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Gabite (QC 3/3) (GP 2/2)

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by Raseri, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. Raseri

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    Gabite

    [Overview]

    <p>Although often ignored in NU in favor of other Dragon-types, Gabite has a solid niche in the metagame thanks to its ability, Rough Skin. With Rough Skin, Gabite has the ability to defeat Cinccino, as each Tail Slap causes Cinccino to lose 12.5% of its HP. Gabite is also the only Dragon-type in NU to have access to Stealth Rock, and its STAB Earthquake allows it to beat many common leads in NU, such as Golem, Regirock, and Probopass. Specifically, the offensive variant causes issues for many common leads. Gabite's rare Dragon / Ground typing gives it many handy resistances, such as Fire and Rock, as well as an immunity to Electric-type attacks. This helpful defensive typing allows it to function as an excellent support Pokemon; its base 82 Speed is quite fast, allowing it to outspeed nearly every other support Pokemon. However not all is perfect for Gabite, as many bulky sweepers can shrug off its attacks and OHKO in return. Gabite also faces heavy competition from Piloswine, which is much bulkier and more powerful. Ultimately, Gabite must rely on its superior defensive typing in order to not be outclassed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Dragon Claw
    move 3: Stealth Rock
    move 4: Roar / Toxic
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Rough Skin
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Gabite is a solid tank, as it resists common attacks such as Stone Edge, and has a STAB Earthquake coming from a decent base 90 Attack. Earthquake is a solid attack, hitting many common Pokemon super effectively, such as Golem, Regirock, Carracosta, and Garbodor. Dragon Claw gives Gabite near perfect coverage and is used to hit Pokemon that take minuscule amounts of damage from Earthquake, such as Altaria, Sawsbuck, and Ludicolo. However, be warned that, although Dragon Claw does hit these Pokemon for more damage, Gabite cannot stay in on any of them bar Sawsbuck, as each can OHKO Gabite with little effort. Stealth Rock allows Gabite to support the team from the get-go, as it is one of the better leads in NU, using its Speed, bulk and typing to give its team the advantage. Roar is commonly used in the last moveslot to stop opposing sweepers from setting up on Gabite, while also forcing the opposition to take more residual damage from Stealth Rock. Toxic can also be used if your team struggles against more defensive teams, as Toxic can permanently cripple many defensive Pokemon, such as Tangela and Alomomola.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The designated EV spread makes Gabite as powerful as possible while also retaining some bulk. A more defensive EV spread that maximizes HP and Defense is also viable, but while this does make Gabite a hard counter to Cinccino, it also severely reduces its offensive abilities, preventing it from even 2HKOing Garbodor with a STAB super effective Earthquake. Dual Chop is a potential option over Dragon Claw, which breaks Substitutes against Sawsbuck and other frail sweepers, although the drop in accuracy is unfortunate, and Gabite can just phaze them out with Roar anyway. Rough Skin is an absolute godsend for Gabite, allowing it to check Cinccino and other physical attackers with ease thanks to the extra residual damage. Samurott is a great partner for Gabite as it is capable of OHKOing Tangela and 2HKOing Alomomola with Ice Beam and Hidden Power Grass, respectively. Most Normal-types also appreciate Gabite, as it is capable of removing Rock-types from the game, allowing Swellow, Zangoose, Kangaskhan and the like to have a much easier time demolishing the opposition. Swords Dance Sawsbuck loves Gabite because it is able to weaken many of Sawsbuck's counters, such as Armaldo. Poison-types such as Arbok and Haunter also enjoy working with Gabite, as Steel-types such as Probopass&mdash;which Gabite easily handles&mdash;can inhibit their sweeps. Although Gabite can provide support to many Pokemon, it also needs some of its own to function. Any Ice-type attack will bring it to its knees, and it does not have a way to hurt Grass-types such as Tangela, Ludicolo, or Leafeon. In order to solve these issues, an Ice-type can be used to support Gabite, particularly Glaceon or Regice. Regice has little to fear from Grass-types and can do massive damage in return with its STAB Ice Beam, while Glaceon presents itself as a more offensive alternative to Regice, performing a similar role but with less bulk.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Gabite has the stats and movepool to pull off a few other interesting sets. A Choice Band set hits quite hard, but is generally outclassed by Fraxure, which hits much harder. Gabite can boost its Attack and accuracy with Hone Claws, but it struggles to set up and will rarely be able to pull off a sweep. Outrage offers much more power, but it usually backfires by getting Gabite KOed while it's locked into the move. Body Slam has a chance to paralyze the opposing team and can be used over Dragon Claw; however, it is noticeably weaker and will do laughable amounts of damage to most Pokemon. Stone Edge can be used to hit Flying-types super effectively, although due to the lack of STAB it will not hit them hard. Gabite has a solid special movepool, with high-powered attacks such as Draco Meteor and Fire Blast, but Gabite's poor base 50 Special Attack won't be scoring it any significant KOs. Listen closely young trainer, as this final option is Gabite's most powerful. There is an amazing technique that is only used by the battling elite,a horrifying move known as manual Sandstorm. This allows Gabite to utilize its other magnificent ability: Sand Veil. With Sand Veil in effect, Gabite's evasion is increased by 20%, which makes Ice Beam hit as often as Hydro Pump! Very few players are able to succeed with this strategy, as only the true Pokemon elite can pull it off.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Countering Gabite isn't difficult, as it is rather weak. Most of the NU Grass-types, particularly Tangela, Amoonguss, Ludicolo, and Torterra, can take anything from Gabite and retaliate with their own attacks, slowly whittling its HP down (or solidly 2HKOing in Torterra's case). Bulk Up Vigoroth can set up all over Gabite, using Taunt to shut down its ability to phaze and taking next to nothing from any of its attacks. Piloswine can switch in on any move and respond with a powerful Icicle Crash or Icicle Spear, fearing nothing from any of Gabite's attacks. Golbat can switch in on Gabite, Taunt it to prevent phazing and whittle it down with Brave Bird, using Roost when needed. Misdreavus can easily come in, burn Gabite with Will-O-Wisp, and proceed to use Shadow Ball until it faints. Ice-types such as Regice, Articuno, and Glaceon can switch in as Gabite uses Stealth Rock and proceed to OHKO with Ice Beam. Bulky Psychic-types such as Musharna and Exeggutor fear little from Gabite, and can hit it with powerful Psychics. Gorebyss forces Gabite into a 50/50 prediction, where Gabite has to choose between switching out and using Roar. If Gorebyss uses Shell Smash when you predict an Ice Beam and flee, your team is in for a world of hurt. Inversely, if you predict a Shell Smash and Gorebyss uses Ice Beam, you've just lost a member of your team. Samurott also fears nothing from Gabite, and can OHKO with its powerful Ice Beam. Essentially, you should never have to search for a Gabite counter, as nearly every team packs at least one. Gabite will never be an overwhelming offensive presence and can be prepared for by any decent NU team. Don't let that keep you from using it though, as it can still be quite effective.</p>

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    • Cool dragon
    • Rough Skin gives it a niche
    • Stealth Rock and a bunch of neat resists, such as Fire, Rock and an immunity to electric
    • Can beat common leads 1v1, such as Golem, Regirock, Air Balloon Probopass etc
    • Fast for a support mon
    • Gabite makes a very good tank in this metagame, resisting Rock, having STAB EQ, and being decently strong
    • Earthquake is a really good STAB move, hitting most common rock types super effectively, such as Golem, Regirock, and Carracosta
    • Dragon Claw gives near perfect coverage(bronzor) and is used against things that resist ground such as Altaria, Sawsbuck, and Ludicolo
    • Stealth Rock allows Gabite to support the team, it surprisingly makes a great SR lead
    • I prefer Roar in the last slot as setting up on Gabite isn't that hard, Toxic can be used to cripple stuff like tangela and alomomola though, who dgaf about this set at all.

    • EV spread makes it not pitifully weak
    • a 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD with Impish is viable but weak
    • Dual Chop breaks subs against Sawsbuck and stuff
    • Samurott has greay synergy with Gabite, breaking Tangela and Alomomola with ice beam and hidden power grass respectively
    • Good teammates include stuff that want Rock-types dead, so swellow, kanga, zangoose, most normal types
    • Sawsbuck also works well with gabite since gabite beats poisons
    • other possible teammates: Haunter / Arbok / idk halp
    • needs help from ice types since Grass types dont care, use Regice, Lapras and the like
    • Rough Skin > Cinccino

    • Choice Band strong
    • Hone Claws if you want to be mini garchomp
    • Outrage if you suck
    • Body Slam para!
    • mix set with fire blast and draco meteor, really weak though
    • stone edge
    • Manual Sandstorm with Sand Veil!


    • Tangela
    • Amoonguss
    • Ludicolo
    • Piloswine
    • Torterra
    • Leafeon
    • Golbat
    • Vigoroth
    • Missy
    • Eggy
    • Glaceon
    • Articuno
    • Gothitelle
    • Musharna
    • Natu!
    • Gorebyss forces Gabite into a 50/50
    • Samurott
    Yeah most Grass, Psychic, Water, and Ice types really dont care. Roar prevents set up though. Unless you face the incredible CM Natu! I could go on all day listing stuff that walls it, but it isnt supposed to beat walls. Its meant to check cinccino and rock types at the same time, and it does that. It's niche but deserves to be on site, LGI!
  2. erisia

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    I think this set faces a LOT of competition from Piloswine. It's so much bulkier, has a better Attack stat, and gets a better secondary STAB in Icicle Crash (much better super-effective coverage). It also gets a priority attack or a multi-hit move to bring up the rear, and can use Roar and Toxic effectively to boot.

    Sure, Rough Skin is cool for beating Cinccino, but then you've got to realise that Rocky Helmet Piloswine takes physical attacks almost as well as Eviolite Gabite. That's just appalling.

    Admittedly, Gabite has a better defensive typing than Piloswine, even with Thick Fat, but anything with Ice Punch / Beam / Shard is going to waste Gabite, including popular threats such as Golurk, Sawk, and most Water-types. This really limits its effectiveness as a midgame tank, when you can just one-shot it like that.

    The CB set is only marginally better, as Outrage is unique and more powerful and reliable than Piloswine's Icicle Crash, but I'd still rather use Piloswine for the most part. The Hone Claws set is also different. Imo, unless a set does something that Piloswine can't do, it should be an OO mention at best.
  3. Raseri

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    yes, the set faces a lot of competition with Piloswine, and most of the time Piloswine is the better option. BUT, Gabite has much better defensive typing, a very cool movepool, a nice speed stat. I've played a lot with this set and its not completely outclassed by Piloswine, if you don't want to add a fighting and water weakness and you want Stealth Rock, what are your options? Theryre Gabite.

    Also, saying it is oneshotted by Ice attacks isnt really fair, ice moves destroy Tangela more than they do to Amoonguss. If you're leaving Gabite in against an ice attack youre doing something horribly wrong.

    a CB set is viable, but I'd rather use Fraxure. Hone Claws just doesn't sound good at all.

    Gabite isn't a great Pokemon, but it isn't bad at all and deserves to be on site, and I think this is the best way to go about that.
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    I believe that Gabite does indeed deserve an analysis; while it loses a lot of power, defenses and coverage over Piloswine, it gets a cool Dragon-type as well as Rough Skin in return, meaning it has enough to set it apart from Piloswine. Against Air Balloon Probopass in particular, Gabite has a much better matchup than Piloswine while not doing significantly worse against other common leads. It definitely has its niche.

    Anyway, on to the actual QC check:


    • I believe Dual Chop deserves a mention somewhere, possibly even on the Tank set; while very few Pokemon use Substitute, it does help in the few cases where they do (SubSD Sawsbuck, even though that has become increasingly rare), while also beating Level 1 Focus Sash/Sturdy Pokemon such as Dwebble (also rare, admittedly, but they exist). While Dragon Claw is definitely the best option for its superior accuracy, Dual Chop has its merits and should be mentioned somewhere.
    • Samurott makes a good teammate as Gabite can take Electric and most unstab'd Grass attacks aimed at Samurott while Samurott absorbs Ice attacks with ease. Samurott, in return, can 2HKO Tangela with Ice Beam and Alomomola with Hidden Power [Grass], making Gabites life significantly easier. Yeah, finding partners for Gabite is pretty hard, you pretty much hit it head on with most Poison/Normal types so whatever.
    • Gorebyss should be mentioned as a counter as well since you're forced into a 50/50 prediction, which is not the case with most other Pokemon listed: You don't want to Roar as they Ice Beam or switch out as they Shell Smash. Its big defense stat also means it takes nothing from Gabite's attacks.
    Otherwise, I can't find anything wrong with this right now, Gabite is a really weird Pokemon.
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    I'm not sure what else to add to be honest so until I do

    QC Approved 1/3
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    Try to add more to the Overview if you can. Gabite's pretty cool, I've seen this set in action a few times.

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  8. Raseri

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    this is written
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    Amateur GP check, go! Ah, Raseri, we meet again. ;)

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    [Overview]

    <p>Often ignored in NU in favour (Smogon uses the Americanized English versions of words like this; "O" instead of "OU") of other Dragon-types, Gabite is not to be ignored as Rough Skin gives it a solid niche in the metagame. Rough Skin gives Gabite With Rough Skin, Gabite has the ability to defeat Cinccino, as each Tail Slap causes Cinccino to lose 1/8th of its HP. Gabite is also the only Dragon-type in NU to have access to Stealth Rock, and its STAB Earthquakes allow it to beat many common leads in NU 1v1, such as Golem, Regirock, and Probopass, . (period instead of comma) particularly Specifically, the offensive variant that causes issues to many common leads. (Wait, there's only one set; you don't need to say that a particular variant does something if there's only one variant. What's up with that?) Gabite's unique Dragon / Ground-typing gives it many handy resistances, such as Fire and Rock, as well as an immunity to Electric-type attacks. Primarily a This helpful defensive typing allows it to function as an excellent support Pokemon, ; furthermore, its base 82 Speed is quite fast, allowing it to outspeed nearly every other support Pokemon. However not all is perfect for Gabite, as many bulky sweepers can shrug off its attacks and OHKO it in return. Gabite also faces heavy competition from Piloswine, who is much bulkier and more powerful, . (period instead of comma) Ultimately, Gabite must rely on its superior defensive typing in order to not be outclassed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Dragon Claw
    move 3: Stealth Rock
    move 4: Roar / Toxic
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Rough Skin
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Gabite is a solid tank in the NU metagame, resisting common attacks such as Stone Edge, and having STAB Earthquake coming from a decent base 90 Attack. Earthquake is a solid STAB attack, hitting many common Pokemon supper (IT'S DINNER TIME) effectively, such as Golem, Regirock, Carracosta, and Garbodor. Dragon Claw gives Gabite near perfect coverage and is used to hit Pokemon that take pittance minuscule amounts of damage (pittance: A very small or inadequate amount of money paid to someone as an allowance or wage) from Earthquake, such as Altaria, Sawsbuck, and Ludicolo, . you should only stay in on Sawsbuck though as the other two can OHKO you. Be warned that, although Dragon Claw does hit these Pokemon for better damage, Gabite cannot stay in on any of them bar Sawsbuck, as each can OHKO with little effort. Stealth Rock allows Gabite to support the team, as it is one of the better leads in NU, using its Speed, bulk and typing to give its team the advantage from the get-go. Roar is commonly used in the last moveslot to stop opposing sweepers from setting up on Gabite, it also forces the opposition to take more residual damage in the form of from Stealth Rock. Toxic can also be used if your team struggles against more defensive opposition, as Toxic can permanently cripple many defensive Pokemon such as Tangela and Alomomola.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The designated EV spread makes Gabite as powerful as possible while also retaining some bulk. A more defensive EV spread that maximized HP and Defense is also viable, making Gabite a hard counter to Cinccino, but is not recommended as it becomes pitifully weak, being unable to 2HKO Garbodor with STAB super effective Earthquake. and while this does make Gabite a hard counter to Cinccino it also severely reduces its offensive abilities, preventing it from even 2HKOing Garbodor with a STAB super effective Earthquake. Dual Chop is a potential option over Dragon Claw, allowing it to which lets Gabite break Substitutes against Sawsbuck and other frail sweepers, though the drop in accuracy is unfortunate, and Gabite can phaze them instead. (Were you also planning to mention Dragon Tail right there?) (Also, the last sentence of this paragraph needs to be moved here.) (Also also, if you wanted to end the paragraph here and start a new one with the next sentence, that would be completely appropriate as the next bit is somewhat lengthy.) Samurott is a great partner for Gabite as it is capable of OHKOing Tangela and 2HKOing Alomomola with Ice Beam and Hidden Power Grass respectively. Most Normal-types also appreciate Gabite, as it is capable of removing Rock-types from the game, allowing Swellow, Zangoose, Kangaskhan and the like to have a much easier time demolishing the opposition. Swords Dance Sawsbuck loves Gabite, as it is able to weaken many of Sawsbuck's counters, such as Armaldo. Poison-types such as Arbok and Haunter also enjoy working with Gabite, as Steel-types (which Gabite easily handles) such as Probopass can inhibit their sweeps, a problem solved by Gabite. Although Gabite can provide support to many Pokemon, it also needs some of its own to function. Any Ice-type attack will bring it to its knees, and it does not have a way to hurt Grass-types such as Tangela, Ludicolo, or Leafeon. In order to solve these issues, an Ice-type can be used to support Gabite, particularly Glaceon and Regice. Regice has little to fear from Grass-types and can do massive damage in return with its STAB Ice Beam, while Glaceon presents itself as a more offensive alternative to Regice, performing a similar role but with less bulk. Rough Skin is an absolute godsend for Gabite, allowing it to check Cinccino and other physical attackers much easier due to the extra residual damage.</p>


    [Other Options]

    <p>Gabite has the stats and movepool to pull off a few other interesting sets. A Choice Band set hits quite hard, but is generally outclassed by Fraxure, who hits much harder. Hone Claws allows Gabite to boost Gabite can boost its Attack and accuracy with Hone Claws, but it will struggle struggles to set up and will rarely be able to pull off a sweep. Outrage is an option for the increase in power, but Gabite can rarely get itself locked in without essentially killing itself. offers much more power, but it usually backfires by getting Gabite killed while it's locked into the move. Body Slam can allow Gabite has a chance to paralyze the opposing team and can be used over Dragon Claw.. However ; however, it is very weak and will struggle to do damage to anything it is noticeably weaker and will be doing laughable amounts of damage to most Pokemon. Stone Edge can be used to hit Flying-types super effectively, though without STAB it will not hit many of them hard. Gabite has a solid special movepool, with high-powered attacks such as Draco Meteor and Fire Blast, they should not be used though as Gabite's Special Attack is quite poor but Gabite's poor base 50 Special Attack won't be scoring it any significant KOs. Listen closely young trainer, as this final option is Gabite's most powerful.There is an amazing technique that is only used by the battling elite, it is a horrifying move known as manual Sandstorm. This allows Gabite to utilize its other magnificent ability: Sand Veil. With Sand Veil in effect opposing moves have their accuracy reduced by 20% Gabite's evasion is increased by 20%, making Ice Beam's hit as common often as Hydro Pump! Very few players are able to succeed with this strategy, as only the true Pokemon elite can pull it off. (Holy shit this just turned into a joke analysis. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL)</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Countering Gabite isn't difficult, as it is quite somewhat weak. Most of the NU Grass-types, particularly Tangela, Amoonguss, Ludicolo, and Torterra can take anything from Gabite and retaliate with their own attacks, slowly whittling its HP down (or solidly 2HKOing it in Torterra's case). Bulk Up Vigoroth can set up all over Gabite, using Taunt to shut down its ability to phaze and taking next to nothing from any of its attacks. Piloswine can switch in on any move and respond with a powerful Icicle Crash or Icicle Spear, fearing nothing from any of Gabite's attacks. Golbat can switch in on Gabite, Taunt it to prevent phazing and whittle it down with Brave Bird, using Roost as needed. Misdreavus can switch in, burn Gabite with Will-O-Wisp and proceed to use Shadow Ball until it faints. Ice-types such as Regice, Articuno, and Glaceon can switch in as Gabite uses Stealth Rock and proceed to OHKO with Ice Beam. Bulky Psychic-types such as Musharna, Exeggutor, and Gothitelle fear little from Gabite, and can hit it with powerful Psychics. Gorebyss forces Gabite into a 50/50 prediction, where Gabite has to choose between switching out and using Roar. If Gorebyss uses Shell Smash when you predict an Ice Beam and flee, your team is in for a world of hurt. Inversely, if you predict a Shell Smash and Gorebyss uses Ice Beam, you've just lost a member of your team. Samurott also fears nothing from Gabite, and can OHKO with its powerful Ice Beam. Essentially, you should never have to search for a Gabite counter, as nearly every team packs at least one. Gabite will never be an overwhelming offensive presence and can be prepared for by any decent NU team. Don't let that keep you from using it though, as it can still be quite effective. (Can't end on a bad note, right? Lol, another good analysis Raseri. I feel like this wasn't as good of a check as my normal ones, but it should still help a little bit. Keep writing so I can keep checking!!!)</p>
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    [Overview]

    <p>Often ignored in NU in favor of other Dragon-types, Gabite is not to be ignored as Rough Skin gives it a solid niche in the metagame.<Space>With Rough Skin, Gabite has the ability to defeat Cinccino, as each Tail Slap causes Cinccino to lose 1/8th of its HP. Gabite is also the only Dragon-type in NU to have access to Stealth Rock, and its STAB Earthquakes allows it to beat many common leads in NU 1v1, such as Golem, Regirock, and Probopass. Specifically, the offensive variant causes issues to many common leads. Gabite's unique Dragon / Ground-typing gives it many handy resistances, such as Fire and Rock, as well as an immunity to Electric-type attacks. This helpful defensive typing allows it to function as an excellent support Pokemon; its base 82 Speed is quite fast, allowing it to outspeed nearly every other support Pokemon. However not all is perfect for Gabite, as many bulky sweepers can shrug off its attacks and OHKO it in return. Gabite also faces heavy competition from Piloswine, who is much bulkier and more powerful. Ultimately, Gabite must rely on its superior defensive typing in order to not be outclassed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Dragon Claw
    move 3: Stealth Rock
    move 4: Roar / Toxic
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Rough Skin
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Gabite is a solid tank in the NU metagame <mentioned NU ^>, as it resistsing common attacks such as Stone Edge, and hasving STAB Earthquake coming from a decent bBase 90 Attack. Earthquake is a solid STAB attack, hitting many common Pokemon super effectively, such as Golem, Regirock, Carracosta, and Garbodor. Dragon Claw gives Gabite near perfect coverage and is used to hit Pokemon that take miniscule meager <minuscule is i think way too small, but your choice =]> amounts of damage from Earthquake, such as Altaria, Sawsbuck, and Ludicolo. Be warned that, although Dragon Claw does hit these Pokemon for better damage, Gabite cannot stay in on any of them bar Sawsbuck, as each can OHKO Gabite with little effort. Stealth Rock allows Gabite to support the team, as it is one of the better leads in NU, using its Speed, bulk and typing to give its team the advantage from the get-go. Roar is commonly used in the last moveslot to stop opposing sweepers from setting up on Gabite, it also forces the opposition to take more residual damage from Stealth Rock. Toxic can also be used if your team struggles against more defensive opposition, as Toxic can permanently cripple many defensive Pokemon such as Tangela and Alomomola.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The designated EV spread makes Gabite as powerful as possible while also retaining some bulk. A more defensive EV spread that maximizesd HP and Defense is also viable, and while this does make Gabite a hard counter to Cinccino it also severely reduces its offensive abilities, preventing it from even 2HKOing Garbodor with a STAB super effective Earthquake. Dual Chop is a potential option over Dragon Claw, which lets Gabite breaks <active rather than passive> Substitutes against Sawsbuck and other frail sweepers, although the drop in accuracy is unfortunate, and Gabite can just phaze them out with Roar anyways.. <one period> Rough Skin is an absolute godsend for Gabite, allowing it to check Cinccino and other physical attackers much easier due with ease thanks to the extra residual damage. Samurott is a great partner for Gabite as it is capable of OHKOing Tangela and 2HKOing Alomomola with Ice Beam and Hidden Power Grass respectively. Most Normal-types also appreciate Gabite, as it is capable of removing Rock-types from the game, allowing Swellow, Zangoose, Kangaskhan and the like to have a much easier time demolishing the opposition. Swords Dance Sawsbuck loves Gabite, as because <there's a lot of "as"> it is able to weaken many of Sawsbuck's counters, such as Armaldo. Poison-types such as Arbok and Haunter also enjoy working with Gabite, as Steel-types (which Gabite easily handles) such as Probopass can inhibit hinder <inhibit doesn't seem right> their sweeps. Although Gabite can provide support to many Pokemon, it also needs some of its own support to function. Any Ice-type attack will bring it to its knees, and it does not have a way to hurt Grass-types such as Tangela, Ludicolo, or Leafeon. In order to solve these issues, an Ice-type can be used to support Gabite, particularly Glaceon and or Regice. Regice has little to fear from Grass-types and can do massive damage in return with its STAB Ice Beam, while Glaceon presents itself as a more offensive alternative to Regice, performing a similar role but with less bulk.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Gabite has the stats and movepool to pull off a few other interesting sets. A Choice Band set hits quite hard, but is generally outclassed by Fraxure, who hits much harder. Gabite can boost its Attack and accuracy with Hone Claws, but it struggles to set up and will rarely be able to pull off a sweep. Outrage offers much more power, but it usually backfires by getting Gabite kOilled while it's locked into the move. Body Slam has a chance to paralyze the opposing team and can be used over Dragon Claw; however, it is noticeably weaker and will be doing laughable amounts of damage to most Pokemon. Stone Edge can be used to hit Flying-types super effectively, although without STAB it will not hit many of them hard. Gabite has a solid special movepool, with high-powered attacks such as Draco Meteor and Fire Blast, but Gabite's poor base 50 Special Attack won't be scoring it any significant KOs. Listen closely young trainer, as this final option is Gabite's most powerful. There is an amazing technique that is only used by the battling elite,a horrifying move known as manual Sandstorm. This allows Gabite to utilize its other magnificent ability: Sand Veil. With Sand Veil in effect Gabite's evasion is increased by 20%, making Ice Beam's hit as often as Hydro Pump! Very few players are able to succeed with this strategy, as only the true Pokemon elite can pull it off.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Countering Gabite isn't difficult, as it is somewhat weak. Most of the NU Grass-types, particularly Tangela, Amoonguss, Ludicolo, and Torterra can take anything from Gabite and retaliate with their own attacks, slowly whittling its HP down (or solidly 2HKOing in Torterra's case). Bulk Up Vigoroth can set up all over Gabite, using Taunt to shut down its ability to phaze and taking next to nothing from any of its attacks. Piloswine can switch in on any move and respond with a powerful Icicle Crash or Icicle Spear, fearing nothing from any of Gabite's attacks. Golbat can switch in on Gabite, Taunt it to prevent phazing and whittle it down with Brave Bird, using Roost as when needed. Misdreavus can switch in, burn Gabite with Will-O-Wisp and proceed to use Shadow Ball until it faints. Ice-types such as Regice, Articuno, and Glaceon can switch in as Gabite uses Stealth Rock and proceed to OHKO with Ice Beam. Bulky Psychic-types such as Musharna, Exeggutor, and Gothitelle fear little from Gabite, and can hit it with powerful Psychics. Gorebyss forces Gabite into a 50/50 prediction, where Gabite has to choose between switching out and using Roar. If Gorebyss uses Shell Smash when you predict an Ice Beam and flee, your team is in for a world of hurt. Inversely, if you predict a Shell Smash and Gorebyss uses Ice Beam, you've just lost a member of your team. Samurott also fears nothing from Gabite, and can OHKO with its powerful Ice Beam. Essentially, you should never have to search for a Gabite counter, as nearly every team packs at least one. Gabite will never be an overwhelming offensive presence and can be prepared for by any decent NU team. Don't let that keep you from using it though, as it can still be quite effective.</p>



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    Amateur GP check. Take what you want from it. This looks good for the most part, and I think the majority of my suggestions are minor things about commas.
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    [Overview]

    <p>Though oOften ignored in NU in favor of other Dragon-types, Gabite is not to be ignored as Rough Skin gives it has a solid niche in the metagame due to its ability Rough Skin. With Rough Skin, Gabite has the ability to defeat Cinccino, as each Tail Slap causes Cinccino to lose 1/8th of its HP. Gabite is also the only Dragon-type in NU to have Stealth Rock, and its STAB Earthquakes allows it to beat many common leads in NU 1v1, such as Golem, Regirock, and Probopass. Specifically, the offensive variant causes issues to for many common leads. Gabite's unique (you forget the mighty Gible and Vibrava also resides in the NU tier; you could probably say near unique if you want to instead of removing unique though) Dragon / Ground-typing gives it many handy resistances, such as Fire and Rock, as well as an immunity to Electric-type attacks. This helpful defensive typing allows it to function as an excellent support Pokemon; its base 82 Speed is quite fast, allowing it to outspeed nearly every other support Pokemon (you use support Pokemon twice in one sentence, but, off the top of my head, I can't think of anyway that can be avoided). However not all is perfect for Gabite, as many bulky sweepers can shrug off its attacks and OHKO in return. Gabite also faces heavy competition from Piloswine, who is much bulkier and more powerful. Ultimately, Gabite must rely on its superior defensive typing in order to not be outclassed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Dragon Claw
    move 3: Stealth Rock
    move 4: Roar / Toxic
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Rough Skin
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Gabite is a solid tank, as it resists common attacks such as Stone Edge, (I'm not sure about this comma; if you meant for 'and has STAB Earthquake....' to be attached to 'as it resists common...', it should be removed, but, if you meant it to be attached to 'Gabite is a solid...' it should stay) and has STAB Earthquake coming from a decent base 90 Attack. Earthquake is a solid STAB attack, hitting many common Pokemon super effectively, such as Golem, Regirock, Carracosta, and Garbodor. Dragon Claw gives Gabite near perfect coverage and is used to hit Pokemon that take miniscule amounts of damage from Earthquake, such as Altaria, Sawsbuck, and Ludicolo. Be warned that, although Dragon Claw does hit these Pokemon for better damage, Gabite cannot stay in on any of them bar Sawsbuck, as each can OHKO Gabite with little effort. Stealth Rock allows Gabite to support the team from the get-go, as it is one of the better leads in NU, using its Speed, bulk and typing to give its team the advantage from the get-go (I moved 'from the get-go; to earlier in the sentence because you can support the team without being a lead). Roar is commonly used in the last moveslot to stop opposing sweepers from setting up on Gabite, it while also forces forcing the opposition to take more residual damage from Stealth Rock. Toxic can also be used if your team struggles against more defensive opposition teams (in my opinion, using opposition twice in two clauses is redundant), as Toxic can permanently cripple many defensive Pokemon such as Tangela and Alomomola.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The designated EV spread makes Gabite as powerful as possible while also retaining some bulk. A more defensive EV spread that maximizes HP and Defense is also viable, and but, while this does make Gabite a hard counter to Cinccino, (comma) it also severely reduces its offensive abilities, preventing it from even 2HKOing Garbodor with a STAB super effective Earthquake. Dual Chop is a potential option over Dragon Claw, which breaks Substitutes against Sawsbuck and other frail sweepers, though the drop in accuracy is unfortunate, and Gabite can just phaze them out with Roar anyways. Rough Skin is an absolute godsend for Gabite, allowing it to check Cinccino and other physical attackers with ease thanls to the extra residual damage. Samurott is a great partner for Gabite as it is capable of OHKOing Tangela and 2HKOing Alomomola with Ice Beam and Hidden Power Grass respectively. Most Normal-types also appreciate Gabite, as it is capable of removing Rock-types from the game, allowing Swellow, Zangoose, Kangaskhan and the like to have a much easier time demolishing the opposition. Swords Dance Sawsbuck loves Gabite, (remove comma) because it is able to weaken many of Sawsbuck's counters, such as Armaldo. Poison-types such as Arbok and Haunter also enjoy working with Gabite, as Steel-types (which Gabite easily handles) such as Probopass can inhibit their sweeps. Although Gabite can provide support to many Pokemon, it also needs some of its own to function. Any Ice-type attack will bring it to its knees, and it does not have a way to hurt Grass-types such as Tangela, Ludicolo, or Leafeon. In order to solve these issues, an Ice-type can be used to support Gabite, particularly Glaceon or Regice. Regice has little to fear from Grass-types and can do massive damage in return with its STAB Ice Beam, while Glaceon presents itself as a more offensive alternative to Regice, performing a similar role but with less bulk.</p>


    [Other Options]

    <p>Gabite has the stats and movepool to pull off a few other interesting sets. A Choice Band set hits quite hard, but is generally outclassed by Fraxure, who hits much harder. Gabite can boost its Attack and accuracy with Hone Claws, but it struggles to set up and will rarely be able to pull off a sweep. Outrage offers much more power, but it usually backfires by getting Gabite koed while it's locked into the move. Body Slam has a chance to paralyze the opposing team and can be used over Dragon Claw; however, it is noticeably weaker and will do laughable amounts of damage to most Pokemon. Stone Edge can be used to hit Flying-types super effectively, although without STAB it will not hit many of them hard. Gabite has a solid special movepool, with high-powered attacks such as Draco Meteor and Fire Blast, but Gabite's poor base 50 Special Attack won't be scoring it any significant KOs. Listen closely young trainer, as this final option is Gabite's most powerful. There is an amazing technique that is only used by the battling elite,a horrifying move known as manual Sandstorm. This allows Gabite to utilize its other magnificent ability: Sand Veil. With Sand Veil in effect Gabite's evasion is increased by 20%, making Ice Beam's hit as often as Hydro Pump! Very few players are able to succeed with this strategy, as only the true Pokemon elite can pull it off.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Countering Gabite isn't difficult, as it is somewhat weak. Most of the NU Grass-types, particularly Tangela, Amoonguss, Ludicolo, and Torterra can take anything from Gabite and retaliate with their own attacks, slowly whittling its HP down (or solidly 2HKOing in Torterra's case). Bulk Up Vigoroth can set up all over Gabite, using Taunt to shut down its ability to phaze and taking next to nothing from any of its attacks. Piloswine can switch in on any move and respond with a powerful Icicle Crash or Icicle Spear, fearing nothing from any of Gabite's attacks. Golbat can switch in on Gabite, Taunt it to prevent phazing and whittle it down with Brave Bird, using Roost when needed. Misdreavus can switch in, burn Gabite with Will-O-Wisp and proceed to use Shadow Ball until it faints. Ice-types such as Regice, Articuno, and Glaceon can switch in as Gabite uses Stealth Rock and proceed to OHKO with Ice Beam. Bulky Psychic-types such as Musharna, and Exeggutor, and Gothitelle fear little from Gabite, (remove comma) and can hit it with powerful Psychics. Gorebyss forces Gabite into a 50/50 prediction, where Gabite has to choose between switching out and using Roar. If Gorebyss uses Shell Smash when you predict an Ice Beam and flee, your team is in for a world of hurt. Inversely, if you predict a Shell Smash and Gorebyss uses Ice Beam, you've just lost a member of your team. Samurott also fears nothing from Gabite, and can OHKO with its powerful Ice Beam. Essentially, you should never have to search for a Gabite counter, as nearly every team packs at least one. Gabite will never be an overwhelming offensive presence and can be prepared for by any decent NU team. Don't let that keep you from using it though, as it can still be quite effective.</p>
  15. Raseri

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    [Overview]

    <p>Though often ignored in NU in favor of other Dragon-types, Gabite has a solid niche in the metagame due to its ability Rough Skin. With Rough Skin, Gabite has the ability to defeat Cinccino, as each Tail Slap causes Cinccino to lose 1/8th 12.5% of its HP. Gabite is also the only Dragon-type in NU to have Stealth Rock, and its STAB Earthquakes allows it to beat many common leads in NU 1v1, such as Golem, Regirock, and Probopass. Specifically, the offensive variant causes issues for many common leads. Gabite's rare Dragon / Ground-typing gives it many handy resistances, such as Fire and Rock, as well as an immunity to Electric-type attacks. This helpful defensive typing allows it to function as an excellent support Pokemon; its base 82 Speed is quite fast, allowing it to outspeed nearly every other support Pokemon. However, not all is perfect for Gabite, as many bulky sweepers can shrug off its attacks and OHKO in return. Gabite also faces heavy competition from Piloswine, who is much bulkier and more powerful. Ultimately, Gabite must rely on its superior defensive typing in order to not be outclassed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Dragon Claw
    move 3: Stealth Rock
    move 4: Roar / Toxic
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Rough Skin
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Gabite is a solid tank, as it resists common attacks such as Stone Edge, and has STAB Earthquake coming from a decent base 90 Attack. Earthquake is a solid STAB attack, hitting many common Pokemon super effectively, such as Golem, Regirock, Carracosta, and Garbodor. Dragon Claw gives Gabite near perfect coverage and is used to hit Pokemon that take miniscule amounts of damage from Earthquake, such as Altaria, Sawsbuck, and Ludicolo. However, Bbe warned that, although Dragon Claw does hit these Pokemon for better damage, Gabite cannot stay in on any of them bar Sawsbuck, as each can OHKO Gabite with little effort. Stealth Rock allows Gabite to support the team from the get-go, as it is one of the better leads in NU, using its Speed, bulk and typing to give its team the advantage. Roar is commonly used in the last moveslot to stop opposing sweepers from setting up on Gabite, while also forcing the opposition to take more residual damage from Stealth Rock. Toxic can also be used if your team struggles against more defensive teams, as Toxic can permanently cripple many defensive Pokemon such as Tangela and Alomomola.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The designated EV spread makes Gabite as powerful as possible while also retaining some bulk. A more defensive EV spread that maximizes HP and Defense is also viable, but while this does make Gabite a hard counter to Cinccino, it also severely reduces its offensive abilities, preventing it from even 2HKOing Garbodor with a STAB super effective Earthquake. Dual Chop is a potential option over Dragon Claw, which breaks Substitutes against Sawsbuck and other frail sweepers, though the drop in accuracy is unfortunate, and Gabite can just phaze them out with Roar anyways. Rough Skin is an absolute godsend for Gabite, allowing it to check Cinccino and other physical attackers with ease thanls to the extra residual damage. Samurott is a great partner for Gabite as it is capable of OHKOing Tangela and 2HKOing Alomomola with Ice Beam and Hidden Power Grass respectively. Most Normal-types also appreciate Gabite, as it is capable of removing Rock-types from the game, allowing Swellow, Zangoose, Kangaskhan and the like to have a much easier time demolishing the opposition. Swords Dance Sawsbuck loves Gabite because it is able to weaken many of Sawsbuck's counters, such as Armaldo. Poison-types such as Arbok and Haunter also enjoy working with Gabite, as Steel-types (which Gabite easily handles) such as Probopass can inhibit their sweeps. Although Gabite can provide support to many Pokemon, it also needs some of its own to function. Any Ice-type attack will bring it to its knees, and it does not have a way to hurt Grass-types such as Tangela, Ludicolo, or Leafeon. In order to solve these issues, an Ice-type can be used to support Gabite, particularly Glaceon or Regice. Regice has little to fear from Grass-types and can do massive damage in return with its STAB Ice Beam, while Glaceon presents itself as a more offensive alternative to Regice, performing a similar role but with less bulk.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Gabite has the stats and movepool to pull off a few other interesting sets. A Choice Band set hits quite hard, but is generally outclassed by Fraxure, who hits much harder. Gabite can boost its Attack and accuracy with Hone Claws, but it struggles to set up and will rarely be able to pull off a sweep. Outrage offers much more power, but it usually backfires by getting Gabite koKOed while it's locked into the move. Body Slam has a chance to paralyze the opposing team and can be used over Dragon Claw; however, it is noticeably weaker and will do laughable amounts of damage to most Pokemon. Stone Edge can be used to hit Flying-types super effectively, although without due to the lack of STAB it will not hit many of them hard. Gabite has a solid special movepool, with high-powered attacks such as Draco Meteor and Fire Blast, but Gabite's poor base 50 Special Attack won't be scoring it any significant KOs. Listen closely young trainer, as t This final option is Gabite's most powerful:. There is an amazing technique that is only used by the battling elite,a horrifying move known as manually setting up Sandstorm. (I really thought that was unnecessary :/) This allows Gabite to utilize its other magnificent ability: Sand Veil. With Sand Veil in effect Gabite's evasion is increased by 20%, making Ice Beam's hit as often as Hydro Pump! Very few players are able to succeed with this strategy, as only the true Pokemon elite can pull it off.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Countering Gabite isn't difficult, as it is somewhat rather weak. Most of the NU Grass-types, particularly Tangela, Amoonguss, Ludicolo, and Torterra can take anything from Gabite and retaliate with their own attacks, slowly whittling its HP down (or solidly 2HKOing in Torterra's case). Bulk Up Vigoroth can set up all over Gabite, using Taunt to shut down its ability to phaze and taking next to nothing from any of its attacks. Piloswine can switch in on any move and respond with a powerful Icicle Crash or Icicle Spear, fearing nothing from any of Gabite's attacks. Golbat can switch in on Gabite, Taunt it to prevent phazing and whittle it down with Brave Bird, using Roost when needed. Misdreavus can switch in, burn Gabite with Will-O-Wisp and proceed to use Shadow Ball until it faints. Ice-types such as Regice, Articuno, and Glaceon can switch in as Gabite uses Stealth Rock and proceed to OHKO with Ice Beam. Bulky Psychic-types such as Musharna and Exeggutor fear little from Gabite, and can hit it with powerful Psychics. Gorebyss forces Gabite into a 50/50 prediction, where Gabite has to choose between switching out and using Roar. If Gorebyss uses Shell Smash when you predict an Ice Beam and flee, your team is in for a world of hurt. Inversely, if you predict a Shell Smash and Gorebyss uses Ice Beam, you've just lost a member of your team. Samurott also fears nothing from Gabite, and can OHKO with its powerful Ice Beam. Essentially, you should never have to search for a Gabite counter, as nearly every team packs at least one. Gabite will never be an overwhelming offensive presence and can be prepared for by any decent NU team. Don't let that keep you from using it though, as it can still be quite effective.</p>
  17. Raseri

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    added most of Rory's check except the OO stuff since its a part of the flavour.
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    A couple things: Gabite also faces heavy competition from Piloswine, who which is much bulkier and more powerful

    but is generally outclassed by Fraxure, who which hits much harder.
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    good catch gato, added
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    [Overview]

    <p>TAlthough often ignored in NU in favor of other Dragon-types, Gabite has a solid niche in the metagame due to its abilitythanks to its Rough Skin ability. With Rough Skin, Gabite has the ability to defeat Cinccino, as each Tail Slap causes Cinccino to lose 12.5% of its HP. Gabite is also the only Dragon-type in NU to have Stealth Rock, and its STAB Earthquakes allows it to beat many common leads in NU 1v1, such as Golem, Regirock, and Probopass. Specifically, the offensive variant causes issues for many common leads. Gabite's rare Dragon / Ground- typing gives it many handy resistances, such as Fire and Rock, as well as an immunity to Electric-type attacks. This helpful defensive typing allows it to function as an excellent support Pokemon; its base 82 Speed is quite fast, allowing it to outspeed nearly every other support Pokemon. However not all is perfect for Gabite, as many bulky sweepers can shrug off its attacks and OHKO in return. Gabite also faces heavy competition from Piloswine, which is much bulkier and more powerful. Ultimately, Gabite must rely on its superior defensive typing in order to not be outclassed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Dragon Claw
    move 3: Stealth Rock
    move 4: Roar / Toxic
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Rough Skin
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Gabite is a solid tank, as it resists common attacks such as Stone Edge, and has STAB Earthquake coming from a decent base 90 Attack. Earthquake is a solid STAB attack, hitting many common Pokemon super effectively, such as Golem, Regirock, Carracosta, and Garbodor. Dragon Claw gives Gabite near perfect coverage and is used to hit Pokemon that take miniuscule amounts of damage from Earthquake, such as Altaria, Sawsbuck, and Ludicolo. However, be warned that, although Dragon Claw does hit these Pokemon for bettermore damage, Gabite cannot stay in on any of them bar Sawsbuck, as each can OHKO Gabite with little effort. Stealth Rock allows Gabite to support the team from the get-go, as it is one of the better leads in NU, using its Speed, bulk and typing to give its team the advantage. Roar is commonly used in the last moveslot to stop opposing sweepers from setting up on Gabite, while also forcing the opposition to take more residual damage from Stealth Rock. Toxic can also be used if your team struggles against more defensive teams, as Toxic can permanently cripple many defensive Pokemon such as Tangela and Alomomola.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The designated EV spread makes Gabite as powerful as possible while also retaining some bulk. A more defensive EV spread that maximizes HP and Defense is also viable, but while this does make Gabite a hard counter to Cinccino, it also severely reduces its offensive abilities, preventing it from even 2HKOing Garbodor with a STAB super effective Earthquake. Dual Chop is a potential option over Dragon Claw, which breaks Substitutes against Sawsbuck and other frail sweepers, although the drop in accuracy is unfortunate, and Gabite can just phaze them out with Roar anyways. Rough Skin is an absolute godsend for Gabite, allowing it to check Cinccino and other physical attackers with ease thanlks to the extra residual damage. Samurott is a great partner for Gabite as it is capable of OHKOing Tangela and 2HKOing Alomomola with Ice Beam and Hidden Power Grass, respectively. Most Normal-types also appreciate Gabite, as it is capable of removing Rock-types from the game, allowing Swellow, Zangoose, Kangaskhan and the like to have a much easier time demolishing the opposition. Swords Dance Sawsbuck loves Gabite because it is able to weaken many of Sawsbuck's counters, such as Armaldo. Poison-types such as Arbok and Haunter also enjoy working with Gabite, as Steel-types (&mdash;which Gabite easily handles)&mdash; such as Probopass can inhibit their sweeps. Although Gabite can provide support to many Pokemon, it also needs some of its own to function. Any Ice-type attack will bring it to its knees, and it does not have a way to hurt Grass-types such as Tangela, Ludicolo, or Leafeon. In order to solve these issues, an Ice-type can be used to support Gabite, particularly Glaceon or Regice. Regice has little to fear from Grass-types and can do massive damage in return with its STAB Ice Beam, while Glaceon presents itself as a more offensive alternative to Regice, performing a similar role but with less bulk.</p>


    [Other Options]

    <p>Gabite has the stats and movepool to pull off a few other interesting sets. A Choice Band set hits quite hard, but is generally outclassed by Fraxure, which hits much harder. Gabite can boost its Attack and accuracy with Hone Claws, but it struggles to set up and will rarely be able to pull off a sweep. Outrage offers much more power, but it usually backfires by getting Gabite KOed while it's locked into the move. Body Slam has a chance to paralyze the opposing team and can be used over Dragon Claw; however, it is noticeably weaker and will do laughable amounts of damage to most Pokemon. Stone Edge can be used to hit Flying-types super effectively, although due to the lack of STAB it will not hit many of them hard. Gabite has a solid special movepool, with high-powered attacks such as Draco Meteor and Fire Blast, but Gabite's poor base 50 Special Attack won't be scoring it any significant KOs. Listen closely young trainer, as this final option is Gabite's most powerful. There is an amazing technique that is only used by the battling elite,a horrifying move known as manual Sandstorm. This allows Gabite to utilize its other magnificent ability: Sand Veil. With Sand Veil in effect, Gabite's evasion is increased by 20%, making which makes Ice Beam hit as often as Hydro Pump! Very few players are able to succeed with this strategy, as only the true Pokemon elite can pull it off.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Countering Gabite isn't difficult, as it is rather weak. Most of the NU Grass-types, particularly Tangela, Amoonguss, Ludicolo, and Torterra can take anything from Gabite and retaliate with their own attacks, slowly whittling its HP down (or solidly 2HKOing in Torterra's case). Bulk Up Vigoroth can set up all over Gabite, using Taunt to shut down its ability to phaze and taking next to nothing from any of its attacks. Piloswine can switch in on any move and respond with a powerful Icicle Crash or Icicle Spear, fearing nothing from any of Gabite's attacks. Golbat can switch in on Gabite, Taunt it to prevent phazing and whittle it down with Brave Bird, using Roost when needed. Misdreavus can switch in, easily come in and burn Gabite with Will-O-Wisp and proceed to use Shadow Ball until it faints. Ice-types such as Regice, Articuno, and Glaceon can switch in as Gabite uses Stealth Rock and proceed to OHKO with Ice Beam. Bulky Psychic-types such as Musharna and Exeggutor fear little from Gabite, and can hit it with powerful Psychics. Gorebyss forces Gabite into a 50/50 prediction, where Gabite has to choose between switching out and using Roar. If Gorebyss uses Shell Smash when you predict an Ice Beam and flee, your team is in for a world of hurt. Inversely, if you predict a Shell Smash and Gorebyss uses Ice Beam, you've just lost a member of your team. Samurott also fears nothing from Gabite, and can OHKO with its powerful Ice Beam. Essentially, you should never have to search for a Gabite counter, as nearly every team packs at least one. Gabite will never be an overwhelming offensive presence and can be prepared for by any decent NU team. Don't let that keep you from using it though, as it can still be quite effective.</p>


    C/P (open)

    [Overview]

    <p>Although often ignored in NU in favor of other Dragon-types, Gabite has a solid niche in the metagame thanks to its Rough Skin ability. With Rough Skin, Gabite has the ability to defeat Cinccino, as each Tail Slap causes Cinccino to lose 12.5% of its HP. Gabite is also the only Dragon-type in NU to have Stealth Rock, and its STAB Earthquake allows it to beat many common leads in NU, such as Golem, Regirock, and Probopass. Specifically, the offensive variant causes issues for many common leads. Gabite's rare Dragon / Ground typing gives it many handy resistances, such as Fire and Rock, as well as an immunity to Electric-type attacks. This helpful defensive typing allows it to function as an excellent support Pokemon; its base 82 Speed is quite fast, allowing it to outspeed nearly every other support Pokemon. However not all is perfect for Gabite, as many bulky sweepers can shrug off its attacks and OHKO in return. Gabite also faces heavy competition from Piloswine, which is much bulkier and more powerful. Ultimately, Gabite must rely on its superior defensive typing in order to not be outclassed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Dragon Claw
    move 3: Stealth Rock
    move 4: Roar / Toxic
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Rough Skin
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Gabite is a solid tank, as it resists common attacks such as Stone Edge, and has STAB Earthquake coming from a decent base 90 Attack. Earthquake is a solid attack, hitting many common Pokemon super effectively, such as Golem, Regirock, Carracosta, and Garbodor. Dragon Claw gives Gabite near perfect coverage and is used to hit Pokemon that take minuscule amounts of damage from Earthquake, such as Altaria, Sawsbuck, and Ludicolo. However, be warned that, although Dragon Claw does hit these Pokemon for more damage, Gabite cannot stay in on any of them bar Sawsbuck, as each can OHKO Gabite with little effort. Stealth Rock allows Gabite to support the team from the get-go, as it is one of the better leads in NU, using its Speed, bulk and typing to give its team the advantage. Roar is commonly used in the last moveslot to stop opposing sweepers from setting up on Gabite, while also forcing the opposition to take more residual damage from Stealth Rock. Toxic can also be used if your team struggles against more defensive teams, as Toxic can permanently cripple many defensive Pokemon such as Tangela and Alomomola.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The designated EV spread makes Gabite as powerful as possible while also retaining some bulk. A more defensive EV spread that maximizes HP and Defense is also viable, but while this does make Gabite a hard counter to Cinccino, it also severely reduces its offensive abilities, preventing it from even 2HKOing Garbodor with a STAB super effective Earthquake. Dual Chop is a potential option over Dragon Claw, which breaks Substitutes against Sawsbuck and other frail sweepers, although the drop in accuracy is unfortunate, and Gabite can just phaze them out with Roar anyway. Rough Skin is an absolute godsend for Gabite, allowing it to check Cinccino and other physical attackers with ease thanks to the extra residual damage. Samurott is a great partner for Gabite as it is capable of OHKOing Tangela and 2HKOing Alomomola with Ice Beam and Hidden Power Grass, respectively. Most Normal-types also appreciate Gabite, as it is capable of removing Rock-types from the game, allowing Swellow, Zangoose, Kangaskhan and the like to have a much easier time demolishing the opposition. Swords Dance Sawsbuck loves Gabite because it is able to weaken many of Sawsbuck's counters, such as Armaldo. Poison-types such as Arbok and Haunter also enjoy working with Gabite, as Steel-types &mdash;which Gabite easily handles&mdash; such as Probopass can inhibit their sweeps. Although Gabite can provide support to many Pokemon, it also needs some of its own to function. Any Ice-type attack will bring it to its knees, and it does not have a way to hurt Grass-types such as Tangela, Ludicolo, or Leafeon. In order to solve these issues, an Ice-type can be used to support Gabite, particularly Glaceon or Regice. Regice has little to fear from Grass-types and can do massive damage in return with its STAB Ice Beam, while Glaceon presents itself as a more offensive alternative to Regice, performing a similar role but with less bulk.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Gabite has the stats and movepool to pull off a few other interesting sets. A Choice Band set hits quite hard, but is generally outclassed by Fraxure, which hits much harder. Gabite can boost its Attack and accuracy with Hone Claws, but it struggles to set up and will rarely be able to pull off a sweep. Outrage offers much more power, but it usually backfires by getting Gabite KOed while it's locked into the move. Body Slam has a chance to paralyze the opposing team and can be used over Dragon Claw; however, it is noticeably weaker and will do laughable amounts of damage to most Pokemon. Stone Edge can be used to hit Flying-types super effectively, although due to the lack of STAB it will not hit them hard. Gabite has a solid special movepool, with high-powered attacks such as Draco Meteor and Fire Blast, but Gabite's poor base 50 Special Attack won't be scoring it any significant KOs. Listen closely young trainer, as this final option is Gabite's most powerful. There is an amazing technique that is only used by the battling elite,a horrifying move known as manual Sandstorm. This allows Gabite to utilize its other magnificent ability: Sand Veil. With Sand Veil in effect, Gabite's evasion is increased by 20%, which makes Ice Beam hit as often as Hydro Pump! Very few players are able to succeed with this strategy, as only the true Pokemon elite can pull it off.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Countering Gabite isn't difficult, as it is rather weak. Most of the NU Grass-types, particularly Tangela, Amoonguss, Ludicolo, and Torterra can take anything from Gabite and retaliate with their own attacks, slowly whittling its HP down (or solidly 2HKOing in Torterra's case). Bulk Up Vigoroth can set up all over Gabite, using Taunt to shut down its ability to phaze and taking next to nothing from any of its attacks. Piloswine can switch in on any move and respond with a powerful Icicle Crash or Icicle Spear, fearing nothing from any of Gabite's attacks. Golbat can switch in on Gabite, Taunt it to prevent phazing and whittle it down with Brave Bird, using Roost when needed. Misdreavus can easily com in and burn Gabite with Will-O-Wisp and proceed to use Shadow Ball until it faints. Ice-types such as Regice, Articuno, and Glaceon can switch in as Gabite uses Stealth Rock and proceed to OHKO with Ice Beam. Bulky Psychic-types such as Musharna and Exeggutor fear little from Gabite, and can hit it with powerful Psychics. Gorebyss forces Gabite into a 50/50 prediction, where Gabite has to choose between switching out and using Roar. If Gorebyss uses Shell Smash when you predict an Ice Beam and flee, your team is in for a world of hurt. Inversely, if you predict a Shell Smash and Gorebyss uses Ice Beam, you've just lost a member of your team. Samurott also fears nothing from Gabite, and can OHKO with its powerful Ice Beam. Essentially, you should never have to search for a Gabite counter, as nearly every team packs at least one. Gabite will never be an overwhelming offensive presence and can be prepared for by any decent NU team. Don't let that keep you from using it though, as it can still be quite effective.</p>




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    [Overview]

    <p>Although often ignored in NU in favor of other Dragon-types, Gabite has a solid niche in the metagame thanks to its ability, Rough Skin ability. With Rough Skin, Gabite has the ability to defeat Cinccino, as each Tail Slap causes Cinccino to lose 12.5% of its HP. Gabite is also the only Dragon-type in NU to have access to Stealth Rock, and its STAB Earthquake allows it to beat many common leads in NU, such as Golem, Regirock, and Probopass. Specifically, the offensive variant causes issues for many common leads. Gabite's rare Dragon / Ground typing gives it many handy resistances, such as Fire and Rock, as well as an immunity to Electric-type attacks. This helpful defensive typing allows it to function as an excellent support Pokemon; its base 82 Speed is quite fast, allowing it to outspeed nearly every other support Pokemon. However not all is perfect for Gabite, as many bulky sweepers can shrug off its attacks and OHKO in return. Gabite also faces heavy competition from Piloswine, which is much bulkier and more powerful. Ultimately, Gabite must rely on its superior defensive typing in order to not be outclassed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Dragon Claw
    move 3: Stealth Rock
    move 4: Roar / Toxic
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Rough Skin
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Gabite is a solid tank, as it resists common attacks such as Stone Edge, and has a STAB Earthquake coming from a decent base 90 Attack. Earthquake is a solid attack, hitting many common Pokemon super effectively, such as Golem, Regirock, Carracosta, and Garbodor. Dragon Claw gives Gabite near perfect coverage and is used to hit Pokemon that take minuscule amounts of damage from Earthquake, such as Altaria, Sawsbuck, and Ludicolo. However, be warned that, although Dragon Claw does hit these Pokemon for more damage, Gabite cannot stay in on any of them bar Sawsbuck, as each can OHKO Gabite with little effort. Stealth Rock allows Gabite to support the team from the get-go, as it is one of the better leads in NU, using its Speed, bulk and typing to give its team the advantage. Roar is commonly used in the last moveslot to stop opposing sweepers from setting up on Gabite, while also forcing the opposition to take more residual damage from Stealth Rock. Toxic can also be used if your team struggles against more defensive teams, as Toxic can permanently cripple many defensive Pokemon, such as Tangela and Alomomola.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The designated EV spread makes Gabite as powerful as possible while also retaining some bulk. A more defensive EV spread that maximizes HP and Defense is also viable, but while this does make Gabite a hard counter to Cinccino, it also severely reduces its offensive abilities, preventing it from even 2HKOing Garbodor with a STAB super effective Earthquake. Dual Chop is a potential option over Dragon Claw, which breaks Substitutes against Sawsbuck and other frail sweepers, although the drop in accuracy is unfortunate, and Gabite can just phaze them out with Roar anyway. Rough Skin is an absolute godsend for Gabite, allowing it to check Cinccino and other physical attackers with ease thanks to the extra residual damage. Samurott is a great partner for Gabite as it is capable of OHKOing Tangela and 2HKOing Alomomola with Ice Beam and Hidden Power Grass, respectively. Most Normal-types also appreciate Gabite, as it is capable of removing Rock-types from the game, allowing Swellow, Zangoose, Kangaskhan and the like to have a much easier time demolishing the opposition. Swords Dance Sawsbuck loves Gabite because it is able to weaken many of Sawsbuck's counters, such as Armaldo. Poison-types such as Arbok and Haunter also enjoy working with Gabite, as Steel-types such as Probopass&mdash;which Gabite easily handles&mdash; such as Probopass can inhibit their sweeps. Although Gabite can provide support to many Pokemon, it also needs some of its own to function. Any Ice-type attack will bring it to its knees, and it does not have a way to hurt Grass-types such as Tangela, Ludicolo, or Leafeon. In order to solve these issues, an Ice-type can be used to support Gabite, particularly Glaceon or Regice. Regice has little to fear from Grass-types and can do massive damage in return with its STAB Ice Beam, while Glaceon presents itself as a more offensive alternative to Regice, performing a similar role but with less bulk.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Gabite has the stats and movepool to pull off a few other interesting sets. A Choice Band set hits quite hard, but is generally outclassed by Fraxure, which hits much harder. Gabite can boost its Attack and accuracy with Hone Claws, but it struggles to set up and will rarely be able to pull off a sweep. Outrage offers much more power, but it usually backfires by getting Gabite KOed while it's locked into the move. Body Slam has a chance to paralyze the opposing team and can be used over Dragon Claw; however, it is noticeably weaker and will do laughable amounts of damage to most Pokemon. Stone Edge can be used to hit Flying-types super effectively, although due to the lack of STAB it will not hit them hard. Gabite has a solid special movepool, with high-powered attacks such as Draco Meteor and Fire Blast, but Gabite's poor base 50 Special Attack won't be scoring it any significant KOs. Listen closely young trainer, as this final option is Gabite's most powerful. There is an amazing technique that is only used by the battling elite,a horrifying move known as manual Sandstorm. This allows Gabite to utilize its other magnificent ability: Sand Veil. With Sand Veil in effect, Gabite's evasion is increased by 20%, which makes Ice Beam hit as often as Hydro Pump! Very few players are able to succeed with this strategy, as only the true Pokemon elite can pull it off.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Countering Gabite isn't difficult, as it is rather weak. Most of the NU Grass-types, particularly Tangela, Amoonguss, Ludicolo, and Torterra, can take anything from Gabite and retaliate with their own attacks, slowly whittling its HP down (or solidly 2HKOing in Torterra's case). Bulk Up Vigoroth can set up all over Gabite, using Taunt to shut down its ability to phaze and taking next to nothing from any of its attacks. Piloswine can switch in on any move and respond with a powerful Icicle Crash or Icicle Spear, fearing nothing from any of Gabite's attacks. Golbat can switch in on Gabite, Taunt it to prevent phazing and whittle it down with Brave Bird, using Roost when needed. Misdreavus can easily come in and, burn Gabite with Will-O-Wisp, and proceed to use Shadow Ball until it faints. Ice-types such as Regice, Articuno, and Glaceon can switch in as Gabite uses Stealth Rock and proceed to OHKO with Ice Beam. Bulky Psychic-types such as Musharna and Exeggutor fear little from Gabite, and can hit it with powerful Psychics. Gorebyss forces Gabite into a 50/50 prediction, where Gabite has to choose between switching out and using Roar. If Gorebyss uses Shell Smash when you predict an Ice Beam and flee, your team is in for a world of hurt. Inversely, if you predict a Shell Smash and Gorebyss uses Ice Beam, you've just lost a member of your team. Samurott also fears nothing from Gabite, and can OHKO with its powerful Ice Beam. Essentially, you should never have to search for a Gabite counter, as nearly every team packs at least one. Gabite will never be an overwhelming offensive presence and can be prepared for by any decent NU team. Don't let that keep you from using it though, as it can still be quite effective.</p>

    c/p (open)
    [Overview]

    <p>Although often ignored in NU in favor of other Dragon-types, Gabite has a solid niche in the metagame thanks to its ability, Rough Skin. With Rough Skin, Gabite has the ability to defeat Cinccino, as each Tail Slap causes Cinccino to lose 12.5% of its HP. Gabite is also the only Dragon-type in NU to have access to Stealth Rock, and its STAB Earthquake allows it to beat many common leads in NU, such as Golem, Regirock, and Probopass. Specifically, the offensive variant causes issues for many common leads. Gabite's rare Dragon / Ground typing gives it many handy resistances, such as Fire and Rock, as well as an immunity to Electric-type attacks. This helpful defensive typing allows it to function as an excellent support Pokemon; its base 82 Speed is quite fast, allowing it to outspeed nearly every other support Pokemon. However not all is perfect for Gabite, as many bulky sweepers can shrug off its attacks and OHKO in return. Gabite also faces heavy competition from Piloswine, which is much bulkier and more powerful. Ultimately, Gabite must rely on its superior defensive typing in order to not be outclassed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Dragon Claw
    move 3: Stealth Rock
    move 4: Roar / Toxic
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Rough Skin
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Gabite is a solid tank, as it resists common attacks such as Stone Edge, and has a STAB Earthquake coming from a decent base 90 Attack. Earthquake is a solid attack, hitting many common Pokemon super effectively, such as Golem, Regirock, Carracosta, and Garbodor. Dragon Claw gives Gabite near perfect coverage and is used to hit Pokemon that take minuscule amounts of damage from Earthquake, such as Altaria, Sawsbuck, and Ludicolo. However, be warned that, although Dragon Claw does hit these Pokemon for more damage, Gabite cannot stay in on any of them bar Sawsbuck, as each can OHKO Gabite with little effort. Stealth Rock allows Gabite to support the team from the get-go, as it is one of the better leads in NU, using its Speed, bulk and typing to give its team the advantage. Roar is commonly used in the last moveslot to stop opposing sweepers from setting up on Gabite, while also forcing the opposition to take more residual damage from Stealth Rock. Toxic can also be used if your team struggles against more defensive teams, as Toxic can permanently cripple many defensive Pokemon, such as Tangela and Alomomola.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The designated EV spread makes Gabite as powerful as possible while also retaining some bulk. A more defensive EV spread that maximizes HP and Defense is also viable, but while this does make Gabite a hard counter to Cinccino, it also severely reduces its offensive abilities, preventing it from even 2HKOing Garbodor with a STAB super effective Earthquake. Dual Chop is a potential option over Dragon Claw, which breaks Substitutes against Sawsbuck and other frail sweepers, although the drop in accuracy is unfortunate, and Gabite can just phaze them out with Roar anyway. Rough Skin is an absolute godsend for Gabite, allowing it to check Cinccino and other physical attackers with ease thanks to the extra residual damage. Samurott is a great partner for Gabite as it is capable of OHKOing Tangela and 2HKOing Alomomola with Ice Beam and Hidden Power Grass, respectively. Most Normal-types also appreciate Gabite, as it is capable of removing Rock-types from the game, allowing Swellow, Zangoose, Kangaskhan and the like to have a much easier time demolishing the opposition. Swords Dance Sawsbuck loves Gabite because it is able to weaken many of Sawsbuck's counters, such as Armaldo. Poison-types such as Arbok and Haunter also enjoy working with Gabite, as Steel-types such as Probopass&mdash;which Gabite easily handles&mdash;can inhibit their sweeps. Although Gabite can provide support to many Pokemon, it also needs some of its own to function. Any Ice-type attack will bring it to its knees, and it does not have a way to hurt Grass-types such as Tangela, Ludicolo, or Leafeon. In order to solve these issues, an Ice-type can be used to support Gabite, particularly Glaceon or Regice. Regice has little to fear from Grass-types and can do massive damage in return with its STAB Ice Beam, while Glaceon presents itself as a more offensive alternative to Regice, performing a similar role but with less bulk.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Gabite has the stats and movepool to pull off a few other interesting sets. A Choice Band set hits quite hard, but is generally outclassed by Fraxure, which hits much harder. Gabite can boost its Attack and accuracy with Hone Claws, but it struggles to set up and will rarely be able to pull off a sweep. Outrage offers much more power, but it usually backfires by getting Gabite KOed while it's locked into the move. Body Slam has a chance to paralyze the opposing team and can be used over Dragon Claw; however, it is noticeably weaker and will do laughable amounts of damage to most Pokemon. Stone Edge can be used to hit Flying-types super effectively, although due to the lack of STAB it will not hit them hard. Gabite has a solid special movepool, with high-powered attacks such as Draco Meteor and Fire Blast, but Gabite's poor base 50 Special Attack won't be scoring it any significant KOs. Listen closely young trainer, as this final option is Gabite's most powerful. There is an amazing technique that is only used by the battling elite,a horrifying move known as manual Sandstorm. This allows Gabite to utilize its other magnificent ability: Sand Veil. With Sand Veil in effect, Gabite's evasion is increased by 20%, which makes Ice Beam hit as often as Hydro Pump! Very few players are able to succeed with this strategy, as only the true Pokemon elite can pull it off.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Countering Gabite isn't difficult, as it is rather weak. Most of the NU Grass-types, particularly Tangela, Amoonguss, Ludicolo, and Torterra, can take anything from Gabite and retaliate with their own attacks, slowly whittling its HP down (or solidly 2HKOing in Torterra's case). Bulk Up Vigoroth can set up all over Gabite, using Taunt to shut down its ability to phaze and taking next to nothing from any of its attacks. Piloswine can switch in on any move and respond with a powerful Icicle Crash or Icicle Spear, fearing nothing from any of Gabite's attacks. Golbat can switch in on Gabite, Taunt it to prevent phazing and whittle it down with Brave Bird, using Roost when needed. Misdreavus can easily come in, burn Gabite with Will-O-Wisp, and proceed to use Shadow Ball until it faints. Ice-types such as Regice, Articuno, and Glaceon can switch in as Gabite uses Stealth Rock and proceed to OHKO with Ice Beam. Bulky Psychic-types such as Musharna and Exeggutor fear little from Gabite, and can hit it with powerful Psychics. Gorebyss forces Gabite into a 50/50 prediction, where Gabite has to choose between switching out and using Roar. If Gorebyss uses Shell Smash when you predict an Ice Beam and flee, your team is in for a world of hurt. Inversely, if you predict a Shell Smash and Gorebyss uses Ice Beam, you've just lost a member of your team. Samurott also fears nothing from Gabite, and can OHKO with its powerful Ice Beam. Essentially, you should never have to search for a Gabite counter, as nearly every team packs at least one. Gabite will never be an overwhelming offensive presence and can be prepared for by any decent NU team. Don't let that keep you from using it though, as it can still be quite effective.</p>


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