Quality Control Crawdaunt (Revamp) (QC 2/3)

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[OVERVIEW]

Crawdaunt is a niche pick on offensive teams thanks to its extremely powerful Choice Band, Adaptability boosted Water- and Dark-type attacks which hit virtually the entire tier for neutral damage. Useful utility in Knock Off allows Crawdaunt to be of fantastic support to offensive teams by removing items such as Tangrowth's Assault Vest, Tapu Bulu's Leftovers, and Tapu Fini's Leftovers to give teammates an easier chance at sweeping late-game. Unlike Weavile and Tyranitar, Crawdaunt can easily 2HKO Reuniclus after an Acid Armor boost thanks to Adaptability and prevent it from overwhelming offensive teams. Moreover, Aqua Jet is a helpful priority move that allows Crawdaunt to patch up its poor Speed and revenge kill Pokemon like Volcarona and Mega Diancie which can be hard to switch into for offensive teams. Despite its strong hitting attacks and priority, Crawdaunt's poor Speed stat means that it struggles to excel in a metagame filled with faster offensive threats that can easily revenge kill it like Mega Medicham, Kartana, and Tapu Bulu. Crawdaunt's defensive typing and mediocre defensive stats also leave it vulnerable to the plethora of Grass-, Fairy-, and Fighting-types and moves that flood the OU tier.

[SET]
name: Choice Band
move 1: Knock Off
move 2: Crabhammer
move 3: Aqua Jet
move 4: Crunch
item: Choice Band
ability: Adaptability
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Knock Off hits the entire tier with the exception of some bulky Fairy-types like Clefable, Mega Mawile, and Magearna for a significant amount of damage. Crabhammer is used over Waterfall due to its higher Base Power, allowing Crawdaunt to wallbreak more effectively and 2HKO Pokemon like Hydreigon and Mega Scizor which Waterfall fails to do. Aqua Jet is useful priority for revenge killing weakened Pokemon that Crawdaunt can't outspeed, such as Heatran, Volcarona, Mega Diancie, and Landorus-T. Crunch is useful in very specific instances when Crawdaunt wants to hit certain Pokemon without an item harder than it otherwise would with Knock Off and doesn't want to risk missing with Crabhammer; some examples include Mega Scizor, Mega Charizard X, and Tangrowth.

Set Details
========

When paired with Adaptability, a Choice Band transforms Crawdaunt into a scary wallbreaker that is very hard to switch into thanks to its great Water- and Dark-type STAB coverage.

Usage Tips
========

Try to bring in Crawdaunt through VoltTurn support or predicted doubles, as even resisted hits like Heatran's Magma Storm and Ash-Greninja's Dark Pulse will deal a respectable amount of damage. Crawdaunt's primary purpose is to remove items with its Adaptability boosted Knock Off so don't hesitate to click it if the opponent lacks a bulky Fairy-type and depends on Pokemon like Tangrowth to be their Water-type resist. If the opponent does have a Fairy-type that doesn't mind tanking a Knock Off, such as Clefable or Pain Split Magearna, try to catch these Pokemon on the switch with Crabhammer. Tapu Bulu resists both of Crawdaunt's STAB attacks and can recover HP via Grassy Terrain and Synthesis, so try to cripple it with Knock Off to potentially remove its Leftovers and then switch out to a Pokemon that can threaten it out. Aqua Jet's low Base Power means that it's rather easy to switch into and as such, it should generally only be used for chip damage when Crawdaunt is at low HP and up against a foe that can KO Crawdaunt or against faster foes that Crawdaunt can hit super effectively, such as Volcarona and Mega Diancie.

Team Options
========

Crawdaunt feels right at home in offensive teams with VoltTurn support because it finds few opportunities to come in freely due to its mediocre bulk. Teammates that can usually bring in Crawdaunt safely include Assault Vest Magearna, Landorus-T, and Tornadus-T. Crawdaunt's defensive typing leaves it vulnerable to a lot of Pokemon that can easily OHKO it, such as Mega Mawile, Tapu Lele, and Tapu Bulu. Having Pokemon that can pivot into these attackers and fit on offensive builds, such as Heatran, Assault Vest Magearna, and Tangrowth, is imperative. Assault Vest Magearna in particular is a wonderful teammate thanks to its ability to switch into the aforementioned Tapu Lele and bring in Crawdaunt with a slow Volt Switch. It's useful to have fast offensive Pokemon on the team to patch up Crawdaunt's poor Speed for a wallbreaker. Mega Lopunny is one of the fastest Pokemon in the tier and possesses excellent offensive synergy with Crawdaunt, while Tapu Koko appreciates Crawdaunt's Knock Off support, can threaten bulky Water-types for Crawdaunt, and also bring it in via U-turn against the Ground-types Tapu Koko draws in. Certain late-game sweepers that appreciate Crawdaunt's ability to remove items from bulky Pokemon make for very good offensive partners. For example, Mega Alakazam and Ash-Greninja have an easier time sweeping once Landorus-T's Choice Scarf or Tangrowth's Assault Vest is removed. Stealth Rock users are useful to pair with Crawdaunt because they can wear down the opposing team and make Crawdaunt's job of wallbreaking easier. Rocky Helmet Garchomp can cripple Grass-types like Kartana and Tapu Bulu and Heatran can Toxic or use Magma Storm to wear down resistances like Greninja and Tapu Fini.

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

Superpower can be used in the final slot over Crunch but is vastly inferior seeing as this set's primary purpose is to remove items with Knock Off and most Superpower targets like Ferrothorn, Ash-Greninja, and Hydreigon are crippled by Knock Off or forced to Roost. A Swords Dance set can be used but is generally inferior because Crawdaunt is too slow to find an opportunity to boost its attack without taking a significant amount of damage.

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

**Grass-types**: Grass-types like Tangrowth, Tapu Bulu, Serperior, and Kartana can beat Crawdaunt with their Grass-type STAB attacks and resist its Water-type STAB attacks but don't appreciate their items being removed. Tapu Bulu deserves a special mention because it also resists Crawdaunt's Dark-type STAB attacks and has several potential methods of recovering its HP. Although uncommon, Mega Venusaur's is the one of the best defensive checks to Crawdaunt as it only fears Crunch and can OHKO with Giga Drain to heal any damage taken.

**Mega Evolutions**: Certain Mega Evolutions like Mega Mawile, Mega Scizor, and Mega Gyarados don't take much from Knock Off. The first two can proceed to OHKO Crawdaunt with their super effective STAB attacks but can't switch into Crabhammer, while Mega Gyarados resists both of Crawdaunt's STAB attacks.

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Mega Lopunny, Tapu Koko, and Tapu Lele all outspeed Crawdaunt and easily OHKO it with their super effective STAB attacks but cannot directly switch into it. Tapu Lele's Psychic Terrain protects it from Crawdaunt's Aqua Jet, making it one of the best offensive checks to Crawdaunt one-on-one.


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- Written by: [[Indigo Plateau, 216712]]
- Quality checked by: [[Jordy, 395754], [Lyd, 303291], [, ]]
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[OVERVIEW]
  • Crawdaunt is a niche pick on offensive teams thanks to its extremely powerful Choice Band, Adaptability boosted Water- and Dark-type attacks which hit virtually the entire tier for neutral damage.
  • Useful utility in Knock Off allows Crawdaunt to be of fantastic support to offensive teams by removing items such as Tangrowth's Assault Vest to give teammates an easier chance at sweeping late-game.
  • However, a poor Speed stat means that Crawdaunt struggles to excel in a metagame filled with faster offensive threats like Mega Medicham, Tapu Koko, and Tapu Bulu. Kartana is probably a better example than Tapu Koko here, because Tapu Koko is pretty poor in the current meta.
  • Crawdaunt's defensive typing and mediocre defensive stats also leave it vulnerable to the plethora of Grass-, Fairy-, and Fighting-types and moves that flood the OU tier.
[SET]
name: Choice Band
move 1: Knock Off
move 2: Crabhammer
move 3: Aqua Jet
move 4: Crunch
item: Choice Band
ability: Adaptability
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
  • Knock Off hits the entire tier with the exception of some bulky Fairy-types like Clefable, Mega Mawile, and Magearna for a significant amount of damage.
  • Crabhammer is used over Waterfall due to its higher Base Power, allowing Crawdaunt to wallbreak more effectively. Include some Pokemon that get 1/2HKOed by Crabhammer that don't by Waterfall.
  • Aqua Jet is useful priority for revenge killing weakened Pokemon that Crawdaunt can't outspeed, such as Heatran, Mega Diancie, and Landorus-T. Add Volcarona.
  • Crunch is only useful in very specific instances when Crawdaunt wants to hit certain Pokemon without an item harder than it otherwise would with Knock Off; some examples include Mega Scizor and Mega Sableye. Specify that it can't miss unlike Crabhammer. Also, Specifally Defensive Mega Sableye is 2HKOed by Knock Off.
Set Details
========
  • When paired with Adaptability, a Choice Band transforms Crawdaunt into a scary wallbreaker that is very hard to switch into thanks to its great Water- and Dark-type STAB coverage.
Usage Tips
========
  • Try to bring in Crawdaunt through VoltTurn support or predicted doubles, as even resisted hits like Heatran's Magma Storm and Ash-Greninja's Dark Pulse will deal a respectable amount of damage.
  • Crawdaunt's primary purpose is to remove items with its Adaptability boosted Knock Off so don't hesitate to click it if the opponent lacks a bulky Fairy-type and depends on Pokemon like Tangrowth to be their Water-type resist.
  • If the opponent does have a Fairy-type that doesn't mind tanking a Knock Off, such as Clefable or Pain Split Magearna, try to catch these Pokemon on the switch with Crabhammer.
  • Tapu Bulu resists both of Crawdaunt's STAB attacks and can recover HP via Grassy Terrain and Synthesis, so try to cripple it with Knock Off to potentially remove its Leftovers and then switch out to a Pokemon that can threaten it out.
  • Aqua Jet's low Base Power means that it's rather easy to switch into and as such, it should generally only be used for chip damage when Crawdaunt is at low HP and up against a foe that can KO Crawdaunt or against faster foes that Crawdaunt can hit super effectively, such as Volcarona and Mega Diancie.
Team Options
========
  • Crawdaunt feels right at home in offensive teams with VoltTurn support because it finds few opportunities to come in freely due to its mediocre bulk. Teammates that can usually bring in Crawdaunt safely include Assault Vest Magearna, Landorus-T, and Tornadus-T.
  • Crawdaunt's defensive typing leaves it vulnerable to a lot of Pokemon that can easily OHKO it, such as Mega Mawile, Tapu Lele, and Tapu Bulu. Having Pokemon that can pivot into these attackers and fit on offensive builds, such as Heatran and Tangrowth, is imperative. It's probably worth noting that Assault Vest Magearna doubles as a Tapu Lele check.
  • It's useful to have fast offensive Pokemon on the team to patch up Crawdaunt's poor Speed for a wallbreaker. Mega Lopunny is one of the fastest Pokemon in the tier and possesses excellent offensive synergy with Crawdaunt, while Tapu Koko appreciates Crawdaunt's Knock Off support, can threaten bulky Water-types for Crawdaunt, and also bring it in via U-turn against the Ground-types Tapu Koko draws in.
  • Certain late-game sweepers that appreciate Crawdaunt's ability to remove items from bulky Pokemon make for very good offensive partners. For example, Mega Alakazam and Ash-Greninja have an easier time sweeping once Landorus-T's Choice Scarf or Tangrowth's Assault Vest is removed.
  • Stealth Rock setters. I think TankChomp in particular is notable because it can cripple a bunch of Crawdaunt's offensive answers and Tapu Bulu.
[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
  • Superpower can be used in the final slot over Crunch but is vastly inferior seeing as this set's primary purpose is to remove items with Knock Off and most Superpower targets like Ferrothorn, Ash-Greninja, and Hydreigon are crippled by Knock Off or forced to Roost.
  • A Swords Dance set should only be used with Trick Room support because Crawdaunt is otherwise too slow to find an opportunity to Swords Dance without taking a significant amount of damage. Swords Dance has recently seen some usage, but not on Trick Room teams.
Checks and Counters
===================

**Grass-types**: Grass-types like Tangrowth, Tapu Bulu, and Kartana can beat Crawdaunt with their Grass-type STAB attacks and resist its Water-type STAB attacks but don't appreciate their items being removed. Tapu Bulu deserves a special mention because it also resists Crawdaunt's Dark-type STAB attacks and has several potential methods of recovering its HP.

**Mega Evolutions**: Certain Mega Evolutions like Mega Mawile, Mega Scizor, and Mega Gyarados don't take much from Knock Off. The first two can proceed to OHKO Crawdaunt with their super effective STAB attacks but can't switch into Crabhammer, while Mega Gyarados resists both of Crawdaunt's STAB attacks.

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Mega Lopunny, Tapu Koko, and Tapu Lele all outspeed Crawdaunt and easily OHKO it with their super effective STAB attacks but cannot directly switch into it. Tapu Lele's Psychic Terrain protects it from Crawdaunt's Aqua Jet, making it one of the best offensive checks to Crawdaunt one-on-one.

**Mega Venusaur**: Although uncommon, Mega Venusaur's is the one of the best defensive checks to Crawdaunt as it only fears Crunch and can OHKO with Giga Drain to heal any damage taken.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Indigo Plateau, 216712]]
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I think Aqua Jet should get a mention in Overview since it's pretty good for revenging / forcing out stuff like Volcarona and Mega Diancie (both huge threats to the type of team Crawdaunt fits on), and it helps with Daunt's god awful speed. I also think it abusing the shit out of Reuniclus should be mentioned, it easily 2HKOes even if it has an Acid Armor up unlike Ttar and Weav.
 

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Overview
Useful utility in Knock Off allows Crawdaunt to be of fantastic support to offensive teams by removing items such as Tangrowth's Assault Vest to give teammates an easier chance at sweeping late-game.
  • I think you could mention Tapu Bulu and Tapu Fini’s Leftovers too.
Aqua Jet is a helpful priority move that allows Crawdaunt to patch up its poor Speed and revenge kill Pokemon like Volcarona and Mega Diancie which can be hard to switch into for offensive teams.
However, a poor Speed stat means that Crawdaunt struggles to excel in a metagame filled with faster offensive threats like Mega Medicham, Kartana, and Tapu Bulu.
  • Probably worth combining these points because they feel almost a bit contradictory otherwise.
Moves
Knock Off hits the entire tier with the exception of some bulky Fairy-types like Clefable, Mega Mawile, and Magearna for a significant amount of damage.
  • A bit of an echo to the Overview but I think mention that all of these except Mega Mawile and Calm Mind Pain Split Magearna dislike having their item removed.
Crunch is useful in very specific instances when Crawdaunt wants to hit certain Pokemon without an item harder than it otherwise would with Knock Off and doesn't want to risk missing with Crabhammer; some examples include Mega Scizor and Mega Charizard X.
  • I think it’s worth mentioning Tangrowth here after Knock Off.
Check & Counters
**Grass-types**: Grass-types like Tangrowth, Tapu Bulu, and Kartana can beat Crawdaunt with their Grass-type STAB attacks and resist its Water-type STAB attacks but don't appreciate their items being removed. Tapu Bulu deserves a special mention because it also resists Crawdaunt's Dark-type STAB attacks and has several potential methods of recovering its HP.
**Mega Venusaur**: Although uncommon, Mega Venusaur's is the one of the best defensive checks to Crawdaunt as it only fears Crunch and can OHKO with Giga Drain to heal any damage taken.
  • I really feel like Mega Venusaur would fit better with the other Grass-types. Also Serperior probably deserves a mention too.
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Crawdaunt's defensive typing and mediocre defensive stats also leave it vulnerable to the plethora of Grass-, Fairy-, and Fighting-types and moves that flood the OU tier.
Honestly, I'd just shorten this to saying it can easily be taken out because of its frailty. A lot of neutral moves like Torn-T Cane, Zardx Outrage, TTar Edge, etc. can smash it too so this point doesn't just apply to weaknesses.
Knock Off hits the entire tier with the exception of some bulky Fairy-types like Clefable, Mega Mawile, and Magearna for a significant amount of damage.
I don't really think you need to talk about what Knock Off hits, I'd rather describe the move's utility here rather than the fact that it's a strong neutral attack.
Crawdaunt's primary purpose is to remove items with its Adaptability boosted Knock Off so don't hesitate to click it if the opponent lacks a bulky Fairy-type and depends on Pokemon like Tangrowth to be their Water-type resist. If the opponent does have a Fairy-type that doesn't mind tanking a Knock Off, such as Clefable or Pain Split Magearna, try to catch these Pokemon on the switch with Crabhammer.
I would amend this blurb a little bit by merging the two sentences cause it's a bit misleading as currently written. A lot of the time, you still wanna hit Knock against fat fairies like Fini, Bulu, AV Gear etc. to remove their item, just take care to mention hitting the ones that don't care about their item getting knocked in the latter part of the sentence. Also saying Craw's "primary purpose" is to remove items is kinda misleading, considering that its role is being a wallbreaker. I would remove the part where you say this later as well.
Aqua Jet's low Base Power means that it's rather easy to switch into and as such, it should generally only be used for chip damage when Crawdaunt is at low HP and up against a foe that can KO Crawdaunt or against faster foes that Crawdaunt can hit super effectively, such as Volcarona and Mega Diancie.
Edit the last part of this for just revenge killing threats in general and add in weakened MegaZam.
Crawdaunt's defensive typing leaves it vulnerable to a lot of Pokemon that can easily OHKO it, such as Mega Mawile, Tapu Lele, and Tapu Bulu. Having Pokemon that can pivot into these attackers and fit on offensive builds, such as Heatran, Assault Vest Magearna, and Tangrowth, is imperative.
This statement's literally just saying that you need a defensive core with Craw, which is kinda given with bulky offense, I'd just remove it ._.
Stealth Rock users are useful to pair with Crawdaunt because they can wear down the opposing team and make Crawdaunt's job of wallbreaking easier.
Every viable OU team includes rocks if your name isn't will of fire, just delete this point lol.

I'd also include a point in C&C about either fairies in general or specifically for fini cause it can switch in and resist both stabs while threatening it out with moonblast.

I would proofread this and make sure all the slang terms/phrases that you use are GP acceptable and try to remove random filler statements here and there, otherwise great work n_n
 

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