RU Sawk (QC 3/3) (GP 2/2)

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[OVERVIEW]

Sawk manages to carve a niche for itself among RU's Fighting-type Pokemon for a few reasons. It hits pretty hard and has solid coverage overall with moves like Knock Off and Poison Jab, and a solid Speed tier places it above common metagame threats like Mega Blastoise and Nidoqueen. Sawk's Sturdy ability gives it a huge niche in general as a catch-all answer to many offensive threats and also allows it to check setup sweepers like Barbaracle in a pinch. Due to its good Speed tier, Sawk can afford to run utility moves like Taunt that other Fighting-types in the tier cannot. However, Sawk is pretty frail and outpaced by many offensive threats such as Swellow, Roserade, and Zygarde-10%. Lastly, it faces competition with other Fighting-type wallbreakers like Flame Orb Machamp and Bewear. As a faster Fighting-type, it also faces competition with Virizion, Toxicroak, Medicham, and Passimian.

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Taunt
move 4: Poison Jab / Earthquake
item: Fightinium Z
ability: Sturdy
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

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

Close Combat is Sawk's primary STAB move and is useful for both taking down numerous Steel- and Rock-types in the tier and for inflicting heavy damage when used as All-Out Pummeling. Knock Off is good for getting rid of items from Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Gardevoir and is also used to hit Psychic- and Ghost-types like Metagross, Bronzong, and Mismagius. Taunt cripples defensive Pokemon such as Mandibuzz and Bronzong, and Poison Jab rounds off the set, hitting Fairy-types like Gardevoir and Florges super effectively. Earthquake can be used to hit Poison-type Pokemon that otherwise resist Sawk's STAB move such as Toxicroak, Dragalge, and Salazzle, as well as to hit Fire-types such as Alolan Marowak and Arcanine.

Set Details
========

Sturdy is the ability of choice due to its utility against setup sweepers like Barbaracle and Nasty Plot Ninetales. A Jolly nature lets Sawk outspeed Pokemon such as Jolly Feraligatr and, more importantly, Mega Blastoise. Fightinium Z turns Close Combat into an extremely powerful All-Out Pummeling, capable of KOing Mega Blastoise after Stealth Rock the majority of the time, while also making Sawk rely less on prediction due to the lack of Choice-locking.

Usage Tips
========

It's usually best not to directly switch Sawk in due to its frailty and the risk of breaking its Sturdy. It is especially not recommended to switch Sawk in when there are entry hazards or status users on the field or when a hail or sand setter such as Gigalith or Mega Abomasnow is present. Sawk's Sturdy ability can be utilized to safely get a hit in on any Pokemon, even Pokemon that hit it super effectively. Taunt is most effectively used when a defensive Pokemon such as Mandibuzz or Bronzong is on the field, preventing them from using moves like Toxic, Defog, or Stealth Rock in the case of the latter. Finally, All-Out Pummeling should be utilized when you want to unleash a powerful STAB attack against the opponent, but note that using it when a Pokemon that resists it is on the field is not recommended.

Team Options
========

Sawk fits wells on more offensive teams due to its frailty and lack of defensive presence. Sawk's Sturdy ability can most commonly be broken with entry hazards like Stealth Rock and Spikes. To combat this, hazard removers such as Mega Blastoise, Sigilyph, and Tsareena are a must. Pokemon such as Raikou, Mega Ampharos, and Noivern can easily pivot Sawk into play, giving it free turns to break down teams and keep Sturdy intact. Since Flying-types are a thorn in Sawk's side, checks to these Pokemon such as Tyrantrum, Barbaracle, and Raikou can be useful partners.

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

Choice Band can be used over Fightinium Z on the main set, but the item makes Sawk rely more on prediction and doesn't allow it to run utility moves like Taunt. A Choice Scarf set can be utilized, but it is often outperformed by other Choice Scarf users like Gardevoir, and Passimian performs the role of a Fighting-type Choice Scarf user better due to its access to U-turn. Stone Edge can be utilized to hit Flying-types such as Noivern, Mantine, and Mandibuzz, as well as Bug-types like Golisopod and Ribombee.

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

**Revenge Killers**: When Sawk's Sturdy ability isn't active, its low bulk makes it susceptible to faster Pokemon including Virizion, Noivern, Ribombee, and Roserade.

**Flying-types**: Pokemon such as Noivern, Mantine, and Yanmega can easily switch in on Close Combat or All-Out Pummeling and take Sawk out with ease with their STAB moves.

**Psychic-types**: While none of them appreciate switching in on a Knock Off, Pokemon such as Metagross, Slowbro, and Sigilyph can take most other hits Sawk can dish out and either KO it or wall it outright in the case of Slowbro.

**Residual Damage**: Spikes, Stealth Rock, and Toxic Spikes can easily whittle Sawk down and break its Sturdy. Although neither is very common, abilities such as Sand Stream and Snow Warning from Pokemon like Gigalith and Mega Abomasnow can also break Sawk's Sturdy with ease and make it easier to knock out.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Melons-N-Soda, 206635]]
- Quality checked by: [[MrAldo, 227521], [zizalith, 410251], [roman, 396169]]
- Grammar checked by: [[estronic, 240732], [The Dutch Plumberjack, 232216]]
 
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[OVERVIEW]

  • Sawk manages to carve a niche for itself among RU's Fighting-type Pokemon for a few reasons.
  • Sawk hits pretty hard, and has solid coverage overall with moves like Knock Off and Poison Jab.
  • Sawk has a solid Speed tier, placing it above common metagame threats like Mega Blastoise and Nidoqueen.
  • Sawk's Sturdy ability allows it to check set-up sweepers like Barbaracle in a pinch. add more emphasis on sturdy, its like half its niche. say its a catch all answer as long as sturdy is intact.
  • Due to its Sturdy ability and good Speed tier, it can afford to run utility moves like Taunt that other Fighting-types in the tier cannot.
  • Even with Sturdy, however, Sawk is pretty frail and is outpaced by many offensive threats such as Swellow, Roserade, and Zygarde-10%.
  • Its Sturdy ability can also be broken by entry hazards, Toxic, burns, and weather from abilities like Sand Stream and Snow Warning.
  • Faces competition with other Fighting-type wallbreakers like Flame Orb Machamp and Bewear. add faster examples like medi passimian ect, the speed is pretty big
[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Poison Jab / Earthquake
move 4: Taunt
item: Fightinium Z
ability: Sturdy
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

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

  • Close Combat is the primary STAB move of the set and is useful for both taking down numerous Steel- and Rock-types in the tier, and for the ability to turn into All-Out Pummeling thanks to the Fightinium-Z.
  • Knock Off is good for getting rid of items off of Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Gardevoir, and is also used to hit Psychic- and Ghost-types like Metagross, Bronzong, and Mismagius.
  • Poison Jab hits Fairy-types like Gardevoir and Florges super effectively.
  • Earthquake alternatively can be used to hit Pokemon that otherwise resist Sawk's STAB such as Toxicroak, Dragalge, and Salazzle. specify poison types, also add alolawak
  • Taunt rounds off the set, crippling defensive Pokemon such as Registeel and Mandibuzz.
Set Details
========

  • Sturdy is the ability of choice due to its utility against set-up sweepers like Barbaracle and Nasty Plot Ninetales.
  • A Jolly nature lets Sawk outspeed Pokemon such as Jolly Feraligatr or more importantly Mega Blastoise.
  • A Fightinium Z boosts Close Combat into an extremely powerful All-Out Pummeling capable of KOing Mega Blastoise after Stealth Rock the majority of the time, while also giving Sawk the ability to run Taunt.
Usage Tips
========

  • It's usually best not to directly switch Sawk in due to its frailty. It is especially not recommended to switch Sawk in when there are entry hazards on the field, nor when a hail or sand setter such as Gigalith and Mega Abomasnow are present. mention you also dont wanna switch it in cause u break sturdy. pretty obv but add it anyways
  • Sawk's Sturdy ability can be utilized to safely get a hit in on any Pokemon, even against Pokemon that hit it super effectively. It can also ease prediction against Pokemon like Choice Scarf Gardevoir.
  • Sawk fits wells on more offensive teams due to its frailty and lack of defensive presence. this is more of a team options bullet, move it or delete.
  • add a bullet on when to use taunt
  • same but with fight z
Team Options
========

  • Sawk's Sturdy ability can most commonly be broken with entry hazards like Stealth Rock and Spikes. To combat this, hazard removers such as Mega Blastoise, Sigilyph, and Flygon are a must.
  • Pokemon such as Raikou, Mega Ampharos, and Noivern can easily pivot Sawk into play, making Sturdy's presence is mostly guaranteed whenever Sawk is on the field.
  • Since Flying-types are a thorn in Sawk's side, checks to these Pokemon such as Tyrantrum, Barbaracle, and Raikou can be useful partners.
[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

  • Choice Band can be used over Fightinium Z on the main set, but the item makes Sawk more prediction reliant despite increasing the damage output by a decent amount. emphasize the inability to run taunt, and also mention it being mostly outclassed by passimian thanks to uturn.
  • A Choice Scarf set can be utilized, but it is often outperformed by other Choice Scarf users like Gardevoir, and even Passimian performs the role of a Fighting-type Choice Scarf user better due to its access to U-turn. Its power, one of the main reasons to use it over other Fighting-types, is also lessened with a Choice Scarf.
  • Stone Edge can be utilized to hit Flying-types such as Noivern, Mantine, and Mandibuzz, but it's rather inaccurate, the coverage isn't too practical in the meta, and Sawk generally struggles against these Pokemon even with Stone Edge.
  • zen headbutt hits golbat and most other poisons but less bp and less acc makes it worse overall than eq
Checks and Counters
===================

**Revenge Killers**: When Sawk's Sturdy ability isn't active, its low bulk makes it susceptible to faster Pokemon, including Choice Scarf Gardevoir and Roserade.

**Flying-types**: Pokemon such as Noivern, Mantine, and Yanmega can easily switch in on Close Combat or All-Out Pummeling and take Sawk out with ease with STAB moves.

**Entry Hazards**: Spikes, Stealth Rock, and Toxic Spikes can easily whittle Sawk down and break its Sturdy ability.

**Sand and Hail**: Although neither are very common, abilities such as Sand Stream and Snow Warning from Pokemon like Gigalith and Mega Abomasnow respectively can break Sawk's Sturdy with ease and make it easier to knock out.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Melons-N-Soda, 206635]]
- Quality checked by: [[MrAldo, 227521], [, ], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]

qc 2/3
 

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[OVERVIEW]

Sawk manages to carve a niche for itself among RU's Fighting-type Pokemon for a few reasons. It hits pretty hard, and has solid coverage overall with moves like Knock Off and Poison Jab. Sawk also has a solid Speed tier, placing it above common metagame threats like Mega Blastoise and Nidoqueen. Sawk's Sturdy ability gives it a huge niche in general as an all-catch answer to many offensive threats, and also allows it to check set-up sweepers like Barbaracle in a pinch. Due to its Sturdy ability and good Speed tier, it can afford to run utility moves like Taunt that other Fighting-types in the tier cannot. how does sturdy and a good speed tier let it run taunt? i can kind of get the speed part but sturdy doesn't really make any sense Even with Sturdy, however, no point in mentioning sturdy here, what you have is fine Sawk is pretty frail and is outpaced by many offensive threats such as Swellow, Roserade, and Zygarde-10%. This ability can also be broken by entry hazards, Toxic, burns, and weather from abilities like Sand Stream and Snow Warning. too much focus on sturdy. you can talk about avoiding toxic damage / weather chip to preserve sturdy in usage tips if you want to It faces competition with other Fighting-type wallbreakers like Flame Orb Machamp and Bewear. As a faster Fighting-type it also faces competition with Medicham and Passimian.

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Poison Jab / Earthquake Taunt
move 4: Taunt Poison Jab / Earthquake
item: Fightinium Z
ability: Sturdy
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

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

Close Combat is the primary STAB move of the set and is useful for both taking down numerous Steel- and Rock-types in the tier, and for the ability to turn into All-Out Pummeling thanks to the Fightinium-Z. Knock Off is good for getting rid of items off of Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Gardevoir, and is also used to hit Psychic- and Ghost-types like Metagross, Bronzong, and Mismagius. Taunt lets Sawk cripple defensive Pokemon such as Registeel and Mandibuzz. change the registeel example, you'll just CC that in every situation anyway. Poison Jab hits Fairy-types like Gardevoir and Florges super effectively. Earthquake alternatively can be used to hit Poison-type Pokemon that otherwise resist Sawk's STAB such as Toxicroak, Dragalge, and Salazzle. It can also be used to hit Pokemon such as Alolan Marowak and Arcanine. Taunt rounds off the set, crippling defensive Pokemon such as Registeel and Mandibuzz.

Set Details
========

Sturdy is the ability of choice due to its utility against set-up sweepers like Barbaracle and Nasty Plot Ninetales. A Jolly nature lets Sawk outspeed Pokemon such as Jolly Feraligatr or more importantly Mega Blastoise. Fightinium Z boosts Close Combat into an extremely powerful All-Out Pummeling capable of KOing Mega Blastoise after Stealth Rock the majority of the time, while also giving Sawk the ability to run Taunt how does z fight allow sawk to run taunt?.

Usage Tips
========

It's usually best not to directly switch Sawk in due to its frailty and that this can often break its Sturdy. It is especially not recommended to switch Sawk in when there are entry hazards on the field, nor when a hail or sand setter such as Gigalith and Mega Abomasnow are present. Sawk's Sturdy ability can be utilized to safely get a hit in on any Pokemon, even against Pokemon that hit it super effectively. It can also ease prediction against Pokemon like Choice Scarf Gardevoir. Taunt is most effectively used when a defensive Pokemon such as Registeel is on the field. change registeel example and explain why taunt is useful Finally, All-Out Pummeling should be utilized when you want to unleash a powerful STAB attack against the opponent, but note that using it when a Fighting resist is on the field isn't the smartest idea to say the least.

Team Options
========

Sawk fits wells on more offensive teams due to its frailty and lack of defensive presence. Sawk's Sturdy ability can most commonly be broken with entry hazards like Stealth Rock and Spikes. To combat this, hazard removers such as Mega Blastoise, Sigilyph, and Flygon are a must. Pokemon such as Raikou, Mega Ampharos, and Noivern can easily pivot Sawk into play, giving it free turns to break down teams and keep Sturdy intact. (how you have it worded is confusing) making Sturdy's presence mostly guaranteed whenever Sawk is on the field . Since Flying-types are a thorn in Sawk's side, checks to these Pokemon such as Tyrantrum, Barbaracle, and Raikou can be useful partners.

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

Choice Band can be used over Fightinium Z on the main set, but the item makes Sawk more prediction reliant and doesn't allow it to run utility moves like Taunt despite increasing the damage output by a decent amount. It also is generally outclassed by Passimian because of its access to U-turn. A Choice Scarf set can be utilized, but it is often outperformed by other Choice Scarf users like Gardevoir, and even Passimian performs the role of a Fighting-type Choice Scarf user better due to its access to U-turn. Its power, one of the main reasons to use it over other Fighting-types, is also lessened with a Choice Scarf rephrase, choice scarf doesn't weaken sawk. Stone Edge can be utilized to hit Flying-types such as Noivern, Mantine, and Mandibuzz, but it's rather inaccurate, the coverage isn't too practical in the meta, and Sawk generally struggles against these Pokemon even with Stone Edge. Zen Headbutt provides similar coverage to Earthquake and can also hit Pokemon such as Golbat , but the lower power and accuracy of Zen Headbutt compared to Earthquake generally makes it not worth using over the latter.

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

**Revenge Killers**: When Sawk's Sturdy ability isn't active, its low bulk makes it susceptible to faster Pokemon, including Choice Scarf Gardevoir and Roserade.

**Flying-types**: Pokemon such as Noivern, Mantine, and Yanmega can easily switch in on Close Combat or All-Out Pummeling and take Sawk out with ease with STAB moves.

**Entry Hazards**: Spikes, Stealth Rock, and Toxic Spikes can easily whittle Sawk down and break its Sturdy ability.

**Sand and Hail**: Although neither are very common, abilities such as Sand Stream and Snow Warning from Pokemon like Gigalith and Mega Abomasnow respectively can break Sawk's Sturdy with ease and make it easier to knock out.

* combine entry hazards and sand / hail into one bullet named residual damage
* add a psychic types bullet, you can talk about slowbro / gardevoir etc


[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Melons-N-Soda, 206635]]
- Quality checked by: [[MrAldo, 227521], [zizalith, 410251], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
tag me once everything is implemented and i'll go back over it for a 3/3
 

roman

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[OVERVIEW]

Sawk manages to carve a niche for itself among RU's Fighting-type Pokemon for a few reasons. It hits pretty hard, and has solid coverage overall with moves like Knock Off and Poison Jab. Sawk also has a solid Speed tier, placing it above common metagame threats like Mega Blastoise and Nidoqueen. Sawk's Sturdy ability gives it a huge niche in general as an all-catch answer to many offensive threats, and also allows it to check set-up sweepers like Barbaracle in a pinch. Due to its good Speed tier, it can afford to run utility moves like Taunt that other Fighting-types in the tier cannot. However, Sawk is pretty frail and is outpaced by many offensive threats such as Swellow, Roserade, and Zygarde-10%. Lastly, it faces competition with other Fighting-type wallbreakers like Flame Orb Machamp and Bewear. As a faster Fighting-type it also faces competition with Medicham and Passimian. add croak and virizion here

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Taunt
move 4: Poison Jab / Earthquake
item: Fightinium Z
ability: Sturdy
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

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

Close Combat is the primary STAB move of the set and is useful for both taking down numerous Steel- and Rock-types in the tier, and for the ability to turn into All-Out Pummeling thanks to the Fightinium-Z. Knock Off is good for getting rid of items off of Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Gardevoir, and is also used to hit Psychic- and Ghost-types like Metagross, Bronzong, and Mismagius. Taunt rounds off the set, crippling defensive Pokemon such as Mandibuzz and Bronzong. Poison Jab hits Fairy-types like Gardevoir and Florges super effectively. Earthquake alternatively can be used to hit Poison-type Pokemon that otherwise resist Sawk's STAB such as Toxicroak, Dragalge, and Salazzle. It can also be used to hit Pokemon such as Alolan Marowak and Arcanine.

Set Details
========

Sturdy is the ability of choice due to its utility against set-up sweepers like Barbaracle and Nasty Plot Ninetales. A Jolly nature lets Sawk outspeed Pokemon such as Jolly Feraligatr or more importantly Mega Blastoise. Fightinium Z boosts Close Combat into an extremely powerful All-Out Pummeling capable of KOing Mega Blastoise after Stealth Rock the majority of the time, while also making Sawk less prediction reliant. how does it make sawk less prediction reliant?

Usage Tips
========

It's usually best not to directly switch Sawk in due to its frailty and that this can often break its Sturdy. It is especially not recommended to switch Sawk in when there are entry hazards or status users on the field, nor when a hail or sand setter such as Gigalith and Mega Abomasnow are present. Sawk's Sturdy ability can be utilized to safely get a hit in on any Pokemon, even against Pokemon that hit it super effectively. It can also ease prediction against Pokemon like Choice Scarf Gardevoir. how? Taunt is most effectively used when a defensive Pokemon such as Mandibuzz or Bronzong is on the field, preventing them from using moves like Toxic, Defog, or Stealth Rock in the case of the latter. Finally, All-Out Pummeling should be utilized when you want to unleash a powerful STAB attack against the opponent, but note that using it when a Fighting resist is on the field isn't the smartest idea to say the least.

Team Options
========

Sawk fits wells on more offensive teams due to its frailty and lack of defensive presence. Sawk's Sturdy ability can most commonly be broken with entry hazards like Stealth Rock and Spikes. To combat this, hazard removers such as Mega Blastoise, Sigilyph, and Flygon flygon? change the example are a must. Pokemon such as Raikou, Mega Ampharos, and Noivern can easily pivot Sawk into play, giving it free turns to break down teams and keep Sturdy intact. Since Flying-types are a thorn in Sawk's side, checks to these Pokemon such as Tyrantrum, Barbaracle, and Raikou can be useful partners.

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

Choice Band can be used over Fightinium Z on the main set, but the item makes Sawk more prediction reliant and doesn't allow it to run utility moves like Taunt despite increasing the damage output by a decent amount. It also is generally outclassed by Passimian because of its access to U-turn. passimian doesn't run choice band A Choice Scarf set can be utilized, but it is often outperformed by other Choice Scarf users like Gardevoir, and Passimian performs the role of a Fighting-type Choice Scarf user better due to its access to U-turn. Stone Edge can be utilized to hit Flying-types such as Noivern, Mantine, and Mandibuzz, as well as Bug-types like Golisopod and Ribombee, but it's rather inaccurate, the coverage isn't too practical in the meta how is it not practical? it hits plenty of pokemon that sawk struggles with otherwise, and Sawk generally struggles against these Pokemon even with Stone Edge. how?

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

**Revenge Killers**: When Sawk's Sturdy ability isn't active, its low bulk makes it susceptible to faster Pokemon, including Choice Scarf Gardevoir and Roserade. i think you can expand here a bit- talk about noivern ribombee virizion etc

**Flying-types**: Pokemon such as Noivern, Mantine, and Yanmega can easily switch in on Close Combat or All-Out Pummeling and take Sawk out with ease with STAB moves.

**Psychic-types**: While none of them appreciate switching in on a Knock Off, Pokemon such as Metagross, Slowbro, and Sigilyph can take most other hits Sawk can dish out and either KO it or wall it outright in the case of Slowbro.

**Residual Damage**: Spikes, Stealth Rock, and Toxic Spikes can easily whittle Sawk down and break its Sturdy ability. Although neither are very common, abilities such as Sand Stream and Snow Warning from Pokemon like Gigalith and Mega Abomasnow respectively can also break Sawk's Sturdy with ease and make it easier to knock out.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Melons-N-Soda, 206635]]
- Quality checked by: [[MrAldo, 227521], [zizalith, 410251], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
3/3 once everything is implemented / fixed, if you need help or clarification on anything pm me over discord
 
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[OVERVIEW]

Sawk manages to carve a niche for itself among RU's Fighting-type Pokemon for a few reasons. It hits pretty hard, (RC) and has solid coverage overall with moves like Knock Off and Poison Jab. Sawk also has a solid Speed tier, placing it above common metagame threats like Mega Blastoise and Nidoqueen. Sawk's Sturdy ability gives it a huge niche in general as an all-catch answer to many offensive threats, (RC) and also allows it to check set-up setup sweepers like Barbaracle in a pinch. Due to its good Speed tier, it Sawk can afford to run utility moves like Taunt that other Fighting-types in the tier cannot. However, Sawk is pretty frail and is outpaced by many offensive threats such as Swellow, Roserade, and Zygarde-10%. Lastly, it faces competition with other Fighting-type wallbreakers like Flame Orb Machamp and Bewear. As a faster Fighting-type, (AC) it also faces competition with Virizion, Toxicroak, Medicham, and Passimian.

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Taunt
move 4: Poison Jab / Earthquake
item: Fightinium Z
ability: Sturdy
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

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

Close Combat is the Sawk's primary STAB move of the set and is useful for both taking down numerous Steel- and Rock-types in the tier, (RC) and for the ability to turn into All-Out Pummeling thanks to the Fightinium-Z (RH). Knock Off is good for getting rid of items off of from Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Gardevoir, (RC) and is also used to hit Psychic- and Ghost-types like Metagross, Bronzong, and Mismagius. Taunt rounds off the set, crippling defensive Pokemon such as Mandibuzz and Bronzong. Poison Jab hits Fairy-types like Gardevoir and Florges super effectively. Earthquake can be used to hit Poison-type Pokemon that otherwise resist Sawk's STAB move such as Toxicroak, Dragalge, and Salazzle. It can also be used to hit Pokemon such as Alolan Marowak and Arcanine.

Set Details
========

Sturdy is the ability of choice due to its utility against set-up setup sweepers like Barbaracle and Nasty Plot Ninetales. A Jolly nature lets Sawk outspeed Pokemon such as Jolly Feraligatr or and, (AC) more importantly, (AC) Mega Blastoise. Fightinium Z boosts turns Close Combat into an extremely powerful All-Out Pummeling, (AC) capable of KOing Mega Blastoise after Stealth Rock the majority of the time, (RC) while also making Sawk rely less on prediction reliant due to the lack of choice Choice-locking.

Usage Tips
========

It's usually best not to directly switch Sawk in due to its frailty and that this can often break the risk of breaking its Sturdy. It is especially not recommended to switch Sawk in when there are entry hazards or status users on the field, nor or when a hail or sand setter such as Gigalith and or Mega Abomasnow are present. Sawk's Sturdy ability can be utilized to safely get a hit in on any Pokemon, even against Pokemon that hit it super effectively. Taunt is most effectively used when a defensive Pokemon such as Mandibuzz or Bronzong is on the field, preventing them from using moves like Toxic, Defog, or Stealth Rock in the case of the latter. Finally, All-Out Pummeling should be utilized when you want to unleash a powerful STAB attack against the opponent, but note that using it when a Fighting-resist (AH) is on the field isn't the smartest idea to say the least is not recommended (anything similar works; what you had is too casual).

Team Options
========

Sawk fits wells on more offensive teams due to its frailty and lack of defensive presence. Sawk's Sturdy ability can most commonly be broken with entry hazards like Stealth Rock and Spikes. To combat this, hazard removers such as Mega Blastoise, Sigilyph, and Tsareena are a must. Pokemon such as Raikou, Mega Ampharos, and Noivern can easily pivot Sawk into play, giving it free turns to break down teams and keep Sturdy intact. Since Flying-types are a thorn in Sawk's side, checks to these Pokemon such as Tyrantrum, Barbaracle, and Raikou can be useful partners.

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

Choice Band can be used over Fightinium Z on the main set, but the item makes Sawk rely more on prediction reliant and doesn't allow it to run utility moves like Taunt, (AC) despite increasing the its damage output by a decent amount. A Choice Scarf set can be utilized, but it is often outperformed by other Choice Scarf users like Gardevoir, and Passimian performs the role of a Fighting-type Choice Scarf user better due to its access to U-turn. Stone Edge can be utilized to hit Flying-types such as Noivern, Mantine, and Mandibuzz, as well as Bug-types like Golisopod and Ribombee.

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

**Revenge Killers**: When Sawk's Sturdy ability isn't active, its low bulk makes it susceptible to faster Pokemon, (RC) including Virizion, Noivern, Ribombee, and Roserade.

**Flying-types**: Pokemon such as Noivern, Mantine, and Yanmega can easily switch in on Close Combat or All-Out Pummeling and take Sawk out with ease with their STAB moves.

**Psychic-types**: While none of them appreciate switching in on a Knock Off, Pokemon such as Metagross, Slowbro, and Sigilyph can take most other hits Sawk can dish out and either KO it or wall it outright in the case of Slowbro.

**Residual Damage**: Spikes, Stealth Rock, and Toxic Spikes can easily whittle Sawk down and break its Sturdy ability. Although neither are very common, abilities such as Sand Stream and Snow Warning from Pokemon like Gigalith and Mega Abomasnow respectively can also break Sawk's Sturdy with ease and make it easier to knock out.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Melons-N-Soda, 206635]]
- Quality checked by: [[MrAldo, 227521], [zizalith, 410251], [roman, 396169]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
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[OVERVIEW]

Sawk manages to carve a niche for itself among RU's Fighting-type Pokemon for a few reasons. It hits pretty hard and has solid coverage overall with moves like Knock Off and Poison Jab, (AC) Sawk also has and a solid Speed tier, placing places it above common metagame threats like Mega Blastoise and Nidoqueen. Sawk's Sturdy ability gives it a huge niche in general as an all-catch a catch-all answer to many offensive threats and also allows it to check setup sweepers like Barbaracle in a pinch. Due to its good Speed tier, Sawk can afford to run utility moves like Taunt that other Fighting-types in the tier cannot. However, Sawk is pretty frail and outpaced by many offensive threats such as Swellow, Roserade, and Zygarde-10%. Lastly, it faces competition with other Fighting-type wallbreakers like Flame Orb Machamp and Bewear. As a faster Fighting-type, it also faces competition with Virizion, Toxicroak, Medicham, and Passimian.

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Close Combat
move 2: Knock Off
move 3: Taunt
move 4: Poison Jab / Earthquake
item: Fightinium Z
ability: Sturdy
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Close Combat is Sawk's primary STAB move and is useful for both taking down numerous Steel- and Rock-types in the tier and for the ability to turn into inflicting heavy damage when used as (or w/e is more accurate, just resolving awkward wording) All-Out Pummeling thanks to Fightinium Z. Knock Off is good for getting rid of items from Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Gardevoir and is also used to hit Psychic- and Ghost-types like Metagross, Bronzong, and Mismagius. Taunt rounds off the set, crippling cripples defensive Pokemon such as Mandibuzz and Bronzong, (comma) and Poison Jab rounds off the set, hitting hits Fairy-types like Gardevoir and Florges super effectively. Earthquake can be used over Poison Jab to hit Poison-type Pokemon that otherwise resist Sawk's STAB move such as Toxicroak, Dragalge, and Salazzle, (comma) It can also be used as well as to hit Pokemon Fire-types such as Alolan Marowak and Arcanine.

Set Details
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Sturdy is the ability of choice due to its utility against setup sweepers like Barbaracle and Nasty Plot Ninetales. A Jolly nature lets Sawk outspeed Pokemon such as Jolly Feraligatr and, more importantly, Mega Blastoise. Fightinium Z turns Close Combat into an extremely powerful All-Out Pummeling, capable of KOing Mega Blastoise after Stealth Rock the majority of the time, while also making Sawk rely less on prediction due to the lack of Choice-locking.

Usage Tips
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It's usually best not to directly switch Sawk in due to its frailty and the risk of breaking its Sturdy. It is especially not recommended to switch Sawk in when there are entry hazards or status users on the field or when a hail or sand setter such as Gigalith or Mega Abomasnow are is present. Sawk's Sturdy ability can be utilized to safely get a hit in on any Pokemon, even against Pokemon that hit it super effectively. Taunt is most effectively used when a defensive Pokemon such as Mandibuzz or Bronzong is on the field, preventing them from using moves like Toxic, Defog, or Stealth Rock in the case of the latter. Finally, All-Out Pummeling should be utilized when you want to unleash a powerful STAB attack against the opponent, but note that using it when a Fighting-resist Pokemon that resists it is on the field is not recommended.

Team Options
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Sawk fits wells on more offensive teams due to its frailty and lack of defensive presence. Sawk's Sturdy ability can most commonly be broken with entry hazards like Stealth Rock and Spikes. To combat this, hazard removers such as Mega Blastoise, Sigilyph, and Tsareena are a must. Pokemon such as Raikou, Mega Ampharos, and Noivern can easily pivot Sawk into play, giving it free turns to break down teams and keep Sturdy intact. Since Flying-types are a thorn in Sawk's side, checks to these Pokemon such as Tyrantrum, Barbaracle, and Raikou can be useful partners.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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Choice Band can be used over Fightinium Z on the main set, but the item makes Sawk rely more on prediction and doesn't allow it to run utility moves like Taunt, despite increasing its damage output by a decent amount. A Choice Scarf set can be utilized, but it is often outperformed by other Choice Scarf users like Gardevoir, and Passimian performs the role of a Fighting-type Choice Scarf user better due to its access to U-turn. Stone Edge can be utilized to hit Flying-types such as Noivern, Mantine, and Mandibuzz, as well as Bug-types like Golisopod and Ribombee.

Checks and Counters
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**Revenge Killers**: When Sawk's Sturdy ability isn't active, its low bulk makes it susceptible to faster Pokemon including Virizion, Noivern, Ribombee, and Roserade.

**Flying-types**: Pokemon such as Noivern, Mantine, and Yanmega can easily switch in on Close Combat or All-Out Pummeling and take Sawk out with ease with their STAB moves.

**Psychic-types**: While none of them appreciate switching in on a Knock Off, Pokemon such as Metagross, Slowbro, and Sigilyph can take most other hits Sawk can dish out and either KO it or wall it outright in the case of Slowbro.

**Residual Damage**: Spikes, Stealth Rock, and Toxic Spikes can easily whittle Sawk down and break its Sturdy. Although neither are is very common, abilities such as Sand Stream and Snow Warning from Pokemon like Gigalith and Mega Abomasnow can also break Sawk's Sturdy with ease and make it easier to knock out.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Melons-N-Soda, 206635]]
- Quality checked by: [[MrAldo, 227521], [zizalith, 410251], [roman, 396169]]
- Grammar checked by: [[estronic, 240732], [, ]]
 
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