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Generation 5 RU Threatlist

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by Yonko7, Oct 3, 2011.

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    Generation 5 RU Threatlist

    Hi, everyone, and welcome to the Generation 5 RU threatlist! Please don't hesitate to contribute, but for my sake and your sake, read and follow the rules below.

    • You may only reserve up to two threat analyses at a time; however, if I know you, or you are a respected contributor on Smogon, I may allow you to reserve more.
    • Please only reserve Pokemon here if you have a good understanding of the RU metagame. If you are new to the metagame, have not ever played it, etc, please refrain from reserving anything unless you are well-experienced with the metagame.
    • Please note that we reserve the right to reject anyone from reserving Pokemon, should there be any reason for doing so.
    • Do not expect me to know whether you have finished your reservation or not by editing your post; please PM or VM me (Yonko7) when you have finished, and I will update the index.
    • Only post here if you are making a reservation. Suggestions should be VMed or PMed to me, Yonko7, rather than posting in this thread (it makes it a little messy).
    • Refrain from posting Grammar-Prose checks until the entirety has been finished, as I will go through, and edit the entries until I think they are ready for the GP team.
    • The following Pokemon available for reservation are listed below; this is merely a preliminary list, if there are other viable threats in the tier, please contact me and I will add it to the list.

    Please only reserve TWO at a time so everyone has a chance to contribute. After someone has reserved a Pokemon, [Reserved] will be put in the index along with their username until they finish the entry, and then [DONE] will be replace the [Reserved] notation. After all the entries have been completed, I will go through and fix anything out of place before submitting it to GP.

    Offensive Threats:
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    Aerodactyl-[DONE]
    Absol- [DONE]
    Accelgor- [DONE]
    Aggron- [DONE]
    Archeops- [DONE]
    Bouffalant- [DONE]
    Braviary- [DONE]
    Charizard- [DONE]
    Cofagrigus- [DONE]
    Crawdaunt- [DONE]
    Duosion- [DONE]
    Entei- [DONE]
    Electivire- [DONE]
    Escavalier- [UNRESERVED]
    Feraligatr- [DONE]
    Gallade- [DONE]
    Galvantula- [DONE]
    Gorebyss- [DONE]
    Golurk- [DONE]
    Hariyama- [DONE]
    Hitmonchan- [DONE]
    Hitmonlee- [DONE]
    Jynx- [DONE]
    Kabutops- [DONE]
    Klinklang- [DONE]
    Lanturn- DONE
    Lilligant- [DONE]
    Ludicolo- [DONE]
    Magmortar- [DONE]
    Magneton- [DONE]
    Manectric- [DONE]
    Medicham- [DONE]
    Moltres- [DONE]
    Nidoqueen- [UNRESERVED]
    Ninjask- [DONE]
    Omastar- [DONE]
    Primeape- [DONE]
    Rhydon- [DONE]
    Rotom- [DONE]
    Rotom-C- [DONE]
    Samurott- [DONE]
    Sawsbuck- [DONE]
    Sceptile- [DONE]
    Scolipede- [DONE]
    Scyther- [DONE]
    Sigilyph- [DONE]
    Stoutland- [UNRESERVED]
    Swellow- [DONE]
    Tauros- [DONE]
    Typhlosion- [DONE]
    Zweilous- [DONE]


    Defensive Threats:
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    Aggron- [DONE]
    Altaria- [DONE]
    Clefable- [DONE]
    Cofagrigus- [DONE]
    Crustle- [DONE]
    Cryogonal- [DONE]
    Drapion- [DONE]
    Dusknoir- [DONE]
    Ferroseed- [DONE]
    Hariyama- [DONE]
    Lanturn- [DONE]
    Lickilicky- [DONE]
    Mandibuzz- [DONE]
    Miltank- [DONE]
    Moltres- [DONE]
    Munchlax- [DONE]
    Omastar- [DONE]
    Poliwrath- [DONE]
    Quagsire- [DONE]
    Qwilfish- [DONE]
    Regirock- [DONE]
    Sandslash- [DONE]
    Slowking- [DONE]
    Smeargle- [DONE]
    Steelix- [DONE]
    Tangrowth- [DONE]
    Uxie- [DONE]
    Weezing- [DONE]
    Whimsicott- [DONE]


    Here’s the Format you guys should use when writing up your submissions:

    [Pokemon’s Sprite (B/W Sprite)]
    [Pokemon’s Name (with a link to the analysis page)(Bold)]
    [Typing (EX. Type: Fire / Fighting)]
    [Base Stats (EX: Base Stats: 100 HP / 100 Atk / 100 Def / 100 SpA / 100 SpD / 100 Spe)]
    [Pokemon’s Ability/Abilities (if it has an unreleased DW ability, put “ (Unreleased) “ next to it) (EX: Ability: Blaze)]
    -space-
    [Description / Entry]

    Example:

    Note: Yes, I realize Yanmega has been banned from RU, but I am just going to leave this example here for others to see. It won't be in the final article.

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    Yanmega
    Typing: Bug / Flying
    Base Stats: 86 HP / 76 Atk / 86 Def / 116 SpA / 56 SpD / 95 Spe
    Abilities: Speed Boost / Tinted Lens / Frisk

    In the era of DPP, Yanmega enjoyed a brief stint in UU before it was deemed too powerful and was banished to the BL realm. Yanmega makes a triumphant return in BW RU; it can essentially 2HKO almost everything in the tier with the deadly combination of Tinted Lens and Choice Specs. Yanmega's other ability is equally dangerous: Speed Boost. Speed Boost allows Yanmega to gradually increase its Speed each turn, and it will eventually outspeed everything in the metagame after one or two boosts. It can then proceed to pummel the opponent with its dual STAB moves. However, Yanmega has one crippling weakness: a 4x weakness to Stealth Rock. Every time it switches in while Stealth Rock is in play, Yanmega will lose 50% of its health. Thus, the best way to eliminate Yanmega is to keep Stealth Rock on the field. Yanmega also has a few exploitable weaknesses to common Ice-, Electric-, and Fire-type moves, most of which hit its weaker Special Defense. Despite Yanmega's obvious flaws, it is not to be trifled with and can easily destroy unprepared teams.

    Compendium of completed submissions:

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    Offensive Threats:

    Absol
    Typing: Dark
    Base Stats: 65 HP / 130 Atk / 60 Def / 75 SpA / 60 SpD / 75 Spe
    Abilities: Pressure / Super Luck / Justified

    Absol possesses the strongest priority available in RU, its STAB Sucker Punch, which surpasses the power of even Honchkrow's. So, you can bet your bottom dollar that nearly every set will be based around utilizing this aspect to the fullest extent. Absol is typically seen boosting its already sky-high Attack with Swords Dance and Life Orb, and then punishing the opponent with its Sucker Punch. It will also typically carry Substitute to block status and give it an opportunity to set up due to its frailness. Absol can also effectively run a decent Choice Band or Choice Scarf set that can make use of its good coverage in just Night Slash and Superpower. Absol is also adept at putting frail Ghost- and Psychic-types in a checkmate position due to its incredibly powerful STAB Pursuit and the threat of Sucker Punch.


    Accelgor
    Typing: Bug
    Base Stats: 80 HP / 70 Atk / 40 Def / 100 SpA / 60 SpD / 145 Spe
    Abilities: Hydration / Sticky Hold / Unburden

    Boasting the highest Speed stat in RU bar Ninjask, Accelgor can swiftly devastate its opponents. Speed isn't all that's going for it; Accelgor has great Special Attack and fantastic coverage between just two moves: Bug Buzz and Focus Blast. Usually, being a Bug-type is a liability; however, in RU, many common Pokemon are weak to Bug, such as Uxie, Slowking, Tangrowth, and Lilligant. Being a powerful offensive threat isn't all that's going for Acceglor; it has access to the slimly distributed Spikes, allowing it to support its team. However, most people overlook that option because of Accelgor's frailty. Despite not being the most common threat around, Accelgor can rip through teams easily given the opportunity.

    Aerodactyl
    Typing: Rock / Flying
    Base Stats: 80 HP / 105 Atk / 65 Def / 60 SpA / 75 SpD / 130 Spe
    Abilities: Rock Head / Pressure / Unnerve

    Aerodactyl has fallen a long way from its former OU status in DPP. However, it fits right in with the RU metagame, and is now one of the most popular and effective Pokemon to use. Sporting a sexy base 130 Speed, it outruns virtually everything in the metagame with the exception of Accelgor and most Choice Scarf users. It has access to the famous EdgeQuake combination, allowing it to hit many Pokemon in the RU tier for neutral damage, and those that it doesn't, such as Torterra, Aerodactyl can power through with Double-Edge. Aerodactyl isn't just limited to attacking either. It is a fantastic dedicated lead, as with its high Speed and access to both Taunt and Stealth Rock, it can often set up Stealth Rock while preventing your opponent from doing the same, something that most Pokemon with access to Stealth Rock are hard-pressed to do. In addition, while Aerodactyl has yet to receive the elusive Brave Bird and Head Smash, it has finally received a usable boosting move in the form of Hone Claws. Although a +1 boost may seem underwhelming, the +1 accuracy boost really helps with Stone Edge, as it will have 100% accuracy after a single boost. Aerodactyl can really tear things up in RU if you give it a chance!


    Aggron
    Typing: Steel / Rock
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 110 Atk / 180 Def / 60 SpA / 60 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Sturdy / Rock Head / Heavy Metal

    This heavily armored rhinocerous looks like one big, mean mofo. But looks are not all Aggron has going for it, for it is one of the most potent offensive threats in the BW RU metagame. In a tier lacking monster physical walls such as Skarmory and Hippowdon, Aggron is freed from its shackles and ready to wreak havoc. With abysmal Speed, horrendous Special Defense, good but unspectacular Attack, and one of the worst defensive typings in the game, Aggron doesn't seem like much of a threat at first glance. But it has one ace in its hand: Rock Head Head Smash. Anything without a Rock resistance and spectacular Defense is going to be rocked hard. Aggron has access to Automatize and Rock Polish to get the jump on faster threats and sweep unboosted by virtue of its sheer power. It can also equip a Choice Band and rock switch-ins hard, clearing the field for a teammate to sweep. With physical defense topped only by Steelix, Aggron has no trouble getting in either, putting tremendous pressure on the opponent with its mere presence.

    Archeops
    Typing: Rock / Flying
    Base Stats: 75 HP / 140 Atk / 65 Def / 112 SpA / 65 SpD / 110 Spe
    Ability: Defeatist

    Archeops is the definition of a powerhouse. 140 base Attack, a great 112 Special Attack, and 110 base Speed with a great offensive movepool make it a feared attacker. On top of all this, a great offensive typing does wonders for it, as its Rock and Flying STAB combination is only resisted by Aggron, Klinklang, Rhydon, and Magneton in RU. Its sets also show its many ways to overpower teams. From a Flying Gem-boosted Acrobactics set to a Choice set that has the potential to tear apart even the bulkiest of physical walls, Archeops shows why it is such a top RU threat. If you rely on its ability to help you defeat it, you'll be in a lot of trouble until its HP is under 50%.


    Bouffalant
    Typing: Normal
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 110 Atk / 95 Def / 40 SpA / 95 SpD / 55 Spe
    Abilities: Reckless / Sap Sipper / Soundproof

    Bouffalant is a staple of pure power in the RU tier. It has a great 110 base Attack and Reckless, crushing nearly everything with a boosted Head Charge. Bouffalant's Head Charge is one of the most powerful moves in the tier when boosted by Reckless. Bouffalant also has access to the great Sap Sipper ability, giving it an immunity to Grass-type moves while receiving an Attack boost in the process. This makes Bouffalant able to come in on various Grass-types, such as Lilligant, Ferroseed, and Tangrowth, and set up Swords Dance or Substitute, crushing the opposition with the multitude of Attack boosts it receives. That's not all; Bouffalant has great defenses as well, boasting a base 95 stat in all three, enabling it to absorb weak attacks from walls. Bouffalant makes an excellent wallbreaker with Choice Band and its good movepool. Whether you choose to smash through the opponent with a Reckless Head Charge or utilize Swords Dance and Sap Sipper, Bouffalant is a force to be reckoned with.


    Braviary
    Typing: Normal / Flying
    Base Stats: 100 HP / 123 Atk / 75 Def / 57 SpA / 75 SpD / 80 Spe
    Abilities: Keen Eye / Sheer Force / Defiant

    One might wonder what makes Braviary such a threat, and one has all the right to do so. Braviary's only stats that stand out are his great HP and Attack. Braviary's defensive stats are below average and he lacks Roost, while his middling Speed stat really holds him back from sweeping. But not all Pokemon can make it on their own; with the right tools, Braviary is a force to be reckoned with. Choice Band lets Braviary crush the opposing walls with his STAB Brave Bird and Return, backed up with a strong Superpower. Braviary's middling Speed stat can be patched up with a Choice Scarf, making him a fierce revenge killer, easily OHKOing huge parts of the tier. Although Braviary's movepool is scarce and his abilities don't help him much, he is still a powerhouse, and an unpredictable one at that.


    Charizard
    Typing: Fire / Flying
    Base Stats: 78 HP / 84 Atk / 78 Def / 109 SpA / 85 SpD / 100 Spe
    Abilities: Blaze / Solar Power

    Charizard is one of the most popular starter Pokemon from RBY. However, when it came to the competitive scene, it was always in the lower tiers, always to be forgotten. That is, until it got Solar Power from the Dream World. Now it is a very powerful sweeper that is feared in the RU metagame. With base 109 Special Attack that becomes even more powerful than Deoxys-A in the sun, it is easy to understand why. And if you thought that was good enough, with a Choice Specs, it rips holes in even the bulkiest of RU's special walls, such as Clefable, Uxie, and Dusknoir. With a great offensive STAB combination that is resisted by only Aerodactyl, Omastar, and Rhydon, it can easily rip through teams in just a matter of turns. Do not think that Charizard is just another starter Pokemon, or you will regret it when you face it in battle.

    Crawdaunt
    Typing: Water / Dark
    Base Stats: 63 HP / 120 Atk / 85 Def / 90 SpA / 55 SpD / 55 Spe
    Abilities: Hyper Cutter / Shell Armor / Adaptability

    Crawdaunt boasts good dual STABs in Waterfall and Crunch, resisted by few Pokemon in RU. It is also granted the Adaptability ability, which is really great for Crawdaunt. Coming off of a good base 120 Attack, Adaptability-boosted Waterfall will drown many Pokemon in a gush of water. Crawdaunt also has ways to boost its already high Attack stat—the most common boosting move it uses is Dragon Dance. Dragon Dance also alleviates the problem posed by its low Speed stat, and with 160 Base Power dual STAB moves to make use of, Crawdaunt can easily sweep a team by itself. It can even utilize a Choice Band effectively, spamming its STAB moves without much care. Crawdaunt makes a deadly sweeper in RU, and is a huge threat that should never be overlooked. However, Crawdaunt has a pathetic base 55 Special Defense, meaning it can be fried like a lobster by a single neutral special attack. Other than its low Speed and Special Defense, Crawdaunt does not have many other flaws. If you don't take Crawdaunt as a serious threat, expect yourself to be pinched where it hurts.

    Duosion
    Typing: Psychic
    Base Stats: 65 HP / 40 Atk / 50 Def / 125 SpA / 60 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Overcoat / Magic Guard / Regenerator

    Duosion's stats don't look like much, until you get to that gigantic 125 base Special Attack. Then it all becomes clear just how this squishy, adorable blob could possibly be dangerous. While its defenses aren't much, they're sufficient with the boost from Eviolite, and its sluggish Speed only does it further favors by making it the perfect candidate for a Trick Room sweeper. Furthermore, Duosion even has the ability to set up Trick Room for itself, turning it into one of the deadliest one-turn setup sweepers available in RU. While its movepool isn't expansive, it's just good enough with access to STAB Psychic, Shadow Ball, and Hidden Power Fighting to put together a moveset of perfect neutral coverage. When not using Trick Room, Duosion will typically be using a Calm Mind set with just Psychic and Hidden Power Fighting for coverage, using Recover in the last slot to turn it into an extremely durable tank. Don't give Duosion any opportunity to set up or it'll quickly turn the battle to your opponent's favor.


    Entei
    Typing: Fire
    Stats: 115 HP / 115 Atk / 85 Def / 90 SpA / 75 SpD / 100 Spe
    Abilities: Pressure / Flash Fire (Unreleased)

    A laughingstock of all legendary Pokemon, Entei finally gets to shine as a top threat in the RU metagame. Entei has all it takes to be a successful Choice Band user: sky-high Attack, a high Base Power STAB, and strong priority. Without a bulky Water-type to absorb its hits, your opponent will easily be overwhelmed with a combination of its boosted Flare Blitz and ExtremeSpeed. The strong priority is also extremely convenient to check fast threats such as Aerodactyl at low health. The Substitute + Calm Mind set is an unexpected but viable option to sweep. Stealth Rock weakness, vulnerability to passive damage, and common weaknesses to Water-, Ground-, and Rock-type moves hold Entei back from becoming too dominant. Also, the predominance of bulky Water-types means that most teams will be prepared for Entei. Still, Entei is a strong attacker that can take apart a team if given the opportunity.


    Electivire
    Typing: Electivire
    Base Stats: 75 HP / 123 Atk / 67 Def / 95 SpA / 85 SpD / 95 Spe
    Abilities: Motor Drive / Vital Spirit

    Electivire has been the butt of many jokes throughout its bumpy ride in DPP OU, commonly referred to as "Noobvire"; it now finds itself in a more "appropriate" tier in RU. For starters, it is actually a very competent offensive Pokemon in RU. With the addition of Wild Charge, Electivire no longer needs to rely on weak STAB options such as a 75 Base Power ThunderPunch and 95 base Special Attack backed Thunderbolt. Unfortunately, Electivire's main shortcoming remains the lack of reliable stat boosting moves, meaning it can still only KO frail or weakened opponents. However, Electivire still makes a solid late-game sweeper by virtue of incredible super effective coverage, made possible by its plethora of excellent coverage moves. Furthermore, Electivire's signature ability, Motor Drive, gives it a useful Electric immunity. It can also pick up a free Speed boost by simply switching into Electric moves such as Thunder Wave or Galvantula's Thunder. Any Ground resist with reasonable physical bulk will put a full stop to Electivire. However, if partnered with a wallbreaker or strong physical attacker to eliminate or weaken these threats, Electivire is more than capable of running through a team.


    Feraligatr
    Typing: Water
    Base Stats: 85 HP / 105 Atk / 100 Def / 79 SpA / 83 SpD / 78 Spe
    Abilities: Torrent / Sheer Force (Unreleased)

    Feraligatr, having been a solid UU physical sweeper for several generations in the past, returns to wreak havoc on a new metagame: BW RU. With two excellent boosting options in Swords Dance and Dragon Dance as well as respectable Attack and decent Speed, Feraligatr can easily destroy teams after one turn of setup. Unfortunately, the RU tier is home to strong physical walls such as Tangrowth and Cofagrigus; however, with proper team support, Feraligatr can still shine as a sweeper and wallbreaker. Feraligatr's biggest strength is its versatility along with its decent bulk. It can often find opportunities to set up, and what might be a check to its Dragon Dance set can't handle its Swords Dance set. Feraligatr can 2HKO almost every Pokemon after a Swords Dance as well, so teams will be hard pressed to deal with Feraligatr should it find a free turn to set up.


    Gallade
    Typing: Psychic / Fighting
    Base Stats: 68 HP / 125 Atk / 65 Def / 65 SpD / 115 SpD / 80 Spe
    Abilities: Steadfast / Justified

    The Martial Arts Zen Master is back for BW and ready to rip RU a new one, this time with a new toy from Dream World in the form of Justified. A vicious STAB Close Combat coming off a base 125 Attack stat makes Gallade the very definition of a power hitter. Combine that with Swords Dance and you have yourself a potent sweeper. While Gallade is not exactly Deoxys-S, it is not lacking in the Speed department either, and can use Shadow Sneak to ward off potential revenge killers. Gallade is also capable of running an effective Bulk Up set. Even though Drain Punch is illegal with Justified, Gallade's above average special bulk makes Bulk Up an excellent option. Superb coverage moves such as Night Slash, Psycho Cut, and Ice Punch make Gallade incredibly difficult to wall. Access to a plethora of support moves makes it extremely versatile and unpredictable. Taunt, Substitute, Disable, Trick Room, Thunder Wave... the list goes on and on. With that in mind, Gallade is not unstoppable, as many Pokemon can outspeed and exploit Gallade's weak Defense for a KO. Even so, Gallade is without a doubt one of the premier threats in BW RU and has the offensive presence to back it up.


    Galvantula
    Typing: Bug / Electric
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 77 Atk / 60 Def / 97 SpA / 60 SpD / 108 Spe
    Abilities: Compoundeyes / Unnerve / Swarm

    Although most players choose Rotom as their offensive Electric-type, Galvantula should not be overlooked. Thanks to Compoundeyes, it can make use of a 91% accurate Thunder, hitting much harder than Rotom's Thunderbolt. It also has excellent coverage moves, with STAB Bug Buzz, Energy Ball, and Hidden Power Ice or Fire to choose from. Combined with a base 108 Speed stat, Galvantula is one of the most threatening all-out sweepers in the tier. However, it is very frail, so the few things that do outspeed it, mostly Choice Scarf and weather-boosted Pokemon, will probably be able to OHKO it. Although it isn't the most common threat, you should always prepare for Galvantula because it can blast through slower teams.


    Golurk
    Typing: Ground / Ghost
    Base Stats: 89 HP / 124 Atk / 80 Def / 55 SpA / 80 SpD / 55 Spe
    Abilities: Iron Fist / Klutz / No Guard

    Golurk stands out from the crowd of the other RU Ghost-types in being the only strong physical attacker of the group. With a huge base 124 Attack stat, Golurk is able to unleash powerful STAB Earthquakes and Shadow Punches, the latter of which is boosted even further by Iron Fist. Golurk is typically seen running a SubPunch set, which works in its favor in multiple ways. Substitute helps to somewhat make up for Golurk's low Speed by allowing it to scout for switches, block status (particularly burn), and gain it a free opportunity to fire off an Iron Fist-boosted Focus Punch. Golurk is also able to effectively utilize a Choice Band set, which turns it into an offensive spinblocker and tank. With a Choice Band, Golurk will usually opt for Hammer Arm in lieu of Focus Punch, and the last slot will usually be dedicated to Stone Edge for the awesome coverage it has when combined with Golurk's STABs.


    Gorebyss
    Typing: Water
    Base Stats: 55 HP / 84 Atk / 105 Def / 114 SpA / 75 SpD / 52 Spe
    Abilities: Swift Swim / Hydration

    At a glance, one would wonder why Gorebyss has so much hype this generation. Its stats are average at best, and it is outclassed by many other offensive and defensive Water-types in RU. Gorebyss does have one very important niche in the metagame, though. It is one of the few Pokemon with access to Shell Smash in the tier. With support from the team such as Reflect and Light Screen, Gorebyss can easily boost to +2 Attack, Special Attack, and Speed and sweep with its diverse special movepool. Gorebyss is even dangerous without Shell Smash, as its ability Swift Swim remedies its terrible Speed stat. Despite Gorebyss's status as a top-tier threat in RU, its subpar stats and exploitable typing make it quite easy to defeat as long as you can prevent it from setting up.

    Hitmonchan
    Typing: Fighting
    Base Stats: 50 HP / 105 Atk / 79 Def / 35 SpA / 110 SpD / 76 Spe
    Abilities: Keen Eye / Iron Fist / Inner Focus

    Hitmonchan is a very unpredictable Pokemon because there are very many different roles in can fulfill. It will most often be seen running a straight Life Orb set of Close Combat / Mach Punch / Ice Punch / ThunderPunch, which gives it great coverage and good power. It can also make use of its rare Iron Fist ability and its STAB Focus Punch in a SubPunch set. When behind a Substitute, Hitmonchan is free to fire off its Focus Punches without being flinched. It will also commonly carry Ice Punch and Mach Punch for coverage, which are also boosted by Iron Fist. Hitmonchan's other big niche in the metagame is its ability to Rapid Spin, and thanks to its access to Foresight, it is almost ensured to get off a spin even if a Ghost-type switches in. Finally, Hitmonchan is capable of pulling off an effective Bulk Up set, where the goal is to boost up and tank the opponent. This is made even more effective with Hitmonchan's Iron Fist-boosted Drain Punch and priority in Mach Punch to take down any would-be revenge killers.


    Hitmonlee
    Typing: Fighting
    Base Stats: 50 HP / 120 Atk / 53 Def / 35 SpA / 110 SpD / 87 Spe
    Abilities: Limber / Reckless / Unburden

    Hitmonlee is typically seen abusing its Reckless-boosted STAB Hi Jump Kick with either a Life Orb, Choice Scarf, or Choice Band. It will normally be carrying Stone Edge and Double-Edge for coverage, along with Mach Punch or Sucker Punch for priority. Hitmonlee is also capable of supporting the team with Rapid Spin, which is almost always ensured to work alongside Foresight. Finally, while unorthodox, Hitmonlee is capable of using its Unburden ability; the ability is typically activated through a Normal Gem-boosted Fake Out, and from there Hitmonlee is free to attempt to sweep the opposition with its boosted Speed and STAB Hi Jump Kick. This set lacks the raw power of the others, but it makes up for it with its far higher Speed.


    Jynx
    Typing: Ice / Psychic
    Base Stats: 65 HP / 50 Atk / 35 Def / 115 SpA / 95 SpD / 95 Spe
    Abilities: Oblivious / Forewarn / Dry Skin

    Jynx is a major threat to be prepared for in RU. Her Dream World ability, Dry Skin, gave her a new tool to use, allowing her to set up on most bulky Water-types in the tier, such as Slowking and Lanturn. Jynx has access to two great boosting move in Nasty Plot and Calm Mind, the former boosting her Special Attack to ridiculous levels and the latter making it very difficult to break with a special attack while slowly preparing for a sweep. One of Jynx's most threatening aspects is its signature move Lovely Kiss, which lets her put a slower opponent to sleep, and Jynx outspeeds a lot in RU with its high base Speed. However, due to her extreme physical frailty, Jynx must always use Substitute when trying to boost its stats. This leaves it with only one attacking move at its disposal, and Ice Beam is the obvious choice. All in all, Jynx can boost her stats to very threatening levels, and can use Lovely Kiss to beat some of her checks. This makes her a large threat in the RU metagame.


    Kabutops
    Typing: Rock / Water
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 115 Atk / 105 Def / 65 SpA / 70 SpD / 80 Spe
    Abilities: Swift Swim / Battle Armor / Weak Armor

    Kabutops has most of the perfect tools to be a great sweeper: high Attack backed by Swords Dance, a great dual STAB combination, and priority. Its typing is especially nice, 4x resisting Fire-type attacks, in a tier where Entei has the ultimate firepower. Kabutops can hit almost every Pokemon in the tier at least neutrally, and after a Swords Dance, nothing will enjoy switching into it; furthermore, it has high enough Defense that it can take a if needed. Aqua Jet takes on Choice Scarf users such as Typhlosion, stopping their revenge killing efforts. Kabutops's low Speed can even be moderately fixed with Swift Swim and rain or Weak Armor, which lowers Defense and raises Speed by one stage when hit with an attack. Kabutops can also take on a supportive role, setting Stealth Rock when forcing a switch and using Rapid Spin to support the number of hazard-weak Pokemon that reside in RU. Such variants are no slouches offensively either, hitting opponents with Waterfall or Stone Edge. Luckily, Kabutop suffers from low Speed, meaning bulky or healthy revenge killers can defeat it rather easily. Furthermore, its typing leaves it weak to Fighting- and Ground-type moves, two attack types that are always around. The bottom line is this: most teams are already prepared for Kabutops when preparing for other threats, but a properly supported shellfish can tear teams apart.


    Klinklang
    Typing: Steel
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 100 Atk / 115 Def / 70 SpA / 85 SpD / 90 Spe
    Abilities: Plus / Minus / Clear Body

    Klinklang is one of the best offensive Steel-types in RU. It gets an excellent boosting move in Shift Gear, and its signature move Gear Grind allows it to bypass Substitutes, with decent Base Power to boot. After a Shift Gear, it can outspeed all of the metagame, and also becomes very powerful. It usually runs Return as a coverage move due to its awful movepool, and in the fourth slot a number of different moves are commonly seen. Substitute is the most prominent, avoiding status as well as protecting itself from priority. However, it can also run Hidden Power Fire to defeat Ferroseed, or use Hidden Power Ground to escape the clutches of Magneton; both are would-be counters. Straight-up countering Klinklang is pretty difficult, as its speed and power are unmatched. However, Sandslash is as close as they come, not being 2HKOed by any move from Klinklang even at +1, and can 2HKO back with its STAB Earthquake. Steelix is in a similar position, and can also phaze Klinklang's boosts with Roar. As mentioned before, Ferroseed and Magneton can defeat versions of Klinklang that lack Hidden Power Fire and Hidden Power Ground, respectively. Feraligatr, Entei, and Moltres all resist Gear Grind and are bulky enough to take a +1 Return, and can deal heavy damage with their STAB moves. Also, Hitmonchan can 2HKO Klinklang with Life Orb Mach Punch, although it can't take a boosted attack. All in all, the best way to deal with Klinklang is to prevent it from setting up, as it much more manageable before a Shift Gear than after.

    Lanturn
    Typing: Water / Electric
    Base Stats: 125 HP / 58 Atk / 58 Def / 76 SpA / 76 SpD / 67 Spe
    Abilities: Volt Absorb / Illuminate / Water Absorb

    Lanturn doesn't seem like it can do anything much offensively; it has a measly base 76 Special Attack, reaching a maximum of 276. Nonetheless, Lanturn is still a huge offensive threat to look out for. Its bulk, access to Volt Absorb, and Volt Switch make it a good Choice Specs user. Lanturn doesn't have much difficulty using its Choice Specs-boosted Volt Switch as Ground-types think twice before switching in for fear of a Hydro Pump, and Lightningrod and Volt Absorb users (bar Lanturn) are hit hard by it as well. With a Choice Specs, Lanturn reaches 406 Special Attack, which is pretty decent though not particularly splendid for a Choice Specs user. However, its great bulk and typing grants Lanturn several opportunities to come in and blast a powerful Hydro Pump or keep the offensive pressure up with Volt Switch. Lanturn stands as one of the most bulky user of Choice Specs in RU that can tear through teams. Though not as common, Lanturn can utilize a SubCharge set to great effect as long as it doesn't meet its hard counters or get phazed out. At +1, Lanturn has the same power as the Choice Specs set and still retains the ability to switch moves. Thanks to its great coverage, it can easily break Fire / Water / Grass cores and several others with a few boosts under its belt. Lanturn finds no trouble setting up on Choice users such as Manectric too, though it has to look out for Trick and Switcheroo. Never assume that every Lanturn is the same standard defensive one, or you might face a situation where you get swept by an offensive variant.


    Lilligant
    Typing: Grass
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 60 Atk / 75 Def / 110 SpA / 75 SpD / 90 Spe
    Abilities: Chlorophyll / Own Tempo / Leaf Guard

    Like many other Grass-types, Lilligant has very balanced stats and a very shallow movepool, not to mention Grass is not a great type to begin with. However, Lilligant was blessed with every special attacker's dream: Quiver Dance. Quiver Dance turns Lilligant from a less-than-average sweeper to a very potent one. On top of this, Lilligant couldn't have asked for two better abilities. Chlorophyll doubles its Speed under sun, making Lilligant a strong addition to a Sunny Day team. Own Tempo allows Lilligant to use Petal Dance, as it nullifies the move's confusion, making it a 120 Base Power STAB move with perfect accuracy and no downside, apart from being locked into it for 2-3 turns. Lilligant also has many support options, including Aromatherapy and Sleep Powder. One must be careful when using Lilligant though, as there are many powerful Bug- and Flying-types in RU that Lilligant struggles against, due to its lacking movepool. However, should your opponent underestimate Lilligant's power, they will surely pay for it.

    Linoone
    Typing: Normal
    Stats: 78 HP / 70 Atk / 61 Def / 50 SpA / 61 SpD / 100 Spe
    Abilities: Pickup / Gluttony / Quick Feet

    Linoone has the potential to devastate teams after a single turn of setup, having the ability to OHKO the majority of the tier. After a Belly Drum, Linoone's Attack stat skyrockets and it can proceed to destroy teams before it gets hit itself thanks to its STAB ExtremeSpeed. Ghost-types also cannot stop Linoone, as a +6 Shadow Claw OHKOs most of them, and thanks to Linoone's excellent base 100 Speed, it can outrun Rotom as well. It also has access to Rock Smash to slay Aggron, as well as Seed Bomb to destroy Pokemon such as Rhydon. Linoone is truly a devastating Pokemon that can turn a surefire loss into a clean sweep in just one turn.

    Ludicolo
    Typing: Grass / Water
    Base Stats: 80 HP / 70 Atk / 80 Def / 90 SpA / 100 SpD / 70 Spe
    Abilities: Swift Swim / Rain Dish / Own Tempo

    Ludicolo is a fantastic Swift Swim sweeper that boasts excellent type coverage with its dual STAB combination and great coverage moves, along with excellent Speed and extremely powerful Hydro Pump in the rain. It's also one of the few Swift Swim sweepers in RU that can blow right through bulky Water-types. It can also be an excellent SubSeed user, thanks to its other great ability, Rain Dish, which allows Ludicolo to recover almost 25% of its health in one turn when both Leech Seed and Rain Dance are active. Ludicolo can set up its own rain, which it uses to sweep effectively, and it can also help support the rest of the team. Ludicolo is certainly a good Pokemon, and if one is silly enough to underrate it, they could be in for a world of pain.


    Magmortar
    Typing: Fire
    Base Stats: 75 HP / 95 Atk / 67 Def / 125 SpA / 95 SpD / 83 Spe
    Abilities: Flame Body / Vital Spirit

    Magmortar is something to prepare for in RU mainly due to its coverage. Thunderbolt, Focus Blast, and Hidden Power Grass are all staples and can hit would-be counters such as Slowking, Munchlax, and Lanturn hard. It is also a great Expert Belt user, so your switch-in might not be safe even if it resists the first attack Magmortar throws at it. Magmortar is extremely difficult to switch into, and with Vital Spirit it is one of the best switch-ins to Tangrowth there are. Magmortar can also run a mixed set well, with Cross Chop instead of Focus Blast to hit Munchlax. The only Pokemon that can claim to avoid the 2HKO from Magmortar is Munchlax, and even it can be worn down easily because of its lack of Leftovers and reliable recovery. Usually, you'll have to resort to revenge killing Magmortar. Feraligatr and Kabutops both can utilize STAB Aqua Jet to dispose of Magmortar, and Spiritomb and Absol can hit it with Sucker Punch. Of course, any Pokemon that outspeeds Magmortar, such as Aerodactyl and Hitmonlee, is free to dispose of it as well. Although a terror to stall teams, offensive teams generally don't have any trouble with Magmortar.


    Magneton
    Typing: Electric / Steel
    Base Stats: 50 HP / 60 Atk / 95 Def / 120 SpA / 70 SpD / 70 Spe
    Abilities: Magnet Pull / Sturdy / Analytic

    Magneton is a unique offensive threat in the RU tier. It's ability to trap and kill almost every Steel-type in the metagame for free is a huge boon for most offensive teams, and it can even set up a sweep for itself if it's running a SubCharge set. Although typically seen playing off of its Eviolite-boosted defenses and huge set of resistances, Magneton can also utilize a Choice Scarf adequately. Thanks to its monster base 120 Special Attack stat, Magneton has no problem outspeeding and blasting through frail offensive teams. The only thing really holding Magneton back is its lack of reliable recovery; it even lacks Leftovers in most situations. It also sports a shallow movepool, though this is somewhat remedied with its access to the ever-useful Volt Switch. Team Preview is your best weapon when faced with a Magneton; don't send out your Steel-type unless you're confident you can defeat Magneton or it's already out of the picture.


    Manectric
    Typing: Electric
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 75 Atk / 60 Def / 105 SpA / 60 SpD / 105 Spe
    Abilities: Lightningrod / Static / Minus

    Manectric's role as a fast Electric-type sweeper is highly contested by Galvantula, which has amazing dual STABs and is faster. However, Manectric is one of the few Electric Pokemon that can cripple any wall that opposes it thanks to its access to Switcheroo. Not knowing whether your special wall could be doomed for the rest of the game makes Manectric a Pokemon to be feared. Even if a special wall manages to avoid Switcheroo, Manectric can just Volt Switch away, giving the user momentum. Its movepool coupled with a base 105 Special Attack and Speed makes Manectric one of the best users of a Choice item in the RU metagame. Its access to Flamethrower and Overheat is rare for an Electric-type, and this allows Manectric's Hidden Power slot to be freed up for another coverage type. Not only do you have to watch out for Switcheroo, but you have to be careful when using Electric moves against a team with Manectric as well; activating Lightningrod will power up its Special Attack, spelling disaster for the opposing team considering Manectric's great coverage.


    Medicham
    Typing: Fighting / Psychic
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 60 Atk / 75 Def / 60 SpA / 75 SpD / 80 Spe
    Abilities: Pure Power / Telepathy

    While Medicham might not seem all that threatening when one looks at his stats, he has a key advantage over many other physical attackers thanks to Pure Power, which doubles his Attack and turns Medicham into a monster that can 2HKO many of the key threats in RU. When running a Choice Scarf set, he can easily clean up late-game with Hi Jump Kick, which still hits incredibly hard with no boost thanks to its 130 Base Power and STAB. Choice Band sets are definitely as threatening, working as excellent wallbreakers with Hi Jump Kick. If anything comes in on Medicham, he can always just use a nifty coverage move such as Psycho Cut or ThunderPunch, or even Trick to mess with any incoming walls. Unfortunately, Medicham is frail, so take advantage of that by using a revenge killer to take care of Medicham. Ghost-types can also come in on a Hi Jump Kick and make Medicham waste half of his HP. However, all of Medicham's flaws can be easily covered; he's definitely worth a shot on your team and is something to watch out for!


    Mesprit
    Typing: Psychic
    Base Stats: 80 HP / 105 Atk / 105 Def / 105 SpA / 105 SpD / 80 Spe
    Ability: Levitate

    Mesprit has decent stats across the board, with usable offenses and defenses as well. With its efficient movepool, Mesprit can pull off a few offensive sets quite well. As with most Psychic-types, Mesprit can utilize Calm Mind to set up. Its reasonably good bulk often makes it somewhat easy to set up. Furthermore, Mesprit has good coverage options in Thunderbolt and Ice Beam. Grass Knot could be a possibility as well if its in a hurry to take down heavy foes. Despite going all out offensive, Mesprit is quite hard to take down without a super effective hit thanks to its good bulk. Psyshock makes this offensive threat even harder to wall with dedicated special walls at times. Mesprit is a pretty good Choice user as well thanks to its access to Trick to cripple special walls trying to wall it. Choice Specs Mesprit hits hard too, as base 105 Special Attack isn't too bad. Mesprit can turn into an efficient revenge killer with a Choice Scarf thanks to its good coverage. As its base 80 Speed isn't really spectacular, it can utilize an offensive Trick Room set as well; the main attraction to using Mesprit it Healing Wish, which doesn't have widespread distribution.


    Moltres
    Typing: Fire / Flying
    Base Stats: 90 HP / 100 Atk / 90 Def / 125 SpA / 85 SpD / 90 Spe
    Abilities: Pressure / Flame Body (Unreleased)

    Moltres finds itself with a solid place amongst the offensive powerhouses dominating the RU tier at this time. Boasting a superb base 125 Special Attack stat along with brilliant offensive coverage between Fire Blast, Hurricane, and Hidden Power, Moltres can threaten a huge amount of the tier with ease. Many of the dominant special walls in the tier, such as Cryogonal, lose immediately to Moltres due to their inability to take Fire Blasts, while many other special walls, such as Clefable, are beaten down easily if they switch in on the wrong move. Unfortunately, Moltres is a bird that has one major thing clipping its wings, so to speak: a crippling 4x weakness to Stealth Rock. Stealth Rock is the most efficient way of handling Moltres in general due to the inability of most of the tier to switch in on its STABs; it has some exploitable weaknesses to Electric-, Water-, and Rock-type moves as well, all of which are reasonably common in RU. However, Moltres is still undeniably one of the dominant offensive forces in RU.


    Ninjask
    Typing: Bug / Flying
    Base Stats: 61 HP / 90 Atk / 45 Def / 50 SpA / 50 SpD / 160 Spe
    Abilities: Speed Boost / Infiltrator

    Ninjask, a familiar DPP OU lead we all love to hate, returns in BW. However, in the generation transition, it appears that even Game Freak has decided to kick it down a few rungs; it now resides near the bottom of the barrel. Its base 160 Speed, while phenomenal at first sight, is in fact not its greatest asset; base 90 Attack and a poor offensive movepool means Ninjask's potential as a sweeper is limited. Ninjask's trump card, however, is the combination of its Speed Boost ability and its access to the move Baton Pass. As Speed Boost raises its Speed to mindboggling heights, Ninjask can stall out turns with Protect and quick Substitutes. With a quick Baton Pass, it can instantly transform the likes of Aggron, Medicham, and Marowak into speedy, brutal beasts capable of instantly cleaning up the opposition; the fact that it also receives the move Swords Dance is the icing on the cake. Such is Ninjask's potential; unfortunately, in reality, it can rarely pull this off successfully. The advent of Team Preview, as well as the introduction of priority Taunt users, most notably Whimsicott, all dealt it great blows.

    Primeape
    Typing: Fighting
    Base Stats: 65 HP / 105 Atk / 60 Def / 60 SpA / 70 SpD / 95 Spe
    Abilities: Vital Spirit / Anger Point / Defiant

    The Pig Monkey Pokemon, a veteran of the original RBY games, has changed little across the generation shift. Previously a fairly solid member of DPP UU, it makes a reappearance in BW RU again as just one of many Fighting-type Pokemon. Base 105 Attack isn't much to write home about in a tier packed with hard-hitting sweepers and bulky Poison- and Ghost-type walls; indeed, the new generation was not particularly kind to Primeape. Nonetheless, it does have a few advantages that make it a threat to watch out for. Its offensive movepool, which includes options such as Stone Edge, Ice Punch, Punishment, Earthquake, and even Seed Bomb, is impressive; more importantly, its Base 95 Speed is still among the best of the bunch, making Choice Scarf an excellent option on it. This monkey has other tricks up its sleeve too—namely Encore and U-turn—that make it much harder to check or counter. Overall, with a combination of power, coverage, and speed, Primeape definitely poses a unique and solid offensive threat; overlook it at your peril.


    Rhydon
    Typing: Ground / Rock
    Base Stats: 105 HP / 130 Atk / 120 Def / 45 SpA / 45 SpD / 40 Spe
    Abilities: Lightningrod / Rock Head / Reckless

    Rhydon's typing and stat spread screams offensive tank, and that's normally the kind of set you'll see Rhydon using on the battlefield. Due to being an NFE, Rhydon is capable of wielding Eviolite to boost its already huge Defense stat, letting it counter some of the top threats in RU, particularly Archeops and Entei. Rhydon is easily capable of setting up Stealth Rock, and will almost always be carrying Stone Edge and Earthquake for STAB moves to form the EdgeQuake combo. Rhydon's coverage is typically rounded out with Megahorn, which lets it get a super effective hit on Slowking, Uxie, and Tangrowth, all Pokemon that would normally switch in on Rhydon without fear. Rhydon is also capable of sweeping teams late-game with Rock Polish and Life Orb with the aforementioned coverage moves.


    Rotom
    Typing: Electric / Ghost
    Base Stats: 50 HP / 50 Atk / 77 Def / 95 SpA / 77 SpD / 91 Spe
    Ability: Levitate

    Rotom is one of the most dangerous Pokemon in the RU tier, and a threat you should always be prepared for. The main reason for Rotom's dangerousness is its versatility. It can run a whole slew of effective sets, each of which requires a different counter. Rotom's typing and access to Will-O-Wisp also helps make up for its seemingly lackluster defenses. Most Rotom will be a running a SubSplit set, which capitalizes on its ability to force switches due to its 3 immunities, as well as punishing special walls that possess a high HP stat. This set commonly uses a Life Orb to increase its damage output from its STABs, as well as lowering its HP so that it can sap more HP from the likes of Clefable with Pain Split. The other common set is a Choice Scarf set, which capitalizes on Rotom's relatively high Speed stat and access to Volt Switch and Trick. This set will usually run Hidden Power Ice for coverage, but it may also run Thunderbolt along with Volt Switch to give it a more reliable STAB option that doesn't force it to switch.

    Rotom-C
    Typing: Electric / Grass
    Base Stats: 50 HP / 65 Atk / 107 Def / 105 SpA / 107 SpD / 86 Spe
    Abilities: Levitate

    Rotom-C is a powerful offensive threat in RU, literally capable of mowing through its opponents. With a unique dual STAB combination not shared by any other Pokemon, Volt Switch, and support moves such as Trick, Rotom-C can easily distinguish itself from other RU Grass-types such as Lilligant and Sceptile. Because of Volt Switch, Trick, and a typing that kills any Ground-types trying to block the Volt Switch, Rotom-C is commonly seen using a Choice item. It can utilize its many resistances and one immunity to switch in multiple times throughout a match and either scout the switch with Volt Switch, cripple the switch with Trick, or just straight up attack.


    Samurott
    Typing: Water
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 100 Atk / 85 Def / 108 SpA / 70 SpD / 70 Spe
    Abilities: Torrent / Shell Armor (Unreleased)

    Samurott is one of the new starter Pokemon, and it is also one of the best Water-type Pokemon in RU. With 100 base Attack, Swords Dance, and Aqua Jet, it is easily one of the best physical sweepers in the metagame. It is also one of the few Pokemon that carry Megahorn, which after a Swords Dance hits like a truck. If that wasn't good enough, it has a great special movepool and base 108 Special Attack, which means it can pull of a Choice Scarf set or a Choice Specs set to tear apart defensive teams. Couple this with 95/85/70 defenses, and you have a bulky attacker that packs quite a punch. With moves such as Taunt in its arsenal as well, it can stop an opposing Pokemon's setup in its tracks and then proceed to attack them. Having a Water typing isn't bad at all, with only 2 weaknesses and 4 resistances. Samurott is definitely a Pokemon you must be prepared for when making a team.


    Sandslash
    Typing: Ground
    Base Stats: 75 HP / 100 Atk / 110 Def / 45 SpA / 55 SpD / 65 Spe
    Abilities: Sand Veil / Sand Rush

    Sandslash is well-suited for a support role as it has access to both Stealth Rock and Rapid Spin. With a decent base 75 HP and respectable base 110 Defense, it makes a good physical wall—albeit one without reliable recovery. Sandslash also has the option of running EdgeQuake coverage, although it has access to Toxic and Safeguard to further support its team as well. A good base 100 Attack means that its damage output is pretty good too. Ghost-types attempting to spinblock Sandslash might have to look out for the rare Night Slash, which can easily slice through them. Thanks to it solid Defense, it can check a wide variety of physical threats, though it will still fall short to some of them. Although Sandslash is more often seen as a purely support Pokemon, it can forgo Stealth Rock for Swords Dance, allowing it to almost guarantee a Rapid Spin as after a boost; it can take down several Ghost-types with either Night Slash or Earthquake. No matter which set Sandslash uses, it will carry Rapid Spin. Thus, one might find difficulty trying to safeguard their entry hazards when facing a Sandslash. Afterall, Sandslash is one of the premier Rapid Spin users in RU, capable of downing several spinblockers by itself, which is a huge asset to it. However, its Special Defense is really abysmal, and will fall to almost every special attack. Nonetheless, if you see a Sandslash, you are certainly guaranteed to have a difficult time keeping your entry hazards safe.


    Sawsbuck
    Typing: Normal / Grass
    Base Stats: 80 HP / 100 Atk / 70 Def / 60 SpA / 70 SpD / 95 Spe
    Ability: Chlorophyll / Sap Sipper / Serene Grace

    With spot-on Attack and Speed, Sawsbuck is a solid RU sweeper. It can boost either of those stats with Swords Dance and Agility, respectively. With Baton Pass at its disposal, it can also pass those boosts along to teammates, making it all the more versatile. The Swords Dance set is perhaps the most threatening, as any free turn of setup will transform it into absolute monster. A simple Choice Band set is also a common option for Sawsbuck; instead of setting up, it just gets to work punching holes in the opposing team. Sap Sipper is a great ability that boosts Sawsbuck's Attack when hit with a Grass-type attack. Chlorophyll, on the other hand, is handy for sun teams, though it requires more team support. Horn Leech is Sawsbuck's trademark attack; it's a physical equivalent of Giga Drain, which keeps Sawsbuck nice and healthy as it breaks through the opposition.


    Sceptile
    Typing: Grass
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 85 Atk / 65 Def / 105 SpA / 85 SpD / 120 Spe
    Abilities: Overgrow / Unburden

    When one looks at Sceptile, they usually look at it as your standard special sweeper. However, Sceptile offers much more than that. Needless to say, it is a fantastic special sweeper. Sceptile can use its awesome offensive movepool that includes Leaf Storm, Earthquake, Leaf Blade, and Acrobatics to hit hard and fast on either attacking side. Sceptile can also utilize its decent bulk and fantastic base 120 Speed to form a decent SubSeed set. However, not all is good for the wood gecko. Sceptile lacks boosting moves in the special side and also suffers having a typing that gives it weaknesses to 5 types, 2 of which are really common in RU. Sceptile also lacks power to muscle through some of the common walls in RU. Despite this, Sceptile is a real force in the RU metagame.


    Scolipede
    Typing: Bug / Poison
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 90 Atk / 89 Def / 55 SpA / 69 SpD / 112 Spe
    Abilities: Poison Point / Swarm / Quick Feet

    Scolipede is an immediate threat to many popular Pokemon in RU, with excellent base 112 Speed and great coverage with STAB Megahorn, Earthquake, and Rock Slide. For the situations when Scolipede isn't faster and/or not threatening a OHKO, it can use Spikes or Toxic Spikes very effectively to support the sweeping efforts of other team members. This works especially well with Sandslash being the most common spinner, because it takes a ton of damage from Life Orb Megahorn. Swords Dance is a lesser seen move because of the lower overall utility, but combined with Baton Pass it can turn the game on a dime. Be very careful around Scolipede because it is very easy for it to grab a free turn and becomes very threatening when it does.


    Scyther
    Typing: Bug / Flying
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 110 Atk / 80 Def / 55 SpA / 80 SpD / 105 Spe
    Abilities: Swarm / Technician / Steadfast

    Scyther boasts great base 110 Attack and 105 Speed, which make it the perfect candidate for a Swords Dance sweeper. The awesome Technician ability allows Scyther to capitalize on a couple of moves, such as Aerial Ace and Bug Bite. After a Swords Dance, Scyther is an incredibly threatening sweeper, and Quick Attack allows it to pick off weakened foes, making them fall like dead flies. It can also utilize Choice items effectively; Choice Scarf Scyther is a great revenge killer, picking of threats such as Lilligant. Choice Band Scyther packs a punch, and its U-turn is bound to hurt. Although Scyther is mostly seen as an all-out offensive Pokemon, it can also use Eviolite to great effect. Scyther is decently bulky with Eviolite, as base 80 defenses aren't too bad. Scyther is a speedy bug that can easily slice through its opponents like hot knife through butter. It is also not easy to counter as well, as it has access to Baton Pass and U-turn, allowing it to easily escape from undesirable match-ups. Furthermore, Roost makes Scyther frustrating to take down, especially if it is holding Eviolite. Though Scyther is highly elusive thanks to its high Speed and access to moves such as U-turn, its greatest downfall is its 4x weakness to Stealth Rock. Every switch in will shave off 50% its HP, greatly reducing its longevity. Still, Scyther is a dangerous threat to note, as its incredible offensive capability will often leave a path of destruction.


    Sigilyph
    Typing: Psychic / Flying
    Base Stats: 72 HP / 58 Atk / 80 Def / 103 SpA / 80 SpD / 97 Spe
    Abilities: Wonder Skin / Magic Guard / Tinted Lens

    Sigilyph is a rather unique Pokemon introduced in BW. While its only above average base stats are Special Attack and Speed, Sigilyph is certainly something to be prepared for in RU due to its ability, Magic Guard. With it, Sigilyph can avoid Stealth Rock damage, takes no damage from poison or burn, and also takes no damage from Life Orb. It can run an effective offensive set, as it gets great coverage with Psychic, Air Slash, and Hidden Power Fighting. Its last move can either be Calm Mind to boost its stats further, or Roost to heal off damage. Sigilyph can also run a set with Cosmic Power. Cosmic Power boosts its defenses, while also boosting the Base Power of the move Stored Power, which Sigilyph gets as STAB. However, there are ways to deal with Sigilyph. Aerodactyl with Taunt can prevent it from boosting or healing, and outspeeds and KOes with STAB Stone Edge. Spiritomb is immune to Stored Power, and can run a Calm Mind set to bypass Sigilyph's boosts. Mandibuzz and Slowking are other ways of effectively dealing with Sigilyph, as they can take most of Sigilyph's attacks with ease and phaze with either Whirlwind or Dragon Tail.

    Swellow
    Typing: Normal / Flying
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 85 Atk / 60 Def / 50 SpA / 50 SpD / 125 Spe
    Abilities: Guts / Scrappy

    Swellow remains largely unchanged throughout the generations. While Swellow's only impressive stat seems to be its wonderful Speed, it has an excellent ability in Guts. It usually holds either Flame Orb or Toxic Orb to activate its Guts ability, boosting its average Attack to high levels. Guts-boosted Facade and Brave Bird are terrifyingly powerful, denting anything that does not resist them. Not only is it capable of punching holes, but it can also scout with U-turn, taking no damage from its status as well. Swellow's remarkable Speed means that it is usually only hit by priority moves, but it has Quick Attack, which can finish off weakened foes. With the usual moves being Facade, Brave Bird, Quick Attack, U-turn, Pursuit, and Protect, Swellow is highly predictable. It is also easily walled by Steel- and Rock-types thanks to its poor coverage, and will be worn down quickly by its status. Still, Swellow is deceptively powerful, and can peck its way through teams like hot knife through butter. Without a Rock- or Steel-type in its way, it can easily leave a path of wreckage in its wake.


    Tauros
    Typing: Normal
    Base Stats: 75 HP / 100 Atk / 95 Def / 40 SpA / 70 SpD / 110 Spe
    Abilities: Intimidate / Anger Point / Sheer Force

    Tauros is typically seen as a straight-up physical attacker, utilizing its high Speed and Attack stats with a Life Orb to the fullest. Tauros has two fantastic abilities in Intimidate and Sheer Force, which can allow it to either switch in on weak physical attackers with ease, or give it a recoil-less Life Orb and boosted STAB Rock Climb and Rock Slide, respectively. Zen Headbutt and Earthquake are commonly seen as the coverage moves. Finally, instead of being a full-on attacker, Tauros can opt to setup with Work Up, giving it even more power at the cost of a coverage move, usually Zen Headbutt.


    Typhlosion
    Typing: Fire
    Base Stats: 78 HP / 84 Atk / 78 Def / 109 SpA / 85 SpD / 100 Spe
    Abilities: Blaze / Flash Fire (Unreleased)

    Typhlosion is one of the few Fire-types that gets blessed with the move Eruption. At full HP and wielding a monstrous 109 base Special Attack and 100 Speed, the typical Choice Scarf Typhlosion only has a few safe switch-ins since Eruption can 2HKO nearly any Pokemon that doesn't resist the move. Unfortunately there are also some hard counters to Choice Scarf Typhlosion. Slowking and Lanturn are very common in the metagame and can take any of Typhlosion's attacks easily. Rapid Spin support is also needed if Typhlosion wants to keep Eruption's maximum power. However, with proper support, Choice Scarf Typhlosion can cut through an entire team with its speed and power in the late-game. Thanks to Team Preview, Typhlosion can also create instant pressure as a lead if you see that the opponent lacks the proper resists. Even if Typhlosion's Eruption isn't at maximum power, opponents still have to worry about a Blaze-boosted Fire Blast, which is even more powerful than Eruption.

    Zangoose
    Typing: Normal
    Stats: 73 HP / 115 Atk / 60 Def / 60 SpA / 60 SpD / 90 Spe
    Abilities: Immunity / Toxic Boost

    Zangoose is truly a frightening threat in that it can hit ridiculously hard without a turn of setup. This is due to its ability, Toxic Boost, which powers up its already-high Attack stat to ridiculous levels when it's poisoned, which is easy to do with a Toxic Orb. To capitalize on this ability, Zangoose has STAB Facade, which becomes a 140 Base Power STAB move when Zangoose is poisoned. Zangoose can even use Swords Dance to make this attack even more powerful, and also has access to Close Combat to get rid of pesky Steel-types, such as Ferroseed. Ghost-types aren't safe from this behemoth either, as it has access to Shadow Claw. It also has Quick Attack for priority, and even that becomes powerful due to Toxic Boost. Zangoose is truly a devastating threat due to a ridiculously powerful STAB move, Close Combat, Shadow Claw, a great ability, and the power to sweep teams in the blink of an eye.

    Zweilous
    Typing: Dark / Dragon
    Base Stats: 72 HP / 85 Atk / 70 Def / 65 SpA / 70 SpD / 58 Spe
    Ability: Hustle

    With unassuming overall stats and a barren movepool, Zweilous doesn't look like much from a glance. Until you realize that with Hustle, Zweilous possesses the strongest Outrage in the entire game, surpassing the power of even Rayquaza. With that tool alone, Zweilous can rip giant holes in teams with ease, and it has just enough of a movepool to give it coverage in STAB Crunch and Fire Fang. Most Zweilous you'll encounter will be Trick Room sweepers, mostly due to Zweilous's otherwise dismal Speed. When not in Trick Room, Zweilous will typically be running just enough Speed EVs to outpace base 60s, and typically be wielding a Choice Band to further boost the power of its obscenely powerful Outrage. Some Zweilous will be running Eviolite instead to turn the two-headed fiend into more of a tank, and will usually be running Substitute in place of Dragon Tail or Thunder Wave to ease prediction and block status. Beware of the uncommon Choice Scarf sets; while it's not nearly as strong as the Choice Band set, it trades its power for the ability to outrun everything in the tier up to positively-natured Archeops, giving it the jump on many Pokemon that could normally easily revenge kill it.

    Defensive Threats:


    Aggron
    Typing: Steel / Rock
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 110 Atk / 180 Def / 60 SpA / 60 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Sturdy / Rock Head / Heavy Metal

    Aggron is one of the few viable Steel-types in RU, so its resistances to Dragon-, Ice-, Normal-, Flying-, Bug-, Dark-, Ghost-, Psychic-, and Rock-type attacks are highly valued. It also has a gigantic Defense stat, making it one of the few Druddigon, Klinklang, Entei, and Scyther counters in the tier. Aggron has access to Stealth Rock and is almost always guaranteed to get it set up thanks to Sturdy. In a defensive role, Aggron will typically be carrying Thunder Wave to cripple its common switch-ins. Aggron separates itself from other defensive Pokemon, such as Steelix, by having an extremely powerful attack in STAB recoil-less Head Smash, thanks to Rock Head, and a high Attack stat, even uninvested. Finally, while rare, Aggron is capable of pulling off an effective Metal Burst set thanks to Sturdy, which ensures that it will survive any attack assuming it's at full health and be able to KO back.


    Altaria
    Typing: Dragon / Flying
    Base Stats: 75 HP / 75 Atk / 90 Def / 70 SpA / 105 SpD / 80 Spe
    Abilities: Natural Cure / Cloud nine

    Altaria's decent typing grants it resistances to Fighting-, Water-, Grass-, Fire-, and Bug-type moves, which are extremely common in the RU metagame. In addition, Altaria has an immunity to Ground-type moves, and it has access to various support moves, such as Heal Bell, Roost, and Toxic. Natural Cure is a blessing on a defensive Pokemon, as it means Altaria won't be crippled by status any longer than it stays on the field. Natural Cure works great in tandem with Rest, fully restoring Altaria's health and waking it up when it switches out. That's not all, as Altaria's decent defensive stats mean it can abuse a defensive Dragon Dance set; while it's difficult to KO, Altaria raises its stats to respectable levels, and becomes a dangerous threat. Don't overlook Altaria because of its common weaknesses, because it can be crippling if you don't take it into account.


    Clefable
    Typing: Normal
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 70 Atk / 73 Def / 85 SpA / 90 SpD / 60 Spe
    Abilities: Cute Charm / Magic Guard / Unaware

    Clefable is a solid special wall that, thanks to Magic Guard, is unaffected by passive damage, such as entry hazards and Toxic, that break other defensive threats. The sheer versatility of sets it can run makes countering it difficult until you know just what's up its sleeves. Access to Wish, dual screens, and Heal Bell provides it with plenty of ways to support its team. Encore, Thunder Wave, Toxic, Stealth Rock, and Knock Off are all excellent options for crippling opponents, easing its allies' attempts at sweeping the opponent. Cosmic Power allows it to beef up its defenses even further, while Softboiled provides reliable recovery. Clefable can even go on the offensive; its vast special movepool, and decent base 85 Special Attack, ensure its not just setup bait. Unfortunately, its lower Defense stat and weakness to Fighting means its threatened by any powerful Fighting-type, and there's certainly no lack of them in RU.

    Crustle
    Typing: Bug / Rock
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 95 Atk / 125 Def / 65 SpA / 75 SpD / 45 Spe
    Abilities: Sturdy / Shell Armor / Weak Armor

    While Crustle has a huge Defense stat, it has an extremely poor defensive typing. Therefore, it will usually be seen as a dedicated lead, where it will almost always be able to set up Stealth Rock and a layer of Spikes, if not more. It does have resistances to Normal- and Poison-type attacks, and its access to STAB Rock- and Bug-type attacks, particularly Stone Edge and X-Scissor respectively, is usually enough to scare off other common dedicated leads such as Scolipede and Accelgor. Beware of treating all Crustle the same; it is also capable of attempting a sweep with Shell Smash.


    Cryogonal
    Typing: Ice
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 50 Atk / 30 Def / 95 SpA / 135 SpD / 105 Spe
    Ability: Levitate

    Cryogonal's Ice typing is bad defensively and it has a horrid Defense stat, but it has a massive Special Defense stat and is capable of tanking many of the common special attacks, particularly Ice Beam, Thunderbolt, Surf, and Grass Knot, with ease. Cryogonal is typically used for its access to Rapid Spin, despite its weakness to Stealth Rock. However, it also carries an immunity to Spikes and Toxic Spikes thanks to Levitate, which somewhat makes up for this. It's also incredibly fast for a defensive Pokemon, and has access to reliable recovery in Recover. Cryogonal even has a decent Special Attack stat to threaten the opponent with its STAB Ice Beam. Finally, it has access to Light Screen and Reflect in order to support the team even further, and will often carry Haze as well to cancel out any stat boosts the opponent may accumulate.


    Drapion
    Typing: Poison / Dark
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 90 Atk / 110 Def / 60 SpA / 75 SpD / 95 Spe
    Abilities: Battle Armor / Sniper / Keen Eye

    Drapion's typing is perfect for countering Psychic- and Ghost-types, and is incredibly adept at trapping them with its STAB Pursuit. Because its typing is suited for taking on Psychic- and Ghost-types and has a decent Defense stat to start with, most Drapion will be specially defensive to be able to more easily take Thunderbolt, Shadow Ball, Dark Pulse, and Focus Blast. When specially defensive, Drapion will usually be setting up Toxic Spikes and absorbing them for its team, while also carrying Whirlwind to phaze the enemy and attempt to poison the rest of the team. The last slot is usually left to Taunt to prevent the enemy from setting up entry hazards on Drapion, as well as stopping defensive walls from using Rest or other forms of recovery to ensure the Toxic builds up.


    Dusknoir
    Typing: Ghost
    Base Stats: 45 HP / 100 Atk / 135 Def / 65 SpA / 135 SpD / 45 Spe
    Ability: Pressure

    Dusknoir is one of the few viable Ghost-types available in RU, and is one of the bulkiest by far. This makes it one of the most reliable spinblockers available. Most Dusknoir will be carrying Will-O-Wisp to punish any physical attackers. Dusknoir's role on a team is typically a tank, and will usually be carrying Shadow Punch, Seismic Toss, and Earthquake for attack moves. The last slot is typically left to Pain Split, which works wonders with Dusknoir's naturally low HP, and lets it take on other walls such as Clefable and Munchlax more effectively.


    Ferroseed
    Type: Grass / Steel
    Base Stats: 44 HP / 50 Atk / 91 Def / 24 SpA / 86 SpD / 10 Spe
    Ability: Iron Barbs

    A fantastic Grass / Steel typing means Ferroseed can safely shut down a large portion of the RU metagame thanks to a whopping 10 resistances and one immunity. It has a number of support options too, with access to Spikes and Stealth Rock to support the team, Thunder Wave and Toxic to cripple the opponent, as well as Leech Seed and Protect to keep itself healthy. Ferroseed's stats may look underwhelming, but thanks to Eviolite, its bulk is comparable to its much bigger brother Ferrothorn. Ferroseed's ability, Iron Barbs, complements its role perfectly, punishing enemy contact moves such as Rapid Spin making it a real annoyance to physical sweepers in general. It is far from perfect though, as a weakness to Fighting is a hindrance to its physical walling capability while a massive 4x weakness to Fire is always there to be exploited. An almost complete lack of offensive presence makes it vulnerable to Taunt and it can be set up on by anything that doesn't fear Gyro Ball or status. Despite these flaws, Ferroseed is still one of the most reliable entry hazard setters and mixed walls in all of RU. Don't be fooled by this harmless-looking baby durian fruit; Ferroseed is the very definition of a defensive threat.


    Hariyama
    Typing: Fighting
    Base Stats: 144 HP / 120 Atk / 60 Def / 40 SpA / 60 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Thick Fat / Guts / Sheer Force

    One of the many Fighting-types in RU, Hariyama stands out from the crowd, competing with a whole different play style compared to the others. Thanks to its massive HP stat, Hariyama can take a more defensive role; Thick Fat also adds to Hariyama's defensive prowess, allowing it to survive boosted Fire- and Ice-type moves and hit back with a powerful STAB move. Although Hariyama is slow, it has a sky-high Attack stat, and moves such as Payback, Bullet Punch, and Fake Out enable it to take advantage of its low Speed stat. Hariyama is commonly seen utilizing Rest, Sleep Talk, and Whirlwind, which makes countering it directly very difficult. In addition, Hariyama's Guts ability means it can't be beaten by Scald and Will-O-Wisp; they only add to its power. Sheer Force is helpful as it boosts moves like ThunderPunch and Ice Punch, as well as less powerful moves like Wake-Up Slap.


    Lanturn
    Typing: Water / Electric
    Base Stats: 125 HP / 58 Atk / 58 Def / 76 SpA / 76 SpD / 67 Spe
    Abilities: Volt Absorb / Illuminate / Water Absorb

    Lanturn is one of the best bulky Water-types in RU. Its great typing grants it only two weaknesses, Grass and Ground, albeit two common attacking types. Its astronomical base 125 HP makes it incredibly hard to take down, especially with special attacks. Volt Absorb gives Lanturn yet another generous gift of not only an Electric-type immunity, but also a way to recover HP without having to rely on Rest. Lanturn's presence on the team may deter the opponent from recklessly launching Electric-type attacks, which might benefit the Lanturn user. Not only is Lanturn a great special tank, it can also provide plenty of support for the team. With access to support moves, such as Heal Bell and Thunder Wave, Lanturn can provide the team with various forms of support. As with most Water-types, it has access to the frustrating move known as Scald, which has a chance of inflicting a nasty burn on the target. Burning the target also allows Lanturn to handle it more easily as it has a ridiculously low Defense stat. Unlike most bulky Water-type, Lanturn can act as a nifty defensive pivot by switching itself out with a slow Volt Switch. Thus, Lanturn is a rather elusive tank that can get itself out of harm's way. Lanturn can also support rain teams with Rain Dance and probably even Heal Bell, the latter of which is hard to fit on rain teams. Lanturn is truly a defensive beast to take down, and is one of the most common and effective bulky Water-types in the tier.


    Lickilicky
    Typing: Normal
    Base Stats: 110 HP / 85 Atk / 95 Def / 80 SpA / 95 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Own Tempo / Oblivious / Cloud Nine

    Lickilicky's mixed defenses are phenomenal, letting it tank attacks from all sorts of opponents. This is made even better considering it only has one weakness in Fighting-type moves. Lickilicky's main role on a team is a Wish passer, thanks to its ability to pass huge HP Wishes, and as a cleric thanks to its access to Heal Bell. It will also usually be carrying Protect in order to heal itself with Wish, as well as to scout the opponent's moves and gain Leftovers recovery. Lickilicky's attack moves are typically left to Body Slam for STAB in order to spread paralysis on the opponent, and to Dragon Tail in order to phaze the opponent. While rare, Lickilicky also possesses the strongest STAB Explosion in the game, which, even with the nerf this generation, can still leave a dent in any of your Pokemon that isn't resistant or immune.


    Mandibuzz
    Typing: Dark / Flying
    Base Stats: 110 HP / 65 Atk / 105 Def / 55 SpA / 95 SpD / 80 Spe
    Abilities: Big Pecks / Overcoat / Weak Armor

    Mandibuzz is a strange defensive Pokemon; unlike its Flying-type brethren, Mandibuzz sports decent base 110 HP, 105 Defense, and 95 Special Defense stats. Commonly seen as a specially defensive Pokemon, Mandibuzz can switch into common Psychic-, Ghost-, and Dark-types, namely Slowking, Absol, and Uxie, with little trouble. Access to Roost, Taunt, and Whirlwind make it difficult to knock out of the sky, and coupled with its decent defensive stats, it will be a pain to face when you're stuck with a special attacker. Overcoat is by far Mandibuzz's most useful ability, though in RU, there aren't any permanent weather inducers, so hail and sandstorm won't be common. Mandibuzz's other abilities are pretty poor, but they don't affect its walling potential in the slightest. Just because it's a Flying-type, and it's weak to Stealth Rock, don't underestimate Mandibuzz as a defensive Pokemon.


    Mesprit
    Typing: Psychic
    Base Stats: 80 HP / 105 Atk / 105 Def / 105 SpA / 105 SpD / 80 Spe
    Ability: Levitate

    While Mesprit is usually better off with an offensive set due to the presence of other more capable defensive Pokemon in the tier such as Uxie, Mesprit is still a viable option at providing team support. Mesprit isn't totally helpless offensively even though it might be defensively oriented. Its equal defenses and offensive stats make it an all-rounded defensive pivot. Mesprit's support movepool isn't too bad either, with access to Stealth Rock, Sunny Day, Rain Dance, Trick Room, Thunder Wave, and Toxic to name a few. What stands out though is Healing Wish, which allows it to bring in a refreshed teammate after setting up a desirable field condition. It can even use dual screens as well. Mesprit is one of the few defensive Pokemon that can keep an offensive presence while providing team support, making it less of a setup bait while fulfilling its roles. Thus, Mesprit is not entire outclassed defensively and is still a threat to look out for in this aspect.

    Miltank
    Typing: Normal
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 80 Atk / 105 Def / 40 SpA / 70 SpD / 100 Spe
    Abilities: Thick Fat / Scrappy / Sap Sipper

    Miltank possesses two awesome abilities in Thick Fat and Scrappy, which let it fulfill different roles on a team. Most defensive sets will make use of a specially defensive EV spread and Thick Fat to counter threats such as Moltres and Typhlosion, while retaining its ability to counter physical threats such as Entei. Almost all defensive sets will be carrying Stealth Rock to support the team, Heal Bell to cure status, and Milk Drink for reliable recovery. Miltank's attacking move will typically be left to Body Slam to spread paralysis on the opponent's team. If Miltank is using a Curse set, it will usually be running Scrappy in order to hit Ghost-types.


    Moltres
    Typing: Fire / Flying
    Base Stats: 90 HP / 100 Atk / 90 Def / 125 SpA / 85 SpD / 90 Spe
    Abilities: Pressure / Flame Body (Unreleased)

    While Moltres will usually be abusing its huge base Special Attack and STAB Fire Blast and Air Slash, it can also make use of its decent defensive stats in a SubRoost set. Moltres's typing is perfect for countering the multitude of Grass- and Bug-types in the tier, and setting a Substitute up on the Pokemon it scares out with its STAB moves is easy to do. Once Moltres has a Substitute up, it's able to stall the opponent with a combination of Toxic and Roost. It will usually be carrying Flamethrower for a STAB move due to its higher PP and accuracy over Fire Blast.


    Munchlax
    Typing: Normal
    Base Stats: 135 HP / 85 Atk / 40 Def / 40 SpA / 85 SpD / 5 Spe
    Abilities: Pick Up / Thick Fat / Gluttony

    Munchlax occupies the position as the most specially defensive Pokemon in RU with the help of Eviolite. Most sets will focus on its ability to tank even the strongest special attacks in the tier, usually with a RestTalk set with Whirlwind. Munchlax will typically be using Body Slam for a STAB move in order to spread paralysis on the opponent's team. Munchlax's Thick Fat ability is awesome and lets it take Fire- and Ice-type attacks like a pro. If using a Curse set, Munchlax will usually drop Sleep Talk in favor of another coverage move, such as Earthquake or Fire Punch.


    Omastar
    Typing: Rock / Water
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 60 Atk / 125 Def / 115 SpA / 70 SpD / 55 Spe
    Ability: Swift Swim / Shell Armor / Weak Armor

    Omastar is most commonly seen as a Shell Smash sweeper, as it is one of the best Shell Smash users, and it might be a waste not to use its offensive potential to the fullest. However, don't forget that Omastar's best stat is actually its base 125 Defense. With such a huge Defense stat, Omastar acts as a good check to several physical attackers in the tier, though it might not be completely effective due to the omnipresent Fighting-types in the tier. Nonetheless, Omastar's access to several support moves make it an ideal defensive Pokemon too. It can lay Stealth Rock, Spikes, and Toxic Spikes, though it is quite inefficient at setting up all of them. Still, it finds many opportunities to set them up as the threat of Shell Smash Omastar is too great for people to ignore and often cause people to immediately switch to their appropriate counters, only to realize that Omastar is taking its time to lay down entry hazards. Being a defensive Water-type has its merits as well as it can potentially burn opponents with Scald. Omastar can tank physical hits from burned opponents all day long bar some super effective hits. Haze and Knock Off are moves that Omastar might carry once in a while. The latter is especially useful to remove vital held items such as Eviolite. Never assume that every Omastar is the same Shell Smash Omastar, as it is still a rather potent defensive threat.


    Poliwrath
    Typing: Water / Fighting
    Base Stats: 90 HP / 85 Atk / 95 Def / 70 SpA / 90 SpD / 70 Spe
    Abilities: Water Absorb / Damp / Swift Swim

    Poliwrath possesses fantastic mixed defenses and a unique typing that lets it tank the attacks of many different threats in the tier, particularly Entei, Klinklang, Rhydon, and Crawdaunt. Its ability, Water Absorb, lets it counter nearly ever Water-type in the tier, bar Lanturn, Ludicolo, and Slowking. Poliwrath's signature move, Circle Throw, gives it a decent STAB and phazing move, letting it rack up entry hazard damage. Poliwrath will most often be using a SubPunch set with Waterfall and Focus Punch as STAB moves, and Encore in the last slot to give it more setup opportunities. Those sets without Substitute will typically be RestTalk sets, but beware of surprise Bulk Up sets.


    Quagsire
    Typing: Water / Ground
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 85 Atk / 85 Def / 65 SpA / 65 SpD / 35 Spe
    Abilities: Damp / Water Absorb / Unaware

    Quagsire is a unique Pokemon, as with Unaware, which ignores the opponent's stat boosts, it is able to stop the majority of Pokemon reliant on setup as well as Pokemon that cannot hit hard right off the bat. For example, physically defensive Quagsire stops all variations of Drapion barring a critical hit, as neither Night Slash nor Poison Jab can deal enough damage. Ground / Water typing and access to Recover make it all the more difficult to take down, as many unboosted neutral hits are unable to 2HKO Quagsire. In response, it can build up Curse boosts and threaten to steamroll the opponent or flat out wall and stall with burn or Toxic. Luckily, Quagsire hates status, which will sap away at its health and turn those 3HKOes into 2HKOes. Furthermore, strong neutral hits or special attacks from the likes of Aggron, Druddigon, and even unboosted Gorebyss will leave a dent in Quagsire, giving it no time to Recover. In addition, Grass-type moves will destroy it completely; this is rather unfortunate for Quagsire since Pokemon such as Rotom-C, Tangrowth, Lilligant,, and Sceptile exist to take advantage of it. So while a rare Quagsire variant may tear apart your team, most are handled without rage.


    Qwilfish
    Typing: Water / Poison
    Stats: 65 HP / 95 Atk / 75 Def / 55 SpA / 55 SpD / 85 Spe
    Abilities: Swift Swim / Poison Point / Intimidate

    One would wonder why anyone would ever use a Qwilfish—and its meager stats go a long way to support that misconception. However, with its excellent typing and Dream World ability Intimidate, Qwilfish can tank resisted physical hits surprisingly well. With a large support movepool including Taunt, Thunder Wave, Spikes, and Toxic Spikes, Qwilfish can fit on any team quite comfortably. Toxic Spikes is an especially notable niche for Qwilfish, as it is one of the better defensive Pokemon with access to this rare commodity. On the topic of Toxic Spikes, Qwilfish is one of the best grounded defensive Poison-types, and hence one of the best Toxic Spikes absorber—this especially serves well to support rain teams. With Swift Swim as an optional ability, it can serve as a fast supporter with a punch.


    Regirock
    Typing: Rock
    Base Stats: 80 HP / 100 Atk / 200 Def / 50 SpA / 100 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Clear Body / Sturdy (Unreleased)

    The first thing that should jump out at you when looking at Regirock's stats is its absolutely gigantic Defense stat. This, combined with its high Attack and Special Defense stats, allows it to perform as one of the sturdiest tanks you'll find in RU. Thanks to its typing and high Defense, Regirock is able to take on the likes of Aggron, Entei, Scyther, and Electivire with ease. Most defensive Regirock will carry Stealth Rock and Thunder Wave or Toxic to support the team, with Earthquake and Rock Slide as attacking options. Beware of mono-attacking Curse sets, which remedies one of the main problems Regirock has: its lack of reliable recovery. Also watch out for the occasional Sunny Day supporter, which will commonly carry Fire Punch and/or Explosion to get a sun sweeper in unscathed.


    Slowking
    Typing: Water / Psychic
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 75 Atk / 80 Def / 100 SpA / 110 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Oblivious / Own Tempo / Regenerator

    If one is looking for a fantastic defensive pivot that has instant recovery, can spread status, and actually has enough power to put a dent into something, Slowking is the one. Slowking can use its massive Special Defense to switch into a ton of special attacking threats and attempt to attack back, cripple, switch to a Pokemon that resists the move in the case that the opponent is carrying a Choice item, or do a double switch if you predict the opponent will be switching to. Thanks to its amazing ability in Regenerator, it can heal its health by 33% whenever it switches, meaning it is able to repeatably switch into a threat and threaten it out. While its Defense isn't great, it's still good enough to be able to tank some hits. Keep in mind that Slowking has many common weaknesses, meaning the number of Pokemon it can switch into is a bit limited, but Slowking can still come in and threaten most of the special attacking Pokemon in the tier out. Slowking is also not just useful for tanking hits; it can attempt a sweep using a Trick Room + Nasty Plot set. If your opponent has a Slowking in it, be very careful in playing around it; it can and will do a lot of damage to your team if you let it.


    Smeargle
    Typing: Normal
    Base Stats: 55 HP / 20 Atk / 35 Def / 20 SpA / 45 SpD / 75 Spe
    Abilities: Own Tempo / Technician / Moody (Banned)

    Although its appearance may state that this little beagle should stick to the canvas, Smeargle is one of the most annoying Pokemon to face in the RU metagame. What makes it so special you ask? Smeargle has access to literally every move in the game. With a decent 75 base Speed and every support move, Smeargle does a fantastic job of helping out a team whether it be through hazards, Baton Pass, or even Trick Room! Despite Smeargle's perks, not everything is fine and dandy for the little artist, as ultimately its lack of an offensive presence is its downfall. Most of Smeargle's stats border on horrifying, and Smeargle isn't exactly a speed demon either, allowing it to be outsped and KOed rather easily. Often faster Pokemon with Taunt put a full stop to Smeargle, rendering its support capabilities useless. On top of this, the advent of Team Preview allows your opponent to prepare for Smeargle and stop it as quickly as possible. Although Smeargle isn't the monster it was in the past, it is not to be overlooked.


    Steelix
    Typing: Steel / Ground
    Base Stats: 75 HP / 85 Atk / 200 Def / 55 SpA / 65 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Rock Head / Sturdy / Sheer Force

    Steelix is a physically defensive behemoth, boasting an astronomically high base 200 Defense, backed by an acceptable base 75 HP. Although it's weak to common attacking types, such as Fighting and Water, it has the great Sturdy ability to fall back on if it's at full health. With its extremely high base Defense and Sturdy ability, it will be nearly impossible to take it down with a physical attack, even if it's super effective. Steelix can support the team with Stealth Rock and a phazing move of either Dragon Tail or Roar. Its Steel / Ground typing gives Steelix useful resistances to several types such as Bug, Dark, and Ghost. Though Steelix is a physical wall, it can go on the offense as well, and base 85 Attack isn't too bad either. Steelix has a pathetic base 30 Speed that it can use to its advantage; with a Speed-hindering nature, its STAB Gyro Ball can still deal decent damage to most Pokemon in the tier. Earthquake is also reasonably strong. Still, Steelix offenses are hardly impressive, and other physical walls can stall out Steelix as well. Nonetheless, Steelix is a huge physical threat to look out for.

    Tangrowth
    Typing: Grass
    Base Stats: 100 HP / 100 Atk / 125 Def / 110 SpA / 50 SpD / 50 Spe
    Ability: Chlorophyll / Leaf Guard / Regenerator

    Tangrowth is an excellent physical wall that has gotten even better this generation thanks to its new ability, Regenerator. Regenerator allows Tangrowth to restore a sizable amount of health throughout every match, in conjunction with moves such as Leech Seed and Giga Drain. Its other ability, Chlorophyll, eliminates problems that arise from its pitiful base 50 Speed, allowing it to become a frightening sweeper with Growth. When not tanking hits from physical attackers, Tangrowth also has the potential to strike back hard with great mixed offense stats—100 Attack and 110 Special Attack—and powerful moves, such as Power Whip. However, what most makes Tangrowth dangerous is Sleep Powder. With Sleep Powder Tangrowth is able to basically eliminate one Pokemon on the opponent's team, and Tangrowth doesn't even really care if it misses occasionally thanks to its almost endless supply of recovery. Tangrowth is seen most often as a physical tank, although more offensive sets can be used as well; take caution when facing Tangrowth, as it has the potential to sweep your team after just one turn of setup.

    Uxie
    Typing: Psychic
    Base Stats: 75 HP / 75 Atk / 130 Def / 75 SpA / 130 SpD / 95 Spe
    Ability: Levitate

    Uxie resumes its role from DPP UU as one of the most versatile supporters available in the metagame. With huge mixed defenses, almost nothing in the tier can outright KO Uxie, which means it will almost always accomplish what it set out to do. Almost every support Uxie will be carrying Stealth Rock and U-turn, but aside from that commonality, most Uxie sets will be different. Uxie's support movepool takes on the colorful rainbow of Thunder Wave, Toxic, Yawn, Rain Dance, Sunny Day, Trick Room, dual screens, Memento, and Trick. But the fun doesn't stop there! Just when you think that Uxie couldn't get more dangerous than being able to support nearly any kind of team, it's also capable of going on the offensive with a bulky SubCM set. After a Calm Mind, very little in the tier can break its Substitutes in one hit, and from there Uxie can steamroll right over the opposing team with Psychic and Thunderbolt. In short, expect the unexpected when facing a Uxie, and use Team Preview to your advantage to prepare for a possible field supporter Uxie.


    Weezing
    Typing: Poison
    Base Stats: 65 HP / 90 Atk / 120 Def / 85 SpA / 70 SpD / 60 Spe
    Abilities: Levitate

    The metagame has shifted around Weezing and with the shift of powerful attackers emerging, it has led to the conjoined triplets' fall to RU. In spite of this, Weezing is a magnificent physical wall, capable of checking many physical threats. Will-O-Wisp and Levitate combine to make the best check against Rhydon, as it avoids its Ground-type STAB and inflicts a burn, rendering it ineffective. It also serves as a good check against Archeops, burning it with Will-O-Wisp or doing a good number with a super effective Thunderbolt. As for defensive threats, Curse Quagsire will despise the burn while Ferroseed will reconsider switching in at the sight of Flamethrower. Weezing's support options don't stop there, as it can negate the boosts of opposing Pokemon thanks to Haze or even Clear Smog, with the latter receiving STAB and never missing (at the cost of a type being immune and not affecting those hidden behind a Substitute). Though there are plenty of special attackers who wreck Weezing on its weaker Special Defense, Weezing does more than enough as a good check for physical attackers.


    Whimsicott
    Typing: Grass
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 67 Atk / 85 Def / 77 SpA / 75 SpD / 116 Spe
    Abilities: Prankster / Infiltrator / Chlorophyll

    Whimsicott was one of the most hyped up Pokemon in the beginning stages of BW, but it quickly fell from grace after people realized that Grass-types walled it cold and it had no form of offense, as well as its obvious predictability. However, Whimsicott is still quite dangerous in its own right. Even though it has absolutely no way of getting past Grass-types, it can severely cripple them with a priority Stun Spore, or Taunt them. Whimsicott can play a greater role in the RU tier as a team supporter; it has access to a priority Sunny Day, Encore, Taunt, Stun Spore, Light Screen, and even Memento! This crafty little prankster has all sorts of tricks up its grassy sleeves, and therefore you should best be on your guard, for fear of being played by the fluffball.


    Format shamelessly stolen from Aerrow xD thanks

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  2. Amarillo

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    Can I reserve Qwilfish and Entei?

    Also, you probably should include Weather-based threats like Ludicolo, Kabutops, Rotom-F, and Walrein. You've completely overlooked those.
  3. No Luck Involved

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    I'd like to call Ferroseed!

    You're missing Serperior, Samurott, Crawdaunt, Ninjask and Golurk ;) also Lickilicky is more viable than Lickitung imo.
  4. Lemonade.

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    Sharpedo please
  5. Omicron

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    Updated, also, everyone please indicate whether you want the offensive threat or the defensive threat, as there may be two entries for one Pokemon.
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    Ferroseed
    Type: Grass / Steel
    Base Stats: 44 HP / 50 Atk / 91 Def / 24 SpA / 86 SpD / 10 Spe
    Ability: Iron Barbs

    A fantastic Grass/Steel typing means Ferroseed can safely shut down a large portion of the RU meta-game thanks to a whopping 10 resistances and one immunity. It has options to abuse too with access to Spikes and Stealth Rock to support the team; Thunder Wave and Toxic to cripple the opponent; as well as Leech Seed and Protect to keep itself healthy. Ferroseed's stats may look underwhelming but thanks to the Eviolite, its bulk is comparable to its much bigger brother Ferrothorn. Ferroseed's ability, Iron Barbs, complements its role perfectly, punishing enemy contact moves such as Rapid Spin and makes it a real annoyance to physical sweepers in general. It is far from perfect though, a weakness to Fighting is a hinderance to its physical walling capability while a massive 4x weakness to Fire is always there to be exploited. An almost complete lack of offensive presence makes it vulnerable to Taunt and it can be set up on by anything that doesn't fear Gyro Ball or status. Despite these flaws, Ferroseed is still one of the most reliable entry hazard setters and mixed walls in all of RU. Don't be fooled by this harmless-looking baby durian, Ferroseed is the very definition of a defensive threat.

    P.S. Smeargle is also a threat!
  7. Lemonade.

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    done


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    Sharpedo
    Typing: Water / Dark
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 120 Atk / 40 Def / 95 SpA / 40 SpD / 95 Spe
    Abilities: Rough Skin / Speed Boost

    Sharpedo was once a run of the mill sweeper, boasting great 120 base Attack and decent 95 base Special Attack and Speed, but lacking defensively. While the offenses and defenses remain static, Sharpedo gained Speed Boost as an ability, making the shark deadly late game. After the major obstacles such as Ferroseed, Gastrodon, and Cresselia are sufficiently weakened or KOed, Sharpedo has no issue sweeping, especially if hazards are down, thanks to its ever-increasing Speed that makes conventional revenge killing impossible. Furthermore, Mach Punch and Vacuum Wave are lacking in RU, meaning opponents will have a hard time taking it down after a few Speed Boosts. Luckily, Sharpedo is underwhelming as the match begins; with no way to boosts its offenses, it cannot OHKO many full or near full health Pokemon, even if said Pokemon are weak to the move used. It also falls to most attacks, so having a Pokemon that can tank one of Sharpedo's moves is usually enough.
  8. Woodchuck

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    Reserving Feraligatr (Offensive)
    Unless the guy who wrote its analysis wants it
    oh wait that's me
  9. Lemonade.

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    reserving quagsire-done


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    Quagsire
    Typing: Water / Ground
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 85 Atk / 85 Def / 65 SpA / 65 SpD / 35 Spe
    Abilities: Damp / Water Absorb / Unaware

    Quagsire is unique Pokemon, as with Unaware, which ignores the opponent's stat boosts, it is able to stop the majority of Pokemon reliant on set up as well as Pokemon that cannot hit hard right off the bat. For example, physically defensive Quagsire stops all variations of Sneasel barring a critical hit, since neither Night Slash nor Ice Punch can deal enough damage. Ground / Water typing and access to Recover make it all the more difficult to take down, as many unboosted neutral hits are unable to 2HKO Quagsire. In response, it can build up Curse boosts and threaten to steamroll the opponent or flat out wall and stall with burn or Toxic. Luckily, Quagsire hates status, which will sap away at its health and turn those 3HKOes into 2HKOes etc. Furthermore, strong neutral hits or special attacks from the likes of Rhyperior, Choice Specs Yanmega, and even unboosted Gorebyss will leave a dent in Quagsire, giving it no time to Recover. In addition, Grass-type moves will destroy it completely; this is rather unfortunate for Quagsire since Pokemon such as Rotom-C, Serperior, Snover, and Sceptile exist to take advantage of it. So while a rare Quagsire variant may tear apart your team, most are handled without rage.
  10. Paradoxus

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    Taking all of the Rotoms
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    Updated, also, Paradoxus, you may only reserve two at a time, so please pick two of the Rotom formes only, then you may do another once those two are finished.
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    Reserving Moltres and Snover, please~

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    Moltres [Offensive]
    Typing: Fire / Flying
    Base Stats: 90 HP / 100 Atk / 90 Def / 125 SpA / 85 SpD / 90 Spe)
    Abilities: Pressure / Flame Body [Unreleased]

    Moltres finds itself with a solid place amongst the offensive powerhouses dominating the RU tier at this time. Boasting a superb base 125 Special Attack Stat along with brilliant offensive coverage between Fire Blast, Air Slash, and Hidden Power, Moltrs can threaten a huge amount of the tier with ease. Many of the dominant special walls in the tier, such a Cryogonal lose immediately to Moltres due to their inability to take Fire Blasts, while many other special walls, such as Clefable, are beaten down easily if they switch in on the wrong move. However, sadly Moltres is a bird that has one major thing clipping its wings, so to speak: a crippling 4x weakness to Stealth Rock. Rocks are really the most efficient way of handling Moltres in general due to the inability of most of the tier to switch in on its STABs, although it has some exploitable weaknesses to Electric-, Water-, and Rock- moves as well, all of which are reasonably common in RU. However, Moltres is still undeniably one of the dominant offensive forces in RU.
  13. Foster

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    I'll take gorebyss and lilligant please.

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    Gorebyss
    Typing: Water
    Base Stats: 55 HP / 84 Atk / 105 Def / 114 SpA / 75 SpD / 52 Spe
    Abilities: Swift Swim / Hydration

    At a glance, one would wonder why Gorebyss has so much hype this generation. Its stats are average at best, and it is outclassed by many other offensive and defensive water types in RU. Gorebyss does have one very important niche in the metagame, though. It is one of three pokemon in RU that have access to both Shell Smash and Baton Pass. In fact, this combination makes Gorebyss a dangerous threat in all tiers it is legal in. With support from the team such as Reflect and Light Screen, Gorebyss can pass +2 boosts to attack, special attack, and speed to any pokemon with ease. However, Gorebyss can use its high special attack stat and diverse special movepool to sweep teams without having to pass its Shell Smash. Gorebyss is even dangerous without Shell Smash, as its ability Swift Swim remedies its terrible speed stat. Despite Gorebyss's status as a top-tier threat in RU, its subpar stats and exploitable typing make it quite easy to defeat as long as you can prevent it from setting up.

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    Lilligant
    Typing: Grass
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 60 Atk / 75 Def / 110 SpA / 75 SpD / 90 Spe
    Abilities: Chlorophyll / Own Tempo / Leaf Guard

    Like many other grass types, Lilligant has very balanced stats and a very shallow movepool, not to mention grass is not a great type to begin with. However, Lilligant was blessed with every special attacker's dream: Quiver Dance. Quiver Dance turns Lilligant from less-than-average sweeper to a very potent one. On top of this, Lilligant couldn't have asked for two better abilities. Chlorophyll doubles its speed under sun, making Lilligant a strong addition to a Sunny Day team. Own Tempo allows Lilligant to abuse Petal Dance, as it nullifies the move's confusion making it a 120 base power stab move with perfect accuracy and no downside. Lilligant also has many support options, including Aromatherapy and Sleep Powder. One must be careful when using Lilligant though, as there are many powerful bug and flying types in RU who Lilligant struggles against, due to its lacking movepool. However, should your opponent underestimate Lilligant's power, they will surely pay for it.
  14. elDino

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    I'll take Ludicolo please :D

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    Ludicolo
    Typing: Grass / Water
    Base Stats: 80 HP / 70 Atk / 80 Def / 90 SpA / 100 SpD / 70 Spe
    Abilities: Swift Swim / Rain Dish / Own Tempo

    To be honest, one could be quite surprised to see Ludicolo in UU. I mean, obviously it has rather mediocre stats and a distribution that lacks in one specific area, and it is also arguably outclassed on the offensive front by Kingdra and Kabutops and by Parasect and other bulkier Water- and Grass-types on the defensive side of the things. However, (yes, that big word "however"), Ludicolo can boast a huge variety of different traits. It can be a fantastic Swift Swim sweeper, one that boasts excellent type coverage with its dual STAB and great coverage moves, along with excellent Speed an extremely powerful Hydro Pump in the rain, is just one of the roles Ludicolo can play. It can also be an excellent SubSeeder, thanks to its other great ability: Rain Dish, which allows Ludicolo to recover almost 25% of its health in one turn when both Leech Seed and Rain Dish are active. Ludicolo can set up its own rain, which it uses to sweep effectively, and it can also help support the rest of the team. Ludicolo is certainly a good Pokemon, and if one is silly enough to underrate it, they could be in for a world of pain.
  15. Omicron

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    Updaaaaated :D
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    CRAP, then I take Rotom-C and Rotom-S
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    dibs on Sneasel and Typhlosion. I'll get them done over the weekend.

    edit: nevermind actually, I'm not going to have time for a couple of weeks looking at my schedule. : \
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    I'll take these guys then, I'll get them up by tomorrow night.

    edit: meh busy with school, up over the weekend
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    Allow me to take Weezing.

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    Weezing
    Typing: Poison
    Base Stats: 65 HP / 90 Atk / 120 Def / 85 SpA / 70 SpD / 60 Spe
    Abilities: Levitate

    The metagame has shifted around Weezing and with the shift of powerful attackers emerging, it has led to the conjoined triplets' fall to RU. In spite of this, Weezing is a magnificent physical wall, capable of checking many physical threats. Will-O-Wisp and Levitate combine to make the best check against Rhyperior, as it avoids its Ground-type STAB and inflicts a burn, rendering it ineffective. It also serves as a good check against physical Speed Boost Sharpedo, burning it with Will-O-Wisp or doing a good number with a Super Effective Thunderbolt. As for defensive threats, Curse Quagsire will despise the burn while Ferroseed will reconsider switching in at the sight of Flamethrower. Weezing's support options don't stop there, as it can negate the boosts of opposing Pokemon thanks to Haze or even Clear Smog, with the latter receiving STAB and never missing (at the cost of a type being immune and not affecting those hidden behind a Substitute). Though there are plenty of special attackers who wreak Weezing on the weaker Special Defense, Weezing does more than enough as a good check for physical attackers.
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    medicham and p z will be done this weekend
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    Rhyperior, Blastoise, Cress, Golurk and Umbreon should be removed since they moved up to UU. Yanmega and Venomoth have been banned from RU.

    I think Omastar should be added to the defensive list, it has access to moves like spikes and stealth rock making it a good hazard later and it also has good bulk to lay those down. Slowking also should be listed on the defensive list.

    Also, reserving Sceptile and if you add this to the list, Slowking.

    These analysis should be done later today/tomorrow.
  23. Omicron

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    Ok, the OP has been updated with all the recent tier shifts and bans. Slowking has been added, as well as Defensive Omastar. Also, just reiterating this, but please VM me when you have finished your submission.
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    Entei
    Typing: Fire
    Stats: 115 / 115 / 85 / 90 / 75 / 100
    Abilities: Pressure

    A laughingstock of all legendary Pokemon, Entei finally gets to shine as a top threat in the RU metagame. Entei has all it takes to be a successful Choice Band user: sky-high attack, high Base Power STAB, and strong priority. Without a bulky Water-type to absorb its hits, your opponent will be easily overwhelmed with a combination of boosted Flare Blitz and Extremespeed. The strong priority is also extremely convenient to check fast threats such as Sharpedo at low health. Substitute + Calm Mind set is an unexpected but viable option to sweep. Stealth Rock weakness, vulnerability to passive damage, and common weaknesses to Water-, Ground-, and Rock-type moves hold Entei back from becoming too dominant. Also, the predominance of bulky Water-types means that most teams will be prepared for Entei. Still, Entei is a strong attacker that can take apart a team with ease.


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    Qwilfish (Defensive)
    Typing: Water / Poison
    Stats: 65 / 95 / 75 / 55 / 55 / 85
    Abilities: Swift Swim / Poison Point / Intimidate

    One would wonder why anyone would ever use a Qwilfish—and its meager stats go a long way to support that misconception. However, with its excellent typing and DW ability Intimidate, Qwilfish can tank resisted physical hits surprisingly well. With a large support movepool including Taunt, Thunder Wave, Spikes, and Toxic Spikes, Qwilfish can fit in any team quite comfortably. Toxic Spikes is an especially notable niche for Qwilfish, as it is one of the better defensive Pokemon with access to this rare commodity. On the topic of Toxic Spikes, Qwilfish is one of the best grounded defensive Poison-types, and hence one of the best Toxic Spikes absorber—this especially serves well to support rain teams. With Swift Swim as an optional ability, it can serve as a fast supporter with a punch.
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    Sceptile
    Typing: Grass
    Stats: 70 / 85 / 65 / 105 / 85 / 120
    Abilities: Overgrow / Unburden

    Sceptile, the hidden gem coveted by many top players, is a powerful threat in the RU metagame. Part of what makes it so powerful is its versatility; some of its commonly used options include: Leaf Storm, Focus Blast, Giga Drain, Swords Dance, Leaf Blade, Earthquake, Rock Slide and Acrobatics. SubSeed sets, while uncommon, can be effective. Most Sceptile will be utilizing a special attacking set, usually with the items Choice Specs or Life Orb, but it's not advised to discount the other sets, as they can be equally as devastating.

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    Slowking
    Typing: Water-Psychic
    Stats: 95 / 75 / 80 / 100 / 110 / 30
    Abilities: Oblivious / Own Tempo / Regenerator

    With the new ability Regenerator, Slowking becomes an effective pivot that has the ability to counter various RU threats such as Moltres. The combination of Slack Off + Regenerator makes Slowking very hard to kill as it spreads status across your team and cripples your sweepers. Slowking also fits well on Trick Room teams, setting up Trick Room well while being able to constantly recover health through Regenerator without wasting any extra turns. As an added bonus, Slowking has the move Nasty Plot, which allows it to sweep itself under Trick Room.

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