Rhyperior

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[OVERVIEW]

Rhyperior is one of the most fearsome wallbreakers in RU, sporting a monstrous base 140 Attack along with STAB EdgeQuake. Its base 115 HP and base 130 Defense is nothing to scoff at, allowing Rhyperior to check Drapion even without any investment, a feat not many Pokemon can achieve. When combined with a specially defensive spread, Solid Rock allows Rhyperior to tank some special hits despite its low Special Defense. Rhyperior also has a colorful movepool, including moves such as EdgeQuake, Megahorn, and Rock Polish, as well as Stealth Rock and Roar. However, Rhyperior's typing is a double-edged sword; while it gives Rhyperior five useful resistances, it also leaves Rhyperior weak to six relatively common types. Though Rhyperior is versatile and can run several different sets, its lackluster base 40 Speed holds it back from sweeping consistently. It also lacks reliable recovery, meaning Rhyperior is unable to last long in battle.

[SET]
name: Tank
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Rock Blast
move 4: Roar / Megahorn / Protect
item: Leftovers
ability: Solid Rock
nature: Adamant
evs: 248 HP / 28 Atk / 232 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Rhyperior is one of the better Stealth Rock setters in the tier thanks to its great bulk and ability to force switches. Earthquake deals a lot of damage to anything that doesn't resist it as well as hitting common leads such as Steelix, Qwilfish, and Garbodor. Rock Blast is a good secondary STAB move that complements Earthquake well; it also breaks through Substitute and Focus Sash. Roar is the preferred move in the last slot, shuffling the opponent's team around and racking up residual damage. However, Megahorn can also be used to heavily damage Grass-types, such as Tangrowth and Shiftry. Protect is another option to safely get Leftovers recovery and scout for super effective moves. Finally, Toxic is an other alternative to cripple walls such as Alomomola, which Rhyperior can lure with ease.

Set Details
========

28 Attack EVs along with an Adamant nature guarantee the OHKO on any offensive Drapion variant. The rest of the EVs are designed to maximize Rhyperior's special bulk. A Careful nature is a viable option over Adamant if Rhyperior is your only answer to special attackers such as Exploud and Houndoom. Leftovers gives Rhyperior a reliable source of recovery, especially in tandem with Protect.

Usage Tips
========

Rhyperior can switch in and set up Stealth Rock rather easily against a lot of physical and special attackers such as Druddigon, Braviary, Drapion, and Jolteon. Other options for setup bait include defensive Pokemon that don't carry Water- or Grass-type moves, such as Aromatisse and Registeel. If you predict a switch into a Defogger such as Shiftry, it's a good idea to use the appropriate move instead of Stealth Rock. Earthquake is generally a safe move to go for after Stealth Rock has been set up. If you opt for Protect, make sure you use it wisely; don't give up free switches or setup turns.

Team Options
========

Grass-types such as Amoonguss, Virizion, and Rotom-C make for great partners, as they can take Water- and Grass-type moves for Rhyperior and appreciate having their Fire weakness covered. Amoonguss, in particular, can cover Rhyperior's Fighting weakness as well as counter Virizion, one of Rhyperior's most common switch-ins. Rotom-C can also gain momentum on Water-types with Volt Switch and scare away Ground-types with Leaf Storm. Water-types such as Alomomola and Lanturn can provide a check to Water- and Ice-type Pokemon and serve as good pivots for Rhyperior. Mega Emboar and Camerupt have decent bulk and can take care of most Grass-types. Generally, any Pokemon that can take on Grass- and Water-types goes well with Rhyperior. Aromatisse is a great check to most Fighting-types, which give Rhyperior a hard time, such as Gurdurr, Hitmonlee, and Sawk. It also provides Wish and cleric support and easily switches into a lot of Pokemon that tend to trouble Rhyperior, such as Alomomola. Rhyperior appreciates teammates that can help keep Stealth Rock up either through their typing or ability, such as Jellicent, Spiritomb, and Braviary. The former two have good bulk and can handle Fighting-types well, while the latter takes care of Grass- and Fighting-types. Finally, Pokemon that can counter defensive Flygon such as Togetic, Mega Audino, and Aromatisse are very much appreciated.

[SET]
name: Choice Band
move 1: Earthquake
move 2: Stone Edge
move 3: Megahorn
move 4: Rock Blast
item: Choice Band
ability: Solid Rock
nature: Adamant
evs: 172 HP / 252 Atk / 84 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Earthquake is Rhyperior's main STAB move, plowing through anything that doesn't resist it.; Stone Edge complements Earthquake perfectly, hitting Bug- and Flying-type Pokemon super effectively. Megahorn pummels Grass-types such as Tangrowth and Rotom-C. Rock Blast is a nice alternative to Stone Edge, with higher accuracy and the ability to break through Substitute and Focus Sash. Dragon Tail can also be used to get chip damage and for emergency phazing.

Set Details
========

Maximum Attack investment with an Adamant nature lets Rhyperior hit as hard as possible. Choice Band turns Rhyperior into a powerful wallbreaker capable of 2HKOing anything that doesn't resist its moves. 84 Speed EVs allow Rhyperior to outspeed uninvested base 50 Speed Pokemon such as Tangrowth, and the rest goes in HP for some bulk. Running 204 Speed EVs is an option to outspeed Alomomola; though Rhyperior loses a ton of bulk, it can really turn the tide of the game in clutch moments.

Usage Tips
========

Be careful when switching Rhyperior into neutral hits, as this set isn't as bulky as other variants and will get worn down quickly. Be wary when locking Rhyperior into Earthquake, as giving a free switch in to a Pokemon like Braviary or Mesprit can be costly. However, if you don't see any Pokemon that are immune to Earthquake on the opposing team, feel free to spam Earthquake, as it is Rhyperior's most reliable and powerful move. Stone Edge is a safer move to be locked into because no Pokemon is immune to it; however, the fact that many Pokemon still resist it and its low accuracy are things you should be wary of.

Team Options
========

Late-game sweepers such as Braviary, Fletchinder, and Cofagrigus pair well with Rhyperior, which can wallbreak for them. Virizion is another late-game sweeper, and it appreciates this set's ability to lure in and heavily damage Amoonguss. In return, Virizion can take care of most Water-types. Entry hazard support from the likes of Omastar and Mega Glalie helps guarantee some 2HKOs. For example, Stealth Rock and one layer of Spikes guarantee the 2HKO on Alomomola. Amoonguss and Jellicent are both effective pivots to fall back on against Water- and Fighting-types; the former can also deal with Grass-types, while the latter can also deal with Ice-types.

[SET]
name: Rock Polish
move 1: Rock Polish
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Stone Edge
move 4: Megahorn
item: Life Orb
ability: Solid Rock
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Rock Polish fixes Rhyperior's subpar Speed and allows it to attempt a sweep. Earthquake is a powerful, reliable STAB move, while Stone Edge is a good secondary STAB move, hitting most Pokemon that resist or are immune to Earthquake, such as Bug- and Flying-types. Megahorn is the preferred option in the last slot, hitting Grass-types such as Tangrowth and Rotom-C super effectively. However, Swords Dance can be used in the last slot, as it helps Rhyperior break through defensive teams with more ease.

Set Details
========

Life Orb along with maximum Attack investment allows Rhyperior to OHKO most offensive Pokemon. Maximum Speed investment with a Jolly nature is essential to outspeed base 120 Speed Pokemon and below after a boost, such as Dugtrio, Choice Scarf Emboar, and Substitute + Baton Pass Jolteon. An Adamant nature can be used for more power; however, Rhyperior then fails to outspeed base 115 Pokemon such as Cinccino after a boost. Life Orb is necessary to guarantee OHKOs on certain Pokemon, such as Virizion and Durant. Weakness Policy is a possible item choice, as Rhyperior can easily sweep through most teams after a +2 Attack boost. It is even better if Rhyperior can set up behind dual screens.

Usage Tips
========

Rhyperior can easily set up a Rock Polish on Pokemon it tends to force out, such as Braviary, Drapion, and Choice-locked Normal-, Fire-, and Electric-types. Be careful when switching Rhyperior into play, as this set is not as defensive as other variants and lacks Leftovers. Rhyperior needs support to deal with bulky walls such as Alomomola and Amoonguss, so don't attempt a sweep until they're out of the way. Try to keep Rhyperior's set hidden until later in the game, because if your opponent sees that Rhyperior isn't carrying Leftovers, they will know that Rhyperior is a more offensive set such as Choice Band or Rock Polish.

Team Options
========

Despite its amazing power, Rhyperior pairs well with wallbreakers such as Druddigon and Tyrantrum, which can take care of bulky walls such as Alomomola and Amoonguss. Entry hazard support from Pokemon such as Omastar, Qwilfish, and Accelgor is appreciated to wear down Rhyperior's checks to Earthquake's or Stone Edge's KO range. Sticky Web support from Kricketune is also appreciated to help Rhyperior outspeed Pokemon that it cannot normally outspeed after a boost, such as Accelgor, Jolteon, and Choice Scarf Magneton. Setup sweepers such as Dragon Dance Scrafty and Swords Dance Drapion also make for good partners, as they can set up on and heavily damage or KO Alomomola, Amoonguss, and Tangrowth, three of Rhyperior's biggest walls.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]

Other Options
==========

An Assault Vest set with Metal Burst can be used to bolster Rhyperior's Special Defense, allowing it to become a potent mixed tank. It is also a great lure for Pokemon such as Tangrowth. However, such a set misses out on Stealth Rock, Roar, and Leftovers. Ice Punch can be used on any set for coverage on defensive Flygon, which otherwise gives Rhyperior a lot of trouble, especially its tank set.

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

**Bulky Water-types**: Bulky Water-types such as Alomomola can switch into most variants of Rhyperior and hit back hard with Scald. However, Alomomola has to watch out for 204 Speed Choice Band variants.

**Grass-type Pokemon**: Grass-type Pokemon such as Amoonguss, Tangrowth, Virizion, Rotom-C, and Shiftry can switch into most of Rhyperior's moves and retaliate with their STAB move of choice. Shiftry, for the most part, can only switch into the tank set, and all but the former must be wary of Megahorn.

**Bulky Pokemon that Resist Rhyperior's Moves / Tanks**: Bulky Pokemon such as Hitmontop, Gurdurr, and Weezing have good natural bulk and resist most of Rhyperior's moves, making them good switch-ins. The former can inflict status on Rhyperior or hit it with a Close Combat, Gurdurr can set up on Rhyperior, and Weezing can burn it or set up Toxic Spikes.

**Flygon**: Flygon counters most of Rhyperior's sets; it is immune to Earthquake, resists Stone Edge, removes Rhyperior's Stealth Rock, and has reliable recovery in Roost. However, a Choice Band-boosted Megahorn does a number on Flygon, and Flygon gets OHKOed by the rare Ice Punch.

**Faster Pokemon**: Pokemon such as Accelgor, Jolteon, and Choice Scarf Magneton can outspeed Rhyperior even after a boost and finish it off.
 
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yeah, i too would prefer a megahorn / tect slashing on the tank set, with roar and tox mentioned (tox is at least moderately good on any momo bait, dtail is neat for chip, but missing and not going through subs makes it v.off-putting for me). also, i see no good reason to not bump the atk investment up to 28 as to ensure the 2hko on reuniclus, since it's kinda a really solid boon that comes with utilizing this 'mon.

ice punch isn't something i consider to be a staple, or even good on any level, on cb rhyperior in a gligar-less meta, given virizion dies to sr + megahorn 87.5% of the time anywho, and typical grasses will take the same damage from ice punch as stone edge, or even perhaps a ton more from megahorn. i'd just go w/an edge / eq / megahorn / rock blast slashing, perhaps mentioning dragon tail here as a 'middle-ground' option to throw as a means to accrue chip and emergency phaze. similarly, megahorn should be the sole slash on rock polish.

mention specifically that assault vest should be using metal burst here as a means to bait and pop off stuff like defensive tangrowth, since that's really the main draw to a set like that. i'll get more thorough l8r e_e
 
I made the changes.

Where should I mention Ice Punch, though? Should I mention it in Moves for Choice Band and Rock Polish, or should it go in Other Options? (Other Options may be too harsh for a move that has generally been a staple on offensive Rhyperior sets, but it's up to you guys)

49 Arikado Spirit
 
hmmm, yeah, this is lookin' ayte

expand upon what its natural defensiveness does for it; this can check stuff like drapion (amongst other things) defensively without any phys.def investment, which is something a rather limited pool of 'mons can lay claim to in this tier. mention shiftry, reuniclus, and slowking amongst megahorn targets (shiftry moreso for just the tank set, since it's most pertinent there, but the other two are relevant for all three). i dislike the delphox mention on the tank set partners, as it really doesn't 'fit' (makes more sense to mention stuff that can handle grasses defensively, since usually i don't stay in and let my grass die to a fire blast unless i mispredict or there isn't a better alternative), and braviary isn't too essential here either. also, i'd mention houndoom > delphox as a reason for careful nature, since most delphox are non-choiced and with grass knot, meaning it'll usually be popping rhyperior off regardless. alomomola is a nice fit here.

mentioning 204 speed evs for outpacing alomomola on choice band, it can be super clutch at times, though it obviously loses a ton of bulk. i'm fine w/sd being mentioned on rp, but if you're going to do so, don't put it in other options as well

expand on c&c a bit; i could see bulky waters and grasses being separated into separate segments, with those other utility fatmons like hitmontop, gurdurr, and weezing being put in an alternative segment. otherwise, think this is ayte, other kids can fill in what i missed i'm sure

1/3
 
Minor nitpick, but this analysis still has mentions of a large amount of pokemon that are no longer in the tier such as doublade, slowking, and cresselia.
 

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Rollout Shuckle, when you get the chance, I'd like you to implement Spirit's check as well as remove the Pokemon no longer in RU when you finish writing this up. Here's a list of mentioned mons no longer in RU for your convenience:

Reuniclus
Whimsicott
Slowking
Doublade
Cresselia
Mega Abomasnow
 
why did you remove the megahorn slash...?

my qc check does not count when you explicitly remove things like this

three moves can be slashed you know

the order should be

roar / megahorn / protect
Sorry, I misunderstood your post. Fixed


edit: Also updated the analysis to fit the current format
 
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[Overview]
- Rhyperior is immune to Electric-type moves. So it has one immunity

[Tank]
- Flygon is the biggest problem for this set because it doesn't care about anything Rhyperior does and removes hazards, so mention shit that beats it. Aromatisse, Togetic (especially) and Mega Audino handle it quite effectively. I'd also mention Ice Punch in Moves just because defensive Flygon is that much of a pain for this set

[Other Options]
- Put Ice Punch here if it doesn't go into moves of the Tank set. Flygon is a bitch to Rhyperior

[Checks and Counters]
- Add Flygon, either with bulky resists or below them. It's immune to EQ, resists Stone Edge, Defogs the tank set's Rocks, and can have Roost for recovery. Takes a fuckton from CB Megahorn tho and insta-dies to the odd Ice Punch

Do this and QC Approved 3/3
 

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[OVERVIEW]

Rhyperior is one of the most fearsome wallbreakers in the RU tier, sporting a monstrous base 140 Attack along with STAB EdgeQuake. Base 115 HP along with base 130 Defense is nothing to snuff (I think this is supposed to be scoff?) at, and it allows Rhyperior to check Drapion even without investment, a feat not many Pokemon can achieve. When combined with a specially defensive spread, Solid Rock allows Rhyperior to tank some special hits. Rhyperior also has a colorful movepool, ranging from including options ranging from such as EdgeQuake, Megahorn, and Rock Polish to Stealth Rock and Roar. However, Rhyperior's typing is a double-edged sword; while it gives Rhyperior 5 five shiny (cute haha but "useful" or something is prob better) resistances, it also leaves Rhyperior weak to 6 six relatively common types. Though Rhyperior is also versatile and can run several different sets, but its lackluster base 40 Speed holds it back from sweeping consistently. It also gets no lacks reliable recovery, which means Rhyperior won't last very long in battle.

[SET]
(remove space)
Tank
########

name: Tank
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Rock Blast
move 4: Roar / Megahorn / Protect
item: Leftovers (fix order)
ability: Solid Rock
nature: Adamant
evs: 248 HP / 28 Atk / 232 SpD


[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Rhyperior is one of the better Stealth Rock setters in the tier thanks to its great bulk and ability to force switches. Earthquake does a lot of damage to anything that doesn't resist it as well as hitting leads such as Steelix, Qwilfish, and Garbodor. Rock Blast is a good secondary STAB move that complements Earthquake well; it also breaks through Substitute and Focus Sash. Roar is the preferred move in the last slot, shuffling the opponent's team around and racking up residual damage. Protect can also be used to safely get Leftovers recovery and scout for super effective moves. Toxic is an option to cripple walls such as Alomomola, as Rhyperior makes for a perfect lure. Finally, Megahorn can be used in the last slot, as it hits Grass-types such as Tangrowth and Shiftry for big damage. (the order you talk about these has to match the move order on the set, so this needs some rearranging)

Set Details
========

28 Attack EVs along with an Adamant nature guarantee the OHKO on any offensive Drapion variant. The rest of the EVs are designed to maximize Rhyperior's special bulk. A Careful nature is a viable option over Adamant if Rhyperior is your only answer to special attackers such as Exploud and Houndoom. Leftovers gives Rhyperior a way to heal itself, especially in tandem with Protect.

Usage Tips
========

Rhyperior can switch in and set up Stealth Rock rather easily against a lot of physical and special attackers such as Druddigon, Braviary, Jolteon, and Drapion (unless Drapion is a special attacker, move it ahead of Jolteon). Other options for setup bait includes defensive Pokemon that don't carry Water- or Grass-type moves, such as Aromatisse and Registeel. If you predict a switch into a Defogger such as Shiftry, it's a good idea to switch up moves instead of using Stealth Rock. Earthquake is generally a safe move to go for after Stealth Rock has been set up. If you opt for Protect, make sure you use it wisely; don't give up free switches or setup turns.

Team Options
========

Grass-type Pokemon such as Amoonguss, Virizion, and Rotom-C make for great partners, as they can take Water- and Grass-type moves for Rhyperior and appreciate having their Fire weakness covered. Amoonguss in particular can cover Rhyperior's Fighting weakness as well as counter Virizion, one of Rhyperior's most common switch-ins. Rotom-C can also gain momentum on Water-types with Volt Switch and scare away Ground-types with Leaf Storm. Water-types such as Alomomola and Lanturn can provide a check to Water- and Ice-type Pokemon and serve as good pivots for Rhyperior. Mega Emboar and Camerupt have decent bulk and can take care of most Grass-types. Generally, any Pokemon that can face down (kinda weird phrase choice, replace if you don't mind) Grass- and Water-types goes well with Rhyperior. Aromatisse is a great check to most of the Fighting-types that give Rhyperior a hard time, such as Gurdurr, Hitmonlee, and Sawk. It also provides Wish and cleric support and easily switches into a lot of Pokemon that tend to trouble Rhyperior, such as Alomomola. Rhyperior appreciates teammates that can help keep Stealth Rock up either through their typing or ability, such as Jellicent, Spiritomb, and Braviary. The former two have good bulk and can handle Fighting-types well, while the latter takes care of Grass- and Fighting-types. Finally, Pokemon that can counter defensive Flygon such as Togetic, Mega Audino, and Aromatisse are very much appreciated.

[SET]
(remove space)
Choice Band
########

name: Choice Band
move 1: Earthquake
move 2: Stone Edge
move 3: Megahorn
move 4: Rock Blast
item: Choice Band
ability: Solid Rock
nature: Adamant
evs: 172 HP / 252 Atk / 84 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Earthquake is Rhyperior's main STAB move, plowing through anything that doesn't resist it. Stone Edge is Rhyperior's secondary STAB move and complements Earthquake perfectly, hitting Bug- and Flying-type Pokemon super effectively. Megahorn pummels Grass-types such as Tangrowth and Rotom-C. Rock Blast is a nice alternative Rock-type STAB move in the last slot; it has higher accuracy than Stone Edge and breaks through Substitute and Focus Sash. Dragon Tail can also be used to get chip damage and for emergency phazing.

Set Details
========

Maximum Attack investment with an Adamant nature lets Rhyperior hit as hard as possible. Choice Band turns Rhyperior into a powerful wallbreaker capable of 2HKOing anything that doesn't resist its moves. 84 Speed EVs allow Rhyperior to outspeed uninvested base 50's Speed Pokemon such as Tangrowth, and the rest goes in HP to add for some bulk. Running 204 Speed EVs is an option to outspeed Alomomola; though Rhyperior loses a ton of bulk, it can really turn the tide of the game in clutch moments.

Usage Tips
========

Be careful while when switching Rhyperior into neutral hits, as this set isn't as bulky as other variants the Tank set and will get worn down quickly. Be wary when locking yourself Rhyperior into Earthquake, as giving a free switch to a Pokemon like Braviary or Mesprit can be costly. However, if you don't see any Pokemon that are immune to Earthquake on the opposing team, feel free to spam Earthquake, as it is Rhyperior's most reliable and powerful move. Stone Edge is a safer move to be locked into because no Pokemon is immune to it has no immunities; however, the fact that many Pokemon still resist it along with the and its bad accuracy are things you should be wary of.

Team Options
========

Late-game sweepers such as Braviary, Fletchinder, and Cofagrigus pair well with wallbreakers like Rhyperior, which can wallbreak for them. Virizion is another late-game sweeper, and it appreciates this set's ability to lure in and heavily damage Amoonguss. In return, Virizion can take care of most Water-types. Entry hazard support from the likes of Omastar and Mega Glalie helps guarantee some 2HKOs. For example, Stealth Rock and one layer of Spikes guarantee the 2HKO on Alomomola. Amoonguss and Jellicent are both effective pivots to fall back on against Water- and Fighting-types. The former can also deal with Grass-types, while the latter can also deal with Ice-types.

[SET]
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Rock Polish
########

name: Rock Polish
move 1: Rock Polish
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Stone Edge
move 4: Megahorn
item: Life Orb
ability: Solid Rock
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Rock Polish fixes Rhyperior's subpar Speed and allows it to attempt a sweep. Earthquake is a powerful, reliable STAB move. Stone Edge is a good secondary STAB move and hits most Pokemon that resist or are immune to Earthquake, such as Bug- and Flying-types. Megahorn is the preferred option in the last slot, hitting Grass-types such as Tangrowth and Rotom-C. However, Swords Dance can be used in the last slot, as it helps Rhyperior break through more defensive teams.

Set Details
========

Life Orb along with maximum Attack investment allows Rhyperior to OHKO most offensive Pokemon. Maximum Speed investment with a Jolly nature is essential to outspeed base 120 Speed Pokemon and below after a boost, such as Dugtrio, (AC) and Choice Scarf Emboar, and Substitute + Baton Pass Jolteon. An Adamant nature can be used for more power; however, Rhyperior then fails to outspeed base 115 Pokemon such as Cinccino after a boost. Life Orb is necessary to guarantee OHKOs on certain Pokemon, such as Cobalion, Virizion, and Durant. Weakness Policy is a possible item choice, as Rhyperior can easily sweep through most teams after a +2 Attack boost. It is even better if Rhyperior can set up behind dual screens.

Usage Tips
========

Rhyperior can easily set up a Rock Polish on Pokemon it tends to force out, such as Braviary, Drapion, and Choice-locked Normal-, Fire-, and Electric-types. Be careful when switching Rhyperior into play, as this set is not as defensive as other variants the Tank set and lacks Leftovers. Rhyperior still needs support to deal with bulky walls such as Alomomola and Amoonguss, so don't attempt a sweep until they're out of the way. Try to keep Rhyperior's set hidden until later in the game, because if your opponent sees that Rhyperior isn't carrying Leftovers, they will know that Rhyperior is a more offensive set such as Choice Band or Rock Polish.

Team Options
========

Despite its amazing power, Rhyperior pairs well with wallbreakers such as Druddigon and Tyrantrum, which that can take care of bulky walls such as Alomomola and Amoonguss. Entry hazard support from Pokemon such as Omastar, Qwilfish, and Accelgor is appreciated to wear down Rhyperior's checks to Earthquake's or Stone Edge's KO range. Sticky Web support from Kricketune is also appreciated to help Rhyperior outspeed Pokemon that it cannot normally outspeed after a boost, such as Accelgor, Jolteon, and Choice Scarf Magneton. Setup sweepers such as SubSD Substitute + Swords Dance Cobalion and SD Swords Dance Drapion can set up on and heavily damage or KO Alomomola, Amoonguss, and Tangrowth, three of Rhyperior's biggest walls.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]

Other Options
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An Assault Vest set with Metal Burst can be used to bolster its Rhyperior's Special Defense, allowing it to become a potent mixed wall / (replace with "and" or "or") tank. It is also a great lure for Pokemon such as things like Tangrowth. However, it such a set misses out on Stealth Rock, Roar, and Leftovers. Ice Punch can be used on any set for coverage on defensive Flygon, which otherwise fucks Rhyperior up (oh my gosh, please rephrase this lol), especially the its tank set.


Checks & and Counters
#########============

**Bulky Water-types**: Bulky Water-types such as Alomomola can switch into most variants of Rhyperior and hit back hard with Scald. However, Alomomola has to watch out for 204 Speed Choice Band variants.

**Grass-type Pokemon**: (colon) Grass-type Pokemon such as Amoonguss, Tangrowth, Virizion, Rotom-C, and Shiftry can switch into most of Rhyperior's moves and retaliate with their STAB move of choice. Shiftry, for the most part, can only switch into the tank set, and all but the former must be wary of Megahorn.

**Bulky Pokemon that Resist Rhyperior's Moves Resists (yep this is wordy but "resists" cannot be used as a noun) / Tanks**: Bulky Pokemon such as Hitmontop, Gurdurr, and Weezing have good natural bulk and resist most of Rhyperior's moves, making them good switch-ins. The former can inflict status on Rhyperior or hit it with a Close Combat, Gurdurr can set up on Rhyperior, and Weezing can burn it or set up Toxic Spikes.

**Flygon**: Flygon counters most of Rhyperior's sets; it's is immune to Earthquake, resists Stone Edge, removes Rhyperior's Stealth Rock, and has reliable recovery in Roost. However, a Choice Band-boosted Megahorn from the Choice Band set does a number on Flygon, and Flygon gets OHKOed by the odd Ice Punch.

**Faster Pokemon**: Pokemon such as Accelgor, Jolteon, and Choice Scarf Magneton can outspeed Rhyperior after a boost (is it Rhyperior that is "after a boost", or Accelgor/Jolteon/Magneton? if the former, change to "outspeed Rhyperior even after a boost" or "outspeed even a boosted Rhyperior") and finish it off.
 
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[OVERVIEW]

Rhyperior is one of the most fearsome wallbreakers in the RU tier, sporting a monstrous base 140 Attack along with STAB EdgeQuake. BIts base 115 HP along withnd base 130 Defense is nothing to scoff at, and it allowsing Rhyperior to check Drapion even without any investment, a feat not many Pokemon can achieve. When combined with a specially defensive spread, Solid Rock allows Rhyperior to tank some special hits despite its low Special Defense. Rhyperior also has a colorful movepool, including optionmoves such as EdgeQuake, Megahorn, and Rock Polish to, as well as Stealth Rock and Roar. However, Rhyperior's typing is a double-edged sword; while it gives Rhyperior five useful resistances, it also leaves Rhyperior weak to six relatively common types. Though Rhyperior is versatile and can run several different sets, its lackluster base 40 Speed holds it back from sweeping consistently. It also lacks reliable recovery, which meansing Rhyperior won'tis unable to last very long in battle.

[SET]
name: Tank
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Rock Blast
move 4: Roar / Megahorn / Protect
item: Leftovers
ability: Solid Rock
nature: Adamant
evs: 248 HP / 28 Atk / 232 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Rhyperior is one of the better Stealth Rock setters in the tier thanks to its great bulk and ability to force switches. Earthquake doeals a lot of damage to anything that doesn't resist it as well as hitting common leads such as Steelix, Qwilfish, and Garbodor. Rock Blast is a good secondary STAB move that complements Earthquake well; it also breaks through Substitute and Focus Sash. Roar is the preferred move in the last slot, shuffling the opponent's team around and racking up residual damage. However, Megahorn hitscan also be used to heavily damage Grass-types, such as Tangrowth and Shiftry for big damage. Protect can also be usedis another option to safely get Leftovers recovery and scout for super effective moves. Finally, Toxic is an optionother alternative to cripple walls such as Alomomola, aswhich Rhyperior makes for a perfect lurcan lure with ease.

Set Details
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28 Attack EVs along with an Adamant nature guarantee the OHKO on any offensive Drapion variant. The rest of the EVs are designed to maximize Rhyperior's special bulk. A Careful nature is a viable option over Adamant if Rhyperior is your only answer to special attackers such as Exploud and Houndoom. Leftovers gives Rhyperior a way to heal itselfreliable source of recovery, especially in tandem with Protect.

Usage Tips
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Rhyperior can switch in and set up Stealth Rock rather easily against a lot of physical and special attackers such as Druddigon, Braviary, Drapion, and Jolteon. Other options for setup bait include defensive Pokemon that don't carry Water- or Grass-type moves, such as Aromatisse and Registeel. If you predict a switch into a Defogger such as Shiftry, it's a good idea to switch upuse the appropriate moves instead of using Stealth Rock. Earthquake is generally a safe move to go for after Stealth Rock has been set up. If you opt for Protect, make sure you use it wisely; don't give up free switches or setup turns.

Team Options
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Grass-type Pokemons such as Amoonguss, Virizion, and Rotom-C make for great partners, as they can take Water- and Grass-type moves for Rhyperior and appreciate having their Fire weakness covered. Amoonguss, in particular, can cover Rhyperior's Fighting weakness as well as counter Virizion, one of Rhyperior's most common switch-ins. Rotom-C can also gain momentum on Water-types with Volt Switch and scare away Ground-types with Leaf Storm. Water-types such as Alomomola and Lanturn can provide a check to Water- and Ice-type Pokemon and serve as good pivots for Rhyperior. Mega Emboar and Camerupt have decent bulk and can take care of most Grass-types. Generally, any Pokemon that can take on Grass- and Water-types goes well with Rhyperior. Aromatisse is a great check to most of the Fighting-types that, which give Rhyperior a hard time, such as Gurdurr, Hitmonlee, and Sawk. It also provides Wish and cleric support and easily switches into a lot of Pokemon that tend to trouble Rhyperior, such as Alomomola. Rhyperior appreciates teammates that can help keep Stealth Rock up either through their typing or ability, such as Jellicent, Spiritomb, and Braviary. The former two have good bulk and can handle Fighting-types well, while the latter takes care of Grass- and Fighting-types. Finally, Pokemon that can counter defensive Flygon such as Togetic, Mega Audino, and Aromatisse are very much appreciated.

[SET]
name: Choice Band
move 1: Earthquake
move 2: Stone Edge
move 3: Megahorn
move 4: Rock Blast
item: Choice Band
ability: Solid Rock
nature: Adamant
evs: 172 HP / 252 Atk / 84 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Earthquake is Rhyperior's main STAB move, plowing through anything that doesn't resist it.; Stone Edge complements Earthquake perfectly, hitting Bug- and Flying-type Pokemon super effectively. Megahorn pummels Grass-types such as Tangrowth and Rotom-C. Rock Blast is a nice alternative Rock-type STAB move in the last slot; to Stone Edge, wit has higher accuracy than Stone Edge andd the ability to breaks through Substitute and Focus Sash. Dragon Tail can also be used to get chip damage and for emergency phazing.

Set Details
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Maximum Attack investment with an Adamant nature lets Rhyperior hit as hard as possible. Choice Band turns Rhyperior into a powerful wallbreaker capable of 2HKOing anything that doesn't resist its moves. 84 Speed EVs allow Rhyperior to outspeed uninvested base 50 Speed Pokemon such as Tangrowth, and the rest goes in HP for some bulk. Running 204 Speed EVs is an option to outspeed Alomomola; though Rhyperior loses a ton of bulk, it can really turn the tide of the game in clutch moments.

Usage Tips
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Be careful while when switching Rhyperior into neutral hits, as this set isn't as bulky as other variants and will get worn down quickly. Be wary when locking Rhyperior into Earthquake, as giving a free switch in to a Pokemon like Braviary or Mesprit can be costly. However, if you don't see any Pokemon that are immune to Earthquake on the opposing team, feel free to spam Earthquake, as it is Rhyperior's most reliable and powerful move. Stone Edge is a safer move to be locked into because no Pokemon is immune to it; however, the fact that many Pokemon still resist it and its badlow accuracy are things you should be wary of.

Team Options
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Late-game sweepers such as Braviary, Fletchinder, and Cofagrigus pair well with Rhyperior, which can wallbreak for them. Virizion is another late-game sweeper, and it appreciates this set's ability to lure in and heavily damage Amoonguss. In return, Virizion can take care of most Water-types. Entry hazard support from the likes of Omastar and Mega Glalie helps guarantee some 2HKOs. For example, Stealth Rock and one layer of Spikes guarantee the 2HKO on Alomomola. Amoonguss and Jellicent are both effective pivots to fall back on against Water- and Fighting-types. T; the former can also deal with Grass-types, while the latter can also deal with Ice-types.

[SET]
name: Rock Polish
move 1: Rock Polish
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Stone Edge
move 4: Megahorn
item: Life Orb
ability: Solid Rock
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Rock Polish fixes Rhyperior's subpar Speed and allows it to attempt a sweep. Earthquake is a powerful, reliable STAB move., while Stone Edge is a good secondary STAB move and, hitsting most Pokemon that resist or are immune to Earthquake, such as Bug- and Flying-types. Megahorn is the preferred option in the last slot, hitting Grass-types such as Tangrowth and Rotom-C super effectively. However, Swords Dance can be used in the last slot, as it helps Rhyperior break through more defensive teams with more ease.

Set Details
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Life Orb along with maximum Attack investment allows Rhyperior to OHKO most offensive Pokemon. Maximum Speed investment with a Jolly nature is essential to outspeed base 120 Speed Pokemon and below after a boost, such as Dugtrio, Choice Scarf Emboar, and Substitute + Baton Pass Jolteon. An Adamant nature can be used for more power; however, Rhyperior then fails to outspeed base 115 Pokemon such as Cinccino after a boost. Life Orb is necessary to guarantee OHKOs on certain Pokemon, such as Cobalion, Virizion, and Durant. Weakness Policy is a possible item choice, as Rhyperior can easily sweep through most teams after a +2 Attack boost. It is even better if Rhyperior can set up behind dual screens.

Usage Tips
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Rhyperior can easily set up a Rock Polish on Pokemon it tends to force out, such as Braviary, Drapion, and Choice-locked Normal-, Fire-, and Electric-types. Be careful when switching Rhyperior into play, as this set is not as defensive as other variants and lacks Leftovers. Rhyperior needs support to deal with bulky walls such as Alomomola and Amoonguss, so don't attempt a sweep until they're out of the way. Try to keep Rhyperior's set hidden until later in the game, because if your opponent sees that Rhyperior isn't carrying Leftovers, they will know that Rhyperior is a more offensive set such as Choice Band or Rock Polish.

Team Options
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Despite its amazing power, Rhyperior pairs well with wallbreakers such as Druddigon and Tyrantrum, which can take care of bulky walls such as Alomomola and Amoonguss. Entry hazard support from Pokemon such as Omastar, Qwilfish, and Accelgor is appreciated to wear down Rhyperior's checks to Earthquake's or Stone Edge's KO range. Sticky Web support from Kricketune is also appreciated to help Rhyperior outspeed Pokemon that it cannot normally outspeed after a boost, such as Accelgor, Jolteon, and Choice Scarf Magneton. Setup sweepers such as Dragon Dance Scrafty and Swords Dance Drapion also make for good partners, as they can set up on and heavily damage or KO Alomomola, Amoonguss, and Tangrowth, three of Rhyperior's biggest walls.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]

Other Options
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An Assault Vest set with Metal Burst can be used to bolster Rhyperior's Special Defense, allowing it to become a potent mixed tank. It is also a great lure for Pokemon such as Tangrowth. However, such a set misses out on Stealth Rock, Roar, and Leftovers. Ice Punch can be used on any set for coverage on defensive Flygon, which otherwise gives Rhyperior a lot of trouble, especially its tank set.

Checks and Counters
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**Bulky Water-types**: Bulky Water-types such as Alomomola can switch into most variants of Rhyperior and hit back hard with Scald. However, Alomomola has to watch out for 204 Speed Choice Band variants.

**Grass-type Pokemon**: Grass-type Pokemon such as Amoonguss, Tangrowth, Virizion, Rotom-C, and Shiftry can switch into most of Rhyperior's moves and retaliate with their STAB move of choice. Shiftry, for the most part, can only switch into the tank set, and all but the former must be wary of Megahorn.

**Bulky Pokemon that Resist Rhyperior's Moves / Tanks**: Bulky Pokemon such as Hitmontop, Gurdurr, and Weezing have good natural bulk and resist most of Rhyperior's moves, making them good switch-ins. The former can inflict status on Rhyperior or hit it with a Close Combat, Gurdurr can set up on Rhyperior, and Weezing can burn it or set up Toxic Spikes.

**Flygon**: Flygon counters most of Rhyperior's sets; it is immune to Earthquake, resists Stone Edge, removes Rhyperior's Stealth Rock, and has reliable recovery in Roost. However, a Choice Band-boosted Megahorn does a number on Flygon, and Flygon gets OHKOed by the oddrare Ice Punch.

**Faster Pokemon**: Pokemon such as Accelgor, Jolteon, and Choice Scarf Magneton can outspeed Rhyperior even after a boost and finish it off.



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There was a line in OO about the AV set luring Tangrowth.. I didn't really understand it or think it was really good enough so I removed it, all sets lure Tang and all sets can smack it w/ megahorn.
 

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