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Diglett (Analysis) [GP 2/2]

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  1. comatthew6

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    [Overview]
    <p>Since the days of DPP, Diglett has not changed much, if at all. It still sports a decent Attack and reaches 20 Speed unboosted, the highest in Little Cup. It can function as a lead since it is the fastest natural user of Stealth Rock, with an incredible ability in Arena Trap to boot. However, Diglett doesn't have much else to brag about. Its awful defenses and HP make it highly susceptible to priority attacks. Diglett's movepool isn't too deep, either, and it thus finds itself walled easily by some common walls such as Bronzor. Though Diglett may not be as popular as it once was, it still can function as a very capable sweeper or supporter, and should never be underestimated.</p>

    [SET]
    name: All-Out Attacker
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Rock Slide
    move 3: Sucker Punch / Shadow Claw
    move 4: Pursuit / Shadow Claw
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Arena Trap
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 36 HP / 236 Atk / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    <p>This is the most powerful set Diglett is capable of running. With its huge Speed unbeaten by any Pokemon not running Choice Scarf, Diglett can inflict a great amount of damage before it goes down. Earthquake is Diglett's strongest STAB attack, hitting anything that doesn't resist the move hard. Rock Slide nets great coverage alongside Earthquake, and the two moves are only resisted by Bronzor in Little Cup. The third slot is a big toss-up, and depends very much on the situation. Sucker Punch is an all-round great priority attack for Ghost-types that decide to attack Diglett, and also makes it a capable revenge killer, but could leave Diglett vulnerable if they decide to use Substitute. Shadow Claw is more reliable, but doesn't have as much power and cannot hit Normal-types. Finally, Pursuit is an interesting option that allows Diglett to trap Ghost-types low on HP, and allows it to play mind games with Gastly.</p>

    [Additional Comments]
    <p>Jolly is the preferred nature on this set as it allows Diglett to reach 20 Speed, the fastest in the unboosted metagame. Hidden Power Fire is an option in order for Diglett to net a surprise 2HKO on Ferroseed, but Ferroseed can easily KO back with Bullet Seed or Seed Bomb before Diglett can KO it. Since Diglett takes minimal damage from Stealth Rock, it doesn't need much support to function properly. Choice Scarf users such as Misdreavus and Snover make great teammates though, as they can clean up the remains once Diglett has sufficiently weakened the opponent's team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Stealth Rock
    move 1: Stealth Rock
    move 2: Protect
    move 3: Earthquake
    move 4: Rock Slide / Hidden Power Ice
    item: Focus Sash / Life Orb
    ability: Arena Trap
    nature: Jolly / Naive
    evs: 36 HP / 236 Atk / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    <p>Though with the addition of Team Preview "leads" have been pretty much dissolved, Diglett can still function as a decent first Pokemon in order to set up Stealth Rock. Protect stops the uncommon Fake Out, and allows Diglett to scout for U-turns and other surprise attacks. Earthquake and Rock Slide provide great neutral coverage, enabling Diglett to inflict decent damage after it gets Stealth Rock up. Hidden Power Ice is a nice alternative for hitting Gligar, though not much else will be taking a lot of damage from the move. One of the greatest reasons to use Diglett to set up Stealth Rock early in the game is its Speed. The only Pokemon that can prevent Diglett from setting up Stealth Rock are Choice Scarf users having Taunt or a multi-hit move.</p>

    [Additional Comments]
    <p>Focus Sash allows Diglett to set up Stealth Rock almost all the time, even in the face of Choice Scarf users such as Snover. Life Orb can be used to hit certain threats harder, but most Ghost-types can easily sponge a Rock Slide, and Diglett's utility will be taking a major hit. Sucker Punch can be used over Protect since Fake Out users are rare, and Diglett can take out a boosting sweeper with the move. Houndour makes a great teammate for Diglett, as it benefits immensely from Stealth Rock while also dealing with pesky walls such as Bronzor and Ferroseed. Mantyke is a good partner too, as it has great defensive synergy with Diglett. Croagunk is nearly a surefire counter to this set if it avoids Earthquake on the switch, meaning Misdreavus is a great teammate for stopping it in its tracks with Will-O-Wisp or just KOing outright with Shadow Ball.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Hone Claws
    move 1: Hone Claws
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Rock Slide
    move 4: Substitute / Sucker Punch
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Arena Trap
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 36 HP / 236 Atk / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    <p>This set can get Diglett to +6 Attack and +6 Accuracy if played correctly. The best way to pull off six Hone Claws is to come in on a Choice Scarf Chinchou's Volt Switch or Thunderbolt. From there, Diglett can set up Substitute, and then set up as many Hone Claws as it wants — preferably six, in order to max out its Attack and Accuracy. Earthquake is a dangerous STAB attack that can easily OHKO a great portion of the metagame at +6. Rock Slide gets great coverage, and is accurate thanks to Hone Claws boosting its accuracy. Sucker Punch can be used over Substitute for apriority attack, but it is unreliable, and Substitute is the better choice overall. Arena Trap is a very important ability on this set, as it allows Diglett to trap opposing Pokemon while they're locked into a useless attack.</p>

    [Additional Comments]
    <p>Good partners are those which can take advantage of the sheer power that Diglett can present if it manages to net itself multiple boosts. Since the only Pokemon that Diglett cannot reliably beat are Hippopotas and Ferroseed, a Staryu with Hidden Power Fire is a very good teammate to beat them handily. It should be noted that this Diglett carries a lot of risk when using it despite the potential payoff and will probably only get one chance at a sweep. It is also very important that you know for certain that the Pokemon you are trapping is Choiced, as Diglett could be in a lot of trouble if it takes a super effective attack to the face (especially if it doesn't have Substitute). This set also requires a lot of prediction to function properly, since if the opponent correctly predicts Diglett switching in and uses a Water-type attack or Ice Beam, Diglett can say goodbye to its chances of sweeping.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Rock Slide
    move 3: Pursuit
    move 4: Shadow Claw
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Arena Trap
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 36 HP / 236 Atk / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    <p>With a Choice Scarf, Diglett reaches 30 Speed and Speed ties with +2 Scraggy, making it a fantastic revenge killer. Arena Trap is what makes it so dangerous, as Diglett can easily trap and stop many threats from running away with the game. Earthquake is Diglett's most powerful and reliable STAB attack that can hit a lot of Pokemon for good amounts of damage. Rock Slide gets good coverage, hitting most Flying-types that are immune to Ground-type attacks for super effective damage. Shadow Claw hits Ghost-types and Slowpoke for big damage, while Pursuit is good for trapping Pokemon that avoid Arena Trap.</p>

    [Additional Comments]
    <p>The EVs on this set make the most of Diglett's attacking abilities and maximize its Speed, something absolutely necessary in a Speed-based metagame. Mantyke makes a good partner, having great defensive synergy with Diglett. Since this set loses quite easily to Wynaut, a mixed sweeper such as Houndour is good for taking it out. Houndour also deals with Slowpoke, another Pokemon that will beat Diglett with ease. Snover is also a good partner for this set as it beats Hippopotas without much trouble.</p>

    [Other Options]
    <p>Because Diglett's movepool is so shallow, it does not have many other options. It can run a Substitute + 3 attacks set, but since it is very frail, it might not be able to successfully pull off a sweep. It has Pursuit for trapping Ghost-types, but the move isn't very powerful, doesn't get STAB, and fails to 2HKO most variants of Misdreavus. Knock Off could be useful in removing an Eviolite or Choice item. Sand Veil might be used on sandstorm teams, and most people wouldn't bother trying to switch out when they see Diglett, but Arena Trap is better most of the time. Sunny Day is also an option, but weather isn't great in Little Cup.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]
    <p>It's tough to "counter" Diglett because it usually only comes in on Pokemon that it can easily beat. However, it is very frail, and most attacks will be able to inflict a lot of damage to it. Priority is very effective against it, and Fake Out is a great move to have, as it will render Diglett useless for a turn and rid Diglett of its Focus Sash. Though Croagunk hates Earthquake, it can easily KO Diglett with the combination of Fake Out and Vacuum Wave. Choice Scarf Snover beats most variants easily since Blizzard OHKOes, and can stave off a Sucker Punch. If Diglett lacks Hidden Power Ice, Hippopotas can sponge its attacks all day and hit back with Earthquake. If Misdreavus predicts Sucker Punch correctly, it can set up Substitute, then use Nasty Plot or KO Diglett with Shadow Ball with relative ease.</p>
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    you could add a choice band set in other options or mention it in AC on the physical attacker set.

    mention hp fire with hp ice for ferroseed

    looks good other than that. :D
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    whoa, whoa, whoa, SR Diglett should NOT be the first option. Attacking Diglett is waaaaaaay more used, and waaaaay better.

    Mention Scarf, 30 speed kills a lot of stuff. Like, say, Drilbur, +2 Scraggy, etc

    HP Ice is better than Return. They're both only for Gligar, but HP Ice is better at killing Gligar, so...

    Sand Veil in OO? People don't bother switching when they see Diglett, and the miss, while destroying your "trapping" skills, can save Diglett.

    Mention it's hard to "counter" diglett because it only comes in on things it can kill.

    Good job!

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    thanks Dark this stuff has been implemented.
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    Scarf deserves its own set imo, it is actually quite good, especially at picking off weaker threats. Knock off is good with Diglett, it should be mentioned somewhere.
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    It is really inadvisable to depend on your opponent's lack of patience or knowledge of a Pokemon's abilities, or to even encourage that to the author. A smart player should try to switch if need be, since there is absolutely no turns lost while attempting that switch. You're right on about the miss chance, though.
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    added scarf set
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    Which is why it's in OO. Sand Veil IS viable, with your humongous 20 speed, it's just that faking Arena Trap is useful on top of that.

    Who runs Pursuit on a pokemon with a trapping ability? It's a waste of a moveslot. Just use Shadow Claw.
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    um...when Misdreavus is around? It avoids Arena Trap but I still slashed SC first.
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    I agree that Pursuit should be slashed behind Shadow Claw. After Misdreavus / Gastly get a kill, Diglett can come in and checkmate them with Pursuit. Shadow Claw is usually better, but Pursuit does have its merits, even on a Pokemon with Arena Trap.

    This looks good.

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    [Overview]
    <p>Since the days of DPPt, Diglett has not changed much,(comma) if at all. It still sports decent Attack backed by the highest Speed stat, 20, in the unboosted metagame. and reaches 20 Speed unboosted, the highest in Little Cup. It can function as a lead since it is the fastest natural user of Stealth Rock, with an incredible ability in Arena Trap. However, it doesn't have much else to brag about. Its incredibly poor defenses accompanied by the lowest HP in the tier, and is make Diglett very susceptible to priority attacks. It's movepool isn't very deep, either, and only has a few viable moves to use. Though Diglett may not be as popular as it once was, it still can function as a very capable sweeper or supporter.</p>

    [SET]
    name: All-Out Attacker
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Rock Slide
    move 3: Sucker Punch / Shadow Claw / Pursuit
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice / Return
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Arena Trap
    nature: Naive / Jolly
    evs: 36 HP / 156 Atk / 76 SpA / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    <p>This is the most powerful set Diglett is capable of running. With huge Speed unbeaten by any Pokemon not running Choice Scarf, Diglett can inflict a great amount of damage before it goes down. Earthquake is Diglett's strongest STAB attack, capable of inflicting a lot of damage on any Pokemon that doesn't resist the move. Rock Slide nets great coverage alongside Earthquake, and the attacking combination of Ground and Rock is only resisted by Bronzor in Little Cup. The third slot is a big toss-up, and depends very much on the situation. Sucker Punch is an all-around great priority attack for Ghost-types that decide to attack Diglett as well as making Diglett a capable revenge killer, but it could leave Diglett vulnerable if they decide to use Substitute. Shadow Claw is more reliable, but doesn't have as much power and cannot hit Normal-types. Finally, Pursuit is an interesting option that allows Diglett to trap Ghost-types low on HP. In the final slot, Hidden Power Ice allows Diglett to OHKO all Gligar not running Eviolite.</p>

    [Additional Comments]
    <p>If Return is being run over Hidden Power Ice, the EVs in Special Attack should be shifted to Attack and a Jolly nature should be run used for maximum efficiency. Hidden Power Fire is an option over Hidden Power Ice in order for Diglett to net a surprise 2HKO on Ferroseed, but it will not be able to OHKO, and Ferroseed can easily KO back with Bullet Seed or Seed Bomb before Diglett can KO it. Since Diglett takes minimal damage from Stealth Rock, it doesn't need much support to function properly. Since this set attempts to function as a wallbreaker, Choice Scarf users in such as Misdreavus and Snover are good for cleaning teams up.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Stealth Rock
    move 1: Stealth Rock
    move 2: Protect
    move 3: Earthquake
    move 4: Rock Slide / Hidden Power Ice
    item: Focus Sash / Life Orb
    ability: Arena Trap
    nature: Jolly / Naive
    evs: 36 HP / 236 Atk / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    <p>Though with the addition of Team Preview "leads" have been pretty much dissolved, Diglett can still function as a decent first Pokemon in order to set up Stealth Rock. Protect stops the uncommon Fake Out, and also allows Diglett to scout for U-turns and other surprise attacks. Earthquake and Rock Slide provide great neutral coverage, enabling Diglett to inflict decent damage after it gets Stealth Rock up. Hidden Power Ice is a nice alternative for hitting Gligar;,(comma, no semicolon) though not much else will be taking a lot of damage from the move. One of the greatest reasons to use Diglett to set up Stealth Rock early in the game is its Speed. The only Pokemon that can prevent Diglett from setting up Stealth Rock are Choice Scarf users of Taunt or a multi-hit move. Focus Sash is important so Diglett will be nearly guaranteed in to setting up Stealth Rock, and so it can get the move up before falling to Choice Scarf Snover. However, Life Orb can be used instead to inflict more damage on Pokemon, though its utility will take a hit, and most Ghost-types can easily sponge a Rock Slide.

    [Additional Comments]
    <p>Sucker Punch can be used over Protect since Fake Out users are rare, and Diglett can take out a boosting sweeper with the move. Houndour is a great teammate because it's a great wall(no space)breaker that can turn 2HKOes into OHKOes with the help of Stealth Rock,.(period) while Mantyke is another great partner since it gets good synergy with Diglett, as not many Pokemon will be using an Electric-type attack on Diglett. Croagunk is nearly a surefire counter to this set if it avoids Earthquake on the switch, so Misdreavus is another good teammate,(no comma) to stop Croagunk in its tracks with Will-O-Wisp,(comma) or KO it outright with Shadow Ball.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Hone Claws
    move 1: Hone Claws
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Rock Slide
    move 4: Substitute / Sucker Punch
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Arena Trap
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 36 HP / 236 Atk / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    <p>This set can get Diglett to +6 Attack and +6 Accuracy if played correctly. The best way to pull off six Hone Claws is to come in on a Choice Scarf Chinchou's Volt Switch or Thunderbolt. From there, Diglett can set up Substitute then Hone Claws as many times as it wants - (use an em dash here) preferably six, in order to max out its Attack and Accuracy. Earthquake is a dangerous STAB attack that can easily OHKO a great portion of the metagame at +6. Rock Slide gets great coverage, and will not miss because of the increased accuracy granted from Hone Claws. Sucker Punch can be used over Substitute for an albeit unreliable priority attack, but Substitute is overall, the better attack. but Substitute is the better choice overall. Arena Trap is a very important ability on this set, as it allows Diglett to trap opposing Pokemon while they're locked into a useless attack.</p>

    [Additional Comments]
    <p>Good partners should be able to take advantage of the sheer power that Diglett can present if it manages to net itself multiple boosts. Since the only Pokemon that Diglett cannot reliably beat are Gligar, Hippopotas, and Ferroseed, a Staryu with Hidden Power Fire is a very good teammate at to beating them handily. It should be noted that Gligar can Speed tie with Staryu and can OHKO with an Flight Gem-boosted Acrobatics boosted by Flight Gem, or an Choice Band or Life Orb-boosted Earthquake boosted by Choice Band or Life Orb. It should be noted that this Diglett is very unreliable as a sweeper, (I know honesty is the best policy but that sentence doesn't really sell the set and contradicts the hype over getting Diglett to +6/+6) and will probably only get one chance at a sweep. It is also very pertinent that you know for certain that the Pokemon you are trapping is Choiced, as Diglett could be in a lot of trouble if it takes a super effective attack to the face (if it doesn't have Substitute). This set also requires a lot of prediction to function properly. If Diglett comes in on Chinchou expecting Thunderbolt or Volt Switch but it instead uses Ice Beam or a Water-type attack, Diglett will most likely faint.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Rock Slide
    move 3: Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Shadow Claw / Pursuit
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Arena Trap
    nature: Naive
    evs: 36 HP / 156 Atk / 76 SpA / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    <p>With a Choice Scarf, Diglett reaches 30 Speed with a Choice Scarf and ties +2 Scraggy,(comma) and will be able allowing Diglett to function as a great revenge killer or trapper. Earthquake is Diglett's most powerful, most and reliable STAB attack that can hit a lot of Pokemon for good amounts of damage. Rock Slide gets good coverage, hitting most Flying-types that are immune to RockGround-type attacks for super effective damage. Hidden Power Ice hits Gligar for a 2HKO and is Diglett's best option against Hippopotas. Shadow Claw hits Ghost-types and Slowpoke for big damage, while Pursuit is good for trapping Pokemon that avoid Arena Trap. Arena Trap allows Diglett to be a great revenge killer, trapping a lot of Pokemon and stopping them from pulling off a sweep.</p>

    [Additional Comments]
    <p>The EVs on this set make the most of Diglett's attacking abilities and maximize its Speed, something absolutely necessary in a Speed-based metagame. Gligar is a good teammate because it usually loses to Choice Scarf Chinchou; but, unfortunately, shares common weaknesses to Water- and Ice-type attacks. Mantyke is a good teammate because it is weak to Electric and Rock but Diglett is immune to the former and resists the latter. since Diglett resists Rock and is immune to Electric, both of which hamper Mantyke. Since this set loses quite easily to Wynaut, a mixed sweeper like Houndour is good for taking it out. Houndour is also good against Slowpoke, another Pokemon that will beat Diglett with ease, so Dark Pulse is a great attack for Houndour to possess use.</p>

    [Other Options]
    <p>Because Diglett's movepool is so shallow, it does not have many other options. It can run a Substitute + 3 Attacks set, but since it is very frail, it might not be able to successfully pull off a sweep. It has Pursuit for trapping Ghost-types, but isn't very powerful, doesn't get STAB, and fails to 2HKO most variants of Misdreavus. It has Knock Off, which could be useful in removing an Eviolite or Choice item. In addition, it has Sand Veil for improved evasiveness, but Diglett would lose out on the better Arena Trap. It can use Sunny Day, but weather isn't great in Little Cup.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]
    <p>It's tough to "counter" Diglett because it usually only comes in on Pokemon that it can easily beat. However, it is a very weak Pokemon, and many attacks will be able to inflict a lot of damage to it, even if it only hits Diglett for neutral damage. Priority is very effective against it, and Fake Out is a great move to have, which will render Diglett useless for a turn and rid Diglett of its Focus Sash. Though Croagunk is weak to Earthquake, it can easily KO Diglett with the combination of Fake Out and Vacuum Wave. Choice Scarf Snover beats most variants easily since Blizzard OHKOes, and can stave off a Sucker Punch. If Diglett lacks Hidden Power Ice, Hippopotas and Gligar (if Diglett does not have Hidden Power Ice) can sponge off its attacks all day and hit back with Earthquake or in the latter's case, Aqua Tail, respectively. If Misdreavus predicts Sucker Punch correctly, it can set up Substitute, then use Nasty Plot or KO Diglett with Shadow Ball with relative ease.</p>

    Not a bad analysis. As I stated above, you don't really sell the Hone Claws set by saying that it's "very unreliable." It would be better to mention that it's high-risk, high-reward as that is usually more compelling, but it's your choice.
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    [Overview]
    <p>Since the days of DPP, Diglett has not changed much, if at all. It still sports a decent Attack and reaches 20 Speed unboosted, the highest in Little Cup. It can function as a lead since it is the fastest natural user of Stealth Rock, with an incredible ability in Arena Trap to boot. However, it Diglett doesn't have much else to brag about. Its incredibly poor defenses accompanied by the lowest HP in the tier make Diglett very susceptible to priority attacks. It's movepool isn't very deep, either, and only has a few viable moves to use Its awful defenses and HP make it highly susceptible to priority attacks. Diglett's movepool isn't too deep, either, and it thus finds itself walled easily by some common walls such as Bronzor. Though Diglett may not be as popular as it once was, it still can function as a very capable sweeper or supporter, and should never be underestimated.</p>

    [SET]
    name: All-Out Attacker
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Rock Slide
    move 3: Sucker Punch / Shadow Claw / Pursuit
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice / Return
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Arena Trap
    nature: Naive / Jolly
    evs: 36 HP / 156 Atk / 76 SpA / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    <p>This is the most powerful set Diglett is capable of running. With its huge Speed unbeaten by any Pokemon not running Choice Scarf, Diglett can inflict a great amount of damage before it goes down. Earthquake is Diglett's strongest STAB attack, capable of inflicting a lot of damage on any Pokemon hitting anything that doesn't resist the move hard. Rock Slide nets great coverage alongside Earthquake, and the attacking combination of Ground and Rock is two moves are only resisted by Bronzor in Little Cup. The third slot is a big toss-up, and depends very much on the situation. Sucker Punch is an all-round great priority attack for Ghost-types that decide to attack Diglett as well as making, and also makes it Diglett a capable revenge killer, but it could leave Diglett vulnerable if they decide to use Substitute. Shadow Claw is more reliable, but doesn't have as much power and cannot hit Normal-types. Finally, Pursuit is an interesting option that allows Diglett to trap Ghost-types low on HP. In the final slot, Hidden Power Ice allows Diglett to OHKO all Gligar not running Eviolite.</p> (Mention something about Return here - what its utility is, etc)

    [Additional Comments]
    <p>If Return is being run over Hidden Power Ice, the EVs in Special Attack should be shifted to Attack and a Jolly nature should be used for maximum efficiency. Hidden Power Fire is an option over Hidden Power Ice in order for Diglett to net a surprise 2HKO on Ferroseed, but Ferroseed can easily KO back with Bullet Seed or Seed Bomb before Diglett can KO it. Since Diglett takes minimal damage from Stealth Rock, it doesn't need much support to function properly. Since this set attempts to function as a wallbreaker, Choice Scarf users such as Misdreavus and Snover are good for cleaning teams up Choice Scarf users such as Misdreavus and Snover make great teammates though, as they can clean up the remains once Diglett has sufficiently weakened the opponent's team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Stealth Rock
    move 1: Stealth Rock
    move 2: Protect
    move 3: Earthquake
    move 4: Rock Slide / Hidden Power Ice
    item: Focus Sash / Life Orb
    ability: Arena Trap
    nature: Jolly / Naive
    evs: 36 HP / 236 Atk / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    <p>Though with the addition of Team Preview "leads" have been pretty much dissolved, Diglett can still function as a decent first Pokemon in order to set up Stealth Rock. Protect stops the uncommon Fake Out, and allows Diglett to scout for U-turns and other surprise attacks. Earthquake and Rock Slide provide great neutral coverage, enabling Diglett to inflict decent damage after it gets Stealth Rock up. Hidden Power Ice is a nice alternative for hitting Gligar, though not much else will be taking a lot of damage from the move. One of the greatest reasons to use Diglett to set up Stealth Rock early in the game is its Speed. The only Pokemon that can prevent Diglett from setting up Stealth Rock are Choice Scarf users of having Taunt or a multi-hit move. Focus Sash is important so Diglett will be nearly guaranteed to set up Stealth Rock, and so it can get the move up before falling to Choice Scarf Snover. However, Life Orb can be used instead to inflict more damage on Pokemon, though its utility will take a hit, and most Ghost-types can easily sponge a Rock Slide.</p>

    [Additional Comments]
    <p>Focus Sash allows Diglett to set up Stealth Rock almost all the time, even in the face of Choice Scarf users such as Snover. Life Orb can be used to hit certain threats harder, but most Ghost-types can easily sponge a Rock Slide, and Diglett's utility will be taking a major hit. Sucker Punch can be used over Protect since Fake Out users are rare, and Diglett can take out a boosting sweeper with the move. Houndour is a great teammate because it's a great wallbreaker that can turn 2HKOes into OHKOes with the help of Stealth Rock. Mantyke is another great partner since it gets good synergy with Diglett, as not many Pokemon will be using an Electric-type attack on Diglett. Houndour makes a great teammate for Diglett, as it benefits immensely from Stealth Rock while also dealing with pesky walls such as Bronzor and Ferroseed. Mantyke is a good partner too, as it has great defensive synergy with Diglett. Croagunk is nearly a surefire counter to this set if it avoids Earthquake on the switch, so Misdreavus is another good teammate to stop Croagunk in its tracks with Will-O-Wisp, or KO it outright with Shadow Ball meaning Misdreavus is a great teammate for stopping it in its tracks with Will-O-Wisp or just KOing outright with Shadow Ball.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Hone Claws
    move 1: Hone Claws
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Rock Slide
    move 4: Substitute / Sucker Punch
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Arena Trap
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 36 HP / 236 Atk / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    <p>This set can get Diglett to +6 Attack and +6 Accuracy if played correctly. The best way to pull off six Hone Claws is to come in on a Choice Scarf Chinchou's Volt Switch or Thunderbolt. From there, Diglett can set up Substitute, and then Hone Claws as many times set up as many Hone Claws as it wants (replace hyphens with an em dash) preferably six, in order to max out its Attack and Accuracy. Earthquake is a dangerous STAB attack that can easily OHKO a great portion of the metagame at +6. Rock Slide gets great coverage, and will not miss because of the increased accuracy granted from Hone Claws is accurate thanks to Hone Claws boosting its accuracy. Sucker Punch can be used over Substitute for an albeit unreliable apriority attack, but it is unreliable, and Substitute is the better choice overall. Arena Trap is a very important ability on this set, as it allows Diglett to trap opposing Pokemon while they're locked into a useless attack.</p>

    [Additional Comments]
    <p>Good partners should be able to are those which can take advantage of the sheer power that Diglett can present if it manages to net itself multiple boosts. Since the only Pokemon that Diglett cannot reliably beat are Gligar, Hippopotas, and Ferroseed, a Staryu with Hidden Power Fire is a very good teammate to beat them handily. It should be noted that However, Gligar can Speed tie with Staryu and can OHKO with an Acrobatics boosted by Flight Gem a Flight Gem-boosted Acrobatics, or an Earthquake boosted by Choice Band or Life Orb a Life Orb-boosted Earthquake. It should be noted that this Diglett carries a lot of risk when using it despite the potential payoff and will probably only get one chance at a sweep. It is also very pertinent important that you know for certain that the Pokemon you are trapping is Choiced, as Diglett could be in a lot of trouble if it takes a super effective attack to the face (especially if it doesn't have Substitute). This set also requires a lot of prediction to function properly. If Diglett comes in on Chinchou expecting Thunderbolt or Volt Switch but it instead uses Ice Beam or a Water-type attack, Diglett will most likely faint, since if the opponent correctly predicts Diglett switching in and uses a Water-type attack or Ice Beam, Diglett can say goodbye to its chances of sweeping.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Rock Slide
    move 3: Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Shadow Claw / Pursuit
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Arena Trap
    nature: Naive
    evs: 36 HP / 156 Atk / 76 SpA / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    <p>With a Choice Scarf, Diglett reaches 30 Speed with a Choice Scarf and Speed ties with +2 Scraggy, allowing Diglett to function as a great revenge killer or trapper making it a fantastic revenge killer. Arena Trap is what makes it so dangerous, as Diglett can easily trap and stop many threats from running away with the game. Earthquake is Diglett's most powerful and reliable STAB attack that can hit a lot of Pokemon for good amounts of damage. Rock Slide gets good coverage, hitting most Flying-types that are immune to Ground-type attacks for super effective damage. Hidden Power Ice hits Gligar for a 2HKO and is Diglett's best option against Hippopotas. Shadow Claw hits Ghost-types and Slowpoke for big damage, while Pursuit is good for trapping Pokemon that avoid Arena Trap. Arena Trap allows Diglett to be a great revenge killer, trapping a lot of Pokemon and stopping them from pulling off a sweep.</p>

    [Additional Comments]
    <p>The EVs on this set make the most of Diglett's attacking abilities and maximize its Speed, something absolutely necessary in a Speed-based metagame. Gligar is a good teammate because it usually loses to Choice Scarf Chinchou, but, unfortunately, it shares common weaknesses to Water- and Ice-type attacks. Mantyke is a good teammate since Diglett resists Rock and is immune to Electric, both of which hamper Mantyke Mantyke also makes a good partner, having great defensive synergy with Diglett. Since this set loses quite easily to Wynaut, a mixed sweeper like such as Houndour is good for taking it out. Houndour is also good against also deals with Slowpoke, another Pokemon that will beat Diglett with ease, so Dark Pulse is a great attack for Houndour to use.</p>

    [Other Options]
    <p>Because Diglett's movepool is so shallow, it does not have many other options. It can run a Substitute + 3 attacks set, but since it is very frail, it might not be able to successfully pull off a sweep. It has Pursuit for trapping Ghost-types, but the move isn't very powerful, doesn't get STAB, and fails to 2HKO most variants of Misdreavus. It has Knock Off, which could be useful in removing an Eviolite or Choice item. In addition, it has Sand Veil for improved evasiveness, but Diglett would lose out on the better Arena Trap Sand Veil might be used on sandstorm teams, and most people wouldn't bother trying to switch out when they see Diglett, but Arena Trap is better most of the time. It can use Sunny Day is also an option, but weather isn't great in Little Cup.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]
    <p>It's tough to "counter" Diglett because it usually only comes in on Pokemon that it can easily beat. However, it is a very weak frail Pokemon, and many most attacks will be able to inflict a lot of damage to it, even if it only hits Diglett for neutral damage. Priority is very effective against it, and Fake Out is a great move to have, which as it will render Diglett useless for a turn and rid Diglett of its Focus Sash. Though Croagunk is weak to hates Earthquake, it can easily KO Diglett with the combination of Fake Out and Vacuum Wave. Choice Scarf Snover beats most variants easily since Blizzard OHKOes, and can stave off a Sucker Punch. If Diglett lacks Hidden Power Ice, Hippopotas and Gligar can sponge its attacks all day and hit back with Earthquake or Aqua Tail, respectively. If Misdreavus predicts Sucker Punch correctly, it can set up Substitute, then use Nasty Plot or KO Diglett with Shadow Ball with relative ease.</p>


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    Hidden Power Ice isn't really worth it with Gligar gone. I'm actually going to suggest using Sucker Punch and Pursuit in the last two slots with Shadow Claw slashed behind, though if anyone else has another idea feel free to post. It makes for good mindgames against Gastly and Diglett's not going to do much else. Obviously Jolly becomes the nature of choice as well but you knew that.
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