Copyediting [Cobalion] :Sewage: 2 [GP:1/2]


[OVERVIEW]
Cobalion's flexibility and utility make it one of the best role-compression options on bulky offense and balance teams. Its typing and ability Justified give it many openings against Pokemon such as Scizor, Zarude, non-Stun Spore Amoonguss, and Nihilego to reliably boost with Swords Dance or set Stealth Rock. This also helps Cobalion punish choice-locked Zygarde-10% and Diggersby for using Outrage and Body Slam, respectively. Its quadruple resistance to Stealth Rock makes Cobalion incredibly difficult to wear down without other forms of residual damage. Cobalion is an excellent user of Swords Dance, exploiting Pokemon such as the aforementioned Scizor and Zarude. After a boost, coverage options like Stone Edge and Megahorn have limited switch-ins and can eliminate checks like Moltres, Gyarados, and Slowking—though the lack of perfect accuracy can make them sonewhat unreliable. Cobalion also boasts some useful utility options such as Stealth Rock to chip down switch-ins, Toxic for crippling checks like Hippowdon and Salamence, and Volt Switch to gain momentum off of checks like Galarian Slowbro. Cobalion's Speed tier also helps it offensively check dangerous Pokemon like Hydreigon, Nihilego, and Thundurus-T. However, its mediocre base 90 Attack means it's dependent on Swords Dance to be threatening, and teams with good Cobalion counterplay like Hippowdon and Galarian Slowbro can prevent it from setting up in front of desirable targets such as Scizor and Zarude. Non-Swords Dance Cobalion sets struggle to reliably break through Scizorand must be paired with other methods of checking it. Cobalion's speed tier, while impressive, still leaves it vulnerable to common offensive Pokemon such as Azelf and Zygarde-10%. Cobalion's subpar Special Defense means it can have trouble facing bulky Water-types like Rotom-W and Slowking. This also means that Cobalion takes notable damage from even resisted special moves like Choice Scarf Hydreigon's Draco Meteor and Vanilluxe's Blizzard. Cobalion's neutrality to Fairy, Flying, and Psychic hinders its role as a Steel-type against foes like Togekiss and Hatterene, which can strain teambuilding.

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Stone Edge / Iron Head
move 4: Megahorn
item: Leftovers / Rocky Helmet / Shuca Berry
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Cobalion's great resistances and bulk give it many opportunities to set up in front of foes like Scizor, Zarude, Nihilego, and Mandibuzz. After a boost, Close Combat threatens to 2HKO the previously mentioned targets and OHKO other threats like Rotom-W after Stealth Rock. Megahorn provides valuable coverage against Slowking and Tangrowth, notably OHKOing the former after a boost and minimal chip. Stone Edge slams checks such as Salamence and Moltres and improves Cobalion's matchup against Thundurus-T. Alternatively, Iron Head gives Cobalion a better matchup against Hatterene and Primarina, prevents Nidoqueen from walling it, and lets Cobalion potentially overwhelm checks like Hippowdon and Galarian Slowbro through flinching. Leftovers increases its longevity, giving it more chances to set up. Rocky Helmet is an alternative to punish Zarude and Scizor for using U-turn. It also provides chip damage against choiced-locked threats like Body Slam Diggersby and Outrage Zygarde-10%. Shuca Berry helps Cobalion beat Hippowdon and prevents it from being revenge killed by Zygarde-10%'s Thousand Arrows. However, this should only be used if the team does not have other options to overwhelm Hippowdon or deal with Zygarde-10% reliably. Safety Goggles is also an option that allows Cobalion to turn Amoonguss into setup fodder, but this should only be used in the absence of any teammates that can handle Amoonguss.

Cobalion fits best on bulky offense and balance teams for its ability to punish Scizor and Zarude while threatening to wallbreak or clean the opposition. Other entry hazard setters such as Nihilego and Hippowdon provide chip damage for Amoonguss and Celesteela. They also help check problematic foes such as Galarian Slowbro, Salamence, and Zygarde-10%. Pivots such as Azelf and Thundurus-T help Cobalion find setup opportunities against Pokemon like Chansey and Nihilego. They also help in overwhelming other checks like Primarina and Hippowdon with their coverage moves. Skarmory's Spikes can be problematic to Cobalion's longevity, so entry hazard removers like Rotom-W and Salamence are appreciated. They are also good teammates to have against foes like Conkeldurr. Teammates like Amoonguss and Assault Vest Tangrowth can pivot into dangerous foes like Keldeo and Primarina. Amoonguss also cripples Pokemon like opposing Cobalion and Galarian Slowbro with Spore, while Tangrowth removes Heavy-Duty Boots from Salamence and opposing Amoonguss with Knock Off. Cobalion is susceptible to being revenge killed by Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10%, so other revenge killers like Choice Scarf Hydreigon and Mamoswine are appreciated.

[SET]
name: Utility
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Iron Head / Toxic
move 4: Swords Dance / Volt Switch / Taunt
item: Rocky Helmet / Leftovers
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Cobalion's ability to last throughout a game makes it an effective user of Stealth Rock, chipping away at threats like Primarina while having options to overwhelm entry hazard removers like Salamence. Cobalion has many opportunities to set up hazards, as it forces out opposing entry hazard setters like Chansey, Nihilego, and Excadrill. Close Combat is necessary for removing Excadrill and weakened Pokemon like Rotom-W. Iron Head maintains offensive pressure on the likes of Nidoqueen, Togekiss, and Hatterene; it is especially important to prevent Hatterene from denying Stealth Rock with Magic Bounce. If using Iron Head, Swords Dance should be the fourth moveslot to prevent Cobalion from getting countered by bulky Scizor and give it enough offensive presence to overwhelm Amoonguss and Hippowdon more easily. Swords Dance also leaves Cobalion less vulnerable to Celesteela and Nidoqueen switching in. Toxic can be used over Iron Head to cripple Salamence, Slowking, Tangrowth, and Hippowdon, preventing them from checking Cobalion in the long-term and winning the entry hazard war against the former. This also opens up teammates like Zygarde-10% to more effectively work as late-game cleaners. Volt Switch is used alongside Toxic to hit targets Cobalion cannot poison, like Skarmory, Amoonguss, and Scizor, and pivot out of checks like Tangrowth and Primarina. However, this is less consistent against teams with Hippowdon. Stone Edge is an alternative over Iron Head with Swords Dance to deal with Moltres and Salamence,; however, Iron Head's value against foes like Hatterene is generally preferred to help with setting Stealth Rock. Taunt can deny Hippowdon looking to heal in front of Cobalion with Slack Off as well as prevent Scizor from boosting with Swords Dance. It can also be an emergency way of preventing Salamence from removing entry hazards with Defog. Rocky Helmet is the preferred item, as this set doesn't really need to maintain its health for wallbreaking and cleaning, and it improves Cobalion's role as a countermeasure against Zarude and Scizor. However, Leftovers can still be used to improve Cobalion's longevity against foes like Nihilego. Cobalion usually runs maximum Attack investment to gain more value from its STAB moves, but a spread using 160 HP EVs with 96 attack EVs is possible with Volt Switch + Toxic variants. This helps Cobalion play a more defensive role: it can pivot into Vanilluxe and Choice Scarf Hydreigon's STAB moves more comfortably while still OHKOing Pokemon like Mamoswine and Excadrill with Close Combat.

Utility Cobalion similarly fits in balance and bulky offense teams, but takes a more defensive approach as a Stealth Rock setter or disrupter. Cobalion taking up the role of a Stealth Rock setter means that there's more room for an offensive Ground-type teammate. Some examples are Zygarde-10% and Diggersby, which appreciate Cobalion's ability to overwhelm Scizor and cripple shared checks like Hippowdon and Salamence with Toxic, opening an opportunity for them to clean. Skarmory's Spikes pairs excellently with Cobalion's Stealth Rock, severely wearing down foes like Keldeo, Hippowdon, and Nidoqueen. Furthermore, Swords Dance variants of Cobalion check Scizor well enough for Skarmory to run Toxic to weaken Salamence, preventing it from functioning as long-term entry hazard removal. Alternatively, Iron Defense Skarmory can act as a dedicated answer to Scizor, leaving room for Cobalion to run Taunt and block opposing entry hazards and Defog. Galarian Slowbro is a Calm Mind user that can break apart foes that Cobalion has issues with, like Skarmory. In return, Cobalion acts as an offensive check to foes like Hydreigon and Zarude. Colbur Berry + Flamethrower Cobalion also acts as a good primary Scizor answer. Crobat and Salamence are great answers to threats like Conkeldurr and Keldeo. Notably, Crobat makes overwhelming Hippowdon and Salamence easier with Taunt while revenge killing threats like Azelf and Noivern. Other Steel-types like Celesteela compensate for Cobalion's neutrality to Fairy and Flying, notably useful against Pokemon like Togekiss and Salamence. Celesteela also greatly assists in checking revenge killers like Choice Scarf Hydreigon and Diggersby.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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Magnet Rise or Air Balloon alongside Swords Dance turns Excadrill and Hippowdon into complete setup fodder for a potential sweep, however this is matchup dependent. On hyper offense, Life Orb is useful for increasing Cobalion's wallbreaking capabilities enough to OHKOSlowking and Tangrowth with +2 Megahorn and Thundurus-T with an unboosted Stone Edge. Weakness Policy + Rock Polish on a three attacks set is an alternative option that takes advantage of Cobalion's good bulk and weak super effective hits like Hippowdon's Earthquake and bulky Salamence's Flamethrower to gain a staggering boost. Rock Polish is recommended to sweep teams since it avoids revenge killers like Azelf and Choice Scarf Hydreigon. Substitute + Swords Dance sets with STAB attacks take huge advantage of Pokemon that Cobalion forces out, like Scizor and Zarude. Thunder Wave is able to help cripple switch-ins like Skarmory and Noivern to make them easier to overwhelm, but it is useless against other threats like Hippowdon.


Checks and Counters
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**Flying-types**: With Roost, Salamence and Noivern prey on Cobalion's low Special Defense with Flamethrower and can act as long term checks, with the former also having intimidate and the latter boasting more Speed and breaking power; both of them have to be cautious of Stone Edge and Toxic. Skarmory is a standout threat because Iron Defense helps it maintain a strong matchup against Swords Dance sets and Spikes greatly cuts into Cobalion's ability to pivot; however Skarmory also has to worry about becoming free momentum against Volt Switch. Thundurus-T can't repeatedly switch into Cobalion but threatens it out and can stop Swords Dance sweeps, especially against versus Iron Head variants.

**Poison-types**: Galarian Slowbro is one of Cobalion's worst matchups thanks to the longevity of Regenerator + Slack Off, coverage in Flamethrower, and ability to punish non-Swords Dance sets with Calm Mind. Amoonguss is problematic because it can put Cobalion out of commission with Spore or Stun Spore, though it needs to be careful of becoming setup fodder if something else was put to sleep or if Cobalion has Safety Goggles. Other notable threats are Earth Power Nidoqueen and Rapid Tentacruel, which are both bulky enough to break through Cobalion and clear its Stealth Rock, respectively. However, Nidoqueen faces the problem of being unable to reliably handle Swords Dance variants after a boost and can suffer from Iron Head flinching it.

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types such as Primarina and Slowking prey on Cobalion's low Special Defense with the threat of considerable damage and a potential burn with Scald. Regenerator + Teleport Slowking is especially problematic for its ability to use Cobalion as easy momentum, but drops to +2 Megahorn. Keldeo can threatenan OHKO with Secret Sword and Gyarados can use Cobalion lacking super effective coverage as setup fodder with Dragon Dance. Jellicent, though uncommon, can be a very strong check to Swords Dance sets with its resistance to both of Cobalion's STABs, but it needs to be wary of utility sets, which can either pivot with Volt Switch or land a crippling Toxic.

**Ground-types**: Hippowdon and Swampert have the bulk to comfortably withstand Cobalion's attacks and retaliate with their own, but neither appreciates Toxic. Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10% easily revenge kill Cobalion, but can be lured in and KOed by Shuca Berry sets.

**Fire-types and Fire-type coverage**: Moltres and Chandelure are resistant to Cobalion's STAB moves and can incinerate it with their own; however, the Fire-types risk being KOed by Stone Edge. Pokemon such as Azelf and Choice Scarf Hydreigon outspeed Cobalion and severely damage it with Fire Blast.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Mystras Leoxses, 530118]]
- Quality checked by: [[Monky25, 515132], [Estarossa, 461329], [Sulo, 528036]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Isaiah, 375662], [username2, userid2]]
 
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- Cobalion's typing, natural bulk, and its speed tier allow allows it to be an asset to teams that want solid answers to common threats such as Scizor and Zarude.
- Its Swords Dance set is a daunting breaker as its typing and natural bulk affords it many opportunities to setup in front of Pokemon such as the aforementioned Scizor and Zarude as well as other Pokemon such as Chansey and Nihilego.
- Cobalion's great speed tier also means it can offensively check Pokemon like Hydreigon and weakened Thundurus-T.
- Cobalion also boasts some useful utility options such as acting as Stealth Rock for hazard support and Volt Switch for momentum.
- However, its mediocre base 90 Attack means that it's dependent on Swords Dance to be threatening, so it needs support to help it find more opportunities.
- Its speed tier, though impressive, also leaves it open to offensive Pokemon such as Azelf and Zygarde-10%.
- Cobalion's subpar Special Defense means it can have trouble facing opponents like Rotom-W and Tentacruel.
- It's coverage options against Pokemon like Moltres and Slowking can also be inconsistent due to Stone Edge and Megahorn's accuracy.
- Cobalion's neutrality to Fairy, Flying, and Psychic hinders its role as a Steel-type against opponents like Togekiss and Hatterene.

[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Iron Head / Stone Edge
move 4: Stealth Rock / Megahorn
item: Rocky Helmet / Leftovers
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

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- After a boost, Close Combat threatens to 2HKO targets like Scizor and OHKO other threats like Rotom-W after Stealth Rock.
- Iron Head gives Cobalion a better matchup against Hatterene and is a more accurate move against Togekiss, but Stone Edge is also a viable option for to hit Salamance and Moltres.
- Cobalion's ability to pivot in multiple times makes it a good user of Stealth Rock, or it can go for additional coverage with Megahorn for Slowking and Tangrowth.
- Rocky Helmet is its usual option for its ability to punish Zarude and Scizor for using U-turn, however Leftovers can be used to increase Cobalion's longevity.
- Safety Goggles is also an option for allowing Cobalion to turn Amoonguss into setup fodder, but it loses utility in comparison to the other two options in other matchups.
Mention how it can defeat Nihilego and Mamoswine with Iron Head.
-Also mention how Shuca Berry could be run to turn a potential OHKO from Excadrill Earthquake with Rocks Up into a 3HKO, and it can retaliate with Close-Combat.


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- Cobalion fits best on bulky offense and balance teams for its ability to punish Scizor while providing a strong offensive presence.
- Other hazard setters such as Nihilego and Hippowdon help provide chip damage for Amoonguss and Celesteela and open Cobalion's forth moveslot for Megahorn. They also help check problematic foes such as Moltres and Zygarde-10%.
- Pivots such as Azelf and Thundurus-T help give Cobalion setup opportunities against Pokemon like Chansey and Nihilego. They also help in overwhelming other checks like Amoonguss and Hippowdon with their coverage moves.
- Spikes from users like Skarmory are problematic to Cobalion's longevity so hazard removers like Rotom-W and Tentacruel are appreciated. They are also good answers to Pokemon that Cobalion doesn't want to switch into or take on like Togekiss and Primarina.
- Cobalion is susceptible to being revenge killed by Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10% so offensive Pokemon like Choice Scarf Hydreigon and Mamoswine help cover for it.


[SET]
name: Utility
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Iron Head
move 4: Taunt / Volt Switch
item: Rocky Helmet / Leftovers
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

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- Close Combat and Iron Head are reliable to give Cobalion a more favorable matchup against hazard control options like Excadrill and Hatterene.
- Taunt is also an option to stop Scizor, Skarmory, and Hippowdon from healing. It can also be an emergency way of preventing Salamence from removing hazards with Defog.
- Volt Switch is more consistent and helps Cobalion out of poor matchups against foes like Amoonguss, Salamence and Tentacruel. However the prevalence of Pokemon like Hippowdon makes it somewhat inconsistent and losing Taunt makes Cobalion unreliable at dealing with Scizor.


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- Utility Cobalion similarly fits in balance and bulky offense teams, but in those where its supportive capabilities are more valued.
- Skarmory's Spikes pair excellently with Cobalion's Stealth Rock, severely chipping down opponents like Keldeo, Hippowdon, and Nidoqueen. Skarmory also provides a more secure answer to Scizor with Iron Defense and appreciates Taunt blocking opposing hazards and Defog.
- Pokemon like Zygarde-10% and Excadrill are useful for their ability to overwhelm opponents like Amoonguss and Rotom-W. The former is a much more imposing offensive threat while the latter can remove opposing hazards with Rapid Spin and can be a deadly threat with Swords Dance.
- Calm Mind Galarian Slowbro and Reuniclus appreciate having Cobalion as an answer to Zarude and appreciate Cobalion as a Spore absorber for them to setup on Amoonguss safely.
- Amoonguss and Assault Vest Tangrowth are helpful answers to Pokemon like Keldeo and Primarina. Amoonguss can be a fail safe answer to Swords Dance Scizor with Foul Play while Tangrowth can Knock Off items from bothersome Pokemon like Celesteela.



[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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- Magnet Rise on Swords Dance Cobalion turns Excadrill and Hippowdon into complete setup fodder for a potential sweep, however, this is fairly matchup dependent.
- Toxic is a more accurate option to cripple Salamence and ruin Hippowdon, however, it is useless against other switch-ins like Amoonguss and Skarmory.
Mention how Thunder-Wave could be run to cripple faster threats such as Noivern and Azelf, but gets stopped by Ground-Types such as Hippowdon and Excadrill.

Checks and Counters
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**Fighting-resistant foes**: Calm Mind users like Galarian Slowbro and Reinuclus can take advantage of Cobalion's lack of immediate power and use it as setup fodder with Calm Mind. Salamence can be a long term nuisance thanks to its good bulk, access to Intimidate and Roost, and Defog removing hazards, however it needs to be cautious of Stone Edge. Amoonguss is also problematic for its ability to put Cobalion out of commission with Spore, but it needs to be careful of Swords Dance variants if something else was put to sleep or if Cobalion has Safety Goggles.

**Skarmory**: Skarmory is incredibly difficult for Cobalion to overcome thanks to Iron Defense bolstering its bulk further and reliable recovery with Roost. Spikes also greatly limit Cobalion's opportunities to enter the field safely.

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types such as Primarina and Slowking prey on Cobalion's low Special Defense and threaten considerable damage and potential status with Scald. Slowking is especially problematic for its ability to use Cobalion as easy momentum with Teleport, but has to respect the possibility of Megahorn. Offensive Water-types like Keldeo can threaten to OHKO with Secret Sword and Gyarados can use Cobalion lacking Stone Edge as setup fodder with Dragon Dance.

**Ground-types**: Hippowdon and Nidoqueen have the bulk to comfortably withstand Cobalion's attack and retaliate with their own, the former having reliable recovery with Slack Off. Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10% also easily revenge kill Cobalion.

**Fire-type and Fire-Type coverage**: Pokemon like Moltres and Chandelure are resistant to Cobalion's STAB moves and can incinerate it with their own. However, the Fire-types do risk being KOed by Stone Edge. Pokemon such as Azelf and Noivern outspeed Cobalion and severely damage it with Flamethrower.
 
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amateur check, please defer to fellow qc, you know I'm on discord and smogon if you have questions

Great! Excellent work imo! Mystras Leoxses

This is obviously an important mon which is partly why I have a few longer comments. I think the main thing is making it more positive overall to Cobalion, for example, the overview has about as many lean negative points than positive points which shouldn't be the case imo for what's considered a top 3 mon by most. The other major substantive point: it would be good to talk more about benefits of steel type throughout the analysis - I don't think you mentioned enough that it uses it's typing to check/beat diggersby, hydreigon, nihilego for example. you mention it offensively checks hydreigon and you can set up on nihilego, but really spelling out the whole steel type benefit is good imo because steels are important for building in uu. ask qc about this imo, especially as even with accepting my comments, i didn't put out that many instances of steel benefits.

[OVERVIEW]
- Cobalion's typing, natural bulk, and speed tier allow it to be an asset to teams that want solid answers to common threats such as Scizor and Zarude.
- Its Swords Dance set is a daunting breaker as its typing and natural bulk affords it many opportunities to setup in front of Pokemon such as the aforementioned Scizor and Zarude as well as other Pokemon such as Chansey and Nihilego.
- Cobalion's speed tier also means it can offensively check Pokemon like Hydreigon and weakened Thundurus-T.
- Cobalion also boasts some useful utility options such as acting as Stealth Rock for hazard support and Volt Switch for momentum. In this bullet or perhaps the 1st bullet point, I'd talk about how you're one of the best Knock off switch ins the tier and how you're a pretty good steel type OR benefits of steel/fighting type, being able to resist key types (normal, dragon, grass, dark) or key moves (diggersby body slam, outrage zygarde, knock off from everyone). You could also make a new bullet. Considering Cobalion is considered by most to be top 3 and nearly all top 5 mons, I think you need more positive bullet points, as you have 4 mainly positive and 5 mainly negative right now)
- However, its mediocre base 90 Attack means it's dependent on Swords Dance to be threatening, so it needs support to help it find more opportunities.
- Its speed tier, though impressive, also leaves it open to offensive Pokemon such as Azelf and Zygarde-10%.
- Cobalion's subpar Special Defense means it can have trouble facing bulky waters opponents like Rotom-W and SlowkingTentacruel. Cobalion's Special Defense also means it takes notable damage from even resisted special moves like Hydreigon and Salamence's Draco Meteor. Slowking is more relavant and although it loses to +2 megahorn, well rotom loses to +2 cc generally speaking but you still included it. Also added more examples of it's spdef relevance.
- It's coverage options against Pokemon like Moltres and Slowking can also be inconsistent due to Stone Edge and Megahorn's accuracy.
Again I think you're being too negative, maybe get rid of this bullet point as the accuracy really isn't that bad (not focus blast!) and you have a super reliable stab anyways. if you do want to talk about the accuracy of coverage, then maybe put a positive spin and move this bullet point up to the positive points - you have coverage to hit the vast majority of the tier although some coverage moves are a little unreliable.
- Cobalion's neutrality to Fairy, Flying, and Psychic hinders its role as a Steel-type against opponents like Togekiss and Hatterene.

[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Iron Head / Stone Edge
move 4: Stealth Rock / Megahorn
item: Rocky Helmet / Leftovers
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

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- After a boost, Close Combat threatens to 2HKO targets like Scizor and OHKO other threats like Rotom-W after Stealth Rock.
- Iron Head gives Cobalion a better matchup against Hatterene and is a more accurate move against Togekiss, but Stone Edge is also a viable option for Salamance and Moltres. Iron Head also hits Togekiss harder than Edge so I think that's more important than accuracy. I'd also mention how you can fish for flinches on Hippowdon for example.
- Cobalion's ability to pivot in multiple times makes it a good user of Stealth Rock, or it can go for additional coverage with Megahorn for Slowking and Tangrowth.
- Rocky Helmet is its usual option for its ability to punish Zarude and Scizor for using U-turn, however Leftovers can be used to increase Cobalion's longevity. Rocky Helmet is also important to punish predictions and Choice locked resisted moves like Choice Scarf Diggersby's Body Slam and Zygarde-10%'s Outrage.
- Safety Goggles is also an option for allowing Cobalion to turn Amoonguss into setup fodder, but it loses utility in comparison to the other two options in other matchups. I'd mention shuca to prevent Zygarde from revenge killing (or be more specific and say it stops thousand arrows from revenging, as superpower still does a lot) and make beating hippowdon more feasible. i'd even ask qc about balloon although i wouldnt mention it but it should be considered. Something like "Shuca Berry and even Air Balloon greatly help with the Ground matchup..." and you can note Air Balloon doesn't help vs arrows as that's a mechanic everyone might not know.

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- Cobalion fits best on bulky offense and balance teams for its ability to punish Scizor and Zarude while providing a strong offensive presence.
- Other hazard setters such as Nihilego and Hippowdon help provide chip damage for Amoonguss and Celesteela and open Cobalion's fourth moveslot for Megahorn. They also help check problematic foes such as Moltres and Zygarde-10%.
- Pivots such as Azelf and Thundurus-T help give Cobalion setup opportunities against Pokemon like Chansey and Nihilego. They also help in overwhelming other checks like Amoonguss and Hippowdon with their coverage moves.
- Spikes from users like Skarmory are problematic to Cobalion's longevity so hazard removers like Rotom-W and Tentacruel are appreciated. They are also good answers to Pokemon that Cobalion doesn't want to switch into or take on like Togekiss and Primarina. Maybe also mention salamence as hazard control considering the great type synergy + it's way more common than tenta, and you can say it's a good answer to like Conkeldurr which is something Cobalion dislikes.
- Cobalion is susceptible to being revenge killed by Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10% so offensive Pokemon like Choice Scarf Hydreigon and Mamoswine help cover for it, as well as defensive Ground resistances like Tangrowth.


[SET]
name: Utility
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Iron Head
move 4: Taunt / Volt Switch
item: Rocky Helmet / Leftovers
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Big picture: I really prefer Toxic over Iron Head and Volt Switch over Taunt, that will obviously change a lot of the two below comments so definitely ask QC about this. Toxic is fantastic for two of the top threats rn, hippo and mence, and slowking and Tangrowth are still in the A/A+ realm. Iron head is only necessary for some less relevant fairies (bulu and hatt are not in the A ranks) as well as Nihilego but you can beat both common nihilego sets 1v1 anyways and you still counter the utility set (the issue is you can't switch into meteor beam w/o iron head because meteor beam + tbolt will ko you).

Taunt i really only find necessary for scizor, the other examples you had either hate toxic or volt.


[SET COMMENTS]

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- Close Combat and Iron Head are necessary to give Cobalion a more favorable matchup against hazard control options like Excadrill and Hatterene.
- Taunt is also an option to stop Scizor, Skarmory, and Hippowdon from healing. It can also be an emergency way of preventing Salamence from removing hazards with Defog.
- Volt Switch is more consistent and helps Cobalion out of poor matchups against foes like PrimarinaAmoonguss, Salamence and SkarmoryTentacruel. However the prevalence of Pokemon like Hippowdon makes it somewhat inconsistent and losing Taunt makes Cobalion unreliable at dealing with Scizor. The chip vs Skarmory is fantastic, maybe even mention how it stops Skarmory from Defogging vs you throughout the game (yes it can defog but then it goes to like 70% + you force it out which is great). I don't think Amoong is a poor MU, especially if you have taunt and iron head, prim is worse imo, especially as amoong is often knocked so if it loses the helmet, taunt head cobalion honestly counters amoong.

talk about iron head targets or toxic targets depending on what the set ends up being (iron head= nihilego, prim, bulu, hatterene, flinch hax, toxic=slowking hippo mence)

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- Utility Cobalion similarly fits in balance and bulky offense teams, but in those where its supportive capabilities are more valued.
- Skarmory's Spikes pair excellently with Cobalion's Stealth Rock, severely chipping down opponents like Keldeo, Hippowdon, and Nidoqueen. Skarmory also provides a more secure answer to Scizor with Iron Defense and appreciates Taunt blocking opposing hazards and Defog.
- Pokemon like Zygarde-10% and Excadrill are useful for their ability to overwhelm opponents like Amoonguss and Rotom-W. The former is a much more imposing offensive threat while the latter can remove opposing hazards with Rapid Spin and can be a deadly threat with Swords Dance.
- Calm Mind Galarian Slowbro and Reuniclus appreciate having Cobalion as an answer to Zarude and appreciate Cobalion as a Spore absorber for them to setup on Amoonguss safely. Mention how Glowbro with colbur flames means taunt on cobalion is not as needed for scizor
- Amoonguss and Assault Vest Tangrowth are helpful answers to Pokemon like Keldeo and Primarina. Amoonguss can be a fail safe answer to Swords Dance Scizor with Foul Play while Tangrowth can Knock Off items from bothersome Pokemon like Celesteela.
I think more mention of typing partners? add another bullet point to talk about things that resist ground/fire/fighting (mence for example)


[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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- Thunder Wave is able to help cripple switch-ins like Skarmory and Noivern to make them easier to overwhelm but it is useless against other threats like Hippowdon.
- Toxic is a more accurate option to cripple Salamence and ruin Hippowdon, however it is useless against other switch-ins like Amoonguss and Skarmory. if this stays as OO (and again, I suggest it should be the first slash), then I think it still should be above twave. Not sure if reader will understand you're saying toxic is more acccurate than edge, since it's been a while since you talked about edge, maybe spell that out for them
- Magnet Rise on Swords Dance Cobalion turns Excadrill and Hippowdon into complete setup fodder for a potential sweep, however this is fairly matchup dependent. if you don't mention shuca/air ballon in the first set paragraph one, you could mention it here



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

**Fighting-resistant foes**: Calm Mind users like Galarian Slowbro and Reuinuclus can take advantage of Cobalion's lack of immediate power and use it as setup fodder with Calm Mind. Salamence can be a long term nuisance thanks to its good bulk, access to Intimidate and Roost, and Defog removing hazards, however it needs to be cautious of Stone Edge. Amoonguss is also problematic for its ability to put Cobalion out of commission with Spore, but it needs to be careful of Swords Dance variants if something else was put to sleep or if Cobalion has Safety Goggles. Mention how glowbro and reuniclus can immediately threaten with flames/focus blast for significant damage (reun's main set can ohko). I don't think you should lead off with how they can use coba as set up fodder, because +2 cobalion means they can't really set up and taunt also means they can't set up. if qc accepts my suggestion of making the utility set toxic and volt, then you can say they set up. also mention how reun has to be careful of megahorn which can badly damage reun. mention how mence has to be careful of toxic if it gets accepted. mention how amoonguss needs to be careful of taunt too.

**Skarmory**: Skarmory is incredibly difficult for Cobalion to overcome thanks to Iron Defense bolstering its bulk further and reliable recovery with Roost. Spikes also greatly limit Cobalion's opportunities to enter the field safely. mention how taunt and volt switch are problematic

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types such as Primarina and Slowking prey on Cobalion's low Special Defense and threaten considerable damage and potential status with Scald. Slowking is especially problematic for its ability to use Cobalion as easy momentum with Regenerator and Teleport and it resists Iron Head, but has to respect the possibility of Megahorn. Offensive Water-types like Keldeo can threaten to OHKO with Secret Sword and Gyarados can use Cobalion lacking Stone Edge as setup fodder with Dragon Dance.

**Ground-types**: Hippowdon and Nidoqueen have the bulk to comfortably withstand Cobalion's attack and retaliate with their own, the former having reliable recovery with Slack Off. Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10% also easily revenge kill Cobalion. Talk about how they have to worry about shuca if it ends up being a slash, not sure what your policy is on mentioning other option neutralization of counters in this section, there is a chance shuca/airballon may go in oo. if you have a policy of talking about oo here, mention magnet rise stopping some of these.

**Fire-types and Fire-type coverage**: Pokemon like Moltres and Chandelure are resistant to Cobalion's STAB moves and can incinerate it with their own. However, the Fire-types do risk being KOed by Stone Edge. Pokemon such as Azelf and Noivern outspeed Cobalion and severely damage it with Flamethrower.

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[OVERVIEW]
- Cobalion stands as one of the best Pokemon in the metagame thanks its flexibility allows it to fit on a wide range of bulky offense and balance teams.
- Its typing and ability, Justified, gives it is crucial to have many openings against Pokemon such as Scizor, Zarude, Amoonguss, and Nihilego to reliably boost with Swords Dance or set Stealth Rock. This also helps Cobalion punish choice locked Pokemon Zygarde-10% and Diggersby for using Outrage and Body Slam, respectively.
- Cobalion's Speed tier also helps it offensively check dangerous Pokemon like Hydreigon, Nihilego, and weakened Thundurus-T. move this point after the set points
- It makes great use of Justified, further punishing Pokemon like Zarude as well as Knock Off from opponents like Nihilego and Scizor. merged it with the above point having this as a standalone adds fluff

- Cobalion is an excellent user of Swords Dance, exploiting Pokemon such as the aforementioned Scizor and Zarude while having many valuable coverage options such as Stone Edge and Megahorn for checks like Moltres, Gyarados, and Slowking.
- Cobalion also boasts some useful utility options such as acting as Stealth Rock for hazard support and Toxic for crippling checks like Hippowdon and Salamence. add how volt switch lets it be a rocks setter that can gain momentum as well
- Its quadruple resistance to Stealth Rock makes Cobalion incredibly resilient, making it difficult to wear down without other forms of passive damage.
- However, its mediocre base 90 Attack means it's dependent on Swords Dance to be threatening, relying on boosting in front of foes like Scizor and Zarude to sweep, which can be exploited by teams utilizing Pokemon Cobalion struggles to break past like Hippowdon and Galarian Slowbro. so it wants support to find more opportunities.
- Its speed tier, though impressive, also leaves it open to common offensive Pokemon such as Azelf and Zygarde-10%.
- Cobalion's subpar Special Defense means it can have trouble facing bulky waters like Rotom-W and Slowking. This also means it takes notable damage from even resisted special moves like Choice Scarf Hydreigon's Draco Meteor.
- Its coverage options can be inconsistent due to their somewhat unreliable accuracy this point isn't too huge against it really I'd cut it
- Cobalion's neutrality to Fairy, Flying, and Psychic hinders its role as a Steel-type against opponents like Togekiss and Hatterene, which can strain teambuilding.

bring up how it requires swords dance to get past bulky variants of scizor, meaning utility based sets using Toxic can struggle to fit on teams without extra scizor counterplay

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Megahorn swap move 3 and move 4
move 4: Stone Edge / Iron Head
item: Leftovers / Rocky Helmet / Shuca Berry
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

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- After a boost, Close Combat threatens to 2HKO targets like Scizor and OHKO other threats like Rotom-W after Stealth Rock. give some targets it can boost in front of, like zarude, nihilego, mandibuzz
- Megahorn provides valuable coverage against Slowking and Tangrowth, notably OHKOing the former after a boost and minimal chip.
- Stone Edge slams checks such as Salamence and Moltres, while improving Cobalion's matchup against Thundurus-T.
- Alternatively, Iron Head gives Cobalion a better matchup against Hatterene and Primarina Togekiss and gives Cobalion a chance to overwhelm checks like Hippowdon and Galarian Slowbro through flinching. bring up that it keeps cobalion from getting walled by nidoqueen
make sure to swap mentions to reflect changed move order

- Leftovers greatly increases its longevity, making it difficult to wear down alongside its quadruple resistance to Stealth Rock.
- Rocky Helmet is an alternative to punish Zarude and Scizor for using U-turn. It also provides chip damage against choiced locked threats like Choice Scarf Diggersby Body Slam and Zygarde-10%'s Outrage.
- Shuca Berry helps Cobalion beat Hippowdon and prevents it from being revenge killed by Zygarde-10%'s Thousand Arrows. However, this should only be used if the team does not have other options to overwhelm Hippowdon or deal with Zygarde-10% reliably.
- Safety Goggles is also an option for allowing Cobalion to turn Amoonguss into setup fodder, but though only recommendable if no other Pokemon can switch into Amoonguss or wants to take a Spore.

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- Cobalion fits best on bulky offense and balance teams for its ability to punish Scizor and Zarude while providing a strong offensive presence, threatening to wallbreak or clean the opposition.
- Other hazard setters such as Nihilego and Hippowdon help provide chip damage for Amoonguss and Celesteela. They also help check problematic foes such as Moltres and Zygarde-10%.
- Pivots such as Azelf and Thundurus-T help give Cobalion setup opportunities against Pokemon like Chansey and Nihilego. They also help in overwhelming other checks like Slowking and Hippowdon with their coverage moves.
- Skarmory's Spikes can be problematic to Cobalion's longevity so hazard removers like Rotom-W and Salamence are appreciated. They are also good teammates to have against foes like Togekiss and Conkeldurr.
- Teammates like Amoonguss and Assault Vest Tangrowth help pivot into dangerous foes like Keldeo and Primarina. Amoonguss also cripples Pokemon like opposing Cobalion and Galarian Slowbro with Spore while Tangrowth removes Rocky Helmet from Scizor and opposing Amoonguss with Knock Off.
- Cobalion is susceptible to being revenge killed by Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10% so revenge killers like Choice Scarf Hydreigon and Mamoswine are appreciated.

[SET]
name: Utility
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Iron Head / Toxic / Volt Switch
move 4: Swords Dance / Volt Switch / Taunt a common combo is sr cc toxic volt which ik your team uses a lot, these slashes make it appear incompatible, the only real two combos are rocks sd stabs and rocks cc toxic volt so make sure these slashes reflect that
item: Rocky Helmet / Leftovers
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

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- Cobalion's ability to last throughout a game makes it an effective user of Stealth Rock, chipping away at checks like Primarina while having options to overwhelm entry hazard removers like Salamence.
- Close Combat is necessary for removing Excadrill and weakened Pokemon like Rotom-W.
- Toxic can be used to cripple Salamence, Slowking, Tangrowth, and Hippowdon, preventing them from checking Cobalion long term and winning the hazard war against the former. them. It's also how Cobalion hinders other threats Slowking and Tangrowth. say how they open up teammates like x to get past them, you can come up with them
- Iron Head can be used instead for a more positive matchup against Hatterene and Togekiss. this is the first slash so reword accordingly, emphasize that it keeps hatterene from denying it stealth rock
-bring up swords dance here and explain why its important on rocks sets, being that you need to check scizor still
- Volt Switch gains momentum against opponents like Slowking and Skarmory, enabling dangerous wallbreakers. However, this is less consistent against teams with Hippowdon.
- Taunt can deny Hippowdon looking to heal in front of Cobalion with Slack Off as well as prevent Scizor from boosting with Swords Dance. is meant to be used Toxic, preventing Hippowdon or Salamence from healing while retaining a good matchup against Scizor. It can also be an emergency way of preventing Salamence from removing hazards with Defog.
- Rocky Helmet is preferable as this set doesn't need to maintain its health for breaking and cleaning as much and improves its role as a countermeasure against Zarude and Mandibuzz. bring up why leftovers can still be a good option

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- Utility Cobalion similarly fits in balance and bulky offense teams, but takes a more defensive approach by setting hazards while either having strong offensive presence or using its support options to disrupt the opposition.
- Cobalion taking up the role of a Stealth Rock setter means that there's more room for an offensive Ground-type. Some examples are teammates like Zygarde-10% and Diggersby, who appreciate Cobalion's ability to overwhelm Scizor and cripple shared checks like Hippowdon and Salamence with Toxic, opening an opportunity for them to clean.
- Skarmory's Spikes pair excellently with Cobalion's Stealth Rock, severely wearing down opponents like Keldeo, Hippowdon, and Nidoqueen. Skarmory also provides a more secure answer to Scizor with Iron Defense and enjoys Taunt blocking opposing hazards and Defog.
- Galarian Slowbro is a Calm Mind user that can break apart opponents Cobalion has issues with like Skarmory. In return, Cobalion acts as an offensive check to opponents like Hydreigon and Zarude.
- Crobat and Salamence are great answers to threats like Conkeldurr and Keldeo. Crobat in particular makes overwhelming Hippowdon and Salamence easier with Taunt while revenge killing threats like Azelf and Noivern.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
-add life orb as an option on HO for amplified wallbreaking, find a calc or two to support
- Thunder Wave is able to help cripple switch-ins like Skarmory and Noivern to make them easier to overwhelm but it is useless against other threats like Hippowdon.
- Magnet Rise or Air Balloon alongside Swords Dance turns Excadrill and Hippowdon into complete setup fodder for a potential sweep, however this is matchup dependent.
- Weakness Policy Cobalion on hyper offense teams takes advantage of its good bulk to severely punish opponents like Hippowdon and bulky Salamence. give some more wording to this section it feels bare, also acknowledge how it is used in conjunction with rock polish to avoid being revenge killed by azelf
-add substitute + swords dance + stabs its a legit set that has seen some usage


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

**Fighting-resistant foes**: Galarian Slowbro can survive Cobalion's boosted attacks and threaten it out with Flamethrower or use the opportunity to set up with Calm Mind. Salamence can be a long term nuisance thanks to its good bulk, access to Intimidate and Roost, and Defog removing hazards, however it needs to be cautious of Stone Edge or Toxic. Amoonguss is also problematic for its ability to put Cobalion out of commission with Spore, but it needs to be careful of being turned into setup fodder if something else was put to sleep or if Cobalion has Safety Goggles.

**Skarmory**: Skarmory is incredibly difficult for Cobalion to overcome thanks to Iron Defense bolstering its bulk further and reliable recovery with Roost. Spikes also greatly limit Cobalion's opportunities to enter the field safely. However, Taunt and Volt Switch can both hinder its ability to be a long term check.


giving skarmory a section to itself feels weird because its not some huge threat but rather it doesn't fit with anything else, so make a Poison-type section and a flying-type section instead. Poison can have glowbro, amoonguss, tenta, and nidoqueen, while flying can have skarm, mence, and noivern.

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types such as Primarina and Slowking prey on Cobalion's low Special Defense and threaten considerable damage and potential status with Scald. Slowking is especially problematic for its ability to use Cobalion as easy momentum with Regenerator and Teleport, but drops to +2 Megahorn. has to respect the possibility of Megahorn. megahorn is insanely common so this wording reflects it better. Offensive Water-types like Keldeo can threaten to OHKO with Secret Sword and Gyarados can use Cobalion lacking Stone Edge as setup fodder with Dragon Dance. gyarados also has to be aware of volt switch

**Ground-types**: Hippowdon and Nidoqueen have the bulk to comfortably withstand Cobalion's attack and retaliate with their own, the former having reliable recovery with Slack Off but does not appreciate Toxic. Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10% also easily revenge kill Cobalion, but can be lured in by Shuca Berry sets. adjust accordinly with new section, replace nidoqueen with like pert

**Fire-types and Fire-type coverage**: Pokemon like Moltres and Chandelure are resistant to Cobalion's STAB moves and can incinerate it with their own. However, the Fire-types do risk being KOed by Stone Edge. Pokemon such as Azelf and Choice Scarf Hydreigon Noivern outspeed Cobalion and severely damage it with Fire Blast Flamethrower.

[CREDITS]
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I left a lot of comments here so I want to make sure you implement all of this before I finish up teammates and give 1/3
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[OVERVIEW]
- Cobalion stands as one of the best Pokemon in the metagame thanks its flexibility and utility, allowing it to be an incredible asset and great role compression to allows it to fit on a wide range of bulky offense and balance teams.
- Its typing and ability, Justified, gives it many openings against Pokemon such as Scizor, Zarude, Amoonguss, and Nihilego to reliably boost with Swords Dance or set Stealth Rock. This also helps Cobalion punish choice locked Pokemon Zygarde-10% and Diggersby for using Outrage and Body Slam, respectively. Its quadruple resistance to Stealth Rock makes Cobalion incredibly resilient, making it difficult to wear down without other forms of passive damage.
- Cobalion is an excellent user of Swords Dance, exploiting Pokemon such as the aforementioned Scizor and Zarude while having many valuable coverage options such as Stone Edge and Megahorn for checks like Moltres, Gyarados, and Slowking. At +2, there are limited switch-ins to Cobalion's attacks.
- Cobalion also boasts some useful utility options such as acting as Stealth Rock for entry hazard support, Toxic for crippling checks like Hippowdon and Salamence, and Volt Switch to gain momentum off of checks like Galarian Slowbro.
- Cobalion's Speed tier also helps it offensively check dangerous Pokemon like Hydreigon, Nihilego, and Thundurus-T.
- However, its mediocre base 90 Attack means it's dependent on Swords Dance to be threatening, relying on boosting in front of foes like Scizor and Zarude to sweep, which can be exploited by teams utilizing Pokemon Cobalion struggles to break past like Hippowdon and Galarian Slowbro.
- Without Swords Dance, Cobalion struggles to reliably break Scizor so teams using supportive sets have to use other methods of checking it.
- Its speed tier, though impressive, also leaves it open to common offensive Pokemon such as Azelf and Zygarde-10%.
- Cobalion's subpar Special Defense means it can have trouble facing bulky waters like Rotom-W and Slowking. This also means it takes notable damage from even resisted special moves like Choice Scarf Hydreigon's Draco Meteor.
- Its coverage options can be inconsistent due to their somewhat unreliable accuracy. move this point before the scizor swords dance point
- Cobalion's neutrality to Fairy, Flying, and Psychic hinders its role as a Steel-type against opponents like Togekiss and Hatterene, which can strain teambuilding.

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Stone Edge / Iron Head
move 4: Megahorn
item: Leftovers / Rocky Helmet / Shuca Berry
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

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- Cobalion has many opportunities to setup in front of opponents like Scizor, Zarude, Nihilego, and Mandibuzz thanks to its great resistances and bulk. After a boost, Close Combat threatens to 2HKO targets like the aforementioned Scizor and OHKO other threats like Rotom-W after Stealth Rock.
- Megahorn provides valuable coverage against Slowking and Tangrowth, notably OHKOing the former after a boost and minimal chip.
- Alternatively, Iron Head gives Cobalion a better matchup against Hatterene and Primarina, prevents Cobalion from being walled by Nidoqueen, and gives Cobalion a chance to overwhelm checks like Hippowdon and Galarian Slowbro through flinching.
- Stone Edge slams checks such as Salamence and Moltres, while improving Cobalion's matchup against Thundurus-T.
- Leftovers greatly increases its longevity, making it difficult to wear down alongside its quadruple resistance to Stealth Rock, thus giving it more chances to set up.
- Rocky Helmet is an alternative to punish Zarude and Scizor for using U-turn. It also provides chip damage against choiced locked threats like Choice Scarf Diggersby Body Slam and Zygarde-10%'s Outrage.
- Shuca Berry helps Cobalion beat Hippowdon and prevents it from being revenge killed by Zygarde-10%'s Thousand Arrows. However, this should only be used if the team does not have other options to overwhelm Hippowdon or deal with Zygarde-10% reliably.
- Safety Goggles is also an option for allowing Cobalion to turn Amoonguss into setup fodder, but though only recommendable if no other Pokemon can switch into Amoonguss or wants to take a Spore.

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- Cobalion fits best on bulky offense and balance teams for its ability to punish Scizor and Zarude while providing a strong offensive presence, threatening to wallbreak or clean the opposition.
- Other entry hazard setters such as Nihilego and Hippowdon help provide chip damage for Amoonguss and Celesteela. They also help check problematic foes such as Salamence Moltres and Zygarde-10%.
- Pivots such as Azelf and Thundurus-T help give Cobalion setup opportunities against Pokemon like Chansey and Nihilego. They also help in overwhelming other checks like Slowking and Hippowdon with their coverage moves.
- Skarmory's Spikes can be problematic to Cobalion's longevity so entry hazard removers like Rotom-W and Salamence are appreciated. They are also good teammates to have against foes like Togekiss and Conkeldurr.
- Teammates like Amoonguss and Assault Vest Tangrowth help pivot into dangerous foes like Keldeo and Primarina. Amoonguss also cripples Pokemon like opposing Cobalion and Galarian Slowbro with Spore while Tangrowth removes Rocky Helmet from Scizor and opposing Amoonguss with Knock Off.
- Cobalion is susceptible to being revenge killed by Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10% so revenge killers like Choice Scarf Hydreigon and Mamoswine are appreciated.

[SET]
name: Utility
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Iron Head / Toxic
move 4: Swords Dance / Volt Switch / Taunt
item: Rocky Helmet / Leftovers
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

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- Cobalion's ability to last throughout a game makes it an effective user of Stealth Rock, chipping away at checks like Primarina while having options to overwhelm entry hazard removers like Salamence. Cobalion can set up Stealth Rock as it forces out Pokemon like Nihilego and Mamoswine.
- Close Combat is necessary for removing Excadrill and weakened Pokemon like Rotom-W.
-Iron Head maintains offensive pressure on the likes of Nidoqueen, Togekiss, and Hatterene; it is especially important to prevent the latter from denying Stealth Rock with Magic Bounce.
- If using Iron Head, Swords Dance should be the fourth move slot to prevent Cobalion from getting countered by bulky Scizor while having a boosted offensive presence that lets Cobalion overwhelm Amoonguss and Hippowdon easier.
- Toxic can be used over Iron Head to cripple Salamence, Slowking, Tangrowth, and Hippowdon, preventing them from checking Cobalion long term and winning the hazard war against. This also opens up teammates like Zygarde-10% to clean late game easier.
- Volt Switch is used alongside Toxic for targets it cannot poison like Skarmory, Amoonguss, and Scizor while pivoting out of checks like Tangrowth and Primarina. However, this is less consistent against teams with Hippowdon.
- Taunt can deny Hippowdon looking to heal in front of Cobalion with Slack Off as well as prevent Scizor from boosting with Swords Dance. It can also be an emergency way of preventing Salamence from removing hazards with Defog.
- Rocky Helmet is preferable as this set doesn't need to maintain its health for breaking and cleaning as much and improves its role as a countermeasure against Zarude and Mandibuzz. However, Leftovers can still be used to improve Cobalion's longevity against foes like Nihilego.

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- Utility Cobalion similarly fits in balance and bulky offense teams, but takes a more defensive approach by setting Stealth Rock hazards while either having strong offensive presence or using its support options to disrupt the opposition.
- Cobalion taking up the role of a Stealth Rock setter means that there's more room for an offensive Ground-type. Some examples are teammates like Zygarde-10% and Diggersby, who appreciate Cobalion's ability to overwhelm Scizor and cripple shared checks like Hippowdon and Salamence with Toxic, opening an opportunity for them to clean.
- Skarmory's Spikes pair excellently with Cobalion's Stealth Rock, severely wearing down opponents like Keldeo, Hippowdon, and Nidoqueen. Skarmory also provides a more secure answer to Scizor with Iron Defense and enjoys Taunt blocking opposing hazards and Defog.
- Galarian Slowbro is a Calm Mind user that can break apart opponents Cobalion has issues with like Skarmory. In return, Cobalion acts as an offensive check to opponents like Hydreigon and Zarude.
- Crobat and Salamence are great answers to threats like Conkeldurr and Keldeo. Crobat in particular makes overwhelming Hippowdon and Salamence easier with Taunt while revenge killing threats like Azelf and Noivern.
-bring up steela as a secondary steel that covers coba being a fake steel
-bring up secondary answers to scizor if you take the toxic route


[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
- On hyper offense, Life Orb is useful for increasing Cobalion's wallbreaking capabilities such as OHKOing Slowking and Tangrowth with +2 Megahorn and Thundurus-T with an unboosted Stone Edge.
- Weakness Policy is an alternative option that takes advantage of Cobalion's good bulk and weaker super effective hits like Hippowdon's Earthquake and bulky Salamence's Flamethrower to gain a staggering boost. Rock Polish is recommended with this set to help sweep teams outright by avoiding revenge kills from opponents like Azelf.
- Substitute + Swords Dance alongside Cobalion's STAB moves take huge advantage of Pokemon it forces out like Scizor and Zarude
- Thunder Wave is able to help cripple switch-ins like Skarmory and Noivern to make them easier to overwhelm but it is useless against other threats like Hippowdon.
- Magnet Rise or Air Balloon alongside Swords Dance turns Excadrill and Hippowdon into complete setup fodder for a potential sweep, however this is matchup dependent.

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

**Flying-types**: Salamence and Noivern prey on Cobalion's low Special Defense with Flamethrower and can act as long term checks with Roost, the former being more difficult to break with its greater bulk and Intimidate while Noivern is more effective at revenge killing with its higher speed though both have to be cautious of Stone Edge and Toxic. Skarmory is a standout threat because Iron Defense ensures it won't be overwhelmed by Swords Dance and Spikes greatly cuts into Cobalion's ability to switch in repeatedly, however Skarmory also has to worry about becoming free momentum with Volt Switch.

**Poison-types**: Galarian Slowbro is one of Cobalion's worst matchups for thanks to its longevity with Regenerator and Slack Off, access to Flamethrower, and ability to take advantage of non-Swords Dance sets with Calm Mind. Amoonguss is problematic because it can put Cobalion out of commission with Spore, though it needs to be careful of becoming setup fodder if something else was put to sleep or if Cobalion has Safety Goggles. Other notable threats are Nidoqueen and Tentacruel, the former being able to break through Cobalion easily with Earth Power while having good bulk, while the former isn't bothered by either of Cobalion's STAB moves while keeping easily keeping Stealth Rocks with Rapid Spin.

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types such as Primarina and Slowking prey on Cobalion's low Special Defense and threaten considerable damage and potential status with Scald. Slowking is especially problematic for its ability to use Cobalion as easy momentum with Regenerator and Teleport, but drops to +2 Megahorn. Keldeo can threaten to OHKO with Secret Sword and Gyarados can use Cobalion lacking Stone Edge or Volt Switch as setup fodder with Dragon Dance.

**Ground-types**: Hippowdon and Swampert have the bulk to comfortably withstand Cobalion's attack and retaliate with their own, the former having reliable recovery with Slack Off but does not appreciate Toxic. Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10% easily revenge kill Cobalion, but can be lured in by Shuca Berry sets.

**Fire-types and Fire-type coverage**: Moltres and Chandelure are resistant to Cobalion's STAB moves and can incinerate it with their own. However, the Fire-types do risk being KOed by Stone Edge. Pokemon such as Azelf and Choice Scarf Hydreigon outspeed Cobalion and severely damage it with Fire Blast.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Mystras Leoxses, 530118]]
- Quality checked by: [[Monky25, 515132], [username2, userid2], [username3, userid3]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1], [username2, userid2]]
QC 1/3 good work
 

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[OVERVIEW]
- Cobalion stands as one of the best Pokemon in the metagame thanks its flexibility and utility, allowing it to be an incredible asset and great role compression to bulky offense and balance teams.
- Its typing and ability, Justified, gives it many openings against Pokemon such as Scizor, Zarude, Amoonguss, and Nihilego to reliably boost with Swords Dance or set Stealth Rock. This also helps Cobalion punish choice locked Pokemon Zygarde-10% and Diggersby for using Outrage and Body Slam, respectively. Its quadruple resistance to Stealth Rock makes Cobalion incredibly resilient, making it difficult to wear down without other forms of passive damage.
- Cobalion is an excellent user of Swords Dance, exploiting Pokemon such as the aforementioned Scizor and Zarude, having limited switch-ins after a boost thanks to its wide coverage options such as Stone Edge and Megahorn for checks like Moltres, Gyarados, and Slowking.
- Cobalion also boasts some useful utility options such as acting as Stealth Rock for entry hazard support, Toxic for crippling checks like Hippowdon and Salamence, and Volt Switch to gain momentum off of checks like Galarian Slowbro.
- Cobalion's Speed tier also helps it offensively check dangerous Pokemon like Hydreigon, Nihilego, and Thundurus-T.
- However, its mediocre base 90 Attack means it's dependent on Swords Dance to be threatening, relying on boosting in front of foes like Scizor and Zarude to sweep, which can be exploited by teams utilizing Pokemon Cobalion struggles to break past like Hippowdon and Galarian Slowbro.
- Without Swords Dance, Cobalion struggles to reliably break Scizor so teams using supportive sets have to use other methods of checking it.
- Its coverage options can be inconsistent due to their somewhat unreliable accuracy.
- Its speed tier, though impressive, also leaves it open to common offensive Pokemon such as Azelf and Zygarde-10%.
- Cobalion's subpar Special Defense means it can have trouble facing bulky waters like Rotom-W and Slowking. This also means it takes notable damage from even resisted special moves like Choice Scarf Hydreigon's Draco Meteor. put vanilluxe's blizzard in too tbh given coba ice resist teams are the big reason that mons so good in first place honestly
- Cobalion's neutrality to Fairy, Flying, and Psychic hinders its role as a Steel-type against opponents like Togekiss and Hatterene, which can strain teambuilding.

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Stone Edge / Iron Head
move 4: Megahorn
item: Leftovers / Rocky Helmet / Shuca Berry
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

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- Cobalion has many opportunities to setup in front of opponents like Scizor, Zarude, Nihilego, and Mandibuzz thanks to its great resistances and bulk. After a boost, Close Combat threatens to 2HKO targets like the aforementioned Scizor and OHKO other threats like Rotom-W after Stealth Rock.
- Megahorn provides valuable coverage against Slowking and Tangrowth, notably OHKOing the former after a boost and minimal chip.
- Alternatively, Iron Head gives Cobalion a better matchup against Hatterene and Primarina, prevents Cobalion from being walled by Nidoqueen, and gives Cobalion a chance to overwhelm checks like Hippowdon and Galarian Slowbro through flinching.
- Stone Edge slams checks such as Salamence and Moltres, while improving Cobalion's matchup against Thundurus-T. probably wanna shift the order here to reflect the slashes
- Leftovers greatly increases its longevity, making it difficult to wear down alongside its quadruple resistance to Stealth Rock, thus giving it more chances to set up.
- Rocky Helmet is an alternative to punish Zarude and Scizor for using U-turn. It also provides chip damage against choiced locked threats like Choice Scarf Diggersby Body Slam and Zygarde-10%'s Outrage.
- Shuca Berry helps Cobalion beat Hippowdon and prevents it from being revenge killed by Zygarde-10%'s Thousand Arrows. However, this should only be used if the team does not have other options to overwhelm Hippowdon or deal with Zygarde-10% reliably. idm just saying that it should usually only be used with iron head honestly since you get to +2 ih -> cc without losing a considerable amount of ur hp still compared to double cc and get to fish the flinch chance too, think its kinda fine if u wanna build it to overwhelm hippo that way
- Safety Goggles is also an option for allowing Cobalion to turn Amoonguss into setup fodder, but though only recommendable if no other Pokemon can switch into Amoonguss or wants to take a Spore.

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- Cobalion fits best on bulky offense and balance teams for its ability to punish Scizor and Zarude while providing a strong offensive presence, threatening to wallbreak or clean the opposition.
- Other entry hazard setters such as Nihilego and Hippowdon help provide chip damage for Amoonguss and Celesteela. They also help check problematic foes such as Salamence and Zygarde-10%. can mention how nihilego can help you against some threats like togekiss, hatterene, and vanilluxe that coba struggles with (Especially when stone edge vs the former two).
- Pivots such as Azelf and Thundurus-T help give Cobalion setup opportunities against Pokemon like Chansey and Nihilego. They also help in overwhelming other checks like Slowking and Hippowdon with their coverage moves.
- Skarmory's Spikes can be problematic to Cobalion's longevity so entry hazard removers like Rotom-W and Salamence are appreciated. They are also good teammates to have against foes like Togekiss and Conkeldurr.
- Teammates like Amoonguss and Assault Vest Tangrowth help pivot into dangerous foes like Keldeo and Primarina. Amoonguss also cripples Pokemon like opposing Cobalion and Galarian Slowbro with Spore while Tangrowth removes Rocky Helmet from Scizor and opposing Amoonguss with Knock Off.
- Cobalion is susceptible to being revenge killed by Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10% so other revenge killers like Choice Scarf Hydreigon and Mamoswine are appreciated.

[SET]
name: Utility
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Iron Head / Toxic
move 4: Swords Dance / Volt Switch / Taunt
item: Rocky Helmet / Leftovers
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

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- Cobalion's ability to last throughout a game makes it an effective user of Stealth Rock, chipping away at checks like Primarina while having options to overwhelm entry hazard removers like Salamence. It has many opportunities of setting up hazards as it forces out Pokemon like Nihilego and Mamoswine.
- Close Combat is necessary for removing Excadrill and weakened Pokemon like Rotom-W.
-Iron Head maintains offensive pressure on the likes of Nidoqueen, Togekiss, and Hatterene; it is especially important to prevent the latter from denying Stealth Rock with Magic Bounce.
- If using Iron Head, Swords Dance should be the fourth move slot to prevent Cobalion from getting countered by bulky Scizor while having a boosted offensive presence that lets Cobalion overwhelm Amoonguss and Hippowdon easier. can mention how it stops it being abused by some stuff like steela / nidoqueen / glowbro as easily too.
- Toxic can be used over Iron Head to cripple Salamence, Slowking, Tangrowth, and Hippowdon, preventing them from checking Cobalion long term and winning the hazard war against. This also opens up teammates like Zygarde-10% to clean late game easier.
- Volt Switch is used alongside Toxic for targets it cannot poison like Skarmory, Amoonguss, and Scizor while pivoting out of checks like Tangrowth and Primarina. However, this is less consistent against teams with Hippowdon.
Stone edge mention probably for molt + better dmg into mence when SD? can mention why ih is otherwise better usually tho.
- Taunt can deny Hippowdon looking to heal in front of Cobalion with Slack Off as well as prevent Scizor from boosting with Swords Dance. It can also be an emergency way of preventing Salamence from removing hazards with Defog.
- Rocky Helmet is preferable as this set doesn't need to maintain its health for breaking and cleaning as much and improves its role as a countermeasure against Zarude and Mandibuzz. However, Leftovers can still be used to improve Cobalion's longevity against foes like Nihilego. can mention running some HP investment with volt switch + toxic to better take on stuff like vanilluxe / zarude / hyd through a game.

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- Utility Cobalion similarly fits in balance and bulky offense teams, but takes a more defensive approach by setting Stealth Rock while either having strong offensive presence or using its support options to disrupt the opposition.
- Cobalion taking up the role of a Stealth Rock setter means that there's more room for an offensive Ground-type. Some examples are teammates like Zygarde-10% and Diggersby, who appreciate Cobalion's ability to overwhelm Scizor and cripple shared checks like Hippowdon and Salamence with Toxic, opening an opportunity for them to clean.
- Skarmory's Spikes pair excellently with Cobalion's Stealth Rock, severely wearing down opponents like Keldeo, Hippowdon, and Nidoqueen. Skarmory also provides a more secure answer to Scizor with Iron Defense and enjoys Taunt blocking opposing hazards and Defog. probably want to clarify thats taunt coba not taunt skarmory LOL, tbh you can kinda take the toxic skarm route + sd ih sciz route here too since coba covers sciz nicely and then pressure mence a lot more when its poisoned so could mention "or can Toxic Salamence to make it more pressured to deal with Cobalion" or something at end.
- Galarian Slowbro is a Calm Mind user that can break apart opponents Cobalion has issues with like Skarmory. In return, Cobalion acts as an offensive check to opponents like Hydreigon and Zarude. It also acts as a good primary Scizor answer with Colbur Berry and Flamethrower.
- Crobat and Salamence are great answers to threats like Conkeldurr and Keldeo. Crobat in particular makes overwhelming Hippowdon and Salamence easier with Taunt while revenge killing threats like Azelf and Noivern.
- Other Steel-types like Celesteela compensate for Cobalion's neutrality to Fairy and Flying, notably useful against Pokemon like Togekiss and Salamence. Celesteela also greatly assists in checking revenge killers like Choice Scarf Hydreigon and Diggersby.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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- On hyper offense, Life Orb is useful for increasing Cobalion's wallbreaking capabilities such as OHKOing Slowking and Tangrowth with +2 Megahorn and Thundurus-T with an unboosted Stone Edge.
- Weakness Policy is an alternative option that takes advantage of Cobalion's good bulk and weaker super effective hits like Hippowdon's Earthquake and bulky Salamence's Flamethrower to gain a staggering boost. Rock Polish is recommended with this set to help sweep teams outright by avoiding revenge kills from opponents like Azelf. can mention whether you still run SD or you run 3a here etc since its not immediately clear for someone who doesn't know.
- Substitute + Swords Dance alongside Cobalion's STAB moves take huge advantage of Pokemon it forces out like Scizor and Zarude
- Thunder Wave is able to help cripple switch-ins like Skarmory and Noivern to make them easier to overwhelm but it is useless against other threats like Hippowdon.
- Magnet Rise or Air Balloon alongside Swords Dance turns Excadrill and Hippowdon into complete setup fodder for a potential sweep, however this is matchup dependent. honestly make this the first one mrise is p cool

Checks and Counters
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**Flying-types**: Salamence and Noivern prey on Cobalion's low Special Defense with Flamethrower and can act as long term checks with Roost, the former being more difficult to break with its greater bulk and Intimidate while Noivern is more effective at revenge killing with its higher speed though both have to be cautious of Stone Edge and Toxic. Skarmory is a standout threat because Iron Defense ensures it won't be overwhelmed by Swords Dance can definitely get overwhelmed still if it has to hard switch into coba while its weak enough that its in the 2HKO range after a bpress, so can maybe tone down the language to just say that it helps it maintain a strong matchup or something and Spikes greatly cuts into Cobalion's ability to switch in repeatedly, however Skarmory also has to worry about becoming free momentum with Volt Switch.

**Poison-types**: Galarian Slowbro is one of Cobalion's worst matchups for thanks to its longevity with Regenerator and Slack Off, access to Flamethrower, and ability to take advantage of non-Swords Dance sets with Calm Mind. Amoonguss is problematic because it can put Cobalion out of commission with Spore, though it needs to be careful of becoming setup fodder if something else was put to sleep or if Cobalion has Safety Goggles. can mention that cobalion can sometimes be caught out by stun spore when thinking amoonguss is set up fodder too Other notable threats are Nidoqueen and Tentacruel, the former being able to break through Cobalion easily with Earth Power while having good bulk, can mention that its vulnerable to +2 iron heads though or flinches while the former isn't bothered by either of Cobalion's STAB moves while keeping easily keeping Stealth Rocks with Rapid Spin.

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types such as Primarina and Slowking prey on Cobalion's low Special Defense and threaten considerable damage and potential status with Scald. Slowking is especially problematic for its ability to use Cobalion as easy momentum with Regenerator and Teleport, but drops to +2 Megahorn. Keldeo can threaten to OHKO with Secret Sword and Gyarados can use Cobalion lacking Stone Edge or Volt Switch as setup fodder with Dragon Dance. could probably mention how jellicent can coutner it strongly for stall teams that would otherwise be at risk for it.

**Ground-types**: Hippowdon and Swampert have the bulk to comfortably withstand Cobalion's attack and retaliate with their own, the former having reliable recovery with Slack Off but does not appreciate Toxic. Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10% easily revenge kill Cobalion, but can be lured in by Shuca Berry sets.

**Fire-types and Fire-type coverage**: Moltres and Chandelure are resistant to Cobalion's STAB moves and can incinerate it with their own. However, the Fire-types do risk being KOed by Stone Edge. Pokemon such as Azelf and Choice Scarf Hydreigon outspeed Cobalion and severely damage it with Fire Blast.

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looks good but since this is S rank mon and quite long i'll just 2/3 this as i'd like it to get a 3rd check and seperate pair of eyes if possible.
 
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[OVERVIEW]
Cobalion stands as one of the best Pokemon in the metagame thanks its flexibility and utility, allowing it to be an incredible asset and great role compression to bulky offense and balance teams. Its typing and ability, Justified, gives it many openings against Pokemon such as Scizor, Zarude, non-Stun Spore Amoonguss, and Nihilego to reliably boost with Swords Dance or set Stealth Rock. This also helps Cobalion punish choice locked Pokemon Zygarde-10% and Diggersby for using Outrage and Body Slam, respectively. Its quadruple resistance to Stealth Rock makes Cobalion incredibly resilient, making it difficult to wear down without other forms of passive damage. Cobalion is an excellent user of Swords Dance, exploiting Pokemon such as the aforementioned Scizor and Zarude, having limited switch-ins after a boost thanks to its wide coverage options such as Stone Edge and Megahorn for checks like Moltres, Gyarados, and Slowking. Cobalion also boasts some useful utility options such as acting as Stealth Rock for entry hazard support, Toxic for crippling checks like Hippowdon and Salamence, and Volt Switch to gain momentum off of checks like Galarian Slowbro. Cobalion's Speed tier also helps it offensively check dangerous Pokemon like Hydreigon, Nihilego, and Thundurus-T. However, its mediocre base 90 Attack means it's dependent on Swords Dance to be threatening, relying on boosting in front of foes like Scizor and Zarude to sweep, which can be exploited by teams utilizing Pokemon Cobalion struggles to break past like Hippowdon and Galarian Slowbro. Without Swords Dance, Cobalion struggles to reliably break Scizor so teams using supportive sets have to use other methods of checking it. Its coverage options can be inconsistent due to their somewhat unreliable accuracy. Its speed tier, though impressive, also leaves it open to common offensive Pokemon such as Azelf and Zygarde-10%. Cobalion's subpar Special Defense means it can have trouble facing bulky waters like Rotom-W and Slowking. This also means it takes notable damage from even resisted special moves like Choice Scarf Hydreigon's Draco Meteor and Vanilluxe's Blizzard. Cobalion's neutrality to Fairy, Flying, and Psychic hinders its role as a Steel-type against opponents like Togekiss and Hatterene, which can strain teambuilding.

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Stone Edge / Iron Head
move 4: Megahorn
item: Leftovers / Rocky Helmet / Shuca Berry
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Cobalion has many opportunities to setup in front of opponents like Scizor, Zarude, Nihilego, and Mandibuzz thanks to its great resistances and bulk. After a boost, Close Combat threatens to 2HKO targets like the aforementioned Scizor and OHKO other threats like Rotom-W after Stealth Rock. Megahorn provides valuable coverage against Slowking and Tangrowth, notably OHKOing the former after a boost and minimal chip. Stone Edge slams checks such as Salamence and Moltres, while improving Cobalion's matchup against Thundurus-T. Alternatively, Iron Head gives Cobalion a better matchup against Hatterene and Primarina, prevents Cobalion from being walled by Nidoqueen, (would change the wording here; its great for the nidoq mu but this makes it sound like its a 100% win) and gives Cobalion a chance to overwhelm checks like Hippowdon and Galarian Slowbro through flinching. Leftovers greatly (given how its very commonly a knock off switch-in i wouldn't say greatly) increases its longevity, making it difficult to wear down alongside its quadruple resistance to Stealth Rock, thus giving it more chances to set up. Rocky Helmet is an alternative to punish Zarude and Scizor for using U-turn. It also provides chip damage against choiced locked threats like Choice Scarf Diggersby Body Slam and Zygarde-10%'s Outrage. Shuca Berry helps Cobalion beat Hippowdon and prevents it from being revenge killed by Zygarde-10%'s Thousand Arrows. However, this should only be used if the team does not have other options to overwhelm Hippowdon or deal with Zygarde-10% reliably. Safety Goggles is also an option for allowing Cobalion to turn Amoonguss into setup fodder, but though only recommendable if no other Pokemon can switch into Amoonguss or wants to take a Spore.

Cobalion fits best on bulky offense and balance teams for its ability to punish Scizor and Zarude while providing a strong offensive presence, threatening to wallbreak or clean the opposition. Other entry hazard setters such as Nihilego and Hippowdon help provide chip damage for Amoonguss and Celesteela. They also help check problematic foes such as Galarian Slowbro, Togekiss, (example used here is entirely preference but togekiss isn't exactly problematic when both options slashed as a coverage option beat it) Salamence, and Zygarde-10%. Pivots such as Azelf and Thundurus-T help give Cobalion setup opportunities against Pokemon like Chansey and Nihilego. They also help in overwhelming other checks like Slowking (putting another example here like prim might be better bc megahorn isn't slashed w anything and slowking isnt possibly checking it, it just isnt checking it as long as megahorn is on the set) and Hippowdon with their coverage moves. Skarmory's Spikes can be problematic to Cobalion's longevity so entry hazard removers like Rotom-W and Salamence are appreciated. They are also good teammates to have against foes like Togekiss (same as last togekiss removal, not really a check when edge/ihead are competing for the same moveslot and both beat it) and Conkeldurr. Teammates like Amoonguss and Assault Vest Tangrowth help pivot into dangerous foes like Keldeo and Primarina. Amoonguss also cripples Pokemon like opposing Cobalion and Galarian Slowbro with Spore while Tangrowth removes Heavy-Duty Boots from Salamence Rocky Helmet from Scizor (you're likely boosting very high in 1v1 situation w sciz to the point where rh chip becomes a non-issue) and opposing Amoonguss with Knock Off. Cobalion is susceptible to being revenge killed by Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10% so other revenge killers like Choice Scarf Hydreigon and Mamoswine are appreciated.

[SET]
name: Utility
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Iron Head / Toxic
move 4: Swords Dance / Volt Switch / Taunt
item: Rocky Helmet / Leftovers
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Cobalion's ability to last throughout a game makes it an effective user of Stealth Rock, chipping away at threats like Primarina while having options to overwhelm entry hazard removers like Salamence. It has many opportunities of setting up hazards as it forces out opposing entry hazard setters like Chansey, Nihilego, and Excadrill. Pokemon like Nihilego and Mamoswine. (i felt like this was more representative of how coba just comes in and threatens most rockers w ease, instead of just listing examples of mons it threatens w less specification) Close Combat is necessary for removing Excadrill and weakened Pokemon like Rotom-W. Iron Head maintains offensive pressure on the likes of Nidoqueen, Togekiss, and Hatterene; it is especially important to prevent the latter from denying Stealth Rock with Magic Bounce. If using Iron Head, Swords Dance should be the fourth move slot to prevent Cobalion from getting countered by bulky Scizor while having a boosted offensive presence that lets Cobalion overwhelm Amoonguss and Hippowdon easier. Swords Dance also leaves Cobalion less vulnerable to Celesteela and Nidoqueen switching in. Toxic can be used over Iron Head to cripple Salamence, Slowking, Tangrowth, and Hippowdon, preventing them from checking Cobalion long term and winning the hazard war against the former. This also opens up teammates like Zygarde-10% to clean late game easier. Volt Switch is used alongside Toxic for targets it cannot poison like Skarmory, Amoonguss, and Scizor while pivoting out of checks like Tangrowth and Primarina. However, this is less consistent against teams with Hippowdon. Stone Edge is an alternative over Iron Head with Swords Dance to deal with Moltres and Salamence, however Iron Head's value against opponents like Hatterene is generally preferred as a Stealth Rock setter. Taunt can deny Hippowdon looking to heal in front of Cobalion with Slack Off as well as prevent Scizor from boosting with Swords Dance. It can also be an emergency way of preventing Salamence from removing hazards with Defog. Rocky Helmet is preferable as this set doesn't need to maintain its health for breaking and cleaning as much and improves its role as a countermeasure against Zarude and Scizor. Mandibuzz. However, Leftovers can still be used to improve Cobalion's longevity against foes like Nihilego. Cobalion usually runs maximum attack investment to gain more value from its STAB moves, but a spread using 160 HP EVs with 96 attack EVs is possible with Volt Switch + Toxic variants. This helps Cobalion act play a more defensive role, being able to pivot take Vanilluxe and Choice Scarf Hydreigon's STAB moves more comfortably while still able to OHKO Pokemon like Mamoswine and Excadrill from full health with Close Combat.

Utility Cobalion similarly fits in balance and bulky offense teams, but takes a more defensive approach by setting Stealth Rock while either having strong offensive presence or using its support options to disrupt the opposition. Cobalion taking up the role of a Stealth Rock setter means that there's more room for an offensive Ground-type. Some examples are teammates like Zygarde-10% and Diggersby, who appreciate Cobalion's ability to overwhelm Scizor and cripple shared checks like Hippowdon and Salamence with Toxic, opening an opportunity for them to clean. Skarmory's Spikes pair excellently with Cobalion's Stealth Rock, severely wearing down opponents like Keldeo, Hippowdon, and Nidoqueen. Furthermore, Swords Dance variants being a such a good check to Scizor allows Skarmory to run Toxic to leave Salamence unable to clear hazards from them long term. Alternatively, Skarmory can act as a dedicated answer to Scizor with Iron Defense to leave room for Cobalion to run Taunt and block opposing hazards and Defog. Galarian Slowbro is a Calm Mind user that can break apart opponents Cobalion has issues with like Skarmory. In return, Cobalion acts as an offensive check to opponents like Hydreigon and Zarude. It also acts as a good primary Scizor answer with Colbur Berry and Flamethrower. Crobat and Salamence are great answers to threats like Conkeldurr and Keldeo. Crobat in particular makes overwhelming Hippowdon and Salamence easier with Taunt while revenge killing threats like Azelf and Noivern. Other Steel-types like Celesteela compensate for Cobalion's neutrality to Fairy and Flying, notably useful against Pokemon like Togekiss and Salamence. Celesteela also greatly assists in checking revenge killers like Choice Scarf Hydreigon and Diggersby.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
Magnet Rise or Air Balloon alongside Swords Dance turns Excadrill and Hippowdon into complete setup fodder for a potential sweep, however this is matchup dependent. On hyper offense, Life Orb is useful for increasing Cobalion's wallbreaking capabilities such as OHKOing Slowking and Tangrowth with +2 Megahorn and Thundurus-T with an unboosted Stone Edge. Weakness Policy with Rock Polish + 3 attacks is an alternative option that takes advantage of Cobalion's good bulk and weaker super effective hits like Hippowdon's Earthquake and bulky Salamence's Flamethrower to gain a staggering boost. Rock Polish is more recommended to sweep teams since it avoids revenge kills from opponents like Azelf and Choice Scarf Hydreigon. Substitute + Swords Dance alongside Cobalion's STAB moves take huge advantage of Pokemon it forces out like Scizor and Zarude Thunder Wave is able to help cripple switch-ins like Skarmory and Noivern to make them easier to overwhelm but it is useless against other threats like Hippowdon.


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

**Flying-types**: Salamence and Noivern prey on Cobalion's low Special Defense with Flamethrower and can act as long term checks with Roost, the former being more difficult to break with its greater bulk and Intimidate while Noivern is more effective at revenge killing with its higher speed though both have to be cautious of Stone Edge and Toxic. Skarmory is a standout threat because Iron Defense helps it maintain a strong matchup against Swords Dance sets and Spikes greatly cuts into Cobalion's ability to pivot, however Skarmory also has to worry about becoming free momentum with Volt Switch. definitely mention thundy t too imo, that just prevents you from outright winning entirely w/o stone edge or just being an annoyance on bulkier sets

**Poison-types**: Galarian Slowbro is one of Cobalion's worst matchups for thanks to its longevity with Regenerator and Slack Off, access to Flamethrower, and ability to take advantage of non-Swords Dance sets with Calm Mind. Amoonguss is problematic because it can put Cobalion out of commission with Spore or Stun Spore, though it needs to be careful of becoming setup fodder if something else was put to sleep or if Cobalion has Safety Goggles. Other notable threats are Nidoqueen and Tentacruel, the former being able to break through Cobalion easily with Earth Power while having good bulk, while (added a space) the former isn't bothered by either of Cobalion's STAB moves while keeping easily keeping Stealth Rocks off the field with Rapid Spin. However, Nidoqueen faces the problem of being unable to reliably handle Swords Dance variants after a boost and can suffer from Iron Head flinching it. (added a period)

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types such as Primarina and Slowking prey on Cobalion's low Special Defense and threaten considerable damage and potential status with Scald. Slowking is especially problematic for its ability to use Cobalion as easy momentum with Regenerator and Teleport, but drops to +2 Megahorn. Keldeo can threaten to OHKO with Secret Sword and Gyarados can use Cobalion lacking Stone Edge or Volt Switch as setup fodder with Dragon Dance. Jellicent, though uncommon, can be a very strong check to Swords Dance sets with its resistance to both of its STABs but it needs to be weary of utility sets and providing momentum for Cobalion with Volt Switch or Toxic crippling its ability to act as a firm answer.

**Ground-types**: Hippowdon and Swampert have the bulk to comfortably withstand Cobalion's attacks attack and retaliate with their own, the former having reliable recovery with Slack Off but neither appreciates does not appreciate Toxic. Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10% easily revenge kill Cobalion, but can be lured in by Shuca Berry sets.

**Fire-types and Fire-type coverage**: Moltres and Chandelure are resistant to Cobalion's STAB moves and can incinerate it with their own. However, the Fire-types do risk being KOed by Stone Edge. Pokemon such as Azelf and Choice Scarf Hydreigon outspeed Cobalion and severely damage it with Fire Blast.

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- Written by: [[Mystras Leoxses, 530118]]
- Quality checked by: [[Monky25, 515132], [Estarossa, 461329], [Sulo, 528036]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1], [username2, userid2]]
 
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[OVERVIEW]
Cobalion stands as one of the best Pokemon in the metagame thanks it's flexibility and utility, allowing make it to be an incredible asset and greaone of the best role-compression options on bulky offense and balance teams. Its typing and ability, Justified, gives it many openings against Pokemon such as Scizor, Zarude, non-Stun Spore Amoonguss, and Nihilego to reliably boost with Swords Dance or set Stealth Rock. This also helps Cobalion punish choice-locked Pokemon Zygarde-10% and Diggersby for using Outrage and Body Slam, respectively. Its quadruple resistance to Stealth Rock makes Cobalion incredibly resilient, making it difficult to wear down without other forms of passiveresidual damage. Cobalion is an excellent user of Swords Dance, exploiting Pokemon such as the aforementioned Scizor and Zarude, having limited switch-ins a. After a boost thanks to its wide, coverage options such aslike Stone Edge and Megahorn forhave limited switch-ins and can eliminate checks like Moltres, Gyarados, and Slowking—though the lack of perfect accuracy can make them sonewhat unreliable. Cobalion also boasts some useful utility options such as acting as Stealth Rock for entry hazard supportto chip down switch-ins, Toxic for crippling checks like Hippowdon and Salamence, and Volt Switch to gain momentum off of checks like Galarian Slowbro. Cobalion's Speed tier also helps it offensively check dangerous Pokemon like Hydreigon, Nihilego, and Thundurus-T. However, its mediocre base 90 Attack means it's dependent on Swords Dance to be threatening, relying on boosting in front of foesand teams with good Cobalion counterplay like ScizorHippowdon and Zarude to sweep, whichGalarian Slowbro can be exploited by teams utilizprevent it from setting Pokemon Cobalion struggup in front of desirables to break past like Hippowdonargets such as Scizor and Galarian Slowbro. Without Zarude. Non-Swords Dance, Cobalion sets struggles to reliably break through Scizor so teams using supportive sets have to useand must be paired with other methods of checking it. Its coverage options can be inconsistent due to their somewhat unreliable accuracy. ItCobalion's speed tier, thoughwhile impressive, alsostill leaves it openvulnerable to common offensive Pokemon such as Azelf and Zygarde-10%. Cobalion's subpar Special Defense means it can have trouble facing bulky wWater-types like Rotom-W and Slowking. This also means itthat Cobalion takes notable damage from even resisted special moves like Choice Scarf Hydreigon's Draco Meteor and Vanilluxe's Blizzard. Cobalion's neutrality to Fairy, Flying, and Psychic hinders its role as a Steel-type against opponentfoes like Togekiss and Hatterene, which can strain teambuilding.

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Stone Edge / Iron Head
move 4: Megahorn
item: Leftovers / Rocky Helmet / Shuca Berry
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Cobalion ha's great resistances and bulk give it many opportunities to set up in front of fopponents like Scizor, Zarude, Nihilego, and Mandibuzz thanks to its great resistances and bulk. After a boost, Close Combat threatens to 2HKO targets like the aforehe previously mentioned Scizortargets and OHKO other threats like Rotom-W after Stealth Rock. Megahorn provides valuable coverage against Slowking and Tangrowth, notably OHKOing the former after a boost and minimal chip. Stone Edge slams checks such as Salamence and Moltres, while and improvinges Cobalion's matchup against Thundurus-T. Alternatively, Iron Head gives Cobalion a better matchup against Hatterene and Primarina, prevents Nidoqueen from walling it, and givelets Cobalion a chance topotentially overwhelm checks like Hippowdon and Galarian Slowbro through flinching. Leftovers increases its longevity, making it difficult to wear down alongside its quadruple resistance to Stealth Rock, thus giving it more chances to set up. Rocky Helmet is an alternative to punish Zarude and Scizor for using U-turn. It also provides chip damage against choiced-locked threats like Choice ScarfBody Slam Diggersby Body Slam and Outrage Zygarde-10%'s Outrage. Shuca Berry helps Cobalion beat Hippowdon and prevents it from being revenge killed by Zygarde-10%'s Thousand Arrows. However, this should only be used if the team does not have other options to overwhelm Hippowdon or deal with Zygarde-10% reliably. Safety Goggles is also an option forthat allowings Cobalion to turn Amoonguss into setup fodder, but this shoughld only recommendablebe used if no other Pokemon can switch into absence of any teammates that can handle Amoonguss or wants to take a Spore.

Cobalion fits best on bulky offense and balance teams for its ability to punish Scizor and Zarude while providing a strong offensive presence, threatening to wallbreak or clean the opposition. Other entry hazard setters such as Nihilego and Hippowdon help provide chip damage for Amoonguss and Celesteela. They also help check problematic foes such as Galarian Slowbro, Salamence, and Zygarde-10%. Pivots such as Azelf and Thundurus-T help give Cobalion find setup opportunities against Pokemon like Chansey and Nihilego. They also help in overwhelming other checks like Primarina and Hippowdon with their coverage moves. Skarmory's Spikes can be problematic to Cobalion's longevity, so entry hazard removers like Rotom-W and Salamence are appreciated. They are also good teammates to have against foes like Conkeldurr. Teammates like Amoonguss and Assault Vest Tangrowth helpcan pivot into dangerous foes like Keldeo and Primarina. Amoonguss also cripples Pokemon like opposing Cobalion and Galarian Slowbro with Spore, while Tangrowth removes Heavy-Duty Boots from Salamence and opposing Amoonguss with Knock Off. Cobalion is susceptible to being revenge killed by Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10%, so other revenge killers like Choice Scarf Hydreigon and Mamoswine are appreciated.

[SET]
name: Utility
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Iron Head / Toxic
move 4: Swords Dance / Volt Switch / Taunt
item: Rocky Helmet / Leftovers
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Cobalion's ability to last throughout a game makes it an effective user of Stealth Rock, chipping away at threats like Primarina while having options to overwhelm entry hazard removers like Salamence. ItCobalion has many opportunities tof setting up hazards, as it forces out opposing entry hazard setters like Chansey, Nihilego, and Excadrill. Close Combat is necessary for removing Excadrill and weakened Pokemon like Rotom-W. Iron Head maintains offensive pressure on the likes of Nidoqueen, Togekiss, and Hatterene; it is especially important to prevent the lHatterene from denying Stealth Rock with Magic Bounce. If using Iron Head, Swords Dance should be the fourth moveslot to prevent Cobalion from getting countered by bulky Scizor while having a boostedand give it enough offensive presence that lets Cobalion overwhelm Amoonguss and Hippowdon more easierly. Swords Dance also leaves Cobalion less vulnerable to Celesteela and Nidoqueen switching in. Toxic can be used over Iron Head to cripple Salamence, Slowking, Tangrowth, and Hippowdon, preventing them from checking Cobalion in the long-term and winning the entry hazard war against the former. This also opens up teammates like Zygarde-10% to cleanmore effectively work as late-game cleasiners. Volt Switch is used alongside Toxic forto hit targets itCobalion cannot poison, like Skarmory, Amoonguss, and Scizor while, and pivoting out of checks like Tangrowth and Primarina. However, this is less consistent against teams with Hippowdon. Stone Edge is an alternative over Iron Head with Swords Dance to deal with Moltres and Salamence,; however, Iron Head's value against fopponents like Hatterene is generally preferred as ato help with setting Stealth Rock setter. Taunt can deny Hippowdon looking to heal in front of Cobalion with Slack Off as well as prevent Scizor from boosting with Swords Dance. It can also be an emergency way of preventing Salamence from removing entry hazards with Defog. Rocky Helmet is the preferablered item, as this set doesn't really need to maintain its health for wallbreaking and cleaning as much, and it improves itCobalion's role as a countermeasure against Zarude and Scizor. However, Leftovers can still be used to improve Cobalion's longevity against foes like Nihilego. Cobalion usually runs maximum aAttack investment to gain more value from its STAB moves, but a spread using 160 HP EVs with 96 attack EVs is possible with Volt Switch + Toxic variants. This helps Cobalion act play a more defensive role, being able to: it can pivot takeinto Vanilluxe and Choice Scarf Hydreigon's STAB moves more comfortably while still able to OHKOing Pokemon like Mamoswine and Excadrill from full health with Close Combat.

Utility Cobalion similarly fits in balance and bulky offense teams, but takes a more defensive approach by settingas a Stealth Rock while either having strong offensive presence osetter using its support options to disrupt the oppositioner. Cobalion taking up the role of a Stealth Rock setter means that there's more room for an offensive Ground-type teammate. Some examples are teammates like Zygarde-10% and Diggersby, whoich appreciate Cobalion's ability to overwhelm Scizor and cripple shared checks like Hippowdon and Salamence with Toxic, opening an opportunity for them to clean. Skarmory's Spikes pairs excellently with Cobalion's Stealth Rock, severely wearing down opponentfoes like Keldeo, Hippowdon, and Nidoqueen. Furthermore, Swords Dance variants being a such a goodof Cobalion check to Scizor allowswell enough for Skarmory to run Toxic to leaveweaken Salamence unable to clear, preventing it from functioning as long-term entry hazards from them long term.oval.m Alternatively, Iron Defense Skarmory can act as a dedicated answer to Scizor with Iron Defense to, leaveing room for Cobalion to run Taunt and block opposing entry hazards and Defog. Galarian Slowbro is a Calm Mind user that can break apart opponentsfoes that Cobalion has issues with, like Skarmory. In return, Cobalion acts as an offensive check to opponentfoes like Hydreigon and Zarude. ItColbur Berry + Flamethrower Cobalion also acts as a good primary Scizor answer with Colbur Berry and Flamethrower. Crobat and Salamence are great answers to threats like Conkeldurr and Keldeo. Notably, Crobat in particular makes overwhelming Hippowdon and Salamence easier with Taunt while revenge killing threats like Azelf and Noivern. Other Steel-types like Celesteela compensate for Cobalion's neutrality to Fairy and Flying, notably useful against Pokemon like Togekiss and Salamence. Celesteela also greatly assists in checking revenge killers like Choice Scarf Hydreigon and Diggersby.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
Magnet Rise or Air Balloon alongside Swords Dance turns Excadrill and Hippowdon into complete setup fodder for a potential sweep, however this is matchup dependent. On hyper offense, Life Orb is useful for increasing Cobalion's wallbreaking capabilities such asenough to OHKOing Slowking and Tangrowth with +2 Megahorn and Thundurus-T with an unboosted Stone Edge. Weakness Policy with+ Rock Polish + 3on a three attacks set is an alternative option that takes advantage of Cobalion's good bulk and weaker super effective hits like Hippowdon's Earthquake and bulky Salamence's Flamethrower to gain a staggering boost. Rock Polish is more recommended to sweep teams since it avoids revenge kills from opponenters like Azelf and Choice Scarf Hydreigon. Substitute + Swords Dance alongside Cobalion'ssets with STAB moveattacks take huge advantage of Pokemon itthat Cobalion forces out, like Scizor and Zarude. Thunder Wave is able to help cripple switch-ins like Skarmory and Noivern to make them easier to overwhelm, but it is useless against other threats like Hippowdon.


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

**Flying-types**: With Roost, Salamence and Noivern prey on Cobalion's low Special Defense with Flamethrower and can act as long term checks, with Roost, the former being more difficult to break with its grealso having intimidater bulk and Intimidate while Noivern isthe latter boasting more effective at revenge Speed and breakilling powith its higher speed though bo; both of them have to be cautious of Stone Edge and Toxic. Skarmory is a standout threat because Iron Defense helps it maintain a strong matchup against Swords Dance sets and Spikes greatly cuts into Cobalion's ability to pivot,; however Skarmory also has to worry about becoming free momentum withagainst Volt Switch. Thundurus-T can't switch in repeatedly switch into Cobalion but threatens it out and can stop Swords Dance sweeps, and does especially wellagainst versus Iron Head variants.

**Poison-types**: Galarian Slowbro is one of Cobalion's worst matchups for thanks to itsthe longevity withof Regenerator and+ Slack Off, access tocoverage in Flamethrower, and ability to take advantage ofpunish non-Swords Dance sets with Calm Mind. Amoonguss is problematic because it can put Cobalion out of commission with Spore or Stun Spore, though it needs to be careful of becoming setup fodder if something else was put to sleep or if Cobalion has Safety Goggles. Other notable threats are Earth Power Nidoqueen and Rapid Tentacruel, the former being ablewhich are both bulky enough to break through Cobalion easily with Earth Power while having good bulk, while the formeclear isn't bothered by either of Cobalion's STAB moves while keeping easily keeping Stealth Rocks off the field with Rapid Spints Stealth Rock, respectively. However, Nidoqueen faces the problem of being unable to reliably handle Swords Dance variants after a boost and can suffer from Iron Head flinching it.

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types such as Primarina and Slowking prey on Cobalion's low Special Defense andwith the threaten of considerable damage and a potential statusburn with Scald. Regenerator + Teleport Slowking is especially problematic for its ability to use Cobalion as easy momentum with Regenerator and Teleport, but drops to +2 Megahorn. Keldeo can threaten toan OHKO with Secret Sword and Gyarados can use Cobalion lacking Stone Edge or Volt Switchsuper effective coverage as setup fodder with Dragon Dance. Jellicent, though uncommon, can be a very strong check to Swords Dance sets with its resistance to both of itCobalion's STABs, but it needs to be weary of utility sets and providing momentum for Cobalion, which can either pivot with Volt Switch or Toxicland a crippling its ability to act as a firm answerToxic.

**Ground-types**: Hippowdon and Swampert have the bulk to comfortably withstand Cobalion's attacks and retaliate with their own, the former having reliable recovery with Slack Off but neither appreciates Toxic. Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10% easily revenge kill Cobalion, but can be lured in and KOed by Shuca Berry sets.

**Fire-types and Fire-type coverage**: Moltres and Chandelure are resistant to Cobalion's STAB moves and can incinerate it with their own. H; however, the Fire-types do risk being KOed by Stone Edge. Pokemon such as Azelf and Choice Scarf Hydreigon outspeed Cobalion and severely damage it with Fire Blast.

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- Written by: [[Mystras Leoxses, 530118]]
- Quality checked by: [[Monky25, 515132], [Estarossa, 461329], [Sulo, 528036]]
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[OVERVIEW]
Cobalion's flexibility and utility make it one of the best role compression (RH) options on bulky offense and balance teams. Its typing and ability Justified give it many openings against Pokemon such as Scizor, Zarude, non-Stun Spore Amoonguss, and Nihilego to reliably boost with Swords Dance or set Stealth Rock. This also helps Cobalion punish Choice-locked Zygarde-10% and Diggersby for using Outrage and Body Slam, respectively. (or "moves it resists" if you want) Its quadruple resistance to Stealth Rock makes Cobalion incredibly difficult to wear down without other forms of residual damage, (comma) and its ability to exploit Cobalion is an excellent user of Swords Dance, exploiting Pokemon such as the aforementioned Scizor and Zarude makes Cobalion an excellent user of Swords Dance. After a boost, coverage options like Stone Edge and Megahorn have limited switch-ins and can eliminate checks like Moltres, Gyarados, and Slowking, (comma) though the lack of perfect accuracy can make them sonewhat somewhat unreliable. Cobalion also boasts some useful utility options such as Stealth Rock to chip down switch-ins, Toxic for crippling checks like Hippowdon and Salamence, and Volt Switch to gain momentum off of checks like Galarian Slowbro. Cobalion's Speed tier also helps it offensively check dangerous Pokemon like Hydreigon, Nihilego, and Thundurus-T. However, its mediocre base 90 Attack means it's dependent on Swords Dance to be threatening, and teams with good Cobalion counterplay like Hippowdon and Galarian Slowbro can prevent it from setting up in front of desirable targets such as Scizor and Zarude. Non-Swords Dance Cobalion sets struggle to reliably break through Scizor(space)and must be paired with other methods of checking it. Cobalion's Speed tier, while impressive, still leaves it vulnerable to common offensive Pokemon such as Azelf and Zygarde-10%. Cobalion's subpar Special Defense also means it can have trouble facing bulky Water-types like Rotom-W and Slowking. This also means that Cobalion takes and leaves Cobalion to take notable damage from even resisted special moves like Choice Scarf Hydreigon's Draco Meteor and Vanilluxe's Blizzard. Lastly, Cobalion's neutrality to Fairy, Flying, and Psychic hinders its role as a Steel-type against foes like Togekiss and Hatterene, which can strain teambuilding.

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Stone Edge / Iron Head
move 4: Megahorn
item: Leftovers / Rocky Helmet / Shuca Berry
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Cobalion's great resistances and bulk give it many opportunities to set up in front of foes like Scizor, Zarude, Nihilego, and Mandibuzz. After a boost, Close Combat threatens to 2HKO the previously mentioned targets and OHKO other threats like Rotom-W after Stealth Rock. Megahorn provides valuable coverage against Slowking and Tangrowth, notably OHKOing the former after a boost and minimal chip. Stone Edge slams checks such as Salamence and Moltres and improves Cobalion's matchup against Thundurus-T. Alternatively, Iron Head gives Cobalion a better matchup against Hatterene and Primarina, prevents Nidoqueen from walling it, and lets Cobalion potentially overwhelm checks like Hippowdon and Galarian Slowbro through flinching flinches. Leftovers increases its longevity, giving it more chances to set up. Rocky Helmet is an alternative to punish Zarude and Scizor for using U-turn. It also provides chip damage against choiced-locked Choice-locked threats like Body Slam Diggersby and Outrage Zygarde-10%. Shuca Berry helps can be run to Cobalion beat Hippowdon and prevents it from being revenge killed by Zygarde-10%'s Thousand Arrows. However, this should only be used if the team does not have other options to overwhelm Hippowdon or deal with Zygarde-10% reliably. Safety Goggles is also an option that allows Cobalion to turn Amoonguss into setup fodder, but this should only be used in the absence of any teammates that can handle Amoonguss.

Cobalion fits best on bulky offense and balance teams for its ability to punish Scizor and Zarude while threatening to wallbreak or clean up the opposition. Other entry hazard setters such as Nihilego and Hippowdon provide chip damage for Amoonguss and Celesteela. They also help check problematic foes such as Galarian Slowbro, Salamence, and Zygarde-10%. Pivots such as Azelf and Thundurus-T help Cobalion find setup opportunities against Pokemon like Chansey and Nihilego. They also help in overwhelming other checks like Primarina and Hippowdon with their coverage moves. Skarmory's Spikes can be problematic to Cobalion's longevity, so entry hazard removers like Rotom-W and Salamence are appreciated. They These options are also good teammates to have against foes like Conkeldurr. Teammates like Amoonguss and Assault Vest Tangrowth can pivot into dangerous foes like Keldeo and Primarina. Amoonguss also cripples Pokemon like opposing Cobalion and Galarian Slowbro with Spore, while Tangrowth removes Heavy-Duty Boots from Salamence and opposing Amoonguss with Knock Off. Cobalion is susceptible to being revenge killed by Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10%, so other revenge killers like Choice Scarf Hydreigon and Mamoswine are appreciated.

[SET]
name: Utility
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Iron Head / Toxic
move 4: Swords Dance / Volt Switch / Taunt
item: Rocky Helmet / Leftovers
ability: Justified
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Cobalion's ability to last throughout a game makes it an effective user of Stealth Rock, chipping away at threats like Primarina while having options to overwhelm entry hazard removers like Salamence. Cobalion has many opportunities to set up hazards, as it forces out opposing entry hazard setters like Chansey, Nihilego, and Excadrill. Close Combat is necessary for removing Excadrill and weakened Pokemon like Rotom-W. Iron Head maintains offensive pressure on the likes of Nidoqueen, Togekiss, and Hatterene; it is especially important to prevent Hatterene from denying Stealth Rock with Magic Bounce. If you're using Iron Head, Swords Dance should be the fourth moveslot to prevent Cobalion from getting countered by bulky Scizor and give it enough offensive presence to overwhelm Amoonguss and Hippowdon more easily. Swords Dance also leaves Cobalion less vulnerable to Celesteela and Nidoqueen switching in. Toxic can be used over Iron Head to cripple Salamence, Slowking, Tangrowth, and Hippowdon, preventing them from checking Cobalion in the long-term long run and winning the entry hazard war against the former. This also opens up teammates like Zygarde-10% to more effectively work as late-game cleaners. Volt Switch is used alongside Toxic to hit targets Cobalion cannot poison, like Skarmory, Amoonguss, and Scizor, and pivot out of checks like Tangrowth and Primarina. However, this is less consistent against teams with Hippowdon. Stone Edge is an alternative over Iron Head with Swords Dance to deal with Moltres and Salamence,; Salamence; (remove comma for real) however, Iron Head's value against foes like Hatterene is generally preferred to help with setting Stealth Rock. Taunt can deny Hippowdon looking to heal in front of Cobalion with Slack Off as well as prevent Scizor from boosting with Swords Dance. It can also be an emergency way of preventing Salamence from removing entry hazards with Defog. Rocky Helmet is the preferred item, as this set doesn't really need to maintain its health for wallbreaking and cleaning, and it improves Cobalion's role as a countermeasure against Zarude and Scizor. However, Leftovers can still be used to improve Cobalion's longevity against foes like Nihilego. Cobalion usually runs maximum Attack investment to gain more value from its STAB moves, but a spread using 160 HP EVs with 96 Attack EVs is possible with Volt Switch + Toxic variants. This helps Cobalion play a more defensive role: it can pivot into Vanilluxe and Choice Scarf Hydreigon's STAB moves more comfortably while still OHKOing Pokemon like Mamoswine and Excadrill with Close Combat.

Utility Cobalion similarly fits in balance and bulky offense teams (RC) but takes a more defensive approach as a Stealth Rock setter or disrupter. Cobalion taking up the role of a Stealth Rock setter means that there's more room for an offensive Ground-type teammate. Some examples are Zygarde-10% and Diggersby, which appreciate Cobalion's ability to overwhelm Scizor and cripple shared checks like Hippowdon and Salamence with Toxic, opening an opportunity for them to clean. Skarmory's Spikes pairs excellently with Cobalion's Stealth Rock, severely wearing down foes like Keldeo, Hippowdon, and Nidoqueen. Furthermore, Swords Dance variants of Cobalion check Scizor well enough for Skarmory to run Toxic to weaken Salamence, preventing it from functioning as long-term entry hazard removal. Alternatively, Iron Defense Skarmory can act as a dedicated answer to Scizor, leaving room for Cobalion to run Taunt and block opposing entry hazards and Defog. Galarian Slowbro is a Calm Mind user that can break apart foes that Cobalion has issues with, like Skarmory. In return, Cobalion acts as an offensive check to foes like Hydreigon and Zarude. Colbur Berry + Flamethrower Cobalion (surely not?) also acts as a good primary Scizor answer. Crobat and Salamence are great answers to threats like Conkeldurr and Keldeo. Notably, Crobat makes overwhelming Hippowdon and Salamence easier with Taunt while revenge killing threats like Azelf and Noivern. Other Steel-types like Celesteela compensate for Cobalion's neutrality to Fairy and Flying, notably useful against Pokemon like Togekiss and Salamence. Celesteela also greatly assists in checking revenge killers like Choice Scarf Hydreigon and Diggersby.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
Magnet Rise or Air Balloon alongside Swords Dance turns Excadrill and Hippowdon into complete setup fodder for a potential sweep, however but this is matchup dependent. On hyper offense, Life Orb is useful for increasing Cobalion's wallbreaking capabilities enough to OHKO(space)Slowking and Tangrowth with +2 Megahorn and Thundurus-T with an unboosted Stone Edge. Weakness Policy + Rock Polish on a three attacks set is an alternative option that takes advantage of Cobalion's good bulk and weak super effective hits like Hippowdon's Earthquake and bulky Salamence's Flamethrower to gain a staggering boost. Rock Polish is recommended to sweep teams since it avoids revenge killers like Azelf and Choice Scarf Hydreigon. Substitute + Swords Dance sets with STAB attacks take huge advantage of Pokemon that Cobalion forces out, like Scizor and Zarude. Thunder Wave is able to help cripple switch-ins like Skarmory and Noivern to make them easier to overwhelm, but it is useless against other threats like Hippowdon.


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

**Flying-types**: With Roost, Salamence and Noivern prey on Cobalion's low Special Defense with Flamethrower and can act as long-term (AH) checks, with the former also having Intimidate and the latter boasting more Speed and breaking power; both of them have to be cautious of Stone Edge and Toxic, though. Skarmory is a standout threat because Iron Defense helps it maintain a strong matchup against Swords Dance sets and Spikes greatly cuts into Cobalion's ability to pivot; however Skarmory also has to worry about becoming free momentum against Volt Switch. Thundurus-T can't repeatedly switch into Cobalion but threatens it out and can stop Swords Dance sweeps, especially against versus Iron Head variants.

**Poison-types**: Galarian Slowbro is one of Cobalion's worst matchups thanks to the longevity of Regenerator + Slack Off, its coverage in Flamethrower, and its ability to punish non-Swords Dance sets with Calm Mind. Amoonguss is problematic because it can put Cobalion out of commission with Spore or Stun Spore, though it needs to be careful of becoming setup fodder if something else was put to sleep or if Cobalion has Safety Goggles. Other notable threats are Earth Power Nidoqueen and Rapid Spin Tentacruel, which are both bulky enough to break through Cobalion and or clear its Stealth Rock, respectively. However, Nidoqueen faces the problem of being unable to reliably handle Swords Dance variants after a boost and can suffer from Iron Head flinching it flinches.

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types such as Primarina and Slowking prey on Cobalion's low Special Defense with the threat of considerable damage and a potential burn with Scald. Regenerator + Teleport Slowking is especially problematic for its ability to use Cobalion as for easy momentum, but it drops to +2 Megahorn. Keldeo can threaten(space)an OHKO with Secret Sword, (AC) and Gyarados can use Cobalion lacking super effective coverage as setup fodder with Dragon Dance. Jellicent, though uncommon, can be a very strong check to Swords Dance sets with its resistance to both of Cobalion's STAB attacks, but it needs to be wary of utility sets, which can either pivot with Volt Switch or land a crippling Toxic.

**Ground-types**: Hippowdon and Swampert have the bulk to comfortably withstand Cobalion's attacks and retaliate with their own, but neither appreciates Toxic. Choice Scarf Diggersby and Zygarde-10% easily revenge kill Cobalion (RC) but can be lured in and KOed by Shuca Berry sets.

**Fire-types and Fire-type Coverage**: Moltres and Chandelure are resistant to Cobalion's STAB moves and can incinerate it with their own; however, the Fire-types they risk being KOed by Stone Edge. Pokemon such as Azelf and Choice Scarf Hydreigon outspeed Cobalion and severely damage it with Fire Blast.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Mystras Leoxses, 530118]]
- Quality checked by: [[Monky25, 515132], [Estarossa, 461329], [Sulo, 528036]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Isaiah, 375662], [username2, userid2]]
 

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