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Vullaby (Little Cup Analysis) (GP 3/3)

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  1. Furai

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    [Overview]

    <p>Thanks to its mixed bulk and great defensive typing, Vullaby makes an excellent addition to any Little Cup team. Although it has lackluster offensive stats, Vullaby's decent Speed and great STAB moves make up for it. In addition, Vullaby's broad movepool makes it incredibly versatile; access to moves such as Roost, Toxic, and Taunt give it the ability to support your teammates time and time again. By no means is Vullaby indestructible, though; faster Taunt users shut support sets down completely, and Steel-types wall sets lacking Hidden Power Fire. Nevertheless, with the right support, Vullaby can prove to be quite the tough nut to crack.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Defensive
    move 1: Toxic
    move 2: Taunt
    move 3: Roost
    move 4: Knock Off / Whirlwind / Hidden Power Fire
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Big Pecks
    nature: Bold
    EVs: 36 HP / 236 Def / 236 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>A combination of Vullably's sublime mixed bulk combined with Eviolite allows it to run a very effective defensive set, as it can keep many common threats in check. Roost is a reliable form of recovery, and paired with Toxic, Knock Off, and Taunt, Vullaby can remove thee opponent's Eviolite, cripple them with Toxic, force them to attack with Taunt, and simply heal off the damage with Roost. Taunt also serves to shut down boosting sweepers and entry hazard users which try to setup on Vullaby. Whirlwind and Hidden Power Fire are also viable alternatives for the last moveslot; while the former helps to rack up entry hazard damage, the latter provides Vullaby with an offensive option against the Steel-types that otherwise wall it.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is very simple, maximizing both of Vullaby's defenses give it an excellent defensive spread of 23 / 27 / 24. Hidden Power Fighting is an option over Hidden Power Fire in order to OHKO Pawniard, but Hidden Power Fire still snags the 2HKO and hits the more popular Ferroseed much harder. Big Pecks is the preferred ability here as any weather damage can be Roosted off, while any decrease in Vullaby's defenses undermines the effectiveness of this set.</p>

    <p>This set is designed to survive as long as possible, spreading Toxic among your opponent's Pokemon, knocking off items, and occasionally nabbing a KO off Toxic damage. Because of the switches it can force, Vullaby greatly appreciates entry hazard support; a set running Whirlwind can capitalize on this even further. This set has a dreadful weakness to Taunt coming off anything that resists Fire, so Magic Bounce Natu makes an excellent partner, bouncing the oppoistion's Taunt right back and safely U-turning back to Vullaby.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Brave Bird
    move 2: Punishment
    move 3: U-turn
    move 4: Hidden Power Fire
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Jolly
    EVs: 36 HP / 240 Atk / 200 Spe
    IVs: 30 Atk / 30 SpA / 30 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With a Choice Scarf equipped, Vullaby becomes an excellent revenge killer for some of the most prominent sweepers in the metagame. Brave Bird OHKOes Dragon Dance Scraggy, and takes a large chunk out of anything that doesn't resist it. Punishment serves as a secondary STAB, dealing heavy damage to set-up sweepers. U-turn always works well on a Choice Scarf set, allowing Vullaby to scout for potential counters. Hidden Power Fire rounds off the moveset, providing much-needed coverage on Steel-types such as Ferroseed.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>With maximum Speed and a Jolly nature, Vullaby reaches 16 Speed, outrunning +1 Scraggy thanks to the Choice Scarf boost. Attack is maximized, and the remaining EVs are placed into HP to make taking strong priority moves easier. It should be noted, however, that Choice Scarf Chinchou Speed ties with this set and can OHKO with STAB Thunderbolt.</p>

    <p>This set is specifically made for revenge killing Scraggy, so a team that struggles with the lizard appreciates this set greatly. Unfortunately, Vullaby has a dreadful fear of Chinchou, so teammates which can handle it are needed. Hone Claws Diglett is a great option; it can switch into Thunderbolt and proceed to go to +6 / +6 behind a Substitute while your opponent quivers in fear. This Vullaby also serves as an excellent ghostbuster, as any Dark-type move with STAB behind it can easily OHKO Gastly.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Nasty Plot
    move 1: Nasty Plot
    move 2: Dark Pulse
    move 3: Air Slash
    move 4: Roost
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Overcoat
    nature: Timid / Modest
    EVs: 36 Hp/ 236 SpA / 196 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set takes advantage of Vullaby's acess to Nasty Plot, giving it the power it needs to potentially sweep. The idea is to switch in on something that Vullaby can scare off, and then Nasty Plot on the switch. Air Slash and Dark Pulse are two reliable STAB moves, hitting a wide range of threats pretty hard after a boost. Both moves also come with a nifty chance to flinch the foe, which can prove to be game-changing. Again, Roost serves as a reliable form of recovery.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>With a Timid nature and the given EVs, Vullaby hits a daunting 28 SpA after one Nasty Plot. A Timid nature and maximum Speed EVs give Vullaby 16 Speed, putting it above many unboosted common threats, such as Scraggy. Eviolite is a must here, as it provides the bulk necessary to pull off a Roost when necessary. Overcoat is chosen over Big Pecks in order to prevent sandstorm from cutting your sweep short.</p>

    <p>Wynaut makes a good partner for this set, as it can give your Vullaby a free turn or two to set up Nasty Plot safely. This set has trouble dealing with opposing Steel-types that resist both STAB attacks, so Vullaby appreciates Pokemon like Magnemite which can trap and eliminate them beforehand. Magnemite also has nice type synergy with Vullaby; it laughs at the Rock-, Electric-, and Ice-type attacks that threaten to knock Vullaby out of the sky, while Vullaby is immune to any Ground-type attacks that threaten Magnemite if it doesn't run Magnet Rise.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Vullaby doesn't have many options other than those listed. Foul Play is nearly useless in LC, and the decline of Oran Berry usage makes Pluck seem very weak in comparison to Brave Bird. Mean Look, Taunt, and Toxic can make a good trapping set, but its use is very situational.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Steel-types are Vullaby's best checks, as they wall any Vullaby without Hidden Power Fire, resist both of Vullaby's STABs, and are immune to Toxic. Magnemite should be noted becuase it can strike Vullaby back with a super effective STAB boosted Thunderbolt. Poison-types are also immune to Toxic and resist U-turn, but they have trouble countering the Choice Scarf set effectively due to the damage output of a neutral Brave Bird. Staryu doesn't care about being poisoned due to Natural Cure, and his ability to heal off the damage by using Recover and smack Vullaby with super effective Thunderbolt or Ice Beam. Chinchou falls in the same boat as well, being able to cure Toxic with Heal Bell and hit you with STAB Thunderbolt or Volt Switch, but Chinchou cannot heal itself reliably. Larvitar is another great counter, as it would actually enjoy the poison because of Guts and will simply smack you with Guts-boosted STAB Stone Edge or Rock Slide. Lileep doesn't like being poisoned or Taunted at all, but it can poison you and Recover off the damage it has taken. Under sandstorm, Lileep's Special Defensive is multiplied by 1.5, making it a solid counter to the Nasty Plot set.</p>

    [Dream World]

    <p>Vullaby receives Weak Armor from the Dream World, which lowers its Defense and raises its Speed when hit by a physical attack. This is completely useless on the Defensive set, but it could work on the Nasty Plot set as you could go +2 SpA / +1 Spe, which is definetly frightening. However, it makes you much weaker to priority moves which are very common in the Little Cup metagame.</p>
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    [Overview]

    <p>With fantastic defensive stats and a decent amount of HP, Vullaby makes an good addition to any Little Cup team. Its offensive stats are somewhat low, but it has a good amount of Speed and its typing gives it two STAB attacks, which would cover it up easily. Its movepool is great, varying from Physical, Special, and it receives some boosting moves as well. Seeing how many good things it has going for it, Vullaby can be put on almost any team, and it could be used in many different ways Vullably makes a good addition to any Little Cup team with its fantastic mixed bulk and defensive typing. Lackluster offensive stats do not prove to be much of a hindrance either, as it pretty much makes up for this with its decent Speed and access to two great STAB attacks. A wide movepool which grants Vullably access to useful support options such as Roost, Taunt, Toxic, and Knock Off as well as boosting moves such as Nasty Plot helps immensely too, giving it a fair amount of versatility. By no means is Vullaby indestructible, though; faster Taunt users shut support sets down completely, and Steel-types wall sets lacking Hidden Power Fire completely. Nevertheless, with the right support, Vullaby can prove to be quite the tough nut to crack.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Defensive
    move 1: Toxic
    move 2: Taunt
    move 3: Roost
    move 4: Knock Off / Whirlwind / Hidden Power Fire
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Big Pecks
    nature: Impish
    EVs: 36 HP / 236 Def / 236 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Vullaby makes for a nearly impenetrable wall, on both the physical and special side, and this set attempts to make the best use of his massive defenses. The EVs are poured into both defenses in order to max them out, with the remainder going to Hp in order to add a bit more bulk. If running Hidden Power Fire, an IV spread with 30 Atk/SpA/Spd is necessary. (PO sets the IVs automatically) Vullably's sublime mixed bulk with Eviolite allows it to run a very effective defensive set, as it can keep many common threats in check. Roost is a reliable form of recovery and can be very annoying for opposing walls when matched paired with Toxic, and Knock Off, and Taunt, as Vullaby can remove their Eviolite, cripple them with Toxic, force them to attack with Taunt, and simply heal off the damage with Roost. Taunt also serves to shut down boosting sweepers and entry hazard users which try to set up on Vullaby. Whirlwind and Hidden Power Fire are also viable alternatives for the last moveslot; while the former helps to rack up entry hazard damage, the latter provides Vullaby with an offensive option against the Steel-types that otherwise completely wall it.</p>
    (Note that the EV spread, item, ability etc should only be discussed in AC.)
    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p> Vullaby has very solid defensive stats, reaching 23/18/16 with the given stats which means 23/27/24 factoring in Eviolite. The EV spread is very simple, maximizing both of Vullaby's defenses with the remaining EVs thrown into HP; with Eviolite, Vullaby thus has excellent 23 / 27 / 24 defensive stats. Hidden Power Fighting is an option over Hidden Power Fire in order to OHKO Pawniard, although though Hidden Power Fire still snags the 2HKO and hits the more popular Ferroseed much harder. Big Pecks is the preferred ability here as any weather damage can be Roosted off, while and any decrease in Vullaby’s defenses undermines the purpose effectiveness of this set.</p>

    <p>This set functions best in long matches, spreading Toxic among your opponent's Pokemon, knocking off items, and occasionally nabbing a KO off Toxic damage. Because of the switches it can force, Vullaby greatly appreciates entry hazard support; a set running Whirlwind can capitalize on this even further. This set has a dreadful weakness to Taunt coming off anything that resists Fire, so Magic Bounce Natu makes an excellent partner, bouncing their Taunt right back at them and safely U-turning back to Vullaby.</p>
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    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Brave Bird
    move 2: Punishment
    move 3: U-turn
    move 4: Hidden Power Fire
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Jolly
    EVs: 36 HP / 240 Atk / 200 Spe
    IVs: 30 Atk / 30 SpA/ 30 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With a Choice Scarf equipped, Vullaby becomes an excellent revenge killer for some of the most prominent sweepers in the LC metagame. The EVs follow the same pattern as the Nasty Plot set, except utilizing attack over special attack. Since this set is running Hidden Power Fire, an IV spread with 30 Atk/SpA/Spd is necessary. A Jolly nature is necessary here over Adamant in order to maximize speed. Brave Bird OHKOes Dragon Dance Scraggy, as well as taking a large chunk out of anything that doesn't resist it. Punishment KOs any sweeper brave enough to boost more than once, serves as a secondary STAB, dealing heavy damage to set-up sweepers. while U-turn as always works well on a Choice Scarf set, allowing Vullaby to scout for potential counters. Hidden Power Fire rounds off the moveset, providing much-needed coverage on Steel-types such as Ferroseed that would otherwise wall Vullaby cold is used to deal with the steels that would otherwise wall this set, most notably Ferroseed.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>With maximum Speed and a Jolly nature, Vullaby reaches 16 Speed, allowing a Scarfed Set to outrunning a +1 Scraggy thanks to the Choice Scarf boost. Attack is maximized, and the remaining EVs are placed in HP to reduce fear of strong priority moves make taking strong priority moves easier. It should be noted, however, that Choice Scarf Chinchou Speed ties with this set and can OHKO with STAB Thunderbolt.</p>

    <p>This set is specifically made for revenge killing Scraggy, so a team that struggles with the lizard appreciates this set greatly. Unfortunately, Vullaby has a dreadful fear of Chinchou, so teammates which can handle it are needed. Luckily, the perfect counter to Choice Scarf Chinchou was created in Hone Claws Diglett is a great option; it He can switch into the choiced Thunderbolt aimed at Vullaby and proceed to go +6 / +6 behind a Substitute while your opponent quivers in fear. This Vullaby also serves as an excellent ghostbuster, as any dark move with STAB behind it can easily OHKO Gastly.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Nasty Plot
    move 1: Nasty Plot
    move 2: Dark Pulse
    move 3: Air Slash
    move 4: Roost
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Overcoat
    nature: Timid / Modest
    EVs: 36 Hp/ 236 SpA / 196 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set takes advantage of Vullaby’s best boosting move, giving it the power it needs to potentially sweep. The idea is to switch in on something that Vullaby can scare off, and then Nasty Plot on the switch. The EVs here are the standard of most sweepers, with special attack and speed maxed out. The remaining EVs go into Hp in order to help ward off strong priority attacks. Timid grants some much needed speed, while Modest maxes out the damage coming of Vullaby's duel STAB attacks. Air Slash has excellent coverage in LC when paired with Dark Pulse and both moves have the handy chance of flinching the opponent. Air Slash and Dark Pulse are the two reliable STAB moves, hitting a wide range of threats pretty hard after a boost; both moves also come with a nifty chance to flinch the foe, which can prove to be game-changing. Roost serves again as a reliable form of recovery.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>With the a Timid nature and the given EVs, Vullaby hits a daunting 28 SpA after one Nasty Plot. A Timid nature and maximum Speed EVs give Vullaby 16 Speed, putting it above many unboosted common threats, such as Scraggy before a Dragon Dance. Eviolite is a must here, as it provides the bulk necessary to pull off a Roost when necessary. Overcoat is chosen over Big Pecks in order to prevent sandstorm from cutting short your sweep.</p>

    <p>Wynaut makes a good partner for this set, as he it can do what Wynaut does best and give your Vullaby a free turn or two to set up Nasty Plot safely. This set can have trouble dealing with the Steel-types, which who resist both STAB attacks, so Vullaby appreciates Pokemon like Magnemite who which can trap and eliminate them beforehand. Magnemite also has nice type synergy with Vullaby; it laughs at the Rock-, Electric-, and Ice-type attacks that threaten to knock Vullaby out of the sky, while Vullaby is immune to any Ground-type attacks that threaten Magnemite if it doesn’t run Magnet Rise.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Vullaby doesn’t have many options other than those provided, listed owing to its rather shallow movepool. Foul Play is nearly useless in LC, and the decline of Oran Berry usage makes Pluck seem very weak in comparison to Brave Bird. Mean Look, Taunt, and Toxic can make a good trapping set, but its use is very situational.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Steel-types are Vullaby's best checks, as they wall any Vullaby without Hidden Power Fire, as they resist both STABs and are immune to Toxic, so Magnemite makes for an excellent match. Magnemite also has nice type synergy with Vullaby. Magnemite laughs in the face of the Rock, Electric, and Ice attacks that threaten to knock Vullaby out of the sky, while Vullaby is immune to any ground type attacks that could be aimed at your Magnemite if it doesn’t run Magnet Rise. Poison-types are also immune to Toxic and resist U-turn, but they can have trouble countering the Choice Scarf set effectively due to the damage potential of a neutral Brave Bird. Diglett also pairs well with Vullaby if your team fears Chinchou. Hone Claws Diglett can switch into the choiced Thunderbolt aimed at Vullaby and proceed to go +6/ +6 behind a substitute while your opponent quivers in fear.</p> (Please do not discuss a Pokemon's teammates in the Checks and Counters section - that is what AC is for. This section is also very short at the moment, so expand it and PM me so that I can go over it and post again here.)


    Not a bad job, but there is definitely scope for improvement. Browse through some well-written on-site analyses [such as those of user Honko's], read some useful threads such as the Analysis Formatting Guide and the Spelling and Grammar Standards article, and I am sure that you will be fine.

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    so why is the defensive set running impish with no physical moves

    bold reduces confusion damage and increases hp fire damage
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    Just C/Ped the text from mestrule's thread, didn't go over it yet. Will change this with the GP, thanks!
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    Couple of things - change the tag to (Copyediting), and it's only GP (0 / 2) as of now, since I am yet to complete my GP Check.
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    Implemented Calm Pokemaster's GP check.


    ALL GP MEMBERS, DO NOT CHECK THIS.
    I want to go over the analysis and look for stuff that Mestrule has forgotten, please wait until I say it's good. Shouldn't take too long.
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    [Overview]

    <p>Vullably makes a good addition to any Little Cup team due to with its fantastic mixed bulk and defensive typing. Lackluster offensive stats do not prove to be much of a hindrance either, as it pretty much makes up for these this with its decent Speed and access to two great STAB attacks. A wide movepool which grants Vullably access to useful support options such as Roost, Taunt, Toxic, and Knock Off, (comma) as well as boosting moves such as Nasty Plot helps immensely too, giving it a fair amount of versatility. By no means is Vullaby indestructible, though; faster Taunt users shut support sets down completely, and Steel-types wall sets lacking Hidden Power Fire completely. Nevertheless, with the right support, Vullaby can prove to be quite the tough nut to crack.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Defensive
    move 1: Toxic
    move 2: Taunt
    move 3: Roost
    move 4: Knock Off / Whirlwind / Hidden Power Fire
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Big Pecks
    nature: Bold
    EVs: 36 HP / 236 Def / 236 SpD

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Vullably's sublime mixed bulk with Eviolite allows it to run a very effective defensive set, as it can keep many common threats in check. Roost is a reliable form of recovery and can be very annoying for opposing walls when paired with Toxic, Knock Off, and Taunt, as Vullaby can remove their Eviolite, cripple them with Toxic, force them to attack with Taunt, and simply heal off the damage with Roost. Taunt also serves to shut down boosting sweepers and entry hazard users which try to setup on Vullaby. Whirlwind and Hidden Power Fire are also viable alternatives for the last moveslot; while the former helps to rack up entry hazard damage, the latter provides Vullaby with an offensive option against the Steel-types that otherwise completely wall it.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is very simple, maximizing both of Vullaby's defenses with the remaining EVs thrown into HP; with Eviolite, Vullaby thus has excellent 23 / 27 / 24 defensive stats. Hidden Power Fighting is an option over Hidden Power Fire in order to OHKO Pawniard, but though Hidden Popwer Fire still snags the 2HKO and hits the more popular Ferroseed much harder. Big Pecks is the preferred ability here as any weather damage can be Roosted off, while any decrease in Vullaby’s defenses undermines the effectiveness of this set.</p>

    <p>This set functions best in long matches, spreading Toxic among your opponent's Pokemon, knocking off items, and occasionally nabbing a KO off Toxic damage. Because of the switches it can force, Vullaby greatly appreciates entry hazard support; a set running Whirlwind can capitalize on this even further. This set has a dreadful weakness to Taunt coming off anything that resists Fire, so Magic Bounce Natu makes an excellent partner, bouncing their opposition's Taunt right back and safely U-turning back to Vullaby.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Brave Bird
    move 2: Punishment
    move 3: U-turn
    move 4: Hidden Power Fire
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Jolly
    EVs: 36 HP / 240 Atk / 200 Spe
    IVs: 30 Atk / 30 SpA / 30 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With a Choice Scarf equipped, Vullaby becomes an excellent revenge killer for some of the most prominent sweepers in the metagame. Brave Bird OHKOes Dragon Dance Scraggy, and takes as well as taking a large chunk out of anything that doesn't resist it. Punishment serves as a secondary STAB, dealing heavy damage to set-up sweepers. U-turn as always works well on a Choice Scarf set, allowing Vullaby to scout for potential counters. Hidden Power Fire rounds off the moveset, providing much-needed coverage on Steel-types such as Ferroseed that would otherwise wall Vullaby cold.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>With maximum Speed and a Jolly nature, Vullaby reaches 16 Speed, outrunning a +1 Scraggy thanks to the Choice Scarf boost. Attack is maximized, and the remaining EVs are placed in HP to make taking strong priority moves easier. It should be noted,(space)however, that Choice Scarf Chinchou Speed ties with this set and can OHKO with STAB Thunderbolt.</p>

    <p>This set is specifically made for revenge killing Scraggy, so a team that struggles with the lizard appreciates this set greatly. Unfortunately, Vullaby has a dreadful fear of Chinchou, so teammates which can handle it are needed. Hone Claws Diglett is a great option; it can switch into Thunderbolt and proceed to go to +6 / +6 behind a Substitute while your opponent quivers in fear. This Vullaby also serves as an excellent ghostbuster, as any dDark-(hyphen)type move with STAB behind it can easily OHKO Gastly.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Nasty Plot
    move 1: Nasty Plot
    move 2: Dark Pulse
    move 3: Air Slash
    move 4: Roost
    item: Eviolite
    ability: Overcoat
    nature: Timid / Modest
    EVs: 36 Hp/ 236 SpA / 196 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set takes advantage of Vullaby’s best boosting move, giving it the power it needs to potentially sweep. The idea is to switch in on something that Vullaby can scare off, and then Nasty Plot on the switch. Air Slash and Dark Pulse are the two reliable STAB moves, hitting a wide range of threats pretty hard after a boost; both moves also come with a nifty chance to flinch the foe, which can prove to be game-changing. Roost serves again as a reliable form of recovery.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>With the a Timid nature and the given EVs, Vullaby hits a daunting 28 SpA after one Nasty Plot. A Timid nature and maximum Speed EVs give Vullaby 16 Speed, putting it above many unboosted common threats, such as Scraggy. Eviolite is a must here, as it provides the bulk necessary to pull off a Roost when necessary. Overcoat is chosen over Big Pecks in order to prevent sandstorm from cutting short your sweep.</p>

    <p>Wynaut makes a good partner for this set, as it can give your Vullaby a free turn or two to set up Nasty Plot safely. This set can have trouble dealing with the Steel-types, which resist both STAB attacks, so Vullaby appreciates Pokemon like Magnemite which can trap and eliminate them beforehand. Magnemite also has nice type synergy with Vullaby; it laughs at the Rock-, Electric-, and Ice-type attacks that threaten to knock Vullaby out of the sky, while Vullaby is immune to any Ground-type attacks that threaten Magnemite if it doesn’t run Magnet Rise.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Vullaby doesn’t have many options other than those listed because of owing to its rather shallow movepool. Foul Play is nearly useless in LC, and the decline of Oran Berry usage makes Pluck seem very weak in comparison to Brave Bird. Mean Look, Taunt, and Toxic can make a good trapping set, but its use is very situational.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Steel-types are Vullaby's best checks, as they wall any Vullaby without Hidden Power Fire, as they resist both of Vullaby's STABs and are immune to Toxic. Magnemite is should be specially noted becuase it can strike Vullaby back with a super effective STAB boosted Thunderbolt. Poison-types are also immune to Toxic and resist U-turn, but they can have trouble countering the Choice Scarf set effectively due to the damage potential of a neutral Brave Bird. Staryu doesn't care at all about being poisoned due to his ability Natural Cure, (comma)and his ability to can heal off the damage by using Recover and smack Vullaby with super effective Thunderbolt or Ice Beam. Chinchou falls in the same boat as well, being able to cure Toxic with Heal Bell and hit you with STAB Thunderbolt or Volt Switch, but Chinchou cannot heal itself reliably. Larvitar is another great counter, as it would actually enjoy to the poison because of Guts and will simply smack you with Guts-boosted STAB Stone Edge or Rock Slide. Lileep doesn't like being poisoned or Taunted at all, but it can poison you as well and Recover off the damage it has taken. Plus, under Ssandstorm, Lileep's Special Defensive is multipliedes by 1.5, making it a solid counter to the Nasty Plot set.</p>


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    Okay, I think I'm good. Mestrule covered pretty much everything, only that he forgot a few Counters. Ready for GP check #2!
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    Be careful when adding in checks please. This is GP check 3/3, I thought it needed another one.
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    Alright, implemented the check. Thanks a lot Komodo!

    Good to upload.
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