Status: Finished the sets, I've found these to be the only really effective ones Kirikizan can run, and the anti-lead doesn't do too well with team preview. I've done some work on the Optional Changes, etc, but I'm not sure if its enough. http://www.serebii.net/pokedex-bw/625.shtml -------------------------- [Overview] <p>Kirikizan was one of the many Pokemon introduced this Generation with a completely unique typing combination - Dark / Steel. This typing, although interesting, acts as a double-edged sword; whilst Kirikizan is resistant to 9 types, including common ones such as Dragon and Rock, and an immunity to two not-so-common types, it gives it a quadruple weakness to Fighting attacks, as well as a weakness to Fire and Ground. But don't underestimate this Pokemon when going up against it; with decent 65 / 100 / 70 defenses and an incredible 125 attack, Kirikizan can take a hit and more than dish it out. Its dual STABs are resisted only by Steel-types, and it can throw the opponent into discord through use of two of its best moves, Sucker Punch and Pursuit. Its support movepool is also quite good, with moves like Stealth Rock, Thunder Wave and Taunt supplying it with a nice utility. Kirikizan is not without its drawbacks, though. It will die to almost any decent Fighting-type attack thrown at it, and it has low speed to work with. It's offensive movepool, whilst not terrible, lacks versatility, and it can be quite predictable at times. But this doesn't necessarily detract from its potential as a sweeper. Throw in moves like Swords Dance and Rock Polish, and you can have one hell of a Pokemon on your hands, if played right.</p> [SET] name: Swords Dance move 1: Swords Dance move 2: Sucker Punch move 3: Brick Break / Ankle Sweep move 4: Stone Edge item: Life Orb nature: Adamant evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def [SET COMMENTS] <p>Kirikizan can act as an extremely powerful sweeper when combined with Swords Dance. Just one use of the move boosts its already high attack to 766. Combine that with one of the most powerful priority moves in the game, Sucker Punch, and you have got one hell of a Pokemon to deal with.</p> <p>The strategy for this set is simple; bring Kirikizan in on something that it can force out, and proceed to Swords Dance. Then, you deal with the Pokemon with the appropriate move. Sucker Punch is the primary attacking move of the set. After a Swords Dance, it will OHKO nearly anything that doesn't resist it, if they are foolish enough to attack. Brick Break rounds out the coverage, and can deal massive damage to Steel-types that resist Sucker Punch. Ankle Sweep is also useful, and lowers the Speed of any switch-ins. Stone Edge is, as always, an obscenely powerful move after Swords Dance, and rounds out super-effective coverage. [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] <p>Life Orb provides Kirikizan with even more power, and with it and a Swords Dance up its belt it can get some much-needed OHKOs on walls that resist Sucker Punch. Balloon is also an option, and can stop this Pokemon from being destroyed by Doryuuzu, as a Brick Break followed by a Sucker Punch will OHKO. The EVs are designed to make this Pokemon more of a tank, and almost no neutral hit will OHKO at 100% without prior boosts. Competitive Spirit is the way to go with this set; if Kirikizan comes in on a stat-lowering move, it gains +2 Attack, and after a Swords Dance it can OHKO almost everything in the game.</p> <p>Kirikizan greatly benefits from entry hazards. Stealth Rock is a must when using this Pokemon, as it can force switches easily and any prior damage is useful. Deoxys-S is a fantastic partner to Kirikizan, as it can sponge powerful Fighting-type moves headed its way, and set up entry hazards with ease. In terms of synergy, Burungeru is perhaps one of the best partners to Kirikizan; it is immune to Fighting-type attacks, and takes miniscule amounts of damage to any Fire-type attacks. Kirikizan can also sponge any Dark, Ghost and Grass-type moves aimed at Burungeru. Burungeru can also spread Burn around with Will-o-Wisp, greatly helping Kirikizan sweep. Magnezone is also a great partner to Kirikizan. Whilst they share weaknesses, Magnezone can trap any Steel-type Kirikizan has trouble with and eliminate them, with the help of a Balloon.</p> [SET] name: Rock Polish move 1: Rock Polish move 2: Night Slash move 3: Brick Break move 4: Stone Edge item: Life Orb / Balloon nature: Jolly / Adamant evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] <p>With Rock Polish, Kirikizan's Speed is boosted to incredible heights, reaching 524 Speed after just one use of the move. Take note that, with this Speed, Kirikizan can outspeed max Speed Deoxys-S, as well as Scarfed Base 108s, such as Terakion. Whilst this variant does not have the power of the Swords Dance set, it can now eliminate many top threats in the current meta with relative ease.</p> <p>Night Slash is the primary STAB, as it can OHKO most things that suffer a Dark weakness, with Life Orb and Stealth Rock damage. Brick Break, while not incredibly powerful, provides great coverage with Night Slash, only being resisted by Toxicroak and Heracross. It is your best bet against Steel-types that can come in and try to ruin your fun, and can deal decent damage to most Steels coupled with Kirikizan's 349 Atk and Life Orb. Stone Edge is Kirikizan's most powerful move in its arsenal before STAB, and can 2HKO the standard defensive Zapdos. With this set, if you can bring it in on a move that will lower one of your stats, you will get a +2 Attack boost from Competitive Spirit, making you nigh unstoppable.</p> [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] <p>The choice of item is subject to personal choice. Life Orb is needed now more than ever, as Kirikizan lacks power without it, and cannot secure vital OHKO-and-2HKOs. This, however, makes it incredibly weak to the omnipresent Fighting-type priority, and any Fighting move will OHKO. Balloon can let Kirikizan avoid Ground-type moves until it's hit, and can provide that much-needed turn for setup if you bring Kirikizan in on a Choiced Earthquake or some such. The nature and EVs are fairly straightforward. In order to make Kirikizan as fast and as powerful as possible, 252 on both ends of the spectrum are given. A Jolly nature is preferable, but you can opt to run Adamant if you find Kirikizan lacks power. This, however, allows it to be outsped by Scarfed Base 100s after a Rock Polish, as well as Scarf Genosect and max-Speed Deoxys-S.</p> <p>More than ever, Kirikizan needs Stealth Rock present to aid in its sweep. Spikes is also useful, as it can cripple Breloom and Roobushin as they switch in. Gliscor is perhaps the best partner to this set, as it can set up the vital Rocks with ease, and also stop most Fighting-types cold. Magnezone can eliminate bulky Steel-types that aren't severely affected by Brick Break, but the duo share many common weaknesses. A good Spiker to use in tandem with Kirikizan is Skarmory; its immense physical bulk lets it shrug off most Fighting-type attacks aimed at Kirikizan, and it has a Ground immunity. Something interesting to note is that, whilst Kirikizan falls one point short of Speed-tieing with Scarf Latias (and other Scarfed Base 110s), Latias cannot OHKO you unless it runs Hidden Power Fire; an act which will drop its Speed by one point, thus allowing you the Speed tie.</p> [TEAM OPTIONS] <p>Gliscor is perhaps the best teammate Kirikizan can have. It shrugs off any and every Fighting- and Ground-type move aimed at Kirikizan, and can easily destroy any Roobushin, Blaziken or Doryuuzu that come in to ruin Kirikizan's sweep. Burungeru is also a great teammate, as it can spread burn around the opposing team, weakening the many physical attacks that will be aimed at Kirikizan. Bulky Steel-types that aren't as affected by Fighting-type moves, such as Skarmory, will always give Kirikizan problems. Magnezone can easily remove these problems, but it shares many of the same weaknesses. Stealth Rock is needed for any Kirikizan sweep, especially on the Rock Polish set; Gliscor can set it up with ease.</p> [OPTIONAL CHANGES] <p>Kirikizan learns Iron Head, and is its most powerful STAB move; alas, its coverage along with Dark-type moves is fairly abysmal. Pursuit is also an option, but is fairly redundant on sweeping sets and will most of the time just be taking up space. Kirikizan can run a anti-lead set of sorts, with the moves Sucker Punch and Metal Burst, but its effectiveness is greatly reduced by Team Preview. If you fear Mach Punchers that much, Chople Berry can be used to remedy this. The thing is, without a Swords Dance, Kirikizan won't be able to OHKO and the Mach Punch user will merely live to Punch again. Kirikizan has a fairly nice support movepool; it can set up Stealth Rock, but this is better left done to a more defensive (or faster) Pokemon. Taunt is always a useful move, but with Kirikizan's low Speed it will often fail to Taunt before the opponent sets up.</p> [COUNTERS] <p>Any Pokemon with a STAB Mach Punch is probably Kirikizan's greatest counter; due to its quadruple Fighting-type weakness, it wall fall to any Mach Punch thrown at it. After a Swords Dance, there are few Pokemon that can wall Kirikizan; Skarmory is perhaps the best check, as it can Whirlwind Kirikizan out at +2. Note that it will be OHKOd by Brick Break at +4. If Kirikizan is not holding a Balloon, Doryuuzu will destroy both sets with its powerful Earthquake. There are a few more counters to the Rock Polish set. It can be walled extremely easily by Gliscor, Skarmory, and just about any physically defensive Pokemon that doesn't take super-effective damage from its moves. Since Kirikizan no longer carries Sucker Punch, it will be OHKOd by Focus Blast and Hydro Pump from Scarfed Gengar and Starmie, respectively.