Sawk (GP 2/2)

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  1. VN.

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    [Overview]

    <p>Sawk is one among a plethora of Fighting-types introduced in BW. Though it didn't find its way into the OU tier like many of its Fighting-type counterparts, it immediately became a force to be reckoned with in the lower tiers. Boasting an excellent base 125 Attack stat and a favorable base 85 Speed, Sawk is quite the offensive menace. It finds its primary niche in the RU tier as a Choice Band and Choice Scarf user, and one of the better ones at that. Sawk is able to easily penetrate the opponent's defenses by unleashing its powerful Choice Band-boosted Close Combat on the opponent. While Sawk can dish out hits, it isn't very good at taking them, as 75 / 75 / 75 defenses aren't very optimal. Fortunately, Sawk was gifted with the ability of Sturdy to fall back on, which works as a makeshift Focus Sash.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice
    move 1: Close Combat
    move 2: Stone Edge
    move 3: Earthquake
    move 4: Toxic
    item: Choice Band / Choice Scarf
    nature: Jolly / Adamant
    ability: Sturdy
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Sawk is among the top users of both the Choice Band and the Choice Scarf. With a Choice Scarf, a Jolly nature and maximum Speed EVs, Sawk hits a Speed stat of 442, outspeeding every unboosted Pokemon in RU that isn't holding a Scarf itself. When equipped with a Choice Band, along with an Adamant nature and maximum Attack EVs, Sawk's Attack stat goes through the roof, allowing it to tear through even the most sturdy of walls. Sawk's outstanding coverage with Close Combat and the infamous EdgeQuake makes it a great user of Choice items, allowing it to hit most of the Pokemon in RU super effectively. Close Combat is the premier move of this set and can easily rip through opposing teams, while Toxic can put one of Sawk's switch-ins on a timer, helping Sawk to break through a team.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Sawk can run Reversal to deal an impressive amount of damage if Sturdy has been activated and Sawk is at 1 HP, but this is extremely situational and often hard to pull off with a Choice item. When it comes to teammates for Sawk, it's best to pair it with Pokemon that can both lay and spin away entry hazards. Sawk works nicely with Rapid Spin support because it isn't very bulky and often has to switch in and out due to being locked into one move; in addition to this, Sturdy can stay intact if Sawk isn't damaged by entry hazards. Entry hazard support assists Sawk in scoring some extra 2HKOs or OHKOs. Inner Focus can be used if you want to remove any chance of Sawk being flinched, but Sturdy is usually the superior choice; it allows Sawk to survive hits it otherwise wouldn't and can be the difference between a win or a loss.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Sawk doesn't have a whole lot of other options to abuse, but it can run 2 sets that could be considered viable. The first of these sets uses a Life Orb and 3 attacks, consisting of Close Combat, Stone Edge, and Earthquake, with Toxic as a support move. Sawk can also potentially run a Bulk Up set with Bulk Up and the 3 attacks mentioned in its other sets, although it isn't a great abuser of Bulk Up, as it starts out somewhat frail and isn't amazingly bulky at +1 either. In addition to this, Throh is far superior at using Bulk Up.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>While Sawk is a powerhouse, it has no shortage of counters. Claydol resists Close Combat and Stone Edge and is immune to Earthquake, with the ability to heavily damage Sawk with Psychic. Uxie is yet another Psychic-type with good defenses that can tank all of Sawk's attacks and retaliate with a STAB Psychic attack. Ghost-types with good physical defense and access to Will-O-Wisp, such as Cofagrigus and Dusknoir are also great counters to Sawk, being able to tank one of Sawk's attacks before burning it. Sawk is also helpless against Pokemon with great physical bulk such as Gligar and Tangrowth; the former of which resists Sawk's main STAB, while the latter can tank Sawk's attacks and heal off the damage it took via Regenerator.</p>

    [Dream World]

    <p>Sawk gets Mold Breaker from the Dream World, which allows it to use Earthquake on Pokemon with Levitate, but Sturdy is generally the more reliable choice.</p>
  2. Keiran

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    I think Reversal should be slashed over toxic imo, but I guess QC will weigh in, (I've used Reversal on a scarf set and it's done very well.)
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    eh, I'd definitely agree with Toxic being the primary choice. Uxie generally walls Sawk indefinitely otherwise, and unless you manage to maintain Sturdy and get knocked down to 1 Hp, you're just gonna be spamming CC most of the time anyway
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    I originally had Reversal as a slash, but due to the fact that keeping your field free of hazards is pretty hard in RU, so the situations in which Reversal will be superior to CC are few and far between. You and col both bring up good points, so I'l let QC weigh in before making any changes.
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    Thanks for the QC checks [especially Honko, finally giving me my 3rd check!], guys. I'll try and get the full analysis up as soon as possible.
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    [Overview]

    <p>The fifth generation brought many fighting types to the metagame, one of which was Sawk. Sawk is among the plethora of Fighting-types introduced in the fifth generation. While Sawk Though it didn't find its way into the OU Tier like many of its Fighting-type (hyphen) counterparts, it immediately became a force to be reckoned with in the lower tiers. Boasting an excellent base 125 Attack stat and a favorable base Speed stat of 85, Sawk is quite the offensive menace. Sawk It finds its primary niche in the RU Tier as being a user of Choice Band and Choice Scarf user, and one of the better ones at that. Sawk is able to easily penetrate the opponent's defenses by unleashing its powerful Choice Band-boosted Close Combat all over on the opponent, forcing them to find something to take the hit. While Sawk can dish out hits like a champion, it isn't very good at taking them, as 75/75/75 defenses aren't very optimal. Fortunately, Sawk was gifted with the ability of Sturdy to fall back on, which works as a makeshift Focus Sash and can become a useful artifice for Sawk to use.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice
    move 1: Close Combat
    move 2: Stone Edge
    move 3: Earthquake
    move 4: Toxic
    item: Choice Band/ Choice Scarf (spaces)
    nature: Jolly / Adamant (spaces)
    ability: Sturdy
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>While Sawk doesn't have many viable sets, it has one which it performs extremely well. Sawk is among the top users of both the Choice Band and the Choice Scarf. With a Choice Scarf and a Jolly Nature along with Max Speed EVs, Sawk hits a Speed stat of 442, outspeeding every unboosted Pokemon in RU that isn't holding a Scarf itself. Sawk's outstanding coverage with Close Combat and EdgeQuake is yet another quality that makes it a great user of Choice Items. Close Combat is the premier move of this set and can easily rip through opposing teams if Sawk is carrying Choice Band, taking down even Pokemon that resist the attack. Its three coverage attacks are capable of htiting hitting most of RU super effectively, while Toxic is essentially just a filler move that could be used to can put one of Sawk's switch-ins(hyphen) on a timer, which could potentially open up Sawk's ability allow Sawk to break through a team. All in all, Sawk is a reliable user of Choice Items, whether it be a Band or a Scarf.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Aside from the listed moves, Sawk doesn't have many other moveset options. Sawk It can run Reversal which can to deal great an impressive amounts of damage if Sturdy has been activated and Sawk is at 1 HP, but this is extremely situational and sometimes often hard to pull off with a Choice Item. When it comes to teammates for Sawk, it's best to pair Pokemon that can both lay and spin away hazards. Sawk works nicely with a rapid spinner due to the fact that because it isn't very bulky and often has to switch in and out, (no comma) due to being Choice-locked; choiced, in addition to this, Sturdy can stay intact if Sawk isn't damaged by entry hazards, which can come in handy. Hazard layers assist Sawk by causing the opponent's Pokemon to lose HP each time they switch in, which can help Sawk turn in turning its already powerful attacks into 2HKOs or OHKOs. You can also consider using Inner Focus as an ability if you want to remove any chance of Sawk getting flinched, but Sturdy is usually the superior choice;, as it allows Sawk to survive hits he otherwise wouldn't and possibly can be the difference between a win and or a loss.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Sawk doesn't have a whole lot of other options to abuse, but it can run 2 sets that could be considered viable. The first of these sets is uses a Life Orb+3 Attacks set and three attacks, consisting of Close Combat, Stone Edge, Earthquake, along with and yet another filler move such as Toxic. Sawk can also potentially run a Bulk Up set with Bulk Up and the 3 attacks mentioned in its other sets, although Sawk it isn't a great abuser of Bulk Up, as it starts out somewhat frail and isn't amazingly bulky at +1 either. In addition to this, Throh is far superior at using Bulk Up and probably shouldn't be looked past for Sawk.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>While Sawk is a powerhouse, it has no shortage of counters. Claydol resists Close Combat and Stone Edge and is immune to Earthquake, in addition to being able to hurt Sawk with Psychic. Uxie is yet another Psychic with good defenses that can tank all of Sawk's attacks and retaliate with a STAB Psychic attack. Ghost-types (hyphen) with good physical defense and access to Will-O-Wisp(hyphens) such as Cofagrigus and Misdreavus are also great counters to Sawk, being able to tank one of Sawk's attacks even before burning it. Sawk is also pretty much helpless against Pokemon with great physical bulk such as Gligar and Tangrowth, the former of which resists Sawk's main STAB and the latter can tank Sawk's attacks and heal off the damage it took via Regenerator.</p>

    [Dream World]

    <p>Sawk gets Mold Breaker from the Dream World, which can be useful for using allows it to use Earthquake on Pokemon with Levitate, but Sturdy is generally the more reliable choice.</p>

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    While there were a fair amount of changes here, theres actually not much to say. I removed some unnescessary sentences and merged some with others, but it was all mostly just to get it to flow better. Good job!

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