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Swellow [GP 2/2]

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by Molk, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. Molk

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    [Overview]

    <p>Swellow is an extremely underrated threat in the RU metagame. Clocking in at a blazing base 125 Speed, it is one of the fastest Pokemon in the tier. Despite a relatively low base 85 Attack, Swellow is no pushover offensively. Swellow's ability, Guts, is fantastic for a physical sweeper, as Guts raises its damage output to incredible levels when Swellow is afflicted with a status condition. Coupled with its powerful STAB moves in Facade and Brave Bird, all the above characteristics enable Swellow to pack frightening power. This speedy bird does have one glaring weakness, however; it lacks a usable Ground- or Fighting-type move and is therefore walled by the many Steel- and Rock-type Pokemon in the RU tier. Swellow must also be mindful of residual damage; on top of its weakness to Stealth Rock, recoil from Brave Bird and status damage from a Flame or Toxic Orb will quickly drain its health. Do not let this fool you into thinking Swellow is useless though. If given proper support, this majestic bird can be a great asset to your team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Guts
    move 1: Facade
    move 2: Brave Bird
    move 3: U-turn / Pursuit
    move 4: Quick Attack / Protect
    item: Toxic Orb / Flame Orb
    ability: Guts
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set is Swellow's bread and butter. After a Guts boost, its Attack stat shoots up to an impressive 403. Additionally, Swellow's main STAB move, Facade, reaches a solid 140 Base Power. Brave Bird is Swellow's secondary STAB move, and provides coverage against Pokemon that resist or are immune to Facade such as Dusknoir. U-turn allows you to scout out for Swellow's counters, and can get Swellow out of unsafe matchups. Quick Attack is a fairly powerful STAB priority move, preying on weakened Choice Scarf foes, priority users, and, notably, non-Aqua Jet Sharpedo. Pursuit can rid your opponent of their Ghost- or Psychic-type, and pairs well with Swellow's immunity to Ghost-type moves. Lastly, Protect ensures a free turn to activate Swellow's status Orb and allows Swellow to scout for dangerous moves; it is often the best opening play for Swellow. Your choice of status Orb should be based on how you intend to use Swellow: a Toxic Orb will deal less damage than a Flame Orb over the first three turns, but any longer and the Flame Orb will be the less damaging choice.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Swellow enjoys entry hazard support from Pokemon such as Ferroseed and Steelix. Wynaut, Dugtrio, and Magneton are all excellent teammates, as they can trap and KO the Rock- and Steel-type Pokemon that plague Swellow, such as Steelix and Aggron. As a Flying-type, Swellow is weak to Stealth Rock, and needs Rapid Spin support to reach its full potential. This can be provided by Pokemon such as Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Sandslash, and Claydol. These Pokemon also threaten Swellow's counters and can help keep your opponent on their toes when attempting to counter Swellow. Claydol has relatively good defensive synergy with Swellow and can take special hits well, Sandslash does the same and can take physical hits very well, and both can threaten Swellow's counters with a STAB Ground-type move. Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan provide a more offensive take on Rapid Spin, as their good offenses put pressure on the opposing team; they also cannot be spinblocked due to access to Foresight. In general, Fighting-type Pokemon such as Sawk, Primeape, and Hariyama have decent offensive synergy with Swellow, as their strong STAB can easily score super effective hits on the Rock- and Steel-type Pokemon that wall your blue bird.</p>

    <p>Roost and Work Up are both great alternatives for the last two slots. You're rarely if ever going to use the last two slots if you're using Swellow late-game, and both moves come with often overlooked benefits. At +1 with a Guts boost, the damage output of Facade literally becomes insane; case in point, Swellow straight up 2HKOes Offensive Carracosta as well as Defensive Gligar, Dusknoir (with Brave Bird), Alomomola, and Uxie, where before Swellow would have just missed out on the 2HKO or only had a small chance of 2HKOing, allowing them to potentially stall Swellow out. Swellow rarely finds the time to set up Work Up, but in the situation where you can force a Pokemon out due to the fear of a STAB Brave Bird, that's a good time to do so. 2HKOing may not seem like a big thing either since most Pokemon can just OHKO in return after the first hit, but it makes it so they cannot switch into Swellow's attack once it's at +1, so they can only come in for the revenge kill. Roost may seem gimmicky too since most Pokemon OHKO Swellow, but against a Pokemon that likes to use Protect (such as Clefable) to outstall Swellow's residual damage, it can really catch your opponent off-guard and allow Swellow to continue its sweep more efficiently. It should be noted that Roost should only be used with a Flame Orb since the amount of damage taken each turn is constant and not increasing like Toxic poison.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>A Choice Band set can be used for immediate power, sacrificing the ability to switch moves for slightly increased longevity. Rapid Spin support is required for such a set, which will often be forced out due to Swellow's easily walled STABs. Endeavor can be used to get in a last-ditch hit when Swellow's health is low, but is unreliable and as such usually inferior to its other moves.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Most Rock- and Steel-types can easily counter Swellow. Aggron gets a special mention, as it 4x resists both of Swellow's STABs and can strike back with a powerful STAB Head Smash. Steelix and Ferroseed also give Swellow issues; although Ferroseed takes neutral damage from Swellow's Brave Bird, the already painful recoil is worsened by Ferroseed's Iron Barbs. Steelix and Regirock are both excellent counters too, as they take little damage from any of Swellow's attacks and can strike back with Gyro Ball or Stone Edge, respectively. Choice Scarf users and Sharpedo also have an easy time revenging Swellow, outspeeding and KOing it.</p>

    [Dream World]

    <p>Swellow's Dream World ability is Scrappy. Though normally a great ability, it has little use on Swellow. It can run a gimmicky, unblockable F.E.A.R set, but in most cases, you should stick with Guts.</p>
  2. Foster

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    A few things you should mention:

    - Use this with a spinner. Stealth Rock damage + burn/poison damage will wear him down after only a few turns
    - Say how Toxic Orb deals less damage for the first few turns (iirc it's two), but Flame Orb is better after that.
    - Perhaps mention Magneton as a good teamate?

    Looks pretty good to me, Swellow really hasn't changed at all lol.
  3. Molk

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    i already have mentioned Magneton as a teammate, but other than that i will add all that you mentioned
  4. Spork

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    Hitmonchan and Sandslash are good partners in this sense because their typing, bulk, offenses and movepool allow them to take miniscule damage from steels & rocks, KO in return, and support with Rapid Spin.
  5. Molk

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    thanks for the reccomendations! i already mentioned lee, but ill mention chan if i need to.
  6. PK Gaming

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    The guts abuser set should look like this:

    name: Guts
    Move 1: Facade
    Move 2: Brave Bird
    Move 3: U-turn/ Pursuit
    Move 4: Quick Attack / Protect
    item: Toxic orb/ Flame orb
    Nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4Def / 252 Spe

    -Mention Aggron in the counters section as the best Swellow counter in the game.
    -Mention Dugtrio and Wynaut as partners since they can trap and kill most of Swellow's counters.
  7. Molk

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    Done, changes made.
  8. Pwnemon

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    You should probably mention being able to beat Sableye, which is something only he and Entei can boast.
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  10. Molk

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    thanks pwnemon, i will mention that.
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    Actually, with Foul Play, Sableye can nail Swellow on the switch in. Granted, this is very situational, but it's a guaranteed OHKO on a statused 252 Atk Jolly Swellow (101.15% - 119.54%). So Swellow's a check at best. Just a small nitpick.
  12. Molk

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    kay, ill mention that swellow is only a check, but sableye's foul play only does (67.56% - 79.39%) which is still a ohko wothout spin support but just to note foul play does not take uts boost into account as far as i know.


    edit: wow 600 posts
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    Guts gives an Attack Stat boost of +1, it isn't an item boost, which means it is taken into account when using Foul Play.
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    Kay, thanks for clarifying, i thought it did not take an opposing pokemon's burn into account, so silly me doesn't change the description that its a check anyway.
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  16. Molk

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    Thanks guys, just need one more.
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    Need to list the ability and space out your slashes like / this.
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    Done, thanks for catching that.
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    forgot some spacing and capitalization issues; also, just name the set Guts, it's cleaner this way:

    [SET]
    name: Guts abuser
    move 1 Move1: Facade
    move 2 Move2: Brave Bird
    move 3 Move3: U-turn / Pursuit
    move 4 Move4: Quick Attack / Protect
    item: Toxic orb<space>/<space>Flame orb
    abilityAbility: Guts
    natureNature: Jolly
    evs: 252<space>Atk / 4<space>Def / 252<space>Spe

    edit: lol why didn't I just give you a C/P version...

    here it is:

    [SET]
    name: Guts
    move 1: Facade
    move 2: Brave Bird
    move 3: U-turn / Pursuit
    move 4: Quick Attack / Protect
    item: Toxic Orb / Flame Orb
    ability: Guts
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
  20. Molk

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    thank you chanazn in fixing the errors i, nor anyone else saw. Fixed :)
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    Definitely mention Work Up and Roost in AC. You're rarely if ever going to use the last two slots if you're using Swellow late-game, and both moves come with often overlooked benefits. At +1 with a Guts boost, the damage output of Facade literally becomes insane; case in point, Swellow straight up 2HKOes Offensive Carracosta as well as Defensive Gligar, Dusknoir (with Brave Bird), Alomomola, and Uxie, where before Swellow would have juuust missed out on the 2HKO or only had a small chance of 2HKOing, allowing them to potentially stall Swellow out. Swellow rarely finds the time to set up Work Up, but in the situation where you can force a Pokemon out and you have not yet activated the Flame Orb, that's a good time to do so. 2HKOing may not seem like a big thing either since they can just KO in return, but it makes it so they cannot switch into Swellow's attack once it's at +1, they can only come in for the revenge kill.

    Roost may seem gimmicky too since most things OHKO Swellow, but against a Pokemon that likes to use Protect (such as Ferroseed even though it should be using Gyro Ball) to outstall Swellow's residual damage, it can really catch your opponent off guard.

    Neither one is slash material, but they definitely need to be in AC.

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  22. Molk

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    thank you, i will get this written up as soon as possible.

    Edit1: overview is up.
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    In the checks and counters, you mention that Ferroseed's low speed helps it. Now you and i know that you were referring to Gyro Ball, but the average Smogonite might not, so just be sure to add that in there to let everyone be in the know.
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    kay, this will be added in during the write up.

    Set comments are done!
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    every single Pokemon name, ability, and attack neeeeeeeds to be capitalized.

    Please look again at this thread and fix up your analysis

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