OU SpD Landorus-T [Done]

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[OVERVIEW]

Landorus-T has a claim for being the best Pokemon in SS OU. It is the quintessential "glue" Pokemon, and everything it provides, from its strong Earthquake to its utility to its immunities, is a trait that OU teams want. Intimidate and its natural bulk lets Landorus-T handle physical attackers like Garchomp and Blaziken, and with investment, it deals with special attackers like Tapu Koko and Heatran just as well. Landorus-T also can dominate the entry hazard game, as it can both set Stealth Rock and blow hazards away with Defog, notably being one of the few Pokemon to be able to do so on Heatran. Its typing lets it absorb Electric- and Ground-type attacks, which are both quite common in SS OU. Access to great utility moves like Knock Off, Toxic, and U-turn completes the Landorus-T package as one of the best defensive options in the metagame. Furthermore, Landorus-T can run a myriad of tech options like Explosion and alternate sets like Swords Dance to suit whatever a team may need. The only downsides to Landorus-T are that Weavile and Urshifu-R, the two best physical attackers in the metagame, can force it out and that it is prone to getting worn down by repeatedly switching into Stealth Rock and taking Toxic. However, don't get it twisted; Landorus-T is a metagame centralizer and a Pokemon you should always consider when teambuilding.

[SET]
name: Specially Defensive
move 1: Earthquake
move 2: Toxic / Knock Off
move 3: U-turn
move 4: Defog / Stealth Rock
item: Leftovers
ability: Intimidate
nature: Careful
evs: 252 HP / 240 SpD / 16 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
=========
Specially defensive Landorus-T has it all: a great typing, Intimidate, excellent bulk, a strong STAB move, and all the utility moves it could ever need. It is the premier defensive pivot in the metagame. Toxic punishes defensive and offensive foes alike, such as opposing Landorus-T and Zapdos, which may seek to switch into Landorus-T's Earthquake. Alternatively, Knock Off gives Landorus-T a way to make permanent progress against switch-ins like Corviknight and Skarmory while still crippling other Pokemon that rely on Heavy-Duty Boots like Zapdos and Tornadus-T. Landorus-T can run either Defog or Stealth Rock; being able to use Defog against Heatran makes it one of the best Defoggers in the tier. 16 Speed EVs are used to outspeed Adamant Tyranitar. The rest of the investment is placed in Special Defense and HP to maximize Landorus-T's ability to check the tier's many special attackers such as Dragapult and Zapdos. Alternatively, 0 Speed investment with a negative nature and only 23 Speed IVs let Landorus-T be as slow as possible for a slow U-turn while still outspeeding Adamant Crawdaunt.

Team Options
========

Landorus-T offers immense defensive role compression; accordingly, it can be found on a variety of team archetypes. Because Landorus-T is reliant on Leftovers for recovery, Knock Off absorbers like Clefable and Ferrothorn make for good partners. These Pokemon along with other options like Buzzwole and Toxapex also help check Weavile, Landorus-T's number one offensive check. Landorus-T often baits in physical walls like Corviknight and Ferrothorn, making wallbreakers like Dragapult and Heatran great recipients of its U-turn. Its slow U-turn is also very helpful for getting frail Pokemon like Kartana and Tapu Lele onto the field; they also appreciate Landorus-T keeping entry hazards off the field. Other defensive pivots like Corviknight and Slowbro take some of the onus off of Landorus-T to check so many things at once; they also help deal with Melmetal, which is capable of powering through Landorus-T's uninvested Defense. Slowbro additionally checks Urshifu-R, a huge offensive threat to Landorus-T. Late-game sweepers like Weavile and Dragonite take great advantage of Landorus-T crippling shared checks like Tapu Fini and Zapdos with Toxic and Knock Off. Finally, pairing Landorus-T with other specially bulky Pokemon like Slowking and Heatran helps make up for its lack of recovery and weakness to exceptionally strong wallbreakers like Tapu Lele.

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

Landorus-T may use a Choice Scarf or Choice Band alongside Earthquake, U-turn, Knock Off, and Stone Edge to score surprise KOs against Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Dragapult, and Clefable, but these sets are generally inconsistent. Hyper offense teams may opt to run a Focus Sash with Explosion + Stealth Rock as a lead to ensure that Stealth Rock gets up and stays up, but understand that Weavile and Urshifu-R can bypass Focus Sash with their super effective multi-hit moves. Swords Dance sets, but sometimes defensive sets as well, may opt for Soft Sand for additional power on Earthquake. Smack Down is an option that prevents Corviknight and Zapdos from staying in on Landorus-T. Rocky Helmet is an option on its defensive set to punish U-turn from opposing Landorus-T, but this denies Landorus-T any chance of recovery, making it much easier to wear down.

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

**Ice-types and Ice-type Coverage**: Landorus-T's double weakness to Ice allows Ice-type Pokemon like Weavile and Arctozolt to force it out. Ice-type coverage from Pokemon like Dragonite and Buzzwole also heavily pressures Landorus-T, forcing a switch.

**Water-types**: Defensive Water-types like Slowbro and Rotom-W can switch into Landorus-T's Earthquake and pressure it with a super effective STAB Water-type attack. Offensive Water-types like Barraskewda and Urshifu-R force Landorus-T out and can keep momentum up with their pivoting moves.

**Strong Attackers**: Particularly strong attackers like Choice Band Tyranitar and Choice Specs Tapu Lele can break through Landorus-T. Weaker ones like Dragapult and offensive Zapdos can quickly wear it down throughout a game as well.

**Grass-types**: Grass-types like Ferrothorn and Tangrowth easily come in on Landorus-T's Earthquake and Knock Off and pressure it with their own Knock Off; Ferrothorn can even switch into Landorus-T's Toxic. Rillaboom can deal heavy damage to Landorus-T with Grassy Glide or Wood Hammer, and its Grassy Terrain weakens Landorus-T's Earthquake.

**Corviknight and Skarmory**: Corviknight and Skarmory are Landorus-T's best answers. Both are immune to Toxic and Earthquake, and neither care about taking Knock Off. Corviknight ensures that Landorus-T's Stealth Rock never stays on the field, and Skarmory can set Spikes against it freely. They can even run Rocky Helmet to chip away at Landorus-T when it uses U-turn.

**Knock Off and Status**: Because Landorus-T is reliant on Leftovers for recovery, Pokemon like Clefable and Tornadus-T can pressure it with Knock Off. Similarly, burn from Pokemon like Toxapex and Toxic from Pokemon like Garchomp can put Landorus-T on a timer, as it is often needed to come in repeatedly throughout a game, racking up residual damage.

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[SET]
name: Specially Defensive
move 1: Earthquake
move 2: Toxic / Knock Off
move 3: U-turn
move 4: Defog / Stealth Rock
item: Leftovers
ability: Intimidate
nature: Careful
evs: 252 HP / 240 SpD / 16 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
=========
Specially defensive Landorus-T is the best defensive pivot in the metagame. It has so many means of providing value from its utility to its STAB Earthquake that it is difficult to not use it on most teams. Between Intimidate, its natural bulk, and numerous immunities and resistances, Landorus-T finds plenty of switch-in opportunities and has many tools to make the most of them. Blessed with a fantastic dual-typing, a wonderful ability, good natural bulk, a powerful uninvested STAB Earthquake and an expansive utility movepool, Specially Defensive Landorus-T is a Force of Nature in the metagame. Toxic, for one, Toxic punishes defensive and offensive foes alike, such as opposing Landorus-T and Zapdos, which may seek to switch into Landorus-T's Earthquake. Alternatively, Knock Off gives Landorus-T a way to meaningfully harm common make permanent progress against switch-ins that otherwise stonewall it like Corviknight and Ferrothorn Skarmory while still hindering crippling the aforementioned Flying-types. For its final moveslot, Landorus-T can run either Defog or Stealth Rock; it is a particularly excellent Defogger because it is capable of doing so holds the distinction of being able to defog against Heatran. 16 Speed EVs are used to outspeed Adamant Tyranitar. The rest of the investment is placed in Special Defense and HP to maximize Landorus-T's ability to check the tier's many special attackers such as Dragapult and Zapdos.

Just language changes here and there to make the writeup feel more 'professional', you made good points overall. :psyglad:

Team Options
========

Landorus-T is an excellent "glue" Pokemon, holding teams together with its utility options; accordingly, it can be found alongside most Pokemon and team archetypes. Thanks to its ability to compress multiple key defensive roles, Landorus-T is found on a variety of team archetypes. Because Landorus-T is reliant on Leftovers for recovery, Knock Off absorbers like Clefable and Ferrothorn make for good partners. These Pokemon along with other options like Buzzwole and Toxapex also help check Weavile, Landorus-T's number one offensive check greatest offensive threat. As Landorus-T's often baits in physical walls like Corviknight and Ferrothorn, Pokemon that special wallbreakers like Dragapult and Fire-types like Heatran can take advantage of off of Landorus-T's U-turn and Heatran are wonderful recipients of Landorus-T's U-turn. Its slow U-turn is also very helpful for getting frail wallbreakers like Kartana Weavile and Tapu Lele onto the field; they also appreciate Landorus-T controlling the entry hazard game keeping hazards off the field with Defog. Kartana resists rocks and is reasonably bulky as far as offensive threats go, Weavile is a much better example. Other defensive pivots like such as Corviknight and Slowbro take some of the onus pressure off of Landorus-T to check so many things at once; they also help deal with Melmetal, which is capable of just powering brute-forcing its way through Landorus-T's uninvested Defense. Urshifu-R is another large threat to Landorus-T, so checks like Tapu Fini and Tornadus-T are helpful. Slowbro has the distinction of also being able to check Urshifu-R, which greatly threatens Landorus-T with its STAB Surging Strikes. Late-game sweepers like Volcarona and Dragonite take great advantage of Landorus-T crippling opposing defensive options like Tornadus-T and Zapdos with Toxic and Knock Off can wreak havoc on opposing teams after Landorus-T wears down shared checks such as Tapu Fini and Zapdos with Knock Off and Toxic. Finally, pairing Landorus-T with other specially bulky Pokemon like Galarian Slowking Slowking and Heatran helps make up for its lack of recovery and weakness to exceptionally strong special wallbreakers like Tapu Lele. Let's be real, Glowking is getting sent to Yadon Paradise once Lele clicks Psyshock.

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Landorus-T has a claim for being the best Pokemon in SS OU i don't really think this is true and anyway think more useful things (like the second line) could be said. maybe just cut it and morph it into the second line. It is the quintessential "glue" Pokemon, and everything it provides, from its strong Earthquake to its utility to its immunities, are traits that OU teams want. Intimidate and its natural bulk lets Landorus-T handle physical attackers like Garchomp and Blaziken, and with investment, it deals with special attackers like Tapu Koko and Heatran just as well. Landorus-T also can dominate the entry hazard game, as it can both set Stealth Rock and Defog hazards away, notably being one of the few Pokemon to be able to do so on Heatran. Its typing lets it absorb Electric- and Ground-type attacks, which are both quite common in SS OU. Access to great utility moves like Knock Off, Toxic, and U-turn completes the Landorus-T package as one of the best defensive options in the metagame. Rarely is a team made worse for having a Landorus-T on it. Furthermore, Landorus-T can run a myriad of tech options like Explosion and Swords Dance to suit whatever a team may need i wouldnt characterize sd as much of a tech option as much as a distinct set. The only downsides to Landorus-T are that Weavile and Urshifu-R, the two best physical attackers in the metagame, can force it out and that it is prone to getting worn down you may want to mention by what. However, do not get it twisted; Landorus-T is a metagame centralizer and a Pokemon you should always consider when teambuilding.

[SET]
name: Specially Defensive
move 1: Earthquake
move 2: Toxic / Knock Off
move 3: U-turn
move 4: Defog / Stealth Rock
item: Leftovers
ability: Intimidate
nature: Careful
evs: 252 HP / 240 SpD / 16 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
=========
Specially defensive Landorus-T has it all: a great typing, Intimidate, excellent bulk, a strong STAB move, and all the utility moves it could ever need. It is the premier defensive pivot in the metagame. Toxic punishes defensive and offensive foes alike, such as opposing Landorus-T and Zapdos, which may seek to switch into Landorus-T's Earthquake. Alternatively, Knock Off gives Landorus-T a way to make permanent progress against switch-ins like Corviknight and Skarmory while still crippling other Pokemon such as? generally would like this sentence to be reworded, also mention specifically knocking hdbs. Landorus-T can run either Defog or Stealth Rock; being able to Defog against Heatran makes it one of the best Defoggers in the tier. 16 Speed EVs are used to outspeed Adamant Tyranitar. The rest of the investment is placed in Special Defense and HP to maximize Landorus-T's ability to check the tier's many special attackers such as Dragapult and Zapdos. mention alternative speed invest amounts such as min speed

Team Options
========

Landorus-T offers immense defensive role compression; accordingly, it can be found on a variety of team archetypes. Because Landorus-T is reliant on Leftovers for recovery, Knock Off absorbers like Clefable and Ferrothorn make for good partners. These Pokemon along with other options like Buzzwole and Toxapex also help check Weavile, Landorus-T's number one offensive check. Landorus-T often baits in physical walls like Corviknight and Ferrothorn, making wallbreakers like Dragapult and Heatran great recipients of its U-turn. Its slow U-turn is also very helpful for getting frail Pokemon like Weavile and Tapu Lele onto the field; they also appreciate Landorus-T keeping entry hazards off the field. Other defensive pivots like Corviknight and Slowbro take some of the onus off of Landorus-T to check so many things at once; they also help deal with Melmetal, which is capable of just powering through Landorus-T's uninvested Defense. Slowbro additionally checks Urshifu-R, a huge offensive threat to Landorus-T. Late-game sweepers like Weavile and Dragonite take great advantage of Landorus-T crippling shared checks like Tapu Fini and Zapdos with Toxic and Knock Off. Finally, pairing Landorus-T with other specially bulky Pokemon like Slowking and Heatran helps make up for its lack of recovery and weakness to exceptionally strong wallbreakers like Tapu Lele.

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

Landorus-T may use a Choice Scarf or Choice Band alongside Earthquake, U-turn, Knock Off, and Stone Edge to score surprise KOs against Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Dragapult, and Clefable, but these sets are generally inconsistent. Hyper offense teams may opt to run a Focus Sash on Explosion Stealth Rock Landorus-T as a lead to ensure that Stealth Rock gets up, but understand that Weavile and Urshifu-R can bypass Focus Sash with their super effective multi-hit moves. Swords Dance sets may opt for Soft Sand for additional power. Rocky Helmet is an option on its defensive set to punish U-turn from opposing Landorus-T, but this denies Landorus-T any chance of recovery, making it much easier to wear down.

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

**Ice-types and Ice-type Coverage**: Landorus-T's double weakness to Ice allows for Ice-type Pokemon like Weavile and Arctozolt to force it out. Ice-type coverage from Pokemon like Dragonite and Buzzwole also heavily pressures Landorus-T, forcing a switch.

**Water-types**: Defensive Water-types like Slowbro and Rotom-W can switch into Landorus-T's Earthquake and pressure it with a super effective STAB Water-type attack. Offensive Water-types like Barraskewda and Urshifu-R force Landorus-T out; Urshifu-R is particularly good against Landorus-T, as its Surging Strikes allows it to effectively ignore Intimidate. if you really want to keep this last bit about shifu and intimidate, at least explain that matters bc it means whatever comes in on shifu next is still getting hit full power. i think its better to cut this

**Strong Attackers**: Particularly strong attackers like Choice Band Tyranitar and Choice Specs Tapu Lele can break through Landorus-T. Weaker ones like Dragapult and offensive Zapdos can quickly wear it down throughout a game as well.

**Grass-types**: Grass-types like Ferrothorn and Tangrowth easily come in on Landorus-T's Earthquake and Knock Off and pressure it with their own Knock Off; Ferrothorn can even switch into Landorus-T's Toxic. Rillaboom can deal heavy damage to Landorus-T with Grassy Glide or Wood Hammer and its Grassy Terrain weakens Landorus-T's Earthquake.

**Corviknight and Skarmory**: Corviknight and Skarmory are the only true counters to Landorus-T not sure about saying only true counters w bro etc, maybe say best answers? obv they do better than bro still so that might be better. Both are immune to Toxic and Earthquake and neither care about taking Knock Off. Corviknight ensures that Landorus-T's Stealth Rock never stays on the field, and Skarmory can set Spikes on it freely. They can even run Rocky Helmet to chip Landorus-T when it uses U-turn.

**Knock Off and Status**: Because Landorus-T is reliant on Leftovers for recovery, Pokemon like Clefable and Tornadus-T can pressure it with Knock Off. Similarly, burn from Pokemon like Toxapex and Toxic from Pokemon like Garchomp can put Landorus-T on a timer, as it is often needed to come in repeatedly throughout a game, racking up residual damage.

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overall good stuff, let me know when this is implemented and i'll come back around for 2/2 sorry for the delays
 

dex

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overall good stuff, let me know when this is implemented and i'll come back around for 2/2 sorry for the delays
I implemented most of this, with a couple sticking points that I think come from inexperience.
  1. Landorus-T absolutely has a claim to being the best Pokemon in SS OU. It is routinely ranked among the S ranks and is consistently one of the most used Pokemon in the tier. Furthermore, having a sentence like that in an intro paragraph in an analysis is actually encouraged; it snags the reader's attention and is a fun little bit before getting into the real meat of the analysis. I think it is best left as is.
  2. Mentioning alternative lower Speed sets like you are asking is against the rules of analysis writing. You are asking me to essentially prescribe Speed creep sets. I will not do that. If you wanted to underspeed a particular thing, that is fine, but with Landorus-T, it is all about underspeeding other Landorus-T, which is not something analyses are supposed to get into.
Want you to be aware of these matters for your future QC checks. Let me know if this is ok for 2/2.
 

pulsar512b

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I implemented most of this, with a couple sticking points that I think come from inexperience.
  1. Landorus-T absolutely has a claim to being the best Pokemon in SS OU. It is routinely ranked among the S ranks and is consistently one of the most used Pokemon in the tier. Furthermore, having a sentence like that in an intro paragraph in an analysis is actually encouraged; it snags the reader's attention and is a fun little bit before getting into the real meat of the analysis. I think it is best left as is.
  2. Mentioning alternative lower Speed sets like you are asking is against the rules of analysis writing. You are asking me to essentially prescribe Speed creep sets. I will not do that. If you wanted to underspeed a particular thing, that is fine, but with Landorus-T, it is all about underspeeding other Landorus-T, which is not something analyses are supposed to get into.
Want you to be aware of these matters for your future QC checks. Let me know if this is ok for 2/2.
2 is prob my bad, 1 i think is part my bad because yeah thats fair the sentence should be there if it is a true statement (ty there) and part some disagreement conceptually where i think lando is worse than the avg player. thinking about it more its fine, even if i think that the claim for lando being the best is quite weak, it's still a claim that wouldn't immediately be absurd
you can include other spreads if you like that outspeed various things, but i think that's sort of marginal and up to you if you think theres some relevant spread. some examples are shown on https://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/ss-ou-speed-tiers.3717290/#post-9769610 i think most of them are pretty not great but you can mention them in an offhand way (something like you can also run speed investment such as [a] for [x] and for y. up to your discretion if you want to mention them or not, i'll figure out what spreads i would put and once im done i'll send that over to you and then we can get 2/2 after we hash out which we want
 

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and rock polish too probably? you could also extend the soft sand bit to all sets but particularly sd, occasionally i see it on non sd sets i believe
 

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[OVERVIEW]

Landorus-T has a claim for being the best Pokemon in SS OU. It is the quintessential "glue" Pokemon, and everything it provides, from its strong Earthquake to its utility to its immunities, are traits is a trait (everything is singular) that OU teams want. Intimidate and its natural bulk lets let Landorus-T handle physical attackers like Garchomp and Blaziken, and with investment, it deals with special attackers like Tapu Koko and Heatran just as well. Landorus-T also can dominate the entry hazard game, as it can both set Stealth Rock and Defog blow hazards away with Defog (move names as verbs), notably being one of the few Pokemon to be able to do so on against Heatran. Its typing lets it absorb Electric- and Ground-type attacks, which are both quite common in SS OU. Access to great utility moves like Knock Off, Toxic, and U-turn completes the Landorus-T package as one of the best defensive options in the metagame. Rarely is a team made worse for having a Landorus-T on it. (filler) Furthermore, Landorus-T can run a myriad of tech options like Explosion and alternate sets like Swords Dance to suit whatever a team may need. The only downsides to Landorus-T are that Weavile and Urshifu-R, the two best physical attackers in the metagame, can force it out and that it is prone to getting worn down by repeatedly switching into Stealth Rock and taking Toxic. However, do not (you can say don't if you want LMAO) get it twisted; Landorus-T is a metagame centralizer and a Pokemon you should always consider when teambuilding.

[SET]
name: Specially Defensive
move 1: Earthquake
move 2: Toxic / Knock Off
move 3: U-turn
move 4: Defog / Stealth Rock
item: Leftovers
ability: Intimidate
nature: Careful
evs: 252 HP / 240 SpD / 16 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
=========
Specially defensive Landorus-T has it all: a great typing, Intimidate, excellent bulk, a strong STAB move, and all the utility moves it could ever need. It is the premier defensive pivot in the metagame. Toxic punishes defensive and offensive foes alike, such as opposing Landorus-T and Zapdos, which may seek to switch into Landorus-T's Earthquake. Alternatively, Knock Off gives Landorus-T a way to make permanent progress against switch-ins like Corviknight and Skarmory while still crippling other Pokemon that rely on Heavy-Duty Boots like Zapdos and Tornadus-T. Landorus-T can run either Defog or Stealth Rock; being able to use Defog against Heatran makes it one of the best Defoggers in the tier. 16 Speed EVs are used to outspeed Adamant Tyranitar. The rest of the investment is placed in Special Defense and HP to maximize Landorus-T's ability to check the tier's many special attackers such as Dragapult and Zapdos. Alternatively, 0 Speed investment with a negative nature and only 23 Speed IVs let's lets Landorus-T be as slow as possible for a slow U-turn while still outspeeding Adamant Crawdaunt.

Team Options
========

Landorus-T offers immense defensive role compression; accordingly, it can be found on a variety of team archetypes. Because Landorus-T is reliant on Leftovers for recovery, Knock Off absorbers like Clefable and Ferrothorn make for good partners. These Pokemon along with other options like Buzzwole and Toxapex also help check Weavile, Landorus-T's number one offensive check. Landorus-T often baits in physical walls like Corviknight and Ferrothorn, making wallbreakers like Dragapult and Heatran great recipients of its U-turn. Its slow U-turn is also very helpful for getting frail Pokemon like Kartana and Tapu Lele onto the field; they also appreciate Landorus-T keeping entry hazards off the field. Other defensive pivots like Corviknight and Slowbro take some of the onus off of Landorus-T to check so many things at once; they also help deal with Melmetal, which is capable of just powering through Landorus-T's uninvested Defense. Slowbro additionally checks Urshifu-R, a huge offensive threat to Landorus-T. Late-game sweepers like Weavile and Dragonite take great advantage of Landorus-T crippling shared checks like Tapu Fini and Zapdos with Toxic and Knock Off. Finally, pairing Landorus-T with other specially bulky Pokemon like Slowking and Heatran helps make up for its lack of recovery and weakness to exceptionally strong wallbreakers like Tapu Lele.

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

Landorus-T may use a Choice Scarf or Choice Band alongside Earthquake, U-turn, Knock Off, and Stone Edge to score surprise KOs against Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Dragapult, and Clefable, but these sets are generally inconsistent. Hyper offense teams may opt to run a Focus Sash with Explosion + Stealth Rock as a lead to ensure that Stealth Rock gets up and stays up, but understand that Weavile and Urshifu-R can bypass Focus Sash with their super effective multi-hit moves. Swords Dance sets, but sometimes defensive sets as well, may opt for Soft Sand for additional power on Earthquake. Smack Down is an option that prevents Corviknight and Zapdos from staying in on it Landorus-T. Rocky Helmet is an option on its defensive set to punish U-turn from opposing Landorus-T, but this denies Landorus-T any chance of recovery, making it much easier to wear down.

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

**Ice-types and Ice-type Coverage**: Landorus-T's double weakness to Ice allows for Ice-type Pokemon like Weavile and Arctozolt to force it out. Ice-type coverage from Pokemon like Dragonite and Buzzwole also heavily pressures Landorus-T, forcing a switch.

**Water-types**: Defensive Water-types like Slowbro and Rotom-W can switch into Landorus-T's Earthquake and pressure it with a super effective STAB Water-type attack. Offensive Water-types like Barraskewda and Urshifu-R force Landorus-T out and can keep momentum up with their pivoting moves.

**Strong Attackers**: Particularly strong attackers like Choice Band Tyranitar and Choice Specs Tapu Lele can break through Landorus-T. Weaker ones like Dragapult and offensive Zapdos can quickly wear it down throughout a game as well.

**Grass-types**: Grass-types like Ferrothorn and Tangrowth easily come in on Landorus-T's Earthquake and Knock Off and pressure it with their own Knock Off; Ferrothorn can even switch into Landorus-T's Toxic. Rillaboom can deal heavy damage to Landorus-T with Grassy Glide or Wood Hammer, (AC) and its Grassy Terrain weakens Landorus-T's Earthquake.

**Corviknight and Skarmory**: Corviknight and Skarmory are Landorus-T's best answers. Both are immune to Toxic and Earthquake, (AC) and neither care about taking Knock Off. Corviknight ensures that Landorus-T's Stealth Rock never stays on the field, and Skarmory can set Spikes on against it freely. They can even run Rocky Helmet to chip at Landorus-T when it uses U-turn.

**Knock Off and Status**: Because Landorus-T is reliant on Leftovers for recovery, Pokemon like Clefable and Tornadus-T can pressure it with Knock Off. Similarly, burn from Pokemon like Toxapex and Toxic from Pokemon like Garchomp can put Landorus-T on a timer, as it is often needed to come in repeatedly throughout a game, racking up residual damage.

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[OVERVIEW]

Landorus-T has a claim for being the best Pokemon in SS OU. It is the quintessential "glue" Pokemon, and everything it provides, from its strong Earthquake to its utility to its immunities, are traits is a trait (everything is singular) that OU teams want. Intimidate and its natural bulk lets let Landorus-T handle physical attackers like Garchomp and Blaziken, and with investment, it deals with special attackers like Tapu Koko and Heatran just as well. Landorus-T also can dominate the entry hazard game, as it can both set Stealth Rock and Defog blow hazards away with Defog (move names as verbs), notably being one of the few Pokemon to be able to do so on against Heatran. Its typing lets it absorb Electric- and Ground-type attacks, which are both quite common in SS OU. Access to great utility moves like Knock Off, Toxic, and U-turn completes the Landorus-T package as one of the best defensive options in the metagame. Rarely is a team made worse for having a Landorus-T on it. (filler) Furthermore, Landorus-T can run a myriad of tech options like Explosion and alternate sets like Swords Dance to suit whatever a team may need. The only downsides to Landorus-T are that Weavile and Urshifu-R, the two best physical attackers in the metagame, can force it out and that it is prone to getting worn down by repeatedly switching into Stealth Rock and taking Toxic. However, do not (you can say don't if you want LMAO) get it twisted; Landorus-T is a metagame centralizer and a Pokemon you should always consider when teambuilding.

[SET]
name: Specially Defensive
move 1: Earthquake
move 2: Toxic / Knock Off
move 3: U-turn
move 4: Defog / Stealth Rock
item: Leftovers
ability: Intimidate
nature: Careful
evs: 252 HP / 240 SpD / 16 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Description
=========
Specially defensive Landorus-T has it all: a great typing, Intimidate, excellent bulk, a strong STAB move, and all the utility moves it could ever need. It is the premier defensive pivot in the metagame. Toxic punishes defensive and offensive foes alike, such as opposing Landorus-T and Zapdos, which may seek to switch into Landorus-T's Earthquake. Alternatively, Knock Off gives Landorus-T a way to make permanent progress against switch-ins like Corviknight and Skarmory while still crippling other Pokemon that rely on Heavy-Duty Boots like Zapdos and Tornadus-T. Landorus-T can run either Defog or Stealth Rock; being able to use Defog against Heatran makes it one of the best Defoggers in the tier. 16 Speed EVs are used to outspeed Adamant Tyranitar. The rest of the investment is placed in Special Defense and HP to maximize Landorus-T's ability to check the tier's many special attackers such as Dragapult and Zapdos. Alternatively, 0 Speed investment with a negative nature and only 23 Speed IVs let's lets Landorus-T be as slow as possible for a slow U-turn while still outspeeding Adamant Crawdaunt.

Team Options
========

Landorus-T offers immense defensive role compression; accordingly, it can be found on a variety of team archetypes. Because Landorus-T is reliant on Leftovers for recovery, Knock Off absorbers like Clefable and Ferrothorn make for good partners. These Pokemon along with other options like Buzzwole and Toxapex also help check Weavile, Landorus-T's number one offensive check. Landorus-T often baits in physical walls like Corviknight and Ferrothorn, making wallbreakers like Dragapult and Heatran great recipients of its U-turn. Its slow U-turn is also very helpful for getting frail Pokemon like Kartana and Tapu Lele onto the field; they also appreciate Landorus-T keeping entry hazards off the field. Other defensive pivots like Corviknight and Slowbro take some of the onus off of Landorus-T to check so many things at once; they also help deal with Melmetal, which is capable of just powering through Landorus-T's uninvested Defense. Slowbro additionally checks Urshifu-R, a huge offensive threat to Landorus-T. Late-game sweepers like Weavile and Dragonite take great advantage of Landorus-T crippling shared checks like Tapu Fini and Zapdos with Toxic and Knock Off. Finally, pairing Landorus-T with other specially bulky Pokemon like Slowking and Heatran helps make up for its lack of recovery and weakness to exceptionally strong wallbreakers like Tapu Lele.

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

Landorus-T may use a Choice Scarf or Choice Band alongside Earthquake, U-turn, Knock Off, and Stone Edge to score surprise KOs against Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Dragapult, and Clefable, but these sets are generally inconsistent. Hyper offense teams may opt to run a Focus Sash with Explosion + Stealth Rock as a lead to ensure that Stealth Rock gets up and stays up, but understand that Weavile and Urshifu-R can bypass Focus Sash with their super effective multi-hit moves. Swords Dance sets, but sometimes defensive sets as well, may opt for Soft Sand for additional power on Earthquake. Smack Down is an option that prevents Corviknight and Zapdos from staying in on it Landorus-T. Rocky Helmet is an option on its defensive set to punish U-turn from opposing Landorus-T, but this denies Landorus-T any chance of recovery, making it much easier to wear down.

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

**Ice-types and Ice-type Coverage**: Landorus-T's double weakness to Ice allows for Ice-type Pokemon like Weavile and Arctozolt to force it out. Ice-type coverage from Pokemon like Dragonite and Buzzwole also heavily pressures Landorus-T, forcing a switch.

**Water-types**: Defensive Water-types like Slowbro and Rotom-W can switch into Landorus-T's Earthquake and pressure it with a super effective STAB Water-type attack. Offensive Water-types like Barraskewda and Urshifu-R force Landorus-T out and can keep momentum up with their pivoting moves.

**Strong Attackers**: Particularly strong attackers like Choice Band Tyranitar and Choice Specs Tapu Lele can break through Landorus-T. Weaker ones like Dragapult and offensive Zapdos can quickly wear it down throughout a game as well.

**Grass-types**: Grass-types like Ferrothorn and Tangrowth easily come in on Landorus-T's Earthquake and Knock Off and pressure it with their own Knock Off; Ferrothorn can even switch into Landorus-T's Toxic. Rillaboom can deal heavy damage to Landorus-T with Grassy Glide or Wood Hammer, (AC) and its Grassy Terrain weakens Landorus-T's Earthquake.

**Corviknight and Skarmory**: Corviknight and Skarmory are Landorus-T's best answers. Both are immune to Toxic and Earthquake, (AC) and neither care about taking Knock Off. Corviknight ensures that Landorus-T's Stealth Rock never stays on the field, and Skarmory can set Spikes on against it freely. They can even run Rocky Helmet to chip at Landorus-T when it uses U-turn.

**Knock Off and Status**: Because Landorus-T is reliant on Leftovers for recovery, Pokemon like Clefable and Tornadus-T can pressure it with Knock Off. Similarly, burn from Pokemon like Toxapex and Toxic from Pokemon like Garchomp can put Landorus-T on a timer, as it is often needed to come in repeatedly throughout a game, racking up residual damage.

[SET CREDITS]
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implemented everything! I swear I remember Defog and spin being allowed as verbs but I can only find a vague mention of this in the standards so I changed it to be safe.
 

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