Original Analysis http://www.smogon.com/bw/pokemon/miltank [Overview] <p>Everyone's favorite cow returns in BW as one of the better support Pokemon in NU. This old Bess is a lot stronger than she might first appear. Miltank sports an excellent movepool with various support options, such as Heal Bell and Stealth Rock, which enable her to fill many different roles on your team. Her access to a reliable recovery move in Milk Drink, combined with her great HP and Defense stats, cements her position as one of the most reliable support and defensive Pokemon in the tier. With three useful abilities, Miltank is able to keep opponents guessing; Thick Fat makes them think twice about attacking with a Fire- or Ice-type move, Scrappy forces opponents to be wary of switching their Ghost-type into a STAB Double-Edge, while Sap Sipper makes them less inclined to fire off Spore or Leech Seed, lest they grant Miltank an Attack boost. All in all, Miltank is both an excellent support Pokemon and an unexpected offensive threat, and while she has her drawbacks, she will always be regarded as an excellent choice for any team.</p> [SET] name: Mootility move 1: Heal Bell move 2: Milk Drink move 3: Body Slam / Seismic Toss move 4: Stealth Rock / Toxic / Thunder wave item: Leftovers ability: Thick Fat nature: Careful evs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpD [SET COMMENTS] <p>Thick Fat, combined with Miltank's decent 95 / 105 / 70 defenses, turns her into a stellar wall in the NU tier. With Thick Fat, Miltank gains handy resistances to Fire- and Ice-type attacks, which make it easier for her to switch into the likes of Emboar and Magmortar. With her great movepool, Miltank has many options available to support her team. Heal Bell is a great support move that can heal team members of crippling status; it also gives Miltank a reliable way to recover from Toxic. However, Heal Bell should be used judiciously as its 8 PP runs out quickly. Thanks to Miltank's unique recovery move, Milk Drink, it will be difficult for your opponent to take her out, so she can hopefully support the team throughout the battle.</p> <p>The choice of offensive move depends on what status you want to cripple your opponent's team with. Body Slam is useful for its 30% paralysis chance, but if you choose to use Toxic or Thunder Wave in the fourth moveslot, Seismic Toss is a better option for reliable damage. Stealth Rock is obviously the preferred choice in the fourth moveslot, as it is a staple move for any team. However, if you already have Stealth Rock support, Toxic or Thunder Wave are better options than Body Slam to spread status.</p> [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] <p>The EVs and nature maximize Miltank's Special Defense, which is her weaker defensive stat. This gives Miltank good all-round defenses, and makes her an excellent counter to Magmortar, who fails to 3HKO her without Focus Blast. An EV spread of 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD can make it easier for Miltank to switch into the likes of Emboar, Absol, and Skuntank. You can elect to run Sap Sipper on this set if you fear Tangela, but note that it cannot be used alongside Stealth Rock. This set is a great counter to Cryogonal as it cannot touch Miltank, whereas she is able to switch in safely and repeatedly.</p> <p>Good partners for Miltank include Misdreavus, as both Pokemon are immune to each other's most common weaknesses. Musharna is also a great partner because it sets up on opposing Sawk and appreciates the Heal Bell support that Miltank provides. Taunt completely shuts down Miltank, and Misdreavus, who is immune to Miltank's STAB moves and Seismic Toss, is the most common Taunt user in the tier. Both Absol and Swellow take out Misdreavus easily, which makes it easier for Miltank to do her job; Swellow also takes out opposing Fighting-types with ease. </p> [SET] name: MooFensive move 1: Double-Edge / Return move 2: Earthquake move 3: Punishment move 4: Milk Drink item: Life Orb ability: Sap Sipper / Scrappy nature: Jolly evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] <p>This set takes advantage of Miltank's great Speed and decent Attack. While Miltank's Attack stat might seem subpar compared to that of some of the other physical threats in the tier, she is actually quite powerful. An unboosted STAB Double-Edge OHKOes Magmortar after Stealth Rock, and if Miltank is able to get a boost from Sap Sipper, not much other than Misdreavus or Haunter can switch into the combination of Double-Edge and Earthquake. With Sap Sipper, Miltank acts as a great counter to Jumpluff and Tangela, who both heavily rely on Leech Seed and Sleep Power. Double-Edge is preferred as Miltank's STAB move as she needs the extra power, but if you are concerned about the recoil damage, Return is a viable option. Earthquake hits Rock- and Steel-types that resist Miltank's STAB super effectively. Punishment is great as a coverage move to take out Ghost-types, as well as Pokemon such as Musharna and Duosion, who will try to set up against Miltank. However, Misdreavus walls this set because its low Speed means it takes little damage from Payback, and it can burn Miltank with Will-O-Wisp. Lastly, Milk Drink is used to heal off recoil from Life Orb and Double-Edge.</p> [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] <p>Maximum Speed investment and a Jolly nature enable Miltank to outspeed Braviary, Magmortar, Emboar, Sawsbuck, Haunter, and Kangaskhan, to name a few. Despite this, an Adamant nature is an option over a Jolly one for that extra power, which makes it easier for Miltank to take out the likes of Musharna, Misdreavus, and Duosion. Generally, though, the extra Speed is preferred. Scrappy can be used instead of Sap Sipper if your team has problems with Ghost-type Pokemon; if so, Heal Bell or Stealth Rock can be used instead of Punishment.</p> <p>Quagsire makes for an excellent partner to Miltank as it walls fast Pokemon that can OHKO Miltank, such as Sawk. Quagsire also acts as a lure for Grass-type moves, which Miltank can take advantage of to nab an Attack boost. Entry hazards are very important as they help Miltank take out faster threats on the switch. Garbodor works as a nice partner as he resists Miltank's only weakness and is able to set up Spikes. Armaldo also works well by setting up Stealth Rock and taking out Substitute Haunter with Rock Blast.</p> [SET] name: Curse move 1: Curse move 2: Body Slam move 3: Milk Drink move 4: Heal Bell item: Leftovers ability: Scrappy nature: Careful evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD [SET COMMENTS] <p>This set revolves around Miltank's very useful Scrappy ability, which enables Miltank to set up without the worry of Ghost-types being immune to her only offensive move. Curse boosts her passable Attack stat to mighty levels, and thanks to Scrappy, Miltank is only walled by defensive Rock- and Steel-types. Body Slam is a great STAB option as it can spread paralysis to cripple the opponent's team and do a great deal of damage at the same time. Miltank becomes very bulky after a few Curse boosts, and is able to shake off even the most powerful super effective hits. Milk Drink heals off the damage Miltank might take while she boosts up, and helps her stay healthy once she has set up. If Miltank's setup is suddenly stopped by a problematic status move, such as Toxic or Will-O-Wisp, the final move—Heal Bell—ensures that Miltank can continue to set up without worrying about the debilitating status.</p> [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] <p>The EVs enable Miltank to sponge opposing special attacks with relative ease, as she will be boosting her Defense with Curse. For example, after three Curse boosts, she is only 3HKOed by Choice Scarf Sawk's Close Combat. </p> <p>Quagsire completely walls this set, and there is no point in staying in and boosting up due to its Unaware ability. Therefore, Grass-types such as Serperior and Exeggutor are good partners. Toxic Spikes support is also handy for this set, because it means Miltank can stay in on and stall out Pokemon that would otherwise wall her, such as Regirock and the aforementioned Quagsire. Tangela and Regirock are good partners for Miltank because they stop strong physical threats such as Absol and Sawk, who remain a problem for her even after one or two boosts. Absol, who also has Super Luck, can cut through Miltank's Defense boosts easily if it strikes lucky with an untimely critical hit. Musharna and Duosion can wall Sawk and set up on it, and therefore make for good partners. Regirock, Probopass, and Bastiodon are all big problems for this set, as they resist Miltank's STAB move. Samurott and Gurdurr can set up on or outright KO these threats, but Miltank can forgo Heal Bell's utility for Earthquake to get past these defensive juggernauts. Taunt Misdreavus is also a problem, so Skuntank, Absol, and Swellow are great partners as they can take Misdreavus out with Pursuit or Brave Bird.</p> [Other Options] <p>Miltank does not have a huge amount of options to work with. If you are worried about Rock-types, Gyro Ball can be used over Heal Bell or Milk Drink on the Curse set to take advantage of Miltank's lowered Speed stat. However, Earthquake is the better option in almost every situation as it also hits Steel-types. If you are worried about bulky Fighting-types, such as Throh and to an extent Emboar, Life Orb Miltank can run Zen Headbutt to hit them for super effective damage. Miltank can also run a successful offensive tank set with Thunder Wave, Milk Drink, Body Slam, and Earthquake. If you opt to run Thunder Wave over Stealth Rock on the Mootility set but still wish for a Normal-type STAB move, you can run Return or Double-Edge for extra power.</p> [Checks and Counters] <p>Miltank's only weakness is to powerful Fighting-type moves, so Fighting-type Pokemon—mainly Sawk, Emboar, and Gurdurr—can shut her down. Gurdurr also sets up on Miltank easily, and appreciates Toxic and Thunder Wave thanks to its Guts ability. Both Choice Scarf Emboar and most Absol outspeed Miltank and can KO her with Superpower. SubDisable Haunter walks all over Miltank; it can Disable Miltank's super effective attack and then chip away at her with Sludge Bomb. Powerful special attackers also destroy Miltank; the likes of Gorebyss and Exeggutor can both 2HKO her with their STAB moves. Defensively, Misdreavus counters offensive Miltank easily; Miltank's only chance of taking it out is if it tries to set up Nasty Plot or Calm Mind, which increases the power of Punishment. Taunt, which is most commonly found on Misdreavus, is also a huge problem for Miltank. Pokemon that resist her Normal-type STAB are solid counters to the Curse set; these include Regirock, Probopass, Armaldo, and Golem.</p> Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide [OVERVIEW] Excellent support Pokémon due to its movepool and stats. Movepool includes some excellent support moves like Heal Bell and Stealth Rock. Great HP and Defense stats, though weakness to fighting hinders its physical walling capabilities. 3 great abilities in Thick Fat, Scrappy and Sap Sipper which all let Miltank play a different role either defensive support, bulky set up or offensive respectively. Access to reliable recovery in its unique move Milk Drink which enables Miltank to secure its spot as a reliable support and defensive Pokémon. Interesting speed stat on a defensive Pokémon. [SET] name: Mootility move 1: Heal Bell move 2: Milk Drink move 3: Body Slam / Seismic Toss move 4: Stealth Rock / Toxic / Thunder wave item: Leftovers ability: Thick Fat nature: Careful evs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpD [SET COMMENTS] This set uses Miltank’s ability Thick Fat combined with Miltank’s 95/105/70 defences to become a reliable switch in for many Pokémon in the tier, especially with the prevalence of fire and ice. Heal Bell saves other team members from crippling status, and means Miltank cannot stalled out with toxic. Milk Drink is Miltank’s reliable recovery move. Miltank can use body slam to spread paralysis though it is walled by steel/rock types, so seismic toss can be used for a reliable source of damage. The last slot is up to what your team is needing, Stealth Rock is necessary for any team, thought if you already have a Stealth Rock user, toxic can be used to cripple opposing defensive Pokémon or Thunder Wave can be used to cripple opposing fast sweepers. [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] The EV’s and Nature boost Miltank’s weaker defensive stat and allow it to be I reliable switch in to both special and physical attackers in the tier, Magmortar fails to 3hko it without using focus blast This set can also run 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD for a more physically defensive spread which can be effective in switching into physically offensive threats. Misdreavus works well as a partner due to being immune to Miltank’s only weakness and Miltank is immune to missy’s most common weakness in the tier. Because taunt shuts down this set completely Both Absol and Swellow take out Misdreavus which is the most common taunter in the tier. Swellow also can take out opposing fighting types. Musharna teams up with Miltank well, it can set up on opposing Sawks and really appreciates Heal Bell support. This set is a great counter to Cryrogonal, it can switch in repeatedly throughout the match. Sap Sipper can be used on this set as an easy counter to Tangela, though i cannot be used alongside Stealth Rock. [SET] name: MiLOtank move 1: Double Edge / Return move 2: Earthquake move 3: Punishment / Rock Slide move 4: Milk Drink item: Life Orb ability: Sap Sipper / Scrappy nature: Jolly evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] This takes full advantage of Miltank’s high speed stat and considerable attack stat. Miltank’s ability Sap Sipper enables it to switch into a predicted grass move and obtain a handy attack boost. If you are looking to hit Ghost Types harder, then Scrappy is the preferred ability, as Return or Double Edge hits most ghost types harder than Punishment Double Edge is the preferred STAB move due to the power, but if you are worried about Miltank’s survivability Return can be used instead, though sacrificing some power. Earthquake is used to take out steel/rock types that resist Miltank’s STAB. Rock Slide can be used alongside Scappy to hit flying types harder. Punishment is preferred with Sap Sipper and is mainly for Pokémon such as Musharna and Duosion, to hit them super effectively, and to take them out after they have tried to set up on Miltank Milk Drink is to heal off the Life Orb damage. [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] EV’s and Nature is to maximise Miltank’s speed, outspeeding non-scarf Braviary, Magmortar, Emboar and many other premier offensive threats. Quagsire works as a good teammate because it acts as a good switch in for faster Pokémon that could potentially take out Miltank, and attracts grass moves for Miltank to get a helpful attack boost. Entry hazards are important for Miltank to help Miltank get KO’s If you are running Scrappy, Heal Bell or Stealth Rock are both good choices instead of Punishment / Rock Slide. When running Jolly miltank outspeeds Sawsbuck, Non-Scarf Haunter, Kangaskhan Adamant can be used over Jolly if you like the extra power. [SET] name: Curse move 1: Curse move 2: Body Slam move 3: Milk Drink move 4: Heal Bell item: Leftovers ability: Scrappy nature: Careful evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD [SET COMMENTS] This set takes advantage of Miltank’s Scrappy ability, allowing it to set up and not have to worry about ghosts being immune to its only attack. EV’s enable Miltank to sponge special attacks while being able to boost its defences with curse. Body Slam is now able to take out ghost types thanks to scrappy, and it is now only walled by Steel and Rock types. Miltank become very bulky thanks to defence boost from curse, and Milk Drink allows it to heal off damage. Heal Bell means that Miltank’s set up isn’t stopped by toxic. [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] Grass types such as Serperior and Exeggutor are good partners because they are able to take out Quagsire easily, who completely stops this set due to Unaware. This set very much appreciates Toxic Spikes support, it allows you to set up of Pokemon that previously you would not have been able to hit, such as Quagsire and Regirock. Sawk, Absol and other physical threats stop this set even with a few Curse boosts so physically defensive Pokémon such as Tangela and Regirock are good partners. Musharna and Duosion are good partners as they can set up on Sawk. Pokémon that can resist normal type moves such as Regirock and Probopass counter this set, so Pokémon that can take them out, such as Samurott and Gurdurr, are good partners for Miltank. Misdreavus is also a problem due to Taunt, so Absol and Swellow are also helpful, Skantank also has the ability to wear Misdreavus down [Other Options] Miltank does not have many other options to work with. Gyro Ball can be used over Heal Bell or Milk Drink on the Curse set to take advantage of the lowered speed stat and to hit rock types, though earthquake is probably a better choice due to also hitting steels. Zen Headbutt can be run over Punishment on the LO set to hit Emboar super effectively, but isn’t overly necessary due to its STAB being neutral. Miltank can successfully run an Offensive/Tank set with Thunder wave / Milk Drink / Body Slam / Earthquake [Checks and Counters] Due to having a fighting weakness powerful fighting types shut it down, mainly Sawk, Emboar and Gurdurr. Taunt users are also a problem for both the Utility set and the Curse set, namely Misdreavus. Pokémon that resist normal are solid counters for the Curse set, Regirock, Probopass, Armaldo and Golem to name a few. Absol threatens all three sets, though Miltank easily outspeeds in the Lo set, but watch out for suckerpunch Powerful special attackers destroy Miltank; the likes of Gorebyss and Exeggutor can both 2HKO. SubDisable Haunter walks all over all three sets, it can disable both Body Slam on the Curse set and Punishment on the LO set, meaning neither can hit it at all. Scarf Emboar outspeeds and KO's with superpower. Misdreavus hard counters the LO set, unless it tries to set up nasty plot, punishment does not do a great deal of damage. Gurdurr easily sets up on Miltank, and appreciates Toxic/Thunderwave thanks to guts. -------------------------------------------------------- Notes: Thinking of getting rid of curse set all together, with quagsire in the tier, it is useless untill you can remove quaggy from the opponents team. idk. let me know if i should leave it.