Project SM PU Victim of the Week [Week 8: Belly Drum Zangoose]

Aggron as a counter


Aggron @ Leftovers
Ability: Rock Head
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpD / 4 Spe
Careful Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Head Smash
- Toxic
- Protect

Pretty simple, you take nothing from Jynx's attacks and Head Smash obviously ko's. There's a 16% chance of Jynx sleeping Aggron on the turn it switches in, then getting 3 sleep turns in which it sets up and then gets 3 decent rolls to kill you, which I feel is insignificant enough to have it as a counter.

To justify the set as a whole, spdef aggron is a nice rocker that answers some prominent special attackers such as the aforementioned Jynx, Mesprit, Oricorio, Drampa (shakily) etc. while also having great offensive presence with Head Smash (Unlike probo) and surprising longevity with rocks resistance, poison immunity and protect+lefties.

252 SpA Jynx Psyshock vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Aggron: 36-42 (10.4 - 12.2%) -- possibly the worst move ever
252 SpA Jynx Ice Beam vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Aggron: 66-78 (19.1 - 22.6%) -- possible 6HKO after Leftovers recovery

0 Atk Aggron Head Smash vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Jynx: 780-918 (287.8 - 338.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
 
Lmfao every Alolan Dugtrio meme out there is outdated af or isn't hilarious unfort

Dugtrio-Alola @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Tangling Hair
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Earthquake
- Iron Head
- Stone Edge
- Pursuit

Not the best scarfer, but it's sufficient enough. It still does what it needs to do, and it's one of the better offensive checks to Jynx as Scarf ensures you outspeed Jynx always even if it gets to +1 Speed, especially in conjunction with its fairly high speed. Unfortunately due to its fraility + typing making it neutral to ice, it can only check it after something gets KO'd or it doubles into Jynx, but still overall a very solid check.
 
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Togedemaru as a Pretty Good Check, Basically a Counter

Togedemaru @ Leftovers
Ability: Iron Barbs
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Iron Head / Zing Zap
- U-turn
- Toxic
- Encore

Pretty much any Togedemaru set can quite comfortably check Z Lovely Kiss Jynx thanks to its typing and speed tier but this set is my favorite. This set can switch into Jynx's STABs easily and OHKO back. The only way Jynx can win in the scenario is if it hits the sleep on the switch, gets off a Nasty Plot and 1 Ice Beam before Togedemaru wakes up which aren't great odds for the Jynx user, U-turn and Iron Head(in USUM) OHKO while Zing Zap has a 31% chance to OHKO or 100% after rocks. If you would like to use Toge as a hard counter to Jynx, you can run the full spdef Wish set which takes even +4 Psyshock. Scarf can also OHKO and outspeeds easily even after Jynx gets it's +1 Speed.

+2 252 SpA Jynx Ice Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Togedemaru: 174-206 (64.2 - 76%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Jynx Ice Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Togedemaru: 87-103 (32.1 - 38%) -- 1.8% chance to 3HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 Atk Togedemaru Zing Zap vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Jynx: 240-283 (88.5 - 104.4%) -- 31.3% chance to OHKO
252 Atk Togedemaru U-turn vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Jynx: 280-330 (103.3 - 121.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
 
The opposing Sableye used Toxic!
Jynx was badly poisoned!

Jynx used Lovely Kiss!
The opposing Sableye fell asleep!


Basically, i went to buildipedia and searched up Lovely Kiss and it never said it affected ghost-types cuz lovely kiss is a normal type move.

Anyways...

Checks: Eclipse, LST
Counter: UBERskitty, Drumstick
 

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formerly drumstick
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Gastrodon @ Leftovers
Ability: Storm Drain
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpA
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Earth Power
- Scald
- Recover
- Toxic

Gastrodon is immune to both Hydro Pump and Aqua Jet because of Storm Drain, and it takes even a boosted Stone Edge well enough before KOing it with Earth Power.
+2 252+ Atk Life Orb Carracosta Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Gastrodon: 187-221 (43.8 - 51.8%) -- 11.7% chance to 2HKO after Stealth Rock and Leftovers recovery

4 SpA Gastrodon Earth Power vs. -1 0 HP / 0- SpD Solid Rock Carracosta: 324-382 (112.1 - 132.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO /hide


edit: Cofaiclus if you have contrary on your lurantis, sd lowers its attack by 2 instead of increasing it.
 
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Tangela as a Counter


Tagnela @ Eviolite
Ability: Regenerator
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 SpD
Bold Nature
- Giga Drain
- Sleep Powder
- Synthesis
- Hidden Power Fire

Can survive any +2 Attack and OHKO with Giga Drain.

+2 252+ Atk Life Orb Carracosta Stone Edge vs. 248 HP / 252+ Def Eviolite Tangela: 179-212 (53.7 - 63.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 4 SpA Life Orb Carracosta Hydro Pump vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Eviolite Tangela: 175-207 (52.5 - 62.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
0 SpA Tangela Giga Drain vs. -1 0 HP / 0- SpD Solid Rock Carracosta: 579-684 (200.3 - 236.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
 
Checkmate: Floatzel

Floatzel @ Life Orb
Ability: Swift Swim
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Hydro Pump
- Ice Beam
- Focus Blast
- Hidden Power Grass

The usual special Floatzel set stands as a very good check to Carracosta due to its ability to out speed Carracosta after a Shell Smash, take an Aqua Jet fairly well, and KO with Hidden Power Grass, Hydro Pump, or Focus Blast. Besides the set above, Floatzel also has the privilege of out speeding Max speed Carracosta who hits 358 speed, after a Shell Smash, while Floatzel hits 361.

252 SpA Life Orb Floatzel Hidden Power Grass vs. -1 0 HP / 0 SpD Solid Rock Carracosta: 413-487 (142.9 - 168.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Life Orb Floatzel Hydro Pump vs. -1 0 HP / 0 SpD Carracosta: 374-442 (129.4 - 152.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 Atk Life Orb Carracosta Aqua Jet vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Floatzel: 121-142 (38.9 - 45.6%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
 

Lilligant (F) @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Chlorophyll
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Giga Drain
- Healing Wish
- Leaf Storm
- Hidden Power [Fire]

Choice Scarf Lilligant is a good check to Carracosta because it outspeeds Carracosta after a Shell Smash and lives +2 Aqua Jet. Carracosta gets killed by Giga Drain or Leaf Storm from Lilligant.

+2 252 Atk Life Orb Carracosta Aqua Jet vs. 200 HP / 0 Def Lilligant: 94-112 (28.3 - 33.8%) -- 0.3% chance to 3HKO
252 SpA Lilligant Giga Drain vs. 0 HP / 0- SpD Solid Rock Carracosta: 516-612 (178.5 - 211.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Lilligant Leaf Storm vs. 0 HP / 0- SpD Solid Rock Carracosta: 894-1056 (309.3 - 365.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO