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Poochyena (Analysis)

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by ShinyAzelf, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. ShinyAzelf

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    Hi C&C, here is my Poochyena analysis! After clearing up some of my LC analyses, I can finally post this one! All feedback is welcome! Thank you!
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    [Overview]

    <p>At first glance, Poochyena may seem outclassed by Stunky, who has higher stats across the board; however, Poochyena has some tricks up his sleeve as well, such as access to Quick Feet and a fairly large movepool. Even though Poochyena has a decent Attack stat, its mediocre other stats lead many people to overlook him. However, Poochyena has a rare ability in Quick Feet and hits 14 Speed, allowing him to outspeed all Pokemon who don’t carry a Choice Scarf once Quick Feet is activated. Overall, Poochyena can be a dangerous threat when given the proper scenario.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Physical Quick Feet
    move 1: Sucker Punch
    move 2: Facade
    move 3: Ice Fang
    move 4: Protect / Crunch / Howl
    item: Toxic Orb
    ability: Quick Feet
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 236 Atk / 36 SpD / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set utilizes a combination of Toxic Orb and Quick Feet to remedy Poochyena’s average Speed stat by boosting it from 14 to 21, which allows Poochyena to outspeed all non-Choice Scarf Pokemon. With boosted Speed, Poochyena can then put some major dents in the opponent’s team with the respective attacks. Poochyena has access to STAB Sucker Punch, one of the strongest priority moves in the game which allows him to pick off weakened Pokemon. Once Toxic Orb activates, Facade's Base Power doubles to 140, making Poochyena an extremely tough Pokemon to counter. Ice Fang lets Poochyena hit Gligar, who would normally wall this set, for super effective damage. Protect allows Toxic Orb to be activated without Poochyena getting attacked, and is also useful for scouting. Crunch is a reliable STAB option in the last slot that can additionally lower the target's Defense 20% of the time. Howl is also an option, as it allows Poochyena to boost his Attack.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Poochyena should be sent in on a weakened Pokemon who can be picked off with Sucker Punch. This allows Poochyena to activate Toxic Orb while KOing the opposing Pokemon with Sucker Punch. Moreover, Poochyena can forgo Protect in this case for Crunch or Howl. It should be noted that Facade, when Poochyena has a status affliction, deals more damage to a neutral target than STAB Sucker Punch. Ghost-types are immune to Facade, but cannot check Poochyena because they are threatened by Sucker Punch and Crunch. The EV spread gives Poochyena maximum Attack and Speed, while boosting its Special Defense by one point with the remaining EVs.</p>

    [Team Options]

    <p>Gligar is an excellent teammate, as he is able to eliminate bulky Steel-type Pokemon such as Aron with Earthquake. As a plus, Gligar has U-turn to scout the opponent’s team, letting Poochyena’s Toxic Orb activate for free by bringing Poochyena in after using U-turn on a predicted switch. Gligar also resists Fighting- and Bug-type attacks that Poochyena is weak to. Last but not least, Magnemite is a good teammate, as the magnet can trap Bronzor with Magnet Pull and take him out with Thunderbolt.</p>

    [Optional Changes]

    <p>Fire Fang can be used if you want Poochyena to hit Steel-type Pokemon, but the most common Steel-type, Bronzor, is only 3HKOed. A mixed set consisting of Dark Pulse, Hidden Power Ice, Sucker Punch, and Thunder Fang could work due to its power and decent coverage. However, a special set is not mentioned because Poochyena's pitiful special movepool is limited to Dark Pulse and Hidden Power. Pursuit can be used to surprise Pokemon who are trying to escape; it is particularly useful against Ghost-types such as Gastly, who can be placed in a checkmate position if they are at 60% health or under since they will be KOed regardless of whether or not they switch out. Rock Smash allows Poochyena to beat Aron, who would otherwise freely set up on Poochyena, as well as soften up switch-ins with its 50% chance of lowering the opponent's Defense. Lastly, Snatch can be used against Pokemon who try to counter Poochyena with Substitute, stealing their Substitutes if they don't attack, as Poochyena threatens to hit them hard with Sucker Punch if they do choose to attack.</p>

    [Counters]
    <p>Bronzor counters Poochyena rather well, as he is only afraid of Fire Fang, which only 3HKOes Bronzor at best; as such, Bronzor can comfortably switch in, set up Stealth Rock, and strike back with Gyro Ball. Choice Scarf Mankey and Machop are great checks to Poochyena, since both are able to OHKO him with Close Combat and do not fear taking a resisted Sucker Punch; Mankey is especially effective, as he can deal lots of damage with U-turn while scouting for a potential switch-in at the same time. Though not a counter, Gastly is immune to Facade and can set up a Substitute while Poochyena uses Sucker Punch, allowing Gastly to take out Poochyena the next turn with Sludge Bomb. Though not a particularly effective strategy, Poochyena’s opponents can play mind games with him by using non-damaging moves when Poochyena uses Sucker Punch, making him waste precious turns while Toxic damage slowly accumulates. Poochyena is very frail, so any priority move that he does not resist will deal huge amounts of damage even if it does not outright KO.</p>

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  2. Darkamber8828

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    What does Fire Fang do?

    Bronzor can take a bunch of 'em, and SR or Reflect (which lets it take MORE)

    Aron lols, Rock Polishes, and Head Smashes/EQs/Iron Heads/Magnet Rises/Substitutes

    Magnemite tanks them and OHKOs you

    Shieldon cries in the corner because it doesn't exist

    Facade and/or Sucker Punch beat Snover and Paras.

    Why not both Crunch and Sucker Punch? A la Stunky?
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    Yeah. Then mention it in AC.
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    wait - how come Protect isn't mentioned at all? This allows Poochyena to activate toxic orb without getting killed by every attack that isn't psychic type.
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    Yeah, slash it over Crunch. :0 It doesn't really make sense to have Crunch slashed as an option in the first slot, then have it be the only option in the last... might as well just list it as Sucker Punch/Facade/Crunch/Ice Fang if you're not gonna slash anything else over it.

    ...ranting aside, Protect should be slashed over Crunch, yeah.
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    Facade shouldn't have the cedille on the c (no ç), even though it's correct, because it's not in the games iirc.

    Crunch hits bronzor nearly as hard as fire fang, due to neutrality and STAB.

    Put a note in that scarfchop/scarfed mankey... hell, any scarfer faster than it checks it. Also make sure to include what differentiates it from stunky, not just in ability but also in movepool, as stunky is faster, immune to poison instead of being guaranteed poison, and hits harder thanks to LO.

    A mention of pursuit would be good, as if it's switched in once before it can switch into gastly's hypnosis for free, and outspeed it while threatening a stab pursuit or a stab crunch/SP. Actually, that's one of the few things that it can do that stunky can't, as gastly outspeeds Stunky. Definately mention that. It also switches into abra's psychic for free and checkmates it, but no one uses abra.

    The mixed set in OO should have sucker punch. STAB sucker punch is a rare commodity in LC, and poochy is slow, so it loves any priority it can use. Unless it's not using a LO, and it's using a tox orb. In which case, sucker punch still kicks ass.

    Umm... Mention rock smash. It gets the ohko (i think?) on Aron who otherwise sets up on your ass. Also a good move to fire blindly on switches for the chance of a defense drop... It's not like psychics or ghosts are gonna be switching in anyways.

    Write up a howl set, it could potentially be devastating if you manage to force a switch, it's basically a DD. It sucks, but it's the best poochy has.

    Last POTENTIAL opttion is snatch. If you predict really well, it could be devastating with sucker punch, as if they predict wrong and set up a sub, it's you that gets the free sub. Basically for those that love mind games, but it could be quite lulzy. And who doesn't love a bunch of random sets on analyses, they make for great reading when you're bored laddering. I say go nuts with this one.

    Crappy pokemon. It rules LC NU though, good writing. =)
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    Stunky is, um, faster? :/

    About the first point, some scarfers are dealt with by STAB Sucker Punch deals with if they've taken neutral hits or sr or something. For not-example, Mankey and Machop (or Houndour). For example, Chinchou or Snover (or Gastly).
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    I doubt an unboosted (stab doesn't count) sucker punch ohkoes a chinchou. Houndour's Life Orb SP does like 60%, and LO makes up for the lack of evs. By more even.

    And Gastly would a. trick the SP or b. switch out or c. hypnosis or d. sludge bomb on a crunch... Gastly has the tools to beat poochyena if it predicts right.

    Snover has the ability to Ice Shard to block sucker punch, so again it's a matter of prediction.

    Also, stunky has more base speed. Which matters if you're using a non-QF set (which admittedly lacks viability). Also scarf stunky ruuuulz, maybe.
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    I feel argumentative

    I said if they took previous damage. Anyway, STAB super-priority's gotta hurt. :/

    a. crunched b. you win[/pursuit?] c. toxic orb'd d. sucker punch

    Anyway, the point is, not all scarfers check Pooch because it's got le priorite forte.

    On the Howl set, shouldn't it be the same as the first set, but with Howl in the fourth slot and Facade slashed with Fire Fang?
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    You really only need to add Howl as a slash in the Quick feet set. It doesn't really merit its own set, because in essence they do the same thing: Sweep late-game. Howl just lets Poochy nab a bit more power.
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    Again, take the cedille off of the c in Facade. Yes, that's how it's "really spelled", but it also blows up the SCMS, and that's not what it's called in-game.
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    Mention that pursuit can be used to checkmate gastly; the if it gets below [certain amt of hp that pursuit always does], poochy can outspeed and kill it with pursuit. This is one thing that it has over stunky and houndour, so it should be mentioned.

    Otherwise, it looks great.
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    Not a great Pokemon, but this is it's best set. QC stamping.

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    In your counters, you still mention Fire Fang, that should be removed

    Otherwise, this is really good

    P.S. Why aren't you getting a Pre-contributor badge, you are dominating LC-QC, getting everything done within a week...
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    howl should be removed. It isn't SD / NP caliber. Also,

    Don't you mean WE'RE dominating LCQC?
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    Machop resists Sucker Punch as well.
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    hey guys lets not GP check Belphagor's comments
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    Guys, that was a random comment, and Fatecrashers, it's not GP checking, it's more like stealing the glory for yourself...


    These comments will just be removed, so we might as well stop this useless talk and get back to the poochyena at hand.
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    Mention Priority moves is the counters section. From my experience, any priority move not named Shadow Sneak or Sucker Punch does a nice dent to Poochyena. Also, stop saying "this Pokemon should not be underestimated" in every analysis you write. While this is true for some Pokemon, Poochyena is not one of them. 21 Speed isn't even that good, since the most common Scarfers such as Mankey and Gligar reach higher Speed. However, everything else looks good. Approval stays if you make those changes.
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    In analyses, we use Facade not Façade.
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    Poochyena (Analysis) (open)

    [OVERVIEW]

    <p>At first glance, Poochyena may seem very outclassed by Stunky, having who has higher stats all across the board; however, , but thanks to Poochyena has some tricks up his sleeves, mainly a decent ability coupled with a fairly large movepool. Poochyena has a decent Attack stat, but all its other stats are rather mediocre, meaning many people turn Poochyena down overlook it for a spot on their team. However, Poochyena has a unique rare ability in Quick Feet, as well as hitting 14 Speed, allowing it to outspeed all Pokemon who don’t carry Choice Scarf once Quick Feet has activated. Overall, Poochyena is an interesting Pokemon who has many unique qualities.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Physical Quick Feet
    move 1: Sucker Punch
    move 2: Facade
    move 3: Ice Fang
    move 4: Protect / Crunch / Howl
    item: Toxic Orb
    ability: Quick Feet
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 236 Atk / 36 SpD / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set attempts to remedy Poochyena’s average Speed stat, boosting it from 14 to 21 thanks to Toxic Orb activating Quick Feet, which enables Poochyena to outspeed outspeeds all non-Choice Scarf Pokemon in the metagame. Poochyena receives has access to STAB Sucker Punch, which is the strongest priority move in the game. Sucker Punch allows it to pick off weakened Pokemon. Once Toxic Orb activates, Facade's Base Power doubles to 140 Facade is a 140 base power move once Toxic Orb activates, making Poochyena one strong tough Pokemon to counter. Ice Fang allows Poochyena to hit more Pokemon Gligar, who would normally wall this set, for super effective damage. Gligar who would normally wall this set is always KOed by Ice Fang at 20 HP or lower. Crunch is used advised in the last slot for a reliable STAB move, as well as having a nice 20% chance of a Defense drop. Howl is also an option to allow Poochyena to boost its Attack, allowing it to hit quite hard after just one boost harder.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Poochyena should be sent in on a weakened Pokemon which can be picked off with Sucker Punch. After the opponent’s Pokemon has fainted, Toxic Orb will activate, powering up Facade and boosting Poochyena's Speed , allowing Poochyena to destroy much of the opponent’s team. Poochyena’s main weapon is Facade, so any Pokemon who resists it can check it. It should be noted that a status boosted Facade deals more damage to a neutral target than STAB Sucker Punch. Ghost-types are immune to Facade, but cannot check Poochyena because it carries Sucker Punch. The EV spread gives Poochyena maximum Attack and Speed, while putting the remaining EVs into Special Defense to boost it by one point.</p>

    [Team Options]

    <p>Gligar is a good teammate, being able to take out bulky Steel-type Pokemon such as Aron with Earthquake, as well as having the ability to U-turn to scout the opponent’s team and to activate Poochyena’s Toxic Orb by bringing Poochyena in after U-turning on the switch-in if Poochyena is sent out. Gligar also resists Fighting- and Bug-type attacks, the two both types that Poochyena is weak to. Magnemite is also a good teammate, trapping Bronzor with Magnet Pull and taking it out with Thunderbolt if it has taken a bit of damage.</p>

    [Optional Changes]

    <p>Fire Fang can be used if you want to hit Steel-type Pokemon, but the most common Steel-type,(comma) Bronzor,(comma) is only gets 3HKOed by it. A mixed set of consisting of Dark Pulse, Hidden Power Ice, Sucker Punch, and Thunder Fang could work, hitting quite hard from both sides, while retaining decent coverage. A special set is not mentioned because it Poochyena only gets Dark Pulse and a Hidden Power type to choose from Hidden Power for its special movepool. Pursuit can surprise Pokemon who are trying to escape, netting a guaranteed KO on weakened Pokemon. It can also checkmate particularly Ghost-types such as Gastly, who can be placed in a checkmate position if it is at 60% health or under, knocking it out even if it chooses to stay in. Rock Smash allows you to beat Aron who would otherwise set up on you, as well as being able to scout switch-ins, getting Defense drops half the time since it has a 50% chance to lower the opponent's Defense. Lastly, Snatch can be used against Pokemon who try to counter Poochyena with Substitute, stealing their Substitute if they don't attack, while also risking getting attacked hard by Sucker Punch if they choose to attack.</p>

    [Counters]
    <p>Bronzor is only afraid of Fire Fang, and even that can only 3-4HKO Bronzor, meaning Bronzor can comfortably set up Stealth Rock,(remove) and fire off Gyro Ball. Choice Scarf Mankey and Machop is a are great check checks to Poochyena, since both are being able to OHKO with Close Combat, and Mankey can or deal lots of damage with U-turn in the case of Mankey before Poochyena can Façade. Mankey and Machop don't have to worry about Sucker Punch either because they resist it. Though not a counter, Gastly is immune to Façade Facade, and can get up a Substitute while Poochyena uses Sucker Punch, allowing Gastly to take out Poochyena the next turn with Sludge Bomb. Though not a useful strategy, Poochyena’s opponents can play mind games with it, using non-damaging moves when it uses Sucker Punch, while its damage from Toxic slowly increases. Poochyena is very frail, so any priority move that is not Shadow Sneak or Sucker Punch will put a large dent in Poochyena it, if not knock it out.</p>


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    [OVERVIEW]

    <p>At first glance, Poochyena may seem outclassed by Stunky, who has higher stats across the board; however, Poochyena has some tricks up his sleeve as well, boasting mainly a decent ability and coupled with a fairly large movepool. Even though Poochyena has a decent Attack stat, but all its mediocre other stats are rather mediocre, meaning lead many people to overlook him for a spot on their team. However, Poochyena has a rare ability in Quick Feet, as well as and hits 14 Speed, allowing him to outspeed all Pokemon who don’t carry Choice Scarf once Quick Feet is activated. Overall, Poochyena is an interesting Pokemon who has many unique qualities.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Physical Quick Feet
    move 1: Sucker Punch
    move 2: Facade
    move 3: Ice Fang
    move 4: Protect / Crunch / Howl
    item: Toxic Orb
    ability: Quick Feet
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 236 Atk / 36 SpD / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set, utilitzing a combination of Toxic Orb and Poochyena's ability, Quick Feet, attempts to remedies Poochyena’s average Speed stat, by boosting it from 14 to 21 thanks to Toxic Orb activating Quick Feet, which enables allowing Poochyena to outspeed all non-Choice Scarf Pokemon in the metagame. [you need to add a sentence or two here connecting these two sections. this seems really disjointed right now, so find a way to relate Poochyena's Speed and its moveset] Poochyena has access to STAB Sucker Punch, which is the strongest priority move in the game, Sucker Punch which allows it to pick off weakened Pokemon. Once Toxic Orb activates, Facade's Base Power doubles to 140, making Poochyena one an extremely tough Pokemon to counter. Ice Fang allows Poochyena to hit Gligar, who would normally wall this set, for super effective damage. Crunch is advised in the last slot to provide a reliable STAB move, as well as having and also has a nice 20% chance to lower the target's Defense drop. Howl is also an option, as it allows Poochyena to boost its Attack, allowing it to hit harder. [why is Protect then main option when it isn't mentioned in the analysis? either change the slash order or explain why Protect is more effective than the other two]</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Poochyena should be sent in on a weakened Pokemon who can be picked off with Sucker Punch. After the opponent’s Pokemon has fainted, This allows Poochyena to activate Toxic Orb while KOing the opposing Pokemon with Sucker Punch will activate, powering up Facade and boosting Poochyena's Speed due to Quick Feet. Poochyena’s main weapon is Facade, so any Pokemon who resists it can check check Poochyena rather effectively. It should be noted that a status boosted Facade, when Poochyena has a status affliction, deals more damage to a neutral target than STAB Sucker Punch. Ghost-types are immune to Facade, but cannot check Poochyena because it carries because they are threatened by Sucker Punch and Crunch. The EV spread gives Poochyena maximum Attack and Speed, while putting the remaining EVs into boosting its Special Defense to boost it by one point with the remaining EVs.</p>

    [Team Options]

    <p>Gligar is a good teammate, as it is able to eliminate bulky Steel-type Pokemon such as Aron with Earthquake. Gligar also has as well as having the ability to U-turn to scout the opponent’s team, letting and to activate Poochyena’s Toxic Orb activate for free by bringing Poochyena in after using U-turn on a predicted switch on the switch-in. Gligar also resists Fighting- and Bug-type attacks, the two types that Poochyena is weak to. Magnemite is also a good teammate, trapping Bronzor with Magnet Pull and taking it out with Thunderbolt.</p>

    [Optional Changes]

    <p>Fire Fang can be used if you want Poochyena to hit Steel-type Pokemon, but the most common Steel-type, Bronzor, is only 3HKOed. A mixed set of consisting of Dark Pulse, Hidden Power Ice, Sucker Punch, and Thunder Fang could work, hitting quite hard from both sides, while retaining decent coverage. A special set is not mentioned because Poochyena's pitiful special movepool is limited to only gets Dark Pulse and Hidden Power for its special movepool. Pursuit can be used to surprise Pokemon who are trying to escape; it is particularly useful against Ghost-types such as Gastly, who can be placed in a checkmate position if they are at 60% health or under since they will be KOed regardless of whether or not they switch out, knocking it out even if it chooses to stay in. Rock Smash allows Poochyena to beat Aron, who would otherwise freely set up on Poochyena you, as well as being able to softening up switch-ins, since it has a with its 50% chance to lower the opponent's Defense. Lastly, Snatch can be used against Pokemon who try to counter Poochyena with Substitute, stealing their Substitutes if they don't attack, as Poochyena threatens to hit them hard with also risking getting attacked hard by Sucker Punch if they do choose to attack.</p>

    [Counters]
    <p>Bronzor counters Poochyena rather well, as it is only afraid of Fire Fang, and even that which can only 3HKO Bronzor at best; as such, meaning Bronzor can comfortably switch in, set up Stealth Rock, and strike back with Gyro Ball. Choice Scarf Mankey and Machop is a are great checks to Poochyena, since both are able to OHKO him with Close Combat and do not fear taking a resisted Sucker Punch; and Mankey is especially effective, as he can or deal lots of damage with U-turn while scouting for a potential switch-in at the same time. Mankey and Machop don't have to worry about Sucker Punch either because they resist it. Though not a counter, Gastly is immune to Facade, and can set up a Substitute while Poochyena uses Sucker Punch, allowing Gastly to take out Poochyena the next turn with Sludge Bomb. Though not a particularly effective strategy, Poochyena’s opponents can play mind games with it, using non-damaging moves when Poochyena uses Sucker Punch, making it waste precious turns while its damage from Toxic slowly accumulates. Poochyena is very frail, so any priority move that he does not resist is not Shadow Sneak or Sucker Punch will put a large dent in it, deal huge amounts of damage even if it does not outright KO him knock it out.</p>


    good job on this, though your prose could use some more work to make it flow better. I think this'll probably need another GP check.

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    [Overview] (I think that the uploaders have to lowercase these marks so I'll do that here.)

    <p>At first glance, Poochyena may seem outclassed by Stunky, who has higher stats across the board; however, Poochyena has some tricks up his sleeve
    as well, boasting a decent ability such as access to Quick Feet and a fairly large movepool. Even though Poochyena has a decent Attack stat, its mediocre other stats lead many people to overlook him. However, Poochyena has a rare ability in Quick Feet and hits 14 Speed, allowing him to outspeed all Pokemon who don’t carry a Choice Scarf once Quick Feet is activated. Overall, Poochyena can be a dangerous threat when given the proper scenario. is an interesting Pokemon who has many unique qualities. (idk, I just thought that Poochyena really wasn't an interesting Pokemon and definitely doesn't have that much unique qualities... maybe like two? That is, Quick Feet + Orb and Facade combination. If you disagree, feel free to ignore this part.)</p>

    [SET]
    name: Physical Quick Feet
    move 1: Sucker Punch
    move 2: Facade
    move 3: Ice Fang
    move 4: Protect / Crunch / Howl
    item: Toxic Orb
    ability: Quick Feet
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 236 Atk / 36 SpD / 236 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set, utilizing a combination of Toxic Orb and Poochyena's ability, Quick Feet,
    remedies utilizes a combination of Toxic Orb and Quick Feet to remedy Poochyena’s average Speed stat by boosting it from 14 to 21, (comma) allowing which allows Poochyena to outspeed all non-Choice Scarf Pokemon. Poochyena’s Speed stat, coupled with powerful attacks mean Poochyena can With boosted Speed, Poochyena can then put some major dents in the opponent’s team with the respective attacks. Poochyena has access to STAB Sucker Punch, the one of the strongest priority moves in the game (STAB ExtremeSpeed =P), which allows it him to pick off weakened Pokemon. Once Toxic Orb activates, Facade's Base Power doubles to 140, making Poochyena an extremely tough Pokemon to counter. Ice Fang allows lets Poochyena to hit Gligar, who would normally wall this set, for super effective damage. Protect allows Toxic Orb to be activated without Poochyena getting hurt attacked, and is also useful for scouting. Crunch is advised a reliable STAB option in the last slot that can additionally lower the target's Defense 20% of the time. to provide a reliable STAB move, and also has a nice 20% chance to lower the target's Defense. Howl is also an option, as it allows Poochyena to boost its his Attack.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Poochyena should
    be sent in on a weakened Pokemon who can be picked off with Sucker Punch. This allows Poochyena to activate Toxic Orb while KOing the opposing Pokemon with Sucker Punch, powering up Facade and boosting Poochyena's Speed due to Quick Feet. (Don't need that repeated.) Moreover, Poochyena can forgo Protect in this case for Crunch or Howl. Poochyena’s main weapon is Facade, so any Pokemon who resists it can check check Poochyena rather effectively. (I don't see the need of this sentence.) It should be noted that Facade, when Poochyena has a status affliction, deals more damage to a neutral target than STAB Sucker Punch. Ghost-types are immune to Facade, but cannot check Poochyena because they are threatened by Sucker Punch and Crunch. The EV spread gives Poochyena maximum Attack and Speed, while boosting its Special Defense by one point with the remaining EVs.</p>

    [Team Options]

    <p>Gligar is a good an excellent teammate, as it he is able to eliminate bulky Steel-type Pokemon such as Aron with Earthquake. As a plus,
    Gligar also has the ability to U-turn to scout the opponent’s team, letting Poochyena’s Toxic Orb activate for free by bringing Poochyena in after using U-turn on a predicted switch. Gligar also resists Fighting- and Bug-type attacks that Poochyena is weak to. Last but not least, Magnemite is also a good teammate, trapping as the magnet can trap Bronzor with Magnet Pull and taking it take him out with Thunderbolt.</p>

    [Optional Changes]

    <p>Fire Fang can be used if you want Poochyena to hit Steel-type Pokemon, but the most common Steel-type, Bronzor, is only 3HKOed. A mixed set consisting of Dark Pulse, Hidden Power Ice, Sucker Punch, and Thunder Fang could work, (remove comma) hitting quite hard from both sides while retaining decent coverage due to its power and decent coverage. However, a special set is not mentioned because Poochyena's pitiful special movepool is limited to Dark Pulse and Hidden Power. Pursuit can be used to surprise Pokemon who are trying to escape; it is particularly useful against Ghost-types such as Gastly, who can be placed in a checkmate position if they are at 60% health or under since they will be KOed regardless of whether or not they switch out. Rock Smash allows Poochyena to beat Aron, who would otherwise freely set up on Poochyena, as well as
    soften up switch-ins with its 50% chance to lower of lowering the opponent's Defense. Lastly, Snatch can be used against Pokemon who try to counter Poochyena with Substitute, stealing their Substitutes if they don't attack, as Poochyena threatens to hit them hard with Sucker Punch if they do choose to attack.</p>

    [Counters]
    <p>Bronzor counters Poochyena rather well, as it he is only afraid of Fire Fang, which only 3HKOes Bronzor at best; as such, Bronzor can comfortably switch in, set up Stealth Rock, and strike back with Gyro Ball. Choice Scarf Mankey and Machop are great checks to Poochyena, since both are able to OHKO him with Close Combat and do not fear taking a resisted Sucker Punch; Mankey is especially effective, as he can deal lots of damage with U-turn while scouting for a potential switch-in at the same time. Though not a counter, Gastly is immune to Facade and can set up a Substitute while Poochyena uses Sucker Punch, allowing Gastly to take out Poochyena the next turn with Sludge Bomb. Though not a particularly effective strategy, Poochyena’s opponents can play mind games with it him, (remove comma) by using non-damaging moves when Poochyena uses Sucker Punch, making it him waste precious turns while its damage from Toxic Toxic damage slowly accumulates. Poochyena is very frail, so any priority move that he does not resist will deal huge amounts of damage even if it does not outright KO.</p>


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