Copyediting Nihilego Revamp [GP 1/2]

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[OVERVIEW]

By virtue of its unique typing, great Special Attack and Speed, and vast movepool with coverage and utility, Nihilego carves a niche for itself in UU as a customizable offensive force whose tools can be tailored to its team's needs. Its access to Stealth Rock and Toxic Spikes can allow it to function as a reliable offensive entry hazard setter, using its typing and coverage to threaten out many common entry hazard removers, though it also has the option of running moves such as Protect and Acid Spray to more easily work around its checks. Thanks to its typing, coverage, and Speed, Nihilego can also utilize Choice Scarf to revenge kill several of the tier's threatening forces, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Altaria, Terrakion, and Celebi. Moreover, its excellent special bulk for an offensive Pokemon can allow it to sponge weaker or resisted special attacks well, take on Flying-types like Moltres and Togekiss, and blanket check foes like Gengar, Mega Manectric, and Choice Scarf Hydreigon if need be. Unfortunately, Nihilego is at times held back by its terrible physical bulk, which allows the tier's several faster physical threats, including Cobalion and Zeraora, to easily take advantage of it. This also leaves it vulnerable to Pursuit and powerful priority attacks, most notably Scizor's Bullet Punch. It's also unable to power through the tier's surplus of Ground- and Steel-types with its STAB moves alone, which allows most to tank a hit and KO Nihilego with super effective attacks. Nihilego can also struggle to break through a few key defensive Pokemon in the metagame, such as Blissey, Mega Steelix, and Gligar, complicating its wallbreaking capabilities. Lastly, while Nihilego's Speed and typing provide plentiful perks, they also leave it outran and overwhelmed by a few tier staples, such as Terrakion, Latias, and Cobalion.

[SET]
name: 3 Attacks
move 1: Sludge Wave
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Grass Knot / Power Gem
move 4: Stealth Rock / Protect / Toxic Spikes
item: Electrium Z / Black Sludge / Life Orb
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Thunderbolt provides coverage against troublesome bulky Water-types such as Empoleon, Slowbro, and Tentacruel. With Electrium Z, it turns into a powerful Gigavolt Havoc capable of OHKOing the aforementioned Water-types after some chip damage while heavily damaging Steel-types like Scizor, Bisharp, and Cobalion. Grass Knot nails various Ground-types that could otherwise wall Nihilego, like Krookodile, Hippowdon, and Swampert. Power Gem is an option over Grass Knot, sacrificing Ground-type coverage for a STAB attack capable of hitting Fire-types and Ice-types like Rotom-H, Kyurem, and Chandelure super effectively while hitting Scizor harder than Thunderbolt. It can also hit Flying-types harder than Thunderbolt, KOing Moltres and Tornadus in one hit. Nihilego can set Stealth Rock as it forces switches, punishing the opponent's switches with chip damage. Protect can be used in tandem with Black Sludge to scout for moves on Choice-locked Pokemon, like Choice Band Scizor and Terrakion and Choice Scarf Krookodile, while passively restoring Nihilego's HP. Toxic Spikes can also be set on forced switches, racking up poison damage on foes as they come in. Acid Spray is another option in the fourth slot, allowing Nihilego to force switches and generate momentum by decreasing its switch-ins' special bulk. Thunder can be run in place of Thunderbolt to more easily power through Gigavolt Havoc's targets, requiring notably less chip damage to OHKO Empoleon and Tentacruel while always OHKOing Bisharp after Stealth Rock. However, it has limited use outside of this due to its shaky accuracy despite its higher power. Hidden Power Ice covers Gligar, Nidoqueen, and Nidoking, which otherwise sponge anything Nihilego can throw at them, though its limited coverage outside of this makes it an often suboptimal option.

Set Details
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Electrium Z lets Nihilego lure and KO several Water- and Steel-types, such as Tentacruel, Empoleon, Doublade, and Bisharp, punishing them with heavy damage. Black Sludge should be run as Nihilego's item if it's using Protect in order to passively restore its HP as it scouts foes' attacks. It can also be used if another teammate is using a Z-Move and longevity is preferred over power. Life Orb is another option if another teammate is running a Z-Move, putting power behind Nihilego's moves and notably allowing it to OHKO Primarina with Sludge Wave and 2HKO Empoleon with Thunderbolt. It can complicate Nihilego's entry hazard-setting capabilities by cutting into its longevity, however. Beast Boost allows Nihilego to increase its Special Attack upon netting KOs. An EV spread of 80 HP / 176 SpA / 252 Spe allows Nihilego to boost its Speed instead of its Special Attack with Beast Boost, though this can notably cut into its damage output at times, preventing it from reliably OHKOing Swampert with Grass Knot, for instance.

Usage Tips
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If Nihilego is running Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes, it should attempt to set them early-game in order to immediately apply pressure to the opposing team. It should do this against special attackers that can't hit it hard, like Moltres, Mega Houndoom, and Rotom-H, or against passive defensive Pokemon like Alomomola and Florges. After setting entry hazards, Nihilego should capitalize on its good coverage and power to try punching holes in opposing teams. Later on in the game, when its checks have been removed or weakened, Nihilego can try cleaning up thanks to its decent Speed and Beast Boost, especially if it is running the investment necessary to receive a Speed boost. If Protect is being ran in the fourth slot, it should be used against potential Choice item Pokemon like Scizor, Krookodile, and Hydreigon to scout for their attack. This also allows it to passively restore health with Black Sludge. If Toxic Spikes is being used, Nihilego should only set one layer against offensive teams, as most Pokemon on these teams won't stay in play long, making consistent poison damage an easy method of quickly chipping them down. Against defensive teams, however, two layers should be set in order to rack up poison damage over time against the passive Pokemon often found on these builds. Electrium Z is best activated against offensive Steel-types and bulky Water-types, such as Bisharp and Mega Slowbro, as otherwise these Pokemon would be able to tank a hit and pressure Nihilego. Prediction is important in securing KOs against Pokemon that could tank a hit and KO Nihilego. For instance, if a Ground-type like Hippowdon or Krookodile is expected to switch in, Nihilego should try nabbing them with Grass Knot on the switch in order to secure the 2HKO without taking any damage itself. Nihilego shouldn't stay in on physical attackers that it can't outrun or KO, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Steelix, and Mega Aggron, due to its awful physical bulk. It should also look out for powerful priority attacks from foes like Scizor, Bisharp, and Crawdaunt, Choice Scarf users like Infernape and Krookodile, and Pursuit from the aforementioned Scizor, Bisharp, and Krookodile.

Team Options
========

Nihilego fits well onto several different archetypes, ranging from hyper offense to stall, thanks to the useful offensive and defensive utility it provides to teams it's placed on. It also matches up well against various stallbreakers, such as Gengar, Togekiss, and Chandelure. If Nihilego is running Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes, setup sweepers like Latias, Mega Altaria, and Lucario appreciate its ability to chip down opposing teams. The latter two appreciate its ability to deal with Moltres as well. Wallbreakers like Mamoswine, Crawdaunt, and Volcanion also enjoy its entry hazard support for this reason. If Nihilego wishes to forego entry hazards for Protect, other setters like Mega Aggron and Hippowdon, which can additionally support Nihilego with Sand Steam, can let it more comfortably do so while also allowing Nihilego to more easily muscle past opposing Pokemon. Steel-type checks like Infernape, Suicune, and Moltres can weaken or entirely remove a few particularly troublesome answers to Nihilego, such as Mega Aggron, Mega Steelix, and Klefki. Ground-type answers, such as Tsareena, Celebi, and Primarina, can also be important for easing Nihilego's matchups against them while also potentially allowing it to more comfortably run Power Gem. Pivots like Zeraora and Hydreigon can bring Nihilego in more easily, since it at times won't be able to comfortably come into play on account of its poor Defense. Pokemon capable of tanking a few physical attacks, like Gligar, Doublade, and Cobalion, can help Nihilego more easily circumvent its physical frailty. In return, Nihilego can reliably come in on a few troublesome special attackers for the aforementioned teammates to face, such as Mega Manectric and Celebi. Pokemon that appreciate a sturdy check to Fairy-types, such as Hydreigon, Latias, and Haxorus, benefit from Nihilego's support. Kommo-o particularly pairs up well with Nihilego, appreciating its ability to check Fairy- and Flying-types, checking Steel-types for it in return, and benefiting immensely from its Toxic Spikes support if being used. Specially frail Pokemon can also benefit from Nihilego's ability to blanket check a few important special attackers, meaning the likes of Bisharp and Slowbro will often appreciate it as a teammate.

[SET]
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Power Gem
move 2: Sludge Wave
move 3: Grass Knot
move 4: Thunderbolt / Dazzling Gleam
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Grass Knot allows Nihilego to revenge kill the likes of Terrakion, Krookodile, and Adamant Mega Sharpedo, though the former two often require some chip damage to KO. It is also Nihilego's best source of damage against Mega Blastoise, Suicune, and Ground-types like Mamoswine and Hippowdon. Thunderbolt damages bulky Water-types like Alomomola, Empoleon, and Tentacruel more than any of Nihilego's other attacks while letting it revenge kill offensive Starmie after some chip damage. It also adequately damages offensive Steel-types like Lucario and Bisharp, 2HKOing both after minor chip damage. Dazzling Gleam allows Nihilego to KO Hydreigon and Kommo-o in one hit while dealing heavy damage to wallbreakers like Heracross and Haxorus. It can also reliably 2HKO Latias after Stealth Rock damage. Toxic Spikes can be used to allow Nihilego to set an entry hazard as an opposing Pokemon that walls it switches in, punishing the opposing team with poison damage. It can also try bluffing a hazard-setting set, though this is often a situational and risky strategy, and the moves themselves cost coverage.

Set Details
========

Choice Scarf allows Nihilego to function as a revenge killer, capable of removing fast threats like Mega Aerodactyl, +1 Mega Altaria, and Mega Beedrill. Beast Boost increases Nihilego's threat level by boosting its Special Attack every time it KOes a foe.

Usage Tips
========

This set should be used to revenge kill various tier sweepers, such as +1 Mega Altaria, Celebi, and Togekiss, after they've sustained some residual damage. It also revenge kills faster threats like Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Manectric, and Zeraora after some prior damage. Since Nihilego often can't directly switch into most of the Pokemon it revenge kills, it will have to come into play as its targeted sweeper is setting up, after a teammate has fainted, or through the support of a pivot, though the first strategy is by far the riskiest. Nihilego can, however, come in on several special attackers that can't hit it super effectively, such as Gengar, Mega Manectric, Moltres, and Mega Pidgeot, as well as passive attackers like Alomomola and Sylveon. Due to Choice Scarf locking Nihilego into one attack, it is important to predict properly so as not to provide the opponent free turns. Nailing Ground-types on the switch with Grass Knot and hitting bulky Water-types with Thunderbolt are examples of how to accomplish this. Nihilego must also look out for Pursuit from Pokemon like Krookodile and Pokemon that can take advantage of it to set up, like Latias and Cobalion. Nabbing these foes with a super effective attack on the switch or, in Cobalion's case, doubling out of play or switching out as it begins to set up is the best way for Nihilego to minimize any potential harm done to its team. Nihilego should be wary of priority moves from Pokemon like Bisharp, Scizor, Infernape, and Crawdaunt, as its poor Defense will cause it to sustain major damage from their attacks, which will complicate its role.

Team Options
========

This set is a comfortable fit on offensive teams in need of a fast revenge killer. Setup sweepers and cleaners, like Bulk Up Zeraora and Mega Sharpedo, appreciate Nihilego's ability to revenge kill opposing sweepers for them to more easily do their job late-game. Pokemon with poor or shaky special bulk, like Doublade and Mega Slowbro, also value Nihilego as a teammate thanks to its ability to blanket check many of the tier's special attackers. Pokemon in need of Fairy-type checks as teammates, like Kommo-o and Haxorus, often welcome Nihilego's ability to offensively threaten most of them. Pokemon weak to Flying-types, like Chesnaught, Celebi, and most Fighting-types, enjoy Nihilego as a teammate as well. Entry hazard setters such as Azelf, Mamoswine, and Klefki are helpful teammates for Nihilego, allowing it to more easily power through foes thanks to the additional chip damage. Steel-type checks like Chesnaught, Volcanion, and Infernape are also appreciated by Nihilego for their ability to weaken some of this set's sturdier switch-ins, like Cobalion and Mega Aggron. Ground-immune Pokemon can also be important due to Nihilego's weakness to Pokemon like Gligar and Nidoking, making Hydreigon, Latias, and Togekiss worthwhile teammates. Powerful wallbreakers like Terrakion and Primarina can weaken foes for Nihilego and help circumvent its occasional power problems. Pivots reliably bring Nihilego into play if its opportunities to switch in are limited, making U-turn Infernape and Rotom-C good options for partners. Pursuit trappers like Mega Aerodactyl and Alolan Muk can weaken or remove a few troublesome Pokemon for Nihilego to match up against at times, such as Latias and Starmie.

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

Rockium Z is a powerful Z-Move option capable of dealing heavy damage to conventional checks in Gligar and Scizor while dealing strong neutral damage. However, it doesn't hit a particularly wide variety of targets compared to Gigavolt Havoc and often doesn't provide the same value as the utility or power that will come with Black Sludge or Life Orb. Nihilego can run both Protect and an entry hazard on a set, allowing it to both scout attacks from foes while setting entry hazards, though this often exacerbates its tendency to be strapped for coverage options. Choice Specs turns Nihilego into a formidable wallbreaker with great coverage, though this makes it easier to reliably revenge kill, as it doesn't particularly enjoy being locked into any of its attacks and has a slightly exploitable Speed tier. Pain Split gives Nihilego a stronger matchup against specially defensive Pokemon like Blissey and Alolan Muk and also gives it a form of recovery, but it is often too hard to fit over more consistently useful options. Hidden Power Fire covers the omnipresent Scizor, though since it already takes healthy damage from Power Gem and Gigavolt Havoc, it often isn't worth the trouble.

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

**Steel-types**: Most Steel-types resist Nihilego's STAB combination and can KO it with super effective attacks. Klefki and Mega Aggron often can't be 2HKOed by Gigavolt Havoc into Thunderbolt and can threaten Nihilego with paralysis and STAB Heavy Slam, respectively. Cobalion, Doublade, and Lucario are all more susceptible to strong neutral attacks but can still force Nihilego out and garner opportunities to set up in the process. Mega Steelix is particularly troublesome, as it is immune to Gigavolt Havoc, doesn't take heavy damage from anything Nihilego can hit it with, and carries two STAB attacks capable of OHKOing Nihilego from full HP. Assault Vest variants of Bisharp are also often annoying, as they don't take very much damage from Nihilego's moves while threatening it with Iron Head and Pursuit.

**Ground-types**: Several Ground-types resist Nihilego's STAB combination, making them sturdy checks. Although Krookodile, Swampert, and Hippowdon have to look out for Grass Knot on the switch, they can take the attack once while OHKOing Nihilego in return with STAB Earthquake. Nidoking and Nidoqueen both resist Nihilego's STAB combination and aren't hit hard by its coverage options, making them reliable answers. Gligar must look out for the rare Continental Crush into a Power Gem, though otherwise it can't be 2HKOed by Nihilego and can OHKO it or take advantage of it for free turns.

**Fast Physical Attackers**: Nihilego's poor Defense allows heavy-hitting, fast physical attackers to overwhelm it. Examples include Terrakion, Zeraora, and Mega Aerodactyl as well as physical Choice Scarf users like Infernape and Krookodile.

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: The likes of Blissey and Mega Steelix can repeatedly tank hits from Nihilego while threatening it with Seismic Toss and Earthquake, respectively. Assault Vest variants of Alolan Muk and Bisharp can also tank multiple hits while trapping Nihilego with Pursuit. Empoleon must look out for Gigavolt Havoc but otherwise is only 3HKOed by Thunderbolt, so it can Defog Nihilego's entry hazards away or wear it down with Scald.

**Strong Priority**: Nihilego's pitiful physical bulk allows Scizor, Bisharp, Choice Band Infernape, and Crawdaunt to heavily damage or outright KO it with their respective priority moves.
 
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[OVERVIEW]

* By virtue of its unique typing, great Special Attack and Speed, and vast coverage and utility movepools, Nihilego carves a niche for itself in UU as a customizable offensive force that's tools can be tailored to its team's needs.
* Its access to Stealth Rock and Toxic Spikes can allow it to function as a reliable offensive entry hazard setter, though it also has the option of running moves such as Protect and Acid Spray to more easily work around its checks. (Maybe here or add another point about how good it is at pressuring most of the common hazard removal options in UU due to it's immunity to Toxic, coverage, and speed).
* Thanks to its typing, coverage, and Speed, Nihilego can also utilize Choice Scarf to revenge kill several of the tier's threatening forces, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Altaria, Terrakion, and Celebi.
* Moreover, its excellent special bulk for an offensive Pokemon can allow it to sponge weaker or resisted special attacks well, take on Flying-types like Moltres and Togekiss, and blanket check foes like Gengar, Mega Manectric, and Choice Scarf Hydreigon if need be.
* Unfortunately, Nihilego is at times held back by its terrible physical bulk, which allows the tier's several faster physical threats, including Cobalion and Zeraora, to easily take advantage of it. This also leaves it vulnerable to Pursuit and powerful priority attacks, most notably Scizor's Bullet Punch.
* It's also unable to power through the tier's surplus of Ground- and Steel-types with its STAB moves alone, which allows most to tank a hit and KO Nihilego with super effective attacks.
* Nihilego can also struggle to break through a few key defensive Pokemon in the metagame, such as Blissey, Amoonguss, and Gligar, complicating its wallbreaking capabilities. (Nihilego 1v1s Amoonguss, it's really only afraid of Spore and takes next to nothing from it's attacking moves while chunking around 40 w/ Sludge Wave, replace this with like Mega Aggron).
* Lastly, while Nihilego's Speed and typing provide plentiful perks, they also leave it outrun and overwhelmed by a few tier staples, such as Terrakion, Latias, and Mega Sharpedo. (Adamant shark isn't that crazy of a thing so ig it's a shaky example, replace with Cobalion just to be safe uwu).

[SET]
name: 3 Attacks
move 1: Sludge Wave
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Grass Knot / Power Gem
move 4: Stealth Rock / Protect / Toxic Spikes
item: Electrium Z / Black Sludge / Life Orb
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Thunderbolt provides coverage against troublesome bulky Water-types such as Empoleon, Slowbro, and Tentacruel. With Electrium Z, it turns into a powerful Gigavolt Havoc capable of OHKOing the aforementioned Water-types after some chip damage while heavily damaging Steel-types like Scizor, Bisharp, and Cobalion.
* Grass Knot nails various Ground-types that could otherwise wall Nihilego, like Krookodile, Hippowdon, and Swampert.
* Power Gem is an option over Grass Knot, sacrificing Ground-type coverage for a STAB attack capable of hitting Fire-types and Ice-types like Rotom-H, Kyurem, and Chandelure super effectively. It can also hit Flying-types harder than Thunderbolt, KOing Moltres and Tornadus in one hit.
* Stealth Rock is an entry hazard that Nihilego can set as it forces switches, punishing the opponent's switches with chip damage.
* Protect can be used in tandem with Black Sludge to scout for moves on Choice-locked Pokemon, like Choice Band Scizor and Terrakion and Choice Scarf Krookodile, while passively restoring Nihilego's HP with Leftovers. (You mean Black Sludge).
* Toxic Spikes can also be set on forced switches, racking up Poison damage on foes as they come in.
* Acid Spray is another option in the fourth slot, allowing Nihilego to more easily power through Pokemon like Amoonguss and Tentacruel by decreasing their Special Defense. (No one hards Amoonguss into Nihilego unless they're gonna pivot off it anyways so I don't really like this example, especially since (as i said earlier) you beat Amoonguss anyways w/o much difficulty. Acid Spray is used most of the time on forced switches making this thing extremely irritating to switch into and forcing even more switches. Gligar can be a good example in place of Amoonguss because Power Gem does 112 max after Acid Spray).
* Thunder can be run in place of Thunderbolt to more easily power through Gigavolt Havoc's targets. However, it has limited use outside of this due to its shaky accuracy despite its higher power.
* Hidden Power Ice covers Gligar, which otherwise sponges anything Nihilego can throw at it, though its limited coverage outside of this makes it an often suboptimal option.

Set Details
========

* Electrium Z lures several Water- and Steel-types, such as Tentacruel, Empoleon, Doublade, and Bisharp, punishing them with heavy damage.
* Toxic Spikes (I think you mean Black Sludge) should be run as Nihilego's item if it's using Protect in order to passively restore its HP as it scouts foes' attacks. (I don't think you should only use this w/ Protect. Longevity can be important for some teams so talk about how you can run this if you don't have the option for z move and value the longevity > extra damage of LO).
* Life Orb is an option if another teammate is running a Z-move, putting power behind Nihilego's moves and notably allowing it to OHKO Primarina with Sludge Wave and 2HKO Empoleon with Thunderbolt. It can complicate Nihilego's entry hazard setting capabilities by cutting into its longevity, however.
* Beast Boost allows Nihilego to increase its Special Attack upon netting KOes.
- (Most definitely add a point about the speed boosting EV spread which is 80 Hp / 176 SpA / 252 Spe w/ Timid nature).

Usage Tips
========

* If Nihilego is running Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes, it should attempt to set them early-game in order to immediately apply pressure to the opposing team. It should do this against special attackers that can't hit it hard, like Moltres, Mega Manectric, and Gengar, or against passive defensive Pokemon like Alomomola and Florges. (The Gengar mention is shaky because Gengar is capable of beating you 1 on 1 if you stop to set hazards so casually on it. Rotom-H would probably be a better example).
* After setting entry hazards, Nihilego should capitalize on its good coverage and power to try punching holes in opposing teams. Later on in the game, when its checks have been removed or weakened, Nihilego can try cleaning up thanks to its decent Speed and Beast Boost.
* If Protect is being run in the fourth slot, it should be used against potentially Choiced Pokemon like Scizor, Krookodile, and Hydreigon to scout for their attack. This also allows it to passively restore health with Black Sludge.
* If Toxic Spikes is being used, Nihilego should only set one layer against offensive teams, as most Pokemon on these teams won't stay in play long, making consistent poison damage an easy method of quickly chipping them down. Against defensive teams, however, two layers should be set in order to rack up bad poison damage against the passive Pokemon often found on these builds.
* Electrium Z is best activated against offensive Steel-types and bulky Water-types, such as Bisharp and Mega Slowbro, respectively, as otherwise these Pokemon would be able to tank a hit and pressure Nihilego.
* Prediction is important in securing KOes against Pokemon that could tank a hit and KO Nihilego. For instance, if a Ground-type like Hippowdon or Krookodile is expected to switch in, Nihilego should try nabbing them with Grass Knot on the switch in order to secure the 2HKO without taking any damage itself.
* Nihilego shouldn't stay in on physical attackers that it can't KO, such as Gligar, Mega Steelix, and Mega Aggron, due to its awful physical bulk.
* It should also look out for powerful priority attacks from foes like Scizor, Bisharp, and Crawdaunt, Choice Scarf users like Krookodile and Hydreigon, and Pursuit from the aforementioned Scizor, Bisharp, and Krookodile. (This Hydreigon mention is weird since you mentioned it's ability to blanket check it earlier in the analysis. Maybe replace it with Infernape).

Team Options
========

* Nihilego fits well onto offensive teams that appreciate its specially offensive prowess, as well as its potential hazard setting or scouting capabilities. (This is kinda weird, I've built with nihi 64 times in sm uu (just checked) and the vast majority of the time it's because of both it's offensive (pressuring common hazard removal) and defensive capabilities (switching into birds and fairies) and it can definitely fit on p much every playstyle including even stall).
* If Nihilego is running Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes, setup sweepers like Latias, Mega Altaria, and Lucario appreciate its ability to chip down opposing teams. (Mention how the latter two love it's ability to answer Moltres as well since that's a common reason I add Nihilego to a team) Wallbreakers like Mamoswine, Crawdaunt, and Volcanion also enjoy its entry hazard support for this reason.
* If Nihilego wishes to forego Stealth Rock for Protect (or tspikes), other setters like Mega Aggron and Krookodile (why specifically Krook? Try Hippo instead since it just makes more sense and is neat with sandstorm, Krook seems random) can let it more comfortably do so while also allowing Nihilego to more easily muscle past opposing Pokemon.
* Steel-type checks like Infernape, Suicune, and Moltres can weaken or entirely remove a few particularly troublesome answers to Nihilego, such as Mega Aggron, Mega Steelix, and Klefki. (I think Scizor definitely deserves a mention).
* Ground-type answers, such as Tsareena, Celebi, and Primarina, can also be important for easing Nihilego's matchups against them while also potentially allowing it to more comfortably run Power Gem.
* Pivots like Zeraora and Hydreigon can bring Nihilego in more easily, since it at times won't be able to comfortably come into play on account of its poor Defense.
* Pokemon capable of tanking a few physical attacks if need be, like Cobalion, Doublade, and Mega Blastoise (mblast feels super random here considering it's hardly a blanket check to physical mons due to it's solid water typing and poor Hp stat and no recovery on top of that. Gligar might be a better mention, especially since you have two mons that can't switch into EQ as the other two examples), can help Nihilego more easily circumvent its physical frailty. In return, Nihilego can reliably come in on a few troublesome special attackers for the aforementioned teammates to face, such as Mega Manectric (since hp ice is p much the dominant 4th move on mmane still, you can keep this even w/ an elec immunity being added as an example in Gligar) and Celebi.
* Pokemon that appreciate a sturdy check to Fairy-types, such as Hydreigon, Kommo-o, and Haxorus, benefit from Nihilego's support. (I want Kommo-o to get a point of it's own just cause it's literally so good with nihi whether it's rocks set or dd. It can setup rocks/dd off pursuit, loves the flying resist and fairy resist that nihi brings, and LOVES the tspikes/rocks support. It's also not so easy for Scizor to revenge like other dragons are due to it's decently high defense stat and neutral STAB coverage).
* Specially frail Pokemon can also benefit from Nihilego's ability to blanket check a few important special attackers, meaning the likes of Bisharp and Slowbro will often appreciate it as a teammate.
- (Briefly mention how it can fit on stall builds due to it's ability to reliably set hazards while checking a lot of the tier's stallbreakers in Gengar, Chandelure, Mega Pidgeot, and Togekiss).

[SET]
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Power Gem
move 2: Sludge Wave
move 3: Grass Knot
move 4: Thunderbolt / Dazzling Gleam
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Grass Knot allows Nihilego to revenge kill the likes of Terrakion, Krookodile, and Adamant Mega Sharpedo, though the former two often require some chip damage. It is also Nihilego's best source of damage against Mega Blastoise, Suicune, and Ground-types like Mamoswine and Hippowdon.
* Thunderbolt damages bulky Water-types like Alomomola, Empoleon, and Tentacruel more than any of Nihilego's other attacks while letting it revenge kill offensive Starmie after some chip damage. It also adequately damages offensive Steel-types like Lucario and Bisharp, 2HKOing both after minor chip.
* Dazzling Gleam allows Nihilego to KO Hydreigon and Kommo-o in one hit while dealing heavy damage to wallbreakers like Heracross and Haxorus. It can also reliably 2HKO Latias after Stealth Rock damage.
* Toxic Spikes can be used to try bluffing a hazard setting set, though this is often a situational and risky strategy and costs coverage. (I mean it's not just for bluffing, it's like "oh shit they're gonna go hard into that thing that completely walls me entirely, might as well get up a tspike" tspikes are good in some matchups and nice to have, so maybe reflect that here).

Set Details
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* Choice Scarf allows Nihilego to function as a revenge killer, capable of removing fast threats like Mega Aerodactyl, +1 Mega Altaria, and Mega Beedrill.
* Beast Boost increases Nihilego's threat level by boosting its Special Attack every time it KOes a foe.

Usage Tips
========

* This set should be used to revenge kill various tier sweepers, such as +1 Mega Altaria, Celebi, and Togekiss, after they've sustained some residual damage. It also revenge kills faster threats like Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Manectric, and Zeraora after some prior damage.
* Since Nihilego often can't directly switch into most of the Pokemon it revenge kills, it will have to come into play as its targeted sweeper is setting up, after a teammate has fainted, or through the support of a pivot, though the former strategy is by far the riskiest.
* Nihilego can, however, come in on several special attackers that can't hit it super effectively, such as Gengar, Mega Manectric, Moltres, and Mega Pidgeot, as well as passive attackers like Alomomola and Sylveon.
* Due to Choice Scarf locking Nihilego onto one attack, it is important to predict properly so as not to provide the opponent with free turns. Nailing Ground-types on the switch with Grass Knot and hitting bulky Water-types with Thunderbolt are examples of how to accomplish this.
* Nihilego must also look out for Pursuit from Pokemon like Krookodile and for Pokemon that can abuse it to set up, like Latias and Cobalion. Nabbing these foes with a super effective attack on the switch or, in Cobalion's case, doubling out of play or switching out as they begin setup is the best way for Nihilego to minimize any potential harm done to its team.
* Nihilego should be wary of priority from Pokemon like Bisharp, Scizor, Infernape, and Crawdaunt, as its poor physical defense will cause it to sustain major damage from their attacks which will complicate its role.

Team Options
========

* This set is a comfortable fit on offensive teams in need of a fast revenge killer.
* Setup sweepers and cleaners, like Bulk Up Zeraora and Mega Sharpedo, appreciate Nihilego's ability to revenge kill opposing sweepers for them to more easily do their job late-game.
* Pokemon with poor or shaky special bulk, like Doublade and Mega Slowbro, also value Nihilego as a teammate thanks to its ability to blanket check many of the tier's special attackers if need be.
* Pokemon in need of Fairy-type checks as teammates, like Heracross and Mienshao, often welcome Nihilego's ability to offensively threaten most of them. (Just use the same examples as the previous set for this point with the fairy type thing (drei kommo hax). These mons are subpar and would only make building 20x more difficult. Sets are looked at individually anyways).
* Pokemon weak to Flying-types, like Chesnaught, Hippowdon and most Fighting-types, enjoy Nihilego as a teammate as well. (I understand Hippo's only attacking move is EQ but toxic hits the vast majority of flying types, same with them coming in on rocks n shit. Idk why it's here it's really not "weak" to flying types. Replace it with something like Celebi).
* Entry hazard setters such as Azelf, Mamoswine, and Klefki are helpful teammates for Nihilego, allowing it to more easily power through foes thanks to the additional chip damage.
* Steel-type checks like Chesnaught, Volcanion, and Infernape are also appreciated by Nihilego for their ability to weaken some of this set's sturdier switch-ins, like Cobalion and Mega Aggron.
* Ground-type checks can also be important due to Nihilego's weakness to Pokemon like Gligar and Nidoking, making Hydreigon, Latias, and Jellicent worthwhile teammates. (Hydreigon and Latias are sketchy ground checks since Mamoswine hits both easily and neither can really directly pressure grounds while also being scared of toxic. So maybe change them for like Togekiss and Tsareena or some shit, unless you wanna make this point just about "ground immunities" which would be a better way to word it and replace Jellicent with Togekiss).
* Powerful wallbreakers like Terrakion and Primarina can weaken foes for Nihilego and help circumvent its occasional power problems.
* Pivots reliably bring Nihilego into play if its switch-in opportunities are limited, making U-turn Infernape and Rotom-C good options for partners.
* Pursuit trappers like Mega Aerodactyl and Alolan Muk (might as well mention Scizor too, I don't really see why not) can weaken or remove a few troublesome Pokemon for Nihilego to match up against at times, such as Latias and Starmie.

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

* Rockium Z is a powerful Z-move option, capable of dealing heavy damage to conventional checks in Gligar, Scizor, and Amoonguss. However, it doesn't hit a particularly wide variety of targets compared to Gigavolt Havoc, and often doesn't provide the same value as the utility or power that will come with Black Sludge or Life Orb.
* Nihilego can run a dual hazards set with Focus Sash to attempt setting both Toxic Spikes and Stealth Rock early on in the match. Unfortunately, the tier's presence of Defog and Nihilego's worse Speed than most common suicide leads makes this an unreliable strategy.
* Choice Specs turns Nihilego into a formidable wallbreaker with great coverage, though this makes it easier to switch into and reliably revenge kill, as it doesn't particularly enjoy being locked into any of its attacks. ("easier to switch into" is a weird thing to note when talking about something that's a "formidable wallbreaker with great coverage". Could prolly just delete that part).
* Pain Split gives Nihilego a stronger matchup against specially defensive Pokemon like Blissey and Alolan Muk while also giving it a form of recovery, but it is too often hard to fit over more consistently useful options.
* Hidden Power Fire covers the omnipresent Scizor, though since it already takes healthy damage from Power Gem and Gigavolt Havoc, it often isn't worth the trouble.
* Psychic is another coverage option for taking on another common check to Nihilego in Amoonguss, though it usually ends up sacrificing more valuable coverage. (Amoonguss really isn't a check to Nihilego like at all, honestly just delete this point idt i'm ever gonna use Pyschic when you beat all the shit it hits anyways or it's just not worth it).

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

**Steel-types**: Most Steel-types resist Nihilego's STAB combination and can KO it with super effective attacks. Klefki and Mega Aggron often can't be 2HKOed by Gigavolt Havoc into Thunderbolt and can threaten Nihilego with paralysis and STAB Heavy Slam, respectively. Cobalion, Doublade, and Lucario are all more susceptible to strong neutral attacks, but can still force Nihilego out and garner opportunities to set up in the process. Mega Steelix is particularly troublesome, as it is immune to Gigavolt Havoc, doesn't take heavy damage from anything Nihilego can hit it with, and carries two STAB attacks capable of OHKOing Nihilego from full. Assault Vest variants of Bisharp are also often annoying, as they don't take very much damage from Nihilego's moves while threatening it with Iron Head and Pursuit.

**Ground-types**: Several Ground-types also resist Nihilego's STAB combination, making them sturdy checks. Although Krookodile, Swampert, and Hippowdon have to look out for Grass Knot on the switch, they can take the attack once while OHKOing Nihilego in return with STAB Earthquake. Nidoking and Nidoqueen both resist Nihilego's STAB combination and aren't hit hard by its coverage options, making them reliable answers. Gligar must look out for the rare Continental Crush into a Power Gem, though otherwise it can't be 2HKOed by Nihilego and can OHKO it or abuse it for free turns.

**Fast Physical Attackers**: Nihilego's poor Defense allows heavy hitting, fast physical attackers to overwhelm it. Examples include Terrakion, Zeraora, and Mega Aerodactyl, as well as physical Choice Scarf users like Infernape and Krookodile.

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: The likes of Blissey and Amoonguss can repeatedly tank hits from Nihilego while threatening it with Seismic Toss and Spore, respectively. Assault Vest variants of Alolan Muk and Bisharp can also tank multiple hits while trapping Nihilego with Pursuit. Empoleon must look out for Gigavolt Havoc, but otherwise is only 3HKOed by Thunderbolt, allowing it to Defog Nihilego's entry hazards away or wear it down with Scald. (Remove the shit about Amoonguss once again, Spore is the only thing it threatens Nihi with, Nihi wins w/o difficulty even if it chooses to sit there and take the spore while Amoonguss spams Giga Drain, max def Amoonguss is even 2HKOd by Sludge Wave after rocks).

**Strong Priority**: Nihilego's pitiful physical bulk allows Scizor, Bisharp, Choice Band Infernape, and Crawdaunt to heavily damage or outright KO it with their respective priority moves.
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[OVERVIEW]

* By virtue of its unique typing, great Special Attack and Speed, and vast coverage and utility movepools, Nihilego carves a niche for itself in UU as a customizable offensive force that's tools can be tailored to its team's needs.
* Its access to Stealth Rock and Toxic Spikes can allow it to function as a reliable offensive entry hazard setter, using its typing and coverage to threaten out many common removers, though it also has the option of running moves such as Protect and Acid Spray to more easily work around its checks.
* Thanks to its typing, coverage, and Speed, Nihilego can also utilize Choice Scarf to revenge kill several of the tier's threatening forces, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Altaria, Terrakion, and Celebi.
* Moreover, its excellent special bulk for an offensive Pokemon can allow it to sponge weaker or resisted special attacks well, take on Flying-types like Moltres and Togekiss, and blanket check foes like Gengar, Mega Manectric, and Choice Scarf Hydreigon if need be.
* Unfortunately, Nihilego is at times held back by its terrible physical bulk, which allows the tier's several faster physical threats, including Cobalion and Zeraora, to easily take advantage of it. This also leaves it vulnerable to Pursuit and powerful priority attacks, most notably Scizor's Bullet Punch.
* It's also unable to power through the tier's surplus of Ground- and Steel-types with its STAB moves alone, which allows most to tank a hit and KO Nihilego with super effective attacks.
* Nihilego can also struggle to break through a few key defensive Pokemon in the metagame, such as Blissey, Mega Steelix, and Gligar, complicating its wallbreaking capabilities.
* Lastly, while Nihilego's Speed and typing provide plentiful perks, they also leave it outrun and overwhelmed by a few tier staples, such as Terrakion, Latias, and Cobalion.

[SET]
name: 3 Attacks
move 1: Sludge Wave
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Grass Knot / Power Gem
move 4: Stealth Rock / Protect / Toxic Spikes
item: Electrium Z / Black Sludge / Life Orb
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Thunderbolt provides coverage against troublesome bulky Water-types such as Empoleon, Slowbro, and Tentacruel. With Electrium Z, it turns into a powerful Gigavolt Havoc capable of OHKOing the aforementioned Water-types after some chip damage while heavily damaging Steel-types like Scizor, Bisharp, and Cobalion.
* Grass Knot nails various Ground-types that could otherwise wall Nihilego, like Krookodile, Hippowdon, and Swampert.
* Power Gem is an option over Grass Knot, sacrificing Ground-type coverage for a STAB attack capable of hitting Fire-types and Ice-types like Rotom-H, Kyurem, and Chandelure super effectively. It can also hit Flying-types harder than Thunderbolt, KOing Moltres and Tornadus in one hit.
* Stealth Rock is an entry hazard that Nihilego can set as it forces switches, punishing the opponent's switches with chip damage.
* Protect can be used in tandem with Black Sludge to scout for moves on Choice-locked Pokemon, like Choice Band Scizor and Terrakion and Choice Scarf Krookodile, while passively restoring Nihilego's HP.
* Toxic Spikes can also be set on forced switches, racking up Poison damage on foes as they come in.
* Acid Spray is another option in the fourth slot, allowing Nihilego to more easily power through Pokemon like Tentacruel and Gligar by decreasing their Special Defense.
* Thunder can be run in place of Thunderbolt to more easily power through Gigavolt Havoc's targets. However, it has limited use outside of this due to its shaky accuracy despite its higher power.
* Hidden Power Ice covers Gligar, which otherwise sponges anything Nihilego can throw at it, though its limited coverage outside of this makes it an often suboptimal option.

Set Details
========

* Electrium Z lures several Water- and Steel-types, such as Tentacruel, Empoleon, Doublade, and Bisharp, punishing them with heavy damage.
* Black Sludge should be run as Nihilego's item if it's using Protect in order to passively restore its HP as it scouts foes' attacks. It can also be used if another teammate is using a Z-move and longevity is preferred over power.
* Life Orb is another option if another teammate is running a Z-move, putting power behind Nihilego's moves and notably allowing it to OHKO Primarina with Sludge Wave and 2HKO Empoleon with Thunderbolt. It can complicate Nihilego's entry hazard setting capabilities by cutting into its longevity, however.
* Beast Boost allows Nihilego to increase its Special Attack upon netting KOes.
* An EV spread of 80 HP / 176 SpA / 252 Spe allows Nihilego to boost its Speed instead of its Special Attack with Beast Boost, though this can notably cut into its damage output at times.

Usage Tips
========

* If Nihilego is running Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes, it should attempt to set them early-game in order to immediately apply pressure to the opposing team. It should do this against special attackers that can't hit it hard, like Moltres, Mega Manectric, and Rotom-H, or against passive defensive Pokemon like Alomomola and Florges. (I wouldn't mention Mega Manectric here since if you set Stealth Rock against it, if you aren't Black Sludge you lose the 1v1 in the process of doing so. Replace with Mega Houndoom, which doesn't reliably 3HKO and at least is pressured out immediately by a potential Power Gem.)
* After setting entry hazards, Nihilego should capitalize on its good coverage and power to try punching holes in opposing teams. Later on in the game, when its checks have been removed or weakened, Nihilego can try cleaning up thanks to its decent Speed and Beast Boost. (at the end say something like "especially if running 80 HP EVs to get a Speed boost)
* If Protect is being run in the fourth slot, it should be used against potentially Choiced Pokemon like Scizor, Krookodile, and Hydreigon to scout for their attack. This also allows it to passively restore health with Black Sludge.
* If Toxic Spikes is being used, Nihilego should only set one layer against offensive teams, as most Pokemon on these teams won't stay in play long, making consistent poison damage an easy method of quickly chipping them down. Against defensive teams, however, two layers should be set in order to rack up bad poison damage against the passive Pokemon often found on these builds.
* Electrium Z is best activated against offensive Steel-types and bulky Water-types, such as Bisharp and Mega Slowbro, respectively, as otherwise these Pokemon would be able to tank a hit and pressure Nihilego.
* Prediction is important in securing KOes against Pokemon that could tank a hit and KO Nihilego. For instance, if a Ground-type like Hippowdon or Krookodile is expected to switch in, Nihilego should try nabbing them with Grass Knot on the switch in order to secure the 2HKO without taking any damage itself.
* Nihilego shouldn't stay in on physical attackers that it can't KO, such as Gligar, Mega Steelix, and Mega Aggron, due to its awful physical bulk. (It seems odd to mention three defensive Pokemon here as "physical attackers", so I'd replace one of these with Mega Aerodactyl.)
* It should also look out for powerful priority attacks from foes like Scizor, Bisharp, and Crawdaunt, Choice Scarf users like Infernape and Krookodile, and Pursuit from the aforementioned Scizor, Bisharp, and Krookodile.

Team Options
========

* Nihilego fits well onto several different archetypes, ranging from hyper offense to stall, thanks to the useful offensive and defensive utility it provides to teams it's placed on. It also matches up well against various stallbreakers, such as Gengar, Togekiss, and Chandelure.
* If Nihilego is running Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes, setup sweepers like Latias, Mega Altaria, and Lucario appreciate its ability to chip down opposing teams. The latter two appreciate its ability to deal with Moltres as well. Wallbreakers like Mamoswine, Crawdaunt, and Volcanion also enjoy its entry hazard support for this reason.
* If Nihilego wishes to forego entry hazards for Protect, other setters like Mega Aggron and Hippowdon, which can additionally support Nihilego with Sand Steam, can let it more comfortably do so while also allowing Nihilego to more easily muscle past opposing Pokemon.
* Steel-type checks like Infernape, Suicune, and Moltres can weaken or entirely remove a few particularly troublesome answers to Nihilego, such as Mega Aggron, Mega Steelix, and Klefki.
* Ground-type answers, such as Tsareena, Celebi, and Primarina, can also be important for easing Nihilego's matchups against them while also potentially allowing it to more comfortably run Power Gem.
* Pivots like Zeraora and Hydreigon can bring Nihilego in more easily, since it at times won't be able to comfortably come into play on account of its poor Defense.
* Pokemon capable of tanking a few physical attacks if need be, like Gligar, Doublade, and Cobalion, can help Nihilego more easily circumvent its physical frailty. In return, Nihilego can reliably come in on a few troublesome special attackers for the aforementioned teammates to face, such as Mega Manectric and Celebi.
* Pokemon that appreciate a sturdy check to Fairy-types, such as Hydreigon, Latias, and Haxorus, benefit from Nihilego's support. Kommo-o particularly pairs up well with Nihilego, appreciating its ability to check Fairy- and Flying-types, checking Steel-types for it in return, and benefitting immensely from its Toxic Spikes support if being used.
* Specially frail Pokemon can also benefit from Nihilego's ability to blanket check a few important special attackers, meaning the likes of Bisharp and Slowbro will often appreciate it as a teammate.

[SET]
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Power Gem
move 2: Sludge Wave
move 3: Grass Knot
move 4: Thunderbolt / Dazzling Gleam
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Grass Knot allows Nihilego to revenge kill the likes of Terrakion, Krookodile, and Adamant Mega Sharpedo, though the former two often require some chip damage. It is also Nihilego's best source of damage against Mega Blastoise, Suicune, and Ground-types like Mamoswine and Hippowdon.
* Thunderbolt damages bulky Water-types like Alomomola, Empoleon, and Tentacruel more than any of Nihilego's other attacks while letting it revenge kill offensive Starmie after some chip damage. It also adequately damages offensive Steel-types like Lucario and Bisharp, 2HKOing both after minor chip.
* Dazzling Gleam allows Nihilego to KO Hydreigon and Kommo-o in one hit while dealing heavy damage to wallbreakers like Heracross and Haxorus. It can also reliably 2HKO Latias after Stealth Rock damage.
* Toxic Spikes can be used to allow Nihilego to set an entry hazard as a foes that walls it switches in, punishing the opposing team with Poison damage. It can also try bluffing a hazard setting set, though this is often a situational and risky strategy, and the moves itself costs coverage.

Set Details
========

* Choice Scarf allows Nihilego to function as a revenge killer, capable of removing fast threats like Mega Aerodactyl, +1 Mega Altaria, and Mega Beedrill.
* Beast Boost increases Nihilego's threat level by boosting its Special Attack every time it KOes a foe.

Usage Tips
========

* This set should be used to revenge kill various tier sweepers, such as +1 Mega Altaria, Celebi, and Togekiss, after they've sustained some residual damage. It also revenge kills faster threats like Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Manectric, and Zeraora after some prior damage.
* Since Nihilego often can't directly switch into most of the Pokemon it revenge kills, it will have to come into play as its targeted sweeper is setting up, after a teammate has fainted, or through the support of a pivot, though the former strategy is by far the riskiest.
* Nihilego can, however, come in on several special attackers that can't hit it super effectively, such as Gengar, Mega Manectric, Moltres, and Mega Pidgeot, as well as passive attackers like Alomomola and Sylveon.
* Due to Choice Scarf locking Nihilego onto one attack, it is important to predict properly so as not to provide the opponent with free turns. Nailing Ground-types on the switch with Grass Knot and hitting bulky Water-types with Thunderbolt are examples of how to accomplish this.
* Nihilego must also look out for Pursuit from Pokemon like Krookodile and for Pokemon that can abuse it to set up, like Latias and Cobalion. Nabbing these foes with a super effective attack on the switch or, in Cobalion's case, doubling out of play or switching out as they begin setup is the best way for Nihilego to minimize any potential harm done to its team.
* Nihilego should be wary of priority from Pokemon like Bisharp, Scizor, Infernape, and Crawdaunt, as its poor physical defense will cause it to sustain major damage from their attacks which will complicate its role.

Team Options
========

* This set is a comfortable fit on offensive teams in need of a fast revenge killer.
* Setup sweepers and cleaners, like Bulk Up Zeraora and Mega Sharpedo, appreciate Nihilego's ability to revenge kill opposing sweepers for them to more easily do their job late-game.
* Pokemon with poor or shaky special bulk, like Doublade and Mega Slowbro, also value Nihilego as a teammate thanks to its ability to blanket check many of the tier's special attackers if need be.
* Pokemon in need of Fairy-type checks as teammates, like Kommo-o and Haxorus, often welcome Nihilego's ability to offensively threaten most of them.
* Pokemon weak to Flying-types, like Chesnaught, Celebi and most Fighting-types, enjoy Nihilego as a teammate as well.
* Entry hazard setters such as Azelf, Mamoswine, and Klefki are helpful teammates for Nihilego, allowing it to more easily power through foes thanks to the additional chip damage.
* Steel-type checks like Chesnaught, Volcanion, and Infernape are also appreciated by Nihilego for their ability to weaken some of this set's sturdier switch-ins, like Cobalion and Mega Aggron.
* Ground-type immunities can also be important due to Nihilego's weakness to Pokemon like Gligar and Nidoking, making Hydreigon, Latias, and Togekiss worthwhile teammates.
* Powerful wallbreakers like Terrakion and Primarina can weaken foes for Nihilego and help circumvent its occasional power problems.
* Pivots reliably bring Nihilego into play if its switch-in opportunities are limited, making U-turn Infernape and Rotom-C good options for partners.
* Pursuit trappers like Mega Aerodactyl and Alolan Muk can weaken or remove a few troublesome Pokemon for Nihilego to match up against at times, such as Latias and Starmie.

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

* Rockium Z is a powerful Z-move option, capable of dealing heavy damage to conventional checks in Gligar, Scizor, and Amoonguss. However, it doesn't hit a particularly wide variety of targets compared to Gigavolt Havoc, and often doesn't provide the same value as the utility or power that will come with Black Sludge or Life Orb. (Calling Amoonguss a Nihilego check is a bit of a stretch, seeing as if Spore's been used it doesn't beat it 1v1, so I'd replace this example with something else or remove it)
* Nihilego can run a dual hazards set with Focus Sash to attempt setting both Toxic Spikes and Stealth Rock early on in the match. Unfortunately, the tier's presence of Defog and Nihilego's worse Speed than most common suicide leads makes this an unreliable strategy.
* Choice Specs turns Nihilego into a formidable wallbreaker with great coverage, though this makes it easier to reliably revenge kill, as it doesn't particularly enjoy being locked into any of its attacks and has a slightly exploitable Speed tier.
* Pain Split gives Nihilego a stronger matchup against specially defensive Pokemon like Blissey and Alolan Muk while also giving it a form of recovery, but it is too often hard to fit over more consistently useful options.
* Hidden Power Fire covers the omnipresent Scizor, though since it already takes healthy damage from Power Gem and Gigavolt Havoc, it often isn't worth the trouble.

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

**Steel-types**: Most Steel-types resist Nihilego's STAB combination and can KO it with super effective attacks. Klefki and Mega Aggron often can't be 2HKOed by Gigavolt Havoc into Thunderbolt and can threaten Nihilego with paralysis and STAB Heavy Slam, respectively. Cobalion, Doublade, and Lucario are all more susceptible to strong neutral attacks, but can still force Nihilego out and garner opportunities to set up in the process. Mega Steelix is particularly troublesome, as it is immune to Gigavolt Havoc, doesn't take heavy damage from anything Nihilego can hit it with, and carries two STAB attacks capable of OHKOing Nihilego from full. Assault Vest variants of Bisharp are also often annoying, as they don't take very much damage from Nihilego's moves while threatening it with Iron Head and Pursuit.

**Ground-types**: Several Ground-types also resist Nihilego's STAB combination, making them sturdy checks. Although Krookodile, Swampert, and Hippowdon have to look out for Grass Knot on the switch, they can take the attack once while OHKOing Nihilego in return with STAB Earthquake. Nidoking and Nidoqueen both resist Nihilego's STAB combination and aren't hit hard by its coverage options, making them reliable answers. Gligar must look out for the rare Continental Crush into a Power Gem, though otherwise it can't be 2HKOed by Nihilego and can OHKO it or abuse it for free turns.

**Fast Physical Attackers**: Nihilego's poor Defense allows heavy hitting, fast physical attackers to overwhelm it. Examples include Terrakion, Zeraora, and Mega Aerodactyl, as well as physical Choice Scarf users like Infernape and Krookodile.

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: The likes of Blissey and Mega Steelix can repeatedly tank hits from Nihilego while threatening it with Seismic Toss and Earthquake, respectively. Assault Vest variants of Alolan Muk and Bisharp can also tank multiple hits while trapping Nihilego with Pursuit. Empoleon must look out for Gigavolt Havoc, but otherwise is only 3HKOed by Thunderbolt, allowing it to Defog Nihilego's entry hazards away or wear it down with Scald.

**Strong Priority**: Nihilego's pitiful physical bulk allows Scizor, Bisharp, Choice Band Infernape, and Crawdaunt to heavily damage or outright KO it with their respective priority moves.
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hp ice also hits the nidos

it's worth noting that power gem does more damage to scizor than thunderbolt as well

name some notable KOs z-thunder helps nihi achieve over z-tbolt. They exist. Find them.

Acid Spray's mainly useful for forcing switches and obtaining free switches (and therefore momentum) of your own. Most mons aren't staying in on Nihilego after an Acid Spray, so it's not really too useful as a method of actually breaking through them.

name some important KOs nihilego misses out on with 176 spa.

suicide lead nihilego really, really sucks and suicide lead toxic spikes users aren't really a desired or valuable niche in the meta. remove that from other options.

mention hp ice in the relevant portions of the ground types section in checks and counters

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[OVERVIEW]

By virtue of its unique typing, great Special Attack and Speed, and vast coverage and utility movepools movepool with coverage and utility, Nihilego carves a niche for itself in UU as a customizable (little awkward) offensive force that's whose tools can be tailored to its team's needs. Its access to Stealth Rock and Toxic Spikes can allow (Because to allow suggests a possibility, can is unneeded.) it to function as a reliable offensive entry hazard setter, Nihilego (using refers back to the subject) using its typing and coverage to threaten out many common entry hazard removers, though it also has the option of running moves such as Protect and Acid Spray to more easily work around its checks. Thanks to its typing, coverage, and Speed, Nihilego can also utilize Choice Scarf to revenge kill several of the tier's threatening forces, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Altaria, Terrakion, and Celebi. Moreover, its excellent special bulk for an offensive Pokemon can allow (see above) it to sponge weaker or resisted special attacks well, take on Flying-types like Moltres and Togekiss, and blanket check foes opposing Pokemon like Gengar, Mega Manectric, and Choice Scarf Hydreigon if need be (last three words are redundant). Unfortunately, Nihilego is at times held back by its terrible physical bulk, which allows the tier's several faster physical threats, including Cobalion and Zeraora, to easily take advantage of it. This also leaves it vulnerable to Pursuit and powerful priority attacks, most notably Scizor's Bullet Punch. It's also unable to power through the tier's surplus of Ground- and Steel-types with its STAB moves alone, which allows most to tank a hit and KO Nihilego with super effective attacks. Nihilego can also struggle to break through a few key defensive Pokemon in the metagame, such as Blissey, Mega Steelix, and Gligar, complicating its wallbreaking capabilities. Lastly, while Nihilego's Speed and typing provide plentiful perks, they also leave it outrun and overwhelmed by a few tier staples, such as Terrakion, Latias, and Cobalion.

[SET]
name: 3 Attacks
move 1: Sludge Wave
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Grass Knot / Power Gem
move 4: Stealth Rock / Protect / Toxic Spikes
item: Electrium Z / Black Sludge / Life Orb
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Thunderbolt provides coverage against troublesome bulky Water-types such as Empoleon, Slowbro, and Tentacruel. With Electrium Z, it turns into a powerful Gigavolt Havoc capable of OHKOing the aforementioned Water-types after some chip damage while heavily damaging Steel-types like Scizor, Bisharp, and Cobalion. Grass Knot nails various Ground-types that could otherwise wall Nihilego, like Krookodile, Hippowdon, and Swampert. Power Gem is an option over Grass Knot, sacrificing Ground-type coverage for a STAB attack capable of hitting Fire-types and Ice-types like Rotom-H, Kyurem, and Chandelure super effectively while hitting Scizor harder than Thunderbolt. It can also hit Flying-types harder than Thunderbolt, KOing Moltres and Tornadus in one hit. Stealth Rock is an entry hazard that Nihilego can set as it forces switches, punishing the opponent's switches with chip damage. Protect can be used in tandem with Black Sludge to scout for moves on Choice-locked Pokemon, like Choice Band Scizor and Terrakion and Choice Scarf Krookodile, while passively restoring Nihilego's HP. Toxic Spikes can also be set on forced switches, racking up Poison poison damage on foes opposing Pokemon as they come in. Acid Spray is another option in the fourth slot, allowing Nihilego to force switches and generate momentum by decreasing its switch-ins' special bulk. Thunder can be run in place of Thunderbolt to more easily power through Gigavolt Havoc's targets, requiring notably less chip damage to OHKO Empoleon and Tentacruel while always OHKOing Bisharp after Stealth Rock. However, it has limited use outside of this due to its shaky accuracy despite its higher power. Hidden Power Ice covers Gligar, Nidoqueen, and Nidoking, which otherwise sponge anything Nihilego can throw at them, though its limited coverage outside of this makes it an often suboptimal option.

Set Details
========

Electrium Z lures several Water- and Steel-types, such as Tentacruel, Empoleon, Doublade, and Bisharp, punishing them with heavy damage. Black Sludge should be run as Nihilego's item if it's using Protect in order to passively restore its HP as it scouts foes' opposing Pokemon's attacks. It can also be used if another teammate is using a Z-move Z-Move and if longevity is preferred over power. Life Orb is another option if another teammate is running a Z-move Z-Move, putting power behind Nihilego's moves and notably allowing it to OHKO Primarina with Sludge Wave and 2HKO Empoleon with Thunderbolt. It can complicate Nihilego's entry hazard setting entry hazard-setting capabilities by cutting into its longevity, however. Beast Boost allows Nihilego to increase its Special Attack upon netting KOes. An EV spread of 80 HP / 176 SpA / 252 Spe allows Nihilego to boost its Speed instead of its Special Attack with Beast Boost, though this can notably cut into its damage output at times, preventing it from reliably OHKOing Swampert with Grass Knot for instance.

Usage Tips
========

If Nihilego is running Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes, it should attempt to set them early-game in order to immediately apply pressure to the opposing team. It should do this against special attackers that can't hit it hard, like Moltres, Mega Houndoom, and Rotom-H, or against passive defensive Pokemon like Alomomola and Florges. After setting entry hazards, Nihilego should capitalize on its good coverage and power to try punching holes in opposing teams. Later on in the game, when its checks have been removed or weakened, Nihilego can try cleaning up thanks to its decent Speed and Beast Boost, especially if it is running the investment necessary to receive a Speed Boost. If Protect is being run in the fourth slot, it should be used against potentially Choiced Pokemon like Scizor, Krookodile, and Hydreigon to scout for their attack. This also allows it to passively restore health with Black Sludge. If Toxic Spikes is being used, Nihilego should only set one layer against offensive teams, as most Pokemon on these teams won't stay in play long, making consistent poison damage an easy method of quickly chipping them down. Against defensive teams, however, two layers should be set in order to rack up bad (vague; use a more specific synonym) poison damage against the passive Pokemon often found on these builds. Electrium Z is best activated against offensive Steel-types and bulky Water-types, such as Bisharp and Mega Slowbro, respectively, (obvious) as otherwise these Pokemon would be able to tank a hit and pressure Nihilego. Prediction is important in securing KOes against Pokemon that could tank a hit and KO Nihilego. For instance, if a Ground-type like Hippowdon or Krookodile is expected to switch in, Nihilego should try nabbing them with Grass Knot on the switch in order to secure the 2HKO without taking any damage itself. Nihilego shouldn't stay in on physical attackers that it can't outrun or KO, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Steelix, and Mega Aggron, due to its awful physical bulk. It should also look out for powerful priority attacks from foes opposing Pokemon like Scizor, Bisharp, and Crawdaunt, Choice Scarf users like Infernape and Krookodile, and Pursuit from the aforementioned Scizor, Bisharp, and Krookodile.

Team Options
========

Nihilego fits well onto several different archetypes, ranging from hyper offense to stall, thanks to the useful offensive and defensive utility it provides to teams it's placed on. It also matches up well against various stallbreakers, such as Gengar, Togekiss, and Chandelure. If Nihilego is running Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes, setup sweepers like Latias, Mega Altaria, and Lucario appreciate its ability to chip down opposing teams. The latter two appreciate its ability to deal with Moltres as well. Wallbreakers like Mamoswine, Crawdaunt, and Volcanion also enjoy its entry hazard support for this reason. If Nihilego wishes to forego entry hazards for Protect, other setters like Mega Aggron and Hippowdon, which can additionally support Nihilego with Sand Steam, can let it more comfortably do so while also allowing Nihilego to more easily muscle past opposing Pokemon. Steel-type checks like Infernape, Suicune, and Moltres can weaken or entirely remove a few particularly troublesome answers to Nihilego, such as Mega Aggron, Mega Steelix, and Klefki. Ground-type answers, such as Tsareena, Celebi, and Primarina, can also be important for easing Nihilego's matchups against them while also potentially allowing it to more comfortably run Power Gem. Pivots like Zeraora and Hydreigon can bring Nihilego in more easily, since it at times won't be able to comfortably come into play on account of its poor Defense. Pokemon capable of tanking a few physical attacks if need be, like Gligar, Doublade, and Cobalion, can help Nihilego more easily circumvent its physical frailty. In return, Nihilego can reliably come in on a few troublesome special attackers for the aforementioned teammates to face, such as Mega Manectric and Celebi. Pokemon that appreciate a sturdy check to Fairy-types, such as Hydreigon, Latias, and Haxorus, benefit from Nihilego's support. Kommo-o particularly pairs up well with Nihilego, appreciating its ability to check Fairy- and Flying-types, checking Steel-types for it in return, and benefitting benefiting immensely from its Toxic Spikes support if being used. Specially frail Pokemon can also benefit from Nihilego's ability to blanket check a few important special attackers, meaning the likes of Bisharp and Slowbro will often appreciate it as a teammate.

[SET]
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Power Gem
move 2: Sludge Wave
move 3: Grass Knot
move 4: Thunderbolt / Dazzling Gleam
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Grass Knot allows Nihilego to revenge kill the likes of Terrakion, Krookodile, and Adamant Mega Sharpedo, though the former two often require some chip damage to KO. It is also Nihilego's best source of damage against Mega Blastoise, Suicune, and Ground-types like Mamoswine and Hippowdon. Thunderbolt damages bulky Water-types like Alomomola, Empoleon, and Tentacruel more than any of Nihilego's other attacks while letting it revenge kill offensive Starmie after some chip damage. It also adequately damages offensive Steel-types like Lucario and Bisharp, 2HKOing both after minor chip. Dazzling Gleam allows Nihilego to KO Hydreigon and Kommo-o in one hit while dealing heavy damage to wallbreakers like Heracross and Haxorus. It can also reliably 2HKO Latias after Stealth Rock damage. Toxic Spikes can be used to allow Nihilego to set an entry hazard as a foes an opposing Pokemon that walls it switches in, punishing the opposing team with Poison poison damage. It can also try bluffing a hazard setting hazard-setting set, though this is often a situational and risky strategy, and the moves itself themselves costs cost coverage.

Set Details
========

Choice Scarf allows Nihilego to function as a revenge killer, capable of removing fast threats like Mega Aerodactyl, +1 (what stat) Mega Altaria, and Mega Beedrill. Beast Boost increases Nihilego's threat level by boosting its Special Attack every time it KOes a foe an opposing Pokemon.

Usage Tips
========

This set should be used to revenge kill various tier sweepers, such as +1 (see above) Mega Altaria, Celebi, and Togekiss, after they've sustained some residual damage. It also revenge kills faster threats like Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Manectric, and Zeraora after some prior damage. Since Nihilego often can't directly switch into most of the Pokemon it revenge kills, it will have to come into play as its targeted sweeper is setting up, after a teammate has fainted, or through the support of a pivot, though the former first (former implies two choices) strategy is by far the riskiest. Nihilego can, however, come in on several special attackers that can't hit it super effectively, such as Gengar, Mega Manectric, Moltres, and Mega Pidgeot, as well as passive attackers like Alomomola and Sylveon. Due to Choice Scarf locking Nihilego onto into one attack, it is important to predict properly so as not to provide the opponent with free turns. Nailing Ground-types on the switch with Grass Knot and hitting bulky Water-types with Thunderbolt are examples of how to accomplish this. Nihilego must also look out for Pursuit from Pokemon like Krookodile and for Pokemon that can abuse (The standards say: '"Abuse" means "use in a negative way / to a negative effect" or "assault"; it should not be used as a substitute for "make heavy use of" or "benefit from"'.) it to set up, like Latias and Cobalion. Nabbing these foes opposing Pokemon with a super effective attack on the switch or, in Cobalion's case, doubling out of play or switching out as they begin it begins setup to set up is the best way for Nihilego to minimize any potential harm done to its team. Nihilego should be wary of priority from Pokemon like Bisharp, Scizor, Infernape, and Crawdaunt, as its poor physical defense will cause it to sustain major damage from their attacks which will complicate its role.

Team Options
========

This set is a comfortable fit on offensive teams in need of a fast revenge killer. Setup sweepers and cleaners, like Bulk Up Zeraora and Mega Sharpedo, appreciate Nihilego's ability to revenge kill opposing sweepers for them to more easily do their job late-game. Pokemon with poor or shaky special bulk, like Doublade and Mega Slowbro, also value Nihilego as a teammate thanks to its ability to blanket check many of the tier's special attackers if need be. Pokemon in need of Fairy-type checks as teammates, like Kommo-o and Haxorus, often welcome Nihilego's ability to offensively threaten most of them. Pokemon weak to Flying-types, like Chesnaught, Celebi and most Fighting-types, enjoy Nihilego as a teammate as well. Entry hazard setters such as Azelf, Mamoswine, and Klefki are helpful teammates for Nihilego, allowing it to more easily power through foes opposing Pokemon thanks to the additional chip damage. Steel-type checks like Chesnaught, Volcanion, and Infernape are also appreciated by Nihilego for their ability to weaken some of this set's sturdier switch-ins, like Cobalion and Mega Aggron. Ground-type immunities can also be important due to Nihilego's weakness to Pokemon like Gligar and Nidoking, making Hydreigon, Latias, and Togekiss worthwhile teammates. Powerful wallbreakers like Terrakion and Primarina can weaken foes opposing Pokemon for Nihilego and help circumvent its occasional power problems. Pivots reliably bring Nihilego into play if its switch-in opportunities are limited, making U-turn Infernape and Rotom-C good options for partners. Pursuit trappers like Mega Aerodactyl and Alolan Muk can weaken or remove a few troublesome Pokemon for Nihilego to match up against at times, such as Latias and Starmie.

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

Rockium Z is a powerful Z-move Z-move option, capable of dealing heavy damage to conventional checks in Gligar and Scizor while dealing strong neutral damage. However, it doesn't hit a particularly wide variety of targets compared to Gigavolt Havoc, (RC) and often doesn't provide the same value as the utility or power that will come with Black Sludge or Life Orb. Choice Specs turns Nihilego into a formidable wallbreaker with great coverage, though this makes it easier to reliably revenge kill, as it doesn't particularly enjoy being locked into any of its attacks and has a slightly exploitable Speed tier. Pain Split gives Nihilego a stronger matchup against specially defensive Pokemon like Blissey and Alolan Muk while and (Smogon advises against using while as a synonym for and.) also giving it a form of recovery, but it is too often hard to fit over more consistently useful options. Hidden Power Fire covers the omnipresent Scizor, though since it already takes healthy damage from Power Gem and Gigavolt Havoc, it often isn't worth the trouble.

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

**Steel-types**: Most Steel-types resist Nihilego's STAB combination and can KO it with super effective attacks. Klefki and Mega Aggron often can't be 2HKOed by Gigavolt Havoc into Thunderbolt and can threaten Nihilego with paralysis and STAB Heavy Slam, respectively. Cobalion, Doublade, and Lucario are all more susceptible to strong neutral attacks, (RC) but can still force Nihilego out and garner opportunities to set up in the process. Mega Steelix is particularly troublesome, as it is immune to Gigavolt Havoc, doesn't take heavy damage from anything Nihilego can hit it with, and carries two STAB attacks capable of OHKOing Nihilego from full. Assault Vest variants of Bisharp are also often annoying, as they don't take very much damage from Nihilego's moves while threatening it with Iron Head and Pursuit.

**Ground-types**: Several Ground-types also resist Nihilego's STAB combination, making them so they are (misplaced modifier) sturdy checks. Although Krookodile, Swampert, and Hippowdon have to look out for Grass Knot on the switch, they can take the attack once while OHKOing Nihilego in return with STAB Earthquake. Nidoking and Nidoqueen both resist Nihilego's STAB combination and aren't hit hard by its coverage options, making them so they are reliable answers. Gligar must look out for the rare Continental Crush into a Power Gem, though otherwise it can't be 2HKOed by Nihilego and can OHKO it or abuse (use another word) it for free turns.

**Fast Physical Attackers**: Nihilego's poor Defense allows heavy hitting heavy-hitting, fast physical attackers to overwhelm it. Examples include Terrakion, Zeraora, and Mega Aerodactyl, as well as physical Choice Scarf users like Infernape and Krookodile.

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: The likes of Blissey and Mega Steelix can repeatedly tank hits from Nihilego while threatening it with Seismic Toss and Earthquake, respectively. Assault Vest variants of Alolan Muk and Bisharp can also tank multiple hits while trapping Nihilego with Pursuit. Empoleon must look out for Gigavolt Havoc, (RC) but otherwise is only 3HKOed by Thunderbolt, allowing it to so it can Defog Nihilego's entry hazards away or wear it down with Scald.

**Strong Priority**: Nihilego's pitiful physical bulk allows Scizor, Bisharp, Choice Band Infernape, and Crawdaunt to heavily damage or outright KO it with their respective priority moves.
Edit: Don't replace "foe" with "opposing Pokemon." I confused it with "opponent."
 
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Hilomilo the second one is for you to use when implementing.

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Yeah so after looking over your amcheck I can see that you have a keen eye for grammar in general, and you seem to be familiar with pretty much all of the general rules you'll come across, at least from what I can tell (this analysis was written very well so there weren't that much changes). I didn't have to add that much. That said, I think something you should work on is that I feel sometimes you look for errors that aren't really there. I commented on all of these occurrences. It sort of falls into the realm of trying to avoid subjective and unnecessary changes, but "looking for errors that aren't really there" is the best wording I have. Again, it was a great check, and I hope to see more from you in the future!


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[OVERVIEW]

By virtue of its unique typing, great Special Attack and Speed, and vast coverage and utility movepools movepool with coverage and utility, Nihilego carves a niche for itself in UU as a customizable (little awkward) offensive force that's whose tools can be tailored to its team's needs. Its access to Stealth Rock and Toxic Spikes can allow (Because to allow suggests a possibility, can is unneeded.) (it's not completely wrong for "can" to be used. Up to the writer's discretion) it to function as a reliable offensive entry hazard setter, Nihilego (using refers back to the subject) (it does, but you added "Nihilego" which makes the sentence incorrect. If you read the sentence again you will see that the original is fine: "...function as a reliable offensive entry hazard setter, using its...". "Using" can be read as esentially "that uses" and you'll get the same meaning) using its typing and coverage to threaten out many common entry hazard removers, though it also has the option of running moves such as Protect and Acid Spray to more easily work around its checks. Thanks to its typing, coverage, and Speed, Nihilego can also utilize Choice Scarf to revenge kill several of the tier's threatening forces, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Altaria, Terrakion, and Celebi. Moreover, its excellent special bulk for an offensive Pokemon can allow (see above) it to sponge weaker or resisted special attacks well, take on Flying-types like Moltres and Togekiss, and blanket check foes opposing Pokemon (I did see your edit below the check so I will ignore these changes) like Gengar, Mega Manectric, and Choice Scarf Hydreigon if need be (last three words are redundant) (idk. "can allow" implies the possibility of Nihilego being a blanket check in the first place; "if need be" implies the possibility of if it has to check those Pokemon or not in a given battle). Unfortunately, Nihilego is at times held back by its terrible physical bulk, which allows the tier's several faster physical threats, including Cobalion and Zeraora, to easily take advantage of it. This also leaves it vulnerable to Pursuit and powerful priority attacks, most notably Scizor's Bullet Punch. It's also unable to power through the tier's surplus of Ground- and Steel-types with its STAB moves alone, which allows most to tank a hit and KO Nihilego with super effective attacks. Nihilego can also struggle to break through a few key defensive Pokemon in the metagame, such as Blissey, Mega Steelix, and Gligar, complicating its wallbreaking capabilities. Lastly, while Nihilego's Speed and typing provide plentiful perks, they also leave it outrun outran (match the past tense of "overwhelmed") and overwhelmed by a few tier staples, such as Terrakion, Latias, and Cobalion.

[SET]
name: 3 Attacks
move 1: Sludge Wave
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Grass Knot / Power Gem
move 4: Stealth Rock / Protect / Toxic Spikes
item: Electrium Z / Black Sludge / Life Orb
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Thunderbolt provides coverage against troublesome bulky Water-types such as Empoleon, Slowbro, and Tentacruel. With Electrium Z, it turns into a powerful Gigavolt Havoc capable of OHKOing the aforementioned Water-types after some chip damage while heavily damaging Steel-types like Scizor, Bisharp, and Cobalion. Grass Knot nails various Ground-types that could otherwise wall Nihilego, like Krookodile, Hippowdon, and Swampert. Power Gem is an option over Grass Knot, sacrificing Ground-type coverage for a STAB attack capable of hitting Fire-types and Ice-types like Rotom-H, Kyurem, and Chandelure super effectively while hitting Scizor harder than Thunderbolt. It can also hit Flying-types harder than Thunderbolt, KOing Moltres and Tornadus in one hit. Nihilego can set Stealth Rock is an entry hazard that Nihilego can set (this was awkward phrasing) as it forces switches, punishing the opponent's switches with chip damage. Protect can be used in tandem with Black Sludge to scout for moves on Choice-locked Pokemon, like Choice Band Scizor and Terrakion and Choice Scarf Krookodile, while passively restoring Nihilego's HP. Toxic Spikes can also be set on forced switches, racking up Poison poison damage on foes opposing Pokemon as they come in. Acid Spray is another option in the fourth slot, allowing Nihilego to force switches and generate momentum by decreasing its switch-ins' special bulk. Thunder can be run in place of Thunderbolt to more easily power through Gigavolt Havoc's targets, requiring notably less chip damage to OHKO Empoleon and Tentacruel while always OHKOing Bisharp after Stealth Rock. However, it has limited use outside of this due to its shaky accuracy despite its higher power. Hidden Power Ice covers Gligar, Nidoqueen, and Nidoking, which otherwise sponge anything Nihilego can throw at them, though its limited coverage outside of this makes it an often suboptimal option.

Set Details
========

Electrium Z lures lets Nihilego lure and KO (the move doesn't lure these Pokemon, Nihilego does) several Water- and Steel-types, such as Tentacruel, Empoleon, Doublade, and Bisharp, punishing them with heavy damage. Black Sludge should be run as Nihilego's item if it's using Protect in order to passively restore its HP as it scouts foes' opposing Pokemon's attacks. It can also be used if another teammate is using a Z-move Z-Move and if longevity is preferred over power. Life Orb is another option if another teammate is running a Z-move Z-Move, putting power behind Nihilego's moves and notably allowing it to OHKO Primarina with Sludge Wave and 2HKO Empoleon with Thunderbolt. It can complicate Nihilego's entry hazard setting entry hazard-setting (good change) capabilities by cutting into its longevity, however. Beast Boost allows Nihilego to increase its Special Attack upon netting KOes KOs ("KOs" is the noun, "KOes" is the verb). An EV spread of 80 HP / 176 SpA / 252 Spe allows Nihilego to boost its Speed instead of its Special Attack with Beast Boost, though this can notably cut into its damage output at times, preventing it from reliably OHKOing Swampert with Grass Knot,(AC) for instance.

Usage Tips
========

If Nihilego is running Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes, it should attempt to set them early-game in order to immediately apply pressure to the opposing team. It should do this against special attackers that can't hit it hard, like Moltres, Mega Houndoom, and Rotom-H, or against passive defensive Pokemon like Alomomola and Florges. After setting entry hazards, Nihilego should capitalize on its good coverage and power to try punching holes in opposing teams. Later on in the game, when its checks have been removed or weakened, Nihilego can try cleaning up thanks to its decent Speed and Beast Boost, especially if it is running the investment necessary to receive a Speed boost. If Protect is being run ran ("being" makes the verb past tense: "the dog is being walked", "the tool is being used", etc) in the fourth slot, it should be used against potentially Choiced potential Choice item Pokemon like Scizor, Krookodile, and Hydreigon to scout for their attack. This also allows it to passively restore health with Black Sludge. If Toxic Spikes is being used, Nihilego should only set one layer against offensive teams, as most Pokemon on these teams won't stay in play long, making consistent poison damage an easy method of quickly chipping them down. Against defensive teams, however, two layers should be set in order to rack up bad (vague; use a more specific synonym) (the writer wanted to refer to the badly poisoned status that Toxic gives (as opposed to regular poison), but I agree with you in that it should be changed) poison damage over time against the passive Pokemon often found on these builds. Electrium Z is best activated against offensive Steel-types and bulky Water-types, such as Bisharp and Mega Slowbro, respectively, (obvious) as otherwise these Pokemon would be able to tank a hit and pressure Nihilego. Prediction is important in securing KOes KOs against Pokemon that could tank a hit and KO Nihilego. For instance, if a Ground-type like Hippowdon or Krookodile is expected to switch in, Nihilego should try nabbing them with Grass Knot on the switch in order to secure the 2HKO without taking any damage itself. Nihilego shouldn't stay in on physical attackers that it can't outrun or KO, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Steelix, and Mega Aggron, due to its awful physical bulk. It should also look out for powerful priority attacks from foes opposing Pokemon like Scizor, Bisharp, and Crawdaunt, Choice Scarf users like Infernape and Krookodile, and Pursuit from the aforementioned Scizor, Bisharp, and Krookodile.

Team Options
========

Nihilego fits well onto several different archetypes, ranging from hyper offense to stall, thanks to the useful offensive and defensive utility it provides to teams it's placed on. It also matches up well against various stallbreakers, such as Gengar, Togekiss, and Chandelure. If Nihilego is running Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes, setup sweepers like Latias, Mega Altaria, and Lucario appreciate its ability to chip down opposing teams. The latter two appreciate its ability to deal with Moltres as well. Wallbreakers like Mamoswine, Crawdaunt, and Volcanion also enjoy its entry hazard support for this reason. If Nihilego wishes to forego entry hazards for Protect, other setters like Mega Aggron and Hippowdon, which can additionally support Nihilego with Sand Steam, can let it more comfortably do so while also allowing Nihilego to more easily muscle past opposing Pokemon. Steel-type checks like Infernape, Suicune, and Moltres can weaken or entirely remove a few particularly troublesome answers to Nihilego, such as Mega Aggron, Mega Steelix, and Klefki. Ground-type answers, such as Tsareena, Celebi, and Primarina, can also be important for easing Nihilego's matchups against them while also potentially allowing it to more comfortably run Power Gem. Pivots like Zeraora and Hydreigon can bring Nihilego in more easily, since it at times won't be able to comfortably come into play on account of its poor Defense. Pokemon capable of tanking a few physical attacks if need be, like Gligar, Doublade, and Cobalion, can help Nihilego more easily circumvent its physical frailty. In return, Nihilego can reliably come in on a few troublesome special attackers for the aforementioned teammates to face, such as Mega Manectric and Celebi. Pokemon that appreciate a sturdy check to Fairy-types, such as Hydreigon, Latias, and Haxorus, benefit from Nihilego's support. Kommo-o particularly pairs up well with Nihilego, appreciating its ability to check Fairy- and Flying-types, checking Steel-types for it in return, and benefitting benefiting immensely from its Toxic Spikes support if being used. Specially frail Pokemon can also benefit from Nihilego's ability to blanket check a few important special attackers, meaning the likes of Bisharp and Slowbro will often appreciate it as a teammate.

[SET]
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Power Gem
move 2: Sludge Wave
move 3: Grass Knot
move 4: Thunderbolt / Dazzling Gleam
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Grass Knot allows Nihilego to revenge kill the likes of Terrakion, Krookodile, and Adamant Mega Sharpedo, though the former two often require some chip damage to KO. It is also Nihilego's best source of damage against Mega Blastoise, Suicune, and Ground-types like Mamoswine and Hippowdon. Thunderbolt damages bulky Water-types like Alomomola, Empoleon, and Tentacruel more than any of Nihilego's other attacks while letting it revenge kill offensive Starmie after some chip damage. It also adequately damages offensive Steel-types like Lucario and Bisharp, 2HKOing both after minor chip damage. Dazzling Gleam allows Nihilego to KO Hydreigon and Kommo-o in one hit while dealing heavy damage to wallbreakers like Heracross and Haxorus. It can also reliably 2HKO Latias after Stealth Rock damage. Toxic Spikes can be used to allow Nihilego to set an entry hazard as a foes an opposing Pokemon that walls it switches in, punishing the opposing team with Poison poison damage. It can also try bluffing a hazard setting hazard-setting set, though this is often a situational and risky strategy, and the moves itself themselves costs cost coverage.

Set Details
========

Choice Scarf allows Nihilego to function as a revenge killer, capable of removing fast threats like Mega Aerodactyl, +1 (what stat) (tbh Speed is implied) Mega Altaria, and Mega Beedrill. Beast Boost increases Nihilego's threat level by boosting its Special Attack every time it KOes a foe an opposing Pokemon.

Usage Tips
========

This set should be used to revenge kill various tier sweepers, such as +1 (see above) (again Speed is implied) Mega Altaria, Celebi, and Togekiss, after they've sustained some residual damage. It also revenge kills faster threats like Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Manectric, and Zeraora after some prior damage. Since Nihilego often can't directly switch into most of the Pokemon it revenge kills, it will have to come into play as its targeted sweeper is setting up, after a teammate has fainted, or through the support of a pivot, though the former first (former implies two choices) strategy is by far the riskiest. Nihilego can, however, come in on several special attackers that can't hit it super effectively, such as Gengar, Mega Manectric, Moltres, and Mega Pidgeot, as well as passive attackers like Alomomola and Sylveon. Due to Choice Scarf locking Nihilego onto into one attack, it is important to predict properly so as not to provide the opponent with (the "with" is fine) free turns. Nailing Ground-types on the switch with Grass Knot and hitting bulky Water-types with Thunderbolt are examples of how to accomplish this. Nihilego must also look out for Pursuit from Pokemon like Krookodile and for Pokemon that can abuse take advantage of (The standards say: '"Abuse" means "use in a negative way / to a negative effect" or "assault"; it should not be used as a substitute for "make heavy use of" or "benefit from"'.) it to set up, like Latias and Cobalion. Nabbing these foes opposing Pokemon with a super effective attack on the switch or, in Cobalion's case, doubling out of play or switching out as they begin it begins setup to set up is the best way for Nihilego to minimize any potential harm done to its team. Nihilego should be wary of priority moves from Pokemon like Bisharp, Scizor, Infernape, and Crawdaunt, as its poor physical Defense will cause it to sustain major damage from their attacks,(AC) ("which" requires a comma preceding it) which will complicate its role.

Team Options
========

This set is a comfortable fit on offensive teams in need of a fast revenge killer. Setup sweepers and cleaners, like Bulk Up Zeraora and Mega Sharpedo, appreciate Nihilego's ability to revenge kill opposing sweepers for them to more easily do their job late-game. Pokemon with poor or shaky special bulk, like Doublade and Mega Slowbro, also value Nihilego as a teammate thanks to its ability to blanket check many of the tier's special attackers if need be. Pokemon in need of Fairy-type checks as teammates, like Kommo-o and Haxorus, often welcome Nihilego's ability to offensively threaten most of them. Pokemon weak to Flying-types, like Chesnaught, Celebi,(AC) and most Fighting-types, enjoy Nihilego as a teammate as well. Entry hazard setters such as Azelf, Mamoswine, and Klefki are helpful teammates for Nihilego, allowing it to more easily power through foes opposing Pokemon thanks to the additional chip damage. Steel-type checks like Chesnaught, Volcanion, and Infernape are also appreciated by Nihilego for their ability to weaken some of this set's sturdier switch-ins, like Cobalion and Mega Aggron. Ground-type immunities Ground-immune Pokemon ("immunities" can't be used as a noun to refer to Pokemon) can also be important due to Nihilego's weakness to Pokemon like Gligar and Nidoking, making Hydreigon, Latias, and Togekiss worthwhile teammates. Powerful wallbreakers like Terrakion and Primarina can weaken foes opposing Pokemon for Nihilego and help circumvent its occasional power problems. Pivots reliably bring Nihilego into play if its switch-in opportunities to switch in are limited, making U-turn Infernape and Rotom-C good options for partners. Pursuit trappers like Mega Aerodactyl and Alolan Muk can weaken or remove a few troublesome Pokemon for Nihilego to match up against at times, such as Latias and Starmie.

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

Rockium Z is a powerful Z-move Z-Move (careful) option,(RC) capable of dealing heavy damage to conventional checks in Gligar and Scizor while dealing strong neutral damage. However, it doesn't hit a particularly wide variety of targets compared to Gigavolt Havoc, (RC) and often doesn't provide the same value as the utility or power that will come with Black Sludge or Life Orb. Choice Specs turns Nihilego into a formidable wallbreaker with great coverage, though this makes it easier to reliably revenge kill, as it doesn't particularly enjoy being locked into any of its attacks and has a slightly exploitable Speed tier. Pain Split gives Nihilego a stronger matchup against specially defensive Pokemon like Blissey and Alolan Muk while and (Smogon advises against using while as a synonym for and.) (make sure to correct the rest of the sentence when you do changes like this) also giving gives it a form of recovery, but it is too often too hard to fit over more consistently useful options. Hidden Power Fire covers the omnipresent Scizor, though since it already takes healthy damage from Power Gem and Gigavolt Havoc, it often isn't worth the trouble.

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

**Steel-types**: Most Steel-types resist Nihilego's STAB combination and can KO it with super effective attacks. Klefki and Mega Aggron often can't be 2HKOed by Gigavolt Havoc into Thunderbolt and can threaten Nihilego with paralysis and STAB Heavy Slam, respectively. Cobalion, Doublade, and Lucario are all more susceptible to strong neutral attacks, (RC) but can still force Nihilego out and garner opportunities to set up in the process. Mega Steelix is particularly troublesome, as it is immune to Gigavolt Havoc, doesn't take heavy damage from anything Nihilego can hit it with, and carries two STAB attacks capable of OHKOing Nihilego from full HP. Assault Vest variants of Bisharp are also often annoying, as they don't take very much damage from Nihilego's moves while threatening it with Iron Head and Pursuit.

**Ground-types**: Several Ground-types also resist Nihilego's STAB combination, making them so they are (misplaced modifier) (I see nothing wrong with the sentence other than the extraneous "also") sturdy checks. Although Krookodile, Swampert, and Hippowdon have to look out for Grass Knot on the switch, they can take the attack once while OHKOing Nihilego in return with STAB Earthquake. Nidoking and Nidoqueen both resist Nihilego's STAB combination and aren't hit hard by its coverage options, making them so they are (same thing) reliable answers. Gligar must look out for the rare Continental Crush into a Power Gem, though otherwise it can't be 2HKOed by Nihilego and can OHKO it or abuse take advantage of (use another word) it for free turns.

**Fast Physical Attackers**: Nihilego's poor Defense allows heavy hitting heavy-hitting, fast physical attackers to overwhelm it. Examples include Terrakion, Zeraora, and Mega Aerodactyl,(RC) as well as physical Choice Scarf users like Infernape and Krookodile.

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: The likes of Blissey and Mega Steelix can repeatedly tank hits from Nihilego while threatening it with Seismic Toss and Earthquake, respectively. Assault Vest variants of Alolan Muk and Bisharp can also tank multiple hits while trapping Nihilego with Pursuit. Empoleon must look out for Gigavolt Havoc, (RC) but otherwise is only 3HKOed by Thunderbolt, allowing it to so it can Defog Nihilego's entry hazards away or wear it down with Scald.

**Strong Priority**: Nihilego's pitiful physical bulk allows Scizor, Bisharp, Choice Band Infernape, and Crawdaunt to heavily damage or outright KO it with their respective priority moves.

[OVERVIEW]

By virtue of its unique typing, great Special Attack and Speed, and vast coverage and utility movepools movepool with coverage and utility, Nihilego carves a niche for itself in UU as a customizable offensive force that's whose tools can be tailored to its team's needs. Its access to Stealth Rock and Toxic Spikes can allow (Because to allow suggests a possibility, can is unneeded.) (it's not completely wrong for "can" to be used. Up to the writer's discretion) it to function as a reliable offensive entry hazard setter, using its typing and coverage to threaten out many common entry hazard removers, though it also has the option of running moves such as Protect and Acid Spray to more easily work around its checks. Thanks to its typing, coverage, and Speed, Nihilego can also utilize Choice Scarf to revenge kill several of the tier's threatening forces, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Altaria, Terrakion, and Celebi. Moreover, its excellent special bulk for an offensive Pokemon can allow (see above) it to sponge weaker or resisted special attacks well, take on Flying-types like Moltres and Togekiss, and blanket check foes like Gengar, Mega Manectric, and Choice Scarf Hydreigon if need be. Unfortunately, Nihilego is at times held back by its terrible physical bulk, which allows the tier's several faster physical threats, including Cobalion and Zeraora, to easily take advantage of it. This also leaves it vulnerable to Pursuit and powerful priority attacks, most notably Scizor's Bullet Punch. It's also unable to power through the tier's surplus of Ground- and Steel-types with its STAB moves alone, which allows most to tank a hit and KO Nihilego with super effective attacks. Nihilego can also struggle to break through a few key defensive Pokemon in the metagame, such as Blissey, Mega Steelix, and Gligar, complicating its wallbreaking capabilities. Lastly, while Nihilego's Speed and typing provide plentiful perks, they also leave it outrun outran and overwhelmed by a few tier staples, such as Terrakion, Latias, and Cobalion.

[SET]
name: 3 Attacks
move 1: Sludge Wave
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Grass Knot / Power Gem
move 4: Stealth Rock / Protect / Toxic Spikes
item: Electrium Z / Black Sludge / Life Orb
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Thunderbolt provides coverage against troublesome bulky Water-types such as Empoleon, Slowbro, and Tentacruel. With Electrium Z, it turns into a powerful Gigavolt Havoc capable of OHKOing the aforementioned Water-types after some chip damage while heavily damaging Steel-types like Scizor, Bisharp, and Cobalion. Grass Knot nails various Ground-types that could otherwise wall Nihilego, like Krookodile, Hippowdon, and Swampert. Power Gem is an option over Grass Knot, sacrificing Ground-type coverage for a STAB attack capable of hitting Fire-types and Ice-types like Rotom-H, Kyurem, and Chandelure super effectively while hitting Scizor harder than Thunderbolt. It can also hit Flying-types harder than Thunderbolt, KOing Moltres and Tornadus in one hit. Nihilego can set Stealth Rock is an entry hazard that Nihilego can set (this was awkward phrasing) as it forces switches, punishing the opponent's switches with chip damage. Protect can be used in tandem with Black Sludge to scout for moves on Choice-locked Pokemon, like Choice Band Scizor and Terrakion and Choice Scarf Krookodile, while passively restoring Nihilego's HP. Toxic Spikes can also be set on forced switches, racking up Poison poison damage on foes as they come in. Acid Spray is another option in the fourth slot, allowing Nihilego to force switches and generate momentum by decreasing its switch-ins' special bulk. Thunder can be run in place of Thunderbolt to more easily power through Gigavolt Havoc's targets, requiring notably less chip damage to OHKO Empoleon and Tentacruel while always OHKOing Bisharp after Stealth Rock. However, it has limited use outside of this due to its shaky accuracy despite its higher power. Hidden Power Ice covers Gligar, Nidoqueen, and Nidoking, which otherwise sponge anything Nihilego can throw at them, though its limited coverage outside of this makes it an often suboptimal option.

Set Details
========

Electrium Z lures lets Nihilego lure and KO (the move doesn't lure these Pokemon, Nihilego does) several Water- and Steel-types, such as Tentacruel, Empoleon, Doublade, and Bisharp, punishing them with heavy damage. Black Sludge should be run as Nihilego's item if it's using Protect in order to passively restore its HP as it scouts foes' attacks. It can also be used if another teammate is using a Z-move Z-Move and if longevity is preferred over power. Life Orb is another option if another teammate is running a Z-move Z-Move, putting power behind Nihilego's moves and notably allowing it to OHKO Primarina with Sludge Wave and 2HKO Empoleon with Thunderbolt. It can complicate Nihilego's entry hazard setting entry hazard-setting capabilities by cutting into its longevity, however. Beast Boost allows Nihilego to increase its Special Attack upon netting KOes KOs. An EV spread of 80 HP / 176 SpA / 252 Spe allows Nihilego to boost its Speed instead of its Special Attack with Beast Boost, though this can notably cut into its damage output at times, preventing it from reliably OHKOing Swampert with Grass Knot,(AC) for instance.

Usage Tips
========

If Nihilego is running Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes, it should attempt to set them early-game in order to immediately apply pressure to the opposing team. It should do this against special attackers that can't hit it hard, like Moltres, Mega Houndoom, and Rotom-H, or against passive defensive Pokemon like Alomomola and Florges. After setting entry hazards, Nihilego should capitalize on its good coverage and power to try punching holes in opposing teams. Later on in the game, when its checks have been removed or weakened, Nihilego can try cleaning up thanks to its decent Speed and Beast Boost, especially if it is running the investment necessary to receive a Speed boost. If Protect is being run ran ("being" makes the verb past tense: "the dog is being walked", "the tool is being used", etc) in the fourth slot, it should be used against potentially Choiced potential Choice item Pokemon like Scizor, Krookodile, and Hydreigon to scout for their attack. This also allows it to passively restore health with Black Sludge. If Toxic Spikes is being used, Nihilego should only set one layer against offensive teams, as most Pokemon on these teams won't stay in play long, making consistent poison damage an easy method of quickly chipping them down. Against defensive teams, however, two layers should be set in order to rack up bad poison damage over time against the passive Pokemon often found on these builds. Electrium Z is best activated against offensive Steel-types and bulky Water-types, such as Bisharp and Mega Slowbro, respectively, (obvious) as otherwise these Pokemon would be able to tank a hit and pressure Nihilego. Prediction is important in securing KOes KOs against Pokemon that could tank a hit and KO Nihilego. For instance, if a Ground-type like Hippowdon or Krookodile is expected to switch in, Nihilego should try nabbing them with Grass Knot on the switch in order to secure the 2HKO without taking any damage itself. Nihilego shouldn't stay in on physical attackers that it can't outrun or KO, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Steelix, and Mega Aggron, due to its awful physical bulk. It should also look out for powerful priority attacks from foes like Scizor, Bisharp, and Crawdaunt, Choice Scarf users like Infernape and Krookodile, and Pursuit from the aforementioned Scizor, Bisharp, and Krookodile.

Team Options
========

Nihilego fits well onto several different archetypes, ranging from hyper offense to stall, thanks to the useful offensive and defensive utility it provides to teams it's placed on. It also matches up well against various stallbreakers, such as Gengar, Togekiss, and Chandelure. If Nihilego is running Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes, setup sweepers like Latias, Mega Altaria, and Lucario appreciate its ability to chip down opposing teams. The latter two appreciate its ability to deal with Moltres as well. Wallbreakers like Mamoswine, Crawdaunt, and Volcanion also enjoy its entry hazard support for this reason. If Nihilego wishes to forego entry hazards for Protect, other setters like Mega Aggron and Hippowdon, which can additionally support Nihilego with Sand Steam, can let it more comfortably do so while also allowing Nihilego to more easily muscle past opposing Pokemon. Steel-type checks like Infernape, Suicune, and Moltres can weaken or entirely remove a few particularly troublesome answers to Nihilego, such as Mega Aggron, Mega Steelix, and Klefki. Ground-type answers, such as Tsareena, Celebi, and Primarina, can also be important for easing Nihilego's matchups against them while also potentially allowing it to more comfortably run Power Gem. Pivots like Zeraora and Hydreigon can bring Nihilego in more easily, since it at times won't be able to comfortably come into play on account of its poor Defense. Pokemon capable of tanking a few physical attacks if need be, like Gligar, Doublade, and Cobalion, can help Nihilego more easily circumvent its physical frailty. In return, Nihilego can reliably come in on a few troublesome special attackers for the aforementioned teammates to face, such as Mega Manectric and Celebi. Pokemon that appreciate a sturdy check to Fairy-types, such as Hydreigon, Latias, and Haxorus, benefit from Nihilego's support. Kommo-o particularly pairs up well with Nihilego, appreciating its ability to check Fairy- and Flying-types, checking Steel-types for it in return, and benefitting benefiting immensely from its Toxic Spikes support if being used. Specially frail Pokemon can also benefit from Nihilego's ability to blanket check a few important special attackers, meaning the likes of Bisharp and Slowbro will often appreciate it as a teammate.

[SET]
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Power Gem
move 2: Sludge Wave
move 3: Grass Knot
move 4: Thunderbolt / Dazzling Gleam
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Grass Knot allows Nihilego to revenge kill the likes of Terrakion, Krookodile, and Adamant Mega Sharpedo, though the former two often require some chip damage to KO. It is also Nihilego's best source of damage against Mega Blastoise, Suicune, and Ground-types like Mamoswine and Hippowdon. Thunderbolt damages bulky Water-types like Alomomola, Empoleon, and Tentacruel more than any of Nihilego's other attacks while letting it revenge kill offensive Starmie after some chip damage. It also adequately damages offensive Steel-types like Lucario and Bisharp, 2HKOing both after minor chip damage. Dazzling Gleam allows Nihilego to KO Hydreigon and Kommo-o in one hit while dealing heavy damage to wallbreakers like Heracross and Haxorus. It can also reliably 2HKO Latias after Stealth Rock damage. Toxic Spikes can be used to allow Nihilego to set an entry hazard as a foes an opposing Pokemon that walls it switches in, punishing the opposing team with Poison poison damage. It can also try bluffing a hazard setting hazard-setting set, though this is often a situational and risky strategy, and the moves itself themselves costs cost coverage.

Set Details
========

Choice Scarf allows Nihilego to function as a revenge killer, capable of removing fast threats like Mega Aerodactyl, +1 Mega Altaria, and Mega Beedrill. Beast Boost increases Nihilego's threat level by boosting its Special Attack every time it KOes a foe.

Usage Tips
========

This set should be used to revenge kill various tier sweepers, such as +1 Mega Altaria, Celebi, and Togekiss, after they've sustained some residual damage. It also revenge kills faster threats like Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Manectric, and Zeraora after some prior damage. Since Nihilego often can't directly switch into most of the Pokemon it revenge kills, it will have to come into play as its targeted sweeper is setting up, after a teammate has fainted, or through the support of a pivot, though the former first (former implies two choices) strategy is by far the riskiest. Nihilego can, however, come in on several special attackers that can't hit it super effectively, such as Gengar, Mega Manectric, Moltres, and Mega Pidgeot, as well as passive attackers like Alomomola and Sylveon. Due to Choice Scarf locking Nihilego onto into one attack, it is important to predict properly so as not to provide the opponent with (the "with" is fine) free turns. Nailing Ground-types on the switch with Grass Knot and hitting bulky Water-types with Thunderbolt are examples of how to accomplish this. Nihilego must also look out for Pursuit from Pokemon like Krookodile and for Pokemon that can abuse take advantage of (The standards say: '"Abuse" means "use in a negative way / to a negative effect" or "assault"; it should not be used as a substitute for "make heavy use of" or "benefit from"'.) it to set up, like Latias and Cobalion. Nabbing these foes with a super effective attack on the switch or, in Cobalion's case, doubling out of play or switching out as they begin setup it begins to set up is the best way for Nihilego to minimize any potential harm done to its team. Nihilego should be wary of priority moves from Pokemon like Bisharp, Scizor, Infernape, and Crawdaunt, as its poor physical Defense will cause it to sustain major damage from their attacks,(AC) which will complicate its role.

Team Options
========

This set is a comfortable fit on offensive teams in need of a fast revenge killer. Setup sweepers and cleaners, like Bulk Up Zeraora and Mega Sharpedo, appreciate Nihilego's ability to revenge kill opposing sweepers for them to more easily do their job late-game. Pokemon with poor or shaky special bulk, like Doublade and Mega Slowbro, also value Nihilego as a teammate thanks to its ability to blanket check many of the tier's special attackers if need be. Pokemon in need of Fairy-type checks as teammates, like Kommo-o and Haxorus, often welcome Nihilego's ability to offensively threaten most of them. Pokemon weak to Flying-types, like Chesnaught, Celebi,(AC) and most Fighting-types, enjoy Nihilego as a teammate as well. Entry hazard setters such as Azelf, Mamoswine, and Klefki are helpful teammates for Nihilego, allowing it to more easily power through foes thanks to the additional chip damage. Steel-type checks like Chesnaught, Volcanion, and Infernape are also appreciated by Nihilego for their ability to weaken some of this set's sturdier switch-ins, like Cobalion and Mega Aggron. Ground-type immunities Ground-immune Pokemon ("immunities" can't be used as a noun to refer to Pokemon) can also be important due to Nihilego's weakness to Pokemon like Gligar and Nidoking, making Hydreigon, Latias, and Togekiss worthwhile teammates. Powerful wallbreakers like Terrakion and Primarina can weaken foes for Nihilego and help circumvent its occasional power problems. Pivots reliably bring Nihilego into play if its switch-in opportunities to switch in are limited, making U-turn Infernape and Rotom-C good options for partners. Pursuit trappers like Mega Aerodactyl and Alolan Muk can weaken or remove a few troublesome Pokemon for Nihilego to match up against at times, such as Latias and Starmie.

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

Rockium Z is a powerful Z-move Z-Move option,(RC) capable of dealing heavy damage to conventional checks in Gligar and Scizor while dealing strong neutral damage. However, it doesn't hit a particularly wide variety of targets compared to Gigavolt Havoc,(RC) and often doesn't provide the same value as the utility or power that will come with Black Sludge or Life Orb. Choice Specs turns Nihilego into a formidable wallbreaker with great coverage, though this makes it easier to reliably revenge kill, as it doesn't particularly enjoy being locked into any of its attacks and has a slightly exploitable Speed tier. Pain Split gives Nihilego a stronger matchup against specially defensive Pokemon like Blissey and Alolan Muk while and (Smogon advises against using while as a synonym for and.) also giving gives it a form of recovery, but it is too often too hard to fit over more consistently useful options. Hidden Power Fire covers the omnipresent Scizor, though since it already takes healthy damage from Power Gem and Gigavolt Havoc, it often isn't worth the trouble.

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

**Steel-types**: Most Steel-types resist Nihilego's STAB combination and can KO it with super effective attacks. Klefki and Mega Aggron often can't be 2HKOed by Gigavolt Havoc into Thunderbolt and can threaten Nihilego with paralysis and STAB Heavy Slam, respectively. Cobalion, Doublade, and Lucario are all more susceptible to strong neutral attacks,(RC) but can still force Nihilego out and garner opportunities to set up in the process. Mega Steelix is particularly troublesome, as it is immune to Gigavolt Havoc, doesn't take heavy damage from anything Nihilego can hit it with, and carries two STAB attacks capable of OHKOing Nihilego from full HP. Assault Vest variants of Bisharp are also often annoying, as they don't take very much damage from Nihilego's moves while threatening it with Iron Head and Pursuit.

**Ground-types**: Several Ground-types also resist Nihilego's STAB combination, making them sturdy checks. Although Krookodile, Swampert, and Hippowdon have to look out for Grass Knot on the switch, they can take the attack once while OHKOing Nihilego in return with STAB Earthquake. Nidoking and Nidoqueen both resist Nihilego's STAB combination and aren't hit hard by its coverage options, making them reliable answers. Gligar must look out for the rare Continental Crush into a Power Gem, though otherwise it can't be 2HKOed by Nihilego and can OHKO it or abuse take advantage of it for free turns.

**Fast Physical Attackers**: Nihilego's poor Defense allows heavy hitting heavy-hitting, fast physical attackers to overwhelm it. Examples include Terrakion, Zeraora, and Mega Aerodactyl,(RC) as well as physical Choice Scarf users like Infernape and Krookodile.

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: The likes of Blissey and Mega Steelix can repeatedly tank hits from Nihilego while threatening it with Seismic Toss and Earthquake, respectively. Assault Vest variants of Alolan Muk and Bisharp can also tank multiple hits while trapping Nihilego with Pursuit. Empoleon must look out for Gigavolt Havoc,(RC) but otherwise is only 3HKOed by Thunderbolt, allowing it to so it can Defog Nihilego's entry hazards away or wear it down with Scald.

**Strong Priority**: Nihilego's pitiful physical bulk allows Scizor, Bisharp, Choice Band Infernape, and Crawdaunt to heavily damage or outright KO it with their respective priority moves.
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[OVERVIEW]

By virtue of its unique typing, great Special Attack and Speed, and vast movepool with coverage and utility, Nihilego carves a niche for itself in UU as a customizable offensive force whose tools can be tailored to its team's needs. Its access to Stealth Rock and Toxic Spikes can allow it to function as a reliable offensive entry hazard setter, using its typing and coverage to threaten out many common entry hazard removers, though it also has the option of running moves such as Protect and Acid Spray to more easily work around its checks. Thanks to its typing, coverage, and Speed, Nihilego can also utilize Choice Scarf to revenge kill several of the tier's threatening forces, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Altaria, Terrakion, and Celebi. Moreover, its excellent special bulk for an offensive Pokemon can allow it to sponge weaker or resisted special attacks well, take on Flying-types like Moltres and Togekiss, and blanket check foes like Gengar, Mega Manectric, and Choice Scarf Hydreigon if need be. Unfortunately, Nihilego is at times held back by its terrible physical bulk, which allows the tier's several faster physical threats, including Cobalion and Zeraora, to easily take advantage of it. This also leaves it vulnerable to Pursuit and powerful priority attacks, most notably Scizor's Bullet Punch. It's also unable to power through the tier's surplus of Ground- and Steel-types with its STAB moves alone, which allows most to tank a hit and KO Nihilego with super effective attacks. Nihilego can also struggle to break through a few key defensive Pokemon in the metagame, such as Blissey, Mega Steelix, and Gligar, complicating compromising its wallbreaking capabilities. Lastly, while Nihilego's Speed and typing provide plentiful perks, they also leave it outran outrun and overwhelmed by a few tier staples, such as Terrakion, Latias, and Cobalion.

[SET]
name: 3 Attacks
move 1: Sludge Wave
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Grass Knot / Power Gem
move 4: Stealth Rock / Protect / Toxic Spikes
item: Electrium Z / Black Sludge / Life Orb
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Thunderbolt provides coverage against troublesome bulky Water-types such as Empoleon, Slowbro, and Tentacruel. With Electrium Z, it turns into a powerful Gigavolt Havoc capable of OHKOing the aforementioned Water-types after some chip damage while heavily damaging Steel-types like Scizor, Bisharp, and Cobalion. Grass Knot nails various Ground-types that could otherwise wall Nihilego, like Krookodile, Hippowdon, and Swampert. Power Gem is an option over Grass Knot, sacrificing Ground-type coverage on Ground-types for a STAB attack capable of hitting Fire-types and Ice-types like Rotom-H, Kyurem, and Chandelure super effectively while hitting Scizor harder than Thunderbolt. It can also hit Flying-types harder than Thunderbolt, KOing Moltres and Tornadus in one hit. Nihilego can set Stealth Rock as it forces switches, punishing the opponent's switches with chip damage. Protect can be used in tandem with Black Sludge to scout for moves on Choice-locked Pokemon, like Choice Band Scizor and Terrakion and Choice Scarf Krookodile, while passively restoring Nihilego's HP. Toxic Spikes can also be set on forced switches, racking up poison damage on foes as they come in. Acid Spray is another option in the fourth slot, allowing Nihilego to force switches and generate momentum by decreasing its switch-ins' special bulk. Thunder can be run in place of Thunderbolt to more easily power through Gigavolt Havoc's targets, requiring notably less chip damage to OHKO Empoleon and Tentacruel while always OHKOing Bisharp after Stealth Rock. However, it has limited use outside of this due to its shaky accuracy despite its higher power. Hidden Power Ice covers Gligar, Nidoqueen, and Nidoking, which otherwise sponge anything Nihilego can throw at them, though its limited coverage outside of this makes it an often suboptimal option.

Set Details
========

Electrium Z lets Nihilego lure and KO several Water- and Steel-types, such as Tentacruel, Empoleon, Doublade, and Bisharp, punishing them with heavy damage. Black Sludge should be run as Nihilego's item if it's using Protect in order to passively restore its HP as it scouts foes' attacks. It can also be used if another teammate is using a Z-Move and longevity is preferred over power. Life Orb is another option if another teammate is running a Z-Move, putting power behind Nihilego's moves and notably allowing it to OHKO Primarina with Sludge Wave and 2HKO Empoleon with Thunderbolt. It can complicate Nihilego's entry hazard setting (RH) capabilities by cutting into its longevity, however. Beast Boost allows Nihilego to increase its Special Attack upon netting KOs. An EV spread of 80 HP / 176 SpA / 252 Spe allows Nihilego to boost its Speed instead of its Special Attack with Beast Boost, though this can notably cut into its damage output at times, preventing it from reliably OHKOing Swampert with Grass Knot, for instance.

Usage Tips
========

If Nihilego is running Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes, it should attempt to set them early-game in order to immediately apply pressure to the opposing team. It should do this against special attackers that can't hit it hard, like Moltres, Mega Houndoom, and Rotom-H, or against passive defensive Pokemon like Alomomola and Florges. After setting entry hazards, Nihilego should capitalize on its good coverage and power to try punching holes in opposing teams. Later on in the game, when its checks have been removed or weakened, Nihilego can try cleaning up thanks to its decent Speed and Beast Boost, especially if it is running the investment necessary to receive a Speed boost. If Protect is being ran run in the fourth slot, it should be used against potential Choice item Pokemon like Scizor, Krookodile, and Hydreigon to scout for their attack. This also allows it Nihilego to passively restore health with Black Sludge. If Toxic Spikes is being used, Nihilego should only set one layer against offensive teams, as most Pokemon on these teams won't stay in play long, making consistent poison damage an easy method of quickly chipping them down. Against defensive teams, however, two layers should be set in order to rack up poison damage over time against the passive Pokemon often found on these builds. Electrium Z is best activated against offensive Steel-types and bulky Water-types, such as Bisharp and Mega Slowbro, as otherwise these Pokemon would be able to tank a hit and pressure Nihilego. Prediction is important in securing KOs against Pokemon that could tank a hit and KO Nihilego. For instance, if a Ground-type like Hippowdon or Krookodile is expected to switch in, Nihilego should try nabbing them with Grass Knot on the switch in order to secure the 2HKO without taking any damage itself. Nihilego shouldn't stay in on physical attackers that it can't outrun or KO, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Steelix, and Mega Aggron, due to its awful physical bulk. It should also look out for powerful priority attacks from foes like Scizor, Bisharp, and Crawdaunt, Choice Scarf users like Infernape and Krookodile, and Pursuit from the aforementioned Scizor, Bisharp, and Krookodile.

Team Options
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Nihilego fits well onto several different archetypes, ranging from hyper offense to stall, thanks to the useful offensive and defensive utility it provides to teams it's placed on. It also matches up well against various stallbreakers, such as Gengar, Togekiss, and Chandelure. If Nihilego is running Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes, setup sweepers like Latias, Mega Altaria, and Lucario appreciate its ability to chip down opposing teams. The latter two appreciate its ability to deal with Moltres as well. Wallbreakers like Mamoswine, Crawdaunt, and Volcanion also enjoy its entry hazard support for this reason. If Nihilego wishes to forego entry hazards for Protect, other setters like Mega Aggron and Hippowdon, which can additionally support Nihilego with Sand Steam, can let it more comfortably do so while also allowing Nihilego to more easily muscle past opposing Pokemon. Steel-type checks like Infernape, Suicune, and Moltres can weaken or entirely remove a few particularly troublesome answers to Nihilego, such as Mega Aggron, Mega Steelix, and Klefki. Ground-type answers, such as Tsareena, Celebi, and Primarina, can also be important for easing Nihilego's matchups against them while also potentially allowing it to more comfortably run Power Gem. Pivots like Zeraora and Hydreigon can bring Nihilego in more easily, since it at times won't be able to comfortably come into play on account of its poor Defense. Pokemon capable of tanking a few physical attacks, like Gligar, Doublade, and Cobalion, can help Nihilego more easily circumvent its physical frailty. In return, Nihilego can reliably come in on a few troublesome special attackers for the aforementioned teammates to face, such as Mega Manectric and Celebi. Pokemon that appreciate a sturdy check to Fairy-types, such as Hydreigon, Latias, and Haxorus, benefit from Nihilego's support. Kommo-o particularly pairs up well with Nihilego, appreciating its ability to check Fairy- and Flying-types, checking Steel-types for it in return, and benefiting immensely from its Toxic Spikes support if being used. Specially frail Pokemon can also benefit from Nihilego's ability to blanket check a few important special attackers, meaning the likes of Bisharp and Slowbro will often appreciate it as a teammate.

[SET]
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Power Gem
move 2: Sludge Wave
move 3: Grass Knot
move 4: Thunderbolt / Dazzling Gleam
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Grass Knot allows Nihilego to revenge kill the likes of Terrakion, Krookodile, and Adamant Mega Sharpedo, though the former two often require some chip damage to KO. It is also Nihilego's best source of damage against Mega Blastoise, Suicune, and Ground-types like Mamoswine and Hippowdon. Thunderbolt damages bulky Water-types like Alomomola, Empoleon, and Tentacruel more than any of Nihilego's other attacks while letting it revenge kill offensive Starmie after some chip damage. It also adequately damages offensive Steel-types like Lucario and Bisharp, 2HKOing both after minor chip damage. Alternatively, Dazzling Gleam allows Nihilego to KO Hydreigon and Kommo-o in one hit while dealing heavy damage to wallbreakers like Heracross and Haxorus. It can also reliably 2HKO Latias after Stealth Rock damage. Toxic Spikes can be used to allow Nihilego to set an entry hazard as an opposing Pokemon that walls it switches in, punishing the opposing team with poison damage. It can also try bluffing a hazard setting (RH) set, though this is often a situational and risky strategy, and the moves themselves cost coverage.

Set Details
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Choice Scarf allows Nihilego to function as a revenge killer, capable of removing fast threats like Mega Aerodactyl, +1 Mega Altaria, and Mega Beedrill. Beast Boost increases Nihilego's threat level by boosting its Special Attack every time it KOes a foe.

Usage Tips
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This set should be used to revenge kill various tier sweepers, such as +1 Mega Altaria, Celebi, and Togekiss, after they've sustained some residual damage. It also revenge kills faster threats like Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Manectric, and Zeraora after some prior damage. Since Nihilego often can't directly switch into most of the Pokemon it revenge kills, it will have to come into play as its targeted sweeper is setting up, after a teammate has fainted, or through the support of a pivot, though the first strategy is by far the riskiest. Nihilego can, however, come in on several special attackers that can't hit it super effectively, such as Gengar, Mega Manectric, Moltres, and Mega Pidgeot, as well as passive attackers like Alomomola and Sylveon. Due to Choice Scarf locking Nihilego into one attack, it is important to predict properly so as not to provide the opponent free turns. Nailing Ground-types on the switch with Grass Knot and hitting bulky Water-types with Thunderbolt are examples of how to accomplish this. Nihilego must also look out for Pursuit from Pokemon like Krookodile and Pokemon that can take advantage of it to set up, like Latias and Cobalion. Nabbing these foes with a super effective attack on the switch or, in Cobalion's case, doubling out of play or switching out as it begins to set up is the best way for Nihilego to minimize any potential harm done to its team. Nihilego should be wary of priority moves from Pokemon like Bisharp, Scizor, Infernape, and Crawdaunt, as its poor Defense will cause it to sustain major damage from their attacks, (<- deformat) which will complicate its role.

Team Options
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This set is a comfortable fit on offensive teams in need of a fast revenge killer. Setup sweepers and cleaners, like Bulk Up Zeraora and Mega Sharpedo, appreciate Nihilego's ability to revenge kill opposing sweepers for them to more easily do their job late-game. Pokemon with poor or shaky special bulk, like Doublade and Mega Slowbro, also value Nihilego as a teammate thanks to its ability to blanket check many of the tier's special attackers. Pokemon in need of Fairy-type checks as teammates, like Kommo-o and Haxorus, often welcome Nihilego's ability to offensively threaten most of them. Pokemon weak to Flying-types, like Chesnaught, Celebi, (<- deformat) and most Fighting-types, enjoy Nihilego as a teammate as well. Entry hazard setters such as Azelf, Mamoswine, and Klefki are helpful teammates for Nihilego, allowing it to more easily power through foes thanks to the additional chip damage. Nihilego also appreciates Steel-type checks like Chesnaught, Volcanion, and Infernape are also appreciated by Nihilego for their ability to weaken some of this set's sturdier switch-ins, like Cobalion and Mega Aggron. Ground-immune Pokemon can also be important due to Nihilego's weakness to Pokemon like Gligar and Nidoking, making Hydreigon, Latias, and Togekiss worthwhile teammates. Powerful wallbreakers like Terrakion and Primarina can weaken foes for Nihilego and help circumvent its occasional power problems. Pivots reliably bring Nihilego into play if its opportunities to switch in are limited, making U-turn Infernape and Rotom-C good options for partners. Pursuit trappers like Mega Aerodactyl and Alolan Muk can weaken or remove a few troublesome Pokemon for Nihilego to match up against at times, such as Latias and Starmie.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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Rockium Z + Power Gem (or just Continental Crush idc, but the item is not a move) is a powerful Z-Move option capable of dealing heavy damage to conventional checks in Gligar and Scizor while dealing strong neutral damage. However, it doesn't hit a particularly wide variety of targets compared to Gigavolt Havoc and often doesn't provide the same value as the utility or power that will come with Black Sludge or Life Orb. Nihilego can run both Protect and an entry hazard on a set, allowing it to both scout attacks from foes while setting entry hazards, though this often exacerbates its tendency to be strapped for coverage options. Choice Specs turns Nihilego into a formidable wallbreaker with great coverage, though this makes it easier to reliably revenge kill, as it doesn't particularly enjoy being locked into any of its attacks and has a slightly exploitable Speed tier. Pain Split gives Nihilego a stronger matchup against specially defensive Pokemon like Blissey and Alolan Muk and also gives it a form of recovery, but it is often too hard to fit over more consistently useful options. Hidden Power Fire covers the omnipresent Scizor, though since it already takes healthy damage from Power Gem and Gigavolt Havoc, it often isn't worth the trouble.

Checks and Counters
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**Steel-types**: Most Steel-types resist Nihilego's STAB combination and can KO it with super effective attacks. Klefki and Mega Aggron often can't be 2HKOed by Gigavolt Havoc into followed by Thunderbolt and can threaten Nihilego with paralysis and STAB Heavy Slam, respectively. Cobalion, Doublade, and Lucario are all more susceptible to strong neutral attacks but can still force Nihilego out and garner opportunities to set up in the process. Mega Steelix is particularly troublesome, as it is immune to Gigavolt Havoc, doesn't take heavy damage from anything Nihilego can hit it with, and carries two STAB attacks capable of OHKOing Nihilego from full HP. Assault Vest variants of Bisharp are also often annoying, as they don't take very much damage from Nihilego's moves while threatening it with Iron Head and Pursuit.

**Ground-types**: Several Ground-types resist Nihilego's STAB combination, making them sturdy checks. Although Krookodile, Swampert, and Hippowdon have to look out for Grass Knot on the switch, they can take the attack once while OHKOing Nihilego in return with STAB Earthquake. Nidoking and Nidoqueen both resist Nihilego's STAB combination and aren't hit hard by its coverage options, making them reliable answers. Gligar must look out for the rare Continental Crush into a Power Gem, though otherwise it can't be 2HKOed by Nihilego and can OHKO it or take advantage of it for free turns.

**Fast Physical Attackers**: Nihilego's poor Defense allows heavy-hitting, fast physical attackers to overwhelm it. Examples include Terrakion, Zeraora, and Mega Aerodactyl as well as physical Choice Scarf users like Infernape and Krookodile.

**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: The likes of Blissey and Mega Steelix can repeatedly tank hits from Nihilego while threatening it with Seismic Toss and or Earthquake, respectively. Assault Vest variants of Alolan Muk and Bisharp can also tank multiple hits while trapping Nihilego with Pursuit. Empoleon must look out for Gigavolt Havoc but otherwise is only 3HKOed by Thunderbolt, so it can Defog Nihilego's entry hazards away or wear it down with Scald.

**Strong Priority**: Nihilego's pitiful physical bulk allows Scizor, Bisharp, Choice Band Infernape, and Crawdaunt to heavily damage or outright KO it with their respective priority moves.
 

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