Kerudio Kerudio is an interesting new Pokémon introduced in Generation V that appears to have the potential to be a top-tier threat. This thread is dedicated to the discussion of the Pokémon competitively. Do not discuss whether it or any other Pokémon will / should be banned. Enjoy! Code: [B]#647 Kerudio[/B] [B]Typing:[/B] Water / Fighting [B]Ability:[/B] Justice Heart - Raises attack when hit by a Dark-type attack [B]Base Stats:[/B] HP: 91 Attack: 72 Defense: 90 Special Attack: 129 Special Defense: 90 Speed: 108 [B]Level Up Moves: [/B]Lv1: Aqua Jet Lv1: Leer Lv7: Double Kick Lv13: Bubblebeam Lv19: Take Down Lv25: Helping Hand Lv31: [M514] Lv37: Aqua Tail Lv43: [M533] Lv49: Swords Dance Lv55: [M501] Lv61: [M526] Lv67: Hydro Pump Lv73: Close Combat [B] Learnable TMs:[/B] TM04 - Calm Mind TM05 - Roar TM06 - Toxic TM07 - Hail TM10 - Hidden Power TM12 - Taunt TM15 - Hyper Beam TM17 - Protect TM18 - Rain Dance TM20 - Safeguard TM21 - Frustration TM27 - Return TM32 - Double Team TM33 - Reflect TM40 - Aerial Ace TM42 - Facade TM44 - Rest TM48 - Troll TM52 - Focus Blast TM54 - False Swipe TM55 - Boiling Water TM67 - Get Even TM68 - Giga Impact TM71 - Stone Edge TM75 - Swords Dance TM77 - Psych Up TM81 - X-Scissor TM83 - Cheer Up TM84 - Poison Jab TM87 - Swagger TM90 - Substitute TM94 - Rock Smash HM01 - Cut HM03 - Surf HM04 - Strength If you look through the above, you'll notice that Kerudio has a few interesting toys to play around with. Some of these include: Access to Cheer Up, Calm Mind, & Swords Dance One of the best new boosting moves, having access to Cheer Up (+1 Atk / +1 SpA) lets Kerudio go mixed with its already excellent Speed stat. This is really the dealmaker for Kerudio, and I fully expect almost every set bar Choice-locked sets to use it. As if that weren't good enough, Kerudio also has Swords Dance to set up and abuse his attacks with. Swords Dance and Close Combat are a very deadly combination. Calm Mind in conjunction with Hydro Pump and Focus Blast is definitely something to watch out for, as well. Justice Heart If the rumor is true, Justice Heart raises attack when hit by a Dark-type attack. This lets Kerudio switch in and set up against most Dark-type Pokémon, especially Tyranitar. Unlike, say, Lucario, Kerudio has nothing to fear from anything Tyranitar can immediately do. This makes Kerudio especially deadly, since it can set up against potentially popular Pokémon immediately. Resistance to Dark-type attacks lets him come in without much worry of Stealth Rock and Spikes either, which is handy for a sweeper. The attack boost is an added bonus. Imagine switching in on a Tyranitar's Crunch, using Swords Dance on the switch, and having a +3 STAB Aqua Jet to wreck stuff with - that's absolutely insane! Powerful STAB priority As if having Swords Dance weren't enough, Kerudio also has access to Aqua Jet. Aqua Jet lets him set up and even nail faster Pokémon, all of which are rather physically frail given that they have to be very fast to catch Kerudio's base 108 Speed. Sword of Mystery Sword of Mystery is basically a Fighting-type version of Psycho Break: uses Kerudio's Special Attack stat to hit your opponent's defense. This means that Kerudio will have no problem smashing through the special defensive behemoth known as mystery. Here are a couple of sets I have in mind for Kerudio. Big thanks to Rey for helping me come up with these! Calm Mind Kerudio @ Life Orb / Leftovers Ability: Justice Heart Nature: Timid EVs: 4 Atk / 252 Spe / 252 SpA -Calm Mind -Surf / Hydro Pump -Sword of Mystery -HP Electric / Taunt Kerudio gets yet another boosting move in Calm Mind, giving it the potential to become a deadly special attacker. The Special Defense loss given from a Naive nature if offset by Calm Mind and Kerudio's great Special Defense stat. Taunt pretty much means Blissey can't touch you with Thunder Wave and Toxic, allowing Kerudio to set up a couple of Calm Mind's, giving it an opportunity to slaughter anything foolish enough to stand in its way. Taunt also prevents Vaporeon, and Suicune from phazing you out with Roar, allowing Kerudio to set up on them with Calm Mind, and them dealing a hefty amount of damage with Focus Blast. The best Vaporeon and Suicune can do to Kerudio is HP Electric, which probably won't be 2HKOing without heavy special attack investment, since Kerudio has a solid 90 base Special Defense. __________________ Swords Dance Kerudio @ Life Orb / Leftovers Ability: Justice Heart Nature: Adamant / Jolly EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe -Swords Dance -Aqua Jet / X-Scissor / Stone Edge / Taunt -Close Combat -Aqua Tail Even though Kerudio has a mediocre 79 base Attack, it can utilize Swords Dance to become a fearsome physical threat. STAB priority in Aqua Jet is a great asset, while a SD boosted Aqua Tail + Close Combat can rip holes in numerous Pokémon, while providing excellent coverage as well. The second slot is up for grabs. Without X-Scissor, Celebi walls you. Without Stone Edge, you'll have trouble with Gyarados. And without Taunt, you can't prevent stuff from phazing you out. Personally, I think Aqua Jet is the best option here, but, some of you may beg to differ. What move do you guys think is best in the second slot? __________________ Cheer Up Kerudio@ Life Orb / Leftovers Ability: Justice Heart Nature: Hasty / Naive EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe -Cheer Up -Sword of Mystery -Hydro Pump / Surf -Stone Edge With Cheer Up boosting its exceptional 129 base Special Attack and decent 79 base Attack, Kerudio has the potential to become a massive offensive threat in Generation V. Resistances to priority moves like Bullet Punch, Aqua Jet, and Sucker Punch is a huge plus as well. Swords of Mystery is a special move with 85 base power move, and 100 accuracy. It's rumored to hit for physical damage. If this is true, you can smash Pokémon like Blissey and Snorlax for serious damage. Though, this set is largely outclassed by Kerudio's Calm Mind set, since it can do everything this can, but better. __________________ Overall, I think Kerudio can prove to be a force to be reckoned with in Generation V. With great bulk, access to Cheer Up, Calm Mind, Swords Dance, and several powerful attacks, I can see it causing devastation, leaving only dust in its wake. I'll leave this thread open for discussion. feel free to post new sets, your opinion on Kerudio, Pokémon that can stop it, and anything else you guys feel warrant discussion! I'm looking forward to what you guys have to say!