VGC 14 Mamoswine

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Overview
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Although Mamoswine lost a small niche in this year's VGC format without genies to KO, there are still many reasons to use this friendly mammoth. First and foremost, it is still the epitome of an anti-metagame Pokemon. Mamoswine has a superb base 130 Attack stat and an excellent offensive typing, with Ice-type STAB moves such as Icicle Crash being capable of OHKOing Amoonguss and Ice Shard being capable of OHKOing uninvested Garchomp and Salamence without Intimidate. In addition, it has an incredibly strong Earthquake that rips through Steel-types such as Aegislash and Mega Mawile, as well as Tyranitar. Mamoswine also has a nifty Electric immunity, and its ability, Thick Fat, gives it extra bulk to survive Fire-type attacks not boosted by STAB, such as Mega Manectric's Overheat. However, Mamoswine is still fairly slow at base 80 Speed, and with a low Special Defense, it is easily KOed by both Mega Charizard Y and Rotom-W, two very common Pokemon in the metagame. Finally, it is vulnerable to priority moves such as Conkledurr's Mach Punch, Scizor's Bullet Punch, and to a lesser extent, Talonflame's Brave Bird.

Physical Attacker
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name: Physical Attacker
move 1: Ice Shard
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Icicle Crash / Icicle Spear
move 4: Protect
ability: Thick Fat
item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
evs: 196 HP / 252 Atk / 60 Spe
nature: Adamant

Moves
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Ice Shard is Mamoswine's trump card, allowing it to OHKO Garchomp and Salamence before they even have the chance to move. It's also great for picking off weakened foes. Earthquake is a powerful spread move that goes well with Mamoswine's Ice STAB, slamming foes like Mega Mawile and Tyranitar. Icicle Crash is Mamoswine's secondary Ice-type STAB attack; it's great for smashing Amoonguss, hitting Earthquake immunities, and for when Mamoswine's partner can't afford to use Protect or get hit by Earthquake. Icicle Spear is less reliable than Icicle Crash due to its multi-hit nature, but it can break through Focus Sash on Pokemon like Garchomp. Protect is Mamoswine's way of avoiding deadly attacks and Will-O-Wisp.

Set Details
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The listed EV spread allows Mamoswine to outspeed 4 Speed Rotom-W, giving it a chance of taking out a weakened one. Mamoswine has plenty of options for items. Life Orb is among the best as it lets Mamoswine snipe more Pokemon with Ice Shard. It also allows Mamoswine to always OHKO Amoonguss with Icicle Crash and OHKO Salamence after Intimidate 81.3% of the time. If you are willing to trade KOs for longevity, go with Focus Sash; it allows Mamoswine to comfortably run more Speed instead of bulk. If you want a compromise between power and longevity, consider Expert Belt or Never-Melt Ice. The KOs aren't as appealing as Life Orb, but the lack of recoil can be a life saver in tight situations.

Usage Tips
========

Mamoswine's biggest targets are Salamence and Garchomp, and to a lesser extent, Amoonguss. However, it doesn't have to charge on with the Ice attacks right away. You can use the offensive pressure Mamoswine provides to predict a Protect or switch to your benefit. For example, it can attack the other target instead of Garchomp or Salamence, or have its other teammate hit a predicted switch-in. While Mamoswine can be a good lead to pressure Salamence and Garchomp, consider saving it for later in the match. Mamoswine can be at its deadliest when your opponent's team is worn down and ready to be sniped by Ice Shard and counters such as Rotom-W have fainted. Using Mamoswine later in the match also makes it less likely to be crippled by Intimidate.

Team Options
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Rotom-W is Mamoswine's arch nemesis, so make sure your team can handle it. A good approach is to carry some Grass-types. Good examples include Lum Berry Ferrothorn, Venusaur, and Ludicolo. Mega Charizard Y can also be an issue with its powerful Solarbeam; fast Rock Slide users such as Garchomp are generally good answers to this. Mamoswine can be extra deadly when the team is worn down, so Fake Out users like Mega Kangaskhan and Scrafty, as well as residual damage from Tyranitar's Sand Stream, can do a good job of getting Pokemon in the KO range of Ice Shard. Assault Vest Ludicolo gets special mention for its Earthquake resistance, which can be handy in emergencies when Mamoswine has to use Earthquake. Always consider a Ground-immune Pokemon that can provide additional support to pair with Mamoswine, which can then use its deadly Earthquake more easily. Rotom-W can provide attack control with Will-O-Wisp and Light Screen and beat Gyarados; (semi-colon) Talonflame can provide Tailwind support and defeat Ludicolo; Salamence can soften physical attacks with Intimidate; and Mega Charizard Y can severely damage Rotom-W and Ludicolo, as well as other Mega Charizard Y if it's carrying Ancient Power.

Other Options
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A Choice Scarf set can be run with Icicle Spearto outspeed and destroy Focus Sash Garchomp. If you're willing to sacrifice more bulk and a moveslot, Mamoswine can run Freeze Dry with a Naive nature to OHKO Gyarados and 3HKO Rotom-W. Oddly enough, Mamoswine gets access to Reflect and Light Screen; it's hard to fit them in, but they can be a surprise for your opponent. Toxic is a decent way to cripple Rotom-W switch-ins. Rock Slide can be used as a way to hit Rotom-H and Mega Charizard Y, but sadly, Mamoswine is outsped by both threats, and Rotom-H might just cripple it with Will-O-Wisp. Lum Berry isn't as useful as it is on most physical attackers since Rotom-W will usually go for a Hydro Pump. However, Mamoswine can use a Lum Berry with Icicle Spear to avoid Smeargle's Dark Void and have a shot at OHKOing Smeargle through its Focus Sash.

Checks & Counters
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**Rotom-W**: Rotom-W is Mamoswine's biggest counter. It's immune to Earthquake, resists Icicle Crash, and can OHKO with Hydro Pump.

**Rotom-H**: Similarly to Rotom-W, Rotom-H resists Mamoswine's STAB moves and canburn Mamoswine with Will-O-Wisp.

**Intimidate**: Intimidate in general severely hampers Mamoswine's effectiveness; for example, Intimidate from Salamence gives it the opportunity to live an Ice Shard from Adamant Life Orb Mamoswine. Gyarados takes neutral damage from Icicle Crash and can smash Mamoswine with Waterfall. Scrafty's Intimidate and STAB Drain Punch can be very troublesome for Mamoswine.

**Mega Charizard Y**: Mega Charizard Y can outspeed Mamoswine and OHKO it with a STAB, sun-boosted Overheat.

**Ludicolo**: Unlike other Grass-types, Ludicolo isn't weak to Ice Shard, and it can outspeed and OHKO Mamoswine in the rain. In a similar manner, Kingdra can usually outspeed and slam Mamoswine with Hydro Pump.

**Priority Attacks**: Conkledurr and Scizor can hit Mamoswine hard with their STAB, super effective priority moves before it can Earthquake.

**Trick Room**: Although Mamoswine isn't fast, it can have problems with Trick Room teams, as Mega Mawile, a common Trick Room threat, will easily OHKO it with Iron Head.
 
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Overview
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Although Mamoswine lost a small niche in this year's VGC format without genies to kill, there are still many reasons to use this friendly mammoth. First and foremost, it is still the epitome of an anti-metagame pokemon Pokemon. Mamoswine has excellent offensive typing with Ice-type STAB moves (specify which move imo) being capable of OHKOing uninvested Garchomp and Salamence (without Intimidate). In addition, it has an incredibly strong Earthquake that rips through Steel-types like Aegislash and Mega Mawile, as well as Tyranitar. It has a behemoth great Base 130 aAttack (behemoth is a noun afaik) stat,(AC) equaling Garchomp's at 130, and it easily takes care of Amoonguss. A Ground-(no hyphen, pokegrammar is shit)typing also has good defensive purposes such as being immune to a resisting Volt Switch from Zapdos, and Mamoswine's ability,(AC) Thick Fat,(AC) gives it extra bulk to survive unstabbed fFire-type attacks not boosted by STAB, such as Mega Manectric's Overheat. Despite its great qualities, though, Mamoswine is still fairly slow at bBase 80 sSpeed, and with a low Special Defense,(AC) it is easily killed KOed by both Mega Charizard-Y and Rotom-W, two very common Pokémon in the metagame. Finally, it is vulnerable to priority moves such as Conkledurr's Mach Punch, Scizor's Bullet Punch, and to a lesser extent, and Talonflame's Brave Bird.

Physical Attacker
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name: Physical Attacker
move 1: Ice Shard
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Icicle Crash / Icicle Spear
move 4: Protect
ability: Thick Fat
item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
evs: 196 HP / 252 Atk / 60 Spe
nature: Adamant

Moves
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Ice Shard is Mamoswine's trump card, allowing you it to OHKO Garchomp and Salamence before they even have the chance to move! It's also great for picking off weakened foes. Earthquake is Mamoswine's powerful spread move. It goes great well with Mamoswine's Ice STAB, slamming foes like Mega Mawile and Tyranitar. Icicle Crash is Mamoswine's secondary attack. It's great for smashing Amoonguss, hitting Earthquake immunities, and a good choice for when your Mamoswine's partner can't afford to use Protect or get hit by Earthquake. Icicle Spear is less reliable than Icicle Crash due to it's multi hit nature, but it can break through Focus Sashes from on Pokémon like Garchomp. Protect is Mamoswine's way of avoiding deadly attacks and Will-O-Wisp.

Set Details
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The listed EV spread outspeeds 4 Speed Rotom-W, giving Mamoswine a chance of taking out a weakened one. However, since Rotom-W is known to speed creep, feel free to add more speed if necessary, or even just use 4 speed evs to disengage from the speed war. Mamoswine has plenty of options for items. Life Orb is among the best for it's ability to allow Mamoswine to snipe more Pokémon with Ice Shard. It also allows you to always OHKO Amoonguss with Icicle Crash, and OHKO Salamence after an intimidate 81.3% of the time. If you are willing to trade KOs for survivability, go with Focus Sash. Focus Sash also; it allows Mamoswine to more comfortably run more speed instead of bulk. If you want a compromise between power and survivability, consider Expert Belt or Never-Melt Ice. The KOs aren't as appealing as life orb Life Orb, but the lack of recoil can be a life saver in tight situations.

Usage Tips
========

Mamoswine's two biggest targets are Salamence and Garchomp, and to a lesser extent, Amoonguss. However, you don't have to charge on with the Ice attacks right away. You can use the pressure Mamoswine gives off to predict a protect or switch to your benefit! For example, you could can attack the other target instead of Garchomp or Salamence, or you can have you're other teammate hit a predicted switch-in. While Mamoswine can be a good lead to pressure Salamence and Garchomp, consider saving Mamoswine for later in the match. Mamoswine can be at its deadliest when your opponent's team is worn down, ready to be sniped by Ice Shard, and its counters such as Rotom-W have fainted. Using Mamoswine in the back later in the match also makes it less vulnerable to Intimidate.

Team Options
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Rotom-W is Mamoswine's arch nemesis, so make sure you're team can handle it. A good approach is to carry some Grass-types. Good examples include Lum Berry Ferrothorn, Venusaur, and Ludicolo. Mega Charizard-Y can also be an issue with it's powerful Solarbeam. Fast Pokémon with Rock Slide such as Garchomp are generally good answers to this. Mamoswine can be extra deadly when the team is worn down, so Fake Out Pokémon users (the accent over the e isn't used in c&c fyi) like Mega Kangaskhan and Scrafty, and Tyranitar's sand stream can do a good job of getting Pokémon in the KO range of Ice Shard. Assault Vest Ludicolo gets special mention for it's Earthquake resist, which can be handy in emergencies when Mamoswine has to use Earthquake. Always consider a Ground-type immune Pokémon (no accent) to pair with Mamoswine, as it allows Mamoswine to spread use (you can really "spread" it, but i know what you mean) its deadly Earthquake more easily. Make sure to think beyond just the Earthquake immunity,(RC) and think about how this Pokémon can support Mamoswine. For example, Rotom-W can provide damage lowering support in attack control with Will-O-Wisp and Light Screen, and it beats regular Gyarados. Talonflame can provide Tailwind support and defeat Ludicolo, Salamence can soften physical attacks with Intimidate, and Mega Charizard-Y can severely damage Rotom-W, Ludicolo, and other Mega Charizard-Y (if you choose to use Ancient Power).

Other Options
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A Choice Scarf set can be run with Icicle Spear, to outspeed and destroy Focus Sash Garchomp. It can also run Rock Slide to defeat Mega Charizard-Y. If you're willing to sacrifice more bulk and a moveslot, Mamoswine can run Freeze Dry with a Naive nature to OHKO Gyarados and 3HKO Rotom-W. Oddly enough, Mamoswine gets access to Reflect and Light Screen. It's hard to fit them in, but they can be a surprise for your opponent. Toxic can be an alright is a decent way to cripple Rotom-W switch-ins. Rock Slide can be used as a way to hit Rotom-H, but sadly, Mamoswine is outsped by Mega Charizard-Y, and Rotom-H may just use Will-O-Wisp on Mamoswine. Lum Berry isn't as useful as it is on most physical attackers,(RC) since Rotom-W will usually go for a Hydro Pump. However, you can use a Lum Berry with Icicle Spear to avoid Smeargle's Dark Void, and have a shot at OHKOing Smeargle through its Focus Sash.

Checks & Counters
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**Rotom-W**: Rotom-W is Mamoswine's biggest problem. It's immune to Earthquake, resists Icicle Crash, and can drown Mamoswine with Hydro Pump.

**Rotom-H**: Similarly to Rotom-W, it Rotom-H resists Mamoswine's STABs moves, and can use Will-O-Wisp to burn Mamoswine.

**Intimidate Pokémon**: Gyarados takes neutral damage from Icicle Crash. It can then smash Mamoswine with Waterfall. Scrafty's Intimidate and STAB Drain Punch can be very troublesome for Mamoswine. Intimidate in general severely hampers Mamoswine's effectiveness. For example, Intimidate from Salamence gives it the opportunity to live an Ice Shard from Adamant Life Orb Mamoswine.

**Mega Charizard-Y**: It's good speed and STAB Overheat in Sun can easily defeat Mamoswine.

**Ludicolo**: Unlike other Grass-types, it isn't weak to Ice Shard, and under the rain, it will outspeed Mamoswine regardless of your speed investment. In a similar manner, Kingdra can usually outspeed and slam Mamoswine with Hydro Pump.

**Priority attacks**: Conkledurr and Scizor can use their STAB priority moves to hit Mamoswine hard before it can Earthquake. Ice is a very unfortunate defensive typing against priority attacks in general.

**Trick Room**: Although Mamoswine isn't fast, it can have problems with Trick Room teams, as Mega Mawile, a common member of these teams, will easily OHKO Mamoswine with Iron Head.
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Mega Charizard Y, with no hyphen

Overview
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Although Mamoswine lost a small niche in the VGC 2014 format without genies to kill, there are still many reasons to use it. First and foremost, it is still the epitome of an anti-metagame Pokemon. Mamoswine has excellent offensive typing with Ice-type STAB moves such as Icicle Crash and Ice Shard being capable of OHKOing uninvested Garchomp and Salamence (without Intimidate). In addition, it has an incredibly strong Earthquake that rips through Steel-types like Aegislash and Mega Mawile, as well as Tyranitar. It has a great Base 130 Attack stat, equaling Garchomp's, and it easily takes care of Amoonguss(This belongs in the sentence about Ice-type moves, does it not?). A Ground typing also has good defensive purposes such as being immune to a Volt Switch from Zapdos, and Mamoswine's ability, Thick Fat, gives it extra bulk to survive Fire-type attacks not boosted by STAB, such as Mega Manectric's Overheat. Despite its great qualities, though, Mamoswine is still fairly slow at Bbase 80 Speed(Minus was wrong, base shouldn't be capitalized), and with a low Special Defense, it is easily KOed by both Mega Charizard-Y Y(This hyphen should be removed) and Rotom-W, two very common Pokemon in the metagame. Finally, it is vulnerable to priority moves such as Conkledurr's Mach Punch, Scizor's Bullet Punch, and to a lesser extent, and Talonflame's Brave Bird.

Physical Attacker
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name: Physical Attacker
move 1: Ice Shard
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Icicle Crash / Icicle Spear
move 4: Protect
ability: Thick Fat
item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
evs: 196 HP / 252 Atk / 60 Spe
nature: Adamant

Moves
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Ice Shard is Mamoswine's trump card, allowing it to OHKO Garchomp and Salamence before they even have the chance to move!. It's also great for picking off weakened foes. Earthquake is Mamoswine's powerful spread move. It goes well with Mamoswine's IceGround STAB, slamming foes like Mega Mawile and Tyranitar. Icicle Crash is Mamoswine's secondary attack. It's great for smashing Amoonguss, hitting Earthquake immunities, and a good choice (Sorry, meant to add "a" as well.)for when Mamoswine's partner can't afford to use Protect or get hit by Earthquake. Icicle Spear is less reliable than Icicle Crash due to its multi -hit nature, but it can break through Focus Sashes on Pokemon like Garchomp. Protect is Mamoswine's way of avoiding deadly attacks and Will-O-Wisp.

Set Details
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The listed EV spread outspeeds 4 Speed Rotom-W, giving Mamoswine a chance of taking out a weakened one. However, since Rotom-W is known to speed creep, feel free to add more speed if necessary, or even just use 4 speed evs to disengage from the speed war.(Sorry, this doesn't really belong in an analysis.)Mamoswine has plenty of options for items. Life Orb is among the best for its ability to allow Mamoswine to snipe more Pokéemon with Ice Shard. It also allows you to always OHKO Amoonguss with Icicle Crash, and OHKO Salamence after an iIntimidate 81.3% of the time. If you are willing to trade KOs for survivability, go with Focus Sash; it allows Mamoswine to comfortably run more sSpeed instead of bulk. If you want a compromise between power and survivability, consider Expert Belt or Never-Melt Ice. The KOs aren't as appealing as Life Orb, but the lack of recoil can be a life saver in tight situations.

Usage Tips
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Mamoswine's two biggest targets are Salamence and Garchomp, and to a lesser extent, Amoonguss. However, youit doesn't have to charge on with the Ice attacks right away. You can use the pressure Mamoswine gives off to predict a pProtect or switch to your benefit!. For example, youit can attack the other target instead of Garchomp or Salamence, or you can have yourits other teammate hit a predicted switch-in. While Mamoswine can be a good lead to pressure Salamence and Garchomp, consider saving Mamoswine for later in the match. Mamoswine can be at its deadliest when your opponent's team is worn down, ready to be sniped by Ice Shard, and its counters such as Rotom-W have fainted. Using Mamoswine later in the match also makes it less likely to be Intimidated.

Team Options
========

Rotom-W is Mamoswine's arch nemesis, so make sure your team can handle it. A good approach is to carry some Grass-types. Good examples include Lum Berry Ferrothorn, Venusaur, and Ludicolo. Mega Charizard- Y can also be an issue with its powerful Solarbeam. Fast Pokéemon with Rock Slide such as Garchomp are generally good answers to this. Mamoswine can be extra deadly when the team is worn down, so Fake Out users like Mega Kangaskhan and Scrafty, ands well as Tyranitar's sSand sStream can do a good job of getting Pokemon in the KO range of Ice Shard. Assault Vest Ludicolo gets special mention for its Earthquake resist, which can be handy in emergencies when Mamoswine has to use Earthquake. Always consider a Ground-type immune Pokemon to pair with Mamoswine, as it allows Mamoswine to use its deadly Earthquake more easily. Make sure to think beyond just the Earthquake immunity and think about how this Pokemon can support Mamoswine. For example, Rotom-W can provide attack control with Will-O-Wisp and Light Screen, and it beats regular Gyarados., Talonflame can provide Tailwind support and defeat Ludicolo, Salamence can soften physical attacks with Intimidate, and Mega Charizard- Y can severely damage Rotom-W, Ludicolo, and other Mega Charizard-Y ( Y, if you choose to useit's carrying Ancient Power).

Other Options
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A Choice Scarf set can be run with Icicle Spear, to outspeed and destroy Focus Sash Garchomp. It can also run Rock Slide to defeat Mega Charizard- Y. If you're willing to sacrifice more bulk and a moveslot, Mamoswine can run Freeze Dry with a Naive nature to OHKO Gyarados and 3HKO Rotom-W. Oddly enough, Mamoswine gets access to Reflect and Light Screen. It's hard to fit them in, but they can be a surprise for your opponent. Toxic is a decent way to cripple Rotom-W switch-ins. Rock Slide can be used as a way to hit Rotom-H, but sadly, Mamoswine is outsped by Mega Charizard- Y, and Rotom-H mayight just use Will-O-Wisp on Mamoswine. Lum Berry isn't as useful as it is on most physical attackers since Rotom-W will usually go for a Hydro Pump. However, you can use a Lum Berry with Icicle Spear to avoid Smeargle's Dark Void, and have a shot at OHKOing Smeargle through its Focus Sash.

Checks & Counters
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**Rotom-W**: Rotom-W is Mamoswine's biggest problem. It's immune to Earthquake, resists Icicle Crash, and can drown Mamoswine with Hydro Pump.

**Rotom-H**: Similarly to Rotom-W, Rotom-H resists Mamoswine's STAB moves, and can use Will-O-Wisp to burn Mamoswine.

**Intimidate Pokéemon**: Gyarados takes neutral damage from Icicle Crash. It can then smash Mamoswine with Waterfall. Scrafty's Intimidate and STAB Drain Punch can be very troublesome for Mamoswine. Intimidate in general severely hampers Mamoswine's effectiveness. For example, Intimidate from Salamence gives it the opportunity to live an Ice Shard from Adamant Life Orb Mamoswine. Gyarados takes neutral damage from Icicle Crash. It can then smash Mamoswine with Waterfall. Scrafty's Intimidate and STAB Drain Punch can be very troublesome for Mamoswine.(This change isn't necessarily needed. The entire things just makes more sense if you start with a generalization, then become more specific. But that's your choice.)

**Mega Charizard- Y**: It's good speed and STAB Overheat in Ssun can easily defeat Mamoswine.

**Ludicolo**: Unlike other Grass-types, it isn't weak to Ice Shard, and under the rain, it will outspeed Mamoswine regardless of your sSpeed investment. In a similar manner, Kingdra can usually outspeed and slam Mamoswine with Hydro Pump.

**Priority attacks**: Conkledurr and Scizor can use their STAB priority moves to hit Mamoswine hard before it can use Earthquake. Ice is a very unfortunate defensive typing against priority attacks in general.

**Trick Room**: Although Mamoswine isn't fast, it can have problems with Trick Room teams, as Mega Mawile, a common member of these teams, will easily OHKO Mamoswine with Iron Head.

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Overview
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Although Mamoswine lost a small niche in this year's VGC format without genies to kill KO, there are still many reasons to use this friendly mammoth. First and foremost, it is still the epitome of an anti-metagame Pokemon. Mamoswine has a superb base 130 Attack stat and an excellent offensive typing, (add comma) with Ice-type STAB moves such as Icicle Crash being capable of OHKOing Amoonguss, (remove comma) and Ice Shard being capable of OHKOing uninvested Garchomp and Salamence without Intimidate. In addition, it has an incredibly strong Earthquake that rips through Steel-types like such as Aegislash and Mega Mawile, as well as Tyranitar. It has a great Base 130 Attack stat, equaling Garchomp's. A Ground typing also has good defensive purposes such as being immune to a Volt Switch from Zapdos Mamoswine also has a nifty Electric immunity, and Mamoswine's its ability, Thick Fat, gives it extra bulk to survive Fire-type attacks not boosted by STAB, such as Mega Manectric's Overheat. Despite its great qualities, though, However, Mamoswine is still fairly slow at base 80 Speed, and with a low Special Defense, it is easily KOed by both Mega Charizard Y and Rotom-W, two very common Pokemon in the metagame. Finally, it is vulnerable to priority moves such as Conkledurr's Mach Punch, Scizor's Bullet Punch, and to a lesser extent, Talonflame's Brave Bird.

Physical Attacker
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name: Physical Attacker
move 1: Ice Shard
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Icicle Crash / Icicle Spear
move 4: Protect
ability: Thick Fat
item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
evs: 196 HP / 252 Atk / 60 Spe
nature: Adamant

Moves
========

Ice Shard is Mamoswine's trump card, allowing it to OHKO Garchomp and Salamence before they even have the chance to move. It's also great for picking off weakened foes. Earthquake is Mamoswine's a powerful spread move. It that goes well with Mamoswine's Ice STAB, slamming foes like Mega Mawile and Tyranitar. Icicle Crash is Mamoswine's secondary Ice-type STAB attack; it's great for smashing Amoonguss, hitting Earthquake immunities, and it is a good choice for when Mamoswine's partner can't afford to use Protect or get hit by Earthquake. Icicle Spear is less reliable than Icicle Crash due to its multi-hit nature, but it can break through Focus Sash on Pokemon like Garchomp. Protect is Mamoswine's way of avoiding deadly attacks and Will-O-Wisp.

Set Details
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The listed EV spread allows Mamoswine to outspeed 4 Speed Rotom-W, giving Mamoswine it a chance of taking out a weakened one. Mamoswine has plenty of options for items. Life Orb is among the best for its ability to allow as it lets Mamoswine to snipe more Pokemon with Ice Shard. It also allows you Mamoswine to always OHKO Amoonguss with Icicle Crash, (remove comma) and OHKO Salamence after an Intimidate 81.3% of the time. If you are willing to trade KOs for survivability longevity, go with Focus Sash; it allows Mamoswine to comfortably run more Speed instead of bulk. If you want a compromise between power and survivability, consider Expert Belt or Never-Melt Ice. The KOs aren't as appealing as Life Orb, but the lack of recoil can be a life saver in tight situations.

Usage Tips
========

Mamoswine's biggest targets are Salamence and Garchomp, and to a lesser extent, Amoonguss. However, it doesn't have to charge on with the Ice attacks right away. You can use the offensive pressure Mamoswine gives off provides to predict a Protect or switch to your benefit. For example, it can attack the other target instead of Garchomp or Salamence, or have its other teammate hit a predicted switch-in. While Mamoswine can be a good lead to pressure Salamence and Garchomp, consider saving Mamoswine it for later in the match. Mamoswine can be at its deadliest when your opponent's team is worn down, and ready to be sniped by Ice Shard, (remove comma) and its counters such as Rotom-W have fainted. Using Mamoswine later in the match also makes it less likely to be Intimidated crippled by Intimidate. (period)

Team Options
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Rotom-W is Mamoswine's arch nemesis, so make sure your team can handle it. A good approach is to carry some Grass-types. Good examples include Lum Berry Ferrothorn, Venusaur, and Ludicolo. Mega Charizard Y can also be an issue with its powerful Solarbeam; fast Pokemon with Rock Slide users such as Garchomp are generally good answers to this. Mamoswine can be extra deadly when the team is worn down, so Fake Out users like Mega Kangaskhan and Scrafty, as well as residual damage from Tyranitar's Sand Stream, (add comma) can do a good job of getting Pokemon in the KO range of Ice Shard. Assault Vest Ludicolo gets special mention for its Earthquake resistance, which can be handy in emergencies when Mamoswine has to use Earthquake. Always consider a Ground-immune Pokemon that can provide additional support to pair with Mamoswine, as it allows Mamoswine to which can then use its deadly Earthquake more easily. Make sure to think about how this Pokemon can support Mamoswine. For example, Rotom-W can provide attack control with Will-O-Wisp and Light Screen, (remove comma) and beat Gyarados; (semi-colon) Talonflame can provide Tailwind support and defeat Ludicolo; (semi-colon) Salamence can soften physical attacks with Intimidate; (semi-colon) and Mega Charizard Y can severely damage Rotom-W, and Ludicolo, and as well as other Mega Charizard Y, (remove comma) if it's carrying Ancient Power.

Other Options
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A Choice Scarf set can be run with Icicle Spear, (remove comma) to outspeed and destroy Focus Sash Garchomp. It can also run Rock Slide to defeat Mega Charizard Y. If you're willing to sacrifice more bulk and a moveslot, Mamoswine can run Freeze Dry with a Naive nature to OHKO Gyarados and 3HKO Rotom-W. Oddly enough, Mamoswine gets access to Reflect and Light Screen; it's hard to fit them in, but they can be a surprise for your opponent. Toxic is a decent way to cripple Rotom-W switch-ins. Rock Slide can be used as a way to hit Rotom-H and Mega Charizard Y, but sadly, Mamoswine is outsped by Mega Charizard Y both threats, and Rotom-H might just use Will-O-Wisp on Mamoswine cripple it with Will-O-Wisp. Lum Berry isn't as useful as it is on most physical attackers since Rotom-W will usually go for a Hydro Pump. However, you Mamoswine can use a Lum Berry with Icicle Spear to avoid Smeargle's Dark Void, (remove comma) and have a shot at OHKOing Smeargle through its Focus Sash.

Checks & Counters
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**Rotom-W**: Rotom-W is Mamoswine's biggest problem counter. It's immune to Earthquake, resists Icicle Crash, and can drown Mamoswine OHKO with Hydro Pump.

**Rotom-H**: Similarly to Rotom-W, Rotom-H resists Mamoswine's STAB moves, (remove comma) and can use Will-O-Wisp to burn Mamoswine it with Will-O-Wisp.

**Intimidate Pokemon**: Scrafty's Intimidate and STAB Drain Punch can be very troublesome for Mamoswine. Intimidate in general severely hampers Mamoswine's effectiveness; for example, Intimidate from Salamence gives it the opportunity to live an Ice Shard from Adamant Life Orb Mamoswine. Gyarados takes neutral damage from Icicle Crash. It and can then smash Mamoswine with Waterfall. Scrafty's Intimidate and STAB Drain Punch can be very troublesome for Mamoswine.

**Mega Charizard Y**: It's good speed and STAB Overheat in sun can easily defeat Mamoswine Mega Charizard Y can outspeed Mamoswine and OHKO it with a STAB, sun-boosted Overheat.

**Ludicolo**: Unlike other Grass-types, it Ludicolo isn't weak to Ice Shard, and under the rain, it will outspeed Mamoswine regardless of your speed investment and it can outspeed and OHKO Mamoswine in the rain. In a similar manner, Kingdra can usually outspeed and slam Mamoswine with Hydro Pump.

**Priority Attacks**: Conkledurr and Scizor can use their STAB priority moves to hit Mamoswine hard with their STAB, super effective priority moves before it can Earthquake. Ice is a very unfortunate defensive typing against priority attacks in general.

**Trick Room**: Although Mamoswine isn't fast, it can have problems with Trick Room teams, as Mega Mawile, a common member of these teams Trick Room threat, will easily OHKO Mamoswine it with Iron Head.




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