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It's time for the next Doubles OU suspect test! This time we're putting Urshifu-Rapid-Strike under the microscope. Urshifu's alternate Single-Strike form is already currently banned from SS DOU from the quickbans after the release of Crown Tundra, and was banned by suspect during the Isle of Armor meta, but this is the first time we've looked at Rapid-Strike.
Initially thought simply to be the weaker version of Urshifu, due to Water being an easier type to deal with offensively and defensively compared to Dark, Urshifu-R has grown in popularity over time to the point of becoming a top metagame threat. Similar to its other form, Urshifu-R boasts a base 130 Attack stat combined with two strong STAB attacks in Close Combat and Surging Strikes, the latter's 100% critical hit rate also providing effective immunity to Intimidate. When boosted by an item like Life Orb or Choice band, very few Pokemon can avoid being at worst 2HKOed by one of Urshifu's STABs. The option of Aqua Jet also allows Urshifu to pick off faster targets if sufficiently weakened. Surging Strikes doesn't just ignore Intimidate, however; it also hits the two most common users, Incineroar and Landorus-T, super effectively, knocking them clean out. Urshifu's ability to bypass and deal with Intimidate has played a large part in pushing it out of the meta, and enables other physical attackers such as Zygarde and Kartana who are usually kept in check with it. When paired together with these threats, the resulting offensive combination can be extremely difficult to deal with.
Another unique perk Urshifu has is the power to ignore Protect, from its ability Unseen Fist. This incredible bonus to all of its contact moves (which is effectively all of them) allows Urshifu to deny another typical form of counterplay to strong attackers, preventing the opponent from using Protect to help safely position around it. The ability to hit through Protect is made all the more potent due to the sheer strength of Urshifu's offensive prowess, as few Pokemon want to switch into the brunt of one of its attacks either. While it's difficult to pivot around Urshifu, Urshifu can easily pivot around you, with access to an unblockable U-turn being an additional benefit of its ability.
However, Urshifu is not completely without flaws. There are a couple of Pokemon which can handle Urshifu defensively, Tapu Fini and Amoonguss, but the best way to deal with it is offensively. Urshifu's fairly middling Speed leaves it vulnerable to a number of faster Pokemon such as Kartana, Zapdos, Dragapult, and Zeraora, which can all outspeed and KO it. Choice Scarf Urshifu variants can alleviate this issue, but are noticeably weaker without a boosting item. The omnipresent Rillaboom can also pin it down with a super effective Grassy Glide, regardless of item. Speed control such as Tailwind can also help, letting slower Pokemon like Necrozma turn the tables on Urshifu and hit it before it gets the opportunity to fire off one of its powerful attacks.
Important: The laddering period will last for a total of nine days.
Start: Friday, June 4th at 8:00 PM Eastern time (GMT-4)
End: Sunday, June 13th at 8:00 PM Eastern time (GMT-4)
All games must be played on the Pokemon Showdown! Doubles OU ladder on a fresh alt with a name of the form "DOUWA [name]". For example, I might register the name "DOUWA Yoda" to use on the suspect ladder.
To qualify to vote, you must achieve a minimum GXE of 80 with at least 50 games played. In addition, you may subtract 1 game for every 0.2 GXE you have above 80 GXE, down to a minimum of 30 games at a GXE of 84. As always, needing more than 50 games to reach 80 GXE is fine.
Urshifu-R will be legal during this suspect.