RU Dragalge (revamp) [QC 3/3 GP 2/2]

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[OVERVIEW]

Dragalge is a versatile Pokemon with access to an amazing ability in Adaptability and a stellar movepool to boot, utilizing moves such as Draco Meteor, Sludge Bomb, and Focus Blast to break through Fairy-types such as Florges, unlike other Dragon-types. Boasting a Poison / Dragon typing, Dragalge is able to switch into many threatening offensive Pokemon in the RU tier such as Ninetales, Virizion, Raikou, Salazzle, Toxicroak, and Roserade. Dragalge's access to Toxic Spikes and ability to absorb them are what really forms its niche in the tier, giving it an edge over other special Dragon-types like Goodra, which it faces heavy competition from because of the latter's better Speed and coverage. However, Dragalge is cursed with being one of the slowest Pokemon in the tier and is prone to being forced out by offensive pressure due to its very lacking Speed tier, which makes it very susceptible to being revenge killed by faster Pokemon like Necrozma, Gardevoir, and Zygarde-10%. In addition, Dragalge's lack of reliable recovery makes it extremely susceptible to chip damage, which can hinder it throughout the game. Dragalge can also be forced out and Pursuit trapped for quite a bit of damage by Pokemon like Metagross and Drapion, which hinders its ability to comfortably beat Salazzle.

[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Toxic Spikes
item: Choice Specs / Dragonium Z
ability: Adaptability
nature: Modest
evs: 204 HP / 252 SpA / 52 Spe

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

Draco Meteor is Dragalge's strongest STAB move; with the boost from Adaptability and Dragalge's decent Special Attack stat, it is able to significantly damage almost any Pokemon that doesn't resist it. Sludge Bomb is used to hit Grass and Fairy-types like Virizion and Florges. It is also more spammable than Draco Meteor due to it not dropping Dragalge's Special Attack stat after repeated use, and its 30% poison chance means you can fish for poison against walls like Porygon2, Mantine, and Cresselia. Focus Blast allows Dragalge to hit Steel-types that would otherwise wall it such as Registeel, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress. Toxic Spikes allows Dragalge to spread poison against grounded Pokemon. This lets Dragalge’s teammates break the opposing team a lot easier.

Set Details
========

Investing 52 EVs in Speed will allow Dragalge to outrun neutral-natured base 50s like Donphan, Diancie, and Registeel. Maximum Special Attack with a Modest Nature increases Dragalge's damage output to insane amounts. The rest of the EVs are invested into HP, maximizing Dragalge's potential bulk. Choice Specs gives Dragalge an immediate boost to its Special Attack, turning it into a potent wallbreaker that can easily punch holes through opposing teams. Dragonium Z can be used for an ridiculously powerful one time nuke with 195 Base Power that ignores the Spe of Draco Meteor so your Special Attack doesn't drop. Hidden Power Fire can be used as a reliable alternative to Focus Blast, as it can OHKO both Forretress and offensive Escavalier and does more damage to Metagross. Where as Choice Specs Focus Blast can miss and also doesn't 2HKO Registeel after a Protect

Usage Tips
========

You should pivot Dragalge into Pokemon it can handle such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, and Roserade. However, Dragalge can't freely pivot around, as it does not possess any form of recovery, meaning that it will lose a massive amount of health throughout the game if you switch it in too liberally, which will ultimately cripple it's ability to break walls consistently. On forced switches, it's often more useful to set Toxic Spikes with Dragalge rather than attacking. It's often fine to set Toxic Spikes with its Choice Specs set, too, but you should also attempt to break walls down more, so assess which is more useful. If your opponent has Pokemon that can combat Toxic Spikes, such as Metagross, Toxicroak, and Salazzle, focus more on attacking rather than using turns to get up layers of Toxic Spikes. While Draco Meteor is extremely powerful, try not to use it an excessive amount of times, due to your Special Attack dropping with each use. However, Sludge Bomb can freely be used since it does not drop Dragalge's Special Attack like Draco Meteor. Sludge Bomb also has a Poison chance which can be useful if you're unable to get up Toxic Spikes.

Team Options
========

Dragalge's main appeal is Toxic Spikes, meaning that it particularly shines on balance and bulky offense teams. Because of this, Pokemon that can use Dragalge’s Toxic Spikes to their advantage by stalling out poison turns like Raikou and Mega Sceptile make for excellent teammates. It's important to have entry hazard removal to make sure that Dragalge isn't chipped by hazards, so Pokemon like Mega Blastoise make for good teammates. Additionally, Mega Blastoise can also take on the Ice-types that can be annoying for Dragalge to deal with. Steel-types like Bronzong, Metagross, and Registeel provide a solid check to Psychic-types like Gardevoir for Dragalge. They can also set Stealth Rock, forming a strong hazard stacking core. Ground-types such as Rhyperior, Donphan, and Zygarde-10% can pressure Poison-types that are able to absorb Dragalge's Toxic Spikes, giving it more freedom to set entry hazards. Because Ground-types are good checks to Dragalge, it's important to possess check to them like Virizion and Shaymin. In return, Dragalge is able to wall the Poison-types that they struggle against, like Roserade. Pokemon that learn Spikes such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Forretress can form a strong hazard stacking core alongside Dragalge.

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

A defensive set with Black Sludge and Hidden Power Fire or Protect can work, but this set isn’t very good when compared to Dragalge's offensive set because it isn’t able to switch into as many foes and apply the offensive pressure that Dragalge normally should. Shadow Ball can be run to hit Metagross, and Bronzong harder, but besides that it isn't optimal in comparison to Focus Blast. Sludge Wave gets a guaranteed OHKO on Virizion without Choice Specs, unlike Sludge Bomb, but the increased poison chance is more useful in most situations.

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

*Psychic-types**: Gardevoir, Sigilyph, Necrozma, and Espeon are all huge banes to Dragalge's viability, due to their ability to easily take out Dragalge with their STAB moves; however, they're unable to switch into Dragalge. Gardevoir specifically can Trace Adaptability and become a huge threat with its boosted dual STAB moves.

**Specially Bulky Walls**: Cresselia, Mantine, and Porygon2 can withstand a Draco Meteor and shrug off the damage with their respective recovery options, but they struggle to deal with Dragalge if they're poisoned.

**Steel-types**: Although Dragalge can dent Steel-types with Focus Blast, it's unable to switch into them because they limit Dragalge’s ability to spam its STAB attacks, completely shutting it down if it’s locked into one of them. A lot of these Pokemon can be used as an opportunity to get up a layer of Toxic Spikes, though.

**Ground-types**: Zygarde-10%, Nidoqueen, Donphan, and Rhyperior are able to eviscerate Dragalge after a Special Attack drop or if it's locked into Sludge Bomb.

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Pokemon that naturally outpace Dragalge such as Tyrantrum and Goodra cannot switch into Dragalge but can take it on with their respective STAB moves.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Loom, 422397]]
- Quality checked by: [[CryoGyro, 331519], [phantom, 180300], [zizalith, 410251]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Fireflame479, 231476], [The Dutch Plumberjack, 232216 ]]
 
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zizalith

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hi, before you write up the skeleton for the second set, qc has decided to write the analysis around offensive only. this is the set you should be using. protect + black sludge and hp fire can go down to set details and sludge wave can go down to oo for a guaranteed ko on viriz on non specs sets and slightly better damage rolls vs offensive diancie but the poison chance is a lot better overall

name: Offensive
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Toxic Spikes
item: Choice Specs / Dragonium Z
ability: Adaptability
nature: Modest
evs: 204 HP / 252 SpA / 52 Spe
 
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hi, before you write up the skeleton for the second set, qc has decided to write the analysis around offensive only. this is the set you should be using. protect + black sludge and hp fire can go down to set details and sludge wave can go down to oo for a guaranteed ko on viriz on non specs sets and slightly better damage rolls vs offensive diancie but the poison chance is a lot better overall

name: Offensive
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Toxic Spikes
item: Choice Specs / Dragonium Z
ability: Adaptability
nature: Modest
evs: 204 HP / 252 SpA / 44 Spe
no doubt
 
QC 1/3
[OVERVIEW]

  • Dragalge is a versatile Pokemon, with access to an amazing ability in Adaptability, and a stellar movepool to boot, utilizing moves such as Draco Meteor, Sludge Bomb, and Focus Blast.
  • This allows Dragalge to break through typical Dragon-Type (Dragon-type, not Dragon-Type, fix all instances of this for GP's sanity) answers such as Florges, Shaymin, Donphan, (these are answers?) and Registeel.
  • Boasting the typing of Poison / Dragon, Dragalge is able to switch into many threatening offensive Pokemon in the RU tier such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, Toxicroak, and Roserade.
  • One advantage of the Poison type on Dragalge is being able to comfortably hit Fairy-Types, which many other Dragons are not able to accomplish. (incorporate this into the second point, too similar to stand on its own)
  • However, Dragalge is cursed with being one of the slowest Pokemon in the tier prone to being forced out by offensive pressure due to its very lacking speed tier. (consider mentioning scary pokemon it gets forced out by, such as Necrozma, Gardevoir, and Zygarde-10%)
  • Lacking reliable recovery, Dragalge is extremely susceptible to chip damage, which can hinder it throughout the game.
[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Toxic Spikes
item: Choice Specs / Dragonium Z
ability: Adaptability
nature: Modest
evs: 204 HP / 252 SpA / 52 Spe

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

  • Draco Meteor is Dragalge's strongest STAB move, boosted by Adaptability and coming off of a decent Special Attack stat is able to output significant damage on Pokemon that don't resist it.
  • Sludge Bomb is Dragalge's second STAB move, used to hit Pokemon vulnerable to it, such as Grass and Fairy types. Sludge Bomb is much more spammable than Draco Meteor due to you not dropping your Special Attack stat after repeated use. (mention how it can fish for poison against walls like Cresselia, Mantine, and Porygon2)
  • Focus Blast allows Dragalge to hit the Steel-Types that would otherwise wall it such as Registeel, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress.
  • Toxic Spikes are utilized on Dragalge to spread entry hazards, supporting it's team by poisoning opposing Pokemon that switch in.
Set Details
========

  • Investing 52 EVs in Speed will allow Dragalge to outrun neutral base 50s like Donphan, Diancie, and Registeel.
  • Max Special Attack and a Modest Nature heightens Dragalge's damage output to insane amounts.
  • The rest of the EVs are invested into HP, maximizing Dragalge's potential bulk, while still letting it maintain an offensive presence.
  • talk about specs
  • Dragonium Z can be used for an ridiculously powerful one time nuke, Devastating Drake off of Dragalge's Adaptabilty boosted Draco Meteor is a 195 Base Power move that ignores the effects of Draco Meteor so your Special Attack doesn't drop.
Usage Tips
========

  • Attempt to pivot Dragalge into Pokemon such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, and Roserade.
  • Dragalge can take advantage of the aforementioned and set up layers of Toxic Spikes against them supporting its team.
  • Try to force switches against Pokemon that Dragalge threatens out, setting up Toxic Spikes on their switches. (already covered enough in previous points)
  • Toxic Spikes can wear down your opponents walls, crippling Pokemon like Mega Blastoise and limiting their time left in the game.
  • If your opponent has Pokemon that can combat your set up, Toxic Spikes such as Metagross, Toxicroak, and Salazzle shift your focus more on attacking rather than wasting turns trying to get up layers of Toxic Spikes.
  • While Draco Meteor is extremely powerful, try not to use it an excessive amount of times, due to your Special Attack dropping with each use.
  • Sludge Bomb can be freely used, due to it not dropping your Special Attack like Draco Meteor. Sludge Bomb also has a Poison chance which can be useful if you're unable to get up your Toxic Spikes.
  • Use Dragalge to stop Grass-Types like Shaymin, (it is no Shaymin answer, Earth Power does too much) Virizion, and Roserade in their tracks, this can benefit your teammates heavily if they're Grass weak.
  • Dragalge can't freely pivot around, this will cause it to lose a massive amount of health throughout the game, crippling it's wallbreaking ability heavily.
Team Options
========

  • Dragalge fits best on teams that thrive from it's Toxic Spikes support, particularly shining on balance, and bulky offense.
  • Raikou can use Dragalge's Toxic Spikes to its benefit, particularly Substitute Calm Mind Raikou, because many of its checks dislike getting poisoned. Getting behind a Substitute and setting up Calm Mind turns Raikou into a potent sweeper alongside Dragalge, due to Dragalge breaking the Grass-Types that Typically Dragalge also beats Grass-types that typically get in Raikou's way.
  • Virzion is able to take on Ground and Steel types for Dragalge such as Zygarde 10%, Registeel, and Rhyperior. (already mentioned below)
  • Pokemon with hazard removal such as Mega Blastoise make sure Dragalge isn't chipped by hazards, helping it last longer in battle because of it's lack of recovery. Mega Blastoise can also take on the Ice types that can deal super effective damage to Dragalge.
  • Steel-Types like Bronzong, Metagross, and Registeel provide a solid Psychic resistance for Dragalge, and set up Stealth Rock, forming a strong hazard stack core.
  • Ground-Types such as Rhyperior, Donphan, and Zygarde 10% can get rid of Poison-Types that are able to absorb Dragalge's Toxic Spikes, letting Dragalge freely set up after they're eliminated.
  • Grass-Types like Virizion, and Shaymin can break Ground-Types for Dragalge, and in return Dragalge is able to wall the Poison-Types that they would otherwise struggle against.
  • Pokemon that learn Spikes such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Forretress can form a strong hazard stack core alongside Dragalge.
[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

  • A defensive (set names aren't capitalized if they aren't named after something already capitalized) set with Black Sludge and Hidden Power [Fire] (no brackets) / Protect can work, but this set isn't very good when compared to Dragalge's offensive set. (why not? also talk about how it's a better switch-in to stuff)
  • Hidden Power [Fire] can be used to hit Pokemon like Bronzong, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress for more damage, but is overshadowed by the raw power of Focus Blast, which deals a lot to the aforementioned Pokemon and hits Registeel harder.
  • Shadow Ball can be ran to hit Metagross, and Bronzong harder, but besides that isn't optimal in comparison to Focus Blast.
Checks and Counters
===================

**Faster Pokemon**: Pokemon such as Gardevoir, Zygarde 10%, and Tyrantrum are very overwhelming for Dragalge. These Pokemon listed before are unable to switch in, but they're able to easily revenge kill Dragalge with their respective moves. (some are better than others, so i've split the topic into several sections below for you to elaborate on)

**Steel-Types**: Although Dragalge can dent steel types with Focus Blast, it's unable to switch into them. Metagross specifically can use Earthquake if Dragalge attempts to switch into it, dealing massive damage which Dragalge is unable to recover from. (describe how they make STAB moves much tougher to spam)

**Specially Bulky Walls**: Cresselia, Mantine, and Porygon2 can take a Draco and outrecover the damage, but are pressured by Sludge Bomb

**Psychic-types**: Gardevoir is a BIG problem because it traces Adaptability, Necrozma, Espeon, Sigilyph

**Ground-types**: Zygarde-10%, Nidoqueen, possibly Donphan and Rhyperior after SpA drops or locking into Sludge

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: whatever else you think is a notable revenge killer


[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Loom,422397]]
- Quality checked by: [[, ], [, ], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
 
QC 1/3
[OVERVIEW]

  • Dragalge is a versatile Pokemon, with access to an amazing ability in Adaptability, and a stellar movepool to boot, utilizing moves such as Draco Meteor, Sludge Bomb, and Focus Blast.
  • This allows Dragalge to break through typical Dragon-Type (Dragon-type, not Dragon-Type, fix all instances of this for GP's sanity) answers such as Florges, Shaymin, Donphan, (these are answers?) and Registeel.
  • Boasting the typing of Poison / Dragon, Dragalge is able to switch into many threatening offensive Pokemon in the RU tier such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, Toxicroak, and Roserade.
  • One advantage of the Poison type on Dragalge is being able to comfortably hit Fairy-Types, which many other Dragons are not able to accomplish. (incorporate this into the second point, too similar to stand on its own)
  • However, Dragalge is cursed with being one of the slowest Pokemon in the tier prone to being forced out by offensive pressure due to its very lacking speed tier. (consider mentioning scary pokemon it gets forced out by, such as Necrozma, Gardevoir, and Zygarde-10%)
  • Lacking reliable recovery, Dragalge is extremely susceptible to chip damage, which can hinder it throughout the game.
[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Toxic Spikes
item: Choice Specs / Dragonium Z
ability: Adaptability
nature: Modest
evs: 204 HP / 252 SpA / 52 Spe

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

  • Draco Meteor is Dragalge's strongest STAB move, boosted by Adaptability and coming off of a decent Special Attack stat is able to output significant damage on Pokemon that don't resist it.
  • Sludge Bomb is Dragalge's second STAB move, used to hit Pokemon vulnerable to it, such as Grass and Fairy types. Sludge Bomb is much more spammable than Draco Meteor due to you not dropping your Special Attack stat after repeated use. (mention how it can fish for poison against walls like Cresselia, Mantine, and Porygon2)
  • Focus Blast allows Dragalge to hit the Steel-Types that would otherwise wall it such as Registeel, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress.
  • Toxic Spikes are utilized on Dragalge to spread entry hazards, supporting it's team by poisoning opposing Pokemon that switch in.
Set Details
========

  • Investing 52 EVs in Speed will allow Dragalge to outrun neutral base 50s like Donphan, Diancie, and Registeel.
  • Max Special Attack and a Modest Nature heightens Dragalge's damage output to insane amounts.
  • The rest of the EVs are invested into HP, maximizing Dragalge's potential bulk, while still letting it maintain an offensive presence.
  • talk about specs
  • Dragonium Z can be used for an ridiculously powerful one time nuke, Devastating Drake off of Dragalge's Adaptabilty boosted Draco Meteor is a 195 Base Power move that ignores the effects of Draco Meteor so your Special Attack doesn't drop.
Usage Tips
========

  • Attempt to pivot Dragalge into Pokemon such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, and Roserade.
  • Dragalge can take advantage of the aforementioned and set up layers of Toxic Spikes against them supporting its team.
  • Try to force switches against Pokemon that Dragalge threatens out, setting up Toxic Spikes on their switches. (already covered enough in previous points)
  • Toxic Spikes can wear down your opponents walls, crippling Pokemon like Mega Blastoise and limiting their time left in the game.
  • If your opponent has Pokemon that can combat your set up, Toxic Spikes such as Metagross, Toxicroak, and Salazzle shift your focus more on attacking rather than wasting turns trying to get up layers of Toxic Spikes.
  • While Draco Meteor is extremely powerful, try not to use it an excessive amount of times, due to your Special Attack dropping with each use.
  • Sludge Bomb can be freely used, due to it not dropping your Special Attack like Draco Meteor. Sludge Bomb also has a Poison chance which can be useful if you're unable to get up your Toxic Spikes.
  • Use Dragalge to stop Grass-Types like Shaymin, (it is no Shaymin answer, Earth Power does too much) Virizion, and Roserade in their tracks, this can benefit your teammates heavily if they're Grass weak.
  • Dragalge can't freely pivot around, this will cause it to lose a massive amount of health throughout the game, crippling it's wallbreaking ability heavily.
Team Options
========

  • Dragalge fits best on teams that thrive from it's Toxic Spikes support, particularly shining on balance, and bulky offense.
  • Raikou can use Dragalge's Toxic Spikes to its benefit, particularly Substitute Calm Mind Raikou, because many of its checks dislike getting poisoned. Getting behind a Substitute and setting up Calm Mind turns Raikou into a potent sweeper alongside Dragalge, due to Dragalge breaking the Grass-Types that Typically Dragalge also beats Grass-types that typically get in Raikou's way.
  • Virzion is able to take on Ground and Steel types for Dragalge such as Zygarde 10%, Registeel, and Rhyperior. (already mentioned below)
  • Pokemon with hazard removal such as Mega Blastoise make sure Dragalge isn't chipped by hazards, helping it last longer in battle because of it's lack of recovery. Mega Blastoise can also take on the Ice types that can deal super effective damage to Dragalge.
  • Steel-Types like Bronzong, Metagross, and Registeel provide a solid Psychic resistance for Dragalge, and set up Stealth Rock, forming a strong hazard stack core.
  • Ground-Types such as Rhyperior, Donphan, and Zygarde 10% can get rid of Poison-Types that are able to absorb Dragalge's Toxic Spikes, letting Dragalge freely set up after they're eliminated.
  • Grass-Types like Virizion, and Shaymin can break Ground-Types for Dragalge, and in return Dragalge is able to wall the Poison-Types that they would otherwise struggle against.
  • Pokemon that learn Spikes such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Forretress can form a strong hazard stack core alongside Dragalge.
[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

  • A defensive (set names aren't capitalized if they aren't named after something already capitalized) set with Black Sludge and Hidden Power [Fire] (no brackets) / Protect can work, but this set isn't very good when compared to Dragalge's offensive set. (why not? also talk about how it's a better switch-in to stuff)
  • Hidden Power [Fire] can be used to hit Pokemon like Bronzong, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress for more damage, but is overshadowed by the raw power of Focus Blast, which deals a lot to the aforementioned Pokemon and hits Registeel harder.
  • Shadow Ball can be ran to hit Metagross, and Bronzong harder, but besides that isn't optimal in comparison to Focus Blast.
Checks and Counters
===================

**Faster Pokemon**: Pokemon such as Gardevoir, Zygarde 10%, and Tyrantrum are very overwhelming for Dragalge. These Pokemon listed before are unable to switch in, but they're able to easily revenge kill Dragalge with their respective moves. (some are better than others, so i've split the topic into several sections below for you to elaborate on)

**Steel-Types**: Although Dragalge can dent steel types with Focus Blast, it's unable to switch into them. Metagross specifically can use Earthquake if Dragalge attempts to switch into it, dealing massive damage which Dragalge is unable to recover from. (describe how they make STAB moves much tougher to spam)

**Specially Bulky Walls**: Cresselia, Mantine, and Porygon2 can take a Draco and outrecover the damage, but are pressured by Sludge Bomb

**Psychic-types**: Gardevoir is a BIG problem because it traces Adaptability, Necrozma, Espeon, Sigilyph

**Ground-types**: Zygarde-10%, Nidoqueen, possibly Donphan and Rhyperior after SpA drops or locking into Sludge

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: whatever else you think is a notable revenge killer


[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Loom,422397]]
- Quality checked by: [[, ], [, ], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
Thanks, will edit when I get home
 

zizalith

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[OVERVIEW]

  • Dragalge is a versatile Pokemon, with access to an amazing ability in Adaptability, and a stellar movepool to boot, utilizing moves such as Draco Meteor, Sludge Bomb, and Focus Blast.
  • This allows Dragalge to break through typical Dragon-type answers such as Florges, and Registeel. it can barely break regi even with focus blast id probably use another example
  • Boasting the typing of Poison / Dragon, Dragalge is able to switch into many threatening offensive Pokemon in the RU tier such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, Toxicroak, and Roserade.
  • One advantage of the Poison type on Dragalge is being able to comfortably hit Fairy-Types, which many other Dragons are not able to accomplish.
  • However, Dragalge is cursed with being one of the slowest Pokemon in the tier prone to being forced out by offensive pressure due to its very lacking speed tier. Being susceptible to being revenge killed by Pokemon like Necrozma, Gardevoir, Zygarde 10%, and other faster threats,
  • Lacking reliable recovery, Dragalge is extremely susceptible to chip damage, which can hinder it throughout the game.
  • add a bullet on its access to tspikes/avility to absorb then which is a huge niche it has over like goodra. speaking of which you should also mention it competes heavily with it cause much better speed + coverage
[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Toxic Spikes
item: Choice Specs / Dragonium Z
ability: Adaptability
nature: Modest
evs: 204 HP / 252 SpA / 52 Spe

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

  • Draco Meteor is Dragalge's strongest STAB move, boosted by Adaptability and coming off of a decent Special Attack stat is able to output significant damage on Pokemon that don't resist it.
  • Sludge Bomb is Dragalge's second STAB move, used to hit Pokemon vulnerable to it, such as Grass and Fairy types. Sludge Bomb is much more spammable than Draco Meteor due to you not dropping your Special Attack stat after repeated use. Sludge Bomb’s 30% poison chance means you can fish for a poison against walls like Porygon-2, Mantine, and Cresselia
  • Focus Blast allows Dragalge to hit the Steel-Types that would otherwise wall it such as Registeel, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress.
  • Toxic Spikes are utilized on Dragalge to spread entry hazards, supporting it's team by poisoning opposing Pokemon that switch in.
Set Details
========

  • Investing 52 EVs in Speed will allow Dragalge to outrun neutral base 50s like Donphan, Diancie, and Registeel.
  • Max Special Attack and a Modest Nature heightens Dragalge's damage output to insane amounts.
  • The rest of the EVs are invested into HP, maximizing Dragalge's potential bulk.
  • Choice Specs gives Dragalge an immediate boost to it’s Special Attack, turning it into a potent wallbreaker that can easily punch holes through opposing teams.
  • Dragonium Z can be used for an ridiculously powerful one time nuke, Devastating Drake off of Dragalge's Adaptabilty boosted Draco Meteor is a 195 Base Power move that ignores the effects of Draco Meteor so your Special Attack doesn't drop.
Usage Tips
========

  • Attempt to pivot Dragalge into Pokemon such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, and Roserade.
  • Dragalge can take advantage of the aforementioned and set up layers of Toxic Spikes against them supporting its team.
  • Toxic Spikes can wear down your opponents walls, crippling Pokemon like Mega Blastoise and limiting their time left in the game.
  • If your opponent has Pokemon that can combat Toxic Spikes, such as Metagross, Toxicroak, and Salazzle shift your focus more on attacking rather than wasting turns trying to get up layers of Toxic Spikes.
  • While Draco Meteor is extremely powerful, try not to use it an excessive amount of times, due to your Special Attack dropping with each use.
  • Sludge Bomb can be freely used, due to it not dropping your Special Attack like Draco Meteor. Sludge Bomb also has a Poison chance which can be useful if you're unable to get up your Toxic Spikes.
  • Use Dragalge to stop Grass-Types like Virizion, and Roserade in their tracks, this can benefit your teammates heavily if they're Grass weak.
  • Dragalge can't freely pivot around, this will cause it to lose a massive amount of health throughout the game, crippling it's wallbreaking ability heavily.
  • bullet on when to use tspikes vs attacking on specs sets
Team Options
========

  • Dragalge fits best on teams that thrive from it's Toxic Spikes support, particularly shining on balance, and bulky offense.
  • Raikou can use Dragalge's Toxic Spikes to its benefit, due to its checks not appreciating being poisoned. Dragalge also breaks the Grass-Types that Typically get in Raikou's way.
  • Pokemon with hazard removal such as Mega Blastoise make sure Dragalge isn't chipped by hazards, helping it last longer in battle because of it's lack of recovery. Mega Blastoise can also take on the Ice types that can deal super effective damage to Dragalge.
  • Steel-Types like Bronzong, Metagross, and Registeel provide a solid Psychic resistance for Dragalge, and set up Stealth Rock, forming a strong hazard stack core.
  • Ground-Types such as Rhyperior, Donphan, and Zygarde 10% can get rid of Poison-Types that are able to absorb Dragalge's Toxic Spikes, letting Dragalge freely set up after they're eliminated.
  • Grass-Types like Virizion, and Shaymin can break Ground-Types for Dragalge, and in return Dragalge is able to wall the Poison-Types that they would otherwise struggle against.
  • Pokemon that learn Spikes such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Forretress can form a strong hazard stack core alongside Dragalge.
[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

  • A defensive set with Black Sludge and Hidden Power [Fire] / Protect can work, but this set isn't very good when compared to Dragalge's offensive set, because it isn’t able to switch into as much, and apply the offensive pressure that Dragalge normally should.
  • Hidden Power [Fire] can be used to hit Pokemon like Bronzong, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress for more damage, but is overshadowed by the raw power of Focus Blast, which deals a lot to the aforementioned Pokemon and hits Registeel harder.
  • Shadow Ball can be ran to hit Metagross, and Bronzong harder, but besides that isn't optimal in comparison to Focus Blast.
  • mention that sludge wave gets a guaranteed ko on viriz on non specs, which is a roll with sludge bomb but otherwise psn chance is more useful
Checks and Counters
===================

*Psychic-types**: Gardevoir, Sigilyph, Necrozma, and Espeon are all huge banes to Dragalge's viability, due to them all being able to easily take out Dragalge with their STAB moves. garde can trace adaptability too. mention none of these can really switch in safely

**Specially Bulky Walls**: Cresselia, Mantine, and Porygon2 can withstand a Draco Meteor and shrug off the damage with their respective recoveries. mention they struggle to deal w it if they get poisoned

**Steel-Types**: Although Dragalge can dent steel types with Focus Blast, it's unable to switch into them. Metagross specifically can use Earthquake if Dragalge attempts to switch into it, dealing massive damage which Dragalge is unable to recover from. The aforementioned Steel-types also limit Dragalge’s ability to spam it’s STAB attacks, completely shutting it down if it’s locked into one of them. not sure why gross is mentioned so much here, even if it didnt run eq drag shouldnt be switching into it anyways

**Ground-types**: Zygarde-10%, Nidoqueen, Donphan and Rhyperior are able to eviscerate Dragalge after a Special Attack drop, or if it's locked into Sludge Bomb

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Pokemon that naturally outpace Dragalge such as Tyrantrum, and Noivern cannot switch-in to Dragalge, but can take it on with their respective STAB moves.

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[OVERVIEW]

  • Dragalge is a versatile Pokemon, with access to an amazing ability in Adaptability, and a stellar movepool to boot, utilizing moves such as Draco Meteor, Sludge Bomb, and Focus Blast.
  • This allows Dragalge to break through typical Dragon-type answers such as Florges, and Registeel. it can barely break regi even with focus blast id probably use another example
  • Boasting the typing of Poison / Dragon, Dragalge is able to switch into many threatening offensive Pokemon in the RU tier such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, Toxicroak, and Roserade.
  • One advantage of the Poison type on Dragalge is being able to comfortably hit Fairy-Types, which many other Dragons are not able to accomplish.
  • However, Dragalge is cursed with being one of the slowest Pokemon in the tier prone to being forced out by offensive pressure due to its very lacking speed tier. Being susceptible to being revenge killed by Pokemon like Necrozma, Gardevoir, Zygarde 10%, and other faster threats,
  • Lacking reliable recovery, Dragalge is extremely susceptible to chip damage, which can hinder it throughout the game.
  • add a bullet on its access to tspikes/avility to absorb then which is a huge niche it has over like goodra. speaking of which you should also mention it competes heavily with it cause much better speed + coverage
[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Toxic Spikes
item: Choice Specs / Dragonium Z
ability: Adaptability
nature: Modest
evs: 204 HP / 252 SpA / 52 Spe

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

  • Draco Meteor is Dragalge's strongest STAB move, boosted by Adaptability and coming off of a decent Special Attack stat is able to output significant damage on Pokemon that don't resist it.
  • Sludge Bomb is Dragalge's second STAB move, used to hit Pokemon vulnerable to it, such as Grass and Fairy types. Sludge Bomb is much more spammable than Draco Meteor due to you not dropping your Special Attack stat after repeated use. Sludge Bomb’s 30% poison chance means you can fish for a poison against walls like Porygon-2, Mantine, and Cresselia
  • Focus Blast allows Dragalge to hit the Steel-Types that would otherwise wall it such as Registeel, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress.
  • Toxic Spikes are utilized on Dragalge to spread entry hazards, supporting it's team by poisoning opposing Pokemon that switch in.
Set Details
========

  • Investing 52 EVs in Speed will allow Dragalge to outrun neutral base 50s like Donphan, Diancie, and Registeel.
  • Max Special Attack and a Modest Nature heightens Dragalge's damage output to insane amounts.
  • The rest of the EVs are invested into HP, maximizing Dragalge's potential bulk.
  • Choice Specs gives Dragalge an immediate boost to it’s Special Attack, turning it into a potent wallbreaker that can easily punch holes through opposing teams.
  • Dragonium Z can be used for an ridiculously powerful one time nuke, Devastating Drake off of Dragalge's Adaptabilty boosted Draco Meteor is a 195 Base Power move that ignores the effects of Draco Meteor so your Special Attack doesn't drop.
Usage Tips
========

  • Attempt to pivot Dragalge into Pokemon such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, and Roserade.
  • Dragalge can take advantage of the aforementioned and set up layers of Toxic Spikes against them supporting its team.
  • Toxic Spikes can wear down your opponents walls, crippling Pokemon like Mega Blastoise and limiting their time left in the game.
  • If your opponent has Pokemon that can combat Toxic Spikes, such as Metagross, Toxicroak, and Salazzle shift your focus more on attacking rather than wasting turns trying to get up layers of Toxic Spikes.
  • While Draco Meteor is extremely powerful, try not to use it an excessive amount of times, due to your Special Attack dropping with each use.
  • Sludge Bomb can be freely used, due to it not dropping your Special Attack like Draco Meteor. Sludge Bomb also has a Poison chance which can be useful if you're unable to get up your Toxic Spikes.
  • Use Dragalge to stop Grass-Types like Virizion, and Roserade in their tracks, this can benefit your teammates heavily if they're Grass weak.
  • Dragalge can't freely pivot around, this will cause it to lose a massive amount of health throughout the game, crippling it's wallbreaking ability heavily.
  • bullet on when to use tspikes vs attacking on specs sets
Team Options
========

  • Dragalge fits best on teams that thrive from it's Toxic Spikes support, particularly shining on balance, and bulky offense.
  • Raikou can use Dragalge's Toxic Spikes to its benefit, due to its checks not appreciating being poisoned. Dragalge also breaks the Grass-Types that Typically get in Raikou's way.
  • Pokemon with hazard removal such as Mega Blastoise make sure Dragalge isn't chipped by hazards, helping it last longer in battle because of it's lack of recovery. Mega Blastoise can also take on the Ice types that can deal super effective damage to Dragalge.
  • Steel-Types like Bronzong, Metagross, and Registeel provide a solid Psychic resistance for Dragalge, and set up Stealth Rock, forming a strong hazard stack core.
  • Ground-Types such as Rhyperior, Donphan, and Zygarde 10% can get rid of Poison-Types that are able to absorb Dragalge's Toxic Spikes, letting Dragalge freely set up after they're eliminated.
  • Grass-Types like Virizion, and Shaymin can break Ground-Types for Dragalge, and in return Dragalge is able to wall the Poison-Types that they would otherwise struggle against.
  • Pokemon that learn Spikes such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Forretress can form a strong hazard stack core alongside Dragalge.
[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

  • A defensive set with Black Sludge and Hidden Power [Fire] / Protect can work, but this set isn't very good when compared to Dragalge's offensive set, because it isn’t able to switch into as much, and apply the offensive pressure that Dragalge normally should.
  • Hidden Power [Fire] can be used to hit Pokemon like Bronzong, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress for more damage, but is overshadowed by the raw power of Focus Blast, which deals a lot to the aforementioned Pokemon and hits Registeel harder.
  • Shadow Ball can be ran to hit Metagross, and Bronzong harder, but besides that isn't optimal in comparison to Focus Blast.
  • mention that sludge wave gets a guaranteed ko on viriz on non specs, which is a roll with sludge bomb but otherwise psn chance is more useful
Checks and Counters
===================

*Psychic-types**: Gardevoir, Sigilyph, Necrozma, and Espeon are all huge banes to Dragalge's viability, due to them all being able to easily take out Dragalge with their STAB moves. garde can trace adaptability too. mention none of these can really switch in safely

**Specially Bulky Walls**: Cresselia, Mantine, and Porygon2 can withstand a Draco Meteor and shrug off the damage with their respective recoveries. mention they struggle to deal w it if they get poisoned

**Steel-Types**: Although Dragalge can dent steel types with Focus Blast, it's unable to switch into them. Metagross specifically can use Earthquake if Dragalge attempts to switch into it, dealing massive damage which Dragalge is unable to recover from. The aforementioned Steel-types also limit Dragalge’s ability to spam it’s STAB attacks, completely shutting it down if it’s locked into one of them. not sure why gross is mentioned so much here, even if it didnt run eq drag shouldnt be switching into it anyways

**Ground-types**: Zygarde-10%, Nidoqueen, Donphan and Rhyperior are able to eviscerate Dragalge after a Special Attack drop, or if it's locked into Sludge Bomb

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Pokemon that naturally outpace Dragalge such as Tyrantrum, and Noivern cannot switch-in to Dragalge, but can take it on with their respective STAB moves.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Loom,422397]]
- Quality checked by: [[CryoGyro, 331519], [phantom, 180300], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]

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[OVERVIEW]

  • Dragalge is a versatile Pokemon, with access to an amazing ability in Adaptability, and a stellar movepool to boot, utilizing moves such as Draco Meteor, Sludge Bomb, and Focus Blast.
  • This allows Dragalge to break through typical Dragon-type answers such as Florges.
  • Boasting the typing of Poison / Dragon, Dragalge is able to switch into many threatening offensive Pokemon in the RU tier such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, Toxicroak, and Roserade. (Personally I would mention Raikou over Arcanine as Life Orb Arcanine has a small chance to 2HKO after Stealth Rock)
  • One advantage of the Poison type on Dragalge is being able to comfortably hit Fairy-Types, which many other Dragons are not able to accomplish.
  • Dragalge's access to Toxic Spikes, and ability to absorb them is what really forms its niche in the tier. Giving it an edge over other special Dragon-types like Goodra, which it competes heavily against because of Goodra's better Speed and coverage. (Overviews go positive --> negative so keep this above the negatives)
  • However, Dragalge is cursed with being one of the slowest Pokemon in the tier prone to being forced out by offensive pressure due to its very lacking speed tier. Being susceptible to being revenge killed by Pokemon like Necrozma, Gardevoir, Zygarde 10%, and other faster threats,
  • (Alongside being revenge killed, it can be forced out and pursuit trapped for quite a bit of damage by Pokemon like Metagross and Drapion)
  • Lacking reliable recovery, Dragalge is extremely susceptible to chip damage, which can hinder it throughout the game.
[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Toxic Spikes
item: Choice Specs / Dragonium Z
ability: Adaptability
nature: Modest
evs: 204 HP / 252 SpA / 52 Spe

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

  • Draco Meteor is Dragalge's strongest STAB move, boosted by Adaptability and coming off of a decent Special Attack stat is able to output significant damage on Pokemon that don't resist it.
  • Sludge Bomb is Dragalge's second STAB move, used to hit Pokemon vulnerable to it, such as Grass and Fairy types. Sludge Bomb is much more spammable than Draco Meteor due to you not dropping your Special Attack stat after repeated use. Sludge Bomb’s 30% poison chance means you can fish for a poison against walls like Porygon-2, Mantine, and Cresselia
  • Focus Blast allows Dragalge to hit the Steel-Types that would otherwise wall it such as Registeel, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress. (It might be worth slashing HP Fire with Focus Blast as HP Fire OHKO's both Forretress and offensive Escavalier and does more damage to Metagross. Where as Choice Specs Focus Blast can miss and also doesn't 2HKO Registeel after a Protect.)
  • Toxic Spikes are utilized on Dragalge to spread entry hazards, supporting it's team by poisoning opposing Pokemon that switch in.
Set Details
========

  • Investing 52 EVs in Speed will allow Dragalge to outrun neutral base 50s like Donphan, Diancie, and Registeel.
  • Max Special Attack and a Modest Nature heightens Dragalge's damage output to insane amounts.
  • The rest of the EVs are invested into HP, maximizing Dragalge's potential bulk.
  • Choice Specs gives Dragalge an immediate boost to it’s Special Attack, turning it into a potent wallbreaker that can easily punch holes through opposing teams.
  • Dragonium Z can be used for an ridiculously powerful one time nuke, Devastating Drake off of Dragalge's Adaptabilty boosted Draco Meteor is a 195 Base Power move that ignores the effects of Draco Meteor so your Special Attack doesn't drop.
Usage Tips
========

  • Attempt to pivot Dragalge into Pokemon such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, and Roserade.
  • Dragalge can take advantage of the aforementioned and set up layers of Toxic Spikes against them supporting its team.
  • Toxic Spikes can wear down your opponents walls, crippling Pokemon like Mega Blastoise and limiting their time left in the game.
  • If your opponent has Pokemon that can combat Toxic Spikes, such as Metagross, Toxicroak, and Salazzle shift your focus more on attacking rather than wasting turns trying to get up layers of Toxic Spikes.
  • While Draco Meteor is extremely powerful, try not to use it an excessive amount of times, due to your Special Attack dropping with each use.
  • Sludge Bomb can be freely used, due to it not dropping your Special Attack like Draco Meteor. Sludge Bomb also has a Poison chance which can be useful if you're unable to get up your Toxic Spikes.
  • Use Dragalge to stop Grass-Types like Virizion, and Roserade in their tracks, this can benefit your teammates heavily if they're Grass weak.
  • Dragalge can't freely pivot around, this will cause it to lose a massive amount of health throughout the game, crippling it's wallbreaking ability heavily.
  • Try to use Toxic Spikes on forced switches with Dragalge rather than attacking. (Merge this with the second point)
Team Options
========

  • Dragalge fits best on teams that thrive from it's Toxic Spikes support, particularly shining on balance, and bulky offense.
  • Raikou can use Dragalge's Toxic Spikes to its benefit, due to its checks not appreciating being poisoned. Dragalge also breaks the Grass-Types that Typically get in Raikou's way.
  • Pokemon with hazard removal such as Mega Blastoise make sure Dragalge isn't chipped by hazards, helping it last longer in battle because of it's lack of recovery. Mega Blastoise can also take on the Ice types that can deal super effective damage to Dragalge.
  • Steel-Types like Bronzong, Metagross, and Registeel provide a solid Psychic resistance for Dragalge, and set up Stealth Rock, forming a strong hazard stack core.
  • Ground-Types such as Rhyperior, Donphan, and Zygarde 10% can get rid of Poison-Types that are able to absorb Dragalge's Toxic Spikes, letting Dragalge freely set up after they're eliminated.
  • Grass-Types like Virizion, and Shaymin can break Ground-Types for Dragalge, and in return Dragalge is able to wall the Poison-Types that they would otherwise struggle against.
  • Pokemon that learn Spikes such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Forretress can form a strong hazard stack core alongside Dragalge.
  • (Mention Wish support and Healing Wish support from Pokemon like Florges, Gardevoir, and Shaymin)
  • (Mention Pokemon that can stall out bulkier Pokemon when helped by Toxic Spikes)
[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

  • A defensive set with Black Sludge and Hidden Power [Fire] / Protect can work, but this set isn't very good when compared to Dragalge's offensive set, because it isn’t able to switch into as much, and apply the offensive pressure that Dragalge normally should.
  • Hidden Power [Fire] can be used to hit Pokemon like Bronzong, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress for more damage, but is overshadowed by the raw power of Focus Blast, which deals a lot to the aforementioned Pokemon and hits Registeel harder. (Tbh like I mentioned above HP Fire is better in most situations outside of Registeel which it still doesn't beat with Specs Focus Blast in 2 hits so it makes more sense to slash it as a viable move option than to have in OO)
  • Shadow Ball can be ran to hit Metagross, and Bronzong harder, but besides that isn't optimal in comparison to Focus Blast.
  • Sludge Wave gets a guaranteed OHKO on Virizion with no Choice Specs, which is a roll with Sludge Bomb, but the poison chance is more useful in most situations. (Mention that it hits harder against neutral opponents allowing Dragalge to better finished off weakened opponents reliably, more damage is never that bad of a thing when using Choice Specs)
===================

*Psychic-types**: Gardevoir, Sigilyph, Necrozma, and Espeon are all huge banes to Dragalge's viability, due to them all being able to easily take out Dragalge with their STAB moves, but their main drawback is they're unable to switch-in. Gardevoir specifically can Trace Adaptability, and become a huge threat with its boosted dual STABs.

**Specially Bulky Walls**: Cresselia, Mantine, and Porygon2 can withstand a Draco Meteor and shrug off the damage with their respective recoveries, but they struggle to deal with Dragalge if they're poisoned.

**Steel-Types**: Although Dragalge can dent steel types with Focus Blast, it's unable to switch into them because they limit Dragalge’s ability to spam it’s STAB attacks, completely shutting it down if it’s locked into one of them.

**Ground-types**: Zygarde-10%, Nidoqueen, Donphan and Rhyperior are able to eviscerate Dragalge after a Special Attack drop, or if it's locked into Sludge Bomb

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Pokemon that naturally outpace Dragalge such as Tyrantrum, and Noivern cannot switch-in to Dragalge, but can take it on with their respective STAB moves. (I would swap out Noivern as Draco Meteor only has a 43.8% chance to kill Dragalge and quite a lot of Noivern sets opt to not run Draco Meteor anymore. Something like Goodra would work better.)

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Loom,422397]]
- Quality checked by: [[CryoGyro, 331519], [phantom, 180300], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]


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[OVERVIEW]

  • Dragalge is a versatile Pokemon, with access to an amazing ability in Adaptability, and a stellar movepool to boot, utilizing moves such as Draco Meteor, Sludge Bomb, and Focus Blast.
  • This allows Dragalge to break through typical Dragon-type answers such as Florges.
  • Boasting the typing of Poison / Dragon, Dragalge is able to switch into many threatening offensive Pokemon in the RU tier such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, Toxicroak, and Roserade. (Personally I would mention Raikou over Arcanine as Life Orb Arcanine has a small chance to 2HKO after Stealth Rock)
  • One advantage of the Poison type on Dragalge is being able to comfortably hit Fairy-Types, which many other Dragons are not able to accomplish.
  • Dragalge's access to Toxic Spikes, and ability to absorb them is what really forms its niche in the tier. Giving it an edge over other special Dragon-types like Goodra, which it competes heavily against because of Goodra's better Speed and coverage. (Overviews go positive --> negative so keep this above the negatives)
  • However, Dragalge is cursed with being one of the slowest Pokemon in the tier prone to being forced out by offensive pressure due to its very lacking speed tier. Being susceptible to being revenge killed by Pokemon like Necrozma, Gardevoir, Zygarde 10%, and other faster threats,
  • (Alongside being revenge killed, it can be forced out and pursuit trapped for quite a bit of damage by Pokemon like Metagross and Drapion) add this in the “lacks recovery” bullet and mention it doesnt let u beat stuff like lazzle
  • Lacking reliable recovery, Dragalge is extremely susceptible to chip damage, which can hinder it throughout the game.
[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Toxic Spikes
item: Choice Specs / Dragonium Z
ability: Adaptability
nature: Modest
evs: 204 HP / 252 SpA / 52 Spe

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

  • Draco Meteor is Dragalge's strongest STAB move, boosted by Adaptability and coming off of a decent Special Attack stat is able to output significant damage on Pokemon that don't resist it.
  • Sludge Bomb is Dragalge's second STAB move, used to hit Pokemon vulnerable to it, such as Grass and Fairy types. Sludge Bomb is much more spammable than Draco Meteor due to you not dropping your Special Attack stat after repeated use. Sludge Bomb’s 30% poison chance means you can fish for a poison against walls like Porygon-2, Mantine, and Cresselia
  • Focus Blast allows Dragalge to hit the Steel-Types that would otherwise wall it such as Registeel, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress. (It might be worth slashing HP Fire with Focus Blast as HP Fire OHKO's both Forretress and offensive Escavalier and does more damage to Metagross. Where as Choice Specs Focus Blast can miss and also doesn't 2HKO Registeel after a Protect.) move this to set details but dont slash it, mention its better accuracy as its main selling point
  • Toxic Spikes are utilized on Dragalge to spread entry hazards, supporting it's team by poisoning opposing Pokemon that switch in.
Set Details
========

  • Investing 52 EVs in Speed will allow Dragalge to outrun neutral base 50s like Donphan, Diancie, and Registeel.
  • Max Special Attack and a Modest Nature heightens Dragalge's damage output to insane amounts.
  • The rest of the EVs are invested into HP, maximizing Dragalge's potential bulk.
  • Choice Specs gives Dragalge an immediate boost to it’s Special Attack, turning it into a potent wallbreaker that can easily punch holes through opposing teams.
  • Dragonium Z can be used for an ridiculously powerful one time nuke, Devastating Drake off of Dragalge's Adaptabilty boosted Draco Meteor is a 195 Base Power move that ignores the effects of Draco Meteor so your Special Attack doesn't drop.
Usage Tips
========

  • Attempt to pivot Dragalge into Pokemon such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, and Roserade.
  • Dragalge can take advantage of the aforementioned and set up layers of Toxic Spikes against them supporting its team.
  • Toxic Spikes can wear down your opponents walls, crippling Pokemon like Mega Blastoise and limiting their time left in the game.
  • If your opponent has Pokemon that can combat Toxic Spikes, such as Metagross, Toxicroak, and Salazzle shift your focus more on attacking rather than wasting turns trying to get up layers of Toxic Spikes.
  • While Draco Meteor is extremely powerful, try not to use it an excessive amount of times, due to your Special Attack dropping with each use.
  • Sludge Bomb can be freely used, due to it not dropping your Special Attack like Draco Meteor. Sludge Bomb also has a Poison chance which can be useful if you're unable to get up your Toxic Spikes.
  • Use Dragalge to stop Grass-Types like Virizion, and Roserade in their tracks, this can benefit your teammates heavily if they're Grass weak.
  • Dragalge can't freely pivot around, this will cause it to lose a massive amount of health throughout the game, crippling it's wallbreaking ability heavily.
  • Try to use Toxic Spikes on forced switches with Dragalge rather than attacking. (Merge this with the second point) do that and include that its fine to set tspikes on choice specs but you also wanna wallbreak so assess which is more useful (eg metagross teams tend to be pretty weak to specs drag but no removal teams hate tspikes)
Team Options
========

  • Dragalge fits best on teams that thrive from it's Toxic Spikes support, particularly shining on balance, and bulky offense.
  • Raikou can use Dragalge's Toxic Spikes to its benefit, due to its checks not appreciating being poisoned. Dragalge also breaks the Grass-Types that Typically get in Raikou's way.
  • Pokemon with hazard removal such as Mega Blastoise make sure Dragalge isn't chipped by hazards, helping it last longer in battle because of it's lack of recovery. Mega Blastoise can also take on the Ice types that can deal super effective damage to Dragalge.
  • Steel-Types like Bronzong, Metagross, and Registeel provide a solid Psychic resistance for Dragalge, and set up Stealth Rock, forming a strong hazard stack core.
  • Ground-Types such as Rhyperior, Donphan, and Zygarde 10% can get rid of Poison-Types that are able to absorb Dragalge's Toxic Spikes, letting Dragalge freely set up after they're eliminated.
  • Grass-Types like Virizion, and Shaymin can break Ground-Types for Dragalge, and in return Dragalge is able to wall the Poison-Types that they would otherwise struggle against.
  • Pokemon that learn Spikes such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Forretress can form a strong hazard stack core alongside Dragalge.
  • (Mention Wish support and Healing Wish support from Pokemon like Florges, Gardevoir, and Shaymin)
  • (Mention Pokemon that can stall out bulkier Pokemon when helped by Toxic Spikes) move this to raikous bullet with some more examples
[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

  • A defensive set with Black Sludge and Hidden Power [Fire] / Protect can work, but this set isn't very good when compared to Dragalge's offensive set, because it isn’t able to switch into as much, and apply the offensive pressure that Dragalge normally should.
  • Hidden Power [Fire] can be used to hit Pokemon like Bronzong, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress for more damage, but is overshadowed by the raw power of Focus Blast, which deals a lot to the aforementioned Pokemon and hits Registeel harder. (Tbh like I mentioned above HP Fire is better in most situations outside of Registeel which it still doesn't beat with Specs Focus Blast in 2 hits so it makes more sense to slash it as a viable move option than to have in OO) ya, move to set details but dont slash
  • Shadow Ball can be ran to hit Metagross, and Bronzong harder, but besides that isn't optimal in comparison to Focus Blast.
  • Sludge Wave gets a guaranteed OHKO on Virizion with no Choice Specs, which is a roll with Sludge Bomb, but the poison chance is more useful in most situations. (Mention that it hits harder against neutral opponents allowing Dragalge to better finished off weakened opponents reliably, more damage is never that bad of a thing when using Choice Specs) if anything id mention that theres really not many situations in which the 5 extra bp is useful
===================

*Psychic-types**: Gardevoir, Sigilyph, Necrozma, and Espeon are all huge banes to Dragalge's viability, due to them all being able to easily take out Dragalge with their STAB moves, but their main drawback is they're unable to switch-in. Gardevoir specifically can Trace Adaptability, and become a huge threat with its boosted dual STABs.

**Specially Bulky Walls**: Cresselia, Mantine, and Porygon2 can withstand a Draco Meteor and shrug off the damage with their respective recoveries, but they struggle to deal with Dragalge if they're poisoned.

**Steel-Types**: Although Dragalge can dent steel types with Focus Blast, it's unable to switch into them because they limit Dragalge’s ability to spam it’s STAB attacks, completely shutting it down if it’s locked into one of them. mention a lot of them are tspikes fodder tho

**Ground-types**: Zygarde-10%, Nidoqueen, Donphan and Rhyperior are able to eviscerate Dragalge after a Special Attack drop, or if it's locked into Sludge Bomb

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Pokemon that naturally outpace Dragalge such as Tyrantrum, and Noivern cannot switch-in to Dragalge, but can take it on with their respective STAB moves. (I would swap out Noivern as Draco Meteor only has a 43.8% chance to kill Dragalge and quite a lot of Noivern sets opt to not run Draco Meteor anymore. Something like Goodra would work better.)

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Loom,422397]]
- Quality checked by: [[CryoGyro, 331519], [phantom, 180300], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]

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[OVERVIEW]

  • Dragalge is a versatile Pokemon, with access to an amazing ability in Adaptability, and a stellar movepool to boot, utilizing moves such as Draco Meteor, Sludge Bomb, and Focus Blast. I don't think a Pokemon with one set should be described as "versatile". Just mention it's a good wallbreaker instead.
  • This allows Dragalge to break through typical Dragon-type answers such as Florges. Add Gardevoir and Diancie here. Specs Sludge Wave 2HKOs Diancie after Stealth Rock.
  • Boasting the typing of Poison / Dragon, Dragalge is able to switch into many threatening offensive Pokemon in the RU tier such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, Toxicroak, and Roserade. (Personally I would mention Raikou over Arcanine as Life Orb Arcanine has a small chance to 2HKO after Stealth Rock)
  • One advantage of the Poison type on Dragalge is being able to comfortably hit Fairy-Types, which many other Dragons are not able to accomplish. I would delete this. You already mention this point in the second bullet.
  • Dragalge's access to Toxic Spikes, and ability to absorb them is what really forms its niche in the tier. Giving it an edge over other special Dragon-types like Goodra, which it competes heavily against because of Goodra's better Speed and coverage. (Overviews go positive --> negative so keep this above the negatives)
  • However, Dragalge is cursed with being one of the slowest Pokemon in the tier prone to being forced out by offensive pressure due to its very lacking speed tier. Being susceptible to being revenge killed by Pokemon like Necrozma, Gardevoir, Zygarde 10%, and other faster threats,
  • (Alongside being revenge killed, it can be forced out and pursuit trapped for quite a bit of damage by Pokemon like Metagross and Drapion) add this in the “lacks recovery” bullet and mention it doesnt let u beat stuff like lazzle
  • Lacking reliable recovery, Dragalge is extremely susceptible to chip damage, which can hinder it throughout the game.
[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Toxic Spikes
item: Choice Specs / Dragonium Z
ability: Adaptability
nature: Modest
evs: 204 HP / 252 SpA / 52 Spe

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

  • Draco Meteor is Dragalge's strongest STAB move, boosted by Adaptability and coming off of a decent Special Attack stat is able to output significant damage on Pokemon that don't resist it.
  • Sludge Bomb is Dragalge's second STAB move, used to hit Pokemon vulnerable to it, such as Grass and Fairy types. Sludge Bomb is much more spammable than Draco Meteor due to you not dropping your Special Attack stat after repeated use. Sludge Bomb’s 30% poison chance means you can fish for a poison against walls like Porygon-2, Mantine, and Cresselia
  • Focus Blast allows Dragalge to hit the Steel-Types that would otherwise wall it such as Registeel, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress. (It might be worth slashing HP Fire with Focus Blast as HP Fire OHKO's both Forretress and offensive Escavalier and does more damage to Metagross. Where as Choice Specs Focus Blast can miss and also doesn't 2HKO Registeel after a Protect.) move this to set details but dont slash it, mention its better accuracy as its main selling point
  • Toxic Spikes are utilized on Dragalge to spread entry hazards, supporting it's team by poisoning opposing Pokemon that switch in.
Set Details
========

  • Investing 52 EVs in Speed will allow Dragalge to outrun neutral base 50s like Donphan, Diancie, and Registeel.
  • Max Special Attack and a Modest Nature heightens Dragalge's damage output to insane amounts. Maybe mention what it can OHKO or 2HKO with Specs or its Z-Move?
  • The rest of the EVs are invested into HP, maximizing Dragalge's potential bulk.
  • Choice Specs gives Dragalge an immediate boost to it’s Special Attack, turning it into a potent wallbreaker that can easily punch holes through opposing teams.
  • Dragonium Z can be used for an ridiculously powerful one time nuke, Devastating Drake off of Dragalge's Adaptabilty boosted Draco Meteor is a 195 Base Power move that ignores the effects of Draco Meteor's so your Special Attack doesn't drop.
Usage Tips
========

  • Attempt to pivot Dragalge into Pokemon such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, and Roserade.
  • Dragalge can take advantage of the aforementioned and set up layers of Toxic Spikes against them supporting its team.
  • Toxic Spikes can wear down your opponents walls, crippling Pokemon like Mega Blastoise and limiting their time left in the game.
  • If your opponent has Pokemon that can combat Toxic Spikes, such as Metagross, Toxicroak, and Salazzle shift your focus more on attacking rather than wasting turns trying to get up layers of Toxic Spikes.
  • While Draco Meteor is extremely powerful, try not to use it an excessive amount of times, due to your Special Attack dropping with each use.
  • Sludge Bomb can be freely used, due to it not dropping your Special Attack like Draco Meteor. Sludge Bomb also has a Poison chance which can be useful if you're unable to get up your Toxic Spikes.
  • Use Dragalge to stop Grass-Types like Virizion, and Roserade in their tracks, this can benefit your teammates heavily if they're Grass weak.
  • Dragalge can't freely pivot around, this will cause it to lose a massive amount of health throughout the game, crippling it's wallbreaking ability heavily.
  • Try to use Toxic Spikes on forced switches with Dragalge rather than attacking. (Merge this with the second point) do that and include that its fine to set tspikes on choice specs but you also wanna wallbreak so assess which is more useful (eg metagross teams tend to be pretty weak to specs drag but no removal teams hate tspikes)
Team Options
========

  • Dragalge fits best on teams that thrive from it's Toxic Spikes support, particularly shining on balance, and bulky offense.
  • Raikou can use Dragalge's Toxic Spikes to its benefit, due to its checks not appreciating being poisoned. Dragalge also breaks the Grass-Types that Typically get in Raikou's way.
  • Pokemon with hazard removal such as Mega Blastoise make sure Dragalge isn't chipped by hazards, helping it last longer in battle because of it's lack of recovery. Mega Blastoise can also take on the Ice types that can deal super effective damage to Dragalge.
  • Steel-Types like Bronzong, Metagross, and Registeel provide a solid Psychic resistance for Dragalge, and set up Stealth Rock, forming a strong hazard stack core.
  • Ground-Types such as Rhyperior, Donphan, and Zygarde 10% can get rid of Poison-Types that are able to absorb Dragalge's Toxic Spikes, letting Dragalge freely set up after they're eliminated.
  • Grass-Types like Virizion, and Shaymin can break Ground-Types for Dragalge, and in return Dragalge is able to wall the Poison-Types that they would otherwise struggle against.
  • Pokemon that learn Spikes such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Forretress can form a strong hazard stack core alongside Dragalge.
  • (Mention Wish support and Healing Wish support from Pokemon like Florges, Gardevoir, and Shaymin)
  • (Mention Pokemon that can stall out bulkier Pokemon when helped by Toxic Spikes) move this to raikous bullet with some more examples
[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

  • A defensive set with Black Sludge and Hidden Power [Fire] / Protect can work, but this set isn't very good when compared to Dragalge's offensive set, because it isn’t able to switch into as much, and apply the offensive pressure that Dragalge normally should.
  • Hidden Power Fire can be used to hit Pokemon like Bronzong, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress for more damage, but is overshadowed by the raw power of Focus Blast, which deals a lot to the aforementioned Pokemon and hits Registeel harder. (Tbh like I mentioned above HP Fire is better in most situations outside of Registeel which it still doesn't beat with Specs Focus Blast in 2 hits so it makes more sense to slash it as a viable move option than to have in OO) ya, move to set details but dont slash And don't put Fire in brackets.
  • Shadow Ball can be ran to hit Metagross, and Bronzong harder, but besides that isn't optimal in comparison to Focus Blast.
  • Sludge Wave gets a guaranteed OHKO on Virizion with no Choice Specs, which is a roll with Sludge Bomb, but the poison chance is more useful in most situations. (Mention that it hits harder against neutral opponents allowing Dragalge to better finished off weakened opponents reliably, more damage is never that bad of a thing when using Choice Specs) if anything id mention that theres really not many situations in which the 5 extra bp is useful
===================

*Psychic-types**: Gardevoir, Sigilyph, Necrozma, and Espeon are all huge banes to Dragalge's viability, due to them all being able to easily take out Dragalge with their STAB moves, but their main drawback is they're unable to switch-in. Gardevoir specifically can Trace Adaptability, and become a huge threat with its boosted dual STABs.

**Specially Bulky Walls**: Cresselia, Mantine, and Porygon2 can withstand a Draco Meteor and shrug off the damage with their respective recoveries, but they struggle to deal with Dragalge if they're poisoned.

**Steel-Types**: Although Dragalge can dent steel types with Focus Blast, it's unable to switch into them because they limit Dragalge’s ability to spam it’s STAB attacks, completely shutting it down if it’s locked into one of them. mention a lot of them are tspikes fodder tho

**Ground-types**: Zygarde-10%, Nidoqueen, Donphan and Rhyperior are able to eviscerate Dragalge after a Special Attack drop, or if it's locked into Sludge Bomb

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Pokemon that naturally outpace Dragalge such as Tyrantrum, and Noivern cannot switch-in to Dragalge, but can take it on with their respective STAB moves. (I would swap out Noivern as Draco Meteor only has a 43.8% chance to kill Dragalge and quite a lot of Noivern sets opt to not run Draco Meteor anymore. Something like Goodra would work better.)

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Loom,422397]]
- Quality checked by: [[CryoGyro, 331519], [phantom, 180300], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
 
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Hi Loom

Unfortunately this analysis is not ready for GP yet. Writing up the analysis does not mean to simply remove the actual bullet points. Your sections are still spaced with line breaks after every point and are not written in paragraphs. The lack of a transition between bullet point form and paragraph form is that there are no transition words and there isn't any sentence structure. Because of this, your analysis isn't readable. Please put your analysis in actual paragraph form and properly rewrite it, which should have been done after the 2nd QC check, and then tag me afterwards so I can GP check this.
 
Hi Loom

Unfortunately this analysis is not ready for GP yet. Writing up the analysis does not mean to simply remove the actual bullet points. Your sections are still spaced with line breaks after every point and are not written in paragraphs. The lack of a transition between bullet point form and paragraph form is that there are no transition words and there isn't any sentence structure. Because of this, your analysis isn't readable. Please put your analysis in actual paragraph form and properly rewrite it, which should have been done after the 2nd QC check, and then tag me afterwards so I can GP check this.
Will do, sorry for that
 

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Tysm for rewriting it so quickly, it was much much better!

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[OVERVIEW]

Dragalge is a versatile Pokemon,(RC) with access to an amazing ability in Adaptability,(RC) and a stellar movepool to boot, utilizing moves such as Draco Meteor, Sludge Bomb, and Focus Blast. This allows Dragalge to break through typical Dragon-type answers such as Florges. Boasting the typing of a Poison / Dragon typing, Dragalge is able to switch into many threatening offensive Pokemon in the RU tier such as Ninetales, Virizion, Raikou, Salazzle, Toxicroak, and Roserade. Another advantage of the Poison-type on Dragalge is being also able to comfortably hit Fairy-types, which many other Dragons Dragon-types are not able to accomplish. Dragalge's access to Toxic Spikes,(RC) and ability to absorb them is what really forms its niche in the tier, giving it an edge over other special Dragon-types like Goodra, which it competes heavily against because of Goodra's better Speed and coverage. However, Dragalge is cursed with being one of the slowest Pokemon in the tier and is prone to being forced out by offensive pressure due to its very lacking Speed tier, which makes it very susceptible to being revenge killed by Pokemon like Necrozma, Gardevoir, Zygarde 10%, and other faster threats. In addition to this, Dragalge lacks reliable recovery, making it extremely susceptible to chip damage, which can hinder it throughout the game. Dragalge can also be forced out and Pursuit trapped for quite a bit of damage by Pokemon like Metagross and Drapion, which hinders its ability to comfortably beat Salazzle.

[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Toxic Spikes
item: Choice Specs / Dragonium Z
ability: Adaptability
nature: Modest
evs: 204 HP / 252 SpA / 52 Spe

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

Draco Meteor is Dragalge's strongest STAB move,(RC);(SC) when boosted by Adaptability and coming off of a decent Special Attack stat, it is able to significantly damage almost any Pokemon that doesn't resist it. Sludge Bomb is Dragalge's second STAB move,(RC) used to hit Pokemon vulnerable to it, such as Grass-(AH) and Fairy-types (give some examples).(period) Sludge Bomb and is more spammable than Draco Meteor due to you it not dropping your Dragalge's Special Attack stat after repeated use. Sludge Bomb’s Bomb's 30% poison chance means you Dragalge can fish for poison against walls like Porygon-2 Porygon2, Mantine, and Cresselia. Focus Blast allows Dragalge to hit Steel-types that would otherwise wall it such as Registeel, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress. Toxic Spikes allows Dragalge to spread poison against grounded Pokemon.

Set Details
========

Investing 52 EVs in Speed will allows Dragalge to outrun neutral base 50s 50 Speed Pokemon like Donphan, Diancie, and Registeel. Maximum Special Attack and a Modest nature heightens Dragalge's damage output to insane amounts. The rest of the EVs are invested into HP, maximizing Dragalge's potential bulk. Choice Specs gives Dragalge an immediate boost to it’s its Special Attack, turning it into a potent wallbreaker that can easily punch holes through opposing teams. Dragonium Z can be used for an ridiculously powerful one-(AH)time nuke,(RC);(SC) Devastating Drake off of Dragalge's Adaptabilty-(AH)boosted Draco Meteor is a 195-(AH)Base Power move that ignores the effects of Draco Meteor,(AC) so your Dragalge's Special Attack doesn't drop. Hidden Power Fire can be used as a reliable alternative to Focus Blast, as it can OHKO both Forretress and offensive Escavalier and does more damage to Metagross.(period),(AC) whereas Where as Choice Specs Focus Blast can miss and also doesn't 2HKO Registeel after a Protect.(period)

Usage Tips
========

You should pivot Dragalge into Pokemon it can handle such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, and Roserade. However, Dragalge can't freely pivot around, as it does not possess any form of recovery,(RC) meaning that it and will lose a massive amount of health throughout the game if you switch it in too liberally, which will ultimately cripple it's its ability to break walls consistently. On forced switches, it's often more useful to set Toxic Spikes with Dragalge rather than attacking. It's often fine to set Toxic Spikes with its when using Choice Specs set, too, but you should also attempt to break walls down more, so assess which is more useful. If your opponent has Pokemon that can combat Toxic Spikes, such as Metagross, Toxicroak, and Salazzle, focus more on attacking rather than using turns to get up layers of Toxic Spikes. While Draco Meteor is extremely powerful, try not to use it an excessive amount of times,(RC) due to your Dragalge's Special Attack dropping with each use. However, Sludge Bomb can freely be used,(AC) since it does not drop Dragalge's Special Attack like Draco Meteor. Sludge Bomb also has a poison chance,(AC) which can be useful if you're unable to get up Toxic Spikes.

Team Options
========

Dragalge's main appeal is Toxic Spikes, meaning that it particularly shines on balance and bulky offense teams. Because of this, Pokemon that can use Dragalge’s Dragalge's Toxic Spikes to their advantage by stalling out poison turns like Raikou (add more examples than just Raikou) make for excellent teammates. It's important to have entry hazard removal to make sure that Dragalge isn't chipped by hazards, so Pokemon like Mega Blastoise make for good teammates. Additionally, Mega Blastoise can also take on the Ice-types that can be annoying for Dragalge to deal with. Steel-types like Bronzong, Metagross, and Registeel provide a solid check to Psychic-types like Gardevoir for Dragalge. They can also set Stealth Rock, forming a strong hazard stacking core. Ground-types such as Rhyperior, Donphan, and Zygarde 10% can pressure Poison-types that are able to absorb Dragalge's Toxic Spikes, giving it more freedom to set Toxic Spikes. Because Ground-types are good checks to Dragalge, it's important to possess checks to them like Virizion and Shaymin. In return, Dragalge is able to wall the Poison-types that they struggle against, like Roserade. Pokemon that learn Spikes such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Forretress can form a strong hazard stack core alongside Dragalge.

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

A defensive set with Black Sludge and Hidden Power [Fire] / Fire or Protect can work, but this set isn't very good when compared to Dragalge's offensive set,(RC) because it isn’t isn't able to switch into in as much,(RC) and apply the offensive pressure that Dragalge normally should. Shadow Ball can be ran run to hit Metagross, and Bronzong harder, but besides that,(AC) it isn't optimal in comparison to Focus Blast. Sludge Wave gets a guaranteed OHKO on Virizion with no Choice Specs, which is a roll with Sludge Bomb, but the poison chance is more useful in most situations. Being able to hit harder against neutral opponents allowing Dragalge to better finished off weakened opponents reliably. (honestly idk what this means and it's written poorly) Wish support and Healing Wish support from Pokemon like Florges, Gardevoir, and Shaymin can increase Dragalge's longevity by a substantial amount.

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

*Psychic-types**: Gardevoir, Sigilyph, Necrozma, and Espeon are all huge banes to Dragalge's viability,(RC) due to them all being able to easily take out Dragalge with their STAB moves, but their main drawback is they're unable to switch-in switch into Dragalge. Gardevoir specifically can Trace Adaptability,(RC) and become a huge threat with its boosted dual STABs STAB moves.

**Specially Bulky Walls**: Cresselia, Mantine, and Porygon2 can withstand a Draco Meteor and shrug off the damage with their respective recoveries, but they struggle to deal with Dragalge if they're poisoned.

**Steel-types**: Although Dragalge can dent Steel-(AH)types with Focus Blast, it's unable to switch into them because they limit Dragalge’s ability to spam it’s its STAB attacks, completely shutting it down if it’s it's locked into one of them. Although a A lot of these Pokemon can be used as an opportunity to get up a layer of Toxic Spikes,(AC) though.

**Ground-types**: Zygarde-10%, Nidoqueen, Donphan,(AC) and Rhyperior are able to eviscerate Dragalge after a Special Attack drop,(RC) or if it's locked into Sludge Bomb.(period)

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Pokemon that naturally outpace Dragalge such as Tyrantrum,(RC) and Goodra cannot switch-in switch into Dragalge,(RC) but can take it on with their respective STAB moves.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Loom, 422397]]
- Quality checked by: [[CryoGyro, 331519], [phantom, 180300], [zizalith, 410251]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
GP 1/2
 
Tysm for rewriting it so quickly, it was much much better!

Remove Add Comments (AC)= add comma (RC)= remove comma (AH)= add hyphen (RH)= remove hyphen
[OVERVIEW]

Dragalge is a versatile Pokemon,(RC) with access to an amazing ability in Adaptability,(RC) and a stellar movepool to boot, utilizing moves such as Draco Meteor, Sludge Bomb, and Focus Blast. This allows Dragalge to break through typical Dragon-type answers such as Florges. Boasting the typing of a Poison / Dragon typing, Dragalge is able to switch into many threatening offensive Pokemon in the RU tier such as Ninetales, Virizion, Raikou, Salazzle, Toxicroak, and Roserade. Another advantage of the Poison-type on Dragalge is being also able to comfortably hit Fairy-types, which many other Dragons Dragon-types are not able to accomplish. Dragalge's access to Toxic Spikes,(RC) and ability to absorb them is what really forms its niche in the tier, giving it an edge over other special Dragon-types like Goodra, which it competes heavily against because of Goodra's better Speed and coverage. However, Dragalge is cursed with being one of the slowest Pokemon in the tier and is prone to being forced out by offensive pressure due to its very lacking Speed tier, which makes it very susceptible to being revenge killed by Pokemon like Necrozma, Gardevoir, Zygarde 10%, and other faster threats. In addition to this, Dragalge lacks reliable recovery, making it extremely susceptible to chip damage, which can hinder it throughout the game. Dragalge can also be forced out and Pursuit trapped for quite a bit of damage by Pokemon like Metagross and Drapion, which hinders its ability to comfortably beat Salazzle.

[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Toxic Spikes
item: Choice Specs / Dragonium Z
ability: Adaptability
nature: Modest
evs: 204 HP / 252 SpA / 52 Spe

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

Draco Meteor is Dragalge's strongest STAB move,(RC);(SC) when boosted by Adaptability and coming off of a decent Special Attack stat, it is able to significantly damage almost any Pokemon that doesn't resist it. Sludge Bomb is Dragalge's second STAB move,(RC) used to hit Pokemon vulnerable to it, such as Grass-(AH) and Fairy-types (give some examples).(period) Sludge Bomb and is more spammable than Draco Meteor due to you it not dropping your Dragalge's Special Attack stat after repeated use. Sludge Bomb’s Bomb's 30% poison chance means you Dragalge can fish for poison against walls like Porygon-2 Porygon2, Mantine, and Cresselia. Focus Blast allows Dragalge to hit Steel-types that would otherwise wall it such as Registeel, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress. Toxic Spikes allows Dragalge to spread poison against grounded Pokemon.

Set Details
========

Investing 52 EVs in Speed will allows Dragalge to outrun neutral base 50s 50 Speed Pokemon like Donphan, Diancie, and Registeel. Maximum Special Attack and a Modest nature heightens Dragalge's damage output to insane amounts. The rest of the EVs are invested into HP, maximizing Dragalge's potential bulk. Choice Specs gives Dragalge an immediate boost to it’s its Special Attack, turning it into a potent wallbreaker that can easily punch holes through opposing teams. Dragonium Z can be used for an ridiculously powerful one-(AH)time nuke,(RC);(SC) Devastating Drake off of Dragalge's Adaptabilty-(AH)boosted Draco Meteor is a 195-(AH)Base Power move that ignores the effects of Draco Meteor,(AC) so your Dragalge's Special Attack doesn't drop. Hidden Power Fire can be used as a reliable alternative to Focus Blast, as it can OHKO both Forretress and offensive Escavalier and does more damage to Metagross.(period),(AC) whereas Where as Choice Specs Focus Blast can miss and also doesn't 2HKO Registeel after a Protect.(period)

Usage Tips
========

You should pivot Dragalge into Pokemon it can handle such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, and Roserade. However, Dragalge can't freely pivot around, as it does not possess any form of recovery,(RC) meaning that it and will lose a massive amount of health throughout the game if you switch it in too liberally, which will ultimately cripple it's its ability to break walls consistently. On forced switches, it's often more useful to set Toxic Spikes with Dragalge rather than attacking. It's often fine to set Toxic Spikes with its when using Choice Specs set, too, but you should also attempt to break walls down more, so assess which is more useful. If your opponent has Pokemon that can combat Toxic Spikes, such as Metagross, Toxicroak, and Salazzle, focus more on attacking rather than using turns to get up layers of Toxic Spikes. While Draco Meteor is extremely powerful, try not to use it an excessive amount of times,(RC) due to your Dragalge's Special Attack dropping with each use. However, Sludge Bomb can freely be used,(AC) since it does not drop Dragalge's Special Attack like Draco Meteor. Sludge Bomb also has a poison chance,(AC) which can be useful if you're unable to get up Toxic Spikes.

Team Options
========

Dragalge's main appeal is Toxic Spikes, meaning that it particularly shines on balance and bulky offense teams. Because of this, Pokemon that can use Dragalge’s Dragalge's Toxic Spikes to their advantage by stalling out poison turns like Raikou (add more examples than just Raikou) make for excellent teammates. It's important to have entry hazard removal to make sure that Dragalge isn't chipped by hazards, so Pokemon like Mega Blastoise make for good teammates. Additionally, Mega Blastoise can also take on the Ice-types that can be annoying for Dragalge to deal with. Steel-types like Bronzong, Metagross, and Registeel provide a solid check to Psychic-types like Gardevoir for Dragalge. They can also set Stealth Rock, forming a strong hazard stacking core. Ground-types such as Rhyperior, Donphan, and Zygarde 10% can pressure Poison-types that are able to absorb Dragalge's Toxic Spikes, giving it more freedom to set Toxic Spikes. Because Ground-types are good checks to Dragalge, it's important to possess checks to them like Virizion and Shaymin. In return, Dragalge is able to wall the Poison-types that they struggle against, like Roserade. Pokemon that learn Spikes such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Forretress can form a strong hazard stack core alongside Dragalge.

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

A defensive set with Black Sludge and Hidden Power [Fire] / Fire or Protect can work, but this set isn't very good when compared to Dragalge's offensive set,(RC) because it isn’t isn't able to switch into in as much,(RC) and apply the offensive pressure that Dragalge normally should. Shadow Ball can be ran run to hit Metagross, and Bronzong harder, but besides that,(AC) it isn't optimal in comparison to Focus Blast. Sludge Wave gets a guaranteed OHKO on Virizion with no Choice Specs, which is a roll with Sludge Bomb, but the poison chance is more useful in most situations. Being able to hit harder against neutral opponents allowing Dragalge to better finished off weakened opponents reliably. (honestly idk what this means and it's written poorly) Wish support and Healing Wish support from Pokemon like Florges, Gardevoir, and Shaymin can increase Dragalge's longevity by a substantial amount.

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

*Psychic-types**: Gardevoir, Sigilyph, Necrozma, and Espeon are all huge banes to Dragalge's viability,(RC) due to them all being able to easily take out Dragalge with their STAB moves, but their main drawback is they're unable to switch-in switch into Dragalge. Gardevoir specifically can Trace Adaptability,(RC) and become a huge threat with its boosted dual STABs STAB moves.

**Specially Bulky Walls**: Cresselia, Mantine, and Porygon2 can withstand a Draco Meteor and shrug off the damage with their respective recoveries, but they struggle to deal with Dragalge if they're poisoned.

**Steel-types**: Although Dragalge can dent Steel-(AH)types with Focus Blast, it's unable to switch into them because they limit Dragalge’s ability to spam it’s its STAB attacks, completely shutting it down if it’s it's locked into one of them. Although a A lot of these Pokemon can be used as an opportunity to get up a layer of Toxic Spikes,(AC) though.

**Ground-types**: Zygarde-10%, Nidoqueen, Donphan,(AC) and Rhyperior are able to eviscerate Dragalge after a Special Attack drop,(RC) or if it's locked into Sludge Bomb.(period)

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Pokemon that naturally outpace Dragalge such as Tyrantrum,(RC) and Goodra cannot switch-in switch into Dragalge,(RC) but can take it on with their respective STAB moves.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Loom, 422397]]
- Quality checked by: [[CryoGyro, 331519], [phantom, 180300], [zizalith, 410251]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
GP 1/2
Implemented, my bad about the wait
 

Lumari

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[OVERVIEW]

Dragalge is a versatile Pokemon with access to an amazing ability in Adaptability and a stellar movepool to boot, utilizing moves such as Draco Meteor, Sludge Bomb, and Focus Blast. This allows Dragalge to break through typical Dragon-type answers such as Florges. (non-Fairy-type example here optimally, then mention Florges w/ the Fairy-types later on) Boasting a Poison / Dragon typing, Dragalge is able to switch into many threatening offensive Pokemon in the RU tier such as Ninetales, Virizion, Raikou, Salazzle, Toxicroak, and Roserade. Dragalge is also able to comfortably hit Fairy-types, which many other Dragon-types are not able to accomplish. Dragalge's access to Toxic Spikes and ability to absorb them is are what really forms its niche in the tier, giving it an edge over other special Dragon-types like Goodra, which it competes heavily against faces heavy competition from because of Goodra's the latter's better Speed and coverage. However, Dragalge is cursed with being one of the slowest Pokemon in the tier and is prone to being forced out by offensive pressure due to its very lacking Speed tier, which makes it very susceptible to being revenge killed by faster Pokemon like Necrozma, Gardevoir, and Zygarde-10%, and other faster threats. In addition, Dragalge's lacks lack of reliable recovery, making makes it extremely susceptible to chip damage, which can hinder it throughout the game. Dragalge can also be forced out and Pursuit trapped for quite a bit of damage by Pokemon like Metagross and Drapion, which hinders its ability to comfortably beat Salazzle.

[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Toxic Spikes
item: Choice Specs / Dragonium Z
ability: Adaptability
nature: Modest
evs: 204 HP / 252 SpA / 52 Spe

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

Draco Meteor is Dragalge's strongest STAB move; when boosted by with the boost from Adaptability and coming off of a Dragalge's decent Special Attack stat, it is able to significantly damage almost any Pokemon that doesn't resist it. Sludge Bomb is used to hit Grass and Fairy-types like Virizion and Florges. Sludge Bomb It is also more spammable than Draco Meteor due to it not dropping Dragalge's Special Attack stat after repeated use, (comma) Sludge Bomb's and its 30% poison chance means u you can fish for poison against walls like Porygon2, Mantine, and Cresselia. Focus Blast allows Dragalge to hit Steel-types that would otherwise wall it such as Registeel, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress. Toxic Spikes allows Dragalge to spread poison against grounded Pokemon. (describe its use in an in-battle context, this is too dex info-y)

Set Details
========

Investing 52 EVs in Speed will allow Dragalge to outrun neutral-natured base 50s like Donphan, Diancie, and Registeel. Maximum Special Attack and with a Modest nature heightens increases Dragalge's damage output to insane amounts. The rest of the EVs are invested into HP, maximizing Dragalge's potential bulk. Choice Specs gives Dragalge an immediate boost to it’s its Special Attack, turning it into a potent wallbreaker that can easily punch holes through opposing teams. Dragonium Z can be used for an a ridiculously powerful one-time (AH) nuke, Devastating Drake off of Dragalge's Adaptabilty boosted Draco Meteor is a with 195 Base Power move that ignores the effects of Special Attack drop from Draco Meteor so your Special Attack doesn't drop. Hidden Power Fire can be used as a reliable alternative to Focus Blast, as it can OHKO both Forretress and offensive Escavalier and does more damage to Metagross, (comma) Where as whereas Choice Specs Focus Blast can miss and also doesn't 2HKO Registeel after a Protect. (AP)

Usage Tips
========

You should pivot Dragalge into Pokemon it can handle such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, and Roserade. However, Dragalge can't freely pivot around, as it does not possess any form of recovery, meaning that it will lose a massive amount of health and, ultimately, its ability to break walls consistently, throughout the game if you switch it in too liberally, which will ultimately cripple it's ability to break walls consistently. On forced switches, it's often more useful to set Toxic Spikes with Dragalge rather than attacking. It's often fine to set Toxic Spikes with its Choice Specs set, too, but you should also attempt to break walls down more, so assess which is more useful. If your opponent has Pokemon that can combat Toxic Spikes, such as Metagross, Toxicroak, and Salazzle, focus more on attacking rather than using turns to get up layers of Toxic Spikes. While Draco Meteor is extremely powerful, try not to use it an excessive amount of times, excessively due to your Dragalge's Special Attack dropping with each use; (SC) However, Sludge Bomb can more freely be used since it does not drop Dragalge's Special Attack like Draco Meteor. Sludge Bomb also has a poison chance, (AC) which can be useful if you're unable to get up Toxic Spikes.

Team Options
========

Dragalge's main appeal is Toxic Spikes, meaning that it particularly shines on balance and bulky offense teams. Because of this, Pokemon that can use Dragalge’s Toxic Spikes to their advantage by stalling out poison turns like Raikou and Mega Sceptile make for excellent teammates. It's important to have entry hazard removal to make sure that Dragalge isn't chipped by hazards, so Pokemon like Mega Blastoise make for good teammates. Additionally, Mega Blastoise can also take on the Ice-types that can be annoying for Dragalge to deal with. Steel-types like Bronzong, Metagross, and Registeel provide a solid check to Psychic-types like Gardevoir for Dragalge. They can also set Stealth Rock, forming a strong hazard stacking core. Ground-types such as Rhyperior, Donphan, and Zygarde-10% (AH) can pressure Poison-types that are able to absorb Dragalge's Toxic Spikes, giving it more freedom to set Toxic Spikes entry hazards. Because Ground-types are good checks to Dragalge, it's important to possess check to them like Virizion and Shaymin. In return, Dragalge is able to wall the Poison-types that they struggle against, like Roserade. Pokemon that learn Spikes such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Forretress can form a strong hazard stacking core alongside Dragalge.

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

A defensive set with Black Sludge and Hidden Power Fire or Protect can work, but this set isn’t very good when compared to Dragalge's offensive set because it isn’t able to switch into as much, many foes and apply the offensive pressure that Dragalge normally should. Shadow Ball can be run to hit Metagross, and Bronzong harder, but besides that it isn't optimal in comparison to Focus Blast. Sludge Wave gets a guaranteed OHKO on Virizion with no without Choice Specs, which is a roll with unlike Sludge Bomb, but the increased poison chance is more useful in most situations. Wish, (AC) and Healing Wish support from Pokemon like Florges, Gardevoir, and Shaymin can increase Dragalge's longevity by a substantial amount. (wrong place?)

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

*Psychic-types**: Gardevoir, Sigilyph, Necrozma, and Espeon are all huge banes to Dragalge's viability, due to them all being able their ability to easily take out Dragalge with their STAB moves; (SC) but their main drawback is however, they're unable to switch into Dragalge. Gardevoir specifically can Trace Adaptability (RC) and become a huge threat with its boosted dual STAB moves.

**Specially Bulky Walls**: Cresselia, Mantine, and Porygon2 can withstand a Draco Meteor and shrug off the damage with their respective recoveries recovery options, but they struggle to deal with Dragalge if they're poisoned.

**Steel-types**: Although Dragalge can dent Steel-types with Focus Blast, it's unable to switch into them because they limit Dragalge’s ability to spam its STAB attacks, completely shutting it down if it’s locked into one of them. A lot of these Pokemon can be used as an opportunity to get up a layer of Toxic Spikes, though.

**Ground-types**: Zygarde-10%, Nidoqueen, Donphan, and Rhyperior are able to eviscerate Dragalge after a Special Attack drop or if it's locked into Sludge Bomb.

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Pokemon that naturally outpace Dragalge such as Tyrantrum and Goodra cannot switch into Dragalge but can take it on with their respective STAB moves.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Loom, 422397]]
- Quality checked by: [[CryoGyro, 331519], [phantom, 180300], [zizalith, 410251]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
 
pls make sure you implement this properly, follow the method in this video if you weren't already

remove add / fix (comments); (AC=add comma; RC=remove comma; SC=semicolon)
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[OVERVIEW]

Dragalge is a versatile Pokemon with access to an amazing ability in Adaptability and a stellar movepool to boot, utilizing moves such as Draco Meteor, Sludge Bomb, and Focus Blast. This allows Dragalge to break through typical Dragon-type answers such as Florges. (non-Fairy-type example here optimally, then mention Florges w/ the Fairy-types later on) Boasting a Poison / Dragon typing, Dragalge is able to switch into many threatening offensive Pokemon in the RU tier such as Ninetales, Virizion, Raikou, Salazzle, Toxicroak, and Roserade. Dragalge is also able to comfortably hit Fairy-types, which many other Dragon-types are not able to accomplish. Dragalge's access to Toxic Spikes and ability to absorb them is are what really forms its niche in the tier, giving it an edge over other special Dragon-types like Goodra, which it competes heavily against faces heavy competition from because of Goodra's the latter's better Speed and coverage. However, Dragalge is cursed with being one of the slowest Pokemon in the tier and is prone to being forced out by offensive pressure due to its very lacking Speed tier, which makes it very susceptible to being revenge killed by faster Pokemon like Necrozma, Gardevoir, and Zygarde-10%, and other faster threats. In addition, Dragalge's lacks lack of reliable recovery, making makes it extremely susceptible to chip damage, which can hinder it throughout the game. Dragalge can also be forced out and Pursuit trapped for quite a bit of damage by Pokemon like Metagross and Drapion, which hinders its ability to comfortably beat Salazzle.

[SET]
name: Offensive
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Toxic Spikes
item: Choice Specs / Dragonium Z
ability: Adaptability
nature: Modest
evs: 204 HP / 252 SpA / 52 Spe

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

Draco Meteor is Dragalge's strongest STAB move; when boosted by with the boost from Adaptability and coming off of a Dragalge's decent Special Attack stat, it is able to significantly damage almost any Pokemon that doesn't resist it. Sludge Bomb is used to hit Grass and Fairy-types like Virizion and Florges. Sludge Bomb It is also more spammable than Draco Meteor due to it not dropping Dragalge's Special Attack stat after repeated use, (comma) Sludge Bomb's and its 30% poison chance means u you can fish for poison against walls like Porygon2, Mantine, and Cresselia. Focus Blast allows Dragalge to hit Steel-types that would otherwise wall it such as Registeel, Metagross, Escavalier, and Forretress. Toxic Spikes allows Dragalge to spread poison against grounded Pokemon. (describe its use in an in-battle context, this is too dex info-y)

Set Details
========

Investing 52 EVs in Speed will allow Dragalge to outrun neutral-natured base 50s like Donphan, Diancie, and Registeel. Maximum Special Attack and with a Modest nature heightens increases Dragalge's damage output to insane amounts. The rest of the EVs are invested into HP, maximizing Dragalge's potential bulk. Choice Specs gives Dragalge an immediate boost to it’s its Special Attack, turning it into a potent wallbreaker that can easily punch holes through opposing teams. Dragonium Z can be used for an a ridiculously powerful one-time (AH) nuke, Devastating Drake off of Dragalge's Adaptabilty boosted Draco Meteor is a with 195 Base Power move that ignores the effects of Special Attack drop from Draco Meteor so your Special Attack doesn't drop. Hidden Power Fire can be used as a reliable alternative to Focus Blast, as it can OHKO both Forretress and offensive Escavalier and does more damage to Metagross, (comma) Where as whereas Choice Specs Focus Blast can miss and also doesn't 2HKO Registeel after a Protect. (AP)

Usage Tips
========

You should pivot Dragalge into Pokemon it can handle such as Ninetales, Virizion, Arcanine, Salazzle, and Roserade. However, Dragalge can't freely pivot around, as it does not possess any form of recovery, meaning that it will lose a massive amount of health and, ultimately, its ability to break walls consistently, throughout the game if you switch it in too liberally, which will ultimately cripple it's ability to break walls consistently. On forced switches, it's often more useful to set Toxic Spikes with Dragalge rather than attacking. It's often fine to set Toxic Spikes with its Choice Specs set, too, but you should also attempt to break walls down more, so assess which is more useful. If your opponent has Pokemon that can combat Toxic Spikes, such as Metagross, Toxicroak, and Salazzle, focus more on attacking rather than using turns to get up layers of Toxic Spikes. While Draco Meteor is extremely powerful, try not to use it an excessive amount of times, excessively due to your Dragalge's Special Attack dropping with each use; (SC) However, Sludge Bomb can more freely be used since it does not drop Dragalge's Special Attack like Draco Meteor. Sludge Bomb also has a poison chance, (AC) which can be useful if you're unable to get up Toxic Spikes.

Team Options
========

Dragalge's main appeal is Toxic Spikes, meaning that it particularly shines on balance and bulky offense teams. Because of this, Pokemon that can use Dragalge’s Toxic Spikes to their advantage by stalling out poison turns like Raikou and Mega Sceptile make for excellent teammates. It's important to have entry hazard removal to make sure that Dragalge isn't chipped by hazards, so Pokemon like Mega Blastoise make for good teammates. Additionally, Mega Blastoise can also take on the Ice-types that can be annoying for Dragalge to deal with. Steel-types like Bronzong, Metagross, and Registeel provide a solid check to Psychic-types like Gardevoir for Dragalge. They can also set Stealth Rock, forming a strong hazard stacking core. Ground-types such as Rhyperior, Donphan, and Zygarde-10% (AH) can pressure Poison-types that are able to absorb Dragalge's Toxic Spikes, giving it more freedom to set Toxic Spikes entry hazards. Because Ground-types are good checks to Dragalge, it's important to possess check to them like Virizion and Shaymin. In return, Dragalge is able to wall the Poison-types that they struggle against, like Roserade. Pokemon that learn Spikes such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Forretress can form a strong hazard stacking core alongside Dragalge.

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

A defensive set with Black Sludge and Hidden Power Fire or Protect can work, but this set isn’t very good when compared to Dragalge's offensive set because it isn’t able to switch into as much, many foes and apply the offensive pressure that Dragalge normally should. Shadow Ball can be run to hit Metagross, and Bronzong harder, but besides that it isn't optimal in comparison to Focus Blast. Sludge Wave gets a guaranteed OHKO on Virizion with no without Choice Specs, which is a roll with unlike Sludge Bomb, but the increased poison chance is more useful in most situations. Wish, (AC) and Healing Wish support from Pokemon like Florges, Gardevoir, and Shaymin can increase Dragalge's longevity by a substantial amount. (wrong place?)

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

*Psychic-types**: Gardevoir, Sigilyph, Necrozma, and Espeon are all huge banes to Dragalge's viability, due to them all being able their ability to easily take out Dragalge with their STAB moves; (SC) but their main drawback is however, they're unable to switch into Dragalge. Gardevoir specifically can Trace Adaptability (RC) and become a huge threat with its boosted dual STAB moves.

**Specially Bulky Walls**: Cresselia, Mantine, and Porygon2 can withstand a Draco Meteor and shrug off the damage with their respective recoveries recovery options, but they struggle to deal with Dragalge if they're poisoned.

**Steel-types**: Although Dragalge can dent Steel-types with Focus Blast, it's unable to switch into them because they limit Dragalge’s ability to spam its STAB attacks, completely shutting it down if it’s locked into one of them. A lot of these Pokemon can be used as an opportunity to get up a layer of Toxic Spikes, though.

**Ground-types**: Zygarde-10%, Nidoqueen, Donphan, and Rhyperior are able to eviscerate Dragalge after a Special Attack drop or if it's locked into Sludge Bomb.

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Pokemon that naturally outpace Dragalge such as Tyrantrum and Goodra cannot switch into Dragalge but can take it on with their respective STAB moves.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Loom, 422397]]
- Quality checked by: [[CryoGyro, 331519], [phantom, 180300], [zizalith, 410251]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
Sorry for the wait guys, implemented. Quick question about your Florges comment, mind if I just leave that blank? There aren't really any notable dragon checks that aren't fairy that drag can take on.
 

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Sorry for the wait guys, implemented. Quick question about your Florges comment, mind if I just leave that blank? There aren't really any notable dragon checks that aren't fairy that drag can take on.
If that's the case then change that part to "to break through Fairy-types such as Florges, unlike other Dragon-types" and delete the later Fairy-type sentence wholesale imo.
 
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