1. Welcome to Smogon Forums! Please take a minute to read the rules.
  2. New to the forums? Check out our Mentorship Program!
    Our mentors will answer your questions and help you become a part of the community!

Swanna (Update) [QC: 3/3] (GP: 2/2)

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by Governess, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. tehy

    tehy

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,398
    Swanna:because there weren't enough mediocre water/flying types.

    Add blue remove red comments below

    edit: Even so, that doesn't excuse it. Those are the kind of things you would say, but not write in an analysis. It's basically slang, and in this case slang i've never seen before.

    Show Hide


    [Overview]
    <p>From first appearances, Swanna looks mediocre at best, with no base stats over 100. However, believe it or not, she's definitely a threat to watch out for. In rain conditions, Swanna becomes a powerhouse with Hurricane, a move that sets her apart from other rain abusers. Swanna has amazing offensive stats, with a base speed of 98 that outspeeds many threats in NU, such as Gardevoir and Braviary. She also has a wide variety of coverage moves, along with Roost that, which pairs well with her Hydration ability.</p>

    <p>Unfortunately, Swanna is far from invincible, and has many obstacles in it's path. Stealth Rock happens to be one of them, as Swanna has a weakness to it. Swanna's movepool is lacking in viable move selections, leaving her with one viablegood set. Despite boasting one of the best defensive typings in NU, her less than subpar defenses hold Swanna back; base 63 stats are far from great. Through thick and thin, however, Swanna can shine in rain conditions with it's STAB moves, making Swanna an amazing ally to any rain team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Offensive
    move 1: Surf
    move 2: Hurricane
    move 3: Rain Dance / Substitute
    move 4: Rest / Roost
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Hydration
    nature: Timid
    EV's: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>The Rain Offensive set foris is Swanna i's her best set for the NU environment. Having two STAB moves that benefit greatly from rain, Swanna shows immense potential as a sweeper., and 98 base speed is enough to outspeed most of the NU metagame. Any Pokemon who can't wall Swanna is either result in being severely wounded, or 1HKO'd.</p>

    <p>Surf is the primary STAB move of this set, having a power increase from rain. Hurricane is Swanna's secondary STAB move of this set. What makes Hurricane so great? Well, it bragoasts a base 120 power, an 100% accuracy rate in rain, and thea 30% chance of confusing the opponent, something that even the most defensive Pokemon in NU can't handle if they don't resist it.</p>

    <p>For the final two moveslots, you either have the combination of Rain Dance + Rest, or Substitute + Roost. For RainRestthe former, as long as rain is active on the battlefield, Swanna can heal herself to full HP at any time because of Hydration. RainRest is also a great combo because, and it allows Swanna to become self-sufficient, providing her own rain when needed. It also gives Swanna the ability to not only power up her STAB movesurf, but to make Hurricane, her strongest move, 100% accurate. However, this combo won't work if rain isn't in play, and Swanna can't heal at anytime if such a situation occurs. Theoutside of rain. SubRoost set is slightly more generous in lettings Swanna heal when she pleases. SubRoost let's Swanna, ward off statuses with Substitute, and heal half of her
    HP back with Roost. It also lets Swanna take advantage of obvious switches to set up a Substitute, and dodge Sucker Punch. The downside of this pair is that, unlike the RainRest set, if Swanna gets inflicted with a status, Swanna can't heal it off, and once rain subsides, Swanna doesn't have a way to summon it again.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Timid nature is used to maximize Swanna's speed. Life Orb maximizincreases Swanna's SpApower, and can easily be healed off from Rest/Roost, making Life Orb the surperior option to Leftovers. Big Piecks and Keen Eyes aren't useful abilities in this metagame, making Hydration the only viable option. Ice Beam can be used for extra coverage, although, it's not worth the slot in the long run, as it only checksdeals with Altaria, who isn't common enough to worry over. Hidden Power Grass can be used to handle Seismitoad and Carracosta., Hidden Power Electric can also beis an option to deal with Mantine and other Swanna., and Air Slash can be used in place of Hurricane when Swanna isn't used in rain for this set.</p>

    <p>As this set is used in Rain conditions, partners like Volbeat and Electrode are great, as they can provide constant rain. Revenge killers, such as Choice Scarf Swawk, can outspeed Swanna and proceed to KO it. Choice Scarf Rotom-S is a good ally to handle Sawk and other revenge killers. Zebstrika and Raichu are good partners, as they can absorb Electric-type attacks that Swanna attracts. Stealth Rock is a problem as well; spinners such as Armaldo and Wartortle are good buddies alongsideto Swanna, as they can Rapid Spin Stealthe hazards Rock away. Lickilicky and Miltank are bulky Pokemon that takes a while for Swanna to KO. Fighting-types, such as Gurdurr, are good teammates to use against those walls. Hazards are great to have on the field to aid Swanna's sweeping. Garbador and Cacturne are both great sSpikes users who also have good synergy with Swanna. Pokemon who set Stealth Rock, such as Cradily and Golurk, are good partners as well. Mold Breaker Sawk can also prevent other Stealth Rock users from setting up, something that aids Swanna greatly.</p>

    [OTHER OPTIONS]

    <p>Swanna has a very poor movepool, so she doesn't have many viable sets left. Damp Rock is an option, but it wastes Swanna's proud offensives power, which should be used in almost any set, due to Swanna's sad defenses. Brave Bird Swanna is plausible, but doesn't have much use anymore. Scald could be used in place of Surf for the burn chance, but the power drop is easily noticedable. Tailwind and FeatherDance could be used for support moves. Choice Scarf Swanna is one of the very few viable options left for her, and it should be used when Swanna isn't in the rain.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Swanna has it's fair share of Pokemon who can deal with her. Scarf Rotom-A are among them, checking Swanna with Volt Switch. It shouldn't be a switch-in, however, due to being KO'd by Surf in rain. The same applies for any Electric-types; specifically Ampharos and Electabuzz, who can resist Hurricane and 1HKO Swanna. Bulky Pokemon, such as Musharna and Lickilicky, can take several STAB Hurricanes, and proceed to strike back. Altaria is a big counter to Swanna that doesn't carry Ice Beam, as it can wall Swanna all day. Revenge killers can outspeed Swanna and easily KO her. An example of this would be Choice Scarf Sawk, who can get rid of Swanna with Stone Edge. Articuno, Regice, and Lapras can wall all of Swanna's attacks, due to their high Special Defense. The latter two have access to Thunderbolt, and can check Swanna with it.</p>

    Comments:
    First you say Swanna has a wide variety of coverage moves, then you say it has few viable ones. What?
    The phrase "Anything that can't wall it is OHKO'd or severely wounded" is fairly useless. This is A:Probably not true if you switch in a resist, I.E. a check and B: silly because anything that isn't a special wall usually takes heavy damage from special sweepers.
    Saying "of this set" is super redundant, doubly so for the set comments and triply so because no other primary set exists in the analysis.
    Can any special wall that doesn't resist hurricane take two? You say not but I have my doubts, although I don't know NU that well so i could be off here.
    You can't just make up your own words, RainRest, especially without notice. So I just rearranged that section to eliminate that without writing out Rain Dance + Rest.
    Swanna has hydration, what does she care about status? sure she doesn't love it espc if rain is gone but still. Also, SubRoost is not its own set, merely a different version of a set. And the huge benefit of SubRoost is that you sub and then hit a check to Hydro Pump with Hurricane or a Hurricane resist with Hydro Pump as they outspeed and break your sub.
    Life orb Section:Firstly, it doesn't maximize it:Choice Specs Does: Secondly, you don't even mention Lefties benefits or lefties until you suddenly go "That's why LO>lefties". Also LO increase Atk as well.
    Finally, there are a short list of contractions you're allowed to use, LO is not one of them. Yes everyone uses it. But still, stay away from that kind of stuff unless you are sure.
    Ice Beam doesn't really check altaria so much as deal with it.
    "Air slash is for when Swanna is not in rain" "Swanna is used in rain conditions". Bad placement there really, maybe say something like "almost always" or "you should reconsider non-rain Swanna for a diff poke".
    How does Scarf Rotom-S deal with Sawk? Other than outspeeding it, it has the same weaks to sawk's moves as Swanna's.
    Swanna doesn't give a damn about Spikes/Tspikes so it's just SR that is spun.
    at the start you say Hurricane 2hko's all non-resists, but apparently not stuff like Lickilicky and Musharna from what you say?
    Maybe at the end mention a diff. scarfer than the one you mentioned earlier? or two?
  2. Governess

    Governess A Beautiful Blossom Waiting to Bloom
    is a Researcher Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnus

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2012
    Messages:
    916
    "You can't just make up your own words, RainRest, especially without notice. So I just rearranged that section to eliminate that without writing out Rain Dance + Rest."

    I didn't make it up; a QC used it.... .-.

    In the process of editing it now
  3. Jukain

    Jukain fuck redew
    is a Smogon Media Contributoris a Tiering Contributoris a Contributor to Smogon
    Mentor

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2011
    Messages:
    3,597
    am check (open)

    [Overview]

    <p>FromAt first appearglances, Swanna looks mediocre at best, with no base stats over 100. However, believe it or not, she's definitely a threat to watch out for. In rain, Swanna becomes a powerhouse with Hurricane, a move that sets her apart from other rain abusweepers. Swanna has amazing offensive stats, with a and great base speed of 98 that, which allows her to outspeeds many threats in NU, such as Gardevoir and Braviary. She also has decent coverage moves, along withnd access to Roost, which pairs well with her Hydration ability.</p>

    <p>Unfortunately, Swanna is far from invincible, and has it faces many obstacles in it's pathNU. Stealth Rock happens to be one of them, as Swanna has a weakness to it. Swanna's movepool is, like ias previously mentioned, decent, leaving her with one good set. Despite boasting one of the best defensive typings in NU, herSwanna's subpar defenses hold Swannaher back; base75 / 63 / 63 statdefenses are far from great. Through thick and thin, hHowever, Swanna can shine in rain with its STAB moves, making Swannastill an amazing ally to any rain team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Offensive
    move 1: Surf
    move 2: Hurricane
    move 3: Rain Dance / Substitute
    move 4: Rest / Roost
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Hydration
    nature: Timid
    EV'evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Swanna's best set for the NU environment. HavBoasting two STAB moves that benefit greatly from rain and a great Speed stat, Swanna showhas immense potential as a sweeper, and 98 base speed is enough to outspeed most of the NU metagame. Any Pokemon whothat can't wall Swanna is left either severely wounded,(remove comma) or 1OHKO'd.</p>

    <p>
    ed. Surf is the primary STAB move, havgetting a power increase from rain. Hurricane is Swanna's secondary STAB move. What makes Hurricane so great? Well, itd boasts a basehigh 120 pBase Power, a 100%perfect accuracy rate in rain, and a 30% chance of confusing the opponent,foe; (add semicolon) this is something that even the most defensive Pokemon in NU can't handle if they don't resist it.</p>
    (combine paragraphs)

    <p>For the final two moveslots, you should use either have the combination of Rain Dance +and Rest, or the one of Substitute +and Roost. For the former, as long as rain is active on the battlefieldup, Swanna can heal herself to full HP at any time because of Hydration, and it allows Swanna to become self sufficient, providinge her own rain when needed. It also gives Swanna the abilfor ity to not only power up her Surf, but to make Hurricane, her strongest move, 100% accurate. However, this combo won't work if rain isn't in play, and Swanna mucan't heal at anytimore outside of rain. Theself-sufficient. SubRoost lets Swanna heal when she pleases,ithout rain up and ward off status with Substitute, and heal half of her
    HP back with Roost. It
    . Substitute also lets Swanna take advantage of obvious switches to set up a Substitute, and dodge Sucker Punch. The downside of this paircombination is that, unlike theif it carries Rain Dance and Rest set, if Swanna getcan't heal itself it is inflicted with a status, Swanna can't heal it off, and once rain subsides, Swanna doesn't have a way to summon it again.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Timid nature is used to maximize Swanna's speed. While Leftovers areis great for healing off damage Swanna takes, Life Orb increases Swanna's power, and; the damage taken can easily be healed off fromwith Rest/ or Roost, making Life Orb the surperior option to Leftovers. Big Pecks and Keen Eyes aren't useful abilities in this metagame, making Hydration the only viable option. Ice Beam can be used for extra coverage, although it's not worth the slot in the long run, as it only deals with Altaria, who isn't common enough to worrjustify running a move for it. Hidden Power Grass can be used to handle Seismitoad and Carracosta, Hidden Power Electric is an option to deal with Mantine and other Swanna, and Air Slash can be used in place of Hurricane whenif Swanna isn't used in rain.</p>

    <p>As this set is usedthrives in Rrain conditions, partners likesuch as Volbeat and Electrode are great, as they can provide constant rain. Revenge killers, such as Choice Scarf Sawk, can outspeed Swanna and proceed to KO it. Choice Scarf Rotom-S is a good ally to handle Sawk and other revenge killers. Zebstrika and Raichu are good partners, as they can absorb Electric-type attacks that Swanna attracts. Stealth Rock is a problem as well; spinners such as Armaldo and Wartortle are good buddies to Swanna, aspartners for they can Rapid Spin the Stealth Rock awayis reason. Lickilicky and Miltank are bulky Pokemon that takes a whileare difficult for Swanna to KO.defeat; (add semicolon) Fighting-types, such as Gurdurr, are good teammatchoices to use against those wallsem. Hazards are great to have on the field to aid Swanna's in sweeping. Garbaodor and Cacturne are both great Spikes users who also have good synergy with Swanna. Pokemon who can set up Stealth Rock, such as Cradily and Golurk, are good partners as well. Mold Breaker Sawk can also prevent Pokemon wither Stealth Rock users the ability Sturdy from setting Stealth Rock up, something that aids Swanna greatly.</p>

    [OTHER OPTIONSther Options]

    <p>Swanna has a very poor movepool, so she doesn't have many other viable sets left. Damp Rock is an option, but it wastes Swanna's offensive power, which should be used itaken almost any set,dvantage of whenever Swanna is used due to Swanna'sher sad defenses. Brave Bird Swanna is plausible, but it doesn't have much use. Scald could be used in place of Surf for the burn chance, but the power drop is noticeable. Tailwind and FeatherDance could be used for support moves. Choice Scarf Swanna is one of the very few viable options left for her, and it should be used whens the only option if Swanna isn't used in the rain.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Swanna has its fair share of Pokemon who can deal with her.counters. Choice Scarf Rotom-A are amongS is one of them, checking Swanna with Volt Switch. It shouldn't be a switch- in, however, due to beingas it is KO'ed by Surf in rain. The same applies for any Electric-types;, specifically Ampharos and Electabuzz, who can resist Hurricane and 1can OHKO Swanna. Bulky Pokemon, such as Musharna and Lickilicky, can take several STAB Hurricanes, and proceed to strike backdo as they please. Altaria is a counter to Swanna that don't carry Ice Beam, as it can wall Swanna all day. Revenge killers can outspeed Swanna and easily KO her. A; an example of this would be Choice Scarf Sawk, who can get rid of Swanna with Stone Edge. Articuno, Regice, and Lapras can walltake all of Swanna's attacks, due to their high Special Defense. The latter two have access to Thunderbolt, and can checkwhich OHKOes Swanna with it.</p>

    This was quite the mess and I changed a lot; feel free to disagree with any changes I made.

    EDIT: oh didn't see tehy's check; sorry, implement his before you do whatever with mine
  4. tehy

    tehy

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,398
    Nah pokemon, he implemented it already. At least, I believe he did

    And it definitely looks like he did
  5. Governess

    Governess A Beautiful Blossom Waiting to Bloom
    is a Researcher Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnus

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2012
    Messages:
    916
    Yeah, I added tehy's changes, I'm adding in pokemon's now as we speak.
  6. Governess

    Governess A Beautiful Blossom Waiting to Bloom
    is a Researcher Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnus

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2012
    Messages:
    916
    Sorry for double posting, but yeah, added all the changes Pokemon0078 has suggested.
  7. melvni

    melvni
    is a Site Staff Alumnusis a Forum Moderator Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnus

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Messages:
    1,148
    GP check. Good job on writing this!
    Additions in Blue
    Subtractions in Red
    Comments in Purple


    Show Hide
    [Overview]



    <p>At first glance, Swanna looks mediocre at best, with no base stats over 100. However, believe it or not, she's definitely a threat to watch out for. In rain, Swanna becomes a powerhouse with Hurricane, a move that sets her apart from other rain sweepers. Swanna has amazing offensive stats and a great speed Speed of 98, which allows her to outspeed many threats in NU, such as Gardevoir and Braviary. She also has decent coverage moves, and (coverage moves are only mentioned in AC, so I'm not sure they need to be mentioned in the Overview) access to Roost as well as Rest, which pairs well with her Hydration ability.</p>​


    <p>Unfortunately, Swanna is far from invincible; it, and she faces many obstacles in NU. Stealth Rock happens to be one of them, as Swanna has a weakness to it. Swanna's movepool is, as previously mentioned, decent but not amazing, leaving her with one good set. Despite boasting one of the best typings in NU, Swanna's subpar defenses hold bulk holds her back; 75 / 63 / 63 defenses are far from great. However, Swanncars Swanna is still an amazing ally to any rain team.</p>​



    [SET]
    name: Offensive
    move 1: Surf
    move 2: Hurricane
    move 3: Rain Dance / Substitute
    move 4: Rest / Roost
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Hydration
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe​



    [SET COMMENTS]​



    <p>This is Swanna's best set for the NU environment. Boasting two STAB moves that benefit greatly from rain and a great speed Speed stat, Swanna shows has immense potential as a sweeper. Any Pokemon who can't wall Swanna is left either severely wounded or OHKOed. Surf is the primary STAB move, getting a power increase from rain. Hurricane is Swanna's secondary STAB move, and it boasts a high 120 Base Power, perfect accuracy in rain, and a 30% chance of confusing the foe; this is something that even the most defensive Pokemon in NU can't struggle to handle if they don't resist it.</p>​



    <p>For the final two moveslots, you should use either the combination of either Rain Dance and Rest or the one of Substitute + and Roost. For With the former, as long as rain is up, Swanna can heal herself to full HP at any time as long as the rain she provides is up because of Hydration and providing her own rain for it, making Swanna her much more self-sufficient. The SubRoost Alternatively, the latter lets Swanna heal without rain up and ward off status with Substitute. Substitute also lets Swanna take advantage of obvious switches and dodge Sucker Punch. The downside of this combination is that, unlike if it carries Rain Dance and Rest, Swanna cant heal herself if it is inflicted with a status and once rain subsides, Swanna doesn't have a way to summon it again, preventing her from healing herself if she is inflicted with a status and from boosting the power of her Surf and accuracy of her Hurricane.</p>​



    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]​



    <p>While Leftovers is great for healing off damage Swanna takes, Life Orb increases Swanna's power Swanna greatly appreciates Life Orb's increase in power; the damage taken any damage she takes can easily be healed off from with Rest or Roost anyway, making Life Orb the superior option in most cases. Big Pecks and Keen Eyes Eye aren't useful abilities in this metagame, making Hydration the only viable option. Ice Beam can be used for extra coverage, although it's usually not worth the slot in the long run, as it only deals with Altaria, who which isn't common enough to justify running a move for it. Hidden Power Grass can be used to handle Seismitoad and Carracosta, Hidden Power Electric is an option to deal with Mantine and other Swanna, and Air Slash can be used in place of Hurricane if Swanna isn't used in rain.</p>​



    <p>As this set is best used in Rain rain conditions, partners like Volbeat and Electrode are great, as they can provide constant rain. Revenge killers, such as Choice Scarf Sawk, can outspeed Swanna and proceed to KO it. Choice Scarf Rotom-S is a good ally to handle Sawk and other revenge killers. Zebstrika and Raichu are also good partners, as they can absorb Electric-type attacks that Swanna attracts. Stealth Rock is a problem for Swanna as well; spinners such as Armaldo and Wartortle are good partners for this reason. Mold Breaker Sawk can also prevent Pokemon with the ability Sturdy from setting up Stealth Rock, something that aids Swanna greatly. Lickilicky and Miltank are bulky Pokemon that are difficult for Swanna to defeat; Fighting-types, such as Gurdurr, are good choices to use against them. Hazards are great to have on the field to aid Swanna in sweeping. Garbodor and Cacturne are both great Spikes users who also have good synergy with Swanna. Pokemon who can set up Stealth Rock, such as Cradily and Golurk, are good partners as well. Mold Breaker Sawk can also prevent Pokemon with the ability Sturdy from setting up Stealth Rock, something that aids Swanna greatly.</p>​



    [Other Options]​



    <p>Swanna has a very poor doesn't have a very large movepool (you said her movepool was decent earlier, just a bit lacking in options) movepool, so she doesn't have many other viable sets. Damp Rock is an option, but it wastes Swanna's offensive power, which should be taken advantage of whenever Swanna she is used due to her sad defenses. Brave Bird is plausible, but it doesn't have much use. Scald could be used in place of Surf for the burn chance, but the power drop is noticeable. Tailwind and FeatherDance could be used for support moves. Choice Scarf Swanna is one of the few viable options left for her and is the only option if Swanna she isn't used in rain.</p>​



    [Checks and Counters]​



    <p>Swanna has its her fair share of counters checks. Choice Scarf Rotom-S is one of them, checking Swanna with Volt Switch. It shouldn't can't switch in, however, as it is KOed by Surf in rain. The same applies for any Electric-type, specifically Ampharos and Electabuzz, who resist Hurricane and can OHKO Swanna. Bulky Pokemon, such as Musharna and Lickilicky, can take several STAB Hurricanes and proceed to do as they please. Altaria is a counter to any Swanna that doesn't carry Ice Beam, as it can wall Swanna her all day without it. Revenge killers can outspeed Swanna and easily KO her; an example would be Choice Scarf Sawk, who can get rid of Swanna with Stone Edge. Articuno, Regice, and Lapras can take any of Swanna's attacks due to their high Special Defense. The latter two have access to Thunderbolt, which OHKOes Swanna.</p>​





    [gp]1/2[/gp]​
  8. Governess

    Governess A Beautiful Blossom Waiting to Bloom
    is a Researcher Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnus

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2012
    Messages:
    916
    Ok; thank you melvni for checking it over, just finished with all the changes mentioned.
  9. GatoDelFuego

    GatoDelFuego The little hand says it's time to rock and roll
    is a Smogon Media Contributoris a Contributor to Smogon
    Mentor

    Joined:
    May 29, 2011
    Messages:
    2,811
    REMOVE CHANGE COMMENTS

    Show Hide
    [Overview]

    <p>At first glance, Swanna looks mediocre at best, with no base stats over 100. However, believe it or not, she's definitely a threat to watch out for. In rain, Swanna becomes a powerhouse with Hurricane, a move that sets her apart from other rain sweepers. Swanna has amazing offensive stats and a great Speed of 98, which allows her to outspeed many threats in NU, such as Gardevoir and Braviary. She also has access to Roost as well as Rest, which pairs well with her Hydration ability.</p>

    <p>Unfortunately, Swanna is far from invincible, and she faces many obstacles in NU. Stealth Rock happens to be one of them, as Swanna has a weakness to it. Swanna's movepool is decent but not amazing, leaving her with only one good set. Despite boasting one of the best typings in NU, Swanna's subpar bulk holds her back; 75 / 63 / 63 defenses are far from great. However, Swanna is still an amazing ally to any rain team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Offensive
    move 1: Surf
    move 2: Hurricane
    move 3: Rain Dance / Substitute
    move 4: Rest / Roost
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Hydration
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Swanna's best set for the NU environment. Boasting two STAB moves that benefit greatly from rain and a great Speed stat, Swanna has immense potential as a sweeper. Surf is the primary STAB move, getting a power increase from rain. Hurricane is Swanna's secondary STAB move, and it boasts a high 120 Base Power, perfect accuracy in rain, and a 30% chance of confusing the foe; this is something that even the most defensive Pokemon in NU struggle to handle if they don't resist it.</p>

    <p>For the final two moveslots, you should use the combination of either Rain Dance and Rest or Substitute and Roost. With the former, Swanna can heal herself to full HP at any time as long as the rain she provides is up because of thanks to Hydration, making her much more self-sufficient. Alternatively, the latter lets Swanna heal without rain up and ward off status with Substitute. Substitute also lets Swanna take advantage of obvious switches and dodge Sucker Punch. The downside of this combination is that, (RC) once rain subsides, (RC) Swanna doesn't have a way to summon it again, preventing her from healing herself if she is inflicted with a status and from boosting the power of her Surf and accuracy of her Hurricane.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>While Leftovers is great for healing off damage Swanna takes, Swanna greatly appreciates Life Orb's increase in power; any damage she takes can easily be healed off with Rest or Roost anyway, making Life Orb the superior option in most cases. Big Pecks and Keen Eye aren't useful abilities in this metagame, making Hydration the only viable option. Ice Beam can be used for extra coverage, although it's usually not worth the slot in the long run, as it only deals with Altaria, which isn't common enough to justify running a move for it. Hidden Power Grass can be used to handle Seismitoad and Carracosta, Hidden Power Electric is an option to deal with Mantine and other Swanna, and Air Slash can be used in place of Hurricane if Swanna isn't used in rain.</p>

    <p>As this set is best used in rain conditions, partners like such as Volbeat and Electrode are great, as they can provide constant rain. Revenge killers, such as Choice Scarf Sawk, can outspeed Swanna and proceed to KO it. Choice Scarf Rotom-S is thus a good ally to handle Sawk and other revenge killers. Zebstrika and Raichu are also good partners, as they can absorb Electric-type attacks that Swanna attracts. Stealth Rock is a problem for Swanna as well; spinners such as Armaldo and Wartortle are good partners for this reason. Mold Breaker Sawk can also prevent Pokemon with the ability Sturdy from setting up Stealth Rock, something that aids Swanna greatly. Lickilicky and Miltank are bulky Pokemon that are difficult for Swanna to defeat; Fighting-types, such as Gurdurr, are good choices to use against them. Entry hazards are great to have on the field to aid Swanna in sweeping. Garbodor and Cacturne are both great Spikes users who that also have good synergy with Swanna. Pokemon who can set up Stealth Rock, such as Cradily and Golurk, are good partners as well.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Swanna doesn't have a very large movepool, so she doesn't have many other viable sets. Damp Rock is an option, but it wastes Swanna's offensive power, which should be taken advantage of whenever she is used due to her sad defenses. Brave Bird is plausible, but it doesn't have much use. Scald could be used in place of Surf for the burn chance, but the power drop is noticeable. Tailwind and FeatherDance could be used for support moves. Choice Scarf Swanna is one of the few viable options left for her and is the only option if she isn't used in rain.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Swanna has her fair share of checks. Choice Scarf Rotom-S is one of them, checking Swanna with Volt Switch. It can't switch in, however, as it is KOed by Surf in rain. The same applies for any Electric-type, specifically Ampharos and Electabuzz, who that resists Hurricane and can OHKO Swanna. Bulky Pokemon, such as Musharna and Lickilicky, can take several STAB Hurricanes and proceed to do as they please. Altaria is a counter to any Swanna that doesn't carry Ice Beam, as it can wall her all day without it. Revenge killers can outspeed Swanna and easily KO her; an example would be Choice Scarf Sawk, which can get rid of Swanna with Stone Edge. Articuno, Regice, and Lapras can take any of Swanna's attacks due to their high Special Defense. The latter two have access to Thunderbolt, which OHKOes Swanna.</p>


    the who--> that & which is about keeping other pokemon as gendered/personable, and while swanna was always "she", some others were "it", so I made all other pokemon "which"

    [gp]2/2[/gp]
  10. Governess

    Governess A Beautiful Blossom Waiting to Bloom
    is a Researcher Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnus

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2012
    Messages:
    916
    Ok; thank you GatoDelFuego. It's completed now at last, and it's ready to go on-site. :)
  11. Raseri

    Raseri musharna fan
    is a Tutoris a member of the Site Staffis a Forum Moderatoris a Community Contributoris a Tiering Contributoris a Contributor to Smogonis a Researcher Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnus
    NU Leader

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2007
    Messages:
    3,101
    uploading!

Users Viewing Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 0)