lanturn super effectively. Hidden Power Rock is another good option; it still maintains super effective damcoverage on Fire-types, but canit also hits Moltres, Jynx, Scyther, and opposing Cryogonal. Recover rounds out the set by healing Life Orb and Stealth Rock damage and allowing Cryogonal to continue to attack and spin.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>252 Special Attack EVs enable Cryogonal to hit as hard as possible, while 192 Speed EVs let Cryogonalit outspeed all Sigilyph and Drapion and hit them before they use Psyshock or Pursuit, respectively. Note that an extra 4 Speed EVs are necessary if Cryogonal is using Hidden Power Rock, as it lowers Cryogonal's Speed IV by one point. The remaining EVs are put into HP in order to make Cryogonal a bit bulkier. 252 Speed EVs can be used to Speed tie with Scyther and Manectric that lack Choice Scarf, but these two Pokemon are quite rare. A Modest nature can be usedis usable for more power, but it makes Cryogonal will be slower than Drapion and Typhlosion. As for items, an Icicle Plate can be used instead of a Life Orb if the latter's recoil is too much; Ice Beam can possibly still 2HKO Choice Band Spiritomb. Leftovers can also be used for more longevity, but Cryogonal will miss out on 2HKOing Choice Band Spiritomb and Cofagrigus.</p>

<p>Good teammates include those whothat appreciate the removal of entry hazards; Moltres is good in particular,(comma) as it also provides a strong offensive presence. Pokemon that can take priority attacks, mainly Sucker Punch, are good teammates, as trappers such as Spiritomb and Skuntank will attempt to KO Cryogonal with a combination of Pursuit and Sucker Punch; Mandibuzz is a solid partner for this reason. Note that because this set lacks Special Defense investment, it cannot comefreely switch in on the special attackers it normally does; Pokemon such as Sceptile and Manectric will do a ton of damage.</p> (in the analysis of one set, we want to avoid making references to the pokemon's other sets; while it's pretty indirect here, "the special attackers it normally does" still does this imo)

[SET]
name: Dual Screens
move 1: Ice Beam
move 2: Reflect
move 3: Light Screen
move 4: Recover
item: Light Clay
nature: Calm
evs: 248 HP / 68 SpD / 192 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>This set takes advantage of Cryogonal's high Speed to set up screens for a teammate to sweep. Ice Beam is Cryogonal's obligatory STAB move, and it ensures that this set won't be shut down by Taunt. Due to its amazing base 135 Special Defense, Cryogonal can set up on the majority of special attackers in the tier, even with minimal investment. Note that Reflect should usually be set up first, as it will allow Cryogonal to tank hits from physical attackers such as Spiritomb. Recover is a boon for any dual screens user, as it allows Cryogonal to repeatedly set up throughout the match.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>248 HP EVs minimize Stealth Rock damage, while 192 Speed EVs allow Cryogonal to set up screens before all base 97 Pokemon and below, such as Sigilyph and Drapion, can hit it. The rest of the EVs are put into Special Defense so Cryogonal can set up more easily on special attackers. Alternatively, a physically defensive EV spread would allow Cryogonal to take physical hits much more easily,(remove comma) and let it set up screens on the likes of Spiritomb, Drapion, and Feraligatr. Light Clay extends the duration of both screens to eight turns, which gives a teammate plenty of time to set up and sweep. Rapid Spin is, as always, a good option for Cryogonal,(remove comma) and can be used over Recover if Cryogonal does not need to stick around for long. This is particularly useful for clearing the field of Toxic Spikes, which hinder just about all setup sweepers appreciate.</p> (wording was a bit ambiguous here imo)

<p>Setup sweepers such as Shell Smash Omastar, Linoone, Klinklang, and Lilligant all greatly appreciate screens, as they all become deadly once they have a boost or two under their belt. Pokemon with Taunt, such as Drapion and Qwilfish, will prevent Cryogonal from setting up, so a setup sweepers that can deal with these Pokemon are even better teammates. Sigilyph is good for dealing with Qwilfish, while Sandslash can set up Swords Dance on Drapion.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Surprisingly, Cryogonal has a few other support options that it can use. The best unlisted move it can use is Rain Dance; it can provide rain sweepers with both Rain Dance and dual screens support,(remove comma) and can even stop opposing rain sweepers such as Ludicolo. Cryogonal can use Frost Breath can be used to break through opposing Calm Mind sweepers, most notably Spiritomb and Sigilyph; however, Haze is usually the better choice. Cryogonal can also run a Substitute + Toxic set due to its high Speed and access to Recover, but it usually has better moves to use instead of Substitute. Acid Armor can patch up Cryogonal's horrible Defense, but a physically defensive partner is more effective in doing this.</p>

[Checks and Counters]

<p>Due to Cryogonal's horrible base 30 Defense, almost every physical attacker will melt this snowflake. Physical attackers such as Aggron, Klinklang, and Entei are all great counters, as they resist Ice Beam and can OHKO with a super effective STAB move. However, they must all watch out for Hidden Power Ground from the offensive set. Fighting-types annihilate Cryogonal; those with Mach Punch, such as Hitmonchan, are particularly dangerous. Hariyama deserves a special mention because Thick Fat lets it take next to nothing from Ice Beam. Munchlax, whoich also has Thick Fat, fully counters any Cryogonal set. Fire-types such as Moltres and the aforementioned Entei are great counters, as Cryogonal cannot take special STAB Fire-type attacks even with its great Special Defense.</p>

<p>Pokemon that resist Ice Beam, specifically Feraligatr, Poliwrath, and Qwilfish, are good checks. Pokemon with Psyshock, such as Slowking and Uxie, can take advantage of Cryogonal's bad Defense and KO it without taking much damage from Ice Beam. Pursuit users, such as Spiritomb and Drapion, will trap and defeat Cryogonal and prevent it from spinning later on in the match. Finally, the only Ghost-type Pokemon that can reliably spinblock against Cryogonal is Dusknoir. It is not 2HKOed by Life Orb Ice Beam, and it can 2HKO uninvested Cryogonal with Shadow Punch. Spiritomb is a somewhat reliable Ghost-type check to Cryogonal, but it needs to rely on prediction to win.</p>


[Overview]

<p>Cryogonal is an extremely versatile Pokemon with a move that plays a very important role in RU: Rapid Spin. Ghost-types paired with entry hazards are extremely common in the tier, and it is tough to play around these teams. Cryogonal's unique stat distribution and movepool allow it to beat every Ghost-type Pokemon in the tier bar all-out attacking Spiritomb and Dusknoir. Cryogonal's main niche is spinning, but it can perform its role in a few different ways thanks to its distinctive traits. First and foremost, its massive base 135 Special Defense stat, one of the highest in the tier, allows it to check almost all of the special attackers in RU except for Fire-types. Thanks to its decent base 95 Special Attack and superb base 105 Speed, Cryogonal can run an offensive set that can either sweep or spin right before the opponent's eyes. Additionally, Cryogonal can run a dual screens set to further boost its defenses and help it spin more reliably. To top it all off, Cryogonal has one of the best recovery moves, Recover, which grants it multiple opportunities to spin and tank hits throughout the match. In addition to a great support movepool, Cryogonal has one of the best abilities in the game: Levitate. In particular, this grants the snowflake an immunity to both Spikes and Toxic Spikes, an ideal trait for a spinner.</p>

<p>However, every rose has its thorns. Cryogonal's base 30 Defense leaves it prone to almost all neutral physical attacks and makes it much harder for Cryogonal to switch in. Its Ice typing doesn't help either, as it leaves Cryogonal weak to common Fire- and Fighting-type attacks, as well as Stealth Rock. Still, Cryogonal's utilities outweigh its drawbacks, so one should never forget about Cryogonal when looking for a solid, reliable team supporter and spinner.</p>

[SET]
name: Specially Defensive
move 1: Rapid Spin
move 2: Ice Beam
move 3: Recover
move 4: Haze / Toxic
item: Leftovers
nature: Calm
evs: 248 HP / 8 SpA / 252 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>This set takes full advantage of Cryogonal's outstanding Special Defense to let it beat nearly every special attacker in the tier except for Fire-types and Psyshock users, such as Typhlosion and Slowking, respectively. Because of its great walling capabilities as well as its high Speed, Cryogonal has many opportunities to use Rapid Spin. Furthermore, Cryogonal is immune to Spikes and Toxic Spikes due to Levitate, and it can beat Roselia, the most common setter of these entry hazards. Cryogonal's STAB Ice Beam hits hard and ensures that Ghost-types such as Rotom and Cofagrigus cannot block Rapid Spin; they will lose a large chunk of HP to Ice Beam. Recover is a godsend for Cryogonal, as it will be tanking many special hits and will need to recover damage taken from Stealth Rock. Cryogonal's good base 95 Speed also makes it easy to heal before the next attack. Haze is a great move for defeating setup sweepers such as Trick Room Cofagrigus, which will switch in to block Rapid Spin. It also gets rid of Cosmic Power Sigilyph's and Quiver Dance Lilligant's boosts, which can be useful. However, if these Pokemon are not a problem, Cryogonal can use Toxic to cripple opposing walls, including Slowking, Cryogonal, Cofagrigus, Mandibuzz, Lanturn, Rhydon, and Uxie.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>248 HP EVs minimize the damage that Cryogonal takes from Stealth Rock upon switching in, 252 Special Defense EVs and a Calm nature make Cryogonal as specially bulky as possible, and the remaining EVs are put into Special Attack to boost the power of Cryogonal's STAB Ice Beam. An alternative EV spread of 248 HP / 168 Def / 92 SpD with a Calm nature allows Cryogonal to always survive Choice Band Spiritomb's Sucker Punch so that it can come in later to spin. A fully physically defensive EV spread enables Cryogonal to take on physical attackers such as Choice Band Drapion and the aforementioned Spiritomb. Cryogonal's main goal is to rid its field of hazards, so the ability to take on Pursuit users is quite handy. In terms of alternative moves, Reflect can be used in the last moveslot to help Cryogonal take on physical attackers, as its horrible Defense will leave it susceptible to physical attacks and thus unable to spin. Hidden Power Rock is another great option, as it allows Cryogonal to severely dent Moltres and Typhlosion, the two most common special attackers that it cannot beat. It also helps Cryogonal defeat Entei, a common switch-in.</p>

<p>While Cryogonal does fairly well on its own, its low Defense and weakness to Fire- and Fighting-type attacks mean that it requires good team support to succeed. Slowking is a good teammate in particular because it resists these attacks and forms a solid specially defensive core with Cryogonal. Cryogonal also needs partners that compensate for its terrible Defense stat, so strong physically defensive Pokemon, such as Poliwrath and Cofagrigus, are great teammates. Poliwrath resists Rock- and Fire-type attacks and thus counters Aggron and Entei, two common switch-ins to Cryogonal. Cofagrigus is immune to Fighting-type attacks, so it can take on the Hitmonchan and Hariyama that switch into Cryogonal. In addition, because it is easy for Cryogonal to spin, Pokemon that appreciate the removal of entry hazards—namely Fire- and Flying-type Pokemon such as Entei and Mandibuzz, respectively—love Cryogonal's support. Finally, Pokemon with the move Psyshock, mainly Slowking and Uxie, will take advantage of Cryogonal's low Defense and set up on it. Thus, teammates that can deal with these Pokemon, such as Drapion and Spiritomb, are also solid choices.</p>

[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Ice Beam
move 2: Rapid Spin
move 3: Hidden Power Ground / Hidden Power Rock
move 4: Recover
item: Life Orb
nature: Timid
evs: 64 HP / 252 SpA / 192 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>Boasting a high base 105 Speed, Cryogonal is surprisingly fast for a snowflake; its base 95 Special Attack should not be laughed at either. With a Life Orb, Cryogonal can 2HKO Choice Band Spiritomb and Trick Room Cofagrigus, which makes spinning much easier. This set is a great addition to offensive teams, which always appreciate Rapid Spin support. Hidden Power Ground destroys Fire-types such as Entei and Steel-types such as Klinklang, Aggron, and Magneton, and also hits Kabutops, Drapion, Qwilfish, and Lanturn super effectively. Hidden Power Rock is another good option; it still maintains super effective coverage on Fire-types, but it also hits Moltres, Jynx, Scyther, and opposing Cryogonal. Recover rounds out the set by healing Life Orb and Stealth Rock damage and allowing Cryogonal to continue to attack and spin.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>252 Special Attack EVs enable Cryogonal to hit as hard as possible, while 192 Speed EVs let it outspeed all Sigilyph and Drapion and hit them before they use Psyshock or Pursuit, respectively. Note that an extra 4 Speed EVs are necessary if Cryogonal is using Hidden Power Rock, as it lowers Cryogonal's Speed IV by one point. The remaining EVs are put into HP in order to make Cryogonal a bit bulkier. 252 Speed EVs can be used to Speed tie with Scyther and Manectric that lack Choice Scarf, but these two Pokemon are quite rare. A Modest nature is usable for more power, but it makes Cryogonal slower than Drapion and Typhlosion. As for items, an Icicle Plate can be used instead of a Life Orb if the latter's recoil is too much; Ice Beam can possibly still 2HKO Choice Band Spiritomb. Leftovers can also be used for more longevity, but Cryogonal will miss out on 2HKOing Choice Band Spiritomb and Cofagrigus.</p>

<p>Good teammates include those that appreciate the removal of entry hazards; Moltres is good in particular, as it also provides a strong offensive presence. Pokemon that can take priority attacks, mainly Sucker Punch, are good teammates, as trappers such as Spiritomb and Skuntank will attempt to KO Cryogonal with a combination of Pursuit and Sucker Punch; Mandibuzz is a solid partner for this reason. Note that because this set lacks Special Defense investment, it cannot freely switch in on special attackers; Pokemon such as Sceptile and Manectric will do a ton of damage.</p>

[SET]
name: Dual Screens
move 1: Ice Beam
move 2: Reflect
move 3: Light Screen
move 4: Recover
item: Light Clay
nature: Calm
evs: 248 HP / 68 SpD / 192 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>This set takes advantage of Cryogonal's high Speed to set up screens for a teammate to sweep. Ice Beam is Cryogonal's obligatory STAB move, and it ensures that this set won't be shut down by Taunt. Due to its amazing base 135 Special Defense, Cryogonal can set up on the majority of special attackers in the tier, even with minimal investment. Note that Reflect should usually be set up first, as it will allow Cryogonal to tank hits from physical attackers such as Spiritomb. Recover is a boon for any dual screens user, as it allows Cryogonal to repeatedly set up throughout the match.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>248 HP EVs minimize Stealth Rock damage, while 192 Speed EVs allow Cryogonal to set up screens before all base 97 Pokemon and below, such as Sigilyph and Drapion, can hit it. The rest of the EVs are put into Special Defense so Cryogonal can set up more easily on special attackers. Alternatively, a physically defensive EV spread would allow Cryogonal to take physical hits much more easily and let it set up screens on the likes of Spiritomb, Drapion, and Feraligatr. Light Clay extends the duration of both screens to eight turns, which gives a teammate plenty of time to set up and sweep. Rapid Spin is, as always, a good option for Cryogonal and can be used over Recover if Cryogonal does not need to stick around for long. This is particularly useful for clearing the field of Toxic Spikes, which hinder just about all setup sweepers.</p>

<p>Setup sweepers such as Shell Smash Omastar, Linoone, Klinklang, and Lilligant all greatly appreciate screens, as they all become deadly once they have a boost or two under their belt. Pokemon with Taunt, such as Drapion and Qwilfish, will prevent Cryogonal from setting up, so setup sweepers that can deal with these Pokemon are even better teammates. Sigilyph is good for dealing with Qwilfish, while Sandslash can set up Swords Dance on Drapion.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Surprisingly, Cryogonal has a few other support options that it can use. The best unlisted move it can use is Rain Dance; it can provide rain sweepers with both Rain Dance and dual screens support and can even stop opposing rain sweepers such as Ludicolo. Cryogonal can use Frost Breath to break through opposing Calm Mind sweepers, most notably Spiritomb and Sigilyph; however, Haze is usually the better choice. Cryogonal can also run a Substitute + Toxic set due to its high Speed and access to Recover, but it usually has better moves to use instead of Substitute. Acid Armor can patch up Cryogonal's horrible Defense, but a physically defensive partner is more effective in doing this.</p>

[Checks and Counters]

<p>Due to Cryogonal's horrible base 30 Defense, almost every physical attacker will melt this snowflake. Physical attackers such as Aggron, Klinklang, and Entei are all great counters, as they resist Ice Beam and can OHKO with a super effective STAB move. However, they must all watch out for Hidden Power Ground from the offensive set. Fighting-types annihilate Cryogonal; those with Mach Punch, such as Hitmonchan, are particularly dangerous. Hariyama deserves a special mention because Thick Fat lets it take next to nothing from Ice Beam. Munchlax, which also has Thick Fat, fully counters any Cryogonal set. Fire-types such as Moltres and the aforementioned Entei are great counters, as Cryogonal cannot take special STAB Fire-type attacks even with its great Special Defense.</p>

<p>Pokemon that resist Ice Beam, specifically Feraligatr, Poliwrath, and Qwilfish, are good checks. Pokemon with Psyshock, such as Slowking and Uxie, can take advantage of Cryogonal's bad Defense and KO it without taking much damage from Ice Beam. Pursuit users, such as Spiritomb and Drapion, will trap and defeat Cryogonal and prevent it from spinning later on in the match. Finally, the only Ghost-type Pokemon that can reliably spinblock against Cryogonal is Dusknoir. It is not 2HKOed by Life Orb Ice Beam, and it can 2HKO uninvested Cryogonal with Shadow Punch. Spiritomb is a somewhat reliable Ghost-type check to Cryogonal, but it needs to rely on prediction to win.</p>



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