ZU Marowak [GP 0/2]

[OVERVIEW]

Thick Club grants Marowak a nigh unparalleled offensive presence, transforming it into an extremely powerful physical attacker. It also has an excellent offensive movepool to back up its high Attack; Its signature move, Bonemerang, is very useful for breaking through foes with Sturdy and Substitutes, and it has good coverage options in Stone Edge, Knock Off, and Fire Punch. Marowak also gets Swords Dance to jack up its attack to absurd levels. Defensively, Marowak has workable physical bulk as well as a nice typing in Ground that allows it to check attackers like Muk and Electivire. It also has access to Stealth Rock, which it gets many opportunities to set thanks to its ability to force out common Pokemon like Mareanie and Golem. However Marowak is held back by its low speed stat, and although it does give it a strong niche on Trick Room teams, it can otherwise limit its progress against offensive teams. It also has poor special bulk, which means that powerful special attackers like Exeggutor, Glaceon, and Simisear can break through it. Marowak's typing also leaves it weak to common Water-, Grass-, and Ice-type attacks, leaving it vulnerable to Swanna, Torterra, and Silvally-Water. Marowak's reliance on Thick Club also means that it is crippled by Knock Off and Trick from the likes of Rotom-S and Komala, whereas its main competitors in Golem and Torterra are not as reliant on their items to function.

[SET]
name: Offensive Stealth Rock
move 1: Bonemerang
move 2: Stone Edge
move 3: Knock Off / Fire Punch
move 4: Stealth Rock
item: Thick Club
ability: Battle Armor
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

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

Stone Edge provides good coverage alongside Bonemerang, hitting Flying-types such as Swanna, Altaria, and Rotom-S, all of which are prominent Defog users in ZU. Knock Off is usually the preferred third move for its utility, and it hits targets such as Bronzor super effectively. Alternatively, Fire Punch allows Marowak to nail bulky Grass-types such as Torterra, Leafeon, and Gourgeist-XL, notably dealing more damage to the latter compared to Knock Off as it often runs Colbur Berry. Double-Edge can be used to bypass Stone Edge's accuracy when targeting foes immune or resistant to Bonemerang, but it otherwise doesn't hit anything particularly notable and Marowak really needs its other moves to perform its role successfully.

Set Details
========

Thick Club is required to double Marowak's otherwise mediocre Attack stat. An Adamant nature is usually preferred for maximal damage output, but a Jolly nature is viable if you are uncomfortable with Marowak speed tying with Adamant Golem, Crustle, and opposing Marowak. Battle Armor is the best ability on this set, as Marowak has no use for its other abilities with this moveset. Rock Head should be used if Marowak is running Double-Edge, however.

Usage Tips
========

Marowak should look to set up Stealth Rock against opposing hazard setters, such as Mareanie and Mawile, as it forces them out with its powerful attacks. Leading with Marowak is often a decent option to get Stealth Rock up early and proceed to wallbreak quickly. Marowak's excellent matchup against lead Golem, one of ZU's most common leads, is also beneficial. Its ability to threaten common Pokemon such as Komala, Golem, and Mareanie allows it to excel as a wallbreaker against bulkier teams. Common Defog users such as Silvally-Water, Swanna, and Silvally-Dragon force Marowak out if they get in safely, so try to predict and hit them with the appropriate coverage as they switch in. Great care must be taken when bringing Marowak in, as it is crippled by status moves and Knock Off. Bring Marowak in through Volt Switch or U-turn to circumvent this, or utilize double switching to get it in safely. Marowak can be played recklessly against offensive teams after it has set up Stealth Rock, as it will likely not get too many opportunities to put in work afterwards. On the other hand, Marowak should be played conservatively against defensive teams, as it is very threatening to them.

Team Options
========

Marowak fits best on balanced teams that need some wallbreaking power as well as Stealth Rock support and a soft check to Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Electivire and and Golem. Offensive cleaners such as Combusken, Z-Rain Dance Swanna, and Rock Polish Torterra benefit from Marowak wallbreaking and setting Stealth Rock. The former two work especially well, as they threaten the bulkly Grass-types that Marowak struggles with. Marowak can be tough to get into battle safely, and therefore it appreciates VoltTurn partners such as Electivire, Rotom-S, and Komala. Pokemon that can abuse Grass-types, such as Swanna, Simisear, and Rapidash are all great partners, as Marowak greatly struggles with them. Pokemon that threaten Water-types such as Electivire, Raichu, and Simisage, also make for good teammates. Bulkier Pokemon such as Gourgeist-XL, Silvally-Water, and Silvally-Poison work well with Marowak, as its poor Speed means that many offensive Pokemon can threaten to revenge kill it.


[SET]
name: Trick Room Attacker
move 1: Bonemerang
move 2: Double-Edge
move 3: Knock Off
move 4: Swords Dance / Fire Punch
item: Thick Club
ability: Rock Head
nature: Brave
evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

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

Double-Edge has great coverage alongside Bonemerang, hitting Pokemon such as Swanna and Altaria. Knock Off rounds out Marowak's coverage, hitting the likes of Bronzor and Dusclops for significant damage. Swords Dance is the preferred last move, as Trick Room teams need to get as much out of their limited turns as they can. Fire Punch, on the other hand, provides a stronger hit on Pokemon such as Torterra and Simisage.

Set Details
========

A Brave Nature and 0 Speed IVs make Marowak as slow as possible so it goes first under Trick Room. Rock Head is the preferred ability so Marowak takes no recoil from using Double-Edge.

Usage Tips
========

Marowak should look to wallbreak and sweep once Trick Room is up. When facing bulkier teams it can set up Swords Dance against forced switches, while aggressive pivoting can get it in safely against offensive teams and give it opportunities to set up. Marowak should look to maximize the amount of turns that is has under Trick Room. Attempting to get Marowak in after sacking one of your Trick Room setters is usually the best way to do this. Marowak should attempt to set up Swords Dance on Pokemon that don't immediately threaten it, such as Electivire. It can also set up after a teammate has used Memento to get it in safely. Opponents may try to switch around Pokemon resistant or immune to Ground as a way to deal with Marowak; consider using Swords Dance again if this happens, as even resisted hits will break walls at that point. Marowak should do its best to conserve its health, as it can use its bulk to survive hits from the likes of Bouffalant, Furfrou, and Poliwrath and then retaliate after Trick Room has run out.

Team Options
========

Standard Trick Room setters such as Carbink, Dusknoir, and Chimecho make for excellent teammates. All three have ways of getting Marowak in safely through Memento, Healing Wish, or, in Carbink's case, Explosion. The Memento Pokemon also can give Marowak an opportunity to set up Swords Dance safely, and Dusknoir can even use Z-Memento to heal Marowak. Other dedicated Trick Room wallbreakers like Wishiwashi, Toucannon, Rampardos, and Camerupt are good teammates, as they complement Marowak well and aid it in breaking down the opponent's team. Offensive Trick Room setters such as Beheeyem and Exeggutor can aid Marowak in its wallbreaking while also setting Trick Room for it.

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

Substitute can be used over Stealth Rock if your team already has a Stealth Rock user. This allows Marowak to fire off a free attack on whatever Pokemon comes in next, as well as become a more reliable stallbreaker. Swords Dance can be used outside of Trick Room, but Marowak tends to prefer attacking from the get go, and it can be very hard to find opportunities to set up. Such a set also struggles to make meaningful progress against offensive teams. Stone Edge can be used on the Trick Room Attacker set if you are worried about Pokemon such as Altaria. Earthquake can be used over Bonemerang if you are concerned about the latter's accuracy, but the benefits of Bonemerang are too good to pass up.

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

**Grass-types**: Grass-types such as Gourgeist-XL, Torterra, and Leafeon can take a hit from Marowak and retaliate with a STAB move, and the former can also cripple it with Will-O-Wisp. Simisage and Cacturne are OHKOd by Fire Punch but are just as threatening if they get in safely.

**Water-types**: Defensive Water-types such as Silvally-Water and Poliwrath can take a hit and threaten Marowak with their STAB moves. Offensive Water-types such as Swanna and Simipour also do the trick, although they can't switch in safely.

**Strong Special Attackers**: Strong special attackers such as Exeggutor, Simisear, Floatzel, and Chatot prey on Marowak's poor special bulk and can hit it very hard, although none of them can switch into Marowak's coverage moves safely.

**Item Removal**: Knock Off and Trick are both crippling to Marowak, as it relies on Thick Club for its excellent offensive presence. Thick Club-less Marowak is significantly easier to deal with, as it doesn't come close to OHKOing Pokemon that otherwise deals with, such as Golem and Mareanie.

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- Written by: [[SputnikGT, 475916]]
- Quality checked by: [[5gen, 296755], [Ho3nConfirm3d, 231074]
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[OVERVIEW]

  • Thick Club grants Marowak a nigh unparalleled offensive presence, transforming it into an extremely powerful physical attacker.
  • Marowak has an excellent offensive movepool to back up its high attack. It's signature Bonemerang is a very useful attack, as it breaks Sturdy and Substitutes, while it has good coverage in the form of Stone Edge, Knock Off, and Fire Punch. Marowak also gets Swords Dance to jack up its attack to absurd levels.
  • Defensively, Marowak has workable physical bulk as well as a nice typing in Ground, which allows it to check attackers like Muk and Electivire. It also gets Stealth Rock, which it can set well thanks to its ability to force out common Pokemon like Mareanie and Electivire.
  • Marowak is held back by its low speed stat, which can limit its progress against offensive teams, although said low speed does give it a strong niche on Trick Room teams.
  • Marowak also has poor special bulk, which means that powerful special attackers like Exeggutor, Beheeyem, and Simisear can break through it. Marowak's Ground typing also leaves it weak to common Water-, Grass-, and Ice-type attacks, which leaves it vulnerable to attacks from Swanna, Torterra, and Silvally-Water.
Mention that losing Thick Club cripples Marowak, making it near useless

[SET]
name: Offensive Stealth Rock
move 1: Bonemerang
move 2: Stone Edge
move 3: Knock Off / Fire Punch
move 4: Stealth Rock
item: Thick Club
ability: Battle Armor
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

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

  • Bonemerang is the preferred Ground-type STAB, as it has the added benefit of breaking Sturdy from the likes of Golem, Kadabra's Focus Sash, and breaking Substitutes from Pokemon such as Simisear. Fluff
  • Stone Edge provides good coverage alongside Bonemerang, hitting Flying-types such as Swanna, Altaria, and Rotom-S. Notably, this list includes some of the tier's most prominent defoggers such as Rotom-S and Swanna, as they must take care if they try to switch directly into Marowak.
  • Fire Punch allows Marowak to nail bulky Grass-types such as Torterra, Gourgeist-XL, and Leafeon. It also allows Marowak to threaten Bronzor. Knock does this already
  • Knock Off still hits targets such as Bronzor and Gourgeist-XL hard, and it comes with the benefit of crippling defensive Pokemon long term by removing their items. move this above fire punch
mention that Double-Edge is an option over Stone Edge to ease prediction and not risk missing

Set Details
========

  • Thick Club is required to double Marowak's otherwise mediocre attack stat.
  • An Adamant nature gives Marowak as much damage output as possible, but Jolly is viable if you are uncomfortable with Marowak speed tying with Adamant Golem, Crustle, and opposing Marowak.
  • Battle Armor is the best ability on this set, as Marowak has no use for its other options with this moveset. Adjust accordingly with Double-Edge mention

Usage Tips
========

  • Marowak should look to lset up Stealth Rock against common Pokemon opposing entry hazard setters such as Mareanie and Mawile, as it forces these Pokemon out with the treat of its powerful attacks.
  • Marowak should proceed to wallbreak after Stealth Rock has been set up. Its ability to threaten common Pokemon such as Komala, Golem, and Mareanie allows it to excel in this role against bulkier teams.
  • Great care must be taken when bringing Marowak in, as it is crippled by status moves and Knock Off. Pivot Marowak in through Volt Switch or U-turn to circumvent this, or utilize double switching to get it in safely.
  • Leading Marowak is often a decent option to get Stealth Rock up early and break a hole quickly. Marowak's excellent matchup against lead Golem, one of ZU's most common leads, is also beneficial. this point is already touched on, so combine it with the first point

Team Options
========

  • Marowak fits best on balance teams that need some wallbreaking power but also need a Stealth Rocker and soft check to Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Electivire and Golem.
  • Offensive cleaners benefit from Marowak wallbreaking and setting Stealth Rock. Combusken, Z-Rain Dance Swanna, and Rock Polish Torterra are good teammates in this regard. The former two work especially well, as they threaten the bulkly Grass-types that Marowak struggles with.
  • Marowak can be tough to get into battle safely, so pivoting it in via Volt Switch or U-turn from Electivire, Rotom-S, or Komala is a good way to get around this.
  • Pokemon that can abuse Grass-types, such as Swanna, Simisear, and Rapidash are all great partners, as Marowak greatly struggles with them. Pokemon that abuse Water-types are also a good idea, with Electivire, Raichu, and Simisage being good here.
Mention bulkier Pokemon such as Gourgeist-XL, Silvally-Water, and Silvally-Poison that cover Marowak's weaknesses

[SET]
name: Trick Room Abuser
move 1: Bonemerang
move 2: Double Edge
move 3: Knock Off
move 4: Swords Dance / Fire Punch
item: Thick Club
ability: Rock Head
nature: Brave
evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

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

  • Bonemerang is the preferred Ground-type STAB, as it has the added benefit of breaking Sturdy from the likes of Golem and nullifying Kadabra's Focus Sash, preventing it from revenge killing Marowak under Trick Room. Fluff
  • Double Edge is quite powerful coming off of Marowak's beefy attack stat and has great coverage alongside Bonemerang. Mention a thing or two it hits
  • Knock Off rounds out Marowak's coverage, hitting the likes of Bronzor and Gourgeist-XL Dusclops for significant damage. tends to run colbur and tanks knock
  • Swords Dance boosts Marowak's attack to absurd levels, allowing it to pick up many OHKOs. It is the preferred option, as Trick Room teams need to get as much out of their limited turns as they can, which is something that Swords Dance can help to achieve. Fire Punch, on the other hand, provides a stronger hit onto certain Pokemon such as Torterra and Simisage. removed fluff

Set Details
========

  • Thick Club is a required item for Marowak, as it is responsible for granting it its excellent attack.
  • Max HP and Max Attack with a Brave Nature and 0 Speed IVs makes Marowak as powerful and bulky as possible while also making it as slow as possible so it goes first under Trick Room.
  • Rock Head is the preferred ability so Marowak takes no recoil after using Double Edge.

Usage Tips
========

  • Marowak should look to wallbreak once Trick Room is up. Against bulkier teams, it should set up Swords Dance off forced switches, while against offensive teams, Marowak should attack and make aggressive predictions to get the most out of TR
  • Marowak should look to maximize the amount of turns that is has under Trick Room. Attempting to get Marowak in after sacking off one of your Trick Room setters is usually the best way to go about this.
  • Marowak should look to set up Swords Dance on Pokemon that don't immediately threaten it, such as Electivire. It can also set up after a teammate has used Memento to get it in safely.

Team Options
========

  • This Marowak is to be used on Trick Room teams. Therefore, standard Trick Room setters make for excellent teammates. Carbink, Dusclops Dusknoir, and Chimecho are all viable options in this regard. The former three all have ways of getting Marowak in safely, either through Memento, Healing Wish, or, in Carbink's case, Exploding. The Memento Pokemon also can give Marowak an opportunity to set up Swords Dance safely. Dusknoir is the common TR setter, has Z-Memento support
  • Other dedicated Trick Room wallbreakers like Wishiwashi, Toucannon, Rampardos, and Camerupt are good teammates, as they complement Marowak's wallbreaking well and aid it in breaking down the opponents team.
  • Offensive Trick Room Pokemon such as Beheeyem and Exeguttor can aid Marowak in its wallbreaking while also setting Trick Room for it to abuse.

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

  • Swords Dance can be used outside of Trick Room, but Marowak tends to prefer attacking from the get go, and it can be very hard to find a place to set up Swords Dance. Such a set also struggles to make meaningful progress against offensive teams.
  • Stone Edge can be used for coverage on the Trick Room variant if you are worried about Pokemon such as Altaria.
  • Earthquake can be used over Bonemerang if you are concerned about the accuracy, but the benefits of Bonemerang are too good to pass up.
  • Substitute is an option over Stealth Rock if your team already has a Stealth Rock user. Sub eases prediction and helps generate free turns, forcing the opp to sack things

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

**Grass-types**: Grass-types such as Gourgeist-XL, Torterra, and Leafeon can take a hit from Marowak and retaliate with a STAB move. Simisage and Cacturne are OHKOed by Fire Punch but are just as threatening if they get in safely. Gourgeist-XL is particularly problematic, as it can burn Marowak with Will-O-Wisp.

**Water-types**: Defensive Water-types such as Silvally-Water and Poliwrath can take a hit and threaten Marowak with their STAB moves. Offensive Water-types such as Swanna and Simipour also do the trick, although they can't safely switch in.

**Strong Special Attackers**: Strong Special Attackers such as Exeguttor, Simisear, Floatzel, and Chatot prey on Marowak's poor special bulk and can hit it very hard, although none of them can safely switch into Marowak's coverage moves.

**Item Removal**: Knock Off and Trick are both crippling to Marowak, as it relies on its Thick Club for its excellent offensive presence. Thick Club-less Marowak is significantly easier to deal with, as it doesn't come close to OHKOing Pokemon that it's supposed to be able to deal with, such as Golem and Mareanie.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[SputnikGT, 475916]]
- Quality checked by: [[5gen, 296755], [<username2>, <userid2>], [<username3>, <userid3>]]
- Grammar checked by: [[<username1>, <userid1>], [<username2>, <userid2>]]

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[OVERVIEW]

  • Thick Club grants Marowak a nigh unparalleled offensive presence, transforming it into an extremely powerful physical attacker.
  • Marowak has an excellent offensive movepool to back up its high attack. It's signature Bonemerang is a very useful attack, as it breaks Sturdy and Substitutes, while it has good coverage in the form of Stone Edge, Knock Off, and Fire Punch. Marowak also gets Swords Dance to jack up its attack to absurd levels.
  • Defensively, Marowak has workable physical bulk as well as a nice typing in Ground, which allows it to check attackers like Muk and Electivire. It also gets Stealth Rock, which it can set well thanks to its ability to force out common Pokemon like Mareanie and Electivire. Golem (different example is all)
  • Marowak is held back by its low Speed stat, which can limit its progress against offensive teams, although said low speed does give it a strong niche on Trick Room teams.
  • Marowak also has poor special bulk, which means that powerful special attackers like Exeggutor, Beheeyem, and Simisear, and Glaceon can break through it. Marowak's Ground typing also leaves it weak to common Water-, Grass-, and Ice-type attacks, which leaves it vulnerable to attacks from Swanna, Torterra, and Silvally-Water. (beh is slower than maro and can easily get bopped by Knock Off, so glaceon is more consistent)
  • Marowak's reliance on its Thick Club also means that it is crippled by Knock Off and Trick from the likes of Rotom-S and Komala, whereas its competition in Golem and Torterra would be less affected. (maro's competition wasn't listed anywhere, and we got two very viable Ground types that it works against and is less viable than. here's a good place to mention that)

[SET]
name: Offensive Stealth Rock
move 1: Bonemerang
move 2: Stone Edge
move 3: Knock Off / Fire Punch
move 4: Stealth Rock
item: Thick Club
ability: Battle Armor
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

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

  • Stone Edge provides good coverage alongside Bonemerang, hitting Flying-types such as Swanna, Altaria, and Rotom-S. Notably, this list includes some of the tier's most prominent defoggers in Swanna and Rotom-S, as they must take care if they try to switch directly into Marowak.
  • Knock Off hits targets such as Bronzor and Gourgeist-XL hard, and it comes with the benefit of crippling defensive Pokemon long term by removing their items.
  • Fire Punch allows Marowak to nail bulky Grass-types such as Torterra, Gourgeist-XL, and Leafeon. Gourgiest-XL in particular often takes more damage from Fire Punch due to it running Colbur Berry, but Knock Off is still preferred for its utility. (Mentions here why knock is the first slash, and a bit more info revealed on the meta)
  • Double Edge can be used if you are worried about Stone Edge's accuracy onto the tier's Ground immunities and resists, but it doesn't hit anything particularly notable and Marowak really needs its other moves.

Set Details
========

  • Thick Club is required to double Marowak's otherwise mediocre attack stat.
  • An Adamant nature gives Marowak as much damage output as possible, but Jolly is viable if you are uncomfortable with Marowak speed tying with Adamant Golem, Crustle, and opposing Marowak.
  • Battle Armor is the best ability on this set, as Marowak has no use for its other options with this moveset. Rock Head should be used if Marowak is running Double Edge, however.

Usage Tips
========

  • Marowak should look to set up Stealth Rock against opposing hazard setters. such as Mareanie and Mawile, as it forces these Pokemon out with the treat of its powerful attacks. Leading Marowak is often a decent option to get Stealth Rock up early and break a hole quickly. Marowak's excellent matchup against lead Golem, one of ZU's most common leads, is also beneficial.
  • Marowak should proceed to wallbreak after Stealth Rock has been set up. Its ability to threaten common Pokemon such as Komala, Golem, and Mareanie allows it to excel in this role against bulkier teams.
  • (Mention here that common Defog users like Swanna, Silvally-Water, and Silvally-Dragon may force Marowak out, so try to take care of these attackers with Stone Edge or Bonemerang on a predicted switch-in to secure your Stealth Rock.)
  • Great care must be taken when bringing Marowak in, as it is crippled by status moves and Knock Off. Pivot Marowak in through Volt Switch or U-turn to circumvent this, or utilize double switching to get it in safely
  • (Mention that against offensive teams it can be better to play Marowak expendably after setting SR, as it may not have opportunities to wallbreak or revenge kill)
  • (That said, mention that when facing defensive teams, Marow should be played conservatively and find safe switchins to wallbreak for the team)

Team Options
========

  • Marowak fits best on balance teams that need some wallbreaking power but also need a Stealth Rocker user and a soft check to Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Electivire and and Golem.
  • Offensive cleaners benefit from Marowak wallbreaking and setting Stealth Rock. Combusken, Z-Rain Dance Swanna, and Rock Polish Torterra are good teammates in this regard. The former two work especially well, as they threaten the bulkly Grass-types that Marowak struggles with.
  • Marowak can be tough to get into battle safely, so pivoting it in via Volt Switch or U-turn from Electivire, Rotom-S, or Komala is a good way to get around this.
  • Pokemon that can abuse Grass-types, such as Swanna, Simisear, and Rapidash are all great partners, as Marowak greatly struggles with them. Pokemon that abuse Water-types are also a good idea, with Electivire, Raichu, and Simisage being good here.
  • Bulkier Pokemon such as Gourgeist-XL, Silvally-Water, and Silvally-Poison work well with Marowak, as its poor speed tier means that many offensive Pokemon can come in and threaten it after it gets a kill. to revenge kill it.


[SET]
name: Trick Room Abuser
move 1: Bonemerang
move 2: Double Edge
move 3: Knock Off
move 4: Swords Dance / Fire Punch
item: Thick Club
ability: Rock Head
nature: Brave
evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

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

  • Double Edge is quite powerful coming off of Marowak's beefy attack stat and has great coverage alongside Bonemerang, hitting Pokemon such as Swanna and Altaria.
  • Knock Off rounds out Marowak's coverage, hitting the likes of Bronzor and Dusclops for significant damage.
  • Swords Dance is the preferred last option, as Trick Room teams need to get as much out of their limited turns as they can, which is something that Swords Dance can help to achieve (fluff). Fire Punch, on the other hand, provides a stronger hit onto certain Pokemon such as Torterra and Simisage.

Set Details
========

  • Thick Club is a required item for Marowak, as it is responsible for granting it its excellent attack.
  • Max HP and Max Attack with a Brave Nature and 0 Speed IVs makes Marowak as powerful and bulky as possible while also making it as slow as possible so it goes first under Trick Room.
  • Rock Head is the preferred ability so Marowak takes no recoil after using Double Edge.

Usage Tips
========

  • Marowak should look to wallbreak and sweep once Trick Room is up. It can set up Swords Dance against forced switches against bulkier teams, while aggressive pivoting can get it in safely against offensive teams and give it an opportunity to set up.
  • Marowak should look to maximize the amount of turns that is has under Trick Room. Attempting to get Marowak in after sacking off one of your Trick Room setters is usually the best way to go about this.
  • Marowak should look to set up Swords Dance on Pokemon that don't immediately threaten it, such as Electivire. It can also set up after a teammate has used Memento to get it in safely.
  • (Opponents may try to switch around Marowak's attacks for resistances and immunities to burn Trick Room turns; this can be another opportunity to use Swords Dance, as then even resisted hits can break walls)
  • (Mention that Marowak should try to preserve its health so that even when TR runs out, it can rely on its bulk to tank hits and capitalize on the 1HKOs a Swords Dance boost can give it like against Bouffalant, Poliwrath, and Furfrou)

Team Options
========

  • This Marowak is to be used on Trick Room teams. Therefore, standard Trick Room setters make for excellent teammates. Carbink, Dusknoir, and Chimecho are all viable options in this regard. The former three all have ways of getting Marowak in safely, either through Memento, Healing Wish, or, in Carbink's case, Exploding. The Memento Pokemon also can give Marowak an opportunity to set up Swords Dance safely, and Dusknoir can even use Z-Memento to heal Marowak up if it has taken damage earlier in the match.
  • Other dedicated Trick Room wallbreakers like Wishiwashi, Toucannon, Rampardos, and Camerupt are good teammates, as they complement Marowak's wallbreaking well and aid it in breaking down the opponents team.
  • Offensive Trick Room Pokemon such as Beheeyem and Exeguttor can aid Marowak in its wallbreaking while also setting Trick Room for it to abuse.

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

  • Substitute can be used over Stealth Rock if your team already has another Stealth Rock users. This allows Marowak to take advantage of forced switches in another way by allowing it to fire off a free attack on whatever comes in next, and allowing it to be a more reliable stallbreaker. (sub blocking status from pyuk and others is huge for breaking stall)
  • Swords Dance can be used outside of Trick Room, but Marowak tends to prefer attacking from the get go, and it can be very hard to find a place to set up Swords Dance. Such a set also struggles to make meaningful progress against offensive teams.
  • Stone Edge can be used for coverage on the Trick Room variant if you are worried about Pokemon such as Altaria.
  • Earthquake can be used over Bonemerang if you are concerned about the accuracy, but the benefits of Bonemerang are too good to pass up.

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

**Grass-types**: Grass-types such as Gourgeist-XL, Torterra, and Leafeon can take a hit from Marowak and retaliate with a STAB move. Simisage and Cacturne are OHKOed by Fire Punch but are just as threatening if they get in safely. Gourgeist-XL is particularly problematic, as it can burn Marowak with Will-O-Wisp.

**Water-types**: Defensive Water-types such as Silvally-Water and Poliwrath can take a hit and threaten Marowak with their STAB moves. Offensive Water-types such as Swanna and Simipour also do the trick, although they can't safely switch in.

**Strong Special Attackers**: Strong Special Attackers such as Exeguttor, Simisear, Floatzel, and Chatot prey on Marowak's poor special bulk and can hit it very hard, although none of them can safely switch into Marowak's coverage moves.

**Item Removal**: Knock Off and Trick are both crippling to Marowak, as it relies on its Thick Club for its excellent offensive presence. Thick Club-less Marowak is significantly easier to deal with, as it doesn't come close to OHKOing Pokemon that it's supposed to be able to deal with, such as Golem and Mareanie.

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[OVERVIEW]

Thick Club grants Marowak a nigh unparalleled offensive presence, transforming it into an extremely powerful physical attacker. Marowak It also has an excellent offensive movepool to back up its high Attack; (remove period; add semicolon) Its (remove apostrophe) signature move, (add comma) Bonemerang, (add comma) is a very useful attack, as it breaks for breaking through foes with Sturdy and Substitutes, while and it has good coverage options in the form of Stone Edge, Knock Off, and Fire Punch. Marowak also gets Swords Dance to jack up boost (subjective; less casual) its attack to absurd levels. Defensively, Marowak has workable physical bulk as well as a nice typing in Ground (remove comma) which that allows it to check attackers like Muk and Electivire. It also gets has access to (subjective; makes it more clear that it's an option and you don't run it on every set) Stealth Rock, which it can gets many opportunities to set well thanks to its ability to force out common Pokemon like Mareanie and Golem. However, (add coma) Marowak is held back by its low speed stat, which can limit its progress against offensive team (remove comma) and although said low speed it does give it a strong niche on Trick Room teams, (remove period; add comma) it can otherwise limit its progress against offensive teams. (add period) (re-ordered so positive qualities come before the negative ones) Marowak It also has poor special bulk, which means that powerful special attackers like Exeggutor, Glaceon, and Simisear can break through it. Marowak's Ground typing also leaves it weak to common Water-, Grass-, and Ice-type attacks, which leaves leaving it vulnerable to attacks from Swanna, Torterra, and Silvally-Water. (consider merging these two bullets as besides the torterra example, they're basically saying the same thing) Marowak's reliance on its Thick Club also means that it is crippled by Knock Off and Trick from the likes of Rotom-S and Komala, whereas its main competition from the likes of competitors in Golem and Torterra are not as affected reliant on their items to function.

[SET]
name: Offensive Stealth Rock
move 1: Bonemerang
move 2: Stone Edge
move 3: Knock Off / Fire Punch
move 4: Stealth Rock
item: Thick Club
ability: Battle Armor
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

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

Stone Edge provides good coverage alongside Bonemerang, hitting Flying-types such as Swanna and Rotom-S, which are prominent Defog users in ZU, as well as Altaria. (remove comma; add period) and Rotom-S. Notably, this list includes some of the tier's most prominent defoggers in Swanna and Rotom-S, as they must take care if they try to switch directly into Marowak. Knock Off is usually the preferred third move for its utility, and it hits targets such as Bronzor and Gourgeist-XL hard supereffectively. (remove comma; add point) (if gourg-xl isn't a great target for knock off, as you state later on, consider using a different example) and it comes with the benefit of crippling defensive Pokemon long term by removing their items. (fluff; dex info) Alternatively, (add comma) Fire Punch allows Marowak to nail bulky Grass-types such as Torterra, Leafeon, and Gourgeist-XL, and Leafeon. It notably does dealing more damage to Gourgeist-XL thanks to it frequently running the latter compared to Knock Off as it often runs Colbur Berry. Knock Off is still preferred for the utility, however. Double-Edge (add hyphen) can be used if you are worried about to bypass Stone Edge's accuracy onto the tier's Ground immunities and resists when targeting foes immune or resistant to Bonemerang, but it otherwise doesn't hit anything particularly notable and Marowak really needs its other moves to perform its role successfully (subjective addition; adds clarification).

Set Details
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Thick Club is required to double Marowak's otherwise mediocre Attack stat. An Adamant nature is gives Marowak as much damage output as possible is usually preferred for maximal damage output, but a Jolly nature is viable if you are uncomfortable with Marowak speed tying with Adamant Golem, Crustle, and opposing Marowak. Battle Armor is the best ability on this set, as Marowak has no use for its other options abilities with this moveset. Rock Head should be used if Marowak is running Double-Edge (add hyphen), however.

Usage Tips
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Marowak should look to set up Stealth Rock against opposing hazard setters, (remove point; add comma) such as Mareanie and Mawile, as it forces these Pokemon them out with the treat of its powerful attacks. Leading with Marowak is often a decent option to get Stealth Rock up early and break a hole proceed to wallbreak quickly. Marowak's excellent matchup against lead Golem, one of ZU's most common leads, is also beneficial. Marowak should proceed to wallbreak after Stealth Rock has been set up. (fluff; repetition) Its ability to threaten common Pokemon such as Komala, Golem, and Mareanie allows it to excel in this role as a wallbreaker against bulkier teams. Common Defoggers users such as Silvally-Water, Swanna, and Silvally-Dragon force Marowak out if they get in safely, so try to predict and hit them hard with either Bonemerang or Stone Edge the appropriate coverage as they switch in. Great care must be taken when bringing Marowak in, as it is crippled by status moves and Knock Off. Pivot Bring Marowak in through Volt Switch or U-turn to circumvent this, or utilize double switching to get it in safely. (up to you, as it comes down to writing style, but you can compress these two sentences into one) Marowak can be played recklessly against offensive teams after it sets has set up Stealth Rock, as it will likely not get too many opportunities to put in work after setting up Stealth Rock afterwards. On the other hand, Marowak should be played conservatively against defensive teams, as it is very threatening to them. Keep Marowak alive and try to wallbreak with it as much as possible. (more of a qc-ish comment but this bullet is like, well yeah duh. keeping a mon alive and having it perform its roles repeatedly is what u wanna do with every mon)

Team Options
========

Marowak fits best on balanced teams that need some wallbreaking power but also need a as well as Stealth Rock user support and a soft check to Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Electivire and and Golem. Offensive cleaners such as Combusken, Z-Rain Dance Swanna, and Rock Polish Torterra benefit from Marowak wallbreaking and setting Stealth Rock. Combusken, Z-Rain Dance Swanna, and Rock Polish Torterra are good teammates in this regard. The former two work especially well, as they threaten the bulkly Grass-types that Marowak struggles with (such as?). Marowak can be tough to get into battle safely, so pivoting it in via Volt Switch or U-turn from and therefore it appreciates VoltTurn partners such as Electivire, Rotom-S, or and Komala is a good way to get around this (had to reword this as it read off like a usage tip). Pokemon that can abuse Grass-types, such as Swanna, Simisear, and Rapidash are all great partners, as Marowak greatly struggles with them. Pokemon that abuse threaten Water-types are also a good idea, (keep the comma here) with such as Electivire, Raichu, and Simisage, (add comma) being also make for good here teammates. Bulkier Pokemon such as Gourgeist-XL, Silvally-Water, and Silvally-Poison work well with Marowak, as its poor Speed tier means that many offensive Pokemon can come in and (as you said earlier, it's quite difficult to switch in directly on it) threaten to revenge kill it.


[SET]
name: Trick Room Abuser Attacker (to quote the gp standards thread: "Abuse" means "use in a negative way / to a negative effect" or "assault"; it should not be used as a substitute for "make heavy use of" or "benefit from".)
move 1: Bonemerang
move 2: Double-Edge (add hyphen)
move 3: Knock Off
move 4: Swords Dance / Fire Punch
item: Thick Club
ability: Rock Head
nature: Brave
evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

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

Double-Edge (add hyphen) is quite powerful coming off of Marowak's beefy attack stat and (fluff) has great coverage alongside Bonemerang, hitting Pokemon such as Swanna and Altaria. Knock Off rounds out Marowak's coverage, hitting the likes of Bronzor and Dusclops for significant damage. Swords Dance is the preferred last option move, as Trick Room teams need to get as much out of their limited turns as they can. (this sounds somewhat contradictory considering swords dance wastes a tr turn) Fire Punch, on the other hand, provides a stronger hit onto certain Pokemon such as Torterra and Simisage.

Set Details
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Thick Club is a required item for Marowak, as it is responsible for granting it its excellent attack. (no need to explain this yet again) Max HP and Max Attack with A Brave Nature and 0 Speed IVs makes Marowak as powerful and bulky as possible while also making it (fluff; 252/252 spreads are self-explanatory) as slow as possible so it goes first under Trick Room. Rock Head is the preferred ability so Marowak takes no recoil after from using Double-Edge (add hyphen).

Usage Tips
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Marowak should look to wallbreak and sweep once Trick Room is up. When facing bulkier teams it can set up Swords Dance against forced switches against bulkier teams, while aggressive pivoting can get it in safely against offensive teams and give it an opportunity opportunities to set up. Marowak should look to maximize the amount of turns that is has under Trick Room. Attempting to get Marowak in after sacking off one of your Trick Room setters is usually the best way to go about do this. Marowak should look attempt to set up Swords Dance on Pokemon that don't immediately threaten it, such as Electivire. It can also set up after a teammate has used Memento to get it in safely. Opponents may try to switch around resistances and immunities Pokemon resistant or immune to Ground (is this what you meant?) as a way to deal with Marowak; consider using Swords Dance again if this happens, as even resisted hits will break walls at that point. Marowak should do its best to conserve its health, as it can use its bulk to survive hits from the likes of Bouffalant, Furfrou, and Poliwrath and then retaliate after Trick Room has run out.

Team Options
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This Marowak is to be used on Trick Room teams. Therefore, standard Trick Room setters make for excellent teammates. Standard Trick Room setters such as Carbink, Dusknoir, and Chimecho are all viable options in this regard make for excellent ("necessary" might be more fitting as an adjective here, but up to you) teammates. The former All three all have ways of getting Marowak in safely (remove comma) either through Memento, Healing Wish, or, in Carbink's case, Exploding Explosion. The Memento Pokemon (maybe just name them? it's not clear which of them run memento) also can give Marowak an opportunity to set up Swords Dance safely, and Dusknoir can even use Z-Memento to heal Marowak up if it has taken damage earlier in the match. Other dedicated Trick Room wallbreakers like Wishiwashi, Toucannon, Rampardos, and Camerupt are good teammates, as they complement Marowak's wallbreaking well and aid it in breaking down the opponent's (add apostrophe) team. Offensive Trick Room Pokemon setters such as Beheeyem and Exeguttor Exeggutor can aid Marowak in its wallbreaking while also setting Trick Room for it to abuse.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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Substitute can be used over Stealth Rock if your team already has another Stealth Rock users. This allows Marowak to take advantage of forced switches in another way by allowing it to fire off a free attack on whatever Pokemon comes in next, as well as allowing it to become a more reliable stallbreaker. Swords Dance can be used outside of Trick Room, but Marowak tends to prefer attacking from the get go, and it can be very hard to find a place opportunities to set up Swords Dance. Such a set also struggles to make meaningful progress against offensive teams. Stone Edge can be used for coverage on the Trick Room variant Attacker set if you are worried about Pokemon such as Altaria. Earthquake can be used over Bonemerang if you are concerned about the latter's accuracy, but the benefits of Bonemerang are too good to pass up.

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

**Grass-types**: Grass-types such as Gourgeist-XL, Torterra, and Leafeon can take a hit from Marowak and retaliate with a STAB move, (add comma) and the former can also cripple it with Will-O-Wisp. Simisage and Cacturne are OHKOed OHKOd by Fire Punch but are just as threatening if they get in safely. Gourgeist-XL is particularly problematic, as it can burn Marowak with Will-O-Wisp. (better checks/counters and any info relating to them needs to come first)

**Water-types**: Defensive Water-types such as Silvally-Water and Poliwrath can take a hit and threaten Marowak with their STAB moves. Offensive Water-types such as Swanna and Simipour also do the trick, although they can't safely switch in safely.

**Strong Special Attackers**: Strong special attackers such as Exeguttor Exeggutor, Simisear, Floatzel, and Chatot prey on Marowak's poor special bulk and can hit it very hard, although none of them can safely switch into Marowak's coverage moves safely.

**Item Removal**: Knock Off and Trick are both crippling to Marowak, as it relies on its Thick Club for its excellent offensive presence. Thick Club-less Marowak is significantly easier to deal with, as it doesn't come close to OHKOing Pokemon that it's supposed to be able to it otherwise deals with, such as Golem and Mareanie.

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