SPECIAL ATTACKING CRAWDAUNT
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name: Special Attacker
move 1: Surf
move 2: Dark Pulse
move 3: Ice Beam
move 4: Superpower / Hidden Power Grass
item: Life Orb
nature: Rash / Modest
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
- Surprise factor - every Crawdaunt you've ever seen is physically based with maybe the rare Ice Beam - this thing will throw your opponent utterly off guard and send their gameplan into chaos.
- A more than usable base 90 Special Attack and Adaptability gives real power behind its attacks - not quite the standard of the physical sets, but it aims to hit the significantly weaker special defense of most answers to Crawdaunt.
- Annihilates almost every Crawdaunt switchin aside from Poliwrath (OHKOs Tangrowth and Qwilfish (guaranteed with SR) while comfortably 2HKOing Alomomola and physically defensive Roselia with a decent shot at Ferroseed). Bear in mind a resisted Surf is stronger that a neutral Ice Beam, thanks to Adaptability.
- Superpower allows a physical set to be bluffed and also slays dedicated special walls, having a good chance to 2HKO Ferroseed while destroying Cryogonal and having a small shot at OHKOing Clefable. HP Grass is a solid 2HKO on Poliwrath, Crawdaunt's premier counter, and defeats Water/Ground types reliably.
<p>This set allows Crawdaunt to turn the tables on its common counters, employing the sheer power of its STAB moves along with Ice Beam to gain sterling super effective coverage on RU's premier walls. Crawdaunt's oft-overlooked base 90 Special Attack provides overwhelming strength combined with a Life Orb, boosting nature, and its wonderful ability, Adaptability. Surf OHKOes Quagsire with a small amount of prior damage, while Dark Pulse is a guaranteed OHKO on Qwilfish after Stealth Rock and a comfortable 2HKO on Alomomola. It is also Crawdaunt's weapon against bulky Psychic-types such as Uxie. Ice Beam is used to simply OHKO Tangrowth and 2HKO Amoonguss and physically defensive Roselia</p>
<p>There are two main options for the last slot, both of which give this set a particular niche. Superpower is preferred for its chance to 2HKO Ferroseed and annihilate dedicated special walls such as Cryogonal and Clefable. Hidden Power Grass can be used to astonish your opponent by blowing past Crawdaunt's hardest counter, Poliwrath, in a mere two hits. It also guarantees the OHKO on Quagsire, although bear in mind that due to Adaptability, Dark Pulse and Surf are stronger than Hidden Power Grass unless the opponent is 4x weak to it. Crawdaunt's Speed is still abysmal though, so it's not going to sweep any time soon. Crawdaunt's defenses haven't gotten any better either, but as this set is focused on breaking down dedicated physical walls, neither flaw is a major issue for Crawdaunt.</p>
<p> A Life Orb and a positive Special Attack nature are necessary for this set to function, so a simple EV spread is used to allow Crawdaunt to reach its full offensive potential while Speed tying with Bouffalant, Golurk, and Omastar. A Modest nature should be used if using Hidden Power Grass, but otherwise, Rash is preferred to keep Superpower's damage output high. Substitute is another option in the final slot in order to take advantage of the switches this set forces, but sacrifices coverage. Crunch is an option to better deal with Lanturn, but is inferior to Superpower otherwise. Hidden Power Fire is another potential choice to slaughter unsuspecting Ferroseed and Escavalier in one blow with a little prior damage, but serves no other purpose and forces an imperfect Speed IV. Speaking of which, Dragon Dance is viable to boost Crawdaunt's Speed, but such a set is outclassed by physical variants. Powerful physical attackers that enjoy weakened or outright fainted physical walls and bulkyp Water-types are particularly good partners for this set; Entei, Kabutops, Emboar, and Feraligatr are prime examples of such. As this set has no means to boost Speed, paralysis support from teammates such as Uxie and Amoonguss is greatly appreciated. Both also match up well against Poliwrath, while Ferroseed is another reliable user of Thunder Wave. All three share good defensive synergy with Crawdaunt and provide further utility such as absorbing Toxic Spikes or laying down entry hazards to aid Crawdaunt's rampage.</p>
<p>Crawdaunt without Hidden Power Grass is still outright walled by Poliwrath as well as unable to defeat faster opponents using Electric, Grass, Fighting, or Bug attacks. This means a reliable teammate to deal with these threats such as Roselia or Amoonguss is recommended. Steelix is another teammate to deal with everything Crawdaunt fears bar Fighting- and Grass-types packing Hidden Power Fire. Emboar also has excellent defensive synergy with Crawdaunt as well as a potent offensive symbiosis, being able to tank Bug- and Grass-type attacks aimed at Crawdaunt. Finally, Golurk has no fear of the Bug, Fighting, and Electric moves that Crawdaunt hates, and both Emboar and Golurk highly appreciate the gaps this particular Crawdaunt opens up in the opposing team by defeating Alomomola and Tangrowth.</p>