name: Defensive Utility (Dark)
move 1: Foul Play
move 2: Roost
move 3: Defog
move 4: U-turn / Toxic
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
evs: 248 HP / 240 Def / 16 Spe
Sporting great bulk and key utility moves, Mandibuzz has carved a niche for itself as a defensive pivot and Defogger, preventing entry hazards like Stealth Rock and Sticky Web from harming teammates such as Weavile. In addition, it provides a valuable neutrality to Fighting, taking pressure off of Sableye. Foul Play punishes physical setup sweepers such as Dragapult and Dragonite, and it also deters threats such as Victini and Excadrill from staying in. U-turn allows Mandibuzz to act as a slow pivot, safely bringing in teammates such as Weavile and Hydreigon to take advantage of Pokemon such as Kyurem and Toxapex, which come in on it. Toxic debilitates opposing walls such as Swampert and Hippowdon. Heavy-Duty Boots allows Mandibuzz to switch in freely without fear of taking Stealth Rock damage. 16 Speed EVs allow Mandibuzz to outspeed Belly Drum Azumarill and heavily damage it with Foul Play.
All of Mandibuzz's teammates appreciate it bringing them in safely and preventing entry hazards like Stealth Rock from wearing them down. As a result of its part-Flying type, Mandibuzz offers a neutrality to Bug and Fighting, which teammates such as Hydreigon, Zarude, and Tyranitar appreciate. Weavile appreciates Mandibuzz removing Stealth Rock, allowing it to come in more frequently. In return, Weavile can take care of foes such as Galarian Moltres, which would otherwise use Mandibuzz as setup fodder. Hydreigon and Zarude can take care of Steel- and Water-types for Mandibuzz, notably Ferrothorn and Urshifu-R, respectively. Specially defensive Tyranitar can take on special attackers like Tapu Lele, Hatterene, and Choice Specs Zapdos that threaten Mandibuzz. Bisharp forces progress against the opposing team by removing items, checks Fairy-types like Hatterene, and appreciates Mandibuzz's ability to pivot it in safely. Drapion deals with Tapu Lele and provides Toxic Spikes, which synergizes with Mandibuzz's ability to force switches. In return, Mandibuzz checks Ground-types like Excadrill and Garchomp, which helps the aforementioned Tyranitar, Bisharp, and Drapion. Another good teammate can be found in Sableye, as it not only takes pressure off of Mandibuzz as a Fighting-type switch-in, but it can deal with Iron Defense Kommo-o and Body Press Corviknight too. All of these Pokemon can also absorb Knock Off for Mandibuzz, lest it loses its Heavy-Duty Boots.
Taunt can be used to prevent Ferrothorn from deploying entry hazards and Leech Seed. Mandibuzz can also use Brave Bird over Foul Play as a means of hitting foes such as Tapu Bulu, Volcarona, and Urshifu-R super effectively. Rocky Helmet over Heavy-Duty Boots wears down physical attackers, notably Zarude and Scizor. However, this makes Mandibuzz extremely vulnerable to Stealth Rock.
Written by: [[Aqua Jet, 531302]]
Dark analysis by: [[Aqua Jet, 531302]]
Quality checked by: [[Neko, 542526], [Felines, 290520], [maroon, 305839]]
Grammar checked by: [[Adeleine, 517429]]