[Monotype / Normal] Meloetta

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[OVERVIEW]

**Normal:**

With impressive stats, an enormous movepool, great special bulk, and a solid typing, Meloetta can fulfill roles such as a wallbreaker and Calm Mind sweeper, making it a great asset to Normal-type teams. As a wallbreaker, Meloetta gives a much-needed offensive presence to the passive balanced Normal archetype of Eviolite Pokemon, Ditto, and bulky Staraptor. Meloetta's high Special Defense allows it to take several hits from special attackers such as Zapdos, Clefable, and Magnezone and provides further opportunities to set up Calm Mind more effectively. This is further benefited by Meloetta's decent base 90 Speed, which can allow it to outspeed defensive Pokemon such as Zapdos. Its unique Normal / Psychic typing grants it an immunity to Ghost-type moves and lets it check Fighting-types such as Keldeo, Terrakion, and Heracross. Meloetta is also a good replacement for Mega Pidgeot as a special wallbreaker, as it doesn't use the Mega Evolution slot.

However, Meloetta has trouble switching into physical attacks due to its mediocre Defense stat. While its Normal / Psychic typing is unique, it leaves Meloetta weak to Dark-types and Knock Off users. In addition, despite its base 90 Speed, Meloetta is still left outsped by threats such as Mega Medicham, Garchomp, and Landorus. It also faces a lot of competition from Mega Pidgeot, another popular special wallbreaker that is also much faster than Meloetta. Finally, due to its lack of reliable recovery, it is often vulnerable to status effects such as poison and burn, which hinders its longevity in battle.

[SET]
name: Choice Specs (Normal)
move 1: Psychic / Psyshock
move 2: Hyper Voice
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Shadow Ball / Energy Ball
item: Choice Specs
ability: Serene Grace
nature: Modest
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Psychic is Meloetta's primary STAB move, hitting Fighting- and Poison-types such as Terrakion and Mega Venusaur super effectively. Alternatively, Psyshock can be used instead of Psychic to target the foe's Defense stat, which makes it a great check to Chansey, Quiver Dance Volcarona, and Calm Mind users such as Sylveon and Clefable. Hyper Voice is necessary as a secondary STAB move to hit several types for neutral damage. It can also hit foes that tend to set up Substitute such as Gliscor, Gyarados, and Whimsicott. Focus Blast provides Meloetta with Fighting-type coverage to hit threats such as Tyranitar, Mamoswine, Porygon2, Heatran, and Skarmory. Shadow Ball allows Meloetta to hit Ghost-types such as Doublade, Chandelure, and Golurk and can 2HKO Mew. Alternatively, Energy Ball hits Ground- and Water-types such as Hippowdon, Seismitoad, Swampert, and Gastrodon super effectively. It also OHKOes Rotom-W and Azumarill.

Set Details
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Maximum Special Attack EVs along with a Modest nature maximize Meloetta's damage output. Maximum Speed EVs are used to outspeed Jolly Breloom, Adamant Choice Band Diggersby, and Timid Heatran. Choice Specs is used to increase Meloetta's damage output even further. Choice Scarf with a Timid nature can be used instead of Choice Specs for Meloetta to be as fast as possible, outspeeding Pokemon such as specially defensive Tentacruel, physically defensive Staraptor, and Adamant Mamoswine. This also enables Meloetta to act as a revenge killer against Dark- and Fighting-types. However, Meloetta completely misses out on the extra damage potential and is unable to wallbreak. The Speed EVs can instead be be put into HP to increase Meloetta's bulk. A Timid nature can be used instead of a Modest nature to outspeed Jolly Gyarados, Mamoswine, and Timid Nidoking; however, Meloetta needs a Modest nature in order to wallbreak.

Usage Tips
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This set allows Meloetta to function as a hard-hitting wallbreaker, but status effects such as poison, burn, and paralysis can cripple its effectiveness. It can be brought in early-game to dent the opposing team and break down physical walls. Meloetta can also come into weak special attacks, creating an opportunity for it to deal enormous damage, so it should be played aggressively. Keep Meloetta healthy if there is an opposing threat it needs to check such as Mew or Clefable.

Team Options
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Mega Lopunny helps against Dark-type Pokemon with its Fighting-type STAB moves. It can provide chip damage with Fake Out and deal with Pokemon such as Chansey, which otherwise walls Meloetta. Mega Lopunny can also switch into a predicted Knock Off to sponge the attack. Porygon2 is a great switch-in for physical attackers due to Eviolite and can spread status with moves such as Thunder Wave and Toxic, allowing Meloetta to wallbreak more effectively. Staraptor and Mega Pidgeot can help against Bug-types such as Volcarona, Mega Scizor, and Mega Pinsir. Diggersby is a great physical wallbreaker that complements Meloetta's special attacks. Ditto's ability Imposter allows it to threaten many setup sweepers that tend to set up on Choice-locked Meloetta. Chansey helps absorb status moves aimed at Meloetta with Natural Cure and also set up Stealth Rock to get chip damage on opposing Pokemon so that Meloetta can KO them more easily, especially Pokemon with a Focus Sash. Smeargle can set up entry hazards such as Sticky Web and Stealth Rock for Meloetta as well. Sticky Web is especially useful because it can help Meloetta outspeed the foe. Together, Meloetta and Mega Pidgeot grant Normal teams double the offensive pressure put on the opposing team.

[SET]
name: Substitute + Calm Mind (Normal)
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Calm Mind
move 3: Psyshock
move 4: Shadow Ball / Focus Blast
item: Leftovers
ability: Serene Grace
nature: Timid
evs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Substitute keeps Meloetta from being affected by any status moves and allows it to safely set up Calm Mind. Calm Mind boosts Meloetta's Special Attack and Special Defense by one stage, making its attacks more powerful while also granting increased bulk against special attackers. Psyshock helps Meloetta break through special walls and hit Chansey. Shadow Ball hits Ghost- and Psychic-types such as Sableye, Chandelure, Mega Gardevoir, and Mega Medicham super effectively. It also hits Steel-types, which resist Psyshock, such as Heatran, Skarmory, and Jirachi. However, Shadow Ball leaves Meloetta unable to threaten Dark-type Pokemon. Focus Blast can be used instead to provide coverage against Dark-, Ice-, Normal-, and Steel-types such as Bisharp, Avalugg, Chansey, and Ferrothorn at the cost of coverage for Ghost- and Psychic-types.

Set Details
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Maximum HP EVs grant Meloetta more bulk. This also prevents Chansey from breaking Meloetta's Substitute with Seismic Toss, making it a great target to set up Calm Mind on. Maximum Speed EVs along with a Timid nature maximize Meloetta's Speed, letting it outspeed Jolly Gyarados, Excadrill, and Timid Heatran. The remaining EVs are invested into Special Attack to increase damage output. Leftovers provides passive recovery each turn, increasing its longevity and giving it more opportunities to set up Substitute. Serene Grace increases the chance to activate the secondary effects of Shadow Ball and Focus Blast.

Usage Tips
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This set has Meloetta function as a Calm Mind sweeper. Depending on which coverage move Meloetta is using, make sure to eliminate threats that resist it. For example, if Meloetta has Shadow Ball instead of Focus Blast and battles against a Dark-type team, it needs to rely on its partners such as Mega Lopunny to clear the field of the opposing Pokemon. Meloetta should usually set up Substitute on predicted status-inflicting moves, as they can cripple its sweeping capabilities. Meloetta can also use Substitute to its advantage against specially defensive Pokemon such as Chansey. A fallen teammate provides a good opportunity for switching in so that Meloetta doesn't take any damage upon doing so. Meloetta needs to avoid status moves as much as possible, as when inflicted, its sweeping capabilities will be ruined. It's not always recommended to use Meloetta early-game, as this set serves more as a late-game wincon, which means it should be kept healthy. Meloetta can, however, set up early-game if its checks have already fainted.

Team Options
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Entry hazard removers such as Staraptor keep Meloetta from taking damage when switching in. Meloetta will have trouble against Dark-types, which Mega Lopunny can handle. Similarly, Mega Pidgeot can eliminate pesky Bug-types for Meloetta such as Volcarona and Mega Scizor. Diggersby can help wallbreak against specially bulky Pokemon such as Zapdos and Chansey for Meloetta. Chansey and Porygon2 can help wear down walls with Toxic or by inflicting paralysis with moves such as Thunder Wave and Discharge, which assists Meloetta in setting up. Chansey can also set up Stealth Rock to rack up chip damage for Meloetta.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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**Normal:**

Dazzling Gleam gives Meloetta coverage to hit Dark-, Dragon-, and Fighting-types such as Mandibuzz, Dragonite, Latias, Latios, and Keldeo super effectively; however, Dazzling Gleam is redundant due to the other coverage moves Meloetta has, and many Dragon-types can take a lot of damage from Choice Specs-boosted Hyper Voice. Thunderbolt can target Flying- and Water-types such as Skarmory and Gyarados. Hidden Power Fire is mainly used against Steel-types, especially Mega Scizor and Ferrothorn. Assault Vest increases Meloetta's special bulk, making it an efficient tank for special attacks. However, Chansey already fills that role, so there are more effective items available. Life Orb is another item possibility that can be used with Calm Mind + 3 attacks, as Meloetta's Psychic-, Fighting-, and Ghost-type coverage moves hit the entire metagame for neutral damage, providing another option for those looking to do some extra damage at the cost of some health. Trick can be used as a way to cripple defensive Pokemon such as Mew, Chansey, Mandibuzz, and Ferrothorn.

Checks and Counters
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**Normal:**

**Dark-types**: Meloetta has a huge problem against Dark-types and has to rely on Focus Blast to KO them, which poses a significant risk due to Focus Blast's low accuracy. Meloetta can easily faint to a STAB Knock Off or be KOed by other attacks such as Bisharp's Sucker Punch.

**Status and Residual Damage**: Status effects, such as burn, poison, and paralysis, greatly hinder Meloetta's presence on the field. With no reliable recovery options, Meloetta's longevity gets cut short from burn and poison and it becomes outsped by most other Pokemon if paralyzed. Meloetta also can't afford to switch into entry hazards such as Spikes, Stealth Rock, and Toxic Spikes either because it has no reliable recovery, which limits its opportunities to switch in.

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: Specially defensive Pokemon such as Chansey, Zapdos, Umbreon, and Cradily can tank several of Choice Specs Meloetta's special attacks. Chansey can inflict Meloetta with status conditions from either Thunder Wave or Toxic and proceed to KO it with Seismic Toss while recovering health with Soft-Boiled. Umbreon can stall out Meloetta with Wish + Toxic while KOing it with Foul Play. Cradily can also stall with Toxic + Recover, and Zapdos has access to Toxic + Roost. However, they need to be wary of Calm Mind Meloetta, as they're poor checks to that set. They also must watch out for Meloetta that carry Trick.

**Revenge Killers**: Because of Meloetta's base 90 Speed, it's easily outpaced by Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Kyurem-B, Diggersby, and Victini. Bisharp is able to easily OHKO Meloetta with Sucker Punch, as are Victini with a powerful STAB V-create, Kyurem-B with Outrage, and Choice Scarf Diggersby with Knock Off.
 
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Overview:
Add that wallbreaker meloetta gives normal much needed offensive presence to the passive balanced normal archetype of eviolite mons+ditto+bulkyraptor

The sets you gave aren't great 'special tanks', they shouldn't be switching into special attacks when there's a Chansey available.

Volcarona probably isnt the biggest threat to normal because of chansey, so you could put more relevant threats meloetta is outsped by, like Mega Medicham, Garchomp, or Landorus, pokemon that are tough for the eviolite core to switch into.

Add it's a good replacement for Mega Pidgeot as a special wallbreaker without taking a mega spot, but that it faces a lot of competition from mega pidgeot as a special wallbreaker because pidgeot is a lot faster.

Specs set :
Thunderbolt probably shouldn't be slashed first, or even used at all, because skarmory, mandibuzz, and gyarados all take significant damage from hyper voice

Set details:
Shadow ball doesn't beat Sableye, if you want to beat Sableye you could move dazzling gleam from OO, which also hits Mandibuzz super effectively

Energy ball also ohkos water pokemon like Rotom-w and Azumarill, which normal teams tend to have trouble with

Mention Timid Specs Meloetta, because it ouspeeds + speed natured Gyarados, Nidoking, and Mamosiwne, and how Modest specs is better at wallbreaking, (with examples like 2hkoing SkarmDos with stab)

Scarf Timid Meloetta is used more as a revenge killer against unsuspecting fighting and dark types

Chansey gets rid of Meloetta's status through heal bell, not Natural cure

Checks and Counters:
Mention toxic spikes, which normal has a tough time getting off the field, and also preventing from getting on the field

qc 1/3 after implementation
 
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Didn't get a chance with the Psychic Meloetta, so here we go with the Normal sets:

Overview:
You have two sets, a wallbreaker and a Calm Mind sweeper, so in the overview there doesn't seem to be a good reason to say that Meloetta can be a special tank. The Assault Vest is mentioned in OO, but, as you said, it's not very good when Chansey exists. It has nice bulk, but certainly isn't good for tanking due to its lack of recovery and how much it needs its health.

I think Meloetta's vast coverage is a great thing to mention here.

I wouldn't say base 100 HP and base 77 Defense is lacking in physical bulk, but you can still say it has trouble switching into physical attackers, as that is quite true.

Specs:
Set:
I'm pretty torn on the 4th move's slashing. I honestly feel that Energy Ball's utility is limited to just OHKOing Azumarill, as all other targets get 2HKOed by Meloetta's STAB moves anyway. I think the ability to OHKO Doublade with Shadow Ball is huge. Further, it always 2HKOes Mew, which is super important, as it otherwise is a really annoying stallbreaker. So I think I'd like to see it be Shadow Ball first in front of Energy Ball.

I think Trick isn't worth slashing here. The walls you mentioned that Meloetta wants to cripple are all 2HKOed by the appropriate moves anyway. Not only are you losing the power from Choice Specs that Meloetta needs so much, but you also lose a coverage move. It's just not good in my opinion.

[SET]
name: Choice Specs (Normal)
move 1: Psychic / Psyshock
move 2: Hyper Voice
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Shadow Ball / Energy Ball
item: Choice Specs
ability: Serene Grace
nature: Modest
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Moves:
As explained, Shadow Ball gets those 2 important KOes, but it also generally just hits Ghost-type and Psychic-type Pokemon harder than its STAB does.

Energy Ball is still a fine mention I think just because Azumarill is such a threat. Hitting annoying Water- and Ground-type Pokemon is nice as well. Just not as good as Shadow Ball.

Trick can still be mentioned here, but I would change the reason, since as I said, those are all 2HKOed anyway. I'm unsure how to help with this because I can't think of any good uses for it to be honest.

Set Details:
"Maximum Speed EVs are used to outspeed neutral base 100 Speed Pokemon such as Zapdos." I don't get this. Meloetta only hits 279, which does outspeed most Zapdos, but not most base 100 Speed Pokemon. You can say you that maximum Speed EVs can help outspeed the likes of Timid Heatran, though, or even something like Excadrill out of sand.

On the Choice Scarf mention, it should be noted that Meloetta seriously misses the damage and cannot wallbreak anymore, which is why Choice Specs is the main set.

You should list examples of why Modest is important, most notably including Skarmdos, Mega Venusaur gets OHKOed by Psychic, Tyranitar gets OHKOed by Focus Blast, etc.

Usage Tips:
Should probably mention that Meloetta wants to stay far away from status, as they make it much easier for opposing walls to stall out Meloetta. Toxic poison and burns will wear Meloetta down as the opposing walls repeatedly use their recovery move, while paralysis can be crippling and prevent Meloetta from getting KOes.

While it's true Meloetta wants to stay pretty healthy, it is quite capable of switching into defensive Pokemon that can't really damage it, such as Staraptor or Clefable. In general Meloetta can also be pivoted into special attacks as well.

Team Options:
I'd mention that Porygon2 and Staraptor are great switch-ins for physical attackers and Chansey's ability to tank special attacks helps preserve Meloetta's health.

Porygon2 in particular is a nice blanket check to many foes, capable of spreading multiple status ailments and even using Foul Play to take out physical sweepers.

Chansey of course can also set Stealth Rock, which can help chip away at the foes' health to make it easier for Meloetta to get KOs.

I'd mention Ditto for its ability Imposter to threaten many setup sweepers that might come in on a Choice-locked Meloetta to try to set up.

On the Smeargle note with Sticky Web, mention that it helps alleviate the somewhat lacking Speed from Meloetta.

SubCM:
Moves:
I believe on this set, Shadow Ball is to hit Psychic- and Steel-types that resist Psyshock instead of the, although still relevant, super effective damage on Ghost-types.

Focus Blast hits Dark-types hard, but makes Psychic- and Ghost-types relatively difficult to hit. Most threatening Ghost-types, that is Doublade and Sableye, will not be threatened by Focus Blast Meloetta at all, as Psyshock is easily ignored by them.

Set Details:
You should definitely note that 252 HP sets Meloetta at 404 HP, putting its Substitute out of Chansey's Seismic Toss range, making Chansey a somewhat easy target to set up on.

Again the maximum Speed EV investment line doesn't make much sense to me. I'd change that to something relevant like outspeeding Heatran, Excadrill out of sand, or +0 Mega Gyarados.

Usage Tips:
Mention that depending on the coverage move, make sure to eliminate threats that Meloetta can't hit. And in general, Meloetta's checks should be removed before attempting to sweep.

This set needs to avoid status even more, as paralysis will prevent it from sweeping effectively, while Toxic poison and burns will make Meloetta incapable of setting up and completing a sweep.

This set can't quite function as a wallbreaker, but can set up a Calm Mind early to boost its power to try to assist the team, although taking unnecessary damage will make the late-game more difficult for Meloetta.

Team Options:
I would mention the status spreading ability of Chansey and Porygon2, wearing down walls with Toxic and paralyzing threats with Thunder Wave or Discharge. Chansey also gets Stealth Rock to help bring foes into Meloetta's damage range.

Other Options:
Should mention that Dazzling Gleam's coverage is generally redundant due to other coverage moves.

Is Meloetta-P even worth mentioning? I've never used it, so I can't say, but I think it's just not viable enough here.

Checks and Counters:
Under specially defensive Pokemon, make it clear that these are only checks to non-Choice Specs Meloetta. Chansey is 2HKOed by Psyshock after Stealth Rock damage, Zapdos is 2HKOed by Hyper Voice or Psyshock, Umbreon is 2HKOed by Focus Blast, as is Cradily by Focus Blast or Psyshock. In general, Chansey and Zapdos will also be poor checks to Substitute + Calm Mind Meloetta, as Chansey's Seismic Toss cannot break the Subsitute, and Zapdos will also fail to deal enough damage with Discharge even before Meloetta sets up boosts.

Revenge killers would be a great addition. Due to its Speed, Meloetta can easily find itself outsped and KOed by foes such as Choice Scarf Victini or Kyurem-B. Also, the likes of Bisharp can use Sucker Punch to KO Meloetta.

Good work. Just missing a few small details. After implementations, QC 2/3

 

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Comments in bold. Nice job! QC 3/3,
[OVERVIEW]

**Normal-type**

With impressive stats, an enormous movepool, special bulk, and typing, Meloetta can fulfill roles such as a wallbreaker and Calm Mind sweeper, making it a great asset to Normal-type teams. As a wallbreaker, Meloetta gives Normal much needed offensive presence to the passive balanced Normal archetype of Eviolite Pokemon, Ditto, and bulky Staraptor. Meloetta's special bulk allow it to take several hits from special attackers. Additionally, this allows Meloetta to set up Calm Mind more effectively. Meloetta's decent base 90 Speed can help it set up Calm Mind on defensive Pokemon such as Zapdos, Meloetta's unique Normal / Psychic typing grants it immunity to Ghost-type moves along with checking Fighting-types such as Keldeo, Terrakion, and Heracross. Meloetta is a good replacement for Mega Pidgeot as a special wallbreaker without taking a mega spot.

Despite Meloetta's excellent stats, Meloetta has trouble switching into physical attacks due to its Defense stat. While Meloetta's Normal / Psychic typing is unique, Meloetta becomes weak to Dark, especially Knock Off users. Meloetta's Speed isn't all that great, leaving it outsped by threats such as Mega Medicham, Garchomp, and Landorus. Meloetta faces a lot of competition from Mega Pidgeot as a special wallbreaker because Pidgeot is a lot faster. Because Meloetta lacks reliable recovery, it has a it's often vulnerable to statuses, such as poison and burns, which hinder its longevity in battle. Just clean up this last sentence!

[SET]
name: Choice Specs (Normal)
move 1: Psychic / Psyshock
move 2: Hyper Voice
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Shadow Ball / Energy Ball
item: Choice Specs
ability: Serene Grace
nature: Modest
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

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

Psychic is Meloetta's STAB move, which hits Fighting- and Poison-types such as Terrakion and Mega Venusaur. Psyshock can be used instead of Psychic to targets the foe's Defense stat, which makes it a great check to Chansey, Quiver Dance Volcarona, and Calm Mind setters such as Sylveon, Clefable, and Landorus. I don't think Lando is a good example of a CM user. Hyper Voice is necessary for a secondary STAB move to hit several types for neutral damage. Hyper Voice can also hit foes that tend to set up Substitute. Focus Blast provides Meloetta with Fighting-type coverage to hit threats such as Tyranitar, Mamoswine, Porygon2, Heatran, and Skarmory. Shadow Ball allows for Meloetta to hit Ghost-types such as Doublade, Chandelure, and Golurk. Shadow Ball 2HKO's Mew and only opposing Meloetta really want to switch in. That is really important for a Normal team! Energy Ball hits Ground- and Water-types such as Hippowdon, Seismatoad, Swampert, and Gastrodon. Energy Ball also OHKOes Rotom-W, and Azumarill.

Set Details
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Maximum Special Attack EVs along with a Modest nature maximizes Meloetta's damage output. Maximum Speed EVs are used to outspeed Jolly Breloom, Choice Band Adamant Diggersby, and Timid Heatran. Choice Specs is used to increase Meloetta's damage output even further. Choice Scarf with a Timid nature can be used instead of Choice Specs for Meloetta to be as fast as possible, outspeeding unboosted Pokemon. It also has Meloetta act as a revenge killer against Dark- and Fighting-types. However, Meloetta completely misses out on the extra damage in wallbreaking and is unable to wall break. Maximum HP can be invested instead of Speed to increase Meloetta's bulk to take attacks better. A Timid nature can be used instead of Modest nature to outspeed Jolly Gyarados, Mamoswine, and Timid Nidoking; however, Meloetta needs Modest due to wallbreaking.

Usage Tips
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This set allows for Meloetta to function as a wallbreaker, as Choice Specs allow for its attacks to hit even harder. Keep Meloetta away from statuses such as poison, burns, and paralysis, as they all ruin Meloetta's effectiveness as a wallbreaker. Also, poison and burns will cut into Meloetta's longevity. Meloetta can be brought in early-game to puncture the opposing team and break down physical walls. It's best to switch-in Meloetta from a fallen teammate because it shouldn't want to take any damage from the opposing threat. Even though Meloetta would want to stay healthy as much as possible, it can still switch into bulky Pokemon such as defensive variants of Staraptor and Clefable. In general, I disagree with the "keep melo healthy" usage tip. I'd argue it should be played aggressively in the early game—switching into more passive Pokemon and weaker special attacks to generate opportunities to punch holes in the opponent's team. It is ok to trade melo if it means removing a key threat to your team. It is meant to break the other team and it can't do that if you only bring it in after something faints (especially on a Normal team where you can't afford to lose P2, Chansey, or Staraptor before the opposing team is whittled). Only keep melo healthy if there is an opposing threat you need it to check, such as Mew or Clefable.

Team Options
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Mega Lopunny helps against Dark-type Pokemon with its STAB Fighting-type moves. It can provide chip damage with Fake Out and deal with Pokemon such as Chansey, which otherwise wall Meloetta. Mega Lopunny can switch into a predicted Knock Off to sponge the attack. Porygon2 is a great switch-in for physical attackers due to Eviolite. Also, it can help spread status moves such as Thunder Wave and Toxic, making Meloetta easier to wallbreak and KO Pokemon. Staraptor and Mega Pidgeot can help against Bug-types such as Volcarona, Mega Scizor, and Mega Pinsir. Diggersby a great physical wallbreaker, while Meloetta is a special wallbreaker. Ditto can also be a great partner due to its ability Imposter, allowing it to threaten many setup sweepers that tend to set up on Choice-locked Meloetta. Chansey helps keep Meloetta away from status moves due to Heal Bell. Chansey can absorb status moves aimed at meloetta thanks to Natural Cure (most don't run Heal Bell). It can also set up Stealth Rock to get chip damage on opposing Pokemon so that Meloetta can KO them easier, especially Focus Sash Pokemon. Smeargle can set up hazards such as Sticky Web and Stealth Rock for Meloetta. Sticky Web can help alleviate Meloetta's Speed.
Add that Mega-Pidgeot appreciates Meloetta's special wall breaking.

[SET]
name: Substitute + Calm Mind (Normal)
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Calm Mind
move 3: Psyshock
move 4: Shadow Ball / Focus Blast
item: Leftovers
ability: Serene Grace
nature: Timid
evs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Substitute keeps Meloetta from being inflicted by any status moves. Also for it to set up Calm Mind safely while behind the Substitute. Calm Mind boosts Meloetta's Special Attack and Special Defense by one stage, making its attacks more powerful while tanking special attacks. Psyshock is its main STAB move, which helps against special walls. Shadow Ball hits Ghost- and Psychic-types such as Sableye, Chandelure, Mega Gardevior, and Mega Medicham. It also hits Steel-types that resists Psyshock such as Heatran, Skarmory, and Jirachi. However, Shadow Ball leaves Meloetta unable to threaten Dark-type Pokemon. Focus Blast can be used instead to hit Dark-, Ice-, Normal- Steel-types such as Bisharp, Avalugg, Chansey, and Ferrothorn. Psyshock is used to hit Chansey. But keep in mind, having Focus Blast makes it difficult for Meloetta to beat Ghost- and Psychic-types.

Set Details
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Maximum HP EVs grants Meloetta more bulk to take physical and special attacks better. Also, Meloetta will have 404 HP, which keeps Chansey from breaking its Substitute with Seismic Toss, making it a great target to set up Calm Mind on. Maximum Speed EVs along with a Timid nature, maximizes Meloetta's Speed, outspeeding Jolly Gyarados, Excadrill, and Timid Heatran. The remaining EVs are invested into Special Attack to increase damage output a little. Leftovers are needed for Meloetta gain passive recovery each turn to prolong its longevity and give Meloetta more opportunities to set up Substitute. Serene Grace increases the secondary effects of Shadow Ball and Focus Blast.

Usage Tips
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This set has Meloetta function as a Calm Mind sweeper. Depending on which coverage move Meloetta is using, make sure to eliminate threats that opposes it. For example, if Meloetta has Shadow Ball instead of Focus Blast and battles against a Dark Monotype, it would need to rely on its partners such as Mega Lopunny to clear the field of the opposing Pokemon. Meloetta should usually set up Substitute on predicted status inflicting moves. Meloetta can also use Substitute to its advantage against defensive Pokemon such as Chansey. It should be brought in after a fallen teammate so that it doesn't take any damage upon switching in. Meloetta would need to avoid status moves as much as possible, as when inflicted, its sweeping capabilities will be ruined. It's not always recommended using Meloetta early-game to set up Calm Mind because taking unnecessary damage before late-game will make things difficult for Meloetta to stay on the field for the duration of the match. Rephrase this last point. This Meloetta set serves as a late game win condition and should generally be kept healthy. As such, it should only set up in the early game if it forces the opponent to lose a key member of their team while checking Meloetta.

Team Options
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Entry hazard removers such as Staraptor keeps Meloetta from taking damage switching into hazards such as Stealth Rock, Spikes, and Toxic Spikes. Meloetta will have trouble against Dark-types so Mega Lopunny can ease the pressure. Mega Pidgeot can eliminate pesky Bug-types for Meloetta such as Volcarona and Mega Scizor. Diggersby can help wallbreak for Meloetta against specially bulky Pokemon such as Zapdos and Chansey. Chansey and Porygon2 can set a timer to wear down walls with Toxic. Also, they can spread status ailments with Thunder Wave and Discharge, which assists Meloetta in setting up, given that the opposing Pokemon is also fully paralyzed. Chansey can set up Stealth Rock to rack up any chip damage for Meloetta.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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**Normal:**

Dazzling Gleam gives Meloetta coverage in hitting Dark-, Dragon-, and Fighting-types such as Mandibuzz, Dragonite, Latias, Latios, and Keldeo; however, Dazzling Gleam is redundant due to the other coverage moves it has while many Dragon-types can take a lot of damage from Choice Specs-boosted Hyper Choice. Thunderbolt targets Flying- and Water-types such as Skarmory and Gyarados. Assault Vest increases Meloetta's special bulk, making it an efficient tank for special attacks. However, Chansey fills that role so it'll be a wasted item for Meloetta to make use of. Hidden Power Fire is mainly used for Steel-types, especially against Mega Scizor and Ferrothorn. Life Orb gives a boost to all of Meloetta's attacks; however, it loses health after each successful attack. Mention Life Orb in the context of a CM + 3 attacks set. Psychic/Ghost/Fighting coverage hits the entire metagame for neutral damage and is a good set. It finds a nice middle ground between the coverage/wall breaking of the Specs set and late game sweeping potential of the Sub CM set. Trick can be used as a way to cripple defensive Pokemon such as Mew, Chansey, Mandibuzz, and Ferrothorn.

Checks and Counters
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**Normal**

**Dark-types**: Meloetta has a huge problem against Dark-types and it has to rely on Focus Blast to KO them, which isn't a good due to Focus Blast having a lack in accuracy. Meloetta can easily faint to a STAB Knock Off or be KOed by other attacks such as Bisharp's Sucker Punch.

**Status moves and Residual damage**: Statuses, such as burns, poison, and paralysis, greatly hinders Meloetta's presence on the field. With no reliable recovery, Meloetta's longevity would be cut short from burns and poison. As for paralysis, this ruins Meloetta's Speed, making it less effective in outspeeding several Pokemon. Meloetta can't afford to switch into hazards such as Spikes, Stealth Rock, and Toxic Spikes either.

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: Specially defensive Pokemon, such as Chansey, Zapdos, Umbreon, and Cradily can tank several of Choice Specs Meloetta's special attacks. Chansey can inflict Meloetta with either Thunder Wave or Toxic to hinder it and proceed to KO it with Seismic Toss while recovering health from Soft-Boiled. Umbreon can stall out Meloetta with Wish + Toxic while KOing it with Foul Play. Cradily can also stall with Toxic + Recover and the same concept can be said about Zapdos with Toxic + Roost. However, they need to be wary of Calm Mind Meloetta, as they're poor checks to that set.

**Revenge Killers**: Because of Meloetta's Speed, it's easily outpaced by Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Kyurem-B, Diggersby, or Victini. Bisharp is able to easily get rid of Meloetta with a Sucker Punch. V-Create from Victini is able to sometimes OHKO Meloetta. Kyurem-B's Outrage is able to OHKO Meloetta most of the time. A Knock Off from Choice Scarf Diggersby can sometimes OHKO Meloetta.
 
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OVERVIEW

**Normal-type**

With impressive stats, an enormous movepool, and special bulk, and typing, Meloetta can fulfill roles such as a wallbreaker and Calm Mind sweeper, making it a great asset to Normal-type teams. As a wallbreaker, Meloetta gives Normal much needed offensive presence to the passive balanced Normal archetype of Eviolite Pokemon, Ditto, and bulky Staraptor. Meloetta's special bulk allows it to take several hits from special attackers. Additionally, this allows Meloetta to and set up Calm Mind more effectively. Meloetta's decent base 90 Speed can help it set up Calm Mind on defensive Pokemon such as Zapdos, and Meloetta's unique Normal / Psychic typing grants it immunity to Ghost-type moves along with checking Fighting-types such as Keldeo, Terrakion, and Heracross. Meloetta is a good replacement for Mega Pidgeot as a special wallbreaker without taking a mega spot slot. No need to say "typing" since every Pokemon has a typing; but if you add an adjective to say why Meloetta's typing is an asset to it, then you don't have to delete it.

Despite Meloetta's excellent stats, Meloetta it has trouble switching into physical attacks due to its Defense stat. While Meloetta's Normal / Psychic typing is unique, Meloetta becomes it is weak to Dark-types, especially Knock Off users. Meloetta's Speed isn't all that great, leaving it outsped by threats such as Mega Medicham, Garchomp, and Landorus. Meloetta faces a lot of competition from Mega Pidgeot as a special wallbreaker because Pidgeot is a lot faster. Because Meloetta lacks reliable recovery, it is has a it's often vulnerable to statuses, such as poison and burns, which hinder its longevity in battle. I don't know if you meant Dark-types, Dark type moves, or Dark teams. I assume it is the first of these, since you refer to Knock Off users, which fall under the subset of Dark-types.

[SET]
name: Choice Specs (Normal)
move 1: Psychic / Psyshock
move 2: Hyper Voice
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Shadow Ball / Energy Ball
item: Choice Specs
ability: Serene Grace
nature: Modest
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

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

Psychic is Meloetta's STAB move, which hits Fighting- and Poison-types such as Terrakion and Mega Venusaur. Psyshock can be used instead of Psychic to targets the foe's Defense stat, which makes it a great check to Chansey, Quiver Dance Volcarona, and Calm Mind setters such as Sylveon and Clefable. Hyper Voice is necessary for a secondary STAB move to hit several types for neutral damage. Hyper Voice ; it can also hit foes that tend to set up Substitute. Focus Blast provides Meloetta with Fighting-type coverage to hit threats such as Tyranitar, Mamoswine, Porygon2, Heatran, and Skarmory. Shadow Ball allows for Meloetta to hit Ghost-types such as Doublade, Chandelure, and Golurk. Also, Shadow Ball and 2HKO's Mew. Energy Ball hits Ground- and Water-types such as Hippowdon, Seismatoad, Swampert, and Gastrodon. Energy Ball and also OHKOes Rotom-W, [RC] and Azumarill. One thing I see you do is talk about one thing in one sentence, then add an additional bit of info about it with a second Very Short Sentence. Why not combine it all into one sentence if you can? It greatly improves the flow of the analysis.

Set Details
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Maximum Special Attack EVs along with a Modest nature maximizes Meloetta's damage output. Maximum Speed EVs are used to outspeed Jolly Breloom, Choice Band Adamant Diggersby, and Timid Heatran. Choice Specs is used to increase Meloetta's damage output even further. Choice Scarf with a Timid nature can be used instead of Choice Specs for Meloetta to be as fast as possible, outspeeding unboosted Pokemon. It also has Meloetta act as a revenge killer against Dark- and Fighting-types. However, Meloetta completely misses out on the extra damage and is unable to wallbreak. Maximum HP can be invested instead of Speed to increase Meloetta's bulk to take attacks better. A Timid nature can be used instead of a Modest nature to outspeed Jolly Gyarados, Mamoswine, and Timid Nidoking; however, Meloetta needs Modest due to wallbreaking. EVs and nature maximize output is the core of this sentence, and maximize is the correct verb.

Usage Tips
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This set allows for Meloetta to function as a wallbreaker, as Choice Specs allow for its attacks to hit even harder. Keep Meloetta away from statuses such as poison, burns, and paralysis, as they all ruin Meloetta's effectiveness as a wallbreaker. Also, poison and burns will cut into Meloetta's longevity. Meloetta can be brought in early-game to puncture the opposing team and break down physical walls. It can come into weak special attacks, creating an opportunity for it to deal enormous damage, [AC] so it should be played aggressively. Keep Meloetta healthy if there is an opposing threat it needs to check such as Mew and or Clefable.

Team Options
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Mega Lopunny helps against Dark-type Pokemon with its STAB Fighting-type moves. It can provide chip damage with Fake Out and deal with Pokemon such as Chansey, which otherwise wall Meloetta. Mega Lopunny can switch into a predicted Knock Off to sponge the attack. Porygon2 is a great switch-in for physical attackers due to Eviolite. Also, it can help and can spread status moves such as Thunder Wave and Toxic, making Meloetta it easier for Meloetta to wallbreak and KO Pokemon. Staraptor and Mega Pidgeot can help against Bug-types such as Volcarona, Mega Scizor, and Mega Pinsir. Diggersby is a great physical wallbreaker, while Meloetta is a special wallbreaker, meaning that they have fantastic synergy. Say that because of this fact, Meloetta and Diggersby synergize well. My way is only one of many options to fix this, change it if you want. Ditto can also be a great partner due to its ability, [AC] Imposter, allowing it to threaten many setup sweepers that tend to set up on Choice-locked Meloetta. Chansey helps absorb status moves aimed at Meloetta with Natural Cure. It can also set up Stealth Rock to get chip damage on opposing Pokemon so that Meloetta can KO them easier, especially Focus Sash Pokemon. Smeargle can set up hazards such as Sticky Web and Stealth Rock for Meloetta. Sticky Web can help alleviate Meloetta's Speed, while Stealth Rock.... Mega Pidgeot is also a good partner, being able to wallbreak, [AC] and Having double the wallbreakers can put pressure on the opposing team. You mention SR and Sticky Web, so you need to talk about what both of them do for Meloetta, not just one.

[SET]
name: Substitute + Calm Mind (Normal)
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Calm Mind
move 3: Psyshock
move 4: Shadow Ball / Focus Blast
item: Leftovers
ability: Serene Grace
nature: Timid
evs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 Spe

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

Substitute keeps Meloetta from being inflicted hit by any status moves. You aren't inflicted by the status move, but are inflicted by the status caused by the move. Also for and allows it to set up Calm Mind safely while behind the Substitute. Calm Mind boosts Meloetta's Special Attack and Special Defense by one stage, making its attacks more powerful while tanking special attacks. Psyshock is its main STAB move, which helps against special walls. It's also used to hit , [AC] such as Chansey. Shadow Ball hits Ghost- and Psychic-types such as Sableye, Chandelure, Mega Gardevior, and Mega Medicham. It also hits Steel-types that resists Psyshock such as Heatran, Skarmory, and Jirachi. However, Shadow Ball leaves Meloetta unable to threaten Dark-type Pokemon. Focus Blast can be used instead to hit Dark-, Ice-, Normal- Steel-types such as Bisharp, Avalugg, Chansey, and Ferrothorn. But keep in mind, however, that having Focus Blast makes it difficult for Meloetta to beat Ghost- and Psychic-types. Don't start a sentence with a conjunction.

Set Details
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Maximum HP EVs grants Meloetta more bulk to take physical and special attacks better. Also, Meloetta will have 404 HP, which keeps Chansey from breaking its Substitute with Seismic Toss, making it a great target to set up Calm Mind on. Maximum Speed EVs along with a Timid nature, [RC] maximizes Meloetta's Speed, outspeeding Jolly Gyarados, Excadrill, and Timid Heatran. EVs, not nature, is the subject of the sentence, so remove the s. The remaining EVs are invested into Special Attack to increase damage output a little. Leftovers are needed for Meloetta gain passive recovery each turn to prolong its longevity and give Meloetta more opportunities to set up Substitute. Serene Grace increases the secondary effects of Shadow Ball and Focus Blast.

Usage Tips
========

This set has Meloetta function as a Calm Mind sweeper. Depending on which coverage move Meloetta is using, make sure to eliminate threats that opposes resist it. For example, if Meloetta has Shadow Ball instead of Focus Blast and battles against a Dark Monotype team, it would need to rely on its partners such as Mega Lopunny to clear the field of KO the opposing Pokemon. Meloetta should usually set up Substitute on predicted status inflicting moves. Meloetta can also use Substitute to its advantage or against defensive Pokemon such as Chansey. It should be brought in after a fallen teammate so that it doesn't take any damage upon switching in. Meloetta would need to must avoid status moves as much as possible, as when inflicted, its sweeping capabilities will be ruined. It's not always recommended using Meloetta early-game, as this set serves more as a late-game win condition, which means it should be kept healthy. Meloetta can set up early-game if its checks have already fainted.

Team Options
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Entry hazard removers such as Staraptor keeps Meloetta from taking damage by switching into hazards such as Stealth Rock, Spikes, and Toxic Spikes. Removers is the subject, not Staraptor, so no s needed.Meloetta will have trouble against Dark-types so Mega Lopunny can ease the pressure. Mega Pidgeot can eliminate pesky Bug-types for Meloetta such as Volcarona and Mega Scizor. Diggersby can help wallbreak for Meloetta against specially bulky Pokemon such as Zapdos and Chansey. Chansey and Porygon2 can set a timer to wear down walls with Toxic. Also, they can spread status aliments with Thunder Wave and Discharge, which assists Meloetta in setting up, given that the opposing Pokemon is also fully paralyzed. Chansey can set up Stealth Rock to rack up any chip damage for Meloetta. The clause "which assists Meloetta..." is an adjective clause, and therefore modifies the word "ailments", not the act of spreading status ailments, since adjective clauses, which always begin with "which", "whom", "who", or "that", always modify nouns, not verbs. Since which refers to ailments, the verb should not have an s attached.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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**Normal:**

Dazzling Gleam gives Meloetta coverage in hitting to hit Dark-, Dragon-, and Fighting-types such as Mandibuzz, Dragonite, Latias, Latios, and Keldeo; however, Dazzling Gleam is redundant due to the other coverage moves it has, [AC] while many Dragon-types can take a lot of damage from Choice Specs-boosted Hyper Choice. Thunderbolt targets Flying- and Water-types such as Skarmory and Gyarados. Assault Vest increases Meloetta's special bulk, making it an efficient tank for special attacks. However, Chansey fills that role so it'll be a wasted item for Meloetta to make use of. Hidden Power Fire is mainly used for Steel-types, especially against Mega Scizor and Ferrothorn. Life Orb gives a boost to all of Meloetta's attacks; however, it loses health after each successful attack. Life Orb can also be used with Calm Mind + 3 attacks, as its Psychic-, Fighting-, and Ghost-type coverage moves hits the entire metagame for neutral damage, carving a niche as another option. Trick can be used on the Choice Specs set as a way to cripple defensive Pokemon such as Mew, Chansey, Mandibuzz, and Ferrothorn.

Checks and Counters
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**Normal**

**Dark-types**: Meloetta has a huge problem against Dark-types and it has to rely on Focus Blast to KO them, which isn't a good due to Focus Blast having a lack in lacking accuracy. Meloetta can easily faint to a STAB Knock Off or be KOed by other attacks such as Bisharp's Sucker Punch.

**Status moves and Residual damage**: Statuses, such as burns, poison, and paralysis, greatly hinders Meloetta's presence on the field. With no reliable recovery, Meloetta's longevity would will be cut short from burns and poison. As for paralysis, this ruins Meloetta's Speed, making it less effective in unable to outspeeding several Pokemon. Meloetta can't afford to switch into hazards such as Spikes, Stealth Rock, and Toxic Spikes either.

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: Specially defensive Pokemon, such as Chansey, Zapdos, Umbreon, and Cradily can tank several of Choice Specs Meloetta's special attacks. Chansey can inflict Meloetta with either Thunder Wave or Toxic to hinder it and proceed to KO it with Seismic Toss while recovering health from Soft-Boiled. Umbreon can stall out Meloetta with Wish + Toxic while KOing it with Foul Play. Cradily can also stall with Toxic + Recover and the same concept can be said about Zapdos with Toxic + Roost. However, they need to be wary of Calm Mind Meloetta, as they're poor checks to that set.

**Revenge Killers**: Because of Meloetta's Speed, it's easily outpaced by Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Kyurem-B, Diggersby, or Victini. Bisharp is able to easily get rid of Meloetta with a Sucker Punch. V-Create from Victini is able to sometimes OHKO Meloetta. Kyurem-B's Outrage is able to OHKO Meloetta most of the time. A Knock Off from Choice Scarf Diggersby can sometimes OHKO Meloetta. How much is sometimes or most of the time? You may want to add specific chances.

If you don't mind my feedback on your writing, there are two things you could work on: Verbs ending in "s" or not and avoiding Very Short Sentences (yes that should be capitalized). To figure out if an s is appropriate or incorrect, find the subject of the verb and say it out loud both with and without an "s", ignoring any modifiers. This is important, since prepositional phrases and modifiers can make this very unclear; I see a few instances where you misinterpreted an object of a preposition as the subject. This is OK and an error that is easy to make. Practice and you won't make it anymore! Also, try to combine sentences when you can; just be wary of run-ons. A well-written analysis over all!
 
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[OVERVIEW]

**Normal-type**

With impressive stats, an enormous movepool, special bulk, and [please specify how this is beneficial] typing, Meloetta can fulfill roles such as a wallbreaker and Calm Mind sweeper, making it a great asset to Normal-type teams. As a wallbreaker, Meloetta gives Normal a much needed offensive presence to the passive balanced Normal archetype of Eviolite Pokemon, Ditto, and bulky Staraptor. Meloetta's [high?] special bulk defense [usage of "bulk" was getting reptitive] allows it to take several hits from special attackers [such as?]. Additionally, this [more concise; prevents reptition of adverbial clauses] allows Meloetta and provides further opportunities to set up Calm Mind more effectively. This is further benefitted by Meloetta's decent base 90 Speed, which can allow it to outspeed can help it set up Calm Mind on defensive Pokemon such as Zapdos,. [RC] Meloetta's Its unique Normal / Psychic typing grants it an immunity to Ghost-type moves along with checking Fighting-types such as Keldeo, Terrakion, and Heracross. Meloetta is a good replacement for Mega Pidgeot as a special wallbreaker without taking a mega using the Mega Evolution spot.

Despite Meloetta's excellent stats, Meloetta has trouble switching into physical attacks due to its mediocre Defense stat. While Meloetta's Normal / Psychic typing is unique, Meloetta becomes weak it is weak to Dark-types, especially and Knock Off users. Meloetta's Speed isn't all that great [you just said it was decent in the last paragraph] In addition, despite its base 90 Speed, Meloetta is still left leaving it outsped by threats such as Mega Medicham, Garchomp, and Landorus. Meloetta also faces a lot of competition from Mega Pidgeot as a special wallbreaker because Pidgeot is a lot faster. [you said in the last paragraph that Meloetta was a good replacement] Mega Pidgeot, another popular special wallbreaker, is also much faster than Meloetta. Because Meloetta lacks reliable recovery, it has a it's often vulnerable to statuses effects, such as poison and burns, which hinders its longevity in battle.

[SET]
name: Choice Specs (Normal)
move 1: Psychic / Psyshock
move 2: Hyper Voice
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Shadow Ball / Energy Ball
item: Choice Specs
ability: Serene Grace
nature: Modest
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

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

Psychic is one of Meloetta's STAB moves, which hits Fighting- and Poison-types such as Terrakion and Mega Venusaur super effectively. Psyshock can be used instead of Psychic to targets the foe's Defense stat, which makes it a great check to Chansey, Quiver Dance Volcarona, and Calm Mind setters users such as Sylveon and Clefable. Hyper Voice is necessary for as a secondary STAB move to hit several types for neutral damage. Hyper Voice It can also hit foes that tend to set up Substitute. Focus Blast provides Meloetta with Fighting-type coverage to hit threats such as Tyranitar, Mamoswine, Porygon2, Heatran, and Skarmory. Shadow Ball allows for Meloetta to hit Ghost-types such as Doublade, Chandelure, and Golurk. Also, Shadow Ball and can 2HKO's Mew. Alternatively, Energy Ball hits Ground- and Water-types such as Hippowdon, Seismaitoad, Swampert, and Gastrodon super effectively. Energy Ball It also OHKOes Rotom-W, [RC] and Azumarill.

Set Details
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Maximum Special Attack EVs along with a Modest nature maximizes Meloetta's damage output. Maximum Speed EVs are used to outspeed Jolly Breloom, Choice Band Adamant Diggersby, and Timid Heatran. Choice Specs is used to increase Meloetta's damage output even further. Choice Scarf with a Timid nature can be used instead of Choice Specs for Meloetta to be as fast as possible, outspeeding [what? please specify e.g. all unboosted Pokemon in the tier] unboosted Pokemon. It also has This also enables Meloetta to act as a revenge killer against Dark- and Fighting-types. However, Meloetta completely misses out on the extra damage potential and is unable to wallbreak. Maximum HP EVs can be invested instead of Speed to increase Meloetta's bulk to take attacks better [redundant]. A Timid nature can be used instead of a Modest nature to outspeed Jolly Gyarados, Mamoswine, and Timid Nidoking; however, Meloetta needs a Modest nature in order due to wallbreaking.

Usage Tips
========

This set allows for Meloetta to function as a hard-hitting wallbreaker, as Choice Specs allow for its attacks to hit even harder. Keep Meloetta away from statuses but status effects such as poison, burns, and paralysis, as they all ruin can cripple Meloetta's effectiveness as a wallbreaker. Also, poison and burns will cut into Meloetta's longevity. Meloetta It can be brought in early-game to puncture [awkward word choice; consider replacing] the opposing team and break down physical walls. It Meloetta can also come into weak special attacks, creating an opportunity for it to deal enormous damage, [AC] so it should be played aggressively. Keep Meloetta healthy if there is an opposing threat it needs to check such as Mew and or Clefable.

Team Options
========

Mega Lopunny helps against Dark-type Pokemon with its STAB Fighting-type moves. It can provide chip damage with Fake Out and deal with Pokemon such as Chansey, which otherwise wall Meloetta. Mega Lopunny can also switch into a predicted Knock Off to sponge the attack. Porygon2 is a great switch-in for physical attackers due to Eviolite. Also, iIt can help spread status moves such as Thunder Wave and Toxic, making allowing Meloetta to more effectively easier to wallbreak and KO Pokemon. Staraptor and Mega Pidgeot can help against Bug-types such as Volcarona, Mega Scizor, and Mega Pinsir. Diggersby is a great physical wallbreaker, while that complements Meloetta's special attacks is a special wallbreaker. Ditto's can also be a great partner due to its ability Imposter, allowing allows it to threaten many setup sweepers that tend to set up on Choice-locked Meloetta. Chansey helps absorb status moves aimed at Meloetta with Natural Cure. It can also set up Stealth Rock to get chip damage on opposing Pokemon so that Meloetta can KO them easier more easily, especially Focus Sash Pokemon with a Focus Sash. Smeargle can set up entry hazards such as Sticky Web and Stealth Rock for Meloetta as well. Sticky Web can help alleviate Meloetta's Speed Meloetta outspeed the foe. Mega Pidgeot is also a good partner, being able to wallbreak. Having double the wallbreakers can put pressure on the opposing team. [redundant, does not add much, and Mega Pidgeot has been mentioned several times before]

[SET]
name: Substitute + Calm Mind (Normal)
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Calm Mind
move 3: Psyshock
move 4: Shadow Ball / Focus Blast
item: Leftovers
ability: Serene Grace
nature: Timid
evs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 Spe

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

Substitute keeps Meloetta from being inflicted by any status moves. Also for it to set up Calm Mind safely while behind the Substitute. and allows it to safely set up Calm Mind. This boosts Meloetta's Special Attack and Special Defense by one stage, making its attacks more powerful while also granting increased survivability against special attackers tanking special attacks. Psyshock is its main STAB move, which helps against break through special walls. It's also used to and hit Chansey. Shadow Ball hits Ghost- and Psychic-types such as Sableye, Chandelure, Mega Gardevior, and Mega Medicham super effectively. It also hits Steel-types that resists Psyshock such as Heatran, Skarmory, and Jirachi. However, Shadow Ball leaves Meloetta unable to threaten Dark-type Pokemon. Focus Blast can be used instead to hit provide coverage against Dark-, Ice-, Normal-, and Steel-types such as Bisharp, Avalugg, Chansey, and Ferrothorn. But keep in mind, having Focus Blast makes it difficult for Meloetta to beat at the cost of Ghost- and Psychic-types. coverage.

Set Details
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Maximum HP EVs grant Meloetta more bulk. to take physical and special attacks better. Also, Meloetta will have 404 HP, which keeps This also prevents Chansey from breaking its Meloetta's [to clarify the subject] Substitute with Seismic Toss, making it a great target to set up Calm Mind on. Maximum Speed EVs along with a Timid nature, [RC] maximizes Meloetta's Speed, outspeeding Jolly Gyarados, Excadrill, and Timid Heatran. The remaining EVs are invested into Special Attack to increase damage output a little. Leftovers are needed for Meloetta to gain passive recovery each turn to prolong its longevity and give Meloetta more opportunities to set up Substitute. Serene Grace increases the secondary effects of Shadow Ball and Focus Blast.

Usage Tips
========

This set has Meloetta function as a Calm Mind sweeper. Depending on which coverage move Meloetta is using, make sure to eliminate threats that opposes it. For example, if Meloetta has Shadow Ball instead of Focus Blast and battles against a Dark-type team Monotype, it would need to rely on its partners such as Mega Lopunny to clear the field of the opposing Pokemon. Meloetta should usually set up Substitute on predicted status inflicting moves as they can cripple its sweeping capabilities. Meloetta can also use Substitute to its advantage against specially defensive Pokemon such as Chansey. It should be brought in after a A fallen teammate provides a good opportunity for switching in so that it doesn't take any damage upon switching in doing so. Meloetta would need to avoid status moves as much as possible, as when inflicted, its sweeping capabilities will be ruined. It's not always recommended using Meloetta early-game, as this set serves more as a late-game win condition [please elaborate - win condition??], which means it should be kept healthy. Meloetta can, however, set up early-game if its checks have already fainted.

Team Options
========

Entry hazard removers such as Staraptor keeps Meloetta from taking damage switching into hazards such as Stealth Rock, Spikes, and Toxic Spikes. Meloetta will have trouble against Dark-types, which so Mega Lopunny can ease the pressure handle. Similarly, Mega Pidgeot can eliminate pesky Bug-types for Meloetta such as Volcarona and Mega Scizor. Diggersby can help wallbreak for Meloetta against specially bulky Pokemon such as Zapdos and Chansey. Chansey and Porygon2 can set a timer to help wear down walls with Toxic. Also, they can spread status aliments with or by inflicting status conditions via Thunder Wave and or Discharge, which assists Meloetta in setting up., given that the opposing Pokemon is also fully paralyzed. Chansey can also set up Stealth Rock to rack up any chip damage for Meloetta. [needed more variation in sentence structure]

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
**Normal:**

Dazzling Gleam gives Meloetta coverage in hitting Dark-, Dragon-, and Fighting-types such as Mandibuzz, Dragonite, Latias, Latios, and Keldeo super effectively; however, Dazzling Gleam is redundant due to the other coverage moves it has while many Dragon-types can take a lot of damage from Choice Specs-boosted Hyper Choice Voice [presumably...?]. Thunderbolt can targets Flying- and Water-types such as Skarmory and Gyarados. Hidden Power Fire is mainly used against Steel-types, especially against Mega Scizor and Ferrothorn. [see next comment about previous line] Assault Vest increases Meloetta's special bulk, making it an efficient tank for special attacks. However, Chansey already fills that role so it'll be a wasted item for Meloetta to make use of there are more effective items available. [hidden power sentence moved to above] Life Orb gives a boost to all of Meloetta's attacks; however, it loses health after each successful attack. [you were just stating the definition] Life Orb is another item possibility that can also be used with Calm Mind + 3 attacks, as its Meloetta's Psychic-, Fighting-, and Ghost-type coverage moves hits the entire metagame for neutral damage, carving a niche as providing another option for those looking to do some extra damage at the cost of some HP. [trick sentence moved to specially defensive checks and counters paragraph]

Checks and Counters
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**Normal**

**Dark-types**: Meloetta has a huge problem against Dark-types and it has to rely on Focus Blast to KO them, which isn't a good poses a significant risk due to Focus Blast's [insert appropriate adjective here] accuracy having a lack in accuracy. Meloetta can easily faint to a STAB Knock Off or be KOed by other attacks such as Bisharp's Sucker Punch.

**Status moves and Rresidual damage**: Statuses effects, such as burns, poison, and paralysis, greatly hinders Meloetta's presence on the field. With no reliable recovery options, Meloetta's longevity would be cut short from burns and poison. As for paralysis, this ruins Meloetta's Speed, making it less effective in outspeeding several Pokemon. and it would be quickly outsped by most other Pokemon if paralyzed due to the resulting speed reduction. Meloetta can't afford to switch into hazards such as Spikes, Stealth Rock, and Toxic Spikes either. [why? please elaborate]

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: Specially defensive Pokemon, such as Chansey, Zapdos, Umbreon, and Cradily can tank several of Choice Specs Meloetta's special attacks. Chansey can inflict Meloetta with status conditions from either Thunder Wave or Toxic to hinder it and proceed to KO it with Seismic Toss while recovering health from Soft-Boiled. Umbreon can stall out Meloetta with Wish + Toxic while KOing it with Foul Play. Cradily can also stall with Toxic + Recover and the same concept can be said about Zapdos with has access to Toxic + Roost. However, they need to be wary of Calm Mind Meloetta, as they're poor checks to that set.

**Revenge Killers**: Because of Meloetta's base 90 Speed, it's easily outpaced by Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Kyurem-B, Diggersby, or Victini. Bisharp is able to easily get rid of OHKO Meloetta with a Sucker Punch, as is. V-Create from Victini's powerful STAB move V-Create, is able to sometimes able to OHKO Meloetta. Kyurem-B's Outrage, is able to OHKO Meloetta most of the time. A and a Knock Off from Choice Scarf Diggersby can sometimes OHKO Meloetta. [basically, combine 4 sentences into one concise one.]


It's late at night so I'm sorry if I made any mistakes.
Good luck on your analysis!
 
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[OVERVIEW]

**Normal**

With impressive stats, an enormous movepool,
great special bulk, and a solid typing, Meloetta can fulfill roles such as a wallbreaker and Calm Mind sweeper, making it a great asset to Normal-type teams. As a wallbreaker, Meloetta gives Normal a much needed offensive presence to the passive balanced Normal archetype of Eviolite Pokemon, Ditto, and bulky Staraptor. Meloetta's high Special Defense allows it to take several hits from special attackers such as (You forgot to list a few) and provides further opportunities to set up Calm Mind more effectively. This is further benefitted by Meloetta's decent base 90 Speed, which can allow it to outspeed defensive Pokemon such as Zapdos. Its unique Normal / Psychic typing grants it an immunity to Ghost-type moves along with checking Fighting-types such as Keldeo, Terrakion, and Heracross. Meloetta is a good replacement for Mega Pidgeot as a special wallbreaker without using the Mega Evolution spot.

However, Meloetta has trouble switching into physical attacks due to its mediocre Defense stat. While Meloetta's Normal / Psychic typing is unique, it is weak to Dark-types and Knock Off users. In addition, despite its base 90 Speed, Meloetta is still left outsped by threats such as Mega Medicham, Garchomp, and Landorus. Mega Pidgeot, another popular special wallbreaker, is also much faster than Meloetta. Because Meloetta lacks reliable recovery, it's often vulnerable to status effects, such as poison and burns, which hinders its longevity in battle.

[SET]
name: Choice Specs (Normal)
move 1: Psychic / Psyshock
move 2: Hyper Voice
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Shadow Ball / Energy Ball
item: Choice Specs
ability: Serene Grace
nature: Modest
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

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

Psychic is one of Meloetta's STAB moves, which hits Fighting- and Poison-types such as Terrakion and Mega Venusaur super effectively. Psyshock can be used instead of Psychic to target the foe's Defense stat, which makes it a great check to Chansey, Quiver Dance Volcarona, and Calm Mind users such as Sylveon and Clefable. Hyper Voice is necessary as a secondary STAB move to hit several types for neutral damage. It can also hit foes that tend to set up Substitute. Focus Blast provides Meloetta with Fighting-type coverage to hit threats such as Tyranitar, Mamoswine, Porygon2, Heatran, and Skarmory. Shadow Ball allows for Meloetta to hit Ghost-types such as Doublade, Chandelure, and Golurk and can 2HKO Mew. Alternatively, Energy Ball hits Ground- and Water-types such as Hippowdon, Seismitoad, Swampert, and Gastrodon super effectively. It also OHKOes Rotom-W and Azumarill.

Set Details
========

Maximum Special Attack EVs along with a Modest nature maximize
s Meloetta's damage output. Maximum Speed EVs are used to outspeed Jolly Breloom, Adamant Choice Band Adamant (subjective) Diggersby, and Timid Heatran. Choice Specs is used to increase Meloetta's damage output even further. Choice Scarf with a Timid nature can be used instead of Choice Specs for Meloetta to be as fast as possible, outspeeding Pokemon such as specially defensive Tentacruel, physically defensive Staraptor, and Adamant nature Mamoswine. This also enables Meloetta to act as a revenge killer against Dark- and Fighting-types. However, Meloetta completely misses out on the extra damage potential and is unable to wallbreak. Maximum HP EVs can be invested into HP instead of Speed to increase Meloetta's bulk. A Timid nature can be used instead of a Modest nature to outspeed Jolly Gyarados, Mamoswine, and Timid Nidoking; however, Meloetta needs a Modest nature in order to wallbreak.

Usage Tips
========

This set allows for Meloetta to function as a hard-hitting wallbreaker, but status effects such as poison, burn, and paralysis can cripple Meloetta's effectiveness as a wallbreaker. It can be brought in early-game to dent the opposing team and break down physical walls. Meloetta can also come into weak special attacks, creating an opportunity for it to deal enormous damage, so it should be played aggressively. Keep Meloetta healthy if there is an opposing threat it needs to check such as Mew or Clefable.

Team Options
========

Mega Lopunny helps against Dark-type Pokemon with its
STAB Fighting-type STAB moves. It can provide chip damage with Fake Out and deal with Pokemon such as Chansey, which otherwise walls Meloetta. Mega Lopunny can also switch into a predicted Knock Off to sponge the attack. Porygon2 is a great switch-in for physical attackers due to Eviolite. It can help spread status with moves such as Thunder Wave and Toxic, allowing Meloetta to wallbreak more effectively wallbreak. (Subjective; I'm usually fine with split infinitives but this one doesn't sound right to me) Staraptor and Mega Pidgeot can help against Bug-types such as Volcarona, Mega Scizor, and Mega Pinsir. Diggersby is a great physical wallbreaker that complements Meloetta's special attacks. Ditto's ability Imposter allows it to threaten many setup sweepers that tend to set up on Choice-locked Meloetta. Chansey helps absorb status moves aimed at Meloetta with Natural Cure. It can also set up Stealth Rock to get chip damage on opposing Pokemon so that Meloetta can KO them more easily, especially Pokemon with a Focus Sash. Smeargle can set up entry hazards such as Sticky Web and Stealth Rock for Meloetta as well. Sticky Web can help Meloetta outspeed the foe. Together, Meloetta and Mega Pidgeot grants Normal double the wallbreakers, (RC) to put pressure on the opposing team.

[SET]
name: Substitute + Calm Mind (Normal)
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Calm Mind
move 3: Psyshock
move 4: Shadow Ball / Focus Blast
item: Leftovers
ability: Serene Grace
nature: Timid
evs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 Spe

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

Substitute keeps Meloetta from being
inflicted affected by any status moves and allows it to safely set up Calm Mind. This boosts Meloetta's Special Attack and Special Defense by one stage, making its attacks more powerful while also granting increased survivability against special attackers. Psyshock is its main STAB move, which helps break through special walls and hit Chansey. Shadow Ball hits Ghost- and Psychic-types such as Sableye, Chandelure, Mega Gardevior, and Mega Medicham super effectively. It also hits Steel-types that resist Psyshock such as Heatran, Skarmory, and Jirachi. However, Shadow Ball leaves Meloetta unable to threaten Dark-type Pokemon. Focus Blast can be used instead to provide coverage against Dark-, Ice-, Normal-, and Steel-types such as Bisharp, Avalugg, Chansey, and Ferrothorn at the cost of Ghost- and Psychic-type coverage.

Set Details
========

Maximum HP EVs grant Meloetta more bulk. This also prevents Chansey from breaking Meloetta's Substitute with Seismic Toss, making it a great target to set up Calm Mind on. Maximum Speed EVs along with a Timid nature maximize Meloetta's Speed, outspeeding Jolly Gyarados, Excadrill, and Timid Heatran. The remaining EVs are invested into Special Attack to increase damage output. Leftovers
are is needed for Meloetta to gain passive recovery each turn to prolong its longevity and give Meloetta more opportunities to set up Substitute. Serene Grace increases the chance to activate the secondary effects of Shadow Ball and Focus Blast.

Usage Tips
========

This set has Meloetta function as a Calm Mind sweeper. Depending on which coverage move Meloetta is using, make sure to eliminate threats that
oppose resist it. For example, if Meloetta has Shadow Ball instead of Focus Blast and battles against a Dark-type team, it would needs to rely on its partners such as Mega Lopunny to clear the field of the opposing Pokemon. Meloetta should usually set up Substitute on predicted status-(AH)inflicting moves, (AC) as they can cripple its sweeping capabilities. Meloetta can also use Substitute to its advantage against specially defensive Pokemon such as Chansey. A fallen teammate provides a good opportunity for switching in so that it doesn't take any damage upon doing so. Meloetta would need to avoid status moves as much as possible, as when inflicted, its sweeping capabilities will be ruined. It's not always recommended to use using Meloetta early-game, as this set serves more as a late-game wincon condition, which means it should be kept healthy. Meloetta can, however, set up early-game if its checks have already fainted.

Team Options
========

Entry hazard removers such as Staraptor keep Meloetta from taking damage
when switching into hazards such as Stealth Rock, Spikes, and Toxic Spikes. Meloetta will have trouble against Dark-types, which Mega Lopunny can handle. Similarly, Mega Pidgeot can eliminate pesky Bug-types for Meloetta such as Volcarona and Mega Scizor. Diggersby can help wallbreak for Meloetta against specially bulky Pokemon such as Zapdos and Chansey. Chansey and Porygon2 can help wear down walls with Toxic or by inflicting status conditions paralyis with moves such as Thunder Wave or and Discharge, which assists Meloetta in setting up. Chansey can also set up Stealth Rock to rack up any chip damage for Meloetta.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
**Normal:**

Dazzling Gleam gives Meloetta coverage
in hitting to hit (subjective) Dark-, Dragon-, and Fighting-types such as Mandibuzz, Dragonite, Latias, Latios, and Keldeo super effectively; however, Dazzling Gleam is redundant due to the other coverage moves it Meloetta has, (AC) while many Dragon-types can take a lot of damage from Choice Specs-boosted Hyper Voice. Thunderbolt can target Flying- and Water-types such as Skarmory and Gyarados. Hidden Power Fire is mainly used against Steel-types, especially against Mega Scizor and Ferrothorn. Assault Vest increases Meloetta's special bulk, making it an efficient tank for special attacks. However, Chansey already fills that role, (AC) so there are more effective items available. Life Orb is another item possibility that can be used with Calm Mind + 3 attacks, as Meloetta's Psychic-, Fighting-, and Ghost-type coverage moves hit the entire metagame for neutral damage, providing another option for those looking to do some extra damage at the cost of some health. Trick can be used as a way to cripple defensive Pokemon such as Mew, Chansey, Mandibuzz, and Ferrothorn.

Checks and Counters
===================
**Normal**

**Dark-types**: Meloetta has a huge problem against Dark-types and
it has to rely on Focus Blast to KO them, which poses a significant risk due to Focus Blast's low accuracy. Meloetta can easily faint to a STAB Knock Off or be KOed by other attacks such as Bisharp's Sucker Punch.

**Status
moves Moves and residual damage Residual Damage**: Status effects, such as burn, poison, and paralysis, greatly hinder Meloetta's presence on the field. With no reliable recovery options, Meloetta's longevity would be gets cut short from burn and poison and it would becomes quickly outsped by most other Pokemon if paralyzed due to the resulting speed reduction. Meloetta can't afford to switch into entry hazards such as Spikes, Stealth Rock, and Toxic Spikes either because it has no reliable recovery, as this which limits its switch-in opportunities to switch in.
**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: Specially defensive Pokemon, (RC) such as Chansey, Zapdos, Umbreon, and Cradily can tank several of Choice Specs Meloetta's special attacks. Chansey can inflict afflict Meloetta with status conditions from either Thunder Wave or Toxic and proceed to KO it with Seismic Toss while recovering health from Soft-Boiled. Umbreon can stall out Meloetta with Wish + Toxic while KOing it with Foul Play. Cradily can also stall with Toxic + Recover and Zapdos has access to Toxic + Roost. However, they need to be wary of Calm Mind Meloetta, as they're poor checks to that set. However, they all need to be wary of They also must watch out for Meloetta carrying Trick.

**Revenge Killers**: Because of Meloetta's base 90 Speed, it's easily outpaced by Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Kyurem-B, Diggersby,
or and Victini. Bisharp is able to easily OHKO Meloetta with a Sucker Punch, as is Victini's with a powerful STAB V-Create V-create, Kyurem-B's with Outrage, and a Knock Off from Choice Scarf Diggersby with Knock Off.
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[OVERVIEW]

**Normal:** (ASC)

With impressive stats, an enormous movepool, great special bulk, and a solid typing, Meloetta can fulfill roles such as a wallbreaker and Calm Mind sweeper, making it a great asset to Normal-type teams. As a wallbreaker, Meloetta gives a much needed offensive presence to the passive balanced Normal archetype of Eviolite Pokemon, Ditto, and bulky Staraptor. Meloetta's high Special Defense allows it to take several hits from special attackers such as Zapdos, Clefable, and Magnezone, (RC) and provides further opportunities to set up Calm Mind more effectively. This is further benefitted benefited by Meloetta's decent base 90 Speed, which can allow it to outspeed defensive Pokemon such as Zapdos. Its unique Normal / Psychic typing grants it an immunity to Ghost-type moves along with checking and lets it check Fighting-types such as Keldeo, Terrakion, and Heracross. Meloetta is also a good replacement for Mega Pidgeot as a special wallbreaker, (AC) as it doesn't use without using the Mega Evolution spot slot (less wordy).

However, Meloetta has trouble switching into physical attacks due to its mediocre Defense stat. While Meloetta's its Normal / Psychic typing is unique, it leaves Meloetta is weak to Dark-types and Knock Off users. In addition, despite its base 90 Speed, Meloetta is still left outsped by threats such as Mega Medicham, Garchomp, and Landorus. Mega Pidgeot, another popular special wallbreaker, is also much faster than Meloetta, (AC) and because. (RP) Because (it appeared to me like you were continuing to compare Meloetta's lack of recovery to why Mega Pidgeot could be used over it. if this isn't the case, ignore this) Meloetta lacks reliable recovery, it's often vulnerable to status effects, such as poison and burn, which hinders its longevity in battle. (all of the "Meloetta" changes in this paragraph are because you use meloetta in every instance possible, which made it begin to be repetitive)

[SET]
name: Choice Specs (Normal)
move 1: Psychic / Psyshock
move 2: Hyper Voice
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Shadow Ball / Energy Ball
item: Choice Specs
ability: Serene Grace
nature: Modest
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

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

Psychic is Meloetta's primary STAB move, hitting one of Meloetta's STAB moves, which hits (better flow, and i feel like this was the message you were trying to get across) Fighting- and Poison-types such as Terrakion and Mega Venusaur super effectively. Alternatively, (subjective but transitions are nice :>) Psyshock can be used instead of Psychic to target the foe's Defense stat, which makes it a great check to Chansey, Quiver Dance Volcarona, and Calm Mind users such as Sylveon and Clefable. Hyper Voice is necessary as a secondary STAB move to hit several types for neutral damage. It can also hit foes that tend to set up Substitute (maybe provide some examples?). Focus Blast provides Meloetta with Fighting-type coverage to hit threats such as Tyranitar, Mamoswine, Porygon2, Heatran, and Skarmory. Shadow Ball allows for (not really needed and reduces flow) Meloetta to hit Ghost-types such as Doublade, Chandelure, and Golurk and can 2HKO Mew. Alternatively, Energy Ball hits Ground- and Water-types such as Hippowdon, Seismitoad, Swampert, and Gastrodon super effectively. It also OHKOes Rotom-W and Azumarill.

Set Details
========

Maximum Special Attack EVs along with a Modest nature maximize Meloetta's damage output. Maximum Speed EVs are used to outspeed Jolly Breloom, Adamant Choice Band Diggersby, and Timid Heatran. Choice Specs is used to increase Meloetta's damage output even further. Choice Scarf with a Timid nature can be used instead of Choice Specs for Meloetta to be as fast as possible, outspeeding Pokemon such as specially defensive Tentacruel, physically defensive Staraptor, and Adamant Mamoswine. This also enables Meloetta to act as a revenge killer against Dark- and Fighting-types. However, Meloetta completely misses out on the extra damage potential and is unable to wallbreak. Maximum EVs can be invested into HP instead of Speed to increase Meloetta's bulk. (this is completely optional, but maybe change this to "The Speed EVs can instead be put into HP to increase Meloetta's bulk." i feel like it sounds better) A Timid nature can be used instead of a Modest nature to outspeed Jolly Gyarados, Mamoswine, and Timid Nidoking; however, Meloetta needs a Modest nature in order to wallbreak.

Usage Tips
========

This set allows for Meloetta to function as a hard-hitting wallbreaker, but status effects such as poison, burn, and paralysis can cripple Meloetta's effectiveness as a wallbreaker. It can be brought in early-game to dent the opposing team and break down physical walls. Meloetta can also come into weak special attacks, creating an opportunity for it to deal enormous damage, so it should be played aggressively. Keep Meloetta healthy if there is an opposing threat it needs to check such as Mew or Clefable.

Team Options
========

Mega Lopunny helps against Dark-type Pokemon with its Fighting-type STAB moves. It can provide chip damage with Fake Out and deal with Pokemon such as Chansey, which otherwise walls Meloetta. Mega Lopunny can also switch into a predicted Knock Off to sponge the attack. Porygon2 is a great switch-in for physical attackers due to Eviolite. It can help spread status with moves such as Thunder Wave and Toxic, allowing Meloetta to wallbreak more effectively. Staraptor and Mega Pidgeot can help against Bug-types such as Volcarona, Mega Scizor, and Mega Pinsir. Diggersby is a great physical wallbreaker that complements Meloetta's special attacks. Ditto's ability Imposter allows it to threaten many setup sweepers that tend to set up on Choice-locked Meloetta. Chansey helps absorb status moves aimed at Meloetta with Natural Cure. It can also set up Stealth Rock to get chip damage on opposing Pokemon so that Meloetta can KO them more easily, especially Pokemon with a Focus Sash. Smeargle can set up entry hazards such as Sticky Web and Stealth Rock for Meloetta as well. Sticky Web is especially useful because it (this sentence is missing something and i feel like you were trying to imply this) can help Meloetta outspeed the foe. Together, Meloetta and Mega Pidgeot grant Normal teams double the wallbreakers to put offensive pressure put (improves flow) on the opposing team. (i personally dont think all sentences designated to one pokemon need to be separated into two; see the italicized examples)

[SET]
name: Substitute + Calm Mind (Normal)
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Calm Mind
move 3: Psyshock
move 4: Shadow Ball / Focus Blast
item: Leftovers
ability: Serene Grace
nature: Timid
evs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 Spe

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

Substitute keeps Meloetta from being affected by any status moves and allows it to safely set up Calm Mind. This Calm Mind boosts Meloetta's Special Attack and Special Defense by one stage, making its attacks more powerful while also granting increased survivability bulk against special attackers. Psyshock is its Meloetta's main STAB move, which helps it break through special walls and hit Chansey. Shadow Ball hits Ghost- and Psychic-types such as Sableye, Chandelure, Mega Gardevior, and Mega Medicham super effectively. It also hits Steel-types that (are Cobalion and Lucario viable in mono? if not, then change this to ", which resist" if not, ignore this) resist Psyshock such as Heatran, Skarmory, and Jirachi. However, Shadow Ball leaves Meloetta unable to threaten Dark-type Pokemon. Focus Blast can be used instead to provide coverage against Dark-, Ice-, Normal-, and Steel-types such as Bisharp, Avalugg, Chansey, and Ferrothorn at the cost of coverage for Ghost- and Psychic-types coverage.

Set Details
========

Maximum HP EVs grant Meloetta more bulk. This also prevents Chansey from breaking Meloetta's Substitute with Seismic Toss, making it a great target to set up Calm Mind on. Maximum Speed EVs along with a Timid nature maximize Meloetta's Speed, outspeeding Jolly Gyarados, Excadrill, and Timid (is "timid" really necessary here if it outspeeds regardless of nature? same applies to gyarados) Heatran. The remaining EVs are invested into Special Attack to increase damage output. Leftovers is needed for Meloetta to gain passive recovery each turn to prolong its longevity and give Meloetta it more opportunities to set up Substitute. Serene Grace increases the chance to activate the secondary effects of Shadow Ball and Focus Blast.

Usage Tips
========

This set has Meloetta function as a Calm Mind sweeper. Depending on which coverage move Meloetta is using, make sure to eliminate threats that resist it. For example, if Meloetta has Shadow Ball instead of Focus Blast and battles against a Dark-type team, it needs to rely on its partners such as Mega Lopunny (mlop isnt guaranteed to be a partner) to clear the field of the opposing Pokemon. Meloetta should usually set up Substitute on predicted status-inflicting moves, as they can cripple its sweeping capabilities. Meloetta can also use Substitute to its advantage against specially defensive Pokemon such as Chansey. A fallen teammate provides a good opportunity for switching in so that it doesn't take any damage upon doing so. Meloetta would need to avoid status moves as much as possible, as when inflicted, its sweeping capabilities will be ruined. It's not always recommended to use using Meloetta early-game, as this set serves more as a late-game wincon, which means it should be kept healthy. Meloetta can, however, set up early-game if its checks have already fainted.

Team Options
========

Entry hazard removers such as Staraptor keep Meloetta from taking damage when switching in. Meloetta will have trouble against Dark-types, which Mega Lopunny can handle. Similarly, Mega Pidgeot can eliminate pesky Bug-types for Meloetta such as Volcarona and Mega Scizor. Diggersby can help wallbreak for Meloetta against specially bulky Pokemon such as Zapdos and Chansey for Meloetta. Chansey and Porygon2 can help wear down walls with Toxic or by inflicting paralyis paralysis with moves such as Thunder Wave and Discharge, which assists Meloetta in setting up. Chansey can also set up Stealth Rock to rack up chip damage for Meloetta.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
**Normal:**

Dazzling Gleam gives Meloetta coverage to hit Dark-, Dragon-, and Fighting-types such as Mandibuzz, Dragonite, Latias, Latios, and Keldeo super effectively; however, Dazzling Gleam is redundant due to the other coverage moves Meloetta has, while and many Dragon-types can take a lot of damage from Choice Specs-boosted Hyper Voice. Thunderbolt can target Flying- and Water-types such as Skarmory and Gyarados. Hidden Power Fire is mainly used against Steel-types, especially Mega Scizor and Ferrothorn. Assault Vest increases Meloetta's special bulk, making it an efficient tank for special attacks. However, Chansey already fills that role, so there are more effective items available. Life Orb is another item possibility that can be used with Calm Mind + 3 attacks, as Meloetta's Psychic-, Fighting-, and Ghost-type coverage moves hit the entire metagame for neutral damage, providing another option for those looking to do some extra damage at the cost of some health. Trick can be used as a way to cripple defensive Pokemon such as Mew, Chansey, Mandibuzz, and Ferrothorn.

Checks and Counters
===================
**Normal:** (ASC)

**Dark-types**: Meloetta has a huge problem against Dark-types and has to rely on Focus Blast to KO them, which poses a significant risk due to Focus Blast's low accuracy. Meloetta can easily faint to a STAB Knock Off or be KOed by other attacks such as Bisharp's Sucker Punch.

**Status Moves and Residual Damage**: Status effects, such as burn, poison, and paralysis, greatly hinder Meloetta's presence on the field. With no reliable recovery options, Meloetta's longevity gets cut short from burn and poison and it becomes outsped by most other Pokemon if paralyzed. Meloetta also can't afford to switch into entry hazards such as Spikes, Stealth Rock, and Toxic Spikes either because it has no reliable recovery, which limits its opportunities to switch in. (shouldnt these two be separated?)

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: Specially defensive Pokemon such as Chansey, Zapdos (earlier you said it outspeeds zapdos in the specs set, which was supposed to mean something), Umbreon, and Cradily can tank several of Choice Specs Meloetta's special attacks. Chansey can afflict (wouldnt inflict work better here) Meloetta with status conditions from either Thunder Wave or Toxic and proceed to KO it with Seismic Toss while recovering health from Soft-Boiled. Umbreon can stall out Meloetta with Wish + Toxic while KOing it with Foul Play. Cradily can also stall with Toxic + Recover and Zapdos has access to Toxic + Roost. However, they need to be wary of Calm Mind Meloetta, as they're poor checks to that set. They also must watch out for Meloetta carrying that carry (subjective but flows better imo) Trick.

**Revenge Killers**: Because of Meloetta's base 90 Speed, it's easily outpaced by Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Kyurem-B, Diggersby, and Victini. Bisharp is able to easily OHKO Meloetta with Sucker Punch, as is Victini with a powerful STAB V-create, Kyurem-B with Outrage, and Choice Scarf Diggersby with Knock Off.


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[OVERVIEW]

**Normal:**

With impressive stats, an enormous movepool, great special bulk, and a solid typing, Meloetta can fulfill roles such as a wallbreaker and Calm Mind sweeper, making it a great asset to Normal-type teams. As a wallbreaker, Meloetta gives a
much-needed offensive presence to the passive balanced Normal archetype of Eviolite Pokemon, Ditto, and bulky Staraptor. Meloetta's high Special Defense allows it to take several hits from special attackers such as Zapdos, Clefable, and Magnezone and provides further opportunities to set up Calm Mind more effectively. This is further benefited by Meloetta's decent base 90 Speed, which can allow it to outspeed defensive Pokemon such as Zapdos. Its unique Normal / Psychic typing grants it an immunity to Ghost-type moves and lets it check Fighting-types such as Keldeo, Terrakion, and Heracross. Meloetta is also a good replacement for Mega Pidgeot as a special wallbreaker, as it doesn't use the Mega Evolution spot. ("team's Mega slot" maybe)

However, Meloetta has trouble switching into physical attacks due to its mediocre Defense stat. While its Normal / Psychic typing is unique, it leaves Meloetta weak to Dark-types and Knock Off users. In addition, despite its base 90 Speed, Meloetta is still left outsped by threats such as Mega Medicham, Garchomp, and Landorus. It also faces a lot of competition from Mega Pidgeot, another popular special wallbreaker that is also much faster than Meloetta.
("Finally," or some other transition would be good here) Due to its lack of reliable recovery, it is often vulnerable to status effects such as poison and burn, which hinders its longevity in battle.

[SET]
name: Choice Specs (Normal)
move 1: Psychic / Psyshock
move 2: Hyper Voice
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Shadow Ball / Energy Ball
item: Choice Specs
ability: Serene Grace
nature: Modest
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

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

Psychic is Meloetta's primary STAB move, hitting Fighting- and Poison-types such as Terrakion and Mega Venusaur super effectively. Alternatively, Psyshock can be used instead of Psychic to target the foe's Defense stat, which makes it a great check to Chansey, Quiver Dance Volcarona, and Calm Mind users such as Sylveon and Clefable. Hyper Voice is necessary as a secondary STAB move to hit several types for neutral damage. It can also hit foes that tend to set up Substitute such as Gliscor, Gyarados, and Whimsicott. Focus Blast provides Meloetta with Fighting-type coverage to hit threats such as Tyranitar, Mamoswine, Porygon2, Heatran, and Skarmory. Shadow Ball allows Meloetta to hit Ghost-types such as Doublade, Chandelure, and Golurk and can 2HKO Mew. Alternatively, Energy Ball hits Ground- and Water-types such as Hippowdon, Seismitoad, Swampert, and Gastrodon super effectively. It also OHKOes Rotom-W and Azumarill.

Set Details
========

Maximum Special Attack EVs along with a Modest nature maximize Meloetta's damage output. Maximum Speed EVs are used to outspeed Jolly Breloom, Adamant Choice Band Diggersby, and Timid Heatran. Choice Specs is used to increase Meloetta's damage output even further. Choice Scarf with a Timid nature can be used instead of Choice Specs for Meloetta to be as fast as possible, outspeeding Pokemon such as specially defensive Tentacruel, physically defensive Staraptor, and Adamant Mamoswine. This also enables Meloetta to act as a revenge killer against Dark- and Fighting-types. However, Meloetta completely misses out on the extra damage potential and is unable to wallbreak.
Maximum The Speed EVs can instead be be put into HP to increase Meloetta's bulk. EVs can be invested into HP instead of Speed to increase Meloetta's bulk. (implementation error it seems) A Timid nature can be used instead of a Modest nature to outspeed Jolly Gyarados, Mamoswine, and Timid Nidoking; however, Meloetta needs a Modest nature in order to wallbreak.

Usage Tips
========

This set allows
for Meloetta to function as a hard-hitting wallbreaker, but status effects such as poison, burn, and paralysis can cripple its Meloetta's effectiveness as a wallbreaker. It can be brought in early-game to dent the opposing team and break down physical walls. Meloetta can also come into weak special attacks, creating an opportunity for it to deal enormous damage, so it should be played aggressively. Keep Meloetta healthy if there is an opposing threat it needs to check such as Mew or Clefable.

Team Options
========

Mega Lopunny helps against Dark-type Pokemon with its Fighting-type STAB moves. It can provide chip damage with Fake Out and deal with Pokemon such as Chansey, which otherwise walls Meloetta. Mega Lopunny can also switch into a predicted Knock Off to sponge the attack. Porygon2 is a great switch-in for physical attackers due to Eviolite and can spread status with moves such as Thunder Wave and Toxic, allowing Meloetta to wallbreak more effectively. Staraptor and Mega Pidgeot can help against Bug-types such as Volcarona, Mega Scizor, and Mega Pinsir. Diggersby is a great physical wallbreaker that complements Meloetta's special attacks. Ditto's ability Imposter allows it to threaten many setup sweepers that tend to set up on Choice-locked Meloetta. Chansey helps absorb status moves aimed at Meloetta with Natural Cure and also set up Stealth Rock to get chip damage on opposing Pokemon so that Meloetta can KO them more easily, especially Pokemon with a Focus Sash. Smeargle can set up entry hazards such as Sticky Web and Stealth Rock for Meloetta as well. Sticky Web is especially useful because it can help Meloetta outspeed the foe. Together, Meloetta and Mega Pidgeot grant Normal teams double the offensive pressure put on the opposing team.

[SET]
name: Substitute + Calm Mind (Normal)
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Calm Mind
move 3: Psyshock
move 4: Shadow Ball / Focus Blast
item: Leftovers
ability: Serene Grace
nature: Timid
evs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Substitute keeps Meloetta from being affected by any status moves and allows it to safely set up Calm Mind. Calm Mind boosts Meloetta's Special Attack and Special Defense by one stage, making its attacks more powerful while also granting
increased bulk against special attackers. Psyshock is Meloetta's main STAB move, which (it's the only STAB move here, so this means little) helps it Meloetta break through special walls and hit Chansey. Shadow Ball hits Ghost- and Psychic-types such as Sableye, Chandelure, Mega Gardevoir, and Mega Medicham super effectively. It also hits Steel-types, which resist Psyshock, (AC) such as Heatran, Skarmory, and Jirachi. However, Shadow Ball leaves Meloetta unable to threaten Dark-type Pokemon. Focus Blast can be used instead to provide coverage against Dark-, Ice-, Normal-, and Steel-types such as Bisharp, Avalugg, Chansey, and Ferrothorn at the cost of coverage for Ghost- and Psychic-types.

Set Details
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Maximum HP EVs grant Meloetta more bulk. This also prevents Chansey from breaking Meloetta's Substitute with Seismic Toss, making it a great target to set up Calm Mind on. Maximum Speed EVs along with a Timid nature maximize Meloetta's Speed,
letting it outspeeding Jolly Gyarados, Excadrill, and Timid Heatran. The remaining EVs are invested into Special Attack to increase damage output. Leftovers provides is needed for Meloetta to gain passive recovery each turn, increasing to prolong its longevity and giving give it more opportunities to set up Substitute. Serene Grace increases the chance to activate the secondary effects of Shadow Ball and Focus Blast.

Usage Tips
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This set has Meloetta function as a Calm Mind sweeper. Depending on which coverage move Meloetta is using, make sure to eliminate threats that resist it. For example, if Meloetta has Shadow Ball instead of Focus Blast and battles against a Dark-type team, it needs to rely on its partners such as Mega Lopunny to clear the field of the opposing Pokemon. Meloetta should usually set up Substitute on predicted status-inflicting moves, as they can cripple its sweeping capabilities. Meloetta can also use Substitute to its advantage against specially defensive Pokemon such as Chansey. A fallen teammate provides a good opportunity for switching in so that
Meloetta doesn't take any damage upon doing so. Meloetta would needs to avoid status moves as much as possible, as when inflicted, its sweeping capabilities will be ruined. It's not always recommended to use Meloetta early-game, as this set serves more as a late-game wincon, which means it should be kept healthy. Meloetta can, however, set up early-game if its checks have already fainted.

Team Options
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Entry hazard removers such as Staraptor keep Meloetta from taking damage when switching in. Meloetta will have trouble against Dark-types, which Mega Lopunny can handle. Similarly, Mega Pidgeot can eliminate pesky Bug-types for Meloetta such as Volcarona and Mega Scizor. Diggersby can help wallbreak against specially bulky Pokemon such as Zapdos and Chansey for Meloetta. Chansey and Porygon2 can help wear down walls with Toxic or by inflicting paralysis with moves such as Thunder Wave and Discharge, which assists Meloetta in setting up. Chansey can also set up Stealth Rock to rack up chip damage for Meloetta.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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**Normal:**

Dazzling Gleam gives Meloetta coverage to hit Dark-, Dragon-, and Fighting-types such as Mandibuzz, Dragonite, Latias, Latios, and Keldeo super effectively; however, Dazzling Gleam is redundant due to the other coverage moves Meloetta has, and many Dragon-types can take a lot of damage from Choice Specs-boosted Hyper Voice. Thunderbolt can target Flying- and Water-types such as Skarmory and Gyarados. Hidden Power Fire is mainly used against Steel-types, especially Mega Scizor and Ferrothorn. Assault Vest increases Meloetta's special bulk, making it an efficient tank for special attacks. However, Chansey already fills that role, so there are more effective items available. Life Orb is another item possibility that can be used with Calm Mind + 3 attacks, as Meloetta's Psychic-, Fighting-, and Ghost-type coverage moves hit the entire metagame for neutral damage, providing another option for those looking to do some extra damage at the cost of some health. Trick can be used as a way to cripple defensive Pokemon such as Mew, Chansey, Mandibuzz, and Ferrothorn.

Checks and Counters
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**Normal:**

**Dark-types**: Meloetta has a huge problem against Dark-types and has to rely on Focus Blast to KO them, which poses a significant risk due to Focus Blast's low accuracy. Meloetta can easily faint to a STAB Knock Off or be KOed by other attacks such as Bisharp's Sucker Punch.

**Status and Residual Damage**: Status effects, such as burn, poison, and paralysis, greatly hinder Meloetta's presence on the field. With no reliable recovery options, Meloetta's longevity gets cut short from burn and poison and it becomes outsped by most other Pokemon if paralyzed. Meloetta also can't afford to switch into entry hazards such as Spikes, Stealth Rock, and Toxic Spikes either because it has no reliable recovery, which limits its opportunities to switch in.

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: Specially defensive Pokemon such as Chansey, Zapdos
, (AC) Umbreon, and Cradily can tank several of Choice Specs Meloetta's special attacks. Chansey can inflict Meloetta with status conditions from either Thunder Wave or Toxic and proceed to KO it with Seismic Toss while recovering health with from Soft-Boiled. Umbreon can stall out Meloetta with Wish + Toxic while KOing it with Foul Play. Cradily can also stall with Toxic + Recover, (AC) and Zapdos has access to Toxic + Roost. However, they need to be wary of Calm Mind Meloetta, as they're poor checks to that set. They also must watch out for Meloetta that carry Trick.

**Revenge Killers**: Because of Meloetta's base 90 Speed, it's easily outpaced by Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Kyurem-B, Diggersby, and Victini. Bisharp is able to easily OHKO Meloetta with Sucker Punch, as
are Victini with a powerful STAB V-create, Kyurem-B with Outrage, and Choice Scarf Diggersby with Knock Off.
 

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