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[on site] Newton's 2nd Law: A Guide to Gravity in Competitive Play

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    Table of Contents
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    1. Introduction

    2. Gravity Basics
    An explanation of the mechanics of Gravity.

    3. Strategies with Gravity
    An outline of the different types of Gravity teams, what their aim is, and how they function.

    4. Gravity Users
    An analysis of the different Pokemon who can set up Gravity, what sets them apart, and their advantages and disadvantages.

    5. Pokemon to Consider
    An analysis of Pokemon that are effective on Gravity teams.

    6. Team Building
    Suggestions for how to go about building a Gravity team.

    7. Conclusion

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    --- Introduction ---


    Gravity is a new field effect introduced in the 4th Generation, and after being used, produces a myriad of effects that last for the following 5 turns of battle. It is quite uncommon in regular competitive play, and this is usually attributed to the very small number of Pokemon that actually learn the move, the fact that it is best used when the entire team is based around it, and the difficulty involved in slapping it onto any old team. In fact, it is so rare that many players don't even know what it is and what it does! However, despite this, Gravity can be used to great effect, but much like its sister effect Trick Room, usually requires a dedicated team to reach its fullest potential.

    In this guide I will hopefully shed some more light on this mysterious field effect, and give you some suggestions on how to build a game-winning Gravity team and how to use it effectively in battle.


    --- Gravity Basics ---


    Gravity is a 5 PP Psychic-type move that lasts for five turns after being used. Unlike Light Screen and Reflect, there is no boosting item that extends the duration of this effect, so it is important that you keep your Gravity users alive if you plan on winning battles with them. Anyway, the following effects occur while Gravity is active:
    • All Pokemon become vulnerable to Ground-type moves. Flying-types and Pokemon with the Levitate ability, who usually enjoy an immunity to Ground attacks, suddenly find themselves being damaged by them. This effect is not only limited to attacks, i.e. moves with a Base Power. Spikes, a Ground-type entry hazard, will do damage to Flying and Levitating Pokemon under Gravity. Also, Toxic Spikes will poison all bar Steel and Poison-type Pokemon while Gravity is in effect, even if they are Flying-type or have Levitate. This also means that Poison-type Pokemon who normally have an immunity to Ground, such as Gengar and Crobat, will absorb and remove Toxic Spikes from the field upon entry while Gravity is active. Finally, the ability Arena Trap will prevent Flying and Levitating Pokemon from switching for Gravity's duration.
    There is a common misconception that the Flying-type is removed while Gravity is in effect, somewhat like the effects that the move Roost has on a Pokemon's type. This is not strictly true. Even under Gravity, Skarmory is still neutral to Fighting and weak to Electric. The only difference that occurs in terms of type effectiveness is that it is now 2x weak to Ground-type attacks (because of its Steel typing), and is damaged by Spikes upon entry. Similarly, a Bug/ Flying Pokemon such as Yanmega, while normally immune to Ground-type attacks, will take 0.5x damage from them under Gravity (because of its Bug typing, which resists Ground), but will retain a 4x resistance to Fighting-type attacks.
    • The use of the moves Bounce, Fly, Splash, Hi Jump Kick, and Jump Kick is prevented. This isn't of much significance as the only move in the list that really sees any use at all is Hi Jump Kick, and that sporadically. If Fly or Bounce are on their 'charge turn' when Gravity is used, then these moves are instantly cancelled and the users drop to the ground.
    • The Evasion modifiers of all Pokemon are lowered by two. This is quite a significant component of Gravity's effect. Essentially, all move accuracies are boosted by 1.67x while Gravity is in play. This makes all moves with 60% or more accuracy normally always hit during Gravity (60 x 1.67 = 100), and is quite a large factor in offensive Gravity teams' success, as they can now use moves such as Hydro Pump and Blizzard (high power but poor accuracy) to devastating effect. Although irrelevant for most matches as they are played with the OHKO clause, Gravity's accuracy boost does not affect the accuracy of OHKO moves.
    Gravity teams aim to utilize many of these factors to gain an advantage in battle, one that, if used correctly, should be enough to ensure victory a vast majority of the time.


    --- Strategies with Gravity ---


    The vast majority of Gravity based teams can be classified into two broad categories: they are usually either offensive or defensive. These different kinds of teams focus on different aspects of Gravity's effect.

    Defensive teams utilize Gravity's effect on entry hazards, namely Spikes and Toxic Spikes, and use their ability to hit Flying and Levitating foes while Gravity is active. They usually place emphasis on getting as many entry hazards down as they can, activating Gravity, and then using bulky phazers to switch the opponent's team around, inflicting big damage to the opposing team through this indirect manner. Defensive Gravity teams work a lot like Stall teams, but Toxic Spikes have a lot more viability because once Gravity is used, they will hit Flying-types as well. The same principles of getting free turns to set up entry hazards, forcing switches, and chipping away at the opponent's team with residual damage that apply to a Stall team are just as relevant for a defensive Gravity team.

    Offensive Gravity teams might make use of entry hazards as well, but not as a primary source of damage. Instead, they are used simply to weaken the opposing team enough for a sweep. These teams usually contain strong Ground-type sweepers who take advantage of their usual counter's vulnerability during Gravity, and these hard hitting attackers weaken the opponent's Pokemon to allow a faster sweeper to take them out in the late game. Offensive Gravity teams can often afford to use high power low accuracy attacks on their sweepers, and overwhelm the foe with these attacks while Gravity is in effect (as it raises said moves' accuracies). These offensive teams also often make use of Dugtrio and his STAB Earthquake and Arena Trap ability to dismantle the opposing team piece by piece.


    --- Gravity Users ---


    Unlike its sister effect Trick Room, which can be learnt by the majority of Psychic-types, Gravity is a very exclusive move and there are very few users of it. In fact, there are actually only eight fully evolved Pokemon that can use the move, two of which can be discounted immediately (Arceus for being banned from standard play, and Wigglytuff for being outclassed by Clefable in every way). This leaves us with six users to choose from. Because of this extremely small pool of available Pokemon, it is important to get to know the strengths, weaknesses, and any advantageous characteristics of each, so a more informed decision can be made when selecting them to put on your team.


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    Blissey

    Blissey is a specially defensive behemoth, and as such is one of the most reliable users of Gravity. She fits perfectly into defensive Gravity teams, walling half the metagame and having ample opportunity to set Gravity up. In addition, because of her general utility, she can be made to fit onto more offensive-minded teams as well by acting as a general purpose special wall. Blissey probably sets up Gravity the most consistently out of all its possible users, as she has no fear switching into things like Starmie, Jolteon, Vaporeon, etc. to set it up. However, she has very little offensive presence, and if you are not cautious she can easily be set up on herself by physical attackers.

    Because Gravity is an egg move for Blissey, it does mean that several other moves that Blissey can normally use become illegal in the same moveset as Gravity. Most prominent among these are Aromatherapy and Heal Bell, which come from a different egg family and are therefore incompatible. Seismic Toss is a third generation tutor move, while Gravity is a fourth generation egg move, and so are illegal together. Also, Wish is an Event move for Blissey, and so cannot be used in conjunction with any egg moves. Despite this, Blissey still performs excellently even without these moves, and Gravity opens the door for several of Blissey's lesser used options to become more viable.

    Sing is a 55% accurate move in normal conditions, but in Gravity its accuracy gets bumped up to 92%. This gives Blissey a lethal new option to cripple an opposing Pokemon with. A Gravity Blissey can replace her weak special attacks with their much more powerful counterparts - gone are Flamethrower, Ice Beam, and Thunderbolt, and in their place, Blissey can now utilize Fire Blast, Blizzard, and Thunder. Whereas Blissey needed SpA EVs before to get the guaranteed KO on Salamence with Ice Beam, a 0 SpA Blizzard will OHKO both him and Flygon even without Stealth Rock damage. Fire Blast gets an OHKO on a max HP Scizor, and always 2HKOes max HP Skarmory. Ubers players will know all about Thunder and its excellent 30% paralysis rate, and Blissey can now abuse that to its fullest in OU. While it arguably isn't Blissey's most viable move, at least in Gravity Focus Blast will never miss, and gets 2HKOs on Tyranitar and Lucario, as well a clean OHKO on Weavile. If you find yourself having excessive problems with those three Pokemon then Focus Blast is always up for use.

    Without Wish, Softboiled is Blissey's most reliable form of recovery. Blissey can also support offensive teams by setting up Stealth Rock, but defensive teams generally have a better user than her somewhere. An interesting option to help aid an attacker perform a final sweep is Healing Wish. Blissey faints itself, and the next Pokemon you switch in is fully healed and cured of status. This can help reinvigorate a beleaguered sweeper, but is generally a poor option because Blissey is bulky enough to set up Gravity multiple times, and using her in this suicidal manner will seldom have a big payoff. Charm is a good option on a Gravity Blissey for two reasons - it greatly increases Blissey's longevity versus physical attackers, and also causes lots of switches, allowing the Spikes and other residual damage to pile on.


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    Dusknoir

    Dusknoir is another decent user of Gravity, and by virtue of its typing it makes a good defensive combination with Blissey, immune to the Fighting attacks that plague her. Unlike Blissey, Dusknoir does not wall an entire attacking spectrum, meaning it is a lot harder to simply slap onto an offensive minded team. It is on the defensive Gravity teams that Dusknoir shines. One of the best things about Dusknoir is that its Ghost-typing blocks Rapid Spin, which is exceedingly useful when you have spent several turns layering the opponent's field with entry hazards and don't want them blown away. With its great mixed walling stats and typing, Dusknoir fears little from the common Rapid Spinners - Donphan and Forretress fear a burn and can do little to hurt Dusknoir, Starmie fears a super effective STAB Shadow Sneak, and Tentacruel won't be dealing any significant damage to Dusknoir anytime soon. This spin blocking quality greatly adds to its value on defensive teams, in addition to its ability to set up Gravity itself.

    While Gravity is active, the only Pokemon immune to Toxic Spikes are Steel and Poison-types. All other Pokemon will get poisoned upon entry. On defensive teams, it really helps to get a source of residual damage on Steel-types in particular. Dusknoir can use Will-O-Wisp to achieve this, not only getting residual damage on the Steel-types, but also crippling the common physical ones in Scizor, Metagross, and Lucario. An added bonus is Will-O-Wisp's perfect accuracy during Gravity. Dusknoir itself has a respectable base 100 Attack, and can use Earthquake to deal decent damage to switchins such as Heatran, Tyranitar, Rotom, and Gengar. Heatran in particular loves to switch into Dusknoir to possibly pick up a Flash Fire boost from Will-O-Wisp, and so Earthquake is a great move to hit it with on the switch. DynamicPunch becomes a viable option in Gravity. It has perfect coverage alongside a Ghost-move, has a very useable 83% accuracy, and will grant plenty of free turns to heal itself up as the opponent hits themselves in confusion or switches out. It will also do massive damage to Tyranitar, Weavile, and Heatran, all of whom are common switchins.

    Lack of reliable recovery is really the only thing that lets Dusknoir down. Pain Split is its best option, but Rest + a cleric on the team works effectively too (not Blissey, unfortunately, because Aromatherapy is illegal with Gravity). Dusknoir's saving grace for offensive teams is Memento. Much like Blissey's suicidal Healing Wish, Memento causes Dusknoir to faint, but cuts the opposing Pokemon's Attack and Special Attack in half. While this can be very helpful in setting up a frail sweeper to abuse the remaining turns of Gravity, it is often a waste of Dusknoir's bulk and decent walling capabilities. For those of you so inclined, Dusknoir can also use Trick Room, allowing Marowak or Rhyperior 3 turns of absolute mayhem. However, this strategy is not recommended and bordering on gimmicky, as not only is it unlikely that Dusknoir will be able to get both moves off against a potential counter, the effects last for too short a time for the set up to be worth it.


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    Jirachi

    Jirachi's typing and solid all around 100 stats mean that it can fill many roles on Gravity teams. It is the epitome of balance, and can EVed to fit into both offensive and defensive teams. The strategy to using it is really straightforward - simply come in on one of Jirachi's many resists or on something that doesn't threaten it, use Gravity on the switch, and then switch / U-turn out to a Pokemon that can benefit from Gravity.

    Jirachi's use is based on what kind of team it is played on. Defensive Gravity teams will generally want to use Jirachi for its defensive typing and Wish support, allowing the other members of the team to stay alive longer. With access to Reflect and Light Screen, Jirachi can serve as a screener for both kinds of teams. For defensive teams, the screens are helpful for spikers to last long enough to get the job done. Offensive teams use them more to allow sweepers to set up or take little damage coming in. However, one must be aware that a Jirachi that is running Gravity, Reflect, and Light Screen on the same set will generally not work too well. This is a case of getting one Pokemon to do too much for you; it is much better to give Jirachi some damaging moves, as otherwise it presents no offensive threat to the opponent and they will not hesitate to set up all over you.

    Stealth Rock is always helpful for offensive teams that might not find another place for it, and Jirachi sets it up reliably. Jirachi itself doesn't benefit too much from Gravity - the only real advantage it gets it being able to use Thunder with perfect accuracy, but then again Jirachi usually prefers to run Body Slam for paralysis anyway as it hits Ground-types. Speaking of paralysis, that is one thing that Jirachi excels in providing for an offensive team, with the paralysis chance of its Thunder and Body Slam boosted to 60% by Serene Grace. The majority of strong Ground-type attackers are quite slow, so paralysis support goes a long way in helping them sweep.


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    Clefable

    At first glance, Clefable's typing and stat distribution might make it seem like an inferior Blissey. As far as sheer base stats go, this is generally true. However, Clefable has many tricks in that massive movepool that set it firmly apart from its OU cousin. Firstly, Clefable's ability - Magic Guard. This amazing ability grants Clefable immunity to all passive damage, be it Stealth Rock, Sandstorm, or poison damage. This definitely sets it apart from Blissey. If Clefable chooses to run Leftovers, it will actually gain HP in Sandstorm, as opposed to the Leftovers just canceling out the damage taken. Similarly, Clefable actually enjoys being poisoned as it is not detrimental to Clefable in any way and grants it immunity to all other status, unlike Blissey, who has to switch out to cure status.

    Clefable learns Gravity as a level up move, meaning there are no legality issues concerning its use with other moves. This means that Clefable has a choice of whether to run Softboiled or Wish as a recovery move, although Softboiled is generally preferred. Clefable can use Wish to heal its teammates, but generally Jirachi with its resistances is a better user of Wish, so if you are in need for Wish support on a Gravity team then Jirachi should be your first choice. Encore is really one of Clefable's biggest selling points. It can give Clefable many free turns to set up Gravity and heal itself, as well as force switches to rack up entry hazard damage. Just like Blissey, Clefable has access to Sing for quick incapacitation of threats in Gravity, can use Charm to further its physical durability and force switches, and can set up Stealth Rock if need be.

    On the offensive, Clefable is the one who is doing the outclassing. Another of Magic Guard's little perks is the immunity to Life Orb recoil, meaning that the item basically gives Clefable a free 1.3x boost in both its offensive stats. It has the same wide special movepool that Blissey has - Thunder, Blizzard, Fire Blast, Focus Blast - but has a higher Special Attack stat to use these moves from (in addition to the boost provided by Life Orb). This means that Clefable can actually do some sweeping of its own under Gravity instead of simply using these attacks to hit threats with. And although it comes off Clefable's lower attacking stat, a Life Orb STAB Double Edge is pretty hefty and can blow big holes in many common switchins if Clefable is given the proper EV investment.

    All in all, Clefable is incredibly versatile, and can be tailored to suit pretty much any kind of Gravity team's needs. Clefable is usually considered to be outclassed by Blissey on defensive teams because of Blissey's greater bulk, but on offensive teams, Clefable's twists make it a great supporting Pokemon, as well as a pretty strong and long lasting sweeper if need be.


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    Probopass

    In all fairness, Probopass is a pretty poor choice to set up Gravity. Its great defenses are undermined by a poor typing, and despite the many resistances the Steel-type brings, the 4x weaks to Ground and Fighting really ruin Probopass. It does well as a special wall in Sandstorm, but it has no recovery and will still be outclassed by Blissey. Its movepool is pretty barren, although Stealth Rock is always useful for a supporting Pokemon to have access to. Probopass can spread some paralysis and do a bit of damage with an 83% accurate Zap Cannon, and can use Explosion, but with an Attack and Special Attack stat of 55 and 75 respectively, don't expect it to leave much of a mark.


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    Smeargle

    Users of Gravity are few and far between, so much so that Smeargle becomes quite a viable choice. Needless to say, its versatility is boundless. Smeargle is the second fastest and frailest user of Gravity, and so generally has no place on defensive teams. Spore and Gravity are staples on Smeargle's movesets, but there are many usable options for the last two slots. Entry hazards such as Spikes and Stealth Rock are of great use on offensive teams for softening up foes, and Spikes in particular are great for consistent damage in Gravity. Although not highly recommended, if you are in dire need of supporting moves such as Reflect, Light Screen, Healing Wish, or Memento, Smeargle can generally find a place for them.

    It is usually helpful to have Smeargle be able to do some damage to the opposing team as well as supporting its own. A Focus Sash + Endeavor will work against most Pokemon, and Destiny Bond can be used to take something down with Smeargle when it dies. Destiny Bond is particularly effective as many players get nervous at the sight of Smeargle because they don't know what to expect, and so will not hesitate to attack it. Although its attacking stats are far too poor for it to make use of any high powered attacks, Explosion does deserve a mention. It allows Smeargle to quickly exit the field and get sweepers in safely, plus it pack an acceptable amount of power once you take STAB into account (a Jolly max Attack Smeargle's Explosion is an OHKO on the majority of Blissey).

    Smeargle is also the best choice if you feel you need Gravity right from the start of a match, as it functions quite well as a lead.



    --- Pokemon to Consider ---


    Most Pokemon work decently in Gravity teams. It's not like Trick Room, in which the change is stark and affects everything. Gravity is a lot subtler and may not even affect certain Pokemon, and so you should be looking to use this subtle change to your advantage as much as possible. While the majority of Pokemon work pretty much the same in and out of Gravity, there are some standout Pokemon that are really helpful for Gravity teams.

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    Forretress

    Spiking is a big priority for defensive Gravity teams. It is what causes most of the damage they hope to inflict on the opposing team, and Spikes become ever more deadly than Stealth Rock once Gravity is in play. The two most common considerations for Gravity teams are Skarmory and Forretress, and each has some advantages / disadvantages over the other.

    Forretress can lay all three entry hazards: Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Stealth Rock. Stealth Rock is generally not the best of ideas on Forretress as so many other Pokemon learn it, but it is perfectly acceptable (albeit a tad risky) to leave all your team's spiking needs up to Forretress; i.e. have both Spikes and Toxic Spikes on the same moveset. Forretress' great Steel / Bug typing leaves it with only a sole weakness to Fire, and with its excellent base Defense it can take a savage beating before going down. Forretress also has access to Rapid Spin, which is very helpful on a Defensive Gravity team, as any Spikes your opponent lays will hit all your Pokemon too.

    One of Forretress' biggest selling points is its neutrality to Ground. Both players become vulnerable to Ground-type attacks once Gravity is in effect, and having a Spiker that doesn't take super effective damage from them is great. Forretress is bulky enough to take a few Earthquakes before going down, so the neutrality is really very helpful. However, Forretress has the major problem of not having any reliable form of recovery. Rest + Sleep Talk, or Heal Bell on another Pokemon are your best bets if you want Forretress to stick around for a while. It also has pretty poor Special Defense, and will take big damage even from neutral hits, which again can greatly hinder its longevity.

    Special mention goes to Forretress' utility on offensive teams as well. It can take care off all things entry hazards for an offensive team, setting them up on the opponent's side of the field as well as removing them from your own. The residual damage helps greatly in letting sweepers get key KOs, as well as increasing the longevity of your own Pokemon considerably when they don't have to fight against Stealth Rock. Zap Cannon is an uncanny but surprisingly effective move on Forretress - a decent 83% accuracy in Gravity as well as a guaranteed paralysis chance (if it hits) really helps slow sweepers such as Rhyperior smash through teams. It is a bit counterproductive alongside Gyro Ball, though, so it is recommended you don't run them together.


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    Skarmory

    Skarmory can set up both Spikes and Stealth Rock, although, like already mentioned, the latter is best left to other Pokemon. It has near identical defenses to Forretress, both on the physical and special attacking spectrums. However, it has two key advantages over Forretress.

    Firstly, Skarmory has access to reliable recovery in the form of Roost. With this instant 50% healing available to it, opponents will have a very hard time taking it out with physical attacks alone. Secondly, Skarmory can also act as a phazer in addition to its role as a Spiker. With Whirlwind in its arsenal, Skarmory can abuse the Spikes it lays to the fullest by shuffling the opposing team and inflicting entry hazard damage all around. With a higher base Speed than Forretress, Skarmory can outspeed a handful of Pokemon that Forretress fails to do, such as Blissey, Machamp, Swampert, Snorlax, Vaporeon, and Scizor, allowing it to heal up or get down that one extra layer of Spikes before it has to take a hit.

    However, in Gravity, Skarmory's Ground immunity turns into a weakness. This can be crippling if your opponent gets out a strong Earthquake user, as Skarmory will not be able to stay in on it. This makes it quite a risky phazer on Gravity teams, as the same Gravity that causes its Spikes to become so deadly removes one of its best immunities. It is recommended that if you decide to use Skarmory as a phazer, you also pack another user of Roar or Whirlwind as a backup.

    Since Forretress and Skarmory are so essential to defensive teams because of their Spiking abilities, it is recommended that you run Shed Shell on them to stop them getting trapped and taken out by Magnezone (and opposing Dugtrio in Gravity!).


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    Tentacruel

    On paper, Tentacruel looks like an inferior Forretress. It has Rapid Spin and Toxic Spikes but no Spikes or Stealth Rock, and instead of a neutrality to Ground it packs a weakness. However, Tentacruel plays a lot differently to Forretress in practice, and may suit some teams better than the iron-clad Pokemon would.

    Toxic Spikes and Rapid Spin are the reasons to use Tentacruel. Both are very helpful for a defensive Gravity team, and so should be primary choices on any Tentacruel you choose to run. Hydro Pump and Blizzard's nice base powers make up for Tentacruel's mediocre attacking stats, and allow it to do a bit of damage while setting up. Knock Off is also a good move to get rid of any Leftovers, etc., and quicken the stall-kill process.

    With its high Special Defense, Tentacruel makes a good counter to Infernape and Heatran. However, if you decide to run it, it is recommended you run a separate Pokemon with actual Spikes on it, so as to get the full range of residual damage on your opponent.


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    Drapion

    Drapion works somewhat like Skarmory - it has access to a single spiking move (Toxic Spikes), and can phaze with Whirlwind. Unfortunately, unlike Skarmory, Drapion doesn't have access to an instant recovery move, and will have to rely on Rest or Wish support to get any healing.

    While it has only one weakness, Drapion only has a few resistances, and that one weakness happens to be to Ground. However, Drapion has good Defense and passable Special Defense, and with the right investment it can become quite sturdy. It too can use Knock Off to relieve opponents of their items, and can also use a decently powered Earthquake to damage its common switchins. Plus, while Gravity is active, Cross Poison and Earthquake will hit everything for neutral damage, barring Shedinja.

    Although it doesn't have Rapid Spin, Drapion's natural Poison typing allows it to absorb potentially lethal Toxic Spikes on entry into battle.


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    Hippowdon

    Immensely useful on defensive teams in general because of its great physical bulk, Hippowdon is even more effective on Gravity teams. In fact, it does its job so well that it becomes near indispensable, as not much does everything the hippo can do to the same level of efficiency.

    Firstly there is Hippowdon's obvious physical bulk. Nigh on nothing can OHKO it on the physical side, and with its instant Slack Off recovery move, Hippowdon becomes very difficult to take down. Its high HP stat gives it a good deal of bulk on the special side too, meaning even special attackers will be needing to hit it with high powered moves to dislodge it. Hippowdon can take physical hits from Tyranitar, Lucario, and Salamence, to name a few, and in return do more damage out to them that they can to it.

    Hippowdon's Sand Stream ability greatly helps in providing a constant source of residual damage on the opponent's Pokemon, greatly weakening them over the course of a long battle. It is a great user of Stealth Rock, and with its bulk, makes for a very reliable lead to set it up. Once you have got all your entry hazards in place and have activated Gravity, Hippowdon serves as an excellent phazer with Roar, easily cycling through the opponent's team and inflicting damage all around. Last but not least, Hippowdon can use a STAB Earthquake off a great base 112 Attack stat to really pile on the hurt.


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    Celebi

    It is important to have a couple of resists to Ground that don't get cancelled out while Gravity is in effect to allow you to stand up to any Ground-type sweepers your opponent might have. Celebi's Grass typing provides just this. If EVed defensively, Celebi can take a whole host of physical hits and still come out smiling. It also has a plethora of support moves with which it can aid the team.

    Celebi can switch opponents around with Leech Seed and Perish Song, and these make it great for dealing with stat up sweepers that might give you trouble otherwise (such as Gyarados, Snorlax, etc). It can paralyse threatening Steel types such as Scizor, Metagross, and Lucario to vastly reduce the amount of damage they can inflict on your team. Lucario isn't really that threatening when it is getting outsped by Hippowdon. In addition, Celebi can use Recover to reliably heal its own HP in addition to any gained from Leech Seed. Heal Bell is also an excellent choice on Celebi to allow other members of your team, such as Forretress and Suicune, to use Rest reliably.


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    Vaporeon

    Wish support is very important to most defensive Gravity teams for keeping alive members that lack recovery of their own, and Vaporeon is one of the best users of the move in OU. It does make an excellent counter for Infernape and Heatran, and like most Water-types, can use the powerful Hydro Pump and Blizzard in Gravity. The only difference is that Vaporeon also has a very respectable base 110 Special Attack stat that can do respectable amounts of damage, even without investment.

    Vaporeon also has several ways of shuffling the opponent's Pokemon around, allowing you to make the most of the entry hazards you lay down. It can use Roar quite effectively to simply phaze the opponent out, but also has access to stat reduction moves such as Charm, Tickle, and Fake Tears, all which make opponents much less likely to stay in on Vaporeon. It can also use Yawn quite effectively, although it is not recommended if you plan on using Toxic Spikes.


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    Heatran

    It might not seem the cleverest thing to have a 4x Ground weak Pokemon on a Gravity team, but Heatran is surprisingly effective. Its Steel / Fire typing provides with bucketloads of resistances, and it has above average defenses to make use of them. It also learns many useful support moves that make it a good choice for defensive Gravity teams in particular.

    If you are using Toxic Spikes, Steel types are really the only things that will get in your way. Heatran's powerful Fire attacks can take out all opposing Steel types, allowing you to get good amounts of damage on all members of your opponent's team. In Gravity, Fire Blast and Will-O-Wisp have perfect accuracy, and will decently deal with anything that is immune to Toxic Spikes. While Gravity is active, Fire Blast + Earth Power will also get perfect neutral coverage. And then, of course, one can't forget Heatran's signature Magma Storm, which has the same base power and PP as Fire Blast, has perfect accuracy during Gravity, and will greatly add to the residual damaging process by inflicting a further 6.25% damage every turn.

    Heatran can use Roar quite effectively, as many of the things it forces in will be unable to damage it considerably. With all its resistances, it is also a good user of Stealth Rock.



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    Dugtrio

    In Gravity, Dugtrio becomes such a deadly force that many offensive Gravity teams base their entire strategy solely around it. While Gravity is in effect, all Pokemon not holding Shed Shell are trapped by Dugtrio's Arena Trap, meaning it can effectively revenge kill any Pokemon in the game. However, it is still as fragile as ever, and will require careful use in order to be effective.

    Many Pokemon whose Ground immunity don't even notice Dugtrio normally suddenly become a lot more vulnerable to the mole in Gravity. Things like Gengar, Zapdos, Bronzong, even Azelf and Salamence can be removed from the game quite easily by Dugtrio in the right conditions. And in rare circumstances, Dugtrio can do something in Gravity which it will almost never do normally - sweep. A STAB Choice Band Earthquake is quite scary when nothing is immune to it, even from Dugtrio's relatively low Attack stat, and with its high Speed, Dugtrio can sweep a weakened team quite easily. It is the fastest Ground type in the game, and in Gravity it really can cause havoc.

    It is preferable to give Dugtrio a Choice Band on Gravity teams as opposed to Life Orb - since Earthquake will be resisted by very few opposing Pokemon, the need to change attacks is greatly lessened, and the boost in power is definitely appreciated.


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    Mamoswine

    If you take a quick glance at Mamoswine's common switchins, you'll notice one thing about them instantly - they all rely on a Ground immunity to be able to take its attacks. Gravity unlocks the mammoth's destructive power and allow it to easily break past these common 'counters'. Bronzong, Skarmory, Weezing - they will all fall to Mamoswine's STAB Earthquake if you can get it in while Gravity is in effect.

    Mamoswine has a monstrous Attack stat and passable Speed, meaning it can sweep quite easily. Give it some paralysis support and it is almost impossible to stop. Earthquake / Ice Shard is completely unresisted in Gravity (apart from Shedinja), meaning that it will threaten the entire metagame with its STAB attacks alone. Stone Edge still has some use in getting a slightly stronger hit on Flying-types. In the last slot, Superpower is the standard option, but Body Slam has quite a bit of utility too (since Superpower's biggest draw is to get some damage on Bronzong, which Mamoswine manages perfectly well with Earthquake in Gravity). Many Pokemon that work best in Gravity also tend to be quite slow, so the 30% paralysis rate can be of great use.


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    Flygon

    Flygon is a well balanced meld of speed and power. At base 100, it is one of the fastest users of Earthquake, and has a solid base 100 Attack stat to back it up. Some consider Dragon / Ground to be the ultimate typing, providing two deadly STAB attacks and leaving Flygon with only two weaknesses and a bucketload of resists to come in on. Although Flygon loses its Ground immunity in Gravity, it also means that Flygon gets perfect coverage with Earthquake + Outrage, as both Skarmory and Bronzong will be hit by Earthquake while the Gravity is strong.

    Choice Band Flygon is a particularly dangerous force to deal with, using a moveset of Outrage / Earthquake / Stone Edge / U-turn to really keep the pressure on the opponent. Like already mentioned, its two STAB moves give it perfect coverage, while Stone Edge allows Flygon to hit foes such as Gyarados without locking itself in. U-turn is a great scouting move and works particularly well with Dugtrio. Alternatively, the same set can be used with a Life Orb, meaning that on the turn Gravity is due to expire, Flygon can U-turn to a replenisher and minimize any loss in momentum.


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    Rhyperior

    The strongest Earthquake user in OU is a fine addition to almost any offensive Gravity team. Gravity gives the rhino everything it really ever wanted in terms of coverage - two 100% accurate deadly STAB attacks in Stone Edge and Earthquake (take your pick vs Zapdos), and an accurate Megahorn to take out anything that tries to resist Earthquake.

    The power that Choice Band provides is really tempting, but because of Rhyperior's poor Speed, it often ends up getting forced to switch out a lot and will cost precious Gravity turns. Rock Polish is probably Rhyperior's most deadly set to use in a Gravity team, as without anything immune to its Earthquake and with little that can outspeed it, it can sweep through quite a large portion of a team. Scizor can be a nuisance, though.


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    Torterra

    Torterra has a lot of things going for it on Gravity teams. Firstly, the Grass-type gives it a much wonted resistance to Ground attacks, one that is extremely valuable on an offensive team based on resistances. It's not weak to Grass or Water, unlike many other STAB users of Earthquakes. It also has decent defenses on both sides of the spectrum, a good Attack score, and useable Speed. The only thing really holding it back is the difficulty it has in taking on opposing Grass-types such as Celebi, as it resists both of Torterra's STAB attacks.

    Once again, a Rock Polish set is one of the most viable, although CB Torterra also works pretty well as it can be made to outspeed most defensive Pokemon. Wood Hammer and Earthquake are its main attacking moves, with Stone Edge and Crunch are the best options for backup attacks. If need be, Torterra can set up Stealth Rock pretty reliably, and can also cause switches with Leech Seed and Roar, giving it some utility on more defensively orientated teams.


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    Starmie

    Starmie has excellent Speed and a great movepool - the only thing that usually holds it back from sweeping is its only mediocre Special Attack stat. Gravity fixes that up to make Starmie one of the most brutal clean up Pokemon in the game. Hydro Pump / Blizzard / Thunder with a Life Orb allows Starmie to quite easily take out a weakened team all by itself, and Starmie can also use Recover to heal off Life Orb recoil and any other damage Starmie takes.

    Its typing pairs up pretty well with a lot of the Pokemon commonly found on offensive Gravity teams. It resists the Water and Ice attacks that Ground-types fear, and in return, can channel Electric attacks towards them for free switchins. And since the majority of said Ground-types are quite slow, Starmie's blistering pace helps to deal with the faster threats your opponent might use against you. Thunder's 30% paralysis rate is pretty great as well in helping teammates get some kills.

    If needed, a more defensive Starmie set can be run, allowing you to use it as an efficient Rapid Spinner while still enjoying the use of high powered moves.


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    Metagross

    Metagross is a good addition to offensive Gravity teams because of its sheer strength and great defenses and typing. Gravity boosts the accuracy of Meteor Mash to 100%, as well as allowing Metagross to use Earthquake a lot more effectively. In Gravity, Steel + Ground actually gets pretty excellent coverage, being resisted only by Ludicolo, Surskit, and Shedinja, none of which you should be seeing too much of in OU play.

    Metagross is fast enough to make use of a Choice Band set, but since it doesn't get STAB on Earthquake, you may be better off running a set that allows you to switch moves. AgiliGross is a dangerous force outside of Gravity, but while it is in effect, it is nigh on unstoppable. Many of Metagross' best switchins, such as Zapdos, Rotom, and Bronzong, are rendered quite useless against Metagross while Gravity is in effect. Explosion is also a great way to take out one last Pokemon (even Skarmory will take up to 85% from a Life Orb Explosion), as well as allowing a Gravity user a free switch in to replenish it for your other sweepers.


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    Donphan

    Donphan's base 120 Attack stat is often forgotten because of its stereotype as a defensive Pokemon. Using a Choice Band set in Gravity will hammer home this reminder soon enough. It has the highest Attack stat of all the 'bulky Grounds', as well as really high Defense and HP, meaning it is very difficult to take on the physical side. Unfortunately, a low Special Defense means it will struggle to take any super effective Special Attacks, meaning your sweep will often be short-lived.

    The elephant has little that really stands out in comparison to other Earthquake users. It is strong and physically bulky, but not fast, just like Hippowdon, Rhyperior, etc. It can use Stone Edge for good coverage alongside Earthquake in Gravity. Ice Shard is quite useful for picking off faster threats such as Flygon and Salamence. Finally, Donphan can use Rapid Spin with some success, meaning your team will not be slaughtered by entry hazards when they set up Gravity. Overall, Donphan is a solid and reliable, if unremarkable, addition to most Gravity based teams.


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    Shaymin

    Shaymin is basically a more offensively-minded Celebi. Its Grass typing provides a valuable resistance to Ground, as well as to Water and Grass, which are moves that Earthquakers are generally weak to. A 100% accurate Seed Flare is a great boon to have, and means Shaymin is quite the respectable offensive threat, especially if it can get a Special Defense drop or two. Earth Power is also a pretty good move to hit all the Steel-types that try to resist Seed Flare on their weaker defensive stat.

    Shaymin can do much of what Celebi can do, namely shuffle Pokemon around with Leech Seed and heal status with Aromatherapy. However, one thing that Shaymin has that Celebi doesn't have access to is Grasswhistle. While normally highly inaccurate, in Gravity it has an excellent 92% accuracy, meaning Shaymin can sleep a problem Pokemon almost assuredly if need be. And with 100 base defenses all around, Shaymin isn't going to be dying to the lightest touch, either.


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    Heracross

    One of the biggest dangers when using Heracross is the tendency of Megahorn and Stone Edge to miss at crucial moments. Both of these attacks are so vital to Heracross that their shaky accuracy can really be a letdown at times. In Gravity, Heracross no longer has this problem. Both Megahorn and Stone Edge get perfect accuracy, meaning you can use them with a lot less risk.

    Heracross' decent Special Defense and resistance to Ground and Fighting mean that it can switch in on a lot of weak attacks and instantly be a threat. A Choice Band or Choice Scarf set with Close Combat / Megahorn / Stone Edge / Earthquake is particularly dangerous on Gravity teams, with Earthquake in the last slot easily dealing with any Zapdos, Gengar, Bronzong, Skarmory, Weezing or Rotom that thinks it can switch into Heracross with impunity.


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    Salamence

    Gravity is a mixed bag for Salamence. On the one hand, it removes Salamence's Ground immunity, one of the main ways that it usually gets in, and makes it vulnerable to Spikes and Toxic Spikes. However, if you can get over this slight downgrading, Salamence can actually use Gravity greatly to its advantage.

    The first big advantage that comes with Gravity is that Salamence is no longer required to carry a Fire attack on the Dragon Dancer. The main targets of Flamethrower / Fire Blast are Skarmory and Bronzong, both of which will be hit by Earthquake for super effective damage in Gravity. While you may miss out on the guaranteed kill on Foretress, Stone Edge or Crunch in that slot are also very helpful in taking on Zapdos, Gyarados, Cresselia, Rotom, Celebi, etc, without locking yourself into Outrage. Speaking of Outrage, if you dislike having to lock yourself into the attack, and feel that Dragon Claw's power is a bit too low, then Dragon Rush becomes a viable alternative. It has a solid 100 base power and a nice 20% flinch rate, and in Gravity will be perfectly accurate. Dragon Rush provides a solid STAB attack while not allowing your opponent the luxury of stopping your Salamence sweep by switching into a locked Outrage.

    Even without the Ground immunity, Salamence has good defenses for a sweeper, and resistances to Fire, Water, Grass, and Intimidate and a resistance to Fighting. As far as sweepers go, Salamence is one of the easier ones to bring into play.


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    Gengar

    Gengar does not seem a good choice for Gravity at first glance - it removes its Ground immunity, one of the main ways in which Gengar switches into play. However, Gengar retains its immunities to Normal and Fighting even in Gravity, and the field effect greatly increases the accuracy of several of its common moves.

    Hypnosis is often shunned on Gengar because of its low 60% accuracy, which is usually too low to risk missing with on something as frail as Gengar. In Gravity, Hypnosis gets perfect accuracy, meaning that Gengar will almost assuredly cripple at least one opposing Pokemon. Focus Blast is necessary on Gengar to hit things like Tyranitar, Heatran, and Lucario, but carries with it a risky 30% chance of missing. This unreliability is eradicated in Gravity, meaning Gengar can slam any Tyranitar trying to Pursuit it or any Lucario trying to Crunch it with a fully accurate super effective Focus Blast. Finally, Gravity allows the use of the powerful Thunder over Thunderbolt to hit bulky Water-types with. Unfortunately, Gravity does not solve Gengar's weak STAB problem - there are no high power/ low accuracy Ghost-type moves, so even in Gravity, Gengar will have to make do with Shadow Ball.

    Using Gengar is a risky choice because of the loss of one of its biggest immunities, and you may find it too hard to get into play. However, if you do manage to get it in, it can wreak havoc with Hypnosis and all these high powered moves.



    --- Team Building ---

    Defensive

    Defensive Gravity teams operate much like conventional stall teams, and share many of the central principles that these teams possess. The emphasis is on getting entry hazards up and phazing, which, while is an important method of dealing damage on stall teams, can be used to a much greater effect on a defensive Gravity team. In the OU metagame, the number of levitating and Flying Pokemon is quite high, meaning generally the biggest indirect damage is done from Stealth Rock. With Gravity in play, Spikes and Toxic Spikes become all the more deadlier, and can really decimate a team in a few turns if you can cause the switches. Like already mentioned, the same principles of getting free turns to set up entry hazards, forcing switches, and chipping away at the opponent's team with residual damage that apply to a Stall team are just as relevant for a defensive Gravity team.

    Because they are so vital to defensive Gravity teams' success, it is important to ensure that you have reliable Spikers and phazers to threaten the opposing team. Having a source of recovery, even if it be Rest, can usually be really helpful on Pokemon that you need to stay alive.


    Example Team


    Hippowdon @ Leftovers
    Ability: Sand Stream
    EVs: 252 HP/168 Def/88 SDef
    Impish nature (+Def, -SAtk)
    - Stealth Rock
    - Earthquake
    - Roar
    - Slack Off
    ---

    Hippowdon serves so many purposes that it is hard to use any other Pokemon as a lead. As soon as it enters battle, its Sand Stream ability whips up a permanent sandstorm, which will inflict residual damage throughout the battle. Sandstorm is particularly effective in shortening the duration Life Orb users such as Infernape, who can be a major pain for defensive teams, can survive. Very few things can plain out OHKO Hippowdon, meaning it nearly guarantees that you can get Stealth Rock up, unless it is faced with a Taunt user. It is one of the physically bulkiest Pokemon in the game, and provides a great reliable defensive presence to check some of the top threats such as Tyranitar and Lucario. Slack Off provides it with instant recovery, and this, combined with its bulk, make it a very effective phazer with Roar. On this team it is the primary phazer, and once entry hazards have been set up will inflict most of the damage to the opposing team. Hippowdon also carries a powerful STAB Earthquake to aid with the damaging process, and very few things resist it while Gravity is active.
    ---


    Blissey @ Leftovers
    Ability: Natural Cure
    EVs: 120 HP/252 Def/136 SDef
    Calm nature (+SDef, -Atk)
    - Thunder
    - Softboiled
    - Gravity
    - Charm
    ---

    Blissey is another one of those Pokemon that is impossible to do without on a defensive Gravity team. It is the most reliable user of Gravity because of the ease with which it can switch in on special attackers. Softboiled and its Natural Cure ability make it a great stalling Pokemon in general. Thunder has the advantages of being neutral on Steels such as Scizor and Heatran, while hitting Flying-type Pokemon for at least neutral damage if you haven't had a chance to hurt them with Gravity and Spikes yet. It also has a lot more PP than either of Fire Blast or Blizzard, and has a very nice 30% paralysis rate, which gives it the edge as a solitary attacking move compared to them. Charm not only makes physical attackers much easier to deal with, it also causes a lot of switches and racks up the entry hazard damage. Dugtrio will also never manage to beat a full health Blissey because of charm, which is a notable point considering how dangerous an enemy Dugtrio can become in Gravity. Blissey is the general purpose special sponge of the team, and is often relied on to face the majority of special sweepers, as well as being the primary user of Gravity on the team.
    ---


    Forretress @ Shed Shell
    Ability: Sturdy
    EVs: 252 HP/252 Def/4 SDef
    Impish nature (+Def, -SAtk)
    - Spikes
    - Toxic Spikes
    - Rest
    - Rapid Spin
    ---

    Forretress does a great job of setting up entry hazards because of its many resistances and high Defense. Rest allows Forretress to stick around long enough to reliably get up all three layers of Spikes and generally two layers of Toxic Spikes over the course of the battle. Rapid Spin means that your own team doesn't get ribboned by entry hazards once Gravity is in effect. Because Forretress is so vital to the team, Shed Shell is used to stop Magnezone from removing it from the game. It is immune to sandstorm, so the lack of Leftovers won't cause it to lose health in common battle conditions.
    ---


    Dusknoir @ Leftovers
    Ability: Pressure
    EVs: 252 HP/252 Def/4 SDef
    Impish nature (+Def, -SAtk)
    - Will-o-wisp
    - Gravity
    - Earthquake
    - Rest
    ---

    Dusknoir is a secondary Gravity user - it is almost always helpful to have another user of Gravity on the team in case your primary one is taken out by surprise. Dusknoir is bulky on both sides of the spectrum, and makes a good pair with Blissey. Having an immunity to Explosion can be immensely handy in taking on things like Metagross and Azelf. Earthquake hits Tyranitar, Infernape, and Heatran convincingly hard. Rest is Dusknoir's best method of healing outside of Pain Split, and is necessary to allow it multiple Gravities.
    ---


    Celebi @ Leftovers
    Ability: Natural Cure
    EVs: 252 HP/216 Def/40 Spd
    Bold nature (+Def, -Atk)
    - Grass Knot
    - Leech Seed
    - Recover
    - Heal Bell
    ---

    Resistances to Fighting, Water, and Ground in particular make Celebi a decent addition to the team. It can end up outstalling many Pokemon with Leech Seed and Recover. Most importantly, Heal Bell wakes up Forretress, Dusknoir, and Suicune when they use Rest, and removes debilitating status from Hippowdon. Heal Bell is extremely helpful in keeping the team afloat, and means the important members such as Forretress and Dusknoir that lack reliable recovery can just dedicate one moveset to Rest.
    ---


    Suicune @ Leftovers
    Ability: Pressure
    EVs: 252 HP/252 Def/4 Spd
    Bold nature (+Def, -Atk)
    - Calm Mind
    - Surf
    - Roar
    - Rest
    ---

    Suicune is extremely bulky, and after a few Calm Minds becomes both hard to stop and near impossible to kill. It acts as another very reliable phazer in conjunction with Hippowdon, and can shuffle a team around with ease to cause entry hazard damage all around. Remove Vaporeon and give Suicune an opportunity to CM up and it presents a very threatening offense as well.
    ---


    Offensive

    Offensive Gravity teams are difficult to classify because of the massive variety available for use on them. Jirachi and/or Blissey are often used to set up Gravity, as they provide many other uses for the team as well. Almost all Gravity teams carry a strong Ground attacker such as Rhyperior or Mamoswine, and special attackers that can abuse high powered moves (such as Starmie). Offensive Teams based around using CB Dugtrio to pick off opponents one by one often utilize quite heavy entry hazards such as Spikes and Toxic Spikes to wear the opposing team down to bring them into KO range for Dugtrio's relatively weak Earthquake. Offensive teams must stick to the same defining principles that all offensively minded teams do - using resistances to take attacks, removing counters to allow specific Pokemon to sweep, etc.


    --- Conclusion ---


    Gravity is one of the least understood and worst represented of all field effects. A surprisingly large number of the top players are not even aware of the move's existence, having not encountered it either in-game or competitively. However, while Gravity's effect may seem to be of equal worth to both players, it in fact gives the user a massive advantage. The user has prepared to use the move with high powered attacks on many Pokemon, Spike hazards to deal big damage in the turns Gravity is in effect, and knows exactly what Gravity is and how it works. I hope that this guide has been informative and has helped you to better comprehend some of the quirks and nuances of this peculiar field effect, and how best to use it to win battles.
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    I apologise for the comment I made earlier that seemed like spam, but I'll reiterate that.

    Sorry if you already know, but I think Salamence would be a perfect choice for a Gravity team. With Gravity pinning him to the ground, Ice moves will deal half the damage they'll normally do. You also don't have to run Fire Blast, since Skarmory and Bronzong will be grounded as well.
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    Gravity only removes the ground immunity, so Salamence will still recieve 4x damage from Ice Attacks
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    Legacy Raider, may we see your Gravity based team? I have never actually seen one that can work well to understand the full concept.
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    I might include it in the guide, but be assured I do plan on writing quite a bit about team building and what pokemon work well, etc. I'm about nearly halfway done, so should I post what I have already, or wait until it's all completed and then post it as a oner? I'd rather post it once I'm done with it all, as that way I can concentrate on finishing it rather than having to constantly correct the numerous errors that people point out. But if RBG or Caelum, etc think I should post what I have now then I will.

    EDIT: Perfect Caelum, thanks. And I'm glad you like it ^_^
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    Here we'll do this to satisfy the curious. Post what you have now.

    Do not post past this message right now.

    LR is updating this, I'll delete this post when he's completed and wants / needs feedback. I'll delete and (possibly) infract (threats work right?) if you choose to ignore my warning.

    Edit: Just pointing out quickly how good this look just on an initial skimming.

    Edit 2: As a physics major I heartily approve of this title :D

    DARKIEDIT: I like the title, too!

    BKEDIT: Yeah the title is fantastic.

    caelum edit: ITT, darkers and Beekaay abuse their powah. Okay, you can post now guys.
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    Ok, I feel as if I have enough content up now for it to be worth reviewing and correcting. I still plan on writing a bit more about team building and how to use Gravity teams in battle, but the bulk of the article is done. I'd like to hear thoughts and suggestions on what's up so far. Also, I'd like suggestions for Pokemon you feel deserve a mention in the "Pokemon to consider" section, as currently I've only written up the Pokemon I myself have used.

    Caelum, you can edit your post to let people post =]. Also, thanks for your corrections.

    Comments and criticisms greatly appreciated guys.
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    I found Marowak to be fun with Gravity. I used it on the CAP server in combination with Trick Room (since Persistent increases both their durations), but it could probably do decently without.

    Basically, it boosts Stone Edge's accuracy, but more importantly, it makes Bonemerang viable on it. Bonemerang is normally overlooked for Earthquake, due to its lower accuracy, but unlike EQ, Bonemerang can break a sub and hit the opponent in one attack. With Gravity making Flying-types and Levitators susceptible, Marowak can wreak havoc with Thick Club doubling its Attack stat.

    One of my best moments in competitive battling was OHKOing a Gengar behind a sub with it :P
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    Will run through the rest later. It was very well written; I think I'll try out some Gravity teams now.

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    This is all else I found. thanks :)
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    Thanks diinbong for the excellent grammar check. It was very thorough and helpful, thank you. Hhjj, I have no experience with Gravity in UU, and it is a very volatile tier atm, so I'm not planning on adding anything pertaining to Gravity's uses in UU for now.
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    I know you don't have room to fit every beneficial pokemon into the guide, I feel that Gengar would be a fantastic option under the offensive section, especially to put emphasis on the evasion modifier. Gengar is a high risk, high reward type of pokemon. It has access and often uses Hypnosis and Focus Blast, both of which Gengar uses extensively (Hypnosis to a lesser extent). With gravity, both moves obtain perfect accuracy under gravity, removing the gamble of tackling things like Lucario and Tyranitar. Gravity adds a Ground weakness, yes (though without the weakness it'd still OHKO in most cases regardless), but the added accuracy definitely makes up for it. Gengar seems to fit in there a lot better than Shaymin anyways.
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    Not everything can be mentioned hhjj. Every pokemon is going to have those certain moves (like Thunder) that'll work better under Gravity, but realistically they can't all be mentioned. Most mentioned users were ground due to STAB EQ hitting everything and a few special mentions (for variety's sake, they can't all be ground; it seems the others are super offensive pokemon). You also have to remember that you'll have 3 turns tops to capitalize on Gravity, so things like Doom Desire or Empoleon that generally needs to set up is not the best of ideas.

    The main reason I brought Gengar is because it already uses those risky moves, so while it does benefit from Gravity, it also functions normally while not in effect.
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    @ Veedrock - Thanks for the suggestion. I tried Gengar out and it performed well (Hypnosis is no longer expected from it at all), so I've added it to the offensive Pokemon section.

    @ hhjj - I will test Tangrowth out as it seems like a useable choice with Sleep Powder, Power Whip, and Earthquake, but the rest of the Pokemon you suggested I don't feel are too viable. Unlike Salamence, Gyarados doesn't have a boatload of other resistances in addition to its Ground immunity, and it doesn't gain from Gravity in any way apart from being able to use a fully accurate Aqua Tail (which still might be forsaken for Waterfall for its flinch chance) and Earthquake. Dragonite is inferior to Salamence offensively.

    Jirachi finds it difficult to fit enough moves on its set when it is running Gravity, so I really don't think Doom Desire will be able to find space. Even Jirachi not running Gravity hardly ever run Doom Desire. Empoleon requires an Agility to be an effective sweeper, unlike Starmie, which is why it will be really hard to use. Rock Polish Ground-types work because they will be effective even outside of Gravity, whereas a Hydro Pump / Blizzard Empoleon will have really limited or risky uses once Gravity wears off. In addition, both Magnezone and Empoleon are weak to Ground, which can work against you if the opponent turns out to have a fast Ground sweeper of their own.
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    Very nice guide LR, but I would like to see your team. I'm interested in Gravity, but never actually seen one in play. So if you'd just throw in a sample team, that would be great!
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    Well written Legacy Rider. In the past I tried to use Gravity team with some not so bad effects. For example Dusknoir likes to use DynamicPunch under Gravity. Anyway I would like to add some proposition here to try it.

    Jynx
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    ~ Focus Blast
    ~ Psychic / HP Fire
    ~ Lovely Kiss

    Under Gravity Jynx is surprisingly effective having the second in terms of power Blizzard in OU/UU play (after Glaceon) and Jynx has much better speed to work with. And thanks to Gravity he may use it with really good effects his best moves. Blizzard is the main STAB, which will dent almost anything that doesn't resist it. Lovely Kiss under Trick Room gains 100% accuracy if you need sleep user with good speed. Focus Blast under Gravity also gains perfect accuracy, which easily deals with most Tyranitars trying to handle Jynx. Psychic is another STAB, which deals with anything that resist it's main STAB (for example Hariyama). I didn't post here Shadow Ball, as even super-effective it hits lighter then STAB Blizzard. HP Fire is an option, if you want to deal a bit more damage to pokemon like Bronzong or Metagross. Also is kills for sure Forretress, which may handle one Focus Blast if neccesary. Scizor is still bad news for Jynx, so it's better to use something to get rid of it.

    Scarf/Specs Glaceon is also fine, as Blizzard from it hurts like hell and not many things can handle it.
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    Thanks Garganator, I hadn't realised Dusknoir learned Dynamicpunch. That is actually a really great attack to have in the last slot as it gives plenty of free turns to Pain Split, as well as getting good coverage alongside a Ghost attack. Jynx looks good although I'm not sure how effective it would be with its mediocre speed. I'll try it out and see how it goes.
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    Sorry for not updating for so long, but I've been really tied up with real life commitments lately. Nevertheless, I've managed to complete the guide up to where I wanted it to be, and to all extents and purposed, the content of this guide is finished.

    If there are still any comments, please post them, thanks.
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    underneath forretress


    i think have or has are both correct but I think have fits better. ever should be even when comparing.


    in the introduction


    ?_? delete the second how to.


    more to come im just skimming quickly
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    Seismic Toss and Gravity are illegal together on Blissey, since Seismic Toss is a third generation tutor move and Gravity is a fourth generation egg move. Not only is this not mentioned in the guide, your example team is actually illegal.
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    Chris is correct. Additionally, Charm + Seismic Toss is illegal as well.

    Please fix those up on-site ASAP. I would do it myself, but I don't know what a good "Gravity Bliss" set is.
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    Thanks for catching that, I'll fix that up right now. Shoddy didn't tell me it was an illegal combination as it hasn't yet stopped me from using that team. I guess I should have done some more research before adding that in. I'm going to replace Seismic Toss on the team in the guide with Blizzard, which is what I'm actually running on my Gravity team in place of S Toss now anyway.

    EDIT: I've been using Thunder actually, checking my team again. And Caelum I've edited it now :)

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