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Meraruba (Analysis)

Discussion in 'Locked / Outdated Analyses' started by iss, Oct 2, 2010.

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    http://veekun.com/dex/pokemon/meraruba

    Status: Done

    Overview:

    -Meraruba has good attack and decent speed
    -It has a good boosting move in Nitro Charge
    -With powerful moves like Flare Blitz and Wild Bolt, Meraruba is very threatening
    -Its main weakness is its 4x weakness to Rock- type moves, especially Stealth Rock

    [SET]
    name: Nitro Charge
    move 1: Nitro Charge
    move 2: Flare Blitz
    move 3: Wild Bolt
    move 4: Bug Bite / Hidden Power Grass
    item: Life Orb / Berry Juice
    nature: Jolly / Naive
    evs: 76 HP / 236 Atk / 196 Spe

    Set Comments:

    -Difficult to wall due to very strong attacks
    -Reaches 18 Attack and 24 Speed after a Nitro Charge
    -Nitro Charge is an excellent set-up move, having decent power while gaining a +1 boost to speed
    -Flare Blitz is Meraruba’s strongest STAB attack and OHKOes almost everything that doesn’t resist it
    -Wild Bolt hits Water-types that resist Flare Blitz hard
    -Bug Bite is a good backup STAB, being able to eat berries

    Additional Comments:

    -Life Orb gives Meraruba a huge boost to its offenses
    -Berry Juice gives Meraruba an easier set-up and can deal with its Stealth Rock weakness once
    -Hidden Power Grass hits Rock/Grounds who otherwise wall Meraruba
    EVs give max Attack and Speed

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: U-turn
    move 2: Flare Blitz
    move 3: Wild Bolt
    move 4: Bug Bite
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 76 HP / 236 Atk / 196 Spe

    Set Comments:

    -Powerful Scarfer
    -Reaches 18 Attack and 24 Speed without boosting
    -U-turn is a great scouting move that also packs quite a punch with STAB
    -Flare Blitz hits Scyther, Tangela, and other Pokemon for OHKOs- it also is Meraruba’s strongest move
    -Wild Bolt hits Water-types that resist Flare Blitz hard
    -Bug Bite is a good backup STAB, being able to eat berries

    Additional Comments:

    -Zen Headbutt can hit Poison- and Fighting- types for super effective damage without suffering Flare Blitz’s recoil
    -Hidden Power Grass can hit Rock/Grounds who otherwise wall Meraruba
    -EVs give max Attack and Speed
    -Jolly is used over Adamant as the output from 18 and 19 Attack is almost identical

    Team Options:
    -Entry hazard support is helpful to assist Meraruba in its sweep
    -A Rapid Spin, Defog, or Taunt user is helpful to remove or prevent entry hazards (especially Stealth Rock)
    -Wynaut helps Meraruba set up
    -Removal of Flash Fire Pokemon like Houndour is helpful
    -Removal of Dragon-type Pokemon is helpful

    Optional Changes:

    -Morning Sun can deal with Stealth Rock and recoil to an extent
    -A Calm Mind set is viable with access to Bug Buzz, Fire Blast, and Psychic
    -Meraruba gets Will-o-wisp and Light Screen, meaning it can function as a bulky staller to an extent
    -Flame Wheel can be used over Flare Blitz to avoid recoil but is very weak

    Counters:

    -Stealth Rock is the best counter to Meraruba, taking a huge chunk out of its HP
    -Priority users, especially Aqua Jet users, can prey on Meraruba’s weaknesses to take it out
    -Faster Scarfers such as Scarf Staryu can hit Meraruba super effectively but have trouble switching in

    Dream World:

    -Swarm has little value on Meraruba- it might provide a situational boost but that’s it. Better to stick with Flame Body and get the occasional burn
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