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[OVERVIEW]

Simisage is an extremely effective breaker thanks to its expansive movepool and excellent offensive stats. Little can switch into Simisage because of its fantastic coverage and ability to act as a mixed attacker with Leaf Storm and Superpower or setup sweeper with Nasty Plot. In addition to being able to threaten most of the metagame, Simisage is able to play around usual Grass-type checks such as Gourgeist-XL, Altaria, and Bouffalant because of its high attacking stats and powerful coverage moves. Moreover, Nasty Plot makes Simisage one of the best stallbreakers in the metagame, allowing it to overwhelm walls such as Lickilicky, Dusclops, and Gourgeist-XL. However, a pure Grass typing and mediocre bulk make it difficult for Simisage to find opportunities to switch in, and it is weak to revenge killers such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Rapidash, and Choice Scarf Swanna. This is exacerbated by Life Orb recoil, which in tandem with its entry hazard vulnerability makes Simisage easy to wear down. While Simisage is a fast Grass-type that hits hard, it faces competition from other offensive Grass-types such as Exeggutor and Leafeon, which are bulkier and offer more utility.

[SET]
name: Mixed Attacker
move 1: Leaf Storm
move 2: Hidden Power Ice
move 3: Knock Off
move 4: Superpower
item: Life Orb
ability: Overgrow
nature: Naive
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

Hidden Power Ice hits Leaf Storm switch-ins such as Rotom-S, Altaria, and Silvally-Dragon. Knock Off gives Simisage great utility as a mixed attacker, allowing it to break down bulky Pokemon such as Bronzor and Dusclops. Superpower rounds out Simisage's coverage, enabling it to OHKO weakened Normal-types such as Bouffalant, Sawsbuck, and Lickilicky.

Set Details
========

Maximum Special Attack investment is used over full Attack investment to ensure Simisage can wallbreak with Leaf Storm and 2HKO switch-ins such as Rotom-S with Hidden Power Ice.

Usage Tips
========

Because Simisage lacks opportunities to switch in, it should be brought off pivots and aggressive double switches. Subsequently, bring Simisage in against Pokemon it can revenge kill with Leaf Storm such as Marowak, Silvally-Water, and Swanna. Against switch-ins that have recovery, a Grass-type immunity, or a 4x resistance to Leaf Storm such as Muk, Bouffalant, and Altaria, Simisage should double switch to a teammate or nail them with the right coverage move. Conversely, against frailer switch-ins and switch-ins that lack recovery such as Pinsir, Combusken, and Silvally-Dragon, Simisage should usually spam Leaf Storm and heavily chip them down. However, Simisage needs to be wary of the Special Attack drops from Leaf Storm, which make it much easier to switch into and render it as setup fodder for Pokemon such as Shell Smash Crustle and Swords Dance Leafeon. In addition, Simisage needs to be careful of the opponent switching around its coverage moves and STAB attacks in order to stall it out with Life Orb recoil or fish for the Special Attack drop.

Team Options
========

Pokemon that appreciate Ground- and Water-types gone such as Choice Scarf Electivire and Swords Dance Combusken pair well with Simisage. In return, Choice Scarf Electivire checks faster threats such as Rapidash and Jumpluff and has Volt Switch to bring Simisage in safely, while Combusken checks Grass- and Steel-types such as Bellossom and Metang. Because Simisage lacks good opportunities to switch in, pivots such as Rotom-S, Silvally-Dragon, and Choice Band Furfrou pair well with it. Moreover, Rotom-S covers Flying-types that threaten Simisage, Silvally-Dragon is able to check Fire-types, and Choice Band Furfrou checks Pokemon with faster physical attackers such as Floatzel, Choice Scarf Silvally, and Pinsir. Simisage also pairs well with setup sweepers such as Z-Rain Dance Swanna and Shell Smash Crustle that take advantage of Simisage's ability to break down Pokemon such as Bouffalant, Dusclops, and Rotom-S. Entry hazard setters such as Golem and Bronzor help Simisage secure KOs against Pokemon such as Glaceon, Altaria, and offensive Torterra. Conversely, Defoggers and spinners such as Silvally-Water, Swanna, and Sandslash help keep Simisage healthy by removing entry hazards.

[SET]
name: Nasty Plot
move 1: Nasty Plot
move 2: Giga Drain / Energy Ball
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Hidden Power Ice
item: Fightinium Z / Life Orb
ability: Overgrow
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

Energy Ball provides Simisage with more breaking power, allowing it to 2HKO bulky Pokemon such as Dusclops and specially defensive Komala, but it makes Simisage much easier to wear down. Focus Blast nails Pokemon such as Bouffalant, Lickilicky, and Mawile that could switch into Giga Drain and Hidden Power Ice. Hidden Power Ice is necessary, as it allows Simisage to break through Grass-type switch-ins such as Altaria, Gourgeist-XL, and Toucannon after a Nasty Plot.

Set Details
========

Fightinium Z is preferred over Life Orb to ensure Simisage can break past Bouffalant and Lickilicky without risking a Focus Blast miss and does not wear down Simisage unlike Life Orb. However, Life Orb gives Simisage greater breaking power and secures more OHKOs after a Nasty Plot, such as on Gourgeist-XL and specially defensive Torterra with Hidden Power Ice.

Usage Tips
========

Simisage should set up off forced switches against Pokemon such as Golem, Torterra, and Basculin or against passive Pokemon such as Gourgeist-XL and Mareanie because it tends to lack setup opportunities otherwise. Simisage should be brought in off pivots, through double switches, or after a teammate faints, since it tends to lack good opportunities to switch in. Nasty Plot is comparatively easier to switch into than mixed attacker sets, so it is vital to analyze the opponent's team and formulate a plan accordingly. Against slower, more defensive teams, Simisage can usually sweep late-game, but against faster teams, where Simisage lacks setup opportunities, it is best used as an early-game breaker. Make sure counters such as Muk, Bronzor, and Silvally-Poison are gone to ensure Simisage can sweep. Once these Pokemon are removed, Simisage can usually sweep through stall teams after a Nasty Plot because of its amazing coverage and ability to stay healthy by attacking foes with +2 Giga Drain. Revenge killers such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Rapidash, and Choice Band Furfrou and priority users such as Kecleon should also be eliminated so that Simisage can sweep.

Team Options
========

Grass-type switch-ins such as Bronzor, Muk, and Silvally-Poison wall Nasty Plot Simisage, so partners that can weaken these Pokemon such as Mareanie, Swanna, and Monferno pair well with Simisage. Mareanie is able to remove Bronzor's Eviolite with Knock Off, Swanna is able to weaken Muk and Silvally-Poison with Scald, and Monferno is able to heavily weaken all these Pokemon with STAB Flare Blitz. Electric-types such as Electivire, Rotom-S, and Silvally-Electric support Simisage by checking Flying-types such as Toucannon, Jumpluff, and Choice Scarf Swanna that threaten it. In particular, Simisage can break down walls for Choice Scarf Electivire and pave way for a late-game sweep. Entry hazard setters such as Golem, Marowak, and Bronzor provide crucial Stealth Rock support for Simisage, enabling it to pick up KOs against Lickilicky and Altaria after setting up. Golem and Bronzor both provide good defensive support as well, with the former checking Fire- and Bug-types such as Rapidash and Pinsir and the latter checking Ice- and Normal-types such as Glaceon and Choice Scarf Silvally. Mareanie is another entry hazard setter that pairs exceptionally well with Simisage because Toxic Spikes make it easier for Simisage to break down specially bulky Pokemon such as Dusclops, Lickilicky, and Assault Vest Kecleon due to the constant chip damage. Entry hazard removers such as Swanna, Silvally-Ground, and Silvally-Dragon are crucial for Simisage, as keeping it healthy is vital for a late-game sweep, particularly when running Life Orb.

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

On the mixed attacker set, a spread of 252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe with Gunk Shot or Rock Slide over Hidden Power Ice can be used to take advantage of Simisage's ability to break down Leaf Storm switch-ins such as Shiinotic and Rapidash. While this is generally inferior and limits Simisage's ability to spam Leaf Storm, it is useful on teams that appreciate Simisage's ability to bait in the aforementioned Pokemon and KO them. A Choice Scarf set can be used with Leaf Storm, Rock Slide, Gunk Shot, and Superpower to make Simisage a scary revenge killer. However, this heavily limits Simisage and forces it to forego its niche as a wallbreaker that can switch up coverage moves.

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

**Poison-types**: Muk and Silvally-Poison shut down Simisage and threaten it out. Muk counters Simisage thanks to its natural bulk and Rest, but Silvally-Poison is prone to being worn down over the course of a game.

**Bulky Pokemon**: Simisage has varying defensive counterplay depending on its set. Pokemon such as Metang, Mawile, Bouffalant, and Altaria can pivot into Simisage's mixed attacker set but must be careful of coverage moves. Against its Nasty Plot set, Pokemon such as Bronzor, Dusclops, and Assault Vest Kecleon can reliably take on Simisage.

**Faster Pokemon**: Pokemon such as Rapidash, Choice Scarf Rotom-S, and Choice Scarf Electivire outspeed and OHKO Simisage despite its solid Speed tier.

**Residual Damage**: Simisage loses health quickly because of Life Orb recoil and all the damage it takes from entry hazards. This makes Simisage susceptible to revenge killers and priority users such as Floatzel, Kecleon, and Pawniard.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[5gen, 296755]]
- Quality checked by: [[Ho3nConfirm3d, 231074], [uhuhuhu7, 407249]]
- Grammar checked by: [[The Dutch Plumberjack, 232216], [Estronic, 240732]]
 
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Ho3nConfirm3d

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:sm/simisage:
[OVERVIEW]
  • Simisage is an extremely effective breaker thanks to its expansive movepool and offensive stats
  • Little can switch into Simisage because of its fantastic coverage and ability to act as a mixed attacker with Leaf Storm and Superpower or setup sweeper with Nasty Plot (added the two moves that describe its effectiveness as a mixed attacker to compliment the description of it being a setup sweeper with NP)
  • In addition to being able to threaten most of the metagame, Simisage is able to play around usual Grass-type checks such as Gourgeist-XL, Altaria, and Bouffalant because of its high attacking stats and coverage moves
  • Moreover, Nasty Plot makes Simisage one of the best stallbreakers in the metagame (Why is this though, what about the NP set makes it a stallbreaker? Maybe add its because stall's special walls like Lickiliky and Dusclops are broken by it)
  • However, a pure Grass typing and mediocre bulk make it difficult for Simisage to find opportunities to switch and it weak to revenge killers such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Rapidash, and Choice Scarf Swanna
  • This is exacerbated by Simisage's reliance on Life Orb, which in tandem with its entry hazard vulnerability makes it easy to wear down (LO and switching into SR or tspikes makes sage vulnerable to more revenge killers quickly, so I added this last residual damage nod in on with the LO point)
  • While Simisage is a fast Grass-type that hits hard, it faces competition from other offensive Grass-types such as Exeggutor and Leafeon who are bulkier and offer more utility

[SET]
name: Mixed Attacker
move 1: Leaf Storm
move 2: Hidden Power Ice
move 3: Knock Off
move 4: Superpower
item: Life Orb
ability: Overgrow
nature: Naive
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========
  • Hidden Power Ice hits Leaf Storm switch-ins such as Rotom-S, Altaria, and Silvally-Dragon
  • Knock Off gives Simisage great utility as a mixed attacker, allowing it to break down bulky Pokemon such as Bronzor and Dusclops
  • Superpower rounds out Simisage's coverage, enabling it to OHKO weakened Normal-types such as Bouffalant, Sawsbuck, and Lickilicky and to hit Fire-types for strong neutral damage (My only question is besides maybe simisear, what fire type are you hitting? Leaf Storm is just as strong on most, and stronger on Camerupt of course. The pro is that you can combo Leaf Storm and Super Power together when one offensive stat is lowered, and if thats the sentiment then maybe that should be fleshed out)

Set Details
========
  • Maximum Special Attack investment is used over full Attack investment to ensure Simisage can wallbreak with Leaf Storm and 2HKO Grass-type switch-ins with Hidden Power Ice
  • Overgrow makes Leaf Storm absurdly strong and is relatively easy to activate because of how Simisage is prone to being weakened

Usage Tips
========
  • Because Simisage lacks opportunities to switch in, it should be brought off pivots and aggressive double switches
  • (Mention here that Simisage otherwise makes a great revenge killer against Swanna, Marowak, and Silvally-Water, as they are all slower and succumb to Leaf Storm.
  • When brought in, Simisage should look to fire off a powerful Leaf Storm and predict switch-ins accordingly (This point isn't saying much of anything, and can get across the idea that Leaf Storm should be its go-to attack if worded better. Either reword to make it clearer, or let the following two points get the sentiment across)
  • Against switch-ins that have recovery, a Grass-type immunity, or a 4x resistance to Leaf Storm such as Muk, Bouffalant, and Altaria, Simisage should double switch into a teammate or nail them with the right coverage move
  • Conversely, against frailer switch-ins and switch-ins that lack recovery such as Pinsir, Combusken, or Silvally-Dragon, Simisage usually spam Leaf Storm and heavily chip them down
  • However, Simisage needs to be wary of the Special Attack drops from Leaf Storm because at -2, Simisage is much easier to switch into and becomes setup fodder for Pokemon such as Swords Dance Combusken and Swords Dance Leafeon
  • In addition, Simisage needs to be careful of the opponent switching around its coverage moves and STAB in order to Life Orb stall it or fish for the special attack drop.

Team Options
========
  • Pokemon that appreciate Ground- and Water-types gone such as Choice Scarf Electivire and Swords Dance Combusken pair well with Simisage. In return, Choice Scarf Electivire checks faster threats such as Rapidash and Jumpluff while Combusken checks Grass- and Steel-types such as Bellossom and Metang
  • Simisage also pairs well with setup sweepers such as Z-Rain Dance Swanna and Shell Smash Crustle that take advantage of Simisage's ability to break down teams
  • Because Simisage lacks good opportunities to switch in, pivots such as Rotom-S, Silvally-Dragon, and Choice Band Furfrou pair well with it. Moreover, Rotom-S covers Flying-types that threaten Simisage, Silvally-Dragon is able to check Fire-types, and Choice Band Furfrou checks Pokemon with Ice-type coverage such as Floatzel, Choice Scarf Electivire, and Silvally-Grass
  • Entry hazard setters such as Golem and Bronzor help Simisage secure KOs against Pokemon such as Glaceon, Swanna, Altaria, and offensive Torterra. (Swanna gets 1hko'd from leafstorm, whereas Alt takes 76% min from hp ice)
  • Conversely, Defoggers and Rapid Spin users such as Silvally-Water, Swanna, and Sandslash help keep Simisage healthy by removing entry hazards.

[SET]
name: Nasty Plot
move 1: Nasty Plot
move 2: Giga Drain
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Hidden Power Ice
item: Fightinium Z / Life Orb
ability: Overgrow
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========
  • Focus Blast nails Pokemon such as Bouffalant, Lickilicky, and Mawile that could otherwise switch into Giga Drain and Hidden Power Ice
  • Hidden Power Ice is necessary as it allows Simisage to break through Grass-type switch-ins such as Altaria, Gourgeist-XL, and Toucannon after a Nasty Plot

Set Details
========
  • Fightinium Z is preferred over Life Orb to ensure Simisage can break past Bouffalant and Lickilicky without risking a Focus Blast miss and does not wear down Simisage unlike Life Orb
  • However, Life Orb gives Simisage greater breaking power and secures more OHKOes after a Nasty Plot. For example, at +2 Special Attack, Simisage is guaranteed to OHKO Gourgeist-XL and specially defensive Torterra with Hidden Power Ice

Usage Tips
========
  • Simisage should setup off forced switches against Pokemon such as Golem, Torterra, and Basculin or against passive Pokemon such as Gourgeist-XL and Mareanie because it tends to lack setup opportunities otherwise
  • Simisage should be brought in off pivots, double switches, or after a teammate faints since it tends to lack good switch in opportunities
  • Nasty Plot is comparatively easier to switch into than Simisage's mixed attacker set, so it is vital to analyze the opponents team and formulate a plan accordingly
  • Make sure counters such as Muk, Bronzor, and Silvally-Poison are gone to ensure Simisage can sweep
  • Similarly, revenge killers such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Rapidash, and Choice Band Furfrou and priority users such as Kecleon should also be eliminated so that Simisage can sweep
  • Against slower, more defensive teams, Simisage can usually sweep in the late-game, but against faster teams where Simisage lacks setup opportunities, it is best used as an early-game breaker
  • (You mentioned Simisage's set as being a great stallbreaker, try to have a point here on what its so good against stall for)

Team Options
========
  • Steel- and Poison-types such as Bronzor, Muk, and Silvally-Poison wall Nasty Plot Simisage, so Alolan Golem and Ground-types such as Camerupt and Marowak pair well with Simisage. In return, Simisage is able to check Water-types that threaten them
  • Electric-types such as Electivire, Rotom-S, and Silvally-Electric support Simisage by checking Flying-types such as Toucannon, Jumpluff, and Choice Scarf Swanna that threaten it. In particular, Simisage can break for Choice Scarf Electivire and pave way for a late-game sweep
  • Similarly, Simisage appreciates Pokemon such as Floatzel and Choice Scarf Silvally that can threaten faster Pokemon such as Rapidash and Kadabra
  • Entry hazard setters such as Golem, Marowak, and Bronzor provide crucial Stealth Rock support for Simisage, enabling to pick up KOs against Lickilicky and Altaria after setting up. Golem and Bronzor both provide good defensive support as well, with the former checking Fire- and Bug-types and the latter checking Ice- and Normal-types.
  • Mareanie is another entry hazard setter that pairs exceptionally well with Simisage because Toxic Spikes make it easier for Simisage to break down defensive teams.
  • Entry hazard removers such as Swanna, Silvally-Ground, and Silvally-Dragon are crucial for Simisage, as keeping it healthy is vital for a late-game sweep

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
  • On the mixed attacker set, a spread of 252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe with Gunk Shot or Rock Slide over Hidden Power Ice can be used to take advantage of Simisage's ability to break down Leaf Storm switch-ins such as Shiinotic and Rapidash. While this is generally inferior and limits Simisage's ability to spam Leaf Storm, it is useful on teams that appreciate Simisage's ability to bait in the aforementioned Pokemon and KO them
  • A Choice Scarf set can be used with Leaf Storm, Rock Slide, Gunk Shot, and Superpower to make Simisage a scary revenge killer. However, this heavily limits Simisage and forces it to forego its niche as a breaker that can switch up coverage moves

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

**Poison-types**: Muk and Silvally-Poison shut down Simisage and threaten it out. Muk counters Simisage thanks to its natural bulk and Rest, but Silvally-Poison is prone to being worn down over the course of a game.

**Bulky Pokemon**: Simisage has varying defensive counterplay depending on its set. Pokemon such as Metang, Mawile, Bouffalant, and Altaria can pivot into Simisage's mixed attacker set but must be careful of coverage moves. Against its Nasty Plot set, Pokemon such as Bronzor, Dusclops, and Assault Vest Kecleon can reliably take on Simisage.

**Faster Pokemon**: Pokemon such as Rapidash, Choice Scarf Rotom-S, and Choice Scarf Electivire outspeed and OHKO Simisage despite its solid speed tier.

(Add a point about residual damage from LO and entry hazards that put Simisage in range of more revenge killers and priority users like Raichu, Keckleon, and Pawniard, while also limiting the setup opportunities on more passive Pokemon like Sandslash and Gourgiest-XL)

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[5gen, 296755]]
- Quality checked by: [[, ], [, ], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]

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:sm/simisage:
[OVERVIEW]
  • Simisage is an extremely effective breaker thanks to its expansive movepool and offensive stats
  • Little can switch into Simisage because of its fantastic coverage and ability to act as a mixed attacker with Leaf Storm and Superpower or setup sweeper with Nasty Plot
  • In addition to being able to threaten most of the metagame, Simisage is able to play around usual Grass-type checks such as Gourgeist-XL, Altaria, and Bouffalant because of its high attacking stats and coverage moves
  • Moreover, Nasty Plot makes Simisage one of the best stallbreakers in the metagame, allowing it to overwhelm walls such as Lickilicky, Dusclops, and Gourgeist-XL
  • However, a pure Grass typing and mediocre bulk make it difficult for Simisage to find opportunities to switch and it weak to revenge killers such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Rapidash, and Choice Scarf Swanna
  • This is exacerbated by Simisage's reliance on Life Orb, which in tandem with its entry hazard vulnerability makes it easy to wear down Wouldn't describe it as "reliance" when Fightinium-Z is the primary item slot for Nasty Plot. Base point is still correct though.
  • While Simisage is a fast Grass-type that hits hard, it faces competition from other offensive Grass-types such as Exeggutor and Leafeon who are bulkier and offer more utility

[SET]
name: Mixed Attacker
move 1: Leaf Storm
move 2: Hidden Power Ice
move 3: Knock Off
move 4: Superpower
item: Life Orb
ability: Overgrow
nature: Naive
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========
  • Hidden Power Ice hits Leaf Storm switch-ins such as Rotom-S, Altaria, and Silvally-Dragon
  • Knock Off gives Simisage great utility as a mixed attacker, allowing it to break down bulky Pokemon such as Bronzor and Dusclops
  • Superpower rounds out Simisage's coverage, enabling it to OHKO weakened Normal-types such as Bouffalant, Sawsbuck, and Lickilicky

Set Details
========
  • Maximum Special Attack investment is used over full Attack investment to ensure Simisage can wallbreak with Leaf Storm and 2HKO Grass-type switch-ins with Hidden Power Ice
  • Overgrow makes Leaf Storm absurdly strong and is relatively easy to activate because of how Simisage is prone to being weakened Gluttony isn't viable, particularly on this mxied set; I'm not sure Overgrow is relevant enough to deserve a bullet, it just happens to have a situational use.

Usage Tips
========
  • Because Simisage lacks opportunities to switch in, it should be brought off pivots and aggressive double switches
  • Subsequently, bring Simisage in against Pokemon it can revenge kill with Leaf Storm such as Marowak, Silvally-Water, and Swanna
  • Against switch-ins that have recovery, a Grass-type immunity, or a 4x resistance to Leaf Storm such as Muk, Bouffalant, and Altaria, Simisage should double switch into a teammate or nail them with the right coverage move
  • Conversely, against frailer switch-ins and switch-ins that lack recovery such as Pinsir, Combusken, or Silvally-Dragon, Simisage usually spam Leaf Storm and heavily chip them down
  • However, Simisage needs to be wary of the Special Attack drops from Leaf Storm because at -2, Simisage is much easier to switch into and becomes setup fodder for Pokemon such as Swords Dance Combusken and Swords Dance Leafeon The stat drop doesn't really change the Combusken matchup since Superpower is your strongest move vs it regardless. Something like Crustle or Torterra that you're reliant on your Special Attacks to hit would be a better example.
  • In addition, Simisage needs to be careful of the opponent switching around its coverage moves and STAB in order to Life Orb stall it or fish for the special attack drop.

Team Options
========
  • Pokemon that appreciate Ground- and Water-types gone such as Choice Scarf Electivire and Swords Dance Combusken pair well with Simisage. In return, Choice Scarf Electivire checks faster threats such as Rapidash and Jumpluff while Combusken checks Grass- and Steel-types such as Bellossom and Metang Make note of Electivire's ability to bring Simisage in on Volt Switch. Probably best to bring the pivoting bullet up one to segue better.
  • Simisage also pairs well with setup sweepers such as Z-Rain Dance Swanna and Shell Smash Crustle that take advantage of Simisage's ability to break down teams What Pokemon does Simisage break down specifically? Bouff Dusclops etc. good examples
  • Because Simisage lacks good opportunities to switch in, pivots such as Rotom-S, Silvally-Dragon, and Choice Band Furfrou pair well with it. Moreover, Rotom-S covers Flying-types that threaten Simisage, Silvally-Dragon is able to check Fire-types, and Choice Band Furfrou checks Pokemon with Ice-type coverage such as Floatzel, Choice Scarf Electivire, and Silvally-Grass Wouldn't call Furfrou a good Floatzel check considering special attacks are more common than anything else. I'd change "Ice-type coverage" to "(faster?) Physical Attackers" and replace Float & Silv with Pinsir.
  • Entry hazard setters such as Golem and Bronzor help Simisage secure KOs against Pokemon such as Glaceon, Altaria, and offensive Torterra.
  • Conversely, Defoggers and Rapid Spin users such as Silvally-Water, Swanna, and Sandslash help keep Simisage healthy by removing entry hazards.

[SET]
name: Nasty Plot
move 1: Nasty Plot
move 2: Giga Drain / Energy Ball (I think the more powerful attack is worth a slash at least)
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Hidden Power Ice
item: Fightinium Z / Life Orb
ability: Overgrow
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========
  • Make a note of the Giga / Energy Ball tradeoff
  • Focus Blast nails Pokemon such as Bouffalant, Lickilicky, and Mawile that could otherwise switch into Giga Drain and Hidden Power Ice
  • Hidden Power Ice is necessary as it allows Simisage to break through Grass-type switch-ins such as Altaria, Gourgeist-XL, and Toucannon after a Nasty Plot

Set Details
========
  • Fightinium Z is preferred over Life Orb to ensure Simisage can break past Bouffalant and Lickilicky without risking a Focus Blast miss and does not wear down Simisage unlike Life Orb
  • However, Life Orb gives Simisage greater breaking power and secures more OHKOes after a Nasty Plot. For example, at +2 Special Attack, Simisage is guaranteed to OHKO Gourgeist-XL and specially defensive Torterra with Hidden Power Ice

Usage Tips
========
  • Simisage should setup off forced switches against Pokemon such as Golem, Torterra, and Basculin or against passive Pokemon such as Gourgeist-XL and Mareanie because it tends to lack setup opportunities otherwise
  • Simisage should be brought in off pivots, double switches, or after a teammate faints since it tends to lack good switch in opportunities
  • Nasty Plot is comparatively easier to switch into than Simisage's mixed attacker set, so it is vital to analyze the opponents team and formulate a plan accordingly
  • Against slower, more defensive teams, Simisage can usually sweep in the late-game, but against faster teams where Simisage lacks setup opportunities, it is best used as an early-game breaker
  • Make sure counters such as Muk, Bronzor, and Silvally-Poison are gone to ensure Simisage can sweep. Once these Pokemon are removed, Simisage can usually sweep through stall teams after a Nasty Plot because of its amazing coverage and ability to stay healthy by attacking foes with +2 Giga Drain
  • Revenge killers such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Rapidash, and Choice Band Furfrou and priority users such as Kecleon should also be eliminated so that Simisage can sweep

Team Options
========
  • Steel- and Poison-types such as Bronzor, Muk, and Silvally-Poison wall Nasty Plot Simisage, so Alolan Golem and Ground-types such as Camerupt and Marowak pair well with Simisage. In return, Simisage is able to check Water-types that threaten them Outside of a narrow Grass > Water > Ground scenario this isn't particularly true. Simisage doesn't have the bulk (or typing) to safely switch into any Water-type and there's no situation where you're doubling since Camerupt and Marowak can nail all of them with Eruption/Double-Edge & their absurd attack stats already. I'd reword this bullet to focus on Pokemon that can weaken Simisage's primary answers directly instead of referencing breakers. Mareanie can knock off Bronzor/Muk, Swanna can weaken Muk & Bouff with Scald (especially if it gets a burn), etc.
  • Electric-types such as Electivire, Rotom-S, and Silvally-Electric support Simisage by checking Flying-types such as Toucannon, Jumpluff, and Choice Scarf Swanna that threaten it. In particular, Simisage can break for Choice Scarf Electivire and pave way for a late-game sweep
  • Similarly, Simisage appreciates Pokemon such as Floatzel and Choice Scarf Silvally that can threaten faster Pokemon such as Rapidash and Kadabra does Kadabra's sash getting broken really benefit Simisage? I'm not sure this bullet is necessary at all tbh, chipping at Rapidash with hazards so it can't switch directly in is nice but Golem (in the next point) is a better example of a mon that can force Rapidash out than a revenge killer like Floatzel since it also sets the hazards that are actually inflicting the damage.
  • Entry hazard setters such as Golem, Marowak, and Bronzor provide crucial Stealth Rock support for Simisage, enabling to pick up KOs against Lickilicky and Altaria after setting up. Golem and Bronzor both provide good defensive support as well, with the former checking Fire- and Bug-types and the latter checking Ice- and Normal-types. such as?
  • Mareanie is another entry hazard setter that pairs exceptionally well with Simisage because Toxic Spikes make it easier for Simisage to break down defensive teams. I'd specifically mention Specially Defensive Pokemon like Dusclops and Kecleon that get pressured far harder with a constant source of chip around.
  • Entry hazard removers such as Swanna, Silvally-Ground, and Silvally-Dragon are crucial for Simisage, as keeping it healthy is vital for a late-game sweep Particularly when running Life Orb

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
  • On the mixed attacker set, a spread of 252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe with Gunk Shot or Rock Slide over Hidden Power Ice can be used to take advantage of Simisage's ability to break down Leaf Storm switch-ins such as Shiinotic and Rapidash. While this is generally inferior and limits Simisage's ability to spam Leaf Storm, it is useful on teams that appreciate Simisage's ability to bait in the aforementioned Pokemon and KO them
  • A Choice Scarf set can be used with Leaf Storm, Rock Slide, Gunk Shot, and Superpower to make Simisage a scary revenge killer. However, this heavily limits Simisage and forces it to forego its niche as a breaker that can switch up coverage moves
  • I'll leave it up to your discretion but I think Growth might be worth a nod; we've both used it, it's pretty clean in the right matchup.

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

**Poison-types**: Muk and Silvally-Poison shut down Simisage and threaten it out. Muk counters Simisage thanks to its natural bulk and Rest, but Silvally-Poison is prone to being worn down over the course of a game.

**Bulky Pokemon**: Simisage has varying defensive counterplay depending on its set. Pokemon such as Metang, Mawile, Bouffalant, and Altaria can pivot into Simisage's mixed attacker set but must be careful of coverage moves. Against its Nasty Plot set, Pokemon such as Bronzor, Dusclops, and Assault Vest Kecleon can reliably take on Simisage.

**Faster Pokemon**: Pokemon such as Rapidash, Choice Scarf Rotom-S, and Choice Scarf Electivire outspeed and OHKO Simisage despite its solid speed tier.

**Residual Damage**: Simisage loses health quickly because of Life Orb and all the damage it takes from entry hazards. This makes Simisage susceptible to revenge killers and priority users such as Floatzel, Kecleon, and Pawniard.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[5gen, 296755]]
- Quality checked by: [[Ho3nConfirm3d, 231074], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]


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[OVERVIEW]

Simisage is an extremely effective breaker thanks to its expansive movepool and excellent offensive stats. Little can switch into Simisage because of its fantastic coverage and ability to act as a mixed attacker with Leaf Storm and Superpower or setup sweeper with Nasty Plot. In addition to being able to threaten most of the metagame, Simisage is able to play around usual Grass-type checks such as Gourgeist-XL, Altaria, and Bouffalant because of its high attacking stats and powerful (or any fitting adjective) coverage moves. Moreover, Nasty Plot makes Simisage one of the best stallbreakers in the metagame, allowing it to overwhelm walls such as Lickilicky, Dusclops, and Gourgeist-XL. However, a pure Grass typing and mediocre bulk make it difficult for Simisage to find opportunities to switch in, (AC) and it is weak to revenge killers such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Rapidash, and Choice Scarf Swanna. This is exacerbated by Life Orb recoil, which in tandem with its entry hazard vulnerability makes Simisage easy to wear down. While Simisage is a fast Grass-type that hits hard, it faces competition from other offensive Grass-types such as Exeggutor and Leafeon, (AC) who which are bulkier and offer more utility. (AP)

[SET]
name: Mixed Attacker
move 1: Leaf Storm
move 2: Hidden Power Ice
move 3: Knock Off
move 4: Superpower
item: Life Orb
ability: Overgrow
nature: Naive
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

Hidden Power Ice hits Leaf Storm switch-ins such as Rotom-S, Altaria, and Silvally-Dragon. Knock Off gives Simisage great utility as a mixed attacker, allowing it to break down bulky Pokemon such as Bronzor and Dusclops. Superpower rounds out Simisage's coverage, enabling it to OHKO weakened Normal-types such as Bouffalant, Sawsbuck, and Lickilicky.

Set Details
========

Maximum Special Attack investment is used over full Attack investment to ensure Simisage can wallbreak with Leaf Storm and 2HKO Grass-type switch-ins to its STAB attacks (ambiguity with "Grass-types that switch in" is real but p sure this is the one you mean?) with Hidden Power Ice.

Usage Tips
========

Because Simisage lacks opportunities to switch in, it should be brought off pivots and aggressive double switches. Subsequently, bring Simisage in against Pokemon it can revenge kill with Leaf Storm such as Marowak, Silvally-Water, and Swanna. Against switch-ins that have recovery, a Grass-type immunity, or a 4x resistance to Leaf Storm such as Muk, Bouffalant, and Altaria, Simisage should double switch into to a teammate or nail them with the right coverage move. Conversely, against frailer switch-ins and switch-ins that lack recovery such as Pinsir, Combusken, or and Silvally-Dragon, Simisage should usually spam Leaf Storm and heavily chip them down. However, Simisage needs to be wary of the Special Attack drops from Leaf Storm, (AC) because at -2, Simisage is which make it much easier to switch into and becomes render it setup fodder for Pokemon such as Shell Smash Crustle and Swords Dance Leafeon. In addition, Simisage needs to be careful of the opponent switching around its coverage moves and STAB attacks in order to Life Orb stall it out with Life Orb recoil or fish for the Special Attack drop.

Team Options
========

Pokemon that appreciate Ground- and Water-types gone such as Choice Scarf Electivire and Swords Dance Combusken pair well with Simisage. In return, Choice Scarf Electivire checks faster threats such as Rapidash and Jumpluff and has Volt Switch to bring Simisage in safely while Combusken checks Grass- and Steel-types such as Bellossom and Metang. Because Simisage lacks good opportunities to switch in, pivots such as Rotom-S, Silvally-Dragon, and Choice Band Furfrou pair well with it. Moreover, Rotom-S covers Flying-types that threaten Simisage, Silvally-Dragon is able to check Fire-types, and Choice Band Furfrou checks Pokemon with faster physical attackers such as Floatzel, Choice Scarf Silvally, and Pinsir. Simisage also pairs well with setup sweepers such as Z-Rain Dance Swanna and Shell Smash Crustle that take advantage of Simisage's ability to break down Pokemon such as Bouffalant, Dusclops, and Rotom-S. Entry hazard setters such as Golem and Bronzor help Simisage secure KOs against Pokemon such as Glaceon, Altaria, and offensive Torterra. Conversely, Defoggers and Rapid Spin users such as Silvally-Water, Swanna, and Sandslash help keep Simisage healthy by removing entry hazards.

[SET]
name: Nasty Plot
move 1: Nasty Plot
move 2: Giga Drain / Energy Ball
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Hidden Power Ice
item: Fightinium Z / Life Orb
ability: Overgrow
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

Energy Ball provides Simisage with more breaking power, allowing it to 2HKO bulky Pokemon such as Dusclops and specially defensive Komala, but makes Simisage much easier to wear down. Focus Blast nails Pokemon such as Bouffalant, Lickilicky, and Mawile that could otherwise switch into Giga Drain and Hidden Power Ice. Hidden Power Ice is necessary, (AC) as it allows Simisage to break through Grass-type switch-ins such as Altaria, Gourgeist-XL, and Toucannon after a Nasty Plot.

Set Details
========

Fightinium Z is preferred over Life Orb to ensure Simisage can break past Bouffalant and Lickilicky without risking a Focus Blast miss and does not wear down Simisage unlike Life Orb. However, Life Orb gives Simisage greater breaking power and secures more OHKOes OHKOs after a Nasty Plot, (comma) For example, at +2 Special Attack, Simisage is guaranteed to OHKO such as on Gourgeist-XL and specially defensive Torterra with Hidden Power Ice.

Usage Tips
========

Simisage should setup set up off forced switches against Pokemon such as Golem, Torterra, and Basculin or against passive Pokemon such as Gourgeist-XL and Mareanie because it tends to lack setup opportunities otherwise. Simisage should be brought in off pivots, through double switches, or after a teammate faints, (AC) since it tends to lack good switch in opportunities to switch in. Nasty Plot is comparatively easier to switch into than Simisage's mixed attacker sets, so it is vital to analyze the opponents opponent's team and formulate a plan accordingly. Against slower, more defensive teams, Simisage can usually sweep in the late-game, but against faster teams, (AC) where Simisage lacks setup opportunities, it is best used as an early-game breaker. Make sure counters such as Muk, Bronzor, and Silvally-Poison are gone to ensure Simisage can sweep. Once these Pokemon are removed, Simisage can usually sweep through stall teams after a Nasty Plot because of its amazing coverage and ability to stay healthy by attacking foes with +2 Giga Drain. Revenge killers such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Rapidash, and Choice Band Furfrou and priority users such as Kecleon should also be eliminated so that Simisage can sweep.

Team Options
========

Grass-type switch-ins such as Bronzor, Muk, and Silvally-Poison wall Nasty Plot Simisage, so partners that can weaken these Pokemon such as Mareanie, Swanna, and Monferno pair well with Simisage. For example, Mareanie is able to remove Bronzor's Eviolite with Knock Off; Swanna is able to weaken Muk and Silvally-Poison with Scald; and Monferno is able to heavily weaken all these Pokemon with STAB Flare Blitz. Electric-types such as Electivire, Rotom-S, and Silvally-Electric support Simisage by checking Flying-types such as Toucannon, Jumpluff, and Choice Scarf Swanna that threaten it. In particular, Simisage can break down walls for Choice Scarf Electivire and pave way for a late-game sweep. Entry hazard setters such as Golem, Marowak, and Bronzor provide crucial Stealth Rock support for Simisage, enabling it to pick up KOs against Lickilicky and Altaria after setting up. Golem and Bronzor both provide good defensive support as well, with the former checking Fire- and Bug-types such as Rapidash and Pinsir and the latter checking Ice- and Normal-types such as Glaceon and Choice Scarf Silvally. Mareanie is another entry hazard setter that pairs exceptionally well with Simisage because Toxic Spikes make it easier for Simisage to break down specially bulky Pokemon such as Dusclops, Lickilicky, and Assault Vest Kecleon due to the constant chip damage. Entry hazard removers such as Swanna, Silvally-Ground, and Silvally-Dragon are crucial for Simisage, as keeping it healthy is vital for a late-game sweep, particularly when running Life Orb.

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

On the mixed attacker set, a spread of 252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe with Gunk Shot or Rock Slide over Hidden Power Ice can be used to take advantage of Simisage's ability to break down Leaf Storm switch-ins such as Shiinotic and Rapidash. While this is generally inferior and limits Simisage's ability to spam Leaf Storm, it is useful on teams that appreciate Simisage's ability to bait in the aforementioned Pokemon and KO them. A Choice Scarf set can be used with Leaf Storm, Rock Slide, Gunk Shot, and Superpower to make Simisage a scary revenge killer. However, this heavily limits Simisage and forces it to forego its niche as a wallbreaker that can switch up coverage moves.

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

**Poison-types**: Muk and Silvally-Poison shut down Simisage and threaten it out. Muk counters Simisage thanks to its natural bulk and Rest, but Silvally-Poison is prone to being worn down over the course of a game.

**Bulky Pokemon**: Simisage has varying defensive counterplay depending on its set. Pokemon such as Metang, Mawile, Bouffalant, and Altaria can pivot into Simisage's mixed attacker set but must be careful of coverage moves. Against its Nasty Plot set, Pokemon such as Bronzor, Dusclops, and Assault Vest Kecleon can reliably take on Simisage.

**Faster Pokemon**: Pokemon such as Rapidash, Choice Scarf Rotom-S, and Choice Scarf Electivire outspeed and OHKO Simisage despite its solid Speed tier.

**Residual Damage**: Simisage loses health quickly because of Life Orb and all the damage it takes from entry hazards. This makes Simisage susceptible to revenge killers and priority users such as Floatzel, Kecleon, and Pawniard.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[5gen, 296755]]
- Quality checked by: [[Ho3nConfirm3d, 231074], [uhuhuhu7, 407249]]
- Grammar checked by: [[, ], [, ]]
 

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[OVERVIEW]

Simisage is an extremely effective breaker thanks to its expansive movepool and excellent offensive stats. Little can switch into Simisage because of its fantastic coverage and ability to act as a mixed attacker with Leaf Storm and Superpower or setup sweeper with Nasty Plot. In addition to being able to threaten most of the metagame, Simisage is able to play around usual Grass-type checks such as Gourgeist-XL, Altaria, and Bouffalant because of its high attacking stats and powerful coverage moves. Moreover, Nasty Plot makes Simisage one of the best stallbreakers in the metagame, allowing it to overwhelm walls such as Lickilicky, Dusclops, and Gourgeist-XL. However, a pure Grass typing and mediocre bulk make it difficult for Simisage to find opportunities to switch in, and it is weak to revenge killers such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Rapidash, and Choice Scarf Swanna. This is exacerbated by Life Orb recoil, which in tandem with its entry hazard vulnerability makes Simisage easy to wear down. While Simisage is a fast Grass-type that hits hard, it faces competition from other offensive Grass-types such as Exeggutor and Leafeon, which are bulkier and offer more utility.

[SET]
name: Mixed Attacker
move 1: Leaf Storm
move 2: Hidden Power Ice
move 3: Knock Off
move 4: Superpower
item: Life Orb
ability: Overgrow
nature: Naive
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

Hidden Power Ice hits Leaf Storm switch-ins such as Rotom-S, Altaria, and Silvally-Dragon. Knock Off gives Simisage great utility as a mixed attacker, allowing it to break down bulky Pokemon such as Bronzor and Dusclops. Superpower rounds out Simisage's coverage, enabling it to OHKO weakened Normal-types such as Bouffalant, Sawsbuck, and Lickilicky.

Set Details
========

Maximum Special Attack investment is used over full Attack investment to ensure Simisage can wallbreak with Leaf Storm and 2HKO switch-ins such as Rotom-S with Hidden Power Ice.

Usage Tips
========

Because Simisage lacks opportunities to switch in, it should be brought off pivots and aggressive double switches. Subsequently, bring Simisage in against Pokemon it can revenge kill with Leaf Storm such as Marowak, Silvally-Water, and Swanna. Against switch-ins that have recovery, a Grass-type immunity, or a 4x resistance to Leaf Storm such as Muk, Bouffalant, and Altaria, Simisage should double switch to a teammate or nail them with the right coverage move. Conversely, against frailer switch-ins and switch-ins that lack recovery such as Pinsir, Combusken, and Silvally-Dragon, Simisage should usually spam Leaf Storm and heavily chip them down. However, Simisage needs to be wary of the Special Attack drops from Leaf Storm, which make it much easier to switch into and render it as setup fodder for Pokemon such as Shell Smash Crustle and Swords Dance Leafeon. In addition, Simisage needs to be careful of the opponent switching around its coverage moves and STAB attacks in order to stall it out with Life Orb recoil or fish for the Special Attack drop.

Team Options
========

Pokemon that appreciate Ground- and Water-types gone such as Choice Scarf Electivire and Swords Dance Combusken pair well with Simisage. In return, Choice Scarf Electivire checks faster threats such as Rapidash and Jumpluff and has Volt Switch to bring Simisage in safely, (AC) while Combusken checks Grass- and Steel-types such as Bellossom and Metang. Because Simisage lacks good opportunities to switch in, pivots such as Rotom-S, Silvally-Dragon, and Choice Band Furfrou pair well with it. Moreover, Rotom-S covers Flying-types that threaten Simisage, Silvally-Dragon is able to check Fire-types, and Choice Band Furfrou checks Pokemon with faster physical attackers such as Floatzel, Choice Scarf Silvally, and Pinsir. Simisage also pairs well with setup sweepers such as Z-Rain Dance Swanna and Shell Smash Crustle that take advantage of Simisage's ability to break down Pokemon such as Bouffalant, Dusclops, and Rotom-S. Entry hazard setters such as Golem and Bronzor help Simisage secure KOs against Pokemon such as Glaceon, Altaria, and offensive Torterra. Conversely, Defoggers and Rapid Spin users spinners (optional, reads better next to defoggers imo) such as Silvally-Water, Swanna, and Sandslash help keep Simisage healthy by removing entry hazards.

[SET]
name: Nasty Plot
move 1: Nasty Plot
move 2: Giga Drain / Energy Ball
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Hidden Power Ice
item: Fightinium Z / Life Orb
ability: Overgrow
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
========

Energy Ball provides Simisage with more breaking power, allowing it to 2HKO bulky Pokemon such as Dusclops and specially defensive Komala, but it makes Simisage much easier to wear down. Focus Blast nails Pokemon such as Bouffalant, Lickilicky, and Mawile that could switch into Giga Drain and Hidden Power Ice. Hidden Power Ice is necessary, as it allows Simisage to break through Grass-type switch-ins such as Altaria, Gourgeist-XL, and Toucannon after a Nasty Plot.

Set Details
========

Fightinium Z is preferred over Life Orb to ensure Simisage can break past Bouffalant and Lickilicky without risking a Focus Blast miss and does not wear down Simisage unlike Life Orb. However, Life Orb gives Simisage greater breaking power and secures more OHKOs after a Nasty Plot, such as on Gourgeist-XL and specially defensive Torterra with Hidden Power Ice.

Usage Tips
========

Simisage should set up off forced switches against Pokemon such as Golem, Torterra, and Basculin or against passive Pokemon such as Gourgeist-XL and Mareanie because it tends to lack setup opportunities otherwise. Simisage should be brought in off pivots, through double switches, or after a teammate faints, since it tends to lack good opportunities to switch in. Nasty Plot is comparatively easier to switch into than mixed attacker sets, so it is vital to analyze the opponent's team and formulate a plan accordingly. Against slower, more defensive teams, Simisage can usually sweep late-game, but against faster teams, (AC) (leftover comment from first check) where Simisage lacks setup opportunities, it is best used as an early-game breaker. Make sure counters such as Muk, Bronzor, and Silvally-Poison are gone to ensure Simisage can sweep. Once these Pokemon are removed, Simisage can usually sweep through stall teams after a Nasty Plot because of its amazing coverage and ability to stay healthy by attacking foes with +2 Giga Drain. Revenge killers such as Choice Scarf Electivire, Rapidash, and Choice Band Furfrou and priority users such as Kecleon should also be eliminated so that Simisage can sweep.

Team Options
========

Grass-type switch-ins such as Bronzor, Muk, and Silvally-Poison wall Nasty Plot Simisage, so partners that can weaken these Pokemon such as Mareanie, Swanna, and Monferno pair well with Simisage. For example, Mareanie is able to remove Bronzor's Eviolite with Knock Off, (semicolon -> comma) Swanna is able to weaken Muk and Silvally-Poison with Scald, (semicolon -> comma) and Monferno is able to heavily weaken all these Pokemon with STAB Flare Blitz. Electric-types such as Electivire, Rotom-S, and Silvally-Electric support Simisage by checking Flying-types such as Toucannon, Jumpluff, and Choice Scarf Swanna that threaten it. In particular, Simisage can break down walls for Choice Scarf Electivire and pave way for a late-game sweep. Entry hazard setters such as Golem, Marowak, and Bronzor provide crucial Stealth Rock support for Simisage, enabling it to pick up KOs against Lickilicky and Altaria after setting up. Golem and Bronzor both provide good defensive support as well, with the former checking Fire- and Bug-types such as Rapidash and Pinsir and the latter checking Ice- and Normal-types such as Glaceon and Choice Scarf Silvally. Mareanie is another entry hazard setter that pairs exceptionally well with Simisage because Toxic Spikes make it easier for Simisage to break down specially bulky Pokemon such as Dusclops, Lickilicky, and Assault Vest Kecleon due to the constant chip damage. Entry hazard removers such as Swanna, Silvally-Ground, and Silvally-Dragon are crucial for Simisage, as keeping it healthy is vital for a late-game sweep, particularly when running Life Orb.

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

On the mixed attacker set, a spread of 252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe with Gunk Shot or Rock Slide over Hidden Power Ice can be used to take advantage of Simisage's ability to break down Leaf Storm switch-ins such as Shiinotic and Rapidash. While this is generally inferior and limits Simisage's ability to spam Leaf Storm, it is useful on teams that appreciate Simisage's ability to bait in the aforementioned Pokemon and KO them. A Choice Scarf set can be used with Leaf Storm, Rock Slide, Gunk Shot, and Superpower to make Simisage a scary revenge killer. However, this heavily limits Simisage and forces it to forego its niche as a wallbreaker that can switch up coverage moves.

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

**Poison-types**: Muk and Silvally-Poison shut down Simisage and threaten it out. Muk counters Simisage thanks to its natural bulk and Rest, but Silvally-Poison is prone to being worn down over the course of a game.

**Bulky Pokemon**: Simisage has varying defensive counterplay depending on its set. Pokemon such as Metang, Mawile, Bouffalant, and Altaria can pivot into Simisage's mixed attacker set but must be careful of coverage moves. Against its Nasty Plot set, Pokemon such as Bronzor, Dusclops, and Assault Vest Kecleon can reliably take on Simisage.

**Faster Pokemon**: Pokemon such as Rapidash, Choice Scarf Rotom-S, and Choice Scarf Electivire outspeed and OHKO Simisage despite its solid Speed tier.

**Residual Damage**: Simisage loses health quickly because of Life Orb recoil and all the damage it takes from entry hazards. This makes Simisage susceptible to revenge killers and priority users such as Floatzel, Kecleon, and Pawniard.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[5gen, 296755]]
- Quality checked by: [[Ho3nConfirm3d, 231074], [uhuhuhu7, 407249]]
- Grammar checked by: [[The Dutch Plumberjack, 232216], [, ]]
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