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Gurdurr (Update)

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by SuperJOCKE, Aug 12, 2012.

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    Gurdurr

    [Overview]

    <p>Gurdurr might not seem like much at first glance, but it is actually one of the better Pokemon in the tier and not your average NFE. Gurdurr takes advantage of its traits really well, and with them, it can check some of the tier's top threats, such as Zangoose, Cinccino, and Absol. With Eviolite, Gurdurr can take advantage of its already good physical bulk to its fullest, making it able to tank the some of the most powerful hits in the tier and strike back. Gurdurr's offensive prowess is nothing to scoff at either, as a base 105 Attack stat will put a dent in anything without a great amount of bulk itself. Powerful moves such as Drain Punch, Mach Punch, and Ice Punch complement its great offensive stat, allowing it to not only hit hard, but also hit fast; the two aforementioned moves set it apart from the other Fighting-types in the tier as well. However, Gurdurr is not without its drawbacks. Eviolite, while increasing Gurdurr's bulk, also shorten its lifespan, as it prevents Gurdurr from using Leftovers. Gurdurr also falls prey to the many Psychic-types in the tier, as the majority aim at its lower Special Defense stat by attacking with Psychic. Gurdurr is also weak to the rather common Flying-type moves coming from Pokemon such as Braviary and Swellow, while bulky Pokemon such as Misdreavus can easily wear it down. However, don't let this discourage you from using Gurdurr. While bulky Pokemon can wear Gurdurr down with status, Gurdurr also receives a boost in its Attack stat thanks to Guts, while Bulk Up can help it tank super effective Brave Birds and strike back with even more power.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Bulky Attacker
    move 1: Drain Punch
    move 2: Mach Punch
    move 3: Ice Punch
    move 4: Bulk Up / Knock Off
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Guts
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Gurdurr can take physical hits extremely well, and this set takes full advantage of that. Drain Punch is a great asset to Gurdurr, as it not only provides good STAB, but also lets Gurdurr restore its HP, which is incredibly useful since Gurdurr lacks Leftovers recovery. Mach Punch is also essential for this, as not only does it patch up Gurdurr's Speed to some extent, it's also the reason it can check some of the most dangerous Pokemon in the tier. Cinccino, Zangoose, and Absol are all hit super effectively by Mach Punch, and due to their frailty and Gurdurr's great Attack stat, they easily fall to it. Ice Punch rounds out Gurdurr's coverage, as it allows Gurdurr to hit a majority of the other Pokemon in the tier that resist its other moves super effectively or neutrally. For example, Amoonguss, Golurk, and Altaria are all hit super effectively, while Misdreavus and Charizard are hit neutrally; these Pokemon either resist or are immune to Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves. The last move comes down to what you want Gurdurr to accomplish throughout the battle. Bulk Up allows Gurdurr to become an extremely bulky attacker by building up its already impressive Attack and Defense stats, though it can be hard for Gurdurr to set up at times. Knock Off, however, gives Gurdurr more utility and allows it to provide more team support by removing the opponent's item, such as Tangela's and Misdreavus's Eviolites.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A different EV spread of 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpD with a Careful nature can be used to give Gurdurr much better overall bulk; with this EV spread and Eviolite, Gurdurr reaches 327 Special Defense, enough to take some neutral and resisted special attacks. However, this EV spread is usually inferior to the more offensive one, as Gurdurr often needs the extra power more than the extra special bulk. Rock Slide can be used over Ice Punch to hit some specific threats, such as Charizard, harder. However, Rock Slide won't hit Amoonguss nearly as hard, and is resisted by Golurk, which makes it much worse overall. Stone Edge is a more powerful albeit less accurate option, which allows Gurdurr to hit Pokemon such as Braviary and Rotom-S harder. Payback is another decent option, as it gives Gurdurr a more powerful move to hit Psychic- and Ghost-types in the right situation. However, Payback can be a bit unreliable, as it only has 50 Base Power unless the opponent moves first, making Ice Punch a more solid choice; the latter still hits these Pokemon hard enough, and Gurdurr shouldn't stay in on the many specially oriented Psychic-types anyways.</p>

    <p>As for teammates, Dark-types pair really well with Gurdurr. Absol and Skuntank are both exceptional at removing Psychic-types that heavily threaten Gurdurr; Absol hits a lot harder than Skuntank, which is useful for taking down Musharna, while Skuntank has much better bulk, allowing it to take hits from the likes of Exeggutor and Gardevoir much better. Rock-types such as Regirock also help out, as they can take care of Braviary and Swellow, which is especially useful when Gurdurr carries Knock Off; however, if Gurdurr carries Bulk Up and gets an opportunity to set up a decent amount of times, it can survive a Brave Bird from the aforementioned Pokemon and KO back. Wish support is really useful for Gurdurr, as it has to rely on Drain Punch to recover health; otherwise, Gurdurr might not always get an opportunity to use it. Alomomola and Lickilicky are two of the better users of the move in the tier; Lickilicky can even use Heal Bell alongside Wish to provide cleric support. Cleric support in any way is always useful, even though Gurdurr receives an Attack boost when inflicted with a status condition thanks to Guts, as status will heavily shorten Gurdurr's time on the field, especially when it's using Bulk Up. Entry hazards are also a handy tool to Gurdurr's success, as they can prevent the opponent from switching out while Gurdurr sets up, as well as rack up residual damage onto the opponent, making it easier to KO later on. Garbodor is an excellent user of both Spikes and Toxic Spikes, and will be sure to get them up. Armaldo, Regirock, Carracosta, and Seismitoad are all good users of Stealth Rock, while some of them pair well with Gurdurr. Armaldo can also use Rapid Spin to remove any entry hazards on your team's side of the field; Spikes will severely cut down on Gurdurr's effectiveness. As a last mention, specially defensive Pokemon, such as the already mentioned Skuntank and Lickilicky, pair well with Gurdurr to patch up its lower Special Defense stat.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>While Gurdurr makes do with its role as a bulky attacker with Drain Punch, Mach Punch, and Ice Punch, there are some other moves at its disposal that can work at times. Gurdurr can make use of the well-known Substitute + Focus Punch combination. Due to its great bulk and respectable power, Gurdurr can easily get a Substitute up against physically oriented opponents while hitting really, really hard with a STAB Focus Punch. However, this kind of strategy is not favorable for a Pokemon like Gurdurr, as it lacks Leftovers and a reliable recovery move, which means that Gurdurr will often find itself at low health and might not get many chances to fire several Focus Punches off. In addition, Gurdurr needs to give up on either Mach Punch or Ice Punch for Focus Punch, which means it either loses its only option for handling faster opponents or its only means of hitting Pokemon such as Golurk and Amoonguss; replacing Drain Punch is out of the question, as it is Gurdurr's most reliable means of recovery. Facade is an interesting move to use if you can get Gurdurr inflicted with a status condition. In combination with Guts, Gurdurr can hit a wider variety of Pokemon much harder, but unless you opt out on using Mach Punch, Drain Punch, or Bulk Up, Gurdurr will be unable to hit Ghost-types. Gurdurr also has access to a plethora of other Fighting-type moves, but none have better utility than Drain Punch and Mach Punch. However, notable mentions are Hammer Arm and Superpower for more power, as well as Low Sweep and Force Palm for useful added effects for Gurdurr to support its team with; Low Sweep lowers the opponent's Speed stat, while Force Palm has a good 30% chance to paralyze the opponent. Fire Punch and ThunderPunch are also available for use to hit specific targets harder than Gurdurr's preferred moves, but other than that, they don't do much else and are inferior to Ice Punch.</p>

    <p>Taunt and Block are more gimmicky than anything else, but can still be of use if used correctly. Taunt will shut off any slower Pokemon, such as Musharna and Duosion, from setting up on Gurdurr, while Block can be used in tandem with Bulk Up to keep setup bait from switching out, allowing Gurdurr to freely set up. Rest is the only other recovery move at Gurdurr's disposal. It can be used in combination with Sleep Talk to take advantage of Guts; however, this means that Gurdurr has to forego two moves, which it typically cannot afford. While Rest does restore Gurdurr to full health, it also puts Gurdurr to sleep, making it much less reliable than Drain Punch.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>While Gurdurr is a potent defensive and offensive threat, it's not unbeatable. Golurk will have an easy time with Gurdurr if it lacks either Ice Punch or Payback, as it resists Gurdurr's Fighting- and Rock-type moves. Knock Off does hit Golurk for super effective damage, but it's far too weak to do any significant damage. Amoonguss is also a full stop to Gurdurr if the latter lacks Ice Punch, as Amoonguss's physical bulk prevents it from taking much damage from Payback or Rock Slide while it resists Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves. Amoonguss also has Clear Smog to remove any Bulk Up boosts Gurdurr might have acquired, and it can put Gurdurr to sleep with Spore and hit it hard with Giga Drain. Faster Flying-types will give Gurdurr hell. Unless Gurdurr has racked up a great amount of Defense boosts, Swellow and Braviary will easily KO Gurdurr with their super effective Brave Bird. Charizard and Rotom-S will take huge chunks out of Gurdurr's health, as it has such poor Special Defense. There are plenty of Psychic-types in the NU tier, and none of them have any particular difficulty against Gurdurr. Faster Psychic-types such as Exeggutor and Gardevoir have no problems coming in on Gurdurr and scoring an easy OHKO on it. While Musharna and Duosion are slower than Gurdurr, that doesn't mean they have a hard time against it. As both of them are slower, Payback only has 50 Base Power, and thanks to their impressive bulk, they can easily take hits from Gurdurr and take the opportunity to set up with Calm Mind. Beheeyem is also another example of this. While it doesn't have the same bulk as Musharna and Duosion, Beheeyem can still take an Ice Punch or Payback while retaliating with an Analytic-boosted Psychic scoring an easy OHKO.</p>

    <p>Misdreavus will give Gurdurr some problems if it doesn't carry Payback or has not acquired a lot of boosts to do damage with Ice Punch or Rock Slide. However, Misdreavus can't freely use Will-O-Wisp on Gurdurr as it will only power Gurdurr up, while Payback will hurt a lot. Golbat has a 4x resistance to Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves, will take pitiful damage from Payback, and is only 3HKOed at best by Rock Slide and Ice Punch even with Stealth Rock damage, all due to Golbat's ridiculous defenses. On top of that, Golbat has access to Roost to recover any damage it might have suffered, Haze to remove any of Gurdurr's boosts, as well as Taunt to prevent Gurdurr from setting up at all. While shutting Gurdurr down with these moves, Golbat can wear it down with repeated super effective Brave Birds. Articuno is in a similar position as Golbat. Articuno doesn't resist Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves and lacks Taunt, while it gets demolished by Rock Slide, but it does possess great defenses and can put a stop to Gurdurr with relative ease. In addition, Articuno can remove any possible Bulk Up boosts from Gurdurr with Haze or Roar; however, Articuno needs to be careful of Rock Slide when using Roar, which makes Haze superior against Gurdurr. On top off this, Articuno can strip up to 90% of offensive Gurdurr's health with a super effective Hurricane, while it has a great chance to 2HKO a fully specially defensive Gurdurr. Garbodor can also remove any Bulk Up boosts from Gurdurr with Clear Smog, after which it can set up entry hazards with ease as Garbodor takes pitiful damage from Gurdurr's moves. In a similar vein, Gurdurr can't simply touch Weezing without multiple boosts to its Attack stat, while Weezing can wear Gurdurr down with consecutive Fire Blasts or Thunderbolts; Weezing can remove any boosts Gurdurr might have acquired with Clear Smog as well.</p>

    [Unreleased]

    <p>Gurdurr receives Iron Fist as its Dream World ability. Although Guts is superior as it prevents burn's Attack-lowering effect, Iron Fist can still be useful. Most players would expect Gurdurr to utilize Guts for the extra power and stay away from inflicting it with any status. This gives Gurdurr the opportunity to catch the opponent by surprise with Iron Fist, which powers up Drain Punch, Mach Punch, and Ice Punch right from the start without the reliance on status.</p>
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    • Slash Knock Off next to BU, Gurdurr doeesnt have as many set up chances right now
    • I'd also add a mention of Facade to OO, if Gurdurr gets statused(not hard to do) it becomes very powerful. Also add mentions of Fire and ThunderPunch, they dont offer much coverage but hit some things really hard
    • I'd add Garbodor to c&c, if it runs Clear Smog it can set up on Gurdurr all day. Duosion should get a mention alongside Musharna.

    Really good skeleton though, good job
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    All of Raseri's changes are good. Add Weezing to c&c too, Gurdurr can hardly do anything to Weezing and Weezing can Clear Smog away the boosts. As for the name of the set, maybe change the name to Bulky Attacker?

    Nice detailed skeleton.

    [qc]1/3[/qc]
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    All done. Changed the name to Buly Attacker. I've never been fond of that name before, but it's better than nothing at least.

    Many thanks to both of you.
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    Great skeleton, cannot find many obvious faults. Just be sure to emphasizse what makes Gurdurr unique as a Fighting-type while you're writing it up: Bulk, Mach Punch, Bulk Up + Drain Punch etc.

    QC APPROVE 2/3
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    I'd also like to see Beheeyem in c&c, it doesn't mind Ice Punch, can be slower than Gurdurr, and can destroy it with Analytic boosted Psychic.

    Other than that I think this is ready
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    Thanks for the checks Django and Raseri.

    Will write this up when I'm done with UU Claydol.
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    Ok, this now written and ready for GP.

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    I'll get to Zangoose now.
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    [Overview]

    <p>Gurdurr might not seem like much at first glance, but it is actually one of the better Pokemon in the tier and not your average NFE. Gurdurr takes advantage of its traits really well, and with them it can check some of the tier's top threats, such as Zangoose, Cinccino, and Absol. With Eviolite, Gurdurr can take advantage of its already good physical bulk to the fullest, making it able to tank the some of the most powerful hits in the tier and strike back. Gurdurr's offensive prowess is nothing to scoff at either, as a base 105 Attack stat will put a dent in anything without a great amount of bulk itself. Powerful moves such as Drain Punch, Mach Punch, and Ice Punch, (RC) compliment its great Attack, allowing not only to hit hard but also hit fast; the two aforementioned moves set it apart from the other Fighting-types in the tier as well. However, Gurdurr is not without its drawbacks. Eviolite, while increasing Gurdurr's bulk, also shortens its lifespan as it prevents Gurdurr from using Leftovers. Gurdurr is also a prey of the many Psychic-types in the tier, with a majority aiming at its lower Special Defense stat with their Psychic. Gurdurr is also weak to the rather common Flying-type moves coming from Pokemon such as Braviary and Swellow, while bulky Pokemon such as Misdreavus can easily wear Gurdurr down. However, don't let this discourage you from using Gurdurr. While bulky Pokemon can wear down Gurdurr with status, Gurdurr also receives a boost in its Attack stat thanks to Guts, while Bulk Up can help it tank super effective Brave Birds and strike back with even more power.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Drain Punch
    move 2: Mach Punch
    move 3: Ice Punch
    move 4: Bulk Up / Knock Off
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Guts
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Gurdurr can take physical hits extremely well, and this set takes full advantage of that. Drain Punch is a great asset to Gurdurr, as not only does it provide good STAB, but also let it restore its HP, (comma) something that is incredibly useful since Gurdurr is stuck to using Eviolite. Mach Punch is also essential for this, as not only does it patch up Gurdurr's Speed to some extent, it's also the reason it can check some of the most dangerous Pokemon in the tier. Cinccino, Zangoose, and Absol are all hit super effectively by Mach Punch, and due to their frailty and Gurdurr's great Attack stat, they easily fall to it. Ice Punch evens out Gurdurr's coverage, as it allows Gurdurr to hit a majority of Pokemon that resists its other moves in the tier, either super effectively or neutrally. (period) Amooguss, Golurk, and Altaria are all hit super effectively, while Pokemon such as Misdreavus and Charizard are hit neutrally, all which resist or are immune to Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves. The last comes down to what you want Gurdurr to accomplish throughout the battle. Bulk Up allows Gurdurr to become extremely bulky attacker, building up its already impressive Attack and Defense stats, though it can be hard for it to set up at times. Knock Off, however, gives Gurdurr more utility and allows it to provide more team support by removing the opponent's items, such as Tangela and Misdreavus's Eviolites.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A different EV spread of 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpD with a Careful can be used to give Gurdurr much better overall bulk; with this EV spread and Eviolite, Gurdurr reaches 327 Special Defense, enough to take some neutral and resisted special attacks. However, this EV spread is usually inferior to the more offensive one, as Gurdurr often need the extra power more than the extra special bulk. Rock Slide can be used over Ice Punch to hit some specific threats, such as Charizard, harder. However, Rock Slide won't hit Amoonguss nearly as hard, while it is resisted by Golurk, which is really bad in the long run. Stone Edge is a more powerful albeit less accurate option, which allows Gurdurr to hit Pokemon such as Braviary and Rotom-S harder. Payback is another decent option, as it gives Gurdurr a more powerful move against to hit Psychic- and Ghost-types in the right situation. However, Payback can be a bit unreliable as it only has 50 Base Power unless the opponent moves first, making Ice Punch a more solid choice as still hits these Pokemon hard enough; Gurdurr shouldn't stay in on the many specially oriented Psychic-types anyways.</p>

    <p>As for teammates, Dark-types pairs really well with Gurdurr. Absol and Skuntank are both exceptional at removing Psychic-types that heavily threaten Gurdurr; Absol hits a lot harder than Skuntank which is useful for taking down Musharna, while Skuntank has much better bulk allowing it to take hits from the likes of Exeggutor and Gardevoir much better. Rock-types such as Regirock also help out, as they can take care of Braviary and Swellow, (AC) which is especially useful when Gurdurr carries Knock Off; however, if Gurdurr carries Bulk Up and gets an opportunity to set up a decent amount of times, it can survive a Brave Bird from the aforementioned Pokemon and KO back. Wish support is really useful for Gurdurr as it has to rely on Drain Punch to recover health otherwise, and Gurdurr might not always get an opportunity to use it; Alomomola and Lickilicky are two of the better users of the move in tier. Lickilicky can even use Heal Bell alongside Wish to provide cleric support. Cleric support in any way is always useful, even though Gurdurr receives an Attack boost when statused thanks to Guts, as status will heavily shorten Gurdurr's time on the field, especially when it's using Bulk Up. Entry hazard support is also a handy tool to Gurdurr's success, as it can prevent the opponent from switching out while Gurdurr sets up, as well as rack up residual damage onto the opponent making it easier to KO later on. Garbodor is an excellent user of both Spikes and Toxic Spikes, and will be sure to get them up; however, Toxic Spikes is not as good anymore due to how easy it is to remove them. Armaldo, Regirock, Carracosta, and Seismitoad are all good users of Stealth Rock, while some of them pair well with Gurdurr. Armaldo can also use Rapid Spin to remove any entry hazards on your team's side of the field; Spikes will severely cut down on Gurdurr's effectiveness. As a last mention, specially defensive Pokemon, such as the already mentioned Skuntank and Lickilicky, pair well with Gurdurr to patch up its lower Special Defense stat.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>While Gurdurr makes do with its role as a bulky attacker with Drain Punch, Mach Punch, and Ice Punch, there are some other moves at its disposal that can work at times. Gurdurr can make use of the well-known Substitute + Focus Punch combination. Due to its great bulk and respectable power, Gurdurr can easily get a Substitute up against physically oriented opponents while hitting really, really hard with STAB Focus Punch. However, this kind of strategy is not favorable for a Pokemon such as Gurdurr as it lacks Leftovers and a reliable recovery move, which means Gurdurr will often find itself at low health and might not find many chances to get several Focus Punches off. In addition, Gurdurr needs to give up on either Mach Punch or Ice Punch for Focus Punch, which means it either loses its only option for handling faster opponents or its only means of hitting Pokemon such as Golurk and Amoonguss; replacing Drain Punch is out of the question as it is Gurdurr's most reliable mean of recovery. Facade is an interesting move to use if you can get Gurdurr inflicted with a status condition. In combination with Guts, Gurdurr can hit a wider variety of Pokemon much harder, but unless you opt out on using Mach Punch, Drain Punch, or Bulk Up, Gurdurr will be unable to hit Ghost-types. Gurdurr also has access to a plethora of other Fighting-type moves, but none have better utility than Drain Punch and Mach Punch. However, notable mentions are Hammer Arm and Superpower for more power, as well as Low Sweep and Force Palm for useful added effects for Gurdurr to support its team with; Low Sweep lowers the opponent's Speed stat, while Force Palm has a good 30% chance to paralyze the opponent. Fire Punch and ThunderPunch are also available for use to hit specific targets harder than Gurdurr's preferred moves, but other than that they don't do much else and are inferior to Ice Punch.</p>

    <p>Taunt and Block are more gimmicky than anything else, but can still be of use if used correctly. Taunt will prevent any slower Pokemon, such as Musharna and Duosion, from setting up on Gurdurr, while Block can be used in tandem with Bulk Up to keep a setup bait from switching out allowing Gurdurr to freely boost up. Rest is Gurdurr's only other recovery move at disposal. Rest can be used in combination with Sleep Talk to take advantage of Guts; however, this means Gurdurr has to forgo two moves, one which is really important. While Rest does restore Gurdurr to full health, (AC) unlike Drain Punch, it also puts Gurdurr to sleep, (AC) making Rest much more unreliable than Drain Punch in the long run.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>While Gurdurr is a potent defensive and offensive threat, it's not unbeatable. Golurk will have an easy time with Gurdurr if it lacks either Ice Punch or Payback, as it resists Gurdurr's Fighting- and Rock-type moves. Knock Off does hit Golurk for super effective damage, but its far to weak to do any significant damage. Amoonguss is also a full stop if Gurdurr lacks Ice Punch, as its physical bulk prevents it from taking any huge amounts of damage from Payback or Rock Slide while it resists Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves. Amooguss also has Clear Smog to remove any Bulk Up boosts Gurdurr might have acquired, while it can put Gurdurr to sleep with Spore and hit Gurdurr hard with Giga Drain. Faster Flying-types will give Gurdurr hell. Unless Gurdurr has racked up great ammounts of Defense boosts, Swellow and Braviary will easily KO Gurdurr with their super effective Brave Bird. Charizard and Rotom-S will take huge chunks out of Gurdurr's health, as it has such poor Special Defense. There are plenty of Phychic-types in the NU tier, and none of them have any particular difficulty against Gurdurr. Faster Psychic-types such as Exeggutor and Gardevoir have no problem coming in on Gurdurr and scoring an easy OHKO on it. Musharna and Duosion are slower Gurdurr, however, but that doesn't mean they have a harder time against it. As both of them are slower, Payback only has 50 Base Power, and thanks to their impressive bulk they can easily take hits from Gurdurr and take the opportunity to set up with Calm Mind.</p>

    <p>Misdreavus will give Gurdurr some problems if it doesn't carry Payback or has acquired a lot of boosts to do any damage with Ice Punch or Rock Slide. However, Misdreavus can't freely use Will-O-Wisp on Gurdurr as it will only power Gurdurr up, while Payback will hurt a lot. Golbat has a 4x resistance to Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves, will take pitiful damage from Payback, and is only 3HKOed at best by Rock Slide and Ice Punch even with Stealth Rock damage, all due to Golbat's ridiculous defenses. On top of that, Golbat has access to Roost to recover any damage it might have suffered, Haze to remove any of Gurdurr's boosts, and Taunt to prevent Gurdurr from setting up at all, while sutting Gurdurr down with these moves, Golbat can wearing Gurdurr down with repeated super effective Brave Birds. Articuno is in a similar position as Golbat. Articuno doesn't resist Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves and lacks Taunt, but while it gets demolished by Rock Slide, however, but it does possess great defenses and can put a stop to Gurdurr with relative ease. Articuno can remove any possible Bulk Up boosts from Gurdurr by the use of Haze or Roar; however, Articuno needs to be careful of Rock Slide when using Roar, making Haze a superior option against Gurdurr. On top off this, Articuno can strip up to 90% of offensive Gurdurr's health with a super effective Hurricane, while it has a great chance to 2HKO a fully specially defensive Gurdurr. Garbodor can also remove any Bulk Up boosts from Gurdurr with Clear Smog, after which it can set up entry hazards with ease as it takes pitiful damage from Gurdurr's moves. In a similar vein, Gurdurr can't simply touch Weezing without multiple boosts to its Attack stat, while Weezing can wear Gurdurr down with consecutive Fire Blasts or Thunderbolts; Weezing can remove any boosts Gurdurr might have acquired with Clear Smog as well.</p>

    [Unreleased]

    <p>Gurdurr receives Iron Fist as its Dream World ability. Although Guts is superior due to Gurdurr receiving a boost from status, Iron Fist can still be useful. Most players would expect Gurdurr to utilize Guts for the extra power and stay away from inflicting it with any status. This gives Gurdurr the opportunity to catch the opponent by surprise with Iron Fist, powering up Drain Punch, Mach Punch, and Ice Punch right from the start without the reliance on status.</p>
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    No, as long as I'm writing stuff you're never retired sirn.

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    Just a couple of errors for the next guy:

    Eviolite, while increasing Gurdurr's bulk, also shortens its lifespan

    opponent's item, such as Tangela's and Misdreavus's Eviolites

    times, it can survive a Brave Bird from the aforementioned Pokemon and KO back.

    While Gurdurr makes do with its role as a bulky attacker with Drain Punch, Mach Punch, and Ice Punch
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    Second one is wrong, but thanks for catching the other three. Wherever they may be...

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    [Overview]

    <p>Gurdurr might not seem like much at first glance, but it is actually one of the better Pokemon in the tier and not your average NFE. Gurdurr takes advantage of its traits really well, and with them, it can check some of the tier's top threats, such as Zangoose, Cinccino, and Absol. With Eviolite, Gurdurr can take advantage of its already good physical bulk to its fullest, making it able to tank the some of the most powerful hits in the tier and strike back. Gurdurr's offensive prowess is nothing to scoff at either, as a base 105 Attack stat will put a dent in anything without a great amount of bulk itself. Powerful moves such as Drain Punch, Mach Punch, and Ice Punch complement its great offensive stat, allowing it to not only hit hard, but also hit fast; the two aforementioned moves set it apart from the other Fighting-types in the tier as well. However, Gurdurr is not without its drawbacks. Eviolite, while increasing Gurdurr's bulk, also shorten its lifespan, as it prevents Gurdurr from using Leftovers. Gurdurr is also falls prey to the many Psychic-types in the tier, as the majority aim at its lower Special Defense stat by attacking with Psychic. Gurdurr is also weak to the rather common Flying-type moves coming from Pokemon such as Braviary and Swellow, while bulky Pokemon such as Misdreavus can easily wear it down. However, don't let this discourage you from using Gurdurr. While bulky Pokemon can wear Gurdurr down with status, Gurdurr also receives a boost in its Attack stat thanks to Guts, while Bulk Up can help it tank super effective Brave Birds and strike back with even more power.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Drain Punch
    move 2: Mach Punch
    move 3: Ice Punch
    move 4: Bulk Up / Knock Off
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Guts
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Gurdurr can take physical hits extremely well, and this set takes full advantage of that. Drain Punch is a great asset to Gurdurr, as it not only provides good STAB, but also lets Gurdurr restore its HP, which is incredibly useful since Gurdurr lacks Leftovers recovery. Mach Punch is also essential for this, as not only does it patch up Gurdurr's Speed to some extent, it's alosso the reason it can check some of the most dangerous Pokemon in the tier. Cinccino, Zangoose, and Absol are all hit super effectively by Mach Punch, and due to their frailty and Gurdurr's great Attack stat, they easily fall to it. Ice Punch rounds out Gurdurr's coverage, as it allows Gurdurr to hit a majority of the other Pokemon in the tier that resist its other moves super effectively or neutrally. For example, Amoonguss, Golurk, and Altaria are all hit super effectively, while Misdreavus and Charizard are hit neutrally; these Pokemon either resist or are immune to Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves. The last move comes down to what you want Gurdurr to accomplish throughout the battle. Bulk Up allows Gurdurr to become an extremely bulky attacker by building up its already impressive Attack and Defense stats, though it can be hard for Gurdurr to set up at times. Knock Off, however, gives Gurdurr more utility and allows it to provide more team support by removing the opponent's item, such as Tangela's and Misdreavus's Eviolites.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A different EV spread of 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpD with a Careful nature can be used to give Gurdurr much better overall bulk; with this EV spread and Eviolite, Gurdurr reaches 327 Special Defense, enough to take some neutral and resisted special attacks. However, this EV spread is usually inferior to the more offensive one, as Gurdurr often needs the extra power more than the extra special bulk. Rock Slide can be used over Ice Punch to hit some specific threats, such as Charizard, harder. However, Rock Slide won't hit Amoonguss nearly as hard, and is resisted by Golurk, which makes it much worse overall. Stone Edge is a more powerful albeit less accurate option, which allows Gurdurr to hit Pokemon such as Braviary and Rotom-S harder. Payback is another decent option, as it gives Gurdurr a more powerful move against to hit Psychic- and Ghost-types in the right situation. However, Payback can be a bit unreliable, as it only has 50 Base Power unless the opponent moves first, making Ice Punch a more solid choice, as; the latter still hits these Pokemon hard enough;, and Gurdurr shouldn't stay in on the many specially oriented Psychic-types anyways.</p>

    <p>As for teammates, Dark-types pair really well with Gurdurr. Absol and Skuntank are both exceptional at removing Psychic-types that heavily threaten Gurdurr; Absol hits a lot harder than Skuntank, which is useful for taking down Musharna, while Skuntank has much better bulk, allowing it to take hits from the likes of Exeggutor and Gardevoir much better. Rock-types such as Regirock also help out, as they can take care of Braviary and Swellow, which is especially useful when Gurdurr carries Knock Off; however, if Gurdurr carries Bulk Up and gets an opportunity to set up a decent amount of times, it can survive a Brave Bird from the aforementioned Pokemon and KO back. Wish support is really useful for Gurdurr, as it has to rely on Drain Punch to recover health; otherwise, and Gurdurr might not always get an opportunity to use it;. Alomomola and Lickilicky are two of the better users of the move in the tier.; Lickilicky can even use Heal Bell alongside Wish to provide cleric support. Cleric support in any way is always useful, even though Gurdurr receives an Attack boost when statusedinflicted with a status condition thanks to Guts, as status will heavily shorten Gurdurr's time on the field, especially when it's using Bulk Up. Entry hazards isare also a handy tool to Gurdurr's success, as it can preventthey can punish the opponent fromor switching out while Gurdurr sets up, as well as rack up residual damage onto the opponent, making it easier to KO later on. Garbodor is an excellent user of both Spikes and Toxic Spikes, and will be sure to get them up. due to how easy it is to remove them. Armaldo, Regirock, Carracosta, and Seismitoad are all good users of Stealth Rock, while some of them pair well with Gurdurr. Armaldo can also use Rapid Spin to remove any entry hazards on your team's side of the field; Spikes will severely cut down on Gurdurr's effectiveness. As a last mention, specially defensive Pokemon, such as the already mentioned Skuntank and Lickilicky, pair well with Gurdurr to patch up its lower Special Defense stat.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>While Gurdurr makes do with its role as a bulky attacker with Drain Punch, Mach Punch, and Ice Punch, there are some other moves at its disposal that can work at times. Gurdurr can make use of the well-known Substitute + Focus Punch combination. Due to its great bulk and respectable power, Gurdurr can easily get a Substitute up against physically oriented opponents while hitting really, really hard with a STAB Focus Punch. However, this kind of strategy is not favorable for a Pokemon like Gurdurr, as it lacks Leftovers and a reliable recovery move, which means that Gurdurr will often find itself at low health and might not findget many chances to getfire several Focus Punches off. In addition, Gurdurr needs to give up on either Mach Punch or Ice Punch for Focus Punch, which means it either loses its only option for handling faster opponents or its only means of hitting Pokemon such as Golurk and Amoonguss; replacing Drain Punch is out of the question, as it is Gurdurr's most reliable means of recovery. Facade is an interesting move to use if you can get Gurdurr inflicted with a status condition. In combination with Guts, Gurdurr can hit a wider variety of Pokemon much harder, but unless you opt out on using Mach Punch, Drain Punch, or Bulk Up, Gurdurr will be unable to hit Ghost-types. Gurdurr also has access to a plethora of other Fighting-type moves, but none have better utility than Drain Punch and Mach Punch. However, notable mentions are Hammer Arm and Superpower for more power, as well as Low Sweep and Force Palm for useful added effects for Gurdurr to support its team with; Low Sweep lowers the opponent's Speed stat, while Force Palm has a good 30% chance to paralyze the opponent. Fire Punch and ThunderPunch are also available for use to hit specific targets harder than Gurdurr's preferred moves, but other than that, they don't do much else and are inferior to Ice Punch.</p>

    <p>Taunt and Block are more gimmicky than anything else, but can still be of use if used correctly. Taunt will shut off any slower Pokemon, such as Musharna and Duosion, from setting up on Gurdurr, while Block can be used in tandem with Bulk Up to keep setup bait from switching out, allowing Gurdurr to freely set up. Rest is the only other recovery move at Gurdurr's disposal. It can be used in combination with Sleep Talk to take advantage of Guts; however, this means that Gurdurr has to forego two moves, which it typically cannot afford. While Rest does restore Gurdurr to full health, it also puts Gurdurr to sleep, making it much less reliable than Drain Punch.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>While Gurdurr is a potent defensive and offensive threat, it's not unbeatable. Golurk will have an easy time with Gurdurr if it lacks either Ice Punch or Payback, as it resists Gurdurr's Fighting- and Rock-type moves. Knock Off does hit Golurk for super effective damage, but it's far too weak to do any significant damage. Amoonguss is also a full stop to Gurdurr if the latter lacks Ice Punch, as Amoonguss's physical bulk prevents it from taking much damage from Payback or Rock Slide while it resists Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves. Amoonguss also has Clear Smog to remove any Bulk Up boosts Gurdurr might have acquired, and it can put Gurdurr to sleep with Spore and hit it hard with Giga Drain. Faster Flying-types will give Gurdurr hell. Unless Gurdurr has racked up a great amounts of Defense boosts, Swellow and Braviary will easily KO Gurdurr with their super effective Brave Bird. Charizard and Rotom-S will take huge chunks out of Gurdurr's health, as it has such poor Special Defense. There are plenty of Psychic-types in the NU tier, and none of them have any particular difficulty against Gurdurr. Faster Psychic-types such as Exeggutor and Gardevoir have no problems coming in on Gurdurr and scoring an easy OHKO on it. While Musharna and Duosion are slower than Gurdurr, that doesn't mean they have a hard time against it. As both of them are slower, Payback only has 50 Base Power, and thanks to their impressive bulk, they can easily take hits from Gurdurr and take the opportunity to set up with Calm Mind.</p>

    <p>Misdreavus will give Gurdurr some problems if itGurdurr doesn't carry Payback or hasn't acquired a lot of boosts to do damage with Ice Punch or Rock Slide. However, Misdreavus can't freely use Will-O-Wisp on Gurdurr as it will only power Gurdurr up, while Payback will hurt a lot. Golbat has a 4x resistance to Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves, will take pitiful damage from Payback, and is only 3HKOed at best by Rock Slide and Ice Punch even with Stealth Rock damage, all due to Golbat's ridiculous defenses. On top of that, Golbat has access to Roost to recover any damage it might have suffered, Haze to remove any of Gurdurr's boosts, as well as Taunt to prevent Gurdurr from setting up at all. While shutting Gurdurr down with these moves, Golbat can wear it down with repeated super effective Brave Birds. Articuno is in a similar position as Golbat. Articuno doesn't resist Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves and lacks Taunt, while it gets demolished by Rock Slide, but it does possess great defenses and can put a stop to Gurdurr with relative ease. In addition, Articuno can remove any possible Bulk Up boosts from Gurdurr with Haze or Roar; however, Articuno needs to be careful of Rock Slide when using Roar, which makes Haze superior against Gurdurr. On top off this, Articuno can strip up to 90% of offensive Gurdurr's health with a super effective Hurricane, while it has a great chance to 2HKO a fully specially defensive Gurdurr. Garbodor can also remove any Bulk Up boosts from Gurdurr with Clear Smog, after which it can set up entry hazards with ease as Garbodor takes pitiful damage from Gurdurr's moves. In a similar vein, Gurdurr can't simply touch Weezing without multiple boosts to its Attack stat, while Weezing can wear Gurdurr down with consecutive Fire Blasts or Thunderbolts; Weezing can remove any boosts Gurdurr might have acquired with Clear Smog as well.</p>

    [Unreleased]

    <p>Gurdurr receives Iron Fist as its Dream World ability. Although Guts is superior as it prevents burn's Attack-lowering effect, Iron Fist can still be useful. Most players would expect Gurdurr to utilize Guts for the extra power and stay away from inflicting it with any status. This gives Gurdurr the opportunity to catch the opponent by surprise with Iron Fist, which powers up Drain Punch, Mach Punch, and Ice Punch right from the start without the reliance on status.</p>



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    [Overview]

    <p>Gurdurr might not seem like much at first glance, but it is actually one of the better Pokemon in the tier and not your average NFE. Gurdurr takes advantage of its traits really well, and with them, it can check some of the tier's top threats, such as Zangoose, Cinccino, and Absol. With Eviolite, Gurdurr can take advantage of its already good physical bulk to its fullest, making it able to tank the some of the most powerful hits in the tier and strike back. Gurdurr's offensive prowess is nothing to scoff at either, as a base 105 Attack stat will put a dent in anything without a great amount of bulk itself. Powerful moves such as Drain Punch, Mach Punch, and Ice Punch complement its great offensive stat, allowing it to not only hit hard, but also hit fast; the two aforementioned moves set it apart from the other Fighting-types in the tier as well. However, Gurdurr is not without its drawbacks. Eviolite, while increasing Gurdurr's bulk, also shorten its lifespan, as it prevents Gurdurr from using Leftovers. Gurdurr also falls prey to the many Psychic-types in the tier, as the majority aim at its lower Special Defense stat by attacking with Psychic. Gurdurr is also weak to the rather common Flying-type moves coming from Pokemon such as Braviary and Swellow, while bulky Pokemon such as Misdreavus can easily wear it down. However, don't let this discourage you from using Gurdurr. While bulky Pokemon can wear Gurdurr down with status, Gurdurr also receives a boost in its Attack stat thanks to Guts, while Bulk Up can help it tank super effective Brave Birds and strike back with even more power.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Drain Punch
    move 2: Mach Punch
    move 3: Ice Punch
    move 4: Bulk Up / Knock Off
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Guts
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Gurdurr can take physical hits extremely well, and this set takes full advantage of that. Drain Punch is a great asset to Gurdurr, as it not only provides good STAB, but also lets Gurdurr restore its HP, which is incredibly useful since Gurdurr lacks Leftovers recovery. Mach Punch is also essential for this, as not only does it patch up Gurdurr's Speed to some extent, it's also the reason it can check some of the most dangerous Pokemon in the tier. Cinccino, Zangoose, and Absol are all hit super effectively by Mach Punch, and due to their frailty and Gurdurr's great Attack stat, they easily fall to it. Ice Punch rounds out Gurdurr's coverage, as it allows Gurdurr to hit a majority of the other Pokemon in the tier that resist its other moves super effectively or neutrally. For example, Amoonguss, Golurk, and Altaria are all hit super effectively, while Misdreavus and Charizard are hit neutrally; these Pokemon either resist or are immune to Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves. The last move comes down to what you want Gurdurr to accomplish throughout the battle. Bulk Up allows Gurdurr to become an extremely bulky attacker by building up its already impressive Attack and Defense stats, though it can be hard for Gurdurr to set up at times. Knock Off, however, gives Gurdurr more utility and allows it to provide more team support by removing the opponent's item, such as Tangela's and Misdreavus's Eviolites.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A different EV spread of 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpD with a Careful nature can be used to give Gurdurr much better overall bulk; with this EV spread and Eviolite, Gurdurr reaches 327 Special Defense, enough to take some neutral and resisted special attacks. However, this EV spread is usually inferior to the more offensive one, as Gurdurr often needs the extra power more than the extra special bulk. Rock Slide can be used over Ice Punch to hit some specific threats, such as Charizard, harder. However, Rock Slide won't hit Amoonguss nearly as hard, and is resisted by Golurk, which makes it much worse overall. Stone Edge is a more powerful albeit less accurate option which allows Gurdurr to hit Pokemon such as Braviary and Rotom-S harder. Payback is another decent option, as it gives Gurdurr a more powerful move to hit Psychic- and Ghost-types in the right situation. However, Payback can be a bit unreliable, as it only has 50 Base Power unless the opponent moves first, making Ice Punch a more solid choice; the latter still hits these Pokemon hard enough, and Gurdurr shouldn't stay in on the many specially oriented Psychic-types anyways.</p>

    <p>As for teammates, Dark-types pair really well with Gurdurr. Absol and Skuntank are both exceptional at removing Psychic-types that heavily threaten Gurdurr; Absol hits a lot harder than Skuntank, which is useful for taking down Musharna, while Skuntank has much better bulk, allowing it to take hits from the likes of Exeggutor and Gardevoir much better. Rock-types such as Regirock also help out, as they can take care of Braviary and Swellow, which is especially useful when Gurdurr carries Knock Off; however, if Gurdurr carries Bulk Up and gets an opportunity to set up a decent amount of times, it can survive a Brave Bird from the aforementioned Pokemon and KO back. Wish support is really useful for Gurdurr, as it has to rely on Drain Punch to recover health; otherwise, Gurdurr might not always get an opportunity to use it. Alomomola and Lickilicky are two of the better users of the move in the tier; Lickilicky can even use Heal Bell alongside Wish to provide cleric support. Cleric support in any way is always useful, even though Gurdurr receives an Attack boost when inflicted with a status condition thanks to Guts, as status will heavily shorten Gurdurr's time on the field, especially when it's using Bulk Up. Entry hazards are also a handy tool to Gurdurr's success, as they can punish the opponent for switching out while Gurdurr sets up, as well as rack up residual damage onto the opponent, making it easier to KO later on. Garbodor is an excellent user of both Spikes and Toxic Spikes, and will be sure to get them up. Armaldo, Regirock, Carracosta, and Seismitoad are all good users of Stealth Rock, while some of them pair well with Gurdurr. Armaldo can also use Rapid Spin to remove any entry hazards on your team's side of the field; Spikes will severely cut down on Gurdurr's effectiveness. As a last mention, specially defensive Pokemon, such as the already mentioned Skuntank and Lickilicky, pair well with Gurdurr to patch up its lower Special Defense stat.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>While Gurdurr makes do with its role as a bulky attacker with Drain Punch, Mach Punch, and Ice Punch, there are some other moves at its disposal that can work at times. Gurdurr can make use of the well-known Substitute + Focus Punch combination. Due to its great bulk and respectable power, Gurdurr can easily get a Substitute up against physically oriented opponents while hitting really, really hard with a STAB Focus Punch. However, this kind of strategy is not favorable for a Pokemon like Gurdurr, as it lacks Leftovers and a reliable recovery move, which means that Gurdurr will often find itself at low health and might not get many chances to fire several Focus Punches off. In addition, Gurdurr needs to give up on either Mach Punch or Ice Punch for Focus Punch, which means it either loses its only option for handling faster opponents or its only means of hitting Pokemon such as Golurk and Amoonguss; replacing Drain Punch is out of the question, as it is Gurdurr's most reliable means of recovery. Facade is an interesting move to use if you can get Gurdurr inflicted with a status condition. In combination with Guts, Gurdurr can hit a wider variety of Pokemon much harder, but unless you opt out on using Mach Punch, Drain Punch, or Bulk Up, Gurdurr will be unable to hit Ghost-types. Gurdurr also has access to a plethora of other Fighting-type moves, but none have better utility than Drain Punch and Mach Punch. However, notable mentions are Hammer Arm and Superpower for more power, as well as Low Sweep and Force Palm for useful added effects for Gurdurr to support its team with. Fire Punch and ThunderPunch are also available for use to hit specific targets harder than Gurdurr's preferred moves, but other than that, they don't do much else and are inferior to Ice Punch.</p>

    <p>Taunt and Block are more gimmicky than anything else, but can still be of use if used correctly. Taunt will shut off any slower Pokemon, such as Musharna and Duosion, from setting up on Gurdurr, while Block can be used in tandem with Bulk Up to keep setup bait from switching out, allowing Gurdurr to freely set up. Rest is the only other recovery move at Gurdurr's disposal. It can be used in combination with Sleep Talk to take advantage of Guts; however, this means that Gurdurr has to forego two moves, which it typically cannot afford. While Rest does restore Gurdurr to full health, it also puts Gurdurr to sleep, making it much less reliable than Drain Punch.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>While Gurdurr is a potent defensive and offensive threat, it's not unbeatable. Golurk will have an easy time with Gurdurr if it lacks either Ice Punch or Payback, as it resists Gurdurr's Fighting- and Rock-type moves. Knock Off does hit Golurk for super effective damage, but it's far too weak to do any significant damage. Amoonguss is also a full stop to Gurdurr if the latter lacks Ice Punch, as Amoonguss's physical bulk prevents it from taking much damage from Payback or Rock Slide while it resists Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves. Amoonguss also has Clear Smog to remove any Bulk Up boosts Gurdurr might have acquired, and it can put Gurdurr to sleep with Spore and hit it hard with Giga Drain. Faster Flying-types will give Gurdurr hell. Unless Gurdurr has racked up a great amount of Defense boosts, Swellow and Braviary will easily KO Gurdurr with their super effective Brave Bird. Charizard and Rotom-S will take huge chunks out of Gurdurr's health, as it has such poor Special Defense. There are plenty of Psychic-types in the NU tier, and none of them have any particular difficulty against Gurdurr. Faster Psychic-types such as Exeggutor and Gardevoir have no problems coming in on Gurdurr and scoring an easy OHKO on it. While Musharna and Duosion are slower than Gurdurr, that doesn't mean they have a hard time against it. As both of them are slower, Payback only has 50 Base Power, and thanks to their impressive bulk, they can easily take hits from Gurdurr and take the opportunity to set up with Calm Mind.</p>

    <p>Misdreavus will give Gurdurr some problems if Gurdurr doesn't carry Payback or hasn't acquired a lot of boosts to do damage with Ice Punch or Rock Slide. However, Misdreavus can't freely use Will-O-Wisp on Gurdurr as it will only power Gurdurr up, while Payback will hurt a lot. Golbat has a 4x resistance to Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves, will take pitiful damage from Payback, and is only 3HKOed at best by Rock Slide and Ice Punch even with Stealth Rock damage, all due to Golbat's ridiculous defenses. On top of that, Golbat has access to Roost to recover any damage it might have suffered, Haze to remove any of Gurdurr's boosts, as well as Taunt to prevent Gurdurr from setting up at all. While shutting Gurdurr down with these moves, Golbat can wear it down with repeated super effective Brave Birds. Articuno is in a similar position as Golbat. Articuno doesn't resist Gurdurr's Fighting-type moves and lacks Taunt, while it gets demolished by Rock Slide, but it does possess great defenses and can put a stop to Gurdurr with relative ease. In addition, Articuno can remove any possible Bulk Up boosts from Gurdurr with Haze or Roar; however, Articuno needs to be careful of Rock Slide when using Roar, which makes Haze superior against Gurdurr. On top off this, Articuno can strip up to 90% of offensive Gurdurr's health with a super effective Hurricane, while it has a great chance to 2HKO a fully specially defensive Gurdurr. Garbodor can also remove any Bulk Up boosts from Gurdurr with Clear Smog, after which it can set up entry hazards with ease as Garbodor takes pitiful damage from Gurdurr's moves. In a similar vein, Gurdurr can't simply touch Weezing without multiple boosts to its Attack stat, while Weezing can wear Gurdurr down with consecutive Fire Blasts or Thunderbolts; Weezing can remove any boosts Gurdurr might have acquired with Clear Smog as well.</p>

    [Unreleased]

    <p>Gurdurr receives Iron Fist as its Dream World ability. Although Guts is superior as it prevents burn's Attack-lowering effect, Iron Fist can still be useful. Most players would expect Gurdurr to utilize Guts for the extra power and stay away from inflicting it with any status. This gives Gurdurr the opportunity to catch the opponent by surprise with Iron Fist, which powers up Drain Punch, Mach Punch, and Ice Punch right from the start without the reliance on status.</p>



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    Thanks for the check DC.

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  16. Zebraiken

    Zebraiken is it true what they say, that words are weapons?
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    Awesome work! :toast:

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