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Dratini (Analysis)

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  1. Zephyr

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    Dratini

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    Grammar Prose 2/2 [Fatecrashers, Zystral]


    [Overview]

    <p>Dratini is still a great Pokemon in Little Cup. Not too much has changed for it in the new generation; Dratini still has access to a great priority move in the form of ExtremeSpeed and is still an incredible force with its many great moves and options. When you add in its great abilities, such as Shed Skin and Marvel Scale, you have a great sweeper who can can either run a physical set or mixed set.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Dragon Dance
    move 1: Dragon Dance
    move 2: Outrage
    move 3: Waterfall / Fire Blast
    move 4: ExtremeSpeed
    item: Life Orb / Eviolite
    ability: Shed Skin
    nature: Adamant / Jolly / Naughty
    evs: 244 Atk / 36 SpD / 196 Spe
    ivs: 0 HP


    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>The bread and butter of any Dragon-type Pokemon is access to Dragon Dance. The idea is to get a boost from Dragon Dance and wreak havoc with Dratini's excellent movepool. Life Orb will maximize the damage Dratini is doing, where as Eviolite helps ensure Dratini is getting at least one boost safely. Outrage is Dratini's main attacking move. ExtremeSpeed is an excellent priority move that keeps Dratini from being easily picked off by revenge killers. The choice between Waterfall and Fire Blast is the main concern, as they both provide good coverage. Waterfall will be doing more damage whereas Fire Blast lets you pummel through opposing Ferroseed and other Steel-type Pokemon. A 0 HP IV is optimal in providing you with minimal recoil from Life Orb.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Fire Blast is the recommended option due to the abundance of Ferroseed in Little Cup, as it will otherwise wall you if you decide to use Waterfall. Magnemite makes a good partner to Dratini as it can capture and remove Steel-type Pokemon for Dratini to be able to sweep through the opponent's team more efficiently. Stealth Rock and Spikes can be very useful in turning some of Dratini's attacks into OHKOs. Pokemon such as Dwebble can set these up. Wynaut with Encore can help open up opportunities for Dratini to safely acquire a Dragon Dance. When using an Adamant nature Dratini hits a very respectable 17 Attack stat using 244 EVs. This makes Adamant an attractive choice as you plan to boost Dratini's Speed through Dragon Dance anyway.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Mixed Attacker
    move 1: Outrage / Draco Meteor
    move 2: Fire Blast
    move 3: Substitute / Draco Meteor
    move 4: ExtremeSpeed
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Shed Skin
    nature: Naughty
    EVs: 244 Atk / 116 SpA / 116 Spe
    IVs: 0 HP


    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Mixed Dratini is a great choice for breaking down walls. Dratini's STAB Dragon-type move followed by a coverage move with a boost from Life Orb can take out a large majority of Pokemon, making Dratini very difficult to switch into. ExtremeSpeed gives you reliable priority to pick off your opponent's weakened Pokemon. The 0 HP IV lets Dratini get the most out of Life Orb as it reduces recoil to a meager 1 HP loss per use. You can opt for two Dragon-type moves instead of Substitute, as it allows Dratini to hit extra hard from both the physical and special sides. Fire Blast gives you great coverage along with Dragon-type STAB. Once the opponent's Steel-type Pokemon is removed, Draco Meteor and Outrage can hammer anything whilst keeping the pressure at a maximum.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread allows Dratini to deal plenty of damage from both of its attacking stats. Shed Skin helps keep Dratini protected from status. Outrage deals a lot of damage but leaves you open to being revenge killed. Draco Meteor hits really hard, but Dratini may have to switch out after the attack, which may allow your opponent to set up. If you opt for both, it will leave your opponent less opportunity to set up, but Dratini will be easier to revenge and more open to taking hits without the protection from Substitute.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Dratini has access to other moves, such as Dragon Rush, although with poor accuracy it is advised to stick with Outrage. Other special attacking options include Surf and Ice Beam. Both of these moves can take out Gligar, but Gligar usually doesn't switch into Dratini due to the fact that it is 2HKOed by Outrage on the Dragon Dance set and Draco Meteor from the mixed set. Dratini also can use Thunderbolt, although it has a hard time finding a move slot as Thunderbolt doesn't offer much coverage Dratini doesn't already have. Thunder Wave and Toxic are nice support options. Utilizing Shed Skin to remove Sleep from Dratini after using Rest is viable, but unreliable.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Dratini can be difficult to counter due to its unpredictability. Ferroseed is normally a reliable switch in for the Dragon Dance set, but it needs to be wary of Dratini carrying Fire Blast. Faster Pokemon with an Ice- or Dragon-type move can easily revenge kill Dratini. Steel-type Pokemon can switch in on an Outrage and beat Dratini. A bulky Pokemon with Eviolite that can survive a boosted move from Dratini is the best way to handle it without worry of losing your Steel-type Pokemon to a potential Fire Blast.</p>

    [Dream World]

    <p>Marvel Scale is Dratini's Dream World ability. While it makes Dratini a very reliable tank and allows Dratini to safely take a super effective attack and OHKO back threats to your team, it is difficult to utilize and activate reliably outside of Rest.</p>
  2. Blue_Star

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    I think Rest should be at least on the AC. Dratini has potential to use a bulky ShedRest.
  3. Al_Alchemist

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    For a bulky shedrest one must be at least bulky. Dratini is not, oo at best, I've already tested it and despite its decent typing, it just isn't strong enough to stand up to most Pokemon. I'm pretty sure other people have tested it and can vouch for me as well.
  4. Zephyr

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    Updated.
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  6. Zephyr

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    Thank you.
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    I like Dratini.

    (QC Approved 2/2)
  8. Zephyr

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    Thank you. Now awaiting GP checks.
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    I'm not on the GP team but here's your check anyway.

    Red is remove
    Blue is edit

    [Overview]
    <p>Dratini is still a great Pokemon in the Little Cup tier. Not too much has changed for it in the new over the generation change. Dratini has access to a great priority move in the form of Extreme Speed and is an incredible force when using STAB Outrage along with other its many great moves and options. When you add in great abilities choices, such as Shed Skin and Marvel Scale, you have a great sweeper who can can either run a physical set or mixed set Pokemon and should seriously consider giving it a slot on your next team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Dragon Dance
    move 1: Dragon Dance
    move 2: Outrage
    move 3: Waterfall / Fire Blast
    move 4: ExtremeSpeed
    item: Life Orb / Eviolite
    ability: Shed Skin
    nature: Adamant / Jolly / Naughty
    EVs: 244 Atk / 36 SpD / 196 Spe
    IVs: 0 HP

    [Set Comments]
    <p>The bread and butter set of any Dragon-type Pokemon is with access to Dragon Dance. The idea here is to get a boost off from Dragon Dance and wreak havoc with Dratini's excellent movepool moves of choice. Life Orb will maximize the damage Dratini is doing, where as Eviolite helps ensure Dratini is getting off at least one boost off safely. Outrage is Dratini's main attacking move. Extreme Speed is an excellent priority move that keeps Dratini safe from being easily picked off by revenge killers. The choice between Waterfall and Fire Blast is the main concern, as they both provide good coverage,. Waterfall will be doing the most more damage while Fire Blast lets you bust pummel through opposing Ferroseed and other Steel-type Pokemon that come in your way. A 0 HP IV is optimal in providing you with minimal recoil from Life Orb.</p>


    [Additional Comments]
    <p>Fire Blast is the recommended option due to the abundance of Ferroseed in Little Cup, whom will otherwise wall you if you decide to use Waterfall. Magnemite makes a good partner to Dratini as it can capture and remove Steel-type Pokemon for Dratini to be able to sweep bust through the opponent's team more efficiently. Stealth Rock and Spikes can be very useful in turning some of Dratini's moves attacks into an OHKOs. Pokemon such as Dweble can set these up. Wynaut with Encore can help open up opportunities for Dratini to safely snag acquire a Dragon Dance. When using an Adamant nature on Dratini you hits a very respectable 17 in Dratini's Attack stat at using 244 EVs. This makes Adamant an really attractive choice seeing as you plan to boost Dratini's Speed through Dragon Dance anyway.</p>


    [SET]
    name: MixTini
    move 1: Outrage / Draco Meteor
    move 2: Fire Blast
    move 3: Substitute / Draco Meteor
    move 4: ExtremeSpeed
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Shed Skin
    nature: Naughty
    EVs: 244 Atk / 116 SpA / 116 Spe
    IVs: 0 HP

    [Set Comments]
    <p>Mixed Dratini is a great choice for breaking down walls. Dratini's STAB Dragon-type move followed by a coverage move with a boost from Life Orb can take out majority of Pokemon making Dratini very difficult to switch into. Extreme Speed gives you reliable priority to pick off your opponent's weakened Pokemon. The 0 HP IV lets Dratini get the most out of Life Orb as it reduces recoil to a meager 1 HP loss per use. You can opt for two Dragon-type moves instead of Substitute as it allows Dratini to hit extra hard from both attacking stats the physical and special sides. Fire Blast gives you great coverage along with Dragon-type STAB. Once the opponent's Steel-type Pokemon is removed, Draco Meteor and Outrage can hammer anything that you use them on while keeping the pressure at a maximum.</p>

    [Additional Comments]
    <p>The EV spread allows Dratini to deal plenty of damage from both attacking stats sides of the spectrum. Shed Skin helps keep Dratini protected from status as you smash through the opponent's team. Outrage deals a lot of consistent damage but can get you stuck and leaves you open to being revenged,. where as Draco Meteor hits really hard, but Dratini may have to switch out directly after the attack and can may allow your opponent to set up. If you opt for both it will leave your opponent less opportunity to set up, but Dratini will be easier to revenge and more open to taking hits without the protection from Substitute.</p>

    [Other Options]
    <p>Dratini has access to other moves, such as Dragon Rush, although with poor accuracy it is usually advised to stick with Outrage. Dratini has quite a few Other special attacking options such as include Surf and Ice Beam. Both of these moves can let you handily take out Gligar, but Gligar usually doesn't switch into Dratini, and would be 2HKOed by Outrage on the Dragon Dance set and Draco Meteor from the mixed set. Dratini also can use Thunderbolt, although it has a hard time finding a move slot since Thunderbolt doesn't offer much coverage Dratini doesn't already have. Dratini has a few good support moves as well. Thunder Wave and Toxic being some of the better picks are nice support options. Utilizing Shed Skin to remove Sleep from Dratini after using Rest is viable as well, though but unreliable.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]
    <p>Dratini can be difficult to counter due to its unpredictability in move choice. Ferroseed is normally a reliable switch in for the Dragon Dance set, but you need to be wary of Dratini carrying Fire Blast. Faster Pokemon with Ice or Dragon-type moves can easily revenge Dratini. Steel-type Pokemon can come into an Outrage and beat Dratini if you're careful. A bulky Pokemon with Eviolite that can survive a boosted move from Dratini is the best way to handle it without worry of losing your Steel-type Pokemon to a potential Fire Blast.</p>

    [Dream World]
    <p>Marvel Scale is Dratini's Dream World ability. It makes Dratini a very reliable tank and allows it to safely take a super effective attack and OHKO back threats to your team. If Dratini takes damage from Spikes or Stealth Rock, Marvel Scale will not help as it will only activate while at full HP.</p>
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    i see some questionable corrections but overall this is ok

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    Thank you AJ and Fate. I applied the changes Fate mentioned in IRC as well.
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    a few hiccups here and there, especially with basic Poke-Grammar, and a very confused last paragraph. Aside from that, good work as normal.

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  13. Zephyr

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    Thank you. I'm glad to see my grammar is sorta shaping up lol..
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    Don't forget that EVs and IVs are lower-case under the [SET] tag.

    And you forgot to eliminate a comma here in the first paragraph of the first set:

    <p>The bread and butter of any Dragon-type Pokemon is access to Dragon Dance. The idea is to get a boost from Dragon Dance and wreak havoc with Dratini's excellent movepool. Life Orb will maximize the damage Dratini is doing, where as Eviolite helps ensure Dratini is getting at least one boost safely. Outrage is Dratini's main attacking move. ExtremeSpeed is an excellent priority move that keeps Dratini from being easily picked off by revenge killers. The choice between Waterfall and Fire Blast is the main concern, as they both provide good coverage, (remove comma). Waterfall will be doing more damage whereas Fire Blast lets you pummel through opposing Ferroseed and other Steel-type Pokemon. A 0 HP IV is optimal in providing you with minimal recoil from Life Orb.</p>


    Otherwise, this was great. Nice job Zeph
  15. Zephyr

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    Thank you, fixed.

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