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Fraxure [GP 2/2]

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by Friar, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Friar

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    Taken over from TrollFreak / Molk - http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3469442

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    [Overview]

    <p>Despite being an NFE, Fraxure is not a Pokemon to be taken lightly. Its stellar base 117 Attack, STAB Outrage, and access to the incredible boosting move Dragon Dance give it a spot among RU's biggest threats. BW2's tutor moves were also extremely kind to Fraxure, supplementing its once limited coverage. Now, Fraxure can use Fighting- and Water-type attacks to break down the few RU tanks capable of surviving boosted Outrages. Although Druddigon's higher base Attack stat and better movepool might seem enticing, Fraxure's higher Speed, ability to hold Eviolite, and, most importantly, access to Dragon Dance give Fraxure an edge over its Dragon-type competition. While a more offensive metagame has made setting up more difficult for the fairly frail Fraxure, once it has set up it can easily run through many teams.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Dragon Dance
    move 1: Dragon Dance
    move 2: Outrage
    move 3: Low Kick
    move 4: Taunt
    item: Eviolite / Life Orb
    ability: Mold Breaker
    nature: Jolly / Adamant
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    <p>With this set, Fraxure acts as an excellent trump card for offensive teams. Dragon Dance boosts Fraxure's already great Attack stat to impressive levels, allowing it to reach 499 with a Jolly nature and a whopping 549 with an Adamant nature. Dragon Dance also patches up one of Fraxure's biggest weaknesses in terms of sweeping: its Speed stat. After a Dragon Dance, Fraxure reaches 349 with an Adamant nature, enough to outpace Jolly Durant, and 384 with a Jolly nature, more than Jolly Swellow. Outrage packs a ton of power and allows Fraxure to weaken offensive and defensive teams alike. Low Kick grants Fraxure much needed coverage, allowing Fraxure to 2HKO standard Steelix and OHKO Aggron, regardless of Fraxure's choice of item or nature. Taunt allows Fraxure to boost in the face of opponents such as Tangrowth, Clefable, and Roselia, as well has preventing phazing and setup attempts.</p>

    <p>While Fraxure is always a force to be reckoned with, the choice of item and nature will greatly impact what Fraxure can and cannot do. Eviolite is the safer item choice in such an offensive metagame, protecting Fraxure from revenge killing attempts and allowing it to set up more easily. Life Orb gives Fraxure quite a power boost, but at the cost of being more prone to unresisted attacks. A Jolly nature greatly reduces the amount of Pokemon able to revenge kill Fraxure after a boost, while an Adamant nature gives it 10% harder hitting attacks in exchange for being vulnerable to Pokemon such as Archeops, Sceptile, and Swellow. Generally, a Jolly nature with Eviolite is recommended, though teams in need of a potent stallbreaker could consider mixing and matching natures and items as they see fit.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Despite Taunt's utility against more defensive teams, there are multiple other options that can be considered for Fraxure's set. Dragon Claw provides Fraxure with a STAB move without the disadvantage of being locked into Outrage. Dual Chop packs the same power and allows Fraxure to break Focus Sashes and Substitutes at the cost of slightly lower accuracy. Aqua Tail allows Fraxure to hit Pokemon such as Nidoqueen and Rhydon harder, but they are threatened by Outrage or Low Kick anyway. As an alternative Fighting-type attack, Superpower can be used in place of Low Kick for a stronger hit on Escavalier, Durant, and Ferroseed, but it is generally better to use Fraxure's teammates to weaken these Pokemon to the point that Fraxure can sweep. Finally, Substitute can be used to protect Fraxure further against status and revenge killers like Entei and especially Ditto, which could otherwise steal Fraxure's boosts and reverse its sweep.</p>

    <p>Entry hazards greatly aid Fraxure in breaking down its sturdiest counters. Stealth Rock and especially Spikes limit the amount of times Tangrowth, Steelix, Escavalier, and Ferroseed can withstand Fraxure's powerful attacks. Smeargle gets a special mention for its ability to set up both Stealth Rock and Spikes while easily fitting into the more offensive teams where Fraxure belongs. Qwilfish, though more defensive in nature, can set up Spikes and spread paralysis for Fraxure, and is also capable of switching into both Ice-type attacks and threats such as ExtremeSpeed Entei that wish to revenge kill Fraxure.</p>

    <p>Dragon Dance Fraxure also appreciates powerful wallbreakers to aid in its sweep. Nidoqueen is one of the best in tier, being able to break down many common defensive cores with Sheer Force-boosted attacks and great coverage. Moltres is in a similar position, using powerful special attacks to weaken the opposition into Fraxure's KO range. In return, Fraxure can use its resistance to Water-type attacks to set up on the bulky Water-types that often try to wall Nidoqueen and Moltres. Swords Dance Gallade is one of Fraxure's best partners, as almost nothing in RU can withstand their onslaught.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Outside of Dragon Dance, Fraxure's options are somewhat limited. Night Slash and X-Scissor could be used as coverage moves, but most of the targets they attempt to cover are hit harder by Outrage. Fraxure can utilize the famed RestTalk combination in conjunction with Eviolite to avoid status and boost with Dragon Dance even while asleep. However, such a set faces extreme competition from Altaria and even Shelgon and would be unlikely to succeed in RU's more offensive metagame. Fraxure does have access to Swords Dance, which could be used alongside Dragon Dance to allow Fraxure to pick which boost it needs to sweep. However, the utility of Taunt and consistency of Dragon Dance usually overshadow the sheer power that comes with Swords Dance. Perhaps Fraxure's most viable option not touched on above is its Choice Band set. With a Choice Band attached, Fraxure becomes even more immediately threatening to counters such as Steelix, Escavalier, and Ferroseed. It also allows Fraxure to use Superpower more consistently as it plays as more of a hit-and-run attacker. However, the inability of Choice Band Fraxure to boost its Speed as well as its lower defensive capabilities without Eviolite will prevent it from doing much against an offensive team.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>There are a few Pokemon in RU capable of standing up to Fraxure. Escavalier is likely the safest bet. It resists Outrage, takes little damage from Low Kick, and can strike back with its powerful Megahorn. Ferroseed is in a similar position, but needs Gyro Ball to avoid being setup bait for any Fraxure carrying Taunt and must also watch out for the uncommon Superpower. Tangrowth can check Fraxure well despite not resisting Outrage. Although it risks a 2HKO from +1 Life Orb Outrage after Stealth Rock, it checks the Eviolite set well if it carries Hidden Power Ice. Unfortunately, Leech Seed and Sleep Powder are inconsistent ways to deal with Fraxure because of Taunt. For more offensive teams, often the best way to deal with Fraxure is to avoid letting it set up and hit it with powerful attacks. Even if Fraxure does manage to snag a Dragon Dance, all is not lost. Fraxure is still fairly frail even with an Eviolite boost, allowing powerful priority, such as ExtremeSpeed from Choice Band Entei, to hit Fraxure hard. Most Choice Scarf users can easily outpace Fraxure due to its low Speed, so powerful users of the item, such as Rotom-F, Manectric, and Typhlosion, can take out Fraxure if needed.</p>
  2. Molk

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    Okay Dittocrow asked me to do a last minute QC on this so lets go!

    1) Unless you mean a different rotom-forme, im not sure if Fraxure can use taunt against rotom to set up on it, all of the standard Rotom sets on site outspeed Fraxure, meaning that rotom can simply burn it before fraxure can taunt it unless fraxure has already boosted, i would say remove that and add something else, such as roselia or clefable.

    2) I think Substitute deserves an AC mention over taunt on Fraxure because of its utility against status users, and ability to ease prediction, possibly nab you a free boost or two, and protect you against potential revenge killers such as CB Entei and ditto.

    3) Remove Quagsire from checks and counters please, Quagsire is pretty damn mediocre in this metagame, recieving tons of competition from poliwrath in particular, and whats more, Fraxure's mold breaker ability actually bypasses Unaware! So Fraxure's stat boosts still count when Quagsire is on the battlefield, removing any utility quagsire may have had against Fraxure.

    Sorry if i i missed anything, im really tired and i can barely type x_x
  3. Friar

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    Thanks Molk, changes made
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    [Overview]

    <p>Despite itsbeing an NFE status, Fraxure is not a Pokemon to be taken lightly. Its stellar base 117 Attack, access to STAB Outrage, and accessn incredible boosting move in the form of Dragon Dance give it a spot among RU's biggest threats. BW2 tutor moves were also extremely kind to Fraxure, whosupplementing its once had limited coverage. Now, Fraxure can use Fighting- or Water-type attacks to break down the few RU tanks capable of surviving boosted Outrages. Although Druddigon's higher base Attack stat and better movepool may seem enticing, but Fraxure's higher speed, ability to hold Eviolite, and especialmost importantly its access to Dragon Dance give Fraxure an edge over its Dragon-type competition. While a more offensive metagame has made setting up more difficult for the fairly frail Fraxure, once it has set up it can easily run through a team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Dragon Dance
    move 1: Dragon Dance
    move 2: Outrage
    move 3: Low Kick
    move 4: Taunt
    item: Eviolite / Life Orb
    ability: Mold Breaker
    nature: Jolly / Adamant
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    <p>With this set, Fraxure acts as an excellent trump card for offensive teams. Dragon Dance boosts Fraxure's already great Attack stat to impressive levels, allowing it to reaching 499 with a Jolly nature, and a whopping 549 with an Adamant nature. Dragon Dance also patches up one of Fraxure's biggest weaknesses in terms of sweeping: its Speed stat. After a Dragon Dance, Fraxure reaches 349 with an Adamant nature, enough to outpace Jolly Durant, and 384 with a Jolly nature, which outspeedings Jolly Swellow. Outrage packs a ton of power and allows Fraxure to weaken offensive and defensive teams alike. Low Kick grants Fraxure much needed coverage, allowing Fraxure to 2HKO standard Steelix and OHKO Aggron, regardless of Fraxure's choice of item or nature choice. Taunt allows Fraxure to boost in the face of opponents such as Tangrowth, Clefable, and Roselia, as whilell halso preventing phazFraxure from being anphazed or set up attemptson.</p>

    <p>While Fraxure is always a force to be reckoned with, the choice of item and nature will greatly impact what Fraxure can and cannot do. Eviolite is the safer item choice in such an offensive metagame, protecting Fraxure both while setting up and againstfrom revenge killing attempts and allowing it to set up more easily. Life Orb gives Fraxure quite a power boost, but at the cost of being more prone to unresisted attacks. A Jolly nature greatly reduces the amount of Pokemon able to revenge kill Fraxure after a boost, while an Adamant nature receiveallows attacks to hit 10% harder hitting attacks in exchange forat the cost of being vulnerable to Pokemon such as Archeops, Sceptile, and Swellow. Generally, a Jolly nature with Eviolite is recommended, though teams in need of a potent stall breaker could consider mixing and matching natures and items as they see fit.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Despite Taunt's utility against more defensive teams, there are multiple other options that could be considered as a part of Fraxure's set. Dragon Claw provides Fraxure with a STAB move without neethe disadvantage tof being lock itselfed into Outrage. Dual Chop packs the same power, but allows Fraxure to break Focus Sashes and Substitutes at the cost of slightly lower accuracy. Aqua Tail nets a bigallows Fraxure to hit on Pokemon such as Nidoqueen and Rhydon harder, butalthough they are quitese Pokemon can be sufficiently dealt with threatened byough the use of Outrage or Low Kick anyway. As an alternative Fighting-type attack, SuperPpower can be used in the placestead of Low Kick for a stronger hit on Escavalier and Ferroseed harder, but it is generally better to use Fraxure's teammates to weaken these Pokemon to the point that Fraxure can sweep. Finally, Substitute can be used to protect Fraxure further against revenge killers like Entei and especially Ditto, which could otherwise stealing Fraxure's boosts and reversinge its sweep.</p>

    <p>Entry hazards greatly aid Fraxure in breaking down its sturdiest counters. Stealth Rock, and especially Spikes, limit the amount of times Tangrowth, Steelix, Escavalier, and Ferroseed can switch in to withstand Fraxure's powerful attacks. Smeargle gets a special mention for its ability to set up both Stealth Rock and Spikes while easily fitting into more offensive teams where Fraxure belongs. Qwilfish, though more defensive in nature, can set up Spikes and spread paralysis for Fraxure, whileand is also capable of switching into Ice-type attacks and threats such as ExtremeSpeed Entei that wish to revenge kill Fraxure.</p>

    <p>Dragon Dance Fraxure also appreciates powerful wallbreakers to aid in its sweep. Nidoqueen is one of the best in tier, able to break down many common defensive cores with Sheer Force-boosted attacks and great coverage. Moltres is in a similar position, using powerful special attacks to weaken the opposition into Fraxure's KO range. In return, Fraxure can use its resistance to Water-type attacks to set up on the bulky water types that often try to wall Nidoqueen and Moltres. While it may appear Fraxure's best teammates are special attackers, this is not always the case.(not needed imo) Swords Dance Gallade is in fact one of Fraxure's best partners, as between the two almost nothing in RU can withstand their onslaught.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Outside of Dragon Dance, Fraxure's options are somewhat limited. Night Slash or X-Scissor could be used as coverage moves, but most of the targets they attempt to cover are hit harder by Outrage. Fraxure can utilize the famed Rest and Sleep Talk combination in conjunction with Eviolite to avoid status and boost with Dragon Dance even while asleep. However, such a set faces extreme competition from Altaria and even Shelgon, and would be unlikely to succeed in RU's more offensive metagame. Fraxure does have access to Swords Dance, which could be used alongside Dragon Dance to allow Fraxure to pick which boost it needs to sweep. However, the utility of Taunt and consistency of Dragon Dance usually overshadow Swords Dance'sthe sheer power that comes with Swords Dance. Perhaps Fraxure's most viable option not touched on in this analysis is its Choice Band set. With a Choice Band attached, Fraxure becomes even more immediately threatening to counters such as Steelix, Escavalier, and Ferroseed. It also allows Fraxure to use SuperPpower more consistently as it plays as more of a hit and run attacker. However, the inability of Choice Banded Fraxure to boost its speed, as well as lower defensive capabilities due to lack of Eviolite will prevent it from making much difference against an offensive team.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]
    <p>There are a few Pokemon in RU capable of standing up to Fraxure. Escavalier is likely the safest bet. It resists Outrage, takes little damage from Low Kick, and can strike back with its powerful Megahorn. Ferroseed is in a similar position, but needs Gyro Ball to avoid being set up bait for any Fraxure carrying Taunt. I, and must also needs to watch out for the uncommon SuperPpower. Tangrowth can check Fraxure well despite not resisting Outrage. TangrowAlthough it risks a 2HKO from Life Orb Outrage after Stealth Rock, buit checks the Eviolite set well if it carries Hidden Power Ice. Unfortunately, Leech Seed or Sleep Powder are inconsistent ways to deal with Fraxure because of Taunt. For more offensive teams, often the best way to deal with Fraxure is to avoid letting it set up, and hit it with powerful attacks. IEven if Fraxure does manage to snag a Dragon Dance, all is not lost. Fraxure is still fairly frail even with an Eviolite boost, allowing powerful priority, such as thatExtremeSpeed from Choice Band Entei, to hit Fraxure hard. Most Choice Scarf users arecan also very likeeasily to outpace Fraxure due to its low speed, so powerful scarfers such as Rotom-F, Galvantula, or Moltres can all take out Fraxure if needed.</p>
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    Thanks, took the vast majority of your suggestions
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    [Overview]

    <p>Despite being an NFE, Fraxure is not a Pokemon to be taken lightly. Its stellar base 117 Attack, STAB Outrage, and access to an the incredible boosting move in the form of Dragon Dance give it a spot among RU's biggest threats. BW2 BW2's tutor moves were also extremely kind to Fraxure, supplementing its once limited coverage. Now, Fraxure can use Fighting- or and Water-type attacks to break down the few RU tanks capable of surviving boosted Outrages. Although Druddigon's higher base Attack stat and better movepool may might seem enticing, Fraxure's higher speed Speed, ability to hold Eviolite, and especially (add comma) most importantly (add comma) access to Dragon Dance give Fraxure an edge over its Dragon-type competition. While a more offensive metagame has made setting up more difficult for the fairly frail Fraxure, once it has set up it can easily run through a team many teams.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Dragon Dance
    move 1: Dragon Dance
    move 2: Outrage
    move 3: Low Kick
    move 4: Taunt
    item: Eviolite / Life Orb
    ability: Mold Breaker
    nature: Jolly / Adamant
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    <p>With this set, Fraxure acts as an excellent trump card for offensive teams. Dragon Dance boosts Fraxure's already great Attack stat to impressive levels, allowing it to reach 499 with a Jolly nature, (remove comma) and a whopping 549 with an Adamant nature. Dragon Dance also patches up one of Fraxure's biggest weaknesses in terms of sweeping: its Speed stat. After a Dragon Dance, Fraxure reaches 349 with an Adamant nature, enough to outpace Jolly Durant, and 384 with a Jolly nature, which outspeeds more than Jolly Swellow. Outrage packs a ton of power and allows Fraxure to weaken offensive and defensive teams alike. Low Kick grants Fraxure much needed coverage, allowing Fraxure to 2HKO standard Steelix and OHKO Aggron, regardless of Fraxure's choice of item or nature. Taunt allows Fraxure to boost in the face of opponents such as Tangrowth, Clefable, and Roselia, as well has preventing phazing and set up setup attempts.</p>

    <p>While Fraxure is always a force to be reckoned with, the choice of item and nature will greatly impact what Fraxure can and cannot do. Eviolite is the safer item choice in such an offensive metagame, protecting Fraxure from revenge killing attempts and allowing it to set up more easily. Life Orb gives Fraxure quite a power boost, but at the cost of being more prone to unresisted attacks. A Jolly nature greatly reduces the amount of Pokemon able to revenge kill Fraxure after a boost, while an Adamant nature receives gives it 10% harder hitting attacks in exchange for being vulnerable to Pokemon such as Archeops, Sceptile, and Swellow. Generally, a Jolly nature with Eviolite is recommended, though teams in need of a potent stall breaker stallbreaker could consider mixing and matching natures and items as they see fit.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Despite Taunt's utility against more defensive teams, there are multiple other options that could be considered as a part of for Fraxure's set. Dragon Claw provides Fraxure with a STAB move without the disadvantage of being locked into Outrage. Dual Chop packs the same power, (remove comma) but and allows Fraxure to break Focus Sashes and Substitutes at the cost of slightly lower accuracy. Aqua Tail nets allows Fraxure to hit Pokemon such as Nidoqueen and Rhydon harder, but they are threatened by Outrage or Low Kick anyway. As an alternative Fighting-type attack, Superpower can be used in the place of Low Kick for a stronger hit on Escavalier and Ferroseed, but it is generally better to use Fraxure's teammates to weaken these Pokemon to the point that Fraxure can sweep. Finally, Substitute can be used to protect Fraxure further against status and revenge killers like Entei and especially Ditto, which could otherwise steal Fraxure's boosts and reverse its sweep.</p>

    <p>Entry hazards greatly aid Fraxure in breaking down its sturdiest counters. Stealth Rock, (remove comma) and especially Spikes, (remove comma) limit the amount of times Tangrowth, Steelix, Escavalier, and Ferroseed can withstand Fraxure's powerful attacks. Smeargle gets a special mention for its ability to set up both Stealth Rock and Spikes while easily fitting into the more offensive teams where Fraxure belongs. Qwilfish, though more defensive in nature, can set up Spikes and spread paralysis for Fraxure, and is also capable of switching into both Ice-type attacks and threats such as ExtremeSpeed Entei that wish to revenge kill Fraxure.</p>

    <p>Dragon Dance Fraxure also appreciates powerful wallbreakers to aid in its sweep. Nidoqueen is one of the best in tier, able to break down many common defensive cores with Sheer Force-boosted attacks and great coverage. Moltres is in a similar position, using powerful special attacks to weaken the opposition into Fraxure's KO range. In return, Fraxure can use its resistance to Water-type attacks to set up on the bulky water types Water-types that often try to wall Nidoqueen and Moltres. Swords Dance Gallade is one of Fraxure's best partners, as between the two almost nothing in RU can withstand their onslaught.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Outside of Dragon Dance, Fraxure's options are somewhat limited. Night Slash or and X-Scissor could be used as coverage moves, but most of the targets they attempt to cover are hit harder by Outrage. Fraxure can utilize the famed Rest and Sleep Talk RestTalk combination in conjunction with Eviolite to avoid status and boost with Dragon Dance even while asleep. However, such a set faces extreme competition from Altaria and even Shelgon, (remove comma) and would be unlikely to succeed in RU's more offensive metagame. Fraxure does have access to Swords Dance, which could be used alongside Dragon Dance to allow Fraxure to pick which boost it needs to sweep. However, the utility of Taunt and consistency of Dragon Dance usually overshadow the sheer power that comes with Swords Dance. Perhaps Fraxure's most viable option not touched on in this analysis above is its Choice Band set. With a Choice Band attached, Fraxure becomes even more immediately threatening to counters such as Steelix, Escavalier, and Ferroseed. It also allows Fraxure to use Superpower more consistently as it plays as more of a hit and run hit-and-run attacker. However, the inability of Choice Banded Band Fraxure to boost its speed Speed, (remove comma) as well as its lower defensive capabilities due to lack of without Eviolite will prevent it from making doing much difference against an offensive team.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]
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    <p>There are a few Pokemon in RU capable of standing up to Fraxure. Escavalier is likely the safest bet. It resists Outrage, takes little damage from Low Kick, and can strike back with its powerful Megahorn. Ferroseed is in a similar position, but needs Gyro Ball to avoid being set up setup bait for any Fraxure carrying Taunt and must also watch out for the uncommon Superpower. Tangrowth can check Fraxure well despite not resisting Outrage. Although it risks a 2HKO from +1 Life Orb Outrage after Stealth Rock, it checks the Eviolite set well if it carries Hidden Power Ice. Unfortunately, Leech Seed or and Sleep Powder are inconsistent ways to deal with Fraxure because of Taunt. For more offensive teams, often the best way to deal with Fraxure is to avoid letting it set up, (remove comma) and hit it with powerful attacks. Even if Fraxure does manage to snag a Dragon Dance, all is not lost. Fraxure is still fairly frail even with an Eviolite boost, allowing powerful priority, such as ExtremeSpeed from Choice Band Entei, to hit Fraxure hard. Most Choice Scarf users can easily outpace Fraxure due to its low speed Speed, so powerful scarfers users of the item, such as Rotom-F, Galvantula, or Moltres Manectric, and Typhlosion, (use other examples if mine aren't good ones, but neither Galvantula nor Moltres has a Choice Scarf set onsite, so other examples probably make more sense) can all take out Fraxure if needed.</p>


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    Thanks, edited those changes in
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    <p>Despite being an NFE, Fraxure is not a Pokemon to be taken lightly. Its stellar base 117 Attack, STAB Outrage, and access to the incredible boosting move Dragon Dance give it a spot among RU's biggest threats. BW2's tutor moves were also extremely kind to Fraxure, supplementing its once limited coverage. Now, Fraxure can use Fighting- and Water-type attacks to break down the few RU tanks capable of surviving boosted Outrages. Although Druddigon's higher base Attack stat and better movepool might seem enticing, Fraxure's higher Speed, ability to hold Eviolite, and, most importantly, access to Dragon Dance give Fraxure an edge over its Dragon-type competition. While a more offensive metagame has made setting up more difficult for the fairly frail Fraxure, once it has set up it can easily run through many teams.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Dragon Dance
    move 1: Dragon Dance
    move 2: Outrage
    move 3: Low Kick
    move 4: Taunt
    item: Eviolite / Life Orb
    ability: Mold Breaker
    nature: Jolly / Adamant
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    <p>With this set, Fraxure acts as an excellent trump card for offensive teams. Dragon Dance boosts Fraxure's already great Attack stat to impressive levels, allowing it to reach 499 with a Jolly nature and a whopping 549 with an Adamant nature. Dragon Dance also patches up one of Fraxure's biggest weaknesses in terms of sweeping: its Speed stat. After a Dragon Dance, Fraxure reaches 349 with an Adamant nature, enough to outpace Jolly Durant, and 384 with a Jolly nature, more than Jolly Swellow. Outrage packs a ton of power and allows Fraxure to weaken offensive and defensive teams alike. Low Kick grants Fraxure much needed coverage, allowing Fraxure to 2HKO standard Steelix and OHKO Aggron, regardless of Fraxure's choice of item or nature. Taunt allows Fraxure to boost in the face of opponents such as Tangrowth, Clefable, and Roselia, as well has preventing phazing and setup attempts.</p>

    <p>While Fraxure is always a force to be reckoned with, the choice of item and nature will greatly impact what Fraxure can and cannot do. Eviolite is the safer item choice in such an offensive metagame, protecting Fraxure from revenge killing attempts and allowing it to set up more easily. Life Orb gives Fraxure quite a power boost, but at the cost of being more prone to unresisted attacks. A Jolly nature greatly reduces the amount of Pokemon able to revenge kill Fraxure after a boost, while an Adamant nature gives it 10% harder hitting attacks in exchange for being vulnerable to Pokemon such as Archeops, Sceptile, and Swellow. Generally, a Jolly nature with Eviolite is recommended, though teams in need of a potent stallbreaker could consider mixing and matching natures and items as they see fit.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Despite Taunt's utility against more defensive teams, there are multiple other options that can be considered for Fraxure's set. Dragon Claw provides Fraxure with a STAB move without the disadvantage of being locked into Outrage. Dual Chop packs the same power and allows Fraxure to break Focus Sashes and Substitutes at the cost of slightly lower accuracy. Aqua Tail allows Fraxure to hit Pokemon such as Nidoqueen and Rhydon harder, but they are threatened by Outrage or Low Kick anyway. As an alternative Fighting-type attack, Superpower can be used in place of Low Kick for a stronger hit on Escavalier and Ferroseed, but it is generally better to use Fraxure's teammates to weaken these Pokemon to the point that Fraxure can sweep. Finally, Substitute can be used to protect Fraxure further against status and revenge killers like Entei and especially Ditto, which could otherwise steal Fraxure's boosts and reverse its sweep.</p>

    <p>Entry hazards greatly aid Fraxure in breaking down its sturdiest counters. Stealth Rock and especially Spikes limit the amount of times Tangrowth, Steelix, Escavalier, and Ferroseed can withstand Fraxure's powerful attacks. Smeargle gets a special mention for its ability to set up both Stealth Rock and Spikes while easily fitting into the more offensive teams where Fraxure belongs. Qwilfish, though more defensive in nature, can set up Spikes and spread paralysis for Fraxure, and is also capable of switching into both Ice-type attacks and threats such as ExtremeSpeed Entei that wish to revenge kill Fraxure.</p>

    <p>Dragon Dance Fraxure also appreciates powerful wallbreakers to aid in its sweep. Nidoqueen is one of the best in tier, being able to break down many common defensive cores with Sheer Force-boosted attacks and great coverage. Moltres is in a similar position, using powerful special attacks to weaken the opposition into Fraxure's KO range. In return, Fraxure can use its resistance to Water-type attacks to set up on the bulky Water-types that often try to wall Nidoqueen and Moltres. Swords Dance Gallade is one of Fraxure's best partners, as almost nothing in RU can withstand their onslaught.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Outside of Dragon Dance, Fraxure's options are somewhat limited. Night Slash and X-Scissor could be used as coverage moves, but most of the targets they attempt to cover are hit harder by Outrage. Fraxure can utilize the famed RestTalk combination in conjunction with Eviolite to avoid status and boost with Dragon Dance even while asleep. However, such a set faces extreme competition from Altaria and even Shelgon and would be unlikely to succeed in RU's more offensive metagame. Fraxure does have access to Swords Dance, which could be used alongside Dragon Dance to allow Fraxure to pick which boost it needs to sweep. However, the utility of Taunt and consistency of Dragon Dance usually overshadow the sheer power that comes with Swords Dance. Perhaps Fraxure's most viable option not touched on above is its Choice Band set. With a Choice Band attached, Fraxure becomes even more immediately threatening to counters such as Steelix, Escavalier, and Ferroseed. It also allows Fraxure to use Superpower more consistently as it plays as more of a hit-and-run attacker. However, the inability of Choice Band Fraxure to boost its Speed as well as its lower defensive capabilities without Eviolite will prevent it from doing much against an offensive team.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>There are a few Pokemon in RU capable of standing up to Fraxure. Escavalier is likely the safest bet. It resists Outrage, takes little damage from Low Kick, and can strike back with its powerful Megahorn. Ferroseed is in a similar position, but needs Gyro Ball to avoid being setup bait for any Fraxure carrying Taunt and must also watch out for the uncommon Superpower. Tangrowth can check Fraxure well despite not resisting Outrage. Although it risks a 2HKO from +1 Life Orb Outrage after Stealth Rock, it checks the Eviolite set well if it carries Hidden Power Ice. Unfortunately, Leech Seed and Sleep Powder are inconsistent ways to deal with Fraxure because of Taunt. For more offensive teams, often the best way to deal with Fraxure is to avoid letting it set up and hit it with powerful attacks. Even if Fraxure does manage to snag a Dragon Dance, all is not lost. Fraxure is still fairly frail even with an Eviolite boost, allowing powerful priority, such as ExtremeSpeed from Choice Band Entei, to hit Fraxure hard. Most Choice Scarf users can easily outpace Fraxure due to its low Speed, so powerful users of the item, such as Rotom-F, Manectric, and Typhlosion, can take out Fraxure if needed.</p>


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    great job !!
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    When mentioning in the AC that Superpower hits Ferroseed and Escavalier harder, it would be a good idea to mention Durant as well. Otherwise seems fine.
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    Thanks, should be ready to go
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