RU Roserade

[OVERVIEW]

Roserade holds an excellent all-around offensive presence, being able to pressure opposing teams both directly and indirectly. Solid STAB options in Leaf Storm and Sludge Bomb, paired with a 90-Base Hidden Power thanks to its ability Technician as coverage, offers little room for many Pokemon to switch into safely. To top it off, Roserade tailors itself to what a team needs offensively with support moves such as Sleep Powder, Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Synthesis and even another usable ability, Natural Cure, up for the picking. Despite this, Roserade still has an exploitable Grass typing and relatively poor bulk, leaving it weak to common Fire- and Ice-type coverage and even neutral STAB attacks from hard-hitters. Roserade unfortunately has a shorter lifespan than most other attackers as well, as it often relies on Life Orb to do stand out damage; coupled with the fact that Roserade doesn't have reliable setup options, this means that specially defensive walls can outlast it, as it weathers its life and Special Attack away using its strongest move, Leaf Storm.

[SET]
name: Life Orb
move 1: Leaf Storm
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Hidden Power Fire
move 4: Sleep Powder / Spikes
item: Life Orb
ability: Technician
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Roserade's STAB moves hit a good portion of the tier such as unboosted Feraligatr, common Stealth Rock setters such as Diancie and Rhyperior, and Fairy-types such as Comfey and Florges. Leaf Storm is Roserade’s strongest Grass-type STAB attack, and when boosted by Life Orb, it can pick off a bulkier target at the cost of a severe Special Attack drop. Sludge Bomb is a strong and consistent STAB move to take out other Grass-and Fairy-types. Hidden Power Fire is the most favorable of all type choices to hit Steel-types such as Registeel, Doublade, and Escavalier as well as Bulletproof Chesnaught, which resist or are immune to Roserade's STAB moves. Sleep Powder allows it to cripple slower Pokemon that are too much for Roserade to handle safely. Spikes setup allows bulkier teams to be pressured and worn down. Synthesis can give Roserade longevity throughout a match and pushes opponents to take the offensive route, as their more defensive Pokemon cannot simply sit and sponge damage to wear Roserade down with Life Orb recoil. Giga Drain could be used over Leaf Storm to have both offensive presence and recovery to increase Roserade's lifetime, but the loss of power is noticeable, as it leaves Roserade's enemies standing and able to counterattack.

Set Details
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252 Special Attack EVs let Roserade hit as hard as it possibly can without boosting. 252 Speed EVs let Roserade outspeed a sizable amount of the tier and hit them, put them to sleep, or set up Spikes on them. A Timid nature is a must in order to outspeed Pokemon such as Kommo-o, unboosted Feraligatr, and Adamant Flygon, so it does not get blown back. Life Orb maximizes Roserade's damage output without locking it into a move. Lastly, Technician is used in order to boost Hidden Power Fire’s Base Power by 1.5x.

Usage Tips
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Roserade is best fitted on teams leaning for offense, taking the dual role of offensive support and an attacker with a combination of entry hazards, status, and Life Orb-boosted attacks. Roserade can only be switched in on defensive Pokemon such as Registeel, Milotic, and Umbreon and resisted Fairy-type hits from Comfey and Florges due to its fragility; otherwise, it must be brought in through pivoting or for revenge killing. It can make a great lead when facing bulkier teams, as rarely anything outspeeds Roserade. Make sure to clear everything faster than Roserade in order to freely set up Spikes and clean up the rest of the opposing team. When opting for Sleep Powder as the fourth slot, punish Pokemon that would switch into Roserade by planting it against such as forced switches from Quagsire and Gigalith.

Team Options
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Setup sweepers that can take advantage of Sleep Powder such as Feraligatr and Salazzle are excellent partners, as they also complement each other to beat some of each other's checks. Wallbreakers such as Escavalier and Bewear can take care of specially bulky walls like Snorlax, Cresselia, and Umbreon to help Roserade break through the opposing team and clean up; these partners appreciate Roserade's Spikes to soften opposing Pokemon. Water-type Pokemon in particular can use Roserade's assistance in taking on the few Electric-types in the tier and give Grass-typessuch as Shaymin a hard time. This includes Bruxish for offense, which also appreciates Roserade's Spikes support, and Milotic and Jellicent for defense. Rock-type Stealth Rock setters such as Diancie, Rhyperior, and Gigalith give Roserade a great switch-in for the Fire- and Poison-types, with the exception of Nidoqueen, that it can't handle. They also contribute to Roserade's offensive hazard stacking, weakening Flying-types and Levitate users that its Spikes would not normally touch. Gigalith's Sand Stream, however, can be a detriment to Synthesis Roserade's longevity, cutting its healing down to 25%.

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

Extrasensory allows Roserade to lure in and KO other Poison-typessuch as Dragalge and Salazzle that would otherwise get a free switch-in to wallbreak or set up. This choice also gives you an answer to Kommo-o and Salazzle. Hidden Power Ice will hit enemy Dragon-types, Chesnaught, and other Roserade andcan take out Gligar without having to put it to sleep. The drawback of this is losing the ability to hit Steel-types. Energy Ball allows Roserade to have a more consistent and spammable Grass-type STAB attack than Leaf Storm. Natural Cure as an ability, in tandem with Rest, gives Roserade a full recovery option while letting it perform as a status absorber, but this forces Roserade to switch out and gives the opponent a free turn. Toxic Spikes can be handy, as the most common Poison-types are Nidoqueen, Salazzle, and Dragalge; however, the latter two have a free switch into Roserade and all can soak them up. Black Sludge over Life Orb gives Roserade better longevity in the absence of recoil and Synthesis; without the damage boost however, it fails to net as many KOs. Choice Specs or Choice Scarf lets Roserade break through bulkier Pokemon more easily or keep up with faster Pokemon it couldn’t normally take on, but Choice Scarf users such as Shaymin are more suited towards being locked into a move, as Roserade's Leaf Storm isn't a spammable move.

Checks and Counters
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**Faster Pokemon**: All Pokemon faster than Roserade in the tier have either a strong neutral move, such as Durant, Choice Band Zygarde-10%, and Choice Specs Zoroark, super effective STAB attacks like Jolly Mega Glalie, Salazzle, Choice Scarf Gardevoir, and Espeon, or strong coverage moves that can make Roserade wilt on sight. Salazzle and Moltres are Roserade's bane, with the former coming into even its strongest attack and the latter Speed tying or outspeeding Roserade depending on whether it is holding Life Orb or Choice Scarf. Moltres, however, still takes a lot of damage from a stray Sludge Bomb.

**Specially Bulky Pokemon**: Cresselia and Umbreon are able to survive a blow or two, wake up, and retaliate with a Psychic-type move or outlast Roserade thanks to great bulk, respectively. Mega Camerupt survives a full-power Leaf Storm even after Stealth Rock, and Snorlax is especially dangerous for Roserade to stay in on, as it can take advantage of Roserade's Sleep Powder with Sleep Talk.

**Dragon-type Pokemon**: Dragalge, Bulletproof Kommo-o, and Sap Sipper Goodra in particular resist three out of the four moves that Roserade carries. Sap Sipper Goodra can switch in on Sleep Powder for an Attack boost and tanks a couple of Roserade's Sludge Bombs; Dragalge gets a free switch in and can KO a member of your team if you aren't careful; and Kommo-o has a variety of coverage moves that can keep you guessing should Roserade try to switch out, possibly putting it in a bad position.
 
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  • Not sure on what would be most optimal move order, so up to QC on that. Something tells me Spikes should go higher since Rose's niche lies on being an offensive spiker. Probably shouldn't overestimate Sleep Powder too much here.
  • You should probably put Leaf Storm over Giga Drain in the first slot. The high damage output is much more useful for Rose than the chip recovery.
  • Mention Hidden Power Ice over Dazzling Gleam IMO. HP Ice is stronger thanks to Technician and can also manage to chunk Gligar (without the SpAtk drop from Leaf Storm) and Dragalge for SE damage.
  • Do you really need to mention Shadow Ball? You're just better off hitting Psychics with Sludge Bomb for the poison chance, and Doublade is hit by HP Fire. I might be missing something, idk. Otherwise, I don't see a reason to mention it.
  • Would maybe switch up the Extrassensory mention to say how it can lure in and heavily damage Poison-types that can otherwise switch into Roserade rather liberally like Dragalge and Salazzle.
  • Reuniclus isn't a safe switch-in to Roserade. It is 2HKO'd by Sludge Bomb and takes up to 75% of damage from Leaf Storm (still putting it on -2 Sludge Bomb range). Hidden Power to Leaf Storm also KO's. At most you could possibly mention it as a revenge killer. Also no one runs freaking Overcoat Reuniclus. lol
  • Mention Cresselia, Umbreon, and Snorlax under Bulky Pokemon (rename to Specially Bulky Pokemon). Those three can switch into Roserade rather comfortably and either heal themselves / set up.
 
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Disregarding the use of blatantly retarded abbreviations:

  • Not sure on what would be most optimal move order, so up to QC on that. Something tells me Spikes should go higher since Rose's niche lies on being an offensive spiker. Probably shouldn't overestimate Sleep Powder too much here.
  • You should probably put Leaf Storm over Giga Drain in the first slot. The high damage output is much more useful for Rose than the chip recovery.
  • Mention Hidden Power Ice over Dazzling Gleam IMO. HP Ice is stronger thanks to Technician and can also manage to chunk Gligar (without the SpAtk drop from Leaf Storm) and Dragalge for SE damage.
  • Do you really need to mention Shadow Ball? You're just better off hitting Psychics with Sludge Bomb for the poison chance, and Doublade is hit by HP Fire. I might be missing something, idk. Otherwise, I don't see a reason to mention it.
  • Would maybe switch up the Extrassensory mention to say how it can lure in and heavily damage Poison-types that can otherwise switch into Roserade rather liberally like Dragalge and Salazzle.
  • Reuniclus isn't a safe switch-in to Roserade. It is 2HKO'd by Sludge Bomb and takes up to 75% of damage from Leaf Storm (still putting it on -2 Sludge Bomb range). Hidden Power to Leaf Storm also KO's. At most you could possibly mention it as a revenge killer. Also no one runs freaking Overcoat Reuniclus. lol
  • Mention Cresselia, Umbreon, and Snorlax under Bulky Pokemon (rename to Specially Bulky Pokemon). Those three can switch into Roserade rather comfortably and either heal themselves / set up.
abbreviations were of past laziness that I intended to fix later lol, thank you though. making aforementioned changes now
 

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  • Do you really need to mention Shadow Ball? You're just better off hitting Psychics with Sludge Bomb for the poison chance, and Doublade is hit by HP Fire. I might be missing something, idk. Otherwise, I don't see a reason to mention it.
Hoopa is basically the only mon that threatens you that Shadow Ball would really hit way harder than your other moves. It's probably not worth a mention solely for Hoopa due to its susceptibility to sleep powder (because of its speed) and the fact that Hoopa will get 2HKO'd by Leaf Storm, 2HKO'd by Giga drain after 1 layer of spikes, or 3HKO'd in any other circumstance by HP Fire.

The only other mon I could see giving some reason for Roserade to run Shadow Ball is Cresselia, but even the defensive spread for Cresselia fails to get 2HKO'd after rocks. It does do a nice chunk to Cress though, which might let Roserade fish for a spdef drop or 2HKO it with some chip (so I'll leave it to QC to decide if its worth a mention).
 

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- Not too shabby on the Escavalier mention in the overview since Escavalier really fear the Technician HP Fire since even max spdef ones wont dodge the KO. Just keep the mention of Goodra on that part

- Leaf Storm should be the only slash on the set. Mention Giga Drain on the moves section instead, the grass type nuke is essential to Roserade success.

- Relegate toxic spikes to other options tbh. They are definitely nice in this meta but with dragalge and salazzle but since those find a bunch of opportunities into Roserade is certainly a problem in the long run. What made Nidoqueen an specific tspiker is that, same deal with dragalge. Roserade just doesnt find the better use of it imo.

- Mention Synthesis on the moves section. So just switch toxic spikes and synthesis places. Synthesis allow Roserade to do a better job pressuring defensive builds since it can recover in a good amount of things and remain healthy for the rest of the match. Isnt about losing a turn, but about how much of a threat Roserade becomes when wearing it down through life orb recoil doesnt become a choice if it reveals synthesis.

"Takes the dual roles of offensive support and attacker". This is rather vague, if someone sees the analysis for the first time and doesnt know Pokemon this could leave the user confused and with more questions, which isnt the idea. Expand on this.

- Mention water types as good team partners for Roserade. Can mention both offensive and defensive options since Roserade can soften the few viable electric types available, can pressure Shaymin and Heracross, and the offensive ones like Sharpedo and Bruxish appreciate the spikes support.

- Dont think aromatherapy is a good option, even for OO. You could just mention it can use Black Sludge as the item instead of Life Orb for the passive recovery if you arent running synthesis but mention the power difference become massive.

- The checks and counters section is fine but you should either remove Moltres or specify it is a speed tie :p


TAG ME when you are done to implement the check
 
lmao im dumb for the escav one

tagging MrAldo, changes implemented hope the Moltres one is fine to elaborate for newer players
 

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Technician allows for a solid 90 base attack of any type, a separating factor from fellow Grass users Venusaur and Shaymin.
reword the first sentence to say "allows for a Hidden Power with a solid base 90 attack"

As sleep isn’t always more than a turn, specially bulky Pokemon such as Cresselia and Snorlax can live a couple to a few hits and KO or outlast. Specially defensive walls such as Umbreon and Mantine can outlast Roserade as it weathers itself down with Life Orb recoil. Sleep Power immune Pokemon such as Sap Sipper Goodra can KO it.
This is very confusing and written poorly so reword this entire bulletpoint. Mention how Roserade doesn't have a setup move so specially bulky Pokemon can outlive it with recovery + residual damage, especially seeing how its strongest attack has a -2 SpA effect.

The set is structured incorrectly so copy paste this instead:

[SET]
name: Life Orb
move 1: Leaf Storm
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Hidden Power Fire
move 4: Sleep Powder / Spikes / Synthesis
item: Life Orb
ability: Technician
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

I changed the set's name to just Life Orb and fixed some spacing issues (you had it set as Sleep Powder/ Spikes instead of Sleep Powder / Spikes), and changed SpAtk and SpDef to SpA and SpD. The last two issues with spacing and spelling is important because otherwise the analysis can't be uploaded, it'll display an error page.

Along with the HP Fire mention, note how with SR it OHKOs Heracross which is absolutely huge

in set details:
Never a hard switch-in to anything other than defensive Pokemon such as Registeel and Umbreon and resisted special hits from Florges and Milotic; however, it is a great to pivot into with a U-turner, as it can potentially sleep a member or setup spikes on defensive members.
You shouldn't say never when you have too many exceptions. reword this to reflect that Roserade can only switch into defensive pokemon and resisted fairy hits but is too frail to switch into much else, and requires u-turn to be brought in, or to revenge kill.

in team options:
Wallbreakers that can put a dent or take care of specially bulky Pokemon like Snorlax, Cresselia and Umbreon such as Heracross and Escavalier help Roserade clean up whatever is left. These partners appreciate Roserade's Spikes to soften opposing Pokemon.
This is also worded weirdly. change the order a bit so its [Wallbreakers such as ... break walls such as ...] cuz right now its as if you're saying snorlax, cress, and umbreon are the wallbreakers.

Also, its Grass-types and not Grass - types (without spaces before/after the dash), also note that types isn't capitalized.

In the final bit in team options when you mention gigalith, note that sandstorm could be a detriment to Roserade if you opt for synthesis.

In OO, along with the Extrasensory mention do note how it doesn't OHKO Heracross like HP Fire does but still deals quite a bit of damage. With the HP Ice point, not OHKOing Heracross is also a drawback.

I would also like a mention of Natural Cure + Rest or just Natural Cure in general, as it gives Roserade some longevity which can be appreciated sometimes. I don't want it to completely not be in the analysis. Originally I wanted it to be in set details but technician HP Fire seems too good to pass up right now. When mentioning Black Sludge just say that its significantly weaker, you don't need to give too many details in OO.

For C&C separate different categories with a line break. For example:

**Counter**

**Counter 2**

Also in C&C under the faster pokemon section make a special note on salazzle and moltres, both x4 resist leaf storm and while moltres speed-ties, salazzle is a lot faster, and both are excellent checks. (do note how sludge bomb does a fuckton tho z_z)


Overall minor things even though this post might seem long

QC approved 2/3
 
AM Check just because, please do not implement anything unless QC gives it the thumbs up!

Usage Tips:
- Would be good to discuss about when to use Sleep Powder. I'd probably say something about going for Sleep Powder on threats that Roserade is able to force out so you're able to put to sleep and cripple something that can threaten Roserade, mainly trying to take advantage of certain matchups that are in its favor. If worried about accuracy Sleep Powder has, then instead take out the opposing threat with one of its moves.
 

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drop synth to moves.
zydog in faster mons
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mention queen whenever necessary

also what mikasa said.
 
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[OVERVIEW]
Roserade holds an excellent all-around offensive presence in the metagame, being able to pressure opposing teams directly and indirectly. Solid STAB options in Leaf Storm and Sludge Bomb, paired with a coverage 90-Base Power Hidden Power of a base 90 attack thanks to its ability Technician as coverage, offers little shelter room for many Pokemon to switch into safely. To top it off, Roserade tailors itself to what a team needs offensively, with support moves ranging from Sleep Powder, Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Synthesis and even another usable ability, Natural Cure, up for the picking. Despite this, Roserade still has an exploitable Grass typing and a relatively frail poor 60 / 65 / 105 (spacing) bulk, leaving it weak to common Fire and Ice coverage and even neutral STAB attacks from hard-hitters. Roserade unfortunately has a shorter lifespan than most other attackers as well, as it often relies on Life Orb to do stand out damage; coupled with the fact that Roserade doesn't have reliable setup options, this means that specially defensive walls can outlast it as it weathers its life and Special Attack away using it's its strongest move, Leaf Storm.

[SET]
name: Life Orb
move 1: Leaf Storm
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Hidden Power Fire
move 4: Sleep Powder / Spikes
item: Life Orb
ability: Technician
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Grass / Poison STAB coverage hits a number good portion of the tier such as unboosted Feraligatr, common Stealth Rocks Rock setters such as Diancie and Rhyperior, and Fairy-types (AH) in such as (unless these two are literally the only remotely relevant ones) Comfey and Florges. Leaf Storm is Roserade’s Roserade's strongest Grass STAB attack, and when boosted with by Life Orb, it can pick off (prob pick a different verb bc this implies the target is already harshly weakened) a bulkier target at the cost of a severe Special Attack drop. Sludge Bomb is a strong and consistent STAB move to prime and shoot other Grasses and Fairies take out other Grass-types and Fairy-types. Hidden Power Fire is the most optimal favorable out of all type choices to hit otherwise resisting Steel-types (spacing) such as Registeel, Doublade, and Escavalier and Bulletproof Chesnaught, which resist Roserade's STAB moves. Sleep Powder allows it to cripple slower Pokemon for itself or other teammates should it be too much for Roserade to handle safely. Spikes setup allows for bulkier teams, which are prevalent nowadays, to be pressured and worn down.

Synthesis can give gives Roserade longevity to last longer throughout a match (RC) and pushes opponents to take the offensive route, as their more defensive members Pokemon cannot simply sit and sponge damage to wear it Roserade down with Life Orb recoil. Giga Drain could be used over Leaf Storm to have both offensive presence and recovery to lengthen its lifetime, but the loss of power is noticeable, (AC) as it leaves Roserade's oppenents enemies standing and able to counterattack.

Set Details
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252 Special Attack lets Roserade hit as hard as it possibly can without boosting. 252 Speed lets Roserade outspeed a sizable amount of the tier to and hit them, put them to sleep, or set(space)up Spikes on them. A Timid nature is a must in order to outspeed Pokemon such as Kommo-o, unboosted Feraligatr, (AC) and Adamant Flygon and not get blown back. Life Orb maximizes Roserade's damage output without being locked locking it into a move. Lastly, Technician is used in order to boost Hidden Power Fire’s Fire's Base Power by 1.5x.

Usage Tips
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Roserade is best fitted on teams leaning for offense, taking the dual role of offensive support and attacker with a combination of entry hazards, status, and Life Orb-boosted Life Orb damage attacks. Roserade can only be switched in on defensive Pokemon such as Registeel, Milotic, (AC) and Umbreon and resisted Fairy-type hits from Comfey and Florges due to it's its fragility; otherwise, it must be brought in through pivoting or for revenge killing. It can make for a great lead when facing bulkier teams, as rarely anything with outspeed Roserade. Make sure to clear everything faster than Roserade in order to freely setup set up Spikes and clean up the rest of the opposing team. When opting for Sleep Powder as the fourth slot, punish Pokemon that would switch into Roserade by planting it against what it forces outs out such as Quagsire and Gigalith.

Team Options
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Set-up Setup sweepers that can take advantage of Sleep Powder such as Feraligatr and Salazzle are excellent partners, as they also compliment complement each other to beat some of each other's checks. Wallbreakers such as Escavalier and Bewear can take care of specially bulky walls like Snorlax, Cresselia, (AC) and Umbreon to help Roserade get a breakthrough break through the opposing team and clean up the opposition. These partners appreciate Roserade's Spikes to soften opposing Pokemon. (remove line break) Water - Type Water-type Pokemon in particular can use Roserade's assistance in taking on the few Electric-types (AH) in the tier and give Grass - Types Grass-types such as Shaymin a hard time. This includes Bruxish for offense, which also appreciates Roserade's Spike Spikes support, and Milotic and Jellicent for defense. Rock – Type Rock-type Stealth Rock setters such as Diancie, Rhyperior, and Gigalith give Roserade a great switch out option switch-in for the Fire- (AH) and Poison - Types, Poison-types with the exception of Nidoqueen, that it can't handle. They also contribute to Roserade's offensive hazard stacking, weakening the Flying-types and Levitate Pokemon its Spikes would not normally touch. Gigalith's Sand Stream, however, can be a detriment to Synthesis Roserade's longevity, cutting its healing down to 25% with Sand Stream.

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

Extrasensory allows Roserade to lure in and KO other Poison-types (AH) that would otherwise get a free switch-in such as Dragalge and Salazzle to wallbreak or setup set up. This choice also gives you an answer to revenge kill Kommo-o and Salazzle should you opt for this. Hidden Power Ice will hit enemy Dragon-types, (AH) Chesnaught, and other Roserades Roserade and take out Gligar without having to waste sleep on it. The drawbacks are not being able to hit Steel-types (AH) well. Energy Ball allows Roserade to have a more consistent and spammable Grass STAB attack than Leaf Storm. Natural Cure as an ability, in tandem with Rest, gives Roserade a full recovery option while being letting it perform as a status absorber, but this forces Roserade to switch out (RH) and gives the opponent a free turn. Toxic Spikes can be handy, as the most common Poison-types (AH) are Nidoqueen, Salazzle and Dragalge; however, the latter two have a free switch into Roserade and all can soak them up. Black Sludge over Life Orb gives Roserade better longevity in the absence of recoil and Synthesis; without the damage boost, (AC) however, it fails to net as many KOs. Choice Specs or Choice Scarf lets Roserade break through bulkier Pokemon more easily or keep up with faster Pokemon it couldn’t couldn't normally have take on or penetrate bulkier Pokemon more, but Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Shaymin are more suited towards being locked in a move, (AC) as Leaf Storm isn't a spammable move.

Checks and Counters
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**Faster Pokemon**: (dashes to colons) All Pokemon faster than Roserade in the tier have either a strong neutral move such as Durant, Choice Band Zygarde - 10% Zygarde-10% and Choice Specs Zoroark, super effective STAB as attacks like Jolly Mega Glalie, (RH) Salazzle, Choice Scarf Gardevoir, and Espeon have, or strong coverage like Sharpedo that can make Roserade wilt on sight. Salazzle and Moltres are Roserade's bane, with the former coming into even it's strongest attack and the latter Speed tying or outspeeding Roserade depending on whether it is holding Life Orb or Choice Scarf. Moltres, however, still takes alot a lot from a stray Sludge Bomb.

**Specially Bulky Pokemon**: Cresselia and Umbreon are able to survive a blow or two, wake up, (AC) and bounce back with a Psychic-type move or outlasting Roserade thanks to great bulk, (AC) respectively. Mega Camerupt - Mega survives a full-power (AH) Leaf Storm even after Stealth Rocks Rock, and Snorlax is especially dangerous for Roserade to stay into, as it can take advantage of Roserade's sleeping Sleep Powder with Sleep Talk.

**Dragon - Type Dragon-type Pokemon**: Dragalge, Bulletproof Kommo-o, and Sap Sipper Goodra in specific particular resist 3/4 three out of the four moves this Roserade carries. Sap Sipper Goodra will eat up the sleeping powder Sleep Powder for a healthy morning an Attack boost and tanks a couple of Roserade's Sludge Bombs; Dragalge gets a free switch(space)in and can KO a member on your team if you aren't careful; and Kommo-o has a variety of coverage that can keep you guessing should you try to switch out, possibly putting you in a bad position.
 
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[OVERVIEW]

Roserade holds an excellent all-around offensive presence, being able to pressure opposing teams both directly and indirectly. Solid STAB options in Leaf Storm and Sludge Bomb, paired with a 90-Base Hidden Power thanks to its ability Technician as coverage, (AC) offers little room for many Pokemon to switch into safely. To top it off, Roserade tailors itself to what a team needs offensively, (RC) with support moves ranging from such as Sleep Powder, Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Synthesis and even another usable ability, Natural Cure, up for the picking. Despite this, Roserade still has an exploitable Grass typing and a relatively poor (space) 60/65/105 bulk, leaving it weak to common Fire-(AH) and Ice-type coverage and even neutral STAB attacks from hard-hitters. Roserade unfortunately has a shorter lifespan than most other attackers as well, as it often relies on Life Orb to do stand out damage; coupled with the fact that Roserade doesn't have reliable setup options, this means that specially defensive walls can outlast it, (AC) as it weathers its life and Special Attack away using its strongest move, Leaf Storm.

[SET]
name: Life Orb
move 1: Leaf Storm
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Hidden Power Fire
move 4: Sleep Powder / Spikes
item: Life Orb
ability: Technician
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Roserade's Grass/Poison STAB coverage hits moves hit a good portion of the tier such as unboosted Feraligatr, common Stealth Rock setters such as Diancie and Rhyperior, and Fairy-types, (RC) (comma isn't wrong, but this is for consistency) such as Comfey and Florges. Leaf Storm is Roserade’s strongest Grass-type STAB attack, and when boosted by Life Orb, it can pick off a bulkier target at the cost of a severe Special Attack drop. Sludge Bomb is a strong and consistent STAB move to take out other Grass-types and Fairy-types. Hidden Power Fire is the most favorable out of all type choices to hit Steel-types such as Registeel, Doublade, and Escavalier as well as and Bulletproof Chesnaught, (moved so chesnaught isn't grouped with steels) which resist or are immune to Roserade's STAB moves. Sleep Powder allows it to cripple slower Pokemon for itself or other teammates should it be that are too much for Roserade to handle safely. Spikes setup allows bulkier teams to be pressured and worn down. (remove line break) Synthesis can give gives Roserade longevity to last longer (redundant) throughout a match and pushes opponents to take the offensive route, (AC) as their more defensive Pokemon cannot simply sit and sponge damage to wear Roserade down with Life Orb recoil. Giga Drain could be used over Leaf Storm to have both offensive presence and recovery to lengthen its increase Roserade's lifetime, but the loss of power is noticeable, (AC) as it leaves Roserade's enemies standing and able to counterattack.

Set Details
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252 Special Attack EVs let lets Roserade hit as hard as it possibly can without boosting. 252 Speed EVs let lets Roserade outspeed a sizable amount of the tier and hit them, put them to sleep, or set up Spikes on them. A Timid nature is a must in order to outspeed Pokemon such as Kommo-o, unboosted Feraligatr, and Adamant Flygon, (AC) so it does and not get blown back. Life Orb maximizes Roserade's damage output without locking it into a move. Lastly, Technician is used in order to boost Hidden Power Fire’s Base Power by 1.5x.

Usage Tips
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Roserade is best fitted on teams leaning for offense, taking the dual role of offensive support and an attacker with a combination of entry hazards, status, and Life Orb-boosted attacks. Roserade can only be switched in on defensive Pokemon such as Registeel, Milotic, and Umbreon and resisted Fairy-types hits from Comfey and Florges due to it's its fragility; otherwise, it must be brought in through pivoting or for revenge killing. It can make for a great lead when facing bulkier teams, as rarely anything with outspeeds Roserade. Make sure to clear everything faster than Roserade in order to freely set up Spikes and clean up the rest of the opposing team. When opting for Sleep Powder as the fourth slot, punish Pokemon that would switch into Roserade by planting it against what it forces out such as forced switches from Quagsire and Gigalith.

Team Options
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Setup sweepers that can take advantage of Sleep Powder such as Feraligatr and Salazzle are excellent partners, as they also complement each other to beat some of each other's checks. Wallbreakers such as Escavalier and Bewear can take care of specially bulky walls like Snorlax, Cresselia, and Umbreon to help Roserade break through the opposing team and clean up the opposition; these partners appreciate Roserade's Spikes to soften opposing Pokemon. Water-type Pokemon in particular can use Roserade's assistance in taking on the few Electric-types in the tier and give Grass - Types Grass-types such as Shaymin a hard time. This includes Bruxish for offense, which also appreciates Roserade's Spikes support, and Milotic and Jellicent for defense. Rock-type Stealth Rock setters such as Diancie, Rhyperior, and Gigalith give Roserade a great switch-in for the Fire- and Poison-types, with the exception of Nidoqueen, that it can't handle. They also contribute to Roserade's offensive hazard stacking, weakening the Flying-types and Levitate Pokemon users that its Spikes would not normally touch. Gigalith's Sand Stream, however, can be a detriment to Synthesis Roserade's longevity, cutting its healing down to 25%.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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Extrasensory allows Roserade to lure in and KO other Poison-types such as Dragalge and Salazzle that would otherwise get a free switch-in such as Dragalge and Salazzle to wallbreak or set up. This choice also gives you an answer to revenge kill Kommo-o and Salazzle. Hidden Power Ice will hit enemy Dragon-(AH)types, Chesnaught, and other Roserade and can take out Gligar without having to put it to sleep waste Sleep on it. The drawbacks of this is losing the ability are not being able to hit Steel-types well. Energy Ball allows Roserade to have a more consistent and spammable Grass-type STAB attack than Leaf Storm. Natural Cure as an ability, in tandem with Rest, gives Roserade a full recovery option while letting it perform as a status absorber, but this forces Roserade to switch out and gives the opponent a free turn. Toxic Spikes can be handy, as the most common Poison-types are Nidoqueen, Salazzle, (AC) and Dragalge; however, the latter two have a free switch into Roserade and all can soak them up. Black Sludge over Life Orb gives Roserade better longevity in the absence of recoil and Synthesis; without the damage boost however, it fails to net as many KOs. Choice Specs or Choice Scarf lets Roserade break through bulkier Pokemon more easily or keep up with faster Pokemon it couldn’t normally take on, but Pokemon such as Choice Scarf users such as Shaymin are more suited towards being locked into a move, as Roserade's Leaf Storm isn't a spammable move.

Checks and Counters
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**Faster Pokemon**: All Pokemon faster than Roserade in the tier have either a strong neutral move, (AC) such as Durant, Choice Band Zygarde-10%, (AC) and Choice Specs Zoroark, super effective STAB attacks like Jolly Mega-(RH) Glalie, Salazzle, Choice Scarf Gardevoir, and Espeon, or strong coverage moves like Sharpedo (replace) that can make Roserade wilt on sight. Salazzle and Moltres are Roserade's bane, with the former coming into even it's its strongest attack and the latter Speed tying or outspeeding Roserade depending on whether it is holding Life Orb or Choice Scarf. Moltres, however, still takes a lot of damage from a stray Sludge Bomb.

**Specially Bulky Pokemon**: Cresselia and Umbreon are able to survive a blow or two, wake up, and bounce back retaliate with a Psychic-type move or outlast Roserade thanks to great bulk, respectively. Mega Camerupt survives a full-(AH)power Leaf Storm even after Stealth Rock, and Snorlax is especially dangerous for Roserade to stay into in on, as it can take advantage of Roserade's Sleep Powder with Sleep Talk.

**Dragon-type Pokemon**: Dragalge, Bulletproof Kommo-o, and Sap Sipper Goodra in particular resist three out of the four moves this that Roserade carries. Sap Sipper Goodra will eat up the can switch in on Sleep Powder for an Attack boost and tanks a couple of Roserade's Sludge Bombs; Dragalge gets a free switch in and can KO a member on of your team if you aren't careful; and Kommo-o has a variety of coverage moves that can keep you guessing should you Roserade try to switch out, possibly putting you it in a bad position.

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