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Leafeon (GP 2/2)

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  1. VN.

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    [Overview]

    <p>Leafeon is one of 3 Eeveelutions that has been forced down to NU, but it's also found a great home there, and a chance to show off its great offensive and support capabilities. Leafeon boasts fantastic Attack and Defense stats, and by NU's standards, a great Speed stat as well. These factors combined with Swords Dance make Leafeon an excellent sweeper if you can remove the Steel-types that wall it. In addition to being able to utilize the Swords Dance boosts it has accumulated, it is also able to use Baton Pass to give them to a teammate.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Swords Dance
    move 1: Swords Dance
    move 2: Leaf Blade
    move 3: Return / X-Scissor
    move 4: Substitute / Baton Pass
    item: Leftovers / Life Orb
    ability: Chlorophyll
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Leafeon's primary offensive set. Leafeon can use its high Attack and Speed to set up multiple Swords Dance boosts and easily pull off a sweep. Although it has all the right tools to sweep the opponent's team, Leafeon is easily walled by Steel-types, and many Choice Scarf users can end its sweep prematurely, so Leafeon will definitely need proper team support if it wants to pull off a full sweep. On the bright side, Leafeon is very good at punching holes in teams, and deals hefty damage to those weak to its STAB. Leaf Blade is Leafeon's main STAB move and is the go-to option against most Pokemon that don't resist it, or that Leafeon can't already hit super effectively. Return hits hard and has good neutral coverage, while X-Scissor can be used to deal a considerable amount of damage to bulky Grass-types, such as Tangela. Finally, Substitute or Baton Pass can be used in the last slot. Substitute provides safety to attack while behind a Substitute, while Baton Pass is very useful for passing Leafeon's boosts to a powerful Pokemon that can’t set up itself, such as Sawk.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>While Life Orb helps Leafeon power through opposing walls, it can also opt for Leftovers to increase its longevity. Leafeon can also increase its power with an Adamant nature, since its Speed will already be increased to great heights if sun is up, thanks to Chlorophyll. If Leafeon isn't being used on a team that abuses Sunny Day, then it's recommended you give it a Jolly nature so it can Speed-tie with Timid Jynx and outspeed prominent threats such as Magmortar and Sawk. Overall, while Leafeon is powerful, it does require some support to pull off a full sweep. Steel-types will endlessly tank Leafeon's attacks, so a means of dealing with them would really help it out. Magmortar works particularly well with Leafeon; it can easily take the Fire-, Ice-, and Bug-type attacks aimed at Leafeon while also demolishing Steel-types in the process. Leafeon is also open to some other options for its moveset. Synthesis is a great choice for healing off any damage that Leafeon takes, while Quick Attack gives it a priority move that is quite effective after a Swords Dance.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Baton Pass
    move 1: Swords Dance
    move 2: Baton Pass
    move 3: Substitute
    move 4: Leaf Blade
    item: Leftovers
    ability: Chlorophyll
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims to set up Swords Dance behind a Substitute before passing it to one of Leafeon's teammates. Many slower teammates benefit from the boosts Leafeon accumulates, as a Substitute can offer them the ability to beat faster Pokemon that would otherwise take them out. Leafeon can also abuse the Substitute and boosts and try to muster a sweep of its own. Thanks to Leafeon's great Defense and Speed, setting up with this set should be relatively easy, as Leafeon can easily tank a hit and outspeed most unboosted Pokemon in NU. Substitute is particularly useful for this set, as it allows Leafeon to block the status that savvy Pokemon might try to inflict in an attempt to hinder its sweep. Fortunately, Leafeon is speedy, so it can throw up a Substitute and block any status, as most defensive Pokemon in NU are slower than it.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Overall, there aren't many other options for this set, since it aims to aid Leafeon's teammates rather than Leafeon itself. There are many potential partners for Leafeon to pass to, however. Marowak is a great recipient of Baton Pass, as it can inflict heavy damage at +2 thanks to its Thick Club-boosted Attack stat, while it also benefits from the Substitute due to its lackluster Speed stat. Marowak will net at least 1 KO while behind a Substitute, and thanks to its respectable bulk, it will probably end up getting 1 or 2 more. Gorebyss is yet another fantastic partner to receive Leafeon's Substitute, which can come in handy when it sets up Shell Smash; Gorebyss also resists two of Leafeon's chief weaknesses in Fire and Ice. In general, most Water- and Fire-types can take advantage of a Substitute.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Physically Defensive
    move 1: Leaf Blade
    move 2: Heal Bell
    move 3: Wish
    move 4: Yawn / Baton Pass / Roar
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Impish
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>While Tangela arguably pulls off a physically defensive set better, Leafeon does have its perks. For one thing, it's able to heal both itself and its teammates with Wish and Heal Bell, allowing it to act as a cleric. Leafeon is also capable of hurting threats thanks to its STAB Leaf Blade and base 110 Attack stat. Leafeon also boasts the ability to phaze with Roar or temporarily cripple a Pokemon with Yawn, both of which prevent Leafeon from becoming setup fodder. Leafeon can also use Baton Pass to escape the battle safely. This strategy can be very useful in conjunction with Spikes as it's a great way of forcing switches. An Impish nature with full investment in HP and Defense will maximize Leafeon's physical bulk so that it's able to take physical hits with ease, although Leafeon should generally shy away from taking special attacks due to its abysmal Special Defense.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>While this set can prove effective, it does run into a few roadblocks while acting as a defensive wall. Leafeon shouldn't attempt to wall any Poison-, Fire or Flying-types, due to their STAB moves hitting Leafeon super effectively. Additionally, Leafeon can't do much damage in return with Leaf Blade. Leafeon also hates to switch into entry hazards and can be worn down by Toxic Spikes, as Heal Bell will simply run out of PP as Leafeon often has to switch in and out many times in battle. That being said, it's quite beneficial to pair Leafeon with a Rapid Spin user, as entry hazards often work effectively against Leafeon and hasten its demise. Additionally, Leafeon's EVs are pretty flexible; one can opt to run 56 Speed EVs to outrun neutral max Speed Samurott, while 16 Speed EVs let Leafeon outrun neutral max Speed Emboar and other Base 65 Speed Pokemon.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Leafeon is a somewhat diverse Pokemon with many options to choose from, although some are rather gimmicky and require a bit of team support. Leafeon can utilize Curse, although the Speed drop is often detrimental as high Speed is one of Leafeon's best qualities. Leafeon can also use Sunny Day to raise its Speed, usually with a Swords Dance set, although both Sunny Day and Swords Dance can be difficult to consecutively set up. Leafeon is an effective user of Sunny Day nonetheless and can also support its teammates with the move. Dig can be used to break through the Steel-types that otherwise wall the Verdant Pokemon. While this seems ineffective, the process for using Dig can be cut to 1 turn if Leafeon is holding a Power Herb, although this effect works only once. A RestTalk set is also somewhat viable on Leafeon, especially when paired with a cleric, as Rest heals more HP than Wish and allows Leafeon to act as a status absorber. Roar is strongly recommended on a RestTalk set to prevent Leafeon from becoming setup bait, however. An Endure + Flail set is also an option for Leafeon; while it's often situational, it can be extremely effective and deals a lot of damage via this method.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>While Leafeon is a top tier offensive threat in NU, it has no shortage of counters. Steel-types such as Metang and Probopass do a solid job of walling Leafeon, since they can take the majority of attacks in Leafeon's arsenal and can stall it out with Toxic. Tangela is another great counter to Leafeon; it can tank Leafeon's hits with ease thanks to its gargantuan bulk, and Hidden Power Ice or Hidden Power Fire can take down Leafeon in a number of turns. Garbodor is another good means of beating Leafeon, as it can erase Leafeon's boosts with Clear Smog while resisting its main STAB move; its respectable bulk allows it to take any of Leafeon's other unboosted attacks effortlessly. Many of the powerful Flying-and Fire-type Pokemon in the tier, such as Magmortar and Rotom-S, make great checks to Leafeon. These Pokemon resist Leafeon's main STAB move and can threaten it with a super effective attack, although they must watch out for Leafeon at +2, as Return will hit quite hard at that point.</p>
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    Leafeon Analysis (open)
    [Overview]

    <p>Leafeon is among one of the 3 eeveelutions that have has fallen all the way down to NU, but it's also found a great home there, and a chance to show off its great offensive and supporting qualities capabilities. Leafeon boasts both fantastic Attack and Defense stats, and by NU's standards, a great speed Speed stat as well. These factors together, combined with the move Swords Dance make Leafeon an excellent sweeper if you can remove the steel types Steel-types that wall it. In addition to being able to utilize the Swords Dance boosts it has accumulated, it is also able to use Baton Pass to give them to a teammate or just gain momentum in general.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Swords Dance
    move 1: Swords Dance
    move 2: Leaf Blade
    move 3: Return / X-Scissor
    move 4: Substitute / Baton Pass
    item: Leftovers / Life Orb
    ability: Chlorophyll
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Leafeon's primary offensive set is that of a Swords Dance Sweeper. Leafeon is able to make use of its high attack Attack and speed Speed stats to easily pull off a sweep. While Though Leafeon has the tools to sweep the opponent(Apostrophe)s team, it's very easily walled by steel types Steel-types, and many Scarfers Choice Scarf users can easily end its sweep, so Leafeon will definitely need proper team support if it wants to pull off a full sweep. On the bright side, Leafeon is very adept good at creating punching holes in teams,(Space)and can be useful for taking out a certain Pokemon, or at least weakening it them. Leaf Blade functions as is Leafeon's main STAB move and is the go (Hyphen)to option against most Pokemon that don't resist it, or that you Leafeon can't already hit super-effectively super effectively. Return also hits hard with a Base Power of 102, which is attained via maxing out its friendship and has good neutral coverage, while X-Scissor can be used to deal a considerable amount of damage to bulky Grass Types like Grass-types such as Tangela. Finally, Substitute or Baton Pass can be used in the last slot. Substitute can allow let Leafeon to pull off a sweep when it normally couldn’t, as it’s able to take an attack from its designated revenge killer before KOing it with a +2 attack as it can attack safely while behind a Substitute. Baton Pass(Comma) on the other hand, is very useful for passing Leafeon’s boosts to a powerful Pokemon that can’t set up itself, such as Sawk. In addition to already making use of its great Speed, Leafeon becomes extremely fast and outruns nearly every Scarfed and +1 Pokemon in the tier.</p> (What?)

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>While Life Orb can help Leafeon power through opposing walls, it can also opt for a Leftovers to increase its longevity of Leafeon and its Substitutes. On the other hand, Leafeon is still able to boost its attack with Swords Dance, so the small boost from Life Orb becomes negligible after that. Leafeon can also increase its power somewhat with an Adamant nature, since its Speed will already be increased to great heights if the sun is up, thanks to Chlorophyll. If Leafeon isn't being used on a team that abuses Sunny Day, then it(Apostrophe)s recommended you give it Jolly so that it can outspeed more threats Speed-tie with Timid Jynx and outspeed prominent threats such as Magmortar and Sawk. Overall, while Leafeon is powerful, it does require some support to pull off a full sweep. Steel-Ttypes will endlessly tank Leafeon's attacks, so a means of dealing with them would make a great partner for Leafeon really help it out. Magmortar is one Pokemon in particular that works well with Leafeon; it can easily take the Fire, Ice and Bug Fire-, Ice-, and Bug-type attacks aimed at Leafeon while also demolishing Steel-Ttypes in the process. Leafeon is also open to some other options for its moveset. Synthesis is a great option choice for healing off any damage that Leafeon took takes, while Quick Attack gives it strong priority that can become particularly quite effective after a Swords Dance.</p>

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    [SET]
    name: Baton Pass
    move 1: Swords Dance
    move 2: Baton Pass
    move 3: Substitute
    move 4: Leaf Blade
    item: Leftovers
    ability: Chlorophyll
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe

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    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims primarily to set up Swords Dance behind a sSubstitute before passing it to one of Leafeon's teammates. Many slower teammates can benefit from the boosts Leafeon accumulates on their behalf, as a Substitute can offer them the ability to beat faster Pokemon that would otherwise take them out. Leafeon can also abuse the Substitute and boosts and try to put together muster a sweep of its own, although Leafeon should probably try and sweep with this set only when its counters are removed. Thanks to Leafeon's already great Defense and Speed, setting up with this set should be relatively easy, as Leafeon can easily tank a hit, while its speed tier allows it to and outspeeds the majority of most unboosted Pokemon in NU. Substitute is particularly useful for this set, as it allows Leafeon to block the status that savvy Pokemon might try to throw at inflict upon it,(Remove Comma) in an effort to hinder its sweep. Leafeon's great speed also ensures that it will get the substitute up before its foe tries to inflict it with status, due to the majority of defensive Pokemon in NU being slower than Base 95. Fortunately, Leafeon is speedy, so it can throw up a Substitute and block any status, as most defensive Pokemon in NU are slower than it.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Overall, there aren't many other moveset options for this set, since it aims to aid Leafeon's teammates rather than Leafeon itself. There are many potential partners for Leafeon to pass to, however. Marowak is a great recipient of Baton Pass, as it is able to inflict heavy damage at +2 thanks to its Thick Club-boosted attack Attack stat, while it also benefits from the sSubstitute due to its lackluster sSpeed stat. Behind a substitute, Marowak will net at least 1 kill KO while behind a Substitute, and thanks to its respectable.(Remove Period) bulk, it will probably end up getting 1 or 2 more. Gorebyss is yet another fantastic partner to recieve receive Leafeon's sSubstitute, which can come in handy when it sets up Shell Smash; Gorebyss also resists two of Leafeon's chief weaknesses in Fire and Ice. In general, most Water and Fire Types,Water- and Fire-types especially physical ones, since they can benefit from Swords Dance, as well as the substitutes and Substitute. (Remove Space)</p>

    [SET]
    name: Physically Defensive
    move 1: Leaf Blade
    move 2: Heal Bell
    move 3: Wish
    move 4: Yawn / Baton Pass / Roar
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Impish
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>While Tangela arguably pulls off a Physically Defensive physically defensive set better, Leafeon does have its perks. For one thing, it’s able to heal both itself, as well as and its teammates with Wish and Heal Bell, allowing it to act as a cleric. Leafeon is also somewhat capable of hurting the threats it beats,(Remove Comma)thanks to its STAB Leaf Blade and base 110 Attack stat. Leafeon also boasts the ability to Pphaze with Roar or temporarily cripple a Pokemon with Yawn, both of which further ensure that Leafeon won't be set up on foes can't use it as setup fodder. Leafeon is also able to make use of Baton Pass, which can be used to transfer the walling responsibilities to another Pokemon. This strategy can be very useful in conjunction with sSpikes, as it's a great way of forcing switches. An Impish nature along with a full investment in HP and Defense will Mmaximize Leafeon's physical bulk so that it's able to take Pphysical hits with ease, although Leafeon should generally shy away from taking special attacks,(Remove Comma) due to its abysmal special defense Special Defense. (Remove Space)</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>While this set can prove effective, it does run into a few roadblocks while acting as a Ddefensive wall. Leafeon shouldn't attempt to wall any Steel-, Fire-(Comma) and or Flying-types, due to their STAB moves hitting Leafeon super-(Remove Hyphen)effectively. Additionally, Leafeon can't do much damage in return with Leaf Blade. Leafeon also hates to switch into entry hazards and can be eaten away at with worn down by Toxic Spikes, as Heal Bell will simply run out of PP since Leafeon often has to switch in and out many times in battle. That being said, it's quite beneficial to pair Leafeon with a spinner Rapid Spin user, as entry hazards often work effectively against Leafeon and hasten its demise. Additionally, Leafeon's EVs are pretty flexible; one can opt to run 56 Speed EVs to outrun Nneutral Mmax Speed Samurott, while 16 Speed EVs can let Leafeon outrun Nneutral Mmax Speed Emboar and other Pokemon with the same EVs and Base 65 Speed Pokemon.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Leafeon is a somewhat diverse Pokemon with many options to use to choose from, although some are rather gimmicky and require a bit of team support. Leafeon can utilize Curse which boosts its already high Attack and Defense stats, although the Speed drop is often detrimental as its high speed Speed is one of Leafeon's best qualities. Leafeon is also able to run Sunny Day, usually with a Swords Dance set, to provide its own source of Chlorophyll activation, although both Sunny Day and Swords Dance can be difficult to consecutively set up. Leafeon is an effective user of Sunny Day nonetheless and can also support its teammates with the move. Leafeon can also utilize Dig can be used to break through the Steel-types that otherwise wall it the Verdant Pokemon. While this seems ineffective, the process for using Dig can be cut to 1 turn if Leafeon is holding a Power Herb, although this effect works only once. A Restalk RestTalk set is also someone somewhat viable on Leafeon, especially when paired with a cleric, as Rest heals more HP than Wish can and allows Leafeon to act as a status absorber. Roar is strongly reccomended recommended on a Restalk RestTalk set to prevent Leafeon from becoming setup bait, however. An Endure(Space)+(Space)Flail set is also an option for Leafeon; while it's often situational, it can be extremely effective in those situations and Leafeon ends up dealing a lot of damage via this method.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>While Leafeon is a top tier offensive threat in NU, it has no shortage of counters. Steel Types Steel-types such as Metang and Probopass do a solid job at of walling Leafeon, since they can take the majority of attacks in Leafeon's arsenal and can stall Leafeon it out with Toxic. Tangela is another great counter to Leafeon; it can tank Leafeon's hits with ease thanks to its gargantuan Physically Defensive bulk(Comma) and Hidden Power Ice or Hidden Power Fire can take down Leafeon in a number of turns. Garbodor is another good means of beating Leafeon, as it can clear erase Leafeon's boosts via with Clear Smog while resisting its main STAB move; its respectable bulk allows it to take any of Leafeon's other unboosted attacks effortlessly. Many of the powerful Flying(Hyphen) and Fire-type Pokemon in the tier, such as Magmortar and Rotom-S(Space)make great checks to Leafeon. These Pokemon resist Leafeon(Apostrophe)s main STAB move while threatening itwith and can threaten it with a super effective attack, although they must watch out for Leafeon at +2, as Return will hit quite hard at that point.</p>


    This is really well written Karpman, well done. :)

    There were quite a few punctuation errors though, mostly Poke-grammar. A few pointers:

    Grass-type. Hyphenated, lowercase t.
    Use Choice Scarf user rather than scarfer. Rapin Spin user rather than spinner ect.
    Set names are not capitalized. Physically Defensive, Cleric, ect. are incorrect.
    super effective is not hyphenated or capitalized
    Stats are always capitalized. Speed, Attack, ect.
    The serial/oxford comma is always used.

    Have a look through the Grammar Standards for more stuff like this.

    With that said:

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    [Overview]

    <p>Leafeon is one of the 3 e3 Eeveelutions that has been fallen all the wayorced down to NU, but it's also found a great home there, and a chance to show off its great offensive and support capabilities. Leafeon boasts fantastic Attack and Defense stats, and by NU's standards, a great Speed stat as well. These factors combined with Swords Dance make Leafeon an excellent sweeper if you can remove the Steel-types that wall it. In addition to being able to utilize the Swords Dance boosts it has accumulated, it is also able to use Baton Pass to give them to a teammate.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Swords Dance
    move 1: Swords Dance
    move 2: Leaf Blade
    move 3: Return / X-Scissor
    move 4: Substitute / Baton Pass
    item: Leftovers / Life Orb
    ability: Chlorophyll
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Leafeon's primary offensive set is a Swords Dance Sweeper. Leafeon is able to make. Leafeon can use of its high Attack and Speed stats toto set up multiple Swords Dance boosts and easily pull off a sweep. TAlthough Leafeon has theit has all the right tools to sweep the opponent's team, it's veryLeafeon is easily walled by Steel-types, and many Choice Scarf users can easily end its sweep prematurely, so Leafeon will definitely need proper team support if it wants to pull off a full sweep. On the bright side, Leafeon is very good at punching holes in teams, and can be useful for taking out certain Pokemon, or at least weakening themdeals hefty damage to those weak to its STAB. Leaf Blade is Leafeon's main STAB move and is the go-to option against most Pokemon that don't resist it, or that Leafeon can't already hit super effectively. Return hits hard and has good neutral coverage, while X-Scissor can be used to deal a considerable amount of damage to bulky Grass-types, such as Tangela. Finally, Substitute or Baton Pass can be used in the last slot. Substitute can let Leafeon pull off a sweep when it normally couldn’t, as it canprovides safety to attack safely while behind a Substitute., while Baton Pass) on the other hand, is very useful for passing Leafeon's boosts to a powerful Pokemon that can’t set up itself, such as Sawk.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>While Life Orb can helps Leafeon power through opposing walls, it can also opt for Leftovers to increase its longevity. Leafeon can also increase its power somewhat with an Adamant nature, since its Speed will already be increased to great heights if sun is up, thanks to Chlorophyll. If Leafeon isn't being used on a team that abuses Sunny Day, then it's recommended you give it a Jolly so thatnature so it can Speed-tie with Timid Jynx and outspeed prominent threats such as Magmortar and Sawk. Overall, while Leafeon is powerful, it does require some support to pull off a full sweep. Steel-types will endlessly tank Leafeon's attacks, so a means of dealing with them would really help it out. Magmortar is one Pokemon in particular that worksworks particularly well with Leafeon; it can easily take the Fire-, Ice-, and Bug-type attacks aimed at Leafeon while also demolishing Steel-types in the process. Leafeon is also open to some other options for its moveset. Synthesis is a great choice for healing off any damage that Leafeon takes, while Quick Attack gives it stronga priority move that can beis quite effective after a Swords Dance.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Baton Pass
    move 1: Swords Dance
    move 2: Baton Pass
    move 3: Substitute
    move 4: Leaf Blade
    item: Leftovers
    ability: Chlorophyll
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims primarily to set up Swords Dance behind a Substitute before passing it to one of Leafeon's teammates. Many slower teammates can benefit from the boosts Leafeon accumulates on their behalf, as a Substitute can offer them the ability to beat faster Pokemon that would otherwise take them out. Leafeon can also abuse the Substitute and boosts and try to muster a sweep of its own. Thanks to Leafeon's great Defense and Speed, setting up with this set should be relatively easy, as Leafeon can easily tank a hit and outspeeds most unboosted Pokemon in NU. Substitute is particularly useful for this set, as it allows Leafeon to block the status that savvy Pokemon might try to inflict upon itin an efforin an attempt to hinder its sweep. Fortunately, Leafeon is speedy, so it can throw up a Substitute and block any status, as most defensive Pokemon in NU are slower than it.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Overall, there aren't many other moveset options for this set, since it aims to aid Leafeon's teammates rather than Leafeon itself. There are many potential partners for Leafeon to pass to, however. Marowak is a great recipient of Baton Pass, as it is able tocan inflict heavy damage at +2 thanks to its Thick Club-boosted Attack stat, while it also benefits from the Substitute due to its lackluster Speed stat. Marowak will net at least 1 KO while behind a Substitute, and thanks to its respectable bulk, it will probably end up getting 1 or 2 more. Gorebyss is yet another fantastic partner to receive Leafeon's Substitute, which can come in handy when it sets up Shell Smash; Gorebyss also resists two of Leafeon's chief weaknesses in Fire and Ice. In general, most Water- and Fire-types cand take advantage of a Substitute.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Physically Defensive
    move 1: Leaf Blade
    move 2: Heal Bell
    move 3: Wish
    move 4: Yawn / Baton Pass / Roar
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Impish
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>While Tangela arguably pulls off a physically defensive set better, Leafeon does have its perks. For one thing, it's able to heal both itself and its teammates with Wish and Heal Bell, allowing it to act as a cleric. Leafeon is also somewhat capable of hurting the threats it breats thanks to its STAB Leaf Blade and base 110 Attack stat. Leafeon also boasts the ability to phaze with Roar or temporarily cripple a Pokemon with Yawn, both of which further ensure that foes can't use it as setup fodder. Leafeon is also able to makeprevent Leafeon from becoming setup fodder. Leafeon can also use of Baton Pass, which can be used to transfer the walling responsibilities to another Pokemon to escape the battle safely. This strategy can be very useful in conjunction with Spikes, as it's a great way of forcing switches. An Impish nature with full investment in HP and Defense will maximize Leafeon's physical bulk so that it's able to take physical hits with ease, although Leafeon should generally shy away from taking special attacks due to its abysmal Special Defense.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>While this set can prove effective, it does run into a few roadblocks while acting as a defensive wall. Leafeon shouldn't attempt to wall any SteelPoison-, Fire or Flying-types, due to their STAB moves hitting Leafeon super effectively. Additionally, Leafeon can't do much damage in return with Leaf Blade. Leafeon also hates to switch into entry hazards and can be worn down by Toxic Spikes, as Heal Bell will simply run out of PP sinceas Leafeon often has to switch in and out many times in battle. That being said, it's quite beneficial to pair Leafeon with a Rapid Spin user, as entry hazards often work effectively against Leafeon and hasten its demise. Additionally, Leafeon's EVs are pretty flexible; one can opt to run 56 Speed EVs to outrun neutral max Speed Samurott, while 16 Speed EVs let Leafeon outrun neutral max Speed Emboar and other Base 65 Speed Pokemon.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Leafeon is a somewhat diverse Pokemon with many options to choose from, although some are rather gimmicky and require a bit of team support. Leafeon can utilize Curse, although the Speed drop is often detrimental as high Speed is one of Leafeon's best qualities. Leafeon is also able to run Sunny Day, usually with a Swords Dance set, to provide its own source of Chlorophyll activationcan also use Sunny Day to raise its Speed, usually with a Swords Dance set, although both Sunny Day and Swords Dance can be difficult to consecutively set up. Leafeon is an effective user of Sunny Day nonetheless and can also support its teammates with the move. Dig can be used to break through the Steel-types that otherwise wall the Verdant Pokemon. While this seems ineffective, the process for using Dig can be cut to 1 turn if Leafeon is holding a Power Herb, although this effect works only once. A RestTalkset is also somewhat viable on Leafeon, especially when paired with a cleric, as Rest heals more HP than Wish can and allows Leafeon to act as a status absorber. Roar is strongly recommended on a RestTalk set to prevent Leafeon from becoming setup bait, however. An Endure + Flail set is also an option for Leafeon; while it's often situational, it can be extremely effective in those situations and Leafeon ends upand dealings a lot of damage via this method.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>While Leafeon is a top tier offensive threat in NU, it has no shortage of counters. Steel-types such as Metang and Probopass do a solid job of walling Leafeon, since they can take the majority of attacks in Leafeon's arsenal and can stall it out with Toxic. Tangela is another great counter to Leafeon; it can tank Leafeon's hits with ease thanks to its gargantuan bulk, and Hidden Power Ice or Hidden Power Fire can take down Leafeon in a number of turns. Garbodor is another good means of beating Leafeon, as it can erase Leafeon's boosts with Clear Smog while resisting its main STAB move; its respectable bulk allows it to take any of Leafeon's other unboosted attacks effortlessly. Many of the powerful Flying-and Fire-type Pokemon in the tier, such as Magmortar and Rotom-S, make great checks to Leafeon. These Pokemon resist Leafeon's main STAB move and can threaten it with a super effective attack, although they must watch out for Leafeon at +2, as Return will hit quite hard at that point.</p>

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    <p>Leafeon is one of 3 Eeveelutions that has been forced down to NU, but it's also found a great home there, and a chance to show off its great offensive and support capabilities. Leafeon boasts fantastic Attack and Defense stats, and by NU's standards, a great Speed stat as well. These factors combined with Swords Dance make Leafeon an excellent sweeper if you can remove the Steel-types that wall it. In addition to being able to utilize the Swords Dance boosts it has accumulated, it is also able to use Baton Pass to give them to a teammate.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Swords Dance
    move 1: Swords Dance
    move 2: Leaf Blade
    move 3: Return / X-Scissor
    move 4: Substitute / Baton Pass
    item: Leftovers / Life Orb
    ability: Chlorophyll
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Leafeon's primary offensive set. Leafeon can use its high Attack and Speed to set up multiple Swords Dance boosts and easily pull off a sweep. Although it has all the right tools to sweep the opponent's team, Leafeon is easily walled by Steel-types, and many Choice Scarf users can end its sweep prematurely, so Leafeon will definitely need proper team support if it wants to pull off a full sweep. On the bright side, Leafeon is very good at punching holes in teams, and deals hefty damage to those weak to its STAB. Leaf Blade is Leafeon's main STAB move and is the go-to option against most Pokemon that don't resist it, or that Leafeon can't already hit super effectively. Return hits hard and has good neutral coverage, while X-Scissor can be used to deal a considerable amount of damage to bulky Grass-types, such as Tangela. Finally, Substitute or Baton Pass can be used in the last slot. Substitute provides safety to attack while behind a Substitute, while Baton Pass is very useful for passing Leafeon's boosts to a powerful Pokemon that can’t set up itself, such as Sawk.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>While Life Orb helps Leafeon power through opposing walls, it can also opt for Leftovers to increase its longevity. Leafeon can also increase its power with an Adamant nature, since its Speed will already be increased to great heights if sun is up, thanks to Chlorophyll. If Leafeon isn't being used on a team that abuses Sunny Day, then it's recommended you give it a Jolly nature so it can Speed-tie with Timid Jynx and outspeed prominent threats such as Magmortar and Sawk. Overall, while Leafeon is powerful, it does require some support to pull off a full sweep. Steel-types will endlessly tank Leafeon's attacks, so a means of dealing with them would really help it out. Magmortar works particularly well with Leafeon; it can easily take the Fire-, Ice-, and Bug-type attacks aimed at Leafeon while also demolishing Steel-types in the process. Leafeon is also open to some other options for its moveset. Synthesis is a great choice for healing off any damage that Leafeon takes, while Quick Attack gives it a priority move that is quite effective after a Swords Dance.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Baton Pass
    move 1: Swords Dance
    move 2: Baton Pass
    move 3: Substitute
    move 4: Leaf Blade
    item: Leftovers
    ability: Chlorophyll
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims to set up Swords Dance behind a Substitute before passing it to one of Leafeon's teammates. Many slower teammates benefit from the boosts Leafeon accumulates, as a Substitute can offer them the ability to beat faster Pokemon that would otherwise take them out. Leafeon can also abuse the Substitute and boosts and try to muster a sweep of its own. Thanks to Leafeon's great Defense and Speed, setting up with this set should be relatively easy, as Leafeon can easily tank a hit and outspeed most unboosted Pokemon in NU. Substitute is particularly useful for this set, as it allows Leafeon to block the status that savvy Pokemon might try to inflict in an attempt to hinder its sweep. Fortunately, Leafeon is speedy, so it can throw up a Substitute and block any status, as most defensive Pokemon in NU are slower than it.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Overall, there aren't many other options for this set, since it aims to aid Leafeon's teammates rather than Leafeon itself. There are many potential partners for Leafeon to pass to, however. Marowak is a great recipient of Baton Pass, as it can inflict heavy damage at +2 thanks to its Thick Club-boosted Attack stat, while it also benefits from the Substitute due to its lackluster Speed stat. Marowak will net at least 1 KO while behind a Substitute, and thanks to its respectable bulk, it will probably end up getting 1 or 2 more. Gorebyss is yet another fantastic partner to receive Leafeon's Substitute, which can come in handy when it sets up Shell Smash; Gorebyss also resists two of Leafeon's chief weaknesses in Fire and Ice. In general, most Water- and Fire-types can take advantage of a Substitute.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Physically Defensive
    move 1: Leaf Blade
    move 2: Heal Bell
    move 3: Wish
    move 4: Yawn / Baton Pass / Roar
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Impish
    evs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>While Tangela arguably pulls off a physically defensive set better, Leafeon does have its perks. For one thing, it's able to heal both itself and its teammates with Wish and Heal Bell, allowing it to act as a cleric. Leafeon is also capable of hurting threats thanks to its STAB Leaf Blade and base 110 Attack stat. Leafeon also boasts the ability to phaze with Roar or temporarily cripple a Pokemon with Yawn, both of which prevent Leafeon from becoming setup fodder. Leafeon can also use Baton Pass to escape the battle safely. This strategy can be very useful in conjunction with Spikes as it's a great way of forcing switches. An Impish nature with full investment in HP and Defense will maximize Leafeon's physical bulk so that it's able to take physical hits with ease, although Leafeon should generally shy away from taking special attacks due to its abysmal Special Defense.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>While this set can prove effective, it does run into a few roadblocks while acting as a defensive wall. Leafeon shouldn't attempt to wall any Poison-, Fire or Flying-types, due to their STAB moves hitting Leafeon super effectively. Additionally, Leafeon can't do much damage in return with Leaf Blade. Leafeon also hates to switch into entry hazards and can be worn down by Toxic Spikes, as Heal Bell will simply run out of PP as Leafeon often has to switch in and out many times in battle. That being said, it's quite beneficial to pair Leafeon with a Rapid Spin user, as entry hazards often work effectively against Leafeon and hasten its demise. Additionally, Leafeon's EVs are pretty flexible; one can opt to run 56 Speed EVs to outrun neutral max Speed Samurott, while 16 Speed EVs let Leafeon outrun neutral max Speed Emboar and other Base 65 Speed Pokemon.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Leafeon is a somewhat diverse Pokemon with many options to choose from, although some are rather gimmicky and require a bit of team support. Leafeon can utilize Curse, although the Speed drop is often detrimental as high Speed is one of Leafeon's best qualities. Leafeon can also use Sunny Day to raise its Speed, usually with a Swords Dance set, although both Sunny Day and Swords Dance can be difficult to consecutively set up. Leafeon is an effective user of Sunny Day nonetheless and can also support its teammates with the move. Dig can be used to break through the Steel-types that otherwise wall the Verdant Pokemon. While this seems ineffective, the process for using Dig can be cut to 1 turn if Leafeon is holding a Power Herb, although this effect works only once. A RestTalk set is also somewhat viable on Leafeon, especially when paired with a cleric, as Rest heals more HP than Wish and allows Leafeon to act as a status absorber. Roar is strongly recommended on a RestTalk set to prevent Leafeon from becoming setup bait, however. An Endure + Flail set is also an option for Leafeon; while it's often situational, it can be extremely effective and deals a lot of damage via this method.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>While Leafeon is a top tier offensive threat in NU, it has no shortage of counters. Steel-types such as Metang and Probopass do a solid job of walling Leafeon, since they can take the majority of attacks in Leafeon's arsenal and can stall it out with Toxic. Tangela is another great counter to Leafeon; it can tank Leafeon's hits with ease thanks to its gargantuan bulk, and Hidden Power Ice or Hidden Power Fire can take down Leafeon in a number of turns. Garbodor is another good means of beating Leafeon, as it can erase Leafeon's boosts with Clear Smog while resisting its main STAB move; its respectable bulk allows it to take any of Leafeon's other unboosted attacks effortlessly. Many of the powerful Flying-and Fire-type Pokemon in the tier, such as Magmortar and Rotom-S, make great checks to Leafeon. These Pokemon resist Leafeon's main STAB move and can threaten it with a super effective attack, although they must watch out for Leafeon at +2, as Return will hit quite hard at that point.</p>

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