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  1. viol and bass

    Ask simple questions here! [READ ORIGINAL POST before posting]

    In this battle, my opponent named their mons after digimon, and their sprites became unrecognizable. It forces you to keep very careful track or constantly mouse over the sprites and it gets pretty annoying. It's definitely like a cheese thing because they're playing for OLT. My question is...
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    Resource Simple Questions, Simple Answers Thread

    Is Rillaboom common enough in the metagame that High Horsepower is worth running over Earthquake, even on teams without Rilla? Edit: not on any particular mon, just in general.
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    Resource Simple Questions, Simple Answers Thread

    When is it worth slapping boots on a defensive mon that's not weak to rocks? It wasn't really a thing prior to the DLC, right? The fact that Blissey might be worth using over Chansey after generations of being entirely outclassed just so it can use boots seems so crazy to me. But I guess you're...
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    Pet Mod Megamax [Pet Mod of the Season] (Retooling Slate #2)

    Butterfree: KuraiTenshi26, Tacotaco, Yung Dramps Centiskorch: Earl, G-luke, Gravity Monkey Coalossal: Earl, KuraiTenshi26, InvalidOS
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    Metagame Cross Evolution

    I think Meteor Beam is a cool move with like zero good abusers in normal tiers so I've been trying to figure out the best user of it. Carkol almost definitely takes the cake, and I think this is the best set for it: :ss/Carkol: Butterfree (Carkol) @ Power Herb (Rock / Flying...
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    Metagame Cross Evolution

    I have a dumb question. Do Pokemon-specific items like Thick Club for Cubone, Light Ball for Pikachu, etc. work in this meta? Edit: missed it, my bad
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    Resource Simple Questions, Simple Answers Thread

    Is there any way to check Calm Mind / Shift Gear or Iron Defense Magearna without using Haze Pex? I keep getting into situations in matches late game where because I don't know the exact Magearna set until it starts boosting, I either just can't break it, or it has the right coverage to break my...
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    Pokémon Galarian Slowbro

    I would guess that it doesn't recalculate it until the next turn, but I don't know for sure. Marty's extensive testing has determined that Shell Side Arm is either attack-->defense or spatk-->spdef, based on the game's calculation of which will do more raw damage. However, this calculation...
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    Mechanics Sword & Shield Battle Mechanics Research

    I thought we'd previously established that the game decides the category based on which will do more damage. If it's ignoring Choice Band in its calculation, then that assumption was wrong. Choice Band with equal attacking stats and equal defensive stats means a physical attack would do more...
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    Metagame SS OU Metagame Discussion Thread v5 (usage in post #547)

    :ss/heracross: Bulky Heracross (click for paste) is a surprisingly decent Urshifu check that isn't Galarian Weezing. It's never 2HKOed after rocks by anything even Adamant banded Urshifu carries. It always OHKOes Urshifu back after a single spike, which notably can be set by Heracross itself...
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    Pokémon Heracross

    I'd like to submit another Heracross set for consideration. Heracross @ Leftovers Ability: Guts EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe Impish Nature - Close Combat - Spikes - Knock Off - Megahorn This is kind of a fun set because it checks Choice Band Urshifu. Even Adamant Band never 2HKOes after rocks...
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    Pokémon Galarian Slowbro

    Right, we've been having a conversation about that in the battle mechanics thread. I was misled by Showdown which just said it was based on the opponent's defensive stats, which isn't correct. It's based on raw damage output, as you said. A -speed nature still is technically beneficial if...
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    Mechanics Sword & Shield Battle Mechanics Research

    OK, I think I get how it works now. I guess technically on any set if you're concerned about maximizing damage output you should still run a -speed nature, although in practice it may not be worth it since it's just a bonus against specific mons with pretty skewed defenses. That extra damage can...
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    Mechanics Sword & Shield Battle Mechanics Research

    OK, I was basing it on this But admittedly this is a shorthand description and Showdown's full dex hasn't been updated yet. If it actually calculates it based on raw damage dealt, the move is fine. And actually, the > should be flipped...
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    Pokémon Galarian Slowbro

    Yup, which means you should always run a -speed nature if you're using this move, because half the time it will come off the stat you're not investing in. It also means that on a Nasty Plot set like in the OP, Shell Side Arm is a terrible move to have because if you're facing a mon with...
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    Mechanics Sword & Shield Battle Mechanics Research

    Wow, so if I decided to use Nasty Plot on this thing, I'm +2 and I encounter a mon which has slightly higher spdef than def, Shell Side Arm will do significantly less than Sludge Bomb. This move seems kind of terrible.
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    Mechanics Sword & Shield Battle Mechanics Research

    OK, forgive me, I'm still so confused about Shell Side Arm. Pokemon Showdown says the move is physical if the opponent's Defense is lower than its Special Defense. Does that mean that If I'm running Choice Specs Galarian Slowbro, I need to run a -speed nature instead of -attack becuse it's going...
  18. viol and bass

    Mechanics Sword & Shield Battle Mechanics Research

    Wait so you're saying that the game calculates 4 possibilities: att-->def att-->spdef spatk-->def spatk-->spdef and determines which of the 4 produces the highest damage output, and bases it on that? Because I was assuming there were only 2 possibilities, att-->def and spatk-->spdef.
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    Metagame NP: RU Stage 1 - I Lost Something in the Hills (Indeedee-M banned)

    I'm not sure how viable this is, but Wishport Wigglytuff (140 base HP) is apparently a thing now. If ever Wigglytuff had a chance to not be absolute dogshit, now is that moment. It's frail without investment in defenses and with the diminishing returns on an HP stat that high, even with Wish...
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