Quality Control Genesect (QC 1/2) [Updating w/ Shift Gear]

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[OVERVIEW]

Genesect excels as a strong offensive pivot that can switch in-and-out to gain the upper hand in the positioning game thanks to the combination of STAB U-turn, 120 / 120 offenses, a wide variety of powerful coverage moves, and an excellent ability in Download. It can immediately threaten a wide variety of the tier for super effective damage, such as Kyurem-B, Rillaboom, and Zygarde, and its knack to generate momentum by bringing in set up threats or Pokemon with a more favorable matchup is appreciated on many structures. Specific partners include Urshifu-R and Volcanion, which threaten Fire-types such as Heatran and Incineroar, while in return, Genesect can OHKO Zygarde and Landorus-T, as well as do major damage to Rillaboom. Additionally, Dragon Dance Zygarde is an excellent partner, as Genesect can bring it onto the field in favorable positions via U-turn, as well as handle Kyurem-B, while Zygarde takes care of of Fire-types. Genesect also often baits in Fire-types, which gives Zygarde a free turn to set up while unthreatened. Unfortunately, not only does Genesect have no way to hit most Fire-types themselves, but its effectiveness plummets when momentum isn't on its side, either due to Fake Out or opposing forms of Speed Control, which leaves it susceptible to being knocked out as well as unable to revenge kill. Lastly, once Genesect is locked into a move, it becomes a lot easier for the opponent to play around its coverage.

[SET]
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Iron Head
move 2: U-turn
move 3: Ice Beam
move 4: Flamethrower / Thunderbolt
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Download
nature: Naive
evs: 104 Atk / 152 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

* Iron Head is a reliable STAB move that punishes Fairy- and Rock-type Pokemon such as Diancie and Nihilego. It's used over Flash Cannon to pressure Assault Vest Kyurem-B more effectively.

* U-turn is Genesect's most clickable move that allows it to gain momentum and bring in a Pokemon with a more favorable matchup. It also hits the omnipresent Rillaboom, as well as Psychic-types like Necrozma and Indeedee-F, for super effective damage.

* Ice Beam is important coverage for the likes of Zygarde, Landorus-T, and Dragapult. It is also your best option to damage Zapdos, which otherwise threatens Genesect with Heat Wave.

* Flamethrower OHKOs opposing Genesect, and dents other Steel-types such as Metagross, while Thunderbolt knocks out Urshifu-R with the Special Attack boost, as well as hits other Water-types such as Volcanion.

* Choice Scarf allows Genesect to outspeed the entire unboosted metagame and put on immediate pressure with its wide array of coverage, as well as function as a revenge killer against speed boosted threats such as Kyurem-B and Zygarde. It also allows it to pivot out before potentially getting KOed. However, Choice Scarf is a double-edged sword, as it restricts Genesect to not being able to switch moves and puts the pressure on to click the right attacks at the right time.

* Download is an incredible offensive ability that powers up Genesect and can flip some matchups in its favor. Notably, with the Special Attack boost, it can now OHKO Dragapult with Ice Beam and OHKO Urshifu-R if running Thunderbolt.

* A Naive Nature is chosen to let Genesect switch into physical threats such as Rillaboom, Zygarde, and Diancie better. Hasty is an option to take less damage against Necrozma, but the loss in physical bulk is generally not worth it.

* 152 Special Attack EVs allows Genesect to OHKO Zygarde and Landorus-T without relying on a Download boost. Maximum Speed investment is important to outrun Kyurem-B and Zygarde after they Dragon Dance. The rest of EVs are dumped into Attack to boost U-turn and Iron Head. Alternatively, full Attack and Speed investment can be used to maximize its physical attacks' power, since those are the moves it uses the most.

[SET]
name: Shift Gear
move 1: Shift Gear
move 2: Iron Head
move 3: Leech Life
move 4: Protect
item: Life Orb
ability: Download
nature: Adamant
evs: 204 HP / 252 Atk / 52 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

* Shift Gear

* Iron Head

* Leech Life

* Protect

* Life Orb

* Nature / EV Spread

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

Assault Vest lets Genesect switch moves and improve its special bulk, notably avoiding the 2HKO from both +1 Expanding Force in Psychic Terrain and Earth Power from Necrozma. If running it, be sure to run a Hasty Nature instead of Naive to not weaken the stat that's being boosted. Other items that allow Genesect to switch moves include Life Orb and Expert Belt, with the latter giving less and only situational power compared to Life Orb, but also no recoil and not revealing that Genesect is not Choice Scarf. However, all three items result in being slower than threats such as Zapdos, Naganadel, and Dragapult, which makes Genesect's life as a pivot much harder. Flash Cannon is an option over Iron Head to be better suited against Diancie after some Defense boosts, but does significantly less damage to Assault Vest Kyurem-B, Nihilego, and Tapu Fini. Energy Ball is another way to hit Water-types that's boosted by the everpresent Grassy Terrain, but misses out on Volcanion compared to Thunderbolt and is worse overall without the Terrain boost active. Extreme Speed lets Genesect pick off weakened threats around redirection, but is generally not as consistently useful over a fourth coverage option.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[emma, 294304], [Z Strats, 327195]]
- Quality checked by: [[zeefable, 501951], [username2, userid2]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1]]
 
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[OVERVIEW]

Genesect excels as a strong offensive pivot that can switch in-and-out to gain the upper hand in the positioning game thanks to the combination of STAB U-turn, legendary 120/120 isn't quite legendary, it's good though, especially with Download boosts. if you want to reword that part to sound more like what I just said go for it, but at least change the adjective offenses, a wide variety of powerful coverage moves, and an excellent ability in Download. It can immediately threaten a wide variety of the tier for super-effective damage, such as Kyurem-B, Rillaboom, and Zygarde, and its knack to generate momentum by bringing in set up threats or Pokemon with a more favorable matchup is appreciated on many structures. Specific partners include Urshifu-R and Volcanion, which threaten Fire-types such as Heatran and Incineroar, while in return, Genesect can OHKO Landorus-T and Zygarde swap for relevancy, as well as do major damage to Rillaboom. Additionally, Dragon Dance Zygarde is an excellent partner, as Genesect can bring it onto the field in favorable positions via U-turn, as well as handle Kyurem-B, while Zygarde takes care of of Fire-types. I would mention that this works especially well because Genesect is baiting in the fires, which gives DD Zyg a free turn to setup since it'd be pretty unthreatened However, not only does Genesect have no way to hit Fire-types, but its effectiveness plummets when momentum isn't on its side, either due to Fake Out or opposing forms of Speed Control, since it's hard to be an offense pivot when its not moving first, which leaves it susceptible to being knocked out as well as unable to revenge kill. Furthermore, Genesect doesn't appreciate the omnipresent presence of Protect, because it's a lot less threatening when the opponent knows what move it's locked into. Lastly, Genesect must compete with Kartana as a team's fast Steel-type of choice, with the Ultra Beast offering utility in Tailwind and not being forced to run Choice Scarf, while Genesect applies instant offense as well as U-turn. Ultimately this is a little too specific, and saying they compete for being steel types is a bit of a stretch. I think this is better removed.

[SET]
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: U-turn
move 2: Iron Head
move 3: Ice Beam
move 4: Flamethrower / Thunderbolt
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Download
nature: Naive
evs: 104 Atk / 152 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

* U-turn is Genesect's most clickable move that allows it to gain momentum and bring in a Pokemon with a more favorable matchup. It also hits the omnipresent Rillaboom for super effective damage, as well as Necrozma. emphasis on Rillaboom is good but this makes it sound a bit like an afterthought that you hit necrozma too. hitting the omnipresent Rillaboom, as well as Psychic-types like Necrozma and Indeedee-F, seems like a good way to word it.

* Iron Head is a reliable STAB move that punishes Fairy- and Rock-type Pokemon such as Diancie and Nihilego. It's used over Flash Cannon to pressure Assault Vest Kyurem-B more effectively.

* Ice Beam is important coverage for the likes of Zygarde, Landorus-T, and Dragapult. It is also your best option to damage Zapdos, which otherwise threatens Genesect with Heat Wave. just adding a bit of emphasis as to why this is relevant

* Flamethrower OHKOs opposing Genesect and Kartana, and dents other Steel-types such as Metagross, while Thunderbolt hits Water-type Pokemon such as Volcanion and Urshifu-R for super effective damage.

* Choice Scarf allows Genesect to outspeed the entire unboosted metagame and put on immediate pressure with its wide array of coverage, as well as function as a revenge killer against boosted clarify these are "speed boosted" threats such as Kyurem-B and Zygarde. It also allows it to pivot out before potentially getting KOed. However, Choice Scarf is a double-edged sword, as it restricts Genesect to not being able to switch moves and puts the pressure on to click the right attacks at the right time.

* Download is an incredible offensive ability that powers up Genesect and can flip some matchups in its favor. Notably, with the Special Attack boost, it can now OHKO Dragapult with Ice Beam and OHKO Urshifu-R if running Thunderbolt.

* A Naive Nature is chosen to let Genesect switch into physical threats such as Diancie, Zygarde, and Kartana better. Hasty is an option to take less damage against Necrozma, but the loss in physical bulk is generally not worth it.

* 152 Special Attack EVs allows Genesect to OHKO Zygarde and Landorus-T without relying on a Download boost. Max Speed investment is important to outrun Kyurem-Black and Zygarde after they Dragon Dance. The rest of EVs are dumped into Attack to boost U-turn and Iron Head. Alternatively, full Attack and Speed investment can be used to maximize its physical attacks' power, since those are the moves it uses the most.

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

Assault Vest, Life Orb, and Expert Belt are alternative item choices that let Genesect switch moves and improve either its special bulk or attacking prowess, with Expert Belt giving less and situational power but no recoil and not revealing that you are not Choice Scarf, as well as gives it freedom to switch moves. the explicit mention of expert belt but not AV or Lorb is a little odd. I'd at least provide some sort of general calc or tidbit on why they're useful However, being slower than threats such as Zapdos, Kartana, and Dragapult makes Genesect's life as a pivot much harder. If running Assault Vest, be sure to run a Hasty Nature instead of Naive to not weaken the stat that's being boosted. Flash Cannon is an option over Iron Head to be better suited against Diancie after some Defense boosts, but does significantly less damage to Assault Vest Kyurem-Black, Nihilego, and Tapu Fini. Energy Ball is another way to hit Water-types that is powered up by Grassy Terrain, but it misses out on an important target in Volcanion. I'd say a better way to phrase this downside is just that it's reliant on grassy terrain for the power boost and hits less than Flame or Tbolt do Extreme Speed lets Genesect pick off weakened threats around Rage Powder redirection, but is generally not as consistently useful compared to a fourth coverage option.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[emma, 294304]]
- Quality checked by: [[username1, userid1], [username2, userid2]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1]]

good work! reread your sentences, it might help with fixing up the flow and grammar a bit. QC 1/2!

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[OVERVIEW]
- Super picky, but you could change to "... Genesect have no way to hit most Fire-types itself" since I'd consider Tbolt a somewhat effective way to hit Volcanion.

- "Furthermore, Genesect doesn't appreciate the omnipresent presence of Protect, because it's a lot less threatening when the opponent knows what move it's locked into." I feel like this overstates Protect a bit. Lots of popular mons often don't run it (Just from Tiers 1-3: CB Zygarde, Rillaboom, Incineroar, Genesect, Zeraora, Urshifu-R, AV Kyurem-B, most Zapdos, Mew, Porygon2, some Amoonguss, and Specs Pult), which is part of why Genesect does so well. It's easier to get off a U-turn if the opp is unlikely to Protect. I'd rephrase this just to focus on the second half of the sentence -- being locked into a move allows the opponent much more freedom to play around its coverage.

[SET COMMENTS]
- Thunderbolt hitting Urshifu-R I think deserves a slightly bigger mention -- you outspeed Scarf Urshifu-R and have a shot to OHKO it if given the correct Download boost. Outrunning and knocking out a prevalent Choice Scarf user is pretty big. I'm not sure of the best way to work this in though, so if it ends up being clunky then you can leave it out.

- Zygarde seems like a weird mention of things Genesect can switch into better with Naive > Hasty. You're 2HKOed by Banded Arrows/Superpower either way, and Genesect probably doesn't want to risk that a lot of the time unless it's absolutely necessary and Genesect is healthy. I'd replace this with Rillaboom, since a fast Pokemon like Scarf Gene doesn't want to be picked off by priority Grassy Glide.

[OTHER OPTIONS]
- Combining AV, EBelt, and LO all in one sentence reads a bit clunky to me. I think AV is a solid enough option that it deserves its own standalone point here, and then you could follow that up with "Other items that allow Genesect to switch moves include EBelt and LO" or something along those lines. You can still stick with the same wrap-up sentence about being outsped; I think that sums it up really well.

- For Energy Ball, I'd focus on when it's actually worth using over Thunderbolt, because right now it reads as just being purely worse. The only relevant calc I can find is the ability to OHKO Urshifu-R at +0 under Grassy Terrain (152 SpA Genesect Energy Ball vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Urshifu-Rapid-Strike in Grassy Terrain: 336-396 (98.5 - 116.1%) -- 87.5% chance to OHKO, you can run a tiny bit more SpA to guarantee this). I think you can just leave it as a way to hit Water-types that, unlike Thunderbolt, can come with a power boost in Terrain support, though it misses out on hitting Volcanion. That said, I might just leave EBall off -- I feel like this is so niche that I'd almost never consider it.

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[SET]
name: Shift Gear
move 1: Shift Gear
move 2: Iron Head
move 3: Leech Life
move 4: Protect
item: Life Orb
ability: Download
nature: Adamant
evs: 204 HP / 252 Atk / 52 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

* Shift Gear

* Iron Head

* Leech Life

* Protect

* Life Orb

* Nature / EV Spread
 

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