NU Hariyama

[OVERVIEW]

With a pure Fighting typing as well as Thick Fat, Hariyama is one of the best checks to powerful threats like Houndoom and Sneasel in the metagame. This, in combination with its adequate bulk and very high Attack stat, makes Hariyama an effective Assault Vest tank. Hariyama can also use the combination of Flame Orb and Guts to become an extremely powerful wallbreaker with no direct counters. However, an atrocious Speed stat limits what Hariyama can do offensively, making it face massive competition from other Fighting-types like Hitmonlee, Toxicroak, Emboar, Medicham, and Virizion, which are either faster, more versatile, or stronger. Hariyama also faces heavy competition from Incineroar as an Assault Vest tank, as Incineroar checks the same foes Hariyama does as well as additional ones like Whimsicott, Delphox, and Xatu. Hariyama is not as susceptible to Stealth Rock as Incineroar, though, giving it an edge over the competition.

[SET]
name: Assault Vest
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Bullet Punch
move 4: Fake Out / Earthquake / Heavy Slam
item: Assault Vest
ability: Thick Fat
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 SpD

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

Close Combat is a powerful and reliable STAB move that inflicts heavy damage on most neutral targets. Knock Off is a mandatory coverage move, hitting Psychic- and Ghost-types like Delphox and Mismagius. Fake Out and Bullet Punch create dual priority, allowing Hariyama to pick off frail or weakened Pokemon like Vivillon and Sneasel. Earthquake is another good option to hit Poison-types like Garbodor and Skuntank as well as pressure Golbat when it uses Roost. Heavy Slam is a good alternate move to use over Fake Out as well, as it hits Fairy-types like Aromatisse and Mega Audino. Stone Edge is a good coverage move for Pokemon that would normally deal with Hariyama like Colbur Berry Xatu, Scyther, Vikavolt, and Golbat.

Set Details
========

Maximum Attack investment allows Hariyama to hit as hard as possible. Maximum Special Defense investment is used over maximum HP investment, as Hariyama already has a monstrous HP stat, and the investment also gives a considerably larger boost to Hariyama's Special Defense than maximum HP investment does. Thick Fat allows Hariyama to sponge Ice- and Fire-type hits from Pokemon like Sneasel and Houndoom. Assault Vest allows Hariyama to take hits from special attackers like Sceptile and Mismagius easily.

Usage Tips
========

Feel free to switch into special attackers like Mismagius, Houndoom, and Sceptile, as Hariyama easily takes them on. Hariyama can also switch into Sneasel if needed, although it dislikes losing its Assault Vest. As Hariyama lacks recovery, avoid taking repeated hits. Once Hariyama is in against a special attacker it checks, proceed to hit them hard with either Close Combat or an appropriate coverage move. Knock Off should be used when the opponent has a counter like Golbat or Vileplume to get rid of their item, making it more easy to deal with them later on.

Team Options
========

Dark-types like Sneasel and Skuntank help take on Psychic-types and can potentially trap them with Pursuit. Poison-types like the aformentioned Skuntank as well as Garbodor and Vileplume help deal with Fairy-types. Entry hazard setters such as the aformentioned Garbodor, Steelix, Qwilfish, and Rhydon are useful partners in conjunction with Hariyama's ability to use dual priority to wear down the opposition quickly. Partners that can remove entry hazards are great as well, as they help clear away Spikes and Toxic Spikes that hinder Hariyama from consistently checking Pokemon like Sceptile and Houndoom. Golbat in particular has good synergy with Hariyama, as Hariyama covers its Ice and Rock weaknesses while Golbat is able to check Fairy-types. They do both share a Psychic weakness, however. As Vileplume and Golbat in particular are nuisances for Hariyama, Ice-types like Sneasel, Vanilluxe, and Jynx that can deal with both these Pokemon are useful partners.

[SET]
name: Guts
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Bullet Punch
move 4: Facade / Heavy Slam
item: Flame Orb
ability: Guts
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Close Combat is a powerful and reliable STAB move that inflicts heavy damage on most neutral targets, especially after Guts is activated. Knock Off provides mandatory coverage against Psychic- and Ghost-types, as well as removing Golbat's Eviolite. Bullet Punch allows Hariyama to dispose of Pokemon such as Whimsicott and Sneasel and allows Hariyama to pick off weakened Pokemon. Facade inflicts heavy damage on Pokemon like Weezing, Garbodor, and Aromatisse after a boost from burn and Guts, scoring a 2HKO on Pokemon that would otherwise be checks to it. Heavy Slam can be used over Facade for a reliable 2HKO on Mega Audino, but the coverage it offers isn't as good as Facade's otherwise.

Set Details
========

Maximum Attack investment allows Hariyama to hit as hard as possible. Maximum Speed allows Hariyama to outspeed offensive Druddigon, uninvested Garbodor, Vaporeon, and a handful of other defensive Pokemon. It is still outsped by the majority of offensive Pokemon in the tier due to its low base Speed, however. Flame Orb burns Hariyama, which activates Guts, giving Hariyama a massive Attack boost. Guts allows Hariyama to take advantage of the burn from Flame Orb and power up its moves while still being able to switch between them.

Usage Tips
========

Hariyama shouldn't be brought directly into hits, as it should preserve as much health as possible so it can use the boost from Flame Orb for longer. Once Hariyama is in safely, the primary move it should use is Close Combat. However, if the opponent has a Pokemon that resists Close Combat like Golbat or Xatu, fall back to coverage moves to deal with them. Try to predict around the opponent's plays, as Hariyama's time in battle is limited by the residual damage from Flame Orb.

Team Options
========

Pokemon with a slow Volt Switch or U-turn such as Incineroar and Vikavolt can bring in Hariyama safely and activate its Flame Orb. Steel-types like Steelix, Probopass, and Silvally-Steel are all fairly good partners, as they cover all of Hariyama's weaknesses. Entry hazard removers help Hariyama preserve as much health as possible for wallbreaking. Such Pokemon include the aformentioned Sillvally-Steel, Skuntank, and Golbat, as they both deal with Fairy-types and Skuntank even deals with Ghost- and Poison-types.

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

Choice Band is a feasible option, although Guts is more preferable, as Hariyama can actully switch between coverage moves with Guts, easing prediction. A Belly Drum set consisting of Belly Drum / Close Combat / Knock Off / Bullet Punch is a fun gimmick, although such a set lacks consistency, and Hariyama is generally too slow to pull off a sweep with this set.

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

**Psychic-types**: Psychic-types like Medicham, Sigilyph, Delphox, and Slowbro resist Close Combat and can KO Hariyama with a super effective STAB move. However, most of them bar Slowbro don't enjoy taking a Knock Off.

**Fairy-types**: Without Heavy Slam, Hariyama has no way to hit Fairy-types like Aromatisse and Granbull, while they can hit it back with a super effective STAB move. Granbull in particular has Intimidate, meaning it can avoid the 2HKO from Heavy Slam as well.

**Poison-types**: Pokemon such as Vileplume, Garbodor, and Golbat resist Hariyama's STAB move and aren't hit super effectively by the common coverage moves it runs. They do dislike losing their items to Knock Off, however, and most of them take a hefty amount from a Guts-boosted Facade.

**Flying-types**: Flying-types are quite troublesome for Hariyama, as they resist its main STAB move and can retaliate back with their own super effective STAB attacks. However, most Flying-types can be dealt with if Hariyama uses the proper coverage moves, such as using Facade on Golbat and Knock Off on Xatu.
 
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  • hariyama also checks waters much better than incineroar can
move 3: Bullet Punch
move 4: Fake Out / Earthquake​
  • should be the slashes in my opinion. I guess i'd be okay with Heavy Slam as a slash, but I think it fits better in moves. Bullet Punch should be on every set, whereas I don't think fake out should be and earthquake is often better for garbodor.
  • stone edge also hits colbur xatu harder than knock.
  • moves should generally be talked about in the order they're listed on the analysis (i.e. best to worst option / most important to least important
  • probably worth mentioning that the added hp you can get from investing evs into hp doesnt actually make much of a difference due to yamas monstrous base hp and its more efficient to invest in spdef
  • yama struggles to check anything with spikes / tspikes on the field so its prob worth mentioning hazard removers in team options
  • fake out and bullet punch become insanely more useful when paired with your own spikes / t spikes so setters like garbodor pair well despite compounding some weaknesses
General reminder that analyses are about more than just providing sample sets to new users, we also want to give them the insight as to why the sets work and what they need help with / do well against. I'd generally like to see more mentions of specific pokemon in the metagame mentioned throughout, theres a lot of "x-types do this" and the like which the average user should be able to figure out based on the type chart. whats more helpful to them is specific pokemon that they can then recognize at team preview, especially since not every -type pokemon does the same thing and some are more susceptible than others for various reasons (stats, dual typing, movepool, etc) pretty good start but. its also useful to mention different pokemon throughout where appropriate because again, not all poison types are the same (i.e. golbat and plume arent weak to eq, but skunk drap and garb are) you do a decent job of this one, but still worth noting.

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  • hariyama also checks waters much better than incineroar can
move 3: Bullet Punch
move 4: Fake Out / Earthquake​
  • should be the slashes in my opinion. I guess i'd be okay with Heavy Slam as a slash, but I think it fits better in moves. Bullet Punch should be on every set, whereas I don't think fake out should be and earthquake is often better for garbodor.
  • stone edge also hits colbur xatu harder than knock.
  • moves should generally be talked about in the order they're listed on the analysis (i.e. best to worst option / most important to least important
  • probably worth mentioning that the added hp you can get from investing evs into hp doesnt actually make much of a difference due to yamas monstrous base hp and its more efficient to invest in spdef
  • yama struggles to check anything with spikes / tspikes on the field so its prob worth mentioning hazard removers in team options
  • fake out and bullet punch become insanely more useful when paired with your own spikes / t spikes so setters like garbodor pair well despite compounding some weaknesses
General reminder that analyses are about more than just providing sample sets to new users, we also want to give them the insight as to why the sets work and what they need help with / do well against. I'd generally like to see more mentions of specific pokemon in the metagame mentioned throughout, theres a lot of "x-types do this" and the like which the average user should be able to figure out based on the type chart. whats more helpful to them is specific pokemon that they can then recognize at team preview, especially since not every -type pokemon does the same thing and some are more susceptible than others for various reasons (stats, dual typing, movepool, etc) pretty good start but. its also useful to mention different pokemon throughout where appropriate because again, not all poison types are the same (i.e. golbat and plume arent weak to eq, but skunk drap and garb are) you do a decent job of this one, but still worth noting.

QC 1/3
Implemented changes, and yeah I will elaborate more when I have more time. Had to finish up quickly before it got reassigned lol
 

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Overview:
  • Mention Hariyama's Flame Orb set in the Overview.
  • Remove Machamp.
Assault Vest
Moves:
  • Remove Drapion
  • Get rid of Ice Punch
  • Add Vikavolt as a Stone Edge target.
Team Options:
  • I don't think Sash Archeops is a great partner for AV Yama since they're almost always found on different builds, Rhydon would be a better example here.
Checks & Counters:
  • Add a section for Flying-types
2/3, write this up
 
Overview:
  • Mention Hariyama's Flame Orb set in the Overview.
  • Remove Machamp.
Assault Vest
Moves:
  • Remove Drapion
  • Get rid of Ice Punch
  • Add Vikavolt as a Stone Edge target.
Team Options:
  • I don't think Sash Archeops is a great partner for AV Yama since they're almost always found on different builds, Rhydon would be a better example here.
Checks & Counters:
  • Add a section for Flying-types
2/3, write this up
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in set details for guts, you describe what it can outspeed, but it's probably best to emphasize upon the fact that it is still slower than a vast majority of offensive threats in the tier simply due to low base speed -- feel like this would be nice to put it in perspective

add garbodor to the poison types part of the c&c imo

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Not QC but:

[SET]
name: Guts
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Bullet Punch
move 4: Facade / Heavy Slam
item: Flame Orb
ability: Thick Fat
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

lol
 
in set details for guts, you describe what it can outspeed, but it's probably best to emphasize upon the fact that it is still slower than a vast majority of offensive threats in the tier simply due to low base speed -- feel like this would be nice to put it in perspective

add garbodor to the poison types part of the c&c imo

3/3

fuck eternally
Finchinator implemented
 

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don't forget to change the tag to copyediting, it makes it easier for gpers to identify.
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[OVERVIEW]

With a pure Fighting typing as well as Thick Fat, Hariyama is one of the best checks to powerful threats like Houndoom and Sneasel in the metagame. This, in combination with its adequate 144 / 60 / 60 bulk and very high Attack stat, makes Hariyama an effective Assault Vest tank. Hariyama can also use the combination of Flame Orb and Guts to become an extremely powerful wallbreaker with no direct counters. However, an atrocious Speed stat limits what Hariyama can do offensively, making it face massive competition from other Fighting-types like Hitmonlee, Toxicroak, Emboar, Medicham, (AC) and Virizion, which are either faster, more versatile, or stronger. Hariyama also faces heavy competition from Incineroar as an Assault Vest tank, (AC) as Incineroar checks a wider range of opponents foes and has better natural bulk. Hariyama is not as susceptible to Stealth Rock as Incineroar though, giving it an edge over the competition.

[SET]
name: Assault Vest
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Bullet Punch
move 4: Fake Out / Earthquake / Heavy Slam
item: Assault Vest
ability: Thick Fat
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 SpD

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

Close Combat is a powerful and reliable STAB move that inflicts heavy damage on most neutral targets. Knock Off is a mandatory coverage move, hitting Psychic- and Ghost-types (such as?) (period). Fake Out and Bullet Punch creates dual priority, allowing Hariyama to pick off frail or weakened Pokemon like Vivillon and Sneasel. Earthquake is another good option to hit Poison-types like Garbodor, (RC) and Skuntank and pressuring as well as pressure Golbat when it uses Roost. Heavy Slam is a good alternate move to use over Bullet Punch as well, (it's not slashed after bp?) as it offers a strong coverage move to hits Fairy-types (such as?) with. Stone Edge is a good coverage move for coverage on Pokemon that would normally deal with Hariyama like Colbur Berry Xatu, Scyther, Vikavolt, (AC) and Golbat.

Set Details
========

Maximum Attack investment allows Hariyama to hit as hard as possible. Maximum Special Defense investment is used over maximum HP investment, (AC) as Hariyama already has a monstrous HP stat, (AC) and the investment also gives a considerably larger boost to Hariyama's Special Defense than maximum HP investment does. Thick Fat allows Hariyama to sponge Ice- and Fire-type hits from Pokemon like Sneasel and Houndoom. Assault Vest allows Hariyama to take hits from special attackers like Sceptile and Mismagius easily.

Usage Tips
========

Feel free to switch into special attackers like Mismagius, Houndoom, (AC) and Sceptile, (AC) as Hariyama easily takes them on. Hariyama can also switch into Sneasel if needed, although it heavily dislikes losing it's its Assault Vest. As Hariyama lacks recovery, avoid taking repeated hits. Once Hariyama is in against a special attacker it checks, proceed to either hit them hard with a Close Combat or an appropriate coverage move. Knock Off should be used when the opponent has a counter like Golbat or Vileplume to get rid of their item, making it more easy to deal with them later on.

Team Options
========

Dark-types that can take on Psychic-types like Drapion, Sneasel, (AC) and Skuntank help take on Psychic-types, (RC) and can potentially trap them with Pursuit. Poison-types like the aformentioned Skuntank and Drapion as well as others like Garbodor and Vileplume help deal with Fairy-types. Entry hazard setters such as the aformentioned Garbodor, Steelix, Qwilfish, (AC) and Rhydon are useful partners in conjunction with Hariyama's ability to use dual priority to wear down the opposition quickly. Partners that can remove entry hazards are great as well, as they help clear away Spikes and Toxic Spikes that hinder Hariyama from consitently consistently checking Pokemon like Sceptile and Houndoom. Golbat in particular has good synergy with Hariyama, as Hariyama covers (implies they're the only two) both of it's its Ice and Rock weaknesses while Golbat is able to check Fairy-types. They do both share a Psychic weakness, however. As Vileplume and Golbat in particular are nuisances for Hariyama, Ice-types like Sneasel, Vanilluxe, (AC) and Jynx that can deal with both these Pokemon are useful partners.

[SET]
name: Guts
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Bullet Punch
move 4: Facade / Heavy Slam
item: Flame Orb
ability: Guts
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Close Combat is a powerful and reliable STAB move that inflicts heavy damage on most neutral targets, especially after Guts is activated. Knock Off provides mandatory coverage against Psychic- and Ghost-types, as well as removing Golbat's Eviolite. Bullet Punch allows Hariyama to pick off Pokemon such as Whimsicott and Sneasel, (RC) and allows Hariyama to pick off weakened Pokemon. Facade inflicts heavy damage on Pokemon like Weezing, Garbodor, (AC) and Aromatisse after a boost from burn and (kinda a content change, but just by saying guts, it doesn't imply that burn doubles bp) Guts, scoring a 2HKO on Pokemon that would otherwise be checks to it. Heavy Slam can be used over Facade for a reliable 2HKO on Mega Audino-Mega, but the coverage it offers isn't as good as Facade otherwise.

Set Details
========

Maximum Attack investment allows Hariyama to hit as hard as possible. Maximum Speed allows Hariyama to outspeed offensive Druddigon, uninvested Garbodor, Vaporeon, and a handful of other defensive Pokemon. It is still outsped by the majority of offensive Pokemon in the tier due to its low base Speed, (AC) however. Flame Orb burns Hariyama, which activates Guts, giving Hariyama a massive Attack boost. Guts allows Hariyama to take advantage of the burn from Flame Orb and gain a power up to its moves while still being able to switch between them coverage.

Usage Tips
========

Hariyama shouldn't be brought directly into hits, as it should preserve as much health as possible so it can use the boost from Flame Orb for longer. Once Hariyama is in safely, the primary move it should use is Close Combat. However, if the opponent has a Pokemon that resists Close Combat like Golbat or Xatu, fall back to coverage moves to deal with them. Try to predict around the opponent's plays, as Hariyama's time in battle is limited by the residual damage from Flame Orb.

Team Options
========

Pokemon with a slow Volt Switch or U-turn such as Incineroar and Vikavolt can bring in Hariyama safely and activate its Flame Orb. Steel-types like Steelix, Probopass, or and Silvally-Steel are all fairly good partners, (AC) as they cover all of Hariyama's weaknesses. Entry hazard removers help Hariyama preserve as much health as possible for wallbreaking. Such Pokemon include Skuntank and Golbat, with as they both dealing with Fairy-types and Skuntank even dealing deals with Ghost-(AH) and Poison-types.

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

Choice Band is a feasible option, although Guts is more preferable, (AC) as Hariyama can actully switch between coverage moves with Guts, easing prediction. A Belly Drum set consisting of Belly Drum / Close Combat / Knock Off / Bullet Punch is a fun gimmick, although such a set lacks consistency, (AC) and Hariyama is generally too slow to pull off a sweep with this set.

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

**Psychic-types**: Psychic-types like Medicham, Sigilyph, Delphox, (AC) and Slowbro resist Close Combat and can KO Hariyama with a super effective STAB move. However, most of them bar Slowbro don't enjoy taking a Knock Off.

**Fairy-types**: Without Heavy Slam, Hariyama has no way to hit Fairy-types like Aromatisse and Granbull, (AC) while they can hit it back with a super effective STAB move. Granbull in particular has Intimidate, meaning it can avoid the 2HKO from Heavy Slam as well.

**Poison-types**: Pokemon such as Vileplume, Garbodor, and Golbat resist Hariyama's STAB move and aren't hit super effectively by the common coverage moves on Assault Vest it runs. (best not to cross-reference sets; if it's only the av set moves, name them) They do dislike losing their items to Knock Off, however, and most of them take a hefty amount from a Guts-(AH)boosted Facade.

**Flying-types**: Flying-types are quite troublesome for Hariyama, as they resist its main STAB move and can retaliate back with their own super-(RH) effective STAB attacks. However, most Flying-types can be dealt with if Hariyama uses the proper coverage moves, such as using Facade on Golbat and Knock Off on Golbat or Xatu.


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don't forget to change the tag to copyediting, it makes it easier for gpers to identify.
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[OVERVIEW]

With a pure Fighting typing as well as Thick Fat, Hariyama is one of the best checks to powerful threats like Houndoom and Sneasel in the metagame. This, in combination with its adequate 144 / 60 / 60 bulk and very high Attack stat, makes Hariyama an effective Assault Vest tank. Hariyama can also use the combination of Flame Orb and Guts to become an extremely powerful wallbreaker with no direct counters. However, an atrocious Speed stat limits what Hariyama can do offensively, making it face massive competition from other Fighting-types like Hitmonlee, Toxicroak, Emboar, Medicham, (AC) and Virizion, which are either faster, more versatile, or stronger. Hariyama also faces heavy competition from Incineroar as an Assault Vest tank, (AC) as Incineroar checks a wider range of opponents foes and has better natural bulk. Hariyama is not as susceptible to Stealth Rock as Incineroar though, giving it an edge over the competition.

[SET]
name: Assault Vest
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Bullet Punch
move 4: Fake Out / Earthquake / Heavy Slam
item: Assault Vest
ability: Thick Fat
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 SpD

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

Close Combat is a powerful and reliable STAB move that inflicts heavy damage on most neutral targets. Knock Off is a mandatory coverage move, hitting Psychic- and Ghost-types (such as?) (period). Fake Out and Bullet Punch creates dual priority, allowing Hariyama to pick off frail or weakened Pokemon like Vivillon and Sneasel. Earthquake is another good option to hit Poison-types like Garbodor, (RC) and Skuntank and pressuring as well as pressure Golbat when it uses Roost. Heavy Slam is a good alternate move to use over Bullet Punch as well, (it's not slashed after bp?) as it offers a strong coverage move to hits Fairy-types (such as?) with. Stone Edge is a good coverage move for coverage on Pokemon that would normally deal with Hariyama like Colbur Berry Xatu, Scyther, Vikavolt, (AC) and Golbat.

Set Details
========

Maximum Attack investment allows Hariyama to hit as hard as possible. Maximum Special Defense investment is used over maximum HP investment, (AC) as Hariyama already has a monstrous HP stat, (AC) and the investment also gives a considerably larger boost to Hariyama's Special Defense than maximum HP investment does. Thick Fat allows Hariyama to sponge Ice- and Fire-type hits from Pokemon like Sneasel and Houndoom. Assault Vest allows Hariyama to take hits from special attackers like Sceptile and Mismagius easily.

Usage Tips
========

Feel free to switch into special attackers like Mismagius, Houndoom, (AC) and Sceptile, (AC) as Hariyama easily takes them on. Hariyama can also switch into Sneasel if needed, although it heavily dislikes losing it's its Assault Vest. As Hariyama lacks recovery, avoid taking repeated hits. Once Hariyama is in against a special attacker it checks, proceed to either hit them hard with a Close Combat or an appropriate coverage move. Knock Off should be used when the opponent has a counter like Golbat or Vileplume to get rid of their item, making it more easy to deal with them later on.

Team Options
========

Dark-types that can take on Psychic-types like Drapion, Sneasel, (AC) and Skuntank help take on Psychic-types, (RC) and can potentially trap them with Pursuit. Poison-types like the aformentioned Skuntank and Drapion as well as others like Garbodor and Vileplume help deal with Fairy-types. Entry hazard setters such as the aformentioned Garbodor, Steelix, Qwilfish, (AC) and Rhydon are useful partners in conjunction with Hariyama's ability to use dual priority to wear down the opposition quickly. Partners that can remove entry hazards are great as well, as they help clear away Spikes and Toxic Spikes that hinder Hariyama from consitently consistently checking Pokemon like Sceptile and Houndoom. Golbat in particular has good synergy with Hariyama, as Hariyama covers (implies they're the only two) both of it's its Ice and Rock weaknesses while Golbat is able to check Fairy-types. They do both share a Psychic weakness, however. As Vileplume and Golbat in particular are nuisances for Hariyama, Ice-types like Sneasel, Vanilluxe, (AC) and Jynx that can deal with both these Pokemon are useful partners.

[SET]
name: Guts
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Bullet Punch
move 4: Facade / Heavy Slam
item: Flame Orb
ability: Guts
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Close Combat is a powerful and reliable STAB move that inflicts heavy damage on most neutral targets, especially after Guts is activated. Knock Off provides mandatory coverage against Psychic- and Ghost-types, as well as removing Golbat's Eviolite. Bullet Punch allows Hariyama to pick off Pokemon such as Whimsicott and Sneasel, (RC) and allows Hariyama to pick off weakened Pokemon. Facade inflicts heavy damage on Pokemon like Weezing, Garbodor, (AC) and Aromatisse after a boost from burn and (kinda a content change, but just by saying guts, it doesn't imply that burn doubles bp) Guts, scoring a 2HKO on Pokemon that would otherwise be checks to it. Heavy Slam can be used over Facade for a reliable 2HKO on Mega Audino-Mega, but the coverage it offers isn't as good as Facade otherwise.

Set Details
========

Maximum Attack investment allows Hariyama to hit as hard as possible. Maximum Speed allows Hariyama to outspeed offensive Druddigon, uninvested Garbodor, Vaporeon, and a handful of other defensive Pokemon. It is still outsped by the majority of offensive Pokemon in the tier due to its low base Speed, (AC) however. Flame Orb burns Hariyama, which activates Guts, giving Hariyama a massive Attack boost. Guts allows Hariyama to take advantage of the burn from Flame Orb and gain a power up to its moves while still being able to switch between them coverage.

Usage Tips
========

Hariyama shouldn't be brought directly into hits, as it should preserve as much health as possible so it can use the boost from Flame Orb for longer. Once Hariyama is in safely, the primary move it should use is Close Combat. However, if the opponent has a Pokemon that resists Close Combat like Golbat or Xatu, fall back to coverage moves to deal with them. Try to predict around the opponent's plays, as Hariyama's time in battle is limited by the residual damage from Flame Orb.

Team Options
========

Pokemon with a slow Volt Switch or U-turn such as Incineroar and Vikavolt can bring in Hariyama safely and activate its Flame Orb. Steel-types like Steelix, Probopass, or and Silvally-Steel are all fairly good partners, (AC) as they cover all of Hariyama's weaknesses. Entry hazard removers help Hariyama preserve as much health as possible for wallbreaking. Such Pokemon include Skuntank and Golbat, with as they both dealing with Fairy-types and Skuntank even dealing deals with Ghost-(AH) and Poison-types.

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

Choice Band is a feasible option, although Guts is more preferable, (AC) as Hariyama can actully switch between coverage moves with Guts, easing prediction. A Belly Drum set consisting of Belly Drum / Close Combat / Knock Off / Bullet Punch is a fun gimmick, although such a set lacks consistency, (AC) and Hariyama is generally too slow to pull off a sweep with this set.

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

**Psychic-types**: Psychic-types like Medicham, Sigilyph, Delphox, (AC) and Slowbro resist Close Combat and can KO Hariyama with a super effective STAB move. However, most of them bar Slowbro don't enjoy taking a Knock Off.

**Fairy-types**: Without Heavy Slam, Hariyama has no way to hit Fairy-types like Aromatisse and Granbull, (AC) while they can hit it back with a super effective STAB move. Granbull in particular has Intimidate, meaning it can avoid the 2HKO from Heavy Slam as well.

**Poison-types**: Pokemon such as Vileplume, Garbodor, and Golbat resist Hariyama's STAB move and aren't hit super effectively by the common coverage moves on Assault Vest it runs. (best not to cross-reference sets; if it's only the av set moves, name them) They do dislike losing their items to Knock Off, however, and most of them take a hefty amount from a Guts-(AH)boosted Facade.

**Flying-types**: Flying-types are quite troublesome for Hariyama, as they resist its main STAB move and can retaliate back with their own super-(RH) effective STAB attacks. However, most Flying-types can be dealt with if Hariyama uses the proper coverage moves, such as using Facade on Golbat and Knock Off on Golbat or Xatu.


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[OVERVIEW]

With a pure Fighting typing as well as Thick Fat, Hariyama is one of the best checks to powerful threats like Houndoom and Sneasel in the metagame. This, in combination with its adequate bulk and very high Attack stat, makes Hariyama an effective Assault Vest tank. Hariyama can also use the combination of Flame Orb and Guts to become an extremely powerful wallbreaker with no direct counters. However, an atrocious Speed stat limits what Hariyama can do offensively, making it face massive competition from other Fighting-types like Hitmonlee, Toxicroak, Emboar, Medicham, and Virizion, which are either faster, more versatile, or stronger. Hariyama also faces heavy competition from Incineroar as an Assault Vest tank, as Incineroar checks the same foes Hariyama does as well as additional ones like Whimsicott, Delphox, and Xatu. Hariyama is not as susceptible to Stealth Rock as Incineroar, (add comma) though, giving it an edge over the competition.

[SET]
name: Assault Vest
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Bullet Punch
move 4: Fake Out / Earthquake / Heavy Slam
item: Assault Vest
ability: Thick Fat
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 SpD

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

Close Combat is a powerful and reliable STAB move that inflicts heavy damage on most neutral targets. Knock Off is a mandatory coverage move, hitting Psychic- and Ghost-types like Delphox and Mismagius. Fake Out and Bullet Punch create dual priority, allowing Hariyama to pick off frail or weakened Pokemon like Vivillon and Sneasel. Earthquake is another good option to hit Poison-types like Garbodor and Skuntank as well as pressure Golbat when it uses Roost. Heavy Slam is a good alternate move to use over Fake Out as well, as it hits Fairy-types like Aromatisse and Mega Audino. Stone Edge is a good coverage move for Pokemon that would normally deal with Hariyama like Colbur Berry Xatu, Scyther, Vikavolt, and Golbat.

Set Details
========

Maximum Attack investment allows Hariyama to hit as hard as possible. Maximum Special Defense investment is used over maximum HP investment, as Hariyama already has a monstrous HP stat, and the investment also gives a considerably larger boost to Hariyama's Special Defense than maximum HP investment does. Thick Fat allows Hariyama to sponge Ice- and Fire-type hits from Pokemon like Sneasel and Houndoom. Assault Vest allows Hariyama to take hits from special attackers like Sceptile and Mismagius easily.

Usage Tips
========

Feel free to switch into special attackers like Mismagius, Houndoom, and Sceptile, as Hariyama easily takes them on. Hariyama can also switch into Sneasel if needed, although it dislikes losing its Assault Vest. As Hariyama lacks recovery, avoid taking repeated hits. Once Hariyama is in against a special attacker it checks, proceed to either hit them hard with either Close Combat or an appropriate coverage move. Knock Off should be used when the opponent has a counter like Golbat or Vileplume to get rid of their item, making it more easy to deal with them later on.

Team Options
========

Dark-types like Sneasel and Skuntank help take on Psychic-types and can potentially trap them with Pursuit. Poison-types like the aformentioned Skuntank as well as Garbodor and Vileplume help deal with Fairy-types. Entry hazard setters such as the aformentioned Garbodor, Steelix, Qwilfish, and Rhydon are useful partners in conjunction with Hariyama's ability to use dual priority to wear down the opposition quickly. Partners that can remove entry hazards are great as well, as they help clear away Spikes and Toxic Spikes that hinder Hariyama from consistently checking Pokemon like Sceptile and Houndoom. Golbat in particular has good synergy with Hariyama, as Hariyama covers its Ice and Rock weaknesses while Golbat is able to check Fairy-types. They do both share a Psychic weakness, however. As Vileplume and Golbat in particular are nuisances for Hariyama, Ice-types like Sneasel, Vanilluxe, and Jynx that can deal with both these Pokemon are useful partners.

[SET]
name: Guts
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Bullet Punch
move 4: Facade / Heavy Slam
item: Flame Orb
ability: Guts
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Close Combat is a powerful and reliable STAB move that inflicts heavy damage on most neutral targets, especially after Guts is activated. Knock Off provides mandatory coverage against Psychic- and Ghost-types, as well as removing Golbat's Eviolite. Bullet Punch allows Hariyama to pick off (pick a different word or phrase since you also say "pick off" later in this sentence) Pokemon such as Whimsicott and Sneasel and allows Hariyama to pick off weakened Pokemon. Facade inflicts heavy damage on Pokemon like Weezing, Garbodor, and Aromatisse after a boost from burn and Guts, scoring a 2HKO on Pokemon that would otherwise be checks to it. Heavy Slam can be used over Facade for a reliable 2HKO on Mega Audino, but the coverage it offers isn't as good as Facade's otherwise.

Set Details
========

Maximum Attack investment allows Hariyama to hit as hard as possible. Maximum Speed allows Hariyama to outspeed offensive Druddigon, uninvested Garbodor, Vaporeon, and a handful of other defensive Pokemon. It is still outsped by the majority of offensive Pokemon in the tier due to its low base Speed, however. Flame Orb burns Hariyama, which activates Guts, giving Hariyama a massive Attack boost. Guts allows Hariyama to take advantage of the burn from Flame Orb and power up its moves while still being able to switch between them.

Usage Tips
========

Hariyama shouldn't be brought directly into hits, as it should preserve as much health as possible so it can use the boost from Flame Orb for longer. Once Hariyama is in safely, the primary move it should use is Close Combat. However, if the opponent has a Pokemon that resists Close Combat like Golbat or Xatu, fall back to coverage moves to deal with them. Try to predict around the opponent's plays, as Hariyama's time in battle is limited by the residual damage from Flame Orb.

Team Options
========

Pokemon with a slow Volt Switch or U-turn such as Incineroar and Vikavolt can bring in Hariyama safely and activate its Flame Orb. Steel-types like Steelix, Probopass, and Silvally-Steel are all fairly good partners, as they cover all of Hariyama's weaknesses. Entry hazard removers help Hariyama preserve as much health as possible for wallbreaking. Such Pokemon include the aformentioned Sillvally-Steel, Skuntank, and Golbat, as they both deal with Fairy-types and Skuntank even deals with Ghost- and Poison-types.

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

Choice Band is a feasible option, although Guts is more preferable, as Hariyama can actully switch between coverage moves with Guts, easing prediction. A Belly Drum set consisting of Belly Drum / Close Combat / Knock Off / Bullet Punch is a fun gimmick, although such a set lacks consistency, and Hariyama is generally too slow to pull off a sweep with this set.

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

**Psychic-types**: Psychic-types like Medicham, Sigilyph, Delphox, and Slowbro resist Close Combat and can KO Hariyama with a super effective STAB move. However, most of them bar Slowbro don't enjoy taking a Knock Off.

**Fairy-types**: Without Heavy Slam, Hariyama has no way to hit Fairy-types like Aromatisse and Granbull, while they can hit it back with a super effective STAB move. Granbull in particular has Intimidate, meaning it can avoid the 2HKO from Heavy Slam as well.

**Poison-types**: Pokemon such as Vileplume, Garbodor, and Golbat resist Hariyama's STAB move and aren't hit super effectively by the common coverage moves it runs. They do dislike losing their items to Knock Off, however, and most of them take a hefty amount from a Guts-boosted Facade.

**Flying-types**: Flying-types are quite troublesome for Hariyama, as they resist its main STAB move and can retaliate back with their own super effective STAB attacks. However, most Flying-types can be dealt with if Hariyama uses the proper coverage moves, such as using Facade on Golbat and Knock Off on Xatu.
 
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[OVERVIEW]

With a pure Fighting typing as well as Thick Fat, Hariyama is one of the best checks to powerful threats like Houndoom and Sneasel in the metagame. This, in combination with its adequate bulk and very high Attack stat, makes Hariyama an effective Assault Vest tank. Hariyama can also use the combination of Flame Orb and Guts to become an extremely powerful wallbreaker with no direct counters. However, an atrocious Speed stat limits what Hariyama can do offensively, making it face massive competition from other Fighting-types like Hitmonlee, Toxicroak, Emboar, Medicham, and Virizion, which are either faster, more versatile, or stronger. Hariyama also faces heavy competition from Incineroar as an Assault Vest tank, as Incineroar checks the same foes Hariyama does as well as additional ones like Whimsicott, Delphox, and Xatu. Hariyama is not as susceptible to Stealth Rock as Incineroar, (add comma) though, giving it an edge over the competition.

[SET]
name: Assault Vest
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Bullet Punch
move 4: Fake Out / Earthquake / Heavy Slam
item: Assault Vest
ability: Thick Fat
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 SpD

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

Close Combat is a powerful and reliable STAB move that inflicts heavy damage on most neutral targets. Knock Off is a mandatory coverage move, hitting Psychic- and Ghost-types like Delphox and Mismagius. Fake Out and Bullet Punch create dual priority, allowing Hariyama to pick off frail or weakened Pokemon like Vivillon and Sneasel. Earthquake is another good option to hit Poison-types like Garbodor and Skuntank as well as pressure Golbat when it uses Roost. Heavy Slam is a good alternate move to use over Fake Out as well, as it hits Fairy-types like Aromatisse and Mega Audino. Stone Edge is a good coverage move for Pokemon that would normally deal with Hariyama like Colbur Berry Xatu, Scyther, Vikavolt, and Golbat.

Set Details
========

Maximum Attack investment allows Hariyama to hit as hard as possible. Maximum Special Defense investment is used over maximum HP investment, as Hariyama already has a monstrous HP stat, and the investment also gives a considerably larger boost to Hariyama's Special Defense than maximum HP investment does. Thick Fat allows Hariyama to sponge Ice- and Fire-type hits from Pokemon like Sneasel and Houndoom. Assault Vest allows Hariyama to take hits from special attackers like Sceptile and Mismagius easily.

Usage Tips
========

Feel free to switch into special attackers like Mismagius, Houndoom, and Sceptile, as Hariyama easily takes them on. Hariyama can also switch into Sneasel if needed, although it dislikes losing its Assault Vest. As Hariyama lacks recovery, avoid taking repeated hits. Once Hariyama is in against a special attacker it checks, proceed to either hit them hard with either Close Combat or an appropriate coverage move. Knock Off should be used when the opponent has a counter like Golbat or Vileplume to get rid of their item, making it more easy to deal with them later on.

Team Options
========

Dark-types like Sneasel and Skuntank help take on Psychic-types and can potentially trap them with Pursuit. Poison-types like the aformentioned Skuntank as well as Garbodor and Vileplume help deal with Fairy-types. Entry hazard setters such as the aformentioned Garbodor, Steelix, Qwilfish, and Rhydon are useful partners in conjunction with Hariyama's ability to use dual priority to wear down the opposition quickly. Partners that can remove entry hazards are great as well, as they help clear away Spikes and Toxic Spikes that hinder Hariyama from consistently checking Pokemon like Sceptile and Houndoom. Golbat in particular has good synergy with Hariyama, as Hariyama covers its Ice and Rock weaknesses while Golbat is able to check Fairy-types. They do both share a Psychic weakness, however. As Vileplume and Golbat in particular are nuisances for Hariyama, Ice-types like Sneasel, Vanilluxe, and Jynx that can deal with both these Pokemon are useful partners.

[SET]
name: Guts
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Bullet Punch
move 4: Facade / Heavy Slam
item: Flame Orb
ability: Guts
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Close Combat is a powerful and reliable STAB move that inflicts heavy damage on most neutral targets, especially after Guts is activated. Knock Off provides mandatory coverage against Psychic- and Ghost-types, as well as removing Golbat's Eviolite. Bullet Punch allows Hariyama to pick off (pick a different word or phrase since you also say "pick off" later in this sentence) Pokemon such as Whimsicott and Sneasel and allows Hariyama to pick off weakened Pokemon. Facade inflicts heavy damage on Pokemon like Weezing, Garbodor, and Aromatisse after a boost from burn and Guts, scoring a 2HKO on Pokemon that would otherwise be checks to it. Heavy Slam can be used over Facade for a reliable 2HKO on Mega Audino, but the coverage it offers isn't as good as Facade's otherwise.

Set Details
========

Maximum Attack investment allows Hariyama to hit as hard as possible. Maximum Speed allows Hariyama to outspeed offensive Druddigon, uninvested Garbodor, Vaporeon, and a handful of other defensive Pokemon. It is still outsped by the majority of offensive Pokemon in the tier due to its low base Speed, however. Flame Orb burns Hariyama, which activates Guts, giving Hariyama a massive Attack boost. Guts allows Hariyama to take advantage of the burn from Flame Orb and power up its moves while still being able to switch between them.

Usage Tips
========

Hariyama shouldn't be brought directly into hits, as it should preserve as much health as possible so it can use the boost from Flame Orb for longer. Once Hariyama is in safely, the primary move it should use is Close Combat. However, if the opponent has a Pokemon that resists Close Combat like Golbat or Xatu, fall back to coverage moves to deal with them. Try to predict around the opponent's plays, as Hariyama's time in battle is limited by the residual damage from Flame Orb.

Team Options
========

Pokemon with a slow Volt Switch or U-turn such as Incineroar and Vikavolt can bring in Hariyama safely and activate its Flame Orb. Steel-types like Steelix, Probopass, and Silvally-Steel are all fairly good partners, as they cover all of Hariyama's weaknesses. Entry hazard removers help Hariyama preserve as much health as possible for wallbreaking. Such Pokemon include the aformentioned Sillvally-Steel, Skuntank, and Golbat, as they both deal with Fairy-types and Skuntank even deals with Ghost- and Poison-types.

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

Choice Band is a feasible option, although Guts is more preferable, as Hariyama can actully switch between coverage moves with Guts, easing prediction. A Belly Drum set consisting of Belly Drum / Close Combat / Knock Off / Bullet Punch is a fun gimmick, although such a set lacks consistency, and Hariyama is generally too slow to pull off a sweep with this set.

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

**Psychic-types**: Psychic-types like Medicham, Sigilyph, Delphox, and Slowbro resist Close Combat and can KO Hariyama with a super effective STAB move. However, most of them bar Slowbro don't enjoy taking a Knock Off.

**Fairy-types**: Without Heavy Slam, Hariyama has no way to hit Fairy-types like Aromatisse and Granbull, while they can hit it back with a super effective STAB move. Granbull in particular has Intimidate, meaning it can avoid the 2HKO from Heavy Slam as well.

**Poison-types**: Pokemon such as Vileplume, Garbodor, and Golbat resist Hariyama's STAB move and aren't hit super effectively by the common coverage moves it runs. They do dislike losing their items to Knock Off, however, and most of them take a hefty amount from a Guts-boosted Facade.

**Flying-types**: Flying-types are quite troublesome for Hariyama, as they resist its main STAB move and can retaliate back with their own super effective STAB attacks. However, most Flying-types can be dealt with if Hariyama uses the proper coverage moves, such as using Facade on Golbat and Knock Off on Xatu.
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