Magearna

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[OVERVIEW]

Thanks to its great typing, movepool, and ability, Magearna is one of the premier breakers and setup sweepers in the CAP metagame. Magearna's typing provides it with resistances to Psychic-, Fairy-, Flying-, and Dark-type moves, meaning that it gets many setup opportunities against many common Pokemon such as Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, Tornadus-T, and Weavile. Magearna's access to moves like Calm Mind and Pain Split allows it to overwhelm stall teams and bulkier teams in general. Magearna also has access to Shift Gear, and it becomes near impossible to revenge kill with one Shift Gear under its belt because it is capable of outspeeding the whole unboosted metagame. This makes its matchup against more offensive teams quite troublesome for them, further adding to its versatility. Furthermore, it can snowball out of control rather quickly thanks to its Z-Move, which allows it to overwhelm would-be checks like Tangrowth, and Soul-Heart. Aside from its capabilities as a breaker and sweeper, Magearna can also be used as a reliable check to Psychic- and Fairy-types like Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, and other Magearna. It's especially notable as a specially defensive Steel-type thanks to its access to Volt Switch, allowing it to consistently keep and generate momentum, something Ferrothorn, Heatran, and Celesteela can't do. It should be noted, however, that prior to using Shift Gear, Magearna is rather slow and will be outsped by Pokemon like Landorus-T and Heatran, meaning that it will sometimes be difficult to successfully set up. In addition to that, Magearna is very susceptible to getting worn down because it lacks any form of reliable recovery, meaning that it'll often get overwhelmed by Pokemon like Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele and entry hazards over time.

[SET]
name: Calm Mind + Pain Split
move 1: Calm Mind
move 2: Pain Split
move 3: Fleur Cannon
move 4: Hidden Power Ground / Thunderbolt
item: Fairium Z
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Modest
evs: 252 HP / 28 Def / 184 SpA / 44 SpD

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

Calm Mind allows Magearna to break through specially defensive targets like Tangrowth. In conjunction with Calm Mind, Pain Split allows Magearna to break past Chansey, effectively turning it into a stallbreaker. Hidden Power Ground is run to consistently deal with Heatran as well as Mega Crucibelle. Thunderbolt is an alternative option that can be run to reliably deal with Toxapex, Celesteela, and Moltres.

Set Details
========

Fairium Z is preferred to consistently break through Pokemon like Tangrowth and also permits Magearna to ignore Fleur Cannon's Special Attack drop when Twinkle Tackle is used. Shuca Berry is an alternative item that can be run to lure in faster Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp. Wiki Berry can be run if Magearna's team already has another Z-Move user and also allows it to be played more aggressively. 252 HP and 28 Defense EVs are run for Magearna to be able to take an unboosted Earthquake from Landorus-T. 44 Special Defense EVs are used to survive two Focus Blasts from Modest Mega Alakazam.

Usage Tips
========

This set has a particularly good matchup against bulkier teams, as it is capable of setting up in front of Pokemon like Chansey and Tangrowth and can keep itself healthy with Pain Split, allowing it to set up multiple times throughout the match. Magearna should be used as a wallbreaker against more offensive teams that use a faster Ground- or Fire-type like Landorus-T, Smokomodo, or Heatran because it will be unable to reliably sweep. Although Magearna can potentially break past Heatran with a Calm Mind boost, it is generally advised to avoid doing so because Magearna will often be needed to check threats like Mega Alakazam and Tornadus-T throughout the match.

Team Options
========

If Magearna isn't running Thunderbolt, Pokemon that can punish Toxapex like Reuniclus, Mega Latios, Tapu Lele, and Mega Alakazam are useful teammates because Magearna lets Toxapex in for free. In addition to that, Pokemon that can keep Heatran in check like Arghonaut and Rotom-W are important too because Magearna can find itself too pressured to use Hidden Power Ground even when Heatran is predicted to switch in. They can also check Ground- and Fire-type Pokemon. Grass-types like Tangrowth, Jumbao, and Ferrothorn can check Ground-type Pokemon too while also checking Electric-types. Tornadus-T can check Ground-types and also provides free switches for Magearna with U-turn. In return, Magearna can check Mega Crucibelle, which Tornadus-T tends to draw in.

[SET]
name: Shift Gear
move 1: Shift Gear
move 2: Calm Mind
move 3: Fleur Cannon
move 4: Focus Blast
item: Fairium Z
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Magearna, alongside its excellent bulk, typing and ability, makes great use of Shift Gear, turning into a late-game sweeper. Calm Mind enables Magearna to reliably break through would-be checks like Tangrowth, making it quite reliable at breaking balance teams. Focus Blast is run to deal with Steel-types like Heatran and Ferrothorn, which can otherwise handle Magearna quite well. Thunderbolt is another option that can be used instead of Calm Mind to consistently deal with Toxapex and Celesteela. Lastly, Ice Beam can be run alongside Thunderbolt to take on Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp more reliably, as well as Amoonguss; however, if this combination is used, it should be used over Fleur Cannon and Focus Blast.

Set Details
========

Fairium Z is run to quickly overwhelm Pokemon like Tangrowth while also providing Magearna with a reliable move to break past other specially bulky Pokemon. Additionally, Twinkle Tackle ignores Fleur Cannon's Special Attack drop upon usage. Shuca Berry can be run to set up on Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp, but Magearna gives up the ability to overwhelm balance teams as quickly. Fightinium Z can also be run to break past Heatran and Ferrothorn without having to rely on Focus Blast's shaky at best accuracy. Lastly, Iapapa Berry is an option to keep Magearna out of range from priority moves like Water Shuriken from Ash-Greninja.

Usage Tips
========

Magearna can be used as mid-game breaker with Calm Mind or as a late-game sweeper with Shift Gear. You should carefully evaluate when to use Calm Mind and when to use Shift Gear because they allow Magearna to do different things. For example, if Magearna is up against a more offensive team, it's beneficial to use Shift Gear first because then it can outspeed the majority of the team. Calm Mind should be used against bulkier teams, as they will often struggle to reliably switch into +1 Twinkle Tackle from Magearna. However, it should be noted that before setting up at all, Magearna should look to wear down offensive checks such as Choice Scarf Kitsunoh first. Magearna is extremely self-sufficient with its Z-Move; therefore, it should be used to break through would-be checks such as Tangrowth and Chansey. Alternatively, Magearna's Z-Move can be used to pave the way for another teammate to sweep. In addition to picking when to use which setup move, you should not recklessly set up with Magearna because it's prone to being revenge killed by priority moves like Water Shuriken.

Team Options
========

Psychic-types like Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, and Mega Latios can take advantage of Toxapex and Fidgit, which are the main Pokemon that Magearna struggles with. Furthermore, they can force in and force damage on specially defensive Steel-types like Celesteela and Assault Vest Magearna, potentially allowing Magearna to break through the opposition. Greninja and Ash-Greninja can set Spikes for Magearna to wear down switch-ins. Additionally, Greninja has the ability to weaken Pokemon like Celesteela and Toxapex for Magearna. Alternatively, Arghonaut can be used on bulkier teams to set Spikes. Tornadus-T tends to draw in and cripple Pokemon like Heatran and Assault Vest Magearna, which benefits Magearna. Pajantom is a good partner with Magearna because it tends to draw in and trap Pokemon like Clefable and Jumbao, which Magearna can use as setup bait. Furthermore, Pajantom is prone to getting Pursuit trapped by Weavile, which Magearna can also set up on. Lastly, Magearna can be run with dual screens Tapu Koko on hyper offensive teams too to ease setup and provide a Fairy-resistant Pokemon.

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

Trick Room Magearna can be used on dedicated Trick Room teams for its Psychic- and Fairy-type resistance, allowing the team to handle Pokemon like Tapu Lele, Jumbao, and Pajantom much better and allowing Mega Mawile to focus more on wallbreaking. Specially defensive Magearna with Heart Swap is an option on many balanced and stall teams for its ability to take on Tapu Lele and Calm Mind + Pain Split Magearna. In addition to this, it can also take on Aurumoth lacking Overheat. Assault Vest is an option that can be run to turn Magearna into a sturdier check to offensive Psychic-types. However, it's quickly worn down and doesn't fit on a lot of teams because it has to compete with Heart Swap sets.

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

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: Specially defensive Toxapex and Amoonguss aren't bothered by much from Magearna and can thus wall it. However, they should watch out for Thunderbolt and Ice Beam, respectively. Lastly, Tangrowth can take any boosted attack from Magearna other than Twinkle Tackle.

**Fire-types**: Volcarona can use Magearna as setup bait with relative ease, as it is not bothered by any attack from Magearna. Smokomodo can switch into Calm Mind + Pain Split Magearna quite reliably, but it is prone to being worn down quickly. Heatran can take an unboosted Focus Blast and Hidden Power Ground in a pinch, but it will lose if it gets worn down slightly. Volkraken can also switch into Magearna once or twice thanks to its respectable natural bulk. However, it's quickly worn down by Stealth Rock.

**Steel-types**: Assault Vest Magearna can take pretty much any attack from offensive Magearna variants, though it can lose to Pain Split variants. Specially defensive Magearna with Heart Swap can steal Magearna's stat boosts and retaliate. Other Steel-types like Kitsunoh, Celesteela, and Jirachi can take most attacks from Magearna reliably. Celesteela should watch out for Thunderbolt, however.

**Residual Damage**: Spikes are quite annoying for Magearna to deal with, as it will get overwhelmed by Psychic- and Fairy-types like Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele very quickly. Luckily, Magearna can somewhat pressure Arghonaut and Greninja to prevent Spikes from going up in the first place.

**Ground-types**: Ground-types like Landorus-T, Garchomp, and Gliscor can prevent Magearna from setting up. However, they should be wary of variants carrying Shuca Berry because they can set up on the aforementioned Ground-types. Furthermore, they can't reliably switch in because of the threat of Fleur Cannon and Ice Beam.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Jordy, 395754]]
- Quality checked by: [[xavgb, 231402], [Jho, 208105], [snake_rattler, 227784]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Estronic, 240732], [Rabia, 336073]]
 
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[OVERVIEW]

* Thanks to Magearna's great typing, movepool, and ability, it's one of the premier setup sweepers in the CAP metagame.
* Its typing provides Magearna with a resistance to Psychic-, Fairy-, Rock-, and Dark-types, meaning that it gets many setup opportunities against Pokemon like Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, Mega Crucibelle, and Choice-locked Ash-Greninja. - Change rock to flying and Mega Crucibelle to Tornadus-Therian (magearna still finds it tough to set up in front of crucibelle). Also perhaps change ash-gren to weavile since weav is more relevant right now.
* Furthermore, it can snowball out of control rather quickly thanks to Z-Moves, which allow it to overwhelm would-be-checks like Tangrowth, and Soul-Heart.
* Additionally, Magearna is near impossible to revenge kill with 1 Shift Gear behind its belt, because it is capable of outspeeding the whole unboosted metagame, making its matchup against more offensive teams quite troublesome for them.
* Besides its access to Shift Gear, Magearna also has access to Calm Mind, further solidifying its versatility and potential as a stall and balance breaker.
* Aside form its capabilities as a sweeper and breaker, Magearna can also be used as a reliable check to Psychic- and Fairy-types like Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, and other Magearna. It's especially notable as a specially defensive Steel-type thanks to its access to Volt Switch, allowing it to consistently keep and generate momentum, something Ferrothorn, Heatran, and Celesteela can't do.
* It should be noted, however, that prior to using Shift Gear, Magearna is rather slow and will be outsped by Pokemon like Landorus-T and Heatran, meaning that it will sometimes be difficult to successfully set up.
* In addition to that, Magearna is very susceptible to getting worn down, because it lacks any form of reliable recovery, meaning that it'll often get overwhelmed by Pokemon like Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele over time.

[SET]
name: Shift Gear
move 1: Shift Gear
move 2: Calm Mind
move 3: Fleur Cannon
move 4: Focus Blast
item: Fairium Z
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Shift Gear makes great use of Magearna's excellent bulk, typing, and ability to turn it into a late-game sweeper.
* Calm Mind enables Magearna to break through would-be-checks like Tangrowth reliably, making Magearna quite reliable at breaking balance teams.
* Focus Blast is run to deal with Steel-types like Heatran and Ferrothorn, which can otherwise handle Magearna quite well.
* Flash Cannon is a notable move that can be run to consistently wear down Mega Crucibelle, Mega Mawile, Amoonguss, and Assault Vest Magearna. - does Amoonguss really need to be here? Poor check (unless tantrum ig?) and 3 mentions is generally good enough. Also mention where in the set Flash Cannon is supposed to go.
* Thunderbolt is another option that can be used instead of Calm Mind to consistently deal with Toxapex and Celesteela.
* Lastly, Ice Beam can be run, alongside Thunderbolt, to take on Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp more reliably, as well as Amoonguss.

Set Details
========

* Fairium Z is run to quickly overwhelm Pokemon like Tangrowth, while also providing Magearna with a reliable move to break past other specially bulky Pokemon in general. - Reform this point slightly to add that fairium z avoids special attack drops from fleur cannon. Something along the lines of "Fairium Z is run to quickly overwhelm specially bulky Pokemon such as Assault Vest Tangrowth" (followed by spatk drop point)
* Shuca Berry can be run to set up on Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp, but gives up on the ability to overwhelm balance teams as quickly.
* Fightinium Z can also be run to break past Heatran and Ferrothorn without having to rely on Focus Blast's shaky at best accuracy.
* Lastly, Iapapa Berry is an option to keep Magearna out of range from priority moves like Water Shuriken from Ash-Greninja.

Usage Tips
========

* Magearna can be used as mid-game breaker with Calm Mind or as a late-game sweeper with Shift Gear.
* You should carefully evaluate when to use Calm Mind and when to use Shift Gear, because they allow Magearna to do different things. For example, if Magearna is up against a more offensive team, it's beneficial to use Shift Gear first, because then it can outspeed the majority of the team. Calm Mind should be used against bulkier teams, as they will often struggle to reliably switch into +1 Twinkle Tackle from Magearna.
* Magearna is extremely self sufficient; its Z-Move should be used to break through would-be-checks such as Tangrowth and Chansey. Alternatively, Magearna's Z-Move can be used to pave the way for another teammate.
* In addition to picking when to use what setup move, you should not recklessly set up with Magearna, because it's prone to being revenge killed by priority moves like Water Shuriken.
- Add a point for chipping down offensive checks (scarf kitsunoh, volkraken etc)

Team Options
========

* Psychic-types like Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, and Mega Latios can take advantage of Toxapex, which is the main Pokemon that Magearna struggles with. Furthermore, they can force in and force damage on specially defensive Steel-types like Celesteela and Assault Vest Magearna, potentially allowing Magearna to break through the opposition.
* Greninja and Ash-Greninja can set Spikes for Magearna to wear down switch ins. Additionally, Ash-Greninja tends to draw in Assault Vest Magearna, allowing it to weaken it for Magearna. Alternatively, on bulkier teams, Arghonaut can be used instead.
* Tornadus-T tends to draw in and cripple Pokemon like Assault Vest Magearna and Heatran, which benefits Magearna.
* Pajantom is a good partner with Magearna, because it tends to draw in and trap Pokemon like Clefable and Jumbao, which Magearna can use as setup bait. Furthermore, Pajantom is prone to getting Pursuit trapped by Weavile, which Magearna can also set up on.
* Lastly, Magearna can be run with dual screens Tapu Koko on hyper offensive teams too to ease setup and provide a Fairy-type resist.

[SET]
name: Calm Mind + Pain Split
move 1: Calm Mind
move 2: Pain Split
move 3: Fleur Cannon
move 4: Hidden Power Ground / Thunderbolt
item: Fairium Z
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Modest
evs: 252 HP / 92 Def / 120 SpA / 44 SpD

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

* Calm Mind allows Magearna to break through Tangrowth.
* Fleur Cannon, when boosted by Calm Mind enough, in tandem with Fairium Z, allows Magearna to break past bulky Pokemon like Ferrothorn.
* In conjunction with Calm Mind, Pain Split allows Magearna to break past Chansey, effectively turning it into a stallbreaker.
* Hidden Power Ground is preferred to deal with Heatran and Mega Crucibelle.
* Thunderbolt is an alternative option that can be run to reliably deal with Toxapex and Celesteela.

Set Details
========
- Add a point about fairium being the preferred item to increase magearna's wallbreaking capabilities and allow it to switch in to knock off users such as Weavile and Tornadus-Therian.
* Shuca Berry is an alternative item that can be run to lure faster Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, Garchomp, and Smokomodo.
- Add a point for Iapapa Berry here
* 252 HP alongside 92 Defense EVs are run for Magearna to be able to take 3 Head Smashes from Mega Crucibelle.
* 44 Special Defense EVs are used to survive 2 Focus Blasts from Modest Mega Alakazam.

Usage Tips
========

* This set has a particularly good matchup against bulkier teams, as it is capable of setting up in front of Pokemon like Chansey and Tangrowth, and can keep itself healthy with Pain Split, allowing it to setup multiple times throughout the match.
* Magearna should be used as a wallbreaker against more offensive teams that use faster Ground- or Fire-types like Landorus-T, Smokomodo, and Heatran, because it will be unable to sweep.
- Mention that Magearna can potentially be used to break past Heatran with a Calm Mind boost, but it is generally advised to avoid doing so since Magearna is typically needed to preserve its hp to check certain threats.
* Alternatively, it can be used to take on Pokemon like Mega Alakazam and Tornadus-T throughout the match.
* Thanks to its improved bulk, Magearna can be used to consistently check Mega Crucibelle, which is an absolute menace to face otherwise.

Team Options
========

* If Magearna isn't running Thunderbolt, Pokemon that can use Toxapex like Reuniclus, Mega Latios, Tapu Lele, and Mega Alakazam are useful teammates, because Magearna is complete bait for it.
* In addition to that, Pokemon that can keep Heatran in check like Arghonaut and Rotom-W are important too, because Magearna can often not afford to use Hidden Power Ground upon its switch in. They can also check Ground- and Fire-type Pokemon.
* Grass-types like Tangrowth, Jumbao, and Ferrothorn can check Ground-type Pokemon too, while also checking Electric-types.
- Torn-t (checks grounds and generates momentum for magearna to break. In return magearna can check mega crucibelle)

[SET]
name: Assault Vest
move 1: Volt Switch
move 2: Fleur Cannon
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Iron Head
item: Assault Vest
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Sassy
evs: 248 HP / 224 SpD / 36 Spe

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

* Volt Switch is what sets Magearna apart from other Steel-types like Celesteela, Heatran, and Ferrothorn, as it can constantly generate and keep up momentum thanks to it.
* Focus Blast is run to wear down Heatran and Ferrothorn.
* Iron Head is run to effectively deal with Calm Mind Clefable, Mega Alakazam, and Magearna.
* Ice Beam can be run instead of Iron Head if a more reliable way to hit Ground-types is desired.
* Lastly, Hidden Power Fire is another, more consistent option, that can be run for Ferrothorn.

Set Details
========

* Assault Vest is used to maximize Magearna's special bulk, effectively allowing it to check Psychic- and Fairy-types like Tapu Lele, Mega Alakazam, and Magearna.
* While Speed EVs may seem counter intuitive with a Sassy nature, 36 Speed EVs allow Magearna to outspeed Clefable, and potentially flinch it down with Iron Head.
* However, if this is not desired, 22 Speed IVs may be run for Magearna to underspeed Celesteela, effectively allowing it to take a Leech Seed before using Volt Switch.

Usage Tips
========

* Despite Magearna's great special bulk, you should not rely too much on it to check every special attacker, because it is worn down easily due to its lack of recovery.
* Ground-types like Landorus-T, Garchomp, and Gliscor might try to switch in on Magearna to block Volt Switch, so be considerate about when to use Volt Switch and when to use Fleur Cannon or Ice Beam.

Team Options
========

* Ground-type checks such as Rotom-W and Tornadus-T are good Pokemon to pair with Magearna, as Magearna mainly struggles to consistently deal with Ground-types. Additionally, Rotom-W and Tornadus-T can also form a VoltTurn core with Magearna.
* Jumbao is another good option to check Ground-types. Furthermore, it also provides Magearna with Wish support.
* Defoggers like Tornadus-T are incredibly important to pair with Magearna, because it's extremely prone to being worn down by Spikes.
* Thanks to Magearna's slow Volt Switch, wallbreakers like Mega Medicham, Mega Crucibelle, and Garchomp are good Pokemon to pair it with. - Mention that magearna also appreciates those wallbreakers' ability to force out fire types that can check it.

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

* Trick Room Magearna can be used on dedicated Trick Room teams for its Psychic- and Fairy-type resistance, allowing the team to handle Pokemon like Tapu Lele much better. However, these teams often struggle to fit it.
* Specially Defensive Magearna with Heart Swap is an option on stall teams for its ability to take on Tapu Lele and Calm Mind + Pain Split Magearna. In addition to this, it can also take on certain Aurumoth sets.

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

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: Specially Defensive Toxapex and Amoonguss aren't bothered by the combination of Fleur Cannon and Focus Blast, and can thus wall Magearna. They should watch out for Thunderbolt and Ice Beam, respectively. Additionally, Amoonguss can lose to Calm Mind + Pain Split Magearna. Chansey can eat just about any hit Magearna can throw at it, but will lose to Calm Mind + Pain Split variants. Lastly, Tangrowth can take any boosted attack from Magearna other than Twinkle Tackle. - Remove Chansey from this point, at +2 even shift gear Magearna can finish it off with two focus blasts or focus blast+z-fleur.

**Fire-types**: Volcarona can use Magearna as setup bait with relative ease, as it is not bothered by any attack from Magearna. Smokomodo can switch into Calm Mind + Pain Split Magearna quite reliably, but is prone to being worn down fast. Additionally, Heatran can take an unboosted Focus Blast and Hidden Power Ground in a pinch, but will lose if it gets worn down slightly.

**Steel-types**: Assault Vest Magearna can take pretty much any attack from offensive Magearna variants, though it can lose to Pain Split Variants. Specially Defensive Magearna with Heart Swap can steal Magearna's stat boosts and retaliate. Other Steel-types like Jirachi and Celesteela can take most attacks from Magearna reliably. Celesteela should watch out for Thunderbolt, however.

**Residual Damage**: Spikes are quite annoying for Magearna to deal with, as it will get overwhelmed by Psychic- and Fairy-types like Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele very quickly.

**Ground-types**: Ground-types like Landorus-T, Garchomp, and Gliscor can prevent Magearna from setting up. However, they should be wary of variants carrying Shuca Berry, because they can set up on the aforementioned Ground-types. Furthermore, they can't reliably switch in because of the threat of Fleur Cannon and Ice Beam.

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

* Thanks to Magearna's great typing, movepool, and ability, it's one of the premier setup sweepers in the CAP metagame.
* Its typing provides Magearna with a resistance to Psychic-, Fairy-, Flying-, and Dark-types, meaning that it gets many setup opportunities against many common Pokemon such as Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, Tornadus-T, and Weavile.(Additions portray the viability of the Pokemon it checks, explaining why it's so valuable)
* Furthermore, it can snowball out of control rather quickly thanks to Z-Moves, which allow it to overwhelm would-be-checks like Tangrowth, and Soul-Heart.
* Additionally, Magearna is near impossible to revenge kill with 1 Shift Gear behind its belt, because it is capable of outspeeding the whole unboosted metagame, making its matchup against more offensive teams quite troublesome for them.
* Besides its access to Shift Gear, Magearna also has access to Calm Mind, further solidifying its versatility and potential as a stall and balance breaker.
(I feel like the above 2 points could be condensed into one to make it read better - something along the lines of "Magearna has access to many forms of set up making it extremely hard to revenge kill/check...")
* Aside form its capabilities as a sweeper and breaker, Magearna can also be used as a reliable check to Psychic- and Fairy-types like Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, and other Magearna. It's especially notable as a specially defensive Steel-type thanks to its access to Volt Switch, allowing it to consistently keep and generate momentum, something Ferrothorn, Heatran, and Celesteela can't do.
* It should be noted, however, that prior to using Shift Gear, Magearna is rather slow and will be outsped by Pokemon like Landorus-T and Heatran, meaning that it will sometimes be difficult to successfully set up.
* In addition to that, Magearna is very susceptible to getting worn down, because it lacks any form of reliable recovery, meaning that it'll often get overwhelmed by Pokemon like Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele over time.(Add Hazards to this point)

[SET]
name: Shift Gear
move 1: Shift Gear
move 2: Calm Mind
move 3: Fleur Cannon
move 4: Focus Blast
item: Fairium Z
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Shift Gear makes great use of Magearna's excellent bulk, typing, and ability to turn it into a late-game sweeper.
* Calm Mind enables Magearna to break through would-be-checks like Tangrowth reliably, making Magearna quite reliable at breaking balance teams.
* Focus Blast is run to deal with Steel-types like Heatran and Ferrothorn, which can otherwise handle Magearna quite well.
* Thunderbolt is another option that can be used instead of Calm Mind to consistently deal with Toxapex and Celesteela.
* Lastly, Ice Beam can be run, alongside Thunderbolt, to take on Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp more reliably, as well as Amoonguss.

Set Details
========

* Fairium Z is run to quickly overwhelm Pokemon like Tangrowth, while also providing Magearna with a reliable move to break past other specially bulky Pokemon in general. Additionally, it also ignores Fleur Cannon's Special Attack drop upon usage.
* Shuca Berry can be run to set up on Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp, but gives up on the ability to overwhelm balance teams as quickly.
* Fightinium Z can also be run to break past Heatran and Ferrothorn without having to rely on Focus Blast's shaky at best accuracy.
* Lastly, Iapapa Berry is an option to keep Magearna out of range from priority moves like Water Shuriken from Ash-Greninja.

Usage Tips
========

* Magearna can be used as mid-game breaker with Calm Mind or as a late-game sweeper with Shift Gear.
* You should carefully evaluate when to use Calm Mind and when to use Shift Gear, because they allow Magearna to do different things. For example, if Magearna is up against a more offensive team, it's beneficial to use Shift Gear first, because then it can outspeed the majority of the team. Calm Mind should be used against bulkier teams, as they will often struggle to reliably switch into +1 Twinkle Tackle from Magearna.
* However it should be noted that before setting up at all, Magearna should look to wear down offensive checks such as Choice Scarf Kitsunoh first.
* Magearna is extremely self sufficient; its Z-Move should be used to break through would-be-checks such as Tangrowth and Chansey. Alternatively, Magearna's Z-Move can be used to pave the way for another teammate.
* In addition to picking when to use what setup move, you should not recklessly set up with Magearna, because it's prone to being revenge killed by priority moves like Water Shuriken.

Team Options
========

* Psychic-types like Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, and Mega Latios can take advantage of Toxapex and Fidgit, which are the main Pokemon that Magearna struggles with. Furthermore, they can force in and force damage on specially defensive Steel-types like Celesteela and Assault Vest Magearna, potentially allowing Magearna to break through the opposition.
* Greninja and Ash-Greninja can set Spikes for Magearna to wear down switch ins. Additionally, Ash-Greninja tends to draw in Assault Vest Magearna, allowing it to weaken it for Magearna. Alternatively, on bulkier teams, Arghonaut can be used instead.
* Tornadus-T tends to draw in and cripple Pokemon like Assault Vest Magearna and Heatran, which benefits Magearna.
* Pajantom is a good partner with Magearna, because it tends to draw in and trap Pokemon like Clefable and Jumbao, which Magearna can use as setup bait. Furthermore, Pajantom is prone to getting Pursuit trapped by Weavile, which Magearna can also set up on.
* Lastly, Magearna can be run with dual screens Tapu Koko on hyper offensive teams too to ease setup and provide a Fairy-type resist.

[SET]
name: Calm Mind + Pain Split
move 1: Calm Mind
move 2: Pain Split
move 3: Fleur Cannon
move 4: Hidden Power Ground / Thunderbolt
item: Fairium Z
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Modest
evs: 252 HP / 28 Def / 184 SpA / 44 SpD

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

* Calm Mind allows Magearna to break through specially defensive targets in general.
* In conjunction with Calm Mind, Pain Split allows Magearna to break past Chansey, effectively turning it into a stallbreaker.
* Hidden Power Ground is run to consistently deal with Heatran + Jumbao as well as Mega Crucibelle.(Makes it sound like HP Ground hits Jumbao)
* Thunderbolt is an alternative option that can be run to reliably deal with Toxapex and Celesteela.

Set Details
========

* Fairium Z is preferred to consistently break through Pokemon like Tangrowth and also permits Magearna to ignore Fleur Cannon's Special Attack drop when used.
* Shuca Berry is an alternative item that can be run to lure faster Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp.
* Wiki Berry can be run if Magearna's team already has another Z-Move user and also allows it to be played more agressively.
* 252 HP alongside 28 Defense EVs are run for Magearna to be able to take an unboosted Earthquake from Landorus-T.
* 44 Special Defense EVs are used to survive 2 Focus Blasts from Modest Mega Alakazam.

Usage Tips
========

* This set has a particularly good matchup against bulkier teams, as it is capable of setting up in front of Pokemon like Chansey and Tangrowth, and can keep itself healthy with Pain Split, allowing it to setup multiple times throughout the match.
* Magearna should be used as a wallbreaker against more offensive teams that use faster Ground- or Fire-types like Landorus-T, Smokomodo, and Heatran, because it will be unable to sweep.
* However, Magearna can potentially be used to break past Heatran with a Calm Mind boost, but it is generally advised to avoid doing so, because Magearna will often be needed to check threats like Mega Alakazam and Tornadus-T.
* Alternatively, it can be used to take on Pokemon like Mega Alakazam and Tornadus-T throughout the match.
* Thanks to its improved bulk, Magearna can be used to consistently check Mega Crucibelle, which is an absolute menace to face otherwise.

Team Options
========

* If Magearna isn't running Thunderbolt, Pokemon that can use Toxapex like Reuniclus, Mega Latios, Tapu Lele, and Mega Alakazam are useful teammates, because Magearna is complete bait for it.(Could you expand on this? Use toxapex for what?)
* In addition to that, Pokemon that can keep Heatran in check like Arghonaut and Rotom-W are important too, because, if Magearna is running Hidden Power Ground, it can often not afford to use Hidden Power Ground upon its switch in. They can also check Ground- and Fire-type Pokemon.
* Grass-types like Tangrowth, Jumbao, and Ferrothorn can check Ground-type Pokemon too, while also checking Electric-types.
* Tornadus-T can check Ground-types and also provides free switches for Magearna with U-turn. In return, Magearna can check Mega Crucibelle, which Tornadus-T tends to draw in.

[SET]
name: Assault Vest
move 1: Volt Switch
move 2: Fleur Cannon
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Iron Head
item: Assault Vest
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Sassy
evs: 248 HP / 224 SpD / 36 Spe

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

* Volt Switch is what sets Magearna apart from other defensive Steel-types like Celesteela, Heatran, and Ferrothorn, as it can constantly generate and keep up momentum thanks to it.
* Focus Blast is run to wear down Heatran and Ferrothorn.
* Iron Head is run to effectively deal with Calm Mind Clefable, Mega Alakazam, and opposing Magearna.
* Ice Beam can be run instead of Iron Head if a more reliable way to hit Ground-types is desired.
* Lastly, Hidden Power Fire is another, more consistent option, that can be run for Ferrothorn.

Set Details
========

* Assault Vest is used to maximize Magearna's special bulk, effectively allowing it to check Psychic- and Fairy-types like Tapu Lele, Mega Alakazam, and Magearna.
* While Speed EVs may seem counter intuitive with a Sassy nature, 36 Speed EVs allow Magearna to outspeed Clefable, and potentially flinch it down with Iron Head.
* However, if this is not desired, 22 Speed IVs may be run for Magearna to underspeed Celesteela, effectively allowing it to take a Leech Seed before using Volt Switch.

Usage Tips
========

* Despite Magearna's great special bulk, you should not rely too much on it to check every special attacker, because it is worn down easily due to its lack of recovery.
* Ground-types like Landorus-T, Garchomp, and Gliscor might try to switch in on Magearna to block Volt Switch, so be considerate about when to use Volt Switch and when to use Fleur Cannon or Ice Beam.

Team Options
========

* Ground-type checks such as Rotom-W and Tornadus-T are good Pokemon to pair with Magearna, as Magearna mainly struggles to consistently deal with Ground-types. Additionally, Rotom-W and Tornadus-T can also form a VoltTurn core with Magearna.
* Jumbao is another good option to check Ground-types. Furthermore, it also provides Magearna with Wish support.
* Defoggers like Tornadus-T are incredibly important to pair with Magearna, because it's extremely prone to being worn down by Spikes.(Consider moving this to the first point as you already mention Rotom and Torn as partners)
* Thanks to Magearna's slow Volt Switch, wallbreakers like Mega Medicham, Mega Crucibelle, and Garchomp are good Pokemon to pair it with. Magearna also appreciates their ability to force out the Fire-types that Magearna struggles with.

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

* Trick Room Magearna can be used on dedicated Trick Room teams for its Psychic- and Fairy-type resistance, allowing the team to handle Pokemon like Tapu Lele much better. However, these teams often struggle to fit it.
* Specially Defensive Magearna with Heart Swap is an option on stall teams for its ability to take on Tapu Lele and Calm Mind + Pain Split Magearna. In addition to this, it can also take on certain Aurumoth sets.

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

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: Specially Defensive Toxapex and Amoonguss aren't bothered by the combination of Fleur Cannon and Focus Blast, and can thus wall Magearna. They should watch out for Thunderbolt and Ice Beam, respectively. Additionally, Amoonguss can lose to Calm Mind + Pain Split Magearna. Lastly, Tangrowth can take any boosted attack from Magearna other than Twinkle Tackle.

**Fire-types**: Volcarona can use Magearna as setup bait with relative ease, as it is not bothered by any attack from Magearna. Smokomodo can switch into Calm Mind + Pain Split Magearna quite reliably, but is prone to being worn down fast. Additionally, Heatran can take an unboosted Focus Blast and Hidden Power Ground in a pinch, but will lose if it gets worn down slightly.

**Steel-types**: Assault Vest Magearna can take pretty much any attack from offensive Magearna variants, though it can lose to Pain Split Variants. Specially Defensive Magearna with Heart Swap can steal Magearna's stat boosts and retaliate. Other Steel-types like Jirachi and Celesteela can take most attacks from Magearna reliably. Celesteela should watch out for Thunderbolt, however.

**Residual Damage**: Spikes are quite annoying for Magearna to deal with, as it will get overwhelmed by Psychic- and Fairy-types like Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele very quickly.

**Ground-types**: Ground-types like Landorus-T, Garchomp, and Gliscor can prevent Magearna from setting up. However, they should be wary of variants carrying Shuca Berry, because they can set up on the aforementioned Ground-types. Furthermore, they can't reliably switch in because of the threat of Fleur Cannon and Ice Beam.

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- Written by: [[Jordy, 395754]]
- Quality checked by: [[xavgb, 231402], [, ], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
Very Good as always, 2/3 lets get this written up
 

snake_rattler

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[OVERVIEW]

Thanks to Magearna's great typing, movepool, and ability, it's one of the premier setup sweepers in the CAP metagame. Its typing provides Magearna with a resistance to Psychic-, Fairy-, Flying-, and Dark-types, meaning that it gets many setup opportunities against many common Pokemon such as Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, Tornadus-T, and Weavile. Furthermore, it can snowball out of control rather quickly thanks to Z-Moves, which allow it to overwhelm would-be-checks like Tangrowth, and Soul-Heart. Additionally, Magearna is near impossible to revenge kill with 1 Shift Gear behind its belt, because it is capable of outspeeding the whole unboosted metagame, making its matchup against more offensive teams quite troublesome for them. Besides its access to Shift Gear, Magearna also has access to Calm Mind, further solidifying its versatility and potential as a stall and balance breaker. Aside form its capabilities as a sweeper and breaker, Magearna can also be used as a reliable check to Psychic- and Fairy-types like Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, and other Magearna. It's especially notable as a specially defensive Steel-type thanks to its access to Volt Switch, allowing it to consistently keep and generate momentum, something Ferrothorn, Heatran, and Celesteela can't do. It should be noted, however, that prior to using Shift Gear, Magearna is rather slow and will be outsped by Pokemon like Landorus-T and Heatran, meaning that it will sometimes be difficult to successfully set up. In addition to that, Magearna is very susceptible to getting worn down, because it lacks any form of reliable recovery, meaning that it'll often get overwhelmed by Pokemon like Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele and hazards over time.

rearrange the interview so CM + PS comes first

[SET]
name: Calm Mind + Pain Split
move 1: Calm Mind
move 2: Pain Split
move 3: Fleur Cannon
move 4: Hidden Power Ground / Thunderbolt
item: Fairium Z
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Modest
evs: 252 HP / 28 Def / 184 SpA / 44 SpD

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

Calm Mind allows Magearna to break through specially defensive targets in general name av tangrowth imo. In conjunction with Calm Mind, Pain Split allows Magearna to break past Chansey, effectively turning it into a stallbreaker. Hidden Power Ground is run to consistently deal with Heatran as well as Mega Crucibelle. Thunderbolt is an alternative option that can be run to reliably deal with Toxapex, Celesteela, and Moltres.

Set Details
========

Fairium Z is preferred to consistently break through Pokemon like Tangrowth and also permits Magearna to ignore Fleur Cannon's Special Attack drop when used. Shuca Berry is an alternative item that can be run to lure faster Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp. Wiki Berry can be run if Magearna's team already has another Z-Move user and also allows it to be played more aggressively. 252 HP alongside 28 Defense EVs are run for Magearna to be able to take an unboosted Earthquake from Landorus-T. 44 Special Defense EVs are used to survive 2 Focus Blasts from Modest Mega Alakazam.

Usage Tips
========

This set has a particularly good matchup against bulkier teams, as it is capable of setting up in front of Pokemon like Chansey and Tangrowth, and can keep itself healthy with Pain Split, allowing it to setup multiple times throughout the match. Magearna should be used as a wallbreaker against more offensive teams that use faster Ground- or Fire-types like Landorus-T, Smokomodo, and Heatran, because it will be unable to sweep. However, Magearna can potentially be used to break past Heatran with a Calm Mind boost, but it is generally advised to avoid doing so, because Magearna will often be needed to check threats like Mega Alakazam and Tornadus-T. Alternatively, it can be used to take on Pokemon like Mega Alakazam and Tornadus-T throughout the match. Thanks to its improved bulk, Magearna can be used to consistently check Mega Crucibelle, which is an absolute menace to face otherwise. not sure if explicit Mega Crucibelle mention is needed

Team Options
========

If Magearna isn't running Thunderbolt, Pokemon that can punish Toxapex, like Reuniclus, Mega Latios, Tapu Lele, and Mega Alakazam are useful teammates, because Magearna lets it in for free. In addition to that, Pokemon that can keep Heatran in check like Arghonaut and Rotom-W are important too, because, if Magearna is running Hidden Power Ground, it can often not afford to use Hidden Power Ground upon its switch in. They can also check Ground- and Fire-type Pokemon. Grass-types like Tangrowth, Jumbao, and Ferrothorn can check Ground-type Pokemon too, while also checking Electric-types. Tornadus-T can check Ground-types and also provides free switches for Magearna with U-turn. In return, Magearna can check Mega Crucibelle, which Tornadus-T tends to draw in.

[SET]
name: Shift Gear
move 1: Shift Gear
move 2: Calm Mind
move 3: Fleur Cannon
move 4: Focus Blast
item: Fairium Z
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Shift Gear makes great use of Magearna's excellent bulk, typing, and ability to turn it into a late-game sweeper. Calm Mind enables Magearna to break through would-be-checks like Tangrowth reliably, making Magearna quite reliable at breaking balance teams. Focus Blast is run to deal with Steel-types like Heatran and Ferrothorn, which can otherwise handle Magearna quite well. Thunderbolt is another option that can be used instead of Calm Mind to consistently deal with Toxapex and Celesteela. Lastly, Ice Beam can be run, alongside Thunderbolt, to take on Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp more reliably, as well as Amoonguss. is this ice beam run alongside tbolt > calm mind suggestion from earlier? or is it double dance with bolt beam?

Set Details
========

Fairium Z is run to quickly overwhelm Pokemon like Tangrowth, while also providing Magearna with a reliable move to break past other specially bulky Pokemon in general. Additionally, it also ignores Fleur Cannon's Special Attack drop upon usage. Shuca Berry can be run to set up on Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp, but gives up on the ability to overwhelm balance teams as quickly. Fightinium Z can also be run to break past Heatran and Ferrothorn without having to rely on Focus Blast's shaky at best accuracy. Lastly, Iapapa Berry is an option to keep Magearna out of range from priority moves like Water Shuriken from Ash-Greninja.

Usage Tips
========

Magearna can be used as mid-game breaker with Calm Mind or as a late-game sweeper with Shift Gear. You should carefully evaluate when to use Calm Mind and when to use Shift Gear, because they allow Magearna to do different things. For example, if Magearna is up against a more offensive team, it's beneficial to use Shift Gear first, because then it can outspeed the majority of the team. Calm Mind should be used against bulkier teams, as they will often struggle to reliably switch into +1 Twinkle Tackle from Magearna. However it should be noted that before setting up at all, Magearna should look to wear down offensive checks such as Choice Scarf Kitsunoh first. Magearna is extremely self sufficient; its Z-Move should be used to break through would-be-checks such as Tangrowth and Chansey. Alternatively, Magearna's Z-Move can be used to pave the way for another teammate. In addition to picking when to use what setup move, you should not recklessly set up with Magearna, because it's prone to being revenge killed by priority moves like Water Shuriken.

Team Options
========

Psychic-types like Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, and Mega Latios can take advantage of Toxapex and Fidgit, which are the main Pokemon that Magearna struggles with. Furthermore, they can force in and force damage on specially defensive Steel-types like Celesteela and Assault Vest Magearna, potentially allowing Magearna to break through the opposition. Greninja and Ash-Greninja can set Spikes for Magearna to wear down switch ins. mention Protean Gren's ability to wear down steela Additionally, Ash-Greninja tends to draw in Assault Vest Magearna, allowing it to weaken it for Magearna. Alternatively, on bulkier teams, Arghonaut can be used instead is this about spikes?. Tornadus-T tends to draw in and cripple Pokemon like Assault Vest Magearna and Heatran, which benefits Magearna. Pajantom is a good partner with Magearna, because it tends to draw in and trap Pokemon like Clefable and Jumbao, which Magearna can use as setup bait. Furthermore, Pajantom is prone to getting Pursuit trapped by Weavile, which Magearna can also set up on. Lastly, Magearna can be run with dual screens Tapu Koko on hyper offensive teams too to ease setup and provide a Fairy-type resist.

[SET]
name: Assault Vest
move 1: Volt Switch
move 2: Fleur Cannon
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Iron Head
item: Assault Vest
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Sassy
evs: 248 HP / 224 SpD / 36 Spe

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

Volt Switch is what sets Magearna apart from other specially defensive Steel-types like Celesteela, Heatran, and Ferrothorn, as it can constantly generate and keep up momentum thanks to it. Focus Blast is run to wear down Heatran and Ferrothorn. Iron Head is run to effectively deal with Calm Mind Clefable, Mega Alakazam, and opposing Magearna. Ice Beam can be run instead of Iron Head if a more reliable way to hit Ground-types is desired. Lastly, Hidden Power Fire is a more consistent option over Focus Blast that can be run for Ferrothorn, at the cost of missing out on Heatran.

Set Details
========

Assault Vest is used to maximize Magearna's special bulk, effectively allowing it to check Psychic- and Fairy-types like Tapu Lele, Mega Alakazam, and Magearna. While Speed EVs may seem counter intuitive with a Sassy nature, 36 Speed EVs allow Magearna to outspeed Clefable, and potentially flinch it down with Iron Head. However, if this is not desired, 22 Speed IVs may be run for Magearna to underspeed Celesteela, effectively allowing it to take a Leech Seed before using Volt Switch.

Usage Tips
========

Despite Magearna's great special bulk, you should not rely too much on it to check every special attacker, because it is worn down easily due to its lack of recovery. Ground-types like Landorus-T, Garchomp, and Gliscor might try to switch in on Magearna to block Volt Switch, so be considerate about when to use Volt Switch and when to use Fleur Cannon or Ice Beam. watch out for knock off

Team Options
========

Ground-type checks such as Rotom-W and Tornadus-T are good Pokemon to pair with Magearna, as Magearna mainly struggles to consistently deal with Ground-types. Additionally, Rotom-W and Tornadus-T can also form a VoltTurn core with Magearna. They can also function as Defoggers, which is important, because Magearna is extremely prone to being worn down by Spikes. Jumbao is another good option to check Ground-types. Furthermore, it also provides Magearna with Wish support. Thanks to Magearna's slow Volt Switch, wallbreakers like Mega Medicham, Mega Crucibelle, and Garchomp are good Pokemon to pair it with. Magearna also appreciates their ability to force out the Fire-types that Magearna struggles with.

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

Trick Room Magearna can be used on dedicated Trick Room teams for its Psychic- and Fairy-type resistance, allowing the team to handle Pokemon like Tapu Lele, Jumbao, and Pajantom much better and allowing Mega Mawile to focus more on wallbreaking. However, these teams often struggle to fit it honestly its probably the best tertiary setter and has an especially great MU against pajantom, so . Specially Defensive Magearna with Heart Swap is an option on stall teams for its ability to take on Tapu Lele and Calm Mind + Pain Split Magearna. In addition to this, it can also take on certain Aurumoth sets. sets without Overheat? what sets?

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

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: Specially Defensive Toxapex and Amoonguss aren't bothered by the combination of Fleur Cannon and Focus Blast, and can thus wall Magearna. They should watch out for Thunderbolt and Ice Beam, respectively. Additionally, Amoonguss can lose to Calm Mind + Pain Split Magearna. Lastly, Tangrowth can take any boosted attack from Magearna other than Twinkle Tackle. make sure to swap around the CM and shift gear mentions

**Fire-types**: Volcarona can use Magearna as setup bait with relative ease, as it is not bothered by any attack from Magearna. Smokomodo can switch into Calm Mind + Pain Split Magearna quite reliably, but is prone to being worn down fast. Additionally, Heatran can take an unboosted Focus Blast and Hidden Power Ground in a pinch, but will lose if it gets worn down slightly. mention Volkraken, which has nice unboosted special bulk and can tank a +1 focus blast etc

**Steel-types**: Assault Vest Magearna can take pretty much any attack from offensive Magearna variants, though it can lose to Pain Split Variants. Specially Defensive Magearna with Heart Swap can steal Magearna's stat boosts and retaliate. Other Steel-types like Jirachi and Celesteela can take most attacks from Magearna reliably. Celesteela should watch out for Thunderbolt, however. kit can mash it

**Residual Damage**: Spikes are quite annoying for Magearna to deal with, as it will get overwhelmed by Psychic- and Fairy-types like Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele very quickly. can magearna pressure spikes setters to somewhat alleviate this problem?

**Ground-types**: Ground-types like Landorus-T, Garchomp, and Gliscor can prevent Magearna from setting up. However, they should be wary of variants carrying Shuca Berry, because they can set up on the aforementioned Ground-types. Furthermore, they can't reliably switch in because of the threat of Fleur Cannon and Ice Beam.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Jordy, 395754]]
- Quality checked by: [[xavgb, 231402], [Jho, 208105], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
3/3
 

Estronic

sweet sassy molassy
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[OVERVIEW]

Thanks to Magearna's its great typing, movepool, and ability, it's Magearna is one of the premier breakers and setup sweepers in the CAP metagame. Its typing provides Magearna with a resistances to Psychic-, Fairy-, Flying-, and Dark-types moves, meaning that it gets many setup opportunities against many common Pokemon such as Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, Tornadus-T, and Weavile. Magearna's access to moves like Calm Mind and Pain Split allow it to overwhelm stall and bulkier teams in general. Besides its access to Calm Mind, Magearna also has access to Shift Gear, and it becomes near impossible to revenge kill with 1 one Shift Gear behind its belt because it is capable of outspeeding the whole unboosted metagame, making its matchup against more offensive teams quite troublesome for them, adding to its versatility (this sentence overall is dragged on for so long it kinda loses the main purpose of itself, so i suggest toning down the wording or just making it two separate sentences). Furthermore, it can snowball out of control rather quickly thanks to its Z-Moves, which allows it to overwhelm would-be-checks (RH) like Tangrowth, and Soul-Heart. Aside from its capabilities as a breaker and sweeper, Magearna can also be used as a reliable check to Psychic- and Fairy-types like Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, and other Magearna. It's especially notable as a specially defensive Steel-type thanks to its access to Volt Switch, allowing it to consistently keep and generate momentum, something Ferrothorn, Heatran, and Celesteela can't do. It should be noted, however, that prior to using Shift Gear, Magearna is rather slow and will be outsped by Pokemon like Landorus-T and Heatran, meaning that it will sometimes be difficult to successfully set up. In addition to that, Magearna is very susceptible to getting worn down, (RC) because it lacks any form of reliable recovery, meaning that it'll often get overwhelmed by Pokemon like Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele and entry hazards over time.

[SET]
name: Calm Mind + Pain Split
move 1: Calm Mind
move 2: Pain Split
move 3: Fleur Cannon
move 4: Hidden Power Ground / Thunderbolt
item: Fairium Z
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Modest
evs: 252 HP / 28 Def / 184 SpA / 44 SpD

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

Calm Mind allows Magearna to break through specially defensive targets like Tangrowth. In conjunction with Calm Mind, Pain Split allows Magearna to break past Chansey, effectively turning it into a stallbreaker. Hidden Power Ground is run to consistently deal with Heatran as well as Mega Crucibelle. Thunderbolt is an alternative option that can be run to reliably deal with Toxapex, Celesteela, and Moltres.

Set Details
========

Fairium Z is preferred to consistently break through Pokemon like Tangrowth and also permits Magearna to ignore Fleur Cannon's Special Attack drop when used. Shuca Berry is an alternative item that can be run to lure in faster Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp. Wiki Berry can be run if Magearna's team already has another Z-Move user and also allows it to be played more aggressively. 252 HP alongside and 28 Defense EVs are run for Magearna to be able to take an unboosted Earthquake from Landorus-T. 44 Special Defense EVs are used to survive 2 two Focus Blasts from Modest Mega Alakazam.

Usage Tips
========

This set has a particularly good matchup against bulkier teams, as it is capable of setting up in front of Pokemon like Chansey and Tangrowth, (RC) and can keep itself healthy with Pain Split, allowing it to setup set up multiple times throughout the match. Magearna should be used as a wallbreaker against more offensive teams that use a faster Ground- or Fire-types like Landorus-T, Smokomodo, and or Heatran, (RC) because it will be unable to sweep. However, Magearna can potentially be used to break past Heatran with a Calm Mind boost, but it is generally advised to avoid doing so, (RC) because Magearna will often be needed to check threats like Mega Alakazam and Tornadus-T. Alternatively, it can be used to take on Pokemon like Mega Alakazam and Tornadus-T throughout the match.

Team Options
========

If Magearna isn't running Thunderbolt, Pokemon that can punish Toxapex, (RC) like Reuniclus, Mega Latios, Tapu Lele, and Mega Alakazam are useful teammates, (RC) because Magearna lets it Toxapex in for free. In addition to that, Pokemon that can keep Heatran in check like Arghonaut and Rotom-W are important too, (RC) because, if Magearna is running Hidden Power Ground, it can often not afford to use Hidden Power Ground upon its switch in. They can also check Ground- and Fire-type Pokemon. Grass-types like Tangrowth, Jumbao, and Ferrothorn can check Ground-type Pokemon too, (RC) while also checking Electric-types. Tornadus-T can check Ground-types and also provides free switches for Magearna with U-turn. In return, Magearna can check Mega Crucibelle, which Tornadus-T tends to draw in.

[SET]
name: Shift Gear
move 1: Shift Gear
move 2: Calm Mind
move 3: Fleur Cannon
move 4: Focus Blast
item: Fairium Z
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Shift Gear makes great use of Magearna's excellent bulk, typing, and ability to turn it into a late-game sweeper. Magearna alongside its excellent bulk, typing and ability makes great use of Shift Gear, turning Magearna into a late-game sweeper. (what you had sounded like the move used magearna, which of course is the other way around) Calm Mind enables Magearna to break through would-be-checks (RH) like Tangrowth reliably, making Magearna quite reliable at breaking balance teams. Focus Blast is run to deal with Steel-types like Heatran and Ferrothorn, which can otherwise handle Magearna quite well. Thunderbolt is another option that can be used instead of Calm Mind to consistently deal with Toxapex and Celesteela. Lastly, Ice Beam can be run alongside Thunderbolt to take on Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp more reliably, as well as Amoonguss,; (comma -> semicolon) however, (AC) if this combination is used, they should be used over Fleur Cannon and Focus Blast.

Set Details
========

Fairium Z is run to quickly overwhelm Pokemon like Tangrowth, (RC) while also providing Magearna with a reliable move to break past other specially bulky Pokemon in general. Additionally, it also ignores Fleur Cannon's Special Attack drop upon usage. Shuca Berry can be run to set up on Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp, but Magearna gives up on the ability to overwhelm balance teams as quickly. Fightinium Z can also be run to break past Heatran and Ferrothorn without having to rely on Focus Blast's shaky at best accuracy. Lastly, Iapapa Berry is an option to keep Magearna out of range from priority moves like Water Shuriken from Ash-Greninja.

Usage Tips
========

Magearna can be used as mid-game breaker with Calm Mind or as a late-game sweeper with Shift Gear. You should carefully evaluate when to use Calm Mind and when to use Shift Gear, (RC) because they allow Magearna to do different things. For example, if Magearna is up against a more offensive team, it's beneficial to use Shift Gear first, (RC) because then it can outspeed the majority of the team. Calm Mind should be used against bulkier teams, as they will often struggle to reliably switch into +1 Twinkle Tackle from Magearna. However, (AC) it should be noted that before setting up at all, Magearna should look to wear down offensive checks such as Choice Scarf Kitsunoh first. Magearna is extremely self sufficient with its Z-Move; its Z-Move therefore, (AC) it should be used to break through would-be-checks (RH) such as Tangrowth and Chansey. Alternatively, Magearna's Z-Move can be used to pave the way for another teammate (pave the way to what?). In addition to picking when to use what setup move, you should not recklessly set up with Magearna, (RC) because it's prone to being revenge killed by priority moves like Water Shuriken.

Team Options
========

Psychic-types like Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, and Mega Latios can take advantage of Toxapex and Fidgit, which are the main Pokemon that Magearna struggles with. Furthermore, they can force in and force damage on specially defensive Steel-types like Celesteela and Assault Vest Magearna, potentially allowing Magearna to break through the opposition. Greninja and Ash-Greninja can set Spikes for Magearna to wear down switch-ins (AH). Additionally, (AC) Greninja has the ability to weaken Pokemon like Celesteela and Toxapex for Magearna. Alternatively, Arghonaut can be used on bulkier teams to set Spikes. Tornadus-T tends to draw in and cripple Pokemon like Assault Vest Magearna and Heatran, which benefits Magearna. Pajantom is a good partner with Magearna, (RC) because it tends to draw in and trap Pokemon like Clefable and Jumbao, which Magearna can use as setup bait. Furthermore, Pajantom is prone to getting Pursuit trapped by Weavile, which Magearna can also set up on. Lastly, Magearna can be run with dual screens Tapu Koko on hyper offensive teams too to ease setup and provide a Fairy-type resist Fairy-resistant Pokemon.

[SET]
name: Assault Vest
move 1: Volt Switch
move 2: Fleur Cannon
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Iron Head
item: Assault Vest
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Sassy
evs: 248 HP / 224 SpD / 36 Spe

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

Volt Switch is what sets Magearna apart from other specially defensive Steel-types like Celesteela, Heatran, and Ferrothorn, as it can constantly generate and keep up momentum thanks to it. Focus Blast is run to wear down Heatran and Ferrothorn. Iron Head is run to effectively deal with Calm Mind Clefable, Mega Alakazam, and opposing Magearna. Ice Beam can be run instead of Iron Head if a more reliable way to hit Ground-types is desired. Lastly, Hidden Power Fire is a more consistent option over Focus Blast that can be run for Ferrothorn, (RC) at the cost of missing out on Heatran.

Set Details
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Assault Vest is used to maximize Magearna's special bulk, effectively allowing it to check Psychic- and Fairy-types like Tapu Lele, Mega Alakazam, and Magearna. While Speed EVs may seem counter intuitive with a Sassy nature, 36 Speed EVs allow Magearna to outspeed Clefable, (RC) and potentially flinch it down with Iron Head. However, if this is not desired, 22 Speed IVs may be run for Magearna to underspeed Celesteela, effectively allowing it to take a Leech Seed before using Volt Switch.

Usage Tips
========

Despite Magearna's great special bulk, you should not rely too much on it to check every special attacker, (RC) because it is worn down easily due to its lack of recovery. Ground-types like Landorus-T, Garchomp, and Gliscor might try to switch in on Magearna to block Volt Switch, so be considerate about when to use Volt Switch and when to use Fleur Cannon or Ice Beam.

Team Options
========

Ground-type checks such as Rotom-W and Tornadus-T are good Pokemon to pair with Magearna, as Magearna mainly struggles to consistently deal with Ground-types. Additionally, Rotom-W and Tornadus-T can also form a VoltTurn core with Magearna. They can also function as Defoggers, which is important, (RC) because Magearna is extremely prone to being worn down by Spikes. Jumbao is another good option to check Ground-types. Furthermore, it and also provides Magearna with Wish support. Thanks to Magearna's slow Volt Switch, wallbreakers like Mega Medicham, Mega Crucibelle, and Garchomp are good Pokemon to pair it with. Magearna also appreciates their ability to force out the Fire-types that Magearna it struggles with.

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

Trick Room Magearna can be used on dedicated Trick Room teams for its Psychic- and Fairy-type resistance, allowing the team to handle Pokemon like Tapu Lele, Jumbao, and Pajantom much better and allowing Mega Mawile to focus more on wallbreaking. Specially Defensive defensive Magearna with Heart Swap is an option on many balanced and stall teams for its ability to take on Tapu Lele and Calm Mind + Pain Split Magearna. In addition to this, it can also take on Aurumoth lacking Overheat.

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

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: Specially Defensive defensive Toxapex and Amoonguss aren't bothered by much from Magearna and can thus wall it. They However, (AC) they should watch out for Thunderbolt and Ice Beam, respectively. Lastly, Tangrowth can take any boosted attack from Magearna other than Twinkle Tackle.

**Fire-types**: Volcarona can use Magearna as setup bait with relative ease, as it is not bothered by any attack from Magearna. Smokomodo can switch into Calm Mind + Pain Split Magearna quite reliably, but it is prone to being worn down fast. Additionally, Heatran can take an unboosted Focus Blast and Hidden Power Ground in a pinch, but it will lose if it gets worn down slightly. Volkraken can also switch into Magearna once or twice thanks to its respectable natural bulk. However, it's quickly worn down by Stealth Rock.

**Steel-types**: Assault Vest Magearna can take pretty much any attack from offensive Magearna variants, though it can lose to Pain Split Variants variants. Specially Defensive defensive Magearna with Heart Swap can steal Magearna's stat boosts and retaliate. Other Steel-types like Kitsunoh, Celesteela, and Jirachi can take most attacks from Magearna reliably. Celesteela should watch out for Thunderbolt, however.

**Residual Damage**: Spikes are quite annoying for Magearna to deal with, as it will get overwhelmed by Psychic- and Fairy-types like Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele very quickly. Luckily, Magearna can somewhat pressure Arghonaut and Greninja to prevent Spikes from going up in the first place.

**Ground-types**: Ground-types like Landorus-T, Garchomp, and Gliscor can prevent Magearna from setting up. However, they should be wary of variants carrying Shuca Berry, (RC) because they can set up on the aforementioned Ground-types. Furthermore, they can't reliably switch in because of the threat of Fleur Cannon and Ice Beam.

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[OVERVIEW]

Thanks to its great typing, movepool, and ability, Magearna is one of the premier breakers and setup sweepers in the CAP metagame. Its Magearna's typing provides Magearna it (reads less awkwardly) with resistances to Psychic-, Fairy-, Flying-, and Dark-type moves, meaning that it gets many setup opportunities against many common Pokemon such as Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, Tornadus-T, and Weavile. Magearna's access to moves like Calm Mind and Pain Split allow allows (refers back to the noun 'access') it to overwhelm stall teams and bulkier teams in general. Besides its access to Calm Mind,(RC) Magearna also has access to Shift Gear, and it becomes near impossible to revenge kill with one Shift Gear behind under its belt because it is capable of outspeeding the whole unboosted metagam metagame. This makes its matchup against more offensive teams quite troublesome for them, further adding to its versatility. Furthermore, it can snowball out of control rather quickly thanks to its Z-Move, which allows it to overwhelm would-be checks like Tangrowth, and Soul-Heart. Aside from its capabilities as a breaker and sweeper, Magearna can also be used as a reliable check to Psychic- and Fairy-types like Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, and other Magearna. It's especially notable as a specially defensive Steel-type thanks to its access to Volt Switch, allowing it to consistently keep and generate momentum, something Ferrothorn, Heatran, and Celesteela can't do. It should be noted, however, that prior to using Shift Gear, Magearna is rather slow and will be outsped by Pokemon like Landorus-T and Heatran, meaning that it will sometimes be difficult to successfully set up. In addition to that, Magearna is very susceptible to getting worn down because it lacks any form of reliable recovery, meaning that it'll often get overwhelmed by Pokemon like Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele and entry hazards over time.

[SET]
name: Calm Mind + Pain Split
move 1: Calm Mind
move 2: Pain Split
move 3: Fleur Cannon
move 4: Hidden Power Ground / Thunderbolt
item: Fairium Z
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Modest
evs: 252 HP / 28 Def / 184 SpA / 44 SpD

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

Calm Mind allows Magearna to break through specially defensive targets like Tangrowth. In conjunction with Calm Mind, Pain Split allows Magearna to break past Chansey, effectively turning it into a stallbreaker. Hidden Power Ground is run to consistently deal with Heatran as well as Mega Crucibelle. Thunderbolt is an alternative option that can be run to reliably deal with Toxapex, Celesteela, and Moltres.

Set Details
========

Fairium Z is preferred to consistently break through Pokemon like Tangrowth and also permits Magearna to ignore Fleur Cannon's Special Attack drop when Twinkle Tackle is used. Shuca Berry is an alternative item that can be run to lure in faster Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp. Wiki Berry can be run if Magearna's team already has another Z-Move user and also allows it to be played more aggressively. 252 HP and 28 Defense EVs are run for Magearna to be able to take an unboosted Earthquake from Landorus-T. 44 Special Defense EVs are used to survive two Focus Blasts from Modest Mega Alakazam.

Usage Tips
========

This set has a particularly good matchup against bulkier teams, as it is capable of setting up in front of Pokemon like Chansey and Tangrowth and can keep itself healthy with Pain Split, allowing it to set up multiple times throughout the match. Magearna should be used as a wallbreaker against more offensive teams that use a faster Ground- or Fire-type like Landorus-T, Smokomodo, or Heatran because it will be unable to sweep (maybe say something like "reliably sweep"? I imagine Magearna can sweep these teams under the proper circumstances). However,(RC) Although Magearna can potentially break past Heatran with a Calm Mind boost, but it is generally advised to avoid doing so because Magearna will often be needed to check threats like Mega Alakazam and Tornadus-T throughout the match. Alternatively, it can be used to take on Pokemon like Mega Alakazam and Tornadus-T throughout the match. (I believe I kept the content intact; this last sentence felt largely useless given the previous one.)

Team Options
========

If Magearna isn't running Thunderbolt, Pokemon that can punish Toxapex like Reuniclus, Mega Latios, Tapu Lele, and Mega Alakazam are useful teammates because Magearna lets Toxapex in for free. In addition to that, Pokemon that can keep Heatran in check like Arghonaut and Rotom-W are important too because,(RC) if Magearna is running Hidden Power Ground, it can often not afford to use Hidden Power Ground upon its Magearna can find itself too pressured to use Hidden Power Ground even when Heatran is predicted to (talked over on Discord) switch in. They can also check Ground- and Fire-type Pokemon. Grass-types like Tangrowth, Jumbao, and Ferrothorn can check Ground-type Pokemon too while also checking Electric-types. Tornadus-T can check Ground-types and also provides free switches for Magearna with U-turn. In return, Magearna can check Mega Crucibelle, which Tornadus-T tends to draw in.

[SET]
name: Shift Gear
move 1: Shift Gear
move 2: Calm Mind
move 3: Fleur Cannon
move 4: Focus Blast
item: Fairium Z
ability: Soul-Heart
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Magearna,(AC) alongside its excellent bulk, typing and ability,(AC) makes great use of Shift Gear, turning Magearna into a late-game sweeper. Calm Mind enables Magearna to reliably break through would-be checks like Tangrowth reliably, making Magearna it quite reliable at breaking balance teams. Focus Blast is run to deal with Steel-types like Heatran and Ferrothorn, which can otherwise handle Magearna quite well. Thunderbolt is another option that can be used instead of Calm Mind to consistently deal with Toxapex and Celesteela. Lastly, Ice Beam can be run alongside Thunderbolt to take on Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp more reliably, as well as Amoonguss; however, if this combination is used, they it should be used over Fleur Cannon and Focus Blast.

Set Details
========

Fairium Z is run to quickly overwhelm Pokemon like Tangrowth while also providing Magearna with a reliable move to break past other specially bulky Pokemon in general. Additionally, it also Twinkle Tackle ignores Fleur Cannon's Special Attack drop upon usage. Shuca Berry can be run to set up on Ground-types like Landorus-T, Gliscor, and Garchomp, but Magearna gives up on the ability to overwhelm balance teams as quickly. Fightinium Z can also be run to break past Heatran and Ferrothorn without having to rely on Focus Blast's shaky at best accuracy. Lastly, Iapapa Berry is an option to keep Magearna out of range from priority moves like Water Shuriken from Ash-Greninja.

Usage Tips
========

Magearna can be used as mid-game breaker with Calm Mind or as a late-game sweeper with Shift Gear. You should carefully evaluate when to use Calm Mind and when to use Shift Gear because they allow Magearna to do different things. For example, if Magearna is up against a more offensive team, it's beneficial to use Shift Gear first because then it can outspeed the majority of the team. Calm Mind should be used against bulkier teams, as they will often struggle to reliably switch into +1 Twinkle Tackle from Magearna. However, it should be noted that before setting up at all, Magearna should look to wear down offensive checks such as Choice Scarf Kitsunoh first. Magearna is extremely self-sufficient(AH) with its Z-Move; therefore, it should be used to break through would-be checks such as Tangrowth and Chansey. Alternatively, Magearna's Z-Move can be used to pave the way for another teammate to sweep. In addition to picking when to use what which setup move, you should not recklessly set up with Magearna because it's prone to being revenge killed by priority moves like Water Shuriken.

Team Options
========

Psychic-types like Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, and Mega Latios can take advantage of Toxapex and Fidgit, which are the main Pokemon that Magearna struggles with. Furthermore, they can force in and force damage on specially defensive Steel-types like Celesteela and Assault Vest Magearna, potentially allowing Magearna to break through the opposition. Greninja and Ash-Greninja can set Spikes for Magearna to wear down switch-ins. Additionally, Greninja has the ability to weaken Pokemon like Celesteela and Toxapex for Magearna. Alternatively, Arghonaut can be used on bulkier teams to set Spikes. Tornadus-T tends to draw in and cripple Pokemon like Assault Vest Magearna and Heatran and Assault Vest Magearna, which benefits Magearna. Pajantom is a good partner with Magearna because it tends to draw in and trap Pokemon like Clefable and Jumbao, which Magearna can use as setup bait. Furthermore, Pajantom is prone to getting Pursuit trapped by Weavile, which Magearna can also set up on. Lastly, Magearna can be run with dual screens Tapu Koko on hyper offensive teams too to ease setup and provide a Fairy-resistant Pokemon.

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

Trick Room Magearna can be used on dedicated Trick Room teams for its Psychic- and Fairy-type resistance, allowing the team to handle Pokemon like Tapu Lele, Jumbao, and Pajantom much better and allowing Mega Mawile to focus more on wallbreaking. Specially defensive Magearna with Heart Swap is an option on many balanced and stall teams for its ability to take on Tapu Lele and Calm Mind + Pain Split Magearna. In addition to this, it can also take on Aurumoth lacking Overheat. Assault Vest is an option that can be run to turn Magearna into a sturdier check to offensive Psychic-types. However, it's quickly worn down and doesn't fit on a lot of teams because it has to compete with Heart Swap sets.

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

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: Specially defensive Toxapex and Amoonguss aren't bothered by much from Magearna and can thus wall it. However, they should watch out for Thunderbolt and Ice Beam, respectively. Lastly, Tangrowth can take any boosted attack from Magearna other than Twinkle Tackle.

**Fire-types**: Volcarona can use Magearna as setup bait with relative ease, as it is not bothered by any attack from Magearna. Smokomodo can switch into Calm Mind + Pain Split Magearna quite reliably, but it is prone to being worn down fast quickly. Heatran can take an unboosted Focus Blast and Hidden Power Ground in a pinch, but it will lose if it gets worn down slightly. Volkraken can also switch into Magearna once or twice thanks to its respectable natural bulk. However, it's quickly worn down by Stealth Rock.

**Steel-types**: Assault Vest Magearna can take pretty much any attack from offensive Magearna variants, though it can lose to Pain Split variants. Specially defensive Magearna with Heart Swap can steal Magearna's stat boosts and retaliate. Other Steel-types like Kitsunoh, Celesteela, and Jirachi can take most attacks from Magearna reliably. Celesteela should watch out for Thunderbolt, however.

**Residual Damage**: Spikes are quite annoying for Magearna to deal with, as it will get overwhelmed by Psychic- and Fairy-types like Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele very quickly. Luckily, Magearna can somewhat pressure Arghonaut and Greninja to prevent Spikes from going up in the first place.

**Ground-types**: Ground-types like Landorus-T, Garchomp, and Gliscor can prevent Magearna from setting up. However, they should be wary of variants carrying Shuca Berry because they can set up on the aforementioned Ground-types. Furthermore, they can't reliably switch in because of the threat of Fleur Cannon and Ice Beam.

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