Terakion [Overview] - Heralded as one of the best setup sweepers of the new generation due to incredible power, great speed, awesome coverage - Arguably best Dual STAB in the game, resisted only by Claydol, Goruggu, Nidoking/queen, Medicham, Gallade, Toxicroak (most of which aren't very defensively effective) - Very versatile- packs both Swords Dance and Rock Polish, and is equally effective at both - Great type coverage- amazing neutral coverage with dual STAB and effective coverage moves in Earthquake and X-Scissor - Justice Heart + a resistance to Dark lets it grab free Attack boosts [SET] name: Stat Booster move 1: Swords Dance move 2: Rock Polish move 3: Stone Edge move 4: Close Combat item: Balloon / Life Orb nature: Adamant / Jolly EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] - One of the most effective sweepers in Generation 5 - Amazing coverage with its dual STAB - Uses both Swords Dance and Rock Polish for maximum versatility- use Swords Dance against Stall, Rock Polish against offense, and if you can get both, becomes nearly impossible to stop - Very bulky- 91/90/90 defenses are very effective, especially with Sandstorm support - Justice Heart can allow you to nab an extra +1 Attack, extremely useful if you intend to use Rock Polish [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] - If double boosting isn't your style, you can drop one of the boosting moves for a coverage move - X-Scissor, Earthquake, Quick Attack (only with SD) - Balloon is the suggested item, as it allows Terakion to set up on Ground moves for free, and also makes it easier for Terakion to switch in. Life Orb sacrifices setup ease for massive increased power. Life Orb is suggested if the primary goal is Rock Polish, doubly so if not running Swords Dance. - Simple max atk / max spe build- suggested to run max Spe in order to tie Infernape and other horses - Adamant suggested for Rock Polish, but Jolly acceptable if Swords Dance is preferred. If not using Swords Dance, definitely use Adamant, and vice versa for non-Rock Polish. - Suggest pairing with Sandstorm in some form for SDef boost- Tyranitar can help break walls for a Rock Polish sweep, but Hippowdon doesn't double up the weaknesses to Fighting and Steel - Priority users destroy Terakion, as it is weak to Aqua Jet, Mach Punch, Vacuum Wave, Bullet Punch, so remove opposing Priority before attempting to sweep with Terakion [SET] name: Choice Band move 1: Close Combat move 2: Stone Edge move 3: X-Scissor move 4: Quick Attack / Earthquake item: Choice Band nature: Jolly EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] - Brutal power with high-powered dual stab and a Choice Band - Extremely difficult to switch into- 2hkos everything with Stone Edge and Close Combat - Fast- an excellent way to hit powerful setup sweepers like Swords Dance Ononokusu, Calm Mind Jirachi, Tail Glow or Calm Mind Manaphy, Swords Dance Randorosu, etc. - X-Scissor used to hit Psychic-types such as Lati@s, Rankurusu, etc. - Quick Attack is fairly strong when empowered by Choice Band, and can pick off weakened opponents. Earthquake offers semi-redundant coverage, but hits Jirachi, Metagross harder - Justice Heart can allow you to nab an extra +1 Attack [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] - Simple EV spread- Max Atk / Spe, Jolly Nature. - Again, Sandstorm is suggested for bulk, since this Terakion appreciates the ability to switch into weak Special attacks and dish out damage - Priority not as much of an issue with Choice Band, but still should be watched for [SET] name: Choice Scarf move 1: Close Combat move 2: Stone Edge move 3: X-Scissor move 4: Earthquake item: Choice Scarf nature: Jolly EVs: 48 HP / 252 Atk / 208 Spe [SET COMMENTS] - Excellent revenge killer for a wide variety of threats - Extremely fast- outspeeds Scarfed Garchomp and all Scarfed base 100s - Solid power- strong dual STAB and 357 Attack means it can check a huge number of major offensive threats, including DD Ononokusu/Kingdra/Dragonite/Salamence, SD Lucario w/o Bullet Punch, etc. - Solid bulk w/ 91/90/90 defenses, especially with Sandstorm- makes it easy to switch into resisted moves from faster opponents - Great type coverage- can revenge an extremely wide range of foes - Justice Heart can allow you to nab an extra +1 Attack [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] - EVs outspeed Scarf Garchomp, maxed Attack, rest in HP. Jolly nature for Jolly Scarfchomp and the Jolly base 100s (Salamence, Flygon (if it ever exists), Jirachi, etc). - Once again, Sandstorm suggested for bulk. Wallbreaking Tyranitar can help with the lower offensive power of this set, as it can sweep later when key resistances are eliminated - Again, there are some enemies that this can't revenge- Swords Dance Scizor, anything with Rock Polish (except some really slow stuff, or Pokemon with priority for setting up- make sure to deal with these targets [TEAM OPTIONS] - Tyranitar or Hippowdon, obviously for the purpose of Sandstorm. Tyranitar is preferred, as it can break troublesome walls like Skarmory and Gliscor with mixed sets. - Really, the setup version doesn't need much support, as it can basically blast through everything. Wallbreaking allies like Mixed Tyranitar and other lures for Skarmory and Gliscor can be nice if you're running Rock Polish exclusively, while a way to deal with Scarfers and other fast Pokemon can be helpful for Swords Dance exclusive variants. The same goes for Choice Scarf and Choice Band respectively as well. - Ways to trap/lure and/or kill major Priority users are a big, big deal. Babiri/Chople/Passho Tyranitar can lure and MAYBE kill Scizor / Roobushin or Infernape / Azumarill, or at the very least weaken them significantly. [Optional Changes] - Taunt can be used over Rock Polish on the booster set- SD + Taunt with Life Orb basically annihilates stall teams. - Holy Sword and Rock Slide are passable- Holy Sword doesn't drop defenses and ignores opposing stat boosts, while Rock Slide misses half as much and has a chance to flinch, but Terakion really needs the OHKO power, and Holy Sword / Rock Slide have 25% less power than their mainstay counterparts. - Chople / Babiri / Passho berries can let Terakion lure in and kill Priority users such as Scizor / Roobushin / Azumarill, which is useful if you want to preotect against a specific priority user or kill one for another sweeper on your team. [Counters] - Priority, priority, priority. Scizor, Azumarill, Roobushin, basically anything with super-effective Priority and STAB will hurt Terakion a lot and shut down its sweeping ability. - Choice Band and Choice Scarf variants are shut down by effective prediction, as it can't leverage its solid type coverage as well. Wobbuffet can also easily revenge a Terakion locked into Close Combat, or especially a Quick Attack locked CB Terakion.