ZU Sawsbuck

Status
Not open for further replies.

BP

Champagne and Pools


[OVERVIEW]
Because of its exceptional base Speed, Sawsbuck can become a potent Choice Scarf user, outspeeding Choice Scarf Mr. Mime. Sawsbuck is able to set itself apart from other Choice Scarf users in the tier thanks to its access to Serene Grace and Headbutt and carves out a niche for itself as a sweeper thanks to its excellent offensive typing. With access to Sap Sipper and Normal-type STAB moves, Sawsbuck can threaten opposing Grass-types such as Leafeon, Shiftry, and Servine. In addition, Sawsbuck has access to a good offensive movepool and becomes a force to be reckoned with after a Swords Dance. Unfortunately, Sawsbuck suffers from competition from other offensive Grass-types such as Abomasnow, Leafeon, Jumpluff, and Shiftry. Because of its lackluster defensive stats and multitude of weaknesses, Sawsbuck is easily revenge killed by priority users such as Abomasnow, Kecleon, Shiftry, Pawniard, and Monferno. Furthermore, Sawsbuck is easily walled by Pokemon like Bronzor and Gourgeist-XL.

[SET]
name: Dasher (Choice Scarf)
move 1: Double-Edge
move 2: Horn Leech
move 3: Jump Kick
move 4: Headbutt / Toxic
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Serene Grace / Sap Sipper
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
Horn Leech provides Sawsbuck with a semi-reliable form of recovery and allows it to revenge kill Pokemon such as Floatzel, Golem, and weakened Silvally-Water reliably. Jump Kick hits Steel-types such as Pawniard and Probopass super effectively. Headbutt utilizes Sawsbuck's ability Serene Grace to cause opposing Pokemon to flinch 60% of the time. Alternatively, Toxic allows Sawsbuck to cripple Pokemon that may try to come in and wall it such as Gourgeist-XL, Silvally-Fighting, Silvally-Ghost, and Tangela.

Set Details
========
Choice Scarf allows Sawsbuck to outspeed and revenge kill threats as needed. Serene Grace allows Sawsbuck to double Headbutt's flinch rate. Alternatively, Sawsbuck can run Sap Sipper in order to grant it a Grass-type immunity and an Attack boost each time it is hit by a Grass-type move.

Usage Tips
========
Sawsbuck should primarily be used as a revenge killer against common threats such as Zebstrika, Komala, and Floatzel. Horn Leech is most often the preferred move to use in order to maintain Sawsbuck's health. Headbutt should be used over Double-Edge when revenge killing weakened Pokemon or Pokemon it shouldn't be able break without flinches, but Headbutt is not exactly reliable. Toxic should be used against predicted common switch-ins such as Gourgeist-XL, Gabite, and Silvally formes. Sawsbuck should be wary of trying to revenge kill Pokemon that carry priority such as Kecleon, Shiftry, and Pawniard.

Team Options
========
Sawsbuck fits best on offensive and balanced teams lacking a designated revenge killer or Speed control. Because Sawsbuck can force a good number of switches, entry hazard setters such as Golem, Bronzor, and Mareanie all make for good partners. Sawsbuck appreciates wallbreakers that make it easier to clean late-game such as Abomasnow, Combusken, and Floatzel. Offensive pivots such as Electivire, Zebstrika, and Silvally formes can gain momentum for Sawsbuck, allowing it to come in more often. Pokemon such as Swords Dance Silvally-Ghost, Combusken, and Toucannon all appreciate Sawsbuck's ability to revenge kill faster threats.

[SET]
name: Dancer (Swords Dance)
move 1: Horn Leech
move 2: Double-Edge
move 3: Jump Kick
move 4: Swords Dance
item: Normalium Z
ability: Sap Sipper
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
Double-Edge is Sawsbuck's strongest Normal-type STAB move that breaks through Pokemon that resist Horn Leech such as Muk, Oricorio, and Combusken. Jump Kick is able to hit Steel-types such as Probopass and Pawniard that would wall Sawsbuck otherwise. Swords Dance boosts Sawsbuck's Attack to high levels, making it an effective physical sweeper.

Set Details
========
Normalium Z allows Sawsbuck to bust through physically defensive walls such as Altaria, Granbull, and Gabite. Sap Sipper grants Sawsbuck a Grass-type immunity and an Attack boost every time it's hit with a Grass-type attack.

Usage Tips
========
Sawsbuck's main role is to act as a late-game sweeper, so it is best to preserve it until it has a clear opening or its checks and counters are weakened. Due to Sawsbuck's lackluster defenses, it should be brought in via slow U-turn or Volt Switch users such as Komala, Rotom-S, Probopass, and slow Silvally formes. Saving Sawsbuck's Z-Move is important for situations where Double-Edge recoil is not an option. It's important that Sawsbuck remains healthy throughout the game so it can clean later. If Sawsbuck is no longer in a the position to sweep, it should be mainly focused on wallbreaking. Sawsbuck should primarily be setting up on passive Pokemon or Pokemon it is able to force out such as defensive Golem and Silvally-Water. Sawsbuck is an exceptional breaker given the right matchup.

Team Options
========
Sawsbuck greatly appreciates entry hazard support in order to weaken some of its checks and counters, so Pokemon that can set hazards such as Golem and Mareanie make for great partners. Sawsbuck is heavily threatened by Fighting-types such as Machoke, Silvally-Fighting, and Monferno. Pokemon that are able to check these Fighting-types such as Bronzor, Silvally-Ghost, and Rotom-S all make for great partners. Wallbreakers such as Combusken can weaken some of the Pokemon that wall Sawsbuck such as Gourgeist-XL, Tangela, and Mawile. Pokemon that can bait Grass-type moves for Sawsbuck to absorb such as Golem, Silvally-Water, and Floatzel all make for great partners. Sawsbuck tends to struggle with faster threats such as Electivire, Rapidash, and Swanna, so Pokemon that can check these faster threats such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Choice Scarf Floatzel, and Choice Scarf Zebstrika can help Sawsbuck. Pokemon with the ability Magnet Pull such as Probopass and Alolan Golem are able to trap Steel-types that Sawsbuck has trouble with such as Mawile and Bronzor. Probopass in particular makes for a good partner because of its access to a slow Volt Switch, allowing Sawsbuck to come in safely. In addition, both of these Pokemon appreciate Sawsbuck's ability to break down and threaten Golem.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
Bounce can be run in conjunction with Flyinium Z in order to break Gourgeist-XL, which Sawsbuck is otherwise walled by. Furthermore, Gourgeist-XL has access to the ability Frisk, making Flyinium Z ineffective as a way to beat it. Sawsbuck can run Substitute at the cost of a coverage move to protect it from being afflicted by status. Return is an option over Double-Edge, as it helps maintain Sawsbuck's longevity through late-game. However, the extra power Double-Edge provides is needed to reliably revenge kill Pokemon such as Zebstrika. Sawsbuck has the option of running Megahorn in order to hit other Grass-types, but this does not add much to Sawsbuck's coverage. Leech Seed can be run in conjunction with Substitute and Leftovers in order to form a SubSeed set. However, this set becomes much more reliant on Headbutt flinches to be effective. A set utilizing Chlorophyll and Swords Dance can be used when on a sun team to become a potent sweeper.

Checks and Counter
===================

**Priority Moves**: Priority moves such as Shiftry and Pawniard's Sucker Punch all hit Sawsbuck hard due to its poor defenses. Moreover, Abomasnow's Ice Shard and Monferno's Mach Punch hit Sawsbuck super effectively.

**Physically Defensive Walls**: Sawsbuck struggles to break through Pokemon like Granbull, Mawile, and Tangela without any boosts or a Z-Move. Gourgeist-XL should be mentioned due to its immunity to Double-Edge and Jump Kick while also being able to threaten Sawsbuck with Will-O-Wisp.

**Fighting-types**: Fighting-types like Machoke, Silvally-Fighting, and boosted Combusken tend to give Sawsbuck some trouble thanks to their super effective coverage. Monferno in particular can be an issue thanks to its access to super effective priority in Mach Punch.

**Faster Pokemon**: Faster Pokemon such as Floatzel, Choice Scarf Pinsir, and Zebstrika are all able to force out Swords Dance Sawsbuck. Faster Choice Scarf users such as Zebstrika, Rapidash, and Simisear all outspeed and threaten Choice Scarf Sawsbuck. Choice Scarf Rapidash in particular is worth a special mention because it is able threaten both of Sawsbuck's sets.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Broken Phobias, 272450]]
- Quality checked by: [[Bloodace, 435539], [[5gen, 296755], [Xayah, 167012]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Electrolyte, 148071], [Fireflame479, 231476]]
 
Last edited:


[OVERVIEW]
  • Sawsbuck carves out a niche for itself as a sweeper thanks to its excellent offensive typing.
  • With access to Sap Sipper and Normal-type STAB, Sawsbuck can threaten opposing Grass-types such as Leafeon, Shiftry, and Servine.
  • Because of its decent base speed, Sawsbuck becomes a potent Choice Scarf user outspeeding Choice Scarf Mr. Mime. Move Bulletpoint 3 to the first bullet since Scarf is the first set.
  • In addition, Sawsbuck has access to a good offensive movepool and becomes a force to be reckoned with after a Swords Dance.
  • Unfortunately, Sawsbuck suffers from the competition of other offensive Grass-types such as Abomasnow, Leafeon, Jumpluff, and Shiftry.
  • Because of its lackluster defensive stats and its multitude of weakness, Sawsbuck is easily revenge killed by priority users such as Kecleon, Shiftry, and Pawniard. Add Monferno and Abomasnow here.
Add a bulletpoint discussing what makes Sawsbuck unique from other Choice Scarf users (Serene Grace + Headbutt). This should be bullepoint 2.

[SET]
name: Dasher (Choice Scarf)
move 1: Double-Edge
move 2: Horn Leech
move 3: Jump Kick
move 4: Headbutt / Toxic
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Serene Grace / Sap Sipper
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
  • Double-Edge is Sawsbucks strongest STAB move which allows it to revenge kill Pokemon that otherwise wouldn't be affected by Sawsbuck's other moves.
  • Horn Leech provides Sawsbuck with a semi-reliable form of recovery that heals 50% of the damage inflicted on the opponent. It also allows Sawsbuck to revenge kill Pokemon reliably such as Floatzel, Golem, and Silvally-Water. Unboosted Horn Leech isnt gonna kill Slvally-Water from full and it can with Ice Beam or Flamethrower. Specify weakened Silvally-Water.
  • Jump Kick offers Sawsbuck with a way to hit Normal-, Dark-, and Steel-types such as Komala, Shiftry, and Probopass super effectively. Pawniard is also notable since that walls you otherwise.
  • Headbutt utilizes Sawsbuck’s ability, Serene Grace, to cause opposing Pokemon to flinch 60% of the time.
  • Alternatively, Toxic allows Sawsbuck to cripple Pokemon that may try to come in and wall it such as Gourgiest-XL, Silvally-Fighting, Silvally-Ghost, and Tangela
Set Details
========
  • Maximum Attack and Speed EVs in conjunction with a Jolly nature and Choice Scarf allow Sawsbuck to revenge kill threats as needed Explaining max speed and attack evs isnt necessary. Just discuss Choice Scarf.
  • Serene Grace allows Sawsbuck to double Headbutt’s flinch rate.
  • Alternatively, Sawsbuck can run Sap Sipper in order to grant it a Grass-Type immunity and a possible attack boost.
Usage Tips
========
  • Sawsbuck should primarily be used as a revenge killer against common threats such as Abomasnow, Komala, and Floatzel. Sawsbuck doesnt want to take Ice Shard from Abomasnow. Replace Abomasnow with Zebstrika as an example or something like that.
  • Horn Leech is most often the preferred move to use in order to maintain Sawsbuck’s health.
  • Toxic should be used against predicted common switch-ins such as Gourgiest-XL, Gabite, and Silvally formes.
  • Sawsbuck should be weary of trying to revenge kill Pokemon that carry priority such as Kecleon, Shiftry, and Pawniard.
Team Options
========
  • Sawsbuck fits best on offensive and balanced oriented teams lacking a designated revenge killer or speed control.
  • Because Sawsbuck can force a good amount of switches, entry hazard users such as Golem, Bronzor, and Mareanie all make for good partners.
  • Sawsbuck appreciates wallbreakers that make it easier to clean late such as Abomasnow, Combusken, and Floatzel.
  • Offensive pivots such as Electivire, Zebstrika, and Silvally formes can gain momentum for Sawsbuck allowing it to come in more often.
[SET]
name: Blitzen (Swords Dance)
move 1: Horn Leech
move 2: Double-Edge
move 3: Jump Kick / Bounce
move 4: Swords Dance
item: Normalium Z / Flyinium Z
ability: Sap Sipper
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
  • Double-Edge is Sawsbuck’s strongest Normal-type STAB move that breaks through Pokemon that resist Horn Leech such as Muk, Oricorio, and Combusken
  • Bounce can be run over Jump Kick in order beat Gourgiest-XL, a common Sawsbuck counter.
  • Swords Dance boosts Sawsbuck’s attack to high levels, making it an effective physical sweeper.
Remove Bounce/Flynium Z from the main set and have it be the first OO bullet point. Specify that without the Z-Move, Sawsbuck will be unable to break Gourgeist so Sawsbuck should try to conserve it.

Set Details
========
  • Normalium Z allows Sawsbuck to bust through physically defensive walls such as Altaria, Granbull, and Gabite.
  • Alternatively, if Sawsbuck is running Bounce, Flyinium Z can be used to OHKO Gourgiest-XL.
  • Sap Sipper grants Sawsbuck a Grass-type immunity and an Attack boost every time it’s hit with a Grass-type attack.
UsageTips
========
  • Sawsbuck’s main role is to act as a late-game sweeper so it is best to preserve it until it has a clear opening, or its checks and counters are weakened.
  • Due to Sawsbuck’s lackluster defenses, it should be brought in via a slow U-turn or Volt-switch user such as Komala, Rotom-Fan, and slow Silvally variants. Add Probopass as a slow pivot
  • Saving Sawsbuck’s Z-Move is important for situations where Double-Edge recoil is not an option.
  • It’s important that Sawsbuck remains healthy throughout the game so that it can clean later.
Team Options
========
  • Sawsbuck greatly appreciates entry hazard support in order to weaken some of its checks and counters, so, Pokemon that can set hazards such as Golem and Mareanie all make for great partners.
  • Sawsbuck is heavily threatend by Fighting-types such as Machoke, Silvally-Fighting, and Monferno. Pokemon that are able to check these Fighting-types such as Bronzor, Silvally-Ghost, and Rotom-Fan all make for great partners.
  • Wallbreakers such as Choice Band Komala can weaken some of the Pokemon that wall Sawsbuck such as Gourgiest-XL, Tangela, and Mawile.
  • Pokemon that can bait Grass-type moves for Sawsbuck to absorb such as Golem, Silvally-Water, and Floatzel all make for great partners.
  • Sawsbuck tends to struggle with faster threats such as Electivire, Rapidash, and Swanna, so Pokemon that can check these faster threats such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Floatzel, and Zebstrika.
Add a bullet about Magnet Pull trappers such as Golem-Alola and Probopass. They can trap steel-types such as Mawile and Bronzor that give Sawsbuck a hard time. Additionally, both of them, especially Probopass can function as slow pivots with Volt Switch to bring Sawsbuck in safely. Both of these pokemon appreciate Sawsbuck's ability to break down Golem.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
  • Sawsbuck can run Substitute, at the cost of a coverage move, to protect it from being afflicted by any status.
  • Return is an option over Double-Edge as it helps maintain Sawsbuck’s longevity throughout the late game. However, Double-Edge tends to be far more reliable than Return. Mention that Sawsbuck will be unable to revenge kill pokemon such as Zebstrika reliably without the added power from Double-Edge.
  • Sawsbuck has the option of running Megahorn in order to hit other Grass-types, but this does not add much to Sawsbuck’s coverage.
  • Leech Seed can be run in conjunction with Substitute and Leftovers in order to form a SubSeed set. However, Sawsbuck is generally outclassed in this regard by
    Gourgiest-Small.
Checks and Counter
===================

**Priority Moves**: Pokemon with access to priority such as Shiftry and Kecleon’s Sucker Punch all hit Sawsbuck hard due to its poor defenses. Moreover, Abomasnow’s Ice Shard and Combusken’s Vacuum Wave hit Sawsbuck super effectively. Monferno, not Combusken. Kecleon's Sucker Punch also does only about half and Sawsbuck threatens to OHKO Kecleon after minimal chip damage.

**Physically Defensive Walls**: Sawsbuck struggles to break through Pokemon like Granbull, Mawile, and Tangela without any boosts or Z-Moves. Gourgiest-XL should be mentioned due to being immune to Double-Edge and Jump Kick while also threatening Sawsbuck with Will-O-Wisp.

**Fighting-types**: Fighting-types like Machoke, Silvally-Fighting, and boosted Combusken tend to give Sawsbuck some trouble thanks to their super effective coverage. Monferno in particular can be an issue thanks to it's access to super effective priority, Mach Punch.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Broken Phobias, 272450]]
- Quality checked by: [[, ], [, ], [,]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
159267

QC 1/3, nice job :)
 
  • Like
Reactions: BP

5gen

one man's custard is another man's pudding
is a Forum Moderatoris a Community Contributor
Moderator
comments in bold


[OVERVIEW]
  • Because of its decent base speed, Sawsbuck becomes a potent Choice Scarf user outspeeding Choice Scarf Mr. Mime.
  • Sawsbuck is able to set itself apart from other Choice Scarf users in the tier thanks to its access to Serene Grace and Headbutt.
  • Sawsbuck carves out a niche for itself as a sweeper thanks to its excellent offensive typing.
  • With access to Sap Sipper and Normal-type STAB, Sawsbuck can threaten opposing Grass-types such as Leafeon, Shiftry, and Servine.
  • In addition, Sawsbuck has access to a good offensive movepool and becomes a force to be reckoned with after a Swords Dance.
  • Unfortunately, Sawsbuck suffers from the competition of other offensive Grass-types such as Abomasnow, Leafeon, Jumpluff, and Shiftry.
  • Because of its lackluster defensive stats and its multitude of weakness, Sawsbuck is easily revenge killed by priority users such as Abomasnow, Kecleon, Shiftry, Pawniard, and Monferno.
[SET]
name: Dasher (Choice Scarf)
move 1: Double-Edge
move 2: Horn Leech
move 3: Jump Kick
move 4: Headbutt / Toxic
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Serene Grace / Sap Sipper
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
  • Double-Edge is Sawsbucks strongest STAB move which allows it to revenge kill Pokemon that otherwise wouldn't be affected by Sawsbuck's other moves.
  • Horn Leech provides Sawsbuck with a semi-reliable form of recovery that heals 50% of the damage inflicted on the opponent. It also allows Sawsbuck to revenge kill Pokemon reliably such as Floatzel, Golem, and weakened Silvally-Water.
  • Jump Kick offers Sawsbuck with a way to hit Normal-, Dark-, and Steel-types such as Komala, Shiftry, Pawniard, and Probopass super effectively.
  • Headbutt utilizes Sawsbuck’s ability, Serene Grace, to cause opposing Pokemon to flinch 60% of the time.
  • Alternatively, Toxic allows Sawsbuck to cripple Pokemon that may try to come in and wall it such as Gourgiest-XL, Silvally-Fighting, Silvally-Ghost, and Tangela
Set Details
========
  • Choice Scarf allows Sawsbuck to outspeed and revenge kill threats as needed.
  • Serene Grace allows Sawsbuck to double Headbutt’s flinch rate.
  • Alternatively, Sawsbuck can run Sap Sipper in order to grant it a Grass-Type immunity and a possible attack boost.
Usage Tips
========
  • Sawsbuck should primarily be used as a revenge killer against common threats such as Zebstrika, Komala, and Floatzel.
  • Horn Leech is most often the preferred move to use in order to maintain Sawsbuck’s health.
  • Toxic should be used against predicted common switch-ins such as Gourgiest-XL, Gabite, and Silvally formes.
  • Sawsbuck should be weary of trying to revenge kill Pokemon that carry priority such as Kecleon, Shiftry, and Pawniard.
Explain in which scenarios Headbutt would be used over Double-Edge to revenge kill something.

Team Options
========
  • Sawsbuck fits best on offensive and balanced oriented teams lacking a designated revenge killer or speed control.
  • Because Sawsbuck can force a good amount of switches, entry hazard users such as Golem, Bronzor, and Mareanie all make for good partners.
  • Sawsbuck appreciates wallbreakers that make it easier to clean late such as Abomasnow, Combusken, and Floatzel.
  • Offensive pivots such as Electivire, Zebstrika, and Silvally formes can gain momentum for Sawsbuck allowing it to come in more often.
Mention some things that appreciate Sawsbuck's ability to revenge kill faster threats (i.e SD Silvally-Ghost)

[SET]
name: Blitzen (Swords Dance)
move 1: Horn Leech
move 2: Double-Edge
move 3: Jump Kick
move 4: Swords Dance
item: Normalium Z
ability: Sap Sipper
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
  • Double-Edge is Sawsbuck’s strongest Normal-type STAB move that breaks through Pokemon that resist Horn Leech such as Muk, Oricorio, and Combusken
  • Swords Dance boosts Sawsbuck’s attack to high levels, making it an effective physical sweeper.
Set Details
========
  • Normalium Z allows Sawsbuck to bust through physically defensive walls such as Altaria, Granbull, and Gabite.
  • Alternatively, if Sawsbuck is running Bounce, Flyinium Z can be used to OHKO Gourgiest-XL. Remove from here and merge it with the line in OO.
  • Sap Sipper grants Sawsbuck a Grass-type immunity and an Attack boost every time it’s hit with a Grass-type attack.
Usage Tips
========
  • Sawsbuck’s main role is to act as a late-game sweeper so it is best to preserve it until it has a clear opening, or its checks and counters are weakened.
  • Due to Sawsbuck’s lackluster defenses, it should be brought in via a slow U-turn or Volt-switch user such as Komala, Rotom-Fan, Probopass, and slow Silvally variants.
  • Saving Sawsbuck’s Z-Move is important for situations where Double-Edge recoil is not an option.
  • It’s important that Sawsbuck remains healthy throughout the game so that it can clean later.
Mention that if it cannot sweep, it should then focus on breaking. Also mention what it can setup on.

Team Options
========
  • Sawsbuck greatly appreciates entry hazard support in order to weaken some of its checks and counters, so, Pokemon that can set hazards such as Golem and Mareanie all make for great partners.
  • Sawsbuck is heavily threatend by Fighting-types such as Machoke, Silvally-Fighting, and Monferno. Pokemon that are able to check these Fighting-types such as Bronzor, Silvally-Ghost, and Rotom-Fan all make for great partners.
  • Wallbreakers such as Choice Band Komala can weaken some of the Pokemon that wall Sawsbuck such as Gourgiest-XL, Tangela, and Mawile.
  • Pokemon that can bait Grass-type moves for Sawsbuck to absorb such as Golem, Silvally-Water, and Floatzel all make for great partners.
  • Sawsbuck tends to struggle with faster threats such as Electivire, Rapidash, and Swanna, so Pokemon that can check these faster threats such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Floatzel, and Zebstrika. Specify Choice Scarf on the Evire/Rap/Swanna.
  • Pokemon with the ability Magnet Pull such as Probopass and Alola Golem are able to trap Steel-types that Sawsbuck has trouble with such as Mawile and Bronzor. Probopass in particular makes for a good partner because of its access to a slow Volt Switch allowing Sawsbuck to come in safetly. In additon, both of these Pokemon appreciate Sawsbuck's ability to break down and threaten Golem.
[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

  • Bounce can be run in conjunction with Flyinium Z in order to break Gourgiest-XL, which it's otherwise walled by. However, without Flyinium Z Sawsbuck will be unable to break Gourgiest-XL. Furthermore, Gourgiest-XL has acess to the ability Frisk, making Flyinium Z ineffective as a lure.
  • Sawsbuck can run Substitute, at the cost of a coverage move, to protect it from being afflicted by any status.
  • Return is an option over Double-Edge as it helps maintain Sawsbuck’s longevity throughout the late game. However, the extra power Double-Edge provides is needed to reliably revenge kill Pokemon such as Zebstrika.
  • Sawsbuck has the option of running Megahorn in order to hit other Grass-types, but this does not add much to Sawsbuck’s coverage.
  • Leech Seed can be run in conjunction with Substitute and Leftovers in order to form a SubSeed set. However, Sawsbuck is generally outclassed in this regard by Gourgiest-Small. Not necessarily. It just becomes much easier to wall and is reliant on Headbutt flinches to be effective.
Checks and Counter
===================

**Priority Moves**: Pokemon with access to priority such as Shiftry and Pawniard's Sucker Punch all hit Sawsbuck hard due to its poor defenses. Moreover, Abomasnow’s Ice Shard and Monferno's Mach Punch hit Sawsbuck super effectively.

**Physically Defensive Walls**: Sawsbuck struggles to break through Pokemon like Granbull, Mawile, and Tangela without any boosts or Z-Moves. Gourgiest-XL should be mentioned due to being immune to Double-Edge and Jump Kick while also threatening Sawsbuck with Will-O-Wisp.

**Fighting-types**: Fighting-types like Machoke, Silvally-Fighting, and boosted Combusken tend to give Sawsbuck some trouble thanks to their super effective coverage. Monferno in particular can be an issue thanks to it's access to super effective priority, Mach Punch.

Add in faster Pokemon since faster Scarfers exists and fast Pokemon threaten its SD set.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Broken Phobias, 272450]]
- Quality checked by: [[Bloodace, 435539], [, ], [,]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
qc 2/3 when implemented. nice job.
 
  • Like
Reactions: BP

BP

Champagne and Pools
Alright heads up I fixed what 5gen noted and wrote everything up. Ready for my 3rd and final QC check before the GP Phase.
 

Xayah

KA-KOOO!
is a Forum Moderator Alumnusis a Contributor Alumnus
Overview
  • Its base speed is pretty good, decent is underselling it.
  • Mention its Grass-type STAB move being not good (Horn Leech is ass)
  • Mention getting walled by Bronzor and Gourgeist-XL being bad
Set: Scarf

Moves

  • The line on Double-Edge is unnecessary and you don't need to mention exactly how much Horn Leech heals.
  • Jump Kick isn't really used for Normal- and Dark-types; Steel-types are the only real targets.
Usage Tips
  • Mention using Headbutt to break things it really shouldn't be able to break if you don't see another option. Also mention it isn't exactly reliable.
[SET]
name: Blitzen (Swords Dance)
move 1: Horn Leech
move 2: Double-Edge
move 3: Jump Kick
move 4: Swords Dance
item: Normalium Z
ability: Sap Sipper
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Set: SD

Moves

  • Mention Jump Kick's targets.
Set Details
  • As both 5gen and BloodAce already said, Flyinium Z shouldn't be mentioned here. It needs to be in Other Options only. The fact that Gourgeist-XL can just see the lure with Frisk means it isn't effective. Do not mention it here.
Usage Tips
  • Sawsbuck is also quite solid as a breaker in the right matchup, mention this.
Team Options
  • Since when can CB Komala break Gourgeist-XL? Mention a different Pokemon that can do that (Combusken works well)
Other Options
  • Mention Chlorophyll sets on Sun teams
QC 3/3
 
  • Like
Reactions: BP

Estronic

mechanical fever
is a Contributor to Smogonis a Smogon Media Contributor
game freak leaving behind season going into gen 6 makes me sad :blobsad:
it's a good think amchecking makes me happy:blobthumbsup:
add remove (comments)
[OVERVIEW]
Because of its exceptional base speed Speed, Sawsbuck can becomes a potent Choice Scarf user, (AC) outspeeding Choice Scarf Mr. Mime. Sawsbuck is able to set itself apart from other Choice Scarf users in the tier thanks to its access to Serene Grace and Headbutt. Sawsbuck carves out a niche for itself as a sweeper thanks to its excellent offensive typing. With access to Sap Sipper and Normal-type STAB moves, Sawsbuck can threaten opposing Grass-types such as Leafeon, Shiftry, and Servine. In addition, Sawsbuck has access to a good offensive movepool and becomes a force to be reckoned with after a due to Swords Dance. Unfortunately, Sawsbuck suffers from the competition of from other offensive Grass-types such as Abomasnow, Leafeon, Jumpluff, and Shiftry. Because of its lackluster defensive stats and its multitude of weaknesses, Sawsbuck is easily revenge killed by priority users such as Abomasnow, Kecleon, Shiftry, Pawniard, and Monferno. Furthermore, Sawsbuck is easily walled by Pokemon like Bronzor and Gourgiest-XL.

[SET]
name: Dasher (Choice Scarf)
move 1: Double-Edge
move 2: Horn Leech
move 3: Jump Kick
move 4: Headbutt / Toxic
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Serene Grace / Sap Sipper
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
Horn Leech provides Sawsbuck with a semi-reliable form of recovery. It also and allows Sawsbuck it to revenge kill Pokemon reliably such as Floatzel, Golem, and weakened Silvally-Water (imo combining these two sentence make it flow better but that's optional). Jump Kick offers Sawsbuck with a way to hit Steel-types such as Pawniard, (RC) and Probopass super effectively. Headbutt utilizes Sawsbuck’s ability, (RC) Serene Grace, (RC) to cause opposing Pokemon to flinch 60% of the time. Alternatively, Toxic allows Sawsbuck to cripple Pokemon that may try to come in and wall it such as Gourgiest-XL, Silvally-Fighting, Silvally-Ghost, and Tangela.

Set Details
========
Choice Scarf allows Sawsbuck to outspeed and revenge kill threats as needed. Serene Grace allows Sawsbuck to double Headbutt’s flinch rate. Alternatively, Sawsbuck can run Sap Sipper in order to grant it a Grass-Type Grass-type immunity and a possible attack an Attack boost each time it is hit by a Grass-type move.

Usage Tips
========
Sawsbuck should primarily be used as a revenge killer against common threats such as Zebstrika, Komala, and Floatzel. Horn Leech is most often the preferred move to use in order to maintain Sawsbuck’s health. Headbutt should be used over Double-Edge when revenge killing weakened Pokemon or Pokemon it shouldn't be able break. However, but Headbutt is not exactly relaible reliable. Toxic should be used against predicted common switch-ins such as Gourgiest-XL, Gabite, and Silvally formes. Sawsbuck should be wary of trying to revenge kill Pokemon that carry priority such as Kecleon, Shiftry, and Pawniard.

Team Options
========
Sawsbuck fits best on offensive and balanced oriented teams lacking a designated revenge killer or speed control. Because Sawsbuck can force a good amount of switches, entry hazard users setters such as Golem, Bronzor, and Mareanie all make for good partners. Sawsbuck appreciates wallbreakers that make it easier to clean late-game such as Abomasnow, Combusken, and Floatzel. Offensive pivots such as Electivire, Zebstrika, and Silvally formes can gain momentum for Sawsbuck, (AC) allowing it to come in more often. Pokemon such as Swords Dance Silvally-Ghost, Combusken, and Toucannon all appreciate Sawsbuck's ability to revenge kill faster threats.

[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Horn Leech
move 2: Double-Edge
move 3: Jump Kick
move 4: Swords Dance
item: Normalium Z
ability: Sap Sipper
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
Double-Edge is Sawsbuck’s strongest Normal-type STAB move that breaks through Pokemon that resist Horn Leech such as Muk, Oricorio, and Combusken. Jump Kick is able to hit Steel-types that would wall Sawsbuck eitherwise otherwise such as Probopass and Pawniard. Swords Dance boosts Sawsbuck’s attack Attack to high levels, making it an effective physical sweeper.

Set Details
========
Normalium Z allows Sawsbuck to bust through physically defensive walls such as Altaria, Granbull, and Gabite. Sap Sipper grants Sawsbuck a Grass-type immunity and an Attack boost every time it’s hit with a Grass-type attack.

Usage Tips
========
Sawsbuck’s main role is to act as a late-game sweeper, (AC) so it is best to preserve it until it has a clear opening, (RC) or its checks and counters are weakened. Due to Sawsbuck’s lackluster defenses, it should be brought in via a slow U-turn or Volt-switch Switch users such as Komala, Rotom-Fan Rotom-S, Probopass, and slow Silvally variants. Saving Sawsbuck’s Z-Move is important for situations where Double-Edge recoil is not an option. It’s important that Sawsbuck remains healthy throughout the game so that it can clean later. If Sawsbuck is no longer in the position to sweep, (AC) it should be mainly focused on breaking. Sawsbuck should primarily be setting up on passive Pokemon or Pokemon it is able to force out such as defensive Golem and Silvally-Water. Sawsbuck is an exceptional breaker given the right matchup.

Team Options
========
Sawsbuck greatly appreciates entry hazard support in order to weaken some of its checks and counters, so, (RC) Pokemon that can set hazards such as Golem and Mareanie all make for great partners. Sawsbuck is heavily threatened by Fighting-types such as Machoke, Silvally-Fighting, and Monferno. Pokemon that are able to check these Fighting-types such as Bronzor, Silvally-Ghost, and Rotom-Fan Rotom-S all make for great partners. Wallbreakers such as Combusken can weaken some of the Pokemon that wall Sawsbuck such as Gourgiest-XL, Tangela, and Mawile. Pokemon that can bait Grass-type moves for Sawsbuck to absorb such as Golem, Silvally-Water, and Floatzel all make for great partners. Sawsbuck tends to struggle with faster threats such as Electivire, Rapidash, and Swanna, so Pokemon that can check these faster threats such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Choice Scarf Floatzel, and Choice Scarf Zebstrika can help Sawsbuck. Pokemon with the ability Magnet Pull such as Probopass and Alolan Golem is are able to trap Steel-types that Sawsbuck has trouble with such as Mawile and Bronzor. Probopass, (RC) in particular, (RC) makes for a good partner because of its access to a slow Volt Switch, (AC) allowing Sawsbuck to come in safely. In addition, both of these Pokemon appreciate Sawsbuck's ability to break down and threaten Golem.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
Bounce can be run in conjunction with Flyinium Z in order to break Gourgiest-XL, which it's Sawsbuck is otherwise walled by. However, without Flyinium Z, (AC) Sawsbuck will be unable to break Gourgiest-XL. Furthermore, Gourgiest-XL has access to the ability Frisk, making Flyinium Z ineffective as a lure. Sawsbuck can run Substitute, (RC) at the cost of a coverage move, (RC) to protect it from being afflicted by any status. Return is an option over Double-Edge, (AC) as it helps maintain Sawsbuck’s longevity throughout the late game late-game. However, the extra power Double-Edge provides is needed to reliably revenge kill Pokemon such as Zebstrika. Sawsbuck has the option of running Megahorn in order to hit other Grass-types, but this does not add much to Sawsbuck’s coverage. Leech Seed can be run in conjunction with Substitute and Leftovers in order to form a SubSeed set. However, (AC) this set becomes much more reliant on Headbutt flinches to be effective. A set utilizing Chlorophyll and Swords Dance can be used when on a sun team to become a potent sweeper.

Checks and Counter
===================

**Priority Moves**: Pokemon with access to priority Priority moves such as Shiftry's and Pawniard's Sucker Punch all hit Sawsbuck hard due to its poor defenses. Moreover, Abomasnow’s Ice Shard and Monferno's Mach Punch hit Sawsbuck super effectively.

**Physically Defensive Walls**: Sawsbuck struggles to break through Pokemon like Granbull, Mawile, and Tangela without any boosts or a Z-Moves. Gourgiest-XL should be mentioned due to being immune to Double-Edge and Jump Kick while also threatening Sawsbuck with Will-O-Wisp.

**Fighting-types**: Fighting-types like Machoke, Silvally-Fighting, and boosted Combusken tend to give Sawsbuck some trouble thanks to their super effective coverage. Monferno, (RC) in particular, (RC) can be an issue thanks to it's access to super effective priority, (RC) in Mach Punch.

**Faster Pokemon**: Faster Pokemon such as Floatzel, Choice Scarf Pinsir, and Zebstrika are all able to force out Swords Dance Sawsbuck. Faster Choice Scarfers users such as Zebstrika, Rapidash, and Simisear (you didn't finish this sentence it seems). Choice Scarf Rapidash, (RC) in particular, (RC) is worth a special mention because it is able threaten both of Sawsbucks Sawsbuck's sets.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Broken Phobias, 272450]]
- Quality checked by: [[Bloodace, 435539], [[5gen, 296755], [,]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
 

Electrolyte

when we reach forever
is a Smogon Social Media Contributoris a Tiering Contributoris a Top Contributoris a Smogon Media Contributoris a Battle Simulator Moderator Alumnus
hey Broken Phobias :)

add remove (comments)
In addition, Sawsbuck has access to a good offensive movepool and becomes a force to be reckoned with after a due to Swords Dance.
I disagree with this - it was better as it was before. 'Becomes' implies that some change needs to happen, which 'after a' reflects, but 'due to' doesn't.

Otherwise, your checks are getting better and better! You cleaned up a lot of important things. I think you could have been more strict with prose again, but most of it was fine. I guess one thing you can keep in mind going forward is the use of the word "lure" - remember that a lure is almost always a Pokemon, as the presence of a Pokemon lures other Pokemon to switch in. Thus, sentences that refer to items or moves as lures are incorrect. Moves on lure sets defeat the Pokemon being lured, but are not the lures themselves.

Keep it up! Can't wait for you to join the team ;)
[OVERVIEW]
Because of its exceptional base Speed, Sawsbuck can become a potent Choice Scarf user, outspeeding Choice Scarf Mr. Mime. Sawsbuck is able to set itself apart from other Choice Scarf users in the tier thanks to its access to Serene Grace and Headbutt,(AC) and . Sawsbuck carves out a niche for itself as a sweeper thanks to its excellent offensive typing. With access to Sap Sipper and Normal-type STAB moves, Sawsbuck can threaten opposing Grass-types such as Leafeon, Shiftry, and Servine. In addition, Sawsbuck has access to a good offensive movepool and becomes a force to be reckoned with due to after a Swords Dance ('becomes' suggests some kind of change). Unfortunately, Sawsbuck suffers from competition from other offensive Grass-types such as Abomasnow, Leafeon, Jumpluff, and Shiftry. Because of its lackluster defensive stats and multitude of weaknesses, Sawsbuck is easily revenge killed by priority users such as Abomasnow, Kecleon, Shiftry, Pawniard, and Monferno. Furthermore, Sawsbuck is easily walled by Pokemon like Bronzor and Gourgiest-XL.

[SET]
name: Dasher (Choice Scarf)
move 1: Double-Edge
move 2: Horn Leech
move 3: Jump Kick
move 4: Headbutt / Toxic
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Serene Grace / Sap Sipper
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
Horn Leech provides Sawsbuck with a semi-reliable form of recovery and allows it to revenge kill Pokemon reliably such as Floatzel, Golem, and weakened Silvally-Water reliably. Jump Kick offers Sawsbuck with a way to hit Steel-types such as Pawniard and Probopass super effectively. Headbutt utilizes Sawsbuck's ability Serene Grace to cause opposing Pokemon to flinch 60% of the time. Alternatively, Toxic allows Sawsbuck to cripple Pokemon that may try to come in and wall it such as Gourgiest-XL, Silvally-Fighting, Silvally-Ghost, and Tangela.

Set Details
========
Choice Scarf allows Sawsbuck to outspeed and revenge kill threats as needed. Serene Grace allows Sawsbuck to double Headbutt'(straight apostrophe)s flinch rate. Alternatively, Sawsbuck can run Sap Sipper in order to grant it a Grass-type immunity and an Attack boost each time it is hit by a Grass-type move.

Usage Tips
========
Sawsbuck should primarily be used as a revenge killer against common threats such as Zebstrika, Komala, and Floatzel. Horn Leech is most often the preferred move to use in order to maintain Sawsbuck'(straight apostrophe)s health. Headbutt should be used over Double-Edge when revenge killing weakened Pokemon or Pokemon it shouldn't be able break without flinches, but Headbutt is not exactly reliable. Toxic should be used against predicted common switch-ins such as Gourgiest-XL, Gabite, and Silvally formes. Sawsbuck should be wary of trying to revenge kill Pokemon that carry priority such as Kecleon, Shiftry, and Pawniard.

Team Options
========
Sawsbuck fits best on offensive and balanced oriented teams lacking a designated revenge killer or Speed control. Because Sawsbuck can force a good amount of switches, entry hazard setters such as Golem, Bronzor, and Mareanie all make for good partners. Sawsbuck appreciates wallbreakers that make it easier to clean late-game such as Abomasnow, Combusken, and Floatzel. Offensive pivots such as Electivire, Zebstrika, and Silvally formes can gain momentum for Sawsbuck, allowing it to come in more often. Pokemon such as Swords Dance Silvally-Ghost, Combusken, and Toucannon all appreciate Sawsbuck's ability to revenge kill faster threats.

[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Horn Leech
move 2: Double-Edge
move 3: Jump Kick
move 4: Swords Dance
item: Normalium Z
ability: Sap Sipper
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
Double-Edge is Sawsbuck'(straight apostrophe)s strongest Normal-type STAB move that breaks through Pokemon that resist Horn Leech such as Muk, Oricorio, and Combusken. Jump Kick is able to hit Steel-types such as Probopass and Pawniard that would wall Sawsbuck otherwise such as Probopass and Pawniard. Swords Dance boosts Sawsbuck'(straight apostrophe)s Attack to high levels, making it an effective physical sweeper.

Set Details
========
Normalium Z allows Sawsbuck to bust through physically defensive walls such as Altaria, Granbull, and Gabite. Sap Sipper grants Sawsbuck a Grass-type immunity and an Attack boost every time it'(straight apostrophe)s hit with a Grass-type attack.

Usage Tips
========
Sawsbuck'(straight apostrophe)s main role is to act as a late-game sweeper, so it is best to preserve it until it has a clear opening or its checks and counters are weakened. Due to Sawsbuck'(straight apostrophe)s lackluster defenses, it should be brought in via slow U-turn or Volt Switch users such as Komala, Rotom-S, Probopass, and slow Silvally variants. Saving Sawsbuck'(straight apostrophe)s Z-Move is important for situations where Double-Edge recoil is not an option. It'(straight apostrophe)s important that Sawsbuck remains healthy throughout the game so that it can clean later. If Sawsbuck is no longer in the position to sweep, it should be mainly focused on breaking. Sawsbuck should primarily be setting up on passive Pokemon or Pokemon it is able to force out such as defensive Golem and Silvally-Water. Sawsbuck is an exceptional breaker given the right matchup.

Team Options
========
Sawsbuck greatly appreciates entry hazard support in order to weaken some of its checks and counters, so Pokemon that can set hazards such as Golem and Mareanie all make for great partners. Sawsbuck is heavily threatened by Fighting-types such as Machoke, Silvally-Fighting, and Monferno. Pokemon that are able to check these Fighting-types such as Bronzor, Silvally-Ghost, and Rotom-S all make for great partners. Wallbreakers such as Combusken can weaken some of the Pokemon that wall Sawsbuck such as Gourgiest-XL, Tangela, and Mawile. Pokemon that can bait Grass-type moves for Sawsbuck to absorb such as Golem, Silvally-Water, and Floatzel all make for great partners. Sawsbuck tends to struggle with faster threats such as Electivire, Rapidash, and Swanna, so Pokemon that can check these faster threats such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Choice Scarf Floatzel, and Choice Scarf Zebstrika can help Sawsbuck. Pokemon with the ability Magnet Pull such as Probopass and Alolan Golem are able to trap Steel-types that Sawsbuck has trouble with such as Mawile and Bronzor. Probopass in particular makes for a good partner because of its access to a slow Volt Switch, allowing Sawsbuck to come in safely. In addition, both of these Pokemon appreciate Sawsbuck's ability to break down and threaten Golem.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
Bounce can be run in conjunction with Flyinium Z in order to break Gourgiest-XL, which Sawsbuck is otherwise walled by. However, without Flyinium Z, Sawsbuck will be unable to break Gourgiest-XL. Furthermore, Gourgiest-XL has access to the ability Frisk, making Flyinium Z ineffective as a lure as a way to beat it. Sawsbuck can run Substitute at the cost of a coverage move to protect it from being afflicted by any status. Return is an option over Double-Edge, as it helps maintain Sawsbuck'(straight)s longevity throughout the late-game. However, the extra power Double-Edge provides is needed to reliably revenge kill Pokemon such as Zebstrika. Sawsbuck has the option of running Megahorn in order to hit other Grass-types, but this does not add much to Sawsbuck'(straight)s coverage. Leech Seed can be run in conjunction with Substitute and Leftovers in order to form a SubSeed set. However, this set becomes much more reliant on Headbutt flinches to be effective. A set utilizing Chlorophyll and Swords Dance can be used when on a sun team to become a potent sweeper.

Checks and Counter
===================

**Priority Moves**: Priority moves such as Shiftry's and Pawniard's Sucker Punch all hit Sawsbuck hard due to its poor defenses. Moreover, Abomasnow'(straight)s Ice Shard and Monferno's Mach Punch hit Sawsbuck super effectively.

**Physically Defensive Walls**: Sawsbuck struggles to break through Pokemon like Granbull, Mawile, and Tangela without any boosts or a Z-Move. Gourgiest-XL should be mentioned due to being immune its immunity to Double-Edge and Jump Kick while also threatening being able to threaten Sawsbuck with Will-O-Wisp.

**Fighting-types**: Fighting-types like Machoke, Silvally-Fighting, and boosted Combusken tend to give Sawsbuck some trouble thanks to their super effective coverage. Monferno in particular can be an issue thanks to it'(no apostrophe)s access to super effective priority in Mach Punch.

**Faster Pokemon**: Faster Pokemon such as Floatzel, Choice Scarf Pinsir, and Zebstrika are all able to force out Swords Dance Sawsbuck. Faster Choice Scarf users such as Zebstrika, Rapidash, and Simisear all outspeed and threaten Choice Scarf Sawsbuck. Choice Scarf Rapidash in particular is worth a special mention because it is able threaten both of Sawsbuck's sets.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Broken Phobias, 272450]]
- Quality checked by: [[Bloodace, 435539], [[5gen, 296755], [Xayah, 167012]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Electrolyte, check purple in my sig], [, ]]
Nice work Estronic !
GP 1/2
 

Fireflame

Why did they nerf Mii Brawler...
is a Smogon Social Media Contributoris a Top Contributoris a Smogon Media Contributor
Remove Add Comments (AC)= add comma (RC)= remove comma (AH)= add hyphen (RH)= remove hyphen
[OVERVIEW]
Because of its exceptional base Speed, Sawsbuck can become a potent Choice Scarf user, outspeeding Choice Scarf Mr. Mime. Sawsbuck is able to set itself apart from other Choice Scarf users in the tier thanks to its access to Serene Grace and Headbutt,(RC) and carves out a niche for itself as a sweeper thanks to its excellent offensive typing. With access to Sap Sipper and Normal-type STAB moves, Sawsbuck can threaten opposing Grass-types such as Leafeon, Shiftry, and Servine. In addition, Sawsbuck has access to a good offensive movepool and becomes a force to be reckoned with after a Swords Dance. Unfortunately, Sawsbuck suffers from competition from other offensive Grass-types such as Abomasnow, Leafeon, Jumpluff, and Shiftry. Because of its lackluster defensive stats and multitude of weaknesses, Sawsbuck is easily revenge killed by priority users such as Abomasnow, Kecleon, Shiftry, Pawniard, and Monferno. Furthermore, Sawsbuck is easily walled by Pokemon like Bronzor and Gourgiest-XL.

[SET]
name: Dasher (Choice Scarf)
move 1: Double-Edge
move 2: Horn Leech
move 3: Jump Kick
move 4: Headbutt / Toxic
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Serene Grace / Sap Sipper
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
Horn Leech provides Sawsbuck with a semi-reliable form of recovery and allows it to revenge kill Pokemon such as Floatzel, Golem, and weakened Silvally-Water reliably. Jump Kick offers Sawsbuck a way to hits Steel-types such as Pawniard and Probopass super effectively. Headbutt utilizes Sawsbuck's ability Serene Grace to cause opposing Pokemon to flinch 60% of the time. Alternatively, Toxic allows Sawsbuck to cripple Pokemon that may try to come in and wall it such as Gourgiest-XL, Silvally-Fighting, Silvally-Ghost, and Tangela.

Set Details
========
Choice Scarf allows Sawsbuck to outspeed and revenge kill threats as needed. Serene Grace allows Sawsbuck to double Headbutt's flinch rate. Alternatively, Sawsbuck can run Sap Sipper in order to grant it a Grass-type immunity and an Attack boost each time it is hit by a Grass-type move.

Usage Tips
========
Sawsbuck should primarily be used as a revenge killer against common threats such as Zebstrika, Komala, and Floatzel. Horn Leech is most often the preferred move to use in order to maintain Sawsbuck's health. Headbutt should be used over Double-Edge when revenge killing weakened Pokemon or Pokemon it shouldn't be able break without flinches, but Headbutt is not exactly reliable. Toxic should be used against predicted common switch-ins such as Gourgiest-XL, Gabite, and Silvally formes. Sawsbuck should be wary of trying to revenge kill Pokemon that carry priority such as Kecleon, Shiftry, and Pawniard.

Team Options
========
Sawsbuck fits best on offensive and balanced teams lacking a designated revenge killer or speed control. Because Sawsbuck can force a good amount number of switches, entry hazard setters such as Golem, Bronzor, and Mareanie all make for good partners. Sawsbuck appreciates wallbreakers that make it easier to clean late-game such as Abomasnow, Combusken, and Floatzel. Offensive pivots such as Electivire, Zebstrika, and Silvally formes can gain momentum for Sawsbuck, allowing it to come in more often. Pokemon such as Swords Dance Silvally-Ghost, Combusken, and Toucannon all appreciate Sawsbuck's ability to revenge kill faster threats.

[SET]
name: Swords Dance (you named the other set "Dasher", so naming this "Dancer" is a missed opportunity imo lol)
move 1: Horn Leech
move 2: Double-Edge
move 3: Jump Kick
move 4: Swords Dance
item: Normalium Z
ability: Sap Sipper
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
Double-Edge is Sawsbuck's strongest Normal-type STAB move that breaks through Pokemon that resist Horn Leech such as Muk, Oricorio, and Combusken. Jump Kick is able to hit Steel-types such as Probopass and Pawniard that would wall Sawsbuck otherwise. Swords Dance boosts Sawsbuck's Attack to high levels, making it an effective physical sweeper.

Set Details
========
Normalium Z allows Sawsbuck to bust through physically defensive walls such as Altaria, Granbull, and Gabite. Sap Sipper grants Sawsbuck a Grass-type immunity and an Attack boost every time it’s it's (fix apostrophe) hit with a Grass-type attack.

Usage Tips
========
Sawsbuck's main role is to act as a late-game sweeper, so it is best to preserve it until it has a clear opening or its checks and counters are weakened. Due to Sawsbuck's lackluster defenses, it should be brought in via slow U-turn or Volt Switch users such as Komala, Rotom-S, Probopass, and slow Silvally variants formes. Saving Sawsbuck's Z-Move is important for situations where Double-Edge recoil is not an option. It's important that Sawsbuck remains healthy throughout the game so that a it can clean later. If Sawsbuck is no longer in the a position to sweep, it should be mainly focused on wallbreaking. Sawsbuck should primarily be setting up on passive Pokemon or Pokemon it is able to force out such as defensive Golem and Silvally-Water. Sawsbuck is an exceptional breaker given the right matchup.

Team Options
========
Sawsbuck greatly appreciates entry hazard support in order to weaken some of its checks and counters, so Pokemon that can set hazards such as Golem and Mareanie make for great partners. Sawsbuck is heavily threatened by Fighting-types such as Machoke, Silvally-Fighting, and Monferno. Pokemon that are able to check these Fighting-types such as Bronzor, Silvally-Ghost, and Rotom-S all make for great partners. Wallbreakers such as Combusken can weaken some of the Pokemon that wall Sawsbuck such as Gourgiest-XL, Tangela, and Mawile. Pokemon that can bait Grass-type moves for Sawsbuck to absorb such as Golem, Silvally-Water, and Floatzel all make for great partners. Sawsbuck tends to struggle with faster threats such as Electivire, Rapidash, and Swanna, so Pokemon that can check these faster threats such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Choice Scarf Floatzel, and Choice Scarf Zebstrika can help Sawsbuck. Pokemon with the ability Magnet Pull such as Probopass and Alolan Golem are able to trap Steel-types that Sawsbuck has trouble with such as Mawile and Bronzor. Probopass in particular makes for a good partner because of its access to a slow Volt Switch, allowing Sawsbuck to come in safely. In addition, both of these Pokemon appreciate Sawsbuck's ability to break down and threaten Golem.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
Bounce can be run in conjunction with Flyinium Z in order to break Gourgiest-XL, which Sawsbuck is otherwise walled by. However, without Flyinium Z, Sawsbuck will be unable to break Gourgiest-XL. ("which Sawsbuck is otherwise walled by" in the previous sentence already says what this sentence is saying) Furthermore, Gourgiest-XL has access to the ability Frisk, making Flyinium Z ineffective as a way to beat it. Sawsbuck can run Substitute at the cost of a coverage move to protect it from being afflicted by status. Return is an option over Double-Edge, as it helps maintain Sawsbuck's longevity through late-game. However, the extra power Double-Edge provides is needed to reliably revenge kill Pokemon such as Zebstrika. Sawsbuck has the option of running Megahorn in order to hit other Grass-types, but this does not add much to Sawsbuck's coverage. Leech Seed can be run in conjunction with Substitute and Leftovers in order to form a SubSeed set. However, this set becomes much more reliant on Headbutt flinches to be effective. A set utilizing Chlorophyll and Swords Dance can be used when on a sun team to become a potent sweeper.

Checks and Counter
===================

**Priority Moves**: Priority moves such as Shiftry's Shiftry and Pawniard's Sucker Punch all hit Sawsbuck hard due to its poor defenses. Moreover, Abomasnow's Ice Shard and Monferno's Mach Punch hit Sawsbuck super effectively.

**Physically Defensive Walls**: Sawsbuck struggles to break through Pokemon like Granbull, Mawile, and Tangela without any boosts or a Z-Move. Gourgiest-XL should be mentioned due to its immunity to Double-Edge and Jump Kick while also being able to threaten Sawsbuck with Will-O-Wisp.

**Fighting-types**: Fighting-types like Machoke, Silvally-Fighting, and boosted Combusken tend to give Sawsbuck some trouble thanks to their super effective coverage. Monferno in particular can be an issue thanks to its access to super effective priority in Mach Punch.

**Faster Pokemon**: Faster Pokemon such as Floatzel, Choice Scarf Pinsir, and Zebstrika are all able to force out Swords Dance Sawsbuck. Faster Choice Scarf users such as Zebstrika, Rapidash, and Simisear all outspeed and threaten Choice Scarf Sawsbuck. Choice Scarf Rapidash in particular is worth a special mention because it is able threaten both of Sawsbuck's sets.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Broken Phobias, 272450]]
- Quality checked by: [[Bloodace, 435539], [[5gen, 296755], [Xayah, 167012]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Electrolyte, 148071], [, ]]
GP 2/2
 
Status
Not open for further replies.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 1, Guests: 0)

Top