Quality Control Black Sludge Amoonguss [QC 0/3]

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name: Black Sludge
move 1: Spore
move 2: Giga Drain
move 3: Hidden Power Fire
move 4: Sludge Bomb / Stun Spore
item: Black Sludge
ability: Regenerator
nature: Calm
evs: 248 HP / 56 Def / 204 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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* Spore grants Amoonguss the ability to put Pokemon such as Tornadus-T, Mega Alakazam, and Heatran to sleep, which gives Amoonguss a decent offensive presence.
*Hidden Power Fire allows Amoonguss to check Kartana, while also preventing it from being setup fodder for Mega Mawile and Shift Gear Magearna, as well as being Spikes fodder for Ferrothorn.
* Sludge Bomb's notable Poison chance and damage output makes it the preferred option over Clear Smog.
* Stun Spore can be run instead of Sludge Bomb to still be able to cripple threats that think they're safe after it has put a Pokemon to sleep.
* Clear Smog is also an option that can be run instead of Sludge Bomb to neutralize boosting threats such as Clefable and Serperior.

Set Details
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* 56 Defense EVs allow Amoonguss to live a +2 Smart Strike from Kartana
* The given Special Defense investment along with a Calm nature allow Amoonguss to avoid a 2HKO from Ash-Greninja's Dark Pulse and lets Amoonguss check Pokemon like Magearna and Tapu Koko more reliably.
* On stall teams, a more physically defensive spread can be run to check threatening stallbreakers such as Mega Mawile and Choice Band Tapu Bulu more reliably.

Usage Tips
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* Amoonguss should be brought in safely against Pokemon that it can check, such as Ash-Greninja, Magearna, Tapu Bulu, and Clefable. From there, it should look to cripple the opposition.
* Thanks to Amoonguss's decent bulk and Regenerator, it can also pivot into Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Landorus-T and Kartana to scout what move they lock themselves into.
* Be mindful of when to use Spore, because a fodder Pokemon could come in to take it for other Pokemon such as Mega Alakazam, Heatran, and Tornadus-T, which will actively be looking to take advantage of Amoonguss.
* If Pokemon such as Tornadus-T, Mega Alakazam, and Zapdos are predicted to switch in once another Pokemon has been put to sleep with Spore, Amoonguss should attempt to cripple them with Stun Spore, in Tornadus-T and Mega Alakzam's case, or poison them with Sludge Bomb.
* It's also important to actively utilize Regenerator with double switches out of Pokemon that it checks, because Amoonguss needs to be at a high range of HP to consistently check Pokemon, and this allows it to keep up the maximum amount of momentum.

Team Options
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* Amoonguss fits on teams ranging from balance to bulky offensive, to even some stall teams.
* While Amoonguss has enough bulk to pivot into Ash-Greninja, having a Dark-resistant Pokemon like Clefable, Assault Vest Magearna, and Tyranitar is still rather important to prevent Amoonguss from getting flinched down by Dark Pulse.
* Steel-types like Magearna, Celesteela, and Jirachi can check Psychic-type Pokemon like Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele that threaten Amoonguss.
* Because Heatran is a massive threat to Amoonguss, Pokemon that can check it such as Garchomp and Gliscor are good teammates.
* Mega Slowbro in particular is a good partner to Amoonguss as they can form a Regenerator core while Mega Slowbro checks Heatran, Mega Medicham, and Mega Latios. In return, Amoonguss keeps Electric-types in check and removes Toxic Spikes.
* Electric-types like Rotom-W, Zapdos, and Tapu Koko are capable of checking Tornadus-T, which is one of the main Pokemon that will try to actively take advantage of Amoonguss.
* Because Amoonguss has to stay at high health to consistently check Pokemon, which is deterred by hazards, Pokemon that can remove entry hazards like Tornadus-T and Rotom-W are good teammates.
 
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Just a community member :) Leaving my thoughts here.

Hidden Power Fire allows Amoonguss to check Kartana, while also preventing it from being setup fodder for Mega Mawile and Shift Gear Magearna, as well as being Spikes fodder for Ferrothorn.
I don't think this is entirely true for the case of Mawile/Ferrothorn, it has rather lacking damage output.
  • 0 SpA Amoonguss Hidden Power Fire vs. 92 HP / 0 SpD Mawile-Mega: 78-94 (29.5 - 35.6%) -- 27.8% chance to 3HKO
  • 0 SpA Amoonguss Hidden Power Fire vs. 252 HP / 232+ SpD Ferrothorn: 104-124 (29.5 - 35.2%) -- 99.9% chance to 4HKO after Leftovers recovery
Probably fine for Mage though, while it can't do much with HP Fire Mage can't really touch it either.
Mega Slowbro in particular is a good partner to Amoonguss as they can form a Regenerator core while Mega Slowbro checks Heatran and Mega Latios.
Is this really true? Slowbro doesn't have great spdef, it's not going to take a Draco very well. Heatran can also Toxic it upon switchin

Electric-types like Rotom-W and Tapu Koko are capable of checking Tornadus-T, which is one of the main Pokemon that will try to actively take advantage of Amoonguss.
I would mention Zapdos as well. These two often don't have reliable recovery and are prone to getting knocked off.
 

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I don't think this is entirely true for the case of Mawile/Ferrothorn, it has rather lacking damage output.
the point the OP makes isn't that Amoonguss is a fullproof method of stopping them, but rather, instead of letting those Pokemon abuse it without any consequence, it does decent enough damage to either prevent them from doing it or get them in range of a teammate - 30% chip isn't minor for breakers that take advantage of being able to tank a hit or two like Mawile or defensive pivots like Ferro that don't have reliable recovery.

without HP Fire, amoonguss allows itself to be complete Ferro bait; it can switch in for entirely free & Spike up without taking any sort of punishment.

similarly, Mawile can hard in & SD freely( as long as Spore has already been used), since Giga Drain does absolutely nothing. HP Fire does a decent enough amount of damage to deter it from doing so, or if it does, it's now within range of a LOT more attacks.
 
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Hi, just leaving some suggestions n_n

On stall teams, a more physically defensive spread can be run to check threatening stallbreakers such as Mega Mawile more reliably.
I'd add CB Tapu Bulu aswell.

Thanks to Amoonguss's decent bulk, great resistances, and Regenerator, it can also pivot into Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Landorus-T to scout what move they lock themselves into.
It's not really resistances that help scout choice locked Pokemon, mostly just bulk and regen. Maybe "great typing" would work better because the fact it isn't weak to Landorus/Gren/Kart's choice locked moves is useful.

Mega Slowbro in particular is a good partner to Amoonguss as they can form a Regenerator core while Mega Slowbro checks Heatran and Mega Latios
Maybe add Medicham too since alot of teams struggle against it, usually more so than Latios.
 

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