BH Mega Diancie

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[OVERVIEW]

A combination of power and versatility makes Mega Diancie difficult to counter. Its great mixed offenses and Rock / Fairy typing give it a strong niche as a revenge killer and wallbreaker with Pixilate. Meanwhile, its Magic Guard set, which can 2HKO all Pokemon in the metagame depending on its chosen moves, can also sweep if it carries Shell Smash. Also worth noting is Mega Diancie's ability to set entry hazards even against teams carrying Magic Bounce thanks to its offensive pressure. Mega Diancie's typing is also fairly good defensively thanks to its resistances to common attacking types like Dragon, Bug, Dark, and Flying, allowing it to counter defensive Pokemon like Giratina thanks to its immunity to Core Enforcer and giving it many opportunities to switch in and break down walls. Additionally, its resistance to Mega Rayquaza's Aerilate Extreme Speed and Triage Oblivion Wing makes it harder to revenge kill. Mega Diancie can also take advantage of common Dark- and Dragon-types, most of which are OHKOed by its Pixilate Boomburst or Magic Guard Light of Ruin, to switch in and immediately pose a huge offensive threat. However, while Mega Diancie has good enough bulk to take relatively weak or resisted moves like Mega Rayquaza's Boomburst and Giratina's Spectral Thief, it can't switch in on strong moves like Mega Mewtwo Y's Psycho Boost and Choice Band Mega Mewtwo X's Close Combat. Also, it is worth noting that Mega Diancie's bulk is mostly in its 110/110 defenses. This gives it a poor matchup against Imposter Chansey, because while Mega Diancie is held back by its low base HP, Chansey has massive 250/110/110 defenses when Transformed into it. Furthermore, because Pixilate Mega Diancie is a common threat, Pokemon like Steel-types, Red Orb Groudon, and Ho-Oh are found on most teams, making it harder for Mega Diancie to break through opposing teams depending on the moves it carries.

[SET]
name: Pixilate Attacker
move 1: Extreme Speed
move 2: Boomburst
move 3: V-create / Precipice Blades
move 4: Fake Out / Stealth Rock / Sunsteel Strike
item: Pixie Plate / Life Orb / Leftovers
ability: Pixilate
nature: Naive / Hasty
evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SpA / 252 SpD / 252 Spe
in-battle alt: Mega

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Pixilate Extreme Speed allows Mega Diancie to pick off fast, frail foes including Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Rayquaza, and Shell Smash users like Mega Tyranitar. Boomburst is Mega Diancie's strongest move, 2HKOing defensive Pokemon like Mega Audino and Cresselia and OHKOing frail Pokemon or those hit super effectively like Yveltal and opposing Mega Diancie. V-create is used as coverage for the myriad of Steel-types in the metagame such as Registeel, Solgaleo, and Celesteela. Thanks to its extremely high Base Power, it can outright KO these Pokemon after minimal prior damage. However, it has poor offensive synergy with Boomburst outside of hitting Steel-types, and it fails to hit Flash Fire Steel-types as well as Fire-types like Ho-Oh and Red Orb Groudon. Precipice Blades hits Fire-, Steel-, and Poison-types super effectively, giving it better coverage than V-create, but it comes with a notable power decrease. It also leaves Mega Diancie walled by Celesteela. Fake Out deals a decent amount of chip damage to offensive Pokemon like Mega Mewtwo Y and Mega Gengar, allowing Mega Diancie to easily wear them down into Extreme Speed range. Stealth Rock deals damage to opposing Pokemon as they switch in. It helps pressure defensive Pokemon that would otherwise wall Mega Diancie, such as Fur Coat Chansey and Ho-Oh lacking Magic Guard, and thanks to the threat of super effective STAB Boomburst it deters common Magic Bounce users like Giratina from switching in so Mega Diancie can reliably set up Stealth Rock in most matchups. Sunsteel Strike deals tons of damage to Imposter users on the switch and also lets Mega Diancie lure and OHKO Sturdy Shedinja. It provides no coverage against Pokemon that resist Boomburst, though. Other options like Rapid Spin, which cannot be blocked thanks to Pixilate, and Explosion, which enables Mega Diancie to overcome resistant Pokemon such as Steel-types at the cost of sacrificing itself, are viable, but Mega Diancie usually doesn't have the space to run them.

Set Details
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A Naive nature is used to preserve Mega Diancie's valuable Speed tier without lowering the power of Extreme Speed or Boomburst or making Mega Diancie more susceptible to common physical attacks such as Knock Off, Spectral Thief, and U-turn. Hasty can be used instead to take less damage from Aerilate Mega Rayquaza's Boomburst and Triage Mega Rayquaza's Oblivion Wing, allowing Mega Diancie to serve as a more consistent check to these sets. Pixie Plate gives Mega Diancie's Fairy-type attacks a notable 1.2x boost. This helps Boomburst OHKO Giratina and opposing Naive Mega Diancie. Life Orb variants of Pixilate Mega Diancie are worn down very easily, but in return they have the most power, OHKOing some less bulky Steel-types like Magearna and RegenVest Celesteela with V-create. Leftovers increases Mega Diancie's longevity and gives it free recovery when brought in on a slow pivot move. It is notably weaker than other variants, though.

Usage Tips
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Unlike other offensive Pokemon, Mega Diancie can be directly switched in on foes like Giratina. However, variants without Fake Out risk losing momentum if these Pokemon pivot out on the switch. Don't be afraid to make aggressive plays with Mega Diancie if needed, such as using Precipice Blades or Stealth Rock against an opposing Giratina predicting it to switch out. Even if you mispredict, Mega Diancie won't take much damage from any attack. At the same time, playing too recklessly against defensive teams can cause Mega Diancie to be lured and KOed by Pokemon like Soundproof Thousand Waves Zygarde-C and Flash Fire Anchor Shot Registeel. Don't be too hasty in using Mega Diancie's priority attacks against Pokemon like Mega Gengar and Mega Mewtwo X, because these Pokemon could carry Dazzling and set up on Mega Diancie. Make sure to use Extreme Speed against opposing Pokemon at low HP that might carry Prankster Destiny Bond. Extreme Speed outprioritizes the move, so Mega Diancie will not faint to Destiny Bond if it KOes the foe first.

Team Options
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Imposter users like Choice Scarf Chansey can scout for sets that could give Mega Diancie trouble, like Soundproof and Flash Fire, and serve as a secondary revenge killer. Prankster Haze users like Registeel, Cresselia, and Giratina help Mega Diancie against setup Pokemon that utilize Dazzling or Queenly Majesty alongside a boosting move, like Shell Smash Mega Gengar. In return, Mega Diancie can revenge kill Contrary users like Mega Sceptile, Mega Rayquaza, and Mega Mewtwo Y with Extreme Speed. Alternatively, Unaware users like Zygarde-C can handle most +2 Dazzling users, and RegenVest Primal Kyogre can take strong special attacks. Pokemon like Magic Bounce Celesteela, Moonlight Red Orb Groudon, and Fur Coat Chansey can Imposter-proof Mega Diancie depending on the moves chosen, preventing opposing Imposter users from breaking down the team should they happen to transform into Mega Diancie. Red Orb Groudon in particular forms a powerful offensive core with Mega Diancie, because it can take advantage of the Steel- and Fire-types Mega Diancie forces in. In return, Mega Diancie's Boomburst deals massive damage to Giratina and Zygarde-C, the main switch-ins to Red Orb Groudon. Entry hazard removers like Mega Audino and Giratina prevent Mega Diancie from being worn down from repeated switches. Entry hazard setters like Poison Heal Mega Mewtwo X can help wear down switch-ins to Mega Diancie and prevent Sturdy Shedinja from countering it.

[SET]
name: Magic Guard
move 1: Head Smash
move 2: Light of Ruin
move 3: Flare Blitz / Mind Blown
move 4: Shell Smash / Spectral Thief / Defog / Sunsteel Strike
item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
ability: Magic Guard
nature: Lonely / Mild
evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SpA / 252 SpD / 252 Spe
in-battle alt: Mega

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

Head Smash is Mega Diancie's strongest attack. It deals lots of damage to special walls like Primal Kyogre, Flash Fire Celesteela, and Chansey, and it OHKOes Ho-Oh. Light of Ruin is used to damage Dragon-types like Mega Rayquaza and Zygarde-C, and also hits Dark-types super effectively. Its high power and decent accuracy make it Magic Guard Mega Diancie's most reliable attack. Flare Blitz provides coverage against Steel-types. Unlike Mind Blown, it inflicts physical damage, so it allows Mega Diancie to OHKO Assault Vest users like Solgaleo and Registeel at +2. Mind Blown has a higher base power than Flare Blitz, so it pressures Pokemon like Prankster Registeel more effectively. Shell Smash boosts Mega Diancie's attacking stats and Speed by 2 stages in a single turn, allowing it to outspeed and OHKO almost every Pokemon. Focus Sash allows it to set up against faster foes that could otherwise OHKO it. Spectral Thief combined with Focus Sash allows Mega Diancie to act as an emergency check to almost any sweeper even with entry hazards up, thanks to Magic Guard protecting it from indirect damage. Defog variants of Mega Diancie can't sweep, but they can offensively pressure nearly every entry hazard setter. In a pinch, Mega Diancie can use its Focus Sash to reliably remove entry hazards, preserving its teammates' Focus Sashes and making it a good asset on hyper offense. Sunsteel Strike can be used on offensive teams to eliminate Imposter Chansey and Sturdy Shedinja.

Set Details
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Lonely or Mild can be used depending on whether Flare Blitz or Mind Blown is chosen. The Defense drop allows Mega Diancie to deal more damage to Imposter users with Head Smash or Sunsteel Strike. Life Orb gives Mega Diancie a 30% power boost to all its attacks, and it has no drawbacks because Magic Guard prevents the recoil. Focus Sash is better on offensive support variants of Mega Diancie, because such sets value the ability to survive any one hit more than the 30% power boost from Life Orb. Magic Guard nullifies the recoil on Mega Diancie's attacks, allowing it to freely use high-powered moves without their normal drawbacks. It also protects it from residual damage caused by entry hazards or status.

Usage Tips
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Unlike Pixilate variants, Shell Smash Magic Guard Mega Diancie must be played very carefully. Status like burn or paralysis can completely neutralize it by preventing it from breaking down or outspeeding foes, and it takes massive damage if the opposing Pokemon uses Spectral Thief as it sets up. Additionally, Mega Diancie fails to check faster Pokemon like Mega Sceptile if its Focus Sash is broken. That being said, it isn't that hard to find setup opportunities for Mega Diancie. Pokemon it forces out, like Yveltal and Giratina, are common. Additionally, it can bluff the much more common Pixilate set to force out foes like Mega Mewtwo X and then set up on the switch. Try to keep the opponent guessing as to what set Mega Diancie is, because if they believe it's a standard Pixilate variant, they will have no incentive to stay in, giving Mega Diancie the chance it needs to set up. Additionally, it can potentially lure in special walls like RegenVest Primal Kyogre and OHKO them with +2 Head Smash. Spectral Thief Mega Diancie should almost never be directly switched in against an offensive team; instead, its Focus Sash should be preserved until it is needed. If Mega Diancie's value as an emergency check or late-game sweeper is not needed, it can act as an early-game wallbreaker instead. Defog Mega Diancie can potentially be switched in against any defensive Pokemon that doesn't immediately threaten to KO it if need be. Against offensive teams, it shouldn't be needlessly switched in because it could potentially be 2HKOed through its Focus Sash on the switch; however, if needed it can remove entry hazards by bluffing Pixilate Extreme Speed.

Team Options
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Flash Fire Steel-types like Topsy-Turvy Registeel can Imposter-proof Mega Diancie on balance teams. On offense teams, less consistent Pokemon including niche Unaware users and Prankster Destiny Bond users can prevent opposing Chansey from sweeping. Imposter users like Chansey and Pikachu can scout sets and serve as late-game sweepers once Mega Diancie has removed Imposter-proofers. Magic Bounce Mega Tyranitar can take on Normalize Mega Gengar and Poison Heal Regigigas, which are immune to Spectral Thief. Focus Sash Shell Smash users like Dazzling Mega Tyranitar can take advantage of the entry hazard removal provided by Defog Mega Diancie. Entry hazard setters like Magic Guard Mega Mewtwo Y, Red Orb Groudon, and suicide leads can deter Sturdy Shedinja.

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

Life Orb Sheer Force Mega Diancie with Diamond Storm, Moonblast, Earth Power, and Blue Flare is a decent wallbreaker, but it is somewhat outclassed by Sheer Force Mega Mewtwo Y and Magic Guard Mega Diancie. Poison Heal Mega Diancie can act as a decent sweeper with a set of Moonblast, Earth Power, Quiver Dance, and either Spore or Lovely Kiss. It's less passive than other Poison Heal users such as Xerneas, but its frailty and 4x weakness to Steel make it overreliant on sleep turns to beat Pokemon like Solgaleo. Choice Specs Pixilate Mega Diancie is effective at breaking defensive teams thanks to the added power that lets it overcome its usual switch-ins like Fur Coat Chansey, but it loses out on the utility of Extreme Speed. Pixilate Mega Diancie can use many niche but viable options like Recover, Thousand Arrows or Thousand Waves + Groundium Z, Lovely Kiss, Shell Smash, and Endeavor. These require it to forgo more viable options, though. A nature that boosts Attack or Special Attack, like Mild, can be used on Pixilate Mega Diancie; however, this causes it to be outsped by foes like Jolly Poison Heal Regigigas and Kartana. A Contrary set with Choice Scarf is a decent late-game sweeper due to its STAB Fleur Cannon, but its moves are relatively easy to switch into, and it's overreliant on Fire-type moves for coverage, meaning Flash Fire Steel-types can easily counter it.

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

**Flash Fire Pokemon**: Most Mega Diancie sets rely on Fire-type coverage, so Pokemon that carry Flash Fire can counter them. Examples include Aegislash, Solgaleo, Ferrothorn, and Mega Venusaur.

**Dazzling Users**: Dazzling users like Mega Mewtwo Y can surprise Pixilate Mega Diancie with an immunity to its Extreme Speed and take advantage of the free turn to set up or KO it. Focus Sash Magic Guard variants can prevent them from setting up, though.

**Soundproof**: Soundproof users like Mega Audino are immune to Pixilate Mega Diancie's Boomburst, preventing it from 2HKOing them. However, Magic Guard sets are threatening to these Pokemon.

**Imposter Users**: Imposter Chansey can switch in on Mega Diancie without taking much damage and force it out, while Imposter Pikachu can't switch in but can threaten to OHKO Mega Diancie and 2HKO Pokemon used to Imposter-proof it.

**Sturdy Shedinja**: Mega Diancie rarely uses Sunsteel Strike, so Sturdy Shedinja can counter most sets. However, Stealth Rock can pressure Shedinja teams.

**Fire-types**: Pokemon like Red Orb Groudon and Magic Guard Ho-Oh make good Boomburst switch-ins. However, Groudon is weak to Ground-type coverage, and Ho-Oh is OHKOed by Magic Guard Head Smash.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Gurpreet Patel (Sent you a Friend Request), 233142]]
- Quality checked by: [[MAMP, 225453], [Funbot28, 255984], [ScarfWynaut, 221682]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Electrolyte, 148071], [The Dutch Plumberjack, 232216]]
 
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Hey there. I know we had some internal discussions about this Pokemon but here are things that I'd like suggest doing this so that martha won't ban us when she becomes a super mod tommorow.

Overview can talk about more than just Mega Diancie's base stats. This is the metagame where things like both Mewtwo formes and Mega Rayquaza go crazy and in this regard, Mega Diancie's offensive stats are good at best. What really differentiates itself and justifiable over aforementioned things I have mentioned is Mega Diancie's place in -ate food chain. You might want to note that Mega Diancie is the most viable Pixilate user that can one on one with Mega Ray with its Rock-typing. Zygarde-C lacking Thousand Waves is somewhat weird because if one opts to use Zygarde-C over Giratina, one of the main reasons will be utilizing STAB Ground-type moves other than just using a 'mon that is marginally fatter. Mediocre bulk needs more elaboration on Mega Diancie's low HP stat.

Pixilate set should have Lonely nature unless you need Mega Diancie to be an insurance for Triage Mega Rayquaza (which it fails to check after some chip). While you need a Life Orb to guarantee OHKO on Mega Rayquaza with Pixilate-boosted Extreme Speed, Lonely nature and Pixie Plate still does minimum of 95% -ish... which is pretty much a KO if Mega Rayquaza was slightly chipped from U-turn or something else. You might want that -Def nature because any neutral Boomburst deletes Diancie anyway and I think it is much more beneficial to be able to take special attacks from stuff like Triage Mega Rayquaza. Remove Explosion mention because Mega Diancie has to remain to perform roles as both a wallbreaker and an anti-offense backup mon - I will assume you are already aware of importance of Mega Diancie's presence by slashing Leftovers. When talking about Life Orb, make sure to mention that it allows Mega Diancie to OHKO Mega Rayquaza with Attack-boosting nature.

* Unlike other offensive Pokemon, Mega Diancie can be directly switched in on foes like Giratina and Mega Audino. However, variants without Fake Out risk losing momentum if these Pokemon pivot out on the switch.
Are you sure about this? Giratina... may be fine but Mega Audino may carry stuff like Knock Off or even Will-O-Wisp if it is a Poison Heal variant. Yes, Mega Diancie resists U-turn and is immune to Core Enforcer, but that doesn't mean it can just be a frontline soldier. Maybe add a point about Mega Diancie being the most threatening -ate user against offense and balance and emphasize what it can do while forcing a switch. Especially if your team is a little shaky against things like Poison Heal Regigigas you may want to keep Mega Diancie in a pristine condition. There are matchups where Mega Diancie can be more aggressive or has to be scared for its life and I feel like the usage tips has to make appropriate distinctions about these.

Mention that Red Orb Groudon with Thousand Arrows can deal with Celesteela - Flash Fire variants don't care about Mega Diancie unless excessively chipped.

Magic Guard set can staple many things and you mention them all.
* Unlike Pixilate variants, Shell Smash Magic Guard Mega Diancie must be played very carefully. Status like burn or paralysis can completely neutralize it
This goes the same to Pixilate set.
* Choice Specs Pixilate Mega Diancie is effective at breaking defensive teams, but it loses out on the utility of Extreme Speed.
Choice Specs -ate users can still justify Extreme Speed in their movesets if they want extra security against offense. I will more focus on Choice Specs's drawbacks on inability to switch moves around and getting locked to Extreme Speed is quite detrimental - Steel-types switched into Extreme Speed will screw you over anyway.

Add Primal Groudon to C&C. While it narrowly avoids 2HKO from Boomburst, Synthesis makes it hard to wear down and staying in against Primal Groudon is generally a dangerous move. Not to mention how V-create variants are completely walled.

Hope you had a good trip.
 
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| overview

mega diancie is not one of the most versatile pokemon in bh, it has like 2 sets. particularly for bh, overview should at least briefly cover what sets the pokemon runs. something along the lines of 'pixilate makes mega diancie into a very powerful wallbreaker and revenge killer' but obviously you can phrase that better.

try to avoid talking too much about the pokemon's base stats. they are on the page directly above this, you don't have to tell the reader what they are. instead contextualise the stats: diancie's great offense stats make it a very strong wallbreaker and enable it to easily go mixed. similarly, don't just say that it has base 110 speed, explain why that matters.

say specifically why the typing is good defensively; what does it resist? what does that do for mega diancie? mention specific moves and pokemon that diancies typing is good against. also agreeing that zyg w/o ground move is prob too niche to mention in the overview. probably mention that fairy is a very good offensive typing in bh also bc tier is full of dragons.

| pixilate set
re boomburst, mention that it clean ohkos anything weak to it and some frailer offensive pokemon

re sunsteel, you explain that it provides coverage against imposter and shed and then say that it provides no coverage? maybe change that to say that it provides limited coverage

slash hasty with naive on the set and mention that hasty enables it to take on triage/aerilate ray better.

again, don't just say that pixie plate gives a 1.2x boost, explain why that matters

re life orb, this section is a bit ambiguous atm. ohkos them with what? say that life orb lets diancie score some ohkos and 2hkos that it cant get otherwise, mention some specific benchmarks that it hits

agreeing with dmdw that you probably shouldnt recommend switching diancie hard into mega audino

in team options, stress the importance of imposter proofing a bit more. remember that these are targeted towards players without much metagame experience.

| magic guard set
im not sure i agree with slashing sunsteel with head smash. sunsteel is certainly viable, but i dont think magic guard without head smash is a particularly viable set. slash sunsteel on the last slot

light of ruin hits more than just dragon types

dont just say what shell smash does, explain why it's good

mention that defog is good specifically on hyper offense

first point of the team options is a bit odd to me, because pixilate diancie is also crippled by paralysis and burn, could you clarify what you mean here?

the point about preserving the sash is a good one, but i think the specific wording is more specific than it needs to be. this might be a bit nitpicky, but i feel like this should just say something like 'be careful not to let the sash get broken if you still need it'

in team options, mention that the sash variants fit well on hyper offense teams. unaware regigigas is far too niche to mention here.

| other options
explain a bit more about what ph diancie does. remember, assume that your reader doesn't know very much about bh, they dont necessarily know what ph xerneas does to make the comparison

on pixilate, lovely kiss, shell smash, recover, thousand arrows, groundium, maybe sash + endeavor are all worth mentioning. also +atk/+spa natures

now that i think about it im not actually sure how indepth the other options sections are meant to be for bh bc theres a lot of mons where you could reasonably go on for days, i'll ask about this and get back to u

| checks and counters
mega venu is bad, change this to just flash fire steels and put ferro or something there

soundproof and imposter should both be here

qc 1/3
 

Gurpreet Patel (Sent you a Friend Request)

bh's very own pseudo-intellectual
is a Community Contributor
| overview

mega diancie is not one of the most versatile pokemon in bh, it has like 2 sets. particularly for bh, overview should at least briefly cover what sets the pokemon runs. something along the lines of 'pixilate makes mega diancie into a very powerful wallbreaker and revenge killer' but obviously you can phrase that better.

try to avoid talking too much about the pokemon's base stats. they are on the page directly above this, you don't have to tell the reader what they are. instead contextualise the stats: diancie's great offense stats make it a very strong wallbreaker and enable it to easily go mixed. similarly, don't just say that it has base 110 speed, explain why that matters.

say specifically why the typing is good defensively; what does it resist? what does that do for mega diancie? mention specific moves and pokemon that diancies typing is good against. also agreeing that zyg w/o ground move is prob too niche to mention in the overview. probably mention that fairy is a very good offensive typing in bh also bc tier is full of dragons.

| pixilate set
re boomburst, mention that it clean ohkos anything weak to it and some frailer offensive pokemon

re sunsteel, you explain that it provides coverage against imposter and shed and then say that it provides no coverage? maybe change that to say that it provides limited coverage

slash hasty with naive on the set and mention that hasty enables it to take on triage/aerilate ray better.

again, don't just say that pixie plate gives a 1.2x boost, explain why that matters

re life orb, this section is a bit ambiguous atm. ohkos them with what? say that life orb lets diancie score some ohkos and 2hkos that it cant get otherwise, mention some specific benchmarks that it hits

agreeing with dmdw that you probably shouldnt recommend switching diancie hard into mega audino

in team options, stress the importance of imposter proofing a bit more. remember that these are targeted towards players without much metagame experience.

| magic guard set
im not sure i agree with slashing sunsteel with head smash. sunsteel is certainly viable, but i dont think magic guard without head smash is a particularly viable set. slash sunsteel on the last slot

light of ruin hits more than just dragon types

dont just say what shell smash does, explain why it's good

mention that defog is good specifically on hyper offense

first point of the team options is a bit odd to me, because pixilate diancie is also crippled by paralysis and burn, could you clarify what you mean here?

the point about preserving the sash is a good one, but i think the specific wording is more specific than it needs to be. this might be a bit nitpicky, but i feel like this should just say something like 'be careful not to let the sash get broken if you still need it'

in team options, mention that the sash variants fit well on hyper offense teams. unaware regigigas is far too niche to mention here.

| other options
explain a bit more about what ph diancie does. remember, assume that your reader doesn't know very much about bh, they dont necessarily know what ph xerneas does to make the comparison

on pixilate, lovely kiss, shell smash, recover, thousand arrows, groundium, maybe sash + endeavor are all worth mentioning. also +atk/+spa natures

now that i think about it im not actually sure how indepth the other options sections are meant to be for bh bc theres a lot of mons where you could reasonably go on for days, i'll ask about this and get back to u

| checks and counters
mega venu is bad, change this to just flash fire steels and put ferro or something there

soundproof and imposter should both be here

qc 1/3
did this, mvenu is still ranked so i think it's fine being left in. i just added ferro instead.
 

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[OVERVIEW]

* Mega Diancie's great mixed offenses and Rock/Fairy typing give it a strong niche as a revenge killer and wallbreaker with Pixilate.
* This typing is also fairly good defensively thanks to its resistances to common attacking types like Dragon, Bug, Dark, and Flying. It allows Mega Diancie to counter defensive Pokemon like Giratina thanks to its immunity to Core Enforcer, giving it many opportunities to switch in and break walls. Also enables it to resist Aerilate and reg Espeed, meaning it is least prone to be revenged by prio to a degree
* Dark- and Dragon-types, most of which are OHKOed by Mega Diancie's Pixilate Boomburst, are abundant in the Balanced Hackmons metagame.
* While Mega Diancie has good enough bulk to take relatively weak or resisted moves like Mega Rayquaza's Boomburst or Giratina's Spectral Thief, it can't switch in on strong moves like Mega Mewtwo Y's Psycho Boost or Choice Band Mega Mewtwo X's Close Combat. You don't have to make that specific of examples, just say that its bulk disallows it from coming in on strong attacks.
* Mega Diancie's bulk is mostly in its 110/110 defenses. This gives it a poor matchup against Imposter Chansey, because while Mega Diancie is held back by its low base HP, Chansey has massive 250/110/110 defenses when transformed into it.
* Mention how its commonly prepared for and is usually dealt with on a majority of teams through stuff like FF Steels or certain RegenVest users, meaning it can struggle to break through certain teams depending on the coverage it runs.

[SET]
name: Pixilate Attacker
move 1: Extreme Speed
move 2: Boomburst
move 3: V-create / Precipice Blades
move 4: Fake Out / Stealth Rock / Sunsteel Strike
item: Pixie Plate / Leftovers / Life Orb (should be before lefties)
ability: Pixilate
nature: Naive / Hasty
evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SpA / 252 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Extreme Speed allows Mega Diancie to pick off fast, frail foes including Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Rayquaza, and Shell Smash users like Mega Tyranitar. Pixilate turns it into a Fairy-type attack.
* Boomburst is Mega Diancie's strongest move. It is able to 2HKO defensive Pokemon like Mega Audino and Cresselia, while Pokemon weak to it as well as less bulky Pokemon, like Yveltal and opposing Mega Diancie, get OHKOed.
* V-create is used as coverage for the myriad Steel-types in the metagame, such as Registeel, Solgaleo, and Celesteela. Thanks to its extremely high base power, it can outright KO these Pokemon after minimal prior damage. However, it has poor offensive synergy with Boomburst outside of hitting Steel-types, and it fails to hit Flash Fire Steel-types as well as Fire-types like Ho-Oh and Red Orb Groudon.
* Precipice Blades hits Fire-, Steel-, and Poison-types super effectively, giving it better coverage than V-create, but it comes with a notable power decrease. It also leaves Mega Diancie walled by Celesteela.
* Fake Out deals a decent amount of chip damage to offensive Pokemon like Mega Mewtwo Y and Mega Gengar. This allows Mega Diancie to easily wear them down into Extreme Speed range.
* Stealth Rock deals damage to opposing Pokemon as they switch in. It helps pressure defensive Pokemon that would otherwise wall Mega Diancie, such as Fur Coat Chansey, and thanks to the threat of super effective STAB Boomburst it deters common Magic Bounce users like Giratina from switching in. Note how it is a reliable setter due to how well it can force switch ins.
* Sunsteel Strike deals tons of damage to Imposter users on the switch, and it also lures in and OHKOs Sturdy Shedinja. It provides no coverage against Pokemon that resist Boomburst, though.
* Other options like Rapid Spin and Explosion are viable, but Mega Diancie usually doesn't have the space to run them. Still mention why they can be run

Set Details
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* A Naive nature is used to preserve Mega Diancie's valuable speed tier without lowering the power of Extreme Speed or Boomburst. It allows Mega Diancie to more easily switch in on common physical attacks such as Knock Off, Spectral Thief, and U-turn.
* Hasty can be used instead to take less damage from Aerilate Mega Rayquaza's Boomburst and Triage Mega Rayquaza's Oblivion Wing, allowing Mega Diancie to serve as a more consistent check to these sets.
* Pixie Plate gives Mega Diancie's Fairy-type attacks a notable 1.2x boost. This helps Boomburst OHKO Giratina and opposing Naive Mega Diancie.
* Leftovers increases Mega Diancie's longevity, and gives it free recovery when brought in on a slow pivot move.
* Life Orb variants of Pixilate Mega Diancie are worn down very easily, but in return they have the most breaking power, OHKOing some less bulky Steel-types like Magearna and RegenVest Celesteela with V-create.

Usage Tips
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* Unlike other offensive Pokemon, Mega Diancie can be directly switched in on foes like Giratina. However, variants without Fake Out risk losing momentum if these Pokemon pivot out on the switch.
* Don't be afraid to make aggressive plays with Mega Diancie if needed, such as using Precipice Blades or Stealth Rock against an opposing Giratina predicting it to switch out. Even if you mispredict, Mega Diancie won't take much damage from any attack.
* At the same time, playing too recklessly against defensive teams can cause Mega Diancie to be lured and KO'd by Pokemon like Soundproof Thousand Waves Zygarde-C and Flash Fire Registeel.
* Don't be too hasty in using Mega Diancie's priority attacks against Pokemon like Mega Gengar and Mega Mewtwo X, because these Pokemon could carry Dazzling and set up on Mega Diancie.
* Mention when to use Espeed vs Boom specifically

Team Options
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* Prankster Haze users like Registeel, Cresselia and Giratina help Mega Diancie out against anti-priority setup Pokemon like Mega Gengar. In return, Mega Diancie can revenge kill Contrary users like Mega Sceptile, Mega Rayquaza, and Mega Mewtwo Y with Extreme Speed.
* Alternatively, Unaware users like Zygarde-C can handle most +2 Dazzling users. Just mention defensive mons in general which can help check opposing offensive threats
* Pokemon like Magic Bounce Celesteela, Moonlight Red Orb Groudon, and Fur Coat Chansey can imposter-proof Mega Diancie depending on the moves chosen, preventing opposing Imposter users from breaking the team should they happen to transform into Mega Diancie.
* Red Orb Groudon in particular forms a powerful offensive core with Mega Diancie, because it can take advantage of the Steel- and Fire-types Mega Diancie forces in. In return, Mega Diancie's Boomburst deals massive damage to Giratina and Zygarde-C, the main switchins to Red Orb Groudon.
* Hazard removers like Mega Audino and Giratina prevent Mega Diancie from being worn down from repeated switches into hazards.
* Mention of entry hazard setters

[SET]
name: Magic Guard
move 1: Head Smash
move 2: Light of Ruin
move 3: Flare Blitz / Mind Blown
move 4: Shell Smash / Spectral Thief / Defog / Sunsteel Strike
item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
ability: Magic Guard
nature: Lonely / Mild
evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SpA / 252 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Head Smash is Mega Diancie's strongest attack. It deals lots of damage to special walls like Primal Kyogre, Flash Fire Celesteela, and Chansey, and it OHKOs Ho-Oh.
* Light of Ruin is used to damage Dragon-types like Mega Rayquaza and Zygarde-C, and also hits Dark-types super effectively. Its high power and decent accuracy make it Magic Guard Mega Diancie's most reliable attack.
* Flare Blitz provides coverage against Steel-types. Unlike Mind Blown, it hits on the physical side, so it allows Mega Diancie to OHKO Assault Vest users like Solgaleo and Registeel at +2.
* Mind Blown has a higher base power than Flare Blitz, so it pressures Pokemon like Prankster Registeel more effectively.
* Shell Smash boosts Mega Diancie's attacking stats and Speed by 2 stages in a single turn, allowing it to outspeed and OHKO almost every Pokemon. Also mention how it can set it up sort of reliably due to Magic Guard Sash
* Spectral Thief combined with Focus Sash allows Mega Diancie to act as an emergency check to almost any sweeper, thanks to Magic Guard protecting it from hazard damage.
* Defog variants of Mega Diancie can't sweep, but they can offensively pressure nearly every hazard setter. In a pinch, Mega Diancie can reliably remove hazards thanks to its Focus Sash to preserve its teammates' Focus Sashes, making it a good asset on hyper offense.
* Sunsteel Strike can be used on offensive teams to eliminate Imposter Chansey and Sturdy Shedinja.

Set Details
========

* Lonely or Mild can be used depending on whether Flare Blitz or Mind Blown is chosen. The Defense drop allows Mega Diancie to deal more damage to Imposter users with Head Smash or Sunsteel Strike.
* Life Orb gives Mega Diancie a 30% power boost to all its attacks. It doesn't cause Mega Diancie to take recoil thanks to Magic Guard, effectively giving it no drawbacks.
* Focus Sash is better on offensive support variants of Mega Diancie, because such sets value the ability to survive any one hit more than the 30% boost from Life Orb.
* Magic Guard nullifies the recoil on Mega Diancie's attacks, allowing it to freely use high-powered moves without their normal drawbacks. It also protects it from residual damage caused by hazards or status.

Usage Tips
========

* Unlike Pixilate variants, Shell Smash Magic Guard Mega Diancie must be played very carefully. Status like burn or paralysis can completely neutralize it by preventing it from breaking or outspeeding foes, and it takes massive damage if the opposing Pokemon uses Spectral Thief as it sets up. Also mention that any chip can effectively make it not perform certain roles if running sash.
* That being said, it isn't that hard to find setup opportunities for Mega Diancie. Pokemon it forces out, like Yveltal and Giratina, are common. Additionally, it can bluff a Pixilate set to force out foes like Mega Mewtwo X, then set up on the switch.
* Try to keep the opponent guessing as to what set Mega Diancie is. If they believe it's a standard Pixilate variant, they will have no incentive to stay in, giving Mega Diancie the chance it needs to set up. Also since it can spam a much stronger physical STAB move that can KO certain RegenVest mons that might want to check Pixi sets.
* Spectral Thief Mega Diancie should almost never be directly switched in against an offensive team; instead, its Focus Sash should be preserved until it is needed. If Mega Diancie's value as an emergency check or late-game sweeper is not needed, it can act as an early-game breaker instead.
* Defog Mega Diancie can potentially be switched in against any defensive Pokemon that doesn't immediately threaten to KO it if need be. Against offensive teams, it shouldn't be needlessly switched in because it could potentially be 2HKO'd through its Focus Sash on the switch; however, if needed it can remove hazards by bluffing Pixilate Extreme Speed.

Team Options
========

* Flash Fire Steel-types like Topsy-Turvy Registeel can imposter-proof Mega Diancie on balance teams.
* On offense teams, less consistent Pokemon including niche Unaware users and Prankster Destiny Bond users can prevent Imposter Chansey from sweeping.
* Magic Bounce Mega Tyranitar can take on Normalize Mega Gengar and Poison Heal Regigigas, which are immune to Spectral Thief.
* Focus Sash Shell Smash users like Dazzling Mega Tyranitar can take advantage of the hazard removal provided by Defog Mega Diancie.
* Entry hazard support to break Shed and opposing Sash mons

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

* Life Orb Sheer Force Mega Diancie with Diamond Storm, Moonblast, Earth Power, and Blue Flare is a decent breaker, but it is somewhat outclassed by Sheer Force Mega Mewtwo Y and Magic Guard Mega Diancie.
* Poison Heal Mega Diancie can act as a decent sweeper with a set of Moonblast/Earth Power/Quiver Dance/Spore or Lovely Kiss. It's less passive than other Poison Heal users such as Xerneas, but its frailty and 4x weakness to Steel make it overreliant on sleep turns to beat Pokemon like Solgaleo.
* Choice Specs Pixilate Mega Diancie is effective at breaking defensive teams, but it loses out on the utility of Extreme Speed.
* Pixilate Mega Diancie can use many niche but viable options like Recover, Thousand Arrows or Thousand Waves + Groundium Z, Lovely Kiss, Shell Smash, and Endeavor. These require it to forgo more viable options, though.
* A Nature that boosts Attack or Special Attack, like Mild, can be used on Pixilate Mega Diancie. However, this causes it to be outsped by foes like Jolly Poison Heal Regigigas and Kartana.
* Mention of Choice Scarf Contrary

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

**Flash Fire Pokemon**: Most Mega Diancie sets rely on Fire-type coverage, so Pokemon that carry Flash Fire can counter most Mega Diancie sets. Examples include Aegislash, Solgaleo, Ferrothorn, and Mega Venusaur.

**Dazzling Users**: Dazzling users like Mega Mewtwo Y can surprise Pixilate Mega Diancie with an immunity to its Extreme Speed, then take advantage of the free turn to set up or KO it. Focus Sash Magic Guard variants can prevent them from setting up, though.

**Soundproof**: Soundproof users like Mega Audino are immune to Pixilate Mega Diancie's Boomburst, preventing it from 2HKOing them. However, Magic Guard sets are threatening to these Pokemon.

**Imposter Users**: Imposter Chansey can switch in on Mega Diancie without taking much damage and force it out, while Imposter Pikachu can't switch in but can threaten to OHKO Mega Diancie and 2HKO Pokemon used to imposter-proof it.

**Sturdy Shedinja**: Mega Diancie rarely uses Sunsteel Strike, so Sturdy Shedinja can counter most sets. However, Stealth Rock can pressure Shedinja teams.[

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[overview]
you spend way too much time talking about its defenses and what it can do defensively. while important, its certainly not as important as what its capable of offensively, which is what its used for. why dont you mention its spammable priority espeed? what about its magic guard set? u should talk about how much damage it can do because thats what people should use this pokemon for

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pixilate

[team options]
mention imposter (first) as a good team mate to scout for lure sets, abilities and the like, helps identify what can check / counter diancie

briefly describe what anti priority set up is the first time you mention that term

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magic guard

[moves]
"thanks to Magic Guard protecting it from hazard damage." hazard < indirect

[usage tips]
mention somewhere that the reason the bluff works is because pixilate is way more common

[team options]
mention imposter (first) as a good team mate to scout for lure sets, abilities and the like, helps identify what can check / counter diancie

[other options]
"Choice Specs Pixilate Mega Diancie is effective at breaking defensive teams, but it loses out on the utility of Extreme Speed." mention how its added power helps it overcome would be checks

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[OVERVIEW]

A combination of power and versatility makes Mega Diancie difficult to counter. Its Mega Diancie's great mixed offenses and Rock/Fairy Rock / Fairy typing give it a strong niche as a revenge killer and wallbreaker with Pixilate. Meanwhile, It can be difficult to counter because of the its Magic Guard set, which can 2HKO all Pokemon in the metagame depending on its chosen moves, and it can also sweep if it carries Shell Smash. (Previous version makes it sound like only Magic Guard is hard to counter. I added my own prose but feel free to write something else if you think it works better) Also worth noting is Mega Diancie's ability to set entry hazards even against teams carrying Magic Bounce thanks to its offensive pressure. Mega Diancie's typing is also fairly good defensively thanks to its resistances to common attacking types like Dragon, Bug, Dark, and Flying, so Mega Diancie can counter defensive Pokemon like Giratina thanks to its immunity to Core Enforcer, giving it many opportunities to switch in and break down walls. Additionally, its resistance to Mega Rayquaza's Aerilate Extreme Speed and Triage Oblivion Wing makes it harder to revenge kill. Mega Diancie can also take advantage of common Dark- and Dragon-types, most of which are OHKOed by its Pixilate Boomburst or Magic Guard Light of Ruin, to switch in and immediately pose a huge offensive threat. (Take advantage of them to do what?) However, while Mega Diancie has good enough bulk to take relatively weak or resisted moves like Mega Rayquaza's Boomburst or Giratina's Spectral Thief, it can't switch in on strong moves like Mega Mewtwo Y's Psycho Boost or Choice Band Mega Mewtwo X's Close Combat. Also, it is worth noting that Mega Diancie's bulk is mostly in its 110/110 defenses. This gives it a poor matchup against Imposter Chansey, because while Mega Diancie is held back by its low base HP, Chansey has massive 250/110/110 defenses when transformed into it. Also, because Pixilate Mega Diancie is a common threat, and as such Pokemon like Steel-types, Red Orb Groudon, and Ho-Oh are found on most teams, making This can make it harder for Mega Diancie to break through opposing teams depending on the moves it carries.

[SET]
name: Pixilate Attacker
move 1: Extreme Speed
move 2: Boomburst
move 3: V-create / Precipice Blades
move 4: Fake Out / Stealth Rock / Sunsteel Strike
item: Pixie Plate / Life Orb / Leftovers
ability: Pixilate
nature: Naive / Hasty
evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SpA / 252 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Extreme Speed allows Mega Diancie to pick off fast, frail foes including Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Rayquaza, and Shell Smash users like Mega Tyranitar(, remove comma) because Pixilate turns it into a Fairy-type attack. Boomburst is Mega Diancie's strongest move, 2HKOing defensive Pokemon like Mega Audino and Cresselia and OHKOing frail Pokemon or those hit super effectively(,) like Yveltal and opposing Mega Diancie. V-create is used as coverage for the myriad of Steel-types in the metagame(,) such as Registeel, Solgaleo, and Celesteela. Thanks to its extremely high base power, it can outright KO these Pokemon after minimal prior damage. However, it has poor offensive synergy with Boomburst outside of hitting Steel-types, and it fails to hit Flash Fire Steel-types as well as Fire-types like Ho-Oh and Red Orb Groudon. Precipice Blades hits Fire-, Steel-, and Poison-types super effectively, giving it better coverage than V-create, but it comes with a notable power decrease. It also leaves Mega Diancie walled by Celesteela. Fake Out deals a decent amount of chip damage to offensive Pokemon like Mega Mewtwo Y and Mega Gengar, allowing Mega Diancie to easily wear them down into Extreme Speed range. Stealth Rock deals damage to opposing Pokemon as they switch in. It helps pressure defensive Pokemon that would otherwise wall Mega Diancie, such as Fur Coat Chansey and Ho-Oh lacking Magic Guard, and thanks to the threat of super effective STAB Boomburst it deters common Magic Bounce users like Giratina from switching in(,) so Mega Diancie can reliably set it up Stealth Rock in most matchups. Sunsteel Strike deals tons of damage to Imposter users on the switch(,) and it also lures in and OHKOs Sturdy Shedinja. It provides no coverage against Pokemon that resist Boomburst, though. Other options like Rapid Spin, which cannot be blocked, and Explosion, which enables Mega Diancie to overcome resistant Pokemon such as Steel-types at the cost of sacrificing itself, are viable, but Mega Diancie usually doesn't have the space to run them.

Set Details
========

A Naive nature is used to preserve Mega Diancie's valuable speed tier without lowering the power of Extreme Speed or Boomburst or making Mega Diancie more susceptible to It allows Mega Diancie to more easily switch in on common physical attacks such as Knock Off, Spectral Thief, and U-turn. Hasty can be used instead to take less damage from Aerilate Mega Rayquaza's Boomburst and Triage Mega Rayquaza's Oblivion Wing, allowing Mega Diancie to serve as a more consistent check to these sets. Pixie Plate gives Mega Diancie's Fairy-type attacks a notable 1.2x boost. This helps Boomburst OHKO Giratina and opposing Naive Mega Diancie. Life Orb variants of Pixilate Mega Diancie are worn down very easily, but in return they have the most breaking power, OHKOing some less bulky Steel-types like Magearna and RegenVest Celesteela with V-create. Leftovers increases Mega Diancie's longevity(,) and gives it free recovery when brought in on a slow pivot move. It is notably weaker than other variants, though.

Usage Tips
========

Unlike other offensive Pokemon, Mega Diancie can be directly switched in on foes like Giratina. However, variants without Fake Out risk losing momentum if these Pokemon pivot out on the switch. Don't be afraid to make aggressive plays with Mega Diancie if needed, such as using Precipice Blades or Stealth Rock against an opposing Giratina predicting it to switch out. Even if you mispredict, Mega Diancie won't take much damage from any attack. At the same time, playing too recklessly against defensive teams can cause Mega Diancie to be lured and KO'd by Pokemon like Soundproof Thousand Waves Zygarde-C and Flash Fire Anchor Shot Registeel. Don't be too hasty in using Mega Diancie's priority attacks against Pokemon like Mega Gengar and Mega Mewtwo X, because these Pokemon could carry Dazzling and set up on Mega Diancie. Make sure to use Extreme Speed against opposing Pokemon at low HP that might carry Prankster Destiny Bond. Extreme Speed outprioritizes the move, so Mega Diancie will not faint to Destiny Bond if it KOs the foe first.

Team Options
========

Imposter users like Choice Scarf Chansey can scout for sets that could give Mega Diancie trouble, like Soundproof and Flash Fire, and serve as a secondary revenge killer. Prankster Haze users like Registeel, Cresselia(, add comma) and Giratina help Mega Diancie out against setup Pokemon that utilize Dazzling or Queenly Majesty alongside a boosting move, like Shell Smash Mega Gengar. In return, Mega Diancie can revenge kill Contrary users like Mega Sceptile, Mega Rayquaza, and Mega Mewtwo Y with Extreme Speed. Alternatively, Unaware users like Zygarde-C can handle most +2 Dazzling users, and RegenVest Primal Kyogre can take strong special attacks. Pokemon like Magic Bounce Celesteela, Moonlight Red Orb Groudon, and Fur Coat Chansey can imposter-proof Imposter-proof (capitalize the I) Mega Diancie depending on the moves chosen, preventing opposing Imposter users from breaking down the team should they happen to transform into Mega Diancie. Red Orb Groudon in particular forms a powerful offensive core with Mega Diancie, because it can take advantage of the Steel- and Fire-types Mega Diancie forces in. In return, Mega Diancie's Boomburst deals massive damage to Giratina and Zygarde-C, the main switchins to Red Orb Groudon. Hazard Entry hazard removers like Mega Audino and Giratina prevent Mega Diancie from being worn down from repeated switches into hazards. Hazard Entry hazard setters like Poison Heal Mega Mewtwo X can help wear down switchins to Mega Diancie and prevent Sturdy Shedinja from countering it.

[SET]
name: Magic Guard
move 1: Head Smash
move 2: Light of Ruin
move 3: Flare Blitz / Mind Blown
move 4: Shell Smash / Spectral Thief / Defog / Sunsteel Strike
item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
ability: Magic Guard
nature: Lonely / Mild
evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SpA / 252 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Head Smash is Mega Diancie's strongest attack. It deals lots of damage to special walls like Primal Kyogre, Flash Fire Celesteela, and Chansey, and it OHKOs Ho-Oh. Light of Ruin is used to damage Dragon-types like Mega Rayquaza and Zygarde-C, and also hits Dark-types super effectively. Its high power and decent accuracy make it Magic Guard Mega Diancie's most reliable attack. Flare Blitz provides coverage against Steel-types. Unlike Mind Blown, it hits on the physical side, so it allows Mega Diancie to OHKO Assault Vest users like Solgaleo and Registeel at +2. Mind Blown has a higher base power than Flare Blitz, so it pressures Pokemon like Prankster Registeel more effectively. Shell Smash boosts Mega Diancie's attacking stats and Speed by 2 stages in a single turn, allowing it to outspeed and OHKO almost every Pokemon. Focus Sash allows it to set up against faster foes that could otherwise OHKO it. Spectral Thief combined with Focus Sash allows Mega Diancie to act as an emergency check to almost any sweeper even with entry hazards up, thanks to Magic Guard protecting it from indirect damage. Defog variants of Mega Diancie can't sweep, but they can offensively pressure nearly every entry hazard setter. In a pinch, Mega Diancie can rely on its Focus Sash to reliably remove entry hazards(, add comma) thanks to its Focus Sash to preserve preserving its teammates' Focus Sashes, making it a good asset on hyper offense. Sunsteel Strike can be used on offensive teams to eliminate Imposter Chansey and Sturdy Shedinja.

Set Details
========

Lonely or Mild can be used depending on whether Flare Blitz or Mind Blown is chosen. The Defense drop allows Mega Diancie to deal more damage to Imposter users with Head Smash or Sunsteel Strike. Life Orb gives Mega Diancie a 30% power boost to all its attacks, and has no drawbacks because Magic Guard prevents the recoil. It doesn't cause Mega Diancie to take recoil thanks to Magic Guard, effectively giving it no drawbacks. Focus Sash is better on offensive support variants of Mega Diancie, because such sets value the ability to survive any one hit more than the 30% power boost from Life Orb. Magic Guard nullifies the recoil on Mega Diancie's attacks, allowing it to freely use high-powered moves without their normal drawbacks. It also protects it from residual damage caused by entry hazards or status.

Usage Tips
========

Unlike Pixilate variants, Shell Smash Magic Guard Mega Diancie must be played very carefully. Status like burn or paralysis can completely neutralize it by preventing it from breaking down or outspeeding foes, and it takes massive damage if the opposing Pokemon uses Spectral Thief as it sets up. Additionally, Mega Diancie fails to check faster Pokemon like Mega Sceptile if its Focus Sash is broken. That being said, it isn't that hard to find setup opportunities for Mega Diancie. Pokemon it forces out, like Yveltal and Giratina, are common. Additionally, it can bluff the much more common Pixilate set to force out foes like Mega Mewtwo X(, remove comma) and then set up on the switch. Try to keep the opponent guessing as to what set Mega Diancie is, as if If they believe it's a standard Pixilate variant, they will have no incentive to stay in, giving Mega Diancie the chance it needs to set up. Additionally, it can potentially lure in special walls like RegenVest Primal Kyogre and OHKO them with +2 Head Smash. Spectral Thief Mega Diancie should almost never be directly switched in against an offensive team; instead, its Focus Sash should be preserved until it is needed. If Mega Diancie's value as an emergency check or late-game sweeper is not needed, it can act as an early-game wallbreaker instead. Defog Mega Diancie can potentially be switched in against any defensive Pokemon that doesn't immediately threaten to KO it if need be. Against offensive teams, it shouldn't be needlessly switched in because it could potentially be 2HKO'd through its Focus Sash on the switch; however, if needed it can remove entry hazards by bluffing Pixilate Extreme Speed.

Team Options
========

Flash Fire Steel-types like Topsy-Turvy Registeel can imposter-proof Imposter-proof Mega Diancie on balance teams. On offense teams, less consistent Pokemon including niche Unaware users and Prankster Destiny Bond users can prevent opposing Chansey from sweeping. Imposter users like Chansey and Pikachu can scout sets and serve as late-game sweepers once Mega Diancie has removed imposter-proof Imposter-proof Pokemon. Magic Bounce Mega Tyranitar can take on Normalize Mega Gengar and Poison Heal Regigigas, which are immune to Spectral Thief. Focus Sash Shell Smash users like Dazzling Mega Tyranitar can take advantage of the entry hazard removal provided by Defog Mega Diancie. Hazard Entry hazard setters like Magic Guard Mega Mewtwo Y, Red Orb Groudon, and suicide leads can deter Sturdy Shedinja.

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

Life Orb Sheer Force Mega Diancie with Diamond Storm, Moonblast, Earth Power, and Blue Flare is a decent wallbreaker, but it is somewhat outclassed by Sheer Force Mega Mewtwo Y and Magic Guard Mega Diancie. Poison Heal Mega Diancie can act as a decent sweeper with a set of Moonblast/Earth Power/Quiver Dance/Spore Moonblast, Earth Power, Quiver Dance, and Spore or Lovely Kiss. It's less passive than other Poison Heal users such as Xerneas, but its frailty and 4x weakness to Steel make it overreliant on sleep turns to beat Pokemon like Solgaleo. Choice Specs Pixilate Mega Diancie is effective at breaking defensive teams thanks to the added power that overcomes overcoming its usual switchins like Fur Coat Chansey, but it loses out on the utility of Extreme Speed. Pixilate Mega Diancie can use many niche but viable options like Recover, Thousand Arrows or Thousand Waves + Groundium Z, Lovely Kiss, Shell Smash, and Endeavor. These require it to forgo more viable options, though. A Nature nature that boosts Attack or Special Attack, like Mild, can be used on Pixilate Mega Diancie; however, this causes it to be outsped by foes like Jolly Poison Heal Regigigas and Kartana. A Contrary set with Choice Scarf is a decent late-game sweeper due to its STAB Fleur Cannon, but its moves are relatively easy to switch into, and it's overreliant on Fire-type moves for coverage(,)so Flash Fire Steel-types can easily counter it.

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

**Flash Fire Pokemon**: Most Mega Diancie sets rely on Fire-type coverage, so Pokemon that carry Flash Fire can counter most Mega Diancie sets. them. Examples include Aegislash, Solgaleo, Ferrothorn, and Mega Venusaur.

**Dazzling Users**: Dazzling users like Mega Mewtwo Y can surprise Pixilate Mega Diancie with an immunity to its Extreme Speed, then take advantage of the free turn to set up or KO it. Focus Sash Magic Guard variants can prevent them from setting up, though.

**Soundproof**: Soundproof users like Mega Audino are immune to Pixilate Mega Diancie's Boomburst, preventing it from 2HKOing them. However, Magic Guard sets are threatening to these Pokemon.

**Imposter Users**: Imposter Chansey can switch in on Mega Diancie without taking much damage and force it out, while Imposter Pikachu can't switch in but can threaten to OHKO Mega Diancie and 2HKO Pokemon used to imposter-proof Imposter-proof it.

**Sturdy Shedinja**: Mega Diancie rarely uses Sunsteel Strike, so Sturdy Shedinja can counter most sets. However, Stealth Rock can pressure Shedinja teams.

**Fire-types**: Pokemon like Red Orb Groudon and Magic Guard Ho-Oh make good Boomburst switchins. However, Groudon is weak to Ground-type coverage, and Ho-Oh is OHKOd by Magic Guard Head Smash.


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A combination of power and versatility makes Mega Diancie difficult to counter. Its great mixed offenses and Rock / Fairy typing give it a strong niche as a revenge killer and wallbreaker with Pixilate. Meanwhile, its Magic Guard set, which can 2HKO all Pokemon in the metagame depending on its chosen moves, can also sweep if it carries Shell Smash. Also worth noting is Mega Diancie's ability to set entry hazards even against teams carrying Magic Bounce thanks to its offensive pressure. Mega Diancie's typing is also fairly good defensively thanks to its resistances to common attacking types like Dragon, Bug, Dark, and Flying, so Mega Diancie can allowing it to counter defensive Pokemon like Giratina thanks to its immunity to Core Enforcer (RC) and giving it many opportunities to switch in and break down walls. Additionally, its resistance to Mega Rayquaza's Aerilate Extreme Speed and Triage Oblivion Wing makes it harder to revenge kill. Mega Diancie can also take advantage of common Dark- and Dragon-types, most of which are OHKOed by its Pixilate Boomburst or Magic Guard Light of Ruin, to switch in and immediately pose a huge offensive threat. However, while Mega Diancie has good enough bulk to take relatively weak or resisted moves like Mega Rayquaza's Boomburst or and Giratina's Spectral Thief, it can't switch in on strong moves like Mega Mewtwo Y's Psycho Boost or and Choice Band Mega Mewtwo X's Close Combat. Also, it is worth noting that Mega Diancie's bulk is mostly in its 110/110 defenses. This gives it a poor matchup against Imposter Chansey, because while Mega Diancie is held back by its low base HP, Chansey has massive 250/110/110 defenses when Transformed into it. Also, Furthermore, because Pixilate Mega Diancie is a common threat, Pokemon like Steel-types, Red Orb Groudon, and Ho-Oh are found on most teams, making it harder for Mega Diancie to break through opposing teams depending on the moves it carries.

[SET]
name: Pixilate Attacker
move 1: Extreme Speed
move 2: Boomburst
move 3: V-create / Precipice Blades
move 4: Fake Out / Stealth Rock / Sunsteel Strike
item: Pixie Plate / Life Orb / Leftovers
ability: Pixilate
nature: Naive / Hasty
evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SpA / 252 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Pixilate Extreme Speed allows Mega Diancie to pick off fast, frail foes including Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Rayquaza, and Shell Smash users like Mega Tyranitar because Pixilate turns it into a Fairy-type attack. Boomburst is Mega Diancie's strongest move, 2HKOing defensive Pokemon like Mega Audino and Cresselia and OHKOing frail Pokemon or those hit super effectively like Yveltal and opposing Mega Diancie. V-create is used as coverage for the myriad of Steel-types in the metagame such as Registeel, Solgaleo, and Celesteela. Thanks to its extremely high Base Power, it can outright KO these Pokemon after minimal prior damage. However, it has poor offensive synergy with Boomburst outside of hitting Steel-types, and it fails to hit Flash Fire Steel-types as well as Fire-types like Ho-Oh and Red Orb Groudon. Precipice Blades hits Fire-, Steel-, and Poison-types super effectively, giving it better coverage than V-create, but it comes with a notable power decrease. It also leaves Mega Diancie walled by Celesteela. Fake Out deals a decent amount of chip damage to offensive Pokemon like Mega Mewtwo Y and Mega Gengar, allowing Mega Diancie to easily wear them down into Extreme Speed range. Stealth Rock deals damage to opposing Pokemon as they switch in. It helps pressure defensive Pokemon that would otherwise wall Mega Diancie, such as Fur Coat Chansey and Ho-Oh lacking Magic Guard, and thanks to the threat of super effective STAB Boomburst it deters common Magic Bounce users like Giratina from switching in so Mega Diancie can reliably set up Stealth Rock in most matchups. Sunsteel Strike deals tons of damage to Imposter users on the switch and also lets Mega Diancie lure lures in and OHKOs OHKO Sturdy Shedinja. It provides no coverage against Pokemon that resist Boomburst, though. Other options like Rapid Spin, which cannot be blocked thanks to Pixilate, and Explosion, which enables Mega Diancie to overcome resistant Pokemon such as Steel-types at the cost of sacrificing itself, are viable, but Mega Diancie usually doesn't have the space to run them.

Set Details
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A Naive nature is used to preserve Mega Diancie's valuable Speed tier without lowering the power of Extreme Speed or Boomburst or making Mega Diancie more susceptible to common physical attacks such as Knock Off, Spectral Thief, and U-turn. Hasty can be used instead to take less damage from Aerilate Mega Rayquaza's Boomburst and Triage Mega Rayquaza's Oblivion Wing, allowing Mega Diancie to serve as a more consistent check to these sets. Pixie Plate gives Mega Diancie's Fairy-type attacks a notable 1.2x boost. This helps Boomburst OHKO Giratina and opposing Naive Mega Diancie. Life Orb variants of Pixilate Mega Diancie are worn down very easily, but in return they have the most power, OHKOing some less bulky Steel-types like Magearna and RegenVest Celesteela with V-create. Leftovers increases Mega Diancie's longevity and gives it free recovery when brought in on a slow pivot move. It is notably weaker than other variants, though.

Usage Tips
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Unlike other offensive Pokemon, Mega Diancie can be directly switched in on foes like Giratina. However, variants without Fake Out risk losing momentum if these Pokemon pivot out on the switch. Don't be afraid to make aggressive plays with Mega Diancie if needed, such as using Precipice Blades or Stealth Rock against an opposing Giratina predicting it to switch out. Even if you mispredict, Mega Diancie won't take much damage from any attack. At the same time, playing too recklessly against defensive teams can cause Mega Diancie to be lured and KO'd KOed by Pokemon like Soundproof Thousand Waves Zygarde-C and Flash Fire Anchor Shot Registeel. Don't be too hasty in using Mega Diancie's priority attacks against Pokemon like Mega Gengar and Mega Mewtwo X, because these Pokemon could carry Dazzling and set up on Mega Diancie. Make sure to use Extreme Speed against opposing Pokemon at low HP that might carry Prankster Destiny Bond. Extreme Speed outprioritizes the move, so Mega Diancie will not faint to Destiny Bond if it KOs KOes the foe first.

Team Options
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Imposter users like Choice Scarf Chansey can scout for sets that could give Mega Diancie trouble, like Soundproof and Flash Fire, and serve as a secondary revenge killer. Prankster Haze users like Registeel, Cresselia, and Giratina help Mega Diancie against setup Pokemon that utilize Dazzling or Queenly Majesty alongside a boosting move, like Shell Smash Mega Gengar. In return, Mega Diancie can revenge kill Contrary users like Mega Sceptile, Mega Rayquaza, and Mega Mewtwo Y with Extreme Speed. Alternatively, Unaware users like Zygarde-C can handle most +2 Dazzling users, and RegenVest Primal Kyogre can take strong special attacks. Pokemon like Magic Bounce Celesteela, Moonlight Red Orb Groudon, and Fur Coat Chansey can Imposter-proof Mega Diancie depending on the moves chosen, preventing opposing Imposter users from breaking down the team should they happen to transform into Mega Diancie. Red Orb Groudon in particular forms a powerful offensive core with Mega Diancie, because it can take advantage of the Steel- and Fire-types Mega Diancie forces in. In return, Mega Diancie's Boomburst deals massive damage to Giratina and Zygarde-C, the main switchins switch-ins to Red Orb Groudon. Entry hazard removers like Mega Audino and Giratina prevent Mega Diancie from being worn down from repeated switches. Entry hazard setters like Poison Heal Mega Mewtwo X can help wear down switchins switch-ins to Mega Diancie and prevent Sturdy Shedinja from countering it.

[SET]
name: Magic Guard
move 1: Head Smash
move 2: Light of Ruin
move 3: Flare Blitz / Mind Blown
move 4: Shell Smash / Spectral Thief / Defog / Sunsteel Strike
item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
ability: Magic Guard
nature: Lonely / Mild
evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SpA / 252 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Head Smash is Mega Diancie's strongest attack. It deals lots of damage to special walls like Primal Kyogre, Flash Fire Celesteela, and Chansey, and it OHKOs OHKOes Ho-Oh. Light of Ruin is used to damage Dragon-types like Mega Rayquaza and Zygarde-C (RC) and also hits Dark-types super effectively. Its high power and decent accuracy make it Magic Guard Mega Diancie's most reliable attack. Flare Blitz provides coverage against Steel-types. Unlike Mind Blown, it hits on the physical side inflicts physical damage, so it allows Mega Diancie to OHKO Assault Vest users like Solgaleo and Registeel at +2. Mind Blown has a higher base power than Flare Blitz, so it pressures Pokemon like Prankster Registeel more effectively. Shell Smash boosts Mega Diancie's attacking stats and Speed by 2 stages in a single turn, allowing it to outspeed and OHKO almost every Pokemon. Focus Sash allows it to set up against faster foes that could otherwise OHKO it. Spectral Thief combined with Focus Sash allows Mega Diancie to act as an emergency check to almost any sweeper even with entry hazards up, thanks to Magic Guard protecting it from indirect damage. Defog variants of Mega Diancie can't sweep, but they can offensively pressure nearly every entry hazard setter. In a pinch, Mega Diancie can use its Focus Sash to reliably remove entry hazards, preserving its teammates' Focus Sashes and making it a good asset on hyper offense. Sunsteel Strike can be used on offensive teams to eliminate Imposter Chansey and Sturdy Shedinja.

Set Details
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Lonely or Mild can be used depending on whether Flare Blitz or Mind Blown is chosen. The Defense drop allows Mega Diancie to deal more damage to Imposter users with Head Smash or Sunsteel Strike. Life Orb gives Mega Diancie a 30% power boost to all its attacks, and it has no drawbacks because Magic Guard prevents the recoil. Focus Sash is better on offensive support variants of Mega Diancie, because such sets value the ability to survive any one hit more than the 30% power boost from Life Orb. Magic Guard nullifies the recoil on Mega Diancie's attacks, allowing it to freely use high-powered moves without their normal drawbacks. It also protects it from residual damage caused by entry hazards or status.

Usage Tips
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Unlike Pixilate variants, Shell Smash Magic Guard Mega Diancie must be played very carefully. Status like burn or paralysis can completely neutralize it by preventing it from breaking down or outspeeding foes, and it takes massive damage if the opposing Pokemon uses Spectral Thief as it sets up. Additionally, Mega Diancie fails to check faster Pokemon like Mega Sceptile if its Focus Sash is broken. That being said, it isn't that hard to find setup opportunities for Mega Diancie. Pokemon it forces out, like Yveltal and Giratina, are common. Additionally, it can bluff the much more common Pixilate set to force out foes like Mega Mewtwo X and then set up on the switch. Try to keep the opponent guessing as to what set Mega Diancie is, because if they believe it's a standard Pixilate variant, they will have no incentive to stay in, giving Mega Diancie the chance it needs to set up. Additionally, it can potentially lure in special walls like RegenVest Primal Kyogre and OHKO them with +2 Head Smash. Spectral Thief Mega Diancie should almost never be directly switched in against an offensive team; instead, its Focus Sash should be preserved until it is needed. If Mega Diancie's value as an emergency check or late-game sweeper is not needed, it can act as an early-game wallbreaker instead. Defog Mega Diancie can potentially be switched in against any defensive Pokemon that doesn't immediately threaten to KO it if need be. Against offensive teams, it shouldn't be needlessly switched in because it could potentially be 2HKO'd 2HKOed through its Focus Sash on the switch; however, if needed it can remove entry hazards by bluffing Pixilate Extreme Speed.

Team Options
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Flash Fire Steel-types like Topsy-Turvy Registeel can Imposter-proof Mega Diancie on balance teams. On offense teams, less consistent Pokemon including niche Unaware users and Prankster Destiny Bond users can prevent opposing Chansey from sweeping. Imposter users like Chansey and Pikachu can scout sets and serve as late-game sweepers once Mega Diancie has removed Imposter-proofers. Magic Bounce Mega Tyranitar can take on Normalize Mega Gengar and Poison Heal Regigigas, which are immune to Spectral Thief. Focus Sash Shell Smash users like Dazzling Mega Tyranitar can take advantage of the entry hazard removal provided by Defog Mega Diancie. Entry hazard setters like Magic Guard Mega Mewtwo Y, Red Orb Groudon, and suicide leads can deter Sturdy Shedinja.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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Life Orb Sheer Force Mega Diancie with Diamond Storm, Moonblast, Earth Power, and Blue Flare is a decent wallbreaker, but it is somewhat outclassed by Sheer Force Mega Mewtwo Y and Magic Guard Mega Diancie. Poison Heal Mega Diancie can act as a decent sweeper with a set of Moonblast, Earth Power, Quiver Dance, and either Spore or Lovely Kiss. It's less passive than other Poison Heal users such as Xerneas, but its frailty and 4x weakness to Steel make it overreliant on sleep turns to beat Pokemon like Solgaleo. Choice Specs Pixilate Mega Diancie is effective at breaking defensive teams thanks to the added power that overcomes lets it overcome its usual switchins switch-ins like Fur Coat Chansey, but it loses out on the utility of Extreme Speed. Pixilate Mega Diancie can use many niche but viable options like Recover, Thousand Arrows or Thousand Waves + Groundium Z, Lovely Kiss, Shell Smash, and Endeavor. These require it to forgo more viable options, though. A nature that boosts Attack or Special Attack, like Mild, can be used on Pixilate Mega Diancie; however, this causes it to be outsped by foes like Jolly Poison Heal Regigigas and Kartana. A Contrary set with Choice Scarf is a decent late-game sweeper due to its STAB Fleur Cannon, but its moves are relatively easy to switch into, and it's overreliant on Fire-type moves for coverage, (AC) so meaning Flash Fire Steel-types can easily counter it.

Checks and Counters
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**Flash Fire Pokemon**: Most Mega Diancie sets rely on Fire-type coverage, so Pokemon that carry Flash Fire can counter them. Examples include Aegislash, Solgaleo, Ferrothorn, and Mega Venusaur.

**Dazzling Users**: Dazzling users like Mega Mewtwo Y can surprise Pixilate Mega Diancie with an immunity to its Extreme Speed (RC) then and take advantage of the free turn to set up or KO it. Focus Sash Magic Guard variants can prevent them from setting up, though.

**Soundproof**: Soundproof users like Mega Audino are immune to Pixilate Mega Diancie's Boomburst, preventing it from 2HKOing them. However, Magic Guard sets are threatening to these Pokemon.

**Imposter Users**: Imposter Chansey can switch in on Mega Diancie without taking much damage and force it out, while Imposter Pikachu can't switch in but can threaten to OHKO Mega Diancie and 2HKO Pokemon used to Imposter-proof it.

**Sturdy Shedinja**: Mega Diancie rarely uses Sunsteel Strike, so Sturdy Shedinja can counter most sets. However, Stealth Rock can pressure Shedinja teams.

**Fire-types**: Pokemon like Red Orb Groudon and Magic Guard Ho-Oh make good Boomburst switchins switch-ins. However, Groudon is weak to Ground-type coverage, and Ho-Oh is OHKOd OHKOed by Magic Guard Head Smash.
 

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