RU Cobalion

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Cobalion

Taken over from Peef Rimgar. The whole analysis is completely rewritten from scratch by me, however.

Overview
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Cobalion is a fairly unique Pokemon in RU due to its ability to perform many different roles. Thanks to Cobalion's solid typing, it has eight resistances to common attacking types such as Dark, Grass, Normal, and Bug. This, coupled with its excellent base 129 Defense, makes Cobalion a great check to prominent threats such as Escavalier, Shiftry, Exploud, Sharpedo, and Abomasnow; it also makes Cobalion a great switch-in to Knock Off thanks to its Dark-type resistance and ability, Justified. On top of that, Cobalion also has a great supportive movepool with access to moves such as Taunt and Stealth Rock, which makes Cobalion an excellent lead. Cobalion is also an offensive threat thanks to its access to Swords Dance as well as Cobalion's great base 108 Speed that lets it outpace a large portion of the metagame. Moreover, its STAB combination gives it solid neutral coverage and most Pokemon which resist it are hit hard by Stone Edge. Unfortunately, despite its positive qualities, Cobalion has numerous flaws. While Cobalion's physical bulk is excellent, it is fairly frail on the special side and has weaknesses to many common types, most notably Fire and Fighting. Cobalion's offensive movepool isn't especially good either, meaning it is easily walled by a lot of common Pokemon. Despite this, Cobalion is still a formidable Pokemon in RU.

Offensive Swords Dance
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name: Offensive Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Iron Head
move 4: Stone Edge / Stealth Rock
item: Lum Berry
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
nature: Jolly

Moves
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Swords Dance is used to boost Cobalion's Attack by two stages and let it sweep once its checks and counters are either weakened or KOed. Close Combat is Cobalion's Fighting-type STAB move and hits most threats for a solid amount of damage, even without a Swords Dance boost. Iron Head is a strong Steel-type STAB move and hits Rock- and Fairy-types for super effective damage, while also having a nice chance to flinch the opponent. Stone Edge is used to hit Flying- and Fire-types harder, making a potential sweep more easy to pull off. Stealth Rock is an option to support the team if a sweep doesn't look too likely. Alternatively, Magnet Rise can be used to deal with Ground-types such as Rhyperior and Gligar, as it makes Cobalion immune to Ground-type moves for five turns.

Set Details
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Maximum Attack and Speed investment in combination with a Jolly nature is used to maximize Cobalion's offensive presence and let it outspeed threats such as Zoroark, Drapion, and Delphox. Lum Berry is the item of choice to make Cobalion less vulnerable to status ailments such as burn and paralysis, so Cobalion will struggle less against more defensive teams. Life Orb is a option for extra power, but it wears Cobalion down quickly due to recoil, while also making Cobalion more susceptible to status ailments.

Usage Tips
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Take advantage of Cobalion's high Defense and switch in on resisted physical hits. Use Swords Dance or even Stealth Rock on a predicted switch. Close Combat lowers Cobalion's Defense and Special Defense by one stage, so be wary of using it. Watch out for special attackers, as Cobalion is fairly frail on the special side.

Team Options
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Spike stackers such as Accelgor and Qwilfish greatly aid Cobalion in its sweep, because of the residual damage from Spikes. Pursuit trappers such as Skuntank and Drapion are also great partners for Cobalion, as they deal with a lot of Pokemon Cobalion has trouble breaking through, such as Jellicent, Slowking, Cofagrigus, Alomomola, and more importantly, Doublade. Moltres has great type synergy with Cobalion, and it also deals with Alomomola, Hitmontop, and Doublade. Delphox is another good option that deals with Hitmontop while also having good defensive synergy. Delphox can also somewhat deal with Rhyperior using Grass Knot, which can be helpful if Cobalion is not running Magnet Rise.

Substitute + Swords Dance
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name: Substitute + Swords Dance
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Swords Dance
move 3: Close Combat
move 4: Iron Head
ability: Justified
item: Leftovers
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
nature: Jolly

Moves
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Substitute is the main move of this set as it makes Cobalion less susceptible to status aliments and eases prediction. Swords Dance is used to boost Cobalion's Attack by two stages, which means it can possibly perform a sweep if its checks and counters are weakened. Close Combat is a Fighting-type STAB move that hits hard, at the cost of lowered Defense and Special Defense when used. Iron Head is a Steel-type STAB move that hits Fairy-types. Stone Edge is an option that hits Flying- and Fire-types hard, both of which can be a problem without Rock-type coverage.

Set Details
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252 Attack EVs, 252 Speed EVs, and a Jolly nature are once again used to maximize Cobalion's sweeping capability, and helps it outspeed most of the tier. Leftovers is used for a little bit of HP recovery each turn, which is especially important on a set where Substitute is used.

Usage Tips
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Like the offensive Swords Dance set, you should take advantage of Cobalion's high Defense and switch in on resisted physical hits. Use Swords Dance or Substitute on a predicted switch. Substitute is great, as it makes Cobalion less prone to being revenge killed. However, it is recommended that you take care of Cobalion's checks and counters before attempting a sweep.

Team Options
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Spike stackers such as Accelgor and Qwilfish are, once again, recommended, as they greatly aid Cobalion in its sweep. Pursuit trappers such as Skuntank and Drapion are strongly recommended for this set too, as they deal with most of the threats Cobalion has trouble breaking through, including Jellicent, Slowking, Cofagrigus, Alomomola, and Doublade. Another good teammate is Moltres, which has great type synergy with Cobalion, and also deals with Alomomola, Hitmontop, and Doublade.

Support
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name: Support
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Close Combat / Sacred Sword
move 3: Volt Switch
move 4: Taunt / Iron Head
item: Leftovers
evs: 160 HP / 96 Atk / 252 Spe
nature: Jolly

Moves
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Stealth Rock is a great support move that can help teammates to get important KOs. Close Combat is a strong STAB move which gives Cobalion some offensive presence. Sacred Sword is an option over Close Combat at the cost of less power, as it doesn't lower Cobalion's Defense and Special Defense by one stage. Volt Switch is used to get some chip damage on the opponent, while also gaining momentum. Taunt is used to stop hazard leads and setup sweepers, but Iron Head can be used for more offensive presence.

Set Details
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160 HP EVs are used to improve general bulk, which makes it easier for Cobalion to do its job. 96 Attack EVs are used to let Cobalion 2HKO threats such as Virizion with Close Combat. 252 Speed EVs and a Jolly nature are used to make Cobalion as fast as possible, which is important especially when using Taunt. Leftovers is used for recovery, helping Cobalion stay alive for as long as possible.

Usage Tips
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As this set's aim is being a fast Stealth Rock setter, you should lead with Cobalion most of the time. Cobalion is also one of the fastest Taunt users in RU, which means that Cobalion can stop suicide leads with ease, making it even more suited for this job. With Volt Switch, Cobalion is able to grab momentum and prevent potential threats such as Doublade from setting up on Cobalion. Cobalion can often be useful later in the game, and should therefore not be sacrificed unless necessary.

Team Options
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Offensive Pokemon that appreciate having a bulky pivot and Stealth Rock love having Cobalion on their team. Moltres is, once again, a good teammate, because of good type synergy with Cobalion and the fact that it deals with Alomomola and Doublade, both of which wall Cobalion, and the latter can also use Cobalion as a setup bait. Slowking also has good type synergy with Cobalion, and deals with Pokemon such as Delphox, Hitmontop, Moltres, and Emboar. Delphox is another good teammate; not only does it resist Fighting-type moves aimed at Cobalion, it can also deal with threats such as Hitmontop. Cobalion works really well with Pokemon weak to Knock Off such as Psychic-types, as Cobalion loves getting hit by Knock Off because it doesn't take much damage and it also boosts Cobalion's Attack by one stage thanks to Justified.

Other Options
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A Calm Mind set can be used to boost Cobalion's mediocre Special Defense, but Cobalion's special movepool isn't that great, and it boosts Cobalion's offenses too slowly. A stallbreaker set utilizing Taunt could function effectively. Thunder Wave is a option to cripple the opponent's Pokemon, which can make it easier for teammates to plow through the opponent's team. Cobalion can use a Choice Scarf set, but it is already one of the fastest Pokemon in RU, so it is not recommended in most cases. Choice Band is another option, but Cobalion is rather weak and also loses the ability to switch between its STAB moves. Cobalion can also use a Double Dance set with Rock Polish and Swords Dance, but it's not the best option in most cases, as Cobalion is already very fast. X-Scissor so Cobalion isn't walled by Slowking, but it is useless aside from that and is therefore in most cases not worth a moveslot.

Checks & Counters
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**Fighting-types**: Fighting-types such as Emboar, Hitmontop, and Gallade are all big threats to Cobalion and can OHKO it with their Fighting-type STAB moves.

**Fire-types**: Delphox and Moltres can OHKO Cobalion, and are a huge threat if Cobalion isn't running Stone Edge. Choice Scarf Moltres is a even bigger threat, as it also outspeeds Cobalion.

**Bulky Ghost-types**: Bulky Ghost-types such as Doublade, Cofagrigus, and Jellicent completely wall Cobalion. Doublade can use Cobalion as setup bait, while Cofagrigus and Jellicent can hit Cobalion hard due to Cobalion's low special bulk.

**Bulky Psychic-types**: Cobalion struggles against bulky Psychic-types such as Cresselia and Slowking, which are both able to wall Cobalion. Slowking can also OHKO Cobalion with Fire Blast, while Cresselia can use Cobalion as setup bait.

**Physical walls**: Physical walls such as Alomomola and Gligar easily wall Cobalion, and therefore completely stop a potential Cobalion sweep by forcing it to switch out.
 
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Leftovers is not the best item choice for the sd set imo. Given that your main stab lowers your defenses, leftovers not gonna help much. Cobalion would rather prefer the utility of lum berry or lo's power.
Maybe Air Baloon in set details?
In usage tips, you might add that cobalion has good matchup against some leads like ambipom, cinccino, crustle and even rhyperior depending on its item / moveset and set up rocks, sd or just attack the switchin.
Perhaps AV in OO.
 

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#4
Ok, talked this over with Molk a bit on IRC, and we decided that splitting the SD set in 2 would likely work best:

Offensive Swords Dance
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name: Offensive Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Iron Head
move 4: Stone Edge / Stealth Rock
ability: Justified
item: Lum Berry
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
nature: Jolly

Put Magnet Rise in Moves. Life Orb in Set Details, but stress on how the lost utility in Lum Berry hurts Cobalion against defensive teams. Stone Edge preferred to sweep more easily, but Rocks is certainly usable on offensive teams that can't afford to give up a sweeping spot on their team

Substitute + Swords Dance
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name: Substitute + Swords Dance
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Swords Dance
move 3: Close Combat
move 4: Iron Head
ability: Justified
item: Leftovers
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
nature: Jolly

Needs every move. Needs Leftovers. Fairly straightforward set.

Set order should be Offensive SD > SubSD > Support. Split the current Offensive set into the sets given above, and I'll give a full check for this.
 

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#7
Not too sure on a slash for Magnet Rise. I mean, it gives Cobalion the ability to set up on one of its best counters, but also makes it fairly vulnerable to the Flying- and Fire-types typically used to check it (Moltres, Yanmega, Delphox, etc.) If other QC members want it slashed, then I won't object to it, but I'd just keep it in Moves for now. Otherwise, looks good. Still a little iffy on the CM set as to whether it should be an outright set, but kinda doubting it atm. If it's deemed viable enough, someone else can put it through C&C later. For now, this is good to go imo

QC Approved 1/3
 
#13
I think calm mind should get its own set. It's a pretty effective stallbreaker in itself. A few of Cobalions normal switch ins are just set up on by the Calm Mind variant [Gligar, Alomomola, jellicent] and it only needs a bit of prior damage with rocks for HP Ghost/HP rock to knock out Delphox.

It also doesnt auto lose to slowking. If slowking comes in at below 70% Cobalion can set up two CM's and and beat it with HP Ghost [depending on rolls]. There's only a 20% chance to 2hko with fireblast at + 2 if its maxspatk. the odds arent in its favor, but its not a hopeless matchup.

+2 252 SpA Cobalion Hidden Power Ghost vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Assault Vest Slowking: 126-150 (31.9 - 38%) -- 95.6% chance to 3HKO
252+ SpA Slowking Fire Blast vs. +2 0 HP / 4 SpD Cobalion: 144-170 (44.5 - 52.6%) -- 19.9% chance to 2HKO

name: Calm Mind
move 1: Calm Mind
move 2: Flash Cannon
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Hidden Power Ghost / Hidden Power Rock
ability: Justified
item: Lum Berry
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
nature: Timid
 

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#14
People may consider X-Scissor as an option to hit Slowking; could use an OO mention on why it is/isn't worth it (ex: still walled by Fires / Flyings, etc.)
 
#15
Imo in OO you shouldn't say that Life Orb outclasses Choice Band; because Life Orb isn't that good of an item on Cobalion anyway since it takes away one of Cobalion's selling factors which is its incredible physical bulk. If anything, you should say that it's rather weak for a choice banded Pokemon but still hits hard with CC because of its high BP, and would rather to freely change between its two STABs and/or Stone Edge on the SD set instead.
 
#16
I agree with QC that CM Cobalion should be in OO for now, like EonX said, I guess someone else can put it through C&C if it gets more popular and is deemed more viable.

Also, added X-Scissor to Other Options, 2HKO on offensive Slowking is pretty nice. And fixed the Choice Band sentence, Arikado. Thanks!
 

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You said in OO that Cobalion has a decent special movepool while in reality it is Focus Blast, Flash Cannon, Volt Switch, and Hidden Power and I'd consider it barren to say the least
 

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Overview
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Cobalion is a fairly unique Pokemon in RU thanks to its ability to doperform many different roles. Thanks to Cobalion's solid typing, it has 8 resistances to common attacking types such as Dark, Grass, Normal, and Bug. This, coupled with its excellent base 129 Defense, makes Cobalion a great check to prominent threats such as Escavalier, Shiftry, Exploud, Sharpedo, and Abomasnow, and; it also makes Cobalion a great switch-in to Knock Off thanks to its Dark-type resistance and ability, Justified ability. On top of that, Cobalion also has a great supportive movepool with access to moves such as Taunt and Stealth Rock, which makes Cobalion an excellent lead. Cobalion is also an offensive threat thanks to its access to Swords Dance as well as Cobalion's great base 108 Speed, that lets it outpace a large portion of the metagame. Moreover, its STAB moves gives it solid neutral coverage and most resistances are hit hard by Stone Edge. Unfortunately, despite its qualities, Cobalion has numerous flaws. While Cobalion's physical bulk is excellent, it is fairly frail on the special side and has weaknesses to many common types, most notably Fire- and Fighting-types. Cobalion's offensive movepool isn't especially good either, meaning it is easily walled by a lot of common Pokemon. ButDespite this, Cobalion is still a formidable Pokemon in RU, despite this.

Offensive Swords Dance
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name: Offensive
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Iron Head
move 4: Stone Edge / Stealth Rock
item: Lum Berry
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
nature: Jolly

Moves
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Swords Dance is used to boost Cobalion's Attack stat by two stages and let Cobalion perform a sweep once its checks and counters are either weakened or knockKOed out. Close Combat is Cobalion's Fighting-type STAB move and hits most threats for a solid amount of damage, even without a Swords Dance boost. Iron Head is a strong Steel-type STAB move and hits Rock- and Fairy-types for super effective damage, while also hasving a nice chance to flinch the opponent. Stone Edge is used to hit Flying- and Fire-types harder, making a potential sweep more easy to pull off. Stealth Rock is an option to support the team if a sweep doesn't look too likely. Magnet Rise can be used to deal with Ground-type Pokemon likes such as Rhyperior and Gligar, asince it makes Cobalion immune to Ground-type moves for 5 turns.

Set Details
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The maximized Attack and Speed EVs in combination with a Jolly nature are used to maximize Cobalion's offensive presence, and lets Cobalion outspeed threats such as Zoroark, Drapion, and Delphox. Lum Berry is the item of choice to make Cobalion less vulnerable to status ailments likesuch as burn and paralysis, and Cobalion will therefore struggle less against more defensive teams. Life Orb is a option for extra power, but it wears Cobalion down quickly down due to recoil, while also making Cobalion more susceptible to status ailments.

Usage Tips
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Take advantage of Cobalion's high dDefense and switch in on resisted physical hits. Use Swords Dance or even Stealth Rock on a predicted switch. Close Combat lowers Cobalion's Defense and Special Defense by one stage, so be wary of using it. Watch out for special attackers, asince Cobalion is fairly frail on the special side.

Team Options
========

Spike stackers likesuch as Accelgor and Qwilfish greatly aid Cobalion in its sweep, because of the residual damage from Spikes. Pursuit trappers are also great partners for Cobalion, asince they deal with a lot of the things Cobalion has trouble breaking through, such as Jellicent, Slowking, Cofagrigus, Alomomola, and, more importantly, Doublade. Skuntank and Drapion are good pPursuit trappers. Moltres has a great typing synergy with Cobalion, and it also deals with Alomomola, Hitmontop, and Doublade. Delphox is another good option, and deals with Hitmontop, while also having good defensive synergy. Delphox can also somewhat deal with Rhyperior because of Grass Knot, which can be helpful if Cobalion without Magnet Rise is used.

Substitute + Swords Dance
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name: Substitute + Swords Dance
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Swords Dance
move 3: Close Combat
move 4: Iron Head
ability: Justified
item: Leftovers
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
nature: Jolly

Moves
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Substitute is the main move of this set ands it makes Cobalion less weak to status aliments, and also eases prediction. Swords Dance is used to boost Cobalion's attack by two stages, which means Cobalion can possibly perform a sweep if its checks and counters are weakened. Close Combat is a Fighting-type STAB move andthat hits hard, at the cost of lowered Defense and Special Defense when used. Iron Head is a Steel-type STAB move and is nice for Fairy-types. Stone Edge is an option for a moveslot and hits Flying- and Fire-types hard, both of which can be a problem without Rock-type coverage.

Set Details
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252 Attack /EVs, 252 Speed EVs, and a Jolly nature are once again used to maximize Cobalion's sweeping capability, and helps Cobalion outspeed most of the metagame. Leftovers is used for a small recovery of HP each turn, which is especially important for a set where Substitute is used.

Usage Tips
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SamLike as the Ooffensive Swords Dance set;, you should take advantage of Cobalion's high dDefense and switch in on resisted physical hits. Use Swords Dance or Substitute on a predicted switch. Substitute is great, asince it makes Cobalion less prone to being revenge killed. However, it is recommended that you take care of Cobalion's many checks and counters before attempting a sweep.

Team Options
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Spike stackers likesuch as Accelgor and Qwilfish are, once again, recommended, asince they greatly aid Cobalion in its sweep. Pursuit trappers are strongly recommended for this set too, asince they deal with most of the threats Cobalion has trouble breaking through. Examples include Jellicent, Slowking, Cofagrigus, Alomomola, and Doublade. Both Skuntank and Drapion are good Pursuit trappers. Another good teammate is Moltres, which has a great typing synergy with Cobalion, and also deals with Alomomola, Hitmontop, and Doublade.

Support
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name: Support
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Close Combat / Sacred Sword
move 3: Volt Switch
move 4: Taunt / Iron Head
item: Leftovers
evs: 160 HP / 96 Atk / 252 Spd
nature: Jolly

Moves
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Stealth Rock can help teammates to getting important KOes, and is a great support move. Close Combat is a strong STAB move, and which makes Cobalion threatening offensively too. Sacred Sword is an option over Close Combat, asince it doesn't lower Cobalion's Defense and Special Defense lowered by 1 stage, at the cost of less power. Volt Switch is used to get some chip damage off the opponent, while also gaining momentum. Taunt is used to stop hazard leads and setup sweepers. Iron Head can be used for more offensive presence.

Set Details
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160 HP EVs are used for general bulk, which makes it easier for Cobalion to do its job. 96 Attack EVs are used to let Cobalion 2HKO threats likesuch as Virizion with Close Combat. 252 Speed EVs and a Jolly nature are used to make Cobalion as fast as possible, which is important especially when using Taunt. Leftovers is used for recovery, helping Cobalion stay alive for as long as possible.

Usage Tips
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SinceAs this set's aim is being a fast Stealth Rock setter, you should lead with Cobalion in most casesof the time. Cobalion is also one of the fastest Taunt- users in RU, which means that Cobalion can stop suicide leads with ease, making Cobalion even more suited for this job. With Volt Switch, Cobalion becomes able to grab momentum and, prevents potential threats such as Doublalde from setting up on Cobalion. Cobalion can often be useful later in the game, and should therefore not be sacrificed, unless necessary.

Team Options
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Offensive Pokemon that appreciate having a bulky pivot and Stealth Rock love having Cobalion on their team. Moltres is, once again, a good teammate, because of good typing synergy with Cobalion and the fact that it deals with Alomomola and Doublade, both of which wall Cobalion, and the latter can also use Cobalion as a setup bait. Slowking also has a good typing synergy with Cobalion, and deals with Pokemon such as Delphox, Hitmontop, Moltres, and Emboar. Delphox is another good option, because not only does it resist Fighting-type moves aimed at Cobalion, Delphoxit can also deals with threats such as Hitmontop. Cobalion works really well with Pokemon weak to Knock Off, such as Psychic-types, asince Cobalion loves getting hit by Knock Offs, because it boosts Cobalion's Attack by one stage thanks to Justified, and it is also resisted.

Other Options
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A Calm Mind set can be used to boosting Cobalion's mediocre Special Defense, but Cobalion's special movepool isn't all that great. The Calm Mind set also boosts Cobalion's offenses too slowly. A stall-breaker set utilizing Taunt could function effectively. Thunder Wave is a option to cripple the opponent's Pokemon, which can make it easier for teammates to go through the opponents team. Cobalion can use a Choice Scarf set, but Cobalion is already one of the fastest Pokemon in RU, so it is, in most cases, not recommended. Choice Band is another option, but Cobalion is rather weak and also loses the ability to switch between its STAB moves. Cobalion can also use a Double Dance set with Rock Polish and Swords Dance, but it's, in most cases, not the best option asince Cobalion is already very fast. X-Scissor can be used to not being walled by Slowking, but it has bad coverage aside from that and is therefore in most cases not worth a moveslot.

Checks & Counters
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**Fighting-types**: Fighting-types likesuch as Emboar, Hitmontop, and Gallade are all big threats for Cobalion and can OHKO it with their Fighting-type STAB moves.

**Fire-types**: Delphox and Moltres OHKOes Cobalion, and are a huge threat if Cobalion isn't running Stone Edge. Choice Scarf Moltres is a even bigger threat, asince it also outspeeds Cobalion.

**Bulky Ghost-types**: Bulky Ghost-types likesuch as Doublade, Cofagrigus, and Jellicent completely walls Cobalion. Doublade can use Cobalion as a setup bait, while Cofagrigus and Jellicent hits Cobalion hard due to Cobalion's lackingow special bulk.

**Bulky Psychic-types**: Cobalion struggles against bulky Psychic-types such as Cresselia and Slowking, both being able to wall Cobalion. Slowking can also OHKO Cobalion with Fire Blast, while Cresselia can use Cobalion as a setup bait.

**Physical walls**: Physical walls such as Alomomola and Gligar easily walls Cobalion, and therefore completely stops a potential Cobalion's sweep by forceing it to switch out.

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Overview
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Cobalion is a fairly unique Pokemon in RU thanks due to its ability to perform many different roles. Thanks to Cobalion's solid typing, it has 8 eight resistances to common attacking types such as Dark, Grass, Normal, and Bug. This, coupled with its excellent base 129 Defense, makes Cobalion a great check to prominent threats such as Escavalier, Shiftry, Exploud, Sharpedo, and Abomasnow; it also makes Cobalion a great switch-in to Knock Off thanks to its Dark-type resistance and ability, Justified. On top of that, Cobalion also has a great supportive movepool with access to moves such as Taunt and Stealth Rock, which makes Cobalion an excellent lead. Cobalion is also an offensive threat thanks to its access to Swords Dance as well as Cobalion's great base 108 Speed,(RC) that lets it outpace a large portion of the metagame. Moreover, its STAB moves combination gives it solid neutral coverage and most resistances Pokemon which resist it are hit hard by Stone Edge. Unfortunately, despite its positive qualities, Cobalion has numerous flaws. While Cobalion's physical bulk is excellent, it is fairly frail on the special side and has weaknesses to many common types, most notably Fire- and Fighting-types. Cobalion's offensive movepool isn't especially good either, meaning it is easily walled by a lot of common Pokemon. Despite this, Cobalion is still a formidable Pokemon in RU.

Offensive Swords Dance
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name: Offensive Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Iron Head
move 4: Stone Edge / Stealth Rock
item: Lum Berry
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
nature: Jolly

Moves
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Swords Dance is used to boost Cobalion's Attack stat by two stages and let Cobalion perform a it sweep once its checks and counters are either weakened or KOed. Close Combat is Cobalion's Fighting-type STAB move and hits most threats for a solid amount of damage, even without a Swords Dance boost. Iron Head is a strong Steel-type STAB move and hits Rock- and Fairy-types for super effective damage, while also having a nice chance to flinch the opponent. Stone Edge is used to hit Flying- and Fire-types harder, making a potential sweep more easy to pull off. Stealth Rock is an option to support the team if a sweep doesn't look too likely. Alternatively,(AC) Magnet Rise can be used to deal with Ground-types such as Rhyperior and Gligar, as it makes Cobalion immune to Ground-type moves for 5 five turns.

Set Details
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The maximized Maximum Attack and Speed EVs investment in combination with a Jolly nature are is used to maximize Cobalion's offensive presence and let Cobalion it outspeed threats such as Zoroark, Drapion, and Delphox. Lum Berry is the item of choice to make Cobalion less vulnerable to status ailments such as burn and paralysis, and so Cobalion will therefore struggle less against more defensive teams. Life Orb is a option for extra power, but it wears Cobalion down quickly due to recoil, while also making Cobalion more susceptible to status ailments.

Usage Tips
========

Take advantage of Cobalion's high Defense and switch in on resisted physical hits. Use Swords Dance or even Stealth Rock on a predicted switch. Close Combat lowers Cobalion's Defense and Special Defense by one stage, so be wary of using it. Watch out for special attackers, as Cobalion is fairly frail on the special side.

Team Options
========

Spike stackers such as Accelgor and Qwilfish greatly aid Cobalion in its sweep, because of the residual damage from Spikes. Pursuit trappers such as Skuntank and Drapion are also great partners for Cobalion, as they deal with a lot of the things Pokemon Cobalion has trouble breaking through, such as Jellicent, Slowking, Cofagrigus, Alomomola, and,(RC) more importantly, Doublade. Skuntank and Drapion are good Pursuit trappers. Moltres has great typing type synergy with Cobalion, and it also deals with Alomomola, Hitmontop, and Doublade. Delphox is another good option,(RC) and that deals with Hitmontop,(RC) while also having good defensive synergy. Delphox can also somewhat deal with Rhyperior because of using Grass Knot, which can be helpful if Cobalion without Magnet Rise is used is not running Magnet Rise.

Substitute + Swords Dance
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name: Substitute + Swords Dance
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Swords Dance
move 3: Close Combat
move 4: Iron Head
ability: Justified
item: Leftovers
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
nature: Jolly

Moves
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Substitute is the main move of this set as it makes Cobalion less weak susceptible to status aliments,(RC) and also eases prediction. Swords Dance is used to boost Cobalion's Attack by two stages, which means Cobalion it can possibly perform a sweep if its checks and counters are weakened. Close Combat is a Fighting-type STAB move that hits hard, at the cost of lowered Defense and Special Defense when used. Iron Head is a Steel-type STAB move and is nice for that hits Fairy-types. Stone Edge is an option for a moveslot and that hits Flying- and Fire-types hard, both of which can be a problem without Rock-type coverage.

Set Details
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252 Attack EVs, 252 Speed EVs, and a Jolly nature are once again used to maximize Cobalion's sweeping capability, and helps Cobalion it outspeed most of the metagame tier. Leftovers is used for a small recovery little bit of HP recovery each turn, which is especially important for on a set where Substitute is used.

Usage Tips
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Like the offensive Swords Dance set, you should take advantage of Cobalion's high Defense and switch in on resisted physical hits. Use Swords Dance or Substitute on a predicted switch. Substitute is great, as it makes Cobalion less prone to being revenge killed. However, it is recommended that you take care of Cobalion's many checks and counters before attempting a sweep.

Team Options
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Spike stackers such as Accelgor and Qwilfish are, once again, recommended, as they greatly aid Cobalion in its sweep. Pursuit trappers such as Skuntank and Drapion are strongly recommended for this set too, as they deal with most of the threats Cobalion has trouble breaking through,(AC) including Examples include Jellicent, Slowking, Cofagrigus, Alomomola, and Doublade. Both Skuntank and Drapion are good Pursuit trappers. Another good teammate is Moltres, which has a great typing type synergy with Cobalion, and also deals with Alomomola, Hitmontop, and Doublade.

Support
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name: Support
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Close Combat / Sacred Sword
move 3: Volt Switch
move 4: Taunt / Iron Head
item: Leftovers
evs: 160 HP / 96 Atk / 252 Spd Spe
nature: Jolly

Moves
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Stealth Rock is a great support move that can help teammates to get important KOs,(RC) and is a great support move. Close Combat is a strong STAB move which makes gives Cobalion threatening offensively some offensive presence. Sacred Sword is an option over Close Combat at the cost of less power, as it doesn't lower Cobalion's Defense and Special Defense by 1 one stage,(RC) at the cost of less power. Volt Switch is used to get some chip damage off on the opponent, while also gaining momentum. Taunt is used to stop hazard leads and setup sweepers,(AC) but Iron Head can be used for more offensive presence.

Set Details
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160 HP EVs are used for to improve general bulk, which makes it easier for Cobalion to do its job. 96 Attack EVs are used to let Cobalion 2HKO threats such as Virizion with Close Combat. 252 Speed EVs and a Jolly nature are used to make Cobalion as fast as possible, which is important especially when using Taunt. Leftovers is used for recovery, helping Cobalion stay alive for as long as possible.

Usage Tips
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As this set's aim is being a fast Stealth Rock setter, you should lead with Cobalion most of the time. Cobalion is also one of the fastest Taunt users in RU, which means that Cobalion can stop suicide leads with ease, making Cobalion it even more suited for this job. With Volt Switch, Cobalion becomes is able to grab momentum and prevents potential threats such as Doublade from setting up on Cobalion. Cobalion can often be useful later in the game, and should therefore not be sacrificed unless necessary.

Team Options
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Offensive Pokemon that appreciate having a bulky pivot and Stealth Rock love having Cobalion on their team. Moltres is, once again, a good teammate, because of good typing type synergy with Cobalion and the fact that it deals with Alomomola and Doublade, both of which wall Cobalion, and the latter can also use Cobalion as a setup bait. Slowking also has a good typing type synergy with Cobalion, and deals with Pokemon such as Delphox, Hitmontop, Moltres, and Emboar. Delphox is another good option teammate; because not only does it resist Fighting-type moves aimed at Cobalion, it can also deal with threats such as Hitmontop. Cobalion works really well with Pokemon weak to Knock Off such as Psychic-types, as Cobalion loves getting hit by Knock Off because it doesn't take much damage and it also boosts Cobalion's Attack by one stage thanks to Justified,(RC) and it is also resisted.

Other Options
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A Calm Mind set can be used to boost Cobalion's mediocre Special Defense, but Cobalion's special movepool isn't that great,(AC) and The Calm Mind set also and it boosts Cobalion's offenses too slowly. A stallbreaker set utilizing Taunt could function effectively. Thunder Wave is a option to cripple the opponent's Pokemon, which can make it easier for teammates to go plow through the opponent's team. Cobalion can use a Choice Scarf set, but Cobalion it is already one of the fastest Pokemon in RU, so it is,(RC) not recommended in most cases,(RC) not recommended. Choice Band is another option, but Cobalion is rather weak and also loses the ability to switch between its STAB moves. Cobalion can also use a Double Dance set with Rock Polish and Swords Dance, but it's,(RC) not the best option in most cases, not the best option as Cobalion is already very fast. X-Scissor can be used to not be so Cobalion isn't walled by Slowking, but it has bad coverage is useless aside from that and is therefore in most cases not worth a moveslot.

Checks & Counters
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**Fighting-types**: Fighting-types such as Emboar, Hitmontop, and Gallade are all big threats for to Cobalion and can OHKO it with their Fighting-type STAB moves.

**Fire-types**: Delphox and Moltres can OHKO Cobalion, and are a huge threat if Cobalion isn't running Stone Edge. Choice Scarf Moltres is a even bigger threat, as it also outspeeds Cobalion.

**Bulky Ghost-types**: Bulky Ghost-types such as Doublade, Cofagrigus, and Jellicent completely wall Cobalion. Doublade can use Cobalion as setup bait, while Cofagrigus and Jellicent can hit Cobalion hard due to Cobalion's low special bulk.

**Bulky Psychic-types**: Cobalion struggles against bulky Psychic-types such as Cresselia and Slowking, which are both being able to wall Cobalion. Slowking can also OHKO Cobalion with Fire Blast, while Cresselia can use Cobalion as setup bait.

**Physical walls**: Physical walls such as Alomomola and Gligar easily wall Cobalion, and therefore completely stops a potential Cobalion sweep by forcing it to switch out.

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