PU Bronzor

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[OVERVIEW]

Bronzor is an incredibly passive Pokemon that must rely on the combination of Psywave and Toxic to chip down opposing Pokemon. This often leaves it as potential setup fodder for Pokemon like RestTalk Spiritomb that don't mind Toxic; additionally, when asleep, Bronzor can be exploited by Pokemon like Nasty Plot Alolan Raichu and Shell Smash Omastar. Its passivity generally leaves Bronzor outclassed by less passive Stealth Rock setters like Mesprit, Aggron, and Mudsdale. Bronzor is incapable of threatening Skuntank, one of the most common Defoggers in PU, making it difficult to keep Stealth Rock up against Black Sludge and Pursuit Skuntank. Bronzor relies heavily on its Eviolite to serve as an effective defensive switch-in, meaning if it loses its Eviolite to Knock Off from Gurdurr or Trick from Mesprit, Bronzor struggles to keep up defensively. Furthermore, because it must hold an Eviolite to actually check what it wants to, Bronzor cannot hold an item such as Leftovers or a pinch Berry to provide it with passive recovery and must rely on the unreliable Rest. For these reasons, Bronzor is at best a niche defensive Pokemon with many useful resistances and immunities, letting it serve as a stop to many threatening wallbreakers and setup sweepers in the tier such as Aggron, Aurorus, Lilligant, and Lycanroc as well as set Stealth Rock against other Stealth Rock setters.

[SET]
name: Defensive
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Psywave
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Rest
item: Eviolite
ability: Levitate
nature: Bold
evs: 252 HP / 144 Def / 112 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Toxic allows Bronzor to prevent setup sweepers like Scyther and Carracosta from taking complete advantage of it. Rest gives Bronzor a source of consistent recovery and removes status inflicted upon it by Pokemon such as Lanturn and Poliwrath, although it forces Bronzor to be asleep.

Set Details
========

252 HP EVs and 112 Special Defense EVs in conjunction with Eviolite let Bronzor avoid being 3HKOed by +6 Clefairy's Moonblast. Levitate provides Bronzor with an immunity to Ground, assisting it in checking Ground-types like Alolan Dugtrio and Mudsdale.

Usage Tips
========

Bronzor can gain good opportunities to set up Stealth Rock by switching into Pokemon it checks like Aurorus and setting Stealth Rock as they switch out. Additionally, Bronzor can use this opportunity to throw off a Toxic or Psywave to prevent a setup sweeper or Taunt user like Omastar, non-Lum Berry Pinsir, or Jellicent from freely switching in. Playing around Skuntank is a key to getting any success out of Bronzor, as Skuntank can easily switch into Bronzor and clear Stealth Rock with no fear of Toxic and Psywave and potentially threaten to Pursuit trap Bronzor. If the opponent has a Skuntank, it's best to just double switch out to a Skuntank check. Although Bronzor is capable of checking Pokemon such as Lilligant and Alolan Sandslash, scouting these Pokemon for super effective coverage options is crucial to keep Bronzor healthy enough to check Pokemon such as Togedemaru, Lurantis, and Choice Scarf Primeape. Be careful of switching Bronzor into Pokemon that can carry Trick or Knock Off like Mesprit, Rotom-F, and Gurdurr, as Bronzor needs its Eviolite to check prominent Rock- and Normal-type wallbreakers like Aggron and Stoutland. While Rest is great for clearing status like burn and paralysis from Bronzor as well as healing it back to full, it comes with the drawback of putting Bronzor asleep. Because of this, don't rely heavily on Rest as the main means of restoring Bronzor's health, as an asleep Bronzor can be easily exploited by setup sweepers like Gurdurr and Dodrio.

Team Options
========

Bronzor fits best on defensive and stall builds that can cover its deficiencies via the defensive and utility capabilities of its teammates. Audino is a great partner for Bronzor, as it can use Wish to keep Bronzor at a good percentage of health and carries Heal Bell to remove status like burn and sleep from Bronzor. Other clerics like Altaria and Articuno pair well with Bronzor, as Altaria can switch into Knock Off from Pokemon like Gurdurr for Bronzor, while Articuno helps check special attackers Bronzor struggles with like Oricorio-G and Choice Specs Jellicent. Dark-resistant Pokemon like Skuntank and Poliwrath help to check Pokemon like Spiritomb, Absol, and opposing Skuntank. Skuntank can also deal with Ghost-types like Haunter for Bronzor, while Poliwrath can serve as a secondary check to physical wallbreakers like Aggron, Kangaskhan, and Stoutland. Offensive checks to Skuntank like Gurdurr, Alolan Dugtrio, and bulky Oricorio-E are also appreciated by Bronzor given its inability to do anything against Skuntank. In return, Bronzor can switch into Ground-type attacks for Skuntank and Alolan Dugtrio, checks Psychic-types like Mesprit and Jynx for Poliwrath and Gurdurr, and checks Rock- and Ice-types for Oricorio-E. Spikes setters like Froslass and Qwilfish can form an entry hazard stacking core with Bronzor, with Qwilfish also supplying Toxic Spikes. Additionally, Froslass can spinblock to prevent Pokemon like Hitmonchan from clearing hazards, while both Froslass and Qwilfish can opt to use Taunt to prevent slower Defoggers like Altaria from removing hazards. Bulky Water-types like Jellicent, Poliwrath, and Quagsire appreciate Bronzor's ability to check Grass-types like Lilligant and Bellossom. Other common staples of stall teams like Pyukumuku, Mudsdale, and Qwilfish work well alongside Bronzor. Pyukumuku walls setup sweepers like Gurdurr, Scyther, and Kabutops that may try to use Bronzor as setup fodder, while Rocky Helmet variants of Mudsdale and Qwilfish can sponge Knock Off.

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

Bronzor can forgo Stealth Rock if a teammate already has it and use Sleep Talk, letting it become less passive while asleep. Reflect can also be used over Stealth Rock and helps prevent Bronzor from being Pursuit trapped.

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

**Dark-types**: Skuntank is affected by neither Toxic nor Psywave, can switch directly into Bronzor to clear its Stealth Rock, and threatens to 3HKO Bronzor with either Crunch or Dark Pulse. Spiritomb can switch into Bronzor's Psywave, set up Calm Mind, and use Rest to clear status from Toxic and restore its health. Dark-type wallbreakers like Alolan Raticate, Absol, and Shiftry can threaten to set up against Bronzor and OHKO it with strong STAB attacks or remove its Eviolite with Knock Off, although they do not appreciate being badly poisoned by Toxic. Additionally, Alolan Raticate and Absol can Pursuit trap Bronzor.

**Loss of Eviolite**: Knock Off users like Clefairy, Alolan Sandslash, and Zangoose can cripple Bronzor for the rest of the battle by removing its Eviolite. Trick users like Mesprit and Rotom-F can also threaten to remove Bronzor's Eviolite and severely compromise its defenses.

**Ghost-types**: Haunter is immune to Toxic and threatens heavy damage with Shadow Ball. Defensive variants of Jellicent can threaten to shut Bronzor down with Taunt, while Choice Specs Jellicent 2HKOes it with Shadow Ball. Oricorio-G can pressure Bronzor to switch out and set up Substitute or Calm Mind, but it risks being crippled by Toxic if it directly switches into Bronzor. Sableye can Taunt Bronzor and prevent it from doing anything to Sableye.

**Setup Sweepers**: Although none of them enjoy being badly poisoned, Pokemon like Omastar, Dodrio, and Alolan Raichu can use Bronzor as setup fodder and then heavily pressure it with strong STAB attacks or Z-Moves. Additionally, Alolan Raichu can use Substitute on a use of Toxic, further worsening this matchup.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Rabia, 336073]]
- Quality checked by: [[Megazard, 202117], [yogi, 252106], [tondas, 442732]]
- Grammar checked by: [[The Dutch Plumberjack, 232216], [frostration, 447027]]
 
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[OVERVIEW]

* Bronzor is a niche defensive Pokemon capable of serving as a stop to many threatening wallbreakers and setup sweepers in the tier such as Aggron, Aurorus, Lilligant, and Lycanroc.
* Bronzor's plethora of resistances and immunities gives it ample opportunities to set up Stealth Rock against foes such as Mesprit, Regirock, Mudsdale, and Weezing. Weezing taunts you tho, maybe change this or just have three examples
* Unfortunately, Bronzor is incredibly passive and must rely on the combination of Psywave and Toxic to chip down opposing Pokemon. This often leaves it as potential setup fodder for Pokemon like Spiritomb, Alolan Sandslash, and Type: Null, which either cannot be badly poisoned by Toxic or can remove status with Rest. Because of its passivity, Bronzor faces great competition from other Stealth Rock users like Mesprit, Aggron, and Mudsdale, which all are less passive than Bronzor, aren't reliant on Eviolite to serve as competent defensive Pokemon, and possess extra utility that further solidifies their roles as top-tier Stealth Rock users.
* Bronzor is incapable of threatening Skuntank, one of the most common Defoggers in PU, making it difficult to keep Stealth Rock up against teams that have Skuntank.
* Bronzor relies heavily on its Eviolite to serve as an effective check to Pokemon such as Kangaskhan, Swanna, and Bellossom, meaning if it loses its Eviolite to Knock Off from Clefairy or Trick from Mesprit, Bronzor struggles to keep up defensively. Also means it can't viably have passive recovery which especially sucks if you're asleep
* Bronzor is also incredibly reliant on Rest to stay healthy, giving setup sweepers like Gurdurr, Qwilfish, Omastar, and Scyther a chance to set up for free.

[SET]
name: Defensive
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Psywave
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Rest
item: Eviolite
ability: Levitate
nature: Bold
evs: 252 HP / 144 Def / 112 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

* Stealth Rock is mandatory on any serious competitive team and chips away at common switch-ins to Bronzor such as Skuntank, Spiritomb, and Haunter. Specify Calm Mind Spiritomb, physical wisp sets hate being hit with toxic
* Psywave is Bronzor's most consistent form of damage output, slowly breaking down opposing entry hazard setters like Aggron, Qwilfish, Regirock, and Mudsdale. It's not very consistent due to the fact that you can get really bad low rolls, I'd just say it's the best damaging move it has besides toxic
* Toxic allows Bronzor to cripple opposing walls like Assault Vest Lanturn, Hitmonchan, and Crabominable these aren't walls.. while also preventing setup sweepers like Oricorio-G could taunt though, Scyther, and Carracosta from taking complete advantage of Bronzor.
* Rest gives Bronzor a source of consistent recovery, letting it continuously check Rock-, Ice-, and Normal-type Pokemon like Aurorus, Rotom-F, and Kangaskhan. Additionally, Rest also removes status inflicted upon Bronzor by Pokemon such as Froslass, Weezing, and Poliwrath, although forces Bronzor to be asleep.

Set Details
========

* 252 HP EVs and 112 Special Defense EVs in conjunction with Eviolite let Bronzor avoid a 3HKO by +6 Clefairy's Moonblast while also preventing Bronzor from being 4HKOed by Swanna's Scald. The Special Defense investment also allows Bronzor to better take on special attackers like Mesprit, Aurorus, Lilligant, and Bellossom. The remaining EVs are invested in Defense alongside a Bold nature so that Bronzor can better take on physical Rock- and Normal-types like Aggron, Lycanroc, Kangaskhan, and Stoutland.
* Levitate provides Bronzor with an immunity to Ground, assisting it in checking Ground-types like Alolan Dugtrio and Mudsdale.

Usage Tips
========

* Bronzor should try to set up Stealth Rock early-game in order to gain consistent residual damage on the opposing team. Mention what exactly you get to set rocks on, and what leads may carry taunt
* Although Bronzor is capable of checking Pokemon such as Aggron, Lycanroc, Lilligant, and Alolan Sandslash, scouting these Pokemon for super effective coverage options I'd perhaps change Aggron, it shouldn't be running fire coverage at all rn, is crucial to keep Bronzor healthy enough to check Pokemon such as Togedemaru, Lurantis, and Choice Scarf Primeape.
* If predicting a setup sweeper like Omastar, Carracosta, or Pinsir to switch into Bronzor, using Toxic is smart in order to prevent them from setting up without repercussions.
* Additionally, using Toxic often early- and mid-game is an effective way to create a favorable late-game for Bronzor's team.
* Be careful of switching Bronzor into Pokemon that can carry Trick or Knock Off like Mesprit, Rotom-F, Clefairy, and Alolan Sandslash, as Bronzor needs its Eviolite to check prominent Rock- and Normal-type wallbreakers like Aggron and Stoutland.
* While Rest is great for clearing status like burn and paralysis from Bronzor as well as healing it back to full, it comes with the drawback of forcing Bronzor asleep. Because of this, don't rely heavily on Rest as the main means of restoring Bronzor's health, as an asleep Bronzor can be easily exploited by setup sweepers like Gurdurr, Qwilfish, and Oricorio-G.
Mention smth about planning/playing around skunk, it's a really big roadblock for zor

You can use zor to pivot into things that can't touch it, good opportunity to fire off a toxic or set rocks

Team Options
========

* Bronzor fits best on defensive and stall builds that can cover its deficiencies via the defensive and utility capabilities of its teammates.
* Audino is a great partner for Bronzor, as it can use Wish to keep Bronzor at a good percentage of health while also carrying Heal Bell to remove status like burn and sleep from Bronzor. Other clerics like Clefairy and Altaria also pair well with Bronzor. Clefairy can cripple fast special attackers like Omastar after Shell Smash, Oricorio-G, and Lilligant with Thunder Wave, while Altaria can sponge uses of Knock Off from Pokemon like Gurdurr and Absol for Bronzor.
* Dark-resistant Pokemon like Skuntank and Poliwrath help to check Pokemon like Spiritomb, Absol, and opposing Skuntank. I'd 100% emphasize dealing with skunk, throw in some things that can threaten it offensively too. Skuntank can also deal with Ghost-types like Oricorio-G and Haunter for Bronzor, while Poliwrath can serve as a secondary check to physical wallbreakers like Aggron, Kangaskhan, and Stoutland. In return, Bronzor can switch into Ground-type attacks for Skuntank and checks Psychic-types like Mesprit and Jynx for Poliwrath.
* Spikes setters like Froslass, Qwilfish, and Roselia can form an entry hazard stacking core with Bronzor. Rosey and bronzor don't have great synergy with each other, plus I wouldn't really use it in general Additionally, Froslass can spinblock to prevent Pokemon like Hitmonchan from clearing hazards, while both Froslass and Qwilfish can opt to use Taunt to prevent slower Defoggers like Altaria from removing hazards.
You might as well mention other stall mons. Pyuku walls out things that may try to turn zor into setup fodder, mudsdale/helmet weezing punish knock off, latter sets tspikes

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

* Hypnosis could be opted for over Toxic to prevent setup sweepers from switching into Bronzor and immediately taking advantage of it, but Hypnosis has shaky accuracy, and Bronzor is reliant on Toxic to not be even more passive than it already is.
* Psych Up lets Bronzor copy boosts from the opposing Pokemon such as? be sure to specifiy what this actually helps bronzor beat, but does little to help Bronzor keep up with setup Pokemon like Omastar and Carracosta, which do not boost defensive stats.
* Dual screens is an option to increase Bronzor's bulk, but forces Bronzor to drop Toxic and become more passive. I'd relegate this to just Reflect to soften the blow on Pursuit, running dual screens strips it of way too much to be viable

RestTalk lets it be slightly less passive when asleep. Obviously you have to sacrifice smth like rocks

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

**Dark-types**: Skuntank is affected by neither Toxic nor Psywave, can switch directly into Bronzor to clear its Stealth Rock, and threatens to 3HKO Bronzor with either Crunch or Dark Pulse. Spiritomb can switch into Bronzor's Psywave, set up Calm Mind, and use Rest to clear status from Toxic and restore its health. Dark-type wallbreakers like Alolan Raticate, Absol, and Shiftry can threaten to set up against Bronzor and OHKO it with strong STAB attacks can also remove eviolite with knock off, although they do not appreciate being badly poisoned by Toxic. Stoutland can carry Crunch to hit Bronzor for super effective damage. Mention some of these being able to chip bronzor with pursuit if it tries switching out

**Ghost-types**: Haunter cannot be badly poisoned by Toxic and threatens heavy damage with Shadow Ball. Oricorio-G can pressure Bronzor to switch out and set up Substitute or Calm Mind Taunt as well, but risks being crippled by Toxic if it directly switches into Bronzor. Sableye can Taunt Bronzor and prevent it from doing anything to Sableye.

**Setup Sweepers**: Although none of them enjoy being badly poisoned, Pokemon like Omastar, Carracosta, and Alolan Raichu can use Bronzor as setup fodder and then heavily pressure it with strong STAB attacks or Z-Moves. Raichu can also sub on a potential toxic

**Loss of Eviolite**: Knock Off users like Clefairy, Alolan Sandslash, and Zangoose can cripple Bronzor for the rest of the battle by removing its Eviolite. Trick users like Mesprit and Rotom-F can also threaten to remove Bronzor's Eviolite and severely compromise its defenses.

Add a section for taunt users, prevents zor from setting rocks, using toxic, or healing off damage.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Rabia, 336073]]
- Quality checked by: [[, ], [, ], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
good job on this by the way
 
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So this is gonna need to get updated both for the whole C&C standards changing thing because this is super wordy, and for tier shifts. I'll probably make a few references to those here and there, but I'd definitely look through this as you're implementing it for anything else, especially the standards update since every section could get significantly shorter
[OVERVIEW]

* Bronzor is a niche defensive Pokemon capable of serving as a stop to many threatening wallbreakers and setup sweepers in the tier such as Aggron, Aurorus, Lilligant, and Lycanroc.
* Bronzor's plethora of resistances and immunities gives it ample opportunities to set up Stealth Rock against foes such as Mesprit, Regirock, and Mudsdale.
* Unfortunately, Bronzor is incredibly passive and must rely on the combination of Psywave and Toxic to chip down opposing Pokemon. This often leaves it as potential setup fodder for Pokemon like Spiritomb, Alolan Sandslash, and Type: Null, which either cannot be badly poisoned by Toxic or can remove status with Rest.
* Because of its passivity, Bronzor faces great competition from other Stealth Rock users like Mesprit, Aggron, and Mudsdale, which all are less passive than Bronzor, aren't reliant on Eviolite to serve as competent defensive Pokemon, and possess extra utility that further solidifies their roles as top-tier Stealth Rock users.
* Bronzor is incapable of threatening Skuntank, one of the most common Defoggers in PU, making it difficult to keep Stealth Rock up against teams that have Skuntank.
* Bronzor relies heavily on its Eviolite to serve as an effective check to Pokemon such as Kangaskhan, Swanna, and Bellossom, meaning if it loses its Eviolite to Knock Off from Clefairy or Trick from Mesprit, Bronzor struggles to keep up defensively. Because it must hold an Eviolite to actually check what it wants to, Bronzor cannot hold an item such as Leftovers or a pinch Berry to provide it with passive recovery.
* Bronzor is also incredibly reliant on Rest to stay healthy, giving setup sweepers like Gurdurr, Qwilfish, Omastar, and Scyther a chance to set up for free.

none of this is wrong or bad info and u dont have to remove things just for the sake of making it shorter, but I at least see the extreme amount of example pokemon as something which can be toned down with no real cost

[SET]
name: Defensive
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Psywave
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Rest
item: Eviolite
ability: Levitate
nature: Bold
evs: 252 HP / 144 Def / 112 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

* Stealth Rock is mandatory on any serious competitive team and chips away at common switch-ins to Bronzor such as Skuntank, Haunter, and Calm Mind Spiritomb.
* Psywave is Bronzor's most best form of damage output other than Toxic, slowly breaking down opposing entry hazard setters like Aggron, Qwilfish, Regirock, and Mudsdale.
* Toxic allows Bronzor to cripple opposing Pokemon like Assault Vest Lanturn, Hitmonchan, and Crabominable while also preventing setup sweepers like Scyther, Carracosta, and non-Taunt Oricorio-G from taking complete advantage of Bronzor.
* Rest gives Bronzor a source of consistent recovery, letting it continuously check Rock-, Ice-, and Normal-type Pokemon like Aurorus, Rotom-F, and Kangaskhan. Additionally, Rest also removes status inflicted upon Bronzor by Pokemon such as Froslass, Weezing, and Poliwrath, although forces Bronzor to be asleep.

Set Details
========

* 252 HP EVs and 112 Special Defense EVs in conjunction with Eviolite let Bronzor avoid a 3HKO by +6 Clefairy's Moonblast while also preventing Bronzor from being 4HKOed by Swanna's Scald. The Special Defense investment also allows Bronzor to better take on special attackers like Mesprit, Aurorus, Lilligant, and Bellossom. The remaining EVs are invested in Defense alongside a Bold nature so that Bronzor can better take on physical Rock- and Normal-types like Aggron, Lycanroc, Kangaskhan, and Stoutland.
* Levitate provides Bronzor with an immunity to Ground, assisting it in checking Ground-types like Alolan Dugtrio and Mudsdale.

Usage Tips
========

* Bronzor should try to set up Stealth Rock early-game in order to gain consistent residual damage on the opposing team. Bronzor can gain good opportunities to set up Stealth Rock by switching into Pokemon it checks like Aurorus and setting Stealth Rock as they switch out. Additionally, Bronzor can also use this opportunity to throw off a Toxic. not sure that a super basic "set rocks" point rly says much
* However, Bronzor must be cautious of opposing Pokemon that carry Taunt such as Froslass, Weezing, and Stealth Rock Aggron, as they can shut Bronzor down. "try not to get taunted" is the kind of thing i would be removing
* Playing around Skuntank is a key to getting any success out of Bronzor, as Skuntank can easily switch into Bronzor and clear Stealth Rock with no fear of Toxic or Psywave. If the opponent has a Skuntank, it's best to just switch Bronzor out and bring in a Skuntank check.
* Although Bronzor is capable of checking Pokemon such as Lycanroc, Lilligant, and Alolan Sandslash, scouting these Pokemon for super effective coverage options is crucial to keep Bronzor healthy enough to check Pokemon such as Togedemaru, Lurantis, and Choice Scarf Primeape. i dont see lycanroc belonging on this list, like alolaslash will run knock decently frequently (especially in jellicent meta maybe?) but nobody rly uses fire fang/crunch lycan at all
* If predicting a setup sweeper like Omastar, Carracosta, or Pinsir to switch into Bronzor, using Toxic is smart in order to prevent them from setting up without repercussions.
* Additionally, using Toxic often early- and mid-game is an effective way to create a favorable late-game for Bronzor's team. ye this also is kinda redundant, u want to rock early and then it's kinda obv what there is left to do
* Be careful of switching Bronzor into Pokemon that can carry Trick or Knock Off like Mesprit, Rotom-F, Clefairy, and Alolan Sandslash, as Bronzor needs its Eviolite to check prominent Rock- and Normal-type wallbreakers like Aggron and Stoutland.
* While Rest is great for clearing status like burn and paralysis from Bronzor as well as healing it back to full, it comes with the drawback of forcing Bronzor asleep. Because of this, don't rely heavily on Rest as the main means of restoring Bronzor's health, as an asleep Bronzor can be easily exploited by setup sweepers like Gurdurr, Qwilfish, and Oricorio-G. oricorio manhandles you anyway and qwil is not commonly a setup sweeper

Team Options
========

* Bronzor fits best on defensive and stall builds that can cover its deficiencies via the defensive and utility capabilities of its teammates.
* Audino is a great partner for Bronzor, as it can use Wish to keep Bronzor at a good percentage of health while also carrying Heal Bell to remove status like burn and sleep from Bronzor. Other clerics like Clefairy and Altaria also pair well with Bronzor. Clefairy can cripple fast special attackers like Omastar after Shell Smash, Oricorio-G, and Lilligant with Thunder Wave, while Altaria can sponge uses of Knock Off from Pokemon like Gurdurr and Absol for Bronzor.
* Dark-resistant Pokemon like Skuntank and Poliwrath help to check Pokemon like Spiritomb, Absol, and opposing Skuntank. Skuntank can also deal with Ghost-types like Oricorio-G and Haunter for Bronzor, while Poliwrath can serve as a secondary check to physical wallbreakers like Aggron, Kangaskhan, and Stoutland. Offensive checks to Skuntank like Gurdurr, Alolan Dugtrio, and bulky Oricorio-E are also appreciated by Bronzor given its inability to do anything against Skuntank. In return, Bronzor can switch into Ground-type attacks for Skuntank and Alolan Dugtrio, checks Psychic-types like Mesprit and Jynx for Poliwrath and Gurdurr, and checks Rock- and Ice-types for Oricorio-E.
* Spikes setters like Froslass, Qwilfish, and Roselia can form an entry hazard stacking core with Bronzor. Additionally, Froslass can spinblock to prevent Pokemon like Hitmonchan from clearing hazards, while both Froslass and Qwilfish can opt to use Taunt to prevent slower Defoggers like Altaria from removing hazards.
* Other common staples of stall teams like Pyukumuku, Mudsdale, and Weezing work well alongside Bronzor. Pyukumuku walls setup sweepers like Gurdurr, Scyther, and Kabutops that may try to use Bronzor as setup fodder, while Rocky Helmet variants of Mudsdale and Weezing can sponge Knock Off. Additionally, Weezing can set up Toxic Spikes alongside Bronzor's Stealth Rock.

something brief about mons that appreciate zor's support would be fair. this is mostly what teammates can do for bronzor, not what bronzor can do for its teammates

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

* Bronzor can forgo Stealth Rock if a teammate already has it and use Sleep Talk, letting it become less passive while asleep.
* Hypnosis could be opted for over Toxic to prevent setup sweepers from switching into Bronzor and immediately taking advantage of it, but Hypnosis has shaky accuracy, and Bronzor is reliant on Toxic to not be even more passive than it already is. this is so bad i woudlnt mention it here
* Psych Up lets Bronzor copy boosts from opposing Pokemon like Lilligant and Clefairy, but does little to help Bronzor keep up with setup Pokemon like Omastar and Carracosta, which do not boost defensive stats. same as hypnosis
* Reflect is an option to increase Bronzor's Defense, which is helpful against Pursuit trappers like Skuntank and Absol, but forces Bronzor to give up Toxic and become even more passive. same as psych up

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

**Dark-types**: Skuntank is affected by neither Toxic nor Psywave, can switch directly into Bronzor to clear its Stealth Rock, and threatens to 3HKO Bronzor with either Crunch or Dark Pulse. Spiritomb can switch into Bronzor's Psywave, set up Calm Mind, and use Rest to clear status from Toxic and restore its health. Dark-type wallbreakers like Alolan Raticate, Absol, and Shiftry can threaten to set up against Bronzor and OHKO it with strong STAB attacks or remove its Eviolite with Knock Off, although they do not appreciate being badly poisoned by Toxic. Stoutland can carry Crunch to hit Bronzor for super effective damage. Additionally, Alolan Raticate, Absol, and physical variants of Spiritomb can Pursuit trap Bronzor. stoutland doesnt belong in the dark types section, it doesnt even commonly run crunch. in theory u could make it dark type coverage, but i would not agree with that change since there's already a knock section. stoutland is not a notable check or annoyance for bronzor so it's fine to not have

**Ghost-types**: Haunter cannot be badly poisoned by Toxic and threatens heavy damage with Shadow Ball. Oricorio-G can pressure Bronzor to switch out and set up Substitute or Calm Mind, but risks being crippled by Toxic if it directly switches into Bronzor. Sableye can Taunt Bronzor and prevent it from doing anything to Sableye.

**Taunt**: Pokemon like Froslass, Oricorio-G, Weezing, and lead Aggron can all outspeed and use Taunt on Bronzor, effectively shutting it down until it switches out.

**Setup Sweepers**: Although none of them enjoy being badly poisoned, Pokemon like Omastar, Carracosta, and Alolan Raichu can use Bronzor as setup fodder and then heavily pressure it with strong STAB attacks or Z-Moves. Additionally, Alolan Raichu can use Substitute on a use of Toxic, further worsening this matchup.

**Loss of Eviolite**: Knock Off users like Clefairy, Alolan Sandslash, and Zangoose can cripple Bronzor for the rest of the battle by removing its Eviolite. Trick users like Mesprit and Rotom-F can also threaten to remove Bronzor's Eviolite and severely compromise its defenses.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Rabia, 336073]]
- Quality checked by: [[, ], [, ], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
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Rabia

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So this is gonna need to get updated both for the whole C&C standards changing thing because this is super wordy, and for tier shifts. I'll probably make a few references to those here and there, but I'd definitely look through this as you're implementing it for anything else, especially the standards update since every section could get significantly shorter

View attachment 1402501/3, this is quite good
did this, wasn't sure if any other moves are deemed as super "duh" so I only removed the stealth rock mention because it's super clear to me what it does without any help. psywave felt mandatory enough to explain why to use it over other moves while toxic dissuading setup sweepers sounds nice. i could see rest getting removed and perhaps toning down on toxic's description though. just lmk if it's still too wordy and I'll fix it :]
 

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yeah it's more writeup dependent imo and rocks might still get a quick, half a sentence mention or somth and that'd be fine. u could pare them down but idt it's a problem
 

Rabia

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yeah it's more writeup dependent imo and rocks might still get a quick, half a sentence mention or somth and that'd be fine. u could pare them down but idt it's a problem
i think i'll just throw back in the original bullet but just keep the part about "rocks are run on good teams"; that seems fair enough and useful to a new player considering ive seen plenty of bad teams without hazards
 

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[OVERVIEW]

* Bronzor is a niche defensive Pokemon capable of serving as a stop to many threatening wallbreakers and setup sweepers in the tier such as Aggron, Aurorus, Lilligant, and Lycanroc.
* Bronzor's plethora of resistances and immunities gives it ample opportunities to set up Stealth Rock against other Stealth Rock setters. (merge this with the above point)
* Unfortunately, Bronzor is incredibly passive and must rely on the combination of Psywave and Toxic to chip down opposing Pokemon. This often leaves it as potential setup fodder for Pokemon like Spiritomb, Alolan Sandslash, and Type: Null, which either cannot be badly poisoned by Toxic or can remove status with Rest. (ok so, sd type null is super trash right now and the only good set for it is pivot, sd alolan sandslash is like only using icicle crash and iron head, not knock off (or extremely rarely) so that's also not a good example. please specify crotomb)
* Because of its passivity, Bronzor faces great competition from other Stealth Rock users like Mesprit, Aggron, and Mudsdale that all are less passive than Bronzor, aren't reliant on Eviolite to serve as competent defensive Pokemon, and possess extra utility that further solidifies their roles as top-tier Stealth Rock users.
* Bronzor is incapable of threatening Skuntank, one of the most common Defoggers in PU, making it difficult to keep Stealth Rock up against teams that have Skuntank. (especially pursuit and black sludge variants)
* Bronzor relies heavily on its Eviolite to serve as an effective defensive switch-in, meaning if it loses its Eviolite to Knock Off from Clefairy (not really) or Trick from Mesprit, Bronzor struggles to keep up defensively. Because it must hold an Eviolite to actually check what it wants to, Bronzor cannot hold an item such as Leftovers or a pinch Berry to provide it with passive recovery.
* Bronzor is also incredibly reliant on Rest to stay healthy, giving setup sweepers a chance to set up for free. (you can probably combine some of these points to make this less long-winded)

[SET]
name: Defensive
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Psywave
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Rest
item: Eviolite
ability: Levitate
nature: Bold
evs: 252 HP / 144 Def / 112 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

* Stealth Rock is mandatory on any serious competitive team. (remove, if people don't know what this move does they shouldn't be playing pokemon)
* Psywave is Bronzor's most consistent form of damage output other than Toxic. (remove again, it's so obvious what this does)
* Toxic allows Bronzor to prevent setup sweepers like Scyther, Carracosta, and non-Taunt Oricorio-G from taking complete advantage of it. (remove ori-g, you've already said in checks and counters that ori-g has mostly a better match-up be it via taunt or sub+rev dance)
* Rest gives Bronzor a source of consistent recovery and removes status inflicted upon it by Pokemon such as Froslass, Weezing, and Poliwrath, although it forces Bronzor to be asleep. (i do understand this point, but it makes it seem like you rest on these pokemon, which is super untrue for the former 2)

Set Details
========

* 252 HP EVs and 112 Special Defense EVs in conjunction with Eviolite let Bronzor avoid a 3HKO by +6 Clefairy's Moonblast while also preventing Bronzor from being 4HKOed by Swanna's Scald. (can there maybe be more relevant examples? i kinda get the clef one because this pokemon largely features on stall, but swanna???)
* Levitate provides Bronzor with an immunity to Ground, assisting it in checking Ground-types like Alolan Dugtrio and Mudsdale.

Usage Tips
========

* Bronzor can gain good opportunities to set up Stealth Rock by switching into Pokemon it checks like Aurorus and setting Stealth Rock as they switch out. Additionally, Bronzor can also use this opportunity to throw off a Toxic.
* Playing around Skuntank is a key to getting any success out of Bronzor, as Skuntank can easily switch into Bronzor and clear Stealth Rock with no fear of Toxic or Psywave. If the opponent has a Skuntank, it's best to just switch Bronzor out and bring in a Skuntank check. (do you mean doubling?)
* Although Bronzor is capable of checking Pokemon such as Lilligant and Alolan Sandslash, scouting these Pokemon for super effective coverage options is crucial to keep Bronzor healthy enough to check Pokemon such as Togedemaru, Lurantis, and Choice Scarf Primeape. (you're way to shaky of a lurantis check)
* If predicting a setup sweeper like Omastar, Carracosta, or Pinsir to switch into Bronzor, using Toxic is smart in order to prevent them from setting up without repercussions. (psywave is also ok. lum pinsir is also a thing) (this could probs be merged with the first bullet by the way, because it's literally the same point just expanded)
* Be careful of switching Bronzor into Pokemon that can carry Trick or Knock Off like Mesprit, Rotom-F, Clefairy, and Alolan Sandslash, as Bronzor needs its Eviolite to check prominent Rock- and Normal-type wallbreakers like Aggron and Stoutland. (again, don't mention clef)
* While Rest is great for clearing status like burn and paralysis from Bronzor as well as healing it back to full, it comes with the drawback of forcing Bronzor asleep. Because of this, don't rely heavily on Rest as the main means of restoring Bronzor's health, as an asleep Bronzor can be easily exploited by setup sweepers like Gurdurr, Dodrio, and Scyther. (you mean, sd scyther abuses you? because it doesn't really lol)

Team Options
========

* Bronzor fits best on defensive and stall builds that can cover its deficiencies via the defensive and utility capabilities of its teammates.
* Audino is a great partner for Bronzor, as it can use Wish to keep Bronzor at a good percentage of health while also carrying Heal Bell to remove status like burn and sleep from Bronzor. Other clerics like Clefairy (no) and Altaria also pair well with Bronzor. Clefairy can cripple fast special attackers like Omastar after Shell Smash, Oricorio-G, and Lilligant with Thunder Wave, while Altaria can sponge uses of Knock Off from Pokemon like Gurdurr and Absol for Bronzor.
* Dark-resistant Pokemon like Skuntank and Poliwrath help to check Pokemon like Spiritomb, Absol, and opposing Skuntank. Skuntank can also deal with Ghost-types like Oricorio-G (lol, skunk is an awful ori-g answer. sub ori-g plays mind games to absolute fuck it around, which was one of the main reasons sub was such a good set for a very long time) and Haunter for Bronzor, while Poliwrath can serve as a secondary check to physical wallbreakers like Aggron, Kangaskhan, and Stoutland. Offensive checks to Skuntank like Gurdurr, Alolan Dugtrio, and bulky Oricorio-E are also appreciated by Bronzor given its inability to do anything against Skuntank. In return, Bronzor can switch into Ground-type attacks for Skuntank and Alolan Dugtrio, checks Psychic-types like Mesprit and Jynx for Poliwrath and Gurdurr, and checks Rock- and Ice-types for Oricorio-E.
* Spikes setters like Froslass, Qwilfish, and Roselia can form an entry hazard stacking core with Bronzor (you wouldn't use roselia and bronzor on the same team though). Additionally, Froslass can spinblock to prevent Pokemon like Hitmonchan from clearing hazards, while both Froslass and Qwilfish can opt to use Taunt to prevent slower Defoggers like Altaria from removing hazards.
* Bulky Water-types like Jellicent, Poliwrath, and Quagsire appreciate Bronzor's ability to check Grass-types like Lilligant and Bellossom.
* Other common staples of stall teams like Pyukumuku, Mudsdale, and Weezing work well alongside Bronzor (weezing isn't really a stall staple though). Pyukumuku walls setup sweepers like Gurdurr, Scyther, and Kabutops that may try to use Bronzor as setup fodder (scyther really doesn't use it as fodder), while Rocky Helmet variants of Mudsdale and Weezing can sponge Knock Off. Additionally, Weezing can set up Toxic Spikes alongside Bronzor's Stealth Rock. (you'd just use qwil over weezing. the only reason you'd use weezing is for the ground resist, and bronzor already offers that)

why is there no articuno mention? it's an absolute integral part of pu stall

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

* Bronzor can forgo Stealth Rock if a teammate already has it and use Sleep Talk, letting it become less passive while asleep.
* Reflect, it's a useful move over sr if the team has one, plus stops it being pursuit bait

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

**Dark-types**: Skuntank is affected by neither Toxic nor Psywave, can switch directly into Bronzor to clear its Stealth Rock, and threatens to 3HKO Bronzor with either Crunch or Dark Pulse. Spiritomb can switch into Bronzor's Psywave, set up Calm Mind, and use Rest to clear status from Toxic and restore its health. Dark-type wallbreakers like Alolan Raticate, Absol, and Shiftry can threaten to set up against Bronzor and OHKO it with strong STAB attacks or remove its Eviolite with Knock Off, although they do not appreciate being badly poisoned by Toxic. Additionally, Alolan Raticate, Absol, and physical variants of Spiritomb can Pursuit trap Bronzor. (err, physical tomb just loses to bronzor, or is at least super fucked over by it, because it presses toxic then just presses rest, so that's a bad example)

**Ghost-types**: Haunter cannot be badly poisoned by Toxic and threatens heavy damage with Shadow Ball. Defensive variants of Jellicent can threaten to shut Bronzor down with Taunt, while Choice Specs Jellicent 2HKOes it with Shadow Ball. Oricorio-G can pressure Bronzor to switch out and set up Substitute or Calm Mind, but risks being crippled by Toxic if it directly switches into Bronzor. Sableye can Taunt Bronzor and prevent it from doing anything to Sableye.

**Taunt**: Pokemon like Froslass, Weezing, and lead Aggron can all outspeed and use Taunt on Bronzor, effectively shutting it down until it switches out. (if you're gonna put taunt here, then it's gonna need to be way further down. not setting stealth rock isn't the end for it, and it effectively fucks 2/3 of the pokemon you just mentioned with psywave. really this point is overall poor because it doesn't shut it down at all)

**Setup Sweepers**: Although none of them enjoy being badly poisoned, Pokemon like Omastar, Dodrio, and Alolan Raichu can use Bronzor as setup fodder and then heavily pressure it with strong STAB attacks or Z-Moves. Additionally, Alolan Raichu can use Substitute on a use of Toxic, further worsening this matchup.

**Loss of Eviolite**: Knock Off users like Clefairy, Alolan Sandslash, and Zangoose can cripple Bronzor for the rest of the battle by removing its Eviolite. Trick users like Mesprit and Rotom-F can also threaten to remove Bronzor's Eviolite and severely compromise its defenses. (knock off users should be way higher, don't include clef with these and mention like gurdurr please. knock completely cripples its defensive capabilities)

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QC 2/3. Get this written up.
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[OVERVIEW]

Bronzor is a niche defensive Pokemon with many useful resistances and immunities, letting it serve as a stop to many threatening wallbreakers and setup sweepers in the tier such as Aggron, Aurorus, Lilligant, and Lycanroc while also set Stealth Rock against other setters (specify rockers since qwil/froslass are leads that can taunt you). Unfortunately, Bronzor is incredibly passive and must rely on the combination of Psywave and Toxic to chip down opposing Pokemon. This often leaves it as potential setup fodder for Pokemon like RestTalk Spiritomb that don't mind poison or are immune to it (other mons can threaten setup if bronzor's asleep as well) and generally leaves Bronzor outclassed by less passive Stealth Rock setters like Mesprit, Aggron, and Mudsdale. Bronzor is incapable of threatening Skuntank, one of the most common Defoggers in PU, making it difficult to keep Stealth Rock up against Black Sludge and Pursuit Skuntank. Bronzor relies heavily on its Eviolite to serve as an effective defensive switch-in, meaning if it loses its Eviolite to Knock Off from Gurdurr or Trick from Mesprit, Bronzor struggles to keep up defensively. Because it must hold an Eviolite to actually check what it wants to, Bronzor cannot hold an item such as Leftovers or a pinch Berry to provide it with passive recovery and must rely on the unreliable Rest.

[SET]
name: Defensive
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Psywave
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Rest
item: Eviolite
ability: Levitate
nature: Bold
evs: 252 HP / 144 Def / 112 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Toxic allows Bronzor to prevent setup sweepers like Scyther and Carracosta from taking complete advantage of it. Rest gives Bronzor a source of consistent recovery and removes status inflicted upon it by Pokemon such as Lanturn and Poliwrath, although it forces Bronzor to be asleep.

Set Details
========

252 HP EVs and 112 Special Defense EVs in conjunction with Eviolite let Bronzor avoid being 3HKOed by +6 Clefairy's Moonblast. Levitate provides Bronzor with an immunity to Ground, assisting it in checking Ground-types like Alolan Dugtrio and Mudsdale.

Usage Tips
========

Bronzor can gain good opportunities to set up Stealth Rock by switching into Pokemon it checks like Aurorus and setting Stealth Rock as they switch out. Additionally, Bronzor can also use this opportunity to throw off a Toxic or Psywave to prevent a setup sweeper like Omastar, Carracosta, or non-Lum Berry Pinsir from freely switching in (also catches taunt users like jelli and sableye). Playing around Skuntank is a key to getting any success out of Bronzor, as Skuntank can easily switch into Bronzor and clear Stealth Rock with no fear of Toxic and Psywave and potentially threaten to Pursuit trap Bronzor. If the opponent has a Skuntank, it's best to just double switch into a Skuntank check. Although Bronzor is capable of checking Pokemon such as Lilligant and Alolan Sandslash, scouting these Pokemon for super effective coverage options is crucial to keep Bronzor healthy enough to check Pokemon such as Togedemaru, Lurantis, and Choice Scarf Primeape. Be careful of switching Bronzor into Pokemon that can carry Trick or Knock Off like Mesprit, Rotom-F, and Gurdurr, as Bronzor needs its Eviolite to check prominent Rock- and Normal-type wallbreakers like Aggron and Stoutland. While Rest is great for clearing status like burn and paralysis from Bronzor as well as healing it back to full, it comes with the drawback of forcing Bronzor asleep. Because of this, don't rely heavily on Rest as the main means of restoring Bronzor's health, as an asleep Bronzor can be easily exploited by setup sweepers like Gurdurr and Dodrio.

Team Options
========

Bronzor fits best on defensive and stall builds that can cover its deficiencies via the defensive and utility capabilities of its teammates. Audino is a great partner for Bronzor, as it can use Wish to keep Bronzor at a good percentage of health while also carrying Heal Bell to remove status like burn and sleep from Bronzor. Other clerics like Altaria and Articuno pair well with Bronzor, as Altaria can switch into Knock Off from Pokemon like Gurdurr and Absol (altaria doesn't particularly switch into absol well) for Bronzor, while Articuno helps check special attackers Bronzor struggles with like Oricorio-G and Choice Specs Jellicent. Dark-resistant Pokemon like Skuntank and Poliwrath help to check Pokemon like Spiritomb, Absol, and opposing Skuntank. Skuntank can also deal with Ghost-types like Haunter for Bronzor, while Poliwrath can serve as a secondary check to physical wallbreakers like Aggron, Kangaskhan, and Stoutland. Offensive checks to Skuntank like Gurdurr, Alolan Dugtrio, and bulky Oricorio-E are also appreciated by Bronzor given its inability to do anything against Skuntank. In return, Bronzor can switch into Ground-type attacks for Skuntank and Alolan Dugtrio, checks Psychic-types like Mesprit and Jynx for Poliwrath and Gurdurr, and checks Rock- and Ice-types for Oricorio-E. Spikes setters like Froslass and Qwilfish can form an entry hazard stacking core with Bronzor. Additionally, Froslass can spinblock to prevent Pokemon like Hitmonchan from clearing hazards, while both Froslass and Qwilfish can opt to use Taunt to prevent slower Defoggers like Altaria from removing hazards. Bulky Water-types like Jellicent, Poliwrath, and Quagsire appreciate Bronzor's ability to check Grass-types like Lilligant and Bellossom. Other common staples of stall teams like Pyukumuku, Mudsdale, and Qwilfish work well alongside Bronzor. Pyukumuku walls setup sweepers like Gurdurr, Scyther, and Kabutops that may try to use Bronzor as setup fodder, while Rocky Helmet variants of Mudsdale and Qwilfish can sponge Knock Off. Additionally, Qwilfish can set up Toxic Spikes alongside Bronzor's Stealth Rock (you can probably move this bit over to where you talk about spikers and then cut out this sentence entirely).

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

Bronzor can forgo Stealth Rock if a teammate already has it and use Sleep Talk, letting it become less passive while asleep. Reflect can also be used over Stealth Rock and helps prevent Bronzor from being Pursuit trapped.

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

**Dark-types**: Skuntank is affected by neither Toxic nor Psywave, can switch directly into Bronzor to clear its Stealth Rock, and threatens to 3HKO Bronzor with either Crunch or Dark Pulse. Spiritomb can switch into Bronzor's Psywave, set up Calm Mind, and use Rest to clear status from Toxic and restore its health. Dark-type wallbreakers like Alolan Raticate, Absol, and Shiftry can threaten to set up against Bronzor and OHKO it with strong STAB attacks or remove its Eviolite with Knock Off, although they do not appreciate being badly poisoned by Toxic. Additionally, Alolan Raticate and Absol can Pursuit trap Bronzor.

**Loss of Eviolite**: Knock Off users like Clefairy, Alolan Sandslash, and Zangoose can cripple Bronzor for the rest of the battle by removing its Eviolite. Trick users like Mesprit and Rotom-F can also threaten to remove Bronzor's Eviolite and severely compromise its defenses.

**Ghost-types**: Haunter cannot be badly poisoned by Toxic and threatens heavy damage with Shadow Ball. Defensive variants of Jellicent can threaten to shut Bronzor down with Taunt, while Choice Specs Jellicent 2HKOes it with Shadow Ball. Oricorio-G can pressure Bronzor to switch out and set up Substitute or Calm Mind, but risks being crippled by Toxic if it directly switches into Bronzor. Sableye can Taunt Bronzor and prevent it from doing anything to Sableye.

**Setup Sweepers**: Although none of them enjoy being badly poisoned, Pokemon like Omastar, Dodrio, and Alolan Raichu can use Bronzor as setup fodder and then heavily pressure it with strong STAB attacks or Z-Moves. Additionally, Alolan Raichu can use Substitute on a use of Toxic, further worsening this matchup.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Rabia, 336073]]
- Quality checked by: [[Megazard, 202117], [yogi, 252106], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
QC 3/3, excellent work :blobthumbsup:
 

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[OVERVIEW]

Bronzor is a niche defensive Pokemon with many useful resistances and immunities, letting it serve as a stop to many threatening wallbreakers and setup sweepers in the tier such as Aggron, Aurorus, Lilligant, and Lycanroc while also as well as set Stealth Rock against other Stealth Rock setters. Unfortunately, Bronzor is incredibly passive and must rely on the combination of Psywave and Toxic to chip down opposing Pokemon. This often leaves it as potential setup fodder for Pokemon like RestTalk Spiritomb that don't mind Toxic; additionally, when asleep, Bronzor can be exploited by Pokemon like Nasty Plot Alolan Raichu and Shell Smash Omastar. Its passivity generally leaves Bronzor outclassed by less passive Stealth Rock setters like Mesprit, Aggron, and Mudsdale. Bronzor is incapable of threatening Skuntank, one of the most common Defoggers in PU, making it difficult to keep Stealth Rock up against Black Sludge and Pursuit Skuntank. Bronzor relies heavily on its Eviolite to serve as an effective defensive switch-in, meaning if it loses its Eviolite to Knock Off from Gurdurr or Trick from Mesprit, Bronzor struggles to keep up defensively. Furthermore, because it must hold an Eviolite to actually check what it wants to, Bronzor cannot hold an item such as Leftovers or a pinch Berry to provide it with passive recovery and must rely on the unreliable Rest. (literally 80% of this overview is reasons why not to use it, would probably make sense to cap off with that one unvaluable role why it is getting an analysis)

[SET]
name: Defensive
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Psywave
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Rest
item: Eviolite
ability: Levitate
nature: Bold
evs: 252 HP / 144 Def / 112 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Toxic allows Bronzor to prevent setup sweepers like Scyther and Carracosta from taking complete advantage of it. Rest gives Bronzor a source of consistent recovery and removes status inflicted upon it by Pokemon such as Lanturn and Poliwrath, although it forces Bronzor to be asleep.

Set Details
========

252 HP EVs and 112 Special Defense EVs in conjunction with Eviolite let Bronzor avoid being 3HKOed by +6 Clefairy's Moonblast. Levitate provides Bronzor with an immunity to Ground, assisting it in checking Ground-types like Alolan Dugtrio and Mudsdale.

Usage Tips
========

Bronzor can gain good opportunities to set up Stealth Rock by switching into Pokemon it checks like Aurorus and setting Stealth Rock as they switch out. Additionally, Bronzor can also use this opportunity to throw off a Toxic or Psywave to prevent a setup sweeper or Taunt user like Omastar, non-Lum Berry Pinsir, or Jellicent from freely switching in. Playing around Skuntank is a key to getting any success out of Bronzor, as Skuntank can easily switch into Bronzor and clear Stealth Rock with no fear of Toxic and Psywave and potentially threaten to Pursuit trap Bronzor. If the opponent has a Skuntank, it's best to just double switch into out to a Skuntank check. Although Bronzor is capable of checking Pokemon such as Lilligant and Alolan Sandslash, scouting these Pokemon for super effective coverage options is crucial to keep Bronzor healthy enough to check Pokemon such as Togedemaru, Lurantis, and Choice Scarf Primeape. Be careful of switching Bronzor into Pokemon that can carry Trick or Knock Off like Mesprit, Rotom-F, and Gurdurr, as Bronzor needs its Eviolite to check prominent Rock- and Normal-type wallbreakers like Aggron and Stoutland. While Rest is great for clearing status like burn and paralysis from Bronzor as well as healing it back to full, it comes with the drawback of forcing putting Bronzor asleep. Because of this, don't rely heavily on Rest as the main means of restoring Bronzor's health, as an asleep Bronzor can be easily exploited by setup sweepers like Gurdurr and Dodrio.

Team Options
========

Bronzor fits best on defensive and stall builds that can cover its deficiencies via the defensive and utility capabilities of its teammates. Audino is a great partner for Bronzor, as it can use Wish to keep Bronzor at a good percentage of health while also carrying and carries Heal Bell to remove status like burn and sleep from Bronzor. Other clerics like Altaria and Articuno pair well with Bronzor, as Altaria can switch into Knock Off from Pokemon like Gurdurr for Bronzor, while Articuno helps check special attackers Bronzor struggles with like Oricorio-G and Choice Specs Jellicent. Dark-resistant Pokemon like Skuntank and Poliwrath help to check Pokemon like Spiritomb, Absol, and opposing Skuntank. Skuntank can also deal with Ghost-types like Haunter for Bronzor, while Poliwrath can serve as a secondary check to physical wallbreakers like Aggron, Kangaskhan, and Stoutland. Offensive checks to Skuntank like Gurdurr, Alolan Dugtrio, and bulky Oricorio-E are also appreciated by Bronzor given its inability to do anything against Skuntank. In return, Bronzor can switch into Ground-type attacks for Skuntank and Alolan Dugtrio, checks Psychic-types like Mesprit and Jynx for Poliwrath and Gurdurr, and checks Rock- and Ice-types for Oricorio-E. Spikes setters like Froslass and Qwilfish can form an entry hazard stacking core with Bronzor, with Qwilfish also supplying Toxic Spikes. Additionally, Froslass can spinblock to prevent Pokemon like Hitmonchan from clearing hazards, while both Froslass and Qwilfish can opt to use Taunt to prevent slower Defoggers like Altaria from removing hazards. Bulky Water-types like Jellicent, Poliwrath, and Quagsire appreciate Bronzor's ability to check Grass-types like Lilligant and Bellossom. Other common staples of stall teams like Pyukumuku, Mudsdale, and Qwilfish work well alongside Bronzor. Pyukumuku walls setup sweepers like Gurdurr, Scyther, and Kabutops that may try to use Bronzor as setup fodder, while Rocky Helmet variants of Mudsdale and Qwilfish can sponge Knock Off.

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

Bronzor can forgo Stealth Rock if a teammate already has it and use Sleep Talk, letting it become less passive while asleep. Reflect can also be used over Stealth Rock and helps prevent Bronzor from being Pursuit trapped.

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

**Dark-types**: Skuntank is affected by neither Toxic nor Psywave, can switch directly into Bronzor to clear its Stealth Rock, and threatens to 3HKO Bronzor with either Crunch or Dark Pulse. Spiritomb can switch into Bronzor's Psywave, set up Calm Mind, and use Rest to clear status from Toxic and restore its health. Dark-type wallbreakers like Alolan Raticate, Absol, and Shiftry can threaten to set up against Bronzor and OHKO it with strong STAB attacks or remove its Eviolite with Knock Off, although they do not appreciate being badly poisoned by Toxic. Additionally, Alolan Raticate and Absol can Pursuit trap Bronzor.

**Loss of Eviolite**: Knock Off users like Clefairy, Alolan Sandslash, and Zangoose can cripple Bronzor for the rest of the battle by removing its Eviolite. Trick users like Mesprit and Rotom-F can also threaten to remove Bronzor's Eviolite and severely compromise its defenses.

**Ghost-types**: Haunter cannot be badly poisoned by is immune to (or "cannot be affected" or w/e, all optional in the end though) Toxic and threatens heavy damage with Shadow Ball. Defensive variants of Jellicent can threaten to shut Bronzor down with Taunt, while Choice Specs Jellicent 2HKOes it with Shadow Ball. Oricorio-G can pressure Bronzor to switch out and set up Substitute or Calm Mind, but it risks being crippled by Toxic if it directly switches into Bronzor. Sableye can Taunt Bronzor and prevent it from doing anything to Sableye.

**Setup Sweepers**: Although none of them enjoy being badly poisoned, Pokemon like Omastar, Dodrio, and Alolan Raichu can use Bronzor as setup fodder and then heavily pressure it with strong STAB attacks or Z-Moves. Additionally, Alolan Raichu can use Substitute on a use of Toxic, further worsening this matchup.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Rabia, 336073]]
- Quality checked by: [[Megazard, 202117], [yogi, 252106], [tondas, 442732]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
 

Rabia

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GP 1/2
[OVERVIEW]

Bronzor is a niche defensive Pokemon with many useful resistances and immunities, letting it serve as a stop to many threatening wallbreakers and setup sweepers in the tier such as Aggron, Aurorus, Lilligant, and Lycanroc while also as well as set Stealth Rock against other Stealth Rock setters. Unfortunately, Bronzor is incredibly passive and must rely on the combination of Psywave and Toxic to chip down opposing Pokemon. This often leaves it as potential setup fodder for Pokemon like RestTalk Spiritomb that don't mind Toxic; additionally, when asleep, Bronzor can be exploited by Pokemon like Nasty Plot Alolan Raichu and Shell Smash Omastar. Its passivity generally leaves Bronzor outclassed by less passive Stealth Rock setters like Mesprit, Aggron, and Mudsdale. Bronzor is incapable of threatening Skuntank, one of the most common Defoggers in PU, making it difficult to keep Stealth Rock up against Black Sludge and Pursuit Skuntank. Bronzor relies heavily on its Eviolite to serve as an effective defensive switch-in, meaning if it loses its Eviolite to Knock Off from Gurdurr or Trick from Mesprit, Bronzor struggles to keep up defensively. Furthermore, because it must hold an Eviolite to actually check what it wants to, Bronzor cannot hold an item such as Leftovers or a pinch Berry to provide it with passive recovery and must rely on the unreliable Rest. (literally 80% of this overview is reasons why not to use it, would probably make sense to cap off with that one unvaluable role why it is getting an analysis)

[SET]
name: Defensive
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Psywave
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Rest
item: Eviolite
ability: Levitate
nature: Bold
evs: 252 HP / 144 Def / 112 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Toxic allows Bronzor to prevent setup sweepers like Scyther and Carracosta from taking complete advantage of it. Rest gives Bronzor a source of consistent recovery and removes status inflicted upon it by Pokemon such as Lanturn and Poliwrath, although it forces Bronzor to be asleep.

Set Details
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252 HP EVs and 112 Special Defense EVs in conjunction with Eviolite let Bronzor avoid being 3HKOed by +6 Clefairy's Moonblast. Levitate provides Bronzor with an immunity to Ground, assisting it in checking Ground-types like Alolan Dugtrio and Mudsdale.

Usage Tips
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Bronzor can gain good opportunities to set up Stealth Rock by switching into Pokemon it checks like Aurorus and setting Stealth Rock as they switch out. Additionally, Bronzor can also use this opportunity to throw off a Toxic or Psywave to prevent a setup sweeper or Taunt user like Omastar, non-Lum Berry Pinsir, or Jellicent from freely switching in. Playing around Skuntank is a key to getting any success out of Bronzor, as Skuntank can easily switch into Bronzor and clear Stealth Rock with no fear of Toxic and Psywave and potentially threaten to Pursuit trap Bronzor. If the opponent has a Skuntank, it's best to just double switch into out to a Skuntank check. Although Bronzor is capable of checking Pokemon such as Lilligant and Alolan Sandslash, scouting these Pokemon for super effective coverage options is crucial to keep Bronzor healthy enough to check Pokemon such as Togedemaru, Lurantis, and Choice Scarf Primeape. Be careful of switching Bronzor into Pokemon that can carry Trick or Knock Off like Mesprit, Rotom-F, and Gurdurr, as Bronzor needs its Eviolite to check prominent Rock- and Normal-type wallbreakers like Aggron and Stoutland. While Rest is great for clearing status like burn and paralysis from Bronzor as well as healing it back to full, it comes with the drawback of forcing putting Bronzor asleep. Because of this, don't rely heavily on Rest as the main means of restoring Bronzor's health, as an asleep Bronzor can be easily exploited by setup sweepers like Gurdurr and Dodrio.

Team Options
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Bronzor fits best on defensive and stall builds that can cover its deficiencies via the defensive and utility capabilities of its teammates. Audino is a great partner for Bronzor, as it can use Wish to keep Bronzor at a good percentage of health while also carrying and carries Heal Bell to remove status like burn and sleep from Bronzor. Other clerics like Altaria and Articuno pair well with Bronzor, as Altaria can switch into Knock Off from Pokemon like Gurdurr for Bronzor, while Articuno helps check special attackers Bronzor struggles with like Oricorio-G and Choice Specs Jellicent. Dark-resistant Pokemon like Skuntank and Poliwrath help to check Pokemon like Spiritomb, Absol, and opposing Skuntank. Skuntank can also deal with Ghost-types like Haunter for Bronzor, while Poliwrath can serve as a secondary check to physical wallbreakers like Aggron, Kangaskhan, and Stoutland. Offensive checks to Skuntank like Gurdurr, Alolan Dugtrio, and bulky Oricorio-E are also appreciated by Bronzor given its inability to do anything against Skuntank. In return, Bronzor can switch into Ground-type attacks for Skuntank and Alolan Dugtrio, checks Psychic-types like Mesprit and Jynx for Poliwrath and Gurdurr, and checks Rock- and Ice-types for Oricorio-E. Spikes setters like Froslass and Qwilfish can form an entry hazard stacking core with Bronzor, with Qwilfish also supplying Toxic Spikes. Additionally, Froslass can spinblock to prevent Pokemon like Hitmonchan from clearing hazards, while both Froslass and Qwilfish can opt to use Taunt to prevent slower Defoggers like Altaria from removing hazards. Bulky Water-types like Jellicent, Poliwrath, and Quagsire appreciate Bronzor's ability to check Grass-types like Lilligant and Bellossom. Other common staples of stall teams like Pyukumuku, Mudsdale, and Qwilfish work well alongside Bronzor. Pyukumuku walls setup sweepers like Gurdurr, Scyther, and Kabutops that may try to use Bronzor as setup fodder, while Rocky Helmet variants of Mudsdale and Qwilfish can sponge Knock Off.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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Bronzor can forgo Stealth Rock if a teammate already has it and use Sleep Talk, letting it become less passive while asleep. Reflect can also be used over Stealth Rock and helps prevent Bronzor from being Pursuit trapped.

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

**Dark-types**: Skuntank is affected by neither Toxic nor Psywave, can switch directly into Bronzor to clear its Stealth Rock, and threatens to 3HKO Bronzor with either Crunch or Dark Pulse. Spiritomb can switch into Bronzor's Psywave, set up Calm Mind, and use Rest to clear status from Toxic and restore its health. Dark-type wallbreakers like Alolan Raticate, Absol, and Shiftry can threaten to set up against Bronzor and OHKO it with strong STAB attacks or remove its Eviolite with Knock Off, although they do not appreciate being badly poisoned by Toxic. Additionally, Alolan Raticate and Absol can Pursuit trap Bronzor.

**Loss of Eviolite**: Knock Off users like Clefairy, Alolan Sandslash, and Zangoose can cripple Bronzor for the rest of the battle by removing its Eviolite. Trick users like Mesprit and Rotom-F can also threaten to remove Bronzor's Eviolite and severely compromise its defenses.

**Ghost-types**: Haunter cannot be badly poisoned by is immune to (or "cannot be affected" or w/e, all optional in the end though) Toxic and threatens heavy damage with Shadow Ball. Defensive variants of Jellicent can threaten to shut Bronzor down with Taunt, while Choice Specs Jellicent 2HKOes it with Shadow Ball. Oricorio-G can pressure Bronzor to switch out and set up Substitute or Calm Mind, but it risks being crippled by Toxic if it directly switches into Bronzor. Sableye can Taunt Bronzor and prevent it from doing anything to Sableye.

**Setup Sweepers**: Although none of them enjoy being badly poisoned, Pokemon like Omastar, Dodrio, and Alolan Raichu can use Bronzor as setup fodder and then heavily pressure it with strong STAB attacks or Z-Moves. Additionally, Alolan Raichu can use Substitute on a use of Toxic, further worsening this matchup.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Rabia, 336073]]
- Quality checked by: [[Megazard, 202117], [yogi, 252106], [tondas, 442732]]
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