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ayo what’s the new timid Corv set that I keep bumping into on ladder?
From what I can infer, it's something along these lines. Running 200 Spe with a Jolly nature hits 242 speed, which has the obvious benefit of outpacing all Magnezone sets and avoiding the Magnet Pull trap via U-turn, but it also creeps 252 Spe Pokemon with 70 Base Speed, most notably Adamant Bisharp. The reduction in bulk is noticeable, however.
 
What are the best Scizor sets in the meta right now?
Scizor @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Technician
EVs: 248 HP / 172 Def / 88 SpD
Impish Nature
- Bullet Punch
- U-turn
- Roost
- Swords Dance

mixed defenses pivot, usually bullet punch roost uturn swords dance with heavy-duty boots. this is the most common set and spread I've seen recently.
its niche is checking grass, weavile, lele and kyurem on specific volturn bulky offenses. the swords dance slot can feature knock off or defog as well, but I would never run scizor without uturn in this meta as its role in the meta is being a pivot.
sd+3 attacks is not very common and I would only run it on ho with sand tomb OR with a very good pex breaker
 
Scizor @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Technician
EVs: 248 HP / 172 Def / 88 SpD
Impish Nature
- Bullet Punch
- U-turn
- Roost
- Swords Dance

mixed defenses pivot, usually bullet punch roost uturn swords dance with heavy-duty boots. this is the most common set and spread I've seen recently.
its niche is checking grass, weavile, lele and kyurem on specific volturn bulky offenses. the swords dance slot can feature knock off or defog as well, but I would never run scizor without uturn in this meta as its role in the meta is being a pivot.
Thanks
 
What are the main Pokemon that Tapu Fini traps? I've seen trapper fini on a couple of teams and want to try them out, but I'm not sure what I should try to target with it.
 
What are the main Pokemon that Tapu Fini traps? I've seen trapper fini on a couple of teams and want to try them out, but I'm not sure what I should try to target with it.
Most notably Toxapex, but also slower Heatran, support variants of Clefable, Ferrothorn lacking Power Whip, occasionally Skarmory... If it's a slow bulky mon that lacks a super-effective move or other way to seriously damage Fini, it probably gets trapped.
 
What’s the hardest Toxtricity counter in the game? I can’t beat it. It just does 80% to the grounds and volt switches Blissey/Ferrothorn to death until Boombursf 2HKOs. Shedinja doesn’t even work because it gets snarled.
 
What’s the hardest Toxtricity counter in the game? I can’t beat it. It just does 80% to the grounds and volt switches Blissey/Ferrothorn to death until Boombursf 2HKOs. Shedinja doesn’t even work because it gets snarled.
I'll just list off the things that I found while browsing the pokemon list that can take all hits that toxtricity can dish out without getting 2hkod while not getting switched on(in rough order of viability, even though it goes off into absolute garbage very fast, also this is for the specs set):
excadrill
rhyperior
steelix
specially defensive togedemaru
stunfisk-galar
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eviolite pupitar(now there is some true garbage, but spd variants, actually tank all hits quite well)

as you see, the list of defensive switch ins to toxtricity that don't give momentum is quite short, and none of them except for togedemaru have any way to maintain longevity, so you preferably want some way to punish toxtricity for coming in like rocks and a lot of spikes if you want to play a stall team against it, so it can't constantly come in and threaten your walls, and wish support is appreciated for most of them
 
What’s the hardest Toxtricity counter in the game? I can’t beat it. It just does 80% to the grounds and volt switches Blissey/Ferrothorn to death until Boombursf 2HKOs. Shedinja doesn’t even work because it gets snarled.
AV Gking is probably it's best answer:
252+ SpA Choice Specs Punk Rock Toxtricity Boomburst vs. 252 HP / 80+ SpD Assault Vest Slowking-Galar: 155-183 (39.3 - 46.4%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252+ SpA Choice Specs Toxtricity Volt Switch vs. 252 HP / 80+ SpD Assault Vest Slowking-Galar: 90-106 (22.8 - 26.9%) -- 38.5% chance to 4HKO

Paired with a mon that handles boomburst, you should be able to scout the specs set with Gking,
Another option is running a tad bit of attack as well as EQ, not only do you get a good Heatran Answer, but you can also OHKO Toxtricity with EQ!
52 Atk Slowking-Galar Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Toxtricity: 292-348 (100.3 - 119.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
 
Can we fix the default heatran set that has lava plume? Not only is magma storm better 9/10 times in SM OU, but it makes absolutely no sense to pair it with protect.
 
How do i describe a Pokémon and a team?
What are the terminologies?

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What are the best defensive Buzzwole sets?

What are the best CB ttar sets?
Defensive Buzzwole is never worth using unless you are running some very fat team that desperately needs an Urshifu-R switch-in, but if you do want to use it, a spread of 252 HP / 28 Atk / 116 Def / 112 Spe Impish with Drain Punch, Ice Punch, Roost, and Toxic or Bulk Up is the best set to avoid the 2HKO from Choice Band Urshifu-R.

Choice Band Tyranitar will usually run Stone Edge, Crunch or Assurance, Fire Punch, and either Ice Punch, Heavy Slam or Rock Blast with maximum Attack and Speed with an Adamant nature.
 
Defensive Buzzwole is never worth using unless you are running some very fat team that desperately needs an Urshifu-R switch-in, but if you do want to use it, a spread of 252 HP / 28 Atk / 116 Def / 112 Spe Impish with Drain Punch, Ice Punch, Roost, and Toxic or Bulk Up is the best set to avoid the 2HKO from Choice Band Urshifu-R.

Choice Band Tyranitar will usually run Stone Edge, Crunch or Assurance, Fire Punch, and either Ice Punch, Heavy Slam or Rock Blast with maximum Attack and Speed with an Adamant nature.
Speaking of Tyranitar, is lash out a good alternative for crunch because you know, Landorus? And also, is there anything that Tyranitar needs to outspeed aside from non -spe nature Corvinight?
 
Defensive Buzzwole is never worth using unless you are running some very fat team that desperately needs an Urshifu-R switch-in, but if you do want to use it, a spread of 252 HP / 28 Atk / 116 Def / 112 Spe Impish with Drain Punch, Ice Punch, Roost, and Toxic or Bulk Up is the best set to avoid the 2HKO from Choice Band Urshifu-R.

Choice Band Tyranitar will usually run Stone Edge, Crunch or Assurance, Fire Punch, and either Ice Punch, Heavy Slam or Rock Blast with maximum Attack and Speed with an Adamant nature.
I asked about this bc you said in your VR post that buzzwole is one of the few switch ins to CB ttar
Strange that defensive buzzwole is now almost never worth using...
ty for the sets though
 
What's the best ID + Press Zone set/spread nowadays?
252 Def / 116 SpA / 140 Spe
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk

Defense for body press damage, speed for uninvested Heatran

SETS: iron defense - body press - thunderbolt are mandatory
Possible variants:
:Chople berry: + Toxic
:Leftovers: + Substitute
:Air balloon: can be used with either toxic or substitute

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Alternatively,
Magnezone @ Expert Belt
Ability: Magnet Pull
EVs: 172 Def / 196 SpA / 140 Spe
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Iron Defense
- Body Press
- Thunderbolt
- Flash Cannon

Ebelt makes up for lower defense investment when it comes to body press damage, but also allows to ohko corviknight after rocks and for flash cannon to significantly pressure clefable

Speed IVs are changeable, but i'd at least run enough to outspeed Skarmory (I believe it's 84 Speed EVs)
 
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Might be the wrong thread for this question. But what happens with the new game releases. Will they be seperate metas like Lets Go, rr will they become part of the gen 8 OU?
 
Might be the wrong thread for this question. But what happens with the new game releases. Will they be seperate metas like Lets Go, rr will they become part of the gen 8 OU?
I assume that Legends: Arceus would be its own metagame like LGPE, but BDSP would probably be compatible with the current Gen 8 meta.
 
Does anyone have any Godlike Scizor sets they can share with me?
Aside from the regular pivot Scizor - which I encourage you to run with Rocky Helmet if you can afford it - I don't really have much. Scizor's niche is very specific, the only set I can see working is speedy Life Orb SD on screens HO with either Sand Tomb or Superpower to lure Heatran and Pex with the former
 
what do ppl run on buzzwole now? there's

Buzzwole @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 152 HP / 168 Atk / 188 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Close Combat
- Ice Punch
- Roost
- Leech Life
on the strategy dex, idk what the evs are for tho
 

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