Kerfluffle

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[OVERVIEW]

Kerfluffle possesses a very scary STAB combination in Fairy / Fighting, which is dangerous to deal with for most of the metagame, apart from Poison-types and dedicated special walls. Thanks to its typing, Kerfluffle has a good chance against bulky teams that rely on Pokemon like Heatran and Ferrothorn to check Fairy-types, which it can force out and capitalize on with Parting Shot. To add onto that, it has access to Taunt, which particularly improves its matchup against bulkier teams and most notably shuts down Toxapex, the best bulky Poison-type in the metagame. However, despite all this, Kerfluffle still struggles to make a name for itself in the CAP metagame, as it faces major competition from Tapu Lele and Tapu Koko, which outclass it as a wallbreaker and offensive pivot, respectively. Additionally, it's outsped by Mega Alakazam, Tornadus-T, and Greninja, some of the most prominent Pokemon in the CAP metagame. Lastly, it's easily worn down if it's actively pivoting around because it's susceptible to every entry hazard.

[SET]
name: Offensive Pivot
move 1: Moonblast
move 2: Focus Blast
move 3: Parting Shot
move 4: Taunt
item: Fightinium Z
ability: Natural Cure
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Parting Shot is the main appeal to using Kerfluffle, allowing it to act as a fast pivot that can punish Pokemon with stat drops. Taunt is the preferred fourth move, as it allows Kerfluffle to shut down Toxapex and Chansey. As a result, it enables Kerfluffle to break stall teams, depending on how patiently it is used. Sludge Bomb is also an option that can be run if Jumbao is an issue, but Kerfluffle can easily use Parting Shot to punish Jumbao with another teammate, leaving Sludge Bomb as a generally less desirable option.

Set Details
========

Fightinium Z allows Kerfluffle to bust through Steel-types like Magearna and Celesteela once they're sufficiently weakened. Natural Cure is preferred to Aroma Veil because it allows Kerfluffle to shrug off burns from Toxapex. A Timid nature is preferred to a Modest nature to outspeed Pokemon like Kartana, Mega Latios, and Mega Crucibelle.

Usage Tips
========

Early-game, Kerfluffle should attempt to wear down Pokemon like Magearna and Celesteela and pivot out of them with Parting Shot. Continue doing this until said Pokemon are worn down into range of All-Out Pummeling, though be wary of Protect from Celesteela. However, Kerfluffle is quite prediction reliant against teams that use a combination of one of the aforementioned Steel-types and Tornadus-T or Mega Alakazam, for example, because they will leave Kerfluffle guessing what is going to come in. You should utilize Parting Shot more efficiently in these matchups to ease prediction and punish whatever is expected to switch in. You should actively try to use Kerfluffle's resistances to Dark and Rock to switch in and take advantage of Pokemon like Weavile and Mega Tyranitar. Although Kerfluffle has a good matchup against various bulkier teams, if there's a Pokemon like Moltres present on the opposing team, you should immediately use Taunt, since Kerfluffle can't 2HKO it but also can't afford to Taunt it once it has switched in because Flamethrower does heavy damage.

Team Options
========

Because Kerfluffle struggles to regularly pick up KOs but still manages to force switches, Spikes setters like Greninja, Ash-Greninja, and Syclant are optimal to pair it with. Kerfluffle fits perfectly into offensive pivoting cores with Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Mega Crucibelle, and Assault Vest Magearna to constantly pressure the opposition. Despite Kerfluffle's high Speed stat, it's still pressured by Psychic-types like Mega Alakazam and Choice Scarf Tapu Lele, so you will need Steel-types like Celesteela and Assault Vest Magearna to keep them in check. It also struggles against Fairy-types like Jumbao if it's not running Sludge Bomb, so having Pokemon like Mega Crucibelle and Mega Mawile is extremely useful to take advantage of them. Additionally, it's important to have Knock Off users like Tornadus-T to punish Toxapex.

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

Darkinium Z can be run instead of Fightinium Z to provide Kerfluffle's teammates with a secondary chance via Z-Parting Shot. However, it makes it much harder for Kerfluffle to break through teams. Z-Celebrate is another option that can turn Kerfluffle into a late-game sweeper. Despite its decent damage output, though, it heavily relies on chip damage and staying healthy, meaning that it will be useless for most of the game.

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

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Fast Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Mega Alakazam, and Greninja can easily outspeed Kerfluffle and OHKO it. Additionally, Kerfluffle struggles against Choice Scarf users like Kitsunoh and Kartana, which can OHKO it too.

**Steel-types not weak to Fighting**: Steel-types like Celesteela and Magearna can easily shrug off Moonblast and are not particularly bothered by Focus Blast, though they are quickly worn down into range of All-Out Pummeling.

**Specially Defensive Walls**: Specially defensive walls like Jumbao and Assault Vest Tangrowth can switch into Kerfluffle pretty comfortably, though Jumbao must be wary of Sludge Bomb.

**Poison-types**: Although the former two can be easily shut down by Taunt, Poison-types such as Toxapex, Fidgit, and Amoonguss can easily take Moonblast and Focus Blast. Furthermore, Kerfluffle must also be wary of Sludge Bomb from Fidgit.

**Fire-types**: Volcarona, Mega Charizard Y, and Moltres are examples of Fire-types that can force out Kerfluffle, but due to their crippling Stealth Rock weakness, they cannot consistently do so.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Jordy, 395754]]
- Quality checked by: [[snake_rattler, 227784], [xavgb, 231402], [Jho, 208105]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Rabia, 336073], [The Dutch Plumberjack, 232216]]
 
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[OVERVIEW]

* Kerfluffle possesses over a very scary STAB combination in Fairy / Fighting, which is dangerous to deal with for most of the metagame, apart from Poison-types and dedicated special tanks.
* To add onto that, it has access to Taunt, which particularly improves its matchup against bulkier teams, and most notably shuts down Toxapex, the best Poison-type in the metagame.
* Thanks to its typing, it can force a decent amount of switches against more passive teams that rely on Pokemon like Heatran and Ferrothorn to check Fairy-types, which it can capitalize on with Parting Shot. move this up to second point imo
* However, despite all this, Kerfluffle still struggles to make a name for itself in the CAP metagame, because it faces major competition from Tapu Lele and Tapu Koko, which outclass it as a wallbreaker and offensive pivot respectively.
* To add onto that, it's outsped by Mega Alakazam, Tornadus-T, and Greninja, some of the most prominent Pokemon in the CAP metagame.
worn down quickly, hard to switch in due to bad resists

[SET]
name: Offensive Pivot
move 1: Moonblast
move 2: Focus Blast
move 3: Parting Shot
move 4: Taunt
item: Fightinium Z
ability: Natural Cure
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Parting Shot is the main appeal to using Kerfluffle, allowing it to act as a fast pivot that can punish Pokemon with stat drops.
* Taunt is the preferred fourth move, because it allows Kerfluffle to shut down Toxapex and Chansey. As a result, it enables Kerfluffle to break stall teams, depending on how patiently it is used.
* Sludge Bomb is also an option that can be run if Jumbao is an issue, but Kerfluffle would rather use Parting Shot to punish Jumbao with another teammate, leaving it as a generally less desirable option.

Set Details
========

* Fightinium Z allows Kerfluffle to bust through Steel-types like Magearna and Celesteela once sufficiently weakened.
* A Timid nature is preferred to a Modest nature to outspeed Pokemon like Kartana, Mega Latios, and Mega Crucibelle.
you could mention natural cure lets it shrug off pex's burns and poison

Usage Tips
========

* Early-game, Kerfluffle should attempt to wear down Pokemon like Magearna and Celesteela and pivot out of them with Parting Shot.
* Continue doing this until said Pokemon are worn down into range of All-Out Pummeling, be wary of Protect from Celesteela, though.
* However, Kerfluffle is quite prediction reliant against teams that use a combination of the aforementioned Steel-types and Tornadus-T or Mega Alakazam, for example, because they will leave Kerfluffle guessing what is going to come in. You should utilize Parting Shot more efficiently in these matchups, punishing whatever is prone to switching in.
mention how it's able to annoy band weavile? if it locks into a dark move, kerf gets a field day
also describe using taunt on the switch in against defensive mons imo - moltres doesn't like getting taunted after it switches in, but flamethrower's chunking kerf as it taunts


Team Options
========

* Because Kerfluffle struggles to regularly pick up KOes, but still manages to force switches, Spikes setters like Greninja, Ash-Greninja, and Syclant are optimal to pair it with.
* Kerfluffle fits perfectly into offensive pivoting cores with Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Mega Crucibelle, and Assault Vest Magearna.
* Despite Kerfluffle's high Speed stat, it's still pressured by Psychic-types like Mega Alakazam and Choice Scarf Tapu Lele, so you will need Steel-types like Assault Vest Magearna or Celesteela to keep them in check.
* It also struggles against Fairy-types like Jumbao if it's not running Sludge Bomb, so having Pokemon like Mega Crucibelle and Mega Mawile is extremely useful to take advantage of them.

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

* Darkinium Z can be run instead of Fightinium Z to provide Kerfluffle's teammates with a secondary chance with Z-Parting Shot, however, it makes it much harder for Kerfluffle to break through teams.
* Z-Celebrate is another option that can be run to turn Kerfluffle into a late-game sweeper. Despite its decent damage output, though, it heavily relies on chip damage and staying healthy itself, meaning that it will be useless for most of the game.

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

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Fast Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Mega Alakazam, and Greninja can easily outspeed Kerfluffle and OHKO it. tack on scarfers too - would you kill me thrice if i mentioned scarf kart

**Steel-types not weak to Fighting**: Steel-types like Celesteela, Magearna, and Kitsunoh can easily shrug off Moonblast and are not particularly bothered by Focus Blast, though they are quickly worn down.

**Jumbao**: Jumbao can switch into Kerfluffle pretty comfortably, but it must be wary of Sludge Bomb.

**Poison-types**: Poison-types such as Toxapex and Amoonguss can easily take Moonblast and Focus Blast and shrug it off. Toxapex can easily be shut down by Taunt, however, so be wary of it.

special tanks like av tang and chansey, also fire types like megazardy / volcarona - even if it can pshot out, it still forces it out and they can fire off an attack / set up

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Jordy, 395754]]
- Quality checked by: [[, ], [, ], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
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[OVERVIEW]

* Kerfluffle possesses over a very scary STAB combination in Fairy / Fighting, which is dangerous to deal with for most of the metagame, apart from Poison-types and dedicated special walls.
* Thanks to its typing, it can force a decent amount of switches against more passive teams that rely on Pokemon like Heatran and Ferrothorn to check Fairy-types, which it can capitalize on with Parting Shot. - The fact that tran and ferro check fairy types but lose to kerf is more about kerf's ability to break teams rather than force switches. I think that a more appropriate way to word this point would be to talk about its typing granting it a good matchup against common balance picks such as tran/ferro/argh so that it can force them out.
* To add onto that, it has access to Taunt, which particularly improves its matchup against bulkier teams, and most notably shuts down Toxapex, the best Poison-type in the metagame. - Something less subjective here than best Poison-type in the metagame here, maybe change to "bulky Poison-type"?
* However, despite all this, Kerfluffle still struggles to make a name for itself in the CAP metagame, because it faces major competition from Tapu Lele and Tapu Koko, which outclass it as a wallbreaker and offensive pivot respectively.
* Additionally, it's outsped by Mega Alakazam, Tornadus-T, and Greninja, some of the most prominent Pokemon in the CAP metagame.
* Lastly, it's easily worn down if it's actively pivoting around, because it's susceptible to every hazard.

[SET]
name: Offensive Pivot
move 1: Moonblast
move 2: Focus Blast
move 3: Parting Shot
move 4: Taunt
item: Fightinium Z
ability: Natural Cure
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Parting Shot is the main appeal to using Kerfluffle, allowing it to act as a fast pivot that can punish Pokemon with stat drops.
* Taunt is the preferred fourth move, because it allows Kerfluffle to shut down Toxapex and Chansey. As a result, it enables Kerfluffle to break stall teams, depending on how patiently it is used.
* Sludge Bomb is also an option that can be run if Jumbao is an issue, but Kerfluffle would rather can easily use Parting Shot to punish Jumbao with another teammate, leaving it Sludge Bomb as a generally less desirable option. - Hard to say that Parting Shot is a better choice against Jumbao in particular, which is what this sentence implies.

Set Details
========

* Fightinium Z allows Kerfluffle to bust through Steel-types like Magearna and Celesteela once sufficiently weakened.
* Natural Cure is preferred to Aroma Veil, because it allows Kerfluffle to shrug off burns from Toxapex.
* A Timid nature is preferred to a Modest nature to outspeed Pokemon like Kartana, Mega Latios, and Mega Crucibelle.

Usage Tips
========

* Early-game, Kerfluffle should attempt to wear down Pokemon like Magearna and Celesteela and pivot out of them with Parting Shot.
* Continue doing this until said Pokemon are worn down into range of All-Out Pummeling, be wary of Protect from Celesteela, though.
* However, Kerfluffle is quite prediction reliant against teams that use a combination of the aforementioned Steel-types and Tornadus-T or Mega Alakazam, for example, because they will leave Kerfluffle guessing what is going to come in. You should utilize Parting Shot more efficiently in these matchups, punishing whatever is prone to switching in.
* You should actively try and use Kerfluffle's defensive typing, which grants it a resistance to Dark and Rock, to switch in, meaning that it can take advantage of Pokemon like Weavile and Mega Tyranitar.
* Although Kerfluffle has a good matchup against various bulkier teams, if there's a Pokemon like Moltres present on the opposing team, you should immediately use Taunt, because Kerfluffle can't 2HKO it, but also can't afford to Taunt it once it has switched in, because Flamethrower does a lot.

Team Options
========

* Because Kerfluffle struggles to regularly pick up KOes, but still manages to force switches, Spikes setters like Greninja, Ash-Greninja, and Syclant are optimal to pair it with.
* Kerfluffle fits perfectly into offensive pivoting cores with Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Mega Crucibelle, and Assault Vest Magearna.
* Despite Kerfluffle's high Speed stat, it's still pressured by Psychic-types like Mega Alakazam and Choice Scarf Tapu Lele, so you will need Steel-types like Assault Vest Magearna or Celesteela to keep them in check.
* It also struggles against Fairy-types like Jumbao if it's not running Sludge Bomb, so having Pokemon like Mega Crucibelle and Mega Mawile is extremely useful to take advantage of them.

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

* Darkinium Z can be run instead of Fightinium Z to provide Kerfluffle's teammates with a secondary chance, however, it makes it much harder for Kerfluffle to break through teams.
* Z-Celebrate is another option that can be run to turn Kerfluffle into a late-game sweeper. Despite its decent damage output, though, it heavily relies on chip damage and staying healthy itself, meaning that it will be useless for most of the game.

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

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Fast Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Mega Alakazam, and Greninja can easily outspeed Kerfluffle and OHKO it. Additionally, Kerfluffle struggles against Choice Scarf users like Kitsunoh and Kartana.

**Steel-types not weak to Fighting**: Steel-types like Celesteela, Magearna, and Kitsunoh can easily shrug off Moonblast and are not particularly bothered by Focus Blast, though they are quickly worn down. - Change this slightly to say that the first two can be worn down into range of All-Out Pummeling

**Specially Defensive Walls**: Specially Defensive walls like Jumbao and Assault Vest Tangrowth can switch into Kerfluffle pretty comfortably, but Jumbao must be wary of Sludge Bomb.

**Poison-types**: Poison-types such as Toxapex and Amoonguss can easily take Moonblast and Focus Blast and shrug it off. Toxapex can easily be shut down by Taunt, however, so be wary of it. - Maybe add Fidgit to both halves of this point

**Fire-types**: Volcarona, Mega Charizard Y, and Moltres are examples of Fire-types that can force out Kerfluffle, but due to their crippling Stealth Rock weakness, they are not consistent at doing so.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Jordy, 395754]]
- Quality checked by: [[, ], [, ], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
Kerfluffle is bad. QC 2/3
 

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[OVERVIEW]

Kerfluffle possesses over a very scary STAB combination in Fairy / Fighting, which is dangerous to deal with for most of the metagame, apart from Poison-types and dedicated special walls. Thanks to its typing, Kerfluffle has a good chance against bulky teams that rely on Pokemon like Heatran and Ferrothorn to check Fairy-types, which it can force out and capitalize on with Parting Shot. To add onto that, it has access to Taunt, which particularly improves its matchup against bulkier teams, and most notably shuts down Toxapex, the best bulky Poison-type in the metagame. However, despite all this, Kerfluffle still struggles to make a name for itself in the CAP metagame, because it faces major competition from Tapu Lele and Tapu Koko, which outclass it as a wallbreaker and offensive pivot respectively. Additionally, it's outsped by Mega Alakazam, Tornadus-T, and Greninja, some of the most prominent Pokemon in the CAP metagame. Lastly, it's easily worn down if it's actively pivoting around, because it's susceptible to every hazard.

[SET]
name: Offensive Pivot
move 1: Moonblast
move 2: Focus Blast
move 3: Parting Shot
move 4: Taunt
item: Fightinium Z
ability: Natural Cure
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Parting Shot is the main appeal to using Kerfluffle, allowing it to act as a fast pivot that can punish Pokemon with stat drops. Taunt is the preferred fourth move, because it allows Kerfluffle to shut down Toxapex and Chansey. As a result, it enables Kerfluffle to break stall teams, depending on how patiently it is used. Sludge Bomb is also an option that can be run if Jumbao is an issue, but Kerfluffle can easily use Parting Shot to punish Jumbao with another teammate, leaving Sludge Bomb as a generally less desirable option.

Set Details
========

Fightinium Z allows Kerfluffle to bust through Steel-types like Magearna and Celesteela once sufficiently weakened. Natural Cure is preferred to Aroma Veil, because it allows Kerfluffle to shrug off burns from Toxapex. A Timid nature is preferred to a Modest nature to outspeed Pokemon like Kartana, Mega Latios, and Mega Crucibelle.

Usage Tips
========

Early-game, Kerfluffle should attempt to wear down Pokemon like Magearna and Celesteela and pivot out of them with Parting Shot. Continue doing this until said Pokemon are worn down into range of All-Out Pummeling, be wary of Protect from Celesteela, though. However, Kerfluffle is quite prediction reliant against teams that use a combination of the aforementioned Steel-types and Tornadus-T or Mega Alakazam, for example, because they will leave Kerfluffle guessing what is going to come in. You should utilize Parting Shot more efficiently in these matchups, punishing whatever is prone to switching in. You should actively try and use Kerfluffle's defensive typing, which grants it a resistance to Dark and Rock, to switch in, meaning that it can take advantage of Pokemon like Weavile and Mega Tyranitar. Although Kerfluffle has a good matchup against various bulkier teams, if there's a Pokemon like Moltres present on the opposing team, you should immediately use Taunt, because Kerfluffle can't 2HKO it, but also can't afford to Taunt it once it has switched in, because Flamethrower does a lot.

Team Options
========

Because Kerfluffle struggles to regularly pick up KOes, but still manages to force switches, Spikes setters like Greninja, Ash-Greninja, and Syclant are optimal to pair it with. Kerfluffle fits perfectly into offensive pivoting cores with Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Mega Crucibelle, and Assault Vest Magearna. Despite Kerfluffle's high Speed stat, it's still pressured by Psychic-types like Mega Alakazam and Choice Scarf Tapu Lele, so you will need Steel-types like Assault Vest Magearna or Celesteela to keep them in check. It also struggles against Fairy-types like Jumbao if it's not running Sludge Bomb, so having Pokemon like Mega Crucibelle and Mega Mawile is extremely useful to take advantage of them. Additionally, it's important to have Knock Off users like Tornadus-T to punish Toxapex.

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

Darkinium Z can be run instead of Fightinium Z to provide Kerfluffle's teammates with a secondary chance, however, it makes it much harder for Kerfluffle to break through teams. Z-Celebrate is another option that can be run to turn Kerfluffle into a late-game sweeper. Despite its decent damage output, though, it heavily relies on chip damage and staying healthy itself, meaning that it will be useless for most of the game.

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

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Fast Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Mega Alakazam, and Greninja can easily outspeed Kerfluffle and OHKO it. Additionally, Kerfluffle struggles against Choice Scarf users like Kitsunoh and Kartana.

**Steel-types not weak to Fighting**: Steel-types like Celesteela, Magearna, and Kitsunoh can easily shrug off Moonblast and are not particularly bothered by Focus Blast, though they are quickly worn down into range of All-Out Pummeling. (Kitsunoh isnt)

**Specially Defensive Walls**: Specially Defensive walls like Jumbao and Assault Vest Tangrowth can switch into Kerfluffle pretty comfortably, but Jumbao must be wary of Sludge Bomb.

**Poison-types**: Poison-types such as Toxapex, Fidgit, and Amoonguss can easily take Moonblast and Focus Blast and shrug it off. Toxapex and Fidgit can easily be shut down by Taunt, however, so be wary of it. Kerfluffle must be wary of Sludge Bomb from Fidgit, though.

**Fire-types**: Volcarona, Mega Charizard Y, and Moltres are examples of Fire-types that can force out Kerfluffle, but due to their crippling Stealth Rock weakness, they are not consistent at doing so.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Jordy, 395754]]
- Quality checked by: [[snake_rattler, 227784], [xavgb, 231402], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
Honestly i dont think this need any changes from a QC point of view 3/3, just change the bit about Kitsunoh being worn down into AoP range
 

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[OVERVIEW]

Kerfluffle possesses over a very scary STAB combination in Fairy / Fighting, which is dangerous to deal with for most of the metagame, apart from Poison-types and dedicated special walls. Thanks to its typing, Kerfluffle has a good chance against bulky teams that rely on Pokemon like Heatran and Ferrothorn to check Fairy-types, which it can force out and capitalize on with Parting Shot. To add onto that, it has access to Taunt, which particularly improves its matchup against bulkier teams,(RC) and most notably shuts down Toxapex, the best bulky Poison-type in the metagame. However, despite all this, Kerfluffle still struggles to make a name for itself in the CAP metagame, because as it faces major competition from Tapu Lele and Tapu Koko, which outclass it as a wallbreaker and offensive pivot,(AC) respectively. Additionally, it's outsped by Mega Alakazam, Tornadus-T, and Greninja, some of the most prominent Pokemon in the CAP metagame. Lastly, it's easily worn down if it's actively pivoting around,(RC) because it's susceptible to every entry hazard.

[SET]
name: Offensive Pivot
move 1: Moonblast
move 2: Focus Blast
move 3: Parting Shot
move 4: Taunt
item: Fightinium Z
ability: Natural Cure
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Parting Shot is the main appeal to using Kerfluffle, allowing it to act as a fast pivot that can punish Pokemon with stat drops. Taunt is the preferred fourth move, because as it allows Kerfluffle to shut down Toxapex and Chansey. As a result, it enables Kerfluffle to break stall teams, depending on how patiently it is used. Sludge Bomb is also an option that can be run if Jumbao is an issue, but Kerfluffle can easily use Parting Shot to punish Jumbao with another teammate, leaving Sludge Bomb as a generally less desirable option.

Set Details
========

Fightinium Z allows Kerfluffle to bust through Steel-types like Magearna and Celesteela once sufficiently weakened. Natural Cure is preferred to Aroma Veil,(RC) because it allows Kerfluffle to shrug off burns from Toxapex. A Timid nature is preferred to a Modest nature to outspeed Pokemon like Kartana, Mega Latios, and Mega Crucibelle.

Usage Tips
========

Early-game, Kerfluffle should attempt to wear down Pokemon like Magearna and Celesteela and pivot out of them with Parting Shot. Continue doing this until said Pokemon are worn down into range of All-Out Pummeling, though be wary of Protect from Celesteela,(RC) though. However, Kerfluffle is quite prediction-reliant(AH) against teams that use a combination of the aforementioned Steel-types (that use a combination of both of the Steel-types and then one of the following Pokemon? Or just one of the Steel-types? if the latter, change to "a combination of one of the aforementioned Steel-types") and Tornadus-T or Mega Alakazam, for example, because they will leave Kerfluffle guessing what is going to come in. You should utilize Parting Shot more efficiently in these matchups,(RC) punishing to ease prediction and punish (makes the point of using Parting Shot a bit more explicit) whatever is prone (do you mean whatever is expected to switch in? 'prone' doesn't really work here) to switching in. You should actively try and to use Kerfluffle's defensive typing, which grants it a resistance to Dark and Rock, to switch in,(RC) meaning that it can and take advantage of Pokemon like Weavile and Mega Tyranitar. Although Kerfluffle has a good matchup against various bulkier teams, if there's a Pokemon like Moltres present on the opposing team, you should immediately use Taunt, because since Kerfluffle can't 2HKO it,(RC) but also can't afford to Taunt it once it has switched in,(RC) because Flamethrower does a lot.

Team Options
========

Because Kerfluffle struggles to regularly pick up KOes,(RC) KOs but still manages to force switches, Spikes setters like Greninja, Ash-Greninja, and Syclant are optimal to pair it with. Kerfluffle fits perfectly into offensive pivoting cores with Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Mega Crucibelle, and Assault Vest Magearna (why?). Despite Kerfluffle's high Speed stat, it's still pressured by Psychic-types like Mega Alakazam and Choice Scarf Tapu Lele, so you will need Steel-types like Assault Vest Magearna or Celesteela and Assault Vest Magearna to keep them in check. It also struggles against Fairy-types like Jumbao if it's not running Sludge Bomb, so having Pokemon like Mega Crucibelle and Mega Mawile is extremely useful to take advantage of them. Additionally, it's important to have Knock Off users like Tornadus-T to punish Toxapex.

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

Darkinium Z can be run instead of Fightinium Z to provide Kerfluffle's teammates with a secondary chance,(RC) however,(RC) via Z-Parting Shot.(AP) (eh, probably not necessary, but I feel clarifying what exactly Darkinium Z is run for is useful) However,(AC) it makes it much harder for Kerfluffle to break through teams. Z-Celebrate is another option that can be run to turn Kerfluffle into a late-game sweeper. Despite its decent damage output, though, it heavily relies on chip damage and staying healthy itself, meaning that it will be useless for most of the game.

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

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Fast Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Mega Alakazam, and Greninja can easily outspeed Kerfluffle and OHKO it. Additionally, Kerfluffle struggles against Choice Scarf users like Kitsunoh and Kartana (why? do they threaten to OHKO it? do they not drop to its moves?).

**Steel-types not weak to Fighting**: Steel-types like Celesteela, Magearna, and Kitsunoh can easily shrug off Moonblast and are not particularly bothered by Focus Blast (it is very weird that you say Kitsunoh is not "particularly bothered by Focus Blast"; it isn't bothered at all by it. Consider rephrasing), though Celesteela and Magearna are quickly worn down into range of All-Out Pummeling.

**Specially Defensive Walls**: Specially Defensive defensive walls like Jumbao and Assault Vest Tangrowth can switch into Kerfluffle pretty comfortably, but Jumbao must be wary of Sludge Bomb.

**Poison-types**: Although Toxapex and Fidgit can be easily shut down by Taunt,(AC) Poison-types such as Toxapex, Fidgit, and Amoonguss can easily take Moonblast and Focus Blast and shrug it them off. Toxapex and Fidgit can easily be shut down by Taunt, however, so be wary of it. Kerfluffle must also be wary of Sludge Bomb from Fidgit,(RC) though. (that second sentence read like a UT for Toxapex and Fidgit, so the changes aim to incorporate that idea into the section better without it reading as well, a UT)

**Fire-types**: Volcarona, Mega Charizard Y, and Moltres are examples of Fire-types that can force out Kerfluffle, but due to their crippling Stealth Rock weakness, they are not consistent at doing so.

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[OVERVIEW]

Kerfluffle possesses a very scary STAB combination in Fairy / Fighting, which is dangerous to deal with for most of the metagame, apart from Poison-types and dedicated special walls. Thanks to its typing, Kerfluffle has a good chance against bulky teams that rely on Pokemon like Heatran and Ferrothorn to check Fairy-types, which it can force out and capitalize on with Parting Shot. To add onto that, it has access to Taunt, which particularly improves its matchup against bulkier teams and most notably shuts down Toxapex, the best bulky Poison-type in the metagame. However, despite all this, Kerfluffle still struggles to make a name for itself in the CAP metagame, as it faces major competition from Tapu Lele and Tapu Koko, which outclass it as a wallbreaker and offensive pivot, respectively. Additionally, it's outsped by Mega Alakazam, Tornadus-T, and Greninja, some of the most prominent Pokemon in the CAP metagame. Lastly, it's easily worn down if it's actively pivoting around because it's susceptible to every entry hazard.

[SET]
name: Offensive Pivot
move 1: Moonblast
move 2: Focus Blast
move 3: Parting Shot
move 4: Taunt
item: Fightinium Z
ability: Natural Cure
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Parting Shot is the main appeal to using Kerfluffle, allowing it to act as a fast pivot that can punish Pokemon with stat drops. Taunt is the preferred fourth move, as it allows Kerfluffle to shut down Toxapex and Chansey. As a result, it enables Kerfluffle to break stall teams, depending on how patiently it is used. Sludge Bomb is also an option that can be run if Jumbao is an issue, but Kerfluffle can easily use Parting Shot to punish Jumbao with another teammate, leaving Sludge Bomb as a generally less desirable option.

Set Details
========

Fightinium Z allows Kerfluffle to bust through Steel-types like Magearna and Celesteela once they're sufficiently weakened. Natural Cure is preferred to Aroma Veil because it allows Kerfluffle to shrug off burns from Toxapex. A Timid nature is preferred to a Modest nature to outspeed Pokemon like Kartana, Mega Latios, and Mega Crucibelle.

Usage Tips
========

Early-game, Kerfluffle should attempt to wear down Pokemon like Magearna and Celesteela and pivot out of them with Parting Shot. Continue doing this until said Pokemon are worn down into range of All-Out Pummeling, though be wary of Protect from Celesteela. However, Kerfluffle is quite prediction reliant (RH) against teams that use a combination of one of the aforementioned Steel-types and Tornadus-T or Mega Alakazam, for example, because they will leave Kerfluffle guessing what is going to come in. You should utilize Parting Shot more efficiently in these matchups to ease prediction and punish whatever is expected to switch in. You should actively try to use Kerfluffle's defensive typing, which grants it a resistance resistances to Dark and Rock (RC) (either this or kill the which clause) to switch in and take advantage of Pokemon like Weavile and Mega Tyranitar. Although Kerfluffle has a good matchup against various bulkier teams, if there's a Pokemon like Moltres present on the opposing team, you should immediately use Taunt, since Kerfluffle can't 2HKO it but also can't afford to Taunt it once it has switched in because Flamethrower does a lot heavy damage.

Team Options
========

Because Kerfluffle struggles to regularly pick up KOs but still manages to force switches, Spikes setters like Greninja, Ash-Greninja, and Syclant are optimal to pair it with. Kerfluffle fits perfectly into offensive pivoting cores with Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Mega Crucibelle, and Assault Vest Magearna to constantly pressure the opposition. Despite Kerfluffle's high Speed stat, it's still pressured by Psychic-types like Mega Alakazam and Choice Scarf Tapu Lele, so you will need Steel-types like Celesteela and Assault Vest Magearna to keep them in check. It also struggles against Fairy-types like Jumbao if it's not running Sludge Bomb, so having Pokemon like Mega Crucibelle and Mega Mawile is extremely useful to take advantage of them. Additionally, it's important to have Knock Off users like Tornadus-T to punish Toxapex.

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

Darkinium Z can be run instead of Fightinium Z to provide Kerfluffle's teammates with a secondary chance via Z-Parting Shot. However, it makes it much harder for Kerfluffle to break through teams. Z-Celebrate is another option that can be run to turn Kerfluffle into a late-game sweeper. Despite its decent damage output, though, it heavily relies on chip damage and staying healthy, meaning that it will be useless for most of the game.

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

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Fast Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Mega Alakazam, and Greninja can easily outspeed Kerfluffle and OHKO it. Additionally, Kerfluffle struggles against Choice Scarf users like Kitsunoh and Kartana, (AC) and which can OHKO it too.

**Steel-types not weak to Fighting**: Steel-types like Celesteela and Magearna can easily shrug off Moonblast and are not particularly bothered by Focus Blast, though they are quickly worn down into range of All-Out Pummeling.

**Specially Defensive Walls**: Specially defensive walls like Jumbao and Assault Vest Tangrowth can switch into Kerfluffle pretty comfortably, but though Jumbao must be wary of Sludge Bomb.

**Poison-types**: Although Toxapex and Fidgit the former two can be easily shut down by Taunt, Poison-types such as Toxapex, Fidgit, and Amoonguss can easily take Moonblast and Focus Blast and shrug them off. Furthermore, Kerfluffle must also be wary of Sludge Bomb from Fidgit.

**Fire-types**: Volcarona, Mega Charizard Y, and Moltres are examples of Fire-types that can force out Kerfluffle, but due to their crippling Stealth Rock weakness, they are not cannot consistently at doing do so.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Jordy, 395754]]
- Quality checked by: [[snake_rattler, 227784], [xavgb, 231402], [Jho, 208105]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Rabia, 336073], [, ]]
 

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