Feraligatr - The Big Jaw Pokemon
- strategies used
While I was looking at Feraligatr, I noticed two things that it needed in order to be successful in OU. One thing was its speed. Feraligatr's base 78 speed is by no means bad, but for OU, it's considered well below average, with Hyper Offense being the dominating playstyle in the current meta, so I wanted something that could slow other Pokemon down, so obviously, the way to go was to use Thundurus. Thanks to Prankster Thunder Wave, Thundurus easily slows down faster Pokemon so Feraligatr can safely set up on them without taking buckets of damage. Second thing I noticed about Feraligatr was that it only has three moveslots to work with, and as such, it's going to be walled by one thing or another no matter what two coverage moves it chooses, so some partners that could fix the coverage issues it has could allow it to set up relatively safely on some Pokemon.
- how I went about building with this Pokemon
I didn't actually build the team
cause ain't nobody got time for that. But I can attempt to explain how the builder went about building this team. Like I said, Feraligatr needs something that can provide Speed control, and Life Orb Thundurus was the answer, thanks to having Prankster T-Wave. Thundurus was also added to take care of Water and important Dragon types, most notably Garchomp. From what I can see, Nasty Plot Celebi was added to provide a solid check to Electric types & the builder went with Hidden Power Fire in order to lure in Ferrothorn and Scizor, doing buckets of damage to the former while OHKOing the latter after a Nasty Plot. Next, Mega Lopunny was the Mega of choice in order to do well vs. offense, as outside of Prankster Thunder Wave from Thundurus, the team was relatively slow. Finally, Life Orb Sand Rush Excadrill was added along with Tyranitar, as the former provided a solid check to Fairies while also shares similar checks and counters to Feraligatr, making them excellent partners.
- general strengths / weaknesses
Feraligatr's strengths lie in three places; its Attack stat, its Ability, and its movepool. With a relatively high Attack stat of 105, Feraligatr is a pretty damn powerful Pokemon & when you combine that with high Base Power moves along with Sheer Force & Life Orb, Feraligatr becomes a fearsome physical attacker in th OU meta & it only gets better from there. Dragon Dance allows Feraligatr to boost its already high Attack stat along with its below average Speed stat, allowing it to out-speed a good majority of the metagame while also powering through bulkier Pokemon with its relatively high-powered STAB moves. Sadly, Feraligatr's mediocre Speed make it prone to faster attackers before a Dragon Dance & it's still being out-sped by relevant scarfed Pokemon. Mediocre bulk on the special side is also a huge downfall, leaving it prone to taking buckets of damage from powerful special attackers. Finally, and probably the most damning of all, is its slight case of 4 moveslot syndrome. Feraligatr has only two coverage moves that it's able to use, & despite that this will allow it to hit some common switch-ins, it will also be walled by common switch-ins depending on what coverage moves it chooses to use.
- if the meta is in favor of the Pokemon or not
- sets you used with the Pokemon
Ability: Sheer Force
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
- Dragon Dance
All in all, Feraligatr is a pretty solid Pokemon, that, despite its weaknesses, can be a very solid Pokemon in OverUsed.