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Paras (Analysis)

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by Crux, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Crux

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    [OVERVIEW]

    <p>Paras is unique in that it is one of the few Pokemon in Little Cup that have access to a 100% accurate sleep-inducing move, in the form of Spore. With the the changes in sleep mechanics that the 5th generation brought, Paras's ability to help other Pokemon and set itself up with little risk is useful and unique.</p>

    <p>Paras's good defenses and Attack, along with its excellent STAB and support moves, makes it a very good Pokemon in the Little Cup metagame. Its ability Dry Skin makes it immune to Water-type moves, giving it ample opportunity to switch in for free and set up.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Spore Abuse
    move 1: Spore
    move 2: Bug Bite / X-Scissor
    move 3: Bullet Seed
    move 4: Synthesis / Stun Spore
    item: Eviolite / Oran Berry
    ability: Dry Skin
    nature: Impish
    evs: 236 HP / 116 Atk / 156 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Spore is one of the best moves in the game, being the only 100% accurate sleep-inducing move. Having the ability to completely remove one of the opposing team's Pokemon is a superb tool to have, especially in a metagame that is as fast paced as Little Cup. This set attempts to use all of Paras's strengths to its advantage: its good Attack and defenses, Spore, and its access to reliable recovery.</p>

    <p> This set can be used to take out troublesome Pokemon, as well as help set up other Pokemon due to the switching that it forces. Spore is the crux of this set, and Paras is the best user out of the small pool of Pokemon that learn it. Bug Bite is a good STAB option, since it allows Paras to heal itself using the opponent's Berry. Bullet Seed hits through Substitute, Focus Sash, and Sturdy, causing significant damage over several hits, whilst Synthesis is Paras's only reliable recovery move.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Paras can attempt a double status set by using Stun Spore in the last slot. Stun Spore takes advantage of the switches that Spore causes, allowing Paras to either hit an incoming opponent hard using its STAB moves or cripple it with status, rendering it useless. Due to the fact that Paras resists most priority attacks, it can take advantage of the paralysis it spreads and outspeed Pokemon which it would normally have difficulty beating.</p>

    <p> X-Scissor is a stronger STAB option for the second moveslot if you feel that Paras does not need the added boost provided by Berries or you dislike using the prediction involved in getting the boosts.</p>

    <p> Oran Berry is the better item if you choose to run Stun Spore over Synthesis, as it gives Paras a form of recovery. However, when running Synthesis, the added bulk provided by Eviolite is preferable. The EVs provided maximize physical bulk and survivability whilst giving Paras an offensive edge.</p>

    [Set]
    name: AgiliSpore
    move 1: Agility
    move 2: Spore
    move 3: X-Scissor
    move 4: Bullet Seed
    item: Life Orb / Oran Berry
    ability: Dry Skin
    nature: Jolly
    EVs: 76 HP / 196 Atk / 236 Spe

    [OVERVIEW]

    <p>This set is a more offensive take on Paras. After a single Agility, Paras reaches 26 Speed, which is more than enough to outpace all unboosted Pokemon and most Choice Scarf users. Paras's good bulk and immunity to Water-type attacks give it ample opportunity to set up unimpeded. Additionally, Spore allows Paras to completely remove a potential counter from the match or give itself time to set up if it needs to.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>As with the previous set, Bug Bite is an option over X-Scissor, though the added power generally makes the latter a better option. Seed Bomb is also an option over Bullet Seed if you don't like the varying damage outputs and don't care about Substitute.</p>

    <p> The choice of item is a matter of preference. Life Orb gives Paras better sweeping capabilities but the recoil severely lowers Paras's survivability. Alternatively, Oran Berry does result in less immediate sweeping power, but allows for far greater survivability.</p>

    [OTHER OPTIONS]

    <p>Paras could a run a good special set, due to its wide movepool (including Energy Ball and Sludge Bomb) and decent Special Attack. However, this is usually better accomplished by Pokemon such as Shroomish who have better defenses. Additionally, Psybeam can be used on both sets to OHKO Croagunk, a Pokemon who can cause problems for Paras.</p>

    <p>Paras can also utilize support moves such as Light Screen and Aromatherapy, which could allow it to pull off a defensive or support set. However, this is, once again, done better by other Pokemon . Whilst Dry Skin is the preferred ability on Paras, Effect Spore could also be used to help spread status. This would be particularly effective with Paras's low Speed.</p>

    <p> Paras also has the potential to run both Swords Dance and Choice Band sets, with strong physical STAB moves and access to Pursuit and Spore. Similar to the Agility set, Paras would utilize Spore to set up multiple Swords Dance boosts and attempt a sweep. This would work best with recovery and Eviolite due to the fact that most of Paras's counters will be able to outspeed it. In terms of a Choice Band set, Paras could make use of Pursuit and its STAB moves to deal heavy damage.</p>

    [CHECKS AND COUNTERS]

    <p>Paras can be quite difficult to completely counter, due to the presence of Spore in its movesets. Most potential counters are easily incapacitated by sleep. This makes Pokemon who don't fear sleep moves and can KO in retaliation excellent counters. Doduo and Houndour are the prime examples, having Early Bird to wake up early. Houndour does have a better ability in Flash Fire, though. Additionally, Pokemon such as Taillow who already carry status due to their status orb also make good counters. However, if Sleep Clause is active, most of its counters will not have to fear Spore.</p>

    <p>Most Steel-types do not fear Paras's STAB attacks. However, with the exception of Aron, they cannot do much in return. Croagunk resists both of Paras's STABs and can use its strong priority moves to KO Paras in return, needs to watch out for Spore.</p>

    <p>Fortunately, revenge killing Paras is easy. Any Fire-type with decent Speed, such as Magby, Ponyta, and Scarf Houndour, can outspeed Paras and OHKO it with super effective Fire-type moves. The same is true for any fast Flying-type, such as Natu.</p>

    [DREAM WORLD]
    <p>Paras gains access to Damp through Dream World, which is completely useless in Little Cup.</p>
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  2. Crux

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    this has been done for a while now
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    update it with the new analysis format. Also use english names.
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    [OVERVIEW]

    <p>Paras is unique, in that it is one of the few Little Cup Pokémon in Little Cup that have access to a 100% accurate sleep-inducing move, in the form of Spore. With the sleep mechanic changes the accompanied Generation V the changes in sleep mechanics that the 5th generation brought, Paras's (no curly apostrophes) ability to help other Pokémon and itself set up with little risk is useful and unique.</p>

    <p>Paras's good defenses and Attack, along with its excellent STAB and support moves, makes it a very good Pokémon in the Little Cup metagame. It’s ability Dry Skin, makes it immune to Water-type moves, giving it ample opportunities to switch in for free and set up.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Spore Abuse
    move 1: Spore
    move 2: Bug Bite / X-Scissor
    move 3: Bullet Seed
    move 4: Synthesis / Stun Spore
    item: Eviolite / Oran Berry
    ability: Dry Skin
    nature: Impish
    evs: 236 HP / 116 Atk / 156 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Spore is one of the best moves in the game, being the only 100% accurate sleep-inducing move. Having the ability to completely remove one of the opposing team's Pokémon is a superb tool to have available, especially in a metagame that is as fast paced as Little Cup. This set attempts to use all of Paras's strengths to its advantage - which are its good Attack and defenses, Spore, and its access to reliable recovery. </p>

    <p>This set can be used to take out troublesome Pokémon, as well as help set up other Pokémon due to the switching that it forces. Spore is the crux of this set, and Paras's signature move. Bug Bite is a good STAB option, because it allows Paras to heal itself using the opponent's berry. Bullet Seed hits through Substitute, Focus Sash, and Sturdy, causing significant damage over several hits, whilst Synthesis is Paras's only reliable healing recovery move, especially in a metagame where sun is so dominant.</p> (Just saying, you might want to remove the part about sun being dominant, since Vulpix might get banned soon.)

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Paras can attempt a double status set by using Stun Powder in the last slot. Stun Powder takes advantage of the switches that Spore causes, allowing Paras to either hit an incoming opponent hard, using its STAB moves, or cripple it with status, rendering it useless. Due to the fact that Paras resists most priority attacks, it can take advantage of the paralysis it spreads and outspeed Pokémon which it would normally have difficulty beating.</p>

    <p>X-Scissor is a stronger STAB option for the second moveslot if you feel that Paras does not need the added boost provided by berries or dislike using the prediction involved in getting the boosts.</P.

    <p>Oran Berry is the better item if you choose to run Stun Spore over Synthesis, as it gives Paras a form of recovery. However, when running Synthesis, the added bulk provided by Eviolite is preferable. The EVs provided maximize physical bulk and survivability, whilst giving Paras an offensive edge.</p>

    [Set]
    name: AgiliSpore
    move 1: Agility
    move 2: Spore
    move 3: X-Scissor
    move 4: Bullet Seed
    item: Life Orb / Oran Berry
    ability: Dry Skin
    nature: Jolly
    EVs: 76 HP / 196 Atk / 236 Spe

    [OVERVIEW]

    <p>This set is a more offensive take on Paras. After a single Agility, Paras reaches 26 Speed, which is more than enough to outpace all unboosted Pokémon and most Scarf users. Paras's good bulk and immunity to Water-type attacks give it ample opportunity to set up unimpeded. Additionally, Spore allows Paras to completely remove a potential counter from the match or give itself time to set up if it needs to.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>As with the previous set, Bug Bite is an option over X-Scissor, though the added power is generally makes the latter a better option. Seed Bomb is also an option over Bullet Seed if you don't like the varying damage outputs and don’t care about Substitutes.</p>

    <p>Item The choice of item is a matter of preference. Life Orb gives Paras better sweeping capabilities however, but the recoil severely lowers Paras's survivability. Alternatively, Oran Berry does result in less immediate sweeping power, but does allows for far greater survivability.</p>

    [OTHER OPTIONS]

    <p>Paras could a run a good special set, due to its wide movepool (including Energy Ball and Sludge Bomb) and decent Special Attack. However, this is usually better accomplished by other Pokémon, like Shroomish due to it better defenses Pokemon such as Shroomish who have better defenses. Additionally, Psybeam can be used on both sets to OHKO Croagunk, a Pokémon who can cause it problems, on all Paras sets problems for Paras.</p>

    <p>Paras also has can also utilize some good support moves available to it, such as Light Screen and Aromatherapy, which could allow it to pull off a defensive or support set. However, this is, once again, done better by other Pokémon. Whilst Dry Skin is the preferred ability on Paras, Effect Spore could also be used to help spread status. This would be particularly effective with Paras's low Speed.</p>

    <p>Paras also has the potential to run both a Swords Dance and Choice Band sets, with strong physical STAB moves and access to Pursuit and Spore. Similar to the Agility set, Paras would utilize Spore to set up multiple Swords Dance boosts and attempt a sweep. This would work best with recovery and Eviolite due to the fact that most of Paras's counters will be able to outspeed it. In terms of a Choice Band set, Paras could make use of Pursuit and its STAB moves to deal heavy damage.</p>

    [CHECKS AND COUNTERS]

    <p>Paras can be quite difficult to completely counter, due to the presence of Spore in its movesets. Most potential counters are easily incapacitated by sleep. This makes Pokémon who don’t fear sleep moves and can KO in retaliation, make excellent counters. Doduo and Houndour, who can both carry Early Bird also make excellent counters, however, Houndour does have better options Doduo and Houndour are the prime examples, having Early Bird to wake up early. Houndour does have a better ability in Flash Fire, though. Additionally, Pokémon like such as Taillow who already carry status due to their status orb also make good counters.</p>

    <p>Most Steel-types do not fear Paras's STAB attacks. However, with the exception of Aron, they cannot do much in return. Croagunk resists both of Paras's STABs and can use its strong priority moves to KO Paras in return, however, but Sleep is an issue but needs to watch out for Spore.</p>

    <p>Fortunately, revenge killing Paras is easy. Any Fire-type with decent Speed, like such as Magby, Ponyta, and Scarf Houndour, and can outspeed Paras and OHKO it with super effective Fire-type moves. The same is true for any fast Flying-type, like such as Natu.</p>

    [DREAM WORLD]
    <p>Paras gains access to Damp through Dream World, which is completely useless in Little Cup.</p>


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  8. Crux

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  10. Crux

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    Thanks for the check! This is done now.
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    Hey there, I know that this has already had 2 GP checks and it's a bit rude of me to ask you to do another, but there are errors with the HTML which I feel are pretty important to fix. Also you kinda messed up a few of the corrections NatGeo pointed out...?

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    Please implement this manually, I can tell from the still-red commas that you didn't do NatGeo's manually and there really aren't too many fixes.
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