Reuniclus (Analysis)

#1

Reuniclus


[OVERVIEW]

<p>Reuniclus's excellent bulk, low Speed, ability Magic Guard, and Psychic typing allow it to serve as a very effective Trick Room set-up Pokemon. Its excellent Special Attack, in conjunction with recoil free use of Life Orb, allow it to deal major damage to many common VGC 2011 Pokemon while retaining decent bulk. Reuniclus has a special niche in the metagame in that it can not only reliably set up Trick Room, but also abuse it well with its high Special Attack, allowing to serve as a reliable pivot with very few weaknesses.</p>

[SET]
name: Offensive Trick Room
move 1: Trick Room
move 2: Psychic / Psyshock
move 3: Shadow Ball
move 4: Focus Blast / Protect
nature: Quiet
ability: Magic Guard
item: Life Orb
evs: 172 HP / 32 Def / 252 SpA / 52 SpD
ivs: 0 Spd

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>Trick Room is the basis of this set, allowing Reuniclus to outspeed almost everything on the field. Coming from a base 125 Special Attack, Psychic is Reuniclus's STAB attack, and with a Life Orb boost, will do major damage to anything that doesn't resist it. Shadow Ball and Focus Blast complement its coverage, allowing it to hit everything for at least neutral damage while nabbing key KOs on many common Pokemon such as Chandelure and Hydreigon. The EVs maximize Reuniclus's Special Attack, allowing it to become an offensive force, while preserving its decent bulk. The EVs also allow it to survive Timid Vulcarona's Bug Buzz, Modest Chople Berry Hydreigon's Dark Pulse, and Quiet Chandelure's Shadow Ball, as well as a +4 Terrakion's Rock Slide, making it an excellent check to the vaunted Beat Up Whimsicott-Terrakion combination. The EVs also allow it to survive Landorus's Earthquake and Thundurus's Discharge, allowing Reuniclus to set up Trick Room on the turn they attack and hit them hard on the next.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>Psyshock can work over Psychic, allowing Reuniclus to hit hard on the physical side as well. This helps against Jellicent and Volcarona, doing much more damage than Shadow Ball or Psychic would. Psychic is generally the better choice, though, as it hits harder overall. Protect is always useful in VGC play, and considering the shaky accuracy of Focus Blast, may be more useful if Reuniclus is paired with a Fighting-type, such as Conkeldurr or Scrafty, which can hit hard with its STAB attacks.</p>

<p>Conkeldurr makes an excellent teammate with its massive Attack stat; with Mach Punch, it can take out the Sucker Punch users which tend to trouble Reuniclus, and its powerful multi-target hitting Rock Slide can OHKO Chandelure and Volcarona, both of which can easily take out Reuniclus. Mienshao makes another good partner, as it can Taunt Chandelure to stop it from using Imprison and stopping Trick Room from being set up, while its Fake Out can give Reuniclus a free turn to setup Trick Room. Its powerful Fighting-type moves will easily OHKO the Dark-types that can give Reuniclus trouble. Any user of a spread attack will help Reuniclus considerably; although it hits hard, it doesn't have super effective coverage on some common VGC 2011 Pokemon, and a user of Rock Slide, Heat Wave, or Blizzard can help to complete KOs against Pokemon such as the genie trio.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Reuniclus has access to Snatch, which can allow it to steal an Imprison from a Chandelure, a Tailwind from a Whimsicott, and so on, but it's generally not very reliable. If Reuniclus is attacked during the turn it attempts to Snatch a move when it would normally use Trick Room, it's probably going to be defeated without succesfully setting up Trick Room. Reuniclus has access to both Reflect and Light Screen, but with its low Speed, it will be far less effective at setting them up compared to a Pokemon like Sigilyph, and Reuniclus will do far more good attacking than setting up dual screens. With Magic Guard nullifying damage from sandstorm and hail, Reuniclus can run a set utilizing Trick Room, Focus Sash, and Endeavor at a low level, using a FEAR strategy. However, this strategy is ruined should Reuniclus suffer multiple hits (notably from multi-target attacks), and its pre-evolution Duosion typically performs this role better, due to its lower HP. Recover is an option to recover health while a teammate attacks, and also to avoid Sucker Punch, but Reuniclus really doesn't have the defenses to successfully utilize it in VGC.</p>

<p>Reuniclus can effectively use Trick and Flame Orb in conjunction with Magic Guard to attain an immunity to status, as well as the ability to burn the opponent. Reuniclus does learn Imprison as well, and while vastly overshadowed by Chandelure due to Reuniclus's much lower Speed, it can still be useful. With Psychic and Shadow Ball on a moveset with Imprison, Reuniclus can completely shut down a plethora of Pokemon that commonly set up Trick Room.</p>

[Checks and Counters]

<p>Pokemon with Sucker Punch, such as Bisharp, Zoroark, and Druddigon can threaten Reuniclus immensely with the ability to remove it from the match before it even attacks, although at full health, Reuniclus can take most Sucker Punches without being KOed. A Fighting-type Pokemon is recommended to combat this; under Trick Room, Conkeldurr's Mach Punch outspeeds the aforementioned Pokemon using Sucker Punch, and OHKOes both users of STAB Sucker Punch. Even though this set's EVs allow it to survive a few super effective attacks, Reuniclus is severely damaged by Volcarona's Bug Buzz, Hydreigon's Dark Pulse and Chandelure's Shadow Ball, although it can OHKO the latter two with Focus Blast and Shadow Ball respectively, assuming neither hold a resist berry.</p>

<p>If Reuniclus is unable to setup Trick Room, it will find itself unable to attack effectively due to its poor Speed stat. Therefore, a Pokemon that can remove or disable common users of Taunt or Imprison is very useful. Whimsicott can outspeed and Taunt every other Taunt user, while a Fake Out user such as Mienshao or Scrafty can halt opposing attempts to stop Reuniclus from setting up Trick Room. Encore is also able to neuter Reuniclus; if Whimsicott is on the field as Reuniclus uses Trick Room, it can use Encore the next turn to undo Trick Room and prevent Reuniclus from attacking. Switching out can remedy this, but this gives your opponent a free turn as you switch out. Mental Herb is an option to stop Taunt and Encore, but Reuniclus loses a lot of power when using it. Generally it is not recommended.</p>
 
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OH MY GOD I AM SO SORRY FOR FORGETTING ABOUT THIS I AM SUCH AN IDIOT ASDFASDFASDF. It won't happen again. In any case, it's written up. I'd like some feedback on the "Team Options" and "Counters" sections; they seem pretty sparse, but I can't think of what better to put there right now.
 

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#4
Looks good.

I'd just give a mention to a couple of other move options in OC: Trick + Flame Orb can provide Reuniclus with status immunity to protect against opposiing spores and a 100% accurate Burn move.

It also has access to Imprison + Trick Room, which may be worth mentioning purely on merit.

This looks pretty solid though.

QC Approved 1/2
 
#5
Both Trick + Flame Orb and Imprison have been added to OC.

Thanks a bunch.

EDIT: The skeleton has been edited to conform to the new analysis format.
 
#7
i think it could also be used the following:
facade
trick room
psychic
focus blast
also, it would hold the flame orb, because, like kinneas said, it would protect him from annoying spores. it would, also, increase the damage of facade without losing hp on its burn, thanks to magic guard...
focus blast would be good to kill dark- types, who are the biggest threat here, and psychic to kill fighting and poison pokemon...
P.S.: also, the bug pokemon, who could cause a little problem, would be KOed by facade, of course...
 
#8
i think it could also be used the following:
facade
trick room
psychic
focus blast
also, it would hold the flame orb, because, like kinneas said, it would protect him from annoying spores. it would, also, increase the damage of facade without losing hp on its burn, thanks to magic guard...
focus blast would be good to kill dark- types, who are the biggest threat here, and psychic to kill fighting and poison pokemon...
P.S.: also, the bug pokemon, who could cause a little problem, would be KOed by facade, of course...
Facade is a physical move, and Reuniclus is Specially-based with a lacking Attack stat.

I think Psycho Shock-->Psyshock in English.
 

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This is really late, but if it is possible I would slash protect over focus miss. I've been playing a lot of vgc and protect is very valuable. The ability to guard a poke for one turn easily makes a difference in a match. Other slow fightings can provide the coverage against dark that comes with the loss of focus blast, and it is already notoriously unreliable. At the very least protect over focus blast derserves an other options or additional comments mention.
 

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#13
I'm concerned about the viability of Recover, I've tried it, and Reuniclus isnt really bulky enough to use it. I would prefer if the set looked like this.

name: Trick Room Attacker
move 1: Trick Room
move 2: Psychic / Psyshock
move 3: Shadow Ball
move 4: Focus Blast / Protect

With Recover just in oo
 
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Reuniclus


[Overview]

<p>Reuniclus's excellent bulk, Magic Guard, and Psychic typing allow it to serve as a very effective Trick Room set-up Pokemon. Its extremely low speed and and excellent Special Attack, along with a recoilless combined with recoil free Life Orb, allow it to deal major damage to many common VGC 2011 pokemon while retaining decent bulk. Reuniclus has a special niche in that it can not only reliably setup Trick Room, but also abuse it well with its high Special Attack, allowing to serve as a reliable pivot with very few weaknesses.</p>

[SET]
name: Offensive Trick Room
move 1: Trick Room
move 2: Psychic / Psyshock
move 3: Shadow Ball
move 4: Focus Blast / Protect
nature: Quiet
ability: Magic Guard
item: Life Orb
evs: 172 HP / 32 Def / 252 SpA / 52 SpD
ivs: 0 Spd

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>Trick Room is the basis of this set, setting up the field condition and allowing Reuniclus to outspeed almost everything on the field. Psychic is Reuniclus's strong STAB attack, and coming from a Life Orb-boosted 125 base Special Attack, it will do major damage to anything that doesn't resist it, and will OHKO any Fighting-type Pokemon. Shadow Ball and Focus Blast complement its coverage, allowing it to hit everything at least neutrally, and getting for at least neutral damage while nabbing key KOs on many common VGC pokemon such as Chandelure and Hydreigon. The EVs allow Reuniclus to maintain maximum Special Attack, allowing it to become an offensive force, while preserving its decent bulk. The EVs allow it to survive a Timid Vulcarona's Bug Buzz, a Modest Chople Hydreigon's Dark Pulse, and a Quiet Chandelure's Shadow Ball, as well as a +4 Terrakion's Rock Slide. The EVs also allow it to survive a turn of Landorus's Earthquake and Thundurus's Discharge (assuming neither of them hold a Life Orb), allowing it to set up Trick Room on the turn they attack and hit them hard on the next.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>Psyshock can work over Psychic, allowing Reuniclus to hit hard on the physical side as well, which can help against Jellicent and Volcarona, doing much more damage than Shadow Ball or Psychic would. Psychic is generally the better choice, though, as it hits harder overall. Protect is always useful in VGC, and considering the shaky accuracy of Focus Blast, may be more useful if Reuniclus is paired with a teammate which can hit hard with Fighting-type attacks like Conkeldurr or Scrafty.</p>

<p>Conkeldurr makes an excellent teammate with its massive Attack stat; with Mach Punch, it can take out the Sucker Punch users which tend to trouble Reuniclus, and its powerful multi-target hitting Rock Slide can OHKO Chandelure and Volcarona, both of which can normally easily take out Reuniclus. Mienshao makes another good partner, as it can Taunt Chandelure to stop them from using Imprison and stopping Trick Room from being setup, while its Fake Out can give Reuniclus a free turn to setup Trick Room at the beginning of the match. Its powerful Fighting-type moves will easily OHKO the Dark-types that can give Reuniclus trouble, and Rock Slide can help against Chandelure and Vulcarona. Any user of a spread move multi-target attack will help Reuniclus considerably; although it hits hard, it doesn't have super effective coverage on some common VGC 2011 Pokemon, and a user of Rock Slide, Heat Wave, or Blizzard can help to complete KOs against Pokemon such as the genie trio, which Reuniclus misses out on OHKOing is barely unable to OHKO.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Reuniclus has access to Snatch, which can allow it to steal an Imprison from a Chandelure, a Tailwind from a Whimsicott, and so on, but it's generally not very reliable. because i If Reuniclus is attacked during the turn it attempts to Snatch a move when it would normally Trick Room, it is probably going to die the next turn due to its low Speed stat be defeated without successfully setting up Trick Room. Reuniclus has access to both Reflect and Light Screen, but with its low Speed, it will be far less effective than something like Sigilyph, and Reuniclus will do far more good attacking than dual screening. With Magic Guard nullifying damage from Sandstorm and Hail, along with Trick Room, Reuniclus can run a set utilizing Trick Room, Focus Sash and Endeavor at a low level, using a FEAR strategy. However, this strategy is ruined by Reuniclus being dual-targeted or hit by spread moves should Reuniclus suffer multiple hits (notably from multi-target attacks), and its pre-evolution Duosion typically performs this role better, due to its lower defenses HP. Recover is an option, in order to recover health while a teammate attacks, and also allows it to avoid Sucker Punch, but Reuniclus really doesn't have the defenses to successfully utilize Recover.</p>

<p>Reuniclus can effectively utilize Trick and Flame Orb in conjunction with Magic Guard to attain immunity to status, as well as a 100% accurate burning move. Reuniclus does learn Imprison as well, and while vastly overshadowed by Shandera Chandelure due to its Reuniclus's much lower Speed, it can still be useful. With Psychic and Shadow Ball on a moveset with Imprison, Reuniclus can completely shut down a plethora of common Trick Room setters -uppers.</p>

[Checks and Counters]

<p>Most Pokemon with Sucker Punch, such as Bisharp, Zoroark, or Druddigon can threaten Reuniclus immensely with the ability to remove it from the match before it even attacks, although at full health, Reuniclus can take most Sucker Punches without being KOed. A Fighting-type Pokemon is recommended to combat this; Conkeldurr's Mach Punch outspeeds Sucker Punch under Trick Room, and OHKOs both users of STAB Sucker Punch. This set's EVs allow it to survive a few super effective attacks, but Reuniclus is severely damaged by Volcarona's Bug Buzz, and takes massive damage from Hydreigon's Dark Pulse and Chandelure's Shadow Ball, although it can OHKO the latter two with Focus Blast and Shadow Ball respectively, assuming neither hold a resist berry. A Fighting-type such as Scrafty or Conkeldurr can help with these problem Pokemon, OHKOing all three with the appropriate moves.</p>

<p>If Reuniclus is not able to setup Trick Room, it will find itself unable to attack effectively due to its poor Speed stat. Therefore, a Pokemon to that can remove or disable common Taunt or Imprison users is very useful. Whimsicott can outspeed and Taunt every other Taunt user, while a Fake Out user such as Mienshao or Scrafty can halt opposing attempts to stop Reuniclus from setting up Trick Room. Encore is also able to neuter Reuniclus; if Whimsicott is in as Reuniclus uses Trick Room, it can Encore the next turn and to cancel out Trick Room to disable and prevent Reuniclus from attacking at the same time. Switching out can remedy this, but gives your opponent a free turn as you switch in, and free damage on the Pokemon switching in. For this reason, Mental Herb is an option to stop Taunt and Encore, but Reuniclus loses a lot of power when using it, and as such it is not recommended. Generally it is not recommended.</p>

[Dream World]

<p>Reuniclus gets Regenerator as a Dream World ability, but it's hard to argue with an ability like Magic Guard. Don't bother using Regenerator when it's released.</p>




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[Overview]

<p>Reuniclus's excellent bulk, Magic Guard, and Psychic typing allow it to serve as a very effective Trick Room set-up pokemon. Its extremely low speed and and excellent Special Attack, combined with recoil free Life Orb, allow it to deal major damage to many common VGC 2011 pokemon while retaining decent bulk. Reuniclus has a special niche in that it can not only reliably setup Trick Room, but also abuse it well with its high Special Attack, allowing to serve as a reliable pivot with very few weaknesses.</p>

[SET]
name: Offensive Trick Room
move 1: Trick Room
move 2: Psychic / Psyshock
move 3: Shadow Ball
move 4: Focus Blast / Protect
nature: Quiet
ability: Magic Guard
item: Life Orb
evs: 172 HP / 32 Def / 252 SpA / 52 SpD
ivs: 0 Spd

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>Trick Room is the basis of this set, setting up the field condition and allowing Reuniclus to outspeed almost everything on the field. Psychic is Reuniclus's strong STAB attack, and coming from a Life Orb-boosted 125 base Special Attack, will do major damage to anything that doesn't resist it, and will OHKO any Fighting-type pokemon. Shadow Ball and Focus Blast complement its coverage, allowing it to hit everything for at least neutral damage while nabbing key KOs on many common VGC pokemon such as Chandelure and Hydreigon. The EVs allow Reuniclus to maintain maximum Special Attack, allowing it to become an offensive force, while preserving its decent bulk. The EVs allow it to survive a Timid Vulcarona's Bug Buzz, a Modest Chople Berry Hydreigon's Dark Pulse, and a Quiet Chandelure's Shadow Ball, as well as a +4 Terrakion's Rock Slide. The EVs also allow it to survive a turn of Landorus's Earthquake and Thundurus's Discharge (assuming neither of them hold a Life Orb), allowing it to set up Trick Room on the turn they attack and hit them hard on the next.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>Psyshock can work over Psychic, allowing Reuniclus to hit hard on the physical side as well, which can help against Jellicent and Volcarona, doing much more damage than Shadow Ball or Psychic would. Psychic is generally the better choice, though, as it hits harder overall. Protect is always useful in VGC, and considering the shaky accuracy of Focus Blast, may be more useful if Reuniclus is paired with a teammate which can hit hard with Fighting-type attacks like Conkeldurr or Scrafty.</p>

<p>Conkeldurr makes an excellent teammate with its massive Attack stat; with Mach Punch, it can take out the Sucker Punch users which tend to trouble Reuniclus, and its powerful multi-target hitting Rock Slide can OHKO Chandelure and Volcarona, both of which can normally easily take out Reuniclus. Mienshao makes another good partner, as it can Taunt Chandelure to stop them it from using Imprison, and stopping Trick Room from being setup, while its Fake Out can give Reuniclus a free turn to setup Trick Room at the beginning of the match. Its powerful Fighting-type moves will easily OHKO the Dark-types that can give Reuniclus trouble, and Rock Slide can help against Chandelure and Vulcarona Volcarona. Any user of a multi-target attack will help Reuniclus considerably; although it hits hard, it doesn't have super effective coverage on some common VGC 2011 Pokemon, and a user of Rock Slide, Heat Wave, or Blizzard can help to complete KOs against Pokemon such as the genie trio, which Reuniclus is barely unable to OHKO.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Reuniclus has access to Snatch, which can allow it to steal an Imprison from a Chandelure, a Tailwind from a Whimsicott, and so on, but it's generally not very reliable. If Reuniclus is attacked during the turn it attempts to Snatch a move when it would normally use Trick Room, it is it's probably going to be defeated without succesfully setting up Trick Room. Reuniclus has access to both Reflect and Light Screen, but with its low Speed, it will be far less effective at setting them up than something like Sigilyph, and Reuniclus will do far more good attacking than dual screening. With Magic Guard nullifying damage from Sandstorm and Hail, Reuniclus can run a set utilizing Trick Room, Focus Sash, and Endeavor at a low level, using a FEAR strategy. However, this strategy is ruined should Reuniclus suffer multiple hits (notably from multi-target attacks), and its pre-evolution Duosion typically performs this role better, due to its lower HP. Recover is an option, in order to recover health while a teammate attacks, and also allows it to avoid Sucker Punch, but Reuniclus really doesn't have the defenses to successfully utilize it.</p>

<p>Reuniclus can effectively use Trick and Flame Orb in conjunction with Magic Guard to attain immunity to status, as well as a 100% accurate burning move. Reuniclus does learn Imprison as well, and while vastly overshadowed by Chandelure due to Reuniclus's much lower Speed, it can still be useful. With Psychic and Shadow Ball on a moveset with Imprison, Reuniclus can completely shut down a plethora of common Trick Room setters.</p>

[Checks and Counters]

<p>Most Pokemon with Sucker Punch, such as Bisharp, Zoroark, or Druddigon can threaten Reuniclus immensely with the ability to remove it from the match before it even attacks, although at full health, Reuniclus can take most Sucker Punches without being KOed. A Fighting-type Pokemon is recommended to combat this; Conkeldurr's Mach Punch outspeeds Sucker Punch under Trick Room, and OHKOs both users of STAB Sucker Punch. This set's EVs allow it to survive a few super effective attacks, but Reuniclus is severely damaged by Volcarona's Bug Buzz, and takes massive damage from Hydreigon's Dark Pulse, and Chandelure's Shadow Ball, although it can OHKO the latter two with Focus Blast and Shadow Ball respectively, assuming neither hold a resist berry. A Fighting-type such as Scrafty or Conkeldurr can help with these problem Pokemon, OHKOing all three with the appropriate moves.</p>

<p>If Reuniclus is unable to setup Trick Room, it will find itself unable to attack effectively due to its poor Speed stat. Therefore, a Pokemon that can remove or disable common Taunt or Imprison users is very useful. Whimsicott can outspeed and Taunt every other Taunt user, while a Fake Out user such as Mienshao or Scrafty can halt opposing attempts to stop Reuniclus from setting up Trick Room. Encore is also able to neuter Reuniclus; if Whimsicott is in as Reuniclus uses Trick Room, it can Encore the next turn to cancel out Trick Room and prevent Reuniclus from attacking at the same time. Switching out can remedy this, but gives your opponent a free turn as you switch in out, and free damage on the Pokemon switching in. Mental Herb is an option to stop Taunt and Encore, but Reuniclus loses a lot of power when using it. Generally it is not recommended.</p>



[Dream World]

<p>Reuniclus gets Regenerator as a Dream World ability, but it's hard to argue with an ability like Magic Guard. Don't bother using Regenerator when it's released.</p>
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[OVERVIEW]

<p>Reuniclus's excellent bulk, Magic Guard, and its Psychic typing allow it to serve as a very effective Trick Room set-up Pokemon. Its extremely low speed and and excellent Special Attack, combined in conjunction with recoil free use of Life Orb, allow it to deal major damage to many common VGC 2011 Pokemon while retaining decent bulk. (Reuniclus's Speed neither affects the damage it deals, nor its bulk) Reuniclus has a niche in the metagame in that it can not only reliably set up Trick Room, but also abuse it well with its high Special Attack, allowing to serve as a reliable pivot with very few weaknesses.</p>

[SET]
name: Offensive Trick Room
move 1: Trick Room
move 2: Psychic / Psyshock
move 3: Shadow Ball
move 4: Focus Blast / Protect
nature: Quiet
ability: Magic Guard
item: Life Orb
evs: 172 HP / 32 Def / 252 SpA / 52 SpD
ivs: 0 Spd

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>Trick Room is the basis of this set, setting up the field condition and allowing Reuniclus to outspeed almost everything on the field. Psychic is Reuniclus's STAB attack, and, coming from a Life Orb-boosted 125 base Special Attack, will do major damage to anything that doesn't resist it. (LO doesn't boost Reuniclus's SpA; it only boosts the BP of Psychic) Shadow Ball and Focus Blast complement its coverage, allowing it to hit everything for at least neutral damage while nabbing key KOs on many common VGC Pokemon such as Chandelure and Hydreigon. The EVs allow Reuniclus to maintain maximum maximise Reuniclus's Special Attack, allowing it to become an offensive force, while preserving its decent bulk. The EVs allow it to survive a Timid Vulcarona's Bug Buzz, a Modest Chople Berry Hydreigon's Dark Pulse, and a Quiet Chandelure's Shadow Ball, as well as a +4 Terrakion's Rock Slide. The EVs also allow it to survive a turn of Landorus's Earthquake and Thundurus's Discharge (assuming neither of them hold a Life Orb), allowing it to set up Trick Room on the turn they attack and hit them hard on the next.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>Psyshock can work over Psychic, allowing Reuniclus to hit hard on the physical side as well, which. This can help will help against Jellicent and Volcarona, doing much more damage than Shadow Ball or Psychic would. Psychic is generally the better choice, though, as it hits harder overall. Protect is always useful in VGC, and, considering the shaky accuracy of Focus Blast, may be more useful if Reuniclus is paired with a teammate Fighting-type, such as Conkeldurr or Scrafty, which can hit hard with Fighting-type its STAB attacks like Conkeldurr or Scrafty.</p>

<p>Conkeldurr makes an excellent teammate with its massive Attack stat; with Mach Punch, it can take out the Sucker Punch users which tend to trouble Reuniclus, and its powerful multi-target hitting Rock Slide can OHKO Chandelure and Volcarona, both of which can easily take out Reuniclus. Mienshao makes another good partner, as it can Taunt Chandelure to stop it from using Imprison and stopping Trick Room from being set up, while its Fake Out can give Reuniclus a free turn to set up Trick Room at the beginning of the match. Its powerful Fighting-type moves will easily OHKO the Dark-types that can give Reuniclus trouble, and Rock Slide can help against Chandelure and Volcarona. (you have already mentioned this point) Any user of a multi-target spread attack will help Reuniclus considerably; although it hits hard, it doesn't have super effective coverage on some common VGC 2011 Pokemon, and a user of Rock Slide, Heat Wave, or Blizzard can help to complete KOs against Pokemon such as the genie trio, which Reuniclus is barely unable fto OHKO.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Reuniclus has access to Snatch, which can allow it to steal an Imprison from a Chandelure, a Tailwind from a Whimsicott, and so on, but it's generally not very reliable. If Reuniclus is attacked during the turn it attempts to Snatch a move when it would normally use Trick Room, it's probably going to be defeated without succesfully setting up Trick Room. Reuniclus has access to both Reflect and Light Screen, but with its low Speed, it will be far less effective at setting them up than something like compared to a Pokemon like Sigilyph, and Reuniclus will do far more good attacking than dual screening setting up dual screens. With Magic Guard nullifying damage from sandstorm and hail, (weather is not capitalized) Reuniclus can run a set utilizing Trick Room, Focus Sash, and Endeavor at a low level, using a FEAR strategy. However, this strategy is ruined should Reuniclus suffer multiple hits (notably from multi-target attacks), and its pre-evolution Duosion typically performs this role better, due to its lower HP. Recover is an option to recover health while a teammate attacks, and also to avoid Sucker Punch, but Reuniclus really doesn't have the defenses to successfully utilize it in VGC.</p>

<p>Reuniclus can effectively use Trick and Flame Orb in conjunction with Magic Guard to attain an immunity to status, as well as an 100% accurate burning move the ability to burn the opponent. Reuniclus does learn Imprison as well, and, while vastly overshadowed by Chandelure due to Reuniclus's much lower Speed, it can still be useful. With Psychic and Shadow Ball on a moveset with Imprison, Reuniclus can completely shut down a plethora of Pokemon that commonly set up Trick Room setters.</p>

[Checks and Counters]

<p>Most Pokemon with Sucker Punch, such as Bisharp, Zoroark, or and Druddigon, can threaten Reuniclus immensely with the ability to remove it from the match before it even attacks, although at full health, Reuniclus can take most Sucker Punches without being KOed. A Fighting-type Pokemon is recommended to combat this; under Trick Room, Conkeldurr's Mach Punch outspeeds the aforementioned Pokemon using Sucker Punch under Trick Room, and OHKOes both users of STAB Sucker Punch. Even though this set's EVs allow it to survive a few super effective attacks, but Reuniclus is severely damaged by Volcarona's Bug Buzz, Hydreigon's Dark Pulse and Chandelure's Shadow Ball, although it can OHKO the latter two with Focus Blast and Shadow Ball respectively, assuming neither hold a resist berry.</p>

<p>If Reuniclus is unable to setup Trick Room, it will find itself unable to attack effectively due to its poor Speed stat. Therefore, a Pokemon that can remove or disable common Taunt or Imprison users of Taunt and Imprison is very useful. Whimsicott can outspeed and Taunt every other Taunt user, while a Fake Out user such as Mienshao or Scrafty can halt opposing attempts to stop Reuniclus from setting up Trick Room. Encore is also able to neuter Reuniclus; if Whimsicott is in is on the field as Reuniclus uses Trick Room, it can use Encore the next turn to cancel out Trick Room and prevent Reuniclus from attacking. Switching out can remedy this, but this gives your opponent a free turn as you switch out, and free damage on the Pokemon switching in.</p>

[Dream World]

<p>Reuniclus gets Regenerator as a Dream World ability, but it's hard to argue using it with when you have an ability like Magic Guard. Don't bother using Regenerator when it's released.</p>




GP 2 / 2