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Quality Control Beartic [QC: 0/2]

[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Icicle Crash
move 3: Aqua Jet
move 4: Bulldoze/Superpower/Heavy Slam/Play Rough
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Swift Swim
nature: Adamant Nature
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Beartic has the highest base attack stat in the tier, at base 130. This paired with its Ice-typing, which is a good offensive typing, make it a fearsome wallbreaker. However, its mediocre speed and weakness to stealth rocks gives Beartic a tendency to be withered down quite easily. Icicle Crash is its STAB attack and Aqua Jet is coverage and priority, which Beartic desperately needs due to its low speed. Bulldoze allows Beartic to hit Mareanie, which walls Beartic otherwise. It also hits Mawile and Pawniard. Superpower hits Mawile, Type: Null and Pawniard. Heavy Slam is an alternative although Heavy Slam is a better hit on Mawile as there is no backlash from the Superpower stat drops. Heavy Slam also hits Crustle and Mr. Rime. Play Rough is another alternative that allows Beartic to hit Fighting-types such as Throh super-effectively. Heavy-Duty Boots allows Beartic to avoid the 25% rocks damage.

Beartic's ability Swift Swim allows it to outspeed the whole unscarfed tier in rain, so a rain setter such as Ludicolo or Dusclops are appreciated on the team. Pokemon such as Dusclops and Pincurchin can use Memento as means to give Beartic a threatening setup opportunity in the rain, which is invaluable momentum for Beartic. Fast wallbreakers that beat Beartic need to be taken care of. These include Basculin and Scarfed Stonjourner especially. Scarfed Manectric cleanly checks these two Pokemon. Palpitoad is also a reliable counter to Basculin and Scarfed Stonjourner. Other Pokemon that threaten Beartic are Manectric, Heatmor, Falinks, and Raichu. Manectric is countered by Palpitoad and Type: Null. Raichu is countered by Roselia and Shiinotic. Heatmor is countered by Spdef Vibrava. All 4 of these Pokemon can be beaten by slow pivoting into a powerful wallbreaker with a super-effective attack. Preferably these said wallbreakers are scarfers, such as Mr. Mime, Farfetch'd, Manectric and Meowstic, or something fast, such as Basculin.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[BulbaBrain, 477336]]
- Quality checked by: [[username1, userid1], [username2, userid2]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1]]
 
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