Copyediting [ORAS] Mega Lopunny [QC 2/2] [GP 0/2]

[OVERVIEW]
Mega Lopunny’s high Attack and Speed stats along with access to strong STAB moves like Fake Out, Giga Impact, and High Jump Kick let it outspeed and KO many common threats such as non-defensive Mega Charizard X, Mega Charizard Y, Mega Gardevoir, non-Choice Scarf Kyurem-B, Tyranitar-Mega, and Heatran. Mega Lopunny also has access to a bunch of coverage moves such as Substitute, Encore, Endure, Thunder Punch, and Ice Punch which can play mindgames at team preview and will come in handy in some situations, though not as generally useful as its offensive moves. Scrappy is a very useful ability in Mega form which allows Mega Lopunny to take on Ghost-types like Mega Sableye and Aegislash which it can't hit otherwise. Unfortunately, Mega Lopunny’s offensive capabilities can only go so far, as it is a common benchmark to be bulked for when EVing, which leaves it prone to threats like Mega Charizard X, Mega Altaria, and Victini. Furthermore, Mega Lopunny’s defensive stats leave much to desire for, as other fast offensive threats that can outspeed it will undoubtedly KO it, such as Timid Greninja, along with Choice Scarf Porygon-Z and Kyurem-B.

[SET]
name: Hyper Offense
move 1: Fake Out
move 2: Giga Impact
move 3: High Jump Kick
move 4: Substitute
item: Lopunnite
ability: Limber
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
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Fake Out and Mega Lopunny’s offensive moves work hand in hand with each other, with Fake Out giving Mega Lopunny a free turn of invincibility that lets it safely reach its Mega Speed for the next turn while also getting off some very useful chip damage which aids it in almost every matchup it comes across. Giga Impact goes well with Fake Out, allowing Mega Lopunny to always beat Mega Gardevoir, Mega Charizard Y, Garchomp, Meloetta, Serperior, and non-defensive Mega Charizard X. High Jump Kick helps Mega Lopunny cover Kyurem-B, Mega Sableye, Choice Specs Porygon-Z, and will generally be the move of choice after Fake Out against Pokemon that resist Giga Impact such as Heatran, Mega Tyranitar, and Genesect. Substitute gives Mega Lopunny a better matchup against Counter users like Registeel and Snorlax, along with stall like an unsuspecting Mega Venusaur that uses Charm instantly or a Mew that uses Will-O-Wisp instantly, and it also helps against Custap users like Porygon-Z and Manaphy. Substitute can also be used to give Mega Lopunny a better chance against Aegislash and non-Flame Charge Mega Charizard X. Limber in pre-Mega form, though niche, should be used to have a better matchup against defensive Thunder Wave Togekiss and Porygon2. Scrappy in Mega form lets Mega Lopunny beat Mega Sableye and Aegislash, as well as Mega Gengar if Mega Lopunny chooses to use a Jolly nature over an Adamant one.

EVs
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252 Attack EVs along with an Adamant nature is used to hit the hardest which will come in handy in countless matchups. 252 Speed is useful for some general benchmarks to outspeed such as Serperior, Jumpluff, and Modest Greninja. Though usually outclassed by Adamant due to the noticeable loss of strength, a Jolly nature can be used to consistently beat Greninja and Mega Gengar, but this will give Mega Lopunny less reliability against semi-bulky Mega Charizard X, bulky Mega Charizard Y and Mega Gardevoir, Meloetta, Choice Scarf Genesect, and Togekiss. A spread of 40 HP / 204 Atk / 56 Def / 208 Spe along with an Adamant nature can be used to always take a non-boosting nature Choice Scarf Kyurem-B’s Outrage, while maintaining enough speed for Serperior and the rest of the EVs being dumped into Attack. Alternatively, Mega Lopunny could use 64 HP / 108 Atk / 128 Def / 208 Spe with an Adamant nature to always take an Outrage from Choice Scarf Kyurem-B. These options are generally outclassed by the standard spread though, due to the bulk taking up valuable EVs which turn guaranteed KOs into rolls for Mega Lopunny, along with it no longer having the chance of winning the mirror matchup. Choice Scarf Kyurem-B is also not very common, compared to other sets like Haban Berry or Weakness Policy.

Strategy & Support
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Mega Lopunny is generally simple to use, in most scenarios Mega Lopunny are going to choose Fake Out into the respective STAB move. Exceptions to this though are times where Mega Lopunny needs to use Substitute. Against Pokemon like Manaphy, and Aegislash, where it is just mindgames if Mega Lopunny should attack when they attack Mega Lopunny, or use Substitute again if they try to use Endure or King’s Shield expecting an attack, respectively. Another important matchup is against Mega Charizard X, where, if you expect them to be non-Flame Charge, Mega Lopunny should immediately Substitute after using Fake Out to try and fish for Outrage hurting Mega Charizard X in its confusion, as well as Flare Blitz giving recoil to Mega Charizard X as well, giving Mega Lopunny a better chance to KO Mega Charizard X with Giga Impact once it has used all of its HP from Substitute up. If you do expect the Mega Charizard X to be Flame Charge, after using Fake Out, Mega Lopunny should immediately use Giga Impact and hope that it doesn’t have the adequate amount of physical defense, or hope for getting a critical hit. While Mega Lopunny generally has a good matchup against Pokemon that have types that are weak to it, Mega Gyarados is a notable counterexample as it can stay in non-Mega form and if it is faster, Dragon Dance immediately, and if it is slower, 2HKO semi-reliably with Waterfall. Fake Out into Giga Impact is very unreliable vs bulkier variants of Gyarados, making Mega Lopunny very unreliable as a whole against it. Substitute Mega Charizard X is a great partner for Mega Lopunny because it can cover the Steel-types that resist Mega Lopunny's High Jump Kick, while also being able to take on some stall Pokemon that Mega Lopunny has trouble with, like Mega Venusaur, Mega Ampharos, and non-Occa Berry Whimsicott. There are also many options with EVs, as Mega Charizard X could run a specially defensive set to take on Choice Specs Greninja, or could run a physically defensive set to take on other Mega Lopunny. Alternatively, Belly Drum could be ran over Substitute on Mega Charizard X, though this will give it a worse time against Mega Venusaur. Fire-types, by extension, are also good partners for Mega Lopunny. Water-types like Mega Slowbro or Mega Gyarados also make good partners but for different reasons, Mega Slowbro aiding in the Mega Charizard X matchup and being generally helpful against Steel-types that Mega Lopunny can’t already beat like Mega Mawile or Mega Metagross. Mega Gyarados, on the other hand, while still reliably beating Mega Charizard X, can cover non-Choice Specs Hoopa-U and Aegislash.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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The combination of High Jump Kick and Thunder Punch can be used to beat most Mega Gyarados, though be wary of a spread that has close to 252 Attack and enough speed to outspeed Mega Lopunny at +1, as it can always KO Mega Lopunny with a +1 Waterfall after a Dragon Dance. If you want to reliably beat Mega Gyarados with Thunder Punch, a spread with the EVs 32 HP / 184 Atk / 84 Def / 208 Spe and an Adamant nature will always take a +1 Waterfall from Mega Gyarados and KO back. Ice Punch lets Mega Lopunny reliably beat non-Choice Scarf Landorus-Therian and Dragonite. Flail over Giga Impact gives Mega Lopunny more reliability against non-Flame Charge Mega Charizard X and Choice Band Victini, though this is generally much worse than standard Giga Impact Mega Lopunny, as it loses out on key matchups where being able to attack early is crucial, such as against Mega Gardevoir, Meloetta, Garchomp, Hoopa-U, and Serperior. Endure gives Mega Lopunny a chance vs an unsuspecting Timid Choice Specs Greninja and Choice Scarf Porygon-Z, which, under normal circumstances, would use their recharge move instantly. It also gives Mega Lopunny reliability against Custap Berry users, like Manaphy and Porygon-Z.


Checks and Counters
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**Faster Offense**: Faster offensive Pokemon like Timid Greninja, as well as Choice Scarf Porygon-Z, Kyurem-B, Dragonite, and Victini can all take out Mega Lopunny in one hit, giving it no time to react.

**Stall**: Generally, Mega Lopunny has a poor matchup against stall Pokemon that are aware that Mega Lopunny has Substitute, like Mew, Mega Slowbro, Mega Altaria, Mega Venusaur, and Mega Ampharos.

**Bulky Offense**: Mega Charizard X, Mega Metagross, Victini, Sylveon, and Landorus-T are all threats that can easily bulk (or can naturally tank) Mega Lopunny’s hits and counteract with their own moves.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[pqs, 425798]]
- Quality checked by: [[DEG, 234355], [username2, userid2]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1], [username2, userid2]]
 
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Hello pqs

Overview:
+Mention Fighting/Normal alongside scrappy helps it take on Aegislash and Mega Sab
-Remove Zard X mention from first line if you're adding it on things that usual run bulk for lop

Set Description:
-I mean you don't need HJK for greninja

EVs:
Remove mirrors. We don't speak about the mirror.

S&S:
Fairies do not have a reliable matchup against Mega Gengar and Greninja lol. Mdiancie beats gar ya, but loses to ninja. maw lose to gar but beats ninja
You can add spdf zard x as partner w/ Sub for stall.

Checks and Counters
Don't mention mirror again


did this while having coffee, idt I missed much??? goodjob qc 1/2
 
Hello pqs

Very simple mon and you did a fine job articulating what it does.

"Mega Gyarados, on the other hand, while still reliably beating Mega Charizard X, can cover Greninja, non-Specs Hoopa-U, and Aegislash."

Mega-Gyarados is a pretty shaky Greninja check when it ocmes to hp electric/grass knot shenanigans

fix this and u got a QC
 

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