Golbat [QC 3/3] [GP 2/2]

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[Overview]

<p>Golbat has a lot of great qualities that make it a unique defensive threat in NU. First off, it has great bulk with Eviolite and awesome Speed for a defensive Pokemon, something few other defensive Pokemon in the tier can claim. Golbat also has a fantastic defensive typing, granting it a 4x resistance to both Fighting- and Bug-type attacks, as well as immunities to Ground-type attacks and the common Toxic. On top of that, Roost gives Golbat a form of reliable recovery to compensate for its lack of Leftovers. Unfortunately, Golbat's weaknesses to common Psychic- and Electric-type attacks are rather exploitable, and a weakness to Stealth Rock further hampers its ability to switch into attacks repeatedly. It also faces competition from Mandibuzz, as while their bulk may be comparable, Mandibuzz's immunity to Psychic-type attacks sometimes outshines Golbat's immunity to Toxic and resistance to Fighting-type attacks.</p>

[SET]
name: Physically Defensive
move 1: Taunt
move 2: Roost
move 3: Toxic / Super Fang
move 4: Brave Bird
item: Eviolite
ability: Inner Focus
nature: Impish
evs: 248 HP / 228 Def / 32 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>Golbat is best played as a fast physical wall and stallbreaker. When used in this role, Golbat matches up well against offensive and defensive teams alike, as it is able to wall many offensive threats and Taunt defensive ones. As such, Taunt is the most important move on the set. Without it, Golbat can be used as setup fodder by a variety of threats that do not fear anything else on the set. Roost is used for reliable recovery, which helps sustain Golbat throughout the match and gives it the ability to switch into offensive threats multiple times. Toxic is used as a way to wear down and beat many bulky walls, and it comes with the added benefit of crippling many setup sweepers before they use Substitute. However, Super Fang is still a viable alternative that can deal massive damage to defensive Pokemon, softening them up for a teammate to sweep later on. Finally, Brave Bird is used as a reliable STAB move to keep Golbat from being Taunt bait itself and helps it handle Fighting-type Pokemon and Scolipede reliably.

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>The Speed EVs for this set are used to outspeed Timid Gorebyss before a Shell Smash so that Golbat can Taunt it or use Toxic to prevent a sweep. Inner Focus is the chosen ability, as it helps Golbat against certain Pokemon, such as Fake Out Kangaskhan and Rock Slide Scolipede, and Infiltrator is generally useless for a defensive Pokemon. There are also many other moves that Golbat could use effectively depending on your team's needs; Knock Off, U-turn, and Whirlwind are all great examples.</p>

<p>As a weakness to Stealth Rock is often such a bother for a defensive Pokemon, Golbat really appreciates team support to handle it. A Rapid Spin user can be paired with Golbat for this purpose if you have room for it. Wartortle is the most reliable defensive Rapid Spin user; it can use Foresight and Rapid Spin against Ghost-types, can take on Ice-type attacks well, and has a good matchup against Rock-type Pokemon. Seismitoad and Metang also synergize well with Golbat. Seismitoad can take on Rock- and Electric-type attacks aimed at Golbat, while Metang can do the same for Ice-, Rock-, and Psychic-type attacks. Meanwhile, Golbat can take on Grass-type attacks for Seismitoad and Ground-type attacks for Metang. Skuntank also pairs well with Golbat, as it can remove the Psychic-type Pokemon that threaten Golbat without compounding weaknesses thanks to their immunities. Finally, Golbat can form a good defensive core with both Audino and Lickilicky, as each can provide Heal Bell support to handle bothersome burns for Golbat while it can take on the Fighting-type Pokemon that threaten them.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Golbat's movepool is filled with good support moves, many of which can be useful depending on what support your team needs. Haze is a good option to eliminate stat boosts the opponent might have gained if the negative priority of Whirlwind is off-putting. Tailwind is another interesting option that can give Golbat a fast Taunt and help some slower offensive Pokemon take on the opponent's team. As sleep is such a crippling status, Hypnosis might seem like a good idea, but its unreliable accuracy generally makes it not worthwhile. Additionally, it is illegal with Brave Bird, and even if the accuracy is not a huge concern, missing out on Golbat's greatest offensive option is. Pursuit could be used as well, but its main targets—Psychic- and Ghost-type Pokemon—will usually stay in against Golbat, making U-turn a superior option in most cases. You might also be considering a specially defensive set, as Golbat's Special Defense is slightly higher than its Defense. However, Golbat's weaknesses to common Psychic-, Electric-, and Ice-type attacks, all of which are typically specially based, make this set inferior. Finally, a Nasty Plot set could be viable, especially since Golbat has great special coverage with moves such as Sludge Bomb, Air Slash, Giga Drain, and Heat Wave, but due to Golbat's low Special Attack, such a set would rely on getting multiple boosts before it could really hit hard.</p>

[Checks and Counters]

<p>Trying to take on Golbat can be difficult, especially if it is running Super Fang. Plenty of Pokemon can beat it, but few would want to take half of their health or a Toxic in order to do so. Still, while Golbat might be a very sturdy physical wall, it can be taken down by exploiting its weaknesses. Psychic-types take on Golbat very well, as it cannot use Roost to negate this weakness before they attack. In particular, Jynx has both Psychic- and Ice-type STABs to hit Golbat for super effective damage, and Duosion doesn't mind taking a Toxic thanks to Magic Guard. Musharna can also take on Golbat well, as it can hit it hard with Psychic and use Moonlight and Heal Bell to recover from whatever Golbat uses against it. Faster Electric-type Pokemon also handle Golbat fairly well. Rotom-A and Raichu can both hit it hard with their Electric-type STABs, and Electrode can even outspeed Golbat and Taunt it before it gets the chance to use Roost or Toxic. SubRoost Articuno can avoid Toxic from Golbat and hit it hard with Ice Beam, while Choice Specs Glaceon can muscle past it with repeated powerful Ice Beams. Piloswine can use its Ice-type STAB or Earthquake against Golbat, depending on whether you predict it will Roost. Similarly, Golem can beat Golbat with a combination of Rock Blast on the turns it does not Roost and Earthquake on the turns it does. Finally, Haunter is immune to both Super Fang and Toxic, and it can even use Substitute and Disable to force Golbat out once it has used Brave Bird. Even if your team packs none of these ways of handling Golbat, its Stealth Rock weakness and lack of passive recovery hamper it tremendously, so keeping up offensive pressure and never giving it a chance to Roost are other ways of dealing with it in a pinch.</p>

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Toxic should be slashed before Super Fang, it doesn't need it to separate itself from Mandibuzz as their different typings already do that. So making a change in that mention in Set Comments about Super Fang would be good. I would also add the mention of their typings separating each other in the Overview when you say that Mandibuzz gives it competition.

When talking about Brave Bird you can also mention that it lets it destroy Scolipede. When mentioning Wartortle as a partner in AC you can also mention that having it is nice to spin away Scolipede's Spikes, which is the only thing that Scolipede can get away with against Golbat.

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  • Weak to Stealth Rock and has to passive recovery, so keeping up offensive pressure and never giving it a chance to Roost makes things difficult for Golbat
Golbat only has active recovery, not passive. Passive is Leftovers/Leech Seed/etc, active means you have to actually use a turn to recover health. You also mention Super Fang a ton in checks and counters, which doesn't fit now that Super Fang is the second slash. I trust you to tone it down in the actual writing though.

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Note that Hypnosis is illegal with Brave Bird, which is the main reason people don't use it, seeing as Golbat has more than enough bulk to afford a miss.
 

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Hihi, amcheck!

Once again, great job, very little errors! :)

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amcheck said:
[Overview]

<p>Golbat has a lot of great qualities that make it a unique defensive threat in NU. First off, it has great bulk with Eviolite and awesome Speed for a defensive Pokemon, something few other defensive Pokemon in the tier can claim. Golbat also has a fantastic defensive typing, granting it a 4x resistance to both Fighting- and Bug-type attacks, as well as immunities to Ground-type attacks and the ever presentcommon Toxic. On top of that, Roost gives Golbat a form of reliable recovery to compensate for a lack of Leftovers. Unfortunately, Golbat's weaknesses to common Psychic- and Electric-type attacks are rather exploitable, and a weakness to Stealth Rock may further hamper Golbat's ability to switch into attacks repeatedly. It also faces competition from Mandibuzz for a very similar role, as while their bulk may be comparable, Mandibuzz's immunity to Psychic-type attacks sometimes outshines Golbat's immunity to Toxic and resistance to Fighting-type attacks.</p>

[SET]
name: Physically Defensive
move 1: Taunt
move 2: Roost
move 3: Toxic / Super Fang
move 4: Brave Bird
item: Eviolite
ability: Inner Focus
nature: Impish
evs: 248 HP / 228 Def / 32 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>Golbat is best played as a fast physical wall and stallbreaker. When used in this role, Golbat has a good matchup against offensive and defensive teams alike, as it is able to wall many offensive threats and Taunt defensive ones. As such, Taunt is the most important move on the set. Without it, Golbat can be used as setup fodder for a variety of threats that do not fear anything else on the set. Roost is used for reliable recovery, which helps sustain Golbat throughout the match and gives it the ability to switch into offensive threats multiple times throughout the match. Toxic is used as a way of wearing down and beating many bulky walls, and it comes with the added benefit of crippling many setup sweepers before they get the chance to set up a Substitute. However, Super Fang is still a viable alternative that can be used to deal massive damage to defensive Pokemon in order to soften them up for a teammate to sweep later on. Finally, Brave Bird is used as a reliable STAB move to keep it from being Taunt bait itself, and it helps Golbat handle Fighting-type Pokemon and Scolipede reliably.

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>The Speed EVs for this set are used to outspeed Timid Gorebyss before a Shell Smash so that it may Taunt it or use Toxic to prevent a sweep. Inner Focus is the chosen ability, as it helps Golbat against certain Pokemon, such as Fake Out Kangaskhan and Rock Slide Scolipede, and Infiltrator is generally useless for a defensive Pokemon. There are also many other moves that Golbat may use depending on your team's needs;: Knock Off, U-turn, and Whirlwind are all great examples of this.</p>(Personally, I'd see a colon as a better sign than the semi-colon, as it continues the thought in more of a list than a fully dependent sentence.)

<p>Since a weakness to Stealth Rock can be such a bother for defensive Pokemon, Golbat really appreciates team support to handle it. A Rapid Spin user can be paired with Golbat for this purpose if you have room for it. Wartortle is the most reliable defensive Rapid Spiner user; it can use Rapid Spin against Ghost-types with Foresight, it can take on Ice-type attacks well, and it has a good matchup against Rock-type Pokemon. (I made this sentence into a list-like structure; having each sentence with a subject just makes it kind if a run-on, and I'm assuming you meant this sentence to list Wartortle's benefits when used with Golbat.) Additionally, Seismitoad and Metang also synergizes well with Golbat. Seismitoad can take on Rock- and Electric-type attacks aimed at Golbat, while Metang can do the same for Ice-, Rock-, and Psychic-type attacks. Meanwhile, Golbat can take on Grass-type attacks for Seismitoad and Ground-type attacks for Metang. Skuntank also pairs well with Golbat, as it can remove the Psychic-type Pokemon that threaten Golbat without compounding weaknesses thanks to their immunities. Finally, Golbat makes a good defensive core with Audino and Lickilicky, as they can provide Heal Bell support to handle bothersome burns foron Golbat while it can take on the Fighting-type Pokemon that theaten them.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Golbat's movepool is filled with good support moves, so many of them can be used depending on what support your team needs. Haze is a good option to eliminate stat boosts the opponent might have gained if the negative priority of Whirlwind is off-putting. Tailwind is another interesting option that can give Golbat a fast Taunt and help some of your slower offensive Pokemon take on the opponent's team. Since sleep is such a crippling status, Hypnosis might seem like a good idea, but its unreliable accuracy often makes it not worthwhile. Additionally, it is illegal with Brave Bird, so even if the accuracy is not a huge concern, missing out on Golbat's greatest offensive option is. Pursuit could be used on Golbat as well, but its main targets—Psychic- and Ghost-type Pokemon—will usually stay in against it, making U-turn a superior option in most cases. You may also be considering a specially defensive set, as Golbat's Special Defense is slightly higher than its Defense. However, Golbat's weaknesses to common Psychic-, Electric-, and Ice-type attacks make this set inferior, as those types are generally specially offensive-based. (I added this part because just having those weaknesses aren't really explaining why Golbat should choose SpA over Atk. I'm assuming this is what you meant? Tell me if I'm wrong.) Finally, a Nasty Plot set could be viable, especially since iGolbat has great special coverage with moves such as Sludge Bomb, Air Slash, Giga Drain, and Heat Wave, though due to Golbat's low Special Attack, such a set would rely on getting multiple boosts before it could really hit hard.</p>

[Checks and Counters]

<p>Trying to take on Golbat can be difficult, especially if it is running Super Fang. Plenty of Pokemon can beat it, but few would want to take half of their health or a Toxic in order to do so. Still, while Golbat may be a very sturdy physical wall, there are ways of taking it down, namely through exploiting its weaknesses. Psychic-types take on Golbat very well, as it cannot use Roost to negate this weakness for thea turn. In particular, Jynx has both Psychic- and Ice-type STABs to hit it for super effective damage, and Duosion doesn't mind taking a Toxic thanks to Magic Guard. Musharna can also take on Golbat well, as it can hit it hard with Psychic and use Moonlight and Heal Bell to recover whatever Golbat wants to use against it. Faster Electric-type Pokemon also handle it fairly well. Rotom-A and Raichu can both hit it hard with their Electric-type STABs, and Electrode can even outspeed Golbat and Taunt it before it gets the chance to use Roost or Toxic. SubRoost Articuno can avoid Toxic from Golbat and hit it hard with Ice Beam, while Choice Specs Glaceon can muscle past it with repeatedconsistently powerful Ice Beams. Piloswine can use its Ice-type STAB or Earthquake against Golbat on turns that you predict it will Roost. Similarly, Golem can beat Golbat with a combination of Rock Blast on the turns it does not Roost and Earthquake on the turns it does. Finally, Haunter is immune to both Super Fang and Toxic, and it can even use Substitute and Disable to force it out once it has used Brave Bird. Ultimately, if your team packs none of these ways of handling Golbat, its Stealth Rock weakness and lack of passive recovery hamper it tremendously, so keeping up offensive pressure against the opponent and never giving Golbat a chance to Roost are other ways of dealing with Golbat in a pinch.</p>
 
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[Overview]

<p>Golbat has a lot of great qualities that make it a unique defensive threat in NU. First off, it has great bulk with Eviolite and awesome Speed for a defensive Pokemon, something few other defensive Pokemon in the tier can claim. Golbat also has a fantastic defensive typing, granting it a 4x resistance to both Fighting- and Bug-type attacks, as well as immunities to Ground-type attacks and the common Toxic. On top of that, Roost gives Golbat a form of reliable recovery to compensate for a its lack of Leftovers. Unfortunately, Golbat's weaknesses to common Psychic- and Electric-type attacks are rather exploitable, and a weakness to Stealth Rock may further hamper Golbat's further hampers its ability to switch into attacks repeatedly. It also faces competition from Mandibuzz for a very similar role, as while their bulk may be comparable, Mandibuzz's immunity to Psychic-type attacks sometimes outshines Golbat's immunity to Toxic and resistance to Fighting-type attacks.</p>

[SET]
name: Physically Defensive
move 1: Taunt
move 2: Roost
move 3: Toxic / Super Fang
move 4: Brave Bird
item: Eviolite
ability: Inner Focus
nature: Impish
evs: 248 HP / 228 Def / 32 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>Golbat is best played as a fast physical wall and stallbreaker. When used in this role, Golbat has a good matchup matches up well against offensive and defensive teams alike, as it is able to wall many offensive threats and Taunt defensive ones. As such, Taunt is the most important move on the set. Without it, Golbat can be used as setup fodder for a variety of threats that do not fear anything else on the set. Roost is used for reliable recovery, which helps sustain Golbat throughout the match and gives it the ability to switch into offensive threats multiple times throughout the match. Toxic is used as a way of wearing down and beating to wear down and beat many bulky walls, and it comes with the added benefit of crippling many setup sweepers before they get the chance to set put (this is optional if you think it makes this sound worse (or you can change this in another way that you prefer); I just thought 'setup sweepers before they get the chance to set up' was a bit redundant) up a Substitute. However, Super Fang is still a viable alternative that can be used to deal massive damage to defensive Pokemon (add comma) in order to soften softening them up for a teammate to sweep later on. Finally, Brave Bird is used as a reliable STAB move to keep it Golbat from being Taunt bait itself, (remove comma) and it helps Golbat it handle Fighting-type Pokemon and Scolipede reliably.

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>The Speed EVs for this set are used to outspeed Timid Gorebyss before a Shell Smash so that it may Golbat can Taunt it or use Toxic to prevent a sweep. Inner Focus is the chosen ability, as it helps Golbat against certain Pokemon, such as Fake Out Kangaskhan and Rock Slide Scolipede, and Infiltrator is generally useless for a defensive Pokemon. There are also many other moves that Golbat may could use effectively depending on your team's needs: Knock Off, U-turn, and Whirlwind are all great examples of this.</p>

<p>Since As a weakness to Stealth Rock can be such is often a bother for a defensive Pokemon, Golbat really appreciates team support to handle it. A Rapid Spin user can be paired with Golbat for this purpose if you have room for it. Wartortle is the most reliable defensive Rapid Spin user; it can use Foresight and Rapid Spin against Ghost-types, can take on Ice-type attacks well, and has a good matchup against Rock-type Pokemon. Seismitoad and Metang also synergize well with Golbat. Seismitoad can take on Rock- and Electric-type attacks aimed at Golbat, while Metang can do the same for Ice-, Rock-, and Psychic-type attacks. Meanwhile, Golbat can take on Grass-type attacks for Seismitoad and Ground-type attacks for Metang. Skuntank also pairs well with Golbat, as it can remove the Psychic-type Pokemon that threaten Golbat without compounding weaknesses thanks to their immunities. Finally, Golbat makes can form a good defensive core with both Audino and Lickilicky, as they each can provide Heal Bell support to handle bothersome burns for Golbat while it can take on the Fighting-type Pokemon that theaten them.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Golbat's movepool is filled with good support moves, so many of them can be used many of which can be useful depending on what support your team needs. Haze is a good option to eliminate stat boosts the opponent might have gained if the negative priority of Whirlwind is off-putting. Tailwind is another interesting option that can give Golbat a fast Taunt and help some of your slower offensive Pokemon take on the opponent's team. Since As sleep is such a crippling status, Hypnosis might seem like a good idea, but its unreliable accuracy often generally makes it not worthwhile. Additionally, it is illegal with Brave Bird, so and even if the accuracy is not a huge concern, missing out on Golbat's greatest offensive option is. Pursuit could be used on Golbat as well, but its main targets—Psychic- and Ghost-type Pokemon—will usually stay in against it Golbat, making U-turn a superior option in most cases. You may might also be considering a specially defensive set, as Golbat's Special Defense is slightly higher than its Defense. However, Golbat's weaknesses to common Psychic-, Electric-, and Ice-type attacks, all of which are typically specially-based specially based, make this set inferior. Finally, a Nasty Plot set could be viable, especially since as Golbat has great special coverage with moves such as Sludge Bomb, Air Slash, Giga Drain, and Heat Wave, though but (ignore this if I'm misinterpreting this as 'but this is why this set isn't that good' instead of 'though you should keep in mind this weakness with the set if you're going to use it' or something like that) due to Golbat's low Special Attack, such a set would rely on getting multiple boosts before it could really hit hard.</p>

[Checks and Counters]


<p>Trying to take on Golbat can be difficult, especially if it is running Super Fang. Plenty of Pokemon can beat it, but few would want to take half of their health or a Toxic in order to do so. Still, while Golbat may might be a very sturdy physical wall, there are ways of taking it down, namely through exploiting it can be taken down by exploiting its weaknesses. Psychic-types take on Golbat very well, as it cannot use Roost to negate this weakness for the turn before they attack. In particular, Jynx has both Psychic- and Ice-type STABs to hit it for super effective damage, and Duosion doesn't mind taking a Toxic thanks to Magic Guard. Musharna can also take on Golbat well, as it can hit it hard with Psychic and use Moonlight and Heal Bell to recover from whatever Golbat wants to use uses against it. Faster Electric-type Pokemon also handle it Golbat fairly well. Rotom-A and Raichu can both hit it hard with their Electric-type STABs, and Electrode can even outspeed Golbat and Taunt it before it gets the chance to use Roost or Toxic. SubRoost Articuno can avoid Toxic from Golbat and hit it hard with Ice Beam, while Choice Specs Glaceon can muscle past it with repeated powerful Ice Beams. Piloswine can use its Ice-type STAB or Earthquake against Golbat on turns that depending on whether you predict it will Roost. Similarly, Golem can beat Golbat with a combination of Rock Blast on the turns it does not Roost and Earthquake on the turns it does. Finally, Haunter is immune to both Super Fang and Toxic, and it can even use Substitute and Disable to force it Golbat out once it has used Brave Bird. Ultimately, Even if your team packs none of these ways of handling Golbat, its Stealth Rock weakness and lack of passive recovery hamper it tremendously, so keeping up offensive pressure against the opponent and never giving Golbat it a chance to Roost are other ways of dealing with Golbat it in a pinch.</p>
 

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[itwouldbehidden][Overview]

<p>Golbat has a lot of great qualities that make it a unique defensive threat in NU. First off, it has great bulk with Eviolite and awesome Speed for a defensive Pokemon, something few other defensive Pokemon in the tier can claim. Golbat also has a fantastic defensive typing, granting it a 4x resistance to both Fighting- and Bug-type attacks, as well as immunities to Ground-type attacks and the common Toxic. On top of that, Roost gives Golbat a form of reliable recovery to compensate for its lack of Leftovers. Unfortunately, Golbat's weaknesses to common Psychic- and Electric-type attacks are rather exploitable, and a weakness to Stealth Rock further hampers its ability to switch into attacks repeatedly. It also faces competition from Mandibuzz, as while their bulk may be comparable, Mandibuzz's immunity to Psychic-type attacks sometimes outshines Golbat's immunity to Toxic and resistance to Fighting-type attacks.</p>

[SET]
name: Physically Defensive
move 1: Taunt
move 2: Roost
move 3: Toxic / Super Fang
move 4: Brave Bird
item: Eviolite
ability: Inner Focus
nature: Impish
evs: 248 HP / 228 Def / 32 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>Golbat is best played as a fast physical wall and stallbreaker. When used in this role, Golbat has a matches up well against offensive and defensive teams alike, as it is able to wall many offensive threats and Taunt defensive ones. As such, Taunt is the most important move on the set. Without it, Golbat can be used as setup fodder for by a variety of threats that do not fear anything else on the set. Roost is used for reliable recovery, which helps sustain Golbat throughout the match and gives it the ability to switch into offensive threats multiple times. Toxic is used as a way to wear down and beat many bulky walls, and it comes with the added benefit of crippling many setup sweepers before they use Substitute. However, Super Fang is still a viable alternative that can deal massive damage to defensive Pokemon, softening them up for a teammate to sweep later on. Finally, Brave Bird is used as a reliable STAB move to keep Golbat from being Taunt bait itself and helps it handle Fighting-type Pokemon and Scolipede reliably.

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>The Speed EVs for this set are used to outspeed Timid Gorebyss before a Shell Smash so that Golbat can Taunt it or use Toxic to prevent a sweep. Inner Focus is the chosen ability, as it helps Golbat against certain Pokemon, such as Fake Out Kangaskhan and Rock Slide Scolipede, and Infiltrator is generally useless for a defensive Pokemon. There are also many other moves that Golbat could use effectively depending on your team's needs; I'm 85% sure this should be a semicolon but I'm not sure if it matters that much Knock Off, U-turn, and Whirlwind are all great examples.</p>

<p>As a weakness to Stealth Rock is often such a bother for a defensive Pokemon, Golbat really appreciates team support to handle it. A Rapid Spin user can be paired with Golbat for this purpose if you have room for it. Wartortle is the most reliable defensive Rapid Spin user; it can use Foresight and Rapid Spin against Ghost-types, can take on Ice-type attacks well, and has a good matchup against Rock-type Pokemon. Seismitoad and Metang also synergize well with Golbat. Seismitoad can take on Rock- and Electric-type attacks aimed at Golbat, while Metang can do the same for Ice-, Rock-, and Psychic-type attacks. Meanwhile, Golbat can take on Grass-type attacks for Seismitoad and Ground-type attacks for Metang. Skuntank also pairs well with Golbat, as it can remove the Psychic-type Pokemon that threaten Golbat without compounding weaknesses thanks to their immunities. Finally, Golbat can form a good defensive core with both Audino and Lickilicky, as each can provide Heal Bell support to handle bothersome burns for Golbat while it can take on the Fighting-type Pokemon that threaten them.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Golbat's movepool is filled with good support moves, many of which can be useful depending on what support your team needs. Haze is a good option to eliminate stat boosts the opponent might have gained if the negative priority of Whirlwind is off-putting. Tailwind is another interesting option that can give Golbat a fast Taunt and help some slower offensive Pokemon take on the opponent's team. As sleep is such a crippling status, Hypnosis might seem like a good idea, but its unreliable accuracy generally makes it not worthwhile. Additionally, it is illegal with Brave Bird, and even if the accuracy is not a huge concern, missing out on Golbat's greatest offensive option is. Pursuit could be used as well, but its main targets—Psychic- and Ghost-type Pokemon—will usually stay in against Golbat, making U-turn a superior option in most cases. You might also be considering a specially defensive set, as Golbat's Special Defense is slightly higher than its Defense. However, Golbat's weaknesses to common Psychic-, Electric-, and Ice-type attacks, all of which are typically specially based, make this set inferior. Finally, a Nasty Plot set could be viable, especially since Golbat has great special coverage with moves such as Sludge Bomb, Air Slash, Giga Drain, and Heat Wave, but due to Golbat's low Special Attack, such a set would rely on getting multiple boosts before it could really hit hard.</p>

[Checks and Counters]

<p>Trying to take on Golbat can be difficult, especially if it is running Super Fang. Plenty of Pokemon can beat it, but few would want to take half of their health or a Toxic in order to do so. Still, while Golbat might be a very sturdy physical wall, it can be taken down by exploiting its weaknesses. Psychic-types take on Golbat very well, as it cannot use Roost to negate this weakness before they attack. In particular, Jynx has both Psychic- and Ice-type STABs to hit Golbat it for super effective damage, and Duosion doesn't mind taking a Toxic thanks to Magic Guard. Musharna can also take on Golbat well, as it can hit it hard with Psychic and use Moonlight and Heal Bell to recover from whatever Golbat uses against it. Faster Electric-type Pokemon also handle Golbat fairly well. Rotom-A and Raichu can both hit it hard with their Electric-type STABs, and Electrode can even outspeed Golbat and Taunt it before it gets the chance to use Roost or Toxic. SubRoost Articuno can avoid Toxic from Golbat and hit it hard with Ice Beam, while Choice Specs Glaceon can muscle past it with repeated powerful Ice Beams. Piloswine can use its Ice-type STAB or Earthquake against Golbat, depending on whether you predict it will Roost. Similarly, Golem can beat Golbat with a combination of Rock Blast on the turns it does not Roost and Earthquake on the turns it does. Finally, Haunter is immune to both Super Fang and Toxic, and it can even use Substitute and Disable to force Golbat out once it has used Brave Bird. Even if your team packs none of these ways of handling Golbat, its Stealth Rock weakness and lack of passive recovery hamper it tremendously, so keeping up offensive pressure and never giving it a chance to Roost are other ways of dealing with it in a pinch.</p>
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