Well, let me think about it
Jirachi will Iron Head you to death! Jirachi army......GO!
* Jirachi's niche in 1v1 stems from the combination of its bulk, speed tier, and item selection that allow it to take on multiple top threats in 1v1, such as Porygon-Z, Tapu Lele, and Meloetta
* erene Grace is an important benefactor to Jirachi's success, as it greatly increases Jirachi's odds of winning matchups that it would otherwise struggle in, such as" Tapu Fini, Kommo-o, Crustle, and Hoopa-Unbound.
* Besides its two STAB moves, Jirachi also has access to multiple coverage moves that aid it in handling Pokemon that can deal with the damage from its STABs like Dragonite, Genesect, and Chansey.
* Unfortunately, Jirachi's STABs aren't perfectly reliable for every matchup. Any matchups that Jirachi doesn't win by raw type advantage or move power alone are often subject to the random chance of whether or not Jirachi lands a flinch or multiple consecutive flinches. The main examples of this include Mega Charizard-Y, Magearna, and Zeraora
* Jirachi is also not gifted with the best offensive presence, as multiple of the top threats in the metagame like Mega Charizard-X, Mega Gyarados, and Greninja resist either or both of Jirachi's STABs and simply aren't stopped by its coverage
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Iron Head
move 2: Heart Stamp
move 3: Fire Punch
move 4: Ice Punch / Trick
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Serene Grace
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
* Iron Head is Jirachi's main STAB move that it uses for dealing with the Fairy types that occupy 1v1, in addition to having a 30% flinch chance that gets doubled to 60% by Serene Grace, allowing it to take on opposing Pokemon like Normalium Z Porygon-Z, Tapu Fini, and non-Choice Band Haxorus that would all normally take Jirachi down before it could do the same to them without flinching
* Heart Stamp is Jirachi's Psychic STAB and is mainly used for when it's super effective or Iron Head is resisted and its coverage moves fail to dispatch the opponent, namely in the cases of Zeraora, Kommo-o, Mega Venusaur, and Naganadel. Like Iron Head, Heart Stamp is also equipped with a 30% base flinch chance which is then doubled to 60% by Serene Grace.
* Fire Punch gives Jirachi a way to deal with Steel-types like Genesect and Ferrothorn that would otherwise resist both of its STABs.
* Ice Punch allows Jirachi to OHKO Jumpluff and in addition to 2HKOing non-Choice Band Dragonite.
* Trick can be used to trap walls such as Chansey and Porygon2 to the first move they pick, which makes unable to use Recover.
* 252 Attack EVs makes Jirachi's attacks as strong as possible.
* With 252 Speed EVs, a Jolly nature and a Choice Scarf lets Jirachi outpace Pokemon like Haxorus, Porygon-Z and Genesect.
* 4 SpD EVs prevents Genesect from getting a Special Attack boost with Download.
* The ability Serene Grace makes Iron Head and Heart Stamp have a greater chance of flinching.
* Jirachi's best matchups are ideally against Pokemon that are either physically frail, weak to either of Jirachi's STABs, incapable of dealing lethal damage to Jirachi, or any combination of the three, such as Porygon-Z, Tapu Lele, Meloetta, and Kommo-o
* Even though Fire Punch and Ice Punch can hit a lot of Pokemon super effectively, they're only really ideal against moderately bulky Pokemon with dual weaknesses to them like non-Choice Band Dragonite, Genesect, Jumpluff, and Ferrothorn due to Jirachi being too weak to deal significant damage to anything else.
* Pokemon that need only flinch to win such as Naganadel, Mega Medicham, Counter Crustle, and Hoopa-Unbound are good to send Jirachi out agianst due to having a 60% chance to flinch them, however, if they do move, Jirachi will be OHKOed by their attacks.
* Pokemon that require more than one flinch, but cannot OHKO Jirachi such as Choice Scarf Haxorus, Tapu Fini and Primarina are good for Jirachi to take on.
* Pokemon that Jirachi has to rely on flinching more than once such as Garchomp, Choice Band Haxorus and Donphan are not wise to send it out against as it is only a 36% chance of getting two flinches on Garchomp and Haxorus while its it a 21.6% chance to flinch Donphan three times. As If Jirachi fails to flinch them with Iron Head, these Pokemon will OHKO it.
* Jirachi needs partners that can take care of Fire-types like Mega Blaziken, Mega Charizard X and Y, and Heatran so Pokemon like Landorus-T, Garchomp, Haxorus, and Tapu Fini are good partners for it. In return, Jirachi can take care of Genesect, Ferrotorn and Jumpluff for these.
* Fairy-types like Tapu Lele and Mega Gardevoir are good partners for Jirachi as they are able to take care of Dark-types like Hoopa-U and Greninja. In return, Jirachi can take care of Genesect and Naganadel for them.
* Walls like Mega Slowbro and Deoxys-S are able to take on bulky Steel-types like Mega Metagross and Magearna. In return, Jirachi can take on Jumpluff for Mega Slowbro and Tapu Fini for Deoxys-S.
* Pokemon like Porygon-Z, Greninja, and Serperior can pressure Ground-types that trouble Jirachi such as Zygarde, Landorus-T and Donphan from being picked. In return, Jirachi can take on Fighting-types such as Sawk for Porygon-Z and Greninja while taking care of Togekiss for Serperior.
* Z-happy hour can be used with a spread of 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe with the moves of Iron Head, Thunderbolt and Psychic to help take care of walls like Mega Slowbro with Thunderbolt. However, it will lose to Pokemon like Genesect because of not running Fire Punch.
* Thunder Wave with Colbur Berry allows Jirachi to try to go for paraflinches on Pokemon like Greninja and Hoopa-U; however Jirachi can no longer take care of Jumpluff or Choice Band Haxorus.
* Leftovers with Substitute, Thunderbolt, Psyshock and Calm Mind with the EV spread of 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 Spe can be used in order to take on passive Pokemon like Togekiss and Celesteela, however it will be unable to take care of Ferrothorn and Genesect now.
* Steelium Z with Doom Desire can be good to be able to take care of Magearna.
Checks and Counters
**Super-effective attacks**: Pokemon that are Fire-, Ground-, or Dark-type like Mega Charizard X, Mega Gyarados, and Greninja are able to take care of Jirachi with their STAB attacks and either resist Jirachi's STABs or are bulky enough that Jirachi would require an improbable number of flinches in order to win.
**Bulky Steel-type Pokemon**: Steel-type Pokemon such as Mega Metagross, Celesteela, Aegislash, and Magnezone can tank any of Jirachi's attack and either stall Jirachi down or knock it out before it can do the same to them.
**Bulky Pokemon**: Sufficiently bulky Pokemon like Zygarde-C, Primarina, Mega Tyranitar, Garchomp, and Serperior can just outright withstand Jirachi's STABs and coverage and either KO it or set up a win condition.
**Walls**: Jirachi is unable to take care of walls like Type:Null, Mega Slowbro and Prorygon2 because of being able to take Jirachi's attacks and eventually stall it down.
**Bypassing flinches**: There are multiple Pokemon with ways to negate Jirachi's flinches, such as through priority with Sucker Punch Mega Mawile and Prankster Sableye and Whimsicott, by outspeeding it with Deoxys-S and Choice Scarf Blacephalon, and even Pokemon with Inner Focus like Mega Gallade.
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