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  1. necrobones

    Metagame Broken Record

    Hatterene (F) @ TR44 Ability: Magic Bounce EVs: 252 HP / 200 Def / 56 Spe Bold Nature IVs: 0 Atk - Stored Power - Dazzling Gleam / Nuzzle - Rest - Sleep Talk / Nuzzle Look upon this and weep. Cosmic Power Hatterene becomes very difficult to stop very quickly: it is immune to...
  2. necrobones

    Metagame Alphabet Cup

    Can confirm, Silvally in any forme will not validate with T moves if it's holding a memory. I was trying to run Taunt on my Silvally-Fairy to stop defoggers when I encountered this. I assume this is an oversight? On another note, here's a fun team I've been laddering with to (surprisingly) good...
  3. necrobones

    Metagame Alphabet Cup

    Few sets I came up with that I'm looking forward to trying in the following month, ranging from potential meta staple to fun niche mon: Arcanine @ Heavy-Duty Boots Ability: Flash Fire / Intimidate EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe Adamant / Jolly Nature - Flare Blitz - Grav Apple -...
  4. necrobones

    Metagame Bonus Type

    Well for one, it does take advantage of them; I mentioned it's more free to run other items but it's ALSO far easier to switch in due to status immunities and new resistances/immunities: Ground can switch in on threats like Tapu Koko and Magnezone, Steel gets opportunities against Blissey and...
  5. necrobones

    Metagame Bonus Type

    I'm not 100% convinced it's banworthy but - Blissey isn't a good answer alone, SubRoost Kyurem sits on it forever stacking up metronome boosts and PP stalling it. Needs to be paired with something that can be teleported in on Kyurem behind Sub like Melmetal or CM Clef. Viable hard answers to it...
  6. necrobones

    Metagame Bonus Type

    Recently used this team in a tour in the OM room, figured I'd share it here. Defensive core is pretty standard stuff. Poison Mandibuzz is a super good catch-all special wall, and a great pivot against Spectrier as well. Also beats Rillaboom quite handily. Fairy Toxapex is a hard counter to...
  7. necrobones

    Metagame Sketchmons

    Dracozolt's claim to fame is its speed. Without it, it's just another breaker in a sea of better, more consistent breakers like Landorus-T, Nidoking, Tapu Lele, etc. Running it with so little speed is like running a special Dragonite: sure, you could, and it technically works if you're willing...
  8. necrobones

    Metagame Sketchmons

    You have to get it in under sand. Easier said than done, with its meager defensive profile and poor longevity granting it few opportunities to get in - you have to set Sand (likely with Tyranitar, who generally doesn't run Smooth Rock although I suppose it's more free to do so in Sketch), switch...
  9. necrobones

    Metagame Sketchmons

    If you're running 252+ attack and 200 special attack, you aren't running nearly enough speed for Dracozolt to accomplish much of anything. Keep in mind, Dracozolt is only particularly threatening if it's moving first due to the mechanics of Bolt Beak. Dracozolt in general suffers from being...
  10. necrobones

    Metagame Sketchmons

    Magearna can use Doom Desire on its pivoting sets, giving up its ability to beat either Ground types or Clefable/other Magearna in order to support teammates that struggle breaking through the likes of Tyranitar, Clefable or Kyurem. Bisharp can sketch Power Whip to beat on bulky grounds. This...
  11. necrobones

    Metagame Sketchmons

    I mentioned Nidoking and Zapdos-Galar for pretty much this reason: they're both as unwallable as Urshifu normally is, barring kanto Zapdos for the latter, and both love setup moves for the same reasons as Urshifu. It gives them the speed to answer faster threats they can't normally beat, and/or...
  12. necrobones

    Metagame Sketchmons

    I'm kind of surprised how many people in this thread seem to want Urshifu-SS gone when pretty much any offensive ground with Bolt Strike or some other strong coverage does the same thing as it. Mamoswine, Landorus-Therian, Garchomp and Excadrill are all just as hard to answer defensively, as are...
  13. necrobones

    Metagame Bonus Type

    Weakness and resistance is multiplicative, so that Ferrothorn would have an 8x weakness to Fire, or you could have a Fire-type Corviknight with an 8x Bug resistance. And speaking of Bug... Bug (Incineroar) @ Heavy-Duty Boots Ability: Intimidate EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpD (there's...
  14. necrobones

    Metagame Pokébilities

    I'm not sure how a bunch of things that you would use anyway are "a lot of work." Phasing and Haze/Clear Smog are useful for every single setup sweeper (Magearna, Reuniclus, Kommo-o etc.), (Galarian) Weezing is one of the best physical walls around, and all of those breakers are excellent...
  15. necrobones

    Metagame Pokébilities

    Phasing, Haze/Clear Smog, Neutralizing Gas + Toxic (Spikes), and powerful breakers like Obstagoon, Conkeldurr (Facade does 60-70% to physdef and Poison Jab OHKOs), Magnezone, Nidoking/queen and Alolan Marowak are all great ways of keeping Clefable in check. While I do think Clefable is...
  16. necrobones

    Metagame Pokébilities

    Dracozolt. Clefable. Reuniclus. Conkeldurr. These are the 4 obvious fronts of the metagame for now that every team needs to be very, very well prepared for. Two of them are absolutely nuclear breakers, while the other 2 are excellent Calm Mind wincons with a great defensive presence and some...
  17. necrobones

    Metagame Max Berries: A Genetically Modified Metagame

    Out of these, I think I'd be happiest seeing Unnerve go - it's not only imo the most impactful of these counters (though Pluck/Bug Bite and Knock Off are close seconds), but also the one that would have the least collateral damage if it were removed: Galvantula is really the only mon I can think...
  18. necrobones

    Metagame Max Berries: A Genetically Modified Metagame

    Certain Stored Power abusers, such as Sitrus + Recycle Jirachi, are self-improof. Additionally teams can be built to abuse Ditto's choice-lock as it's forced to run Choice Scarf to be reliable; one example could be using an Extreme Speed booster like Linoone or Zygarde-10%, then when the...
  19. necrobones

    Metagame Max Berries: A Genetically Modified Metagame

    (long time lurker here, never made an account to post with since I only recently got back into actually playing) Kee/Maranga berries seem really strong as they don't require reaching a specific HP threshold and make setting up with Bulk Up/Calm Mind and the like very easy. Volcarona seems like...
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