Copyediting Blacephalon (Fire) (QC 2/2) (GP 1/2)

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[OVERVIEW]

Fire
========

High Special Attack, good Speed, a good STAB combination, and Beast Boost to steamroll teams make Blacephalon a threatening revenge killer for Fire-type teams. A Choice Scarf lets it revenge kill Pokemon such as Tapu Koko, Zeraora, and Thundurus-T, which are otherwise threats to Fire-type teams. However, Blacephalon has absolutely no bulk and finds it really hard to come into battle. Due to its poor bulk, even resisted attacks tend to take a good chunk of its health. Due to its typing, Blacephalon is weak to common priority moves like Sucker Punch, Shadow Sneak, and Aqua Jet from Pokemon such as Bisharp, Aegislash, and Azumarill, which makes it easy to check. A lacking movepool also makes it more predictable for opposing teams.

[SET]
name: Choice Scarf (Fire)
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Psyshock
move 4: Trick
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Shadow Ball takes down weakened Pokemon like Rotom-W, Urshifu-R, and Mantine. It also takes care of Ghost- and Psychic-type Pokemon such as Spectrier, Tapu Lele, and Slowbro. Flamethrower provides more STAB coverage and hits hard with Drought support, easily taking care of Pokemon like Tapu Koko, Landorus-T, and Thundurus-T with prior minor chip damage. Fire Blast may be used over Flamethrower for considerably more power, with it OHKOing a huge threat in Tapu Koko without Drought support, though it is not reliable as Flamethrower. Psyshock is used to revenge kill a threatening Pokemon in Nihilego, which takes all other moves comfortably. Trick is important to debilitate bulky walls that can take on Blacephalon throughout the battle such as Mantine, defensive Heatran, and Blissey. It also gives Pokemon like Bulk Up Cinderace and Volcarona setup opportunities against Choice-locked defensive Pokemon. Choice Scarf is used to help it revenge kill faster threats like Latias, Zeraora, and Dragapult for Fire-type teams.

Torkoal is a premier support Pokemon for Blacephalon and Fire-type teams in general, providing not only necessary Drought support to boost Fire-type moves and weaken Water-type attacks, but also quintessential Rapid Spin and Stealth Rock support. Torkoal can also pivot into physical attackers like Mimikyu, Drapion, and Bisharp that threaten Blacephalon. Cinderace complements Blacephalon massively, it's able to handle special sponges like Tyranitar, Blissey, and Galarian Slowking that can handle Blacephalon. Cinderace's colorful movepool and ability Libero let it wallbreak and clear the way for Blacephalon to clean up. Thanks to Bolt Strike, Choice Band Victini is tremendous to beat Pokemon like Mantine, Toxapex, which prove to be obstacles for Blacephalon. With Drought support, Victini can shred apart even Water / Ground Pokemon like Seismitioad and Gastrodon with V-create. Volcarona and Rotom-H can weaken shared checks for Blacephalon, and Volcarona can improve matchups like Electric and Dark, while Rotom-H can utilize a Nasty Plot set to break through defensive teams like Poison or support Blacephalon with dual screens. Either way, Rotom-H provides a valuable Ground immunity to the team. Heatran can support Blacephalon too by taking on Dragon-type Pokemon like Latios for it. Defensive Heatran also does a great job of checking threats like Nihilego, easing some pressure off of Blacephalon. Stallbreaker Heatran can eliminate walls like Mantine and Toxapex for Blacephalon. Volcanion is decent to help beat Water-types such as Tapu Fini, Urshifu-R, and Toxapex, as well as offering Defog support to the team.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Fire
--------
Blacephalon can also utilize a Choice Specs set to wallbreak, as it has already-high Special Attack and teams will struggle to take it on; however, Fire teams greatly appreciate the Speed ceiling that Blacephalon brings to the type with a Choice Scarf. A Substitute + Calm Mind set is also an option to take on specific teams like Normal teams, but Cinderace already does a good job of beating such types, and Blacephalon's low bulk grants fewer opportunities to set up.

Checks and Counters
===================

Fire
--------

**Priority moves**: Blacephalon is vulnerable to some common priority moves like Sucker Punch, Shadow Sneak, Aqua Jet, and Accelerock from Pokemon such as Bisharp, Mimikyu, Azumarill, and Lycanroc which can easily deal with Blacephalon.

**Special Walls**: Special walls like Mantine, Mandibuzz, Rotom-W, Blissey, and Tyranitar can easily take Blacephalon's attacks. They can proceed to status or weaken Blacephalon or set up Stealth Rock in the case of Blissey and Tyranitar. However, some of them need to be wary of Trick.

**Revenge Killers**: Even faster Choice Scarf users like Latios, Gengar, Dragapult, and Terrakion can outspeed Blacephalon and easily KO it.

**Residual Damage**: Thunder Wave greatly hampers Blacephalon's revenge killing potential, making it vulnerable to opposing slower Pokemon. Klefki and Grimmsnarl can easily land Thunder Wave with Prankster. Forms of residual damage like Toxic, Stealth Rock, and Spikes make Blacephalon worn out and easier to handle for opposing teams.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Harpp, 320110]]
- Fire analysis by: [[Harpp, 320110]]
- Quality checked by: [[Decem, 362454], [Maple, 473171],
- Grammar checked by: [[Adeleine, 517429], [<username2>, <userid2>]]
 
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[OVERVIEW]

Fire
========

* High Special Attack, good Speed stat, STAB combination along with its ability Beast Boost to steamroll team makes Blacephalon a threatening revenge killer for Fire-type teams.
* Its above average Speed stat combined with a Choice Scarf lets it revenge kill Pokemon such as Tapu Koko, Zeraora and Dragapult which are otherwise threats to Fire-type teams.
* However Blacephalon has absolutely no bulk and finds it really hard to find opportunities to come into battle. Due to its poor bulk, even resisted attacks tend to take a good chunk of its health.
* Due to its typing, Blacephalon is weak to common priority moves like Sucker Punch, Shadow Sneak and Aqua Jet from Pokemon such as Urshifu-S, Aegislash and Azumarill, respectively, which makes it easy to check Blacephalon.


[SET]
name: Choice Scarf (Fire)
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Psyshock
move 4: Trick
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
* Shadow Ball is the STAB move that is used to take down weakened Pokemon like Rotom-W, Urshifu-R, and Mantine. It also takes care of Ghost- and Psychic-type Pokemon such as Spectrier, Dragapult, Tapu Lele and Slowbro.
* Flamethrower is the other STAB move that hits hard with Drought support and can easily take care of Pokemon like Tapu Koko, Landorus-T, and Thundurus-T with prior minor chip damage.
* Fire Blast may be used over Flamethrower as it hits considerably harder though it is not reliable as Flamethrower due to the accuracy. could mention that it ohkos tapu koko without sun. this is esp useful in the elec/fairy mus since if u lead torkoal u have to sack something if u dont have a rotom h or alolawak. blace is a great lead in those mus because of this
* Psyshock is used to revenge kill a threatening Pokemon like Nihilego and it also does a good chunk of damage to a special wall like Blissey. it doesnt really do much to blissey so remove that part
* Trick is important move to cripple bulky walls that can take on Blacephalon throughout the battle such as Mantine, defensive Heatran and Blissey.
* Maximum Special attack and Speed investment with a Timid nature makes Blacephalon hit as hard and be as fast as possible. Choice Scarf is used as an item to help it revenge kill faster threats like Latias, Zeraora and Dragapult for Fire-type teams.

* Torkoal is a great teammate and premiere support Pokemon for Fire-type teams as it provides Blacephalon not only with necessary Drought support to boost Fire-type moves and weakens Water-type attacks but it also provides quintessential Rapid Spin and Stealth Rock support. Torkoal is also able to pivot into physical attackers like Mimikyu, Drapion, and Bisharp that threaten Blacephalon. probably as a general thing id note that blace's trick is nice for setup sweepers to do their thing
* Cinderace compliments Blacephalon massively as it is able to handle special sponge like Tyranitar, Blissey, and Galarian Slowking that can handle Blacephalon. Cinderace's colorful movepool and ability Libero lets it wallbreak and clean the way for Blacephalon to clean up.
* Victini can also support Blacephalon tremendously by utilizing a Choice Band set to beat Pokemon like Mantine, and Toxapex that prove to be an obstacle for Blacephalon. With Drought support, Victini can shred apart even Water-type Pokemon like Seismitioad and Gastrodon.
* Volcarona and Rotom-H can weaken shared checks for Blacephalon, Volcarona can improve matchups like Electric and Dark while Rotom-H can utilize a Nasty Plot set to wallbreak defensive teams like Poison, or it may utilize a dual screen set to support Blacephalon in cleaning teams more effectively.
* Heatran can support Blacephalon too by taking on Dragon-type Pokemon like Latios for it. Defensive Heatran also does a great job of checking threat like Nihilego and eases some pressure off of Blacephalon to deal with it. Stall breaker Heatran can eliminate walls like Mantine and Toxapex for Blacephalon.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Fire
--------
* Blacephalon can also utilize a Choice Specs set to wallbreak as it has already high Special Attack stat and teams will struggle to take it on however Fire-type teams greatly appreciate the Speed ceiling that Blacephalon brings to the type with a Choice Scarf.
* A substitute + Calm Mind set is also an option to take on specific teams like Normal however Cinderace already does a good job of beating such types and Blacephalon's low bulk grants less opportunities to set up.



Checks and Counters
===================

Fire
--------
**Super effective attacks**: Due to Blacephalon's low bulk, super effective attacks can easily KO it. Even weak moves like Scald from Toxapex does a massive chunk of damage to it.

**Priority moves**: Blacephalon is vulnerable to some common priority like Sucker Punch, Shadow Sneak, Aqua Jet and Accelerock from Pokemon such as Bisharp, Mimikyu, Azumarill and Lycanroc, respectively, which can easily deal with Blacephalon.

**Special Walls**: Special walls like Mantine, Mandibuzz, Rotom-W, Blissey, Tyranitar can easily deal with Blacephalon as it cannot reliably beat such Pokemon. Aforementioned Pokemon can proceed to cripple or weaken Blacephalon or set up Stealth Rock in the case of Blissey and Tyranitar.

**Faster Pokemon**: Even faster Choice Scarf users like Latios, Gengar, Dragapult, Terrakion can outspeed Blacephalon and easily KO it.

**paralysis** twave from mons like klefki and grimm

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Harpp, 320110]]
- Fire analysis by: [[Harpp, 320110]]
- Quality checked by: [[<username1>, <userid1>], [<username2>, <userid2>], [<username3>, <userid3>]]
- Grammar checked by: [[<username1>, <userid1>], [<username2>, <userid2>]]
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[OVERVIEW]

Fire
========

* High Special Attack, good Speed stat, STAB combination along with its ability Beast Boost to steamroll teams makes Blacephalon a threatening revenge killer for Fire-type teams.
* Its above average Speed stat combined with a Choice Scarf lets it revenge kill Pokemon such as Tapu Koko, Zeraora and Dragapult [Use a different example, Scarf Dragapult is fairly common imo.] which are otherwise threats to Fire-type teams.
* However Blacephalon has absolutely no bulk and finds it really hard to find opportunities to come into battle. Due to its poor bulk, even resisted attacks tend to take a good chunk of its health.
* Due to its typing, Blacephalon is weak to common priority moves like Sucker Punch, Shadow Sneak, [AC] and Aqua Jet from Pokemon such as Urshifu-S, Aegislash, [AC] and Azumarill, respectively, which makes it easy to check Blacephalon.
* Could add that it also have very poor coverage options, just Psychic/Psyshock

[SET]
name: Choice Scarf (Fire)
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Psyshock
move 4: Trick
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
* Shadow Ball is the STAB move that is used to take down weakened Pokemon like Rotom-W, Urshifu-R, and Mantine. It also takes care of Ghost- and Psychic-type Pokemon such as Spectrier, Dragapult, Tapu Lele and Slowbro.
* Flamethrower is the other STAB move that hits hard with Drought support and can easily take care of Pokemon like Tapu Koko, Landorus-T, and Thundurus-T with prior minor chip damage.
* Fire Blast may be used over Flamethrower as it hits considerably harder as it is able to OHKO a huge threat like Tapu Koko without drought support, though it is not reliable as Flamethrower due to the accuracy.
* Psyshock is used to revenge kill a threatening Pokemon like Nihilego which takes all other moves comfortably.
* Trick is important move to cripple bulky walls that can take on Blacephalon throughout the battle such as Mantine, defensive Heatran, [AC] and Blissey. It also gives Pokemon like Bulk Up Cinderace and Volcarona setup opportunities against defensive Pokemon locked due to Trick.
* Maximum Special attack and Speed investment with a Timid nature makes Blacephalon hit as hard and be as fast as possible. [max max EVs are not needed to be explained anymore, check the pinned message in analysis channel in mono cord for more details.] Choice Scarf is used as an item to help it revenge kill faster threats like Latias, Zeraora and Dragapult for Fire-type teams.

* Torkoal is a great teammate and premiere support Pokemon for Fire-type teams as it provides Blacephalon not only with necessary Drought support to boost Fire-type moves and weakens Water-type attacks but it also provides quintessential Rapid Spin and Stealth Rock support. Torkoal is also able to pivot into physical attackers like Mimikyu, Drapion, and Bisharp that threaten Blacephalon.
* Cinderace compliments Blacephalon massively as it is able to handle special sponge like Tyranitar, Blissey, and Galarian Slowking that can handle Blacephalon. Cinderace's colorful movepool and ability Libero lets it wallbreak and clean the way for Blacephalon to clean up.
* Victini can also support Blacephalon tremendously by utilizing a Choice Band set to beat Pokemon like Mantine, and Toxapex that prove to be an obstacle for Blacephalon. With Drought support, Victini can shred apart even Water-type Pokemon like Seismitioad and Gastrodon.
* Volcarona and Rotom-H can weaken shared checks for Blacephalon, Volcarona can improve matchups like Electric and Dark while Rotom-H can utilize a Nasty Plot set to wallbreak defensive teams like Poison, or it may utilize a dual screen set to support Blacephalon in cleaning teams more effectively. [Could add that Rotom-H also provides a nice Ground-type immunity.]
* Heatran can support Blacephalon too by taking on Dragon-type Pokemon like Latios for it. Defensive Heatran also does a great job of checking threat like Nihilego and eases some pressure off of Blacephalon to deal with it. Stall breaker Heatran can eliminate walls like Mantine and Toxapex for Blacephalon.
* Could add Volcanion as a teammate option

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Fire
--------
* Blacephalon can also utilize a Choice Specs set to wallbreak as it has already high Special Attack stat and teams will struggle to take it on however Fire-type teams greatly appreciate the Speed ceiling that Blacephalon brings to the type with a Choice Scarf.
* A Substitute + Calm Mind set is also an option to take on specific teams like Normal however Cinderace already does a good job of beating such types and Blacephalon's low bulk grants less opportunities to set up.



Checks and Counters
===================

Fire
--------
**Super effective attacks**: Due to Blacephalon's low bulk, super effective attacks can easily KO it. Even weak moves like Scald from Toxapex does a massive chunk of damage to it. [Super Effective attacks aren't needed in C&C anymore.]

**Priority moves**: Blacephalon is vulnerable to some common priority like Sucker Punch, Shadow Sneak, Aqua Jet and Accelerock from Pokemon such as Bisharp, Mimikyu, Azumarill and Lycanroc, respectively, which can easily deal with Blacephalon.

**Special Walls**: Special walls like Mantine, Mandibuzz, Rotom-W, Blissey, Tyranitar can easily deal with Blacephalon as it cannot reliably beat such Pokemon. Aforementioned Pokemon can proceed to cripple or weaken Blacephalon or set up Stealth Rock in the case of Blissey and Tyranitar. However, some of them need to be wary of Trick.

**Faster Pokemon Revenge Killers**: Even faster Choice Scarf users like Latios, Gengar, Dragapult, Terrakion can outspeed Blacephalon and easily KO it.

**Paralysis Residual Damage**: Thunder Wave also greatly hampers Blacephalon's revenge killing potential, making it vulnerable to opposing slower Pokemon. Klefki and Grimmsnarl can easily cripple it with priority Thunder Wave. [Add mentions about Toxic/poison and hazards, particularly Stealth Rock as well since they all come under residual damage.]


[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Harpp, 320110]]
- Fire analysis by: [[Harpp, 320110]]
- Quality checked by: [[Decem, 362454], [Maple, 473171],
- Grammar checked by: [[<username1>, <userid1>], [<username2>, <userid2>]]
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[OVERVIEW]

Fire
========

High Special Attack, good Speed stat, STAB combination along with its ability Beast Boost to steamroll team makes Blacephalon a threatening revenge killer for Fire-type teams. Blacephalon's high Special Attack, good Speed stat, incredible STAB combination, and good ability in Beast Boost allows it to steamroll teams while acting as threatening revenge killer for Fire-type teams. (reworded this sentence since it came off weird) Its above average Speed stat combined with a Choice Scarf lets it revenge kill Pokemon such as Tapu Koko, Zeraora and Thundurus-T, (AC) which are otherwise threats to Fire-type teams. However, (AC) Blacephalon has absolutely no bulk and finds it really hard to find opportunities to come into battle. Due to its poor bulk, even resisted attacks tend to take a good chunk of its health. Due to its typing, Blacephalon is weak to common priority moves like Sucker Punch, Shadow Sneak, and Aqua Jet from Pokemon such as Bisharp, Aegislash, and Azumarill, respectively, which makes it easy to check Blacephalon. A lack of colorful movepool also makes it more predictable for opposing teams.

[SET]
name: Choice Scarf (Fire)
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Psyshock
move 4: Trick
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Shadow Ball is the STAB move that is used to take down weakened Pokemon like Rotom-W, Urshifu-R, and Mantine. It also takes care of Ghost- and Psychic-type Pokemon such as Spectrier, Tapu Lele and Slowbro. Flamethrower is the other STAB move that hits hard with Drought support and can easily take care of Pokemon like Tapu Koko, Landorus-T, and Thundurus-T with prior minor chip damage. Fire Blast may be used over Flamethrower as it hits considerably harder as it and is able to OHKO a huge threats like Tapu Koko without drought support, though it is not as reliable as Flamethrower due to the its lower accuracy. Psyshock is used to revenge kill a threatening Pokemon like Nihilego which takes all other moves comfortably. Trick is important move to cripple bulky walls that can take on Blacephalon throughout the battle such as Mantine, defensive Heatran and Blissey. It also gives Pokemon like Bulk Up Cinderace and Volcarona setup opportunities against defensive Pokemon that are choice-locked due to Trick. Choice Scarf is used as an item to help it revenge kill faster threats like Latias, Zeraora and Dragapult for Fire-type teams. (You already mentioned that it was on Fire-type teams)

Torkoal is a great teammate and the premiere support Pokemon for Fire-type teams as it provides Blacephalon not only with necessary Drought support to boost Fire-type moves and weakens Water-type attacks but it also provides quintessential Rapid Spin and Stealth Rock support. Torkoal is also able to pivot into physical attackers like Mimikyu, Drapion, and Bisharp that threaten Blacephalon. Cinderace compliments Blacephalon massively as it is able to handle special sponges like Tyranitar, Blissey, and Galarian Slowking that can handle defeat Blacephalon. (Bit of a nitpick but you used "handle x" in this sentence before) Cinderace's colorful movepool and ability Libero lets it wallbreak and clean the way for Blacephalon to clean up. Victini can also support Blacephalon tremendously by utilizing a Choice Band set to beat Pokemon like Mantine, (RC) and Toxapex that prove to be an obstacle for Blacephalon. With Drought support, Victini can shred apart even Water-type Pokemon like Seismitioad and Gastrodon. Volcarona and Rotom-H can weaken shared checks for Blacephalon (Not QC but wouldn't you want to list some examples here). (AP) Volcarona can also improve matchups like Electric and Dark while Rotom-H can utilize a Nasty Plot set to wallbreak defensive teams like Poison, or it may utilize a dual screen set to support Blacephalon in cleaning teams more effectively while also providing a valuable Ground-type immunity to the team. Heatran can support Blacephalon too by taking on Dragon-type Pokemon like Latios for it. Defensive Heatran also does a great job of checking threat like Nihilego and eases some pressure off of Blacephalon to deal with it. Stall breaker Heatran can eliminate walls like Mantine and Toxapex for Blacephalon. Volcanion is a decent teammate as it can help beat Pokemon such as Tapu Fini, Urshifu-R, and Toxapex, while also offering Defog support to the team.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Fire
--------
Blacephalon can also utilize a Choice Specs set to wallbreak as it has already high Special Attack stat and teams will struggle to take it on. (AP) However, (AC) Fire-type teams greatly appreciate the Speed ceiling that Blacephalon brings to the type with a Choice Scarf. A Substitute + Calm Mind set is also an option to take on specific teams like Normal. (AP) However, (AC) Cinderace already does a good job of beating such types and Blacephalon's low bulk grants less opportunities to set up.



Checks and Counters
===================

Fire
--------

**Priority moves**: Blacephalon is vulnerable to some common priority like Sucker Punch, Shadow Sneak, Aqua Jet and Accelerock from Pokemon such as Bisharp, Mimikyu, Azumarill and Lycanroc, respectively, which can easily deal with Blacephalon.

**Special Walls**: Special walls like Mantine, Mandibuzz, Rotom-W, Blissey, and Tyranitar can easily deal with Blacephalon as it cannot reliably beat such Pokemon. The aforementioned Pokemon can then proceed to cripple or weaken Blacephalon or set up Stealth Rock in the case of Blissey and Tyranitar. However, (AC) some of them need to be wary of Trick.

**Revenge Killers**: Even Faster Choice Scarf users like Latios, Gengar, Dragapult, Terrakion can outspeed Blacephalon and easily KO it.

**Residual Damage **: Thunder Wave also greatly hampers Blacephalon's revenge killing potential, making it vulnerable to opposing slower Pokemon. Klefki and Grimmsnarl can easily cripple it with priority Thunder Wave. (Maybe make a seperate catagory for this, as Thunder Wave isn't residual damage) Forms of residual damage like Toxic, Stealth Rock and Spikes make Blacephalon worn out and easier to handle for opposing teams.



[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Harpp, 320110]]
- Fire analysis by: [[Harpp, 320110]]
- Quality checked by: [[Decem, 362454], [Maple, 473171],
- Grammar checked by: [[<username1>, <userid1>], [<username2>, <userid2>]]
 
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[OVERVIEW]

Fire
========

High Special Attack, good Speed stat, STAB combination along with its ability Speed, a good STAB combination, and Beast Boost to steamroll team makes teams make Blacephalon a threatening revenge killer for Fire-type teams. Its above average Speed stat combined with a Choice Scarf lets it revenge kill Pokemon such as Tapu Koko, Zeraora, (AC) and Thundurus-T, (AC) which are otherwise threats to Fire-type teams. However, (AC) Blacephalon has absolutely no terrible bulk and finds it really hard really struggles to find opportunities to come into battle. Due to its poor bulk, even resisted attacks tend to take a good chunk of its health. Due to its typing, Blacephalon is also weak to common priority moves like Sucker Punch, Shadow Sneak, and Aqua Jet from Pokemon such as Bisharp, Aegislash, and Azumarill, respectively, which makes it easy to check Blacephalon. A lack of colorful lacking movepool also makes it more predictable for opposing teams.

[SET]
name: Choice Scarf (Fire)
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Psyshock
move 4: Trick
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Shadow Ball is the STAB move that is used to take takes down weakened Pokemon like Rotom-W, Urshifu-R, and Mantine. It also takes care of Ghost- and Psychic-type Pokemon such as Spectrier, Tapu Lele, (AC) and Slowbro. Flamethrower is the other STAB move that hits hard with Drought support and can easily take care of Pokemon like Tapu Koko, Landorus-T, and Thundurus-T with prior minor chip damage. Fire Blast may be used over Flamethrower, (AC) as it hits considerably harder, (AC) as it is able to OHKO a huge threat like letting it OHKO a huge threat in Tapu Koko without drought Drought support, though it is not as reliable as Flamethrower due to the accuracy. Psyshock is used to revenge kill a threatening Pokemon like Nihilego revenge kills the threatening Nihilego, which takes all other moves comfortably. Trick is important move to cripple bulky walls that can take on Blacephalon throughout the battle such as Mantine, defensive Heatran, (AC) and Blissey. It also gives Pokemon like Bulk Up Cinderace and Volcarona setup opportunities against suddenly Choice-locked defensive Pokemon locked due to Trick. Choice Scarf is used as an the item to help it Blacephalon revenge kill faster threats like Latias, Zeraora, (AC) and Dragapult for Fire-type teams.

Torkoal is a great teammate and premiere premier support Pokemon for Fire-type teams, (AC) as it provides Blacephalon not only with necessary Drought support to boost Fire-type moves and weakens Water-type attacks it also provide weaken Water-type attacks, but also quintessential Rapid Spin and Stealth Rock support. Torkoal is also able to pivot into physical attackers like Mimikyu, Drapion, and Bisharp that threaten Blacephalon. Cinderace compliments Blacephalon massively as it is able to handle complements Blacephalon fantastically, handling special sponge sponges like Tyranitar, Blissey, and Galarian Slowking that can handle Blacephalon. Cinderace's colorful movepool and ability Libero lets let it wallbreak and clean the way for Blacephalon to clean up. Choice Band Victini can also support Blacephalon tremendously by utilizing a Choice Band set to beat beating Pokemon like Mantine, and Toxapex that Mantine and Toxapex, which prove to be an obstacle obstacles for Blacephalon. With Drought support, Victini can shred apart even Water-type Pokemon like Seismitioad and Gastrodon. Volcarona and Rotom-H can weaken shared checks for Blacephalon; (comma -> semiclon) Volcarona can also improve matchups like Electric and Dark, (AC) while Rotom-H can utilize a Nasty Plot set to wallbreak through defensive teams like Poison teams, or it may utilize a dual screen screens set to support Blacephalon in cleaning teams more effectively while also providig a valuable Ground-type Blacephalon's cleaning. Either way, Rotom-H also provides a valuable Ground immunity to the team. Heatran can support Blacephalon too by taking take on Dragon-type Pokemon like Latios for it. Blacephalon. Defensive Heatran also does a great job of checking threat threats like Nihilego and eases Nihilego, easing some pressure off of Blacephalon to deal with it. Stall breaker Stallbreaker Heatran can eliminate walls like Mantine and Toxapex for Blacephalon. Volcanion is a decent teammate, (AC) as it can help beat Pokemon such as Tapu Fini, Urshifu-R, and Toxapex (RC) while also offering Defog support to the team.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Fire
--------
Blacephalon can also utilize a Choice Specs set to wallbreak, (AC) as it has its already high Special Attack stat an means teams will struggle to take it on however on; however, Fire-type teams greatly appreciate the Speed ceiling that Blacephalon brings to the type revenge killing that Blacephalon brings with a Choice Scarf. A Substitute + Calm Mind set is also an option to take on specific teams types (I imagine this works?) like Normal however Normal, but Cinderace already does a good job of beating such types, (AC) and Blacephalon's low bulk grants less it fewer opportunities to set up. (removed extra line break under)

Checks and Counters
===================

Fire
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**Priority moves**: Blacephalon is vulnerable to some common priority moves like Sucker Punch, Shadow Sneak, Aqua Jet, (AC) and Accelerock from Pokemon such as Bisharp, Mimikyu, Azumarill, (AC) and Lycanroc, respectively, which can easily deal with Blacephalon. it.

**Special Walls**: Special walls like Mantine, Mandibuzz, Rotom-W, Blissey, and Tyranitar can easily deal with Blacephalon as it cannot reliably beat such Pokemon. Aforementioned Pokemon wall Blacephalon, and they can proceed to cripple or weaken Blacephalon it, or set up Stealth Rock in the case of Blissey and Tyranitar. However, (AC) some (would "most" be appropriate?) of them need to be wary of Trick.

**Revenge Killers**: Even faster Choice Scarf users like Latios, Gengar, Dragapult, and Terrakion can outspeed Blacephalon and easily KO it.

**Residual Damage **: Thunder Wave also **Status and Residual Damage**: Paralysis greatly hampers Blacephalon's revenge killing potential, making it vulnerable to opposing slower Pokemon. Klefki and Grimmsnarl can easily cripple it with priority Thunder Wave. Forms of residual damage like Toxic, Stealth Rock, (AC) and Spikes make Blacephalon worn out and easier to handle for opposing teams. (removed extra line breaks under)

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Harpp, 320110]]
- Fire analysis by: [[Harpp, 320110]]
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[OVERVIEW]

Fire
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High Special Attack, good Speed stat, STAB combination along with its ability Beast Boost to steamroll team makes Speed, a good STAB combination, and Beast Boost to steamroll teams make Blacephalon a threatening revenge killer for Fire-type teams. Its above average Speed stat combined with a A Choice Scarf lets it revenge kill Pokemon such as Tapu Koko, Zeraora, (AC) and Thundurus-T, (AC) which are otherwise threats to Fire-type teams. However, (AC) Blacephalon has absolutely no bulk and finds it really hard to find opportunities to come into battle. Due to its poor bulk, even resisted attacks tend to take a good chunk of its health. Due to its typing, Blacephalon is weak to common priority moves like Sucker Punch, Shadow Sneak, and Aqua Jet from Pokemon such as Bisharp, Aegislash, and Azumarill, respectively, which makes it easy to check Blacephalon. A lack of colorful lacking movepool also makes it more predictable for opposing teams.

[SET]
name: Choice Scarf (Fire)
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Psyshock
move 4: Trick
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Shadow Ball is the STAB move that is used to take takes down weakened Pokemon like Rotom-W, Urshifu-R, and Mantine. It also takes care of Ghost- and Psychic-type Pokemon such as Spectrier, Tapu Lele, (AC) and Slowbro. Flamethrower is the other STAB move that provides more STAB coverage and hits hard with Drought support and can easily take support, easily taking care of Pokemon like Tapu Koko, Landorus-T, and Thundurus-T with prior minor chip damage. Fire Blast may be used over Flamethrower as it hits considerably harder as it is able to OHKO a huge threat like Tapu Koko without drought for considerably more power, with it OHKOing a huge threat in Tapu Koko without Drought support, though it is not reliable as Flamethrower due to the accuracy. Psyshock is used to revenge kill a threatening Pokemon like Nihilego in Nihilego, which takes all other moves comfortably. Trick is important move to cripple to debilitate bulky walls that can take on Blacephalon throughout the battle such as Mantine, defensive Heatran, (AC) and Blissey. It also gives Pokemon like Bulk Up Cinderace and Volcarona setup opportunities against Choice-locked defensive Pokemon locked due to Trick. Choice Scarf is used as an item to help it revenge kill faster threats like Latias, Zeraora, (AC) and Dragapult for Fire-type teams.

Torkoal is a great teammate and premiere support Pokemon for Fire-type teams as it provides Blacephalon not only with a premier support Pokemon for Blacephalon and Fire-type teams in general, providing not only necessary Drought support to boost Fire-type moves and weakens weaken Water-type attacks, (AC) but it also provides also quintessential Rapid Spin and Stealth Rock support. Torkoal is also able to can also pivot into physical attackers like Mimikyu, Drapion, and Bisharp that threaten Blacephalon. Cinderace compliments complements Blacephalon massively, (AC) as it is it's able to handle special sponge sponges like Tyranitar, Blissey, and Galarian Slowking that can handle Blacephalon. Cinderace's colorful movepool and ability Libero lets let it wallbreak and clean clear the way for Blacephalon to clean up. Victini can also support Blacephalon tremendously by utilizing a Choice Band set Thanks to Bolt Strike, Choice Band Victini is tremendous (i assume this still makes sense?) to beat Pokemon like Mantine (RC) and Toxapex, (AC) that which prove to be an obstacle obstacles for Blacephalon. With Drought support, Victini can shred apart even Water-type Water / Ground (I assume this is the point?) Pokemon like Seismitioad and Gastrodon with V-create. Volcarona and Rotom-H can weaken shared checks for Blacephalon, and Volcarona can improve matchups like Electric and Dark, (AC) while Rotom-H can utilize a Nasty Plot set to wallbreak break through defensive teams like Poison (RC) or it may utilize a dual screen set to support Blacephalon in cleaning teams more effectively while also providig a valuable Ground-type support Blacephalon with dual screens. Either way, Rotom-H provides a valuable Ground immunity to the team. Heatran can support Blacephalon too by taking on Dragon-type Pokemon like Latios for it. Defensive Heatran also does a great job of checking threat threats like Nihilego, (AC) and eases some pressure off of Blacephalon to deal with it. Stall breaker easing some pressure off of Blacephalon. Stallbreaker Heatran can eliminate walls like Mantine and Toxapex for Blacephalon. Volcanion is a decent teammate as it can decent to help beat Pokemon (either change "Pokemon" to "Water-types" or add a Pokemon that isn't Water-type to the list) such as Tapu Fini, Urshifu-R, and Toxapex, while also as well as offering Defog support to the team.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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Fire
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Blacephalon can also utilize a Choice Specs set to wallbreak, (AC) as it has already high Special Attack stat already-high Special Attack and teams will struggle to take it on however Fire-type on; however, Fire teams greatly appreciate the Speed ceiling that Blacephalon brings to the type with a Choice Scarf. A Substitute + Calm Mind set is also an option to take on specific teams like Normal however teams, but Cinderace already does a good job of beating such types, (AC) and Blacephalon's low bulk grants less fewer opportunities to set up. (removed extra linebreaks under)

Checks and Counters
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Fire
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**Priority moves**: Blacephalon is vulnerable to some common priority moves like Sucker Punch, Shadow Sneak, Aqua Jet, (AC) and Accelerock from Pokemon such as Bisharp, Mimikyu, Azumarill, (AC) and Lycanroc, respectively, which can easily deal with Blacephalon.

**Special Walls**: Special walls like Mantine, Mandibuzz, Rotom-W, Blissey, and Tyranitar can easily deal with Blacephalon as it cannot reliably beat such Pokemon. Aforementioned Pokemon take Blacephalon's attacks. They can proceed to cripple status (I assume?) or weaken Blacephalon, (AC) or set up Stealth Rock in the case of Blissey and Tyranitar. However, (AC) some of them need to be wary of Trick.

**Revenge Killers**: Even faster Choice Scarf users like Latios, Gengar, Dragapult, and Terrakion can outspeed Blacephalon and easily KO it.

**Residual Damage**: (removed space after "Damage") Thunder Wave also greatly hampers Blacephalon's revenge killing potential, making it vulnerable to opposing slower Pokemon. Klefki and Grimmsnarl can easily cripple it with priority Thunder Wave. land Thunder Wave with Prankster. Forms of residual damage like Toxic, Stealth Rock, (AC) and Spikes make Blacephalon worn out and easier to handle for opposing teams. (removed extra line breaks under)

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Harpp, 320110]]
- Fire analysis by: [[Harpp, 320110]]
- Quality checked by: [[Decem, 362454], [Maple, 473171]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Adeleine, 517429], [<username2>, <userid2>]]

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