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Gigalith (Analysis)

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by muffinhead, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. muffinhead

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    [Overview]

    <p>Gigalith is a Rock-type Pokemon with a fantastic ability in Sturdy, and huge Attack and Defense stats. Its ability, Sturdy, acts as a free Focus Sash. This makes Gigalith difficult to take down. On top of this, low Speed also makes it the perfect candidate a for Trick Room team. Overall, Gigalith is a dangeous offensive threat who can tear through entire teams if given the chance to do so.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Trick Room
    move 1: Rock Slide
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Explosion
    move 4: Protect
    item: Normal Gem
    nature: Brave
    ability: Sturdy
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
    ivs: 0 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set focuses on Gigalith's high Defense and Attack to function in Trick Room. Gigalith is the third slowest Pokemon in VGC, after Escavalier and Ferrothorn. Of the three, Gigalith works the best in Trick Room. Rock Slide and Earthquake get good coverage, and coming off 135 base Attack, will hurt anything that doesn't resist it. Boosted by the Normal Gem, Explosion does an incredible amount of damage. Gigalith may well be the only Pokemon who can use Explosion effectively after its drop in Base Power in BW, simply due to how high its Attack is. Because of its ability, Gigalith should almost always be able to use Explosion before it goes down. Protect should be used when Trick Room is being set up, and to scout the opponent's strategy.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Using Protect is not ideal when facing Whimsicott and its priority Encore. When concerned with Whimsicott, Rock Blast may be a viable alternative. It can land a KO through a Focus Sash, and still has enough power along with STAB to be a threat. Rock Blast also defeats the annoying Prankster Substitute users trying to stall out Trick Room. A Brave nature with 0 Speed IVs is used to be as slow as possible in Trick Room.</p>

    <p>When looking for a teammate, it is best to consider a Trick Room user who can take the spread attacks that Gigalith is weak to. Musharna is the best choice, as Telepathy makes it immune to Earthquake and Explosion. Musharna can also provide support with dual screens and Helping Hand. Jellicent can set up Trick Room, and also has immunities to Water- and Normal-type attacks.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Band
    move 1: Rock Slide
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Explosion
    move 4: Rock Blast
    item: Choice Band
    nature: Brave
    ability: Sturdy
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
    ivs: 0 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Choice Band gives Gigalith a lot of offensive power. Rock Slide is the primary STAB option here, to damage both of the opponent's Pokemon and demolish the multitude of Flying-types in the VGC. Earthquake has great coverage along with Rock Slide, dealing heavy damage to Steel-types and other Pokemon that resist Rock-type attacks. Choice Band Explosion is the best choice to use when faced against a Trick Room team, as long as the other Pokemon are not Ghost-types. Rock Blast is Gigalith's secondary STAB option, allowing it to check common users of Focus Sash, Substitute, and Charti Berry. Shutting down such Pokemon in one turn is a huge benefit.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Even with Gigalith's poor typing and rock-bottom Speed, the damage dealt by it is usually enough to ruin the opponent's strategy. Sturdy ensures survival from the unlucky critical hit or Water Spout. Minimum Speed is applied here to make sure Gigalith moves faster in Trick Room, but an Adamant nature with 31 Speed IVs may be used, as Gigalith cannot use Protect on a Choice Band set. However, this is only beneficial against other Gigalith.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Curse is an option to boost Gigalith's already massive Attack and Defense, as well as lower its Speed. However, this does not guarantee surviving an extra turn, which is why Protect is the better choice. The Choice Band set has no alternative options worth mentioning, as Gigalith's movepool is quite small.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Gigalith can be defeated by anything that can take advantage of its low Special Defense and weaknesses, such as Jellicent and Reuniclus. Priority, notably Mach Punch from Conkeldurr, can finish off Gigalith once Sturdy is broken. Cofagrigus is bulky enough to beat non-Choice Band Gigalith, and is also immune to Explosion.</p>
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    Such an awful movepool, I think you really got everything. I don't think Curse needs to be slashed though, just leave it in OC. It just doesn't have the time to boost generally.
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    could his speed... go negative with curse?
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    Add a Choice Band set, it's fairly effective in TR. Other than that just flesh everything out a little more.
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    Finished writing all of my analyses! Hurray for cool pokes! :D
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    Looks good. As Alaka said, you pretty much covered everything.

    QC Approved 1/2
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    I think a lead set should be mentioned in this. The one with Stealth rock, Sturdy, and a Custap berry that can set up rocks and potentially cause huge amounts of damage without the fear of being out sped for the most part.
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    Yup got your bases covered. QC Approved: 2/2

    EDIT: It's a doubles analysis for VGC. Custap berry isn't legal because you can't obtain it ingame, and stealth rock is next to useless in VGC>
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    Good thing is most (if not all) multiturn attacks are physical and Gigalith can absorb most of em (from what I've seen with him). Pretty much always gonna survive.
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    Make sure you get the pokes mentioned up to English names. Roobushin to Conkledurr, Burungeru to Jellicent, and Desukan to Cofagrigus
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    Mention that Rock Blast's best use is to break mh genie subs.
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    Rock Blast also defeats Sash Imprison Chandelure one of the better TR counters.
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    It's still going to have to take that Grass Knot as it uses the move, though, so it'll still be at ~1 HP, and it's far too slow to outspeed anything important with +2 Speed, while using it makes it far less useful in the Trick Room conditions it excels in.
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    heeeeeeerp im dumb.

    what cosmic said.
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    [Overview]

    <p>Gigalith is a pure Rock-type Pokemon with a fantastic ability in Sturdy, and huge Attack and Defense stats. Its ability, Sturdy, acts as a free Focus Sash. This makes Gigalith difficult to take down. On top of this, low Speed also makes it the perfect candidate for a Trick Room team. Overall, Gigalith is a dangeous offensive threat who can tear through entire teams if given the chance to do so.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Trick Room Physical Attacker
    move 1: Rock Slide
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Explosion
    move 4: Protect
    item: Normal Gem
    nature: Brave
    ability: Sturdy
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 6 SpD
    ivs: 0 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set focuses on Gigalith's high Defense and Attack to function in Trick Room. Gigalith is the third slowest Pokemon in VGC, after Escavalier and Ferrothorn. Out of the three of them Of the three, Gigalith works the best in Trick Room. Rock Slide and Earthquake get good coverage, and power coming off of 135 base Attack, will hurt anything that doesn't resist it. Boosted by the Normal Gem, Explosion does an incredible amount of damage combined with Normal Gem. Gigalith may well be the only Pokemon who can use Explosion effectively after its drop in Base Power in BW, simply due to how high its Attack is. Because of its ability, Gigalith should almost always be able to get off use Explosion before it goes down. Protect should be used when Trick Room is being set up, and to scout the opponent's strategy.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Using Protecting is not ideal when facing Whimsicott and its priority Encore. When concerned with Whimsicott, Rock Blast may be a viable alternative. It can land a KO through a Focus Sash, and still has enough power along with STAB to be a threat. Rock Blast also defeats the annoying Mischievous Heart Prankster Substitute users trying to stall out Trick Room. A Brave nature with 0 Speed IVs is used to be as slow as possible in Trick Room.</p>

    <p>When looking for a teammate, it is best to consider a Trick Room user who can take the resist multi-target spread attacks that Gigalith is weak to. Musharna is the best choice, as Telepathy makes it immune to Earthquake and Explosion. Musharna can also provide support with dual screens or and Helping Hand. Jellicent can set up Trick Room, and also has Water- and Normal-type immunities to Water- and Normal-type attacks, which are very valuable to Gigalith.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Band
    move 1: Rock Slide
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Explosion
    move 4: Rock Blast
    item: Choice Band
    nature: Brave
    ability: Sturdy
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 6 SpD
    ivs: 0 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Choice Band gives Gigalith a lot of offensive power. Rock Slide is the primary STAB option here, to damage both of the opponent's Pokemon and demolish the multitude of Flying-types in the tier VGC. Earthquake has great coverage along with Rock Slide, dealing heavy damage to Steel-types and other Pokemon that resistant to Rock-type attacks. Choice Band Explosion is the best choice to use when faced against a Trick Room team, as long as the other Pokemon are not Ghost-types. Rock Blast is given enough power with Choice Band to be the attacking move of choice Gigalith's secondary STAB option, allowing it to check common users of Focus Sash, Substitute, and Charti Berry. It is best to use Rock Blast against Pokemon that commonly use Focus Sash, Mischievous Heart Substitute, or Charti Berry users, like Whimsicott and the Genie Pokemon. Shutting down those such Pokemon in one turn is a huge benefit.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Even with Gigalith's poor typing and rock-bottom Speed, the damage dealt by it is usually enough to ruin the opponent's strategy. Sturdy ensures survival from the unlucky critical hit or Water Spout. Minimum Speed is applied here to make sure Gigalith moves faster in Trick Room, but an Adamant nature with 31 Speed IVs may be used, as Gigalith does not have cannot use Protect on a Choice Band set. However, this is only beneficial against other Gigalith.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Curse is an option to boost Gigalith's already massive Attack and Defense, as well as lower its Speed. However, this does not guarantee surviving an extra turn, which is why Protect is the better choice. The Choice Band set has no alternative options worth mentioning, as Gigalith's movepool is quite small.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Gigalith can be defeated by anything that can take advantage of its low Special Defense and many weaknesses, such as Jellicent and Reuniclus. Priority, notably Mach Punch from Conkeldurr, can finish off Gigalith once Sturdy is broken. Cofagrigus is bulky enough to beat non-Choice Band Gigalith, and it is also immune to Explosion. Cofagrigus's ability will take away Sturdy, so attacking the mummy is very risky.</p>


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    done, thanks.
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    Rock Gem Rock Blast should definitely be mentioned, as it OHKOs Imprison Chandelure, many teams' strongest method to stop TR from going up, through its Sash, and when paired with a bulky Mental Herb users like Musharna or Jellicent, can make it very difficult for the opponent to stop Trick Room from going up first turn. The Choice Band set also has this capability. It's a very useful and powerful option which I have personally tested, and it should definitely be mentioned in AC at the very least.
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    imprison will go before rock blast anyway. rock gem isnt needed to ko chandelure, and i *think* it only powers up the first rock blast.
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    I'm pretty sure it powers up all the hits from rock blast, but it does nearly guarantee that Rock Blast will KO. Also if they use Imprison and you KO with Rock Blast then you can still use Trick Room because Trick Room is -7 Priority it goes like this.

    Imprison --> Rock Blast KO Chandelure (Imprison's Effects over) --> Trick Room
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    rock blast only powers up the first hit ._. rock blast murders chandelure anyways.
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    I think that Stone Edge would be better than Rock Slide. An extra 10% accuracy isn't worth sacrificing 25 base attack, not to mention the boosted CH ratio.

    Of course, Rock Slide would also lose power in Doubles. I think it would generally be more effective to OHKO a single target than to damage two, but that would depend on your playing style.
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    It doesn't OHKO with two hits, though. It requires three hits to OHKO Chandelure, and a 5/8, or 62.5% chance, to KO it makes it very very risky without using Rock Gem. The point of using Rock Gem Rock Blast is its ability to OHKO Imprison Chandelure and set up Trick Room first turn. It can't do that without Rock Gem.
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    in that case, you could just rock slide + psychic (if musharna), water spout (if jellicent), or any other attack to ko chandelure and waste a turn of imprison, and then ptrotect + tr next turn. choice band is the best options for rock blast anyways, rock gem doesnt do much for prankster subs either.

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