ZU Silvally-Fighting [Done]

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[OVERVIEW]

Silvally-Fighting's high Speed tier, adequate offense, (power? what does this mean) good coverage, and access to Defog and U-turn make it a very solid pick for many teams in ZU. A good matchup against the tier's most common entry hazard setters in Golem and Probopass and a resistance to Stealth Rock notably makes Silvally-Fighting one of the best entry hazard removers in ZU. Its capability as a Defog user is further enhanced by its ability to deal with the tier's most common Defiant users in Pawniard and Purugly thanks to its STAB Multi-Attack. Furthermore, with Swords Dance, Silvally-Fighting can boost its Attack to high levels, making it a frightening late-game cleaner if it has not been revealed. These factors combine to make Silvally-Fighting arguably the best Silvally forme in ZU. Its typing also lets it take less damage from Stealth Rock making it a solid pick for a Defog user. However, it is still worn down when switching into attacks because of its inability to hold Leftovers and a lack of recovery. Bronzor hurts Silvally-Fighting's ability to break the opponent opposing team, and it needs Shadow Claw or Crunch to deal meaningful damage to Bronzor. Muk and Mareanie also get free switches on Silvally-Fighting, (AC) as they can come into any move that isn't U-turn and deal significant damage or put set up Toxic Spikes, (AC) respectively. Flying-types like Swanna and Altaria also threaten any Silvally-Fighting set out if it is lacking Rock Slide for the former or Ice Fang, respectively for the latter; Swanna can threaten the OHKO with Hurricane, whereas Altaria can win the Toxic war thanks to Nature Cure. As an offensive Fighting-type, Silvally-Fighting faces competition from Monferno and Combusken, though it differentiates itself from them with its higher Speed tier, pure Fighting-type typing, (AC) and access to Defog, which makes it easier to fit Silvally-Fighting on a team. Its capabilities of using Defog is also further enhanced by its ability to deal with the tiers most common Defiant users in Pawniard and Purugly thanks to its STAB Multi-Attack. Despite its Speed tier, it still needs to watch out for faster attackers such as Swanna and Floatzel as well as Choice Scarf revenge killers in Mr. Mime and Rotom-S, which can pose significant threats.

[SET]
name: Bulky Pivot
move 1: U-turn
move 2: Multi-Attack
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Defog
item: Fighting Memory
ability: RKS System
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 HP / 32 Atk / 88 Def / 136 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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With U-turn, Silvally-Fighting can quickly generate momentum because the combination of Fighting-type Multi-Attack and Toxic limits the opponent's options. Multi-Attack and Toxic provides provide optimal coverage for its Silvally-Fighting's limited damage output, as they deal with any meta relevant Pokemon bar Altaria, Bronzor, Mawile, and Poison-types. Defog provides entry hazard removal for the team, which is especially useful as because Silvally-Fighting threatens most Stealth Rock setters such as Golem and Probopass.

Set Details
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32 Attack EVs allow Silvally-Fighting to OHKO Komala, (AC) and the 136 Speed EVs with a positive nature allow it to let it outspeed Shiftry with maximum Speed investment. Maximum HP EVs and 88 Defensive EVs allow Silvally-Fighting to pivot into attacks and absorb Knock Off more easily.

Usage Tips
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Focus on removing the opposing team's entry hazard setter, such as Golem or Probopass, by taking advantage of Silvally-Fighting's defensive bulk and threatening them with STAB Multi-Attack. Thanks to the combination of Fighting-type Multi-Attack and Toxic, the opponent has limited counterplay, (AC) and which allows Silvally-Fighting to quickly generate momentum with U-turn. Because of RKS System, (AC) Fighting Memory can't be removed by Knocked Off, so switch Silvally-Fighting into Knock Off, so from the likes of common users like Komala and Shiftry. Silvally-Fighting can also come in quite safely on most Stealth Rock users like Probopass and more passive Normal-type Pokemon like Bulk Up Vigoroth. This shouldn't be taken for granted, however, as Silvally-Fighting lacks lack of any form of recovery, it limits the amount number of times it can come in. Furthermore, (AC) its it's also susceptible to burn and Toxic status effects, so try to scout for them beforehand. U-turn also helps overcome this issue, (AC) as most users of these status moves are slower than it.

Team Options
========

Spamming Toxic and pivoting with U-turn is are what most of the team wants from this set, so Pokemon like Golem and Beheeyem that deal with Poison-types like Muk and Mareanie are appreciated. Pokemon that deal with Altaria also help it out. These could be special Defensive walls like Muk and Bronzor. This set also fits greatly on stall teams, (AC) as it deals with common stallbreakers like Komala and Shiftry while also being a valuable Knock Off absorber. However, this set also suffers from Silvally-Fighting's lack of recovery and inability to heal status conditions, so it can just as easily be crippled by Will-O-Wisp, Toxic, as well as repeated attacks from the likes of Gourgeist-Super or Gourgeist-XL and Vigoroth. Thus, a status absorber like Altaria or Komala is a welcome addition to its team, with Komala even porviding providing Wish support, a wincon to pair with because of with Bulk Up, (AC) and providing an answere answer to Rotom-S and Swanna. Lickilicky simalairly similarly provides Silvally-Fighting with Wish support and removes its status with Heal Bell, while in return Silvally-Fighting checks previously mentioned stallbreakers in Shiftry and Komala for Lickilicky. Similarly Muk and Mareanie can absorb Toxic Spikes, improving your matchup against opposing Poison-types and deal with special attackers without Psychic-type coverage. Silvally-Fighting also provides Defog support, which a lot of Pokemon appreciate, even more so the ones that have issues dealing with Golem and Probopass, like Oricorio-F and Rotom-S. They also form a VoltTurn core with Silvally-Fighting and deal with Gourgeist-Super Gourgeist-XL, while Rotom-S can even threaten Mareanie with STAB Thunderbolt or Volt Switch.

[SET]
name: Offensive Pivot
move 1: U-turn
move 2: Multi-Attack
move 3: Ice Fang / Crunch / Shadow Claw
move 4: Toxic / Defog
item: Fighting Memory
ability: RKS System
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

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

U-turn is essential for its Silvally-Fighting's role as a pivot while chipping and helps it chip down the opponent opposing team. Ice Fang can 2HKO defensive Altaria and deals with Gabite. Shadow Claw and Crunch are also useful moves, (AC) as they let you deal notable damage to Ghost- and Psychic-types, with the former ignoring the common Colbur Berry and hitting Mr. Mime for super effective damage whereas the other has higher base power, therefore and the latter being able to 3HKO specially defensive Bronzor thanks to its higher Base Power. The last slot is reserved for Toxic, as this lets you wittle whittle down even more durable walls like Gourgeist-XL, which doesn't mind its weakness to even a super effective Shadow Claw or Crunch. Defog is another option, (AC) which provides valuable entry hazard control to your team.

Set Details
========

A Jolly nature gives Silvally-Fighting one of the fastest best unboosted Speed tiers in the meta, (comma) and gives it with an edge in speed over Monferno and offensive threats like Mr. Mime, Vigoroth, Rotom-S, and Oricorio. It also allows Silvally-Fighting to Speed tie with opposing Silvally forms and Sawsbuck.

Usage Tips
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This set can pressure clerics and status absorbers, bar Poison-types, from being able trying to prevent Silvally-Fighting from spreading Toxic. This set can notably 2HKO common clerics seen on stall like Altaria and Lickilicky with Ice Fang and Multi-Attack respectively. Silvally-Fighting can pressure opposing entry hazard setters in Golem and Probopass and remove entry hazards with Defog. Crunch and Shadow Claw also help deal with Bronzor. As this set has Attack investment, Silvally-Fighting can take advantage of U-turn to chip the opposing team down, especially when you have entry hazards placed down. With the correct coverage move, Silvally-Fighting can lure in and deal notable damage to a lot of common Pokemon like Bronzor and Altaria. Therefore, you should keep these moves unknown to hidden from the opponent until they their targets are in range of being 2HKOed or OHKOed by these moves them.

Team Options
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Because you Silvally-Fighting can pivot out easily with U-turn, Pokemon that threatens threaten its traditional answers in Muk or and Gourgeist-XL, such as Golem, Rapidash, and Muk, make excellent partners. Bronzor and Bouffalant both provide answers to Psychic-types, (AC) while fast Electric-types such as Zebstrika or and Choice Scarf Electivire help deal with Flying-types, specifically Swanna and Altaria, as Electric-types are able to pivot on them with Volt Switch or hit Altaria with Hidden Power Ice. Silvally-Fighting suffers from a lack of recovery and the inability to heal status conditions, so it can be crippled by Will-O-Wisp and Toxic as well as repeated attacks from the likes of Gourgeist-XL or and Vigoroth, respectively. A status absorber like Altaria or Komala can help mitigate this issue.

[SET]
name: Swords Dance Sweeper
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Multi-Attack
move 3: Shadow Claw
move 4: U-turn / Rock Slide / Ice Fang
item: Fighting Memory
ability: RKS System
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

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

Multi-Attack, Swords Dance, and Shadow Claw are essential for Silvally-Fighting to serve as a sweeper. Shadow Claw deals with Ghost- and Psychic-types like Bronzor and Mr. Mime (RC) while also hitting Colbur Berry Gourgeist-XL. In the last slot, Silvally-Fighting can use Rock Slide to hit Flying-types like Swanna, Altaria, and Rotom-S with Rock Slide, while Ice Fang can be used if an instant removal of Altaria is preferred. U-turn allows Silvally-Fighting to pivot around, keeping up the momentum and dealing damage to its walls while also giving a wrong impression of being bluffing a Defog set.

Set Details
========

The EV spread allows Silvally-Fighting to be as fast as possible, optimizing maximizing its sweeping potential. With 317 Speed, Silvally-Fighting can outspeed its competitor Monferno and threats like Vigoroth, allowing you to check it. It also allows Silvally-Fighting to Speed tie with opposing Silvally and Sawsbuck.

Usage Tips
========

Despite the lack of investment, its Silvally-Fighting's natural bulk gives it plenty of opportunities to set up. However, it does not have recovery, so use the given opportunities wisely. Because of this, Probopass, Wish Komala, and Vigoroth baits help to bait in Pokemon for Silvally-Fighting to set up on. Silvally-Fighting should pivot around its answers with U-turn, not revealing it's a Swords Dance set and dealing chip damage until they are taken care of. Once Silvally-Fighting's checks are gone, it will become notably easier for Silvally-Fighting to break past the opposing team. Take advantage of the unpredictability of Silvally-Fighting, as the opponent has to play carefully to scout for Silvally-Fighting's set and keep its checks healthy.

Team Options
========

Since Silvally-Fighting is unable to break through every Pokemon, teammates such as Zebstrika, Vigoroth, and Choice Band Komala all help out against its checks like Gourgeist-XL, Pyukumuku, Altaria, and Swanna. Because Swords Dance Silvally-Fighting forces a lot of switches, it fits very well with entry hazard stacking (RH) teams. Notable hazard setters include Bronzor, Golem, Crustle, and Probopass. Additionally, Golem is a notable check to Muk, (AC) whereas Crustle can provide Spikes, further increasing the pressure from entry hazards. Wallbreakers like Chatot, Abomasnow, and Choice Band Muk also provide valuable support by wearing down shared checks or walls that may prevent Silvally-Fighting from sweeping.

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

The defensive pivot set can opt to run more Speed EVs in order to outspeed Monferno, Misdreavus, and Vigoroth. Parting Shot can be used over U-turn as Silvally-Fighting is able to force out any relevant Defiant users and can hit the Pokemon with Soundproof like Mr. Mime and Bouffalant with Shadow Claw and Multi-Attack, respectively. Ice Beam can be used with a Naive nature on the offensive pivot set to deal significant damage to Altaria and Gourgeist-XL. Zen Headbutt helps deal with Muk, Mareanie, and other Poison-types for the offensive pivot set and the Swords Dance set. Iron Head can be used on the Swords Dance set to deal notable damage to Fairy-types like Carbink and Granbull while still hitting Mr. Mime. However, this does not improve its overall coverage while still being unable to break past defensive Granbull. A RestTalk set can provide longevity (RC) but suffers from the inability to break past walls due to the lack of coverage and makes you Silvally-Fighting too passive, (AC) as it lacks Swords Dance. Silvally-Fighting has a wide variety of utility moves in its arsenal, including Thunder Wave, Magic Coat, and Tailwind, but it lacks the moveslots to take advantage of them.

Checks and Counters

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**Flying-types**: Altaria, Swanna, and Rotom-S fear nothing but Rock Slide and Ice Fang from Silvally-Fighting. Because of this, Silvally-Fighting is often forced to switch out against these Pokemon. Rotom-S can also run a Choice Scarf set, allowing it to outspeed Silvally-Fighting. However, if Silvally-Fighting is running Rock Slide or Ice Fang, these Pokemon have issues switching in safely.

**Poison-types**: If Silvally-Fighting is not running Zen Headbutt, then Muk and Mareanie can reliably come into and force Silvally-Fighting it out. This allows Mareanie to put down Toxic Spikes, further hindering its Silvally-Fighting's (or "hindering the rest of your team's longevity" if you meant that) longevity among the rest of your team, (AC) whereas Muk is able to set up or deal notable damage if running Choice Band .

**Psychic-types**: Kadabra, Beheeyem, and Mr. Mime all threaten do deal significant damage with a powerful STAB move. Kadabra is especially a problem, (AC) as it can outspeed and threaten to OHKO Silvally-Fighting at any point. However, none of these Pokemon like coming into U-turn.

**Physically Defensive Pokemon**: Pokemon like Gourgeist-Super Gourgeist-XL and Granbull can be a major nuisance for Silvally-Fighting because of its vulnerability to Will-O-Wisp from Gourgeist-XL, whereas Granbull can 2HKO or OHKO Silvally-Fighting. Granbull can also cure Toxic poison with Heal Bell, whereas Gourgeist-XL can Leech Seed or burn any Pokemon that is being pivoted into from U-turn.


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- Written by: [[Rhydonphilip, 254798]]
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