[OVERVIEW] Good bulk even with no investment that allows it to take multiple hits during a battle Decent Attack stat + investment allows it to hit fairly hard The above is complemented by a very good stab combination, a spammable and powerful move in Earthquake, and by priority in Ice Shard Thick Fat and typing allow it to check threats such as Magmortar and Manectric Mediocre defensive typing that leaves it weak to common types such as Fighting No reliable recovery Weak to every form of hazard, easily worn down by multiple switch ins [SET] name: Tank move 1: Stealth Rock move 2: Earthquake move 3: Icicle Crash move 4: Ice Shard item: Eviolite ability: Thick Fat nature: Adamant evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def [SET COMMENTS] Moves ======== Stealth Rock deals damage on foes upon switch in, and Piloswine is a reliable setter thanks to its bulk Earthquake is a powerful and spammable move that can hit fairly hard thanks to Piloswine's high Attack stat and EVs investment Icicle Crash complements Earthquake's coverage well, hitting Flying-types, Grass-types on the switch in, and bulkier Ground-types. Ice Shard provides valuable priority, helping against a setup sweeper that has gotten out of control, such as Lilligant, and faster, and weakened threats Set Details ======== Maximum HP investment is necessary to make Piloswine as bulky as possible to ensure that it sets up Stealth Rock Maximum Attack EVs and an Adamant nature allow Piloswine to hit as hard as possible with its good STAB moves. Thick Fat gives Piloswine pseudo-resistances to Fire and Ice Eviolite is necessary to get the defense boost Usage Tips ======== Stealth Rock should be set as soon as possible; try to do this early-game while Piloswine has not been weakened yet Piloswine's job will often be limited to setting up Stealth Rock and weakening a foe before getting KOed. However, keep in mind that it can still be useful late-game thanks to Ice Shard's priority Switch Piloswine into Ice- and Electric-types such as Rotom-F and Manectric. However, some Electric-types such as Nasty Plot Alolan Raichu and Lanturn aren't ideal matchups, since they can hit Piloswine with a boosted Focus Blast and Scald, respectively Try avoiding taking a Knock Off, as Piloswine depends on Eviolite for its bulk Avoid getting Piloswine burned, since it will make it almost useless Keep an eye on hazard control if Piloswine is crucial to take on the opposing team, as it is vulnerable to all forms of entry hazard and it will be quickly worn down by repeated switch ins Team Options ======== Psychic-types such as Musharna and Fairy-types such as Clefairy and Granbull can switch into the Fighting-types that Piloswine tends to lure in. Musharna holding a Z-Crystal can also set up on them, since it does not fear Knock Off, and also pressures Weezing Answers to Water-type moves such as Lilligant and Cradily make for great partners In general, Piloswine is a Stealth Rock setter that also has an offensive presence, so it is ideal to use it on offensively inclined teams Checks to Grass-types greatly help reducing the pressure on Piloswine. Charizard has a good matchup against most of them and can use the opportunity to set up Water-types and other Flying-types also appreciate Piloswine ability to pivot into Electric-types. Qwilfish in particular can take on the Fighting-type attacks aimed at Piloswine and also form a hazard-stacking core with it. [STRATEGY COMMENTS] Other Options ============= An offensive Choice Band set can be considered, but Piloswine is eavsly taken advantage of it its locked into one move. Roar can be used to deal with setup sweepers; if Piloswine is at full health, it will be able to take even a boosted hit in most cases Toxic can be used to cripple Pokemon such as Musharna, Gastrodon, and Lumineon on the switch in, though it comes at the cost of poisoning Piloswine itself in Musharna's case. A more defensive EV spread is an option, but this makes Piloswine too passive in most cases Checks and Counters =================== **Weezing**: Weezing is immune to Earthquake and is easily bulky enough to take an Icicle Crash and burn Piloswine with Will-O-Wisp. It can also Taunt Piloswine if it has not set up Stealth Rock yet. **Physically bulky Pokemon**: Pokemon such as Musharna and Clefairy do not fear Piloswine's attacks and can set up on it. **Fighting-types**: Primeape, Hitmonchan, Passimian, and Gurdurr all hit Piloswine hard with their STAB moves. Gurdurr in particular can also set up on Piloswine with a combination of Bulk Up and Drain Punch. However, none of them bar Gurdurr appreciate taking a hit from Piloswine. **Offensive Water- and Grass-types**: Pokemon such as Ludicolo, Swanna, Shiftry, Lilligant, and Leafeon can heavily damage Piloswine, though the Grass-types bar Ludicolo don't appreciate taking a super effective Ice Shard.