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Kabutops (Analysis)

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by Limewire, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. Limewire

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    [Overview]

    <p>In the last generation, Kabutops was known as one of the most fearsome OU rain sweepers, with its impressive base 115 Attack stat and base 80 Speed doubled by Swift Swim. Its Water- and Rock-type STAB attacks are resisted by very few Pokemon. Those who do resist it, such as Empoleon or Ferrothorn, are destroyed by Low Kick. Kabutops can also easily take advantage of other Drizzle teams, so you do not have to worry about keeping the rain up manually.<p>

    <p>Kabutops does have its downfalls, though. It greatly suffers from the dreaded four moveslot syndrome, and no matter what moves it chooses, there will always be a counter to Kabutops. Rain must also be generated via Rain Dance, due to the fact that the Drizzle + Swift Swim combo has been banned, which can be hard. Despite this, Kabutops is an excellent Pokemon and should be considered when creating a rain team.</p>

    [SET]

    name: Rain Sweeper
    move 1: Swords Dance
    move 2: Waterfall
    move 3: Stone Edge
    move 4: Aqua Jet / Low Kick
    item: Life Orb
    nature: Adamant
    ability: Swift Swim
    evs: 40 HP / 252 Atk / 216 Spe

    [Set Comments]

    <p>Kabutops can easily double its already impressive base 115 Attack with a single Swords Dance. In conjunction with Swift Swim's Speed boost, this makes Kabutops immensely difficult to counter. Waterfall becomes insanely powerful in the rain, having a Base Power of 180. It also has a nifty (though small) chance of flinching the foe, which is great if the opponent somehow survives Waterfall. Stone Edge is its secondary STAB attack, and hurts any cheeky Grass-, Dragon-, or Water-type Pokemon trying to switch in. The last moveslot depends on which Pokemon your team has trouble with. Aqua Jet should be the primary move, because it can hit priority users before they hit back with Mach Punch or Bullet Punch. However, Low Kick does severe damage to Empoleon and Ferrothorn, two Pokemon which rain teams have difficulty countering.</p>

    [Additional Comments]

    <p>In conjunction with Swift Swim, 216 EVs in Speed will allow Kabutops to outspeed neutral-natured, base 100 Pokemon wielding a Choice Scarf. Attack is maximized so that it can cause mayhem, and the remaining EVs are invested into HP for bulk. Life Orb should be the primary choice, as it adds to Kabutops's monstrous strength. However, if Prankster Pokemon, such as Whimsicott, are troubling your team, you may find Lum Berry to be a viable option. A Jolly nature may be used to outspeed Choice Scarf Terrakion if you are not running Aqua Jet, although the lack of power will become noticeable.</p>

    <p>It is crucial that the rain does not run out. Having two to three Pokemon who summon Rain manually can fix this problem. Scizor, Bronzong, and Jirachi are good candidates, as they not only benefit from having their Fire-type weakness reduced, but can also counter Tyranitar and Abomasnow, two despised weather-changers. Zapdos resists Kabutops's weakness to Grass- and Fighting-type attacks, and is immune to Ground-type moves. Tornadus and Thundurus are also great choices, as their ability grants Rain Dance +1 priority. In addition, these Pokemon enjoy having a 100% accurate STAB Hurricane and Thunder to use, respectively.</p>

    <p>Like every Pokemon in the metagame, Kabutops likes the support of entry hazards. Forretress and Ferrothorn can set up Spikes and / or Stealth Rock, and benefit from having their 4x weakness to Fire-type attacks reduced. Kabutops is best used as a late-game sweeper, so it appreciates powerful rain sweepers, such as Kingdra, Ludicolo, and Omastar, weakening the foe's team. Ferrothorn and Empoleon can be problematic if Kabutops uses Aqua Jet. Scizor and Azumarill both learn Superpower to counter them (Azumarill should be aware of Power Whip), and a Thunder user, such as Latios, Thundurus or Zapdos, can dispose of Empoleon. Breloom and Celebi are two major threats to Kabutops. Scizor can use its Bug-type STAB moves to scare out Celebi, or trap it with Pursuit. Tornadus can easily handle Breloom and Virizion with STAB Hurricane. Weather changers are a huge threat to Kabutops. Once again, Scizor is a fantastic Pokemon to use due to its ability to check Tyranitar and Abomasnow. Hippowdon is not too hard to handle, as special attackers such as Gorebyss and Kingdra can quickly wear it down with Hydro Pump. Ninetales is slightly more annoying, as Drought makes it neutral to Water-type attacks. Latias and Latios can shrug off its attacks and hammer away at it with their STAB Draco Meteors.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Band
    move 1: Waterfall
    move 2: Aqua Jet
    move 3: Stone Edge
    move 4: Superpower
    item: Choice Band
    nature: Adamant
    ability: Swift Swim
    evs: 32 HP / 252 Atk / 216 Spe

    [Set Comments]

    <p>One problem that Kabutops faces is setting up. Slapping a Choice Band on it can cure this problem, and enables it to act as a late-game cleaner. With a Choice Band, rain-boosted Waterfall still does considerable damage to anything that does not resist it. Stone Edge is ideal for hitting bulky Water-types. With Stealth Rock and an Adamant nature, it can OHKO 156 HP / 96 Def Gyarados (the standard bulkyGyara spread) even at -1 Attack, and has a chance of 2HKOing 252 HP / 252 Def Bold Suicune. Aqua Jet prevents other priority users from ruining Kabutops's day. Superpower is recommended in the final moveslot, as it can dismantle Ferrothorn and Empoleon. Superpower will also deal more damage to Breloom and Virizion than any of Kabutops's other attacks.</p>

    [Additional Comments]

    <p>Just like the Swords Dance set, the EVs allow Kabutops to outspeed neutral-natured Pokemon with base 100 Speed and a Choice Scarf. 252 EVs in Attack and an Adamant nature enable Kabutops to do the most damage possible, and the remaining EVs go to HP for some additional bulk.</p>

    <p>Also, as with the previous set, Pokemon who summon rain manually are crucial. The best Pokemon to use would be those who either have defensive synergy with Kabutops or are able to take out its counters. Steel-type Pokemon like Jirachi, Magnezone, and Scizor can use their bulk and switch into attacks aimed at Kabutops. Those three Pokemon can also use U-turn or Volt Switch to scout the opponent's moves. This information is crucial to Kabutops because locking it into the wrong move can be disastrous. Tornadus, Thundurus, Zapdos, Latios, and Latias can use their powerful special attacks to break down physical walls that Kabutops hates. Mixed or special rain sweepers such as Kingdra, Ludicolo, Omastar, and Gorebyss are also recommended.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Like almost every other Water-type Pokemon in this generation, Kabutops learns Scald. However, its pitiful Special Attack stat prevents it from using the move. Kabutops can run a set with Endure / Flail / Aqua Jet, but it has better things to do. Besides, with priority being thrown everywhere, that set would become nothing but a gimmick. Defensive sets can opt to use Confuse Ray for fun, but relying on luck is generally not advisable. Rapid Spin is an option, although Excadrill, Starmie, and Tentacruel are probably better options for spinning away entry hazards. Kabutops can set up rain itself, but there are other Pokemon who can do this more easily.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>First of all, removing the rain suddenly makes Kabutops slower and weaker. Ninetales, Tyranitar, and Abomasnow can change the weather with their abilites, and all three can carry moves which are super effective. However, Kabutops also learns moves which can badly damage them (especially after a Swords Dance), so they must switch in carefully. Sun teams in particular are dangerous, because they can easily bring down an entire rain team if unaccounted for.</p>

    <p>Kabutops does not like status at all. Tentacruel resists everything except for Stone Edge, and can lay down Toxic Spikes to shorten its life, or burn it with Scald. Will-O-Wisp from Jellicent or Thunder Wave from Celebi also ruin its day. Whimsicott deserves a special mention here, because it can cripple Kabutops with Stun Spore or Encore, and has priority while doing so.</p>

    <p>Bulky Grass-types, such as Ferrothorn and Celebi, can shrug off a +2 Stone Edge and OHKO Kabutops with their powerful Grass-type moves. If not running Superpower / Low Kick, Empoleon, Virizion, and Breloom can wall Kabutops to no end. If Kabutops does not have Aqua Jet, Breloom and Conkeldurr can use Mach Punch to hurt it before it has the chance to attack. Finally, any Swift Swim Kabutops running an Adamant nature is in danger of being outsped by Choice Scarf Starmie, Mienshao, Gengar, and other threats.</p>

    [Dream World]

    <p>Kabutops's Dream World ability is Weak Armor, which lowers its Defense but raises its Speed when hit by a physical attack. Weak Armor can be useful on a Focus Sash "lead" set carrying Stealth Rock. Other than that, though, Swift Swim and Battle Armor outclass it.</p>
  2. soonerorlater

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    I think the Swords Dance set needs a new EV spread, since there's more, faster threats that can use a Choice Scarf.
    New EV: 80 HP / 252 Atk / 176 Spe and Jolly nature.
    It makes sure you outspeed 110 Scarfers in rain (Lati@s, Gengar, and all the new base 108 mons), etc. You can never outspeed them with Adamant, so Jolly + 176 Spe EVs is needed, and rest is dumped to HP for bulk.
    Also, I think it should run X-Scissor to kill Lati@s, and Grass/Fighting mon that can take your hit, and KO you.
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    Added. Thanks for the advice!
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    If Brick Break is there solely for Nattorei and Empoleon then why not use Low Kick? It hits Nattorei for 100 BP and Empoleon for 80 BP (and for what it's worth it's stronger than Brick Break vs Quagsire and Poliwrath). Maybe even go with Superpower so that you can hit the aforementioned Pokemon hard whilst still being able to nail Breloom switch-ins. X-Scissor is quite useless since Stone Edge is almost as strong in most scenarios...I suppose if you're really scared of Celebi then you could give it a shot but generally, Aqua Jet and [fighting attack] are far superior.
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    I always thought Nattorei was 110 pounds, not kilograms, until I double-checked on Serebii. Which is why I didn't add it previously. Oops....

    Superpower seems appropriate for the Choice Band set. I'm debating as to include it on the SD set, though.

    I don't quite agree with you about X-Scissor being too useless. Sure, a SE X-Scissor is only 10 BP higher than STAB Stone Edge, but don't foget that Stone Edge has a nasty 20% chance to miss.
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    IMO, the EV spread should be like this: 52 HP / 252 Atk / 204 Spe. It allows you to outspeed positive natured +1 115 bases, like Scarf Starmie or Scarf Azelf. Scarf Starmie is pretty big, as you don't want to be forced out after you get your +2, or get one of your main sweepers killed. If you don't like it, maybe a mention in AC would suffice.
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    Good point there. Edited (previous spread was moved to AC).
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    I don't think Confuse Ray on the defensive spinner set is worth it, especially not over Stone Edge (which imo should be Rock Slide).
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    Agree with the first two, but Omanyte might have some trouble tearing any holes ;)

    Also, Birijion should be added to the list of counters. Resisting dual STAB while remaining neutral to X-Scissor makes it a nice switch in, and it threatens Kabutops with everything it has.
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    Done.

    Gah >_< I meant Omastar. Birijion is added. Thank you both!
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    I think under counters its worth mentioning that a sun team with chlorophyll pokemon will destroy it.
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    Mention. Thank you.
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    Maybe you could mention Superpower in the SD set, for a mid-suicide attack that probably does more damage on Poleon and Ferrothorn than Low kick but also hits Breloom and Virizion harder than X-Scissor...
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    Aldaron's proposal makes this analysis kinda defunct considering that Kabutop's big selling point was being a Swift Swimmer, and now that it can't be used with Drizzle it becomes kinda questionable. Also, prior to this bump the analysis had been idle for literally two full months, so...
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    I'm questioning Kabutop's viability myself. On one hand, it is still probably the best physical SS sweeper (lol Qwilfish), has a small niche as a Rapid Spinner and can even run Rock Polish. On the other hand, summoning rain was hard enough last gen, and with Ninetales rearing its ugly head in, I imagine it will be even harder.

    It really is up to your desicion, SDS.
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    Bumping this because I've altered the set descriptions a bit, since using both Drizzle and Swift Swim on the same team has been banned. In addition, I've removed both Rapid Spin sets, as without permanent rain, those sets are outclassed by Doryuuzu and Starmie.
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    Everything here looks solid.

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    Remove X-Scissor as a slash on the Swords Dance sweeper and mention it in Additional Comments. X-Scissor's main selling point was its ability to KO Celebi, who is rarely seen in OU right now. X-Scissor does hit Rankurusu for super effective damage, but still, even after an SD, you won't be OHKOing it if it's running 252 HP / 252 Defense @ Bold, so you might as well use Waterfall versus it.

    Speaking of Swords Dance, I'd say Adamant is better than Jolly unless you're really scared of being outpaced by Scarf Terakion. Personally, I'd make it the first slash.

    Remove X-Scissor from the Choice Band set as well for the same reasons. Superpower is absolutely necessary for breaking through Natorei.

    Mention Kabutop's ability to use Stealth Rock in Optional Changes. Lastly, make sure to talk about how Kabutops can take advantage of opposing rain teams in your analysis.

    Everything else looks good!

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    Agreeing with my colleague Bloo. Make the EV spread for both sets 32 HP / 252 Atk / 216 Spe (Adamant). This outruns Choice Scarf Garchomp in the rain. Mention Joly as an option in the AC, and mention you only need to consider using it if you're not running Aqua Jet (Terakion is the only common scarfer faster than Garchomp). And yeah mention that Kabutops can take advantage of opposing Drizzle teams.

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    Haha, thanks guys for the rapid QC checks. I've updated the original analysis. Let the grammar checks begin!
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    Wait, hasn't Swift Swim + Drizzle been banned?
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    In this analysis it only talks about Kabutops taking advantage of OPPOSING Drizzle teams, you can't control whether your opponent uses a Politoed or not lol.
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    this is complete nonsense, either you worded it wrong or its just fallacious information. i dont believe anyone runs adamant scarfchomp, and also even then gengar and starmie are both faster than JOLLY scarfchomp making that arguement useless

    also on the rain sweeper set you are missing 8 evs.

    another thing im wondering is if a rain dance set could work
    @life orb
    adamant 40hp/252atk/216spe
    -rain dance
    -stone edge
    -waterfall
    -low kick

    i havent actually tested this set yet but it seems like it could be a great end game cleaner being stronger than the same kindgra set but only physical while being able to get rid of ferro unlike kindgra. i know this is in copyediting phase, but i believe this should at least go into ac or maybe even a main set.
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    A few issues; first you didn't translate all Japanese names to English. Please keep on top of your analyses and do these yourself as soon as possible to save us the trouble.

    Secondly, when listing things, you need to use a recursive comma. The list should look like; "A, B, and C", whereas you consistently typed "A, B and C".

    Thirdly, there were many content errors in this, but I decided not to change them, since that is a job for QC.

    Please take note of these points and use them to improve in the future.

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    [Overview]

    <p>In the last generation, Kabutops was known as one of the most fearsome OU rain sweepers, with its impressive base 115 Attack stat and base 80 Speed doubled by Swift Swim. Its Water-type and Rock-type STAB attacks are resisted by very few Pokemon. Those who do resist it, such as Empoleon or Ferrothorn, are destroyed by Low Kick. Kabutops can also easily take advantage of other Drizzle teams, so you do not have to worry about keeping the rain up manually.<p>

    <p>Kabutops does have its downfalls, though. It greatly suffers from the dreaded four moveslot syndrome, and no matter what moves it chooses, there will always be a counter to Kabutops. Rain must also be generated via Rain Dance, due to the fact that the Drizzle + Swift Swim combo has been banned, which can be hard. Despite this, Kabutops is an excellent Pokemon and should be considered when creating a rain team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Rain Sweeper
    move 1: Swords Dance
    move 2: Waterfall
    move 3: Stone Edge
    move 4: Aqua Jet / Low Kick
    item: Life Orb
    nature: Adamant
    ability: Swift Swim
    evs: 40 HP / 252 Atk / 216 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Kabutops can easily double its already impressive base 115 Attack with a single Swords Dance. When combined In conjunction with Swift Swim's Speed boost, this makes Kabutops immensely difficult to counter. Waterfall becomes insanely powerful in the rain, having a Base Power of 180. It also has a nifty (though small) chance of flinching the foe, which is great if the opponent somehow survives Waterfall. Stone Edge is its secondary STAB attack, and hurts any cheeky Grass-, Dragon-, or Water-type Pokemon trying to switch in. The last moveslot depends on which Pokemon your team has trouble with. Aqua Jet should be the primary move, because it can hit priority users before they hit back with Mach Punch or Bullet Punch. However, Low Kick does severe damage to Empoleon and Nattorei, two Pokemon which rain teams have difficulty countering.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>216 EVs in Speed combined with Swift Swim will allow Kabutops to outspeed neutral-natured, base 100 Pokemon wielding a Choice Scarf. Attack is maximized so that it can cause mayhem, and the remaining EVs are invested into HP for bulk. Life Orb should be the primary choice, as it adds to Kabutops's monstrous strength. However, if Prankster Pokemon, such as Whimsicott, are troubling your team, you may find Lum Berry to be a viable option. A Jolly nature may be used to outspeed Choice Scarf Terrakion if you are not running Aqua Jet, although the lack of power will become noticeable.</p>

    <p>It is crucial that the rain does not run out. Having two to three Pokemon who summon Rain manually can fix this problem. Scizor, Bronzong, and Jirachi are good candidates, as they not only benefit from having their Fire-type weakness reduced, but they can also counter Tyranitar and Abomasnow, two despised weather-changers. Zapdos resists Kabutops's weakness to Grass- and Fighting-type attacks, and is immune to Ground-type moves. Tornadus and Thundurus are also great choices, as their ability ensures that Rain Dance will always be used first grants Rain Dance +1 priority. In addition, these Pokemon enjoy having a 100% accurate STAB Hurricane and Thunder to use, respectively.</p>

    <p>Like every Pokemon in the metagame, Kabutops likes the support of entry hazards. Forretress and Ferrothorn can set up Spikes and / or Stealth Rock, and benefit from having their 4x weakness to Fire-type attacks reduced. Kabutops is best used as a late-game sweeper, so it appreciates powerful rain sweepers, such as Kingdra, Ludicolo, and Omastar, weakening the foe's team. Ferrothorn and Empoleon can be problematic if Kabutops uses Aqua Jet. Scizor and Azumarill both learn Superpower to counter them (Azumarill should be aware of Power Whip), and a Thunder user, such as Latios, Thundurus or Zapdos, can dispose of Empoleon. Breloom and Celebi are two major threats to Kabutops. Scizor can use its Bug-type STAB moves to scare out Celebi, or trap it with Pursuit. Tornadus can easily handle Breloom and Virizion with its STAB Hurricane. Weather changers are a huge threat to Kabutops. Once again, Scizor is a fantastic Pokemon to use due to its ability to check Tyranitar and Abomasnow. Hippowdon is not too hard to handle, as special attackers such as Gorebyss and Kingdra can quickly wear it down with Hydro Pump. Ninetales is slightly more annoying, as Drought makes it neutral to Water-type attacks. Latias and Latios can shrug off its attacks and hammer away at it with their STAB Draco Meteors.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Band
    move 1: Waterfall
    move 2: Aqua Jet
    move 3: Stone Edge
    move 4: Superpower
    item: Choice Band
    nature: Adamant
    ability: Swift Swim
    evs: 32 HP / 252 Atk / 216 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>One problem that Kabutops faces is setting up. Slapping a Choice Band on it can cure this problem, and enables it to act as a late-game cleaner. With a Choice Band, rain-boosted Waterfall still does considerable damage to anything that does not resist it. Stone Edge is ideal for hitting bulky Water-types. With Stealth Rock and an Adamant nature, it can OHKO 156 HP / 96 Def Gyarados (the standard bulkyGyara spread) even at -1 Attack, and has a chance of 2HKOing 252 HP / 252 Def Bold Suicune. Aqua Jet prevents other priority users from ruining Kabutops's day. Superpower is recommended in the final moveslot, as it can dismantle Ferrothorn and Empoleon. Superpower will also deal more damage to Breloom and Virizion than any of Kabutops's other attacks.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Just like the Swords Dance set, the EVs allow Kabutops to outspeed neutral-natured Pokemon with base 100 Speed and a Choice Scarf. 252 EVs in Attack and an Adamant nature enable Kabutops to do the most damage possible, and the remaining EVs go to HP for some additional bulk.</p>

    <p>Also, as with the previous set, Pokemon who summon rain manually are crucial. The best Pokemon to use would be those who either have defensive synergy with Kabutops or are able to take out its counters. Steel-type Pokemon like Jirachi, Magnezone, and Scizor can use their bulk and switch into attacks aimed at Kabutops. Those three Pokemon can also use U-turn or Volt Switch to scout the opponent's moves. This information is crucial to Kabutops because locking it into the wrong move can be disastrous. Tornadus, Thundurus, Zapdos, Latios, and Latias can use their powerful special attacks to break down physical walls that Kabutops hates. Mixed or special rain sweepers such as Kingdra, Ludicolo, Omastar, and Gorebyss are also recommended.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Like almost every other Water-type Pokemon in this generation, Kabutops learns Scald. However, its pitiful Special Attack stat prevents it from using the move. Kabutops can run a set with Endure / Flail / Aqua Jet, but it has better things to do. Besides, with priority being thrown everywhere, that set would become nothing but a gimmick. Defensive sets can opt to use Confuse Ray for some hax fun, but relying on luck is generally not advisable. Rapid Spin is an option, although Excadrill, Starmie, and Tentacruel are probably better options for spinning away entry hazards. Kabutops can set up rain itself, but there are other Pokemon who can do this more easily.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>First of all, removing the rain suddenly makes Kabutops slower and weaker. Ninetales, Tyranitar, and Abomasnow can change the weather with their abilites, and all three can carry moves which are super effective. However, Kabutops also learns moves which can badly damage them (especially after a Swords Dance), so they must be switched in carefully. Sun teams in particular are dangerous, because they can easily bring down an entire rain team if unaccounted for.</p>

    <p>Kabutops does not like status at all. Tentacruel resists everything except for Stone Edge, and can lay down Toxic Spikes to shorten its life, or burn it with Scald. Will-O-Wisp from Jellicent or Thunder Wave from Celebi also ruin its day. Whimsicott deserves a special mention here, because it can cripple Kabutops with Stun Spore or Encore, and has priority while doing so.</p>

    <p>Bulky Grass-types, such as Ferrothorn or defensive and Celebi, can shrug off a +2 Stone Edge and OHKO Kabutops with their powerful Grass-type moves. If not running Superpower / Low Kick, Empoleon, Virizion, and Breloom can wall Kabutops to no end. If Kabutops does not have Aqua Jet, Breloom and Conkeldurr can use Mach Punch to hurt it before it has the chance to strike back attack. Finally, any Swift Swim Kabutops running an Adamant nature is in danger of being outsped by Choice Scarf Starmie, Mienshao, Gengar, and other threats.</p>

    [Dream World]

    <p>Kabutops's Dream World ability is Weak Armor, which lowers its Defense but raises its Speed when hit by a physical attack. Weak Armor can be useful on a Focus Sash "lead" set carrying Stealth Rock. Other than that, though, Swift Swim and Battle Armor outclass it.</p>


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