Qwilfish makes for a solid Spikes user in PU. Its speed tier differentiates itself from other Spikes users like Ferroseed and Alolan Sandslash, making it a good fit on more offensive teams. It is a decent switch-in to Fighting-types such as Passimian and Hitmontop and works against Swords Dance Silvally formes in a pinch as well. Also, it is one of the few Toxic Spikes absorbers available. Qwilfish frequently gets opportunities to set up Spikes against defensive Pokemon such as Audino and Aromatisse that cannot threaten it. However, Qwilfish can still be checked by common special attackers like Galarian Articuno and Charizard. Qwilfish struggles against common hazard removal such as Tsareena due to being worn down fast too.
move 1: Spikes
move 2: Taunt
move 3: Waterfall
move 4: Thunder Wave / Poison Jab / Destiny Bond
item: Rocky Helmet / Black Sludge
ability: Intimidate / Poison Point
evs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spe
Taunt puts a stop to other passive Pokemon like Ferroseed and Weezing. Waterfall prevents Qwilfish from being too passive itself and checks Defensive Charizard as well as Centiscorch. Thunder Wave cripples Pokemon that fail to OHKO Qwilfish like Silvally formes, and can also be useful against setup sweepers such as Scyther. Poison Jab is another option that lets Qwilfish immediately threaten Whimsicott and Tsareena. Destiny Bond is handy to grab momentum on more offensive teams, as it can remove some slower wallbreakers like Trevenant. Toxic Spikes can also be used with Substitute users like Silvally-Ghost and Frosmoth. Intimidate helps against Tsareena and Silvally formes, but can be a liability against Galarian Articuno making Poison Point a fair option. Poison Point combined with Rocky Helmet can be rather annoying for Pokemon such as Scyther. Qwilfish pairs nicely with Ghost-types like Silvally-Ghost and Cofagrius as spin blockers, and these two Pokemon also appreciate Spikes positioning them for a sweep. Rapid Spin users like Coalossal and Alolan Sandslash can synergize well with Qwilfish to not give up hazards. Alolan Sandslash stands out as a sweeper that can also provide Rapid Spin support in addition to its typing. Charizard appreciates both the Spikes and Thunder Wave support and checks Pokemon like Tsareena for Qwilfish in return. Pokemon like Quiver Dance Ribombee and Swords Dance Silvally-Ghost value Qwilfish's Spikes support to pull off a sweep too.
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