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Quality Control Gallade [QC: 1/2]

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[OVERVIEW]

With a gargantuan Attack, alongside Sharpness, nothing in the tier can switch in safely versus Gallade. Its two STAB moves hit the tier for nearly unresisted coverage. Psychic-types like Reuniclus and Galarian Slowbro that can pivot into Gallade's STAB combination are taken out by Dark-type coverage in Knock Off and Night Slash. Gallade also learns Leaf Blade, which allows it to easily beat defensive Water-types like Swampert, Milotic, Quagsire, and Vaporeon. Shadow Sneak allows Gallade to circumvent its relatively low Speed to pick off weakened threats. While Gallade can be great offensively, defensively it can soak up multiple repeated hits with an Assault Vest, allowing Gallade to more easily wallbreak teams. Gallade is quite slow, being outpaced by lots of even non-Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Brambleghast, Mienshao, and Flygon. This combined with Gallade's low Defense also leaves it open to be revenge killed on the physical side by these Pokemon. Gallade also faces rough competition for the Fighting-type slot from the likes of Mienshao, Infernape, and Lucario, which are not nearly as easily revenge killed.

[SET]
name: Assault Vest
move 1: Sacred Sword
move 2: Psycho Cut
move 3: Knock Off / Night Slash
move 4: Leaf Blade
item: Assault Vest
ability: Sharpness
nature: Adamant
evs: 160 HP / 252 Atk / 96 Spe
tera type: Steel / Dragon

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Details
====

Sacred Sword is a whopping 135 BP after a Sharpness boost, far surpassing Close Combat with 0 drawback. Sacred Sword lets Gallade break through even boosted targets like Curse Alolan Muk and Iron Defense Registeel. Knock Off hits Psychic-types like Deoxys-D, Galarian Slowbro, and Munkidori, which all resist its STAB moves, along with punishing item-dependent Pokemon like Talonflame and Mienshao, but it becomes weaker after its first use. On the other hand, Night Slash can be used instead to have a high-Base Power Dark-type attack; it will miss out on crippling bulkier Pokemon like Quagsire and Florges or ones that rely heavily on their items like Talonflame and Vaporeon. Leaf Blade allows Gallade to hit common bulky Water-type switch-ins like Swampert, Vaporeon, and Milotic. The EV spread allows Gallade to outspeed Adamant Incineroar while still being bulky and hitting as hard as possible. Alternatively, a spread of 76 HP / 252 Atk / 180 Spe can be used to outspeed Jolly Incineroar. However, this tends to be uncommon, and Gallade loses out on a significant amount of bulk. Tera Steel is preferred as a well-rounded defensive Tera type, allowing Gallade to take hits from Sylveon, Diancie, and Dragalge in a pinch. However, Tera Dragon immensely improves Gallade's matchup into a myriad of special attackers like Rotom-C and Inteleon.

Thanks to Gallade's ability to easily beat specially defensive walls such as Alolan Muk, Diancie, and Registeel, it pairs well with special sweepers like Munkidori, Dragalge, and Inteleon, which can all pivot Gallade in and reap the benefits of its wallbreaking abilities. Poison-types like Vileplume and Dragalge can be easily handled by Gallade, so pairing Gallade with another Fighting-type like Mienshao or Infernape work amazingly. With how Gallade excels at beating bulky waters like Swampert, Milotic, and Vaporeon, Pokemon who enjoy these walls gone like Inteleon, Incineroar, and Flygon pair greatly with Gallade. Gallade's low Speed and Defense leave it open to being revenge killed by faster physical attackers like Flygon or priority in Sucker Punch from Brute Bonnet and Extreme Speed from Lucario. To counteract this issue, partners like Bellibolt, Wo-Chien, and Vileplume pair amazingly alongside Gallade; they can even paralyze opponents via Static for the former and Stun Spore for the latter two. Other ways to paralyze opponents are greatly appreciated too like with Thunder Wave from Klefki and Umbreon. Ghost-types like Brambleghast, Hisuian Typhlosion, and Choice Scarf Chandelure all easily outspeed Gallade and threaten it back with super effective STAB moves, meaning pairing Gallade with Dark-types like Brute Bonnet, Scrafty, Incineroar, and Alolan Muk is vital. Pivots like Incineroar, Mienshao, and Dragalge easily get Gallade out versus bulky Water- and Steel-types, allowing it to force progress.

[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Sacred Sword
move 3: Psycho Cut
move 4: Night Slash / Shadow Sneak
item: Life Orb / Lum Berry
ability: Sharpness
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
tera type: Dark / Ghost

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Details
====

Night Slash hits Psychic-types like Galarian Slowbro, Cresselia, and Deoxys-D, which resist its STAB combination. On the other hand, Shadow Sneak can be used to bypass Gallade’s low Speed and pick off a weakened threat. Life Orb is preferred, as, with it, Gallade can always 2HKO Unaware Quagsire with Sacred Sword. Lum Berry can be used instead to dodge debilitating contact punishment such as Effect Spore and Flame Body, and status ailments like Will-O Wisp and Thunder Wave from Talonflame and Klefki, respectively. Tera Dark and Tera Ghost boost Night Slash and Shadow Sneak, respectively. On top of that, Tera Dark lets Gallade take a Ghost-type attack from Chandelure and Hisuian Typhlosion in a pinch and KO them in return, but it then becomes weak to the common U-turn and to Inferanpe's and Mienshao's Close Combat. However, Tera Ghost allows Gallade to completely blank an incoming Fighting-type attack from these Pokemon, circumventing its low Defense.

Due to Gallade's low Speed tier for being a sweeper, it pairs greatly with Galvantula who can set up Sticky Webs on the opposing team for it. Even with Sticky Webs up, Choice Scarf Pokemon like Mienshao, Munkidori, and Rotom-C easily outspeed it, so a Choice Scarf Chandelure, Hisuian Typhlosion, or Krookodile can both counteract this and give Gallade a way to deal with opposing Ghost-types. Both Swords Dance Lucario and Feraligatr make dangerous pairs with Gallade, as, alongside it, together they can overwhelm each other’s checks like Vileplume, Milotic, and Talonflame. On these hyper offensive teams, teammates that enjoy Gallade's ability to beat walls like Vaporeon and Unaware Quagsire such as Iron Thorns and Cloyster pair with it well. Another way to circumvent Gallade's low Speed is through paralysis from either Bellibolt's Static, Klefki's Thunder Wave, or Vileplume's Stun Spore. Gallade can't as easily threaten a KO on bulky Water-types, as it lacks Leaf Blade. This means Grass- and Electric-types like Tsareena, Rotom-C, and Raikou make for great partners, as they all also provide extra utility in hazard control, Trick, and dealing with Fairy-types, respectively. Faster physical attackers like Brambleghast, Flygon, Mienshao, and Infernape are difficult for Gallade to deal with, so defensive and offensive checks like Vileplume, Sylveon, Dragalge, and Inteleon make for excellent teammates.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
====

With how damaging contact punishment such as Flame Body, Static, and Rocky Helmet chip can be on Gallade, Protective Pads can work well on Swords Dance sets; it loses out on Life Orb boosting its attacks, though. With how poor Gallade's Speed tier is, it can choose to run Agility over Swords Dance and become a great cleaner; however, it then lacks power as it's then unable to OHKO things it could otherwise with Swords Dance. Choice Scarf can be used too, but it’s a somewhat poor option for Speed Control, as it's easily outsped by faster Choice Scarf users like Flygon, Staraptor, and Mienshao. Aqua Cutter can be run over Leaf Blade to hit Talonflame, but then Gallade fails to threaten the tons of Water-types that love to switch in against it. Assault Vest Gallade sets can run Drain Punch as a means of recovery, but the power of Sharpness-boosted Sacred Sword alongside its coverage is too good to give up. Tera Fire can be used on Gallade to not worry about burns from both of Talonflame's Flame Body and Will-O Wisp, but a defensive Tera type like Steel or Dragon provides more utility overall.

Checks and Counters
====

**Faster Pokemon**: Faster Pokemon like Mienshao and Flygon all commonly carry Choice Scarf, negating Sticky Webs, and they can easily take advantage of Gallade's low Speed and Defense by KOing Gallade with even a resisted hit before it can attack. Notably, Mienshao's Close Combat 2HKOes offensive Gallade after Stealth Rock.

**Contact Move Punishment**: With most of Gallade's attacks making contact, punishing items and abilities like Rocky Helmet and Static, Effect Spore, and Flame Body are quite a pain to deal with, cutting into its Speed, longevity, and wallbreaking capabilities, which the former two it already struggles with.

**Ghost-types**: Faster Ghost-types like Brambleghast and Hisuian Typhlosion easily outspeed and KO Gallade with their Ghost-type STAB. Slower Ghost-types like Chandelure and Basculegion, on the other hand, are forced to run a Choice Scarf to outspeed and KO Gallade, but, for them, it's a common item anyways. All of these Ghost-types can take advantage of Gallade's strongest attack in Sacred Sword and switch in unharmed, but they fear Psycho Cut damage.

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[OVERVIEW]

With a gargantuan Attack, alongside Sharpness, nothing in the tier can switch in safely versus Gallade. Its two STAB moves hit the tier for nearly unresisted coverage. And, for Psychic-types Gallade fails to damage Psychic-types like Reuniclus, Mew, and Munkidori, it carries 252+ Atk Sharpness Gallade Psycho Cut vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Munkidori: 258-304 (81.3 - 95.8%) -- 56.3% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock and Mew that can pivot into Gallade's STAB combination are taken out by Dark-type coverage in Knock Off and Night Slash to cut into their HP . Gallade also learns Leaf Blade, which allows it to easily beat defensive Water-types like Slowbro, Swampert, Quagsire, and Vaporeon. Shadow Sneak allows Gallade to circumvent its natural relatively low Speed to pick off weakened threats. While Gallade can be great offensively, defensively it can soak up multiple repeated hits with an Assault Vest, which allows it the flexibility to run Adamant, allowing Gallade to more easily wallbreak teams. However, on the flip side, Gallade, even with a Jolly nature, is quite slow, being outpaced by lots of even non-Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Brambleghast, Mienshao, and Flygon. This combined with Gallade's low Defense also leaves it open to be revenge killed on the physical side by these Pokemon. Gallade also faces rough competition for the Fighting-type slot on teams due to how omnipresent Mienshao can be at times with how splashable both of its Choice Scarf and Life Orb sets are from the likes of Mienshao, Infernape, and Lucario, which are not nearly as easily revenge killed. Due to all of Gallade's moves making contact with the opponent, it has to struggle with Rocky Helmet chip and status effects like burn, paralysis, and poison form Talonflame's Flame Body, Bellibolt's Static, and Vileplume's Effect Spore, cutting into its wallbreaking ability and longevity which the latter already being suffered from enough beforehand. Psycho Cut is non-contact, reword or remove that sentence

[SET]
name: Assault Vest
move 1: Sacred Sword
move 2: Psycho Cut
move 3: Knock Off / Night Slash
move 4: Leaf Blade
item: Assault Vest
ability: Sharpness
nature: Adamant
evs: 160 HP / 252 Atk / 96 Spe
tera type: Steel / Dragon

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Details
====

Sacred Sword is a whopping 135 BP after a Sharpness boost, far surpassing Close Combat with 0 drawback. Sacred Sword lets Gallade break through even boosted targets like Curse Alolan Muk and Iron Defense Registeel. Knock Off hits Psychic-types like Reuniclus, Mew, and Munkidori, which all resist its STAB moves, but it becomes weaker after its first use also worth mentioning the removal of boots on Flying-types like talonflame trying to pivot in, and helmet on bro / plume. On the other hand, Night Slash can be used instead to have a high Base Power Dark-type attack; it will miss out on crippling bulkier Pokemon like Quagsire and Florges or ones that rely heavily on their items like Talonflame and Vaporeon. Leaf Blade allows Gallade to hit common bulky Water-type switch-ins like Swampert, Slowbro, Quagsire, Vaporeon, and Milotic. The EV spread allows Gallade to outspeed Adamant Incineroar and Modest Magnezone while still being bulky and hitting as hard as possible. Tera Steel is preferred as a well-rounded defensive Tera type, allowing Gallade to take hits from Sylveon, Noivern, and Dragalge in a pinch. However, Tera Dragon immensely improves Gallade's matchup into sun and rain equally sweepers like Venusaur and Scovillain while simultaneously helping it take on special attackers like Rotom-C and Thundurus. Personally I think Tera Fire is worth mentioning to reliably bait Talonflame, own Sun teams, and beat other Fire-types like Chandlure and Infernape in a pinch, but I will leave that up to you.

Thanks to Gallade's ability to easily beat specially defensive walls and Steel-types, such as Alolan Muk, Diancie, and Registeel, alike, it pairs well with teammates special sweepers like Chandelure Inteleon Chandelure is a pretty self-sufficient wallbreaker, Noivern, and Munkidori who can wallbreak better themselves because of it can pivot Gallade in and reap the benefits of its wallbreaking abilities. Poison-types like Vileplume and Dragalge can be easily handled by Gallade, so pairing Gallade with another Fighting-type like Mienshao or Infernape work amazingly. In return, Gallade gets its biggest issue out of the way in Talonflame, as it gets smoked by the aforementioned Fighting-types' Stone Edge This sentence doesn't really make too much sense to me, especially as Talonflame can barely switch into Gallade any better than the other Fighters and Infernape doesn't really run Stone Edge. With how Gallade excels at beating fat bulky waters like Swampert, Milotic, Vaporeon, and Slowbro, Pokemon who enjoy these walls gone like Lycanroc-D, Krookodile, Incineroar, and Flygon pair greatly with Gallade. Gallade's low Speed and Defense leave it open to being revenge killed by faster Pokemon physical attackers like Krookodile or priority in Sucker Punch from Brute Bonnet or and Extreme Speed from Adamant Lucario. To counteract this issue, partners like Bellibolt, Wo-Chien, and Vileplume pair amazingly alongside Gallade; they can even paralyze opponents via Static for the former and Stun Spore for the latter two Throw in some other para users like Klefki and Slowbro here. Ghost-types like Brambleghast, Hisuian Typhlosion, and Choice Scarf Chandelure all easily outspeed Gallade and threaten it back with super effective coverage, meaning pairing Gallade with Dark-types like Brute Bonnet, Krookodile, Incineroar, and Alolan Muk is vital. Mention pivots that get Gallade on the field; Noivern Mienshao Incineroar Vaporeon etc.

[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Sacred Sword
move 3: Psycho Cut
move 4: Night Slash / Shadow Sneak
item: Life Orb / Lum Berry
ability: Sharpness
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
tera type: Dark / Ghost

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Details
====

Night Slash hits Psychic-types like Mew and Reuniclus, which resist its STAB combination. On the other hand, Shadow Sneak can be used to bypass Gallade’s low Speed and pick off a weakened threat. Life Orb is preferred, as, with it, Gallade can always 2HKO Unaware Quagsire with Sacred Sword. Lum Berry can be used instead to dodge crippling debilitating contact punishment such as Effect Spore and Flame Body, and status ailments or like Will-O Wisp and Thunder Wave from Ninetails Ninetales and Klefki, respectively.

Due to Gallade's low Speed tier for being a sweeper, it pairs greatly with Galvantula who can set up Sticky Webs on the opposing team for it, offsetting this issue. Even with Sticky Webs up, Choice Scarf Pokemon like Mienshao, Munkidori, and Rotom-C easily outspeed it, so a Choice Scarf Chandelure, Hisuian Typhlosion, or Krookodile can both counteract this and give you a way to deal with opposing Ghost-types. Both Swords Dance Lucario and Feraligatr make dangerous pairs with Gallade, as, alongside it, together they can overwhelm each other’s checks like Vileplume, Slowbro, and Talonflame. On these hyper offensive teams, teammates that enjoy Gallade's ability to beat walls like Slowbro and Unaware Quagsire like such as Lycanroc-D and Cloyster pair with it well. Since Flying-types ignore Sticky Webs and threaten to KO Gallade, partners that can threaten them regardless such as Lycanroc-D, Dragon Dance Iron Thorns, and Trick Room Diancie Thundurus Trick Room on Webs help to take on these threats. In return, you Gallade can take out walls like Vileplume, Quagsire, and Registeel for them. Another way to circumvent Gallade's low Speed is through paralysis from either Bellibolt's Static, Klefki's Thunder Wave, or Vileplume's Stun Spore.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
====

With how damaging status ailments contact punishment such as Flame Body, Static, and Rocky Helmet chip can be on Gallade, Protective Pads can work well on offensive sets like Swords Dance, helping it ignore both if of Vileplume's. Rocky Helmet and Effect Spore Swords Dance sets. If it does this, though, it tends to lose out on 2HKOing Unaware Quagsire with Life Orb. This is not really the end of the world, if you have more calcs to go along with it, sure, but just a general "Gallade is weaker without Life Orb" will suffice here. With how poor Gallade's Speed tier is, it can choose to run Agility over Swords Dance and become a great cleaner; however, it then lacks power as it's then unable to OHKO things it could otherwise with Swords Dance. Choice Scarf can be used too, but it’s a somewhat poor option for Speed Control, requiring you run a naturally fast Pokemon alongside it as it's easily outsped by faster Choice Scarf users like Flygon, Krookodile, and Mienshao. Aqua Cutter can be run over Leaf Blade to hit Talonflame, but then Gallade fails to threaten the tons of Water-types that love to switch in against it. Assault Vest Gallade sets can run Drain Punch as a means of recovery, but the power of Sharpness-boosted Sacred Sword alongside its coverage is too good to give up.

Checks and Counters
====

**Faster Pokemon**: Faster Pokemon like Mienshao, Krooodile, and Flygon all commonly carry Choice Scarf, negating Sticky Webs, and they can easily take advantage of Gallade's low Speed and Defense by KOing Gallade with even a resisted hit before it can attack. Notably, Mienshao's Close Combat 2HKOes offensive Gallade after Stealth Rock.

**Contact Move Punishment**: With all most of Gallade's attacks making contact, punishing items and abilities like Rocky Helmet and Static, Effect Spore, and Flame Body are quite a pain to deal with, cutting into it speed, longevity, and wallbreaking capabilities which the former two it already struggles with.

**Ghost-types**: Faster Ghost-types like Brambleghast and Hisuian Typhlosion easily outspeed and KO you with their Ghost-type STAB. Slower Ghost-types like Chandelure and Basculegion, on the other hand, are forced to run a Choice Scarf to outspeed and KO you, but, for them, it's a common item anyways. Worth mentioning their ability to pivot into Gallade's strongest move

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Written by:
https://www.smogon.com/forums/members/powerofmemes.583607/
Quality checked by:
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Really oversold how detrimental contact punishment is for Gallade given one of its STABs is contactless. Tunnel-visioned on the Sticky Web idea a bit, making it seem like they're a given with Gallade usage, try to fix both of these along with the edits I made for QC 1/2. Let me know if you have any questions :heart:
 

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[OVERVIEW]

With a gargantuan Attack, alongside Sharpness, nothing in the tier can switch in safely versus Gallade. Its two STAB moves hit the tier for nearly unresisted coverage. And, for Psychic-types Gallade fails to damage Psychic-types like Reuniclus, Mew, and Munkidori, it carries 252+ Atk Sharpness Gallade Psycho Cut vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Munkidori: 258-304 (81.3 - 95.8%) -- 56.3% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock and Mew that can pivot into Gallade's STAB combination are taken out by Dark-type coverage in Knock Off and Night Slash to cut into their HP . Gallade also learns Leaf Blade, which allows it to easily beat defensive Water-types like Slowbro, Swampert, Quagsire, and Vaporeon. Shadow Sneak allows Gallade to circumvent its natural relatively low Speed to pick off weakened threats. While Gallade can be great offensively, defensively it can soak up multiple repeated hits with an Assault Vest, which allows it the flexibility to run Adamant, allowing Gallade to more easily wallbreak teams. However, on the flip side, Gallade, even with a Jolly nature, is quite slow, being outpaced by lots of even non-Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Brambleghast, Mienshao, and Flygon. This combined with Gallade's low Defense also leaves it open to be revenge killed on the physical side by these Pokemon. Gallade also faces rough competition for the Fighting-type slot on teams due to how omnipresent Mienshao can be at times with how splashable both of its Choice Scarf and Life Orb sets are from the likes of Mienshao, Infernape, and Lucario, which are not nearly as easily revenge killed. Due to all of Gallade's moves making contact with the opponent, it has to struggle with Rocky Helmet chip and status effects like burn, paralysis, and poison form Talonflame's Flame Body, Bellibolt's Static, and Vileplume's Effect Spore, cutting into its wallbreaking ability and longevity which the latter already being suffered from enough beforehand. Psycho Cut is non-contact, reword or remove that sentence

[SET]
name: Assault Vest
move 1: Sacred Sword
move 2: Psycho Cut
move 3: Knock Off / Night Slash
move 4: Leaf Blade
item: Assault Vest
ability: Sharpness
nature: Adamant
evs: 160 HP / 252 Atk / 96 Spe
tera type: Steel / Dragon

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Details
====

Sacred Sword is a whopping 135 BP after a Sharpness boost, far surpassing Close Combat with 0 drawback. Sacred Sword lets Gallade break through even boosted targets like Curse Alolan Muk and Iron Defense Registeel. Knock Off hits Psychic-types like Reuniclus, Mew, and Munkidori, which all resist its STAB moves, but it becomes weaker after its first use also worth mentioning the removal of boots on Flying-types like talonflame trying to pivot in, and helmet on bro / plume. On the other hand, Night Slash can be used instead to have a high Base Power Dark-type attack; it will miss out on crippling bulkier Pokemon like Quagsire and Florges or ones that rely heavily on their items like Talonflame and Vaporeon. Leaf Blade allows Gallade to hit common bulky Water-type switch-ins like Swampert, Slowbro, Quagsire, Vaporeon, and Milotic. The EV spread allows Gallade to outspeed Adamant Incineroar and Modest Magnezone while still being bulky and hitting as hard as possible. Tera Steel is preferred as a well-rounded defensive Tera type, allowing Gallade to take hits from Sylveon, Noivern, and Dragalge in a pinch. However, Tera Dragon immensely improves Gallade's matchup into sun and rain equally sweepers like Venusaur and Scovillain while simultaneously helping it take on special attackers like Rotom-C and Thundurus. Personally I think Tera Fire is worth mentioning to reliably bait Talonflame, own Sun teams, and beat other Fire-types like Chandlure and Infernape in a pinch, but I will leave that up to you.

Thanks to Gallade's ability to easily beat specially defensive walls and Steel-types, such as Alolan Muk, Diancie, and Registeel, alike, it pairs well with teammates special sweepers like Chandelure Inteleon Chandelure is a pretty self-sufficient wallbreaker, Noivern, and Munkidori who can wallbreak better themselves because of it can pivot Gallade in and reap the benefits of its wallbreaking abilities. Poison-types like Vileplume and Dragalge can be easily handled by Gallade, so pairing Gallade with another Fighting-type like Mienshao or Infernape work amazingly. In return, Gallade gets its biggest issue out of the way in Talonflame, as it gets smoked by the aforementioned Fighting-types' Stone Edge This sentence doesn't really make too much sense to me, especially as Talonflame can barely switch into Gallade any better than the other Fighters and Infernape doesn't really run Stone Edge. With how Gallade excels at beating fat bulky waters like Swampert, Milotic, Vaporeon, and Slowbro, Pokemon who enjoy these walls gone like Lycanroc-D, Krookodile, Incineroar, and Flygon pair greatly with Gallade. Gallade's low Speed and Defense leave it open to being revenge killed by faster Pokemon physical attackers like Krookodile or priority in Sucker Punch from Brute Bonnet or and Extreme Speed from Adamant Lucario. To counteract this issue, partners like Bellibolt, Wo-Chien, and Vileplume pair amazingly alongside Gallade; they can even paralyze opponents via Static for the former and Stun Spore for the latter two Throw in some other para users like Klefki and Slowbro here. Ghost-types like Brambleghast, Hisuian Typhlosion, and Choice Scarf Chandelure all easily outspeed Gallade and threaten it back with super effective coverage, meaning pairing Gallade with Dark-types like Brute Bonnet, Krookodile, Incineroar, and Alolan Muk is vital. Mention pivots that get Gallade on the field; Noivern Mienshao Incineroar Vaporeon etc.

[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Sacred Sword
move 3: Psycho Cut
move 4: Night Slash / Shadow Sneak
item: Life Orb / Lum Berry
ability: Sharpness
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
tera type: Dark / Ghost

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Details
====

Night Slash hits Psychic-types like Mew and Reuniclus, which resist its STAB combination. On the other hand, Shadow Sneak can be used to bypass Gallade’s low Speed and pick off a weakened threat. Life Orb is preferred, as, with it, Gallade can always 2HKO Unaware Quagsire with Sacred Sword. Lum Berry can be used instead to dodge crippling debilitating contact punishment such as Effect Spore and Flame Body, and status ailments or like Will-O Wisp and Thunder Wave from Ninetails Ninetales and Klefki, respectively.

Due to Gallade's low Speed tier for being a sweeper, it pairs greatly with Galvantula who can set up Sticky Webs on the opposing team for it, offsetting this issue. Even with Sticky Webs up, Choice Scarf Pokemon like Mienshao, Munkidori, and Rotom-C easily outspeed it, so a Choice Scarf Chandelure, Hisuian Typhlosion, or Krookodile can both counteract this and give you a way to deal with opposing Ghost-types. Both Swords Dance Lucario and Feraligatr make dangerous pairs with Gallade, as, alongside it, together they can overwhelm each other’s checks like Vileplume, Slowbro, and Talonflame. On these hyper offensive teams, teammates that enjoy Gallade's ability to beat walls like Slowbro and Unaware Quagsire like such as Lycanroc-D and Cloyster pair with it well. Since Flying-types ignore Sticky Webs and threaten to KO Gallade, partners that can threaten them regardless such as Lycanroc-D, Dragon Dance Iron Thorns, and Trick Room Diancie Thundurus Trick Room on Webs help to take on these threats. In return, you Gallade can take out walls like Vileplume, Quagsire, and Registeel for them. Another way to circumvent Gallade's low Speed is through paralysis from either Bellibolt's Static, Klefki's Thunder Wave, or Vileplume's Stun Spore.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
====

With how damaging status ailments contact punishment such as Flame Body, Static, and Rocky Helmet chip can be on Gallade, Protective Pads can work well on offensive sets like Swords Dance, helping it ignore both if of Vileplume's. Rocky Helmet and Effect Spore Swords Dance sets. If it does this, though, it tends to lose out on 2HKOing Unaware Quagsire with Life Orb. This is not really the end of the world, if you have more calcs to go along with it, sure, but just a general "Gallade is weaker without Life Orb" will suffice here. With how poor Gallade's Speed tier is, it can choose to run Agility over Swords Dance and become a great cleaner; however, it then lacks power as it's then unable to OHKO things it could otherwise with Swords Dance. Choice Scarf can be used too, but it’s a somewhat poor option for Speed Control, requiring you run a naturally fast Pokemon alongside it as it's easily outsped by faster Choice Scarf users like Flygon, Krookodile, and Mienshao. Aqua Cutter can be run over Leaf Blade to hit Talonflame, but then Gallade fails to threaten the tons of Water-types that love to switch in against it. Assault Vest Gallade sets can run Drain Punch as a means of recovery, but the power of Sharpness-boosted Sacred Sword alongside its coverage is too good to give up.

Checks and Counters
====

**Faster Pokemon**: Faster Pokemon like Mienshao, Krooodile, and Flygon all commonly carry Choice Scarf, negating Sticky Webs, and they can easily take advantage of Gallade's low Speed and Defense by KOing Gallade with even a resisted hit before it can attack. Notably, Mienshao's Close Combat 2HKOes offensive Gallade after Stealth Rock.

**Contact Move Punishment**: With all most of Gallade's attacks making contact, punishing items and abilities like Rocky Helmet and Static, Effect Spore, and Flame Body are quite a pain to deal with, cutting into it speed, longevity, and wallbreaking capabilities which the former two it already struggles with.

**Ghost-types**: Faster Ghost-types like Brambleghast and Hisuian Typhlosion easily outspeed and KO you with their Ghost-type STAB. Slower Ghost-types like Chandelure and Basculegion, on the other hand, are forced to run a Choice Scarf to outspeed and KO you, but, for them, it's a common item anyways. Worth mentioning their ability to pivot into Gallade's strongest move

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Really oversold how detrimental contact punishment is for Gallade given one of its STABs is contactless. Tunnel-visioned on the Sticky Web idea a bit, making it seem like they're a given with Gallade usage, try to fix both of these along with the edits I made for QC 1/2. Let me know if you have any questions :heart:
implemented, i had no idea psycho cut wasnt contact
 

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