NU Rhydon

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[OVERVIEW]

Rhydon is a usable Stealth Rock setter courtesy of its good bulk with Eviolite and great offensive presence, letting it heavily pressure common forms of entry hazard prevention like Xatu and Dhelmise. Rhydon's good bulk with Eviolite makes it a strong check towards Salazzle and Aerodactyl. In addition to this, Rhydon's great Attack combined with Swords Dance and decent enough Speed let it break through defensive Pokemon like Vaporeon, Snorlax, and Weezing. However, Rhydon falls short defensively because of its typing, poor special bulk, and reliance on Eviolite. Its 4x weaknesses to Water and Grass are incredibly problematic, as NU is filled with fantastic Water- and Grass-types alike. Furthermore, Rhydon's a poor Volt Switch deterrent because Rotom-C and Heliolisk both OHKO it with super effective coverage moves, and many other Pokemon Rhydon would like to check like Xatu, Salazzle, and Drapion exploit its type weaknesses or vulnerability to Knock Off. Stakataka and Mudsdale are almost always better options because of their superior defensive typings. Both of these Pokemon also can afford to lose their items to Knock Off.

[SET]
name: Stealth Rock
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
move 4: Swords Dance / Heat Crash
item: Eviolite
ability: Reckless
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Details
========

Stone Edge offers more consistent power for 2HKOing Alolan Exeggutor and Dhelmise, but Rock Blast is an alternate with better accuracy and the ability to break through Substitute Braviary and Salazzle. Swords Dance lets Rhydon 2HKO physically defensive Pokemon like Mudsdale, Guzzlord, and Weezing. Alternatively, Heat Crash allows Rhydon to lure in and nail Grass-types, OHKOing Rotom-C and Tsareena and 2HKOing Vileplume. The latter is an especially important target, as it is capable of surviving an Earthquake at +2. Offensive EVs let Rhydon consistently outrun and OHKO defensive foes like Vaporeon, Sylveon, and Weezing after a Swords Dance boost.

Due to Rhydon's lack of reliable recovery, Wish support from the likes of Sylveon and Togedemaru makes it a more consistent check towards Pokemon like Snorlax. The former has access to Heal Bell to prevent status from Pokemon like Mudsdale, Talonflame, and Weezing from wearing it down, while the latter is able to check Rotom-C and Heliolisk. Grass-types like Rotom-C, Dhelmise, Decidueye, and Tsareena can handle the Water-, Ground-, and Grass-type attacks that Rhydon can't handle while appreciating it coming in on Flying- and Fire-type coverage attacks. Late-game cleaners like Salazzle and Toxicroak appreciate Rhydon weakening or KOing checks like Quagsire and Weezing.

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

Rhydon can run Rock Polish + Swords Dance, fixing its relatively poor Speed to become a scary sweeper. However, this set faces competition from Stakataka as a Rock-type sweeper. Megahorn OHKOes Starmie and Alolan Exeggutor on the switch, but it otherwise overlaps in coverage with the more accurate Heat Crash.

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

**Grass-types**: Decidueye, Alolan Exeggutor, and Dhelmise can switch in on a predicted Earthquake and threaten to OHKO Rhydon. Vileplume operates as a good check to Swords Dance variants, not fainting to +2 Earthquake, and in return it OHKOes with Giga Drain. However, Heat Crash Rhydon is able to effectively lure these threats in, 2HKOing all of the aforementioned Pokemon except Alolan Exeggutor.

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types, namely Vaporeon and Quagsire, can switch into Rhydon and heavily threaten it with Scald. More offensively-oriented Water-types like Starmie and Inteleon, while not able to directly switch in, can easily OHKO Rhydon.

**Fighting-types**: Passimian and Toxicroak, while unable to switch in directly, can 2HKO Rhydon with Close Combat and Low Kick, respectively.

**Residual Damage**: Due to Rhydon's lack of reliable recovery, burn, poison, and entry hazards wear it down well. Burns from Talonflame and Weezing are exceptionally dangerous due to lowering Rhydon's Attack, making it much harder for it to break through defensive Pokemon like Vileplume and Vaporeon.

**Item Removal**: Due to Rhydon's reliance on Eviolite for bulk, it is quite susceptible to item removal, especially from Pokemon it otherwise checks well like Salazzle and Drapion.

**Super Effective Coverage**: Pokemon like Drapion, Tauros, and Aerodactyl can lure in and heavily damage Rhydon with their coverage attacks, making it a worse check to them than it otherwise would be.

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:ss/rhydon:

[OVERVIEW]
Rhydon is a good Stealth Rock setter courtesy of its good bulk with Eviolite and great offensive presence, letting it apply strong offensive pressure on common forms of hazard prevention like Xatu and Dhelmise. Rhydon's good bulk with Eviolite allows it to serve as a strong check towards Snorlax and Xatu Salazzle. In addition to this, Rhydon boasts an incredible attack stat, which, in tandem with Swords Dance and a usable Speed tier, let it act as a decently strong wallbreaker, being able to break through defensive Pokemon like Vaporeon and Sylveon. However, Rhydon is heavily reliant on Eviolite for bulk, leaving it heavily vulnerable to item removal from Pokemon like Guzzlord and Drapion (admittedly this point would be much more relevant in previous gens where there were more common foes that Rhydon was tasked with checking that could cripple it with Knock off, but it's still good to include me thinks). Rhydon's typing, while providing tangible defensive merits, leaves it vulnerable to common Water- and Grass-type Pokemon in the tier, namely Vaporeon, Quagsire, Rotom-C, and Decidueye. This weakness is further compounded by its poor special bulk and Speed, leaving it easily overwhelmed by the tier's plethora of special attackers. It's also an inconsistent Volt Switch deterrent due to this, easily folding to Rotom-C's Leaf Storm and Heliolisk's Surf. (compared to other Ground-types, which still are shaky at best unless you're Galarian Stunfisk, Rhydon is actually just always risking life or death by trying to block Volt Switch)

[SET]
name: Stealth Rock
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
move 4: Swords Dance / Heat Crash
item: Eviolite
ability: Solid Rock Reckless (haha yeah I wish it got Solid Rock too!)
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

Earthquake targets Steel-types like Copperajah, Stakataka, and Doublade while also being Rhydon's most reliable form of damage against neutral targets, namely Vaporeon. Stone Edge has great synergy with Earthquake, targeting Flying-type Pokemon like Talonflame, Xatu, Aerodactyl, and Braviary. Rock Blast is an alternate Rock-type STAB with better accuracy and the ability to break through Substitute Braviary while still deterring Xatu. Swords Dance lets Rhydon boost its already massive Attack stat to obscene levels of power, 2HKOing physically defensive Pokemon like Mudsdale, Guzzlord, and Weezing. Alternatively, Heat Crash allows Rhydon to lure in Grass-types like Rotom-C, Decidueye, and Exeggutor-A Tsareena. Offensive EVs are used to maximize Rhydon's damage output, letting it consistently outrun and OHKO defensive foes like Vaporeon, Sylveon, and Weezing after a Swords Dance boost. (it's probably worth saying this just to have a blurb about it)

Due to Rhydon's lack of reliable recovery, Wish support from the likes of Sylveon, Vaporeon, and Togedemaru is beneficial, as it allows Rhydon to act as a more consistent check towards Pokemon like Snorlax. The former two have access to Heal Bell to prevent Rhydon from being worn down by status from Pokemon like Mudsdale, Talonflame, and Weezing, while the latter is able to check Rotom-C. Grass-types like Rotom-C, Dhelmise, Decidueye, and Tsareena are able to handle the Water-, Ground-, and Grass-type attacks that Rhydon is unable to handle while appreciating Rhydon's ability to come in on Flying- and Fire-type coverage. Other hazard setters like Weezing and Garbodor can make a great hazard stacking core with Rhydon, as these hazard setters appreciate Rhydon’s ability to threaten common forms of hazard removal. (instead I'd mention some late-game cleaners that appreciate Rhydon potentially wallbreaking for them.)

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

The combination of Rest + Sleep Talk is an interesting option, as it gives Rhydon a form of recovery without having to rely on Wish support. However, the inconsistent nature of Sleep Talk makes this set generally a waste of Rhydon’s potential. (not worth mentioning)

In terms of other options, Rhydon honestly just lacks many good ones. I think you could mention double dance sets with Rock Polish + Swords Dance, but Stakataka competes with Rhydon pretty decently there. Megahorn could be mentioned as a way to pop Starmie, but it otherwise does very little. Bulkier EV spreads could get a mention too.


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

**Grass-types**: Grass-types like Vileplume, Decidueye, Exeggutor-A, and Dhelmise can switch in on Rhydon and threaten to OHKO it with their Grass-type STAB attacks. However, Rhydon is able to effectively lure these threats with Heat Crash, landing a 2HKO on all of the aforementioned Pokemon except Exeggutor-A.

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types, namely Vaporeon and Quagsire, can switch into Rhydon and heavily threaten it with Scald. More offensively-oriented Water-types, like Blastoise and Araquanid, while not able to directly switch in, can easily OHKO Rhydon.

**Fighting-types**: Machamp, Passimian, Sirfetch'd, and Scrafty, while unable to switch in directly, can 2HKO Rhydon with their respective Fighting-type STAB attacks.

**Residual Damage**: Due to its lack of reliable recovery, Rhydon is susceptible to being worn down by burn, poison, and hazard damage. Burns in particular are exceptionally dangerous due to lowering Rhydon's attack, making it much harder for it to break through defensive Pokemon like Vileplume and Vaporeon. (this point is generally fine, but I want you to address how Rhydon would find itself crippled by status to begin with)

**Super Effective Coverage**: Pokemon like Exploud, (without calcing it I am going to assume specs boomburst rocks your shit) Tauros, and Aerodactyl are able to outspeed and threaten out Rhydon with super-effective Water-, Fighting-, or Ground-type coverage respectively. However, the latter is unable to switch in reliably. (same as the above: this should be rewritten a bit to more adequately address the interactions Rhydon has with these Pokemon. they're foes Rhydon would otherwise consider switching into because of its defensive typing but ends up struggling to because of the reasons you stated)

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review the spelling and grammar standards thread so you can correct the basic Pokegrammar issues this has. qc 1/2 when done
 

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:ss/rhydon:

[OVERVIEW]
Rhydon is a good Stealth Rock setter courtesy of its good bulk with Eviolite and great offensive presence, letting it apply strong offensive pressure on common forms of hazard prevention like Xatu and Dhelmise. Rhydon's good bulk with Eviolite allows it to serve as a strong check towards Snorlax and Xatu Salazzle. In addition to this, Rhydon boasts an incredible attack stat, which, in tandem with Swords Dance and a usable Speed tier, let it act as a decently strong wallbreaker, being able to break through defensive Pokemon like Vaporeon and Sylveon. However, Rhydon is heavily reliant on Eviolite for bulk, leaving it heavily vulnerable to item removal from Pokemon like Guzzlord and Drapion (admittedly this point would be much more relevant in previous gens where there were more common foes that Rhydon was tasked with checking that could cripple it with Knock off, but it's still good to include me thinks). Rhydon's typing, while providing tangible defensive merits, leaves it vulnerable to common Water- and Grass-type Pokemon in the tier, namely Vaporeon, Quagsire, Rotom-C, and Decidueye. This weakness is further compounded by its poor special bulk and Speed, leaving it easily overwhelmed by the tier's plethora of special attackers. It's also an inconsistent Volt Switch deterrent due to this, easily folding to Rotom-C's Leaf Storm and Heliolisk's Surf. (compared to other Ground-types, which still are shaky at best unless you're Galarian Stunfisk, Rhydon is actually just always risking life or death by trying to block Volt Switch)

[SET]
name: Stealth Rock
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
move 4: Swords Dance / Heat Crash
item: Eviolite
ability: Solid Rock Reckless (haha yeah I wish it got Solid Rock too!)
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

Earthquake targets Steel-types like Copperajah, Stakataka, and Doublade while also being Rhydon's most reliable form of damage against neutral targets, namely Vaporeon. Stone Edge has great synergy with Earthquake, targeting Flying-type Pokemon like Talonflame, Xatu, Aerodactyl, and Braviary. Rock Blast is an alternate Rock-type STAB with better accuracy and the ability to break through Substitute Braviary while still deterring Xatu. Swords Dance lets Rhydon boost its already massive Attack stat to obscene levels of power, 2HKOing physically defensive Pokemon like Mudsdale, Guzzlord, and Weezing. Alternatively, Heat Crash allows Rhydon to lure in Grass-types like Rotom-C, Decidueye, and Exeggutor-A Tsareena. Offensive EVs are used to maximize Rhydon's damage output, letting it consistently outrun and OHKO defensive foes like Vaporeon, Sylveon, and Weezing after a Swords Dance boost. (it's probably worth saying this just to have a blurb about it)

Due to Rhydon's lack of reliable recovery, Wish support from the likes of Sylveon, Vaporeon, and Togedemaru is beneficial, as it allows Rhydon to act as a more consistent check towards Pokemon like Snorlax. The former two have access to Heal Bell to prevent Rhydon from being worn down by status from Pokemon like Mudsdale, Talonflame, and Weezing, while the latter is able to check Rotom-C. Grass-types like Rotom-C, Dhelmise, Decidueye, and Tsareena are able to handle the Water-, Ground-, and Grass-type attacks that Rhydon is unable to handle while appreciating Rhydon's ability to come in on Flying- and Fire-type coverage. Other hazard setters like Weezing and Garbodor can make a great hazard stacking core with Rhydon, as these hazard setters appreciate Rhydon’s ability to threaten common forms of hazard removal. (instead I'd mention some late-game cleaners that appreciate Rhydon potentially wallbreaking for them.)

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

The combination of Rest + Sleep Talk is an interesting option, as it gives Rhydon a form of recovery without having to rely on Wish support. However, the inconsistent nature of Sleep Talk makes this set generally a waste of Rhydon’s potential. (not worth mentioning)

In terms of other options, Rhydon honestly just lacks many good ones. I think you could mention double dance sets with Rock Polish + Swords Dance, but Stakataka competes with Rhydon pretty decently there. Megahorn could be mentioned as a way to pop Starmie, but it otherwise does very little. Bulkier EV spreads could get a mention too.


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

**Grass-types**: Grass-types like Vileplume, Decidueye, Exeggutor-A, and Dhelmise can switch in on Rhydon and threaten to OHKO it with their Grass-type STAB attacks. However, Rhydon is able to effectively lure these threats with Heat Crash, landing a 2HKO on all of the aforementioned Pokemon except Exeggutor-A.

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types, namely Vaporeon and Quagsire, can switch into Rhydon and heavily threaten it with Scald. More offensively-oriented Water-types, like Blastoise and Araquanid, while not able to directly switch in, can easily OHKO Rhydon.

**Fighting-types**: Machamp, Passimian, Sirfetch'd, and Scrafty, while unable to switch in directly, can 2HKO Rhydon with their respective Fighting-type STAB attacks.

**Residual Damage**: Due to its lack of reliable recovery, Rhydon is susceptible to being worn down by burn, poison, and hazard damage. Burns in particular are exceptionally dangerous due to lowering Rhydon's attack, making it much harder for it to break through defensive Pokemon like Vileplume and Vaporeon. (this point is generally fine, but I want you to address how Rhydon would find itself crippled by status to begin with)

**Super Effective Coverage**: Pokemon like Exploud, (without calcing it I am going to assume specs boomburst rocks your shit) Tauros, and Aerodactyl are able to outspeed and threaten out Rhydon with super-effective Water-, Fighting-, or Ground-type coverage respectively. However, the latter is unable to switch in reliably. (same as the above: this should be rewritten a bit to more adequately address the interactions Rhydon has with these Pokemon. they're foes Rhydon would otherwise consider switching into because of its defensive typing but ends up struggling to because of the reasons you stated)

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- Quality checked by: [[, ], [, ], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]

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should be all implemented
 

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"Rock Blast is an alternate Rock-type STAB with better accuracy and the ability to break through Substitute Braviary while still threatening Xatu." I'd add Salazzle as an example. "while still threatening Xatu" feels like fluff due to you explaining that this is an alternative (explicitly) for sub

"Due to Rhydon's lack of reliable recovery, Wish support from the likes of Sylveon, Vaporeon, and Togedemaru is beneficial, as it allows Rhydon to act as a more consistent check towards Pokemon like Snorlax." Rhydon feels less likely to be on Vaporeon builds since it's a Pokemon that's like "oh I don't have a great Salazzle switchin due to my Wish passer, Sylveon/Togedemaru being a free switch-in pretty much
 

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am check few comments:

"Rock Blast is an alternate Rock-type STAB with better accuracy and the ability to break through Substitute Braviary while still threatening Xatu." I'd add Salazzle as an example. "while still threatening Xatu" feels like fluff due to you explaining that this is an alternative (explicitly) for sub

"Due to Rhydon's lack of reliable recovery, Wish support from the likes of Sylveon, Vaporeon, and Togedemaru is beneficial, as it allows Rhydon to act as a more consistent check towards Pokemon like Snorlax." Rhydon feels less likely to be on Vaporeon builds since it's a Pokemon that's like "oh I don't have a great Salazzle switchin due to my Wish passer, Sylveon/Togedemaru being a free switch-in pretty much
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[OVERVIEW]
Rhydon is a good Stealth Rock setter courtesy of its good bulk with Eviolite and great offensive presence, letting it apply strong offensive pressure on common forms of hazard prevention like Xatu and Dhelmise. Rhydon's good bulk with Eviolite allows it to serve as a strong check towards Snorlax and Salazzle and Aerodactyl (see below). In addition to this, Rhydon boasts an incredible attack stat, which, in tandem with Swords Dance and a usable Speed tier, let it act as a decently strong wallbreaker, being able to break through defensive Pokemon like Vaporeon, Snorlax, and Sylveon (Swords Dance is a huge factor in beating Curse Snorlax so this example belong at the end here, and I replaced the prior mention with Aerodactyl to show how the bulk goes both ways for special and physical attackers alike). However, Rhydon is heavily reliant on Eviolite for bulk, leaving it heavily vulnerable to item removal from Pokemon like Guzzlord and Drapion. Rhydon's typing, while providing tangible defensive merits, leaves it vulnerable to common Water- and Grass-type Pokemon in the tier, namely Vaporeon, Quagsire, Rotom-C, and Decidueye. This weakness is further compounded by its poor special bulk and speed, leaving it easily overwhelmed by the tier's plethora of special attackers without any means of recovery (this highlights its relative downside to Quag + Leftovers Mudsdale). It’s also an inconsistent Volt Switch deterrent due to this, easily folding to Rotom-C's Leaf Storm and Heliolisk's Surf.

(Try rewriting the last portion about Rhydon's Eviolite reliance + Water and Grass weaknesses to be more encompassing; virtually the entire tier can either hit Rhydon with super effective coverage, status it, and / or remove its Eviolite, all limiting its defensive merits. Its more than just its x4 weaknesses when Salazzle uses Knock Off / Toxic, Tyrantrum and Taurus hit hard with Close Combat, +2 Body Press from fast Diancie is a nightmare, and even Talonflame is annoying with burn; when does Rhydon catch a break? This means Rhydon's defensive capabilities are situational and it's better utilized offensively, and you didn't cover where it falls short as an attacker: making progress versus some walls like Quagsire and Vileplume will be tough, and other walls like Mantine and Grass Knot Xatu come in unscathed versus most coverage.

I said a lot here but ultimately try rewording more or less to include more of its vulnerabilities, lack of recovery. and where it falls short offensively)


[SET]
name: Stealth Rock
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
move 4: Swords Dance / Heat Crash
item: Eviolite
ability: Reckless
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

Stone Edge has great synergy with Earthquake, targeting Flying-type Pokemon like Talonflame, Xatu, Aerodactyl, and Braviary. offers consistent power for 2HKOing Dhelmise and Alolan Exeggutor. (fluff; the pros of STAB Edgequake coverage is assumed to the reader, but the damage on these Grass-types is important to point out as Stone Edge is more likely than Rock Blast to 2HKO them) Rock Blast is an alternate Rock-type STAB with better accuracy and the ability to break through Substitute Braviary and Salazzle. Swords Dance lets Rhydon boost its already massive Attack stat to obscene levels of power, 2HKOing physically defensive Pokemon like Mudsdale, Guzzlord, and Weezing. Alternatively, Heat Crash allows Rhydon to lure in Grass-types like Rotom-C, Decidueye, and Tsareena (Rewrite this point to show how Heat Crash 2HKOes Vileplume and OHKOes Rotom-C and Tsareena; the damage on Decidueye is too comparable to Stone Edge for it to be mentioned. Vileplume is otherwise a counter to Rhydon without Heat Crash as it lives a +2 EQ so it's important to point it out here). Offensive EVs are used to maximize Rhydon's damage output, letting it consistently outrun and OHKO defensive foes like Vaporeon, Sylveon, and Weezing after a Swords Dance boost.

Due to Rhydon's lack of reliable recovery, Wish support from the likes of Sylveon and Togedemaru is beneficial, as it allows Rhydon to act as a more consistent check towards Pokemon like Snorlax. The former has access to Heal Bell to prevent Rhydon from being worn down by status from Pokemon like Mudsdale, Talonflame, and Weezing, while the latter is able to check Rotom-C and Heliolisk. Grass-types like Rotom-C, Dhelmise, Decidueye, and Tsareena are able to handle the Water-, Ground-, and Grass-type attacks that Rhydon is unable to handle while appreciating Rhydon's ability to come in on Flying- and Fire-type coverage. Late-game cleaners like Salazzle and Blastoise appreciate Rhydon’s wallbreaking capabilities.

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

Rhydon can run Rock Polish + Swords Dance, fixing its relatively poor Speed to become a scary sweeper. However, this set generally faces competition from Stakataka as a Rock-type sweeper. Megahorn is able to OHKO Starmie and Alolan Exegutor on the switch-in, but has very little use outside of this otherwise it overlaps in coverage with the more accurate Heat Crash (this references targets like Rotom-C and Tsareena that take the same damage from both attacks and shows that Megahorn isn't just for Starmie).

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

**Grass-types**: Grass-types like Vileplume, Decidueye, Exeggutor-A Alolan Exeggutor and Dhelmise can switch in on Rhydon and threaten to OHKO it with their Grass-type STAB attacks. However, Rhydon is able to effectively lure these threats with Heat Crash, landing a 2HKO on all of the aforementioned Pokemon except Exeggutor-A. (Split this up with offensive Grass-types and defensive Grass-types forcing out Rhydon and switching into some coverage, but ending with how all cannot afford to switch into Rhydon if it carries the right moves for them)

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types, namely Vaporeon and Quagsire, can switch into Rhydon and heavily threaten it with Scald. More offensively-oriented Water-types, like Blastoise and Araquanid Starmie (VR relevancy), while not able to directly switch in, can easily OHKO Rhydon.

**Fighting-types**: Machamp, Passimian, Sirfetch'd, and Scrafty, while unable to switch in directly, can 2HKO Rhydon with their respective Fighting-type STAB attacks.

**Residual Damage**: Due to its lack of reliable recovery, Rhydon is susceptible to being worn down by burn, poison, and hazard damage. Burns from Talonflame and Weezing are exceptionally dangerous due to lowering Rhydon's attack, making it much harder for it to break through defensive Pokemon like Vileplume and Vaporeon.

**Item Removal**: (Losing Eviolite is akin to losing switch-in opportunities for Rhydon, tough when the Poison-types its meant to check like Drapion and Salazzle may attack with Knock Off.)

**Super Effective Coverage**: Because of Rhydon’s numerous weaknesses, many Pokemon it would otherwise check are able to efficiently lure it in and threaten it with a coverage move. Tauros and Aerodactyl commonly carry Close Combat and Earthquake respectively, and can easily punish Rhydon for switching in on them.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[BT89, 487308]]
- Quality checked by: [[Rabia, 336073], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]

Good work! I'm gonna give this one more read through after you implement this because it's been awhile and Rhydon dropped in viability as well. Now that Rhydon's considered to be below par, more of this analysis should highlight its problems to show how tough it is to build with it.
 

BT89

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[OVERVIEW]
Rhydon is a good Stealth Rock setter courtesy of its good bulk with Eviolite and great offensive presence, letting it apply strong offensive pressure on common forms of hazard prevention like Xatu and Dhelmise. Rhydon's good bulk with Eviolite allows it to serve as a strong check towards Snorlax and Salazzle and Aerodactyl (see below). In addition to this, Rhydon boasts an incredible attack stat, which, in tandem with Swords Dance and a usable Speed tier, let it act as a decently strong wallbreaker, being able to break through defensive Pokemon like Vaporeon, Snorlax, and Sylveon (Swords Dance is a huge factor in beating Curse Snorlax so this example belong at the end here, and I replaced the prior mention with Aerodactyl to show how the bulk goes both ways for special and physical attackers alike). However, Rhydon is heavily reliant on Eviolite for bulk, leaving it heavily vulnerable to item removal from Pokemon like Guzzlord and Drapion. Rhydon's typing, while providing tangible defensive merits, leaves it vulnerable to common Water- and Grass-type Pokemon in the tier, namely Vaporeon, Quagsire, Rotom-C, and Decidueye. This weakness is further compounded by its poor special bulk and speed, leaving it easily overwhelmed by the tier's plethora of special attackers without any means of recovery (this highlights its relative downside to Quag + Leftovers Mudsdale). It’s also an inconsistent Volt Switch deterrent due to this, easily folding to Rotom-C's Leaf Storm and Heliolisk's Surf.

(Try rewriting the last portion about Rhydon's Eviolite reliance + Water and Grass weaknesses to be more encompassing; virtually the entire tier can either hit Rhydon with super effective coverage, status it, and / or remove its Eviolite, all limiting its defensive merits. Its more than just its x4 weaknesses when Salazzle uses Knock Off / Toxic, Tyrantrum and Taurus hit hard with Close Combat, +2 Body Press from fast Diancie is a nightmare, and even Talonflame is annoying with burn; when does Rhydon catch a break? This means Rhydon's defensive capabilities are situational and it's better utilized offensively, and you didn't cover where it falls short as an attacker: making progress versus some walls like Quagsire and Vileplume will be tough, and other walls like Mantine and Grass Knot Xatu come in unscathed versus most coverage.

I said a lot here but ultimately try rewording more or less to include more of its vulnerabilities, lack of recovery. and where it falls short offensively)


[SET]
name: Stealth Rock
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
move 4: Swords Dance / Heat Crash
item: Eviolite
ability: Reckless
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

Stone Edge has great synergy with Earthquake, targeting Flying-type Pokemon like Talonflame, Xatu, Aerodactyl, and Braviary. offers consistent power for 2HKOing Dhelmise and Alolan Exeggutor. (fluff; the pros of STAB Edgequake coverage is assumed to the reader, but the damage on these Grass-types is important to point out as Stone Edge is more likely than Rock Blast to 2HKO them) Rock Blast is an alternate Rock-type STAB with better accuracy and the ability to break through Substitute Braviary and Salazzle. Swords Dance lets Rhydon boost its already massive Attack stat to obscene levels of power, 2HKOing physically defensive Pokemon like Mudsdale, Guzzlord, and Weezing. Alternatively, Heat Crash allows Rhydon to lure in Grass-types like Rotom-C, Decidueye, and Tsareena (Rewrite this point to show how Heat Crash 2HKOes Vileplume and OHKOes Rotom-C and Tsareena; the damage on Decidueye is too comparable to Stone Edge for it to be mentioned. Vileplume is otherwise a counter to Rhydon without Heat Crash as it lives a +2 EQ so it's important to point it out here). Offensive EVs are used to maximize Rhydon's damage output, letting it consistently outrun and OHKO defensive foes like Vaporeon, Sylveon, and Weezing after a Swords Dance boost.

Due to Rhydon's lack of reliable recovery, Wish support from the likes of Sylveon and Togedemaru is beneficial, as it allows Rhydon to act as a more consistent check towards Pokemon like Snorlax. The former has access to Heal Bell to prevent Rhydon from being worn down by status from Pokemon like Mudsdale, Talonflame, and Weezing, while the latter is able to check Rotom-C and Heliolisk. Grass-types like Rotom-C, Dhelmise, Decidueye, and Tsareena are able to handle the Water-, Ground-, and Grass-type attacks that Rhydon is unable to handle while appreciating Rhydon's ability to come in on Flying- and Fire-type coverage. Late-game cleaners like Salazzle and Blastoise appreciate Rhydon’s wallbreaking capabilities.

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

Rhydon can run Rock Polish + Swords Dance, fixing its relatively poor Speed to become a scary sweeper. However, this set generally faces competition from Stakataka as a Rock-type sweeper. Megahorn is able to OHKO Starmie and Alolan Exegutor on the switch-in, but has very little use outside of this otherwise it overlaps in coverage with the more accurate Heat Crash (this references targets like Rotom-C and Tsareena that take the same damage from both attacks and shows that Megahorn isn't just for Starmie).

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

**Grass-types**: Grass-types like Vileplume, Decidueye, Exeggutor-A Alolan Exeggutor and Dhelmise can switch in on Rhydon and threaten to OHKO it with their Grass-type STAB attacks. However, Rhydon is able to effectively lure these threats with Heat Crash, landing a 2HKO on all of the aforementioned Pokemon except Exeggutor-A. (Split this up with offensive Grass-types and defensive Grass-types forcing out Rhydon and switching into some coverage, but ending with how all cannot afford to switch into Rhydon if it carries the right moves for them)

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types, namely Vaporeon and Quagsire, can switch into Rhydon and heavily threaten it with Scald. More offensively-oriented Water-types, like Blastoise and Araquanid Starmie (VR relevancy), while not able to directly switch in, can easily OHKO Rhydon.

**Fighting-types**: Machamp, Passimian, Sirfetch'd, and Scrafty, while unable to switch in directly, can 2HKO Rhydon with their respective Fighting-type STAB attacks.

**Residual Damage**: Due to its lack of reliable recovery, Rhydon is susceptible to being worn down by burn, poison, and hazard damage. Burns from Talonflame and Weezing are exceptionally dangerous due to lowering Rhydon's attack, making it much harder for it to break through defensive Pokemon like Vileplume and Vaporeon.

**Item Removal**: (Losing Eviolite is akin to losing switch-in opportunities for Rhydon, tough when the Poison-types its meant to check like Drapion and Salazzle may attack with Knock Off.)

**Super Effective Coverage**: Because of Rhydon’s numerous weaknesses, many Pokemon it would otherwise check are able to efficiently lure it in and threaten it with a coverage move. Tauros and Aerodactyl commonly carry Close Combat and Earthquake respectively, and can easily punish Rhydon for switching in on them.

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Good work! I'm gonna give this one more read through after you implement this because it's been awhile and Rhydon dropped in viability as well. Now that Rhydon's considered to be below par, more of this analysis should highlight its problems to show how tough it is to build with it.
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BT89 an excerpt or two about why Rhydon struggles in the current meta and this will be good to go. If you need help, here's a rough outline covering some main points.

Rhydon is largely outclassed as a Defensive Ground-type by Mudsdale, and a Rock-type by Stakataka, although the compression of the two can be nice, it often leaves Rhydon overwhelmed trying to fill shoes far too big for it. Fast offensive Grass-types such as Rotom-Mow and Alolan-Exeggutor dominate the meta which spells doom for Rhydon as it will constantly be put on the back foot, which is extremely deadly when facing against the two aforementioned Grass-types as well as other powerfulbreakers such as Machamp or Choice Specs Indeedee-F. Rhydon's main role as a physical tank often means it is tasked with taking Knock Off from the likes of Drapion or Guzzlord, and although it can take those pretty well, its reliance on Eviolite for bulk and a lack of recovery means it cannot consistently do its job over the course of longer games.
 

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BT89 an excerpt or two about why Rhydon struggles in the current meta and this will be good to go. If you need help, here's a rough outline covering some main points.

Rhydon is largely outclassed as a Defensive Ground-type by Mudsdale, and a Rock-type by Stakataka, although the compression of the two can be nice, it often leaves Rhydon overwhelmed trying to fill shoes far too big for it. Fast offensive Grass-types such as Rotom-Mow and Alolan-Exeggutor dominate the meta which spells doom for Rhydon as it will constantly be put on the back foot, which is extremely deadly when facing against the two aforementioned Grass-types as well as other powerfulbreakers such as Machamp or Choice Specs Indeedee-F. Rhydon's main role as a physical tank often means it is tasked with taking Knock Off from the likes of Drapion or Guzzlord, and although it can take those pretty well, its reliance on Eviolite for bulk and a lack of recovery means it cannot consistently do its job over the course of longer games.
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[OVERVIEW]
Rhydon is a usable Stealth Rock setter courtesy of its good bulk with Eviolite and great offensive presence, letting it apply strong offensive pressure on heavily pressure common forms of entry hazard prevention like Xatu and Dhelmise. Rhydon's good bulk with Eviolite allows it to serve as makes it a strong check towards Salazzle and Aerodactyl. In addition to this, Rhydon boasts an incredible Attack stat, which, Rhydon's incredible Attack stat, in tandem with Swords Dance and a usable Speed tier, let it act as makes it a decently strong wallbreaker, being able to break through defensive Pokemon like Vaporeon, Snorlax, and Sylveon. However, Rhydon is heavily reliant on Eviolite for bulk, leaving it heavily very vulnerable to item removal from Pokemon like Guzzlord and Drapion. It also means that Pokemon that it would otherwise check, namely Salazzle, are able can use item removal to heavily inhibit Rhydon’s consistency as a defensive presence. Rhydon's typing, while providing tangible some defensive merits, leaves it vulnerable to common Water- and Grass-type Pokemon in the tier, namely Vaporeon, Quagsire, Rotom-C, and Exeggutor-A. The latter in particular pose a major issue for Rhydon, as their dominance within the tier mean that having Rhydon can often end up as a disadvantage versus teams that use these threats. It also has a weakness The dominance of Grass-types in the tier, particularly, can make having Rhydon a disadvantage. It's also weak to common coverage attacks wielded by Pokemon it would usually check, such as Tauros and Tyrantrum’s Close Combat (RC) and Diancie’s Body Press. It’s also an inconsistent Volt Switch deterrent due to this, its weaknesses, easily folding to Rotom-C's Leaf Storm and Heliolisk's Surf. This weakness is further compounded by its poor special bulk and speed, leaving it easily overwhelmed by the tier's plethora of special attackers without any means of reliable recovery. On top of this, Rhydon’s lack of reliable recovery means that it is Further, its poor special bulk, poor Speed, and lack of reliable recovery let the tier's plethora of special attackers easily overwhelm it. Lacking recovery also makes it heavily vulnerable to status from Pokemon it would otherwise reliably (bc salazzle could knock you anyway, i imagine?) check, such as Talonflame and Salazzle. As an offensive presence, Rhydon still faces issues, as gets checked hard by common defensive Pokemon like Quagsire and Vileplume act as strong checks towards it, and other Pokemon like Mantine and Grass Knot Xatu can switch in on coverage moves and exploit Rhydon’s presence. Rhydon faces major competiton as a defensive Ground-type and Rock-type from the likes of Mudsdale and Stakataka respectively, as the Stakataka, respectively, The former lacks any quadruple weaknesses, while also having a better ability that lets it stand up against weaknesses and has Stamina to stand up to foes that Rhydon would otherwise fold to, namely Decidueye, while the latter boasts a more proficient offensive presence and a much better secondary typing, granting it a neutrality to Grass rather than a quadruple weakness. Both of these Pokemon are not overreliant on their item, and also can afford to lose their items to Knock Off.

[SET]
name: Stealth Rock
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
move 4: Swords Dance / Heat Crash
item: Eviolite
ability: Reckless
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

Stone Edge offers more consistent power for 2HKOing Alolan Exeggutor and Dhelmise. Rock Blast is an alternate Rock-type STAB move with better accuracy and the ability to break through Substitute Braviary and Salazzle. Swords Dance lets Rhydon boost its already massive Attack stat to obscene levels of power, 2HKOing physically defensive Pokemon like Mudsdale, Guzzlord, and Weezing. Alternatively, Heat Crash allows Rhydon to lure in and nail Grass-types, OHKOing Rotom-C and Tsareena and 2HKOing Vileplume. The latter is an especially important target, as it is capable of living surviving an Earthquake at +2. Offensive EVs are used to maximize Rhydon's damage output, letting it let Rhydon consistently outrun and OHKO defensive foes like Vaporeon, Sylveon, and Weezing after a Swords Dance boost.

Due to Rhydon's lack of reliable recovery, Wish support from the likes of Sylveon and Togedemaru is beneficial, as it allows Rhydon to act as makes it a more consistent check towards Pokemon like Snorlax. The former has access to Heal Bell to prevent Rhydon from being worn down by status from Pokemon like Mudsdale, Talonflame, and Weezing from wearing Rhydon down, while the latter is able to check Rotom-C and Heliolisk. Grass-types like Rotom-C, Dhelmise, Decidueye, and Tsareena are able to can handle the Water-, Ground-, and Grass-type attacks that Rhydon is unable to can't handle while appreciating Rhydon's ability to come Rhydon coming in on Flying- and Fire-type coverage. Late-game cleaners like Salazzle and Blastoise appreciate Rhydon’s wallbreaking capabilities.

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

Rhydon can run Rock Polish + Swords Dance, fixing its relatively poor Speed to become a scary sweeper. However, this set generally faces competition from Stakataka as a Rock-type sweeper. Megahorn is able to OHKO Starmie and Alolan Exeggutor on the switch-in, but it otherwise overlaps in coverage with the more accurate Heat Crash.

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

**Grass-types**: Decidueye, Alolan Exeggutor, and Dhelmise can switch in on a predicted Earthquake and threaten to OHKO it. Rhydon. Vileplume operates as a good check to Swords Dance variants, not fainting to +2 Earthquake, and in return, OHKOing return it OHKOes with Giga Drain. However, Heat Crash Rhydon is able to effectively lure these threats with Heat Crash which 2HKOs on in, 2HKOing all of the aforementioned Pokemon except Exeggutor-A. Alolan Exeggutor.

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types, namely Vaporeon and Quagsire, can switch into Rhydon and heavily threaten it with Scald. More offensively-oriented Water-types, like Blastoise and Starmie, while not able to directly switch in, can easily OHKO Rhydon.

**Fighting-types**: Machamp, Passimian, Sirfetch'd, and Scrafty, while unable to switch in directly, can 2HKO Rhydon with their respective Fighting-type STAB attacks.

**Residual Damage**: Due to its Rhydon's lack of reliable recovery, Rhydon is susceptible to being worn down by burn, poison, and hazard damage. entry hazards wear it down well. Burns from Talonflame and Weezing are exceptionally dangerous due to lowering Rhydon's attack, Attack, making it much harder for it to break through defensive Pokemon like Vileplume and Vaporeon.

**Item Removal**: Due to Rhydon’s reliance on Eviolite for bulk, it is quite susceptible to item removal. Salazzle and Drapion, two Pokemon it would otherwise operate as be a strong check to, are both able to use Knock Off, making Rhydon much more shaky as a switch-in. (added hyphen)

**Super Effective Coverage**: Because of Rhydon’s numerous weaknesses, many Pokemon it would otherwise check are able to efficiently lure it in and threaten it with a coverage move. Tauros and Aerodactyl commonly carry Close Combat and Earthquake, (AC) respectively, and can which easily punish Rhydon for switching in on them.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[BT89, 487308]]
- Quality checked by: [[Rabia, 336073], [Togkey, 400664]]
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[OVERVIEW]
Rhydon is a usable Stealth Rock setter courtesy of its good bulk with Eviolite and great offensive presence, letting it apply strong offensive pressure on heavily pressure common forms of entry hazard prevention like Xatu and Dhelmise. Rhydon's good bulk with Eviolite allows it to serve as makes it a strong check towards Salazzle and Aerodactyl. In addition to this, Rhydon boasts an incredible Attack stat, which, Rhydon's incredible Attack stat, in tandem with Swords Dance and a usable Speed tier, let it act as makes it a decently strong wallbreaker, being able to break through defensive Pokemon like Vaporeon, Snorlax, and Sylveon. However, Rhydon is heavily reliant on Eviolite for bulk, leaving it heavily very vulnerable to item removal from Pokemon like Guzzlord and Drapion. It also means that Pokemon that it would otherwise check, namely Salazzle, are able can use item removal to heavily inhibit Rhydon’s consistency as a defensive presence. Rhydon's typing, while providing tangible some defensive merits, leaves it vulnerable to common Water- and Grass-type Pokemon in the tier, namely Vaporeon, Quagsire, Rotom-C, and Exeggutor-A. The latter in particular pose a major issue for Rhydon, as their dominance within the tier mean that having Rhydon can often end up as a disadvantage versus teams that use these threats. It also has a weakness The dominance of Grass-types in the tier, particularly, can make having Rhydon a disadvantage. It's also weak to common coverage attacks wielded by Pokemon it would usually check, such as Tauros and Tyrantrum’s Close Combat (RC) and Diancie’s Body Press. It’s also an inconsistent Volt Switch deterrent due to this, its weaknesses, easily folding to Rotom-C's Leaf Storm and Heliolisk's Surf. This weakness is further compounded by its poor special bulk and speed, leaving it easily overwhelmed by the tier's plethora of special attackers without any means of reliable recovery. On top of this, Rhydon’s lack of reliable recovery means that it is Further, its poor special bulk, poor Speed, and lack of reliable recovery let the tier's plethora of special attackers easily overwhelm it. Lacking recovery also makes it heavily vulnerable to status from Pokemon it would otherwise reliably (bc salazzle could knock you anyway, i imagine?) check, such as Talonflame and Salazzle. As an offensive presence, Rhydon still faces issues, as gets checked hard by common defensive Pokemon like Quagsire and Vileplume act as strong checks towards it, and other Pokemon like Mantine and Grass Knot Xatu can switch in on coverage moves and exploit Rhydon’s presence. Rhydon faces major competiton as a defensive Ground-type and Rock-type from the likes of Mudsdale and Stakataka respectively, as the Stakataka, respectively, The former lacks any quadruple weaknesses, while also having a better ability that lets it stand up against weaknesses and has Stamina to stand up to foes that Rhydon would otherwise fold to, namely Decidueye, while the latter boasts a more proficient offensive presence and a much better secondary typing, granting it a neutrality to Grass rather than a quadruple weakness. Both of these Pokemon are not overreliant on their item, and also can afford to lose their items to Knock Off.

[SET]
name: Stealth Rock
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
move 4: Swords Dance / Heat Crash
item: Eviolite
ability: Reckless
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

Stone Edge offers more consistent power for 2HKOing Alolan Exeggutor and Dhelmise. Rock Blast is an alternate Rock-type STAB move with better accuracy and the ability to break through Substitute Braviary and Salazzle. Swords Dance lets Rhydon boost its already massive Attack stat to obscene levels of power, 2HKOing physically defensive Pokemon like Mudsdale, Guzzlord, and Weezing. Alternatively, Heat Crash allows Rhydon to lure in and nail Grass-types, OHKOing Rotom-C and Tsareena and 2HKOing Vileplume. The latter is an especially important target, as it is capable of living surviving an Earthquake at +2. Offensive EVs are used to maximize Rhydon's damage output, letting it let Rhydon consistently outrun and OHKO defensive foes like Vaporeon, Sylveon, and Weezing after a Swords Dance boost.

Due to Rhydon's lack of reliable recovery, Wish support from the likes of Sylveon and Togedemaru is beneficial, as it allows Rhydon to act as makes it a more consistent check towards Pokemon like Snorlax. The former has access to Heal Bell to prevent Rhydon from being worn down by status from Pokemon like Mudsdale, Talonflame, and Weezing from wearing Rhydon down, while the latter is able to check Rotom-C and Heliolisk. Grass-types like Rotom-C, Dhelmise, Decidueye, and Tsareena are able to can handle the Water-, Ground-, and Grass-type attacks that Rhydon is unable to can't handle while appreciating Rhydon's ability to come Rhydon coming in on Flying- and Fire-type coverage. Late-game cleaners like Salazzle and Blastoise appreciate Rhydon’s wallbreaking capabilities.

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

Rhydon can run Rock Polish + Swords Dance, fixing its relatively poor Speed to become a scary sweeper. However, this set generally faces competition from Stakataka as a Rock-type sweeper. Megahorn is able to OHKO Starmie and Alolan Exeggutor on the switch-in, but it otherwise overlaps in coverage with the more accurate Heat Crash.

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

**Grass-types**: Decidueye, Alolan Exeggutor, and Dhelmise can switch in on a predicted Earthquake and threaten to OHKO it. Rhydon. Vileplume operates as a good check to Swords Dance variants, not fainting to +2 Earthquake, and in return, OHKOing return it OHKOes with Giga Drain. However, Heat Crash Rhydon is able to effectively lure these threats with Heat Crash which 2HKOs on in, 2HKOing all of the aforementioned Pokemon except Exeggutor-A. Alolan Exeggutor.

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types, namely Vaporeon and Quagsire, can switch into Rhydon and heavily threaten it with Scald. More offensively-oriented Water-types, like Blastoise and Starmie, while not able to directly switch in, can easily OHKO Rhydon.

**Fighting-types**: Machamp, Passimian, Sirfetch'd, and Scrafty, while unable to switch in directly, can 2HKO Rhydon with their respective Fighting-type STAB attacks.

**Residual Damage**: Due to its Rhydon's lack of reliable recovery, Rhydon is susceptible to being worn down by burn, poison, and hazard damage. entry hazards wear it down well. Burns from Talonflame and Weezing are exceptionally dangerous due to lowering Rhydon's attack, Attack, making it much harder for it to break through defensive Pokemon like Vileplume and Vaporeon.

**Item Removal**: Due to Rhydon’s reliance on Eviolite for bulk, it is quite susceptible to item removal. Salazzle and Drapion, two Pokemon it would otherwise operate as be a strong check to, are both able to use Knock Off, making Rhydon much more shaky as a switch-in. (added hyphen)

**Super Effective Coverage**: Because of Rhydon’s numerous weaknesses, many Pokemon it would otherwise check are able to efficiently lure it in and threaten it with a coverage move. Tauros and Aerodactyl commonly carry Close Combat and Earthquake, (AC) respectively, and can which easily punish Rhydon for switching in on them.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[BT89, 487308]]
- Quality checked by: [[Rabia, 336073], [Togkey, 400664]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Finland, 517429], [, ]]

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[OVERVIEW]

Rhydon is a usable Stealth Rock setter courtesy of its good bulk with Eviolite and great offensive presence, letting it heavily pressure common forms of entry hazard prevention like Xatu and Dhelmise. Rhydon's good bulk with Eviolite makes it a strong check towards Salazzle and Aerodactyl. In addition to this, Rhydon's incredible Attack stat, which, in tandem with Swords Dance and a usable Speed tier, makes it a decently strong wallbreaker, being able to break through defensive Pokemon like Vaporeon, Snorlax, and Sylveon Rhydon's great Attack combined with Swords Dance and decent enough Speed let it break through defensive Pokemon like Vaporeon, Snorlax, and Weezing. However, Rhydon is heavily reliant on Eviolite for bulk, leaving it very vulnerable to item removal from Pokemon like Guzzlord and Drapion. Pokemon that it would otherwise check, namely Salazzle, can use item removal to heavily inhibit Rhydon’s consistency as a defensive presence. Rhydon's typing, while providing some defensive merits, leaves it vulnerable to common Water- and Grass-type Pokemon in the tier, namely Vaporeon, Quagsire, Rotom-C, and Exeggutor-A. The dominance of Grass-types in the tier, particularly, can make having Rhydon a disadvantage. It's also weak to common coverage attacks wielded by Pokemon it would usually check, such as Tauros and Tyrantrum’s Close Combat, and Diancie’s Body Press. It’s also an inconsistent Volt Switch deterrent due to its weaknesses, easily folding to Rotom-C's Leaf Storm and Heliolisk's Surf. Further, its poor special bulk, poor Speed, and lack of reliable recovery let the tier's plethora of special attackers easily overwhelm it. Lacking recovery also makes it heavily vulnerable to status from Pokemon it would otherwise check, such as Talonflame and Salazzle. As an offensive presence, Rhydon still gets checked hard by common defensive Pokemon like Quagsire and Vileplume, and other Pokemon like Mantine and Grass Knot Xatu can switch in on coverage moves and exploit Rhydon’s presence. Rhydon faces major competiton as a defensive Ground-type and Rock-type from the likes of Mudsdale and Stakataka, respectively. The former lacks any quadruple weaknesses and has Stamina to stand up to foes that Rhydon would otherwise fold to, namely Decidueye, while the latter boasts more offensive presence and a much better secondary typing, granting it a neutrality to Grass rather than a quadruple weakness. However, Rhydon falls short defensively because of its typing, poor special bulk, and reliance on Eviolite. Its 4x weaknesses to Water and Grass are incredibly problematic, as NU is filled with fantastic Water- and Grass-types alike. Furthermore, Rhydon's a poor Volt Switch deterrent because Rotom-C and Heliolisk both OHKO it with super effective coverage moves, and many other Pokemon Rhydon would like to check like Xatu, Salazzle, and Drapion exploit its type weaknesses or vulnerability to Knock Off. Stakataka and Mudsdale are almost always better options because of their superior defensive typings. Both of these Pokemon also can afford to lose their items to Knock Off. (I rewrote that large portion because there weren't really many typos, it was just too verbose.)

[SET]
name: Stealth Rock
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Stone Edge / Rock Blast
move 4: Swords Dance / Heat Crash
item: Eviolite
ability: Reckless
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description Details
========

Stone Edge offers more consistent power for 2HKOing Alolan Exeggutor and Dhelmise,(period -> comma) but Rock Blast is an alternate Rock-type STAB move with better accuracy and the ability to break through Substitute Braviary and Salazzle. Swords Dance lets Rhydon boost its already massive Attack stat to obscene levels of power, 2HKOing 2HKO physically defensive Pokemon like Mudsdale, Guzzlord, and Weezing. Alternatively, Heat Crash allows Rhydon to lure in and nail Grass-types, OHKOing Rotom-C and Tsareena and 2HKOing Vileplume. The latter is an especially important target, as it is capable of surviving an Earthquake at +2. Offensive EVs let Rhydon consistently outrun and OHKO defensive foes like Vaporeon, Sylveon, and Weezing after a Swords Dance boost.

Due to Rhydon's lack of reliable recovery, Wish support from the likes of Sylveon and Togedemaru makes it a more consistent check towards Pokemon like Snorlax. The former has access to Heal Bell to prevent status from Pokemon like Mudsdale, Talonflame, and Weezing from wearing it down, while the latter is able to check Rotom-C and Heliolisk. Grass-types like Rotom-C, Dhelmise, Decidueye, and Tsareena can handle the Water-, Ground-, and Grass-type attacks that Rhydon can't handle while appreciating Rhydon it coming in on Flying- and Fire-type coverage attacks. Late-game cleaners like Salazzle and Silvally-Ground Toxicroak appreciate Rhydon’s wallbreaking capabilities Rhydon weakening or KOing checks like Quagsire and Weezing.

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

Rhydon can run Rock Polish + Swords Dance, fixing its relatively poor Speed to become a scary sweeper. However, this set generally faces competition from Stakataka as a Rock-type sweeper. Megahorn is able to OHKO OHKOes Starmie and Alolan Exeggutor on the switch, but it otherwise overlaps in coverage with the more accurate Heat Crash.

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

**Grass-types**: Decidueye, Alolan Exeggutor, and Dhelmise can switch in on a predicted Earthquake and threaten to OHKO Rhydon. Vileplume operates as a good check to Swords Dance variants, not fainting to +2 Earthquake, and in return it OHKOes with Giga Drain. However, Heat Crash Rhydon is able to effectively lure these threats in, 2HKOing on all of the aforementioned Pokemon except Alolan Exeggutor.

**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types, namely Vaporeon and Quagsire, can switch into Rhydon and heavily threaten it with Scald. More offensively-oriented Water-types (remove comma) like Starmie and Inteleon, while not able to directly switch in, can easily OHKO Rhydon.

**Fighting-types**: Passimian and Scrafty, while unable to switch in directly, can 2HKO Rhydon with their respective Fighting-type STAB attacks. 0 Atk Scrafty Drain Punch vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Eviolite Rhydon: 84-102 (23.8 - 28.9%) -- 96.3% chance to 4HKO ??????

**Residual Damage**: Due to Rhydon's lack of reliable recovery, burn, poison, and entry hazards wear it down well. Burns from Talonflame and Weezing are exceptionally dangerous due to lowering Rhydon's Attack, making it much harder for it to break through defensive Pokemon like Vileplume and Vaporeon.

**Item Removal**: Due to Rhydon’s Rhydon's reliance on Eviolite for bulk, it is quite susceptible to item removal, especially from Pokemon it otherwise checks well like Salazzle and Drapion. Salazzle and Drapion, two Pokemon it would otherwise be a strong check to, are both able to use Knock Off, making Rhydon much more shaky as a switch-in.

**Super Effective Coverage**: Because of Rhydon’s numerous weaknesses, many Pokemon it would otherwise check are able to efficiently lure it in and threaten it with a coverage move. Tauros and Aerodactyl commonly carry Close Combat and Earthquake, respectively, which easily punish Rhydon for switching in on them. Pokemon like Drapion, Tauros, and Aerodactyl can lure in and heavily damage Rhydon with their coverage attacks, making it a worse check to them than it otherwise would be.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[BT89, 487308]]
- Quality checked by: [[Rabia, 336073], [Togkey, 400664]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Finland, 517429], [, ]]

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