Quality Control Roserade Revamp (QC 0/3)

Indigo Plateau

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[OVERVIEW]
  • Roserade holds a niche as a powerful attacker thanks to its massive base 125 Special Attack and amazing coverage that allows it to hit nearly the entire tier for neutral damage.
  • Access to Poisonium Z alongside two powerful STAB attacks allows Roserade to threaten the common defensive backbones consisting of Fairy-, Ground-, and Water-types that flood the UU tier.
  • Useful utility in Sleep Powder and a Technician-boosted Hidden Power Fire gives Roserade a way to bypass its common checks while providing free turns for the entire team.
  • Furthermore, a Grass/Poison typing enables Roserade to absorb Scald, Toxic, and Spore from defensive Pokemon on offensive teams while still providing a respectable damage output thanks to its high Special Attack.
  • However, Roserade's base 95 Speed falls short in a metagame full of faster offensive threats that can easily OHKO it, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Infernape, Terrakion, and Celebi.
  • Terrible base 60 HP and 65 Defense also means that Roserade is able to be revenge killed by strong priority users like Choice Band Scizor and struggles switching into hard hitting resisted attacks from slower Pokemon like Primarina's Moonblast.
  • Roserade's longevity is also hampered by its proneness to being Pursuit trapped once weakened by Mega Aerodactyl and Krookodile, two very common attackers in the metagame.
[SET]
name: 3 Attacks
move 1: Sleep Powder
move 2: Leaf Storm
move 3: Sludge Bomb
move 4: Hidden Power Fire
item: Poisonium Z
ability: Technician
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
  • Sleep Powder is a great utility move to ease prediction and induce sleep on common switch-ins like Mega Aggron and Klefki or Pokemon it outspeeds and cannot OHKO in as single turn, giving Roserade more chances to fire off its powerful attacks.
  • Leaf Storm is Roserade's strongest STAB attack that hits unresisted foes like Mega Aerodactyl, Tentacruel, and Gligar for a respectable amount of damage.
  • Sludge Bomb is a phenomenal secondary STAB move that targets foes that do not mind switching into Leaf Storm, such as Latias, Hydreigon, and Mega Altaria.
  • Hidden Power Fire becomes a powerful coverage move when boosted by Technician, allowing Roserade to OHKO Scizor and dent other Steel-types like Cobalion and Doublade that resist its STAB attacks.
  • Giga Drain can be used over Leaf Storm as a 100% accurate STAB attack that provides slightly more longevity than Leaf Storm, but it is usually inferior due to the noticeable power drop and Roserade's mediocre bulk.
Set Details
========
  • A Timid nature maximizes Roserade's Speed and prevents it from being outsped from otherwise problematic Pokemon, such as Rotom-H, Nidoking, and Togekiss.
  • Poisonium Z turns Sludge Bomb into Acid Downpour, allowing Roserade to break past slower defensive Pokemon like Rotom-H and Amoonguss with some prior damage and catching faster offensive Pokemon like Latias, Hydreigon, and Kyurem on the switch.
Usage Tips
========
  • Roserade should be used as an early- to mid-game breaker on offensive teams because its mediocre Speed gives it difficulty sweeping and usually makes it easy to revenge kill.
  • Roserade has a respectable base 105 Special Defense so try to bring it in against Pokemon that cannot do much damage to it, such as Amoonguss, Tentacruel, and Florges.
  • Against more offensively inclined teams, Roserade will struggle switching into resisted attacks like Primarina's Moonblast and Mega Altaria's Return. As such, it's best to attempt to bring it in via U-turn, Volt Switch, or a predicted double.
  • If Roserade is in a favorable matchup and a switch to a sturdy check is predicted, use Sleep Powder to hinder the check and gain free turns for Roserade or its teammates.
  • Hidden Power Fire should be used on predicted switches if the opponent's Roserade check is a Steel-type that can be 2HKOed by it, such as Cobalion, Scizor, and Doublade.
  • If the opponent does not have a sturdy check to Roserade and their Steel-type is worn down, use Acid Downpour to deal massive damage to Pokemon like Latias or Hydreigon that attempt to pivot into Roserade and force it out.
Team Options
========
  • Pursuit users, such as Krookodile, Scizor, and Mega Aerodactyl, make for good partners as they can potentially trap faster problematic Pokemon like Latias and opposing Mega Aerodactyl.
  • Roserade's poor defense and mediocre Speed means that it's able to get Pursuit trapped when weakened and as such, Pokemon that can take advantage of Pursuit users have good offensive synergy with Roserade. Fighting-types like Cobalion and Terrakion fit this role nicely and also help weaken specially defensive walls for Roserade.
  • Roserade struggles switching into most attacks, so having pivots like Gligar, Scizor, and Mega Manectric on offensive teams to bring it in safely is greatly appreciated.
  • Similarly, it's important to have defensive Pokemon like Gligar and Diancie that are able to switch into faster offensive Pokemon that threaten Roserade out, such as Infernape and Latias.
  • Mega Altaria, Scizor, and Mega Aerodactyl appreciate Roserade weakening Steel-types with Hidden Power Fire or inducing them with sleep, as this gives them an easier time cleaning late-game. Mega Altaria can potentially set up on a Pokemon locked into Pursuit, while Scizor and Mega Aerodactyl can revenge kill Pokemon like Terrakion and Latias that trouble Roserade.
[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
  • Toxic Spikes or Spikes can be utilized to wear down certain switch-ins, but these options are generally inferior as Roserade functions better as a threatening attacker able to put break past its checks with the help of Sleep Powder.
Checks and Counters
===================

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Faster offensive Pokemon, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Latias, Infernape, and Celebi, can outspeed Roserade and OHKO it with their strong STAB attacks or Z-Moves but are all hit hard by Roserade's STAB attacks. Although common Choice Scarf users like Krookodile and Hydreigon can't switch into Roserade directly, they can outspeed and revenge kill it after some prior damage.

**Bulky Steel-types**: Mega Aggron, Bronzong, and Klefki can comfortably take a Hidden Power Fire and proceed to deal massive amounts of damage in the case of the former two or cripple it with Thunder Wave in the case of the latter. However, none of these Pokemon appreciate being put to sleep by Sleep Powder.

**Priority Users**: Bullet Punch from Choice Band Scizor, Ice Shard from Life Orb Mamoswine, and Sucker Punch from Life Orb Bisharp can all OHKO Roserade after Stealth Rock damage before it gets a chance to attack.

**Specially Defensive Walls**: Blissey, Bronzong, and even the rare Alolan Muk can comfortably handle any attack that Roserade tries to throw at them and proceed to set up hazards or revenge kill it. Blissey deserves a special mention as it does not mind being put to sleep by Sleep Powder thanks to Natural Cure.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Indigo Plateau, 216712]]
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- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
 
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[OVERVIEW]
  • Roserade holds a niche as a powerful attacker thanks to its massive base 125 Special Attack and amazing coverage that allows it to hit nearly the entire tier for neutral damage. (I wouldn’t say it’s amazing coverage at all when it’s just stabs + hp fire but that fact it hits almost everything is 100% still worth the mention)
  • Access to Poisonium Z alongside two powerful STAB attacks allows Roserade to threaten the common defensive backbones consisting of Fairy-, Ground-, and Water-types that flood the UU tier.
  • Useful utility in Sleep Powder and a Technician-boosted Hidden Power Fire gives Roserade a way to bypass its common checks while providing free turns for the entire team.
  • Furthermore, a Grass/Poison typing enables Roserade to absorb Scald, Toxic, and Spore from defensive Pokemon on offensive teams while still providing a respectable damage output thanks to its high Special Attack.
  • However, Roserade's base 95 Speed falls short in a metagame full of faster offensive threats that can easily OHKO it, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Infernape, Terrakion, and Celebi.
  • Terrible base 60 HP and 65 Defense also means that Roserade is able to be revenge killed by strong priority users like Choice Band Scizor and struggles switching into hard hitting resisted attacks from slower Pokemon like Primarina's Moonblast.
  • Roserade's longevity is also hampered by its proneness to being Pursuit trapped once weakened by Mega Aerodactyl and Krookodile, two very common attackers in the metagame.
[SET]
name: 3 Attacks
move 1: Sleep Powder
move 2: Leaf Storm
move 3: Sludge Bomb
move 4: Hidden Power Fire
item: Poisonium Z
ability: Technician
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
  • Sleep Powder is a great utility move to ease prediction and induce sleep on common switch-ins like Mega Aggron and Klefki or Pokemon it outspeeds and cannot OHKO in as single turn, giving Roserade more chances to fire off its powerful attacks.
  • Leaf Storm is Roserade's strongest STAB attack that hits unresisted foes like Mega Aerodactyl, Tentacruel, and Gligar for a respectable amount of damage. (talk about the special attack drop + how it can force roserade out too)
  • Sludge Bomb is a phenomenal secondary STAB move that targets foes that do not mind switching into Leaf Storm, such as Latias, Hydreigon, and Mega Altaria.
  • Hidden Power Fire becomes a powerful coverage move when boosted by Technician, allowing Roserade to OHKO Scizor and dent other Steel-types like Cobalion and Doublade that resist its STAB attacks.
  • Giga Drain can be used over Leaf Storm as a 100% accurate STAB attack that provides slightly more longevity than Leaf Storm, but it is usually inferior due to the noticeable power drop and Roserade's mediocre bulk.
Set Details
========
  • A Timid nature maximizes Roserade's Speed and prevents it from being outsped from otherwise problematic Pokemon, such as Rotom-H, Nidoking, and Togekiss.
  • Poisonium Z turns Sludge Bomb into Acid Downpour, allowing Roserade to break past slower defensive Pokemon like Rotom-H and Amoonguss with some prior damage and catching faster offensive Pokemon like Latias, Hydreigon, and Kyurem on the switch.
Usage Tips
========
  • Roserade should be used as an early- to mid-game breaker on offensive teams because its mediocre Speed gives it difficulty sweeping and usually makes it easy to revenge kill.
  • Roserade has a respectable base 105 Special Defense so try to bring it in against Pokemon that cannot do much damage to it, such as Amoonguss, Tentacruel, and Florges.
  • Against more offensively inclined teams, Roserade will struggle switching into resisted attacks like Primarina's Moonblast and Mega Altaria's Return. As such, it's best to attempt to bring it in via U-turn, Volt Switch, or a predicted double.
  • If Roserade is in a favorable matchup and a switch to a sturdy check is predicted, use Sleep Powder to hinder the check and gain free turns for Roserade or its teammates.
  • Hidden Power Fire should be used on predicted switches if the opponent's Roserade check is a Steel-type that can be 2HKOed by it, such as Cobalion, Scizor, and Doublade.
  • If the opponent does not have a sturdy check to Roserade and their Steel-type is worn down, use Acid Downpour to deal massive damage to Pokemon like Latias or Hydreigon that attempt to pivot into Roserade and force it out.
  • talk about when to use leaf storm here and to be wary of being forced out when using it which can make it more easily trapped / revenge killed
Team Options
========
  • talk about what teams it fits on here because it’s not a super common pick
  • Pursuit users, such as Krookodile, Scizor, and Mega Aerodactyl, make for good partners as they can potentially trap faster problematic Pokemon like Latias and opposing Mega Aerodactyl.
  • Roserade's poor defense and mediocre Speed means that it's able to get Pursuit trapped when weakened and as such, Pokemon that can take advantage of Pursuit users have good offensive synergy with Roserade. Fighting-types like Cobalion and Terrakion fit this role nicely and also help weaken specially defensive walls for Roserade.
  • Roserade struggles switching into most attacks, so having pivots like Gligar, Scizor, and Mega Manectric on offensive teams to bring it in safely is greatly appreciated.
  • Similarly, it's important to have defensive Pokemon like Gligar and Diancie that are able to switch into faster offensive Pokemon that threaten Roserade out, such as Infernape and Latias.
  • Mega Altaria, Scizor, and Mega Aerodactyl appreciate Roserade weakening Steel-types with Hidden Power Fire or inducing them with sleep, as this gives them an easier time cleaning late-game. Mega Altaria can potentially set up on a Pokemon locked into Pursuit, while Scizor and Mega Aerodactyl can revenge kill Pokemon like Terrakion and Latias that trouble Roserade.
  • stealth rock support to help roserade capitalise even more on the switches it forces by chipping them when it forces stuff out
[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
  • Toxic Spikes or Spikes can be utilized to wear down certain switch-ins, but these options are generally inferior as Roserade functions better as a threatening attacker able to put break past its checks with the help of Sleep Powder.
  • add life orb
  • add black sludge
Checks and Counters
===================

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Faster offensive Pokemon, such as Mega Aerodactyl, Latias, Infernape, and Celebi, can outspeed Roserade and OHKO it with their strong STAB attacks or Z-Moves but are all hit hard by Roserade's STAB attacks. Although common Choice Scarf users like Krookodile and Hydreigon can't switch into Roserade directly, they can outspeed and revenge kill it after some prior damage. (hydreigon outspeeds even without scarf so it doesn’t really need to be mentioned specifically as a choice scarf user)

**Bulky Steel-types**: Mega Aggron, Bronzong, and Klefki can comfortably take a Hidden Power Fire and proceed to deal massive amounts of damage in the case of the former two or cripple it with Thunder Wave in the case of the latter. However, none of these Pokemon appreciate being put to sleep by Sleep Powder.

**Priority Users**: Bullet Punch from Choice Band Scizor, Ice Shard from Life Orb Mamoswine, and Sucker Punch from Life Orb Bisharp can all OHKO Roserade after Stealth Rock damage before it gets a chance to attack.

**Specially Defensive Walls**: Blissey, Bronzong, and even the rare Alolan Muk can comfortably handle any attack that Roserade tries to throw at them and proceed to set up hazards or revenge kill it. Blissey deserves a special mention as it does not mind being put to sleep by Sleep Powder thanks to Natural Cure.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Indigo Plateau, 216712]]
- Quality checked by: [[, ], [, ], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
this looks really good QC 1/3
 

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