RU thundurus

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[OVERVIEW]
With its high Special Attack and Speed coupled with great coverage options, Thundurus is a threat to be reckoned with in RU that can pick and choose its answers. Additionally, it has decent defensive merit due to its typing, which gives it an immunity to Ground-type moves and allows it to pivot into common Flying-types in the tier, namely Crobat and Togekiss. However, it is generally pigeonholed into using Heavy-Duty Boots, as its weakness to Stealth Rock would otherwise hinder its ability to switch in multiple times. It is also vulnerable to faster threats such as Zygarde-10%, Noivern, and Raikou, along with common Choice Scarf users such as Heracross and Mienshao. The edges that it has over its fellow Electric-type Raikou, which can also run either a boosting set or a pivot set, are that it has stronger coverage options and Knock Off and can boost faster. The Nasty Plot set threatens a majority of the tier and has few answers; however, finding avenues to set up can be an issue, as Thundurus does not have the greatest bulk and can be crippled by Toxic when attempting to set up on defensive Pokemon. The pivot set focuses on leveraging Thundurus's threat level to find opportunities to bring in other wallbreakers or remove the items of traditional Nasty Plot Thundurus checks like Diancie, Celebi, and Raikou. However, it has no way to boost its power, which can limit its effectiveness against bulkier opposition.

[SET]
name: Nasty Plot
move 1: Nasty Plot
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Psychic / Grass Knot
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Defiant
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Focus Blast hits Steel- and Dark-types such as Steelix, Registeel, Incineroar, and Zarude, and it is also able to hit specially defensive Pokemon such as Porygon2 and Snorlax that are bulky enough to take one boosted hit from Thundurus otherwise. The last move on Thundurus is flexible. Psychic is intended for Poison-types, namely Roserade and Dragalge, which resist all of Thundurus's moves otherwise, and it also heavily damages Alolan Marowak. Grass Knot ensures OHKOs on Rhyperior and Seismitoad without a Nasty Plot boost and guarantees an OHKO on Gastrodon with a boost under its belt. +2 Grass Knot also does massive damage to Steelix, lowering Thundurus's reliance on the inaccurate Focus Blast. Sludge Wave is an alternative that can be considered to provide a more accurate option against Zarude, as well as hit the uncommon Celebi, which walls Thundurus otherwise, and do more damage to Sylveon. Additionally, Knock Off can help against switch-ins such as Diancie, Celebi, and Raikou, removing their important items such as Leftovers and Heavy-Duty Boots.

Faster threats such as Zygarde-10%, Noivern, and Raikou pose a huge issue for Thundurus. Therefore, bulky teammates such as Milotic, Porygon2, and Sylveon make for good partners. Milotic and Porygon2 can find avenues for Thundurus to set up by pivoting with Flip Turn and Teleport, respectively, while Sylveon is a catch-all answer to such threats. Spikes or Toxic Spikes support from Pokemon such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Dragalge complements Thundurus nicely, as either helps to soften bulky opposition for it to have a better time cleaning late-game. First Impression from Golisopod can help to check faster foes such as Zygarde-10% and Raikou, while the latter two can check Electric-types such as Raikou and Choice Scarf Xurkitree. Strong physical attackers such as Darmanitan, Choice Band Metagross, and Zygarde-10% also pair nicely with Thundurus, as they can wear down special walls such as Diancie, Gastrodon, and Registeel in exchange for Thundurus's ability to break through bulky Water-types such as Milotic and Suicune. Lastly, on hyper offense teams, dual screens support from Vanilluxe and Xatu facilitates Thundurus's setup opportunities and allows it to stay in against a greater number of foes if already boosted.

[SET]
name: Offensive Pivot
move 1: Thunderbolt
move 2: Grass Knot
move 3: Knock Off
move 4: U-turn / Volt Switch
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Defiant
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Grass Knot allows Thundurus to OHKO Rhyperior and Seismitoad. Knock Off is a nice general utility move that can remove crucial items such as Heavy-Duty Boots and Leftovers, which can make entry hazard support more threatening. U-turn allows Thundurus to pivot freely, while Volt Switch has STAB damage but can be blocked by Ground-types. U-turn also allows it to punish Choice Scarf Zarude attempting to come in on a predicted Electric-type move or Nasty Plot. Focus Blast is an alternative to consider, as it hits Pokemon like Incineroar, Zarude, and Registeel that are bulky enough to take any other move from Thundurus, although they already dislike taking a Knock Off. Sludge Wave can be used to hit Sylveon harder while still hitting Zarude. Thunder Wave can also be used to patch up weaknesses against fast setup sweepers.

Thundurus pairs well with Spikes or Toxic Spikes support from Pokemon such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Dragalge. First Impression from Golisopod can help with checking faster Pokemon such as Zygarde-10% and Raikou, while the latter two can check Electric-types such as Raikou and Choice Scarf Xurkitree. Strong physical attackers such as Darmanitan, Choice Band Metagross, and Zygarde-10% also pair nicely with Thundurus, as they can help to wear down special walls such as Diancie, Gastrodon, and Registeel in exchange for Thundurus's ability to break bulky Water-types such as Milotic and Suicune. Thundurus complements setup sweepers such as Swords Dance Cobalion and Dragon Dance Regidrago well, as it can find avenues for them to set up and help deal with bulky Water-types such as Milotic and Suicune. Additionally, Knock Off support from Thundurus greatly benefits special attacking wallbreakers such as Indeedee-M and Volcanion, as it can cripple special walls such as Diancie, Registeel, and Gastrodon.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
Weather Ball can be used as a coverage option when paired with weather support. Thunder can also be used on rain teams. Taunt can also be considered to prevent common switch-ins such as Gastrodon, Registeel, and Porygon2 from using recovery or support moves. Life Orb is an option to boost Thundurus's overall damage output and make it even more threatening; however, this makes it vulnerable to Stealth Rock damage and can limit its effectiveness. Bulk Up sets can also be used, though they are not as reliable as Thundurus's special attacking sets. Additionally, Wild Charge has recoil and Superpower comes with Attack and Defense drops, which can make it weaker or prone to being revenge killed.

Checks and Counters
===================
**Faster Attackers**: Faster attackers such as Zygarde-10%, Raikou, Noivern, and Choice Scarf Xurkitree can thwart Thundurus's attempts at sweeping. Additionally, Raikou is able to come in on any unboosted hit from Thundurus and threaten a 2HKO with Thunderbolt or use Volt Switch to create momentum, although it does not like switching in on Knock Off.

**Bulky Special Walls**: Bulky special walls such as Diancie, Gastrodon, and Registeel can be a massive hindrance, as they can always take one hit from full and cripple Thundurus with Toxic, which affects its longevity and ability to sweep. It has to be noted that these walls generally dislike dealing with the pivot set, though, as Thundurus can cripple them with Knock Off or generate momentum with U-turn or Volt Switch when expecting them to come in.

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[OVERVIEW]

- Worth mentioning its advantages over Raikou as both run boosting and pivot sets (Thundurus boosts faster and has stronger coverage as well as Knock)

[Nasty Plot]

- Worth mentioning P2 as a Focus Blast target as it commonly runs Ice Beam
- Screens support probably worth mentioning to increase the pool of mons you can set up on (or stay in against if already boosted)

[Pivot]

- Note that Knock is really good at playing off the Plot set that forces in Diancie, Gastro, etc. immediately due to the threat level
- Make sure to mention Zarude as another reason to run U-turn over Volt since it will sometimes come in on a predicted Electric move or Plot
- Add in some special breakers and sweepers that enjoy the Knock Off support crippling special walls. Drag, Indeedee, Volcanion, etc

[Other Options]

- Taunt is probably worth throwing in here to keep common switch-ins, like Gastro and Diancie from getting recovery or using support moves

[Checks and Counters]

- Worth noting Raikou can also take any one unboosted hit and 2HKO or Volt on a forced attack due to the pressure it exerts (lol) on Thundy
- Note all of the special walls generally hate the pivot set long-term bc of the item removal and easy momentum Thundurus generates on them.

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[OVERVIEW]
With its high Special Attack and Speed, coupled with great coverage options, Thundurus is a threat to be reckoned with in RU. This also grants it the ability to pick its answer depending on the coverage options opted for. Additionally, it has decent defensive merit due to its typing, which gives it an immunity to Ground-type moves, and allows it to pivot into common Flying-types in the tier, namely Crobat and Togekiss. However, it is generally pigeonholed into using Heavy-Duty Boots, as it is weak to Stealth Rock and its ability to switch in multiple times would be hindered otherwise. It is also vulnerable to faster threats such as Zygarde-10%, Noivern, and Raikou, along with common Choice Scarfers such as Heracross and Mienshao. It can viably run both a Nasty Plot set and a pivot set. The edge that it has over its fellow Electric-type Raikou that can also run a boosting set and a pivot set is that it has stronger coverage options, can boost faster, and has Knock Off. The Nasty Plot set threatens a majority of the tier and has few answers, however, finding avenues to set up can be an issue as it does not have the greatest bulk, and can be hit by Toxic when attempting to set up on defensive Pokemon. The pivot set focuses on leveraging Thundurus's threat level to find opportunities to bring in other wallbreakers, although it has no way to boost its power, which can limit its effectiveness against bulkier opposition.

[SET]
name: Nasty Plot
move 1: Nasty Plot
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Psychic / Grass Knot
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Defiant
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Focus Blast hits the Steel- and Dark-types in the tier (Wait, Fighting is SE on Dark and Steel?!? Their Dark/Steel tying is not the reason why you use Focus Blast. You use it because they either wall or are bulky enough to tank a hit and cripple it back with Toxic/Knock.), such as Steelix, Registeel, Incineroar, and Zarude, and it is also able to hit generally (When aren't they specially defensive?)specially defensive Pokemon such as Porygon2 and Snorlax. Psychic is intended for Poison-types, namely Roserade and Dragalge, that resist all of Thundurus's moves otherwise. Grass Knot helps to ensure OHKOs on Rhyperior and Seismitoad without a Nasty Plot boost, as well as guaranteeing an OHKO on specially defensive variants of (A Sp. Def spread isn't even mentioned on Gastrodon's analysis.) Gastrodon after Stealth Rock damage with a boost under its belt. Generally, Psychic is opted for over Grass Knot, because Grass Knot targets can be picked off by Focus Blast when boosted. Sludge Wave is an alternative that be considered to hit the uncommon Celebi, which walls Thundurus otherwise, as well as do more damage to Sylveon (Add that Sludge Wave gives Thundurus an accurate move to break Zarude.). Life Orb is an option that be considered to boost its overall damage output and make it even more threatening, however, this would make it vulnerable to Stealth Rock damage and can limit its effectiveness.

Faster threats such as Zygarde-10%, Noivern, and Raikou poses a huge issue for Thundurus. Therefore, bulky teammates such as Milotic, Porygon2, and Cresselia Sylveon make for good partners. Milotic and Porygon2 can find avenues for Thundurus to set up by pivoting with Flip Turn and Teleport respectively, while Cresselia Sylveon is a general catch-all answer to all the mentioned threats. Spikes or Toxic Spikes support from Pokemon such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Dragalge complement Thundurus nicely, as it helps to soften bulky opposition for it to have a better time cleaning in the late game late-game. Priority First Impression from Golisopod can help to check faster opposition such as Zygarde-10% and Raikou, while the latter two can help to check Electric-types such as Raikou and Choice Scarf Xurkitree. Strong physical attackers such as Darmanitan, Choice Band Metagross, and Zygarde-10% also pair nicely with Thundurus, as they can help to wear down special walls such as Diancie, Gastrodon, and Registeel, in exchange for Thundurus's ability to help with breaking bulky Water-types such as Milotic and Suicune. Lastly, on hyper offense teams, Screens dual screens support from Vanilluxe and Xatu can facilitate Thundurus's set up opportunities and allow it to stay in against a greater number of opposition if already boosted.

[SET]
name: All-Out Attacker (Maybe offensive pivot is a better description of the set. AoA sets are generally all coverage and power.)
move 1: U-turn / Volt Switch (Also, this move order is cursed. Move it to the last slot.)
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Grass Knot
move 4: Knock Off
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Defiant
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
U-turn allows Thundurus to pivot freely, while Volt Switch has STAB damage but can be blocked by Ground-types. U-turn also allows it to punish Choice Scarf Zarude attempting to come in on a predicted Electric-type move or Nasty Plot. Grass Knot allows it to OHKO Rhyperior and Seismitoad. Knock Off is a nice general utility move that can remove crucial items such as Heavy-Duty Boots and Leftovers, which can make entry hazard support more threatening. Focus Blast is an alternative to consider, allowing Thundurus to hit the Dark- and Steel-types in the tier such as Incineroar, Zarude, and Registeel (Same as before.). Sludge Wave can be used to hit Sylveon harder, while still hitting Zarude. Thunder Wave can also be used to patch up weaknesses against fast set-up sweepers.

This pairs well with Spikes or Toxic Spikes support from Pokemon such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Dragalge. Priority First Impression from Golisopod can help with checking faster Pokemon such as Zygarde-10% and Raikou, while the latter two can help with checking Electric-types such as Raikou and Choice Scarf Xurkitree. Strong physical attackers such as Darmanitan, Choice Band Metagross, and Zygarde-10% also pair nicely with Thundurus, as they can help to wear down special walls such as Diancie, Gastrodon, and Registeel, in exchange for Thundurus's ability to break bulky Water-types such as Milotic and Suicune. Thundurus complements set-up sweepers such as Swords Dance Cobalion and Dragon Dance Regidrago well, as it can find avenues for them to set up, and help to deal with bulky Water-types such as Milotic and Suicune. Additionally, Knock Off support from Thundurus greatly benefits special attacking wallbreakers such as Indeedee-M and Volcanion as it can cripple special walls such as Diancie, Registeel, and Gastrodon.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
Weather Ball can be used as a coverage option when paired with weather support, such as on Rain, Sun, and Hail teams. Bulk Up sets can also be used, however it is not as reliable as special attacking sets, as Wild Charge has recoil and Superpower comes with Attack and Defense drops, which can make it become weaker or prone to being revenge killed. Taunt can also be considered to prevent common switch-ins such as Gastrodon, Registeel, and Porygon2 from using recovery or support moves.

Checks and Counters
===================
**Faster Attackers**: Faster attackers such as Zygarde-10%, Raikou, Noivern, and Choice Scarf Xurkitree can thwart Thundurus's attempts of sweeping. Additionally, Raikou is able to come in on any unboosted hit from Thundurus and threaten a 2HKO with Thunderbolt or Volt Switch to create momentum, although it does not like switching in on Knock Off.

**Bulky Special Walls**: Bulky special walls such as Diancie, Gastrodon, and Registeel can be a massive hinderance as they can always take one hit from full and hit Thundurus with a Toxic, which affects its longevity and its ability to sweep. It has to be noted that these walls generally dislike dealing with the pivot set though, as they can get crippled by Knock Off or Thundurus can just generate momentum with U-turn or Volt Switch when anticipating them to come in.

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[OVERVIEW]
With its high Special Attack and Speed, (RC) coupled with great coverage options, Thundurus is a threat to be reckoned with in RU. This also grants These attributes also grant it the ability to pick its answer depending on the coverage options opted for. Additionally, it has decent defensive merit due to its typing, which gives it an immunity to Ground-type moves, and allows it to pivot into common Flying-types in the tier, namely Crobat and Togekiss. However, it is generally pigeonholed into using Heavy-Duty Boots, as it is weak to Stealth Rock and its ability to switch in multiple times would be hindered otherwise. It is also vulnerable to faster threats such as Zygarde-10%, Noivern, and Raikou, along with common Choice Scarfers users such as Heracross and Mienshao. It can viably run both a Nasty Plot set and a pivot set. The edge that it has over its fellow Electric-type Raikou that, (AC) which can also run either a boosting set and or a pivot set, (AC) is that it has stronger coverage options, can boost faster, and has Knock Off and Knock Off and can boost faster. The Nasty Plot set threatens a majority of the tier and has few answers; (comma -> semicolon) however, finding avenues to set up can be an issue, (AC) as it Thundurus does not have the greatest bulk, (RC) and can be hit crippled by Toxic when attempting to set up on defensive Pokemon. The pivot set focuses on leveraging Thundurus's threat level to find opportunities to bring in other wallbreakers, although it has no way to boost its power, which can limit its effectiveness against bulkier opposition.

[SET]
name: Nasty Plot
move 1: Nasty Plot
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Psychic / Grass Knot
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Defiant
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Focus Blast hits the Steel- and Dark-types in the tier, (RC) such as Steelix, Registeel, Incineroar, and Zarude, and it is also able to hit specially defensive Pokemon such as Porygon2 and Snorlax, all of which are bulky enough to take one boosted hit from Thundurus otherwise. Psychic is intended for Poison-types, namely Roserade and Dragalge, that resist all of Thundurus's moves otherwise. Grass Knot helps to ensures OHKOs on Rhyperior and Seismitoad without a Nasty Plot boost, (RC) as well as guaranteeing and guarantees an OHKO on Gastrodon with a boost under its belt. Generally, however, (RC) Psychic is opted for over Grass Knot, (RC) because Grass Knot's targets can be picked off by Focus Blast when boosted. Sludge Wave is an alternative that be considered to hit the uncommon Celebi, which walls Thundurus otherwise, as well as and do more damage to Sylveon. It also would provide an a more accurate option against Zarude. Life Orb is an option that be considered to boost its overall damage output and make it even more threatening; (comma -> semicolon) however, this would make it vulnerable to Stealth Rock damage and can limit its effectiveness.

Faster threats such as Zygarde-10%, Noivern, and Raikou poses a huge issue for Thundurus. Therefore, bulky teammates such as Milotic, Porygon2, and Sylveon make for good partners. Milotic and Porygon2 can find avenues for Thundurus to set up by pivoting with Flip Turn and Teleport respectively, while Sylveon is a general catch-all answer to all the mentioned threats. Spikes or Toxic Spikes support from Pokemon such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Dragalge complement Thundurus nicely, as it helps to soften bulky opposition for it to have a better time cleaning in the late-game. Priority First Impression from Golisopod can help to check faster opposition such as Zygarde-10% and Raikou, while the latter two can help to check Electric-types such as Raikou and Choice Scarf Xurkitree. Strong physical attackers such as Darmanitan, Choice Band Metagross, and Zygarde-10% also pair nicely with Thundurus, as they can help to (less repetitive) wear down special walls such as Diancie, Gastrodon, and Registeel, (RC) in exchange for Thundurus's ability to help with breaking break through bulky Water-types such as Milotic and Suicune. Lastly, on hyper offense teams, dual screens support from Vanilluxe and Xatu can facilitate Thundurus's set up setup opportunities and allow it to stay in against a greater number of opposition foes if already boosted.

[SET]
name: Offensive Pivot
move 1: Thunderbolt
move 2: Grass Knot
move 3: Knock Off
move 4: U-turn / Volt Switch
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Defiant
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Grass Knot allows it Thundurus to OHKO Rhyperior and Seismitoad. Knock Off is a nice general utility move that can remove crucial items such as Heavy-Duty Boots and Leftovers, which can make entry hazard support more threatening. U-turn allows Thundurus to pivot freely, while Volt Switch has STAB damage but can be blocked by Ground-types. U-turn also allows it to punish Choice Scarf Zarude attempting to come in on a predicted Electric-type move or Nasty Plot. Focus Blast is an alternative to consider, as it hits Pokemon like Incineroar, Zarude, and Registeel that otherwise are bulky enough to take any other move from Thundurus, although they would dislike taking a Knock Off. Sludge Wave can be used to hit Sylveon harder, (RC) while still hitting Zarude. Thunder Wave can also be used to patch up weaknesses against fast set-up setup sweepers.

This Thundurus pairs well with Spikes or Toxic Spikes support from Pokemon such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Dragalge. Priority First Impression from Golisopod can help with checking faster Pokemon such as Zygarde-10% and Raikou, while the latter two can help with checking Electric-types such as Raikou and Choice Scarf Xurkitree. Strong physical attackers such as Darmanitan, Choice Band Metagross, and Zygarde-10% also pair nicely with Thundurus, as they can help to wear down special walls such as Diancie, Gastrodon, and Registeel, (RC) in exchange for Thundurus's ability to break bulky Water-types such as Milotic and Suicune. Thundurus complements set-up setup sweepers such as Swords Dance Cobalion and Dragon Dance Regidrago well, as it can find avenues for them to set up, (RC) and help to deal with bulky Water-types such as Milotic and Suicune. Additionally, Knock Off support from Thundurus greatly benefits special attacking wallbreakers such as Indeedee-M and Volcanion, (AC) as it can cripple special walls such as Diancie, Registeel, and Gastrodon.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============
Weather Ball can be used as a coverage option when paired with weather support, (RC) such as on Rain, Sun, and Hail teams such as rain, sun, and hail. Bulk Up sets can also be used, however though it is not as reliable as its special attacking sets. (comma -> period) as Additionally, (AC) Wild Charge has recoil, (AC) and Superpower comes with Attack and Defense drops, which can make it become weaker or prone to being revenge killed. Taunt can also be considered to prevent common switch-ins such as Gastrodon, Registeel, and Porygon2 from using recovery or support moves.

Checks and Counters
===================
**Faster Attackers**: Faster attackers such as Zygarde-10%, Raikou, Noivern, and Choice Scarf Xurkitree can thwart Thundurus's attempts of sweeping. Additionally, Raikou is able to come in on any unboosted hit from Thundurus and threaten a 2HKO with Thunderbolt or Volt Switch to create momentum, although it does not like switching in on Knock Off.

**Bulky Special Walls**: Bulky special walls such as Diancie, Gastrodon, and Registeel can be a massive hinderance, (AC) as they can always take one hit from full and hit cripple Thundurus with a Toxic, which affects its longevity and its ability to sweep. It has to be noted that these walls generally dislike dealing with the pivot set though, as they can get crippled by Knock Off or Thundurus can just Thundurus can cripple them with Knock Off or generate momentum with U-turn or Volt Switch when anticipating them to come in.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[gorex, 244449]]
- Quality checked by: [[EonX, 91480], [GoldCat, 359771]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1], [username2, userid2]]
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[OVERVIEW]
With its high Special Attack and Speed coupled with great coverage options, Thundurus is a threat to be reckoned with in RU (removed period) These attributes also grant it the ability to pick its answer depending on the coverage options opted for that can pick and choose its answers. Additionally, it has decent defensive merit due to its typing, which gives it an immunity to Ground-type moves (RC) and allows it to pivot into common Flying-types in the tier, namely Crobat and Togekiss. However, it is generally pigeonholed into using Heavy-Duty Boots, as it is weak to Stealth Rock and its weakness to Stealth Rock would otherwise hinder its ability to switch in multiple times would be hindered otherwise. It is also vulnerable to faster threats such as Zygarde-10%, Noivern, and Raikou, along with common Choice Scarf users such as Heracross and Mienshao. The edges that it has over its fellow Electric-type Raikou, which can also run either a boosting set or a pivot set, is are that it has stronger coverage options and Knock Off and can boost faster. The Nasty Plot set threatens a majority of the tier and has few answers; however, finding avenues to set up can be an issue, as Thundurus does not have the greatest bulk and can be crippled by Toxic when attempting to set up on defensive Pokemon. The pivot set focuses on leveraging Thundurus's threat level to find opportunities to bring in other wallbreakers, although it has no way to boost its power, which can limit its effectiveness against bulkier opposition.

[SET]
name: Nasty Plot
move 1: Nasty Plot
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Focus Blast
move 4: Psychic / Grass Knot
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Defiant
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Focus Blast hits Steel- and Dark-types such as Steelix, Registeel, Incineroar, and Zarude, and it is also able to hit specially defensive Pokemon such as Porygon2 and Snorlax (RC) all of which that (or you can keep the comma and do "both of which") are bulky enough to take one boosted hit from Thundurus otherwise. Psychic is intended for Poison-types, namely Roserade and Dragalge, that which resist all of Thundurus's moves otherwise. Grass Knot ensures OHKOs on Rhyperior and Seismitoad without a Nasty Plot boost and guarantees an OHKO on Gastrodon with a boost under its belt. Generally, however, Psychic is opted for over Grass Knot because Grass Knot's targets can be picked off by Focus Blast when boosted after boosting. Sludge Wave is an alternative that can be considered to hit the uncommon Celebi, which walls Thundurus otherwise, and do more damage to Sylveon. It also would provides a more accurate option against Zarude. Life Orb is an option that be considered to boost its to boost Thundurus's overall damage output and make it even more threatening; however, this would makes it vulnerable to Stealth Rock damage and can limit its effectiveness.

Faster threats such as Zygarde-10%, Noivern, and Raikou pose a huge issue for Thundurus. Therefore, bulky teammates such as Milotic, Porygon2, and Sylveon make for good partners. Milotic and Porygon2 can find avenues for Thundurus to set up by pivoting with Flip Turn and Teleport, (AC) respectively, while Sylveon is a general catch-all answer to all the mentioned such threats. Spikes or Toxic Spikes support from Pokemon such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Dragalge complements Thundurus nicely, as it either helps to soften bulky opposition for it to have a better time cleaning late-game. First Impression from Golisopod can help to check faster opposition foes such as Zygarde-10% and Raikou, while the latter two can help to check Electric-types such as Raikou and Choice Scarf Xurkitree. Strong physical attackers such as Darmanitan, Choice Band Metagross, and Zygarde-10% also pair nicely with Thundurus, as they can wear down special walls such as Diancie, Gastrodon, and Registeel in exchange for Thundurus's ability to break through bulky Water-types such as Milotic and Suicune. Lastly, on hyper offense teams, dual screens support from Vanilluxe and Xatu can facilitates Thundurus's setup opportunities and allows it to stay in against a greater number of foes if already boosted.

[SET]
name: Offensive Pivot
move 1: Thunderbolt
move 2: Grass Knot
move 3: Knock Off
move 4: U-turn / Volt Switch
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Defiant
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Grass Knot allows Thundurus to OHKO Rhyperior and Seismitoad. Knock Off is a nice general utility move that can remove crucial items such as Heavy-Duty Boots and Leftovers, which can make entry hazard support more threatening. U-turn allows Thundurus to pivot freely, while Volt Switch has STAB damage but can be blocked by Ground-types. U-turn also allows it to punish Choice Scarf Zarude attempting to come in on a predicted Electric-type move or Nasty Plot. Focus Blast is an alternative to consider, as it hits Pokemon like Incineroar, Zarude, and Registeel that otherwise are bulky enough to take any other move from Thundurus, although they would already dislike taking a Knock Off. Sludge Wave can be used to hit Sylveon harder while still hitting Zarude. Thunder Wave can also be used to patch up weaknesses against fast setup sweepers.

Thundurus pairs well with Spikes or Toxic Spikes support from Pokemon such as Golisopod, Roserade, and Dragalge. First Impression from Golisopod can help with checking faster Pokemon such as Zygarde-10% and Raikou, while the latter two can help with checking check Electric-types such as Raikou and Choice Scarf Xurkitree. Strong physical attackers such as Darmanitan, Choice Band Metagross, and Zygarde-10% also pair nicely with Thundurus, as they can help to wear down special walls such as Diancie, Gastrodon, and Registeel in exchange for Thundurus's ability to break bulky Water-types such as Milotic and Suicune. Thundurus complements setup sweepers such as Swords Dance Cobalion and Dragon Dance Regidrago well, as it can find avenues for them to set up and help deal with bulky Water-types such as Milotic and Suicune. Additionally, Knock Off support from Thundurus greatly benefits special attacking wallbreakers such as Indeedee-M and Volcanion, as it can cripple special walls such as Diancie, Registeel, and Gastrodon.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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Weather Ball can be used as a coverage option when paired with weather support such as rain, sun, and hail. Bulk Up sets can also be used, though it is they are not as reliable as its Thundurus's special attacking sets. Additionally, Wild Charge has recoil (RC) and Superpower comes with Attack and Defense drops, which can make it weaker or prone to being revenge killed. Taunt can also be considered to prevent common switch-ins such as Gastrodon, Registeel, and Porygon2 from using recovery or support moves.

Checks and Counters
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**Faster Attackers**: Faster attackers such as Zygarde-10%, Raikou, Noivern, and Choice Scarf Xurkitree can thwart Thundurus's attempts of at sweeping. Additionally, Raikou is able to come in on any unboosted hit from Thundurus and threaten a 2HKO with Thunderbolt or use Volt Switch to create momentum, although it does not like switching in on Knock Off.

**Bulky Special Walls**: Bulky special walls such as Diancie, Gastrodon, and Registeel can be a massive hinderance, as they can always take one hit from full and cripple Thundurus with Toxic, which affects its longevity and ability to sweep. It has to be noted that these walls generally dislike dealing with the pivot set, (AC) though, as Thundurus can cripple them with Knock Off or generate momentum with U-turn or Volt Switch when anticipating expecting them to come in.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[gorex, 244449]]
- Quality checked by: [[EonX, 91480], [GoldCat, 359771]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Estronic, 240732], [Finland, 517429]]

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