name: Defensive Pivot
move 1: Flare Blitz
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Parting Shot
move 4: Will-O-Wisp / Toxic
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
evs: 248 HP / 108 Def / 68 SpD / 84 Spe
Incineroar is a fantastic pivot, with its typing and ability in Intimidate allowing it to check many prominent threats such as Chandelure, Polteageist, Celebi, and Doublade. Its STAB combination is only resisted by opposing Incineroar, which allows it to force many switches and gives it ample opportunities to remove items from foes like Milotic and Galarian Weezing. Parting Shot further allows Incineroar to be an effective pivot, making it easier for a partner to switch in. U-turn is also an option to chip down foes in conjunction with Knock Off, without providing Defiant Pokemon like Braviary and Passimian with boosts; however, it has far less utility than Parting Shot, and these Defiant users aren't very common. Will-O-Wisp allows Incineroar to cripple physical attackers like Doublade, Rhyperior, and Haxorus, though it should only attempt to use it against the latter two if they have been affected by Intimidate. Toxic is an alternative option that cripples Pokemon Incineroar can't do much against aside from removing their item, like Milotic and opposing Incineroar. The Speed and Defense investment allow Incineroar to outspeed Mantine to use Parting Shot against it safely and always take two Close Combats from Doublade after an Intimidate, and the rest is invested in Special Defense to check Chandelure and Venusaur better. Flamethrower or Fire Blast are options over Flare Blitz, as they allow Incineroar to break Doublade more easily while avoiding wearing itself down with Flare Blitz recoil.
Wallbreakers like Machamp, Inteleon, Toxtricity, and Haxorus appreciate Incineroar bringing them in with a slow Parting Shot against foes like Gigalith and Milotic, as well as safely activating the former's Flame Orb. Toxtricity also appreciates Incineroar's ability to put Rhyperior and Gigalith in range of its coverage moves by removing their Leftovers, and in return Toxtricity can check Cobalion and form a pivoting core with Incineroar. Tsareena, Heliolisk, and Rotom-C also create a pivoting core with Incineroar to give it more opportunities to cripple foes with Knock Off or status. They can also deal with the bulky Water-types that switch into Incineroar. Galarian Weezing, Aromatisse, and Jellicent are great teammates, as they can check powerful Fighting-types like Sirfetch'd and Machamp that threaten Incineroar. Aromatisse can also provide Wish support, while Jellicent can handle offensive Water-types like Inteleon and check Cobalion, which can revenge kill Incineroar. Reuniclus and Gardevoir enjoy Incineroar's ability to pivot into Ghost-types like Doublade and Chandelure, allowing them to switch in safely with Parting Shot, and break past Steel-types like Bronzong and Escavalier. In return, they can check the aforementioned Fighting-types and help Incineroar break past Galarian Weezing. Incineroar pairs well with partners that can alleviate its weakness to Ground-type coverage such as Celebi, Golisopod, and Noivern, the former of which can break bulky Water-types and appreciates Incineroar's ability beat Steel-types like Bronzong in return. Bronzong and Escavalier are notable partners for their ability to ease the matchup against Gardevoir and Celebi. The former can also pivot into Gigalith and Rhyperior and set up Stealth Rock. In return, Incineroar can pivot into Chandelure for them and bring Escavalier in to wallbreak safely with Parting Shot.
- Written by: [[Twilight, 344575]]
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