Trick Tactics - A Guide to Trick Room in VGC

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    Trick Tactics - A Guide to Trick Room in VGC

    Written by Biosci, TrollFreak, and others

    Introduction

    Trick Room has been one of the most consistent strategies used throughout all of VGC, allowing slow, bulky powerhouses to rise and shine. It's notorious for giving use to many underrated Pokemon, most of whom without Trick Room are sitting ducks waiting to move. Trick Room just works so well at countering all the fast action that occurs in VGC from Swift Swim, Chlorophyll, Sand Rush, and Tailwind abusers making all of the fast speedy threats useless while Trick Room is up. Many people will see Trick Room teams and think of how simple and easy it will be to win the match, but if played correctly Trick Room can be set up and you're left to just wreck the opposition. It can be a simple strategy at times, but Trick Room just finds it's ways to work and win games.

    Basics of Trick Room

    Trick Room is a rather easy playstyle to grasp. If a player can successfully set up Trick Room, it's all a matter of figuring the quickest method to smash the opponent. At first, this may seem like an easy feat to accomplish, play testing can show different. To be successful with Trick Room, you must be fully aware of general threats, such as Imprison, Taunt, and general threats that can simply put the beat down on your Trick Room setters.

    The keys to having all around great set up is use of a bulky Trick Room setter capable of taking hits in some way accompanied with some form of support, such as Rage Powder and Follow Me, Fake Out, and Taunt. There are lots of different factors to look out for in team preview, such as Prankster Taunt users, Imprison abusers, and even possible Pokemon who are capable of reversing Trick Room. Being aware of factors such as these before the game even starts can sometimes be key to setting up Trick Room. Being prepared for these kinds of things will help your set up be more diverse and less predictable to make best of 3 battles that much more in your favor. In a battle where you lack the ability to set up Trick Room, you will be left to rely solely on your bulky abusers to tank hits and hit back harder to win. Ideally, you will want to be prepared for a situation such as this when team building.

    Having Trick Room set up is one thing, but the most important factor for a Trick Room team is having reliable strong abusers. Without them you're just left your Pokemon going first and having very little impact on the game at hand. Though, picking a bunch of good abusers of Trick Room isn't always the best choice. Having abusers the help support each other through abilities and have specific typing to provide good synergy for proper switching out from threats in the event that Trick Room set up is delayed. While Trick Room is up the enemy usually will try tactics to stall out each turn that Trick Room lasts. Prediction is key to identify how they will do it and if they will spam Protect certain Pokemon or not.

    Pokemon for Trick Room teams

    Trick Room users
    Trick Room users need to be incredibly bulky. A frail Trick Room user runs the risk of being KOed before it can move. As you will find, Trick Room users are very different from one another. Some set-up Pokemon are better at attacking after Trick Room is up, and others excel at supporting your other Pokemon. The following descriptions will have basic points describing the overall role of each Pokemon.


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    Cresselia
    Type: Psychic
    Base Stats: 120 HP / 70 Atk / 120 Def / 75 SpA / 130 SpD / 85 Spe
    Abilities: Levitate

    Cresselia is the absolute ruler of Trick Room. Sporting insane defenses, a useful ability, and an enormous movepool, Cresselia is seen on every other team. It is very difficult to predict what move Cresselia will use. A poorly-timed Taunt could earn you an Icy Wind or Psychic, but ignoring Cresselia might lead to Trick Room set up. Cresselia works well with a Sassy nature and is good at using Helping Hand to boost a partner's spread move. Calm Mind and Rest sets work well too, but some supporting moves must be sacrificed for this to work.

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    Musharna
    Type: Psychic
    Base Stats: 116 HP / 55 Atk / 85 Def / 107 SpA / 95 SpD / 29 Spe
    Abilities: Forewarn / Synchronize / Telepathy

    Musharna is quite similar to Cresselia. Higher base Special Attack gives the option of attacking in Trick Room, while lower base Speed allows Musharna to function better. Musharna has access to Helping Hand, which works wonders with its Hidden Ability, Telepathy. Musharna appreciates Sitrus Berry or Mental Herb, depending on whether you prefer bulk or reliability.

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    Reuniclus
    Type: Psychic
    Base Stats: 110 HP / 65 Atk / 75 Def / 125 SpA / 85 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Overcoat / Magic Guard / Regenerator (Unreleased)

    Reuniclus is a powerful Trick Room user. Huge Special Attack, very low Speed, and a handy ability make Reuniclus a large threat to most teams. Reuniclus is rarely OHKOed by any single attack. Magic Guard prevents weather or status conditions from wearing it down. Life Orb is a great item for Reuniclus, as Magic Guard negates the recoil damage. This, together with Reuniclus' powerful moves, can deal serious damage to any Pokemon.

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    Dusclops
    Type: Ghost
    Base Stats: 40 HP / 70 Atk / 130 Def / 60 SpA / 130 SpD / 25 Spe
    Abilities: Pressure

    Dusclops is one of the best users of Eviolite, an item introduced to the game with the arrival of Black and White that boosts the Defense and Special Defense stat of a Pokemon that has not fully evolved. This makes Dusclops' defenses reach ridiculous levels. Combined with an immunity to common Norrmal-type moves such as Fake Out and Explosion, Dusclops reliably sets up Trick Room. Will-O-Wisp and Helping Hand are great support moves, however, Helping Hand is an XD exclusive move. Helping Hand is almost required on Dusclops' moveset, so IVs will most likely not be flawless.

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    Dusknoir
    Type: Ghost
    Base Stats: 45 HP / 100 Atk / 135 Def / 65 SpA / 135 SpD / 45 Spe
    Abilities: Pressure
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    Bronzong
    Type: Steel / Psychic
    Base Stats: 67 HP / 89 Atk / 116 Def / 79 SpA / 116 SpD / 33 Spe
    Abilities: Levitate / Heatproof / Heavy Metal

    Amazing typing and a useful ability make Bronzong a phenomenal Trick Room user. Bronzong has access to various support moves, such as Imprison or Light Screen, as well as a great offensive movepool. STAB Gyro Ball can put a dent in many frail Pokemon, while Explosion is still a powerful spread attack. High Special Defense allows Bronzong to shrug off spread attack such as Surf or Discharge. Levitate with part Steel-typing helps out against most physical spread moves.

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    Cofagrigus
    Type: Ghost
    Base Stats: 58 HP / 50 Atk / 145 Def / 95 SpA / 105 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Mummy

    Cofagrigus makes use of its incredible defensive stats in order to almost always ensure that Trick Room gets set up. Its Mummy ability can mess with those who benefit from their own unique ability, which makes Cofagrigus especially annoying to physical attackers. On top of this, it has access to Will-O-Wisp, making Cofagrigus a great physical wall and Trick Room setter.

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    Slowking
    Type: Water / Psychic
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 75 Atk / 80 Def / 100 SpA / 110 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Oblivious / Own Tempo / Regenerator



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    Slowbro
    Type: Water / Psychic
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 75 Atk / 110 Def / 100 SpA / 80 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Oblivious / Own Tempo / Regenerator

    Slowbro is a prime example of a great setter of Trick Room, and its easy to see why. Thanks to a great typing that gives resistances to Fighting, Fire, Ice, and Water-type attacks, which are all common in the VGC 2012 metagame. To exemplify this, Slowbro has 95 / 110 / 80 defenses, which gives it ample opportunity to set up Trick Room again and again. Pokemon such as Eelektross and Ferrothorn make good partners, as they can help to beat Water-type Pokemon that give Slowbro trouble. Scarfty makes another great partner, as it can use Fake Out to help set up Trick Room, as well as Dark-type STAB to get rid of Ghost-types, or a Fighting-type STAB to clear Dark-types, while Slowbro's Psychic-type STAB can help clear Fighting-type Pokemon that trouble Scarfty.

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    Jellicent
    Type: Water / Ghost
    Base Stats: 100 HP / 60 Atk / 70 Def / 85 SpA / 105 SpD / 60 Spe
    Abilities: Water Absorb / Cursed Body / Damp (Unreleased)

    Jellicent can be a solid Trick Room setter. With high HP and Special Defense, as well as great abilities in Water Absorb and Cursed Body, Jellicent can be useful on many teams. Jellicent has access to spread moves like Surf and Water Spout, which can be pretty powerful when launched out of Trick Room. Although it doesn't have the highest offensive stats, it can hit hard when necessary so it isn't dead weight after it sets up Trick Room.

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    Chandelure
    Type: Fire / Ghost
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 55 Atk / 90 Def / 145 SpA / 90 SpD / 80 Spe
    Abilities: Flash Fire / Flame Body / Shadow Tag (Unreleased)

    Chandelure is a Pokemon capable of using Trick Room and extremely offensive sets. Choice Scarf sets are quite common, but Trick Room sets work just as well. Chandelure makes good use of a Focus Sash because of its multiple weaknesses to common spread attacks and general frailness. Once Chandelure sets up Trick Room, it can fire off STAB boosted Heat Waves quite easily. Hitmontop makes one of the best partners for Chandelure, giving Fake Out and Wide Guard support, as well as hitting Tyranitar hard.

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    Whimsicott
    Type: Grass
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 67 Atk / 85 Def / 77 SpA / 75 SpD / 116 Spe
    Abilities: Prankster / Infiltrator / Chlorophyll (Unreleased)

    Whimsicott may look like the opposite of a good Trick Room user with high speed and relative frailty, but it is more than capable of using a Level 1 set. With Endeavor and Encore, Whimsicott becomes a tough nut to crack in the right hands, but can quickly become dead weight against sandstorm and hail teams, along with being a sitting duck against priority or spread attacks. Support is an absolute must when using Whimsicott.

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    Gallade
    Type: Psychic / Fighting
    Base Stats: 68 HP / 125 Atk / 65 Def / 65 SpA / 115 SpD / 80 Spe
    Abilities: Steadfast / Justified

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    Porygon2
    Type: Normal
    Base Stats: 85 HP / 80 Atk / 90 Def / 105 SpA / 95 SpD / 60 Spe
    Abilities: Trace / Download / Analytic

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    Physical Trick Room attackers

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    Rhyperior
    Type: Ground / Rock
    Base Stats: 115 HP / 140 Atk / 130 Def / 55 SpA / 55 SpD / 40 Spe
    Abilities: Lightningrod / Solid Rock / Reckless

    Rhyperior is the ultimate Rock Slide and Earthquake user in double battles. Dual STAB spread attacks coming off of 140 base Attack and 40 base Speed will tear holes through any team. Telepathy or Levitating Pokemon with Trick Room make the best teammates for Rhyperior. Musharna is an especially good choice. It can use Helping Hand to boost Rhyperior's attacks to even higher levels. Its STAB Psychic can deal heavy damage to Pokemon that give Rhyperior trouble, such as Amoonguss or Hitmontop.

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    Gigalith
    Type: Rock
    Base Stats: 85 HP / 135 Atk / 130 Def / 60 SpA / 70 SpD / 25 Spe
    Abilities: Sturdy / Sand Force (Unreleased)

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    Metagross
    Type: Steel / Psychic
    Base Stats: 80 HP / 135 Atk / 130 Def / 95 SpA / 90 SpD / 70 Spe
    Abilities: Clear Body / Light Metal

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    Snorlax
    Type: Normal
    Base Stats: 160 HP / 110 Atk / 65 Def / 65 SpA / 110 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Immunity / Thick Fat / Gluttony (Unreleased)

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    Hariyama
    Type: Fighting
    Base Stats: 144 HP / 120 Atk / 60 Def / 40 SpA / 60 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Thick Fat / Guts / Sheer Force

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    Machamp
    Type: Fighting
    Base Stats: 90 HP / 130 Atk / 80 Def / 65 SpA / 85 SpD / 55 Spe
    Abilities: Guts / No Guard / Steadfast

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    Scrafty
    Type: Dark / Fighting
    Base Stats: 65 HP / 90 Atk / 115 Def / 45 SpA / 115 SpD / 58 Spe
    Abilities: Shed Skin / Moxie / Intimidate (Unreleased)

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    Escavalier
    Type: Steel / Bug
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 135 Atk / 105 Def / 60 SpA / 105 SpD / 20 Spe
    Abilities: Swarm / Shell Armor / Overcoat (Unreleased)

    It's strange how annoying Cresselia becomes from the transition from singles to doubles. If your Trick Room teams are ever plagued with no answers to Cresselia, look no farther than Escavalier. With a Bug Gem, Escavalier's Megahorn will assuredly OHKO all but the most physically bulky varients of Cresselia (and even they are KOed 80% of the time). With a dismal base speed and gargantuan attack, Escavalier is as good a candidate for Trick Room as they come. Keep in mind that using a Bug Gem does leave Escavalier a sitting duck for Heat Wave and other Fire-type attacks, so make sure your Trick Room team has answers for common users.

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    Hippowdon
    Type: Ground
    Base Stats: 108 HP / 112 Atk / 118 Def / 68 SpA / 72 SpD / 47 Spe
    Abilities: Sand Stream / Sand Force

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    Tyranitar
    Type: Rock / Dark
    Base Stats: 100 HP / 134 Atk / 110 Def / 95 SpA / 100 SpD / 61 Spe
    Abilities: Sand Stream / Unnerve

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    Marowak
    Type: Ground
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 80 Atk / 110 Def / 50 SpA / 80 SpD / 45 Spe
    Abilities: Rock Head / Lightningrod / Battle Armor (Unreleased)

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    Conkeldurr
    Type: Fighting
    Base Stats: 105 HP / 140 Atk / 95 Def / 55 SpA / 65 SpD / 45 Spe
    Abilities: Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist (Unreleased)

    Conkeldurr faces stiff competition from Hariyama for a slot on a Trick Room team, but it has quite a few things to set it apart. Though it may lack the utility of Fake Out and the raw power of Close Combat, Conkeldurr makes up for it with sky high attack and Mach Punch. With Mach Punch at the ready, Conkeldurr works well in and out of Trick Room, slaughtering opponents like Abomasnow and Terrakion. Drain Punch is also very useful for recovering off the damage a burn from a Flame Orb will inflict and means Conkeldurr will be sticking around for much longer than Hariyama.

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    Ferrothorn
    Type: Grass / Steel
    Base Stats: 74 HP / 94 Atk / 131 Def / 54 SpA / 116 SpD / 20 Spe
    Abilities: Iron Barbs

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    Lickilicky
    Type: Normal
    Base Stats: 110 HP / 85 Atk / 95 Def / 80 SpA / 95 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Own Tempo / Oblivious / Cloud Nine

    Lickilicky brings a lot to the table; good stats all around with a low speed to abuse Trick Room, some of the weirdest coverage options around, a stellar anti-weather ability, and the only STAB Explosion in the game worth using. Though it doesn't dish out and take hits as well as other Pokemon, it's still an option to consider if you need a bit of extra defense against weather. Imagining Lickilicky's innards being thrown around to KO the opponent is also a funny idea to think about whenever you command it to explode.

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    Scizor
    Type: Steel / Bug
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 130 Atk / 110 Def / 55 SpA / 80 SpD / 65 Spe
    Abilities: Swarm / Technician / Light Metal

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    Swampert
    Type: Water / Ground
    Base Stats: 100 HP / 110 Atk / 90 Def / 85 SpA / 90 SpD / 60 Spe
    Abilities: Torrent / Damp

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    Hitmontop
    Type: Fighting
    Base Stats: 50 HP / 95 Atk / 95 Def / 35 SpA / 110 SpD / 70 Spe
    Abilities: Intimidate / Technician / Steadfast

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    Rampardos
    Type: Rock
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 165 Atk / 60 Def / 95 SpA / 50 SpD / 58 Spe
    Abilities: Mold Breaker / Sheer Force (Unreleased)

    165 Base Attack. Good lord. Despite his below average defenses and weaknesses to spread moves, Rampardos is a decent option for a Trick Room abuser. STAB Rock Slides are always great to have and Rampardos is the proud holder of the most powerful in the game. Head Smash is also fearsome on Rampardos, although it means you can't run a Focus Sash effectively to patch up those dreadful defenses. On top of that, Rampardos also has access to Earthquake and the elemental punches for coverage. Though you may be hard pressed to cushion all the super effective attacks aimed at Rampardos, the damage you'll be outputting is absolutely insane.

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    Druddigon
    Type: Dragon
    Base Stats: 77 HP /120 Atk / 90 Def / 60 SpA / 90 SpD / 48 Spe
    Abilities: Rough Skin / Sheer Force / Mold Breaker (Unreleased)

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    Ursaring
    Type: Normal
    Base Stats: 90 HP / 130 Atk / 75 Def / 75 SpA / 75 SpD / 55 Spe
    Abilities: Guts / Quick Feet / Unnerve

    Hell hath no fury like an Ursaring set ablaze by its Flame Orb. 130 base Attack is fearsome on its own, but factor in a Guts boost and a 140 base power Facade and you're dealing with a force to be reckoned with. Pokemon that resist or are immune to Facade are still at risk thanks to Close Combat crushing Steel and Rock-types and Crunch smashing any Ghost-types that dare stand in your way. However, Ursaring isn't without its downsides. 90/75/75 defenses might sound solid, but Ursaring is hit for neutral damage by every spread move in the book. Worse yet, Ursaring's Flame Orb will put a timer on how long he can stay in play and can easily put Ursaring into KO range for a large number of attacks. Even with all these faults, don't dismiss Ursaring. All it takes is a turn for Flame Orb and Trick Room to activate for Ursaring to start crushing villages.

    Special Trick Room attackers

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    Eelektross
    Type: Electric
    Base Stats: 85 HP / 115 Atk / 80 Def / 105 SpA / 80 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Levitate

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    Abomasnow
    Type: Ice / Grass
    Base Stats: 90 HP / 92 Atk / 75 Def / 92 SpA / 85 SpD / 60 Spe
    Abilities: Snow Warning / Sound Proof (Unreleased)

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    Gastrodon
    Type: Water / Ground
    Base Stats: 111 HP / 83 Atk / 68 Def / 92 SpA / 82 SpD / 39 Spe
    Abilities: Sticky Hold / Storm Drain / Sand Force

    Find your Trick Room team struggling against Rain? Gastrodon is a solid option to help slow down their torrential offense. With Storm Drain, every Surf your opponent uses will be powering up the little sea slug, allowing him to net a surprising number of KOs. As long is Gastrodon is in play, your opponent's Rain team will usually be resorting to single target attacks to knock out Gastrodon, cushioning the rest of the team from harsh Water-type blows.

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    Glaceon
    Type: Ice
    Base Stats: 65 HP / 60 Atk / 110 Def / 130 SpA / 95 SpD / 65 Spe
    Abilities: Snow Cloak / Ice Body

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    Ninetales
    Type: Fire
    Base Stats: 73 HP / 76 Atk / 75 Def / 81 SpA / 100 SpD / 100 Spe
    Abilities: Flash Fire / Drought

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    Politoed
    Type: Water
    Base Stats: 90 HP / 75 Atk / 75 Def / 90 SpA / 100 SpD / 70 Spe
    Abilities: Water Absorb / Damp / Drizzle

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    Heatran
    Type: Fire / Steel
    Base Stats: 91 HP / 90 Atk / 106 Def / 130 SpA / 106 SpD / 77 Spe
    Abilities: Flash Fire / Flame Body (Unreleased)

    It's often forgotten that Heatran has access to the insanely powerful Eruption through an event move. The only reason you don't see Choice Scarf Heatrans running around OU is the nature restriction that comes with the event, Quiet only. In a Trick Room team, that's no problem at all. Though Heatran doesn't have the ability to support its Trick Room using partner very well, once it's under Trick Room it's going to be melting the face off of everything that isn't immune to Fire. With Eruptions running off of Base 130 Special Attack with Heat Wave for later on in the match, Heatran is definitely a strong contender for any Trick Room team that needs to deal damage fast and hard.

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    Octillery
    Type: Water
    Base Stats: 75 HP / 105 Atk / 75 Def / 105 SpA / 75 SpD / 45 Spe
    Abilities: Suction Cups / Sniper / Moody

    Octillery is the proud holder of the most powerful Water Spout in the ruleset. The only downside (and a major one at that) is how dreadfully slow Octillery is, making it very difficult to pull of a Water Spout without losing HP first. With the aid of Trick Room and Octillery's Base 45 speed, Octillery will be outspeeding a majority of your foes and firing off high power Water Spouts. Anything that doesn't resist Water will be hit hard, especially if you throw a Water Gem or Helping Hand into the mix. Water Spout isn't all Octillery has to gloat about though, as it has a movepool that even gives Clefable a run for its money. With options like Flamethrower, Rock Blast, and Bullet Seed, Octillery can usually find a way to punch through anything that resists Water-type attacks. It's abilities aren't the finest in the world with the wildly unpredictable Moody and the near useless Suction Cups, but Sniper will obliterate anything if Octillery is lucky enough to score a critical hit.

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    Exeggutor
    Type: Grass / Psychic
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 95 Atk / 85 Def / 125 SpA / 65 SpD / 55 Spe
    Abilities: Chlorophyll / Harvest

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    Vaporeon
    Type: Water
    Base Stats: 130 HP / 65 Atk / 60 Def / 110 SpA / 95 SpD / 65 Spe
    Abilities: Water Absorb / Hydration

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    Smeargle
    Type: Normal
    Base Stats: 55 HP / 20 Atk / 35 Def / 20 SpA / 45 SpD / 75 Spe
    Abilities: Own Tempo / Technician / Moody

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    Amoonguss
    Type: Grass / Poison
    Base Stats: 114 HP / 85 Atk / 70 Def / 85 SpA / 80 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Effect Spore / Regenerator (Unreleased)

    Amoonguss serves its role as a Trick Room supporter excellently. With Rage Powder and great bulk, it can distract attacks away from the Trick Room setter, leaving an open opportunity to switch the game to your advantage. Once Trick Room is up, Amoonguss can really shine with Spore. With no Sleep Clause in VGC 2012, a 100% accurate sleep move is nothing to scoff at. In Trick Room, Amoonguss spreads sleep around like a monster, which can make it incredibly dangerous to play against. On top of this, it often carries Giga Drain to gain back more HP, making it even harder to kill.

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    Parasect
    Type: Grass / Bug
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 95 Atk / 80 Def / 60 SpA / 80 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Effect Spore / Dry Skin / Damp

    Parasect works almost exactly like Amoonguss, but trades more bulk and better defensive typing for a better offensive movepool and a stellar ability in the form of Dry Skin. With Dry Skin, Parasect is the perfect partner for Trick Room abusers who love throwing around Surf all day long. Notable partners include Slowking and Slowbro who can set up Trick Room on their own or Politoed if using a team that focuses on both rain and Trick Room.

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    Togekiss
    Type: Normal / Flying
    Base Stats: 85 HP / 50 Atk / 95 Def / 120 SpA / 115 SpD / 80 Spe
    Abilities: Hustle / Serene Grace / Super Luck

    Togekiss is an annoyance everyone should be prepared for. Not only does it possess Follow Me, but it also has Air Slash and Serene Grace, which gives Air Slash a 60% chance to flinch. An 80 base Speed is a bit disappointing, and Togekiss can't redirect spread moves such as Rock Slide and Blizzard, along with being hit super effectively by said moves. However, if you have even an ounce of luck, Togekiss can avoid said moves by simply flinching the offender, providing it's capable of outspeeding the opponent (either inside or out of Trick Room). It can even opt to go on the offensive with a staggering 120 base Special Attack combined with its good offensive movepool, which includes Heat Wave, Aura Sphere, Grass Knot and other interesting options.

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    Murkrow
    Type: Dark / Flying
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 85 Atk / 42 Def / 85 SpA / 42 SpD / 91 Spe
    Abilities: Insomnia / Super Luck / Prankster

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    Sableye
    Type: Dark / Ghost
    Base Stats: 50 HP / 75 Atk / 75 Def / 65 SpA / 65 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Keen Eye / Stall / Prankster

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    Threats to Trick Room(Written by lucariojr)

    Obvious checks to Trick Room are those that simply prevent it from being used. Spore, Taunt, Fake Out and Swagger are by far the most common, but with supporters such as Amoonguss, Togekiss and Smeargle running around, such moves can be rendered useless in a heartbeat. Dragon Tail, Roar, Whirlwind and Circle Throw have slightly higher priority than Trick Room, but are rare sights because of the lack of entry hazards to abuse and make you more susceptible to Spore and similar moves, not to mention the Trick Room user can simply switch back in if you give it a chance. The most specific (and perhaps most effective) way to check Trick Room is carrying a Trick Room user yourself, which in and of itself is a task that requires a Pokemon similar to what you'd use in a pure Trick Room.

    If you're absolutely desperate for a way to deal with Trick Room, you can consider Protecting both of your Pokemon every other turn or simply accept the fact that you're not going to move first. Along with making sure you don't have a team full of frail speedsters, consider adding bulkier attackers such as Tyranitar, Heatran and Metagross as well as Pokemon that utilize priority moves such as Hitmontop, Sableye and Scizor.

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    Trick Room users
    Trick Room users need to be incredibly bulky. A frail Trick Room user runs the risk of being KOed before it can move. As you will find, Trick Room users are very different from one another. Some set-up Pokemon are better at attacking after Trick Room is up, and others excel at supporting your other Pokemon. The following descriptions will have basic points describing the overall role of each Pokemon.


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    Cresselia
    Type: Psychic
    Base Stats: 120 HP / 70 Atk / 120 Def / 75 SpA / 130 SpD / 85 Spe
    Abilities: Levitate

    Cresselia is the absolute ruler of Trick Room. Sporting insane defenses, a useful ability, and an enormous movepool, Cresselia is seen on every other team. It is very difficult to predict what move Cresselia will use. A poorly-timed Taunt could earn you an Icy Wind or Psychic, but ignoring Cresselia might lead to Trick Room set up. Cresselia works well with a Sassy nature and is good at using Helping Hand to boost a partner's spread move. Calm Mind and Rest sets work well too, but some supporting moves must be sacrificed for this to work.

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    Musharna
    Type: Psychic
    Base Stats: 116 HP / 55 Atk / 85 Def / 107 SpA / 95 SpD / 29 Spe
    Abilities: Forewarn / Synchronize / Telepathy

    Musharna is quite similar to Cresselia. Higher base Special Attack gives the option of attacking in Trick Room, while lower base Speed allows Musharna to function better. Musharna has access to Helping Hand, which works wonders with its Hidden Ability, Telepathy. Musharna appreciates Sitrus Berry or Mental Herb, depending on whether you prefer bulk or reliability.

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    Reuniclus
    Type: Psychic
    Base Stats: 110 HP / 65 Atk / 75 Def / 125 SpA / 85 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Overcoat / Magic Guard / Regenerator (Unreleased)

    Reuniclus is a powerful Trick Room user. Huge Special Attack, very low Speed, and a handy ability make Reuniclus a large threat to most teams. Reuniclus is rarely OHKOed by any single attack. Magic Guard prevents weather or status conditions from wearing it down. Life Orb is a great item for Reuniclus, as Magic Guard negates the recoil damage. This, together with Reuniclus' powerful moves, can deal serious damage to any Pokemon.

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    Dusclops
    Type: Ghost
    Base Stats: 40 HP / 70 Atk / 130 Def / 60 SpA / 130 SpD / 25 Spe
    Abilities: Pressure

    Dusclops is one of the best users of Eviolite, a new item as of Black and White that doubles the Defense and Special Defense stat of a Pokemon that has not fully evolved. This makes Dusclops' defenses reach ridiculous levels. Combined with an immunity to common Norrmal-type moves such as Fake Out and Explosion, Dusclops reliably sets up Trick Room. Will-O-Wisp and Helping Hand are great support moves, however, Helping Hand is an XD exclusive move. Helping Hand is almost required on Dusclops' moveset, so IVs will most likely not be flawless.

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    Dusknoir
    Type: Ghost
    Base Stats: 45 HP / 100 Atk / 135 Def / 65 SpA / 135 SpD / 45 Spe
    Abilities: Pressure
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    Bronzong
    Type: Steel / Psychic
    Base Stats: 67 HP / 89 Atk / 116 Def / 79 SpA / 116 SpD / 33 Spe
    Abilities: Levitate / Heatproof / Heavy Metal

    Amazing typing and a useful ability make Bronzong a phenomenal Trick Room user. Bronzong has access to various support moves, such as Imprison or Light Screen, as well as a great offensive movepool. STAB Gyro Ball can put a dent in many frail Pokemon, while Explosion is still a powerful spread attack. High Special Defense allows Bronzong to shrug off spread attack such as Surf or Discharge. Levitate with part Steel-typing helps out against most physical spread moves.

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    Cofagrigus
    Type: Ghost
    Base Stats: 58 HP / 50 Atk / 145 Def / 95 SpA / 105 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Mummy

    Cofagrigus makes use of its incredible defensive stats in order to almost always ensure that Trick Room gets set up. Its Mummy ability can mess with those who benefit from their own unique ability, which makes Cofagrigus especially annoying to physical attackers. On top of this, it has access to Will-O-Wisp, making Cofagrigus a great physical wall and Trick Room setter.

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    Slowking
    Type: Water / Psychic
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 75 Atk / 80 Def / 100 SpA / 110 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Oblivious / Own Tempo / Regenerator

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    Slowbro
    Type: Water / Psychic
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 75 Atk / 110 Def / 100 SpA / 80 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Oblivious / Own Tempo / Regenerator

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    Jellicent
    Type: Water / Ghost
    Base Stats: 100 HP / 60 Atk / 70 Def / 85 SpA / 105 SpD / 60 Spe
    Abilities: Water Absorb / Cursed Body / Damp (Unreleased)

    Jellicent can be a solid Trick Room setter. With high HP and Special Defense, as well as great abilities in Water Absorb and Cursed Body, Jellicent can be useful on many teams. Jellicent has access to spread moves like Surf and Water Spout, which can be pretty powerful when launched out of Trick Room. Although it doesn't have the highest offensive stats, it can hit hard when necessary so it isn't dead weight after it sets up Trick Room.

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    Chandelure
    Type: Fire / Ghost
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 55 Atk / 90 Def / 145 SpA / 90 SpD / 80 Spe
    Abilities: Flash Fire / Flame Body / Shadow Tag (Unreleased)

    Chandelure is a Pokemon capable of using Trick Room and extremely offensive sets. Choice Scarf sets are quite common, but Trick Room sets work just as well. Chandelure makes good use of a Focus Sash because of its multiple weaknesses to common spread attacks and general frailness. Once Chandelure sets up Trick Room, it can fire off STAB boosted Heat Waves quite easily. Hitmontop makes one of the best partners for Chandelure, giving Fake Out and Wide Guard support, as well as hitting Tyranitar hard.

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    Whimsicott
    Type: Grass
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 67 Atk / 85 Def / 77 SpA / 75 SpD / 116 Spe
    Abilities: Prankster / Infiltrator / Chlorophyll (Unreleased)

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    Gallade
    Type: Psychic / Fighting
    Base Stats: 68 HP / 125 Atk / 65 Def / 65 SpA / 115 SpD / 80 Spe
    Abilities: Steadfast / Justified

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    Porygon2
    Type: Normal
    Base Stats: 85 HP / 80 Atk / 90 Def / 105 SpA / 95 SpD / 60 Spe
    Abilities: Trace / Download / Analytic

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    Rhyperior
    Type: Ground / Rock
    Base Stats: 115 HP / 140 Atk / 130 Def / 55 SpA / 55 SpD / 40 Spe
    Abilities: Lightningrod / Solid Rock / Reckless

    Rhyperior is the ultimate Rock Slide and Earthquake user in double battles. Dual STAB spread attacks coming off of 140 base Attack and 40 base Speed will tear holes through any team. Telepathy or Levitating Pokemon with Trick Room make the best teammates for Rhyperior. Musharna is an especially good choice. It can use Helping Hand to boost Rhyperior's attacks to even higher levels. Its STAB Psychic can deal heavy damage to Pokemon that give Rhyperior trouble, such as Amoonguss or Hitmontop.

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    Gigalith
    Type: Rock
    Base Stats: 85 HP / 135 Atk / 130 Def / 60 SpA / 70 SpD / 25 Spe
    Abilities: Sturdy / Sand Force (Unreleased)

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    Metagross
    Type: Steel / Psychic
    Base Stats: 80 HP / 135 Atk / 130 Def / 95 SpA / 90 SpD / 70 Spe
    Abilities: Clear Body / Light Metal

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    Snorlax
    Type: Normal
    Base Stats: 160 HP / 110 Atk / 65 Def / 65 SpA / 110 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Immunity / Thick Fat / Gluttony (Unreleased)

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    Hariyama
    Type: Fighting
    Base Stats: 144 HP / 120 Atk / 60 Def / 40 SpA / 60 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Thick Fat / Guts / Sheer Force

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    Machamp
    Type: Fighting
    Base Stats: 90 HP / 130 Atk / 80 Def / 65 SpA / 85 SpD / 55 Spe
    Abilities: Guts / No Guard / Steadfast

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    Scrafty
    Type: Dark / Fighting
    Base Stats: 65 HP / 90 Atk / 115 Def / 45 SpA / 115 SpD / 58 Spe
    Abilities: Shed Skin / Moxie / Intimidate (Unreleased)

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    Escavalier
    Type: Steel / Bug
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 135 Atk / 105 Def / 60 SpA / 105 SpD / 20 Spe
    Abilities: Swarm / Shell Armor / Overcoat (Unreleased)

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    Hippowdon
    Type: Ground
    Base Stats: 108 HP / 112 Atk / 118 Def / 68 SpA / 72 SpD / 47 Spe
    Abilities: Sand Stream / Sand Force

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    Tyranitar
    Type: Rock / Dark
    Base Stats: 100 HP / 134 Atk / 110 Def / 95 SpA / 100 SpD / 61 Spe
    Abilities: Sand Stream / Unnerve

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    Marowak
    Type: Ground
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 80 Atk / 110 Def / 50 SpA / 80 SpD / 45 Spe
    Abilities: Rock Head / Lightningrod / Battle Armor (Unreleased)

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    Conkeldurr
    Type: Fighting
    Base Stats: 105 HP / 140 Atk / 95 Def / 55 SpA / 65 SpD / 45 Spe
    Abilities: Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist (Unreleased)

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    Ferrothorn
    Type: Grass / Steel
    Base Stats: 74 HP / 94 Atk / 131 Def / 54 SpA / 116 SpD / 20 Spe
    Abilities: Iron Barbs

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    Lickilicky
    Type: Normal
    Base Stats: 110 HP / 85 Atk / 95 Def / 80 SpA / 95 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Own Tempo / Oblivious / Cloud Nine

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    Scizor
    Type: Steel / Bug
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 130 Atk / 110 Def / 55 SpA / 80 SpD / 65 Spe
    Abilities: Swarm / Technician / Light Metal

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    Swampert
    Type: Water / Ground
    Base Stats: 100 HP / 110 Atk / 90 Def / 85 SpA / 90 SpD / 60 Spe
    Abilities: Torrent / Damp

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    Hitmontop
    Type: Fighting
    Base Stats: 50 HP / 95 Atk / 95 Def / 35 SpA / 110 SpD / 70 Spe
    Abilities: Intimidate / Technician / Steadfast

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    Rampardos
    Type: Rock
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 165 Atk / 60 Def / 95 SpA / 50 SpD / 58 Spe
    Abilities: Mold Breaker / Sheer Force (Unreleased)

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    Druddigon
    Type: Dragon
    Base Stats: 77 HP /120 Atk / 90 Def / 60 SpA / 90 SpD / 48 Spe
    Abilities: Rough Skin / Sheer Force / Mold Breaker (Unreleased)

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    Ursaring
    Type: Normal
    Base Stats: 90 HP / 130 Atk / 75 Def / 75 SpA / 75 SpD / 55 Spe
    Abilities: Guts / Quick Feet / Unnerve

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    Eelektross
    Type: Electric
    Base Stats: 85 HP / 115 Atk / 80 Def / 105 SpA / 80 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Levitate

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    Abomasnow
    Type: Ice / Grass
    Base Stats: 90 HP / 92 Atk / 75 Def / 92 SpA / 85 SpD / 60 Spe
    Abilities: Snow Warning / Sound Proof (Unreleased)

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    Gastrodon
    Type: Water / Ground
    Base Stats: 111 HP / 83 Atk / 68 Def / 92 SpA / 82 SpD / 39 Spe
    Abilities: Sticky Hold / Storm Drain / Sand Force

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    Glaceon
    Type: Ice
    Base Stats: 65 HP / 60 Atk / 110 Def / 130 SpA / 95 SpD / 65 Spe
    Abilities: Snow Cloak / Ice Body

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    Ninetales
    Type: Fire
    Base Stats: 73 HP / 76 Atk / 75 Def / 81 SpA / 100 SpD / 100 Spe
    Abilities: Flash Fire / Drought

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    Politoed
    Type: Water
    Base Stats: 90 HP / 75 Atk / 75 Def / 90 SpA / 100 SpD / 70 Spe
    Abilities: Water Absorb / Damp / Drizzle

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    Heatran
    Type: Fire / Steel
    Base Stats: 91 HP / 90 Atk / 106 Def / 130 SpA / 106 SpD / 77 Spe
    Abilities: Flash Fire / Flame Body (Unreleased)

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    Octillery
    Type: Water
    Base Stats: 75 HP / 105 Atk / 75 Def / 105 SpA / 75 SpD / 45 Spe
    Abilities: Suction Cups / Sniper / Moody

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    Exeggutor
    Type: Grass / Psychic
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 95 Atk / 85 Def / 125 SpA / 65 SpD / 55 Spe
    Abilities: Chlorophyll / Harvest

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    Smeargle
    Type: Normal
    Base Stats: 55 HP / 20 Atk / 35 Def / 20 SpA / 45 SpD / 75 Spe
    Abilities: Own Tempo / Technician / Moody

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    Amoonguss
    Type: Grass / Poison
    Base Stats: 114 HP / 85 Atk / 70 Def / 85 SpA / 80 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Effect Spore / Regenerator

    Amoonguss serves its role as a Trick Room supporter excellently. With Rage Powder and great bulk, it can distract attacks away from the Trick Room setter, leaving an open opportunity to switch the game to your advantage. Once Trick Room is up, Amoonguss can really shine with Spore. With no Sleep Clause in VGC 2012, a 100% accurate sleep move is nothing to scoff at. In Trick Room, Amoonguss spreads sleep around like a monster, which can make it incredibly dangerous to play against. On top of this, it often carries Giga Drain to gain back more HP, making it even harder to kill.

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    Parasect
    Type: Grass / Bug
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 95 Atk / 80 Def / 60 SpA / 80 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Effect Spore / Dry Skin / Damp


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    Togekiss
    Type: Normal / Flying
    Base Stats: 85 HP / 50 Atk / 95 Def / 120 SpA / 115 SpD / 80 Spe
    Abilities: Hustle / Serene Grace / Super Luck

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    Murkrow
    Type: Dark / Flying
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 85 Atk / 42 Def / 85 SpA / 42 SpD / 91 Spe
    Abilities: Insomnia / Super Luck / Prankster

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    Sableye
    Type: Dark / Ghost
    Base Stats: 50 HP / 75 Atk / 75 Def / 65 SpA / 65 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Keen Eye / Stall / Prankster

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  3. RitterCat

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    Any preferences on who you want in the pic? I know it's gonna have cress in the middle but who would you prefer to be in the picture as well
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    YO biosci howsabout this

    Obvious checks to Trick Room are those that simply prevent it from being used. Spore, Taunt, Fake Out and Swagger are by far the most common, but with supporters such as Amoonguss, Togekiss and Smeargle running around, such moves can be rendered useless in a heartbeat. Dragon Tail, Roar, Whirlwind and Circle Throw have slightly higher priority than Trick Room, but are rare sights because of the lack of entry hazards to abuse and make you more susceptible to Spore and similar moves, not to mention the Trick Room user can simply switch back in if you give it a chance. The most specific (and perhaps most effective) way to check Trick Room is carrying a Trick Room user yourself, which in and of itself is a task that requires a Pokemon similar to what you'd use in a pure Trick Room.

    If you're absolutely desperate for a way to deal with Trick Room, you can consider Protecting both of your Pokemon every other turn or simply accept the fact that you're not going to move first. Along with making sure you don't have a team full of frail speedsters, consider adding bulkier attackers such as Tyranitar, Heatran and Metagross as well as Pokemon that utilize priority moves such as Hitmontop, Sableye and Scizor.

    Whimsicott may look like the opposite of a good Trick Room user with high speed and relative frailty, but it is more than capable of using a Level 1 set. With Endeavor and Encore, Whimsicott becomes a tough nut to crack in the right hands, but can quickly become dead weight against sandstorm and hail teams, along with being a sitting duck against priority or spread attacks. Support is an absolute must when using Whimsicott.

    Togekiss is an annoyance everyone should be prepared for. Not only does it possess Follow Me, but it also has Air Slash and Serene Grace, which gives Air Slash a 60% chance to flinch. An 80 base Speed is a bit disappointing, and Togekiss can't redirect spread moves such as Rock Slide and Blizzard, along with being hit super effectively by said moves. However, if you have even an ounce of luck, Togekiss can avoid said moves by simply flinching the offender, providing it's capable of outspeeding the opponent (either inside or out of Trick Room). It can even opt to go on the offensive with a staggering 120 base Special Attack combined with its good offensive movepool, which includes Heat Wave, Aura Sphere, Grass Knot and other interesting options.

    (also im working on this now too)
  5. fade5

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    As an additional note for Togekiss: Togekiss also has access to Helping Hand as well as Tri-Attack from XD: Gale of Darkness, although using these moves means it can't utilize any egg moves, and its IVs will not be perfect.
  6. The Knights of Wario Land

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    I can help and write up about any of the Pokes if you need it. Trick Room is something I've worked with for a bit of time.
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    Same here :)
  8. ShortsTheory

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    I can help too, but I've played against more Trick Room rather than playing with it.
  9. Saboros

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    I love Biosci almost as much as I love Trick Room, therefore, this thread is amazing.
  10. NixHex

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    Looking good so far, but please remember that Eviolite isn't a new item. BW has been out for over a year and a half.
  11. Biosci

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    If anybody really wishes to help with this, we could use help with getting descriptions up for all of the Setters, abusers, and supporters. Just post a reservation and have it written up shortly after(I'm reserving Marowak, Parasect, and Sableye though :p)

    Still working on this, trying to go for it to be all written up by the 23rd if we get enough help! And I added in your fix to dusclops nix
  12. LudiImpact

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    Hey Biosci, do you still have the pastebins to the descriptions I did? It's ok if you don't, since I have the descriptions saved.
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    Just paste them to this thread if you still have them
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    Gallade
    Type: Psychic / Fighting
    Base Stats: 68 HP / 125 Atk / 65 Def / 65 SpA / 115 SpD / 80 Spe
    Abilities: Steadfast / Justified

    Quite often Trick Room users set up, but don't dish out major damage. But, Gallade can. After setting up Trick Room with a pretty low base speed and Fake out support, Gallade can do major damage to Pokemon with a solid 125 Attack stat. After being hit with Dark-Type moves such as Crunch, Justified raises his attack With STAB Close Combat, he can leave Fighting weak Pokemon that are popular in VGC such as Tyranitar and Ferrothorn in awe. Also, with STAB Psycho Cut or Psychic can possibly OHKO or 2HKO the very common Hitmontop or Hariyama. Gallade is niche due to it's access of Fighting-type STAB and ability to set up Trick Room. Obviously, Gallade can fit into many Trick Room teams and be a major threat.

    Scrafty
    Type: Dark / Fighting
    Base Stats: 65 HP / 90 Atk / 115 Def / 45 SpA / 115 SpD / 58 Spe
    Abilities: Shed Skin / Moxie / Intimidate (Unreleased)
    Scrafty
    The Hoodlum Pokemon makes another great appearance on Trick Room teams. Having access to Fake Out, setters can set up Trick Room with ease. A low base speed and solid attack stats, Scrafty is a staple on many Trick Room teams. With dual STAB, Fighting and Dark, this Pokemon can do damage. Fighting STAB allows Drain Punch to do major damage to Tyranitar who can easily KO setters with Crunch. Dark STAB allows Crunch to possibly OHKO Pokemon such as Jellicent, Chandelure, Reuniclus, and Slowking that are threats to Trick Room setters. After easy KOes, the attacks can be even more powerful due to Moxie. The “gangster” Pokemon is a great side-kick to a Trick Room team.



    Abomasnow
    Type: Ice / Grass
    Base Stats: 90 HP / 92 Atk / 75 Def / 92 SpA / 85 SpD / 60 Spe
    Abilities: Snow Warning / Sound Proof (Unreleased)
    The yeti Pokemon is superb every year it is not banned in the VGC metagame. It can be excelled through Trick Room. With low speed and solid attack stats, Abomasnow is a great Pokemon to use on Trick Room teams. He is mainly used to cancel out other weather-based teams such as sand, rain, and sun that can be set up automatically due to the abilities of Tyranitar, Politoed, and Ninetales respectively. STAB Giga Drain can OHKO Gastrodon and dish out damage to anyone who doesn’t resist it. After it is set up, he can use STAB Blizzard in the automatically induced Hailstorm leaves little HP on Zapdos and Latios and can OHKO Garchomp and Dragonite. The Yeti is usually paired with its side-kick Glaceon. Abomasnow isn’t a Pokemon to turn up on a Trick Room team.




    Glaceon
    Type: Ice
    Base Stats: 65 HP / 60 Atk / 110 Def / 130 SpA / 95 SpD / 65 Spe
    Abilities: Snow Cloak / Ice Body
    As one of the many Eeveelutions, Glaceon is much underrated due to poor stats. This was proven wrong in the VGC metagame. With Trick Room up and paired with Abomasnow, Glaceon can be killer. STAB Blizzard dishes out major damage on Zapdos, Garchomp, Latios, and Dragonite. Also, Hidden Power Ground can leave Metagross in awe. Shadow Ball can KO Chandelure who is a major threat to Glaceon with Heat Wave. Due to Snow Cloak, Glaceon has a better chance to dodge Heat Wave when Hail is up. Glaceon proves size doesn’t matter.
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    Slowbro
    Type: Water / Psychic
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 75 Atk / 110 Def / 100 SpA / 80 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Oblivious / Own Tempo / Regenerator

    Slowbro is a prime example of a great setter of Trick Room, and its easy to see why. Thanks to a great typing that gives resistances to Fighting, Fire, Ice, and Water-type attacks, which are all common in the VGC 2012 metagame. To exemplify this, Slowbro has 95 / 110 / 80 defenses, which gives it ample opportunity to set up Trick Room again and again. Pokemon such as Eelektross and Ferrothorn make good partners, as they can help to beat Water-type Pokemon that give Slowbro trouble. Scarfty makes another great partner, as it can use Fake Out to help set up Trick Room, as well as Dark-type STAB to get rid of Ghost-types, or a Fighting-type STAB to clear Dark-types, while Slowbro's Psychic-type STAB can help clear Fighting-type Pokemon that trouble Scarfty.

    Doing Slowbro, Dusknoir, Slowking, Gallade, and Porygon 2
  16. TheMantyke

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    22:30:55: <TheMantyke> Hey Biosci
    22:31:09: <TheMantyke> can write a description for octillary in your TR guide
    22:31:09: <Biosci> what what
    22:31:13: <TheMantyke> *can I
    22:31:18: <Biosci> sure

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    Octillery
    Type: Water
    Base Stats: 75 HP / 105 Atk / 75 Def / 105 SpA / 75 SpD / 45 Spe
    Abilities: Suction Cups / Sniper / Moody

    Octillery is the proud holder of the most powerful Water Spout in the ruleset. The only downside (and a major one at that) is how dreadfully slow Octillery is, making it very difficult to pull of a Water Spout without losing HP first. With the aid of Trick Room and Octillery's Base 45 speed, Octillery will be outspeeding a majority of your foes and firing off high power Water Spouts. Anything that doesn't resist Water will be hit hard, especially if you throw a Water Gem or Helping Hand into the mix. Water Spout isn't all Octillery has to gloat about though, as it has a movepool that even gives Clefable a run for its money. With options like Flamethrower, Rock Blast, and Bullet Seed, Octillery can usually find a way to punch through anything that resists Water-type attacks. It's abilities aren't the finest in the world with the wildly unpredictable Moody and the near useless Suction Cups, but Sniper will obliterate anything if Octillery is lucky enough to score a critical hit.

    Edit: I asked you if I could do these on IRC as well so here they are!

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    Escavalier
    Type: Steel / Bug
    Base Stats: 70 HP / 135 Atk / 105 Def / 60 SpA / 105 SpD / 20 Spe
    Abilities: Swarm / Shell Armor / Overcoat (Unreleased)
    It's strange how annoying Cresselia becomes from the transition from singles to doubles. If your Trick Room teams are ever plagued with no answers to Cresselia, look no farther than Escavalier. With a Bug Gem, Escavalier's Megahorn will assuredly OHKO all but the most physically bulky varients of Cresselia (and even they are KOed 80% of the time). With a dismal base speed and gargantuan attack, Escavalier is as good a candidate for Trick Room as they come. Keep in mind that using a Bug Gem does leave Escavalier a sitting duck for Heat Wave and other Fire-type attacks, so make sure your Trick Room team has answers for common users.

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    Ursaring
    Type: Normal
    Base Stats: 90 HP / 130 Atk / 75 Def / 75 SpA / 75 SpD / 55 Spe
    Abilities: Guts / Quick Feet / Unnerve

    Hell hath no fury like an Ursaring set ablaze by its Flame Orb. 130 base Attack is fearsome on its own, but factor in a Guts boost and a 140 base power Facade and you're dealing with a force to be reckoned with. Pokemon that resist or are immune to Facade are still at risk thanks to Close Combat crushing Steel and Rock-types and Crunch smashing any Ghost-types that dare stand in your way. However, Ursaring isn't without its downsides. 90/75/75 defenses might sound solid, but Ursaring is hit for neutral damage by every spread move in the book. Worse yet, Ursaring's Flame Orb will put a timer on how long he can stay in play and can easily put Ursaring into KO range for a large number of attacks. Even with all these faults, don't dismiss Ursaring. All it takes is a turn for Flame Orb and Trick Room to activate for Ursaring to start crushing villages.

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    Rampardos
    Type: Rock
    Base Stats: 95 HP / 165 Atk / 60 Def / 65 SpA / 50 SpD / 58 Spe
    Abilities: Mold Breaker / Sheer Force (Unreleased)

    165 Base Attack. Good lord. Despite his below average defenses and weaknesses to spread moves, Rampardos is a decent option for a Trick Room abuser. STAB Rock Slides are always great to have and Rampardos is the proud holder of the most powerful in the game. Head Smash is also fearsome on Rampardos, although it means you can't run a Focus Sash effectively to patch up those dreadful defenses. On top of that, Rampardos also has access to Earthquake and the elemental punches for coverage. Though you may be hard pressed to cushion all the super effective attacks aimed at Rampardos, the damage you'll be outputting is absolutely insane.

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    Heatran
    Type: Fire / Steel
    Base Stats: 91 HP / 90 Atk / 106 Def / 130 SpA / 106 SpD / 77 Spe
    Abilities: Flash Fire / Flame Body (Unreleased)

    It's often forgotten that Heatran has access to the insanely powerful Eruption through an event move. The only reason you don't see Choice Scarf Heatrans running around OU is the nature restriction that comes with the event, Quiet only. In a Trick Room team, that's no problem at all. Though Heatran doesn't have the ability to support its Trick Room using partner very well, once it's under Trick Room it's going to be melting the face off of everything that isn't immune to Fire. With Eruptions running off of Base 130 Special Attack with Heat Wave for later on in the match, Heatran is definitely a strong contender for any Trick Room team that needs to deal damage fast and hard.


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    Parasect
    Type: Grass / Bug
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 95 Atk / 80 Def / 60 SpA / 80 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Effect Spore / Dry Skin / Damp

    Parasect works almost exactly like Amoonguss, but trades more bulk and better defensive typing for a better offensive movepool and a stellar ability in the form of Dry Skin. With Dry Skin, Parasect is the perfect partner for Trick Room abusers who love throwing around Surfs all day long. Notable partners include Slowking and Slowbro who can set up Trick Room on their own or Politoed if using a team that focuses on both Rain and Trickroom.

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    Conkeldurr
    Type: Fighting
    Base Stats: 105 HP / 140 Atk / 95 Def / 55 SpA / 65 SpD / 45 Spe
    Abilities: Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist (Unreleased)

    Conkeldurr faces stiff competition from Hariyama for a slot on a Trick Room team, but it has quite a few things to set it apart. Though it may lack the utility of Fake Out and the raw power of Close Combat, Conkeldurr makes up for it with sky high attack and Mach Punch. With Mach Punch at the ready, Conkeldurr works well in and out of Trick Room, slaughtering opponents like Abomasnow and Terrakion. Drain Punch is also very useful for recovering off the damage a burn from a Flame Orb will inflict and means Conkeldurr will be sticking around for much longer than Hariyama.

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    Lickilicky
    Type: Normal
    Base Stats: 110 HP / 85 Atk / 95 Def / 80 SpA / 95 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Own Tempo / Oblivious / Cloud Nine

    Lickilicky brings a lot to the table; good stats all around with a low speed to abuse Trick Room, some of the weirdest coverage options around, a stellar anti-weather ability, and the only STAB Explosion in the game worth using. Though it doesn't dish out and take hits as well as other Pokemon, it's still an option to consider if you need a bit of extra defense against weather. Imagining Lickilicky's innards being thrown around to KO the opponent is also a funny idea to think about whenever you command it to explode.

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    Gastrodon
    Type: Water / Ground
    Base Stats: 111 HP / 83 Atk / 68 Def / 92 SpA / 82 SpD / 39 Spe
    Abilities: Sticky Hold / Storm Drain / Sand Force

    Find your Trick Room team struggling against Rain? Gastrodon is a solid option to help slow down their torrential offense. With Storm Drain, every Surf your opponent uses will be powering up the little sea slug, allowing him to net a surprising number of KOs. As long is Gastrodon is in play, your opponent's Rain team will usually be resorting to single target attacks to knock out Gastrodon, cushioning the rest of the team from harsh Water-type blows.
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    Porygon2
    Type: Normal
    Base Stats: 85 HP / 80 Atk / 90 Def / 105 SpA / 95 SpD / 60 Spe
    Abilities: Trace / Download / Analytic

    Porygon2 is easily one of the bulkiest Pokemon to ever set foot on the field of battle. With only one weakness, ridiculous defenses with Eviolite, and a vast movepool, Porygon2 can serve a multitude of roles, from a bulky supporter to a sturdy special attacker. If you're looking for a great Trick Room setup Pokemon that isn't Cresselia, this is your guy.

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    Gigalith
    Type: Rock
    Base Stats: 85 HP / 135 Atk / 130 Def / 60 SpA / 70 SpD / 25 Spe
    Abilities: Sturdy / Sand Force (Unreleased)

    With a monstrous 135 base Attack stat and low 25 Speed, Gigalith has everything it needs to succeed in Trick Room. It has a low movepool, making it quite predictable, but its ability Sturdy makes sure it will never gets OHKOd, and its powerful STAB Rock Slides can cause a huge ruckus on the field of battle.

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    Metagross
    Type: Steel / Psychic
    Base Stats: 80 HP / 135 Atk / 130 Def / 95 SpA / 90 SpD / 70 Spe
    Abilities: Clear Body / Light Metal

    Metagross is one of the rare Trick Room Pokemon that can do extremely well in and out of Trick Room. With an absolutely massive movepool and huge 135 Attack stat, it can counter a ton of Pokemon, and it's very unpredictable as a result. Metagross is also deceptively sturdy, immune to Intimidate and boasting a fantastic typing with great defenses. Even when Trick Room runs out after 5 turns, Metagross can do solid work.

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    Snorlax
    Type: Normal
    Base Stats: 160 HP / 110 Atk / 65 Def / 65 SpA / 110 SpD / 30 Spe
    Abilities: Immunity / Thick Fat / Gluttony (Unreleased)

    The tubby Pokemon itself seems prime-made for Trick Room. Able to wall a ton of Pokemon with its ability, Thick Fat, and having fantastic 110 Attack with a huge movepool, the only thing that makes Snorlax less used is its crippling weakness to common physical Fighting-type moves such as Close Combat and Drain Punch. Despite this, Snorlax a largely underrated threat in Trick Room.

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    Hariyama
    Type: Fighting
    Base Stats: 144 HP / 120 Atk / 60 Def / 40 SpA / 60 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Thick Fat / Guts / Sheer Force

    Hariyama is probably the best lead to use in a Trick Room team alongside the setup Pokemon. With access to Fake Out and fantastic bulk, it makes sure its partner can easily set up Trick Room, but its usage only rises from there. Holding a Flame Orb, its Guts ability will activate, making its STAB Close Combat and other physical moves such as Rock Slide and Bullet Punch very, very scary. All of these attributes add up to one of the best and most popular Trick Room Pokemon out there.

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    Marowak
    Type: Ground
    Base Stats: 60 HP / 80 Atk / 110 Def / 50 SpA / 80 SpD / 45 Spe
    Abilities: Rock Head / Lightningrod / Battle Armor (Unreleased)

    One look at Marowak's stat will most likely having one question why they would ever want to use it at all. However, Marowak's exclusive item, Thick Club, doubles its attack stat, reaching near-legendary status. It then has access to the most powerful STAB Earthquake in the entire metagame, and it can also support its teammates with Lightningrod. Marowak is definitely one Pokemon you should always consider when making a Trick Room team.

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    Eelektross
    Type: Electric
    Base Stats: 85 HP / 115 Atk / 80 Def / 105 SpA / 80 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Levitate

    The most unique aspect about Eelektross is that it has no weaknesses, meaning that it really doesn't have much to worry about except for STAB attacks. With fantastic Attack stats on both sides, Eelektross can effectively run physical, special, or mixed sets, and has a wide enough movepool to do so. This makes Eelektross one of the most unpredictable Pokemon in the metagame.

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    Sableye
    Type: Dark / Ghost
    Base Stats: 50 HP / 75 Atk / 75 Def / 65 SpA / 65 SpD / 50 Spe
    Abilities: Keen Eye / Stall / Prankster

    Sableye has been blessed with one of the best abilities in the entire game with Black and White: Prankster. Being the only Prankster Pokemon with access to Will-o-Wisp, it is one of the best support Pokemon out there, able to completely shut down many physical attackers in a manner of seconds. Sableye can also do many other things, such as passing on a Lagging Tail to a foe with Trick, and having access to Fake Out, making it a fantastic lead to run. Add on the fact that Sableye has no weaknesses and you have one of the most annoying Pokemon to face, and one that can do a lot of work even out of Trick Room.

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