Kabutops (QC 0/3)

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Overview
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- High Attack stat
- Has access to the based move Rapid Spin, a great move in a tier that has plenty of hazards and limited access to getting rid of them
- Access to Knock Off, making it a threat to Pokemon in the tier such as Doublade and Gligar
- Good STABs in Waterfall and Stone Edge
- Access to priority in Aqua Jet
- Can use Swords Dance to boost Attack
- Great in rain due to its ability Swift Swim, however base 85 Speed is mediocre otherwise
- Bad typing leaving it weak to common Grass-, Fighting-, Ground-, and Electric-type moves
- Bad 60 HP and 70 SpD stats, but has good 100 Defense and resists some priority such as Ice Shard and Fletchinder's Acrobatics

Offensive Rapid Spin
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name: Offensive Rapid Spin
move 1: Rapid Spin
move 2: Waterfall
move 3: Stone Edge
move 4: Aqua Jet / Swords Dance / Knock Off
ability: Swift Swim
item: Life Orb / Lum berry
evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
nature: Adamant

Moves
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- Rapid Spin is the main move and gets rid of hazards
- Waterfall is a reliable STAB
- Stone Edge is a more reliable STAB that is less accurate
- Aqua Jet is priority
- Swords Dance boosts Attack to allow Kabutops to break through bulkier walls
- Knock Off knocks off opponents items and hits Pokemon such as Doublade and Cofagrigus hard. Slowking is a main target as well.

Set Details
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- 252 Attack EVs with an Adamant nature maxes out Kabutops's Attack
- 252 Speed EVs maxes out Kabutops's Speed with a neutral nature
- A Life Orb gives a significant boost to power
- Lum berry is also viable to stop Kabutops from being crippled by status users that it can't OHKO such as Cofagrigus, and doesn't wear down Kabutops as it uses Rapid Spin
- Swift Swim is the ability of choice as Weak Armor is rather situational and makes Kabutops more susceptible to priority such as Mach Punch and Shell Armor only blocks rare critical hits

Usage Tips
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- Kabutops should prioritize Rapid Spin if hazards are up and it should be the first move it uses
- If Swords Dance is being used, since Kabutops can force switches against Pokemon such as Choice-locked Delphox and Rhyperior, Swords Dance is safe to use on the switch
- Stay in on ghosts you think you will switch out and will overpredict, then hit them with a STAB or Knock Off

Team Options
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- Rain setters such as prankster liepard are very helpful as it doubles Kabutops's speed due to Swift Swim
- Fire-types such as Delphox benefit from Kabutops getting rid of hazards for them and can hit Grass-types back
- Fletchinder, Yanmega and Moltres can take grass type moves and are immune to ground-type moves, and like hazards being gone

Other Options
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- Kabutops has access to Stealth Rock, but has minor 4MSS when it comes to putting it in a spot
- Hone claws can boost attack by 1 stage and boost the accuracy of Stone Edge
- Low Kick can hit Coballion harder
- Weak Armor

Checks & Counters
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**Virizion** Virizion resists both of Kabutops's STABs and can OHKO with Leaf Blade

**Status** Burn or Paralysis can easily cripple Kabutops

**Priority** If Kabutops is lacking Aqua Jet, it is very susceptible to priority such as Mach Punch and Sucker Punch

**Bulky Grass-types** Bulky Grass-types such as Amoonguss and Tangrowth can take any hit Kabutops can offer and can OHKO with a Grass-type STAB.

**Faster checks** Bulkier Pokemon such as Coballion can take any hit Kabutops can offer, but will usually just outspeed and OHKO.
 
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sup, not QC but just a few thoughts:

[Overview]
- mention the somewhat average speed
- likewise, mention the bad 60 HP and 70 SpD, but also write how it doesn't mind priority as much thanks to decent defense and resisting acrobatics, but is weak to mach punch

[Offensive Rapid Spin]
Looks good for the most part, I don't know how I feel about all knock off being the 3rd slash though, it's such a good move and smacks some Pokemon like slowking jellicent and doublade around. And speaking of that, mention Slowking as a target for knock off as well.

[Team Options]
Fletchinder needs to be there lol.

[OO]
Seems good.

[C&C]
Mention faster Pokemon like Cobalion etc who can revenge it or check it. Tangrowth also deserves a mention, same goes to Amoonguss.

This looks tight, you seem to know what you're doing. keep in mind i'm not qc, just giving a few thoughts :]
 
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sup, not QC but just a few thoughts:

[Overview]
- mention the somewhat average speed
- likewise, mention the bad 60 HP and 70 SpD, but also write how it doesn't mind priority as much thanks to decent defense and resisting acrobatics, but is weak to mach punch

[Offensive Rapid Spin]
Looks good for the most part, I don't know how I feel about all knock off being the 3rd slash though, it's such a good item and smacks some Pokemon around. And speaking of that, mention Slowking as a target for knock off as well.

[Team Options]
Fletchinder needs to be there lol.

[OO]
Seems good.

[C&C]
Mention faster Pokemon like Cobalion etc who can revenge it or check it. Tangrowth also deserves a mention, same goes to Amoonguss.

This looks tight, you seem to know what you're doing. keep in mind i'm not qc, just giving a few thoughts :]
Thanks man, done :)