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Quality Control Dracozolt (0/2)

[OVERVIEW]
  • Extremely powerful STAB Bolt Beak does massive damage even to resists if it moves first or the target switches.
  • Solid secondary Dragon STAB and High Horsepower give it good coverage.
  • Able to Dynamax to keep Hustle and Life Orb boost with 100% accurate Max moves.
  • Max Lightning sets Electric Terrain to further boost its power. Max Quake and Max Wyrmwind helps Dracozolt and its partner take less damage from special and physical attacks respectively.
  • Electric / Dragon typing gives handy resistances to Flying, Fire, Water, Grass and Electric and a paralysis immunity.
  • Weak to some common attacking types such as Ground, Fairy and Dragon.
  • 90/90/70 bulk allows it to survive most neutral hits, especially with a Spdef boost from Max Quake.
  • Middling base 75 speed is slower than a number of top pokemon, such as Excadrill, Arcanine, Dragapult, Whimsicott and Rotom
  • Using Hustle drops accuracy by 20%, making attacking outside of Dynamax risky.

[SET]
name: Life Orb 3 Attacks
move 1: Bolt Beak
move 2: High Horsepower
move 3: Dragon Claw
move 4: Protect
item: Life Orb
ability: Hustle / Volt Absorb
nature: Adamant / Jolly
evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
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  • Bolt Beak is your main attack, deals double damage when you go first
  • High Horsepower hits Excadrill and Rhyperior and boosts Spdef when Dynamaxed
  • Dragon Claw is secondary STAB and hits Dragapult, Dracovish, and Hydreigon and can lower the opponent's attack when Dynamaxed
  • Adamant Nature for power, Jolly to force speed ties against opposing base 75s.
  • 252/252 to maximise speed and power

Usage Tips
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  • Dracozolt can be used in the early-game to punch holes in the opposing team or it can clean up weakened teams in the late-game.
  • Using Dracozolt alongside the team's Tailwind setter or Dynamaxed Flying type allows Dracozolt to use Bolt Beak most effectively.
  • Dynamaxing Dracozolt prevents misses and can reduce the opponent's damage via Max Quake and Max Wyrmwind. Particularly useful if Dracozolt can't move first. Max Lightning does less damage than a doubled Bolt Beak, a Dracozolt player must be wary of this before Dynamaxing.
  • Avoid letting opposing Flying-types to Dynamax freely, with the HP and speed boosts Dracozolt might not be able to OHKO them.
  • Dracozolt can prevent GMax Lapras from setting Aurora Veil because Bolt Beak OHKOs.
  • Some matchups will allow Dracozolt to be played defensively. Dracozolt resists all of Gyarados' common attacks and most Flying-types in the tier don't carry coverage to hit Dracozolt for super effective damage. After a Spdef boost from Max Quake Dracozolt can take on Charizard and Torkoal more reliably.

Team Options
========
  • Whimsicott boosts speed with Prankster Tailwind
  • Flying types are immune to Ground and boost speed with Tailwind or Max Airstream.
  • Trick Room checks (strong spread attackers eg. Sylveon. Slow/bulky pokemon eg. Rhyperior. Imprison + Trick Room eg. Mew)
  • Intimidate checks (Braviary also gets Tailwind/ Max Airstream. Strong Rock types eg. Tyranitar)
  • Trick Room can be used to punish opposing Tailwind and make Dracozolt move first again.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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  • Lum Berry can be used to prevent burns.
  • Choice Scarf helps fix Dracozolt's middling speed at the cost of being locked into a single move.
  • Volt Absorb is a good option on teams where Dracozolt's partners are more likely to Dynamax.
  • Aerial Ace bypasses Hustle's accuracy drop and can raise Dracozolt's speed via Max Airstream.
  • Low Kick hits Excadrill and Rhyperior super effectively and can raise attack with Max Knuckle. Be wary of Dynamaxed pokemon, they are immune to weight based moves


Checks and Counters
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Ground-types: Immune to Bolk Beak and threaten to OHKO Dracozolt. Excadrill and Rhyperior are weak to ground so they must be wary of High Horsepower/ Max Quake.

Dragon-types: Many of the Dragons in the tier outspeed Draczolt and threaten to OHKO it with their STAB moves.

Whimsicott: Whimsicott outspeeds and threatens Dracozolt with a super effective Moonblast as well as being able to set Tailwind with +1 priority. Dracozolt also fails to OHKO a Whimsicott that has its Focus Sash broken.

Faster Pokemon: Dracozolt needs to move first to be effective and will require speed control against faster pokemon.

Opposing speed control: Dracozolt relies on moving first so any means of speed control (eg. Tailwind/Trick Room) greatly reduces its power.

Lightning Rod: Prevents Dracozolt from hitting either target with Bolt Beak. Rarely seen in DOU however.


[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[YoBuddy, 471503]]
- Quality checked by: [[username1, userid1], [username2, userid2], [username3, userid3]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1], [username2, userid2]]
 
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