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Roserade

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by TrollFreak, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. TrollFreak

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    Roserade


    [Overview]

    <p>In a metagame dominated by entry hazards, Roserade stands out as one of the "Big Three" among Spikes users, the other two being Froslass and Deoxys-D. Even though Roserade can effectively set up Spikes, it can also utilize Toxic Spikes as well as an offensive set, making it unpredictable. The cherry on the pie, however, is its ability, Natural Cure, which heals any status ailment by simply switching out. Not only is switching out a positive situation for Roserade, but it also absorbs Toxic Spikes upon switching in. Sadly, Roserade isn't perfect, as it is very physically frail with only a base 55 Defense. Roserade's typing also gives it weaknesses to common Fire-, Ice-, Psychic-, and Flying-type attacks. Nevertheless, most players consider Roserade one of the best Spikes users in the UU metagame, making it a top-tier threat; it should be reckoned with as such.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Spikes
    move 1: Spikes
    move 2: Giga Drain
    move 3: Sludge Bomb
    move 4: Rest / Synthesis
    item: Leftovers
    ability: Natural Cure
    nature: Calm
    evs: 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set is Roserade's claim to fame, as it provides arguably the most important move in the UU metagame: Spikes. With Spikestacking being a popular playstlye, Roserade stands out as one of the best Spikes users in UU. Giga Drain is used as Roserade's STAB move, and it also has the benefit of healing Roserade a little bit after every use. Sludge Bomb is used for secondary STAB; it also has a slight chance of poisoning the foe, racking up passive damage between Spikes and poison. The last moveslot provides Roserade with a move to heal off damage; Rest provides instant healing, and Roserade wakes up upon switching out, making it more reliable than usual. If you don't like switching Roserade out, however, Synthesis works as it allows Roserade to heal off damage. However, with sand being a common weather in the UU metagame, caution must be used when running Synthesis.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The HP EVs maximize Roserade's overall bulk. From there, the EVs are split into Defense and Special Defense; the Defense EVs are used to ensure Roserade will take two Stone Edges from Jolly Heracross and two Psyshocks from Mew or Slowbro after Stealth Rock. The Special Defense EVs and a Calm Nature are used to ensure that Roserade can take two Ice Beams from Milotic. However, an EV spread of 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 Spe with a Timid nature can be used to utilize Roserade's Speed, though this makes it play a lot like Frosslass, which plays the role of a fast Spikes setter much better.</p>

    <p>Roserade can use Stun Spore over an attacking move to spread paralysis. Hidden Power Fire can be used over Sludge Bomb as it grants Roserade coverage against Steel-type Pokemon, though it is weak without investment. Hidden Power Ice is also usable, as it nails Nidoking, Nidoqueen, and Flygon for super effective damage; however, this is about all it's useful for.</p>

    <p>As Roserade provides useful entry hazards for a team, any Pokemon that can use the passive damage Spikes provides becomes a good teammate. Houndoom can utilize the passive damage when attempting a sweep, and thanks to immunities to Psychic- and Fire-type moves, it has plenty of opportunities to switch in and set up. Chandelure makes another good partner for Roserade, as it can use Spikes to secure key KOs. Chandelure also blocks Rapid Spin, ensuring that the Spikes Roserade sets up will stay on the field. Speaking of spinblockers, Pokemon such as Dusclops and Cofagrigus are also great partners, blocking Rapid Spin and using Will-O-Wisp so Roserade can take physical attacks better. Since Roserade is providing Spikes to spread passive damage, phazers are appreciated to help rack up entry hazard damage; therefore, Blastoise, Suicune, and Empoleon all make great partners. Empoleon is exceptionally good as it also provides Stealth Rock, increasing the damage dealt when the foe is phazed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Offensive
    move 1: Leaf Storm
    move 2: Sludge Bomb
    move 3: Sleep Powder
    move 4: Rest / Synthesis / Hidden Power Fire
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Natural Cure
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Unlike the Spikes set, this set uses Roserade's base 125 Special Attack and base 90 Speed to force offensive pressure on the opponent. Leaf Storm is the strongest STAB attack that Roserade receives, and it puts a dent in any Pokemon that doesn’t resist it. Sludge Bomb is another STAB attack that hits the Grass-, Dragon-, and Fire-type Pokemon that resist Leaf Storm. Since Roserade is using maximum Speed, Sleep Powder is used in the third moveslot to cripple one Pokemon, usually for the game, and it can be used on a predicted switch to cripple your opponent's counter to Roserade. The last moveslot is a personal preference. Rest along with Natural Cure can be used to heal off recoil damage from Life Orb as well as status, though it forces Roserade to switch. As such, Synthesis can be used to heal off damage as well, though it gets nerfed if sandstorm is up. It also doesn’t heal status effects Roserade might have acquired. However, if you aren’t in need of a defensive option, Hidden Power Fire can be used to nail Steel-type Pokemon that resist both STAB moves, such as Cobalion and Bisharp.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is very straightforward: a Timid nature as well as maximum Speed allows Roserade to outspeed common UU threats such as Rotom-A, Suicune, and Nidoking. However, a Modest nature can be used to deal more damage, though Roserade risks being outsped by the aforementioned Pokemon. A Life Orb is used to provide Roserade more offensive pressure along with its base 125 Special Attack. To showcase the power of this set, the below calcs show Roserade against common UU threats (all calcs use a Timid nature):</p>

    <ul class="damage_calculation">
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/252+ Deoxys-D 49.3% - 58.2%</li>
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/0 Deoxys-D 57.2% - 67.4%</li>
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/252+ Empoleon 55.1% - 65.3%</li>
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/0 Nidoqueen 85.9% - 101.6%</li>
    <li>Sludge Bomb vs 120/0 Rotom-H 65.3% - 76.8%</li>
    <li>Sludge Bomb vs 4/0 Heracross 64.6% - 75.8%</li>
    <li>Sludge Bomb vs 252/136+ Roserade 44.4% - 52.2%</li>
    <li>Hidden Power Fire vs 252/136+ Roserade 45.7% - 54.3%</li>
    </ul>

    <p>Giga Drain can be used over Leaf Storm for reliability and recovery as it can heal recoil from Life Orb. However, Leaf Storm deals more damage, and despite the Special Attack drops, Life Orb still ensures that Roserade deals massive damage. Hidden Power Ground can be used to hit Chandelure, which resists both of Roserade’s STAB attacks. It can also nail Flash Fire Pokemon, such as Houndoom and Arcanine, and it still retains coverage on Steel-type Pokemon. Spikes and Toxic Spikes can be used to bluff a defensive set, only for Roserade to nail the opponent with a powerful attack.</p>

    <p>This variant of Roserade has problems with Fire- and Steel-type Pokemon, so Pokemon that can deal with these make great partners. Krookodile and Flygon both have Ground-type STAB moves that can deal with Fire- and Steel-types, and Roserade can absorb the Toxic Spikes that give Krookodile trouble. Water-type Pokemon, such as Suicune and Slowbro, can deal with Fire-types, and both have the bulk to tank the physical attacks Roserade can’t. Slowbro is especially good, as it carries Fire Blast to deal with Steel-types as well. Fighting-type Pokemon such as Heracross, Cobalion, and Machamp can dent holes in Steel-types, though Cobalion and Heracross do not like facing Fire-type Pokemon.</p>

    <p>To ensure that Roserade puts more offensive pressure on the opponent, defensive partners are a necessity as well. Defensive Pokemon such as Umbreon, Togekiss, and Xatu provide Wish support for Roserade, which goes a long way in keeping it alive. Togekiss can even Baton Pass Nasty Plot boosts to Roserade, increasing its offensive capabilities, while Xatu can keep entry hazards off the field, making it easier for Roserade to switch in. However, both Pokemon will stack up an Ice-type weakness with Roserade. Pokemon that can set up entry hazards, such as Swampert, Bronzong, and Azelf can soften up the opposition, making it easier for Roserade to attack. Azelf, along with Uxie and other dual screen users, can set up Light Screen and Reflect so Roserade can take attacks better, making it easier to attack.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Toxic Spikes
    move 1: Toxic Spikes
    move 2: Sleep Powder
    move 3: Leaf Storm / Giga Drain
    move 4: Sludge Bomb
    item: Leftovers / Focus Sash
    ability: Natural Cure
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>While Roserade can utilize a Spikes set to great effect, it can also pull off a Toxic Spikes set just as efficiently. While this set has taken a fall from grace due to an increase of Poison-type Pokemon, such as Nidoking, Nidoqueen, and other Roserade, which can switch in and absorb Toxic Spikes, it can still do its job. Toxic Spikes is the focus of this set, slowly breaking down both offensive and defensive teams. While Sleep Powder may look odd on a set with Toxic Spikes, it works well in crippling Pokemon immune to Toxic Spikes, such as Zapdos, Rotom-H, and opposing Roserade. It also gives Roserade time to set up Toxic Spikes. Leaf Storm is preferred over Giga Drain, as it allows Roserade to deal as much damage as possible. However, Giga Drain can be used along with Leftovers for more recovery. Finally, Sludge Bomb gives Roserade another STAB attack.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is fairly straightforward: maximum Speed with a Timid nature ensures that Roserade can set up at least one layer of Toxic Spikes before the opponent responds, while maximum Special Attack allows Roserad to deal as much damage with its attacks as possible. There are other EV spreads that are viable as well: the 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 SpD spread used in the Spikes set can also work on this set. Modest can also be used for more power; however, this means that Roserade is outsped by Pokemon such as Rotom-H and Heracross. The choice of item is also another personal preference. Leftovers is preferred as it heals Roserade a little bit every turn. However, Focus Sash can be used to make Roserade function as a suicide lead, allowing it to set up at least one layer of Toxic Spikes or put a Pokemon to sleep. Black Sludge can also be used, though beware of Trick users, as they can Trick Black Sludge to another teammate, poisoning it if it doesn't have a Poison typing. Life Orb can also work, making Roserade do more damage with its attacks.</p>

    <p>Roserade can use Hidden Power Fire as a way for it to dent Steel-type Pokemon such as Cobalion and Bisharp. Synthesis and Rest can both be used as recovery options for Roserade, though Synthesis is usually not worth the moveslot due to the popularity of sandstorm. Stun Spore can be used over Sleep Powder to cripple faster Pokemon, allowing Roserade's teammates to outspeed them and attack before the opponent can react.</p>

    <p>Because this varient of Roserade uses Toxic Spikes to wear down the opponent, Pokemon that can hit hard to break teams down are great partners. Fire-type Pokemon such as Chandelure and Houndoom can utilize the poison damage while hitting hard with their STAB attacks. Both make exceptionally good partners as well as they are immune to Fire-type moves thanks to the ability Flash Fire. Chandelure also blocks Rapid Spin, ensuring that the Toxic Spikes Roserade sets up will stay on the field. Other good spinblockers include Pokemon such as Dusclops and Cofagrigus, as they can also use Will-O-Wisp so that Roserade can take physical attacks better. Roserade also enjoys Pokemon that can phaze out the opponent, such as Blastoise, Suicune, and Empoleon, to spread the poison around; these Water-types also have great defensive synergy with Roserade. Empoleon is an exceptionally good partner as it also provides Stealth Rock support.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>There are other options Roserade can use outside of the options already listed. Aromatherapy can be used on a cleric set, healing Roserade's allies from status. A SubSeed set can also work, allowing Roserade to stall out its opponents while gaining more health after every turn. However, other Pokemon perform this role better, namely Whimsicott, which has access to Prankster. A Choice Scarf set can be used to allow Roserade to outpace its checks and attack before they can retaliate, though Roserade usually has better things to do. Likewise, a Choice Specs set can be used so Roserade can put massive dents in its opponents. Roserade can use Sunny Day along with Weather Ball as a set to help defeat sand teams, though other than that, it is extremely situational and boosts Roserade's Fire-type weakness. A gimmicky physical set containing moves such as Swords Dance, Seed Bomb, Poison Jab, and Return can be used, but due to Roserade's base 70 Attack, it will be very weak, even after a Swords Dance boost.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Chandelure makes quick work of Roserade, especially when a Pokemon is already asleep, as it can take any attack Roserade can use and proceed to OHKO it with any Fire-type STAB attack. Chandelure even gains a boost when switching in on Hidden Power Fire, making it especially tough to beat. Snorlax can also sponge any attack Roserade can use due to high special bulk, and if it uses Immunity, it's even immune to Toxic Spikes; however, variants without Sleep Talk won't like Sleep Powder. Steel-type Pokemon, such as Bronzong, Cobalion, and Bisharp, are immune to Roserade's Poison-type STAB as well as Toxic Spikes, and can can wall or set up on Roserade; they must watch out for Hidden Power Fire, however.</p>

    <p>Roserade has numerous checks that can make quick work of it when given the chance. Aside from Chandelure, other Fire-type Pokemon, such as Victini, Houndoom, Darmanitan, and Arcanine, can use their Fire-type STAB movess to roast Roserade. Houndoom even has Flash Fire to switch in on Hidden Power Fire, making it an especially good check. Togekiss can use its bulk to switch in on any attack and proceed to attack Roserade with Air Slash. It even has immunities to both Spikes and Toxic Spikes, though it must be careful switching in as Sleep Powder will be annoying. Opposing Poison-type Pokemon, such as Nidoking and Nidoqueen, can switch in and remove Toxic Spikes, while proceeding to attack Roserade with a Sheer Force-boosted Fire Blast. However, offensive Roserade can possibly OHKO both with Leaf Storm. Finally, many strong physical attackers can easily OHKO Roserade.</p>


    [Unreleased]

    <p>Roserade recives Technician from Dream World, and while it boosts its weaker attacks such as Magical Leaf, a 60 Base Power Hidden Power, and Swift, Natural Cure outclasses it, especially because Roserade has no means of boosting its Special Attack.</p>
  2. TrollFreak

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    ready for GP, however, can UU QC members look at this, I think the offensive calcs need more work
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    [Overview]

    <p>In a metagame dominated by entry hazards, Roserade stands out as one of the "Big Three" among Spikers, the other two being Froslass and Deoxys-D. Roserade also has access to Sleep Powder, which sets it apart from other Spikers. Even though Roserade can effectively perform the role of Spiker, it can also perform the role of usingutilize Toxic Spikes as well as an offensive set, making it unpredictable. The cherry on the pie, however, is its ability, Natural Cure, which heals any status ailment by simply switching out. Not only is switching out is a positive situation for Roserade, but also upon switching in; it absorbs Toxic Spikes as well. Sadly, Roserade isn't perfect, as it is very physically frail with only 55 base Defense. Also, Roserade's typing also gives way to common weaknesses such asit weaknesses to common Fire-, Ice-, Psychic-, and Flying-type attacks. Nevertheless, most players consider Roserade one of the best Spikers in the UU metagame, making it a top-tier threat and; it should be reckoned with as such.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Spikes
    move 1: Spikes
    move 2: Giga Drain
    move 3: Sludge Bomb
    move 4: Rest / Synthesis
    item: Leftovers
    ability: Natural Cure
    nature: Calm
    evs: 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set is Roserade's claim to fame, as it provides arguably the most important move in the UU metagame: Spikes. With Sspikestacking being a popular playstlye, Roserade plays its role beautifully. Giga Drain is used as the STABstands out as one of the best Spikers in UU. Giga Drain is used as Roserade's STAB move, and it also has the benefit of healing Roserade a little bit after every use. Sludge Bomb is theused for secondary STAB; it also has a slight chance of poisoning the foe, racking up passive damage between Spikes and the poison. The last moveslot provides Roserade with a move to heal off damage; Rest may seem weird without Sleep Talk, but thanks to Natural Cure, itprovides instant healing; Roserade wakes up upon switching out, making it more reliable than usual. If you don't like switching Roserade out, however, Synthesis works as it allows Roserade to heal off damage without switching out. However, with sand being a common weather in the UU metagame, caution must be used whileen running Synthesis.</p>


    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The HP EVs maximizes Roserade's overall bulk. From there, the EVs are split into Defenses and Special Defense; the Defense EVs are used to ensure Roserade will take two Stone Edges from Jolly Heracross and two Psyshocks of Mew andfrom Mew or Slowbro after Stealth Rock. The Special Defense EVs and a Calm Nature are used to ensure that Roserade can take two Ice Beams from Milotic. However, an EV spread of 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 Spe with a Timid nature can be used to utilize Roserade's Speed, though this makes it play a lot like Frosslass, and as such it isn't recommendedwhich plays the role of a fast Spiker much better.</p>

    <p>Stun Spore can be used over an attacking move to spread paralysis. Hidden Power Fire can be used over Sludge Bomb as it grants Roserade coverage against Steel-type Pokemon, though it is weak without investment. Hidden Power Ice can also be used, as it nails Nidoking, Nidoqueen, and Flygon for super effective damage, though; however, this is just about all it's useful for.</p>

    <p>As Roserade provides useful entry hazards for a team, any Pokemon that can use the passive damage Spikes provides becomes a good teammate. Houndoom can utilize the passive damage when attempting a sweep, and thanks to immunities to Psychic- and Fire-type moves, it has plenty of opportunities to switch in and set up. Chandelure makes another good partner for Roserade, as it can use the Spikes to pick upsecure key KOs. Chandelure also blocks Rapid Spin, ensuring that the Spikes Roserade sets up will stay on the field. Speaking of Sspin Bblockers, Pokemon such as Dusclops and Confagrigus are also great partners, blocking Rapid Spin and using Will-O-Wisp so Roserade can take physical attacks better.</p>

    <p>
    Since Roserade is providing Spikes to spread passive damage, Pokemon that can phaze the opponent to increasephazers are appreciated to help rack up entry hazard damage are appreciated. Blastoise, Suicune, and Empoleon all make great partners as each Pokemon can phaze the opponent to spread entry hazard damage. Empoleon is exceptionally good as it also provides Stealth Rock, increasing the damage when the foe is phazed.</p>


    [SET]
    name: Offensive
    move 1: Leaf Storm
    move 2: Sludge Bomb
    move 3: Sleep Powder
    move 4: Rest / Synthesis / Hidden Power Fire
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Natural Cure
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Unlike the Spikes set, this set uses Roserade's base 125 Special Attack as well as base 90 Speed to force offensive pressure on the opponent. Leaf Storm is the strongest STAB attack that Roserade receives, and it puts a dent in any Pokemon that doesn’t resist it. Sludge Bomb is another STAB attack that hits the Grass, Dragon, and Fire-type Pokemon that resist Leaf Storm. Since Roserade is using maximum Speed, Sleep Powder is used in the third moveslot to cripple one Pokemon, usually for the game, and it can be used on a predicted switch by the opponent to cripple their counter to Roserade. The last moveslot is a personal preference. Rest along with Natural Cure can be used to heal off recoil damage from Life Orb as well as status, though it forces Roserade to switch. As such, Synthesis can be used to heal off damage as well, though it gets nerfed if sandstorm is up. It also doesn’t heal status from Roseradeeffects Roserade may have acquired. However, if you aren’t in need for a defensive option, Hidden Power Fire can be used to nail Steel-type Pokemon that resist both STAB options, such as Cobalion and Bisharp.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is very straightforward,; a Timid nature as well as maximum sSpeed provides Roserade Speed so it canallows Roserade to outspeed common UU threats such as Rotom-A, Suicune, and Nindoking. However, a Modest nature can be used to deal more damage, though Roserade risks being outsped by before mentioned Pokemon. A Life Orb is used to provide Roserade more offensive pressure along with its base 125 Special Attack. To showcase the power of the offensiveis set, the below calcs show Roserade against common UU threats (All calcs use a Timid nature):</p>

    <ul class="damage_calculation">
    <li>Leaf Storm vs. 252/252+ Deoxys-D 49.3% - 58.2%</li>
    <li>Leaf Storm vs. 252/0 Deoxys-D 57.2% - 67.4%</li>
    <li>Leaf Storm vs. 252/252+ Empoleon 55.1% - 65.3%</li>
    <li>Leaf Storm vs. 252/0 Nindoqueen 85.9% - 101.6%</li>
    <li>Sludge Bomb vs. 120/0 Rotom-H 65.3% - 76.8%</li>
    <li>Sludge Bomb vs. 4/0 Heracross 64.6% - 75.8%</li>
    <li>Sludge Bomb vs. 252/136+ Roserade 44.4% - 52.2%</li>
    <li>Hidden Power Fire vs. 252/136+ Roserade 45.7% - 54.3%</li>
    </ul>(NEEDS HELP WITH THESE CALCS!!!!)

    <p>Giga Drain can be used over Leaf Storm for reliability and recovery as it can heal recoil from Life Orb. However, Leaf Storm deals more damage, and despite the Special Attack drops, the Life Orb still ensures Roserade deals massive damage. Hidden Power Ground can be used to hit Chandelure, which resists both of Roserade’s STAB attacks. It can also nail Flash Fire Pokemon, such as Houndoom and Arcanine, and it still retains coverage on GroundSteel-type Pokemon. Spikes and Toxic Spikes can be used to bluff a defensive set, only for Roserade to nail it with a powerful attack.</p>

    <p>This variant of Roserade has promblems with Fire- and Steel-type Pokemon, so partners that can deal with these types of Pokemon make great partners. Krookodile and Flygon both have Ground-type STAB moves that can deal with both these Fire- and Steel-types, and Roserade can absorb the Toxic Spikes that give Krookodile trouble. Water-type Pokemon, such as Suicune and Slowbro, can deal with Fire-types, and both have the bulk to tank the physical attacks Roserade can’t. Slowbro is especially good, as it carries Fire Blast to deal with Steel-types as well. Fighting-type Pokemon such as Heracross, Cobalion, and Machamp can dent holes in Steel-types, though Cobalion and Heracross will not facing Fire-type Pokemon.</p>

    <p>To ensure that Roserade puts more offensive pressure on the opponent, defensive partners are a necessity as well. Defensive Pokemon such as Umbreon, Togekiss, and Xatu provide Wish support for Roserade, which goes a long way in keeping Roserade alive. Togekiss can even Baton Pass Nasty Plot boosts to Roserade, increasing its offensive capabilities, while Xatu can keep entry hazards off the field, making it easier for Roserade to switch in. However, both Pokemon will stack up a Ice-type weakness with Roserade. Pokemon that can provide entry hazards, such as Swampert, Bronzong, and Azelf can set up entry hazards to soften up the opposition, making it easier for Roserade to attack. Azelf, along with Uxie and other dual screeners, can set up screens tLight Screen and Reflect so Roserade can take attacks better, making it easier to attack.</p>


    [SET]
    name: Toxic Spikes
    move 1: Toxic Spikes
    move 2: Sleep Powder
    move 3: Leaf Storm / Giga Drain
    move 4: Sludge Bomb
    item: Leftovers / Focus Sash
    ability: Natural Cure
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>While Roserade can perform a Spikes set to great effect, it can also pull off a Toxic Spikes set just as efficiently. While this set has taken a fall from grace due to the amountan increase of Poison-type Pokemon, such as Nindoking, Nindoqueen, and other Roserade, who can switch in and absorb Toxic Spikes, it can still do its job. Toxic Spikes is the pivotfocus of this set, slowly breaking down both offensive and defensive teams. While Sleep Powder may look odd on a set with Toxic Spikes in it, but it goes dividendsworks well in crippling Pokemon immune to Toxic Spikes, such as Zapdos, Rotom-H, and opposing Roserade. It also gives Roserade time to set up Toxic Spikes. Leaf Storm is preferred over Giga Drain, as it allows Roserade to deal as much damage as possible. However, Giga Drain can be used along with Leftovers for more recovery. Finally, Sludge Bomb gives Roserade another STAB attack.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV Sspread is fairly straightforward, m. Maximum Speed with a Timid nature ensure that Roserade can set up at least one layer of Toxic Spikes before the opponent responds. Maximum Special Attack is also used to deal as much damage with Roserade's attacks as possible. Theyre are other Spread ideaEV spreads that are viable, as well; the 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 SpD used in the Spikes set can also work on this set. Modest can also be used for more power, h. However, this means that Roserade is outsped by Pokemon such as Rotom-H and Heracross. The choice of item is also another personal preference. Leftovers is preferred as it heals Roserade a little bit every turn. However, Focus Sash can be used to make Roserade function as a suicide lead, allowing it to set up at least one layer of Toxic Spikes or put a Pokemon to sleep. Black Sludge can also be used, thowever,ugh beware of Trick users, as they can Trick Black Sludge to another teammate, which isn't a good thingpoisoning them if they aren't Poision-type. Life Orb can also work, making Roserade do more damage with its attacks.</p>

    <p>Toxic Spikes Roserade can use Hidden Power Fire as a way for it to dent Steel-type Pokemon such as Cobalion and Bisharp. Synthesis and Rest can both be used as recovery options for Roserade, though Synthesis is usually not worth the moveslot as sandstorm is common in the UU metagamedue to the popularity of sandstorm. Stun Spore can be used over Sleep Powder to cripple faster Pokemon, allowing Roserade's teammates to outspeed them and attack before the opponent can react.</p>


    <p>Since this varient of Roserade uses Toxic Spikes to wear down the opponent, Pokemon that can hit hard to break teams down are great partners. Fire-type Pokemon, such as Chandelure and Houndoom can utilize the poison damage while hitting hard with their STABs. Both make exceptionally good partners as well, as they are immune to Fire thanks ti the ability Flash Fire. Chandelure also blocks Rapid Spin, ensuring that the Toxic Spikes Roserade sets up will stay on the field. Other good Spin Blockers, include Pokemon such as Dusclops and Confagrigus as they can also use Will-O-Wisp so Roserade can take physical attacks better. Roserade also enjoys Pokemon that can phaze out the opponent to spread the poison around. Blastoise, Suicune, and Empoleon all make great partners as each Pokemon can phaze the opponent to spread entry hazard damage, as well as having great defensive synergy with Roserade. Empoleon is exceptionally good as it also provides Stealth Rock, increasing the damage when the foe is phazed.</p>


    [Other Options]

    <p>They are other options Roserade can use outside of the options already listed. Aromatherapy can be used with a cleric set, healing Roserade's allies from status. A Sub Seed set can also work, allowing Roserade to stall out its opponents as well aswhile gaining more health after every turn. However, other Pokemon such as Whimsicott perform this role better thank, namely Whimsicott, who has access to Prankster. A Choice Scarf set can be used to allow Roserade to outpace its checks and attack before they can retaliate, though Roserade usually has better things to do. Likewise, a Choice Specs set can be used so Roserade can put massive dents in it's opponents. Roserade can use Sunny Day along with Weather Ball as a set to help defeat sand teams, though other than that, it is extremely situational and it boosts Roserade's Fire-type weakness. A gimmicky Physical set containing moves such as Swords Dance, Seed Bomb, Poison Jab, and Return can be used, but due to Roserade's base 70 Attack, it will be hitting like a toothpicRoserade will be very weak, even after a Swords Dance boost.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Roserade hates a certain Pokemon with candles on its arms. Chandelure makes quick work of Roserade, especially when a Pokemon is already asleep, as it can take any attack Roserade can use and proceed to OHKO it with any Fire-type STAB attack. Chandelure even gains a boost when switching in on Hidden Power Fire, making it especially tough to beat. Snorlax can also sponge any attack Roserade can use due to high special bulk, and if it uses Immunity, it's even immune to Toxic Spikes. VHowever, varieants without Sleep Talk won't like Sleep Powder however. Steel-type Pokemon, such as Bronzong, Cobalion, and Bisharp, are immune to Roserade's Poison-type STAB as well as Toxic Spikes, can each can wall or set up on Roserade. Watch out for Hidden Power Fire, however.</p>

    <p>Roserade has numerous checks that can make quick work of Roserade when given the chance. OAside from Chandelure, other Fire-type Pokemon, such as Victini, Houndoom, Darmanitan, and Arcanine, can each use their Fire-type STABs to roast the flower. Houndoom even has Flash Fire to switch in on Hidden Power Fire, making it an especially good check. Togekiss can use it's bulk to switch in on any attack, and proceed to attack Roserade with Air Slash. It even has immunities to both Spikes and Toxic Spikes, though it must be careful switching in, as Sleep Powder will be annoying. Opposing Poison-type Pokemon, such as Nindoking and Nindoqueen, can switch in and remove Toxic Spikes, while proceeding to attack Roserade with a Sheer Force Fire Blasts. However, offensive Roserade can possibly OHKO both with Leaf Storm. Finally, many strong physical attackers can use their strong physical attacks to OHKO Roserade.</p>


    [Unreleased]

    <p>Roserade recives Technician from Dream World, and while its boosts its weaker attacks such as Magical Leaf, a weaker form of Hidden Power and Swift, Natural Cure outclasses it, especially since Roserade has no means of boosting its Special Attack.</p>


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    [Overview]

    <p>In a metagame dominated by entry hazards, Roserade stands out as one of the "Big Three" among Spikers, the other two being Froslass and Deoxys-D. Roserade also has access to Sleep Powder, which sets it apart from other Spikers. Even though Roserade can effectively perform the role of Spiker, it can also utilize Toxic Spikes as well as an offensive set, making it unpredictable. The cherry on the pie, however, is its ability, Natural Cure, which heals any status ailment by simply switching out. Not only is switching out a positive situation for Roserade, but also upon switching in it absorbs Toxic Spikes as well. Sadly, Roserade isn't perfect, as it is very physically frail with only 55 base Defense. Roserade's typing also gives it weaknesses to common Fire-, Ice-, Psychic-, and Flying-type attacks. Nevertheless, most players consider Roserade one of the best Spikers in the UU metagame, making it a top-tier threat; it should be reckoned with as such.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Spikes
    move 1: Spikes
    move 2: Giga Drain
    move 3: Sludge Bomb
    move 4: Rest / Synthesis
    item: Leftovers
    ability: Natural Cure
    nature: Calm
    evs: 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set is Roserade's claim to fame, as it provides arguably the most important move in the UU metagame: Spikes. With spikestacking being a popular playstlye, Roserade stands out as one of the best Spikers in UU. Giga Drain is used as Roserade's STAB move, and it also has the benefit of healing Roserade a little bit after every use. Sludge Bomb is used for secondary STAB; it also has a slight chance of poisoning the foe, racking up passive damage between Spikes and poison. The last moveslot provides Roserade with a move to heal off damage; Rest provides instant healing; Roserade wakes up upon switching out, making it more reliable than usual. If you don't like switching Roserade out, however, Synthesis works as it allows Roserade to heal off damage. However, with sand being a common weather in the UU metagame, caution must be used when running Synthesis.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The HP EVs maximize Roserade's overall bulk. From there, the EVs are split into Defenses and Special Defense; the Defense EVs are used to ensure Roserade will take two Stone Edges from Jolly Heracross and two Psyshocks from Mew or Slowbro after Stealth Rock. The Special Defense EVs and a Calm Nature are used to ensure that Roserade can take two Ice Beams from Milotic. However, an EV spread of 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 Spe with a Timid nature can be used to utilize Roserade's Speed, though this makes it play a lot like Frosslass, which plays the role of a fast Spiker much better.</p>

    <p>Stun Spore can be used over an attacking move to spread paralysis. Hidden Power Fire can be used over Sludge Bomb as it grants Roserade coverage against Steel-type Pokemon, though it is weak without investment. Hidden Power Ice can also be used, as it nails Nidoking, Nidoqueen, and Flygon for super effective damage; however, this is just about all it's useful for.</p>

    <p>As Roserade provides useful entry hazards for a team, any Pokemon that can use the passive damage Spikes provides becomes a good teammate. Houndoom can utilize the passive damage when attempting a sweep, and thanks to immunities to Psychic- and Fire-type moves, it has plenty of opportunities to switch in and set up. Chandelure makes another good partner for Roserade, as it can use Spikes to secure key KOs. Chandelure also blocks Rapid Spin, ensuring that the Spikes Roserade sets up will stay on the field. Speaking of spinblockers, Pokemon such as Dusclops and Confagrigus are also great partners, blocking Rapid Spin and using Will-O-Wisp so Roserade can take physical attacks better. Since Roserade is providing Spikes to spread passive damage, phazers are appreciated to help rack up entry hazard damage. Blastoise, Suicune, and Empoleon all make great partners as each Pokemon can phaze the opponent to spread entry hazard damage. Empoleon is exceptionally good as it also provides Stealth Rock, increasing the damage when the foe is phazed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Offensive
    move 1: Leaf Storm
    move 2: Sludge Bomb
    move 3: Sleep Powder
    move 4: Rest / Synthesis / Hidden Power Fire
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Natural Cure
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Unlike the Spikes set, this set uses Roserade's base 125 Special Attack as well as base 90 Speed to force offensive pressure on the opponent. Leaf Storm is the strongest STAB attack that Roserade receives, and it puts a dent in any Pokemon that doesn’t resist it. Sludge Bomb is another STAB attack that hits the Grass, Dragon, and Fire-type Pokemon that resist Leaf Storm. Since Roserade is using maximum Speed, Sleep Powder is used in the third moveslot to cripple one Pokemon, usually for the game, and it can be used on a predicted switch by the opponent to cripple their counter to Roserade. The last moveslot is a personal preference. Rest along with Natural Cure can be used to heal off recoil damage from Life Orb as well as status, though it forces Roserade to switch. As such, Synthesis can be used to heal off damage as well, though it gets nerfed if sandstorm is up. It also doesn’t heal status effects Roserade may have acquired. However, if you aren’t in need for a defensive option, Hidden Power Fire can be used to nail Steel-type Pokemon that resist both STAB options, such as Cobalion and Bisharp.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is very straightforward; a Timid nature as well as maximum Speed allows Roserade to outspeed common UU threats such as Rotom-A, Suicune, and Nidoking. However, a Modest nature can be used to deal more damage, though Roserade risks being outsped by before mentioned Pokemon. A Life Orb is used to provide Roserade more offensive pressure along with its base 125 Special Attack. To showcase the power of this set, the below calcs show Roserade against common UU threats (All calcs use a Timid nature):</p>

    <ul class="damage_calculation">
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/252+ Deoxys-D 49.3% - 58.2%</li>
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/0 Deoxys-D 57.2% - 67.4%</li>
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/252+ Empoleon 55.1% - 65.3%</li>
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/0 Nidoqueen 85.9% - 101.6%</li>
    <li>Sludge Bomb vs 120/0 Rotom-H 65.3% - 76.8%</li>
    <li>Sludge Bomb vs 4/0 Heracross 64.6% - 75.8%</li>
    <li>Sludge Bomb vs 252/136+ Roserade 44.4% - 52.2%</li>
    <li>Hidden Power Fire vs 252/136+ Roserade 45.7% - 54.3%</li>
    </ul>

    <p>Giga Drain can be used over Leaf Storm for reliability and recovery as it can heal recoil from Life Orb. However, Leaf Storm deals more damage, and despite the Special Attack drops, Life Orb still ensures Roserade deals massive damage. Hidden Power Ground can be used to hit Chandelure, which resists both of Roserade’s STAB attacks. It can also nail Flash Fire Pokemon, such as Houndoom and Arcanine, and it still retains coverage on Steel-type Pokemon. Spikes and Toxic Spikes can be used to bluff a defensive set, only for Roserade to nail it with a powerful attack.</p>

    <p>This variant of Roserade has problems with Fire- and Steel-type Pokemon, so partners that can deal with these Pokemon make great partners. Krookodile and Flygon both have Ground-type STAB moves that can deal with Fire- and Steel-types, and Roserade can absorb the Toxic Spikes that give Krookodile trouble. Water-type Pokemon, such as Suicune and Slowbro, can deal with Fire-types, and both have the bulk to tank the physical attacks Roserade can’t. Slowbro is especially good, as it carries Fire Blast to deal with Steel-types as well. Fighting-type Pokemon such as Heracross, Cobalion, and Machamp can dent holes in Steel-types, though Cobalion and Heracross will not facing Fire-type Pokemon.</p>

    <p>To ensure that Roserade puts more offensive pressure on the opponent, defensive partners are a necessity as well. Defensive Pokemon such as Umbreon, Togekiss, and Xatu provide Wish support for Roserade, which goes a long way in keeping Roserade alive. Togekiss can even Baton Pass Nasty Plot boosts to Roserade, increasing its offensive capabilities, while Xatu can keep entry hazards off the field, making it easier for Roserade to switch in. However, both Pokemon will stack up a Ice-type weakness with Roserade. Pokemon that can provide entry hazards, such as Swampert, Bronzong, and Azelf can set up entry hazards to soften up the opposition, making it easier for Roserade to attack. Azelf, along with Uxie and other dual screeners, can set up Light Screen and Reflect so Roserade can take attacks better, making it easier to attack.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Toxic Spikes
    move 1: Toxic Spikes
    move 2: Sleep Powder
    move 3: Leaf Storm / Giga Drain
    move 4: Sludge Bomb
    item: Leftovers / Focus Sash
    ability: Natural Cure
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>While Roserade can perform a Spikes set to great effect, it can also pull off a Toxic Spikes set just as efficiently. While this set has taken a fall from grace due to an increase of Poison-type Pokemon, such as Nidoking, Nidoqueen, and other Roserade, who can switch in and absorb Toxic Spikes, it can still do its job. Toxic Spikes is the focus of this set, slowly breaking down both offensive and defensive teams. While Sleep Powder may look odd on a set with Toxic Spikes in it, but it works well in crippling Pokemon immune to Toxic Spikes, such as Zapdos, Rotom-H, and opposing Roserade. It also gives Roserade time to set up Toxic Spikes. Leaf Storm is preferred over Giga Drain, as it allows Roserade to deal as much damage as possible. However, Giga Drain can be used along with Leftovers for more recovery. Finally, Sludge Bomb gives Roserade another STAB attack.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is fairly straightforward. Maximum Speed with a Timid nature ensure that Roserade can set up at least one layer of Toxic Spikes before the opponent responds. Maximum Special Attack is also used to deal as much damage with Roserade's attacks as possible. There are other EV spreads that are viable as well; the 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 SpD used in the Spikes set can also work on this set. Modest can also be used for more power. However, this means that Roserade is outsped by Pokemon such as Rotom-H and Heracross. The choice of item is also another personal preference. Leftovers is preferred as it heals Roserade a little bit every turn. However, Focus Sash can be used to make Roserade function as a suicide lead, allowing it to set up at least one layer of Toxic Spikes or put a Pokemon to sleep. Black Sludge can also be used, though beware of Trick users, as they can Trick Black Sludge to another teammate, poisoning them if they aren't Poision-type. Life Orb can also work, making Roserade do more damage with its attacks.</p>

    <p>Roserade can use Hidden Power Fire as a way for it to dent Steel-type Pokemon such as Cobalion and Bisharp. Synthesis and Rest can both be used as recovery options for Roserade, though Synthesis is usually not worth the moveslot due to the popularity of sandstorm. Stun Spore can be used over Sleep Powder to cripple faster Pokemon, allowing Roserade's teammates to outspeed them and attack before the opponent can react.</p>

    <p>Since this varient of Roserade uses Toxic Spikes to wear down the opponent, Pokemon that can hit hard to break teams down are great partners. Fire-type Pokemon, such as Chandelure and Houndoom can utilize the poison damage while hitting hard with their STABs. Both make exceptionally good partners as well, as they are immune to Fire thanks ti the ability Flash Fire. Chandelure also blocks Rapid Spin, ensuring that the Toxic Spikes Roserade sets up will stay on the field. Other good Spin Blockers, include Pokemon such as Dusclops and Confagrigus as they can also use Will-O-Wisp so Roserade can take physical attacks better. Roserade also enjoys Pokemon that can phaze out the opponent to spread the poison around. Blastoise, Suicune, and Empoleon all make great partners as each Pokemon can phaze the opponent to spread entry hazard damage, as well as having great defensive synergy with Roserade. Empoleon is exceptionally good as it also provides Stealth Rock, increasing the damage when the foe is phazed.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>They are other options Roserade can use outside of the options already listed. Aromatherapy can be used with a cleric set, healing Roserade's allies from status. A SubSeed set can also work, allowing Roserade to stall out its opponents while gaining more health after every turn. However, other Pokemon perform this role better, namely Whimsicott, who has access to Prankster. A Choice Scarf set can be used to allow Roserade to outpace its checks and attack before they can retaliate, though Roserade usually has better things to do. Likewise, a Choice Specs set can be used so Roserade can put massive dents in it's opponents. Roserade can use Sunny Day along with Weather Ball as a set to help defeat sand teams, though other than that, it is extremely situational and it boosts Roserade's Fire-type weakness. A gimmicky Physical set containing moves such as Swords Dance, Seed Bomb, Poison Jab, and Return can be used, but due to Roserade's base 70 Attack, Roserade will be very weak, even after a Swords Dance boost.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Roserade hates a certain Pokemon with candles on its arms. Chandelure makes quick work of Roserade, especially when a Pokemon is already asleep, as it can take any attack Roserade can use and proceed to OHKO it with any Fire-type STAB attack. Chandelure even gains a boost when switching in on Hidden Power Fire, making it especially tough to beat. Snorlax can also sponge any attack Roserade can use due to high special bulk, and if it uses Immunity, it's even immune to Toxic Spikes. However, variants without Sleep Talk won't like Sleep Powder. Steel-type Pokemon, such as Bronzong, Cobalion, and Bisharp, are immune to Roserade's Poison-type STAB as well as Toxic Spikes, can can wall or set up on Roserade. Watch out for Hidden Power Fire, however.</p>

    <p>Roserade has numerous checks that can make quick work of Roserade when given the chance. Aside from Chandelure, other Fire-type Pokemon, such as Victini, Houndoom, Darmanitan, and Arcanine, can each use their Fire-type STABs to roast the flower. Houndoom even has Flash Fire to switch in on Hidden Power Fire, making it an especially good check. Togekiss can use it's bulk to switch in on any attack, and proceed to attack Roserade with Air Slash. It even has immunities to both Spikes and Toxic Spikes, though it must be careful switching in, as Sleep Powder will be annoying. Opposing Poison-type Pokemon, such as Nidoking and Nidoqueen, can switch in and remove Toxic Spikes, while proceeding to attack Roserade with a Sheer Force Fire Blast. However, offensive Roserade can possibly OHKO both with Leaf Storm. Finally, many strong physical attackers can use their strong physical attacks to OHKO Roserade.</p>


    [Unreleased]

    <p>Roserade recives Technician from Dream World, and while its boosts its weaker attacks such as Magical Leaf, a weaker form of Hidden Power and Swift, Natural Cure outclasses it, especially since Roserade has no means of boosting its Special Attack.</p>


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    becasue Spikes and Sleep Powder are illegal together. If you want to mention Sleep Powder somewhere else in the Overview then go for it, just don't do it in the context of a Spikes set.

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    [Overview]

    <p>In a metagame dominated by entry hazards, Roserade stands out as one of the "Big Three" among Spikes users, the other two being Froslass and Deoxys-D. Roserade also has access to Sleep Powder, which sets it apart from other Spikers. (Sleep Powder is illegal with Spikes so...?) Even though Roserade can effectively perform the role ofset up Spikers, it can also utilize Toxic Spikes as well as an offensive set, making it unpredictable. The cherry on the pie, however, is its ability, Natural Cure, which heals any status ailment by simply switching out. Not only is switching out a positive situation for Roserade, but it also upon switching in it absorbs Toxic Spikes as wellabsorbs Toxic Spikes upon switching in. Sadly, Roserade isn't perfect, as it is very physically frail with only 55a base 55 Defense. Roserade's typing also gives it weaknesses to common Fire-, Ice-, Psychic-, and Flying-type attacks. Nevertheless, most players consider Roserade one of the best Spikes users in the UU metagame, making it a top-tier threat; it should be reckoned with as such.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Spikes
    move 1: Spikes
    move 2: Giga Drain
    move 3: Sludge Bomb
    move 4: Rest / Synthesis
    item: Leftovers
    ability: Natural Cure
    nature: Calm
    evs: 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set is Roserade's claim to fame, as it provides arguably the most important move in the UU metagame: Spikes. With sSpikestacking being a popular playstlye, Roserade stands out as one of the best Spikes users in UU. Giga Drain is used as Roserade's STAB move, and it also has the benefit of healing Roserade a little bit after every use. Sludge Bomb is used for secondary STAB; it also has a slight chance of poisoning the foe, racking up passive damage between Spikes and poison. The last moveslot provides Roserade with a move to heal off damage; Rest provides instant healing;, and Roserade wakes up upon switching out, making it more reliable than usual. If you don't like switching Roserade out, however, Synthesis works as it allows Roserade to heal off damage. However, with sand being a common weather in the UU metagame, caution must be used when running Synthesis.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The HP EVs maximize Roserade's overall bulk. From there, the EVs are split into Defenses and Special Defense; the Defense EVs are used to ensure Roserade will take two Stone Edges from Jolly Heracross and two Psyshocks from Mew or Slowbro after Stealth Rock. The Special Defense EVs and a Calm Nature are used to ensure that Roserade can take two Ice Beams from Milotic. However, an EV spread of 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 Spe with a Timid nature can be used to utilize Roserade's Speed, though this makes it play a lot like Frosslass, which plays the role of a fast Spikes setter much better.</p>

    <p>Stun Spore can be usedRoserade can use Stun Spore over an attacking move to spread paralysis. Hidden Power Fire can be used over Sludge Bomb as it grants Roserade coverage against Steel-type Pokemon, though it is weak without investment. Hidden Power Ice canis also be usedusable, as it nails Nidoking, Nidoqueen, and Flygon for super effective damage; however, this is just about all it's useful for.</p>

    <p>As Roserade provides useful entry hazards for a team, any Pokemon that can use the passive damage Spikes provides becomes a good teammate. Houndoom can utilize the passive damage when attempting a sweep, and thanks to immunities to Psychic- and Fire-type moves, it has plenty of opportunities to switch in and set up. Chandelure makes another good partner for Roserade, as it can use Spikes to secure key KOs. Chandelure also blocks Rapid Spin, ensuring that the Spikes Roserade sets up will stay on the field. Speaking of spinblockers, Pokemon such as Dusclops and Confagrigus are also great partners, blocking Rapid Spin and using Will-O-Wisp so Roserade can take physical attacks better. Since Roserade is providing Spikes to spread passive damage, phazers are appreciated to help rack up entry hazard damage.; therefore, Blastoise, Suicune, and Empoleon all make great partners as each Pokemon can phaze the opponent to spread entry hazard damage. Empoleon is exceptionally good as it also provides Stealth Rock, increasing the damage dealt when the foe is phazed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Offensive
    move 1: Leaf Storm
    move 2: Sludge Bomb
    move 3: Sleep Powder
    move 4: Rest / Synthesis / Hidden Power Fire
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Natural Cure
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Unlike the Spikes set, this set uses Roserade's base 125 Special Attack as well asnd base 90 Speed to force offensive pressure on the opponent. Leaf Storm is the strongest STAB attack that Roserade receives, and it puts a dent in any Pokemon that doesn’t resist it. Sludge Bomb is another STAB attack that hits the Grass-, Dragon-, and Fire-type Pokemon that resist Leaf Storm. Since Roserade is using maximum Speed, Sleep Powder is used in the third moveslot to cripple one Pokemon, usually for the game, and it can be used on a predicted switch by the opponent to cripple theirto cripple your opponent's counter to Roserade. The last moveslot is a personal preference. Rest along with Natural Cure can be used to heal off recoil damage from Life Orb as well as status, though it forces Roserade to switch. As such, Synthesis can be used to heal off damage as well, though it gets nerfed if sandstorm is up. It also doesn’t heal status effects Roserade mayight have acquired. However, if you aren’t in need forof a defensive option, Hidden Power Fire can be used to nail Steel-type Pokemon that resist both STAB optionmoves, such as Cobalion and Bisharp.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is very straightforward;: a Timid nature as well as maximum Speed allows Roserade to outspeed common UU threats such as Rotom-A, Suicune, and Nidoking. However, a Modest nature can be used to deal more damage, though Roserade risks being outsped by bethe aforementioned Pokemon. A Life Orb is used to provide Roserade more offensive pressure along with its base 125 Special Attack. To showcase the power of this set, the below calcs show Roserade against common UU threats (Aall calcs use a Timid nature):</p>

    <ul class="damage_calculation">
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/252+ Deoxys-D 49.3% - 58.2%</li>
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/0 Deoxys-D 57.2% - 67.4%</li>
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/252+ Empoleon 55.1% - 65.3%</li>
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/0 Nidoqueen 85.9% - 101.6%</li>
    <li>Sludge Bomb vs 120/0 Rotom-H 65.3% - 76.8%</li>
    <li>Sludge Bomb vs 4/0 Heracross 64.6% - 75.8%</li>
    <li>Sludge Bomb vs 252/136+ Roserade 44.4% - 52.2%</li>
    <li>Hidden Power Fire vs 252/136+ Roserade 45.7% - 54.3%</li>
    </ul>

    <p>Giga Drain can be used over Leaf Storm for reliability and recovery as it can heal recoil from Life Orb. However, Leaf Storm deals more damage, and despite the Special Attack drops, Life Orb still ensures that Roserade deals massive damage. Hidden Power Ground can be used to hit Chandelure, which resists both of Roserade’s STAB attacks. It can also nail Flash Fire Pokemon, such as Houndoom and Arcanine, and it still retains coverage on Steel-type Pokemon. Spikes and Toxic Spikes can be used to bluff a defensive set, only for Roserade to nail ithe opponent with a powerful attack.</p>

    <p>This variant of Roserade has problems with Fire- and Steel-type Pokemon, so partnersPokemon that can deal with these Pokemon make great partners. Krookodile and Flygon both have Ground-type STAB moves that can deal with Fire- and Steel-types, and Roserade can absorb the Toxic Spikes that give Krookodile trouble. Water-type Pokemon, such as Suicune and Slowbro, can deal with Fire-types, and both have the bulk to tank the physical attacks Roserade can’t. Slowbro is especially good, as it carries Fire Blast to deal with Steel-types as well. Fighting-type Pokemon such as Heracross, Cobalion, and Machamp can dent holes in Steel-types, though Cobalion and Heracross will notdo not like facing Fire-type Pokemon.</p>

    <p>To ensure that Roserade puts more offensive pressure on the opponent, defensive partners are a necessity as well. Defensive Pokemon such as Umbreon, Togekiss, and Xatu provide Wish support for Roserade, which goes a long way in keeping Roseradeit alive. Togekiss can even Baton Pass Nasty Plot boosts to Roserade, increasing its offensive capabilities, while Xatu can keep entry hazards off the field, making it easier for Roserade to switch in. However, both Pokemon will stack up an Ice-type weakness with Roserade. Pokemon that can provideset up entry hazards, such as Swampert, Bronzong, and Azelf can set up entry hazards to soften up the opposition, making it easier for Roserade to attack. Azelf, along with Uxie and other dual screen users, can set up Light Screen and Reflect so Roserade can take attacks better, making it easier to attack.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Toxic Spikes
    move 1: Toxic Spikes
    move 2: Sleep Powder
    move 3: Leaf Storm / Giga Drain
    move 4: Sludge Bomb
    item: Leftovers / Focus Sash
    ability: Natural Cure
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>While Roserade can performutilize a Spikes set to great effect, it can also pull off a Toxic Spikes set just as efficiently. While this set has taken a fall from grace due to an increase of Poison-type Pokemon, such as Nidoking, Nidoqueen, and other Roserade, whoich can switch in and absorb Toxic Spikes, it can still do its job. Toxic Spikes is the focus of this set, slowly breaking down both offensive and defensive teams. While Sleep Powder may look odd on a set with Toxic Spikes in it, but, it works well in crippling Pokemon immune to Toxic Spikes, such as Zapdos, Rotom-H, and opposing Roserade. It also gives Roserade time to set up Toxic Spikes. Leaf Storm is preferred over Giga Drain, as it allows Roserade to deal as much damage as possible. However, Giga Drain can be used along with Leftovers for more recovery. Finally, Sludge Bomb gives Roserade another STAB attack.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is fairly straightforward. M: maximum Speed with a Timid nature ensures that Roserade can set up at least one layer of Toxic Spikes before the opponent responds. M, while maximum Special Attack is also useallows Roserad to deal as much damage with Roserade'its attacks as possible. There are other EV spreads that are viable as well;: the 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 SpD spread used in the Spikes set can also work on this set. Modest can also be used for more power. H; however, this means that Roserade is outsped by Pokemon such as Rotom-H and Heracross. The choice of item is also another personal preference. Leftovers is preferred as it heals Roserade a little bit every turn. However, Focus Sash can be used to make Roserade function as a suicide lead, allowing it to set up at least one layer of Toxic Spikes or put a Pokemon to sleep. Black Sludge can also be used, though beware of Trick users, as they can Trick Black Sludge to another teammate, poisoning them if they aren'tit if it doesn't have a Poision-typeing. Life Orb can also work, making Roserade do more damage with its attacks.</p>

    <p>Roserade can use Hidden Power Fire as a way for it to dent Steel-type Pokemon such as Cobalion and Bisharp. Synthesis and Rest can both be used as recovery options for Roserade, though Synthesis is usually not worth the moveslot due to the popularity of sandstorm. Stun Spore can be used over Sleep Powder to cripple faster Pokemon, allowing Roserade's teammates to outspeed them and attack before the opponent can react.</p>

    <p>SincBecause this varient of Roserade uses Toxic Spikes to wear down the opponent, Pokemon that can hit hard to break teams down are great partners. Fire-type Pokemon, such as Chandelure and Houndoom can utilize the poison damage while hitting hard with their STAB attacks. Both make exceptionally good partners as well, as they are immune to Fire-type moves thanks tio the ability Flash Fire. Chandelure also blocks Rapid Spin, ensuring that the Toxic Spikes Roserade sets up will stay on the field. Other good Sspin Bblockers, include Pokemon such as Dusclops and Confagrigus, as they can also use Will-O-Wisp so that Roserade can take physical attacks better. Roserade also enjoys Pokemon that can phaze out the opponent to spread the poison around. Blastoise, Suicune, and Empoleon all make great partners as each Pokemon can phaze the opponent to spread entry hazard damage, as well as having, such as Blastoise, Suicune, and Empoleon, to spread the poison around; these Water-types also have great defensive synergy with Roserade. Empoleon is an exceptionally good partner as it also provides Stealth Rock, increasing the damage when the foe is phazed support.</p> (K, so I did some hardcore rewording here because this was like literally copy/pasted from the AC of the Spikes set -.-)

    [Other Options]

    <p>Theyre are other options Roserade can use outside of the options already listed. Aromatherapy can be used withon a cleric set, healing Roserade's allies from status. A SubSeed set can also work, allowing Roserade to stall out its opponents while gaining more health after every turn. However, other Pokemon perform this role better, namely Whimsicott, whoich has access to Prankster. A Choice Scarf set can be used to allow Roserade to outpace its checks and attack before they can retaliate, though Roserade usually has better things to do. Likewise, a Choice Specs set can be used so Roserade can put massive dents in it's opponents. Roserade can use Sunny Day along with Weather Ball as a set to help defeat sand teams, though other than that, it is extremely situational and it boosts Roserade's Fire-type weakness. A gimmicky Pphysical set containing moves such as Swords Dance, Seed Bomb, Poison Jab, and Return can be used, but due to Roserade's base 70 Attack, Roseradeit will be very weak, even after a Swords Dance boost.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Roserade hates a certain Pokemon with candles on its arms. Chandelure makes quick work of Roserade, especially when a Pokemon is already asleep, as it can take any attack Roserade can use and proceed to OHKO it with any Fire-type STAB attack. Chandelure even gains a boost when switching in on Hidden Power Fire, making it especially tough to beat. Snorlax can also sponge any attack Roserade can use due to high special bulk, and if it uses Immunity, it's even immune to Toxic Spikes. H; however, variants without Sleep Talk won't like Sleep Powder. Steel-type Pokemon, such as Bronzong, Cobalion, and Bisharp, are immune to Roserade's Poison-type STAB as well as Toxic Spikes, and can can wall or set up on Roserade. W; they must watch out for Hidden Power Fire, however.</p>

    <p>Roserade has numerous checks that can make quick work of Roseradeit when given the chance. Aside from Chandelure, other Fire-type Pokemon, such as Victini, Houndoom, Darmanitan, and Arcanine, can each use their Fire-type STAB movess to roast the flowerRoserade. Houndoom even has Flash Fire to switch in on Hidden Power Fire, making it an especially good check. Togekiss can use it's bulk to switch in on any attack, and proceed to attack Roserade with Air Slash. It even has immunities to both Spikes and Toxic Spikes, though it must be careful switching in, as Sleep Powder will be annoying. Opposing Poison-type Pokemon, such as Nidoking and Nidoqueen, can switch in and remove Toxic Spikes, while proceeding to attack Roserade with a Sheer Force-boosted Fire Blast. However, offensive Roserade can possibly OHKO both with Leaf Storm. Finally, many strong physical attackers can use their strong physical attacks toeasily OHKO Roserade.</p>


    [Unreleased]

    <p>Roserade recives Technician from Dream World, and while its boosts its weaker attacks such as Magical Leaf, a weaker form of60 Base Power Hidden Power, and Swift, Natural Cure outclasses it, especially sincbecause Roserade has no means of boosting its Special Attack.</p>


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    [Overview]

    <p>In a metagame dominated by entry hazards, Roserade stands out as one of the "Big Three" among Spikes users, the other two being Froslass and Deoxys-D. Even though Roserade can effectively set up Spikes, it can also utilize Toxic Spikes as well as an offensive set, making it unpredictable. The cherry on the pie, however, is its ability, Natural Cure, which heals any status ailment by simply switching out. Not only is switching out a positive situation for Roserade, but it also absorbs Toxic Spikes upon switching in. Sadly, Roserade isn't perfect, as it is very physically frail with only a base 55 Defense. Roserade's typing also gives it weaknesses to common Fire-, Ice-, Psychic-, and Flying-type attacks. Nevertheless, most players consider Roserade one of the best Spikes users in the UU metagame, making it a top-tier threat; it should be reckoned with as such.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Spikes
    move 1: Spikes
    move 2: Giga Drain
    move 3: Sludge Bomb
    move 4: Rest / Synthesis
    item: Leftovers
    ability: Natural Cure
    nature: Calm
    evs: 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set is Roserade's claim to fame, as it provides arguably the most important move in the UU metagame: Spikes. With Spikestacking being a popular playstlye, Roserade stands out as one of the best Spikes users in UU. Giga Drain is used as Roserade's STAB move, and it also has the benefit of healing Roserade a little bit after every use. Sludge Bomb is used for secondary STAB; it also has a slight chance of poisoning the foe, racking up passive damage between Spikes and poison. The last moveslot provides Roserade with a move to heal off damage; Rest provides instant healing, and Roserade wakes up upon switching out, making it more reliable than usual. If you don't like switching Roserade out, however, Synthesis works as it allows Roserade to heal off damage. However, with sand being a common weather in the UU metagame, caution must be used when running Synthesis.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The HP EVs maximize Roserade's overall bulk. From there, the EVs are split into Defense and Special Defense; the Defense EVs are used to ensure Roserade will take two Stone Edges from Jolly Heracross and two Psyshocks from Mew or Slowbro after Stealth Rock. The Special Defense EVs and a Calm Nature are used to ensure that Roserade can take two Ice Beams from Milotic. However, an EV spread of 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 Spe with a Timid nature can be used to utilize Roserade's Speed, though this makes it play a lot like Frosslass, which plays the role of a fast Spikes setter much better.</p>

    <p>Roserade can use Stun Spore over an attacking move to spread paralysis. Hidden Power Fire can be used over Sludge Bomb as it grants Roserade coverage against Steel-type Pokemon, though it is weak without investment. Hidden Power Ice is also usable, as it nails Nidoking, Nidoqueen, and Flygon for super effective damage; however, this is about all it's useful for.</p>

    <p>As Roserade provides useful entry hazards for a team, any Pokemon that can use the passive damage Spikes provides becomes a good teammate. Houndoom can utilize the passive damage when attempting a sweep, and thanks to immunities to Psychic- and Fire-type moves, it has plenty of opportunities to switch in and set up. Chandelure makes another good partner for Roserade, as it can use Spikes to secure key KOs. Chandelure also blocks Rapid Spin, ensuring that the Spikes Roserade sets up will stay on the field. Speaking of spinblockers, Pokemon such as Dusclops and Cofagrigus are also great partners, blocking Rapid Spin and using Will-O-Wisp so Roserade can take physical attacks better. Since Roserade is providing Spikes to spread passive damage, phazers are appreciated to help rack up entry hazard damage; therefore, Blastoise, Suicune, and Empoleon all make great partners. Empoleon is exceptionally good as it also provides Stealth Rock, increasing the damage dealt when the foe is phazed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Offensive
    move 1: Leaf Storm
    move 2: Sludge Bomb
    move 3: Sleep Powder
    move 4: Rest / Synthesis / Hidden Power Fire
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Natural Cure
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Unlike the Spikes set, this set uses Roserade's base 125 Special Attack and base 90 Speed to force offensive pressure on the opponent. Leaf Storm is the strongest STAB attack that Roserade receives, and it puts a dent in any Pokemon that doesn’t resist it. Sludge Bomb is another STAB attack that hits the Grass-, Dragon-, and Fire-type Pokemon that resist Leaf Storm. Since Roserade is using maximum Speed, Sleep Powder is used in the third moveslot to cripple one Pokemon, usually for the game, and it can be used on a predicted switch to cripple your opponent's counter to Roserade. The last moveslot is a personal preference. Rest along with Natural Cure can be used to heal off recoil damage from Life Orb as well as status, though it forces Roserade to switch. As such, Synthesis can be used to heal off damage as well, though it gets nerfed if sandstorm is up. It also doesn’t heal status effects Roserade might have acquired. However, if you aren’t in need of a defensive option, Hidden Power Fire can be used to nail Steel-type Pokemon that resist both STAB moves, such as Cobalion and Bisharp.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is very straightforward: a Timid nature as well as maximum Speed allows Roserade to outspeed common UU threats such as Rotom-A, Suicune, and Nidoking. However, a Modest nature can be used to deal more damage, though Roserade risks being outsped by the aforementioned Pokemon. A Life Orb is used to provide Roserade more offensive pressure along with its base 125 Special Attack. To showcase the power of this set, the below calcs show Roserade against common UU threats (all calcs use a Timid nature):</p>

    <ul class="damage_calculation">
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/252+ Deoxys-D 49.3% - 58.2%</li>
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/0 Deoxys-D 57.2% - 67.4%</li>
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/252+ Empoleon 55.1% - 65.3%</li>
    <li>Leaf Storm vs 252/0 Nidoqueen 85.9% - 101.6%</li>
    <li>Sludge Bomb vs 120/0 Rotom-H 65.3% - 76.8%</li>
    <li>Sludge Bomb vs 4/0 Heracross 64.6% - 75.8%</li>
    <li>Sludge Bomb vs 252/136+ Roserade 44.4% - 52.2%</li>
    <li>Hidden Power Fire vs 252/136+ Roserade 45.7% - 54.3%</li>
    </ul>

    <p>Giga Drain can be used over Leaf Storm for reliability and recovery as it can heal recoil from Life Orb. However, Leaf Storm deals more damage, and despite the Special Attack drops, Life Orb still ensures that Roserade deals massive damage. Hidden Power Ground can be used to hit Chandelure, which resists both of Roserade’s STAB attacks. It can also nail Flash Fire Pokemon, such as Houndoom and Arcanine, and it still retains coverage on Steel-type Pokemon. Spikes and Toxic Spikes can be used to bluff a defensive set, only for Roserade to nail the opponent with a powerful attack.</p>

    <p>This variant of Roserade has problems with Fire- and Steel-type Pokemon, so Pokemon that can deal with these make great partners. Krookodile and Flygon both have Ground-type STAB moves that can deal with Fire- and Steel-types, and Roserade can absorb the Toxic Spikes that give Krookodile trouble. Water-type Pokemon, such as Suicune and Slowbro, can deal with Fire-types, and both have the bulk to tank the physical attacks Roserade can’t. Slowbro is especially good, as it carries Fire Blast to deal with Steel-types as well. Fighting-type Pokemon such as Heracross, Cobalion, and Machamp can dent holes in Steel-types, though Cobalion and Heracross do not like facing Fire-type Pokemon.</p>

    <p>To ensure that Roserade puts more offensive pressure on the opponent, defensive partners are a necessity as well. Defensive Pokemon such as Umbreon, Togekiss, and Xatu provide Wish support for Roserade, which goes a long way in keeping it alive. Togekiss can even Baton Pass Nasty Plot boosts to Roserade, increasing its offensive capabilities, while Xatu can keep entry hazards off the field, making it easier for Roserade to switch in. However, both Pokemon will stack up an Ice-type weakness with Roserade. Pokemon that can set up entry hazards, such as Swampert, Bronzong, and Azelf can soften up the opposition, making it easier for Roserade to attack. Azelf, along with Uxie and other dual screen users, can set up Light Screen and Reflect so Roserade can take attacks better, making it easier to attack.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Toxic Spikes
    move 1: Toxic Spikes
    move 2: Sleep Powder
    move 3: Leaf Storm / Giga Drain
    move 4: Sludge Bomb
    item: Leftovers / Focus Sash
    ability: Natural Cure
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>While Roserade can utilize a Spikes set to great effect, it can also pull off a Toxic Spikes set just as efficiently. While this set has taken a fall from grace due to an increase of Poison-type Pokemon, such as Nidoking, Nidoqueen, and other Roserade, which can switch in and absorb Toxic Spikes, it can still do its job. Toxic Spikes is the focus of this set, slowly breaking down both offensive and defensive teams. While Sleep Powder may look odd on a set with Toxic Spikes, it works well in crippling Pokemon immune to Toxic Spikes, such as Zapdos, Rotom-H, and opposing Roserade. It also gives Roserade time to set up Toxic Spikes. Leaf Storm is preferred over Giga Drain, as it allows Roserade to deal as much damage as possible. However, Giga Drain can be used along with Leftovers for more recovery. Finally, Sludge Bomb gives Roserade another STAB attack.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is fairly straightforward: maximum Speed with a Timid nature ensures that Roserade can set up at least one layer of Toxic Spikes before the opponent responds, while maximum Special Attack allows Roserad to deal as much damage with its attacks as possible. There are other EV spreads that are viable as well: the 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 SpD spread used in the Spikes set can also work on this set. Modest can also be used for more power; however, this means that Roserade is outsped by Pokemon such as Rotom-H and Heracross. The choice of item is also another personal preference. Leftovers is preferred as it heals Roserade a little bit every turn. However, Focus Sash can be used to make Roserade function as a suicide lead, allowing it to set up at least one layer of Toxic Spikes or put a Pokemon to sleep. Black Sludge can also be used, though beware of Trick users, as they can Trick Black Sludge to another teammate, poisoning it if it doesn't have a Poison typing. Life Orb can also work, making Roserade do more damage with its attacks.</p>

    <p>Roserade can use Hidden Power Fire as a way for it to dent Steel-type Pokemon such as Cobalion and Bisharp. Synthesis and Rest can both be used as recovery options for Roserade, though Synthesis is usually not worth the moveslot due to the popularity of sandstorm. Stun Spore can be used over Sleep Powder to cripple faster Pokemon, allowing Roserade's teammates to outspeed them and attack before the opponent can react.</p>

    <p>Because this varient of Roserade uses Toxic Spikes to wear down the opponent, Pokemon that can hit hard to break teams down are great partners. Fire-type Pokemon such as Chandelure and Houndoom can utilize the poison damage while hitting hard with their STAB attacks. Both make exceptionally good partners as well as they are immune to Fire-type moves thanks to the ability Flash Fire. Chandelure also blocks Rapid Spin, ensuring that the Toxic Spikes Roserade sets up will stay on the field. Other good spinblockers include Pokemon such as Dusclops and Cofagrigus, as they can also use Will-O-Wisp so that Roserade can take physical attacks better. Roserade also enjoys Pokemon that can phaze out the opponent, such as Blastoise, Suicune, and Empoleon, to spread the poison around; these Water-types also have great defensive synergy with Roserade. Empoleon is an exceptionally good partner as it also provides Stealth Rock support.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>There are other options Roserade can use outside of the options already listed. Aromatherapy can be used on a cleric set, healing Roserade's allies from status. A SubSeed set can also work, allowing Roserade to stall out its opponents while gaining more health after every turn. However, other Pokemon perform this role better, namely Whimsicott, which has access to Prankster. A Choice Scarf set can be used to allow Roserade to outpace its checks and attack before they can retaliate, though Roserade usually has better things to do. Likewise, a Choice Specs set can be used so Roserade can put massive dents in its opponents. Roserade can use Sunny Day along with Weather Ball as a set to help defeat sand teams, though other than that, it is extremely situational and boosts Roserade's Fire-type weakness. A gimmicky physical set containing moves such as Swords Dance, Seed Bomb, Poison Jab, and Return can be used, but due to Roserade's base 70 Attack, it will be very weak, even after a Swords Dance boost.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Chandelure makes quick work of Roserade, especially when a Pokemon is already asleep, as it can take any attack Roserade can use and proceed to OHKO it with any Fire-type STAB attack. Chandelure even gains a boost when switching in on Hidden Power Fire, making it especially tough to beat. Snorlax can also sponge any attack Roserade can use due to high special bulk, and if it uses Immunity, it's even immune to Toxic Spikes; however, variants without Sleep Talk won't like Sleep Powder. Steel-type Pokemon, such as Bronzong, Cobalion, and Bisharp, are immune to Roserade's Poison-type STAB as well as Toxic Spikes, and can can wall or set up on Roserade; they must watch out for Hidden Power Fire, however.</p>

    <p>Roserade has numerous checks that can make quick work of it when given the chance. Aside from Chandelure, other Fire-type Pokemon, such as Victini, Houndoom, Darmanitan, and Arcanine, can use their Fire-type STAB movess to roast Roserade. Houndoom even has Flash Fire to switch in on Hidden Power Fire, making it an especially good check. Togekiss can use its bulk to switch in on any attack and proceed to attack Roserade with Air Slash. It even has immunities to both Spikes and Toxic Spikes, though it must be careful switching in as Sleep Powder will be annoying. Opposing Poison-type Pokemon, such as Nidoking and Nidoqueen, can switch in and remove Toxic Spikes, while proceeding to attack Roserade with a Sheer Force-boosted Fire Blast. However, offensive Roserade can possibly OHKO both with Leaf Storm. Finally, many strong physical attackers can easily OHKO Roserade.</p>


    [Unreleased]

    <p>Roserade recives Technician from Dream World, and while it boosts its weaker attacks such as Magical Leaf, a 60 Base Power Hidden Power, and Swift, Natural Cure outclasses it, especially because Roserade has no means of boosting its Special Attack.</p>


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