LC Baltoy [QC: 3/3] [GP: 2/2]

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Overview
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Baltoy finds its niche in being the only Rapid Spin user that is resistant to Stealth Rock and is immune to Spikes. This sets it apart from other Rapid Spin users, as it can come in on Stealth Rock and Rapid Spin it away while not being too worn down by it. Baltoy also has access to Stealth Rock. With Eviolite, Baltoy has reasonable bulk, and backed by its unique resistances, it has the ability to wall various threats such as Trubbish. However, Baltoy is outclassed by almost entirely everything, including Drilbur, Sandshrew, Hippopotas, and Staryu. Because of the prominence of Knock Off, Baltoy's Psychic typing is very detrimental to its role as a bulky Pokemon. Baltoy's common weaknesses are easily exploited as well, with many top-tier threats having powerful STAB moves to heavily damage, if not KO Baltoy with. A drawback to Baltoy itself is its case of huge four-moveslot syndrome; it can't fit everything it needs to in one set. It also is extremely weak, usually leaving it setup fodder. Baltoy's few useful niches should be taken advantage of when using it; otherwise you're better off running Drilbur.

Rapid Spin
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name: Rapid Spin
move 1: Rapid Spin
move 2: Stealth Rock
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Psychic / Recycle
ability: Levitate
item: Eviolite / Berry Juice
evs: 36 HP / 36 Atk / 236 Def / 196 SpD
nature: Relaxed

Moves
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Rapid Spin removes entry hazards from your side of the field. Stealth Rock damages Pokemon when they switch in, and also works very well with Rapid Spin. Earthquake and Psychic aren't very powerful, but they do allow Baltoy to harm foes in some way. Recycle should only be used with Berry Juice, providing reliable recovery. Ice Beam can be used over Psychic for coverage, though it is very weak.

Set Details
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The allocated Defense and Special Defense EVs allow Baltoy to hit 16 in both stats, hitting Eviolite numbers. The rest of the EVs are dumped into HP and Attack to boost them a bit. A Relaxed is used to ensure the power of Baltoy's moves is not affected, and Baltoy doesn't mind the Speed drop. Eviolite is the preferred item, keeping great bulk and being more long-lasting than Berry Juice, although Berry Juice is useful for instant recovery. The exception to this is when running Recycle, which allows Baltoy to reuse Berry Juice. Levitate is a unique niche that Baltoy has over Drilbur, giving it an immunity to Ground-type attacks, Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Sticky Web which Drilbur lacks.

Usage Tips
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Baltoy is quite simple to use; its primary goal is to set Stealth Rock or remove hazards with Rapid Spin. Baltoy is immune to Spikes and resists Stealth Rock, which is another niche. Do not lead with Baltoy, as even though it has Stealth Rock, it has quite a bad matchup often and is best used when it is brought in on something it can wall. Baltoy is really passive and tends to lure in setup sweepers, so be sure to have a Pokemon that is able to phaze or utilize Taunt. Knock Off is Baltoy's bane, removing its source of bulk and often leaving it low on health, so always be sure to keep it away from any potential Knock Off user. Prediction is helpful; for instance, using Psychic on a Gastly switch-in can remove it and will allow Baltoy to use Rapid Spin without being spinblocked by Gastly.

Team Options
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Fairy-types such as Spritzee and Snubbull have good synergy with Baltoy, resisting Dark- and Bug-type moves. Dark-types such as Scraggy and Pawniard also have good synergy with Baltoy thanks to Baltoy's resistance to Fighting-type moves. U-turn troubles Baltoy, making Steel-types like Ferroseed good partners. In particular, Ferroseed is useful because it can freely set Spikes without having to worry about your own Defog removing it. Cleric support is useful to remove Toxic; Chinchou has nearly flawless synergy with Baltoy and access to Heal Bell as well.

Other Options
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Running Trick alongside a Choice item is effective because Baltoy can hit 14 Speed and catch many opponents off guard. Trick Room is a neat move that Baltoy can utilize to support its teammates. Baltoy also has access to dual screens, which work well in tandem with Trick Room. Magic Coat is intriguing thanks to its ability to reflect Taunt and opposing entry hazards. Calm Mind could be used on a more offensively oriented set, but Baltoy is far too weak to utilize it effectively. In a similar vein, Cosmic Power is an option but is, once again, too gimmicky for use. Dazzling Gleam can catch Scraggy switch-ins off guard but lacks use outside of this. Some other coverage options include Grass Knot and Shadow Ball. Explosion is a neat way to lure in Defog users and explode to ensure that Stealth Rock stays up. Finally, Gravity could be used for a non-blockable Earthquake, but is also gimmicky, uses up a precious moveslot, and removes Baltoy's Ground immunity.

Checks & Counters
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**Knock Off**: Knock Off removes Baltoy's Eviolite, which boosts its bulk.

**Super effective moves**: Baltoy has a total of five weaknesses; two common Pokemon that threaten it are Chinchou and Pawniard, which can pressure it with their super effective STAB moves.

**Flying-types**: Flying-types are immune to Earthquake and shrug off Psychic, although some frailer Flying-types must watch out for Ice Beam.

**Ghost-types**: Ghost-types block Baltoy from using Rapid Spin, though Gastly must watch out for Psychic.

Overview
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  • Rapid Spin + SR
  • Ground-type immunity
  • Interesting
  • High bulk
  • Outclassed by p much everything
  • No recovery
  • Knock Off :[
  • Drilbur :[[ and sandshrew comlpetely outclass it
  • Unfortunate weaknesses
  • 4MSS
  • Weak
  • Easily set up on
Rapid Spin
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name: Rapid Spin
move 1: Rapid Spin
move 2: Stealth Rock
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Psychic / Recycle
ability: Levitate
item: Eviolite / Berry Juice
evs: 36 HP / 36 Atk / 236 Def / 196 SpD
nature: Relaxed

Moves
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  • Rapid Spin is better than Defog
  • Keeps up own hazards
  • SR is for hazards
  • EQ + Psychic for attacks to do some damage
  • Use Recycle for Berry Juice if using it
  • Ice Beam is cool
Set Details
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  • EVs hit 16 Def / 16 SpD for Eviolite
  • Rest dumped into HP / Atk
  • Relaxed is to make sure no power of any moves are lowered
  • Eviolite is more long-lasting than Berry Juice and is thus preferred.
  • Berry Juice is neat with Recycle but Evioltie is preferred otherwise
  • Levitate is neat for an immunity to Ground-type attacks, no other options here but still
Usage Tips
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  • Rapid Spin when hazards are up
  • It's interesting to note that Baltoy resists SR and is immune to Spikes
  • Use Stealth Rock, but don't lead with Baltoy
  • Leading with Baltoy creates a bad matchup and any early-game momentum is lost
  • Baltoy is rlly passive so be sure to have a Taunt / phazer alongside
  • KEEP BALTOY AWAY from Knock Off. Knock Off removes Eviolite and Baltoy's weak to it
  • Use Psychic if you predict a Gastly switch in to Rapid Spin
Team Options
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  • Fairy-types like Spritzee / Snubbull have nice synergy
  • Dark-types such as Scraggy or Sandile like Baltoy's resistance to Fighting-type moves
  • U-turn really hurts it so Steel-types are cool here, like Ferro
  • Ferro is neat because it can freely set hazards w/o Defog removing them
  • Chinchou has nearly perfect synergy
  • Cleric support from aforementioned Chinchou to remove Toxic
Other Options
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  • Toxic is really nice to hit Lileep or Porygon
  • Trick Room is cool as well for teammates
  • Also, Dual Screens :D
  • Magic Coat deflects Taunt and opposing hazards
  • Calm Mind sets could be used but too weak
  • Cosmic Power sets but no recovery and gimmicky and crushed by Knock Off regardless
  • Dazzling Gleam nails Scraggy
  • Grass Knot / Shadow Ball for coverage
  • Trick
  • Explosion is neat to ensure SR stays on the field
  • Finally, Gravity is really cool but gimmicky
Checks & Counters
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  • Knock Off - SE, removes Eviolite
  • Types its weak to - Grass: Chespin, Foongus. Ice: Amaura. Water: Carvanha, Chinchou. Dark: PAWNIARD, Scraggy. Bug: Larvesta, Miefoo (U-turn).
  • Flying-types - All able to take on Psychic with ease, immune to EQ. Although frailer Flying-types don't like Ice Beam
  • Ghost-types - Prevent it from Rapid Spinning, it's main job, but Gastly is hit by Psychic
 
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This may be completely stupid or pretty good but I used Recycle + Berry Juice Baltoy w/Rapid Spin and it wasn't too bad at all. Knock Off destroys it either way so it doesn't make too much of a difference and gives it some semi-reliable HP recovery.

Also you didn't list anything that Eviolite can help survive which just makes me think it's for general bulk, and I highly doubt that any non-SE move it going to finish Baltoy off that easily, so I think it would have time to pull off that set.

Another thing that makes me like Recycle Baltoy is that it has recovery, which the other good spinners don't have, barring Staryu, which is a speedy water-type, completely different from Baltoy, which is focused on a bit more bulk and its nifty immunity to Ground attacks. (fuck you drilbur)

Last but not least, you mentioned how it's outclassed by Sandshrew and the Recycle Baltoy set is one thing that only Baltoy can pull off as a spinner because I don't see any reason at all to even consider using Baltoy when Sandshrew can pull off a set with SR/RS/EQ/KO, which definitely sounds better than Baltoy's awkward mixed STABs that will probably fail to OHKO anything and Baltoy's just going to die in 2 solid hits. Whereas Sandshrew can support the team with Knock Off, making it a superior choice.

I think a QC member should analyze my point before giving this the first check.
 
I want you to add Cottonee for a partner. The two have good type synergy overall, and Cottonee can deter or take advantage of setup that will occur when Baltoy is on the field. I'd recommend you try out dsr's suggestion as well.
 

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I'm sorry for leaving this hanging but I'm really not sure how dsr's point should be worked with. It seems around as (in)effective as the current set, and he does bring up some good points, although Baltoy is sort of terrible so I'm not sure if it really actually needs to stick around for that long. I don't know if recyclejuice should be slashed in/turned into the first set/added as a second set/mentioned in OO, so I would like input on this from other QC members. As it is, I think just slashing it in would make do, as it still seems like it'd play quite similarly:
move 1: Rapid Spin
move 2: Stealth Rock / Recycle
move 3: Recycle / Earthquake
move 4: Psychic / Earthquake
ability: Levitate
item: Berry Juice / Eviolite
evs: 36 HP / 36 Atk / 236 Def / 196 SpD
nature: Calm / Relaxed
Something like this.
Before I give this an actual QC check, though, I would still like more opinions on how to include recyclejuice.
 
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That's fine; in that case, change the set to what I posted above. I know it looks sort of ugly but hopefully another QC can fix it up. Reflect these changes in the Overview, Moves, Set Details, Usage Tips and Checks and Counters.

Other than that, a few minor things -

Rapid Spin:
Remove Magic Coat from Moves.

Other Options:
Add Magic Coat here.
Toxic isn't that great in LC. Say that it helps Baltoy threaten a few things it otherwise could not, such as Porygon and Lileep.
Cosmic Power's biggest issue if used alongside Recyclejuice is that it gets crushed just as badly by Knock Off, preventing it from ever actually sweeping, so list that as a weakness.

Checks and Counters:
I don't think you formatted this section correctly, so do that :P (unless there was a change to the process that I'm unaware of)
Under Types it's weak to - Swinub isn't really a thing :(
Remove the Substitute section because I don't think very many Pokemon except for Gastly commonly run it.
Mention that frailer Flying-types won't appreciate Ice Beam.
For Ghost-types, mention that Gastly is hit by Psychic.

These are a lot of changes but I'm pretty confident that you can implement them properly. QC 1/3
 

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  • Since Baltoy is outclassed as a user of both Stealth Rock and as a spinner, its advantages over the others should be highlighted first and foremost over everything else in the Overview. Emphasize that Baltoy is resistant to all forms of hazards, taking half damage from Stealth Rock and not being affected at all by Spikes, Toxic Spikes, or Sticky Web. This is very, very important.
  • Be sure to stress how pitiful Baltoy is as an attacker. With its meager offensive stats combined with the fact that the set does not account for a nature or EV investment for its moves, being backed by STAB will only help so much, and it honestly won't be denting anything.
  • Saying Baltoy walls Archen is a huge stretch when it gets both U-turn and Knock Off. Either find a way to reword this or remove it entirely. "Baltoy walls Archen as long as it doesn't have U-turn or Knock Off" is not going to fly. Additionally, if Recycle is used over Psychic, it's Archen that completely walls Baltoy, not the other way around.
  • In Other Options, don't sell the possibility of Trick + Choice Scarf so short. It has enough Speed to hit 14 with investment and can surprise the opponent if used properly. There's a reason this isn't its own set, yes, but it's not as useless as the current writeup suggests.
  • Remove Toxic from Other Options completely. Baltoy will 100% not be stalling out anything.
This thing was much better when Meditite existed after Gligar was banned, because people dropped Ice Punch to be able to hit Slowpoke with Thunder Punch, and Baltoy's typing walled it perfectly at that time.

QC 3/3
 

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Overview
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Baltoy finds its niche in being as the only Rapid Spin user that is resistant to Stealth Rock on top of an immunity as well as immune to Spikes. This sets it apart just a tad because it means Baltoy can come in on Stealth Rock, the hazard it's meant to spin away, and not be too worn down by it. Baltoy also has access to Stealth Rock itself. Despite this, though, it's still quite outclassed by more reliable spinners such as Staryu and Drilbur; this is not to say that Baltoy doesn't have its uses, though. With Eviolite and its unique resistances, Baltoy has reasonable bulk, and backed by its unique resistances, it has the ability to wall various threats, such as Trubbish. This is pretty much where Baltoy's perks stop. Unfortunately, Baltoy is outclassed by almost entirely everything, including, but not limited to, Drilbur, Sandshrew, Hippopotas, and Staryu. Drilbur and Sandshrew deserve a highlight because Baltoy is nearly entirely outclassed by these two Pokemon. With the prominence of Knock Off, Baltoy's Psychic typing is very detrimental to its role as a bulky Pokemon. Baltoy's common weaknesses are easily exploited as well, with many top-tier threats having powerful STAB moves to hurt Baltoy with. A drawback to Baltoy itself is its huge four-moveslot syndrome; it can't fit everything it needs into one set. Its attacking stats are extremely weak, even with a STAB boost, making leaving it setup fodder for on by practically everything or used as a fodder; not even having STAB on its moves can save it from being pitifully weak. Baltoy's few useful niches should be highlighted taken advantage of when using it; otherwise, you're better off running Drilbur.

Rapid Spin
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name: Rapid Spin
move 1: Rapid Spin
move 2: Stealth Rock
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Psychic / Recycle
ability: Levitate
item: Eviolite / Berry Juice
evs: 36 HP / 36 Atk / 236 Def / 196 SpD
nature: Relaxed

Moves
========

Rapid Spin is quite a rare move and is arguably better than Defog because it leaves your own hazards intact remain in tact. Stealth Rock is for setting these your own hazards, and is also appreciated with synergizes with Rapid Spin. Earthquake and Psychic aren't exactly powerful by any means, but they do act as attacks so let Baltoy can actually harm opponentfoes in some way. Recycle should only be used with Berry Juice and provides reliable recovery. Ice Beam is an option over Psychic because of its superior coverage, although it is not strong at all.

Set Details
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The allocated Defense and Special Defense EVs allow Baltoy to hit 16 in both stats, hitting an Eviolite numbers. The rest is dumped into HP and Attack for tiny boosts to both stats. Relaxed is the nature of choice to ensure no attacks' powers are weakened, and Baltoy doesn't mind the Speed drop. Eviolite is the preferred item of choice, augmenting (or whatever synonym) Baltoy's keeping great bulk and lasting longer more long-lasting than Berry Juice, although Berry Juice is neat for instant recovery once. The exception to this is when running Recycle, giving Baltoy reliable recovery alongside Berry Juice. Levitate is a unique niche that Baltoy has over Drilbur, giving it an immunity to Ground-type attacks (maybe mention Spikes/TSpikes/Sticky Web here too?) which Drilbur lacks; there are no other options, though.

Usage Tips
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Baltoy is quite simple to use,; its primary goal is to set up Stealth Rock or use Rapid Spin if hazards are up. An interesting thing to note about Baltoy is that it is immune to Spikes and also resists Stealth Rock, carving another niche. Do not lead with Baltoy, even though it has Stealth Rock, because it often has quite a bad lead matchup often and is best used when it is brought in on something it can wall. Baltoy is really passive and tends to draw in setup sweepers, so be sure to have a Pokemon to that can phaze or utilize Taunt. Knock Off is Baltoy's bane, removing its source of bulk and often times leaving it quite weak (low on health?), so always be sure to keep it away from any potential Knock Off user. Prediction is helpful; for instance, using Psychic on a Gastly switch-in (dash) can remove Gastly and will allow Baltoy to use Rapid Spin once again.

Team Options
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Fairy-types such as Spritzee and Snubbull have good synergy with Baltoy, resisting Dark- and Bug-type moves. Dark-types such as Scraggy and Sandile also have good synergy with Baltoy, thanks to Baltoy's resistance to Fighting-type moves. U-turn is a bit of a dilemma, making Steel-types like Ferroseed good partners. Ferroseed in particular is neat because it can freely set Spikes without having to worry about Defog removing them. Cleric support is useful to remove Toxic; Chinchou has nearly flawless synergy with Baltoy and has access to Heal Bell as well.

Other Options
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Running Trick alongside a Choice item is effective because Baltoy hits 14 Speed and can catch many opponents off guard. Trick Room is a neat move that Baltoy can utilize to support its teammates. Baltoy also has access to dual screens, which work well in tandem with Trick Room. Magic Coat is intriguing thanks to its ability to deflect Taunt and reflect opposing entry hazards. Calm Mind could be used on a more offensively oriented set, but Baltoy is far too weak to utilize this move. In a similar vein, Cosmic Power is an option but is once again too gimmicky for use. Dazzling Gleam can catch Scraggy switch-ins off guard but lacks use outside of this. Some other coverage options include Grass Knot or and Shadow Ball. Explosion is a neat way to Baltoy can lure in Defog users and use Explosion explode to ensure that Stealth Rock stays up. Finally, Gravity could be used for a non-blockable Earthquake, (comma) but it is also gimmicky.

Checks & Counters
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**Knock Off**: Knock Off removes Baltoy's Eviolite, stripping it of its bulk.

**Types it is Weak to Super effective moves**: Baltoy has a total of five weaknesses. , of these tTwo common Pokemon that threaten it are Chinchou and Pawniard, which both have super effective STAB moves to hit Baltoy with and pressure it as well.

**Flying-types**: Flying-types are immune to Earthquake and shrug off Psychic, although some frailer Flying-types must watch out for Ice Beam.

**Ghost-types**: Ghost-types block Baltoy from using Rapid Spin, its main job; Gastly must watch out for Psychic, though.


Overview
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Baltoy finds its niche as the only Rapid Spin user that is resistant to Stealth Rock as well as immune to Spikes. This sets it apart just a tad because it means Baltoy can come in on Stealth Rock, the hazard it's meant to spin away, and not be too worn down by it. Baltoy also has access to Stealth Rock itself. With Eviolite and its unique resistances, Baltoy has reasonable bulk and the ability to wall various threats, such as Trubbish. Unfortunately, Baltoy is outclassed by almost everything, including, but not limited to, Drilbur, Sandshrew, Hippopotas, and Staryu. With the prominence of Knock Off, Baltoy's Psychic typing is very detrimental to its role as a bulky Pokemon. Baltoy's common weaknesses are easily exploited as well, with many top-tier threats having powerful STAB moves to hurt Baltoy with. A drawback to Baltoy itself is its huge four-moveslot syndrome; it can't fit everything it needs into one set. Its attacks are extremely weak, even with a STAB boost, making it setup fodder for practically everything. Baltoy's few useful niches should be taken advantage of when using it; otherwise, you're better off running Drilbur.

Rapid Spin
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name: Rapid Spin
move 1: Rapid Spin
move 2: Stealth Rock
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Psychic / Recycle
ability: Levitate
item: Eviolite / Berry Juice
evs: 36 HP / 36 Atk / 236 Def / 196 SpD
nature: Relaxed

Moves
========

Rapid Spin is quite a rare move and is arguably better than Defog because it leaves your own hazards intact. Stealth Rock is for setting your own hazards and synergizes with Rapid Spin. Earthquake and Psychic aren't exactly powerful by any means, but they do let Baltoy actually harm foes in some way. Recycle should only be used with Berry Juice and provides reliable recovery. Ice Beam is an option over Psychic because of its superior coverage, although it is not strong at all.

Set Details
========

The allocated Defense and Special Defense EVs allow Baltoy to hit 16 in both stats, hitting Eviolite numbers. The rest is dumped into HP and Attack for tiny boosts to both stats. Relaxed is the nature of choice to ensure no attacks' powers are weakened, and Baltoy doesn't mind the Speed drop. Eviolite is the preferred item, augmenting Baltoy's great bulk and lasting longer than Berry Juice, although Berry Juice is neat for instant recovery once. The exception to this is when running Recycle, giving Baltoy reliable recovery alongside Berry Juice. Levitate is a unique niche that Baltoy has over Drilbur, giving it an immunity to Ground-type attacks which Drilbur lacks.

Usage Tips
========

Baltoy is quite simple to use; its primary goal is to set up Stealth Rock or use Rapid Spin if hazards are up. An interesting thing to note about Baltoy is that it is immune to Spikes and also resists Stealth Rock, carving another niche. Do not lead with Baltoy, even though it has Stealth Rock, because it often has a bad lead matchup and is best used when it is brought in on something it can wall. Baltoy is really passive and tends to draw in setup sweepers, so be sure to have a Pokemon that can phaze or utilize Taunt. Knock Off is Baltoy's bane, removing its source of bulk and often times leaving it quite weak, so always be sure to keep it away from any potential Knock Off user. Prediction is helpful; for instance, using Psychic on a Gastly switch-in can remove Gastly and will allow Baltoy to use Rapid Spin once again.

Team Options
========

Fairy-types such as Spritzee and Snubbull have good synergy with Baltoy, resisting Dark- and Bug-type moves. Dark-types such as Scraggy and Sandile also have good synergy with Baltoy, thanks to Baltoy's resistance to Fighting-type moves. U-turn is a bit of a dilemma, making Steel-types like Ferroseed good partners. Ferroseed in particular is neat because it can freely set Spikes without having to worry about Defog removing them. Cleric support is useful to remove Toxic; Chinchou has nearly flawless synergy with Baltoy and has access to Heal Bell as well.

Other Options
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Running Trick alongside a Choice item is effective because Baltoy hits 14 Speed and can catch many opponents off guard. Trick Room is a neat move that Baltoy can utilize to support its teammates. Baltoy also has access to dual screens, which work well in tandem with Trick Room. Magic Coat is intriguing thanks to its ability to deflect Taunt and reflect opposing entry hazards. Calm Mind could be used on a more offensively oriented set, but Baltoy is far too weak to utilize this move. In a similar vein, Cosmic Power is an option but is once again too gimmicky for use. Dazzling Gleam can catch Scraggy switch-ins off guard but lacks use outside of this. Some other coverage options include Grass Knot and Shadow Ball. Baloty can lure in Defog users and use Explosion to ensure that Stealth Rock stays up. Finally, Gravity could be used for a non-blockable Earthquake, but it is also gimmicky.

Checks & Counters
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**Knock Off**: Knock Off removes Baltoy's Eviolite, stripping it of its bulk.

**Super effective moves**: Baltoy has a total of five weaknesses. Two common Pokemon that threaten it are Chinchou and Pawniard, which both have super effective STAB moves to hit Baltoy with and pressure it as well.

**Flying-types**: Flying-types are immune to Earthquake and shrug off Psychic, although some frailer Flying-types must watch out for Ice Beam.

**Ghost-types**: Ghost-types block Baltoy from using Rapid Spin, its main job; Gastly must watch out for Psychic, though.
 
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Overview
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Baltoy finds its niche in being the only Rapid Spin user that is resistant to Stealth Rock on top of and is immunitye to Spikes. This sets it apart just a tad becafrom other Rapid Spin use it means Baltoyrs, as it can come in on Stealth Rock, the hazard it's meant to s and Rapid Spin it away, andwhile not being too worn down by it. Baltoy also has access to Stealth Rock itself. Despite this, though, it's still quite outclassed by more reliable spinners such as Staryu and Drilbur; this is not to say that Baltoy, although it doesn't have its uses, though. With Eviolite, Baltoy has reasonable bulk, and backed by its unique resistances, it has the ability to wall various threats such as Trubbish. This is pretty much where Baltoy's perks stop.However, Baltoy is outclassed by almost entirely everything, including, but not limited to, Drilbur, Sandshrew, Hippopotas, and Staryu. Drilbur and Sandshrew deserve a highlight bBecause Baltoy is nearly entirely outclassed by these two Pokemon. Withof the prominence of Knock Off, Baltoy's Psychic typing is very detrimental to its role as a bulky Pokemon. Baltoy's common weaknesses are easily exploited as well, with many top -tier threats having powerful STAB moves to hurteavily damage, if not KO Baltoy with. A drawback to Baltoy itself is its huge four-moveslot syndrome; it can't fit everything it needs to in one set. Its attacking statlso is are extremely weak, leaving it set up on by practically everything or used as a fodder; not even having STAB on its moves can save it from being pitifully weaked setup fodder. Baltoy's few useful niches should be highlightaken advantage of when using it; otherwise, you're better off running Drilbur.

Rapid Spin
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name: Rapid Spin
move 1: Rapid Spin
move 2: Stealth Rock
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Psychic / Recycle
ability: Levitate
item: Eviolite / Berry Juice
evs: 36 HP / 36 Atk / 236 Def / 196 SpD
nature: Relaxed

Moves
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Rapid Spin is quite a rare move and is arguably better than Defog becausehazards from your own hazards remain in tactside of the field. Stealth Rock is for settingdamages Pokemon when these own hazardsy switch in, and is also appreciatedworks very well with Rapid Spin. Earthquake and Psychic aren't exactlvery powerful by any means, but they do act as attacks so Baltoy can actually harm opponents foes in some way. Recycle should only be used with Berry Juice and, providesing reliable recovery. Ice Beam is can optionbe used over Psychic because ofor its coverage, although it is not strong at allvery weak.

Set Details
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The allocated Defense and Special Defense EVs allow Baltoy to hit 16 in both stats, hitting an Eviolite numbers. The rest isof the EVs are dumped into HP and Attack for tinyo boosts to bothem sta bits. A Relaxed is the nature of choiceis used to ensure no attacks' powers are weakenthe power of Baltoy's moves is not affected, and Baltoy doesn't mind the Speed drop. Eviolite is the preferred item of choice, keeping great bulk and being more long-lasting than Berry Juice, although Berry Juice is neatuseful for instant recovery once. The exception to this is when running Recycle, givingwhich allows Baltoy reliableto recovery alongsiduse Berry Juice. Levitate is a unique niche that Baltoy has over Drilbur, giving it an immunity to Ground-type attacks, Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Sticky Web, which Drilbur lacks; there are no other options, though.

Usage Tips
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Baltoy is quite simple to use,; its primary goal is to set Stealth Rock or Rapid Spin ifremove hazards are up. An interesting thing to note aboutwith Rapid Spin. Baltoy is that it is immune to Spikes and also resists Stealth Rock, carvingwhich is another niche. Do not lead with Baltoy, as even though it has Stealth Rock, it has quite a bad lead matchup often and is best used when it is brought in on something it can wall. Baltoy is really passive and tends to drawlure in setup sweepers, so be sure to have a Pokemon that is able to phasze or utilize Taunt. Knock Off is Baltoy's bane, removing its source of bulk and often times leaving it quite weak oftentimes, so always be sure to keep it away from any potential Knock Off user. Prediction is helpful; for instance, using Psychic on a Gastly switch -in can remove Gastlyit and will allow Baltoy to use Rapid Spin once againwithout being spinblocked by Gastly.

Team Options
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Fairy-types such as Spritzee and Snubbull have good synergy with Baltoy, resisting Dark- and Bug-type moves. Dark-types such as Scraggy and Sandile also have good synergy with Baltoy thanks to Baltoy's resistance to Fighting-type moves. U-turn is a bit of a dilemmatroubles Baltoy, making Steel-types like Ferroseed good partners. Ferroseed iIn particular, Ferroseed is neatuseful because it can freely set Spikes without having to worry about Defog removing ithem. Cleric support is useful to remove Toxic; Chinchou has nearly flawless synergy with Baltoy and has access to Heal Bell as well.

Other Options
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Running Trick alongside a cChoice item is effective because Baltoy hits 14 Speed and can catch many opponents off guard. Trick Room is a neat move that Baltoy can utilize to support its teammates. Baltoy also has access to dual screens, which work well in tandem with Trick Room. Magic Coat is intriguing thanks to its ability to dreflect Taunt and reflect opposing entry hazards. Calm Mind could be used on a more offensively oriented set, but Baltoy is far too weak to utilize this moit effectively. In a similar vein, Cosmic Power is an option but is, once again, too gimmicky for use. Dazzling Gleam can catch Scraggy switch-ins off guard but lacks use outside of this. Some other coverage options include Grass Knot or Shadow Ball. Explosion is a neat way to lure in Defog users and explode to ensure that Stealth Rock stays up. Finally, Gravity could be used for a non-blockable Earthquake, but it is also gimmicky.

Checks & Counters
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**Knock Off**: Knock Off removes Baltoy's Eviolite, stripping it ofwhich boosts its bulk.

**Types it is Weak toSuper effective moves**: Baltoy has a total of five weaknesses, of these; two common Pokemon that threaten it are Chinchou and Pawniard, who both have super effective STAB moves to hit Baltoyit with and pressure it as well.

**Flying-types**: Flying-types are immune to Earthquake and shrug off Psychic, although some frailer Flying-types must watch out for Ice Beam.

**Ghost-types**: Ghost-types block Baltoy from using Rapid Spin, its main job;though Gastly must watch out for Psychic, though.

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Overview
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Baltoy finds its niche in being the only Rapid Spin user that is resistant to Stealth Rock and is immune to Spikes. This sets it apart from other Rapid Spin users, as it can come in on Stealth Rock and Rapid Spin it away, (remove comma) while not being too worn down by it. Baltoy also has access to Stealth Rock. Despite this, though, it's still quite outclassed by more reliable spinners such as Staryu and Drilbur, although it does have its uses. (stated later) With Eviolite, Baltoy has reasonable bulk, and backed by its unique resistances, it has the ability to wall various threats such as Trubbish. However, Baltoy is outclassed by almost entirely everything, including Drilbur, Sandshrew, Hippopotas, and Staryu. Because of the prominence of Knock Off, Baltoy's Psychic typing is very detrimental to its role as a bulky Pokemon. Baltoy's common weaknesses are easily exploited as well, with many top-tier threats having powerful STAB moves to heavily damage, if not KO Baltoy with. A drawback to Baltoy itself is its huge case of four-moveslot syndrome; it can't fit everything it needs to in one set. It also is extremely weak, usually leaving it rendered setup fodder. Baltoy's few useful niches should be taken advantage of when using it; otherwise you're better off running Drilbur.

Rapid Spin
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name: Rapid Spin
move 1: Rapid Spin
move 2: Stealth Rock
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Psychic / Recycle
ability: Levitate
item: Eviolite / Berry Juice
evs: 36 HP / 36 Atk / 236 Def / 196 SpD
nature: Relaxed

Moves
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Rapid Spin removes entry hazards from your own side of the field. Stealth Rock damages Pokemon when they switch in, and also works very well with Rapid Spin. Earthquake and Psychic aren't very powerful, but they do act as attacks so Baltoy can actually allow Baltoy to harm foes in some way. Recycle should only be used with Berry Juice, providing reliable recovery. Ice Beam can be used over Psychic for coverage, though it is very weak.

Set Details
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The allocated Defense and Special Defense EVs allow Baltoy to hit 16 in both stats, hitting Eviolite numbers. The rest of the EVs are dumped into HP and Attack to boost them a bit. A Relaxed is used to ensure the power of Baltoy's moves is not affected, and Baltoy doesn't mind the Speed drop. Eviolite is the preferred item of choice, keeping great bulk and being more long-lasting than Berry Juice, although Berry Juice is useful for instant recovery. The exception to this is when running Recycle, which allows Baltoy to reuse Berry Juice. Levitate is a unique niche that Baltoy has over Drilbur, giving it an immunity to Ground-type attacks, Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Sticky Web, (remove comma) which Drilbur lacks.

Usage Tips
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Baltoy is quite simple to use; its primary goal is to set Stealth Rock or remove hazards with Rapid Spin. Baltoy is immune to Spikes and resists Stealth Rock, which is another niche. Do not lead with Baltoy, as even though it has Stealth Rock, it has quite a bad matchup often and is best used when it is brought in on something it can wall. Baltoy is really passive and tends to lure in setup sweepers, so be sure to have a Pokemon that is able to phaze or utilize Taunt. Knock Off is Baltoy's bane, removing its source of bulk and often leaving it quite weak oftentimes low on health, so always be sure to keep it away from any potential Knock Off user. Prediction is helpful; for instance, using Psychic on a Gastly switch-in can remove it and will allow Baltoy to use Rapid Spin without being spinblocked by Gastly.

Team Options
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Fairy-types such as Spritzee and Snubbull have good synergy with Baltoy, resisting Dark- and Bug-type moves. Dark-types such as Scraggy and Sandile Pawniard (more metagame-relevant) also have good synergy with Baltoy thanks to Baltoy's resistance to Fighting-type moves. U-turn troubles Baltoy, making Steel-types like Ferroseed good partners. In particular, Ferroseed is useful because it can freely set Spikes without having to worry about your own Defog removing it. Cleric support is useful to remove Toxic; Chinchou has nearly flawless synergy with Baltoy and has access to Heal Bell as well.

Other Options
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Running Trick alongside a Choice item is effective because Baltoy can hits 14 Speed and can catch many opponents off guard. Trick Room is a neat move that Baltoy can utilize to support its teammates. Baltoy also has access to dual screens, which work well in tandem with Trick Room. Magic Coat is intriguing thanks to its ability to reflect Taunt and opposing entry hazards. Calm Mind could be used on a more offensively oriented set, but Baltoy is far too weak to utilize it effectively. In a similar vein, Cosmic Power is an option but is, once again, too gimmicky for use. Dazzling Gleam can catch Scraggy switch-ins off guard but lacks use outside of this. Some other coverage options include Grass Knot or and Shadow Ball. Explosion is a neat way to lure in Defog users and explode to ensure that Stealth Rock stays up. Finally, Gravity could be used for a non-blockable Earthquake, but is also gimmicky, uses up a precious moveslot, and removes Baltoy's Ground immunity.

Checks & Counters
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**Knock Off**: Knock Off removes Baltoy's Eviolite, which boosts its bulk.

**Super effective moves**: Baltoy has a total of five weaknesses; two common Pokemon that threaten it are Chinchou and Pawniard, who which both can pressure it with their have super effective STAB moves to hit it with and pressure it as well.

**Flying-types**: Flying-types are immune to Earthquake and shrug off Psychic, although some frailer Flying-types must watch out for Ice Beam.

**Ghost-types**: Ghost-types block Baltoy from using Rapid Spin, though Gastly must watch out for Psychic.
 
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