Quality Control Scarf Tapu Bulu [QC 2/3]

Sayuze

Oedo Onsen
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[SET]
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Horn Leech
move 2: Wood Hammer
move 3: Superpower
move 4: Stone Edge / Megahorn
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Grassy Terrain
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
Horn Leech is a mandatory move on Tapu Bulu, being a strong STAB move boosted by Grassy Terrain that helps keep Tapu Bulu healthy and preserve longetivity. Wood Hammer is Tapu Bulu's heaviest hitting STAB attack -- when bolstered by Grassy Terrain it is able to do a lot more damage to Clefable, Landorus-T, as well as pick up OHKOs Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele. Superpower is Fighting-type coverage that Tapu Bulu requires, hitting Pokémon like Heatran, Ferrothorn, Kartana, and Magnezone for super effective damage. Stone Edge lets Tapu Bulu catch thought-to-be safe switch-ins such as Tornadus-T, Zapdos, and Volcarona by outspeeding them in a 1v1 scenario, which helps get a surprise hit on them. Megahorn is an alternative to nail otherwise decent switch-ins such as Mega Latias, Tangrowth and Serperior. However, Stone Edge is usually more preferred as the option to hit Flying-types that Tapu Bulu otherwise cannot do anything significant to is appreciated as well, without a boost from Choice Band, Megahorn does not do enough damage to secure a kill but just forces out its targets.

Set Details
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Jolly nature is needed considering Tapu Bulu's slightly inferior base speed. It allows it to reach many important milestones, including being able to outspeed Greninja, Weavile, Tapu Koko, and Mega Lopunny.

Usage Tips
========
Choice Scarf Tapu Bulu should be used as a revenge killer, being able to pick off frail Pokemon with its good coverage and attacking power.
It can make for a surprise Choice Scarf user so use this perk towards your advantage. Be careful with Grassy Terrain healing mechanics giving away that you are faster than a said opponent. Useful role compression is provided with Grassy Terrain, backed up by its also adequate defensive typing and bulk, letting it take some hits defensive, such as Ash-Greninja's Hydro Pump, but not too well. Because this is a more offensively orientated set, Tapu Bulu should not be relied upon as a switch-in to of potent attackers like Ash-Greninja, Swampert, and Alakazam. Do not let Tapu Bulu get freely Burned or Paralyzed from the likes of Rotom-Wash, Toxapex, or Chansey. These status conditions will heavily cripple Tapu Bulu's role as a revenge killer and will garner it deadweight most times.

Team Options
========
Choice Scarf Tapu Bulu can surprise kill offensive threats that otherwise would be able to kill it with ease such as Weavile or Tornadus. Pokemon such as Mega Medicham that can take advantage of offensive threats being eliminated appreciate this. Tapu Bulu's Grassy Terrain can be used to provide some defensive utility to teammates. Heatran and Magnezone support Tapu Bulu by taking care of Steel-types while Tapu Bulu returns them the favor via Grassy Terrain, softening blows from Earthquake and feeding them health. As well, Grassy Terrain can be used to boost teammates' Grass-type attacks such as Heatran's Bloom Doom or Kartana's Leaf Blade. An additional and more reliable check to Ash-Greninja is needed as with hazards and residual chip over time Tapu Bulu will not be able to take hits from it.
 
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Sayuze

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apologies, I have been very busy with real life endeavors. should be ready for QC, if anyone at all has any suggestions / possible changes don't hesitate to let me know
 
In Set Details, I would just mention that it outspeeds 2/4 of those threats (maybe Weav and MLop?)

Mention in Usage Tips that Bulu can surprise its offensive checks thanks to its Choice Scarf.

Expand on the second bullet of Usage Tips; in longer games dont be afraid to bring Bulu out in case you want another check to that mon healthy

Mention Heatran’s Bloom Doom can be powered by Bulu’s Terrain to slap Garchomp and Zam.

In Team Options, emphasize additional Greninja checks, such as Toxapex and Tapu Fini. I think Banded Kart is also worth a mention but I’m not sure.

I also think mentions of Zam checks, such as Mixed Calm Clef and AV Gear, are nice since Scarf Bulu doesn’t catch Zam and is 2hkoed by Psychic. SpDef Clef can potentially provide Wishes and likes 12% recovery when Terrain is up, while Mage can pivot with Volt Switch into something Bulu can rk.
 

Sayuze

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In Set Details, I would just mention that it outspeeds 2/4 of those threats (maybe Weav and MLop?)

Mention in Usage Tips that Bulu can surprise its offensive checks thanks to its Choice Scarf.

Expand on the second bullet of Usage Tips; in longer games dont be afraid to bring Bulu out in case you want another check to that mon healthy

Mention Heatran’s Bloom Doom can be powered by Bulu’s Terrain to slap Garchomp and Zam.

In Team Options, emphasize additional Greninja checks, such as Toxapex and Tapu Fini. I think Banded Kart is also worth a mention but I’m not sure.

I also think mentions of Zam checks, such as Mixed Calm Clef and AV Gear, are nice since Scarf Bulu doesn’t catch Zam and is 2hkoed by Psychic. SpDef Clef can potentially provide Wishes and likes 12% recovery when Terrain is up, while Mage can pivot with Volt Switch into something Bulu can rk.
- 249 (252 EVs with adamant) x 1.5 = 373.5 (374). Doesn't outspeed Weavile nor MLop, nor koko/regular gren

- Added about the surprise factor

- Don't fully understand what you mean there. What I think you're trying to say is that you can aggressively switch in Tapu Bulu to predicted switches to get Grassy Terrain up for stuff that doesn't heal but this is hella situational I think. Like esp bc it can help your opponent as well to heal so ur not really making progress in regards to momentum

- added but it might need to be re-worded ?

- yea i pretty much said this already

- i dont think these 2 have enough synergy to be mentioned. horn leech + terrain is alot already, although not the best, keeps it relvaitely healthy. this isn't band bulu and hence it can't really blow shit away so the voltturn point is meh imo. tho if someone else vouches for this ill add it
 
On the first point, I meant not mentioning all four of those and just limiting it to two. I brought up gren and mlop cause thats the range Jolly outspeeds and Adamant doesn’t. It may be best to keep as is though.

yea i pretty much said this already
I’m assuming you mean the bullet in Usage Tips. It’d be useful for newer players to given examples of Gren in TO though.
 

Diophantine

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Yo bro this is pretty good. Just gonna nitpick some stuff
When bolstered by Grassy Terrain it is able to do a lot more damage to the likes of
Sounds pretty arbitrary, especially when you say how powerful Horn Leech is in the sentence before. Maybe talk about certain KOs it can pick up which Horn Leech can't.

These status negate Grassy Terrain
This could be reworded coz it sounds like it just eliminates Terrain completely.
 
Wood Hammer is Tapu Bulu's heaviest hitting attack. When bolstered by Grassy Terrain it is able to do a lot more damage to the likes of Clefable, Landorus-T, Gliscor, Tapu Koko, and Tapu Lele.
This list is quite long. You can probably remove Koko since it doesnt really threaten Bulu and you'd probably rather horn leech for the recovery.

Megahorn is an alternative to nail otherwise comfortable switch-ins such as Mega Latias or Tangrowth
Change "comfortable" to "decent" and add Serperior to the list.

Choice Scarf Tapu Bulu is a niche fit for a revenge killer, being able to clean up with relatively good coverage and attacking power.
Is this saying that bulu is a revenge killer or a cleaner?
Also say something like "Bulu should be used as X..." so it's actually a usage tip.

  • Useful role compression is provided with Grassy Terrain backed up by its also adequate defensive typing and bulk.
  • Because this is a more offensively orientated set, Tapu Bulu should not be relied upon as a switch-in to of potent attackers like Ash-Greninja, Swampert, and Alakazam.
This can probably be merged into one point saying that Tapu Bulu's typing + grassy terrain means it can switch into ash gren if necessary. However it should not be relied upon to do this.

Do not let Tapu Bulu get freely Poisoned or Burned from the likes of Rotom-Wash, Toxapex, or Chansey. These status negate Grassy Terrain and further limit Tapu Bulu's longetivity.
Honestly paralysis is worse than poison for this set, mention that instead.

Pokemon such as Mega Medicham or Volcarona that can take advantage of offensive threats being eliminated appreciate this.
I dont understand how volcarona is a good example here.

Team Options
========
Make a point about ash gren checks.


Tag me when this is done so i can double check.
 

Sayuze

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Alright, apologies for the long hold up, been extremely busy but I'm finally done

Diophantine 's changes:
Yo bro this is pretty good. Just gonna nitpick some stuff

Sounds pretty arbitrary, especially when you say how powerful Horn Leech is in the sentence before. Maybe talk about certain KOs it can pick up which Horn Leech can't.


This could be reworded coz it sounds like it just eliminates Terrain completely.
- Fixed it a bit; said that wood hammer does a lot to clef and lando, ohkos lele/koko and removed gliscor bc it can actually spam roost on scarf bulu and heal so it shouldn't have gone there, my mistake
- Specifically said how it blocks tapu bulu's healing alone

DKM 's changes:
This list is quite long. You can probably remove Koko since it doesnt really threaten Bulu and you'd probably rather horn leech for the recovery.


Change "comfortable" to "decent" and add Serperior to the list.


Is this saying that bulu is a revenge killer or a cleaner?
Also say something like "Bulu should be used as X..." so it's actually a usage tip.




This can probably be merged into one point saying that Tapu Bulu's typing + grassy terrain means it can switch into ash gren if necessary. However it should not be relied upon to do this.


Honestly paralysis is worse than poison for this set, mention that instead.


I dont understand how volcarona is a good example here.


Make a point about ash gren checks.


Tag me when this is done so i can double check.
- Replaced Koko with zam and re worded it as part of dio's suggestions
- Did the serp thing
- alright, said that its a revenge killer bc that is honestly what it does better. and reworded it too i think.
- did the ash gren thing, might have worded it kinda badly so point me out if needed
- did the para > poison point, agreed
- my thought process on volc was that you can use bulu to kill something like torn/weavile and have volc setup after. i dont really know many specific teammates that have a necessity from something like this so I just added medicham for now but if you or anyone else has more ideas let me know
- did the ash gren check

done, just lmk if changes r needed
 

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DKM said that counts as his check^
  • Stone Edge lets Tapu Bulu catch thought-to-be safe switch-ins such as Tornadus-T, Zapdos, and Volcarona.
mention the fact that it outspeeds them in a 1v1 scenario, which helps get surprise hits on them

  • Megahorn is an alternative to nail otherwise decent switch-ins such as Mega Latias, Tangrowth and Serperior. However, Stone Edge is usually more preferred as the option to hit Flying-types that Tapu Bulu otherwise cannot do anything significant to is further appreciated.
Megahorn is an alternative to nail otherwise decent switch-ins such as Mega Latias, Tangrowth and Serperior. However, Stone Edge is usually more preferred as the option to hit Flying-types that Tapu Bulu otherwise cannot do anything significant to is further appreciated.
Mention that Megahorn is less appealing without the boost from a choice band cause it can't do enough damage to Lati and Serp and just forces them out

2/3
 

Sayuze

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DKM said that counts as his check^

mention the fact that it outspeeds them in a 1v1 scenario, which helps get surprise hits on them



Mention that Megahorn is less appealing without the boost from a choice band cause it can't do enough damage to Lati and Serp and just forces them out

2/3
sry for the long wait, should be good now!
 

Sayuze

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Apologies for the long hold-on, I was very busy and forgot about it. Thanks to Mannat for reminding me

GMars Should be ready for final check
 

Mannat

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[SET]
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Horn Leech
move 2: Wood Hammer
move 3: Superpower
move 4: Stone Edge / Megahorn
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Grassy Terrain
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========
Horn Leech is a mandatory move on Tapu Bulu, being a strong STAB move boosted by Grassy Terrain that helps keep Tapu Bulu healthy and preserve longetivity. Horn Leech is already covered multiple times on prior sets, no reason to bring it up again here Wood Hammer is Tapu Bulu's heaviest hitting strongest STAB attack -- when bolstered by Grassy Terrain You don't need to mention when boosted by grassy, it's assumed that it's up bc of its ability it is able to do a lot more damage to Clefable, and Landorus-T, as well as pick up OHKOs Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele. Superpower is Fighting-type (unnecesary) coverage that Tapu Bulu requires, allows Tapu Bulu to hit Grass-type resists hitting Pokémon like Heatran, Ferrothorn, Kartana, and Magnezone (remove one of ferro or kart, as a general rule more than 3 examples for anything is pretty excessive) for super effective damage. Stone Edge lets Tapu Bulu catch thought-to-be safe switch-ins such as Tornadus-T, Zapdos, and Volcarona by outspeeding them in a 1v1 scenario, which helps get a surprise hit on them. Megahorn is an alternative to nail otherwise decent switch-ins such as Mega Latias, Tangrowth and Serperior. However, Stone Edge is usually more preferred as the option to hit Flying-types that Tapu Bulu otherwise cannot do anything significant to is appreciated as well, without a boost from Choice Band, Megahorn does not do enough damage to secure a kill but just forces out its targets. (this part isn't needed, as edge is slashed first, it's more of what would be put in oo)

Set Details
========
Jolly nNature is needed considering Tapu Bulu's slightly inferior base speed. It preferred because it allows it to reach many important milestones, including being able Tapu Bulu to outspeed Greninja, Weavile, Tapu Koko, and Mega Lopunny.

Usage Tips
========
Choice Scarf Tapu Bulu should be used as a revenge killer, being able to pick off frail Pokemon with its good coverage and attacking power.
It can make for a surprise Choice Scarf user so use this perk towards to your advantage. Be careful with Grassy Terrain healing mechanics giving away that you are faster than a said opponent. Useful role compression is provided with Grassy Terrain, backed up by its also adequate defensive typing and bulk, letting it take some hits defensive, such as Ash-Greninja's Hydro Pump, but not too well. Because this is a more offensively orientated set, Tapu Bulu should not be relied upon as a switch-in to of potent attackers like Ash-Greninja, Swampert, and Alakazam. Do not let Tapu Bulu get freely Burned or Paralyzed from the likes of Rotom-Wash, Toxapex, or Chansey (I feel like this part is worded weird, you just dont wanna get statused in general, not just by those). These status conditions will heavily cripple hamper Tapu Bulu's in its role as a revenge killer and will garner it deadweight most times.

Team Options
========
Choice Scarf Tapu Bulu can surprise kill offensive threats that otherwise would be able to kill KO (calling something a revenge killer is fine, but Pokemon KO each other, they don't kill each other) it with ease such as Weavile or Tornadus. Pokemon such as Mega Medicham that can take advantage of offensive threats being eliminated appreciate this. Tapu Bulu's Grassy Terrain can be used to provide some defensive utility to teammates. Heatran and Magnezone support Tapu Bulu by taking care of Steel-types while Tapu Bulu returns them the favor via Grassy Terrain, softening blows from Earthquake and feeding them health. As well, Grassy Terrain can be used to boost teammates' Grass-type attacks such as Heatran's Bloom Doom or Kartana's Leaf Blade. An additional and more reliable check to Ash-Greninja is needed as with hazards and residual chip over time Tapu Bulu will not be able to take hits from it.
A lot of this was GP-ish stuff that I noticed, be sure to fix it. Good stuff overall, solid analysis QC 3/3
 

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