QC: ✓ Eevee General / ✓ baconbagon / ✓ The Reptile
GP: ✓ P Squared / ✓ The Dutch Plumberjack
FINALLY DONE I HOPE
Braviary is one of the most efficient revenge killers in STABmons thanks to its combination of Fake Out and Extreme Speed backed up with some decent stats and Defiant. With Defiant, Braviary isn't forced out by Intimidate users such as Gyarados and Landorus-T and is able to pressure Defoggers and ignore any King's Shield Attack drops. Defiant also gives Braviary its niche over other Normal-types such as Ursaring, Mega Lopunny and Stoutland, which would otherwise outclass it. Compared to Mega Lopunny, Braviary's Speed tier isn't the best, meaning it can be easily beaten by faster Pokemon that resist both of its STAB moves. Braviary is also a pretty one-dimensional Pokemon, allowing it to be easily played around at times; furthermore, it is threatened by Stealth Rock.
name: Revenge Killer
move 1: Fake Out
move 2: Extreme Speed
move 3: Dragon Ascent
move 4: Superpower
item: Silk Scarf / Life Orb
nature: Adamant / Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Fake Out and Extreme Speed are reliable priority moves that allow Braviary to revenge kill Pokemon with ease, as it receives STAB on both. Dragon Ascent is pretty spammable and hits a lot of defensive walls, such as Hippowdon, harder than Fake Out and Extreme Speed. Lastly, Superpower allows Braviary to hit Steel-types, which would otherwise wall it due to its two STAB moves being unable to break through them.
Braviary's niche lies in its ability to take advantage of Defiant and not be easily threatened by common moves and abilities such as King's Shield and Intimidate. Braviary's EV spread and nature maximize its power and allow to hit a variety of defensive Pokemon. Silk Scarf is the preferred item, as it boosts the power of Fake Out and Extreme Speed, allowing Braviary to revenge kill much more efficiently. Life Orb is an option to give Braviary's other STAB and coverage moves more power.
Braviary is one of the most reliable revenge killers out there, since it isn't easily forced out by Pokemon like Landorus-T and Ferrothorn. Dragon Ascent breaks down a ton of bulky Pokemon to be finished by other Pokemon. Momentum-gaining moves such as U-turn, Volt Switch, Baton Pass, and Healing Wish give Braviary a chance to revenge kill Pokemon with its priority moves or hit something really hard with Dragon Ascent. Due to this set's lack of Roost, it gets easily worn down by Rough Skin, Rocky Helmet, and Iron Barbs, so it's best to try to avoid them.
Entry hazard removers such as Defog Landorus-T, Defog Latios, and even Rapid Spin Starmie all aids Braviary's longevity by removing Stealth Rock. Special wallbreakers such as Mega Charizard Y and Meloetta are also great partners because they can easily break through a lot of physically defensive Pokemon like Mega Slowbro and Rotom-W. Pivots such as Rotom-W and Rotom-H are options to give Braviary a free switch in.
Outside of being a top-notch revenge killer in STABmons, Braviary doesn't have much going for it, as other Pokemon can easily fulfill other roles it can attempt to perform. Braviary can run a Choice Band set to hit defensive Pokemon harder, but this isn't recommended, as Braviary needs the freedom to be able to use its coverage moves when it wants to. Braviary gets Tailwind but usually lacks the moveslot to use it effectively. Swords Dance is another option that could be used over Fake Out to make Braviary a threatening sweeper rather than a revenge killer. U-turn is a great tool for Braviary to get momentum for the rest of the team but is usually inferior to Baton Pass, which can pass off boost from Defiant or either Swords Dance or Bulk Up to another Pokemon. Recover can allow Braviary to live longer. However, these sets are not as successful because running Baton Pass with Bulk Up or Swords Dance causes Braviary to forgo an essential coverage move, and running Recover compromises Braviary's power or its bulk.
Checks and Counters
**Fast Rock-types**: Pokemo nsuch as Terrakion, Mega Diancie, and Choice Scarf Tyranitar can switch in on one of Braviary's priority moves and either threaten it to switch out or OHKO it with their respective STAB moves.
**Rocky Helmet**: Rocky Helmet hinders Braviary from spamming its attacks, as all the moves Braviary utilizes make contact. Pokemon such as Landorus-T, Garchomp, and Skarmory often run this item. However, Landorus-T must be careful, as it takes more damage due to Intimidate giving Braviary a +1 Attack boost.
**Steel-types**: Pokemon such as Skarmory, Excadrill, and Mega Scizor can handle Braviary, although Excadrill should be wary of Superpower. Mega Scizor and Excadrill can also easily set up on Braviary with Swords Dance.
**Ghost-types**: Gengar is able to switch in on Braviary's Fake Out and Extreme speed due to its immunity to Normal-type moves and can hit back really hard. Mega Sableye is able to tank a hit and get Will-O-Wisp off to cripple it and then recover the damage it takes.