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Skuntank (Revamp) [QC 3/3] [GP 2/2]

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  1. Dat Blast

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    [Overview]
    • Mainly used as an offensive support mon
    • STAB Sucker Punch + Pursuit gives it some nice utility, backed up by access to Taunt
    • Poison / Dark typing lets it trap most Psychics/Ghosts with relative ease, and as a bonus lets it absorb T-Spikes
    • Aftermath can let it serve as a failsafe against physical attackers
    • Not that bulky, and only has decent Attack
    • Struggles heavily against common Fightings and Grounds
    • In general, not that hard to beat outside of Psychics/Ghosts
    [SET]
    name: Offensive Support
    move 1: Sucker Punch
    move 2: Pursuit
    move 3: Poison Jab / Crunch
    move 4: Taunt
    item: Black Sludge / Lum Berry
    ability: Aftermath
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 Atk / 176 SpD / 80 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    • Combines all of Skunk's cool support options into one
    • Functions as a revenge killer, Pursuit trapper, and momentum disruptor
    • Sucker Punch can revenge most threats due to its good BP + Skunk's decent Attack
    • Pursuit is really good for Skunk since mosts Psychics/Ghosts can't do much, letting him trap them easily
    • Poison Jab gets coverage (esp. Sawk/Primeape), and has a nice poison chance to wear down opposing Pokemon
    • Crunch provides a more reliable Dark STAB than Sucker/Pursuit
    • Taunt shuts down walls/setup sweepers and protects from status
    • Also forms a nice combo w/ Sucker Punch, forcing the opponent to attack
    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]
    • EV spread outspeeds Gorebyss, maximizes Attack, and buffs up SpD to take stuff like Jynx's Ice Beam better
    • 252 Atk / 152 SpD / 104 Spe outspeeds Mandibuzz/+Speed base 55s
    • Max Speed Jolly outspeeds Timid Gardy, Jolly Drifblim, and Adamant Sawk, but usually the bulk is more important
    • Full SpD spread for taking hits better (LO Jynx 3HKOes w/ Ice Beam after Black Sludge), but the loss of power makes it harder to revenge kill/trap
    • However, it can utilize Roar a bit better w/ this spread
    • Lum Berry avoids status, especially Missy's Willo, Mushy's T-wave, and Jynx's Kiss
    • Black Sludge provides passive recovery, but makes you lose to Jynx and also to Missy if you switch into Willo
    • Dread Plate 2HKOes Mushy w/ Crunch + OHKOes Zard w/ Sucker after SR, but usually a more reliable trap/passive recovery is better
    • Teammates that enjoy Psychics/Ghosts gone love Skunk as a partner, such as Fightings who in return can kill Steels
    • Primeape in particular lures in Psychics/Ghosts w/ U-turn so Skunk can trap w/o fear of status
    • Psychics get rid of Fightings for Skunk, and form a PDF core
    • Special Samurott can deal w/ Ground-types + physical walls
    [Other Options]
    • Mixed set (Sucker, Pursuit, HP Grass, Fire Blast) lures in normal checks to Skunk, but detracts from his trapping abilities
    • Full special set w/ Acid Spray is fun, but lacks the utility of Sucker Punch
    • Hone Claws to boost Attack, but Skunk isn't meant to sweep and often never has the time to boost
    • Sub is similar to Taunt, but Taunt is generally more useful
    • Air Balloon helps trap Golurk easier/avoid random HP Grounds from stuff like Mushy, but not as consistent as Black Sludge/Lum
    • Memento/Explosion can be useful at times, but Skunk usually has too much utility to pass up by killing yourself
    • Haze to stop setup sweepers, but usually Taunt gets the job done
    • Toxic (+ Taunt) for walls, but there's no room
    • Iron Tail + Steel Gem for Rock-types/Piloswine, but doesn't do anything outside of that and there's no room
    • Sets up rain and sun, but other mons do it better
    • Punishment/Foul Play as alternative Dark STABs, but Punishment is unreliable and Foul Play is unnecessary since Skunk is strong enough
    [Checks and Counters]
    • Ground-types (bar Golurk) are best counters; taking nothing from any of Skunk's common attacks and OHKO w/ Earthquake
    • Fightings resist Skunk's Dark STAB and kill it w/ Close Combat/Drain Punch
    • Gurdurr gets a special mention, since Poison Jab can potentially activate Guts
    • Most hard-hitters can beat Skunk 1v1, like Charizard/Samurott
    • Bulky Rock-types (Golem, Regirock) tank its attacks for days
    • Physical walls (Alomomola, Weezing) beat it, though Taunt is annoying
    • Steel-types counter it well, though Metang must be careful of Fire Blast
    • Probopass gets a special mention, since it totally walls Skunk and wears it down w/ Power Gem/Volt Switch
    • SmashCosta checks it, since the threat of Smash forces Skunk to Taunt and eat an attack to the face


    [Overview]

    <p>Access to Sucker Punch and Pursuit coupled by access to Taunt make Skuntank one of the best offensive supporters in the tier. Its unique Poison / Dark typing is a blessing for it&mdash;not only does it allow Skuntank to serve as a near-perfect counter to the various Psychic- and Ghost-types that plague the tier, but grants it the ability to absorb Toxic Spikes as well. Its utility doesn't end there, as its ability Aftermath allows it to serve as an emergency check against various physical attackers such as Swellow and Zangoose. Unfortunately, Skuntank's rather average stats hold it back; it has mediocre bulk and only decent Attack. Skuntank does not fare well against the common Fighting- and Ground-types of NU; in general, it's not very hard to defeat outside of Psychic- and Ghost-types. Nonetheless, Skuntank performs many roles on a team, and it does them well.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Offensive Support
    move 1: Sucker Punch
    move 2: Pursuit
    move 3: Poison Jab / Crunch
    move 4: Taunt
    item: Black Sludge / Lum Berry
    ability: Aftermath
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 Atk / 176 SpD / 80 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set is Skuntank's best, providing a multitude of ways to support its team and disrupt momentum on the opposing side. With Sucker Punch, Skuntank can serve as a revenge killer, being able to easily pick off weakened threats thanks to Skuntank's satisfactory Attack stat. With the combination of Pursuit and Sucker Punch, Skuntank can put many Pokemon&mdash;particularly Psychic- and Ghost-types&mdash;into a checkmate position, either forcing them to attack and be hit with Sucker Punch or switch and be hit by Pursuit. Poison Jab serves as a reliable STAB, providing nice coverage against Fighting-types such as Sawk and Primeape while also having a nice 30% poison chance to wear down bulkier opponents. On the other hand, Crunch is a viable alternative; while it provides considerably less coverage than Poison Jab, it acts as a reliable Dark-type STAB when Sucker Punch and Pursuit aren't needed. Finally, the last slot is reserved for Taunt, providing a way to disrupt momentum and shut down setup. It also forms an excellent combination with Sucker Punch and Pursuit, forcing the opponent to either attack or switch and be attacked accordingly.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The given EV spread achieves a few purposes. 80 EVs are put into Speed in order to outspeed Timid Gorebyss and either Taunt before its Shell Smash or simply attack it. Attack is maximized to get the most out of Sucker Punch and Pursuit. Finally, the rest of the EVs buff up Skuntank's special bulk, allowing it to tank hits such as Jynx's Ice Beam better. This EV spread is fairly variable; for example, 104 Speed EVs can be used to get the jump on standard Mandibuzz as well as positive-natured base 55s such as Exeggutor and Cacturne. Maximum Speed coupled with a Jolly nature allows for outspeeding Timid Gardevoir, Jolly Drifblim, and Adamant Sawk. Finally, a fully specially defensive spread can narrowly avoid the 2HKO from Life Orb Jynx's Ice Beam after Black Sludge; such a spread also encourages the use of Roar. However, the given EV spread is by far the most consistent.</p>

    <p>Black Sludge is the preferred item here, providing passive recovery to allow Skuntank to switch in more often and do its job. However, Lum Berry is a perfectly viable alternative; it allows Skuntank to switch into Misdreavus's Will-O-Wisp and Musharna's Thunder Wave and trap them more efficiently, while also letting Skuntank beat Jynx one-on-one by absorbing Lovely Kiss and OHKOing in return. The most notable other alternative is Dread Plate; it allows Skuntank to 2HKO Musharna with Crunch and OHKO Charizard with Sucker Punch after Stealth Rock. Despite this, Black Sludge and Lum Berry are still generally preferred due to both providing a more reliable trap on the opponent.</p>

    <p>Ideal teammates for Skuntank include those that benefit from Skuntank's Pursuit trapping abilities; Fighting-types such as Sawk, Primeape, and Gurdurr are some of the best examples, and in return can threaten the Steel-types that give Skuntank trouble. Primeape gets a special mention, being able to lure in Psychic- and Ghost-types with U-turn so Skuntank can freely trap them. Ironically, these very same Fighting-types are some of Skuntank's greatest nemeses; Psychic-types make fantastic partners for defeating them and can form an effective Psychic / Dark / Fighting core that can trouble a large majority of the metagame. Finally, specially oriented Samurott is a good partner, as it can deal with pesky Ground-types and physical walls that Skuntank struggles to break.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Perhaps the most interesting other option for Skuntank is a mixed attacker; a set consisting of Sucker Punch / Pursuit / Hidden Power Grass / Fire Blast can lure in many of Skuntank's traditional checks and defeat them. However, doing this makes Skuntank a much less reliable Pursuit trapper, its main role in the metagame. On that note, Skuntank can opt to use a fully specially offensive set with Acid Spray, but the loss of Sucker Punch alone often makes it inferior. Hone Claws can be used to boost Attack, but Skuntank is not built to sweep and often never finds the room to boost anyway. Substitute can block status in a similar fashion to Taunt, but Taunt allows Skuntank to support its team rather than just itself. Air Balloon is an interesting item choice; it makes trapping Golurk much easier while also avoiding any potential Hidden Power Grounds from the likes of Musharna or Exeggutor. Despite this, Black Sludge and Lum Berry are still far more consistent.</p>

    <p>Memento and Explosion can be useful for ensuring a teammate can come in safely, but Skuntank generally has too much utility to pass up by killing itself. Haze can deter setup, but is outclassed by Taunt. Toxic can be used in conjunction with Taunt to systematically break down walls, but Skuntank has no room to spare for Toxic and is generally outdone by Mandibuzz in this regard. Iron Tail, with a Steel Gem intact and potentially a Hone Claws boost, can lure in common checks such as Golem and Piloswine and OHKO them. However, it doesn't do anything outside of this and there is still no room for it. Skuntank can set up Rain Dance and Sunny Day, but doesn't benefit from either and is outdone by other Pokemon in this role. Finally, Punishment and Foul Play can be used as alternative Dark-type STABs, but Punishment is unreliable and Skuntank's natural power makes Foul Play unnecessary.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Ground-types, barring Golurk, make for excellent counters, sporting the natural bulk to take all of Skuntank's common attacks and can OHKO with Earthquake. Fighting-types also serve as excellent answers to Skuntank, resisting its Dark-type STAB and pummeling it with Close Combat and Drain Punch. Gurdurr is an especially good switch-in to Skuntank, as Poison Jab can potentially activate Guts. Most hard hitters, such as Charizard and Samurott, can beat Skuntank one-on-one due to its relatively mediocre bulk. Bulky Rock-types, such as Regirock, can take Skuntank's attacks with relative ease and KO in return with Stone Edge or Earthquake. Alomomola and Weezing can also tank Skuntank's hits quite well, though they must be wary of Taunt. Steel-types make for good answers, as they resist Skuntank's STABs and can wear it down, though Metang must watch out for the occasional Fire Blast. Probopass in particular completely walls Skuntank and can defeat it with Earth Power or gain momentum with Volt Switch.</p>
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    Make the EV spread: 252 Atk / 176 SpD / 80 Spe Adamant. The extra Speed is because Speed creeping is not allowed in analyses, the previous analysis should not have had it. Anyways, the extra Speed EVs allow Skuntank to outspeed Timid Gorebyss (therefore still outspeeding Misdreavus)

    [Set Comments] (Offensive Support)
    When talking about Poison Jab add how it hits Sawk and Primeape on the switch in. (Primeape dies to PJab + Sucker after SR and Sawk takes a solid 50%)

    [Additional Comments] (Offensive Support)
    I wouldn't say the power is negligible, Dread Plate (I wouldn't mention LO) lets it actually 2HKO Musharna with Crunch and OHKO Zard with Sucker Punch after SR 100% of the time. Just mention that getting a more reliable trap with Lum Berry and the passive recovery are generally better in this metagame. Remove Sub and add that to OO instead. When talking about SpD Skunk mention that it can also Roar.

    [Other Options]
    Remove Roar since it will be mentioned in AC.

    [Checks and Counters]
    Bigger mention of Probopass, since it totally walls Skuntank and can wear it down with Power Gem or Volt Switch on the switch. IDK if you should mention Smashcosta here as it being able to set up since Skuntank runs Taunt. Better if you mention it as a check since the threat of Shell Smash forces it to Taunt and you can get damage off.

    Now the thing I want discussion for is the Mixed Attacker set. I personally do not like it because Skuntank's Special Attack is not that good, having to use Life Orb makes waste of its natural bulk, and if you're not using Skuntank to reliably check Psychic/Ghosts I just feel like you're doing it wrong. Fire Blast is cool for catching Metang off guard I guess, but I don't think it should be a main set. Just something for OO that some people can use on the teams that actually make good use of it somehow. Opinions? @Treecko @Raseri @WhiteDMist @tennisace @FLCL @DTC @Sweet Jesus @Annoyer (el dark user)
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    1) how many people bring/keep tangela in on skuntank knowing it has taunt and resists giga drain?
    2) metang and i guess roselia are ok targets for fire blast but the entire point of skuntank is to pursuit trap psychic types... and you waste that opportunity by letting them switch out for free!

    oo imo.
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    i would bring the spread up to 152 HP / 252 Atk / 104 Spd to beat positive natured cacturne / golurk / exeggutor / etc. they're gonna get really popular once people figure out how much of a difference the speed makes. you also beat mandibuzz which is really huge. i really dislike piling up all the ev's in special defense since skuntank i find that it's often up against random physical pokemon and the extra bulk can often help it win match ups against them.

    sludge bomb isn't that useful on the mixed set since it doesn't help skuntank lure anything. replace it with hidden power grass to hit ground and rock types. since you're not getting any stab on the special attacks bump the speed up to 236 to beat jolly samurott and also max speed modest seismitoad.

    edit: oh and the moves on the first set should be pursuit / sucker punch / poison jab / taunt|crunch. taunt and crunch both do the job of wrecking psychic/ghost types that switch in but poison jab is invaluable in this metagame since it allows skuntank to do damage to mandibuzz and the omnipresent fighting-types in the tier, as well as grass-types such as tangela. black sludge should be the main item since it allows skuntank to switch in more times on the pokemon it counters without being worn down as much from chip damage and hazards. lum berry is useful but it only works once and you already have taunt to prevent status.
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    Bringing the Speed up to 230 isn't a bad idea since it's only a few EVs, but if anything it is literally only for Mandibuzz. None of those other Pokemon listed matter to Skuntank anyways (Cacturne can't beat Skuntank, if you're going to be using Jolly Golurk you have to be CB and can't avoid Sucker Punch in any way, and if Eggy is using max Speed Timid then it's going to be Specs and get trapped by Skuntank anyways after it attacks. (Skunk never liked switching into Specs Leaf Storm anyways) The reason I said Jolly Golurk would be CB is because outspeeding Mandibuzz isn't a big deal for SR Golurk and although outspeding Missy is cool, you do miss out of a ton of bulk. As for max Speed Timid Eggy being Specs that is because I would not run max Speed Timid on LumRest or SubSeed ever.
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    After reading all your posts, I made these changes: put mixed into OO (with HP Grass > Sludge Bomb), changed the spread to 252 Atk / 176 SpD / 80 Spe (didn't make it faster b/c of what ebeast said), made Black Sludge the main item, and made the move order Sucker / Pursuit / Poison Jab or Crunch / Taunt. Didn't slash Taunt with Crunch since I find Taunt to be really invaluable for Skunk (esp. since Black Sludge is the main item now). Also made ebeast's other changes about stuff.
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    air balloon in oo for trapping golurk as well as annoying mons that rely on ground-type coverage moves to get past skunk.
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    since you're mentioning Iron Tail in OO, mention that Steel Gem gets the OHKO on the targets you listed but it's flcl's idea so its dum

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    In AC add that you can also run 252 Atk / 152 SpD / 104 Spe to outspeed Mandibuzz and some positive nature base 55 Pokemon. When talking about Fighting-types as partners you can specifically mention how Primeape even has U-turn so Skuntank can immediately get sent out vs w/e it needs to trap without fear of being hit by status.

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    Thanks ebeast! I'll write this up soon!
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    Ugh sorry this this took forever, school sucks. Anyway, written up and ready for the last check!
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    Add in a mention of Jynx's Lovely Kiss when you talk about Lum Berry, and then send it to GP.

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    [Overview]

    <p>Access to Sucker Punch and Pursuit coupled by access to Taunt make Skuntank one of the best offensive supporters in the tier. Its unique Poison / Dark typing is a blessing for it&mdash;not only does it allow Skuntank to serve as a near-perfect counter to the various Psychic- and Ghost-types that plague the tier, but grants it the ability to absorb Toxic Spikes as well. Its utility doesn't end there, as its ability Aftermath allows it to serve as an emergency check against various physical attackers such as Swellow and Zangoose. Unfortunately, Skuntank's rather average stats hold it back; it has mediocre bulk and only decent Attack. Skuntank does not fare well against the common Fighting- and Ground-types of NU; in general, it's not very hard to defeat outside of Psychic- and Ghost-types. Nonetheless, Skuntank performs many roles on a team, and it does them well.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Offensive Support
    move 1: Sucker Punch
    move 2: Pursuit
    move 3: Poison Jab / Crunch
    move 4: Taunt
    item: Black Sludge / Lum Berry
    ability: Aftermath
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 Atk / 176 SpD / 80 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set is Skuntank's best, providing with a multitude of ways to support its team and disrupt momentum on the opposing side. With Sucker Punch, Skuntank can serve as a revenge killer, being able to easily pick off weakened threats thanks to Skuntank's satisfactory Attack stat. With the combination of Pursuit and Sucker Punch, Skuntank can put many Pokemon&mdash;particularly Psychic- and Ghost-types&mdash;into a checkmate position, either forcing them to attack and be hit with Sucker Punch or switch and be hit by Pursuit. Poison Jab serves as a reliable STAB, providing nice coverage against Fighting-types such as Sawk and Primeape, (RC) while also having a nice 30% poison chance to wear down bulkier opponents. On the other hand, Crunch is a viable alternative; while it provides considerably less coverage than Poison Jab, it acts as a reliable Dark-type STAB when Sucker Punch and Pursuit aren't needed. Finally, the last slot is reserved for Taunt, providing a way to disrupt momentum and shut down setup. It also forms an excellent combination with Sucker Punch and Pursuit, forcing the opponent to either attack or switch and be attacked accordingly.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The given EV spread achieves a few purposes. 80 EVs are put into Speed in order to outspeed Timid Gorebyss and either Taunt before its Shell Smash or simply attack it. Attack is maximized to get the most out of Sucker Punch and Pursuit. Finally, the rest of the EVs buff up Skuntank's special bulk, allowing it to tank hits such as Jynx's Ice Beam better. This EV spread is fairly variable; for example, 104 Speed EVs can be used to get the jump on standard Mandibuzz as well as positive-natured base 55s such as Exeggutor and Cacturne. Maximum Speed coupled with a Jolly nature allows for outspeeding Timid Gardevoir, Jolly Drifblim, and Adamant Sawk. Finally, a fully specially defensive spread can narrowly avoid the 2HKO from Life Orb Jynx's Ice Beam after Black Sludge; such a spread also encourages the use of Roar. However, the given EV spread is by far the most consistent.</p>

    <p>Black Sludge is the preferred item here, providing passive recovery to allow Skuntank to switch in more often and do its job. However, Lum Berry is a perfectly viable alternative; it allows Skuntank to switch into Misdreavus's Will-O-Wisp and Musharna's Thunder Wave and trap them more efficiently, while also letting Skuntank beat Jynx one-on-one by absorbing Lovely Kiss and OHKOing in return. The most notable other alternative is Dread Plate; it allows Skuntank to 2HKO Musharna with Crunch and OHKO Charizard with Sucker Punch after Stealth Rock. Despite this, Black Sludge and Lum Berry are still generally preferred due to both providing a more reliable trap on the opponent.</p>

    <p>Ideal teammates for Skuntank include those who benefit from Skuntank's Pursuit trapping abilities; Fighting-types such as Sawk, Primeape, and Gurdurr are some of the best examples, and in return can threaten the Steel-types that give Skuntank trouble. Primeape gets a special mention, being able to lure in Psychic- and Ghost-types with U-turn so Skuntank can freely trap them. Ironically, these very same Fighting-types are some of Skuntank's greatest nemeses; Psychic-types make fantastic partners for defeating them and can form an effective Psychic / Dark / Fighting core that can trouble a large majority of the metagame. Finally, specially oriented Samurott is a good partner, as it can deal with pesky Ground-types and physical walls that Skuntank struggles to break.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Perhaps the most interesting other option for Skuntank is a mixed attacker; a set consisting of Sucker Punch / Pursuit / Hidden Power Grass / Fire Blast can lure in many of Skuntank's traditional checks and defeat them. However, doing this makes Skuntank a much less reliable Pursuit trapper, its main role in the metagame. On that note, Skuntank can opt to use a fully specially offensive set with Acid Spray, but the loss of Sucker Punch alone often makes it inferior. Hone Claws can be used to boost Attack, but Skuntank is not built to sweep and often never finds the room to boost anyway. Substitute can block status in a similar fashion to Taunt, but Taunt allows Skuntank to support its team rather than just itself. Air Balloon is an interesting item choice; it makes trapping Golurk much easier while also avoiding any potential Hidden Power Grounds from the likes of Musharna or Exeggutor. Despite this, Black Sludge and Lum Berry are still far more consistent.</p>

    <p>Memento and Explosion can be useful for ensuring a teammate can come in safely, but Skuntank generally has too much utility to pass up by killing itself. Haze can deter setup, but it is outclassed by Taunt. Toxic can be used in conjunction with Taunt to systematically break down walls, but Skuntank has no room to spare for Toxic and is generally outdone by Mandibuzz in this regard. Iron Tail, with a Steel Gem intact and potentially a Hone Claws boost, can lure in common checks such as Golem and Piloswine and OHKO them. However, it doesn't do anything outside of this and there is still no room for it. Skuntank can set up Rain Dance and Sunny Day, but doesn't benefit from either and is outdone by other Pokemon in this role. Finally, Punishment and Foul Play can be used as alternative Dark-type STABs, but Punishment is unreliable and Skuntank's natural power makes Foul Play unnecessary.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Ground-types, barring Golurk, make for excellent counters, sporting the natural bulk to take all of Skuntank's common attacks and can OHKO with Earthquake. Fighting-types also serve as excellent answers to Skuntank, resisting its Dark-type STAB and pummeling it with Close Combat and Drain Punch. Gurdurr is an especially good switch-in to Skuntank, as Poison Jab can potentially activate Guts. Most hard hitters, such as Charizard and Samurott, can beat Skuntank one-on-one due to its relatively mediocre bulk. Bulky Rock-types, such as Regirock, can take Skuntank's attacks with relative ease and KO in return with Stone Edge or Earthquake. Alomomola and Weezing can also tank Skuntank's hits quite well, though they must be wary of Taunt. Steel-types make for good answers, as they resist Skuntank's STABs and can wear it down, though Metang must watch out for the occasional Fire Blast. Probopass in particular completely walls Skuntank and can defeat it with Earth Power, (RC) or gain momentum with Volt Switch.</p>

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    [Overview]

    <p>Access to Sucker Punch and Pursuit coupled by access to Taunt make Skuntank one of the best offensive supporters in the tier. Its unique Poison / Dark typing is a blessing for it&mdash;not only does it allow Skuntank to serve as a near-perfect counter to the various Psychic- and Ghost-types that plague the tier, but grants it the ability to absorb Toxic Spikes as well. Its utility doesn't end there, as its ability Aftermath allows it to serve as an emergency check against various physical attackers such as Swellow and Zangoose. Unfortunately, Skuntank's rather average stats hold it back; it has mediocre bulk and only decent Attack. Skuntank does not fare well against the common Fighting- and Ground-types of NU; in general, it's not very hard to defeat outside of Psychic- and Ghost-types. Nonetheless, Skuntank performs many roles on a team, and it does them well.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Offensive Support
    move 1: Sucker Punch
    move 2: Pursuit
    move 3: Poison Jab / Crunch
    move 4: Taunt
    item: Black Sludge / Lum Berry
    ability: Aftermath
    nature: Adamant
    evs: 252 Atk / 176 SpD / 80 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set is Skuntank's best, providing a multitude of ways to support its team and disrupt momentum on the opposing side. With Sucker Punch, Skuntank can serve as a revenge killer, being able to easily pick off weakened threats thanks to Skuntank's satisfactory Attack stat. With the combination of Pursuit and Sucker Punch, Skuntank can put many Pokemon&mdash;particularly Psychic- and Ghost-types&mdash;into a checkmate position, either forcing them to attack and be hit with Sucker Punch or switch and be hit by Pursuit. Poison Jab serves as a reliable STAB, providing nice coverage against Fighting-types such as Sawk and Primeape while also having a nice 30% poison chance to wear down bulkier opponents. On the other hand, Crunch is a viable alternative; while it provides considerably less coverage than Poison Jab, it acts as a reliable Dark-type STAB when Sucker Punch and Pursuit aren't needed. Finally, the last slot is reserved for Taunt, providing a way to disrupt momentum and shut down setup. It also forms an excellent combination with Sucker Punch and Pursuit, forcing the opponent to either attack or switch and be attacked accordingly.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The given EV spread achieves a few purposes. 80 EVs are put into Speed in order to outspeed Timid Gorebyss and either Taunt before its Shell Smash or simply attack it. Attack is maximized to get the most out of Sucker Punch and Pursuit. Finally, the rest of the EVs buff up Skuntank's special bulk, allowing it to tank hits such as Jynx's Ice Beam better. This EV spread is fairly variable; for example, 104 Speed EVs can be used to get the jump on standard Mandibuzz as well as positive-natured base 55s such as Exeggutor and Cacturne. Maximum Speed coupled with a Jolly nature allows for outspeeding Timid Gardevoir, Jolly Drifblim, and Adamant Sawk. Finally, a fully specially defensive spread can narrowly avoid the 2HKO from Life Orb Jynx's Ice Beam after Black Sludge; such a spread also encourages the use of Roar. However, the given EV spread is by far the most consistent.</p>

    <p>Black Sludge is the preferred item here, providing passive recovery to allow Skuntank to switch in more often and do its job. However, Lum Berry is a perfectly viable alternative; it allows Skuntank to switch into Misdreavus's Will-O-Wisp and Musharna's Thunder Wave and trap them more efficiently, while also letting Skuntank beat Jynx one-on-one by absorbing Lovely Kiss and OHKOing in return. The most notable other alternative is Dread Plate; it allows Skuntank to 2HKO Musharna with Crunch and OHKO Charizard with Sucker Punch after Stealth Rock. Despite this, Black Sludge and Lum Berry are still generally preferred due to both providing a more reliable trap on the opponent.</p>

    <p>Ideal teammates for Skuntank include those who that benefit from Skuntank's Pursuit trapping abilities; Fighting-types such as Sawk, Primeape, and Gurdurr are some of the best examples, and in return can threaten the Steel-types that give Skuntank trouble. Primeape gets a special mention, being able to lure in Psychic- and Ghost-types with U-turn so Skuntank can freely trap them. Ironically, these very same Fighting-types are some of Skuntank's greatest nemeses; Psychic-types make fantastic partners for defeating them and can form an effective Psychic / Dark / Fighting core that can trouble a large majority of the metagame. Finally, specially oriented Samurott is a good partner, as it can deal with pesky Ground-types and physical walls that Skuntank struggles to break.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Perhaps the most interesting other option for Skuntank is a mixed attacker; a set consisting of Sucker Punch / Pursuit / Hidden Power Grass / Fire Blast can lure in many of Skuntank's traditional checks and defeat them. However, doing this makes Skuntank a much less reliable Pursuit trapper, its main role in the metagame. On that note, Skuntank can opt to use a fully specially offensive set with Acid Spray, but the loss of Sucker Punch alone often makes it inferior. Hone Claws can be used to boost Attack, but Skuntank is not built to sweep and often never finds the room to boost anyway. Substitute can block status in a similar fashion to Taunt, but Taunt allows Skuntank to support its team rather than just itself. Air Balloon is an interesting item choice; it makes trapping Golurk much easier while also avoiding any potential Hidden Power Grounds from the likes of Musharna or Exeggutor. Despite this, Black Sludge and Lum Berry are still far more consistent.</p>

    <p>Memento and Explosion can be useful for ensuring a teammate can come in safely, but Skuntank generally has too much utility to pass up by killing itself. Haze can deter setup, but is outclassed by Taunt. Toxic can be used in conjunction with Taunt to systematically break down walls, but Skuntank has no room to spare for Toxic and is generally outdone by Mandibuzz in this regard. Iron Tail, with a Steel Gem intact and potentially a Hone Claws boost, can lure in common checks such as Golem and Piloswine and OHKO them. However, it doesn't do anything outside of this and there is still no room for it. Skuntank can set up Rain Dance and Sunny Day, but doesn't benefit from either and is outdone by other Pokemon in this role. Finally, Punishment and Foul Play can be used as alternative Dark-type STABs, but Punishment is unreliable and Skuntank's natural power makes Foul Play unnecessary.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Ground-types, barring Golurk, make for excellent counters, sporting the natural bulk to take all of Skuntank's common attacks and can OHKO with Earthquake. Fighting-types also serve as excellent answers to Skuntank, resisting its Dark-type STAB and pummeling it with Close Combat and Drain Punch. Gurdurr is an especially good switch-in to Skuntank, as Poison Jab can potentially activate Guts. Most hard hitters, such as Charizard and Samurott, can beat Skuntank one-on-one due to its relatively mediocre bulk. Bulky Rock-types, such as Regirock, can take Skuntank's attacks with relative ease and KO in return with Stone Edge or Earthquake. Alomomola and Weezing can also tank Skuntank's hits quite well, though they must be wary of Taunt. Steel-types make for good answers, as they resist Skuntank's STABs and can wear it down, though Metang must watch out for the occasional Fire Blast. Probopass in particular completely walls Skuntank and can defeat it with Earth Power or gain momentum with Volt Switch.</p>



    very, very clean, the one change is optional, i just felt that it kind of personified the pokemon, contrary to the rest of the analysis
    well done

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