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Koffing (Update)

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by Danilo, May 22, 2012.

  1. Danilo

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    [Overview]

    <p>It's not hard to see why Smogon praises Koffing. When taking a quick look at Koffing, you'll notice its exceptional Defense stat, resistance to the plethora of Fighting-type moves, and incredible ability in Levitate. Dig a little deeper and you'll find a good movepool filled with interesting attacking and supporting options. Hower, like most Pokemon, Koffing is not without its faults. Koffing's Special Attack stat is mediocre at best, which means that powerful attackers such as Chinchou and Magnemite can take advantage of it with ease. Additionally, Koffing's low Special Defense stat lets most special attackers 2HKO it. To make matters worse, Koffing doesn't have access to reliable recovery outside of Rest, giving it difficulty sticking around for very long. However, don't let these faults deter you; when played to its strengths, namely walling most physical attackers in Little Cup, Koffing can prove to be a valuable member of your team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Pain Split
    move 1: Pain Split
    move 2: Clear Smog
    move 3: Will-O-Wisp / Toxic
    move 4: Fire Blast
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Bold
    evs: 36 HP / 236 Def / 236 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Koffing's bread-and-butter set. Pain Split is Koffing's best form of recovery in a fast-paced metagame such as Little Cup;
    stealing the opponent's HP not only lengthens Koffing life span but also allows it to weaken foes. Clear Smog distinguishes Koffing from other physical walls, as it enables Koffing to ignore stat boosts from the likes of Scraggy and Timburr, both of whom are powerful boosting sweepers in Little Cup. Will-O-Wisp allows Koffing to cripple physical attackers such as Mienfoo, as well as add residual damage to prominent Koffing switch-ins such as Chinchou. Toxic is a viable option over Will-O-Wisp for crippling walls such as Chinchou, Lileep, and Hippopotas. Fire Blast rounds off the set by giving Koffing an option to hit Steel-types, such as Ferroseed and Bronzor, that would otherwise wall Koffing with ease.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Levitate is what puts Koffing over the edge as a physically defensive wall; the ability to wall Fighting-types and the popular Drilbur is a niche that no other Pokemon in Little Cup can fill. Like most Pokemon in Little Cup, Koffing should use an Eviolite to take physical and special hits, despite its low Special Defense stat. The listed EV spread gives Koffing 21 / 30 / 23 defenses; the low HP investment is necessary to ensure that Koffing gains as much HP as possible with Pain Split.</p>

    <p>Like many RBY Pokemon, Koffing has a lot of flexibility in terms of its moves. Sludge Bomb can be used over Fire Blast for a strong STAB attack that does respectable damage to the likes of Lileep; Flamethrower is a more accurate alternative to Fire Blast, but the drop in power is noticeable. Thunderbolt is useful for checking Water-types such as Staryu that like to switch into Koffing. Finally, Shadow Ball can be considered if your team is in need of a physically defensive wall that can check Misdreavus.</p>

    <p>As Koffing has a relatively low Special Defense stat, teammates that can take special attacks for it are good teammates. Porygon can take most special attacks for Koffing while Koffing takes Fighting-type moves for Porygon. RestTalk Chinchou can switch into most Water-types that plague Koffing's existence and remove them with Volt Switch or Thunderbolt. Shroomish is another good partner as it has good synergy with Koffing and can take most Water-type moves. Misdreavus, one of the scariest setup sweepers in the tier, sets up on Koffing with nominal worries if Koffing isn't using Toxic. Thus, Stunky is a good partner as it traps and disposes of Misdreavus with ease.</p>

    [SET]
    name: RestTalk
    move 1: Rest
    move 2: Sleep Talk
    move 3: Clear Smog
    move 4: Fire Blast / Sludge Bomb
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Bold
    evs: 196 HP / 76 Def / 236 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Koffing can use a classic RestTalk set efficiently thanks to its good Eviolite-boosted stats and its good defensive typing, and an awesome ability. Rest is of course necessary on any RestTalk set to give Koffing a recovery move that cures status and fully heals HP, while Sleep Talk prevents Koffing from being completely useless while sleeping. Clear Smog is a staple on Koffing, as it prevents setup sweepers such as Scraggy and Timburr from defeating it with ease. Finally, Fire Blast roasts Steel-types such as Ferroseed that like to switch into Koffing. Sludge Bomb is a viable alternative as it gives Koffing a reliable STAB move that hits harder against Water-types than Fire Blast.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Eviolite is necessary on any defensive pivot as it allows Koffing to survive throughout the battle. The EVs maximize Koffing's defenses; there is no need to lower its HP to maximize Pain Split recovery. Koffing can viably run several moves in the fourth moveslot. Flamethrower is a less powerful Fire Blast that might not KO Steel-types as effectively, but has perfect accuracy. Thunderbolt is useful for taking down Staryu, a Water-type that is known to switch into Koffing, and Thunderbolt is also useful for checking Murkrow. Finally, Shadow Ball can be used if your team needs a physical wall that checks Misdreavus too.</p>

    <p>As Koffing doesn't have a great Special Defense even with the boost from Eviolite, teammates that can take on powerful special attackers are good teammates. Lileep can easily beat most special attackers, while Chinchou and Shroomish can deal with Water-types. In return, Koffing can take on Fighting-types for the aforementioned trio. Porygon can also sponge special attacks while Koffing does the same with physical attacks.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Koffing has a pretty enormous movepool. With access to Sunny Day and Rain Dance, Koffing can act as a weather supporter. Taunt can stop Ferroseed and Shelmet from setting up Spikes. Destiny Bond is a cool surprise move that can take out key threats, but Koffing is a little too slow to use Destiny Bond effectively. Memento is nice for giving setup sweepers such as Scraggy a great opportunity to sweep. Stockpile is a interesting option, as unlike many Stockpile users, Koffing doesn't have to worry about Toxic.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Koffing is pretty easy to check; all you need to do is exploit its low Special Defense stat. Staryu, Chinchou, Misdreavus, Gastly, and nearly every other special attacker can 2HKO Koffing even if it has Special Defense investment. As Koffing doesn't have too much of an offensive presence, it's not incredibly difficult for the aforementioned Pokemon to switch into Koffing without taking much damage. Abra can even OHKO Koffing; it also doesn't fear status because of its Magic Guard ability. Ponyta is one of the few physical attackers that can defeat Koffing as it doesn't fear Will-O-Wisp and can 2HKO with a sun-boosted Flare Blitz.</p>
  2. blarajan

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    Remove the Sludge Bomb slash on the first set. Clear Smog is the only Poison move Koffing should be using--Sludge Bomb is entirely redundant. Mention both Sludge Bomb and Venoshock in the AC (if you use Toxic in the third slot). Do the same for the RestTalk set.

    Mention either Will-o-Wisp or Toxic in the AC of the second set.

    In both instances of Will-o-Wisp / Toxic, mention how Will-o-Wisp is better.

    Remove Flamethrower / Thunderbolt / Shadow Ball of the OO and move them to the ACs of both of the two other sets. I just don't really believe in coverage options ever being OO. Include Sunny Day, Taunt, and Haze in the OO.
    QC 1/2
  3. Danilo

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    The EVs on the first spread should be 36 HP / 236 Def / 236 SpD and Bold. This gives you 21 / 30 / 21 defenses, which is superior to your spread as you want a lower HP value in order to make the most of Pain Split (unless, of course, you have calcs that say otherwise).

    Other than that, QC 2/2
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    this took awhile but it's written :)
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    [Overview]

    <p>It's not hard to see why Smogon praises Koffing. When taking a quick look at Koffing you'll notice its exceptional Defense stat, resistance to the plethora of Fighting-type moves, and an incredible ability in Levitate. Dig a little deeper and you'll find a good movepool filled with interesting attacking and support options. But, like most things, Koffing is not without its faults. Koffing's Special Attacks stat is mediocre at best, which meansing that powerful attackers like such as Chinchou and Magnemite can take advantage of it with ease. Additionally, Koffing's has a low Special Defense stat, allowsing most special attackers to 2HKO it. To make matters worse, Koffing doesn't have access to reliable recovery outside of Rest, thus, Koffing has difficulty sticking around for very long. But, don't let these faults deter you as when played to its strengths, Koffing can prove to be a valuable member of your team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Pain Split
    move 1: Pain Split
    move 2: Clear Smog
    move 3: Will-O-Wisp / Toxic
    move 4: Fire Blast
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Bold
    evs: 36 HP / 236 Def / 236 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Koffing's the bread-(hyphen)and-(hyphen)butter Koffing set. Pain Split is Koffing's best form of recovery in a fast-paced metagame like such as Little Cup; draining your opponent of HP and gaining some yourself not only allows Koffing to survive longer but it also lets it weaken its foes. Clear Smog is one thing that separates Koffing from other physical walls as it enables Koffing to ignore stat boosts from the likes of Scraggy and Timburr, both of whom are powerful boosting sweepers in Little Cup. Will-O-Wisp allows you Koffing to cripple the likes of Mienfoo, as well as adding residual damage to prominent Koffing switch-(hyphen)ins like such as Chinchou. Toxic is a viable option over Will-O-Wisp for crippling walls like such as Chinchou, Lileep, and Hippopotas. Fire Blast rounds off the set by giving Koffing an option to hit Steel-types that wall it with ease, such as Ferroseed or and Bronzor, that would otherwise wall Koffing with ease.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Levitate is what puts Koffing over the edge as a physically defensive wall, as being able to wall Fighting-types and the popular Drilburr is a niche that no other Pokemon fits in Little Cup. Like most Pokemon in Little Cup, Eviolite is needed for Koffing to take physical and special hits from both sides of the attacking spectrum, despite its low Special Defense stat. The listed EVs gives you Koffing 21 / 30 / 23 defenses; not investing a lot in HP is necessary to ensure that Koffing gains as much HP as possible with Pain Split.</p>

    <p>Like many RBY Pokemon, Koffing has a lot of flexibility with its movepool. Sludge Bomb canould be utilized over Fire Blast for a strong STAB attack that does respectable damage against the likes of Lileep. Flamethrower is a more accurate alternative to Fire Blast but the drop in power is noticeable. Thunderbolt is useful for checking Water-types such as Staryu that like to switch into Koffing like Staryu. Finally, Shadow Ball is usable if your team is in need of a physically defensive wall that is capable of checking Misdreavus.</p>

    <p>Since As Koffing has a relatively mediocre low Special Defense stat, teammates that can take special attacks for Koffing are good teammates. Porygon can take most special attacks for Koffing while Koffing takes Fighting-type moves for Porygon. RestTalk Chinchou can switch into most Water-types that plague Koffing's existence and remove them with a Volt Switch or Thunderbolt. Misdreavus, one of the scariest setup sweepers in the tier, sets up on Koffing with little or nothing to worry if Koffing isn't using Toxic. Thus, Stunky is a good partner as it traps and disposes of Misdreavus with ease. Shroomish is another good partner as it has good synergy with Koffing and can take most Water-type moves.</p>

    [SET]
    name: RestTalk
    move 1: Rest
    move 2: Sleep Talk
    move 3: Clear Smog
    move 4: Fire Blast / Sludge Bomb
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Bold
    evs: 196 HP / 76 Def / 236 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>A classic RestTalk set is utilized efficiently by Koffing as it has good defensive stats when combined with Eviolite, and good defensive typing in addition to an awesome ability. Rest is of course necessary on any RestTalk set, giving Koffing a recovery move that heals status and fully heals HP. Sleep Talk is necessary to prevent Koffing from being completely useless while sleeping. Clear Smog is necessary on any Koffing set, preventing setup sweepers like such asScraggy and Timburr from defeating it who would otherwise defeat Koffing with ease. Finally, Fire Blast roasts Steel-types that like to switch into Koffing. Sludge Bomb is a viable alternative as it gives Koffing a reliable STAB move.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Eviolite is necessary on any defensive pivot as it allows Koffing to survive throughout the battle. Unlike the Pain Split set, the EVs give you Koffing 23 / 27 / 21 defenses as thereir is no need to lower your HP to maximize Pain Split recovery; the EVs also give you Koffing great mixed defensive stats.</p>

    <p>Koffing has a lot of choices for the fourth moveslot. Flamethrower is a less powerful Fire Blast that may might not roast KO Steel-types as effectively but has perfect accuracy. Thunderbolt is useful for taking down Staryu, a Water-type that is known to for switch into Koffing. Thunderbolt is also useful for checking Murkrow. Finally, Shadow Ball can be used if you are in need of a physical wall that checks Misdreavus too.</p>

    <p>Since As Koffing doesn't have a great Special Defense even with Eviolite, teammates that can take on powerful special attackers are good teammates. Lileep can take on most special attackers with ease while Koffing takes on Fighting-types for it. Porygon can also take special attacks while Koffing takes on physical attacks for Porygon. Chinchou and Shroomish can takes on Water-types with ease while Koffing takes on Fighting-types.</p>


    [Other Options]

    <p>Koffing has a pretty enormous movepool. Koffing can act as a weather supporter as it has access to Sunny Day and Rain Dance. Taunt can be used to stop Ferroseed and Shelmet from setting up Spikes. Destiny Bond is a cool surprise move that can be utilized to take out key threats once Koffing is weakened, but Koffing it's a little too slow to use Destiny Bond effectively. Memento is cool for giving setup sweepers like such as Scraggy a great opportunity to sweep. Stockpile is a cool option as unlike many Stockpile users, Koffing doesn't have to worry about Toxic.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Checking Koffing is pretty easy to check; all you need to do is exploit its low Special Defense stat. Staryu, Chinchou, Misdreavus, Gastly, and nearly every other special attacker can 2HKO Koffing even with Special Defense investment. Since As Koffing doesn't have too much of an offensive presence, it's not incredibly difficult for the aforementioned Pokemon to switch into Koffing without taking much damage. Abra is one of the few common special attackers that can OHKO Koffing. Abra also doesn't fear status because of its Magic Guard ability. Ponyta is one of the few physical attackers that can defeat Koffing as it doesn't fear Will-O-Wisp and can 2HKO with a sun boosted Flare<space>bBlitz.</p>
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    [Overview]

    <p>It's not hard to see why Smogon praises Koffing. When taking a quick look at Koffing, you'll notice its exceptional Defense stat, resistance to the plethora of Fighting-type moves, and incredible ability in Levitate. Dig a little deeper and you'll find a good movepool filled with interesting attacking and support options. But, like most Pokemon, Koffing is not without its faults. Koffing's Special Attack stat is mediocre at best, which means that powerful attackers such as Chinchou and Magnemite can take advantage of it with ease. Additionally, Koffing's low Special Defense stat allows most special attackers to 2HKO it. To make matters worse, Koffing doesn't have access to reliable recovery outside of Rest, which gives it difficulty sticking around for very long. However, don't let these faults deter you; when played to its strengths, (namely what? walling physical fighting-types or something?), Koffing can prove to be a valuable member of your team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Pain Split
    move 1: Pain Split
    move 2: Clear Smog
    move 3: Will-O-Wisp / Toxic
    move 4: Fire Blast
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Bold
    evs: 36 HP / 236 Def / 236 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Koffing's bread-and-butter set. Pain Split is Koffing's best form of recovery in a fast-paced metagame such as Little Cup; draining the opponent of HP while gaining some itself not only allows Koffing to survive longer, but also lets it weaken its foes. Clear Smog is one thing that separates Koffing from other physical walls, as it enables Koffing to ignore stat boosts from the likes of Scraggy and Timburr, both of whom are powerful boosting sweepers in Little Cup. Will-O-Wisp allows Koffing to cripple physical attackers such as Mienfoo, as well as add residual damage to prominent Koffing switch-ins such as Chinchou. Toxic is a viable option over Will-O-Wisp for crippling walls such as Chinchou, Lileep, and Hippopotas. Fire Blast rounds off the set by giving Koffing an option to hit Steel-types, such as Ferroseed and Bronzor, that would otherwise wall Koffing with ease.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Levitate is what puts Koffing over the edge as a physically defensive wall; the ability to wall Fighting-types and the popular Drilbur is a niche that no other Pokemon in Little Cup can fill. Like most Pokemon in Little Cup, Koffing should use an Eviolite to take physical and special hits, despite its low Special Defense stat. The listed EVs gives Koffing 21 / 30 / 23 defenses; the low HP investment is necessary to ensure that Koffing gains as much HP as possible with Pain Split.</p>

    <p>Like many RBY Pokemon, Koffing has a lot of flexibility in terms of its moves. Sludge Bomb can be used over Fire Blast for a strong STAB attack that does respectable damage to the likes of Lileep; Flamethrower is a more accurate alternative to Fire Blast, but the drop in power is noticeable. Thunderbolt is useful for checking Water-types such as Staryu that like to switch into Koffing. Finally, Shadow Ball can be considered if your team is in need of a physically defensive wall that can check Misdreavus.</p>

    <p>As Koffing has a relatively low Special Defense stat, teammates that can take special attacks for it are good teammates. Porygon can take most special attacks for Koffing while Koffing takes Fighting-type moves for Porygon. RestTalk Chinchou can switch into most Water-types that plague Koffing's existence and remove them with Volt Switch or Thunderbolt. Shroomish is another good partner as it has good synergy with Koffing and can take most Water-type moves. Misdreavus, one of the scariest setup sweepers in the tier, sets up on Koffing with little or nothing to worry if Koffing isn't using Toxic. Thus, Stunky is a good partner as it traps and disposes of Misdreavus with ease.</p>

    [SET]
    name: RestTalk
    move 1: Rest
    move 2: Sleep Talk
    move 3: Clear Smog
    move 4: Fire Blast / Sludge Bomb
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Bold
    evs: 196 HP / 76 Def / 236 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Koffing can make use of a classic RestTalk set efficiently thanks to its good defensive stats when combined with Eviolite, and its good defensive typing in addition to an awesome ability. Rest is of course necessary on any RestTalk set to give Koffing a recovery move that cures status and fully heals HP, while Sleep Talk prevents Koffing from being completely useless while sleeping. Clear Smog is a staple on Koffing, as it prevents setup sweepers such as Scraggy and Timburr from defeating it with ease. Finally, Fire Blast roasts Steel-types (such as?) that like to switch into Koffing. Sludge Bomb is a viable alternative as it gives Koffing a reliable STAB move (this would help against the likes of who?).</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Eviolite is necessary on any defensive pivot as it allows Koffing to survive throughout the battle. The EVs maximize Koffing's defenses; there is no need to lower its HP to maximize Pain Split recovery. Koffing can viably run several moves in the fourth moveslot. Flamethrower is a less powerful Fire Blast that might not KO Steel-types as effectively, but has perfect accuracy. Thunderbolt is useful for taking down Staryu, a Water-type that is known to switch into Koffing. Thunderbolt is also useful for checking Murkrow. Finally, Shadow Ball can be used if your team needs a physical wall that checks Misdreavus too.</p>

    <p>As Koffing doesn't have a great Special Defense even with the boost from Eviolite, teammates that can take on powerful special attackers are good teammates. Lileep can easily beat most special attackers, while Chinchou and Shroomish can deal with Water-types. In return, Koffing can take on Fighting-types for the aforementioned trio. Porygon can also sponge special attacks while Koffing does the same with physical attacks.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Koffing has a pretty enormous movepool. With access to Sunny Day and Rain Dance, Koffing can act as a weather supporter (perhaps evaluate how good it is in this role? does it gain much from either weather itself, patch up common weaknesses, is this a niche that's even needed much in lc?). Taunt can stop Ferroseed and Shelmet from setting up Spikes. Destiny Bond is a cool surprise move that can take out key threats, but Koffing is a little too slow to use Destiny Bond effectively. Memento is (find some other synonym for cool!) for giving setup sweepers such as Scraggy a great opportunity to sweep. Stockpile is a (lol same here) option, as unlike many Stockpile users, Koffing doesn't have to worry about Toxic.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Koffing is pretty easy to check; all you need to do is exploit its low Special Defense stat. Staryu, Chinchou, Misdreavus, Gastly, and nearly every other special attacker can 2HKO Koffing even if it has Special Defense investment. As Koffing doesn't have too much of an offensive presence, it's not incredibly difficult for the aforementioned Pokemon to switch into Koffing without taking much damage. Abra can even OHKO Koffing; it also doesn't fear status because of its Magic Guard ability. Ponyta is one of the few physical attackers that can defeat Koffing as it doesn't fear Will-O-Wisp and can 2HKO with a sun-boosted Flare Blitz.</p>


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    [Overview]

    <p>It's not hard to see why Smogon praises Koffing. When taking a quick look at Koffing, you'll notice its exceptional Defense stat, resistance to the plethora of Fighting-type moves, and incredible ability in Levitate. Dig a little deeper and you'll find a good movepool filled with interesting attacking and supporting options. However, like most Pokemon, Koffing is not without its faults. Koffing's Special Attack stat is mediocre at best, which means that powerful attackers such as Chinchou and Magnemite can take advantage of it with ease. Additionally, Koffing's low Special Defense stat lets most special attackers to 2HKO it. To make matters worse, Koffing doesn't have access to reliable recovery outside of Rest, giving it difficulty sticking around for very long. However, don't let these faults deter you; when played to its strengths, namely walling most physical attackers in Little Cup, Koffing can prove to be a valuable member of your team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Pain Split
    move 1: Pain Split
    move 2: Clear Smog
    move 3: Will-O-Wisp / Toxic
    move 4: Fire Blast
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Bold
    evs: 36 HP / 236 Def / 236 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Koffing's bread-and-butter set. Pain Split is Koffing's best form of recovery in a fast-paced metagame such as Little Cup; draining the opponent of HP while gaining some itself stealing the opponent's HP not only lengthens Koffing's lifespan but also weakens Koffing's foes., but also lets it weaken its foes. Clear Smog is one thing that separates distinguishes Koffing from other physical walls, as it enables Koffing to ignore stat boosts from the likes of Scraggy and Timburr, both of whom are powerful boosting sweepers in Little Cup. Will-O-Wisp allows Koffing to cripple physical attackers such as Mienfoo, as well as add residual damage to prominent Koffing switch-ins such as Chinchou. Toxic is a viable option over Will-O-Wisp for crippling walls such as Chinchou, Lileep, and Hippopotas. Fire Blast rounds off the set by giving Koffing an option to hit Steel-types, such as Ferroseed and Bronzor, that would otherwise wall Koffing with ease.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Levitate is what puts Koffing over the edge as a physically defensive wall; the ability to wall Fighting-types and the popular Drilbur is a niche that no other Pokemon in Little Cup can fill. Like most Pokemon in Little Cup, Koffing should use an Eviolite to take physical and special hits, despite its low Special Defense stat. The listed EV spread gives Koffing 21 / 30 / 23 defenses; the low HP investment is necessary to ensure that Koffing gains as much HP as possible with Pain Split.</p>

    <p>Like many RBY Pokemon, Koffing has a lot of flexibility in terms of its moves. Sludge Bomb can be used over Fire Blast for a strong STAB attack that does respectable damage to the likes of Lileep; Flamethrower is a more accurate alternative to Fire Blast, but the drop in power is noticeable. Thunderbolt is useful for checking Water-types such as Staryu that like to switch into Koffing. Finally, Shadow Ball can be considered if your team is in need of a physically defensive wall that can check Misdreavus.</p>

    <p>As Koffing has a relatively low Special Defense stat, teammates that can take special attacks for it are good teammates. Porygon can take most special attacks for Koffing while Koffing takes Fighting-type moves for Porygon. RestTalk Chinchou can switch into most Water-types that plague Koffing's existence and remove them with Volt Switch or Thunderbolt. Shroomish is another good partner as it has good synergy with Koffing and can take most Water-type moves. Misdreavus, one of the scariest setup sweepers in the tier, sets up on Koffing with nominal worries if Koffing isn't using Toxic. Thus, Stunky is a good partner as it traps and disposes of Misdreavus with ease.</p>

    [SET]
    name: RestTalk
    move 1: Rest
    move 2: Sleep Talk
    move 3: Clear Smog
    move 4: Fire Blast / Sludge Bomb
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Bold
    evs: 196 HP / 76 Def / 236 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Koffing can make use of a classic RestTalk set efficiently thanks to its good Eviolite-boosted defensive stats, when combined with Eviolite, and its decent defensive typing, and in addition to an awesome ability. Rest is of course necessary on any RestTalk set to give Koffing a recovery move that cures status and fully heals HP, while Sleep Talk prevents Koffing from being completely useless while sleeping. Clear Smog is a staple on Koffing, as it prevents setup sweepers such as Scraggy and Timburr from defeating it with ease. Finally, Fire Blast roasts Steel-types such as Ferroseed that like to switch into Koffing. Sludge Bomb is a viable alternative as it gives Koffing a reliable STAB move that hits harder against Water-types than Fire Blast.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Eviolite is necessary on any defensive pivot as it allows Koffing to survive throughout the battle. The EVs maximize Koffing's defenses; there is no need to lower its HP to maximize Pain Split recovery. Koffing can viably run several moves in the fourth moveslot. Flamethrower is a less powerful Fire Blast that might not KO Steel-types as effectively, but has perfect accuracy. Thunderbolt is useful for taking down Staryu, a Water-type that is known to switch into Koffing, and . Thunderbolt is also useful for checking Murkrow. Finally, Shadow Ball can be used if your team needs a physical wall that checks Misdreavus too.</p>

    <p>As Koffing doesn't have a great Special Defense even with the boost from Eviolite, teammates that can take on powerful special attackers are good teammates. Lileep can easily beat most special attackers, while Chinchou and Shroomish can deal with Water-types. In return, Koffing can take on Fighting-types for the aforementioned trio. Porygon can also sponge special attacks while Koffing does the same with physical attacks.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Koffing has a pretty enormous movepool. With access to Sunny Day and Rain Dance, Koffing can act as a weather supporter. Taunt can stop Ferroseed and Shelmet from setting up Spikes. Destiny Bond is a cool surprise move that can take out key threats, but Koffing is a little too slow to use Destiny Bond effectively. Memento is nice for giving setup sweepers such as Scraggy a great opportunity to sweep. Stockpile is a interesting option, as unlike many Stockpile users, Koffing doesn't have to worry about Toxic.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Koffing is pretty easy to check; all you need to do is exploit its low Special Defense stat. Staryu, Chinchou, Misdreavus, Gastly, and nearly every other special attacker can 2HKO Koffing even if it has Special Defense investment. As Koffing doesn't have too much of an offensive presence, it's not incredibly difficult for the aforementioned Pokemon to switch into Koffing without taking much damage. Abra can even OHKO Koffing; it also doesn't fear status because of its Magic Guard ability. Ponyta is one of the few physical attackers that can defeat Koffing as it doesn't fear Will-O-Wisp and can 2HKO with a sun-boosted Flare Blitz.</p>


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