Viability Analysis: Toucannon in UU

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Credit to UmbreoNoctie for the image.

Table of Contents:
1. Introduction to Toucannon
2. How this bird could shape the meta
3. Recommended Sets that I run
4. Checks and Counters

1. Hello everyone! My name is LuckyTux and I’ve been playing competitive Pokémon since December of 2016 and am here to showcase usage of a NU poke with devestating potential in UU.
Toucannon is an interesting Pokémon. With a base speed of 60, you probably ask “why give this mon a shot”? Toucannon gets a move called “Beak Blast” and it ruins all of the physical attackers in the game.

2. When people tend to think of UU, they think of Mega Beedrill, Mega Sharpedo, and Mega Aerodactyl- all of which who are crippled by burn. However, the pokes are so fast that they are hard to burn but that’s where a Toucannon comes in.

The move beak Blast is a decreased priority move with a bonus that, if the user is damaged by a move that makes contact. Likewise, Toucannon can also deal successful damage after countering the Pokémon with the flying-type move.

Beedrill vs Toucannon:
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen7uu-663627856

252+ Atk Toucannon Beak Blast vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Beedrill-Mega: 684-806 (252.3 - 297.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Sharpedo vs Toucannon:
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen7uu-663627446

(252+ Atk Toucannon Beak Blast vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Sharpedo: 345-406 (122.7 - 144.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO)

3. In the USUM meta, I run the following set:


Toucannon @ King's Rock
Ability: Keen Eye
EVs: 8 HP / 252 Atk / 248 Def
Adamant Nature
- Beak Blast
- Rock Blast
- Bullet Seed
- U-turn

>It is able to paraflinch slower pokemon with rockblast and bullet seed
>Beak Blast is for burning, STAB, and decreased priority.
>U-turn makes it viable on voltturn squads.

4. Nevertheless, there are checks and counters to the bird itself:

Mega Aerodactyl: Due to its outrageous speed, powerful rock type STAB, and tough claws boost, mega aerodactyl’s stone edge OHKOs Toucannon. Toucannon would need to be sac’d to burn the sweeper.

Raikou, Mega Manectric, and a Rotom-W: Due to their higher base speeds and powerful electric type stab, these special attackers check Toucannon, forcing a swap.

Infernape, Entei, and Darmanitan: Due to their fire type and higher base speeds, these fire types are unaffected by beak blast’s secondary effect and are able to take it down with powerful attacks; nevertheless, rock blast can chip them down enough to be taken down by an ally.

Thanks for reading! Have fun trying out this crazy poke!
Tux
 
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Two things. First, you need moderator permission to post threads in this forum. Second, you have literally no reason to use this thing because all of its niches are shit. It's slow, relatively weak, doesn't have much in the way of STAB attacks, and just shouldn't be used over stronger, faster, more reliable flying types.
 
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