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Rhydon [QC 3/3] [GP 2/2]

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by Komodo, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. Komodo

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    [Overview]

    <p>Rhydon is a premier offensive Pokemon in RU; with an impressive base 130 Attack, decent offensive typing, and resistances to Electric-, Flying-, and Normal-type moves; the opponent needs to play carefully to avoid being swept by this beast. In addition to its great offensive presence, Rhydon can utilize Eviolite to boost its Defense to monstrous levels. As mighty as it looks, not all is well for Rhydon; with its nasty weakness to Water- and Grass-type moves, an awful Speed stat, and two useless abilities, Rhydon will be hard-pressed to compete in the tier. Despite its flaws, Rhydon is a creature you certainly don't want to run into in a dark alley.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Defensive
    move 1: Stealth Rock
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
    move 4: Megahorn / Substitute
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Impish
    evs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Thanks to its massive physical Defense, useful resistances to Normal- and Flying-type attacks, and access to Stealth Rock, Rhydon is an excellent team supporter. Furthermore, Rhydon's ability to use Eviolite boosts its defensive prowess significantly, making it very difficult to KO. Earthquake and Stone Edge provide reliable STAB along with decent coverage, while Megahorn deals with Psychic-types such as Claydol. Rock Blast can be used to break through Substitute users, such as Moltres, while Substitute can be used to shield Rhydon from status and grants it a free turn to set up or attack. Rhydon's ability to force switches grants it numerous opportunities to set up a Substitute and even more opportunities to KO the opponent.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Maximum HP and Defense investment give Rhydon as much bulk as possible. A specially defensive spread can be used to survive a hit from Rotom or Moltres, but it's largely inferior to a physically orientated spread. Roar is an option to rack up entry hazard damage, but its negative priority may be a letdown. Rock Slide is an option over Stone Edge for its higher accuracy and PP, but that's a matter of personal preference. Rest can be used alongside a cleric, but forces Rhydon to sleep or switch out.</p>

    <p>As previously mentioned, Rest is Rhydon's only form of recovery, making Wish support extremely helpful. Clefable can support Rhydon with Wish, remove status afflictions with Heal Bell, and switch into special attacks aimed at Rhydon. Leafeon is another decent choice as it can switch into physically-based Water- and Grass-type moves and pass Swords Dance boosts to Rhydon. Pokemon that can switch into Rhydon's weaknesses are helpful. Qwilfish can switch into Water- and Fighting-type moves, soften physical attackers with Intimidate, and set up Toxic Spikes for its teammates. Moltres can switch into Fighting- and Grass-types and KO them with its STAB moves, but its Stealth Rock weakness requires a Rapid Spin user to keep it alive. Finally, Uxie is an excellent mixed tank that resists Fighting-type moves and is immune to Ground-type moves.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Substitute
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
    move 4: Megahorn
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Thanks to its decent typing, helpful resistances, and massive Attack stat, Rhydon can easily force out many common opponents. Entei that lack Hidden Power Grass (or are locked into a different move), most Honchkrow variants, and Choice-locked Rotom are a few examples. Using Substitute on a switch allows Rhydon to take on some of its most dangerous counters and avoid status; for example, if the opponent brings in a Grass-type, such as Lilligant, Rhydon can avoid damage and wipe it out with Megahorn. Earthquake and Stone Edge are obligatory STAB moves, but Rock Blast can be used to break opposing Substitutes. Megahorn is used in the last slot to batter Grass- and Psychic-types that attempt to wall or KO Rhydon.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EVs are pretty straightforward: maximum Attack helps Rhydon deal as much damage as possible, while 252 Speed EVs allow it to outrun neutral base 70 Pokemon that don't invest in Speed. A more defensive spread of 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 SpD allows Rhydon to create 101 HP Substitutes, but the loss of Speed makes it easier for the likes of Tangrowth to KO it. Stealth Rock can be used over Megahorn if you prefer the added utility, but a Pokemon to deal with Psychic-types is recommended.</p>

    <p>Scyther is an excellent teammate for Rhydon as it resists Fighting- and Grass-type moves and is immune to Ground-type attacks. In return, Rhydon can switch into Fire-, Rock-, Electric-, and Flying-type moves aimed at Scyther. Ninjask shares the same type synergy and provides vital support in the form of Baton Pass, while Rhydon makes an excellent receiver, turning it into a deadly sweeper after a boost or two. Qwilfish is another great teammate as it can switch into Water-, Ice-, and Fighting-type moves, absorb Toxic Spikes, and set up Toxic Spikes of its own. Although uncommon, Ludicolo is a decent teammate to switch into Rhydon's Water-type weakness, hit Quagsire and friends with its STAB Grass-type moves, and utilize Leech Seed to restore some of Rhydon's HP. Furthermore, Ludicolo has access to Ice Beam to take on opposing Grass-types, such as Tangrowth.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Rock Polish
    move 1: Rock Polish
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
    move 4: Megahorn / Swords Dance
    item: Life Orb / Eviolite
    nature: Adamant / Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set attempts to alleviate Rhydon's Speed issues by utilizing Rock Polish. After a single boost an Adamant Rhydon outspeeds max Speed Jolly Scolipede and everything below; when a Jolly nature is used, Rhydon outspeeds Adamant base 80 Speed Pokemon with a Choice Scarf, such as Medicham and Braviary. Again, Stone Edge and Earthquake are Rhydon's preferred STAB moves, whilst Rock Blast can be used to break Substitutes. Megahorn hits Claydol and Tangrowth super effectively, though Swords Dance turns Rhydon into a terrifying sweeper. Once Rhydon has set up, the only way to stop it is with priority or a fast Choice Scarf user.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>252 Speed EVs and an Adamant nature are preferred to maintain Rhydon's massive Attack stat, though a Jolly nature can be used if you're afraid of Sceptile ruining your fun. Substitute can be used over Megahorn to give Rhydon more opportunities to set up, but the loss in coverage isn't the best idea. Ice Punch is another decent alternative to hit Gligar, Claydol, and Tangrowth super effectively, but Megahorn's ability to hit Psychic-types, such as Uxie, is much more useful.</p>

    <p>Support from entry hazards is extremely helpful, if not outright vital for this set. Ferroseed, Uxie, Crustle, and Qwilfish are some of the best entry hazard setters in the tier, and each of them share great defensive synergy with Rhydon. Honchkrow is a great teammate as it can decimate Tangrowth with Brave Bird, take out Claydol with Night Slash, and obliterate faster threats with Sucker Punch. Absol is another great teammate for breaking through Psychic-types with Night Slash and its Sucker Punch is more powerful than Honchkrow's. If you need additional support in setting up, a Substitute passer, such as Ninjask, can provide an easier switch in, as well as additional Speed boosts. Sleep support is another option to consider; Lilligant can put opponents to sleep, switch into Water- and Grass-type moves aimed at Rhydon, and set up a Quiver Dance sweep.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Band
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Rock Blast / Stone Edge
    move 3: Megahorn
    move 4: Ice Punch / Double-Edge
    item: Choice Band
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set trades Rhydon's bulk for immense power. Unlike other sets, good prediction is vital to its success. Earthquake and Rock Blast are Rhydon's chosen STAB moves; Rock Blast is preferred over Stone Edge for breaking through Substitutes. Ice Punch allows Rhydon to OHKO Impish Eviolite Gligar after Stealth Rock, while a Reckless-boosted Double-Edge has great power and provides excellent coverage. Unfortunately, Reckless is illegal with Ice Punch, and Double-Edge should only be used if you're not afraid of Gligar.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The Speed EVs allow Rhydon to outrun base 71 Speed Pokemon that don't invest in Speed; while catching a Honchkrow this way is almost unheard of, a few notable targets fairly likely to be caught napping are Lanturn, Poliwrath, and Magneton. Superpower can be used to OHKO Munchlax, or Fire Punch to OHKO Ferroseed, though the listed moves can wear them down easily enough, and the aforementioned don't provide much additional coverage.</p>

    <p>Thanks to its ability to force switches, entry hazard support is very useful. Ferroseed can set up Spikes and paralyze faster threats with Thunder Wave, while Crustle has access to Spikes, Stealth Rock, and can also break Substitutes with Rock Blast. As this set will be switching more than usual, support in the form of Rapid Spin is appreciated. Kabutops and Cryogonal are exceptional spinners; the former has a great offensive presence, while the latter has access to Recover. Mantine is a decent partner as it can switch into Water- and Ground-type attacks, takes little damage from Fighting- and Steel-type attacks, and does a decent job at countering Gorebyss and Omastar. Finally, a status absorber goes a long way in supporting this set. Clefable can switch into the majority of status moves and support Rhydon with Heal Bell and Wish, while Insomnia Honchkrow can take on the likes of Tangrowth and Lilligant.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Most of Rhydon's usable moves are listed above, but it has a few more gimmicky options. Dragon Tail can be used alongside multiple entry hazards to weaken the opponent's team, but its negative priority leaves Rhydon vulnerable to super effective hits. Curse can be used to raise Rhydon's Attack and Defense, but it's largely inferior to Swords Dance. Fire Punch and ThunderPunch provide a little extra coverage, but not enough to warrant a moveslot. Rhydon has an amazing special movepool, consisting of Fire Blast, Ice Beam, Thunderbolt, and more. Unfortunately, Rhydon won't be dealing a lot of damage with its 45 base Special Attack.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Thanks to its high Defense, Scald, and Recover, Quagsire laughs at anything Rhydon can throw at it. Gligar and Sandslash can break Rhydon's Substitutes with Earthquake, tank several hits, and kill it off with Toxic; however, Gligar must watch out for Ice Punch on the Choice Band set, while Sandslash lacks recovery and gets worn down easily. Tangrowth can KO Rhydon with Giga Drain, but it needs to watch out for Megahorn. Max Defense Poliwrath avoids the 2HKO from Earthquake unless Rhydon carries Choice Band, and can beat Rhydon with Waterfall. Bulky Ghost-types, such as Dusknoir and Cofagrigus, can tank hits from Rhydon and burn it if lacks Substitute. Claydol can outspeed and deal heavy damage with Earth Power or neutralize Rhydon's offensive power with Reflect but needs to watch out for Megahorn. Rhydon hates being poisoned; Toxic Spikes seriously affects Rhydon's longevity, especially on the Substitute set.</p>​
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    mabye mention how with rock blast rhydon completely counters SubMoxie Krow?
    Also in CB when you say that Rhydon doesn't like a miss, RB has the same accuracy as Stone Edge

    EDIT: i was wrong, though it had 80% when it's 90%
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    Rock Blast has 90% accuracy.
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    This one should be funny. GP team, rip this apart!
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    gdi I accidentally closed this in the middle of the check >:(

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    [Overview]

    <p>Rhydon is a premier offensive Pokemon in RU; with an impressive base 130 Attack, decent offensive typing, and resistances to Electric-, Flying-, and Normal-type moves, the opponent needs to play carefully to avoid being swept by this beast. In addition to its great offensive presence, Rhydon can utilize Eviolite to boost its Defense to monstrous levels. As mighty as it looks, not all is well for Rhydon; with its nasty weakness to Water- and Grass-type moves, an awful Speed stat, and two useless abilities, Rhydon will be hard-pressed to compete in the tier. Despite its flaws, Rhydon is a creature you certainly don't want to run into in a dark alley.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Defensive
    move 1: Stealth Rock
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
    move 4: Megahorn / Substitute
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Impish
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Thanks to its massive physical Defense, useful resistances to Normal- and Flying-type attacks, and its access to Stealth Rock, Rhydon is an excellent team supporter. Furthermore, Rhydon's ability to use Eviolite boosts its defensive prowess significantly, making it very difficult to KO. Earthquake and Stone Edge provide reliable STAB along with decent type-coverage, while Megahorn deals with Psychic-types, such as Claydol. Rock Blast can be used to break through Substitute users, such as Moltres, while Substitute can be used to shield Rhydon from status and grants it a free turn to set up or attack. Rhydon's ability to force switches grants it numerous opportunities to set up a Substitute, and even more opportunities to KO the opponent.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Maximum HP and Defense investment give Rhydon as much bulk as possible. A specially defensive spread can be used to survive a hit from Rotom or Moltres, but it's largely inferior to a physically orientated wall. Roar is an option to rack up entry hazard damage, but its negative priority may be a letdown. Rock Slide is an option over Stone Edge for its higher accuracy and PP, but that's a matter of personal preference. Rest can be used alongside a cleric, but forces Rhydon to sleep or switch out.</p>

    <p>As previously mentioned, Rest is Rhydon's only form of recovery, making Wish support extremely helpful. Clefable can support Rhydon with Wish, remove status afflictions with Heal Bell, and switch into special attacks aimed at Rhydon. Leafeon is another decent choice as it can switch into physical-based Water- and Grass-type moves and pass Swords Dance boosts to Rhydon. Pokemon that can switch into Rhydon's weaknesses are helpful. Qwilfish can switch into Water- and Fighting-type moves, soften physical attackers with Intimidate, and set up Toxic Spikes for its teammates. Moltres can switch into Fighting- and Grass-types and KO them with its STAB moves, but a weakness to Stealth Rock requires a Rapid Spin user to keep it alive. Finally, Uxie is an excellent mixed tank that resists Fighting-type moves and is immune to Ground-type moves.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Substitute
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
    move 4: Megahorn
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Adamant
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Thanks to its decent typing, helpful resistances, and massive Attack stat, Rhydon can easily force out many common opponents. Entei that lacks HP Grass (or is locked into a different move), most variants of Honchkrow, and Choice-locked Rotom are a few examples. Using Substitute on a switch allows Rhydon to take on some of its most dangerous counters and avoid status; for example, if the opponent brings in a Grass-type, such as Lilligant, Rhydon can avoid damage and wipe them out with Megahorn. Earthquake and Stone Edge are obligatory STAB, but Rock Blast can be used to break opposing Substitutes. Megahorn is used in the last slot to batter Grass- and Psychic-types that attempt to wall or KO Rhydon.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EVs are pretty straigh(t)forward; (colon) maximum Attack helps Rhydon deal as much damage as possible, while 252 Speed EVs allow it to outrun neutral base 70 Pokemon that don't invest in Speed. A more defensive spread of 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 SpD allows Rhydon to create 101 HP Substitutes, but the loss in (of) Speed makes it easier for the likes of Tangrowth to KO it. Stealth Rock can be used over Megahorn if you prefer the added utility, but a Pokemon to deal with Psychic-types is recommeneded.</p>

    <p>Scyther is an excellent teammate for Rhydon as it resists Fighting- and Grass-type moves and is immune to Ground-type attacks. In return, Rhydon can switch into Fire-, Rock, Electric-, and Flying-type moves aimed at Scyther. Ninjask shares the same type synergy and provides vital support in the form of Baton Pass. It should be noted that (comma) (while) Rhydon makes an excellent Baton Pass receiver and a deadly sweeper after a boost or two. Qwilfish is another great teammate as it can switch into Water-, Ice-, and Fighting-type moves, absorb Toxic Spikes, and set up Toxic Spikes of its own. Although uncommon, Ludicolo is a decent teammate as it can (to) switch into Rhydon's Water-type weakness, hit Quagsire and friends with its STAB Grass-type moves, and utilize Leech Seed to restore some of Rhydon's HP. Furthermore, Ludicolo has access to Ice Beam to take on opposing Grass-types, such as Tangrowth.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Rock Polish
    move 1: Rock Polish
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
    move 4: Megahorn / Swords Dance
    item: Life Orb / Eviolite
    nature: Adamant / Jolly
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set attempts to alleviate Rhydon's Speed issues by utilizing Rock Polish. After a single boost an Adamant Rhydon outspeeds max Speed Jolly Scolipede and everything below; when a Jolly nature is used, Rhydon outspeeds Adamant base 80 Speed Pokemon with a Choice Scarf, such as Medicham and Braviary. Again, Stone Edge and Earthquake are Rhydon's preferred STAB, whilst Rock Blast can be used to break Substitutes. Megahorn is preferred to hit Claydol and Tangrowth super effectively, though Swords Dance turns Rhydon into a terrifying sweeper. Once Rhydon has set up, the only way to stop it is with priority or a fast Choice Scarf user.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>252 Speed EVs and an Adamant nature are preferred to maintain Rhydon's massive Attack stat, though a Jolly nature can be used if you're afraid of Sceptile ruining your fun. Substitute can be used over Megahorn to give Rhydon more opportunities to set up, but the loss in coverage isn't the best idea. Ice Punch is another decent alternative to hit Gligar, Claydol, and Tangrowth super effectively, but Megahorn's ability to hit Psychic-types, such as Uxie, is preferred (much more useful).</p>

    <p>Support from entry hazards is extremely helpful, if not outright vital for this set. Ferroseed, Uxie, Crustle, and Qwilfish are some of the best entry hazard setters in the tier, and each of them share great defensive synergy with Rhydon. Honchkrow is a great teammate as it can decimate Tangrowth with Brave Bird, take out Claydol with Night Slash, and outspeed faster threats with Sucker Punch. Absol is another great teammate as it can break (for breaking) through Psychic-types with Night Slash and its Sucker Punch is more powerful than Honchkrow('s). If you need additional support in setting up, a Substitute passer, such as Ninjask, can provide an easier switch in, as well as additional Speed boosts. Sleep support is another option to consider; Lilligant can put opponents to sleep, switch into Water- and Grass-type moves aimed at Rhydon, and set up for a sweep with Quiver Dance.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Band
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Rock Blast / Stone Edge
    move 3: Megahorn
    move 4: Ice Punch / Double-Edge
    item: Choice Band
    nature: Adamant
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set trades Rhydon's bulk in return for immense power. Unlike other sets, good prediction is vital to its success. Earthquake and Rock Blast are Rhydon's chosen STAB; Rock Blast is preferred over Stone Edge as it can (for) break(ing through) Substitutes. Ice Punch allows Rhydon to OHKO Impish Eviolite Gligar after Stealth Rock, while (a) Reckless-boosted Double-Edge has great power and provides excellent coverage. Unfortunately, Reckless is illegal with Ice Punch, and Double-Edge should only be used if you're not afraid of Gligar.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The Speed EVs allow Rhydon to outsrun base 71 Speed Pokemon that don't invest in Speed; while catching a Honchkrow this way is almost unheard of, a few notable targets fairly likely to be caught napping are Mantine, Lanturn, Poliwrath, and Magneton. Superpower can be used to OHKO Munchlax, or Fire Punch to OHKO Ferroseed, though the listed moves can wear them down easily enough, and the afor(e)mentioned don't provide much additional coverage.</p>

    <p>Thanks to its ability to force switches, entry hazard support is very useful. Ferroseed can set up Spikes and paralyze faster threats with Thunder Wave, while Crustle has access to Spikes, Stealth Rock, and (can also) break Substitutes with Rock Blast. As this set will be switching more than usual, support in the form of Rapid Spin is appreciated. Kabutops and Cryogonal are exceptional Rapid Spinners; the former has a great offensive presence, while the latter has access to Recover. Mantine is a decent partner as it can switch into Water- and Ground-type attacks, takes little damage from Fighting- and Steel-type attacks, and does a decent job at countering Gorebyss and Omastar. Finally, a status absorber goes a long way in supporting this set. Clefable can switch into the majority of status moves and support Rhydon with Heal Bell and Wish, while Insomnia Honchkrow can take on the likes of Tangrowth and Lilligant.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Most of Rhydon's usable moves are listed above, but it has a few more gimmicky options. Dragon Tail can be used alongside multiple entry hazards to weaken the opponent's team, but its negative priority leaves Rhydon vulnerable to super effective hits. Curse can be used to raise Rhydon's Attack and Defense, but it's largely inferior to Swords Dance. Fire Punch or Thunderp(P)unch provide a little extra coverage, but not enough to warrant a moveslot. Rhydon has an amazing special movepool, consisting of Fire Blast, Ice Beam, Thunderbolt, and more. Unfortunately, Rhydon won't be dealing a lot of damage with its 45 base Special Attack.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Thanks to its high Defense, Scald, and Recover, Quagsire laughs at anything Rhydon can throw at it. Gligar and Sandslash can break Rhydon's Substitutes with Earthquake, tank its (several) hits, and kill it off with Toxic; however, Gligar must watch out for Ice Punch on the Choice Band set, while Sandslash lacks recovery and gets worn down easily. Tangrowth can KO Rhydon with Giga Drain, but it needs to watch out for Megahorn. Max Defense Poliwrath avoids the 2HKO by Earthquake unless Rhydon carries Choice Band, and can beat Rhydon with Waterfall. Bulky Ghost-types, such as Dusknoir and Cofagrigus, can tank hits from Rhydon and burn it if lacks Substitute. Claydol can outspeed and deal heavy damage with Earth Power or neutralize Rhydon('s offensive power) with Reflect, but needs to watch out for Megahorn. Rhydon hates being poisoned; Toxic Spikes seriously affect(s) Rhydon's longevity, especially on the Substitute set.</p> ​


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    [Overview]

    <p>Rhydon is a premier offensive Pokemon in RU; with an impressive base 130 Attack, decent offensive typing, and resistances to Electric-, Flying-, and Normal-type moves, the opponent needs to play carefully to avoid being swept by this beast. In addition to its great offensive presence, Rhydon can utilize Eviolite to boost its Defense to monstrous levels. As mighty as it looks, not all is well for Rhydon; with its nasty weakness to Water- and Grass-type moves, an awful Speed stat, and two useless abilities, Rhydon will be hard-pressed to compete in the tier. Despite its flaws, Rhydon is a creature you certainly don't want to run into in a dark alley.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Defensive
    move 1: Stealth Rock
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
    move 4: Megahorn / Substitute
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Impish
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Thanks to its massive physical Defense, useful resistances to Normal- and Flying-type attacks, and access to Stealth Rock, Rhydon is an excellent team supporter. Furthermore, Rhydon's ability to use Eviolite boosts its defensive prowess significantly, making it very difficult to KO. Earthquake and Stone Edge provide reliable STAB along with decent coverage, while Megahorn deals with Psychic-types such as Claydol. Rock Blast can be used to break through Substitute users, such as Moltres, while Substitute can be used to shield Rhydon from status and grants it a free turn to set up or attack. Rhydon's ability to force switches grants it numerous opportunities to set up a Substitute, and even more opportunities to KO the opponent.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Maximum HP and Defense investment give Rhydon as much bulk as possible. A specially defensive spread can be used to survive a hit from Rotom or Moltres, but it's largely inferior to a physically orientated wall. Roar is an option to rack up entry hazard damage, but its negative priority may be a letdown. Rock Slide is an option over Stone Edge for its higher accuracy and PP, but that's a matter of personal preference. Rest can be used alongside a cleric, but forces Rhydon to sleep or switch out.</p>

    <p>As previously mentioned, Rest is Rhydon's only form of recovery, making Wish support extremely helpful. Clefable can support Rhydon with Wish, remove status afflictions with Heal Bell, and switch into special attacks aimed at Rhydon. Leafeon is another decent choice as it can switch into physical-based Water- and Grass-type moves and pass Swords Dance boosts to Rhydon. Pokemon that can switch into Rhydon's weaknesses are helpful. Qwilfish can switch into Water- and Fighting-type moves, soften physical attackers with Intimidate, and set up Toxic Spikes for its teammates. Moltres can switch into Fighting- and Grass-types and KO them with its STAB moves, but a weakness to Stealth Rock requires a Rapid Spin user to keep it alive. Finally, Uxie is an excellent mixed tank that resists Fighting-type moves and is immune to Ground-type moves.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Substitute
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
    move 4: Megahorn
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Adamant
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Thanks to its decent typing, helpful resistances, and massive Attack stat, Rhydon can easily force out many common opponents. Entei that lack HP Grass (or is locked into a different move), most variants of Honchkrow, and Choice-locked Rotom are a few examples. Using Substitute on a switch allows Rhydon to take on some of its most dangerous counters and avoid status; for example, if the opponent brings in a Grass-type, such as Lilligant, Rhydon can avoid damage and wipe them out with Megahorn. Earthquake and Stone Edge are obligatory STAB, but Rock Blast can be used to break opposing Substitutes. Megahorn is used in the last slot to batter Grass- and Psychic-types that attempt to wall or KO Rhydon.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EVs are pretty straightforward: maximum Attack helps Rhydon deal as much damage as possible, while 252 Speed EVs allow it to outrun neutral base 70 Pokemon that don't invest in Speed. A more defensive spread of 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 SpD allows Rhydon to create 101 HP Substitutes, but the loss of Speed makes it easier for the likes of Tangrowth to KO it. Stealth Rock can be used over Megahorn if you prefer the added utility, but a Pokemon to deal with Psychic-types is recommended.</p>

    <p>Scyther is an excellent teammate for Rhydon as it resists Fighting- and Grass-type moves and is immune to Ground-type attacks. In return, Rhydon can switch into Fire-, Rock, Electric-, and Flying-type moves aimed at Scyther. Ninjask shares the same type synergy and provides vital support in the form of Baton Pass, while Rhydon makes an excellent receiver and a deadly sweeper after a boost or two. Qwilfish is another great teammate as it can switch into Water-, Ice-, and Fighting-type moves, absorb Toxic Spikes, and set up Toxic Spikes of its own. Although uncommon, Ludicolo is a decent teammate to switch into Rhydon's Water-type weakness, hit Quagsire and friends with its STAB Grass-type moves, and utilize Leech Seed to restore some of Rhydon's HP. Furthermore, Ludicolo has access to Ice Beam to take on opposing Grass-types, such as Tangrowth.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Rock Polish
    move 1: Rock Polish
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
    move 4: Megahorn / Swords Dance
    item: Life Orb / Eviolite
    nature: Adamant / Jolly
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set attempts to alleviate Rhydon's Speed issues by utilizing Rock Polish. After a single boost an Adamant Rhydon outspeeds max Speed Jolly Scolipede and everything below; when a Jolly nature is used, Rhydon outspeeds Adamant base 80 Speed Pokemon with a Choice Scarf, such as Medicham and Braviary. Again, Stone Edge and Earthquake are Rhydon's preferred STAB, whilst Rock Blast can be used to break Substitutes. Megahorn is preferred to hit Claydol and Tangrowth super effectively, though Swords Dance turns Rhydon into a terrifying sweeper. Once Rhydon has set up, the only way to stop it is with priority or a fast Choice Scarf user.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>252 Speed EVs and an Adamant nature are preferred to maintain Rhydon's massive Attack stat, though a Jolly nature can be used if you're afraid of Sceptile ruining your fun. Substitute can be used over Megahorn to give Rhydon more opportunities to set up, but the loss in coverage isn't the best idea. Ice Punch is another decent alternative to hit Gligar, Claydol, and Tangrowth super effectively, but Megahorn's ability to hit Psychic-types, such as Uxie, is much more useful.</p>

    <p>Support from entry hazards is extremely helpful, if not outright vital for this set. Ferroseed, Uxie, Crustle, and Qwilfish are some of the best entry hazard setters in the tier, and each of them share great defensive synergy with Rhydon. Honchkrow is a great teammate as it can decimate Tangrowth with Brave Bird, take out Claydol with Night Slash, and outspeed faster threats with Sucker Punch. Absol is another great teammate for breaking through Psychic-types with Night Slash and its Sucker Punch is more powerful than Honchkrow's. If you need additional support in setting up, a Substitute passer, such as Ninjask, can provide an easier switch in, as well as additional Speed boosts. Sleep support is another option to consider; Lilligant can put opponents to sleep, switch into Water- and Grass-type moves aimed at Rhydon, and set up for a sweep with Quiver Dance.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Band
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Rock Blast / Stone Edge
    move 3: Megahorn
    move 4: Ice Punch / Double-Edge
    item: Choice Band
    nature: Adamant
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set trades Rhydon's bulk for immense power. Unlike other sets, good prediction is vital to its success. Earthquake and Rock Blast are Rhydon's chosen STAB; Rock Blast is preferred over Stone Edge for breaking through Substitutes. Ice Punch allows Rhydon to OHKO Impish Eviolite Gligar after Stealth Rock, while a Reckless-boosted Double-Edge has great power and provides excellent coverage. Unfortunately, Reckless is illegal with Ice Punch, and Double-Edge should only be used if you're not afraid of Gligar.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The Speed EVs allow Rhydon to outrun base 71 Speed Pokemon that don't invest in Speed; while catching a Honchkrow this way is almost unheard of, a few notable targets fairly likely to be caught napping are Mantine, Lanturn, Poliwrath, and Magneton. Superpower can be used to OHKO Munchlax, or Fire Punch to OHKO Ferroseed, though the listed moves can wear them down easily enough, and the aforementioned don't provide much additional coverage.</p>

    <p>Thanks to its ability to force switches, entry hazard support is very useful. Ferroseed can set up Spikes and paralyze faster threats with Thunder Wave, while Crustle has access to Spikes, Stealth Rock, and can also break Substitutes with Rock Blast. As this set will be switching more than usual, support in the form of Rapid Spin is appreciated. Kabutops and Cryogonal are exceptional Rapid Spinners; the former has a great offensive presence, while the latter has access to Recover. Mantine is a decent partner as it can switch into Water- and Ground-type attacks, takes little damage from Fighting- and Steel-type attacks, and does a decent job at countering Gorebyss and Omastar. Finally, a status absorber goes a long way in supporting this set. Clefable can switch into the majority of status moves and support Rhydon with Heal Bell and Wish, while Insomnia Honchkrow can take on the likes of Tangrowth and Lilligant.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Most of Rhydon's usable moves are listed above, but it has a few more gimmicky options. Dragon Tail can be used alongside multiple entry hazards to weaken the opponent's team, but its negative priority leaves Rhydon vulnerable to super effective hits. Curse can be used to raise Rhydon's Attack and Defense, but it's largely inferior to Swords Dance. Fire Punch or ThunderPunch provide a little extra coverage, but not enough to warrant a moveslot. Rhydon has an amazing special movepool, consisting of Fire Blast, Ice Beam, Thunderbolt, and more. Unfortunately, Rhydon won't be dealing a lot of damage with its 45 base Special Attack.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Thanks to its high Defense, Scald, and Recover, Quagsire laughs at anything Rhydon can throw at it. Gligar and Sandslash can break Rhydon's Substitutes with Earthquake, tank several hits, and kill it off with Toxic; however, Gligar must watch out for Ice Punch on the Choice Band set, while Sandslash lacks recovery and gets worn down easily. Tangrowth can KO Rhydon with Giga Drain, but it needs to watch out for Megahorn. Max Defense Poliwrath avoids the 2HKO by Earthquake unless Rhydon carries Choice Band, and can beat Rhydon with Waterfall. Bulky Ghost-types, such as Dusknoir and Cofagrigus, can tank hits from Rhydon and burn it if lacks Substitute. Claydol can outspeed and deal heavy damage with Earth Power or neutralize Rhydon's offensive power with Reflect, but needs to watch out for Megahorn. Rhydon hates being poisoned; Toxic Spikes seriously affects Rhydon's longevity, especially on the Substitute set.</p>​


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    [Overview]

    <p>Rhydon is a premier offensive Pokemon in RU as it has an impressive base 130 Attack, decent offensive typing, and resistances to Electric-, Flying-, and Normal-type moves; the opponent needs to play carefully to avoid being swept by this beast. In addition to its great offensive presence, Rhydon can utilize Eviolite to boost its Defense to monstrous levels. As mighty as it looks, not all is well for Rhydon; with its nasty weaknesses to Water- and Grass-type moves, an awful Speed stat, and two useless abilities, Rhydon will be hard-pressed to compete in the tier. Despite its flaws, Rhydon is a creature you certainly don't want to run into in a dark alley.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Defensive
    move 1: Stealth Rock
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
    move 4: Megahorn / Substitute
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Impish
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Thanks to its massive physical Defense, useful resistances to Normal- and Flying-type attacks, and access to Stealth Rock, Rhydon is an excellent team supporter. Furthermore, Rhydon's ability to use Eviolite boosts Rhydon's defensive prowess significantly, making it very difficult to KO. Earthquake and Stone Edge provide reliable STAB along with decent coverage, while Megahorn deals with Psychic-types such as Claydol. Rock Blast can be used to break through Substitute users, such as Moltres, while Substitute can be used to shield Rhydon from status and grants it a free turn to set up or attack. Rhydon's ability to force switches grants it numerous opportunities to set up a Substitute, and even more opportunities to KO the opponent.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Maximum HP and Defense investment give Rhydon as much bulk as possible. A specially defensive spread can be used to survive a hit from Rotom or Moltres, but it's largely inferior to a physically orientated spread. Roar is an option to rack up entry hazard damage, but its negative priority may be a letdown. Rock Slide is an option over Stone Edge for its higher accuracy and PP, but that's a matter of personal preference. Rest can be used alongside a cleric, but forces Rhydon to sleep or switch out.</p>

    <p>As previously mentioned, Rest is Rhydon's only form of recovery, making Wish support extremely helpful. Clefable can support Rhydon with Wish, remove status afflictions with Heal Bell, and switch into special attacks aimed at Rhydon. Leafeon is another decent choice as it can switch into physically based Water- and Grass-type moves and pass Swords Dance boosts to Rhydon. Pokemon that can switch into Rhydon's weaknesses are helpful. Qwilfish can switch into Water- and Fighting-type moves, soften physical attackers with Intimidate, and set up Toxic Spikes for its teammates. Moltres can switch into Fighting- and Grass-types and KO them with its STAB moves, but its Stealth Rock weakness requires a spinner to keep it alive. Finally, Uxie is an excellent mixed tank that resists Fighting-type moves and is immune to Ground-type moves.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Substitute
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
    move 4: Megahorn
    item: Eviolite
    nature: Adamant
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Thanks to its decent typing, helpful resistances, and massive Attack stat, Rhydon can easily force out many common opponents. Entei that lack Hidden Power Grass (or are locked into a different move), most Honchkrow variants, and Choice-locked Rotom are a few examples. Using Substitute on a switch allows Rhydon to take on some of its most dangerous counters and avoid status; for example, if the opponent brings in a Grass-type, such as Lilligant, Rhydon can avoid damage and wipe it out with Megahorn. Earthquake and Stone Edge are obligatory STAB moves, but Rock Blast can be used to break opposing Substitutes. Megahorn is used in the last slot to batter Grass- and Psychic-types that attempt to wall or KO Rhydon.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EVs are pretty straightforward: maximum Attack helps Rhydon deal as much damage as possible, while 252 Speed EVs allow it to outrun neutral base 70 Pokemon that don't invest in Speed. A more defensive spread of 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 SpD allows Rhydon to create 101 HP Substitutes, but the loss of Speed makes it easier for the likes of Tangrowth to KO it. Stealth Rock can be used over Megahorn if you prefer the added utility, but a Pokemon to deal with Psychic-types is recommended.</p>

    <p>Scyther is an excellent teammate for Rhydon as it resists Fighting- and Grass-type moves and is immune to Ground-type attacks. In return, Rhydon can switch into Fire-, Rock, Electric-, and Flying-type moves aimed at Scyther. Ninjask shares the same type synergy and provides vital support in the form of Baton Pass, while Rhydon makes an excellent receiver, turning into a deadly sweeper after a couple of boosts. Qwilfish is another great teammate as it can switch into Water-, Ice-, and Fighting-type moves, absorb Toxic Spikes, and set up Toxic Spikes of its own. Although uncommon, Ludicolo is a decent teammate to switch into Rhydon's Water-type weakness, hit Quagsire and friends with its STAB Grass-type moves, and utilize Leech Seed to restore some of Rhydon's HP. Furthermore, Ludicolo has access to Ice Beam to take on opposing Grass-types, such as Tangrowth.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Rock Polish
    move 1: Rock Polish
    move 2: Earthquake
    move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
    move 4: Megahorn / Swords Dance
    item: Life Orb / Eviolite
    nature: Adamant / Jolly
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set attempts to alleviate Rhydon's Speed issues by utilizing Rock Polish. After a single boost an Adamant Rhydon outspeeds max Speed Jolly Scolipede and everything below; when a Jolly nature is used, Rhydon outspeeds Adamant base 80 Speed Pokemon with a Choice Scarf, such as Medicham and Braviary. Again, Stone Edge and Earthquake are Rhydon's preferred STAB moves, whilst Rock Blast can be used to break Substitutes. Megahorn hits Claydol and Tangrowth super effectively, though Swords Dance turns Rhydon into a terrifying sweeper. Once Rhydon has set up, the only way to stop it is with priority or a fast Choice Scarf user.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>252 Speed EVs and an Adamant nature are preferred to maintain Rhydon's massive Attack stat, though a Jolly nature can be used if you're afraid of Sceptile ruining your fun. Substitute can be used over Megahorn to give Rhydon more opportunities to set up, but the loss in coverage isn't the best idea. Ice Punch is another decent alternative to hit Gligar, Claydol, and Tangrowth super effectively, but Megahorn's ability to hit Psychic-types, such as Uxie, is much more useful.</p>

    <p>Support from entry hazards is extremely helpful, if not outright vital for this set. Ferroseed, Uxie, Crustle, and Qwilfish are some of the best entry hazard setters in the tier, and each of them share great defensive synergy with Rhydon. Honchkrow is a great teammate as it can decimate Tangrowth with Brave Bird, take out Claydol with Night Slash, and obliterate faster threats with Sucker Punch. Absol is another great teammate for breaking through Psychic-types with Night Slash and its Sucker Punch is more powerful than Honchkrow's. If you need additional support in setting up, a Substitute passer, such as Ninjask, can provide an easier switch in, as well as additional Speed boosts. Sleep support is another option to consider; Lilligant can put opponents to sleep, switch into Water- and Grass-type moves aimed at Rhydon, and set up for a Quiver Dance sweep. with Quiver Dance.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Band
    move 1: Earthquake
    move 2: Rock Blast / Stone Edge
    move 3: Megahorn
    move 4: Ice Punch / Double-Edge
    item: Choice Band
    ability: Rock Head / Reckless Mentioned in SC but not on set, and I'm assuming this is how you do it.
    nature: Adamant
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set trades Rhydon's bulk for immense power. Unlike other sets, good prediction is vital to its success. Earthquake and Rock Blast are Rhydon's chosen STAB moves; Rock Blast is preferred over Stone Edge for breaking through Substitutes. Ice Punch allows Rhydon to OHKO Impish Eviolite Gligar after Stealth Rock, while a Reckless-boosted Double-Edge has great power and provides excellent coverage. Unfortunately, Reckless is illegal with Ice Punch, and Double-Edge should only be used if you're not afraid of Gligar.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The Speed EVs allow Rhydon to outrun base 71 Speed Pokemon that don't invest in Speed; while catching a Honchkrow this way is almost unheard of, a few notable targets fairly likely to be caught napping are Mantine, Lanturn, Poliwrath, and Magneton. Superpower can be used to OHKO Munchlax, or Fire Punch to OHKO Ferroseed, though the listed moves can wear them down easily enough, and the aforementioned don't provide much additional coverage.</p>

    <p>Thanks to its ability to force switches, entry hazard support is very useful. Ferroseed can set up Spikes and paralyze faster threats with Thunder Wave, while Crustle has access to Spikes, Stealth Rock, and can also break Substitutes with Rock Blast. As this set will be switching more than usual, spin support is appreciated. Kabutops and Cryogonal are exceptional spinners; the former has a great offensive presence, while the latter has access to Recover. Mantine is a decent partner as it can switch into Water- and Ground-type attacks, takes little damage from Fighting- and Steel-type attacks, and does a decent job at countering Gorebyss and Omastar. Finally, a status absorber goes a long way in supporting this set. Clefable can switch into the majority of status moves and support Rhydon with Heal Bell and Wish, while Insomnia Honchkrow can take on the likes of Tangrowth and Lilligant.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Most of Rhydon's usable moves are listed above, but it has a few more gimmicky options. Dragon Tail can be used alongside multiple entry hazards to weaken the opponent's team, but its negative priority leaves Rhydon vulnerable to super effective hits. Curse can be used to raise Rhydon's Attack and Defense, but it's largely inferior to Swords Dance. Fire Punch and ThunderPunch provide a little extra coverage, but not enough to warrant a moveslot. Rhydon has an amazing special movepool, consisting of Fire Blast, Ice Beam, Thunderbolt, and more. Unfortunately, Rhydon won't be dealing a lot of damage with its 45 base Special Attack.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Thanks to its high Defense, Scald, and Recover, Quagsire laughs at anything Rhydon can throw at it. Gligar and Sandslash can break Rhydon's Substitutes with Earthquake, tank several hits, and kill it off with Toxic; however, Gligar must watch out for Ice Punch on the Choice Band set, while Sandslash lacks recovery and gets worn down easily. Tangrowth can KO Rhydon with Giga Drain, but it needs to watch out for Megahorn. Max Defense Poliwrath avoids the 2HKO from Earthquake unless Rhydon carries Choice Band, and can beat Rhydon with Waterfall. Bulky Ghost-types, such as Dusknoir and Cofagrigus, can tank hits from Rhydon and burn it if lacks Substitute. Claydol can outspeed and deal heavy damage with Earth Power or neutralize Rhydon's offensive power with Reflect, but needs to watch out for Megahorn. Rhydon hates being poisoned; Toxic Spikes seriously affects Rhydon's longevity, especially on the Substitute set.</p>


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