Medicham

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[SET]
name: Big Bad Medicham
[Overview]

<p>Medicham is known for its ability, Pure Power, which doubles its Attack stat. This makes its Adamant, Choice Band-boosted Hi Jump Kick the hardest hitting attack in UU. It's capable of OHKOing Pokemon such as Milotic and even those that resist it, such as offensive Zapdos. With such great power, Medicham can be very threatening with a Choice Scarf as well, increasing its Speed far above average. It also has decent coverage options at its disposal, including secondary STAB moves Zen Headbutt and Psycho Cut, Ice Punch, and ThunderPunch. Medicham is unique in that it is one of only two fully evolved Psychic- and Fighting-type Pokemon, along with Gallade. Medicham hits harder than Gallade, but lacks its reliability in Close Combat, as well as its decent special bulk. In addition to being very frail, Hi Jump Kick is also very risky if the opponent carries a Ghost-type; Medicham almost always needs Pursuit support.</p>

[SET]
name: Choice
move 1: Hi Jump Kick
move 2: Psycho Cut / Zen Headbutt
move 3: Ice Punch
move 4: Trick / ThunderPunch
item: Choice Scarf / Choice Band
nature: Adamant / Jolly
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>The Choice Scarf and Choice Band sets function quite similarly but on different mediums. The Choice Scarf variant is Medicham's best chance at a sweep, due to its decent Speed and incredibly powerful Hi Jump Kick, while the Choice Band set is effective at breaking through walls of slower teams that cannot beat it to the punch. Hi Jump Kick is Medicham's Excalibur—the one move that makes it a threat, and the primary move to be used by either set when safe to do so. Psycho Cut or Zen Headbutt is used in the next slot to hit Poison- and Ghost-types for heavy damage. Ice Punch is mandatory, unlike ThunderPunch, to hit Celebi and Flygon, whereas ThunderPunch is used purely on the Choice Band set for Slowbro. Trick is a great tool on the Choice Scarf set to effectively destroy a stall-team member or would-be counter. It also screws up any Baton Pass Pokemon.</p>

<p>Adamant Medicham with a Choice Scarf reaches a Speed of 388, outpacing the likes of Alakazam, Sceptile, and Swellow. With a Jolly nature, Medicham reaches 426. This outpaces Adamant Choice Scarf Heracross as well as Rhyperior after a Rock Polish. On the Choice Band set, Adamant is recommended for maximum damage output.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>The debate between Zen Headbutt and Psycho Cut essentially comes down to personal preference. Psycho Cut is more reliable, while Zen Headbutt is more powerful and has an arguably better secondary effect—a chance to cause a flinch. On the Choice Band set, there is basically no reason to use Zen Headbutt, as Psycho Cut hits everything hard enough and you are likely not going to outpace much anyway. On the Choice Scarf set, Zen Headbutt is worth consideration for the flinch chance alone due to Medicham's increased Speed. The damage difference is more evident if you do not carry entry hazards such as Stealth Rock, but if Stealth Rock is used, it gets all of the necessary KOs on Ghost-types such as offensive Rotom and Mismagius, as well as the 2HKO on the standard bulky Froslass.</p>

<p>Medicham benefits greatly from Pursuit support, as having a Ghost-type switch into Hi Jump Kick is always a bad situation. Medicham is frail as it is, so taking unnecessary damage makes the situation that much worse. Pokemon such as Bisharp and Heracross work well for this tactic. Medicham also pairs well with another Fighting-type. The Choice Band set breaks walls for a faster Fighting-type, such as Choice Scarf Heracross, Gallade, or Hitmonlee, to come in and sweep the opponent, while the Choice Scarf set works well with a wallbreaker set for one of those Pokemon. Choice Band Heracross works especially well with Choice Scarf Medicham because it has a strong Pursuit and has Megahorn to take out those pesky Psychic-types. Of course, Medicham greatly appreciates Spikes and Stealth Rock to ensure some KOes and increase its overall damage.</p>

[OTHER OPTIONS]

<p>Medicham can effectively run a Substitute set to ease prediction. However, limiting oneself to three attacking moves when the goal is to break through walls is not especially effective, even if prediction is easier. Bulk Up is another set that can be used effectively, but will generally not be useful due to Medicham's underwhelming bulk and Speed.</p>

[CHECKS AND COUNTERS]

<p>Deoxys-D, Wobbuffet, Slowbro, and Celebi can all take Hi Jump Kicks and beat Medicham back. They are especially bulky and are not easily disposed of by Pursuit either. Dusclops is immune to Hi Jump Kick and laughs off every single attack that Medicham can throw at it except for Trick. Medicham merely reaches a Speed stat of 388 or 426 with a Choice Scarf (Adamant and Jolly, respectively), which seems like a hefty amount; however, against faster Choice Scarf users such as Heracross, Medicham is easily outsped and revenge killed. Pursuit also works well when Medicham is locked into a Psychic-type attack, but Dark-types must be wary of Hi Jump Kick when switching in. If there are no Ghost-types left, then Medicham will almost certainly be using Hi Jump Kick, and Dark-types cannot switch in safely.</p>

<p>Another interesting counter to Medicham's sweep is the move Protect. It makes Hi Jump Kick miss, and Medicham cannot take the recoil damage more than thrice at best.</p>
 

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Although the set is really self-explanatory, can you please add some calcs for HJK? I'm curious how strong it is.
 

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Although the set is really self-explanatory, can you please add some calcs for HJK? I'm curious how strong it is.

I don't see a reason to provide calculations when not comparing the power of two moves, items, or sets. Sure it would be nice to not have to actually (gasp) do the calculations yourself, but why would I include them in this analysis?
 
What the...??

Well, I've tried Choice Band because it hits REALLY hard (its HJK is the strongest immediate attack in UU if I'm not mistaken), and it was just about as good as I thought it would be. You probably made the right decision on it. It is kind of cool that it can survive a Zapdos Thunderbolt and 2HKO with HJK with rocks, though :) But if it's SubRoost, knows what's going on, and Subs, well... 72.9% chance of three HJKs hitting in a row is pretty shaky :(
 

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Why is Rock Slide slashed in the last option? Iirc everything else has decent coverage and Rock Slide doesn't add to it, apart from bugs. Mention shit that runs protect because if you HJK something with Protect then you're screwed.
 
I used this set back in OU (so I don't know how it would work in UU) and it worked well enough.

[SET]
name: Bulk Up
move 1: Bulk Up
move 2: Drain Punch
move 3: Zen Headbutt
move 4: Ice Punch
item: Life Orb
nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 Atk / 80 SpD / 176 Spe

Was pretty simple. Bulk up once and start smashing shit with Drain Punch. Medcham is frail, but most things won't OHKO him and you recover a stupid amount of health with LO Drain Punch
 

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I think that would be outclassed by Gallade, because it's got awesome Special Bulk to boot. I know it hasnt got the amazing attack, but it can be boosted with Bulk Up. It's a lot harder to finish off too.
 

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I tried it and it didn't work for me, it doesn't do much besides take up space until you set up a perfect chance for it to sweep which is very unlikely in the first place. I'll wait for other QC members to weigh in though.
 
Why is Psycho Cut slashed in front of Zen Headbutt? ZHB is stronger and has that flinch chance (good for a scarfer), and 90% accuracy is still pretty good.
 

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Why would you limit yourself to having two STABs with only 90% accuracy? Most of the time the only reason I use Psycho Cut because of the accuracy, HJK isn't very reliable when you are sweeping 3-4 Pokemon. ZHB is stronger and has flinch, that's why it's slashed, but it's 90% accuracy makes it an obvious secondary choice.
 

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[Overview]

<p>Medicham is known for its ability, Pure Power, which doubles its Attack stat. This makes a Choice Band boosted Adamant Hi Jump Kick from Medicham the hardest hitting attack in UU. It's capable of OHKOing Pokemon such as Milotic and even things that resist it like offensive Zapdos. With such great power, Medicham can be very threatening with a Choice Scarf as well, increasing his average Speed to above average. It also has some decent coverage options at its disposal, including secondary STAB moves Zen Headbutt and Psycho Cut, Ice Punch, and ThunderPunch. Medicham is unique in that it is one of only two fully evolved Psychic and Fighting-type Pokemon along with Gallade. Medicham hits harder than Gallade, but lacks its reliability in Close Combat as well as its decent Special Bulk. In addition to being very frail, Hi Jump Kick is also very risky if the opponent carries a Ghost-type; Medicham almost always needs Pursuit support.</p>

[SET]
name: Choice
move 1: Hi Jump Kick
move 2: Psycho Cut / Zen Headbutt
move 3: Ice Punch
move 4: Trick / Thunder Punch
item: Choice Scarf / Choice Band
nature: Adamant / Jolly
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>The Choice Scarf and Choice Band sets function quite similarly but on different mediums. The Choice Scarf variant is Medicham's best chance at a sweep due to its decent Speed and incredibly powerful Hi Jump Kick, while Choice Band is effective at breaking through walls of slower teams that cannot beat it to the punch. Hi Jump Kick is Medicham's Excalibur;(semicolon) it is the one move that makes it a threat and is the primary move to be used by either set when safe to do so. Psycho Cut or Zen Headbutt is used in the next slot to hit Poison-types and Ghost-types for heavy damage. Ice Punch is mandatory,(comma) unlike ThunderPunch,(comma) to hit Celebi and Flygon, whereas ThunderPunch is used purely on the Choice Band set for Slowbro. Trick is a great tool on the Choice Scarf set to effectively destroy a stall member or would-be counter. It also screws up any Baton Pass Pokemon.</p>

<p>Adamant Choice Scarf Medicham reaches a Speed of 388, outpacing the likes of Alakazam, Sceptile, Swellow, and everything slower. With a Jolly nature, Medicham reaches 426 Speed and outpaces Adamant Choice Scarf Heracross as well as a Rock Polished Rhyperior. On the Choice Band set, Adamant is recommended for maximum damage output.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>The debate between Zen Headbutt and Psycho Cut essentially comes down to personal preference. Psycho Cut is more reliable whereas Zen Headbutt is more powerful and has an arguably better secondary effect in its chance to cause a flinch. On the Choice Band set, there is basically no reason to use Zen Headbutt since Psycho Cut hits everything hard enough and you are likely not going to outpace much anyway. On the Choice Scarf set, Zen Headbutt is worth consideration for the flinch chance alone due to Medicham's increased Speed. The damage difference is more evident if you do not carry entry hazards such as Stealth Rock, but if Stealth Rock is used then it gets all of the needed KOs on Ghost-types,(comma) such as offensive Rotom and Mismagius,(comma) as well as the 2HKO on the standard bulky Froslass.</p>

<p>Medicham benefits greatly from having Pursuit support. Having a Ghost-type switch into Hi Jump Kick is always a bad situation. Medicham is frail as it is, so taking unnecessary damage makes the situation that much worse. Pokemon such as Bisharp and Heracross work well for this tactic. Medicham also works very well with another Fighting-type. The Choice Band set breaks walls for a faster Fighting-type such as Choice Scarf Heracross, Gallade, or Hitmonlee while the Choice Scarf set works well with a wall breaker set for one of those Pokemon. Choice Band Heracross works especially well with Choice Scarf Medicham because it has a strong Pursuit and has Megahorn to take out those pesky Psychic-types. Of course, Medicham greatly appreciates Spikes and Stealth Rock to ensure some KOs and increase its overall spread damage.</p>

[Other Options]

<p>Medicham can effectively run a Substitute set which eases prediction. However, limiting oneself to three attacking moves when the goal is to break through walls is not especially effective, even if prediction is easier. Bulk Up is another set that can be used effectively, but will generally not be useful due to Medicham's underwhelming bulk and Speed.</p>

[Checks and Counters]

<p>Deoxys-D, Wobbuffet, Slowbro, and Celebi can all take Hi Jump Kicks and beat Medicham back. They are especially bulky and are not easily picked off by Pursuit. Dusclops is immune to Hi Jump Kick and laughs off every single attack that Medicham can throw at it except for Trick. Medicham merely reaches a Speed stat of 388 or 426 (Adamant and Jolly respectively) with a Choice Scarf, which seems like a hefty amount,(comma) but against faster Choice Scarf users such as Heracross, Medicham is easily outrun and revenge killed. Pursuit also works well when locked into a Psychic-type attack but they must be wary of Hi Jump Kick when switching a Dark-type into Medicham. If there are no Ghost-types left, then Medicham will almost certainly be using Hi Jump Kick and Dark-types are not safe to switch in.</p>

<p>Another interesting counter to Medicham's sweep is the move Protect. It makes Hi Jump Kick miss,(comma) and Medicham cannot take the recoil damage more than a few times.</p>

KOs = noun, KOes = verb. Other than that, very nice.
 
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[Overview]

<p>Medicham is known for its ability, Pure Power, which doubles its Attack stat. This makes aits Adamant, Choice Band -boosted Adamant Hi Jump Kick from Medicham the hardest hitting attack in UU. It's capable of OHKOing Pokemon such as Milotic and even thingsose that resist it like, such as offensive Zapdos. With such great power, Medicham can be very threatening with a Choice Scarf as well, increasing his averageits [COMMENT: Either use "its" or "his" all the time.] Speed to above the average. It also has some decent coverage options at its disposal, including secondary STAB moves Zen Headbutt and Psycho Cut, Ice Punch, and ThunderPunch. Medicham is unique in that it is one of only two fully evolved Psychic- and Fighting-type Pokemon, along with Gallade. Medicham hits harder than Gallade, but lacks its reliability in Close Combat, as well as its decent Special Bulk. In addition to being very frail, Hi Jump Kick is also very risky if the opponent carries a Ghost-type; itMedicham almost always needs Pursuit support.</p>

[SET]
name: Choice
move 1: Hi Jump Kick
move 2: Psycho Cut / Zen Headbutt
move 3: Ice Punch
move 4: Trick / Thunder PunchThunderPunch
item: Choice Scarf / Choice Band
nature: Adamant / Jolly
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

<p>The Choice Scarf and Choice Band sets function quite similarly but on different mediums. The Choice Scarf variant is Medicham's best chance at a sweep, due to its decent Speed and incredibly powerful Hi Jump Kick. T, while the Choice Band set is effective at breaking through walls of slower teams that cannot beat it to the punch. Hi Jump Kick is Medicham's Excalibur, it is the one move that makes it a threat, and is the primary move to be used by either set when safe to do so. Psycho Cut or Zen Headbutt areis used in the next slot to hit Poison-types and Ghost-types for heavy damage. Ice Punch is mandatory, unlike ThunderPunch, to hit Celebi and Flygon, where as ThunderPunch is used purely on the Choice Band set for Slowbro. Trick is a great tool on the Choice Scarf set to effectively destroy a stall-team member or would-be counter. It also screws up any Baton Pass Pokemon.</p>

<p>Adamant Medicham with a Choice Scarf Medicham reaches a Speed of 388, outpacing the likes of Alakazam, Sceptile, Swellow, and everything Sand Swellower. With a Jolly nature, Medicham reaches 426. This outpaces Adamant Choice Scarf Heracross as well as Rhyperior after a Rock Polished Rhyperior. On the Choice Band set, Adamant is recommended for maximum damage output.</p>

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

<p>The debate between Zen Headbutt and Psycho Cut essentially comes down to personal preference. Psycho Cut is more reliable, where asile Zen Headbutt is more powerful and has an arguably better secondary effect in its—a chance to cause a flinch. On the Choice Band set, there is basically no reason to use Zen Headbutt since, as Psycho Cut hits everything hard enough and you are likely not going to outpace much anyway. On the Choice Scarf set, Zen Headbutt is worth consideration for the flinch chance alone due to itsMedicham's increased Speed. The damage difference is more evident if you do not carry entry hazards such as Stealth Rock, but if Stealth Rock is used then, it gets all of the neededcessary KOes on Ghost-types such as offensive Rotom and Mismagius, as well as the 2HKO on the standard bulky Froslass.</p>

<p>Medicham benefits greatly from having Pursuit support. H, as having a Ghost-type switch into Hi Jump Kick is always a bad situation. Medicham is frail as it is, so taking unnecessary damage makes the situation that much worse. Pokemon such as Bisharp and Heracross work well for this tactic. Medicham also works reallypairs well with another Fighting-type. The Choice Band set breaks walls for a faster Fighting-type such as Choice Scarf Heracross, Gallade, or Hitmonlee, while the Choice Scarf set works well with a wall breaker set for one of those Pokemon. Choice Band Heracross works especially well with Choice Scarf Medicham because it has a strong Pursuit and has Megahorn to take out those pesky Psychic-types. Of course, Medicham greatly appreciates Spikes and Stealth Rock to ensure some KOes and increase its overall spread damage.</p>

[OTHER OPTIONS]

<p>Medicham can effectively run a Substitute set whichto eases prediction. However, limiting oneself to three attacking moves when the goal is to break through walls is not especially effective, even if prediction is easier. Bulk Up is another set that can be used effectively, but will generally not be useful due to Medicham's underwhelming bulk and Speed.</p>

[CHECKS AND COUNTERS]

<p>Deoxys-D, Wobbuffet, Slowbro, and Celebi can all take Hi Jump Kicks and beat Medicham back. They are especially bulky and are not easily ridisposed off by Pursuit. Dusclops is immune to Hi Jump Kick and laughs off every single attack that Medicham can throw at it except for Trick. Medicham merely reaches a Speed stat of 388 or 426 with a Choice Scarf (Adamant and Jolly, respectively) with a Choice Scarf, which seems like a hefty amount, but compared toagainst faster Choice Scarf users such as Heracross, Medicham is easily outransped and revenge killed. Pursuit also works well when Medicham is locked into a Psychic-type attack, but theyDark-types must be weary of Hi Jump Kick when switching a Dark-type into Medichamin. If there are no Ghost-types left, then Medicham will almost certainly be using Hi Jump Kick, and Dark-types are not safe tocannot switch in safely.</p>

<p>Another interesting counter to Medicham's sweep is the move Protect. It makes Hi Jump Kick miss, and Medicham cannot take the recoil damage more than a few timtwice at best.</p>


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